Truthful Tuesday : 27 December

It’s the early hours of Wednesday morning here. I am sitting up late to write this post because the internet was terrible for most of the day. There are so many extra people who are visiting here or are home for the holidays using the internet that the service has slowed to a crawl and at times there is no service at all. I had to wait until everyone else had gone to bed.

Di is temporarily hosting Truthful Tuesday while PCGuyIV takes a break. Here is the question:

Are you influenced by adverts for holidays or anything else for that matter.

My answer to this is yes, and no.

We don’t have free to air TV as I’m told that a normal antenna would not provide very good coverage as we are surrounded by hills and trees. We’d have to get a satellite dish. Neither of us watch that much FTA TV so it’s not a priority. We just stream everything.

Of course these days even those channels that you pay for have ads. Mostly I can skip them or use the time to make a cuppa or go to the loo. Isn’t that what we all do?

However, I do see some ads. YouTube forces you to watch at least 30 seconds of an ad before you can skip while some of the catch up channels for the FTA stations you can’t skip ads at all.

Waiting to cruise

On the internet of course it’s all targeted advertising especially on social media so the ads I see do reflect my interests somewhat. I have followed up on ads for products and services I’ve seen sometimes but only if it is something that I was interested in anyway. I get lots of ads for bras in my social media feed and I have followed up on these because I’m having a hard time finding a really comfortable bra that I don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for. Naturally the more of these websites I visit the more of these ads show up in my feed. I can block the ones I don’t want though so it’s not a big deal.

So yes, if it’s clothing I need, a good deal on a cruise or a train journey or something else that I might need to know about I am influenced by ads. I do my research as well but an informative ad can sway me.

On the other hand advertising will not persuade me to buy something I have no interest in and I would never make a major purchase on the strength of an ad. I would read reviews and ask people I know for their opinions.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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