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Bluebottle Posted Dec 26, 2020
A huge thank you for the gifts that you sent - I took some photos and will try to send them to you despite the USB memory stick issues...
Hello from the Tier 4 Boxing Day - not that it is much different to Tier 2 or anything that has happened since March in that I'm spending my time indoors...
I don't know if I'll be doing much video-conferencing in my new role, hopefully not. I much prefer to just get on with things than having to talk about it for ages first. Mind you, most people who did the conferencing at work have gone now
I hope the RSPB reserves will stay open - outdoor exercising is still permissible after all.
Hope you had an enjoyable Christmas to you and your family.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Dec 30, 2020
Glad you all enjoyed your goodie box I look forward to seeing the photos when technology permits We did have a good Christmas, although it was even quieter than last year. My sister sent me some teaspoons, so that is excellent!
There was no Boxing Day Morris Dancing gathering on the Village Green this year, of course, but the dances took place in the streets instead, so people could watch from the safety of their own homes - superb!
Glad you're managing OK in Tier 4. We had the problem that we had a while ago, that we were on a border between 2 and 3 so we couldn't go to the nearest places again. However, I found a newish park that has been created near my non-home office, so it was good to explore that for a change. The RSPB was open today, but the hides had had to close again. I managed to see a few things there, anyway, and it was pleasant fresh air. I see we're joining you in Tier 4 tomorrow, as is the Isle of Wight
All the best for New Year's Eve
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Dec 31, 2020
My task for today is to sort out the photos
Congratulations on getting teaspoons for Christmas - you never can have too many teaspoons. Long may they never disappear! Today we went to the theatre by watching an online performance of Mischief Theatre's improvisation show.
Strange to think that this time last year I went to see a Mummer's Play, but of course that is cancelled. We have a few fireworks exploding in the distance, not too loud fortunately. Not sure yet if I'll bother staying up to see in the new year - which reminds me I'll turn my phone off so I'm not ed a lot.
Happy new year!
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 2, 2021
Happy New Year
Glad you got to see some theatre online even though you couldn't see the mummer's play again I stayed with mum and we saw a few fireworks on 31 December at 8pm that were not too loud. Then at 11.50pm and 12midnight neighbours on both sides set off fireworks that were very loud, and I could even see the flashing through the curtains, they were that close... Certainly woke me up, but I soon went back to sleep again, so it was OK. Did you stay up and see any more fireworks?
Yes, the teaspoons were a lovely gift - they have shiny blue handles, so hopefully will stand out more clearly in yoghurt pots, etc - long may they never disappear indeed!
Speaking of gifts, I had a strange experience with Lulu when I bought some books for people - I ordered a copy of What the Dinosaur, but I received a different 35-page cartoon book on a similar theme (with a flower instead of a dinosaur!) I think you will have received the royalties, as your book was listed on the invoice, but I wonder if someone else has received the Neovenator rather than the they were expecting
Did you do anything particular on New Year's Day? I made a grand start to my bird list, as I found a field full of Fieldfares, which is a species I'd not seen before We had a bit of snow today, but the last few days has just been wet, so it was a tad muddy, but pleasant to be out and about.
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jan 4, 2021
Happy New Year!
I know - incredibly we 'went' to the theatre to see an improvised Mischief Theatre performance (the team behind the 'Goes Wrong Show' - did you see their nativity?) - possibly the only time I've been to a theatre and had leg (and elbow) room! We'll see another performance at the end of the month too.
I didn't bother staying up but we had more fireworks at midnight and Maxy our kitten ran in and under the covers shaking with terror. He isn't a that sleeps on top of the bed but very much crawls beneath the duvet to turn up in unexpected places and then start kneading with claws out, which is a bit of a shock I've not really done anything noteworthy since New Year's Eve either. Trying to get out running every day again.
Out of curiosity, what do you think is a reasonable number of facemasks to own? I ask as since Christmas I now own 15, which I can't help but feel is excessive. To put it another way, I own more face masks than underwear. Or individual shoes. Or hats. Or shorts and trousers combined.
I'm sorry to hear you missed out on the copy of 'What the Dinosaur' - did you contact Lulu? I hope they send you the replacement free of charge and also ensure that it doesn't happen again, and the person wanting gets a replacement that they want - though obviously it'd be nice if the recipient enjoys my book too (assuming they got a copy - a straight swap would be the easiest explanation).
Getting a bit concerned now about the near-future if truth be told...
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 5, 2021
Happy New Year!
