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1 August is Horses' Birthday in the Southern Hemisphere. As a present, this year racing authorities have introduced a compulsory retirement age of 13 for race horses.The older horses were mainly running around bush tracks and often, were only still racing because they helped to calm the younger horses during the loading and travel to race meetings.

 

The new pension age means retirement for Star of Universe, after 196 races.  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-01/star-of-the-universe-racehorse-retires-after-196-starts/6665434?WT.ac=statenews_nsw

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Phillips screws have no redeeming features and should be banned.

 

I take it you don't have an electric screwdriver or cordless drill.

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I take it you don't have an electric screwdriver or cordless drill.

Electric screwdrivers and cordless drills should also be banned. Unless you are trade and they use torx. As should we all.

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This week, like every other week, pubs all across Leeds will have customers playing pool.

 

On just about every table the only balls available for play will be white red yellow and black.

;)B)

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The likelihood of going 10 meals in Victorian England without some form of crippling bowel contortions was virtually non existent.

Edited by C H Calthrop

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The Daily Mail vocabulary contains 3 words "ample", "assets" and "cleavage"

Plus three more words: "all", "grown" and "up".

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Tomorrow I'm off for my annual trip to the Great British Beer Festival at London's Olympia.   :drinks:

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The Mirror's website tag is "The Intelligent Tabloid".

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The Mirror's website tag is "The Intelligent Tabloid".

 

As in T.I.T.?

 

Sorry.

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Big storm outside. Lots of rain.

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When I got home tonight I discovered that we had a maggot problem in our back garden near our bin.  By "problem" I mean it was like a horror story with swarming maggots.  I'm a relatively robust ex-squaddie with few fears in the world but maggots make me really unhappy.  Genuinely no idea what got them, maybe a gap in the bin lid two days before our fortnightly black bin collection after a scorchingly hot weekend.  About 20 boiling kettles of water killing them then I checked the bin.  My maggot-rage was high by this time so I decided to escalate to chemical warfare and bleach the bin with a bit of boiling water to get fumes going.  After doing this with a smug grin, I quickly lost the grin when I remembered I put a full tray of used cat litter in the bin earlier today, all cat pee ammonia'd up, probably unintentionally creating something more dangerous than I planned.  So... step back, make sure there was nothing seriously hazardous and monitor up-wind from the bin.

 

Ah well... all's well that ends well, it's a maggot graveyard out there now, I'll blast them clear with the hose in the morning.

 

In fact, it's not all well, psychologically I'm itchy all over thinking the little blighters are crawling over me.  Good luck with me falling asleep tonight.

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Nope, given up.  I have a decent sized glass of whisky now.

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I think I may get a good bit of reading done tonight.

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I think I may get a good bit of reading done tonight.

Lord of the Flies?

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When I got home tonight I discovered that we had a maggot problem in our back garden near our bin.  By "problem" I mean it was like a horror story with swarming maggots. 

This happened to us the other week. I couldn't believe how many maggots were in our brown "green" recycling bin, esp as it's collected every two weeks. Out came the bleach and in the bin it went. The next thing was a mass exodus of maggots from the bin falling onto the drive and road. Feeling fairly embarrassed about it I poured some more bleach all the way round the top of the inside of the bin to stop them climbing up. The stomach churning stench was horrendous.

 

After there was seemingly no life left in there, I did a major grass cut, emptied half the cuttings into another brown bin, tipped the maggot soup bin on top of the first lot of grass cuttings, then dumped the final amount of grass on the top of it all.

 

It didn't stop me retching but seemed to cut down the stench and the recycling lorry took it all away a few days later.

 

Apparently, to stop any maggot infestations occurring in your food waste bin, you can buy degradable paper bags to but the food in first before it goes in the bin. This begs the question, how far do you go to be an upstanding recycling citizen, when plenty of folk still chuck cans and bottles in the regular none recycling bin?

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As someone who had ducks, chooks, geese, turkeys, cats and dogs for the last 20 years, I can't remember the last time I had any putrescible waste. Maggots? Wait till one of the neighbour's cows drops dead in your back paddock.

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The most disgusting thing I have ever smelled was maggot farm waste. It didn't look too clever, either.

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The historic slave trade: This is morbidly fascinating.

 

'Of the more than 10 million enslaved Africans to eventually reach the Western Hemisphere, just 388,747—less than 4 percent of the total—came to North America. This was dwarfed by the 1.3 million brought to Spanish Central America, the 4 million brought to British, French, Dutch, and Danish holdings in the Caribbean, and the 4.8 million brought to Brazil.'

 

 

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/06/animated_interactive_of_the_history_of_the_atlantic_slave_trade.html

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This happened to us the other week. I couldn't believe how many maggots were in our brown "green" recycling bin, esp as it's collected every two weeks. Out came the bleach and in the bin it went. The next thing was a mass exodus of maggots from the bin falling onto the drive and road. Feeling fairly embarrassed about it I poured some more bleach all the way round the top of the inside of the bin to stop them climbing up. The stomach churning stench was horrendous.

 

After there was seemingly no life left in there, I did a major grass cut, emptied half the cuttings into another brown bin, tipped the maggot soup bin on top of the first lot of grass cuttings, then dumped the final amount of grass on the top of it all.

 

It didn't stop me retching but seemed to cut down the stench and the recycling lorry took it all away a few days later.

 

Apparently, to stop any maggot infestations occurring in your food waste bin, you can buy degradable paper bags to but the food in first before it goes in the bin. This begs the question, how far do you go to be an upstanding recycling citizen, when plenty of folk still chuck cans and bottles in the regular none recycling bin?

On the last point, our council doesn't collect bottles as part of recycling and the nearest bottle bank is a privately owned for-profit one on the Tesco car park.  Apparently too many broken bottles in the recycling pile has made it dangerous for the recycling staff. It does annoy me that I have to go out of my way to recycle bottles just so someone else can make a profit.  The council shut down half of the council waste and recycling yards meaning ours is a long way away and has long queues to get in. 

 

We regularly put out our blue recycling bin full to the limits, inc crushed down boxes and plastic bottles but we have some neighbours who seem to skip recycling bin weeks.  Do they not recycle or are they just more efficient?

 

My elderly neighbour's view is that she's paid for the goods so why should she go to the effort of making them fit to recycle?  Her view is that if they want her to recycle then she should see something from it, the example she uses is glass bottles where she thinks there should be a price levy on each bottle that the customer can reclaim by returning cleaned ones to certain stores.

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Lord of the Flies?

No, but I did have a dream about a maggoty version of Aliens with them swarming my autoguns and closing in on our position in an unstoppable swarm.  I think the facehugger maggot will really become part of a long-term issue for me when I see a maggot now :(

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