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Post 1681

SashaQ - happysad

Glad your performance went well and you were able to hear the others while you were waiting offstage. I enjoyed the video your wife put on smiley - facepalmsmiley - booksmiley - ok

That is an amazing coincidence about you standing next to the same person as last year! There may have been an element of reassurance if the lady recognised you, but if either choir had been arranged differently when they arrived on stage, I can imagine it would have been impossible for her to get there! Also coincidental that the photo to prove it was in the programme smiley - rofl

The best coincidence like that I have experienced was when we went to Disneyworld and met our next-door neighbours smiley - laugh

"it was my fastest ever parkrun while wearing a plastic Stormtrooper mask on my forehead and carrying a 1999 Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace supersoaker"

smiley - ok

Oh, wow - that is amazing that Legoland didn't hold a Star Wars event this year smiley - yikes Glad you were able to make the most of it, though smiley - ok Much better than your last visit indeed smiley - ok

I quite enjoyed birdwatching at A87875987 at the weekend - I possibly saw one new species, although I haven't zoomed in on the photo yet to check, but the others were too elusive... I definitely enjoyed taking better photos of species I have seen before and their smiley - chick though smiley - biggrin I need to update my online portfolio, but I'm also in the middle of doing arts and crafts and stuff, so I need to try to finish at least one thing this week before I start anything else...


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Post 1682

Bluebottle

Yep, the performance went well. There were official photographers and videographers at the event, so I'm not sure what will happen with those. There may be more and clearer videos put on the website at some point? We'll see.

I believe reassurance is the most likely reason – lots of people have little superstitions and it isn't unlikely that someone thought 'I stood next to him last year, he didn't stand on my toes and the show went well so I'll do the same this year'. And before you know it people start believing they have lucky socks and that the play 'Macbeth' is unlucky, although statistically more actors have died while performing 'Hamlet'. It wouldn't have been too difficult to recognise me from last year as I was wearing the same shirt and shoes as last year. Not for reassurance reasons, though – my wardrobe hasn't changed since this time last year. For the last two years I've been given the same instructions 'wear your most colourful clothes', and as all the relevant factors have remained constant, you would expect the same question to give you the same answer. Statistically, it is unlikely I was wearing the same socks, though – or at least both of them.

Ah – over the weekend you'd gone for a burton!smiley - ok So what are you going to priorities this week, arts, craft or stuff? So much to do, so little time smiley - winkeye

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Post 1683

SashaQ - happysad

I like your theory about the reassurance hypothesis! smiley - ok Yes, that does make it more likely given that your 'most colourful clothes' are well-defined smiley - ok

Sock statistics are fascinating indeed. Some of mine shrink at a faster rate than others so they get paired together, but otherwise it is a random selection of either blue or white (as I don't wear one blue and one white sock) smiley - ok

"Ah – over the weekend you'd gone for a burton!" smiley - laugh Yes smiley - ok Last night I did some chore Stuff and some Craft. The Art is for Dmitri, but that can wait for a few days. The other Stuff is writing an Entry, but I already have two Entries in Peer Review with no comments so there's no rush on adding a potential third. The Craft is hard work (involves crocheting wool tightly to create a dense fabric) but it is a specific project for someone else so that is a good thing to prioritise smiley - ok So much to do, so little time indeed smiley - sleepysmiley - winkeye


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Post 1684

Bluebottle

Other than hiking socks I have about a dozen identical pairs of black socks, so I just grab two socks at random and wear them. Keeps life simple.

Ah, I must admit I've been doing subbing stuff this week and tidying up entries from people I think have smiley - elvised rather than reading & commenting on current entries. Although it is good to see someone who had previously smiley - elvised return.

I've not got the hang of crocheting wool – I might be better at croqueting wool… Pompoms I can do, though. Almost 30 years ago at Sandham Middle School for the 'make something and sell it' task I was in a team of three making pompoms – we sold them as 'Pom-Pom Pets'. Quite a few relatives bought one or two and over the years since I seem to have been given a lot of those back.smiley - huh I might try and photograph them if I gather enough together at some point.

