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SQ and BB

Post 1901

Bluebottle

Loose chippings aren't normally too bad – the trouble this time of year is of course glass in the gutter, which you can't see in the dark… Has that affected you too badly? Wet drain covers, wet leaves and sometimes wet paint lines can make things slippery too.

Sorry to hear your mould problems are recurring… My daughter is still having tooth pain, with the difficulty being that the school isn't allowed to let her have any medicine there without an official smiley - doctor prescription smiley - biro, so either she goes to school and puts up with it or we have to take a day off work. You can get different coloured slush puppies that you can mix to make different flavours like smiley - pggb, but I wouldn't recommend it for her at the moment.

As far as I'm aware there hasn't been a director's cut of 'Jersey Girl' – again, it is a film that flopped on release so no film company is going to 'throw good money after bad' in restoring a flop. If it had become an underground hit that was a cult success on video then they may have considered it, but it isn't and it remains a fairly unloved film. smiley - shrug

Do you have plans for the weekend? It is getting ever closer!

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SQ and BB

Post 1902

SashaQ - happysad

That's good that loose chippings aren't too bad - the road leading off my street was resurfaced a good number of weeks ago, but every time I turn on to it, I hear the stones pinging on the car, and I was worried they were flying sideways as well, but that's not too bad. The main problem I have to watch out for on the pavements is smiley - dog and smiley - pony poo rather than stones, but I know what you mean about wet leaves being slippery under-wheel.

Ah, the age old dilemma of medication at school smiley - erm I had to smuggle my asthma inhaler in on days when I only needed it just in case, as if I told the teacher they would give it to the school nurse who had to get me to take the medication even if I didn't need it... They didn't ask to see the prescription, though, as they trusted my parents knew I needed to bring it. All the best with that situation. I'm not sure what I was thinking of with smiley - pggb but it was funnier in my head than when I wrote it down - something about it being a fictional drink that could be whatever is wanted (violently-coloured ice-cold slush puppies are not what is needed indeed).

"If it had become an underground hit that was a cult success on video then they may have considered it"

Ah, yes. I can't say it is a film I'd be interested in watching!

The weekend is closer and yet still far away smiley - puff I don't have any particular plans yet, but I shall try to do some more creative stuff for smiley - thepost as that is always fun. I'm also planning to go to smiley - book club again in November and December, so I'm reading the books for them already smiley - ok

I hope you have a good journey to the Island with no more smiley - offtopic trouble and have a good weekend, too.


SQ and BB

Post 1903

Bluebottle

I think I'd worry more about loose chippings if I had a racer bike, but my tyres are wide enough not to be too concerned.

I've sent in a couple of things to smiley - thepost this week – surprisingly enough they happen to be smiley - bus related… Tomorrow I'm looking after the children for much of the day, so hopefully it'll be dry so that they can enjoy attending parkrun. Then off to the Island for the day on Sunday, assuming the ferry makes it there…

Have a great – and hopefully dry – weekend!

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SQ and BB

Post 1904

SashaQ - happysad

smiley - puff Managed to get everything smiley - mammoth done satisfactorily for today - made more difficult by various technical issues, but I managed to find workarounds as I went along... Another smiley - mammoth lot to do on Monday but I am hoping the technology will be fixed so it will be more straightforward then...

Heavy rain this evening, but my neighbour kindly let me share an umbrella, so I didn't get wet getting into the house, and now I am enjoying not having to herd smiley - mammoth for a bit smiley - zen

I look forward to seeing the smiley - bus items smiley - biggrin and I hope you all enjoy parkrun smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 1905

Bluebottle

It was a good weekend, parkrun at Eastleigh was far less muddy than Medina last week and my feet stayed dry all weekend. (Arrggh! I've used 'weekend' twice in the opening sentence). The rest of Saturday was spent looking after the children as my wife was on a course in Surrey on Mental Health Development in Children, so I didn't get to go and have a haircut. My hair keeps getting in my eyes which is annoying, but there's never any free time on a Saturday. Fortunately it didn't rain so the children didn't mind accompanying me to parkrun and cheering me on a little (they got bored with the cheering on and only did so for a lap and a half).

