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For 30+ years a group of my girlfriends has been meeting for lunch the last Friday of each month. So yesterday 6 of us had lunch and a Zoom chat from our own isolated homes. Can’t keep friends apart!

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Echo here in Liverpool is the newspaper, not a parrot. Okay, sometimes it reads like a parrot. 

 

Sobriety, John? I'll have to Google that. 

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1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

Other half and I are always stumped by quiz questions on chemical elements so we have decided to learn the periodic table....might come in handy! 

 

Here you go. Tom Lehrer will teach you most of them in 3 minutes flat, but of course he only goes up to lawrencium.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcS3NOQnsQM

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20 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Here you go. Tom Lehrer will teach you most of them in 3 minutes flat, but of course he only goes up to lawrencium.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcS3NOQnsQM

 

I lasted three seconds. Could not catch all he was saying. Too quick for me at my age. But I think people that can memorise things in that way are fantastic.

 

The Two Ronnies were good at that sort of thing too.

 

Allan

 

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

Here you go. Tom Lehrer will teach you most of them in 3 minutes flat, but of course he only goes up to lawrencium.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcS3NOQnsQM

 

That song is actually on my playlist, sandwiched between a Blondie track and the theme from a cartoon show. Yes, I'm weird.

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My landlord's son, who is the dentist next door, has gotten an electronic keyboard with amplifier.  I hope his skills improve quickly.

 

More and more street vendors, which is to be expected here as the town is close to farming and truck gardening areas.  None of them wearing masks.  I bought from the one who licked her thumb to separate bills last week, but bought two bags of mandarins and two bags of green beans for C$100 so no change involved, and I washed the outsides of the bags. 

 

Watched lot of "Bondi Vet" and "Drunk History" on YouTube. 

 

Major shopping next week, probably by sending my dog walker with a list.  I'm think at this time, hazard pay for trips is probably warranted. 

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12 hours ago, spacecadet said:
13 hours ago, Sally R said:

I had a conversation with a friendly looking cockroach in the laundry the other day (

Pictures please😀

 

Darn! I missed my chance for a cockroach selfie 😂

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12 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Sally, love your birdie snaps. 

 

Do you know DustyDingo in Perth? He's a good guy with a lovely family. Good luck to all you folks DownUnder, with this terrible health crisis and the coming depression. 

 

Thank you so much Ed 😊 I absolutely love birds. Our garden is full of them at the moment. They are being attracted by grevillea plants in flower. Hoping to get some pics in the next few days.

 

DD mentioned the other day that he is also in Perth. It is great to know there is another West Australian on the forum 🙂 

 

Thank you for your kind wishes. I hope we can all weather this storm worldwide. Already peoples' livelihoods are gone in many cases, and the impact on human health and life is devastating. The world is going to be remade in ways yet to be determined, but hopefully in a co-operative way and maybe with some improvements, despite all the bad stuff happening.

 

Take care and keep well!

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11 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

Remind me... Where does Unobtainium fit in?

Between hollywoodium and bovinexcretium.

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Well like the many no doubt on Alamy, i have been busy processing and uploading new images ( I have a backlog ) and of course the servers must be clogged with data traffic as images are very SLOW uploading....Some have failed to upload and have to repeat again..

 

Best wishes to to all....keep safe and busy.

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Went to a local town to the supermarket yesterday, hadn't been out for quite a few days. This is a very busy A road, part of it is know locally for very good reason as the "notorious 13 bends of death". There was very little traffic, a revelation, but we came across a fox strolling in the road, and the pheasants were getting very casual, the animals are reclaiming the streets. Clearly, particularly at night you now need to take even greater care to avoid foxes, badgers and deer in rural areas.

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It was a fine morning so I went for my allowed exercise and walked around my neighbourhood. The sun was shining, birds singing, and the magnolia and camellia were in flull flower. The cherries were not far behind. There was the hum of lawnmowers. People were in the garden weeding and planting, families out for a walk, or walking the dog. All in all a typical fine Spring Sunday morning, except it was Wednesday!

 

We are in for a month of Sundays such as that,  probably more.

 

Stay safe and amuse yourselves.

 

Martin

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3 hours ago, John Morrison said:

 

Remind me... Where does Unobtainium fit in?

Just after selfisolatium?

