Is it possible to unsubscribe from an email newsletter?

bestofthebestHow often do you unsubscribe from email newsletters? It seems I am constantly doing it and weeks or months later the buggers send more junk. So I don’t believe for a minute that these companies are unsubscribing me. As a test, I am going to monitor Best of the best, because I have unsubscribed a few times now, and they keep coming back like a fly to a turd.

Best of the Best plc are a listed company on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. We have been trading for over 6 years and have given away over £8 million of cars to over 200 winners….

Who cares who you are, stop sending me bloody emails. I don’t want a super car or whatever you are giving away as a prize. If I remember correctly I was suckered into taking a ticket or 3 at Gatwick airport over 2 years ago. Whenever I fill in a form where it asks “do you want to be contacted in the future for promos or new competitions”, I always say “NO”. But I don’t think anyone ever takes any notice of that.

Thomsons Holiday is another company bombarding me with junk email. So I have unsubscribed from them as well.


Messenger Live + Winamp = MessengerAMP.

If you listen to your music through the best music application in the world “Winamp” and use MSN Live Messenger (2009 is now out) to chat to friends and want to switch on the feature that allows you to show what you are listening too, then download Messenger AMP. It’s a cool little plugin for Winamp, and takes about 5 seconds to install. Once loaded your friends will see what you are listening too at the top of their messenger window. 🙂


When last did someone read a book to you?

For me it would have been about 30 years ago, until this past Monday that is, when I started to listen to an audio book by Tom Clancy called “The teeth of the tiger”. It’s read by Stephen Lang.

It’s thrilling, gripping, exciting, and has been a total pleasure so far. I can’t stop listening.  I have been able to just relax completely while listening to Stephen tell the story as Tom Clancy saw it.  I have the audio file on my Nokia N95. It’s such a brilliant idea.

As for the book here is the back cover if you are interested:

A man named Mohammed sits in a café in Vienna, about to propose a deal to a Colombian. Mohammed has a strong network of agents and sympathizers throughout Europe and the Middle East, and the Colombian has an equally strong drug network throughout America. What if they were to form an alliance, to combine all their assets and connections? The potential for profits would be enormous–and the potential for destruction unimaginable.

In a nondescript office building in suburban Maryland, the firm Hendley Associates does a profitable business in stocks, bonds, and international currencies, but its true mission is quite different: to identify and locate terrorist threats, and then deal with them, in whatever manner necessary. Established with the knowledge of President John Patrick Ryan, “the Campus” is always on the lookout for promising new talent, its recruiters scattered throughout the armed forces and government agencies–and three men are about to cross its radar.

The first is Dominic Caruso, a rookie FBI agent, barely a year out of Quantico, whose decisive actions resolve a particularly brutal kidnap/murder case. The second is Caruso’s brother, Brian, a Marine captain just back from his first combat action in Afghanistan, and already a man to watch. And the third is their cousin . . . a young man named Jack Ryan, Jr.

Jack was raised on intrigue. As his father moved through the ranks of the CIA and then into the White House, Jack received a life course in the world and the way it operates from agents, statesmen, analysts, Secret Service men, and black ops specialists such as John Clark and Ding Chavez. He wants to put it all to work now, but when he knocks on the front door of “the Campus,” he finds that nothing has prepared him for what he is about to encounter. For it is indeed a different world out there, and in here . . . and it is about to become far more dangerous.

Have you seen what the perfect job is?


Job Description:

  • Live on an island that is warm all year round
  • Feed the fish
  • Clean the pool
  • Collect the mail

Pay Package:

Australian Dollar $150,000 (£68000) for the six-month contract.

Other Benefits:

  • return airfares from your nearest capital city (in your home country),
  • accommodation and transport on Hamilton Island,
  • travel insurance for the contract period,
  • computer, internet, digital video and stills cameras access,
  • plus travel to a number of the other Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.

Start Date:

Contract commences 1st July 2009.

Sounds £#$*ing  incredible!

Check out the best job in the world website and download the job description if you are interested. You’ve got 41 days before they close applications.


Mother nature drowns pirates and steals ransom money.

sirius-ransomHa! Ha! Those pirates that hijacked the Sirius Oil Tanker appear to have drowned in a storm at sea. They were on their way back to the shore after they were given a ransom by the owners of the oil tanker.

Just shows you, that crime does not pay.

Many reports said that the pirates were well co-ordinated. It seems greed got the better of them. They could have waited a day onboard until the storm passed and then made a dash for shore…

Justice was served by mother nature or was it? This story stinks like a dead rat… What’s the bet those remaining pirates made this story up so that the rest of war torn Somalia wouldn’t have a man hunt on those pirates when they got home. $3 million in Somalia money must be a helleva lot of money. Enough to feed the whole country… ha ha!!!

So I bet 1 mile off shore, the 5 supposedly drowned pirates swap boats and head towards a safe haven taking the ransom money with them. The 3 remaining pirates swim back to shore and tell the people that there was a massive storm and that both pirates and money are presumably drowned. They were clever enough to hijack an oil tanker, and they had plenty of time before and onboard to have a better plan of getting away with the money – Don’t you think?


Skoda front wipers stopped working. – A fix!

Someone (no names mentioned) recently put bottled water into the car window washer instead of the 50/50 windscreen wiper mix. Of course all was fine until this cold snap hit the South East of England and we have been having sub zero temperatures and rain and snow which froze the water in the pipes and in turn burned out the front window wiper fuse.

I did a search online and found a solution on the official skoda forum ( There were to 2 areas discussing ‘front wipers not working’ and which fuse to look at in order to fix the problem. The manual that I have is all back to front, so the forum was really useful. It also seems that many people are experiencing this problem.

blown fuse

The fuse panel is on the right hand side of the dashboard and is easy to open. There is a small gap, which you can put a screw driver in to lift it up.

The fix is to check fuse number 15 – headlight cleaning system, window wiper (a red 10 Amp fuse) first as it’s usually the fuse that has blown. I made the mistake of checking number 41 (yellow 20 Amp fuse, which is aptly named “Front Window Wiper”, and of course it was fine. Apparently the fuse box is arranged in a strange way. So as you can see in the photo, the fuse number 15 was indeed blown or broken.

If you are interested in advice or want to ask a question, then look in the forums. I have included the two message areas where I found all my answers.

Message group 1 – Wipers not working

Message group 2 – Wiper possible electrical failure

NB NOTICE: Don’t take a fuse from another section of the fuse box and think you’ll replace it at a later date. This will cause immediate problems. In my case I took the fuse out from  number 4 (Interior lighting also a 10Amp fuse) and used it in number 15, but all this did was cause my car to not start (very weird but true). In fact the RAC man (Doh! I had to call them because I couldn’t figure out why the engine would not turn and I didn’t have a spare fuse to fill the gap) and it turns out that a simple fuse or no fuse in a postion where there should be a fuse can prevent the car from starting…. [superemotions file=”icon_redface.gif” title=”Redfaced / Embarassed”]

Nokia Map free 7 days licence – not quite!

NokiaMaps Licence ExpiryNokia recently offered a free 7 day licence of Nokia Maps, which was very kind of them, but instead of making it free from the date of activation, they literally made it free from the day they made the offer (27th of December 2008 four 7 days)…. Not really a gift then Nokia.

It would have been a lot better if one could use it anytime, such as when you are on holiday. Not everyone drives or walks or site sees between Xmas and New Years. Some of us do work.