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Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.

My List Of The Ten Worst Contributors To British Life

Last week I was on the receiving end of brickbats for publishing a list compiled by The Foundation of the ten worst contributors to British life. Here’s my personal list. I await the brickbats.

Inefficient car hire pick-up offices;

 

Over-complex WiFi log-on procedures;

 

Greene King’s pub acquisition programme;

 

Over-priced wireless roaming charges;

 

Lengthy airport screening procedures;

 

Blair’s legacy of eroded National values

 

Non-English-speaking customer service staff;

 

Bollox;

 

Menu-driven telephone answering services;

 

Spotty cellular data services.

Tags: blair, legacy, roaming charges, screening procedures, telephone answering services

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18 Comments

  1. Tony Morris
    May 31, 2011 15:35

    Fair list :-) Especially Blair’s efforts in eroding national values.

  2. David Manners
    May 25, 2011 11:05

    Nice one Sceppers, spot on

  3. Sceptic
    May 25, 2011 10:05

    David,
    Can I add one ?
    Blair’s aspirational generation. Roaming groups of ‘graduates’ with worthless socio-media degrees
    from the ‘Universty of Wessex’ who think the world owes them a living and spend time on interminable ‘gap years’ at someone else’s expense (mine probably) ’till they get the jobs they so obviously, richly deserve..
    Sceppers

  4. Anonymous
    May 24, 2011 11:50

    Yeah but, no but, yeah but, no!

  5. Nick
    May 24, 2011 11:23

    As an English man living in England. I would have to agree with all of the above. But I would add litter to the top of the list.

  6. Ian King
    May 24, 2011 11:16

    You must have been visiting Eastleigh, then!!

  7. David Manners
    May 21, 2011 11:09

    Excellent, Peter, my all-time favourite pastime

  8. May 21, 2011 10:04

    An evening talking bollox? Works for me.

  9. David Manners
    May 20, 2011 11:26

    Thanks Peter, I thought the same about your list. Sounds like a multi-pint discussion opportunity.

  10. May 20, 2011 11:11

    Bollox just about captures it, I think, David

  11. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 10:56

    Ah Yes, The Heathrow Experience, that is indeed something to be avoided at all costs, cheese, try Gatwick next time you come over – in my experience it’s a lot less stressy.

  12. May 19, 2011 10:44

    My couple would include (though I haven’t been in UK for a while) : Crowds eating cheap curry at midnight and making more noise than the spice’s worth and (as most tourists would agree), the Heathrow experience.

  13. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 08:40

    Here here, Robtronics, I couldn’t agree more – a major pain in the arse

  14. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 08:35

    Steady on, Mike

  15. David Manners
    May 19, 2011 08:34

    you’re right, martijn, no matter how cold it is they seem to go out at night with practically nothing on. Weird and, as you say, very off-putting

  16. martijn
    May 19, 2011 06:23

    one thing that struck me while living in the UK: fat pale women in skimpy outfits. Really, nobody wants to see that fat jiggling around, please cover yourself….

  17. Mike Bryant
    May 18, 2011 19:37

    sulky journalists ????
    just kidding :-)

  18. Robtronics
    May 18, 2011 18:10

    Signed for deliveries… which never arrive on the day you set aside.