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WE ARE THE POLICE … WE WILL PARK ANYWHERE WE WANT.. public put to a bit of inconvenience  SO WHAT…

 

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I seem to have this pulling strength of attracting IDIOTS and MORONS. Sunny Tuesday the 15th of august trying to watch the Independence day parade and chatting to a couple of Friends in India suddenly the TV-BROADBAND-PHONE is all cut off, I did the usual resetting of Hub ,switching on-off of Tivo box no success.  Then I noticed outside the window a White Van marked KELLY COMMUNICATIONS,  Two gentlemen were doing something on the road outside the house, Went out to find.. Apparently they had come to Fix a cable issue for my neighbours.

I told them Politely that they have done something which has cut off all my network, “OH NO”, “WE HAVE NOT TOUCHED ANYTHING”, this is the guy who is  Pushing a yellow pipe down the hole  .. I guess he was wearing Gloves which Technically meant he has not TOUCHED ANYTHING.   I told them again that all three services have gone, it is very RARE that this happens all three going out together. But they had not TOUCHED ANYTHING so how could it be their fault, they did there job and went.

I wish I had taken there names and the Van reg number so I could put it up here to Name and SHAME THEM, but they know who they are so hopefully if they have any sense of respect they can apologize .. OH I forgot one of the guys gave me a VERY INTELLIGENT answer, “YOU WILL HAVE TO RING VIRGIN MEDIA CUSTOMER SERVICES” it is probably a fault somewhere..

FAULT DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH yes the fault is YOU.. 

Does it TAKE a ENGINEER to find how many connections are going from here ..  ( the two cables are one for network and the other is phone) I am sure when they opened this for the first time they could have seen there is ALREADY A CONNECTION.  doesn’t take a GENIUS to see that.  SO what happened to the connection which was ALREADY THERE.  Even a MORON could have guessed that..

So around 11 am another Team comes in TWO VANS and a CAR, to check the neighbours cable, I again went out and told the guy that the previous team had done something his Reply was “I HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING”.. Seems to be a Pet answer from Kelly Communication Engineers, they probably get to hear this question a lot of times,  anyway they got to work did there patching and checked the cable GUESS what they said the Previous TEAM had PHYSICALLY CUT THE CABLE TO MY HOUSE .. 🙂 Brilliant job..   they were making there calls and promised me they will sort it out before they went.

I being the Idiot I am offered them tea as after all they are humans and working outside, the Indian culture does tell us to ask a stranger even, Gave them TEA and all , they got to work and Then LEFT putting the cups in my porch, did not have the decency to say Thank you, But I guess it could have been the BROWN SKIN effect and after all it was the INDEPENDENCE DAY of India when the British were made to leave the country.   One this I have promised myself NOT GOING TO OFFER TEA/BISCUITS to any of these people again. 

Then the real drama began with @VirginMedia calling the customer services, the person was very nice I must say but kept on asking me to try switching on and off the HUB and I am telling him the CABLE is CUT,  anyway to cut the story short they booked me a Engineer Visit for the 17th august, 2 days later.

17th august came , The engineer came , I gave him the whole story AGAIN, guess  what he says OH he did not know the cable was cut , he can’t do anything .. It is a different Team that does the pulling in and out of cables 🙂   which part of my English was missing where I had not mentioned that the CABLE WAS CUT.. I even went on to Twitter here is the Proof, CLEARLY it says the CABLE IS CUT, so why send a engineer who cant do anything to cables.

 

I even called the Customer services again just to make sure I had said the right thing, I asked the lady on the other side to READ OUT the Complaint and issue I had asked them on 15th, LO AND BEHOLD it mentions that the Second team said the CABLE has been CUT, it needs to be repulled , the guys who had cut it will come back on the day to FIX IT.   Ok I can understand my spoken English may have been wrong but surely the typed English by one of the @VirginMedia customer services could not have been WRONG.   (am i being sarcastic here , oh god so cruel of me)

 

So Now I have been booked for 30th AUGUST,  A company as big as VIRGIN MEDIA, with all their resources are so deficit of fixing a job that they need 13 days to fix a issue which THEIR engineer has caused.  I wonder how soon can they repair if the wire got cut by mistake or deliberately by ME.. after all I might not see the SECOND cable in the pipe , I could be partially sighted see only One cable at one time…

and by the way Its ok if no one can call me .. or if I cant call someone over the phone for the next two weeks, How does it effect Virgin media, None of their concern.  If there are any important calls missed I AM TO BE BLAMED, Virgin Media can compensate me for that Let see what that could be ah bless them.

