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Post 1801

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, Uno is a superb game - my family had hours of fun with that and I'm sure you all will too smiley - biggrin

That is impressive that Sir Derek Jacobi reprised Claudius for Horrible Histories! A shame the original cast weren't much involved, but glad it was fun!

Good luck tomorrow - I hope you get a good time even though it will be busier smiley - goodluck

Things are better now - i made the connection ok, this train is autumnal and the tea has just arrived smiley - teasmiley - biggrin Cheers!


SQ and BB

Post 1802

Bluebottle

Tomorrow's forecast is supposed to be windy, so we'll see how things go. Now that she's got a job and we'll start having some money coming in from next month, my wife wants to look for a new car that'll actually be worth more than the cost of repair at the next MOT, so she's hoping to start looking for one. (By 'new' obviously I mean new to us, I don't think I know anyone's who has actually bought a car brand new).

When the television series originally ended most of the original cast moved on to make 'Yonderland' for Sky and the BBC film 'Bill', only for the BBC to restart 'Horrible Histories' with a new cast. Yet this film predominantly features an entirely new cast with a few almost cameos from some of both the original and newer 'Horrible Histories' casts. But it was a good film and well worth seeing with the family. I just hope I'll be able to see 'Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion' in the cinema, those films just don't get a wide release in the UK, possibly just a small handful of cinemas at the end of the month.

Glad you've managed to get both smiley - tea and train – is that your last change of the day?

Enjoy your weekend!

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SQ and BB

Post 1803

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, it was rather windy on Saturday, to say the least, but Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was open, so that was a good day out again! We found a fascinating fossil museum on Sunday, and managed to spot one more bird for my list, too!

It was a bit of an antisocial weekend as I met my sisters -and brother-in-law, but nobody else (I didn't plan well, but my friends from Southampton were in Northampton! ) but it was great just to have a break and do something different smiley - ok

I watched an episode of Horrible Histories, too - a fashion special that was very funny, especially as it featured Dandies and Macaronis smiley - biggrin

Yes, the train with the smiley - tea was the last train of the day, so the journey went well smiley - ok I'm now on the train again and have wifi once more smiley - biggrin

Good luck with the car hunt - I hope you find a bargain that serves you well for many years smiley - goodluck


SQ and BB

Post 1804

Bluebottle

Ah yes – Pompey always seems particularly windy, though nowhere is as windy as Southsea… Good that you got to enjoy the Historic Dockyard again, especially as the submarine entry has left the dock of Peer Review!

Tell me more about the fascinating fossil museum. I know there used to be a Creationist Museum just along from the dockyard opposite the ferry that seemed to have sporadic opening hours (and never when I had 59 minutes to kill waiting for the next ferry, as the ferry is scheduled to leave Portsmouth one minute before my train from Eastleigh arrives). Last time I looked, which admittedly was a couple of years ago now, it had a 'Closed for Renovation' sign up which I assumed was one of those 'Closed for Renovations' that actually means 'we'll never re-open'. So now I'm wondering if it has actually re-opened after all? Or was it somewhere else?

parkrun was interesting on Saturday in the wind. On lap one, all the trees looked a bit like this:
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But by lap three, one of the trees looked more like this: smiley - xmastree
Only it didn't at all, 'cos it wasn't a fir tree. But you get the idea – before you could call 'TIMBER!' or sing 'I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay' one of the trees near the path decided to adopt a more horizontal approach to life. Fortunately it didn't actually hit the path and no-one was hurt. A little branch that I assume came from a different tree almost hit me, though.
After that I advised that we postpone car hunting until such times as trees weren't blowing over on top of people.

On Sunday my wife had arranged to see her cousin and we drove to Salisbury and enjoyed a picnic in the grounds of the cathedral. Sadly the cathedral didn't have a helter-skelter or crazy golf course inside, but it did have a big brass band playing very pleasant music while the Salisbury 54321 run/walk event took place adjacent: http://salisbury54321.com/index.html

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SQ and BB

Post 1805

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, it definitely wasn't as windy as Southsea! It was pleasing that the Submarine Entry left the dock of Peer Review this week! I plan to write more about the Dockyard soon smiley - ok

Yikes, that was a scary parkrun - glad you were ok, and glad the tree that fell didn't fall on the path... yes, not the time for car hunting indeed..,

