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Forum: The Library Café Oct 14 2017, 08:19 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Generally, I hang up on them. Being told that there's a problem with my account at a bank I've never used in my life is usually a dead giveaway!
Forum: The Library Café Oct 8 2017, 07:53 AM
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Good luck with all the health problems, and a safe and quick recovery.
Forum: The Library Café Sep 2 2017, 09:54 AM
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Kugai's hospital put-off is a local problem Dragon Fan. It is getting a lot of publicity at the moment because we are in the middle of an election campaign. Our main medical system is state-funded...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 28 2017, 10:07 AM
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We had a rotary clothesline down the hill from a buckthorn tree. Not a good idea! The birds would stuff themselves full of red and black berries then sit on the upper arms of the rotary clothesline...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 27 2017, 07:21 AM
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I won't invite you to stay with me then, Dragon Fan. Fire engine sirens go up the hill, fire sirens go down the hill - I don't know why they go up, the station is up there somewhere. Police cars...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 17 2017, 09:18 AM
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I believe they are part of our city's new "housing warrant-of-fitness" as insulation. Mine also very conveniently block out the street-lights outside my bedroom window. What was here when I moved...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 24 2017, 09:22 AM
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Our computers are now capable of loading much more too - so the length of the thread is not the issue that it once was.
Forum: The Library Café Jul 18 2017, 09:47 AM
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What's odder is that I couldn't get it from either of your posts here or on NKT last night - it was just coming up as having been removed by the BBC for copyright reasons - but it's working just fine...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 17 2017, 08:44 AM
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Kugai, we're going to have to watch that one directly, it's coming up as having been removed by the BBC.

I can't see what the fuss is about myself. Dr Who is by definition not human, so why can't...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 16 2017, 10:08 AM
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We're supposedly "marine temperate" here - latitude is 41.28 South. I moved here from Tauranga, north-facing, sea level and with a "Mediterranean" climate at 37.68 South. Both are supposedly...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 15 2017, 08:07 AM
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I didn't leave the house at all Wednesday or Thursday, even to go downstairs to do the washing. I didn't think Friday was the sort of day anyone would want to go and have lunch with their...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 14 2017, 09:39 AM
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Cold. And wind. And slips on roads. And ten metre waves in Cook Strait. Branches from the trees around our carpark are all over the yard and the footpath and the road outside. Something that...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 21 2017, 09:54 AM
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Posted By vyon
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That's a very good question, Maw. It also works the other way around - when does myth become history?

The usual answer is that it becomes history when it is written down - but there's no...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 19 2017, 08:46 AM
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Sounds like fun. Here they make a big deal about Chinese New Year and we had a street parade along the waterfront with dragon dancers and then a concert at night with them glowing under blacklight. ...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 7 2017, 09:28 AM
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Right. When I was at the supermarket in Newtown this afternoon the up travelator wasn't working and the down one was literally a pile of pieces. I've never seen the inside/underside of an escalator...
Forum: The Library Café May 19 2017, 09:04 AM
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I assume so, Rutherford House is still there and the railway station was open for business by the time it was rush hour. But it's still a pain having to bail out of a Uni because of alarms as...
Forum: The Library Café May 17 2017, 09:37 AM
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Last week we had a bomb scare here too. The Victoria University campus at the railway station was evacuated, the bus station connected to it closed along with the tunnel that runs underneath the...
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2017, 08:16 AM
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- and if you ran out of nails you'd just hammer them straight and try again like my grandmother did when we were at her batch (nowadays you'd call in a tiny house) at the Mount Maunganui beach. That...
Forum: The Library Café May 11 2017, 07:54 AM
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Posted By vyon
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The wood was almost certainly West Australian Jarrah

http://timspec.co.nz/Jarrah/6771-ca07bf04-91c0-4d72-96fd-5cea118a7668/#Popup-Closer

From another recycled timber site:
Jarrah's natural...
Forum: The Library Café May 10 2017, 08:51 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Here, barnwood would be "weathered" and people make garden furniture out of old fence battens complete with lichen. What I would consider to be wood with a "patina" might be something like an old...
Forum: The Library Café May 8 2017, 10:15 AM
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Wish my new flat had those lovely bookcases, Hans. I was warned not to bring any heavy furniture to Wellington and my big bookcase stayed in the house when it was sold - it was bolted to the wall. ...
Forum: The Library Café May 7 2017, 09:05 AM
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Actually, Hans, it seems to me that the thing that keeps this board going isn't Anne-McCaffrey related either - it's the very active games section. NKT has one, but it hasn't been posted in for...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 28 2017, 10:15 AM
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Glad to see MoM friends back online.
Forum: The Library Café Apr 11 2017, 06:52 AM
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And it's mainly the games section that's getting interest here too.
Forum: The Library Café Apr 5 2017, 09:29 AM
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Just when I was wondering whether being an imbecile was a prerequisite for getting a gardening job in Wellington ...

