Lewis Group Now Offers Essay Writing Service

I’ve checked, and it’s not April 1st. So colour me confused…

Lewis Group is probably best known for the business of selling furniture, although most of its revenue actually comes from the credit side of the business of selling furniture. As an aside, that side of their business has not always had the best press.

Selling credit is both a profitable and a risky business. When things are good, the rewards are plentiful. When things are bad, the rewards are still plentiful, but they’re harder to get at and you make a lot of people’s lives hell while getting at them (the rewards and the people).

Maybe you need to diversify. Have a secondary line of business far detached from furniture, appliances and ripping poor people off selling expensive credit.

So, it’s either making Thneads or Essay writing. And a thnead is a thing that everyone needs, but then loads of people need essays writing too, because they simply don’t have the time or ability to do it themselves. So – given the absence of local Truffula trees – it’s the latter option that Lewis Group has taken. And this is how they told us about it:

Professional Tailor made Essay Producing Service

February 9, 2016

We allow a large number of learners all around the English-speaking community struggling with time or have difficulties completing their tailor made essays, coursework, research papers, thesis, or maybe even dissertation. If you are exploring for your powerful and concise academic paper or a custom essay that is certainly created to fit your wants then you definately have found the appropriate area. We’ve been the most veteran essay-writing services and thoroughly warranty your fulfillment.

I’d guess that about 75% of my time at university was spent exploring for my powerful and concise academic paper. Definately [sic]. And who doesn’t want their fulfillment [sic] thoroughly warrantied?
Exactly. Everyone wants their fulfillment [sic] thoroughly warrantied.
So it’s all good. And so, they continue:

The original essays that you may get the following are accomplished by tailor made essay writers and researchers, who’ve professional and post-graduate degrees in the area of specialization that you desire. Acquiring the devoted assist of the experienced essay writer and researcher will make the many big difference in your own personalized essay. If you’re getting a trouble using your educational essay-writing then you shouldn’t allow your grades experience by not finishing the assignment or publishing a half-finished analysis paper or essay.

Well done for acquiring the devoted assist. That will indeed make the many big difference. I’m certainly not getting a trouble with that, although there is some sort of nagging doubt about something I just can’t put my finger on right now.
But wait; there’s more:

Any Published Undertaking, Regardless how Difficult

We are below that will help you with even your most complex composing assignments. The confirmed competence of our certified essay writers can effectively protect all sectors of scholarly examine in close to any issue place. Our essay creating service may help you once you demand to sort a descriptive or persuasive essay to a complicated investigate paper with the doctoral level.

Did you get that? They are below that will help you. And it’s that kind of thing that can protect all sectors of scholarly in close to any issue place. This is big stuff, because a lot of less professional essay writing outfits only protect a few sectors of scholarly in close to any issue place. That’s why you’re going to be paying these guys the big bucks for a complicated investigate paper with the doctoral level.

I could go on – because they do. And while I’m still not sure that this is real, i do know that (currently), it’s really on their site:

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And, just in case it does go missing, I’ve sensibly PDF’d the whole page for your reading pleasure.

As a press release, it’s fairly informative, but as an advert for the quality of the service you can expect from their new venture, it’s utterly spectacular.

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As parents, it’s important that we let our kids know that they will experience different feelings at different times in their lives. Some of these feelings – the vast majority, we hope – will be positive ones, but there will be times when there will be negative feelings as well. And that’s natural and normal.

It’s ok to feel these feelings. All of them. Well… most of them, anyway.

Maybe draw the line at V. And forget about X altogether.


Seriously? What were well-known online kids’ reward chart producers RewardCharts4Kids dot com thinking?!

Honestly, stick anything else in there. Anything.
Stick in a feeling that doesn’t begin with X: “Bashful”, “Upset”, “Bold”, “Enlightened”.
Stick in something beginning with X that isn’t even a feeling and thus doesn’t make sense. “Xylophone”, “X-ray” “Xanthamonas maltophilia (which is obviously the previous incarnation of Stenotrophomonas maltiophilia)”.

But don’t put ‘Xenophobic’ on a list of otherwise generally acceptable feelings that I’m going to put on my 7-year-old daughter’s bedroom wall.


