My friend has been struggling all morning with Job Centre Plus people. They tell him he has to reappear for his National Insurance number interview. “We’ve lost all your documents” said the person from Job Centre Plus on phone.
My friend is from Hungary and he’s not alone. His girfriend got the same call and letter and so did another eastern European guy I know. This has probably happened to thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people.
There’s still no official word from Job Centre Plus. Probably, this is going to be in news soon and Job Center Plus will be made to give an official apology. But what about those people who were interviewed 2 months ago, were promised their national Insurance number cards in 2 weeks? Now, when they’re already long overdue, they’re told that their documents are lost and they have to come for another interview.
News Update – Recorded conversation
So my hungarian friend went to JobCentre Plus for his re-interview. He was mad at them (obviously) and on asking how many people’s documents were lost, the lady there said “lots of people”. Here’s his conversation at Job Centre Plus, Settle street in Whitechapel, London. You can hear the lady say that the documents were “lost in transit” and make excuses.
Job Centre Plus on Loss of Documents and re-interviews
I just hope some strict action is taken against this repeated behaviour by companies, which, UK has become pretty complacent to.
Searching for Duchess of Birmingshire and Duchess of Birminghamshire played by Patricia Place?
There is sad news – Patricia Place – The actress who played Duchess of Birmingshire passed away in September, it was announced at the end of the program. Patricia Place was 83 when she died of Pneumonia. She was secretly fighting cancer without her family’s knowledge. Place was most known for her role in “Emma Smith – My story” as Emma Smith Bidamon. She had also acted in several other TV shows and movies.
A thread on VH1 says that the actress Patricia Place unfortunately passed away on the 20th of September. She worked till one day before her death. An article on Herald Extra is mentioned there.
My condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.
Is there actually a “Duchess of Birmingshire”? I think the Duchess of Birmingshire title is just made up, something like Judge Julie, and she’s just an actress. Why else would an actual duchess be on a TV show, and a low budget one at that. A CS preview is available of the show where I wonder if Lacey and Brandi C are being challenged by Inna to get them up on the chopping block?
To me, I think I’ve seen the woman somewhere, so most probably it is an actress. Love Sharon’s pretty laugh on the previews 😉
We need Info
There so less info about this on the Internet. If you know anything about this for sure, please do everyone a favor and drop in a comment. PLEASE!!!
Welcome back participants of Marriott World of Rewards. If you’re new, welcome to the group. Today’s city is Orlando, USA and the question is pretty simple:
Which theme part can be found in Orlando?
Walt Disney World
This is one of the easiest to find answers, unlike ones about Honk Kong and Moscow, which were a bit tricky.
Few facts about Walt Disney World
Most visited collection of theme parks and water parks in the world.
Largest recreational resort in the world.
Technically speaking, Walt Disney World is not a theme park, it is a resort that contains 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 23 hotels, various shopping places, restaurants and entertainment venues.
It’s located in South west Orlando.
All the best winning!
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Misspelled words – keywords, keyphrases market a whopping 1%!
On coming across some top searches today, I saw “reddif.com”, which is a common misspelling of the popular site rediff.com. The other day I attended an internet marketing seminar. They talked about the importance of optimising a site for misspelt keywords. It is estimated that the misspelled keywords’ market is approximately 0.9% to 1%.
Now image, if you start a business, where all you do is, get the top 1000 most searched keywords or keyphrases world-wide, do your research on what are the most obvious and most recurring misspelt versions of those keyphrases are, and create different web sites or blogs dedicated to those mis-spelt (well, it’s misspelled in the US, misspelt in the UK, just so you know I’m not misspelling it 😉 ) keywords. According to our estimate in the seminar, you’ll target about 1% of the entire top 1000 most keywords or keyphrases’ market. HUGE!
If you do that, and further monetise (UK) or monetize (US) it using Google Adsense or any other ads, you’ll be a millionaire in less than 6 months! Now how’s that for a business eh?
There is a catch! – With almost 80% people using Google, and Google becoming more and more intelligent by the day, if you do search for a commonly misspelled word, you’ll be most often shown results with the correct spelling. I hope everyone knows about domain squatting? That’s when mean people book and keep every possible spelling permutation & combination of a popular domain name. How about trying a few combinations for Rediff?
Redif.com – Squatted.
Reddif.com – Squatted, has a page rank 2 (people have linked to the wrong url)
Redifff.com – Squatted, has a PR 1
Can you think of another combination? Go ahead, if it is a possible misspelling, it’ll be squatted. If it isn’t go ahead and squat it. You never know when they come banging on your door, offering you money for that domain, furthermore, by showing relevant ads, you’ll make perennial money anyway.
A common misspelling of facebook.com – FACEBOOOK.com (3 Os) has an alexa rank of under 2000. Thats over a million people every year!!
