Not so good news today about the Bothy. Looks like it is the clutch after all - but they cannot tell for sure until they strip it down and check - parts could be £500 and four hours work as long as the gearbox is not damaged... Not really the news I wanted today - and will affect getting to Renewal this year...
So - some photos from the pirates:
|The Velvet Buccaneer - Cocktail Bar|
Hopelessly overcharging but everyone to their own
|Crocodiles at the Moon|
|Some lovely costumes|
|Axe throwing with Avalon Axes|
|The Volls Wagen proved useful|
|Some more fine costumes|
|and Black Powder and Smoke|
Failed to get the muzzle flash timing
|Giraldus and Pirates|
|Nice lighting later for portraits|
|Cap'n Blackheart of Brixham|
|Becki - as non-mermaid|
|Bruce in the Tavern Fight|
They decided to estimate the bill and rather than look back over the year to see that the average bill was about £7 a month they decided to estimate it at £435.68 and proceeded to take is as a Direct Debit - which of course failed as I do not keep much money in the business account anymore. On returning from Germany I find that they have read the meter the day after the estimate and have given a credit note for - yes you guessed - £435.68 !!
However there was also a letter saying that they had been unable to get the money paid - and a bill from Santander saying that they were charging me £32 for the refusal to pay the direct debit as there was insufficient funds...
I decided to give British Gas a call and they told me to send the details to the Customer Services which I duly did as they promised to refund the bank charge.
Well a call ten minutes ago from a very nice young lady who apologised on behalf of the company and decided to credit the account with £100 - the £32 bank charge and the remainder because of the inconvenience! Well - I don't get the £32 back in the Bank but I will not be paying any bills for a year it seems ... So well done British Gas for a change!
So ... A little good news for a change...