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I am Fox

[#KeepTheBan](https://twitter.com/hashtag/KeepTheBan?src=hash) [pic.twitter.com/tPhZ9W2g8l](http://t.co/tPhZ9W2g8l) — Martin McDowell (@McDragon) [July 12, 2015](https://twitter.com/McDragon/status/620241566851051521)

DVLA on speed

Respect to the [@DVLAgovuk](https://twitter.com/DVLAgovuk). Filed to renew my driving licence on Tuesday, received it in the post today, 3 days later!! — Martin McDowell (@McDragon) [February 6, 2015](https://twitter.com/McDragon/status/563679316127793152) Well, you know how many complain about government institutions being very slow when applying for documents. Just recent memories from the passport scandal flood back. Well on Monday I had to file for a renewal for my drivers licence. Did it online as advised by the DVLA letter.

Yet another energy provider

I have lived at my current address for last 6 years and started of using Swalec as my electricity and gas provider. Then found out they were ripping me off so I switched … only after I clawed back the money they owed me. Switched to EDF which had its own little scams. They failed to clearly explain that they will be increasing my bills by switching me to a Standard tariff if I used their smart meter.

I put Nottingham back on the map

OK, sounds like a flashy title, but I did notice that the city of Nottingham was missing from Google Maps in any of the zoom views I chose. I tried reporting a problem a while ago and recently received the following reply: Hi Martin, Thank you for reporting this problem. We've reviewed your problem and you were right! The default view in Google Maps has already been updated to reflect your suggested change, as shown below.

Watch out for the financial black hole

I decided the other day to clear up my finances, get rid of the mess and make a cull in all those dodgy direct debits I had in my bank account. I challenge you to have a look at your finances and see how many companies have a wide-open back door to your money. Paypal I have been a avid user of Paypal for years and always tried to use it to pay for on-line purchases if at all possible.

Experiencing the M25 car park

[caption id=“attachment_1807” align=“aligncenter” width=“620”] M25 parking lot on December 18th Photo: TOMMY HINDLEY[/caption] There were plenty of warnings about possible weather problems before I set off from Haverfordwest in the SW Wales to Stansted airport on December 18th. There was very little snow in Pembrokeshire and the airport was open. There were absolutely no problems up to the M4 exit for Slough. [caption id=“attachment_1773” align=“alignleft” width=“225”] Photo taken on my iPhone of the M25 standstill[/caption]

My GMail account hacked by 115.52.213.93

Unfortunately my GMail account martin [dot] mcdowell got somehow hacked today and someone (or something) in China sent a spam message to all my 119 e-mail contacts in my address book at 15.35 this afternoon. The IP address the hack originated from was 115.52.213.93 and is assigned to the Chinese ISP CNC Group CHINA169. It looks like there was a Google-wide attack as their systems crashed. There are several reports of hacked accounts on Google forums.

Tragična zgodba Tommya Jonesa

Gospa Hamer, žena vrtnarja v majhni južno-valežanski vasici, naj bi ponoči sanjala o dečku, ki se je izgubil slab mesec poprej. Ko se je le opogumila in prepričala moža, da ji pomaga, se je 2. septembra leta 1900 skupaj z nekaj sorodniki odpravila na lastno iskalno akcijo. Ko je skupina z gospo Hamer na čelu prispela do grebena nad jezerom Cwm llwch, okoli pol kilometra zahodno od vrha gore Pen-y-fan, je gospa Hammer naenkrat zakričala od groze.

The hell-hole that is the Ljubljana emergency department

Had the misfortune to have to take my close relative to the emergency department (urgenca) in the main Ljubljana hospital (Klinični center). She was showing signs of severe pain and the symptoms were progressively getting worse by the hour. Not that she would have particularly like to but she really needed to see somebody as this had never happened before and the condition was causing her a lot of worry. Besides, of course, being in excruciating pain.

Wales prepovedal elektronske ovratnike za pse in mačke

V sredo, 24. marca 2010 je v Walesu v veljavo stopil pravilnik Valežanske Skupščinske Vlade (Welsh Assembly Government), ki prepoveduje uporabo elektronskih (električnih) ovratnikov pri psih in mačkah. Ti ovratniki se v večini primerov uporabljajo za odpravljanje neželenih vedenjskih navad pri psih. V skupščinski debati so utemeljili pravilnik s tem, da so ti ovratniki nepotrebno mučenje živali in pogosto ostanejo orodje lenih in brezbrižnih lastnikov, ki ne znajo odpravljati neželenih navad pri svojih hišnih ljubljencih na noben drug način.