We may be taking the children camping next month, which is exciting. Hopefully they'll enjoy it…

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Post 1685

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, that is the simplest sock solution smiley - ok

No worries about Peer Review - c'est la vie when things don't catch people's eye... You've been doing sterling work on the tidying and subbing smiley - oksmiley - tasmiley - star

Yeah, crochet is difficult - my gran taught me, and she was self-taught so our methods are... somewhat unorthodox... Doesn't help that the (online) pattern I have been working from was full of errors and they kept correcting the errors in each stage while I was half way through that stage... smiley - doh I'm nearly there now, anyway - I am aiming to finish by Sunday so that I can give it to the person who needs it smiley - ok Croqueting wool is fun, though - I can imagine your cat is good at that smiley - ok

Pom pom pets are cute smiley - chick, but that is rather strange that a lot of them have been given back to you smiley - huh

I checked my bird photos last night and didn't see any new species after all, so the quest for the final few continues. I hope you all have a good weekend. That will be an exciting holiday for you all to go camping if you can - I hope your children enjoy it indeed (and I especially hope the weather is good, as that makes the most difference to enjoyment of camping...)


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Post 1686

Bluebottle

My next plan is to get started on the list of those entries that had mentioned the pre-subbing conversation that we talked about, oh ages – 18 months? Coupla years?- ago. And one day I'd like to sort out smiley - thepost... Never time for everything, eh?

Well done on the crochet completionsmiley - applause Is preparing to crochet wool-gathering?
With the returned Pom Pom Pets, some have returned to me from grandparents who bought them at the time and have since passed away, and I think other relatives have thought, 'He has kids now, he'll want to give them to them to play with'. Well, I don’t – I made 'em, so I'll play with 'em.smiley - evilgrin

Apparently official photos of our show have now been put online somewhere, so I'll have to look for those after work. The one thing I didn't like about the show was the introduction.

Thanks to television talent competitions it is virtually against the law to now sing a song on stage without there being a sad sob story. It is an accepted part of the competition, thus:

Singer 1: I'm going to sing an uplifting song in memory of my grandparent, who passed away recently.
Singer 2: Well, I'm going to sing an uplifting song in memory of my grandparent, who was murdered last week.
Singer 3: That's nothing! While I sing an uplifting song the graphic crime scene photographs of my grandparent's brutal murder will appear on a slideshow behind me.
Singer 4: While I'm onstage singing an uplifting song, my beloved grandparent will commit suicide standing next to me.

So unbeknownst to us there was a spoken introduction before the show started about Eugene Shoemaker's car crash, which led into our first song. So the show began 'Bloke's dead, let's sing 'Disney'!'smiley - grr

I had thought about taking my family for a bike ride this weekend – we could catch a train to Southampton and cycle back, which only I have done before. But no trains, only rail-replacement smiley - bus, which don't allow bikes…

Will there be time to look for birds while delivering wool?

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Post 1687

SashaQ - happysad

"My next plan is to get started on the list of those entries that had mentioned the pre-subbing conversation that we talked about, oh ages – 18 months? Coupla years?- ago."

Ah, that was a long time ago, that I don't recall offhand what those Entries are! What smiley - thepost needs sorting out? Is that the descriptions of the Entries in each issue?

'Wool-gathering' is a good name for preparing to crochet - I gave the crochet to the person who needed it and she was very pleased so I received more wool in return! That's good that there was nothing particularly sinister about your Pom Pom Pets coming back to you - "I made 'em, so I'll play with 'em." - yes indeed! smiley - ok There was no new bird-spotting for me this weekend, but I did enjoy doing some art, which I put on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book just now smiley - ok

Ah, that was disappointing that the concert was introduced with a television talent competition sad sob story segment... Excellent analysis of the phenomenon, indeed...

Sorry to hear about the rail replacement smiley - bus again - that is so frustrating in this day and age that they don't have a way to transport bikes when the trains are not running... I hope you found good things to do instead.


