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Forum: Social Forum 18th August 2019, 19:24
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Posted By stevestrat
Its horrific hearing how Mary next door's...

Its horrific hearing how Mary next door's dementia is worsening. Speaking to another neighbour earlier today, he'd phoned along looking to speak to George, Mary answered the phone. Neighbour asked if...
Forum: Social Forum 18th August 2019, 14:19
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Posted By stevestrat
The likes of the diaphragm I would put in a...

The likes of the diaphragm I would put in a kitchen (odds and sods) drawer, ain't there though. Trouble is my other half has a brain f@rt and and tidies the drawers, anything not immediately...
Forum: Social Forum 18th August 2019, 11:21
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Posted By stevestrat
Ballcock on the cold water tank isn't fully...

Ballcock on the cold water tank isn't fully shutting off again, having to leave a bathroom tap dribbling to avoid water coming out of the overflow at night or when we're out. Annoyed as I replaced...
Forum: Social Forum 17th August 2019, 14:36
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Posted By stevestrat
Tell me about it Andy. Out earlier for a bit of...

Tell me about it Andy. Out earlier for a bit of shopping, pick up a repeat of my "main" prescription and the omeprazole. Sad state of affairs coming home with more from the chemist than the shop :(
...
Forum: Social Forum 16th August 2019, 19:27
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Posted By stevestrat
Saw the vet, she checked paracetamol on the...

Saw the vet, she checked paracetamol on the official NHS system, came back as caution . . . . that's suitably vague so she's going to contact the specialist who's dealing with me and advised in the...
Forum: Social Forum 16th August 2019, 15:16
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Posted By stevestrat
I'm seeing the vet this evening, ask about the...

I'm seeing the vet this evening, ask about the omeprazole and get some kind of painkiller sorted out. Taking the paracetamol in the morning that aches etc disappeared after an hour or so, not taking...
Forum: Social Forum 15th August 2019, 20:16
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Posted By stevestrat
Evening, things have been a bit complicated,...

Evening, things have been a bit complicated, hence my absence, all due to medications etc. I'm on statins, tried several and finally found one I could live with if I took a couple of paracetamol in...
Forum: Social Forum 8th August 2019, 16:24
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Posted By stevestrat
Still recovering from last night's rain here, 60%...

Still recovering from last night's rain here, 60% of August rainfall came in the space of two hours! Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line still flooded and we're going to get thumped again tomorrow.

He had...
Forum: Social Forum 7th August 2019, 17:44
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Posted By stevestrat
Thunder and torrential rain again, been a rather...

Thunder and torrential rain again, been a rather damp afternoon.

Just been on the weather after the news, 700 lightning strikes in the Edinburgh area in the last couple of hours! On the local news...
Forum: Social Forum 7th August 2019, 15:28
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Posted By stevestrat
Middle of a thunderstorm and absolutely...

Middle of a thunderstorm and absolutely torrential rain here . . . . somewhat atmospheric when you are watching Poltergeist :eek:
Forum: Social Forum 6th August 2019, 16:53
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Posted By stevestrat
You're getting on a bit for a career as a...

You're getting on a bit for a career as a stuntman Bob. Hope the aches and pains aren't too bad.
Forum: Social Forum 6th August 2019, 14:22
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Posted By stevestrat
Nearly got caught! Rain started just as I walked...

Nearly got caught! Rain started just as I walked into Tesco, could hear it hammering on the roof, stopped by the time I came out.

Car is still there, anybody want to buy an 04 plate Evo3 :shrug:
Forum: Social Forum 6th August 2019, 11:29
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Posted By stevestrat
Get a lot of snails in the garden . . . . any I...

Get a lot of snails in the garden . . . . any I find get a free flying lesson over the front garden onto the road :D

Me other half wants lemon/honey chicken for dinner so need to go out, better do...
Forum: Social Forum 6th August 2019, 08:41
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning, was planning a bit of garden work today,...

Morning, was planning a bit of garden work today, dead heading, maybe even trim the ivy on the wall and the holly bush but its just started persisting down. Checked the Met Office website, there's a...
Forum: Social Forum 4th August 2019, 21:45
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Posted By stevestrat
Its arrived! No thunder but heavy rain.

Its arrived! No thunder but heavy rain.
Forum: Social Forum 4th August 2019, 20:38
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Every chance its heading up here. Had more rain...

Every chance its heading up here. Had more rain and enthusiastic thunder a couple of hours ago.
Forum: Social Forum 4th August 2019, 17:38
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Posted By stevestrat
So far the yellow warning for thunderstorms has...

So far the yellow warning for thunderstorms has been a bit OTT. Had some rain, a couple of almighty claps of thunder and saw one flash of lightning earlier but that's it.
Forum: Social Forum 3rd August 2019, 11:51
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Posted By stevestrat
The eye is improving Phil, no longer as painful...

