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    Sticky: Still there. I’m planning to bring it in as it’s...

    Still there. I’m planning to bring it in as it’s been almost two weeks now, but I haven’t really got anywhere convenient to put it - I need to do some rearranging of stuff to fit it in, and I’m still...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey, chilly day out...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey, chilly day out :ind

    No rain at the moment, though. And as I typed that I glanced at the window and realised it’s just started raining :D

    Probably only a shower,...
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    Sticky: Things are starting to warm up at Babylon 5 with...

    Things are starting to warm up at Babylon 5 with The Coming of Shadows (TV Episode 1995) and GROPOS (TV Episode 1995) :smokin

    Goodnight all :wave: :tired
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    Sticky: Tonight’s meal has been a serious blast from the...

    Tonight’s meal has been a serious blast from the past :)

    Back in the summer of 1976, you may recall, there was a severe drought, with no rain falling anywhere in the UK for several months. As a...
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    Sticky: Still can be a pain having to cook after a day’s...

    Still can be a pain having to cook after a day’s work, though :)
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    Sticky: Indeed. Nothing worse than coming in completely...

    Indeed. Nothing worse than coming in completely lacking the energy or motivation to start cooking, and finding there’s nothing in that you can just heat up quickly :ohwell

    I just took advantage of...
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    Sticky: :yay: :banana: :yay:

    :yay: :banana: :yay:
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    Sticky: Mundane laundry done again :ind

    Mundane laundry done again :ind
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    Sticky: The garden guys accidentally cut down a rowan...

    The garden guys accidentally cut down a rowan, realised what they’d done, and made themselves scarce before the witches ride in on the storm :eek:
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    Sticky: And so it came to pass: Scotch broth, with...

    And so it came to pass: Scotch broth, with wholemeal toast, and the untoasted crusts of the wholemeal loaf and the sesame seed bloomer. Very tasty, and just the thing for an exceedingly damp, cold...
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    Sticky: There’s a lovely aroma of a stew or soup drifting...

    There’s a lovely aroma of a stew or soup drifting in the kitchen windows from one of the neighbours - probably the ground floor back. It’s made me fancy some kind of soup for lunch :)
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Rainy day. Not your...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Rainy day. Not your showers, or your drizzle, but proper rain falling unremittingly from a uniformly grey sky :frown

    Bit chilly too: 7°C out there, and for some reason...
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    Sticky: Tonight I got back to S2 of Babylon 5: Soul Mates...

    Tonight I got back to S2 of Babylon 5: Soul Mates (TV Episode 1994) and A Race Through Dark Places (TV Episode 1995). Getting towards the start of the Shadow War now :)

    Goodnight all :wave: :tired
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    Sticky: Tonight’s tea has been chicken tikka masala out...

    Tonight’s tea has been chicken tikka masala out of the freezer, with the usual rice and naan, and very tasty indeed :tongue

    The rain was due, but it’s circling round and just missing us at the...
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    Sticky: Bummer :ohwell :hug:

    Bummer :ohwell :hug: <- manly
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    Sticky: And so I did; shopping done (except whatever I...

    And so I did; shopping done (except whatever I forgot), and a tankful of discount petrol obtained :banana:
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    Sticky: Another one down :tongue I need to take the...

    Another one down :tongue

    I need to take the car to Sainsbury’s for petrol, having used nearly a tankful going to Brighton and back. I have a coupon for 10p off per litre, which expires tomorrow....
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    Sticky: As many as it takes :smokin I made eight of...

    As many as it takes :smokin

    I made eight of them on Monday and they’ve all got to be eaten before they go off :)
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    Sticky: :yay: Never a fun thing going to the dentist,...

    :yay:

    Never a fun thing going to the dentist, but as I’ve learned by bitter experience, it’s better to get on top of it and stay there :ohwell
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    Sticky: First sausage roll of the day eaten :tongue

    First sausage roll of the day eaten :tongue
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Sunny out :) Chilly...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Sunny out :)

    Chilly again, though it’s improving slightly; it’s gone from 4°C to 6° in the last half-hour or so. Holding at 17.7° in here, which I attribute to the...
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    Sticky: More BBC drama tonight, this time from the 1980s:...

    More BBC drama tonight, this time from the 1980s: Edge of Darkness, which I bought several years ago but hadn’t got around to yet. Compassionate Leave (TV Episode 1985) and Into the Shadows (TV...
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    Sticky: A friend of mine’s mother is originally from...

    A friend of mine’s mother is originally from Alsace. She doesn’t like being reminded that when she was a schoolgirl, she got upset because her mother wouldn’t let her join the Jungmädelbund :laugh
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    Sticky: Can always cram a few chips in :) Anyway, it’s...

    Can always cram a few chips in :)

    Anyway, it’s the soups/casseroles region that’s at capacity. There’s some space in the bread area, and a bit among the raw meat and fish. Not much in the area...
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    Sticky: I made a fresh batch of chips for freezing this...

