Monday, January 28, 2008

Ikea - Printer trouble - Jill's cruise

First minor problem of the day was that the papers weren't delivered. New owners at the Newsagents, regular girl off, new lad let them down etc., etc.,.

Off to Ikea around 9am and we breakfasted in style and so cheaply. We have a bonus card which entitles us to free unlimited coffee and discounts off certain lines. I bought the lamp shown which uses these new bulbs that take time to warm up. Incredibly low price of £2.95 and it really is just the ticket.

Rather than put the customary 50p piece on the scanner to show scale I decided on a photo of the lamp in action. Unsure of what white-balance I might need for these sort of bulbs I used RAW which, although against my religion, gave me the options to subsequently select the appropriate setting.

Picture 2 is it, and I didn't realise at the purchase stage what a handy design feature the horse-shoe base is. Allowing one to stand a coffee mug (if you will permit me a temporary lurch into the metaphoric) in its welcoming harbour thereby releasing more tabletop for essential clutter.

I've had this little rough 'ole table for many decades and have always loved its utilitarian quality. You can stab knives into it, spill hot drinks on it, scrape off paper that gets stuck to it....and it never bats an eye-lid (mixed metaphor country now). The late great Bill Deedes loved to say "We will burn that bridge when we come to it". David has always loved the table too and I hope he will love and cherish it one day.

My printer has been playing up again and printing gibberish...(Just be careful Bungus, ...ed) and I've spent hours uninstalling and then reinstalling. It seem OK now. Brian S told me how to fix it easily and I shall ask him again on Wednesday. Dave B who runs the 'retired local police-forum' which I am an appreciative member of, has asked me to help out with the admin. I consider it an honour to be asked and shall do my best. As Y says "Another excuse to spend time on your laptop". She thinks it is a good idea though , of the contact with colleagues, and it will keep me out of mischief. I am assured by Dave that there isn't much walking involved !!

Had an e-mail from Jill earlier to say their Cruise has been cancelled at the last minute. She and Ro are justifiably furious... but I'm sure she will tell you about it herself.

Comments.....Thanks Bungus and AnonymousRob for running the 'sports desk'. Re: Panfotheram. I've always used your first pronunciation suggestion Rob. Of course examination of the word reveals Pan-fo-the-Ram, perhaps that is its etymology? Bungus can't abide the smell of lamb cooking, so however we pronounce it won't tempt him to a portion.

And no! I wouldn't have Patum Peperium under scrambled egg. Maybe smoked salmon on top though.

Re Birdwatch. It is strange to allocate a specific hour. My bird feeders can be deserted for hours and then, without any apparent pattern, can be busy for half an hour and then go quiet again. There does seem to be a breakfast time but this varies and is usually around an hour after dawn. I wouldn't have thought their sampling technique was at all sophisticated.

Quotation.....another unarguable piece of wisdom :-

"The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution".

Hannah Arendt

The above reasoning is why it was stupid to stand-down the Iraqi Army and The Police following the overthrow of Saddam. The would have just done an abrupt about-turn and started to serve the new administration. And the present mess might have been avoided.

..... Bit of a brain-teaser for you ? How's that done then ? Feel free to use it though..... Sleep tight folks....Catch you tomorrow (A Karen Day)................


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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Newspaper deliveries:- Last Saturday, The Evening Post (Saturday Edition) was delivered at 08:33 a.m. Is this a record? Unfortunatly the racing or football results were not in it. When I was a lad we used to get the tea time scores from Trent Bridge in the evening paper.
Reg

Jill said...

http://www.fredolsencruises.com/news/fred-olsen-cancels-balmoral-inaugural-cruise

This gives you as much info as we have. We had less than 48 hours notice, presumably the re-furbisging was not completed? We are angry and so disappointed, but we'll get over it. We have been offered all our money back plus 50% off any other two-week cruise, but at the moment at least, we don't feel like booking with them again and would prefer a lump sum as compensation. I am trying to find out if legally that is all they are bound to offer in way of compensation. Obviously it is beneficial to them.