The eye is improving Phil, no longer as painful just uncomfortable. As for the top lip, feels "thick" rather than numb.
Forum: Social Forum 2nd August 2019, 11:30
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Posted By stevestrat
I don't make a habit of taking paracetamol Phil...

I don't make a habit of taking paracetamol Phil but with my history and current meds I am severely restricted as to what I can take. The heart incident rules 99.9% of over the counter painkillers....
Forum: Social Forum 1st August 2019, 17:19
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Posted By stevestrat
Initially I poo pooed the insect bite/sting idea...

Initially I poo pooed the insect bite/sting idea but now I'm not so sure. No I didn't feel anything at the time but the angriest bit is very concentrated just over from the inside corner of the lower...
Forum: Social Forum 1st August 2019, 12:20
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Posted By stevestrat
I've only been on the antibiotic a couple of days...

I've only been on the antibiotic a couple of days Rich, hardly time for it to do anything. There's no walk in centre around here, only a handful of "emergency" on the day appointments at the surgery...
Forum: Social Forum 1st August 2019, 11:23
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning, phoned the surgery again, there's an...

Morning, phoned the surgery again, there's an alternative to the unobtainable eye drops at the chemist, need to collect whatever it is. Still on the max dose of paracetamol and the swelling is...
Forum: Social Forum 31st July 2019, 16:14
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Posted By stevestrat
Quite often get them ricocheting off the lounge...

Quite often get them ricocheting off the lounge window, something spooks them when they are at the feeder a few feet away. They usually fly away but occasionally one hits the window hard enough to...
Forum: Social Forum 31st July 2019, 14:11
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Posted By stevestrat
Good news Rich. I still can't get one of the...

Good news Rich.

I still can't get one of the items the GP prescribed for my eye a couple of days ago. I've got the antibiotic but the chemist can't source the eye drops. Just phoned the surgery,...
Forum: Social Forum 31st July 2019, 13:49
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Posted By stevestrat
Just done my good deed for the day. Heard a bang...

Just done my good deed for the day. Heard a bang on the lounge window, went out to find a female goldfinch stunned on the path, flew into the window, happens quite often but don't usually knock...
Forum: Social Forum 29th July 2019, 22:29
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Posted By stevestrat
The Carry On film I just have to watch every time...

The Carry On film I just have to watch every time it is on is Carry On Screaming.

I'm tanked up on paracetamol, eye is starting to ******* hurt especially at the bottom edge of the socket. Pick...
Forum: Social Forum 29th July 2019, 15:15
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Posted By stevestrat
You're far too good to that caravan, letting it...

You're far too good to that caravan, letting it sleep in a bed!
Forum: Social Forum 29th July 2019, 13:20
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Posted By stevestrat
GP reckons its either an infection or a bug...

GP reckons its either an infection or a bug bite/sting, doubt the bug bite/sting theory, I'd have noticed. Chemist doesn't have the cream or antibiotic prescribed, won't get them in til tomorrow...
Forum: Social Forum 29th July 2019, 10:29
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Posted By stevestrat
I've got rubber gloves if anyone wants an...

I've got rubber gloves if anyone wants an examination :eek:

Woke up this morning with the eye glued shut! The lower eyelid and below it are swollen, not really painful unless you bend over (must...
Forum: Social Forum 29th July 2019, 10:07
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning, eye is worse today, got an appointment...

Morning, eye is worse today, got an appointment to see the vet later.
Forum: Social Forum 28th July 2019, 18:16
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Posted By stevestrat
Unlike the BR days with it all being separate...

Unlike the BR days with it all being separate companies they won't hold a train due to the late running of somebody else's service. If you arrive late on say a LNER service its LNER's problem to get...
Forum: Social Forum 28th July 2019, 13:28
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Posted By stevestrat
Journey from hell Ian, hanging around...

Journey from hell Ian, hanging around Peterborough station you just couldn't get any relief from the heat. There's a Waitrose next to the station, it was lovely and cool in there but couldn't stay...
Forum: Social Forum 28th July 2019, 08:46
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning folks. I've joined Phil in the dodgy eye...

Morning folks. I've joined Phil in the dodgy eye club! Over the last couple of days my left eye has swollen up, the bag under the eye has turned into a suitcase :shrug: Not really painful, don't...
Forum: Social Forum 27th July 2019, 22:08
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Posted By stevestrat
If these sort of 30+ temperatures were the norm...

If these sort of 30+ temperatures were the norm the tracks would be laid to those specifications Phil. The UK uses continuous welded rail on mainlines, that's why you no longer get the clickety clack...
Forum: Social Forum 27th July 2019, 19:09
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Posted By stevestrat
Evening all. Iíve just about recovered from...

