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  • Elders (Admins)

I had to look up railguns on wikipedia to get some idea what they are. I do find it sometimes difficult to know what stance I should take regarding warfare. My father and my father-in-law and other relatives of that generation were in the forces during the Second World War. My home town has always had a military presence (currently an initial training camp, and a little further away an admin/quarters base). I guess that what it comes down to is that I wish warfare would just go away; but as it won't, we should absolutely equip our people on the front line with the very best we can give them.

I've just recalled a memory from long ago, and it's not a good one. But rather than dwell on that, I'll write the post I intended to here, which is more lighthearted. I don't mean any disrespect to those who have a much more painful awareness of what battle actually means, it's just that I don't want to focus on that memory.

Libby

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." Terry Pratchett

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It is sad that war is such a part of the world we live, all we can do is hope and pray that cooler heads prevail. it would be nice if bad memories could be removed and discarded.

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  • Elders (Admins)

OK, here's the more light-hearted post. I've already mentioned that my desktop computer is poorly, so the obvious solution is a new one. I've done the massive backup - our first Windows computer ran Windows 3.0, so there's stuff I've been saving ever since then. (Our very first computers predated that – BBC Micro and Amiga.) I've also made a list of what programs I usually use so I can download those on the new one. I've transferred important stuff on to my laptop, which I'm currently using, so I can carry on having access to that. Unfortunately, a new PC will be pre-loaded with Windows 7, which the mail and usenet software that I've used since forever won't work on, so I'm having to get accustomed to new software – which of course won't be as good as the old software.

I've been through all this before, so I know the ropes. Except... it's spring. There are birds a-twittering, there are daffodils a-growing. And my den is an ugly mess. I have a huge computer desk, and a massive computer chair. There's nothing about my den that's ladylike or genteel. And the walls are a very worn beige.

Clearly, I not only need a new PC, I need a complete makeover. But before that, I need to sort out all the piles of papers/books, which are many in number. I've made a start today, and have been surprised at how much has ended up in the bin, whilst not being at all surprised by how much is still here. I do have a filing cabinet, so I'm putting the "must keep" stuff in there, and that's pretty much "organised" (as in: put it in the first available empty folder icon_redface.gif ).

I want to get rid of the big computer desk and the big computer chair. I'm pretty sure I've found acceptable replacements. So far, so good, especially as booting out the old/big for the new/small will provide room for another bookshelf unit (which one can never have enough of).

But: what colour for the walls? When I realised that would be the question asked by the decorator was when I started to whimper. I mean, what I'd like is a light red whilst not actually being pink. From my research on the website of a well-known UK paint manufacturer, I've got as far as "Firecracker 5" or maybe "Volcanic Splash 6". eyes.gif Clearly I would never have made it as an interior designer as I have no idea how people come up with those kinds of descriptions.

Meanwhile, furniture will have to be moved and we all know that means dust and cobwebs. I wish I had a Hazmat suit, but will have to make do with just old clothes plus a pair of Marigold gloves.biggrin.gif

Libby

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." Terry Pratchett

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Wow, what a wild and crazy video. So entertaining. Thanks Walkabout.

Libby, hope you get it all sorted out soon. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate.

Hippyroo, nice to see you here again. Come back soon.

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too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

(Jane Fellowes)

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Libby....sometimes an accent wall [one wall bright and the other walls muted] solves the delemma of an update without knocking you out of the room. natural light colors are great to ease eye strain too. good luck and can't wait to see pics!!!

you can pick your friends... you can pick your nose .... but you can NEVER pick your friend's nose !!

MAKE EVERY DAY COUNT!

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I will be taking photos once it's all finished and beautiful. The idea of an accent wall is a good one, but the problem with this house is that if there ever was a plan, that got changed as time went on, though we've never been able to figure out why. For example, the obvious accent wall would be the fireplace/chimney, but to the right there is an alcove about 4 feet wide (with a bookshelf unit), and to the left there's an alcove about 16 inches wide. The next wall along has an alcove (which juts out into the hallway) about 3 feet wide (with a bookshelf unit), and then there's the door. On the next wall there's a window about 4 feet wide, and then space for another bookcase about 4 feet wide, and then there's the fourth wall which has 6-foot bay window. In total, it has 16 "corners" of various angles. I'll have to try and find some software to plot out the dimensions of this room, because it's about the strangest room I've ever seen. (Which is probably why it's my room. wiggle.gif )

Anyway, I've ordered some paint samples (Caribbean Dawn, Coral Canyon, and Party Surprise head_hurts_kr.gif ). With assistance from my husband, the huge desk has been dismantled and manhandled into the garage, which still contains items left behind by our offspring, amongst a whole load of other things.

I ordered a new bookshelf unit (for that other, other wall) on Friday (yesterday) from the same people I bought my other bookshelf units from a few years back. I got an email to say the order was confirmed at 2.55 pm that day, and from the tracking link I can see that it's already loaded onto the van to be delivered on Monday!

Confused? Me too.

Our decorator is a good one, so that probably means he's booked up for the next several months. Which means it's a case of "watch this space", which I am doing, because goodness knows how all this will eventually work out. woot.gif

Libby

"Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape." Terry Pratchett

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