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Old 30th Oct 2020, 07:28
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Apparently this Halloween will have a full moon for the first time in 76 years. Expect werewolves!
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 08:14
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Apparently this Halloween will have a full moon for the first time in 76 years. Expect werewolves!
All well and good, but, what about the non conformists werenotwolves ........( sorry ) shud we expect them as well ?
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 09:54
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On Eyre and imagegear,

Thank you very much. I'm immersed in fascinating research due to your pointers, which includes one side of my family that I had no idea were connected.

TB is a family friend, more fool me for not calling him first...

The main man posted an update recently which has opened a window on the whole story.

My wife has met and chatted to Mike, it just never occurred to her to ask him about the monument to Joanne.

Its a very unique space, with many people, including my kids and friends will no doubt share Joanne's fond memories of it.

If Mike ever needs help to maintain it, I've no doubt he'll be absolutely overrun with offers. Its a Gem.

Thanks, mini
Quite a Tome to read there mini, I can imagine one could do a nice piece of Genealogy research with all that stuff.

Good hunting.

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Old 30th Oct 2020, 10:52
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All well and good, but, what about the non conformists werenotwolves ........( sorry ) shud we expect them as well ?
You make a good point Krystal. To be on the safe side, I'd say yes, we should expect them on notHalloween when there is a notfull moon. Since most days of the year fall into these categories, it behoves us to maintain alertness and generally keep our wits about us when venturing abroad. I believe that the werenotwolf is not given to attacking people or biting them however if you happen upon a person you suspect of being a werenotwolf, there is a belief that not giving him/her wolfsbane with effect a cure.
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 14:31
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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/n...eden-fsb6636dk

Lost in translation: Amazon bungles its launch in Sweden

The launch of Amazon’s Swedish website has been blighted by cultural gaffes and glaring mistranslations, including a listing for an Adidas “child sexual assault” football shirt.

The internet giant mixed up the Argentine and Swedish flags, labelled frying pans as items for women, allowed the sale of a swastika-emblazoned shower curtain and described a silicone baking mould as suitable for “chocolate, faeces, goose water and bread”.

The mistakes were so numerous that some Swedes began to speculate that they were a deliberate PR stunt. However, many of the errors appear to have been the result of a poorly designed computer translation programme that had struggled to cope with the multiple meanings of English words such as “rape”, “trunks” and “cock”....

One popular video game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, was translated as “the savage’s breath”. Another, Need for Speed: Payback, was turned into “Do You Require Speed: Refund”. A triple pack of men’s boxer shorts from Calvin Klein became “men’s luggage trunks”; a toy amphibious assault vehicle was marketed as a “Star Wars grievous bodily harm tank” and a fabric belt as a “narcotics strap”.

Some of the errors were more offensive. The word for a cockerel was often translated as kuk, a faintly vulgar word for penis. Thus an embroidery pattern depicting a rooster became “cross-stitch for adults – big dick, do it yourself”. A stopcock head was rendered “finish d*ckhead”. Users may also have been tempted by offers of a “gypsy shirt” or a pair of pearl earrings apparently just right for “European prostitutes”.

The algorithm seems to have had particular trouble with products involving oilseed rape, which it frequently translated into valdtakt, the Swedish word for violent sexual assault. As a result the website abounded in mouse mats, jigsaws and shower curtains decorated with “sex assault flowers”, and a fishing lure was touted for “roach, barr, sex assault”.

The origins of other phrases, such as the “goose water” in the baking mould and a jacket described as an “ice cream machine”, remain an unresolved puzzle for the internet’s amateur linguists.

Amazon said the website was a work in progress. “We would like to thank everyone highlighting these problems and helping us to make changes and improve Amazon.se,” a spokeswoman told SVT, the public broadcaster. “We’re very pleased to have launched Amazon.se but this is only our second day and we are always keen to improve the customer experience.”
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 17:22
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I've put my order in for the silicon baking mould.
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 18:26
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
You make a good point Krystal. To be on the safe side, I'd say yes, we should expect them on notHalloween when there is a notfull moon. Since most days of the year fall into these categories, it behoves us to maintain alertness and generally keep our wits about us when venturing abroad. I believe that the werenotwolf is not given to attacking people or biting them however if you happen upon a person you suspect of being a werenotwolf, there is a belief that not giving him/her wolfsbane with effect a cure.
Whilst indebted for your detailed reply Bluey, one is, erm, a trifle concerned as to your detailed knowledge of this subject....
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Old 30th Oct 2020, 19:22
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Whilst indebted for your detailed reply Bluey, one is, erm, a trifle concerned as to your detailed knowledge of this subject....
Orrstraaliaan?
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 09:59
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The rough and tumble of being a teenager....

https://news.sky.com/story/essex-fir...dryer-12119354

Essex: Firefighters rescue three men trapped in a tumble dryer

Three men had to be rescued by firefighters after they got stuck in a tumble dryer in Essex, the fire service has said.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service were called to a derelict laundry site in Bower Hill, Epping at 6.35pm on Friday. They found the three young men, all believed to be in their late teens, stuck in the industrial-sized dryer.

