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Damnation!  Last night while I was waiting for a bus I put my briefcase on the ground for a moment, got my Pocket PC out to check a phone number and then put the Pocket PC back into the back and got a mobile out to look up a number.  Then I  noticed that the bus was arriving, so I turned round to pick up my briefcase.  Only it was not there.  It had disappeared into thin air.  I neither heard no saw anything, and neither, apparently, did the other people waiting for the bus.  I could not believe it.  I rang the police, but since I had not seen anyone, they would not send anyone to me.  Not a great surprise, I suppose.

In the bag was my highly useful Axim x30h pocket PC, a useful dictionary, all my teaching cards and a text book, plus a register for a course I am holding at the moment.  Boy am I miffed.  But what really gets me is that a did not notice a thing.  I was distracted for no more than five minutes.  Heaven knows who took the thing.

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Afterwards I went to a local police station to make a statement, but I doubt I will see the bag ever again, and as for the Pocket PC, well, that may as well have been eaten by an elephant.  I will not see it again.

Unbelievable.  Whoever it was must have been close by and must have noticed the Pocket PC, as I doubt whether and Italian/English financial dictionary will fetch that much on the black market.  I did notice a guy at the bus stop who was on his mobile, but I don’t think there was any connection between his call and my loss, but you never know.

Moral of the story: Don’t flash hi-tech gadgetry around and keep tight hold of your possessions while you are in Milan.  You live and you learn.

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