I have, for the second time in 12 hours, just wasted 40 minutes of my life trying to pay for train tickets through an intractable website belonging to a British train company.

All my details are correct, it just isn’t accepting them. I’ve tried all the usual tricks: changing the accented letters in my name and address to unaccented, typing in my credit card number all in sequence, with spaces, with dashes and with full stops, going over everything ten, twenty times trying to find what I’m doing wrong. No go.

It’s incredibly frustrating, this modern technology. I try to save some money (more than 20 UK pounds in this case) and the technology gremlins decide to frustrate every effort.

On the bright side: 24 hours and 30 minutes from now I will be in England, where the weather promises, for once, to be considerably better than in Iceland, were it has been snowing on and off for the last 36 hours or so, with the attendant slippery, slushy roads, ankle-deep snow, grey skies and Arctic winds.

If I find free wifi, you can expect some posts. If not, I will post when i get back.


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