Playboy girls Kendra Wilkinson and Holly Madison – Hugh Hefner’s live in girlfriends have probably got what they wanted from the Playboy mansion and Girls next door – fame! After Holly Madison called it quits with Hefner last month, now it was Kendra Wilkinson’s turn.
Holly Madison was rumored seeing the magician Criss Angel, although she refused it in one of her interviews.
Hank Baskett of Philadelphia Eagles and Kendra Wilkinson of Playboy’s Girls Next Door fame have engaged and will marry soon.
“I have given her my blessing and will be giving her away at a very special wedding ceremony at the Playboy Mansion this coming June,” Hefner said.
Here are some pics of Hank Baskett and Kendra Wilkinson. Sorry, couldn’t find any of them together, so there you go:
HP Compaq CQ-50 139WM laptop was released today for a ridiculous price of 298 dollars with Walmart (remember Walmart? the No.1 company in the world according to Forbes).
The HP Compaq CQ-50-139WM has some cool features for its price. – 2GB RAM, 2 Gigahertz AMD or Intel Celeron or an AMD Processor and a whopping 5400 RPM 160 GB of hard disk. You can’t ask for more at this price. The credit crunch has done its bit of good for some of us. The graphics card is not that great, so if you’re a gamer, well mate, this one’s not exactly for you as it uses shared memory. The screen is 15.4 inches (standard for a laptop computer) but it uses HP bright tech, so you wouldn’t struggle figuring out what’s written, in daylight.
Another sort of drawback with the HP Compaq CQ-50 139WM is Vista Home – Doesn’t give you features as good as Vista Business or Vista ultimate, but hey! Look at the price! What’s more, UNlike every other laptop out there in this price range, this has a DVD writer, so now you can store your data on DVDs if you find the 160 gigs of hard drive too little <pun intended>. It has wireless lan, a built in microphone for chatters and 3 USB ports. Battery – Here we come to something that most people need. It’s a 6 cell Lithium battery which should comfortably give you a 2-3 hours backup.
All in all, a great machine for its price. With the Compaq HP branding, you couldn’t have asked for more this Christmas. But hey, if you’re looking to buy for yourself, might as well wait for the Boxing day, when prices will be slashed further. I think the HP Compaq CQ series – 50 139WM is good for you if you use the Internet, word processors, basic graphics, email, or other non-graphics card intensive programs. If you want to play games, I’m afraid you’ll have to shell out more than the $298.00. The speed of this laptop computer won’t be great because it uses an AMD or Intel Celeron processor (bad when compared to Centrino and others), but believe me, if you’re a basic user and have been thinking of buying, rush to Walmart this Saturday for this only all Saturday deal. This has good possibility of entering the “sold out” list in the first few hours.
My review: 8 out of 10
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Intel Celeron Processor 575
2.00 GHz, 667MHz FSB, 1MB Cache
2048MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Expandable up to 3072MB with 2 accessible memory slots
15.4″ Diagonal WXGA High-Definition HP BrightView Widescreen (1280 x 800) Display
Viewing is enhanced with the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD (shared) with up to 765MB Total Available Graphics Memory
160GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
Store all of your digital media on this expansive drive
Genuine Windows Vista Home Basic with Service Pack 1
Makes your computing experience more efficient, more secure and more fun
SuperMulti 8X DVDR/RW drive
With double-layer support
HP Imprint finish & Integrated Microphone
Multimedia Drive – with Double Layer Support
Display – 1
Network Card – Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Wireless Option – 802.11b/g WLAN, Audio – Altec Lansing
Fax/Modem – High speed 56k modem
Keyboard – 101-key compatible
Pointing Device – Touch Pad with Touch Pad with dedicated vertical and horizontal Scroll Up/Down pad
External Notebook Ports: 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
1 Headphone out
1 VGA (15-pin)
1 RJ-11 (modem)
1 RJ -45 (LAN)
Security – Kensington MicroSaver lock slot
Accepts 3rd party security lock devices
Power – 65W AC Adapter
6-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2008 (including 60 days complimentary live update)
HP Help & Support Center
HP PC Recovery (SoftThinks Restore Solution)
HP Wireless Home Network Setup
HP Total Care Advisor
Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition: 60 Day Trial Version
HP Smart Web Printing
HP PhotoSmart Essentials
HP DVD Play
Muvee autoProducer, Cyberlink DVD Suite
Adobe Acrobat Reader
HP Games powered by Wild Tangent
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I’ve seen commercials on TV.. They’re showing thousand times a day in the UK on Zee, B4u, Star etc. (I live in London) and on almost every other Indian channel. Amir Khan, as usual looks great. The commercials show him with a reformed body, solid abs and chest. And then something happens in the movie and his look changes into a weird hairstyle, which, by the way, i really like!! 🙂
After Amir Khan’s taare zameen par, everyone has great expectation from Gajini and u bet Aamir Khan will do justice to it.
