Just When You Thought I’d Vanished…

 

Up I pop with not very much to say, in honesty.

It’s been a while since I wrote here…not because I’ve ceased to have an opinion, nor because I don’t feel my voice has any importance, but because I’m taking time to observe the world and its people around me.  I’ve also been rather busy trying to secure a publisher for my 6th book of prose and poetry titled “Memoirs of a Messed-Up Mum.”

There has also been the issue of my broken gas meter and a whole week of having no gas to cook with, no ability to heat my home and consequently, myself and my children and of course, no hot water, so feeling unclean, the last thing I wanted to do was sit at the computer and write.

I had emailed EDF several months ago (3 to be precise) and informed them that the battery on my pre-payment meter was low and needed replacing.  Their response email advised me that it wasn’t an emergency complaint and thus, I had to wait until the battery died and then contact them again.  When this happened, AFTER crediting the meter with £15 gas, my daughter telephoned them on my behalf and they agreed to send an engineer out within 8 hours to replace the battery.  An engineer arrived 4 hours later, took one look at the meter and said he couldn’t fix it, that it was apparently a recent common problem with similar meters and that we’d have to phone the emergency number again and request another engineer be called out to repair it. So, again, my daughter phoned them and was told an engineer would visit us within 8 hours.

The second engineer came around midnight, the house was stone-cold freezing and he replaced our meter with a new one, but only put £5 credit on it.  I put the heating on straight away, but that credit lasted only 2 hours. We phoned EDF the next day, a Saturday, and were informed that without a new top-up card we were unable to credit the new meter, but that when we were in receipt of it, it would have my £15 credit on it. We were told our situation wasn’t an emergency and that the card would arrive with us in due course.  The children and I spent the weekend in our respective beds attempting to keep warm.  On the Monday morning my daughter phoned them again and was told the payment card would be sent that day by 2nd Class post and that it would arrive with us by Wednesday at the latest and that in the meantime, we should just sit tight. I spent those 2 days crying my eyes out…it was so cold that my bones physically hurt.

Wednesday arrived but the card didn’t, so my daughter phoned EDF again and was told that an engineer would come out and put £5 credit on our meter.  The engineer never arrived. The lack of hot food and inability to get clean and warm was taking its toll and our complaints were seemingly falling on deaf ears – we were told that a lot of people were in the same position and that EDF were fixing it to the best of their ability.  By Thursday, even my daughter was losing patience…she phoned them again and 2 hours later an engineer arrived and put £5 on our meter…we were told that £5 was the maximum amount that the engineers were allowed to credit the meters with.  That evening 2 of us managed to have a lukewarm bath each and a hot dinner…then the gas was all gone.

On Friday my daughter phoned them again to ask where our payment card was and was informed that it hadn’t been sent out due to 2 things:- apparently they use business class and can only post things out on certain days of the week – our meter had been broken a week earlier, yet no day within that week was a business class day? When my daughter said this to them she was told that their systems were down, hence the delay. So my daughter told them I was threatening to go to the press – I am disabled and the cold causes me no end of suffering. That evening an engineer came and put £10 on our meter and the next morning the pre-payment top-up card arrived by First Class post. EDF telephoned me for 4 consecutive days to make sure our gas was working all right.

I just think it’s a shame that normal people are forced to suffer as a result of a company’s inability to provide an adequate service to its customers.  With all of that money from tax evasion that these fuel companies get away with under our current government, one would think they’d spend a little money training their staff and improving their services.

I’d be interested to hear stories from others regards to their dealings with the fuel companies…so do feel free to comment this post.

Last week I was fortunate enough to watch a live-stream of the Occupy protest outside the BBC in London, calling for the BBC to tell the truth in its news programs instead of fobbing us off with what the government think we should be able to watch.  Too many people pay an annual TV License Fee to hear bullshit propaganda fed to us by the Tories and their over-inflated egos.  The BBC bigwigs sit with fat pockets and apparently no conscience.  It forced me to be realistic – we are paying to be lied to and for the most part, the great British public are content with that so long as they get to watch Eastenders and similar shows. That, in my honest opinion, is ignorance at its finest.

I’ll leave you with your thoughts and also with this:

http://daily.represent.us/matt-damon-blows-your-mind/

 

Until next time…

 

They’re at it again!!

 

Remember the row over the Iraq war? How we swore blind that we, as the people, wanted no part in it? And still, the then Prime minister Tony Blair stroked US ass and entered into an illegal war anyway?

Remember all of that bad press afterwards and the leaders that went unpunished for their crimes? Yes, their CRIMES…including using banned chemical weapons to murder innocent people.

I was looking through the posts at Facebook today and happened upon a very interesting and informative post by Keith Ordinary Guy titled “A letter a day to No 10”.  I shall post it here in full for you to read, share and copy/paste onto your own paper so you too can send it to Downing Street.

First though, follow the links and read what you find there…know that they accuse Syria of using banned chemical weapons in order to justify seeking to bypass the UN in order to kiss Bilderberg butts and allow the corporate world to profit again illegally from the deaths of innocent people.

