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Admiral Draper's Really Really Boring and Totally Pointless Snippets of Information

Old 17th Mar 2019, 16:52
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The key fob hanging out of my pocket: alerted me.
1 A chink noise brought to my attention, the close proximity of tea mug and possible spillage.
Keys stowed deep.
The brew has to cool afore it disappears.
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Old 17th Mar 2019, 17:30
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One last memoriam post, showed a friend some FSL musings once, he was impressed, and here's his contribution today in another place..
"There are gremlins in our kitchen that invade the Tupperware cupboard in the dead of night and exchange all the lids for ones that are slightly too small or a smidgen too big to be useful. I swear I will catch them and act accordingly."
If thats not an unintentional tribute then I'm the proverbial flat country person...
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Old 17th Mar 2019, 21:28
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Memo to the chaps on here:

It may be wise that after watching the England v Scotland rugby match in the pub you do not return home, put some nonsense on the television, pour a large one in celebration and then fall asleep only to be awoken by a severe stinging in the crotch caused by the aforementioned Scotch spilling over the sensative parts. Not nice.

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Old 17th Mar 2019, 21:43
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Willum that's a dreadful story...

...what a waste of good Scotch...
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Old 17th Mar 2019, 22:39
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Well, could have been Red Label.
In my yoot, also known as Johnnie Walker Razor Blades.
Then I moved on to better things.
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Old 17th Mar 2019, 23:04
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Mr Tony Draper RIP

Please pardon my ignorance: Did Mr Draper - in real life - have a maritime background? Royal Navy, or Merchant Navy perhaps, or was the delightful banter on here entirely leg pull?

RIP Mr Draper

Originally Posted by mini View Post
May the wind always be at your back in your new abode Mr Draper.

You held a unique position, that being not one poster on Jet Blast would dare criticise you.

Thank you for many hours of pleasure reading your erudite musings.


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Old 17th Mar 2019, 23:15
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Mr Draper indeed left school for a maritime school (I think) and shipped out as a merchant marine.

After that he had a career installing CCT cameras around Gateshead, I believe.

Perhaps someone should warn the gov'mint that the Drapes super computer is unattended, and could be used for nefarious puposes.
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Old 17th Mar 2019, 23:18
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Was he not at one time a ‘Mr Marconi’ or something similar

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Old 18th Mar 2019, 00:23
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Willium, done the same in a transatlantic 747 as standby passenger by chance seated in the midst of a large group of gay men from LA going to NYC. Quite a quandary and yep, it stings. Decided to put up with it.
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 07:29
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Why were they all so happy?

Here's something that happened.

In these days of plastic and Chineseium, of computerized marvels and instant gratification, of things easily gotten and soon forgotten... a tale of recovery.

My dad had a Bardahl Pam clock hung in the garage workspace when I was little, and I always thought it was so cool. He died when I was seven, and I got it and hung it up in my room, as a reminder of him, and our time together. This was the early '70's.

One day my mother decided she didn't like the face, and while I was out and without asking covered it up in cheap contact paper, ruining it. Might have been salvageable but I was just a kid, and couldn't... then she threw it away one day when I was at school, in preparation for a move. I was crushed...

Anyhow... I'd always wanted to replace it, and one day a while back I did. A very nice gentleman over Stateside with an antique shop had this, and I bought it. Thanks to a great packing job it arrived unscathed.

Near mint, from 1961.

Now... note the time, on the Bardahl and on the digital below, which is controlled by signals from space aliens and thus is never more than a second or so out. You'll see that the times displayed are within just a fraction of a second.

The Bardahl has been running, uninterrupted and un-reset, for several months. So how about that...

Warm today, last night's dusting of snow melted right away. The sunshine feels good.

Steady on//
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Old 18th Mar 2019, 18:48
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Potentially the most expensive pie in history !..or roasted of course....

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Old 19th Mar 2019, 11:44
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Well you won't get much leftovers from that... probably tough as nails too.

Last night Mrs. dinna make it home so the babby gal and I roasted some chicken wings on the fire, along with some creamed potato cakes with scallops in it. Tonight preparing some stir-fried beef with onions, paprika and mushrooms, to be served over rice or crunchy noodles as each pleases.

Started welding up some fractures on my smaller tractor seat only to discover that there's rust too. ''Buggah'... knocked the chunks off and painted over it, not critical atm. Neither worth a full restore, new seat a better deal. She'll hold for now.

Steady on//
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Old 19th Mar 2019, 21:52
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A story about Russian slappers........

