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Rumours of my demise are greatly exaggerated [Friday 5th March 2010 at 8:20 pm]

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Some of you may have noticed that it's all gotten very quiet here on Radio boggyb. Now, this means one of two things: a) I'm being lazy, or b) something big is happening.

Well, in this case it's b), for Real Life has happened to me again in the form of moving to a new flat about 2 miles from the old one. It was just over a month ago that I found out that I needed to move (through no fault of my own). It all happened in a bit of a rush: I spent one weekend registering with all the letting agents round here, and the next weekend I viewed a couple of places and got one the same day. Last weekend was spent frantically packing, and last Monday (1st March) was the actual move. Tuesday involved an Ikea Adventure! and a fruitless search for patio furniture, Wednesday was spent building Ikea furniture, yesterday involved more unpacking and a bit of time at the old flat cleaning stuff (I'm paid up until the end of this month on the old one), and today I spent wandering round various places saying "I've moved! I've moved!" and doing yet more unpacking (curse you, entropy!).

So, the new flat. I've downsized from a 2 bedroom flat to a 1 bedroom one, but I've gained an actual veranda with an amazing view of the creek (which is technically the sea - it's tidal, and is accessible by sailing boats) rather than a little Juliet balcony with a view of nothing much. Annoying I'm again the first tenant to want the phone line, and while there is a phone socket in the flat BT have no idea which exchange it's connected to. I'm making do in the meantime with the awesomeness that is a Vodafone pay-as-you-go 3G stick, and a battered Ericsson T39m mobile that's served me well over the years. The flat's also right next to a railway line and a busy road, though it's not as bad as it seems. You don't notice either unless the place is really quiet, and the view from the veranda makes up for it. There's some works just across the road as well, but they only run during the week when I'm out. It's even cheaper than the old one was, so all in all I think this is an improvement (although my savings account may disagree with me). Pictures to follow once I find the necessary equipment (the DVI-VGA adapters for Khaos have disappeared, so I'm using the laptop).

I'm hopeless at sending out address updates (it wouldn't surprise me if a database somewhere still lists my Park Village address), so if you think you should know what the new address is comment on this post or get in touch via other means (excluding my landline number - that's likely to change as well). Maybe I'll even organise an actual housewarming this time round - who knows?
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[User Picture]From: talismancer
Friday 5th March 2010 at 8:35 pm (UTC)
If you have a phone line that you suspect is connected, but not sure what to/where, plug a phone into the master socket and dial 17070. It should give you the "phone number" of the line, which BT can then connect up to an exchange and other details.
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[User Picture]From: olego
Tuesday 9th March 2010 at 1:21 am (UTC)
"I'm again the first tenant to want the phone line."

I want to know more about the UK... As in, there are really places without phone lines? But I imagine that in a decade, I'll ask the same question slightly rephrased: "There are really places without Fiber Optic"?

I'd like to visit your for the housewarming... Know Seattle - London flights for under $200? ^_^
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Tuesday 9th March 2010 at 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh yes - I know quite a few people who before the days of the Internet had abandoned their landline and were just using mobile phones. There are also a few places in the UK (mainly Scottish mountains) where the only phone you'll be able to use is a satellite phone - no landline and no mobile phone coverage.

Here it's just because it's a relatively new flat (built about 2 years ago) and the previous tennant probably didn't want to pay the £125 connection fee (which BT only charges if you're the *first* person to order the phone line). I'm just peeved because that's the second time they've extorted a connection fee from me.

ADSL is another matter - while BT have got broadband in pretty much all their exchanges now, ADSL only works well if you're less than a few miles from the exchange. There are villages which simply cannot get broadband because of how far they are from the exchange (and there's currently plans to tax all landlines at 50p/month to fund high-speed internet for these places). Fortuantly I'm less than a mile from the nearest exchange, so I should get a good connection.
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