07 November 2013

Win £200 QVC credit with TomTom

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To celebrate the fact that they will be bringing their TomTom Via 135 sat nav to QVC as our Today's Special Value item this Sunday, TomTom are offering five lucky winners a prize of £200 QVC Credit!

To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is comment below and tell us about a time you could have done with a TomTom to escape an embarrassing situation!

Keep it clean and remember to include your email address in the designated field (this won't be made public) and we might just share your stories on air on Sunday! Make sure to get your answers in before 11.59pm on Sunday 10th November and keep your eyes peeled to find out who won next week.

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A few years ago I worked for a party decoration company.
We received a booking from a gentleman wanted the outside of his house decorated to welcome the birth of his new baby, the plan was for me and a colleague to decorate the outside of the house with balloons and a banner whilst he went to the hospital to collect his wife and new baby. This was a simple enough job, I had done it few times before. We drove to the address and proceeded to decorate the house with gorgeous balloons and a 'welcome new baby girl' banner, the job took around 45 minutes to complete. We finished and drove back to the shop, when we arrived at the shop I received a call from the client who had booked us, he sounded confused and slightly angry, he was enquiring why the outside of his house was not covered with decorations as he had requested. I was adamant that we had been to his house and completed the job, I couldn't understand what had happened I thought decorations wouldn't just disappear like that. I got back in the van and returned to the house we covered in decorations, on my arrival I was met by a very bemused elderly lady who had arrived home to find her house covered in balloons, luckily she saw the funny side of it she even joked that her child rearing days were long behind her. I apologised and removed the decorations. It turned out that the address of the client and the wrong house we went to had the same street name but different endings, his was 37....Lane, but we had incorrectly gone to 37....Avenue both of which confusingly are in the same town. Luckily the client also saw the funny side as well. Having a TomTom would have definitely saved me from this very embarassing situation.

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A few years ago my sister and I were visiting friends about an hour from where we live. We decided to take A roads instead of the motorway and had neither a map nor a Sat Nav. On the way my sister took a wrong turning and managed to end up on a very steep hill in the middle of nowhere! On one side there were no fences but a very steep drop into a river. I pretty much closed my eyes and prayed at this point! We finally managed to get onto a country road which we hoped led us to the main road. We got closer to a farm and realised the road had been blocked because a farmer was moving cows in to be milked - this took an hour! We also had to explain how we had ended up there to the farmer and several other people waiting around which was totally embarrassing and they pretty much thought we were insane. The road we had turned into had not been used in years! At one point one of the people waiting pulled out a map to show us like we had never seen one before!

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Some years ago we set off on our summer holiday. My aunt, uncle and 2 cousins were also coming with us - our destination a small fishing village on the east coast of Scotland. We live in the south west of Scotland and we opted for the scenic route. My cousin volunteered to read the map, I'm a Scout I'll manage that easily. Well after THREE times through Glencoe and a puncture ( with NO spare ) so had to navigate to neatest village. A six hour journey took us TWELVE HOURS that day!!!We wished we had had a TOM TOM then. Incidentally my cousin now borrows our TOM TOM when he travels away from home, saves sending out a search party!!!!!

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Im usually not bad at directions, but this one time i had arranged a special evening for my partner and it was a surprise but i had never been to the place before i had only head good things about it, so we drove around and around, but i couldn't stop and ask anyone as he would know where we were going. This happened for hours and in the end i had to tell him what the plans were, the funny thing is that he said we had gone past the place about five times.. so i defo need a tom tom to avoid this happening again and disappointing him to arrange a better surprise without getting lost.

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My sister was at uni in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and I set off from Yorkshire for a visit, a journey of about 120 miles and I had told her I would be there at tea time.
Off I went up the A1, well I don't know what I did wrong but after 3 hours driving and me thinking I should be nearly there I saw a sign that said Carlisle, my geography isn't that good but I know that it is the other side of the country.
I had to stop, get the (out of date) road map from the boot and try and work out where I was and where I needed to go. It was getting dark and raining so I had to ring my Dad to get some directions, drive for a bit, stop, ring Dad, drive, stop, ring Dad, you get the picture?
Needless to say my next birthday one of my presents was a TomTom, which now stays in the car and is used regularly. I need a new one though with free lifetime updates.