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Post 1688

Bluebottle

The entries we mentioned in the thread: F14307592?thread=8306004&skip=32 although it was a while ago… I found your smiley - artist on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book! The joys of interviews indeed, but I can very much relate to that…

On Saturday after parkrun we went to Sussex in the end to meet a baby and then we took the kids to have a bounce at a nearby indoor inflatable place while we caught up with old friends. Hopefully next week we'll be able to travel by train again and maybe even cycle.smiley - ok

This week my son's doing SATS exams, so we're trying to keep things lighthearted at home so he doesn't get too upset and/or stressed about those. I don't really see the point of SATS – I never did them as our school teachers went on strike at SATS time when I was due to and nevertheless seem to have survived unscathed. I've never felt that I missed out by not doing them. Did you sit SATS?

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Post 1689

SashaQ - happysad

Ah! I remember the thread, but didn't appreciate that I had found stuff from the days before Sub-editors! smiley - laugh Not urgent, anyway smiley - ok

If I did SATS, I wasn't aware of it at the time, so I didn't get chance to be stressed! There was a test we had to do one day, and the teachers had to send the papers away so we never knew what we got. We did a mock test first and I enjoyed it so I did quite well. We all had to mark each other's test tests and that gave me ideas on how to help people to do better in the real thing (the classmate whose test I was given hadn't turned the paper over, which didn't help, but also didn't show any working in the maths questions) but the teacher wasn't interested smiley - flustered

I don't really see the point of SATS either - if they are used to assess schools as a whole, it is a very crude measure if there is no benchmarking (and benchmarking introduces other issues), and if it is to establish a baseline for an individual pupil then it mainly measures how good they are at doing timed tests... (I found I quite enjoyed timed tests smiley - laugh but I can imagine it was indeed not an issue for your education that you didn't gain this specific piece of knowledge at the time your school boycotted the tests!)

That's great that you all had a fun weekend, and hopefully your son gets through this week without too much stress smiley - goodluck


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Post 1690

Bluebottle

When I get a chance to look at it I wonder whether there are many Researchers involved who are still around. I assume not, though, as presumably they would have resubmitted their work in Peer Review.

Yesterday my children had their first puppet club since Easter, so they were out for much of the evening. Hopefully they're not too tired today.smiley - zzz

In good news we've heard today that the VC will be off by the end of the yearsmiley - wow He's done his term and so he'll be off to become the University of Central Lancashire's Vice-Chancellor. Still, our gain will be their loss. The worry is what will the next VC smiley - prof be like? Is it better the smiley - devil we know? Can it get worse?

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Post 1691

SashaQ - happysad

Yeah, I saw a discussion recently between a few Researchers from 2000 who are still around, but they are unlikely to be ones who would leave an Entry dangling... We shall see, anyway smiley - ok

Glad your children had a good evening last night smiley - biggrin

Wow indeed smiley - wow that is news and a half! I can't say too much about such things in public, but I can say "The worry is what will the next VC smiley - prof be like?" indeed, and also:

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Post 1692

Bluebottle

Obviously there's still time for at least one more round of restructuring before our current VC leaves, he might even wish to squeeze in one more after that for old time's sake… And then it'll be musical chairs again the moment the newbie turns up.

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Post 1693

SashaQ - happysad

Yes indeed...


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Post 1694

Bluebottle

How is your week going? This week we had our first choir session since the performance, and so as we're putting all the songs behind us and starting completely new songs we've not done before, internally there was a bit of advertising to encourage new starters to join. Unfortunately, though we were indeed starting a new song from the start, it was probably one of the hardest we've done, so not one I'd've chosen for new members to begin with. The song is 'Moves' by Olly Murs and the first line is 'I walk in the club like a million bucks first I hit the bar for a couple of shots wink at the beautiful women I think I'm makin' 'em blush then I spill my drink tryna cover it up.' This Olly Murs fellow obviously isn’t a fan of punctuation or breathing.

Yesterday was board game club and we played two rounds of a card game called 'Exploding Kittens'. I managed to win one round, so overall with the boardgame club I've managed to win once at every game we've played except 'Splendour' (which we've only played twice), so that's not bad.

In the evening it was another RR10, this time in the Wilverley Inclosue in the New Forest, so lots of smiley - pony on the paths. I struggled round without falling over, but I'm definitely a lot less fit than I was last year. It was good fun, though. I finished 207th male out of 221. The next one is Blackfield in the New Forest in a fortnight, then they are weekly for four in a row.