Serious note: That’s not to say that this didn’t promote some discussion about what xenophobia is, why it’s not a acceptable thing and, for the older child, some etymology as well. But still…

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If this isn’t on the tip of people’s tongues yet (spoiler: it is), I have a feeling it soon will (should?) be:

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And with the State Of The Nation Address just around the corner (literally and figuratively), we might be able to see the second part of the definition demonstrated on Thursday evening as well.

Double whammy!

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Those SONA protests & road closures

That time of year again when hits can be garnered from repeating helpful information that people should have got from elsewhere, but didn’t. This year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) is on Thursday, but the rehearsals begin this evening, disrupting your drive home and reminding you of the pomp our President so richly deserves.

Basically, anything around Parliament is going to be closed from 5pm each evening, while roads around JZ’s Cape Town place in Newlands will be shut only on Thursday evening. Here’s a helpful link to a helpful PDF with all the details:

Helpful PDF

BUT! In addition to the official SONA thing, there are three – count them and weep – THREE separate protest marches on Thursday too! And they start early:


First off is the DA, starting at Gardens Centre Woolies Mill Street at 9am. Then Ses’Khona (minus currently jailed poo-flinger Andile Lili) from Kaizersgracht at 10.
Later (1pm) is the #ZMF movement, heading from Greenmarket Square down to the Grand Parade.
For the record, the #ZumaMustFall group has applied for 5000 marchers, Ses’Khona has applied for 1500 marchers, and the DA has applied for 500.

Look, the smart thing to do is to avoid the CBD altogether on Thursday. But if you really can’t, then plan carefully and pack adequate supplies for a night in your car.

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UK travel costs

I’m booking train tickets for a lightning quick visit to the UK, post the Cast In Steel 2016 visit to Bergen in May. And they’re expensive.

Of course, everything is expensive when you look at the tragic state of the South African Rand, but travel – especially train travel in the UK – is stupidly, near prohibitively, expensive.

But what are you supposed to do? You can’t walk.
Last time, with Mrs 6000 and the kids with me, it made more financial sense to hire a car and drive up the M1. And that’s 260km with petrol costing R24 an litre. Still pricey. But with just me going, that option seems less financially viable this time around.

It’s not just me though. Infamously, last month (as infamous as something that recent can be, anyway), Jordon Cox, aka “The Coupon Kid” travelled from Sheffield to Essex via Berlin – included a day out in the German capital – and still saved money.

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Although his money-saving achievement was somewhat overlooked by The Guardian whose main concern was that it wasn’t environmentally friendly. Missing the point, much?

And then there was this, with the argument around football ticket pricing becoming a bigger and bigger thing:


And yes, maybe Mr Tyneside_Blades (if that is his real name) could choose a cheaper (and almost certainly far more enjoyable) hobby than watching Sheffield United, but saying that is merely employing Guardianesque diversion tactics. (Incidentally, someone had a go at that here, and was summarily defeated.)

The point here (again) is the comparison between travel to/from Essex/near London and travel to/from Germany.

So I looked, but I couldn’t find a suitable route via Germany. *sad face*

I did find one via Dublin though.
And here’s my maths (no, I don’t have time for stadium tours or a ham and cheese toastie):

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My plane from Bergen arrives at LHR, so that’s my starting point for either journey. I don’t get to leave the airport at Dublin, so I won’t spend anything at the Guinness Brewery, and my Dad will pick me up from station or airport, so that bit is for his account, (but ok, for the record it’s basically 5 miles to the station and 25 miles to the airport).

A few other points:
Yes, this includes all taxes, and a minimum of 20kg luggage allowance for the planes. Heavy.
Yes, I have to allow about 3½ hours for the train journey, while the flights would take about 6 hours. Time.
Yes, the train would be more environmentally friendly. Smoky.
No, despite the graphics above, I’m not expecting to travel by Pullman Coaches or Boeing 747 on these journeys. Inaccuracy.

I probably won’t end up doing this, but the point is that I could. And it simply doesn’t make sense that I could.

I’m not really sure who to complain to about the whole thing though, so I just wrote a blog post.

Thanks for reading it.

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