Friday, 10 February 2017

Othello and Love Story - new Socks Shakespeare videos


I'm dangerously close to having put Socks Do Shakespeare online in its entirety. With only Romeo and Juliet still to do, the rest of the show is now up there in bite sized chunks, thanks to me getting Othello edited and uploaded (click to play) and also Love Story.

Surely, you say, putting the whole show up there is going to decimate the sales for your tour dates? Well, it would seem not. Sales for the shows are looking healthy, with Buxton, the first show, less than a week away, and the bulk not happening till March. And the videos, unlike these Youtube sensation kids you read about like Pewdiepie and Jake Septic Eye and I don't know what (I am so old), who get millions of hits for everything they upload, are getting only a few hundred viewings a time.



It's true that you have to see the Socks live, so the videos act mostly as a reminder of the show you've enjoyed on stage. My plan is to make a DVD of the show, from these edited chapters, which we can sell as souvenirs. Let's see how that pans out shall we?


UPDATE: Romeo & Juliet's now online as well.


UPDATIER UPDATE (Mon 13th): F Up Some Shakespeare is now on Youtube too. That's the whole show. For the first time ever!

You'll find a full running order, with links to every clip, and analysis, of Socks Do Shakespeare in this blog here. Warning, it's a little naval-gazing and a bit self-congratulatory. But if you like detail about how I develop comedy material, it's there to be seen. See you all at the tour dates.



2017 TOUR
Feb 15 - Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre Studio 
Feb 17 & 18 6.50pm - Kayal, Leicester Comedy Fest
March 9 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
March 15 & 16 - Dram! Glasgow Com Fest
March 23 - The Bill Murray, London
Apr 1 - Rotherham Comedy Festival
Apr 6 - Victoria Theatre Halifax
Apr 8 - Rondo Bath
Apr 13 - Hexham Queen's Hall
Apr 22 - Swindon Arts
Apr 27 - Stroud Subscription Rooms
Apr 28 - Merlin Theatre Frome
Apr 29 - Perth Concert Hall
May 1 - Chiddingstone Castle Kent
May 5 - Artrix Bromsgrove
May 6 - Stafford Gatehouse
May 13 (4.30pm) & May 14 (5.30pm) Komedia Brighton
May 19 - Carriageworks Leeds
May 26 - Aberdeen May Fest
June 2 - Eden Ct Inverness
June 15 - Crescent Arts, Belfast
June 17 - Dalkey Festival, Dublin
June 23 - Hertford Comedy Festival
June 24 - Ludlow Fringe
August 15 - 17 Camden Fringe



Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Shrek Hugs Kermit - new comics by kids


The first comics of the year from my Comic Art Masterclasses have taken a month to emerge, largely thanks to me being busy at my desk drawing actual comic strips for a living. For a change. So only one day of classes in January, and now I'm into the swing of February. (You wait till you see the coming months. Some weeks I'm not out of schools from weekend to weekend, so let's make the most of this oasis of calm shall we?)



On the very first day of this year's classes (above, at Kings School Worcester) we had the first appearance of something that's going to become a trope we might not see the back of for a while. Donald Trump. Last year he was on more than 25 front covers, this year he's already cropped up on 2 out of 6.


I can never tell when a comic title, as suggested by the kids in each class, is going to inspire a good looking cover. I draw them quickly, during the class or occasionally at breaktime, and there's no time for a second stab if it doesn't work out. So, what I'm saying is, I'm well pleased when something like Shrek Hugs Kermit emerges. That second title, Whallabanasakayapanteyosemak, sounds for all the world like a real place name, but is just some random gibberish dreamt up by a Primary 6 (year 5) pupil in Denny, near Falkirk.


I've just spent two days teaching Newly Qualified Teachers how to do what I do, and how to teach how to do what I do. They came up with Michael Gove (nothing to do with schools any more, I hope, but fun to draw) and penguins. Good on them.





The celebrities these six classes chose for my demonstration strip were Donald Trump (twice), Simon Cowell, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, David Walliams, and Daniel Craig.

I have a few Comic Art Masterclasses coming up in spring 2017 that are open to the public. Book now, they'll most likely sell out quickly.




Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Feck News - and other trivia

I went on one of those Speak Your Weight machines. It said "2 decibels, 5 decibels, minus 3 decibels". I thought, that speaks volumes.

