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  • NickFitz
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    Tonight's viewing was the remaining two parts of the thing about the parachute lady and her murderous husband. Nasty piece of work, he was

    And then some less disaster-related reading: There's Someone in Reception by Alex Morrison. This recently published book originated as a Twitter thread back in 2022 seeking stories from local journalists (present or former) about the people, often very strange people, who show up at local newspaper offices asking, or demanding, that their stories be told. Alex ended up receiving such a huge number of anecdotes that this book is the result, and very amusing it is too. My Dad would have enjoyed it

    Goodnight all
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  • NickFitz
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    Tea: chicken madras with rice and naan

    Nice Simpsonesque evening out there now. Birds of various kinds are down on the big lawn, assessing the trim the groundskeeper or gardener or whatever the chap is gave it this afternoon

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  • xoggoth
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    Led the old farts group walk this morning as usual person was at a funeral, then book reading thing. At least I have a couple of free days ahead before the sister invasion.

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  • NickFitz
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    Lunch: Greggs steak bake and a sausage roll

    This has been accompanied by the New Zealand border thing. I wonder what the Chinese version of these programmes is like? "An elderly visitor from New Zealand has been found with statins and Gaviscon in his luggage, and the Revolutionary Guard have been called. Possession of Western medicines is taken very seriously. The man was taken to a re-education camp and, after completing several hours of self-criticism before the cadre, put on a flight home."

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    ^^^ Mod getting NonMod ZenChury: Om.

    Morning.

    Wednesday.

    Dry.

    Sunny.

    Blue sky.

    Chilly in here at 17.9 deg, 18.5 deg in the kitchen, 17 deg in the leanto.

    1016 mBar, 30.00 in Hg, 762.06 Torr, 14.736 psi, (up from 1014 last night), 79% RH (GDR hair), 71% RH (Lidl electric).

    Meanwhile on the 11th of October 2019 WTFH was thinking of taking the dog for a walk in the rain, NF went shopping early & missed the rain so posted photos of the moon in a cathedral, whereas xogg was having banking problems that turned out to be due to the bank rather than scamming bastards (though the difference is sometimes difficult to discern, it must be said), and LM was in danger of delivering something so was frenetically cleaning stuff instead.

    Walk (unabbreviated) walked in the sunshine.

    In a fit of unusual enthusiasm the heights of the front garden and back garden privet hedges have been reduced. Broke a Lidl(tm) garden shears so had to dig some ancient (60 years+) shears out of next door's shed & used those instead. Bit of oil on the joint & they're as good as new, whereas the both pairs of Lidl(tm) shears will require the attention of the buzz box welder to fix the blades to the handles.

    Lunch: scrambled egg etc.

    Entertainment: TWATO which went <click> a lot. The tosh at 13:45 about UK elections.

    Veronica Mars S3 E13 "Postgame Mortem". The one where the basketball coach gets offed.

    The hedge clippings are now in a big feckoff pile down by the compost heap.

    Tea: soup (lentil) etc.

    Entertainment: PM.

    The last 5 minutes of "Young Winston (1970)", yet again the version without the ghost of his father.

    The Human Jungle. The sgt major one.

    What on earth? more bollox from Blaze: Romanian village flooded by tailings from a copper mine. Zorastrian sky burial sites in Iranian desert. Odd glacial tongue on Antarctica. Weird spherical objects on NZ beaches: not WWII mines but concretions.

    Mysteries from Above: Irish drone henge: discovered by drones rather than built by them. . Chinese desert oasis. Buried treasure uk. Some ancient predator, presumably not the one that Arnie fought.
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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Grey sort of start out there, and apparently likely to continue so. Mild again at 11°C heading to 19°, and the barometers are up a bit more at 1010/1018mB

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  • WTFH
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    Morning all from a hot and sunny Milan.

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  • NickFitz
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    Teatime viewing was the C5 motorway cops thing, which has moved from Cheshire (lots of motorways) to Northumbria (a couple of A roads that have an (M) after their names) and is therefore on motorways even less than before

    And then some non-nuclear accidents as I resumed reading Black Box, an interesting chapter all about the Comet

    Early night now, as I still haven't fully recovered from the sleepless Sunday night

    Goodnight all

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  • NickFitz
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    Tea: homemade adana kebabs in a pitta with sweet chilli sauce, and chips

    Makes it a bit of a kebaby start to the week after the donner on Sunday, but the minced lamb Needed To Be Eaten™

    It got sunny earlier, making for a nice sunset, but then it hastily clouded over again and is now raining

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  • NickFitz
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    Originally posted by covbob View Post
    I'm now on leave for the next seven weeks as CivilServiceDept don't need me to do anything else. Benefits of being a permie I guess Now the job hunt starts in earnest!
    Paid, I hope!

