Category Archives: Lost + Found


Without a paddle



Opening a Gmail account in beta

Gmail is different. Here’s what you need to know.

1/09/2004 5:04 pm

First off, welcome. And thanks for agreeing to help us test Gmail. By now you probably know the key ways in which Gmail differs from traditional webmail services. Searching instead of filing. A free gigabyte of storage. Messages displayed in context as conversations.

So what else is new?

Gmail has many other special features that will become apparent as you use your account. To help you get started, we encourage you to visit our Help Center, there you can browse frequently asked questions, read our Getting Started guide, or contact the Gmail User Support Team. You’ll also find information in the Help Center on such topics as:

  • Importing your contacts from Yahoo! Mail, Outlook, and others to Gmail
  • Using address auto-complete
  • Setting up filters for incoming mail
  • Using advanced search options

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We’re working hard during our limited test to improve Gmail and make it the best webmail service around. Thanks for taking the plunge with us. We hope you’ll enjoy Google’s approach to email.

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Beware: toxic rice!


Rice brands containing heavy metals and other nasties, according to tests done through SBS. Avoid:

MDH (India)

Kohinoor (India)

Indus (Pakistan)



Mullumbimby house



1953 is calling


(The Farmer & Settler, 13 Nov 1953)


Lost horizon


Upper mountains rainfall

11182212_10152701474891433_5082760099327524094_nThe BoM Climate Data page shows yesterday’s rainfall of 142mm was not quite the 174mm downpour of 24 Feb 2013 which flooded the house. Still, it did test the storm channel we’ve put in, especially since the gravel trench it runs into has been clogged up with pine needles.


Rest in peace, great soul



So long, compañero

So long, compañero

La Germania D85C20X

Have to convert from LPG to NG. Kit?

The distributor for LaGermania in North America has gone out of business. However, parts can be ordered directly from the manufacturer in Italy. A contact that worked is:
Daniel Pedrazzini
Customer Support
phone +39 0522 226415
fax +39 0522 226440
Note that shipping will be expensive, but it is still much less than buying a new stove.

Also, I have found a model sold in Australia that is very similar in features to the models that were sold here, with the exception that they don’t have a separate burner lighting button. Here’s a link:

By Author imagephreich Nov 09, 2009
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This Solution was Helpful

By avatarphreich Jan 06, 2010

Update: It turns out that Reliable Parts (look them up on the web) can also get these parts for you and it may save on shipping. They are an authorized distributor for Bertazzoni parts, and Bertazzoni is the parent company of La Germania. It will take some time for them to research the parts and get a price as they will have to contact Italy with your model and serial number and get back to you with the part number and price.

Good Luck!