Evening all. Iíve just about recovered from Thursday, if you recall, going down to Peterborough for a funeral. What a day that turned into.

Up at half three in the morning, bus into Edinburgh for...
Forum: Social Forum 24th July 2019, 09:41
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Posted By stevestrat
Evicted a frog from the garden last night, it was...

Evicted a frog from the garden last night, it was sitting on the path next to the gate. No idea how it got there, the garden is surrounded by a 6' high wall and there's steps up from road level....
Forum: Social Forum 24th July 2019, 08:00
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning, got my wish for thunder, woke me up...

Morning, got my wish for thunder, woke me up about 4am. Been very heavy rain, all the plants in the garden look stunned and the hanging baskets (one in particular) have been battered.

Hope they...
Forum: Social Forum 23rd July 2019, 20:53
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Posted By stevestrat
According to the thermometer its cooler but...

According to the thermometer its cooler but doesn't feel it, getting very clammy as well. I hope the forecast thunder arrives and clears the air during the night.
Forum: Social Forum 23rd July 2019, 15:16
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Posted By stevestrat
According to the two thermometers in the garden...

According to the two thermometers in the garden its 28C in the shade and 36C in direct sunlight. Its not pleasant out there!
Forum: Social Forum 23rd July 2019, 11:59
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Posted By stevestrat
Dear God its hot here, cooler outside in the...

Dear God its hot here, cooler outside in the breeze if you can stay in the shade.

Having to rake away down to a funeral in Peterborough on Thursday, on the day when record temperatures are...
Forum: Social Forum 22nd July 2019, 12:24
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Posted By stevestrat
I had stomach problems years ago. Tests, camera...

I had stomach problems years ago. Tests, camera down the throat etc, eventually they decided it was IBS . . . . struck me as the medical equivalent of shrugging your shoulders, a term covering any...
Forum: Social Forum 21st July 2019, 19:10
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Posted By stevestrat
Hope she's ok Rich.

Hope she's ok Rich.
Forum: Social Forum 21st July 2019, 14:21
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I don't want to be the bearer of bad news Rod, my...

I don't want to be the bearer of bad news Rod, my father seemed to get rid of it but in my mother's case it cleared then reappeared several times.
Forum: Social Forum 20th July 2019, 10:46
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Posted By stevestrat
Mornin', rain is hammering down again, heavy...

Mornin', rain is hammering down again, heavy showers.

Telly was a bit naff last night so decided to have a look at "Chernobyl", I'd downloaded it a couple of weeks ago. Ended up binge watching...
Forum: Social Forum 19th July 2019, 17:57
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Posted By stevestrat
Started here 20-30 minutes ago. Actually a yellow...

Started here 20-30 minutes ago. Actually a yellow warning for thunderstorms from 19:00 tonight til 10:00 tomorrow morning.
Forum: Social Forum 18th July 2019, 19:44
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Posted By stevestrat
Oh deep joy! We have three clover leaf shaped...

Oh deep joy! We have three clover leaf shaped garden containers in amongst the stuff left by my folks. They're stackable, put a pole down the middle and they lock together, simple . . . . oh no its...
Forum: Social Forum 18th July 2019, 14:55
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Posted By stevestrat
Both my parents had labarynthitis, thankfully it...

Both my parents had labarynthitis, thankfully it never affected me. Its an inflammation of the nerve in the inner ear, affects balance etc. They used to describe it as a constant feeling of...
Forum: Social Forum 15th July 2019, 13:31
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Posted By stevestrat
OK, where the hell is Whirlwy Bay, sounds like...

OK, where the hell is Whirlwy Bay, sounds like Wales :shrug: I presume Whitley Bay but your typing finger wasn't listening to your brain :D
Forum: Social Forum 15th July 2019, 11:10
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Posted By stevestrat
Server must have gone into shock. Rod . . . ....

Server must have gone into shock. Rod . . . . 05:55 . . . . error . . . . cannot compute......

Sad, that's my neighbour gone into respite care (dementia) for a week :(
Forum: Social Forum 14th July 2019, 20:38
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Posted By stevestrat
Don't see sparrows very often now and as for...

Don't see sparrows very often now and as for starlings, used to be squadrons of them around here but I honestly can't remember when I last saw one.
Forum: Social Forum 14th July 2019, 11:44
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Posted By stevestrat
Just been standing watching the bird feeders, its...

Just been standing watching the bird feeders, its mental out there! Four feeders, three with sunflower hearts, one with suet balls. around and queuing for the seeds are various t1ts, greenfinches,...
Forum: Social Forum 13th July 2019, 13:00
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Posted By stevestrat
Wait til its older then ride it back!

