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  1. Woohoo I have my spell checker back, it's been missing for weeks since I got the new PC. I installed a second dictionary in Firefox, 'another US one' the first one isn't working. It's back, wonderful. A friend ( a French speaker) who had the same problem suggested a new different dictionary and it worked. Pity nobody has yet worked out that the English language original is not the same as the US lazy one, it's very annoying to us, the original English speakers.
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  2. Hi Jim Nice to see you here. You are very welcome. There are no divas here, just us helping were we can 🙂
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  3. Hello everyone I am a Sci-Fi, Biography and History fan and hope that I can make a useful contribution Cheers
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  4. When someone sees an interesting article or post from elsewhere they want to share they often just 'copy' it and then 'paste' it into the posting window in Merlin. The problem is the original article or post may contain live links which are not permitted here. To get rid of these simply high-lite the link, hold the control button & right click. A drop down window will appear with the option to 'remove link'. Click that and the text will remain but the live link will be gone. Piece of cake!
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  5. I pop in from time to time, however most of my chatting time is spent on Facebook where I also have several groups that I run. It's just life I guess.
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  6. Today I donated my watch, phone, and $500 to a poor guy. You wouldn't believe the happiness I felt as he slid the pistol back into his pocket. Come on guys, now that’s funny in’nit? I’m dyin’ up here
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  7. You'd be surprised that people actually won't take part in discussions if you react by accusing and threatening them simply because you aren't ready to read different point of view than your own. You end up talking to yourself just like in real life.
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  8. I too am an old geezer and I agree with you there seems to be less interaction on boards than I remember. I have been known to post "Is anybody there - knock once for yes and twice for no!" and get - no knocks at all as a kind of non-reply . Well I am here and old or not I hope to be around for a while yet. Cheers
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  9. Hi Jim, Welcome To Merlin Warez
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  10. Thanks for the welcome J
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  11. Hello there Jim3692. Nice to meet you. Welcome to the board!
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  12. We had a brush with disaster yesterday. A tornado passed within a quarter mile of our home. The sound was like some monstrous train or beast. The sideways rain felt like tiny rocks stinging my face as I ran for cover. All I could see was gray and a darker, almost black form that was the tempest.
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  13. Hi jim3692. Welcome aboard. Thanks for posting an Introduction. I think you'll find the niche you're looking for here. Enjoy
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  14. Happy Australia Day
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  15. Meteor Showers Calendar 2023: Times and Dates By Bob Berman January 20, 2023 An artist’s depiction of the Leonid meteor shower in 1833 which produced one of the most spectacular displays in history 2023 Meteor Shower Calendar The dates of major meteor showers do not change much from year to year, though the peak (or “maximum”) of a shower may vary by a day or two. We’ve listed these peak dates in the table below, along with the average number of meteors to expect to see per hour (in prime conditions) and the best viewing time for each shower. More detailed information about each meteor shower can be found below the table. Principal Meteor Showers SHOWER BEST VIEWING POINT OF ORIGIN DATE OF MAXIMUM* NO. PER HOUR** ASSOCIATED COMET Quadrantid Predawn N Jan. 3–4 25 — Lyrid Predawn S Apr. 21–22 10 Thatcher Eta Aquarid Predawn