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  • NickFitz
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    Read some more of When Money Dies. It appears there was a degree of hyperinflation in Austria in the aftermath of the Great War leading to widespread hunger, such that when mounted police charged an angry mob threatening the Parliament building, the mob dragged the police from their mounts, then slaughtered and butchered the horses right there in the street and carried off the meat

    Early night now, ready for Friday tomorrow

    Goodnight all

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  • NickFitz
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    Scouse for tea, with some big bits of sesame bloomer

    Accompanied, of course, by a bit of Trucking Hell

    The gate was still unlocked when I went down (and had been left open) and the sticker over the keyhole is still there

    No trundling though, as it turned out the recycling bin was only half full

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  • DaveB
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    Evening all.

    Bathroom renovation continue apace. Todays WTF moment came on attempting to remove a sink and finding whoever fitted it had used adhesive rather than the more conventional screws. Oh well, the tiles were coming off anyway and removing the sink helped a few of them along.

    On investigating the electrics for the extractor fan in the ceiling we also discover a 1960's vintage .22 air rifle secreted amongst the roof insulation. A Diana G34 according to the stamp on the receiver. Cocks and dry fires ok an seems in generally sound condition, if a bit scuffed. Worth about £30 as far as I can tell but may come in handy dealing with the rats that have arrived following some more substantial building work taking place nearby.

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  • NickFitz
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    FFS, another false alarm on the gate

    Popped down and somebody has unlocked it (and left it wide open). I tried my key, and it turns it just fine to lock it, though I didn't turn it all the way as I probably couldn't unlock it again. I've put a sticker over the keyhole asking people not to lock it; I don't suppose that'll last long, though if it at least informs whoever's been locking it that they should desist, it'll help

    Anyway, that means trundling is back on for this evening - unless they lock it again, of course

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  • NickFitz
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    Sainsbury's order placed. They haven't got any delivery slots left tomorrow, so it's coming sometime on Saturday, early evening

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  • ladymuck
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    Season 2 of Trucking Hell finished.

    Not sure what to have for dinner.

    I didn't end up going out again to post the birthday card so that'll be late

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by NotAllThere View Post
    NickFitz You need an angle grinder.
    Landlord chap's final comment was that somebody will smash the lock soon enough if whoever's changed it doesn't sort things out

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  • NickFitz
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    Texted the landlord/manager chap, He phoned me back straight away; he's not heard anything, and he's pretty unhappy about the situation

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  • NotAllThere
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    I went for a walk an hour ago with a friend. Just got back. Lovely evening. Broken clouds, pink sunset.

    Dinner was:
    1. Soak dried green beans for at least 12 hours
    2. slice two large onions. (Pro tip - avoid the end of your thumb.)
    3. Put the green bean and onions in a large pan
    4. Add about 1kg of gammon
    5. Top up with water
    6. Add salt and pepper
    7. Heat for an hour - keeping the water temperature between 80 and 95
    8. After an hour, 60g of bulgar wheat per person, boiled in chicken stock for ten minutes, along with about 25g butter
    Eat.
    Also works with polenta and polenta with parmesan. Seems a bit bland but it really works well together. It's a traditional Swiss recipe.

    I asked my boss about getting the self-study course for Eclipse IDE developmment from here: vogella.com. He agreed that he'd fund it. It seems I'm the only one the development team of four who ever uses the training budget (about £8K).

    NickFitz You need an angle grinder.

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by NickFitz View Post
    Seriously considering going to Sainsbury's in a bit, as then I don't have to go tomorrow. But I might go for a walk first. Or I might not. Haven't decided really
    I decided to go to Sainsbury's first, but the back gate has been locked again, and my trick of turning the key the other way didn't work. So I gave up and went for a walk instead

    Upon returning, I went and had another go, but still no joy. And then I realised: a car that wasn't there previously has returned, so that chap must have opened the gate and locked it again

    This suggests that maybe the council have actually changed the lock this time, but neglected to inform all existing keyholders. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they've made some rash assumption like all non-landlord keyholders from before a certain time - say, five years ago - will have moved on now. Anyway, tomorrow I'll get in touch with the landlord chap and see if he knows what's going on, and if there's no joy from him, I'll have to visit the chap on the side road who used to issue the keys and see if he knows anything. Otherwise, I'll just have to hang around out there waiting for someone with a key to show up and ask them WTF has happened

    So until that's resolved, Sainsbury's will have to come to me

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  • NickFitz
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    Got a bit cloudier here, but in a fluffy Simpsonesque way rather than a brooding rainy way, with a reasonable number of gaps

    I thought I had a bunch more stuff to do so I could hold my head up at tomorrow morning's standup (though we don't bother turning our cameras on, so nobody could tell anyway) but it turns out I've already done it; the recent change just reuses some stuff. So I'm about where I should be, and am therefore knocking off for the day

    Seriously considering going to Sainsbury's in a bit, as then I don't have to go tomorrow. But I might go for a walk first. Or I might not. Haven't decided really

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  • NotAllThere
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    Snowing here.

    Lunch was marmite on toast.

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  • ladymuck
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    It's come over all dark and a quick glance out the window reveals wet stuff on the patio. That'll be the rain then.

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  • vetran
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    Cauliflower and stilton soup with seeded bread and taramasalata.

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  • NickFitz
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    Common-as-muck ham toastie for lunch

    (Sainsbury's breaded ham on Sainsbury's sesame bloomer. Though it was the slightly more expensive breaded ham that pretends to have come from the deli counter; a pretence that falls rather flat since they closed down the deli counter.)

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