Posted by sean on March 31, 2006 at 11:03 pm in Funny Things with No Comments

I’m just off to bed now but I have heard just some breaking and very worrying news come through on TV…

Apparently there has been a terrible F1 accident involving Button. The full extent of the accident is unknown but I am sure more will come through during the night and tomorrow morning, I hope really hope all is OK.

I managed to get a screen grab of the accident here. Check out any news sites and channels for updates – worrying times indeed. :o(

Posted by sean on March 29, 2006 at 9:17 pm in Family Guy, Television with No Comments

I watched the latest episode of The Simpsons last night, the highly anticipated one written by and featuring Ricky Gervais. Well, Ricky did little to improve the long-since past it series, in fact I would go as far to say he made it worse.

The episode, part of the 17th season (the 7th too many in my opinion) featured a poor storyline and cheap gags which have become too familiar with the new episodes.

In this episode the writers seemed to forget the storyline completely and just made room for Rickey Gervais’ jokes. Now Gervais can be a very funny man, but I didn’t find him amusing in The Simpsons. Maybe he has lost it, maybe he had to americanise his humour or tone it down for a family audience, it certainly wasn’t up to his best. This was the first new episode I have seen in a while. It’ll be the last for some time to come.

After The Simpsons I had to remind myself that American TV can be funny so watched the new Family Guy episode which was brilliant, one of the best I have seen. Stewie’s arch nemis returned, Peter had a sensitive operation and afterwards experienced “fat sex” with Louis. Peter also had a fight the squirrel from the film Ice Age – pure genius.

Quagmire had the best line of the show though. Talking about a vasectomy he used the comparison “You take the venom out of the cobra and what have you got? … you’ve got a belt.”

Posted by sean on March 28, 2006 at 6:53 pm in Football with No Comments

The Champions League is back tonight, a treat for all football fans! There are two cracking ties this evening, Arsenal against Juventus and Barcelona playing Benfica. It is just a shame that they are both on at the same time!

Having Barca as my second team I obviously want them to win although I do have a soft spot for Arsenal and wish them well in the Champions League too, I like to see all English clubs do well in Europe besides ManUtd and Chelsea.

Good luck to both sides.

Oh and Dan, if you were wondering when your new team Chelsea are playing in the Champions League you will have to wait until September. No more Europe for José Moanrinho’s men this season.

Posted by sean on March 27, 2006 at 9:14 pm in Football with No Comments

I did a little better with my football predictions this weekend.
Of the 12 games predicted I got 7 results correct and 2 perfect scores. I have also decided never to predict Championship games again as anyone can beat anyone in that crappy league. You don’t know what is going to happen from one game to the next.

Next weekends predictions will be posted later in the week.

My Prediction Actual Result
Aston Villa 2-1 Fulham Aston Villa 1-1 Fulham
Chelsea 2-0 Man City Chelsea 2-0 Man City
Liverpool 2-1 Everton Liverpool 3-1 Everton
Sunderland 1-2 Blackburn Sunderland 0-1 Blackburn
Wigan 1-1 West Ham Wigan 1-2 West Ham
Charlton 1-1 Newcastle Charlton 3-1 Newcastle
Man Utd 2-0 Birmingham Man Utd 3-0 Birmingham
Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton Middlesbrough 4-3 Bolton
Tottenham 2-1 West Brom Tottenham 2-1 West Brom
Leeds 2-0 Stoke Leeds 0-0 Stoke
Sheff United 2-1 Southampton Sheff United 3-0 Southampton
Watford 2-0 Millwall Watford 0-2 Millwall

Posted by sean on March 27, 2006 at 8:59 pm in Me Vs. The World with No Comments

It is the age we live in that fraud is an area we need to be cautious over, especially with our bank details. Chip and pin has become a standard procedure when paying for goods in shops while orders over the internet need to be made over secure connections.

You would think and hope that the banks who are there look after all your money are doing their up most to keep your personal and bank details as safe and secure as possible, I always thought so. However I was very surprised and slightly concerned about the manner in which my bank, Lloyds TSB dealt with me today.

My debt card is due to expire at the end of the month. I called the bank Friday to find out if my new card was in the post. As normal I got transferred to somewhere in India where I spoke to someone was obviously reading from a set sheet of responses and being paid a terrible wage just because the multi billion pound bank are too tight to pay to run a British call centre. I was told that my debit card was in the post and if it had not arrived by Monday I should call back.

Monday came but the debt card didn’t. I called the bank, again ended up speaking to someone in an Indian call centre. They were able to find out that my new debit card was dispatched but had been posted to my old address! Now I told the bank, in writing over 6 weeks ago of my new address and was personally called by the bank to confirm the change, I have also received two bank statements since then. Due to receiving the call and bank statements I naturally assumed the bank had updated their systems so why was my card posted to an old address?

Luckily I still have family living at my old address but what if I didn’t, what if some fraudster had got hold of my card details and ordered shit loads off the internet? Even if the new residents were not dodgy, they may have been lazy and just chucked the envelope in the bin (it wasn’t marked “Private”) for someone to get hold of outside the house? More to the point, what if I couldn’t have got hold of my card, I’ll need it by Saturday if I want to buy anything.

Banks always stress to their customers to be so careful with their card and pin number, but Lloyds TSB have made such a simple, yet potentially costly error. I just hope this is a one off, but with an estimated £1.7billion of reported fraud in the UK (in this recent news report) it makes you wonder how much is down to simple carelessness of the bank?

Lloyds TSB – you need to be more careful and scrap the foreign call centres. When people need to discuss their money they want to speak to somebody fluent in the language. You must put the customers first, not greed.

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