* Posts by misterwh

2 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Oct 2011

Beeb measures Blighty in doormats


Millions and billions

Tis a pity we've moved to billion = 1000 million, rather than the old-style million million. Does anyone else frequently mishear million as billion and vice versa? "The government has invested eleventy --illion pounds in X" etc...

Gas bill climbed £13,000 after correct online reading given


Same thing

Hah, exactly the same thing happened to be last year. I hadn't put in an actual reading all year, so they were going on my estimates, and when I did put in a reading it was not only less than their estimated reading for that quarter, but less than the reading for the quarter before (owing to a new boiler I guess. And me wearing jumpers in winter). I was expecting to owe about £20; the actual amount I owed was -£12; my bill was something in the region of 10 grand. After looking at it for a few seconds and realising it couldn't possibly be correct, I saw the funny side.