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Old 21st Jun 2018, 09:18
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Pumps to on.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 09:39
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Originally Posted by Rather be Gardening View Post
Willium, at least you're outside. If your dog's anything like mine, an indoors gas attack can rob you of the will to breathe quicker than anything the Russians can concoct.
A fellow sufferer. Had the dog to the vets about a year ago and he gave him a clean bill of health and suggested charcoal biscuits, expensive ones only available from vets like him. The long dog recognises the word biscuit even when it's whispered 100 yds downwind and loved them. The result was constipation and the vet administering suppositories. Free of charge but he didn't have to clean up after them.

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Old 21st Jun 2018, 11:49
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Guess we're lucky this year. There are only two crows with a hatching nearby.
They start at first light dive-bombing anyone walking by with the usual caterwauling and it goes on until dusk.
On my walk to the bus stop (100yds),I carry a section of newspaper and randomly, or when I sense one has tipped over into the dive - wave it over my head.
They want to mess with me? I'll mess with their minds.
I think some folks around here have put off mowing for a bit.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 13:42
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A couple of years ago we had one crow who took exception to its own reflection in the windows and used to hammer at it with malicious intent. At very-early-o'clock most mornings, Dame Nature's child had some very vulgar words cast in its direction. It also used to have at our neighbour's windows. Our neighbour, who is a lovely chap but who was not keen on having his sleep disturbed so rudely, muttered something about getting his airgun down from the attic. Whether the corvid heard him, or whether it was sent off to that great big nesting site in the sky, I do not know, but silence reigned thereafter.
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 14:00
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Angel Avian Stukas

Good Job, meadowrun, on keeping those crows confused! Be careful though - they are preternaturally smart avian menaces - one might rip away your newspaper helmet while the next dives in to grab a tasty morsel of your noggin. The third will be memorializing the moment on its smart 'phone! We had a nest of Blue Jays located on a branch which overhung the sidewalk in front of our home. We spent hours of laughter watching Mama and Papa bird viciously attacking unwary pedestrians from sunrise to sunset.

- Ed

Twa Corbies

As I was walking all alane,
I heard twa corbies makin a mane;
The tane unto the ither say,
"Whar sall we gang and dine the-day?"
"In ahint yon auld fail dyke,
I wot there lies a new slain knight;
And nane do ken that he lies there,
But his hawk, his hound an his lady fair."
"His hound is tae the huntin gane,
His hawk tae fetch the wild-fowl hame,
His lady's tain anither mate,
So we may mak oor dinner swate."
"Ye'll sit on his white hause-bane,
And I'll pike oot his bonny blue een;
Wi ae lock o his gowden hair
We'll theek oor nest whan it grows bare."
"Mony a one for him makes mane,
But nane sall ken whar he is gane;
Oer his white banes, whan they are bare,
The wind sall blaw for evermair."

- ANON

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Old 21st Jun 2018, 15:17
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Have we all gone raven mad?

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”
Edgar Allan Poe.

Happy vegemite here ... many years ago, probably between house moves somewhere, I lost my treasured university scarf. Over the years I looked all over the place for another but it seemed that nobody had a second-hand one to sell me and university scarves appeared to have gone right out of fashion. Nevertheless I kept tabs on the on-line shop and unbelievably, a couple of weeks ago, there were the scarves for sale. I promptly ordered one and today it arrived!! It's taken nearly 45 years but I have "my" university scarf again!!! Happy, happy, happy!!!
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Old 21st Jun 2018, 19:33
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Bluey - always good if you attain a desired purchase when "No other will do".

A merry -3.9°C here, just before sunrise, but from henceforth the days grow longer, huzzah!

The lemon-tree is covered.
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Old 22nd Jun 2018, 09:20
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Not common at all, Karearea. The reported ones were in the Norseman area which is more than 700 Kms from me. I think the last one we felt in Perth was the 1979 6.1 magnitude one centred in Cadoux which is about 170 Kms away.
Was in the lounge watching TV, and it felt like somebody had grabbed the chair and was shaking it sideways. Pendulous lights were swaying, and then the power failed. Didn't hear the famous "freight train" sounds, but the neighbours started wandering into the street wondering what had happened.

