Spark Energy…. Again!

The liars at Spark Energy have now tried to take over my gas supply as well!

During my last call with this bunch of idiots, I was told that they would not be trying to take electricity of gas from the suppliers I had chosen. I’m on the phone right now having just received a note from British Gas that says somebody is trying to change my supplier – that someone is Spark Energy.

I’ve had it with these tossers and will be making every effort to make as many people as I can aware of their deceptive sales and marketing schemes.

Energy Suppliers – The Lost Spark

I have recently moved house and, for the first time in my life, have rented somewhere for 6 months until I can find a suitable property to buy. It’s all been a bit of an adventure and so far almost everything has gone well.

The fly in the ointment has been ensuring I get the energy suppliers that I want and not those imposed on me by the rental agent. It seems to be common practice for agents to have agreement with certain suppliers and that as soon as a property is offered for rent, those suppliers take over.

Before moving, I made arrangements for all my preferred suppliers to take over provision at the new address. All went well and I was assured that, apart from having to change phone number, all was OK. I moved in, everything was still connected and after a couple of days I had letters from the gas, water and phone companies I had chosen telling me that everything was in place. The missing piece was the electricity supply, yes I had lights and power, but it wasn’t until a week had passed that I found a “Welcome Pack” from Spark Energy stuffed through the door. This pack contained no account number or details of anything other than a load of fluff telling me what a great company they were and providing a form for me to fill in to set up a direct debit. I chose not to fill the form but to phone them – that’s when things warmed up slightly.

It seems that my letting agent Watson Bull and Porter have partnered with Spark Energy who had been able to become my electricity supplier one day before I got the keys. After a heated phone discussion with Spark Energy it turns out it’s down to me to repeat the exercise and change back to SSEB (my chosen supplier) – do a search for Spark Energy to see what they’ve been up to in the past and read the Which? review to see their below average ratings. I want nothing to do with Spark but find myself having to to get involved just because someone in a suit in a rental agency gets some commission from them for this underhanded business practice.

I suppose I am lucky as I am more than willing to stand my ground and make a lot of fuss about this kind of thing but I feel sympathy for those too timid to argue and get what they want and to make a fuss with the agents.

Give it a couple of weeks and I guess things will be how I want them but, should I really have to go through all this rubbish and, more importantly, why should a distinctly dodgy supplier (more accurately a provider of monthly bills) get a chance to take money for a simple rental transaction?

5 Nicholas Close Brading

I’ve recently been looking to buy a property here on the Island. Searching around brought up 5 Nicholas Close Brading as a good punt as it was priced well below the normal price for a 3 bedroomed detached bungalow, some research revealed why.

Despite the agent’s description saying “The property has undergone some improvement works in recent times and is considered ideal for owner occupation as a weekend/holiday retreat or as a letting investment.

The real description should have read “This property has been subject to flooding by water and raw sewerage and has been decorated to disguise that fact.

OK, so the price of c£140,000 should have told me something was very wrong, but nobody had the balls to admit it. I’m sure they knew but they just didn’t say!

Needless to say I won’t be taking things any further….

Estate agents? don’t ask……

Edgar Froese 1944 – 2015

Tangerine Dream Phaedra CoverThe news today had me digging out some music from the late 1960s and early 1970s:

Edgar Froese, the founding member of the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, has died in Vienna, aged 70. “Froese died unexpectedly on Friday after a pulmonary embolism”, his son, Jerome, said.

I remember hearing Tangerine Dream for the first time on John Peel‘s radio show and also recall making great efforts to collect just about every album they, and Edgar, produced.

Much has been made (recently) of the influence of Kraftwerk on electronic music but, for me, Tangerine Dream were always the most inventive. That’s not to say I was not listening to both it’s just that I found the rhythmic early sequencer styling of TD to be much more interesting.

Aqua Cover ArtI still have most of the TD albums I collected almost 40 years ago and it looks as if i’ll be dusting them off over the next few weeks!

I suspect most people have heard some Tangerine Dream or Edgar Froese music as, in addition to a prodigious collection of albums, they wrote many film/game scores (including Grand Theft Auto V), and odd snippets of their music appear in many science documentaries.

A sad day for me but at least I have a legacy, thanks Edgar.