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    And in other news from yesterday, the useless Ealing parking enforcement layabouts did SFA about the car that blocked the space I'd paid for. They didn't even come round to issue a ticket.

    It was fortunate that the adjacent driveway that leads to some small commercial buildings didn't have many comings and goings as they had to block that for loading.


      Buongiorno tutti!

      Sorry, keyboard is still in Italian mode.
      Morning all
      TFIF, etc. full flight later.
      …Maybe we ain’t that young anymore





        Wanly sunny.


        19.5 deg in here, 20.5 deg in the kitchen, 19.5 deg in the leanto.

        1010 mBar, 29.8252 in Hg, 757.56 Torr, 14.6488 psi, (down from 1013 last night), 78% RH (GDR hair), 66% RH (Lidl electric).

        Meanwhile on the 11th of October 2019 Jeremiah S2 had come to a conclusion and "Name of the Rose E1" went unwatched, whereas NF was watching "The Hunger Games" because he likes it.

        Walk (unabbreviated) walked in the cold breeze & wan sunshine, I saw my shadow at least twice.

        Lunch: scrambled egg etc.

        Entertainment: some bollox on R4 about lying politicians (is there any other kind? Just askin' for a friend, like) which went <click> due to lack of innerest.

        More brambles decimated. The rose in the front garden didn't survive its last pruning so that's gone too.

        Veronica Mars S3 E15 "Papa's Cabin". The solution to "who killed the Dean" one. Downhill all the way now.

        Raining. A lot.

        Tea: soup etc.

        Entertainment: thing about the Cold War from 1945 to 1953 on PBS with that nice Uncle Joe.

        Thing about flytipping or whatever on 4.

        Halfway House (1944) on Talking Pictures TV.

        Freecell score: 88%, running average: 86%.

        Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; 21 June 2024, 22:26.
        When the fun stops, STOP.


          Lunch: pork cutlet in a wholemeal bap with apple sauce, and a bag of crisps

          And this morning, I took a few minutes to pop down and get a big box of old newspapers and magazines out of the boot of the Corolla, these being the ones I brought back from Derbyshire the other weekend which were originally my Dad's. I found the TV Times from 1961 with his play in it

          I also took some stuff that's been cluttering the boot ever since I moved across to the garage. Tomorrow or Sunday, I need to head south to help clear some rubbish out of the parents' place, as we're about to put it on the market. My sister and her husband have moved some of it, but got banned from the local tip for a month for going too frequently

          My brother's got a big car and can move a fair amount in one go, and the gardener's also willing to help. But I'm going to do my bit and shift a couple of carloads. That seems to be about the limit in a week if you don't want to get barred. But assuming I get away with those, I can then bring a third load back here, as our tip's not far away so it's no trouble


            If anyone wants some packing/storage boxes and wrapping paper, I have loads. Free to collector.

            That doesn't mean I'm done unpacking, oh no, I am barely halfway through what was in the kitchen / conservatory. My bedroom looks like I've turned into one of those hoarders you see on Channel 4.


              Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
              If anyone wants some packing/storage boxes and wrapping paper, I have loads. Free to collector.

              That doesn't mean I'm done unpacking, oh no, I am barely halfway through what was in the kitchen / conservatory. My bedroom looks like I've turned into one of those hoarders you see on Channel 4.
              Welcome to the club


                Just remembered that, following a successful bedding wash earlier in the week, I stripped the bed and left it to air this morning. Suppose I'd better make it again

                In other laundry news, the mundane laundry was done today


                  Spent all day trying to get the kitchen sorted out. It still looks like a bomb site.

                  A quick tot up of boxes emptied vs boxes remaining and I'm less than halfway to having a flat that resembles something other than a box showroom


                    Tea: a Chatsworth ribeye steak (weighing about 14oz) with chips, fried onions and beans. Very nice

                    Accompanied by an episode of Trucking Hell. It had an "In memoriam" card before the credits for Barbara Crouch, Dave's wife, or possibly mother?

                    EDIT: wife, according to this judgment of an employment tribunal against Crouch Recovery: https://assets.publishing.service.go...1_Judgment.pdf

                    And before that, the bed was made so that's one less thing to worry about
                    Last edited by NickFitz; 21 June 2024, 19:30.


                      I ended up spending ages reading that Crouch Recovery tribunal judgment. Quite a sad business: an old family friend who started working for them handling invoicing, then basically lost it when a reorganisation of the work was proposed because she thought some blokes were trying to edge her out. She'd already been saying that there was too much work for her to handle, which is why they wanted to reorganise things in the first place, and when she complained they immediately abandoned the changes so they could work out a way of doing things that she'd be happy with. But she went off on one again, resigned, then reported them to Action Fraud (who found there wasn't any fraud at all), and took them to a tribunal.

                      All but one claims were rejected, and that one related to a tactless message from Adam Crouch, though they also point out that it was in keeping with the familial nature of their relationship. It all seems like a huge waste of everybody's time, and a sad end to a long friendship for the families involved

                      Anyway, early night now as I'd like to head south, go to the tip, pick up the remaining box of stuff for me that's apparently down there, and get back in time for lunch - or at least in time for Monkey Life

                      Goodnight all