Compo

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  1. How's this for a great "result": The day before Xmas the manager of the local Cat Protection came around and told us that a wealthy man's cat had died and that he had made a huge donation to the Cat Protection, to do with as they see fit. She told us that they had decided to buy food with it and distribute it between local people who are known to be feeding feral cats. She opened her van and unloaded about £200 worth of cat food and wished us a merry Xmas!
  2. Just done the online Nottingham Victoria Station jigsaw. Enjoyed.
  3. Interesting roadkill find yesterday: cycling along a country lane I saw something in the ditch under a hedgerow. It was some kind of container with some dark fluid inside and had obviously been there some time because weeds had grown around it. Closer inspection revealed it to be 25l of Caustic Soda....exactly what I needed! I am running low on Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda), which I use for cleaning things of stubborn organic matter as well as paint stripping. Result!!
  4. Had a surprise yesterday. My car insurance is up for renewal and I was expecting to have to go through the ritual of phoning around and arguing for a better price. Last year I changed to NFU Mutual car insurance and when I opened my renewal notice from them yesterday I found that my premium, owing to their "Mutual Bonus" scheme and for no loss of cover, had gone DOWN in price by 11.5%! The scheme offers a renewal bonus on a scale of up to 16.5% for each year of renewal. Result!
  5. Compo

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    Having decided that roots from nearby trees were preventing the greenhouse soil from working well, I decided to build a 10' long x 2' 8" staging to act as a bench to use for potted plants. I spent some time building the base using 4x2 for the legs and 3x2 for the framework, only to be told by the good lady that I was "Going over the top" and that "Something basic would suffice." By then I had already finished the base and had installed it in the greenhouse. As I was beginning to screw down the slats for the top work surface, what should hit my ears but "It would be nice if one could remove the
  6. The missis has bought me 10 litres of Shipstone's ale (Original bitter) for Xmas - I have no idea what I have done to upset her so much....I must have really p*ssed her off
  7. Just been reading a local newspaper article that says SSE power are warning Scotland that by 2030 so many tourists will be arriving in electric cars that the power supply will not be able to cope and power curs to homes will be almost inevitable. You couldn't make it up, could you!
  8. Christmas began early in Aviemore. They had their lights up when I visited. on November 1st
  9. Equally entitled to make his mark as a social comment but not to deface the work of another. That's the difference between art and vandalism. The yob/yobess who defaced the picture is not entitled to do this - his/her mark should be alongside if it is to be a comment and not to be considered wanton destruction.
  10. How is it that the 21st century has bred so many small minded, destructive creatures? I hesitate to call them people - they are more of a sub-human species in my books.
  11. I was just recalling an elderly shop labourer at a factory in which I once worked - Plessey, Beeston. It also brought to mind a labourer called Harry Spouge, who worked in the same factory. Harry was a footballer and began playing for Leicester City just before WWII. Sadly the war interrupted his footballing career and during his service he was hit in the back by shrapnel and forever afterwards had a stoop from the injury. Of course, it ruined his career and being poorly educated, he ended up as a labourer in the factory. He used to take shop orders for morning breaktime and always tickled us
  12. Regardless of the monetary price there is the environmental and human price to pay for renewables. this is a price that no developer talks about. Rare Earth minerals are not called that for nowt. They are scarce and essential for renewable power generation. This means that they are of a premium price and so valuable that in the few places where they are found, the populations and land have been devastated in order to extract the minerals. There are two main centres for strip mining rare earth minerals; The Congo and China. Mining in the Congo has led to a civil war being fought over the lands
  13. Here's a bit of advice if you are planning to install solar panels. Don't put them on the roof. If they go wrong (And they will) it costs an arm and a leg to get them fixed. Install them at ground level so you have access to them without paying for specialist roof workers. Mine failed last winter and cost me £1200 to have a couple of connectors renewed and an insulation check. Total work time - around half an hour. They failed again this week. I was forced to get out onto the roof to disconnect a short circuiting panel - would have cost me another £1200 to get the repairers out but all it n
  14. Many thanks Stuart; someone in another forum said they thought it might be New Brighton but your image is spot-on. I wonder if we went by a Skills or Barton excursion coach? Surely, it wouldn't have been by train from Nottingham?
  15. I have been trying to identify the location of this photograph. Featured are myself in my mother's arms and my maternal grandparents. Can anyone identify the location, please? The date is 1951 and in those days i don't think we travelled very far from Nottingham for our day-trip holidays. The trip would have been taken by train or coach.
  16. When I started senior school all the boys had a haversack, either Army or RAF government surplus. I haven't seen schoolkids with one of these for many years but I suppose that's because they were still offloading WWII surplus stock when I were nobbut a young'n. They were almost exclusively covered with pop group names and other such stuff like their best girl or favourite motorbike name.
  17. [wedding ring that was buried in the sand] Sadly, no.
  18. I know I've mentioned it before but just to remind you that if anyone finds a gold wedding ring on Mablethorpe beach, please let me know - I buried it in the sand by the sea wall in 1969 and would like it back .
  19. Stuart, St Alban's is the name I was looking for. Many thanks, you've jogged my memory. My father worked there as caretaker in the '70s and '80s but I couldn't recall the name when asked by my aged uncle.
  20. Was it always called Derrymount, Stuart?
  21. What's the name of the primary school on Oxclose Lane between Byron Street and Sherbrooke road, please?
  22. Until recently, these people would kill you as soon as look at you. So what changed things? Simply, the Chinese. They have built dirt tracks into the far reaches of the Omo Valley in search of minerals. The deal was that the Chinese get the minerals at cut price and the Ethiopians get the tracks and other infrastructure that goes with the tracks. The so called "Savages" quickly caught on to the fact that dirt roads bring vehicles that contain people with lots of money to give away, so they make sure that their villages are not too far from a track and the outsiders simply come and give them