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    Sticky: Finished reading Nevil Shute’s last novel,...

    Finished reading Nevil Shute’s last novel, Trustee from the Toolroom, and now venturing forth upon A Town Like Alice :nerd
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    Sticky: :yay:

    :yay:
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    For those who remember Coronation Street in the...

    For those who remember Coronation Street in the 1970s, Ray Langton: Neville Buswell: Coronation Street pays tribute to former soap star - BBC News :(
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    Sticky: Popped out the back on the off chance, but the...

    Popped out the back on the off chance, but the cloud which looks patchy towards the horizon turned out to be pretty solid overhead :ohwell

    Got a nice glimpse of the new moon through one of the few...
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    Sticky: The ISS will be passing overhead, very bright,...

    The ISS will be passing overhead, very bright, from 17:27 to 17:34 and 19:04 to 19:07, if you like that kind of thing :)
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    Sticky: Light lunch of a couple of roast chicken thighs,...

    Light lunch of a couple of roast chicken thighs, reheated, with potato sticks :tongue

    And that reminds me I should get the uncooked thighs out of the freezer to be cooked with tomorrow :)
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Forgot to set the...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Forgot to set the alarm so, despite having such a late night, I now feel quite rested :)

    Clear, sunny, not-quite-chilly 6°C out :glasses
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    Sticky: Tonight, though I only watched it a few months...

    Tonight, though I only watched it a few months ago (August), I decided to rewatch The Martian (2015), because I like it and its really good. It was really good and I liked it :)

    And then I got...
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    Sticky: For our History O Level, we had to do a project -...

    For our History O Level, we had to do a project - like an extended essay sort of thing - writing 7,000 words on a topic of our choice (though it had to be approved by our history teacher). In the...
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    Sticky: As in, younger than those of us who did GCEs?...

    Showing your age there!
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    As in, younger than those of us who did GCEs? Yes, good point :ohwell :oldgit:
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    That version was extremely good :) For those...

    That version was extremely good :)

    For those who don’t know it, it was an arcade game rather like a 3D version of Galaxians: Gyruss - Wikipedia :nerd
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    Sticky: Well, that turned out really nice, accompanied by...

    Well, that turned out really nice, accompanied by the last of the homemade potato wedges and some token petits pois :tongue
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    Sticky: Like a bolus :)

    Like a bolus :)
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    Sticky: Just divvied up the steak & ale casserole I...

    Just divvied up the steak & ale casserole I cooked yesterday and left to fester/develop its flavour overnight in the fridge. Five good-sized portions, so one for tonight’s tea and four in the freezer...
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    Sticky: Just got off a video conference call with Canada;...

    Just got off a video conference call with Canada; Edmonton to be precise. At the end she said “Have a wonderful evening” and I replied “Thanks, you too!” It’s half ten in the morning there :facepalm:
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    Sticky: Van driver just stopped in the middle of the road...

    Van driver just stopped in the middle of the road outside (bonus points for also blocking the side road), got out, and walked back to harangue the driver of the car behind who I think had had the...
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    Amazon Logistics aren’t really a courier business...

    Amazon Logistics aren’t really a courier business in the accepted sense of the term. They’re more Amazon’s front for “subcontracting” deliveries to pretty much anyone with a vehicle and demanding...
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    Sticky: WlmS.

    When do you get the results?[/QUOTE]

    WlmS.
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    Sticky: Gone grey here now, so I celebrated with a bowl...

    Gone grey here now, so I celebrated with a bowl of zingy chicken & lentil soup :tongue
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    I encountered some kind of weird bug the other...

    I encountered some kind of weird bug the other year where it kept insisting that several local lockers were full, even when I knew one of them wasn’t because I’d taken stuff out of it a few minutes...
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    I’ve got an Amazon Locker about thirty seconds’...

    I’ve got an Amazon Locker about thirty seconds’ walk away now, but a few years ago the closest was in a nearby small town, a ten mile round trip. I still got everything sent there, because the hassle...
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    Sticky: Links are up :)

    Links are up :)
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    Monday Links from the Bench vol. DXXVI

    Nearly the end of January and still no snow, or not here at any rate. Might just as well carry on ignoring the outside world and get lost in the web instead :)


    What if modern conspiracy...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Sunny out! :glasses ...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Sunny out! :glasses

    I think there was a shower or two overnight but the sky cleared and let a lot of heat out, as it was around 4°C an hour or so ago. Up to 6° now, and...
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    Sticky: Tonight’s viewing began with a look at S1E1 of...