Other news is that we have got rid of our very heavy large four-seater sofa and two ditto chairs - we arranged for council to pick them up this morning along with a non-working fridge freezer. But by 8.30 this a.m. the fridge and two chairs had gone, and there is a note on the sofa saying someone is coming back to collect it. Luckily the council collect stuff for free, as we are pensioners.

That's a handy little light - I've got an IKEA one, slightly bigger, like an anflepoise lamp.

That juggler is really very clever.

Saying I heard yesterday - 'I'm having a CRAFT moment - can't remember a flipping thing' (or insert adjective of your choice.

Anonymous said...

Here's the answer to your brain-teaser; it comes from www.videojug.com:
How To Juggle 3 Balls
Learn how to Juggle 3 Balls. A beginners guide into the art of juggling three balls. Amaze your friends with this new skill!

You Will Need

3 small balls

Step 1: Find somewhere spacious
If you have to practice inside put away all your fragile valuables

Step 2: Balls
Get some balls that are not too light and not too big. If you are just starting to juggle it is best to use small balls filled with sand.

Step 3: One ball
Throw the ball 1 from one hand to the other at head height. Get used to the feel and weight of the ball. Do not throw too high into the air. Try to introduce a gentle circular movement

Step 4: Two balls
Start with throwing Ball 1 to your left hand at your head height

Step 5: Swap
Before Ball 1 reaches the left hand release Ball 2 towards your right hand and catch. Repeat this a couple of times.

Step 6: Three balls
Place two balls in your right hand and another one in the left

Step 7: Starting
Throw Ball 1 towards left hand at head height

Step 8: Swap again
When Ball 1 is about to arrive in the left hand, release Ball 2 from left hand towards the right hand.

Step 9: Third ball
When Ball 2 is about to arrive in the right hand, release Ball 3 back into the left hand. Catch both balls.

Step 10: Practice
Keep repeating steps 7,8 and 9 till you get used to the movement, then stop catching the balls at the end and continue juggling as long as you can. Increase the speed with practice.

There's also a video demonstration of how to do it, but I suspect this isn't what you meant by your question "How's that done then?"

Maybe the Evening Post should rename itself the Morning Post, if only on Saturdays. It'll certainly never be known as the Morning Star. Was the tea time paper the Pink 'Un - that used to have the football results in the stop press column printed at rightangles to the page.

I really like Pan-fo-the-ram; it sounds to me as though that's the way it should be. Lamb is probably my favourite meat and I like veal. Is there no hope for me?

If you local police-forum is retired why does it need helping out with the admin? Shouldn't it be spending its time browsing charity shops, taking photos, cooking and writing a blog?

Rob

Anonymous said...

Here's the answer to your brain-teaser; it comes from www.videojug.com:
How To Juggle 3 Balls
Learn how to Juggle 3 Balls. A beginners guide into the art of juggling three balls. Amaze your friends with this new skill!

You Will Need

3 small balls

Step 1: Find somewhere spacious
If you have to practice inside put away all your fragile valuables

Step 2: Balls
Get some balls that are not too light and not too big. If you are just starting to juggle it is best to use small balls filled with sand.

Step 3: One ball
Throw the ball 1 from one hand to the other at head height. Get used to the feel and weight of the ball. Do not throw too high into the air. Try to introduce a gentle circular movement

Step 4: Two balls
Start with throwing Ball 1 to your left hand at your head height

Step 5: Swap
Before Ball 1 reaches the left hand release Ball 2 towards your right hand and catch. Repeat this a couple of times.

Step 6: Three balls
Place two balls in your right hand and another one in the left

Step 7: Starting
Throw Ball 1 towards left hand at head height

Step 8: Swap again
When Ball 1 is about to arrive in the left hand, release Ball 2 from left hand towards the right hand.

Step 9: Third ball
When Ball 2 is about to arrive in the right hand, release Ball 3 back into the left hand. Catch both balls.

