Month: November 2020

Roman Originals 20% discount code

Roman Originals 20% discount code. Shop with Mikki

I love Roman clothes and I have more of their dresses than I care to admit and also more than any other brand. There is just something about their clothes which appeal to me and my dress sense.

Below are a few of the dresses I own from the catalogue and if you’re interested in buying some of their products then please use the 20% discount code below

25% off on all orders over £60

Use discount code : AFFVCROMAN

Dec 8th 2020

20% off on all knitwear

Use discount code : COSY

Dec 9th 2020

Dealing with banks

After today’s marathon phone fest calling numerous Banks I can really understand why the elderly get very frustrated with modern technology and dealing with the banks.

Today I’ve been helping my mother sort out the last few issues with the banks and insurance companies after my father’s death in March.

Yes, in March and I know it’s November!


One of the issues that my mother has is that my mum and dad had a joint bank account with HSBC and despite numerous conversations and even calling into the branch they still haven’t sorted things out and it still shows my dad’s name on mailings sent to the house. This week however has been the icing on the cake, when my mum received a letter to say that the account that they both had would no longer be accessible via a debit card. I believe this account was called a flex account and was predominantly a savings account.

Now today I’ve spent 2 hours and 23 minutes on the phone to them today trying to get this swapped to a different bank account type, just so my mum can get money out of that account with a debit card because HSBC will not allow you to take money out with the supplied debit card.

The letter that she received was dated 2nd of November and it arrived on the 11th of November and the letter states that her debit card will stop working on the 16th of November.

What the fuck HSBC!

Phone up and their telephone system states that they are experiencing heavy call volumes which immediately sends my mum into it a meltdown because she’s been dealing with these clowns since March. Hearing this again and she’s getting upset as she’s heard this time and time again.

I however am a bit more tenacious and will sit and wait and we waited 40 minutes before we speak to an advisor.

The girl on the other end was very apologetic, very helpful, but couldn’t sort the problem out. Her initial suggestion was to use online banking.

“Perhaps you can transfer money to another account”, then what’s the point in having it?

“Well online banking would help!” – and how do we get money out with online banking without transfering it to another account, last time I checked online banking won’t let you print money!

So, use online banking was her suggestion!

When she actually did transfer us to somebody else the first thing they did was asked for my dad’s authorisation which sent my mum into the stratosphere because he died in March and they have been informed numerous times of his death. Hell, our local branch has a scanned copy of his death certificate!

After over 2-hours on the telephone to HSBC the problem still wasn’t resolved but HSBC promised to call my mum on Monday morning to sort this out

I don’t believe them for one minute!
Note: they called her at 11:51, the phone rang three times and then they hung up!


Second problem, Santander.

One of the reasons I’ve been to see my mother today was so that I can sort out certain issues with her car insurance. The insurance is currently with Volvo car insurance, who my parents have been with for over 25 years.

Despite my mum writing to them, phoning them and even sending them a copy of my dad’s death certificate they would not change the name on the account and the renewal arrived in the name of “executor of Mr N Porter”!!!!

My mum no longer wishes to deal with Volvo car insurance because they won’t change this which brings us back to Santander.

My mum has a debit card with this company and when we try to buy car insurance with it we can not. We are thwarted because the purchasing websites credit card merchant says they need to send us a one time PIN number to “your registered mobile phone”.

My mum doesn’t have a registered mobile phone it’s only since my dad died that she’s actually got a mobile phone. So where are Santander sending this code?

We call Santander and the guy on the other end was very nice and pleasant. We can barely hear him though and I have ok hearing but my mum’s deaf and she has a hearing impaired telephone which has got extra amplification on it and we could still only just hear him using that.

So, to be able to use my mum’s card online we phone Santander and get a new mobile phone number added to her account so that she can do one time phone codes and buy things online.

Now, as this is an online service you would expect as soon as you give them your telephone number it will work, but oh no no!

It takes upto 24-hours! That’s what the gentleman said “up to 24-hours”.

So, having travelled halfway across the country to help my mum I haven’t been able to sort her car insurance out or bank accounts because of either bureaucracy or company policy. Is it any wonder we all think the banks are a bunch of c*nts?

Halifax and Barclays

I’ve also been trying to sort out Halifax and Barclays who also seemed to think that my father is still alive. That’s despite us cancelling his credit cards and they still keep sending him letters asking if my dad would like to increase his credit limit on a card which has already been cancelled!

Halifax, 32 minutes on hold and problem sorted within 10 minutes. They promise to take us off they’re mailing list and close the account in my father’s name down. We’ll see as they’ve said this before.

Barclaycard on the other hand said we will have to write to them again. So, I shall be writing a very strongly worded letter to the chief executive officer of Barclaycard with a copy of the original letter that my mum sent in May and another copy of my dad’s death certificate.

Apparently they have no record of past conversations and they may not have processed the letter because of Covid. I did say to my mum let’s go spend some money on it as they’ll soon start wanting a conversation if you don’t pay them!

What a pain today has been. I need a glass of something alcoholic!

Red Lion Street mural, Fantasy Mural

Red Lion Street Mural, off Church Street

A massive mural which spans the entire side of the building and is 4 stories high. This mural on the side of Tattitude/Vape Lounge and depicts two futuristic semi naked women and several people smoking.

Its semi obscured by the fire escape and hasnt been maintained for quite some time and parts arent in good repair but I still think its one of the better murals in the city purely because of its size, detail and striking colours.

This mural is directly next to the Tib street multi storey car park and is litterly a stones throw from Afflecks Palace <3

Red Lion Street mural

Location Map

Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Hilton House, Port Street, Northern Quarter

Hilton House, Port Street in Manchesters Northern Quarter

Like many of the mural locations in Manchester, Hilton House is one of the many location which has a changing mural. This is the third I think.

