Picture 2 Free BT Directory Enquiries service for people with disabilitiesIf you’re a BT customer with a disability, and find it hard to use Directory Enquiries, then here’s some good news for you – they have a special service for you, which you can use for free.

So what do you do? Or what do you need to do if it is a member of your family or a friend who wants in on this service?

What To Do

First, dial 195 and ask for the registration department. If you prefer, you can just dial 0800 587 0195. Then, a form will be sent out to you, to fill in.

This is likely to need confirmation from your doctor, nurse or consultant, just so you can confirm that you have problems accessing information through the usual channels.

Once everything has been okayed, you’ll be issued with a PIN card and once you have that, you can use it within a couple of days of it being issued.

Then, to actually use the service, dial 195, where you’ll be asked for your PIN and your name. Once that is confirmed, you can use directory enquiries for free.

Tenants ‘abused’ by landlords

September 2nd, 2015 6 Comments By Mof Gimmers

pay rent Tenants abused by landlordsLandlords, as we all know, can be awful and dreadful swine. Well, it won’t surprise you that thousands of private tenants have ‘suffered abuse’ at the hands of our landlords, which include threats, assaults and harassment which could have (and should have) ended up with legal action being taken against them, according the charity, Shelter.

Research showed that renters had seen their utilities cut-off by landlords, and ha their homes entered without permission, and some even burned tenants’ possessions.

Shelter said that, in the last year, nearly 17,000 people had called their helpline about landlord problems, over a myriad of problems including deposit disputes and allegations of abuse. Of course, this is only the statistics from those who complained – there’ll be many more tenants who haven’t said anything about their rogue landlords.

Shelter have crunched some numbers, and they reckon that as many as 125,000 tenants in England had experienced abuse, and that there’s a whole load more who have been treated in a manner that could’ve resulted in legal action.

This is clearly a big problem if you consider that many people are priced out of the housing market and, as time goes on, the people unable to get on the property ladder is going to grow.

Shelter’s Mark Cook told the Guardian: “Some of their experiences are truly awful – from renters who have been illegally evicted and had their belongings burned, to those who have had their utilities cut off because their landlord wants to intimidate them.”

“No one should have to put up with a landlord who breaks the law and it is so important to know your rights as a renter.”

Here’s the Bitterwallet guide to knowing your rights when it comes to rogue landlords. Or, you can check Shelter for advice as well.

Web WhatsApp available for iPhone users

August 20th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

whatsapp Web WhatsApp available for iPhone usersThe web version of WhatsApp has been kicking around for months now, but not for iPhone users. Until now. That’s right – you can now talk to people through the service on Safari on the Mac, which is not very thrilling, but it is useful.

So, if you don’t know what you’re doing, here’s a brief how-to.

Go to the WhatsApp web version, and you’ll see a QR code. Open the WhatsApp mobile app, scan the QR code and you’re away. That’s it. Dead easy.

If you’ve tried this and it hasn’t worked, don’t worry – the service hasn’t been rolled out to everyone yet, and apparently, it is being done in phases, so be patient and your time will come. If you are ready to go, then good for you. You’ll be able to conduct your inane conversations through your browser.

So, now WhatsApp for Web is available for pretty much everyone. If you’re on Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, iPhone, you can get stuck in.

The browser version has been updated too, and you can edit your profile photo and status, and you can delete and archive chats, as well as mute and exit group chats. Like we said, it isn’t that exciting, but it is rather handy. So there you go. Head over there now and have a skive at work or whatever.

creditcards Credit card holders can apply for compensation after being sold free security productsTwo million credit card holders are going to be able to make compensation claims, after being sold security products that were in fact, free.

There’s £270 each up for grabs for customers from RBS, Lloyds, AIB banks, Barclays, Capital One, HSBC, Santander, Clydesdale Bank, Danske Bank, Tesco Personal Finance and The Co-operative Bank.

So what’s the craic? Well, Affinion International Limited sold six different products, which were meant to offer protection if their card was nicked or subject to fraud. However, this was completely unnecessary because your bank would already reimburse you if your card gets reported lost or stolen, regarding unauthorised transactions above £50, once you’ve reported it.

Since customers may have been paying for this for five years, plus interest, that’s a compo payment of £270 for your troubles. It looks like the first compensation payments will be doled out some time next month.

