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« Reply #105 on: April 22, 2012, 11:09:18 AM »

I will be back tomorrow, airlines permitting. I am looking forward to cool weather: cold and even damp will be a welcome change: at about 4 pm this afternoon I would happily have exchanged extreme (for me) heat and humidity for cold and damp. Heat and a fever were a particularly grim combination.

Sorry about the fever.

However, you'll be happy to know that your request will be granted. (It's even wet here in SE-ville.)
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« Reply #106 on: April 23, 2012, 1:45:56 AM »

One more hop and I should be there, as long as I survive Air France (stupid French keyboard: nothing is in the right place. Who in their right mind requires the shift key for a full stop or puts the q where the a should be?). I am not betting on survival. Next time some accountant suggests AF is cheaper I will insist they travel in my place..........
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« Reply #107 on: April 23, 2012, 2:48:41 AM »

One more hop and I should be there, as long as I survive Air France (stupid French keyboard: nothing is in the right place. Who in their right mind requires the shift key for a full stop or puts the q where the a should be?). I am not betting on survival. Next time some accountant suggests AF is cheaper I will insist they travel in my place..........

My new officemate is French and I was trying to show him how to do something in Matlab and I more or less resorted to writing the code out on paper because I couldn't type it on his keyboard. I guess the French do use the Q much more than we do, but when I lived in a Spanish-speaking country (also a major Q user), the keyboards were the same as English keyboards for the most part (with a few quirks). But that could have been because I was in a place heavily influenced by the US? I'm not sure what Spanish keyboards in Spain are like! Anyway, even my keyboard here still befuddles me - why isn't there a hash mark?! It's there, but I had to hit a bunch of things before I made a hash appear. But I can make the pound and euro mark with ease, so there's that.

And sadly, literally just yesterday I booked a flight on Air France to Paris. I spent a long time debating if I should go cheap on Ryanair and then decided the hassle wasn't worth it. Maybe Air France isn't much better! But at least I get left off at CDG instead of Beauvais.
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« Reply #108 on: April 23, 2012, 4:11:03 AM »

You don't know hell until you've tried to type on a Turkish keyboard...
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« Reply #109 on: April 23, 2012, 4:12:26 AM »

French keyboards are a way the French help us to enjoy ourselves when on holiday: it's far too much frustration to try to send emails or surf the net, so we're more inclined to head back to the café or the beach.  

edited to add: at least Turkish keyboards have the right kind of letters, mostly.  Try an Israeli keyboard sometime.

Speaking of which: how the hell does a Chinese keyboard work?  I can't fathom it.
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« Reply #110 on: April 23, 2012, 11:21:00 AM »

Scotia, you may not get wet and cold after all.

I'm back sitting in the sun in my garden.
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« Reply #111 on: April 23, 2012, 11:46:02 AM »

Scotia, you may not get wet and cold after all.

I'm back sitting in the sun in my garden.

It was raining as we approached (heavily) but I haven't seen a drop since hitting (softly) the ground. It is cold (at least compared to what I have been in for the last few days), but I am not too unhappy about that.
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« Reply #112 on: April 23, 2012, 11:46:58 AM »

rain... cold... rain... even colder

is that hail?
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« Reply #113 on: April 23, 2012, 11:56:55 AM »

is that hail?

Almost certainly. Think yourself lucky that you missed Friday afternoon, when it was so cold that it took the hail half an hour to melt from the lawn.
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« Reply #114 on: April 23, 2012, 3:00:02 PM »

is that hail?

Almost certainly. Think yourself lucky that you missed Friday afternoon, when it was so cold that it took the hail half an hour to melt from the lawn.

I was being driven back from LHR during that hailstorm!
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« Reply #115 on: April 23, 2012, 4:57:15 PM »

Now tipping it down. Fortunately someone gave me a lift back from the social event I attended to force myself to stay awake. Time to hit the hay.....
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« Reply #116 on: April 23, 2012, 5:59:11 PM »

Looking at a hard frost here.

Clear skies and all that....
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« Reply #117 on: April 24, 2012, 2:38:20 AM »

Buffalo and a big area to the south had almost a foot of snow yesterday. 

British weather is so boring.
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« Reply #118 on: April 24, 2012, 11:46:32 AM »

Buffalo and a big area to the south had almost a foot of snow yesterday. 

British weather is so boring.

You definitely need a job in Scotland. Last snow in the middle of May; first frost in the first week of September; ski slopes within half an hour of some universities ;-)
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« Reply #119 on: April 24, 2012, 12:22:32 PM »

Yeah, but it's still not very exciting.

Though not complaining, another afternoon working from my back garden.
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