Ah, that was bad timing that the trains didn't link up and the museum wasn't even open to take advantage of that... Yes, it is a shame about places that 'close for renovation' being a euphemism for 'closed'... The Etches Museum is further along, somewhere in Dorset. Very good - plenty of different artefacts on display, and excellent videos and interactive bits to say more about how the fossils were found and what they mean smiley - ok A fascinating 'Swimming with Dinosaurs' view as well, so plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs were brought to life smiley - biggrin

Glad you all had an entertaining day in Salisbury smiley - ok I've been past Salisbury on the train and am just at Bath smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 1806

Bluebottle

I had a look online and it appears that the Creationist Museum in Pompey has indeed reopened! Only it doesn't open on Sundays and that's the day I usually travel over to the Island for the day, which might be why I've been assuming it still looks closed whenever I've been near. I've not been to the Etches Museum, but I assume they mentioned Mary Anning and the Jurassic Coast, the UK's second-most-important fossil site.

I hope you've enjoyed your Bath, the weather here is a tad damp and at work I'm having great fun with Academic Parasites – sorry, I mean Academic Partnerships.

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SQ and BB

Post 1807

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, Bath was good as the tea was proper. Now I'm on the miserable train again - no chamce of tea as I haven't even got the seat I booked, but at least I'm on the train - there was a delay and then I nearly fell on the platform because the assistance person threw me down the ramp off the other train smiley - grr

Yes - mention of the Jurassic Coast and Mary Anning indeed smiley - ok


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Post 1808

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, that is good that the museum managed to reopen after refurbishment, and of course they would have to forgo opening on the day of rest. A fascinating concept for a museum - I will look online about it in a few minutes.

Ah, yes the challenges of 0 the ac partnerships good luck with that smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 1809

Bluebottle

smiley - yikesThat's not at all good and helpful! I hope that isn't normal behaviour, but again is it worth raising further?

Surprisingly enough the reviews for the museum seem to be quite polarised, with many very against it and others thinking it is charmingly mostly harmless and, being free, good value for money.smiley - shrug As I've never actually been inside I can't comment, but I'd like to go in if only because it saves waiting at the train station for an hour and it seems the sort of place where it would be interesting to go.

This week I've been told to create for our new Academic Partnership 72 courses (which is 249 modules and 747 module instances, or to put it another way, a lot of work) instantly so they can start recruiting now. Only it is another case of being told I won't get the necessary information to set things up correctly, I just have to best guess the details and ensure everything is accurate, but without delay. Oh well…

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SQ and BB

Post 1810

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, not good indeed - I will send a message later to remind them that that is not helpful...

The train quietened down a bit, so I am now in the seat I booked smiley - ok

Yes, it would be interesting to visit and see for yourself what it is like - I could n't read the reviews on this tablet, but saw it was exactly 2.5 out of 5. The website said a little - the model of the t-rex is funny!

Ah, yes that is a challenge that they ask you to do such a large task without giving you the tools you need to do the task smiley - grr Good luck with guessing... smiley - goodluck


SQ and BB

Post 1811

Bluebottle

Dinosaur name 51 comes from 'Natural History of Oxfordshire' by Robert Plot, published in 1677. It contained an illustration of a fossilised dinosaur bone, however as dinosaurs hadn't been discovered, Plot thought it might be a thigh bone from one of the elephants that Claudius used in the Roman Invasion of Britain, or possibly a giant like Goliath. A century later Richard Brookes used this illustration in his 'A System of Natural History' (1763), labelling it 'Scrotum Humanum' based on what the bone looked like. It is the first ever dinosaur bone to be given a scientific name, albeit a daft one, although the bone itself has since been lost. Palaeontologists guess it was possibly from a Megalosaurus, but there's no way to know for certain.

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SQ and BB

Post 1812

SashaQ - happysad

F22159859?thread=8322594 smiley - ok

The rest of my journey went smoothly, so that was pleasing - thank you for keeping me virtual company en route smiley - biggrin I made my complaint yesterday about that 'assistance' incident, so I should get a response within the next few days and hopefully that will improve things in future...

