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Started by airynothing on Aug 16, 2021 9:00:42 AM
Lost One of Those Things

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mazylou - 16 Aug 2021 09:02:01 (#1 of 2017)

First!

binturong - 16 Aug 2021 09:05:28 (#2 of 2017)

Earwormed.

LippyPongstocking - 16 Aug 2021 09:16:18 (#3 of 2017)

Lost one of those crazy things!

Shadrack22 - 16 Aug 2021 09:24:00 (#4 of 2017)

A trip to the moon on gossamer wings!

frantastic - 16 Aug 2021 10:56:22 (#5 of 2017)

That was great, mate.

Dubris - 16 Aug 2021 12:00:23 (#6 of 2017)

It has to be admitted that this thread title is better than the one I tried to bring into being.

Lagopus - 16 Aug 2021 16:49:18 (#7 of 2017)

A busy day here at work! As well as selling a book or two we have discovered that the legendary Shalott in Alfred Lawn Tennison's poem is, at least according to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Guildford.

Antimatter - 16 Aug 2021 17:04:18 (#8 of 2017)

Korean Sandwich - Toasted bun, shaved smoked brisket, lettuce, kimchi, gobuchang, Korean BBQ sauce, cheese sauce and green peppers. Filthy but yum.

HouseOfLametta - 16 Aug 2021 17:08:35 (#9 of 2017)

Legendary Shallot.

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DejaLu - 16 Aug 2021 17:09:54 (#11 of 2017)

To be fair, Geoffrey wasn’t noted for his accuracy. He probably meant Swindon.

nemo75 - 16 Aug 2021 17:11:34 (#12 of 2017)

Nobody means Swindon.

HollyGolightly - 16 Aug 2021 17:29:24 (#13 of 2017)

I’ve been in bed with bastard labyrinthitis all day today.

Macpaddy - 16 Aug 2021 17:31:05 (#14 of 2017)

'Tennyson'.

Tomnoddy - 16 Aug 2021 16:36:04 (#15 of 2017)

You'll be saying Wimbledon next.

Lagopus - 16 Aug 2021 17:36:05 (#16 of 2017)

It was a joke from 1066 and All That, MacP, probably misremembered.

Lagopus - 16 Aug 2021 17:38:36 (#17 of 2017)

Actually it seems to be Joyce who came up with the 'Lawn'. Stately plump Buck Mulligan, probably.

Macpaddy - 16 Aug 2021 17:46:23 (#18 of 2017)

Ah. Damn I did 'misremember.'

SorrellA - 16 Aug 2021 17:49:38 (#19 of 2017)

Hope you're better soon, Holly

Antimatter - 16 Aug 2021 18:27:39 (#20 of 2017)

I accidentally kicked FosterMog up the bum, and she is now exacting revenge by sleeping on my shorts and throwing cat fluff around at an alarming rate. I may have to re-think my evening plans.

Dubris - 16 Aug 2021 18:44:04 (#21 of 2017)

WHOLESOME EVENING NEWS: I'm working on that jigsaw puzzle again.

Cordelia - 16 Aug 2021 19:50:20 (#22 of 2017)

I had to clean and tidy when I got home as I have a viewing tomorrow. Annoying. He better bloody buy it!

breakfast - 16 Aug 2021 19:50:22 (#23 of 2017)

What is your wholesome jigsaw picture?

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 19:54:56 (#24 of 2017)

I've been doing some super-resolution confocal laser-scanning microscopy followed by a spot of deconvolution to fill the afternoon. Fun times.

Cordelia - 16 Aug 2021 19:56:48 (#25 of 2017)

The latter thing I understand. Confocal though?

Dubris - 16 Aug 2021 19:00:14 (#26 of 2017)

This is the jigsaw puzzle:

https://www.waterstones.com/product/dragons-of-the-skies-1000-piece-jigsaw-puzzle/tomislav-tomic/9781913520151

As previously mentioned, it's pretty but difficult.

breakfast - 16 Aug 2021 20:01:14 (#27 of 2017)

Yes, that does look tricky.

Charisse - 16 Aug 2021 20:02:32 (#28 of 2017)

I have been busily working away on my dissertation. I have actual words now. I need quite a lot more before I send the draft over, but it doesn't have to be a full draft so I think things are going to be ok.

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 20:02:33 (#29 of 2017)

A lot of blue dragon scale pieces I'll wager.

Confocal is just a technique for eliminating unfocussed light when imaging in three dimensions to get higher resolution.

MysteryDate - 16 Aug 2021 20:07:04 (#30 of 2017)

Excellent puzzle, Dubs.

And no point to them if they're not tricky.

Cordelia - 16 Aug 2021 20:22:07 (#31 of 2017)

Ah. Thanks Sab.

slicey - 16 Aug 2021 19:39:37 (#32 of 2017)

There's always that one with lots of Dalmatian puppies if you fancy a challenge.

HouseOfLametta - 16 Aug 2021 20:46:26 (#33 of 2017)

I've bought another fucking bike. What's wrong with me?

Dubris - 16 Aug 2021 19:47:51 (#34 of 2017)

Too many legs?

HouseOfLametta - 16 Aug 2021 20:48:50 (#35 of 2017)

Possibly. It wouldn't be so bad if occasionally sold one.

Cordelia - 16 Aug 2021 20:49:55 (#36 of 2017)

Don’t worry. I’ve bought another sewing machine.

HouseOfLametta - 16 Aug 2021 20:50:47 (#37 of 2017)

You see, I fancy a sewing machine.

Cordelia - 16 Aug 2021 20:53:05 (#38 of 2017)

Sadly my old one is going to my sister - else it could have been yours.

If you have the same approach to sewing machines as you do bikes, Neems Is a very useful resource!

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 19:54:19 (#39 of 2017)

"I wonder why. I wonder why. / I wonder why I wonder

I wonder why I wonder why / I wonder why I wonder"

R Feynman.

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 21:02:36 (#40 of 2017)

'Celebrity' Masterchef. I know one of these people.

Impedimenta - 16 Aug 2021 21:06:48 (#41 of 2017)

It's all glamour and elegant chic outside London's glittering Warren St Station.

A red faced man with an unctuous drunken sheen on him accosts a bystander trying to get a bus from the stop which red-faced man and his merry companions have colonised.

"Hey! Do you know who Keith Haring is? Eh? Well he lived UNDER A BRIDGE. You wanna educate yourself."

Ginmonkey - 16 Aug 2021 21:07:56 (#42 of 2017)

Keith Haring was a troll? That's a hot take

FleurDuMal - 16 Aug 2021 21:07:57 (#43 of 2017)

Hope you’re OK, Holly - labyrinthitis is a bastard.

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 21:09:44 (#44 of 2017)

I was near Warren Street today - no obvious signs of Keith Haring, alas.

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 21:11:44 (#45 of 2017)

Aha! Melanie Sykes was the Boddington woman. She looks rather splendid.

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 20:12:07 (#46 of 2017)

> HollyGolightly - about 3 hours ago ( #13 of 44)

> I’ve been in bed with bastard labyrinthitis all day today.

Damn, sorry to hear that Holly - hope your're better soon.

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 20:18:45 (#47 of 2017)

> nemo75 - about 3 hours ago ( #12 of 46)

> Nobody means Swindon.

Except when the question is "What was the NHS modelled on"?

And the answer is the GWR health facilities in Swindon.

After politician and NHS champion Aneurin Bevan visited the facilities, he said: “There it was, a complete health service. All we had to do was to expand it to embrace the whole country.”

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 21:19:20 (#48 of 2017)

Well I didn't know that!

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 20:25:00 (#49 of 2017)

Or "Where was the UK's first lending library".

(Not Manchester, which was two years later, but usually gets the credit because Manchester was the first open to the general public, not just employees and familes of a single organisation - again the GWR)

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 20:26:30 (#50 of 2017)

In Swindon there are very, very many places where you just have to bother to look up to see the Ridgeway. The scenery here can be quite amazing.

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 20:27:40 (#51 of 2017)

The southern extent of one iof the past ice ages was pretty well along the swindon stretch of the M4.

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 21:29:00 (#52 of 2017)

That's pushing it a bit...

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 20:29:27 (#53 of 2017)

Still pretty accurate.

Sabacious - 16 Aug 2021 21:34:08 (#54 of 2017)

Well yes, but its not going on the Swindon tourist board website, I imagine...or maybe it is if they're pushed for things to include of course.

Policywatcher - 16 Aug 2021 20:34:46 (#55 of 2017)

Well no - I'm just a born collector of oddball trivia.

nemo75 - 16 Aug 2021 21:38:34 (#56 of 2017)

<shakes head sadly>

SorrellA - 16 Aug 2021 22:07:25 (#57 of 2017)

Thursday Next and Swindon:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thursday_Next

Antimatter - 16 Aug 2021 23:42:15 (#58 of 2017)

The sea is lapping gently around my toes, and I have a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. This is not Swindon.

FGBFGB - 17 Aug 2021 00:07:27 (#59 of 2017)

Fleetwood?

Antimatter - 17 Aug 2021 00:30:04 (#60 of 2017)

Chuckle!

HelenDamnation - 17 Aug 2021 01:07:04 (#61 of 2017)

The ice age bit of the M4 must be the stretch I think of as Teletubby Hill.

HouseOfLametta - 17 Aug 2021 06:55:58 (#62 of 2017)

It's periglacial more or less all the way along the M4.

limegreen - 17 Aug 2021 08:15:21 (#63 of 2017)

I am in Fleetwood. The sea is actually pretty warm and I have paddled. I also drank a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on Saturday night, although it wasn't very nice so I won't order another.

slicey - 17 Aug 2021 07:46:05 (#64 of 2017)

Fleetwood, Lancashire?

My sympathies.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 07:49:04 (#65 of 2017)

A friend (who grew up in Preston) took me to Lytham once. She didn't quite believe that I liked it.

Bodgit - 17 Aug 2021 08:03:03 (#66 of 2017)

She wants to get over to the Sportsman in St Annes. Round of drinks for 5 people and change from a fiver. Blew my tiny metropolitan mind. (Admittedly this was in the mid 90s. Might have gone up a bit now.)

slicey - 17 Aug 2021 09:01:26 (#67 of 2017)

Lytham is lovely! It's like living in a nice part of Surrey but with Northern prices and friendlier people.

St Anne's historically was also very nice and quite well-to-do, although I think it has gone down market a bit in recent years as Blackpool's grimness continues its endless expansion. "Varies by postcode" my niece always tells me.

limegreen - 17 Aug 2021 10:10:07 (#68 of 2017)

Well, our party are splitting ourselves and two of us are off to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the more sedate types to Lytham.

FleurDuMal - 17 Aug 2021 10:35:13 (#69 of 2017)

I am at work (work work, not WFH). I was told it was essential to be here, but nobody could say why, or what I was meant to be doing. A quick chat to our super-efficient administrator showed me that what I need to do could be done in half an hour, working from home.

SNAFU.

LippyPongstocking - 17 Aug 2021 11:20:32 (#70 of 2017)

What fun!

Going back a bit to jigsaw puzzles, I have one spare if anybody would like it, as work gave us all one for Christmas which depicts our head office in the UK, at King's Cross/St. Pancras. Needless to stay, the box is still in its polythene wrapping.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 10:53:42 (#71 of 2017)

Mint condition.

I've just received a genuinely handwritten letter from the Jehovah's Witnesses. They only used a second class stamp though so they obviously don't care that much about the good of my immortal soul.

Sabacious - 17 Aug 2021 12:00:24 (#72 of 2017)

Is that the big unfinished metal/rusty building towards Granary Square, Lipoy?

Catspyjamas17 - 17 Aug 2021 12:12:18 (#73 of 2017)

I thought Lytham was full of golf bores, slicey. Or perhaps that was just my Uncle Eric, Aunty Connie and their chums. It's certainly easier on the eye than some other areas not far away IIRC.

slicey - 17 Aug 2021 11:13:48 (#74 of 2017)

The being like a nice part of Surrey bit does have some downsides, Cats.

Catspyjamas17 - 17 Aug 2021 12:16:46 (#75 of 2017)

Yus.

Bodgit - 17 Aug 2021 11:23:20 (#76 of 2017)

The Sainsburys in St Anne’s kept the pasta in the world food aisle. There’s probably bits of Surrey that would like to do that.

airynothing - 17 Aug 2021 12:43:10 (#77 of 2017)

Yes, please, Lippy. Can I get in touch with you via Hel&D?

LippyPongstocking - 17 Aug 2021 13:07:54 (#78 of 2017)

Is that the big unfinished metal/rusty building towards Granary Square

It's a strange shade of rust, yes, but is in Pancras Sq. and is finished.

Can I get in touch with you via Hel&D?

Yes, please do, airy! It'll only end up in a skip otherwise. It's got 1,000 pieces and depicts a festive scene in the square in front of head office and the surrounding buildings.

HelenDamnation - 17 Aug 2021 13:28:40 (#79 of 2017)

Personal details have been transmitted, in contravention of the GDPR.

airynothing - 17 Aug 2021 14:14:35 (#80 of 2017)

And an email is on its way.

Antimatter - 17 Aug 2021 14:55:23 (#81 of 2017)

Just been for a quick trot (amble) along the beach before the temperature gets too much. It is always a great feeling to leave the first footprints in the sand. MrA was rude to a seagull, a curious fox looked on as we watched a black backed gull consume a slippery silver fish. Feather, fur & fin.

LippyPongstocking - 17 Aug 2021 14:55:38 (#82 of 2017)

#80

Got it, ta. The jigsaw will be yours, all yours!

<cackles maniacally>

FleurDuMal - 17 Aug 2021 15:00:18 (#83 of 2017)

MrA was rude to a seagull

What, you mean "Fuck off, seagull, you ugly git!"?

Antimatter - 17 Aug 2021 15:51:18 (#84 of 2017)

He said 'Look at that fat spotty thing over there!'. Which was uncalled for, especially as it was a juvenile greater black backed gull and really couldn't help it.

Paprika butter pork chops, pea studded mashed potatoes and roasted carrots and Brussel sprouts.

Sabacious - 17 Aug 2021 17:07:02 (#85 of 2017)

The sapling and I have been to The Mithraeum, which was very cool. Now in a pub with a delicious grapefruit Radler. I was surprised to find a pub open as I have spent the whole day convinced it’s sunday. Confused now.

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 17:08:49 (#86 of 2017)

Awkward.

limegreen - 17 Aug 2021 18:34:38 (#87 of 2017)

I have been to Blackpool. Then came back to Fleetwood. Now I am going back to Blackpool.

slicey - 17 Aug 2021 17:44:44 (#88 of 2017)

That means you drove past my soon to be house and could have waved to my Mum and Dad.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 18:19:43 (#89 of 2017)

People are all very friendly in the North. They wouldn't have thought it strange.

HouseOfLametta - 17 Aug 2021 19:22:47 (#90 of 2017)

They might have invited you in for a bath of coal.

slicey - 17 Aug 2021 18:27:24 (#91 of 2017)

Such racism. colon dash open parenthesis.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 18:27:30 (#92 of 2017)

It's traditional to offer them a mill girl in return, or a song delivered in the manner of Gracie Fields..

slicey - 17 Aug 2021 18:29:14 (#93 of 2017)

Not you as well Dubs. Say it ain't so!

HouseOfLametta - 17 Aug 2021 19:29:22 (#94 of 2017)

Deploy the Formby!

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 18:30:27 (#95 of 2017)

Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs!

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 18:45:26 (#96 of 2017)

Too much?

slicey - 17 Aug 2021 18:46:48 (#97 of 2017)

I assumed you said it in an Alan Bennett voice which makes it comedic rather than racist.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 18:55:20 (#98 of 2017)

Either that or Victoria Wood.

breakfast - 17 Aug 2021 19:59:57 (#99 of 2017)

You’ll have forgotten how cold it is up in the North, slicey. Sometimes I’ve looked in on Lost threads to see the southern dwellers saying things like “lovely and warm today, had a coffee in the garden” and looked glumly at the cold grey skies outside the window pane.

breakfast - 17 Aug 2021 20:01:40 (#100 of 2017)

Then you notice the ghosts tapping on them.

FleurDuMal - 17 Aug 2021 20:27:49 (#101 of 2017)

Catheee!

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 19:28:07 (#102 of 2017)

<wuthers>

breakfast - 17 Aug 2021 20:39:32 (#103 of 2017)

Actually the west coast will be milder. But damp.

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 20:41:00 (#104 of 2017)

Moist between the slices.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 19:44:00 (#105 of 2017)

You are a man of the world, after all.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 19:44:58 (#106 of 2017)

I can imagine enjoying Blackpool, but only if I was in the right mood.

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 20:46:14 (#107 of 2017)

It’s a bit like Brighton. But worse. Needs a good wash, a character witness and lawyer.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 20:06:09 (#108 of 2017)

Is it as pleased with itself as Brighton?

HouseOfLametta - 17 Aug 2021 21:07:13 (#109 of 2017)

It's not like Brighton!

It's like Skegness, but better.

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 21:07:37 (#110 of 2017)

Steady!

Snarlygog - 17 Aug 2021 21:08:54 (#111 of 2017)

Do they have soft gravel for arse wiping, or do you have to bring your own?

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 21:09:29 (#112 of 2017)

Erm?!

AppleCatcher - 17 Aug 2021 20:16:35 (#113 of 2017)

We’re in Germany (just). There were spätzle and knoedeln. We went shopping in Edeka (although there was a massive Super U, probably much cheaper, just 6mi away over the border). The Kaiserstühl area north of Freiburg is v v pretty.

Mildly disappointed not to have been stopped at the border - it’s a stretch of motorway and the colour of road signs just changes as you cross the Rhine.

AppleCatcher - 17 Aug 2021 20:16:52 (#114 of 2017)

All very exotic, obviously.

HouseOfLametta - 17 Aug 2021 21:17:19 (#115 of 2017)

Skegness?

Not half.

AppleCatcher - 17 Aug 2021 20:17:39 (#116 of 2017)

Also the electricity sockets are set the wrong way in the wall, with the pin holes vertically aligned.

Toc toc toc.

Dubris - 17 Aug 2021 20:20:57 (#117 of 2017)

Genau.

Cordelia - 17 Aug 2021 21:21:22 (#118 of 2017)

Today I have had a flat viewing, and painted my nails orange.

I also worked, but that was the boring bit.

AppleCatcher - 17 Aug 2021 20:21:26 (#119 of 2017)

Luxie says they speak funny.

They certainly do.

Sabacious - 17 Aug 2021 21:21:33 (#120 of 2017)

Home from adventures. A spot of geocaching on north and south bank and then Bierkeller for currywurst and a litre of Hefeweiss. Smashing.

AppleCatcher - 17 Aug 2021 20:23:08 (#121 of 2017)

Ritter sport update: they have vegan Ritter sport here. With quinoa. Or spirulina. Or amaranth. I’m seriously.

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 21:23:42 (#122 of 2017)

Have you tried Ingress, sabs?

Sabacious - 17 Aug 2021 21:23:52 (#123 of 2017)

I'd rather have had it in Freiburg than London Bridge, but whatever.

Sabacious - 17 Aug 2021 21:24:22 (#124 of 2017)

Ingress? I have, hence the sapling.

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 21:24:52 (#125 of 2017)

You dirty.

AppleCatcher - 17 Aug 2021 20:25:38 (#126 of 2017)

Still?

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 21:32:31 (#127 of 2017)

And vertical euro sockets? Seriously?

AppleCatcher - 17 Aug 2021 20:33:02 (#128 of 2017)

Ja, ich weiss nicht.

JennyRad - 17 Aug 2021 20:36:38 (#129 of 2017)

Neems, do you mention Ingress because you partake or merely because you know people who do?

If anyone is looking for a really addictive and time-sucking way of getting you to walk around, it's an excellent choice. My new-to-me commute is a bit painful really, but the amount of game-play I get out of Russell-Square-to-St-Pancras makes up for it.

nemo75 - 17 Aug 2021 21:38:09 (#130 of 2017)

I’ve been playing a few years.

Are you the wrong colour, or blue?

Sabacious - 17 Aug 2021 21:50:30 (#131 of 2017)

I have no idea what you're on about.

binturong - 17 Aug 2021 22:18:29 (#132 of 2017)

#113 I have spätzle and knoedeln envy.

melpomene - 17 Aug 2021 22:53:24 (#133 of 2017)

Jenny, I'm intrigued, as will be back the office a few days a week soon, and from borderline Russell Square (Malet St) to St Panacras, so anything that amuses is gratefully received, it's a nice walk, but can use some add ons..

HelenDamnation - 17 Aug 2021 22:57:12 (#134 of 2017)

Pommes, whatever you do, steer clear of Pforzheim. It is the dullest place in the world. This I know; I lived there for a year.

limegreen - 17 Aug 2021 23:31:30 (#135 of 2017)

We have eaten our fancy Blackpool dinner and waved at our own relations. Very nice. https://beachhouseblackpool.co.uk/our-menu.

I had seared salmon with a pesto crust, garlic, softened greens, gnocchi Primavera and a lemon butter jus.

Sabacious - 18 Aug 2021 04:13:12 (#136 of 2017)

I’ve looked up Ingress and it seems to be just a game in your phone with no actual real world interaction other than walking about, is that right? So there’s no actual looking for an actual object, like with Geocaching?

FleurDuMal - 18 Aug 2021 07:59:42 (#137 of 2017)

Mildly disappointed not to have been stopped at the border - it’s a stretch of motorway and the colour of road signs just changes as you cross the Rhine.

The joys of EU membership...

JennyRad - 18 Aug 2021 07:06:18 (#138 of 2017)

That's right, sab, you have to be within ~30m of the thing you're interacting with - and in some circumstances you need to be much closer (ideally within 1m), but you don't physically interact with anything in the real world. So I traipse into nettles less often than my geocaching mother, and I don't ever have to decide whether or not I'm willing to climb a tree.

I am of course the right colour, nemo. And obviously the right colour is blue. I've been playing since 2013 - not quite since the beginning, but nearly.

(Ingress has two factions, blue and green - I have never found out whether the originators were really riffing off ancient Byzantine chariot racer factions, but I like to assume the reference was deliberate.)