It was back to work for me with a vengeance yesterday - lots to catch up on after the break. The proofreading project I've been assigned to is interesting, although intense. Luckily the news from last night didn't really affect me, as I just carry on working at home, but I last had a haircut in July, so I'm glad I got my Grade 8 clippers working... Sorry the environment in your workplace continues to be concerning All the best with it all
Sorry was upset by the fireworks The kneading reminds me of this meme that my sister likes! http://pics.me.me/a-haiku-about-cats-controlledweirdness-you-are-cute-but-please-37912384.png
Yes, that is an advantage of home theatre, that you can enjoy the space and fetch yourself a drink etc whenever you like! I didn't see the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society production, but I'm glad to see you enjoyed it and wrote it up for h2g2
Luckily the book I received is lovely , and when I remember who I was going to give What the Dinosaur to , I will buy another copy Probably an accidental swap indeed, so hopefully Lulu will sort it out without any detriment to anyone.
I'm not sure how many facemasks is reasonable, but I would say that I would expect you to have more underwear than facemasks, so 15 is probably a few too many Either that, or you need to get more underwear
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jan 6, 2021
Was it July when barbers were allowed to open again last year? That'll be when I last had mine. It still is no-where near as long as it was when I had the tail. The fringe reaches the bottom of my glasses at a stretch.
Ah - a for another - that explains it! I thought you'd said earlier that you'd already bought a copy of the . A double gift indeed as I'll also benefit too! Sadly with the latest lockdown and not going far means that the local card shops are all closed (and Paperchase is heading for administration!). I looked at the card selection in our local co-op and unless you are sending one to a wife/husband/sister/brother/mum (but not dad) 18/20/30/50/70/80 year old or a child, they don't have birthday cards.
Our seems particularly fond of walking across the latop when I'm working.
Did you see how Queen + had a number one album last year and - surprisingly - 'Greatest Hits' was the 8th best-selling album (and 7th best-selling album on vinyl) of 2020?
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 6, 2021
Yes, it was July when barbers were open again after the March lockdown. My fringe reached the bottom of my glasses a couple of weeks ago, so I gave it a trim after I got the clippers working to do the back and sides - I'm not Cousin Itt at the moment Glad your fringe currently only reaches the bottom of your glasses at a stretch
Yes, before Christmas someone said they were interested in cartoon books and I thought What the Dinosaur would be a good for them, even though they were someone I wouldn't usually send a to, but the book didn't arrive until after Christmas so now out of context I can't remember who I expect it will come up in conversation again soon
Challenging times for Paperchase indeed Fascinating about card selections, too - here there were a few dad cards, but no sister cards
Ah, yes are good at walking across laptops - I hope doesn't find the combination to eg turn your screen upside down
Thank you for the Queen news - I vaguely recall hearing Live Around the World got to number one, but that is an achievement that Greatest Hits is still doing well I bought GHII as my first Queen album, because the '80s era was the one I was most familiar with, but GHI does contain classic tracks, too Impressive vinyl achievement as well - Queen do have a track record with records, as they released the single You Don't Fool Me as two different coloured vinyls in 1996 so that helped it in the charts
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jan 7, 2021
MANY HAPPY OF THE DAY!
Ah yes, the postage seems to take about a fortnight for copies of from Lulu as far as I can gather. I'm sorry I can't help you remember who it was who said it - I like cartoon books such as Asterix and Garfield and the Wight Smiles by Besley, but it wasn't me.
Talking of rotating screens, can you remember the days when you could delete people's Windows start button?
Do you know any reason why Queen's 'Greatest Hits' is doing so well in the last year? If it coincided with the release of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' I'd understand it - and why are these people buying it in such numbers, and not also buying 'Greatest Hits II' at the same time, which as you say has many more classic tracks on too?
I've seen that the album has also done well in the US where it has reached the top ten for the first time - taking 39 years and 1 month to make the top ten chart, which is the 2nd longest time it has taken for an album to break into the top ten in the US.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 7, 2021
Thank you I still have another day before I become the forty-one, as my birth date is divisible by 3 like yours is, but I appreciate the cake
Yes, it wouldn't be you as you already have a copy of What the Dinosaur, I presume, given that you like cartoon books
I didn't know it used to be possible to delete people's Windows start button I do remember the days of going to Watson Prickard for school uniform and then going to the internet cafe next door for an hour to download a picture of Queen, though
I was also wondering yesterday about why Greatest Hits is so popular compared to GHII... It contains Bohemian Rhapsody and We Will Rock You and We are the Champions, so that might help, but A Kind of Magic, Radio Gaga, I Want to Break Free and Under Pressure are similarly awesome songs... Interesting about the Billboard chart in the US - I see Classic Queen did better than GHI there previously, reaching Number 4 in 1992. Amazing that 23,000 vinyl copies of GHI were sold in a day in 2020 just because of a sale in Walmart!
