Monthly Archives: January 2009

New electronic toy (and a whole new world out there)

My birthday present from Liz this week was something I’ve been intrigued with for some time, but lacked real justification for buying: a car GPS unit. It’s a Garmin Nüvi that works in the car and can be carried on … Continue reading

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When I’m sixty-four

When I get older, losing my hair Many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? It was going to be ‘many years from now’ when I first played this Beatles song … Continue reading

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Hot day in the Wairarapa

So hot this morning that the nicest place to be was in the car with the air conditioning on. So we went up to Masterton to visit Dick Smith Electronics, Aratoi Gallery and the Farmers’ Market. It was spectacular morning. … Continue reading

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Furry interloper

We’re being taken over in our Martinborough cottage by a young cat that started visiting us nervously in the garden a few weeks ago. Now it comes inside and thinks it owns us. Though it looks cared for, it now … Continue reading

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Naturally neon

Sometimes it’s good to let vegetables go to seed. They’re no longer edible, but they can be more interesting. I’m not a huge fan for artichokes, which we grew for the first time this year. Liz likes them, but I … Continue reading

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Thoughts without solutions: Israel and the Gaza Strip

What do I think about the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip? The situation is horrifying, but I’m finding it very hard to lay blame for the killings. I wouldn’t march in support of either side in the present conflict. … Continue reading

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Linux now largely useable by the rest of us

Nine months ago I decided it was time to check out Linux as a computer operating system. I’d been reading the odd good thing about Linux, including suggestions that it had moved out of geek territory and was ready for … Continue reading

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