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SQ and BB

Post 1941

Bluebottle

No, it wasn't a situation that in retrospect could have been predicted. Doesn't make it easier or make any difference, really. Feeling guilty is as much a part of being human as anything, even when there's nothing to feel guilty about – but thinking 'I should have known in retrospect' doesn't change anything, even if you should have known in retrospect, and in this case you couldn't have. smiley - hug Sorry to hear that you've had a bingo call already, though.

Sorry to hear that on top of all that you are having a problem with your leg – not too serious, I hope? It doesn't sound it if you are considering measures such as talcum powder, but sometimes what others might objectively consider unserious can make a huge amount of difference…

Yes, the weekend was good – though once again far too short. And work's been odd here, with few spare moments to h2g2. We've had a new maternity-leave covering starter in our team start yesterday and she is entirely new to the university as well. So she has no knowledge of our systems, academic stuff or anything and I've been spending much of my time training her, which means time away from h2g2! I've almost caught up with writing the NaJoPoMo, though…

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SQ and BB

Post 1942

SashaQ - happysad

Wise words. Thank you smiley - hug

No, the leg problem is annoying, but not too serious - I get athlete's foot from time to time, but managed to get rid of it quickly earlier this year, and now 'cranitch' has appeared on my leg instead because it is so warm in the office... smiley - towel has been helping so far this week, anyway, so that's getting better. I wondered if talc would be a quick fix, but getting into a proper smiley - towel routine is better, to help stop the problem recurring smiley - ok

Glad your team has got a member of staff to provide maternity cover, but that is difficult that she's starting from scratch - well done for doing the training. My first 'proper' job was as maternity cover - definitely throws people in at the deep end, having to learn as much as possible in about 9 months...

I did some h2g2 spam swatting today, while I was waiting for someone else to pass a piece of work on to me smiley - zen Well done with the NaJoPoMo catching up smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 1943

Bluebottle

I've caught up to yesterday now, and yesterday I started drawing my adaptation of the Nativity Story, and have done a whole two pages. Later tonight I had planned to eat a pie after work at the pie shop Pie Caramba, which does a good range of pies (including a fair number of Vegetarian and Vegan options, with my friend Dave, but he's unable to do so, which means I can't write about how much I like the pie shop for today's NaJoMoPo post, and will have to think of something else to saysmiley - wah

At the moment I'm currently listening to not-Queen, which is very odd. After listening to all my music I started the day with a Beatles-Bob, one Beatles album followed by one Bob Dylan album a day, followed by random mix. Then after I ran out of Bob Dylan albums I began a Beatles-Queen, and now I'm working on Wings-Queen, at least until December when I can start listening to all the Christmas songs. And yesterday and today have been more not-Queen, to be honest.

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SQ and BB

Post 1944

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, sorry your pie night isn't able to go ahead as planned. I went to a local Festive Dinner last night, which was nice. Number 2 is the 'platitude du jour' so I got 3 more of those, but apart from that it was a pleasant evening as I was highly honoured to be seated next to the Mayor and Mayoress and we had a good conversation (eg about people who contact the Mayor and like to call a spade a smiley - bleep shovel smiley - rofl ).

I chose the vegetarian option because I liked the sound of it, but instead of being 'root vegetable crumble with roast potatoes and veg' it was 'vegetable crumble with root vegetables'. That wasn't quite so good as I had to pick the peppers out without reciting the tongue-twister, but it was something different from turkey dinner, anyway. Dessert was a massive Chocolate Brownie - it didn't work very well as it was raw in the middle, but there was plenty of it that was cooked just right so that was sufficient smiley - biggrin

Do you have a particular favourite pie?

Glad you've been enjoying Beatles-Bob and Queen smiley - biggrin I've been reading the Ringo Starr postcard book - fascinating studying the postcard designs and the funny pictures Paul and John drew smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 1945

Bluebottle

Today's Queen that isn't Queen is 'We Will Rock You: The Musical' by Ben Elton, I've also experienced Queen+ and a spot of the old Queen Symphony. Perhaps 'We Will Rock You: The Musical' would have made sense had I seen it?smiley - headhurts Tomorrow I'll be starting Wings-Meat Loaf.