I just can’t wait for the movie to be out. Who else can’t wait? hands up people!
Ghajini (remake of south Indian Gajini) which is a remake of a hollywood movie Momento is the news of the hour.
Story of Momento and Gajini (Don’t read this 😉 ):
The movie is about Aamir Khan who has short term amnesia (memory loss) and whose sole motive is to take revenge for his wife’s murder. Starring with Aamir are Jiah Khan (who shot to fame after Nishabd with Amitabh Bachchan) and Asin Thottumkal (a south Indian actress, really popular down there).
Aamir Khan plays Sanjay Ramasamy suffering from short term memory loss because he was hit by a metal rod. Here’s the plot – his memory lasts only about 15 mins. After a while he understands this and starts tattooing himself with everything Aamir thinks he needs to remember and taking pictures with his polaroid camera. A police officer finds out that Aamir khan has murdered several people in order to find his girlfriend/wife’s murderers. This story intrihues a student medical student who wants to write her medical project. The student finds out that Aamir Khan’s girlfriend was trying to save children (for a charitable purpose) and when some bad people who want to kidnap children find about this, they murder Amir Khan’s wife (or girlfriend – still not clear).
It’s being said that Amir has worked out in the gym for 3-4 hours everyday. Well, and it shows.. look at the pic above!
3D game based on the film Ghajini
They say this is going to be the best game ever made in India and its release will coincide with Ghajini’s (still don’t understand why they call this Ghajini and not Gajini) music release. Music score in this movie is by the legendary A R Rehman! Yoohoo! Kya film banayi hai yaar (this is my review without even watching it).
Ghajini is going to be the biggest hit of 2008. I bet!
Talking of most Billionaires in a city, people think of either New York or London, but the city with the most Billionaires is Moscow!
Moscow has 74 billionaires as of the 1st of May 2008. What’s amazing is that the average worth of these 74 billionaires is 6 billion US dollars! Now where do these Russians make their money from? How do they have these massive palaces? Are these people who inherited the money or are they self made billionaires?
Moscow’s top 10 richest people (billionaires)
Mikhail Khodorkovsky – Worth $15.2bn
Roman Abramovich – Worth $12.5bn
Victor Vekselberg – Worth $5.9bn
Mikhail Prokhorov – Worth $5.4bn
Vladimir Potanin – Worth $5.4bn
Mikhail Friedman – Worth $5.2bn
Vladimir Lisin – Worth $4.8bn
Oleg Deripaska – Worth $4.5bn
Alexsei Mordashov – Worth $4.5 bn
Vagit Alekperov – Worth $3.9bn
Top 10 cities with most billionaires
Moscow (Russia)- 74 billionaires (highest)
New York (United States of America) – 71 billionaires
London (United Kingdom) – 36 billionaires
Istanbul (Turkey) – 34 billionaires
Hong Kong (China) – 30 billionaires
Los Angeles (United States of America) – 24 billionaires
Mumbai (India) – 20 billionaires
San Francisco (United States of America) – 19 billionaires
Dallas (United States of America) – 15 billionaires
With America’s first ever black president, there’s hope for ethnic minorities in the US to step forward. Bobby Jindal is one such man – the present governor of Louisiana is the youngest in the country and won with 88% votes. Bobby Jindal was touted to be John McCain’s running mate, before the position was taken by Sarah Palin (was it his dark skin? or did he turn down Mccain’s propsal?). Anyway, that has changed.
The republicans are now desperate to prove to the people of America that they hated Obama because of his radical ideas, not because they’re racist. What better way to do that than by nominating a successful, qualified and educated dark-skinned Indian governor for 2012?
Advantage Jindal: With all the heat around muslims and the cloud of “Who’s the real Barack Hussein Obama” all through this election campaign, Jindal, originally a Hindu who converted into Catholicism in school, will avoid that.
Who is Bobby Jindal?
You can read the entire biography at wikipedia, I’ll jump to the interesting bits.
Piyush “Bobby” Jindal (pronounced “Jend All” in Louisiana) was born in the US to Indian parents, completed schooling at 17, was accepted by Harvard Medical School, but decided to go into politics and received a master’s degree in politics as a Rhodes scholar from New College, Oxford. Worked at Mckinsey and Company, advised fortune 500 companies. Got married in 1996 to present wife Supriya Jolly and has three children – Shaan Robert, Slade Ryan and Selia Elizabeth.
Jindal or Palin, none have the charisma or the broad appeal of a Clinton, Bush or Obama. But hey, I thought the same way about Obama when he was fighting Hillary!
Will Bobby Jindal emerge with a ticket for 2012, or will he still be some governor vouching for a place in the senate?