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Old 28th Jul 2018, 18:23
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
For the last couple of weeks I have been buying punnets of strawberries from the local Coop - very nice and reasonable value for money, however, today I noticed that the contents of the punnets have been reduced from 400 grammes to 350 grammes with no reduction in price - so, effectively a price increase of 12.5% . . .
At least. Perhaps even as much as 14+%.
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 11:36
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It's been a difficult week in the passenger transport game. I've been in taxies to different airports, been waiting on board with passengers for airspace delays, been spending a lot of time on the phone trying to mitigate delays and getting home at 6am instead of 2am.

In addition - I lost a good friend recently. One I had been watching carefully for 10 years. There was a "click" and the lights just went out. I replace the pulg fuse and turned on the power again and there was no "click" - there was a "BANG! ...tinkle." - and the house circuit breaker popped

I sent my 10 year old Panasonic Plasma TV to the repair guys, who said it would be 430 to fix it. I was really expecting them to send me a sympathy card, perhaps with an ink impresion of the remote control on it, but it didn't happen.

That was 25 days ago.

Yesterday we bolted a new 65 inch Sony OLED to the wall. The screen resolution is better than real life! (Especially since I turned 50 ) I am gradually feeling better.
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 15:43
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God point Checkers. All the emphasis is on passengers but of course the crew are suffering the delays too and then have to fly the aircraft while the passengers enjoy a drink or three
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 20:27
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Who's brilliant idea was it to get the 65" OLED TV?
You didn't marry me for my cooking ability
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Old 29th Jul 2018, 22:28
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Now all you need is something decent to watch....and a beverage or two.

Last edited by meadowrun; 30th Jul 2018 at 02:09. Reason: I take the sitting comfortably part as a given.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 17:11
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Tweedledee and Tweedledum

This afternoon I went to an event in the pub across the river that has recently had a change of staff.
I had to do a double-take, as, serving behind the bar were identical twins - who alternated their replies to my questions . . .
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 17:41
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Thomas and Thomastoo ?
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 19:16
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
Thomas and Thomastoo ?
No - both female.

They were dressed identically and were the same 'weight'.

It was un-nerving to have the 'same' person in double-vision.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 20:05
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Had a friend who went out with a twin. The inevitable happened as the girls thought it a joke. Unfortunately my friend had eagle eyes or a second sense, the girls were rumbled and cast aside.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 20:18
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At school we had two sets of identical twins (Harold and Howard and Margaret and Nancy) who ended up married to each other.
During their courtship they did pull the swap at least once.
They are all still married and I see them regularly.

The 'boys' are both farmers and the 'girls' are bank workers.
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Old 30th Jul 2018, 20:58
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We had a pair in 16th entry of Boy Entrants at Yatesbury. They both trained as Air Wireless mech's.

They were next to each other in the queue to be allocated their service numbers, someone noticed and made one of them wait for about 5 places so that they didn't get sequential numbers.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 01:32
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We have just finished organising our very simple low cost funerals. We did expect to have to pay
up front but no deposit or full payment was required. However there was a bit of a discussion as we
were leaving as the funeral chap suggested that as we didn't have to pay we could use the money
for a cruise. That set SWMBO off as she claims that I said many years ago that when we retired we
would go on a cruise. I explained, for at least the 50th time, that as the thought of going on a ship is
something I have never wanted to do she was incorrect. A truce was declared, well until the next time
some idiot talks about cruises.....
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 05:16
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Nervous, you are missing out on one of life's great pleasures. Start with a simple one like a 15-day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest, it is a wonderful way to see the countryside, slurp on some delightful booze, and eat dinner while wondering why the ship's laundry is making all your clothes get smaller.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 06:09
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Have returned to internet access after a week at the seaside with my bucket and spade.
So refreshing to see the sun rise over the sea and to watch the tides.
As a souvenir, brought home a small whelk shell from which the original inhabitant seems to have been evicted.
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 21:06
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I have been wondering what happens to the metal replacement knee and hip bits after one has been
turned into that grey ash? Are they just thrown away, given to relatives in case they are needed in the
future or melted down and recycled ?
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Old 31st Jul 2018, 21:52
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The joints are recovered from the ashes and sent to a company in the Netherlands who recycle the metals.

What happens to joint replacements after you are cremated? - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Old 1st Aug 2018, 06:38
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That's fascinating, Checkers! Something I had often wondered about.
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Old 1st Aug 2018, 07:17
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Pacemakers are removed by undertakers before cremation, as these can explode in the oven.
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Old 1st Aug 2018, 09:10
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That's called going out with a bang.
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Old 1st Aug 2018, 09:15
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I attended a funeral/cremation on Monday just gone, and there was no visible smoke from the chimney - I don't know whether they only operate the ovens at night when the public are not around or whether they have measures to contain the smoke.
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