Welcome to Talkjack’s home page, the home of ‘Bully Britain’!

Here at Talkjack’s blog you will find thoughts and information on real life for an average household in the centre of Britain in the 21st century. Read about social and consumer issues, and the way the authorities and businesses behave towards ordinary folk.

There’s a reason it’s known as Bully (or Broken) Britain!

Don’t look for facts here, its all opinion folks! Have a look around, and bear in  mind Talkjack’s advice:  Think for yourself.

… Talkjack

Table of Contents

Here is a list of all my articles and essays. They are listed in date order, newest at the top. You might prefer to browse around using the tabs at the top, or using the category list on the side.

How to cure swine flu? Simple! Apply the ‘Star Trek’ method. No, really… take a look!

Confessions of a red light worker.  How to protect yourself from windscreen washer gangs? Picture yourself or someone you care about from the point of view of what most decent people would consider to  be a street criminal.

Memory foam mattress problems and solutions. Having overheating problems with your memory foam mattress, or just thinking bout buying a new bed? Read out about our problems with a memory foam mattress and how we solved them. Might save you a lot of money and many sleepless nights! 

British car drivers bullied by gangs of professional beggars.  The latest threat to car drivers in Coventry: organised immigrant street beggars interfering with cars in Coventry streets and demanding money from motorists. It seems that bullying car drivers, especially scared lady drivers, is currently in vogue. The authorities appear unwilling or unable to protect the public.

 Priya Ramnath kills patient. Did she play a Get Out of Jail Free card? Which story do you think gets the most news coverage? A doctor killing a patient or a trivial remark by a TV presenter on the other side of the world?

The Great British Light Bulb Ban Every wondered why it is so hard to buy a cheap light bulb now?

Two Worlds Epic Edition DRM Info Essential DRM restriction information withheld on retail purchases at the time of sale. Why Talkjack recommeds buying Mount and Blade instead of Two Worlds Epic (or any) Edition!

Congestion charging in Britain? No means No! Why the government must listen to the British people and take the Manchester vote as a final answer on road pricing in Britain. Do you honestly think the authorities will listen and stop pushing for congestion charges now?

Stacking the odds against unemployed white guys The government of Bully Britain plan to impose laws to make it harder for unemployed white guys to find work despite the recession in Britain and the suffering unemployment is causing to people of all races and gender. Is the white guy soon to be less equal than everyone else?

DRM Info: Sacred 2, No Thank You!Looking for DRM information for Sacred 2? Want to find out what DRM system Sacred 2 Fallen Angel uses? Is the game worth the price? Read on.

Is DRM killing PC Games (part 3 – Securom) The third installment of Talkjack’s report on  the affect DRM is having on PC gaming. This time Securom goes under scrutiny. It is a big article, so grab a cup of coffee and read on.

How to identify if a PC games contains nasty DRM? Look for the logo! EA stands for Electronic Aggravation.

Fallout 3 DRMBethesda have announced their plans for DRM on Fallout 3. Read the article to understand tthe rise and fall of Talkjack esteem for Bethesda.

Amber – a local Coventry busin ess and nuisance caller!Talkjack managed to identify a nuisance caller is based in the UK and therefore should be easily dealt by the Telephone Preference Service. Even if the caller lied about his business name, the phone number was clearly identified as being a local Coventry caller touting for business. Will the authorities ever protect us from being harassed by nuisance callers?

Talkjack’s NHS hospital experience.If you or someone you care about is going into hospital for an operation then this diary might give you some clues on what to expect. Read about some of the good healthcare Talkjack received from the NHS, along with some absurd, farcical treatment. A patient’s conclusions about the NHS. If you have had good, bad, absurd or amusing treatment at the hands of the National Health Service then feel free to leave a comment and share your experiences.

The Witcher Enhanced Edition DRM– How DRM took the shine off the awesome free expansion for The Witcher, and meant an honest customer could not play at all. Talkjack feels jealous that pirates have all the fun, thanks to DRM!

