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All:  I have an excuse for not doing the grass.  It's just started raining here. Drat... :rolleyes:

 

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Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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It was the club fly fishing contest yesterday on a windswept Shropshire lake. I only caught one trout but some guys had nowt. The winner caught three trout, the biggest weighed an amazing 14 lb 11 oz! 

I did a bit a more intense session on the indoor rower this morning. Slight improvement on the same session done a fortnight ago, so making progress. There is a reasonable amount info and research done about the ageing athlete but not a lot about 'ancient' athletes = 80+. I have kept training records since age 55, so 24 years worth of data. Although speed, strength and endurance obviously decline over the years the most noticeable decline is in the ability to recover between training sessions. Fitness does not happen during the hard work, it happens during the recovery period. I will start adding notes about recovery in the training log. 

ps sorry for the boring bits. I need lessons from Ben :rolleyes: 

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Nice day here.

Perhaps not a good time for me to detail the time I was asked to stand and duly elected as a Parish Mupp..  errr.. Councillor.. ;)   So I won't go on about how we successfully led campaigns to stop opencast mining tearing up our local woods, or a campaign to save our local primary school, or any of the other stuff we did..... :)

 

Bit of tidying in the garden.  Need to move a few things to minimise the obstruction to the kitchen fitting mob when they turn up in a week or so.. 

 

Then it's a 'sesh' on the weights before my Saturday afternoon swim and settle down for a lazy evening watching telly.

 

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1 hour ago, Jill Sparrow said:

What are your thoughts?

 

Jill today I have seen many of the types of Poppy that you have described. Some of them very well made. My thoughts are 'If all of the people that have bought the more decorative Poppies this year save them until next year because they are to nice to throw away, eventually the collections will go down each year.  Surely the money collected for our old soldiers and families etc will suffer in the end? I do like some of the brooch type poppies but we will carry on buying the ones that we have always bought. Just a thought?

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9 minutes ago, carni said:

I do like some of the brooch type poppies but we will carry on buying the ones that we have always bought. Just a thought?

Me too, Carni. It bothers me that some of those who sport the new 'blingy' poppies know absolutely nothing about what it represents and seem to care even less.

 

We are, almost, 100 years on from the cessation of hostilities in The Great War but, to some, it might as well be Agincourt. They've never heard of that either.

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Carni,  i wear a silk poppy on remembrance day that i have had for 8 years, two weeks before i wear a metal pin. I send a  donation each year direct to the appeal and ignore the nasty looks from poppy sellers when i walk past.  I don't have time for the poppy jewellry you can buy in stores or online how much of the sales goes to the legion not a lot. Poppy sales will drop due to the fact that the younger generation have no interest in their past.

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Sorry to read that you get nasty looks Gem, it just goes to show how people can assume the worse and be so wrong. I am sure I would do the same  as you if I had a silk poppy or brooch.Gem,  and your donation plays a big part in keeping this collection going, sadly I don't think everyone would feel the same. I have heard more than once of people buying one Poppy as a passport for a clear walk through town. Sad but true. I will always buy my poppy and you will always give your donation. Hopefully the collection will go on for the years ahead.

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I've had a great day, up fairly early cornflakes and coffee to start the day, got the trike out of the bike shed and had a steady plod around the very muddy lanes,loads of mud after last night heavy rain, back home and another quick coffee, done a few alterations to the trike handlebar setup to make thing even more comfortable, quick bite to eat, microwave cheeseburger (sorry) washed and changed and headed off to Nottingham for the meetup, fantastic time had by all and great to meet Ian ,Albert and his lovely wife and NewBasfordLad for the first time really great company,not forgetting of course Mr and Mrs Catfan,what a lovely couple and Mick starting to recover from his illness is great news, and who can forget the lovely Sue,such a lovely person,thanks must go to our Chulla again for the faultless organisation, ( I told you Dave smoking will stunt your growth) anyroad another great day with great Notts folk

 

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I observed the 2 min silence this morning by myself, sat at the computer. Tomorrow the remembrance service is at the war memorial at the end of our street. I don't always attend. I always pay respects though and I don't turn up just because it is the thing 'to be seen'  like some people do. Please attend services tomorrow if you can and are sincere, or just 'remember them' in your own way. 

