how many calls does the BT speaking clock get?

That’s the question that just popped in my head, there was a time (pardon the pun) when you would dial the speaking clock to ensure everything was right.

Be it when the clocks adjusted for summer or autumn times or a power failure and running round the house to reset clocks etc.

Personally I have forgot about till it was mentioned over lunch the other day, it’s far to easier to look at my iphone and know it constantly keeps the right time or the corner of my laptop screen and know it’s spot on with the time.

So after a bit of research it turns out that 30 million calls were put into the BT speaking clock in 2011 at a cost per call of 31p for the pleasure to listen to the legend that is Tom Baker tell you the time, I know a couple of Doctor who fans who may have rang it a few times for their addiction.

So that’s £9,300,000 in income to BT for the speaking clock, a nice tidy little profit for in a specific niche market!

Beautifully British?

You start off in life and you believe everything you are told, like Jimmy Saville is a saint and does a lot of charity work and may look weird but hey he raises money for charity etc. Sadly for many years I see things how they are and cut through the bull shit, often cutting a young tele sales person down as they muddle through a script which makes them try to be my best friend of 20 years!

Anyway I digress in what I was actually starting to write about which was this advert that I noticed on ebaybeautifully british



Beautifully British MG cars? That’s a great line trading off the history of the MG name, yes they may be designed in an office in Birmingham and assembled in the UK, sadly the main components are all manufactured by the Chinese parent company and shipped over to be assembled in the factory over here.

But then the marketing team get involved and need to present the right image, like those adverts that say 78 out of 132 people agreed with our findings. Ask enough people till you hit the magic figure.

Now I like my cars but these do not really get me interested, but I wager a small bet that in 5-7 years they will have an exciting reliable range of cars that people want, think Jaguar and Land Rover both brands had serious reliability issues in the 80’s and 90’s but now have a superb range of vehicles which are very good and they can’t make enough evoques to meet demand!

Sadly the true UK mass car manufacturing business was lost years ago, notice i say mass as you can get some real specialist UK cars like the Noble and a TVR type vehicle from a company in Lancashire that make about 8 a year from memory!

Oh MG team if you read this I quite like your concepts and you really need to start a remarketing campaign to get your new brand out there and in peoples faces! Send me a voice message if you need to know more am sure the rest of the team would like a test drive.

TeamViewer Remote Access a PC from the Internet

Sometimes I come across something so easy to use I have to shout about it!!  And recently the day job and additions to the family have kept me pretty busy.

But my eternal family curse of your good with computers can you fix my PC, microwave or sky box!   Yes people do ask those questions and usually they are family members who think as i sit in front of a laptop all day that I do something with computers!!

Internet Marketing Expert by day and night and then the odd fix a computer issue chucked in for good measure!

Sadly I know a lot about fixing them and making them better, not so much on microwaves (just bin it and buy a new one)

Anyway as relatives live many miles away and I am to busy to travel I have used simple services like MSN messenger back in 2001 when you could ask a friend for assistance as it saves driving to someones house to fix that urgent 1st world problem, I can’t get on ebay, facebook!!

Then the other day Blake turned to me and mentioned TeamViewer, which is a superb piece of software, allowing remote access to any computer that is running the software via a PC or a MAC or even via iPhone, Ipad, android devices.

Best thing is it actually comes bundled with one of my other great recommendations which I have mentioned previously as a great way of installing and keeping you up to date with your software, talk about right under my nose!!

Now I can remote control my laptop and have that hooked up to the TV to watch youtube videos and use my iphone as a remote and keep my relatives happy with quick free fixes to their computer problems!!

Google G Drive 5gb storage for free?

So dropbox, sugarsync, bitcasa, skydrive to name a few are getting a new nemesis in the form of Google coming to the party with the strongly rumoured G drive giving 5 gig of free storage then you will no doubt have to pay to get extra which is not a problem, if you are like me with an iphone, 14 mega pixel canon camera and shoot in HD you soon rack up gigabytes of data!!!

