Saturday, January 29, 2005

My Bank Account

This morning, I went downstairs and found not one, not two, but three envelopes addressed to me. (Evidently, the Royal Mail delivers very early.) And all three envelopes were from Lloyd's Bank regarding my new account.

It seems that my new account is finally open.

Now, for those of you keeping track, you'll remember that I first mentioned this account on December 1. So, after three overseas phone calls, several emails, two multi-page applications, having a copy of my passport notarized, requesting the offer letter from my job, requesting the corrected offer letter from my job, sending an original utility bill, going to Lloyd's three times in person, one mobile phone call, requesting another verification of my employment and address, and lots of waiting, I have finally managed, eight weeks later, to open an account with a service that is advertised as providing "specialist support making your financial transition to the UK easy and hassle free."

Well, that's a relief. I would hate to have opened the "difficult and full-of-hassle" account.


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