You have no idea how delighted and relieved I shall be if this blog is added at the click of a switch instead of taking hours to find its way through the labyrinth of cables between my hub and the junction box in the centre of the town. It has taken ages to convince Bt that what was needed was a real live technician to sort things out rather than instructions (however clear) from someone on the end of a faulty line speaking jargon and expecting one to crawl about on hands and knees checking wires etc. Another solution suggested is to ask one to download procedures when the fault one is trying to correct is that it is impossible to download anything at all---catch 22 if ever there was one. I had got to the stage of looking for vulnerable people down holes in the road beside Outreach vans whom I could kidnap and bring home to mend the machine. However, I am assured that all has been fixed now and if you are reading this it is proof that the role of electronic engineer is not replaceable by distant office workers or robots.
The local WI discussion group went out for lunch today and of course we never stopped talking for about 3 hours. Well, there was a lot to catch up on. Everyone had been somewhere on holiday or even on an away day with the WI to Chichester. Others had become experts in the finer points of dressage or gymnastics or cycling tactics from intensive courses watching the Olympics.
Another lovely summer evening which was spent by about 40 local WI members and friends aboard a little steam train running up and down the line between Chinnor and Princes Risborough. We enjoyed a supper brought to us in our carriages, were entertained by taking part in a light-hearted quiz and admired a beautiful sunset over the Vale of Aylesbury. It was a first visit for most of us and we were very grateful for the way in which the committee had organised it as a holiday outing instead of the monthly meeting.