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May 21st, 2011

At least two hundred bucks to fix explained Nate. Technical whiz in Bargara. Introduced to him by Simon, with whom I’d been staying. Despite a brief revival in Mackay, my original netbook had finally given up the ghost. Worn out. Not just the keys. The hard drive.

Quickly totting up what I’d already spent on the earlier fix. A short lived respite as the drive began to fail explained Nate. Concluding my little computer was now beyond economic repair. Replacement a reluctant but unavoidable necessity. Nate suggested a national electrical retail chain in nearby Bundaberg.

Few hours later the owner of the latest model of Acer Aspire One netbook I’ve been using. Essentially a known quantity. Confident it will do the job. Pretty much the same size as the original. So fits snuggly in the bag. Much longer battery life. Handy. And the cheapest machine in the shop. Even before the discount I negotiated for purchasing the display model.



Bundaberg blues

May 20th, 2011


Bundaberg. Birth place of Bert Hinkler. But I’m sure you knew that. Pioneering aviator apparently. Now, call me a mite cynical, but whenever I see claims of this sort – birthplace rather than home of – you do begin to wonder how dreadful the place might be. Why they so obviously fled. In this case to Blighty.


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