Data Cabling Issues….. Worse things could happen !

Here at ACCL we have experienced some pretty shocking sights when resolving our customers Cabling issues.  We could share with you some of our stories but we think we may have found some more newsworthy ‘incidents’ from this year that could make your woes seem like a walk in the park:

The Danger of Stealing Copper Cable ~ James Sorby was nearly killed when 22,000 volts of electricity passed through him while he was attempting to steal copper cable from an electrical substation. He spoke remorsefully during a legal proceeding, stating, “When you think of getting involved in something like this, you don’t think of the danger.” (no of course you don’t James….what exactly where you thinking….anything at all?) The U.K. news source The Daily Mail ran photos of Sorby’s scarred face and hands… You can see them here if you wish…… Didn’t want to just post these pics….giving you the choice to look or not!!

The Cost of Stealing Copper Cable ~ The second  “cable theft” is from the victims point of view and can be viewed here on YouTube. Also coming courtesy of The Daily Mail, the video shows a row of houses in Castleton, West Yorkshire, UK exploding literally seconds after firefighters had evacuated residents.

Firefighters told The Daily Mail that the theft of copper electrical cable near the homes affected the earthing of the area’s electrical network.  Wowzer….bit of a close shave me thinks!

 Global impact of Japan’s quake and tsunami ~ One of the most direct impacts Japan’s natural disaster had on the cabling industry was the fact that fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP) production was halted when its Kashima, Japan facility was without power, water or gas supply. When FEP production continued, it did so in a limited capacity. The cost of FEP has been part of the “triple whammy” – along with costs of copper and petroleum-based products, that has driven up cable costs world wide.


You’re never too old for this internet malarkey!  A blackout lasting several hours hit Georgia and Armenia…Internet was brought crashing down in the two countries …. apparently all caused by one 75 year old woman! Officials say the 75-year-old was scavenging for copper when her digging accidentally damaged a broadband cable underground.  Blimey she must be related to popeye !!


Now clearly these are not your everyday about the office occurrences….but we here at ACCL do believe in the old adage that prevention is better than the cure, so here is your opportunity to take us up on the offer of a Free 120 minute cable health check just click the link and get in touch…..and please be careful out there….it’s a crazy, crazy World !

That time of year again……

With the Christmas Party looming I am now sitting here in the unenviable position as the person who has again organised our ‘soiree’.  Anyone else who holds this responsibility for their own Company will know that this can be a daunting prospect! I’ve been responsible for the last 3 and of course, it goes without saying they are the best do’s the company has experienced!  I actually start to think and research it back in April (I know, I know!), experience has taught me that leaving it til September/October can leave your choices a bit limited, and no-one really wants to be sat at a McDonalds Drive Thru eating a Big Mac and Fries, now do they?  Do they?

We generally go for  an ‘overnighter’ in a hotel, usually far outstaying our welcome, starting by a meet in the hotel bar at lunchtime, sinking a couple of bevvies (just to be sociable you understand!) back to the room for a quick change. Now every year Dee and I say we will leave the bar early to allow plenty of time to luxuriate in a bath full of bubbles, take time to apply the make-up that will set off the outfit, bought especially for the occasion, beautifully.  Every year we find we’ve left ourselves half an hour…max! Have you ever tried applying make-up in a rush when you’ve already consumed the best part of your body weight in alcohol?  Once into the glad rags it’s a return journery back down to the bar for pre-dinner drinks, then a nice bit of food, a tad of wine, cracker pulling, dancing, followed by more drinks then once the music dies, a night-cap before retiring, notice a theme?

Always good to see everyone the morning after the night before hunched over their full English, bit grey around the gills!  Hilarious……and to think how good they looked last night in all their finery!

Not for the feint hearted, what about yours?  What do you get up to each year…?

Nine positively good Double Dips

With all this talk about Double Dip recession, we in the offices at ACCL got to thinking about all those things that we just  love to “double dip”, you know, those things where sometimes one dip just ain’t enough! Here’s our positive take on the Double Dip situation…

Marker Pens……you’ve just gotta sniff that tip….but is once enough or do you go again….consensus in the office is that once is just not enough and the marker pen goes into our little pot of double dip pleasures.

Your toe in the water……hot or cold…once you’ve dipped to see how it feels… know you’re gonna go again.

Pringles….once you pop…you can’t stop….enough said !

Rollercoasters……you either love them or you hate them….but once you’ve had that adrenalin rush you are happy to pop yourself back in that queue….aren’t you?

After Eights….no-one has just one!

Sherbert Fountains….oh my goodness…childhood memories come flooding back don’t they.  Dipping into that lovely white powdery fizz…..yup….it’s a double, double dip!

9V batteries…’s a bloke and Faye thing …..placing your tongue on the battery and getting a rivet of shock running through you.  Once just isn’t enough. 

Ginger Nuts….. now, I do love to dunk a biscuit into a cuppa, certain biscuits can only be dunked once, like the chocolate digestive, any more and you will end up with a mush at the bottom of the mug, not good! however, the gingernut is a whole different ball game – go on, double dip, I know you will agree

So perhaps we’ve already mentioned your favourite double dip pleasure but if not then please let us know….we’d love to hear your double dip guilty pleasures !

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