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Post 1361

Bluebottle

He did indeed design a website dedicated to 'Anne of Green Gables' – that was back in 1999 so I'll have to ask him if it is still live. Go on, write a smiley - fullmoon entry – I've written an entry about Burroughs' Moon Trilogy after all. smiley - winkeye

My son is above average height for his age and grows Up quickly, but still has the waistline of a 5-year-old, mainly because he seems to only ever eat breakfast cereal and refuses to eat anything else. His friend was someone whose hobby seems to be buying clothes, many of which she only ever wears once or twice – but she's much bigger than he is. She is definitely tall for her age for a girl and much wider, with most of the clothes she has donated being labelled '14-15 years' – with some for age 16 - and so completely swamp him. Still, it means we won't have to buy him any clothes for the next five years or so.
Buying clothes that are never worn and then given away is a completely alien concept to me. I keep the clothes I have and keep wearing them until they disintegrate (which sadly in the case of trousers and shorts only seems to be 18 months after date of purchase). Jumpers last longer – my oldest item of clothing I have is a jumper that I've owned since 1989.

We filled out the Blue Peter Badge application form and so we'll see if my daughter is awarded the badge – in this case we've applied for the Sport badge as we played tennis. If not, my next plan is to apply for the Green badge for her, and photograph her putting out food and drink for the hedgehogs, a photo of the hedgehogs eating and possibly even a photograph of hedgehog poo. No-one said that if you keep leaving food out for the hedgehogs you'll get a path covered in hedgehog poo, but I suppose it should have been obvious…

Do you think I should send a hedgehog photo into smiley - thepost?

How have the home improvements been going? Are they completed now? We had a busy week last week with playing tennis with the kids, visiting Moors Valley Country Park and finding the Lookout post for the first time (it is a fair walk away from the play trails so we've not been there before, but the kids enjoy walking further now) and the miniature railway there, we went to Lepe Country Park and Lepe Beach for the first time, the inevitable trip to Legoland, my daughter's birthday with a soft play party (we had the place to ourselves) followed by a family meal as the inlaws came down, bringing our eldest neice, we met them the following day at Brambridge Garden Centre which has a miniature railway too and yesterday we went to the paddling pool. All in all, I'm exhausted.smiley - zzz

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Post 1362

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

"Buying clothes that are never worn and then given away is a completely alien concept to me."

Yeah, me too... I'm impressed that you have a jumper from 1989 - the oldest item I have is a shirt from 1992. Glad your son can get some wear out of the new clothes, and will be able to grow into them indeed smiley - ok I've caused two pairs of trousers to disintegrate this summer already, so I know what you mean...

Good luck with the Blue Peter Badge application smiley - goodluck Yes, hedgehog poo is a bit of a 'stinker' to say the least, but I guess it is good to learn about the other aspects of hedgehogs as well as the cute face! smiley - thepost needs more hedgehog photos! smiley - ok

The home improvements were delayed again, but we're getting there - the last bit was done today but there was a norovirus outbreak at the weekend, so we're not in any hurry to run around putting things back where they came from smiley - sleepy I enjoyed doing flower arranging beforehand, anyway smiley - biggrin

Wow, you did have a busy week - glad you fitted in a good variety of activities, and were able to do more than in previous years smiley - ok


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Post 1363

Bluebottle

Good to hear you're able to do things like flower arranging smiley - petunias and that life isn't revolving around the disruption of home improvements – and smiley - applause that the last bit was done yesterday.smiley - ok

Home life is disrupted by the hot weather, which makes it impossible for the kids to get to sleep smiley - zzz. This means that they stay awake, hot and bothered and that while in the past I'd get home, spend 2 hours with them and then they'd go to bed and I'd have a couple of hours to myself, they're not able to sleep so the 'me' and 'me and my wife' part of the evening has completely gone. Much as I love the kids, I do miss being able to do things in the evenings. I am able to do some scanning, though, so I'm working my way through 'Bank Wars', as you saw yesterday. What did you think of the infamous 'we're not gay really' scene? I tried to keep it open to interpretation in a story-consistent manner to make the best of a bad job.

My holiday philosophy is to fill every unforgiving minute with 60-seconds worth of distance run, and then relax when I'm back at work. Spending time just sitting next to a pool would drive me mad after 20 minutes.