Let me also tell here that when I rang the customer services and told them the TEAM IS STILL HERE the Brilliant engineers who had cut the cable, they could not do anything because they had come to fix the issue with neighbors… where has COMMON SENSE GONE..

Common Sense says that after getting my details, they could have found the team that was at my door step for the neighbours complaint, RUNG them up and told them to fix the cable they have CUT all this hassle would have been FIXED. But then common sense is no more COMMON in this Modern world. So way to go KELLY COMMUNCATIONS wooooo hooooooooooo.. 

When cable TV started in India year and yearsssssssss ago the people then were more capable of putting the cables correctly and FIXING the issue but with so much technology @VirginMedia needs 13 days to pull a Phone live for Connection 🙂 .

Thursday Challenge : “STORM (week 1 of 2)” (Dark Clouds, Rain, Lightning, Hail, Snow,…)

Haven’t done this for a long long time and as such not doing justice to my blog , so thought of taking the easy way out and posting some more pics just to keep this blog running ..

I was off to a Wedding of a friend in Llandudno , it was perfect sunday morning to start with and within minutes it turned from   This

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to This

 

and finally …

 

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It was a bit of a Chaos..

 

I have been trying to book some tickets on-line recently  and realized that it is becoming a real challenge to book tickets on-line or maybe its my age :). People say that on-line booking is very easy , it also is the new trend but there are some aspects of on-line booking I just don’t understand..

The first being What is this new thing you have to do.. Type a PHRASE or what they Call CAPTCHA , it’s like a challenge or  some sort of literacy test that you have to go through before you can actually go on to book your ticket, Look at the pictures and select a few with common themes, or a collection of letters hiding behind each other, as if we are playing hide and seek game. ..

So you have to copy that word in a new text box exactly same, you copy it – you press the OK button – it comes back saying NO .. they don’t match.. TRY AGAIN..  someone like me gets stuck on that page for half an hour , so much waste of time for a damn ticket which is supposed to be on-line the fastest mode of booking tickets.

What gets me more is when it comes up with all these options or Suggestions , especially with a slogan People who bought this also searched for this etc etc, I mean how does it matter to me what people searched on, none of my business. All I want to do is book or buy a product on-line, Why do I need to know about other stuff, If I want than I will go to their website or search for them.

Another thing that makes me cross is the address page,  You have to fill in your name your surname your first line of address etc etc, the fun starts when you reach the last column that says COUNTRY..  You press the drop down button it has hundreds of countries (Have you noticed how many names there are)…

Since I live in England I have a real battle because you go down the line to find the country called England, it’s not there 🙂  I try for Britain or  great Britain that is also not there , I have to scroll down to the bottom to find united kingdom, Why do I need to do that I mean is it not common sense that when I am logging into a website which has a web-address of lets say ABCDEFG.co.uk in the end, then that .co.uk is a BIG HINT to tell that there is a high chance of me living in UK, so why is that box not auto populated with UNITED KINGDOM, and if I have to change , I can always press that drop down button and change.

The other day I did a search for cinemas in Leicesterit brought me list of cinemas in Leicester, I isolated to a cinema near me Leicester again when I tried booking and putting the address the country drop-down had every country , NOW tell me who in their SANE mind will be coming from  INDIA or Afghanistan to watch a movie in Leicester surely the country in the list should be the local country, I mean I have selected a local cinema in Leicester which is in England and the first country that comes is Angola or Afghanistan so who is sitting in Angola early in the morning and saying  “hmmmmmmmmm  I’m thinking… I am going to watch Kong Skull Island in Leicester today, because I  am so sick of my local multiplex cinemas.. I will go and watch a movie in Leicester and this is for an afternoon show today at 2:30 p.m. Can anyone get there from Angola for 2:30 p.m. Show today ”

Anyway so once you put your address , next thing you have to do is put your e-mail address on the booking form not once but TWICE.. as they want you to confirm the e-mail address that I have typed … HELLLO I know what my e-mail address is, I’ve been using it for the last 15 years why are you testing me on my own e-mail address..

You have not asked me to confirm anything else, You did not ask me to confirm my name, my address but I know why they want you to confirm e-mail address.. More on that in the next post ..

 

I just wanted to post something its been so many days since I last posted .. How have you guys been

 

 

I have not posted for a long time , in-spite of it all being a holiday season I been so busy with everything, yet it feels i have not accomplished anything, I must have driven more than a few thousand miles and flown at least half a dozen times for something or the other, I bet the lady at the check-in desk for emirates probably recognize my face by now at the airport.

