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  1. alison

    Room 101

    Those too ... And, having just wasted well over an hour when I should have been working trying largely unsuccessfully to move money into and out of various online accounts, I'd also like to nominate all those people who seem to design internet banking to be as complicated as it can possibly be. As a few examples, the bank/building society which: - seems to have decided that everyone only uses their phone for online banking now, so insists that you download an app from the Google Play Store / App Store to operate the account, but didn't bother mentioning this originally before you decided to open the account. If you want to operate it differently, you have to ring them up and ask them to send you some device or other. That's ringing the phone line I already sat on hold twice last week for at least 20 minutes each time because their automatic system didn't send me the UserID within the 1 hour specified, or even 48 hours, come to that, and then a further delay while that arrives in the post ... - (this mandatory payee identification thing is excellent, and I don't understand why on earth it's taken so long to implement it as an additional security measure - surely the first thing you should be checking is that the payee name and account holder match? - but) ... the upshot is that, for an account which feeds several of my other accounts at times, I now have myself listed as payee several times over, with no obvious way of being able to identify which account is which! If I try and add something to the payee name to identify which account it is, I think that's likely to cause a conflict with the payee identification, and anyway this organisation barely gives me enough characters to write my first and last names, let alone anything else, so what on earth people with long or double-barrelled names are supposed to do I know not ... I did eventually manage to do a test transfer to make sure that I had the account details correct before transferring anything larger. That's into the account with the building society which ... - in a praiseworthy attempt to keep customer data as secure as possible, demands so many different identifying pieces of information, none of which are held in the same place, that I can only access the account from home, because otherwise I'm likely to find I'm missing the account number/user ID/grid card/password hint/inside leg measurement or whatever else it is I need to log into the account online, so guess what I shall be doing this evening, all to make sure that £1 has been added to my account And they keep telling us how easy and convenient online banking is
  2. alison

    Room 101

    Can I just add all those (thousands of?) people who still don't understand the definition of wearing a face mask?! It does not simply cover your chin; it does need to cover both your nose and your mouth (and go under your chin, ideally)
  3. Oh dear. Just shows you how careful you have to be. Perhaps because of the size of the company they can divide it into "mini bubbles" and stop it spreading further? (she says hopefully).
  4. Hmm, didn't exactly advertise that one, did they? Or did I miss out? But beyond that I think there's nothing. Not surprising, I suppose, since the House was supposed to be "dark" anyway.
  5. I wouldn't be surprised if there were some sort of safeguarding/security issues involved, these days?
  6. Yes, I managed to finish it off last night, too - very enjoyable performance, especially under the difficult conditions of (presumably) no rehearsal. It's still on, presumably until 7 pm this evening, UK time. Since there doesn't seem to be anything else forthcoming from that source now, make the most of it!
  7. (Limitedly) https://shop.roh.org.uk/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020_Aug_Shop_04Aug&utm_content=version_A&emailsource=51150 and they are having a sale.
  8. In case your DC aren't already sick of Zoom dance classes, this arrived in my inbox - it seems to be in association with The Place: https://arts-mail.co.uk/1T9U-6Z9O5-9ABC269913366457B4PDQEA0E3898654AA956A/cr.aspx "This summer, The Place have teamed up with some of the UK’s leading dance organisations, including DanceEast, DanceXchange, National Dance Company Wales, Pavilion Dance South West and Phoenix Dance Theatre for three days of challenges, activities and high quality dance training online for 8-17 year olds. Taking place on Zoom, Let's Move! offers: Daily warm-ups with all summer school participants Two workshops (one hour each) per day in smaller groups Six workshops in total The chance to connect with other young dancers from across the UK With each workshop taught by a different partner organisation, you'll get to explore a range of dance styles from Creative Contemporary and Hip Hop to Commercial Jazz and company repertoire workshops. All you have to decide is whether to join us in the morning or in the afternoon! Dates: Wed 12 - Fri 14 Aug Times: Morning: 9.30am - 12.30pm OR Afternoon: 1pm - 4pm Recommended age: 8-17 years (participants will be grouped by age) Cost: £35 Bursaries available: Each partner organisation has an equal, but limited fund available for bursaries."
  9. Can't put this in the Calendar as I don't know the end date (it's been up 10 days or so already), but here's Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, aka The Trocks, in La Vivandiere pas de six
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