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Bluebottle Posted Jan 8, 2021
Ah yes - deleting the Start button was a trick I learnt from my school days, not that there were many PCs except for 3 in the library (two 386 and one 486 which was the most popular). The IT room just had Acorn Archimedes. But yes I do indeed remember the joys of waiting long periods of time for images to download, line by line. Did you download the picture to a floppy disc, and do you still have it?
I wonder what made the chart position so high in the UK, even if a sale in Walmart explains the US
At the moment the uni's decimation has meant that we can't run a report we need to know what undergraduate courses are required at what levels for the Student Loan Company's Course Management System. All undergraduate courses need to be set up correctly on there with over 90% accuracy by the end of the month and none of Solent's are on and the task hasn't even been started yet, which with hundreds of courses to deal with is quite a lengthy one, particularly considering all the constant changes that have happened over the last year. I tried being proactive in getting something sorted but have been told it isn't anything to do with me any more. I still don't know what is. Oh well.
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SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 10, 2021
Ah, the 386 - I remember it well from school! I couldn't get to the IT room as it was upstairs, but the teacher brought one computer down on a trolley for me to use at the back of the stage in the main hall They didn't let me do any IT qualifications as it would have required them to bring the computer down more than once a week, but I got to do German and Classics instead, so it worked out fine. Luckily we had an Amiga at home, so I could teach myself some IT. The Amiga is long burned out, but I do still have the floppy disk with my Queen pictures on, yes By the magic of modern technology, I can see them again in just a few seconds!
That is a good question about why GHI charted highly in the UK in 2020 given that it has performed better than in the USA in previous years so quite a few people must already have a copy of it by now... Vinyl sales will have helped, but there must have been significant digital demand as well. Fascinating.
Oh no, you have my total sympathy that your efforts to be proactive were rejected because it's nothing to do with you any more so you just have to watch other people making a hash of it Oh well indeed
I experienced the vagaries of Microsoft Word again last week with this proofreading project I'm working on - eg pressing Return for a new paragraph changed the font from 11pt to 10.5pt bold Getting there, anyway...
I had a good birthday yesterday. Food shopping was a bit of a chore, because the supermarket was quiet at first but then got strangely busy, and a member of staff ran into me with a goods trolley (luckily no damage done) but then I did video conferencing with my 'in laws' and went to Solnushka's Zoom Party so that was something different
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jan 11, 2021
As far as I know no-one is actually doing anything about it, just sending e-mails back and forth in which they are confusing themselves Oh well, as long as I don't get the blame if it all ends up going horrendously wrong and none of our students can get loans.
Word is definitely weird - even when you try and set up default documents exactly how you want them, it ends up doing its own thing half the time anyway.
Glad to hear you had a good birthday - did you get a copy of 'Queen Greatest Hits' Must really have been a shock to have had a collision particularly as everyone is (theoretically) trying harder to keep distance from each other.
My weekend was uneventful once more. Did the Christmas filing - I keep all the Christmas cards I get and file them in lever arch folders with cards & letters etc I've had from those people I've been sent over the course of the year. I keep meaning to try harder to write letters etc more, but at the moment doodling is taking up much of my time.
I vaguely remember the Amiga, wasn't that a Commodore PC? I had an Amstrad PC1512 which had 512k memory and twin 5 1/4 inch disk drive (just like the PC which coincidentally appears in this week's cartoon as bought in Dixons of Dock Green as a reference to a popular police television show).
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 12, 2021
Ah Yes, you've done all you can, so it's not your fault indeed if they don't manage to do their job.
Yes, Word tries to be too clever for its own good these days, and PowerPoint was the same today - on one slide I did a lovely nested list in seconds, and then on the next slide it absolutely refused to do a nested list... I had to prepare the sublist on a third slide and then copy it across with extra indents instead
Yes, trying to keep a distance from other people did contribute to the trolley clash, as my attention was focused on three sides and the trolley came at me from the other side. I didn't get Greatest Hits, though, as the copy I have is still good!
Glad you got your Christmas filing done. I don't write as many letters as I used to 10 years or so ago, but I did write two this week, to friends who have been watching the Joy of Painting as well so I spread the joy of my paintings I'm thankful for messages in h2g2, too
Ooo - twin disk drives was state of the art indeed! Yes, Amiga was Commodore WordPerfect was great word processing software, and DeluxePaint was an excellent drawing tool - hours of fun! And sometimes I could print my pictures on ye old dot-matrix printer, line by line!
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jan 13, 2021
Another frustrating day when I was given a task to do I've not done before and a 1-page 'guidance notes'. I asked what the columns of the spreadsheet I was working from were as they only initials were used to be told 'we can't give examples of every eventuality'. Five columns aren't every eventuality, surely?
