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Royal Mail in bunch of wankers shocker!

Local News, Moans

They’re closing the Delivery Office in Whitchurch with all collections going to Basingstoke instead. Which is becoming a biennial spring event (they tried to close it April 05 and May 071), but this time they seem to mean it.

Obviously the biggest reason this is a bad idea is that will inconvenience me, but other people will be screwed over by it. There’s a high percentage of old people in Whitchurch, it’s not especially convenient for them to carry items from the Delivery Office up the hill or up Micheldever Road. So having to get the bus/train to Basingstoke, get another bus to the Hospital, walk to the Basingstoke Office, collect the item, then get back will be a massive inconvenience in time (it would take a minimum of 2 hours for a young person who lived next to the train station).

And the posties will have to do a 24 mile round trip to pick up the bags of mail to post (currently a postman drives a van with the bags to the other postie’s houses)2. Adding time and costs (there are allegedly going to be no job cuts, so the only cost saving is not turning on the heating and lights at the office.) to the delivery. And the parcels will be delivered in multiple small vans from Basingstoke, rather than a large van taking it to the Whitchurch office and small vans delivering from there. So there will be an extra cost to both the bottom line and the environment.

And on the subject of costs, this will add a huge cost to people who don’t get free bus passes (as well as the time mentioned earlier), either there’s 24 miles of fuel + wear & tear on the car. Or a minimum of £7.50 for people like me who have to use public transport. And public transport isn’t possible for larger objects which will require blagging a lift.

It’s a difficult pill to swallow when the Tories, sorry, New Labour are privatising a huge chunk to raise money, increasing the price of stamps, bullying workers for moving slower than Usain Bolt and cutting services (which is probably why Mum’s mothers day present took so long to arrive).

The solution to this and the Royal Mail’s other problems is probably having an actual left-wing party in power, but in the short term maybe I should cut out the middle man. Rather than buying stuff of amazon and having to spend time and money to get the stuff when I miss the delivery I should just buy in Basingstoke and carry the stuff home.

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1 you know things are bad when I’m linking to a Tory website without making snarky remarks
2 and presumably there’d be a 24 mile round trip at the end of the day to return the empty bags to be refilled

Mars Bar chocolate brownie recipe

Food

Ingredients

  • 100g butter
  • 200g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 65g cocoa powder
  • 125g self-raising flour
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1 Mars Bar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Grease baking pan
  3. Melt 100g of butter and put in mixing bowl
  4. Stir in sugar, eggs, 65g cocoa powder and 1 tsp vanilla
  5. Cut Mars Bar in half so the caramel and nougat are 2 separate bits.
  6. Cut the nougat half into chunks, add to mixture
  7. Beat in 125g flour, salt & baking powder
  8. Spread batter into pan
  9. Cook for 25-30 mins, I turn it every 5 mins to get an even cook
  10. Icing – Boil saucepan of water
  11. Put 3 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp honey, to bowl above heat
  12. Cut caramel from Mars Bar into chunks and add to mix
  13. Add some of the icing sugar in and stir until mixed, repeat until it’s all in
  14. Add icing when brownies are still warm.

Too soon?

Moans

A Jade Goody post would probably get me some hate mail, so I’ll just link here.

The thing is none of the jokes can be too soon when the obituaries where being published before she was dead.

(Not) on Twitter

Internet, Random

I could just turn on comments on the blog, but then I’d have to manage them. 2 way communication takes effort, the nutbags in london who shout religious crap through megaphones have it right, a comment-less blog and no twitter is the lazy mans version of that

Number 2

Moans, Short

When someone lets their dog crap outside your house it should be legally and socially acceptable to follow them and take a dump on their doorstep. Or maybe just fling it at them with a spatula.

Not known at this address

House, Moans, Short

I got a letter in the post for one of my new neighbours when I moved in, put it in the post with the above. Got it back 2 days later. Brilliant.