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  • in reply to: Interesting ‘stuff’ #160752
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    Great lines, Georgie. Am very jealous at your finding all these wonderfully daft movies. One of the best bits of daft dialogue was featured by Dara O’Brien in one of his gigs: “The neutrinos are mutating“.  As Dara pointed out, neutrinos are perhaps the smallest, probably mass-less, sub-sub atomic particles which might not even BE particles at all. They barely even exist, there is nothing of them to mutate about.

    in reply to: Hobbies #160750
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    Great photo, Fiesta. Very brave going for two-minute exposure, clever idea! Would take too many long bits of adding up to work out the timings for roll-film though!

    in reply to: Car numbers on the Motability Scheme today #160749
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    Brilliant link, Mr Penn! However, keep the Range Rover, mate. Give me the Alfa Spyder drop-top any day.

    And, yes, agree with all above the Bentayaga is an ugly beast. Most of today’s other Bentleys are as well. Bloated great macho-motors. Whatever happened to the elegance of the Mk VIs and the old Continentals?

    in reply to: Hobbies #160699
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    Reading: mainly science fiction and mystery stuff. Anything lightweight, amusing which can make one laugh out loud. Recent discovery concerns intelligent, personable dragons working with a Yorkshire WI to solve ridiculous Christie-esque crimes. Also trying to find modern sci-fi writer with even half the talent of the much-missed Iain M Banks.

    Music: will try any music, from Elizabethan classics to Beatles, Dire Straits etc. and eccentric modern stuff like Hugh Laurie’s jazz/blues LPs. One project is trying to compile “top ten”  of popular songs from 30s onwards. Got list up to about 40, still trying to choose best ones.

    Photography: taking snaps using proper film cameras. Difficult right now because of Covid restrictions and worsening mobility. Pentax 35mm ME Super is main tool but also use some big roll-film cameras like Rolleifex and others dating back to 30s. Like doing portraits and street snaps. Have a 1936 Leica which still works beautifully but lens is knackered.

    Aviation: anything to do with flying: reading, watching and museums. Taking trips in antique aircraft when budgets and circumstances permit. Great fun had in Tiger Moth, Piper Cub and RAF Sea King rescue helicopter (target for day in training flight). Just missed getting MACH 2 ride in RAF Lightning.

    in reply to: How the hell are you? #160697
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    Oh, Phaedra, that all sounds a bit rough. Cant’t believe that the HA expect you to do all the work! Good luck with it all.

    in reply to: Whats the weather like where you are today take 2 #160680
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    Quite right about the 3dr Mini. Big grin of face all the time. Big pain in back over every bump! Shall miss it (if I ever get the VW).

    in reply to: Whats the weather like where you are today take 2 #160623
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    Cool a.m. About 15C to start. Scattered cloud, some sunshine. Feels like it could make 21C later. Beeb forecast says rain about 3pm. Computer forecast says no rain at all. Ho hum. Will try to get garden stuff done early. Fed up having to wear trousers and t-shirt plus overshirt to cope with colder temperatures. Gone for shorts and lightweight shirt from start and will just ignore the cold!

    in reply to: Interesting ‘stuff’ #160568
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    There is one timeless, staggeringly stupid line in …Lepus. The Highway Patrol, having encountered the killer giant bunnies, are clearing the area, including a drive-in movie site. The squad cars roll into the place, cop leaps out and, with megaphone, says, “Attention. A horde of giant man-eating rabbits is heading this way. Please leave in an orderly fashion.” And they do! Very nearly died from laughter.

    in reply to: Interesting ‘stuff’ #160552
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    Really don’t think this thread should die, so…

    Anyone seen film Night of the Lepus aka Rabbit? Shockingly bad and unintentionally hilarious sci-fi movie. It had actors Deforrest Kelly (Doc from original Star Trek) and Janet Leigh in it. Special FX so bad; they failed to make the giant killer rabbits anything other than cuddly. Hardly ever screened these days and impossible to find a DVD, at least, to find one at a reasonable price.

    in reply to: Whats the weather like where you are today take 2 #160548
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    Improving at the moment. Got sunny all of a sudden and temp went from 16C  to 22C. Not much wind either. Really not unpleasant summer’s day.

    Talking of wildlife, cabbage white caterpillars are munching their way through our nasturtiums. They are still holding on to blooms, though, just losing leaves. Reckon the beasts are welcome to ’em. Don’t seem to chomp anything else and do a lot of pollinating when they get t0 butterfly stage.

    in reply to: Sunflower idea 🌻 #160546
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    Nice to have you back, ajn. Weather finally moderated enough for me to get a snap of Mr Big. Now around 10ft tall although only some 6ft above ground level on account of the wind damage. Just had to get a snap of one of his blooms. What a wonderful colour…

    Mrs Bumble Bee being busy, too! Baskets and boxes recovering from storms; really quite pleased with them this year. LOADSacolour!