Thankfully I have a day off today so I thought I will post, something that I have observed even though I worked at the airport for a decade it did not hit me till now I guess I am a slow observer or learner I should say ..

You know we have a duty-free at almost all the airports which although sounds like a bargain but I have my doubts I am sure the duty-free is not that cheap as we think it is, anyway it’s not the prices I want to discuss.. Right so you buy some items and go to the check out, where the smiling lady at the till asks for your BOARDING PASS…

I mean you have to prove that you are flying on an aeroplane even though you are in the airport..

NOW why would they ask for the boarding pass are they trying to figure out that we should not be in that place, or have we just barged in to the duty-free shop.

Are they suggesting that I got up early morning at a ridiculous time to make it to the airport , parked my car at the car park at ridiculous high price , stood in the queue to check in my luggage , then walked up the escalators through the airport security (forgot the shuttle bus ride from the car park to the airport) 🙂 .. I mean the airport is supposedly the most security conscious place, after getting myself imaged in the new human camera, and then getting patted up and down by the security staff just because my bracelet set the metal detector off..  do the duty-free people still think that I just might have got into the shop without the BOARDING PASS.

December is here, Festive season’s , the year coming to an end, I love December though because of all the festivities, and also one of my favorite person has their birthday this month (although I am not their favorite 🙂 ) ..  So I would like to wish them a very happy birthday a couple of days late I know.. but then that’s me a Late Latif always 🙂

So whats the plan for Christmas everyone two weeks left .. Have a great month everyone …

 

So this demonetization process is going on, The funny things is as always the so-called nationalists and people Who love the country.. Especially those who have been crying out loud their love for the nation have started crying out loud again.

As always the APATHY of the nation starts, our nation has always been unlucky due to the leaders we have chosen, ever since independence there has been NO LEADER who is actually interested in the goodness of the nation, their own personal interests were a priority be it Nehru-Gandhi or any other leader.  Which is such a shame that our nation has been taken over by the DIRTY politics.

Anyway I did not want to put this post on these dirty politicians , I wanted to talk about the PEOPLE of the nation who in a vast number are still in love with the country, BUT what makes me angry is that we the people of the nation are still not one.

Since this demonetizationhas started So many stupid messages , videos have been making the rounds,  what FILTH is being distributed videos where Prime Minister Modi is being abused all over, Videos talking of national pride.. IS THIS PRIDE where we are openly abusing a chosen Prime Minister.

I hear a lot of LEADERS and People talking how a Common man is in a problem, how they are having to face so many problems.. WELL my question to these Samaritans who are sending all these whatsapp messages, emails and what not..

“HELLO”… instead of sending messages and wasting time, WHY don’t you get up your arse and do something about it.. If you think old people are being made to stand in a Queue .. Then why don’t you pick up a JUG of water and a glass and go and give some Water to this OLD MAN.

What is Funny is that even NRI’s who are sitting so far away from the nation and are undr no pressure or PAIN to stand in the QUEUE are circulating such message, LET ME ASK YOU PEOPLE are you afraid that next time when you go back to the nation you wont be able to bribe your way, or are you afraid that the famous JUGAAD wont work.  You idiots stand in a queue for hours here abroad , SO WHY CANT YOU STAND IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY.

And to the Rest of the people what is YOUR PROBLEM with this demonetization, Have you NOT worked hard to Earn that Money.. Have you used unlawful ways to earn that money, NO ONE is questioning you if you have worked hard and earned the money through proper channels.

Instead of wasting time why don’t you do something, why dont you work harder, In Punjab the SIKH organisations have been distributing Langar to those who have been standing in the QUEUE for hours to get their Money exchanged, HAS ANYONE who is harping on and on about the problems of the people gone and helped a SINGLE person.

In this WHOLE episode has anyone taken a second to think of that SOLDIER who is standing at the border, ready to give his life for you all what is going in his mind now, thinking that his wife-parents-or other family members are going through all this turmoil trying to exchange their money.. What if HE LEAVES his POST and comes home..

Yet IDIOTS and MORONS are making stupid videos wasting TIME and MONEY in bringing more disharmony in the nation, Why don’t you people get up and just go and help the families of the soldiers.

