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@ronkjeffries Does this help?

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@ayjay Beautiful!

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@mattypenny Agree about VAR. It doesn’t make sense to me to train referees to sit in VAR studios. Get some kids in (haha), or at least some experts in video and sports technology? The TV companies are usually very quick and good at telling viewers what the decision should be. I’m a United fan, but that semi-final win over Coventry was a VAR disgrace, imo.

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@Denny Domination and supremacy under the guise of “freedom and democracy”.

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@mattypenny Just read the transcript. What a superb read! Roberto Rosetti has it about right, I think: ‘Too often, said Rosetti, it’s being used to “investigate every single detail” of matches. Using VAR in this way is “dangerous”, he continued, because good refereeing means accounting for the “spirit of the game”, which technology cannot do. Once, when Rosetti experimented with using VAR to review every incident in a single match, he found seven penalties and three red cards, according to a strict reading of the laws of the game.

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@ayjay The most Spurs thing would be to lose to City, but Arsenal win the title anyway. The most City thing would be to beat Spurs and West Ham (and not have any points deducted). The most Premier League thing would be if all the drama happens in the dying seconds of the final games.

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@exador23 I guess the really significant point is that Shireen was Palestinian.

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@elmussol Fair comment, although, I should have made it clear that the words in my post preceding Starmer’s response were actually put to him as a question by an ITV reporter (I paraphrased a little).

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@OliverNoble Labour postal votes here.

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@steevc I’m sure that’s exactly what it is. No one comes out looking good.

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@steevc According to this, she’s not standing at the next election anyway.

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@steevc Anything to keep their jobs!

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@andyc It’s excruciating to watch. The worst one for me was when he answered “The Dreamboys” instead of “The Full Monty”.

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@ukplissken Get The Tories In!

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@andyc I don’t know if you watched the recent Channel 4 documentary Defiance - Fighting the Far Right, but quite a few of the people involved in defending the Southall community then are our community’s leaders today, and they were understandably very unhappy with it.

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@andyc you should search for Monty’s Celebrity Mastermind appearance…

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@andyc my Labour MP has been consistently rubbish for 17 years, and can barely speak English, so it must have been difficult to find someone who could have been worse had he actually won.

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@andyc the HA, for gritting our road and pavements (I think I’m the only one who has ever used it, though).

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@andyc I had one of those in the office (although not leather). For elf and safety, obvs.

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@andyc Grit. Black bin is for compost.

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@andyc it’s a communal garden, so No Mow April and May is down to the Housing Association.

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@andyc I agree that ETH must go, the sooner the better, too, imo. But Tuchel inspires no confidence in me whatsoever. I think he would be yet another expensive mistake. I also think a better manager could do significantly better with this squad (even ETH did better with it last season). Palace manager looks decent so far. So does the Ipswich gaffer.

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@Gabz In the office, I have to pretend to work. At home, my boss can pretend I’m working. He gets paid more than me. (H/t to Bill Hicks.)

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@andyc Tuchel seems to be the favourite at the moment?

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@andyc I got a new phone and now I can’t login to my LinkedIn. I don’t get any notifications…

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@elmussol Striding backwards and to the right. Not just the UK, though.

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@frak @wyliecoyoteuk We converted to stainless steel from non-stick last year. It took a little while to get used to, but I’m sure the food tastes better as well.

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@alexink Yeah, I hope so, too, haha! Although I’m sure he’d be up for it if it was an option!

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@alexink Wow!!! My nine year old is going away next week for a school trip where one of the activities he’ll be doing is called the Leap of Faith…

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@matt it’s not a public holiday, which may explain why no one was there! Although I suspect there may be a low turnout, in any case. If it was a public holiday all those public servants personning the polling stations and counting marquees would want the day off work!

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@pratik Unless City get a points deduction for financial foul play…

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@morph it’s definitely a balancing act to get everything right. I don’t remember making much effort last time and it was a disappointing crop. Hopefully my kids will help!

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@morph Any tips? It must be six or seven years since I last tried.

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@basil presumably you didn’t even get a private hat tip?

