Wednesday, January 13, 2010


After an insane phone conversation with Debbie who obviously came from Barry Island and insisted that my insurance premium would go up by £40 because I now kept the 'onda in a secure locked garage, I needed to get some sense from their website.

So I had to register.

After all the usual details they asked me for a password. This used to be simple. I always used a six letter, made up word that was a total secret.

A few years ago that ceased to be enough - it had to be more than 6 letters

Then they wanted letters and numbers.

The AA needed letters and numbers including some CAPITAL letters.

There's no chance of remembering all these new passwords so you have to write them down
which defeats the purpose. But there's always the 'have you forgotten your password' link. You sometimes have to answer a security question which is usually your mother's maiden name.

This always makes me chuckle.

As you know I am an now an urban urbane sophisticate - but I lived in a small village until I was 18. Everyone knew everyone else and most people (e.g. my mum) had been born, raised, educated and married there. So every woman was still called by their maiden name until the day she died.

It was the married name that was impossible to remember.

I recall coming home from Annie 'ardman's local toffee shop and asking 'Mum is Annie 'ardman related to Ron Snape? They're always in there together'.
Yes they've been married for 30 years she replied followed by one of her regular elocution lessons.

I couldn't wait to leave my suffocating village, but I think this was an excellent custom.
Keep your own name and only use the married one for formal or legal stuff.




Blogger MJ said...

Maybe Ron just liked her sweets.

3:45 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

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4:08 pm  
Blogger Scarlet Blue said...

Crikey, but those elocution lessons used to spoil the flow of conversation. I used to think my mum was making bizarre random statements in a firm voice. 20 years on and the penny's dropped.

4:10 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

I shall do that immediately. Please call me Guy Crouchback in future. Thank you.

4:20 pm  
Blogger Arabella said...

It depends on what one was saddled with as a maiden name. I was very happy to ditch mine!

4:33 pm  
Blogger Rog said...

Annie 'Ardman went on to make Wallace and Gromit didn't she?

My dear lady wife changed her name to her Mother's maiden name which she retains, much to the confusion of password interogators.

PS I think Dave has been at that urban dictionery again.

4:49 pm  
Blogger Dave said...

It's the hero of the book I'm reading. I would have thought someone of your age would have recognised the name.

4:57 pm  
Blogger tony said...

I also always use your Mother's Maiden Name.which might explain why i never get through?

5:05 pm  
Blogger white rabbit said...

I have the same password for just about everything. It's rather rude. But in German.

Someone on the other end of the phone once asked what it meant. I told her. She seemed suitably amused.

5:07 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

I never liked my maiden name, quite like my mother's maiden name, both my surname and my first name are a total mouthful. . .

. . .like you, I've had this issue with passwords, so all the new ones are just the original one with the last letter repeated as many times as necessary (and/or in capitals if needs be) (and/or with the addition of optional numbers)

I wonder what the carbon footprint of a password is

5:08 pm  
Blogger I, Like The View said...

(on pronunciation, I knew someone once whose office phone was answered in a sing-song tone by the recptionist as "Duffy, Art, 'n' Duffy". . . it was about a year before I learnt that the firm was called "Duthy, Hart And Duthy")

5:10 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

She probably let him have them without his ration book.

The Lancashire accent was considered a disgrace in those days.
Pre Coronation Street.

No way - you can't just pick and choose your favourite Evelyn Waugh character.

You would have had trouble in our village - even by deed poll.

No it was her brother 'arry 'ardman.
I like that - I often use mum's maiden name in correspondence.

I googled it - why not Sebastian Flyte?

Try something Polish.

White Rabbit:
Now we all want to know what it means.

I've tried doubling up passwords and adding 666 to the end.
But that use of capitals was the last straw.
And I suppose pronunciation is important in a case like that.

5:32 pm  
Blogger geraldgee said...

If I offered you £40 for the that badge? xx

5:45 pm  
Blogger Steve said...

I know what you mean. I now need an enigma machine just to log onto my bank's web site. My old password was "pickpocket". It made me laugh every time I logged in.

6:42 pm  
Blogger xl said...

In the backwoods rural US South, most maiden names are the same as their married names.

Oh Hai MJ, Miss Scarlet!

6:50 pm  
Blogger zIggI said...

can't remember passwords OR PINs. Have them secretly stored in a documentment cunningly called ********* though. If I could only remember what I called it I could unlock all manor of things.

7:47 pm  
Blogger Macy said...

Oh agree with you re the passwords trauma. Banks, I can sort of see their point, but online petfood suppliers? Comparison websites? What's that all about?

7:47 pm  
Blogger Geoff said...

Mother's maiden name, last school attended, name of first pet, memorable date.

Luckily my memorable date was the day at my last school when we were allowed to take our pets in and were doing a project on our grandparents.

8:35 pm  
Blogger Kerrie said...

I couldn't wait to get rid of my maiden name, it being the same as the name of a popular zoo animal. Can you imagine the hilarity of 70's children who everyday would do this animal impression as you walked past. ( sorry still traumatised and glad I didn't live in your village where this torment would never end)
P.S passwords make them filthy and you don't forget them.

8:54 pm  
Blogger savannah said...

i have 3 different passwords. ok, it is the same word by the numbers are in different positions. xoxox

9:10 pm  
Blogger Mrs. Holly Hall said...

first time visitor here. i've enjoyed myself so much though. great blog. ;)

9:34 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

That one isn't mine - but I used to have the one from my dad's car.
It might still be around somewhere.