Yesterday I went back over to the Island with the family for a family gathering, and as we were on an earlier ferry than I had originally expected I thought we could go to the new crazy golf course in Sandown as I've been hoping to go there since it opened in Spring. This is dinosaur-themed, but for half-term the golf course was half price and also had a lot of Halloween decorations added smiley - ghost so was full of smiley - spider and smiley - skull. The Isle of Wight is trialling having a five-week summer holiday and a two-week October half term this year. Unsurprisingly the ferry was packed with no sitting room on board during the hour-long journey.

Today's another day where there's lots and lots to do, but I did all I can on Friday and now I'm waiting for others before I can do my bit again.

So how did you get on over the weekend?

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SQ and BB

Post 1906

SashaQ - happysad

No problem with the opening sentence if there is a full stop after the first 'weekend' smiley - oksmiley - laugh

Glad you stayed dry for a change and had a good parkrun. I hope your wife found the training course was as useful as it sounds smiley - ok That's good that you had time to do crazy golf - sounds fun indeed with dinosaurs and Halloween together!

Interesting about the school year change idea - on the one hand it is good for children to have a long summer break to make the most of the weather, as they would have done when they could help on the local farms, but on the other hand it could be better for their learning in this day and age not to have such a long break from formal schooling, and then to have a bit more of a break in the middle of the long winter term...

"Today's another day where there's lots and lots to do, but I did all I can on Friday and now I'm waiting for others before I can do my bit again."

On no, not again smiley - petunias - I sympathise indeed. I was waiting around on Thursday, but then a smiley - mammoth landed on Friday, closely followed by another smiley - mammoth yesterday and this morning but at least today I get a proper nammet time before getting back to smiley - mammoth herding smiley - puff I *hope* you get more to do in an orderly fashion, but I expect you'll be left with a last-minute rush as usual, so good luck with it all smiley - goodluck

My weekend was not quite as productive as hoped, as I literally had nightmares about work smiley - sleepy so I made a hash of a video for smiley - thepost but did send a couple of bits in. I went birdwatching on the Mersey, but the birds were too far away for me to see their beaks, so I can't tell what the small brown and white wading birds I photographed were because there are at least 3 different options! The wind certainly blew the cobwebs away, though, so I didn't meet any more smiley - spider and I enjoyed the fresh air.

Did you get to see the new Dave Gorman programme last night? I thought it was not quite as good as Goodish, but still very entertaining smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 1907

Bluebottle

It's been quite a hectic day today – my daughter was ill again and had to be picked up early from school yesterday, which my wife did and she arranged an emergency appointment for her at the doctor's this morning. So today was my turn to look after her, and so this morning we walked into the town centre to go to the medical centre, then back to Boyatt Wood to collect her medicine, then to the school to drop her off and, as she had a prescribed medicine and I'd asked for a doctor's letter on headed paper with a surgery stamp smiley - doctorsmiley - biro the school smiley - prof agreed to let her have medicine at school as long as an adult picked it up and dropped it off each day. Then as I had been given two bottles of medicine I had to take the one that wasn't left at school home to put in the fridge, then walk to the station to catch the train smiley - bus to work. And I've been in meetings for much of the afternoon. I'm looking forward to sitting still for a moment. At least it has kept me busy rather than waiting at my desk…

Sorry to hear you didn't get a close-enough view of the birds to see them – unfortunately I've had the opposite problem yesterday, in which thanks to smiley - cat we discovered a bird in the bed, under the covers! I don't know if it had been placed there as part of smiley - cat game, or had wiggled there to escape from here, but fortunately we had been warned by smiley - cat unusual behaviour in scratching at the bedding which led to our discovering it. It was alive and, as soon as I picked it up and carried it outside, it flew into the bush. So if a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, what is the value of a bird in the bed that is carried by hand and released into a bush?

I didn't see Dave Gorman's programme in the end yesterday what with everything, but I imagine it'll be repeated on Dave somewhen and somewhen again. We went to puppet club and seem likely to be undertaking a weekend trip to a puppet festival in Warwickshire in a couple of weekends' time – I must admit my thought was, 'I wonder if I can get a new parkrun under my belt?'

