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Post 2221

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

" it is a 'create characters and see what they get up to' project" - ah! smiley - ok That is good that the characters can surprise you as well as the audience, as you have planted the seed of the story and are watching it grow smiley - biggrin

Yes, no worries about Kes - £2.50 is a bit much for little reward, as the kestrel on its own will be fine smiley - ok Ah, the old TV sets on trolleys - I remember them well smiley - ok That must have taken some doing to get yours to the 4th floor! smiley - laugh

I couldn't visualise kite kites at first, but h2g2 kindly gave me an advert for them, so I see what they are now smiley - laugh That is a good way to keep pigeons away from crops smiley - ok

Glad you have the power of Greyskull smiley - ok Could have been worse for me - that's an advantage of a laptop, that the battery made sure I didn't lose my work smiley - ok

I had a good catch up with a colleague last night, talking about life, the universe and everything - we were on the internet phone for an hour and a half! Now it's definitely not too early to think about the weekend. Not sure what I'll be doing, but trying to find more birds if possible will be good. Glad you had a good outing to Southsea last weekend, and I hope you all get out and about again this weekend. smiley - ok


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Post 2222

Bluebottle

I do tend to simply draw what seems a good idea at the time rather than having any specific plan - except of course for 'What the Dinosaur' and 'The Nativities are Restless'. Those had plans. Have you been doing much drawing and art lately?

There's a kite kite scaring pigeons at our local swimming pool - no crops on the roof there, but it does look better than lots of spikes. Definitely more fun than a plastic heron, though. And I just had an e-mail from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to say that they've bought the land they were after outside Winchester after all, so that's good. Though hilly. I do still wonder what the advantage of having National Trust, Wildlife Trust, RSPB etc all as separate organisations is if they all have fundamentally the same goal of conservation.

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Post 2223

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Yes, good to mix things up and improvise sometimes while planning at other times. My Career Curiosities sometimes had a story arc, but there were quite a few flashbacks when I remembered incidents out of chronological order smiley - laugh I haven't done any art since 31 May, but I have been doing some craft. I did some spring cleaning today and found some paper that I could use for cartoons - would be good to do a 'lockdown lookback' or similar sometime, even though it wouldn't be as good as 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown' that you drew as it happened smiley - ok

Ah, yes a kite kite is more fun than spikes or a plastic heron!

That is good news that the Wildlife Trust have achieved both of their recent goals smiley - ok Yes, it is tricky with charities operating in similar areas and splitting their support - it was pleasing when a number of cancer research charities joined together, and AgeUK formed from two charities. My local children's hospice is part of a national hospice scheme, so that works well for them - they get income locally but they benefit from economies of scale in their expenditure. National Trust is a strange one. I can understand them being custodians of buildings and their estates, but it does seem to be competing to have pieces of land on their own - I see they have a bit on the Wirral not far from RSPB Burton Mere! And that is very true that the RSPB works for wildlife not just birds, so they are potentially competing with Wildlife Trusts... Complicated...


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Post 2224

Bluebottle

It is good to keep busy at the moment - this weekend the running club is doing a challenge where they want to see if club members can collectively run 874 miles - the distance between Lands End and John O'Groats - between today and 6pm Sunday. So I've this evening cycled to work, left my bike there, and run back. It's the first time I've ever run home from work. I've cycled there and back thousands of times and walked over a dozen, but never run. I'll have to do the same thing tomorrow to get my bike back. It is funny as when I arrived there a bush had grown in my spot next to the cycle rack that's reaching elbow height.
I had a look down the road when I was in Southampton but the charity shop hasn't reopened yet.

The National Trust had their Operation Neptune launched back in the 1960s in which they began buying as much of Britain's coastline as they can. They own about a third of the Isle of Wight's coastline and 10% of the Isle of Wight overall. Though the first thing they did when they bought the coastline was knock down any buildings on it that wouldn't sell tea-towels regardless of whether they had any historic significance...

