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Robert M Estall

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  1. It was on the TV as a re-run during the geriatric hour recently. I had a look for a few minutes but to be honest, I'm not sure it survived the test of time well
  2. Tontine, a strange concept, thankfully long out of fashion, but as Danny suggests, more a literary intrigue rather than reality. Before the less grisly era of life insurance. Mind, in this current desperate times of afternoon TV, I despair of being bombarded with life insurance ads. Those and the wretched gambling gambits; back to the gardening!
  3. I can see where one of these hankettensage tools might come in handy, especially where something was growing up close to a wall, but sandals and bare legs? Are you out of your mind?
  4. The rates are more commonly quoted as so many per thousand, although the maths are not a challenge. It is usual to be paid 1/3 up front/on signing the contract. 1/3 on delivery of text, and 1/3 on publication. You don't throw in the photos or illustrations. Negotiate a duration and agree on fees for extensions
  5. Yeh, chainsaws and ladders are a poor mix. I've got an electric reciprocating saw with a 10 inch blade which makes short work of 4 to 6 inch branches and I don't mind using that up a modest ladder with somebody holding the bottom. Rope the top to the tree if possible. Hats, gloves and safety glasses are all worth the trouble. You never see a pro without them!
  6. I well remember my first encounter with cycle lanes in the Netherlands most of 40 years ago. I was driving my big yellow campervan so was very visible. But I really wasn't aware how the special rules worked and upset quite a few cyclists when I came to turn across their lanes. They undoubtedly had right of way but I was not prepared for the fact that they would peddle at some speed through intersections without considering that the prat in the UK camper might be a menace. I didn't have any really close calls, but I did encounter some filthy looks, nay perhaps a shaking fist. There are a LOT o
  7. Alpaca poo is best! Seems far less weed. I do like a fresh little carrot plucked when perhaps 4 inches, no cooking needed. Pots sound a good idea. I could try some rocket that way as they get devoured by little flies as well. Snuggled up near the chive forest in the herb patch perhaps. I'm told they don't like the smell of anything like onions. Yes growing corvettes, mine were yellow last year!
  8. Both my father in Canada and father-in-law in St Albans were keen gardeners and had clay and stone soil. They struggled a big part of their lives and managed to grow stuff against the odds. I have had a patch of rich river-bottom dark soil and struggled against weeds for years because I didn't put the time in. I do have the time now but don't grow staples. Potatoes and Carrots? No, so cheap and plentiful in the market. Sweet corn (it's always over-ripe and rubbish in the shops) runner beens (just about ripe) young broad beans, small corvettes. It's not about saving money, it's about providing
  9. I think we will reverse the pollution trend a tiny bit by breaking out the BBQ as we seem set for a couple more days of fine weather
  10. A cat wouldn't need to climb up most fence posts, many could jump to the top of all but the highest fence. My previously mentioned 5 ft 6 in willow fence was hardly any barrier to my neighbour's cat; the cat would bound at the middle of the fence, hit the top and over without breaking stride while the pursuing Dalmatian would charge through the crumbling structure. The crumbling fence slowed the dog enough that the cat always got away. A nest box on top of a fence post? Easy for most of the cats I've known! I do like cats but most are formidable hunters. The dog to the left of this post is a 1
  11. shot a fair bit of pool in my time but prefer a big snooker table. my favourite was a 3/4 size which was still pretty big. Back in Ontario, the winters were long and the village lads out in the scruffy rural villages had little else to do but go down to the pool hall, we called it the pool hall but they played snooker on full sized tables. They got seriously good at it! Cliff Thornton came from there, there were a couple of other international players came from there back in the day. They drank beer, these days they drink designer water. Probably play a better game I guess.
  12. Trimmed most of my hair this morning as all the barbers are closed. The top bit isn't worth the bother but the bits 'round the back and sides are thick and flourishing. No comments yet, but as you say, who's looking?
