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Old 10th Dec 2020, 19:42
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Have had many MRI scans on various parts of the anatomy. One was for a research project and I was invited back into the control room to see the results and discuss the different imaging techniques used, fascinating stuff. I can confirm that they were all very noisy. It is amusing to be told that music can be piped into the headset to help pass the time – all very well against the background tick but completely useless when it starts up.

Some years ago we were trying out a loan aircraft at Sherwood Flying club and at one point I was jammed in the back with a club member I hadn’t met before. Turns out he was the man who invented/developed the MRI system at Nottingham University. I only found this out later so didn’t get the chance to talk to him about it.

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Old 11th Dec 2020, 06:51
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Check this out for some advertising horsefeathers:
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex 30ml. Now with Chronolux™ Power Signal Technology, this deep- and fast-penetrating hydrating serum reduces the look of multiple signs of aging caused by the environmental assaults of modern life.
So, see if I read this correctly: a time signal is sent from a satellite to activate the night repair to synchronize with the other stuff the ladies trowel onto their faces, it penetrates their brains to stop Alzheimers and aging caused by the internet?

Gotta get me some...
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Old 11th Dec 2020, 09:41
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Next year they will have improved it again.

Did a 21:00 supply replenishment run and picked up two punnets of blackberries for $5. First one was very good indeed.
Don't usually see them much around here at anytime much less December. Thx Mex.
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Old 11th Dec 2020, 14:57
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
Next year they will have improved it again.

Did a 21:00 supply replenishment run and picked up two punnets of blackberries for $5. First one was very good indeed.
Don't usually see them much around here at anytime much less December. Thx Mex.
Global warming will do that still got flowers blooming in my garden, had runner beans in November

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Old 11th Dec 2020, 15:09
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My apricot seed that I planted has started to sprout! I just did it as an experiment really but it's worked!!!
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Old 12th Dec 2020, 01:37
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Sometimes I wonder if our postal service has any real idea where parcels actually are. I received this email this morning ...

Sorry we missed you. Australia Post tried to deliver your package today but didn't want to leave it unattended. Please look for a notice of attempted delivery or contact Australia Post for the next steps.

The parcel was delivered ten days ago!
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Old 12th Dec 2020, 08:50
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Perhaps they will deliver it again... hope it was something nice! My Amazon deliveries are always supposed to be two or three days after purchase as I'm tight and go for free delivery. I always get notification they are out for delivery when I'm out - two days early! Mustn't complain...
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Old 12th Dec 2020, 13:07
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It was a book tready. It was apparently being sent from the US and the delivery "window" was 16th - 23rd December so it arrived 14 days early which is certainly impressive.
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Old 12th Dec 2020, 18:09
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Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
Sometimes I wonder if our postal service has any real idea where parcels actually are. I received this email this morning ...

Sorry we missed you. Australia Post tried to deliver your package today but didn't want to leave it unattended. Please look for a notice of attempted delivery or contact Australia Post for the next steps.

The parcel was delivered ten days ago!
Be very carefull Bluey

We over here are experiencing email scams where the scammers try to get you to arrange another delivery by calling a number. Naturally this number is premium rate and you will have already been billed £350 for calling, before you realise you have been scammed.

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Old 13th Dec 2020, 02:04
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Thank you for that info Imagegear ... I haven't heard of that particular scam being around here yet (although it will make an appearance sooner or later I imagine). If the parcel had really not been delivered, I would have been alerted to something wrong by the fact that there was no card ... Australia Post will always leave a card. My next step would have been to call, but absolutely not by clicking on any link in the email ... therein lies danger as we know! I've just checked that email again and it actually came from Amazon itself but even so, caution would have been exercised before taking action ... and while Amazon has one of my email addresses, Australia Post doesn't, so another note of caution there.
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Old 13th Dec 2020, 20:37
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Home after a couple of days out.
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 06:22
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Some substantial rain over the last few days made me pump several inches of water out of my pool - three times.

Now the chlorinator is squawking "Low Salt!", but there is more rain falling, so it will have to wait. Not gonna dump in more salt just to pump it overboard again.
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 08:33
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While the kids were small, we had a large pool. Living on the Highveldt, we often had quite violent Thunder and Lightning storms in the Summer afternoons.

What happened to the colour of the pool, and where the chemicals disappeared to, I will never know. Eventually, one just had to accept a no-swimming ban until the chemicals stabilised and changed the colour back from pink/green/orange or milky to its usual azure blue.

Not cheap to run either.

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Old 14th Dec 2020, 14:40
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Thumbs up

Missus B is getting quite good at shopping. She returned from ASDA today with two bottles of 12 year old Aberlour at £25 each. I might even let her have a dram at Xmas.
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 16:21
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You mean you don't get it delivered?





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Old 14th Dec 2020, 18:06
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Is tonight a big night for meteors?
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 18:12
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I think the RAF have retired them...

Apparently, yes, it's the Geminids Meteor Shower tonight... when I dripped in through the front door after my afternoon walk it was 10/10ths of drizzly clag, though the Police EC135 was tooling around underneath it.
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Old 14th Dec 2020, 18:13
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The first of two meteor showers this month peaked over the weekend, with up to 120 Geminid meteors shooting across the sky every hour on Sunday night.

The peak coincided with December’s new moon, meaning the night’s sky will be especially dark for sky gazers to enjoy the spectacle.

The meteors burning through the Earth’s atmosphere, commonly referred to as “shooting stars”, will be visible until 16 December but will be at their most prolific on the night of 13 December and early morning of 14 December.

The best time to watch them is generally at around 2am, when the sky is at its darkest.

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Old 15th Dec 2020, 04:34
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Up to 30°C here today, cloudless sky, luckily a bit of sea breeze.
Must keep water-dishes filled for the little birdies on these hot days.
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Old 15th Dec 2020, 07:54
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Originally Posted by Imagegear View Post

The best time to watch them is generally at around 2am, when the sky is at its darkest.

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Our dog read your post about the time.....there were no meteor showers visible when she chose to remind me.
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