Who am I?

An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Friday 24 February 2017

Computer illiterate - that's me!

I have been toying with the idea of writing a book for some time now. I'd even got around to getting a few chapters together in Word document format on my original laptop. I lost the lot when my grand-daughter, Emily, accidentally knocked my beer over and destroyed my computer and external hard drive in a moment. It now seems destined to become a project for when I retire, whenever that is, and sits prominently near the top of my "bucket list". There is only one thing which has a higher standing - my desire to catch a thirty pound carp, on a split cane rod, purely because of my promise to Dad.
So where's all this stuff going? I have not had access to Microsoft 365 since that fateful day when Emily destroyed my entire computer system. The new Toshiba laptop is a wonderful thing, but doesn't come with Microsoft Office as standard. When purchased I didn't really care so long as I could get back to blogging. As time has passed, I have really yearned for the ability to create documents, so looked at ways of getting Word reinstated to my computer. A trip to the Microsoft home page resulted in a wondrous event. Clicking on the icon for Microsoft Word resulted in a "buy it now" facility - all £109 of it! There was one customer review associated with the product, so I clicked on that. Glory be! What a result? The reviewer was very complimentary about the Microsoft product but asked the question "Why pay £109 when Google Docs is free?" Google Docs?, never heard of it, so quickly had a search only to find that this word processing facility had been part of my computer package since the day dot!
I really am one computer dullard! My lack of recent blogging activity is directly attributable to the time I've spent playing with this, newly discovered, toy! I have already produced my first article for Freshwater Informer, using the facility, and have also played around with bits and bobs which might provide a basis for book chapters in the future?
I also produced an article which I had hoped to forward to Awesome Angler, but haven't had any reply to my inquiries; they must be very busy filming their youtube stuff? Click Here to view my offering. Back out with Benno and Bryn tomorrow, so more material for the Freshwater Informer project, which is progressing rather nicely thanks to the two way communication with their editorial team.


  1. Never thought about attaching a Google Doc to the blog Dyl - thanks for the idea! I will also get around to reading your one - had a quick look.

    1. Steve - no worries. It is a whole new world to me! - Dyl