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By: Ian McLaren

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Sunday, 9-Nov-2008 14:02 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Back on line!

At LAST! After several frustrating weeks when my high-spec new computer (just 8 months old), became increasingly unstable, I took it back for repair under guarantee as I could no longer access the internet. It defaulted to desktop as soon as the web page began to download and I was unable to open the "Internet Options" box in "Control Panel". All others opened OK. It had to have a new mother board and followup reload of Windows and new hard drive,

So I've scrapped it and reverted to my E-Machines 220. It works brilliantly. So I'm feeling much more cheerful today than I did yesterday. Cheers!

Tuesday, 25-Dec-2007 12:09 Email | Share | | Bookmark

Yule Tree 2007
A very happy Christmas to all my readers. Let There Be Light!

Monday, 24-Dec-2007 12:35 Email | Share | | Bookmark
My growing taxidermy collection

Fox Head
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Latest photos of my growing taxidermy collection. All from animals and birds which have died of natural or accidental causes. I insist on knowing the origin of the decease.

Saturday, 22-Dec-2007 12:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Winter Solstice Tree

Yule Tree 2007
Greetings and bright blessings on this darkest day of the year. I was just starting my first coffee of the day when I had a time of quiet reflection and thanks at 0608 UTC, the moment of the Winter Solstice.

I do recognise that this can be a very lonely and dark time so to all stressed out souls on this plane, I offer Peace, Light and Love. Remember from now on, for the next six months, the darkness will diminish and the light increase.

I bought a potted, rooted, living tree, a Norwegian Spruce and decorated it with a string of 80 flashing LED's with an eight program electronic control box, giving sequential lighting effects.

VERY high-tech!

Monday, 10-Sep-2007 17:01 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Volunteer at Severn Valley Railway

Churchill and Blakedown Signal Box
Bewdley North box, looking South to Kidderminster
Bewdley North points mechanism
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I was so impressed with the opportunities and experiences at the Severn Valley Railway, that I took my friends Phil and Alan along, two days after my original visit. Many more interesting pix and we all went into Bewdley town centre, to the River Severn for three pints and a fish, chips and peas, take-away. We fed chips to the swans, cygnets and a few mallards.

I decided to pay another visit soon after, without the smell of booze on my breath, in order to chat to the Volunteer Co-ordinator. I subsequently joined as a volunteer, initially based at Bewdley, involving the restoration of carriages and wagons. Hopefully once the full track to Bridgnorth is reopened, I'll be assigned to the Engine House Museum at Highley.

I have a staff pass for free travel and refreshments.and go up there about three times a week. I'm building up a nice collection of digital pix of signal boxes; indeed this could form the basis of a holiday in scenic country, getting off one train, photographing the signal box from three different aspects, then getting the next train up to the next stop. Examples included from the "Churchill and Blakedown" box, one station before Kidderminster.

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