Do you have plans for the weekend?

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Post 2225

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

That is a good challenge - great idea to run from/to work smiley - ok That is amazing about the bush growing to such a height... There are a few weeds around here where there isn't as much car or foot traffic as usual, but nothing that big smiley - yikes

Ah, I didn't realise there was a specific coastline plan that the National Trust had. Very strange that they weren't more protective of the associated buildings, but sounds like the competing priority of money won the day... smiley - erm

I went food shopping today and also passed a charity shop that hasn't reopened yet. The supermarket was much busier, and a few of the shelves were empty again, so it was not the most pleasant. I got everything I needed, though, so it was OK overall. Tomorrow I was hoping to go somewhere less busy where more birds might be found, but the weather forecast doesn't look hopeful for birds to be out and about. I shall ponder that tomorrow morning... I hope you have a good day tomorrow, too smiley - teasmiley - biggrin


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Post 2226

Bluebottle

I can finally sit down again now - so I ran a total of 28 miles within 48 hours, which is a good starting point for preparing to run 26.2 (42km) in April next year, though that'll be in one go... The club aimed to run 874 miles but the final total run was 1,442 so we more than achieved it. I'm hoping the next challenge will be to stay in bed, in the bath or on the sofa...

When the National Trust bought a lot of coastal land a lot of it was bought from the Ministry of Defence which meant they also got a lot of coastal defences, many Victorian fortifications that they thought were worthless and in the way. They also gained, at the Needles, the UK's only rocket testing facility. Which they promptly demolished rather than erect a replica smiley - rocket and keep it as a unique historic building. Oh well.

Supermarkets are funny things still - last week I passed our Home Bargains at a time when there wasn't a queue at all and I could walk in, but I've been there at the same time and had to queue for over an hour.smiley - shrug

Have you been able to see birds over the weekend? Yesterday morning it tipped it down but it has been warm and dry here apart from that. (Guess when I was out running yesterday?) The good news is that I got my bike back.smiley - wow

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Post 2227

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Wow - well done on running more than a marathon in 48 hours, and well done to the team for beating the target smiley - wow

Sorry you got wet - typical! - but glad you got your bike back and had a good run smiley - ok The weather was wet and windy here yesterday, but the gulls were enjoying 'riding the wild wind' so I got some photos smiley - ok

Yes, some of the National Trust's activity is rather dubious, to say the least (some say the same about the RSPB...). One would think the unique rocket testing facility would have some commercial appeal, but they mustn't have thought that far ahead... I was doing more spring cleaning today and happened to find a National Trust magazine from 2015, which was the 50th anniversary of Operation Neptune, which is coincidental, so I will read that later.


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Post 2228

Bluebottle

It is wet and windy here today, sadly we had a 4th bird caught by smiley - cat today within the last week and, though it was alive and had no obvious injuries when I grabbed it, taking it outside and put it in the tree to recover, unlike the others it didn't fly away and sadly died - it fell out the tree about half an hour later.

Other than that still another normal day. I watched the first half of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' yesterday evening when ironing. One advantage of lockdown is there's a lot less ironing, which only needs doing once a week and not twice or thrice.

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Post 2229

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Oh, that is a shame about the bird smiley - sadface (perhaps it had internal injuries, or fatal shock) but glad you managed to resscue three... smiley - cat hasn't lost her touch even though she's had more company during lockdown smiley - yikes

That is impressive that you only have half a film's worth of ironing at the moment smiley - ok Is this the second time you're watching '20,000 Leagues', or have you seen it more than once before?

I had a busy day at work with 2 hours of online meetings and a pile of e-mails to send, but it went quite well. Still more to do tomorrow, though.

