Hope it isnt too profane, or profound GAS, ELECTRIC AND TV LICENCE I am severely peed off with how disorganised it has become putting money in the meters. In order to get around this communication breakdown and cut out a lot of ****, please budget properly for gas, electric and TV. It is a paltry £20 a month. This £20 is second on your list of priorities after the rent, and before you buy any food, CDs, chocolate, top ups on mobile phones, new iPods, furry seats for your Ford Capri. There is nobody living in this house in a position to carry anyone else financially. Just because Brian has a bank account doesn't mean there is anything it. So, this is the routine - unless of course anyone has a better idea, or specifically wants to see the dark side of Brian. A) On Feb 1st, put £10 in the gas meter. That is Feb 1st, not 2nd or 5th. and the figure is 10, not 5 or 6.34 and a bus token. B) When you see the gas meter at around £5, that is £5, not 60p or LESS THAN ZERO, or 9.50, go to the Spar and put another £10 on the card. It doesn't take a group committee to go to the Spar to pay for your share of the gas. Just do the right thing for our little community and buy £10 of gas. C) If you are the first person to contribute, put a tick in the box by your name on the form below. This makes sure everyone knows you have paid first, which will either please or displease them, depending on whether or not they just bought some fast food with the money out their "gas" jar. It should definitely make you feel good, knowing you actually contributed to the smooth-running of the house without having to turn on a vacuum cleaner. More to the point, it also means that it is obvious who hasnt paid. We all walk past the notice board ten times a day, and we can all read, so there is no need to have to speak to anyone - which is good. Looking daggers at someone not contributing, conveniently avoids the need for lots of bull**** conversation, like, "Time to pay for more gas and electric, mate." "No, I paid something last week." "Well we run out, it's what gas and electric does when you take showers, wash your furry car seats and dry your scrogs on the radiator." "OK, I-ll get some cash tomorrow or next Thursday week." If you have not contributed an equal share at the same time as everyone else, watch out! Being responsible with what little money we have, the majority of the lodgers here have a budget specifically for paying for gas. If you want to play by your own rules, then go sleep in the frigging garden shed until you have the money to share the gas, electric and TV services that other people are paying for. This isnt a one way rule. You have every right to send anyone else who hasn't paid down to the garden shed too. But if you are not paying your way on a regular basis, ie twice, you will be taken down the garden shed and beaten severely by your housemates - and you know that isnt an idle threat! - don't you Steve!