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Month: July 2019

Up the Junction

Up the Junction

Norton Junction to be exact.

After waiting at the top of Buckby Locks for a couple of days, I moved down here to Norton Junction which is where the Oxford Line of the Grand Union meets the Leicester Line.

It’s probably 2 miles away from Norton village.

It’s quite pretty here though, and we’ve got a view across the fields toward Welton village, of which you can see the church spire.

Grand Union Norton Junction
Welton Village in the distance

The canal runs between the two villages of Welton and Norton.

Welton used to be home to a large manor house called Welton Place, until 1972 when it was demolished.

Some of the classic foliage planted by the eminent Clarke family remains at Welton Place‘s previous location in the village and are protected.

Norton Junction on the Grand Union
Norton Junction on the Grand Union

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Amazon introduces delivery charges for Pick-up Locker Locations

Amazon introduces delivery charges for Pick-up Locker Locations

Was doing some shopping this morning. As I was checking out, I noticed that Amazon was adding delivery charges to my purchase.

£2.99 to be exact.

This was despite the fact my purchase was £34.63 , and above the Amazon Free delivery threshold.

Here’s a look at the shopping process:

Delivery charges to an Amazon Locker pick up location

Amazon Locker pick-up charges
Amazon Locker pick-up charges

Delivery charges for a residential address

As you can see.

Amazon now charges £2.99 for ‘one-day‘ delivery for the same order to an Amazon Locker pick-up location.

It does this by making one of the items a compulsory ‘one-day’ delivery option. Even though it’s perfectly feasible for the item to arrive within any later timeframe, and those options are given for the residential address delivery.

Charges for delivery to Local Pick-up location (Post Office)

Delivery charges to Amazon Local Pick-up location

Using my local Post Office, Amazon gives me the Standard Delivery option, applies a £1.99 charge, the knocks it off as a ‘Promotion‘.

In Summary

By hook or by crook, it now seems that Amazon is charging for the use of it’s Amazon Lockers.

That’s not surprising, as apparently, they’re not proving too popular amongst UK shoppers, who don’t have time to fit the things into their busy schedules, and like everything else on the high-street, the ground rent has to be paid.

The way round it if you, like me, live on a barge, is to get them to deliver to your local Post Office where the fees are still waived.

Muscott -> Long Buckby and Google Pixel stops working

Muscott -> Long Buckby and Google Pixel stops working

Or thereabouts.

Actually Buckby Wharf.

Google Pixel 2 – Red light comes on and stops working

That’s right my phone, pictured below. Left it on charge overnight. Shortly after I got up in the morning, whilst it was still on charge, the red light came on and started flashing and the picture of the battery sign came on the screen.

google pixel 2
google pixel 2

Checked the Google Support website. “The battery is fully discharged. Re-charge for at least 30 minutes then re-try”.

I knew this was not the case, because it had been on charge, and when I checked the cable, it was attached securely.

So…. The phone had just stopped working.

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