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Post 14801

Bluebottle

Oh, and the Bouldnor boatyard was mentioned in a MOOC course I'm doing at the moment - see: http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/boatyard-beneath-the-solents-waves.htm

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Post 14802

Cheerful Dragon

BB, I know what you mean. We live not far from Stratford-upon-Avon. The number of souvenir shops selling t-shirts with things like 'Oxford University' or 'I <3 London' beggars belief, not to mention other non-Shakespearean tat. They sell Shakespearean tat, too, it's the 'out-of=area' stuff that gets me.


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Post 14803

quotes

PH: Anachronisms in stories. The radio broadcast of The Devil in Amber by Mark Gatiss, set in 1920, mentions an 'ancient' van which is started by an ignition key. But ignition keys had only just become common, so it would have to have been a modern vehicle; and anyway, how ancient could any van be, in 1920?


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Post 14804

hammondorgan

Might have been an antedeluvivan.


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Post 14805

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Post 14806

Sho - with added slapping hand

PH today: at month end (last working day of the month, in any case) when we are in the office until... well. Late.
My company provides breakfast. I'm not sure why (they provide dinner too, in the form of pizza (smiley - doh, we don't have a Pizza emoticon! which is more sensible) but anyway it's usually pretty good.

There are filled rolls, wraps, usually cake, yoghurts and chocolate etc etc.

There is plenty to go round.

Here's the PH: people who put a pile of stuff (really, 2 wraps, 3 rolls, cake and a yoghurt or two) on their desk (so they don't have to provide their own lunch) and then don't eat it so it gets chucked away, dry and crispy, on Monday.

smiley - grr


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Post 14807

Cheerful Dragon

This is similar to something that somebody mentioned a while ago: Questionnaires where you have to chose between two options, neither of which really describes you. What's worse, the options are compounds, part of which describes you, part of which doesn't. Today's examples come from the NHS Choices 'What's your sport?' questionnaire:

I have high anxiety and rush to get things done / I have low anxiety and am generally quite relaxed
I love to think up new ways of doing things and am open to new ideas / I prefer fitting in and routine. I tend to dislike new things.

For the first one, I sometimes suffer from anxiety but I don't rush to get things done. For the second, I'm open to new ideas but I don't always think of new ways of doing things. Having said that, I also like routine. See what I mean? In both cases, neither option is a perfect fit and I'm left unsure what to go for.


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Post 14808

hammondorgan

Middle-class shoppers wandering around Aldi's marvelling at how cheap everything is with about three quidsworth in their trolley, Get out of the way and go back to Waitrose, and get your free Guardian, if you can afford to spend a fiver that is!


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Post 14809

Milla, h2g2 Operations

Asking questions to the Project manager, and inadvertedly hurting the guy I'm taking over from. *sigh*
I just can't do the right thing.
Actually, this might not qualify as a PH, just a general moan at own inadequacy.

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