JennyRad - 18 Aug 2021 07:08:24 (#139 of 2017)

Mel - are you a Facebook user? Ping me a friend request and I'll give you more info in PM, unless the whole thread wants an Ingress tutorial. Happy to provide if so, it would be one of the truly great weird recruitment techniques of all time.

Dubris - 18 Aug 2021 07:19:09 (#140 of 2017)

"Come - join us..."

melpomene - 18 Aug 2021 08:29:33 (#141 of 2017)

I am, and will do Jenny!

Dubris - 18 Aug 2021 07:37:58 (#142 of 2017)

Climbing trees isn't my thing, but I'm definitely prone to tramping into undergrowth or exploring up back alleys - but that's just because I want to get a better view of a building or a landscape, nothing to do with what's happening on my 'phone.

Sabacious - 18 Aug 2021 08:43:40 (#143 of 2017)

Ah, not for us, Jenny. The whole point of Geocaching for the sapling (and what makes it fun for me) is finding the object. A made up thing on a phone screen seems a bit pointless in comparison.

I find myself shuttling between Malet Street and Russell Square a lot, oddly enough.

LippyPongstocking - 18 Aug 2021 09:47:48 (#144 of 2017)

Oh, my, the security guard at work covering for our regular guy, who's currently away on leave, is absolutely dreamily gorgeous. We just had a chat at the coffee machine and it was all I could do not to swoon dramatically. I haven't blushed and babbled so incoherently for many a year.

DejaLu - 18 Aug 2021 10:05:38 (#145 of 2017)

HE was a musician, adored by millions. HE was his security guard.

and Iii-ee-ii-ee-iiiii will always love yooooouuuuuuu...

LippyPongstocking - 18 Aug 2021 10:44:55 (#146 of 2017)

<surrenders, willingly>

HouseOfLametta - 18 Aug 2021 11:55:17 (#147 of 2017)

"may I look in your jacket, sir?"

MysteryDate - 18 Aug 2021 12:02:59 (#148 of 2017)

Your company may need to introduce frisking, Lippy.

LippyPongstocking - 18 Aug 2021 12:18:35 (#149 of 2017)

Absolutely. And he can take me into a back room and wand me for good measure!

He's only here today, though, so I doubt I'll have time to win his hand in marriage.

slicey - 18 Aug 2021 12:03:20 (#150 of 2017)

I have phoned the DWP and spoken to Nicola. She was very nice but oddly conversational for a phone line that has hour plus wait times.

Still I have successfully moved the deadline for my application and can ignore it again until after I move.

Antimatter - 18 Aug 2021 13:06:15 (#151 of 2017)

Result Slicey!

I have done my beach walk early to avoid the muggies which will be moving in today, a few more days of boilio on their way, but we are moving into peak hurricane season so still plenty of fun to be had.

Impedimenta - 18 Aug 2021 13:13:05 (#152 of 2017)

Result indeed. I shuttle* between Russell Square and Queen Square fairly regularly, and if I'm commuting on my bike I'm that middle-aged woman in luminous orange jacket who takes it nice and slowly on the eastbound cycle lane past the university.

* shuffle, tbh

HollyGolightly - 18 Aug 2021 19:09:31 (#153 of 2017)

I have had needles stuck in me in an attempt to make me better.

Cordelia - 18 Aug 2021 19:13:19 (#154 of 2017)

I hope it’s worked Holls.

I had a needle stuck in me this morning for the purpose of drawing blood. Normally I’m left with little bruise at the site, but I’ve just got home and taken the dressing off to discover both a little bruise at the site and an enormous pooling of subcutaneous blood - too much to call it a bruise - nearby.

I kept thinking today it was more sore than these things usually are.

Ugh.

HollyGolightly - 18 Aug 2021 19:51:09 (#155 of 2017)

Oh that sounds horrible.

Cordelia - 18 Aug 2021 19:56:41 (#156 of 2017)

It’s certainly weird.

But I have a day off tomorrow and a new sewing machine to play with so all is reasonably well.

And the blood tests (6 tubes - that’s nearly an armful!) are because I finally have a consultant assigned so there is a possibility of treatment soon!

Dubris - 18 Aug 2021 19:08:03 (#157 of 2017)

Where is the time going to? I can't quite believe it's the second half of August already.

Nothing to do with Cordelia's blood.

breakfast - 18 Aug 2021 20:20:30 (#158 of 2017)

… or is it?

slicey - 18 Aug 2021 19:25:49 (#159 of 2017)

The Time Gods have their Sacrifice.

Dubris - 18 Aug 2021 19:35:23 (#160 of 2017)

<hides obsidian blade>

slicey - 18 Aug 2021 19:42:10 (#161 of 2017)

Pft, obviously you hid it in a chest in the secret cave behind the waterfall.

Cordelia - 18 Aug 2021 20:43:26 (#162 of 2017)

Well I’d like my sacrifice back please. It’s bloody* sore.



*see what I did there?

Dubris - 18 Aug 2021 19:45:32 (#163 of 2017)

Here's a thing, or rather an estimated 20,000 things:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-58261702

Antimatter - 18 Aug 2021 22:24:40 (#164 of 2017)

I have chicken Mo Mo with spicy chutney. MrA has the air con turned to 21 C and I am freezing.

JennyRad - 18 Aug 2021 21:32:57 (#165 of 2017)

Fingers crossed that the blood tests produce useful results, Cords

Returning to the "how many of us work in the same area?" thing, has anyone else noticed the restaurant called Eggslut just off TCR? Walked past it today and just boggled. So many nice and interesting places to eat in the area, why would you decide to eat at somewhere called Eggslut?

I guess maybe once out of curiosity.

carterbrandon - 18 Aug 2021 22:34:15 (#166 of 2017)

Or wear headphones from Skullcandy.

JennyRad - 18 Aug 2021 21:34:19 (#167 of 2017)

Here's a thing, or rather an estimated 20,000 things: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-58261702



Isn't it lovely (weird/lovely) living in a world where this kind of obsessiveness is given space?

Ginmonkey - 18 Aug 2021 22:35:11 (#168 of 2017)

#165 It must be a small chain as I saw a place with that name by the north end of London Bridge.

JennyRad - 18 Aug 2021 21:37:31 (#169 of 2017)

Yes - I've just looked it up and it's mostly America, Korea and Japan, plus London and Kuwait - very spread out, not a huge number of places ... and boggling.

Tomnoddy - 18 Aug 2021 21:44:49 (#170 of 2017)

And bogging, no doubt.

airynothing - 18 Aug 2021 23:07:38 (#171 of 2017)

Oh, yes, I saw Eggslut today as well. Hive mind.

carterbrandon - 18 Aug 2021 23:10:17 (#172 of 2017)

We are far more respectful and polite in Birmingham:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bounder/231721991/

Antimatter - 18 Aug 2021 23:44:38 (#173 of 2017)

I used to love Mr Egg on my trips to Birmingham.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 06:59:51 (#174 of 2017)

For a couple of years there was a hipster-ish restaurant in Canterbury called Naughty Egg. I've just realised that the name was probably (let's be polite) an homage to Eggslut.

surferboogiewhatever - 19 Aug 2021 07:17:55 (#175 of 2017)

why would you decide to eat at somewhere called Eggslut?

I often wonder how many people without nautical knowledge are put off eating at the Poop Deck.

carterbrandon - 19 Aug 2021 08:26:16 (#176 of 2017)

I had a perfectly ordinary pre-theatre bistro meal at a perfectly ordinary Stratford On Avon bistro called The Glory Hole.

MysteryDate - 19 Aug 2021 08:52:21 (#177 of 2017)

I've noticed how many of us seem to work around the same area too.

Not today for me though. I'm on leave and lying in bed waiting for Waitrose to arrive.

FleurDuMal - 19 Aug 2021 08:57:28 (#178 of 2017)

I had a perfectly ordinary pre-theatre bistro meal at a perfectly ordinary Stratford On Avon bistro called The Glory Hole.

<boggles>

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 09:11:59 (#179 of 2017)

I've just had a look at Eggslut's menu and I regret to inform the panel that fully three (3) food items, namely the buttermilk biscuit, green salad and a chocolate chip cookie, appear to contain no egg.

Catspyjamas17 - 19 Aug 2021 09:30:47 (#180 of 2017)

The menu looks disappointingly meaty for somewhere which is supposed to be all about the eggs. Was expecting something like a hen egg burger (like the egg in a McMuffin) topped with quail eggs and hollandaise sauce.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Aug 2021 09:37:38 (#181 of 2017)

Eggslut is a chef driven, gourmet food concept founded in 2011.

FUCK OFF FUCK THE FUCK OFF

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 09:57:16 (#182 of 2017)

I like omelettes. They're made of eggs.

MysteryDate - 19 Aug 2021 10:05:51 (#183 of 2017)

#181

This. In spades.

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 10:09:13 (#184 of 2017)

Other things I like that are made of eggs:

Tortilla.

Frittata.

Eggs.

MysteryDate - 19 Aug 2021 10:09:47 (#185 of 2017)

Hard boiled eggs chopped up on toast.

FleurDuMal - 19 Aug 2021 10:11:50 (#186 of 2017)

I dislike eggs in general, but I do like cheese or smoked salmon omlettes.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Aug 2021 10:12:28 (#187 of 2017)

Do you like potater frittata?

And getting cold quiche Lorraine?

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 10:14:33 (#188 of 2017)

Also Zabaglione, because it sounds like a football player.

Charisse - 19 Aug 2021 10:15:44 (#189 of 2017)

FFS Laz. I’ve had that song stuck in my head all week and that is not helping me shift it!

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 10:16:32 (#190 of 2017)

And Yorkshire custard tart, because the grated nutmeg on top counts as being a vegetable in Yorkshire terms.

Sabacious - 19 Aug 2021 10:19:08 (#191 of 2017)

Ha, earwormtastic!

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 10:28:34 (#192 of 2017)

Why is it so cold? I’ve had to put the heating on for a bit. That’s the second time this August!

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 10:43:45 (#193 of 2017)

I believe we're having a mini heatwave next week. Not that I'll notice, I'm going to Yorkshire.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 10:37:21 (#194 of 2017)

I like Easter eggs because they're chocolate.

FleurDuMal - 19 Aug 2021 11:43:26 (#195 of 2017)

I'm in an online meeting.

My will to live ==========>>

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 11:46:04 (#196 of 2017)

I’m pondering the mystery of our malfunctioning bananas.

airynothing - 19 Aug 2021 11:48:43 (#197 of 2017)

Why is it so cold? I’ve had to put the heating on for a bit.

Have you got a micro climate? I'm just walking down Oxford Street and it's positively balmy.

binturong - 19 Aug 2021 11:52:47 (#198 of 2017)

How does a banana malfunction?

melpomene - 19 Aug 2021 11:54:09 (#199 of 2017)

We've been about to have a heat wave for weeks, no sign of it yet...

And I am team fuck off to Eggslut.

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 11:59:14 (#200 of 2017)

Maybe because I’m sitting still. It doesn’t take much.

LippyPongstocking - 19 Aug 2021 12:07:21 (#201 of 2017)

I, too, am intrigued by malfunctioning bananas.

Policywatcher - 19 Aug 2021 11:11:11 (#202 of 2017)

> slicey - about 23 hours ago ( #150 of 200)

> I have phoned the DWP and spoken to Nicola. She was very nice but oddly conversational for a phone line that has hour plus wait times.

To be fair, it's probably a bastard job, and for those with some humanity, taking a couple of extra minutes to be nice (whenever the caller is likely to respond to it) probably helps make it liveable.

Snarlygog - 19 Aug 2021 12:25:47 (#203 of 2017)

https://twitter.com/rob3hats/status/14283168783389
20452?s=19


Breakfast at the Girly Hipster Cafe.

nemo75 - 19 Aug 2021 12:27:02 (#204 of 2017)

That looks good, Snarly!

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 12:35:31 (#205 of 2017)

Malfunctioning bananas: arrived, bright green, in online shop. Still bright green 5 days later.

Snarlygog - 19 Aug 2021 12:35:52 (#206 of 2017)

Very orangery and made with Oat milk (ponders ear stretcher and Dockyard style flash Tattoos on hands and neck)

nemo75 - 19 Aug 2021 12:40:31 (#207 of 2017)

Malfunctioning bananas: arrived, bright green, in online shop. Still bright green 5 days later.

I thought you were going to say the zip was stuck.

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 12:44:50 (#208 of 2017)

It was! The skin was so tough I had to use a knife to peel it. And when I finally got to the fruit, it was (unsurprisingly) revolting.

LippyPongstocking - 19 Aug 2021 12:48:34 (#209 of 2017)

Did they give you plantain by mistake?

Sabacious - 19 Aug 2021 12:56:29 (#210 of 2017)

Put them in a paper bag, Lu. Banas give off ethene gas which ripens other fruit (always out bananas near unripe avocados to help them along). If you put them bananas in a bag the ethene gas they emit will be trapped and ripen them.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Aug 2021 13:13:58 (#211 of 2017)

Or put them in with some other, er bananas.

HollyGolightly - 19 Aug 2021 13:24:28 (#212 of 2017)

I’m back at work but pondering an early finish to lie in the hammock.

Sabacious - 19 Aug 2021 13:30:43 (#213 of 2017)

Well the point is to try and trap the ethene, but sitting the green bananas on top of a pile of yellow bananas would also work no doubt.

Charisse - 19 Aug 2021 13:31:49 (#214 of 2017)

I have left the studying and brought the kids to the London Wetland Centre, which looks like a nice place to spend an afternoon.

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 13:31:54 (#215 of 2017)

That's as insane as using yoghurt to make more yoghurt!

HollyGolightly - 19 Aug 2021 13:34:07 (#216 of 2017)

The Wetland Centre is fab, Charisse. They have otters. And lots of great birds too.

Sabacious - 19 Aug 2021 13:42:37 (#217 of 2017)

My yoghurt-making has had mixed results this week - delicious very creamy mediterranean style but the skyr was a comple failure. After 18 hours of frantic yoghurt making all I had was warm milk that smelled vaguely unpleasant.

nemo75 - 19 Aug 2021 13:43:59 (#218 of 2017)

I am still considering making cottage cheese. It seems the Instant Pot can step up to this magic.

Catspyjamas17 - 19 Aug 2021 13:52:20 (#219 of 2017)

Whey to go.

surferboogiewhatever - 19 Aug 2021 12:53:30 (#220 of 2017)

I have phoned the DWP and spoken to Nicola

I spoke to probably 50 different people at the DWP over a period of 2 and a half years, but I'm pretty sure I never spoke to Nicola. It sounds as if I should have done! (FWIW, John was the most helpful of the people I did speak to.)

Policywatcher - 19 Aug 2021 12:54:44 (#221 of 2017)

> all I had was warm milk that smelled vaguely unpleasant.

Or as I call it, "yoghurt".

Can't stand the stuff.

Antimatter - 19 Aug 2021 14:16:48 (#222 of 2017)

I do love chicken Mo Mo, but so far today, they appear to have extreme methane producing after effects. My apologies to the planet.

Bodgit - 19 Aug 2021 14:29:33 (#223 of 2017)

It wasn’t DWP back then, it was DSS, but everyone who spoke to me on the phone thought I was delightful, I’m sure. I used to get complaints from certain colleagues that I was far too well liked by the claimants and far too prone to awarding money to people who needed it.

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 14:29:58 (#224 of 2017)

I made ricotta the other day, with lots of blitzed basil mixed in, to accompany confit 'heritage' tomatoes.

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 15:20:08 (#225 of 2017)

The green bananas are now nestled up with some yellow bananas. I hope they can learn from them.

Antimatter - 19 Aug 2021 15:29:16 (#226 of 2017)

It does work, just don't ever do this with tomatoes.

Bubba raccoon is on the deck, he is really growing up now and has gone all fluffy and a little bit fierce. I guess this is what a teenage raccoon looks like.

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 15:30:48 (#227 of 2017)

What happens if you do it with tomatoes, Anti?

HelenDamnation - 19 Aug 2021 15:31:50 (#228 of 2017)

I'm picturing a kind of raccoon West Side Story scenario here.

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 15:34:49 (#229 of 2017)

When you’re a pet, you’re a pet all the way…

Antimatter - 19 Aug 2021 15:50:35 (#230 of 2017)

Tomatoes only really taste great when they ripen on the vine. Any other attempts fail miserably. I speak this as a veteran of about 10 lbs of green tomatoes. Chow is a loathsome thing that was eventually donated to the garden.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 16:36:13 (#231 of 2017)

Tomatoes vs bananas - ONLY ONE CAN WIN

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 16:40:12 (#232 of 2017)

Meanwhile, I feel tired out. Getting fish & chips for tea (not dinner) would be both big and clever, wouldn't it?

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 16:48:42 (#233 of 2017)

I'll take that as a yes.

JennyRad - 19 Aug 2021 18:13:17 (#234 of 2017)

Oh, gosh, yes. And wise, to boot.

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 18:14:26 (#235 of 2017)

Definitely.

Sabacious - 19 Aug 2021 18:28:40 (#236 of 2017)

Absolutely yes from here too. I have just returned from the dentist and herself has apparently made some concoction from leeks and beetroots from the garden and a slab of salmon will go on top. What I really want, what I really really want, is a saveloy.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 17:58:23 (#237 of 2017)

I bet you do.

Fish & chips here, plus a torrential downpour that I successfully avoided.

helbel - 19 Aug 2021 18:59:41 (#238 of 2017)

Winning at life there.

MadamGwenver - 19 Aug 2021 19:01:34 (#239 of 2017)

Quiche here, which Egbert would insist is pronounced "quickie" if her were here.

He is not. Nor is L. They are spending the week with their dad, and I am spending the week doing a very long overdue sort out, chuck out and general clean and tidy. I am onto my bedroom, which is the last room and also the worst. Several sacks have gone today, but there seems to be no less crap in there.

When that is done the entire house will be fit to be seen. It had got very bad, but it is better, really better, and that is an amazingly liberating feeling.

Charisse - 19 Aug 2021 19:04:05 (#240 of 2017)

YES.

Charisse - 19 Aug 2021 19:04:49 (#241 of 2017)

That YES was for fish & chips as I had failed to refresh the page. But I feel like it also works for clear outs.

surferboogiewhatever - 19 Aug 2021 18:08:25 (#242 of 2017)

What I like about you, Dubris, is that you are this wonderfully sophisticated flâneur type with fancy socks and all that, and you also appreciate totally down-to-earth things like fish and chips. It makes me feel like maybe I'm doing life right.

MadamGwenver - 19 Aug 2021 19:14:55 (#243 of 2017)

I needed to feel better to be able to do a clear out, but now I am doing it it is doing wonders for my mood. I could actually invite people in now!

JennyRad - 19 Aug 2021 19:23:40 (#244 of 2017)

We really need to do that - the house is a state - and are both completely out of motivation. I am gritting my teeth over the possibility of the catsitter Judging us while we're away next week by holding to myself the hope that the holiday will make us both feel better enough to start tackling the horrors.

MadamGwenver - 19 Aug 2021 19:28:38 (#245 of 2017)

It is worth noting that I only managed to make a start after going on holiday and visiting much-missed friends. As soon as I started momentum kept me going, but I needed to be ready to start.

Lagopus - 19 Aug 2021 19:30:52 (#246 of 2017)

I've spent the afternoon working from home playing guitars x 3, sax and theremini. And now some bastard on the radio is making me feel inadequate by playing Satie's Gymnopedies on the guitar.

Charisse - 19 Aug 2021 19:44:07 (#247 of 2017)

We had a lovely afternoon at the Wetlands Centre and will definitely head back. It is excellent for children, with a fun trail involving balancing on beams and a bridge that was not high enough above the water to stop you getting your feet wet. The kids thought that was hilarious and did lots of jumping for maximum splashing.

We saw birds, lizards, a newt while pond dipping, and sleeping otters in their den. Will definitely go back as we didn't really explore the side with the otters properly. And there was a a splash park bit that I didn't know about so hadn't brought spare clothes or swimsuits.

HollyGolightly - 19 Aug 2021 19:47:02 (#248 of 2017)

I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Charisse. It’s one of my favourite places in London and I haven’t been in far too long.

Well done on the clear out, MadameG.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 18:48:21 (#249 of 2017)

Nobody is allowed to visit my house because I'm ashamed of it.

More positively I'm now full of fish & chips.

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 20:09:07 (#250 of 2017)

That does sound brilliant, Charisse.

And well done on the clear-out, Gwen. I desperately need to tackle the bookshelves and my study but there just never seems to be time.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Aug 2021 20:22:07 (#251 of 2017)

I had pie and chips.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 19:27:39 (#252 of 2017)

Well done that man.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Aug 2021 20:28:53 (#253 of 2017)

"meat" and potato. It was magnificent

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 19:37:06 (#254 of 2017)

Why ruin the mystery by knowing too much about the filling?

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 20:39:35 (#255 of 2017)

Congrats on the clear out Gwen. It’s such a good feeling.

I am finding that having the flat on the market generally means it stays pretty tidy for viewings. It’s been a really good habit to get into.

I am also about to eat quickie. Eating late due having had most of my hair cut off this evening.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Aug 2021 20:47:57 (#256 of 2017)

Also gravy.

MysteryDate - 19 Aug 2021 20:52:38 (#257 of 2017)

Mme G a declutter is actually good for the soul. But you're right, you do have to be ready to start. I did a massive one before I moved from London and couldn't believe how much clutter I'd simply lived with for years. It was affecting me much more than I'd realised.

Charisse I've wanted to go to the Wetlands Centre for a long time, sounds fabulous.

slicey - 19 Aug 2021 20:24:17 (#258 of 2017)

Decluttering is indeed cathartic and well worth teh effort. Well done MadameG.

slicey - 19 Aug 2021 20:24:46 (#259 of 2017)

In other news I see OnlyFans has banned porn. Which has rather scuppered my retirement plans for making a fortune.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 20:30:19 (#260 of 2017)

And just as you'd ordered the outfits too.

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 21:31:21 (#261 of 2017)

The animal fancy dress shop accepts returns, so long as the costume hasn’t been used.

