10 Things You Can Actually Do With Your Smart Phone

We’re glued to them. We wake up in the morning and check social media. We text our friends when we reach the office. We play a game when we’re taking a toilet break then repeat the cycle when lunchtime arrives. Here’s a trivial list of other things you could use your smartphone for to break the mould.


1. Become a fitness freak – when you set those goals to become super strong or super healthy, there is a wealth of fitness apps to help you out and become the ultimate fitness snob via your phone. MyFitnessPal will help show off all of the good foods you’re eating and you can even lie to your friends when you have a second KitKat – they will never know!

Various pieces of kit such as FitBit come with associated apps to download which cleverly track your sleep, steps and calories and reward you with badges which you can show off on social media.


2. Mirror – It’s the 21st century and not many men carry around a pocket mirror. It’s more likely that a bloke you pass on the street has a bathroom mirror on his person. So how does the run of the mill man check his hair and his blemishes without being seen? Smartphones! Never leave home without your mirror/ smartphone and you shall be presentable ever more.


3. Run Your Business – We are rightly becoming more dependable on our smartphones. Not only can they run your personal life but your professional life can be added to or perhaps even completely run via your phone. Professional bloggers can write a whole entry via their apps whilst on the train to the office. Salesmen can respond to overnight emails and your manager can even reject your overtime sheet all through her smartphone on her commute in.


4. Office Olympics – With the ever popular Office Cricket and Office “toss the stress ball” fading out, what better to replace them that Office Smartphone Olympics? The options here are really limitless and it comes down to how brave you can be with your pride and joy. Javelin is the obvious choice but don’t rule out discus or pole vault just yet!


5. True Communications – 20 years ago, if you wanted to send an email, an SMS, a fax and print something, this could be an hour long activity. You had to wind up the PC and dial up to the internet then turn on your Nokia 3310 and play Snake before you could think about any content for your email or text.

The fax machine would be engaged whilst your mum was on the phone to Aunty Betty and the printer had run out of paper.

Now, none of this need happen as we simply tap away and get all forms of communication complete in one go and send to all.


6. Pretend you have a house phone – You’ve seen them in gift shops and perhaps read about them in history books and yes the landline was an actual thing! Be it corded or cordless, we used to be restricted to not leaving the house until that call was ended.

So why not turn back the years and turn your smartphone into a house phone like one of these: http://mashable.com/2012/09/02/iphone-docks-desk-phone/


7. TV Remote – As humans, we lose the TV remote control on average 39292 times a day. How often do you lose your smartphone? Precisely. So let the TV remote be swallowed by the sofa or slobbered on by the dog because the world is your oyster and your smartphone is your new remote.


8. Diagnose Your Health – This is not strictly recommended for actual diagnosis but is fun all the same. Various websites like https://www.diagnose-me.com/ exist and various apps such as Prognosis: Your Diagnosis are great to find out you are the first pregnant male or that you have 13.5 seconds to live. The question is what do you do with those 13.5 seconds? Probably, check your smartphone.


9. Banking – Most teenagers have never been to a bank. Most people under the age of 40 will never need to go to a bank again. Almost every bank has an app and the majority of these allow access to make a payment, transfer a balance or look longingly at your ever decreasing balance.


10. Call Someone – Novel, yes, but we don’t ever call anyone anymore do we? Call someone, that’s what phones are for!



My misinformed opinion is more important

On arrival, you have to wait to be seated – nothing unusual there. However, you then have to go and select your own cutlery and pour your own drink. I am not lazy and am fully able bodied but after waiting for a seat instead of sitting at a clearly available table, this is not desirable service.

The menu is overpriced and is a huge display of the same thing over and over again. It’s chicken with sauce with a carb and extra if you want anything unprocessed. A salad or a corn on the cob, for example.

The food will arrive cold and your serving will not warrant the price tag but you shall not grumble because this is what you expected when placing your order – remember, there was no table service.

Personally, I have never eaten here however this review will prove more helpful than other reviews of regulars and passers-by. If everybody who’s nobody is in regular attendance then this culinary experience is not sought after.

Restaurants should be attended for the food not the experience or the geotag. A cult outing should be the local pub or a football pitch and that is what prevented and will continue to prevent my custom.



Moving to Cornwall

Here’s a blog entry that I didn’t finish/publish from last year. It looked untidy in my drafts so here we go:

Last week, I spent a few days in Devon. A winter getaway if you like. We took the dog everywhere and went to the icy cold beaches and did a bit of pre Christmas shopping and spent many hours in empty, cosy pubs.

Delightful, I’m sure you will agree. I have been to Somerset, Devon and Cornwall on many occasions and in all seasons. So much so that I have often thought how wonderful it would be to move down that way. After all, house prices are lower and you get so much more for your money. Pretty much a no brainer.

There’s one thing that massivley stood out to me whilst visiting, however. What do people do in Cornwall?

Now, I don’t mean surfing and laying on the beach and spending countless hours at beach music festivals. I didn’t identify a career other than publican and we were the only visitors on more than one occasion. This is worrying not only for my aspirations to move there but also for the people living there surely? Ok, so the farmers make an obvious living but there was no evidence of any job you would associate with living in a city or earning a decent crust.

Perhaps, everybody works from home? I did ponder this but only for a few minutes whilst I waited for mobile signal and the public wifi to come back to life. There simply isn’t the bandwidth or technology available currently to support such a lifestyle.

It became apparent in my mind that I need to become a pioneer in this if I wanted to achieve my move to the western part of the country. Working from home on my farm/ pub/ normal person house in this part of the world has quickly become a short to mid term goal.

So please excuse me whilst I bulk buy extension cables and patch my way from London to Cornwall – the internet is quite good here, I wouldn’t want to leave it behind.