You Just Keep Me Hanging On ….

The phone company rang whilst I was trying and failing to hoover up a spider. It was a sort of cat and mouse situation. Well, actually more of a human and spider situation.


PHOTO OF A SPIDER LEFT TO YOUR IMAGINATION.  I can assure all arachnophobes that this blog will NEVER publish a photo of a spider.


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The phone rang twice. Then it went off. I rang the phone company back and they denied they had phoned me. Then they put me on hold for a bit. Then they admitted they HAD phoned me after all to ask me about access times. After a while this transpired that they – well, Jools, to be precise, meant what time could an engineer come to my house to try to fix the internet again. Any time I said. Preferably now! (I currently had no internet.)

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Jools seemed a bit taken aback and said the engineer probably couldn’t come till Wednesday or Thursday, but, when I said that this timeframe was ridiculous, he said would check and phone me back in ten minutes.  He phoned back. ‘Hi, it’s Jools – I’ll just take you through some security questions.’  We reached the end of security clearance but then the phone went dead!  I had no internet and no phone connection.  The phone was down for an hour. 

Eventually, Jools phoned me back and said a bit huffily that he had tried to phone me three times.  ‘Well, the phone went dead,’ I said.  ‘Oh, alright,’ he said (as though it was MY fault!) I now have two issues with the phone line – the actual phone and the internet.  Jools assured me that the phone line going dead was a coincidence and nothing they had done.  I believed him because they don’t do anything.  I’d be more shocked if he’d told me they were trying to do something.  As I was ending the conversation he suddenly said that he had to tell me the call was being recorded – he was meant to tell me that at the start.

Meanwhile, they had credited me £5 for buying new micro-filters but yesterday I received a bill for £6 for ‘internet services’.  ??? I have no internet service.  Jools was none the wiser either.  He didn’t really know what it meant but he could put me through to another department.

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Then the phone went dead again.

I need the internet to be fixed because, as soon as it’s fixed, I’m going to change provider.

I’d like to surf the net for a good deal but I have no net.

So, I picked up the vacuum cleaner again but the spider had gone, leaving only its web behind.  I have no net, just an empty web.

(Don’t worry, there are no spiders in the photo below,; I’ve checked.)

spider web
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© Michelle Le Grand



    1. I just noticed one of those flocks of blue tits outside my house flying between the trees and hanging on the window sills and thought how lovely – then I realised they were all jumping up and down on my phone line!!

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