Andy Carroll signs for West Ham 30/08/12

I am so excited about this signing,I didn’t honestly think we would get him but now it has been confirmed I am overwhelmed with the proposition of Carroll getting on the end of Matt Jarvis’s crosses.

Everybody knows West ham have adopted the direct approach,if there was one man on the planet that would be the best in this role it has to be Andy Carroll.

A big thank you must go out to David O’Sullivan and David Gold,I think this signing above any others show they are truly backing West ham.

KO

UK immigration barristers scam based in Birmingham

I had the pleasure of working for this company for two weeks back in April of this year.

They have a run down office next to the Mailbox in Birmingham city centre,when I was trying to find the place for the interview I walked passed it twice as their office was the only one without a sign,most companies have a sign to confirm who they are and what they do,this company has nothing,just swinging doors on the second floor.

When I opened these doors I was greeted by twenty agents, all busy on the phone,half of them were of Pakistani decent,the other half English.

While waiting to see the manager I noticed the carpet had a thick layer of dust,there was half a dozen broken chairs piled up in the corner of the room,the place looked as though it had not been cleaned for years.

Mohammed Kazi invited me into his office  -

He then continued to tell me what a busy business he was running and that if I could sell I could make a lot of money,I could tell straight away that he was a con artist,his patter would have been more suited to someone selling on a market stall,not vital immigration advice.

The next day I had a call from the recruitment company informing me that I had got the job, on my first day I met another new recruit who seemed as excited as me, this excitement dampened some what when we were still hanging around an hour later because phones and computers had not been organised for us.

Finally someone came to see us and told us that we would not have a phone or a computer for the first few days,we were given folders to study.

These folders broke down how the phone calls were to be conducted.

1,Take information

2,Ask how important it was to them to be living with their partner

3,Confirm that if we could arrange a successful visa could they do it today!

4,Scare the customer into thinking that if they go it alone they will without a doubt have their application rejected.

5,Their motto was if you make the customer cry,they will buy.

We were told on a our second day that customers who were coming from India,Nigeria, or any African country were rubbish customers,they are always poor and had no money, so don’t waste your time on them we were told.

They told us that you only need to spend time with ”GOLD CUSTOMERS ”, partners of English people who were from Thailand or anywhere within the Asian market,to quote Mohammed Kazi ” these old men who have lots of savings are really keen to have their partner join them, you can charge them a big fee and they don’t mind paying for it,if they haven’t got savings they will have a credit card.

For my first week they were still using their old website UK visa,everybody had commented previous to this day(including the management) that customers were not aware they were dealing with a broker,they assumed that UK visa was the UKBA, so the customers easily handed their money over thinking they were dealing direct with the people making the decisions,because they were telling the customer a visa would be no problem, the customer was then pressurised into payment.

One morning we were told that we are no longer going under the name UK visa,we wern’t told anything about the complaints, just that they were switching to a new name – UK immigration barristers, the phones went quiet,we were told to tell the customers that Kings court chambers were now to be quoted on the phone and that a special immigration barrister would be dealing with each individual case,I dug deeper on this and they said in reality, a barrister would not be looking into the case personally, but instead it would be students of law dealing with the cases and that a barrister would oversee the process.

There were rumours that this was all bullshit and that they had their own office, with their own people who were not trained or qualified, dealing with these cases,meaning they could keep 100% of the fee themself.

By the end of my first week,four people were sacked,not for doing a bad job,just because there were no phone calls or leads due to the change in website.

On the second week, we started to listen to phone calls,this was a shocking experience.

The consultants were being listened to by the managers,so every now and again when customers were hesitant,the manager would instruct them to say such things as,I thought you said you loved your partner,is your partner not worth £1500 ? I feel sorry for your partner,she thinks that you love her but you don’t even think she’s worth £1500!

They were not allowed to offer advice, so every advisor would put the customer on hold for up to 5/10 minutes while they pretended to talk with a Barrister / legal expert,this was not the case,the advisor would instead use this time to go for a smoke or pop to the toilet,when they picked the phone up  several minutes later they told the customer..OK Mrs Jones,I have just got off the phone with the barrister and he thinks you have a really good chance of being successful with your visa application,so have your got your credit card number so we can get the ball rolling? , even if there was something in the application that would make the process fail the advisor was told not to care about this, just worry about taking the money,the customer can always ask for a refund later,if ever the customer requested a refund it would be minus the consultation fee of £350,this was not explained clearly to the customer.

As expected the customers would get upset,some would put the phone down,some would take their credit cards out.

As soon as payment was taken,the consultant was told not to worry about that customer anymore.

When charging fee’s,there was no set amount,it would all depend on how rich the customer sounded,in the fact find questions they ask you, do you have any savings,if so, roughly how much ? if you said you had a decent amount of savings they would increase the price by 50%.

By the end of my second week, 8 more people were given the boot including myself, to be honest I was not too upset,I didn’t even get a chance to take one phone call or make a call so my conscience is clear.

It think everybody knew it was a scam but nobody would ever admit it,before they lost their popular website and their licence, the consultants were making £4,000 a month in bonus.

