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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Kismet » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:11 pm

That is quite stunning, rsg. Her father is so recent! That's very ungrammatical but you know what I mean.
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Post by Tracer » Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:21 am

What an amazing discovery!
pilots who had done a long tour and had that thousand-yard stare W. E. Johns

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Post by id_ten_it » Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:39 am

Wow! From one type of camel to another even

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Post by Frecks » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:37 pm

ICS is back - our newest member - hooray :D

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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Spitfire666 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 6:24 am

RAAF Spitfire Girl wrote:
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:46 pm
She knows I'm a Biggles' buff and thought I'd be interested. Now that was one massive understatement!! :dance:
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That is incredible. He went from camels to Camels at age 16 8-)

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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by elderlyfemalerelati1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:29 pm

New museum opened today at Biggin Hill

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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Kismet » Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:58 pm

Have you been, yet?
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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by elderlyfemalerelati1 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:50 pm

Give me a chance!

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Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:24 pm

I got a Facebook alert from our local police department that there is a broken water main on our street and the homes have no running water.

So Mr. KK left work early and went to the supermarket and bought a couple gallons of the bottled stuff.

We do, however, have electricity, so we're a step above where we were last winter!

We'll be all right for a day or two. If it is still off by the end of work tomorrow (Friday), we will decamp to my parents' house, thirty minutes away.
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Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:50 pm

The water is back on! :claphappy:
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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:34 am

kylie_koyote wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:50 pm
The water is back on! :claphappy:
Yay!!! :dancing bananas:

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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Tracer » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:45 am

Thank goodness for that.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Kismet » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:17 pm

There was a tightrope walker practising on the beach today. He (I think it was a he:the person was very well wrapped against the freezing cold) had tensioned his wires between the posts of two groynes and was getting on and off, standing up, walking along and so on. I enjoyed watching him. A change from parasailors, kite surfers and kites.
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Post by id_ten_it » Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:43 am

Kismet wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:17 pm
There was a tightrope walker practising on the beach today. He (I think it was a he:the person was very well wrapped against the freezing cold) had tensioned his wires between the posts of two groynes and was getting on and off, standing up, walking along and so on. I enjoyed watching him. A change from parasailors, kite surfers and kites.
I take it from your tone this is quite unusual? They are fun to watch (and join in on!) though I imagine he would have had quite cold feet...or was suddenly having to learn to do it all in shoes which would be tricky.

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Post by VickersVandal » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:01 am

Tightrope or slackline?

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Post by Kismet » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:36 pm

beach.jpg
The temperature was around 0c.

I've no idea what sort of line he was on, VV. I was impressed at his perseverance. Yes, it is unusual, id-ten-it. He looked to be in full thermals.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Kismet » Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:00 pm

Unusual colours driving home today. A dirty, smudgy sky with a light, dirty, smudgy mist sitting in the valley, tinging everything a mucky browny-grey. It looked like a painting created after the Industrial Revolution when polluting smog was a big thing. Very strange. No doubt it was caused by dust particles picked up in the Sahara (the usual explanation) although that usually gives us red sunsets rather than a smutty mirk.
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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Kismet » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:52 pm

Looking for some advice here, folks.

About five this morning, I heard a certain amount of squealing and movement from downstairs. I cursed young people playing video games, turned the radio on to drown out the noise (it wan't very loud) and went straight back to sleep.

When I went downstairs to make coffee sometime later, I was surprised to see the contents of the tool cupboard spread over the kitchen table but daughter number one wasn't there to interrogate as to why. She has just returned.

Apparently, at 5am, the cat imported a large live rat into the kitchen. My daughter sensibly suggested letting the cat kill it, but her visiting friend's softheartedness towards animals extended towards rats. Therefore, the cat was shut protesting into the downstairs loo and the rat hid in the tool cupboard / gas meter cupboard in the kitchen. Two hours later, the girls still hadn't caught the rat using the fishing net usually used to capture and repatriate live birds imported by the cat (I am impressed that they spotted this and were able to purpose it appropriately), and rather more to the point, they had lost sight of where it was.

Therefore, somewhere in my house, unless the rat has learned to use the cat flap, alive or dead, is a large brown rat. Anyone any ideas on how to find it?
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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Tiffinata » Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:53 am

Make a noise like a piece of cheese?

Sorry, no idea but it is a very similar story a friend told about a fox that ran inside and his in her cupboard.

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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Spitfire666 » Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:05 am

As someone who had to share a flat with a family of rats, I have to say your cat is likely to be the answer. They used to run when I came in, then I had to stamp about. But rats are smart and realized that me stamping did not hurt them so they just used to look at me when I came in then carry on and ignore me.

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Post by Tracer » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:53 am

Agree - let the cat out - it'll find the rat. Then up to you. Personally I'd get some traps up but it may be that you don't have any handy (how strange). Or shut Miss Mimsy aw don't let the cat kill it in the kitchen with the rat and leave the outside door open. Good luck!
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Post by RAAF Spitfire Girl » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:06 am

When we first moved in to this house we had a problem with rats coming in from the little park over the road. I was not a happy camper :( :( We set multiple traps everywhere throughout the house and eventually eliminated them. Our precious Staffie was totally useless - she'd just look at them, raise her eyes and look at me in the most helpless fashion. Spiders I can cope with, but rats were a whole new ball game for me. Hope you get rid of Ratty quickly, Kismet.

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Post by Frecks » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:25 am

We have a great deal of trouble with rats in the garden. They seem to thrive on rat poison. Our neighbour shoots them if he gets the chance.

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Post by kylie_koyote » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:40 am

We have a problem with mice in my office building. Scott, who sits across from me, sets traps for them in his office. One day after a long holiday weekend, he came out and proclaimed he'd caught five.

He just dumped them in the trash.

Then another coworker, Lisa, came by and said "Oh gawd, why does it smell like something died in the photocopier room?" and I said "because the trash can is full of dead mice." :lol:

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Re: The Chat Thread

Post by Fairblue » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:42 am

I've been fortunate. I'v never had a rat problem. Mice now, they're a different matter. Our next door neighbour was feeding baby mice under her hedge. Luckily, the garage was their next stop before they reached the house. I'm afraid we had to resort to traps, but we haven't had any for a long time.
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