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    I've got the whole house to do, dude. Will finish...

    I've got the whole house to do, dude. Will finish landscaping the front, then come the autumn will systematically go room to room making good, repairing and decorating, then next spring I'll stick it...
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    These days I'll usually plump for a robust glass...

    These days I'll usually plump for a robust glass or two of Argentinian Malbec and a brace of regional ales - daily of course.



    I was sort of hoping that Por was part of an elborate nightmare...
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    The occasional passer by would quip "has lockdown...

    The occasional passer by would quip "has lockdown got that bad then?" Oh, we Brits are just sooooo fucking funny.
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    Yes, it is - albeit for the Mrs's car, my seven...

    Yes, it is - albeit for the Mrs's car, my seven seater just about squeezes in. Firepit will go betwixt planters and archway. In fcat, what am I talking about - there shall be so such pit, we need...
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    The World at War isamazing television. I will...

    The World at War isamazing television. I will probably re-watch later in the year.

    And thanks for the video clip Jaiyenyen - humbling.]

    Makes me feel a little bit silly about my Unsolved: who...
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    I thought that was the case - Edmond appears to...

    I thought that was the case - Edmond appears to be a lot fitter than Lulu.

    The Lulu I knew used to waddle 5k twice a year, Edmond is killing it. What gives, Ed?
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    Not sure. I think the British sun has been and...

    Not sure. I think the British sun has been and buggered off. Might stick a firepit in it to warm us up on those cold summer afternoons.



    Lovely stuff. Is the wee pooch a cocker, or a...
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    SO what?

    SO what?
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    Yes, certainly a healthy meal with lots of good...

    Yes, certainly a healthy meal with lots of good ingredients but portion size needs addressing; we're all guilty of that of course - food is nice.
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    The step then got pointed and a ton of 20mm pea...

    The step then got pointed and a ton of 20mm pea shingle was added...

    This is the current state of play.

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  11. Thread: Dry July

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    Poll: God, no. What a ridiculous notion.

    God, no.

    What a ridiculous notion.
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    After several more eons of waiting at Wickes, I...

    After several more eons of waiting at Wickes, I bought a half a dozen cheap slabs and used an angle grinder to create the top plinths for the wall, and paving for the step...

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    Darn it, I missed a trick there! After the...

    Darn it, I missed a trick there!

    After the cobbled edging was in place I made a little retaining wall and dug out the space for a step up to the arch. By now Boris was out of hospital and barking...
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    After queuing for several millenia at Wickes, I...

    After queuing for several millenia at Wickes, I was able to begin the construction process in earnest...

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    In went the sub base which got the treatment with...

    In went the sub base which got the treatment with a whacker plate I was able to hire for a day.

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    Having more or less dealt with the soil I could...

    Having more or less dealt with the soil I could now continue with the task at hand.

    I had this little lot delivered from Jewsons who had just strated trading again.

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    By this time the Mrs was fresh out of hospital...

    By this time the Mrs was fresh out of hospital and I suggested some time in the bracing air to get those lungs working again.

    She and the children planted tomatoes, basil, cucumber, chilli and a...
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    But of course, the byproduct of reaching a flow...

    But of course, the byproduct of reaching a flow state with the shovel is a huge amount of soil - and with this came the construction of more raised planters. This had now become an exercise in soil...
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    As time went by, I reached a kind of flow state...

    As time went by, I reached a kind of flow state with the shovel. I was in the zone. I just couldn't. stop. digging.

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    As you can see, quite a large pile of top soil...

    As you can see, quite a large pile of top soil and assorted rubble had began to accumalate, and with the recycling centres and dumps firmly shit, this pile was only going to get bigger. Something had...
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    At around this stage, Boris has just been...

    At around this stage, Boris has just been admitted into intensive care, my wife had come home from work witha a temperature and the health secretary Matt Hancock appeared in the daily briefings...
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    I'm gonna go with screen shots - much easier, and...

    I'm gonna go with screen shots - much easier, and the pics are of no real quality so nothing will be lost in translation.

    You may notice in the second picture, if you bend your neck at such an...
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    Sticky: 16 mile trail run with 1500 ft elevation on...

    16 mile trail run with 1500 ft elevation on Sunday evening - took about two and a quarter hours.

    I've been doing stretches of an evening which have really helped me go past the 1.5 hour mark...
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    Thank you brother - tried that already though and...

    Thank you brother - tried that already though and the damn thing reverted back.
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    Screen grab. Slap save the day. Yet again. ...