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As a professional wedding singer I do a lot of travelling around the country and have always relied on the old paper maps, a good sense of direction and a bit of common sense to get me to my destinations. A year or so back however I got hopelessly lost en route to a wedding venue located in the middle of nowhere, at which I was performing. I quickly pulled in to a layby to consult my map, stored in the boot of the car, only to discover that a bottle of screen wash had sprung a leak and turned my UK Atlas into a gooey pulp! I tried desperately to peel the pages apart, but they simply disintegrated in my hands.

Overcome with a stomach churning sense of anxiety I set off again down impossibly narrow country lanes looking for any indication of where I was. I drove for what seemed like miles. Eventually and with time running out, I found my destination, more by luck than judgement.

Unfortunately, not only was the embarrassment of nearly being late bad enough, but the worst thing of all was having to perform to a packed wedding reception with blue and red hands! Yes, the gooey ink from the UK Atlas had taken hold on my palms and fingers, and refused to budge. Mortified, I had to perform the whole wedding cabaret looking as though I was wearing badly knitted gloves!

Since that night, I now have a TomTom ... and clean hands!

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Like the time when I went shopping to a new outlet centre and insisted I didn't need directions as I'd seen the add on TV and knew where it was !!!! I should've known better ... I never did get to that outlet centre and what's worse the (very smug) hubby had to rescue me several hours and no petrol later!!! A tom tom would not have only have for me there but found me a petrol station to boot !!

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Do you know my husband loves the fact that I depend on him for going anywhwere out of my comfort zone which is about 10 miles square, yes i know thats nothing . so I would love a Tom Tom so I could do my own thing and drive Blackpool from Stoke Yes that would be an achievement for me. Pat

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I have always been terrible at directions and have always needed someone by my side to help with the navigation. For years people had said "Gemma for goodness sake get a Sat Nav, if anyone in this world needs one it's you!" On this particular occasion 2 years ago I was on my own travelling to a friend's wedding in The Cotswolds. It was the middle of winter and it was snowing. As always I was nervous about getting there and surprise surprise, I got lost several times but luckily got back on track. The wedding was in a barn in a field and I was told that the entrance to the road that led to it would have balloons attached to the signpost. Well, I thought I'd got to the right village and to my relief came accross the signpost with the balloons, hurray! I was quite late but the wedding ceremony hadn't started but everyone was seated so I went in found a seat and sat down quickly trying not to draw any attention to my lateness. Suddenly the wedding theme started and I saw the groom stand up, then I turned the other way and the bride entered the room. I gulped and my heart started to race! I was at the wrong wedding! Clearly, I was in the wrong place, but I had no choice but to stay for the ceremony. I crept out after and then eventually made it to the right place but only made the reception. My friend (the bride) and everybody found the whole thing utterly hilarious, and although I saw the funny side too, I ofcourse felt sad that I'd missed my friend getting married. I wish I'd had a Tomtom and this certainly wouldn't have happened! For that reason I bought one from QVC a few months ago and although it sounds so cliche it has totally changed my life! Thanks Tomtom!xx

