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Amazon supplies counterfeit goods, then rejects honest review

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

Biolite Camp Stove: a long-term user review

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

Santander current account is best for savings

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

VAT EC Sales Lists – red tape or revenue earner?

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?

Plebgate: Policeman vs. MP Slugfest

OK, I’ve talked about the dire state of our economy, which is what should really matter to all of us, particularly those in power. But let’s look at that one incident which has caused so much jabber and the use of so many hours of broadcast time and published pages. An MP, Andrew Mitchell, who … Continue reading Plebgate: Policeman vs. MP Slugfest

Cameron’s Economic Debacle is… OK, actually

So here’s a thing… you’re in a damaged vehicle at high speed… there’s an experienced driver at the wheel… and you tear him away from what he does best, replacing him with someone who smiles nicely but has never driven a vehicle before. Does that make sense? No. But nonetheless, it’s what Britain did on … Continue reading Cameron’s Economic Debacle is… OK, actually