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53 minutes ago, tonyXIII said:

Any water left in it? I thought United Utilities, who get a lot of their (?) water from the Lake District, were predicting the impending desertification of the entire North West recently?

PS. Glad you enjoyed your paddle.

 

Strangely, it was full.

Brexit. 

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27 minutes ago, Northern Eel said:

Strangely, it was full.

Brexit. 

Not surprised , Noah’s been knocking an arc up recently here  even as the heatwave swept the country 

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I came home for lunch (dinner) today to see a dead dog on my neighbours lawn.

They are away on holiday so I phoned the council. I opted for the street cleansing option and obviously got the right department.

I explained the situation and the operator said she needed to ask a few questions.

The usual name address contact number malarkey and she asked me to describe the dog.

"Can you describe it"?

"Brown medium size"

"What breed"?

"Does it matter what breed it is? Its brown and dead, believe me there is no possibility of you removing the wrong dead dog"

"Oh, ok we will get someone out within an hour."

I don't know what time they got here but it had gone by tea time

 

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11 hours ago, ckn said:

A freeloading spider doesn't get squatter's rights in this house.  I'm not without sympathy, it can have the garage or shed all to itself, there's far more food for it there and I'm far less likely to be disturbed by a scream from my wife if they just stay out.

Spray your thresholds with at mixture of eucalyptus oil and water. Usually keeps the spiders out.

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8 minutes ago, getdownmonkeyman said:

Spray your thresholds with at mixture of eucalyptus oil and water. Usually keeps the spiders out.

I’d much rather have a few spiders around than flies. We live right at the edge of the countryside so flies, mozzies and all sorts of other small flying things come in if we leave windows open. A well placed spider web is nature’s filter. 

I have an irrational dislike for flies, especially the big ones, the wife has an irrational dislike for spiders. That means, of course, that we tolerate the occasional fly but spiders get escorted out as soon as they’re seen. This is peak spider time as the summer starts to turn to autumn. 

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I'm seriously considering packing in the office job, going back to Uni for a year and becoming a teacher!

I'm seriously considering buying some land and building a shipping container house!

It's all happening!

 

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4 hours ago, MattSantos said:

I'm seriously considering packing in the office job, going back to Uni for a year and becoming a teacher!

I'm seriously considering buying some land and building a shipping container house!

It's all happening!

 

What is it in particular that makes you want to do this? Your life will change immeasurably. 

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5 hours ago, MattSantos said:

I'm seriously considering packing in the office job, going back to Uni for a year and becoming a teacher!

I'm seriously considering buying some land and building a shipping container house!

It's all happening!

 

I've often thought I'd love to go into teaching, if not for the actual hours worked and the stats about new entrants leaving. I've volunteered to give lessons in schools a few times and really enjoyed it 

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Lidl:

1kg Greek Yogurt £1.36

500g Greek yogurt £1.39

& we talk about food wastage being abhorrent. Guess which I bought, yes, 1kg. Then when it goes green I will let the gulls have it.

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Look out Lewes. I'm there tomorrow sorting out you bus/train tickets,,,,, all week.

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On 8/16/2018 at 10:15 AM, tonyXIII said:

By evicting this poor spider, has Craig just destroyed his moderator's "spidey sense"?

Things might never be the same round here.

 

Well I at least know I’m not welcome at CKN’s house

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22 hours ago, Saint 1 said:

I've often thought I'd love to go into teaching, if not for the actual hours worked and the stats about new entrants leaving. I've volunteered to give lessons in schools a few times and really enjoyed it 

Its no where near the same, but i had 18 months teaching English in Seoul and loved it. My next step is actual research into what jobs are available etc.

22 hours ago, Northern Eel said:

What is it in particular that makes you want to do this? Your life will change immeasurably. 

I work for an investment bank. The hours cant be worse, the pressure cant be worse. My job is moving to India, so im taking the money and running. I could easily get a quite well paid job when i want, but why bother. Ive 0 interest in money and indeed looking for a lifestyle change. We shall see. 