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A number of years ago, my wife and I obtained tickets for a sell out Bruce Springsteen Evening Concert at Sheffield United Football Ground. Wanting to get a good viewing point and knowing that the traffic and parking could be a problem we left early to try and avoid this. On arrival at Sheffield it was quite chaotic with traffic and queues everywhere, We eventually were directed to a large park which had winding ascending paths and were told to pull off onto the grass to park up. It was bright sunshine and we just noted approximately where we were as there were no Parking Block No's. We started to walk and mingle with the thousands of fans heading towards the stadium. We queued up and got good viewing seats. We had to wait 3 to 4 hours before he came on stage. Well worth it though a brilliant concert (Bono of U2 was in the audience only a few rows away from us.) Bruce's concert lasted for nearly 4 hours. We eventually got out of the stadium into the street amidst all the thousands of fans. Somehow things looked very different to earlier in the day - It was dark!!. Eventually we arrived back at the park. OMG no lighting only headlights of hundreds of cars trying to weave their way out of the park. Which pathway?? Thousands of cars parked all over the place - we hadn't got a clue where our car was parked. We walked around for hours trying to find the car. We were now very tired, thirsty and hungry. All we could do was to wait around until many of the cars had left and then start searching around the remaining parked cars. Eventually we found it. After some wait we managed to slot into the queue and slowly edged our way out of the park. At the exit we were directed by the police. Alas in the direction we didn't want. We had no idea where we were and found ourselves lost amidst masses of traffic. Eventually after some considerable time of driving around Sheffield we saw a sign for the M1 and at last we on our way home.
Now had we had TOMTOM then, we would have been able to have logged the location of our car to find it and easily have found our way out of Sheffield. It won't now be happening again!!!!

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I have always been terrible at directions and have always needed someone by my side to help with the navigation. For years people had said "Gemma for goodness sake get a Sat Nav, if anyone in this world needs one it's you!" On this particular occasion 2 years ago I was on my own travelling to a friend's wedding in The Cotswolds. It was the middle of winter and it was snowing. As always I was nervous about getting there and surprise surprise, I got lost several times but luckily got back on track. The wedding was in a barn in a field and I was told that the entrance to the road that led to it would have balloons attached to the signpost. Well, I thought I'd got to the right village and to my relief came accross the signpost with the balloons, hurray! I was quite late but the wedding ceremony hadn't started but everyone was seated so I went in found a seat and sat down quickly trying not to draw any attention to my lateness. Suddenly the wedding theme started and I saw the groom stand up, then I turned the other way and the bride entered the room. I gulped and my heart started to race! I was at the wrong wedding! Clearly, I was in the wrong place, but I had no choice but to stay for the ceremony. I crept out after and then eventually made it to the right place but only made the reception. My friend (the bride) and everybody found the whole thing utterly hilarious, and although I saw the funny side too, I ofcourse felt sad that I'd missed my friend getting married. I wish I'd had a Tomtom and this certainly wouldn't have happened! For that reason I bought one from QVC a few months ago and although it sounds so cliche it has totally changed my life! Thanks Tomtom!xx

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Years ago on our first big family holiday to Cyprus we hired a couple jeeps and had a ride up to the Troodos mountains. We had a great day and my Brother In Law said he would navigate us back to our resort (Protaras). Anyway he got us hopelessly lost then my daughter who was 15 months old at the time decided to projectile vomit all over me - believe me I was covered! We actually ended up in Pathos which was 3 hours away from our resort and I had the most miserable journey of my life travelling back, smelling disgusting and wearing only a bikini as I had no spare clothes - and yes it was cold as it was September!!! I still shudder to this day when thinking about it!!!

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Whilst driving our new motorhome with our old Tom Tom sat nav as a guide to a new campsite in the Bere Forest our 'old' sat nav took us on what we found out to be one of the narrowest routes around. You try driving a 7'6" wide 10' tall motorhome down a lane only just wide enough for a small car! And the branches of the trees on both sides hitting the windscreen (which left the other 4' of the motorhome in the trees!) After 10 feet of driving into this thinking hopelessly that it would get better, my wife shouted at me and said we'll reverse back. "Oh yeah I said how do you get out?" With which she squeezed out, squeezed down the side of the motorhome and with me using the rear view camera got us out of a 'narrow and tricky' situation I wish Tom Tom did ones for motorhomes that allowed for my girth and height (motorhome's not mine :)
Took us another 2 hours driving with the old Tom Tom telling me to turn around and go back down that narrow lack of height lane all the while! Got there in the end and had 5 glorious days of relaxation (and a map to take us back home!) along with helpful advice from the Caravan Club!