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SQ and BB

Post 1908

SashaQ - happysad

Wow, that did keep you busy indeed... Glad you got the doctor's letter to enable your daughter to feel as well as possible at school, and well done for doing all the running round and attending meetings as well.

M'colleague made me feel guilty for taking an hour for lunch yesterday rather than herding all the smiley - mammoth in one day, but I got the work done before the deadline today, so they can't really argue with that... I hope things are going well for you today. The weather is cool, but bright, so if you have similar I imagine you haven't yet switched to your winter cycling outfit.

"we discovered a bird in the bed, under the covers!"

Wow, that is hilarious and scary at the same time! smiley - yikessmiley - laugh Glad you were able to rescue it safely thanks to recognising smiley - cat unusual behaviour smiley - applausesmiley - biggrin I'm very impressed, and I'm still in awe of smiley - cat hunting skills...

"So if a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, what is the value of a bird in the bed that is carried by hand and released into a bush?"

I don't know, but it has to be worth at least two in the bush, as that is an achievement indeed! smiley - ok

Yes, Taskmaster on Wednesdays is repeated on Sundays and Tuesdays, so I guess Dave Gorman on Mondays will be repeated on Fridays and Sundays smiley - ok

The Puppet Festival sounds fascinating - good to know you're always on the lookout for more parkrun tourism opportunities smiley - oksmiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 1909

Bluebottle

Fortunately today has been a much more sedate day, complete with board game club at nammet time – today we played a co-operative firework display card game called 'Hanabi' in which you can see everyone else's cards, but you cannot see your own cards. Shame on your colleague for trying to make you feel guilty about taking your legal right!smiley - grr

We've had about three birds so far, all alive I believe. At least two definitely were and the third I put in a place of safety and a little while later it had gone, so I assume it had flown away and had been but stunned.

You're right in that I'm still cycling to work in shorts and t-shirt and will probably dig out another layer in November. I'm not looking forward to the time of darkness which is only just over a week away now. Fortunately parkrun is still in daylight, though I'm not sure that there will be anywhere to have a shower after parkrun in Rugby next week. Might be a quick baby wipe and smiley - towel job and the hope there isn't too much mud… I've never been to a puppet festival before, but they've got all sorts of seminar sessions on all sorts, from using puppets in care homes, or with toddlers or with dementia patients, a lot on using puppetry in church services etc.

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SQ and BB

Post 1910

SashaQ - happysad

Thank you for the reminder that lunchbreak is a legal right - and indeed important in working efficiently. Yesterday afternoon I had a task that I estimated would take two hours, but I was struggling to get motivated to tackle it after finishing the other thing in the morning. I took a 15 minute break, fetched smiley - tea and then completed the task in 45 minutes so that was much better smiley - ok

That card game is a clever idea! Glad you enjoyed it amidst the sedate day smiley - ok

That does sound hopeful that the third bird was just in shock so needed a bit of time to recover before flying away smiley - ok

Yes, I'm not looking forward to the time of darkness either, but there we go - we have had quite a good summer season, with sunny evenings, so I appreciated the longer days smiley - ok unlike some years when it is cloudy and feels dark earlier than it actually is.

The puppet festival does sound interesting - sounds like there will be something for all the family to enjoy there smiley - ok I hope the parkrun facilities are OK and not too muddy, but I'm sure you'll be fine with smiley - towelsmiley - biggrin

I see Dave Gorman was repeated last night after Taskmaster and Comedians Giving Lectures. I have been watching CGL, but it's not classic TV as I haven't quite yet worked out what it is about - some of the comedians seem to take it very seriously and make a humorous and informative lecture, while others focus on mocking the subject in a manner that is not what I call humorous, and then subject experts assign marks to them in a seemingly-random way smiley - laughsmiley - huh I'm still enjoying Taskmaster, though smiley - evilgrin


SQ and BB

Post 1911

Bluebottle

I've not watched much television lately – more Kevin Smith films and extras. Yesterday I watched 'Clerks II' with a third different commentary. This one had been intended to be downloaded from the ViewAskew website when the film was released and added to people's MP3 players or iPods so that watchers could listen to a director's commentary when actually in the cinema – but cinema chains objected so the commentary was released as one on the DVD instead. So that's two discs of 'Clerks II' extras watched, just one to go. Still trying to decide whether to go for one entry with all films on, or to split it up.

