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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Nice looking sunrise out there, with cloud in thin strips parallel to the horizon giving a nice banded gradient effect. Bit chilly though, with frost on the cars and the lawn: currently 1°C, getting to 8° by mid-afternoon. The barometers are up a little bit more at 985/993mB

    Off south shortly; aiming to beat the traffic, such as it is on a Sunday

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  • NickFitz
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    Today's viewing was the usual range of wildlife stuff including Monkey Life

    And once that was over, I finished reading The Darkroom

    Early night now as I'm popping south tomorrow to collect some stuff from my parents' house

    Goodnight all

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  • NickFitz
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    What could be more delightful than a moonlit stroll? A moonlit stroll to the kebab shop, of course! So tea has been kebab and chips

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  • NickFitz
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    Lovely full moon rising over the block opposite

    Lunch, by the way, was corned beef butties and crisps, again

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  • NickFitz
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    Afternoon denizens

    Sunny and rather Simpsonesque out today; pigeons, magpies, squirrels, and blackbirds are all making the most of it on the big lawn. Currently 7°C and maybe getting to 8° in a bit, while the barometers are back up a bit at 983/991mB

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Morning

    Saturday.

    Grey.

    Dry.

    Cold in here at 12.1 deg, 11 deg in the kitchen, 8 deg in the leanto.

    992 mBar, 29.29 in Hg, 744.1 Torr, 14.38774 psi, (up from 989 last night), 75% RH (GDR hair), 64% RH (Lidl electric).

    Meanwhile on the 1st of September 2019 NF finished his John Wyndham book of short stories "Consider Her Ways and Others", I watched "Men with Brooms" which turned out to be about curling, whereas LM watched some A&E thing about a kid with a bleed on the brain.

    Walk (unabbreviated) walked in the grey gloom following the sunshine. It started to rain shortly after I returned home so I had timed that right.

    Lunch: baked spud etc.

    Entertainment: The News Quiz. Cameo by Miles Jupp.

    NZ Highway Cops. Chap doing 146 in a 100 limit: instant 28 day ban. He was a tourist with little English so "marriage dress" didn't translate well. Caravan thieves busted.

    Freecell score: 75%, running average: 86%.

    A minute of Monkey Life about a male marmoset the self appointed protectors of the furry were digging up, while his mate was being "surrendered". I have little time for the RSPCA.

    Freecell score in the terminal ennui of the afternoon: 100%, running average: 86%.

    The battery is flat in the Lidl(tm) RH thingie. . Or it's died.

    Tea: spag with the first portion of the new batch of bol: quite nice.

    Entertainment: some bollox on R4 with Nick Robinson: by some mistake it was actually inneresting. Though I can't stand the man. Mariana Mazzucato.

    Dixon of Dock Green. S9 E11 "A home of One's Own (1962)". Elderly lady being evicted from her home of 50 years. Reminds me of my Great Aunt who was evicted from the family home she'd lived in for more than 70 years so "they" could build the magistrates court. The house was there for centuries. The court was there for 45.

    Maigret. S4 E7 "The taste of Power (1963)"

    The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre "Partners in crime (1960)".

    Some bollox on Blaze. Mission Unexplained.

    Eurocustoms: bits of the Spanish customs with Italian, German and Belgian customs. Doesn't help that the Spanish customs stuff has been shown on the Spanish customs thing.
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  • WTFH
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    Morning all
    The dog didn’t realise it was the weekend, so I’m awake. We’ve been out in the garden and there’s a lot of frost. Just what you don’t want when the plum trees are in full blossom

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  • NickFitz
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    Tonight's major motion picture premiere was Watchmen (2009) but not just the one in the pictures in 2009 but the Ultimate Cut, which among other things takes an associated minted short and weaves it onto the main feature, resulting in a runtime of three-and-a-half hours

    It's pretty good, and has an excellent soundtrack. But there is rather a lot of it…

    I don't know if it's the original source, though I suspect it may be, of the excellent line "None of you seem to understand. I'm not locked in here with you. You're locked in here with me."

    And then enough of The Wire to get me into S2 and the docks. Relatives of mine worked on the Merseyside docks as checkers (which is what Frank Sobotka and his fellow union members are) back in the day, but I think that was before everything became containerised; more like it was in that episode of Boys from the Black Stuff with the blokes plundering crates in the hold

    Goodnight all

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  • ladymuck
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    Evening all, greetings from Lisbon

    This morning was all get up, get to the airport. Then the Concorde Room, then flying, then unpacking then out.

