Crime Fiction: Salford Keys

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'Documents' not fixed

Posted by bizmike on March 31, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Sorry, again.

Weeks have gone by, and it's no better. Yes, I really did want to offer the option of you being able to view each chapter each week - on the screen! That still isn't happening: the so-called geniuses who invented the app haven't been able to make it work, yet. Still they offer it, still they promote it, still they give no warnings or apologies. Well, the internet is full of people wanting to make you rich, or handsome, or good at orienteering. It shouldn't be a surprise, I suppose, that most promises are empty and expectations unfulfilled.

Why, it's a bit like the world of politics. (Don't forget to vote for Mayor.)

Viewing on screen

Posted by bizmike on March 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Yeah, I know: it doesn't work.

A thousand apologies. I feel bad too, advertising a service that simply doesn't exist. The point is this, that if you look on the 'Documents' page, it tends to give the impression that you have a choice: you can either download each section and read it on your computer at home, in your own time, or you can load it up immediately and read it on screen. But you can't. It doesn't say that; it makes it seem as though there is merely a temporary difficulty and that 'the document is converting'. Well, don't hold your breath; they've all been 'converting' for five weeks now, and none of them have finished. Maybe they never will.

It's what computer people call a 'glitch', but I think it's fraud. It's simply a lie to say that this application works, when clearly it doesn't. The fault is not temporary or ocassional, it happens all the time, and to all recent documents. Of course, I'm not blaming the website provider, or hosting service - they say that 'Documents' is an app, put forward by an outside contractor, and they have no control over it. No? They do have control over who they allow to provide apps to their customers. Why would they choose to allow a second-rate, shoddy service to people who are paying them money for a high-value, good result service. It's beyond belief. Webs dot com is a good company, but they have allowed a cowboy outfit to ruin their reputation, and drag their name through the mud. What are they thinking?

Readers' Comments

Posted by bizmike on February 20, 2012 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, we said it was going to happen.

Firstly, people are invited to click the 'Contact Me' button and let ME know what they think. Right, someone has taken us at our word and done just that. Okay, now they want some action, right?

Their comment, in summary, was that they wanted the whole range of active happenings in Salford to be included in this new book. Specifically, they suggested that we mention Peel Holdings, that local, rather large property development company. Well, you've got your wish, Mister. Sure, Peel is like the elephant in the room - it had to get mentioned some time. But because a reader asks, a reader will get. Peel have been moved up the shooting schedule and are now in Chapter 2.

Ah, but where is Chapter 2, you may well ask? Yes, it's true, it hasn't come out yet! It's scheduled to arrive on site on Saturday, 25th February at 5pm. Look out for it, because that's when it will be here. It's an ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) but I haven't let you down yet. Have I?

Election (before the election)

Posted by bizmike on February 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Read this week's 'Salford Advertiser'.

Got to get my head around this: the Labour Party are busy at the moment, making up their mind who the 'official' candidate for their party is going to be - for the forthcoming election to be the new Mayor of Salford, (happening on 3rd May).

Right, so they have to have an election, to help them to make up their minds who the person is going to be that they're going to present to the electorate of Salford as the Labour Party candidate for the election - to Mayor. That's an election too, right? An election before an election.

Well, okay, that's good. I mean, democracy is good, and democracy involves having regular elections. So an election is a good thing. Which means, logically, that two elections are better than one. Yes?

I'm looking forward to it. (All we need, to be absolutely perfect, is a declaration like they have on 'The X Factor'. You know, where the presenter blandly says, 'No, really people, you were marvellous, super talented. You own the stage. You're ALL winners.')

News in Salford

Posted by bizmike on February 6, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Managed to find a copy of 'The Advertiser' last Friday, (they don't deliver the paper in my neck of the woods, and I had to pay for a copy in a local supermarket). It was chock full of interesting stories, and I loved the bit about odds being offered on the possible candidate's for the post of elected Mayor in Salford - especially as the odds are being offered by Fred Done - a possible candidate, (according to the 'Advertiser').

2015 - straighten up, there!

Posted by bizmike on Comments comments (0)

This new year may be remembered for two things. One, I've started a new book, written in chapters, each one coming out every week until May. It's another attempt to write a political novel, like I did in 2012 when we got busy electing a Mayor in Salford. The second thing is that I've gone back to the dentist - for the first time in years - for some major work. One thing is clear, he says, if it all goes well, you may not recognise me! Finally, after all these years, I may have a bright and winning smile.

Goodness, I better get into politics, quick.