When I was in the process of winding up Davy's estate this time last year I rang up the Inland Revenue to enquire about his overpayment of tax. I was told that if a rebate was due it would triggered when his final tax return had been submitted.
This was duly sent off in December and I waited patiently for the rebate. In mid January I rang the Inland Revenue with another query and while I was speaking to their "operative" I asked when I could expect this rebate.
The delightful young man checked and said, yes there was a rebate due, but I had to submit Form R27 to claim it. No-one had told me that! Out of interest I asked what would have happened if I hadn't asked the question and was told it would just sit in the account, unclaimed.
The form went off on 21st January and as I hadn't received an acknowledment of receipt I thought I'd better check it out. Another delightful young man told me that he doubted if it would have been dealt with yet, put me on hold while he looked into it and came back with this information, and I quote, "Post received between 22nd/28th January will not be dealt with until 25th February". I laughed. "What do you mean "will not be dealt with?"" and he said "it won't even be opened, it just sits in a pile". Now I'm not normally a rebel but come the revolution.............
Calm down Ann, deep breath! OK, I'm in the zone again. A friend sent me this joke this morning and it lightened my mood again:
A Little Christian Humor
Jesus and Satan were having an on-going argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering.
Finally fed up, God said, 'THAT'S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job.'
So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away.
They e-mailed with attachments..
They did spreadsheets!
They wrote reports
They created labels and cards
They created charts and graphs
They did some genealogy reports
They did every job known to man
Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell.
Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off...
Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld.
Jesus just sighed....
Finally, the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming:
'It's gone! It's all GONE! 'I lost everything when the power went out!' Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work.
Satan observed this and became irate. 'Wait!' he screamed. That's not fair! He cheated! How come he has all his work and I don't have any?' God just shrugged and said, JESUS SAVES ...
Have a good day.
Jackie Mason - "Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe."
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