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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Thursday, 20 December 2012

SOME GOOD NEWS? (20/12/12)

We have arrived in Derbyshire. The van passed it’s VOSA test. One ball joint, new rear brakes and three wiper blades so good news.

The bad news is that twenty miles from my destination I lost about fifty percent of the engine power. No nasty noises. I’ll get on the case today in the light. Seems like a timing problem. It’s all I need at this time of year. Everybody diving off on holiday, coming back and going away again. It is going to be a nightmare but I’ll try and maintain a positive attitude.

I went shopping whilst the van was in for repair……Got a new pair of braces to hold my waterproof trousers up. Just as well It is pouring here. I also got myself an old model Kindle in Waterstones for £69.00p. It took me ages to register the damn thing, much repetitive poking of my finger and squinting at tiny writing….yes I did find that I can increase the font size but only after turning the air blue for thirty minutes and getting a nasty blister on my digit. After about an hour I managed to download a book. It was free.

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Here it is………It is great and written in a very amusing style. I am not convinced that the author intended the humour……..It is reminiscent of ‘The Accent of Rumdoodle’. I suspect it is possible to download books onto the laptop and then upload to the Kindle. It’s a real pain using the reader. I’ll read the instructions.

Have fun.

32 comments:

  1. Good luck with sorting the van Adrian, not the best of weather for messing about with motors!

    I've had a my Kindle for about two years now and really enjoy it, although sometimes I do miss the 'feel' of holding a real book and it's not as easy, or as quick, to skip back and forth through the pages. If you've registered with Amazon it should be easy to download a book with 'one click' in a matter of a couple of minutes. They also do a thing called 'Kindle daily deal' where they offer a book for one day only for as little as 99p (they're offering a daily selection at the moment in the run up to Christmas!!).....Happy reading...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I've had a look. It looks as if it's an lack of air issue with the management system. As I suspected England is now shut till the third of January. It's the same every year.
      Downloading books is quick a Kwik Klic. It's finding the book one wants that takes the time. Thanks for the Daily Deal. I'll get some Mills & Boon.

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  2. Good luck with the vans problem Adrian. Must be very frustrating.
    I've still got a backlog of 'books' to read, so no Kindling for me.

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    1. Keith, frustrating doesn't describe it. A perfect end to a pretty awful year.

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  3. I hope you can fix your van, or get someone who doesn't care about the time, maybe he/she can fix it on 25th December.........

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    1. No chance Bob.....It's the third of January.

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  4. Enjoy your kindle! I never thought I'd read on my phone, but I do, all the time. It's very convenient. I still miss my old bookstore, though. I hope you sort out the van problems and stay warm.

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    1. Jolynne, it is taking some getting used to. I'm hoping it will pay for itself.

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  5. Hope it all works out. It will...just always seems to happen when you least want it to:) I love my Kindle. I also use a large font:) Easier on the eyes....

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    1. Chris, that's life, like history, it's one damn thing after another.

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  6. HI Adrian..My but you are having a devil of a time aren't you, frustrating!! Maybe Santa will bring you a new van ; )
    About the only thing I kindle is the fire ; )lol ..not to much for all these gadget, I like turning pages !!
    I mean like how do you turn over a new leaf with a kindle ; )!!
    Hey thanks for your comments on my posts...did you see the one with the picture of me ...it will give you a good laugh!! : )
    Good luck with that kindle!!
    Grace

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    1. Grace it's just life which is better than the alternative.

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  7. Ouch, sorry about the van trouble. I hope it all works out. My Kindle is for wifi, I'm not sure if the procedure is different with 3G but I do my searching on the computer and the book gets sent to my Kindle. (I think I can search from the Kindle as well but I've not really tried that.) If you like classics then there are lots of free books.

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    1. Monica, my Kindle doesn't do 3G. that model was well over twice the price. I have only tried the Kindle for searching and purchase. Will have my next splurge on the computer. It ought to be easier.

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  8. There's always something to spoil your day. Vehicles are the worst.
    I think that the day is coming when we will all have kindles or some such device. I don't have one.