If you’re eligible, you should receive a claim form within the next few weeks. You must return it no later than March 18th 2016.

When you get the form, fill it in, sign it and date it and return it in the envelope provided by AI Scheme Ltd. If you send a photocopy of it, it’ll be rejected, so no mucking about it. This is a claim you can do yourself, so if you get any claims management companies sniffing around you, they’re only after a cut, so bin all correspondence from them.

If you think that you’ve had one of the products, and haven’t received a form, then ring the AI Scheme helpline on 0800 678 1930 (or if you’re outside the UK, call +44 208 475 3103).

Claim as soon as you get the form and do not wait until the end of the seven month claim period, okay? Good.

Check your 3G and 4G on an interactive map

August 14th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

mobile apps Check your 3G and 4G on an interactive mapYou might be thinking that, if you wanted to find out how good your 4G signal was, you could just get your phone out and start using it. How wrong you are. You need to use a map. That way, you can see if your phone is a piece of crap, or indeed, find out what the reception is like a place you’re about to visit, so if it is lousy, you can take a load of books and ignore everyone that way.

Good thing Ofcom have come up with an interactive map, where you can check out the phone reception, 3G and 4G connections all over the UK.

There’s four mobile phone providers included in the map – Vodafone, O2, EE and Three. One good thing is that you can use the tool to see which company has the best service in your area, which could help if you’re planning on getting a new phone contract.

Basically, all you have to do is pop in a postcode into the search bar and then hit one of the options from ‘voice calls’, ’3G data’ or ’4G data’. And boom! You’re away.

You can also check indoor and outdoor coverage too. If you’re wondering where Virgin is, they use EE’s network. And if you’re wondering where TalkTalk are, they use Vodafone’s.

Click here to have a look at Ofcom’s mobile map.

Windows 10 fix issued to stop reboot nightmare

August 13th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

windows 10 300x187 Windows 10 fix issued to stop reboot nightmareYou know how Windows 10 has seen some people stuck in rebooting hell? Well, Microsoft have seemingly issued a fix.

Microsoft put out some patches under the umbrella of KB 3081436 update to fix the problem. They said initially: “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10. Windows 10 updates are cumulative. Therefore, this package contains all previously released fixes. If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to your computer.”

You won’t have to do anything because this update applied itself automatically, like magic. That’s what Windows 10 does. So if you’ve been avoiding your PC thanks to this problem, switch it on and it should work just fine. If not, shout at Microsoft, not us.

Naturally, some Windows 10 users are still stuck in the loop of reboots.

What if that doesn’t work?

Don’t worry though! If it doesn’t work for you, Microsoft say that all you have to do, is open your Control Panel, click on ‘View installed updates’, and select ‘KB3081436′. Click uninstall in the toolbar and restart your computer, and you should be away.

Windows 10 has God Mode

August 8th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

PythonGod 300x225 Windows 10 has God ModeIf you’re a Windows geek, you’ll know the ‘God Mode’ trick already. For those that don’t, and indeed, don’t know what ‘God Mode’ means, let us help.

First off – what is God Mode? Well, it isn’t nearly as thrilling as it sounds, but it useful. Basically, it gives you access to all of the operating system’s control panels from within a single folder. That’s it. You can’t drown entire civilisations or make it rain locusts, but you can enjoy what is actually called the Windows Master Control Panel shortcut, that was jokingly called God Mode, which stuck.

This is more useful for IT sorts, and not much use to the average user, just to be clear. If you don’t really know the ins-and-outs of an operating system, then you probably shouldn’t be given the secret backdoor entrance to it, or you might bork your computer.

For those that do know what they’re doing, here’s how to get at it.

Get God Mode in Windows 10

Obviously, make sure your system account has administrative privileges. Then, right-click on the Windows 10 desktop and choose New > Folder. Okay? Then, name said folder - Name the folder: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C} and hit return to make it stick.

And that is pretty much it. Now, you’ve got loads of handy shortcuts and that. Open the folder and have a poke around the settings, which include Devices and Printers, Indexing, and a whole load more.

How to get your money back from Cash Genie

July 28th, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

stock payday loans 300x225 How to get your money back from Cash GenieThe payday lender, Cash Genie, has been ordered to pay £20m to people they’ve ripped off. The lender was told by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to dole out the money to more than 92,000 customers.

