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Post 601

Bluebottle

The Floella page is on page 43 of the initial 52-page version of 'Insolvent Loonyversity' (which I think is the version you have, rather than the later 50-page version). I suspect our previous conversation about her was lost in the Blip, alas...

You'll have to let me know when/if you get to see the programme.

I did indeed get antibiotics and finished my course on Tuesday. I now am back to normal.

In theory then yes, Titchfield Abbey is somewhere I can get to - the abbey itself is about halfway between Fareham station and where we've met before. No planned strikes or engineering works, so that's always a good start. Did you have a proposed day and rough time?

Ooh, my wife has just told me that England won smiley - football. I spent much of the evening running an RR10. In previous years they've cancelled it when it clashed with a major football international, but not this year.

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Post 602

Bluebottle

Going to Titchfield or wherever though very much depends on what my daughter decides to do, I'm afraid - I'm not going to leave her home alone for any substantial time. So if she goes with my wife I'm happy to meet up wherever, but if she stays with me then I'll meet you here, but won't be able to travel to meet you I'm afraid.

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Post 603

SashaQ - happysad

Aha smiley - eureka - I was looking in the books on my bookshelf, but smiley - prof book was on the computer desk smiley - ok Yes, Exeter were honoured to have Floella as Chancellor smiley - magic but of course nepotism would reign at IL...

That's good that Titchfield is closer to the station. My plans for Saturday and Sunday are currently flexible, so your family's plans are more important, of course. I will have my Nokia and should be able to get online as well smiley - goodluck so we can see what's possible. If I can't get to you this time, I can book another trip to the hotel near your house. I see online that they have decorated the rooms so the wall of weirdness has gone (a large plain white wall that gave me optical illusions until I put some coloured bottles in front of it).

Glad you got to do the RR10 without it being disrupted by smiley - football I didn't see smiley - football as I watched some smiley - racket1 and also saw a bit of The Titfield Thunderbolt, as it just happened to be on iPlayer - excellent to see the engine that is in the Museum of Liverpool smiley - biggrin


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Post 604

Bluebottle

It looks like I will be staying in the Eastleigh area with my daughter over the weekend. So I'm still happy to meet up, but sadly won't be able to travel, sorry. But let me know what you get up to and when, there's a possibility I might go for a run at some point other than parkrun, but nothing's set in stone as yet.

Today I went back to the dentist for a 45-minute appointment and, well, the dentist was terrible.
I went expecting to have 3 fillings done, which I had assumed would be in the area my jaw ached this time last week. But the dentist said, 'I'll start with one the other side of your mouth' but the nurse wasn't there and the dentist waited for her to come in. So I was lying in the chair waiting and nothing happened until the dental nurse returned and things started, and the halfway through the nurse walked out again and everything stopped.
Eventually she returned after the dentist herself had left the room to find her and the dentist asked where she'd been and she said she needed the toilet but didn't think it was professional to say so, and then the dentist and dental nurse had an argument while I was lying there beneath them. I couldn't say anything - I had anaesthetic and had the draining thingy in my mouth - and someone getting agitated while holding a dental drill inches above your head isn't a pleasant experience.
But long story short, I only ended up having one of three fillings done, and they didn't replace the missing fillings where I'd had toothache.

And before you think I have to overdramatise everything, I'd like to emphasise that today at nammettime I went to Tesco and the record shop entirely without incident (I bought a meal deal and records by Bonnie Tyler and Bryan Adams).

In my latest smiley - book, Word automatically generates AI descriptions, most of which are along the lines of 'A comic strip of two people', 'A comic strip of men talking' or 'A comic strip of a person talking to another person', but descriptions it has created that are different (whether right or wrong) include:

A comic strip of two people in a library
A cartoon of a person in a hospital bed
A cartoon of a person crying
A cartoon of a person talking to a student (no students appear on that page)
A comic strip of a person giving a cake to another person
A comic strip of a person shaking hands with another person
A comic strip of a person walking to a person in a restroom
Cartoon of a cartoon of a person giving a job interview to another person
A comic strip of a monkey
A comic strip of a police station
A comic strip of a person on a wheelchair holding a megaphone
A comic strip of a person selling tea
A cartoon of a person and a cow

I definitely find it amusing how sometimes the AI is surprisingly accurate but also gets basic things wrong (so labelling a cartoon featuring five characters as 'a comic strip about two people'). So I'll leave you to decide which of the labels above are accurate and which aren't.

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Post 605

Bluebottle

Actually, my son and wife look unlikely to go up this weekend after all - it is all based on when my father-in-law moves house so my son can help him pack, and he had thought he'd move next week but apparently that's fallen through now.

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Post 606

Bluebottle

But essentially I should be around to meet up now Saturday afternoon or anytime Sunday smiley - smiley

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Post 607

SashaQ - happysad

Sorry your weekend plans all changed. My smiley - racket1 plans worked out ok thanks to D’s sister who has been there before so knew lots of tips and tricks to make things easier. We got to see plenty of smiley - tennisballsmiley - ok A long day, but definitely worth the effort smiley - ok

Sorry about your experience, too. . . That is shockingly unprofessional and so disappointing that you didn t even get the treatment you were expecting. . .Not overdramatising indeed. Very easy to develop a phobia - I can t say I recommend the one who took over after mine retired, as I asked a question with my mouth open and he didn t answer and then later told me off for making annoying noises. . .

