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    Sticky: Likewise: the start of Where Are the Customers'...

    Likewise: the start of Where Are the Customers' Yachts? by Fred Schwed, and then the conclusion of June and start of July 1664 in the wacky world of Sam Pepys :nerd

    Early night now because of Zoom...
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    Sticky: I get there between 20:50 and 20:55 every week,...

    I get there between 20:50 and 20:55 every week, so no need to panic until then :D
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    Sticky: Very nice as always :tongue Busy: earlier...

    Very nice as always :tongue

    Busy: earlier :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: In the Chinese :)

    In the Chinese :)
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    Sticky: Yes, for a change :)

    Yes, for a change :)
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    Sticky: Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb

    Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb
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    Sticky: It finishes at 00:45 according to my EPG...

    It finishes at 00:45 according to my EPG :confused:

    It seem I can indeed receive Sky Arts, so recordings have been scheduled :smokin
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    Sticky: Late lunch of zingy chicken, tomato and lentil...

    Late lunch of zingy chicken, tomato and lentil soup with wholemeal bread :tongue

    And there are five further portions, so I need to start playing Tetris with the contents of the freezer to fit it...
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    Sticky: FFS. New Zealand has only gone and entered...

    FFS. New Zealand has only gone and entered British Summer Time (though I don't suppose they call it that), which means our international family Zoom call tomorrow is at nine in the morning :eek:
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Very grey day out...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Very grey day out :grey

    Dry though. Only 12°C and not going to get any warmer, but only a very slight chance of rain.
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    Sticky: Tonight's first watch was something Norwegian,...

    Tonight's first watch was something Norwegian, and also a rewatch: Babycall (2011), in which a Norwegian woman fleeing a violent partner with her son hears troubling things on a cross-signal picked...
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    Sticky: The soup finally came to fruition, and I think...

    The soup finally came to fruition, and I think it's the best I've managed of this variety so far - just the right balance of zinginess with the other aspects of the flavour :tongue

    And I also...
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    Sticky: Soup is running a little late. It always does,...

    Soup is running a little late. It always does, because I always forget to allow time for the in-between bits like weighing out the lentils and chopping up the chicken meat :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Ooh, looks like I can get it! Well, it appears in...

    Ooh, looks like I can get it! Well, it appears in the EPG, though that doesn't always mean the signal is good enough for the TV to show it. If it turns out to work, I'll tell the box to record it all...
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    Sticky: Making soup, aka the apotheosis of the Big...

    Making soup, aka the apotheosis of the Big Chicken. I decided on the zingy tomato and lentil variety this time :tongue

    As I do this one in the InstantPot™, it should be ready in an hour or ninety...
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    Sticky: Headache's back, nose getting a bit bunged up...

    Headache's back, nose getting a bit bunged up :sick

    I think I'll have a little rest :ohwell
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    Sticky: It's turned quite Simpsonesque here while my...

    It's turned quite Simpsonesque here while my attention was elsewhere :)

    Only 13°C though :frown
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    Sticky: No exercise bicycling done. Instead, I've been...

    No exercise bicycling done. Instead, I've been for a brisk walk around the more salubrious parts of the neighbourhood, with an emphasis on those pointing upwards, such as they are. Added to the very...
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    Sticky: From the chap who brought you traintimes.org.uk...

    From the chap who brought you traintimes.org.uk and others, a site that lets you input your postcode and tells you what, if any, lockdown currently applies to you: Local Lockdown Lookup - Matthew...
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    Sticky: I was in two minds about whether to get any as I...

    I was in two minds about whether to get any as I had enough in for now, but once I'd found it and realised there was plenty there, I got some anyway just to get me back to the usual level of reserves...
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    Sticky: Lunch: a couple of raspberry jam doughnuts, which...

    Lunch: a couple of raspberry jam doughnuts, which presumably count as one of my five-a-day :tongue
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    Sticky: In a creative approach to the possibility of...

    In a creative approach to the possibility of idiots panic-buying all the toilet roll again, Sainsbury's have moved it all to one of the remotest corners of the store. Took me over five minutes to...
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    Sticky: I haven't used any, apart from a couple of...

    I haven't used any, apart from a couple of paracetamol on Wednesday. Maybe the caffeine is all that's really needed :)
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    Sticky: Shopping done :banana: I only needed a few...

    Shopping done :banana:

    I only needed a few things. Well, that's what I told myself going in. Now I have no freezer space, no fridge space, no cupboard space, and no money :rolleyes:

    And I...
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    Sticky: Lurgy feels a fair bit better today, by the way...

