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Forum: The Library Café Sep 19 2021, 07:11 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Did you know the top of that Lawson tree makes an excellent Christmas tree? It will live in a bucket of water for a couple of weeks without dropping pine needles all over the floor. One hedge on...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Sep 19 2021, 06:54 AM
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Forum: Games and Miscellany Sep 11 2021, 08:02 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Sep 11 2021, 08:01 AM
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Re: What is Happening, part II

Ginny, five of the metal beams from 9-11 ended up here in Christchurch, New Zealand. They were made into a sculpture to commemorate all the firefighters that lost their lives, and all firefighters...
Forum: The Library Café Sep 6 2021, 11:36 PM
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Posted By vyon
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

And they don't like the heat any more than you do?
Forum: Games and Miscellany Sep 6 2021, 11:33 PM
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Re: Word Association

house painting
Forum: The Library Café Sep 3 2021, 08:42 AM
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Re: What is Happening, part II

I've had my first dose of Pfizer - it gave me a very sore arm, but so did this year's flu vaccine. I have to have it in my right arm, there's too much scarring from a failed BCG (TB) vaccine in my...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Sep 3 2021, 07:55 AM
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Re: Word Association

Paralympics
Forum: Games and Miscellany Sep 1 2021, 11:09 PM
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Forum: The Library Café Aug 30 2021, 08:45 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Well, according to the great Doctor Google - a vehicle with the same silhouette is still made, it's a "Volvo Estate Wagon," which is bigger than their regular station wagon and also comes in plug-in...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 27 2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 598
Posted By vyon
Re: Whatch Have you been WWatching?

I've been watching the Tokyo Paralympics. Mainly the swimming, because that's what's been on every time I turn on the TV.
Forum: The Library Café Aug 27 2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 919
Posted By vyon
Re: Zel's Automotive Antics & Occasional Distractions.

Isn't an estate bigger than a station wagon? Or is it only that one is European and the other American? Anything other than a Volvo estate would've either flipped or finished up in the river when...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Aug 27 2021, 07:17 AM
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Forum: Games and Miscellany Aug 22 2021, 08:28 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Aug 21 2021, 07:44 AM
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Re: What is Happening, part II

Meanwhile the Sydney Delta Covid outbreak has "jumped the ditch" (crossed the Tasman Sea) and we're in Level 4 lockdown. That means only Supermarkets, Chemists, Dairies and Service Stations are open...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Aug 18 2021, 08:28 AM
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Forum: Games and Miscellany Aug 16 2021, 08:03 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Aug 16 2021, 07:54 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: What is Happening, part II

There's nowhere for the cat to sit on top of the TV either!
Forum: The Library Café Aug 11 2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 230
Posted By vyon
Re: Hello everyone!

Hi from Southern. Always glad to meet new members and welcome back older ones.
Forum: Games and Miscellany Aug 9 2021, 08:51 AM
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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 9 2021, 08:39 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: Wherry, wherefore art thou wherry

That makes sense, given Anne's use of collective nouns like "herdbeast" and "burdenbeast," and whers, like dragons, were the product of genetic engineering whether you take Anne-canon or Todd-canon...
Forum: Exhibit Hall Aug 8 2021, 06:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 19,836
Posted By vyon
Re: News from the Weyr (Fiction)

I think Brenda got Yanus exactly right. I've known too many Yanus'es on this planet. If he had any emotion about Menolly he wouldn't have been able to express it. He has precise and very rigid...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 8 2021, 05:27 AM
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Views: 11,852
Posted By vyon
Re: Wherry, wherefore art thou wherry

I'm thinking wherries come in various sizes and the bigger ones probably prey on the smaller ones, which would solve the problem of what they eat. Carnivores have to have prey of some kind. And,...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Aug 7 2021, 07:06 AM
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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 7 2021, 07:02 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: Favourite Weyr/What Weyr would you live in?

