Monthly Archives: November 2008

Muirhouse Community Council looses members

Norman Duncan died last Tuesday, 11th of November. He is the third Muirhouse Salvesen community council member to die this year, after Jenny Marrow’s death in late spring and Elizabeth Maginnis start of September.  We also had a series of resignations from the community council and with the tense situation of cuts of more than 150 000 pounds in our community in provision of public services to the elderly, the young and the socially excluded we are having a tough year ahead in our community.

Korona scales are the best!

Jenny digital scales I promised to write a positive blog entry about the firm who kindly exchanged my faulty digital kitchen scales. Due to my own fault I lost the receipt when buying these scales several years ago in Saturn, a German electronic warehouse famous for its good offers. I tried out the scales quickly as in switching them on and then took them with me over to Edinburgh, where I realised these were switching itself of too quickly to be working properly. The batteries might have been too old for the scales not weighing, so it took me some more years to buy a number of batteries. Anyways after 2-3 years I  realised that  I had never used the scales and considered throwing them away in a big tidy-up action.

Looking up the company on the internet, I realised that KORONA was actually giving 5 years of guarantee on the scales, and that they still had the digital kitchen scale “Jenny”, which looked exactly like mine, featured on their website in their product range.

When buying the scale I initially wanted to go for a solar-powered digital scale which was only offered by Kuechen Loesch in Nuernberg, but the only range ever produced was withdrawn as there had been too many customer complaints, so I wanted to go for a similar design – a scale which would also be useful to weigh letters and parcels, and have a range from 1g to 5kg, as well as a flat platform to use with whatever packaging or container would be to hand and which would be solid and easy to clean and as cheap as possible.

So I decided to try and talk to the customer services and send in the scale as we are really skint at the moment here in Edinburgh and we don’t have the money to buy a new one. So I am really pleased and happy to say that the KORONA company is going to give us a new digital scale for free and even upgraded the model!

Even though they are not legally obliged to at all as I don’t have the receipt anymore and also legally there is only half a year of guarantee which is usually only binding to the shop selling it directly to the customer, they responded positively to me pleading for an exchange!

I am very happy and pleased indeed, and hopefully it will be working for a long time! And I am very doubtfuL I would have got such a nice and good service from any company here in Britain. I was wondering if it makes sense to buy products in Germany to take over to Scotland, but with such a service it certainly does!

Last Days

We brought the worms indoors now as it was getting colder and colder and they were all cuddling up to each other in a big ball in the middle of the wormery. However not sure if they are happy beside the washing machine as they seem to be quite sensitive to vibrations.

The last two weeks we have also joined the cookalong: it was very hectic and the first Friday I was behind about 45 minutes because of difficulties with my pastry and lack of preparation. Never got to make the crumble! Last week was much better though I was still about 10 minutes behind and also I never eat the starter during the broadcast as am worried I am not finished with it quick enough. But its good fun.
Just a bit expensive especially with all the different alcohols in every course. But get to do some stuff I am not usually cooking. Tried out for example the recipe from January with the scallops – and I have never made scallops before in my life! Micah was delighted and thought they would be melting in the mouth, but it seemed to me these were a bit undercooked, I liked the texture more pronounced, and tried out the different textures with different cooking times. Though I stuck very much to the recipe, but it seems to me that there is a tendency to have everything very pinkish in the middle in this series.

I have been over to Glasgow to the Coop and first of all I happened to take the wrong train to Glenrothes instead. Both trains leave from the same platform behind each other and I took the wrong one. Didn’t realise it till late because they annouced engineering works on the rails and different routes. Though should have been more sceptical when crossing the Forth Rail Bridge! Even more annoying that it happened to me before! But found out that its best to go over to Glasgow Central station from Haymarket where the Glenrothes train and the Glasgow trains use different platforms.

Anyways I am so annoyed with the Coop Bank, they are the most incompetent bank I have ever come across! They might be very ethical and not affected by the credit crunch but thats certainly because they actually don’t seem to be able to understand any concept of shares or hedge-funds or even mortgages because they are not even able to administer simple bank accounts properly! Apparently they are not even able to understand marriage certificates or change of addresses forms or adding-on of or change of signatories in joined accounts! And every time you are in the branch of the bank, they tell you everything is okay and will work wonderfully and then it never does with their weird administration mucking it all up!