If you can’t see the issues being faced by the people DO SOMETHING, I have been blessed by a group of people who are very active in the region of Punjab helping all the needy, recently we bought a truckFull of Grain and distributed among people who are having a problem with money, It’s Not we are rich and bought.. All we did was Pool in some money, bought and then Went around asking if someone wanted to buy it off us, WE have then written the names of the people who did not have the Money and given them stuff, So when they do have the Money they will come and Give it back.

This way no one is out-of-pocket, some of the people have actually returned money back in the current denomination.

Almost every Religious place is getting into Business, Why don’t these religious places Open their Trunks full of Legal denomination and exchange it for the people, Why don’t they give the money to the local shopkeepers etc, So these shopkeepers can give food etc to those who don’t have the legal tender or even to the POOR, who are the worst hit with this demonetization.

No one will do anything but instead make idiotic videos.. Now that the demonetization  is in process it can’t be Stopped.. so STOP this nonsense and help the other country men.

YES there could have been more thought put in this , I already wrote in the previous post about it , but that does not mean I start writing post after post how it is effecting , how the poor are suffering YES THEY ARE .. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT.. 

Write posts sitting in your posh rooms, AC rooms, Make whatsapp VIDEOS, messages and flood the market, ABUSE the PM of the nation, Take Political MILEAGE..  for GOD SAKE and for once in your life spend just 5 Minutes for the Good of the nation.. 

IF Each citizen spent just 5 minutes for the Good of the nation each day IMAGINE how many hours it will be EACH day. We don’t have that many hours or minutes in the DAY to even think of it .. JUST IMAGINE..   do something for god sake .. instead of crying at every little bit. 

 

PS:- Please dont start to Comment, oh how I did a good thing etc etc.. THE POST IS NOT TO GET PRAISE OR ANYTHING OF THAT SORT.  this is purly against the Idiots in our nation, who themselves wont ever do anything for the good , but if anyone does anything they will start to shout hoarse. 

Especially the POLITICAL LEADERS…. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The recent upheaval that is going on in our nation is getting on everyone’s nerves , I guess with the amount of messages I keep getting.

I do think this idea of stopping the use of Rs.500 and 1000 note is very good as it will definitely stop the use of black money and the fake notes that have been flooded in our nation, Will it make any change I don’t know.

Media is reporting things , I am trying to make head or trail of it all but can’t understand one little thing , there are queues in front of banks where people are standing for hours and hours to get the notes changed, BUT In all the reports I have not seen a SINGLE celebrity or a big business man, are we saying they have NO notes to exchange.

Whatsapp is a good tool , I had a message come to me a couple of days before PM Modi announced the change, that message has a picture of the New Rs.2000 note .. how is that possible, where was that pic clicked or who clicked it, does that mean the notes were in circulation prior to the announcement.

What about NRI’s I have a few notes where do I go and get them exchanged, I been talked to my mom , she has visited our local bank three times in the last two days with the same notice on the door of the bank, NO CURRENCY.

I also have a question regarding the security that keeps getting mentioned on the new notes, they are so secure, connected to GPS or Satellite.. that is fair enough but HOW does that prevent the use of FAKE notes,  If I have a Fake Rs. 2000 Note how do i know, or when I use it at a shop etc. How will they know, it is Fake.

In another news I read that Congress Mp’s or MLA’s in Punjab have resigned in protest over some issue, WELL we are going to have elections in 2017, 3 months away HOW does it matter if they resigned now.

The Reason why i say this is that in the pub the other day some obviously congress allies were going on and on  about how their ministers have resigned , for the good of the state , how this was all selfless.. SELFLESS I say when has a politician done anything for selfless reasons.

Its like this Currency notes all the big wigs have got their accounts sorted, I doubt if ANY of the big wigs will be questioned by Income tax people or brought to justice but MAYBE just maybe some common people might who may have gotten their money through wrong means but the amount they have does not even effect a .000000000000000001% of the actual problem.

What do you think people is this really going to help, How is this going to bring the Black money sitting in Swiss banks back into India.

Would it not mean that instead of paying 500 or 1000 as bribe to get some things dones, especially in a Govt. Office (believe me the hassel one has to go through, I found 2 years ago a half hour job took , 3 WEEKS because I did not pay the correct person when i should have, which resulted in me spending more money in changing my flight tickets, taking more time off from my work WITHOUT PAY.. so it was more loss , easier to pay the 500 🙂 ).. We will have to pay Rs.2000. Now…

In my simple brain there are a few steps that can be taken to sort this issue, make all transactions electronic only especially if they are lets say higher than 20K or 50K.

Make sure every individual declares their Property, if any property is not declared assign it to the STATE.