An app to control your AGA – don’t all rush at once.

Popgadget Personal Technology for Women: Operate this cooking stove with your mobile.

Never fear – we can all operate our AGA via an iPhone….

oh how the other half live!!


Radar key rip off

Since purchasing an iPhone I’ve been hoovering up toilet apps. Accessible toilets are my nemesis – no toilet and I can’t go out. In other countries, there are free Apps to tell people where they can find public toilets including accessible ones. The Radar Key Scheme in the UK means that thousands of accessible toilets can be accessed only by purchasing a RADAR key.

To my utter shock, they are charging £4.99 for this iPhone app! That’s a premium price I won’t be paying. Ok so the App sales have a limited market and it probably cost a good bit to have made – but even so. None disabled people can find toilets for free – so why should I have to pay for the privilege!

iPhone queuing

Last year iPhone 4 came out less than 24 hours before we were due to sail to Holland. This meant only one thing. I desperately wanted that fabby screen and camera and hadn’t pre ordered – so queuing it was.

The Bluewater queue this year

My PA got up in the middle of the night so I could get there at the crack of dawn. Ok, actually I got to Bluewater at 7 or 8. Can’t really remember. Think I was still asleep. The mall was silent with the odd security guard opening the doors for the Apple nuts. Oh yeah, that would include me, right. So I trundled to the Apple store bypassing the lines of people at the phone stores. Demand and supply wasn’t matching – we were about to get in line for what turned out to be about 6 or 7 hours. I can’t remember exactly how long. An eternity? It was baking hot under the mall glass roof, people were taking over half an hour to make the purchase and spirits were not that high! No great buzz just people quietly blogging on laptops and tweeting how many inches they had moved in the last hour.

I think the thing I remember most is, in the hundred deep queue, there were only a few females. I appeared to be the only wheelchair user so I scored a double hit on the minority scale.

By late afternoon, after nearly passing out from the free coffee and heatstroke, I returned home with my new phone. I just got one before they ran out.

Would I do it again? No way!

Was I glad I had the experience of an Apple queue – ooooh YES.

That’s one thing off my bucket list 🙂