Step 10: Practice
Keep repeating steps 7,8 and 9 till you get used to the movement, then stop catching the balls at the end and continue juggling as long as you can. Increase the speed with practice.

There's also a video demonstration of how to do it, but I suspect this isn't what you meant by your question "How's that done then?"

Maybe the Evening Post should rename itself the Morning Post, if only on Saturdays. It'll certainly never be known as the Morning Star. Was the tea time paper the Pink 'Un - that used to have the football results in the stop press column printed at rightangles to the page.

I really like Pan-fo-the-ram; it sounds to me as though that's the way it should be. Lamb is probably my favourite meat and I like veal. Is there no hope for me?

If you local police-forum is retired why does it need helping out with the admin? Shouldn't it be spending its time browsing charity shops, taking photos, cooking and writing a blog?

Rob

bungus said...

I like your ‘little rough 'ole table’ and also your new lamp. I bought an anglepoise type with a magnifier from Netto a few years ago (for about a tenner) and it has proved invaluable (I also bought one for a partially sighted friend who is also addicted). Yours is much neater though, and the price astonishing.

As you have successfully forestalled any comment on ‘printing gibberish’, I must content myself with a bit of untypical pedantry
‘which I am an appreciative member of’
really should be
‘of which I am an appreciative member’ -
not for grammatical reasons but because it sounds so much more elegant.

To me Patum Peperium and smoked salmon have much the same effect with scrambled egg although I prefer the flavour of anchovy. I can now eat smoked salmon and sort of enjoy it in the same sort of ‘love-hate’ way as olives. But I really must get some smoked eel from Waitrose (can’t think where else). Delicious!

Birdwatch do not ‘allocate the hour’. It is down to the watcher and I obviously picked the wrong one (the earliest possible).
I am sure that around an hour after dawn would be much better but you are welcome to it.
And, yes, our birds come and go in the same fashion as yours. The garden can be full until I put out food and then they all disappear, the awkward little sods.

Sorry to hear about Jill’s cruise cancellation but the compensation offer sounds very reasonable to me.
And she is very lucky that her council collect stuff for free; I think it costs us a tenner for six items or less.
I agree with her about the juggler. That’s three which have appealed to me.

I am steeling myself to try dripping on toast and agree with Jill that it must be hot toast. I have little time for cold (or just warm) toast under any circumstances anyway.
When I was small (prewar) my mother used to toast thick slices of bread (in front of the open fire on a telescopic wire fork) butter it while hot and then butter it again after the first lot had melted in. How about that for healthy eating.

bungus said...

Thanks AnonRob but I have tried 3-ball juggling (with a prison officer tutor, but don’t read anything into that!).

I remember the ‘Pink ‘Un’ but in Mansfield my friends and I always walked down town after Saturday tea to await the arrival of the ‘Green ‘Un’ (Sheffield Football Post). It had a report on the Stags and on our ‘second’ teams, Sheffield Utd (me) and Wednesday (Trev).

I only like very lean roast leg of lamb that I have not smelt cooking (garlic and rosemary help with this)) but I understand that veal is to make a comeback. Male calves of milking cows are killed at birth and it has been decided that, as the farmers have to pay for removal of the carcases, it would be more economical to rear them on for a few weeks, in shedss or free range, before slaughter as ‘pink veal’. This, apparently, will meet welfare requirements.

Anonymous said...

I must apologise for posting the same set of comments twice. I do not have faith in my work-provided laptop, or maybe it's the server. I clicked on publish and nothing happened so I clicked again. I should have known better.

Going to back to FA Cup results I must congratulate Sheffield Utd for knocking out Manchester's third most prominent team.

I'm sure, Bungus, you can make yourself into a much more mysterious and enigmatic character by not adding the extra few words like "...but don't read anything into that!" As my job involves trying to persuade employers to recruit offenders I could do with some very positive role models!!

Rob

bungus said...

It was worth reading twice AnonRob.

Sheff Utd did do well to knock out the team supported by most Mancunians. But I like your revival of the Shankly aphorism.

All right guv, I'll come clean; it's a fair cop.