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Reacquainted with one's old school memories

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I am indebted to an old AJ colleague for Friends Reunited, 'the one-stop site to reunite'. It s at www. friendsreunited.co. uk, a website which allows you to find out what your old school and college chums are up to. I drew a blank with the Bartlett and I lost interest when it asked for cookies and lots of personal details.

But I imagine that is the way it builds up the database. So if you have a yen to reminisce over whatever happened to Matron and that boy after she was asked to leave, or whether Old Stinks really had his eyebrows singed just before you were expelled, this might be for you. On the other hand, you may find boardingschoolsurvivors.

co. ukmore helpful. It is a serious and apparently heavily used therapy site.

Nic George of Sidell Gibson Architects offers a parallel version to that Word highlighting tip. What he suggests is that you put the cursor where you want highlighting to start and press F8. Next you move the cursor to where you want it to end, and click. Then you can carry out the move or delete or whatever. End or abort the process with escape -otherwise the highlights will stick to the cursor like chewing gum to your shoe.

And so to our site of the week at www. arup. com, the Arup site. It is a whopper, well organised and has obviously exercised logical minds and hearts for a long time. Its only lack is an insufficiency of search buttons. But I eventually found what I was looking for - an extraordinary justification for getting the Millennium Bridge wrong. It was all Marc Mimram's fault. Designer of the wobbly Solferino footbridge across the Seine, Mimram devised a cheap, quick fix. Arup whinges away at www. arup. com. millenniumbridge/faq.

htm like this: 'There was no suggestion in any literature on the Solferino opening day that this could be a generic problem that could affect other bridges.

No technical warning was issued by the designers of Solferino describing the phenomenon.' Boo hoo. Unfair.

Rotten old frog.

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