Wait til its older then ride it back!
Forum: Social Forum 12th July 2019, 20:18
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Posted By stevestrat
Who's driving the rear loco coz it ain't you....

Who's driving the rear loco coz it ain't you. Class 47s were never fitted for multiple working.

Saw something amazing today, rarely see a rat now that I've "eliminated" most of them but one...
Forum: Social Forum 10th July 2019, 22:11
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The scarring it causes isn't reversible and you...

The scarring it causes isn't reversible and you can't pop a pill for it, all you can do at the moment is try to limit further damage. No alcohol, I don't drink anyway; limit salt intake, I use very...
Forum: Social Forum 10th July 2019, 10:26
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning folks. Yesterday was not a good day, to...

Morning folks. Yesterday was not a good day, to start with said goodbye to my old 1.8T which had been slowly decomposing since my health stopped my attempts to get it back on the road.

The...
Forum: Social Forum 5th July 2019, 18:02
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Posted By stevestrat
Kettle packed in and my other half wanted a...

Kettle packed in and my other half wanted a whistling cooker top one instead of a "normal" electric kettle . . . . I don't like it! Its slow and despite boiling/emptying it several times before using...
Forum: Social Forum 29th June 2019, 19:30
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Posted By stevestrat
Bleedin' internet keeps dropping out, must be the...

Bleedin' internet keeps dropping out, must be the weather :shrug:There are still birds at the feeders, wouldn't want to frighten them.

I was channel surfing last night and came across a prog on...
Forum: Social Forum 29th June 2019, 19:08
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Posted By stevestrat
Only been a couple of real blatters of rain, the...

Only been a couple of real blatters of rain, the initial thunderstorm that scattered the girls (except Suzy!) and another (no thunder) not long ago. Other than that its been steady "good for the...
Forum: Social Forum 29th June 2019, 18:12
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Posted By stevestrat
Had a couple of really heavy showers here with...

Had a couple of really heavy showers here with thunder. Been hearing thunder in the distance for a while, thought I saw a flash immediately followed by thunder that rattled the house, Maya ran to the...
Forum: Social Forum 28th June 2019, 18:26
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Posted By stevestrat
Should have asked a Flight Attendant to open a...

Should have asked a Flight Attendant to open a window!
Forum: Social Forum 28th June 2019, 15:18
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I find flying incredibly boring, especially long...

I find flying incredibly boring, especially long haul. Hours with your ass welded to a seat eating plastic food in plastic containers, yer bumhole heals up! I can't sleep on a plane, doze but not...
Forum: Social Forum 28th June 2019, 13:06
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Posted By stevestrat
You'll qualify for the frequent visitor discount!...

You'll qualify for the frequent visitor discount!

Went to water the garden this morning, pulled the trigger on the spray "gun" and it self destructed :( Had to use another that was lying in the...
Forum: Social Forum 27th June 2019, 19:18
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Posted By stevestrat
Been hovering Rod. As well as the obvious stuff...

Been hovering Rod. As well as the obvious stuff some of the things my neighbour is telling me are hellish. He has a hell of a job getting her to bed but when she wakes up, irrespective of what time...
Forum: Social Forum 27th June 2019, 18:34
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Posted By stevestrat
My heart goes out to my elderly neighbours, guess...

My heart goes out to my elderly neighbours, guess they're in their late 70s/early 80s. He doesn't like sitting around, always keeps himself busy, his wife is now deteriorating rapidly with dementia....
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2019, 10:57
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Posted By stevestrat
Probably is in Lancashire.

Probably is in Lancashire.
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2019, 10:16
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I have an appointment Phil but its been put back...

I have an appointment Phil but its been put back til October! The receptionist printed a copy of the letter that I didn't get, what I don't know is if the appointment was rescheduled before or after...
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2019, 09:11
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Posted By stevestrat
Thank you Ian, I now have a deeply disturbing...

Thank you Ian, I now have a deeply disturbing vision of you wandering around the house naked from the waist down :eek:
Forum: Social Forum 19th June 2019, 08:57
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Morning all. I wasn't overly bothered the...

Morning all.

I wasn't overly bothered the results hadn't appeared as I knew I had the appointment coming up anyway Phil but now I'll need to chase them up to find out if anything was discovered....
Forum: Social Forum 18th June 2019, 18:50
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I rarely criticise the NHS but the GI Unit at the...

I rarely criticise the NHS but the GI Unit at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary leaves a lot to be desired. I had a liver biopsy a few weeks ago and was told I'd get the result in writing, nothing...
Forum: Social Forum 14th June 2019, 20:42
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Posted By stevestrat
Cheers Rod. One day I might talk about what's...

