... a bit Suffolk
|tu 24 Oct
Life Skills No. 54: We knew that Fitzroy replaced Finisterre on the shipping forecast but despite a lifetime of listening to Forties Dogger German Bight we couldn't say where any of them are. The map on the Met Office web site makes it clear they sort of surround the British Isles.
|mo 14 Aug
Life Skills No. 53: When the rubber on the end of your plastic pencil has worn down sufficiently to be a bit useless turning it round helps for bit. More useful is to put a little dot of Blu Tak into the hole and that'll fix it longer.
|we 26 Apr
Life Skills No. 52: Oven cleaner makes a reasonable paint stripper. Do use it in a well ventilated space, incautious breathing in of this ancient can of Mr Muscle caused violent coughing.
|sa 5 Nov
Life Skills No. 51: A bit incomprehensible why the post office feel the need to add to stamps what they call a bar code but what looks like a QR code and then say we can't use the old ones after Jan 31? With a first class stamp at 95p it can soon add up so worth trading them in. If you've lost the leaflet that came through the letterbox you can download one which is slightly different.
|we 12 Oct
Life Skills No. 50: Spices in most supermarkets (even the big one at Martlesham) only seem come in those little glass tubes making Life Skills No. 9 redundant... but Cupboard Love on Framlingham market has spices and stuff loose including the ground coriander we wanted, just bring a jar.
|we 17 Aug
|tu 19 Jul
|sa 28 May
Life Skills No. 46: Seems the Saxmundham Waitrose normally closes at 8pm, who knew? We didn't and they don't announce it on the pa.
|su 1 May
Life Skills No. 45: If as a small attempt to lighten life's load you usually order a lovely latte don't order a lovely cappuccino because you'll get a latte, order a captivating cappuccino. Similarly if you say Get me anything but a cheese roll you'll get a cheese roll.
|th 31 Mar
Life Skills No.44: We've finally worked out how you get a bacon roll in Costa Coffee when you can't see it on the menu ... if there is one you pick it out of the display cabinet. OK, you all knew that.
|mo 14 Feb
Life Skills No. 43: An OPEN sign that can't change to CLOSED is not to be trusted.
|tu 18 Jan
Life Skills No.42: Months back a £60 hard disc sent via a Royal Mail signed for service was delivered somewhere else than it's proper destination here. The local post office was totally disinterested and the sender was getting pretty much the same response from the Royal Mail help line. Adding the what3words to the address might have helped.
|tu 4 Jan
Life Skills No. 41: In an East of England Co-op expected free exchange of a torn bag for life. Later discovered we'd been charged 29p for recycling. Seems bags for life are no longer immortal, luckily we have a nylon type bag with a cat motif that folds up dead small.
|tu 12 Oct
Life Skills No.40: We're clearly a bit slow, we couldn't see how useful emergency equipment like a defibrillator is when it's locked behind a number pad. What you do is dial 999 to get the code, though in our defence some cabinets don't make this clear.
|tu 23 Mar
Life Skill 39
Life Skills No.39: The first law of electronics is It's always the lead; the second law is the same as the first. The cable bending where the strain relief ends (insert your own constipation joke) breaks the wire inside. Tape tightly wrapped around the cable to stop the bending is a temporary fix until a replacement lead arrives which in time will also become unreliable where the strain relief ends ...
|mo 4 Jan
Life Skills No.38: We expect you know it's a good idea to ask a service provider for a deal before renewing a contract? What surprised us more after dickering with BT via online chat was not that it saved some £240 on the year but after doing the sums the deal worked out pretty much the same as Plusnet ...
|fr 25 Sep
Life Skills No.37: If you've have money in National Savings (prudent old you) at the end of October most interest rates are dropping to pretty much non-existent presumably in attempt to help pay for the coronavirus.