Are we really prepared, as a nation, to stand by and shake our heads whilst allowing our government to represent us in this manner so we can complain afterwards because we seemingly enjoy a good topic of conversation?  This isn’t a Soap Opera, this is REALITY and unless we unite, it’ll just go from bad to worse.

The National Sleep Out Protest against the Bedroom Tax, homelessness and Benefit Cuts that took place in over 50 towns and cities across the UK on Saturday 24th August 2013 has proven that we really can make a difference, as the first article in Keith’s Facebook status proves.  So take heed people and more importantly, TAKE ACTION.

Kieth’s status is as follows:

 

Letter to number 10. No 497.Wednesday 28 August 2013. Syria, another disaster waiting to happen.Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste the text for your own letter.

Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.

Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona. Not to be missed.

 http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/

Dear Mr Cameron,

For a government that has lied to and wilfully deceived the country and brought chaos and despair to so many of the poorest and most vulnerable people in the country such that a UN Watchdog is due to arrive today to investigate the bedroom tax and people being driven to suicide, you are not fit to make any decisions on another sovereign nation. Nor, of course, is Obama, whose troops have used Depleted Uranium weapons in Iraq with devastating consequences for the lives of the Iraqi people. Britain and America are not fit to make decisions about Syria especially as it seems that the debate is to be about an armed response as a first resort and not, as it always should be, a last resort.

Of course, we cannot know who is pulling strings behind the scenes as you are at great pains to avoid declaring corporate interests which we know dominate government decisions and the last people you listen to is us. There is also the matter that the last people to suffer in any armed conflict are those who make the decisions to pursue it. If, as is likely, you create a situation of spreading yet more hatred against the West in the Middle East, it is not you who will suffer the consequences of your actions and we’ll be at risk from yet more rhetoric about extremists and more draconian measures to suppress it and us into the bargain.

Gung ho western interests with more testosterone than brains are doubtless champing at the bit to have a go in Syria and are ready to make vast profits on the proceeds of war. The world is an ever increasingly fragile place, driven by the neoliberal agenda. Given the dominance of neoliberalism in UK politics now, it is unlikely that we’ll see restraint or from you tomorrow. No good will be served by precipitous decisions and whatever the truth is of the situation in Syria, striking first and asking questions later is not a solution. The history of war in recent times does not inspire confidence that civilians will not suffer and the military industrial war machine is not to be trusted any more than you are.

 http://welfarenewsservice.com/un-watchdog-investigate-bedroom-tax-suicide-link/

 http://rt.com/news/iraq-depleted-uranium-health-394/

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23851292

A letter a day to Number 10 Downing Street. The government get all sorts of free media time to have their say, now I am having mine, with the help of friends and supporters who have kindly donated stamps and stationary. My thanks to you all. There is also a website with all the letters and replies, featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit plus bonus material.  http://www.keithordinaryguy.org.uk/

We have a voice…NOW is the time to exercise our rights as civil human beings.

John P. Matthew Country Manager Johntext India

After short period of vocational adjustment John P. Matthew from Mumbai / India is in charge of the English edition of the website Johntext  in India – india.johntext.de .

John P. Matthew is author and businessman –  a composition which is rare.

In critical and empathic articles he describes the situation of his fellow men in India. He will make proposals to change and improve the living conditions.

© 2012 Hans-Jürgen John

India and its author John P. Matthew by Hans-Jürgen John

My door in these days to India is Mumbai. So I travelled from Germany/Switzerland to India, last week. I saw and I visited Mumbai. The kindness of its inhabitants is sufficient for me to know and to understand that Indians are a friendly people. Friendly to foreigners, friendly to its great past and future of its children, open-minded and with spiritual disposition.

I suppose there are thousands of authors and writers in Mumbai. Fate helped me to find one out of thousands.

About a year ago I tried to find out if `johnart` is already registered as a trademark. I clicked through the pages of Google`s world. Then I found the page of John P. Matthew, author and poet. We wrote to each other. Now, finally, I managed to visit him in Mumbai.

 

I found an author who is sensitive, who sees Indian problems, its wonderful people and its possibilities and we became friends. We installed the Indian flag on Johntext.de … and now he is ready to write for Johntext about India.

© 2012 Hans-Jürgen John

J o h n t e x t – Trademark registration

Here are a few organizational news items:

The commissioning of the trademark registration of “J o h n t e x t” in the fall of this year marked an important step in establishing and positioning the site.

The office LÜBECK – Accountants – Solicitors in Frankfurt am Main, accessible online at www.luebeckonline.com and highly recommendable, agreed to initiate the application process.

Such a trademark application is an interesting thing. On the website of the office you can immediately check whether a trademark is still available or whether it is already protected elsewhere.

Prior to this, a professional online shop (Shopware) was purchased and installed at www.johntext.co.uk.

This shop is suitable and intended for the distribution of texts and literature of the “J o h n t e x t” brand. It will go online after the trademark registration is complete.

I wish all readers of  J o h n t e x t  a beautiful, peaceful evening surrounded by friends or family.

Sincerely, Hans-Jürgen John