He is something I think is very unfair.

In the days when we were allowed to travel, I went to the USA a lot. A convenient thing to get was an annual travel insurance policy. For more than two trips, especially to the USA, it was easy and good value.

But, I have an existing medical condition, as, I suppose, do many older people. It is not something that might cause me issues on a trip, but I do take medication. I go to the doctor’s once a year for the usual tests, to see how it is going.So I declare it.

Immediately, most companies won”t even contemplate selling me a policy. Some do, at inflated costs. But you have no real choice.

And yet, others who don’t go to the docs and yet may well have an existing condition can get insurance very easily. To me it should be the other way round. If you have a condition and get medical advice for it, your insurance should be less, because you are aware of it and doing things to keep it under control. Just because you don’t know you have it, doesn’t mean you don’t have it. People who don’t keep a track of their health should not get preferential treatment by these insurance companies.

Speak proper

There is something that annoys me.

This is a router:

It is a woodworking tool. The name is supposed to rhyme with ‘sprout’, the ‘out’ bit being pronounced as if you were not in.

This is a router:

It’s a device used on networks in computing. It is pronounced to rhyme with ‘boot’.

Can’t count

I wish people would stop telling us that it’s the last X of the decade. It isn’t.

Let’s get this right. A decade is 10 years. This year is 2019, which ends in a 9. It is the ninth year of a ten year decade. There is one more whole year to go after this year before the decade comes to an end.

The first year was year 1, the second year 2 and so on. The tenth year was year 10. At the end of a year ending with a multiple of 10 we end a decade. The year 100 was the hundredth year, the end of a century. The end of 1999 was not the end of a century as we still had one year to go.

Not that ending a decade or century has any special meaning anyway…

So stupid

I have discovered a new word to be banned from the English language. It is ‘so’, especially when people are asked questions, thus:

Q: What job do you do, Fred?

A: So, I used to be a doctor…

Q: Emma, what are your hobbies?

A: So, I used to have a cat that loved sardines…

It adds nothing to anything. All people who start sentences with this word should disappear…