Something has changed within me – Part 2

So a small musical interlude for part one….. but it leads nicely to part two.boss_dangling_carrot_in_front_of_employee_400_clr_13059

A team meeting at work always presents a challenge, as people complain, compare notes etc, but that wasn’t the issue today.  Snacks. Lots of snacks. This presented a problem, and you know what I did? I ate carrot sticks.

Seriously, something has changed….. perhaps the right carrot, could lead to the right result….



Just where did the weekend go?

It comes around every week, but never seems to stick around, yup the weekend. Friday evening was taken care of via a Falcons game.  They played against Stade Francais in the lower league european challenge cup or something.

Before the game we visited Gosforth’s hidden gem, the Northumberland Piper. Good menu and well priced, and the best bit, real home made chips. The mexican burger, well burger was great, the mexican bit didnt add much in fairness. Ice cream for afters saw me done.

The rugby was ok, but well cold.

Early start on Saturday sent me back to work for a day of recruitment. Thanks to @jinkstevens for breakfast and just about a full day saw us recruit 5 i think, so worth going in.

Sunday was an easier day, but still managed to go out for a wander over to Dalton Park then into Seaham. A little more xmas prep done.

Now? BTSport and Leciester v Toulon to see the might away.



I’ve been away for a bit, not lazy, just away….

blog_mouse_pc_400_clr_2729As often occurs with me, I manage half a year, then give up, but that’s not quite the case this time. My attention has been elsewhere with a small side project (which is also now defunct ) and a big one still in place ( The latter covers following the Falcons and uses a twitter handle of @northstandkp to build content and followers. I am genuinely surprised by traction its gained, but its been fun posting on match days and writing the odd preview and review.

But in fairness, that’s not the only reason for not posting, I’ve lost my way a little, in all facets of life if i am honest. Any semblance of behaviour in sport/fitness/food has left the building, the work life balance screwed, a poor tinder experience put me off… so its a tale of woe.

Its taken a while to even attempt to get out of that. The good news/bad news, is that just one bit of work to do next, and then off the the gym/sauna I go.  I will keep kit in the car, so i can go and do that. Don’t worry its not xmas/new year related, just seen a change on the horizon, and I am going to move my self.

Once the gym is working and I am behaving better, I am going to redo C25K  having faltered at week 3 last time. This time can i get to the end???

Enough for now, but I will endeavour to write more!

so the chromebook became unwell before christmas, and has been away…


So you may recall i said nice things about the chromebook, lightweight, quick, easy and good battery life. It did most things I wanted and rarely was it troubled. And then Blue, blue was the colour, everything went blue.

I tried to speak to the retailer Tesco in this example, who decline my right of return, as 3 months is too long. I would suggest 3 months for a new electrical item is anything but, and they said they needed a chance to repair. Ok, but they dont repair items as the warranty/guarantee sits with Samsung so they say.  I’ve checked and in law we can ignore that, but they need a chance to remedy a fault. Which is fine, but they kept saying they dont repair stuff, and needed to go to Samsung. Circles were went around and in the end, I spoke to Samsung, who a) left me an abrupt voicemail and b) want photos of the problem, which they then couldnt open.

I also point out Samsung were sending emails to me from COUSTOMER support which, err, may be wrong. Repair agreed around christmas time, so working days only etc, which i can understand. Its a computerised process and this is where it went a let wrong. I got a text to say repair people would be intouch to arrange collection. From this i expected a call/email/letter or something to let me know the plan and when to collect. What acutally happens is a text from DPD telling you a parcel is coming. No context no nothing. As it was christmas time, I assume it was an incoming parcel and not Samung/its agent, so the man arrived, and the Chrome book wasnt there. Arse.

I managed to rearrange the delivery, thanks to DPD who were really good.

I rang the repair agents to check it would be ok and was told it would be -phew.

Then a text saying the repair had been cancelled, so back on the phone to Samsung, who explained it was an issue and the courier had been cancelled and rpocess starts again with another two day wait. Alas the man at Samsung appeared to be making things up as the courier still came and collected, and the repair went ahead.

To be fair to repair agents, they apologised for cancelling in error, but a new order had to be raised, which meant another courier collection for an item already collected – oh the joys of automation. I managed to get them to cancel that collection! I recieved 3 further cancellation texts from Samsung, which I started to ignore.

DPD tracking let me see the item arrive at the repair agent, nd they turned it around very quickly. A new motherboard, I’ve learned, so a bluescreen = broken broken. Item returned via DPD. However, another text message from SAmsung tells me the item has been delivered. I ring them to check, and it has been delivered that means its been delivered to the courier – top tip Samsung, make the text say that, rather than confusing the issue.


So its repaired, and working, as I type on it now! phew

Samsung score 2/10 for item breaking so soon

Samsung support score 1/10 – making stuff up is bad, sending emails from COUSTOMER is bad, the automated process not making sense is bad.

Repair agent – Digicare – thanks for fixing it 8/10 – only let down by cnacelling the order in error, but you did apologise and I thank you for that.

Tesco for being awful about a return/repair 0/10. If it breaks again, I shall be after money back and something different!


Thanks for reading this rant!