So many websites are designed the wrong way round - that is, not from the point of view of the user. In my case, I don't want to have to click through a lot of pages of things I don't want, I want to put in what I do want and have only things that apply come up.
So, the first things they ask are, contract or pay as you go. That's fine, and so is maximum and minimum price. But then, what matters to me is what I get, not what make of phone or network - that is, there may be some I don't want, but I don't want to be restricted to being shown only one. But I'm not offered that, it's one or all. And I'd like to say from the outset whether calls, text or internet are most important, so that then I can be shown a range of options, starting with the ones that are most likely to interest me. Instead, I get lots of pictures of phones and then have to look at any one I like to find out what tariffs are associated with it, then save it for comparison. If, instead, I could just cross off the ones that aren't suitable, it would be much simpler.
The Sage is far more dextrous than I am, far better at fiddly jobs, except when it comes to phones or computers, when they have to be idiot-proof. So he'll have to be able to have a go and see if he can use it, so we'll have to go shopping together. I can't see that happening today. Or tomorrow. I was free this morning when he wasn't and I'm not free this afternoon. And tomorrow's not possible at all.
I suppose I should have started all this earlier.
By the way, how come no one has disagreed with the odd expression that *we* are all "addicted to oil". Surely we're simply dependent on it?
I thought I might try to get involved with the football. Not that I mind in the least who wins the World Cup - I'm not being snooty about it, but I find it more interesting to see who plays well and has the most appealing players, rather than what country they come from. But it's giving me a headache. I haven't managed to sit through a match yet. I suppose I should be glad to have more time to research phones. I understand that the television networks are looking into an option to block the sound of the vuvuzelas, which would mean I have no excuse to ignore the coverage any more.