Sadly the rubber suits are custom fit so you’ve lost out there.

HouseOfLametta - 19 Aug 2021 21:31:45 (#262 of 2017)

Or altered.

PreachyPreach - 19 Aug 2021 21:32:23 (#263 of 2017)

“It’s just natural wear and tear!”

Sabacious - 19 Aug 2021 21:32:24 (#264 of 2017)

You'd better keep 'The Gimpanzee'.

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 21:33:12 (#265 of 2017)

LOL @ The Gimpanzee!

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 21:35:25 (#266 of 2017)

muffled ook!

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 20:40:46 (#267 of 2017)

How are those unripe bananas coming along?

binturong - 19 Aug 2021 21:56:58 (#268 of 2017)

If they've banned porn, what's left? I thought that was the site's sole raison d'être.

slicey - 19 Aug 2021 21:02:09 (#269 of 2017)

Harrumph! My plans were much more sophisticated and involved candles and essential oils and a specially composed lute sound track from Sting.

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 22:05:09 (#270 of 2017)

<Ladyparts slam shut>

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 21:05:10 (#271 of 2017)

<crosses legs>

MadamGwenver - 19 Aug 2021 22:14:58 (#272 of 2017)

If I didn't have a termtime only contract I don't think I'd ever get the house sorted. And I'm still managing to feel guilty for only going into work once so far these holidays.

HelenDamnation - 19 Aug 2021 22:32:47 (#273 of 2017)

Emphatic, if tardy, YES to both clearouts and fish & chips. I am very much hoping to feel up to a major clearout in the near future but not yet.

And of course there is the looming horror of MamaD's plans to move from a large 4-bed house full of STUFF, with a 2.5 car garage that has NEVER been clear enough to fit a car in, to a small 2-bed house at some point in the latter half of last year... BroD is far more sanguine about it than I am, and I do accept I may be slightly catastrophising - but the fact that she felt that giving the spare pressure cooker that has lived in the garage for 20 years to the church fete merited a phone announcement of SUCCESS does nothing to make me more optimistic.

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 22:35:33 (#274 of 2017)

I am an awesome clearer outerer if that might help!

HelenDamnation - 19 Aug 2021 22:37:13 (#275 of 2017)

Internet weirdo DamnationTowers clearing party FORM UP!

Charisse - 19 Aug 2021 22:38:01 (#276 of 2017)

Oh yikes. I would be inclined to throw money at that problem if at all possible. You can get skilled declutterers to come and help you sort stuff out.

Dubris - 19 Aug 2021 21:38:02 (#277 of 2017)

MIDDLE AGED BACHELOR WITH TOO MUCH STUFF SEEKS MARIE KONDO TYPE FOR DECLUTTERING, POSSIBLY ROMANCE. NO TIMEWASTERS. PLEASE SEND PHOTO OF SOCK DRAWER.

That would do for me.

DejaLu - 19 Aug 2021 22:38:08 (#278 of 2017)

Reporting for duty! But everyone has to sign up to do Senior Bum Towers as well.

Cordelia - 19 Aug 2021 22:41:34 (#279 of 2017)

We could do Casa Dubris, followed by Damnation Towers then Senior Bum Towers.

<stocks up on murderer’s gloves>

StillCiars - 19 Aug 2021 21:41:43 (#280 of 2017)

Hel&, we're currently going through this with Dad, who's sold the five bed family home and is moving to a tiny two bed. Mum died 4 years ago and it's just too big and too sad for him. We've been clearing for months now, but the end is in sight, thankfully. ALL the empathy - so much of what we're wading through is stuff that Mum brought with her when they got married, plus more than 40 years' worth of stuff that got kept just in case

MadamGwenver - 19 Aug 2021 22:42:16 (#281 of 2017)

Visiting my parents in May was definitely a factor in my current efforts. Last time my mother phoned me to report a tidying success, it turned out the success was: buying another shed to put stuff in.

HelenDamnation - 19 Aug 2021 22:42:20 (#282 of 2017)

Buys Scooby-Doo style van

Antimatter - 19 Aug 2021 22:57:42 (#283 of 2017)

Too hot for decluttering talk. I have left over Mo Mo & ice cream. My step count has fallen dramatically during the muggies.

helbel - 19 Aug 2021 23:33:56 (#284 of 2017)

My parents downsized a few years ago. They are still getting rid of stuff. Complicated by my mothers inability to let things they paid “good money for” be freecycled. Even if they paid the good money 30+ years ago and do not require extra cash now.

Snarlygog - 20 Aug 2021 01:43:36 (#285 of 2017)

I had to downsize a farm. It ended up as 400+ discrete lots plonked about the meadow for auction. A mad, sad day.

goldfinch - 20 Aug 2021 02:38:22 (#286 of 2017)

Cords, I may have to prevail on you to come and help me clear some stuff at some point.-

Cordelia - 20 Aug 2021 07:07:32 (#287 of 2017)

That would be absolutely fine finch. I love a good declutter.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 07:51:19 (#288 of 2017)

I too am an absolutely awesome declutterer. I did Mr Monkey's flat in three days flat.

The way I deal with it is four piles:

1. Stuff you intend to use regularly - to be integrated in to the main household storage system.

2. Stuff for occasional use/sentimental retention - to be archived properly in storage boxes and for sentimental things, only keep the best/most precious examples.

3. Things that "might" be useful - these go in a box in a spare room. If not touched/used in six months they are got rid of.

4. Stuff to be thrown out/given away.

Repeat every 6 to 12 months.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 07:52:25 (#289 of 2017)

Also try and practice a rigorous one in one out system when it comes to purchases.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 06:53:29 (#290 of 2017)

I get paralysed: there are things I know I don't need or particularly want, but I don't know what best to do with them, so I don't do anything with them.

Catspyjamas17 - 20 Aug 2021 07:54:44 (#291 of 2017)

I'm a good declutterer but MrCats is dreadful and seems to be getting worse. I may have to stage an intervention in the bedroom. Oo er.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 06:58:22 (#292 of 2017)

In an ideal world I'd have hooked up with a declutterer twenty years or so ago.

Cordelia - 20 Aug 2021 07:58:59 (#293 of 2017)

It’s never too late Dubris.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 08:00:06 (#294 of 2017)

Mr Monkey is like that too. The worst thing he barely needs some of the stuff he keeps or doesn't remember why he has it.

Dubs - you clearly need some one strict to interrogate you and make you justify keeping stuff.

A good discipline is to imagine you are moving house - do you like/want this stuff enough to pack it up and shift it several miles and then unpack it.

Lagopus - 20 Aug 2021 08:06:33 (#295 of 2017)

In theory I should be a good declutterer, because I don't have sentimental attachments to things that aren't alive, apart from books, obviously, and musical instruments, bikes, and some pictures, prints and paintings. And three or four items of furniture, several of which I don't own. Apart from that, I'm fine, but in common with Dub I don't know what to do with the stuff I don't want! Which, given my earlier exclusions amounts to clothes and a bucket.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 08:07:49 (#296 of 2017)

I've found there is always someone on a local forum for local people who is happy to have stuff for free.

LippyPongstocking - 20 Aug 2021 10:06:31 (#297 of 2017)

I've just received an email letting me know that, if I download a certain app, I could win "hand-crafted drinks from Caffè Nero". Is that wank-speak for a cup of coffee?

FleurDuMal - 20 Aug 2021 10:21:43 (#298 of 2017)

I’m a declutterer, as is one of my sons. The other is a hoarder, as is MrFleur.

This causes tension.

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 11:13:20 (#299 of 2017)

I have found that moving abroad is a great way to declutter. Obviously this is a bit of a drastic method, expecially if the decluttee is not keen on moving but I think there is a way to mimic it. Imagine you are moving abroad and have a limited capacity for taking things with you - it needn't be a rucksack, laptop and guitar like my last move, but let's say what you can fit in your car (furniture excepted). List everything else and put it in storage. Rearrange your paltry collection of whatever remains in your new spacious abode and just live in it for 3 months, or 6 months or whatever. At the end of that time, what did you really miss that was in storage?

If it was everything, move to a bigger house.

Lagopus - 20 Aug 2021 12:27:59 (#300 of 2017)

I definitely need all four or five guitars, the saxophone, the theremin, the amplifier, several devices and their associated peripherals, binoculars both day and night, a moth trap, bug pots, about 100 books, a pair of jeans and a toothbrush. And a razor. Maybe a t-shirt. And a jumper in case it gets cold. And a bicycle or two. Can I have a bus rather than a car?

Antimatter - 20 Aug 2021 12:35:53 (#301 of 2017)

MrA's soul mate there. We could only afford half a container when we moved, so when we moved in the only furniture we had was a table and two dining chairs. The rest was stuff, I donated pretty much all my books. We have managed to fill up the spaces since however, and our garage currently needs a de-clutter. There are still some boxes which we have never unpacked.

staticgirl - 20 Aug 2021 13:11:12 (#302 of 2017)

I often think in terms of what i would save from a fire... I can be quite ruthless about chucking stuff out but at the same time ridiculously sentimental about some other things. I just try to make those special things are safe and not worry too much if I chuck out any of the other things and then find I need one.

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 13:21:46 (#303 of 2017)

That sounds familiar Anti. When I moved to Canada I got the tube to Heathrow with aforementioned rucksack, laptop and guitar and a one-way ticket. When I returned I had a full container, partner and daughter

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 12:24:01 (#304 of 2017)

I have upgraded my impression of your guitar skills, Sab.

Lagopus - 20 Aug 2021 13:25:26 (#305 of 2017)

I don't think he won the family in a guitar-off, Slicey.

LippyPongstocking - 20 Aug 2021 13:32:30 (#306 of 2017)

Our canteen has reopened and hence I've eaten fish and chips for lunch. This most definitely counts as a #WIN.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 12:34:56 (#307 of 2017)

Hurrah! I'm having hummus on toast and quite a few little silverskin pickled onions.

I live alone.

HelenDamnation - 20 Aug 2021 13:47:51 (#308 of 2017)

I have had a depressingly horrible hospital cheese sandwich. I could perfectly well buy a nice M&S sandwich on the way here but I know I'd just eat that at about 10.30 and then the horrible one as well. Ah well, smoked salmon and avocado for supper.

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 12:58:23 (#309 of 2017)

I don't think he won the family in a guitar-off, Slicey.

Too late. I now believe Sab's life to be an updated version of John Meyer of Casterbridge.

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 12:59:50 (#310 of 2017)

I have done some move preparation. Which essentially comes down to moving a pitiful amount of things around and exhausting myself.

Antimatter - 20 Aug 2021 14:01:26 (#311 of 2017)

Our local Polyclinic has a small but brilliant Thai restaurent in the middle, which is a wonderfully civilised way to deal with health issues. There is quite the fight for lunch time appointments.

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 13:02:16 (#312 of 2017)

Maybe all the Prets that are shutting down can reopen in hospitals.

LippyPongstocking - 20 Aug 2021 14:02:42 (#313 of 2017)

I have had a depressingly horrible hospital cheese sandwich.

That sounds grim - and how is it possible to ruin something as straightforward as a cheese sandwich?

Cordelia - 20 Aug 2021 14:07:17 (#314 of 2017)

I have yet to have lunch. And someone has just hoyed the traditional Friday Afternoon "this was important earlier this week but we've waited to tell you about it till today when it is now really urgent and needs fixing for Monday" problem at me.

Bastards.

Policywatcher - 20 Aug 2021 14:24:33 (#315 of 2017)

MrsPW has been unwell all this week, and I've been cooking. Well, mostly microwaving things...

She decided today that she was hungry while I was still locked into IT issues.

So she had MsPW order a takeaway.

My lunch is a chicken Donburri from Wagamamas, which tastes great, but if I read the calorie counts right, means that my next meal will be a small lettuce salad next Tuesday.

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 14:26:06 (#316 of 2017)

Its a one-off so won't make any difference - treat yourself!

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 14:27:22 (#317 of 2017)

Its only 777 calories, that's a third of your daily allowance, nothing to be concerned about there!

melpomene - 20 Aug 2021 14:30:16 (#318 of 2017)

Wagamama is a nice Friday lunch - I had miso soup and gyozas today as nothing in the fridge appealed. Most tasty, even if I did have to check the cat off my desk several times for expressing too much interest in it.

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 13:31:20 (#319 of 2017)

Or you could book yourself in for 2 hours of gruelling hard work in the gym which should burn off about half of it and make you miserable.

Policywatcher - 20 Aug 2021 14:34:48 (#320 of 2017)

It was primarily in jest. :-)

Though my attempt to lose a little weight means I mostly try to hold myself to about 1800 calories a day.

Fortunately, this afternoon I'm due to be too busy for the gym.

Still, as you say, no real harm done.

Antimatter - 20 Aug 2021 14:49:08 (#321 of 2017)

a freshy baked Fougasse with red pepper and onion, mozzarella cheese and hummus. The hummus is sooooo god it has reminded me why it is so popular. As hummus is a vegetable, I have eaten the entire tub. All to myself, and hidden the evidence in the bin.

melpomene - 20 Aug 2021 15:32:59 (#322 of 2017)

My filthy food of shame is morrocan hummus and McCoys steak flavoured crisps.

I feel dirty just typing it.

limegreen - 20 Aug 2021 16:04:05 (#323 of 2017)

https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/mumsnet_product_tests
/4327796-We-re-looking-for-Mumsnet-users-to-test-the-Hotel-Chocolat-Velvetiser


Important Veletiser news

Lagopus - 20 Aug 2021 16:17:13 (#324 of 2017)

I have, against my better judgement, mowed the lawn. Housemate was eyeing its ragged, insect-friendly beauty with big sad puppy eyes, because i'd forbidden him to touch it before September. Next year, if I'm spared, I'm planning to do a Mohican, actually a Mohawk, and just cut the edges next to the flower beds and leave a big stretch down the middle to go wild. This sort of makes me sound like Coke of Norfolk with his endless, depopulated acres. In fact it's about 5 yards by three.

SorrellA - 20 Aug 2021 17:06:09 (#325 of 2017)

#322 this is a nice podcast with plenty of tips for similarly odd combinations: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/series/co
mforteatingwithgracedent


Rafe Spall was massively annoying and I had to switch him off but I enjoyed the other episodes I've listened to. I kind of want to try the cheese and onion crisps/ Dairy Milk/ Guinness in one mouthful combination (Derry Girls Siobhan)

surferboogiewhatever - 20 Aug 2021 16:28:14 (#326 of 2017)

The left-hand half of our back garden (which is quite long and slopes upwards) is basically a wildflower meadow now.

Lagopus - 20 Aug 2021 18:29:31 (#327 of 2017)

Deckchairs as weapons strikes me as a bit of a poor choice, given that I can hardly sit on one without injury to some limb or other.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 18:31:31 (#328 of 2017)

I have been to Chichester - home of meat and fish paste. They even have a MEAT AND FISH PASTE clock to commemorate the fact.

Lagopus - 20 Aug 2021 18:37:36 (#329 of 2017)

Is that two different pastes, or a sort of surf 'n' turf pate, sorry can't do accents on the chromebook ....?

Cordelia - 20 Aug 2021 18:41:28 (#330 of 2017)

Is Chichester the home of Shippams then? The only true meat paste.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 18:51:15 (#331 of 2017)

It is! I doubt they make it there any more though. The clock oddly has a massive metal wishbone hanging from the bottom of it.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 18:53:26 (#332 of 2017)

Ahh tell a lie they do still make it in Chichester, but it is now owned by Princes.

See, you don't get these kinds of quality meat paste facts on a foreign holiday do you?

Cordelia - 20 Aug 2021 19:23:16 (#333 of 2017)

I made some very successful potted meat last summer. Must try it again.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 18:28:31 (#334 of 2017)

And they've moved from their former premises, which were within the city walls. I heartily recommend walking the Chichester city walls, by the way - excellent opportunities for looking down into people's back gardens.

Cordelia - 20 Aug 2021 19:31:59 (#335 of 2017)

I shall be visiting Chichester soon as my sister lives there. I shall bear in mind the City Walls.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 18:36:29 (#336 of 2017)

Pallant House Gallery is also very much worth a visit:

https://pallant.org.uk/

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 20:27:32 (#337 of 2017)

That is one of the main reasons for my trip, the Ben Nicholson exhibition is very good.

I hadn't been before, their collection really is stunning.

Their cafe is good too, I had a lovely pot of tea and a simple but delicious lemon sponge cake. I have really missed being able to just wander round a gallery and then linger over a pot of tea and a bit of cakem

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 20:37:24 (#338 of 2017)

And now in a Laz baiting move I am settling in with a yuzu flavour beer. Amusingly it is called Pedalo.

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 19:40:13 (#339 of 2017)

My mind has been boggled by Robert Peston's new look.

https://twitter.com/brokenbottleboy/status/1428801
269628559363

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 20:40:52 (#340 of 2017)

And (three post ment) I have a big bag of locally grown new season Discovery apples from the farmers market. A most satisfactory day.

JennyRad - 20 Aug 2021 19:43:04 (#341 of 2017)

Turned out not to be a three-post ment, Gin, because that tweet slicey's shared is there to break all our brains.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 20:45:20 (#342 of 2017)

Aww damn. Slicey!

I rather dig Peston's new look. Strong mid life crisis energy but the colour of that suit is gorgeous.

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 19:47:56 (#343 of 2017)

I predict Patters (RIP) is going to go with a similar look after his recent landmark birthday. The Velvitiser will prove to mark the beginning of his midlife crisis.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 19:52:25 (#344 of 2017)

A fuchsia Slanket?

slicey - 20 Aug 2021 19:52:41 (#345 of 2017)

With Converse.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 19:54:54 (#346 of 2017)

Fierce.

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 22:14:10 (#347 of 2017)

Discovery apples? That's a good haul. Eat them in the few minutes they're available!

MadamGwenver - 20 Aug 2021 22:25:28 (#348 of 2017)

I found Discovery apples in Sainsburys today, but unfortunately I looked at them a bit harshly on the way home so they're a bit dented now.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 22:33:35 (#349 of 2017)

I love Discoveries. I will gorge on them this week. Their season is fleetingly short but I rather love the fact something so seasonal still exists.

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 22:39:55 (#350 of 2017)

They are delicious but annoying. Only a recent variety I think, mid 20th century?

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 22:41:32 (#351 of 2017)

A visit to Brogdale on our way to the seaside it required I think.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 22:42:13 (#352 of 2017)

1940s hybrid I think.

After a few months of sad over wintered Braeburns these taste wonderful.

Dubris - 20 Aug 2021 21:42:28 (#353 of 2017)

Apples and oysters.

Ginmonkey - 20 Aug 2021 22:44:09 (#354 of 2017)

Apples are England's great fruit contribution to the world, few other countries match ours for variety and taste.

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 22:45:26 (#355 of 2017)

Brogdale is amazing for apple fans like me. Very much the proverbial kid in a candy store.

mazylou - 20 Aug 2021 22:48:31 (#356 of 2017)

Do not forget the Butcher of Brogdale. I once bought a rib of beef the size of a newborn child there.

Sabacious - 20 Aug 2021 22:49:46 (#357 of 2017)

Butcher of Brogdale always gets a visit when we go to Hermann's Plaice in Faversham. It is a wonderful thing.

HouseOfLametta - 20 Aug 2021 22:50:52 (#358 of 2017)

Eek

JennyRad - 20 Aug 2021 21:52:18 (#359 of 2017)

I don't eat apples as apples very much - until Ginmonkey's post made me Google it, I thought Discovery were a cider apple. They certainly make a cracking single-varietal cider.

HouseOfLametta - 20 Aug 2021 23:10:06 (#360 of 2017)

All around here are gnarly old orchards full of straggly old trees with tiny dark little apples.

If you are brave you can try one and it might taste like an angel's breath, the most stunningly sweet and delicious fruit you ever tasted, a flavour you will never forget. Fragrant, mellow, like strawberries and vanilla and old leather on a sunny day.

More likely it will taste like the contents of Satan's porta-potty, and give you the shits for a week. It's an exciting game.

Antimatter - 20 Aug 2021 23:26:23 (#361 of 2017)

Gold Cup & Saucer day here, which is a provincial holiday. Most folks went into town to watch a Covid compliant parade, this meant I had the beach mostly to myself this afternoon. Bliss.

No apples though.

Snarlygog - 21 Aug 2021 05:14:09 (#362 of 2017)

5.30am and the Rain is lashing down in the village.

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 07:19:16 (#363 of 2017)

As a former greengrocer I remember when Discovery came out in the mid-80s. Or possibly it as not when they came out but some kind of big marketing thing. I would chop up a bunch of them to give the old dears a free sample on a Saturday morning.

They have to be super fresh or they go sort of mealy in texture and not very nice.

Still a long way off Cox's Orange Pippin which is the very finest of apples.

That is my Discovery apple story.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 07:36:38 (#364 of 2017)

<puts in pre-order for volume one of Slicey's memoirs>

It seems to be a rather unpromising day with the likelihood of thunder in the afternoon.

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 07:55:27 (#365 of 2017)

It was the 80s, Dubs. Times were different then.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 08:06:57 (#366 of 2017)

That reminds me - the other weekend I saw a twentysomething man with a haircut that looked exactly as if he'd taken a picture of Limahl in his full Kajagoogoo pomp into the hairdresser and said "Make me look like this!".

Have we learned nothing as a society?

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 08:21:24 (#367 of 2017)

Today's Guardian informs me the current fashion trend is for "curtain reveal" pin tops and underboob bikinis.

Not sure if I have the figure to pull these off to be honest.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 08:25:33 (#368 of 2017)

An underboob bikini?

What? How? Why?

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 08:33:14 (#369 of 2017)

It's a bikini with gaps at the bottom so one's underboob is visible but ultimate modesty is preserved. It's far from my area of expertise (the lounge short) but they don't look like the sort of thing that normal people actually wear.

I believe they are very popular with contestants on this year's series of the Love Island TV show.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 08:35:11 (#370 of 2017)

Ah. That explains it.

