Here's a really good thing to happen this week.
Dan's mum uses an old mobile phone, Dan texts her every night and she texts back. It costs her 14p every time she texts, it's a lot of money for someone who is learning to live on a reduced budget, but she's a bit scared of newer technology, let's not dwell on that.
Over the months things have got to a point where Dan has said "ENOUGH!!!" and informed her last week that we were buying her a tablet whether she thought she wanted one or not. There are many reasons why we know she would benefit from owning one, but the main reason is so we can email each other, send pictures etc without it costing her anything (she already has internet access). After much back and forth she agreed and they planned to go shopping.
A couple of days later Dan received a text. Dan's mum has made friends with one of the taxi drivers that takes her and her mum around the place, and he seems like a generally nice bloke. They'd obviously been talking about the tablet (and I should imagine the phrase backwards technology was used at some point) lo and behold, the bloke had bought himself a new tablet in the sales so has an old one going spare and has given it to her free of charge! How great is that?
So we're going round in order for Dan to wipe everything off it and show her how to use it. It's one of those things that as soon as she starts to use it she'll love it, she enjoys computer games so once she's knows they're an option we'll probably never hear from her!