Turns out that they’re been ripping off customers in a number of ways, with Cash Genie charging fees which they were not entitled to, according to customer contracts. In some cases, they charged people who weren’t able to repay their loans £50 to transfer them to their own debt collection firm, Twyford Developments.

Basically, they were taking money needlessly from people who were already struggling with debt.

It transpires that Cash Genie were also rolling over and refinancing loans without customers’ consent, which of course, all means that people in financial hardship were being hit with extra interest and additional costs.

Cash Genie also traded as the online brands txtmecash and paydayiseveryday, with customers advised to go to these websites on the promise of a fresh loan. Then, when customers went to these sites, they were used to harvest banking information so they could take payments from existing loans without permission.

So, Cash Genie will reimburse some people and write-off the debts of others.

Linda Woodall of the FCA said: “We expect all firms to notify us of any unacceptable past or current practices and provide appropriate redress to anyone affected.”

What Do I Do Next If I Was A Cash Genie Customer?

For the time being, if you’ve been swindled by Cash Genie, you don’t need to do anything. Cash Genie is going to contact affected customers by 18th September.

There’s more info over at the Cash Genie website, if you think you’ve been affected. The FCA also have some information as well.

For the time being, sit tight and wait for Cash Genie to get in touch with you. Do not appoint a claims management company to sort this out either, as they’ll charge you for a service that you won’t need.

If you feel that it is important to talk to someone, you can contact the Cash Genie Customer Service team on 0333 366 0023, or email them at customerredress@cashgenie.co.uk or by letter at Cash Genie, 2 Reavell Place, Ipswich, Suffolk IP2 0ET.

If you’d prefer, you can get in touch with the FCA by calling 0800 111 6768 or 0300 500 8082, or email them at consumer.queries@fca.org.uk.

Travel advice if you’re going to Calais

July 23rd, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

eurostar channel tunnel Travel advice if youre going to CalaisAre you going to, or through, Calais? Well, things have been a bit tricky down there, thanks to a spate of protests.

The possibility of more disruption to cross-Channel services, thanks to industrial action, is likely, so we’re going to compile all the information you need, should you get caught up in it, or would like to prepare yourself if you’re travelling to France.

Firstly, you should get in touch with your travel operator and see what they say about any journeys you’ve booked. The same goes for those travelling across the channel from Dover/Folkestone to the Port of Calais.

Should you require an exchange for your travel tickets, contact your operator. Visit the ABTA site if you want to brush up on your rights first.

If you’re planning on an alternative route, you might want to look at this map, which shows you other ways into France.

Are you already in France and need some emergency assistance? The French emergency services are contacted by dialling 112. If you’d prefer to deal with the British Embassy, call 00 33 (0)1 44 51 31 00.

Here are the contacts for some of the cross-channel operators.

P&O Ferries: +44 (0) 800 13 0030

Eurotunnel: @LeShuttle +44 (0) 8444 63 0000 (24 hour pre-recorded travel information), +44 (0) 8443 35 35 35, +33 (0) 810 63 03 04

Brittany Ferries: @Brittanyferries +44 (0) 1752 648 637

Condor Ferries: @CF_Travel_News +44 (0) 1202 207 216, St Malo +44 (0) 825 165 463, Cherbourg +33 (0) 233 88 44 88

Stena: @StenalineUK +44 (0) 8447 70 70 70

Travel advice for those travelling to Turkey

July 22nd, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

plane 300x225 Travel advice for those travelling to TurkeyIf you’re thinking of going to Turkey for your summer holidays, or indeed, already have something booked, then there’s some important travel advice that you should heed.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised against all travel to within 10 km of the border with Syria. You should not go, unless it is absolutely essential, to the remaining areas of Sirnak, Mardin, Sanliurfa, Gaziantep, Kilis and Hatay provinces, as well as Siirt, Tunceli and Hakkari provinces.

There’s been a lot of trouble in Turkey of late. There’s a high threat from terrorism in Turkey, and according to the FCO, “there are active terrorist groups throughout the country. These include domestic religious extremist and ideological groups, and international groups involved in the conflict in Syria. Attacks could be indiscriminate and could affect places visited by foreigners.”

