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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.

PAPERLESS SOCIETY!!

Date: 18th July 2014

PAPERLESS SOCIETY

What a joke! I’d say that far from saving the planet it will disappear under a sea of paperwork.

Two years ago, the car I had bought to see me out nearly saw me off when a tyre burst on the motorway. Needless to say, the write off value was very far short of the cost of a new or even a secondhand car so, for the first time in my life I entered into a contract for two years – pay half now and the other half in two years’ time or keep the contract rolling. I need a reliable car and decided that, rather than do what I have in the past and kept my cars for years and years with the attendant repair and maintenance bills, I’d go into the rolling contract. Well the paperwork would make your eyes water – I simply couldn’t believe it all – everything was sewn up, round the corners and over the edges. I understand that the Financial Services Authority (the old FSA) has been disbanded and now there’s an FCA which puts far more of the onus on the seller/dealer. I think this is all to do with the ‘compensation culture’ in which we now live and everyone has to guard their backs, fronts and everything else.

I reckon there must have been about 30 pages of typescript strewn over the desk – and we are supposed to be cutting down our carbon footprint.

The same can be said for flying – now one has to ‘print off’ the ‘ticket’ which runs to three and a half pages and there are two pages for the Meet and Greet parking. So I’ve used six sheets of paper and the appropriate printing ink. It really is a joke.

And I despair of how much we are being pushed to do more and more ‘on line’. I’ve tried to resist but it’s like trying to resist an oncoming tsunami. And as for the time expended in what were once fairly simple transactions, that too is a joke. With regard to the car purchase, I was with the dealer for nearly 2 hours on the first occasion and another 1.5 when I picked up my car.

I rest my case.

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