I’ll Totally Give It Back

British landlords have a national sport. It’s called “keeping as much of your deposit at the end of the tenancy as possible”. Not very catchy, I know. But it’s a sport nonetheless. If you rent in the UK, you know what I’m talking about. When you move out, a British landlord will make every effortContinue reading “I’ll Totally Give It Back”

Be A Karen

When dealing with retailers, service providers, government offices and corporates I often feel small. They have plenty of manpower, automated systems, lawyers and seemingly unlimited resources. So it’s easy for me to give up when they take my money where they shouldn’t, or refuse service. Forget about that £5 over-charge. Say goodbye to the £10Continue reading “Be A Karen”

If You Take A Walk, I’ll Tax Your Feet

I pay a hefty sum in taxes. In a sense, this is good, because it means I have a decent income. Of course, if I had a much higher income, I’d probably get away with paying less to no taxes. You see, when you can afford expensive accountants, you can get away with paying noContinue reading “If You Take A Walk, I’ll Tax Your Feet”

The Apple Scourer™

We pay a premium for brand. Take a cheap product, slap a brand logo on it, and you can charge much, much more for it. But here’s the thing. Brand used to come with a promise. A promise of quality, of service. This, in many cases, is no longer the case. When I buy beans,Continue reading “The Apple Scourer™”

Pay By Usage

Recently, my wife and I noticed we were spending most of our time on Netflix just searching for new content. With the pandemic freeing up a lot of our time, we’ve consumed all the interesting content. We also have Amazon Prime, so we’re in no rush to watch content that isn’t exciting for us. TheContinue reading “Pay By Usage”

It’s Raining… Umbrellas?

It’s been roughly seven years since I moved to London. One thing I learned about London is you always want to have an umbrella (or a brolly, if you’re local) handy. You never know when it’s going to start raining. I used to buy them from just any old store on the street for £2Continue reading “It’s Raining… Umbrellas?”

Do You Have Our Loyalty Card?

For years I turned down all offers of loyalty cards. Even if they were free. ESPECIALLY if they were free. I usually am suspicious of anything that’s free. It turns out, in this case, that I was wrong. A few years back I changed my policy. I started signing up for memberships. So long asContinue reading “Do You Have Our Loyalty Card?”

Smile

I drink a lot of coffee. I mean, I could easily drink ten cups a day. While I enjoy my coffee, it does come at a cost. One of the most noticeable side effects of drinking plenty of coffee is the stains on your teeth. Since I can’t ignore the coffee stains, I have toContinue reading “Smile”

Nothing To Hide

My life is completely exposed. A quick Google search would tell you my name, the name of my company, my work history. My every detail lies bare. Why, then, do I care when a company like Facebook forces me to share my details with it? Does Google really care about my browsing history? They alreadyContinue reading “Nothing To Hide”

Inkredible

I spend hours a day reading. Whether it’s posts, articles or code, I read A LOT. A while ago, I discovered my reading could become much easier. As an added bonus, I learned I could also reduce my printing costs. So, what do the two have in common? Fonts. It turns out there are reallyContinue reading “Inkredible”