So do you have plans for this weekend? It still seems a long way off!smiley - wah I'm off to a friend's and former work colleague's house after work tomorrow for a film night. smiley - biggrin

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SQ and BB

Post 1912

SashaQ - happysad

At least it sounds like the Kevin Smith films are quite diverse, so you get to experience a few different genres, even though you have to watch each film mmore than once smiley - ok That's a shame that the innovation making use of MP3 Players wasn't allowed to take off even if people had liked it... How are cinemas doing in this age of 'FlixPrime', do you know? Are they managing to find ways to persuade people to keep visiting them, or is there a proportional decline even though some films are breaking through the billion barrier?

Depending on how much detail you want to include (which I can imagine is quite a lot, given how much thorough research you're doing smiley - ok), you might well need to split it up. You will see how you feel when you do the detailed readthrough of each film's section, anyway smiley - ok

I don't have any particular plans for the weekend, yet - I hear the weather is not going to be good, so going somewhere indoors sounds like an option, but we shall see. I mainly need some relaxation to prepare for more smiley - mammoth herding next week smiley - ok I do need to finish that video for smiley - thepost though smiley - ok and I'm still working my way through '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'.

The weekend is nearly here! I hope parkrun is not too muddy for you tomorrow. I'm sure you'll enjoy your film night! I'm meeting a former work colleague after work next week - will be good to catch up smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 1913

Bluebottle

Kevin Smith films are quite diverse in one way, but in another there is definitely a lot of similarity in that most films concentrate on dialogue between pairs of characters. Smith is very much a director who approaches his film as a writer of dialogue, rather than action. It is often rude dialogue, but the interactions between characters is key.

That's a good question about cinema viewing figures – I've not seen anything more recently, but 2018 had surprisingly high audience numbers: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/dec/14/big-screen-boom-uk-cinemas-on-track-for-best-year-since-1971 The trend has been that the more money invested in cinemas and the better facilities actually at the cinemas, the more likely people are to go.

Talking of which, I'm hoping to go to the cinema on Saturday night as the children should be going to a youth club held at the local church – I'll have to check what time 'Terminator: Dark Fate' is on… Otherwise this weekend's plan for me is parkrun and haircut – and I believe my mum's supposed to visit (if she shows up, reliability not being one of her strongpoints). And the clock, of course, so that the time of darkness comes upon us all. But hopefully not a dark fate.

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SQ and BB

Post 1914

SashaQ - happysad

Here’s a funny thing I found http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/which-deadly-dinosaur-are-you?collection=personality-quizzes

I got Gigantoraptor smiley - cool


SQ and BB

Post 1915

SashaQ - happysad

"Smith is very much a director who approaches his film as a writer of dialogue, rather than action."

Ah, interesting smiley - ok

"The trend has been that the more money invested in cinemas and the better facilities actually at the cinemas, the more likely people are to go. "

Ah, that's good, so other facilities make more of a difference than the lack of MP3 players smiley - ok

I hope your weekend went according to plan - I see you got to see 'Dark Fat' and I hope you enjoyed it (for a given value of 'enjoy').

I had a very good weekend. I managed to dodge the rain and finished the video (I couldn't rescue it, but it went wrong in a sort of funny way, so I went with that smiley - laugh). I also went to an aerodrome for their open day and got to see planes, smiley - bus and automobiles smiley - cool

Four smiley - mammoth herded so far today, and three more to go smiley - puff but lunchtime is not quite an illusion so that's good. I hope you had a good journey to work today in the bright morning weather.


SQ and BB

Post 1916

SashaQ - happysad

Ah - I also meant to ask if you have plans for NaJoPoMo this year - I'm going to join in with the Hooverville project A87951720smiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 1917

Bluebottle

'Dark Fat' was the first 'Terminator' film since 'T2' to have involvement from Jim Cameron, which actually meant it was quite good. The skulls are back! And it actually felt it was moving the story forward rather than retelling the first films over and over again like the last three films. It also starred Linda Hamilton as an older Sarah Connor – Sarah Connor was always the smiley - love of the story.

