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A word to the wise... Don't believe the happy British Gas adverts

Back in the first week in December, British Gas installed a new boiler into our place. The old boiler, which was in the kitchen and inside one of the new wall cabinets, was probably from the 1980s and, when considered with the original hot water tank insulated with one of those red jackets that cost ¬£5 from B&Q and the odd pair of old lady’s knickers that had fallen down in the airing cupboard (don’t ask), it seemed to make a lot of sense to have a new one installed. 721 more words

House Move

A look back at the year in news with Wicking

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Home automation woes with british gas

Efficient homes are a thing and professors new home is one. However efficient homes come with a small issue that if you did not install it then the people who can only support the closed source system assume you know it when clearly they do not know all the details… 519 more words

Technical Support

Gnome Chess Friday

HELLO. At this time of year, when it’s cold and grey and wet, please spare a thought for gnomes. Gnomes are out in all weather conditions with fishing rods, but the plight of the ocean is such that there are no fish for them to catch. 1,040 more words


Magnets, Data Science and the Intelligent Pig

The other day I was talking to some colleagues in the pub (as one does). At one point the subject of conversation turned to the pressure we academics are under these days to collaborate more with the world of industry and commerce. 1,518 more words

The Universe And Stuff

Should I pay less?

Here are a few things that you should know about British Gas. If, like me you lose someone and then become responsible for their energy bills the transition can be quite simple. 200 more words

Holiday Pay Ruling

Thousands of employees whose wages are partly based on commission have moved a step closer  towards claiming holiday pay previously denied them thanks to a Court of Appeal ruling on a case originally brought by UNISON against British Gas. 15 more words