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  • NickFitz
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    Walk briskly walked, green and red rings closed

    But not just any walk… this is an M&S walk. And a Specsavers and a Waterstones walk; for I have been to town

    I had a Waterstones gift card from Christmas two years ago which hadn't been used, and according to the small print on their website these expire after two years and the money is forfeit. I wasn't sure what date it had been bought, but I figured I must be getting close to the cut-off if not past it. And I also wanted to get some hearing aid batteries free with the vouchers that came with them. And I had an on-phone voucher for a discount on M&S Belgian chocolate biscuits, plus Sainsbury's are still doing rubbish Southern not-fried chicken so I wanted to get some of the M&S version instead.

    So to town I walked, got the batteries, got the chicken and biscuits, and found that my gift card was still valid in Waterstones; and got some exercise into the bargain

    I spent the £10 gift card on the Selected Poems of Pablo Neruda. His work was recommended to me by Carol Ann Duffy when I interviewed her back in 1980, and I did read some of it in the university library back then. Having wandered amidst the Christmas bric-a-brac and ghost-written celebrity autobiographies that infest bookshops at the current season, I found myself in the poetry section, and the book caught my eye. Taking it down, I saw that the back cover carried a recommendation by… Carol Ann Duffy. And so, forty-one years later, we come full circle

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
    I have bread, I have bacon. I have a hunch what I'll be having for lunch.
    Bacon sandwich, no sauce just a bit of salt and pepper, with tomato, duly scoffed.

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  • NickFitz
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    First order of business, it transpired, was going to the Royal Mail delivery office out in the Delta Quadrant Business Park to pick up the parcel I missed the other day.

    Then, as one of the wormholes leading out of there goes past it, to Sainsbury's. Didn't really need much, but it's as good a route back as any. As usual, I somehow ended up spending, comparatively speaking, loads anyway

    Now I'm considering whether to have lunch and if so, what.

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  • ladymuck
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    I have bread, I have bacon. I have a hunch what I'll be having for lunch.

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  • NickFitz
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    Quite peckish this morning, so a slice of buttered wholemeal toast to the rescue

    Now trying to decide what order to do various things I have to do in

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  • WTFH
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    Just received a rather amusing Private Eye Christmas card through the window attached to a brick.

    Actually, it might be attached to a book, it's wrapped very well.

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  • NickFitz
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    Popped out to trundle the recycling bin back in. Much to my surprise, the ones that had been left in the back lane (or whatever it is) last night had been emptied and returned, and the ones that had been put out in the street had also been returned there! It's just like pre-pandemic days when the bin folk occasionally did what they're supposed to

    So the bin has been brought from there into our back yard. Now I'm wondering what to do next week: put it out the back and hope this state of affairs continues, or put it out on the street?

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  • ladymuck
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    Originally posted by NickFitz View Post
    No new Trucking Hell for me because it's on one of the channels that doesn't get through our rubbish aerial, even with the signal booster. But I assume it'll turn up on the My5 app soon
    It's not there yet. I'm keeping an eye out as I didn't get around to watching it live via the via the Channel 5 website last night.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Morning.

    Dry (as in not currently raining, snowing, hailing or murraining of beasts).

    Sunny.

    Misty/foggy.

    Warmer at 14 deg in here.

    1004 mBar, 29.65 in Hg, 753 Torr, 62% RH.

    Friday.

    Smalls in the WM.

    Smalls out of the WM and into the TD.

    Shirts in the WM.

    Trip to the bank to get some money (no shotguns involved, but I wore a mask) and pay the barclaycard on the new (to me) machine I used last month. Took two attempts to get it right, but in the end I was Reginald Molehusband with money successfully withdrawn & CC duly paid off.

    Walk (abbreviated due to knee & the trip to town) walked.

    Smalls out of the TD as I returned.

    Shirts out of the WM and into the TD.

    Cottons in the WM.

    Shirts out of the TD and awaiting the iRon.

    Cottons out of the WM and into the TD.

    Lunch: scrambled egg and poached tomato on Morrisons oat & barley toast, bramble jelly sandwich on the toasted last slice (not much of an improvement) bramble jelly sandwich on crust of Morrisons wholemeal sunflower and spelt bread, a red corner yog, 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Entertainment: bits of the Oz customs thing that I didn't recall amongst bits that I've seen quite frequently.

    Shirts roughly iRoned & airing in the back bedroom.

    Smalls airing in the front bedroom.

    Cottons out of the TD & airing on the banisters, revealing the lack of a pillowcase which was discovered stuck to the drum of the WM.

    Pillowcase in the TD.

    Next batch of bol cooked.

    Next batch of chilli con carne cooked.

    Tea: Tesco breaded chunky haddock, the last of the tinned pear halves, a yog, 0.91 pints of good Glengettie tea.

    Entertainment: Discovering Groucho Marx.

    Quantum Leap.

    NCIS S10 E9 "".

    Something else, probably Trucking Hell from yesterday.

    The bits I watched during advert breaks in NCIS appeared to be Rory free, and featured Michael from Lantern . Ho hum.
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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Grey day. Whatever was supposed to have transpired in the way of "snow" last night has left no trace other than a slight dampness here in the city. Currently 6°C and heading for 8°, and the barometers are on their way down again at 995/1003mB. Rain possible this evening, likely overnight

    Quite a decent night's sleep was had, I think

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  • ladymuck
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    Morning all

    Dull, dark, damp. No active precipitation at time of reporting but signs of such an occurrence before I got up. Currently 6 degrees with a high of 9 later. More rain expected this morning and another round early evening. Barometer down to 1005 mBar.

    I felt quite awake when I was lying in bed avoiding getting up but now I feel tired again.

    Kantar didn't send a diary for 2022 so I'll either have to do my own fact hunting or stop next year. Most fact collation sites are very US centric.

    Today's Kantar diary facts are:
    The first pizza party held in space by astronauts of the International Space Station 2017

    Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on Louis Washkansky in Cape Town, South Africa 1967

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  • WTFH
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    Morning all
    TFIF, etc

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  • NickFitz
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    Further viewing was a bit of the new episode of Police Interceptors

    And then a couple more episodes of Air Crash Investigation, both concerning the inadvisability of allowing pilots to fly unwittingly into thunderstorms

    No new Trucking Hell for me because it's on one of the channels that doesn't get through our rubbish aerial, even with the signal booster. But I assume it'll turn up on the My5 app soon

    The weather app informs me that it's snowing here, but it isn't, or not in any form one would recognise as snow. The road outside looks a bit damp, but there's no more evidence of inclement weather than that

    Goodnight all

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  • WTFH
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    Originally posted by NickFitz View Post

    56. Cancer.

    10+ years ago I would wear a suit maybe 4 times a year to weddings and the odd contract negotiation. In the last 2 years I’ve worn a tie twice. Both were to funerals.
    getting old sucks.

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  • NickFitz
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    Tea has been a roast shoulder of lamb dinner, and extremely nice it was too

    Extremely filling as well because I made so much of it

    All accompanied by the remainder of the Glasgow station programme I didn't finish watching the other night

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