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Kind of wonder whether there’s a software issue behind these problems. The Japanese company Fujitsu supplied the British Royal Mail with defective software in 1999, resulting in (quote from Wikipedia) “…the most widespread miscarriage of justice in British legal history, spanning a period of over twenty years; aspects of the scandal remain unresolved.” Royal Mail denied that the accounting software was producing false deficits, resulting in over 700 postmasters being accused of theft.
Thanks! I put the plate on the dining table to take a photo- wondered where the smell of pee was coming from! Ugh!
Plate for Emperor Napoleon III by Sevres, 1859. The dark bits are rat turds. Bought with a wool winder and a tenon saw for £8.
Maybe the SS Comandante Pessoa was berthed in Port Said (the port at the Mediterranean end of the Suez Canal. Our Brazilian chappy could’ve popped into Cairo for some r’n’r. I gather the city was humming in the 1940s.
The first word in the ship’s name looks to be an abbreviation, maybe for Comandante.
Seems to be a captain of a merchant ship; name of the ship maybe starts with a B. Could be Brazilian- they declared war on the Axis November 1943 after a number of their merchant ships were sunk by U-boats.
Enjoyed reading that! With the trains, hotels, doorman, walking through the city, jazz club, taxi drivers, it’s like the start of a 1930s detective novel.
My sympathies with your Covid; I had it a couple of months back, after having spent more than three years without even catching a cold. Caught it scavenging, thought it was hay fever at the beginning.
I see that consignment seller not only put the Neiman pictures in the wrong category, but they also swapped the titles round.09/10/2023 at 4:52 am in reply to: Anyone using new AI tool in app for listing descriptions? #101007
I looked at ChatGPT and the first example it showed on the left was “Improve my post for selling a vacuum in good condition”. Tried it.
Title: “High-Quality Vacuum Cleaner in Excellent Condition – Must See!”
Are you tired of lugging around that heavy, outdated vacuum cleaner that barely gets the job done? It’s time for an upgrade, and I’ve got just the solution for you!
I’m selling a top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner in impeccable condition that will make your cleaning routine a breeze. Here are some key details to get you excited:”
And so on.
Signing up requires a functioning mobile phone number, so use a burner and a random Gmail account.09/09/2023 at 3:12 pm in reply to: Anyone using new AI tool in app for listing descriptions? #101004
50% to 75% of the text in the listings I do consist of descriptions of what’s wrong with the item. e.g.
Hewlett Packard HP 71B with HP optical scanner and Zenwand. No manuals or packaging; supplied with a CD-ROM from the Museum of HP Calculators which has the manual (according to the consignor). Handwritten notes on operation of barcode scanner. Condition: Small dents and marks to metal fascia; small area of discolouration to fascia in panel below “Hewlett Packard” text. Other minor marks. Fascia and number keys are light tan colour.
Would be good if an AI bot could do that 🙂 Point and Appraise.09/09/2023 at 10:24 am in reply to: The youtube algoritm blessed me with this GEM of a yard sale today. #101002
12,000 subscribers, all waiting for a sequel.
Three fifteen-gallon tubs of cloth samples. £75 (90 USD).
I’ve never heard of Teflon-coated curtains… now I have. One hundredweight of Dupont’s finest textiles, imported from the US, plus some native Liberty and Sarah Churchill. I’m an idiot.
Whoever had the stuff made an apron from a bit- that’s genius!
Thanks! Would never have come across him in my YT feed.
@craig-rex The thing that struck me about the box sets is that they are collated by conductor, rather than by composer. Makes it easier for the record company regarding contracts, might make sales a bit slower as you’re selling to a buyer who wants to hear Harnoncourt or Celibidache performing a range of music, rather than, say, Bach’s oratorios.
I made the mistake of buying some Gilbert and Sullivan recordings at a flea market a while back. Cost me £20. They sat on a shelf for a couple of months until I finally managed to convince myself that I wasn’t going to sell them, so I donated them to a thrift bookshop.
They were on 78rpm records, weighed over a hundred pounds.
Ha! Just googled “needlework kit” and it turns out it’s called “cross-stitch” in the UK. I rarely see the kits, but there’s loads of pattern books in the thrift shops. Every shop also has a cross-stitch fire screen from the 1950s, done in Ye Olde Elizabethan style, with flowers and vines.