New passport?

I have my new passport. Why do I need it? Was it worth £75.50?

The last time I left the UK was in March 2016. Now, there’s no way I can sit in a normal plane seat, as discussed in this . In the next few years, I would be able to leave the UK on the Eurostar to Paris for example, in my van or on a private jet. I don’t have the energy or inclination to do any at the moment. When I do, I’ll have a valid passport.

I had to give back my driving licence in 2015. It was my only form of photo identification apart from the passport. You can see the problem if I had no passport. All continental European countries except Denmark give their citizens an ID Card, and the UK should do the same. If I choose not to have a passport and don’t have a driving licence, it’s difficult to get things done. Never mind that, it makes life easier for ALL citizens.

The UK, like in so many things, does it differently to what works elsewhere. As Basil said to Sybil in Fawlty Towers, ‘You know best dear!’ Sometimes we all need a little totalitarianism.

Of course, the deeper reason for me renewing my passport is hope.

Backstory – applying for a passport with MND

Step 1 – Try taking digital image on iPhone to save time. Takes 15 minutes and failed.
Step 2 – Get digital photo from shop in Berkhamstead, drive wheelchair in the heavy rain – Jane and Andy.
Step 3 – Take photo of details page of current passport and email to me – Jane.
Step 4 – Do application online with eye gaze computer – Andrew.
Step 5 – Post old passport and explanation why my photo doesn’t conform – Jane.
Step 6 – Passport was delivered on May 11th.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

One thought to “New passport?”

  1. Yes it was a very wet day for a passport pic. Forgot we all got soaked! Glad you got it anyway and totally agree re the ID card. Are you available Weds or Fri for a quick trip to the canal (sounds ominous)?!

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