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Whilst visiting my daughter who had moved to Yorkshire we decided to do some sightseeing. On the way back I took a turn (which according to the map was heading home) I proceeded to drive along this road and realised it was getting narrower. Turning a corner I came across a horse, the there'd to the verge but standing in the middle of the road. Hubby got out as the horse refused to move. After trying to tempt the horse out of the way he resorted to dragging the very indignant animal by its tether whilst I drove past. The horse had a look of incredulity on its face. Back in the car we continued. The road began to turn into a track with raised centre, complete with foot high grass/weeds. Then in front of us sitting smack bang in the middle of the track was a collie dog. Obviously a friend of the horse as he too refused to move, just sat there staring at us. Hubby was ejected from the car again, muttering and puttering to coax the dog out of the way. On we went, by now the bushes at the side of the road were brushing against the car it was so narrow. Determined not to give in to hubby's moans of turn around I continued. But 50 yards later I came to a footbridge!!!!!!!!!! Defeated at last, only problem was that I had to reverse for over a mile. Passing the collie who was now off the road on the verge and I'm sure he was grinning as if to say I tried to stop you but you wouldn't listen. We reversed all the way to the indignant horse, no longer on the road, I'm sure I saw him just shrug at us as I finally managed to turn round and drive back to the main road. As we reached the main road we saw a bent sign almost hidden in the bushes saying NOT SUITABLE FOR VEHICLES - tomtom now purchased!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We've been visiting the lovely City of York for years and have never had any problems knowing which way to go into the city. However, on our last visit this year we didn't realise that one of the main routes into York which goes over 'Lendal Bridge' had become a 'Restricted Area' to cars (taxis and buses only) between the hours of 10am and 5pm. We went over the brige (as we have always done on past visits) not realising the new rules as the new signs do not stand out well and came home to a £60 fine. This really put a cloud over our Yorkshire holiday.

People who had Tom Toms have said that their Tom Tom had warned them well in advance about this new traffic system and the new 'Restricted Area'. If we had a Tom Tom.......we would never have went over the bridge and we wouldn't have came home to a £60 fine.....and the fact that it has totally ruined the memories of our last visit to the beautiful city of York!!

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Me and my family decided to drive to a theme park but we got seriously lost on the way back. My dad being a stereotypical stubborn man refused to ask for directions for 3 hours straight while we drove around tiny country lanes splashing through huge puddles and getting our white car brown.
We eventually stopped at a local petrol station where we asked where we were and found out we had drove in the opposite direction so where now even further from home!
Day was turning to night and people had started to look at us for driving past them for the tenth time as we just kept going in circles.
At this point we were embarrassingly desperate trying to ask every passer by how we get to the correct motorway when a kind lady said she'd give us an escort. It was cringe worthy to say the least and how a TomTom would have been a lifesaver!

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I was on the way to a job interview but managed to get totally lost, meaning that I was running late. In order not to look totally disorganised, when I had finally got close to my destination I dirtied my hands and claimed that my lateness was due to a tyre puncture that I had to fix at the roadside. I still had my interview but didn't get the job!

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I'd booked three colleagues and myself onto a training course. The driver airily said "A1M, that's the same as the M1…." We finally arrived in time for the closing comments, took advantage of the hotel facilities, and had to sound convening to our boss about all we'd learned.

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On holiday my best friend has the map whilst I drive, it doesn't help that she a)can't read a map. b) doesn't know her left from right! One example is the day I spent over a hour going around and around trying to find the on ramp to a motorway. We stopped and asked locals with no success, even turned into a one way street the wrong way! How I wish we had a tom Tom, not just so our friendship will survive but for the safety of other road users.lol

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Travelling home (in my defence it was in the dark!) after dropping my daughter off at a party in another town, I somehow managed to take a wrong turn. Don't know to this day how I managed it, but the back way to our house is through a country lane - I did think at the time the road I was on looked a little narrower and windier but I carried on regardless. Ended up having to brake quite sharply when there was a barrier across the road - I'd somehow managed to get myself onto an old private army owned road - didn't notice the barbed wire or any signs!! I carefully manoeuvred a multi-point turn (6 at least...) and turned round - eventually arriving home safely. If I had broken down or had an accident on that lane, my husband certainly wouldn't have thought about looking there for me.

