19 January 2021 (Tuesday) - Technology

I was fast asleep when "er indoors TM" and the dogs came to bed at two o’clock. They all of them stomped about trying to get comfortable, then they did it all again when Treacle kicked off because she wasn’t happy with the bit of bed she’d been allocated. Eventually they all settled and were all snoring whilst I lay awake listening to them.

I gave up trying to sleep, made myself a bowl of granola and watched another episode of “The Office”, then had my morning rummage round the Internet. A week ago I mentioned that I’d seen an advert on telly for pet insurance in which “Bought by Many” claimed to be the cheapest on the market and claimed they would take on pets with existing health issues. There’s no denying that  Fudge’s insurance costs a small fortune, I got a quote from them which was double what I was already paying. Over the weekend I found my Facebook feed was filled with their adverts so I told them my experiences in the “comments” section.

They replied “Our policies offer a very high level and quality of cover. They also come with unique features such as zero excess, money back if you don't claim, £15k vet fee cover per year. This means we won't always be the cheapest I'm afraid!

These companies are a shambles. They claim to be both the cheapest and not the cheapest. How does that work? I did snigger when several other people replied to my comment saying that they too had got better pet insurance cheaper elsewhere.

A couple of days ago I had a message (through Facebook) from Anggi Auzy who had said “Dating site, naughty whore” and had given me a link to what was presumably a rather dubious website. This morning I had the same “Dating site, naughty whore” message from Maryam Wheeler who also followed up with a link to what was also presumably a rather dubious website. I also had a message from Starla who said “I need an s3x partner in my room. Looking for a man who can satisfy me”. She too had sent a link that I didn’t want to click.

Facebook is a wonderful resource – using it I keep in touch with friends I haven’t seen for years, with friends who live all over the world, but it is far from perfect. You would think they would do something to get rid of the pornmongers, wouldn’t you? And they don’t help themselves by giving out formal warnings to people who report the pornmongers.


As I drove up the motorway the pundits on the radio were talking about the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination program. It would seem that in much the same way that the general public are completely unaware of the reasoning behind wearing face coverings, they are also blissfully unaware of how vaccination works too. It would seem that many people see the jab as being their way out of lockdown, and once jabbed feel that all the lockdown rules and regulations don't apply to them any more, and so are free to go about potentially spreading the virus to the susceptible whilst now being immune to the thing themselves.

And it would seem that science has discovered the biggest dinosaur ever.


I got to work and sent the night shift home. They were glad to go. I had a surprisingly busy day, but was given the opportunity to tune in to a webinar on haemoglobinopathies. That’s not something you get every day, is it? (!)


Being on the early shift meant I got out early (dur!), and once home I had a little ponder. We’ve had our new broadband for a few weeks… is it actually any better than what went before? I went on a little webspeed checker site and saw that my download speed is averaging at sixty-seven (and a bit) Mbps (whatever they are) and I am uploading at nearly nineteen Mbps. I’m quite impressed with that, even though I have no idea whether or not I should be.


We scoffed a particularly good bit of dinner then spent a little while Zoom-ing at Karl and Tracey. It has been over a month since we last met up – we spent two hours Zoom-chatting this evening. It was so good to catch up. We shall do it again – soon!!

Zoom – webinars -  Facebook – we take the technology for granted. It really is wonderful stuff though, isn’t it?

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