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Posts posted by padawanbeck84

  1. I will now finally have music in the new car B)

    We replaced our car recently and the new one doesn't have a CD player. So I had to buy a USB stick and put my music on that. I've previously only used a USB stick for documents, so I had no idea how much music I would be able to fit on one. So I bought two.

    Only to find that, even with a sizeable chunk of my music collection saved onto a stick, it barely takes up about 2GB. And makes my collection feel puny :lol: Admittedly, not all of my CDs are saved to Media Player yet, but I can always add them to the stick later. 

    I don't go anywhere at the moment anyway, but when things start to get back to normal, I am going to be able to rock out to my favourite tunes just as much as I did in the old car :D

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  2. My good thing from yesterday didn't happen to me personally, but it's in my household so that counts, right? 

    My Dad had his first dose of the Covid vaccine :) 

    He had the letter on Saturday that he could book an appointment as they're now doing his age group, so we went online, booked and were able to get him an appointment for Sunday morning. And you book both appointments at the same time, so he already knows when he's getting the second one. 

    Hopefully that also means my Mum and step-dad will have theirs soon too. 

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  3. We're finally replacing this current computer. Hopefully that means an end to the annoying freeze-crashing incidents. It's done 3 in 3 days, including twice today :o

    And I've backed up all my music etc on to an external hard drive, ready to move them over to the new one. Have to make sure I've got my music (and novel drafts!). 

  4. 45, 601 - Adding one final number from this computer before it gets replaced. 

    It has been crashing a lot and the local computer shop won't let us hand it in for repairs due to lockdown rules. So we've ordered a new one, which my Dad has just gone to collect from the shop :)

    Hopefully I can add another number from that one soon. 


  5. 45, 598 - @peterferris8 Some places did manage to hold small, socially distanced gigs last year, so small gigs may be do-able for some people. Festivals are probably out of the question until we've all been vaccinated, but at least we are now *being* vaccinated. Hopefully Glasto can make a mighty comeback in 2022 :) Perhaps the BBC will put on another virtual festival like they did last year. I enjoyed making my own schedule on iPlayer B)

    Statistics on the local news this evening show that my county is lagging behind in terms of how fast we're getting the vaccinations done. Only 6% of our population done, compared to 12% in one neighbouring county. Although we are quite a rural area, so there are issues for some people in getting to appointments. 

    And that's not helped by the current local flooding situation :wacko: Let's hope that improves soon.

  6. I received some unexpected trading cards in today's post! I have 2 sketch cards en route, but these are not sketches - and they're not from either of the people I'm buying the sketches from. 

    I think it may be related to the group admin saying that he would try and organise something to make up for my missing Secret Santa parcel. That's currently being investigated by my local Royal Mail depot as a possible theft, but the group member who organised that assured me he would try and sort out some kind of consolation. 

    The cards are limited edition, numbered parallels of my favourite character - and from the latest Star Wars set B) 

    The Secret Santa may have gone missing, but now I'm getting Secret Poe Post :D

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  7. 45, 587 - Night-time counting and I've nearly finished the first draft of the short story I started a few days ago :) 

    We have another lockdown here in the UK, so I've got plenty of time to work on them. I've also got French and Spanish wordsearch books to keep me occupied, although I'm rationing the puzzles so I don't do them all in a week :D 

  8. 45, 585 - New Year counting. It was snowing earlier :) Although it's melted away fairly quickly now that it's sunny. 

    I wrote nearly two pages of a short story last night. My goal for this year is to finish at least three writing projects - one probably only needs another chapter, one is a collection of short stories that I've been working on for 2-3 years now and the third one is a novel draft that I started back in 2014, but which I've been having new ideas about recently. At least if I can get the first drafts finished, then I can start polishing and revising them further. 

    I've found a big continuity error in one of them already :lol: 

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  9. 45, 581 - Sad counting. My missing parcel is now being investigated by the manager of the local depot as a possible theft. They've checked their information and there is no record of anyone actually attempting to deliver it, either to my house or anyone else's :o It appears to have been taken straight out of the depot by someone who did at least register the "collection" on the system, along with their name. 