"Dave, can you redesign our tour logo in the style of - "

David Hockney: "Nailed it."

A t shirt design I did for a charity event the Chapple family will be doing in Edinburgh in August.

Just heard a story about Father Jack. Feck News.




So how come we see here 5 US satirical comedy shows, and we don't have one? You do realise the USA's population is only 5 times the size of ours, not 50? So they get Colbert, Noah, Myers & Fallon every night, with Samantha Bee weekly, and we get Have I Got News For You every few months, scheduled to run inbetween good news stories and always at exactly the same time as The News Quiz? Come on BBC (other broadcasters are available, but really?). Oh yeah and also, apparently, they don't get irony.

Everyone saying I'm not wearing eye make-up. It's Bowling Green Mascara.






For all of us hoping for Olivia Colman to be the next Doctor, it'd be a good idea to look at her trophy shelf. If she signed up for as long as Peter or Matt did, she'd be turning down the chance of another Golden Globe (win + 5 noms in other awards, for The Night Manager); a BAFTA, an RTS, a Crime Thriller Awards and a Press Guild Awards (4 wins + 5 noms, for Broadchurch); and those are just recent ones, being nudged off the mantlepiece by 15 other Winners trophies from everything from Sundance to Monte Carlo and back. And she still has to nab a Big One - yes, that elusive Comedy Award that she's been nominated for three times and still not taken home. Oh, and an Oscar, she'll want one of those. (Photo via DoctorWhoTV)

When Goebbels' secretary dying at the age of 108 is trending on Twitter you know you can dial the Celeb Death Alert down a peg.

You hear the phrase "We hope this year's Eurovision song will change all that" almost as often as "this Woody Allen film is his best since..."


Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here.



Socks Shakespeare Tour flyer


It's taken long enough, but I've finally got the Socks Do Shakespeare tour flyer off to the printers. Last minute gigs keep being added, and there are two on there that might change by the summer. But the vast majority are set in stone, and I can only apologise to the shows that happen earliest in the run for them not getting their flyers as far in advance as everyone else.



For the record, 20,000 flyers (yes 20,000, that's twice as many as I produce for Edinburgh) cost £209 from Out Of Hand, including delivery, and I'll have them next week. At which point I may have to pay as much again to post them to all the venues that need them.

UPDATE: 400 flyers, in brown paper wrapping, costs £2.83 to post 2nd class. However 500 flyers tips you over the weight limit and costs over £12. So I've been sending each venue 3 packets of £400 flyers, so they receive 1200 flyers for £9. The same amount sent as one item would cost 50% more. Top tip for future reference.




2017 TOUR
Feb 15 - Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre Studio 
Feb 17 & 18 6.50pm - Kayal, Leicester Comedy Fest
March 9 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
March 15 & 16 - Dram! Glasgow Com Fest
March 23 - The Bill Murray, London
Apr 6 - Victoria Theatre Halifax
Apr 8 - Rondo Bath 
Apr 13 - Hexham Queen's Hall 
Apr 22 - Swindon Arts 
Apr 27 - Stroud Subscription Rooms 
Apr 28 - Merlin Theatre Frome 
Apr 29 - Perth Concert Hall 
May 1 - Chiddingstone Castle Kent 
May 5 - Artrix Bromsgrove
May 6 - Stafford Gatehouse
May 13 (4.30pm) & May 14 (5.30pm) Komedia Brighton
May 19 - Carriageworks Leeds
May 26 - Aberdeen May Fest
June 2 - Eden Ct Inverness
June 15 - Crescent Arts, Belfast
June 17 - Dalkey Festival, Dublin
June 20 - Grassington Festival, Yorkshire
June 23 - Hertford Comedy Festival
June 24 - Ludlow Fringe
August 15 - 17 - Camden Fringe

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Book of Ruth written


Having just put the Comic Book Of Esther to bed, then woken it up by drawing an all new splash page for the whole thing, then put it back to bed again, I've this week completed the first stage of another project, The Book Of Ruth.



Once more working in my favoured method of laying the entire script out in visual form, as you can see above and below, I've adapted The Book Of Esther as a comic strip, on a nine panel-per-page grid, that comes out as a 12 pager.

I'm not entirely sure whether Bible Society will want it. It was mentioned over a year ago, when Esther was commissioned, but a lot of water has been passed since then. I hope I get the chance to draw it up, as I think I've written another witty and whimsical piece of Biblical adaptation. Fingers crossed.