SE May 4–5 10 Halley Delta Aquarid Predawn S July 29-30 10 — Perseid Predawn NE Aug. 11–13 50 Swift-Tuttle Draconid Late evening NW Oct. 8–10 6 Giacobini-Zinner Orionid Predawn S Oct. 20–21 15 Halley Northern Taurid Late evening S Nov. 11–12 3 Encke Leonid Predawn S Nov. 16–18 10 Tempel-Tuttle Andromedid Late evening S Nov. 25–27 5 Biela Geminid All night NE Dec. 13–14 75 — Ursid Predawn N Dec. 21–22 5 Tuttle *May vary by one or two days **Moonless, rural sky Bold = most prominent “Predawn” means between midnight and about an hour before morning twilight. Best time to view most major showers “Late evening” means approximately between 10 p.m. and midnight (or a little past) Meteor Showers of 2023 Quadrantids | January 3–4, 2023 In the right conditions, the Quadrantids are one of the best meteor showers of the year, as they feature an average of 25 meteors per hour at their peak. The Quadrantids’ peak is quite short, lasting from about midnight to dawn, but the volume of meteors makes the experience worthwhile. In 2023, the Moon will be 92% full, obscuring the fainter meteors. Your best bet is to view after the Moon sets on the 4th of January, just before dawn. Lyrids | April 21–22, 2023 The Lyrids reach their peak on the night of April 21–22, 2023, when you can expect to see an average of 10 meteors per hour in dark, clear skies. Rarely, the Lyrids produce surges of up to 100 meteors per hour. This meteor shower is visible from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere, but is much more active in the Northern Hemisphere, where the meteors’ radiant is high in the sky. In 2023, the Moon will only be 9% full during the Lyrids’ peak, setting early in the night sky. This means dark skies for what should be an excellent show! Eta Aquarids | May 4–5, 2023 The Eta Aquarids are the result of dust and debris produced by Halley’s Comet as it circles the Sun. This meteor shower is most spectacular in the Southern Hemisphere, where the meteors’ radiant is higher in the sky. In the Northern Hemisphere, Eta Aquarids are often seen closer to the horizon. In 2023, the eta Aquariids will be lost in the glare of the Moon, which is 100% full during the peak. Delta Aquarids | July 29–30, 2023 The Delta Aquarids get their name from the constellation Aquarius, which they appear to emanate from. A weaker shower, the Delta Aquarids typically reach their peak in late July and produce between 10 and 20 meteors per hour around this time. A truly dark sky offers the best chance at seeing the Delta Aquarids, as they tend to not be as bright as some of the other meteor showers. In 2023, the nearly-full Moon (95% full) will obscure most of the fainter meteors. Perseids | August 11–13, 2023 The Perseids are one of the best meteor showers to observe with over 50 meteors per hour at its peak! Plus, we can all enjoy seasonable August nights. In 2023, we are excited to report that the great Perseids will be unobstructed by the Moon’s glare; the Moon phase is only 10% full. Draconids | October 8–10, 2023 The Draconids aren’t the bigger show of the year, but they do mark the start of a busy season of meteor showers. After the Draconids, a shower happens every one to two weeks until late December. The second quarter moon will dark skies in the early evening for what should be a good show. Best viewing will be in the early evening from a dark location far away from city lights. In 2023, the shower will peak close to new Moon, and so moonlight will present minimal interference. The best time to watch the Draconids is early evening on October 8. Orionids | October 20–21, 2023 The Orionids are named after one of the most recognizable constellations in the sky, Orion, from which these meteors appear to radiate. Often featuring some of brightest and fastest streaking stars, the Orionids appear in mid October and reach their peak in the hours before dawn on October 21. In 2023, the Orionids will be visible. Though the Moon is 37% full (close to First Quarter), it sets around midnight, leaving dark skies for what could be a good show. Leonids | November 17–18, 2023 The Leonids normally an average shower with 10 to 15 shooting stars per hour, but on rare occasions, they have been known to produce “meteor storms,” which result in thousands of meteors streaking across the sky. (We do not expect meteor storms this