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Apology to @DPD_UK

It would appear I owe DPD couriers an apology.

I’d ordered three items via Amazon for Ian-Ogri’s birthday. Amazon had emailed me saying one had been despatched, and the other two were despatched within a minute or two of each other. One of those items was delivered by Parcelforce, another by DPD. My partner, @Carole29, signed for the DPD item.

When checking DPD’s tracking facility I could see that the item had been delivered, although the signature showed my surname. Amazon emailed me, advising me that an item had been delivered but the signature differed from that of DPD’s site. It showed ‘D FOR [my surname]’.

Leaping to the wrong conclusion with great haste I’d assumed that the tracking number was for two items (it made sense, especially as they appeared to have been despatched together). I’d also tweeted as much, mentioning DPD in the tweet. DPD looked in to the complaint and respecting privacy, this continued privately via DM. Their last message to me (at the time of typing this) was “Thank you. We do only have the one parcel, I am sorry.”

Something didn’t ring true. I had two different digital signatures, one [my surname], the other D FOR [my surname] and neither Carole’s name. I needed to take this up with Amazon themselves.

It was only after complaining and wasting DPD’s time that I checked Amazon’s order page. Much to my surprise, the missing item, the discrepancy, turned out to not have a tracking option! If DPD is the courier, it would appear to be completely coincidental.

I’d like to apologise to DPD for my mistake. I’ve wasted their time and sent an embarrassing tweet which no doubt has resulted in bad publicity. I hope this blog post will in some way rectify this.

Scottish Independence

As a Geordie I have no real say in how the people of Scotland vote. I do, however, have an opinion.

The way I see it Scotland is better off without the rest of us, while we are better off with Scotland. As a result it comes as no surprise that Cameron and his cronies are doing everything they can to prevent an independent Scotland.

Scotland would be better off keeping the Pound. The government are threatening to prevent the Pound being shared.

Scotland would be free from some of the ridiculous laws and rulings so the government threatens border control.

It goes on. Every time the Scots are made aware of how much better off they’d be without the rest of us, the government’s tactics threaten to not share their toys.

There are so many reasons for Scotland to be free, but for me the best reason of all is how the government is handling the situation. The desperation and vicious, nasty, threatening manner of the powers that be as we approach the big day.

I would love for Scotland to stay part of this country. The Scots I’ve met have been warm, friendly and completely undeserving of the stereotype image. There’s a rich heritage, community and unity that Scotland brings (possibly in a united hatred of the English). Scotland gets so little back in return from us.

Unfortunately, while my heart wants Scotland to stay, my head knows Scotland is better off moving on. Whatever comes, I wish Scotland the very best.