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11 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

Sally! Ouch!

 

I'm wondering what the Aboriginal people did about all those dangerous critters? They must have devised some effective home remedies. 

 

Yes, they did.

 

These articles have some info on bush medicines used by Aboriginal people:

 

https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2017/05/25/10-bush-medicines-have-been-curing-people-generations

 

http://www.arrawarraculture.com.au/fact_sheets/pdfs/15_Medicine.pdf

 

And some more on food and bush medicines from south-west Western Australia, the zone where I live, including mentioning that the resin from the local Marri tree can be used for white-tailed spider bites:

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-10-22/searching-for-native-bush-food-kalgan-river/12799094

 

I have a fantastic book about the Ngangkari who are the traditional healers of central Australia. They have so much knowledge and work in some hospitals as well as their communities. This is great for Aboriginal patients in the hospitals, but some non-Aboriginal patients also really like getting their treatments too. They work on the whole mind-body-spirit connection. There's some articles about them working in hospitals here: 

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-28/aboriginal-healers-complementary-medicine-finds-its-place/9586972

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-20/aboriginal-healers-treat-patients-alongside-doctors-and-nurses/10826666

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Our Morphy Richards steam iron, less than 3 years old and not heavily used, caused the house electrics to trip out when plugged in.   Consigned to recycling.   I would expect a product of this sort to last 10 years or more.  We thought that we were buying a quality item, clearly not.

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21 minutes ago, Bryan said:

Our Morphy Richards steam iron, less than 3 years old and not heavily used, caused the house electrics to trip out when plugged in.   Consigned to recycling.   I would expect a product of this sort to last 10 years or more.  We thought that we were buying a quality item, clearly not.

Yes, irons and toasters too. It's the bi-metallic strip I assume, one of the few things you can't readily fix. Did you try resetting the house breaker after plugging it in? Just diagnostic really, it's not really useable like that.

Our toaster that used to do it just stopped doing it. So who knows. I think our last iron cost about £5. It gets used at least twice a year;)

Didn't drop it without owning up did you😇

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1 hour ago, spacecadet said:

Yes, irons and toasters too. It's the bi-metallic strip I assume, one of the few things you can't readily fix. Did you try resetting the house breaker after plugging it in? Just diagnostic really, it's not really useable like that.

Our toaster that used to do it just stopped doing it. So who knows. I think our last iron cost about £5. It gets used at least twice a year;)

Didn't drop it without owning up did you😇

 

It caused the computer to shut down in use Mark and I'm not prepared to risk damage to the drives. 

 

Drop it, I never picked it up 😉

 

 

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2 hours ago, Bryan said:

Our Morphy Richards steam iron, less than 3 years old and not heavily used, caused the house electrics to trip out when plugged in.   Consigned to recycling.   I would expect a product of this sort to last 10 years or more.  We thought that we were buying a quality item, clearly not.

It probhably came out of the same factory in China that Phillips kettles come out of plus loads of other famous "home brand names" Bryan.

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My mother had a refrigerator she used for 20 years. She passed it on to another family member who used it another 10 years, and never once needed a repair. It was still working when that person bought new for wanting frost-free and a larger freezer section. Now you’re lucky if they last 8-10 years. I’ve had mine about 6 years and it’s already been worked on once.

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I still use a Zenith TV that must be at least 20 years old. Obviously, I'm not into a lot of the streaming you can do on your TV these days but I actually like the picture better than the new high definition ones. I don't like to see the actors' pores.... though I guess a lot of them have to wear plastic make-up these days. EEeechhhh.

 

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On 03/05/2021 at 16:13, NYCat said:

I still use a Zenith TV that must be at least 20 years old. Obviously, I'm not into a lot of the streaming you can do on your TV these days but I actually like the picture better than the new high definition ones. I don't like to see the actors' pores.... though I guess a lot of them have to wear plastic make-up these days. EEeechhhh.

 

Paulette

 

That must have been the peak of perfection at the time.

 

Allan

 

Zenith = peak???

 

ITMA

 

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43 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

That must have been the peak of perfection at the time.

 

Allan

 

 

Yes. It is also stereo sound and that wasn't common then. It's also a good-looking piece of furniture. I paid what seemed to be a lot at the time but definitely worth every penny. Zenith were famous for lasting a long time but I didn't expect decade after decade. Not complaining. By the time I need a new TV they will probably do the dishes for me.

 

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1 hour ago, NYCat said:

I still use a Zenith TV that must be at least 20 years old. Obviously, I'm not into a lot of the streaming you can do on your TV these days but I actually like the picture better than the new high definition ones. I don't like to see the actors' pores.... though I guess a lot of them have to wear plastic make-up these days. EEeechhhh.