year.) In 2023, the Moon will be 23% full. However, it will set before midnight, leaving dark skies for what should be a good show. Look after midnight through early morning. Geminids | December 13–14, 2023 The Geminids are THE biggest meteor shower of the year and the shooting stars streak across the sky the entire night with 75 meteors per hour at its peak. Plus, it gets dark early so you don’t have to stay up until the week hours to see the king of the meteor showers. In 2023, the peak is near the new Moon. It’s going to be a GREAT year for the Geminids! Plan ahead if you can to ensure you’re some place with very dark skies. Meteor Showers Viewing Tips The most common question is “Where can I see the meteor showers?” The answer is: ANYWHERE in the sky! During a meteor shower, meteors can appear at any location, not just near their radiant. (The radiant is the location in the sky from which the paths of meteors in a meteor shower appear to originate, from our perspective on Earth. For example, the constellation Perseus is the radiant for the Perseids meteor shower; constellation Leo, the Leonids.) As far as viewing location on Earth, several major meteor showers can be seen in both Hemispheres, but others might be better seen in one or the other, depending on how far above or below the horizon the radiant is located. The Ursids, for example, are essentially seen only in the Northern Hemisphere, as the radiant is too far north of the equator for good viewing in the Southern Hemisphere. When are meteor showers? See the chart above for “date of maximum,” which lists the peak of each meteor shower (when the shooting stars will be most frequent). The time of the year for each shower is determined by when in Earth’s orbit it crosses the stream of meteoroids. What time can I see the meteor showers? See the chart above for the best viewing time. In nearly all showers, the radiant is highest just before dawn, but any time beween midnight and dawn gives you a view of most meteors head-on, for a more frequent display. Starting around midnight, your location on the globe spins around to the forward-facing half of Earth (in relation to the direction of orbit). At dawn, your location on the globe directly faces the direction in which Earth is traveling along its orbit. Note: the Geminid meteor shower is visible all night long, since Gemini appears just an hour or two after nightfall; the radiant is highest a little after midnight. Where to look? The best place to start is between the radiant and the zenith (straight above you in the sky). (Once again, the radiant is where the meteors appear to start from.) See the “point of origin” above. How to look? You don’t need any special equipment. In fact, binoculars do not work well for meteor showers. The naked eye is your best tool! Dark Skies, Clear Skies Needed! The sky needs to be dark, away from all the city lights. Try to get to a viewing site as far as possible from bright lights. This may require planning—for a country drive or a campout. Bright moonlight, within a few days of a full Moon will reduce the number of meteors that you will see. Obviously, the weather needs to cooperate so that the skies are clear. Look for a location with a wide-open view of the sky, free from obstructions like tall trees or buildings. Spend about 20 minutes outside for your eyes to fully adjust to the darkness of the night sky. Spead a blanket on the ground and get cozy! https://www.almanac.com/content/meteor-shower-calendar
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  16. SpaceX's 1st orbital Starship looks supercool in these fueling test photos By Mike Wall The pictures commemorate a landmark moment in SpaceX's Starship program. SpaceX performed a Starship wet dress rehearsal on Jan. 23, 2023, fueling the giant vehicle up for the first time ever. As this photo shows, the stainless-steel Starship went frosty white after the loading of supercold propellant. SpaceX fueled up a fully stacked Starship vehicle for the first time ever on Monday (Jan. 23), and dramatic photos preserve the process for posterity. The 395-foot-tall (120 meters) Starship is an icy white in the new photos, which SpaceX released via Twitter(opens in new tab) on Tuesday (Jan. 24). That's a dramatic color shift for the silvery Starship, brought on by the loading of more than 10 million