Sunday, November 17, 2019

Smoke or haze?

Smoke haze at 5am outside my house

With drought and bushfires, times can be tough but all I have had to contend with in the last few days has been an early summer - two days of 39.5c [about 103F which is HOT] but t his [see picture] is what I walked out into this morning. A Haze that smelled of smoke and my trusty BOM app says the temperature is just 17.6 which is a massive drop of 22 degrees from the peak from yesterday.

oops BOM means Bureau of Meteorology - the Official weatherman.

So, I am wondering how far away are the fires?

Wayne Mansfield

Friday, November 08, 2019

What makes the news now...

Frontpage News!

A collection of Frontpages!

I was wondering today why newspapers are so in decline!

It has to do with, in my opinion, CLIC BAIT or in old fashioned terms Headlines.

A collection of today's headlines included:

Mobile phone ban in schools in Perth
Interest-free Loan is Farners for drought [ no drought in Western Australia so not much interest]

Boris calls General election in UK - Boring

Geez not enough to make you want to nick the paper from my coffee place today - I stopped home delivery a few years ago because of this crap.


Thursday, November 07, 2019

Who has right of way on a footpath?

Pedestrians have right of way most of the time...

Here is the law:

In general, drivers are required by law to give way to pedestrians in the following situations:
· At pedestrian crossings and in shared zones.
· When the driver is entering or leaving the road. For example: when driving into or out of your driveway at home you must give way to pedestrians on the footpath.
· When the driver is turning left or right at an intersection the driver must give way to any pedestrian at or near the intersection who is crossing the road the driver is entering. This provision does not appear to apply to roundabouts, perversely.
· When the driver is doing a U-turn.

Today as I was walking, a loud horn noise broke my concentration when a lady turned left across where I was walking and nearly ran me over. I am sure... and I looked it up, if you are turning left off a main road you need to give way to Pedestrians... her excuse was the guy behind her was too close and I was easier to scare than him behind.

Scare me she did and as I avoided her I dropped my wallet which some kind soul returned to me at my home later in the morning.

Rant over!


Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Electric Cars anyone?

Will they come to Australia?

I often wonder how clean electric cars are when they are plugged into the grid.... don't they just transfer the dirty stuff from petrol to coal??


Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Banks just don't get it!

All banks are B...

I am sure you have all experienced this: Ringback tomorrow and we can help you!

On November 1st, my trusty credit card stopped working due to the card only being good until the end of October. I have been reminded countless times to update it but my coffee app from M's just stopped working... and wanted me to fix... and promptly charge me at least 7 times but kept saying it hadn't processed the sale, therefore, no Coffee!

The ladies at Maccas Morley said "we will give you a free coffee but we can't fix the charges... your bank can."

I rang the bank at 6.30 WST which is 9.30 ASST Sydney and got the usual message "As you have called outside our normal times we can't help" Not to be deflected, I turned my card over and rang the overseas number and sure enough the phone was answered - strange that... better service for overseas than Australia! Ah well, you get used to that in Perth.

After explaining the situation and the bank seeing 7 charges in 3 minutes so obviously a problem I was told if we try and fix it will take up to 8 weeks or you could talk to M's [who you will recall sent me to the bank] So, I asked could they please start the process and then the machine said "No you can't" and I was told "Ringback tomorrow and we can." Not to be deterred, I asked for a Supervisor who gave me the same script.... "If I could I would help but ring back tomorrow and I will start the 8-week process...

"Can you send me an email outlining all this?" I asked! "No" he said "We can't send emails in case it is fraud but if you RING BACK TOMORROW I can help but not today."

So off to the official place to complain [AFCA] "110% your right to go to the ombudsman" my unhelpful W Supervisor said... and I did that but they give the bank 80 days [ more than the 8 weeks to bank said it would take to a fix] to respond!

I will start a campaign today to have a $10,000 fee/penalty that makes banks actually care about their customers rather than just tell them to "Get nicked"


Monday, November 04, 2019

Wisdom Mentors

With age comes wisdom hopefully?

I was waiting to get grey hair - doesn't that signify wisdom - except my hair fell out!


Sunday, November 03, 2019

Who Really Makes the Rules?

Rules - You don't need to like them just know them

“Don't let the expectations and opinions of other people affect your decisions.