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So yesterday I noticed something odd on the tracking page for my parcel from Goulet Pens: the tracking page was claiming it had been delivered. It has definitely not been delivered. More than that, the tracking page was claiming it had been delivered at 7.07 am, which is an unheard of time for delivery drivers in Brighouse.

The thing is, trying to contact USPS about an international delivery, even to just find out who their UK delivery partner is so I can chase it up myself - I would assume Royal Mail, but I could be wrong? - is proving rather difficult.

Goulet themselves are being super helpful, as usual, but that doesn't really make much difference to finding out what has happened to my parcel. So this is me crowdsourcing ideas.

- Do you know who is USPS's UK delivery partner?
- what do you think I should do?

ETA: so a card came through the door saying I have a customs charge. Arse.
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Sorry for the hiatus in the blog awards. On the plus side, I passed my belt grading for karate last night. On the minus side, Byron has suspected cancer. He is booked in to the vet on Thursday for (hopefully) removal and cure. But we don't know at this point what's going to be involved; the vet doesn't know until he's gone in and extracted bits for testing. I suspect we are looking at a minimum of £400.

I haven't got £400.

UPDATE: thanks to the wonderful generosity of The Internet we should be fine now. Thank you all. Closing comments on this post now, so that if people miss this update they aren't still offering.

What I have got is lots of Collectable Stuff. So I'm going to make an offer here, oh internets. If I have any Stuff that you might want, make me an offer. Stuff is Stuff, but Byron is my baby, and my house is too full of Stuff anyway. I am willing to sell any of it to help make my baby better.

Things that I have which some of you might want to buy:
  • Ropey old Ford Ka that needs its brakes fixing
  • hundreds of CDs, including this Queen box set with all the packaging intact
  • Lots and lots of books including folio society stuff, and the unseen university editions of much Pratchett. Also lots of complete Sherlock Holmes's in various editions
  • hundreds of DVDs, including lots of Star Trek and Doctor Who - for example all the Trek box sets, all 4 series of Blake's 7, all the red dwarf, etc.
  • Lots and lots of rare/limited edition/etc. vinyl - 6 foot bookcase full of it
  • various action figures and things
The list is not exhaustive, but it gives you a flavour. If there's something you want, whatever it is, ask me if I've got it and we'll go from there - although checking the comments to see if someone else hasn't already asked might be a plan. At this point I am willing to consider most offers because it all adds up, but I need the money quickly, so you'll understand if I ask for bank transfer or cash over the counter only; no cheques or paypal.

Do feel free to pass the link to this post around, too.

Thanks.



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First, the success:

Mat's netbook is one of those ones with windows 7 starter, which means that (among many other things) you can't change your desktop wallpaper. Unless you download software. There are lots of software packages out there that offer advanced customisation options, but if you just want to change your desktop (and conserve resources) then Oceanis Change Desktop is the way to go.

My desktop is now this: ) which is v cute, I think you'll agree (thanks to the fabulous Dirty Whoers for the image)

Second, the failures

Remember how I had to reset my phone to factory settings? Well, this involved a lot of software updating afterwards, which took up most of saturday morning. I have re-installed lots of things, and resubscribed to all my podcasts, and installed the latest versions of some things. And that's where the problem comes in...

Opera Mobile 10

... is fabulous. The rendering of images is gorgeous, the tabbed browsing and stuff is excellent, the UI is intuitive and pretty... But there is one problem. It won't save my bookmarks/history/start screen. I'm probably missing something very obvious, but I can't find anything in the settings to stop it from doing this, and my google-fu is failing me. Help?

Nokia email client

Again, it's very pretty, and the UI is brilliant, and it beats the google email app for Symbian into a cocked hat... except that after 2 days of use it has suddenly stopped working. When I check the status page, it says it is in offline mode, and nothing I can do can get it to go into online mode. Again google-fu is failing, in that I have found a couple of forum posts from people having the same problem, but no solution. Any ideas?

Please to be noting that funny suggestions like get a different phone or use different software will be met with short shrift. I love my phone, and both of those bits of software are ones that 1, I like and 2, are better than any of the other apps I have found that do the same thing, aside from the bugs I detail above. Anyone recommending that I get a bloody iPhone will be met with extreme violence once I have hunted them down.



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So, what sort of paint is best to use on a canvas that has to be rolled up? Like, f'r'instance, a roller blind?

Instinct says acrylic, but might that crack?



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Mister Mat just came upstairs with the cake, and sliced off a delicate sliver. Mildly disappointed at being thus rationed, I enquired I am only to be allowed a little bit of cake? Mister Mat took the delicate sliver of cake over to his desk and left the entire rest of the cake with me.



I am going to London in March, straight after spring conference. I am going to be participating in a bloggers' interview of Vince Cable. Six weeks to go and I am already crapping myself. I had no such feelings about the Nick Clegg interview I was meant to go to at Yorkshire regional conference, mainly because Clegg strikes me (having been in his presence) as a complete onanist, and thus I'm not bothered if I offend the self-important Glorious Leader; Vince, having been in his presence, is utterly, utterly lovely as well as amazing in a political sense, and I will be mortified and want to throw myself off Westminster Bridge if I offend him. Which, of course, I am almost certain to do, and the more worked up about this I get, the more certain it becomes - you steer towards where you're looking and all that.

Short of filling my hipflask with the old Remy and hoping like hell, any suggestions from the peanut gallery on how to deal with debilitating nervousness? I came very very close to saying no to the whole thing on the grounds that I am bound to make a complete arse of myself, but several people have moved heaven and earth to make it possible for me to be there, and it would have been really ungrateful to hide in a corner wibbling uncontrollably like I want to...

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