They add: “The terrorist group DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party Front) has launched a series of attacks in Istanbul in 2015 targeting the Turkish police and judiciary. On 5 June, two people were killed and many injured by an explosion at an HDP rally in Diyarbakir. On 9 June, 4 people were killed in an attack in Diyarbakir. You should exercise caution.”

“Border crossings into Syria and nearby locations have also been targeted. On 20 July, a suicide bomber killed at least 28 people and injured over 100 others in Suruc, Sanlurfa.”

They add that there’s been armed assaults, suicide bombings, car bombings and rocket attacks and improvised explosive devices left in bins, in crowded areas and on public transport. What should concern you, is that there’s a heightened threat of terrorist attacks against UK interests and British nationals. There is also a threat of kidnapping near the Syrian border in Turkey.

Contacts For Those Travelling In Turkey

If you require urgent help contact the consular assistance team on 020 7008 1500 which is available 24 hours. If you’re in Turkey and need emergency help, please contact the British Embassy Ankara.

Şehit Ersan Caddesi 46/A
Çankaya
Ankara
Turkey
Email: info.officer@fco.gov.uk
Telephone: +90 312 455 33 44
Fax: +90 312 455 33 52

How to… fix PS4 disc issues and more!

July 21st, 2015 1 Comment By Mof Gimmers

ps4 300x196 How to... fix PS4 disc issues and more!Have you done a system update on your PS4, and found that you’re struggling to load games? Or have the discs started to get stuck in your console? Well, there’s a bunch of things you can try out before you send it in for a fix. There’s nothing (literally nothing, obviously) that having nothing to play video games on, so these fixes will be quicker than sending it away.

Is Your Disc Clean?

This is stating the obvious to some, but make sure the disc you’re using is free from fingerprints or scratches. If it is scratched to buggery, there’s nothing you can do about that, but if your disc is mucky, then give it a clean. It is up to you whether you go for the ‘Just Wipe It On Your T-Shirt’ move, or whether you get down the shops and buy a microfibre cloth and some rubbing alcohol.

Switch It Off and On Again

‘Have you tried switching it off and on again?’ This is a cliche, but it sometimes works. Switch your console off for 30 seconds and unplug all the leads out of it. Leave it a bit (go and stick the kettle on or whatever) and then turn it on again. If that doesn’t work, make sure you’re not booting it up in Rest Mode. Shut your PS4 down fully with no disc in, and then turn it on, pop the game in, and see how that suits you.

Have You Rebuilt The Database?

Okay, this sounds frightening, but it really isn’t. To rebuild the database, turn-off the PS4 and unplug the power cable. Wait 10 seconds, and then plug the cord back in. Then, hold down the power button (keep holding it down) until you hear a second beep – this starts your console in Safe Mode. Option 5 will allow you to rebuild the database. Basically, all you’re doing is building a new database for all your content. You must NOT switch your PS4 off in the middle of this and it could take a while to do, so be patient.

The screen looks like this

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Is Your Game Data Corrupted?

Sometimes, the data you’ve saved is corrupted. This is an easy fix. Basically, go through your menus and delete the game, including your saved data, then pop the disc back in and reinstall it. Naturally, you’ll lose your saved game, but that isn’t the end of the world.

Is Your PS4 Disc Stuck?

Okay. This hear is a little bit trickier, as you’ll need to take your PS4 to pieces. It isn’t a hard job to do, but it might give you the fear. Get in touch with Sony PS4 Customer Service Helpline at 0203 538 2665 if you’d rather not open up your console. Read all these instructions first before diving in, to see if this looks doable to you. You’ll need a slender Phillips-head screwdriver and a torch.

If you fancy a crack at it, then here’s what you do. Fully turn off your PS4, unplug all the cables and then, on a clean, flat surface (a table is better than doing it on the carpet) place your console in front of you so the front of the system is on the left and the PS logo is on the top of the PS4, on the right – like so.

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Put the palms of your hands on the glossy panel at the top and, with your fingers resting on the bit of the console furthest away from you, apply a small amount of pressure near the seam, and slide the glossy panel away from you. Be gentle. Don’t go mad, or you’ll break it and we’re not being held responsible for that.

You’ll hear a click and the panel will move about 1/4″. You can now lift the panel off, from the left side. Now, you’ll have to find the manual eject screw.

