Specsavers Save The Day…

It had bothered me. I’ve spent my time today writing a longish piece (you can now read it over yonder) or putting together a short animation (purely as a bit of relief) and all the time I’ve been wondering why Warrington Specsavers no longer do home visits around here. I mean, this really bothered me. Something didn’t add up. It was rattling around my brain for ages until about four o’clock when I suddenly wondered if there was a closer store.

On my Google Map, Leigh stood out. It has a hearing department, so I thought I’d ring them. I was in the process of typing in their number, wondering what county the prefix represented when my brain leapt to the question: what county would we be in?

We have a Warrington phone number, a Warrington postcode, yet we’re actually in…

Flash of light. Clash of cymbals. Me feeling an utter chump for not realising it earlier.

We’re in St Helens and there’s a St Helens Specsavers. What’s more, they have a hearing department!

So, I rang them, checked if they do home visits (yes) and if they’d visit Newton-le-Willows, which they do. Five minutes later I’d had the appointment switched from Warrington to St Helens. About ten minutes later, I got a call from a really helpful audiologist at St Helens Specsavers arranging a home visit in a couple of weeks.

Cue me grinning like an idiot for solving this little mystery.

Of course, there are lots of questions I might have if I put my mind to it, the chief one being: why the hell didn’t Warrington mention St Helens? I guess it’s easily answered. They couldn’t be bothered or they didn’t think. All I can say is that writing about politics is so much easier than dealing with real life…

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Why Dunciad.com?

It’s a cool domain name and it was available. Yes, I know. Available. Crazy, isn’t it?


Yes. It also helps that it’s also my favourite satire written by Alexander Pope, one of the most metrically pure English poets who also knew his way around a crude insult or two. If you’ve not read it, you should give it a try.

So this is satire, right?

Can’t deny it. There will be some. But it’s also an experiment in writing and drawing, giving work away for free in order to see how many people are willing to support a writer doing his thing. It’s the weird stuff that I wouldn’t get published elsewhere in this word of diminishing demands and cookie-cutter tastes.