Honoured company indeed – did the Mayor and Mayoress wear ceremonial hats, robes and medals? And where were they Mayor & Mayoress of? Are they a husband-and-wife mayoring tag-team, or have they chosen a mayor and a separate mayoress to be inclusive? Sorry your dinner was a bit disappointing – I must admit I'd've gone for the traditional festive fayre – particularly if there was a Christmas Cake, Christmas Pud or Mince Pie option. A traditional Christmas Cake with inch-thick icing top and sides has to be the greatest culinary achievement.

I'm afraid I've never called a spade a smiley - bleepshovel, but I know a load of billhooks when I see them if that's any help…?

I don't have a favourite pie – I think I've been to pie caramba twice? Possibly thrice? I believe I've had the Bounty Hunter's Chicken and Game On pies…? Although you could be asking what my favourite pie name is – which might well be the Pie Scraper, which I would never, ever, ever dream of ordering: http://www.piecaramba.co.uk/menu

Both John Lennon and Paul McCartney have had art exhibitions – with many of Lennon's drawings featuring in his nonsense books, 'In His Own Write' and 'A Spaniard In The Works'. Many of Lennon's drawings attracted some controversy when they were coloured-in after his death by Yoko Ono.smiley - shrug But people don't seem to send postcards much any more; I'm not sure a book titled 'text messages from the boys' would be quite the same.

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SQ and BB

Post 1946

SashaQ - happysad

"Perhaps 'We Will Rock You: The Musical' would have made sense had I seen it? smiley - headhurts"

Wow - yes, it would make more sense had you seen it! I quite liked how the Queen songs got the musical chorus treatment, but the show itself was gloriously cheesy - an experience, but I didn't feel the need to see it more than once, even though the topical references were updated over the years so it was a slightly different performance each time.

Wings-Meat Loaf sounds to be a rousing selection smiley - ok

The Mayor and Mayoress of the local town were off duty, so they didn't need to bring the ceremonial robes. They are husband-and-wife. Yes, the Mayor went for the traditional turkey dinner followed by smiley - xmaspud and mince pie smiley - ok

"A traditional Christmas Cake with inch-thick icing top and sides has to be the greatest culinary achievement."

smiley - ok

"I'm afraid I've never called a spade a smiley - bleep shovel, but I know a load of billhooks when I see them if that's any help…?"

smiley - snorksmiley - ok

Good choices of pie - it is an eclectic selection on the menu, with great pun names indeed! smiley - ok The Pie Scraper sounds terrible as a 'food'... one pie is more than enough for me, never mind three...

Good luck with your Nativity cartoon - sounds as though it will be fun!


SQ and BB

Post 1947

Bluebottle

The nativity cartoon is going well so far, though I am aware that while it took me just over a month to do 'What the Dinosaur' which is set over a period of a few hours, the nativity story takes place from 16 months before the first Christmas to 2-3 years after, when the Magpies – I mean Magi – turn up and they all go to Egypt. That's quite a period to try and cover, with multiple characters, including SHEPHERD NUMBER THREE!
I'm also in the middle of developing a theory, which goes like this. Drawings of people moving, such as walking or running, give the impression of being more interesting than a drawing of people being stationary, such as standing or sitting. Even if they're saying exactly the same thing to each other, the impression and implication of progression makes it seem more interesting somehow. However, while it is quite easy to give people wearing t-shirts and shorts/trousers knees and elbows at odd angles to imply they're advancing, it is quite difficult to imply movement when your characters are wearing nothing but lengthy dressing gowns and tea towels.smiley - shrug
This morning I wrote the words 'son of' an awful lot; pretty much the first thing that's in the New Testament, right at the start of Matthew, is Joseph's family tree – and pretty much the first thing that's left out of every Nativity adaptation is Joseph's family tree. Especially as it is completely contradicted by the family tree in Luke. So one of the first things I knew was that I had to include the family tree to make up for this continued oversight – and in Stereo!
I just wish I had more time to do some drawingsmiley - biro After all the tidying and chores I only had 40 minutes spare time at home yesterday. Where does all the time go? At nammettime I was pestered by someone from Sky and someone from NowTV wanting me to sign up and I thought, 'do people ever actually have time to watch these things?'