How is your week going? Are you able to take advantage of the warm weather during the week?

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Post 1695

SashaQ - happysad

My week is going OK - I'm managing to get some Chore Stuff done in between Craft Stuff so that's good, and work is reasonable. It was a lovely day for a fire drill today, which makes a change as it is usually raining on those days! I take advantage of the warm weather a bit in the week, as I go out for a 'walk' at lunchtimes (although lunchtime was an illusion again yesterday) but I am definitely enjoying the bright evenings smiley - biggrin

The office is still a bit of a sauna, though - my nammet bread went seriously mouldy yesterday (fortunately before I made the sandwich so I didn't waste the filling and was able to use today's bread instead) so I've eaten tomorrow's bread today. Luckily I have some bread in the freezer at home, so I will be OK for tomorrow, but I will have to stock up again at the weekend.

Wow, that is a challenge for new and experienced members to sing a song with no punctuation or breathing... Hard enough for me to read the sentence in my head, never mind try to say it! smiley - laugh Hopefully people had a laugh about it, but it could be offputting...

Well done on your Game Club success smiley - ok What does 'Exploding Kittens' entail? smiley - bigeyes

Glad you enjoyed the run through the New Forest and didn't hurt yourself. Impressive the total number of runners! I'm sure your fitness will improve quickly between RR and parkrun smiley - ok


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Post 1696

Bluebottle

We normally have the fire drills in the summer after the students have left, when they rush all the building work as quickly as possible and the contractors drill through wires etc, setting all the alarms off. Although there's not too many contractors around at the moment, apart from the ones around our building in what appear to be bio-hazard suits labelled 'Danger! Asbestos!'. They have a caravan parked next to the cycle rack with two doors, one labelled 'Dirty End' and one labelled 'Clean'. I wish I had my camera with me.

Mind you I did send a picture to smiley - thepost this week – I suggested a picture for one of Dmitri's entries and he didn't think it appropriate for his entry, apart from the Share smiley - smiley - smiley - flyingpig - Enjoy smiley - ok at the bottom. That'll be in smiley - thepost next month.

That sounds like quite a complicated bread rota system you've got going there! There are different challenges involved in ensuring you keep food fresh and don't waste anything depending on number of people living in the house.

Dan the choir man has a very different taste in music to me, which is fine as everyone is different and there's nothing wrong with being introduced to new things, leaving your comfort zone and expanding your horizons – but that particular song isn't really for me.smiley - shrug It always amuses me that in our choir we have 2 blokes and about 30 women, but we've never sung a single song about women loving men, but lots of songs (maybe a third) about men finding women attractive. (The second rough third is about 'I' and 'You' and so gender neutral, and the final thirdish of songs aren't about relationships).

'Exploding Kittens' is a card game. All the pictures on the cards are cats and you collect and play the different cards, which allow you to pick up and discard cards – but if you get the Exploding Kittens card and have no defensive card, then you die. So whenever you pick up a card from the deck, it may be an exploding kitten, and each exploding kitten card is returned to the deck. You go through the deck once and when you get to the bottom of the pile it is a case of trying to ensure the other players get the exploding kitten card rather than you. It is quite a fun game.

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Post 1697

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, literal drills setting the fire alarms off, I see! That does sound a rather amusing yet not amusing sight with the biohazard suits around... Intriguing about the smiley - flyingpig picture - I look forward to seeing it!

Speaking of biohazards, this week is a complicated bread rota system, but it is not usually like that - I usually pick the mouldy bits off, but it is very unusual for the bread to turn into a biohazard within the space of three days... I can imagine you have different challenges as there are more than one person in your house. I am fairly used to eating food past its best before date, but I try not to let it go too far... I'm still grateful to you for taking some off my hands while it was still fresh - smiley - choc that is not past its sell-by date does have more flavour... My easter egg is only small and it is best before 2020 but I am hopeful of being able to enjoy it before Christmas smiley - ok

Fascinating about the song choices indeed, given the profile of the choir... Perhaps says more about the disproportionally low number of gender-neutral pop songs about relationships, I don't know... However, there exists at least one song about women loving men, so the situation could be improved...