    Tonight’s viewing began with a look at S1E1 of the new thingy Star Trek: Picard, Remembrance (TV Episode 2020). No spoilers, but I thought it showed promise. That said, there’s always the risk it...
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    Sticky: Weird bright orange glow suffusing the clouds in...

    Weird bright orange glow suffusing the clouds in one area of the sky tonight. A chap I know who runs a pub two or three miles away just tweeted a photo of it from his position, wondering what it was....
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    Sticky: The beef thing has turned out very nicely. I’ve...

    The beef thing has turned out very nicely. I’ve got the chunky bits out with a slotted spoon and now I’m just reducing the sauce a bit more, after which it should be ready to cool a little in advance...
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    Sticky: “Something else” turned out to be the last of a...

    “Something else” turned out to be the last of a chicken and potato casserole from last August, with some sesame bloomer as the sauce was a bit runny. Very tasty :tongue

    The beef and ale thing...
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    Sticky: Goodnight Scourer :wave:

    Goodnight Scourer :wave:
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    Sticky: It’s not a particularly enjoyable walk to the...

    It’s not a particularly enjoyable walk to the out-of-town shops, so if I was walking I’d go to the shops in town instead. Which I ought to do more often, but there we are :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: That echo’s back :confused:

    That echo’s back :confused:
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    Sticky: A beef and ale casserole is now in the...

    A beef and ale casserole is now in the InstantPot™, featuring some shin of beef I picked up from Sainsbury’s :tongue

    I’m torn, though. The plan was to give it a night in the fridge for the...
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    Sticky: After several days of awkward sidling past the...

    After several days of awkward sidling past the clothes horse, I’ve finally got around to putting last week’s mundane laundry away :rolleyes:

    Still raining :frown
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Grey day again, but...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Grey day again, but this time it’s raining; currently 8°C though I suspect there’s a slight breeze to ensure it feels colder :ind
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    Sticky: Oh, one more thing about In the Name of the...

    Oh, one more thing about In the Name of the Father: near the start, Gerry Conlon and Paul Hill are supposed to be looking for a squat in London where some friends live. At one point they’re at the...
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    Sticky: Tonight’s first major motion picture was In the...

    Tonight’s first major motion picture was In the Name of the Father (1993). I think I saw this some time in the 1990s, but it was probably after the pub or something so my memory is hazy. Anyway, it’s...
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    Sticky: Very nice, as usual :tongue No more than...

    Very nice, as usual :tongue



    No more than usual :)

    She informed me that they were very busy, further conjecturing that it was because of the Chinese New Year. This (well, the busyness at...
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    Sticky: In the Chinese :)

    In the Chinese :)
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    Sticky: Just remembered it’s Chinese New Year today....

    Just remembered it’s Chinese New Year today. Wonder if they’ll all be celebrating at the Chinese? :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: When you fancy a fish finger, nothing else will...

    When you fancy a fish finger, nothing else will do :)
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    Sticky: Fish finger bap (wholemeal, red sauce) for lunch...

    Fish finger bap (wholemeal, red sauce) for lunch :tongue
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    Sticky: Ambled up to the Amazon Locker and back. It may...

    Ambled up to the Amazon Locker and back. It may be 7° and windless out there, but there’s a bit of a damp chill in the air that gets right in your bones even on a short walk like that :frown

    I...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey, dry, 7°C. Again...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey, dry, 7°C. Again :ind
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    Sticky: Oh, and Taken 2 is proof that the daughter isn’t...

    Oh, and Taken 2 is proof that the daughter isn’t the problem - the whole family is really tulip at planning holidays. They should learn to enjoy staying at home :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Having rewatched Taken last week, I figured I...

    Having rewatched Taken last week, I figured I might as well carry on down that road, so tonight I rewatched Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2014). The third one is better than the second one, IMHO. But...
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    Sticky: :facepalm: On the bright side, now you never...

    :facepalm:

    On the bright side, now you never have to worry about washing whites again :)
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    Sticky: Curry night here: chicken jalfrezi, rice and...

    Curry night here: chicken jalfrezi, rice and naan. Very nice, it was :tongue
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    Sticky: :wave: The road outside seems quite busy...

    :wave:

    The road outside seems quite busy inbound for this time on a Friday night. Maybe there’s something exciting happening in town and nobody told me :confused:
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    Sticky: Light lunch of some cocktail sausages and a bag...

    Light lunch of some cocktail sausages and a bag of cheese & onion crisps, which should help me reach my goal of None A Day :tongue
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