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    1. Red, there is the odd perfect day but they have been conspicuously absent of late.

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  9. Oh! All the best for the van. Do you need to go anywhere until the 3rd? Maybe just stay put... and read! I love the big print on my kindle. No-one will notice as my eyesight deteriorates now.. heheh.

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    1. Katherine, I was supposed to be in Scotland but it will still be there in the New Year.

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  10. A Kindle Adrian? So you too have crossed over to the dark side. Glad the test on the van went ok, but soory to here about the possible timing problem, they can be time consuming devils to fix. Hope all goes well.

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    1. Gary, I prefer books but for all it's faults the Kindle should save an awful lot of space and money. I have a weakness for book shops.

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  11. I'm so sorry about more problems with your van. Sometimes I'd like to just chuck my car. My problem is something wrong with the fan; the heat is there, but no air moving. I may hibernate till spring. ha, if only I could!
    I have had a Kindle for a while. I like it best when I'm reading in bed.

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    1. Norma, no worries, anything old can give up. I'm old and there are bits that don't work.

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  12. Adrian, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Who knows you may have a good time where you are right now. Just take one day at a time and enjoy life and your Kindle.

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    1. Cheers Horst....You too...I do but I'm trying to remember exposure settings when I have forgotten the meter. With film I used to take a reading of the green bits and drop a stop. Or guess, I've lost that knack and will have to start over in 2013.

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  13. I'm a Kindle addict. Have found the help line people wonderfully helpful. If you really get stuck, you might contact them? Although you can load books onto your computer, can't say I enjoy reading them there - can't curl up with a laptop.
    Sorry about the confusion about where I'm posting. Loose and Leafy has been there for donkeys years - http://looseandleafy.blogspot.co.uk/
    Blogger got in a muddle about how much space we all have on Picassa and that sent me off on a trail of URLs for the daily picture but they are currently going to http://messageinamilkbottle2.blogspot.co.uk/

    (Might move back to http://picturesjustpictures.blogspot.co.uk/ some time.)

    Hope your van gets sorted soon. You'll want to feel mobile as well as be dry over Christmas. Hope you don't float away or get too cold.

    Best wishes for Christmas and for wonderful travels in 2013.

    Lucy

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    1. I'm getting used to it now. I'm old and embrace new things slowly. Touch wood! I upload tons of images and so far haven't had a problem.
      It gets sorted on the third day of the new year.
      You have a great Christmas, I only do it a bit. The dogs have a special rice cake with chicken and curly whirly bits of omelette.
      Whatever you get up to I wish you well.

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  14. Timing is everything, isn't it! Even with vans. At first I was happy to hear your van passed the test and you were on your way again...until another challenge arose. Glad to hear you are keeping your sense of humour anyway...what else can you do! I think if you take the high road and I take the low road, I'll be in Scotland 'afore you, at this rate ;) Wishing you and your little devils the best of the Christmas season :)

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    1. Glo....it is enough to make the pope swear....I'm not the pope so I did.
      I am getting a bit too old to really get the best from the Highlands but while I'm still around I'll have another look and remember the days of my youth.

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  15. Oh dear Adrian. I hope the van problems will be easy (cheap) to sort out.

    There is a PC program called Calibre which can change files between many different ebook types and recognises many ebook readers to transfer the boos to. Not having a Kindle I don't know whether it works with that. I used to use it to convert to the epub format used by my Sony ebook reader.

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    1. John, I think the expression...'Things come in threes'. Apply to young folk.
      I have now read two books on the Kindle and have worked out how to download them on my laptop and have them appear on my reading list. I am confident enough to pay real money for one. Up until now it's been free or under a pound.

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  16. I hope you'll soon come to enjoy reading with a kindle Adrian. It has been my best companion at work for over a month now with no projects assigned. http://scoot.bunnysbazaar.net/downloads/Kindle/ - Hope you find this site useful! :)
    Merry Christmas to you and your cute dogs!!! xoxo Ruby










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