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Old 14th Jul 2016, 05:41
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It's a soar away Sun day.
Absolutely perfect for yet another trip up the A38 to my second
home, the Royal Derby Hospital. This time it's to the
Endocrinology Dept to see if they can find a way to lower my
lipid levels without using statins. Me and statins do not get on in
a big way.

I shall probably pop into Derby afterwards and see if I can get an
appointment to have my eyes tested as my present pair of
glasses are falling to bits. You can only superglue so much.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 06:10
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Bastille day today. The Tour de France passes through our town this afternoon so one will wander down to see a few minutes of action. They have been spared the last 6km of the climb to the top of Mont Ventoux as the forecast 100kph Mistral threatens to blow them over the edge!
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 07:33
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Morning peeps,sunshine and blue sky here lorra clouds also but they are all white and fluffy.
Apparently we have a new PM would someone inform the news channels that we already know this soo to stop repeating this news every thirty five seconds.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 07:51
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Wall to wall sunshine hereabouts at the moment.

Mrs 4ma has decided we need a new in-column built in fridge to replace aged model. Not content with ordering on-line, she wants to see one "in the flesh" before placing an order. I have located a company with a showroom in Derbyshire (DE55), so we off there today. Passports have been dusted off. One wants to know if the natives are friendly - any advice please?
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 09:02
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Bastille Day Many years ago we spent a
night and day in Orange on this day on our way to our holiday destination. In the evening a band was playing in the town square and people were dancing. To our children's horror Mrs G and I joined them but eventually they joined in too and we had splendid evening.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 09:26
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Careful 4mast, that's Dennis Skinner country.

Survived the A38 and the hospital.
Back on statins at a very low dose and see how I get on after a
3 year break.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 09:30
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Thanks HF. I shall take a picture of Maggie with me in case I bump into him....might even cause a by-election!

Mrs 4ma is still getting ready. I may be away some time.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 10:37
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Ah well our "holiday" has had to be extended until August as the refurb is still
uncompleted after 4 weeks. At least this apartments tv has access to England vs
Pakistan from Lords.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 11:58
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The left hand/right hand drive story had interesting repercussions in Russia after the fall of Communism.

Having had to wait up to seven years for an uncompleted Lada* to find its way to your local garage (assuming you could afford one and convince the party that you needed one in the first place), and then discovering that it was somewhat unreliable, the Russkies were quick to embrace the Western car culture. In the big cities such as Moscow and St Petersburg, most of them were German, and at one point the used car dealers in Germany were struggling to meet demand.

However, at the other end of the country, the vehicle-starved residents were buying their cars from Japan, which of course drives on the left. I never ventured as far east as Vladivostok, but I was reliably informed that the carnage on the roads was such that Boris Yelstin put down his bottle of vodka long enough to sign a decree banning the purchase of Japanese cars. However in other parts of Russia, I've frequently encountered RHD cars, not always Japanese. It being Russia and out in the sticks, I thought it best not to enquire too deeply about the origin of these vehicles.

*Every Russian I have spoken to who bought a new Lada told me that there was always something missing from the car when they received it. The most common missing items were speedometers and fuel gauges
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 14:17
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Bastille Day Many years ago we spent a night and day in Orange on this day on our way to our holiday destination.
Was this the town of Orange or Base aérienne 115 Orange-Caritat? Where I had the pleasure of serving Queen & Country with the RAF Liaison Party, including Bastile Day 1958.

It was tough but someone had too do it.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 18:33
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Great day out biking today. Just devoured some bitterballen and croquetten Checkers imported from the Netherlands.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 19:54
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It was the town of Orange Ian, beautiful place too. I believe you were at Istre, I transited through there whilst at Abingdon, on several occasions. Always enjoyed the lunch!
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 20:53
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Bastille Day.

Time for a song.

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Old 14th Jul 2016, 22:18
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A pity some idiot has decided to drive a truck into the crowd in Nice during the fireworks display.
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Old 14th Jul 2016, 22:35
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And on the Promenade des Anglais too. French bastard.

You just can't trust 'em, y'know.

Unlike Weegie bin-lorry drivers....
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Old 15th Jul 2016, 05:38
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It looks as though Bastille Day will be remembered for much more than just a significant event in the French Revolution. What a horrendous and tragic situation in Nice.

And once again we hear all the world leaders singing their familiar chorus ... the one that starts, "We condemn ..... " The time for condemnation has long since gone and the opportunity for drastic action before it all gets completely out of hand is rapidly slipping away.
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Old 15th Jul 2016, 05:46
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A bit of an unfortunate comment Cazalet.
The Weegie bin-lorry driver didn't set out to deliberately murder
as many people as he could.

A bit of a dull start to the day here which doesn't look as if it will
change all that much.
Some boating to be done this afternoon as a friend is taking his
boat down to a dry dock at Trent Lock to have it's bottom blacked.
He's not very confident at handling his boat so another friend is
accompanying him down. I shall be following along with the
"another friend's" boat for transport back.

So even though it's FRIDAY there will be no Derby visit but no
doubt fun will be had which very sadly will not be the case for the
people of Nice due to the actions of one evil, demented individual.
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Old 15th Jul 2016, 08:14
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Morning peeps Friday? surely it's Thursday? oh buggah you're right,shoppin to do,fish n chips to be obtained forr me dins later.
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Old 15th Jul 2016, 10:44
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Goudie

It was the town of Orange Ian, beautiful place too. I believe you were at Istre, I transited through there whilst at Abingdon, on several occasions. Always enjoyed the lunch!
I was with the RAFLP when it moved from Istres to Orange. I was the 1st guy to move! As the radar bod, I went up to Orange and installed a Eureka VII and had it working for moving day.

Yes the food was better at Istres.
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Old 15th Jul 2016, 14:44
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Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
Please wave sitigeltfel, I will be watching.
I tried, but not sure the cameras were too interested in me

It was my first time watching Le Tour from the roadside and the riders are past in an instant. First there was the breakaway group, then some minutes later the peleton. A big cheer went up for one final straggler who had probably suffered a mechanical problem and was trying to catch up.

I didn't realise how dangerous watching the event could be. A couple of hours before the riders come through they are preceded by the advertising "caravan" consisting of hundreds of vehicles all done up in sponsors coachwork, some of it bizarre. Staff on board them chuck freebies to the crowds and I was struck by a Madeleine sponge cake, a pack of Haribo sweets, a box of crayons, then finally hosed down with a pressure washer by one of the Vittel water trucks!
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