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Old 11th Jan 2018, 13:22
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Frozen black pudding saves butcher's life
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 16:47
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I've just had a shock.
As a sixth-form high-school student we received a new 'student' teacher direct from training college.
Over the intervening years I have met him now and again, however he died last week.
It's not the first time that one of my contemporaries has died (the first was when I was 12 and the second at age 30), but, as I approach the inevitable this has rocked me.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 20:33
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 21:01
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but, as I approach the inevitable this has rocked me.
Don't worry about it. I've lost count of the pilots I have known that have died; only about half of them noisily. Nearly all of them have been younger then me.

My group that I worked with in China have had a 50% croaking rate, all though natural causes.
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Old 11th Jan 2018, 21:44
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My dad, now 94 and recently remarried, was a Sgt pilot back in 1942.

Recent text from him:

"Off to get measured up for a new suit tomorrow".

"Why?"

"Me funeral suit's worn out."
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 05:11
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Insomnia Fairy struck @ 3 o'clock - just as Radio 4 switched to their 'Children's Hour' (I cannot grasp the thinking behind this programming schedule) which didn't help.

But a couple of hours at my desk has sorted three cases that have been dragging on all week and some bits and pieces of admin - back to my pit now to see if a couple of hours sleep are to be had (despite being wide awake at moment) before I return to the world of commerce again.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 06:42
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SPECIAL OFFER
FOR TODAY ONLY


IT'S FRIDAY
(until next week that is)

Fog strides upon the face of the earth. Vis 500m.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 08:17
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Morning folks.

Clouds are so heavy round here , they're touching the ground.

Was going to Nottingham this morning, but a bit of conflagration at the railway station has put paid to that - makes a change from the normal excuses for the trains not running.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 10:49
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Nottingham station on fire. Re-opened in 2015 after a 60M rebuild, presumably to the latest fire safety standards. Oh well, nobody hurt.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 13:21
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morning peeps,dull and miserable here,more so as energy bill just paid,robbin bastages......
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 13:25
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The Nottingham Station fire is said to have started in the toilet at the car park.

I switched our energy supplier recently and cut the annual bill by 240. Very nice but that just takes it back to where it was in 2013.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 13:30
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Minus 15C here last night. The cold water supply to the wife's factory froze. Due to my habit of taking photos I was able to identify and locate the probable problem: settling snow had pulled the heat tape cable out of the socket.

Wife's hero son volunteered to wade 50m through hip-deep snow and dig to the base and find plug pulled from socket. Re-insert plug, pipe un-frozen, problem solved.

I'm geting old. That job wouldn't have troubled me 10 years ago, but the thought of it brought on a mood of gloom. Tomorrow I'm going to have to take a cut off the garage roof. On Sunday I'm going to have to get up on the factory roof. Dreaming of Thailand, sigh.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 15:27
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Getting close to the time I'll have to do my tax.

Also paid electrickery bill today - robbin' bastages.

Cleaned three sets of muddy boots after hill walk a couple of days ago and put out the rubbish - so I feel that's my quota of useful things done today.

Now watching "The Grand Tour" while the wife irons. Lamb Shanks in the oven on slow cook for the next few hours.
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Old 12th Jan 2018, 18:11
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Talking of the original Grand Tour, Checkers, there's an interesting little bit of history in the place where I do my volunteer gardening.

St Donat's Castle had been in the Stradling family for hundreds of years when the only son and heir decided to go on the Grand Tour with a friend of his, in 1738. Before they went, each promised that, should they die, the other would inherit their belongings. Lo and behold, they got no further than Montpellier before Sir Thomas was killed in a duel with .....you guessed it...... his friend, Sir John Tyrwhitt. The ensuing legal battle between Sir Thomas's relatives (sisters and mother) and Tyrwhitt took many years and cost a large part of the estate. Tyrwhitt eventually took possession, though he never lived there, renting it out to another family. Guilty conscience?
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 03:07
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Things do slow down here at this time.
Maybe Bluie with show up with a kookaburra or cyclone story?
Scanning a few of the American tv news stations. There is a common weather theme it seems...
"With love from Canada...Blame Canada...The Canadian Express...I told you we should have gone back in there after 1812 and finished the job...errr...corrected the previous result..... we could have stopped this lousy weather...we would have built a wall".........and the like.


Messing around with one of these.

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Old 13th Jan 2018, 04:55
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Maybe Bluie with show up with a kookaburra or cyclone story?
Hahaha ... cyclone story indeed! It looks like we're in for a fairly comprehensive drowning over the next 2-3 days (starting tomorrow, Sunday) courtesy of cyclone Joyce. Joyce has moved inland on a south-west track and is now a rain-bearing depression heading this way with every intention of dumping large quantities of the wet stuff all over us. Story here. Better get the flippers and snorkel out then.
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 07:23
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But will it cool things down Bluey ?

Just plain dull here and fairly chilly, +5C

Echocardiogram to be had this morning.
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 09:15
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Dreaming of Thailand, sigh.
Totaly feeling that, missed out on going for Xmas, so will be going for April. I will be attending the ANZAC Day Dawn service at Hellfire Pass..
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 11:03
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Heading out soon for work. I may be away for 6 days.
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Old 13th Jan 2018, 11:29
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When my son was 5 he came to my office, climbed up into my chair, looked across my desk at the telephone and then declared "So this is what you call work?".
As a toddler he had been exposed to 'workmen' digging holes and mending roads, but had only a passing knowledge of what Daddy did when he went to 'work'.
Now he was suddenly able to see for himself the reality.
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