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    Sticky: Just popped out to check the post (none), and it...

    Just popped out to check the post (none), and it seems he's working on the circuit that powers the fire alarm today, hence being up on the ladder on the landing checking the emergency lights :)
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    Sticky: Zingy chicken, tomato and lentil soup for lunch...

    Zingy chicken, tomato and lentil soup for lunch :tongue

    There's a rattling of stepladders out on the landing, leading me to suspect the electricians are back to replace fuseboxes in some of the...
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    Sticky: Just had my Mum on the phone. She was all "You...

    Just had my Mum on the phone. She was all "You can't be alone for Christmas!" and I was "Yes I can, I do it the rest of the year, I don't mind" and she was "Well I do!" :eyes

    Anyway, I obfuscated...
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    Sticky: Bookcase collapse averted! :eek: The bookcases...

    Bookcase collapse averted! :eek:

    The bookcases are attached to the wall by a right-angled bracket at the top, screwed into the wall and the top of the bookcase. The latter attachment is done with...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey, damp, 9°C day...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey, damp, 9°C day outside :frown

    It's not actually raining at the moment, but it seems to have done a far amount of it so far and is due to do some more any time. More...
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    Sticky: Tonight's telly was a bit of the latest episode...

    Tonight's telly was a bit of the latest episode of Hospital whilst dining, then later, Life on Mars S2E2 :bluelight

    No rain here yet, but it's in the post; in fact, it's forecast to arrive a fair...
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    Sticky: Tea has been a Big Chicken roast dinner, and it...

    Tea has been a Big Chicken roast dinner, and it was exceptionally nice; fine chicken, this one :tongue

    That means more soup being made later in the week, so I need to make room for that :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: I know! I just hope it happens given this...

    I know! I just hope it happens given this pre-existing bubble nonsense :ohwell
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    Sticky: Oh wait, there could be a catch! If you're...

    Oh wait, there could be a catch! If you're already in a support bubble, you and they count as one household, so my parents won't count towards the total. That means there'll be one spare slot for a...
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    Sticky: Looks like I'll be spending Christmas on my own...

    Looks like I'll be spending Christmas on my own for the first time in my life. We normally go to my sister and her husband, but they're already in a bubble with my parents, and TBH I think they've...
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    Once again the government misses a trick by not...

    Once again the government misses a trick by not calling them "Christmas baubles" :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Iceland visited and Yorkshire puds secured :) ...

    Iceland visited and Yorkshire puds secured :)

    Eighteen for a quid at the moment! Some kind of 50% extra free deal; luckily I had room for them in the freezer.

    And also for the couple of Greggs...
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    Ah, the "a big boy did it then ran off" version...

    Ah, the "a big boy did it then ran off" version of ministerial responsibility :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Sausages in finger rolls for lunch :tongue I...

    Sausages in finger rolls for lunch :tongue

    I forgot to get any Yorkshire puds when I was shopping so I need to pop to Iceland, or the Co-op if I forget until later.
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    Sticky: Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb ...

    Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb

    Slightly sunnier out now, though there's still a layer of thin, high cloud :)
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    Sticky: I have always argued for this :)

    I have always argued for this :)
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    Sticky: That's because almost half the population is male...

    That's because almost half the population is male :D
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey day, dry and 11°C...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey day, dry and 11°C :ind

    Quite a decent night's sleep in parts, though some weird dream insisted on waking me up around half four :ohwell
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    Sticky: Tonight's viewing was Linotype: The Film (2012)...

    Tonight's viewing was Linotype: The Film (2012), about the eponymous typesetting machine and the people who still keep them going. Big nostalgia kick for me, as we had one at the school press in the...
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    Sticky: Tea has been chicken rogan josh, with rice and...

    Tea has been chicken rogan josh, with rice and naan; very tasty :tongue
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    Sticky: Possibly so, though one would hope that a woman...

    Possibly so, though one would hope that a woman in her eighties had managed to garner at least a vague understanding of how disease transmission happens :ohwell
  22. I think you need to buy his book for the rest :)...

    I think you need to buy his book for the rest :)

    Or watch the film, of course: 127 Hours (2010)
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    Sticky: I assume that was the idea; create that...

    I assume that was the idea; create that ambivalence about whether it's his ghost come to take revenge, and so on :)
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    Sticky: Walk briskly walked, green ring closed :)

    Walk briskly walked, green ring closed :)
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    Sticky: The freeholder is his mum; strictly speaking, he...