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@andyc Wife was well prepared. “He was delivered at home by two brilliant midwives, who were fully protected courtesy of customised #tinap bin bag aprons, unused clean air protest dust masks, and disposable gloves my wife stocked up on back in February when – without any scientific advice whatsoever – she somehow accurately foresaw the current coronavirus global pandemic somehow reaching the UK’s shores (and airports).”

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@manton or a decrease.

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@basil Never heard of him. He’s having it large now, presumably?

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@manton Israel could simply allow enough aid to be brought in by land, but it refuses to do so. Puzzle solved.

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@mattypenny My wife won’t eat in a restaurant that doesn’t have a five star food hygiene rating, but she sent our son to a school rated good because it was clearly better than other local schools (some of which were rated outstanding).

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@mattypenny Brings back ‘fond’ memories of a couple of Town away games in the early 90s and 00s. Pretty sure the club strategy then, regardless of who happened to be the manager, was eleven men behind the ball and don’t concede. My limited data says it worked. 0-0s at Burnden Park and Oakwell. Not fun to watch.

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@ghostdancer It was pretty gruesome.

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@andyc What a shitshow! My local non-league club have been homeless for 32 years! Such a shame, as their old ground is literally around the corner from my home, and was at one time one of the best non-league grounds in the country.

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@exador23 Not libertarian, but good old fashioned neoliberal “New Labour” in the UK.

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@exador23 “… the WCK leadership’s decisions were not made to maintain neutrality, did not increase effectiveness, and, as April 1 demonstrated, did not protect personnel. The leadership’s failure to honestly portray the dire reality in Gaza, and its attempt to influence the genocide in Gaza via its status and close ties with the Biden administration, means that they bear responsibility for its outcomes.” mondoweiss.net/2024/04/i…

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@andyc @matt @luke Indeed. And not just processed meat! Every time I make toast, my wife opens all the windows in the house to blow the cancer out.

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@mattypenny An ode to better times?

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@matt @luke Cancer… it probably was the sausage rolls (according to my missus).

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@luke How did people make sausage rolls (and also apple turnovers) before this magical invention?

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@benwerd Love it!

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@andyc Did the earth move as well when you tagged your org-roam?

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@pratik Stunning shot!

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@marxistvegan Better than being acknowledged as the arsehole of the country?

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@amerpie Wth is ‘mustard covered sausage biscuit’?!

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@pratik a rare highlight in ten years of dross!

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@pratik Do we really need softening up any more?

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@amerpie Beautiful!

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@ayjay Monet-esque!

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@ukplissken Ah, yes, of course. They all look the same to me!

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@ukplissken Is that the same one that got stuck in the Suez Canal?

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@mbkriegh The Institute for the Study of War appears to be a particularly war-happy lobby f.or arms manufacturers…

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@clorgie @pratik I’d never heard him speak before, so had a quick listen and chanced on a bit where he claims to work 16 hour days, 7 days a week. He looks and sounds like it!

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@drandrewv2 It’s as if we’re expected to believe that people choose poverty and ill-health by voting for governments which hate them (or by not voting at all). And that this shitty government (and any future government) will listen to reason.

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@andyc I managed to watch the first half before my kids lost patience with the “same old United” and switched the TV off. As my wife said, I “should have gone to the pub!”

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@luke have you tried cricket?

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@wyliecoyoteuk fake news is charged extra.

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@mattypenny The Speaker broke convention to allow Labour’s amendment on the Gaza ceasefire vote, preventing a potentially awkward rebellion for the Labour leader. Now the Speaker sticks to convention, preventing a potentially awkward question from Britain’s first Black woman MP, who the Labour leader removed the whip from because she complained about a hierarchy of racism….

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@V_ I thought it was a Banksy at first glance!

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@benwerd I tried something similar (but with Bard) with my blog posts. Initial feedback was very positive (and welcome), but the more I gave it the more critical it seemed to be. I know I could potentially use that criticism to improve , but it felt like being trashed by the toaster (not so welcome, especially when it pops up warm bread or cinders with no toasty in between).

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@Denny I can’t imagine a discussion like this would be allowed on mainstream TV in the UK.

