I ordered some Magic Oven Gloves – the ones woven from Nomex and Kevlar, according to the Amazon listing. This isn’t an Amazon Marketplace item, this is an item fulfilled by Amazon itself. What I received was a Chinese made poor copy woven in cotton, which is about as heatproof as my dog’s blanket. Just … Continue reading Amazon supplies counterfeit goods, then rejects honest review
Fire is something we’ve lost touch with. We just don’t need to be that closely associated with it any more. In our modern world we burn fossil fuels rather than wood, because it’s so much easier to light volatile hydrocarbons like natural gas at room temperature with just a spark. So it’s unsurprising to me … Continue reading Demystifying Fire-Lighting
I bought a Biolite camp stove just over a year ago for my camping trips, but it’s had a lot more use than I ever envisaged. Buying the grill attachment made it even more useful. I’ve had to learn various best practices with it all, like any new piece of equipment, but the rewards have … Continue reading Biolite Camp Stove: a long-term user review
We all know how awful interest rates are for savers. And we all need a current account. So how about a current account that yields a market-topping 3% interest on all credit balances? If like me you’re a net saver, why not switch? The 1-2-3 Current Account not only pays 3% interest, you also earn … Continue reading Santander current account is best for savings
Switching banks is something people just don’t do very often in the UK. So if you’re teetering on the brink, perhaps my experiences will convince you it’s a job worth doing.
For anyone who read my original blog post Help Corporal Harry, I thought I’d let you know what has happened since. The Facebook page has had almost 3000 likes. The local and national press & media has covered the story in some detail. A petition was set up to contend that “MOD should fund charities … Continue reading Corporal Harry Killick – an update
How I tried Windows 8, and why I hated it.
If you’ve noticed this site being a little flakey over the last few days it’s because we’ve moved servers – all done now, so sorry if it’s caused you any inconvenience but normal service has been resumed.
When my company first started to trade with EU countries outside the UK, we started to receive EC sales list forms from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. Stupidly, we didn’t really register that we had to do anything apart from the declaration about EU sales on the VAT returns. Eventually we got a letter through … Continue reading VAT EC Sales Lists – red tape or revenue earner?
My friend Harry Killick was a corporal in the Territorial Army. I last saw him at his farewell dinner just before he went to Afghanistan. While he was in Afghanistan he saw active service and returned with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, having survived an attack on his patrol. Finding it harder and harder to put … Continue reading Help Corporal Harry