We owe you money, so that will cost YOU…

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Changing from a company car to a personal one has it’s draw backs… Paying for servicing, petrol etc. And of course, getting back into the farcical world of Insurance.

After just a month, I am now on my second insurance company. The first sent me a letter saying that although I had quoted 8 years No Claims Bonus (NCB), they only had history from my old employer of 7 years, and thus wanted an additional £200… The original quote was only £260!

To add insult to injury, performing a new quote, with the same insurance company, using 7 years NCB, on their website actually came out at the exact same premium that I was originally quoted…

Goodbye company with smiley red phones that drive around a lot.

However, today I am even more gob-smacked. I get a letter from company #2, saying that ‘Company NCB’ is not the same as ‘Personal NCB’, so I owe them £20.14.

Which is fine – For £20, I just don’t need the grief.

The bit that really got me though was when phoning up to pay my additional £20.14, I was told that that cost included their admin. fee for changing policies of £26?! Eh, so did they want £46.14?! No, they wanted £20.14….


Well, it turns out that, as I had company NCB, my premium should have been lower than originally quoted, so, in order to return the money that I had over paid, they kindly sent me a letter (the £26), which means that I now owe them £20.14?! WHAT?

Just keep the £5.86 you owe me! Seriously, I didn’t know about it anyway.

Of course, they can’t – they need to amend the policy, and hence it is £20.14 or a cancelled policy, and the whole process start again.

You seriously can’t make it up.

In summary, they are charging ME to pay ME the money that they owe ME!

Having said that, it was worth £20.14 just to make the rep on the phone explain it all too me twice… and keeping a straight face.

A different kind of extra


After Rachel and Martin’s weekend last weekend at The Pinewood Hotel, I thought I would take the opportunity to put the latest version of Fotomagico through it’s paces.

I had used FM in the past, but moved away, initially to Aperture (RIP) and latterly to Pulpmotion

It feels like Pulpmotion hasn’t been updated in an age, unlike Fotomagico (the latest version is all ready for 4K!), so I was keen to see what had changed.

So this is my first effort – not bad for 20 minutes’ work!

Who am I?


I have just completed my self assessment, and came out as a “Mastermind”.

Not sure how accurate that is, but I’ll take it!

Why not take the test yourself now – The link is below.

Interesting stuff.

INTJ – “Mastermind”. Introverted intellectual with a preference for finding certainty. A builder of systems and the applier of theoretical models. 2.1% of total population.

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Tim Cook talks AppleTV

“Tim Cook sat down with Charlie Rose for what looks like a pretty unscripted interview. A couple of clips have been made available ahead of the first part airing on television tonight, including Cook’s admission that Steve Jobs’ office at…Read more ›”

From “Tim Cook opens up about Apple TV, Beats and more in candid interview”

Cult of Mac


£1000+ Gold Apple watch?

“As Apple only announced an entry-level $349 price tier for its upcoming Apple Watch, speculation on cost continues to run rampant, with the latest report claiming high-end gold models could sell for $1,200 when they launch next year.”

From “Gold ‘Apple Watch Edition’ could cost $1,200, industry insiders say”

AppleInsider – Frontpage News


X-T1 Graphite Silver


The Fuji X-T1 in graphite silver is a gentle refresh of the existing X-T1, boasting a rich, high-quality finish, a faster 1/32,000sec electronic shutter speed and a new Film Simulation mode.

This sophisticated camera offers SLR-style handling, large mechanical dials and a solid weather-resistant build, together with all the benefits an X-series camera is notorious for, such as its ability to focus quickly (0.08 seconds), and capture sharp, detailed images.

Its intuitive, ergonomic design combined with the world’s fastest Real Time electronic viewfinder (lag-time of 0.005 sec) allows you to immerse yourself in the action, providing a truly enjoyable experience when composing your images.

In addition to the above, the Fuji X-T1 also features a 16.3 megapixel APS-C size X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a powerful EXR Processor II, 1080p movie recording, an EF-X8 external flash unit and a 1.04million dot 3.0″ tilting LCD screen.