Daily Archives: June 15, 2010
Dear Lazyweb, can anyone help?
Despite having long ago registered NOT to get spam phone calls, I get more of them than I do real calls. It’s annoying enough when I’m sitting by the ‘phone (as I am when at the ‘puter – with which it shares a desk), but makes me positively angry when I run in from another room for it. I’m getting to the point where I don’t bother to try with landline calls, except when I’m expecting them.
I tried asking BT about blocking spam numbers a while ago, but they say they can’t, or won’t. SO I wonder, is there a ‘phone or other bit of kit I can buy, that’ll screen out incoming calls from any 08xx number (as well as withheld numbers – so I don’t have to trouble BT with them)? I avoid answering those already, as they are reliably some-call-centre.
After two days of works became more than three months (with notice given half-way through), we finally seem to have some peace and quiet. The wall opposite is looking complete(!), and the workmen haven’t returned this week (though I thought they were back this morning, when a lorry stopped outside to load/unload, but it turns out that was just someone moving). On the other hand, part of the building site is still fenced off, so maybe there’s more to do.
Most intriguing: how are they going to remove the scaffolding from the far side of the wall? Normally you’d take scaffolding down starting at the top, and load it onto a vehicle at the bottom. But there’s no access to the bottom of this wall. They erected the scaffolding by lowering it from above, and I guess they’re going to need to bring a big crane to take it down. That’ll be … erm … interesting, in our narrow little road.
In other local news, summer has reached the point where I’m hotter than comfortable while working. The river is warmer than I recollect from recent summers, and also lower: after about four weeks of summer weather with very little rain, I was unable to swim on-the-spot against the current for exercise, as I have done many times in the past.