Think of the inconvenient tan lines if it was worn outdoors for prolonged periods.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 08:39:19 (#371 of 2017)

And I understand that the men on Love Island are generally fairly well-built, so they probably have enough up top to wear one too. Wouldn't that be romantic?

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 08:46:19 (#372 of 2017)

You mean this is not the year a skinny, slightly fey guy given to woo-ing his paramour by reading sonnets from a hand bound leather journal is going to win?

Wish I had entered now if I knew that strategy was not taken.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 08:57:42 (#373 of 2017)

Buff Island

limegreen - 21 Aug 2021 10:06:43 (#374 of 2017)

Well.

Grazia tells me there are myriad ways to tap into fashion's preoccupation with sex appeal this summer. If anything, it all comes down to how you feel. So, if leggings and a T-shirt make you feel incredible, then don't let anyone's underboob tell you otherwise.

Bollocks.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 09:11:53 (#375 of 2017)

I hope the underboob concept won't be applied to those.

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 09:38:57 (#376 of 2017)

Underbollock Speedos is a bold look, Dubs.

Impedimenta - 21 Aug 2021 10:49:21 (#377 of 2017)

Easily achieved with some vintage y-fronts with frayed elastic.

The underboob look makes me itch. It just looks like an ill-fitting bra.

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 09:53:10 (#378 of 2017)

Or you haven't put in on properly.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 10:12:47 (#379 of 2017)

And it's all going to come tumbling out as soon as you make a sudden movement.

FleurDuMal - 21 Aug 2021 11:40:56 (#380 of 2017)

That may be the point - instant fame/notoriety due to an accidental wardrobe malfunction.

Sabacious - 21 Aug 2021 11:44:36 (#381 of 2017)

And it's all going to come tumbling out as soon as you make a sudden movement.

And there rests the case for the defence, your honour.

Lagopus - 21 Aug 2021 11:47:29 (#382 of 2017)

it's all going to come tumbling out

Speak for yourself, DubDonkey.

airynothing - 21 Aug 2021 13:07:38 (#383 of 2017)

Tsk.

Many thanks to various Losts for tiny writing and jigsaws. Mazylou said hopefully of the latter, "Maybe the reason the box is sealed in polythene is that they've enclosed a £100 note and a gram of coke," but sadly it was not to be.

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 12:08:07 (#384 of 2017)

Speak for yourself, DubDonkey.



I think we are all politely ignoring Dubs and his Underbollock Speedos.

LippyPongstocking - 21 Aug 2021 13:17:03 (#385 of 2017)

#384

Aha, glad the jigsaw has arrived - but sorry (obvs) for lack of filthy lucre and drucks concealed within. The corporate arm of the company's all Peter Pan collars and vegan protein shakes these days.

limegreen - 21 Aug 2021 13:24:27 (#386 of 2017)

What sort of jigsaws do you usually receive?

PreachyPreach - 21 Aug 2021 13:26:45 (#387 of 2017)

Erotic ones.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 12:56:28 (#388 of 2017)

Does that piece really go there?

I've just had a jam doughnut from Greggs.

FEAR MY LUNCHTIME CHOICES

limegreen - 21 Aug 2021 13:57:34 (#389 of 2017)

I can't think of anything less erotic than an erotic jigsaw. All that staring.

Lagopus - 21 Aug 2021 13:57:54 (#390 of 2017)

Being unexpectedly at work today, I might pop round to Greggs for one of Nemo's free sausage rolls.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 13:13:39 (#391 of 2017)

Oof.

Antimatter - 21 Aug 2021 15:21:56 (#392 of 2017)

BBQ glazed beef meatballs with melted Monterey Jack, dill pickle potato salad & string beans.

nemo75 - 21 Aug 2021 16:10:12 (#393 of 2017)

The offer ends by 11 each day, lago.

Lagopus - 21 Aug 2021 16:14:28 (#394 of 2017)

I had to go to Waitrose anyway.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 16:19:31 (#395 of 2017)

#393 - You're such a tease.

DejaLu - 21 Aug 2021 17:55:06 (#396 of 2017)

Lunchtime fish and chips have felled me for the rest of the day.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 18:31:55 (#397 of 2017)

What a way to go though.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 20:00:28 (#398 of 2017)

Fish & chips stuns thread

JennyRad - 21 Aug 2021 20:16:31 (#399 of 2017)

We are all silent with envy, I think.

Sabacious - 21 Aug 2021 21:25:07 (#400 of 2017)

Herself made a sort of Spag McBol: haggis instead of beef.

breakfast - 21 Aug 2021 21:27:11 (#401 of 2017)

Spaggy McBolface.

Ginmonkey - 21 Aug 2021 21:31:59 (#402 of 2017)

We got some cheap baby leeks from the market so had them slowly sweated in butter and garlic and stirred through pasta with lemon, creme fraiche, pecorino and smoked salmon.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 20:37:18 (#403 of 2017)

I've gone back to the jigsaw puzzle.

Wild living ahoy.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 21:37:34 (#404 of 2017)

Hello! In an absolute frenzy of hypocrisy, we have just returned from a week in France. The admin was quite something and I now feel that yesterday's pharmacist should at least have felt me up a bit before penetrating my nostrils* quite so deeply with the antigen swab. The twirling was an added joy. We didn't go anywhere near my parents though, stayed West to avoid temptation.

*both, because she wasn't sure she'd gone deep enough because my nose was so small.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 20:39:36 (#405 of 2017)

Dainty rather than small, surely.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 21:45:54 (#406 of 2017)

I'm not sure I know the French for dainty. So maybe. She did observe that it tended to be the Mums of the families who were bravest (I was) about the test. Laurie's feet actually left the ground.

Anyway, I had a week of a lake at the bottom of the garden, swifts, bats, shooting stars and the best showers I've ever encountered in a domestic setting. Came home to rubble, dust and no bathroom, but I am drinking on through that.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 20:46:50 (#407 of 2017)

"Mignon" would do, but isn't quite right.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 21:47:46 (#408 of 2017)

Bit personal for a pharmacist?

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 22:01:36 (#409 of 2017)

A gaggle of young French women once called me mignon after I walked into a glass door and blushed.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 22:10:35 (#410 of 2017)

Fileted?

slicey - 21 Aug 2021 22:15:34 (#411 of 2017)

My girlfriend assured me it was a good thing. Although there was a bit to much giggling for my liking.

Dubris - 21 Aug 2021 21:21:07 (#412 of 2017)

Les filles were unnerved by your effortless cool, I expect.

goldfinch - 21 Aug 2021 21:46:44 (#413 of 2017)

I'm very envious of your week in France with bats, swifts and lakes but not of the nostril twirling.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 23:08:11 (#414 of 2017)

We were incredibly lucky. And the sheer quantity of pre, during and post testing makes me feel less of a wanker. The owner of one of the two restaurants we went to (outdoors) said that they'd had virtually no COVID in the area, but the pharmacist had two positives from the day before. Honeymooners.

On reflection, the general chattiness showed that we were actually quite welcome.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 23:10:15 (#415 of 2017)

Also I may have a career in waterfowl standup. I said a joke about moorhens and a bunch of ducks laughed raucously.

I hope that's not racist.

goldfinch - 21 Aug 2021 22:12:55 (#416 of 2017)

Good to see you back and I am glad to hear you had a great time.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 23:25:27 (#417 of 2017)

Thank you, lovely. The kids played like non teenagers.

melpomene - 21 Aug 2021 23:43:44 (#418 of 2017)

Sounds lovely. We've managed a day in Bexhill (don't laugh) as middlesis had managed to book somewhere after her overseas trips fell through, and it's a straight train ride from us. Lowlights include when she had gone back to the house to arrange dinner and I lost the kids in a co-op. Top aunty behaviour...

spoiler - they were fine, didn't even ask for anything, so we bought them some magazines including free slime.....

Good beach action all round though.

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 23:49:33 (#419 of 2017)

I can't even lose kids in quite big supermarkets now. They always find me.

melpomene - 21 Aug 2021 23:52:16 (#420 of 2017)

I panicked as it was the first time I' d been in charge of them. MrM adopted the strategy of 'if something needs paying for they will come back'. And they did.

but I've spent all of lockdown working on the relationship with sis, so didn't want to fuck it up by losing her children....

helenskywalker - 21 Aug 2021 23:53:40 (#421 of 2017)

When I lost my parents in a supermarket, saying "shit" (my worst swear) would summon them. Worth trying?

melpomene - 21 Aug 2021 23:55:15 (#422 of 2017)

Oh but then I would have taught them swears. Hmm. Will think about it.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 00:00:49 (#423 of 2017)

Wombat (formerly of this parish) taught my daughter to say motherfucker when she was less than 2. We have very sweary friends. Alice, nearly 15, still spells out swear words if she *absolutely* has to.

OTOH, Laurie called the Dwarf a cunt, in passing, when he was 4. We were both unable to react.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 00:02:28 (#424 of 2017)

I did laugh a *lot* when he'd gone.

melpomene - 22 Aug 2021 00:03:10 (#425 of 2017)

I imagine because you were both laughing too hard to respond.

melpomene - 22 Aug 2021 00:03:30 (#426 of 2017)

X posts there!

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 00:03:47 (#427 of 2017)

Well, yes. Silently and painfully.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 00:08:37 (#428 of 2017)

The kids we go on holiday with every year did try to institute an adult swear box - I remember Alice's BFF solemnly telling the others that it didn't include Helen because I'd said I "didn't fucking want to". I am slightly ashamed to realise that was at least 6 years ago.

melpomene - 22 Aug 2021 00:13:20 (#429 of 2017)

We had a swear box in the kitchen when I was about 10 or so. it got demolished when it turned out that 3 kids and dad had been dutifully paying in 2p per swear, and my mum owed it 30 quid.

We have never let her forget it.

melpomene - 22 Aug 2021 00:18:06 (#430 of 2017)

It was supposed to go to charity, but dad was so cross that we ended up dividing it up between the four of us. Bonus pocket money.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 00:21:33 (#431 of 2017)

I have a friend with 5 kids (very close together, lesbian couple) and a swear box just for them. Last time I asked it had paid for 3 holidays.

melpomene - 22 Aug 2021 00:22:54 (#432 of 2017)

Blimey, that's some top swearing there.

Antimatter - 22 Aug 2021 01:22:51 (#433 of 2017)

I was on child minding duty last year with a gaggle of kids in the car. We were all chatting furiously when I missed the turn I needed to take. 'Oh shit' I yelled, then 'Sorry, I said a grown up word'. The youngest in the car replied 'Oh that's all right Anti, my mum says grown up words all the time, for example, f***, b*****, and the other day C****. It's OK though, I think grown ups just lose it every now and then'.

slicey - 22 Aug 2021 06:39:33 (#434 of 2017)

This remains my favourite child swear : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IVwnAyw6m0Y

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 08:25:35 (#435 of 2017)

Obviously I don't understand any of these rude words.

Lagopus - 22 Aug 2021 09:41:38 (#436 of 2017)

I swear far less than the children, and tell them that swearing makes them sound foolish. They tell me to fuck off, obviously.

carterbrandon - 22 Aug 2021 09:42:27 (#437 of 2017)

An RP-speaking friend on badysitting duties was once aghast at one of her tiny charges expressing the loud wish to turn her sister into a turd.

Turns out the little Yorkshire poppet was being heavily influenced by fairy stories.

Charisse - 22 Aug 2021 09:47:26 (#438 of 2017)

By some miracle my children do not swear, but I do get called a pineapple by the youngest in a tone of voice that does all the work of swearing.

Apparently in the car yesterday Preachy got cross at a bad driver and same child warned him not to turn into mummy. To be fair I don’t swear much in the car, but I do angrily comment on stupid drivers.

Lagopus - 22 Aug 2021 09:48:31 (#439 of 2017)

Ah, I shall be in toad=turd land tomorrow. It'd almost be a holiday if I didn't have to meet the parents.

FleurDuMal - 22 Aug 2021 10:16:44 (#440 of 2017)

When my nephew was small, my sister took him to a barbecue, hosted by her boss and his rather prim wife.

Prim wife gave E an ice lolly, asking him “And what’s the magic word?”

She wasn’t expecting him to reply “bollocks!”

Antimatter - 22 Aug 2021 10:34:32 (#441 of 2017)

That made e laugh.

Days are getting shorter. Cup of coffee then a quick walk on the beach. Fostermog is upset about the number of chipmunks on the deck.

HollyGolightly - 22 Aug 2021 11:21:15 (#442 of 2017)

So glad you got to France, helen. Sounds like it was much needed balm for the soul.

I am still in bed, reading the satisfyingly long Cormoran Strike book.

carterbrandon - 22 Aug 2021 11:38:18 (#443 of 2017)

"Heroic pilot saves 120 passengers when massive bird is drawn into the port side turbofan on takeoff."

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 11:53:45 (#444 of 2017)

"Fish celebrate as seabird industrial dispute continues."

Snarlygog - 22 Aug 2021 12:02:28 (#445 of 2017)

Tommorows breakfast https://twitter.com/rob3hats/status/14293979437533
18400?s=19
.

Charisse - 22 Aug 2021 12:28:02 (#446 of 2017)

Today the children have already been to a soft play session. I am once more staring at a computer and typing. Except I think I need lunch now.

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 12:38:56 (#447 of 2017)

That’s some mushroom snarly.

Did you grow it or find it?

Antimatter - 22 Aug 2021 13:03:27 (#448 of 2017)

Today I have observed that there are two types of people in this world, those who walk barefoot on the beach, and those who wear sandals. The latter are obviously heinously evil and to be avoided at all cost.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 12:06:44 (#449 of 2017)

And people like me who wear their ordinary shoes (with socks) because they don't own a pair of sandals and it's too much faff to take off shoes and socks then roll up trouser legs.

helbel - 22 Aug 2021 13:07:32 (#450 of 2017)

People who wear sandals on the beach clearly grew up with shingle beaches and the general hazard of broken glass. Or in Australia where such things generally mean death.

Sabacious - 22 Aug 2021 13:11:51 (#451 of 2017)

Depends how hot the sand is too, of course.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 13:23:47 (#452 of 2017)

Ah yes, the beach at Sete. Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow.

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 13:26:03 (#453 of 2017)

I got the worst sunburn of my life on that beach.

I spent the evening lying in a darkened room with slices of beef tomato covering my back - a local remedy according to the friend’s grandmother with whom we were staying.

Snarlygog - 22 Aug 2021 13:30:25 (#454 of 2017)

#447 it's an edible Puffball, Cordelia. I went out this morning for a stroll around the farmstead and this was there in the paddock. Its the biggest I've ever seen. Am hoping to have it fried for tomorrows breakfast.

Ginmonkey - 22 Aug 2021 13:31:15 (#455 of 2017)

#452 I am usually a barefoot beach walker and made the mistake of walking on the sand on the beach in Sete in 2019. Narrowly avoided burning the bottom of my feet.

limegreen - 22 Aug 2021 13:40:16 (#456 of 2017)

I wear canvas shoes in the sea.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 12:41:36 (#457 of 2017)

The last time I was barefoot on a beach was October 2018. Marloes Sands in Pembrokeshire, so no danger of burning the soles of my feet.

FleurDuMal - 22 Aug 2021 13:42:28 (#458 of 2017)

Wearing flip-flops on the beach can be irritating, as the back of them flicks sand against your legs.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 12:47:04 (#459 of 2017)

I shall be staying near this place on my holiday in October:

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/porthor

Going barefoot there has the reward of the squeaky noise the sands make.

Antimatter - 22 Aug 2021 14:05:10 (#460 of 2017)

That looks lovely, lots of shags apparently.

airynothing - 22 Aug 2021 14:16:58 (#461 of 2017)

<flicks to page headed "Dubris" and updates dossier>

slicey - 22 Aug 2021 13:43:48 (#462 of 2017)

I can't believe you fell for "lie down in a darkened room covered in slices of beef tomato" trick, Cords.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 14:55:56 (#463 of 2017)

I've just shown Laurie a picture of me and his big sis (baby at the time) 14 years ago today and he muttered "still look the same". I have brought him up to lie well.

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 14:59:30 (#464 of 2017)

Afternoon. Rainy day in West Germany.

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 15:04:59 (#465 of 2017)

For the first time since I’ve been coming here (I don’t know. 18 years?) I’ve mustered the courage to pick up the Polish axes / war hammers hanging from the wall in Luxie’s bedroom (no idea either).

I really want to fuck up some orks* now.



__________

(*) Luxie suggested having a go at local covidiots.

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 15:06:33 (#466 of 2017)

There’s this proper Gimli axe (un sharpened). I think it doubles as brass knuckles too.

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 15:07:22 (#467 of 2017)

(Really really really bored, obviously)

Catspyjamas17 - 22 Aug 2021 16:10:20 (#468 of 2017)

Glad you got to France, Helens.

There are also people who can walk barefoot on pebbles. Let us not refer to them again.

Walking to the pool or across the beach barefoot in hot countries is like a more sensory version of a game E used to play called "The floor is lava".

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 15:14:46 (#469 of 2017)

(Sandals / birkies / espadrilles / insert your favourite footwear here) are handy on v loose sand beaches like wot we have on the west coast.

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 15:14:58 (#470 of 2017)

Although rackets would be better.

nemo75 - 22 Aug 2021 16:17:18 (#471 of 2017)

Orcs, FFS

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 15:18:55 (#472 of 2017)

Orks mit eine k. This is Germany.

PreachyPreach - 22 Aug 2021 17:10:17 (#473 of 2017)

Shouldn’t it be Orken then?

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 16:36:33 (#474 of 2017)

Not when I’m finished with them.

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 16:36:39 (#475 of 2017)

With my AXE.

slicey - 22 Aug 2021 17:34:49 (#476 of 2017)

Orken is a type of yoghurt I believe.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 17:35:09 (#477 of 2017)

That's quite enough about your chopper, thank you.

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 18:36:06 (#478 of 2017)

That’s Oinken isn’t it? Oink Oink Oink!

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 18:40:01 (#479 of 2017)

Onken. Wie ein goose.

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 18:42:36 (#480 of 2017)

Kein Schwein.

AppleCatcher - 22 Aug 2021 18:59:44 (#481 of 2017)

Onken Donald.

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 20:08:09 (#482 of 2017)

Let joy be unconfin’d! I have unearthed a portion of Côte At Home boeuf bourgignon from the freezer.

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 20:13:05 (#483 of 2017)

And it is now officially Civil Twighlight.

Policywatcher - 22 Aug 2021 19:20:20 (#484 of 2017)

Too many calories, and too expensive for more than occasional use, but Charlie Bigham's beef bourgignon with dauphinoise potatoes, when you need a really good hot meal and for whatever reason don't feel up to cooking...

Stands way above other ready meals for flavour and quality.

Having seen the West Country factory and the amazing setting it's in, and the food production facilities there, I really feel comfortable with it.

HollyGolightly - 22 Aug 2021 20:21:04 (#485 of 2017)

Roast veggie lasagne here this evening. So good.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 20:26:37 (#486 of 2017)

We had a very much planned and not at all last minute anniversary meal at the pub. I think that's 3 out of 12 that we've only realised because of getting a text of congratulations.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 19:26:40 (#487 of 2017)

I had a chicken salad and feel somehow unsatisfied. If somebody were to present me with a portion of jam sponge and custard I wouldn't refuse it.

LippyPongstocking - 22 Aug 2021 20:29:02 (#488 of 2017)

And it is now officially Civil Twighlight.

Kristen Stewart, there !!!



Glad France was so belle et heureuse, Helensky.

I've just returned from Harpenden, where I and a few others were visiting some dear old uni chums. Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of our first meeting. Where did the years go?! Anyway, it was a delight to see them all and the weather stayed unexpectedly pleasant, so we were able to sip bubbles in the garden before heading in for a lavish late lunch. I'm now stuffed and marinating in red wine.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 19:30:54 (#489 of 2017)

Assiette de Lippy garni dans son jus

LippyPongstocking - 22 Aug 2021 20:36:11 (#490 of 2017)

"Feeds a famished family of eight!"

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 20:37:01 (#491 of 2017)

<does not make cock au vin joke>

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 20:37:26 (#492 of 2017)

Restrained!

mazylou - 22 Aug 2021 20:37:31 (#493 of 2017)

Belly pork with chorizo and Sherry.

Antimatter - 22 Aug 2021 20:37:48 (#494 of 2017)

Hmmm, MrA is principally from Harpenden, we fell in love at The Harpenden Arms.

Pot Luck BBQ for lunch, so I have spent most of the day secretly disposing of well meant but horrid food in discrete places in the garden. The only thing worth eating was the noodle salad. Too darned hot now, so basking in the cool blast from the heat pump.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 19:45:44 (#495 of 2017)

secretly disposing of well meant but horrid food in discrete places in the garden

Should we expect protests later by the raccoons?

FleurDuMal - 22 Aug 2021 20:47:20 (#496 of 2017)

I’m having a long weekend in Newcastle next week.

To make up for the recent Holiday of Doom.

surferboogiewhatever - 22 Aug 2021 20:19:09 (#497 of 2017)

If somebody were to present me with a portion of jam sponge and custard I wouldn't refuse it.

I'm eating jam sponge right now (but with vanilla ice cream as I have no custard). Unfortunately this computer doesn't appear to have a pudding-forwarding facility, but wouldn't it be a wonderful thing if some of them did?

Ginmonkey - 22 Aug 2021 21:27:32 (#498 of 2017)

#496 ooh I like Newcastle a lot. It is one of my favourite UK cities.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 21:27:57 (#499 of 2017)

Are all antiques experts creepy sex p*sts?

Cordelia - 22 Aug 2021 21:30:05 (#500 of 2017)

Possibly.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 20:30:13 (#501 of 2017)

Arthur Negus wasn't.

Dubris - 22 Aug 2021 20:32:26 (#502 of 2017)

I'm almost finished with the jigsaw puzzle. Dealing with the clouds in the background. There are a lot of them, all in white and the same two shades of blue.

I may be some time.

binturong - 22 Aug 2021 21:37:08 (#503 of 2017)

I used to have some sort of cousins in Harpenden. They had a pet pigeon that lived free-range in the house.