But as they are late to the party, what’s the unique selling point to get you to change to the G drive?

Will dropbox and the simplicity be enough, obviously having another string to the bow of google is a plus for them and another chance to keep control of you and your data and then let advertisers sell to you, wait a minute am I talking facebook or google?

Hoping there will be some innovation really that makes me stop and say that’s the service for me.

Alert Gmail Warning

I have been using Gmail since it first came out when I got an invite from a friend  who also had an invite from an invite before the doors were fully open, in the days when google was always in “beta” mode

In general I find it very good and as a secondary account it ticks all the boxes and over the years it’s evolved and the latest display layouts have grown on me.

What really hit me was how the following got through the spam filters and made me wonder how many people would have fallen for it.

alert Gmail Warning

LeapPad Best Toy for the iPad Generation!

I never thought I would say it but this is one amazing little children’s IPAD toy and deserves it’s recommendation as one of the TOP 10 toys of 2011 from the list that those evil marketing people produce each year and release the media who then tell the parents they are not good parents unless they buy these top 10 toys for children who do not really need or appreciate them.

Anyway the Leappad Explorer from leap frog is brilliant, my daughter can now take her own pictures and video just like on a ipad so my stuff is no longer being used and let’s face it if an iphone or an ipad gets dropped by little hands and smashed it’s an expensive headache we don’t need!

One of her Grandparents bought it for one of her many Christmas presents, she even arranged to buy leappad online which was another plus!  Now when traveling in the car she can be kept busy with a range of learning activities, art studio, e books and great software which teaches through playing.  Even this week I had to take her into work for a few hours and she sat in my office painting some pictures on the art studio package whilst I sorted a quick issue.

Like a real ipad you connect it up to the internet via a computer and you can download new Leappad Apps to add to the leappad explorer tablet which are not badly priced at £7.50 each.

one thing that worried me was a dog app where you had to wash and feed your puppy and ran out of the food and shampoo quite quickly, I was thinking here we go I will be buying packs online but was presently surprised that you dont have to buy more.  You simply connect up and refresh them via the PC.

Some of the apps like build your own story book with the option to record audio, video and pictures to add to the story are quite amazing for the type of product it is.

So with all the naff junk out in the shops you would not be disappointed in buying this for your child

Granite Counter Cleaning be Passionate about the product

Ok so the majority of people clock on and clock off and basically go through the motions when they are at work, you can spot them a mile away the ones that hang around the kitchen or water cooler, the ones that spout on about reading a self improvement book but don’t take the action required!

All talk no action or Atna for short!

Then you meet Mike Philbin who makes Stonecare and Granite Counter Cleaning sound interesting, watching his videos you can see the passion come through as he speaks about getting the best results and delivering great service that leave a great impression with you, hence today I writing this :)

And getting my granite worktops cleaned on Friday!!

Used Mahindra Compact Tractors for Sale

Due to an upgrade I have a 2009 FIM (Ford Isuzu Mahindra) 254 Mahindra Tractor for sale, 412 hours on the clock and well maintained


  • 25HP
  • Power Steering
  • Switchable between 2wd and 4wd
  • Shuttle gear box
  • turf tyres
  • Standard CAT 1 Hydraulic 3 point linkage 772kgs test list
  • Diff lock
  • Adjustable Tow Hitch
  • Hydraulic Tipping Valve Spool Connection
  • Electric Trailer Socket
  • Road Legal Lighting
  • Foldable Roll Over Protection Structure

Mahindra used tractor

See the full pictures here

used compact tractor for sale

Front End Loader

  • Factory Designed and Manufactured
  • Quick Release Front End Loader
  • Self Leveling parallel linkage
  • 4 in 1 style bucket enabling “grab” or “bite” function

Based in Cheshire just off the m6 at junction 18, buyer would need to arrange collection and looking for £6200 no VAT (Or nearest offer)


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