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We were on our way to a friends wedding and could not find the destination. Luckily, we arrived within a couple of minutes of the bride arriving and the ceremony starting.

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Several years ago we hired a jeep on holiday in Cyprus and drove up into the Troodos mountains.The road got narrower and became a dirt track,then finished altogether!We were completely lost and almost out of petrol. We just kept on driving until we spotted a shepherd who didn't speak English very well but pointed us in the direction of another track.We eventually reached a road and had to "coast " down the hill out of gear to save the bit of petrol we had left - we just made it to a garage!

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It must have been 30 years ago now. In the days when Tom Tom meant you knew two guys with the same name. My husband and I decided to go to Milton Keynes for shopping from Heathrow. So far so good. Could not get a parking space. So decided to go shopping in Oxford. We were very spur of the moment back then. I was in charge of the many map books we carried back then. Anyway some how ended up in Cambridge ..... went shopping there instead. Now days we have a TomTom, I don't like her much - she takes control and is bossy but we do get to go shopping where we want to be.

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I dropped my husband off at a pub for a boy's night out in Stratford on Avon, I wasn't familiar with the town but was sure I could find my way back to my friend's house where we were staying. The one way system in a nightmare, I drove round and round and went past the same pub three times before I found the road out - I was just hoping they weren't looking out of the window and saw me!

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First day of uni, I left my halls to attend my very first lecture. I got turned around on the streets but then found the building number I was looking for. I confidently entered the building and went into Room 2.1, where a tutor was conducting an intense seminar. I entered and said that I was sorry for being 5 minutes late to puzzling looks, only to find out I was in the wrong building. Turned out that I was on X street instead of X garden road. A Tom Tom would have saved me the embarassment.

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I have absolutely no sense of direction. So deciding to work as a roving reporter probably wasn't my smartest move, but I was sure I could convince my editor that Tom Toms in the company vehicles would be a great idea. 'Learn to read a map' was the blunt response. Now anyone that knows me knows I don't do maps, why? They're always the wrong way round, obviously! So, in the early part of my career (before I could afford my own Tom Tom) I'd be filled with dread each time I got sent out to cover a story at an unknown location. So I had to come up with a strategy, ashamed as I am to admit it. If I got really lost, I'd flag down a taxi and turn on the waterworks to persuade the driver to head to the location and let me follow him. I always had money at the ready, but (more often than not) they'd feel so sorry for little girl lost facing the wrath of her editor, that they'd let me off. A Tom Tom would definitely have spared my blushes back then, big time! God bless taxi drivers though!

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I was going on a first date with a friend of a friend and arranged to pick him up and drive to the restaurant as I knew the area better than him (and I wanted to impress him with my local knowledge).
Everything was going fine when suddenly we came across a diversion which took us very far from the normal route and I started getting lost as the diversion signals seem to magically disappear.
I tried to act confident and my date was very polite but after 40mn drive and passing three times the same roundabout, I had to confess that I didn't have a clue where we were!
By that time, we were too late for our reservation and decided to stop at the first place that took our fancy.
We ended up in a charming restaurant and by the time dinner was over we had laughed so much about how I was so foolishly trying to pretend I was NOT lost on the way that we agreed to go on second date (thankfully the bill that night came with directions to go home!).
Thirteen years later, we are still together, maybe because I did get lost that evening, but having a Tom Tom would have saved me 13 years (and counting) of my other half thinking I was rubbish at directions! ;-)

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First day in new job was given company car and told to head down from Midlands to Barking to start my induction in a company distribution centre. Everything was going ok until reached M11 which was closed and diversions were in place . Didn't have a clue where I was going and I eventually arrived at 6.30 when I was expected at 12.30. I was never allowed to live it down and one of my leaving presents was a Sat Nav.