    Screen grab. Slap save the day. Yet again.





    All good thanks, amigo.

    Was a little bit worrying at the time though...
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    Let's try this... 53578

    Let's try this...

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    That's a bit of a glaring glitch in the system if...

    That's a bit of a glaring glitch in the system if they can't be flipped.
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    How do I rotate the pics?

    How do I rotate the pics?
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    I shall not lie to you. A few days into our...

    I shall not lie to you. A few days into our lunchtime foraging sessions and I started to become suicidal. Surely there's more to life than fucking wild garlic. I need substance, a direction, a goal,...
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    My pandemic lockdown project

    It all started, as the best stories invariably do, when some dickhead Chinese clodhopper decided to scrimp on supper and chow down on the nearest thing with a heartbeat. Then he coughed and a few...
  31. There's a couple of schools of thought here, and...

    There's a couple of schools of thought here, and like has been suggested geographical and sociological differences play a big part.

    On the one hand we have little Somjit, born into a wealthy...
  32. Thread: On my bike

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    Lovely stuff. The North is far superior when it...

    Lovely stuff. The North is far superior when it comes to riding than the South, or East - only the Southwest can rival it for views, but I do have a soft spot for the South Downs; picture perfect,...
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    Sorry to hear you're going through a tough one...

    Sorry to hear you're going through a tough one mate - are you on the requisite meds?
  34. That should be IF they come, and the if is...

    That should be IF they come, and the if is growing ever more empahtic. Just been the Thai Embassy in Londinium. I have to say it was the best trip I have ever ever EVER made to the capital - there is...
  35. ^ I've done it before. "Excuse me Mr Immigtraiom...

    ^ I've done it before. "Excuse me Mr Immigtraiom Man, I've been drunk for the past five years and completely forgot where I was and how I got here and now I'd like to leave please. Here's some cash,...
  36. bribing the immi officials?

    bribing the immi officials?
  37. They already have tickets for July 15, booked...

    They already have tickets for July 15, booked along time ago. Kids could potentially fly out on Thai passports, but I suppose the next few weeks will be pivotal. What's the current social...
  38. It's seasonal, the Thai heat fucked it off.

    It's seasonal, the Thai heat fucked it off.
  39. OK, so as it stands, the quarantine rule is in...

    OK, so as it stands, the quarantine rule is in place?
  40. Family flying back to base - but what are the rules?

    My wife and children want to go to Thailand next month. I want my wife and children to go to Thailand next month. It will give the girls a chance to revisist their roots and reaquaint themseleves...
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    Man, that is bad bad news. I suggest locating one...

    Man, that is bad bad news. I suggest locating one of the old fossils whose blood is probably 80 per cent proof, and going Dracula on his ass.
  42. Even for Thai officials, it would be a serious...

    Even for Thai officials, it would be a serious book cooking job to keep the figures that low. I sincerely hope the heat is getting the better of it.
  43. I can only imagine that myself and the kids have...

    I can only imagine that myself and the kids have had it, we live in a mid-terrace so domestic distancing was never going to happen. But alas, no antibody test yet so we can't be sure. I am allowed to...
  44. Thanks all, I can safely say I've never been so...

    Thanks all, I can safely say I've never been so worried. It escalated very quickly. Our local GP said that ethnic minorities, namely Southeast Asian and Africans seems to be more prone to developing...
  45. Test is at its most accurate in the first week...

    Test is at its most accurate in the first week apparently. Still leaves you with little confidence.
  46. False negative: a tale of Covid and fear and hope...

    It all started, as it often does, on a grey and drizzly evening in suburbia.

    I'd just congratulated myself on negotiating another day with nary a sniffle or a dry cough or a life-threatening...
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    Sticky: Myself and young Arthur take our social...

    Myself and young Arthur take our social distancing very seriously.



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    Covid + Songkran = hide. Run and fucking hide.

    Covid + Songkran = hide. Run and fucking hide.
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    Sticky: Under the proviso that we don't all die, we...

    Under the proviso that we don't all die, we should come out of this fitter, healthier and less needy.

    In between work, teaching the children, cooking their breakfast, lunch and dinner (the mrs is...
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    Sticky: Saturday, up early doors - gundog training; back,...

    Saturday, up early doors - gundog training; back, lunch, two hour hilly run at a soild pace, no fannying around

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    Back, chnage, one hour dog walk, home, cook dinner, read, watched tv,...
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