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@samgrover @Annie The Dispossessed is one of my all time favourites. I should really get around to reading more of her books!

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@kimberley_rose @Denny ‘Two cheeks of the same backside’ here, too!

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@Denny Similar here in the UK, of course. The UK Labour Party has deliberately moved to the right to win the ruling Conservative Party votes in the upcoming General Election. The whole political spectrum has moved so far to the right over the past forty years (and especially it seems in the last fifteen) that the UK Left is now more right wing than Margaret Thatcher! I work from home, but when I have to go to the office, I have to clamber over homeless people and their beds to get in.

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@Denny @pratik @davidmarsden @samjc @kimberley_rose The Israeli occupation of Palestine is illegal in international law, and an ongoing violent action for 75 years. So, no there wasn’t a permanent ceasefire before Oct 7th. I already mentioned it, but Palestinians have tried peaceful resistance and been met with the same overwhelming Israeli violence from bullets and bombs funded and provided in the main by the US.

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@pratik @davidmarsden @Denny @samjc @kimberley_rose Biden hasn’t bypassed Congress? For what it’s worth, I’m in favour of a permanent ceasefire and an end to the illegal Israeli occupation.

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@Denny @pratik @samjc @davidmarsden @kimberley_rose Biden could start by upholding the “rules based international order” we hear about so often. He could stop funding Israel all together, or at least stop sending Israel more arms while they are committing plausible genocide. He could stop vetoing United Nations votes for a ceasefire. Just a couple of ideas off the top of my head. In international law, the Palestinian people do have the legal right armed resistance against the Israeli occupation of their land.

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@mattypenny It’s Kieth!

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@kimberley_rose @pratik @Denny This is also very good: For almost 20 years Hamas has repeatedly offered Israel a peace process and effectively a two state solution, based on an Israeli military withdrawal to its 1967 borders, the establishment of a Palestinian mini-state on the West Bank and Gaza, with a ten year truce to negotiate other outstanding issues, such as the right of return for refugees.

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@pratik @Denny Hamas, in their own words, on the background and rationale (link to pdf in article). Palestinians tried peaceful resistance and were met with bullets and bombs, just the same. Any solution surely must involve talking to the democratically elected Hamas government, but the US and Israel will not allow it.

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@pratik yes what?

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@pratik and the PA is a corrupt puppet regime that serves Israel and US interests, not the interests of the Palestinian people (which is why it’s so unpopular and why the US resorts to financial blackmail to prevent democratic elections).

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@pratik If by tit for tat you mean that Hamas took Israeli hostages in order to negotiate for the release of thousands of Palestinian “prisoners” (many of whom are children, and held without charge or conviction, some for years before October 7)? Hamas proposed a permanent ceasefire](https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-68225663.amp).

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@pratik Thanks to the US!

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@pratik Israel rejected a proposal to release all hostages (including Palestinian children held in Israel without charge), because Hamas wants a permanent ceasefire. Israel wants to carry on with their campaign of plausible genocide (which has also killed as many as 50 Israeli hostages).

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@Denny @pratik Back in November, an Israeli government minister suggested dropping an atomic bomb on Gaza, and it’s been estimated that the total Israeli bombardment of Gaza at that time was the equivalent of the two atomic bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A few years ago, a UK parliamentarian suggested relocating Israel to the US as a “solution”, which wasn’t particularly well received. I have a friend who was forcibly removed from his home in Palestine in the Nakba when he was a baby.

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@JohnPhilpin @jthingelstad I watched it at the weekend. It’s beautifully made, and brilliantly acted and directed. That said, for about two thirds of it I was wondering if I would make it to the end. But it was strangely compelling. Such a lot to process.

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@Gabz I didn’t even ask Google Bard (now Gemini) to do anything. I simply pasted some of my blog posts to it and it wrote a generous critique and added its own creative rewrites. It transformed my own “talking to you” stream of consciousness into something worthy of a children’s story book, and certainly left me wishing I could have been even half as imaginative. The only consolation is that it would be nothing without us!

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@ghostdancer I should really get an extra point just for reading the article and scoring myself.

