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Written on April 13, 2005, and categorized as Secret and Invisible.
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James Humphreys from the Green Party sent me a very friendly email – looks like I will be able to meet him next Monday.

Having stayed up until 1am to get this political blog set up, I am now feeling the need for a full body massage. I may be able to get that in Brighton, where Chicken Yoghurt is based. I am going to have to take the camcorder back to Jessops though – it is a lesser machine than the one that broke. I wrote:

“Dear XXXXX,

I appreciate the effort in order to provide me with a camera for the work I am doing, but I have picked up the GR-D290ek from Jessops, Islington, and this is not a sufficient replacement for my old JVC. I won’t be able to use the camera offered.

I am viewing video now which is from my old camera, against the new one. In the newer model, the video is worse, and the sound is less accurate.

Other than that, the look of this thing (which is near-impossible to judge from images online) is so “cosmetic”, for the kind of work I want to do, I cannot use this camera. I would never have bought this camera in a shop. I need something neat and professional looking so that I can conduct serious interviews. This camcorder is for handbags and birthday parties only.

When we spoke on Friday, you mentioned a price differential which, for the purposes of getting a camera to use this week, I accepted. You described this as a 200 pound difference reflecting the camcorder’s depreciation since purchase., April 2003. However, the receipt I have been given says £379.99 and my old receipt is for £599.90.

I think this is too much a differential, given the quality drop of the model from the 70 to the 90, and the lack of usage of the camcorder since purchase because of the time it spent in repair.

I therefore expect either a replacement which matches the old camcorder in quality, or else full and proper financial compensation for the faulty goods which Jessops sold me.

OK, I don’t mind handbags, and I like birthday parties. But the replacement is utter shite, a far lesser model. I was cross, alright? Leave me alone or take your clothes off. Grrrr.

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  1. RuKsaK
    Posted 13 April, 2005 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    A lesser model – the story of my life, or is it the story of the lives which know mine?

    Now I’m confused and hoping Jessops don’t screw you.

  2. Blog ho
    Posted 13 April, 2005 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    You have energy to spare. i like that about you.

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