Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Three London hospitals have been forced to shut down their entire computer systems for at least 24 hours after being hit by a virus.
St Bartholomew's (Barts) in the City, the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and The London Chest Hospital in Bethnal Green are affected. A spokesman said well-rehearsed emergency procedures were in place. Theatres and outpatient departments had remained operational, and patients with appointments were still being seen. The spokesman said walk-in patients were being accepted at accident and emergency, and processed using manual back-up systems. But ambulances were being diverted to neighbouring hospitals to ensure that seriously ill patients did not suffer as a result of the slower manual systems being used. The patient transport system used by elderly or disabled patients to attend routine appointments has also been disrupted. The spokesman said the virus was "not malicious", and the infection was "self-contained".
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Following the problems in the sub-prime lending market in America and the run on HBOS in the UK, uncertainty has now hit Japan.In the last 7 hours Origami Bank has folded, Sumo Bank has gone belly up and Bonsai Bank announced plans to cut some of its branches. Yesterday, it was announced that Karaoke Bank is up for sale and will likely go for a song, while today shares in Kamikaze Bank were suspended after they nose-dived.Samurai Bank is soldiering on following sharp cutbacks, Ninja Bank is reported to have taken a hit, but they remain in the black. Furthermore, 500 staff at Karate Bank got the chop and analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank where it is feared that staff may get a raw deal.Courtesy HoaxSlayer
Monday, November 10, 2008
The great thing for TV, is to get people who will embarrass themselves for the entertainment of others, whether it be marriages that are on the rocks discussed in a public forum; sad 'z' list ex-performers who get into reality show in an attempt to revitalize their careers; nice old codgers who really can't cut the mustard in ballroom dancing; performers who get it spectacularly wrong, or a performance that is simply edited to show the worst bits ~ all in the name of entertainment. Paying a class act would be far too expensive! I guess this is what is meant by dumbing down. Even experienced broadcasters can sink to the level of leaving messages, in bad taste, on an elderly actor's answering machine and we all saw where that led!
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Subject: Re: Your flight has been re-scheduled
Date: 11 September 2008 17:40:12 BDT
Despite the new time you sent me, the flight, in fact landed late at Kalymnos and then took off late too.
Re-scheduled Flight Booking Reference: RXKU8H
There is a schedule change on your flight(s) booked with Olympic Airlines due to operational reasons.
Your flight OA13 on 08SEP originally scheduled to depart from Kalymnos Island to Athens at 07:15, has been now changed to flight OA15 08SEP, departing from Kalymnos Island at 16:35 and arriving in Athens at 17:35.
We confirm your flight details, as follows:
Passengers WEEKS/DAVIDMR SIBLEY/BRIANMR
From To Departure Arrival Flight Travel Category Kalymnos Island Athens 08SEP 16:35 08SEP 17:35 OA15 ECONOMY
We apologize for any inconvenience, this may have caused you and thank you for your understanding.
Should you have any further questions, you are welcome to call your local Olympic office.
Have a nice flight,
Over a Month later I receive a reply:
Dear Mr Weeks,
Thank-you for your email letter dated 11th September 2008, which I receivd today from our Athens Head Office.
Naturally it is always our intention and desires to operate each of our flights in accordance with published schedules, and we are concerned when circumstances beyond our control prevent us from doing so.
The airline industry and its operations are notoriously affected by multiple uncontrollable factors and for this reason timings are not guaranteed and the airline cannot be held liable/responsible for connections or separate contracts, with independent travel insurance being the only possible avenue for restitution.
There is no compensatory factor applicable to such circumstances under EU regulation EC261 / 2004 as more than 14 days notice was given.
We ask you to accept our repeated apology for the inconvenience encountered.
Tony D Little
Customer Services & Administration Superintendent
So now we know why the mess happened; why we get no compensation; why the customer service is non existent and why I shall never ever fly with this rubbish outfit, ever again.