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Old 6th Jul 2021, 06:19
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Backs are indeed a stupid design reddo. As are other things in the human body; the trachea and oesophagus being so close together for example ... to make us breathe in a crumb or a mouthful of our coffee. Maybe we should go back to walking on all fours again and our backs would feel better for it!
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Old 6th Jul 2021, 06:19
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Originally Posted by hiflymk3 View Post
Sympathy reddo backs can be
My arm problem persists. Tingling lower arm, vice like gripping on upper arm, shoulders and chest. Pain killers prescribed by doc are doing the trick but making me light headed and soporific. Physically difficult to type, difficulty to comprehend when reading hence I'll leave it here.

Good health to you and yours me hearties.
One has experienced similar in days past. Oddly only when " WE " decided to go shopping.

Seriously, I do have genuine sympathy and concern for all those who suffer from debilitating pain.

On the lighted side, thankfully, you are unlikely to feature in the current emetic advert for Peloton.
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Old 6th Jul 2021, 07:42
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Originally Posted by Barksdale Boy View Post
Isn't this one of the worst fears of us all?
Think I can honestly say no, never crossed my mind in all these years. Don't get many snakes round here, only ever seen one and that was just before I ran over it in the car, my brain not accepting what my eyes were sending it. Perhaps it is a leading cause of constipation in others though.
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Old 6th Jul 2021, 10:21
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Actually, I really like snakes. I think they're fascinating creatures. I had a friend up in the hills who had a water python come to visit her quite often. It would just let itself into the house somehow and curl up under a convenient cushion. We all got used to the idea of looking under the cushions before sitting down in case "Sir Lancelot" was there!
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Old 6th Jul 2021, 22:14
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Yup, there was a time (aged 8 or so) when I always had a grass snake which lived on bits and pieces I found for it (Read a book about it) and which enjoyed curling up in a nice warm pocket. Came to school with me a few times, and girlies who previously had professed themselves disgusted with 'orrible slimy hateful snakes' learned to want to borrow him for a cuddle*. An educational snake indeed. There were a few of these, one after another, but sadly, can't remember what happened to any of them.

(*Just realised how double the above entendre is. And the answer is, no. Just in case anyone comments...)
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 07:56
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Somewhere near me is a bloke who has a corn snake which makes the occupants of Stalag Luft 3 look like rank amateurs in the art of escapology.

The corpse of an enormous python was found in local woods a few years ago, if I recall the theory was it has escaped and was unable to survive a British winter cold snap.

Grass snakes are supposed to be thriving on the local common but I've never seen one, just the odd slow worm or, in one instance, the still wriggling rear end of one.
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 09:35
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Jim
Father in law (RFC - not too far from forum!) also used to take his to school, pop it in his desk and when teacher's back was turned lift out his inkwell.
The snake's head would then pop up to the amusement of the class and the bafflement of the teacher.
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 10:34
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One freely admits, that, when it comes to snakes, one prefers them to be on a board with ladders.. and dice clattering on top.

Seen a few adders / grass snakes and slow worms over the years..all of whom were, one hopes, suitably impressed with ones impression of a Mr U. Bolt.
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 10:45
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Over the last two Summers the Pinky household has had a problem with a few Brown Snakes getting into the property. Both our Cats have been fanged by the (expletives deleted) and whilst both thankfully surviving, the resultant mad dash to the Vets and subsequent bill was unsettling to say the least.

For anyone who doesn't know, The Aussie Brown Snake is one of the world's deadliest land snakes. We have acually had two on the property, less than 20 ft from the back door. One was caught by the local Snake catcher and released way out of town, at a charge of AUD$50.
The other.... I 'aint sayin'....

(It is an offence under law to kill any Snake!)
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 13:37
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ANY snake ?? Even one attached by fangs to your arm? My lifelong motto, which has served me well, is that you are not a criminal until you get caught.
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 21:28
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Went out for a quick stroll around the block just after 9pm. My, it was quiet out. Thought perhaps we'd slipped back into maximum lock down. Is something happening? A Royal Wedding? Last Night of the Proms? Reg Dwight in Concert?
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Old 7th Jul 2021, 22:20
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Went out for a quick stroll around the block just after 9pm. My, it was quiet out. Thought perhaps we'd slipped back into maximum lock down. Is something happening? A Royal Wedding? Last Night of the Proms? Reg Dwight in Concert?
No idea - I spent the evening spray painting a Buccaneer - oops, aviation content again, sorry
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Old 8th Jul 2021, 10:31
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There is an ad on TV for a shampoo that brags of having "zero Parabens."

I gurgled "paraben" and it came up as a Portuguese word for "congratulations" or even "happy birthday."

What other useless words do advertising dudes spit out to convince us to wash our hair in it? And why can't I have a happy birthday when shampooing my hair?
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Old 8th Jul 2021, 12:06
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We have a current advert oft seen on TV for a skin cream that is referred to as a "super serum" that goes ten layers deep to bring out your inner glow. Now as far as I know human skin has three layers; epidermis, dermis and hypodermis ... I'm subject to correction on that of course, but ten???

I've also seen avocados being advertised as cholesterol-free!
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Old 8th Jul 2021, 15:17
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The parabens in shampoo is short for parahydroxybenzoates.
It's a preservative used in cosmetics.
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Old 8th Jul 2021, 16:58
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Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
There is an ad on TV for a shampoo that brags of having "zero Parabens."

I gurgled "paraben" and it came up as a Portuguese word for "congratulations" or even "happy birthday."

What other useless words do advertising dudes spit out to convince us to wash our hair in it? And why can't I have a happy birthday when shampooing my hair?
Steady, you'll be telling us next that Laboratoire Garnier doesn't exist. Shame on you.
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Old 8th Jul 2021, 17:18
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Originally Posted by Mr Optimistic View Post
Steady, you'll be telling us next that Laboratoire Garnier doesn't exist. Shame on you.
Don't answer - it's not worth it!
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Old 9th Jul 2021, 05:52
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One has mentioned this before, hence a reprise.

This year, one has rarely been called on to rescue bees or electrocute wasps and flies...because there aren't any around, or rather they are so minimal as to be almost unnoticed. Same for butterflies.

One is actually very intrigued as to why.
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Old 9th Jul 2021, 10:22
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I used to have wild bees come and establish a hive in a gap under the eaves of the house I'm renting. I used to love going out to watch them working ... and then the gap was mended on the agent's instructions. I still keep hoping they'll come back and find a way in.
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Old 9th Jul 2021, 10:27
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My garden is full of bees, hoverflies, etc... and the house is full of feckin' lesser house flies, bluebottles, etc... fruit flies in the kitchen.
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