JennyRad - 22 Aug 2021 20:56:06 (#504 of 2017)

#499 No - I have a friend who's an auctioneer and valuer of rare and antique books. Dated him for a while, even. Definitely not a s*x p*st. Socially-challenged, yes, but not in the slightest bit r*p*y.

slicey - 22 Aug 2021 21:05:05 (#505 of 2017)

The problem is this man skews the average so much he ruins everyone else's reputation.

https://i.dailymail.co.uk/1s/2021/05/03/08/4250553
8-9536885-image-a-2_1620028786062.jpg

slicey - 22 Aug 2021 21:06:18 (#506 of 2017)

Although it has just occurred to me he is not really an antiques person.

carterbrandon - 22 Aug 2021 22:06:51 (#507 of 2017)

Not an antiques person at all! An MDF wrangler, ffs!

melpomene - 22 Aug 2021 22:27:54 (#508 of 2017)

German doner kebab box here via delivery, I had to order it as MrM is barred for getting irate when one was two hours late and I had given up and gone to bed. Luckily they don't seem to have linked the address to the phone numbers and deliver to me in a reasonable time frame.

With a cheery side salad of the handmaids tale.

Happy anniversary, Helen.

helenskywalker - 22 Aug 2021 22:35:39 (#509 of 2017)

It's mostly the pervs on Antiques Roadtrip (male and female) who frequently negotiate half-price deals "plus a kiss". But also the glass nonce on Antiques Roadshow and the weapons expert Mark Francois one who has to do his valuations behind a table and with Wet Wipes nearby.

Thank you, lovely melp.

Lagopus - 23 Aug 2021 05:55:50 (#510 of 2017)

We had an Antiques Roadshow moment at work the other day. A customer brought in a fairly attractive late Victorian edition of Blake and wondered what it might be worth. Using our collective 257 years experience in the trade we had a look on Abebooks. About a fiver, it seems.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 05:24:18 (#511 of 2017)

Not quite enough to retire to Monte Carlo on then.

Lagopus - 23 Aug 2021 06:43:03 (#512 of 2017)

Why do cats always sound as if they're in the most profound despair imaginable when they're having sex?

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 06:18:40 (#513 of 2017)

Roleplay?

LippyPongstocking - 23 Aug 2021 07:41:58 (#514 of 2017)

<sad eyes of Grizabella>

Where's the sun? We were promised sun!

Tomnoddy - 23 Aug 2021 06:51:39 (#515 of 2017)

I read a description of cat sex once. Apparently the male's willy has spikes, so I imagine it's painful for at least one participant.

FleurDuMal - 23 Aug 2021 09:00:53 (#516 of 2017)

ooh I like Newcastle a lot. It is one of my favourite UK cities.

I've spent very little time there, despite its relative closeness and the fact that son #1 did his MA there. We thought it was time to remedy this situation. I've already booked to visit Mog on the Tyne!

binturong - 23 Aug 2021 09:37:07 (#517 of 2017)

I imagine it's painful for at least one participant.

Both, usually, because the female reacts - understandably - with teeth and claws.

Ginmonkey - 23 Aug 2021 09:44:44 (#518 of 2017)

#516 The Baltic is a good visit as well as the winking bridge.

It is also just nice to walk around the town and go to some of the pubs. It is a very handsome city - more so that its popular image would have your believe.

FleurDuMal - 23 Aug 2021 09:45:44 (#519 of 2017)

My son loved it there - he's now planning to buy a flat there, as he's allowed to WFH anywhere in the UK.

Antimatter - 23 Aug 2021 12:14:58 (#520 of 2017)

Another boilio day here as we await the remnants of hurricane Henri. I am going to have to try and de-sandyfy the house.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 12:56:36 (#521 of 2017)

Before Henri blows it all back in.

Antimatter - 23 Aug 2021 14:27:59 (#522 of 2017)

That is so true. The sea is deliciously warm today. On my return I noticed that I had forgotten to water the plants at the weekend. Usually there is a tumbling display of wave petunias in a variety of colours. Unfortunately, it currently looks like a wall of nachos. I may have left it too late, I can always blame Covid I suppose.

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 14:02:27 (#523 of 2017)

Drama 1 : the cash machine (geldautomat) gave me a 100€ bank note.

Drama 2: the car park only took cash, not cards.

Germany has a weird relationship with money.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 14:38:25 (#524 of 2017)

There was a minor scandal in mid-Wales a couple of years ago because the car park by the beach at Llangrannog took cards but (being tucked into a rocky cove) often didn't have a good enough signal for the parking machine to connect to the banks. It did though have a camera at the entrance to pick up number plates, so people were being sent penalty notices for having driven into the car park then trying and failing to pay for parking and driving off.

It's an attractive beach though.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 17:42:41 (#525 of 2017)

Llangrannog parking outrage stuns thread

Sabacious - 23 Aug 2021 18:57:16 (#526 of 2017)

That’s a far too common problem in Kent too, very irritating.

We are barbecuing on the beach. Sunshine, not a cloud in the sky, an hour to sunset. Beer and reggae in attendance. I should be working.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 17:59:29 (#527 of 2017)

I could do without the beer and the reggae, but otherwise it sounds very pleasant.

slicey - 23 Aug 2021 18:16:06 (#528 of 2017)

I've been watching Gresham College lectures on YouTube. Specifically Alec Ryrie's series on the history of religion which is full of fascinating stuff. If one's definition of fascinating is broad enough to include lectures about medieval atheists or the history of radical Protestantism.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU3TaPgchJt
Rjl-WiM1_CGzTSRznxOvZx

SorrellA - 23 Aug 2021 19:16:07 (#529 of 2017)

If you don't have a signal you can usually pay for your parking when you get home, as long as it's the same day (RingGo app). Maddening if you couldn't actually find a space though.

Sabacious - 23 Aug 2021 19:39:40 (#530 of 2017)

lectures about medieval atheists or the history of radical Protestantism.

I’ll stick with the beer and reggae I think.

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 19:04:26 (#531 of 2017)

Triggered by the release of the first images of Netflix’s upcoming live action version of Cowboy Be-bop, I’m listening to the cracking soundtrack. Yoko Kanno is a splendid composer. Admittedly Japanese jazz can be quite good (see also: Yoji Ohno).

I’ve been on a diet of white man friendly jazz this evening after a couple of hours of ESB, the IKEA of jazz.

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 19:06:27 (#532 of 2017)

And once I’m fit again, probably some time in the autumn, I’ve made the decision to try and join my local HEMA club and learn to fence. Let’s see if that resolution survives first, erm, contact.

They offer a choice of longsword, sabre, dagger and rapier fencing. I want to learn the rapier.

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 19:06:46 (#533 of 2017)

Fiou. For a second I was worried the site wouldn’t let me say the word rapier.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 19:07:46 (#534 of 2017)

The fencing get up would suit you, Pommes.

slicey - 23 Aug 2021 19:10:11 (#535 of 2017)

He could be the Athos to your d'Artagnan, Dubs.

I would be Aramis, obvs.

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 19:11:44 (#536 of 2017)

I will probably end up as sancho panza or whoever his Dumas equivalent is.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 19:16:01 (#537 of 2017)

Nonsense.

Ginmonkey - 23 Aug 2021 20:18:36 (#538 of 2017)

Parking to Japanese jazz to fencing. Esoteric tonight.

The only Japanese jazz I have seen is Toshio Matsuura.

Cordelia - 23 Aug 2021 20:18:39 (#539 of 2017)

I did fencing for a while. It was enormous fun! I couldn’t work out whether I was being Touché Turtle or Dogtanian!

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 19:23:53 (#540 of 2017)

We went to a Turkish restaurant for lunch inFrankfurt today. It was our first Turkish restaurant since leaving London so I had high hopes. It was ok but no FM Mangal.

Also I got stung by a bee just before orzdering, which rendered the whole experience somewhat diminished.

slicey - 23 Aug 2021 19:25:57 (#541 of 2017)

Math Rock is basically is basically Anime Jazz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNw3lBsDltM

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 19:27:37 (#542 of 2017)

That’s nice!

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 19:32:06 (#543 of 2017)

Touché Turtle had great self-belief, as I recall. There are many worse cartoon characters to be.

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 19:43:02 (#544 of 2017)

There’s some completely bonkers J-Pop out there:

https://open.spotify.com/track/2Bczh6OMMR3v0J288WV
Mdy?si=jOo2mD-NSzqRK8lcO7AuBA&dl_branch=1

slicey - 23 Aug 2021 19:50:47 (#545 of 2017)

If you like that you should check out Math Rock, Pommes, possibly my favourite of all music nerd genres.

Was listening to Don Cabellero just today : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26VOfPwgM_w

Tomnoddy - 23 Aug 2021 19:54:19 (#546 of 2017)

RingGo works nicely for me. However the car park at High Force near Middleton-in-Teesdale uses ParkandPay which was a bag of sh*t there. I have never used it elsewhere.

Sabacious - 23 Aug 2021 21:13:06 (#547 of 2017)

Don Cabellero are (were?) good, although I prefer my math rock toward the Meshuggah end of things, unsurprisingly.

JennyRad - 23 Aug 2021 20:15:51 (#548 of 2017)

Also I got stung by a bee just before orzdering, which rendered the whole experience somewhat diminished.



There appearz to have been something infectious about the zting!

I am in York. We should have bought sunscreen. And somewhere near our self-catering flat there are a pack of dogs barking enthusiastically, and have been for fifteen minutes so far.

AppleCatcher - 23 Aug 2021 20:21:27 (#549 of 2017)

The sun returns (briefly) to Frankfurt tomorrow. But I doubt sunscreen will be required. We’re planning to go cycling in the forest.

slicey - 23 Aug 2021 20:21:56 (#550 of 2017)

were?

I think they are on the not officially split up but not done anything together for years.

Don Cab and Tera Melos are my favourites I think.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkwdMb0r1Fo

Cordelia - 23 Aug 2021 21:40:04 (#551 of 2017)

My favourite math rock is 65 days of static. They did the soundtrack to No Man’s Sky, but I have always loved the first track on the Space Shuttle tribute video which is Retreat Retreat.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=II7QBLt36xo&feat
ure=youtu.be

Sabacious - 23 Aug 2021 21:42:40 (#552 of 2017)

If Towlie were here he’d say they’re post-rock, not Math rock.

Cordelia - 23 Aug 2021 21:43:27 (#553 of 2017)

He can argue it - they describe themselves as both.

Sabacious - 23 Aug 2021 21:44:58 (#554 of 2017)

I would never entertain such trivialities of course.

Dubris - 23 Aug 2021 20:46:08 (#555 of 2017)

Are they CRUSHING and INTENSE though?

Cordelia - 23 Aug 2021 21:47:44 (#556 of 2017)

Oh very much so at times. A live gig is a wall of sound. Stunning.

Impedimenta - 24 Aug 2021 00:17:00 (#557 of 2017)

Meanwhile, in crap telly news, I'm watching a programme the premise of which is helping people to save money. They've just achieved a saving (Woo!) by getting a family to swap the sofa they already own for a secondhand one which cost "just £200!".

Maths is not my strong point, but I'd call that adding £200 to your outgoings and ending up with too many sofas.

It is fabulously addictive cheapskate tv, though. They get so excited about swapping a £3 bottle of shampoo for a £2 bottle of shampoo. Woo!

Antimatter - 24 Aug 2021 05:19:53 (#558 of 2017)

It's a very cheesy moon out there tonight.

Ginmonkey - 24 Aug 2021 08:05:49 (#559 of 2017)

I am fascinated by that programme Imps. Not once does the solution seem to be - just stop buying so much shit you don't need.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 08:15:16 (#560 of 2017)

Buying stuff to make you happy only works for a limited period - and then you have to do something with the stuff.

Ginmonkey - 24 Aug 2021 09:18:52 (#561 of 2017)

That is true.

They get one bit right - can some of the items they buy be bought cheaper for at no noticeable difference? However they often miss the first step - does some of this stuff need to be bought at all?

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 08:23:05 (#562 of 2017)

Also - the amount of money I've accidentally saved over the past 18 months by not buying myself a coffee and a cake after work each day has been really noticeable.

Catspyjamas17 - 24 Aug 2021 09:31:28 (#563 of 2017)

The cheap shampoo may be a false economy. Not saying more expensive is better but not all shampoos suit my hair. Or smell nice.

HollyGolightly - 24 Aug 2021 09:32:59 (#564 of 2017)

We watched that programme last week. 27k spent on tat. I didn't get the swapping bit though, as the money had already been spent.

Oof, am having a grumpy day.

limegreen - 24 Aug 2021 09:37:31 (#565 of 2017)

Business doesn't work by not selling you stuff, it works by telling you not to buy that one, but this one instead.

Ginmonkey - 24 Aug 2021 09:43:37 (#566 of 2017)

It's the small stuff that really does often add up.

MadamGwenver - 24 Aug 2021 10:19:49 (#567 of 2017)

I have definitely found that sorting the house out is money-saving, in that getting a full picture of how many as yet unread books and un-made craft projects I already have makes not buying more much easier. The already owned stuff is now more logically and attractively arranged, and on Sunday I managed to walk through Waterstones and not be more than momentarily tempted by anything.

slicey, thank you for the Gresham College lectures link. Definitely my kind of thing (and one of the books I found while tidying was Alec Ryrie's history of Protestantism).

slicey - 24 Aug 2021 09:54:12 (#568 of 2017)

You're welcome, MadamG. I did actually wonder if it might be up your street so am pleased to hear that.

It's a great channel as there are hours and hours of lectures on all sorts of thing and obviously given the nature of the subjects, the fact that lots of the videos are years old doesn't really matter.

Prof. Ryrie has also become my latest go to sleep voice. He's vary calming even when he's talking about the more gruesome aspects of medieval life.

Antimatter - 24 Aug 2021 11:58:35 (#569 of 2017)

A little bit of thunder rumble this morning, gentle rain, the remnants of Henri. Still warm, the hot weather looks set to break at the weekend, in time for the company BBQ.

SorrellA - 24 Aug 2021 13:48:12 (#570 of 2017)

Those Gresham lectures look great, have bookmarked too, thank you.

MysteryDate - 24 Aug 2021 14:18:41 (#571 of 2017)

Gresham College lectures are great, a whole world of such varied knowledge.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 14:19:25 (#572 of 2017)

Making me think of ducks.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 13:36:39 (#573 of 2017)

Medieval atheist ducks?

MadamGwenver - 24 Aug 2021 14:40:40 (#574 of 2017)

Medieval ducks say "queck"

https://twitter.com/BLMedieval/status/809745432268
210176?s=20


Or they did round here, anyway...

Sabacious - 24 Aug 2021 15:01:13 (#575 of 2017)

A french duck, surely?

MadamGwenver - 24 Aug 2021 15:04:21 (#576 of 2017)

I have no idea why they describe it as French, in a Norfolk Psalter. If anything, it'd be Flemish.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 15:16:59 (#577 of 2017)

Cough it up lass.

Antimatter - 24 Aug 2021 15:37:24 (#578 of 2017)

Shrimp Bucatini with crunchy panko and roasted cherry tomatoes.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 14:41:16 (#579 of 2017)

"Queck" sounds like a frightfully nice 1930s duck.

LippyPongstocking - 24 Aug 2021 16:05:03 (#580 of 2017)

It's how the queeb would say it.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 16:05:43 (#581 of 2017)

I discovered today that postcards with a first class stamp actually go first class, despite received knowledge.

sorry

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 15:23:13 (#582 of 2017)

<judges harshly>

And it's not even a postcard with which I have any personal involvement.

Royal Mail can be very good in the speed of their delivery.

LippyPongstocking - 24 Aug 2021 16:36:21 (#583 of 2017)

They're usually OK, but sometimes have inexplicable lapses, such as with a card I recently sent to the LippyPs first class which took five days to arrive.

There are a couple of very famous people in my building today. This is not unusual, of course, but they're among the very few folk who could potentially make me a bit starstruck. If I see them in a corridor I may struggle not to fanboy all over them.

DejaLu - 24 Aug 2021 16:39:36 (#584 of 2017)

I had no idea Buble was even in the country!

LippyPongstocking - 24 Aug 2021 16:46:18 (#585 of 2017)

Tsk, not Bublé - the Clayderman, of course!

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 15:46:42 (#586 of 2017)

Or that he was working with Elaine Paige.

airynothing - 24 Aug 2021 16:48:07 (#587 of 2017)

Buble and Bieber - what are the chances!

LippyPongstocking - 24 Aug 2021 16:48:14 (#588 of 2017)

<imitates *that* laugh she does on her radio show>

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 15:59:20 (#589 of 2017)

Oh the stories that Lippy's little autograph book could tell!

slicey - 24 Aug 2021 16:39:38 (#590 of 2017)

If it wasn't for an untimely death a couple of years back my money could have ben on Chas & Dave.

DejaLu - 24 Aug 2021 17:40:31 (#591 of 2017)

It’s not Charlie Watts.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 18:24:29 (#592 of 2017)

Ah yes. Page 5 with that strange little ‘water mark’.

Cordelia - 24 Aug 2021 19:02:05 (#593 of 2017)

Bah. I have mangled my tomato paste tube beyond repair. Even though there’s still a reasonable amount in there, it won’t come out.

I shall to resort to scissors!

Ginmonkey - 24 Aug 2021 19:08:23 (#594 of 2017)

Why don't they sell tomato paste in jars? It would be much easier.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 19:13:17 (#595 of 2017)

Um. They do.

Impedimenta - 24 Aug 2021 19:14:10 (#596 of 2017)

They do. Also little tins. And yet we persist in buying tubes of the stuff.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 19:17:06 (#597 of 2017)

I much prefer the tubes.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 18:18:24 (#598 of 2017)

I've just done a 30 minute walk back from the supermarket with a bag of shopping* that was just slightly too heavy to carry comfortably. Still, it's important to build exercise into one's daily routine.

*no tomato puree involved

Cordelia - 24 Aug 2021 19:21:37 (#599 of 2017)

I liked the tubes when they were a bit plasticky - so if they got mangled it was easier to unmangle them.

I shall look for the jars next time.

slicey - 24 Aug 2021 18:23:30 (#600 of 2017)

Of course I make mine from scratch every time I cook.

bluff

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 18:24:37 (#601 of 2017)

Just like your Italian grandmother taught you, eh?

goldfinch - 24 Aug 2021 18:27:36 (#602 of 2017)

I try and buy those small foil containers but you don't see them very often.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 19:40:26 (#603 of 2017)

I think you’ll find Whole Foods has them.

Impedimenta - 24 Aug 2021 19:42:23 (#604 of 2017)

Turkish corner shops for all your large jars of tomato puree needs. Also pepper puree. Half a tin or jar goes furry v quickly, whereas presumably the inside of the tube remains fur-free.

Cordelia - 24 Aug 2021 19:52:10 (#605 of 2017)

If you can’t see it, it’s not furry.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 19:59:43 (#606 of 2017)

Furry conference darkroom, there.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 19:09:53 (#607 of 2017)

<clutches pearls, having first checked that they're not furry>

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 20:13:28 (#608 of 2017)

<snurk>

Hunch down a bit. I’ll pull them out.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 19:18:11 (#609 of 2017)

Isn't he thoughtful, ladies and gentlemen?

HollyGolightly - 24 Aug 2021 20:18:38 (#610 of 2017)

I just remove the fur and declare it fine. Just like my mum.

goldfinch - 24 Aug 2021 19:20:32 (#611 of 2017)

I don’t know Whole Foods but check out, thanks

Cordelia - 24 Aug 2021 20:26:29 (#612 of 2017)

There’s one on Camden Parkway - not sure if there’s one near you.

Ginmonkey - 24 Aug 2021 20:26:49 (#613 of 2017)

Ahh I did not know tomato paste came in jars. Will investigate.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 20:38:14 (#614 of 2017)

<giggles>

helenskywalker - 24 Aug 2021 20:41:28 (#615 of 2017)

Day 3 in the house of rubble, and I still have a whole bathroom suite in my living room. The builder swears that it'll be all plumbed in by tomorrow. We are trying to believe him

goldfinch - 24 Aug 2021 19:50:41 (#616 of 2017)

If it isn’t and you need showers you are welcome to come here, helens.

I know it, Cords, just not the name.

nemo75 - 24 Aug 2021 20:51:52 (#617 of 2017)

Blimey. The big brother tasks are rough this year.

helenskywalker - 24 Aug 2021 20:57:26 (#618 of 2017)

It's no Love Island.

And thank you, goldfinch, that's very kind and I will take you up on it if necessary.

Cordelia - 24 Aug 2021 21:35:49 (#619 of 2017)

We have fireworks for the second night in a row. Is there an event or festival I’m unaware of?

limegreen - 24 Aug 2021 22:00:14 (#620 of 2017)

Yeah, tins of tomato puree go off too quickly. I don't use much at a time, so tube it is. I assume the lack of air means non furry. I note the tube says use within three weeks of opening. Hahaha.

Cordelia - 24 Aug 2021 22:06:15 (#621 of 2017)

Mine sit in the fridge for months.

helenskywalker - 24 Aug 2021 22:08:36 (#622 of 2017)

Years.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 21:11:06 (#623 of 2017)

Fridge? Ah.

Mindyou, it hasn't poisoned me yet.

DejaLu - 24 Aug 2021 22:33:25 (#624 of 2017)

Why is my house full of bluebottles? I thought we closed the hellmouth when we did the bathrooms.

binturong - 24 Aug 2021 22:34:57 (#625 of 2017)

Do you have chimneys? Are they capped? If the answers are yes and no, you probably have dead pigeon stuck in one.

Sabacious - 24 Aug 2021 22:35:29 (#626 of 2017)

Lovely

DejaLu - 24 Aug 2021 22:36:08 (#627 of 2017)

Yes and not sure. Ugh.

helenskywalker - 24 Aug 2021 22:41:34 (#628 of 2017)

That's a terrible answer. Do a nicer one.

Dubris - 24 Aug 2021 21:43:54 (#629 of 2017)

Does Bionica have a secret hobby of keeping maggots?

binturong - 24 Aug 2021 22:44:01 (#630 of 2017)

Sorry.

