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broken wing

Sunday, January 27th, 2013 | tags: , , , ,  |

broken wingAs the snow recedes it reveals the debris of an unseen drama.

A perfectly formed wing, depaired from it’s partner.

Did the wearer ‘fall’ or were they pushed?


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muting the February sunshine

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 | tags: ,  |

first day out in my new Holly Golightly glasses. I stepped out of the house as my neighbour left hers she called out – what long hair you have!

Less than an hour later,  a work colleague asked ‘Have you had your hair cut?’

In the evening at the Moscow city ballet performance of the Nutcracker, no-one said anything. What is a style consious person supposed to think? Do these people

  • notice something different in the general head region and pick the most likely thing?
  • expect me to wear different and stylish glasses?
  • think sunglasses in the UK in February is so silly they are too embarressed to draw attention to the seemingly pretentious faux-pas?

or is it something that my paranoid self hasn’t yet dreampt of?

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golightly glasses

Sunday, February 6th, 2011 | tags: , , , ,  |

Optical Express said they could replace the lenses in my ski-chic wrap-around graduated-grey tint,  reflective Ray Bans for a reasonable price. Hooray. Phew! I was thrilled at being able to get the lenses replaced in my favourite glasses.

That’s the highlight of the story over. It’s downhill from here on in, though luckily no broken bones.

3 frowns: Ratings explained

The following summary actually omits many of the details that added to the paucity of my experience. I made 4 trips to pick up my glasses, each time and transport:

  1. Optical Express explained that their ‘labs’ no longer had the specialist equipment so the glasses had been sent to another lab and I’d have to come back next week
  2. On this visit they made me wait in line, did not know what had happened even after checking their computers to find that my glasses work had been put ‘on hold’. The labs were not answering the phone so they suggested that I come back next week,  when they knew more, Sigh
  3. This visit they explained that actually they could not fit new lenses in my current frames, but they could give me 5%  (about £6.00) on a different, new, set of Ray Ban frames. This discount amounted to less than my cumulative busfares for the previous trips to pick up the glasses. I turned down the measley offer, explaining why, and asked for my glasses back saying I would go elsewhere. This prompted them to offer 50% off a new frame (£60) which I rashly accepted, and selected a Holly Golightly pair of Ray Bans
  4. Finally picked up my old glasses, without new lenses, and new glasses with new lenses. New lenses were scratched. How poor is that? I gave-up and walked out

It seems that British optical laboratories provide customers with substantially fewer lens treatment and fitting services than those in the USA (tint colours, coatings). Opticians prefer to sell you a whole new pair of glasses than try and replace lenses in existing frames. Even more sadly, Optical Express lead me to believe they could supply a service that they could not, then compounded this by substandard service. I’ll be going elsewhere to replace the lenses in my other glasses.

Generally rather disappointing

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replacing the ray bans

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | tags:  |

By taking my favourite five pairs of glasses into 5 different high street opticians to get quotes for updating the prescription lenses, I learned that:

  • It’s all about selling more frames. Getting 2 new frames (Boots 2 for the price of 1 offer)  is almost always cheaper than replacing lenses in my existing frames. We’ve got some frames a bit like some of yours, why not get some new ones? I like my frames
  • Red is not an available tint.  Would you like pink instead? Do I look like someone who wears pink?
  • Graduated tint colours are not offered. Nice frames, very unusual, where did you get these Seattle
  • Anti-reflective coating only comes with a green-blue finish, not orange-red like my current finish. You can hardly see the green, I don’t see what the problem is. You’re not succeeding in selling it to me
  • Opticians are not willing to put prescriptian lenses in wrap-around frames. Don’t you get headaches from wearing these? No headaches

Style VictimI managed to get one store that would replace the lenses in my Ray Bans.

I’m going to try and find some independent opticians to see whether they are more able to customise orders.

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just be yourself

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | tags: ,  |

pink glitter eyebrow enhancementsjust be myself?

