I came to the conclusion recently that I want a basic laptop to back up files from my desktop computer, and to work on my stories when I'm not sitting at the desk. Basically, a memory stick with a keyboard. A small amount of research made me think that a Lenovo IdeaPad may be the right one to go for.
So I set off for Hereford. I got ink for my printer at the shop near the cathedral, where they're very helpful, and then I went looking for computer shops in the town centre. I'd looked online first - but neither of the shops I'd found on the map seemed to exist on the ground. However, there is a shop that sells iPhones and other computing stuff (very swish) on the main square, and there is a shop near Peacocks that sells a small amount of Technology along with home furnishings, called Bright House. Neither of those had anything like what I was looking for.
So I also had a look in the second hand shop that sells a lot of second hand DVDs (no luck there), and finally ended up at Cash Generator. That's where I got my camera from, and some really good advice from the sales assistant.
This time, it was a male supervisor who helped me out - and talked me out of buying the Lenovo laptop they had on display and into doing a little more research.
While I was at that end of town, I thought it was time to have a look at the Beer in Hand, a pub which used to be a launderette, on the other side of the ring road. I've been hearing some good things about it.
It goes back a lot further than I'd thought, and has been tastefully converted into a pub - a long, narrow pub. The barrels are near the back, and there's a wide selection. I went for the Butcombe Yeti, which was hoppy and bright and just what I needed after a long trek round town.
There was a sign up saying that they want to encourage community groups to meet there, too. They already have a book club and a craft club meeting there, and they held a mini beer festival at the same time as Beer on the Wye, called Beer on the Eign as they are on Eign Street. I think they've had live music there too.
So next time I go into Hereford, it'll be the long trek out to PC World to see what they have on offer....