pounds (450,000 kilograms) of supercold liquid oxygen and liquid methane propellant into the stainless-steel vehicle's tanks. Another shot of SpaceX's wet dress rehearsal with its fully stacked Starship vehicle on Jan. 23, 2023. (Image credit: SpaceX via Twitter) The fueling was part of a landmark "wet dress rehearsal" that SpaceX performed on Monday at its Starbase facility in South Texas. During wet dress rehearsals, mission teams practice many of the procedures they will perform on launch day. Monday's test will help SpaceX prepare for a very important Starship liftoff — the vehicle's first-ever orbital test flight, which company founder and CEO Elon Musk has said could take place as early as next month. Video: SpaceX ignites multiple engines on Starship Super Heavy booster for 1st time https://videos.space.com/m/kY0qmaQ0/see-spacexs-massive-starship-rocket-during-wet-dress-rehearsal-in-aerial-view Video length 1 minute, 5 seconds But this Starship vehicle, which consists of a first-stage prototype called Booster 7 and an upper-stage spacecraft known as Ship 24, must pass a few more tests before embarking on that milestone flight, as SpaceX explained. "After completing Starship's first full flight-like wet dress rehearsal, Ship 24 will be destacked from Booster 7 in preparation for a static fire of the Booster's 33 Raptor engines," the company said in another Tuesday tweet(opens in new tab). Static fires are another common prelaunch test, in which engines are briefly ignited while a vehicle remains anchored to the ground. To date, Booster 7 has static-fired a maximum of 14 of its 33 Raptors simultaneously. Ship 24 lit up all six of its Raptors last September. SpaceX has big plans for Starship. Musk believes, for example, that the giant vehicle could soon make Mars settlement economically feasible. And he has said that Starship will eventually handle most, if not all, of SpaceX's spaceflight duties. NASA is invested in Starship as well. For instance, the agency selected the vehicle to be the first crewed lander for its Artemis program, which aims to establish a permanent, sustainable presence on and around the moon by the end of the 2020s. A Starship will land astronauts near the moon's south pole for the first time in 2025 or thereabouts, if all goes according to plan. https://www.space.com/spacex-first-orbital-starship-fueling-test-photos
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  17. I've got my eye test on Thursday, my first since I started having floaters in my right eye a couple of months ago. This is the eye that I had laser treatment on a year or so ago to clear cloudy vision which built up over the years after my cataract op in 2017. I believe the laser treatment broke up tissue that then started to float around my vision, it moves around so I never know where it will appear next. I must admit, it has been less of a bother the last few weeks....Dunno how the test is gonna go. Fingers crossed that my retina is still OK with no deterioration.
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  18. I couldn't see a version of this excellent book in our library so here is a version uploaded here: https://merlinwz.com/topic/1822413-futility-or-the-wreck-of-the-titan-morgan-robertson-general-fiction/ I hope that it gives pleasure J
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  19. OH FFS, this is awful. Of course only apply if you fill the requirements, but this is rather worrying.
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  20. I’m at the retina specialist’s Ofc for my monthly eye injections both eye.
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  21. Besides bots uploading Files and downloaders grabbing them is there anybody here besides me & Kath? Where is the community? Being an old geezer I have been (and still am) a member of several boards that are long past their heyday and are now down to a few stragglers. Even so, those boards are like Picadilly Circus compared to here. Because there were no obvious views or comments or reactions I stopped posting here once. Then I got a message from Kath wondering what had happened so I started again. I'm again beginning to wonder what's the sense if no one is interested and there is no community.
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  22. You get worse - but it's true too!!