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Old 20th Mar 2019, 02:21
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Creamed potato cakes with scallops in it
You have set Mrs Image in a 'tither ! Was the Red flowing and we were perchance thinking of shallots? I know the penchant of the Orientals is to consume seafood in mysterious ways but this sounds like a whelk too far?


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Old 20th Mar 2019, 06:24
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Nope scallops, chopped in little teeny bits and integrated with the potato-cream innards, then breadcrumbed and fried... oft preferred method to dispatch bits of leftover this 'n that. Steak, crab, shrimp... dunna matter, all good.

Warm and sunny today, 20*+ under the blue blue sky. Feels real nice.
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 07:10
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Nope scallops, chopped in little teeny bits and integrated with the potato-cream innards, then breadcrumbed and fried...
Sort of a high class bubble and squeak.
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 09:10
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Ring Any Bells?

• Not hearing someone for the third time, so just laughing and hoping for the best

• Saying “anywhere here’s fine” when the taxi’s directly outside your front door

• Being sure to start touching your bag 15 minutes before your station, so the person in the aisle seat is fully prepared for your exit

• Repeatedly pressing the door button on the train before it’s illuminated, to assure your fellow commuters you have the situation in hand

• Having someone sit next to you on the train, meaning you’ll have to eat your crisps at home

• The huge sense of relief after your perfectly valid train ticket is accepted by the inspector

• The horror of someone you only half know saying: “Oh I’m getting that train too”

• “Sorry, is anyone sitting here?” – Translation: Unless this is a person who looks remarkably like a bag, I suggest you move it

• Loudly tapping your fingers at the cashpoint, to assure the queue that you’ve asked for money and the wait is out of your hands

• Looking away so violently as someone nearby enters their PIN that you accidentally dislocate your neck

• Waiting for permission to leave after paying for something with the exact change

• Saying hello to a friend in the supermarket, then creeping around like a burglar to avoid seeing them again

• Watching with quiet sorrow as you receive a different haircut to the one you requested

• Being unable to pay for something with the exact change without saying “I think that’s right”

• Overtaking someone on foot and having to keep up the uncomfortably fast pace until safely over the horizon

• Being unable to turn and walk in the opposite direction without first taking out your phone and frowning at it

• Deeming it necessary to do a little jog over zebra crossings, while throwing in an apologetic mini wave

• Punishing people who don’t say thank you by saying “you’re welcome” as quietly as possible

• The overwhelming sorrow of finding a cup of tea you forgot about

• Turning down a cup of tea for no reason and instantly knowing you’ve made a terrible, terrible mistake

• Suddenly remembering your tea and necking it like a massive, lukewarm shot

• Realising you’ve got about fifty grand’s worth of plastic bags under your kitchen sink

• “You’ll have to excuse the mess” – Translation: I’ve spent seven hours tidying in preparation for your visit

• Indicating that you want the last roast potato by trying to force everyone else to take it

• “I’m off to bed” – Translation: “I’m off to stare at my phone in another part of the house”

• Mishearing somebody’s name on the second time of asking, meaning you must now avoid them forever

• Leaving it too late to correct someone, meaning you must live with your new name forever

• Running out of ways to say thanks when a succession of doors are held for you, having already deployed ‘cheers’, ‘ta’ and ‘nice one’

• Changing from ‘kind regards’ to just ‘regards’, to indicate that you’re rapidly reaching the end of your tether

• Staring at your phone in silent horror until the unknown number stops ringing

• Hearing a recording of your own voice and deciding it’s perhaps best never to speak again

• The relief when someone doesn’t answer their phone within three rings and you can hang up

• Filming an entire fireworks display on your phone, knowing full well you’ll never, ever watch it again

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Old 20th Mar 2019, 09:52
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Always amazes me that last one especially... not just fireworks, people "watching" their whole life go by on a four inch screen when the real action is unfolding 360* all around... such a waste.

Once when Jr. was younger and we had a weekend together up at the seaside, and driving up the coast the sunset was really spectacular. He complained his camera was stowed and he couldn't have a picture, I said some things you should just look at and think, and decide to remember, and that will stay with you a lot longer than some old snap.

That moment has become etched in both our memories.

Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
Sort of a high class bubble and squeak.
I had to look up 'bubble and squeak'... kinda yeah I guess. I live on an island don't forget, seafood is plentiful and relatively cheap so I dunno if scallops is really 'high class' but they sure do taste good.

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Old 20th Mar 2019, 10:07
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Good God RBG, ring bells? That's almost me to a T...
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Old 20th Mar 2019, 18:15
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RbG are we related?
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