    This morning was dull and damp. On landing it was sunny. Light rain on our walk from bar 1 to bar 2. A balmy 14 degrees but it was knocking on 20 earlier in the week.

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  • NickFitz
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    Tea has been a rack of ribs in a smoky BBQ glaze with loads of fries

    Accompanied by the end of the Trucking Hell I started watching last week, and the start of the next

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  • NickFitz
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    Various bits of tidying and sorting things out are being accomplished one step at a time here. In particular, after I'd knocked off, I finally got around to disassembling the Billy bookcase height extension units, for which the ceiling here isn't high enough. These had been put on the table towards the back of the living room when I was moving in and have been there ever since, inevitably getting other stuff left on top of them. They have now been reduced to their component parts and stacked neatly in a far corner of the fitted wardrobe (which is huge)

    Next step is to reassemble the bookcase I used to use for DVDs. I already assembled this once but the panel pins that hold the back on all bent and so on and I took it apart again in frustration. Since then, its components have been leaning on the wall in the corner behind the table that bore the height extension units. I realised a while back that there was really no point getting rid of it for the sake of a few panel pins, so I went and bought a box of them from the hardware shop round the corner

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  • NickFitz
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    Lunch: corned beef butties and a bag of plain crisps

    Still sunny from time to time out, despite quite a lot of cloud floating about

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  • WTFH
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    6.64km walk, with nothing more than a few spits of rain. Quite pleased with that.

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Morning.

    Friday.

    Dry.

    Greyish.

    Vague signs of sun.

    Chilly in here at 13 deg, 12 deg in the kitchen, 10 deg in the leanto.

    984 mBar, 29.0575 in Hg, 738.06 Torr, 14.2717 psi, (up from 982 last night, yesterday's min being 979), 75% RH (GDR hair), 68% RH (Lidl electric).

    Meanwhile on the 1st of September 2019 it was getting less hot, the remainder of "Coogan's Bluff (1968)" was watched, and NF changed the bed.

    Hail storm.

    Raining.

    Shopping trip to Morrisons done dusted washed dried sanitised & put away.

    Still raining.

    Lunch: scrambled egg etc.

    Entertainment: Room 101 with Claudia Winkelmann.

    Rare Earths: it's not about rare earths.

    Expecting a parcel so naturally enough it turns up just as I was tearing sheets of paper off a roll. .

    NZ customs thing. 2019. Shedloads of cigarettes: some concealed in water coolers, the others not concealed at all, just a container full of them. Woman from Lithuania returned to UK since they thought she was on the game.

    Canadian customs thing repeat.

    Oz customs thing. Shedloads of chinese "food" along with an abusive Chinese chap. I was pleased they fined the ignorant twat and confiscated his "food". Chap with steroid vials concealed in his dirty washing. $5k fine. $2k5 per vial.

    One or other of the above had Pistons from India that contained drugs.

    Funniest of the lot was the package from Africa that cost £30k to send and was insured for £300k, which turned out to be the value of the drugs. That one was "car parts" too, but the insurance valuation was a bit of a giveaway.

    Tea: soup etc.

    Entertainment: UFO Hunters on Blaze: the one about looking at Area 51 from the top of Tikaboo Peak. Nothing of note.

    No "Vanished Wales" this week, it's back next week.

    Portillo walking through Devon. It accompanied my reading of stuff about the Indian and Pakistani nukes.

    Cracking the Code: sounds like it is about Venona. Feck me I can't imagine how one might decode/decrypt/decypher that. Letters to numbers: tick: from a common telegraph table. Code book: word to number thing. One time pad: except the Reds used the same pads more than once. A previous version of the code book was found after the war in some German site but it gave clues on how the one actually used was constructed. Lots of 80 column punched cards died in the processing of this information. Amazing. Revealed the atom spies, and eventually dear old Philby, Maclean, and Burgess.

    Having read all these books about Venona, Enigma, Colossus, and JN25, I've realised I have nothing like the intellect required to do any of this stuff. Then again, I am an , maybe I might have been a bit more able some 40 or 50 years ago.

    Spanish customs thing: more ciggies at a guess. Lots. And VAT fraud. And fake handbags. And real handbags VAT fraud. And running away is an offence. And you can't bring in 25L of olive oil.

    Some fatuous programme about some gem called Csarite which changes colour.

    History's greatest mysteries: MH370.
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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Sunny start, albeit with some big patches that range from wispy to fluffy. It seems they will gain the upper hand soon and it'll be cloudy later. Currently just 3°C and not getting any higher than 7°, with the barometers only very slightly up at 971/979mB

    Friday!

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