The car-park and the paved area between this building and the street are...
Forum: The Library Café Apr 4 2017, 10:10 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Yes, Allen, I did read it all the way through. It sounds as if I can add you to the long list of people I know who have declared that they were busier retired than not retired. Also it makes me...
Forum: The Library Café Feb 28 2017, 07:54 AM
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Posted By vyon
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"Hell of a storm" seems to be an appropriate description.
Forum: The Library Café Feb 10 2017, 05:41 PM
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If your cat was entire, Mara, male Siamese cats will fight everything that they can't mate with. We always neutered any cats that we wanted for pets and only left our breeding cats entire when we...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 16 2017, 07:11 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Congratulate her on the Masters degree.
Forum: The Library Café Jan 15 2017, 08:07 AM
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She's had problems learning how to use it and was hoping for some one-on-one tuition.

I've used vision-impaired software myself, (An early version of JAWS, and another one that turned text to...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 12 2017, 07:57 AM
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Trying to dodge a black cat on a black carpet in a dark stairwell. Her favourite spot is usually the middle of the step above where I'm standing. Fortunately, she's a full-blood Siamese cat and...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2017, 07:21 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Thanks for the reminder, P'ter - I need to check that my email addresses were updated after I moved to Wellington late in 2015.
Forum: The Library Café Nov 16 2016, 06:28 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Well, there's always the supermoon, which would've made yesterday's floods worse with king-tides blocking the water. I didn't see it last night, but tonight its skipping through the clouds.

And...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 15 2016, 05:21 PM
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Posted By vyon
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My earthquake photos. And now we are expecting a southerly gale. Somebody said: "What's next? Locusts?

https://www.facebook.com/june.vallyon
Forum: The Library Café Nov 14 2016, 10:01 PM
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Posted By vyon
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I'm OK too - in the CBD. I went with my son and daughter-in-law to stay in a more modern wooden house in Newtown for two nights because our own places were shaking so much. Their CBD workplaces are...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 3 2016, 09:52 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Looks like an idea that could be re-visited now that the battery technology has caught up with it.
I thought the name "Sinclair" was familiar - we had two ZX spectrum computers. The first one...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 2 2016, 08:31 AM
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Posted By vyon
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What is that three-wheel thing? It looks like one of the more modern electric mobility carts ...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 29 2016, 10:45 PM
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Posted By vyon
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Good luck with that one Zelandeth. I notice that the tail in your concept drawing is actually curled up, which could be difficult. You don't want it to look "mean" and you don't want to trip over...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 21 2016, 08:45 AM
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Posted By vyon
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I've never tried to sew fur, but velvet slides all over the place. So did the pleather stuff I made my fire-lizard out of, with the bonus of flakes of the gold coating coming off it.
Forum: The Library Café Jul 8 2016, 10:35 AM
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The official word from my landlady today was to ignore Ms Picky Body Corporate lady. In fact, from her reaction, I suspect she was already unimpressed by the woman's lack of HR skills after a fuss...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 5 2016, 08:16 AM
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I could deal with my landlord - he's my son. Ms Picky Body Corporate lady is someone hired by the six flat owners (the Body Corporate) to see about the maintenance of the outside of the building. ...
Forum: The Library Café Jul 4 2016, 08:14 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Meanwhile, I got told off by the person who runs the body corporate for this block of flats. What for? "Changing the appearance of the building." Y'know what I did to upset her - I pulled out the...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 5 2016, 10:44 AM
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Posted By vyon
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I make it to the cosplay event. The first person I met asked: "Is that a Pernese Firelizard?" To almost everyone else it was a shoulder dragon. Then I went to the main Armageddon event which was...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 4 2016, 11:28 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Meanwhile - anybody who thinks that it's a good idea to make a firelizard out of gold pleather to wear to Armageddon on Saturday should think again. Not only is the stuff hell to work with, but gold...
Forum: The Library Café May 13 2016, 09:46 AM
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Posted By vyon
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Your back garden looks great Zelandeth- it's amazing what can be done with some colourful pots. Here, people see little pots of cypress type shrubs for real cheap, buy about a dozen of them, plant...
Forum: The Library Café May 12 2016, 10:13 AM
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Posted By vyon
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OK, I'll just add another comment instead of trying to correct the last one and waiting until the computer times out for it to re-load to correct a spelling mistake - is that because this thread is...
Forum: The Library Café May 12 2016, 09:41 AM
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Posted By vyon
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:group: We were just lucky Mum decided to sell up and buy a small fight-to-occupy flat in a retirement village - so instead of having to do the cleanup in a flap at no notice at all, we had three...
Forum: The Library Café Mar 28 2016, 08:51 AM
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Posted By vyon
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In WELLINGTON? - I've no desire to be sailing over the harbour in my best Mary Poppins pose.
Forum: The Library Café Mar 9 2016, 07:48 AM
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Posted By vyon
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So if you right click on the icon that says my photo isn't there and open in a new tab it is there - and you're on my facebook page as well.
Forum: The Library Café Mar 9 2016, 07:33 AM
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Posted By vyon
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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1734936953410314&set=a.1680309155539761.1073741828.100006820779220&type=3&theater
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