29th April 1999
The Benefits Agency,

Dear Sirs,
          Further to your letter of 28th April 1999, regarding a list of
questions, on the possibility of my working at all.
 
    I will attempt to answer your questions, in order as listed in your
letter.
 
 1. I am not working, I am just pottering arround on the internet. I last
registered for course work with the Open University in 1997. This would have
involved 6 hours work per week. I could only manage half-an-hour per day,
so totally failed to do the work or complete the course. Not even one
homework assignment was completed.
    In August 1997, I bought a second hand computer for 150 pounds sterling,
and was given free access to the Open University computer along local
telephone lines at a call charge of 1p per minute.
    Since that time, I managed to build up a body of correspondence,
within the limits of half-an-hour per day mental or physical work.
    In January 1999, this correspondence was transfered by me to my
web site; www.bertha.ndirect.co.uk. I have to pay 14 pounds and 9p per
month for this site.
 
 2. Nobody suggested it, it just happened.
 3. My doctor does not know that I have a web site.
 4. See answer 1 for description of my activities. No job is being done,
so no job description exists.
 
 5. No employer exists or payments have been recieved.
 6. I can think straight for half-an-hour per day. The rest of the time is
spent pottering arround. I can do one side of A4 paper of mathematics or
computer work per day.
 
 7. On any day free of a major shopping expedition, I can do half-an-hour
of original work and about an hour of copy typing at non-typist speeds.
 
 8. My principle interest is a 50 year scientific project, which was started
30 years ago. If I could spend 48 hours per week doing it I would. However
half-an-hour work and an hour pottering, seems to be all I can manage and at
that not every day of the week.
    Due to my condition, I asked Mrs. Pam Scruton, a fellow Open
University student to be the project archivist for my work on the Open
University computer. She agreed and kept the archive of the correspondence
which is now on my web site. This is both an unusual request and an
unusually generous service to a fellow student on incapacity benefit.
 
 9. Zero income for as far as the eye can see.
10. Not applicable, zero wages or income.
11. August 1997 and is ongoing.
 
    I trust that the above will put the internet feeding frenzy of the
newspaper hype into some perspective.
           Yours faithfully.
 
 
 
            Tony Lance Dip.Math(Open)