Finbarr Galvin SMS Spam

Finbarr Galvin Ltd Spam SMS

I guarantee I will not be buying my next car from Finbarr Galvin Ltd and you probably shouldn’t either if you want your personal data to be respected. I should have known I’d be SMS spammed by Finbarr Galvin Ltd again. They’re a car dealer in the town of Bandon, Co Cork for those who don’t know them. I bought a car off them around seven years ago, which I traded in for another car two years later.

So, I haven’t had any business dealings with them in seven years.

In the time since then I’ve received a couple of advertising text messages, the last being about two years ago when I remember a lengthy phone call with a sales assistant to get them to remove me from their sms list. They didn’t have an “opt out” method that time.

I’ve tried to remove myself from their list now by texting OPTOUT to 50123 as stated in this text message, but haven’t heard back yet. If I was to judge by my previous attempts to unsubscribe, they probably have to manually remove my number using a chisel on stone tablets or something similarly archaic. This is part of the reason I’m making this blog post, as a reminder for the next time I get spammed by them.

I’m also publishing this because Finbarr Galvin Ltd should only send advertising text messages to customers they have had dealings with and received express permission to message them, in the last twelve months. I told them this that time I talked to that sales assistant:

Marketers may send you electronic mail for direct marketing purposes where:

(i) You have given them explicit consent to do so within the last twelve months, or
(ii) they have obtained your personal contact details in the course of a sale to you of a product or service within the last twelve months, they informed you of their identity, the purpose in collecting your contact details, the persons or categories of persons to whom your personal data may be disclosed and any other information which is necessary so that processing may be fair, and the direct marketing they are sending is in respect of their similar* products and services only, and you were given a simple cost-free means of refusing the use of your contact details for direct marketing purposes at the time your details were initially collected, and where you did not initially refuse the use of those details, you are given a similar option at the time of each subsequent communication. (If you fail to unsubscribe using the cost-free means provided to you by the direct marketer, you will be deemed to have remained opted-in to the receipt of such electronic mail for a twelve month period from the date of issue to you of the most recent marketing electronic mail).

They certainly shouldn’t be using my personal details for advertising purposes after seven years. I hope that OPTOUT text to 50123 was “cost-free”.

Bah.

TIL Americans don’t have chocolate Easter eggs

So, is it true that Americans don’t, by and large, eat chocolate Easter eggs on Easter Sunday? That’s something I heard this morning and I’m wondering how that could possibly be true. Who wouldn’t want to eat lots of chocolate? This article says yes, but some of the comments say no.

Anyway, I have a yummy Aero Easter egg. Shouldn’t have finished that half though. Too much! More later!

The Swollen River Martin

A few photos of the River Martin in Blarney, swollen after the rains of Storm Frank yesterday. Not pictured are the broken garden fences I haphazardly repaired in torrential rain last night. At least the rain stopped this morning to let me repair the roof of our shed.

Cold tonight with clear spells and light winds over the northern half of the country with temperatures falling to between 0 and 4 degrees with some icy patches. But further south, cloud and winds will increase with rain developing and pushing northwards through the night (falling as sleet or snow in parts of Ulster towards dawn). Winds will be light variable at first then easterly and increase fresh to strong veering southwesterly in southern counties later in the night. (met.ie)

Ever wondered how climate change is going to affect Ireland? This post will be of interest to you.

In Ireland the average air temperature has risen by approximately 0.8°C in the last 100 years, with much of the warming occurring towards the end of the 20thcentury, all seasons are warmer. Some of the impacts can already be seen; the start of the growing season for certain species is now up to 10 days earlier, there has been a decrease in the number of days with frost and increase in the number of warm days (days over 20°C).
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Over the last 30 years or so rainfall amounts have increased by approximately 5%, and there is some evidence of an increase in the number of days with heavy rain in the west and northwest. Climate projections for rainfall have greater uncertainty than for temperature, they indicate that overall rainfall amounts in Ireland might decrease slightly, summers are likely to become drier while winters may be wetter especially in the west and north. There are also indications of an increase in the number of very wet days (days with rainfall >20mm).

These projections, applied to river flows, show an increased risk of winter flooding, an increased risk of short duration ‘flash’ floods and to possible water shortages in summer months due to higher temperatures and lower rainfall. The rise in sea levels will make low lying coastal areas more prone to flooding, especially from storm surges.

It warns that the changes will happen slowly so we’re not going to notice them year-on-year but it doesn’t look good.

The Irish Research and Development Centre

That was bizarre. The phone rang twice. I picked it up but they had hung up. It rang again. A woman with what I presume to be an Indian accent spoke:

‘Good morning Sir. May I ask you three questions that will only take up a moment of your time?’
‘Eh. Sure.’
‘When purchasing goods is the price or quality more important?’
‘OK, before I answer that, who do you represent?’
‘Oh, The Irish Research and Development Centre here in Dungarvan.’
‘Sorry, what was that? The Irish Resea..’ (I started typing the name into a browser, my keyboard is noisy)

CLICK. They hung up.

Weird. Was that some sort of scam?

Sounds of the Irish Smoking Ban

The Irish Smoking Ban

It’s hard to believe that smoking was banned in the workplace in Ireland in 2004. It was a huge change but very welcome (by most) and the best thing a Fianna Fail government ever did.

Listen to this Witness podcast on the subject here to be brought back eleven years.

Since the ban it became clear that a bunch of dancing sweaty people consuming alcohol are a smelly lot but the increased ventilation that some nightclubs have installed has helped. 🙂