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Old 28th Jun 2020, 20:37
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Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
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....
Thought they said ' after' but it's been 40 years.....
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 07:33
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Rain is fine but they can keep the wind. Trip to Tesco's beckons before Bedford does a Leicester ('Lester', no idea why, for the non- natives...oops can I say that?).
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 08:37
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Hydro bill arrived Monday.
Two months $33.57.
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 15:27
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117 years since the commencement of the first 'G....e B....e.' Fingers crossed for this year, I have my doubts.
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Old 1st Jul 2020, 16:30
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First swim since the start of lockdown. Cool but refreshing at around 25c. Lots of small mullet in the shallows.

Kayak stowed, painting the apartment starts Monday for five days.

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Old 1st Jul 2020, 23:50
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Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
117 years since the commencement of the first 'G....e B....e.' Fingers crossed for this year, I have my doubts.

Ok I give up smartypants what on earth does G....e B....e mean???? Why can't people stop
trying to make themselves look an idiot by not being able to spell words correctly?
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 01:44
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Love these solar panels, electickery company pays me $200 a month. Well worth while.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 03:32
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My grandmother, who was born in 1895, always said five and twenty past and to the hour. I still say it to annoy the hell out of Ms BB, she being of the American persuasion. We've been together for 13 years but about once a month one of us will say something the other finds incomprehensible.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 03:53
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"Quarter of five" probably comes from the German, "viertel fünf" which is 4:15 to regular people.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 07:43
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
Love these solar panels, electickery company pays me $200 a month. Well worth while.
Love mine too, lecky company are paying me £330 for this last 3 months, best quarterly payment I've had. Also ahead of target to cover the original cost of the installation
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 13:55
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La Grande Boucle

Sorry for late reply, mostly finger trouble. The Tour de France it is. Unable to travel for several years, so foreign holidays are taken at home by viewing the countryside in the Grand Tours of cycling. Comfort, but too easy perhaps.
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 14:09
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There's nothing quite like the sound of a cat throwing up to bring you wide awake in a big hurry in the morning. Especially if the cat happens to be sitting on your bed at the time!
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 14:20
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I was quite surprised to come across a Roman snail on an overgrown footpath while out walking this morning - bloody 'uge it was. Very rare and protected it seems so I'm glad I didn't pick him/her up which is verboten to put her/him* somewhere safe - so somebody else will probably step on it. So rare in fact that I found four more within a few minutes...

*I seem to remember from reading Gerald Durrell that snails are hermaphroditic?
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Old 2nd Jul 2020, 18:12
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
There's nothing quite like the sound of a cat throwing up to bring you wide awake in a big hurry in the morning. Especially if the cat happens to be sitting on your bed at the time!
Ain't that the truth !!!
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 07:28
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Sitting in Wetherspoons awaiting my big breakfast. Quietish so far. May have a celebratory pint later but not staying too long. It's good to be back!

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Old 4th Jul 2020, 09:53
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Reckon there will be lots of self- policing to start with. Trouble us the delay between infection and the hospital, if required, is so long that people will relax before the consequences become apparent. Press reckon July 20 to be about the time the exponential comes out to play.
I am off to Eastbourne next week to see family so as always I'll be part of the problem and not the solution.
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 10:11
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Just about to leave - bit busier now but not packed. Not going to do Friday/Saturday evenings for the foreseeable future...
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 11:57
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I think the wind and rain will dampen too much excess al fresco boozing today.

Sitting in me motor while waiting for Mrs H shopping in Morries, geezer with a bmw leaves his trolley in the middle of the empty parking space next to me. While getting into his car his door hits mine. Not hard, no damage and my car has enough chips to open a casino so I'm not really bothered. He then notices me sitting there, he quickly looks away then reverses out at speed and hares off through the car park.

What is it with bmw owners?
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 12:06
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What is it with bmw owners?
Well, if you want the really divisive and provocative answer hiflymk3, there was a time when not every Tom, Dick and Harry could afford a BMW!
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Old 4th Jul 2020, 13:07
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Originally Posted by parabellum View Post
Well, if you want the really divisive and provocative answer hiflymk3, there was a time when not every Tom, Dick and Harry could afford a BMW!
Back in the day they had a certain cachet. I know, I had one, a shark nose 323i, black, very nice and a company car at that. I'm also aware there are BMW owners here and I expect some flak,

As a caveat I'll add there are two types of BMW owners. There's the Jack the geezer who think it flash to accelerate and brake hard in supermarket car parks but haven't worked out what indicators are for.

The other type are those who frequent this hallowed fora who drive the upper marques. They appreciate the engineering, drive quality and comfort etc. Of course they drive responsibly. Now this latter type would be more careful when opening their door so as not to damage their or others paintwork. Even if they did accidentally touch and no harm was done, they'd have the decency, moral character and [email protected] to admit it, inspect for damage if any and apologise. And they would never leave their trolley in the middle of a parking space.
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