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  1. Mike Drury
    July 12, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Brilliant thanks for that. How many times I’ve been woken from my siesta with someone calling from South America boiler room with a new phone offer, 100 voices in the background and a very poor telephone connection. I’m going to sign up now!

  2. Elle Draper
    July 12, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Happy to help, Mike!
    Elle x

  3. Mike Drury
    July 13, 2013 @ 10:36 pm

    Today, Saturday afternoon 5pm, what a time to call, I got a “I want to talk to the owner of the phone line…” I sent her packing and got onto Lista Robinson straight away. It’s not a complicated process and I was also able to name Jazztel and Orange as companies I do not want to receive calls from. I am optimistic!

  4. Maxine Raynor
    August 1, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    A full stop often works as a “second surname” too!

  5. Elle Draper
    August 1, 2013 @ 8:56 pm

    Great tip – thanks Maxine! xx

  6. Mike Drury
    August 1, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    After contacting Lista Robinson as described above and being able to name Jazztel and Orange as unwanted callers, I actually got an acknowledgement from Jazztel that I was off their list. If I do get any calls from them I’ll let you know. No more interrupted siestas…

  7. Elle Draper
    August 2, 2013 @ 4:18 pm

    Nice to see a positive result Mike!
    Elle x

  8. Paul Read
    January 20, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    Robinson Hey hey hey:

    We’d like to know a little bit about you for our files
    We’d like to help you learn to help yourself
    Look around you, all you see are sympathetic eyes
    Stroll around the grounds until you feel at home

    And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson
    Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)
    God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson
    Heaven holds a place for those who pray
    (Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey)

  9. Elle Draper
    January 20, 2014 @ 8:54 pm

    It’s official – you’re insane. x
    Great song though… I shall now be singing it all week Paul ;)

  10. Mike Drury
    January 20, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    Glad you are still singing Elle, me too! No more unwanted robotic calls from Jazztel or any of the other cold calling companies that I added to Mrs Robinson’s list. I even got an email of confirmation from Jazztel. Still think it’s amazing. xxx

  11. Elle Draper
    January 21, 2014 @ 12:30 am

    Great isn’t it Mike? We’re down to probably one dodgy call a month now. OH… plus all the ones for a certain bank’s hotline which happens to be one digit away from our phone number… and all their callers like early morning enquiries apparently. Harrumph! Elle x

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