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@ghostdancer just from your answers so far I would say you have 3/12. Seriously, though, I think it’s a load of pseudo-psychological neo-liberal self-help bullshit.

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@ghostdancer I did better (or worse) than I thought I would. I’m halfway to being (un)successful!

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@adders @ChrisJWilson tbf, there is conflicting evidence for the environmental impact of low emission zones. Ealing Council stated in their air quality action plan that they may not be very effective at lowering emissions and may in fact lead to increased emissions outside the zones. They also tend to be implemented in areas with relatively good air quality (i.e., more affluent areas). I suspect the conspiracy aspect may be related to the "

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@ner3y have you tried jetaudio?

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@luke @ghostdancer the US is built on violence, 250 years of it.

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@wyliecoyoteuk I read that they are counting as antisemitism “hate marches” and Palestinian flags.

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@luke The American Dream.

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@steevc my grandpa used to eat them raw. Iirc, he mixed them in a glass with Ribena!

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@kimberley_rose that’s brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

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@khurtwilliams a picture tells a thousand words…

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@samjc @Denny You’re in good company. Israel accused the ICJ and South Africa of antisemitism.

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@methoddan look forward to hearing this and witnessing some of your creative process getting there. I wouldn’t worry about sounding depressed or angry, though.

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@amerpie beautiful!

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@ghostdancer Minecraft…

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@Denny what a surprise! Not…

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@JohnPhilpin I’ve been using Beeper for a few months. It works pretty much as advertised. Occasionally I have to open up WhatsApp if I need to search for a particular message.

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@andyc the inane drivel makes you very relatable, imo.

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@andyc ‘No one noticed’ would have been a better tagline, with hindsight ;)

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@evan bombing Sudan created a convenient distraction from his marital infidelity. John Pilger describes Clinton as the most violent US president in modern times. He’s a pathological liar. Surely there must be better options? (The ghost of Henry Kissinger, perhaps?)

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@evan true, but first they must acknowledge their own failing. Afaik, Clinton’s an unrepentant mass murderer.

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@evan Clinton was responsible for several tens of thousands of deaths in Sudan. He had a few failures. Maybe not the best counsellor.

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@methoddan coincidentally, I read these two retrospectives on The Ramones (and The Clash) only last week.

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@odd I hope so, too! No sign of anything else…

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@odd I think it’s a hi-vis work jacket.

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@cliffordbeshers Mountains in the sky.

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@methoddan Thanks for sparing me the gruesome details.

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@methoddan Bits of Kids by Stiff Little Fingers? Sorry, I couldn’t help it. You cut your own finger off?! How? Why? (Actually, I don’t want to know.)

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@wyliecoyoteuk Not such a bad price for the granary loaf, then, like you say.

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@wyliecoyoteuk You can pretty much pay any amount for most things these days. How does it compare to the 1962 loaf?

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@wyliecoyoteuk Extortionate!

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@odd Good luck! Insist on a sedative, if you think you’ll need it.

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@andyc that’s a classic!

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@andyc He sounds like a right prat.

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@andyc Those instances have certainly stayed with me. They were the exception not the rule.

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@andyc #followunited, surely?

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@andyc Very kind, mate. All thanks to having an hour to kill in a public place and not wanting to look like a lemon.

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@ericgregorich I need to do that!

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@ai6yr @exador23 Probably they don’t want to get shot/bombed. Let’s hope the IDF don’t find any Hamas tunnels under them…

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@andyc or worse…

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@andyc Starmer has expelled more Jews from the Labour Party than Corbyn ever did.

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@andyc I thought it was terribly harsh at the time. More importantly, perhaps, why did Docherty force out Gerry Daly?

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@andyc I thought United let Evans go because of the spitting incident?

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@andyc I prefer Evri/Hermes, although that’s because we have the same delivery guy evri time. He’s practically family now, and never asks for anything.

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@andyc how about my pink slide?

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@andyc is there ever an occasion when it isn’t a precursor to wanting something?

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@andyc we had an unused spare trike taking up a lot of room, so no big deal.

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@exador23 that’s that, then.