    Lurgy feels a fair bit better today, by the way :)

    Though I haven't really done anything other than drink coffee yet, so maybe that will change :ohwell
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey out, though with...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey out, though with some thinner patches of cloud that let a bit of heavily-attenuated sun shine through now and again :grey

    Off to do the shopping in a bit. Haven't...
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    Sticky: Onwards in to the sunlit green uplands of ST:TNG...

    Onwards in to the sunlit green uplands of ST:TNG tonight with S5E2 Darmok (TV Episode 1991), an excellent exploration of not just the nature of language, but the relationship between thought and...
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    Sticky: Final check and nobody has made use of the...

    Final check and nobody has made use of the recycling bin, so for this week it remains untrundled :)

    Rather damp and chilly out, but the cloud has cleared a bit allowing for a good view of Jupiter...
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    Sticky: Chicken and chips for tea :tongue Looks like...

    Chicken and chips for tea :tongue

    Looks like this week's Big Chicken should yield a sizeable bounty of soup :)

    Not sure which kind to make, but the weather today inclines me towards the zingy...
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    Sticky: Just took my recycling out to the bin thinking I...

    Just took my recycling out to the bin thinking I might go for an early trundle, but nobody else seems to have bothered putting anything in there this week so trundling is off :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Trying to decide whether to go shopping. Might...

    Trying to decide whether to go shopping. Might leave it until tomorrow, when unexpected downpours are apparently a little less likely :rolleyes:

    Also, I do still feel a bit under the weather; just...
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    Sticky: 11°C outside here, 19° within :frown I may...

    11°C outside here, 19° within :frown

    I may well put the fire on shortly.
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    Sticky: New in Today's Weather: torrential downpour :eek:

    New in Today's Weather: torrential downpour :eek:
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    Sticky: A few spots of rain here, but nothing persistent....

    A few spots of rain here, but nothing persistent. It probably only did it to annoy me while I checked the car's tyre pressures :)
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    Sticky: For lunch, a roast pork and apple sauce bap,...

    For lunch, a roast pork and apple sauce bap, wholemeal :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: Yes, that was my favourite :D

    Yes, that was my favourite :D
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    Sticky: https://twitter.com/JonathanDean_/status/130776011...

    https://twitter.com/JonathanDean_/status/1307760112443035651 :rolleyes:
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Coronavirus test...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Coronavirus test result came through at 6:13 this morning. I daresay it's because we've been in local lockdown all summer that things are running smoothly here, but I...
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    Sticky: Tonight's mission was to boldly go to the next...

    Tonight's mission was to boldly go to the next season (or series) of ST:TNG via the usual two-parter spanning the junction, in this case S4E26 Redemption (TV Episode 1991) and S5E1 Redemption II (TV...
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    Sticky: Police helicopter is buzzling about outside...

    Police helicopter is buzzling about outside :bluelight
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    Sticky: Not sure, but I think my temperature may have...

    Not sure, but I think my temperature may have gone down a little :)

    Still feel rather out of sorts, but not as bad I don't think.
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    Sticky: Tonight is curry night: chicken jalfrezi (out of...

    Tonight is curry night: chicken jalfrezi (out of the freezer), with the usual rice and naan. Very tasty :tongue
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    Sticky: 99%, 60bpm :smokin

    99%, 60bpm :smokin
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    Sticky: I was wrong - we got several consecutive minutes...

    I was wrong - we got several consecutive minutes of sunshine, though that appears to have passed now :glasses
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    Sticky: Lunch has been Heinz oxtail soup, with wholemeal...

    Lunch has been Heinz oxtail soup, with wholemeal bread and a thick end of white sesame bloomer :tongue

    Rain's stopped for the moment, and the veil of grey has thinned slightly so it's marginally...
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    Sticky: Test done :) More importantly: green ring...

    Test done :)

    More importantly: green ring closed :emb

    The place was basically a gazebo and a few trestle tables in the far corner of the park (I entered at the diagonally opposite corner)...
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    Sticky: Yes, free exercise session with every deadly...

    Yes, free exercise session with every deadly disease contracted! :banana:
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    Sticky: As I've got a bit of a temperature, I've booked...

    As I've got a bit of a temperature, I've booked myself in for a coronavirus test. Due at the place at noon today; it's at a small park about ten minutes' walk away.

    There were 76 slots available...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey and damp out,...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey and damp out, with showers predicted to continue off and on through the day and into tomorrow. The current 16°C is, apparently, theist we're getting, as it'll be going...
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