  13. hmmm. My 4 inch pressure treated posts were further treated with modern creosote alternative and planted in medium crushed stone rammed down until the whole structure felt firm. Every couple of years I would go along giving the base of the fence a little extra stone and tamping. Bottoms of the posts rotted out variously between 10 and 12 years. About half have been propped up with concrete spurs and I mean to do most of the rest this year. The posts above ground are fine, even the gravel boards are just about OK. But they are supposed to rot and be replaced. Maybe I have super virulent microbe
  14. Bryan, there are several ways to tackle this fence problem. The culprit is bacteria in the soil which attacks the wooden posts, and the posts aint what they once were; they are fast growing pine and much more open grained than, say hardwood. A chap I know works for the local council doing fences among other things. He's really a roofer, but he doesn't like heights! Their solution is to buy in specially formed heavy plastic wrapping bags which extends the life a lot. So more plastic! I always have a pot of bitumen paint to hand designed to keep a covering on my foot or two of outside wall down
  15. In America, we like to "shoot first and ask questions later." Speaking of cabin fever I can't help but wonder about those "survivalists" retreated to their caves and cabins in their remoteness. I'm assuming they have deemed now is their moment. I fear they might very well shoot to kill if you ventured anywhere near them. Will we ever hear how this virus crisis worked for them?
  16. I think NU was an experiment which seemed worth a try by Alamy but fairy soon seemed not such a great direction. I never liked the idea having lived with pretty high priced images for many years. Too many perhaps!
  17. Do have a viewing of 1917. It's a bit like Saving Private Ryan except it is the first world war and there are absolutely no known Hollywood or British actors involved. Just really well filmed. Just a tiny slice of the story. Oh,and yes there are a couple of moments of two current British stars, but they have stupid little roles which American viewers might easily miss. Just a little box office draw nonsense/
  18. Ah yes; some more concrete spurs to do! but enough of this smug gardening chat, must be like goading those who are confined to flats/apartments. I used to live like that and consider myself very privileged to now live in a lovely old house in a rural village. With 70mbps broadband!
  19. I'm fortunate to have quite a bit of garden which is always in need of attention. Fortunately this is spring and things are starting to grow so lots to do. The only thing ready is rhubarb which is not really my favourite but will get done. The lawn is going to need lots of cutting. And repairing! Crows and blackbirds have churned up big patches hunting chaffer grubs which is a challenge. Some recommend a counter-attack with tiny little worms but it's a lot of effort for small reward I'm told. I have enough loo rolls and am not joining the mad rush to stockpile. I don't mind being isolated quit
  20. Mouse2 sounds a lot better than the old Mouse. My recent one (still a Mouse1) is miles better than the older one which fell off the system so frequently that I kept an even older one as a spare plugged in via USB so I could finish a task without ripping the old battery mouse apart and generally abusing it until it started working again. Little bits of folded up contact-spacer foil dropping about! I just had to change the batteries in my new one and it really did not want to come apart which may be a good thing. Apple wants good money to replace these things! Pretty well any wired mouse would w
  21. Alamy will translate some of your keywords automatically, but I wouldn't count on that entirely. It's perhaps an unfair world, but searching for almost anything on any part of the web is almost entirely in English language. You seem to have a pretty good grasp on English though
  22. The thicker iMacs had a screen which was magnetically attached and you could lift it off with little suction cups. Still not for the faint-hearted. But they had firewire ports, not yet thunderbolt. I'm surprised your mid 2011 was one of the thinner models with the tricky seals. My recently deceased 27" was a mid-2011 and thick. As it turns out when we had it apart, the hard drive was not quite right, the Graphics card very not OK and there was a powerswitch cutting out every 20 minutes. Replacing the drive had lots of choices, but a replacement Graphics card was not available. Apparently it wa
  23. The black screen is not necessarily a hard drive giving up. The Graphics card is just as likely to be the culprit. But replacements are not always available. Our clever flat designs make replacing components far more difficult than old fashioned towers. My 2011 iMac was coming and going with black screens. The culprit was traced to the Graphics card. A replacement was not available and my consultant advised me to stay well clear of e-bay offers. Suck or blow the dust out by all means, you might get lucky. There is a technique called re-flow but it's likely to be short term. These big iMacs are
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