When did you last see one?
seems so long since I last saw one. I remember the first time was at the summit
of The Wrekin. There are 49 concrete trig points in Shropshire, built by the
Ordnance Survey in high places where you can see two more points. They were used
for triangulation in map making. Now we mostly use aerial photography and new
technology, so they are not really needed but I am still intrigued by them.
points have benchmarks which show an exact height and I saw one on a wall at my
cousin’s house carved on a stone wall. There is a little arrow pointing up to a
horizontal line which represents and exact height above sea level.
at home the bulbs’ green pointers are showing above ground already. Some people
have snowdrops almost in flower. But we have no need to wait. I went into our
supermarket yesterday and there are bunches of daffs for sale. Their buds are
already opening on straight green stems tied together. I hesitated but decided,
in the end, to wait another few weeks and see my own in the garden.
for my shopping with my mobile phone I left the shop and was reminded of a
friend who told me that in London she was stopped by a store detective who
asked to see what was in her shopping bag.
you mind?” He asked.
course not,” she answered opening the carrier to show her purchases.
you got a receipt, Madam”.
sorry, I paid with my phone and when the machine asked if I wanted a receipt, I
pressed the ‘No’ option.” He stepped back and she left for home. What do you do
if you haven’t got a receipt because you have paid by mobile? I suppose she
could have shown the notification on her screen, but it is all getting a bit
complicated now we have the new technology.
got a bit complicated when we went for a meal after a walk in the Shropshire
hills at the weekend. We had enjoyed the silence of a cold winter’s day with the
blue sleeping hills in the distance. There were sheep but no bleats and birds
but no songs. We were pleased to reach the pub with a warm fire welcome. But then
I saw my longed-for ice cream sundae wrongly delivered to the people at a table
went to a café where you carried an electronic tag to your table and the
waiters used the computer too find you. But this time the sundae was handed
over with a smile without the help of technology.
(Taken from my column in the Shropshire Star)