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Signs of the times…

Back in the city after a wonderful break in The Lake District and saw this…

Bed Bugs Sign

…and then on my way home in a supermarket car park… this…

Fire juggling youth

Forgive the poor quality but it was dark and this was my camera phone. I can tell I’m home again, not too many people juggling with fire in Ambleside.

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Afterthought?

Art exhibition poster

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Ding!

Ding lettering

Ding!

Back from hols and snapped this while I was out and about. It just caught my eye and made me smile.

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Thanko’s amazing Kitten Mask

Thanko's Kitten Mask

Thanko's Kitten Mask

Just when you thought you had everything, along comes Thanko’s USB kitten mask. The mask has a fan built in, powered through your computer’s USB port, helping you to breath a little better while you while away those long hours social networking (or whatever you do at your computer with a kitten mask strapped to your face).

If this is a must-have for your valentine go to Thanko and order yours right away.

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Curiosity number 1

13 Ink Tattoo

13 Ink Tattoo

curiosity

noun ( pl. -ties)

1 a strong desire to know or learn something : filled with curiosity, she peered through the window.

2 a strange or unusual object or fact : he showed them some of the curiosities of the house.

PHRASES

curiosity killed the cat proverb being inquisitive about other people’s affairs may get you into trouble.

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French curiousete, from Latin curiositas, from curiosus (see curious ).

 

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A gentle rant about online VAT returns and other things

 

VAT paperwork

The letter from H M Customs & Excise

 

The October sun is warm enough to allow me to enjoy my lunch in the open air. I’m trying to read An essay on Typography by Eric Gill, but my mind restlessly keeps wandering back to my VAT return. (Yes, I know it’s sad but read on…)

It’s not the return itself. Like many self-employed designers, filling in accounts related forms that come with running a business is a far cry from what I would rather be doing. But, no it’s not the return, it’s the way HM Customs & Excise are now forcing me (and everyone else) to complete this item online.

If this wasn’t bad enough, a few days ago HMC&E issued me with a notice that I would no longer be receiving written reminders. Now I’m supposed to log on, create a user ID and password (yet another one!) and request a reminder to be issued via email.

Okay, okay! I know we should all be doing our bit to be ‘greener’, use less paper and all that. It’s just that this has become one more thing that I am forced to have to do online.

Following hot on the heels of this came another email, this time from my telephone provider informing me that in future – yes, you guessed it – my invoice would be available to me online. They don’t even intend sending my bill via email any longer. No, I have to log on (another user ID and password) and go and get it myself and print it out using my materials.

Guess what? My broadband provider has just done the same thing…(yet another user ID and password).

I’m under the impression that customer care is important to these companies and I sometimes wonder in their race to reduce costs they may well be loosing something as the whole thing becomes totally impersonal.

In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if there’s anyone really out there any longer. Maybe I’m just sorting out all this paperwork with machines in an empty high rise office…

Sorry about this rant it’s just I’m not sure how many more passwords I can really cope with.

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Lipsons Robotics

Lipson Robots Fury II

Lipson Robots Fury II

I have a soft spot for robots. See my previous post: Robots. So when I came across the work of David Lipson I had to give him a mention.

David Lipson makes robot sculptures from other people’s junk which he then sells successfully on Etsy. He makes them in a studio apartment in New York.
This is a quote from David’s site:. “They are made from materials old and new,” says Lipson, “and are located in places such as The Salvation Army, on the street, retail stores, construction sites, garbage dumps, recycle shops, pretty much anywhere. Materials most frequently used are steel, metal, glass, and plastics such as Bakelite. Drilling, cutting, sanding, twisting, and sometimes a hammer are the methods used when fabricating the pieces for assemblage. I use nuts and bolts to put them together. I don’t weld.”
Colgate Head

Colgate Head

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