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Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:11
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'Twas a sparkling day here in Noosa, blue skies, calm seas, not a whiff of breeze, and a scone with my morning cappuccino. Enjoy.
If you were near the river, my parents probably wandered past, walking their poodle...

Well, I have been given a date to go back flying - next week. Must read up a bit, and perhaps try the uniform on...
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Old 25th Jun 2020, 23:45
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Q: Where are the Arnold Schwarzenegger action figures?

A: Aisle B, back.
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 01:31
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Son wants to put cichlids in the fish tank.
I think it's going to be carnage - aggressive little [email protected] - they'll eat the Tetras.
Miniature version of cod wars...
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 04:45
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Very clever meadowrun!

Cod wars tartare? ... For goodness hake it could be a massacre in there but you're probably gurnard do it anyway. Things could get a little orcaward in the tank.
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 07:58
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Woke up to the pitter patter of rain... nonsense, it was the machine gun fire of heavy rain which I thought put paid to my avowed intent of an early walk. Nope, out the door at 7am and sitting in a sunny and slighy stick eSelsdon Woods with a black cup of tea (forgot to put milk in), taking my time and wondering if a Spitfire will join the merry sound of woodland birds.

Hifly, I guess you may have been awakened by thunder?
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 11:38
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post

Hifly, I guess you may have been awakened by thunder?
Indeed, it was a good show, what woke me up was the preceding wind blasting through the open window, (in an inwards direction I'll add). Then the deluge and immediate overhead lightning and crashing of thunder. We live in the U, as opposed to the non U part of the horseshoe valley that Hastings sits in. This adds an acoustic effect of echoes bouncing back and forth across the valley. It passed quickly no doubt en route to Croydon. I'd give it 7/10 on my Stormometer.
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 11:45
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I gather from a lady that I was talking to earlier that Croydon did enjoy a bit of son et lumiere in the wee hours but I must have slept through the bloody lot - and I left my bedroom window open too...
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Old 26th Jun 2020, 14:46
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North Bedfordshire seems to be a no go area for rain and storms. Even the weather can't be bothered with us.
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Old 27th Jun 2020, 06:04
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Looks like you've got some rain now, Mr O. Raining felines and canines in Purley at the moment, proper scuppered my plans to walk down to Tesco and beat the savage hordes...

Weather radar seems to suggest that by the time I've pulled some clobber on, worst of it should be past now.
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Old 27th Jun 2020, 17:15
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Indeed, rain on and off all day, squallish. Much needed.
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 02:00
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Getting off the bus on the shopping street in the neighbourhood, a woman asked me the time.
Checked my watch and said 'a quarter past five'.
As I could see the gears in her head start to grind I added ' Five fifteen'.
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 02:56
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
Getting off the bus on the shopping street in the neighbourhood, a woman asked me the time.
Checked my watch and said 'a quarter past five'.
As I could see the gears in her head start to grind I added ' Five fifteen'.
Dad came from Victorian root stock and it was always "a quarter, or a twenty, after five". As he was a "German Scholar" before WW 2, and exceptionally fluent, I often wondered how he could switch between English and German so effectively.

I now see parallels between the 1930's and the rise of German power, when it was considered highly beneficial for the young to study the language, and the more recent trend to study and obtain qualifications in Mandarin, or other Chinese languages,

Education is tracking the rise in economic, technological and political power of nations, much the same as it did in the 1930's, strengthening the overall power of the leading nations. Our legacy is that most of the world currently speaks English, but at some stage, I expect it will fall from favour, like Latin in the not so far future.

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Old 28th Jun 2020, 05:47
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 07:42
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
Getting off the bus on the shopping street in the neighbourhood, a woman asked me the time.
Checked my watch and said 'a quarter past five'.
As I could see the gears in her head start to grind I added ' Five fifteen'.
Ah, I'm another that says "quarter past" or "twenty five to" when asked the time by passers by. I don't wear a watch these days as I generally carry a smart phone and always a stepcounter (I've stopped saying pedometer as people think that's something evil!) in my pockets, so I look at the sun and say something like "oh, it's about twenty five minutes past four"... Not sure whether that's Crocodile Dundee or more Jacob Rees-Mogg...

Orac:
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 08:04
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Back to some transatlantic differences too.

The terminology “quarter to the hour” or “quarter past the hour” isn’t common over the pond and leads to stares of incomprehension. As does the word fortnight, let alone sennight.

As for telling them I’ll see you a week next Wednesday or Thursday next....
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 08:11
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Sennight - one learns something new every day! I gather it's Old English but sounds like something a Cornishman would say.
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 12:27
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Speaking of trans-Atlantic confusion - It's the American "we'll meet at a quarter of four" that I find baffling.

What's that? Quarter to? Quater past? One o'clock??
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 17:32
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Sunday bl**dy Sunday. Sunday is not Sunday without a Sunday roast. It's sacrosanct in our house, but not today. Chicken bought on Friday and well within sell-by date ponged when brought out of the fridge. Too late to get another so it's Monday night's pasta tonight. But roast tomorrow instead.
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 17:52
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My old man always used to say "five and twenty to" the hour. Never heard it from anyone else!
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Old 28th Jun 2020, 18:53
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My old man always used to say "five and twenty to" the hour. Never heard it from anyone else!
My mum would say that, not sure if every time.
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