I'll try and remember to find a hedgehog photo tonight to send in tomorrow – I wonder when it would end up in smiley - thepost? And under what title? Do your <./>thepost</.> titles sometimes get changed too? smiley - winkeye

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Post 1364

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Yes, it is one of those things that home improvements don't go anywhere, so I have been able to do other things in between, but I'm glad that every room has now been attended to as planned smiley - ok Yesterday the bathroom carpet was upgraded to h2g2 photography studio standard, so that was exciting smiley - ok

I kind of got used to the minimalism after a while, even though it felt a bit lonely at first, but it does look better today after some of my pictures were able to be put back on the walls where they came from smiley - ok Next is to unhide all the things I had to squirrel away in random places at the last minute, and then I'll work on bringing back books etc in a neat and tidy way smiley - ok

Sorry to hear your children aren't sleeping well because of the hot weather smiley - blue I can't think of anything much to suggest apart from have they got drinking water on their bedside table and a cold-water-bottle instead of a hot-water-bottle?

I thought the Bank Wars scene was well done - fairly subtle, and open to interpretation as you say, but presumably strong enough to keep your customers satisfied.

"My holiday philosophy is to fill every unforgiving minute with 60-seconds worth of distance run, and then relax when I'm back at work."

smiley - oksmiley - ok

I look forward to seeing your hedgehog photo in due course smiley - biggrin My titles haven't been changed as far as I am aware, but I haven't always given them titles (for caption challenges etc) much to Dmitri's confusion smiley - flustered so it is a pleasant surprise to see what is published smiley - ok I might notice it more in future now I'm being more careful about avoiding confusion... All part of the fun! smiley - winkeye


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Post 1365

Bluebottle

That's great to know that your bathroom carpet is now h2g2 photography standardsmiley - applause Alas, my photographic studio stretch of carpet is now home to the smiley - cat litter tray…

The children have fans in their rooms and we keep the blinds down, to try and keep it cool. Another problem keeping them awake is that it is still light outside until late.
It is also awkward as they are now old enough for a greater degree of freedom and spending time most days with their friend down the road. Which in a way is great – they're being outside and playing, the way children should, not just being glued to computer and television screens. She's very friendly, but she has a habit of encouraging our children to break the rules, which is annoying. Of course a degree of youthful rebellion and pushing at the boundaries is a healthy part of growing up (so I'm not in any way at the 'she's a bad influence' stage) but it is annoying when we say that they can ride their bikes along the path and play in her garden as long as they are back by 7:30pm, only for her to encourage our children to be out until 8pm. Or for them all to sneakily go to the park when we want to know where they are at all times and be able to trust them to do what we say. Yet she is given much more freedom and is allowed to go where she wants to and stay out longer than we're prepared to let our children.
The other thing is that in the past our children have been inseparable in a two against the world kind of way. It has always been the two of them being each other's best friend. Now they have another play companion who is the same age as my son (which makes my daughter sometimes feel left out) but is also a girl (which makes my son sometimes feel left out) and so half the time one or other of them get upset they feel that they're being ignored. Ah, the joys of being a parent…

Yes, that 'Bank Wars' scene was able to satisfy those who had been upset before, and still enabled me to carry on as originally planned. Not that their sexuality was a major plot point in any case, but it felt like a backwards step to include gay characters and then say they’re not gay after all.

smiley - dohI'd completely forgotten the hedgehog photo, I'll try to remember to send it again. And I must get round to a new issue of SuperMarket too. It's funny how things for smiley - thepost end up. I started sending in pictures titled 'It's a Sign!' and assumed it would just be a title I use for stuff I send in, and that's taken off and proved popular with other Researchers too, which is quite flattering. Less flattering was when I started a smiley - thepost column called 'The Vice's Advice', only for Jodan to later not only nick the title but then complained that I was using my own column namesmiley - grr At the end of the day it doesn't matter much, but I draw the line at anyone else using 'Bluebottle's ? Blog' smiley - silly

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Post 1366

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

That's a good idea to keep the blinds down to reduce the amount of solar heat building up during the day, yes. That is an added difficulty of not feeling like going to sleep when it's still light outside...

That is a challenge indeed about children having to spread their wings but needing to do so in a safe manner without becoming paranoid... Three can be a difficult number indeed... Luckily for me in my youth a good number of our neighbours had two children too, so it worked out neatly for me and my sister, but in education I spent a lot of time in triumvirates of people of the same age and even that caused tensions if one person was not in agreement with the other two... I also learned eventually to avoid unthinkingly copying my friends, as some of the antics other people's parents found funny didn't amuse mine... (and vice versa). Good luck with it all...

