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All my location hunting posts for Sherlock can be found here and are grouped by Series and Episode.  Meta-analysis posts are listed at the end.

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I've started to use my photos and truprint on-line card making facilities to make personalised cards for people. As JoJo is a Harry Potter fan I used The Gimp and the photo of an owl in Waterstones (which was there for the launch for The Cursed Child book launch).

As I've got time on my hands now I'm redundant I'm hoping to help out by volunteering at the local library. I thought I better come down and have a look at the computers to find out what I was looking into helping with and realised that the computer I am using is Chrome OS. Onedrive opens really quickly and I can edit book chapters better than I could at work. The only problem is I can't change the colour of the screen to help the dyslexia as I can't install extensions. I think that should be standard on all browsers and will say so when I talk to the person who is mentoring me. I'll have to remember to bring a coloured plastic sheet down with me; I found one this morning when I was tidying out the pile of books by my bed.
I walked along the Yare in August. Here are a few pictures.

Berney Arms Mill


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This is getting silly


That's right ... there are FIVE of the blighters in there. We seem to have worked out where where they came from - a neighbour moved something from outside their flat and I think they have taken refuge around my outside light.I have given up and swept all around my windows and doors an sprayed fly spray over everthing. Hopefully that is now it.


Of spiders and scammers

I really seem to be a sitting duck today. Not only (as I reported on Facebook) have I had TWO Noble False Widow spiders (Steatoda nobilis)in the flat overnight but this morning I had a scam phone call from India again too. This time it claimed to be Angela from Talk Talk (my internet provider) and something about patchy internet. While we do have that here in Lowestoft sometimes (being at the end of the line and all that) it was the thick Indian accent that alerted me to something fishy. I only chatted with the person for a few minutes as I refused to access my windows computer and they seemed completely thick about the fact that Linux doesn't really have virus problems. No rudeness this time, the woman just put the phone down. They were also thick enough not to block the phone number they were ringing from which was 0016508695923. Here's what a quick google found about them and I reported them to Talk Talk and will be ready for them should they ring again. I am presuming they have my number because of the TalkTalk hack a while back.
Ok, I am bored tonight. I spent some of today dealing with people at the Job Centre (yup, redundant again!) and then came home to upload some photos from yesterday. Not sure what I clicked on but this came up in my browser and the computer was making a horrible beeping noise.


Now I of course realised it as a scam - even if it knew my operating system and browser it was still a browser page trying to look like the Blue Screen of Death. The annoying beepy noise it was producing is just there to scare people more. The simple thing is to just close the browser window and get on with your day.

I as I'd had to deal with bureaucracy today I fancied a laugh & making someone else's day a bit shit. I rang the 0800 number on the beeping page and talked to an Indian chap on the phone. He told me my security certificate was out of date and I needed to update it. What I didn't tell him was that before I rang I had opened the beeping page on my linux laptop which meant that they couldn't do anything to it if they tried anyway! They must have been thick as I mentioned it WAS Linux several times before they got it. I heard one of the people talking to someone in their language obviously confused as to what to do. When they tried to organise someone to come round to my house to fix my computer I decided to 'fess up. They put the 'phone down on me immediately and I hope my number is logged somewhere as someone not to mess with. I've had a few cold calls supposedly from Microsoft (also oddly from India) telling me similar things about security certificate and lead them the same merry dance. On one of those calls I even got sworn at when I pointed out I was running Linux and I'd been chatting to someone for half an hour. At least as it was me rather than some poor unsuspecting soul. If I get bored I may do a similar thing again.


The Yarmouth and Lowestoft Hindus have taken over an old restaurant and are slowly turning it into a Mandir for the area. garienos and I belong to Interfaith groups (I'm Lowestoft, he's Yarmouth) and went along to support our Hindu friends.


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Pictures of Powys Castle

As cmcmck is posting pictures of Shropshire I might as well post some photos of our trip to Shropshire earlier in the summer hols.


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