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Me and my teenage daughter were on our way to the Rocky Horror Show, dressed in stockings, suspenders and Basques, and yes, I took a wrong turning and ended up in a small village and having to get out and ask for directions. I don't know who was more embarrassed, me, my daughter, or the poor farmer who didn't know which way to look!

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I was on holiday with my Dad in Cornwall when on our way home from an evening out he took us down a wrong way. It was a typical country lane, too small for a car. We broke down and had to walk quite a few miles to the nearest house, because my mobile had died.

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for my friends wedding in leeds, my mam was sure she knew where to go but we ended up missing the cermeony but luckily made it for the evening celebrations, a tom tom would of been very handy that day!

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Years ago before Sunday opening of shops my flatmate and myself decided to visit a DIY store but we were so busy chatting not realising we were going in the wrong direction by the time we realised we just turned around and drove home still chatting as everything had closed

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I thought my sister who lives 45 miles away had a tomtom, she didn't, and I turned up with our 7 year old cousins in the car ready to head for a holiday another 60 miles away that I had planned.... ooops! We got on the motorway the wrong way and ended up adding 20 miles to our already long trip!!

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Many years ago (25 Years)when i first started driving an HGV i always seem to be delivering along the M4 corridor.
The wife's friends had moved from Bristol to Cheltenham and one Saturday we decided to visit them,i checked my map and had to get of the motorway at junc 11,it should had taken us about 1 hr.We left Bristol and 2 hours later i was still driving,i came of at junction 11 and pulled into a garage to get more petrol,i asked the attendant "how do you get to Cheltenham from here" as soon as she said "someone else asked me that last week" i suddenly realised what i had done ,i had only driven along the wrong motorway.
Not one to give up i still decided to get to Cheltenham,what should had been a 1 hr drive and 45 miles turned into a 4 hr drive and over 150 miles.
I never made that mistake again.....

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My first experience of driving on the M25 was with a friend, heading off to a health spa. From the M4 we needed to take the exit towards Tring. It didn't seem like it should be far and we were busy nattering away when I noticed an exit for Brentwood in Essex. Knowing my auntie lived there, I knew we'd long since missed the turning. About three hours later we were back where we started. I'm still teased about it now, Tom Tom would have been so useful...

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many years ago, we were in a remote part of Southern Spain, we were well off the beaten track, the heat was dreadful and we were desperate for a drink. we walked for miles until we found a small village. We headed to the village and and we were all flagging and wilting, but I said that I would go on ahead and find a bar, shop or somewhere to get a drink.

I went ahead and found down a winding road a little bar, I ran back and told the others that I had found somewhere, we all rushed in and asked the man behind the bar for 4 bottles of Cola.

The man backed away looking terrified, I again asked for the drinks, he raised his hands up above his head, I looked around and saw an elderly lady in black sitting in the corner looking most concerned, it then hit me, we were not in a bar at all we had bowled into someones kitchen in their home!

we apologised and couldn't get out of there quick enough!

a TomTom would have saved this happening and would have got us to somewhere selling refreshments much quicker, as it was it was another 30 minutes until we found a place to get a drink.

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I'd just started driving (so around 11 yrs ago) and I was at an away game (chelsea v West Ham) with a friend...we lost the game - obviously - but it wasn't stopping us (well, me) from being cocky little gits that couldn't resist having a bit of a mouth off at the Chelsea fans on our way to where the car was parked. What we didn't know was that the road we chose to 'escape' down was a dead end (no sign!) and that we had to come back out the other end of the road to the group of fans (and more) laughing at us where we then had to sit at the traffic lights and in traffic for what felt like hours.
If we'd had a TomTom we would have known not to get ourselves stuck down that road and then we'd also have been able to find a quicker way to get ourselves away from the laughing.

