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August 2011: the earlier posts in this blog are a mess, the result of me changing the format some time ago. I'm working to edit the entire blog from the beginning, but with over 4K posts and sodall time for such luxuries it's going to take a while... [02/09/16 - Now reached 09/10/2004][20/03/2019 - giving up. I don't have enough time to update the blog atm, let alone edit old entries!]
If you come across any words you don't recognise in this blog, take a look at the Taylorspeke Glossary in the left-hand infopane, you'll usually find a definition there.
First, a recommendation. Dive over to The Jonathan Day Fiction Site and try some of the stories. I love this author's writing - it's funny, bitingly witty, dryly incisive, chilling, and deliciously subversive by turns. Absolutely well worth a look!
Saturday, October 22, 2005
A photo of Kai in chiton (because onna asked for one). I think he looks great!
They didn't get to do the play they've been rehearsing, though, because apparently half the sprogs who were supposed to be in it were out of school today. Pity, because it was Greek food day: the teacher had taken in all sorts of delicacies for them. I was startled to discover Kai really liked the hummous he tried! It's not my favourite, but I'll pick some up next time I'm shopping. He also quite liked the grapes (last time I tried him on them he hated them) which is good, gives me another fruit he can take with his breaktime snack, and also didn't mind the tzatziki, feta cheese, celery or the olives. Ken loves olives, so now I can buy them for the pair of them (can't stand them myself, and I absolutely loathe celery). So we've expanded his food repertoire a bit. YAY!
[sigh] Right. The Hoover-Candy fridge-freezer saga, part... 13?
After the last visit, back in August, when the fridge was re-gassed for the second time, we really hoped that that was the end of it. The thing worked OK - until two weeks ago, when we noticed that the fine layer of ice that's supposed to be on the back wall of the fridge was no longer there. In with the max/min thermometer...
The engineer who came on 17th took a look - and then tried to tell us that 11° for fridge and -37° for freezer was perfectly acceptable (which is a load of crap, we know the government guidelines are between 3 and 8 for the fridge and -10 to -20 for the freezer) - and that he couldn't do anything because according to him the fridge was OK.
Yeah, right. We will be complaining about him, specifically. That isn't just inaccurate, it could be hazardous, health-wise.
He left, telling us to monitor it and ring again if anything changed. Temperature went up, we rang on the 19th, got an appointment for Friday, later changed to Thursday. Engineer came (see Thursday's post).
And the 13th engineer arrived today...
He'd brought the equipment for gassing [quiet at the back, there!], but then very carefully told us that we could refuse to have the re-gas done - which would mean the problem would get worse, so the fridge would still be too warm when the 'team leader' came to inspect. Whereas, we realised, if we had it regassed, it would work for another few months before the problem recurred: it's been pretty much decided now we have a slow leak.
So he left without regassing, and we'll be rung to arrange a visit from the team leader, and we've been advised to put the whole sorry tale in writing to customer service: the repeated problems, the fact that the slow leak also means the appliance is costing us in electricity, because it's no longer energy-efficient, and our health concerns. The unspoken suggestion is that under the circumstances we'll need a replacement fridge.
In the meantime, he suggested freezing those picnic cool-block things in the freezer and putting them in the fridge to reduce the temperature so we can at least stop the milk going off: the fridge door has a great seal and the insulation is very good, so that'll help a little. (We don't have any, and they only sell them in the summer around here, so I've frozen water in a couple of freezer bags and we're alternating those).
And I now know more about the manufacture and maintenance of fridge-freezers than any lay-person has any need or desire to know. I suppose it'll come in handy if I ever feel the irresistible urge to write a story about a fridge-freezer repairman...