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Old 12th Dec 2019, 19:09
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Sis and B-I-L organised our involvement, Bluey, it just underlined to me how many people do find the global jollity a bit of a strain.

Checkboard, I have just de-bagged myself for reasons of excessive moisture; the contents of a large puddle had been redistributed over my jeans and coat by a thoughtful BMW driver who understands that when passing a pedestrian in the vicinity of a blocked drain in heavy rain, great speed is of the essence to reduce the duration of the drenching. I do hope he was able to clearly hear and appreciate the verbal dexterity of my heartfelt reaction to his great kindness.
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 05:29
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Just opened a bottle of champagne, and had it foam all over myself. I now smell like champagne -
You've been launched! Congratulations!
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 07:26
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Devil

I do hope he was able to clearly hear and appreciate the verbal dexterity of my heartfelt reaction to his great kindness.
treadigraph; You no doubt informed him of the fact that his Parents were not married, and that he was of course, born in the gutter to a Lady of ill repute etc etc
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 07:34
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Not exactly; when I deem the occasion appropriate I generally won't waste two syllables where one will do except to add the present participle...
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Old 13th Dec 2019, 21:06
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Being an old misery I dislike this time of the year because as I never bother to celebrate my own birthday I really have no real interest in celebrating
some imaginary deity who allegedly lives somewhere in the sky. To compound my jaded mood I have just been informed that I have been volunteered
for several more activities.The latest is that I now have to cook for people on Christmas Day. I hate cooking for other people especially as one of the
invited is far superior in the kitchen than myself. To quote an old saying from my youth "mother sell that pig and buy me out of here"
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 09:52
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Record temperatures predicted in Australia. Would our cousins in Oz like to swap our UK cold, wet and windy weather for some sun and warmth? Still, only seven more days and the sun heads north again.

As for Christmas. BAH! My origami skills are hopeless, I hate wrapping presents, all fingers and thumbs and sticky tape. Then there's that hiatus between Christmas and new year when time seems to stop, it drives me nuts.

Roll on the new year and back to normal.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 10:47
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Lack of any bread in the house this morning led me to breakfast in Wetherspoons. The fact that I did have cornflakes and porridge oats in the larder failed to register in my post slumber state; the fact I picked up bread and eggs on my way to the pub made no never mind. I blame these mental aberrations on an absence of alcohol in the bloodstream. The Defence rests...
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 11:44
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Burst water main has meant our village and many nearby are sans water this morning. Rather ironic given the downpour earlier...
Checkers has driven off to Macca's for a coffee.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 12:32
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Had some wonderful skyscapes here. Glorious sunsets on the odd clear day that we've had or when the low sun lights the underside of the clouds. Other variations are dark clouds dropping curtains of showers out over the sea while we are in sunshine and vice versa. Another one is when the sun bursts through breaks in the clouds and lights up an area of the sea, the sort of image on the cover of those religious pamphlets that get posted through your door.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 12:51
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Heading up the hill for sunset later. Better do some painting first... having most of the shelves down in my sitting room means nowhere to put the crimble cards...
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 12:51
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Originally Posted by Paultheparaglider View Post
On a slightly more positive and cheerful note, due to the wonderful asymmetry of time, for those of us in the south of the UK, yesterday was the day that the sun set the earliest, so the evenings are now drawing out from today.

This varies with latitude, so people in Inverness still need to wait until tomorrow for the earliest sunset, and my relatives in Hong Kong have been enjoying lighter evenings since 28 November.
Well that sez it all dunnit ! I mean, there's yer North/ Sarf divide in a nutshell innit !....can't wait until the Winter Solstice like wot the rest of us have to...oooh..noooo, have to start getting the extra daylight in the evening before everybody else ! just wait till that meridian thing at Greenwich gets sold for scrap.......you'll soon be back to marking a candle !
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 14:31
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Heading up the hill for sunset later. Better do some painting first... having most of the shelves down in my sitting room means nowhere to put the crimble cards...
For a split second I had an image of you trudging up the hill, easel, paint and brushes in hand to paint the sunset.

And talking of shelves, here's a cat story.
Last week I was putting up shelves for a friend. She had suddenly acquired a one eyed black and white tom cat. My friend was walking home one cold evening and the cat followed her to the front door. Next morning the cat was still sitting outside her door. Returning later the cat was still there, it was cold and raining so she let him in and he made himself very comfortable. He was a bit grubby but in good health and very friendly.
Was he a stray or abandoned we pondered, better get him to the vet and see if he's chipped. My friend was so endeared to him it took a lot of persuasion to get her to do this. He was chipped and Nelson was returned to his owners who must have been pleased. But we wondered if his walkabout was an attempt at escape.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 14:36
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Here's one I dun earlier...


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Old 14th Dec 2019, 14:39
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Here's one I dun earlier...

Very good, JWM Turner would have been proud of that.
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 15:51
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Would our cousins in Oz like to swap our UK cold, wet and windy weather for some sun and warmth?
Yes, yes and yes. We've just had our third day in a row of 40 plus and one more to go tomorrow. After that we'll have a cold snap when it goes down to 35. BUT ... next Thursday (allegedly) will be a chilly 27 and that's something to look forward to!
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Old 14th Dec 2019, 23:43
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Here's one I dun earlier...

Captured sunset perfectly over a sparkling sea with post- volcanic abberations to the atmosphere, but aren't you supposed to be painting a wall? Oh, that isn't the wall is it, sans bookshelves? Did you think about matching the carpets and curtains before you waxed artistic?
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Old 15th Dec 2019, 00:15
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Why did you put the Macdonalds signs up in the sky without a post to hold them up?? And why three of them? One for the father, one for the sun, and one for the wholly toast?
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Old 15th Dec 2019, 06:20
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Aw c'mon Bluey! This is the Aussie Summer y'know.

40C here in Waikerie today with even higher temperatures forecast for the next few days.

The Japanese blokes flying the two syndicate owned Arcus self-launcher Gliders here will require my services for those few days. The engine in the Arcus cannot be used in anything over 40C so I will have to haul them up using the Club's Pawnee.

The 250hp Lycoming in the Pawnee handles those conditions quite well.
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Old 15th Dec 2019, 10:16
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To answer my critics - I was inspired by J M W Turner after an afternoon's boozing in a very hot Margate during my Crayon period. Turner's "Rain, Steam and Speed" and of course his sunsets caught my imagination and, pausing only to nick my 3 year old nephew's artistic implements, I worked with a freneticism known to those whose hunger can only be assuaged by a quarter pounder with cheese. It's title? Sun screen and greed...
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Old 15th Dec 2019, 11:12
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Well I think it's a wonderful work of art, treadigraph. Done in the classic Primitive style with simplified shapes and clear colours which, together with the slightly abstract representation of the main features, declares its pedigree without mistake. On a par with Gauguin and Rousseau I would say. How much are you asking for it?

Aw c'mon Bluey! This is the Aussie Summer y'know.
True enough, Pinky and I suppose one must expect these things. I did compose an email of protest to the Met. Bureau but never received any response from them. I am beginning to think they have no control over the weather at all.
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