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    Sticky: With a bit of shuffling stuff around I was able...

    With a bit of shuffling stuff around I was able to fit five of the ham soups into the freezer, so lunch was the leftover sixth with a couple of bits of bread :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: Morning denizens :wave: Grey but dry day here,...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey but dry day here, 19°C and not supposed to get any higher than 21° :grey

    Cooling down inside too, at 22° after leaving the windows open overnight :)
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    Sticky: Tonight's movie premiere was Snowden (2016)...

    Tonight's movie premiere was Snowden (2016), the story of the CIA-NSA-Contractor chap who pulled the plug on the NSA's global surveillance. Rather good, I thought, though as always one isn't sure how...
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    Sticky: The soup relaxed a little towards the last hour,...

    The soup relaxed a little towards the last hour, presumably as the peas and lentils broke down or something, so I didn't dilute it in the end:

    ...
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    Sticky: Just gave the soup a stir. It seems to be...

    Just gave the soup a stir. It seems to be approaching the density of a neutron star, but it smells and tastes amazing :tongue

    Definitely going to need more water adding but it already fills the...
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    Sticky: Just listened to the Comsat Angels' first album...

    Just listened to the Comsat Angels' first album Waiting for a Miracle for the first time in a while. Great stuff :smokin

    And earlier I dug out the notebook in which I had a track listing of the...
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    Sticky: It's 23°C with a pleasant slight breeze out now,...

    It's 23°C with a pleasant slight breeze out now, having got no worse than 24°, and quite Simpsonesque :)

    The internal temperature has reached 25°, but I daresay it'll cool down again soon. Might...
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    Sticky: Gammon shredded, veg blended, pulses added: and...

    Gammon shredded, veg blended, pulses added: and so the soup begins the second and final phase of its journey into becoming :)

    It's going to be exceptionally thick, to the extent that I'm wondering...
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    Sticky: 99%, 54bpm :smokin

    99%, 54bpm :smokin
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    Sticky: Very lucky indeed, I reckon. Apparently the...

    Very lucky indeed, I reckon. Apparently the structural engineer has now been over the place and said there isn't any fundamental structural damage, just a bit of a smack to one gable and some other...
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    Sticky: Her Majesty's Government said they were going to...

    Her Majesty's Government said they were going to announce the results of their latest review of our local lockdown today. They've just announced that they aren't going to announce anything until...
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    Sticky: The gammon joint is smoked, by the way.

    The gammon joint is smoked, by the way.
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    Sticky: Iceland proved to be quite on the ball when it...

    Iceland proved to be quite on the ball when it comes to celery, so a few stalks of that have been chopped up and added to the mix in the slow cooker, along with a couple of bay leaves.

    And while...
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    Sticky: Lightning strike update from my brother via our...

    Lightning strike update from my brother via our mother: a senior chap from Eon visited, and was stunned; he declared he'd never seen anything like it, and that the house was definitely uninhabitable...
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    Sticky: Slow cooker activated. Today's, or rather...

    Slow cooker activated. Today's, or rather tonight's, culinary masterpiece will be ham, yellow split pea and red lentil soup :tongue

    I discovered that the celery in the fridge had gone extremely...
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    Sticky: Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb

    Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Grey day out :grey ...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Grey day out :grey

    Currently 17°C and rising, but not too much; 22° in the living room, 23° and falling in the bedroom. Much better, in other words :)
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    Sticky: No telly tonight, apart from Prof. Lipscomb on...

    No telly tonight, apart from Prof. Lipscomb on the numerous perils of Edwardian homes while I was dining. Instead, I got through another two or three chapters of Das Boot :nerd

    Oh, and trundling...
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    Sticky: Lovely tea of lamb chops, chips, petits pois,...

    Lovely tea of lamb chops, chips, petits pois, mint sauce, and gravy :tongue

    Down to 18°C outside here, still holding at 24° inside for the moment but there's a slight cooling breeze though the...
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    Sticky: And speaking of exertion, if I manage to continue...

    And speaking of exertion, if I manage to continue losing weight at the rate I have been, then in a month or so I'll have to buy a new belt as the current one will be too loose :D

    Though now I...
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    Sticky: Shopping done, in great abundance, so the fridge...

    Shopping done, in great abundance, so the fridge and freezer are now both pretty much full, and I'm sweating like a pig from the exertion of carrying it all in from the car (two trips) and putting it...
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    Sticky: As the rain has been stopped for a while and it's...

    As the rain has been stopped for a while and it's still only 21°C, I've decided to do the shopping as there's no guarantee conditions will be so conducive to exertion tomorrow :)
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    Sticky: After ditzing around near Peterborough it briefly...

    After ditzing around near Peterborough it briefly tried doing stuff over Rutland, then gave up :ohwell
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    Sticky: Carrying on with the continuous light drizzle...