Cheers Rod. One day I might talk about what's going on.

For Ian's info, the battle with long tails in the garden is ongoing! No more Mr Nice Guy, got the air rifle out but couldn't understand why...
Forum: Social Forum 14th June 2019, 19:50
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Posted By stevestrat
I know there has been a lot of concern about my...

I know there has been a lot of concern about my absence, that means a lot guys but to borrow a line from Monty Python And The Holy Grail . . . . ďIím not dead!Ē:D

Life is very complicated just now...
Forum: Social Forum 20th April 2019, 11:47
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The warmth has finally arrived here. One...

The warmth has finally arrived here. One drawback, I've already evicted three wasps from the kitchen.
Forum: Social Forum 19th April 2019, 19:06
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That's not a train, its a bus with ambitions.

That's not a train, its a bus with ambitions.
Forum: Social Forum 19th April 2019, 15:43
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Sunny here, warmer than it has been but still the...

Sunny here, warmer than it has been but still the cool breeze. Went out earlier, idiots going around in Tshirt and shorts, its warmer but not Tshirt and shorts warmer.
Forum: Social Forum 19th April 2019, 11:00
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I'd be careful, access to grass can completely...

I'd be careful, access to grass can completely change a cat.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33764756928_6c664fb96c.jpg
Forum: Social Forum 19th April 2019, 08:16
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Brilliant sunshine here but cold again.

Brilliant sunshine here but cold again.
Forum: Social Forum 18th April 2019, 20:49
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I'd never have thought cats had the dexterity to...

I'd never have thought cats had the dexterity to roll a joint :shrug:
Forum: Social Forum 18th April 2019, 20:14
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Been a nice enough day here but never warm,...

Been a nice enough day here but never warm, breeze from the east made sure of that.
Forum: Social Forum 18th April 2019, 15:02
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I'm a bit closer than 40 miles! Just took this...

I'm a bit closer than 40 miles! Just took this from the garden gate:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/33759119668_70c4e757b6.jpg

Not the sea as such but the Forth Estuary.
Forum: Social Forum 18th April 2019, 13:06
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Shorts are ok just as long as he doesn't dust off...

Shorts are ok just as long as he doesn't dust off his mankini :eek:

Bright and sunny here but a decidedly cool breeze coming off the sea.
Forum: Social Forum 17th April 2019, 19:45
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Posted By stevestrat
Getting a bit peeved. I have Advanced System Care...

Getting a bit peeved. I have Advanced System Care (ASC) on the laptop, maintenance tool, one click runs multiple maintenance functions. Since the latest update my antivirus (Avast) keeps nabbing it...
Forum: Social Forum 16th April 2019, 21:22
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Posted By stevestrat
I know a lot of the first category and the...

I know a lot of the first category and the majority of them qualify for the second category :D
Forum: Social Forum 16th April 2019, 17:38
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I'd rather not but you've already planted the...

I'd rather not but you've already planted the vision :panic:

Holly tree trimmed today.
Forum: Social Forum 15th April 2019, 23:15
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Heavy train, wet rail, poor driving technique!...

Heavy train, wet rail, poor driving technique! Anti slip on a 37 was basic, if wheelslip is detected it reduces the fuel supply, wheelslip stops fuel supply resumes, slips again unless the driver...
Forum: Social Forum 15th April 2019, 20:04
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I wonder why they blame diesel trains for...

I wonder why they blame diesel trains for pollution :shrug:

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Forum: Social Forum 15th April 2019, 17:34
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If you have a pressure washer, DIY colonic...

If you have a pressure washer, DIY colonic irrigation might help :eek:
Forum: Social Forum 15th April 2019, 14:11
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Worked them hard here, knew every nut and bolt on...

Worked them hard here, knew every nut and bolt on them, had seven (26001-7) dedicated to local coal workings, between mines and the local power station. They were fitted with slow speed control (0.5...
Forum: Social Forum 15th April 2019, 10:42
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Dodgy pies at Walworth Castle yesterday Rich?

Dodgy pies at Walworth Castle yesterday Rich?
Forum: Social Forum 15th April 2019, 07:53
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Morning, dry but cool here. Done my good deed for...

Morning, dry but cool here. Done my good deed for the day already, wee Coal T1t flew into the kitchen, got it and put it back outside. Flew off once it had gathered its wits again.
Forum: Social Forum 14th April 2019, 17:22
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Posted By stevestrat
37s were reasonably stable. If you want to see a...

37s were reasonably stable. If you want to see a bit of rock and roll check out the class 26 (see vid below). They were common up here, God knows how many times I drove them. Used to roll just...
Forum: Social Forum 13th April 2019, 21:38
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I though Roy Orbison was dead! Seriously...

