Frustrations with Technology

For a while now we’ve been having a nightmare with TalkTalk who provide our broadband and clearly we’re not alone. So finally after months of hassle (the main reason why I’ve not posted as much as I otherwise might have done) we’re switching provider to Fast4. So far so boring. As a consumer I’ve exercised my right to switch although they’ve made it difficult. It’s made me think why we don’t exercise that power more often – because big companies try to hedge in and trap in the customer or…

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Another piece in the puzzle

Finally we’re getting our church account switched from one High Street Lender to a more ethical alternative. For the co-op’s ethical policy read this. It feels good to keep slotting pieces of the puzzle into place, it’s like having an ethical infrastructure to your life. Then I just don’t need to worry about it and can focus on living a life which has some depth to it. I think too much of western society is just so shallow. Agree?

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Where to shop?

As a Christian I really want the way I live to have consistency, no Sunday only behaviour for me, well that’s the theory. So right now I’m considering the whole issue of where I buy my food and household items and so that puts supermarkets and for me and the better half Tesco right in the spotlight. So I’ve just finished reading ‘Shopped’ and it’s really made me think and we’re going to experiment and see the time and money implications of shopping elsewhere. Anyway for those interested in some…

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Can't beat em join em

Well I’m off to hug a tree. You wait for ages for supermarkets to do something responsible then two come along at once. If Marks & Spencer’s green announcement wasn’t enough then Tesco have followed suit with this package of green measures. The only thing is do I trust big business enough to believe them? I mean there must be a catch somewhere right? Who is going to pay and who is going to lose out? I bet it won’t be Tesco For more info on supermarkets (like em or…

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At last a responsible supermarket?

Sometimes life can be a bit confusing can’t it? I’m reading ‘Shopped’ by Joanna Blythman which is a pretty damning (let me revise that), utterly damning report on the damage the control of supermarkets is having on our nations health, economy and culture. M and S are included in the firing line. Then blow me down if I don’t go and read about M and S becoming carbon-neutral and probably the worlds biggest retailer of fair trade clothing. For a BBC assessment of the announcement read this. For the M…

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iPhone fuss

Just read an article about the hype of the iphone and down near the bottom of the page with the obligatory reader comments was this one from Charlie Pank, Edinburgh “Steve Jobs said “It’s like having your life in your pocket”. Does the man not realise that my life won’t fit in my pocket, and I don’t want it to? Actually he might be surprised to learn that my life is the size of, well my whole life actually. I feel sorry for people whose life can be contained in…

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