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« Reply #4005 on: June 24, 2012, 08:36:20 AM »

350 miles, bikoman!!! --- how much of that is downhill?.... i dont know wether to feel proud i know you , or to feel sorry for you..... whatever - pack your pannikens wisely and good luck!!
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« Reply #4006 on: June 26, 2012, 01:19:58 PM »

Visited the dentist this morning. Didn't need anything doing! There are few more pleasant sensations than getting a compliment from one's dentist on the state of one's teeth.
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« Reply #4007 on: June 26, 2012, 02:14:43 PM »

Must make an appointment to go and see mine. I don't think I've been for a couple of years now. Bound to need something doing.

It's a bit crap really, though, isn't it, dentistry? It's not like they do anything proactive to stop your teeth turning to crud. All they do is patch things up as they crumble and decay. If you had a builder who watched over your house as it gradually fell down around your ears, you wouldn't think he was very good, would you? But you'll happily sit in the torturer's chair and take what he throws at you in the full and certain knowledge that one day you're almost certainly going to need dentures. Why is that? scratch
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« Reply #4008 on: June 26, 2012, 02:18:53 PM »

LashSlash. I often muse on how much of my journey is downhill.  For a round trip 50% is up and 50% downhill. No good asking about the level bit because there never is any - not taking calculus and fractals into account. But then the uphills take soooo long and the downhills over too quick so in fact 70% of the time is spent going uphill.
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« Reply #4009 on: June 26, 2012, 05:08:04 PM »

Congrats Delph. It's nice to see some good news on this thread. In my last dental adventure he convinced me that the spot (which had been there since the tooth came in) on one of my molars was a big hole that he needed to fix. Otherwise, I might have to have a root canal some day. He drilled in there and accidentally killed the root, resulting in a root canal. The sad thing is that I like my dentist. He's good at what he does, and he's too goofy to hate. He reminds me of Andy Barnard from The Office (american).

So, the other night I was shopping while inebriated and accidentally bought 30 tobacco pipes. I'm going to be so dapper. I'm thinking of having a bunch of little loops sewn into the lining of one of my coats, so when I go out and want a smoke I can have a selection. I have always wanted a smoking jacket.   
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« Reply #4010 on: June 26, 2012, 05:21:54 PM »

Accidentally buying 30 tobacco pipes is quite a feat. I'm impressed.
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« Reply #4011 on: June 27, 2012, 02:48:10 AM »

That is a really strange thing to do scratch The bad part is there's no way of guarding against doing something that weird again, so this could be the start of a very big collection of pipes afro
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« Reply #4012 on: June 27, 2012, 03:41:08 AM »

Accidentally buying 30 pipes is easier than you might think. I was watching a bunch of lots on ebay. Three were ending before I would be awake the next day, so I bid low on all three expecting to be outbid on all of them. I won them all. That's how my luck is, good with a twist. I'll have a nice variety to try out, keep the favorites and sell the rest. I paid an average of 4.37 a piece and they are worth a lot more than that (assuming they aren't messed up). If I'm really lucky I might turn a nice profit. The sellers of the two bigger lots didn't seem to know a lot about pipes. I'm hoping that's a good thing, but given my luck I'll probably get the cursed one Hunter S. Thompson was puffing on when he decided to kill himself.     
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« Reply #4013 on: June 27, 2012, 02:17:17 PM »

Ah, I see -- I originally thought you were out shopping in a supermarket or something afro
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« Reply #4014 on: July 01, 2012, 07:39:55 AM »

Phew afro Just surfaced after a ten hour sleep. I'm usually a six and a half, seven hour man. Wake up at 6:30 and find it impossible to lie in, because once my brain is active I can't shut it off again, but this morning I went back to sleep and didn't stir until gone 11. Must have needed it. There's so much going on at the moment I'm getting no down time at all. How are the rest of you doing? smiley
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« Reply #4015 on: July 02, 2012, 04:16:55 AM »

And here's a general "get well" to one and all from Del   Seems like a major run of bad luck and dodfgy karma is going round.

Apologies for being quiet on the Cafe Doom front... it's quiet(ish) on every front in Del's world at the moment... except work. I'm counting down the days to my summer holiday - but it's still the best part of two months away and I feel like I need a break now.  bangh

I see that 50 Shades Of Grey is officially the fastest ever selling paperback since records began, or something. I guess it's a good thing. Just when you thought nobody would ever break Stephen King's colossal selling records along came Harry Potter and just when you thought those sales would never be beaten here came Dan Brown and then we had Twilight and Dragon Tattoos and Hunger Games and now Mummy Porn. It feels like more people are buying books than ever - albeit just the same few books!

Not been happy with my guitar picking for a while so I've just signed up for some internet lessons with a guy who used to play with Sinatra. Hopefully I'll learn a thing or two.

And I've been wracking(*) up the miles on the pushbike, too. Not quite in Geoff's league, but I did 360 miles in June. Saturday I headed off into the wilds of the Cotswolds to visit a few childhood camping / railway track haunts. Was very pleasant (save for a bad ten miles between 40 and 50 when the howling wind was right in my face and I felt like it was taking forever to get anywhere [microcosm of my life right now?] - although once I got to 50 miles the next 20 seemed to fly by [microcosm of my life to come??]). Saw a huge buzzard sat on a wall n more than five feet from me, just staring at me as I went by; an old rusted metal sign on a cottage in a small hamlet that said "Telephone" and reminded me of the days when so few people had phones - and here I was being guided around the narrowest of country-lanes by sateliites! - and a lovely little sequence of signs on the way into one village: "Annimal Service at Church", "Sunday July 1st. All welcome.", "Except Snakes."

Hey ho. Back to the grind.

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« Reply #4016 on: July 02, 2012, 07:48:16 AM »

Sounds like a great bike ride, Del.
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« Reply #4017 on: July 02, 2012, 08:51:09 AM »

Forgot to mention the two humongous aircraft hangers in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by barbed wire with omninous looking security signs everywhere, and nestling next to teh gate a little cottage entitled "Black Covert Cottage"...
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« Reply #4018 on: July 02, 2012, 10:04:35 AM »

A pal of mine, Terry Jackman, is about to judge 498 pages of tweet fiction stories. The BSFA ran this competition - write a wow science ficiton or fantasy story in under 136 characters! 5 characters were for the entry sign to the organisers. I'd heard of the comp ages ago but forgot to do any thinking about it. Quite a challenge to write, but a heck of a job to judge!
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« Reply #4019 on: July 03, 2012, 06:29:00 PM »

Forgot to mention the two humongous aircraft hangers in the middle of the countryside, surrounded by barbed wire with omninous looking security signs everywhere, and nestling next to teh gate a little cottage entitled "Black Covert Cottage"...

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