Mother's 70th birthday party was a great successs. Something like 120 people in attendance, ranging in age from about 2 to a little over 90 and from places as far afield as Aberdeen, Kilkenny, Cornwall and Kent. There was music, there was a quiz, there were silly games. There was a great deal of food and drink. No-one suffered serious injury. We had Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Methodists, URC... and almost 60% of the clergy in attendance were heterosexual.
It was a good night. Hurrah!
My laptop has been flakey for a while, in particular with random momentary complete losses of power.
It's not doing that any more -- it's no longer random or momentary. Now, if you creep up on it and surprise it, it'll keep power far enough into POST to show the BIOS splash screen before all power disappears.
It's two or three years old, and well out of warranty.
When I get home from Mother's on Monday it looks like I'll be putting the HDD into another unit to retrieve the data that's changed since Thursday's backup, but for the time being I'm on the handset only.
New laptop not due for another two or three weeks...