Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Wednesday 25 November

Strong winds lashing the Hebrides, but as yet nothing really exceptional. The ferries are disrupted up and down the west coast, and drivers are warned to be careful on exposed stretches of road - like the major bridges in Scotland. Spectacular cloudscapes with heavy showers moving through.

There is fury in the land over the decision of the Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords, Law Lords) to disallow the Office of Fair Trading to assess the fairness of bank charges. Banks in the UK charge up to £39 for an unauthorised overdraft, whereas in fact it only costs the bank £4 to deal with the issue. Two years ago, a campaign was started to force the banks to repay to customers the excess charged - which will now not happen (at the present time).

I am trying out the Google Chrome browser, and so far so good. It is faster than Firefox, but still has glitches in it. And I don't like the way my bookmarks have been rearranged. May go back to FF at the end of the day.


  1. Good to see this, I have several UK friends who've been collecting their strengths to fight unfair banking laws. As for your browser choice, keep us posted.

  2. I have given Chrome a try, and I still use it occasionally, but it freezed and crashes a lot. One thing I have found that helps, though, is to clear the browser history if it seems like it is starting to go slow. But in the long run, I really am more comfortable with Firefox. My son likes the way the home page tabs work, but I couldn't get used to that.