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    Sticky: Back the the future on the box tonight, this time...

    Back the the future on the box tonight, this time in the form of ST:TNG; first S3E9, The Vengeance Factor (TV Episode 1989), which turned out to be one of the rather clunky ones, and then S3E10 The...
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    Sticky: Now you know why she paid you so much to sneak...

    Now you know why she paid you so much to sneak her bags from airside onto the Tube and bring them home for her :D
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    Sticky: In the end I went for M&S chunky battered...

    In the end I went for M&S chunky battered haddock, with M&S crinkle-cut chips, and beans. Lovely stuff :tongue
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    Sticky: I now have a little web app, written in Django,...

    I now have a little web app, written in Django, into which I can dump GeoJSON files exported from OpenStreetMap and specify which of the innumerable bits of data in there aren’t relevant to my...
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    Sticky: Whatever that lurgy that was creeping up on me...

    Whatever that lurgy that was creeping up on me yesterday might be, it seems it’s quite mild at any rate. Having to blow my nose rather more than I do normally, but nothing worse so far. Fingers...
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    Sticky: Light early lunch of a couple of rounds of...

    Light early lunch of a couple of rounds of buttered wholemeal toast :tongue

    I’ll go for months or years at a time never even thinking about buttered toast, then suddenly get a taste for it :)
    ...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Sunny out again...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Sunny out again :glasses

    Frosty though, and still 1°C :frown

    We were promised insulating clouds bringing a slightly warmer start today, but they seem to have been...
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    Sticky: More Nevil Shute reading tonight, with his...

    More Nevil Shute reading tonight, with his wartime novel Pastoral (Shute novel) - Wikipedia, set on and around a Bomber Command airfield in Oxfordshire :nerd

    The lurgy doesn’t seem to be getting...
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    Sticky: More lurgy-prevention (or alleviation) now via...

    More lurgy-prevention (or alleviation) now via coffee and walnut cake, well known for its restorative properties :tongue

    Pretty chilly out already, but apparently it’ll cloud over tonight and the...
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    Sticky: Ribs and chips for tea. Very nice, and it all...

    Ribs and chips for tea. Very nice, and it all helps stave off the lurgy a bit :tongue
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    Sticky: Feeling a bit out of sorts today. I’m wondering...

    Feeling a bit out of sorts today. I’m wondering if I’ve picked up some damn lurgy from the hoi polloi when I was in the pub on Saturday night :suity:
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    Sticky: COW PARTY! Icelandic Cows Escape for Night-Time...

    COW PARTY! Icelandic Cows Escape for Night-Time Adventure :music:
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    Sticky: Usually pretty good, though a knotted-up cheese &...

    Usually pretty good, though a knotted-up cheese & onion crisp bag ended up about three feet away from the bin earlier :D
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    Sticky: The simple pleasure of throwing something into...

    The simple pleasure of throwing something into the new wastepaper basket from several feet away endures :)
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    Some photos here from a SubBrit visit to the...

    Some photos here from a SubBrit visit to the site: RAF Spadeadam
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    Sticky: Lunch has been a bowl of zingy chicken & lentil...

    Lunch has been a bowl of zingy chicken & lentil soup, with the thick ends of both a wholemeal loaf and a sesame bloomer. All very nice :tongue

    Well sunny out now :glasses
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    Sticky: Back in 1997 there was period of a couple of...

    Back in 1997 there was period of a couple of months when the only documentation on Microsoft’s website of the JavaScript implementation in Internet Explorer 3 was a Word document about VBScript,...
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    Sticky: Links are up :)

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

    Two weeks since perihelion and it’s already getting colder. It does work like that, doesn’t it? :confused:


    Operation Backfire - From 1999, Francis Spufford looks back at Britain's post-war...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Starting to be a sunny...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Starting to be a sunny morning out, now the sun’s getting above the roofline opposite :)

    Chilly though; it's nominally 1°C out there, with frost lying heavy on the...
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    Sticky: Tonight’s reading involved finishing Nevil...

    Tonight’s reading involved finishing Nevil Shute’s Ruined City, concerning the Depression of the 1930s, the shipbuilding industry, and the machinations of City bankers.

    Earlier I caught a bit of...
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    Sticky: Proper Sunday dinner here, to wit, roast lamb...

    Proper Sunday dinner here, to wit, roast lamb with the usual trimmings. Absolutely lovely :tongue
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    Sticky: It got to around 6° here but now the sun’s down,...

    It got to around 6° here but now the sun’s down, it’s already plummeted to 2° :eek:
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    Sticky: Ham toasties! Now that’s what I call (a rather...

    Ham toasties! Now that’s what I call (a rather late) lunch :tongue
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    Sticky: Sensible of it, given how cold it is out :frown

    Sensible of it, given how cold it is out :frown
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    Sticky: Apparently Lithuanian is a Proto-Eastern Baltic...

    Apparently Lithuanian is a Proto-Eastern Baltic language, derived from the Proto-Balto-Slavic language, which itself derives from the Proto-Indo-European language, and is thus a major source of...
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Clear blue sky out...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Clear blue sky out there :glasses

    Not very warm though; it’s only just got up to 5°C :frown

    The nice Lithuanian couple from the first floor back are hanging their...
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    Sticky: The party at the Polish café is over. I expect...

    The party at the Polish café is over. I expect they all had a good time :smokin

    Meanwhile on this side of the road, the umpteenth rewatch of one of those films that works well as post-pub...
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    Sticky: More people dancing now - they must have been...

    More people dancing now - they must have been nearer the back earlier on so I couldn’t see them from here. Definitely a party in progress :music:
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    Sticky: Back from the pub after an enjoyable evening...

    Back from the pub after an enjoyable evening :cheers:

    My photographer friend has finished writing his book on the use of tilt-shift lenses :yay:

    The contract with the publisher calls for...
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    Sticky: And very nice it was, as usual :tongue To...

    And very nice it was, as usual :tongue



    To the extent thatI’m seriously thinking of wearing a scarf for the walk to the pub :frown
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    Sticky: In the Chinese :) Dashed cold out there :frown

    In the Chinese :)

    Dashed cold out there :frown
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    Sticky: Looks like I’m going to the pub tonight, so now I...

    Looks like I’m going to the pub tonight, so now I need to work out what time to go to the Chinese. Damn this disruption to my utterly dull routine! :ohwell
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    Sticky: Light lunch of a couple of bits of wholemeal...

    Light lunch of a couple of bits of wholemeal buttered toast :tongue

    I’m always taken aback by the number of calories in butter when entering it in MyFitnessPal, but I daresay they're what makes it...
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    Sticky: Afternoon denizens :wave: Clear blue sky here...

    Afternoon denizens :wave:

    Clear blue sky here too :glasses

    Still only 6°C out there though, and it’ll be chilly tonight - forecast is for -2° :frown
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    Sticky: After many TV-free nights this week, tonight saw...

    After many TV-free nights this week, tonight saw three - three! count ‘em! - movie extravaganzas brought forth for (not very) critical appraisal; said flickering images being the Back to the Future...
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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:

    :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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