Charity Shmarity

August 9, 2008

We had another one of those fake charity collection things through the door yesterday. Lets take a look……

This time they have even given up on using a picture of refugees and have gone with a couple of cute kittens! What is that supposed to mean? I think it means, “Don’t think too hard about the details on this leaflet, just look at the kittens, aahh cute aren’t they? Keep looking at them, that’s right, now go get a bag and fill it up, remember the kittens? That’s right, now put the bag outside your front door. Kittens are cute aren’t they?”

Here is the pitch…

Dear Householder, We will be grateful if you could kindly donate your unwanted Ladies, gents & Children’s Clothing, Blankets, Sheets, Shoes, Handbags, Curtains, Belts, Bath and Hand Towels, underwear, Cosmetics, Toiletries, Perfumes.

Sounds to me like they want items to put on a car boot sale!

SHC COLLECTIONS LTD is a collecting company which provide people in need in Eastern European countries with affordable clothes for them and their families. It provides jobs in Eastern European countries for those sorting the clothes for distribution. It also provides business for UK export transport companies as well as creating employment in the UK factories grading the clothes and those people collecting the bags door to door. SHC COLLECTIONS LTD, Company reg. 06437255 e-mail:

This is the bit that really rubs me up the wrong way. At first glance, I think, most people will think this is a charity, when in fact its nothing of the sort. One of the major giveaways is the inclusion of a company registration number instead of a registered charity number. Oh yeah and dont get me started on the email address, of course, all the reputable companies I know use Hotmail, errr no!

According to Companies House they have been running less than a year. (Coincidentally, being registered on my last birthday!)

Name & Registered Office:
N11 2JH
Company No. 06437255
Status: Active
Date of Incorporation: 26/11/2007
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Company Type: Private Limited Company

According to Google maps, the postcode is in the middle of a block of suburban houses.

So there we have it, after just a few minutes of thought and investigation, my suspicions about this company are confirmed. This is not a company that I have any confidence in!

Isn’t the Internet wonderful?


August 8, 2008

If your lucky number is 8, then it must be your lucky lucky day.

The eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year, which translates as 080808, even if you do your dates the wrong way around*.

To go one further I was up at 8 this morning so I also saw the eighth minute of the eighth hour, 0808080808 🙂

Have a good day now!

*Yes, America I’m talking to youo!

Greedy Geek

August 6, 2008

A few weeks ahead of the new season starting here in the UK, I’ve got hold of* the first 4 episodes of Stargate Atlantis.

I got them on Sunday and had already watched them all by the time I went to bed last night. How greedy am I? Now I’m all sad that they’re gone. Oh, why couldn’t I have rationed myself to one per week, and just been happy that I was weeks ahead of the UK? Oh no, not this greedy geek!

I discovered this morning that the upcoming Stargate Continuum movie was available ahead of its mid-August DVD release.

So of course, I had to get* it. The sensible thing to do now would be to save it, maybe for the weekend. That would be good, except of course, shortly after I’ve posted this and been and brought a beer, I’ll be watching that Lion roar and the credits start rolling. Greedy geek!

I’ll never learn!

*Don’t ask me how, I’m not sure it’s even legal to mention downloading anything these days!

Little n Large

August 2, 2008

I popped into Crystal Peaks library today. In a display case there were lots of photos of community project things.

This one caught my (evil) eye.


That’s all I have to say about that.