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    Not changed all my 90 million clocks yet.

    If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
    John Wayne (My guru, not to be confused with my beloved prophet Jeremy Clarkson)






      Blue sky.

      Chilly in here at 13.8 deg, 12.5 deg in the kitchen & leanto.

      999 mBar, 29.5 in Hg, 749.3 Torr, 14.489 psi, (up from 992 last night), 76% RH (GDR hair), 72% RH (Lidl electric).

      Meanwhile on the 13th of September 2019 the site was flaky, NF was still lurgified but went shopping & bin trundling anyway, and the computer room at the library was much quieter because the Transport for Wales bus pass site had crashed the previous day due to the overwhelming demand from we coffin dodgers. Innerestingly enough said bus pass was recently renewed due to my not needing a coffin quite yet.

      Several of my clocks are on Berlin Time seeing as they use DCF77 which is on CET and I've forgotten how to change it.

      I don't bother changing the watches so they stay on GMT all year round.

      Walk (unabbreviated) walked in the grey gloom, with it picking a bit at the res. First walk since Wednesday.

      Lunch: scrambled egg & tomato etc.

      Entertainment: NZ Motorway Cops. NZ Customs: the usual Chinese "sugar" which turns out to be "meats". Honey with extract of terrapin. Yum.

      Freecell score: 100%, running average: 86%.

      Oz customs: the usual Vietnamese & Chinese "foods", Chinese chap with 3000 cigarettes, some unfortunate septic chap who's been sending money to some "woman" living in Tasmania for the last 10 years then decides to visit her only to find that she'd left a couple of days before he arrived, quelle surprise & all that. Poor sod still thinks it's genuine on his way back through the Oz airport on the way to septicland where he lives with his mum. Ho hum.

      Veronica Mars S1 E1: Pilot: no pilots were harmed in the making of this. Stone me it was made in 2004.

      The Mentalist S2 E4 "Red Menace". The biker gang one with Jacob from "Lost".

      Scotland Yard "The stateless man (1955)". (watched this one before though I have no recollection thereof). An unfortunate stateless DP framed for murdering his girlfriend.

      Maigret and the Princess S12 E2 (2003). Ah, the unrequited love one.

      Forgot to mention that I heard a woodpecker on the walk.
      Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 3 April 2024, 11:45.
      When the fun stops, STOP.


        Morning all!

        Grey and dull here. Very tired, couldn't get started this morning.

        Spent some time continuing my current unending project of stripping the cellar walls so that I can tank them. My back hurts now.

        Offspring are off school this week and I have the prospect of visiting in-laws Darn Sarf for three days. Joy.


          Morning all, local time 1040

          Sunny with occasional fluff. Currently 24 degrees with a high of 25 expected. Apparently there was a very brief rain shower early this morning but it vapourised.

          Checked out and waiting for the cab to the airport.


            Tea: leftover KFC

            Bit of a leftover chicken day, as I had some other bits of fowl for lunch too

            In other news: I haz a bucket!

            An email came round from the management company castigating all and sundry for keeping stuff in the cupboards by the lift in the hallways, which it turns out are where the risers live - whether wet or dry risers, I don't know. Stuff is not supposed to be kept in them, and they're shortly to have new fireproof doors fitted, so we were sternly warned to remove everything or it would be thrown away

            I don't keep anything in there anyway, and neither did my neighbour across the hall when I had one, though the occasional delivery person will leave something in there rather than on the mat (which is a perfectly good place to leave things). But I went and had a look, just in case, and in the bottom one was a yellow plastic bucket of medium size, rather dusty.

            Seems like a waste for it to be chucked out, and I don't suppose anybody will be back to claim it. So it's now mine


              Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
              Local time 2009

              The all inclusive resort hotel is definitely not for me. Having escaped from Colditz to visit Puerto Vallarta for a few hours today, I would definitely return and stay in a little independent boutique hotel in the town instead.