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@basil Thirty years ago, I had five minutes to present the most boring set of data imaginable to a conference room packed with non-fluent English-as-a-second-or-third-language speakers. It probably didn’t help that I was badly hungover, and terribly nervous, but when I finished, some lady got up and said, “Can you say everything again, but S L O W E R, please?”

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@andyc Doesn’t explain the tents comment, but ‘Part of the reason for her anger is that her husband, Rael, is Jewish. “The Jewish community is our community,” she said. “My husband is a proud Jew and Zionist. “He’s lived in Israel. We have close family members who serve in the IDF."’ www.thejc.com/news/poli

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@andyc And they allowed one “militant” to “surrender” in the initial attack. “Yasmin Porat, the hostage who survived a standoff at Be’eri, described how Hamas militants tied her partner’s hands behind his back. After one militant commander surrendered, using her as a human shield to ensure his safety, she saw her partner lying on the ground, still alive. She stated that Israeli security forces “undoubtedly” killed him and the other hostages as they opened fire on the remaining militants inside, including with tank shells.

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@Denny beautiful trees!

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@mjausson in other words, a death camp.

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@exador23 it’s like they’re trying to make him sound even more sleepy than he sounds already. “Yes” to that question was one of his more succinct and profoundly sensible utterances he’s made.

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@endorsed@m.ai6yr.org , original tweet

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@exador23 ‘Four U.S. officials familiar with the discussions said American diplomats became increasingly alarmed by comments from their Israeli counterparts regarding their intention to deny water, food, medicine, electricity and fuel into Gaza, as well as the inevitability of civilian casualties. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity so they could discuss private conversations. ‘Members of the Israeli security and political establishment told the U.S. diplomats that the eradication of Hamas would require methods used in the defeat of the Axis powers in World War II.

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@exador23 haha! Up the Resistance!

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@manton My experience is similar, although I suspect for me it’s also at least partly due to working from home, and having far less direct exposure to other people in unventilated spaces.

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@exador23 sounds very much like someone I blocked in very similar circumstances yesterday…

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@davidallengreen hi david

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@steevc hope is what Corbyn and his “very slightly to the left of Thatcher” policies gave millions of people in the midst of Tory and Lib Dem austerity politics. That’s all gone, now. I was like your friend before Corbyn, but, like Corbyn or not (and like most, I didn’t at first, because I believed all the media bullshit about him) he was the only politician in my voting lifetime to offer a genuine alternative.

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@steevc Starmer isn’t going to change anything. He supported Corbyn, but helped to lose the election thanks to his demands for a second referendum. Played into the right’s hands. If anything, Corbyn was guilty of compromising far too much to try to bring everyone in his party along with him, only for the party’s right wing to stab him in the back in their own lust for power. One of them is my local ward councillor, and he’s about as racist as they come, in the pocket of property developers, and is as far up Starmer’s backside as it’s possible to get.

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@steevc I’ve got no time for Tories, generally, and their politics and politicking are toxic. But Starmer, unfortunately, is no different. He’s backtracked on every promise and pledge he made to get elected as Labour leader, offered zero opposition to Tories in government, and panders to the right wing in exactly the same way the Tories do now.

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@steevc do you think the Tories are actually evil? I’d day Starmer is every bit as two-faced, deceitful and corrupt as the worst Tory, and arguably more so. A total charlatan. Just another scumbag desperate for power.

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@andyc double entendre, “vive la difference!”. All perfectly useless now, of course.

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@maique gorgeous colour. Well done!

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@andyc as I said to the wife, either we have this new door, or we have a gaping hole in the wall. New door works perfectly, too (aside from the lack of magnetism).

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@andyc In their opening two games last year? United lost at home to Brighton and then lost 4-0 at Brentford…. But yeah, they look terrible (not that I’ve been able to watch any of it).

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@andyc orthodox right fullback.

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@andyc a couple of ex-United lads did well, Angel Gomes and James Garner. Which reminds me, my wife was listening to the commentary and said, “What are Ghana doing in the Euros?!” “It’s not Ghana, it’s Joel Garner” I corrected her.