I've learned so much about these Bible stories by doing these adaptations. In so many ways, the two main stories I've tackled so far, Esther & Ruth, demonstrate so many classic tropes of storytelling that we see in novels and movies to this day. One key thing both of them share is their "marketing."

Both stories are called The Book Of and the name of the female protagonist. Yet in both books it's other characters - Mordecai in Esther, and Naomi and Boaz in Ruth - who drive the story and bring about the biggest twists in the narrative. So why name the books Ruth and Esther? Marketing.

These are stories, passed on by word of mouth over hundreds of years before they ever got written down. So they need to be sold. You need your audience to hear them. And The Book Of Ruth is, essentially, a story that explains how a non-Jew gets to marry in and pass on the family inheritance.

So if you're in a marketplace in 2nd Century BC Judea and you've got the choice between the Rabbi who's going to tell you the story of The Role Of The Go'el Or Kinsman-Redeemer In Inheritance Law or the story of Young Romantic Heroine Ruth, who are you going to listen to? If you've got one Rabbi saying he'll tell you The Loophole In Talmudic Law Called A Levirate Marriage and another saying roll up roll up and hear about Sexy Shenanigans On The Threshing Floor With Ruth & The Rich Older Man, the choice is a no-brainer.

In the ancient Judean marketplace, as in the modern multiplex, women choose which movie we're all going to go see.

UPDATE: My editor "bloody loves it", now we have to hope it'll pass the theological tests.



Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

More ranting about the BBC


Hev and me outside BBC New Broadcasting House, attending a recording of The Real Comedy Controllers which will be on 4Extra next month. And it was this week that I had a bit of a BBC rant on Facebook. It went like this.

Jan 23rd: A thread I've joined in with prompted my first rant of the day. I have a friend who, thanks to a post about not paying his TV licence, is now the cheerleader for libertarians who've joined the discussion piling in with their hate for the BBC. I was raised by and love the BBC. Somehow we've reached a state where, squeezed between millennials who don't watch TV, and an older generation who've been led by Murdoch and others to believe £150 a year for the BBC is an unfair poll tax, while £50 a month for Sky is some sort of benevolent donation, we're facing a BBC that won't just dwindle and die, it'll be actively destroyed by the people it raised. Ironically many of the people saying these things have holidayed abroad and seen other countries TV, especially the States, and think somehow that would be better than what we've had in Britain all my life. Well I hope you enjoy your radio landscape that's all Heart and TalkSport, TV that gives you 30 ad free minutes out of every hour, and the majority of that TV being run by the people who gave us The Sun and Fox News. Good luck with that. I'm happy to have been one of the generation who'll be able to say we lived through The BBC Years, 1922 - 2022. RIP.

What'll happen to PBS in the States when the BBC has died? For 40 years PBS had been made up of cheap talk shows interspersed with BBC dramas. I guess now it'll be cheap talk shows interspersed with cheaper talk shows.

Oh yes, there's always Netflix. That commercially unsustainable bubble that will never burst, cos what commercially unsustainable bubble has ever burst before?



The post prompted 140 odd likes, and some good comments. Here's a selection.

Leonard O'Grady American TV consists of an endless torrent of horseshit pumped out under pressure and heavily laced with ads that make about 40% of runtime, with a few pearls amongst the dross. All for about $200 per month. It's unspeakably tiresome and we're cutting our cable- I seriously miss the Beeb and never cease to be amazed by the breath and depth of their content by comparison- probably the best value for money for a TV package anywhere.

Stuart Robinson I think what has also got a lot of people questioning the licence fee is the increasingly obvious right wing/anti-left bias in BBC news coverage.

Kev Sutherland If all they watch is the news, and they think the BBC is the most biased of that news, then I'd be intrigued to see what other news they're getting. TalkSport? Sky News? Al Jazeera? Or could it be the echo chamber of their like-minded friends on social media, which leads right wingers to think the BBC is left wing, and left-wingers to think the BBC is right wing. Always has (read about Harold Wilson v the BBC in the 60s) always has (read about Thatcher v the BBC in the 80s) always has (read about Churchill v the BBC in the 1920s - yes nearly 100 years ago the government set the tradition of the incumbent thinking the BBC has got it in for them) always has (read about Blair v the BBC in the 2000s) and always will do.