I did more spring cleaning, too. It turned out that the deodorant I got for Christmas smelled OK when I put it on, but after a while it started smelling like sour milk smiley - yikes It wasn't too bad when the weather was warm and I had the window open, but after a couple of weeks the smell started building up indoors and it took a while to work out where it was coming from! smiley - ermsmiley - laugh I've been airing all the fabric in the house bit by bit to get rid of the smell so it is mucb better now smiley - ok


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Post 2230

Bluebottle

Another bird today today, it flew off when I carried it outside, which is a blessing.

I'm not sure how many times I've seen '20,000 Leagues' - it has definitely been about 30 years since I read the novel. I read it at my grandparents' house, so would have to be before they died.

Sounds a very strong deoderentsmiley - yikes I tend stick to neutral roll-ons, which double as smiley - cat toys: A87902986

I've been doing some gradual spring cleaning of the garage, but am limited to only being able to remove what will fit in the recycle bin after our normal household recycling once a fortnight, so it is slow. You can definitely notice the difference, though.

I finished watching the film last night and now plan to go out for a smiley - run while it is dry. Yesterday I went on a bike ride after the rain with my son for the first time in ages, which was a treat - the rain means less pollen, so it has its good side.

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Post 2231

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Ah, well done for rescuing another bird - you’re well practised these days smiley - laughsmiley - erm

The deodorant didn’t seem particularly strong, but the smell certainly built up over a few days... I’ve gone back to my usual Lynx Effect because I know where I am with that smiley - cat but your cat toys that double as roll ons are great smiley - laugh

Well done for the slow and steady clearing of the garage - glad you’re noticing the difference smiley - ok I’ve got a charity shop pile that is growing nicely - I look forward to being able to take it in and buy some more goodies in return smiley - laugh

Glad you were able to dodge the showers and have a good bike ride and run with less pollen around. Definitely cooler this week.

I hope you all have a good weekend. I plan to meet my sister again, so that will be good smiley - biggrin


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Post 2232

Bluebottle

And not ten minutes after I wrote that yesterday, smiley - cat brought in another bird...

Another uneventful day which involved another nondescript briefing talk from the VC - pre-recorded. As I couldn't hear what she was saying smiley - huh I put the subtitles on, which once again caused amusement as in places it didn't reflect what she surely was saying at all.

Enjoy the weekend and seeing your sister. smiley - biggrin

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Post 2233

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Yikes - smiley - cat is on fine form... I hope you didn't get any more of those 'presents' at the weekend and I hope you all managed to get out and about without being blown away.

Ah, the vagaries of automatic subtitles... They do come across as unprofessional at times, as you say, which could cause trouble! A shame that a better transcript couldn't have been provided for the pre-recorded speech, as subtitlees are useful in many scenarios...

I did have a very good weekend - I did some odd jobs around the house, the supermarket was quiet and my sister and I had an excellent catch up smiley - biggrin

It was surprisingly cold here this morning, but it has warmed up now, as the afternoon was sunny.


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Post 2234

Bluebottle

We had a bird in yesterday morning, but I was able to grab it quite quickly. smiley - cat likes to bring it under the bed where there is little chance it will be able to fly off because of all the boxes with smiley - book in. And she brought one in just now which escaped into the hall, and I'm not sure whether it flew out the window or not.
(Update - it has just now after I had another nose round and found it hiding among the coats).

One of the things the subtitles to the speech said was, 'we're rectally reviewing different iterations' which I must admit that, though it may be immature of me, I found amusing...

Glad you had a good, productive weekend and managed a catch-up. I managed to get a replacement phone, a basic Nokia that'll do the job for now as I don't want to spend a long time looking around for a more updated phone. And on Saturday we cycled to the country park and my children and I enjoyed a ride on the miniature railway. It is good to see children able to play in playgrounds once more.

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Post 2235

Bluebottle

Just learnt that today is World Chocolate Day - Happy smiley - earthsmiley - chocDay smiley - hug

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Post 2236

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Happy smiley - earthsmiley - choc Day to you, too! smiley - hug Thank you for mentioning that - I enjoyed some of the Galaxy Minstrels that my sister gave me smiley - ok What smiley - choc have you partaken of?

