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  1. Their declared inability to feed their children during the school hols is a rather larger giveaway in respect of their abysmal parenting capabilities.. However I strongly feel every child should be entitled to free school meals, regardless of income or benefits. So no "markers" for those on benefits, and better economies of scale in the catering. But only during term-time.
  2. Btw. I saw, somewhere today, that there is now a glut of natural gas in the UK, and that wholesale prices are back to pre-cris levels!
  3. difflock

    cat rescue

    Me ould Uncle Tony always, tis simple, lift the tail and count the holes! EDIT While they still bes ickly wickle tiny kittens!
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    cat rescue

    ??? . . .after the misses rescued a large pregnant tomcat ??
  5. difflock


    Lifted from a thread on the AARSE site Pick the cat up and cradle in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand. As cat opens mouth pop pill into it, allow cat to close mouth and swallow. Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind the sofa. Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process. Retrieve cat from bedroom and throw soggy pill away. Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm holding rear paws tightly with left hand. Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger. Hold mouth shut for a count of ten. Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe. Call partner in from garden. Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, hold front and rear paws. Ignore low growls emitted by cat. Get partner to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden ruler into mouth. Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously. Retrieve cat from curtain rail, get another pill from the foil wrap. Make note to buy a new ruler and repair curtains. Carefully sweep shattered 'Dolton' figurines from hearth and set to one side for gluing later. Wrap cat in large towel and get partner to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit. Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil and blow down drinking straw. Check label to make sure pills not harmful to humans, drink glass of water to take taste away. Apply plaster to partners forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap. Retrieve cat from neighbours shed and get another pill. Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck to leave head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon and flick pill down throat with elastic band. Fetch screwdriver from garage and put door back on hinges. Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus jab. Throw t-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom. Ring fire brigade to retrieve cat from tree across the road and apologise to neighbour who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid the cat. Take last pill from foil wrap. Tie cats front paws to rear paws with garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table, find heavy duty pruning gloves from shed and pry cat's mouth open with a small spanner. Push pill into mouth followed by a large piece of fillet steak. Hold head vertically and pour a pint of water down throat to wash down pill. Get partner to drive you to the Emergency Room and sit quietly while doctor stitches fingers and forearms and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call at furniture shop on way home to order new table. Arrange for RSPCA to collect cat. Ring local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters. Soldiers have not changed.
  6. I still imagine a light coloured native wood(like Ash?) suitably laminated and engineered would have been a more appropiate choice, and guessing as stiff and yet as light. Or even carbon fibre? The "contemporaneous with the age of the timber" comment, to me, does not sit well with the very clearly modern design of the support structure, for this an elegant design in stainless steel or alumininium would have looked better. Probably the result of design by committee. Marcus
  7. Tell me thats not a metal frame it sits on? Like my eyes tell me it is? Marcus. P.S. I wholly applaud this use of this wonderful tree btw.
  8. Easy, should be in the Ivy thread, but which one?
  9. Right outside the local PS. I was voting. So deer activity would be unlikely.
  10. What mortar mix do you use Andy? since I always fancied such an oven. I got a pallet of old red brick set aside to use for such a project. Hmmm? Any way to incorporate a barbecue grill in such a construction?
  11. Is possible more than 1 duck was laying eggs in the same nest? Equally well, an egg a day over 2 weeks allows for a dozen, and still taking Sunday as a day of rest!
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    But Hay! it were absolutely properly strapped on warnt it!
  13. Yesterday and today. I will attempt to post the images first. The first image is my nearly filled woodshed, 26 bundles=13m3, and I reckon another 2 cube would have left me back to last year's fill level(near enough) The 2nd image is representative of the logs I sampled for moisture, from the centre of a bundle, and always picking the thicker sticks, and only sampled after cutting the 1.0m length in half, btw. this one was from the bottom row(they were stacked 4 high) and was sitting on 2 longtitudnal Sitka poles. It gave 12.5% moisture. As did essentially all the rest, quite a few 11.5(ish) and a equal number of low 13's. Setting aside the time I needed to move my saw and conveyor, I consistently averaged 15 min per 1/2m3 bundle, so 2.0 tightly strapped m3 per hour. Incl for the time collecting with the wee loader tractor and tidying the strapping away. The last image is the bottom row. Last year's empty Conc slabs to the left, but this year's mostly sitting on Sitka poles. Last 4 images are me moisture meter, and my much prized pile of Ash and Hawthorn for processing, though I still gotta figure out a method of stacking it to dry and allow for easy mechanical handling? Hmmm?
  14. I just put 13 tightly strapped cubic meters into my woodshed, and having idlly checked the fortnight box of firewood in the Sun blasted garden room, where it not infrequently hits 30 deg and showing 26% relative humidity today and got a nominal 10% moisture(which seems entirely reasonable in the circumstances pertaining) I then checked my uncovered billet bundles, always checking a fresh cut face in the middle of the 1.0m length, drawn from the middle of the bundle, and always a thicker one And got 12.5% Which in the staggering dreauth we have experience this 2 or 3 weeks seems entirely likely to be correct(the dead grass up the moss being positvely crisp). So who needs a Polytunnel? Marcus
  15. Oddly enough, I saw a stack of those up at Antrim Castle gardens last week. Literally a 4 or 5 high stack. So per Maynards post, all too often the design reflects transport or storage requirements, often ahead of human seating requirements. I also had a cousin spent a while container stuffing on a computer, and advising the design engineers, that "if you made that part smaller, or put an otherwise unneeded bolted joint in the middle we could fit more in the container".
  16. Matching eyebrows, a nice touch!
  17. I definately got a 362C, with the factory-fit 20" bar, and after the wee026 the power was a relevation. All the chainsaw I will ever need.
  18. The other side of our free prescriptions, and I had this from a mechanic that I used to work with, is that those working to claim their free DLA car, run to the Dr. "bigging up" if not downright inventing their ailments, and carting away the free prescriptions issued, which free prescriptions, obtained for these purposes were then binned, sure they cost nothing. But hey! the proved these folk were really really really sick, and needed their benefits, and more benefits, up to and including the DLA car. That is the problem with our free at the point of delivery NHS. P.S. I wonder has anyone managed to blagg the DLA car AND the extra weekly payment for being a registered alcoholic? That would be kinda neat in a rather preverse way. EDIT Now that mental health issues, no doubt including for "social anxiety" qualify one for various benefits(the new "bad back" I suppose) our flagrant abuse of the DLA/PIP cars can only get worse. So so easy to abuse.
  19. Prescriptions should be free for those whom genuinely need them. Good luck with that one! Who judges? How?
  20. Bloody hell! Yer a millionaire, with all them small Bisley filing cabinets. Since I tried to buy a couple for the wife I know what they cost.
  21. I firmly believe there should be no red diesel, simples, only clear stuff, that way no angst nor opportunity for skulduggery. Arrange a cash-back to those who can argue they need it to keep food prices lower, or for whatever other well argued reason. Something like a sub based on acres farmed, crops grown, taxes paid, VAT returns or whatever. Now with everything being electronic and agribizz largely being a cashfree business this should be entirely possible. Oh! and bloody well tax jet fuel, to the same extent as petrol and diesel. mth
  22. Ma dyslexia precluded me desire to be a proofreader!
  23. Ya boo sucks to you . . .


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