Telemarketeers are the bane of my life. They're annoying, intrusive and unwanted, and they pretty much hold you hostage in your own home. When the phone rings in my house, I want it to be someone I want to talk to, not some bloody cold-caller trying to flog me something.
Normally, I'm pretty well downright offensive towards cold-callers, or use my answering machine to agressive screen the buggers, but now, I hope I've found a more pro-active answer - The Telephone Preference Service - These chaps register your phone number against a list of numbers that specify that you don't want to receive cold calls, and pretty much makes it an offense for anyone to cold-call you if you're on the list. It takes 4 weeks for everything to filter through the system, but friends who've recommended it to me say that it has practically eradicated cold-calling for them. Which is great. They do a similar Junk Mail service, too which I might use to get rid of all the junk mail I receive for previous residents, though that's far less of a problem.
Fingers crossed, I can say goodbye to cold-calling scum companies who only pay the poor bastards who get my abuse minimum wage. We'll see in a few weeks.