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SQ and BB

Post 1948

SashaQ - happysad

I found a bit of my message that didn't get copied from Notepad earlier!

" I'm not sure a book titled 'text messages from the boys' would be quite the same."

No indeed... My sister has an app on her phone that sends postcards, so that is something for the 21st Century, as are A10726850 and A12736361 but they are definitely not the quick and cheap communication option like they used to be...


SQ and BB

Post 1949

Bluebottle

Definitely not cheap – the price of stamps alone has skyrocketed in recent years…smiley - blue Have you seen whether those two things the pages mention are still going?

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SQ and BB

Post 1950

SashaQ - happysad

I’m just in the car garage waiting room while my car is given a full check, and Homes Under The Hammer is on the TV in the background - I can’t see it, but I can definitely hear the theme music that Dave Gorman mentioned smiley - laugh

That will be a cartoon on a Biblical scale! Do you have a plan of how many pages it will be, or are you taking it scene-by-scene? Yes, drapery is a challenge - Greek Vase Paintings evolved over the years as the painters developed new techniques but mine tend to be at the level of plain tunics of different lengths... Difficult to depict movement indeed...

I know of the Family Tree at the beginning of the New Testament but wasn’t aware of the Tree in Luke, so I look forward to seeing that oversight rectified smiley - ok

Yes, it is difficult where time goes..l. My tv is on for about 4 hours a day, but Freeview and Iplayer are quite sufficient for me as I wouldn’t want to pay money to not fully concentrate on programmes because I’m doing something else at the same time smiley - laugh

It is a few weeks since I checked those Entries, but when I did look they were still going as we had a Postcard-themed Front Page smiley - ok. Postage prices are a bit odd these days, with the shape as well as weight being taken into account - some things are cheaper than expected, but others are surprisingly expensive...


SQ and BB

Post 1951

Bluebottle

Ah – 'Homes under the Hammer' – I always remember what Dave Gorman said about how, without the background music and description, it is just a series about people walking into a room and looking around. If I ever flick channels and it is on I always press the mute button to get the full experience.

The story is going to skip about quite a bit, I think. It'll have to. Mind you, I've only started on it this week and I've drawn five pages already. It is helped by not being as detailed in the backgrounds as 'What the Dinosaur', though. However I want to see if I can tell the story and finish it by Christmas.

I did think up a sentence on the way in to work this morning which fits right in: 'When you talk to me it's like the mooing of a cow or the howling of a wolf at night'. Can you guess who this is said to and by whom? Find out when you read it! (Unless I forget to include it, in which you'll never know if you were right) smiley - biggrin

You've probably spotted that I don't normally have much variety in clothing in the characters I draw, but it has to change a little for the period setting. Joseph might end up being the only adult male character without a beard! But at the end of the day I know that the person doing the drawings is only me, which limits the scope of what can feature in the story and that I should stick to what I can draw. Although I'll have to work out how to draw a donkey and camels…

I must admit I've not encountered postage prices to be cheaper than expected - I still expect a First Class stamp to be 20p like it used to be, so anything more than that I consider to be a tad steep.

Well, the weekend approacheth, have you got plans of what to do?

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SQ and BB

Post 1952

SashaQ - happysad

"If I ever flick channels and it is on I always press the mute button to get the full experience." smiley - laughsmiley - ok

My car has now been thoroughly checked, so that is very reassuring smiley - ok

Ah, that's a good plan to aim to finish the cartoon by Christmas smiley - ok I'm confident of your camel-drawing ability, but a donkey is a bit more subtle to depict - good luck! The sentence reminds me of something a shepherd might say to the Angel Gabriel smiley - biggrin

Ah, yes 20p for First Class is going back a bit... I posted something for ebay in a jiffy bag and it cost more than £5, but then I posted some A87946483 in a similar-sized jiffy bag and that was only about £1 because they were light, so that was surprisingly cheap.

