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  • Birthday 07/19/1936

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    Pembrokeshire [Wales, UK]
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    Remember, this is 'interests'. Not 'activities'. Some of them used to be activities, but the body deteriorates over time. And the mind? Well, it, er, changes.
    Kite-flying. Orienteering. Cross-stitching. DIY. Astronomy. Computers. Model ships (duh!). Philosophy. Morris dancing. Folk/country music. Cooking. Beer (or Real Ale, to be precise). Belly dancing (because my eldest daughter is amazingly good at it!). And a few other things ...

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  1. Julie Mo, you never cease to amaze me. Lovely, neat little table. What CAN’T you do?
  2. You’ve been reading too many bank statements! But anyway, Happy Birthday! I’m about ten years ahead of you, hoping to last until July for my 84th. Loved your Clement Clark Moore parody!
  3. Yes, but there’s something actually charming and, well, human about that. The TV studio is a rather artificial place. I like humanity. I also love perusing - and criticising - the bookshelves, and the pictures on the walls, and wondering just what there is through that half-open door.
  4. Doesn’t anybody believe anybody these days? I thought the World Wide Web was supposed to be the panacea that saved us all from falling into a morass of mutual discord and got us all T O G E T H E R ? I’m beginning to fear that the internet Itself is a bigger threat than the little physical health issue we’re discussing ...
  5. Sorry, but even those statistics aren't particularly reassuring. If that death/survival ratio is maintained, there could be approximately one billion deaths worldwide by the time the virus has run its course. For its first run, that is.
  6. But those of us who are older are human too. The virus is going to be around for quite a while, and waiting for six billion doses of an effective vaccine to become available could mean committing the older generation to solitary confinement for the remainder of their years. I say six billion doses, because you can bet the older generation won't be anywhere near the top of the world's priority list when - if - such a vaccine manifests. (Unless you're a politician, I suppose) I would rather be able to cuddle my grandchildren, and take any consequent risks, than just curl up in the isolation of my bungalow, waiting for some natural consequence of old age to remove me from the list of problems the younger generations feel they're lumbered with.
  7. Well, back at the beginning of March we British wrinklies were told to lock ourselves away for three months, with the implication that everything would be fine after that. But now we’re approaching that three month deadline (“dead line?” Is that what they meant?) and of course there’s no sign that it might soon be all over. So ... What next? Hazel and I are both over 80, but we don’t have ‘underlying conditions’. We’re not spring chickens, but we’d like to enjoy a little bit of future, and hopefully a future that involves meeting up with relatives. If our bumbling Government tells us to ‘stay alert’, We’ll balance that against our desire to ‘stay human’. What’s worse? Cutting ourselves off from the rest of humanity, or jeopardising what little life we have remaining for the sake of ... what? Never thought I’d be a rebel, but ...
  8. No, Dr. Per, I’m afraid mine went the way that most outgrown toys went. Nostalgia occasionally sends me in pursuit of someone else’s old Juneero, but to this day I haven’t found one in reasonable enough condition and at a reasonable enough price!
  9. My dad was a cheapskate. At Christmas when I was eleven (1947) I really, really wanted Meccano. What he got me was a thing called a Juneero. Came with a few half-inch-wide strips of thin mild steel sheet, and some 1/8” steel wire, and a packet of nuts. The Juneero tool (google it!) could put a 90 degree bend in the steel strip, or the wire, or shear them, and could put a thread onto the wire to take the nuts. Have to admit it did what it claimed to do. You could build things with it, and I did get a lot of fun from it. But I did want Meccano ...
  10. Not the point! Lego used to just sell bricks. Now they sell Ideas. It was more stimulating when they just sold bricks! But of course, they can charge more for ideas than they can charge for bricks ...
  11. I can see the appeal of a build kit like that. But do they still sell boxes of well-assorted building blocks with an instruction sheet that just says “use your imagination”?
  12. I read it. Thank you. Food for thought. The people who ought to read it won’t read it.
  13. Oh dear. Whatever happened to the days when you could cut off the plug, wrap the bare wire ends around matchsticks and just shove them into the socket?
  14. DFM = Distinguished Flying Medal, in case you didn’t know. Awarded to my dad after he’d shot down four German fighters over the Mediterranean about 1942. Apologies to any German members here who are sensitive about such things. It’s how it was.
  15. Fascinating, Javlin. Maybe doesn’t mean much to everyone, but you’re so lucky to have those records. I actually had my dad’s flight log, and his DFM as well, but a divorce 40 years ago forced me to sell them. Oh how I regret that now ...

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