daf: (dj)
so, having successfully survived my first week of homelessness, i now find myself at work twiddling my thumbs1.

time for a brief update...

i still don't have enough in the kitty for a deposit, will be another fortnight at least before i can realistically afford moving.
work's sporadic, but am showing face and keeping fingers crossed that i'll get put on some more projects.
there are plans hatching for the next gravity, but the lack of decent venue means it's looking increasingly unlikely these will come to fruition before 2011.

1: not literally, that'd make typing nigh on impossible ;)


Oct. 6th, 2010 10:45 am
daf: (disco stu)
once again if find myself without a domicile, doh!

and, thanks to my little skrót's woeful inability to ever make it to the airport on time for her flights, am skint as fuck 'til friday :/
fortunately, work has picked up recently so hopefully this time of hardship wont extend beyond the end of month.

in other news, life without the internet is untenable.
daf: (Default)
ok, so the bank charge issue has been resolved. i am not being made to pay the £20 fee for unauthorised borrowing...

however, i am still keen to seek some sort of recompense from thames water for the fact that i have to survive 'til i am paid on literally no money at all - something that wouldn't have happened if they hadn't taken it upon themselves to bill me for a property i am not living at.

now, i might be confabulating here, but back in the days when internet banking was only just starting to be taken seriously i was employed by cahoot, and i'm fairly sure there was mention of it being illegal [or at the very least against banking code of practice] for a company/bank to debit an individuals account without that person permitting/requesting them to do so.

do any of you know if that is the case, or merely a bi-product of the years of self-inflicted abuse my brain has suffered?
daf: (disco stu)
have been having fun & games 1 with the cunts at Thames water...

i suppose the alarm bells should've started ringing when they told me i was unable to stop my liability for the water bill for the flat when we left because i didn't have an address to which i was moving.

apparently, being homeless thanks to eviction does not preclude you having a postal address! yeah, i found that more than a little strange too.

but, this bureaucratic nonsense aside, my woes with them really began when i called to arrange paying off the bill for invincible towers in instalments... i spent a good 15 minutes on the phone to one of their customer representatives explaining that they could send the correspondence to monika's place but that i was neither moving or living there, nor moving anywhere else.

naively, i thought that that was that and all i had to do was make sure they didn't try and keep the direct debit active once i had paid off the outstanding balance. how foolish of me! on monday, rather than just the £37.73 i was expecting to leave my account, there was an additional payment of £71.25!

when i phoned them i discovered that the extra payment was not them trying to recoup the money owed a little quicker, but the first payment for the water bill for monika's address! after an hour or so on the phone i managed to get that sorted, but the fuckers aren't going to reimburse me straight away... the best they can manage is to pay back the money they took "within ten working days"

and just to rub salt in the wounds they are not prepared to reimburse me for bank charges for not having sufficient funds for the direct debit that i have suffered as a result of their error, the bank apparently will be willing to rescind the charge because the payment was a mistake! and when i tried to ascertain how i was supposed to pay for travel to and from work without any money and how exactly i'm meant to feed myself their response was "i'd can only apologise on behalf of Thames Water"

understandably, i'm fuming and will be writing a very angry letter to their complaints department.

before i put pen to paper, however, i thought i should ask if any of you people happen to know if i can take some kind of legal action against them to recoup bank charges, lost earnings, etc. and also whether it is possible to take action about the unauthorised direct debit & their unacceptably slow repayment?

1: the "games" as i erroneously describe them have not, in fact, been fun at all.
daf: (disco stu)
so, there's less than a week to go before we must vacate invincible towers and it's dawning on me that i sure am going to miss living here in this flat...

i mean where else can one see such sites on a monday afternoon as this madness?

man with kitchen sink on evering road

at first, just having got back from some exam fun at university, i thought i was imagining this crazy chap outside the shop...
i was convinced that the pressure of eviction, approaching finals & financial worries had finally pushed me too far!
i was worrying that part of my mind had snapped and i'd started hallucinating...
in fact, not having had much sleep over the weekend, i was fairly certain that i'd finally lost the plot.

thankfully, this wasn't the case. it turns out my sanity's not deserted me quite yet ;)

when i left the shop the sink wielding weirdo was but a wee bit further up the road, no doubt explaining to the chap in front of him that he wanted to make sure he'd packed everything and that was why he was carrying his kitchen sink.

how to be you sure you packed everything

for all its faults, hackney really does have a different class of nutter... it'll be a shame to leave the borough, but hopefully wherever it is that i end up will be better, both in terms of entertainment provided by the local mentalists & my own personal living conditions.
daf: (disco stu)
...as i'm in an internet café, i'll keep this brief.

moved house, now living in what will shortly resemble an independent bike shop on evering road in sunny stoke newington.

'twas only after we'd moved in that i noticed we're less than a minutes walk from the best indian take out in london [the samosa]... i can't describe just how win this is :D

anywho, my time here is drawing to an end, so i'll say ttfn.
daf: (disco stu)
after some 34 hours straight1 spent packing and cleaning, things are going relatively smoothly; have sorted storage space and nearly packed everything although this last 10% of my possessions is proving somewhat difficult to box up... maybe best just to chuck the stuff that's costly/inconvenient to replace later on.

am really not looking forwards to attempting to get the deposit back off the landlord... the pikey bastard's tighter than a gnat's chuff and describing my knowledge of the procedure as scant would be an overstatement to say the least.

anyways, best stop this procrastination and get back to work.

1: candice & i somehow found the time to see alterred at the islington academy... thoroughly enjoyed their performance, although the audience were nothing short of appalling: i don't think it would have been possible to find a more lackluster bunch of morose individuals.
daf: (disco stu)
741 minutes, 34 pens, 37 lighters, 64 pounds and 56 pence later... i find myself left with only the move itself left :]

this calls for less haste



Aug. 25th, 2007 12:36 am
daf: (Default)
is progressing with surprising alacrity, although i have an insuppressible sense of foreboding that i have only scratched the surface.

in other news, i have a lot of books.

an awful lot of books. might have to get more boxes :/


Aug. 24th, 2007 05:59 pm
daf: (Default)
moving house in 18 hours.

have hurt my back and done almost no packing.

bollocks >:|

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