Any time I spend online has to be begged and grovelled for (as in this, borrowing someone else's machine) and although I spent several nights sighing, my fingers twitching once the infernal thing had combusted, I grew to like not having one strapped to my lap day in, night out. The great computer fire of Summer 2011 will long be blamed for SLC Designs not having been updated in a donkey's age.
Like people everywhere, I am right now astonished by the drama occurring on the streets of Manchester (as well as various other places) this evening; as I write much of the youth, freeloaders, dropouts and disaffected of England seem to be running amok and burning out cars, destroying buildings, homes and businesses and generally causing pain, distress and fear to the general populace; watching this havoc made me think of the Blitz in the second world war (not, you understand that I saw that first hand!), but I did a lot of research on that for a book I wrote for my Dad's birthday last year (when he was 70) all about the year he was born (the year of the Blitz); it brought home to me what it must have been like for the people then, and I feel terribly for the innocent people caught up in this mayhem, a shame to the country and a terrible indictment of a criminal minority hell bent on getting stuff for free and terrifying the entire populace into the bargain. I hope I never see anything like this again in my lifetime.