You have been doing well with your scanning - I've got quite a bit of Bank Wars to catch up on now smiley - biggrin Sadly my eyes haven't been up for the challenge of images on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book so far this week because the 24 hour virus gave me a 3 day headache smiley - weird but I'll see how it goes later as amusement will be a tonic smiley - biggrin

'It's a Sign!' is a great theme for smiley - thepost - I've made use of it myself and didn't realise you started it in June 2017 smiley - biggrin Congratulations! Yes, the second Bluebottle in h2g2 may one day return, we never know, but you should certainly draw the line at the Blog name! Fascinating about Vice's Advice, though - I see you had to put (ex) in the archive even though your Anniversary A60295764 Entry was very clear about what it was about... Great read, anyway - toast smiley - thepost indeed smiley - cheers


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Post 1367

Bluebottle

With the children I often wish I could make them understand things like how your friends don't have to agree with you all the time in order to still be friends. You can have completely different opinions about things, but that doesn't mean that you're not friends any more, all it means is that you disagree. Which is inevitable and fine as everyone is different and has their own perspective on life. If I like blue and someone else likes red, that's okay, and if I like blue and two of my friends like red it doesn't mean I'm being ganged up on. You can dislike something I like, but it doesn’t mean you dislike me. Not everything is personal. smiley - winkeye

Don't worry about trying to catch up with 'Bank Wars' if you've still a headache smiley - headhurts as it'll be around for a while. Have you still been able to use h2g2?

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Post 1368

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

"With the children I often wish I could make them understand things like how your friends don't have to agree with you all the time in order to still be friends."

There's a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic double episode that deals with that very subject! I wonder if I can find some related resources... I shall investigate later...

"You can dislike something I like, but it doesn’t mean you dislike me. Not everything is personal. smiley - winkeye "

Yes, that is a good lesson at any age. smiley - winkeye

Thankfully h2g2 is fine because the font size is big enough to read comfortably, but because reading Bank Wars on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book requires me to squint at my laptop while sitting in a squished posture to make the font size big enough, I definitely couldn't manage it yesterday smiley - headhurtssmiley - online2long I've bookmarked where I'm up to, anyway, so it's ready when I am, yes smiley - ok


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Post 1369

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Hmm, my My Little Pony investigations were less fruitful than hoped...

I already knew the episode is iffy because the script writers mixed up the concepts of treating people equally and treating people the same, so they broadcast the message that equality means everything has to be rubbish smiley - erm rather than the message that treating people the same means talent is lost eg for lack of a ramp to get in a building... However, I have also discovered I can't find a proper clip of the good bit so this http://youtu.be/cZ9fdNCk8Xs?t=419 will have to do...

I found a better clip for the second best bit, but it is only one line about 'people with different talents don't have to hate each other' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO3ypEZOfuk

http://mlp.wikia.com/wiki/The_Cutie_Map_-_Part_1

Anyway, make of that what you will! smiley - rainbowsmiley - ponysmiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 1370

Bluebottle

I won't be able to look at that here, so I'll have to get back to you on MLsmiley - pony. Sounds a very odd episode…smiley - huh

Sorry that 'Bank Wars' is so difficult to read, but it never had computers in mind when being drawnsmiley - laugh As the stories are now spread over numerous pages rather than being compressed into a few pictures, hopefully the words are on average a bit bigger than earlier pages. Ah yes, with h2g2 at least you have the option of being able to adjust the text size to be bigger, which you can't with my pictures, alas… Hopefully my handwriting hasn't been giving you too much of a smiley - headhurts.

