I am now back from the UK (and utterly exhausted… jet-lag impact seems to vary proportionately with age, I fear). It was quite cold and very wet (hope all my British friends are able to stay above the high water line), but I love the place still and was reminded of how so live-able it is when I got off the plane at Sydney and instantly met with 26 degree (Celsius) heat and humidity of 90% (which is pretty reasonable as far as Sydney goes!)
During my short visit to Blighty, my sister took me for a day out around Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, in which I discovered that the Rogers have a coat of arms all of their own:
In heraldry-speak, that’s apparently “Argent a Chevron gules between three roebucks courant sable attired and gorged with ducal coronets or branches of laurel vert”. Whatever it means, I intend to use it sometime. Oh, and I am apparently, by descent, a great spear-thrower. I’ve just been hiding it well all these years.
I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who sent condolences, either via comments here or via email/snail mail. They were much appreciated. It is true that I wasn’t particularly close to my brother and he’d been ill a long time, but it’s still a shock when it happens -so it was very helpful to know others were ‘on my side’, as it were.
Anyway, back to business: I notice that Mint 14 is now out, in both Cinnamon and MATE flavours (Cinnamon uses Gnome 3 code but not the Gnome 3 shell; MATE uses a fork of Gnome 2 code). I have had a quick look at the Cinnamon flavour in a virtual machine, but nothing stands out that’s particularly worth talking about. In line with my new policy, Gladstone will NOT be getting an update to deal with the new OS version. However, Gladstone’s replacement is lurking in the wings… so watch this space.