I think MumQ plans to stay with my sister for the weekend, so I plan to go to A87875987 as well as going to the nutritional resource centre as usual. I hope you have a good parkrun and I hope you enjoy your wife's party and manage to not get too crowded.


SQ and BB

Post 1953

Bluebottle

Good to hear your car been checked and presumably is working fine. smiley - biggrin

You'll have to see if you get it right – I've not written that line down yet, but I've not got to that particular scene yet. Nor the mad platter's tea party either. This morning I drew Joseph giving Mary a tallboy smiley - gift (an item of furniture with drawers and a wardrobe, not an earthquake bomb designed by Barnes 'bouncing bomb' Wallis smiley - peacesign).

How did your weekend go? Did you manage to head out to the wildlife wetlands in the end? (The journey in today was like going through wetlands, the boardwalk was flooded – only the second time I've seen the boardwalk flooded, and that water is tidal. Unlike the canal path above woodmill which wasn't too high – that is purely rainwater and there are cascades at woodmill so if the tide is high it doesn't affect the water level above woodmill).

My weekend was quite busy – next h2g2 task is writing about the weekend and bunging the words in NaJoPoMo.smiley - winkeye

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SQ and BB

Post 1954

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, the car is now not a smiley - xmastree as all warning lights have been dealt with smiley - ok

I did get to the wildlife wetlands, and added at least one more bird to my year list, so that was pleasing - nice to get out into nature, even though it was rather muddy.

Wow, that's not good about the flooding. Did you need your emergency socks again? It hasn't been too wet here so far today, but the last couple of days have been dark all day - very wintery, even though it isn't even December yet smiley - brr

I look forward to reading more NaJoPoMo soon smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 1955

Bluebottle

Ah, would the bird in question be a coal smiley - tit by any chance? I did see a lot of ducks on my way in, so it is true what they say about it being lovely weather for them.

I did indeed use the emergency socks and underwear this morning, and had to find somewhere to hang my shorts to dry. The trouble with having a sixth member of the team is that I can't hang my shorts to dry on the back of the spare chair no more 'cos it ain't spare now. I did mention the need to have a proper clothes-drying area of the office.

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SQ and BB

Post 1956

SashaQ - happysad

Yep - it was a coal smiley - tit (it was in a flock of bluesmiley - tits, and I only just spotted it before it flew away, hence the photo on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book didn't manage to include its legs smiley - laugh)

Ah, that is tricky that there is nowhere to dry things - that was the one advantage of the new building A87944160 I worked in, that there was a room called the 'drying room' on every floor. The disadvantage of the room was that the door was extremely heavy, to make sure the warm air didn't disrupt the 'heat transfer technology' so one day when I needed to put my gloves in there, I got trapped in smiley - laugh Luckily it wasn't too long before someone else arrived to put their coat in and let me o smiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 1957

Bluebottle

Clothes-drying remains a bit of a sore topic as this week's really been the first heavy rain since we moved to where we are – which is slap in the middle of the office, away from all the radiators – and since we've had a full team again. Up until now when it rained I dried clothes on the spare chair, but now we don't have one.

There is a corner of the room where lots of people open their umbrellas to dry, and so I thought I'd hang my shorts to dry there. After all, the inconvenience of having a damp umbrella is nothing to the unpleasantness of having to put on a wet pair of shorts or trousers at the end of the day – only to be told that drying clothes in the office is unprofessional.

So I sent an e-mail to the office manager saying,

"Having worked for the university for over a decade, almost 12 years, in every single staff survey, VC conversation and at multiple points during each and every year of my employment I have raised the issue that the university has not merely inadequate but virtually non-existent facilities for cyclists and other active travel methods. Despite pointing out the Health and Wellbeing, environmental and other benefits for doing so, no change or measurable improvement has been made in nigh-on twelve years, to the point that I am still asking the simple request of having somewhere to hang a pair of shorts. I cannot believe that an office the size of A101 does not have anywhere large enough to dry an item of clothing approximately 18 inches in width.

I am sure you can understand my dilemma in that if I cannot dry the clothes I travel to work and back in, I am left with the alternatives of either;
Keeping the shorts/trousers wet all day and putting wet clothes on at the end of the day.
This is not a realistic option as, as we have already established, there is no available options at present in A101 where it is possible to keep such wet clothing, whether to dry or to simply maintain their existing level of wetness.

