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Wrist and arm pain when using a computer

Wrist and arm pain when using a computer

Like many people who have to use a computer all day, every day, as part of their job, I find that I regularly get a painful or numb feeling in my wrists and arms. This is my story of what I’ve done to try to make that numbness and pain go away. I’ll add a usual disclaimer, pointing out that I’m not a medical expert, this is just personal [...]

My two months journey to get £10 Oyster refund

My two months journey to get £10 Oyster refund

In January an Oyster card top-up machine managed to turn £20 of my cash into a mere £10 of credit. Here is the journey I had to take (bad joke alert!) to get them to give me my £10 back. Perhaps the best way to explain this one is to print the first complaint I sent to Oyster customer services via the contact form on the Oyster [...]

Cleaning kettle limescale with vinegar

Cleaning kettle limescale with vinegar

If you have a kettle that looks like the photo below you might be dreading having to clean it. Trying to scrub limescale like this off the inside of a kettle is hard work if you don’t use the right cleaning product. Vinegar is a traditional solution used to get rid of limescale. I bought a 13p bottle of vinegar from Tesco to give it a [...]

Present and gift logging spreadsheet

Present and gift logging spreadsheet

Sometime it can be hard to think of what presents to give for birthday, Christmas, Valentines or anniversaries. Having a record of what presents you have given before can help to provide inspiration, and can help you avoid giving the same present twice. I’ve made a simple spreadsheet for logging gifts and presents. I’ve put some example [...]

Virgin Trains standard vs 1st class

Virgin Trains standard vs 1st class

When booking a recent two hour return train journey I spotted that I could take 1st class on the return leg for only £5 extra. I thought I’d give it a go to see if it is any better than standard class. The standard class outward journey If you are taking a Virgin Train from a London mainline station like Euston and are in standard class, [...]

Is it possible to get removed from this junk post list?

Is it possible to get removed from this junk post list?

I’ve used Interflora in the past when I’ve needed to get flowers for various people. As a result of this I ended up on Interflora’s postal mailing list. Every so often I would get mailing in the post advertising their services. Especially around the times of flower giving events such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. I’m not [...]

Managing holiday money with an Excel burn down chart

Managing holiday money with an Excel burn down chart

If you go on a short holiday then it should be pretty easy to manage your holiday money. It isn’t too hard to track how quickly your foreign currency is running out when you are only abroad for a week or two. If you are going on holiday for a number of months then it becomes a bit harder. When I recently went on holiday for three months I [...]

Photos of damaged letter

Photos of damaged letter

Once again the postal service have failed to deliver. Well – that’s not strictly true. They did deliver – but just look at what I got. How on earth did they manage to deliver a letter with this much damage? It is crumpled and ripped, with part of the envelope missing. There is a big hole in the envelope at the bottom left. And if you [...]

Debit card delivery problems

Debit card delivery problems

A few weeks before leaving the country for a three month holiday I got a letter telling me I’d get a new debit card soon. Obviously I didn’t want it to be delivered in my absence so I went to the branch and told them that I didn’t want a new card to be sent out, and that I would re-order a card when I was back. The staff member did some [...]

Incomplete banknote from cash machine

Incomplete banknote from cash machine

What would you do if you went to a cash machine to get £20 and got the below two bank notes? This is what I got when I used a cash machines in London recently. One of the £10 notes is fine, the other is only about 3/4 complete. This obviously isn’t good as no shop will accept a note like this (unless they don’t spot it). You [...]

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