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    Sticky: Tea tonight has been ribeye steak, chips,...

    Tea tonight has been ribeye steak, chips, caramelised onions, and beans. All very tasty :tongue
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    Sticky: :hug:

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    Sticky: Shopping done! :banana: The battery struggled...

    Shopping done! :banana:

    The battery struggled to start the car but got it going eventually, so I went for a run down to M1 J20 and back, just to charge it up a bit.

    Arriving at Sainsbury’s, I...
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    Sticky: Fun fact: in FORTH, you could define numeric...

    Fun fact: in FORTH, you could define numeric constants as words and they executed slightly faster than including them as literal values. 0, 1, -1 were already defined by the system, and you could...
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    Sticky: Ever done that thing of setting something...

    Ever done that thing of setting something running, waiting half-an-hour, killing it, inserting a log-to-console or some such inside so you can at least know it hasn’t crashed, then starting it again?...
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    Sticky: Yes, that happens a lot to me :D Rain’s here;...

    Yes, that happens a lot to me :D

    Rain’s here; this is probably a Good Thing, because with a bit of luck it gets it over with before I go shopping :)
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    Sticky: Now to try and remember what I was utterly...

    Now to try and remember what I was utterly absorbed in three minutes ago :confused:
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    Sticky: Weird: Google has started returning a blank white...

    Weird: Google has started returning a blank white page (in Safari). This means I can’t get any more work done, as how else can I get to stackoverflow.com? :rolleyes:

    Ah, if I close that tab and...
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    Sticky: Yes, it was your review back in March which first...

    Yes, it was your review back in March which first brought the film to my attention :)
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Sunny for the most...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Sunny for the most part here here, with bits of white fluffiness hanging about :)

    The temperature out there is, unsurprisingly, 7°C. There had been a forecast of rain...
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    Sticky: Off to mudskipper country for tonight’s viewing,...

    Off to mudskipper country for tonight’s viewing, with the film of the Nevil Shute book I finished last night: No Highway in the Sky (1951). It’s good and fairly faithful to the book, though various...
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    Sticky: Yes! First time I’d tried that way, and it works...

    Yes! First time I’d tried that way, and it works a treat :)
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    Christopher Tolkien, son of J. R. Ewing from...

    Christopher Tolkien, son of J. R. Ewing from Dallas, aged 95 :nerd2:

    JRR Tolkien's son Christopher dies aged 95 | Books | The Guardian
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    Sticky: Rooting around in the freezer, I discovered the...

    Rooting around in the freezer, I discovered the last portion of those ribs in a mango-chutney-based BBQ sauce that I made a few months ago. I’d vacuum-packed them, so they got reheated in a pan of...
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    Sticky: Victoria’s a bugger for that. The other year I...

    Victoria’s a bugger for that. The other year I was trying to get to Microsoft’s place, directly across the road from the front of the station, and somehow ended up wandering around Eaton Square...
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    Sticky: If the weather was a bit better, I might have...

    If the weather was a bit better, I might have popped up to the nearby chip shop (re-opened yet again under yet newer management) for a Pukka pie and chips :)
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    Sticky: Yes, they’ll definitely figure - just trying to...

    Yes, they’ll definitely figure - just trying to decide what to have with them :D
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    Sticky: Not sure what to have for tea tonight, but I...

    Not sure what to have for tea tonight, but I fancy something a bit less healthy than I’ve had most of this week :tongue
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    Sticky: I’m going to get it fixed and start cycling again...

    I’m going to get it fixed and start cycling again :)

    I don’t get enough exercise, and cycling (non-competitively, just bimbling about) is the only thing that’s ever kept me fit :ohwell

    I was...
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    Sticky: Scotch broth for lunch :tongue The rain’s...

    Scotch broth for lunch :tongue

    The rain’s starting to move in. Oh well, I wasn’t planning on going anywhere anyway :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Cheers, I’ll bear that in mind should I be...

    Cheers, I’ll bear that in mind should I be seeking tools for the job :)
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    Sticky: But it’s a perfectly good bike (apart from the...

    But it’s a perfectly good bike (apart from the lack of a chain)! :eek:
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    Sticky: We have a winner! :yay:

    We have a winner! :yay:
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    Sticky: Get Well Soon and all that! :hug:

    Get Well Soon and all that! :hug: <- manly
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Mainly grey, though...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Mainly grey, though with occasional glimmers of heavily filtered sunlight getting through the thinner parts of the cloud; rain later will put a stop to that. And, almost...
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    Sticky: Skipped watching the box this evening in favour...

