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The collected opinions of an august and aristocratic personage who, despite her body having succumbed to the ravages of time, yet retains the keen intellect, mordant wit and utter want of tact for which she was so universally lauded in her younger days. Being of a generation unequal to the mysterious demands of the computing device, Lady Bracknell relies on the good offices of her Editor for assistance with the technological aspects of her journal.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

"Oh, my friends, be warned by me"*

We had a hard frost on Friday night, which led on to an icy-cold, but quite brilliantly-blue, day on Saturday.

Having woken up at half past five, I waited impatiently for it to be light enough for me to venture out with my camera.

At a little after eight, I caught a bus down to the river. I had heard on the news that the Pier Head had reopened earlier in the week, and I wanted to have a mooch around and see what was there.

For almost two hours, I pottered about. I took photographs of buildings and statues and friezes and war memorials and even lamp posts. The air was clear and the sky was a divine shade of blue.

The moment I got home, I attached my camera to my computer and did the things one needs to do in order to upload one's photographs.

And then the Kodak software crashed.

And I lost them.

All of them.

All one hundred and some of them.

And I wept with fury at my own stupidity.

Never, ever again will I blithely put a check in the box next to the "Remove pictures from original device?" question. I will delete them manually only once I am absolutely certain that they have been successfully transferred to my computer.

My hardly-childish-at-all decision never to take any photographs ever again lasted, you will be impressed to hear, until yesterday morning. Unfortunately, yesterday also saw the last of the beautiful blue skies for the moment...

The Editor

* Belloc


Blogger Lily said...

Oh how absolutely infuriating! I do feel for you. I hope the next time you venture out becamera'ed, you take even more stunning photos and successfully upload every last one of them x

9:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knnow that feeling... it's rotten. :-( Recently I lost a post I had been working on for two days, and I hadn't finished it yet! I was feeling pretty pleased with it, then boom... it was gone. I felt the same way you did... "I'm NOT going to write it all over again!" After a while I wrote something, but didn't try to recreate the lost post.

9:46 pm  
Anonymous JackP said...

*Bellocs to it, says Lady Bracknell?

Is that coincidental, or just a slightly more refined way of hinting at your displeasure?

10:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I feel your pain having lost important and sentimental digital stuff in the past. Nowadays practises like the one you suggest, i.e. making sure things have copied over, are thankfully second nature.

And I hope you don't mind, but I took the liberty of adding you as a contact on Flickr ... :^)

1:51 am  
Blogger Scriptor Senex said...

Commiserations - what a most objectionable thing to happen. Hindsight being the wonderful thing that it is, I stopped using any camera software to download my camera and simply open it as a device in My Computer; copy the 'files' (i.e. photos) to where I want them; and then, when I know they are there; delete them from the device. AND YES I appreciate that if there is one thing more infuriating than losing photos it is receiveing advice after the event...

4:43 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Been there, and from a flickr meetup no less: clicky for my one picture.

10:51 am  
Anonymous Ken said...

There is free software available that you can use to possibly recover your pictures. If you have used your card since you deleted your old pictures, you might not be able to get all of them back but you should be able to recover many of them. I have used "PC INSPECTORâ„¢ File Recovery 4.x" with considerable success. It is slow but it works. You can find it for download at http://www.convar.de/

Good luck.

3:12 pm  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

Grateful thank to everyone who has responded - and in particular to Ken for his suggestion of a solution.

I now have a confession to make.

Despite the fact that I am not blonde, I discovered last night that, although the photographs hadn't made it as far as the Kodak editing software, they had been saved to my hard drive.

Yes, I am a fool.

I could have sworn I checked for that on Saturday, but evidently I was hallucinating in my grief.


Coming soon to a Flckrstream near you...

5:40 pm  
Blogger Scriptor Senex said...

Delighted that they survived!

5:48 pm  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

You're very kind.

I am such a girl sometimes!!

5:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:26 pm  
Anonymous JackP said...

Ah, I do so love a happy ending.
Although now it turns out there was really no point to this post in the first place, I am no longer interested in purchasing the movie rights, I hope you understand.


11:48 am  
Blogger Lady Bracknell said...

That seems entirely reasonable, under the humiliating circumstances...

1:21 pm  
Blogger Dame Honoria Glossop said...

I am so pleased to read that all was not lost after all.

I hope the feeling of relief far exceeds the feeling of embarrassment.

10:57 am  

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