Category Archives: Righteous Indignation

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

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

Parking Tribunal Victory over Brighton & Hove City Council

For anyone fighting an unfair, unjustified or illegal PCN from Brighton & Hove City Council’s illustrious parking department, you may be interested to know that my appeal with the Parking Tribunal (now properly named the Traffic Penalty Tribunal) won by default because the Council didn’t even bother to present any evidence to the Tribunal. Mine … Continue reading Parking Tribunal Victory over Brighton & Hove City Council

Another Brighton & Hove City Council Parking Cockup

Today is Sunday. The parking restrictions on my road are clearly displayed as Mon-Fri noon-1pm. There are very faded, patchy single & double yellow lines which haven’t been repainted for years, and a few months ago there were Council notices tied to lamp posts about lifting parking restrictions to allow more parking locally. So what … Continue reading Another Brighton & Hove City Council Parking Cockup

Testing the Parking Tribunal

After I reported my parking ticket woes in my post entitled Brighton & Hove Parking – A Criminal Racket in Disguise, I appealed the PCN and got a rejection notice from the Council. No surprise there – after all they have to earn their money from somewhere, even if it’s from fraud. Well, my fellow … Continue reading Testing the Parking Tribunal

Brighton & Hove Parking – criminal racket in disguise

In a week when my car was unceremoniously seriously injured by a motorist (thanks, Mr Farmer) who blamed me (the oncoming traffic) after he thought it’d be ok to execute a right turn across the carriageway from a stationary, parked position without indication or regard for oncoming traffic, I thought things couldn’t get much worse. … Continue reading Brighton & Hove Parking – criminal racket in disguise