To start this story I would say I used Flipping in the title, but for the fact I don’t who may read this I would have used a different word.
So on Friday where this story begins I am having lunch chatting to my friend well aware they are knocking down the buildings next door. I try filming a little but when I start filming the machine operator starts clearing up, so I delete the video and continue chatting to my friend.
At the end of lunch I check phone for messages and then put it into standby when back at my desk. This is at 13:00. I finish work at 16:30 & head to pub for couple of ciders before heading to Radio Club. When I sit down at pub waiting for colleagues to show up I check my phone. Oh dear. It’s off.
Turn it on and them when at today screen I find 1% only left. But why?
I think back and it dawns on me that I must have left the camera on (but not as a friend suggested recording the inside of my drawer).
Two more ciders later I head off to the Radio Club and get home about 11pm.
I am barely in the door and my Mum is saying that the cable TV box wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t working. I asked if she had unplugged and plugged back in. This had been done.
As I was tired from work I say I will look into it and head up to my room. Computer is switched on and I load up my TV program. Oh Dear. Looks like the upstairs Cable box is down.
Will just check my email and look at the problem in the morning.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Server not found – Firefox can’t find the server at www.gmail.com.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Restart the Modem. Same thing. This is not looking good. Sod waiting for tomorrow I am on the phone to Virgin Media straight away. The person who answered the phone said he was aware of problems in the neighboring town and would log my call.
I head off to bed. In the morning when I eventually am up I start computer and check modem. There is the same lack of activity lights.
After 9 phone calls to Virgin I finally get them to concede there is a problem, get a 2 engineers booked (1 for TV and 1 for Broadband) a Ã‚Â£25 rebate and refund on the premium rate calls I had made (Yes calls to the Broadband line are 25p per minute). I was also put on the standby list for cancelled engineers & got them to activate dial-up as a stand-by measure.
At this stage I decide to look at the cable coming into the house. I thought that as there are 2 separate cables between the upstairs and downstairs the problem had to be outside of my house.
The cables near the house were fine. Then as I walk up the garden path, the horror as I realise that FM Conway are digging up the pavement. They have upon removing the top layer somehow cut the coax bringing my lovely TV and Broadband into the house.
I am back on the phone to Virgin to get this note added to the engineerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s orders.
This was written day after my problems started but posted 2 weeks later as couldn’t get text to blog before this time.