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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK.Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially.Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council meetin…

Just Eat for Chinese Takeaway

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Just installed a Just-eat online takeaway service for our Chinese takeaway.

It works like this: when customers find Just-Eat on the internet, they enter their postcode to find the takeaway or restaurant  that deliver to their area, they order from the online menu, and pay by card or cash on delivery. The restaurant receives the order on a printed copy straight to their Just-Eat terminal.

The Just-Eat terminal looks like a card swipe machine, but it basically works as a remote thermal printing device, connected by GPS modem, and controlled by a wireless SIM card, this SIM card might be provided by mobile phone company, such as O2 or T-mobile, etc, since it uses their mobile network to send and receive data. it is activated upon signing the contract with Just-Eat website.

To use this device is very simple, when it beeps, you press F1 button to accept the order, or F2 button to reject it. This function is relied o…

May I take your order?

When my Chinese Takeaway boss was looking for his iPhone charger, he came across this magnetic fridge picture, and asked, "What does this say?"
I look at it, and read it loud:

"All my years of education boil down to this ...' May I take your order?"

"Wow," I said, "It is specially made for me. This must be a highly educated person jolted down on an restaurant order slip when he or she was waiting for the customer to make an order."

This was the second shock so far since I started working in this takeaway. One customer, who was drunk that night, said to me or might be to himself, "the best of your past is the worst of your future." I check its meaning on the internet, some says this is a good wish, but to me it seems to say that the advantage of my past has become an obstacle to my progress today, and my best part of the past has now been my worst and useless, I have to find a new way of life.

When Buzz of Toy Story found out that …

Baby's Head Wetting Session

I just signed up a Vodafone mobile a week ago, the moment I received the phone, there was a missed call from a certain financial institute, the caller left a voice message to someone and asked him to call back, since I have deleted the voice message, I can't remember the name.

Two days later, I received a message, inviting "ME" to a Baby's Head Wetting Sesh, like this:
On Sat 27th, babys head wetting sesh for myself and Mr Clifton round and about town. Starting early doors, if your coming let me know, if you're not let me know, if you're not sure make your mind up and let me know.  Since I didn't know what ""Baby's head wetting session" means, so I replied the message, asked if the sender knew who I was, the sender said, "Yes, you're an Old Bald man in Melton Mowbray."

I may be old, but I am definitely not bald. After doing a little bit of search, I found out that "Baby's head wetting" actually means drinkin…

Govan Baby

I pass the "Govan Baby" Sculpture almost everyday. It's actually a drinking fountain, and more than a hundred years old! Since the water element has not been restored, I have never seen water jets or people drinking from it.

The cherub and basin has been lost and found in a local builder's garden. It was in a state of disrepair for many years.

This sculpture was erected in remembrance of the local doctor who died at age 42, he died so young.