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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Me in the 21st century

As Smart Phones have become common place over the years it has been of much amusement/bemusement to friends and colleagues that I have resisted the urge to have one.There were many reasons for this, not least because I get really irritated of people walking along like zombies staring at them.

Still I have to concede they are useful. For instance many people download their boarding pass to their phone! Not something I'll be doing but I expect it is a matter of time before I am forced. And yesterday someone paid for their food at Lavenham Guildhall tea room contactless with their phone (a first at Lavenham I believe). It will be sometime before you ever see me do that!

But as I say they are useful. You can look things up far from home (providing you get 4g or a decent 3g signal). So for a couple of years I have toyed with the idea of getting one. Toyed with but resisted. Much to my friend Jan's amusement "you'll get one".

I admit I like simplicity and am nervous of change. I was however broken in to this smart phone thing by getting one at work...... I barely use it as a smart phone but I have gotten used to the thing.

I looked and I looked, I read reviews and then I baulked at prices etc etc..... and then and then and then.

Anyhow I asked Trish the other day if I owed her anything for holidays and she looked puzzled and said she owed me £xxx and I had said oh keep it and knock it off of the next holiday.... so I had money I hadn't thought of.... so I said well buy me a phone and stick a memory card in it..... I even gave her my short list. I think she was a bit taken aback but enjoyed the prospect of bringing me into the 21st century!

So I found myself with a Motorola G 3rd Gen......  it had no sim card so I needed to get one. I had elected to not transfer my number and use the old phone as backup and I was going with a new network. The logic of this is that I can sling the old phone in bag (it is tiny) and have two networks if necessary. I headed off and got my FIRST EVER contract! (I've always been pay as you go). I was hardly commital as I went for a rolling one month contract as if the new supplier was pants I could switch!

So I have a smart phone......

Has it changed my life? Uh well no!! I have downloaded a few free apps and other than test the classic FM one works i've not used them!!  Well the anti virus one I have ;)

I don't think I have even browsed the internet more than a handful of times and then it was testing.There will be times I want to find out a football or cricket score or check opening times for a national trust property etc that it will be useful.

But I know that my cameras all have wifi. I know this because I had customised the wifi button to something more useful! So I set the wifi up and linked the cameras to the phone. Why did I do this? Well it means I can now transfer photos from the camera to the phone and then up to facebook or twitter whilst out. Hang on a minute I hear you say, why not use the camera on the phone? Well yes but I'm taking photos for the blog etc so it makes sense to take a picture once. Ok it is a little bit more long winded but it works. 

(NB Pete you did to test HOW to take a picture with the camera on the phone!) 

I have to admit that it was a bit odd to be sat in a national trust cafe and uploading a photo of a scone to twitter via the NT's free wifi.

From my brief forays on to the web the 4g works quickly and if I can't get 4g then the 3g works pretty well. I uploaded a photo of dad at Burnham on Crouch to facebook via 3g.

Now for those of you who have never used a smart phone (which is probably VERY few of you) or on apple on an android phone you link it to your google account. Now this is the scary bit...... yesterday I found that I could get BT fon wifi at Melford Hall, now as a BT broadband customer I went to sign in and found that it was prefilled with ALL Tricia's details! Now I know that once at Tricia's 2 years ago her broadband failed and she signed me on via her account to fon but geez that was clever! Like a numpty I didn't change it to my details but hit enter sorry Trish! Still it worked.

So far I have 4 numbers on the phone which tells you how much I use it and have given the number to 3 people! Dad still uses the old one!, Some of that was because I was waiting to see how good the provider was, I'll see how it gets on abroad and if fine will swap to a 12 month contract (cheaper!).

Looks at phone suspiciously.....





Monday, May 02, 2016

Lavenham, The Guildhall and Melford Hall

The forecast wasn't good for today but as it was turned out ok! but because of that I decided I'd visit a few old haunts that you have all seen MANY MANY times.

First of Lavenham and its fine Guildhall...

A working red phone box!








The guildhall.... fabulous looking building






The exhibits show it's various uses over the years!



Not the most diverse of menus!



Not sure either of these would work....








The old photographs show how much the town/village? has been restored over the years.



They change the exhibits in one room and at the moment it is of work by local artists.







Brunch and as ever the Guildhall scones are very good.




Detail from the guildhall



Love the contrast here!



So I wandered to Melford Hall for lunch. Lots of cars!



I had my lunch outside.... yes outside!!  I had a lovely tomato an red pepper soup and decided against having the bread as they now have homemade scones!! Nice too













A nice day!