Blog posts in the 'Personal' category

My Invisalign Before / After expected results from clinical check

Oct 10 15

After re-doing my impressions due to my wide arch, the results of my clinical check are in.

Here’s the expected before/after


Clinical check results showing my teeth before invisalign


Clinical check results showing my teeth after invisalign treatment


I’ll have the trays for approximately 7 months (14 trays in total)

As expected, will need attachnemtns, or ‘buttons’ on a few of my teeth – unavoidable really given the crookedness of some of them!
The red dots on my teeth in the pictures above show where they’ll be.

I’ll also be having some space made in between each teeth by filing in between each tooth very slightly to make more room for the teeth to move.
The whole process was explained really clearly, and I’m happy with it.

After some thought over the last couple of days, I’ve decided to go ahead with the treatment.
Since I’ve paid £350, I’ve now got £2650 left to pay – 50% payable when I call and go ahead with the treatment, the remaining 50% when I have the first set of trays fitted.

I’m going to get a plan together for when most convenient to have them fitted. Will update on here when I do!

Invisalign Clinical Check – The start!

Aug 26 15

After visiting a few local orthodontists for the initial consulations, I booked a clinical check with Pennyhill Dental, Bagshot, which I attended earlier this week.
The cost of the clinical check was £350, which would go towards the £3000 total cost (of the ‘lite’ Invisalign treatment) should I choose to go ahead.
While this wasn’t the cheapest place I found, it certainly was more friendly, and I preferred the doctor (Dr Gill) to many others I had visited, which was worth the £250 or so extra.
Pennyhill Dental are also open later than other local orthodontists, meaning I can have my checkups after work.

The expected treatment time would be 6-8 months, which I can just about live with, I think!

During the clinical check, a series of x-rays are taken, as well as impressions of my teeth, so they can do the generated before/after shots.
The actual process was fine – basically biting down on plasticine like substance set in a tray.

I’ve booked another appointment for a couple of weeks time to see the results!

Unfortunately, because of my narrow upper arch, I had to return a week later to have new impressions taken, using a different custom made tray. Minor inconvenience, but I’d rather it be correct!

Fox Garage Blackwater – Review

Oct 7 14

I took my car to Fox Garage Blackwater as it was pulling to the left very slightly.

I left it with them, with clear instructions not to phone me, but email me instead (I was going away, couldn’t pick up phone, but could easily reply to email)

A few days later, when I returned from my trip, I’d heard nothing.
I called them, chasing an update, and was told I’d been left two voicemails by Mike Squire – not very helpful at all!

Anyway, the problem was a faulty brake calliper, and it would need to be replaced.
The cost was £495.
I agreed the price with Mike, but said I would need the old part back, as I would likely take things further with the garage I purchased the car from (as I have done so in the past)

This, I was told, was not a problem, and he understood.

Paid for the work up front, as it was a special order part.
Was given a time of two days to do the work.

I called on the Friday, it was due to be finished, at around 4pm.
I was told that Mike was on a test drive, and would call me on his return.
He never did.

So, I sent an email, complaining about the lack of communication.

On Saturday, I receive a phone call saying the car is ready, it no longer pulls to the left.
Great news, I thought.
However; I was unable to take the old part, as there was a ‘surcharge’ on it.

I went to Fox Garage and spoke with Mike directly regarding this.
He was adamant that I could not have the part, as there was a £50+ VAT surcharge on it – charged by Land Rover, to make them return the old part.
I explained the situation, but was again told I would need to pay the £50+ VAT if I wanted the part.
I pointed out that I agreed the price, based on receiving the old part! Still, he would not move.

I feel completely let down and messed around by Fox Services.
This was my first time using them for any kind of serious work, and I certainly won’t be using them again!

My father, who recommended them to me (having previously been a customer of theres for 5 years) will also no longer use them!
Such a shame, as on the face of it, they seem to do a good job.
Massive let down in communication, and sticking to the agreed deal!

Turned down for a contract role by a by a ghostly tech lead

Aug 11 14

I had a telephone interview earlier this week.
From my point of view, I thought it went really well. I had ample experience, answered his questions (in my opinion) correctly

Somewhat to my surprise, I was turned down after this interview.
Naturally, I pressed the agency for feedback.
Feedback from the recruiter was vague as expected – “Not technically correct on some of your responses”
(This is the same recruiter that sent me the wrong job spec for another job they sent me for!)

