Dear friends, thank you so much for your kind words and commiserations - I appreciate it!
1. ... I took my laptop in for an autopsy. (I was hoping for a miraculous resurrection right there on the spot but alas, that only seems to happen in the Bible and other such documents.) Three weeks they say, three weeks before they can tell me anything about it! It is under guarantee which seems to be a problem - it now has to go back to the original suppliers.
2. ... I went to look at new laptops. The range of choices is confusing to say the least. I have not looked at laptops for ages, but I was confronted by prices ranging from R6000 to R30000. And all these new versions of Vista. What is with that? I was happily tootling along on XP when my computer gave up the ghost, so the fact that Vista comes in a variety of versions was a bit of a shock to me. Can any one advise?
3. ... I went to see Changeling. What can I say? After Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima this was a huge disappointment. Also, I have never thought Angelina Jolie is a good actress, and my opinion has not changed.
So, 21 days of irregular posting and very little blog reading ... But, as a friend who came to visit me said, maybe not such a bad thing. In his words, "there are shells to be collected and roses to be smelt ... "