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Just winding down after another pretty unproductive day.  I wanted to fix a mirror fronted cabinet on the wall in my never ending bathroom project.  But.. my 'stud/wire' detector was giving me very odd A/C readings.  They don't make sense unless some 'sparks' has let a loop of wiring droop down into part of a stud wall.  All very odd and I may have to take the plasterboard off yet again to resolve it.....  Bugger..  Should I ask Ben?

 

I caught bits of the Remembrance services over the weekend. I can't sit through the full on televised stuff.  I 'get it' and I'm very capable of remembering without all of that. 

I bought a couple of Poppies as usual last week, but since I've been nowhere, I haven't been able to display them.  Still,.. as they say.. it's the thought that counts. 

 

When I was a Parish Councillor, I laid the wreath on behalf of our council at the St Helens memorial.  I was struck mostly by a youngish woman with a small child, who planted a cross.  I was left wondering if she was paying respects to an older relative, or to a much more recently fallen service person....

 

On those mornings, the local District and Parish councillors all gathered in St Helens Town Hall and we got a 'cuppa', before assembling in pairs and walking out to the memorial just outside. I walked out next to a chap who I didn't know.  He turned out to be a Parish Councillor from another satellite council of St Helens.  He turned out to be from a different and politically opposed party.  Shock horror!!!  Some people later criticised me for walking alongside him.  I just shook my head. Remembrance is not about party politics.  In the year I was 'Chair' of the Parish Council, I was expected to lay a wreath inside our local church, where the local War Memorial is situated.  I struggled a bit with that.. as I'm not a Churchgoer,. I always feel hypocritical in church, because I don't believe. But I reasoned that it wasn't about me and actually felt very emotional as I laid the wreath.

 

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About 8 miles on the old posties bike yesterday. Traffic gives me a wider berth on that than when out on the racing bike. 

Last days fishing at Blithefield Reservoir today. Only caught two trout and they will be cured tomorrow. Fillet and leave to cure in a marinate based on ww vinegar, brown sugar, salt, dill, coriander and a drop of gin. Good session on the rowing machine when I got home which made me hungry. Mrs PP bought fish and chips from the travelling chippy ( 'The Flying Cod') who visits our village every Wednesday. A nice treat every month or so. Happy and mellow now with a Bourbon near at hand.

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3 hours ago, plantfit said:

I think the Firex has now been discontinued from production but there might be a few in the shops,might be worth looking to see if they are being sold off a bit cheaper.

Is the CRS the disc brake version? all Giant bikes are good though I had  an OCR with carbon aeroblade forks lovely bike

Rog

I'll start trawling round. Brakes are tektro vees - light and very powerful - in the dry, before I got used to them, I nearly unseated myself a couple of times

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10 minutes ago, PeverilPeril said:

About 8 miles on the old posties bike yesterday. Traffic gives me a wider berth on that than when out on the racing bike. 

Last days fishing at Blithefield Reservoir today. Only caught two trout and they will be cured tomorrow. Fillet and leave to cure in a marinate based on ww vinegar, brown sugar, salt, dill, coriander and a drop of gin. Good session on the rowing machine when I got home which made me hungry. Mrs PP bought fish and chips from the travelling chippy ( 'The Flying Cod') who visits our village every Wednesday. A nice treat every month or so. Happy and mellow now with a Bourbon near at hand.

