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NanKate Wed 25-Jul-18 07:35:00

When I bought a Travelcard to use on the train and underground on Monday I put it in my bag next to my IPhone and it stopped the Travelcard working in the machines to get you through each part of the journey. The helpful BR man said the metal strip on the back of the card was invalidated by the mobile.

Do you have any useful or fun bits of advice to make life easier ?

M0nica Wed 25-Jul-18 07:43:01

When I worked I had an a swipe card to get into work that kept invalidating my credit cards.

It was only after several weeks that I was told I should not keep the work swipe card in my purse with credit cards.

Elegran Wed 25-Jul-18 07:51:04

Long ago we used to set fire to a bit of paper by focusing the sun on it through a lens. Dramatic results. Some "class comedians" would even focus the sun onto someone's flesh, to see them jump when the heat struck home and they started to burn.

I remember this whenever I have to put down my reading glasses in a patch of sunlight, and I make sure that they are not the way round that the light would focus onto anything a few inches away (for the same reason that you should never, ever, look directly at the sun through a lens).

marijo1951 Wed 25-Jul-18 09:56:10

It sounds as if you live in the London area. If you have your Travelcard put on an Oyster card, you won't have this problem. Not all National Rail stations issue Oyster cards but, if you don't live near a Tube or other TfL station, you can probably get one at a local newsagent.

dragonfly46 Wed 25-Jul-18 10:00:18

If it is in London you can use your debit card which is kept inside your purse. I also have a blocking card so noone can take money off my debit card remotely as that seems to be a new crime.

Menopaws Wed 25-Jul-18 10:02:18

Happens with hotel room door swipe cards too if you keep with phone

Jalima1108 Wed 25-Jul-18 10:13:46

Interesting and especially your post Meonpaws
DH had trouble with the swipe card for our hotel room recently - he changed it three times!

Kim19 Wed 25-Jul-18 10:34:31

Do you all know that ownership of a travel card also entitles you to reduced price when coupled with oystercard? I've had both for years and only discovered the second entitlement by accident. Strange because I'm pretty diligent with matters financial.

Blinko Wed 25-Jul-18 10:48:28

Whilst we're talking travel, I hope everyone's discovered the SplitMyTicket website? We've all heard how rail costs can be dramatically reduced by splitting tickets for the same journey. Here was me thinking I'd need to try out all the various permutations to get the best deal. Not so. This website does it for you shock

As an example, I regularly travel from Birmingham New Street to Oxford to meet DS2 for lunch. Even with a Senior Railcard, it's around £25 return. By splitting my ticket, it was less than £20. Birmingham to Banbury; then Banbury to Oxford. Didn't even change seats.

Give it a go, if you haven't already.

GrandmaMoira Wed 25-Jul-18 10:48:36

The other issue with keeping your bus pass or travelcard in your purse with other cards is that I have a few times inadvertently pulled out my debit card instead of bus pass and paid for a bus journey that I could have had free.
I now keep my bus pass separately.

grandtanteJE65 Wed 25-Jul-18 11:06:59

Unplug the sewing machine when you have finished using it. I once knew a seamstress who came back into the room to find her sewing machine merrily sewing of its own accord!

It turned out a pin had lodged itself in the pedal and was exerting enough pressure to keep the machine running.

If I hadn't know her to be a very truthful person, I would have thought she was pulling my leg.

ExaltedWombat Wed 25-Jul-18 11:07:35

I'm afraid a mobile phone can also corrupt an Oyster card. Particularly, I think, if it rings when the card is closely alongside it.

Yes in London, the best deal is to use Oyster or credit card. 'Travel card' discounts are automatically applied,and a bit more besides.

HootyMcOwlface Wed 25-Jul-18 12:37:45

My staff name badge had a strong magnet on the back. We were warned not to put them in our bags near bank cards or they might stop them working.

Eilyann70 Wed 25-Jul-18 12:41:12

Hope you all know that if you wear hearing aids you are entitled to a disabled train pass, which means as well as your discount the person travelling with you also gets discount.

Purpledaffodil Wed 25-Jul-18 13:02:01

Totally believe you Grandtante I had exactly the same thing happen when I was in the house on my own late at night. I thought I had a sewing poltergeist in the room😱

Nonnie Wed 25-Jul-18 13:39:57

Eilyann how do you apply for that? I had no idea. While we are on the subject anyone over the age of 55 is entitled to a free hearing test and free hearing aids so even if you are not having a problem, if you travel by train a lot it may be worthwhile getting the aids.

RillaofIngleside Wed 25-Jul-18 13:41:07

Slightly different tip, but putting dry coffee grounds in a saucer and lighting them with a match causes them to smoulder. The smoke keeps wasps away.
This is a tip I learnt in Sicily and it does work. Great when you’re eating outside.

rubytut Wed 25-Jul-18 13:56:57

Ridiculous idea Nonnie, the NHS is struggling enough without people having free hearing aids they do not need just to get a discount on rail travel .

Nonnie Wed 25-Jul-18 14:16:38

I am sorry you feel like that ruby but there are a lot of people who don't know they are entitled to free hearing tests and would benefit from having them. If that then entitles them to cheaper rail travel that is not a cost to the NHS.
Therefore it is your reply is a "ridiculous idea".

Elegran Wed 25-Jul-18 14:30:04

Rubytut Do you feel it is struggling enough without people having free crutches too? Being unable to walk and unable to hear are two different disabilities. Would you help one and not the other?

Saxifrage Wed 25-Jul-18 14:45:46

Elegran. Thank you for the tip about reduced rail cards. I did not know about this and both OH and I are entitled to one. . I agree with you that Nonnie's suggestion is out of line. There is several weeks wait at local NHS clinics for audiology testing and they don't need extra patients who are just cheating the system.

Carogriff Wed 25-Jul-18 14:47:45

I had an eelskin purse which constantly deactivated my cards. I was very sad to let it go

rubytut Wed 25-Jul-18 14:52:30

Nonnie, you were suggesting having hearing aids even if you dont need them to get the rail card, that is what I was objecting to. Elegran, I do not think you have read the post about pretending to need aids, of course items that are needed should be free.

Jalima1108 Wed 25-Jul-18 14:58:49

I don't think Nonnie meant that and no-one would be prescribed hearing aids if they did not need them, by the NHS or a private company.

I read it that some people may not be aware they have a problem. There are, of course, others who do have a problem but refuse to go and get hearing aids; most frustrating if you are living with such a person.

NanKate Wed 25-Jul-18 15:19:26

Thank you Marijo I only go up to London once a year and that is more than enough for me, I used to love it but no longer.