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I am a student and all I really needed was a bank which was easy for me to deal with and where I could dump my money safely! Although I use this bank fairly simplistically, I have had an account (and debit card) with them for a few years, and have never had any major problems. The reason for me choosing this bank was probably because the staff seemed friendly, and it's in the centre of my town so I can get to it with no difficulties. Each month I am sent a statement of what is in my account/what I've spent etc., but have changed now so I get an online statement (this was very easy for me to do). I have also linked my account to PayPal, and I had no problem with this either. I recently forgot my PIN number (I know, pretty stupid of me!) but Barclays were so helpful and they sent me a new PIN number within a week. I recently had to ring them up to get information on my account, and the man I spoke to was very friendly, incredibly helpful and also really professional. The conversation took quite a bit longer than I had hoped, but this was because I needed to answer several security questions before I could get information on my account. Since the gentleman could see this was a problem, he offered to send me a PIN for my telephone banking (this also arrived within a week). In the bank itself in my town, the people are also kind and incredibly patient. I spoke to a financial adviser who helped me start up my account and understand the world of banking (I was young at the time). Barclays online is slightly more difficult to use. It takes a while to finally find and get to your personal banking page and the options are not well explained and so it is slightly confusing, but that may just be me. The interface itself on the personal banking page is fairly easy to use. Overall I have never had many problems with this bank, and if I have ever had a problem with my card or account, the staff (either at the branch itself or on the telephone) have always been keen to help.
After watching Miranda Hart's television series (and watching some of her other performances), I was very keen to read this book! Many people have described it as silly or childish, which of course is Miranda's charm! If you are interested in her comedy, or maybe want to get a taste of the Miranda-experience, then by all means try out this book. The book includes various chapters such as 'Music', 'Holidays', 'Dating', etc., with some hilarious anecdotes, and witty inputs from Miranda's younger self. Some chapters are better than others (for example, my favourite is probably 'Exercise'), and it is probably not a book where you will laugh out loud throughout. Having said that, it's fun and silly and in fact Miranda poses some interesting questions and, in a strange way, makes you step back, think about life and all its foibles, and chuckle to yourself! In relation to this, I found myself agreeing with many of Miranda's observations, which is also why I was drawn to the book, because of its title (Is It Just Me?). Often throughout this book, you'll think to yourself 'No, Miranda, it definitely isn't just you!'; this is one of the book's many charms! Sometimes Miranda goes off on a tangent, and you might become lost or even a bit bored in parts, but personally, since I particularly love her type of humour, I enjoyed this book on a whole. If you hate silly slapstick comedy, or over-the-top dramatics, then do not read this book, because you will not like it!