Grrrr! Debenhams!\n\nSo, in FEBRUARY we (welll, Deebenhams) measured up our seven gents and ordered their suits. Five for delivery to Preston, one to Blackburn and one to Edinbough. On Wednesday last week OH rang Debenhams to check we were ok to pick up that Saturday. 'No, sorry' said Debenhams, 'they've not arrived yet, could you come Wednesday?'. We weren't too bothered as hey, everyone (even computers in chrage of dispatch/delivery) have bad days. OH rang on Tuesday and no, still no suits. We were promised today and OH took an afternoon off (I'm a teacher and have broken up for the hols already) and off we toddled to our nearest Debenhams, at Preston (actually not that near at all, well over an hours drive). We arrive and ask for our five suits. 'Hmmmmm, we only have four suits' says Debenhams man. Grooms suit not delivered. Grrrrrrr. But still, I am patient, suits are late and one is missing but hey, still, mistakes happen.\n\nI glance at the details on the front of our suit cases and they have not only spelt our surname wrong (PERSEL?! I ASK YOU!!! - it's Pursell) they have even spelt simple names like Chris (Chirs), Alan (Allen), Rob (Bob) and Ron (Ton) wrong. FACEPALM. \n\nI then continue my glancing to see that none of the sizes seem to match to what shape I know our 'boys' to be. As in, My bricklayer and bodybuilder brother having been sent a 34 jacket and 32 trousers... I make my worries clear and am told 'well, take them home, try then and then come back *if* there is a problem!'. OH is meanwhile trying on his dad's suit (they are an identical size). It doesn't fit, trousers are inches too short and too tight and the jacket is a size 38! (OH wears a 14 1/2 inch collar!). Man in Debenhams shop removes jacket from another bag (Ushers i believe) which fits and trousers from another bag (my dad's... I think). Ok, so, yes, this suit fits him. Doesn't solve the problem that we are a suit short and now the sizes are even more messed up.\n\nI'm a good sport and terribly British however and agree to take the suits home for my brother and usher to try. We were assured that grooms suit 'will turn up' - they have agreed to send it to us (although, obviously, despite the measuring in Feb and the trying on of correct sizes today I am in no doubt that it will not fit!) and that the Ushers in Blackburn and Edinbourgh are ready and waiting for them - even shown on a computer screen that they are ready and waiting! - complete with more mispelled names (Criag Donald (O'Donnell) and Richard Cow (Cowpe). \n\nGet home, suits don't fit, hilarious to see but not helpful with two weeks to go, will be returning to Debenhams with Usher, Brother and FOG tomorrow to do battle. Am feeling worried but convinced all will be well (ever the optimist). Very worried about dad's suit though as he's on holiday until five days before the wedding...\n\nAND THEN...\n\nWhile driving from dad's house loose signal, come back into signal and pickup voice mail from BOTH ushers. Suits not there, both are also told that 'Debenhams would not measure in one place and then dispatch to another store in other part of the country. Against the rules blah blah blah. Tomorrow I am going to kill someone, or possibly smash a computer.\n\narrrrrghhhhh. \n\nRant over, sweetness and light once more.