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The Really Really Boring And Totally Pointless Snippets Of Information Thread Mk XIV

Old 13th Jan 2010, 09:00
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Had about another 3in snow overnight, on top of the previous, which had shrunk down to about 6in. Just about zero traffic and the little there is, is sticking to about 25mph tops. Not seen any gritters etc since about last Wednesday, not that I'm bothered.

Lots of seed and a home made fat ball put out for da boids, they like whole crumpets too, s'pose its cos they've a lot of suet in them. Noticed that although I cleared a patch of path for the seed, they prefer to rootle about in the snow to find it, daft or what? Blackbird is being very nastily aggressive to thrushes, so setting up seperate feeding station for thrushes--if they notice.

Hmm, page 100. That turned up PDQ eh?
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 09:53
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As I'm slightly Nor'west of Gainesy, the same sh!t hit Fairr Towers. Wife had a KO Meeting to attend in Uxbridge () so left at 0730. She's just arrived back having given up the unequal struggle, and driven a mere 4 miles in total!

Can't get her car back up our drive - it's like the Cresta Run, so is leaving it in the road. I am being sent out periodically to check that it has not been hit by passing idiots. Feel a bit like Captain Oates . . . . .
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 10:13
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Morning all, been snowing here since about 0800 although not very heavily. Garden cat decided to stay and curl up on a chair in the kitchen after his breakfast, normally he gobbles it down and demands to go out again immediately.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 10:18
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Are those the mills at Kinderdijk Mme Flaps?

Visited there with my wife a couple of years ago (slightly warmer that day!), it was quite an adrenaline producing experience to be in the upper floor of of one of those machines on a windy day with the sails going round at full tilt. The associated rumbling and vibration made the whole thing feel like it was going to fall apart any second. Still, seeing that they have been there since 1740 I assume I had little to fear.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:13
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they might look inside me head and find nowt there
I had a ride on one of those Stargate contraptions on Xmas Eve. Went for the test results consultation yesterday and the Consultant told me that its good news, there's nothing there. (Mrs BS could have told them that, she's known for years.) I have to keep on snorting the chemicals and taking the pills. On top of that, we have to boil all the bedclothes and throw away the good old saggy, baggy, comfy sofa and the priceless oriental rugs. Bugga! On the bright side, I'm not allergic to dog dander.

How do you boil a pillow? And how do you tell when its done? ...and what about the quilt?

(Did you hear about the chap who dreamt that he was eating a giant marshmallow?

When he woke up, the pillow was gone.)
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:21
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Lemons are powerful little buggers
Placed one in Chinese sandpot with pork an cabbage /vegetables it permeated all through
Hot English (the mixed stuff) Mustard and it was beautiful
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:23
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Why is Hot English Mustard (the stuff you mix from the tin) a thousand times better than anything you get in a jar?

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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:26
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Snow falling steadily here in Herts.
Spoke to daughter Claire, who lives in N. California, last night. They had a 6.5 earthquake in Eureka, N. Ca. it was some way from where she lives but she still felt the tremors
We're well stocked up with supplies but hats off to the drivers who keep the supermarkets supplied and also the dairy farmers who ensure milk supplies are available. We do tend to take availability of everything we need for granted.
Like Gainesy I too have noticed how aggressive the blackbirds are around the patch of seeds I've put out. Might scatter it around a bit next time.
My paternal grandfather was a Fen skater and I remember my Nan showing me his skates, which were rather crude affairs, also some medals he won for speed skating. Apparently some areas of the fens were flooded especially for skating on.
Thoughts with Radz and Wholi and those having medical tests.
When I read some of the posts on this thread the term 'extended family' comes to mind
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:34
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Blacksheep,
If its dustmites etc. that cause the problems, round here they wrap bedding and stuff in large placcy bags and leave it in the local cold store for a week or so. that kills off the little sods.

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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:45
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Billingham Bottoms always flooded in the winter and, from a child's memory, seemed to be frozen over for most of the winter every year. We used to skate quite satisfactorily on the ice in our shoes. Hardly anybody drowned or broke a leg. (Nobody important, anyhow, so it never got in the papers.)


Yes TT, dustmites. I've been advised that cold washing is no use, you must wash at 60 C or more. Of course, in the tropics they don't have hot wash machines, its all cold water and cold water washing powder. Freezing sounds like the way to go. I can easily freeze a pillow, but boiling one is out of the question.

Still snowing here; been snowing since before I woke up this morning so I hope I can get home tonight.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:49
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The mustard tastes better cos you mix it and use it, ain't been in a jar for a year or so, mebbee!!
Very grey here but dry, about 2C..Mrs 1DC has gone out and i am ordered to have a clean and tidy ppruning desk when she comes back. How can a bloke manage that she will be back by tea and it isn't a lot of time. We are away for nearly 3 months next week, house empty so why does it have to be cleaner and tidier than when we are living in it no sense in that but it will happen.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 11:50
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More snow in Silly Sussex. About a foot deep now.
Kitty litter for the cat, and spread a bit on the path as well.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 12:09
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Do you make yer mustard with milk or water Tinny? One is stronger than t'other, can't remember which tho, water I think. Also good made up with single cream.

Watched a doc on Brit medics in Afghanistan last night, they had a GE Stargate jobber in the hospital at Bastion. V. impressed but it must be a nightmare keepin the dust and crap out.

They patched up some Afghan "Cop" scrote who was high on heroin and had delib shot himself in the leg with his AK. He was actually taking swings at them as they treated him. I would have dumped the little shit in the desert for the jackels to play with.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 12:25
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Sheepy, TT is right. I'm a fellow sufferer. You can freeze everything including your carpets however, there is a spray which can be obtained from your local vet with which you can also treat your carpets, floors [along the edges] but not your bedding. If I can remember what it's called I'll let you know. It will also kill off other things such as fleas.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 12:28
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Morning all, just returned from jolly cruise, hellish cold on surface of this planet! 5 feet of snow to clear, might leave it fer later...
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 12:47
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Heads up TTBF, Mr D and all steam train lovers, Channel 5 now - Monster Moves - steam train from South Africa to Glasgow.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 13:02
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Posted this on a separate thread but thought it worth posting here too. It's an amazing piece of live art work, by a Ukrainian girl, depicting the war in Russia

YouTube - Kseniya Simonova's Amazing Sand Drawing
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 13:05
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Yer watching it now,think I've seen it before.or one very similar,Micheal Portillo has a series on at the mo about Bradshaws Railway guide,just watched the last episode in HD on the draper super puter.
Hmmm, one has never been to the top of Blackpool tower or indeed been to Blackpool,however one has been to the top of yon Empire State Building in the Colonies,well as near the top as they allow.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 13:07
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Blackbird is being very nastily aggressive to thrushes

Always the case (relatives, you see). You're lucky to have both in your garden. Usually just one or the other.

Oddly, my resident blackbirds are not demanding as much food as they do in the Spring when feeding youngsters.
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Old 13th Jan 2010, 13:15
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From what one has observed of Blackbirds and Throstles in one's park they seem to follow a very similar lifestyle, though black birds seem to be much more numerous,they spend a lot of time scuttling about on the grass,seeking worms one supposes, reluctant to take to wing even when SWH approaches,though he treats them much in the same way he treats all other creatures of he Earth,with indifference mostly,though he did show some interest in a couple of Police Horses once,probably figuring how he could bring them down and how long it would take him to eat one.
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