Tony over at New Build Inspections has been sending out some press releases about these blogs, and they’re starting to be noticed. This has also led to some press attention…

Stuart Bruce, self proclaimed PR Guru, says that this is “One of the best examples of a small business blogging I’ve seen.”

Which is nice.

I’ve also spent a lot of time on the phone with Jane Hughes. She’s writing a piece for the Mail on Sunday, about blogging and the benefits it brings.

In Crest Nicholson news, still no sign of a statement of work for the work that they’re supposed to be carrying out tomorrow…


I just sent this to Crest Nicholson. It should be self explanatory.

Kisby, Jeanette wrote:

I am writing to advise that a cheque for the sum of £120 will be sent out today in the first class post to your address at X Xxxxxxxxx Xxxxx.

I’ve just confirmed that those funds have cleared my account, and I have called the Court to arrange for matters to be concluded.

I will of course be updating the pages at

with the latest developments. And hello to your other colleagues who appear to have been reading that site over the last few months.

While I have your attention, I wonder if you could give John Lewsley a bit of a kick — he’s been promising to send me a statement of work for work that Crest have booked for next Tuesday, but he’s not returning my phone calls, and so far, hasn’t provided that statement.


Keeping abreast of things

September 19, 2005

It’s been a while since the last update. Not that things haven’t been happening, but it’s been a hectic few weeks, and it wasn’t until the 15th that I got broadband access at the house. But that’s now installed (Freedom2Surf, with an ADSL router supplied by Solwise) and things are ticking along, so it’s time […]

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If at first you don’t succeed…

September 5, 2005

… take them to court. Well, that’s what it seems like. I just received an e-mail from Crest Nicholson. From: Jeanette Kisby Please be advised that we will make arrangements to process your retention fee of £3000 back to you as soon as possible without delay. I’ve replied, reminding them that this needs to include […]

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Small claims

September 3, 2005

Did you know that you can kick off a small claim online? I didn’t until a few hours ago. Just start at and follow the instructions. That saves me a trip to the local court on Monday morning. Of course, I found this out because I was researching how to make a claim against […]

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Following the money

September 1, 2005

I’ve spent the week chasing up some money that Crest Nicholson owe me. It’s not looking too promising at the moment. Here’s the story…

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Meeting with Crest on Tuesday

August 31, 2005

John Lewsley from Crest Nicholson called me back again today, as promised…

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Crest Nicholson called me back!

August 30, 2005

That’s something of a first. John Lewsley, their Home Care Manager, called me back at 16.45 after I spoke to them earlier today. Unfortunately, I was on a conference call at the time and couldn’t take his call. But the message he left said that he’d try again tomorrow.

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Video killed the radio star

August 30, 2005

After a week or so of being a TV-less house (because new build houses don’t come equipped with aerials) the peace has been shattered after I had a TV aerial fitted over the weekend. I used “Euro Digital TV” (no website, but check for them). Good guys. They got the work done, which included […]

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Post-move snags

August 23, 2005

I’ve been in the house for a week now, which is enough time for the first of the post-move snags to show up… First, there’s the driveway. The weather’s been a bit warm recently, with temperatures in the 26-27C range. Unfortunately, this is enough to slightly melt the material they’ve used on the driveway. As […]

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