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Old 25th Mar 2012, 00:25
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Did a 'first' yesterday evening.

We had not had rain here for 2 weeks (a rare thing in this part of the World) and this coincided with a problem in mains water supply for the area we live in. We have 1 500 gal tank and a smaller one but were running low. Household put on water saving measures: no flushing after pee, limited water for washing etc etc.

All this in what was a heat wave for here.

Thankfully, last night the heavens opened and the water butts collected enough to replenish supplies.

The 'first'? I stripped off and stood in the downpour and showered for about 20 minutes. Delicious!

Mains supply now restored.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 00:32
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Modern excuse, 'Have you read War and Peace'?
'Ere I started it but me batteries went flat'
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 03:22
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Charged electrons are rather capricious little fellows. Makes you long for the days when a key to turn a stout spring was all that was need to make something operate. The bigger the something, the bigger the spring. I heard it took a real man to turn the spring on a locomotive. Now anybody can press a start button.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 05:08
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Not so, Mr. Lee ... you have to be properly train-ed.

Coat ... door ...
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 06:50
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Careful, Bluey. You'll get a tender behind.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 07:45
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Morning good folk.
What happened ? I go to bed in all innocence and wake up to find I'm an hour older than I expected.

We have, in the words of the TAF, a shallow fog this morning. Doesn't look very shallow to me.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 08:00
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Grr, bloody summer time. Just as I get used to knowing what time it is in the morning by the amount of light slipping past the curtains, they go and change it. Now my body clock will take 2 weeks to adjust again (yet that never happens when I go more than 2 hours outside my "time zone", I never suffer jet lag. Why be that?). Bah.

All set for the F1 now, then methinks some time in the sun this afternoon will be in order.

But first one has to get priorities right. Bacon, egg, mushroom and HP butties shall be rapidly consumed along with a bucketload of coffee.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 08:53
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Exceeding foggy here cant even see the chimney pots across the way.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 08:59
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Dark grey clouds heading this way from across the Med.

No doubt if it rains it will be full of sand and camels again!
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 09:30
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Beautiful Spring morning here in Herts. Me and Mrs G will taking a nice leisurely walk later, that will probably end at the pub!

Thanks for the tip Jimtherev. I shall make enquiries

Why isn't Buick pronounced Bwick as in quick?
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 09:39
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A rather palid anemic looking sun has heaved his arse above the rooftops to the East gonna take him a long time to burn this lot off.
Lamb today,mint sauce and all the trimmings of course.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 09:39
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I heard it took a real man to turn the spring on a locomotive. Now anybody can press a start button.
Remember the days when if you didn't get the throttle and mixture right, before kicking over a motorbike it would kick back. Had a friend who spent weeks in traction after getting them wrong. Nowadays any wimp can just press a button and away it goes. How sad. As for the motorised armchairs known by the abbreviation HD, yuk.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 09:41
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Good morning all. Beautiful day here.

A draw at Stoke was good enough though a win would have been better.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 09:43
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Shallow fog must have been what it said on the tin. All now gone and sunshine in abundance.
Bit nippy though, only 5C
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 09:53
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As for the motorised armchairs known by the abbreviation HD, yuk.
Missing my Harley now. Definitely not an armchair. Hard tail Paughco frame ,SS barrels and crank took it out to 93 cu. in ( (1500cc). No electric start, get it wrong with the kick and it would launch you over the horizon. It unfortunately had to go as I couldn't ride it for more than five minutes before my back gave in

A mate's rebuilding it now, should be something special as he's probably the UK's top custom car builder.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 11:19
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My Goldie had a 12:1 Hepolite piston, twas easier to bump start rather than risk the wrath of the kickstart!

Cumberland sausages and veggies today.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 12:04
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Buggah, buggah, buggah.

One moved the wrong way and back has seized up. Tetrazepam now the order of the day.
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 12:05
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Camerloon, the best PM money can buy?

2010 - David Cameron promises curbs on Britain's lobbying industry if he came to power, saying that lobbying was the "next big political scandal waiting to happen."

2012 - Senior party member Peter Cruddas offers undercover journalists posing as lobbyists, access to David Cameron for 250,000 and resigns.

In the footage, Cruddas is seen discussing different sized donations and saying that 200,000 to 250,000 is "premier league", granting access to Cameron and his Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

"When we talk about your donations the first thing we want to do is get you out to Cameron and Osborne dinners," he says in the recording.

"You do really pick up a lot of information. And when you see the prime minister, you're seeing David Cameron you're not seeing the prime minister....

"But within that room everything's confidential and you will be able to ask him practically any questions that you want."

Presumably the money would have gone to party funds.

Mr Cruddas has resigned as party treasurer.

In resigning, Mr Cruddas said: "I deeply regret any impression of impropriety arising from my bluster in that conversation. It was categorically not the case that I could offer, or that David Cameron would consider, any access as a result of a donation."

"Impression of impropriety"

That's the best one since "Economical with the truth".
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 12:09
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Lon, at least they charged more than ZaNuLab charged for passports or honours, never mind the small matter of it only costing 1 million to have the law "amended" so your sport was exempt from a tobacco advertising ban.


At least CMD never claimed his people would see "an end to sleaze" and would be "whiter than white"............
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Old 25th Mar 2012, 12:09
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Good morning everyone.
'Tis a beautiful day here Dahn Saarf.

My Vincent Black Knight was always easy to start.
Most of the time I got my Dad to start it, or parked it
facing down a hill.
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