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Well, here we go again. Hello, world. Yes, I'm trying an alternative to LiveJournal, where I've had an account for almost exactly seven years. The latest LJ 'improvements' have removed my ability to comment on a number of my friends' posts, and my own posts as well, so here I am.

It'll be interesting to see how many, if any, of my LJ friends have blogs here.

Please feel free to add/comment at will. For now. As I find out more, I may alter the privacy settings, I might not stay around, who knows?

Oh, and Happy New Year's Eve, and Happy New Year.

Random observation:- I just watched the 1951 movie 'Hornblower', starring the gorgeous Gregory Peck. Very loosely based on the eponymous hero of C.S. Forester's books, it had the required Hollywood romance thickly smeared over a Ripping Yarn of wondrous improbability, but the music caught my ear. Surely... surely... pum-pa-paaaa...pa papapa pummmm.... 'the engines'll niver tak' it, Captain!' Yes, the first six notes of this noble theme are identical to TOS Star Trek. The lush orchestration was also eerily similar. For polystyrene boulders and ever-shrinking velour TOS uniforms, read backdrop with visible paintbrush marks, and wonderful toy sailships bobbing very unconvincingly on a dead calm surface... glorious stuff. Apart from the jaw-grittingly unlikely and inappropriate Romance element, of course.

Anyway, time to explore. A bientot, mes braves!
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He ran up a debt of £480 with my daughter last summer, in Bochum. Promised faithfully to repay it, in full, the INSTANT he could.

Come November, he changed his tune - quite possibly assisted by someone well known as an unscrupulous, dishonest little snake, who is his 'best mate' on another blogging site - and started blustering, accusing my daughter of ridiculous things, trying to wriggle out of repayment. So I posted here on the matter.

His mother weighed in - had been pointed in the direction of this LJ by Someone.
In accordance with her wishes, I removed previous posts on this subject. Daughter complied with other demands made on her by the debtor and his mother. We didn't have to, but we did, in order to be as civilised as possible about this matter.

Repayment of the amount owed by monthly payments of £20 each was agreed, to start in January 07.

And hey, guess what.

You're five months in arrears, buster.

He hasn't made a single payment.

Legally, the debt is between my daughter and his mother, as he was 17 and a minor at the time he incurred the debt - but apparently without her knowledge and consent, er well that's not our problem actually. The debt is legally valid, it's money my daughter NEEDED for the run-up to Christmas and had to do without. Unfortunately, she's not feeling emotionally strong enough to deal with the recovery of the money herself - her emotional state makes her very reluctant to assert her rights in situations like this, and she's very easily intimidated by angry, loud, wordy people. As our debtor is well aware.

However, there are ways around this nasty situation. Internet-based ways. It won't just be forgotten, you can bet on that.
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These are most interesting thoughts.

"The fanatic is not really a stickler to principle. He embraces a cause not primarily because of its justness or holiness but because of his desperate need for something to hold onto."

"The devil personifies not the nature that is around us but the nature that is within us- the infinitely ferocious and cunning prehuman creature that is still within us, sealed in the subconscious cellars of the psyche."

"We run fastest and farthest when we run from ourselves."

"How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization."

"An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything in to an empty head."

Yayness.

Dec. 29th, 2005 09:31 pm
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I now have two completed, assembled,fully functional wooden boxes, each holding nine pull-out drawers some 11" x 3" x 3". Whoopee. It only took two hours to screw/nail that lot together! Three more boxes to go. Then I have the fun of painting/staining them, and figuring out what tools/equipment/supplies will go in which. And where they'll be placed on the steel shelving. By the time Himself visits again (likely to be some weeks at this rate), my workshop will be clutter-free and logically laid out, with all tools etc. immediately to hand.
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My tinnitus is really loud today. My ears are RINGING at the highest pitch of the grindstone when sharpening the wood hatchet. It's quite tedious.

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