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Old 8th Oct 2019, 13:21
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Enjoyed first chestnuts of the season c/o the woods. Larger fruit than last year, guess that`s down to the good summer. Prick 10 chestnuts, place in microwave [1kW] for 3 minutes at 50%. Yum.
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 09:32
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PG&E (California power company) has shut off service to 800,000 customers as a preventative measure for wildfire outbreaks.
Will take up to 5 days to restore power to all.

Wha?
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 09:34
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Heard some sad news today from a friend of a friend of a friend. A chap he knew was going to be 100 and
was looking forward to his party. He was also excited about getting a telegram ( or whatever the latest thing is )
from the Queen. He died in the evening on the day before his birthday.
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 09:51
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That is sad.

Mind you, if I can add a touch of levity, I did hear that the Queen's telegram reads "drop dead you silly old bugger".

My home decor renovations continue (when I'm not sipping coffee in the pub like I am now) and yesterday I removed the sixth and last internal door for sanding and varnishing. Six slotted brass screws per door and the very last one was the only one that had become bound and the slot stripped. Ended up busting the hinge and drilling out the screw. Lucky I have a spare hinge...
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 14:59
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
That is sad.

Mind you, if I can add a touch of levity, I did hear that the Queen's telegram reads "drop dead you silly old bugger".

My home decor renovations continue (when I'm not sipping coffee in the pub like I am now) and yesterday I removed the sixth and last internal door for sanding and varnishing. Six slotted brass screws per door and the very last one was the only one that had become bound and the slot stripped. Ended up busting the hinge and drilling out the screw. Lucky I have a spare hinge...
Now I am newly retired it was suggested that perhaps I could make myself useful. So I decided to splosh some paint on the walls. Went out to replenish paint and had a hell of a shock at the price, it's not far off 1 per litre. When did this happen. Total bill was more than 80 !!
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 15:23
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Got an 0640 call from an 800 number.
Not answered per SOP.
From the Farmington Board of Selectmen, Farmington Falls Rd, Farmington, Maine.
Think it was a wrong number.
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 15:46
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Last week I got a 5L tub of textured ceiling paint (ceiling plaster is mostly like a female mould for the Alps) and 75CL tin of antique pine matt varnish - 40. 21 for the paint and 19 for the varnish. I expect to need at least one more of each.
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 16:11
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
and yesterday I removed the sixth and last internal door for sanding and varnishing. Six slotted brass screws per door and the very last one was the only one that had become bound and the slot stripped. Ended up busting the hinge and drilling out the screw. Lucky I have a spare hinge...
It's always the last screw that is the Victorian window catches are the worst, coats of paint and brass or rusted screws. I'm sure we all know that a slight tightening of the screw can help... sometimes.

Mr O, yes, all building materials have shot up in price over the last few years. A 25kg bag of dust was 2 not so long ago, now 5.66.

treadie, are you still off to the Isle of Wight and do you have an itinerary?
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 16:30
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Brass screws are being replaced by TX screws - I've yet to have one strip or fail to back out easily, though a couple of cheaper bits have been [email protected]@ered in the attempt!

No, IOW's off the programme at the mo, might try and do it next year. Concentrating on decor and the odd day trip; might have to buckle down and do some job hunting soon as well, my three months off after being made redundant has turned into 18 - trouble is, I like not working... Wish I'd won that 170m...
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 17:42
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Ah, this could be interesting !

" and the odd day trip"

Normal day trips, are, well, just normal. Odd trips however..........depend on the level of oddity involved.
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 18:14
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I go on even day trips as well...
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 18:45
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My Mum & Dad just got a card from the queen (and the GG of Australia, and the GG of Queensland) for their 60th (Diamond) wedding anniversary.
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Old 9th Oct 2019, 20:33
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Old film about the Sydney Harbour Bridge, note they didn't have any safety equipment for their eyes, ears or even heads.
Those hats you do see would be useless.



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Old 9th Oct 2019, 21:28
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
That is sad.

Mind you, if I can add a touch of levity, I did hear that the Queen's telegram reads "drop dead you silly old bugger".

My home decor renovations continue (when I'm not sipping coffee in the pub like I am now) and yesterday I removed the sixth and last internal door for sanding and varnishing. Six slotted brass screws per door and the very last one was the only one that had become bound and the slot stripped. Ended up busting the hinge and drilling out the screw. Lucky I have a spare hinge...
Before screwing the screws in dip the tip of the screw in vaseline.
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Old 10th Oct 2019, 09:27
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19 for a tin of varnish, Sheesh. The world has changed since I last ventured in to it. Halfords no longer have racks of spark plugs and engine oil must be hand crafted to justify the price. Oddly, car batteries seem cheaper.
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Old 10th Oct 2019, 12:58
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And Halfords also sell ready diluted screen wash that`s more expensive than the undiluted cartons. There`s a market obviously cos people can`t be a$$ed to mix it themselves.
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Old 10th Oct 2019, 15:46
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Mixing concentrated screenwash and water in the correct proportions is beyond the mental capabilities of a lot of people.
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Old 10th Oct 2019, 16:11
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All set for my flights to the US to do my sim recurrent before our big holiday. Sim's cancelled because the TSA clearance hasn't come through. It's now in December after the holidays. Just great.
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Old 10th Oct 2019, 18:25
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
Mixing concentrated screenwash and water in the correct proportions is beyond the mental capabilities of a lot of people.
Indeed.....one almost pines for those happy days in Germany where we all simply sloshed some vodka in in lieu.......
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Old 10th Oct 2019, 18:45
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I thought it was wine. Or was that Austrian anti-freeze?
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