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Farewell to Freddie

Posted by Chalky on Jul 15, 2007 in Church

Today marked a Farewell to Freddie Takavarasha at Woodseats Methodist Church.

Freddie has been helping Glyn with the After Eight Youth Fellowship for the time he has been at WMC. He has provided an insight to life in Zimbabwe, an insight that has been very valuable. Freddie has a gift for working with Young People and is willing to try anything even if it could lead to something rather embarrassing (the Pants Dance)!

After Eight marked this occasion by having pizza and games. Matt made a cake which, believe it or not, tasted wonderful! It sported Cadbury’s Fredo’s (which are now 15p, how disgusting!) and Freddie’s catchphrase “Go Freddie”. Sophie had prepared a poem, which she performed this evening.

Freddie is moving to Bradford in August to start his ministry. I wish him every success in the future and will miss him a lot.

GO FREDDIE, GO FREDDIE!

Photos from this evening are on my Photo Gallery here.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Posted by Chalky on Jul 15, 2007 in Film, Review

On Friday, I went to go and see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at Scunthorpe’s Vue Cinema. I had pre-booked tickets but, unfortunately, they do not operate a seating policy thus giving me no extra advantage and causing me to be £1.10 worse off! I ended up with practically the worst seat in the building, craning my neck to get a glimpse of the screen!

However, this did not spoil my enjoyment too much as the film was worth the sore neck. There are always complaints the the film versions of the Harry Potter series do not contain enough of the plot and are therefore disappointing. I have all of the Harry Potter series as Audio Books because I am very lazy and can’t be bothered to read, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is 29 hours and 5 minutes long; I think they have done a very good job of compressing 29 hours of content into a 138 minute film. They have managed to capture all of the main elements of the books and viewers can get a decent idea of the continuing story of the Harry Potter series.

I like the way the films have developed, especially the addition of some of the subtle humour of the books. This started to become more and more apparent with the inclusion of Dawn French as the “Fat Lady” in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. One of my favourite parts of the film, as always, is the soundtrack and I was not disappointed with the latest installment.

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Nildram

Posted by Chalky on Jul 8, 2007 in Bad Luck

The saga has finally ended! For those of you who don’t know, I’ve had a rather long standing battle with Nildram (my ex. Internet Service Provider).

Way back in January of this year, I switched banks from NatWest to Barclays. Barclays made the process very easy for me by transferring all of my Direct Debits and Standing Orders, all was left for me to do was inform John Leggott College so that my wages would go in the new account and The Student Loans Company for the same reason. Everything appeared to go swimmingly, all of my Direct Debits were set up and none of the companies I had them set up with were making any complaints.

Everything ticked along fine until mid-June where one day, my sister rang me up and informed me that the Internet at home was not working. When I went home at the weekend I went in my room to find a red light on my ADSL router. I immediately rang Nildram’s Technical Support department to find out what was wrong with my Broadband Service. 10 minutes later (on a national rate number) someone finally answered. They told me that my account had been suspended by the Accounts department. On asking why this had been the case the operator told me that he was unable to give me that information. I asked if he could put me through to someone who could, the operator told me he couldn’t, they only work weekdays. I asked for the telephone number for the Accounts department so that I could call them on Monday morning in order to resolve the issue. I was given yet another premium rate number.

I protested about the fact that my broadband had been cut-off without any notification and with no way of resolving the situation. Eventually, the operator begrudgingly gave me a ‘temporary log-on’ which he stated very clearly that it would be disabled first thing on Monday morning. I told the operator that I was disgusted with the service I had recieved and that I wanted my MAC code in order to move to another Broadband Provider. Yet again, I was sent around the houses, however, this time I was given a Freephone number for the Sales department (how ironic). The Sales department were surprisingly compliant and gave me my MAC code with the minimum of fuss.

I’m still pretty disgusted with the way I was treated. Nildram have always been pretty good, especially if any faults have occured. However, I have not had much dealings with them since they were taken over by Pipex. I think this probably pays a large part into why the customer service has slipped so drastically. Needless to say, both Nildram and Pipex will be going on the list of companies I will be avoiding from now on… Sorry Mr. Hasselhoff!

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The Theremin

Posted by Chalky on Jul 2, 2007 in Music, Work

Today, I was reminded of a musical instrument that greatly interested me last year. Today Donov asked me if I knew what a Theremin was. I said that I hadn’t heard of it but immediately looked it up on Google. I found that I had actually seen one of them before and that I had been very intrigued by them.

I saw one at The Plug last year. We had gone to see the Offbeat DJs but before their set was due to start there was an awful band playing. However, the one good thing about this band was this bizarre instrument that was played entirely by the person moving their hands around at pair of “antennas” one point vertically and one pointing horizontally. At the time I was mesmerized by it because it was so unique and interesting. I never found out what the instrument was until today!

Below is a video showing a Theremin in action, performing a cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”. Enjoy!

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