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  23. It'd all down to this so called gen Z generation (aka snow flake generation) They get too easily offended. Talking to yourself is no bad thing at least you can have a intelligent conversation 😂
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  24. I think that we, all of us, play a part saving books as they were written and that is important. We are not the “culture police” there is little that I will not upload, even if I don’t agree with it exceptions are John Betancourt’s Thunderchild Publications and Wildside Press books, Because I promised not to, John got into publishing as a result of trying to save sf & f heritage. So I regard him as an ally and I always keep my word. There is one other book I won’t upload anywhere (I won’t name it) but that is my choice too. We should all be free to make that same free choice and not be told what we can and can’t read. Most of what I won’t read is simply because I don’t understand the big words. But books are all good – ideas made tangible – how good is that? J
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  25. A Discussion Topic Some time ago I read in the newspapers that the the childrens’ classic The Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton is to be rewritten. “Hachette Children’s Group has scooped a brand new Magic Faraway Tree adventure, inspired by Enid Blyton and written by Jacqueline Wilson. It will be the first Magic Faraway Tree book in 75 years and the first in the series by an author other than Blyton. Alexandra Antscherl, editorial director at Enid Blyton Entertainment & Fiction Brands, bought world rights from Caroline Walsh at David Higham Associates. It will publish on 26th May 2022 in a hardback package, illustrated throughout by Mark Beech, plus e-book and audio editions. The publisher said: "The Magic Faraway Tree: A New Adventure revisits the original magical world inhabited by Moonface and Silky, while introducing three new children and some fabulous new lands, all guaranteed to appeal to Jacqueline Wilson and Enid Blyton fans the world over. "Milo, Mia and Birdy are on a countryside holiday when they are astonished to discover an Enchanted Wood. Exploring there they meet remarkable creatures, including a man with a head like the moon and a fairy with long, silky hair, who live in the tallest tree in the wood. Little Birdy is thrilled to find that fairies are real. Even her older brother and sister are soon won over by the magic of the Faraway Tree and the extraordinary places they discover above it, including the Land of Unicorns and the Land of Dragons." This sounded like an excellent idea – until I read…….. A beloved novel by Enid Blyton has been rewritten by Jacqueline Wilson to airbrush alleged sexist elements. The Magic Faraway Tree has been tweaked by the Tracy Beaker author to make it supposedly fit for the 21st century. The adventure book will still see siblings Milo, Mia and Birdy head to the enchanted wood and meet Moon-Face, Silky the Fairy and the Saucepan Man. But comments from the magical creatures mentioning girls helping with domestic chores will see them educated on gender equality. The move has been slammed by free speech campaigners who say classics should not be rewritten to make them more 'politically correct'. Blyton's work has been repeatedly targeted over what are sometimes now seen as her old-fashioned views on gender roles and race. Last month Oxford University Press faced a backlash for urging parents to read their children 'woke' modern books rather than the classics. I wondered what thoughts our members had on this - a kind of political correctness or a much needed revision.? I admit that I don’t like the idea the original Faraway Tree is a classic and much loved book and as such should be left as we remember it – but that is my opinion. I have added the series to our library - it is here https://merlinwz.com/topic/1805603-enid-blyton-the-faraway-tree-childrens-fiction/ I hope that it continues to give pleasure to children (and even to us so called grownups ) What do you think?
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  26. I’ve never read anything by this author. I was unaware of these books until now. It saddens me to see another book on the Woke Bonfire. The fascists never sleep. Their two-minute hate sessions sets it’s sites on great works by Europeans again and again. Never on non-Christian or non-White history. Those behind this are the same people the Old Testament insists are God’s “chosen” ones. They are master propagandists and infiltrators. The Bolsheviks were “chosen” ones and destroyed one of the greatest Christian empires ever known. Fascism was the result. The Weimar era in Germany was of “chosen” design. Fascism was the result. Wokeism is of “chosen” design. The result is predictable. When faced with utter destruction of our civilization we respond accordingly. The true fascists are and always have been those who consider themselves “chosen”. As long as we find a way to preserve our history and culture they cannot destroy us. I believe a great calamity is inevitable. Social structure will collapse. Enclaves will survive. We will set out to rebuild our civilization again. History repeating. If what I’ve said offends anyone I apologize. Maybe they should consider why my observations offend them and look at their own Wokeness objectively.
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  27. Firstly, I have to admit I have never heard of the book before now, let alone read it! That said, I understand what you're saying in your comments. I've also seen it in many other literary works. I think it is political correctness run amok! What is the norm today is not what was the norm when these pieces were written. They want to revise history! A perfect example is the efforts by some to bastardize the works of Mark Twain. To appreciate the times when the stories were written you need to read them as they were written! Political correctness be damned!!