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@andyc couldn’t you just watch it online and/or cast from phone to TV? That’s what I did. For all of about ten seconds. My lads had mental breakdowns in protest. I couldn’t watch the final because I was hosting a children’s birthday party.

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@andyc why can’t you watch UEFA tv? Brexit?

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@andyc no worries. But you didn’t miss it, and in fact you are now officially the first (and only) member of the #tinap aficionados club. Upon receipt of your membership fee I will forward the free bin liners, etc.

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@davidmarsden the moment has arrived. After years of preparation, and fine tuning.

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@Paul my boss asked me to go into the office to do a load of “photocopying”, which turned out to be “printing” (after fixing the printer). So at least I got to leave the puking kid with his Mum.

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@andyc love the juxtaposition with the signage.

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@davidmarsden “You reject the so-called professional arguments. You listen to the tenants you look with your own eyes and you use the evidence of those observations and the horror stories that people tell you of the problems they’ve had… and you are guided by [them] and not by so-called professionals who frankly i don’t believe have a clue about what they’re doing here” (48:01)

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@Luke I’m the other one. Luckily I can still read all @basil ’s old posts in my feed reader.

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@andyc looking forward to the sequel “The Problem King” featuring the British Jimmy Savile…

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@andyc just watched that now, thanks for the tip. Peter Vaughn was brilliant, and those scenes in particular.

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@andyc I’m still missing watching it. Wish I’d watched it all thise years ago, might have saved me a lot of time researching “unbelievable” corruption among local politicians and property developers.

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@davidmarsden the “1984” episode was gut-wrenching, and the final “1995” episode tore me apart.

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@basil hi Richard

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@ghostdancer worth watching if you can.

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@threedaymonk yeah, it all makes sense. The brain surgery bit was just my little joke. I was looking at the list of Worshipful Companies…

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@steevc it was basically a forerunner to clickbait.

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@andyc A few instances in between as well. Only last year, Sadiq sacked Dick when she told women to wave down a passing bus if they felt threatened by a lone copper.

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@andyc desperate stuff. What next - United sign Zaha?

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@andyc Hurrah! I can see your toot (or whatever it’s called now).

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@davidmarsden funny, they tasted much better today.

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@andyc sorry to hear this mate.

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@evan There’s only one Jimmy Carter.

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@Luke 👏👏👏

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@ghostdancer I think the placebo effect may have worn off. Either that, or the sheet has been washed too many times and the magic has gone! (Did you get my reply directly, btw? Still figuring out how to “reply all” with micro.blog).

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@Luke micro.blog/ghostdanc… basil@sarcasm.stream I got one three years ago (just before covid). Seemed to help with sleep. Best I’d had for years, actually. Also seemed to keep me warmer. Maybe I’m just suggestible/gullible. There is some science to them (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4378297/).

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@brandontreb I’m really going to miss my little one using me as his personal armchair when he gets too big.

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@pimoore @Ddanielson @monday interesting. It hadn’t occurred to me about the weight of the batteries being such an issue for safety, road wear and tear and tyre noise. My local area government is currently consulting on its air quality strategy. One of its primary goals is replacing ICE with low emission vehicles. Acknowledgment of brake and tyre wear emissions, but not of additional grid use, or inequity in who can afford to buy them.

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@benwerd here in the UK, centrists insist their “moderate” policies are the only grown-up way of doing things. Certainly helps to keep the status quo and the establishment happy. Margaret Thatcher would be proud.

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@Denny stunning photo. The hawk looks like it hasn’t seen you before, either!

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@drandrewv2 I had sinusitis after covid, but didn’t know it was a common post-covid thing. Iirc, a course of antibiotics cleared it up. Hope you recover well and quickly.

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@odd it’s a horrible feeling, but the only way to start feeling better once it’s started is to get it all out.

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@benwerd great post. I don’t know how we would have coped as a family with a new baby right at the start of covid lockdowns without working from home. I was able to move all my work online, which actually made things much easier for everyone. I never went back. My employer is now keen for me to return to the office, and attend in-person meetings, but when asked why, or for what purpose, he’s unable to answer.

