When I was a teacher teaching Information Technology, one small point we always discussed was people who lack basic technology, like e-mail or web browsing facilities.

I know there are many such people, some who say they cannot understand it, others who simply refuse to have such new fangled tech around. Why, I cannot say.

Plainly, these people are at some disadvantage. E-mail is a convenient way to communicate, Skype or an equivalent are usually easy enough to use and if you have family elsewhere, it’s a good way to keep in touch.

My aunt wrote me a letter the other day. Finding an envelope just to send her a reply was a real chore, and totally unnecessary if she had simple Internet facilities, but she doesn’t.

Not being able to order items on-line, taking advantages of the best prices, having stuff delivered can be tricky. This has been highlighted by the current virus lockdown. We are supposed not to go out unless it’s necessary. Every time you go out increases your risk of catching it. Order on-line and it will be delivered.

It’s not hard to get on-line, it’s not expensive and for many things these days t is essential.

If you know someone who would benefit from being connected, why not help them?


If for any reason you are in London and are struggling with the virus, please be aware that buses may not be entered at the front (to protect the driver).

Use the middle door, let other passengers off first (at a sensible distance), there’s no need to swipe in and take your time as there’s no hurry.

Bus doors have big stickers on telling you what do to. And do spread out inside the bus.

Even better, stay home.


President Donald Trump has suggested that UV or very bright lights, external or internal (ie inside your body) might possibly kill the virus very quickly.

He has also suggested that possibly injecting disinfectant into your lungs might kill it. He certainly thinks it is worth investigating.

Look, Mr Trump is not a doctor. He knows nothing. Please do not even think about it.


We shouldn’t even need to tell you that, but plainly we do…