Daily Archives: May 21, 2015

The Glorious Dunkirk Evacuation — 75th Anniversary ‘Little Ship’ Flotilla Recreation.

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by Anura Guruge

A FEW Related REMEMBRANCE posts:
>> VE Day 70th Memorial Flight.
>> VE Day 70th anniversary.

^^ D-Day 70th anniversary … …

**/ Tower of London Poppy ARRIVED.
…. 20 other similar posts from November 2014.

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From the U.K. ‘Daily News’. Click here to access original.
Click images to ENLARGE.


From U.K. ‘SkyNews’. Click image to access VIDEO.


dunkirk4The heroic, odds-defying evacuation of Dunkirk by the brave flotilla of little British ships stands out, resplendently, in the “Top 10 Greatest Moments” in Britain’s long, storied, illustrious and momentous history. This was British grit and determination at its best. Defying all odds. Showed the bloody Germans that Britain cannot be easily humbled.

I was thrilled to read about this recreation. Wow. 75 years. Britain at its best.

Hip hip hooray. 

eBay Not Honest — Actually Duplicitous — About Sellers Selling Cars OUTSIDE Of eBay.

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by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> Our Jaguar XJ8.

>> 2015: Green 1968 MGB breaks hibernation. … … …

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Click to ENLARGE and read. Use this link to access original: http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/rfe-spam-non-ebay-sale.html

Click to ENLARGE. This was the original eBay listing. NO. I didn’t even pay CLOSE to what was beiing asked. SMILE.

I had questions as to the condition of the car. Said very CLEARLY … Call and ask for ‘Dave’. I did. He answered at once.

Though I saw it (and followed it for sometime) on eBay I did NOT end up buying our Jaguar XJ8 via eBay.

Dave Gitman, who I called up to inquire about shipping options etc., was adamant that we should complete the deal, on the phone, on the spot, outside of eBay.

I, as a 13 year veteran of eBay & an eBay shareholder, KNEW what we were BOTH doing.

I wanted the car and I wasn’t that concerned about getting eBay’s buyer’s protection on this car. I was NOT going to buy the car sight unseen and all that I was risking was a $500 ‘deposit’.

But, buying an item OUTSIDE of eBay bothers me for 3 reasons.

I have no issues with this car, with Dave Gitman nor European-Cars. I am happy with this car. IF there are issues with it, and I do KNOW it is a 13 year old car with 58K miles on it, I will get it fixed. So this has NOTHING to do with sour grapes, buyer’s remorse or any dissatisfaction with the car.

My 3 concerns are:

1. Why does eBay claim to have a STRICT policy about selling outside of eBay and then let folks ignore it with impunity?

2. As a shareholder it bothers me that eBay is losing revenue (though IRONICALLY, despite the $9K value of the transaction, all that eBay would have lost is $50!)

3. Less savvy buyers are losing out on eBay’s ‘protection’, however, small it may be.

I spoke to Dave, when we met, about him selling OUTSIDE of eBay. He claimed that eBay was aware of what he does and that eBay does NOT CARE. He spends $13K to $14K a month on listings and eBay is happy with just that …

He likes to sell outside of eBay to avoid the eBay FEEDBACK ‘hassle’ and I, as a seller, can empathize.

But, it bothers me — mainly as a shareholder.

Last night I called eBay and had a 40 minute, somewhat animated, ‘chat’ with a representative.

He really couldn’t understand what my concern was. Kept on saying “if you are happy with the car WHY are you bothering ‘me’?”. I kept on explaining that my concern was as a shareholder. This morning I called and left a message with eBay investor relations.

Yes, I am an ol’ pedant. I will readily admit to it.

I do NOT like duplicity. To me eBay is being duplicitous.

I do NOT blame Dave Gitman. I kind of like Dave. He is ‘OK’. He reminds me of me. IF he can get away with it, I don’t blame him for trying to sell outside eBay. Yes, I know that eBay makes a lot of money from him.

But I had to bring this up.

Why did I buy it — outside of eBay. Because I wanted THIS car. I was NOT going to run the risk of losing it. No excuses.

‘Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District’ Fails 9 Year Old’s “Hotel Impossible” Test.

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Related posts:
Philadelphia ‘Zooballoon’.
Running up “Rocky Steps”.
Orangutan at Philadelphia zoo.
Got Jaguar in Philadelphia.

>> Anthony Melchiorri responds.
‘Woodstock Lodge’ on ‘Hotel Impossible’. … …

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Let Me 1st However Say

1. Nicest hotel staff, ever (and as you know I am no stranger to hotels (around the World).

2. I would give the hotel 3.5 out of 5 and will DEFINITELY stay there again.

3. Great location. Right next door to the Betsy Ross House and the U.S. Mint.

4. Room & public areas bright, white and airy. Very welcoming. [Plaster work, in the room, around the outlets, must have been done by the frustrated Orangutan from the zoo.]

5. There was quite the ruckus at the “Coin’s” restaurant when we had dinner there on Saturday night and we ended up with a FREE dinner — as did the three ladies at the table next to us! Our bill was in excess of $60.

As I have mentioned before, Deanna and the kids are HUGE fans of Anthony Melchiorri and “Hotel Impossible” (and that was even before Anthony and I started Tweeting each other). I am not sure exactly how many episodes we have watched but it has to be upwards of 30. So the kids know Anthony’s drill by heart.

Deanna didn’t come with us on this trip because of her bad back. IF she had been there she would have checked the beds for bed bugs even before I had the chance to put the bags down. In the absence of Mum Teischan, 9 years old, decided that she was going to play Anthony.

Within seconds she discovered a white stain on the pillowcase on one of the pillows. While Anthony would go within inches of trying to make sure that you knew EXACTLY what caused the stain I will spare the details and leave it to your imagination. It was white. Teischan and Devanee were both immediately grossed out (in much the same way when Deanna found a used female thong at the Cromwell Harbor Motel, Bar Harbor, Maine (Acadia). Teischan was beside herself. I told her to call up reception. She was too shy/scared. But when we went down for dinner, she marched up to the reception (making sure that Dad was behind her) and told them about the stain. To their credit they sent up a brand new pillow, still in its plastic, and a fresh pillow cover, within minutes of us getting back to the room — after our free dinner.

Teischan stood up on the bed and ran her fingers over the top of the tall bed backrest and found DUST galore. Anthony would have approved of how she did it — sans white gloves. She was NOT impressed.

Now the absolute kicker.

On Sunday evening she found a Kindle Paperwhite, in a pink case, under the bedside table. It was just lying on the floor, not that far in.

That was NOT good.

How could Housekeeping miss a Kindle lying on the floor?

NO, we did NOT give it to reception.

I, using the Setting tabs, found the name of the person it was registered to. I Googled her.

I wanted to find out 2 things:

1/ When did she lose the Kindle?

2/ Did she call the Hotel and what did they say.

On Tuesday (after we got back on Monday night) I spoke with her, on the phone, at her work.

She lost the Kindle 3 weeks ago!

Yes, she had called the Hotel TWICE. They said they couldn’t find any signs of it. THAT IS BAD.

That was why I did not just hand it over to reception. I wanted to make sure the owner gets it. [Right now it is all wrapped up in two layers of bubble-wrap. I will mail it the next time one of us goes into town.]

This was BAD. Though we have a very strict procedure for checking hotel rooms for anything we may have left behind, that could have been us — especially with the kids. So the Wyndham would have just told us — SORRY, it is not in the room. That is bad.

That upsets me. As Anthony will sure point out the General Manager of this hotel needs to address some issues.