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Water, water everywhere ... [Jul. 12th, 2006|12:40 am]
Peter Sheil
It seems that last Wednesday, in a storage unit in north London, a rain water pipe blocked during a very heavy rain storm and a stream of water flowed into the storage areas ... one of which was mine!

A lot of my things were in plastic boxes, thank goodness, but ... two cardboard boxes of books, five second-hand PCs and a large Philips reel-to-reel tape recorder were at ground level and got wet. The company phoned me on Friday to tell me the "good" news. I managed to get to the unit on Saturday, not expacting a real problem and then went back on the Sunday to recover the books.

At the moment the books are spread out around my flat, Joe's bungalow and in a box in my car, all wrapped in kitchen roll. Some of the books are not too bad, the hard-back Terry Pratchetts have water stains, but are mostly drying OK, if a little wrinkly; the paper-back books are a completely different story :( I don't think they will survive. I am hoping the copies of the Encyclopedia Britanica "Yearbook of Science and the Future" from the 1960s, 70s and 80s will survive 'cos I think they are not replaceable!

I'll leave the stories of the wasp's nest in the wall of the flat and the monetary result of my annual review to a later post, but I'll give you a clue ... neither of them made me happy.


[User Picture]From: htwj
2006-07-12 04:36 am (UTC)
Not a good week then! Commiserations
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2006-07-12 08:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for that icon, made my morning brighter!
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[User Picture]From: peaceful_fox
2006-07-12 08:46 am (UTC)
I am so sorry. :-( This is one of the reasons why I want my books out of storage asap. I am hoping you can salvage as much as possible.
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2006-07-12 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm just glad most of the stuff was in plastic boxes.
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[User Picture]From: becky44
2006-07-12 09:58 am (UTC)

Books are important! I hope they recover. I know I'd be heartbroken if something happened to the core books in my library.

Also - I didn't know you had a reel-to-reel unit? I hope that's survived? I love a real tape deck - there's always been somthing satisfying with playing with proper physical tape - I remember sitting there in the kitchen when I was child with a scalpel and splicing tape! Fantastic fun!!!

Oh - big hugs on the rest!
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2006-07-12 12:32 pm (UTC)
(hugs) back, thanks :)
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