              I knew that but it's good to have such things confirmed.
              I have had a few on the all inclusive front that were OK: Although mainly because there weren't many options in the outside world.
              a) Senegal (Casemance very near the Guinea-Bassau border) where botulism would be the best you could hope for anywhere within a long cab ride (I think it was possible to walk along the beach to another hotel - but it was also all-inc and they didn't allow "swapsies")
              b) Gambia - similar restrictions, I think the one walkable hotel was well known as a dodgy knocking shop where if you didn't get mugged or stabbed you would almost certainly be pesteredto distraction by disease riidden prostitutes
              c) Some god forsaken place in the Dominican Republic - Where staying in the Hotel drinking endless rum based cocktails (free) was a better than paying about £10 a shot, albeit that the £10 was "branded" Bacardi and other recognised labels. I use the word "branded" in the most liberal sense - in that most of the labels looked like they were written in crayon.

              Ahhh the joys of youth.... Ever since being with MrsD such simple pleasures have been forsaken for 5-star resorts in civilization.


                Tonight's viewing was a night policing thing - the C5 one in Gloucestershire, not the C4 one in Brighton

                And there was some more ditzing around with SceneKit, specifically, exploring the situation where a Geometry has several GeometrySources, allowing different Materials (colours, textures, images etc.) to be applied to each; the canonical example being a teapot with a handle, spout, and lid, all of different colours

                Finally, I read a bit more of Black Box

                It's been raining here since around teatime, but I think it's stopped now.

                Goodnight all


                  Morning all
                  A slightly better perambulation this morning, but still only just over 6km. Murky and damp when we went out, but hints of sun through the heavy cloud now.
                  …Maybe we ain’t that young anymore


                    Morning denizens

                    Rather cloudy out again, and a light shower just passing over. Seems that it'll continue that way, and also get windy this afternoon. The temperature is 10°C and aiming for 14°, while the barometers are back down a little at 983/991mB



                      Wednesday. <checks clock>








                      Chilly in here at 14 deg, 13 deg in the kitchen, 12.5 deg in the leanto.

                      993 mBar, 29.3232 in Hg, 744.8 Torr, 14.4 psi, (unchanged), 76% RH (GDR hair), 69% RH (Lidl electric).

                      Meanwhile on the 13th of September 2019 there was discussion of iRoning, TD, shirts, drying stuff on the line, how quickly a spider had built a web across the garden path, cooking soup, finding ingredients for soup, and similar trivialities. Fresh tarragon?

                      Walk (unabbreviated) walked. Woodpecker present again. And a nuthatch. And a pair of jays.

                      Lunch: scrambled egg etc. with stewed apple & yog to follow.

                      Entertainment: Y&Y waffling on about the usual.

                      NZ customs thing: a couple I hadn't see before: chap who'd made a diary of his sexual exploits in Thailand. Chinese woman with a bottle of "Black Label" "whiskey" which tested positve to a NIC test for bear bile, subsequently tested negative, then tested positive for human and chicken DNA but the woman had gone home before that came through.

                      Freecell score: 100%, running average: 86%.

                      Oz customs thing. Some Latvian god bothering lunatic who thinks they'll let him in with no money nor a return flight. . Been to 34 countries on his "spiritual journey", so Ayers Rock is not on the agenda. Back on the plane. Pair smuggling ?meth? in their baggage and possibly internally. Woman keels over. Snot meth it's coke. No internal concealment: He got 8 years she got 6 for 9.8kg of coke.

                      Veronica Mars S1 E2. "Credit where credit's due". Weevil gets busted for CC fraud one.

                      Tea: soup etc. with stewed apple & custard.

                      The Mentalist S2 E5 "Red scare". The haunted house one, with Ron Canada who I always confuse with James Earl Jones though his voice doesn't quite have the same gravitas as that of Mr Jones.

                      Freecell score: 92%, running average: 86%.

                      Dr Pimplepopper: chap with bad acne. Chap with a lipoma on his arm. Woman with morphea.
                      Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 3 April 2024, 22:11.
                      When the fun stops, STOP.