    I made a fresh batch of chips for freezing this afternoon, as there weren’t going to be enough for my tea otherwise. I’m using some Norfolk spuds at the moment, the first I’ve had from there (via...
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    I just tried the Wail site with JS turned off....

    I just tried the Wail site with JS turned off. Works just fine as far as reading the garbage content is concerned. Really fast too without all those ads and trackers.



    Though this is preferable...
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    Sticky: Dashed chilly here too, though if the source of...

    Dashed chilly here too, though if the source of data on which my watch relies is to be trusted, it’s doing that thing of getting marginally warmer as it gets dark: up from 6° early to 7° now :frown
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    Sticky: For lunch today, a sausage roll, followed by a...

    For lunch today, a sausage roll, followed by a bowl of the chicken & lentil soup with a couple of slices of wholemeal bread :tongue

    The touch of curry powder did a great job of adding just the...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey, rainy, and 5°C...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey, rainy, and 5°C out :frown

    Down to 15.6° in here too. As I’m expected to work in these conditions, the fire is going on :)
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    Sticky: And so to the end of I, Claudius: more precisely,...

    And so to the end of I, Claudius: more precisely, the end of Messalina after she overreaches herself in A God in Colchester (TV Episode 1976), and the end of Claudius as he resigns himself to letting...
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    Sticky: Ribs and chips for tea :tongue Lovely full...

    Ribs and chips for tea :tongue

    Lovely full moon out there tonight :)

    Dashed chilly though; I just popped out the back and there’s a bit of a breeze that isn’t helping :frown
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    Sticky: A bandsaw might do it?

    A bandsaw might do it?
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    Sticky: The chestnut trees are almost leafless now,...

    The chestnut trees are almost leafless now, meaning I have a better view of the shops over the road. The Polish café still seems to be doing well, though in the cold weather its windows steam up so...
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    Sticky: The surplus chicken & lentil soup from yesterday...

    The surplus chicken & lentil soup from yesterday turns out to be enough for three good-sized bowlfuls. Now divvied up and stashed in the freezer :)

    This means the freezer is no longer able to...
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    Sticky: Couple of freshly-baked homemade sausage rolls...

    Couple of freshly-baked homemade sausage rolls for lunch :tongue
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    The Acorn Atom displayed lowercase characters in...

    The Acorn Atom displayed lowercase characters in inverse video uppercase, which was quite a common thing at the time. Something to do with the MC6847, probably.
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    Sticky: I have thermometers in the bedroom and the living...

    I have thermometers in the bedroom and the living room, but the external temperature is whatever’s being reported by the weather app on my watch :nerd



    Indeed :ohwell

    I noticed the other day...
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    Sticky: Links are up :)

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

    The floodwaters should now be receding, at least temporarily, so wring out your laptop and get reading:


    The Big Bitcoin Heist - ”With its cheap geothermal energy and low crime rate, Iceland has...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey damp day out...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey damp day out there, with the rain just starting to tail off :ind

    Not very warm either at 6°C, and only a bit better in here at 15.6° :frown
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    Sticky: No, he was quite restrained in that respect,...

    No, he was quite restrained in that respect, though he was clinging to a chimneystack and the roof is pretty steep, so he might have struggled to get any slates loose without just falling off :D

    ...
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    Sticky: The soup turned out very nice, with the usual mix...

    The soup turned out very nice, with the usual mix of toast :tongue

    I did the usual thing of wrapping the carcass in muslin to keep the little bones together, then pressure cooked for about forty...
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    Sticky: While I was tending to the final stages of the...

    While I was tending to the final stages of the soup, I became aware of people moving around out the back and coming in and out of our yard with torches, and occasionally triggering the...
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    Sticky: I use loads of paprika in my spag bol. Lovely...

    I use loads of paprika in my spag bol. Lovely stuff :tongue
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    Sticky: East, west, home’s best :)

    East, west, home’s best :)
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    Sticky: I was going to make chicken and barley soup, but...

    I was going to make chicken and barley soup, but I haven’t got enough barley. So now I’m devising a recipe for chicken and lentil soup, or maybe stew.
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Sunny and...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Sunny and Simpsonesque out there today :glasses

    Not as cold as yesterday either at a balmy 8°C out there, holding at ~16° in here :)
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    Sticky: Tonight’s viewing started with Crouching Tiger,...

    Tonight’s viewing started with Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), which is a bit like The Matrix without the robots and in Mandarin. Unlike The Matrix, though, I found it a bit slow, and the...
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    Sticky: Very nice as always :tongue Sufficiently rainy...

    Very nice as always :tongue

    Sufficiently rainy and cold out that I used the hood on my coat, which I never do :frown

    And when I got to the Chinese, there were two - TWO! - other customers...
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    Sticky: In the Chinese :)

    In the Chinese :)
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