I must confess I bought the Platinum Collection a long time ago - 20 years? When did it come out? But my wife has a copy of 'Greatest Hits' on its own.
Word can be very unpredictable - today Autocorrect wanted to change 'Weetabix' to 'bittersweet' - not a word I usually associate with Weetabix if I'm honest.
Ah yes, the joys of a dot-matrix printer, and the screechy noise they made. We had reams of printer paper with the tearable perforations down the sides, and the joys of changing the printer ribbon, not just adding a cartridge. Still much cheaper than Dave Gorman's printer My ZX Spectrum's printer burnt words onto silver toilet paper. That was funny.
I've still got some of the stories wot I wrote as a child hanging around, I could always bung them on Lulu one day...
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 14, 2021
That wasn’t a helpful response indeed... even one example would have helped, if five was too much.., I hope things went better today I received a somewhat irate e-mail from someone who claimed I had told them that I would do “six impossible things before breakfast“ and they wondered why I hadn’t done it yet... Luckily I was able to explain the misunderstanding and do what was possible instead.
Wow, the Platinum Collection was released 20 years ago... I didn’t buy it then because I already had GH1 and 2, but I got it in 2005 at the Queen Convention when they gave some away to loyal conventioneers
Hm, yes bittersweet isn’t a word I would associate with Weetabix, either... my autocorrect has no guesses for what it could be changed to.
Ah - yes I used some of that printer paper in school. Burning words on to silver toilet paper is fascinating technology! Yes, the ribbon was much cheaper than Dave Gorman’s printer ink. Like Word, printers can have a mind of their own these days - I often have to turn mine off and on again before it will do what I asked it for
Ah, yes good to keep some of one’s juvenilia. My favourite story wot I wrote when I was 6 started off ok but then turned into a ripoff of Enid Blyton at the end as I had to finish it in a hurry Would be fascinating to see your juvenilia on Lulu Did you have any particular inspirations?
SQ and BB
Bluebottle Posted Jan 15, 2021
Today I spent doing the thing that I proactively tried to start doing last week but was told not to because it wasn't my job any more, only now that the deadline is just a week away they've decided that it is important it is done quickly and well by someone who knows what they're doing after all, and that this isn't the time to get to grips with the process from the start. I could have said that last week - (In fact I rather think I did, though not in those exact words). Oh well...
I bought the Platinum Collection from Woolworths, I did. Mind you I got a lot of CDs from there - funny to think how they used to do midnight openings when some films were released and at midnight you could go shopping in Woolworths, the Virgin Megastore, HMV and Tower Records in Southampton to see which had the best offer - Borders and Fopp too during the day - and they've all now gone.
Most of my stories were written in my teens rather than 6. Do you still have a copy of that story?
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 16, 2021
Gah, that is good that you can get the job done, but frustrating that you now have a week less than if they had let you start when you first mentioned it Good luck with it all...
Ah, Woolworths - those were the days . Yes I got one or two of my Queen CDs from there and more from HMV. I wasn’t aware of midnight openings, though - fascinating!
Yes, the story was turned into a cardboard book, and I think I know which bookshelf it is on - I’ll see if I can find It and copy the pages this weekend
I hope you all have as good a weekend as possible.
SQ and BB
SashaQ - happysad Posted Jan 18, 2021
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Bluebottle Posted Jan 19, 2021
Thanks for the birthday greetings! And for the text message - that was the first text message I've received this year! Is it just me or do people send fewer text messages than they used to? Funnily enough I've found text messages to be like es - none at all this year and then four arrived yesterday. Mind you as I'm not going anywhere all the 'I'm on my way' or 'running a little late' or 'going to the shop on the way home from work, do you want anything?' messages I used to send don't really apply.
Of the 16 Queen albums I have (including +, Brian May and Barcelona, but counting the Platinum collection as one) I think that was the only one I bought new, the others were secondhand from Oxfam, the BF shop or Cex. I did win the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' soundtrack at parkrun though.
Yesterday for the first time ever we had takeaway delivered to us - normally we'd either go to a restaurant or I'd collect food from the local chippy, but neither option is available at the moment. We had Frankie & Benny's we did. They have quite a wide range of various foods. Not that it helped with my son, who took a small piece of pizza and declared himself full. That didn't stop him from wanting to eat a giant piece of though. Which for some reason was decorated with candles saying '64'
How was your weekend? I'll have to have a good read-through of the - I'm sorry I wasn't able to dedicate the time yesterday but I'll read through properly, promise! You definitely had neat handwriting at 6. Mine was rather small.
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