 

Paulette

You must have a digibox then! That's pre-digital. We only chucked away a 40-year-old one last year because there was no way to connect it to a digibox-it was pre-SCART.

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5 hours ago, Bryan said:

It caused the computer to shut down in use

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5 hours ago, Bryan said:

Drop it, I never picked it up

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24 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

You must have a digibox then! That's pre-digital. We only chucked away a 40-year-old one last year because there was no way to connect it to a digibox-it was pre-SCART.

 

You are definitely speaking a foreign language. I do have a "thingy" that goes between my TV and the Cable box because it is an analog set. Works.

 

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9 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

You are definitely speaking a foreign language. I do have a "thingy" that goes between my TV and the Cable box because it is an analog set. Works.

 

Paulette

Once upon a time you could buy a gadget that allowed the use of a laptop as a TV. We used one in our touring caravan for years. It doesn't work with our new laptop and I can't find a replacement. People use satellite dishes these days, but we would struggle to find room for one in our tiny van, while campsite WiFi rarely has enough bandwidth to enable a person to watch TV digitally. I guess that we could buy a mini TV but that wouldn't double as a computer. Could we live with a smartphone for internet access, possibly?

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Paulette, we had a Zenith TV until about 5-6 years ago. The color was perfect, skin tones beautiful. I always thought Zenith was the cream of the crop. I think we had it about 25 years. Also a piece of furniture.

I have to admit though, when we got our 55” flatscreen, the picture seemed to leap out. It’s particularly good for sports.  Since I’m big-time into college football, I love it.  That one is downstairs, and I have a 60” one upstairs since 2 years ago.

See...when the tornadoes come and Toto is whirling overhead in the sky, Echo and I will be huddling in the basement watching the weather, and Toto flying by. I might even see the Tin Man. I’m sure that will be storm-chaser video-worthy.

Speaking of storms...Norman, Oklahoma, home of the National Weather Bureau, and home to my football team, the Sooners, had a mega hailstorm last week. One car dealership (Honda) with many rows of cars outside, is a total loss. Not a windshield (windscreen) front or back was left intact, and the bodies pockmarked all to heck.  We drove to Norman for football games a lot. Just south of OKC 30-40 minutes drive time from where we lived.

Here comes the roofing shysters.

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My bad thing. Carrying on with the computer fiasco, I’ve been gathering my tax info. Some of it isn’t sent to me by mail anymore, but sent to my computer now, and I have to print it out.

One important form wasn’t printing in proper word form. Instructions on their site said a lot of people were getting little black boxes when they tried to print. Me, too. I even downloaded Adobe reader per their instructions. I can’t begin to say how much paper I wasted trying different things. Then I ran out of ink.

I called them and told them to email it straight to my CPA in a readable, printable form.

I still need my printer for other parts of this tax process, so I went to a shop to buy an ink cartridge. There were many cartridge gaps (Covid related) and they didn’t have what I needed. I had to drive 20 minutes south to finally find it. I should have had it all done today. I think a lot of businesses just trying to stay afloat weren’t placing the orders they needed, since there were few customers. I have an idea that's pretty widespread. I went to an upscale nursery to buy my tomato plants because I wanted the bigger ones.  All they had were smalls in tiny pots.

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11 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

My bad thing. Carrying on with the computer fiasco, I’ve been gathering my tax info. Some of it isn’t sent to me by mail anymore, but sent to my computer now, and I have to print it out.

One important form wasn’t printing in proper word form. Instructions on their site said a lot of people were getting little black boxes when they tried to print. Me, too. I even downloaded Adobe reader per their instructions. I can’t begin to say how much paper I wasted trying different things. Then I ran out of ink.

I called them and told them to email it straight to my CPA in a readable, printable form.

I still need my printer for other parts of this tax process, so I went to a shop to buy an ink cartridge. There were many cartridge gaps (Covid related) and they didn’t have what I needed. I had to drive 20 minutes south to finally find it. I should have had it all done today. I think a lot of businesses just trying to stay afloat weren’t placing the orders they needed, since there were few customers. I have an idea that's pretty widespread. I went to an upscale nursery to buy my tomato plants because I wanted the bigger ones.  All they had were smalls in tiny pots.

 

Betty, I struggle with the constant request from banks and credit card institutions who are always after me to go paperless.  I am an environmentalist at heart and always want to do the right thing for our planet but I need printed documents for my business records and taxes and so if they are not printing them, then I am.  I would rather that they print them but suppose then that they have to be mailed and that is more paper and more energy being used to get them to me.   I know I'm old school that way and I know my kids would much rather do everything electronically.  I am not even sure my daughter has ever used a checkbook.  Anyway, I get your frustration for sure.