You're this year's venue for the annual bluebottle convention - they are trying to ask you how they can improve their public image.

helenskywalker - 24 Aug 2021 22:45:09 (#631 of 2017)

There you go.

goldfinch - 24 Aug 2021 22:00:26 (#632 of 2017)

Dead mouse somewhere?

helenskywalker - 24 Aug 2021 23:05:29 (#633 of 2017)

No ta.

surferboogiewhatever - 24 Aug 2021 22:13:15 (#634 of 2017)

Why is my house full of bluebottles?

Did anyone sleep over at your house about 3 weeks ago and have you already checked if there's a plate of very long-dead party food concealed in the storage space in the bottom of your spare bed?

That's what it was when it happened to me.

MysteryDate - 24 Aug 2021 23:26:33 (#635 of 2017)

I've had an impromptu night out with my sister, which has involved slightly too much wine, plus lots of chat and laughter. Excellent fun.

Lagopus - 25 Aug 2021 07:04:31 (#636 of 2017)

I have bought tickets for me and a Certain Small Boy to go and see someone pretending to be Luther Vandross at the O2. today we go in search of albatross.

Ginmonkey - 25 Aug 2021 07:18:25 (#637 of 2017)

Re: Blue Bottles. Do you have a cat? Could they have brought in a dead rodent and hidden it somewhere?

Dubris - 25 Aug 2021 07:41:59 (#638 of 2017)

Happy birthday (in sort of alphabetical order) to Holly and Lu!

Perhaps Lu's bluebottles are going to fly in formation later (like the drones at the Olympics) to mark her special day.

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 07:49:14 (#639 of 2017)

Happy Birthdays!

LippyPongstocking - 25 Aug 2021 09:26:49 (#640 of 2017)

I suspect the bluebottles will do synchronised pooing in the sugar bowl.

Happy birthdays anyway!

Cordelia - 25 Aug 2021 09:27:03 (#641 of 2017)

Happy birthdays both!

goldfinch - 25 Aug 2021 08:28:37 (#642 of 2017)

Happy birthdays!

airynothing - 25 Aug 2021 09:37:08 (#643 of 2017)

Happy birthday to you both!

Catspyjamas17 - 25 Aug 2021 09:51:35 (#644 of 2017)

Happy birthday Holly and Lu.

staticgirl - 25 Aug 2021 09:57:22 (#645 of 2017)

Hoppy beeday to Holly and Lu!

DejaLu - 25 Aug 2021 09:57:58 (#646 of 2017)

Thank you, lovelies! The bluebottles have assembled to give me the bumps.

MysteryDate - 25 Aug 2021 10:03:09 (#647 of 2017)

Happy Birthdays!

Dubris - 25 Aug 2021 09:40:15 (#648 of 2017)

Better the bluebottles than Bionica for that, I'd say.

Snarlygog - 25 Aug 2021 10:42:29 (#649 of 2017)

Bumps all round for the Birthday people!

JennyRad - 25 Aug 2021 09:43:23 (#650 of 2017)

Happy birthdays to Holly and Lu!

FleurDuMal - 25 Aug 2021 11:11:40 (#651 of 2017)

Happy Birthday, both!

HollyGolightly - 25 Aug 2021 11:39:14 (#652 of 2017)

Thank you! I have been celebrating by having back to back video calls. Though in the last one, my client played my Happy Birthday by Stevie Wonder!

crabbyoldbat - 25 Aug 2021 11:40:14 (#653 of 2017)

Happy birthday Lu and Holly

limegreen - 25 Aug 2021 11:51:10 (#654 of 2017)

I hope you both covered in bees, giving a bumpy appearance. That is the picture in my head anyway. Is this how birthdays work?

Antimatter - 25 Aug 2021 12:43:03 (#655 of 2017)

A big stand off taking place on the deck this morning. A young fox is sneaking up to steal bird food, and noticed bubba raccoon and is scared. Bubba raccoon is also scared of the fox, initially he hid behind the BBQ, then climbed onto the side of the deck to make himself look bigger. Young fox went into retreat, but was not fooled for long and is now back, munching on the bird seed. Bubba is pulling faces and the blue jays are yelling like crazy as their breakfast is disputed.

It is very hard to concentrate here with all this activity going on.

HollyGolightly - 25 Aug 2021 12:50:21 (#656 of 2017)

Sadly, I did not get a raccoon for my birthday.

Dubris - 25 Aug 2021 13:05:05 (#657 of 2017)

You may not think so now, but perhaps that was for the best.

Antimatter - 25 Aug 2021 14:28:00 (#658 of 2017)

Still time to send you one, Dribbly looks to be in the family way again so should have a new bubba by September. Just not sure how to pack it........

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 14:46:14 (#659 of 2017)

I've been stuck with a Happy Birthday to Lu earworm all day.

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 14:46:39 (#660 of 2017)

Holly Birthday to Lu also works.

HelenDamnation - 25 Aug 2021 14:49:48 (#661 of 2017)

Squashed tomatoes and stew?

Antimatter - 25 Aug 2021 16:07:44 (#662 of 2017)

Maple Mustard glazed mini meat loaves with mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli.

It may be 35 C outside, but MrA has turned the air con to the Siberia setting and I need my comfort food.

HollyGolightly - 25 Aug 2021 16:08:54 (#663 of 2017)

Tortilla chips and sour cream dip for me, sitting in the garden reading.

Sabacious - 25 Aug 2021 16:36:47 (#664 of 2017)

I have toddled back from the seaside specifically to do one work thing but the machines are revolting and nothing much has come of it. I am now in Bloomsbury in need of liquid relaxation should anyone be in the environs and think likewise.

Snarlygog - 25 Aug 2021 17:03:27 (#665 of 2017)

Have toddled down to Proper Job, the well known Dartmoor recycling centre and have got a load of books for holiday reading. Now sat in the family conservitry drinking tea and munching homemade rock cakes.

MysteryDate - 25 Aug 2021 17:36:30 (#666 of 2017)

Whyyyyyyyy has the nice sunny day turned out to be today, with tedious work things and my journey home to fill it? Why not on previous when I had access to my friend's garden whilst cat sitting?

Dubris - 25 Aug 2021 19:00:20 (#667 of 2017)

Life is unfair.

helenskywalker - 25 Aug 2021 20:12:50 (#668 of 2017)

I have a working bath and toiley!

Also the 'before' story on the Repair Shop just reduced me to tears.

Happy birthdays!

HollyGolightly - 25 Aug 2021 20:14:24 (#669 of 2017)

Hurrah for working plumbing.

I cancelled going out for dinner as I feel so shit.

Cordelia - 25 Aug 2021 20:15:26 (#670 of 2017)

Hurrah for working baths and toileys!

Is it finished, Helens, or just working?

nemo75 - 25 Aug 2021 20:16:17 (#671 of 2017)

She’s looking flushed so I reckon it worked.

helenskywalker - 25 Aug 2021 20:17:14 (#672 of 2017)

Just working so far. Finished in two days, he reckons.

It might actually be rather nice when it's done.

Dubris - 25 Aug 2021 19:21:09 (#673 of 2017)

Working plumbing is always nice.

Sorry to hear about dinner, Holly, but better not to go if you're not feeling up to it.

Cordelia - 25 Aug 2021 20:22:21 (#674 of 2017)

Yep. Much better to go when you can enjoy it properly.

nemo75 - 25 Aug 2021 20:22:31 (#675 of 2017)

Working plumbing is always nice.

<snurk>

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 19:23:52 (#676 of 2017)

Projection a bit obvious there, Neems.

helenskywalker - 25 Aug 2021 20:24:13 (#677 of 2017)

I think we're still owed a couple of celebration dinners postponed due to long COVID. Commiserations.

nemo75 - 25 Aug 2021 20:24:44 (#678 of 2017)

No problem here, thanks.

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 19:30:01 (#679 of 2017)

The Mexican and family have been to visit possibly for the last time before I move next Tuesday. The Mini-Mexican is now most bold and asked for not one but two Percy Pigs.

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 19:30:48 (#680 of 2017)

I have ordered a burger from the fancy burger place. Which is annoying as I was hoping to order a donner kebab but their website didn't work.

nemo75 - 25 Aug 2021 20:39:45 (#681 of 2017)

How do you feel about that Slicey?

Ginmonkey - 25 Aug 2021 20:46:22 (#682 of 2017)

I am looking forward to the adventures of slicey and Sam the Dog.

We have had mennin to fix our previously rather poxy outside lights. They appear to have over delivered as we are now lit up like a Christmas tree - from about 6pm.

HelenDamnation - 25 Aug 2021 21:03:08 (#683 of 2017)

I am very much enjoying this Raab-trolling on Twitter https://twitter.com/BorderKent/status/143049739409
8049024

Impedimenta - 25 Aug 2021 22:21:25 (#684 of 2017)

♪ La mer....

♫ Qu'on voit fermer...

MysteryDate - 25 Aug 2021 22:25:24 (#685 of 2017)

I have had a plumbing mannin this evening, who has rummaged about behind my bath panel.

helenskywalker - 25 Aug 2021 22:25:42 (#686 of 2017)

T bon.

Dubris - 25 Aug 2021 21:57:36 (#687 of 2017)

#683 - Is it too much to hope that somebody has footage of Raab on a paddle board? What a morally small man he is.

#685 - I won't claim to be surprised.

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 22:12:04 (#688 of 2017)

Where's Avon?

Bin Chat hangout on Twitter now has 750 people talking about bin related drama.

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 22:14:11 (#689 of 2017)

A man in Newham has just cited "the Olympic legacy" as responsible for their increasingly dire bin situation.

slicey - 25 Aug 2021 22:43:47 (#690 of 2017)

The official Eurovision Song Contest account has joined the #binspace chat.

HelenDamnation - 25 Aug 2021 23:50:49 (#691 of 2017)

Pah. We're all about the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods here in fashionable West London.

Impedimenta - 26 Aug 2021 00:04:15 (#692 of 2017)

When I see LTN I find myself thinking, "Lose The...what? What begins with N?"

binturong - 26 Aug 2021 00:48:10 (#693 of 2017)

#683 Excellent - I do like Border Twitter (although being followed by the Belarusian border was a little disconcerting).

Ginmonkey - 26 Aug 2021 07:28:59 (#694 of 2017)

We have bin drama here this week as lots of our binmen are isolating.

So all bin days are suspended and your bin day is now a lottery.

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 06:31:02 (#695 of 2017)

<spins the Wheel of (Bin) Fortune>

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 11:53:39 (#696 of 2017)

That went down well.

DejaLu - 26 Aug 2021 13:42:40 (#697 of 2017)

My brain trotted off happily on an Osama Bin Fortune tangent.

slicey - 26 Aug 2021 12:52:49 (#698 of 2017)

Many on Twitter bin chat were close to starting Jihad against their local councils.

Ginmonkey - 26 Aug 2021 13:53:47 (#699 of 2017)

You have to link to Twitter bin chat.

slicey - 26 Aug 2021 12:56:43 (#700 of 2017)

The hashtag is here https://twitter.com/hashtag/BinSpace although mostly it was a live group voice chat last night which ended up with 750 (!) people relaying various bin related dramas.

Who even knew Twitter had live hangout type things?

LippyPongstocking - 26 Aug 2021 13:59:08 (#701 of 2017)

Forewarned is forearmed!

slicey - 26 Aug 2021 12:59:56 (#702 of 2017)

Monthly bin collections! Oh, the humanity.

Ginmonkey - 26 Aug 2021 14:10:51 (#703 of 2017)

Gosh that is a lot of bin drama. I think our block has enough bin drama of its own for a twitter time line.

Antimatter - 26 Aug 2021 14:12:36 (#704 of 2017)

No bin drama here, I did find a lovely moonsnail on my morning beach walk. Another hot one today.

limegreen - 26 Aug 2021 14:26:28 (#705 of 2017)

I listened to a bit. It was frustratingly rambly and slow. Even if I get annoyed by bin stuff.

Antimatter - 26 Aug 2021 16:07:11 (#706 of 2017)

Moroccan spiced pork meatballs with olives, kale and apricot couscous.

MysteryDate - 26 Aug 2021 17:11:41 (#707 of 2017)

But no moonsnails, which look... interesting, and are possibly poisonous.

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 18:02:58 (#708 of 2017)

PREDATORY SEA SNAILS!

Antimatter - 26 Aug 2021 19:33:36 (#709 of 2017)

They are very beautiful, there is a really good moonsnail beach near Bay Fortune, but a great white shark has been spotted up there so I am not currently tempted to go for a paddle.

29 C and midday cocktails at Dalvay, not a good recipe for productivity, I may need a nap.

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 18:39:59 (#710 of 2017)

Reading about moonsnails has introduced me to the word "radula". It is a good word.

Antimatter - 26 Aug 2021 19:51:14 (#711 of 2017)

Also 'Ghost Slug'.

HelenDamnation - 26 Aug 2021 19:54:39 (#712 of 2017)

This slug

Is getting like a ghost slug....

Antimatter - 26 Aug 2021 19:57:33 (#713 of 2017)

Too much slithering on the dance floor,

Cordelia - 26 Aug 2021 20:01:56 (#714 of 2017)

You just made me track that down on You Tube. It has a cracking video, I’d forgotten.

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 19:13:59 (#715 of 2017)

Who you gonna call?

Ghost(slug)busters!

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 19:26:11 (#716 of 2017)

The smells drifting on the evening air suggest that somebody close by has just lit a barbeque. I hope they're not expecting to eat soon.

HelenDamnation - 26 Aug 2021 20:57:53 (#717 of 2017)

I have just had a very nice prawn/pea/courgette/asparagus risotto. Cooked by my own fair hand. It's just a shame my kitchen is so small, with so little space to put things, that even minimal cooking looks like a bomb has gone off. Ah well.

Sabacious - 26 Aug 2021 20:59:36 (#718 of 2017)

We’ve just had a marvellous little barbecue in the beach; prawns, tuna and sea bass. The nights are drawing in though, it’s dark!

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 20:01:04 (#719 of 2017)

Time to put the Christmas dinner sprouts on to boil soon.

Ginmonkey - 26 Aug 2021 21:01:11 (#720 of 2017)

#717 same here. I seem spend my life cleaning and tidying my kitchen.

At least being teeny tiny it doesn't take so long.

HelenDamnation - 26 Aug 2021 21:13:46 (#721 of 2017)

I'm girding my loins to go through everything in the kitchen and hopefully get rid of a fair bit. I mean, I have a set of alphabet cookie cutters that I haven't used for at least 10 years. And too many saucepans. And Bundt tins and stuff.

slicey - 26 Aug 2021 20:16:47 (#722 of 2017)

You should make some swears one last time.

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 20:24:52 (#723 of 2017)

She's too busy stitching sweary bunting, I reckon.

HelenDamnation - 26 Aug 2021 21:32:44 (#724 of 2017)

Actually, as in 3 weeks I'm going to a party full of small children, I might make each of their names in biscuits and then get rid of the cutters. Maybe to one of the mamas involved.

airynothing - 26 Aug 2021 21:38:58 (#725 of 2017)

You could combine both and do BLOODY JOCASTA, TOSSPOT TARQUIN, etc.

Just a thought.

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 21:41:30 (#726 of 2017)

Or, like our recent school wall graffiti, FUCK JAMES.

JennyRad - 26 Aug 2021 20:53:28 (#727 of 2017)

That is an extremely cunning bit of non-wasteful tactful re-gifting, HelenS!

We had a Charlie Brigham lasagne this evening and while I'm not sure it was any better than a home-made one it certainly wasn't actually worse, only the only washing up was the plates and forks, and MrRad cooked it while I was in the shower. I'm writing this down partly to help me to remember what excellent things ready meals can be.

slicey - 26 Aug 2021 20:54:19 (#728 of 2017)

Or, like our recent school wall graffiti, FUCK JAMES.

There is only so many times you can here Sit Down without snapping.

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 20:55:09 (#729 of 2017)

A rather large spider has just come into the room I'm in. It's paused halfway along the door, considering its options. I may have raised my legs well off the floor when I spotted it.

Dubris - 26 Aug 2021 20:58:51 (#730 of 2017)

Perhaps it's time to go to bed and leave the living room to the spider.

Sabacious - 26 Aug 2021 22:13:58 (#731 of 2017)

It’ll follow you so that it can drink from your eyes during the night.

surferboogiewhatever - 26 Aug 2021 21:17:34 (#732 of 2017)

Send it over here, maybe it could kill the flying ants (so late in the year!) that attached themselves to our rucksacks on Dartmoor this afternoon and keep popping up all over the place.

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 22:18:21 (#733 of 2017)

You can borrow Bonny, who will enthusiastically try to make friends with it until a couple of its legs fall off and it decides to have a nap.

Bodgit - 26 Aug 2021 23:07:28 (#734 of 2017)

Fecking flying ants have been following us around the Lake District. Catbells on Sunday? Flying ants. Wastwater on Monday? Flying ants. Blencathra on Tuesday? Shitting flying ant day.

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 23:11:13 (#735 of 2017)

It might be you?

Bodgit - 26 Aug 2021 23:14:17 (#736 of 2017)

Oh…

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 23:14:44 (#737 of 2017)

Is there a God of ants?

Sabacious - 26 Aug 2021 23:18:08 (#738 of 2017)

Is there something dead up your chimney?

Charisse - 26 Aug 2021 23:22:13 (#739 of 2017)

If there is a god of flying ants I think we know who it might be, given they are flocking to her.

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 23:23:18 (#740 of 2017)

If you are, bodg, I'm very sorry about what I did to your people when they started swarming in my kitchen.

goldfinch - 26 Aug 2021 22:23:32 (#741 of 2017)

Oh no, spider season.

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 23:31:59 (#742 of 2017)

A young fox just came in through the catflap and tried to steal one of my sliders!

The beasts are regaining control.

Charisse - 26 Aug 2021 23:40:47 (#743 of 2017)

Yikes! Can I recommend a microchip reading cat flap to you?

goldfinch - 26 Aug 2021 22:41:36 (#744 of 2017)

Would that work for spiders as well?

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 23:44:01 (#745 of 2017)

Might be tricky microchipping all of them.

helenskywalker - 26 Aug 2021 23:48:10 (#746 of 2017)

I think it's gone. Bonny tried to make friends with it through the catflap.

Antimatter - 27 Aug 2021 00:41:56 (#747 of 2017)

When under attack by spiders, you could try moving house. Or on one occasion, when MrA was away, I approached my lovely retired ex-military neighbours who despatched the humungous beastie then proceeded to get me horribly stoned on some home grown weed. If you know a local fireman, they can be very useful in such circumstances. Air rifles and BB guns can also be deployed, spiders work on hydraulics so if you can damage a limb they will start to leak and eventually die. If all of this fails, go to the local pub and beg for help, it is quite a good chat up line. Or so I am told.

helenskywalker - 27 Aug 2021 00:51:12 (#748 of 2017)

Two of the 3am girls once lived next door to us. One of them once appeared at the door (I was away) begging the manly Dwarf to help them with a mahoosive spider in their shower. He caught it in a glass, shrieked at the size of it, then flung the spider and the glass as far away as he could (into the road). And then ran back home.

No, I was not worried about threats to our relationship.

Antimatter - 27 Aug 2021 01:03:20 (#749 of 2017)

I once found a mahoosive thing scuttling around the kitchen in the UK. I threw an empty biscuit tin over it and declined to use the kitchen for an entire month. I eventually found a willing alpha male type who purported to be unafraid and delegated the problem. After an entire month the spider was still alive, even the alpha male blanched at the size of it and eventually launched it out of the window. This was not helpful as I needed the goddam thing dead, the relationship did not last.

helenskywalker - 27 Aug 2021 01:19:04 (#750 of 2017)

I have to assume you put a giant glass over the alpha male and slid a giant envelope under him, before disposing?

Antimatter - 27 Aug 2021 01:37:23 (#751 of 2017)

Yup, pretty much. Would have preferred to whack the pair of them over the head with a heavy saucepan but, I was young and naïve then.

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 06:56:20 (#752 of 2017)

I don't like handling spiders but I'm quite happy to coexist with them. It's just suddenly finding them in unexpected places that really disturbs me.

Ginmonkey - 27 Aug 2021 08:26:13 (#753 of 2017)

I found the first dozy wasp of late summer this morning. It was staggering drunkenly around the kitchen sink.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 07:57:04 (#754 of 2017)

Lots of Tarantula youtube watching has cured me of any problems with spiders.

Policywatcher - 27 Aug 2021 07:59:37 (#755 of 2017)

One of my earlier memories is my mother jumping up into a stool to avoid something the size of an adult hand that had started chasing her round the room.

(No, not in the UK)

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 08:03:23 (#756 of 2017)

That's reassuring.

Policywatcher - 27 Aug 2021 08:10:40 (#757 of 2017)

I didn't do at all well with spiders until I had children of my own.

Theses days, I am the master of the glass and card.

Unnerving one recently.

Aggressive S.O.B.

Big bugger by UK standards

Instead of sitting waiting in the glass or running round the edge, it aggressively hurled itself repeatedly at where my thumb was on the outside of the glass, and followed and kept doing it when I November my thumb.

When I turned the glass upright, and took the card off ready to shake it out the window, it actually started climbing the inside of the glass.

Got rid of that one in a hurry.

goldfinch - 27 Aug 2021 08:11:14 (#758 of 2017)

You are not reassuring me.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 08:20:44 (#759 of 2017)

Almost all species are basically blind and relay on vibration. So just remain perfectly still and eventually the spider will quietly leave your face.

nemo75 - 27 Aug 2021 09:24:37 (#760 of 2017)

They leave when they’ve finished drinking from your eyeballs.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Aug 2021 09:25:14 (#761 of 2017)

I'm fond of spiders and don't mind handling them - probably as a result of being quite the nature boy when I was growing up in the countryside and I've always found them fascinating. I was only ever bitten by one once: the arachnid in question was a tube web spider and it was my own fault for twanging the silky trip wires outside its burrow with my finger. It was quite painful, but I was more startled than anything else.

