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Thursday, 31 July 2008

No Sun but...a Sidewinder Missile!!

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The UK is basking in sunshine, high temperature etc...except here!! I appear to be a favourite for the rain clouds and dark skies. There must be a little sign over my house that says Clouds welcome here". So I'm a bit out of sorts.....no sun and a gloomy outlook!!

To reflect my moody I've picked an other grungy type of freebie for today...it has a glimmer of bright light but a bit of grunge stopping it, lol! It's called Decadence as it's dark and rich. The vutterfly looks a little strange..but add a drop shadow and it flies!! Lol!

You can download Decadence here but read the story below too...it's unbelievable!!

If you've every had a speeding ticket then be grateful it wasn't like the one I read about! This sort could be dangerous!! Two British traffic control officers were using a hand held radar device to check the speed of an approaching vehicle and got a surprise when it registered 300mph..that's fast...looks like speeding. It was at that point the radar locked and wouldn't reset.

The radar had actually locked on to a NATO Tornado fighter over the North Sea, which was on a low flying exercise. The chief constable made a complaint to the RAF and they replied that they had already noted this incident.

They said that the tactile computer on the Tornado had automatically locked on to the police's "hostile radar equipment"....most people think of speed radars as hostile, lol. Furthermore, the Sidewinder air to ground missile had also locked onto the target....oops!!

Fortunately, they added, the Dutch pilot responded to the alert intelligently and was able to override the automatic protection system before the missile was launched.......my husband says thank goodness the pilot was Dutch and intelligent. He would, being Dutch himself!

Imagine what a surprising day that could have turned out to be for the two traffic officers, it gives a whole new meaning to "had a blast of a day"!!!!!

Now to Scrapping!!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Karen from Scraps of Mind had started a new free website, Step by Step Digital Scrapbook especially for newbie scrappers or those converting from hybrid to digi who want to understand their software and learn how to produce really stylish and artistic layout pages. Well, I have been checking up on how it's going and it sounds as if it's got some great stuff.

Karen gives advice on everything you could possible need from picking the right photos and titles, to a guided tour of Photoshop Elements. She gives sound advice on everything from the basics of building your layout around your main photo, making sure that room is left for a title and some journaling. . Believe me this is something that Karen is good at and she understands all the techniques that are needed to make your layouts pop!! Technical knowledge and teaching skills are something this lady has in bags full!!

And if you feel that you need 1-1 mentoring she has a program for that too. There is a charge for 1-1 but I think this is more than reasonably priced at $9.00 a week considering all the extra support she is offering. She videos galore, stuffed full of great information to walk you through things. But don't forget the free site too, you can still get lots of tips and ideas there, so check it out. AND she ahs a free kit for her readers,so its worth a look at the site.

OK, before I go one more thing..watch out for the great Collab Kit that a group of designers are giving away over the weekend...there is loads of it with a Zoo theme!! Our Melanie and Kim will both be taking part. Check out Melanie's blog for all the details and start collecting her great Snake Alpha!!

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Melanie's Snake Alpha at Sweet as Mel

That's me for today..take care and be good!!

9 comments:

Cindyrelly said...

Wow, What a crazy story about the RADAR! That's just tooooo Bizarre. I really need to check out the scrapping website you mentioned. It is Gloomy, Hot, Overcast, Muggy, Gross here so no sunshine for us either...Thanks for the freebie!

Stash Empress said...

Great kit, thanks for sharing -- but the story? Sorry, its an urban legend -- check it out on snopes.com -- there's a whole bunch of (technical)reasons why it couldn't have happened. But funny anyway!

Latte' Dah said...

Cool Radar Story. I love your deep colored papers. Really Pretty. Melanies Snakeskin is something I have never seen before. Neat Idea. :)

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 01 Aug [LA 12:00am, NY 02:00am, UK 07:00am, OZ 05:00pm]).

Anonymous said...

You are not the only one in the UK with bad weather - we had thunder, lightening and torrential rain last night (Newcastle!!)
I love the speeding story - as an ex copper I find it hillarious.
Pauline

Kim's Scrappin' said...

I will have to go check out this site. Thanks for the cute freebie, and for posting about the Zoo Spirit kit, I have my parts up, and let me tell you my parts alone are HUGE, just didn't know when to stop. LOL Have a great day :)

Sharon aka Scrapcat4914 said...

Wow what a really weird story & lucky for them!!!!! LOL
TY so very much for this MARVELOUS goody!!!!!!!!!!!!
HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sheila said...

Thank you for today's freebie and the link to the new website!

Antoinette said...

Urban Legend or not, I think it's a wonderful story! If it would be true I'd totally trust the intelligence of the Dutch pilot - I have to, I'm Dutch :)
Thank you so much for the mini-set, I love the rich colours!