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    Wherever I lay my hat...
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    Travel, photography, miniature painting and modelling, reading, a little wargaming and role-playing. Oh, and fishing of course. Lots of fishing. ANY sort of fishing. Fresh water or salt, game, course, with fly or bait. Just.... FISHING!

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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    The earth in Arthur C Clarke's "The Fountains of Paradise". (And thanks to VitM for putting this into my mind.)
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    89012: Lem, Iconic Bard

    All very skilfully done, I like the way that the base compliments the clothing.
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    Guyscanwefocus' reading challenge 2018

    Do give us a full report on "The Amber Spyglass" when you finish. I'm always interested to hear other peoples opinion of these excellent books. Oh, and congratulations on the up-surge in your reading and painting totals. Keep it up!
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    The sun is shining, and I'm in beautiful countryside. Both the wife and I are in robust health. ... and I can smell home-made bacon cooking!
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    All of Off-topic and reply to anything that hits my funnybone. (But I've given up on the Randomness thread, it moves so fast that by the time I've thought of something relevant to say three pages have scrolled past.) Check the Kickstarter thread and follow up on anything I hadn't heard of. Look at all new additions to "Show off", but only comment/feedback things that genuinely impress me.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Of course; everybody does a differential calculation every time they cross the road.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Interaction with other hobbyists. Seeing the work they do, the games they play and the ideas they come up with is fascinating. And occasionally getting some unexpectedly positive feedback on a figure that I feel I haven't done full justice to is very pleasing too.
  8. I've put in for the monster collection. Quite a number of interesting oddities in that set.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    At home: About 30 hours per week. At sea, about half that.
  10. Really enjoyed Bubba Hotep.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Except that they recently did a re-make that was much worse. Tim Curry played the Narrator, and I'm sure his performance was a deliberate effort to sabotage the entire film.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Most of the above plus "Starship Troopers".
  13. Ah, the pleasure of finding a new author that you like. Recently finished a book titled "Reckless: The Petrified Flesh" by a German authoress called Cornelia Funke. An adolescent boy from a broken family finds his way into an alternate Europe where magic works and he leads a much more satisfactory, (but dangerous,) life as a treasure hunter. He revisits his "normal" home periodically, where he has a younger brother who he has to protect from various problems. Life gets very difficult when this young sibling manages to get into the parallel world and get into trouble there. Things I especially liked: Non-obvious problems that had unusual solutions. Elves that are alien and very dangerous, not just Hollywood cuties. Inevitably this is part of a trilogey, but I'm half-way into the second book, ("Living Shadows"), and it is shaping up well.
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    Getting to Know Each Other, October 2018

    Anything up to about 11,000 miles, a day and a half and 2 international flights. I usually join/leave ship in either Singapore, the Arabian Gulf or the Gulf of Mexico. International flight is a LOT less romantic than it used to be when I first started this job. (Unlike policemen, cabin crew seem to have got OLDER and UGLIER as the years go by.)
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