I though Roy Orbison was dead!

Seriously though, you have my sympathy Phil, nothing worse than an ailment that keeps you from sleeping, been there when my shoulder was at its worst.
Forum: Social Forum 13th April 2019, 19:42
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Been out with the hedge trimmer again today. Did...

Been out with the hedge trimmer again today. Did a couple of bushes, trimmed, lifted the clippings then out with the garden vac . . . . then my back said ENOUGH! Just the holly tree still to do, did...
Forum: Social Forum 13th April 2019, 18:09
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Here's the full set: Introduction -...

Here's the full set:
Introduction - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_3KLtQvHkA&t=16s
Driving - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS5xiM0LYtA
Faults - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCQKvEy6jVs...
Forum: Social Forum 13th April 2019, 17:29
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Never drove DMUs (101 etc) and never particularly...

Never drove DMUs (101 etc) and never particularly wanted to :D There's an old BR training film about the DMU fault finding on Youtube, driver tackles a fault then has another and another etc, its...
Forum: Social Forum 12th April 2019, 20:46
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Class 45, used to get them a lot on the...

Class 45, used to get them a lot on the north-south freights, they were like riding a bucking bronco, bouncy as hell. Got a lap full of hot tea on one once! I was still a 2nd man, coming back from...
Forum: Social Forum 12th April 2019, 16:29
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Posted By stevestrat
Spent about three hours trimming the ivy on the...

Spent about three hours trimming the ivy on the garden wall, about 9 or 10 feet high. Since I had all the bother with my shoulder swinging heavy things around (like the hedge trimmer) is...
Forum: Social Forum 11th April 2019, 16:53
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Posted By stevestrat
Don't have any grass in the garden and certainly...

Don't have any grass in the garden and certainly don't miss it. In the last place always regarded mowing the grass as a chore, neighbour on the other hand had his like the green at a gold course.
Forum: Social Forum 10th April 2019, 19:50
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Posted By stevestrat
Not so keen on making an appearance before it...

Not so keen on making an appearance before it gets dark since I sent a lead pellet zinging past its ear the other evening. The food supply near the tunnel will soon dry up after moving the feeders....
Forum: Social Forum 10th April 2019, 18:25
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Birds are confused, where's the food gone. I'll...

Birds are confused, where's the food gone. I'll need to put a signpost up :D

I've removed the trap from the rat box and placed two packs of rat poison in the compartments, its inaccessible to the...
Forum: Social Forum 10th April 2019, 13:56
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Shed tidied, or should I say all my stuff has...

Shed tidied, or should I say all my stuff has been moved to the garage! Also moved the bird feeders to the opposite end of the garden away from the tunnel complex!
Forum: Social Forum 10th April 2019, 11:04
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Been "instructed" to tidy the shed. Trying to...

Been "instructed" to tidy the shed. Trying to build up the enthusiasm.
Forum: Social Forum 10th April 2019, 08:18
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Posted By stevestrat
I'm like that every morning Rich.

I'm like that every morning Rich.
Forum: Social Forum 10th April 2019, 08:03
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Morning, white with frost here :eek:

Morning, white with frost here :eek:
Forum: Social Forum 9th April 2019, 17:08
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Who ever wrote up the info sheet cocked up, as I...

Who ever wrote up the info sheet cocked up, as I said no mention of aspirin and apparently you are supposed to fast before the procedure, no mention of that either.
Forum: Social Forum 9th April 2019, 16:27
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Posted By stevestrat
Well, the biopsy . . . . never happened :eek: I...

Well, the biopsy . . . . never happened :eek: I got a letter about the appointment few weeks ago, it advised to read the enclosed information sheet, had to phone up to get them to send one. Info...
Forum: Social Forum 8th April 2019, 20:53
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Posted By stevestrat
ITS WAR :flame: As you know, for a while...

ITS WAR :flame:

As you know, for a while I've suspected long tails in the walled raised part of the garden, saw two of the hairy little bast.... tonight, bold as brass, under the bird feeders...
Forum: Social Forum 8th April 2019, 19:47
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Google play store has never worked on my mobile,...

Google play store has never worked on my mobile, wouldn't open. I found a fix . . . . good move and bad move, been an hour updating just about everything in the phone.
Forum: Social Forum 8th April 2019, 18:26
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Posted By stevestrat
Nick at Austin Garages is extremely well spoken...

Nick at Austin Garages is extremely well spoken about over on the 260 forum Rev. He'll sort you out.
Forum: Social Forum 8th April 2019, 18:15
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Posted By stevestrat
Welcome to the asylum, collect your straight...

Welcome to the asylum, collect your straight jacket and leave any sharp objects at the entrance.
Forum: Social Forum 7th April 2019, 18:58
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Posted By stevestrat
Those with Yahoo email will know if there's...