Regarding the WA names, any place ending in "mup", "bup" or "dup" such as Manjimup or Joondalup, means "place of water". I reckon Perth should have been re-named "Buggadup" or "Stuffdadup".
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Old 22nd Jun 2018, 12:32
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Took the dogs for their annual jab last night. The vets do like to sell dog dentistry and this fellow tried opening Bella's mouth to have a look-see.
She bit him.
With her mouth with no teeth
A really nasty suck!
He decided she needs no dentistry.
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Old 22nd Jun 2018, 13:07
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News here saying Europe, including Britain are close to running out of beer, or specifically CO2.
A by-product of the fertilizer industry, there is, apparently a serious shortfall in production and with summer and a world cup going on....supplies are depleting.
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Old 22nd Jun 2018, 20:51
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Oh bother, I'll just have to drink wine then. Red or white - decisions, decisions...…..
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 01:59
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Blacksheep - I hope the vitnery fellow is alright after being gummed.

Some of my lemon-tree leaves looking a little droopy despite the frost-cloth, after a -5°C air-temp around sunrise today.
A few seconds' more daylight anyway.
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 09:04
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Oh bother, I'll just have to drink wine then. Red or white - decisions, decisions...…..
It's no problem. Have both. Sorted.

Give those lemon trees a hug, Karearea ... works wonders. Either that or give them a stern talking to and tell them to stop being such little princesses or you'll give them something to droop about.
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 12:19
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Who let the remoaners out?
Why is it not pouring rain down on them?
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 14:01
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Feeling very public spirited this afternoon. Doing my bit to alleviate the CO2 shortage by drinking real beer while sitting in the sunshine at the local bowls club. I'l let the energetic chuck the things about. Happy watching.

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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 17:11
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We had resident family of Magpies and Ravens, they didn’t like each other much but left us alone, no bombing etc. The reason was we fed the dogs in the garden, dogs usually left about 20% of their food and the birds would move in. We were feeding them so they left us alone!
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Old 23rd Jun 2018, 17:28
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I feed what birds are around, it's a transient population, but the crows don't care about that.

Everyone, please encourage the banning of single-use plastics and its usage where there are better alternatives.
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 00:38
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How long before ads on TV are tailored to personal demographics and preferences?
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 03:57
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Everyone, please encourage the banning of single-use plastics and its usage where there are better alternatives.
I understand the reasoning behind this drive to get rid of the single-use plastic bags, meadowrun, but can anyone explain to me how on earth these things actually get into the oceans and waterways? For example, you do your shopping, take it home in, say, six plastic bags, you put your shopping away, then either put the bags in the rubbish bin or store them for future use for one purpose or another. The bags that go into the bin are then collected by the rubbish disposal people ... and I'm sure they don't dump them in the ocean. Nobody has yet been able to explain (for me anyway) exactly how they get there.

How long before ads on TV are tailored to personal demographics and preferences?
Won't be long ... that's why these smart TVs were invented in the first place. Same for many of the features in the new home security devices, mobile phones and computer operating systems. They're all cunningly "disguised" as things to make your life easier but it's not your life that's really being improved. Why, for example, would Microsoft Excel loaded onto a mobile phone need "permission" to collect details of your contacts, your location, your documents, your camera ... and many other things? It's a work tool for heaven's sake. You use it to make spreadsheets. What possible reason could it have to want to know who your contacts are? I think we all know why ... and that's the reason I will never, ever, go online with my mobile phone, will never buy a smart TV (until the day comes when there's nothing else available) ... and why I'm behind many layers of security on my (hardwired) computer ... I won't use WiFi. Information security is a bit of an obsession with me and the more things we have connected to the internet the more that security is diminished.
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Old 24th Jun 2018, 07:12
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Looks rather chilly over there in Norway.

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