21 December 2014

On mending broken fences

I think I need 4 pieces of 4x1in, about 18 inches long, and one piece about 5 foot long plus a tin of cuprinol (or similar external wood treatment) and some 3 inch nails.

The building maintenance contractors employed by the council (or to be more precise the scaffolding sub-contractors employed by them) have broken my garden fence twice this year so I've got to fix it.  I don't want to spend much on it as they'll probably be back next year to break it again.  Fences aren't typically built to have hulking great scaffolders climbing over them because they can't be bothered to put a note through the door a couple of days before they need access to ask me to leave the back gate open for them so they can put up scaffolding to fix the damage done by the family on the top floor.

26 January 2014

One more reason we need more funding of research

Cancer needs its arse kicking, hard.  Fortunately there are people doing their best to find better ways of doing that.  Unfortunately funding of research has been cut and cut and cut for over 20 years now.

Sales Calls and Wrong Numbers

Just had a call, on my land line, from a company called Summit asking if I wanted my guttering and fascias done. I pointed out that this is a low rise council block so the council deal with that. Telesales person was not happy about this.

I then noticed that I had 11 messages on my answering machine so I listened to them. Four were automated sales calls, 2 were hang ups and the rest were all wrong numbers. Worryingly one wrong number was a GP's surgery trying to set up an appointment, one was a school wanting a parent to come in and talk about Karen's progress and two were Kingsheath job centre reminding Mrs Kaur that she had an appointment with them last Tuesday.

This phone number has been registered with TPS for nearly 2 years now.

As they called me on my landline I didn't get their number on my phone and when I dialled 1471 I got a message that they had withheld their number any how.  I did some Google searching and the only number I could find is their 0800 sales line.  I think their address is:

Summit Cladding
Summit House
IG10 4DX
Although there is a company in Birmingham called Summit Roofguard at:

21 Sovereign Road
Kings Norton Business Centre
Birmingham, B30 3HN  
But as the person who called me only identified the company as Summit I can't be sure which of these it was if it was either.