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What is it with females and spiders? I was busy earlier defending the world from the forces of darkness and evil when a shriek told me my services as chief spider eviction agent was required downstairs. Open the door, gently cup you hand over him and he obligingly climbs on so you can let him out, simples!

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Brew, please don't generalise about 'females and spiders'.  I LIKE spiders and I'M the one in our house that gently puts them outside if necessary (which isn't always the case)....  I am also the only moth and daddy long legs catcher in this house!

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The lizards take care of most of the spiders in my house.

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7 hours ago, Brew said:

 gently cup your hand over him 

 

Noooo the very thought makes me shudder. They can do their own thing just not in my house. There is a very pretty one that has woven a web on one of my kitchen windows and is sat in the middle of his very intricate web at the moment. He is quite welcome to stay there, opening the window doesn’t bother him and I can clean the window round him but don’t want him inside. 

Perhaps I should borrow a couple of Jonab’s  lizards.

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They aren't my lizards, they just come in from outside. The south facing wall on my house is almost all glass which, in warm weather, is opened to the outside. Lizards, birds, spiders, all sorts of small wildlife are free to come and go as they please.

 

I've noticed that your invaders are described as being 'he'. Well, most  that show themselves in webs and scurrying around are 'she'! Male spiders are usually samll, insignificant beings.

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In our neck of the woods the snakes take care of the Lizards.

 

Reminds me of that old song about an old lady who swallowed a fly.

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Well it's been so hot here, I've struggled to cope. I had to carry the cushions up to the top of the garden, for the Bistro set, where I had my breakfast. I had to fetch a book to read, and extra coffee. It was cool there, and in shade.

Later, I had to get the cushions for the patio set, and eat a ham sandwich that Mrs Fly had made. It was hot by then, but I managed to put the umbrella up, and fetch my own chilled drinks.

Where was Mrs Fly you might add.... She was only weeding, potting three new plants, pruning, sweeping the top slabbing, and  preparing tea.

You just can't get the staff these days !

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On 8/24/2019 at 4:26 AM, HSR said:

DJ360..I am not a Hi-fi buff, but have often wondered about using two DAC's, one, is built into my amp, with optical input and unlikely to have true bypass 

,if such a thing exists at all, when it comes to Hi-Fi..thinking guitar pedals.

 

Amp was in the £300 price

range..so nothing special.

Using two DAC's does sound better to my ears but does, for me go against traditional principals!

 

I don't understand your reference to two DACS. ( Digital to Analogue Converters)  You can only convert a digital signal to analogue once.. so if you have more than one DAC available.. you need to decide which sounds best and use that.  I suppose you could convert digital to analogue, then use an ADC back to digital and convert again via a second DAC.. but why not just use the second DAC first..?

 

All 'one box' CD players have a DAC built in, so that they can read the digital datastream on the disc..., convert it to analogue and then output it as a line level analogue signal like any other.. to the amplifier.

My first CD Player was a Rotel RCD 965-BX  a fabulous 'bitstream' player which cost me £340 in 1993.  At the time it was regarded as a 'budget' player, compared to offerings from the likes of Linn, NAIM, Meridian and others which even then ran into £kmany.

 

To confuse the issue, even 'budget' CD players often had a 'digital out' socket, so that the digital datastream could be fed to a (hopefully better) 'offboard' DAC.

 

However, I first bought a separate, or 'offboard' DAC (Benchmark DAC1), because I acquired a TEAC P-30 Disc Transport.  I bought it second hand.  It was originally about £3k new, but I paid a fraction of that.  It was built like a 'brick shed'.. great thick slabs of aluminium and a TEAC 'VRDS' ( 'Vibration free Rigid Disc clamping System' )drive.  But, being just a 'transport', and despite being huge.. all it did was to read the disc and output a digital datastream.  So unless connected to a DAC... no music...

 

I eventually decided to downsize my system so the massive TEAC disc drive went.  I got the Rotel 965 out of the loft and decided that it was still a very fine player in its own right.  So the Benchmark DAC has sat about on my hi-fi rack, largely unused for a couple of years.  I've often thought about using it with the Rotel.. but that reduces the Rotel to a disc drive. and I think it's a great player 'as is'.

 

Now....  my new Innuos ZenMini 'music server'.. is basically a disc drive, coupled to a hard drive.. with a bit of software and a processor.  It 'rips' CDs, finds the 'metadata' (cover art, track info etc..) via an internet connection and saves it all to the hard drive. It then replays music through my hi fi.  All previous versions of the ZENMini had no built in DAC and therefore needed to be connected via a DAC, to an amplifier.  The MkIII ZenMini, has a built in DAC, but it's worth bearing in mind that a DAC is basically just a 'chip' and may only cost pennies.  The ZenMiniMkIII costs from about £800, depending on the size of hard drive fitted.  Mine is 2Tb and cost £995.

 

Now bear in mind that my Benchmark DAC1 cost around £900 in 2006.. so there's a fair chance that it will sound better than whatever DAC Innuos have managed to 'slot' into the Zen mini within the price.

 

I've nearly finished 'ripping' all my CDs to the ZENMini and they certainly sound decent via the Zen 's own DAC.  But, in the next day or so I'll conect up my DAC1 and try it.  Even there I can compare 'optical' v 'co-ax'.. though I doubt I'll hear a difference.

