Oh dear, what could possibly go wrong?! Apparently people are emulating the film Bird Box, recently shown on Netflix, and wandering around blindfold. Oh dear. Wait for the first entry to the 2019 Darwin Awards...
When I was at school we had a teacher who was English. Someone mentioned there was a rammy in the playground, and the teacher, obviously not wanting to admit she didn't know the word, said 'That's nice. Who does it belong to?'
I have mixed feelings about the British consular services overseas. Each experience of passing through their services has been smooth and timely. New passport, registering marriage, registering a birth: all done professionally.
My complaint is that they seem to have reconfigured their offices solely to deal with business/investment and the promotion of UK education. These things are important (I wholly agree), but there are more important services. It used to be the case that long-term overseas residents would register with the embassy to receive important updates; on attempting to update my contact details a number of years back I was told that they no longer retain lists and I should monitor the FCO website and the embassy Twitter account.
I'm a low-demand expat. If I am seeking advice or assistance from the British Embassy, it is perfectly possible that a catastrophe of a sufficient magnititude to threaten Internet access has occurred. I also question the wisdom of relying on a private company with its own political interests for vital government communications.
How about just keep a list of names and numbers in case? Is the bookshelf dangerously overcrowded?
I won't start on passport costs. That's down to the FCO.
A Dutch friend who lives here in North Yorkshire used to be able to go to Hull to renew her Dutch passport (A journey of maybe half a day). They've now closed all the regional centres and she has to go to London (a two day journey, or one very very long day and expensive train ride). So it's not just the British...