Wow, smiley - cat is really exercising your bird rescue skills... Well done for finding the poor bird that was hiding among the coats...

smiley - laugh That is a fascinating subtitle - a review might be needed, but that's going a bit far... smiley - yikes I can't guess what it should have said! The voicemail transcript I got wasn't quite that bad, although it did puzzle me - 'Give me a bell when you're free' turned into 'Gimme about when you free' smiley - laugh

Yay - glad you were able to get a new nokia that fits your original sim smiley - magic I sent you a text from my nokia when I was able to get a signal smiley - ok

That is good news that playgrounds have been able to reopen, so you all were able to go on the Miniature Railway again smiley - magic I'm getting a bit too used to staying in, but I still do my 'commute' on a weekday - I managed to avoid the rain today, so that was good. Chilly again, though as there was no sun this afternoon - the central heating has switched on just now!


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Post 2237

Bluebottle

I don't have any smiley - choc in the house as it never lasts long, but I had a choc-ice, which is the closest I could find. I'm trying to cut down on unhealthy snacks as I want to be fitter in April.

I got your text, thank you - next up I'll have to get phone credit smiley - winkeye

Did you see the miniature railway doodle I put on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book t'other day that was inspired by the trip to the park? I was quite pleased with that, even though I had to squish the engine up a bit and there was no room for the tender. The miniature railway, for social distancing purposes, only stopped at one station and not the station at the other end of the country park like it normally does.

It hasn't been cold here, nor too wet though it rained overnight.

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Post 2238

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

Aha - a choc ice is good smiley - choc indeed smiley - ok

I didn't see your miniature railway doodle the other day, but I found it this evening smiley - ok Excellent detail indeed - I'm particularly impressed by your drawing of the steam smiley - ok Glad you enjoyed the round trip in real life, too smiley - ok

Your cartoon about your clothes wearing out was also very apt. Does cycling have an effect on your clothes? Pushing my wheelchair has worn out the cuffs on my suit jacket, and this week a hole has appeared in one sleeve's elbow (which is luckily not visible on video calls, but does mean the jacket won't last much longer...).

It has been wet here again today - the left sleeve of my coat stopped being waterproof so I got a bit soggy during my 'commute'. Refreshing, anyway, but I'm glad to be in the warmth now - the heating turned itself on again as it was so chilly this afternoon, so I soon dried off. smiley - zensmiley - tea


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Post 2239

Bluebottle

I was very pleased with the way that it worked out, it serendipitously looks like it is indeed steaming along.

Cycling probably does have an impact on how long clothes last, which tends not to be very long with any clothes below the belt (although belts themselves last for years). Particularly in areas that would come into contact with the saddle or, in the case of shoes and socks, toes.smiley - footprints

Do you wash your coats with the oily waterproofing? The trouble with wearing coats when cycling in the rain is they get sweaty and if you wash them normally you end up washing away the waterproofing oil layer unless you get the waterproofing wash stuff, which is more expensive but designed to help keep you dry.

Weekend's getting closer - still not much difference between that and the working week yet though.

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Post 2240

SashaQ - happysad and 'slightly mad'

smiley - biggrin

Ah, yes it is a while since my coat was washed with the waterproofing stuff. That should fix the problem with the sleeve smiley - ok Dry weather today, anyway, so I didn't need a coat when I went out, although it was a bit breezy.

The automatic transcription tribulations struck again today when I received a voicemail from a colleague asking if we could have a set time to meet - a 't' turned into 'x' smiley - yikes That AI is worse than Cleverbot for having a one-track mind... Apart from that, the tech worked well overall, as we're getting good at collaborating on documents so reports can be produced and checked more quickly.

I hope you all have a good weekend. I'm not sure what I'll be doing, apart from the usual food shopping, but there is a possibility that a nature reserve trail might be opening, so that will be worth investigating smiley - ok


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