JennyRad - 27 Aug 2021 08:31:10 (#762 of 2017)

Some years ago I was house-sitting for a friend who was on honeymoon, and there was a large spider in her conservatory. I put a pint glass over it and then chickened out of actually moving it, and then basically clean forgot. I subsequently realised they must have got home from honeymoon to a nice tidy house, flowers in a vase, and also a large spider possibly dead under a pint glass in the middle of the conservatory floor. Oops.

goldfinch - 27 Aug 2021 08:38:53 (#763 of 2017)

I've had two goes at spider phobia therapy. I can now trap them whereas I had to leave home before. As soon as London Zoo starts it's spider phobia course I'm on it.

Policywatcher - 27 Aug 2021 08:48:59 (#764 of 2017)

I find some of the small jumping spiders quite cute, since this incident.

Once I was sat working at my pc when I heard a quiet repeating taptap every few seconds.

Saw movement... It was a small grey spider maybe a quarter inch, a tad more, sat on top of the monitor.

Every few seconds it was trying to jump up to the bookshelf about 6" above, hitting the underside, and dropping back into the monitor... taptap... Kept it up for ages.

If I put a pencil near it, it would stop, turn and watch closely, tracking every movement.

If I took the pencil away, there's be a short pause, then... taptap.... taptap ....

No idea why.

With that overhang, there was no way it was ever going to get into the shelf.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 08:55:16 (#765 of 2017)

Tarantula "sexy time" still freaks me out.

With these very large display species the mature male looks *tiny* next to the female and if they don't judge her mood correctly and cannot get away quickly it doesn't go well for them.

So the whole process is a bit nerve wracking.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 08:59:08 (#766 of 2017)

when I heard a quiet repeating taptap every few seconds.

The tapping, called drumming, is what the males do to signal to females and basically means "I am not food and have a sperm packet for you".

Assuming UK house spiders work like Tarantulas.

helenskywalker - 27 Aug 2021 10:18:15 (#767 of 2017)

What’s with all the spider porn, dude?

Catspyjamas17 - 27 Aug 2021 10:19:25 (#768 of 2017)

I don't mind spiders, but notice that they can't just leave you alone if in a bedroom with them and they will approach. After an eyeball-drinking incident, I now remove them (humanely).

Assuming UK house spiders work like Tarantulas.

Or rock band drummers.

Sabacious - 27 Aug 2021 10:25:17 (#769 of 2017)

I used to have a pet tarantula. The first night after I bought it I obviously hadn’t secured the lid properly and it had escaped. Cue some very slow, precise yet panicked searching the room. Fortunately it was asleep nearby and was easily slid back into its vivarium. Phew.

binturong - 27 Aug 2021 10:53:15 (#770 of 2017)

Assuming UK house spiders work like Tarantulas.

On the whole, yes. But that applies to drumming with their feet rather than concussing themselves on bookshelves.

Web-based species pluck rather than drumming, but the purpose is the same.

Cordelia - 27 Aug 2021 11:01:45 (#771 of 2017)

So rock guitarists and drummers? We could have a Spider Band!

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 10:06:10 (#772 of 2017)

Just don't upset the groupies.

carterbrandon - 27 Aug 2021 12:03:07 (#773 of 2017)

#771: From Mars?

LippyPongstocking - 27 Aug 2021 13:12:42 (#774 of 2017)

Our chefs have really been on form since the canteen reopened last week. Today's lunch was proper, homemade chicken and ham pie - not a puff pastry lid on a tin of meat 'n' gravy - and it was bloody delicious. It came with loads of side dishes too, so I am now thoroughly stuffed. And will no doubt soon be fatter as well.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 12:20:31 (#775 of 2017)

A skilfully draped feather boa can hide many sins, Lippy.

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 12:21:55 (#776 of 2017)

And encourage the committing of many more.

nemo75 - 27 Aug 2021 13:29:58 (#777 of 2017)

What were the sides, Lippy?

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 12:30:45 (#778 of 2017)

Increasingly distended, by the sound of it.

LippyPongstocking - 27 Aug 2021 13:38:16 (#779 of 2017)

Well, quite!

Neems, the sides were potato wedges, green beans, baked beans, salad and coleslaw. I had all of them, needless to say.

limegreen - 27 Aug 2021 13:39:37 (#780 of 2017)

Lids are the best! Who wants soggy bottoms?

mazylou - 27 Aug 2021 13:41:17 (#781 of 2017)

Burn the witch!

LippyPongstocking - 27 Aug 2021 13:48:47 (#782 of 2017)

No soggy bottoms here!

Cordelia - 27 Aug 2021 13:49:10 (#783 of 2017)

A properly made pie doesn't have a soggy bottom!

limegreen - 27 Aug 2021 13:50:06 (#784 of 2017)

But mostly they do. Although my friend made an excellent one once that didn't. But mostly it's just sogg.

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 13:31:06 (#785 of 2017)

I'm happy with a pastry lid. It's better than nothing.

limegreen - 27 Aug 2021 14:39:56 (#786 of 2017)

You can always do extra bits on the side. Because I do love pastry.

Antimatter - 27 Aug 2021 16:14:07 (#787 of 2017)

I do like a bit of puff pastry lid, crisp on top, soggy on the underside. I can live without a pie bottom as I am not a massive fan of carbs.

Food box delivery day today, an exciting highlight of my week. Rock n Roll.

nemo75 - 27 Aug 2021 16:17:25 (#788 of 2017)

What’s in your box?

<snurk>

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 15:26:56 (#789 of 2017)

PIE BOTTOM

Snarlygog - 27 Aug 2021 16:38:48 (#790 of 2017)

Stew with lids at our canteen is to cater for the Gluten intolerant, apparently. They can add one or not as appropriate.

Antimatter - 27 Aug 2021 16:47:44 (#791 of 2017)

I have seared chicken topped salad, Italian style pork burgers and southern style shrimp. I order the boxes a week in advance so I have usually forgotten what to expect by the time it arrives, which gives me a welcome surprise element. Then, I stack the bags of food sideways on in the fridge so on each particular day I do not know what will be cooked and prepared until the last moment.

The constant search for endorphins is real folks.

Cordelia - 27 Aug 2021 17:58:38 (#792 of 2017)

Hurrah! It’s Friday evening, it’s sunny, it’s a bank holiday weekend, I’ve just got home and I have GIN.

breakfast - 27 Aug 2021 17:59:04 (#793 of 2017)

Crackerjack!

binturong - 27 Aug 2021 18:02:41 (#794 of 2017)

GIN. Now there's an idea.

binturong - 27 Aug 2021 18:05:28 (#795 of 2017)

I have some freshly made blackberry syrup, too, so a bramble it is.

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 17:25:55 (#796 of 2017)

A trip on the M25 will feature a little later. I wonder how depressing Clacket Lane services will be.

Sabacious - 27 Aug 2021 21:10:55 (#797 of 2017)

We have made it to the exotic foreign climes of Suffolk. A vast and beautiful lakeside house. All is well.

I see the UKIP dad from Gogglebox has died, which is very sad.

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 20:30:18 (#798 of 2017)

Clacket Lane services is no more than usually depressing, which is nice.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 20:40:07 (#799 of 2017)

Two bed London flat.

Comes with underground bunker.

https://www.zoopla.co.uk/for-sale/details/59557159/

(From picture #16).

Impedimenta - 27 Aug 2021 20:43:43 (#800 of 2017)

The floor plan is hilarious.

Not even a shared underground bunker. Lovely conversion job they've done of the old Water Board offices. I wouldn't say no. Not sure what I'd use the bunker for.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 20:47:25 (#801 of 2017)

I remember that building as it's on Roseberry Avenue which was on my cycle commute for about 5 years.

Cordelia - 27 Aug 2021 21:54:46 (#802 of 2017)

I find myself slightly disturbed by the number of locking handles on the bunker door.

What the Hell were they expecting?

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 21:02:01 (#803 of 2017)

Dubs could keep his spiders in there. Or Lu her bluebottles.

goldfinch - 27 Aug 2021 21:33:24 (#804 of 2017)

I'd love that bunker.

DejaLu - 27 Aug 2021 22:54:40 (#805 of 2017)

In another life, I’d definitely have gone to look at that flat.

DejaLu - 27 Aug 2021 22:54:50 (#806 of 2017)

And not just for my bluebottles.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 22:11:42 (#807 of 2017)

In other news, last night 11 year-old drummer Nandi got to play on stage with The foo Fighters. Dave Grohl really is a GBOL.

https://twitter.com/Nandi_Bushell/status/143130320
7934783494

Sabacious - 27 Aug 2021 23:18:25 (#808 of 2017)

Ha! Marvellous!

Sabacious - 27 Aug 2021 23:19:31 (#809 of 2017)

I was trundling around YouTube the other day and up popped the FF playing at Wembley with Rick Astley. That was unexpected.

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 22:22:01 (#810 of 2017)

Gosh.

I'm in East Kent. There was a very big and bright moon for part of the drive - buttermilk colour, low above the trees at the top of Detling Hill.

slicey - 27 Aug 2021 22:26:35 (#811 of 2017)

If you check out her channel you'll get the full story from her original cover, to their drum battle back and forth between them.

Also I love this video of Dave G. with his daughter which is very touching.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKDr-D6EzJY

Gigi76 - 27 Aug 2021 23:28:05 (#812 of 2017)

Similar here, Dubris, though considerably further north. Very bright.

Dubris - 27 Aug 2021 22:56:51 (#813 of 2017)

The unexpectedness of the moon suddenly being there is magical.

limegreen - 28 Aug 2021 00:26:54 (#814 of 2017)

That flat is oddly underwhelming considering the building

HelenDamnation - 28 Aug 2021 00:41:14 (#815 of 2017)

Just on the off chance Losts haven't seen it, Tanqueray is currently £19 a litre from Amazon. Worth it if you have Prime.

Antimatter - 28 Aug 2021 01:23:16 (#816 of 2017)

The various water boards used to own a number of bunkers so that essential services could be kept running in the event of a nuclear attack.

I am just back from watching 'Pig' at the cinema, it is very good.

slicey - 28 Aug 2021 06:22:00 (#817 of 2017)

Morning, Losts.

Today is my last day of living on my own as my Dad arrives today for my move North next Tuesday. Bacchus decided to play music until 2am to mark the occasion.

Dubris - 28 Aug 2021 06:36:28 (#818 of 2017)

Did they do any of your requests?

slicey - 28 Aug 2021 06:48:37 (#819 of 2017)

You will be unsurprised to learn that my pleas fell on deaf ears.

LippyPongstocking - 28 Aug 2021 08:07:57 (#820 of 2017)

Ah, well hopefully you still have Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep on vinyl.

Tomnoddy - 28 Aug 2021 08:30:32 (#821 of 2017)

We are on Trueleigh Hill above Shoreham, about to have a walk on the South Downs. Yesterday we were at my niece's funeral at Clayton Wood woodland burial ground, outside Hassocks. A lovely spot for a beautiful red-haired and warm-hearted mother of two small boys. It was so unexpected, she went to hospital for a routine consultation and was put straight in ICU. She died next day of heart failure, probably a consequence of lupus.

The wake at her house above the sea at Peacehaven was outdoors in lovely weather and attended by so many of her friends. We are all going to miss her, but not as much as will her husband and the boys, who are only 10 and 8.

Sorry for introducing this sad note here. However, it was enlivened by the hearse having a puncture en route to Clayton Woods, probably a bit of mischief on Ibs's part :)

Cordelia - 28 Aug 2021 09:47:38 (#822 of 2017)

I am so sorry Tomnoddy.

limegreen - 28 Aug 2021 09:51:38 (#823 of 2017)

Blimey, that's awful, Tomnoddy.

staticgirl - 28 Aug 2021 09:53:50 (#824 of 2017)

Oh poor family. My condolences!

DejaLu - 28 Aug 2021 09:56:21 (#825 of 2017)

I’m so sorry, Tomnoddy. That’s awful.

slicey - 28 Aug 2021 08:57:20 (#826 of 2017)

That's terrible, Tom. Deepest condolences to all of you.

CinqueCento - 28 Aug 2021 10:16:41 (#827 of 2017)

Sympathies, Tom.

goldfinch - 28 Aug 2021 09:30:53 (#828 of 2017)

I'm so sorry, Tom. Condolences to you all.

Impedimenta - 28 Aug 2021 10:58:17 (#829 of 2017)

Oh Tom, so very sad.

Antimatter - 28 Aug 2021 11:30:01 (#830 of 2017)

That is shocking and saddening news Tom, my heart feels for you all.

Tomnoddy - 28 Aug 2021 11:03:08 (#831 of 2017)

Thanks, everybody.

HelenDamnation - 28 Aug 2021 12:05:07 (#832 of 2017)

What an awful thing, Tom. Those poor children.

Dubris - 28 Aug 2021 11:23:22 (#833 of 2017)

My sympathies, Tom.

Catspyjamas17 - 28 Aug 2021 12:58:34 (#834 of 2017)

I'm so sorry, Tom, that's utterly tragic.

Antimatter - 28 Aug 2021 14:53:43 (#835 of 2017)

FosterMog has caught and killed another mouse. She is now strutting around the house, yelling loudly while her primordial pouch sways dramatically from side to side. At the same time, her short, sharp thin tail is being used to whip our shins and beat us into subservience. All hail the triumphant MOG!

Policywatcher - 28 Aug 2021 14:43:46 (#836 of 2017)

Sorry about your niece Tom. Very sad.

MysteryDate - 28 Aug 2021 16:01:22 (#837 of 2017)

That is awful, Tom, I'm very sorry.

staticgirl - 28 Aug 2021 16:36:31 (#838 of 2017)

Antimatter - are you on the Cat thread? I am thinking that is a crowd there who'd love hearing about FosterMog. She is such a character.

slicey - 28 Aug 2021 15:45:06 (#839 of 2017)

My Dad has arrived and The Mexican has been to visit.

As soon as he sat down, my Dad received an urgent phone call from my Mother which we could overhear because old person's phone volume settings.

"You know that blue bag under the stairs?"

"Yes."

"Opened it and it is a Universal Camping Bed. Completely unused."

Dad hangs up. To The Mexican:

"When you come to visit you can bring your parents, your siblings and a selection of cousins and you will all have somewhere to sleep".

In other news Sam the Dog, who is very chill, is apparently being bullied by Elric the Hound who will not take no for an answer when it comes to requests to play.

Ginmonkey - 28 Aug 2021 16:45:40 (#840 of 2017)

Tomnoddy I am so sorry to hear about your niece, it must have been such a awful shock. Something similar happened to my mum, went in for a routine op never came back

I was 16 and my brother 13. It was hard but we got there. Give your niece and nephew support and love and they will be ok, even if it doesn't feel like that right now.

Dubris - 28 Aug 2021 17:20:43 (#841 of 2017)

This may interest the thread:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leicestershire-58354825

slicey - 28 Aug 2021 17:36:43 (#842 of 2017)

My Dad and I are now full of curry and a splendid Barolo.

Curry was a rare treat as my Mum has predicted this week's meme by refusing to eat Indian food as "it all tastes of one spice which they put too much in" for 20 years.

So my Dad has had his first tandoori lamb chop, some chilli chicken 65 and that lamb with lime one.

Oooof.

surferboogiewhatever - 28 Aug 2021 18:26:42 (#843 of 2017)

Sorry for your loss, Tomnoddy.

What a beautiful dog, Dubris - and from such a nice region too. I hope he has a lovely rest of his life.

Charisse - 28 Aug 2021 19:46:11 (#844 of 2017)

Very sorry for your loss Tomnoddy, that’s so sad, her poor kids.

Charisse - 28 Aug 2021 19:52:09 (#845 of 2017)

Slicey your curry sounds more exciting than my ready meal version from M&S. I am envious. Hope the move goes ok.

I am slogging through the last of my uni work, due on Wednesday. When this is all over I am going to spend my days watching daytime tv and having naps and enjoying the lack of deadlines hanging over me.

HelenDamnation - 28 Aug 2021 19:57:12 (#846 of 2017)

Babyish but delicious melting middle fishcakes with a huge amount of petits pois here. I am now regretting having thrown the contents of my wardrobe on to my bed earlier, because I will have to do something with them before I can go to bed.

Dubris - 28 Aug 2021 19:47:08 (#847 of 2017)

roolf eht no lla ti worhT

ti oD

HelenDamnation - 28 Aug 2021 20:49:34 (#848 of 2017)

I am sorely tempted, Dubs, but in the long run it will upset me more than actually sorting it out properly would.

Tomnoddy - 28 Aug 2021 20:09:05 (#849 of 2017)

Back on t'web again, after a long day walking and driving. Thank you to everyone for your kind thoughts about my niece Ibs. She was a unique individual, right from birth. She peed, naked, on Michael Heseltine's foot at a Christmas party, apparently. Of course, she was only about 18 months or so old, at the time! She grew up with politics as red as her hair, not surprising considering both her mum and dad were very left-wing union officials.

Green, too, protesting in Seattle, and in every major demo for progressive causes. She had a huge crowd of friends, could drink them under the table, and party all night. The only person we know who was Scottish and spoke Scots with a Sarf London accent when necessary. She spent most summer/Christmas holidays at my parents in the West Highlands, despite living in London, then Sussex, as a child. My brother and his wife, and Ibs's siblings, are heartbroken, as well as her husband and two boys.

However, as more than one person said, trust her to have a puncture on her hearse and being late for her own funeral!

slicey - 28 Aug 2021 20:17:15 (#850 of 2017)

She sounds awesome, Tom. Well loved and lived a good life is not a bad thing to aim for.

helenskywalker - 28 Aug 2021 21:23:34 (#851 of 2017)

She does indeed sound awesome, Tom. Lots of love to you and the family.

Ginmonkey - 28 Aug 2021 21:25:24 (#852 of 2017)

Those are some lovely memories Tom. She sounds like she was an awesome person.

Antimatter - 28 Aug 2021 22:49:31 (#853 of 2017)

Slicey, I am so jealous of your Barolo, Canada would appear to be a Barolo desert and it is my favourite red wine.

Just back from company BBQ which was in D's back yard. He has the best yard in the world with a tree house, ninja ropes, a swimming pool, bouncy castle, a zip line and water access with kayaks. Also, there was catering. I have asked him to do a yard swap for next year which I think would be character building for his children, not sure that he agrees, but still, worth a try. Too much smoked brisket & pulled pork as been consumed but the whole day was a perfect 23 C. I shall sleep well tonight.

Catspyjamas17 - 28 Aug 2021 22:54:38 (#854 of 2017)

I read that as a Barolo dessert. What a marvellous idea.

carterbrandon - 28 Aug 2021 23:01:12 (#855 of 2017)

Reminds me of my dad's response when he had leftover red wine and we warned him against glugging it with his Xmas pud. It went like this:

"Oh, bugger that."

"Ew."

HelenDamnation - 28 Aug 2021 23:15:43 (#856 of 2017)

I have a couple of Woodwick candles on the go. Got them from TKMaxx clearance so not complaining - they smell nice. But the USP is apparently the crackling sound of the wick as they burn. It's supposed to remind you of a wood fire. It's more like standing next to the popcorn machine at the cinema.

helenskywalker - 28 Aug 2021 23:18:06 (#857 of 2017)

I had a Sindy cooker that did that.

HouseOfLametta - 28 Aug 2021 23:39:17 (#858 of 2017)

Macabre.

helenskywalker - 28 Aug 2021 23:41:30 (#859 of 2017)

Wait till I tell you about dog ice cream.

Antimatter - 28 Aug 2021 23:50:57 (#860 of 2017)

Hmmm, damp dog desert. I am not buying it.

LippyPongstocking - 29 Aug 2021 09:28:50 (#861 of 2017)

An unexpectedly sunny and warm start to the day down here at PT. There was a deer grazing in the field opposite at dawn, which is always a lovely sight - like a painting - and a dear little field mouse keeps appearing on the wall outside the kitchen, sitting under a fern and eating bird food.

Cordelia - 29 Aug 2021 09:31:48 (#862 of 2017)

Lippy this morning: https://images.app.goo.gl/S49Ca6gAKtLACnWeA

LippyPongstocking - 29 Aug 2021 09:33:43 (#863 of 2017)

Uncannily accurate!

ragdoll - 29 Aug 2021 09:25:35 (#864 of 2017)

I'm very sorry for your loss, Tomnoddy. She does sound properly awesome.

Hope the moving process isn't too stressful, Slicey. Google tells me you could always pop along to the Bank Holiday Disco Karaoke taking place at a community centre near you, 'for a night of fun'. From 6pm. No end time given, but I think we all know where the after party will be.

Tomnoddy - 29 Aug 2021 10:34:21 (#865 of 2017)

Thank you, ragdoll. We are home now. Yesterday we ended up at the Devil's Dyke pub above Brighton in the South Downs. Beautiful day, coffee, cake, ice-cream and a long walk back to the car. However, the pub sold dog ice-cream which was oddly cheering.

Our offspring have now unilaterally - with 24 hour notice - declared Bank Holiday Monday as All Visit the Old Folks day. So preparing to be stunned by the complete Noddy contingent descending.

DejaLu - 29 Aug 2021 11:38:28 (#866 of 2017)

“I’ll have one scoop of salted cavapoo and a mint chow chip, please.”

PreachyPreach - 29 Aug 2021 12:26:05 (#867 of 2017)

Sorry for the loss of your awesome sounding niece, TN.

Antimatter - 29 Aug 2021 15:52:00 (#868 of 2017)

Southern style shrimp over braised red kale, with creamed corn and garlic bread.

Impedimenta - 29 Aug 2021 16:10:52 (#869 of 2017)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-58370218

I am struggling to see anything good about this story - man who runs rescue animal sanctuary in Kabul makes huge <edit: and admirable> fuss about getting his staff out with him, then says, "and my animals", now has left Kabul with his animals but without his staff.

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 16:16:16 (#870 of 2017)

Totally agree, Imps.

goldfinch - 29 Aug 2021 15:25:52 (#871 of 2017)

Yep. Me too.

Avonlea - 29 Aug 2021 16:44:04 (#872 of 2017)

I despair. I’ve been unfollowing people on Twitter by the dozen because I can’t stand it. And because if a dog’s life is worth more to you than an Afghan man, woman or child’s life, we’re not destined to be friends.

