Sunday, 10 July 2016

An Ode to a Satnav

It's holiday time and I've been out and about, driving through London and half way across the country. Thanks to my satnav I didn't get lost once so, with tongue firmly in cheek, this is my...

Ode to a Satnav

We used to use maps to find out where we are.
Now we plug in our satnav instead.
We don't find which way's North by locating a star.
I'm afraid that map reading is dead.

But you can't trust a voice from inside a machine
that says, 'make a U turn' all the time,
then it takes a short cut leading into a stream
and you're up to your big ends in slime.

I would say, 'ditch the satnav. Go back to the map.'
But I know that I won't follow suit,
cause my satnav's called Sean. He's a clever young chap
and, between you and me, rather cute.


  1. I think that one has to use the brain somewhat in conjunction with a sat nav. Twice in the last year,when driving with someone else, it has proved useless. 1. "take the 3rd exit off the roundabout"-driver counted carefully and included a petrol station-so she decided to continue to the wrong town!!! 2. "Oh no! the sat nav says continue for the next 3 miles"-the screen shows we are in a field. Sat nav not updated so driver did not know what to do. Needless to say I do not have one!

    1. Oh yes, not getting lost is definitely a joint effort.

  2. I laughed at your ode Ros, but haven't got a sat nav.sometimes use it at work, and it's a pain in the proverbial!

    1. Thanks, Bridget, but I'm amazed you haven't got one. I couldn't possibly get to your place without Sean!

  3. You are welcome to Sean, Ros. - I'm glad you love him. But give me good old Map any time!

    1. He was indispensable last week when I was driving round London. In fact, Jo, I wouldn't have gone if I thought I'd have to drive without him.

  4. glad Sean is cute, but I'd still double check his work with a peek at old fashioned paper. Clever poem!

  5. SatNavs can be helpful, but this week mine didn't realise that the bridge in Elland had been swept away in the floods earlier this year. However I wasn't as rude as my SatNav is to me if I fail to turn at the right time.


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