Even here, under a psuedonym where I lace fantasy with fact I still believe that I am myself and can never be anything but myself.   How can I be other than myself that I could put effort into just being myself.

Sometimes, even with spectacles, I don’t see

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spectacle between the jumpers

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

While packing a day-bag to attend a local water-festival I noticed that my Oakley prescription sunglasses  were not,   as expected, nestled amongst my collection of spectacles dating back to 1979,    in my spectacle drawer.  

There was a  minor panic outbreak   because I will need these glasses for my rapidly impending Greek Sailing Holiday.    I quickly searched all sensible places where I may have put a pair of sunglasses.   They weren’t anywhere sensible.   The following morning I double-checked all the sensible places,   the following morning I looked in a few down-right silly places to put sun glasses (e.g. spare tea caddy).

3 days later,   my morning random search for the oakleys included  my winter-jumper draw.  There they were,   between two wool jumpers…..    

The passport under the sink and the sunglasses between the woolly-jumpers are two of the Wendy House mysteries that may never be explained…

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IE7, a cheeky little browser

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 | tags: , , , , ,  |

I am a little bit short-sighted,    

I can read my computer screen with normal font sizes despite their ridiculously small size.  

Then one day,  


IE7 decided to give me

buttons bigger than bars of soap

and black-out the page content.  

It’s a cheeky little browser.

That IE7

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bald with glasses

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 | tags: ,  |

wendy:   which one was he?

colleague: the one sat to my left at lunch time

wendy:   with glasses?

colleague: the guy who sat in the front passenger seat in the car

wendy:   cute older man?

colleague:   (sharp intake of breath while smiling and moving hand to cover mouth,   meanwhile several colleagues nearby swing their chairs round and look at me while smirking)

wendy:   damn, that was both sexist and age-ist in one fell swoop.   sorry.

(giggling colleagues)

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Holiday spirit #1: Ray Bans

Friday, March 2nd, 2007 | tags: , ,  |

ramping-up ready for HOLIDAY!  

Preparation #1:   practice holiday-specific eyewear activities

Use annual medical allowance to purchase holiday-specific eyewear.   Purchase ski-style wrap-around glasses designed to be sunglasses  with no sun-tint and lots of metalic-blue mirror effect.   Wear said utterly pretentious  Ray Ban’s everyday during  warm-up week despite clouds, rain, snow, general poor visibility, and ceaseless teasing from work colleagues.  

This is my Holiday and I will get into the mood by wearing THE holiday optical accessories….    

Holiday spirit #1: Ray Bans
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healthy peepers

Saturday, February 25th, 2006 | tags:  |

The Optician’s verdict on these:

Wendy's Eye

He  did spook me a couple of times during the examination. Here’s one spooking:

Optician: 42? In 2 or 3 years you will need bi-focals

Wendy: I don’t have any problems with close-up vision yet (SPOOKED)

Optician: tell me when this starts to get fuzzy (moves tiny-text  towards my substantial pointy nose)

Wendy: Now! (about 5 inches from said nose)

Optican: that is good focus, think about bifocals in 5 or 6 years

Wendy: Phew!

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brilliant thangs…

Saturday, December 17th, 2005 | tags: , , , , , , , ,  |

20 brilliant things.   A self-referential indulgence    

Any one of these things can make my day sparkle:

  1. Bakelite
  2. Boyfriends
  3. Bunnies
  4. Cheese
  5. David Byrne
  6. Dreams
  7. Glasses (optical accessories)
  8. Gravity operated catfood dispensers
  9. Hats
  10. Lists
  11. Mums
  12. Other people’s clothes
  13. Paper
  14. Poetry
  15. Pressies
  16. Pretty dresses
  17. Real Ale (NOT US Microbrews)
  18. Wendy’s Frendys
  19. Wendy’s Wardrobe
  20. Yellow roses

What is really brilliant is that this list could go on and on and on and on….   …there are soooooooo many brilliant thangs…     …your brilliant list of things is probably different.   May include  furry bedding or something.   What-ever,     lots of goodies for the holidays.

W wonderful-thanging

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