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Post 1371

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Yes, it was rather an odd episode, with a mishmash of mixed messages... It did have a flavour of propaganda at times, which was troubling given that the message about equality/the same had been garbled. However, I did like the good bit very much, as it celebrated diversity and has the good message, that even if people argue one day, or debate and discuss things without agreeing, it doesn't mean they have to stop being friends smiley - biggrin

No worries about Bank Wars - it's nothing you can do about it indeed because your handwriting is mostly very clear (except for the bits I ask you about) and it is the problem with smiley - facepalmsmiley - book that it doesn't allow zooming in on images smiley - grr In the timeline, part of the first image in a strip shows up nice and large, but when I click on the picture to see the rest of the strip, it gives me a teeny weeny version instead smiley - erm Anyway, one batch last night was just right for one sitting (or rather one squished half-sitting, half-standing) and I look forward to reading another one batch tonight smiley - biggrin

I hope you have a good weekend smiley - biggrin I plan to sort my house out so it looks like a home again, which will be quicker than it was turning a messy nest into a minimalist workspace smiley - biggrin I'll find somewhere to get out and about to as well, as I feel as though I've been indoors rather a lot these last few weeks, and more birdies need to be spotted smiley - ok


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Post 1372

Bluebottle

As you have a laptop, would it display better if you did an ALT-CTRL-LEFT (or right) and then hold the laptop to the left or right? Not very helpful if you want to do anything else on the laptop at the same time and I never remember if it is ALT-CTRL up or down to go back to normal and I always end up with an Australian laptop screen… Ah, the joys of keyboard shortcuts… smiley - winkeyeA87890359

But you're right, it is an important message to say that diversity and disagreement don't have to lead to disharmony. We're all human, we're all different and unique and we all smiley - footinmouth, take things out of context and make assumptions. C'est la vie.smiley - shrug They do say that smiley - earth would be much duller if everyone was the same (but I do wonder if we’d have a better quality of daytime telly?)
But there is an important point that Equality is equality of opportunity where people are able to excel, not equality of outcome where people are held back.

I went out at nammettime today to go to Staples the stationery shop. I've been thinking about possibly doing some more drawing, if only to give 'Bank Wars' an ending. But all the pens and highlighters I used before have long since dried out smiley - birosmiley - orib. Sadly Staples has closed and isn't there anymore.smiley - blue

I found another shop that sold pens and things, which was good, so I bought stationery including a new 12-inch/30cm ruler 'cos my old one had broken. I thought I'd buy a new pencil case to keep the pens, highlighters and ruler in. But the longest pencil case I could find anywhere was only 11" long. Why don't they seem to sell pencil cases long enough to put standard rules in anymore?smiley - huh

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Post 1373

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

Much as I like a keyboard shortcut smiley - winkeye I tried but can't lift the laptop so my current method of enlarging the window as high as it will go and then leaning towards the screen will have to suffice... Not too bad, anyway - I discovered today that I managed to miss a few pages in between two other batches (but at least not one single page that disappeared until I asked you where it was!) so I've caught up on them this evening smiley - ok

"But there is an important point that Equality is equality of opportunity where people are able to excel, not equality of outcome where people are held back."

Yes indeed...

Sorry to hear you've lost another shop smiley - blue Glad you've still got access to stationery though smiley - ok I have to say I never knew there were pencil cases long enough to keep rulers in - at school my pencil cases were adequate for the size of my pens and pencils and my ruler had to sit at the bottom of my bag - but now you mention it I have a 12 inch pencil case that D bought for me in 2013! She put sweets in it, which are long gone, so I could use it for all my stationery now smiley - cool I'm sure you'll enjoy drawing with your fresh new pens! smiley - biggrin


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Post 1374

Bluebottle

I did wonder whether you've missed a few more pages as there seemed to be a big gap with nothing liked or commented on.smiley - huh Not that you have to like and/or comment on every page by any means, but I did wonder… I have a couple of long pencil cases that I have from my school days smiley - prof but they have other uses and I wanted a specific 'Bank Wars' pencil case. Otherwise I know that if they're not in a pencil case, my pens will be nicked by the rest of the family. I did indeed draw a bit more, so I'm intrigued to see if I still have the knack or if there's a noticeably dip in quality as I'm over a decade out of practice.

Thinking about it, there are occasions when Equality of Outcome is desirable and fair, but I still can't think of an example when Equality of Opportunity would be unfair…

I had a fairly uneventful weekend, I hope you managed to escape and enjoy some birdwatching.smiley - peacedove

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Post 1375

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

smiley - doh You're absolutely right - I have missed some more pages smiley - doh The perils of non-chronological newsfeed... Never mind - it's like watching a film on a loop and starting in the middle, that I will be able to catch up again without too much trouble smiley - ok