That is going to start everyone belting off to a) the chippie and b) the offie - fish chips, vinegar and bourbon- sounds a good plan

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Barely slept last night.  Dunno why, but increased meds is a possibility.  Still.. don't have to go to work.  :)

 

The leaves on my new flowering Cherry  ( Prunus 'Kanzan') have turned a sort of rich deep orange, but not showing any signs of falling yet.  The other new tree is just looking generally scruffy. It seems to be a bit slower to establish.  It's a 'Wild Cherry' (Prunus Avium), though I can't recall the exact cultivar off the top of my head.

 

More clearance work in the garage later.... It's quite cathartic..

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Back from a lovely trike ride to Lincoln,sat people watching at the Brayford pool, a lot of students around probably just got up,well it was ten oclock ;)

( I bet they were thinking "whats that idiot doing in Lincoln?he's usually in Newark)

had a drink of water and a Mars bar, what a dissapointment that was, I got a Mars Duo, supposed to be two bars in the wrapper, they were about the same size as the old Milky Way bars we had as kids (remember them) it said on the wrapper "free from artificial colours,flavours and preservatives" dint say owt about being "free from taste"anall,  took a picture for all you Wetherspoon fans out there of the "Square Sail" at the Brayford pool complete with obligatory smokers in the doorway, bless em, anyroadup have a great day all of you and be careful if you can't be careful at least be kind

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Got a phone call from the lad today, he had been called to an old fashioned system where when the hot tap was turned on they only got a minute of hot water then it ran cold. The previous plumber had tried to fix it but had given up and quoted £2175 for a new boiler:angry:, "what do you reckon?" he asked.

 

"Ask them if they want it fixed for £75", when the answer was yes I told him "Nip into the loft, change the ball valve, cut back the expansion pipe which is to long and hold your hand out". £4 for a ball valve and 10 minutes, jobs a goodun, there's life in the old dog yet;), it's lovely to beat these young'uns now again.

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We went to the flicks this  morning - just five quid for us old 'uns. Saw Murder on the Orient Express at the Broadway. The Screen 2 auditorium was sold out and they put us in the smaller, 84-seat Screen. Wow! the screen is huge, almost the width of the auditorium and completely filling your peripheral vision.

   Highlight of the film for me was the magnificent, large French 2-8-? locomotive. Looked great, but we didn't see enough of it. You have to wince when you see something silly, and this film was guilty. The engine was derailed  by an avalanche and knocked off the tracks, finishing up leaning at about 30 degrees. A crew was sent out to get it back on the tracks, and they did this without the help of a crane, just shovels and picks.

   What was the film like? Well, it was alright  I suppose - would have been better in black and white with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre.

    Out quickly while the credits were crawling  and off then to Pret-A-Mange for a nice filled roll (chicken and bacon) and  coffee.

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Last time I went to the cinema was with No.2 daughter and Mrs Col.  We saw Sherlock Holmes, 'Game of Shadows'  The film would have been a decent enough bit of 'Fluff' entertainment except for two things:

 

1. Like Dave above, I found that there was no way I could take in the whole screen without moving my head about all over the place.  It made me dizzy.

2.  They insist on accompanying every scene change with a sort of 'Whoosh ThaDUM!!' sound effect.  Why?  When I look around I don't hear that noise!

Other 'cinematic' effects such as 360 degree fast pans, rapid focus pulls etc., also make me dizzy.

 

What is wrong with these people?  Some of the greatest movies of all time were made using long ( 'Rear Window' anyone?) static shots.  Some idiot waving a b****y camera about all over the place does not a Cinematographer make. 

 

Rant over.

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Boiler suit on and in to the workshop. Bleddy cold! Marked out some old oak floor boarding to make a solid 3 foot diameter wheel.  Double thickness boards will give a 3" thick wheel  and it will weigh a ton, which is the plan. It will be fitted with a handle and on to the scratter. The weight will give a flywheel effect and help when hard apples turn up in the mix. It is a pleasure to work with dry, seasoned oak. Mrs PP making noises about the garden, but this is more interesting.

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