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  1. It's awful how the loss of an artifact of insensate materials can strike as hard as the loss of a family member or a pet, but it can. Hope you get it back. Check out eBay etc. You may even get it back at a bargain price. It happened to a friend of mine, and he did a very good deal on the basis he didn't report to the police. Unethical? Sure. Feelgood? Sure.
  2. What editengine said.
  3. You will, of course, get a mechanic to look at it. Our 110k miles v70 sold at auction for $160 approx - £130 in UKP couple of months ago.
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    bleak

    Wow! Great lighting. Noticed... No wedding ring, motel-type decor in background.
  5. Can I just chip in here and say that on a relatively new car, there are very few things you can do ( including changing a headlamp bulb) without having a mechanic involved. Pre 2010 should be your aim initially. Or a Volvo.
  6. Just finished my first re-read of Zero History since the week of its UK publication. I still noticed the rich, heavy use of simile throughout - a real pleasure which brings the reader right into WG's world. Very short chapters, corresponding to each major character's viewpoint.The ending, while totally satisfactory, felt a little contrived, built around a number of cool ideas and some mistakes made by the enemy. The cool ideas sent me to the internet for source material when I first read the book, I remember. Loads of fun and still a great book. Jumping around in WG's back catalogue, I think Spook Country is next.
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    This is Bad News!

    I could not have believed the shambles that BREXIT has descended into. I thought it would be an expensive mistake - now, I have no words to describe it.
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    Gibsonian

    To be honest, Johnny Mnemonic was pretty hard to stomach. Compared with the original short story anyway.
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    Random

    We have a room we call the laundry. It contains an enclosed shower, washer/drier, a double kitchen sink, gas central heating boiler, bathroom sink, toilet and drinks fridge. No room drain but underfloor heating. It never feels unsanitary and is very useful.
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    Excerpt

    So, in summary, April 3 2019 ?
  11. Have temporarily mislaid Infomocracy, so I've reread Count Zero, and All Tomorrow's Parties. Just about 10 pages into Number 9 Dream.
  12. I have also started Infomocracy . Like WG's The Peripheral it's hard to see what's going on for the first 50 pages, which is no bad thing. Unlike Gibson, I am not cpmpelled with the quality of the writing, but, hey, it's well recommended by Wigbers, so I shall keep going. It's astonishing how little time I have for reading. Historically, I'd read 3 to four books a week. Now, I'm struggling to read 30 or 40 pages.
  13. Sounds typically Hiassen! I read the first few Hiassen [grumble] some of which are probably mouldering in a cardboard box in the garage with all my crime novels for which there "isn't room in the house" [/grumble] - I'd read another. sounds like this one!
  14. [Heavyboots] Remind me not to ask you for a lift.😀
  15. Jack Vance.... Oh, yes. I read the whole of the Lyonesse trilogy again last year, and I'm halfway through the 4th book in the five book Demon Princes.
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