Another nuisance caller – Financial Analytics.Some information about a company calling themselves Financial Analytics who nuisance called Talkjack’s home in violation of my Telephone Preference Service registration. If you have been pestered by them too, please feel free to leave a comment.

Are hundreds of small businesses Coventry being bullied into paying extra tax?Read how the authorities are treating small local businesses in Talkjack’s home town of Coventry as they impose additional tax during the recession in order to pay for unwanted and / or unneeded services and events such as the Godiva festival. Legal battles, protests and stress in Coventry, in the heart of Bully Britain!

Phones to deal with those nasty nuisance calls: Panasonic KX-TG8323Fed up with Nuisance Calls, Talkjackfound a nice shiny new Panasonic telephone which has incoming call barring and night mode facilities which are making a real difference by blocking unwanted sales, marketing and other nuisance cold calls. Recomended reading for anyone in Britain fed up with nuisance call harassment.

Stalker Clear Sky spoilt by DRM Another game I was going to buy, but was unable to do so because of the DRM system imposed on UK custoemrs. The Septics version is allegedly clean of Starforce but the version sold in Britain sneaks Starforce DRM onto your PC. Talkjack is playing Sins of a Solar Empire instead.

Followup to Talkjack’s Nuisance Hall of Shame from last month. Have PC World, 3 or Global Market Research apologised or improved at all? What did the Telephone Preference Service have to say about mobile phone resellers? Have Global Market Research continued their harassment and their intimidating silent calls? You bet!

Talkjack’s Nuisance Hall of Shame – July 2008. Awards, recognition and shame on the marketing practices of PC World, 3 and Global Market Research. Shame on you!

UK home bill payers to receive threatening letters due to allegations from the BPI. The British Phonographic Industry have a new scheme. Based upon BPI suspicion that a file sharer has used a home network, the bill payer (who may be innocent) will receive a formal, possibly worrying, letter from their ISP warning of action against the bill payer. Hundreds of thousands of these letters are planned to be sent to the British public. Talkjack is sceptical.

Is DRM killing PC games? (Part 2) An account of personal struggles, wasted time and money due to the StarForce DRM system. Also a look at other people’s reactions to StarForce. If you have ever installed a PC game, do you know what does StarForce do to you PC? Read this lengthy article by Talkjack to find out more!

Does Harriet Harman think discrimination is funny?In Prime Minister’s Questions, MP Harriet Harman tells us that Britain will need more airports to cater for all the men who will want to flee the country! Talkjack comments on this after noticing the similarity between Harriet Harman’s joke and hate speech. Lets assume it was a joke anyway!)

When a Nanny State turns into ‘Bully Britain’ In the 20th century we used to call it Great Britain. In the 21st century we are losing the freedoms we enjoyed in the past century.  Are we now witnessing the birth of ‘Bully Britain’? Talkjack comments.

Harriet Harman’s government plans will deny jobs to unemployed white men in the UK An attempt to legalise some types of discrimination in the UK. Talkjack highlights the discrimination and side effects of this proposed change in employment law.

Is DRM killing PC games? (Part 1)  Talkjacks DRM Charter. An eye opening report on the aggressive DRM systems now being deployed against paying customers. Does installing a computer game on your PC cause you problems? 

Coventry Council’s rubbish service What the rubbish collection service is like for tax payers in Coventry. Talkjack lifts the lid and takes a deep breath!

The risks of renewing your car tax disc online  Why the DVLA told me not to renew my car tax online. Talkjack was blissfully unaware of the risks of renewing his car online via the DVLA website until he checked.

The NHS Choose and Book system in action  What the NHS Choose and Book system is about; a patient’s perspective. Talkjack reports on his real life experiences as a ‘customer’ of the NHS and how the Choose and Book system operated him. Talkjack has added regular updates throughout his treatment, from the first visit to his GP onwards.

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