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  • WTFH
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    TFBSZ

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  • NickFitz
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    It's a very frosty night out, with a full moon (well, 99.9% full) high up close to Mars and, a bit lower down, Orion striding majestically across the sky

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  • NickFitz
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    Tea: some of those nice oniony sausages with chips and beans

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  • NickFitz
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    Popped back over with some crockery and glasses so, if I remember to take any cutlery, I'll be able to eat and drink while I'm there

    And when at Big Sainsbury's, I'd forgotten to get any of the tablet things for the dishwasher, so I popped round to the nearby Sainsbury's Local and got some

    No Sainsbury's Local when I lived around there in the 1980s. I can't remember what those two or three shops were. But the adjacent hardware store is still there, as is the excellent butcher, and the best kebab shop in Leicester - the one I'd sometimes travel across the city from here to go to

    But setting off there later in the afternoon turns out to be a bad idea, as the rush hour had already built up enough to make things really slow. Much of the journey is on comparatively minor roads, but there's one point where you have to do about three hundred yards on a main road, and it backs up terribly there

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by eek View Post

    Wish DHL were - ordered some shirts 2 weeks ago. Despatched over the weekend due to delays at the warehouse and now they've been sat in the local dhl warehouse since Monday morning.
    Them and FedEx seem to be terrible for that sort of thing

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post

    DPD are pretty good at rescheduling deliveries so you ought to be able to move it to tomorrow. I have the app and you can then track where the delivery driver is in relation to you so you don't have to wait in for hours.
    Yes, I've got the DPD app, but I was OK with getting the stuff today. It turned out be two deliveries at the same time - the arms of the sofa and their covers from Ikea, and the broadband kit ready for setup next week

    The eye-measuring lady determined that I'd benefit from new lenses in my reading glasses, but they also happen to work well for working at my desk on the big monitor, so I'm getting a new pair instead. Unfortunately, this led to the glasses-making guy spending ages leading me through various possible frames ("Ah, if you think those would be OK, let me just show you these three other possibilities offering the following advantages" kind of thing) but to be fair, it did mean I ended up with a better option than the one I started out with. Cheap too: only £40 for the frames, and I let him upsell me on lenses with a special stay-clean coating, so it ended up being a mere £105 for the lot

    During that, I'd started to get the pings from the DPD app about the imminent approach of the delivery. I just had time to grab a mug, a saucepan, and some instant coffee and sugar before heading over, so I managed to make myself a brew while I waited for him to arrive. Nowhere to sit to drink it though, so I ended up standing at my big living room window watching a couple of magpies ditzing about in the middle of the lawn while a grey squirrel went about its business along the edge

    On the way back, I stopped off at Homebase to grab an aerial lead, and then into Halfords next door to get some things to clean the inside of my windscreen, as it was filthy and scattering the low sunlight everywhere.

    And now I'm back, and about ready to grab the lunch I was hoping to have three hours or so ago

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  • eek
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post

    DPD are pretty good at rescheduling deliveries so you ought to be able to move it to tomorrow. I have the app and you can then track where the delivery driver is in relation to you so you don't have to wait in for hours.
    Wish DHL were - ordered some shirts 2 weeks ago. Despatched over the weekend due to delays at the warehouse and now they've been sat in the local dhl warehouse since Monday morning.

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  • ladymuck
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    Washing hung about. Final load in - jeans etc.

    Ham and cheese toasted sandwich had for lunch.

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  • ladymuck
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    Smalls hung out. Why does one sock always insist on wedging itself in the rubber rim and so comes out a soggy mess?

    Dresses, tops, shirts went in next and finished ages ago. I have yet to take them out and hang them about.

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by NickFitz View Post

    And DPD have thrown me a curveball by announcing they'll deliver bits of sofa and so on this afternoon, from about half one onwards. So I need to go over there then
    DPD are pretty good at rescheduling deliveries so you ought to be able to move it to tomorrow. I have the app and you can then track where the delivery driver is in relation to you so you don't have to wait in for hours.

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  • NickFitz
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    Shopping done, discount applied

    I forgot to use any of my Nectar points. Oh well, just have to do it next time

    And DPD have thrown me a curveball by announcing they'll deliver bits of sofa and so on this afternoon, from about half one onwards. So I need to go over there then

    I grabbed a whole roast chicken from the lukewarm food counter, which will probably be completely cold by the time I get back from the opticians but there we go. It'll make nice sandwiches, at any rate - which I'll probably have to wrap up and take with me

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  • ladymuck
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    Morning all

    Sunny, clear sky with wispy fluff. Currently 3 degrees with a high of 5 expected. Barometer steady at 1023 mbar.