If wet clothes cannot be taken off to dry or store the only alternative option is to remain wearing wet clothing.
This, of course, is not comfortable for the wearer and increases risks of illness, looks unprofessional and may be unpleasant for those in the surrounding area."

So I'll see if I get a response. Otherwise I think I might have to spend the next rainy day wearing wet clothes. Fortunately it was dry today.

Shocking about the heavy door to the 'drying room' – next time you ventured into there (to get your gloves back) did you take a phone with you?smiley - yikes

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SQ and BB

Post 1958

SashaQ - happysad

Well done - excellent e-mail, as it is disappointing in this day and age that you haven’t got access to appropriate facilities as a cyclist so I hope you get fast action for yourself and colleagues who could be encouraged to cycle in future smiley - ok

That is ridiculous that you can’t help being in the middle of the office, because ’they’ put you there, so ‘they’ shouldn’t object to you borrowing the radiator smiley - grr. With my gloves, I asked someone to fetch them for me, so I didn’t have to go back in to the ‘drying room’ - I kept my gloves on my desk after that, so they were sometimes still wet at the end of the day, but it wasn’t as bad as wet socks and shorts would have been...

It was dad’s memorial today smiley - brave - difficult but lovely to meet people we haven’t seen for years, especially his 89 year old brother who is still as down to earth and funny as ever, and it was a good occasion to celebrate dad’s life. Also good to spend time with dad’s best friend - they first met at the age of four, 77 years ago. I also showed off dad’s writing for h2g2 as I’m so proud of him for doing that smiley - magic Apart from the weird egg sandwiches, the memorial meal was good, too, as there was a good variety of food and everyone mingled well.


SQ and BB

Post 1959

Bluebottle

I've not had a reply back about drying areas yet, alas. I must admit with my wet gloves I put two newspapers down on my chair and my towel on top, and the gloves between the newspapers. That way I squeeze all the water out the gloves so that they're dry by the end of the day.

I've also not had a reply yet from Tris regarding the photo sent.

I hope the memorial went well – sounds like a happysad occasion – good indeed to share time and memories with family and friends, but an occasion with a big hole in the middle and one that you'd much rather not have to attend now, or indeed ever. I hope you didn't get too many bingo comments, but again if you did it is usually because people do smiley - footinmouth even when they care. Sorry to hear about the smiley - friedegg sandwiches – that's why I always think you can't trust an egg sandwich… It is one of those foods that has to be eaten right away, I fear, and that you'll never be able to get a caterer to make the way you like. Just like you'll never get a better spaghetti boilednoses than the one you can make on the grounds that only you know how exactly you like spaghetti boilednoses, no matter how many fancy Italian places you go to.

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SQ and BB

Post 1960

SashaQ - happysad

Alas about no replies yet, but I hope they are good when they arrive smiley - ok

Yes, happysad is the word for the occasion with a big hole in the middle... No bingo comments, and the only odd comments I noted were people in the queue to shake hands asking, 'How are you?', which is a hard question to answer at the best of times, and one person who said, 'How do you feel?' and then started saying the names of different emotions at me, so I just looked at her like a goldfish smiley - orangefish but it didn't matter. The service is a bit of a blur, because I didn't really know what I was supposed to do, and didn't take my raincoat off, and didn't get a proper place to sit, but I was fine in the aisle, and my raincoat is black albeit a bit muddy from birdwatching so that was a funny rather than a problem, and we prepared a lovely speech for the 'celebrant' to read so it was as lovely as possible... We were quite well looked after by someone who looks like Suranne Jones as Anne Lister - she was very smart in top hat and frock coat.

"Just like you'll never get a better spaghetti boilednoses than the one you can make on the grounds that only you know how exactly you like spaghetti boilednoses, no matter how many fancy Italian places you go to."

That is the Truth indeed smiley - ok We went to Italy on holiday one year especially to have authentic Spaghetti Bolognese, and it wasn't half as nice as our homemade version that wouldn't win any prizes on Masterchef smiley - rofl


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