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NB Alnwick

Member Since 28 Oct 2006
Offline Last Active Apr 12 2014 10:01 AM

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In Topic: RIP Windows XP

10 April 2014 - 10:23 AM

Does anyone still run Windows 3.1 - I recently resurrected a 30 year old computer loaded with 3.1, Ami-Pro (IMHO the best word processor of its era) and Lotus 123 - it was all so easy to use and nothing crashed. My biggest gripe about the latest operating systems (I am slowly getting used to Windows 8.1) is that they are not sufficiently backwards compatible to open old documents saved by long defunct programs - which means that our 1980s dream of a truly paperless society will never happen because for documents that need to be kept in perpetuity, the only sure way is to keep a hard copy . . .

In Topic: In the Fifties

28 March 2014 - 02:12 PM



Hell of a shot though......


Probably just lucky (unlucky for the bird) - I still remember it very clearly - we would shoot our pop guns from the dining room window and the makeshift bird table must have been about six feet away - although it seemed a lot further to the small children that we were. Usually, whenever we fired, all the birds would fly away - on that one occasion the one little bird didn't fly away - it seemed quite odd and we just stared at it until mum came in - she was very angry ...

In Topic: BBC iPlayer from abroad - how?

28 March 2014 - 02:02 PM

Have a great chill, chaps! smile.png


Flying back via Madrid tomorrow afternoon and, as if to acclimatise us to what we may expect in Oxfordshire, we had our first spell of cloudy weather and even a drop of rain this morning!

In Topic: BBC iPlayer from abroad - how?

28 March 2014 - 11:53 AM

We are currently on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands and have no difficulty watching BBC programs via the i-player - fortunately our accommodation  has an excellent wireless Internet connection ...

In Topic: Sad Story

27 March 2014 - 10:33 PM

Things like this should not happen - especially today when most of us can well afford to keep pets and we all should have been educated to regard cruelty to animals as abhorrent, sick and completely unnecessary.


Of course it hasn't always been that way - 70 years ago when most food was strictly rationed and there was barely sufficient available for humans the canals often provided an easy opportunity for disposing of pets that might otherwise go hungry and supposedly become a risk - that sort of thing was still going on in the village where I grew up during the early 1950s and I have various bad memories of one man (who worked for the canal company) who would get rid of peoples cats and puppies by drowning them in a weighted sack. My friends and I once pulled such a sack out of the canal - it containing several dead kittens probably only a few days old - it was a horrible sight for a five year old and probably would be horrible sight for anyone of any age today.


We must hope that Magnetman's theory is correct but it is more likely that someone found that they could no longer afford to keep a much loved pet and did this terrible thing in desperation. We live in a society that is broken and while half of the population become ever more greedy for profits and wealth others are suffering misery on a scale that could not have been foreseen a few years back. No excuse for cruelty but desperate people go to desperate measures . . .