Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Mission accomplished

I think I've already mentioned that we've been without TV since the digital switch-over took me by surprise and happened a week or so before I expected it. Anyway, since then we've been watching the bit of TV that we do watch via the BBC's iPlayer and the ITV equivalent. And I've been meaning to go to a Big Place and buy a TV, but never quite got around to it.

Yes, I know I could have ordered one online, but with a TV, I reckoned that I wanted to compare the picture quality before buying.

I planned to go last week, but didn't. Then I scheduled it for yesterday, but ended up scanning slides all day instead.[*] I then had the bright idea of going to the Currys on the out of town shopping place in Wrexham. I don't normally go to Wrexham for shopping, but by the time I'm in Corwen for my Welsh class, I'm more than half way there. So I printed off a map of the location. It looked easy enough. Normal route to Wrexham, turn onto the A483, come off again at the next junction, go left at the first roundabout and there it should be. As I said, easy.

I came off the Wrexham bypass at the right junction, only to find a confusing plethora of roundabouts and junctions. The main roundabout was the big complicated kind that has traffic lights to control access to it. I am predominantly a rural driver and have been for years, but I kept calm as I wended my way though it, only to take the wrong exit, whereupon I found myself back on the bypass heading once more for Chester!

I was beginning to think the plan might have been a really bad idea, but I exited at the next junction and managed to find my way back onto the bypass and came off again at the original junction. I hadn't a clue where I was going, but I managed to spot a B&Q which looked hopeful because it probably meant retail park.

There was no Currys by the B&Q, but I have had "lampshades" on my shopping list for some time, so I thought that at least I wouldn't go home empty handed. Two nice B&Q lampshades later, I reconnoitred the road layout from the vantage point of the B&Q car park. Across the next small roundabout was an Argos Extra. Perhaps they would have a suitable TV? Small roundabout safely negotiated, I parked in the Argos car park. Exploring again on foot revealed below me a Sainsburys, an Aldi and there -- in the distance -- was Currys!


So I found the Samsung TV I'd short-listed from the web site (as being the right size and price), compared it with a couple of others, decided that I did like the colours on the Samsung best and a few minutes later, my prize was being carried to the car by the nice young man. I even managed to find my way straight onto the bypass and hence home.

I wouldn't say that I now know how to get there, but if I ever need retail park type shops in the future, I might well do that again.

[*]And that was something of a palaver to get under way because for ages the computer said it couldn't communicate with the scanner. I tried everything I could think of, starting with the obvious, which was switch everything off, wait for a moment and switch everything back on again. I unplugged the cables and reinserted them umpteen times. I tried a different USB socket in the back of the computer and eventually even tried reinstalling the software. Eventually, after having lunch, I unplugged and reinserted the cables one more time and, for no apparent reason, it decided to work! But then I discovered that I now had an older version of the software.


A quick Google and a search of the folder where I keep downloaded software turned up the newer version, and finally the scanning was under way again. There are times when I hate computers!

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