If in doubt on any given issue, read [livejournal.com profile] elephantfeed, as the fluffy elephant seems to have its head screwed on.

If there is a banging on the flat next doors door, it means that someone has let someone past the security door when they shouldn't have. If, on opening th edoor to find out what is going on, you are greeted with a distraught looking female, react according to instinct.

If, on asking said female (of indeterminate age but looks wasted) if she's looking for the neighbour, she collapses into a sob story, pay attention to words of sob story. If she says "he paid me to have sex with him, but gave me a checque, so I can't afford to pay for the B&B tonight and I've nowhere to sleep", then turning off your normal altruistic instincts might be a good plan. Esepcially if oyu happen to know the bastard is actually in but not answering the door.

If the lady upstairs (Anne) gestures to you to run and leave it, probably a good plan to shut the door and not get involved.

FFS, I need to move out of this building. Girl claimed to Anne that a) she's 16 (she looked a lot more, um, "lived in", but was definately off her face on something) b) he'd given her a cheque for £400 (um, for sex? with that? he's stupid, but not that stupid - besides, if it's for that much, it's definately rubber, he's as skint as me, but earns (a lot) less). Spoke to Anne after she left (Mike never opened the door). She'd rung him from upstairs, he wasn't going to leave the flat. Even the girls downstairs (who, let's just say, aren't the nicest of neighbours) thought she was a problem.

Charity? Maybe it ought to begin at home. But to bring back 16 year old drug addicts and pay them for sex with a rubber cheque, and then hide from them and let your neighbours deal with it? I thought he was the decent neighbour (apart from Anne).
Both Christy and Jo have posted lists of things that have made them smile today. So, well, it's not a bad idea for a meme, right?

Good things
  1. Via Rohim in a thread at [livejournal.com profile] pickledpolitics I discover that odds are I'm not allergic to sunlight, instead I probably suffer from Photic sneeze reflex.

  2. One of the two annoying obnoxious downstairs neighbours has been moved out. Unfortunately, it was the aggresive stupid one not the loud stupid one, but she's been given a fina warning

  3. My upstairs neighbour managed to find a charity shop selling traditional ice-cube making trays, so I don't need to keep buying bags to make them any more - how insane is it to rip up plastic bags to make ice, all that packaging waste? I like the upstairs neighbour

  4. The summer pressure cooker at work is almost over, now I've merely got to concentrate on keeping the clients happy and not costing the company too much money. assuming the heat doesn't get to me, I may be back to a sensible modd soon

  5. I have friends that are happy. I can do silly little things to make them happy without saying a word. This is good.

  6. Bell's Whiskey over ice, sometimes with lemonade. For this discovery I thank [livejournal.com profile] aliannurai

  7. I'm reading again. The last two weeks I've finished Fforde's The Big Over Easy and Reynold's Century Rain, both of which were very cool. In addition, [livejournal.com profile] nadriel will be pleased to read, I've nearly finished [livejournal.com profile] flemco's Pedestrian Wolves, which is sick, wrong and entertaining, which is what you expect from Mr Grant, right?

  8. The heat may be dying down, at least for a bit. We'll see

  9. Both [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking and [livejournal.com profile] freddiefraggles have actually made me smile by posting pictures of cute animals. I don't do cute animals, so why did it cheer me up?

Overall, I've had two lazy days off doing very little. I had intended to tidy the flat, do some shopping, do some reading, etc. Meh, one out of three is ok, I'm relaxed and calm after a few stressful weeks...
Well, it looks like someone else in the street has complained. Lee never did anything, now the new landlord says he will, we'll see.

Anyway, letter received from a Mr R Kelly, Environmental Protection Section, with attached noise leaflet. There's a copy for each flat, 1 through 6, so whoever it is doesn't know it's specifically her.

Does say "evidence from a diary may be used", hope this can count. Wonder if dad knew him? Must remember to ask. Possible I might have met him if he's been there for awhile.
Right, memo to self and also a request. If I mention to someone again that I've reinstalled Windows, can someone remind me to also install the drivers for the extra hardware that came with the thing? d'oh! The reason no games were running (not that this actually bothered me) was because I hadn't installed anything since I rebooted a few months back.

The things you discover when bored. This does mean that, well, Medieval Total War and Warcraft III are now working on this box. Which means that, well, I've got something to do in the evenings when I'm knackered after work.

I have a new landlord. I think it's the bloke I met while he was looking around the place, but I'm not sure. I left the office early today (I'm owed the time anyway), to meet him. Except he's coming around tomorrow. Can't leave early two days in a row. d'oh!

This bloody cold is getting to me now. I'm perfectly coherent, it's not affecting my concentration, I can work fine. Except the sore throat and coughing if I talk for any length of time. What do I spend half my day doing at this time of year? That's right, I talk. Lots. Bugger. Three times I answered the phone today and started coughing during the first sentence. Good job my host families actually like me...

Am in the middle of an apathy attack. Can't be arsed to do much. Ah well.
Lee says he's selling the place and has a buyer. Suspect it's the guy I met, not sure, but no chance he'll deal with her downstairs quickly, so I'll keep track of the problems here. Private my-eyes-only for now.

Since she moved in, she's been regularly loud and annoying. Discussions with her, and via Anne and Lee, have been fruitless. She seems to acknowledge the problem, then gets drunk, and is both incapable and frankly obnoxious when she's not sober.

Regular late night music, mostly crappy chart/dance stuff. Plus, she shouts. Badly. A few weeks back, a neighbour from across the street came out and shouted at her, but it's not getting very far.

It's getting worse with the summer, she's keeping her window open, sitting in it, music blaring and shouting to anyone that walks passed. I know I'm naturally a quiet person, but she's excessively loud, even by my standards. Maybe the new landlord will be of use. I don't hold my breath.
Sainsbury's and Woolworths have withdrawn the Jerry Springer DVD from sale after pressure from "Christian Voice", the lunatic fringe fundamentalists that want to deny you the opportunity to make your own mind up. I've ranted about it (a lot) on the blog, but this infuriates me so much I'm reposting the lot here under a cut. My MP is writing to the two company's, as are a few others, ask yours to, details on how in there.

Regardless of whether you like the show, censorship is not the answer, and I really fear the slippery slope on this one. The full blog entry, including links, information, data and contact details )
Until they change their policy on this, I'll not be going into a Woolworths or Sainsburys except to complain. I urge you to do the same.



Full entry here.

In other news, another reason to dislike Wikipedia. It's not like it's ever going to be fixed the way they're going with it. Read more... )

Arsehole neighbour had a party last night, kept me awake till 4am, so my normal nocturnal activity is now curtailed, I've typed up what I felt the need to and assuaged my anger, now, to bed. Not sure whether to read Prince Caspian, Looking for Jake, Northern Lights or Anansi Boys. All are sat there in the "get on with it and finish me already" pile.
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British Liberal, house husband, school play leader and stepdad. Campaigner, atheistic feminist, amateur baker. Male.

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