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.

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