I hope you are managing to get through your Dreadnoughtus task OK smiley - goodluck I was busy yesterday catching up on e-mails and things, made worse by smiley - footinmouth when I innocently contacted someone only to discover they are leaving at the end of the month, not by choice, but today I have managed to finish a couple of tasks already, and made more diplomatic enquiries, too... smiley - whistle


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Post 1813

SashaQ - happysad

Some music in honour of Post 1812 A689024smiley - laughsmiley - ok


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Post 1814

Bluebottle

Oh dear – sorry, I'd obviously copied and pasted the wrong post so the post I'd written yesterday has gone… It involved a hope that you weren't catapulted onto stations during the rest of your journey and that it didn't get too busy later on, as well as mentioning that the family had planned to attend a board game café event yesterday evening, but we didn't in the end as my wife wasn't feeling well.

It is the last RR10 of the year tonight and will be a very wet one!

Still working through the Dreadnoughtus, which will take some time and be an ongoing mess. While I appreciate that Academic Parasites are a useful source of extra income at a time of declining student numbers, the way they're handled here is a right pig's ear. smiley - flyingpig

To make things happier today we've been notified that by the end of the year there will be 'further restructures… [November's] redundancies will not be on the scale of the most recent round'. Well, foolish of me to assume we'd done restructuring for the year…

Did I say that I've been asked to contribute drawings to our running club's newsletter? I'll be reusing a lot of the old 'Running Commentary' ones I did and a few new drawings too, but I'm beginning to wonder whether I should write © on my drawings or put a little logo on to show they are by me. Not that it would take more than a second to Photoshop it off… I designed a daft little logo years ago so I might bring that out of retirement.

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SQ and BB

Post 1815

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, I guessed a copy and paste problem had occurred smiley - laugh Yes, the assistance for the rest of the journey was very good, thankfully smiley - ok Sorry your wife wasn't well - I hope she is now feeling better smiley - tea

Sorry to hear about the continuing work woes, too - even though you did predict that you'd have a couple more restructures before the end of the year, it is disappointing... Good luck with the pigs' ears smiley - flyingpig

I hope the RR10 went well and you didn't get too bogged down in the mud.

That's great that your Running Commentary will be gaining wider fame - well deserved smiley - magic Good idea to put a logo on, like signing a painting smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 1816

Bluebottle

Thanks – yes, my wife's feeling better again now. She's planning on heading out car shopping today. On Sunday a lot of the car dealers were closed, then on Monday when driving around town she got a puncture, she'd hoped to go Tuesday but was unwell, then yesterday she went to the garage to fix the puncture, which was done but the garage informed her that the car needs about £1,500 worth of repairs coming up in the near future, even before they do an MOT to discover more, so understandably she's especially keen to get a replacement sooner rather than later.

It stopped raining by the time the RR10 started and most of it was on either gravel or sandy paths, so not too muddy in the end. At the end of the season league table I finished 230th out of 659 and of that race I was 245th of 273.smiley - shrug It was fun, although I had another encounter with the New Forest Breathing Bully.

My logo is of a female vampire – I tried a male vampire, but every time I tried to draw one it ended up looking like Count von Count aka The Count from 'Sesame Street'. So it isn't particularly consistent, but sometimes there's nothing quite as appealing as an inherent contradiction.smiley - biggrin

I'm off work for a fortnight after tomorrow – hurray! Possibly with a new car…? As long as I get to go to the zoo to look at the Lego dinosaurs I'll be happy. smiley - mammoth

<BB<


SQ and BB

Post 1817

SashaQ - happysad

Yikes, that is a saga with the car... Good luck indeed - I hope your wife made progress today so that things don't get too desperate for you all...

Glad you did well with the run and didn't get bogged down smiley - ok Sorry to hear the New Forest Breathing Bully still hasn't forgiven you for breathing as you run, though smiley - blue

Ah, that is an intriguing-sounding logo! smiley - vampire Yes, inconsistency adds to the appeal sometimes indeed!

Hurray for annual leave! I'm sure you'll have a great time with the Lego dinosaurs smiley - ok

I'll let you know how I get on with this weekend's photography competition - I'm not holding my breath after having won the last one, though, as that was a bit of a fluke! smiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 1818

Bluebottle

Well smiley - goodluck with the competition. My wife seems to think that she's found the perfect car, so I look forward to hearing more about it when I get home. Which will be delayed 'cos I'm going to the cinema first – to see the live-action remake of 'The Lion King' with former work friends. My family sneakily saw it already when I was working one day at the start of the school holidays, so I'm catching up by seeing it without them!

(Now that's an idea for a potential h2g2 entry – Disney's live action remakes of animated films…)

At nammettime today I bought two films on DVD (unlike me, I know). smiley - mod

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