You should be able to see two sets of vents along the outer left edge. You’ll see one slot that is set apart from the rest. Use the torch off your phone (or an actual torch) and look down it. You’ll see the manual eject screw here.

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Grab a slender Phillips-head screwdriver (a jeweller’s screwdriver is your best bet) and pop it into the slot, turning the screw anti-clockwise until you can see the disc peek out of the disc slot. The screw turns very easily and after 4 or 5 rotations, your disc should be peering out enough for you to pull it out by hand.

Now, you have to put it back together. So, replace the glossy panel by sliding it back into place until you hear the click. Then, connect all your relevant cables and turn it back on, and you should be away!

How to… use Apple Pay

July 14th, 2015 2 Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple pay 300x169 How to... use Apple PaySo, as you know, Apple Pay is kicking off today in the UK, which means people with iPhones and Apple Watches can pay for things with their devices, contactlessly.

You might be wondering how to do it, because you might not be as tech savvie as everyone on the internet. Don’t sweat it – we’re here to guide you through it.

What Do I Need?

Right, you’ll need one of the following – an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3, an Apple Watch that you’ve synced-up with your iPhone 5/iPhone 5c/iPhone 5s/iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus. Your phone needs to be running on iOS 8.3 or above. If you think you need to update your operating system, click here to sort that out.

You will also need to have your fingerprint with Touch ID, as well as having an iCloud account on a phone that has the United Kingdom set at the region. And of course, you’ll need a credit or debit card from a bank that is supporting Apple Pay.

I’m Not Sure If My Bank Supports Apple Pay!

The short answer is that Barclays haven’t signed-up with Apple yet. The long answer is that RBS, Nat West, Nationwide, Ulster Bank, MBNA, Santander, are. In the next 4 weeks, HSBC will have joined-in too. Later in the year, the Bank of Scotland, Lloyds, Halifax, M&S Bank and TSB Bank will be on board too.

So How Do I Set Up Apple Pay On My Device?

Get on your device and open Passbook. If you need to go through the menus, go to Settings, then hit Passbook and Apple Pay. There, you’ll add your card by hitting the plus symbol. Or, it might say Add Credit or Debit Card. Depends which device you’re adding it to. You might have already added your card when you linked it with your iTunes account, in which case, you’ll only have to pop in your security code.

You’ll click ‘Next’ to get everything verified with your bank and, once they’ve given you the all-clear, you’re set. In the Passbook section, you can add a number of cards, if you like.

Where Can I Use Apple Pay?

There’s over 250,000 retailers who will be accepting Apple Pay, and we’re certainly not going to list them all here. You’ll see that some shops have signs saying they accept Apple Pay. However, some of the bigger stores include Lidl, Boots, M&S, the Post Office, McDonald’s, Waitrose, Costa, KFC, Starbucks, BP, Wagamama, Subway and Nando’s.

More and more shops will be getting down with Apple Pay in the coming months. You can also use it like an Oyster Card on the readers on London’s public transport.

So How Am I Supposed To Use The Thing?

Have you done a contactless payment with your debit card? If so, very similar to that. If not, it is really straightforward.

Hold your phone over the card reader with your thumb/finger (the one you stored with Touch ID – so sucks to be you if you did it with your nipple or dog’s nose) on the home button, and Passbook will automatically kick in. Your device will vibrate and make a ping! noise, and your payment is done. Just to be extra thorough, your device will day ‘Done’ on the screen.

If you’re planning on using it through your Apple Watch, then, when making a payment, double-click the side button to get your card up, then hold it next to the card reader and, again, it’ll vibrate and ping!, and you’re away.

What Is An iPhone?

Don’t you worry. You can still pay for things with money. Don’t get worked up about it all.

Get Apple’s iOS9 – and what’s new?

July 13th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

apple Get Apples iOS9   and whats new?Apple are getting set to drop their latest operating system – the iOS 9 – which will be available some time in Autumn… but you can get it now. Apple have released the public beta version (which means it might have some things in it that need ironing out), which means you can get stuck into it while Apple put the finishing touches to it.

What’s new? Well, iOS 9 has a bunch of new things, including the much welcomed addition of highlighting when you’ve put the capslock on, when composing text on your iPhone or iPad. There’s also a souped-up version of the Notes app, where you can doodle things with your finger and an improved in-built Maps app, which shows you public transport maps and the like.