    Skipped watching the box this evening in favour of finishing No Highway, so now I can watch the film thereof :)

    Goodnight all :wave: :tired
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    Sticky: Mucking about with OpenStreetMap data to GeoJSON...

    Mucking about with OpenStreetMap data to GeoJSON conversion (still), using an export of the data for the neighbourhood of CERN in Geneva. I suspect that, for my purposes, I can filter out the precise...
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    Sticky: Tea has been more of last week's chicken madras...

    Tea has been more of last week's chicken madras out of the freezer, with the usual rice and naan. Very zingy :tongue




    No spare scaffolding lying around out there, or at least not that I’ve...
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    Sticky: I’ll look into getting a longer one or some such...

    I’ll look into getting a longer one or some such for the future; I still want to actually change a wheel now I’ve gone to all the trouble of learning how :D
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    Sticky: Wheel change sorted! :banana: I popped down...

    Wheel change sorted! :banana:

    I popped down early to get the spare wheel out and so forth. Just as I’d done that, the phone app pinged me to say the bloke had arrived! But when I went out to the...
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    Sticky: I’m sure I could have got it done if it hadn’t...

    I’m sure I could have got it done if it hadn’t been for the nuts. The thingy in the toolkit isn’t long enough to provide sufficient leverage, that’s what I reckon :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Yes, I knew the bit about loosening them before...

    Yes, I knew the bit about loosening them before raising (though it took an aside in a YouTube video to explain why - they should tell you the rationale behind these things, IMHO), but the tyre place...
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    Sticky: So, having pored over the handbook and the Haynes...

    So, having pored over the handbook and the Haynes book of lies, rooted around under the car and taken photos to be sure I’d identified the jack point, and checked the procedure all over again to be...
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    Sticky: :hug:

    :hug: <- manly
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    Sticky: For lunch, a bit of very nice roast beef left...

    For lunch, a bit of very nice roast beef left over from Sunday lunch, in a wholemeal bap :tongue

    Sunny out now, though still not very warm :)
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey, dry, 7°C :ind ...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey, dry, 7°C :ind

    The forecast is optimistically predicting sunshine later. We shall see.



    They’re actually semi-randomly arranged, so sometimes :wave: is there...
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    Sticky: Back to the telly again tonight with a rewatch...

    Back to the telly again tonight with a rewatch of…



    …and my opinion remains unchanged; it’s very good indeed.

    I’d forgotten that the Swedish lady was at the Interesting Conference rather...
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    Sticky: Last of November’s lamb stew for tea. Very tasty...

    Last of November’s lamb stew for tea. Very tasty :tongue
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    Sticky: Amazingly, that’s the second such laundering...

    Amazingly, that’s the second such laundering activity since New Year:



    :eek:
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    WamwiqS - the site moved from...

    You might want to also try something like "site:contractoruk.com/forums/ mortgage" for more recent posts, as the site structure has changed.[/QUOTE]

    WamwiqS - the site moved from...
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    Sticky: Bedding wash accomplished :tumble:

    Bedding wash accomplished :tumble:
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    Sticky: Lunch has been zingy chicken and lentil soup with...

    Lunch has been zingy chicken and lentil soup with wholemeal bread; just right for a cold, wet, windy day :tongue
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    Sticky: Indeed. They had to get it out of the way quickly...

    Indeed. They had to get it out of the way quickly to make room for the rain that’ll be moving in shortly :ohwell



    4pt type and zero-spaced lines might just do it :)
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    Sticky: The sunshine’s stopped :ind

    The sunshine’s stopped :ind
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Actual sunlight...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Actual sunlight putting in an appearance out there right now :eek

    This should be replaced by the usual rain and so on around lunchtime :rolleyes:

    7°C :ind
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    Sticky: So it came to pass; only about fifty or sixty...

    So it came to pass; only about fifty or sixty pages of No Highway left now :)

    Goodnight all :wave: :tired
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    Sticky: Ribs and chips for tea :tongue The rain has...

    Ribs and chips for tea :tongue

    The rain has now stopped - the moon is even putting in the occasional heavily-veiled veiled appearance. Still pretty windy out though :tumble:

    I’m trying to...
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    Nice one! :banana: :yay: :banana:

    Nice one! :banana: :yay: :banana:
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    Sticky: Raining too now :frown

    Raining too now :frown
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    Sticky: This afternoon’s Awfully Big Adventure has been a...

    This afternoon’s Awfully Big Adventure has been a walk up the road to the bank, to pay in the cheque (an antique financial instrument inscribed in “ink” on a material called “paper”) my brother gave...
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