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loppy,

Not many snakes here but quite a lot of lizards - all quite tiny things and not the least bit threatening.

We did have an adder's (Vipera berus) nest here a few years ago in a compost heap. We left it alone to 'do its thing' and it  disappeared without trace after a few months. I think those were the last snakes I saw in my garden. There are quite a few in the vineyards, apparently, but they keep out of the way and are only rarely seen.

There are very large areas of perfume plants here, especially lavender. I've been told that these are snake-free as the fragrance acts as a repellent.

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There are expensive'snake repellants'  sold over here to put around your property.  Smells like ground up mothballs and I don't think it's very effective, from what I  hear.  I always watch where I'm putting my feet.  Never reach underneath anything where I can't see.  I'm more fearful for my dogs than myself.

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You could try a few lavender plants if snakes are a problem. They do look quite nice in a garden, I have lots of them.

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Got up this morning and felt really down and to be honest a bit tearful. Had a cup of tea and messed about with Alexa. Then by chance I found a 60’s music app. Had a lovely morning singing (not very well) and dancing (even worse) round whilst doing my cleaning up. Did the Tempations dance, Diana Ross with the arms and the Four Tops as well. Played air guitar with Jimi Hendrix and cried to Roy Orbison and Elvis. Skipped Herman & The Hermits always him them annoying. Singing to The Kinks All Day & All Of The Night and now I am twisting with Chubby Checker (trying not to put my back out) Amazed how the words come back after all this time. Feel a lot better, all in all a good morning.

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Well done SG,,,,,,,I often do similar things to 'UP' my mood,,,,,this morning i dressed like a Frenchman'' for my bike ride,,,,Flat Cap,,that looked like a 'Beret' black waistcoat black shorts,,black and white socks ,finished off with 'Shiny black Docker shoes...just needed a string of Onions round me neck,,,might play a bit of Charles Aznavour now,,,,,,,lol

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Lizards, I now have 4 waiting escapes. I have found out how they are getting into the store room. Through a tiny hole that was left unfinished when a water pipe was replaced. Will be filled when time allows. They can go to someone else. I love to see them but lately I've caught 9-10 of them. I do let them go if anyone thinks I'm cruel.

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Ben glad to see that you are joining in with the local standards of wearing a flat cap,   north of Hucknall they are usually compulsory. I have a selection of them for different occasions.  LOL

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Nay nay lad thee can't have a flat cap unless there are ferrets close by and if you wear shorts Ben, - where you gonna keep 'em? dear lord what is the world coming to?

It's them damn furriners frum dahn sarth in Boolwell cumin up 'ere with their fancy ideas..... taint right I tells yer, taint right at all. You'll be tellin me next you don't wear proper string vests!

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5 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

might play a bit of Charles Aznavour now,,,,,,,lol

I think you'd be better with Maurice Chevalier, our Ben. Thank heavens for little girls/They grow up in the most delightful way/Those little eyes so helpless and appealing/One day will flash and send you crashing through the ceiling!  Could be your theme song!  :Shock:

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46 Years ago today played football for Park Tavern united (old basford) against Kimberley Miners Welfare on Bagnal road ground known as 'Creepers'' we won 2-1....,,still see a couple of my old mates who played that day,,,i recall that day so well,,,because after the game 'Rushed'' back to city Hospital just in time to see one of my sons being born,,,the wife refused to wash the kit that week,,,tut,,,anyway the baby is coming round for dinner today,,,Happy Birthday son''.........

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I've had a lovely couple of days, my cousin and his wife from Australia passed a couple of days with us. They have been touring  Europe and will be going on to Uk tomorrow. I 've taken them to all the small and picturesque villages round here and today it was the "Palio" in Asti. We went to see the medieval " sfilata". I dreaded trying to find a parking space as its a popular and famous event and Asti isn't all that big. Anyway I saw a space for us both ( my cousin was going on to Annecy after so they took their car and I mine) we had a 5 minute walk to see the beginning of the parade, hardly anyone around , front row and in the shade. We were very lucky as further down the road it was chocabloc. We had good views of all the 1200 participants excluding horses. We were also lucky because every so often they stop and they stopped in front of us. There were also the bandieri ( flag flyers). Took loads of photos so will post some when theyve been uploaded. The only photo I didn't get that I wanted to get was the final carriage pulled by 2 couples of huge, huge bulls. My phone battery let me down and I wasn't quick enough to use my camera. There were 21 horses running in the actual palio. Waiting now for the result of the winner,

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The carriage pulled by bulls sounds spectacular.... were they ' entire' bulls or only bullocks?  (Or didn't you look :rotfl:)

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We are wondering if we will get a glancing blow off hurricane Dorian by Wednesday or Thursday.  Hope that is all it is.

Gal in my Sunday School class made me smile yesterday, she said, "Since they started giving them men's names they don't know where they are going and they won't ask for directions."

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They should have Women's names, they can be really wild and when they leave they take the house with them.

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Just a couple of pics of IL Palio the other day. 

One is my sister in law and her escort the other is of The symbol of common freedom represented by the ancient carriage  of war which followed the group and was escorted by the captain of the Palio.

I didn't think I'd managed to get a photo of the "Carroccio" until I'd uploaded the pics,

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