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So, that’s 6, yes 6, bags of garden refuse (and a free extra 6 sq m on the garden!) plus not 1, but 1+1 ENORMOUS, but very light black bags (made the mistake of buying wheelie bin liners, harumph)


Andy Mabbett has commented that my bins are getting boring.  Well anyone can tell you if you pop your head a little over the parapet someone will try and knock it off…  But, I’m a great believer in responding to customers’ demands.  I’m less convinced about responding to the demands of one customer.  So, I thought I’d put a bid out to all my lovely bin viewers.  Tell me what you think?

Should I change my bins or bin blogs?  Should I leave them just the way they are?  If I need to change them, then how?

This whole blog stream began for me as a way of checking what time I actually get round to doing the bins.  I do invite people to view them.  I wonder sometimes how that feels.  Lots of people comment on it.

Because I’ve put it out there, do I have a responsibility for how entertaining it is.  But we have no contract, I made no promises.  I’ve used it to complain, successfully, to the council about the BCC bin collection service.  I even post blogs when I’m on holiday.  Indeed, my previous bin post was from Spain – which is quite exciting.

But, no, pause, rewind…  Back to the customer feedback issue:

If my readers want change, then I’ll take a look.  Let me know.  Tweet (@parboo), FB me or leave a comment below.  If I get plenty of responses I’ll do another poll – that was dead exciting last time.

I can’t wait to hear from you.


I have returned from my hols to a lengthy (4 sheets) written reply to my complaint last month about my parking ticket. It seems “The date of the ticket on display was obscured by the windscreen tint.”

Most of the letter then goes on to describe how I can pay the fine – erring on the side of them being in the right I see!  They have included two very attractive photos of my windscreen, not dis-similar to the two I sent them.

Anyway, I think their explanation may be fair enough, although I will double check on my photos.  Now to work out how do I send them the ticket and use it to claim back the expenses from work.  God I wish my life were simpler!

I’ve been away for a few daysapril-2009-153.  I’m delighted to show you what was waiting for us when I got home.

It seems the wrong leaflet was the problem with our bins communication last week.  All sorted, a letter of apology to householders and a new, correct leaflet and in time for the next collection.  Thank you Birmingham City Council.




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