Jason Cobley Look at the BBC objectively and you see that the news does have a right wing bias. Problem is, we don't seems to have a broadcaster of news in this country that doesn't.

Mike Donaldson Funnily enough, I read day in, day out on other media websites that the BBC has a left-wing bias.

Will Dawbarn It's regularly accused of both right wing and left wing bias. Which I think suggests it does a pretty good job of being neutral.

Jason Cobley The issue with Question Time isn't the guest balance. It's the way that Dimbleby repeatedly cuts off left wing guests and gives more latitude to others, often reinforcing them with his own opinions. He also favours more right wing questioners from the audience. It's demonstrable. You only need to watch it to see it.

Kev Sutherland I feel that would be bias confirmation on your part Jason, but then I would say that. Only the stats, collected objectively, are worth a damn. We have to avoid "facts based on opinions". So far in this thread we've had stats showing the Beeb is right wing and stats (albeit from a site called "BiasedBBC") showing the Beeb is left wing. We need more facts, and must beware only liking those that support our own thesis. Every time, whoever we are. (And remember, I'm me, and think I'm always right!)

Mike Donaldson Here's an article by Allison Pearson from two years ago that quotes a number of Telegraph readers who believe that QT is far too left-wing. It does look like there's at least some bias-confirmation at work... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/.../Allison-Pearson-Baying...


Neil Brand Well said, Kev...

Alan Francis I like the BBC, i've worked for it and i'my grateful for opportunities it has given me. It has let itself down in its news bias recently, and I don't like the constant fawning over the Royal Family. But it still remains the best public broadcaster anywhere in the world. We should cherish it.

Jonathan T Jester I think the BBC needs SERIOUS reform. I also think a private public partnership can work as in Channel 4, I wouldn't want it scrapped. I would want to see it stop producing "commercial" work. I would like to see the script unit reintroduced.

Kev Sutherland Can you have one without the other? Train people to write Eastenders and Not Going Out, but don't produce Eastenders or Not Going Out?

Frank Plowright There's what's in effect a script unit in Scotland with the Comedy Unit, and the jobbies they produce is appalling. Occasionally quality like Still Game and Burnistoun (in places) slips out, but having a script unit is not a guarantee.

Kev Sutherland You can't grow flowers without manure.

Sam Morgan Don't forget the BBC's amazing radio output. The licence fee is truly brilliant value for money!

Jonathan T Jester its not amazing.. we have ONE spoken word channel and about 7 music channels, and one repetitive superficial news radio channel. I think it is a poor return.

Sam Morgan Actually 2 national spoken word stations (5Live) + hundreds of local radio stations + Welsh speaking, Urdu, Celtic, etc. All without adverts. All 24 hours. What WOULD it take to be amazing in your opinion?

Stephen Waller Quality ad-free TV, Radio and Web services for £150 a year is a ridiculous bargain. I am constantly baffled why people have it in for the Beeb.

Lynne McGregor I think it's because they have no choice in the matter. Even if you only watch live sport on Sky and nothing else you are still forced to pay for the BBC. If £150 truly is 'ridiculously great value' people will pay. If they don't...well that also tells you something. It's like being asked to pay car tax when you don't drive a car.

Rocio Cano Do you have kids? Then your kids will have benefitted massively from BBC content. And I'm not even going into outreach ane training programmes

Wullie Russell Lynne McGregor: your argument is weird. Who would pay any tax if they didn't have to?

Stuart Mitchell I view that the BBC as one of those things a bit like my taxes going to pay for things that it's unlikely I'll see direct value for but which improves society on the whole. TBH I would pay my license fee for radio 4 alone. Also to those who say they never watch any BBC, do you also never listen to the radio stations either, also worth remembering without the BBC their would be 2 effects on your Sky, 1) without the BBC to go up against the quality would drop and 2) your prices would go up to cover the general infrastructure payments the BBC currently cover.


Vicky Stonebridge i certainly haven't been raised by Murdoch. I just believe in a sovereign nations right to self determination, which was woefully undermined by both the BBC and the Newspapers ( murdoch & otherwise ) at the time. I wasn't raised on the BBC there are chunks of my youth when no Telly reception was available, or I chose not to watch it. Which is why it really is no hardship to break the addiction.

