I’ve not tried online gaming sites before, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was a bit worried that I’d have to be on the ball spotting numbers and matches, but that wasn’t the case at all. Actually it was really easy and straight forward to set up an account and get started.
The game I’d been asked to test was Millionaire Genie. The game takes a little while to load, but it lets you know when it’s done by coming to life with some eastern sounding and atmospheric music.
I was a bit confused to begin with and it isn’t that easy to find the instructions. On the left hand side there’s a button to press that gives you the pay table. You are also told that if you get 3 of a certain symbol in one table, you’ll get free gos. If you get 3 of the bonus symbol you’ll get a bonus game, but I wasn’t sure what that was. There’s no skill involved, in fact it’s effectively a slot machine game. You can opt to let the game run itself and it will spin 10-75 times in a row for you, while you sit back and watch. To be honest I found it a bit dull. Every couple of spins I’d win small amounts of money and lines connecting up the winning symbols would spread across the screen. It was a bit of a mystery to me what was going on, but it didn’t require me to participate or make decisions.
I did quite well at the game: I won 12 free lines which netted me £4.69 and 13 lines which won me £7.82. I was nicely in profit, so I thought I’d have a look at how you go about withdrawing the money. You do have to add £20 of your own money and play some games to do it. That didn’t seem unreasonable. Not unreasonably if you paid by a certain card, then a withdrawal has to go back onto that card, so far so good. What I was surprised about was the need to provide ID before you can make any withdrawals. It’s apparently to help prevent potential online fraud, but I didn’t really get that when you have to make the withdrawal to the card that made the original payment anyway. To be honest, I couldn’t be bothered with all that hassle for the small amount I won, so I just frittered it away on playing a little more.
It was quite interesting to see that there was a randomly allocated jackpot on the site which was well over £500,000. It was building up gradually while I played. I think that’s the sort of money that keeps people coming back for more. I don’t think I will be coming back for more, but the site is fairly easy to use and attractive to look at. It was also pleasing to see some warnings about excessive gambling.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a credit to play Millionaire Genie and have been compensated for writing this review. However, as ever, all opinions are my own.
I’ve been thinking of joining in Saturday is Caption Day for a little while, but this is the first time I’ve had a good photo to use. This might lead to some cheeky captions, but I wanted to give it a try as it certainly made me smile, when I saw it up on the wall. Ask your bootmaker for Cock Sole Leather, if you dare, and better still get the label. I think this is Cock of the Walk.
Last time I told you about how I was tackling the governors of my son’s school as they wanted to join a multi-school academy. I had a useful, helpful and informative meeting with the governors, but I am still against their plans. They seem to have made their minds up already and aren’t prepared to change whatever parents think. Most parents have moaned in the playground, but haven’t taken any action beyond that. Some attended the meeting and made their views known there. Not many chose to email in concerns. I’m not about to launch a campaign single handed. I don’t have the time or the energy sadly.
I have been reassured on a number of points though and I’ll be interested to see how a multi-school academy works in reality. If it doesn’t work and fails badly, then I might launch a campaign, but for now I’ll leave it as it is. I doubt the governors could be moved on the issue anyway as they seem convinced they are right and don’t seem willing to accept different viewpoints.
One thing that has left me feeling a bit concerned is the amount of say the diocese has in saying how catholic schools are run. I’m a bit worried that they might be being heavy handed about this academy lark and I’m less sure about sending my child to a catholic school for secondary now as I think they might have too much power in how the schools are run. It’s a tricky balance because, of course, they do provide funding for the schools and they set them up in the first place, so I understand that they have certain rights. I guess I’d opt for a little less on the religious side in a perfect world.
The governing body of my son’s school is planning to convert to an academy and not just a stand alone one either, but part of a multi-school academy group. It’s not the sort of school I would have chosen for J and I’m annoyed that they are planning to make such a wholesale change to the way the school is run.
I’ve put my objection in and I’ve got a meeting with the head of the governors. I’ve got lots of points to raise, but I’m worried that my concerns and those of other parents will be ignored. The governors haven’t allowed much time for consultation and seemed surprised by the amount of resistance they have been encountering. Despite that I’m worried that they will go ahead.
I don’t want to move my son from the school where he is happy and it wouldn’t be that easy to do anyway as most decent local schools are full. So I think he will continue where he is whatever the outcome, but it will be with a heavy heart and rather less enthusiasm on my part. The key thing will be whether he notices any difference or whether it feels the same as before. Of course, there may be some improvements, but there may be negatives too. I guess the jury is out. The problem is I don’t know that how easy it will be to go back to the current set up if it doesn’t work. I rather suspect it won’t be possible.