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  28. We asked our readers to send in their best pictures on the theme of "open doors". Here is a selection of the photographs we received from around the world. Image source, Rachael Blakey Rachael Blakey: "An open door at an abandoned house in New Brunswick, Canada." Image source, Tricia Ryan Tricia Ryan: "This is Magic the beagle checking the weather before deciding whether to consent to going for a walk on a so-so day in chilly Dorset in November. I love this photo of her heading from the dark to the light." Image source, Harald Loeffler Harald Loeffler: "Family members going up for their first skydiving adventure learned that doors just get in the way of a successful exit, and that at least one was superfluous." Image source, Robert Horner Robert Horner: "A pair of open doors within a pair of closed doors, Malaga, Spain." Image source, Elizabeth Roach Elizabeth Roach: "Louisbourg National Historic Site, Nova Scotia. The charming 'garden keeper' enjoying a few moments of knitting and quiet before a shipload of tourists descended." Image source, Lindsey Rolfe Lindsey Rolfe: "On Sunday night all the machines were empty and the doors were open in a launderette in San Francisco." Image source, Olga Arune Olga Arune: "Let me in!" Image source, Kristine Zlamete Kristine Zlamete: "Dramatic entrance to the forest in Latvia." Image source, Jennie Meakin Jennie Meakin: "Shake it off. Down the old windy streets of Bari, you can happen on someone mid-house clean. Suddenly a brush popped out the door, and back in almost as quickly." Image source, Jane Thakker Jane Thakker: "An unexpected door in the grounds of a hotel in the Suusamyr Valley in Kyrgyzstan." Image source, Kevin Munt Kevin Munt took this picture by the coast. Image source, Tim Rishton Tim Rishton: "Opening the door to let the lambs out after the winter's snow; competition to be first out is intense."
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  29. When Is The Midpoint Of Winter? Many people think the midpoint of winter is always Groundhog Day, but it varies. If you check the latest edition of the Farmers’ Almanac, you’ll see that it’s Friday, February 3, 2023—the exact halfway point between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Winter is the shortest of the four seasons, lasting 88.99 days. It is shortest because at this time of year, Earth is at its closest point in its orbit to the Sun (known as perihelion). So when an object is closest to the Sun, it moves fastest in its orbit; gravity insists upon that. That is fundamental natural law. Conversely, we are farthest from the Sun in early July, so we are moving slowest in our orbit. Which is why summer is the longest season, lasting just over 93 days. Top 10 Reasons To Wish Winter Away 10 The birds and squirrels have had a big appetite this season and birdseed supply is getting low. 9 Your muscles ache and you’re covered in bruises from all those “headers” on the ice. 8 You can’t even recognize your own car in the parking lot from all the road salt and dirt covering it. 7 You have sweaty feet from wearing boots all the time. 6 The days are getting longer! 5 Cold and flu season. Enough said. 4 Green (grass) is a much happier color. 3 The ability (and desire) to go outside without 27 layers of clothing. 2 The smell of spring flowers, the sound of birds, and the return of leaves. 1 Fishing, and gardening. What’s your reason to wish winter away? (taken from the Farmer's Almanac)
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  30. I'm not very computer savvy - but I would like to be able to help - if you still need help. I should say, for the sake of clarity, that written books are my "thing" conversions from raw scans of previously "missing" good 'ole sci-fi history and biography, and of course reworking poor versions. But if I can help I will always be pleased to take on any "Honest bludgeon work" J
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  31. Welcome to Merlin Warez jim3692 Gald you made it, If you need any help just let us know
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  32. Spring... I love it. It's hard work for us gardeners. I employed a young man last year as I need help now to get it set up with toting stuff about and filling pots and many other jobs. After he spent a couple of hours following my instructions, he said 'this gardening stuff is hard work'. That made me really laugh, I couldn't believe he thought gardening was just sticking a few plants in the ground. I've done all this work myself for many years, but as we get older, we have to accept our limitations now. Well, that young man turned out to have a drug problem, so he's out of the picture now. I found another one who did some work for me at the tail end of last year... when I saw him last, I said 'see you in the Spring' as I waved to him. I do hope he's around so he can help me get set up for growing and planting.