    The freeholder is his mum; strictly speaking, he and his sister are the management company :D

    I'll mention it to him, but I'm not even sure it's one of ours. It was towards the road rather than...
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    Sticky: There was a rat roaming around the front garden...

    There was a rat roaming around the front garden earlier :frown
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    Sticky: Nice vapour trail in the clear blue sky showing a...

    Nice vapour trail in the clear blue sky showing a slight course correction by United Airlines flight 900 (Heathrow to San Francisco) as it passed overhead at 36,000 feet :)
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    KUATB :rolleyes:

    KUATB :rolleyes:
  29. Lots more info about the IBM PC cassette port,...

    Lots more info about the IBM PC cassette port, including a bunch of good stuff in the comments: Software spotlight: Cassette software for the IBM PC — WinWorld :nerd
  30. Yes, there seems to be a lot going on up there at...

    Yes, there seems to be a lot going on up there at the moment :)
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    Sticky: A little tale of how well pandemic control...

    A little tale of how well pandemic control measures are going in the northwest.

    My Mum was just telling me about a phone call this morning with an old friend of hers up on Merseyside. Another...
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    Sticky: Scotch broth and wholemeal bread for lunch...

    Scotch broth and wholemeal bread for lunch :tongue

    Still sunny out, but chilly with it :frown
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    Sticky: Links are up :)

    Links are up :)
  34. Monday Links from the Lockdown vol. DLXIX

    Trial results announced today show that ignoring the nonsense happening in the world and reading this lot instead is 96% effective at taking your mind off it all :)


    Trapped - ”Deep inside a...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Sunny out, with some...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Sunny out, with some thin wisps of high cloud :glasses

    Cold out, mind: about 3°C, though it's rapidly climbing to the day's target of 8° now. Thick frost on the roof of...
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    Sticky: No telly tonight, other than one of those police...

    No telly tonight, other than one of those police shows that are endlessly repeated while I was eating.

    Goodnight all :wave: :tired
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    Sticky: Chilly out (about 4°C apparently), but Orion is...

    Chilly out (about 4°C apparently), but Orion is looking very sparkly as he rises in the east :)
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    Sticky: Tea has been sausages and bacon sandwiched in...

    Tea has been sausages and bacon sandwiched in buttered sesame bloomer toast. Delicious and nutritious :tongue
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    Sticky: Not at all in the mood for exercising today, but...

    Not at all in the mood for exercising today, but it would be a shame to end my unbroken run since late May so: exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb
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    Sticky: Leftover Chinese for lunch: a bit of crispy duck,...

    Leftover Chinese for lunch: a bit of crispy duck, and some beef chow mein quickly refried with lashings of soy sauce :tongue
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Sunny and rather...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Sunny and rather Simpsonesque out :)

    Only 9°C though, which is as good as it's going to get :ohwell

    But Monkey Life S2 is on! :yay:
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    Sticky: A rewatch of something I haven't seen since I...

    A rewatch of something I haven't seen since I don't know when, but probably the 1980s and possibly even the 1970s, was first on tonight's schedule: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), in which cowboy stuff...
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    Sticky: Very nice it was, as always; the beef chow mein...

    Very nice it was, as always; the beef chow mein was particularly tasty :tongue

    And the rain had stopped for the walk back :)

    Busyness: unknown as Janet was doing stuff in the kitchen; but one...
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    Sticky: In the Chinese :) It’s raining :ohwell

    In the Chinese :)

    It’s raining :ohwell
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    Sticky: Just had a couple of raspberry jam doughnuts to...

    Just had a couple of raspberry jam doughnuts to tide me over :tongue
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    Sticky: All of them! :tongue

    All of them! :tongue
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    Sticky: Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb

    Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Grey day, but dry...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Grey day, but dry and a positively baking 12°C :grey
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    Sticky: First up on the previously watched tonight was...

    First up on the previously watched tonight was The Black Stuff (TV Movie 1980), which I first watched when it was first broadcast in 1980 (though the copyright date is 1978, broadcast having been...
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    Sticky: Well, once it was finally done it turned out...

    Well, once it was finally done it turned out exceptionally nice, accompanied by a few rounds from the end of a sesame bloomer :tongue

    Five more large bowlfuls are now cooling, getting ready to...
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