Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Belgian Medals

My arms are feeling sore today. It seems to have taken a couple of days to work its way through from the blood testing. This may be natural, or it may just be that I have the nervous system of a chicken. They often show no sign of distress in very harrowing circumstances, but react badly to things that seem relatively harmless. I was discussing this once with a vet when, as part of the conversation, he described the sensation of being shot. He then added that this sensation (no pain, no falling over, just like being hit with a sledgehammer) was exactly the same the second time he was shot. It seems he had had an eventful war. Chickens, we agreed, showed less immediacy of feeling. I think my arms may be related to chickens. Bothe the shingles vaccination and the blood test attempts seem to have taken a day or two to reach peak discomfort. I used to meet some interesting people . . .

I’m going to keep my typing time short, and won’t get round to fixing yesterday’s photos until tomorrow now. What I’ll probably do is use some substitute photos for yesterday and use the cave ones tomorrow. I will also take a photograph of the Birthday Present, which turned up today. Ten out of ten for Parcelforce for carrying out the new delivery instruction.

American Medals

I have another camera now. Having found my old Panasonic Lumix, a camera that I never really used to its full capabilities, I have obtained a new charger from Amazon (cost £8) and ascertained that the battery still works. I’m planning on using it for work, as the pathetic pink piece of crap I have been provided with is driving me mad. It’s very annoying to spend 20 or 30 minutes photographing stuff only to find when you upload the photos, that they are blurred, have a colour cast or just look plain weird. It was a cheap camera so you can’t blame the camera, or the photographer. You can, however, blame the man who wants to run an internet sales business using second hand computers and cameras found at the back of his wife’s wardrobe.

That, of course, is one of my other frustrations – the inconsistency of loading due to loose connections in the USB ports of my clapped out computer. Sometimes it can take twenty minutes to establish a connection between the camera card and the computer.

More American Medals

WE had news of a lost parcel today. The customer has been very patient and waited a month to get in contact. According to the tracking information it a was posted on the 16th of October and reached the Worldwide Distribution Hub at Heathrow on 17th. That’s good. Unfortunately it’s the last that was heard of it. We are going to have to refund the customer and wait to see what happens. It may arrive and he may well pay for it. If not, we don’t have much of a chance of compensation because Royal mails wants to see the receipt from when you purchased it (they don’t pay out on the full cost, just on what we bought it for). Unfortunately, our buying receipts mainly refer to items in bulk. It’s simply not possible to list everything with an individual cost. Often it ends with them refusing to pay.

Pictures today will be random bits of stock.

British Medals plus Tribute Medals from various towns to their returning troops, and a few white metal Peace Celebration Medals given to schoolchildren.

8 thoughts on “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

  1. Lavinia Ross

    Good luck with the lost parcel reimbursement, Simon. I hope your arms feel better soon, too.

    Seems like there must be a good backstory behind your vet getting shot twice?

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      He was a newly qualified doctor in 1939 and was posted to Liverpool Docks as a Royal Navy medical officer examining women who worked on the docks. He was so appalled by the depravity of human beings that he deserted, joined the army as a private, was wounded in action twice, pardoned for desertion and,after the war, retrained as a vet because he decided he preferred animals.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I bought the Lumix years ago and it was soon replaced in my affections by the 2 Olympus cameras I had – both with more features. They both wore out. The shop Lumix has done great service and when I found this one I thought it might be good to use. They are heavier and more solidly built than most, so I have high hopes.

  2. paolsoren

    Shame about Royal Mail. During Covid lockdown I sent some parcels with Auspost from Ballarat to Jersey and they took months. Then I tried Pack & Send and I was happier but it was more expensive. Swings and Roundabouts.

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      We once sent a parcel to the Czech Republic, it got lost, we refunded. It returned to us after having a trip to South Korea. It seems it isn’t their job to deliver it to the addressee. Annoying.
      On the other hand we send a couple of thousand packages a year and the loss rates are small. Internationally, some countries are worse than others, but this isn’t down to Royal Mail.

      We rarely have a problem with Australia, for instance, but Italy is a nightmare.


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