 

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4 hours ago, Martin P Wilson said:

It was a fine morning so I went for my allowed exercise and walked around my neighbourhood. The sun was shining, birds singing, and the magnolia and camellia were in flull flower. The cherries were not far behind. There was the hum of lawnmowers. People were in the garden weeding and planting, families out for a walk, or walking the dog. All in all a typical fine Spring Sunday morning, except it was Wednesday!

 

We are in for a month of Sundays such as that,  probably more.

 

Stay safe and amuse yourselves.

 

Martin

 

It looks like the government has removed their original end of lock down date. (3 weeks or thereabout).

 

Looks like it could be indefinite for now. At least very open ended.

 

Allan

 

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14 hours ago, Sally R said:

 

 😊 I absolutely love birds.

 

And you have some truly beautiful birds to love down there, Sally. And many creatures unique to that large island. A woman in Sydney told me she had baby cobras in her garden. Really? Yikes! I was lucky to do a shoot of Australia for PanAm in the '70s, cuddled a baby Kuala and watched the giant sea turtles lay their eggs on Heron Island. 

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13 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

And you have some truly beautiful birds to love down there, Sally. And many creatures unique to that large island. A woman in Sydney told me she had baby cobras in her garden. Really? Yikes! I was lucky to do a shoot of Australia for PanAm in the '70s, cuddled a baby Kuala and watched the giant sea turtles lay their eggs on Heron Island. 

 

Thanks Ed. That's great you got to travel with your work with PanAm. It would have been something of an adventure to travel and see the world. I'm glad you got to cuddle a koala and see the turtles lay their eggs. I wonder if the woman talking about baby cobras in her garden was telling a bit of a tall story? Australians are somewhat known for tall stories about dangerous animals, and as far as I'm aware we don't have cobras in Australia, unless they were pets? But we do have quite a number of other venomous snakes. The main two around Perth are the Dugite and Tiger Snake. I see them quite a bit as I'm often out in nature doing photography. I used to get a bit of a fright when I came across one, but eventually you realise they are just a creature like you going about their daily business. The main thing is to take care not to step on them, give them space and let them go on their way. I was in NZ in 2018 where there are no snakes, and I realised that I always have this kind of snake radar operating when out bushwalking, and kept having to remind myself I didn't need to look out for them there. The most exciting thing for me there was getting to see a kiwi in the wild.

 

Actually, speaking of the tendency of Australians to tell scary (and often tall) stories about wild animals, a Scottish journalist was tricked into believing she was being given a very dangerous 'drop bear' to hold, that was actually a koala. If you want to see a video of it, it is here:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-13/uk-journalist-pranked-into-holding-a-drop-bear-during-bushfires/11863942

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I didn't really believe that woman about cobras in her garden, but. . . .

 

I knew a young lady in Rome who had a "pet" cobra she kept in a large glass fish tank. Crazy!

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Oh ok Ed. I can imagine maybe a small python as a pet (not a big one that might strangle me) but no venomous snake pets for me! There's something inherently scary about cobras!

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I ran 11.13876051664889 ‬% of a full marathon last night, after dark, along a very deserted bike/running path. Aiming for 12% in a day or two . . .

 

DD

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The kits been sat on a pallet in my garden for weeks before the lock down. Polycarbonate covering instead of glass, 4hrs to put up.

 

polycarbonate-greenhouse-in-a-domestic-garden-2BAFD3B.jpg

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On 28/03/2020 at 08:58, John Richmond said:

One lathe isn't enough, Bryan.  My wife is up to three now - varying sizes and attachments.  This is her biggest one.

 

Mature, 65 year old, female crafter turning a wooden vase on her lathe Stock Photo

 

I'll stick to gardening and photography.

 

Can't compete with that level of technology

 

DIY a wooden worlpiece held in a Workmate vice with a wood chisel, saw and spectacles in the background - Stock Image

 
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On 28/03/2020 at 08:58, John Richmond said:

One lathe isn't enough, Bryan.  My wife is up to three now - varying sizes and attachments.  This is her biggest one.

 

Mature, 65 year old, female crafter turning a wooden vase on her lathe Stock Photo

 

I'll stick to gardening and photography.

Seems a big lump to make a pencil🙂 Working in wood is very satisfying.

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On the subject of drink (which was the current subject elsewhere), I picked up a bottle of wine for my birthday and made it last three days. That's probably the end of my alcohol consumption for this month. I've been stretching the supplies out to minimise trips to the shops, and have lost about 4kg so far. Another four and I'll be at my target weight, but it might be better to get there a bit slower.

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