Op-Ed: This story would fit equally well in odd news or 'where but the UK'.
We all know that we should be well-mannered and set a good example to our kids but what sort of example does billing a five-year-old child who did not show up for a party?
Alex Nash's parents found a prim and proper invoice in his school bag. It was for £15.95 as Alex did not show up for a birthday party or let the party hosts know he would not be able to attend.
The event was at a ski slope and snowboard centre in Plymouth, Cornwall.
The invoice or bill was slipped into Alex's school bag after it was given to his teacher by the host of the party Julie Lawrence.
Pity the teacher allowed herself to be a third party in this case.
When Mr Nash contacted the school he learned the class teacher had passed the brown envelope to Alex's school bag with no knowledge of what it contained. The head teacher could not apologise enough and I guess the staff learned a valuable lesson.
The head teacher also said ""she would remind all staff that this was a breach of protocol."
Maybe the Nash family have a bad track record at promising to attend children's events and failing to show up but even so an invoice to a five-year-old child pushes the boundaries.
Is it well-mannered to give such an invoice to a small child and not his parents?
The Express reports Mr Nash originally thought the invoice "was a joke" but when he was asked for the money and refused to pay up the party host informed him it will be pursued through the small claims court.
What a waste of money and time. Better to say your piece, make sure you do not invite the person again and just move on.
But really unless you are destitute is any of this necessary?
If the party hosts need the money so much perhaps they should consider a more appropriate birthday bash for their young child.
But it is probably not really about the money.
Party Mum and organiser Julie Lawrence still wants the bill settled. The birthday boy will apparently no longer be allowed to play with Alex at school.
As the BBC reports it is highly unlikely that a small claims court case would result in the bill being paid. Opting to view a party invite as a contract with a five-year-old is after all just plain silly.
Don't you just hate plane delays? The worst kind is those that leave you stuck on a plane on the tarmac. A delay of 20 minutes can seem interminable but what if you are left stranded for 12 hours!
Passengers on board EY 183 from Abu Dhabi airport responded angrily to their flight delay of 12 hours. They claim that there was little if any helpful information as to when their plane would finally take off.
Thick fog caused the delay and airline bosses left the plane and its passengers to sit it out until departure was possible.
According to the Standard "Etihad Airways said on its website fog delayed the flight and caused airport congestion. The airline apologised for travellers' inconvenience but said delays were beyond its control. "The passengers remained on the aircraft as all efforts were being made to secure a new departure time. The delay was then compounded by the requirement to replace the aircraft's ultra-long haul operating crew who had exceeded their flight time limitations," a statement by the airline said."
That may sound fine to airline bosses but to the 183 passengers who faced a 16 hour flight after the 12 hour delay it will not.
The stranded passengers were on the plane 28 hours, including the flight, before they arrived in San Francisco presumably looking the worst for wear. They arrived at San Francisco International Airport at 6.30pm.
Relatives waiting for the flight to arrive were also kept in the dark; many claim there wasn't any airline staff available to update them on the situation.
The angry passengers were able to communicate with the outside world via technology but otherwise were as good as trapped on the plane. Tweets included:
Ravali Reddy “Hey @EthiadAirways, I've been sitting on EY 183 in Abu Dhabi for 10 hours now. This is not ok. There are kids and seniors on this flight.” In a later tweet she said: “Stuck in an @EthiadAirways flight on the ground for 10+ hours. And not allowed to get off. I feel like I am in a Seinfield episode.”
Newlywed Navin Varma wrote: “12hrs of sitting on the tarmac as newlyweds bringing my wife on her first trip to the USA. Horrifying.”
Flight attendants suffered the brunt of the passengers' anger. They however kept promising passengers take-off would happen but nothing moved for 12 hours. Passengers said the flight crew told them the airport was too crowded with other stranded flights to allow them to get off the plane to wait.
In the end tempers frayed and one tweeter said “Everybody was fighting with each other and the flight attendants were fighting with us, and we were fighting with the flight attendants.”
Would a brief stay in a hotel have been so bad for the airline? I doubt this bad publicity will help business.
The cat shown here is not a designer cat; it has not been the target of cruel vandals; in fact the mystery of this green cat which prowled the streets of the Bulgarian seaside town of Varna is much simpler.
The cat with a coat which is an envious shade of green has been sleeping rough.
"Sleeping on top of an abandoned pile of synthetic green paint in a garage" is believed to have been responsible for the colour change.
The cat's coat has such an even colour that initially it was suspected vandals had painted the cat. A Facebook page was set up to catch the perpetrators of this heinous crime; but in the end there was no crime just one cat who chose the wrong place to kip.
Having had an issue Friday trying to access my emails in Yahoo I initially thought "no my password has been stolen" but the issues is far more 'Heath Robinson' than that.
An underwater cable was accidentally cut during maintenance work leaving some yahoo email users without access.
Monday one report claims the service is still down for some and the 'crisis' is entering its fourth day!
When you consider the technology behind the 21st Century Internet, the storage of huge amounts of data in 'the cloud', learning that the accidental cutting of a cable can cause such disruption puts your feet right back on the ground.
Friday - the background
Yahoo Care have been tweeting apologies and updates. If you use Yahoo but do not follow the care team on Twitter perhaps now would be a good time to rectify that.
But how come the team still have Internet access you may angrily cry. Yep life sucks at times doesn't it?
In the great scheme of things a temporary glitch which prevents you accessing your emails is nothing but these days it could be very significant.
Work hindered and more until the repair is successfully completed.
Three hours ago they posted the following update on Twitter "An update on the issue that some users are having accessing mail due to an underwater cable caused by a 3rd party". Follow the link to Yahoo Central to read the follow memo. But that is the same message as 13 hours earlier. A time I could access my emails but now I cannot.
Presumably the matter is still not resolved.
Hang on there. It is back at least for me.
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