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In the town centre, I met a woman I know from our Church, I offered her a lift home, and as I did not know the little village where she lives, she gave me directions as we drove. Well, We went twice round the Shopping Centre, in increasing circles, then we had a quick nip in and out of the ASDA car park, then we did a tour of 2 separate housing estates, we then entered the hospital grounds, down to the main entrance, then past A&E. We next began to leave town, heading towards her village, but wait for it- we had a quick visit to a country park, and finally we made it to her house, via the local library and primary school. All in all it took about 45 minutes, because, bless her soul, she is about 76 years old, and the only way she knows how to get home is via the way the bus takes her! It only took me 12 minutes to get back home.

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On family holidays, I was always the map reader in pre-satnav days. I was fine when we were out in the countryside, but navigating through towns was a different matter 9especially as shop window displays kept distracting me). One day we got hopelessly lost, and finally in exasperation I threw the map on the floor and said to my husband "Oh, just go left then left then left again and see if we're right". The children thought it was hilarious and now they are grown up still taunt me with it.

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I could do with a tom tom as travelling in Italy in a hire car, my husband followed the map and his nose - we ended up in a dead end alley way that was so narrow it was literally about a 20 point turn to get the car out-thank goodness he was driving as I would still be there now! All the locals came out of their houses to watch and the little kids stopped playing football to watch the daft foreigners! I truly thought we would be stuck there, if we had gone any further into the alley we would have been! And of course we were going in completely the wrong direction!

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I drove down a narrow road which then became little more than a dirt track which led to a dead end.
I was in a hire car and had no idea where reverse gear was and how to get into it so ended up having to keep getting out of the car to push it backwards while I did a many point turn. so embarrassing, thank god no-one was there to see me thought I could have used some help pushing the car

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Just this summer, while visiting Loch Garten in the Highlands, a place we have been to many times before, I managed to give my husband wrong directions four times! This was made more embarrassing as we were travelling from our home in Aberdeenshire, to Loch Garten then on to my home town near Inverness for a few days. It really seemed like we were in a black hole as it is a familiar journey!! Seeing the majestic ospreys at Loch Garten only served to heighten my embarrassment - they manage to fly from Scotland to Africa and back every year, even when they have never made that incredible journey before!

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A few years ago I was attending a course in Macclesfield travelling from Manchester in our party were two other nurses like my self, and a rather airy fairy psychologist with absolutely no sense of humour. As I had been to the hospital we were going to once before I was elected navigator whilst our psychologist friend drove. The trip there was easy, broad daylight I was very pleased. However when the course ended it was dark and there had been a heavy snowfall, everything looked different, and we got lost down a country lane ending up in a farmyard. Ok this happens, but the psychologist stopped the car and was almost crying, he turned to me and said "this appears to be a farm yard then he started wailing ALAS ALAS WE ARE DREADFULLY LOST HOW COULD YOU GET US LOST" there were giggles from my fellow nurses in the back whilst I sunk lower and lower into the front passenger seat wishing I could disappear.

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Having worked away from home for the week, I was driving home for the weekend when I got stuck in very bad road works on the motorway. The delay was very considerable, and as time went by I started frantically wriggling in my seat, desperate for a toilet stop. I thought I would burst by the time the traffic had cleared, and I couldn’t think of somewhere with facilities I could get to in time.

In utter desperation, I managed to drive to the car park of an office I used to work at, drove round the back, threw the door open and squatted to relieve myself just in time! Thankfully I had just managed to collect myself when a security guard appeared who clearly thought I was up to no good! I didn’t want to tell him what I was really doing there, so ended up fumbling some nonsense about how I used to work there (true!) and how I missed it (untrue!) so I thought I’d drop in on my way home for old times’ sake (another porkie!). By the time I left the security guard seemed to have been pacified as I did mention the names of genuine staff members that he knew.