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  33. I understand what you mean, dvernb. There aren't many interested in interaction with others here or any other Warez sites I visit. It's down to the "bots uploading Files and downloaders grabbing them" as you said. I guess that means everyone should follow suit and stop going through the motions. Participation is voluntary. We provide a space for those who want to post informative topics or discussions. Those who choose to join in will and those who don't won't. I have faith in people. If we build it, they will come ... but for now it's mostly bots and lurkers as you said. Now, I will post a short article about Lunar Gateway as I was about to do before I saw the title of this thread.
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  34. Just knowing daylight is getting longer everyday lends hope for spring's pending arrival.
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  35. Thank god, I always like to get new year over with then we can look forward to spring 🙂
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  36. Well, now the Christmas holidays are over its back to work for me
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  37. Hello everyone. Found you on a search. Nice setup.
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  38. Imagine their surprise if these young men had to work the land to produce food for their family to survive. It's very hard work. We had a small vegetable garden about 200 feet square. That may sound small but working that garden was a full time job every summer. First you need to plow the previous years remains under in the fall. Before planting time you had to plow again and clean any remaining trash or roots plus spread manure to cure. Sometimes lime was needed to sweeten the soil. Not often though. Plow in raised rows to plant seeds in. Plant seeds and water. Keep the chickens and wild birds from scratching up and eating the seeds. Water some more every day or two. Hoe the rows to loosen the soil for roots to grow. Cull out any weeds that start root. Continue hoeing, weeding and watering all summer. Put up runners for the beans to grow on. Keep the crows out after the blossoms turn to produce. Check every day once plants start producing and harvest the ripe crop. Wash and prepare the veggies for canning. Can, label and store the jars of homegrown produce. All the way to the Thanksgiving. Then plow under for the next years garden. We loved working as a family. Those bonds are still strong to this day. Even though we are far past working the garden now. But we reminisce about the pleasure of growing your own food.
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  39. When it comes to the willingness of Ukraine's international partners to send heavier Western armored vehicles, the floodgates finally seem to be opening. The Ukrainian military is now set to receive AMX-10RC heavy armored cars from France and Marder infantry fighting vehicles from Germany, along with Bradley Fighting Vehicles from the United States. The Pentagon formally announced plans to send 50 M2A2-ODS Bradleys, as well as 500 Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided (TOW) anti-tank missiles and 250,000 rounds of 25mm ammunition, as part of a larger military aid package for Ukraine today. The Pentagon's top spokesperson, Air Force Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, had confirmed yesterday that Bradleys would be part of the package, but did not provide additional details. You can learn more about what this particular development might mean for Ukraine's forces in The War Zone's separate deep-dive on the Bradley donation. Also yesterday, officials in Germany confirmed plans to send Marders to Ukraine, something that has been under consideration in Berlin for months. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had pushed back against transferring Marders, as well as Leopard I or II main battle tanks, to the Ukrainian military in the past ostensibly due to concerns about what the Russian government might do in response. Prior to this, Ukraine's international partners have only sent Soviet-era tanks and heavily armored vehicles. They have delivered various lighter Soviet and Western-designed armored vehicles, including variants and derivatives of the American M113 armored personnel carrier. So let's get into these three unique new types. France's AMX-10RC Though it's not clear what variant or variants of the AMX-10RC Ukraine is now in line to receive, these 6x6 armored cars are the lightest, but most heavily armed — in terms of primary gun system — of the three vehicles in question. Developed in the 1970s, the original version weighed some 17.4 tons and had a top speed on improved roads of around 53 miles per hour. It was originally amphibious, as well, being able to travel up to 4.5 miles per hour on the water using a pair of hydrojets. To read a more detailed shopping list.. follow the link https://tinyurl.com/4w5hcpat
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