Posts Tagged ‘mobile phone’

Texting

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The first text message was sent 20 years ago today. That makes it quite old doesn’t it?

Most people wouldn’t be able to imagine a time when text messages didn’t exist and certainly wouldn’t be able to manage without them.

According to Ofcom, the average number of texts that each of us sends in a week in the UK is 50, but 12-15 year olds send an average of 193 texts every week!

I don’t send anything like that many, so someone else must be using mine!

I find them useful as I can send one late at night when a phone call is out of the question or contact someone who’s out when I can’t get them on their landline.

It’s nice when I feel my bag vibrate and hear the beep-beep, beep-beep and I know I’ve got a message.

The only problem with them is that sometimes they take hours – or even days – to arrive so you can’t rely on them for urgent messages. I wonder where they go in the meantime?!

Being careful when you mow the lawn

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

On the second really sunny day this summer I was sitting out in the garden reading and relaxing when I noticed that the lawn needed cutting. Although it’s not my favourite job and I do find it hard work, the garden looks so much better when it’s done so I decided to have a go.

I’m always very careful. I make sure I never put my fingers or feet near the blade and I always use a circuit breaker so that I’d be safe if I did accidentally cut the electric cord.

My garden chair had my book and the bag containing my camera on it and I was just thinking I must move that in a minute when there was a terrible noise in the mower similar to when a stone gets caught up in the blades.

I stopped the mower and lifted it away. There in the still long grass was something electronic looking. Whatever was it? What have I done?

Looking more closely I could see it was a lithium battery. Oh no!! My camera? My phone?

Trying not to panic and feeling a bit sick, I picked it up. It was my mobile phone battery. Where was the phone? I found it lying in the grass a bit further away. It was covered in bits of grass and the back cover was missing.

I got the rake and pulled it through the grass until I found the cover. It was bent and cut into 2 pieces and the little glass cover over the camera lens had gone.

But incredibly the rest of the phone looked ok!

I blew the grass out of it. I know you’re not supposed to turn a phone on without the cover on, but I had to find out if it was working. I pressed the button. The screen lit up and it beeped and came on! How amazing! It had been hit by the whizzing blades of a hover mower and only the back cover was mangled up. I think that’s a miracle!

I went straight inside, turned on the computer, Googled, found and ordered a back cover from Amazon. I hope it gets here quickly so I can check out all the phone’s functions and see if it’s ok. I need it’s calendar reminders so that I remember what I need to do!

why are you shouting?

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Why is it that when people speak into mobile phones they feel they have to shout?

Sometimes there may be background noise that makes it necessary to speak loudly, but I’m sure that isn’t the case all the time.

Yesterday I travelled by train on a journey of about 15 minutes. As soon as I got in, a phone rang and the girl who answered it shouted into it. I was subjected to intimate details of what she and her boyfriend had been doing the evening before. It was a lovely quiet train, and there was definately no need to shout, but that didn’t make any difference. I wanted to have a nice relaxing journey enjoying the scenery, but I had to spend my time fending off converstaions I didn’t want to hear.

Fortunately after a couple of stops and 10 minutes or so, the girl got off the train, still talking into the phone, but immediately another one rang behind me!

Maybe if I’m forced to listen to a conversation I don’t want to hear I should go and sit next to the person and join in! I wonder what they’d say if I did that!!