A Sunny Thursday and the Aurora gets ready

It is one of those days when you just have to get out into the sunshine. Being wrapped up doesn’t let you enjoy the weather.

Having rolled around in the sunshine, it was time to check out “A Lister at Aurora” to see how they were getting on and if they will be ready for Saturday. There were a lot of tradesmen working around. There are electricians setting up the lights over the outdoor seating.

They have put out the seating along the front of the building. I hope that it doesn’t matter that they have encroached over the line.

They have all their new branding up in the windows.

As I understand it, they are providing a full table service which will be much better than having to go into the bar to order. To make this work, they have put up a couple of “sentry boxes” with tills and card machines available so that should make the service easy.

Lastly, they appear to be opening up the outdoor bar (but I am guessing there).

OK, on to other stuff. We have had a change to the entry systems this week and it’s not a change for the better from my point of view. When I first tried it, I couldn’t get any response as I didn’t know the correct code to apply. On the old system, you just entered our apartment number and it rang my mobile. It seems that you now need to add an “A” in front so enter A200 etc. How you are supposed to know this defeats me. Here is the new unit on the Podium.

Before I moan at EWS about the need for this code, check out the same unit but on the main entrance on Patteson Road.

Oh look, there are some instructions! Pity they couldn’t do that on the Podium. Also, the instructions refer to a “WELCOME BUTTON”. Can you see one because I can’t!

The system comes with an app which gives you access to the video camera built in so that you can see who is wanting to come in. This is great unless… When I am out and about and expecting a caller or a delivery I keep the phone keypad up on my car’s screen so when the call comes to my mobile, I answer the call as usual in the car and then hit the zero button to let them in. With the new app, you have to “use your phone” as you have to touch a button on the screen which will be against the law. I have now deleted their app and gone back to my phone answering as before. As a tiny moan, there is now only one phone number that calls unlike the old system where each door had its own. Hence, I can’t tell now if the call comes from the front door or the podium. Not a biggie but…

Lastly, I had a look at the Podium entrance to the block as this has been chaotic due to all the scaffolding. Now that they have finished the “east” wall, it looks so much better.

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