Just spent three quarters of an hour on the phone to my gas and electricity supplier, First Utility.

Today, after a year protesting to them that I'm paying way too much for gas and there seems to be a meter swap in the building, I received two electricity and gas bills. One, where they acknowledge the mess and credit me for £400 for the overcharge. The second one (same name and address, different account number) claims I've never paid for my gas and leccy and I owe them £1304.84 and to pay them NOW.

Grr....  if you need to change your gas/electric supplier, I strongly recommend you not to consider these people!
flaviomatani: (harpya3)
( Dec. 6th, 2010 03:18 pm)
 This is not the most peaceful, tranquil Monday I've had; much running around trying to deal with many things and put out many fires, so to speak, whilst fielding phone calls from pupils cancelling lessons, changing days and times of them (in a couple of cases, several calls just when I'm rushing about trying to fix other things). 

I've just received a speeding ticket, for the  first time in my life. This is not increasing my level of relaxedness (I'm sure that is not a word, but on a day like today, if you tell me off for that I'd have to bite your head off:D ) and there are many possible implications to fall out from that. This is the first moment I have when I can sit down and -there goes the phone again....
flaviomatani: (seventh seal)
( May. 19th, 2010 09:02 am)
 At the school now, waiting for first pupil and brewing coffee; these days I'm bringing a travel kettle and some one-cup coffee filters to keep myself going after four hours' sleep. There is a small kitchen place downstairs but I have been made to feel that it is not for us, staff of the Grammar school (the premises are shared between the Grammar school and the local school of music). 

Will have to phone First Utility; the mess with the gas/electricity bill continues. They installed a 'smart' meter perhaps two months ago; this is supposed to send them my usage details through 3G. I've just received another 'esitmate' bill, albeit a lower one than the previous, unfeasible ones. This is after I had a nasty letter from their 'account management' company saying that I had never paid for my gas, I owed them so many hundreds of pounds and would be 'de-energised' (where do these people find those euphemisms? Do they pay somebody to come up with these words?). I phoned them two weeks ago when I received the letter; they would look into the matter. Then I check my bill online and find that under my account the electricity bit is listed as 'Flat 10' (which is correct) and the gas is listed as 'Flat 17' (which isn't). Grr... this is going to be a bit of a mess to sort out. And it is their mess, all of their doing but it will have to be me having to waste time, energy and bits of my life sorting it out.

On the plus side, it is a sunny morning. I think it is a plus side, anyway. Good morning....
flaviomatani: (seventhseal chess)
( May. 19th, 2010 09:01 am)
At the school now, waiting for first pupil and brewing coffee; these days I'm bringing a travel kettle and some one-cup coffee filters to keep myself going after four hours' sleep. There is a small kitchen place downstairs but I have been made to feel that it is not for us, staff of the Grammar school (the premises are shared between the Grammar school and the local school of music).

Will have to phone First Utility; the mess with the gas/electricity bill continues. They installed a 'smart' meter perhaps two months ago; this is supposed to send them my usage details through 3G. I've just received another 'esitmate' bill, albeit a lower one than the previous, unfeasible ones. This is after I had a nasty letter from their 'account management' company saying that I had never paid for my gas, I owed them so many hundreds of pounds and would be 'de-energised' (where do these people find those euphemisms? Do they pay somebody to come up with these words?). I phoned them two weeks ago when I received the letter; they would look into the matter. Then I check my bill online and find that under my account the electricity bit is listed as 'Flat 10' (which is correct) and the gas is listed as 'Flat 17' (which isn't). Grr... this is going to be a bit of a mess to sort out. And it is their mess, all of their doing but it will have to be me having to waste time, energy and bits of my life sorting it out.

On the plus side, it is a sunny morning. I think it is a plus side, anyway. Good morning....
Came back from excellent gig by The Eden House; casually browse my bank accounts on line and check a pre-paid  cashplus card I keep for buying extra trinkets and stuff  of that sort (I don't have or want a credit card, I got badly stung with those), in which I had a hundred quid. Had. There appear a number of transactions in places I've never been, for the sum total of every penny there was in it. Now I have to go through the hassle of trying to sort that out. Bah. Shame, it'd been an excellent evening. thus far.
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Oct. 16th, 2009 02:34 pm)
I can't believe this. I'm wasting another whole day waiting for BT to call in and sort out that phone line. They should have been here this morning. I phoned the guy from BT (or their contractors, pass the buck) that phoned me yesterday and he didn't seem to know what was going on. This is two weeks now, a month and a bit from the original order (which they mangled up). According to the guy yesterday, they hadn't contacted me because they 'didn't have a mobile contact number, only had my fixed line number'. The one they were moving over here. Clever.
flaviomatani: (flyingpig2)
( Oct. 8th, 2009 11:43 pm)
British Telecommunications Plc are a b*nch of c**ts,

