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    Just for a change, tonight's viewing was more Trucking Hell

    There was one broken-down lorry described as being in the Leicester suburbs or some such and I couldn't figure out where it was for ages, until I finally worked out it was on Bull Head Street approaching Wigston Magna

    Goodnight all


      Temperature 1.1 °C
      Relative humidity 95%
      Pressure 988 hPa

      And it's sleeting. Highest temp today, 6°C.

      Dinner will be chicken mayonaisse with crunchy bread. I need to send one of the kids to get a roast chicken from the chicken van man. And some crunchy bread. Maybe I'll get it, as I'm heading down to the local council offices to see the revised plans for the proposed apartments to be built on two sides of my house. If we're happy with them, work goes ahead in October. For two years...
      Down with racism. Long live miscegenation!


        It's April so it snowed in London.

        Though hasn't settled.

        Today's high is 10 degrees. It is currently 2 degrees but feels colder. Tonight's low is -1.

        Oddly no runners and dog walkers out this morning...
        "You’re just a bad memory who doesn’t know when to go away" JR


          Morning denizens

          Bright but chilly start: 2°C heading for 9°, 1017/1025mB

          Quite a refreshing night's sleep, with one or two reasonably pleasant, or at least non-scary, dreams as far as I recall


            Back on the toast again


              Morning all

              It's reasonably bright out but cloudy. There was signs of dampness on the patio and the drivellers on R4 were talking about snow. Currently 3 degrees ('feels like' 1) with a high of 9 and more sunshine later. Barometer up to 1026 mBar.

              One meeting done and four more to go. Having ended a project at the end of March and then taken time off before returning to join a new project, it feels like I've started a new contract!

              Today's Kantar diary fact is:
              Zimbabwe officially abandons the Zimbabwean Dollar (ZWD) as its official currency 2009




                Was sunnyish, now grey and getting darker by the minute.

                Cold at 16.2 deg in here.

                1028 mBar, 30.36 in Hg, 53% RH. (oh the lack of the caps lock on this chrome box is fecking irritating).


                Telex machine gleaming even more coz of caps lock.

                Walk walked.

                The ongoing works on the res dam are ongoing with lots of cars & vans up there today.

                The construction in the old car park is also ongoingly ongoing, having sprouted scaffolding over the weekend, with someone adding another layer of breeze this morning.

                Still wondering WTF it's for.

                Forgot to mention the Coal Authority van that was up there too.

                I wonder what's transpiring.

                Lunch: scrambled egg and poached tomato on Morrisons wholemeal sunflower and spelt bread, 2 x bramble jelly sandwiches on same, yellow corner yog, 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.

                Entertainment: Engineering disasters: Pepcon explosions in Ammonium perchlorate, 3.0 and 3.5 on the Richter scale.

                4,700 tons of the stuff.

                Firefighting equipment: a garden hose.

                Plant built over a natural gas pipeline.

                The stuff was stored in the carpark, in barrels, all 4,700 tons of it.
                Bridge deck failure, this can ruin your day. Rust in the pin & hanger construction.


                Ocean Ranger rig capsize: semisubmersible oil rig: "Unsinkable".


                The Johnstown Flood of 1889: dam failure.


                Lear Jet crash: pressurisation failure.

                Next ep:

                Grain elevator explosion: how to blow tulip up without dynamite.

                Dust explosion.


                TheSchoharie Creek Bridge collapse.


                The Bright Field freighter crash, New Orleans.


                What happens if you leave 90% of the bolts out of a roof:


                Oooo, one of ours: The R101.


                Anyone know why it thinks all this is part of the url for the R101?

                The afternoon has been spent searching for the illusory dvd of "Escape from New York" which I though I had but obviously haven't.

                More duplicates of other stuff have been found, so the time wasn't totally wasted.

                Plus I found a dvd of "Manhunter" wherein the good Doctor Lecter is played by our very own Brian Cox as opposed to our very own Sir Anthony Hopkins.

                Tea: the last of yesterday's roast chicken with bacon & sausage, the last of the sliced mango (tinned), a random scotch egg (to celebrate the shops being open or something, actually merely because I found the packet in the fridge), a yog, 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.


                Shedloads of Police Interceptors, Traffic Cops, etc.

                NCIS S16 E12 "The Last Link" wherein Dabney Coleman plays a friend of Gibb's dad, with a side plot of drug dealing via snack machines.

                Pretty meh, all in all.

                The extra features on the "Alien Nation" dvd that I found last week or the week before.

                About 10 minutes worth but it seemed longer.

                James Caan has nothing good to say about that film.
                Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 12 April 2021, 21:48.
                When the fun stops, STOP.


                  Lunch has been ham toasties (made with white sesame bloomer)

                  Live reporter from outside an M&S on some High Street on BBC News. I was thinking it all seems strangely familiar, yet it clearly isn't Leicester. Turns out it's Cheltenham


                    And now it is Leicester, to wit, the Cradock Arms - a pub where I was a bit of a regular from time to time in the 1980s during various periods living on that side of town, though I haven't been there in years


                      Lunch was a cheese and ham sandwich, the last of Friday's picnic left overs, and a couple of chocolate topped biscuits.