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Halloween draws ever nearer and we've harvested our Pumpkin patch.

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Don't worry we've left one or two for the Great Pumpkin!
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So the clocks went back last night and I sort of got an extra hour in bed. Not really, because I didn't have to get up for anything this morning so I got up when I wanted to. However, I'm happy with the return to GMT, because it means that, for a few more weeks, it will be light when I'm walking Maggie at 06:40. On the other hand, it does mean that evening walks will have to be done in the dark or Alex can walk her earlier on his way home from college.

Not everyone is happy with the alterations to the clock and as always happens at this time of year Radio 4 trots out someone who wants us to either abandon BST or even adopt Central European Time (GMT+1) I can see a number of advantages to being in the same time as most of the EU, but does it really cause too many problems? Are you happy with the current situation?
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I want it to be known that Mr Derren Brown is coming up fast on the rails to rival a certain Mr Blaine as Chief Git-Wizard

Eat local

Oct. 5th, 2009 08:36 pm
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Tonight's supper consisted of:

Trout fished from Rutland Water about 2 hours before I cleaned it and Sarah cooked it in foil with herbs from the garden
Boiled potatoes from the garden
Steamed spinach from the garden

The leftovers will be combined tomorrow with eggs and breadcrumbs to make fishcakes

Omnomnomnom
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Number 1. A Katana

Because if I'd had one in Tescos this evening I would have done serious carnage to the dotty old dear in front of me who was being SLOW

I think I need to relax
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When working in the Beer Mines it is NOT a good idea to have your leg beneath an 11 gallon cask of beer when it decides to topple from on top of another cask; the resulting impact can be quite painful and lead to language of an adult nature followed by requests to one's colleagues to, "Get this [expletives deleted] cask of my [expletives deleted] leg!"

Luckily the cask managed to hit my leg side on and caught both my thigh and calf muscle...it missed my knee! Consequently, I've bruised the muscle and not any joints. It's on its way to going a good colour and is stiffening up, but I'm OK... minus 1 Hit Point ;@)
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Am I becoming an old doddery driver or are other road users becoming more impatient (please note that I am avoiding using expletives because I am quite angry at the moment and would like to use words like twat and arse and worse...)?

A few moments ago I was driving out of Melton Mowbray and going through takeaway alley which is a notorious place for pedestrians rushing across the road. I was driving at about 25mph in a 30mph limit when a large 4x4 came up behind me; the driver hooting its horn and flashing its lights. I continued to drive at about 25mph whilst watching the road and keeping an eye on him in my mirror where he was gesturing every insult under the sun ans screaming what I assume to be obscenities. I planned to pull off at the earliest opportunity in some 100 yards, but before I got there he'd zoomed off up a side road with a squeal of rubber. I can only assume that he had a very small penis and premature ejaculation problems and can only hope that when he does crash his vehicle he doesn't take anyone else with him.

I'm beginning to wonder if it is me, because a similar thing happened last weekend when Sarah and I were on our mini-break near Leatherhead. I was driving towards Guilford doing 50mph in a 50mph zone with another impatient person travelling a micron from my rear bumper; flashing, gesturing, screaming et al. Again, they turned off before I could get to a safe place to pull over and let them pass.
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...but I'm utterly cream-crackered after two tough days at work. It's all gone a bit radio-rental in the beer mines as we get ready for our Beer Festival from Thursday.

Early night I hope :@D
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Should I tell you what I've been doing for the past few weeks or is LJ dead on its knees?

Nothing dramatic to tell, just lots of fabulous Chum time and adventures.

A request

Jul. 31st, 2009 04:48 pm
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My Google-fu has failed me.

When do this year's GCSE and AS-level results for England get published?

Both sons have failed to make a note of it.

Cheers

Edit
A and AS results = 20 Aug
GCSE results = 27 Aug

Thanks to Nina and [personal profile] gerald_duck
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James Herriot

I've recently rediscovered his homely writings through audiobooks read out by the actor who used to play Herriot in the TV-series, Chris Timothy. I can remember his books being everywhere when I was growing up and you couldn't pick up a Readers' Digest in a dentist's waiting room without something by him being in there. Th TV series was the jewel in BBC1's Saturday night crown. Now? Nothing. Does he no longer have any appeal or is he overdue a more general rediscovery and marketing campaign?

