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  1. gil

    Attn Old Wigbers

    I mean mythaxis, not WGB mk1. But I just tried Wayback Machine for the old WGB and found that 13 Mar 2016 seems to be intact, It's a question of trying to find the post with the pup.
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    Attn Old Wigbers

    Did you try the Wayback Machine? I began to worry about Mythaxis and posterity, and discovered that it seems to be preserved there.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Happy New Year, everyone. That may ring hollow in some households, I fear, including our own, where it seems we are amid a string of unresolved problems, including both our health. On the bright side, we can look forward to the launch of Agency.
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    What are YOU reading?

    I was a little disappointed by A legacy of Spies. It seemed a little like a potboiler, and to get full value from it, you had to be familiar with the Smiley canon. I still haven't embarked on Archangel. I bought the hardback in April after a disappointing experience with downloading the first two episodes via Kindle. They just didn't FEEL like a graphic novel.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    I remember tortured Christmas dinners. We're too old for them now. Beryl and I ate alone... Tournedos Rossini*. We didn't have room for the Xmas pudding afterwards. * Toast, a layer of pate, a fillet steak, all covered in caramelised onions and a brandy and cream sauce.
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    bleak

    Bleak... Hankley Common, location for James Bond's Skyfall, also the army training ground near me. I was caught in another crossfire of blank cartridges the other week. Lucky to escape with my hearing unimpaired.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    What a miserable lot we are. No-one's posted: SEASONAL GREETINGS
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    I did so, and we thank you for the suggestion.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Miserable, horrible day. Got up with a distracting pain in my leg (cramp in the night). Even getting up at seven, nearly missed the to-be-signed-for package because I couldn't limp to the door in time. Beryl had to get it. Next, a power cut. The fishpond, as it does every power cut, started to siphon from the top pond to the lower pond causing overflow. By this time, it was pouring with sleet, and high winds. Because I've got a cold, Beryl had to rush out with a cork to plug the overflow pipe. As it got dark, Beryl found it hard to make preparations for a much-delayed lunch. I was about to fetch the candles when the lights came on. Come to think of it, it was Beryl who had the miserable, horrible day, but somehow she is triumphant at her heroism, while I am profoundly depressed.
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    bleak

    Christmas at the Hospice - Angelo Morbelli
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Damn Twitter! I have a theory that Bill's workday is shorter as a result of his Twitter input. I have just about 50 people I follow, but have never been able to find time to keep up with my twitter stream even for one day!
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    what are YOU lookin' at?

    The last series of The Big Bang Theory. It was really running out of steam in the last few series, but we think series 12 is better than we expected.
  13. gil

    So what happened to YOU today?

    Thanks db and heavyboots for the mojo. Thoroughly miserable right now but Beryl keeps thrashing me into acion, which is working.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Spent it in hospital. A minor op became complicated. I'm home now, wrung out and weak as a kitten. Miaow....
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    What are YOU reading?

    I found Embers of War very good. Particularly in retrospect. I doubt if anyone will ever achieve the soaring imagination of Iain Banks. I recently read the whole Culture canon from end to end. Incomparable.
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    What are YOU reading?

    Just finished Mr Penumbra's 24 hour Bookstore - a light, and entertaining read... The only puzzle I have is what were the readers - Tyndal, Lapin, et al. - actually doing? Did they have the key to each book and were they just decoding it? Maybe I missed something. They all seemed to know which book they wanted next. How?
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    What are YOU reading?

    Gnomon by Nick Harkaway: Quite a doorstop of a book; it took me days to wade through it. The action sections are pretty good, and there is a lot of that, but there is also a lot of tedious speculation - and, believe me, I didn't skip a word. While it was kind of entertaining, there being three or four alter-egos with their life stories, the whole plot being the investigation of a a death in custody, it was all a bit of a shambles, really, and the resolution felt unsatisfactory. I thought the book ran away with him, and needed some serious editing. Much less fun than the other Nick Harkaways I've read. In complete contrast,The Peripheral was a delight, initially mysterious but very satisfactorily controlled and resolved.
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    Random

    Correct me if I'm wrong, xeno, but I guess that although you are very extravert on-line, you may be rather introverted face-to-face? That's not unusual these days. There also may be a spot of attention deficit if you keep changing focus. You appear extremely clever. It's a shame that you are having difficulty getting a well-paid job. Is this a personal presentation problem at interviews? My advice, for what it's worth is to keep honing your skills and improving your CV.
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    Random

    I'm sure I've mentioned this piece by Dylan Thomas before, but it bears re-mention. Alternately funny and heart-breaking, but mostly funny, it's: A Child's Christmas in Wales
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    The Car Thread

    We've just bought what will probably be our last car. Traditional petrol/automatic. We're out in the sticks, don't have a bus service we can walk to, very poor cellphone service, no sign of public electric charging points in our area. It all hardly matters. We do very few miles a year. I think I filled the tank a max of 6 times last year. Just shopping, and doctor visits. The golf course is 4 minutes away. We've started using grocery home delivery, so that reduces the pressure on shopping. The car we're trading in is 18 years old with 108000 on the clock, and most of that was when I regularly commuted to London in the first 10 years. I think we'd be cheaper with taxis, but they have 6 or 7 miles to come and most of them smell awful.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Where's the primary, and where are the secondaries?
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    Random

    I'm pleased everyone/a few of us seem to be migrating back. I never did take to Twitter, facebook and so on.
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    What are YOU reading?

    Yes, I read Easy Money. a couple of years ago - very lightweight!
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