whotheheckami: (Green Man 1)
2016-01-24 08:26 pm

Testing

Just trying out a post from the LJ App on Android. I suppose it means I should actually post something or other on here.

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2012-07-15 07:23 pm

A Question

This was inspired by a conversation between Sarah and her Mum about whether or not her Mum had worn a particular dress to an event and if certain people would have seen it. This got me thinking to how a Society Lady would have kept track of what she'd worn. I'm aware of Cellar Diaries to keep track of booze and Hostesses Books to keep track of who'd come round for dinner and wehat they'd been fed. However, I'm not aware if there was a corresponding book for a Ladies Maid or the Lady herself to keep track of her outfits.

Do they exist?
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2012-01-31 06:35 pm

Baa baa meme sheep....

Via a few people: So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's not as much fun!
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2011-05-07 12:13 pm

...and swear

I seem to be in a bit of a pickle laptop wise.

I was warned by AVG that I'd picked up a Trojan so I ran a scan and cleared what I could to the vault. However, I noticed some problems:

1. When opening programs the file associations seem to have stopped working
2. Search engines seem to have been hijacked and take me to "junk" sites

I re-ran the scan and found more Trojan files - I forced these to clear to the vault and re-booted. Now I appear to have deleted "csrss.exe" from the registry and am getting the following error message when I try to connect to anything other than gmail I'm getting the error:

Firefox is configured to use a proxy server that is refusing connections

I would welcome any or all advice

Thanks

Mel
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2011-03-08 09:11 pm

Sense-us?

2011 Living with my wife Sarah in our flat Chumlodge in Burton Lazars outside Melton Mowbray. Working for the Beer Mines (Grainstore Brewery)

2001 Living in Chez Who in Whissendine. Working for RS Components as a Programme Manager.

1991 Living at 18a Rue de Broqueroy, Mons, Belgium - Alex and Evan would be born whilst we were living here. I was a Flight Lieutenant in the RAF working at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe)

1981 Living in Halls of Residence at Salford University and studying Aeronautical Engineering, but soon to return home to Bodafon Farm

1971 Age 7. Living at home with my parents at Bodafon Farm, Llandudno. The moon landings were still taking place and I would have called you a complete liar if you told me that by 2011 we would not have been back to the moon or gone further!
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2010-11-11 03:05 pm

For today and every day

TOMMY

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!


by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
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2010-11-01 12:09 pm

Thanksgiving

It's November and Christmas is looming ahead of us. However, the fourth Thursday in November is when Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. The American Thanksgiving holiday grew out of various harvest festivals but has come to mean more than just giving thanks for crops. Harvest is still an important festival for Sarah and me, but we have lots of other things to be thankful for and I'm wondering if the UK should mark Thanksgiving and so in lieu of a poll...

1. Should the UK mark Thanksgiving?
2. If so, how should it be marked?
3. When should it be celebrated?
4. What other occasions we should have holidays and celebrations for in the UK?
5. Are you a special snow-flake?
6. Do you like ticky-boxes? [ ]
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2010-08-23 09:12 pm

The Very Hungry Caterpillar II

On Wednesday the Voracious Bloody Caterpillars found their way into Chumlodge's veggie patch
On Thursday the Voracious Bloody Caterpillars scoffed their way through the Cavolo Nero
On Friday the Voracious Bloody Caterpillars added some cabbage to their diet
On Saturday the Voracious Bloody Caterpillars fancied a chomp on some Kohlrabi
On Sunday the Voracious Bloody Caterpillars decided to eat the Mooli
On Monday the Voracious Bloody Caterpillars finished eating every last bit of brassica at Chumlodge.
On Tuesday all the Voracious Bloody Caterpillars got incinerated

Hand me the matches!
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2010-05-31 09:02 pm

Long weekends are long

Size is everthing and an extra day of weekend does make all the difference. [profile] sarah_mum and I have had a very relaxing day today. Doing very little other than a trip to the supermarket and some garden-related pottering. We needed the break becasue the rest of the weekend was decidedly more hectic. On Friday evening we raced down to the Cotswolds for an important meeting.

