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  1. 5 this week and enjoying the whole thing immensely.
  2. Received my pledge today. Very good crisp casting and looks like it will assemble neatly. Now I just have to think up an eye-catching colour scheme.
  3. You've assumed that I survive a heart attack.
  4. Just finished reading "The Fear and The Freedom" by Keith Lowe. Sub-titled: "How the Second World War Changed Us". Unsurprisingly he concludes that it changed us massively, and continues to do so, often in unexpected and even contradictory ways. (Hence both fear and freedom in the title.) The author explores the many aspects of this change by starting each chapter examining the life of a typical participant in the war. (A Hiroshima survivor, a wounded and decorated US serviceman etc.) and relating what they experienced, how it changed them at the time and continued to affect them throughout their remaining lives. Some of the outcomes are quite surprising. He then expands the discussion to show how the changes in these individuals were mirrored in their entire societies. I found this very interesting and broadly agreed with the authors conclusions. But a word of warning; Mr Lowe does not hide the fact that his sympathies lie with what would be called the Liberal Left. Many will find that he is too lenient to the old Warsaw Pact countries and down-plays modern concerns about the new non-democracies.
  5. A door handle? The interior is of considerably greater interest.
  6. Like Chaoswolf my career in the Merchant Marine meant that I saw a lot of the world. And as my schooling was a long time ago... "The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there." (L.P. Hartley)
  7. Not superstitious, just slightlystitious... Having said that I would never walk under a black cat.
  8. Cup of good strong Garam Masala Tea as soon as I get up, nothing actually with breakfast. (Which is usually just a bowl of yoghurt.)
  9. Yes got mine today as well. Both the metal and resin pieces are very crisply done and will be a pleasure to prepare and paint. Only down side is that the "Chicken Riders" are integral to their mounts, so conversions will be really difficult.
  10. Nearly entirely on line, haven't actually been inside a physical bank for well over a year. Mind you, down here in the sticks there is still a lot of barter: I'll fix your band-saw for a couple of chops and half-a-dozen eggs...
  11. Flubbed the first one but got the rest. (Unfair local advantage on question 2. I know Winsor Castle and reverse-engineered from there.) Very much enjoying this, ManvsMini. You may have a job for life Pointless trivia: Due to British inability to listen in American the Whitney Houston song is often called "Do you know about Bee Stings".
  12. Anything with a strong female vocal. So Annie Lennox, Heather Small, Alison Moyet etc.
  13. Having been lucky enough to receive no presents I have none to dispose of.
  14. I don't see this mentioned here yet: A nice little kickstarter, fully funded and no red flags. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/destroycarthago/heraldic-waterslide-decals-for-wargaming I've lately tended not to back much from outside UK. (Complications with customs and postage charges.) but I shall be getting some of these.
  15. starting a large batch of variously flavoured salamis that (fingers crossed) will be ready to take to market in March. Painting a regiment for Prussian Landwehr to go with a Battle of Leipzig game I've been roped into.
  16. One day I hope to look like that coming OUT of Reapercon.
  17. Living in South-West UK I am, mercifully, unaffected. Just astonished that you seem to be able to mix heavy snowstorms with wildfires. Mild and wet here; about 12C for the last week and at least some rain every day. Take very good care of that back.
  18. Usually C, Except when they were senior management. (Which was often the case...)
  19. I'll be answering the questions that interest me, or hit my funny-bone. Sadly I don't think I could come up with a whole months-worth of interesting questions, so my hat is off to those of you who host this thread.
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