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Dear Diary,

Whilst at the inlaws helping sort through my father in laws papers I've found this actual paper diary documenting the Frome Police and Trowbridge Military (home guard I presume!) activities, from June 1940 to June 1941;

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15 hours ago, MattSantos said:

Its no where near the same, but i had 18 months teaching English in Seoul and loved it. My next step is actual research into what jobs are available etc.

I work for an investment bank. The hours cant be worse, the pressure cant be worse. My job is moving to India, so im taking the money and running. I could easily get a quite well paid job when i want, but why bother. Ive 0 interest in money and indeed looking for a lifestyle change. We shall see. 

Great to hear you’re contemplating giving it a go, but Imwouldnt be totally sure you will find what you are looking for in terms of hours and pressure. If it’s purely down to a love of seeing children flourish, that’d more suit your choice, i’d say. The profession is on its knees and you’d be very warmly welcomed. 

 

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15 hours ago, MattSantos said:

Its no where near the same, but i had 18 months teaching English in Seoul and loved it. My next step is actual research into what jobs are available etc.

I work for an investment bank. The hours cant be worse, the pressure cant be worse. My job is moving to India, so im taking the money and running. I could easily get a quite well paid job when i want, but why bother. Ive 0 interest in money and indeed looking for a lifestyle change. We shall see. 

Do it , plain and simple 

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Our holiday is booked and paid for. Sorrento for two weeks. The wife finally has permission to fly two years after her hospital stay. 

I don’t like wishing time away but October...

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3 hours ago, ckn said:

Our holiday is booked and paid for. Sorrento for two weeks. The wife finally has permission to fly two years after her hospital stay. 

I don’t like wishing time away but October...

Have a great time! 

Just a couple of weeks before I head off to my favourite place (that I've been to) on the planet. So chilled, great people, great food and epic surf! 😀 

 

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I have to be in Lewes for 6am, this means a 4.30 alarm call. It's already killing me.

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Last day in work before a long long weekend down south from tomorrow to catch the Final at Wembley (and visit Harry Potter World - compromising with the Wife)

All good, but at the same time gutted as I'll miss my local team Crosfields in the Warrington KO & Warrington Alliance KO Finals Wednesday & Thursday evening

Nice distractions from the doom and gloom surrounding Widnes

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On 8/18/2018 at 6:23 AM, MattSantos said:

Its no where near the same, but i had 18 months teaching English in Seoul and loved it. My next step is actual research into what jobs are available etc.

I work for an investment bank. The hours cant be worse, the pressure cant be worse. My job is moving to India, so im taking the money and running. I could easily get a quite well paid job when i want, but why bother. Ive 0 interest in money and indeed looking for a lifestyle change. We shall see. 

When I was first observing at a school to see if I wanted to become a teacher, one of the teachers said 'why are you wasting your life doing this?' 

I'm glad I ignored her. 

Like any job it has its challenges, frustrations, game-playing and stresses but it also has its significant rewards. For instance, I currently have a card on the fridge from a parent saying how much their child changed and suddenly loved going to school last year. It is priceless. I luckily am unable to access the parent Facebook page where I've heard reviews can be less glowing! 

 

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The cats have had their annual vaccinations, flea treatments, worming and check up.  £164 for two cats...  deary me...

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My phrase of the day that I've learned: Management congestion.  It's when managers get so overwhelmed with excrement that it builds up and produces decisions that are mixtures of painful constipation and violent diahorrea diarhea diahoarea skitters.

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20 hours ago, ckn said:

The cats have had their annual vaccinations, flea treatments, worming and check up.  £164 for two cats...  deary me...

My mother hated anything furry.

One day whilst she was visiting I arrived home after taking the cat to the vets for its annual inoculation. I held held up the cat basket and said 

"Look Mam, one clever cat. She has got all her certificates and everything"

Mam with a look of disgust on her face

" How much did that cost?"

Me " Only £30"

Mam

" £30!, why don't you just get a new cat every year? It would be a damn sight cheaper"

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