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Old 29th Jul 2019, 17:52
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Originally Posted by redsnail View Post
After the heat wave during the week, it rains on the weekend. Ahhh England
You noticed this weather phenomenon then ?.......as indeed did I...however, it clearly escaped many yesterday morning when driving down the A38 in torrential rain, with the added delight of standing water, because the ergonomics of selecting headlights on, were, on several models of vehicles clearly far too complex for the drivers to action......

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Old 29th Jul 2019, 20:27
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When you are retired all sunny days are available, weekend or not . Half day closing would have been an issue but is this still extant anywhere in the UK ( probably in the IoM but that doesn't count, wrong century).
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 07:08
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
When you are retired all sunny days are available, weekend or not . Half day closing would have been an issue but is this still extant anywhere in the UK ( probably in the IoM but that doesn't count, wrong century).
No need to venture to foreign climes because I can happily confirm there is a hamlet in deepest Derbyshire where several shops do indeed still cling to this quaint tradition.

This is the same location where, one happily opined, the Village of the Damned meets Zombie Apocalypse and unless you could trace your family back to Neolithic times you would still be classed as an outsider.......this in response to a question as to whether I lived there. One also mentioned the population were clearly the role models for the League of Gentlemen series, but would add this wasn't Hadfield.

The ambient temperature seemed to drop rapidly at this point because, it transpired, the questioner was....... a local councillor............ Not that one was remotely concerned when the conversation suddenly ceased.....


I have no idea why.......... .

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Old 30th Jul 2019, 09:51
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Just enjoyed a pub breakfast in happy anticipation of several miles walk home before continuing the stairwell painting. Unfortunately, as old Reg the Regular has just observed, it is urinating down outside so I'll have to enjoy another coffee. Who says it only rains at weekends in England?
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 10:18
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School days summer term, baking in hot classrooms or exam halls, counting down the hours until the summer holidays begin. As soon as we break up the weather breaks too. Trying to make the best of a windy day on the beach. Soggy Scout camps, long bike rides that start in brilliant sunshine and end in soaked misery.

Yes, the summer holidays are here and the weather gods know it.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 11:11
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After four coffees and in the full belated knowledge that my brolly is at home in my other rucksack I have ventured forth and am currently PPRUNing a tree, er PPRuNing under a tree on the side of the A2022. Tis brightening slightly, onward!
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 14:30
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treadi in this breeze a brolly is a no no.

And after four coffees it's wee wee wee all the way home.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 20:16
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What could be more boring and useless than to know what historically important events took place today.
For example:
1792 500 Marseillaisian men sing the French national anthem for the first time and ensure we are put us off ever going to a football match where they are playing.
1825 Malden Island is discovered in the Central Pacific by British warship HMS Blonde. Makes one wonder whether they were looking for it in the Atlantic and were surprised to find it in the Pacific, Which then raises a mind stimulating debate on whether only blonde sailors were allowed to serve on this ship and whether some dyed their hair to get on board.
1938 General Metaxas names himself premier of Greece. Could this be the reason why the Greeks have named their foul concoction after him.
2019 It`s been it`s been raining cats and dogs all day long , so can we please talk about the weather and guarantee that we can then return to our traditional way of boring each other to death, through the act of murder. Where the plea of self defense is a statutory exception, much along the lines of shooting someone who happens to walk through your front door in the USA.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 20:41
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Oh dear, now I'm wondering whether to mention the weather when sipping coffee in the Wetherspoons...

Do you know, it's also Arnie's birthday. He's 72 as well. I'll be back... Also the lovely Kate Bush was born today, she's 61. Wonder whether I should mention the whuther...
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 20:45
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Metaxas names himself premier of Greece. Could this be the reason why the Greeks have named their foul concoction after him
Let's talk "Retsina". You don't need pine resin to seal the amphorae anymore, so enough already. That stuff ruins taste buds for years.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 20:56
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Having a good day Cronus ?
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 21:09
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
When you are retired all sunny days are available, weekend or not . Half day closing would have been
an issue but is this still extant anywhere in the UK ( probably in the IoM but that doesn't count, wrong century).
It is quite a long time since I visited the I.O.M. which in my simple opinion is a wonderful place. However if you want to talk about
shopping what about the archaic U.K. Sunday trading hours? From memory when I was there last you could go into a supermarket
at about 09.30 and put items in your trolley but couldn't actually go through the checkout and pay until 10.00. For myself who now
lives in N.Z. ( which some still incorrectly think is 20 years behind the U.K.- it isn't ) I found that highly amusing and antiquated.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 21:47
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We seem to have a number of mysterious golf balls appearing in our back parking lot.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 21:53
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Some supermarkets here tried 24/7 but eventually the midnight shift proved too much of a loss.
Still can't buy beer and wine in grocery stores here. Might be a couple of exceptions but I have no idea where exactly.
Provincial governments (no matter what party) have a strange Victorian mindset to that kind of stuff and move like a glacier.
A glacier on an uphill slope, buttressed with thousands of tons of reinforced concrete poured into fields of boulders. And refrigerated.
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Old 31st Jul 2019, 05:09
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because the ergonomics of selecting headlights on, were, on several models of vehicles clearly far too complex for the drivers to action.....
Some do manage to operate the parking light position, which of course is pointless, the bulk of the vehicle appears out of the gloom before the lights are visible. Idiots.
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Old 31st Jul 2019, 09:06
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@ Nervous. That must have been a Sunday which has been ' protected' since the laws were relaxed. Toxic combination of shopworkers Union and religious lobby ( keep Sunday special). You picked the wrong weekday ! Easter Sunday is far worse btw. Retail outlets over a certain floor space are prohibited from opening. Amazon sails on regardless.
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Old 31st Jul 2019, 09:26
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I promised puppy pictures - excuse the blurs, it's like trying to nail jelly to the ceiling!



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Old 31st Jul 2019, 09:29
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Cute! What breed please.
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Old 31st Jul 2019, 10:01
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The breed that says:

Are you serious with this floor? It makes my eyes go wonky.
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Old 31st Jul 2019, 12:16
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He's a working cocker. Apparently the colour variation is 'lemon and white'. Looks like platinum blond to me. My other dog is also a wocker and has asked me whether I've kept the receipt for the new squeaky toy that I've brought home...
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