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    Morning all

    Cloudy and damp. It was very windy earlier but that seems to have died down. This morning's rain is not forecast to return. Currently 13 degrees with a high of 16 expected. Barometer up to 1019 mBar.

    Rental referencing shenanigans ongoing with the vetting company claiming that scraping 12 months of bank data then requesting six months of statements for the same account didn't prove I'd paid my rent on time, so I could I upload 6 months of bank statements?


      Lunch: chip shop leftovers


        Tea: rack of ribs (with the honey-based BBQ sauce) and chips

        Accompanied by Trucking Hell, where I've finally made it to S8


          Tonight's major motion picture premiere was Valkyrie (2008) in which Tom Cruise leads (in the lead actor sense, not in terms of the coup's chain of command) the plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944. I chose this because it's been in the queue for ages, probably three years or more, and reading Blitzed reminded me of it. In fact, I started watching it one time, but wasn't in the mood for machinations that evening and abandoned it after a short while to switch to something else instead. Being in the appropriate mood tonight, I thought it was a very good account of the matter, given the usual provisos about the historical accuracy of "based on a true story films", which I've decided to ignore until the next time they're about something I know about, when they'll probably annoy me again

          And after that, a rewatch of The Siege (1998) in which the response of the USA to attacks by Islamic terrorists gets out of hand. This one's quite prescient, because it involves the FBI (aka Denzel Washington) stepping up and stopping the US Army and the intelligence services from doing disgraceful and unconstitutional things in the name of "protecting America". In reality, of course, after 9/11 they did exactly the things seen in the film, but mostly outside the USA and in places where they couldn't be seen, and were thus never held to account for them

          And then a further episode of S4 of The Wire

          Goodnight all


            ^^^ Freeeeeedom! or something. Let's get rid of a king & elect one instead. .




            Wanly sunny.

            Cool in here at 17.7 deg, 18.5 deg in the kitchen, 17.5 deg in the leanto, 16 deg in the saltinghouse (which was up to 24 yesterday before I opened all the doors.

            1022 mBar, 30.179 in Hg, 766.56 Torr, 14.8228 psi, (up from 1020 last night), 78% RH (GDR hair), 71% RH (Lidl electric).

            Meanwhile on the 4th of October 2019 it was rather damp & quite chilly, managing to rain on me during my walk, in a fit of enthusiasm I installed the aerial cable to the bedroom tv (used exactly once a month ago when I was ill) and contemplated installed the satellite feed to same (which never happened needless to relate), while good wishes resounded to WTFH after his op, NF was off to the motorway for some reason, despite it being closed in places, and I watched yet more of S2 of Jeremiah whilst cursing my completist nature.

            Shirts & smalls in the WM. (I don't bother separating them any more).

            Shirts & smalls out of the WM & pegged out on the line.

            Cottons including bedlinen in the WM.

            Cottons out of the WM & pegged out on the line.

            Walk (unabbreviated) walked in the grey gloom.

            Lunch: baked wonky spud etc. Some of those wonky spuds really are wonky.

            Entertainment: the bits of Dead Ringers I couldn't be arsed with yesterday.

            NZ Highway Patrol <click> I think I'm word perfect on these by now. It was the one with camper van driver who had problems with hill starts and the bus driver who was confused by someone indicating right & turning right. Easily done. Apparently it means sommat different in NZ such as "pass me". .

            Shirts & cottons that needed it in off the line & roughly iRoned, airing upstairs.

            Freecell score: 89%, running average: 86%. Bit better than yesterday though not by much.

            Towels & bedding in off the line & airing over the banisters.

            Tea: soup etc. Can't be arsed any more.

            Entertainment: Sliced Bread waffling on about tyres.

            Dixon of Dock Green S21 E2 "Seven for a secret never to be told". (1975). Well that was odd. The gas explosion one with a chase down to the West Country.

            Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: these seem quite variable in quality. "Time to Remember (1962)". The one with the younger Steptoe as a naughty estate agent.

            There's a film with John Thaw on after it.
            Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 8 June 2024, 14:11.
            When the fun stops, STOP.


              Morning all

              Blue sky with lumps of fluff. No rain forecast. It was a bit breezy earlier this morning but that seems to have eased up. Currently 14 degrees with a high of 18 expected. Barometer up to 1024 mBar.

              Need to to a bit of faffing in the front garden today. Whether I actually will do it remains to be seen.


                Afternoon denizens

                Grey sort of day out, and still slightly breezy too. Currently 16°C and maybe making it to 17° later, while the barometers remain bullish, being up to 1015/1023mB


                  Can't remember much detail but Elvis appeared in my dream last night. Off now to do one of me toothpaste, I mean footpath, inspections for the council.

                  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)


                    It's been a dull and grey afternoon. The wind has gotten up again.

                    I haven't done anything in the garden.


                      Brightened up here now