We stopped over at Sarah's parents and awoke to superbly cooked Dad Breakfast, Suitably energised we popped into the 'nham for a spot of shoppng and then headed over to Pontypool to spend the rest of the weekend with [profile] jarkman and Jarkwoman. There was metal fettling for both of us and I get to do lots of things I've never done before. All of our efforts were powered by tea, gnger cake and swearing. Engineering at its best! I discovered that driving a lathe is great fun, but some more fiddly jobs are just frustrating. One thing it did bring home to me is that I really do need glasses for close-up work. I'll be sending off for some as soon as my opticians send me my prescription. We finished up by 7pm on Sunday and had a time for quick visit to [profile] aoakley and [profile] red_mel before getting home after 11pm.

A great weekend with some special things to show for it in a few weeks.
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2010-05-08 10:51 am

Musings on Electoral Reform

I've been musing on the assumption that the Lib Dems would insist on Electoral Reform being a condition of joining a coalition and thinking how it would take place.

Just how would it take place? Would a form of Proportional Representation (PR) be introduced in time for a subsequent General Election, or would there be a Referendum on the matter? To my mind, putting the question to a Referendum would see PR off the agenda for decades as I can't see a scenario where an inherently change-averse population would vote in favour of something fundamentally different and outwardly more complicated. However, am I alone in finding the concept of a move to PR without a referendum somewhat distasteful?
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2010-03-28 09:42 pm

If you can spare a moment or several...

You might like to check the story arc that starts here in Brooke McEldowney's excellent comic 9 Chickweed Lane. It really had me captivated and is still continuing.

Enjoy!
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2010-02-14 10:20 am

What Happens Next?

Back in the 80s I really enjoyed the film Wall Street and so I'm looking forward to the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. It'll be fascinating to see what 23 years have done to the characters, but I know I'll be watching them. I like the idea of sequels that come out a long time after the original. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't. Regular readers will know how I would love to see a sequel to the Good Life and I'm sure I've asked what sitcoms you'd like to see revived, but what films would you like to see a sequel for and what do you think has happened to the characters?
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2010-02-13 06:53 pm

Posting

I really should post something here shouldn't I?

[Maybe you should watch another space ;@)]
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2010-01-29 02:17 pm
whotheheckami: (Satsuma)
2010-01-18 06:57 pm

Happy Birthday and GIP

Happy Birthday to Charlie [profile] anti_girl

The icon's for you :@D x
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2009-12-25 11:23 am

White Christmas

It snowed again last night so I'm experiencing my first White Christmas and so are my boys.

Nadolig Llawen i chi gyd
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2009-11-24 01:20 pm

Bleurgh

Have belly-flopped into a bit of lurg. Nothing dramatic and I should be back at the beer mines tomorrow. Meanwhile, I'm on the sofa with Maggie and a duvet. I've slept for a lot of the morning and may well snooze some more later.

I probably owe myself and you all a bit of a catch up. November is racing by but it seems an age since Sarah and I were up in Whitby, but it's less than 4 weeks. Whitby was a quiet one, but a fun one. The cabaret was excellent; as was the company at all stages.

All too soon it was back to work. I think the Beer Mines are one of the reasons I've not been on here. October and November are usually quieter times in the brewing business. Not for us; we've had a very very busy year and the pre-Christmas has hardly been noticeable. I've been working hard every day and that has been taking its toll. I've been picking up knocks every few days; a sure sign of my general tiredness. I'm also carrying a rotator-cuff injury in my right-shoulder. This has really reduced the strength and power available to me and made shifting barrels more difficult than normal. The beer must get through, and it has. Some highlights has included a new beer for Halloween - Witch's Brew; with a pump clip designed by Alex. It was the first time we'd marketed a beer for one event and boy was it a success. That added an extra 70 or so casks to my sales figures. We've also just launched another beer as part of our joint venture with Phipps. This time it's Ratliffe's Stout. I tasted this at the end of last week and it's lovely. A perfect balance of smokiness and sweetness with a very dark, ruby colour. Delicious!

There was another excursion in November; a weekend of fireworks in London. Lots of fun was had; carpets were surfed, cigars were smoked, lovely people were lovely, fireworks were aimed at balconies, fun fun fun! Must do it again soon, but in an angelic way ;@)
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2009-11-02 08:45 pm

I feel dirty

I've been spending the day trying to get Google Chrome to successfully process an e-bay purchase through to paypal. My frustration levels increased each and every time I got a paypal error message. I've just given up and tried it in Internet Explorer and the damn thing worked first time.

Grumble Moan etc

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