DejaLu - 29 Aug 2021 16:57:06 (#873 of 2017)

I love animals but that story has made me so angry.

Avonlea - 29 Aug 2021 17:03:24 (#874 of 2017)

In news of the pitiful and weird, have you seen this?

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/michael-gove-raves-aberdeen-club-24862871

And from @danbloom1 on Twitter:

The doorman is claiming he tried to avoid paying the £5 entry fee by boasting he was the “Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster”.

DejaLu - 29 Aug 2021 17:10:08 (#875 of 2017)

What??

Cordelia - 29 Aug 2021 17:21:57 (#876 of 2017)

OMG.

Cordelia - 29 Aug 2021 17:23:21 (#877 of 2017)

He dances better than me though.

Dubris - 29 Aug 2021 16:51:00 (#878 of 2017)

I was thinking just this morning that Govenews had been in short supply since his painful love split became public knowledge.

More cheerfully, Mum and I have had an excellent day out. We bought her a new apron for the kitchen.

That wasn't the whole of the day out.

HelenDamnation - 29 Aug 2021 18:13:07 (#879 of 2017)

Same reaction to the Pen Farthing story - sheer rage.

It's very pleasing when you get a relatively minor new domestic thing that is just right, Dubs, so I can see how that would contribute strongly to the excellence of the day out. I may use this excuse later to buy a set of bedlinen that I've been fancying for a while which is 40% off.

breakfast - 29 Aug 2021 18:14:22 (#880 of 2017)

But might it go as low as 50% off? You could have a fun game of chicken here.

HelenDamnation - 29 Aug 2021 18:15:54 (#881 of 2017)

I could. And I could also contemplate the 6 sets of bedlinen that I already own, and decide that it would be a silly move.

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 18:41:19 (#882 of 2017)

Sympathies to Tom from here too, that’s a tragic tale. Also very much in agreement with Avon and others regarding the supposed animal rescue idiot. Loathsome.

We accidentally went to Southwold today, which is good as it means we need never ever go there again.

breakfast - 29 Aug 2021 18:45:38 (#883 of 2017)

Is Southwold a horrible place?

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 18:49:02 (#884 of 2017)

I couldn’t see all that much going for it. There’s a Sandy beach.

HelenDamnation - 29 Aug 2021 18:51:51 (#885 of 2017)

It's a bit chichi for Sably tastes, I'd imagine. I like the pier, especially the bit with the tune of Eternal Father Strong to Save in metalwork.

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 18:56:34 (#886 of 2017)

Chichi? I thought it was a bit of a dump! Aldeburgh far better.

binturong - 29 Aug 2021 19:03:00 (#887 of 2017)

The little sailor's centre/museum place is quite interesting.

Cordelia - 29 Aug 2021 19:43:03 (#888 of 2017)

We believe in how dinosaurs look based on drawings made from their bones.

If we do the same to animals we know, we can see how utterly wrong we might be!

https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/artist-draws-animals-the-same-way-we-draw-dinosaurs-based-on-bones-alone-and-theyre-terrifying-/?

HelenDamnation - 29 Aug 2021 19:45:01 (#889 of 2017)

Oh, those are brilliant. And horrible!

breakfast - 29 Aug 2021 19:50:04 (#890 of 2017)

So dinosaurs might be much more cuddly than we imagine then. Apart from being giant lizard-y things.

Cordelia - 29 Aug 2021 19:51:38 (#891 of 2017)

They could be completely different-shaped. Which I find quite boggling.

HelenDamnation - 29 Aug 2021 19:52:46 (#892 of 2017)

Cuboid dinosaurs! Elliptical dinosaurs! Covered-in-spaghetti dinosaurs!

breakfast - 29 Aug 2021 19:53:18 (#893 of 2017)

Yeah, definitely. I prefer the horses we actually have compared to the newly imagined from skeleton one.

FleurDuMal - 29 Aug 2021 19:55:04 (#894 of 2017)

I’d like to think that dinosaurs were covered in rainbow-coloured fur, rather than dull, greenish scales.

breakfast - 29 Aug 2021 19:57:03 (#895 of 2017)

So perhaps there should be a range a drawings and models produced to imagine what a t-Rex might look like. With optional coverings but that’s just for fun.

Antimatter - 29 Aug 2021 19:58:41 (#896 of 2017)

I have never believed the lizardy interpretation of dinosaurs. If you have ever cooked a whole chicken you can see the flaw in the argument straight away.

slicey - 29 Aug 2021 19:09:24 (#897 of 2017)

That Pen Farthing story drove me mad. Not least people saying things like "they are not pets they are therapy dogs that help with PTSD" like this somehow explains it all.

Also Pen Farthing is a shit name and you can just tell from that alone he is going to be a massive knob.

In other news I have been to my leaving BBQ at The Mexicans and a fair few of my colleagues turned up to say goodbye. There was even a goodbye chocolate cake.

breakfast - 29 Aug 2021 20:10:48 (#898 of 2017)

That’s nice! Especially the chocolate cake.

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 20:12:01 (#899 of 2017)

Marvellous.

Cordelia - 29 Aug 2021 20:12:12 (#900 of 2017)

How lovely Slicey.

slicey - 29 Aug 2021 19:15:31 (#901 of 2017)

It was lovely. Although also frio and came to regret not bringing a coat.

Ginmonkey - 29 Aug 2021 20:32:46 (#902 of 2017)

Civil service rumours are that Pen Farthing is not a GBOL.

The story made me really angry too. I love dogs but human lives are worth more.

LippyPongstocking - 29 Aug 2021 20:38:28 (#903 of 2017)

... Even those of Priti Patel, or Jacob Rees-Mogg?

Convince me.

FleurDuMal - 29 Aug 2021 20:40:16 (#904 of 2017)

I’d rescue a rabid hamster before Rees-Mogg.

slicey - 29 Aug 2021 19:43:58 (#905 of 2017)

I'd stick the rabid hamster in a sack with Rees-Mogg.

Snarlygog - 29 Aug 2021 20:44:24 (#906 of 2017)

The real scandal of the Afghanistan withdrawal was that the French had their shit together and had started to withdraw their people in May. The Animals shelter is just a big bluff to hide the fact that the FO was farting about doing nothing . Looks like they also just blanked MPs and Cabinet ministers Emails on getting people out.

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 22:41:48 (#907 of 2017)

To paraphrase Penn and Teller, I’d personally strangle all of Pen Farthing’s menagerie to save one Priti Patel. It doesn’t sit well but is just the way of things. A Priti Patel or an Afghan refugee woukd be far more of a conundrum (to save, not to strangle, I hasten to add).

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 22:44:36 (#908 of 2017)

Strangling one Priti Patel would be a lot less effort, though.

Mind you, I am a bit tired.

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 22:45:43 (#909 of 2017)

Being hypothetical is less effort still, best have a nice sit down instead.

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 22:47:14 (#910 of 2017)

Have you been to Brendan the Navigator, btw?

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 22:52:28 (#911 of 2017)

I have not, what sort of thing is that?

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 22:56:59 (#912 of 2017)

Aha! I have gazed at the map, the mahoosive boozer in the hill that has just reopened. Is it good?

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 22:57:44 (#913 of 2017)

It's the pub graveyard across the road from the Dartmouth Park Hill entrance to Waterlow Park. Its Facebook page seems to be good menu and widdly widdly music. I thought it might be fun.

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 23:04:14 (#914 of 2017)

Yes I was just looking at pictures of steak and stuff and promised of diddly Dee all afternoon on Sunday. I see a plan hatching…

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 23:15:17 (#915 of 2017)

Oh good. Let's incubate.

HouseOfLametta - 29 Aug 2021 23:15:35 (#916 of 2017)

Dirty beggars.

goldfinch - 29 Aug 2021 22:17:45 (#917 of 2017)

I give that pub a year.

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 23:17:50 (#918 of 2017)

Cluck.

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 23:19:03 (#919 of 2017)

Oh yeah, goldfinch, it's got a terrible turnover rate. But I quite like the idea of it. Fancy coming to see?

goldfinch - 29 Aug 2021 22:20:00 (#920 of 2017)

Yes please!

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 23:20:52 (#921 of 2017)

I can't believe I typed widdly instead of diddly. Twice. Widdly is Yngwie Malmsteen.

goldfinch - 29 Aug 2021 22:21:10 (#922 of 2017)

I snipped my finger rather badly with secateurs earlier. I'm a bit grumpy about my stupidity and not paying attention.

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 23:22:11 (#923 of 2017)

Excellent! Welcome to the flock.

HouseOfLametta - 29 Aug 2021 23:22:24 (#924 of 2017)

I hit my finger with an axe last week. Is it wrong to be vaguely disappointed in the tiny wound?

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 23:23:08 (#925 of 2017)

I'm not pleased about you mutilating yourself, just for the record. Just slow.

helenskywalker - 29 Aug 2021 23:24:45 (#926 of 2017)

I am often a bit disappointed after what feels like a Big Fall not to see bits of bone poking out and that.

goldfinch - 29 Aug 2021 22:26:40 (#927 of 2017)

It's better not to look at one's own wounds IME.

binturong - 29 Aug 2021 23:34:56 (#928 of 2017)

If I'd followed that advice I'd have missed out on seeing my own kneecap.

HouseOfLametta - 29 Aug 2021 23:36:01 (#929 of 2017)

In the early days of NHS online you had to fill in an onscreen form.

One of the questions was :

Have any parts been cut off, or are there any wounds with bones sticking out? Y/N

HouseOfLametta - 29 Aug 2021 23:36:40 (#930 of 2017)

Yes, the stringy things inside my finger were fascinating.

Sabacious - 29 Aug 2021 23:43:08 (#931 of 2017)

I know someone who dug into their forearm to expose the ulnar nerve and then gave it a good daubing with chilli pepper extract. He’s a maniac and couldn’t understand why the leading journals wouldn’t publish his findings. Unethical apparently.

helenskywalker - 30 Aug 2021 00:22:35 (#932 of 2017)

I've just found out that the ridiculous family way of pronouncing "David Luiz" (even the 12 year old does it) isn't from vague memories of Bread, but actually is from Shirley Valentine.

He's a mur, that David Luiz.

ragdoll - 30 Aug 2021 07:53:13 (#933 of 2017)

Took me a while to regain consciousness after reading #928

ragdoll - 30 Aug 2021 07:54:27 (#934 of 2017)

Also, those animal sketches are excellent. I think the swans one is actually their real shape, and they have some sort of holographic projection that prevents us from seeing their true evil form.

Dubris - 30 Aug 2021 07:55:20 (#935 of 2017)

Let us think instead about trees and flowers and butterflies and the merry laughter of small children.

surferboogiewhatever - 30 Aug 2021 09:14:59 (#936 of 2017)

A is, at this very moment, on the phone arranging to go to somewhere called Dead Man's Bottom. I'd like to think there will be all of those things there, especially the laughter of small children.

PreachyPreach - 30 Aug 2021 10:15:13 (#937 of 2017)

I cut the fleshy bit between my thumb and fingers with a pair of secateurs (edge clippers). Not pleasant.

goldfinch - 30 Aug 2021 09:21:10 (#938 of 2017)

Ouch, sounds nasty.

DejaLu - 30 Aug 2021 10:22:45 (#939 of 2017)

My bottom went all fizzy reading that.

PreachyPreach - 30 Aug 2021 10:27:36 (#940 of 2017)

Cracker of a scar though

Lagopus - 30 Aug 2021 10:34:30 (#941 of 2017)

I can see Dead Man's Bottom inspiring laughter in small children. Probably more evil cackling than merry, though.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Aug 2021 10:36:22 (#942 of 2017)

There's a Dead Dog's Bottom in Gloucestershire. It's near Drinker's End and Drugger's End.

HouseOfLametta - 30 Aug 2021 10:36:31 (#943 of 2017)

There's a Dead Dog's Bottom in Gloucestershire. It's near Drinker's End and Drugger's End.

Cordelia - 30 Aug 2021 10:40:34 (#944 of 2017)

How not to launch a rocket: https://youtu.be/kfjO7VCyjPM

slicey - 30 Aug 2021 09:55:26 (#945 of 2017)

There was a place we went to as kids called Soggy Bottoms. I was am embarrassing age old when I realised this was not its real name and my Dad had made it up for our amusement.

SorrellA - 30 Aug 2021 11:16:42 (#946 of 2017)

Not so far from us is the reliably amusing Pratt's Bottom

slicey - 30 Aug 2021 10:29:10 (#947 of 2017)

Facebook tells me there is also a place called Chubby Knees near where Dubs grew up.

carterbrandon - 30 Aug 2021 11:36:53 (#948 of 2017)

Twatling Road, nr Lickey End, where a colleague lived.

binturong - 30 Aug 2021 11:53:13 (#949 of 2017)

#944 Is it supposed to start by going sideways?

Sabacious - 30 Aug 2021 12:01:09 (#950 of 2017)

There is a Lynsore Bottom near Upper Hardres in my neck of the woods.

I always felt sorry for Lyn to be remembered that way.

Antimatter - 30 Aug 2021 12:26:30 (#951 of 2017)

I learned to swim at Dancers End, which to me has always sounded magical and tragic at the same time.

Dubris - 30 Aug 2021 12:42:34 (#952 of 2017)

#947 - On the seafront at Dover circa 1972. Shorts and wellies and a little anorak.

Dubris - 30 Aug 2021 13:44:46 (#953 of 2017)

Chubby knees stun thread

slicey - 30 Aug 2021 14:05:52 (#954 of 2017)

The mini-Mexican's favourite game is when I hook the back of her chubby little knees with my "Stick of Death" as she is very ticklish.

We could do that if it would help?

Lagopus - 30 Aug 2021 16:40:31 (#955 of 2017)

I'd be stunned if it did.

slicey - 30 Aug 2021 15:52:40 (#956 of 2017)

He's probably gone all shy.

DejaLu - 30 Aug 2021 19:24:56 (#957 of 2017)

I’m almost hysterical with excitement. MrLu has taken one for the team and is doing an overnight hospital stay with Bionix tonight, so I have the WHOLE EVENING TO MYSELF! Break out the spangled party joggers!

PreachyPreach - 30 Aug 2021 19:27:53 (#958 of 2017)

Time to order Dominos and drink one(1) beer.

DejaLu - 30 Aug 2021 19:28:19 (#959 of 2017)

Frozen pizza is going into the oven — stat!

PreachyPreach - 30 Aug 2021 19:31:35 (#960 of 2017)

I took the kids to Hever Castle where a lot of reenactors were having a big camp out so had to spend an unprecedented amount of time saying “no, [A], don’t grab that sword/pistol/shield without asking.”

PreachyPreach - 30 Aug 2021 19:31:58 (#961 of 2017)

The reenactors were, Tbf, very happy to let him have a go afterwards.

DejaLu - 30 Aug 2021 19:32:31 (#962 of 2017)

That sounds like small boy paradise.

PreachyPreach - 30 Aug 2021 19:32:48 (#963 of 2017)

His big sister had fun too (see IG)

Tomnoddy - 30 Aug 2021 19:15:46 (#964 of 2017)

We're the re-enact ors blue with cold ? It's been perishing here for a couple of days, and tonight we've put the heating on.

Antimatter - 30 Aug 2021 20:16:31 (#965 of 2017)

To Pedro's for Assagini Pescatore, Seared Tuna, Halibut, Atlantic Salmon, Digby Scallops, Gulf Shrimp, served on seafood Risotto and Arugula, also, far too many cocktails. A nap is in order.

JennyRad - 30 Aug 2021 19:37:45 (#966 of 2017)

There's a Dead Dog's Bottom in Gloucestershire. It's near Drinker's End and Drugger's End.



Waterley Bottom isn't far off either. Used to be a nice pub in Waterley Bottom, between thirty and fifteen years ago - I hope it's still true. (Fuck all else, though, roughly three farmhouses I think. Best to access by walking over the hill from Dursley, since that way you get out of Dursley and you don't have to drive the roads to Waterley Bottom.)

Cordelia - 30 Aug 2021 20:45:05 (#967 of 2017)

Dursley’s not that bad.

PreachyPreach - 30 Aug 2021 20:51:59 (#968 of 2017)

They lock Harry Potter in the cupboard under the stairs!

Sabacious - 30 Aug 2021 20:53:59 (#969 of 2017)

Surf and turf frenzy here. I bought three live lobsters from the stall on the beach, taught the sapling how to hypnotise them before cooking them and a vast amount of flank steaks (((Costco))).

Stuffed

JennyRad - 30 Aug 2021 19:57:33 (#970 of 2017)

#967 I accept that, globally, there are many, many worse places to be a bookwormish teenager with no social skills. But it was still a fairly unpleasant place for it, and I hold a grudge! (My mother assures me that Dursley has gone up-market since she moved to Stroud, and she assumes there's causation as well as correlation, but I haven't got around to visiting to see whether I agree.)

Sab, I'm stuffed full of pizza and I still want your dinner.

Cordelia - 30 Aug 2021 21:41:26 (#971 of 2017)

I just had the slightly scary experience of yawning widely at my phone while unlocking it and it refused to recognise me.

Dubris - 30 Aug 2021 20:50:31 (#972 of 2017)

Yawning would distort the shape of your face though.

carterbrandon - 30 Aug 2021 21:52:04 (#973 of 2017)

I had to do a speedy alternative-fingerprint-add on the phone I use for all my work 2FA logins after, er, modifying my biometric with the Sabatier knife I sharpened last week.

Sabacious - 30 Aug 2021 21:52:49 (#974 of 2017)

I am absolutely stuffed and want to eat my dinner again too. More lobsters this week I think. Trying to convince the teenagers that tomalley is considered a delicacy by some was a fruitless exercise, for them. All the more for me!

Sabacious - 30 Aug 2021 21:53:21 (#975 of 2017)

Ouch, Carter!

Dubris - 31 Aug 2021 06:04:23 (#976 of 2017)

It is Tuesday. I had hoped to take today off but that wasn't possible because too many of my colleagues had already had the same idea. This is disappointing.

And yes, I do have Friday off instead but it's not the same.

Cordelia - 31 Aug 2021 07:17:43 (#977 of 2017)

I have Thursday off, which is helping slightly at the moment.

Lagopus - 31 Aug 2021 07:34:26 (#978 of 2017)

I am on holiday at the seaside and hoping to do some rowing today on East Yorkshire's largest and possibly only natural lake while watching a very rare colony of Little Gulls, a rather lovely, dainty bird that gets ignored because it's both very rare and a gull.

LippyPongstocking - 31 Aug 2021 07:38:52 (#979 of 2017)

Another day shrouded in a blanket of cloud, which I suppose befits the return to work after a long weekend.

Cordelia - 31 Aug 2021 07:39:34 (#980 of 2017)

I had to put my dressing gown on this morning as well. Chilly.

Sabacious - 31 Aug 2021 07:52:09 (#981 of 2017)

Lovely morning in our lakeside retreat. I have been up since 5.30 sorting out some work stuff, just to get in the holiday spirit.

Cordelia - 31 Aug 2021 07:55:08 (#982 of 2017)

Brian Bilston captures the mood.

https://twitter.com/brian_bilston/status/143259042
9220900868?s=21

slicey - 31 Aug 2021 07:56:54 (#983 of 2017)

Moving day for me. And I didn't sleep at all which is less than ideal.

Cordelia - 31 Aug 2021 07:58:10 (#984 of 2017)

Can you sleep in the car?

Good luck with it all.

Sabacious - 31 Aug 2021 08:00:36 (#985 of 2017)

Splendid poem!

DejaLu - 31 Aug 2021 08:01:36 (#986 of 2017)

Best of luck, Slicers!

Brian Bilston always captures the mood, I find.

slicey - 31 Aug 2021 08:04:08 (#987 of 2017)

Yeah I will fall asleep for sure.

A bit worried for my dad who has done a lot of grafting the last few days. And i am zero use helping him. Although he is not bad for nearly 80.

Dubris - 31 Aug 2021 07:05:50 (#988 of 2017)

Relocation! Relocation! Relocation!

I hope all goes reasonably straightforwardly, slicey.

Snarlygog - 31 Aug 2021 08:06:32 (#989 of 2017)

Back to College, wade through the backlog of orders from early in the year and see what this year's strategy is.

Bodgit - 31 Aug 2021 08:53:55 (#990 of 2017)

Good luck with the move, Slicey.

Back to work for me. I’ve only been off for a week and a half but it could have been months, given how little idea what I’m supposed to be doing today. Got Thursday off though so I should be able to bluff it through until then.

DejaLu - 31 Aug 2021 08:55:13 (#991 of 2017)

I’ve been off for just over a week and can already barely remember what day it is. Work feels a long way away.

Bodgit - 31 Aug 2021 09:02:00 (#992 of 2017)

What’s my password?

DejaLu - 31 Aug 2021 09:15:33 (#993 of 2017)

DancingGove2021!

LippyPongstocking - 31 Aug 2021 09:19:17 (#994 of 2017)

Good luck, Slicers!

I cycled to work in the mizzle and wondered anew at the MAM en route: needless to say there was no queue waiting to climb it.

goldfinch - 31 Aug 2021 08:20:40 (#995 of 2017)

Good luck with the move, slicey. Hope it all goes smoothly.

slicey - 31 Aug 2021 09:21:32 (#996 of 2017)

Thanks all. Computers, monitors and guitars moved. Waiting for the budget movers.

Lagopus - 31 Aug 2021 09:22:31 (#997 of 2017)

Movers!!! How many budgies have you got?

Impedimenta - 31 Aug 2021 09:26:41 (#998 of 2017)

God speed, Slicey. It is Consultant Day in the Imp House, or rather not in the Imp House, as it is a face-to-face appointment.

I think it's been two years since the consultant and I last met. I was going to cycle there, but now I'm looking at the drizzle and contemplating the joys of the Victoria Line.

staticgirl - 31 Aug 2021 09:30:39 (#999 of 2017)

Good luck Slicey.

airynothing - 31 Aug 2021 09:33:10 (#1000 of 2017)

Good luck, slicey and Imps.

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