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  • WTFH
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    The bridge from the car park to the beach is currently closed for repair, so we went down with our wellies on at low tide and crossed the river. A lovely walk on the beach yielded several good fossils and has left The DogTW tired.

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  • xoggoth
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    Yeehah. Got a £250 credit into my account by water company for the periods without water during all that frost. Wasn't actually any real problem for me as got drinking/washing water from people I know at nearby village and used water from my water butt (hee hee!) to flush the bog. Same as that electricity rebate, way over what I actually spent. Come on utilities/govt, gimme more free dosh!

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  • NickFitz
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    The DVD bookcases have been attached to the walls, and largely filled - which has revealed, as I suspected, that I need at least twice as much shelf space as they offer

    The big Kallax unit can take a good few box sets though, which will be a start. And the smaller Kallax units I've brought over could also take some to be going on with, as could the two things that used to be one chest of drawers. Thanks to the capacious fitted wardrobe in the bedroom, I have plenty of empty storage - it's just not always optimal for the things I have to store

    I found a few films I had no recollection of having bought in among there. Also a fair few on DVD that have been supplanted by Blu-ray versions (and often also by streaming versions). I suppose I could get rid of the surplus copies, but it'll take me a few years to get used to the idea before I can finally act

    I'm also aware of the fact that I haven't actually got around to plugging in my Blu-ray player since moving here

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  • NickFitz
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    Lunch earlier was sardine toasties, being those caught in the Sea of Olive Oil

    And thus fortified, I sorted out some bits here then headed over to the old flat to retrieve the second of the 2x2 Kallax units. Once again it was the bulk rather than the weight that made it unpleasant to get it out to the car; the previous one still had an unfilled segment at the top where I hadn't yet got around to installing the drawer insert, but this one had all inserts in place, so I only had a few millimetres to grip that bit by and my fingertips kept getting pinched by the edge of the hardboard that forms the back of the insert

    But I got it done, and it's now in the way here until I sort out the stuff that needs sorting out so I can put it where it's going

    And to assist in that, I finally remembered to bring over the low steps originally intended for reaching the top of the super-high bookcases in the old place, which will now assist me in finally securing the not-quite-as-high things I got for putting the DVDs in, which have been assembled for ages but are still empty as they need to be secured to the wall at the top

    While I was there I got a text from Eon reminding me that I hadn't paid their latest bill. The reason I hadn't paid was that it was estimated, and I haven't been living there so it was bound to be too high, so I was going to do a meter reading. So I finally remembered to do that, and the readings are very close to their estimated readings at the start of December. This meant the website warned me that they looked too low and asked if I was sure, and as I had the proof right there in photographic form, I was. I expect the new bill to be considerably less than the ~£300 they thought they were getting

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by WTFH View Post
    TFBSZ

    ^^^ I have no fecking idea why it does this every fecking time?

    Originally posted by NickFitz View Post

    They had the opposite problem in the war: lots of people who'd been to the right school, knew the right people and so on were either already in or were drafted into the Intelligence services despite having quietly (or, in some cases, outspokenly) supported the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s
    Ah, but most of those were "good chaps" and very far removed from the CPGB.

    By design.

    Meanwhile on the 18th of April 2019 I was recomendiing the Barratt as an ideal vermin rifle, though overpenetration was a bit of a problem. Target was offed by the muzzle blast even if you missed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yAzSkPVk8A

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    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 24 January 2023, 19:10.

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  • WTFH
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    Cars have been washed.
    I even washed The WifeTM's Audi "TT on steroids" (Q3). I realise Shorty will tell me that she could get a machine to do it, or pay a group of younger men, but she is happy because I take the time and show care when I do the job, making sure that I've gone through all the nooks and crannies to make sure it's done thoroughly.
    Her car is currently dripping wet - too cold to buff off with a chamois.

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by DoctorStrangelove View Post

    There were probably more spooks in the CPGB back in the day than proper reds. .
    They had the opposite problem in the war: lots of people who'd been to the right school, knew the right people and so on were either already in or were drafted into the Intelligence services despite having quietly (or, in some cases, outspokenly) supported the British Union of Fascists in the 1930s

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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Another sunny but frosty start. It's just reached 0°C, but might get to 5° later; and the barometers are up yet again at 1027/1036mB

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Originally posted by NickFitz View Post
    And then I read some more of Agent Jack, in which MI5 have determined that there isn't a Fifth Column but there are British people who'd like to join one; so they decide to set one up as a way of keeping an eye on them
    There were probably more spooks in the CPGB back in the day than proper reds. .

    A trip to Leicester to walk the dog? Who'd have thunk?

    Morning.

    Tuesday.

    Dry.

    Blue sky in parts.

    Sunny.

    Cold in here at 10.1 deg, 8.5 deg in the kitchen, 4 deg in the leanto.

    1037 mBar, 30.623 in Hg, 777.8 Torr, 15.04 psi, (up from 1035.5 last night), 66% RH (GDR hair), 57% RH (Lidl electric).

    Meanwhile back on the 18th of April 2019 WTFH dispatched the first squirrel of the year, whilst I had finally achieved success in submitting a passport application.

    Walk (unabbreviated walked) in the sunshine & cold. The chap who wears shorts in the winter turned up & was sweating whilst I had frostbite & couldn't feel my fingers.

    Lunch: baked potato with baked beans and cheese, bramble jelly and marmalade on slices of toast (Morrisons sunflower & pumpkin seed), red pippy corner yog, 0.91*1.57 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Freecell score: 88%, running average 85% (85.1%).

    The goat willow (self planted, wish I'd killed the fecker when it was little) massacred. The chainsaw ill come out to reduce what's left to something that'll die with stump killer.

    Then the gooseberry bush under it will have a chance.

    Tea: liver and bacon with onion gravy (very odd onon gravy, but onion gravy nonetheless), some peach slices, a yog, 0.91*1.53 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Entertainment: PM.

    Wheeler Dealers S17 E4 Dormobile campervan. Discarded the original engine, 3 speed gearbox, propshaft, and rear axle, replaced with a 2 litre pinto engine with auto box, a new propshaft, a Ford rear axle. Looked like a tight fit, especially when the speedo gear hooked up on the chassis when they tried to take the engine back out again.

    Bought: £4k5, Total: £10,182, Sold: £11k5. I really liked that ep.

    Fred Dibnal's Railway Collection: The First Railways: Fred drives the Rocket Replica. It hasn't got (or rather the original didn't have) brakes. .

    Joy of Painting: E8: thankfully it's a mountain, with a cosy little cabin. I can feel the snoring coming on even as I type. . Yup. Snoring by 19:40.

    "Burning Sky" on PBS. Castle Bravo. According to more recent yield calculations it was 22Mt rather than the previously stated 15Mt. That's one hell of an extra yield on the 7Mt they expected. .

    FBI S2 E13 "Payback". Kidnapped kid.

    FBI S2 E14 "Studio Gangster".

    Possibly the Repaire Shoppe assuming that bed doesn't seem a good deal more attractive. S4 E14: grandfather clock (I sold mine), 80 year old radio set (I'm working up to selling a lot of those).
    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 24 January 2023, 22:13.

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  • xoggoth
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    Too many old farty things today. Art thing with usual old ladies this morning and screechyoke this evening. What happened to those good old days at discos, competing with mates to see who could pull the best bird?

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