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I have recently filed a complaint against John O’Neill and his staff in the Western Road branch of Cubitt & West. My wife made the mistake of engaging him to be our estate agent. We have four complaints, all relating to what John O’Neill promised us would happen when he pitched for our business.
- John O’Neill lied to us by claiming that Cubitt & West were running an automated system so that if one branch in Brighton noted something on its system, every other branch would know it the same day. In fact, there was no such automated system and his staff were unable to communicate successfully even by email.
- John O’Neill agreed to use our text to advertise our property but then didn’t bother. When we complained, they then amended the text without asking. When we complained again they said they did this for legal reasons but at the same time removed the amendments. Surely a contradictory excuse?
- John O’Neill promised that all communications would be sent by email to both myself and my wife. It is important to note here that my wife was actually the client. In fact, 21 times there was a breakdown with their email communications. Five times they got my wife’s email address wrong. They sent emails to an address that didn’t exist. We checked and found that emails sent to this address bounced back – presumably they just ignored these messages from the mail delivery subsystem. We complained a number of times and each time were fobbed off with apologies and sometimes we were given nonsensical excuses, e.g. that the previous email sent to them had only come from one email address! One member of staff tried to insist that we spoke by telephone, despite knowing that my wife was uncontactable; she is an NHS doctor and was busy at work. The same staff member, Ross Williams, even confessed that she couldn’t manage emails!
- John O’Neill promised that no-one would visit our property without our express prior approval. This arrangement was necessary because, aside from the usual matter of needing to know when our privacy was about to be disturbed, my wife was sometimes on call as an NHS doctor and had to leave documentation subject to patient confidentiality at home. All of this was explained to John O’Neill when he pitched for our business. Later on, when his staff ignored the agreement, it was explained again. On at least two occasions his staff brought people to our home, without gaining our permission first, which is trespass. On one of these occasions we were in and they did not even ring the bell first!
On top of all of that, on one occasion John O’Neill shouted at me on the telephone. Talk about rude! He even boasted that no-one had ever complained about him. His cherry has now been popped. Watch this space to find out what happens next.
Another US oil company, Hess, wants to work with Chevron to drill at another site in the deep waters off the Shetland Islands, called Cambo 4. The potential for disaster, if anything goes wrong, is dramatic. Greenpeace have made it easy to participate in the public consultation on the matter. David Cameron banged on about being green before the election. Haven’t heard much about his policy on renewable energy since then. Slash and burn public services seems to be his only policy.
Turns out that this is a perfectly respectable occupation. Recently I have been trying to hire a stump grinder. They are all so expensive, so I looked into hiring the machine, not the men. How hard can stump grinding be? According to that video, it is positively homo-erotic. That’s the sort of emotional rock music which has stayed popular in Scotland. I didn’t realised that it was popular elsewhere too. What are the black gloves for? Is he going to kill someone and then grind them? Couldn’t find anything this morning explaining how to grind out the stumps below ground. More research is required. Can’t be that complicated.
Found this here. When not blogging, cycling or getting into scraps I often research the obscure internet sites.
I guess most people who play chess on their phone don’t know their e4s from the d4s. For those of us who take the game seriously, I recommend spending a few quid on the Shredder. I’ve been using it on Android but it is available on other platforms. When playing the machine itself, it nimbly adjusts its playing strength to your’s. This is usually done (by other software) in a cack-handed manner but Shredder works well. Best of all, you can enter a game and use the engine to analyse who is winning, which is handy for all those post evening match scenarios when everyone is arguing over an adjudicated game in the Mid-Sussex Chess League. Whip out your ‘phone and kill the kibbitzers!
I emailed to ask where to find the files I saved. The response from the shredder team was prompt – they replied with a couple of hours, with instructions. As you might expect, games are saved in pgn format. However, Android users without root access cannot see them on the current version – I used root explorer to locate them. The Shredder team tell me that the next app update will have an export file feature. Bring it on!