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July 25, 2005

The hidden costs of mobile phone roaming

I hope it's not just me who's been had by the hidden call costs of mobile phone roaming.

I realised today when I got my phone bill (and after 2 e-mails from O2 telling me the wrong thing) that when your phone diverts an incoming call to your voicemail (whether you've rejected it or even if you just missed the call) it charges you for that divert call back to the UK… At the standard rate of calling back to the UK, 85p per minute (then the same rate for each 15 seconds thereafter) with a minimum charge of 1 minute!

So when the person calling you realises that they've been diverted to your voicemail and hangs up, it leaves a big fat 85p on your phone bill. Even if it only took the caller 1 second to realise. I completely understand why but it ain't half annoying when you get your bill.

It turns out it would have been cheaper to receive the call in the first place (provided the resulting call lasted no longer than 54 seconds). God damn it.

July 18, 2005

Part one of the rest of my life

Summer is here! Barcelona was cool. Degrees were cool. Parties are cool. But socialisage appears to have subsided a little for now :(

Next plan is to find a job.

May 30, 2005

The rest of my life…

This is my first post since the end of exams. I feel I should say something about the feeling you get when this finally sinks in. I've been at university for 4 years, which isn't a short time and the weird feeling of emptiness hit me on the evening of the day of the last exam. It was probably mostly down to the fact that I am yet to plan anything after 12th August – I just don't know what is going to happen.

When you leave school, you know you're off to university the next year (or the year after) and so I guess there was never chance for this empty feeling to set in.

Anyway, weird empty feelings aside, the main plan for the next three months is to enjoy.

Woo hoo!!

May 26, 2005

The Return of the Over–toasted Products

I happened to turn our toaster upside down today. Look what came out:

May 15, 2005

Nice to see ITS have their priorities right…

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

I've got an exam tomorrow and then this happens:

At least blogs are back up…

May 09, 2005

Courtesy of Mr Artus

Jon stumbled across this the other day:

and then today came up with his own version, which I rather like:


May 08, 2005

Every little helps…

Errors aplenty. Tut.

April 29, 2005

This was on the front page of the Times yesterday…

Who edited that one?

Tuition fees

Mr Blair was waffling about his ideas on tuition fees last night and people were accusing other people of discriminating against some other people (the accusers presumably). Anyway, surely the fairest way is to charge everyone the same fee? That, by definition, is absolutely fair. There is no discrimination here because everyone is treated the same. Not even against the poorer people who "can't afford it", no.

It wouldn't be a case of everyone having to pay £1125 or whatever the full amount is at the moment, because at the moment 40% of undergraduates pay nothing at all towards tuition fees. So, if everyone paid the same amount, it would be at most £675. Nothing could be fairer than a flat fee.

Furthermore, if the governement weren't pushing to get half the population into tertiary education, fewer people would need to pay and more people would be in jobs with taxable incomes, so the figure of £675 would come down even more. Solved.

April 28, 2005


At Cov station customers lift, apparently. I don't know what they lift. Baggage, I presume.

April 21, 2005

Give me that marker pen…

At least on average it evens out.

April 19, 2005



Exams arriveth. MCT was this morning, which could have gone worse.

And news just in: exams this year will be over by 12:30pm on Saturday 28th May. That leaves a whole 4 weeks of term. Nice. But this means the 'summer' exams start on 16th May. And that isn't very far away really.

That's all for the moment.

April 09, 2005

American petrol prices

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4425593.stm

Sorry, gas prices. Do you think they know it's actually liquid. Never mind.

Anyway, yeah, the Americans are complaining that $2.35 per gallon is too high. That's the equivalent to about 28p per litre. How do we put up our extremely high petrol prices? The current average is 85.6p per litre, a record high. And it seems they will go up a further 2p if Labour return for a third term. It's ridiculous.

April 05, 2005

1 month until the election…

…and 2 months until the end of exams (well, give or take).

I'm not too sure whether the latter observation is good or bad. The various polls suggest it's "Not too bad" at the moment. The Swingometer shows that all that's needed is a 5% swing in the direction of a 2:1. Can't be too much to ask.

My campaign (to get a job) is still going strong. This week should see it venture nationwide and not just within my constituency.

In other news, I love the way the PM has to personally go and ask Queenie whether parliament can go on another holiday so that there can be a general election. I also love the way it took 2 posh cars to drive him to her front door. He keeps on and on about the economy…

Are you thinking what I'm thinking?

April 03, 2005

It's been a while…

…but I am still here.

Exams are looming. But at least I only have two in the first week back. Unfortunately this means I have five (I think) in the summer. I still need to deregister from Geometry because it's likely to be 3 weeks after the others and sitting an exam when everyone else is lounging around in the sun eating ice cream and playing frisbie would just be unfair.

Final thing: who would take small children to a Requiem Mass in St. Paul's?

February 23, 2005

Does everyone share this opinion?

Follow-up to Front–page Boar from We're ranting and raving here in Pedants' Corner...

I have two main questions:

1) Why should people who clearly have no respect for the rules/law be given a second chance? (Here, one might argue that they are already being given a second chance in being allowed to continue studying at Warwick.)

2) When the policy was passed in the Union General Meeting last term, it was passed with overwhelming majority. Does this result accurately reflect people's opinions on the University's current policy?

Please let me know.

February 22, 2005

Front–page Boar

Apparently the Union are pissed off that the University won't let students do something that is against the law. Is this really what our Union is for?

February 15, 2005

I've found a computer that works!

It's completely random. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Some of the computers in the maths block have problems with new windows popping up, even when you press control. This means you can't read your e-mail on webmail and you can't log into blogs.warwick.ac.uk.

But Lo! I have found a computer that likes popping up.

Meanwhile, back at Ranelagh, our TV aerial has collapsed. This means the only thing we can watch without driving me crazy are old episodes of Have I Got News For You? and future episodes of Desperate Housewives. This isn't altogether A Bad Thing - at least one of those day-time auction programmes can't be on when Toasted Products are being eaten.

February 09, 2005

The curse of the dreaded toasted products…

…Coming soon!