Whingeing pommy bastards they used to call all imports into kiwiland, at least they did back when my family migrated there not long after the war.
|Making waves ... 'One of the three balloonists jumps from the capsule as it crashed into the Pacific ocean during a failed attempt to circle the globe. The adventurers were stalled by the weather north of Oahu on Christmas Eve. They landed the balloon the next morning 12,500 miles into their 25,000-mile journey. The three were British billionaire Richard Branson, American millionaire Steve Fossett and Per Lindstrand of Sweden.' Source U.S. Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery; U.S. Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery Home; Author United States Coast Guard, AMT2 Marc Alarcon. Many thanks to Mark Alarcon and the US Coast Guard, and Wikipedia for the pic.|
The phrase that encouraged the accusation came when new English residents referred to the very different (and much better) way that things were done at home.
In spite of my family’s sacrifices to pay for migration back then, I returned as a young adult to the home of whingeing poms and personally found very little cause to whinge.
In fact, as I stepped from the train in London, I felt an overwhelming feeling of returning home.
|:) A coincidence, naturally, but the day after this piece appeared, Virgin emailed to say that the broadband limit is removed. No mention of returning to the earlier price.|
Worst of Brit capitalism
However, I am swept back into that alleged state of mind of whingeing - depression, perhaps, or mood certainly - when I see the worst of Brit capitalism in action.
And particularly when it’s aimed at me.
As a solo circumnavigator, it was not so surprising that I followed the news of our Virgin Media balloonist. I admired his courage and skill and determination.
When various Virgin projects began, I felt sure he would set a tone that would be enormously beneficial for us all.
This from the internet: |
Virgin Media Inc: global revenue 2008-2018
Virgin Media Inc increased total revenue generated in 2018, bringing in 5.15 billon British pounds. That marks the first time the company has exceeded 5 billion British pounds, after coming close with 4.96 billion British pounds in 2017. Published by S. O'Dea, Nov 29, 2019 .
- The profit report.
I have used his broadband for years for computing. Not for TV - not enough hours in the day for it - just for the internet.
It’s not a lot that I use, but I was being charged around £20 a month. That’s higher than some offers, especially as it allows me only a limited amount.
Spent ages on the phone
Once or twice I have been obliged to pay a heavy price comparatively for going over.
I thought it unfair and spent ages upon ages trying to get through to the company’s phone connection.
Then a miracle happened. After about just 20 minutes of hanging on, a woman answered.
She listened fairly patiently. Then said that she would have to send me a letter, and please, don’t do anything till it arrives – in about 10 days.
Nothing arrived. I didn’t pay the next month, believing that nothing would inspire a faster contact.
Instead, the ‘service’ was cut off. I paid the monthly amount and before long, broadband was reconnected.
A notice arrived saying I now owed £80. I looked online to see how the company had totted it up, and was encouraged to read in a sizeable font, 'Your monthly service charge £20.'
Oh, the £80 must have been work of a clerk learning to type.
However, squinting somewhat more closely, there in small print came the announcement of a considerable upping of price, described astonishingly as 'a promotional price' - £29 from Sunday 16th February.
Some promotion. An increase of almost a third. However, underneath also in a small font, I read, ‘then £30 from Thursday 20th February 2020.’
Well, well, how odd to find a business that feels it can just increase the price by a third and offer no reason for it, apart from 'promotion'.
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