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More terrible service from the world’s worst building management company

This week, the company that hiked my service charge by about £2k this year during a global pandemic, came out with a true example of top notch service.

I needed to get hold of a spare garage opener for the communal garage space. So I got in touch with Chamonix, and they kindly told me that they didn’t deal with garage openers and that I needed to contact the manufacturer instead. I followed their instructions, and the manufacturer thanked me for the email but said Chamonix was the only place I could get the fob from!

Back to Chamonix, and they told me that actually yes they had the keys in stock and that I just had to send them some money (£60 for a remote worth £20). I sighed, sent the payment via card, waited 2 days until they acknowledged and then said the key would be sent ‘tomorrow’.

Anyway, the next day came, and then at 5pm I received an email from them telling me that they actually didn’t have any keys in stock(!), and that I would be refunded.

So now I’m £60 down and still don’t have a key to access the property for which I’m paying a fortune in service charge.

You couldn’t make this stuff up.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. Chamonix Estates is definitely the UK’s (if the not the world’s) worst building management company with a Google review rating of 1.4/5. Avoid them like the plague- or Covid19!

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Finally face-masks are required…

Yesterday I was so glad to see everyone in my local Tesco was finally wearing a face mask.

4 months after the point at which everyone logically should have been wearing them anyway, it’s only now that they actually have to. Better late than never I guess.

My recommended face masks are available here.

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Help on deciding whether to use a mask…

If you still can’t figure out what masks do re COVID / coronavirus, please study this picture carefully!

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Great letter in Private Eye

Concerning Brexit…

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Ewelink / Sonoff devices no longer working on IFTTT (unless you pay)

A few days ago one of my sonoff/ewelink light switches which I had programmed to switch on with the sunset (using IFTTT) stopped switching on… I soon received an email from IFTTT saying that Ewelink had disconnected, but could ‘easily be reconnected’.

After over 2 years of using this system flawlessly, this was a slight dagger in the back, especially as there was no notification from Ewelink regarding the new necessary subscription. Not happy.

ewelink iftt disconnected
ewelink sonoff forced upgrade
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For those of us with small kids, I found a superb pandemic accessory…

While endlessly browsing for kid’s stuff over the pandemic I came across this fantastic concept which makes sanitising kids hands (while out and about) a tiny bit more fun for them. It’s a set of kid-style antibacterial gel holders which you can clip onto the kid or the kid’s bag. The ultimate pandemic accessory for kids?

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Our pandemic baby has been born!

After my wonderful wife’s full-on pandemic pregnancy, our new (post-) lockdown baby has been born! Pregnancy and birth during the pandemic was a struggle, but we got there, and we’re so happy with the result.

Let’s hope he doesn’t have to live through many more pandemics like this.

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A week or so and our toddler can go to nursery again…

It’s going to be an interesting concept:

  • How do toddlers socially-distance? They don’t.
  • Will they be safe? The toddlers will. The teachers will be the ones in the risky position.
  • Will it encourage the spread of diseases etc? Of course
  • I assume the nursery will have a lot more regular hand-washing, smaller group sizes, and other small changes. But we can’t assume it’s going to be a perfect solution.

Imagine if we had this system implemented:

https://twitter.com/sheikhr09566437/status/1268470301559533568?s=21

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I almost forgot Channel 4’s Brexit film is a perfect depiction of Dominic Cummings

Last year’s impressive yet tragic film about how Brexit happened by Channel 4 was spot-on with its depiction of Dominic Cummings- the evil brains behind winning the Brexit vote. The cold, calculating, and non-human role was performed by Benedict Cumberbatch- well worth a watch:

https://www.channel4.com/programmes/brexit-the-uncivil-war?cntsrc=social_share_ios_brexit_the_uncivil_war

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I was surprised by the amount of buying activity on eBay during lockdown

At the start of lockdown I assumed that no-one would be buying anything online (apart from essentials on Amazon etc). So I didn’t bother trying to sell anything on eBay.

However, I was pleasantly surprised when most of the bits I put up for sale went pretty fast. Not only that, the pricing reflected market rates with no exceptional discounts in place. So I’ve been selling as much as I can right now to keep us afloat.

Given the predictions about the current economy I sort of feel there must just be more disposable income available for some people (furlough payments + no commuting + no leisure activity/travel spend?)