BP? Avoid them!

I was stunned and annoyed today at a BP service station. (Service??? What service?)

I almost never use BP because they’re tied to Coles and I’ve found Coles supermarket vouchers are worthless. However, today I was in a hurry and had to fill up.

I pulled in and started to fill using the left-most hose, as I always do, in my experience the lowest priced ordinary fuel.

But I soon realised that the price was rising alarmingly and the hose I was using was NOT the cheapest, it was Premium Unleaded at $1.46.9c !!

BP has reversed the hoses, so that the left one is Premium Unleaded, the middle one is 91 Octane ordinary unleaded and the right one is Super Duper Highest Priced Ripoff fuel. If your car uses ordinary unleaded at the cheapest price, you have to grab the middle hose.

What a confidence trick! This is specifically designed to catch the unwary, as it did me. What else can it be? You bastards!

I stopped at $8.20 on the expensive stuff, went and paid for that, then went back to the car and started again to fill up on the lowest priced fuel.

This is BP, the company that puts profits ahead of safety, the company responsible for the world’s worst oil disaster last year, the company responsible for 22 workers losing their lives in the past few years (BBC Horizon, ABC TV last week).

That’s the last time I use BP and I suggest you avoid them unless you like being tricked. Be warned, anyway. I was going to do a car wash while I was there, but I drove away fuming.

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Crushed! Me too.

The bin was taken at about 9.30am this morning and I must admit, I got a bit teary. All that history, all those files, all those projects, all that effort over 25 years, gone in a blink. It had to be done, but… I have most of it in electronic form, I guess.

There it goes…  It was harder than I expected.

I’ve often thought that if I lost everything in a fire, too bad. Well, maybe I was wrong. It hurts.

However, look at it this way – if I were still here and died, someone would have to do what I’m doing now – clear the house. I’m saving you the trouble! My possessions, condensed down to a dozen boxes and a few suitcases. Easy. Be grateful.

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I also took a dozen boxes of books and DVDs to the Save the Children depot in Shenton Park today. I can report that it’s easy to find and easy to deliver to. There was no-one there, but they have tables for you to put the boxes on. (They should also have a bin in which to put your prepositions before they end sentences! :-))

Despite the warning that encyclopedias are not wanted, someone had left a box of encyclopedias! Terrific, mate.

I left an envelope in my boxes with three copies of a letter stating that although most of my DVDs are marked with my surname and driver’s licence number, I authorise SCF to sell them and raise money. I hope it’s OK.

Interestingly, they do want  what they call ephemera. That means show tickets, maps, restaurant bills (interesting ones, that is), all kinds of memorabilia. You may not think it of interest, but other people often do, so don’t throw it out! It may be needed for someone researching a book.

That’s fantastic, because I have a lot of that kind of thing. Americas Cup schedules and press pass, for example; P&O Arcadia menus from 1977; a 1974 London Undergound map, now changed quite a bit; Miss Universe 1979 pass, and so on. Heaps of things too good to ditch. Living history. This is good!

That ties in with my television items. I have a small collection of items from 40 years of TV Engineering – camera tubes, a dichroic prism block, 2 inch video cassettes, 1/4 inch audio cassettes, equipment manuals and so on. It won’t be thrown out, it’s going to the AMMPT museum (I hope).

I also have about 500 images from 40 years of working in the industry. They’re all safe and preserved, don’t worry.

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