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6 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

Betty, I struggle with the constant request from banks and credit card institutions who are always after me to go paperless.  I am an environmentalist at heart and always want to do the right thing for our planet but I need printed documents for my business records and taxes and so if they are not printing them, then I am.  I would rather that they print them but suppose then that they have to be mailed and that is more paper and more energy being used to get them to me.   I know I'm old school that way and I know my kids would much rather do everything electronically.  I am not even sure my daughter has ever used a checkbook.  Anyway, I get your frustration for sure.

Our tax system hasn't required paper for years. I have my last paper tax return from 2004- I have it because although it was posted to me, I filled in the actual return online, as I have every year since.

Inside it is the unused return envelope.

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15 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Our tax system hasn't required paper for years. I have my last paper tax return from 2004- I have it because although it was posted to me, I filled in the actual return online, as I have every year since.

Inside it is the unused return envelope.

 

Same here.  Been filing electronically for years....it is how I do my own internal accounting.  I'm the problem.  I enter all my paper receipts into an Excel spread sheet and go thru all the paper statements for all the other information.  I just like to have printed physical copies of things that I can easily refer to....but I like I said, I am old school that way.  I'm a visual person who feels comfortable with physical things in my hands to point to and file away.  Dumb, I know, the next generation will be better until their computers crash 😃

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Friend called this morning to say that one of the neighbors across the street on her block, in a family that hadn't been wearing masks, died of Covid.   My friend had been wondering why the health teams had been checking on her twice recently.   Our helper is cutting dog walks back to one a day (we both have space where dogs can relieve themselves if they don't get out on walks) since the late afternoon buses to his country neighborhood are crowded and people aren't wearing masks. 

 

Otherwise, see Good Thing that happened...

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So I just got my shoes resoled and it's been raining a lot. And I was in the new bit of Reading Station earlier with the really slippery tiled flooring that everyone had walked water onto... So one minute I'm walking along, next second both feet had gone from under me and I landed flat on my back. I've now reached the age where people gather round and ask if I'm alright rather than laughing, which was nice. Good news, my backpack took a lot of the brunt of the fall. Bad news, I can't get my display or viewfinder to work on my A7iii. Going to try and hook it up to my laptop and see if I can do something when I get home. Otherwise got to send it off for repair...😭😖
 

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1 hour ago, Steve F said:

So I just got my shoes resoled and it's been raining a lot. And I was in the new bit of Reading Station earlier with the really slippery tiled flooring that everyone had walked water onto... So one minute I'm walking along, next second both feet had gone from under me and I landed flat on my back. I've now reached the age where people gather round and ask if I'm alright rather than laughing, which was nice. Good news, my backpack took a lot of the brunt of the fall. Bad news, I can't get my display or viewfinder to work on my A7iii. Going to try and hook it up to my laptop and see if I can do something when I get home. Otherwise got to send it off for repair...😭😖
 

 

In a way it was very lucky for you that the backpack took the brunt of the fall as you could have had a nasty bump on the bonce.

 

Allan

 

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1 minute ago, Allan Bell said:

 

In a way it was very lucky for you that the backpack took the brunt of the fall as you could have had a nasty bump on the bonce.

 

Allan

 

 

That's true Allan! I'm not sure I didn't, it literally happened that fast, I flipped backwards. But I think the backpack did a good job too, was lucky because I normally carry a shoulder bag. Feeling a lot calmer after a couple of drinks...!

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1 hour ago, Steve F said:

 

That's true Allan! I'm not sure I didn't, it literally happened that fast, I flipped backwards. But I think the backpack did a good job too, was lucky because I normally carry a shoulder bag. Feeling a lot calmer after a couple of drinks...!

So.......are you going to sue Network Rail or your cobbler....?;)

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2 hours ago, Steve F said:

So I just got my shoes resoled and it's been raining a lot. And I was in the new bit of Reading Station earlier with the really slippery tiled flooring that everyone had walked water onto... So one minute I'm walking along, next second both feet had gone from under me and I landed flat on my back. I've now reached the age where people gather round and ask if I'm alright rather than laughing, which was nice. Good news, my backpack took a lot of the brunt of the fall. Bad news, I can't get my display or viewfinder to work on my A7iii. Going to try and hook it up to my laptop and see if I can do something when I get home. Otherwise got to send it off for repair...😭😖
 

 

Sorry to hear about the damage to the A7iii, hoping the damage isn't too bad.  On the other hand you weren't seriously injured. It's a horrible feeling when you feel yourself falling helplessly backwards. That happened to me long ago, but not forgotten. I was on a Somerset beach, and went over backwards when crossing rocks covered with slime, seaweed and mud. My backpack saved me from more serious injury. It contained a very solid folded up metal Toyo 45a and all my large format kit, including a heavy duty tripod, all that survived, but I ripped a fairly new Berghaus jacket and bruised my ribs which was painful. Even turning the key in my car lock caused agonising twinges.

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