    Carrying on with the continuous light drizzle here :)

    The weather has finally given up on its stubborn insistence that it would be 27°C by teatime, but is still holding out for 24° by 19:00. I...
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    Sticky: Yes, there's a fair chance it wasn't running -...

    Yes, there's a fair chance it wasn't running - again, normal people turn their computers off at night, whereas the only time my iMac has been powered off in the last five years has been due to power...
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    Sticky: Sausages in finger rolls for lunch :tongue ...

    Sausages in finger rolls for lunch :tongue

    Raining steadily here now. I had been thinking of going shopping later, but I may put it off until tomorrow :frown

    Only 18°C now though, which is...
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    Sticky: Drizzling a bit here now, but no lightning....

    Drizzling a bit here now, but no lightning. Probably a good thing, considering the way it's dealing with my family at the moment. My parents had a massive thunderstorm earlier and now their oven...
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    Sticky: Our forecast has been reinstated at 80% around...

    Our forecast has been reinstated at 80% around 13:00, though it seems to be dithering around over near Peterborough at the moment :)
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    Sticky: Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb ...

    Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed :emb

    I'll need to wash this ragged old shirt again soon as the last few days exercising have been an extremely sweaty business :sick

    Still only 19°C...
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    Sticky: My photographer friend provides photography...

    My photographer friend provides photography training for estate agents as a (quite lucrative) sideline, but I'm not sure if it's just about framing, lighting, and using the right lenses to make rooms...
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    Sticky: I still remember Ctrl-K-B and Ctrl-K-K to mark...

    I still remember Ctrl-K-B and Ctrl-K-K to mark the beginning and end of a block respectively; the second letter in those combinations being the first and last letters of the word "block", which was...
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: Very grey morning out,...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    Very grey morning out, and only up to 19°C so far. The weather app goes so far as to say it's "foggy", but it isn't in any normal sense of the word, or not here in the...
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    Sticky: Our (30% chance of) overnight rain has been...

    Our (30% chance of) overnight rain has been rescinded :tantrum:

    Just for a change tonight, a little Inspector Morse: Service of All the Dead (TV Episode 1987), being the third one. I don't think...
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    Sticky: Just been out the back. Feels very muggy out...

    Just been out the back. Feels very muggy out there :emb



    They're feeding us those lies too, though only 30%. I'll believe it when I see it :mad:

    A very light breeze has started coming...
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    Sticky: Tea tonight has been chicken in red wine sauce...

    Tea tonight has been chicken in red wine sauce (out of the freezer) with chips and peas. Very tasty :tongue

    No storm or similar came here in the end :ohwell
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    Sticky: We're starting to get the odd blip showing up the...

    We're starting to get the odd blip showing up the lightning map within a few miles. No thunder's made it this far yet, but it's gone rather darker than it should be at this time of the evening :)
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    Sticky: Indirect update (via our mother): no electricity,...

    Indirect update (via our mother): no electricity, no (landline) phone, and for some reason no water :confused:

    I believe that applies to everybody in the close he lives on. The insurance company...
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    Sticky: I remember when one of the local papers in...

    I remember when one of the local papers in Bedford did that around 1979, and several readers worked out what the correct grid was and sent in their hand-drawn answers anyway :eek
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    Sticky: 32° here as reported by the weather app, and the...

    32° here as reported by the weather app, and the thermometer on the coffee table is saying it's 30° there :emb
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    Sticky: :yay: Send some up here please :emb

    :yay:

    Send some up here please :emb
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    Sticky: Cheers, I'll suggest it to him when he's in touch...

    Cheers, I'll suggest it to him when he's in touch :)
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    Sticky: Afternoon :wave:

    Afternoon :wave:
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    Sticky: Yes, no electric left, which is why we aren't...

    Yes, no electric left, which is why we aren't getting any updates from him - he's having to conserve his phone battery for urgent communications with insurers and so on :frown

    I was pleased to...
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    Sticky: Teatime for us, then possibly all through the...

    Teatime for us, then possibly all through the night - not sure if I want them now after what happened to my brother :frown
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    Sticky: Maybe it's a bit hot for jam. Try them with an...

    Maybe it's a bit hot for jam. Try them with an ice lolly?
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    Sticky: Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed,...

    Exercise bicycling done, green ring closed, sweating like a pig :emb
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    Sticky: Morning denizens :wave: High but not so dense...

    Morning denizens :wave:

    High but not so dense haze here too, which means it's pretty sunny and already 22°C out :glasses

    No thunderstorm here, but my brother's house, up in the Peak District,...
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    Sticky: I thought it was OK, but not as good as the...

    I thought it was OK, but not as good as the previous two; I felt like it tried to be a bit too clever and meaningful, and that's not what one looks for in those films :ohwell

    We got skanked out of...
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    Sticky: Bed made, which is a lot easier when there's no...

    Bed made, which is a lot easier when there's no duvet on which to put the cover, but still rather more exertion than I would have chosen :emb

    But it'll be worth it when I go to bed later,...
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