The name of the game was to lie and scare the customer,I am glad people are finally realising how they work,and whatever you do,DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR MONEY!

I have noticed the new website arrives high on Googles search results so I am guessing they are taking many people to the cleaners.

http://www.ukimmigrationbarristers.com/need-uk-immigration-barrister.php?immigration_barristers=yes&gclid=CLKC0rSdjbICFQfKtAodYV0AcA

This is a facebook group started by one of their happy customers -

If you are a UK resident please sign up to the petition to help with UK immigration for married couples – http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/34835

A recent report by the BBC on the 22/10/12  -

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Exam (2009) Movie review – A good ”who is it” movie

I wish they would make more movies like this,it was recommended to me by a fellow blogger http://wordschat.wordpress.com/ It’s a situation movie,meaning the camera stays in one room for the majority of the movie; Not only does this create a need for great writing,it also allows an independent movie maker to keep the budget low without compromising the quality of the film.

Eight characters enter a room to take an exam,after they are given instruction ,it’s up to them to be successful.

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

All the applicants want a job working for one of the richest men in the world,when the quiz/game kicks off, everyone suspects the other as a plant or just general bad egg.

I can’t say a bad word about the film,it keeps you guessing and was intriguing throughout,my only negative was the casting of Jimi Mistry,I didn’t believe in his character or his acting in this film,he is not a bad actor, but I thought he struggled to play the deep brooding type.

8/10

KO

The Philly Kid: Movie Review

Ever since the UFC has become mainstream there has been an influx of movies trying to portray the life of a cage fighter and the different skills they need to possess to be successful. As always like all martial art movies over the years the characters are always down on their luck guys with not much to lose and one big win will turn their life back around and they can live happily ever after. Well don’t get too excited, because we have pretty much more of the same here.

Remember back in the 80’s and 90’s? We had martial art movies coming out on a regular basic. Most of them were like this movie, B movies. They had low budgets, bad acting and rubbish props, but you know what?  I bloody loved them. They were everything I wanted to be when I was 10 years old! So, am I saying you have to be 10 to enjoy this flick? No you don’t, as a B movie martial art goes the acting is not as awful as you may think, sure there wasn’t any memorable dialogue, but the fight scenes were very good, they were not your standard trade for trade knuckle exchanges and fancy flying kicks, it was more for the wrestling and Jujitsu fans.  Is there any future though for these arts in the movies that don’t comprise of a ring? I doubt it very much! It’s hard to transverse these skill into movie choreography that makes it look cool.

The story has been told many times before in some form or other. Go in expecting nothing and you probably will come out feeling the same. That’s better than some of the stuff I’ve seen of late!

6/10

Yappy

TT – Closer to the Edge (2011): Movie/Documentary Review

I have never been so close to the edge of my seat whilst watching a documentary, it actual felt like I’d been actually been riding one of this bikes myself after. It doesn’t pussy foot around, right from the get go the camera angels shows the kind of speed these guys get to while racing this off the chart circuit.

For anyone who doesn’t know what the TT is, it’s a once a year race that pits the nerve and steal of the best thrill seeker motorcyclist from around the world. The Isle of Man’s roads come to a standstill while this event takes place; this event is one of the only few of which track racers get to take their bikes to back breaking speeds on national roads. When I say back breaking, I physically mean back breaking; there is not a year that goes by that someone doesn’t end up dead or one step closer to their maker.

You don’t have to be a petrol head to appreciate this film; the film really gets into the heart and soul of the guys taking part.      After you hear of the dangers of this track and knowing nothing like me about this story, you might just see one of these guys die. The thing is these guys know it too, it’s a scary thought that when you enter the Isle! Someone could be exiting for good in a wooden box.

For non-English, and I mean from the British Isle, you are going to need the subtitle option for watching this movie. There are some very broad accents on show; it takes a trained ear to understand the thick Yorkshire accent.” If you don’t then well done, you’re going to be introduced to a crazy Yorkshire lad by the name of Guy Martin”. Guy is a man’s man. He tells it like it is, he is an eccentric petrol head who only cares for speed and what makes speed, engines. Gift of the gab is used to often for people in sales who can talk twallop all day long, this guy has an answer for everything and it usually is rather amusing.

Need to be watched on a big TV with 5:1 surround sound for full effect, as the visuals are superb.

8/10

Yappy

Sleep tight (2011)Movie review – Outstanding and original

I find myself being enthralled with Spanish and French titles of late,the movies have been good but the biggest reason is a yearning for originality,the american market has so many wooden formats that you are more surprised when you come across a good movie than a bad.

This movie teases you into what is actually going on,it’s a brave move by a director as some might worry about boring the viewer,in my eyes it only increased my intrigue.

The story is about a hotel receptionist and his levels of unhappiness.

The writing is exquisite and the star of the show, Luis Tosar is the Spanish version of Robert De Niro,he has mastered the art of talking with the eyes, and seems intent on taking on diverse roles as previous to this, he played a prisoner in the outstanding Cell 211.

8/10

KO