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After months trying to upload at a crawl it looks like Virgin have finally sorted my upload speed to something closer to 768Kbps.

Love Commandos guitarist Richard has recently created a podcast of his charity CD "The Owl and the Pussy Cat".  It is amazingly the 9th most popular "Kids & Family" podcast in the UK!

I guess it has to be egg as I used the new card information in a delayed amazon order yesterday and the CD turned up this morning. So congratulations to egg for being the first company to come through in an emergency.



In joint second place are LoydsTSB debit and credit cards. Both arrived this morning ready to go.



The losers? Two MBNA cards (I've had just had one of the pins) and, disappointingly, my Halifax Amazon card (no card, no pin).



Since the MBNA cards were taken out for balance transfers I think they're finally going to go - MBNA seem to move payment dates randomly (I wouldn't want to accuse them of doing it deliberately to cash in on late fees, but that's how it felt at the time) and obviously aren't in a hurry to get cards out to me. Sorry Dogs Trust, I'll make it up at Xmas, in the meantime get another card provider!



As for my Amazon Card... well the Amazon vouchers are a nice bonus, but that payment date is slowly slipping backwards towards my payday. If it gets to be the wrong side of it, it's off to where the cut-up cards go.





Apologies to tose of you that tried to access the site over the last few days.It appears that our web hoster was attacked and our database erased.This has now been restored and the site should now be 100% functional again.
You know that sinking feeling? The one you get when you realise you've selected the wrong file just after you hit delete? Or when you choose shutdown instead of restart on a remote server? Or when you realise that you can't find your wallet and the last time you know you had it was several days before?



Yep. Gone. Disappeared. Vanished. Probably not stolen, though perhaps dropped on the way home. Best guess however? Put in the dustbin by my 15 month old son. The day before the bins were collected.



Still it gives me the opportunity to see which of the banks/credit card companies respond in the most timely fashion to my crisis. I currently have no money and no way to get any money. All my cards were cancelled on Tuesday afternoon after the loss was noticed and the house ransacked.



In the lead so far are egg.com (whose card arrived this morning, but can't actually be used as they have not enabled a balance on it yet) followed (a way behind) by MBNA (they of the magical shifting payment dates and excessive late fees) who have sent a pin.



Nothing at all from my bank yet (LLoyds) who were the first to be phoned.



If egg enable my card by tomorrow am I guess they win the race and my eternal gratitude (I can then put petrol in the car and buy some food). Luckily it's not that bad - my better half has some cash and all her cards, but that means taking her everywhere to buy things for me. Not that I mind being a kept man, but it's somewhat inconvenient.



I'm also seriously considering cancelling all those cards that don't arrive in the top three. And yes that includes my current account! Get your skates on people.