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Old 19th Oct 2019, 20:37
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Autumn's chill is pervading my abode - perhaps I really should shut the windows! But the heating stays off, time to swap shorts for jeans...
Winter drawers on, I'll be getting my longjohns out of moth balls soon.

The clear air after all that recent rain gave me some wonderful cloudscapes with the setting sun this evening.
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Old 20th Oct 2019, 06:29
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What on earth were these people thinking, ORAC? That just makes a complete mockery of the ideals they are supposed to represent. I'd find it difficult to believe that they all joined in an attempt to change things in their respective countries.

Had a really lovely "win" today. I'd been looking for an el cheapo, narrow table for the hall and, unbelievably, saw what looked suspiciously like a Travertine hall table on the local Gumtree site. The advert said it was stone but I checked with the seller then went to see it. It certainly was Travertine and he was selling it so ridiculously cheaply because of a small area of accidental etching that spoiled the look of it for him. I'm now the proud owner of a near-new Travertine hall table which originally cost $1,600 ... for the grand sum of $20. Twenty dollars!!! The small, damaged area (which is barely noticeable anyway) is now covered with a pretty little cane basket ... and I keep going out to admire it, still not quite able to believe my luck. Happy happy.
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Old 20th Oct 2019, 08:38
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
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Had a really lovely "win" today. I'd been looking for an el cheapo, narrow table for the hall and, unbelievably, saw what looked suspiciously like a Travertine hall table on the local Gumtree site. The advert said it was stone but I checked with the seller then went to see it. It certainly was Travertine and he was selling it so ridiculously cheaply because of a small area of accidental etching that spoiled the look of it for him. I'm now the proud owner of a near-new Travertine hall table which originally cost $1,600 ... for the grand sum of $20. Twenty dollars!!! The small, damaged area (which is barely noticeable anyway) is now covered with a pretty little cane basket ... and I keep going out to admire it, still not quite able to believe my luck. Happy happy.
Ah, well apart from your good fortune with this bargain, the item is, presumably, claw proof. And then there's the location....does your hall get the sun because any viewing platform needs to be comfortable for the occupant.......and is the cane basket a wise move ?......I only ask because, as I'm sure you know, ornaments and such like have a mysterious habit of falling off their locations, should the sensibilities be offended ........

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Old 20th Oct 2019, 12:57
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Yes, Krystal n chips ... you raise some very valid points there. The item in question has already been thoroughly examined and summarily dismissed as a potential viewing platform. The windowsill is clearly the preferred option for that activity. The little cane basket was likewise examined and, being considered useless as either a nesting spot or an object for checking that gravity is still working, was ignored as being of little interest. Luckily for me, the surface on the pedestal part was considered too smooth for effective claw sharpening and after this thorough investigation of the strange new object by the Master of the House, it was determined that there was little reason to pay it any more attention and that his sleeping practice should now be continued.
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 15:45
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In the supermarket this morning.
I walked past the aisle of doggy and moggy food.
Cheerful memories returned of one cat whose attitude was, " allo mate".
The brother of this puss had a mien of, "why are you permitted to be in the same room as me".
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 16:57
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Never forget: dogs have owners, cats have slaves
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 17:16
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Rainy morning. Voted at 0730, no lines.
That's how to do a Federal election. Called a couple of months ago........a bunch of campaigning........a few $s on advertising and done.
Much unlike the never ending, multi - multi -millions, 50 ring circus, 40 miles south of here. October - so only 13 months of it to go.
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Old 21st Oct 2019, 17:31
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Originally Posted by LowNSlow View Post
Never forget: dogs have owners, cats have slaves
I can assure you that, madam, when " less than impressed " and when her expectations have not been met, does not subscribe to this maxim ............
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 06:22
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Never forget: dogs have owners, cats have slaves
Precisely so. They were worshipped as gods in ancient Egypt and see no reason to discontinue that tradition!
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 10:27
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Looking at the old PPRuNe postings above, reminds me. Is LaserNigel still around? Last heard of marrying someone (AGAIN, WILL HE EVER LEARN . . . ?)
Any news appreciated,

JR
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 11:25
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Laser hasn't posted for a while, johnfairr ... this was his last contribution here back in July, post number 10125.

Good day all. Still kicking just. Had a lot of problems with my diabetes, got bad leg infection and ended up in hospital a few weeks ago. Two different IV antibiotics 4 bags of each a day. Veins kept collapsing so ended up with a total of 16 different sites on my hands. Blood sugar dipped at one point to 8, normal is about 100. Was in a lot of pain and delirious, put on IV dextrose as well until it stabilised. Nena helped so much and stayed with me aall the time. All done at Cebu Doctors university hospital, wiped out a lot of savings but is nothing to still be here. Second crop of corn growing well, main house is being rebuilt so a bit disruptive to internet. I will be back to quote Arnie.
Nice to see the thread honouring Mr.D
He did marry again and lives (I gather) on some sort of farm in or near Cebu.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 16:52
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Checkboard and I are heading off on a busman's holiday. Will be spending a long time in an alu tube quaffing bubbles. Delaying winter for a few weeks.
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Old 22nd Oct 2019, 20:06
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Many thanks, Bluey. If I was a betting man i'd go short on Laser. Sad to say, but would love to see him here again.

Cebu? Is that the Philipines? Seem to remember something about it in the Pacific War.

Hey ho, here's to the next man . . . . .

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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 03:54
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Johnfairr, I keep in contact with [email protected]

He's in the Philippines, health is improving - he's lost weight and seems to be quite content
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 04:17
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That is good news.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 04:30
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That's very good news indeed, gupta ... thank you.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 06:24
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"Basketball is among the most popular sports in China with 300 million people playing the game, according to the NBA." bbc

That's almost the entire population of the USA.
When troops are marching enmasse across bridges they break step to avoid messing with the resonant frequency.
Do the Chinese have a system to schedule games so that 300 million people dribbling together does not cause earthquakes and avalanches?
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 07:56
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A slight subject change; Would any of the learned Ppruners out there be able to supply a Latin translation for the following;

I came
I saw
I concreted.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 08:11
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Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot View Post
A slight subject change; Would any of the learned Ppruners out there be able to supply a Latin translation for the following;

I came
I saw
I concreted.
A local cement company based near Battle E Sussex is called William the Concreter.
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Old 23rd Oct 2019, 08:12
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Originally Posted by Pinky the pilot View Post
A slight subject change; Would any of the learned Ppruners out there be able to supply a Latin translation for the following;

I came
I saw
I concreted.
That sounds like a very accurate summary of the late ( unlamented ) "Honest Ernie " as in Ernest Marples M.P. who, as Transport Minister, and thus with absolutely no conflict of interest.....cough !...kindly embarked on the UK's Motorway building programme using companies he, erm, had "significant investments " in whilst engaging the good Doctor Beeching to remove the competion in the form of the railways.

One doesn't speak Latin so can't help in this respect. ORAC does however.....
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