MaddyE

MaddyE

  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I've been in a train from Cambridge to London where Part A utterly rejected Part B. Part A starts from Cambridge and forms the front of the train and is usually sitting at the platform. Part B starts at Kings...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I think that was the one we used when we did a family holiday in Scotland. We lived in Poole, and I seem to recall driving to Devon, staying overnight with family, drive to Newton Abbots and then up North...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    Back in the 40s and 50s, my mother worked for Royal Dutch Shell, first in London, then in Cairo. Back then, you could take up to 2 weeks local leave at a time, and every 2-3 years you got up...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I've just had a Kensington Orbit trackball fail pretty comprehensively to the extent I thought a website had installed malware... I ended up dismantling it and cleaning out several years of crud from the baseplate. Haven't retried it yet though!...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    The last of those 3. My stop is 2 stops on from the P&R where the actual Busway bit ends. We looked at Godmanchester when we moved out of Cambridge, but the commute was problematic - bus into Huntingdon, and...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    That doesn't surprise me. I live closer to Huntingdon than Cambridge yet it takes as long to get to Huntingdon using the bus as it does to Cambridge. The reason is that the Busway itself ends 2 stops before my...
  • Commented on Oh, 2022!
    I can sort of see it if he was working at somewhere like Canary Wharf and was travelling at peak times. When I did a stint at Tower Hamlets in 2017: 20-25 minutes drive to Huntingdon (the misguided bus took...
  • Commented on An update on the revolutionary experiment
    Nah, we just take the p*ss......
  • Commented on Fossil fuels are dead (and here's why)
    The one I recall was someone shoehorning a Ford Fiesta engine into an invalid carriage. They were neighbours of ours and routinely terrorised drivers on a nearby motorway as said invalid carriage was thereby licensed to drive on a motorway......
  • Commented on On inappropriate reactions to COVID19
    Greg, I'd suggest heading over to https://www.pedelecs.co.uk/forum/#pedelecs-forums.1 I've had some good advice there. I'd be interested to hear how you get on - I really need to start cycling again but my knees are knackered and complain even cycling in...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    Apropos of this, I have been known to refer to myself as Levantine. My father's family background was Christian Arab (from Syria and the Lebanon, settled in Egypt around the 1800s) granted Belgian nationality, my mother's family background was English...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: Dead Lies Dreaming
    In my case, likely dead by 3. Acute dysentery while living in Cairo - it was only some antibiotics our doctor happened to have that kept me out of hospital. My mother really thought she'd lose me - I couldn't...
  • Commented on Crib Sheet: The Labyrinth Index
    Allopurinol 300 mg, once daily for me - and keep my feet warm. Cold feet is a trigger for me. I haven't had an attack since 2001. Food triggers, I've no idea. I eat a lot of red meat and...
  • Commented on Starship bloopers
    The Lambeth Walk Propaganda Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnBhQHa0xDI...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    I have a nasty feeling this is part of something that has been going on for a few years, so unlikely to be Brexit-related. In social care, there's an initiative called the Client Level Data set which got announced around...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    The Mac version does as well. Unfortunately, I think you only get so many goes to ignore an update....
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Re the de-DRM arms race, you're probably OK up to 1.26. I got pushed 1.31 on my Mac without my express permission, and that's bad for my working set up. I reverted to 1.17, but that seems to have screwed...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Sounds something like a radar reflector for a small boat to avoid being run down by larger shipping. Basically, a wearable reflector for the cyclist or biker (perhaps helmet mounted), which then triggers a HUD alert in the lorry cab...
  • Commented on Because I am bored ...
    Almost certainly for the reason I never learned to touch-type (or learn shorthand for that matter): because as a female you would be automatically pigeon-holed as a secretary not whatever job you were actually doing or applying for, As far...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    If you're going vegetarian for ethical reasons, buy plants and make your own meat substitute. Don't try and kid everyone you're still eating meat by buying faux meat, be proud of being plant-based instead of being hypocritical about it. These...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    Back in the days when I was working in a private diagnostic laboratory, I fielded a phone call from some random person wanting to DNA test himself and offspring. Scenting a bit of a niff in the air (we dealt...
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    We used to know the Grant family (as in whisky), and I recall a dinner party where Doris recounted a story about visiting in the Highlands, and having some rather nice game soup with what she took to be rice....
  • Commented on A death in the Firm
    The wall-to-wall media coverage reminds me of Princess Di's death and the media feeding frenzy that got sparked off by it. Even my partner's mother is annoyed by the coverage (at least we're spared her soaps for a few days)....
  • Commented on Lying to the ghost in the machine
    Or round my way, roads called Splash Lane or Marsh Lane or Mere Way... Or indeed, don't move to a village called Fen [anything]. Stick to the ones called Dry [something]....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I turned up a bit early (5 minutes or so) for my appointment on Monday (it's most of the way into town and it takes me 15-20 minutes to walk into town depending on how cranky my knees are feeling)....
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Astra Zeneca for me too as of 4 hours ago. They had me sitting in the waiting room for 15 minutes after the shot because of a history of anaphylactic reactions, my shoulder was a bit stiff, but it wore...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Mine's scheduled for tomorrow morning before work, and I've got to pick up my repeat prescription before heading home. Hopefully I won't get the side-effects some people have mentioned on another forum I hang out on; I have a lot...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    I can just recall the old 2-pin plugs from our house in Poole. We moved in early 1963 and it had what was probably the original wiring from 1936 (when the house was built). We got the house re-wired about...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    It was certainly LGI when I did my Masters up the road in Hyde Terrace in 1980-1982. I spent 2 weeks in the isolation unit up at Seacroft summer 1981 (caught mono, ended up in the uni sickbay, my liver...
  • Commented on Central Banking on Mars!
    Or the detergent they used. I can't use Persil because I can't stand the perfume used in it; in fact, I use unperfumed detergent and fabric conditioner. The modern fetish for artificial smells in everything I find unpleasant; I prefer...
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