    Hopefully that will mean they can be tracked down. But I have no idea if they'll be able to recover my missing present :(

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  10. 45, 579 - Sunday morning counting. I've had a mixed Christmas - on one hand my best friend got me some amazing Star Wars art cards :D

    On the other hand, after messaging the organiser of the Star Wars group Secret Santa, it turns out my gift was delivered back in November - to someone else's house. And they haven't made any attempt to bring it round :( I've checked with our next-door neighbours and it's not with them. I tried checking the same number house in the next street last night, but got no answer. I will go and try again there shortly, but if they don't have it then I'll have to wait until the Post Office depot reopens on Tuesday and see if they can investigate.

    It's disheartening as my swap partner has gone to all the effort of finding me a gift, sending it over here from another country and now it may be lost. I hope not. I hope they may have kept it safe and perhaps been worried to bring it round due to the Covid restrictions. Equally, my local area does have it's fair share of dodgy sorts... :unsure: 

  11. Seriously Grim Reaper, take a break... and stop upsetting us Star Wars nerds :(  Jeremy Bulloch, who played Boba Fett in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi has died. He also appeared in Doctor Who and was a regular on the convention circuit. Several of my friends over in the SW trading card group met him at conventions and by all accounts he was a lovely bloke. He will be missed. 



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  12. Also, this morning has been a sad one with two significant losses. 

    Overnight, the best-selling author John le Carre died at the age of 89: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-55297558 

    When I do my shift at the library tomorrow, I'll make sure his books are put on display. I know we have at least one of them in stock at the moment. His real name was David Cornwell, but he had to use a pen name as he was working for the British government when he published his first novel and they wouldn't let people publish under their real names for security reasons. He actually worked as a spy himself, which is why his novels are often praised for their authenticity - he had done the job himself and knew what he was writing about!  

    And it's just been announced that the former Liverpool football manager Gerard Houllier has died, aged 73: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55300386 

    He managed Liverpool to a cup treble in the 2000-2001 season, winning the League Cup, UEFA Cup and FA Cup.

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  13. On 12/10/2020 at 7:50 AM, xrayjets said:


    I read on the BBC news website yesterday that some lowlife actually burgled Mr Rossi's house while his family were attending his funeral... I'm speechless. What kind of horrendous, ghoulish person stoops so low as to invade the house of the recently deceased and steal things? :angry: No doubt if they managed to steal anything collectible, they've probably put it up on an auction site already, hoping to profit from his passing.

    I hope they find the culprit(s) and jail them. 

  14. Aww, thank you @Tabitha_Coverstone My room will be a nice bright green colour once it's done, although I have to empty my bookcases and take some posters down first. 

    Also, in good things (from Friday), my Bill and Ted game arrived already! I wasn't expecting to collect it until this week, but it came early - and I really like it. Whoever wrote the rule book really "gets" the vibe (and dialogue) of the films, although I lost my first attempt at playing :lol: In fairness, I am still learning what each of the characters can do and the special abilities each one has. The expansion pack had more models for the Personages of Historical Significance - and I really want to paint them, as they're currently plain grey, but I need to look up if they're meant to be painted and what paint would be safe to use. 

  15. I couldn't take part in this year's exchange, but I've done it in past years and it's always fun - and lovely to see everyone's cards from around the world. 

    My good thing for today is that I'm finally going to redecorate my bedroom. It's been the same colour for 20 years now and I decided it was about time it was brighter and a bit more cheerful-looking. At the DIY shop, the paints on the shelf were mostly very pale, safe kind of colours; lots of very pale blue, pale yellow, very pale browns and how many different kinds of white/cream paint can you get? :lol: But they have one of those machines to custom make other colours - and the display on the wall opposite has those little test card things. so all I had to do was take one of the cards to the mixing station and a member of staff was able to make it a lot quicker than I expected. 

    I also ordered the new Bill and Ted tabletop game as a Christmas present to myself. I'm not sure if the local hobby shop has a deal on products from that manufacturer, or whether it was because it's a new release, but I got a 10% discount on my order B) I should be able to collect it next week.

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