July 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 08:32pm on 23/07/2017
 What on earth have LJ done now???

I've stuck with them for all these years, despite them selling out, screwing us over, making the place look hideous and not giving us an English version of their ToS, but now they seem to have completely revamped everything so I can't find anything.

I used to check out my home page to see what comments people had made either on my posts or in reply to my comments.  The home page has disappeared.  Their is an activity page, which is in the awful new hideously white colour scheme that makes my eyes bleed.  

Although I have started posting in DW and reading more in DW, I have tried - really tried - to stay with LJ.  Now, I don't know if I can cope with the feeling of being kicked for hanging around.  I don't want to close my account and move it all.  I want to keep it open, even if only as a backup.  But there are so few people there any more that it's becoming more of a chore to check it out.  LJ is still my browser's home page and DW is still just a button on the shortcuts bar.  But if I have to learn how to drive DW properly, then that's what I'll have to do.
July 22nd, 2017
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July 21st, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 10:14pm on 21/07/2017
I went into the surgery tonight to find out when I might get my test results and how I might get my test results.  As I explained to the receptionist, the GP I saw didn't say anything about when or how I would get my test results.  She said "we usually tell people about a week and then you have to ring the secretary".  I looked blank.  She said "Most people know this".  I looked blank.  As I've probably seen a doctor fewer than a dozen times in the last 13 years, I don't generally have test results, so don't know this.  She then said "But I suppose not everyone knows!"

She asked who is my GP.  I couldn't remember, as my named GP has changed 3 times in the last 3 years and I couldn't remember where the music had stopped.  So she looked it up and gave me a newsletter and circled the name of my GP's secretary.  I can ring between 9 and 3 on a weekday to get my results.  

I now have the newsletter stuck on my noticeboard at home so I have some idea of who to call in the future.
 
July 15th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 09:37pm on 15/07/2017
I went for my second GP appointment yesterday morning.  My appointment was 8.34.  I was there by 8.30.  Some minutes later, a bloke who was sitting with his wife was called in.  Fifteen minutes later, he came out and his wife went in.  She emerged at 9am and I got called in at 9.10.  So in 2 appointments, I sat and waited for over an hour past my appointment time, despite arriving 5 minutes before my stated time.  I can get that by 5pm, there may be a bit of a back log or overrun, but at 8.30 in the morning, it's a bit much to be running 30 minutes late.

On a more positive note, Despicable Me 3 is hilarious.  Yeah, there's stuff for kids in there, but they wouldn't get most of the decent jokes.  
July 13th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hooloovoo_42 at 07:31pm on 13/07/2017
I went into the GP surgery on Monday to make an appointment.  The receptionist asked what it was about and I said it was about my girl bits, so she asked if I'd prefer a female doctor.  I said I didn't really mind, as I assumed the male doctors will have seen it all before, but she gave me a woman doctor.  

The appointment was 5.10 on Tuesday, so I finished work at 5 and walked across the road and arrived at 5.05 (the joy of working in town!).  Two people went in before me and I was finally called at just after 5.35.  I could have stayed at work and got some more stuff done (and another half hour on my flexi time).  When I got into the surgery, there were two young men there and the GP said "I've got a couple of medical students with me, is that OK?"  Given half my family worked in education and the other half are medics, I can't really complain.  I suppose they have to learn sometime!  

When I told her what my problem was, she said she'd need to do some tests which were better off done in the morning (not entirely sure why), so she booked me in for tomorrow at 8.30.  Not really a problem, except I've got a few days off and and heading to the coast for the weekend.  At least it will get me out of bed earlier than I would probably get up on a day off.   

So tomorrow I'm taking my bicycle and going to Norfolk.  The weather is looking passable but not great.  Must pack waterproofs, warm weather kit, pullover, gloves, etc.  Standard British summer gear!

My phone got a little too intimate with a bowl of water the other day and decided it wasn't going to play any more.  Fortunately, I have enough spare phones that I could swap the sim into another one and did the trick of putting the damp one in a bag of rice in the airing cupboard.  That dried it out sufficiently to get it going again. In the meantime, it was Amazon Prime Day.  I've been eyeing up new phones for a while - preferably one with dual sim slots.  While I was checking out all the things I don't really have the money to buy, I came across a Wileyfox phone at a big enough discount that it was worth having.  They were also selling Mango and Raspberry vodka at a hefty reduction.  So I bought £250 of phone and vodka for £170.  

I spent last evening setting up the new phone and turning off all the annoying things that I don't want popping up all over the place.  As with all of my devices, the phone has a name.  Phones are named after TV characters and have a suitable picture as wallpaper.  This one is named after the Hand of the Queen.  Not that I'm counting the days until Sunday, or anything.  As ever, I ordered a case for the phone.  The phone arrived yesterday.  The case was due to arrive today.  I got an email with the driver's name and an hour slot for my delivery.  Then I got an email to say that the named driver couldn't deliver my package, as he couldn't find the address!  I'm not sure how yesterday's unnamed driver managed to get here at no specific time but the named driver couldn't find it today.  Oh, well.  It's not like I wanted the case before I go away for a few days with my new phone, or anything like that.
July 12th, 2017
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