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A mostly successful shopping trip
Just a very quick post and no photos yet because it's time to make dinner. With luck there will be a photo or two tomorrow -- assuming they came out ok!

Today was an excursion to the town of Llandudno on the North Wales coast, which is a 3 hour round trip. G was attending the graduation of some of his students and I went shopping.

I really don't like shopping much, so tend to save it up and then arrange to go to a Big Place[*] and get it all done in one fell swoop. I bought most of what I went for, plus a handbag I hadn't intended to buy but did need due to the zip breaking on the faithful old bag that has served me these many a year. I may also have made a step forwards in sorting out the muddle a certain big name mobile phone provider has made of one of my online account (fortunately the one belonging to the spare phone, and not my main phone). And, though I went intending only to look I actually bought the new fridge-freezer I've been procrastinating about for, oh, about 3 years. However, I didn't manage to get a new printer. The ones they had weren't suitable. I need to do some research online. Why do they have to bring out new "improved" models that have all sorts of features that you don't want and don't do what you need them to do. :(

[*]I always find it rather ironic that when I was a child we went to Llandudno for holidays. We thought it a charming little place compared to Manchester where we lived. Now it's one of the Big Places where I go to shop for things I can't buy locally and want to see in the flesh rather than just buying online.

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished but tired

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gillo From: gillo Date: July 11th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I drove back from Llandudno yesterday, after a couple of days with Mum. It is quite small, though it seems to have an awful lot of boxlike warehouse-type shops.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 12th, 2014 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Llandudno has far more shops than it ought to for the size of the population, but it is the Big Place for shopping for all the little towns and villages around.

I think they've done it quite well because the "out of town" shopping is actually just at the bottom of the high street, so it's drawing people in which will help the smaller shops, cafes and restaurants rather than drawing everyone away from the town centre, as is so often the case.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: July 12th, 2014 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Re: Printers: They make them cheap but with a very short life span so you will have to replace them nearly every year. And if you don't then the replacement cartridges get ever more expensive. They also make the printers to be liars, by telling you the ink has run out when it hasn't, so that you will buy more. Apparently there is a little button inside that you can press to continue using the the same cartridge. But don't ask me where to find it, I have no idea.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: July 12th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've done pretty well with my Canon printer. I've had it far more than a year and (unlike Epson) it will let you keep printing even when the "Cartridge Empty" warning comes up so you can keep going until the quality deteriorates.

However... its ink absorber is now full. I found a code online which over-rode the warning, but if I keep using it, eventually ink will ooze out of the printer all over the place! It costs about £60 to send it away to get the ink absorber replaced and though you can buy a kit, the instructions posted by someone who had done it looked horrendously complicated and beyond what I'm happy doing.

So I've ordered a new HP printer for £45 which should do what I want. It should arrive on Monday.
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