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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 18th April 2012

Apologies for the lack of Blogs but life has been rather quiet of late.

A friend took me for lunch at Reads on the outskirts of Faversham. A delightful setting and interesting menu. We had a lovely lunch which I thought relatively good value when you consider what some up-market restaurants charge. There is a fixed charge for a bottle of wine if you want to take advantage of the Set Lunch Menu – thought that was a trifle over the top but then I don’t eat out very often so am not the best judge of relative values.

We only got in by dint of a cancellation and the place was packed which is always a good sign. One of the diners was Marco Pierre White – I was very surprised to see how often he went out for a cigarette (I thought smoking killed one’s taste buds and he is a Chef after all) and one of his companions spend time on a Mobile which I really do think is bad form. Call me an old fogey but if people cannot even part with their mobiles at meal times then something is sadly amiss. I think Mobiles are a superb modern invention but they are so over-used and abused and very often to the detriment of ‘other people’s space’. If you must take a call during a meal in a restaurant, then respect the other diners and go outside to take it.  What did people do before the mobile - we existed and managed and possibly led less stressed existences.

It has been suggested that these days people do not learn responsibility because the bosses are always at the end of a mobile, an Ipad or some other bit of modern technology and therefore they simply don’t delegate.

I was in a Hospital waiting area the other day and could not believe the gentleman who was on his mobile talking very loudly and trying to book incredibly priced tickets for some football match and a stay at an hotel as part of the deal. He obviously had money but not the manners to go with it. Several folk in the waiting room were appalled and eyebrows were raised. I think the authorities should ask that mobiles be turned off in places like that. You wouldn’t talk about intimate details in a public place so why conduct arrangements which could be done elsewhere.

I’m beginning to think that a great deal of modern technology actually makes more work for us. In the past we’d have made a list of questions and queries, phoned someone and sorted the problem. Nowadays emails fly back and forth at the speed of light. I know because a friend and business colleague and I are constantly exchanging emails – when really a phone conversation would probably sort it more efficiently.

And as for Businesses saving on their use of paper – maybe they are but we aren’t. How often are you asked to download the details – in the case of my Holiday Insurance – a brochure of 28 pages!!  Is it only me – but how many of you ever read these brochures and conditions – sometimes the small print is so small one can hardly read it anyway.

And if you download a Boarding Card or a Eurostar ticket, you also use your paper and ink to download several advertisements which are on the sheet and which you are unable to delete. What cheek! The best you can do is a Fast Draft in Black and White.

Bye for now.
Enough – I did have one rather pleasing outing and that was to Rochester Cathedral and Castle which I will talk about in a separate Blog.


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