    Smalls have been washed and I need to put them out. Keep being distracted by parcels arriving and a spreadsheet.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Now humming John Denver quietly to myself.

    Morning.

    Dry.

    Sunny.

    Blue sky.

    Cold in here at 10.1 deg, 10 deg in the kitchen, 8 deg in the leanto.

    1022.5 mBar, 30.1944077 in Hg, 766.938 Torr, 14.83 psi, (unchanged), 72% RH (GDR hair), 64% RH (Lidl electronic).

    Wednesday.

    Meanwhile back on the 16th of March 2019 NF was advising me to ignore the piles of crap that still infest this house while he was busy ing away at what passes for software for CUK before visiting the Chinese takeaway..


    Well that was exciting, one of the living room double glazed window lights just cracked spontaneously. Sounded like a bomb going off. Ho hum.

    It was the one I triple glazed with film some days ago. How odd.

    Walk (unabbreviated) walked in the grey gloom & icy chill. Two pairs of gloves on & I still couldn't feel my fingers. .

    Lunch: scrambled egg and poached tomato on Morrisons soya & linseed toasted crust, bramble jelly blackcurrant jam and marmalade on slices of toast, red corner yog, 0.91*1.61 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Entertainment: Y&Y. TWAO. <click> at 13:45 about that unfortunate witness who was offed by some scumbags.

    Following on from the excitement of the shattering window this morning, the afternoon's minor pain in the arse was the win2k box with the zapper software on it refusing to boot.

    It gets all the way to the end, then generates a STOP which disappears so fast you can't read it.

    Took the disk out & connected it to another box with a USB adaptor thingie & it reads ok so I copied the directories from thence to hence & will potch on with it tomorrow.

    Last touched this stuff in 2013 when the zapper for the Pacific Bell dvd player died but unfortunately the player itself wouldn't respond reliably to my version despite it looking 99.9% identical to what came out of the proper zapper. Then the player died so it didn't matter any more. .

    Tea: chicken in white sauce with rice n peas, some peach slices, a yog, 0.91*1.58 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Entertainment: PM.

    Wheeler Dealers S15 E19 BMW E46 M3: how to change a manual sequential gearbox to a mandraulic one by stripping off all the auto stuff. Bought: $11k. Total: $13,447. Sold: $18k5. WTF was that other chap doing tooling around the parking structure (as the septics term a multistory)?

    Ghosts US S1 E14.

    The thing about the winter of 1963 on BBC4.

    Skin A&E.

    Last edited by DoctorStrangelove; Today, 22:05.

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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Sunny but cold start, with frost on the roof of the old stable and the other roofs visible from the kitchen window

    Currently -1°C with an expected high of 4°, and the barometers are still about the same at 1015/1023mB.

    I've got an eye test along the road at lunchtime. Has it really been two years since the last one? I'm not sure; but they phoned me and said I was due one, and who am I to doubt them?

    So rather than ferry stuff to the flat, this morning I shall pop to Sainsbury's, where I will largely get stuff to take over to the flat. The main motivation for this is that I've got a voucher giving me £15 off if I spend at least £100, and it expires today. I also have many Nectar points to spend, so I might as well get some Christmas booze in and save some money at the same time; and there's bits for the kitchen and bathroom that could do with replacing, and it just so happens that I've also got a voucher for many bonus Nectar points if I spend a few bob on Habitat stuff

    Ikea have communicated that the bed, sofa and bookcases will be arriving tomorrow between 9am and 1pm, so I'll need to get over there early. For reasons known only to their logistics algorithms, a few smaller parts of the sofa are being delivered separately by DPD, but also tomorrow. I'm just hoping they also come in the morning rather than some indeterminate time in the afternoon, though I daresay I'll spend a lot of the day assembling stuff. Which reminds me, I should take my tools over there. And I think I'll also take one of the spare Apple TVs, as if I hook it up to the old 32" TV I took over the other day and link it to my phone, I can at least stream some TV while I'm there. Or I could even stop off at Homebase, which is on the way there, and get an aerial lead. Not that there'll be anything on

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  • xoggoth
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    Karaoke last night. One of the ladies there could be a pro opera singer. Think I'm the 2nd best screecher. Must do some boring house decorating this morning. Old fart xmas meet up this afternoon.

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