The most important Monday News is on the phone front. After extensive investigation both inside the bungalow and outside the problem has been identified as under my front lawn. So contractors have now been called in to dig up the lawn and put me a new cable in. The BT engineer has been this morning and has moved the whole caboodle on to the outside wall and put in a new socket so that when they put in the new cable it can be connected. A spiral of cable sits on the outside wall awaiting connection - and I await the arrival of the contractors whenever they choose to come. Of course I am still not connected to my usual Lifeline service but I have my mobile and as long as I keep it fully charged then I am fine. On the plus side, although there is a bit of snow lying here and there, the sun has shone all day and although there is a sharp cold wind blowing it is a rather nice December day - better than rain, snow or fog any day.
Well Ben Stokes won Sports Personality of the Year 2019 and a well-deserved win I would say. What a year England's Cricket Team had and what pleasure they gave to so many people. Sport of any kind is not my thing but I do always bear in mind the pleasure they give to so many people who for one reason or another are unable to participate. And Ben's charming acceptance speech was a delight to listen to.
The fitting of a new point in a different place in my sitting room might well mean I shall have to rearrange my furniture but I shall cross that bridge when I come to it. When it came time to take Tess for her morning walk I found that the engineer was not allowed to stay in the house on his own while I took her, so my son came and walked her round the block for me. I would have been quite happy for the engineer to stay in the place alone but seems it is not allowed - understandable I suppose.
Funny how these days we just can't manage without all these contacts with the outside world. When I think my parents never had a car, never had a phone, (never even had central heating come to that) I wonder whether we have become a bit too soft these days. What do you think? Should we take advantage of every bit of modern technology, should we pick and choose what we have or should we just ignore the lot?