>We’ve been on snow alert all week for today … but it hasn’t quite reached us. (Phew!)

I couldn’t get my car booked in at the garage until Monday. I described the fault and they think it’s just my rear brakes that have gone. I’ve been advised to drive very carefully (as if I do anything else), so to avoid emergency stops (it would fail), and leave it in gear so it doesn’t roll when parked (yup, do that too). Driving home last night, my brakes seemed to be back. I parked without the handbrake on overnight and it started fine this morning and had rear brakes on the drive in to work. But they’re still not right and they still need checking.

The gas engineer didn’t manage to fix my boiler last night. He had to order the part and it’s coming today, so he called me instead. This morning, I had hot water …

Yesterday I caught up with the weekly magazine competitions and managed to enter 13 online, plus about another half dozen once I got online that related to TV programmes. Two deadlines were yesterday, which was lucky. I only picked up one magazine with the provisions. Maybe if I nip out today for another walk, I’ll pick up another. This week’s main task (outside of the day job) is to send at least one filler or reader’s letter to at least each magazine I pick up. I can hear Lynne Hackles telling me to ask myself what I can provide for each page I turn. The second edition of her book is due out in June, I believe.

Mini rant alert
There is a coffee machine in the area next to my office. It’s really unreliable. However, there is a message clearly on the front: “Any problems with this machine please contact Reception.”

Yesterday I went to the machine to get a cup of hot chocolate, and there were around 6 or 7 cups abandoned, still with dirty looking water inside. I dispensed my hot chocolate, and also got a cup of dirty looking water, so I thought I’d check to see if any of the 6 or 7 people that had abandoned theirs had bothered to contact Reception regarding said fault. They hadn’t. Can you believe the laziness of some folk?

The place they have to report it to (Reception) is feet away – right next to the kitchen where they can get rid of said dirty looking water down drain and put ex cups in the waste paper bin. And then they complain that the machine never works. WELL, REPORT IT WHEN IT DOESN’T SO THEY CAN FIX IT.

Crystal balls just aren’t what they were.