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  • ladymuck
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    ^^ I thought they reversed the decision to close the customer service phone lines over summer?



    Afternoon all

    It's been a hot and sunny day today with cloud cover increasing as the day has progressed. Some of the clouds have flecks of grey in them but the weather app says there's no rain for the foreseeable future. Currently 22 degrees and that's the high for the day. Barometer up to 1014 mBar.


    A frustrating day.

    [RANT]Had to organise the downstairs of the house because my landlady wanted someone to look at a leaking window in the conservatory roof and she couldn't possibly wait until I'd moved out. That got cancelled and they're now coming tomorrow.

    I had a wander over to the new place to wait for broadband to be installed. The broadband person didn't turn up. I called Hey!Broadband and they had no record of me making an installation appointment. Toys and prams parted ways when I discovered that their system can't cope with people putting in a dummy order to check lead times and then returning a few days later to actually place the order. It's now being done on Friday morning, allegedly.
    [/RANT]

    I double checked measurements and put post its where furniture needs to go so that the removal chaps have a fighting chance of putting things in the right places. Stuff that needs to go into storage is mostly corralled into a single pile.

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  • covbob
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    Afternoon denizens

    Grey and damp here, and I have a crick in my neck which is distracting me.

    I'm now on leave for the next seven weeks as CivilServiceDept don't need me to do anything else. Benefits of being a permie I guess Now the job hunt starts in earnest!

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  • NickFitz
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    Lunch has been the same as yesterday: mixed charcuterie butty (wholemeal) but accompanied by a bag of plain crisps this time

    It's turned grey out

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  • DoctorStrangelove
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    Morning.

    Tuesday.

    Dry.

    Sunny.

    Blue sky.

    Chilly in here at 17.8 deg, 18.5 deg in the kitchen, 17 deg in the leanto.

    1011 mBar, 29.855 in Hg, 758.3 Torr, 14.6633 psi, (up from 1010 last night), 78% RH (GDR hair), 71% RH (Lidl electric).

    Meanwhile on the 10th of October 2019 I watched multiple eps of "Joan of Arcadia", followed by one of "Jeremiah" S2, leaving the final two for later, whereas NF watched some documentary on the BBC about Colin Pitchfork, DNA, and the murder of two girls, followed by two eps of "Breaking Bad" as light relief. , a post so good he posted it twice, and I related tales of the Finnish student who was regularly retrieved from the gutter on Wind Street in a drunken stupor and was alleged to shoot cats since he couldn't find any moose or elk to kill around here, his final year project being something to sterilise water with UV leds rather than the sexual engine he really wanted to design but "they" wouldn't let him.

    Trip to Swansea via X7 to do the needful doings in the Bank, paying in over the counter because I refuse to use the machines like some kind of animal and wish to be treated with the respect I'm due as an . Many books & dvds donated to Oxfam whilst fewer books & dvds were purchased. 38 bus back with excitement when a lady with some sort of disability scooter thing nearly broke her neck getting off at Skewen.

    Found "The Spy who came in from the cold" in Waterstones: it was placed under "C" rather than "L" as everywhere else seems to manage.

    Lunch: beans on toast etc.

    Entertainment: Veronica Mars S3 E12 "There's got to be a morning after pill". . Stone me, the godbotherer was a good father, who'd have thunk?

    Oh good. That Septic who shares a name with me has booked a flight from Jacksonville to Columbus Ohio via Washington Regan.

    Oh Dear(tm), there's been a gate change.

    Tea: kedgeree made with some kippers in butter (Morrisons, reduced, dated Dec 24 but no indication of year or decade thereof), nice enough, I rather enjoyed that.

    Scotland Yard "The Mail Van Murder (1957)". Always fun to watch the lugubrious one. .

    The Capone Investment (1974): John Thaw (not Regan or Morse), Peter Sallis. And someone using a stirling smg to "snipe" from a church tower. .

    Apparently it's 27 minutes to boarding Jacksonville. .

    And now it's delayed. I wonder what the intended recipient thinks of this or is even aware.

    Maigret and the seven little crosses (2004). S14 E2. The one with the little boy following a murderer across Paris whilst breaking the glass on police call boxes to alert the flics: they take a long time to catch on, dear old Rupert Davies did the same story in 1960 in half the time. This is very near the end of this 14 season French epic and it shows somewhat. Then again the star had only another 6 years to live and had been at it for a loooong time. Last one next Tuesday.
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  • NickFitz
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    Morning denizens

    Sunny start again, and expected to continue so. Currently 12°C and forecast to hit 19° later, while the barometers are continuing upwards at 1003/1011mB. And I can faintly hear the bin lorries as they make their way past

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