Ah, the card game sounds funny indeed - fairly simple idea, but involving a bit of strategy smiley - ok


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Post 1698

Bluebottle

Fire drills and people biohazard suits looking like spacemen who have just landed on an alien smiley - planet are just some of the joys of a university in summer. That and the corridors being blocked by the summer schoolers who for some reason loiter far more than non-summer school students.

Have you got a bread rota sorted for this week? Today I have an unusual nammet-time treat of carrot sticks. Carrot sticks are vey enjoyable but the bags they sell them in are usually twice the size of what we need, which is potentially wasteful.

I was a tad unwell on Friday alas, if you had wondered why you hadn't heard from me. Saturday I ran Chichester parkrun – although a lot of road signs called it 'Ch-ester'. Unusually Chichester parkrun starts next to a Spartacus, which seemed an odd person to have a statue of in Chichester. I then dashed to Cocking, a village between Chichester and Midhurst, for the talk on Trailwalker. That was scarysmiley - yikes. And when I got home just after 1pm my son wanted to go on the bike ride to celebrate his finishing SATS, so we cycled to Southampton – his furthest ever bike ride, though one I'm very familiar with.

I hope you had a rewarding weekend too!

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Post 1699

SashaQ - happysad

Sorry to hear you weren't well on Friday, but glad you had recovered by Saturday. I did notice you were around for a few minutes in the morning but not in the afternoon, so I guessed something had... cropped up...

Yes, this week's bread rota is going better so far - I put the bread for the latter half of the week in the freezer so there will be less opportunity for biohazards to occur smiley - ok Today I'm having a peanut butter sandwich made using a perfect portion pot from Premier Inn smiley - ok I like carrot sticks, too - they used to sell one-portion bags in Asda and Morrissons but I haven't seen any for ages... I know what you mean about bigger bags - I am tempted by them, but am not sure whether the cut carrot sticks would go off before I could finish all the portions... Potentially wasteful indeed...

Wow, you did have a busy Saturday. Well done on fitting everything in and getting a good time at Ch-ester parkrun smiley - ok Trailwalker sounded scary last year, and I'm not surprised it still sounds scary... Well done to your son for cycling to Southampton - sounds a very pleasant way to celebrate finishing SATS smiley - ok

I did have a good weekend - I wasn't going to watch Eurovision properly, as I didn't fancy hosting an online Eurovision Party this year, but I found an online party on Twitter so I joined in with that smiley - blushsmiley - cider It was as fascinating as ever smiley - laugh and I was pleased there was a cameo by A87830490

Sunday was good, as my sister visited so we went out for family lunch and then had a walk round the National Waterways Museum - I didn't see any new species of birds for my list, but it was amazing that one building was full of Swallows' Nests so birds were swooping round our heads smiley - wow

Did you watch Gentleman Jack last night? I didn't, but I plan to watch it on iPlayer this week to see what it is like - I have seen that it is 'loosely based on a true story' so I won't take it too seriously. The new series of Taskmaster started this month, too - a task this week, to run as far as possible while making a constant noise, sounds like one you could have won with your smiley - whistle skills!


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Post 1700

Bluebottle

I went on h2g2 on Friday morning just long enough to do the duty and approve the Scout picks, but that was all. I'm currently enjoying being able to breath and think again.

Ch-ester parkrun was okay, it was very zig-zagging up a hill around the outside of the various football and rugby pitches – making it a very three rectangular-shaped blocky course - and then downhill down the pavement next to the park. Quite hilly too. I was just taken by surprise by Spartacus.

I've not seen 'Gentleman Jack' yet either – I will have to wait until a night when the kids are asleep. Probably not tonight, though, as I'm heading out right after work with a couple of work colleagues to the pie shop. There's a café called Pie Caramba which is a 'Star Wars' and science-fiction themed pie shop: http://www.piecaramba.co.uk/ Even better is that it isn't in the trendy, new part of town that's full of restaurants.

The National Waterways Museum sounds enjoyable – is it still a connected waterway with riverboats passing by?

I'll have to look out for the latest series of 'Taskmaster'. I've not watched anything on 'Dave' for ages. The children, as they get older, stay up later and later and this reduces the available amount of television-watching time.

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