Kev Sutherland I appreciate I come from a 50-something, England-based, TV-and-radio addicted background so I am inevitably biased. It may only be my Baby Boomer generation that was so cossetted by the BBC. I listened solely to Radio 1 through my teens, graduated to Radio 4 in my 20s, and now have a radio diet of Radios 6, 4, 4 Extra and 2, with a tiny proportion of podcasts. I have still, to this day, never been able to tolerate radio with adverts - not just because of the ads, but because of the quality of the stations. Yes even XFM, or whatever it's called itself since people outside London have been able to hear it.

Sean Mason The BBC doesn't just create quality drama, comedy, entertainment and documentaries. It doesn't just create a wide range of radio output on a global, national and local level. It doesn't just provide more opportunities for new writers and talent than any other organisation. It also develops technology and sets trends in production. The iPlayer changed the way we watch TV. I had Sky for two years. Apart from one or two shows I don't miss it. I certainly don't miss the 57 quid hole in my pocket each month.

Is the BBC perfect? No. Is it vital and worth fighting for? Always.

Darryl Cunningham Libertarians are idiots. Fact.

Leonard O'Grady My wife put it best: "Republicans who want to smoke weed"

Dave Shelton The BBC, for all its faults, is a marvel, a wonder, and a bargain.

Ian Robinson "The BBC should be more like Netflix" Like this, perhaps?


Edward Knight The best programmes on ITV were The South Bank Show, The World at War and University Challenge.

Hazel Hall Today I have been treated superbly by an NHS doctor and swam in in a council-funded swimming pool for a minimal charge. I am now about to watch BBC television, and will go to bed with a book borrowed from the public library. For this I pay taxes and a TV licence fee - worth every penny.

Boabie Menzies  I once was a huge backer of the BBC, and especially defended them for their natural history programming, but they're lying, corrupt toads. Fuck them.

Andy Stenhouse I love and watch a lot of BBC (Sherlock, Dr. Who never miss) but it is the news bias that is diving me 'mentol' BBC News has become the propaganda wing of the F##king Tory Party! Grrrrrrrrr

Wil Hodgson Because now you can find a news source to suit any political agenda you already have, many people get the arsehole with anything remotely balanced because it suits them better to bury their head in a load of tin foil hat shit. The BBC is neither left nor right wing really but because it doesn't lean too far one way, right wingers think it's left wing and left wingers think it's right wing. It can't win basically

Gary Smith Abso-f***ing-lutely!!! Well said Kev!

Raymond-Kym Suttle Perfectly stated! I especially love your astute observation about £150 p.a. vs £50 a month.

Ian Ellery I still pay my TV licence even though I live in Malta, because I watch iPlayer via a VPN service.

Peter Cartoon My favourite comment was on a phone in on radio 2. The caller said they should do away with the BBC as she only listened to Radio 1 and that was a commercial station.


Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here.



2017 TOUR
Feb 15 - Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre Studio 
Feb 17 & 18 6.50pm - Kayal, Leicester Comedy Fest
March 9 - Aberystwyth Arts Centre
March 15 & 16 - Dram! Glasgow Com Fest
March 23 - The Bill Murray, London
Apr 6 - Victoria Theatre Halifax
Apr 8 - Rondo Bath 
Apr 13 - Hexham Queen's Hall 
Apr 22 - Swindon Arts 
Apr 27 - Stroud Subscription Rooms 
Apr 28 - Merlin Theatre Frome 
Apr 29 - Perth Concert Hall 
May 1 - Chiddingstone Castle Kent 
May 5 - Artrix Bromsgrove
May 6 - Stafford Gatehouse
May 13 (4.30pm) & May 14 (5.30pm) Komedia Brighton
May 19 - Carriageworks Leeds
May 26 - Aberdeen May Fest
June 2 - Eden Ct Inverness
June 15 - Crescent Arts, Belfast
June 17 - Dalkey Festival, Dublin
June 23 - Hertford Comedy Festival
June 24 - Ludlow Fringe

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

How I overpaid £300 to EE (and why I won't get it back)



How did I over pay EE by £300? By not paying attention.

If, like me, you travel abroad a lot, you'll have got used to paying a little extra to make your phone work while you're over there. Most of the time I pay £43 a month to keep my iPhone working on EE, which works out better than the old Pay As You Go plan I used to have.

