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Thinking about what you can’t control only wastes energy and creates its own enemy.

Worf (Star Trek: The Next Generation – Coming Of Age

This is one of my favourite quotes and is a good way to think about life. I know it is good advice but that doesn’t mean I am easily able to follow it. In fact at the moment of writing (Friday) my mind is preoccupied with something I can’t control. I am concerned and feel as though I am shaking and, what is worse, it is for a very stupid reason.


My phone is still being repaired. I handed it over on Sunday (2019-09-08) and it has yet to come back. I know it can be fixed and I have now acquired a case for it so that this will not happen again – yet I can’t stop thinking about wanting it back. I am using my old phone at the moment and now I am remembering why I got the new one in the first place. I also realised that the photos were not backed up. If they are lost it is actually not a big deal as there is nothing much their but it would still be a shame. I actually thought they backed up automatically. Which shows what little I know about technology.


This has been a learning experience for me though. The most obvious is the necessity of having a phone case. The less obvious is the importance of disconnection from time to time.

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I realise the irony of that statement. I am writing this on my laptop, Majel, while listening to Emma Blackery on my Google Home, and my ipad has a timer running. However when I go out I am not checking Facebook all the time – I haven’t bothered to set it up on my other phone. And I don’t want to use the other apps much until the real phone is back in my hands. It shouldn’t be too much longer now.


Worry seems to be a near constant companion for me. I am trying to get it under control but it is a constant enemy. Today it is the phone, when the phone is back it will be something else, and through it all there are the daily concerns – some are trivial and some less so – but most are things I can’t control.

I hope that you reading this are having a good day. I hope you find the time every day do do that thing that makes you smile

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.

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I bought an iphone. I had it for about two days. Got it at about 1800 on Monday. I had returned it by 1000 on Wednesday. I was seduced by the idea of the iphone. They are very shinny.

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If you love Apple products then that is great. I am not writing this to criticise anyone’s choices. I have an ipad which I am happy with – even that though might have been bought owing to a lack of imagination on my part.

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I didn’t buy the iPad on a whim I spend some time considering. I knew I wanted a tablet computer and the only options seemed to be Samsung and iPads. Since the reason I was making the purchase was because my Samsung phone was having some issues an iPad seemed logical. There were, it turned out, other options they just weren’t immediately apparent to me. I am a bit dim when it comes to technology. So an iPad it was and it was expensive. I not convinced it is worth it but I do like it.

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When my poor little Samsung started to show its age even more I knew I needed a new phone but which one? That choice is rather a bewildering one. There are so many options and, for my needs at least, almost anyone would do. The phone I now have is a Huawei and cost me £199 in an outright purchase. So why then did I initially get a phone that would have cost £1,224 (including minutes, texts and data) over three years?


I have no idea. Well maybe not no idea. iphones are smart – some might even say sexy. Then the slippy slope of bad decisions started. First I thought about a second hand iphone, then I thought about an older model but bought new, then I settled on an iphone 8 – which is also an older model but not as old. That is how the slope works. Each step seems reasonable just like ordering the large instead of the regular at a cafe – only a little more.

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The thing of it is I don’t know what happened. As I was going into town to buy a phone I said: ‘I don’t need one with all the bells and whistles.’ and yet came home with an overly priced phone. Maybe this is a serious sign of a complete lack of self control on my part and that might be something I need to address.


Actually there is no maybe about it. For now though I can celebrate I dodged a bullet and was able to exchange the phone without fuss. Only spending £199 on a phone eliminates the worry. I could almost afford to replace it every month if I needed to – rather than it costing nearly a month’s earnings to do the same with an iPhone.

I write this post as a cautionary tale for any purchase you might make. My Huawei does all that I need. It might not be as special by some metrics but it does the job and, at the end of the day, that is the important thing.

I just wanted to say that I have checked this post. I really have. Unfortunately my particular combination of dyslexia and dyspraxia makes it really hard for me to spot typos. Please enjoy and I’ll try not to make too many errors.  

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Never Before! Never Again?

The day before yesterday I did something I don’t think I’ve ever done before. It wasn’t anything exciting: I didn’t go to space, traveling in a balloon, or kiss someone.  I…

You may not believe this…

I left the flat without my mobile.

I was only going down the road a way and decided I wanted some time alone with my thought. Which is ironic because I live alone. However either due to procrastination or loneliness I usually have music on or you tube on.  When walking I normally listen to an audio book but silence is nice too now and then.

Well I say silence but I was walking along a main road.

I’m old enough to remember pagers. I know they still exist but no child would have them now. I had one in high school, somewhere between year 7 and 9, but now they’ve surely been replaced my mobile phones. I am fairly certain that since I got my first phone, a Nokia 3210, I’ve always had my phone with me.

It is a strange thought.

It didn’t really feel that strange not to have it. The only thing was I was thinking whether it was strange not to have it. So in not having it I could talk about not having it.

So go out without your mobile while you can.

The Samsung galaxy S5 mini, my phone, is an improvement on the S3 mini. However by the time they get to the S25 it’ll be truly mini it’ll be inside your skull! Resistance is futile.

Or like this….

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