     

     

    in reply to: The book club #160468
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    And… talking of collecting paperback sets, which you mentioned, Georgie, I used to have a complete set of first-edition paperbacks of Fleming’s Bond series. Somehow got lost in moving house/life. Hope they might turn up again. Probably worth nothing, very tatty in places. Bought from second-hand book stall in East Lane market geological ages ago.

    in reply to: Whats the weather like where you are today take 2 #160454
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    Wet, wetter, wettest. No sun. Barely making 15C in garden. 😕

    Past participle of focus is optional on number of s’s but still “looks wrong” whichever way you type it!

    in reply to: The book club #160372
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    Just finished Dead Beat. One of the best Dresden’s, I reckon. Only criticism would be that it is another Saves-the-World plotline. Like to see something more simple. A serial killer from the land of Faerie, say.

    Now gone on to the latest B&M London Bridge is Falling Down. Oh what a joy! Intriguing plot and laugh-out-loud every other page.

    in reply to: Hyundai Ioniq 5 #160370
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    Great video, Matthew. Presenter bloke is very natural and there’s no sodding about with arty-farty special fx. Just a bloke telling you about a car. Talking of which, the Ioniq 5’s design is like the ghost of Bauhaus come back to teach us how to do things properly. Would definitely like one although I suspect it’ll be ages before the price becomes appropriate enough to make that possible.

    Also on the videos by reviewer bloke is a piece about the science of batteries which could potentially charge in around five minutes. Worth a view…

    in reply to: Whats the weather like where you are today take 2 #160329
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    Thoroughly mixed here. Started nicely sunny and warm. Clouding up now and the northerly making it cooler (18C in garden). Forecast. maybe some rain later on. Starting to feel like autumn. 😕

    in reply to: A broad church united by disability only? #160297
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    One idea that might get some interest is Collecting Stuff. Any stuff, really, from cameras to LPs. Not just out of general interest as to who collects what. Also useful for avoiding snags. In recent set of posts on Sunflower thread, another member was told that a batch of vinyl LPs she’d inherited were “worth nothing”. Opinion from potential buyer who hadn’t even seen them and who was no doubt quite keen to get hands on some “worthless” 60s Elvis and the like. OK, they might only be worth a few pounds but some might fetch upwards of £500.

    Was also going to suggest something about, say, music but what with beauty being in the ear of the listener, I reckon widely varying tastes in styles would make it difficult to hold together.

    in reply to: Car numbers on the Motability Scheme today #160295
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    “Mind you in 2 years time the choices might be down to 1 car but you can choose the colours”

    Sorry to disappoint, Fastbike, but the Invacar is only available in duck-egg blue. ‘🙄

    in reply to: How the hell are you? #160261
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    Good luck, Phaedra. Sounds hideously complicated. One small word of warning – watch the statins carefully. Mrs T was on one (forget the name) which made her pass out and very badly affected kidney function.

    in reply to: Sunflower idea 🌻 #160260
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    Wind has moderated at last. Mr Big Sunflower survives albeit at 45 degrees to vertical. Must find serious stick to support him. Stuff suffering in rest of garden: hanging baskets took a hit, leaves frazzled; half our tomatoes are dead. Having to water like mad. Although it’s rained, the wind just dries everything out instantly and need replenishing.

    in reply to: First Collection Do’s & Dont’s… #160228
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    Good luck, Lou and Wigwam. Enjoy new cars, folks. Photos expected, naturally!

    in reply to: Whats the weather like where you are today take 2 #160227
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    Weather Gods very confused. Wet, cold, dryer, sunny and warm. All in about two hours. Wind still blowing its heart out. Watched a rail Little Egret  trying to fly west in this south-westerly. Egret not the most aerodynamically powerful bird. Flying at 45degrees into wind. Hope it made it to river where it can shelter in the bullrushes.

    in reply to: Sunflower idea 🌻 #160226
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    POPS Lovely place. Quite a view. Mega sunflower propped back up yesterday. Storm force again out there. Hope the big chap gets through the day!

    The Slasher Palm was here when we moved in. Has to keep being trimmed, otherwise you lose large lumps of hand/forearm when mowing the lawn!

    in reply to: The essential guide to cables, connectors and charging #160169
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    Thanks, Brydo. Really useful set of data. De-mystifies the whole charging nightmare.

    in reply to: Sunflower idea 🌻 #160141
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    Thanks, @POPS. Well, they were huge. Last night’s storm-force wind reduced the 1oft tall one to a sad 3ft. Luckily, does not seem to have snapped the stem so it is now propped up again, preying for a light breeze. Gale also did for one of our begonia hanging baskets, busted the bracket right off wall, busted the pot and all. Have replanted it more in hope than expectation! Ah, the delights of an English “summer”. 🙄

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