22nd June

Another French student arrived today but this one is older (19) and on his own – he’s also staying for a month and we’ll get more dosh out of this stay than the usual short stay students which is cool! He arrived at about 11 and seems ok – he has very good English and is going to be working at a local automotive plant. We weren’t sure if we could do the whole month at first because of the move but it looks like that won’t be a problem at the moment!

So after he’d arrived we went to the dump to get rid of the rubbish in the back of the car and then on to Argos where we picked up a new tent, which was on special offer, as we need one for the VW festival at the end of the month. Then after filling the car with petrol we headed to Tesco to buy food as I’m away most of this week.

After lunch we headed off to the garage again and put more rubbish in the car and took it to the dump. We then returned to the garage and spent another hour and a half or so sorting more stuff out – we then ended up with yet another car full of rubbish which I’ll take to the dump in the morning.

A lot of what was being chucked out today were old cassettes. This is the second time I’ve chucked a load away so I must have had a huge amount to start off with as there was a black sack, a carrier bag plus at least 6 cassette storage cases full of the things. I kept about 100 for various reasons – some for sentimental reasons, some because they were pre-recorded cassettes and some because I would like to transfer the contents onto CD or mp3 at some point.

Yesterday the vast majority of stuff that got chucked out was  old VHS tapes. It’s weird that both of these technologies didn’t exist when I was born but both are now not only obsolete but the things that replaced them (CDr/DVD) are also now almost obsolete!

Sarah had decided that we should cook Shepherd’s Pie for dinner even though it wasn’t really the weather for it! She just fancied it! So I opened the bottle of wine that the last students brought us and we had a nice dinner.

I phoned my Step-mum and had a moan about not hearing from the Solicitor. I explained that I had threatened to have a go if I didn’t hear from them by tomorrow at 10 and she said she thought it was a good idea as this whole thing has been going on for too long. The conversation must have made people’s ears burn because as soon as I got off the phone an e-mail arrived.

I was looking through the figures that were listed on the form as “probate value” when I decided to see what the Santander shares were in relation to the original value. When I dug out the IHT form I discovered it was exactly the same. So I checked the rest and they were exactly the same too. I was so annoyed as this meant one of two things was going on here.

Firstly the solicitor in her usual bought of laziness/slackness has decided to cheat by using the old figures instead of the new figures which means that I am no closer to knowing the current value of the various ISAs etc. Or secondly there has been no interest applied to any of the accounts over the past 31/2 years which means we have lost a substantial sum of money because of the delays in processing the forms. Either way I’m once again not impressed by this solicitor.


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