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@basil “then girlfriend” ☺️

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@gregmoore isn’t it just! Great photo @adders!

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@basil hope she recovers soon and well. Started listening to her Newcastle Witches podcast. Enjoyed the Gateshead Pricker story, but can’t understand why it isn’t called “Live at the (Newcastle) Witch Trials”.

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@Paul thanks. It was pretty good.

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@Denny there’s such a long and shameful history of corporations (and governments) doing similar with all kinds of environmental health data.

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@maique This is a better one.

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@crossingthethreshold I had a whole day to myself last week. So peaceful!

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@cliffordbeshers what a sight!

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@basil could almost make a jingle out of that…

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@escribitionist I used to listen to that album a lot when I was a teenager. A friend was obsessed with Floyd. A great album, although I haven’t listened to it much since, I have to say! 😂

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@basil the Activity Pub?

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@maique beautiful!

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@escribitionist 👏👏👏

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@val brown sauce? For the fries?

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@canion yup. ☹️

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@Denny 👏👏👏

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@ayjay beautiful! I also love taking photos of trees.

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@mythstory that’s that, then!

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@escribitionist love this photo!

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@Miraz @SimonWoods 😂😂😂

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@crossingthethreshold @DiplomaticDiva @hollyhoneychurch thanks, it was as tasty as it looks, and plenty left over for tomorrow’s lunch, too.

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@maique likeness is uncanny!

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@basil Leeds don’t get on with anyone do they?

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@wyliecoyoteuk haha!

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@maique oh, yeah, our big one is there all right!

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@maique haha! That’s priceless! Our little one is still keeping his thoughts mostly to himself. Hopefully this year!

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@basil maybe that is why the pub always looks so empty? All the customers have perished on their way to or from?

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@basil must be even hairier on the way home after a few.

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@basil difficult journey?

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@drandrewv2 I didn’t know about the latter, thanks. That’s good and useful to know, and makes sense. My employer was taking the line that they wanted to treat everyone equally by expecting the same from “all of us” (in reality, for now at least, there’s only me!).

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@drandrewv2 maybe worth asking for a reasonable adjustment first, if health/disabiliy is a factor? That’s what I did. I suspect my employer might have refused a flexible working request. @Themcfluffy

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@drandrewv2 they’ve lost the magic money tree again? How convenient! If only workers were bankers (or their mates).

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2022

@miguelmanalo if you already own hellomiguel.com you should be able to add it in Profile > Design. Otherwise got to Profile > Account > Get a Domain. Detailed instructions here: help.micro.blog/t/custom-…

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@maique I assembled a trike and a keyboard stand (harder than it might sound) at 12:30 am. I couldn’t face doing it this morning!

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@Alligator yeah, repairing it might be the best option. Thanks.

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@vincent you reminded me to add Robert M. Pirsig’s personal pursuit of Quality, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance to my bookshelf. Thanks!

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@basil I gave in and looked it up myself. His meat does look succulent. But, yes, what a prat.

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@basil “salt beef nonce”. I probably shouldn’t ask, but…

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@ridwan I think maybe your question is directed to @maique?

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@maique Android here, so fewer options, but I’m familiar enough with Markdown, just lazy! Tried using Indigenous Indieweb client which gave me the option to upload the pic in my initial reply, but it didn’t display.

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@maique thanks for the tip!

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@davidmarsden seems to show up in Gluon, if nowhere else. But I guess you get the picture… Some comedic value next to yours @maique, and perhaps a little pathos.

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@maique Hmmm… does this work? <img src=“https://davidmarsden.info/uploads/2022/f964c85b8e.jpg" width=“600” height=“800” alt=”" />

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@maique lovely pics. All mine have people sat on them! Except one, but I guess I can’t (easily) post pics in replies…

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@basil I thought Aguero has a dicky ticker?

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@wyliecoyoteuk our postman wore shorts throughout the cold spell. My missus even asked him about it, she was so concerned his chubby little legs were cold!

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@basil Good moaning.

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@Paul feels worse to me! Feeling it in my bones today. And going to be even worse tomorrow. Aaargghhh!

