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        Swinton Car Insurance – Shady practices or computer error?

        Greetings all,

        As some of you may remember, I wrote a while ago about comparing comparison sites.

        It’s that time of year again, so no surprise that I received a stupidly large (£350) renewal quote – from Swinton, underwritten by Premier Underwriting.

        So I did my normal annual scout around the comparison sites & found a much better deal (£188) – from Swinton, underwritten by Premier Underwriting!??

        I then spotted that I could get £40 cashback if I bought from Swinton via Quidco – so… off I go (on another machine sitting next to this one) & clickthrough from Quidco & start entering my details – I actually kept the £188 quote from Swinton open on this machine & copied every single field of the form identically. Guess what the quote was after clicking through Quidco? £222! What? How cheeky – they upped the premium by £34 to cover the cashback – but wait – what’s that small print? £222 is after the £40 cashback! – So they actually bumped up the premium by £74 when clicking through from Quidco rather than

        Not happy with this at all. To make matters worse – when I tried to actually buy the £188 quote – it was forcing me into monthly payments of £19.60 – & adding a hefty chunk of interest on at the same time. I clicked the ‘modify’ link & changed my preference from monthly to annual & it still insisted on quoting me a monthly premium – which has now risen to £24.16 – although I now see a link that says “Do you want to pay annually?” – clicking this link then presents me with an annual premium of £232.

        So – as I said in the title of this blog post – is this as it seems & Swinton are guilty of Shady practices or is it a genuine error?

        Here are a few screenshots (with personal information blurred). showing an annual premium of £188

        A click through to Swinton & I still see the £188 annual premium

        Here's what I get after keying EXACTLY the same details after clicking through Quidco

        Here's how the £188 quote looks after selecting 'Annual' rather than 'Monthly' - Note that it's still trying to push me into monthly payments - but a link has appeared to switch to Annual

        & when I do click the link to switch to annual payment - the premium jumps up to £232

        Remember that for all of the above quotes – the exact same details have been entered – word for word.

        So – What did I do? I went with the £19.60 per month option & phoned to see if I could pay them the whole year in one go & forego the interest & credit agreement. A really nice lady @ the Farnborough branch of Swinton, said she couldn’t help personally but was confident that her Manager could if I called back on Monday…

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          Top 50 Best Selling Books of all time

          Well, not actually all time – but the past 12 years…

          Here’s a list of the top 50 Best Selling books (source : Nielsen).
          The quantity sold is listed along with the RRP.
          I’ve linked the title & the author to the book on Amazon UK.

          How many have you read?

          1Da Vinci Code,TheBrown, Dan4,522,025£7.99
          2Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneRowling, J. K.3,844,316£6.99
          3Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsRowling, J. K.3,184,492£6.99
          4Angels and DemonsBrown, Dan3,096,850£7.99
          5Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixRowling, J. K.3,043,226£16.99
          6Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince:Children's EditionRowling, J. K.2,947,565£16.99
          7Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J. K.2,842,059£17.99
          8Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanRowling, J. K.2,776,314£6.99
          9TwilightMeyer, Stephenie2,105,862£7.99
          10Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireRowling, J. K.2,057,397£8.99
          11Deception PointBrown, Dan2,018,264£7.99
          12New MoonMeyer, Stephenie1,975,659£7.99
          13Lovely Bones,TheSebold, Alice1,942,042£7.99
          14Digital FortressBrown, Dan1,911,943£7.99
          15Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,TheHaddon, Mark1,868,969£7.99
          16EclipseMeyer, Stephenie1,846,171£7.99
          17Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,The:Millennium TrilogyLarsson, Stieg1,697,425£7.99
          18Kite Runner,TheHosseini, Khaled1,551,953£7.99
          19Time Traveler's Wife,TheNiffenegger, Audrey1,496,081£7.99
          20World According to Clarkson,TheClarkson, Jeremy1,447,188£7.99
          21AtonementMcEwan, Ian1,396,366£7.99
          22Lost Symbol,TheBrown, Dan1,370,347£18.99
          23Short History of Nearly Everything,ABryson, Bill1,334,635£9.99
          24Breaking DawnMeyer, Stephenie1,315,685£14.99
          25Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireRowling, J. K.1,297,411£17.99
          26Harry Potter and the Deathly HallowsRowling, J. K.1,283,638£17.99
          27Girl Who Played With Fire,The:Millennium TrilogyLarsson, Stieg1,265,474£7.99
          28Child Called It,APelzer, Dave1,116,042£6.99
          29No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency,The:No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency S.McCall Smith, Alexander1,106,219£7.99
          30You are What You Eat:The Plan That Will Change Your LifeMcKeith, Gillian1,103,619£14.99
          31Man and BoyParsons, Tony1,100,447£7.99
          32BirdsongFaulks, Sebastian1,078,571£7.99
          33LabyrinthMosse, Kate1,065,008£7.99
          34Island,TheHislop, Victoria1,056,432£7.99
          35Life of PiMartel, Yann1,050,090£7.99
          36Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution:The No-hunger, Luxurious Weight Loss PAtkins, Robert C.1,046,531£8.99
          37Tales of Beedle the Bard,TheRowling, J. K.1,039,823£6.99
          38Captain Corelli's MandolinDe Bernieres, Louis1,025,664£7.99
          39Delia's How to Cook:(Bk.1) Smith, Delia1,014,854£20.00
          40Gruffalo,TheDonaldson, Julia1,007,208£5.99
          41Eats, Shoots and Leaves:The Zero Tolerance Approach to PunctuationTruss, Lynne995,455£9.99
          42Northern Lights:His Dark MaterialsPullman, Philip976,435£6.99
          43Interpretation of Murder,TheRubenfeld, Jed950,686£7.99
          44Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest,The:Millennium TrilogyLarsson, Stieg942,103£7.99
          45Bridget Jones: The Edge of ReasonFielding, Helen923,429£7.99
          46Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian,ALewycka, Marina904,498£7.99
          47Alchemist,The:A Fable About Following Your DreamCoelho, Paulo903,395£7.99
          48Notes from a Small IslandBryson, Bill898,388£8.99
          49Boy in the Striped Pyjamas,TheBoyne, John885,450£6.99
          50Stupid White Men:...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the NatioMoore, Michael877,777£7.99
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            pi is exactly equal to 4 – Discuss


            pi = 4

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              Windows XP – Why did we bother

              XP Chart

              I spotted this chart today – makes me wonder why anyone ever bothered with Windows XP… looks like all it was capable of was being compatible with programs designed for it.

              Or maybe Microsoft are just trying to persuade people to switch (note that I didn’t say ‘upgrade) to Windows 7.

              XP Chart

              Why did we ever bother with XP?

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                Just watching the semi final of the snooker & spotted this on one of the players waistcoats – ” Ron Skinner & Sons

                Now call me a bluff old traditionalist if you will – but this is an invalid URI : http://www.ronskinner&

                Now – it’s obvious to me that they meant to use ” and ” instead of ” & ” – but you’d think that if it’s going to be on national TV then they’d get it right?

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                  Cornish Holiday Cottages : Dannett Farm

                  I mentioned a while ago that we’d been to Dannett Farm. We had a great time & I was intending to write a blog post about it – but never got around to it.

                  What I did do though – was build them a website!

                  Here’s the link :-

                  Cornish Holiday Cottages : Dannett Farm

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