Archive for July, 2008

Oh yes we are

July 15, 2008

BBC NEWS | Business | EU to challenge roaming ‘rip-off’
The mobile phone operators argue that customers are not being ripped off.

49p for 160 characters of ASCII or 70 characters of Unicode? That’s what Vodafone charge for a roaming text. Of course we’re being ripped off.

Do you like golf?

July 13, 2008

If you do you may have been at the Loch Lomond Open which just finished here in, well, Loch Lomond. Well,not in Loch Lomond, but near it. If you were here, or are thinking of coming next year, can I make a few suggestions?

  • Please don’t drive there. There’s a proper link bus from Balloch station now. Lots and lots of people drive to this tournament, and the A82 fills up extremely quickly. Quite why you need to drive to somewhere where you’re going to walk about all day is a mystery to me.
  • If you must drive there, consider not using the A82. There’s not one but two viable alternative routes to and from the golf course, through Helensburgh, or through Helensburgh via the Glen Fruin haul road. They’re both attractive drives, and given that the A82 is full of parked cars during this event, will probably be quicker. In particular, don’t start driving towards Helensburgh then turn left at Crosskeys back towards the A82, because that’s stupid and won’t work.
  • If you insist on going via the A82, please, whatever you do, don’t get impatient.  I drive to work daily past Cameron House, and on every single trip during this tournament I have been forced to brake very suddenly by impatient people suddenly driving onto the road in front of me from junctions. To slightly rephrase that, I’ve nearly died at least four times in the last three days, and it’s getting a little trying.
  • If you are a motorcyclist, either going to the golf or trying to get round the parked cars, please consider driving on your own side of the road. I’ve lost count of the number of bikers slipping up the traffic dangerously wide on unsighted bends, and that’s frankly trying as well.

There you go. Personally I detest golf. But I’ve tried to be polite. If you must go and watch this absurd sport, please have a little consideration for the people who live and work in the area and have to use that horrible road every day.