Anyway, I decided to text the guy that phone interviewed me.
He was very positive on the phone, so wanted to know what had changed.

He said I got the questions he asked me on BDD wrong
Nowhere on my CV is BDD – apparently it was, so the agency had kindly added this part for me.

He also said I’d got the definition of REST wrong, which I know I hadn’t – and besides, he asked for an example of REST, which I duly gave him.

Then came the usual play downs “If another suitable role comes up I’ll be in touch”

After our short text conversation, I thought I’d check the guy out – something I guess I should have done before the interview (I usually google people interviewing me beforehand)

And here’s what I found: Nothing.
No linked in, no twitter, no blog, no github profile, no contributions to the open source community.

He apparently was the technical lead for the well known company, albeit a contractor.

My thoughts are;
If you’re not willing to contribute to the community in any way shape or form, can you truly be a rounded developer?

I’m not saying every developer should have a LinkedIn profile, or a twitter account, or github profile, but it is unusual these days to find top calibre developers devoid of any of these… a ‘developer’ who is effectively an online ghost!

It’s pretty easy to trace people and who they’re working for:

google for

first name + last name + company”

Usually does the trick

or even

first name + last name + technology

So, on reflection, it seems I may have dodged a bullet here.

Whilst I don’t profess to be the worlds greatest developer, I do try to give back.
I contribute to various open source projects, blog whenever I can, have an active twitter profile etc…

I’m not actually sure I would want to work with someone so closed and un-contributing!

Dorset Sports Cars Review – I took them to court, and won

Aug 5 13

In July 2012, I bought a car (BMW 335d) from Dorset Jaguar & Sports Cars.
I naturally tried to haggle on the listed price, but was assured that it was in immaculate condition, so wouldn’t budge.

Based on their assertions I bought the car, paid the deposit and arranged to collect the car the following week.
I collected the car on Friday, 20th July.

A few days later, while driving home from work in my new car, the tyre pressure monitor said I had a flat tyre.

I took the car to a tyre garage the following morning, who pointed out that the wheel had cracked in several places.
It had also been repaired (clearly visible by the welds!)

So I called the garage I bought the car from.
I spoke to Jason, the salesman who sold me the car.

Initially he was very helpful, asking me to email photo of wheel, so he could replace.
Sent me an email back saying “I am sourcing a wheel for you”
I carried on my day, and chased up later what was happening.

He told me that his boss (Paul Wynter) would not authorise the replacement wheel, as I had obviously gone over a pothole to cause the damage.
I asked to speak with him, but was told he was unavailable (yet was available to tell the sales manager not to replace my wheel…)
I said this wasn’t true, and under the sale of goods act he had a responsibility to put things right.

Dorset Sports Cars then requested me to return the wheel, so it could be repaired!

There was no way I was willing to have a cracked alloy (that had cracked several times) repaired, so declined, and insisted they replace it.
Also, this would of been very inconvenient – Since I’m self employed, I rely on the car to get to / from work etc…
They refused to budge, so I contacted VOSA – who were interested to re-inspect the car, as it had been MOT’d the day before I collected it.

VOSA re-inspected the car, finding no other faults, but expressed concern about the wheel.
Still, Dorset Sports Cars refused to replace the wheel.

So, I filed a claim through the small claims court against them.
They defended this, with paper thin claims of potholes etc… (as you would expect)
During the process, they took as long as possible with everything, in order to hold up proceedings:

They didn’t reply to my Letter Before Action, even though I gave them 14 days (instead of the suggested 7)

They agreed to mediation, which ‘stayed’ the case for 6 weeks, but then never contacted the court mediation service to arrange a date.


Dorset Sports Cars were supposed to send me the details / evidence they were going to be relying on, but never did.
Fortunately, I had documentary evidence that my evidence had been sent to (and received by) them.

At the hearing, they showed up (which I was surprised at, given their conduct throughout the process)

The judge found in my favour, on the strength of my evidence presented.

Paul Wynter complained that it wasn’t ‘conclusive’ to which the judge reminded him that it didn’t have to be ‘conclusive’ it just had to be whichever the judge thought more likely.

Dorset Sports Cars were issued with a CCJ for a total of around £1100, and were given 14 days to pay.

They said they wanted to appeal the decision.
The judge denied them permission to do so.

Naturally, they didn’t pay on time, but just as I was arranging enforcement of the order (and had emailed them to let them know this would be happening) a cheque turned up for the full amount!

Overall, I’m very happy that justice was done.