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July 4th, 2004

Quote for Independence Day [Jul. 4th, 2004|04:43 pm]
Peter Sheil
From a friend's journal, I think it hits the spot for today.

Peace
peter

I think of patriotism and religion pretty much the same way I think about masturbation---there’s nothing wrong with it, but must you talk about it at parties?
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Chatty Post [Jul. 4th, 2004|04:46 pm]
Peter Sheil
It seems like a while since I did one of these so I'll sit down and type for a bit :)

Firstly happy Independence Day to all my North American readers ... although I guess you'll all be out enjoying yourselves not stuck indoors on your computers.

The trip home on Friday evening was interesting for two reasons. Firstly I saw two rainbows whilst slipping through the scattered showers and setting sun. One in particular was very bright; felt like I could reach out and touch it if only I could get a bit closer. Rainbows always give me a mental lift; the colours springing out of the rain seem magic, some external power giving me a sign that life is good :) Yes, I know it's defraction of the sunlight in the rain drops, but just because there is a rational scientific explanation doesn't mean that it isn't magic as well.

The second thing was thah I didn't have a KFC when I stopped at the services! I only didn't 'cos the queue there was longer than I was prepared to wait for - I went downstairs to the shop and bought one of the most unpleasant tasting sandwiches I've had the misfortune to eat for a long time. [I have a gut feeling that I should add some punctuation to that last sentence to remove the ambiguity but either reading will give you an appropriate image, so I'll let it stay as-is.]

On Saturday I was cajoled into topiary - well OK actually "hacking a hedge with an electric trimmer" is a more accurate description. This went far better than I expected, although I did have to persuade my sister that we couldn't cut it back as far as she wanted or it wouldn't be green at all, just brown stumps. I had just about finished when I managed to cut through the cable causing a small spark or two and a bang! I've managed to repair it, cutting out the damaged section of cable and reattaching the shorter cable to the internal fixings in the trimmer. The only minor problem was when the things inside it sprang apart as I undid it - I can't find any extra bits laying around here and it did work when I eventually managed to get the bits to fit back together again so that must be allright :)

Not done that much today (Sunday) apart from a mad panic search for details about fridge-freezers. My Mum's one had stopped working, well the freezer bit of it had, and my sister was trying to get comparative price / performance details of different models. It ended up being a bit frustrating as the models the shop had and the models quoted on the Which? site weren't on the manufacturers' sites *grrrr* Still I think she's got a good one by a process slightly better than hit or miss.

I probably ought to head off to Cardiff soon, got to finish packing and other odds and ends, washing up, put the rubbish out, switch off everything etc etc *sigh* Oh and I haven't even talked about my Big Thought™. It seems a shame to cram it in as a quick aside so I'll save it for later in the week when I'm not so rushed.

Have a good week, take care, Peace
peter
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(no subject) [Jul. 4th, 2004|06:20 pm]
Peter Sheil
I'm just off ... here's a quote that feels appropriate just now. :)
Edit: and another couple.

Peace
peter

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
William Shakespeare

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.
Homer (800 BC - 700 BC)
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