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@Luke I think you can be forgiven. Your Christmas TV starts here

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@onewildcrow A fisher friend of mine always said if fish had legs and ran around in fields you wouldn’t want to eat them!

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@gr36 nice one, thanks!

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@basil there has to be another reason.

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@lohang it just updates whether you like it or not? Might have to fire up my old Ubuntu laptop just to see this!

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@maique Oops! Apologies from the back of the class! Phone cameras are pretty great now, though, aren’t they?

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@Microlorian similar here. Take it easy, drink plenty (although I always find it hard to follow that advice). Paracetamol usually helps.

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@maique have a great trip. Don’t forget your camera!

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@maique Bluey is a great show, my older one really loves it. My little one likes Kiri and Lou at the moment, that’s also very funny.

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@maique well, I think there must be something in the genes. For millennia we have been having babies and muddling through. There are some great quotes in that book. Maybe one day I will get around to writing something on it. The gist of it is ‘don’t be too hard on yourself as a parent. Thousands of years of evidence suggests that you will all be fine. You don’t have to be as great as Bluey’s dad.

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@maique it’s not rocket science, but reminds me of when our first was born, and it felt like the doctors handed this entirely vulnerable and dependent new life form to the two most clueless, exhausted and totally unprepared people in the room!

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@evan really beautiful!

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@evan picture-book!

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@basil is that a haiku?

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@basil *paid to die

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@Luke who doesn’t?

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@Luke @andyc @footy it’s coming home!

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@maique great photo!

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@maique not much worse than ear pain when you’re a kid. Hopefully the sleep will make everything feel better.

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@sod it’s is easy when you know how! But, yeah, a check box would be better, and even quoting from Manton’s how-to post would be a big help in the meantime.

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@basil there’s no cure for that. And how the hell did you get an appointment to see a GP?

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@jayeless That sounds awful. I’m an occasional blood test fainter, but it does sound like this was hopefully a one-off for you due to the pain. Hope you’re feeling back to normnal soon.

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@davidmarsden finished listening this morning. Almost ten years using Feedbin as my Google Reader replacement.

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@evan PUMP DOT IO

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@evan thanks boss!

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@evan 25%, the same for Minecraft. If you could combine the two, please, I could communicate with my eight year old at the weekends without having to shout or pull his headphones off.

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@andyc belated greetings. Sorry to hear about your Mum’s failing health.

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@canion will do, thanks.

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@maique Thanks. I’ve easily eaten four of the round one (thin crust). Would love to share, but this is the best I can do!

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@Luke isn’t it republish now?

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@canion thanks. I’m enjoying the multi-functionality and customisability.

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@Luke better that than the other way around!

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@davidmarsden the offending car was removed today. Hurrah!

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@basil I’ve been off the rails since my missus decided we could just catch a later train (and I could pay £200 for the privilege).

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@basil yes, and I’m pleased the experience didn’t put you off. In fact, your train rambling now seems to be much better?

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@basil like a train.

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@the money and corrupt officials! If anything, it seems to be the norm. A few well known instances - Ellen Brockovich, Flint in Michigan, Corby steelworks in the UK. Personal experience of Southall gasworks near where I live.

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@tpheine you can use thus like therefore in the way you describe. ‘Twas ever thus.

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@Luke progress…

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@basil in my day, cloudy meant it was off, unless it was cider.

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@basil looks a bit cloudy…

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@ghostdancer same here! Although after my most recent booster I vomited. Urgh! Drink plenty of water is always the advice.

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@davew micro.blog sounds perect for you! Although not free (as in beer).

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@basil I was stuck behind a bin lorry yesterday, cars parked on either side. Driver of one of these parked cars (or maybe he had just pulled over on the wrong side of the road to let the lorry pass?) decided he couldn’t wait any longer and pulled out in front of me. I got out and told him I would happily let him go first if there was anywhere for him to go.

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@restlesslens my wife likes it, too. I find it a bit overpowering, but I will just have to remember the less is more rule!

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@basil kettle has a built-in temperature gauge. I am decaffeinated these days, so probably beyond the pale for purists.

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@andyc you should have suggested she start a podcast.

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