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Greetings everyone, and welcome once more to the wonderful world of the Answer Gang.
Those of you who follow the Mailbag may recall that I visited our Weekend Mechanic, Thomas, as well as the country he lives in. England was nice. Rick, our resident Viking, took special care that I should have a maximum amount of the very best information so I shouldn't get too wretchedly ripped off. I didn't follow all of his advice, but I think we managed to get less burnt for his care, at least.
Sights I did get to see: foreign skies. My favorite. But then with a name like 'starshine' for my domain you probably expected me to be fascinated with that. Great countryside - not just from above (keep your eyes open as you pass sunset at the terminator - "wow" isn't enough to describe) - but you rush past pasture and forest as much as an occasional industrial blip on the trains. Fascinating paintings on some underpass walkways - to my great pleasure, there are walking/biking paths everywhere. The motorways are full of mildly crazy people but you don't have to have a car.
You could take the train just about everywhere for city-to-city travel - but it's not all that cheap, even though it's not exactly "may as well go for two weeks as a half day" kind of expensive. I enjoyed a ferry over to the Isle of Wight. It was nice enough, with a curious church, a plaza with plaques thanking those who prevented them being bombed completely back to the stone age (instead of about halfway), the charter of the original colony of Maryland...
2c tips for travellers:
I'm sure I'll make my way back there sometime. It was as much fun to go to Thomas' local LUG and speak about X windowing (one of my favorite topics) and meet people I'd only ever known online. Having entertained a very few of them when they visited here made my arrival so much more pleasant.
In other adventures - Thomas has found online, the one, the only, the xteddy teddybear. Per his author's homepage, he's a Gund "tender teddy". Well, he's Gund Tender Teddy model 2123, a nice brown with a cheery red bow, born 1983, and Thomas found him vacationing in Hawaii. There's a ticket booked for him to the UK and xteddy will soon grace Thomas' desk directly.
Winter's here, but I hope it's not too chill to you - in whatever way you need to hear that. Time for the hot choccy, I think; settle into a warm chair, pore over a few techie manuals, and enjoy our current feast for thought. See you next month!