Just sayin'. Or perhaps stating the obvious..
flaviomatani: (dreamscape sepia)
( Sep. 21st, 2009 09:42 am)
After all the hassle to get the flat, when everything seems to be sorted out and cannot really back-off as have put all my money and a whole lot more into this, turns out the flat I'm buying is in a Camden council declared 'car-free zone' and they will not issue me with a resident's parking permit. This is major major hassle and apparently there is no appeal. The only thing I seem to be able to do is to rent somebody's drive -[livejournal.com profile] combat_kitten graciously sent me link to some people who do this locally, but they're a mile or so away from my flat, so I need to try and find something closer before going to these. It is also an expensive solution for a problem that shouldn't be there in the first place, I already live in the same parking 'zone' as the new flat. Any ideas, anybody? I'm afraid I'm not in a spirit for jokes today with this, be warned. Also waiting to see what next hassle or insurmountable obstacle turns up in this story...
flaviomatani: (lowflyingowls)
( Aug. 25th, 2009 07:24 pm)
Right, this flat buying lark is getting from the impossible to the absurd and surreal. I'll spare you the details, but when you think it cannot get more impossibly complicated or, at any rate, keep going any longer without a conclusion, something else happens that mires me in a sea of stress for another few days. That's where I am at the moment.

Only a couple of lessons today, plus briefly meeting [livejournal.com profile] combat_kitten for coffee and catch-up, sadly interrupted by constant phone calls from the estate agents through whom I let the flat I currently live in, to give me another major source of stress for the next month or so, and a very awkward conversation to come with flatmate -no, not that one although I will have to speak to him as well.

In a while, going to a BBQ at which I'm expected to play. Haven't practised the sort of stuff that I could play at a light gig like that for ages, but will do it nonetheless.
And all is very very quiet.

First of all, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] arkady !!!

Will try and show up at Pembury later to say Happy Birthday in person
(although I must say, I’ve not felt very comfortable in that place when I’ve been before..)

Otherwise, it should be a quiet day, apart from much tension in the air for me here, I feel a little bit under siege. Waiting for things to unfold..
And all is very very quiet.

First of all, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] arkady !!!

Will try and show up at Pembury later to say Happy Birthday in person
(although I must say, I’ve not felt very comfortable in that place when I’ve been before..)

Otherwise, it should be a quiet day, apart from much tension in the air for me here, I feel a little bit under siege. Waiting for things to unfold..
flaviomatani: (seventhseal chess)
( Oct. 20th, 2008 04:21 pm)
Week-end was mostly good. I can’t remember what I did on Friday. Oh, wait; I went to that thing at the Orwell. I danced a fair bit but... at some point quite early decided I had had enough.

Saturday came with only one of the lessons I was expecting actually happening, will have to do something about this. In the evening went to [livejournal.com profile] beric and [livejournal.com profile] kajia’s joint birthday dinner. Which was good, but I really didn’t need to spend those nearly forty pounds on restaurant dinners at this point, when I have half my normal number of pupils. That was a mistake, much as it was good to join in the celebration. From there I went to Invocation, where I danced a fair bit and had a couple of unlikely political conversations, one with this guy friend of [livejournal.com profile] andyravensable who is in the Army, stationed in Iraq.

On Sunday the two lessons programmed did happen, but not without one of them making me change the time so I had to ask the other one whether it was ok to change theirs. In the evening I went to [livejournal.com profile] chobiraptor’s birthday drinks in the remote distant lands of Harrow; had fun there, took a few pictures which will turn up perhaps on Wednesday as I don’t think I’ll have time to look into that before then.

Monday has been horrible. )
flaviomatani: (seventhseal chess)
( Oct. 20th, 2008 04:21 pm)
Week-end was mostly good. I can’t remember what I did on Friday. Oh, wait; I went to that thing at the Orwell. I danced a fair bit but... at some point quite early decided I had had enough.