That is funny about the AI alt text. I can t guess what a stereotypical student might look like, such that it identified one on a page with no students. . . Fascinating that 5 people is counted as 2 people - no wonder it struggles with hands and fingers smiley - laugh

Sunday afternoon at Titchfield Abbey might be a good option smiley - goodluck


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Post 608

Bluebottle

Quick message for now confirming that I can do Sunday at Titchfield Abbey - do you mean the Abbey itself? Give me a rough idea of time and I'll look up trains.

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Post 609

SashaQ - happysad

Glad the plans worked out so well smiley - biggrin Ds sister didn’t think it would have been possible for us to get there on foot, so that was an impressive achievement. Excellent that we got to see the art exhibition and meet the artists, as well as exploring the historic site smiley - ok

The one-handed boost felt strange at the time, but post-exercise analysis confirmed it was less effort than me trying to climb the hill by myself - thank you (plus I think my keep fit has helped) as I felt a lot less fatigued after the walk than I did after the almost-flat 5k charity walk I did a few years ago smiley - ok Free tea was good as a restorative smiley - laugh

Thank you very much for the book - lots in there to savour. I read a few pages last night. My favourite artwork so far is the depiction of the Covid fever - the outline of the body shape is clever and poignant at the same time smiley - tea


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Post 610

Bluebottle

I hope you have a successful journey back.
Yes, it was a good round trip to the abbey that I think worked well - I've put the photos I took on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book so you should be able to see them and/or keep any for your personal use should you wish. With hindsight it probably would have been a sensible idea to leave my bike at the hotel, but the one-sided boost worked out even if a bit odd.

It was very good to have a refreshing cup of smiley - tea as well at the end. I arrived at the station with about five minutes before the train, so the timings all worked out very well. I hope you didn't have too long to wait after I'd left.

Glad you're enjoying the smiley - book, and the Covid fever (one based on real life). I also was pleased that I finally managed to squeeze the one remaining Covid-themed page into the book on the page before, even if it is odd that it is the only page with my family in. That bit is 14 months older than the next oldest page in the smiley - book.

Still, take care and hopefully see you again soon - and I'm sure we'll chat lots in the meantime.

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Post 611

SashaQ - happysad

Thanks for the photos - some great ones there smiley - biggrin I'm still looking through all the ones I took, but will add more. I think I might have enough decent photos to make a book about the smiley - racket1 - Wimbledon regulations don't allow us to make a profit out of photos without a licence, but as you mentioned Lulu offers 'unpublished' printing, I could do that, too smiley - ok

Glad the timing was spot on for your train. I gathered my luggage and went outside just as D's sister arrived, so that was spot on, too smiley - ok

The journey home was OK - I think with it having been a busy week with sporting events it made the trains extra busy, so it was a bit cramped - one poor guy couldn't get to the seat he had booked as so many people were standing in the aisle, so had to stand behind me for a while, but he enjoyed reading my birdwatching magazine over my shoulder smiley - laugh There was a bit of a delay at one stage, as the train hit something on the line so had to be checked for any damage, but it was able to continue, thankfully. Luckily I had booked plenty of time to make the connection to the next train, so there was no problem.

That's interesting about the other Covid page - I was impressed by your hand and Covid test artwork, too. I appreciate the fever page the most, though, as it captures the sensation perfectly smiley - brr

I've updated my bird list to add the 5 new species I encountered at the weekend - I'm up to 89 species for the year now, which is not bad. I added another one to my overall list, too, as a Roseate Tern is a rare bird that I hadn't seen before - I've now seen and photographed 142 different species smiley - magic

The Yellow Car game is funny - now I know about it I've been spotting more yellow cars than ever before smiley - rofl There were even two outside the train station!


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Post 612

SashaQ - happysad

A funny-but-not-funny was Delay Repay from my London trip - my ticket was from A to B and I arrived at B exactly an hour later than planned due to delays and a missed connection. I applied for 60+ minutes' Delay Repay (50%), but they only gave me 30-59 minutes Delay Repay (25%) - must have decided that I arrived at 21:43:59 rather than 20:44:01 so I was delayed by less than 60 minutes smiley - laugh Not too bad, anyway - paid for the lunch with my friend smiley - ok

The meeting about my proposal went quite well - the bully wasn't there and the other people made helpful suggestions for improvement. I just have to wait for the next level of approval, but hopefully that will go through OK with the meeting's overall positive endorsement smiley - goodluck

Continuing the sporting theme of this week, I found a Wheelchair Basketball taster event at work, so I went along this evening. The team have chairs for people to borrow, but sadly the good ones had all been taken by the time I arrived (I arrived 10 minutes early but everyone else had got there before me). I didn't mind overall, though - I would have liked to try a basketball chair again, as I tried one in Winchester Science Museum, but it wasn't worth risk of injury in a chair with insufficient back support, and everyone else there was way more sporty than me. I enjoyed watching the other people playing instead (a mixture of basketball players and wheelchair basketball players).


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