Nothing revolutionary, but it looks like the additions will be useful enough.

On the iPad, iOS9 will allow you to multitask, by allowing you to use multiple programs and apps at the same time.Video playback will sits in the corner of other opened apps, and there’ll be a shortcut bar for other applications.

The whole thing looks a little tidier too, which means a new font and new logos for all the apps.

So how to do get the beta version? Well, the first thing you should do, is back up your iPhone or iPad. Seeing as this is a work-in-progress version of the operating system, it means that it could be a little temperamental; that means you should have a back-up to revert to, should it end up doing your head in.

It should be very stable, but don’t take any chances.

Sign yourself up for Apple’s testing programme at beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram and click the blue sign up button. Put your Apple ID in there and you’re nearly on your way. Make sure you are using the same ID you use on the iOS device you will be installing the new software on.

Then, on your chosen device, go to beta.apple.com and, using Safari, sign-in. Then, you can scroll to the ‘step two’ bit of the page and hit ‘download profile’. There, you’ll be redirected to your device’s Settings app, where you can tap the ‘install’ button. Stick in the pin for your device, agree to the T&Cs, and then restart your device.

Once it has restarted, launch the Settings app, hit ‘general’ then ‘software update’ and iOS 9 will waiting there, to install once you press ‘update’.

How to… reset a frozen Samsung Galaxy S6

July 10th, 2015 No Comments By Mof Gimmers

samsung logo How to... reset a frozen Samsung Galaxy S6The new Samsung Galaxy S6 is a great little phone, but unlike others, you can’t remove the battery. This is, of course, a problem if your phone freezes and you want to get it going again. With most phones, you remove and pop the battery back in, and you’re away.

So what to do if you’ve got an unresponsive S6?

The simple answer is to do a soft reset. You do that by pressing down the power button for around 6 seconds and it should turn off.

If that doesn’t work, don’t worry. Press and hold the power key and the volume down key, simultaneously for more than 7 seconds, and that will restart your phone.

If you do that, your device should restart like nothing ever happened. All your photos and everything will be exactly where you left them.

If there’s a bigger problem, your phone might reboot into the new maintenance mode. Here, you’ll see options, which you can scroll through with your volume buttons. Here, you can choose ‘normal boot’, which will restart your phone as normal. Or, if want to get rid of a troublesome app, you can start it in ‘safe mode’. Or, you can go for ‘factory reset’, which will delete everything off your phone and revert your handset to the state it was when you bought it.

Should all these things not work, and you don’t want to get under the hood, then it is time to ring up the people you bought it from to see what they can do for you.

The Tube strike kicks off today which, naturally, is of zero concern to anyone outside of London, apart from laughing at the misfortune of those in the capital.

If you do live in London, or are currently on holiday there, then here’s some things you might want to know.

If you’re navigating the city by working out the proximity of things to various Tube stops, if you’ve decided to walk, here’s a great map which shows you how close the Underground stations are to each other, on foot.

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You can click on that map to enlarge. If it doesn’t work, check out the site of Joe Watson and Aryven Arasen, who put the map together. The map also includes some of the more famous landmarks of the city which you can gawp at while you use your legs.

If that doesn’t do it for you, you could jump on a Santander Cycle (the Artist Formerly Known As Boris Bike). On the cycling scheme website, you can plan your journey while the trains aren’t running today and tomorrow.

Of course, the buses will be chaos during this strike, and the roads are likely to be congested from the increase in cars, taxis and whatever else. If you like, you could use the Thames Clipper boat service, which stops include Putney, Wandsworth Riverside, Chelsea Harbour, London Eye, Embankment, Blackfriars, Bankside, London Bridge, Tower Hill, Canary Wharf and Greenwich. There will be extra services between Central London and Canary Wharf and between Central London and Putney.

You’re advised to complete your Tube journeys by 6pm on Wednesday, and travel earlier if possible. It is thought that the Tube will be “exceptionally busy” between 4pm and 6pm and will begin to stop running after this time. There will be no Tubes in action at all on the Thursday and the disruption may go on into Friday morning.

So there you go – cycle, travel by boat, walk, catch a bus or, get a taxi. If you can’t be bothered with all that, throw a sickie from work.