Whew ... that was odd. A little while ago, I sent an email from my gmail account to Elisabeth - more as an experiment than anything else. I didn't think about it, but it was the first email I had sent from that account, er, here.
Immediately following my pressing 'send', my account turned to squiggle writing, and closed. I tried to access my blogger dashboard and it had turned to squiggle writing too. Ah, I thought, I know the answer, switch everything off and try again ... which I did. I got a message from 'g gle' saying there had been suspicious activity on my account and they would have to verify me. Send my phone number for a new code ... which I really didn't want to do.
When I first set up Isabel's accounts I'd had the same problem and managed to circumvent it by asking Prima (number 1 daughter) to set it all up for me in Australia, without needing to use a telephone verification code. Do you have to give a phone number to set up an email account where you are?
I have been rescued - clearly as I am able to write this - as Primus (number 1 son) logged in to my gmail account at home and was happy to give his telephone number to the authorities. Having appeased the snoop-gods I won't make the same mistake again: no more emails from me.
If I suddenly disappear again, it is most likely I have crossed some cyber-boundary inadvertently ... or I have been thrown in jail.