Monaco Bay, with Southern as a second choice. I'm a Southerner already and would prefer to live near the sea, though not so close that I'd get washed away in a bad storm or tsunami.
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 6 2021, 09:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,852
Posted By vyon
Re: Wherry, wherefore art thou wherry

Currently I'm trying to make an illustration which includes a wherry. And that creates problems - starting with "protofeathers." Dinosaurs are supposed to have had "protofeathers" so putting them...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Aug 2 2021, 11:54 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 80,703
Posted By vyon
Re: New Pern Books !

"Dray-beasts" are traditionally heavy horses. Yoking 8 at a time suggests oxen rather than horses. From reading ancestral settler diaries, oxen were preferred to horses for burden-beasts here (In...
Forum: The Library Café Aug 2 2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 598
Posted By vyon
Re: Whatch Have you been WWatching?

Right now I'm watching the Olympics, since there's good coverage on Freeview this time around. But usually it's travel or history documentaries and nature programmes.
Forum: The Information Desk and Suggestion Box Jul 27 2021, 07:02 AM
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Views: 72,324
Posted By vyon
Re: Input on change to gender profile field

I hope JAWS has improved since I used it in the early 2,000s
Forum: All the Rest Jul 21 2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 91,743
Posted By vyon
Re: Anne's english

I think if she intended it to be a sitar she'd have mentioned the sympathetic strings - the instrument is notoriously difficult to tune and keep tuned. I had a friend who played it in school...
Forum: All the Rest Jul 19 2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 91,743
Posted By vyon
Re: Anne's english

That's an interesting point - have the American editions had some of the minor characters edited out? Or was that in the audio edition? I can't test for myself because my copies of Anne's books and...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Jul 19 2021, 08:19 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Jul 19 2021, 08:18 AM
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Forum: Games and Miscellany Jul 14 2021, 10:53 PM
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Forum: Games and Miscellany Jul 14 2021, 07:40 AM
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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 14 2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 80,703
Posted By vyon
Re: New Pern Books !

1 The runnerbeast that Piemur rides at the beginning of Dragondrums is definitely not a horse (neither is it six-legged.) Runnerbeast is simply a collective noun for something that can be ridden,...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jul 13 2021, 01:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By vyon
Re: Firelizard rising to mate

I think the attraction was there already whatever the firelizards did. They were just the excuse for more immediate action than might have been planned.
Forum: Games and Miscellany Jul 13 2021, 01:26 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Jul 5 2021, 08:34 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: What is happening

Meanwhile it's the car's suspension that's failed for my sister's Warrant of Fitness. And that needs fixing before we make the 500k trip over our central mountains to next weekend's family reunion...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Jul 4 2021, 07:59 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Jul 3 2021, 07:40 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 30 2021, 07:41 AM
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Forum: The Library Café Jun 30 2021, 07:28 AM
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Views: 295
Posted By vyon
Re: I love the message board format!

I prefer this format. I find the facebook format frustrating because its vertical nature means that you can't find a specific thread that you want to comment in.
Forum: The Library Café Jun 25 2021, 07:59 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: What is happening

Congratulations SpaceCowboy. And congratulations to the mother too.

In other news, my son, with his partner and sons, Tama and Rumi, have made it safely from Canada to Budapest. I've yet to hear...
Forum: Games and Miscellany Jun 25 2021, 07:55 AM
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Forum: Games and Miscellany Jun 19 2021, 01:48 PM
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Forum: Games and Miscellany Jun 12 2021, 07:38 AM
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Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 12 2021, 07:27 AM
Replies: 66
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Posted By vyon
Re: New Pern Books !

Chapter 3 p.46 in my hardbound copy. Piemur hides the the miners' cut sapphires in his boots then ...

"A clink of boot nails on the ridge stone warned him and, whistling tunelessly, he picked up...
Forum: The Library Café Jun 11 2021, 08:13 AM
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Posted By vyon
Re: What is happening

So when I tried the host website to see if it was just the NKT I get this

Forbidden
You don't have permission to access / on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered...
Forum: Dragonriders of Pern Jun 10 2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 80,703
Posted By vyon
Re: New Pern Books !

Horses are runnerbeasts but runnerbeasts are NOT horses! Runnerbeast is a collective noun for anything that can be ridden, including oxen, which are ruminants. It is very obvious that the...
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