1 EAGLETON NOTES: Almost Foiled

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Almost Foiled

I've been in Glasgow for two days of scans and, today, my Drugs Trial review. All that was very successful and routine. I'm on the Trial for another 16 weeks until the next review.

However after my MRI scan at Ross Hall Hospital on Monday I decided to have a bite to eat. All that was left was some excellent soup and a sandwich. I can't even remember what the sandwich was because all my time and mental effort was taken up trying to get into the sandwich wrapper.

Am I the only person who finds some of these things absolutely frustrating?




36 comments:

  1. On the bright side, the sandwich must have been very fresh! :-)

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  2. No. You are not alone Graham. Some modern packaging poses real challenges - like "The Krypton Factor"

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    1. I've never seen The Krypton Factor, YP, but I get the idea.

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  3. I don't think we have packaged sandwiches over here in NY. We either buy them freshly made at the deli, or make them at home. My favorite summer sandwich is dark pumpernickel bread, toasted, with mayo, cold sliced tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, salt/pepper/dill.

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    1. Packaged sandwiches are HUGE business in the UK, Mrs S.

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    2. In safe-cracking circles, certainly. 8-)

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  4. A lot of things have been frustrating me of late...mostly the ignorance, stupidity and thoughtlessness of one particular person...but I shan't go into details! lol

    I've been doing a "Sally Bowles" and venting loudly where and when no one can hear me! I have to do so...to let off the steam or I'll explode - talk about a pressure cooker! A pressure cooker has nothing on me...after what's been going on these past few days!

    Take care, Graham. :)

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    1. That all sounds rather unpleasant, Lee.

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  5. Most things get harder to open. You're right.

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    1. I think someone sadistic designs them, Red.

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  6. Never mind the sandwich. When I read the words 'Drugs Trial', I imagined you'd been caught with your pockets stuffed with Cannabis.

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    1. Very droll, Cro. Oddly, as a child of the '60s in Liverpool, I'm astonished I never tried any recreational pharmaceuticals.

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  7. It must be an old man thing but I use a pen knife, I;m allowed sharp things.
    Great all is well.

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    1. Yes, Adrian, I always carry a penknife but knowing that I was having the scan I'd left it in the car. Sod's law.

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  8. Congratulations to the good results of your latest scans, Graham - that is really good news!
    As for sandwiches, I usually find them relatively easy to open. But for the small instant coffee bags (just one portion) we get at work, I often need my colleague's help to open them.

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    1. Thanks Meike. Yes small sachets can be a real challenge.

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  9. Good Scan result and on to the next review !
    The corner that says 'Open here' is so often the best glued down. I do my husband's medication and I am always breaking my thumb nail on those blister packs. BTW why are they packaged in such odd numbers? I would have thought that multiples of 7 would be easier deal with.

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    1. That's a very good question, Potty. I've just checked mine and they are all in multiples of 7. As for the particular sandwich package there was no 'open here' and I really could not see a way in. Brute force eventually won the day.

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    2. Just looked, his are on sheets of 15 or 10 packed up in boxes for a Magic 30 or 90. Must be a French thing!

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  10. Prayers the trial goes well
    Wrappers of all sorts are a struggle to open. Finding the red tag to pull or any tag, even when it states Pull Here, can be frustrating.

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    1. Thanks, Maywyn. The trial is going well so far. I'm just hoping that I can stay on it for as long it runs.

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  11. No you are not alone! I've been trying to open a package that says, "Pull at the perforation," and finally had to get the kitchen shears to it!

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    1. Jill, I would have dearly loved to have had a pair handy when I was sitting there in the dining room - helpless.

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  12. I certainly do find that most modern packaging is difficult to open. Thus, there are scissors in the car and scissors in the kitchen used to open various packages. Several years ago I bought a tin of soup and found that my new can opener was unable to do the job. I sent off a complaint to food company and received £5 as recompense. So I suggest
    that whenever any of us has this difficulty that we write and complain to food provider.

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    1. Heron, I have a pair of scissors on my Swiss Army Knife but, because I was going for scans, I'd emptied my pockets.

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  13. Yes, those packs definitely overdo the "let's not allow this sandwich to fall on the floor" routine to the point where it becomes counter productive. It really should not be beyond the wit of professional designers to find a way to solve this problem, I agree.

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    1. Counter productive... is that when the kitchen work surface makes the sandwich for you? *wink*

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  14. so much packaging, so little time.....

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    1. I like that, Kylie. I wish I'd have thought of it for a title.

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  15. I've had exactly the same problem with sandwiches. But nothing's as bad as some of the electric toothbrush packaging, which takes hours and various heavy implements to open. I hope you enjoyed the sandwich, Graham!

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    1. Frances, I get very frustrated with some blister packaging which can only be removed with a strong pair of scissors or a Stanley Knife.

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  16. Glad all's going well.

    I've definitely had the same problem with sandwich boxes in the past. I think you're supposed to lay the window side face down and then pull on some sort of flap, but it's been a while and may vary depending on where you buy them.

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    1. Helen, in the last few days I've had three different type of sandwich wrapper. As it happens two were relatively easy to open although, in one case, definitely by following the instructions. The one I pictured had no instructions that I could see and no obvious way of opening it with bare hands.

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  17. I somehow managed to miss this post until now. Checking my email, I find the notification email sorted as spam. Almost funny, considering the original meaning of 'spam' vs the food package content of your post... ;) I've never seen a sandwich wrapped like that; but of course I've had my share of wrestling with other kinds of food packages and agree they can sometimes be really frustrating. I probably mutter most over some of my medication packages, though. Bottles needing super powers to get open the first time; and I don't know how many times I've cut myself when trying to get little pills out of blister packs...

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    1. Monica, I've been getting a lot of comments going to spam as well. It's a bit of a nuisance. I've solved the problem of getting tablets out of blister packs. I'll email you.

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