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.


8 comments:

  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!

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

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  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!

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

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

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    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.

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

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  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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