Glad you had a good weekend - I see you had a good parkrun smiley - ok I didn't go birdwatching after all, but went to a crowded festival site instead smiley - headhurts Anyway, it was good to meet different people there, but it wasn't as much fun for me as last year A87894652 although the food was better... I did do well with unpacking boxes, anyway, so two more rooms are back to how they were before except tidier smiley - ok That just leaves the main room - I still need to put my stationery back in my desk, and then I can gradually reintroduce books, DVDs and papers smiley - ok

"Thinking about it, there are occasions when Equality of Outcome is desirable and fair, but I still can't think of an example when Equality of Opportunity would be unfair… "

Well said - very true smiley - ok


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Post 1376

Bluebottle

You do seem to be reading 'Bank Wars: Book III: The Day the Bank Stood Still' in a rather unusual order, and just to make things more confusing I've uploaded the first few pages of 'Book IV'. Don't worry, I won't be uploading the next batch until Wednesday or Thursday. Possibly Thursday as that'll allow more time to catch up and hopefully avoid confusion.smiley - cdouble

Yep, parkrun went well – the first run in ages where I wasn't sweltering and sweating just walking to the start line. That, and having done a bit of exercise during the week meant I had a much better time than I had expected, as subjectively it felt like I was running slower this week than I had last week, but I actually finished a minute quicker but in exactly the same finish position.smiley - shrug

I enjoyed reading about your Eddie Hall exploits and will wonder whether I'll read more about your festival experiences again soon. smiley - rainbow Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy it as much as last time, but it is good you still enjoyed it a little. (I sent the hedgehog into smiley - thepost last week in the end and was told it won't appear until Septembersmiley - yikes so there's a bit of a backlog with Post entries)

Good to hear that your home is returning to normalsmiley - ok Ah, I do love stationery. If it hadn’t been bookclub I'd've spent lunchtime looking for pencil cases and perhaps some more penssmiley - oribsmiley - biro. It wasn't until I started drawing that I realised I don't have a smiley - blue highlighter…

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Post 1377

SashaQ - happysad - Editor

"You do seem to be reading 'Bank Wars: Book III: The Day the Bank Stood Still' in a rather unusual order"

smiley - laugh I certainly did, but I got there. It was slightly easier to read on my work computer as that has a bigger screen, but not very much easier - it took me a few goes to read 'censored', and at first glance I thought Ed was pouring water from a flask into the toilet!!! Bank Wars is a bit NSFW, though, as I did smiley - snork more than once smiley - blush

That is an interesting relativistic effect in relation to your parkrun, that you were able to save effort without the excess heat, so could run faster, but still felt slow... Apparently everyone else had a similar experience, hence you were in the same finish position!

Glad you enoyed reading about the Eddie Exploits smiley - biggrin Sadly my experience of the festival wasn't smiley - thepost worthy this year, as the only queen I saw (a vision in a white leotard with angel wings and vertiginous silver platform shoes) wasn't posing for photos, and then I spent pretty much all the rest of the time in the information marquee talking (or rather shouting) to the people I met until I'd had enough smiley - headhurts...

No problem, though - The Post has plenty of content to be getting on wtih indeed smiley - biggrin I see I've contributed a Quiz this coming week, which is a pleasant surprise - not just a caption challenge! The smiley - bunny I sent in a while ago is appearing soon too, and I look forward to seeing your hedgehog in September, and anything else of yours that appears in the meantime smiley - biggrin

Ah, that is an omission, not to have a blue highlighter - hope you enjoyed bookclub and can go on a stationery expedition tomorrow lunchtime instead smiley - ok


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Post 1378

Bluebottle

It's funny you saying 'Bank Wars' being NSFW, 'cos when I drew it, it was at work (well, nammet time) about work and for the people I worked with. Although obviously no-one I worked with was a practicing cannibal as far as I am aware…smiley - evilgrin

With parkrun, last week I was 102nd out of 272, this week I was 102nd out of 316. Last week the people who came in 100, 101, 103 and 104 finished respectively this week: (absent), 104, 121 and 119. So every week the finishing order is a jumble, but as everyone runs against themselves it doesn't really matter too much smiley - shrug You know, I've done almost 200 parkruns and have never known who finished first in any of them smiley - winkeye

There's nothing of mine expected in smiley - thepost before the hedgehog, but you never know as sometimes random bits of conversation have been plucked out and turned into Post entries, so I can't rule it out completely. Sadly I can't go on a highlighter hunt today as it is choir at nammet time, and Thursday is running club day, so my only free days this week are Wednesday and Friday. And I'm off next week.

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