I got home and went for a shower while my Mum made dinner. I was interrupted by my father frantically knocked on the bathroom door telling me the police were on the phone and wanted to speak to me! (Actually to make matters worse, they’d actually asked for my Mum as I had borrowed her car that week!). Clearly I wasn’t a convincing liar and the security guard had phoned the police with the car registration number! In the end I think the police were canny enough to realise I really wasn’t a hardened criminal who had been “casing the joint”! No further action was taken, but I’ve never had a more embarrassing and uncomfortable dinner with my parents who could barely contain their hilarity at my antics! They have forgiven me but occasionally like to remind me of the incident - gee thanks! If only I’d had a Tom Tom, I’d have found a far more suitable location to answer the call of nature!

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I would of loved a TomToM when my parents started quizzing me & my boyfriend about our relationship on the way back from dinner. My dad was so into the interrogation that he missed our junction and had to turn around at the next one. That added an extra 15 mins of uncomfortable journey time!

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It was the early 1980s (ie before Sat Navs or mobile phones!) when a friend invited me to stay with her in Aberdeen for the weekend. She told me it was easy to drive from Edinburgh to Aberdeen – just drive to Perth, then take the Inverness road until I saw the turnoff for Aberdeen. The drive should take about 3.5 hours. I arranged to meet her and her friends in a pub (where else, considering we were students?!) about 6.30pm. After I finished lectures for the day I left Edinburgh looking forward to my trip.

After a couple of hours or so I still hadn’t seen the turnoff for Aberdeen but thought I must be getting impatient, so just kept going. I would have consulted a map but I hadn’t taken one with me considering the simple instructions I had been given. Eventually I turned off the main road and went into a hotel in the Aviemore Centre to ask for directions. I asked the receptionist to help me and she couldn’t stop laughing for about 10 minutes until I managed to get the information I required! From Aviemore to Aberdeen there was no motorway nor decent A roads, so I had to travel cross country on lousy winding roads and eventually arrived in Aberdeen about 10pm.

My poor little Mini arrived covered in muck, overheated and exhausted, so you can imagine the state I was in! I did get a very warm welcome when I did arrive though, as my friend had been worried sick and of course I couldn’t contact her. Two G&Ts and I was plastered!

The drive took more than double the time it should have done – I could almost have driven to Dover on today’s roads in the same 7 hours! Thank goodness for the invention of Sat Navs and mobile phones!

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A few years ago I ended up in a very embarrassing situation at a church. I was on my way to my best friend's wedding dressed as the queen of hearts (Alice in Wonderland theme). I'd never heard of the place, but didn't doubt that my sat nav would get me there in time. One flat tyre, and far too many pee stops later I arrived. I went flying into the church shouting "off with their heads" only to quickly realize that somehow I'd got the wrong church. I made my apologizes, and went on my way. My screwed up sat nav had other ideas, and took me round in a circle back to the church where some of the guests were outside roaring with laughter. I eventually got to the right church, and soon after got rid of my very bad sat nav.

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My mum and I were driving back from Cornwall and we went to London Conley and not london. My mum insisted it was London and not London Conley, and would not back down.....a Tomtom. Would really have helped.

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sooooooo many to choose from, seriously! but one that pops in my mind, is when i was a nurse in a&e. i needed to check a patients temp, so i asked a student to pass me a tympanic. its a thermometer that you pop into the patients ear. well, i thought i said tympanic. i actually said tampax. the patient was a teenage male. he looked pretty worried! :o)

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I was in Newcastle city centre and was trying to find a parking space so my (now ex) husband could go to a particular shop. I turned into a street where there was parking in the middle of the road, found a space and waited in the car while he went to the shop. As I was waiting a police van full of - unsurprisingly - policemen drew up alongside and the driver wound his window down and signalled for me to do the same. He leant across and said, "Madam, have you wondered why all the cars are facing in the opposite direction from yours?" I looked around (I hadn't even noticed!) and he was right! "Make sure you go the right way when you leave, this is a one-way street". With that they drove off. By the way, this has nothing to do with the divorce :-)

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