What or who else has dropped out of the zeitgeist?
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Sarah has just cooked utter ambrosia for us. A Jamie Oliver recipe for courgette flowers stuffed with cream cheese, chilli, mint, lemon and nutmeg and deep-fried in a tempura batter. Such a wonderful combination of tastes and incredibly filling. I shall now retire to my Mexican hammock* to snooze away the afternoon.





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My Dad would have been 91 today.
I remember him with much love and respect.
He was a good man.

Happy Father's Day
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If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.


(grabbed from the lovely [personal profile] ashbet
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From [personal profile] swisstone



In the upcoming elections in the UK, the far-right party the BNP are pushing for an unprecedented number of seats, and are possibly going to win some of them. They need 8% of the vote. This means that the more people that vote in the elections, the less chance the fascist BNP have of getting in.

Please make sure you are registered for the June 4th elections.
Please vote - for any party, except the BNP.
Please don't let them get in because of apathy.

Here is some information about Nick Griffin, the leader of the party - http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/the-real-bnp/Profile-of-Nick-Griffin.php

Here is some more information on the BNP - http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/the-real-bnp/

Some of you have LJ's and other blogs that are read by a lot of people. Please - it takes a few minutes only to just copy and paste this post into your own blog and make sure the message gets out. It doesn't take long to vote, and I'm not asking you to vote for any particular party that you might not have a high opinion of at the moment. Just vote for someone and stop the BNP.

WTF!

May. 13th, 2009 09:06 pm
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TRIBBLE!!!!

Browsers...

May. 9th, 2009 01:04 pm
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Time for a change.

What would you do?

Chrome or Mozilla?
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I'm offering up a whimsical design-challenge in a great-egg-scrapheap-heath-robinsonesque-race-stylie. We want to serve sushi to a group of guests on a table no bigger than 3'x5' and obviously need an integrated conveyor and miso/sake warmer. Extra points*1 will be awarded for the use of STEAM!!!*2

Please send your entries to this post*3. Where the winner may be invited to eat sushi and sup sake with us.






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I think I'm officially an ace Dad because I have just repaired Number 2 son's computer. It had developed a peculiar fault where absolutely all programs that needed to connect to the internet would fail on start up with error messages along the lines of "Something terrible has occured - this program is going to run away and hide in a quivering heap!"

This meant that Evan could not use Sype, Facebook, YouTube or any of the other methods of prving that he was a real person. This was a serious problem; he was in danger of becoming an unperson ;@)

I first had a look at the problem last night and couldn't find anything. I tried everything I could think of and returned this evening armed with a new internet dongle and a copy of XP Pro. Still no solution. Finally. I decided to try one more reboot and note down all of the error messages. It was then that I noticed that one error message said that a date was out of range; this lead me to the system date...30 April 16509! Perhaps a time traveller had been at the PC? I reset the date, rebooted and all seemed fine. I'd no idea that internet programs did a date check on start up - I'll play around with the date on my PC to see how much of a timeslip you can get away with. I'm also curious as to how the date got changed in the first place. Any ideas?
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I think I'm officially an ace Dad because I have just repaired Number 2 son's computer. It had developed a peculiar fault where absolutely all programs that needed to connect to the internet would fail on start up with error messages along the lines of "Something terrible has occured - this program is going to run away and hide in a quivering heap!"

This meant that Evan could not use Sype, Facebook, YouTube or any of the other methods of prving that he was a real person. This was a serious problem; he was in danger of becoming an unperson ;@)

I first had a look at the problem last night and couldn't find anything. I tried everything I could think of and returned this evening armed with a new internet dongle and a copy of XP Pro. Still no solution. Finally. I decided to try one more reboot and note down all of the error messages. It was then that I noticed that one error message said that a date was out of range; this lead me to the system date...30 April 16509! Perhaps a time traveller had been at the PC? I reset the date, rebooted and all seemed fine. I'd no idea that internet programs did a date check on start up - I'll play around with the date on my PC to see how much of a timeslip you can get away with. I'm also curious as to how the date got changed in the first place. Any ideas?
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