Irish politicians are to receive access to free mental health counselling to help them cope with the strain of the recession that they played a huge part in creating. Not before time, some might say. Over the last few years, the cutbacks in the Irish health service have been savage, especially in the Mental Health sector despite suicide rates having rocketed since the financial meltdown. The Irish people have had to deal with unemployment, emigration, increased taxes and charges, repossessions, and deprivation, without the benefit of counselling. But I’m sure the nation will sleep easier knowing that our politicians with their huge salaries, gold-plated pensions, massive expenses, benefits galore, won’t have to shell out for their latest perk..
This is Read an E-book Week at Smashwords. I have reduced my books by 50% for the duration. Watch out for further discounts during St. Patrick’s week.
A little premature, apart from my Australian friends, but I would like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year. (Have to watch what I write as I very nearly wished everyone a preposterous New Year, too much fine wine and food over the holidays.)
Seven days to Thanksgiving. I hope the turkeys will be cooked to perfection and that all my American friends have a really special time with friends and family. I live in the heart of Ireland’s poultry region with duck, chicken and turkey farms all around. The farmers are gearing up for Christmas which is when we eat roast turkey. The next Val Bosanquet book is under-way. It is set in Guatemala, which will be no surprise for anyone who has read The Kingdom. Val and Dave head to Central America in an attempt to trace Rosa, Catalina’s long lost sister. The book will be a real page-turner with Val getting into some serious trouble when he runs up against some former antagonists.
I need advice over how to get some action from PayPal’s customer service. I topped up my account from my bank and the funds failed to appear in my PayPal account. I have contacted customer service on a daily basis, made an official complaint, and sent them a copy of my bank’s transfer log with all the details. Despite my best efforts, PayPal has done nothing. No return call, no e-mails, and no apparent interest in resolving the problem.
Any ideas would be welcome on how I could launch a bottle-rocket up its ass. Worse customer service I have encountered and I have dealt with some real stone-wallers.