It got a bit nut-nut when I went to Geneva in October 2015, when my bill came to £92 - double what it would usually be -  but I think that was because I logged into a French network when I landed, then had to log in again to a Swiss network once I reached my destination. I don't know, I can't see my statement that far back.

Whatever, my statement reverted to its usual £43 in November 2015 and I thought no more of it. That month I spent 4 days in Jordan, so I wasn't surprised when my December bill was £99. I figure a few days of travel makes my bill double, I'll look into it someday. And then I don't bother.



After that came 2016 when, with a trip to Ireland in January, another in May, and a trip to Romania in March, I wasn't overly surprised when an EE bill came through at £70 a time. And I stopped looking at the amount of my EE bill. Not being a paper bill, merely a text from EE which didn't mention a figure, and an item on my Bank statement which didn't draw attention to itself amidst the dozens that go out every month, I didn't register consciously how much my monthly bill was.

Until this month, when I chanced to look back over the year and realised that, since January 2016, I've been paying a minimum of £70 a month. Every month. Not the £43 I signed up to. But nearly double that. Every month. It's peaked at £79, and not gone as high as those £90+ bills. But £70 a month, even when I've not left the country?

So I rang them up.

It transpires I've been paying for the "120 mins to the UK from anywhere" and "100 texts to the UK from anywhere" that I added during my 4 day trip to Jordan in November 2015, SINCE my 4 day trip to Jordan in November 2015.

That's £21.67 plus VAT, 13 times over. That's over £300.

If you'd like to read the whole Live Text conversation I just had with them, it's below in its full glory. Meanwhile, caveat emptor. Be very careful when buying any phone add-ons abroad. You need to set an end date - and check those bills every month!



Live Chat to EE Jan 24 2017

Me: Hi, just been on phone to you guys. Been overpaying approx £26 every month since Oct 2015. They have now removed "100 anywhere to UK roaming texts" and "120 anywhere to UK roaming mins add on". These didn't cancel after I added them in October 2015. I was paying £43 a month until Sept 2015. Then £92 Oct 15, £43 Nov 15, £99 Dec 15, and since Jan 16 it has been £70-£75 every month! Why didn't this cancel, and can I get a rebate?

I was in Switzerland for 3 days Oct 2015, then Jordan for 4 days Nov 2015. Ireland 2 days Jan 2016, Bucharest 3 days March 2016, then in the UK until Paris 2 days Nov 2016.

Also when I did go abroad (Nov 2016) I paid an extra £2.50 a day, which I clearly didn't need to, but was texted by EE saying I did need.

EE  Sure, I will help you with that. I really apologize for the inconvenience you have experienced.

EE I can see two bundles were added for 100 text and 120 minutes from  16/11/2015

Me: Yes, 16/11/15 was 4 days in Romania.
Sorry Jordan, 4 days in Jordan.

EE Yes, I can see you also went to abroad in EU and you added a bundle for £3/day for 500MB of data per day. Which is a separate bundle.

Me: Yes, I've added that daily payment for visits in 2016 to Ireland, Romania (Mar 16) and France (Nov 16).

EE Kev, would also like to inform you that the bundle for 120 minutes and 100 text was  added from your end via self serve and you didn't add the end date for this bundle.  

Me: I didn't know it needed an end date. It's never needed one before.

EE I really apologize however, as the bundle was added from your end and you also didn't contact EE ever. I'm afraid but we wont be able to give you the refund for all the charges.

Me: Why did EE tell me I needed to pay £3 a day when I went to Europe?

EE That's because the data that you are getting in your plan doesn't cover you for roaming in EU.

Me: Why charge me every month for these 120 & 100 items? Surely they were a one-off amount of items, and were never used?

EE The data only work in UK and for EU there is a separate data bundle which you added.

Me: The "120 mins from anywhere" & other one, were added while in Jordan, yes?

EE I do understand that you never used it however, we generate the bills every month. If you would have contact us earlier, we would have get that checked.

Me: So there's nothing I can do about these overpayments for unused items?


EE Kev, I really apologize however, we have just reviewed your account and as the bundles were added from your end I'm afraid but we cannot rebate the amount. Sorry Kev.


Kev F Sutherland, as well as writing and drawing for The Beano, Marvel, Doctor Who et al, runs Comic Art Masterclasses in schools, libraries and art centres - email for details, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter. View the promo video here.
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