While two of them had successfully climbed in, the third had got his ankles trapped in the door, the force said.

The fire service had to call out Essex Police, the helicopter medical emergency service (HEMS) and the ambulance service's hazardous area response team to help free the young men. They used a range of heavy equipment and removed the dryer door so the third man could free himself.

All three were given pain relief and left in the care of paramedics, the fire service said.

Watch manager Glenn Jackson said in a statement: "It was a difficult site to access and we had to carry a lot of heavy equipment a large distance from the appliances to the tumble dryer and then use our expertise to free the men safely.

“We used a range of equipment to free the casualty's ankles and allow him to crawl into the tumble dryer. The HEMS team gave him pain relief and we then managed to move the door, again using a range of equipment, so the men could crawl out."
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 12:47
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
You make a good point Krystal. To be on the safe side, I'd say yes, we should expect them on notHalloween when there is a notfull moon. Since most days of the year fall into these categories, it behoves us to maintain alertness and generally keep our wits about us when venturing abroad. I believe that the werenotwolf is not given to attacking people or biting them however if you happen upon a person you suspect of being a werenotwolf, there is a belief that not giving him/her wolfsbane with effect a cure.
Does not swimming in the not safe Western Australian seas not protect against an attack by great whitenotsharks?
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 13:28
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Whilst indebted for your detailed reply Bluey, one is, erm, a trifle concerned as to your detailed knowledge of this subject....
There is absolutely notnothing for you to notworry about Krystal.

Orrstraaliaan?
Correct, spitfire.

Does not swimming in the not safe Western Australian seas not protect against an attack by great whitenotsharks?
Good one Mr Optimistic!

ORAC ... I wonder if this is the modern day equivalent of how many university students could be squashed into a Mini or a telephone box. Or maybe they were feeling cold? Perhaps one of them suggested they go for a spin ...
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 14:54
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I hope the courts hang them out to dry...
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 19:21
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Bluey ! I is not remotely worried, notnomore ....because today one armed oneself with not one, but, two tubes of garlic puree !.....yeah, well ok, they was intended for homemade garlic bread, but that's just pure coincidence nowt more !
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 19:32
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I have to confess something, but I'm not sure if I should.
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 19:36
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Confession is good for the soul.
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 19:57
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Does it involve a tumble drier?
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 20:16
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Truth is... What I'm trying to say is... How can I put it?... Should I even mention it?
Oh alright then... deep breath... here goes.

I haven't had a haircut since February... there, I said it.

Since then my receding mane has gone through three phases. First was a semi Chopin followed by an Einstein and now a bit, but rather fetching Beethoven. My good wife has not commented so far but I suspect she is being diplomatic.

Apart from the excuses reasons of the lockdown I really cannot be bothered to visit my coiffeuse as she rabbits on about her extended family. I cannot keep track and she, (bless her heart) expects me to remember all the details from my previous visit.

Shave it all off I hear you say, but I have broadish shoulders, a narrow head and slightly wingnut ears. I'd look like a pinhead.

Well I'm glad to get that off my less hairy chest. It's Saturday evening, I'll open a bottle of red and let my hair down.

Gawd Bless Us All, Cheers
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Old 31st Oct 2020, 20:50
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I had my usual No6 in late Feb. By end May my thinning thatch was growing in a way that made me look rather like Putter Smith. So I broke out the hair clippers I bought years ago and never had the courage to use - the guards had scattered but I found the 1/4" one and trimmed myself to near skin 'ed. I then found the 1/2" guard and have self trimmed with that one or twice, then used the 1/4" again this week. My friend Jenny saw the 1/4" result for the first time on Thurs and said "looks fine". But it is too short. 1/2" again next time (Jan probably) and hopefully Jen can apply the non guarded blades to the obstinate hairs on the nape of my neck that are difficult to trim and grow twice as fast as my other remaining follicles...

That's £30 saved a year...
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Old 1st Nov 2020, 00:31
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Tumble driers... well, No 1 son also got himself arrested for climbing into one in what we now must call Staines-on-Thames, one believes.
His 21st birthday celebrations - 31 yrs ago - started at 12 noon and by 15:00 or so he claimed to be rather warm, so his kind friends dumped him in the Thames. Now dripping he made his way to Staines' shopping mall and, finding an electrical retailer with white goods on display, thought it was a good idea to find his way into a tumble drier.
The fire brigade having rescued him called the police, and I got involved somehow or other, but swear I had nothing to do with the blow-up doll found at the wheel of his car later that evening...
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Old 1st Nov 2020, 06:03
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Here's Greater Manchester's FRS training hard for just such an event......

BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Firefighter's dryer prank probed
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