Not much time for blogging this week. Some achievements:
On the home front
Got bedroom ceiling plastered, (now have bedroom); had house warming party for kids' friends and their parents (since I never met most of them) and had the ex-in-laws round to inspect how I am housing "their" grandchildren, plus the anorexic aunt who talks nonstop about food and clothes.
War with BT continuing about low broadband speed usually 200 kBps, this afternoon it was down to 20. After spending most of the week on the phone, I now have people emailing and phoning me regularly but no one actually fixing the problem yet. This needs a special post, but I will wait till there is some result.
On the work front:
Mad dash to get all the presentations done for our seminar in Kiev for the bandits. Me last as expected. Off tomorrow (actually it's already today).
Trying to plan for 3 weeks in Kosovo immediately after Kiev. Which meant trying to find and unpack some autumn clothes. No power in Kosovo in autumn could be quite cold.
I wanted to send a friend in Kiev a card as he has to have some checks which might mean heart surgery. I was looking on Flickr for some photo of Lvov, where he comes from and found this great photo of autumn colours and mist.
I just love the way it is like two photos in one: the foreground with the wonderful autumn colours and the background mist like another lost world. Autumn is my favourite season. And the Flickr extension to Windows Live Writer works very easily.
I also had a nice chat in Russian with Olduser who produced it . In the process I discovered how the Firefox extension Tocyrillic (not sure where I found it), works. It seems you can type Russian words with the roman alphabet and it will transliterate into the cyrillic alphabet. That's pretty clever since some Russian letters are transliterated into two Roman ones. Anyway once I got the hang of it, it was much easier than trying to write with the roman alphabet.