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Needed a replacement ‘AG13’ battery for my cheapo Halfords bike computer. Happened to be picking up some items in B&Q – saw a button that looked the same called LR44 , could not recall the AG13 code, but dammit they look the same so I bought a 2-pack on spec.. (¬£2.98). Got home realised they were not same code… growl. Went into Kingston to buy food… looked for battery in several places but could not find one anywhere. Eventually dragged myself into Maplin… no luck, the assistant (looks up on computer and) said “discontinued”. Resign self to buying new device… ūüė¶ ¬†

Drop in on a small independent electrical retailer on walk back and ask again. ¬†Man says “Oh yes, you want ¬†a ‘357’ . Same thing new code. Sell them all the time” ¬†Deal! (¬£2.50 for one) ¬†Get home. Look up code on Google…. Arghhhhhh… THEY ARE ALL THE F’ing SAME! ¬†Yes, AG13 = A76 = LR44 = 357¬†

Feel like a wally for not checking before I buy (can get a 10 pack on t’internet for under ¬£7) and feel crushed by complexity again.¬†

How come the world agrees on ‘AA’ & ‘AAA’ (for example) ¬†but not on these button types?


Near the end of my regular morning commute to work something odd happened. I was remounting after carrying the bike up some steps when the left side of the handlebar just gave way!

No warning, just cracked open at the point it meets the stem and swayed drunkenly away. If it wasn’t for the extra cable strap holding on a special front attachment it would have completely dropped off.

That’s scary… what might have happened if I was on a busy road at the time does not bear thinking about.

Metal fatigue in aluminium… apparently it can happen after just a couple of years! Why are they selling us S*** like this without a health warning?

The nice cycle guys at work fixed me up with a new bar in time to get home again. But I am looking harder at aluminium components from now on.

Inside and Outside

The box promised “Dark chocolate, orange and almond torte”

We took it out of the box and it didn’t look like the picture on the cover. The nuts were barely toasted. That the first impression did not match the expectation that the marketing image set puts your mind in the wrong place before you even take a bite.

The taste was ‘OK’.¬† But if it had looked like the cover would I have said ‘Great’?¬† I’ll never know now.

Small things trip us up.

Maybe my mother was right – first impressions do matter.

The first posting on ‘things that should not have caught my eye’ ūüėČ

Menu in a pub.

This menu is printed & laminated – so it is the same every day.

“Fresh Fish of the Day…. Cod in Batter”


Thank you: The Beach House, Greystones, Ireland.

Our Loewe TV developed a fault on 21 Sep 2006. After a couple of visits the ‘local’ engineer had to take the set away. He initially applied for a replacement board but Loewe said none were available. So the set had to taken away so the board can be extracted & posted to Germany so it can have components replaced. Apparently, we hear now (after I again chased an update) that they do not even have the parts to do this in stock!!!

If they have any customer focus they need to set a date for the return of the board – OR – arrange for a replacement TV. We have been without that TV now for over 2 months.

Loewe.. get your act together.

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Nova Swing: John M Harrison.

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