Those with Yahoo email will know if there's nothing in your inbox it shows a video, occasionally the video goes amiss and the message "something went wrong" shows. Just checked, empty inbox but a...
Forum: Social Forum 7th April 2019, 17:50
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Posted By stevestrat
Had another go at a rice pudding, not perfect but...

Had another go at a rice pudding, not perfect but a hell of a lot better than the first attempt.
Forum: Social Forum 7th April 2019, 12:14
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Posted By stevestrat
Had to go for a bit of shopping, its bl00dy...

Had to go for a bit of shopping, its bl00dy horrible out there! Cold, heavy drizzle and windy, windy enough to make a brolly pointless. Home again and no intentions of going out again.
Forum: Social Forum 7th April 2019, 08:17
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Morning, weather much the same as last night,...

Morning, weather much the same as last night, very damp and misty.
Forum: Social Forum 6th April 2019, 19:01
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Posted By stevestrat
I'm lurking around Rich.

I'm lurking around Rich.
Forum: Social Forum 5th April 2019, 15:46
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Not good today. This liver biopsy next week is...

Not good today. This liver biopsy next week is starting to get to me, not the procedure itself but the potential consequences of the results. Barely eating and not sleeping. My mind keeps going back...
Forum: Social Forum 4th April 2019, 08:38
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning. Been more than a little rain overnight,...

Morning. Been more than a little rain overnight, almighty hail shower just before going to bed and heavy rain all night by the look of it.
Forum: Social Forum 3rd April 2019, 14:53
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Posted By stevestrat
It ain't gettin' up again! Years ago, when I...

It ain't gettin' up again!

Years ago, when I was still with my folks here, we had bother with a barmy crow pulling the mastic off the outside of the window frames! My father was in the agriculture...
Forum: Social Forum 3rd April 2019, 13:16
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Ah ain't seed it but ah is a ready fur it! ...

Ah ain't seed it but ah is a ready fur it!

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Forum: Social Forum 3rd April 2019, 10:09
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Wind has died down but the rain is chucking it...

Wind has died down but the rain is chucking it down now.
Forum: Social Forum 3rd April 2019, 08:34
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Rain here but its falling as snow down in the...

Rain here but its falling as snow down in the Borders. Current image from the traffic camera at Carter Bar:

https://live.staticflickr.com/7847/47527518241_9ba4715ed8.jpg
Forum: Social Forum 3rd April 2019, 08:19
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Posted By stevestrat
Morning, wet and wild here. Rain and a strong...

Morning, wet and wild here. Rain and a strong wind, bleedin' cold with it.
Forum: Social Forum 2nd April 2019, 18:12
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Been feeling rough all day. Didn't sleep well and...

Been feeling rough all day. Didn't sleep well and felt like I'd had a kicking when I got up. Haven't been able to shake it off at all.
Forum: Social Forum 1st April 2019, 10:05
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Posted By stevestrat
Seriously considering getting somebody in about...

Seriously considering getting somebody in about whatever is tunnelling under a section of the garden. The hole I keep filling in reappeared, filled it with stones and covered the general area with a...
Forum: Social Forum 31st March 2019, 11:36
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Posted By stevestrat
Bright and sunny but the temperature has nose...

Bright and sunny but the temperature has nose dived.
Forum: Social Forum 30th March 2019, 15:07
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Some people would pay money for that . . . . Jeff...

Some people would pay money for that . . . . Jeff comes to mind for some reason :whip:
Forum: Social Forum 29th March 2019, 13:08
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Missed call on my mobile . . . . from the United...

Missed call on my mobile . . . . from the United Arab Emirates :shrug: Like I'm going to call that back!
Forum: Social Forum 28th March 2019, 19:48
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The procedure isn't bothering me, the reason for...

The procedure isn't bothering me, the reason for it is! I presume there's some kind of sedation involved as I have to hang about for several hours after.

Shoulda seen the other guy :box:
Forum: Social Forum 27th March 2019, 16:08
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Thank God the MRI was good news. Hopefully the...

Thank God the MRI was good news. Hopefully the additional meds will help with the pain. I'm ok Phil, couple of busy weeks coming up, blood test, diabetic review then they want me in for a liver...
Forum: Social Forum 27th March 2019, 08:11
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Morning, cloudy but dry and a bit milder here.

Morning, cloudy but dry and a bit milder here.
Forum: Social Forum 26th March 2019, 14:52
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Nipped along to the local Co-op for some odds and...

Nipped along to the local Co-op for some odds and ends and found seven quids worth of pork joint for three quid in the discount section so having an unplanned roast tonight.
Forum: Social Forum 26th March 2019, 12:53
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Least you're getting something for the pain Phil...