Port Street is located behind Newton street and if you walk away from Piccadilly gardens down Newton street, Port street is an off shoot side street.

The current mural depicts scenes from the areas Cloth making and preperation which made this area of the city famous.

Location Map

Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Mikki’s Wish List

Welcome to Mikki’s wish list page.

Here you will find a list of things from Shoes to Makeup to Dresses and even Automotive and lifestyle items than I would like in my life.


COLLUSION denim corset dress in ecru from Asos

COLLUSION denim corset dress in ecru from ASOS

I love this Collusion denim corset dress, the contrast of the large buttons on the white denim and have already ordered this, so we’ll see what its like when it arrives from ASOS.

Love this outfit the model is wearing but alas I dont think those boots would suit me so maybe white trainers with this for me.

Product Link in the description

I love lots of different styles of clothing and when I’m online shopping I tend to take snapshots and bookmark pages when I see a dress, blouse or skirt I like. If you like creating a list of clothes I’d like or clothes I’ll buy when funds allow.

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse, Little Lever Street, Northern Quarter

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse, done to celebrate their Vietnamese roots and for the 50 Windows of Creativity project.

I’m not going to go into great detail on this one as you can find out more information on the Akse.P19 Crew Facebook Page.

This piece of art is located in the bottom right hand corner of Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter. Location is if you are stood looking away from Piccadilly gardens. Little Lever sreet is a back alley which runs parrallel to Lever Street and Newton Street.

A map of more artworks in the area can be found on my Manchester street graffiti and artwork location map

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse, done to celebrate their Vietnamese roots and for the 50 Windows of Creativity project.

Location Map

Photo date: 17th October 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Blue Rabbit, 22 Lever Street

Blue Rabbit, 22 Lever Street

A blue rabbit, on a roller shutter door, at 22 Lever Street in the Northern Quarter of Manchester.

Along side the rabbit is a little bee, top right corner.

22 Lever Street is located on the corner of Lever Street and Dale Street opposite the Real Camera shop and is a digital hub for design and creative companies.

blue rabbit

Location Map

Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Street art in the Northern Quarter and an anti lockdown protest

Sunday was a funny old day as I went into Manchester to have a walk round and photograph some street art/grraffiti in the Northern Quarter of Manchester and Beyond.

Stay at Home, Essential Travel OnlyIt turned out to be a funny old day however.

As most of you will know I live in a small village which has a beauty spot right in the middle and after the traffic and number of people here last weekend and on saturday, despite the rain, and also the number of folk down on the canal I thought, Sod it lets goto Manchester, it will be quieter and at least there is something interesting to look at.

Off I drive to Manchester and first thing I notice on the way up the M6 is the number of signs declairing “Essential travel only”, nah! Fuck off! Essential Travel, what’s thats then? Is it essential to drive to work? Is it essential to drive to a place of exercise? Define essential?

Anyway, I was half expecting to get pulled by the Police as during last lockdown this happened several times and the motorways are very quiet indeed today.

I arrive safely in Manchester and deposit my car in one of the car parks which are quite full despite, “LOCKDOWN” and don my rucksack with my photography gear and head over to the Northern Quarter. First stop is Eastern Bloc cafe for a cup of coffee, as Mikki not function properly without coffee in the morning.

Off we go, Chante and I, on a walk round the city centre in search of interesting things to photograph.

First is the Serenity mural which is located just off Stevenson Square on the back of the Police Museum. Sometimes called the Red Lady mural it marks the Suffragettes movement who used to gather in Stevenson Square over 100 years ago.

Quick walk around the corner onto Faraday Street and we have the Birds by Mateus Bailon, a brazilian born artist. I love the colours of this mural. Its very vibrant greens, purples and blues on a black background.

Just up the road is the Ian Curtis Mural which is on what is commonly known as the Zig Zag house because its got yellow and black Zig Zags painted on it but on the other side of the house is Curtis portrait.

I took a slight detour up to Ancoats to see the Faith47 mural which is fooking massive and is over 6 stories high. Well worth a look as driving past doesnt do it justice. The bridge infront of this mural goes over the Rochdale canal and theres a very cheeky painting underneath the bridge 😉

lady in red dress

Red Lady Mural

Birds Mural, Faraday Street, Manchester

Birds Mural

Ian Curtis Street Portrait

Ian Curtis Mural

Faith47 on Ancoats

Faith47 Mural

The next few hours were spent aimlessly walking round the Northern Quarter and photgraphing the street art, graffiti and numerous stickers around the area,

Protests in Manchester Piccadilly Gardens

It was fairly quiet in Manchester City Centre until mid afternoon when a protest started in Piccadilly gardens.

At first there was a few hundred people but as the protest walked round the city this turned into a few thousand and thats despite what the news and media channels say.

I was there and I firmly doubt the BBC sent a reporter out and were more than likely relying on what the protesters posted on Social Media. I also note the BBC says that Police officers were injured! I also doubt this, from what I saw this was a peaceful protest and what I saw in Piccadilly Gardens, on the march and at the end down on Deansgate was all very pleasant. Whether something happened thereafter is unknown to me.

I understand why these people where protesting< I do and those who say “Its not right” need to give their heads a wobble as if we ban the right to protest then surely were on a rocky road to a police state, or worse.

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
Evelyn Beatrice Hall

NHS Nurse Mural

NHS Nurse Mural, Northern Quarter, Manchester

The NHS Nurse Mural has only appeared in the past few week and is of an NHS nurse in full PPE equipment and is a tribute to the NHS workers who have worked throughout the Cornavirus pandemic.

Text on the mural read:

Hold Still

A portrait of our nation in 2020
Explore the Final 100 Portraits

NHS Nurse Mural
NHS Nurse Mural

Location Map

Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Scroll to top