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Date: 2015-04-25 14:39
Subject: Busy
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The recent sunny weather gave me the opportunity to do a bit of tidying up in the garden. So far I have:

Replaced the roofing felt on a storage unit and repaired the damage caused by it letting water in.
Taken various bits of rubbish to the tip.
Offered a load of stuff on Freecycle and had some of it collected.
Mowed the lawn.
Painted the back gate and fence with wood preservative.
Replaced the shrunk, curling boards on the south facing side of my shed with nice new thicker ones.

There's more that needs doing, but it's not looking too bad right now. :-)
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Al
Date: 2013-06-04 11:35
Subject: Pleasantly surprised
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Tags:specsavers eye test
I went for an eye test this morning because I'm on holiday and my last one was in 2009.*

Last time, I went to D&A (since merged with Boots) and was underwhelmed by the experience, particularly by their keenness to sell me glasses that I didn't really need from a sadly small selection. I hope that the new merged operation is better, but even the offer of a half price eye test has not tempted me to try them.

So I went to Specsavers (Woking) and found a shop full of cheerful, polite and helpful people dealing pleasantly and intelligently with a range of issues from the stressed man who needed replacement glasses as soon as possible to the chap who bought his glasses in another Specsavers store and had managed to bend the frame slightly so that one arm was pushing down on his ear and causing him discomfort. You might wonder whether it was just because it was early in the morning, but they were just as nice when I booked my appointment late yesterday afternoon.

The test went smoothly with the optician explaining what she was testing for and my eyes were pronounced to be pretty good with one working better for distant vision and the other for close work. The advice was to come back in two years unless something changes noticeably. They did not try to sell me glasses.

So I'm very happy with the whole experience and may well go back and buy some glasses for late night driving when my eyes are tired and reading road signs becomes slightly more of an issue.


*If you think that's bad, the one before that was in 1992, though the test results explain why I haven't bothered. :-)
1992: L -0.75, R -0.5
2009: L -0.5, R -0.25
2013: L -0.75, R -0.25
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Al
Date: 2012-12-25 09:00
Subject: Happy Christmas!
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I hope you're having a good day wherever you are!
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Al
Date: 2012-05-18 14:06
Subject: (no subject)
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Mood:cheerfulcheerful
I'm quite impressed by the level of finish of these 3D printed items.
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Al
Date: 2012-02-26 17:19
Subject: Sand casting
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It was a nice sunny day so I got out into the shed and after a bit of tidying was able to have another go at casting the bronze pendant of The Horned Reaper from Dungeon Keeper 2.

In the end it took me two goes because I didn't get the bronze hot enough the first time, but I'm quite pleased with the end result.

If you're interested in the process, you may prefer to start here instead.
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Al
Date: 2011-05-25 09:53
Subject: Referer Risk
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Mood:amusedamused
Still there after all these years:



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Al
Date: 2010-12-21 18:54
Subject: Surprising levels of stupidity, even for a politician
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Mood:depresseddepressed
I thought that Vince Cable wasn't the sharpest tool in the box when he proposed a graduate tax. It sounded like an inefficient way to fund higher education and risked begging the question as to why people who benefited from free education in the past shouldn't also pay the tax.

I thought that he was foolish to say that he might not vote for his own legislation. He could have just said that serious discussions were in progress and avoided an embarrassing "clarification" later.

I thought that he displayed a somewhat inflated sense of his own importance when he said that he thought he could bring down the government by resigning.

Today we've heard the recording of him telling the two women he thought were his constituents that he was going to block the Sky buyout of the majority of BSkyB shares, but couldn't talk about it because it was a legal matter!

What kind of idiot do you have to be to say that you're doing something that you know is wrong? After the battering that MP's reputations have (rightly) taken as a result of the expenses scandal, you might reasonably expect that MP's (and certainly ministers) would have the sense to keep quiet about anything they wouldn't wish to have broadcast to the world.
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Al
Date: 2010-09-22 19:39
Subject: (no subject)
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I'd never really noticed before, but my local branch of Morrisons has placed the pot noodles next to the cans of fish. I only know it now because my quest for sardines (or pilchards) took me directly past a notably large lady who was dropping the things into her trolley.
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Al
Date: 2010-08-13 10:12
Subject: I'm not usually a fan of adverts,
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Mood:amusedamused
but this one made me laugh out loud. :-)
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Al
Date: 2010-08-02 16:10
Subject: The fourth Doctor would make this face...
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Mood:amusedamused
Probably true. :-)
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