I think they knew and thought you were disrespecting them.

Oh dear - the stereotypes never let you down do they?

Never mind - perhaps Himself will unlock it.

It seems to be your e mail they want.
Have you tried sellers of tinned luncheon meat (joke?)

I hope your grandma wasn't called Fido.

Now whatever could that be?
Would Tiger be appropriate?
Thanks for the tip - I'll add 69 to my old password.

And you can remember the position?

9:39 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hello Mrs Holly Hall:
Thanks - call in again sometime.

9:40 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

I counted them the other week: professionally I have 47 passwords. Then there's all the personal ones (I have enough problems remembering who I'm logging in as, let alone the bloody passwords!)

The ones I've got some control over are OK-ish. Most of the time. The ones that get assigned to you by IT bods though... I got my own back on one of the buggers: he's the only one of our customers with an eight-digit PIN number.

11:17 pm  
OpenID moreidlethoughts said...

My maiden name belonged to my Dad. Could never see any point in changing it, though I was, for a while, known as "Mrs Robinson"!*

And I'm wondering why the lovely folk at Alcoholics Anonymous want you to show a badge...that's hardly anonymous!

* Probably influenced by Anne Bancroft!

1:04 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Mrs Planarchy/LDNP actually still calls herself Ms.Maiden Name despite almost twenty years of marriage......I'm not sure how much this is down to the registrar saying to her, as we signed the register, "Now, sign using your maiden name for the last time."

At least that's what I think she said but it was in Welsh Wales so I can't be sure....indeed we may not be married but have just applied for a Commercial Waste Disposal License or something.

Passwords schmarsewords, hah!

10:25 am  
Blogger mago said...

I once construced a password and that has to do. I had to ad some letters over the years.
As for the maiden names - in the village I origin from the families were called by the name of the house (Hausname) and the women always went by these names regardless of her maiden name and her family name by marriage. There was (and probably is) always a "Bauer's Ella" no matter if she was born "Mayer" and married "Schneider", because the name of the yard is "Bauer's".

1:51 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

47 - that must be some sort of record.
If he's an IT bod he's probably a nerd who'll welcome the challenge.

Did you hear about the scandal over here that broke last week.
A 60 year old politician with a 19 year old boyfriend. She was called you've guessed it... yes!

The Jazz Fan is a keen member of the other AA.

Barry Island?

That is truly fascinating. I'm reading a German novel (in translation of course)at the moment I wonder if it will be mentioned

3:57 pm  
Blogger mago said...

What are you reading?

9:11 pm  
Blogger Clippy Mat said...

I've had to change passwords so many times I've lost count.
As soon as I change a password I just email the new one to myself and I have a folder on the computer to keep 'em all in.
Can't remember which folder now tho'.
But it seemed like a brilliant idea at the time.

12:18 am  
Blogger dinahmow said...

Yes, but as political scandals go, it's pretty small potatoes. Silly woman! She should have simply had her little fling and not soiled it with "sordid coin."
"We'd like to know a little bit about you for our files...."

12:18 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

It's a crime novel by Petra Hammesfahr called 'The Lie'
It's OK - but it seems the first one (The Sinner) was better.

Clippy Mat:
Just because it didn't work doesn't mean it's not a brilliant idea.
I shall try it.

There speaks a wise woman.

11:26 am  
Anonymous NiC said...

Sadly no....that would be pretty "hip" these days, would it?

4:51 pm  
Blogger UberGrumpy said...

You could just try driving without insurance, then make sure you never have an accident. You'll save a packet

6:18 pm  
Blogger mago said...

Here you can see her works in historical order, sorry German site only. Don't believe that her works are set in the very last Franconian province where the matriarchat is still in power.

8:20 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Sadly no.
The last season of Gavin and Stacey was pure slush and sentiment.

What - with my luck?
..or lack of.

My only German is scientific which was compulsory for my degree.
So I know that Hydrogen is Wasserstoff but not much else.
I'll get Google to translate later.

10:08 pm  
Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

Don't get me started with passwords and accounts!

You just want to buy a product, not have a bloody relationship with it!

It's all to cull one's details so they can pester you until death (and probably beyond if the 'ethernet' lives up to its name) anyway.

10:46 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Ah well slush is all we have around here now too....

11:44 pm  
Blogger Rosie said...

My maiden name is a Swiss name which nobody could pronounce in the scottish village that I grew up in. So, we were called something else but the spelling remained the same...which meant that everybody thought I was related to Harry Worth the comedian, which I wasn't and my surname sounded like Veert in real life. I still don't respond if I hear my name pronounced correctly. So, all my passwords are related to bits of music.

12:20 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

.....anyway I lost interest in G&S after the first series (but still watched on and off). It became rather contrived, excellent characters aren't enough. Thus in some ways I quite liked the unexpected slush of the ending.

12:20 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Exactly - it used to be optional.
Now it's Big Brother.

Dontcha just love it?

Swiss, Scotland, Catalunya - you are truly international.

Me too - I think the slushy ending was only saved by James Corden's rather convincing speech.
Perhaps the lad can act.

1:14 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

Yes, I think he probably can.....I seem to recall he was pretty good in the fillum version of the History Boys.

8:29 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

About time I watched it yet again.

11:06 pm  
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