ao.com – A Review

So our trusty old washing machine decides enough is enough after 12 years, so we thought it was time for a new one. After shopping around, ao.com seemed like the best place to buy price wise, so we thought we’d give them a try and ordered a hoover.

The machine itself is £369, which isn’t bad for a washer dryer, and I’ll write a review on the machine after a bit of use.

As we placed the order, we noticed that ao were trying to add on extras for this and that, all optional, and (in their defence) deselected by default:

  • Disconnection fee
  • Next day delivery
  • Recycling charge
  • Specific time slot
  • Connection fee

This makes them like RyanAir adding optional extras for simply breathing, but we didn’t select any of them as the fee varies from £10-£20 depending on what you select. As you can see, the fees soon rack up and can add an additional £70 to the purchase price.

Once the order was placed, the worst was yet to come….

In under 5 minutes of placing the order we recieved a phone call from ao.com trying to sell us an extended guarantee. We didn’t want this optional extra either. The salesman spoke to Gary and was so persistent and was hardly going to take no for an answer so I told the salesman that we have cover elsewhere.

Now, I used to work for Barclaycard in a previous life, just after the PPI scandal broke, and I was licensed to sell PPI by the FSA, there was a strict set of questions which must be adhered to, to the letter, so for some pushy salesman to be trying to sell us something which we didn’t want, didn’t need and more to the point had cover elsewhere should have set alarm bells ringing. But it didn’t, he repeated all the information about the benefits of this insurance, despite being told the phrase “We have cover elsewhere” on more than one occasion.

Today was delivery day, so we prepared ourself for a long wait in as it was an all day delivery slot (if you remember, we didn’t pay the extra twenty quid for a specific slot) however, we had a text message from ao telling us that the delivery was due between 11am-2pm……. (which was missed BTW, but that’s beside the point!).

To add insult to injury, Hoover offer a free 5 year guarantee on the washer anyway, which makes ao’s sales pitch even more pointless and frustrating

So the moral of this story is…… if you’re going to buy from ao, don’t fall for any of their optional extras, you don’t need them, and if it’s for an elderly or vulnerable relative, make sure you’re around to fend off their pushy & misselling sales people, as I’m sure some people would just buy their damn insurance to get them off the phone!

Bakewell slices

Bakewell slices
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
55 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
438 calories
40 g
120 g
29 g
7 g
12 g
91 g
14 g
21 g
1 g
14 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
91g
Yields
10
Amount Per Serving
Calories 438
Calories from Fat 249
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
44%
Saturated Fat 12g
62%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 120mg
40%
Sodium 14mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 40g
13%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 21g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
7%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the pastry
  1. 90g butter
  2. 65g caster sugar
  3. 3 egg yolks
  4. 200g plain flour
For the filling
  1. 125g butter
  2. 125g caster sugar
  3. 125g ground almonds
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1tsp almond essence
  6. 50g flaked almonds
  7. 1-2 tbsp jam
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 (180C fan).
To make the pastry
  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until well combined, then beat in the egg yolks, one at a time until full incorporated into the mixture.
  2. Mix in the flour until the mixture comes together as a ball of dough.
  3. Tip the pastry out onto a floured work surface and knead briefly until smooth.
  4. Wrap the pastry in cling film and chill for 30-60 minutes. Alternatively, it can be frozen for use at a later date.
  5. Roll out the pastry to line an 8" flan tin
  6. Line with greaseproof paper and add rice or baking beans and bake blind for 15 mins
  7. Remove the rice and greaseproof and bake for a further 5 minutes.
To make the filling
  1. Melt the butter in a pan, take off the heat and then stir in the sugar.
  2. Add ground almonds, egg and almond extract.
  3. Spoon the jam over the cooked pastry case and spread evenly
  4. Pour the filling into the flan tin and sprinkle over the flaked almonds.
  5. Bake for 35 minutes
Notes
  1. Cover the tart with foil if the flaked almonds are browning too quickly
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calories
438
fat
29g
protein
7g
carbs
40g
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Blocking twatty referers

roadsignTwo posts in one day, good grief! OK, so lets say you have a load of links on a forum, some you put there, some others put there, all pointing to your domain. You wake up one day, and realise what a bunch of twats run these forums, what do you do?

You could edit all your posts, remove all the links, but then again, some of the links have been posted by others, so you can’t remove them without contacting the twatty forum owners (twatty is my word of the day. Do you like it? I do!)

So, here’s how to break all the links easily. Obviously, people can copy and paste the links if they are determined, but sending them back to where they came will probably just confuse them even more than they already are.

Stick this in your .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on
Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} forums\.broadcastingworld\.net [NC]
RewriteRule \.* http://forums.broadcastingworld.net [L,R]

Repeat lines 3 and 4 for each of the sites you want to block.

RewriteEngine on
Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} forums\.broadcastingworld\.net [NC]
RewriteRule \.* http://forums.broadcastingworld.net [L,R]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} support.\spacialaudio\.com [NC]
RewriteRule \.* http://support.spacialaudio.com [L,R]

And to quote the Clit Bang advert; BANG! The twat is gone!

A response

This is a response to all the readers of the http://broadcastingworld.net forums and especially andhow.

You’re insisting on using inferior software, namely SAM Broadcaster (or whatever guise it comes under these days) and anyone who disagrees with you is branded a troll, yet, you let true trolls bully and harass genuine members.

Just because you make substantial advertising revenue from a piece of software, does not mean you should let it rule your site, do yourself a favour and sell it to Spacial and let them take over.,

Most of your forum members (and apologies to those few forum members who are genuine) are either complete amateurs who don’t know their arse from their elbow when it comes to anything technical (yet frequently claim to be gods gift to shoutcast) or are there simply to rip off customers who need a cheap reliable stream host. (No, this is not an advert, I do not sell stream or web hosting) If you are looking for a host, I give you one piece of advice, do a bit of research on how to set it up yourself, it’s not difficult, and the price of a low end VPS will be more than you need provided it fits your bandwidth needs, but most people who are moaning can’t even be bothered to do this.

  • If you don’t like SAM broadcaster, then you’re gonna be out of luck with BroadcastingWorld’s forums
  • If you’re looking for friendly, impartial advice, then you’re gonna be out of luck with BroadcastingWorld’s forums

If you like childish amateurs with an attitude the size of their ego then you’re heading to the right place!

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OK, so a few weeks ago, I stumbled across http://www.signomatic.co.uk/

Today, I finally got round to ordering my sign, the best part is, if you write about it on your blog, you can get a sign up to £15 for free!

Just write a  post about door signs and include a link to http://www.signomatic.co.uk/signs/door-signs, sit back, and wait!

I’ll post a picture when it arrives!

DSCF0803[Edit 05/09/2013] Well, here it is, I did say I’d post a picture![/edit]