Archive for the 'General' Category

Long time no posts

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

It’s been a long time since I posted anything because we’ve moved again, so instead of Canadian Immigrants, we’re now immigrants to Ireland - more to follow on that. However to kick things off here are our initial observations about the things that really stand out it Ireland . . .

 Smoking - it’s just incredible […]

Winter of the way

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Early November and the termperature is a few degrees below freezing here in Edmonton. So far about 10 cm of snow has fallen so the roads are somewhat messy once you get off the main steets and avenues.
House owners are responsible for clearing the snow off the sidewalks outside their property, but most of them […]

What does the Koran says about veils?

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

The bbc has a really informative page about the Koran and what it actually says about both men and women’s dress. It does not say that women should wear something that covers their whole body except their eyes, that is one very strict interpretation.
The bbc’s page starts by saying . . .
‘The Koran, Islam’s holy […]

More smoke and mirrors from the Blair government

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Anti-social behaviour in the headlines again - you know when things are going badly for the government when they bring out their smokescreen. It used to be foxhunting, a subject guaranteed to raise passions because people have such strong views about it, and in real terms, that is how it affects the everyday lives of […]

Still no respite for air travellers

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Air travellers are still being harassed and victimised by governments around the world despite any credible threat. Why you may ask?
The answer is simple. Political posturing.
Look at the facts.

The UK ‘plot’ has not been proved, it is still only alleged.
None of the so-callled plotters had even bought an airline ticket
Many of them did not even […]

Credit card update

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Finally, after two years we have managed to get our deposit back from the credit card company and bank. That means that they have had our money for two years at a miserly rate of interest.
As you might guess we have now opened a different bank account and will be applying for a different credit […]

Banking and credit

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

Open a bank account BEFORE you come to Canada.
Make sure you do this from the UK because you will then be known when you arrive. If you don’t do it then it’s not as easy to do and there are far more pressing things that you have to do.
Getting a credit card is difficult. In […]

My web hosting service

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

You’re welcome to take a look, you might want to move your own website over and take advantage of these low prices
see them at www.alanchard.com

Introductions . . .

Wednesday, January 25th, 2006

Living and working in Canada started in June 2004 when we moved to Edmonton.
‘Where are the posts?’  - you might well ask !
My previous hosting service had an unfortunate incident involving a new server, a hard disc and a large number of websites, one of which was mine, that means my weblog went the way […]

eBay carriage charge

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

I never cease to be amazed by the HUGE post and packing charges that some sellers on ebay are asking.
These people are ripping their customers off with charges like $5 US plus tax to send a single DVD within Canada, some of the foregin ones are even worse, and then you’re likely to be charged […]