Saturday came with only one of the lessons I was expecting actually happening, will have to do something about this. In the evening went to [livejournal.com profile] beric and [livejournal.com profile] kajia’s joint birthday dinner. Which was good, but I really didn’t need to spend those nearly forty pounds on restaurant dinners at this point, when I have half my normal number of pupils. That was a mistake, much as it was good to join in the celebration. From there I went to Invocation, where I danced a fair bit and had a couple of unlikely political conversations, one with this guy friend of [livejournal.com profile] andyravensable who is in the Army, stationed in Iraq.

On Sunday the two lessons programmed did happen, but not without one of them making me change the time so I had to ask the other one whether it was ok to change theirs. In the evening I went to [livejournal.com profile] chobiraptor’s birthday drinks in the remote distant lands of Harrow; had fun there, took a few pictures which will turn up perhaps on Wednesday as I don’t think I’ll have time to look into that before then.

Monday has been horrible. )
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Sep. 16th, 2008 10:26 am)
Hm, my camcorder sold on eBay. To somebody in Germany (although I'd specified UK only) who opened the account yesterday, has no feed-back and keeps 'her' profile private. More fun and games with eBay to follow, no doubt. Like I need the hassle.
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Sep. 16th, 2008 10:26 am)
Hm, my camcorder sold on eBay. To somebody in Germany (although I'd specified UK only) who opened the account yesterday, has no feed-back and keeps 'her' profile private. More fun and games with eBay to follow, no doubt. Like I need the hassle.
Put, amongst a few other items, a camera (my compact Canon 720is) on ebay. Get somebody to buy-it-now. The buyer is from Nigeria, with ebay account with zero feedback, registered in the US, created three days ago. Said buyer starts bombarding you with emails from them and, purportedly, from ‘service pay-pal’, to the effect that the ‘funds are on their way as soon as the goods are dispatched’. Yes, of course they are,aren’t they. The really fun bit is trying to contact eBay. They have no phone numbers listed anywhere. You scour the net and find an 0700 number which doesn’t get you anywhere and a ‘Power Seller’ hotline on which, upon hearing that I’m not one such ‘power-seller’, they just put the phone down on me. Have sent three ‘emails’ (well, the web page ticket form) to eBay without getting any reply.

Like I needed this hassle.

And, How’s your Monday morning...?
Put, amongst a few other items, a camera (my compact Canon 720is) on ebay. Get somebody to buy-it-now. The buyer is from Nigeria, with ebay account with zero feedback, registered in the US, created three days ago. Said buyer starts bombarding you with emails from them and, purportedly, from ‘service pay-pal’, to the effect that the ‘funds are on their way as soon as the goods are dispatched’. Yes, of course they are,aren’t they. The really fun bit is trying to contact eBay. They have no phone numbers listed anywhere. You scour the net and find an 0700 number which doesn’t get you anywhere and a ‘Power Seller’ hotline on which, upon hearing that I’m not one such ‘power-seller’, they just put the phone down on me. Have sent three ‘emails’ (well, the web page ticket form) to eBay without getting any reply.

Like I needed this hassle.

And, How’s your Monday morning...?
... doing pings and traceroutes . What joy. Hm, not really..
... doing pings and traceroutes . What joy. Hm, not really..
flaviomatani: (flavlines)
( Jun. 27th, 2008 09:17 pm)
It’s been a bit stressful today, for reasons that won’t go into this story, but have to do with money I was expecting and didn’t arrive, and the consequences of that and the trying to avoid/prevent them.

No lessons today, no reply from a couple of pupils who cancelled (in one case, just didn’t turn up for) their lesson last week, but on the other hand a pupil who’d stopped lessons to go away to a boarding school (those things still exist, I’d have thought they belonged with Orwell and the 1930’s) called to take a couple of lessons a week during the summer to prepare for a guitar grade 4 exam, which is better news.. Long chat with [livejournal.com profile] noondaydemon this morning about our joint music-making effort and where it might go from here, then getting rained on on my way back from Camden Market (yes, it’s still there).

I seem to have very little energy these days. I suspect joining a gym might help in that respect, as well as the fact that I am beginning not to like the image that mirrors send back to me. I hate gyms, though -and it is not realistic to propose myself an exercise regime at home. There’s too much calling for my attention, too many things to deal with. The first person who mentions bicycles gets shot, though. I would be roadkill within the hour if I took to the streets of London on a bike.

Ok, leaving soon for Betty Ford Clinic. See some of you there.
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