Least you're getting something for the pain Phil although I'd have thought it would have been a bit more heavy duty than paracetamol and codeine.
Forum: Social Forum 26th March 2019, 12:38
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Well, whether its mice or rats that are helping...

Well, whether its mice or rats that are helping themselves and damaging the bird feeders this should give them something to contend with :D
...
Forum: Social Forum 26th March 2019, 10:08
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When I went to bed last night there was a...

When I went to bed last night there was a helicopter flying around, searchlight on, circling to the south of the cottages. Too small for a rescue helicopter so presume police, haven't found anything...
Forum: Social Forum 26th March 2019, 08:06
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Bright and sunny here but by no means warm. To...

Bright and sunny here but by no means warm. To add to my sleeping woes, the last few days the girls have decided 7am is a good time to wake up :(
Forum: Social Forum 25th March 2019, 19:13
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God Phil, you're going through the mill just now.

God Phil, you're going through the mill just now.
Forum: Social Forum 25th March 2019, 18:26
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There are some d**kheads on this planet! I was...

There are some d**kheads on this planet! I was looking at a phone on Ebay, not working. Curious about what the problem is (could be a relatively simple fix) I sent a message "Evening, any more...
Forum: Social Forum 25th March 2019, 08:15
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Make the most of it before Jeff arrives in the...

Make the most of it before Jeff arrives in the area Andy.

Bright and sunny here, decidedly cool though.
Forum: Social Forum 24th March 2019, 17:04
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Well, it was "ok" but think I cooked it too long....

Well, it was "ok" but think I cooked it too long. Instructions were a bit vague, 90-120 minutes, next time it'll be nearer the 90.
Forum: Social Forum 24th March 2019, 14:29
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Inspired by Les' baking thread I'm having a go at...

Inspired by Les' baking thread I'm having a go at an old fashioned home made rice pud with sultanas like my mother used to make. See what comes out of the oven in about 90 mins.
Forum: Social Forum 24th March 2019, 10:34
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Haven't decided what I'm doing today but the...

Haven't decided what I'm doing today but the decision will be ruled by a strong and bleedin' cold wind, rain blowing about in it as well. Need to go out at some point and get food for the girls...
Forum: Social Forum 24th March 2019, 10:18
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Some of those old public information films would...

Some of those old public information films would give you nightmares, especially "The Spirit Of Dark And Lonely Water":

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Forum: Social Forum 23rd March 2019, 17:31
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First I've sat down about noon! Did some weeding...

First I've sat down about noon! Did some weeding in the front garden but it got a bit parky for gardening. Came in, finally decided to set the kitchen clock to the correct time, couple of minutes...
Forum: Social Forum 23rd March 2019, 11:42
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Posted By stevestrat
I replaced my HP printer because of the cost of...

I replaced my HP printer because of the cost of the cartridges, extortionate! Now have a Canon, ink is much more reasonable.
Forum: Social Forum 22nd March 2019, 17:05
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I'm not big on oil at all, only thing I fry is an...

I'm not big on oil at all, only thing I fry is an occasional steak and that's done in a little in unsalted butter. Rarely have chips, if I do its oven chips (partial to Tesco's triple cooked ones!),...
Forum: Social Forum 22nd March 2019, 16:48
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Phil, didn't you know the club is now sponsored...

Phil, didn't you know the club is now sponsored by Kelloggs and any reference to competitor's products will be deleted :D
Forum: Social Forum 22nd March 2019, 16:30
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Oh I've done that before! L-o-n-g string of...

Oh I've done that before! L-o-n-g string of expletives very rapidly followed by a drop kick :rant:
Forum: Social Forum 22nd March 2019, 13:06
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Shih Tzus are notoriously fussy eaters, on top of...

Shih Tzus are notoriously fussy eaters, on top of that have to keep varying their food or they get bored with it. Maya on the other hand, her "nickname" is Dyson because anything Suzy or Pops leave...
Forum: Social Forum 22nd March 2019, 11:01
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Weetabix! If I tried to give the girls Weetabix...

Weetabix! If I tried to give the girls Weetabix I'd get the "what's this cr@p look" :D
Forum: Social Forum 21st March 2019, 18:57
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Ok, I have "something" living (tunnelling) under...

Ok, I have "something" living (tunnelling) under a walled section of the garden. There's a hole, too big for mice, at the base of a Japanese Holly Bush and other holes appear occasionally. The other...
Forum: Social Forum 20th March 2019, 17:27
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Got a surprise at the chemist. I take loperamide...

Got a surprise at the chemist. I take loperamide because of the metformin I'm on. Didn't bother the GP about it, just get the generic stuff over the counter, fraction of the price of brand names like...
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