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Old 20th Apr 2020, 20:12
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Why has nobody mentioned the Lyrids? https://www.manchestereveningnews.co...-2020-18117498
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Old 20th Apr 2020, 21:44
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Saw a few but the sky is quite milky - probably try again tomorrow, maybe nip up the common, bit less light pollution up there. Got a peripheral glimpse of something else zotting across the sky, might have been a meteor.
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Old 20th Apr 2020, 22:05
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Well that was a damp squib. One, faint, fast-moving , high up object but not as fast as the ISS and no meteors.
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Old 20th Apr 2020, 22:07
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I always found the Lyrids poor both visually and for MS.
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 07:54
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Later I shall be heaving stuff out of the glass house.
Assisting Lady G to plant tomatoes.
The local Ginger and White cat could not get past the netting and the peas are saved.
It did not have a p or worse.
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 08:48
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We had a stray moggie that persisted in using our flowerbeds for it's private khazi. (dual function)

The neighbour , who had experienced the same problem advised to lay the cuttings from our standard roses around the plants - they are easily lifted when required.

Never saw the moggie, or discovered any detritus again.

IG
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 16:14
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It has gone very quiet in here, is everybody fast asleep?
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 16:23
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I'm awake... just contemplating a wander up the hill and around the common. Pleased to see a sparrowhawk circling lazily overhead earlier on, not sure that the local sparrows (none in my immediate neighbourhood) would share my enthusiasm.

Despite my self-imposed lock-down teetotalism, I invested in some bottles of Rattler cyder during this morning's provisioning trip. Only to be opened in an emerge-ncy!
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 19:24
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I appeared to have missed it all! No lockdown for me having swapped air for ground and been on earlies. Really miss air.... Good to see some familiar names and relive some memories though.

I hope everyone is well and staying safe. In the nicest way possible, I hope not to meet any of you.

Take care all x
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Old 21st Apr 2020, 21:45
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I've been flying. yay
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 04:15
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Last night, one dined, well ok, we, because the ratbag demanded / extorted her share, on chicken and chips. No basket involved.

Has one missed something essential here ?
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 05:52
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treadigraph: Take car and avoid the common! It is well known that this is a target for those buggers from Mars!
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 06:12
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Nah, that's yer Horsell Common, packed with Woke people.

We did have an unusual visitor up there yesterday evening, a C-130 from Brize which apparently did a touch and go at Biggin plus a couple of trundles round the area at 2000'. Nice to see.

Spotted 36 of them Starlink satellites around 9pm last night, several gave a very bright flash as they caught the optimum angle between the sun and my small patch of weeds wild flowers...
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 08:15
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Shame it all fizzled out. They say you should never go back and if I ever find out who 'they' are I'll tell them that they have a valid point. Was very nice to see some old names though 😊
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 09:29
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I went out walking this morning down by the beach. My heart wrenched watching all the poor bl**dy seagulls having to scratch in the sand for sand eels and suchlike. It must be terrible for them with this lockdown; no half-eaten Big Mac or Finger Licking fired chicken anywhere. During the recent Half Term holiday the weather was brilliant but there was not one kid around with an ice cream to dive bomb. Not only that the reduction in people driving into down has decimated the number of windscreens to crap upon.

I think the guvmint should do something about it.
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 09:50
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An unmentioned beneficiary of all these lockdowns may well be the car battery industry. 4 weeks of infrequent 1.5 mile round trips to the supermarket looks like it might have done for mine (it’s about 4.5 years old). Took a surreptitious 45 minute spin round the local motorways to try and improve matters, but the warning light persists. Fortunately Halfords seem to do home delivery/installations so likely to be placing an order soon.
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 09:53
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Originally Posted by Fareastdriver View Post
I went out walking this morning down by the beach. My heart wrenched watching all the poor bl**dy seagulls having to scratch in the sand for sand eels and suchlike. It must be terrible for them with this lockdown; no half-eaten Big Mac or Finger Licking fired chicken anywhere. During the recent Half Term holiday the weather was brilliant but there was not one kid around with an ice cream to dive bomb. Not only that the reduction in people driving into down has decimated the number of windscreens to crap upon.

I think the guvmint should do something about it.

I think you should send that to the Telegraph!
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 10:06
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Curious Pax I have an automatic battery charger which shuts off when optimum charge is reached. It might be worth your while getting one of them. It can be very useful if the car is confined to quarters for such things as snow. They are available from the same emporium as the battery which you are purchasing.
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 11:56
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Thanks for the advice DX. It triggered me to delve a little deeper, as I remembered that I have an old battery charger in the garage, unused for about 25 years. Fortunately looking at the charger type you referenced I discovered that newer ‘stop/start’ batteries are not compatible with old chargers, so that money saving scheme came to nought. A little more thought has also made me wonder if it is actually the alternator that is faulty given that 45 minutes driving didn’t cure the warning light. I do possess a multimeter, so I think tomorrow’s job will be to see if the battery has any charge, and decide what to do from there. For now, back to painting the fence!
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Old 22nd Apr 2020, 12:12
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So far it looks like it will be good viewing conditions tonight for the 42 Starlink satellites going over.
Saw about twenty then got bored and went to watch QI reruns on Netflix. Amazing to think that a private company can launch satellite constellations on brand new re-usable rockets while NASA has to hitch hike on Russian rockets designed 50 years ago.
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