Other than that, the weekend went well. I managed to enjoy a film night at a friends' – he said that he wanted to watch old Marvel films and so I brought along the first disc of the 1944 'Captain America' serial. I don't think that was what he had had in mind but we nevertheless enjoyed watchin the first third. Sometimes I suspect I have different definitions of 'old film' than other people. (Obviously anything from within my lifetime cannot count as 'old'.) Unfortunately he lives near a main road out of Southampton and I managed to time leaving shortly after the Southampton v Leicester match ended smiley - football. Southampton lost 7-0 and the traffic didn't seem to be particularly cycle-tolerant.

On Saturday morning I did a muddy parkrun and had a haircut smiley - sheep so I don't have hair in my eyes anymore and my mum popped round to wish us a merry Christmas with the possibility that we may see her next year.

Today I've been asked to create a course for students who are starting on Wednesday, but naturally haven't been given the information about it. Things like how much students are going to get charged, that sort of thing that prevents us from being able to create the application system in advance as students enrol and sort out fees at the same time.

I may well do something for NaJoPoMo – the same restriction applies, though, that as I won't be online over the weekend I can do something every day but not necessarily on the day, so I'm not sure how that would work with a joint Hooverville thingy.

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SQ and BB

Post 1918

SashaQ - happysad

"The skulls are back!"

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it, and that James Cameron hasn't lost his touch after so many years of not being involved with the series smiley - ok

"Obviously anything from within my lifetime cannot count as 'old'"

Obviously, yes smiley - ok because we're not 'old', no... smiley - senior

Glad you enjoyed the evening, but that wasn't the best night to be out and about indeed... (Leicester smiley - football actually won 9:0 smiley - wow so I can imagine the Southampton traffic wasn't in the best mood, to put it mildly...)

Good to hear you got to have a haircut smiley - sheep and managed to see your mum as well smiley - ok I managed to herd all my smiley - mammoth yesterday so today I have time to catch up on other stuff. I hope all went well with your course creation smiley - chick

I'm not entirely sure how Hooverville is going to work yet, but it has been designed to accommodate people who can't post every day so it should be good smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 1919

Bluebottle

I'll look forward to getting the DVD of the film which hopefully will be jam-packed full of extras, although sadly these days they often only put extras on the Blu-Ray…

Not only were the motorists not particularly cycle-friendly on Friday regardless of the final smiley - football score, the weather was chucking it down. Still, cycling home in the dark was good practice for this week as the Time of Darkness has arrived. Clocks being moved back always brings misery, why do they do it? I don't see the advantage in deliberately going from light mornings and light evenings in late October to light mornings and pitch black evenings. Seems a huge backwards step. They could at least wait until the evenings are dark anyway.

Course has been created, which is good – we've only had half the information so it is a definite guestimate on what students should be doing, but that's the joy of rush last-minute apprenticeships.

So other than smiley - mammoth-herding, what have you been up to? It is half term this weekend, which at least has meant that there's less traffic around in this pitch-black world.

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SQ and BB

Post 1920

SashaQ - happysad

I've been lucky that the DVDs I have watched recently have had the extras on them, but I think I have a couple of Disney DVDs that will only advertise the Blu-Rays... smiley - blue (if I recall correctly, there were no extras on The Princess and the Frog DVD I got...)

"They could at least wait until the evenings are dark anyway."

Yes, that is an excellent suggestion - the USA isn't putting the clocks back until this coming weekend, which makes more sense smiley - ok

On the plus side I have been sleeping better so far this week, because of it feeling later than what it actually is, so I'll hopefully manage to keep that up rather than falling back into the bad habit of being too tired to go to bed... I hope your children adjust OK. My sister's cats were a bit confused about the time change, as they were hungry at the usual time, so they had to be fed only half an hour later than usual at the weekend to ease them in.

I had a good evening out with my former colleague last night smiley - biggrin Excellent to catch up and talk about colleagues past and present as well as non-work things smiley - ok

Well done for sorting the course out as best you can smiley - applause Since sorting out those smiley - mammoth I've been enjoying Fun With Flowcharts smiley - laugh I have some minutes of meetings to write, though, so I must work on those this afternoon before getting back to the fun smiley - ok


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