Big Bertha Thing mathematics (File ZIP 688K)

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13th March 2003 sci.math and sci.astro newsfeeds dropped by university.
Onenet UK Astronomy & Space conference feed dropped by university.
sci.astro and sci.math newsgroup icons gone missing, so new students have no access. (Filtered feed still OK)
OUSA Research conference still up, by invitation only. (empty)
UK politics internal conference setup next to Net Access Policy (empty bar 3), which was last target of the book-burners.
Politics makes poor science.

Big Bertha Thing ISP

23rd June 2000
Finance Director,
Ision Internet Plc.,
Dear Sir,
Further to your letter of the 21st June 2000, regarding payment of 56.36 pounds sterling, for 77 days ISP charges.

My last payment of 14.09, as detailed in your letter, covered the three dates as follows;-
1st March 2000
2nd March 2000
13th March 2000

These were the only days of the previous 107 days, when my site was not disabled, in more ways than one and my mailbox locked up from me. Apparently the only person, who can enable site access and password reset, is your accounts manager. He can only be contacted via national telephone lines, complete with revolving door and canned musak.

You want a further payment of 56.36, to bring the charges up to 23.48 per day. (At a rate of 8570.20 pounds sterling per annum.) Please find enclosed herewith my cheque for 56.36 and a copy of my previous letter to you, dated 12th June 2000. (recorded delivery)

    In view of the extraordinary nature of these charges, I would ask you to confirm just three things;-
  1. That you have recieved payment by issueing a reciept. (Recieved)
  2. That you will close my account as from todays date. (Closed 3rd July)
  3. That there will be no further charges made against this account.
In mitigation of the conduct of your staff, it would appear that they had some difficulty with my Usenet newsgroup postings, as detailed on my new site.

I trust that this will be in order and will be looking forward to the favour of your reply.
Thank you,
Tony Lance