Thursday, 30 September 2021
Three cheers for the Audiology Department, my hearing aid has winged it's way back to me, courtesy of Royal Mail, fully repaired with a new tube. That's a relief. I thought they might have put in a pack of batteries, but no matter, I can get them from our village Medical Centre.
I have a video uploading, so I'll put that out later. Tatty byes for now,. ilona
Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Tuesday, 28 September 2021
I follow Truck and Driver on the twiiiteratta, just to keep in touch with my previous life. I used to buy all the truck magazines religiously, a habit which has been dropped by the wayside. Now I dip into a few online.
Of course I am interested in the current so called crisis of fuel shortages, and watch with amusement the panic buying. This crisis was manufactured, as with every other crisis which kicks people's arses into action. Rumours spread like wildfire, a bit like Chinese Whispers. The trouble is that the clamour to get whatever there is a shortage of creates a tsunami of brain fogged individuals to follow each other like lemmings. This is what creates the shortage. People are so easily manipulated.
The downside is that those who really need petrol and diesel, like the emergency services, health workers, key workers that keep the country and the economy moving, can't get it because the pumps are either blocked with two hour queues, or they have run dry completely. Tell someone there is a shortage of something and immediately everyone needs it.
I had a little smile to myself when reading Truck and Driver tweeeets. Truck drivers are chipping in with their experiences.
Car drivers blocking the lorry diesel pumps to fill up their cars. Oh dear. A pump designed to fill up a large HGV tank delivers the fuel at a much greater speed through a much wider nozzle. I can see some spillages.
Car drivers should not be filling from HGV pumps (maybe unless they can prove they are key workers?) during this nonsense. There's a safety issue here too, bet there's been a few folk covered in diesel
According to the AA, many more misfuel breakdowns are occurring because people are desperate to put anything in their tank.
Panicking people are screwing it for everybody.
A tanker driver tells me this morning that now even they are struggling to get fuel. He said motorists are now queuing at HGV pumps, and he’s running low on diesel. Goes without saying that if even the tanker drivers can’t get fuel, we’re up the proverbial creek.
I didn't have any problems getting petrol while on holiday, and I used quite a lot for the 2,200 miles that I covered. No queue's no shortages. I did a late Aldi shop on Friday night, calling in at the nearby filling station at 10.15pm to fill up my quarter of a tank. Then it all kicked off. There is nowhere urgent that I have to go, so that will last me a few weeks.
Notice a pattern here? Tell people that there isn't enough toilet paper and everyone wonders what they are going to wipe their arses with. Tell everyone that they won't be able to do anything or go anywhere without a health certificate and they will clamour to get jabbed. Ping everybody on their not so smart phones demanding that they isolate. Makes me wonder what the next scare tactic will be.
Going to spend the rest of the day outside in the garden. More holiday pics later. Toodle pip. ilona
A lot of lorry drivers are paid through an Umbrella Company, and not directly by the companies they work for. The biggest company, Giant Pay, has just reported that they have been the victim of a cyber attack, and that a lot of drivers have been left unpaid this month. A couple of notes from Sky News web site. There is a lot more going on behind the scenes here than we are being told.
Rebecca Seeley Harris, a former adviser to the Office of Tax Simplification, told Sky News that the IR35 tax changes moved the responsibility for making tax assessments to the client, which drove a lot of employers to move their payroll to "umbrellas" such as Giant Pay.
Ms Seeley Harris, who is campaigning for the fair regulation of the umbrella industry - which sits between the contractor (the driver) and the client (for instance, Tesco) and invoices the client on the contractor's behalf - warns that it is largely unregulated at the moment.
Good Morning. Howzit going for you? Can you speak up please, my hearing is reduced by 50% because I have only one working ear. My hearing aid broke into two pieces on Saturday morning, so I have had three days of limited communication with the outside world.
The system does not allow me to drive 15 minutes to the Hospital, climb three flights of stairs to the Audiology department, hand it over to a technician for repair, and insert it back into my ear to restore the sound entering my head.
On checking the NHS web site I have followed their instructions. Place it into a jiffy bag, one that has already been used I might add, take it to our pop up Post Office in the church, where the nice man put it into his sack to be picked up by a Royal Mail worker.
So now I wait for it's return. I hope it wings it's way quickly to the hospital, and that someone will quickly get on with the job of re tubing it and posting it back to me.
For now I have to tell everyone I meet that I can't get into a conversation with them. I already keep my distance by raising my voice so there is no need to stand close to anyone. Now my hearing is severely restricted I am beginning to feel really isolated.
I did a six mile walk on Saturday, it just wasn't the same when I couldn't hear the birds twittering and the breeze blowing through the trees. There was also the uncertainty of anyone approaching from behind. I need to know this when out alone. When one of the senses is compromised you have to bring the remaining four into play. Stop and turn around to look all around. Stop at the kerbside, look both ways to make sure it is clear before stepping into the road. Normally I would be able to hear any oncoming traffic.
Watching videos is still possible, but cumbersome. I balance one of the speakers on my shoulder next to my good ear, held in position with either one hand, or when that begins to ache I hook it into the snood around my neck.
With my hearing being impaired the tinnitus is more noticeable. I have a constant hissing inside my head. I need the aid to block that out.
I hope they repair it quickly. I shall be watching for the post each day.
More holiday pictures to come, and don't forget we are approaching the end of the month, it is check in time for the International Walking Group on Friday.
Thanks for popping in. Toodle pip. ilona