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The Pub / Re: Berlin
« Last post by Ham on Today at 09:26:33 am »
Obv vid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0rZ2CPCYBQ

(Better than the original if only for Stevie Ray Vaughn's solo - actually, was it the original?)
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Health & Fitness / Re: Weight Loss Discussion Thread
« Last post by Andrij on Today at 09:24:28 am »
It's been a rough two months, but I've finally done away with most of the holiday-related padding.  I am relieved.  I was beginning to think I was on my way back up to 'too much'.
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Bicycles / Re: Trek Domane
« Last post by T42 on Today at 09:23:40 am »
Congrats!  I've loved mine ever since I put my own saddle on it.  My old Ti Warhorse feels like a carthorse in comparison.

Can you get a 1-litre bottle in & out of that rear cage?  I put side-opening cages on my Domane, but a 1-litre bottle tips over sideways and knocks my leg.
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The Pub / Re: Super-Twat
« Last post by Pingu on Today at 09:23:37 am »
Isabel Oakeshott  >:(   
https://twitter.com/DawnHFoster/status/965964011232792577

Anyone who uses the phrase 'political correctness' non-ironically belongs here.
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The Pub / Re: Name for this type of shop?
« Last post by T42 on Today at 09:19:52 am »
Chandler isn't restricted to ships; that's why the marine article has ship's in front of it.  It did originally mean a supplier of candles but came to mean a supplier in general.  I'm none too sure it would be so understood these days, though.
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The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by Redlight on Today at 09:14:07 am »
Something in the air - Thunderclap Newman
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The Pub / Re: Berlin
« Last post by Redlight on Today at 09:13:12 am »
I've only been on business but it's definitely a place I'd like to visit for a long weekend when mini-redlight is old enough to appreciate it.   

On one occasion I had a 9am meeting on the other side of the city to my hotel. It was a beautiful spring morning so a colleague and I decided to leave the hotel at 7 and walk to the meeting (much to the bewilderment of our colleagues). I loved the fact that you could tell when you had crossed from the former western zone to the former eastern zone by the way that the green and red man symbols on the pedestrian crossings were drawn.

I also remember that at the finance ministry they still had one of those lifts that comprises a series of platforms on a chain that never stops moving, a bit like a ferris wheel. There were no doors - you had to be ready to hop on when it arrived and very ready to hop off quickly when it got to the floor you wanted.  I always wondered what would happen if you missed the top floor... :facepalm:
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The Pub / Re: Tune Association
« Last post by T42 on Today at 09:13:08 am »
Blowing in the Wind - Bob Dylan

(We have one very windy Labrador; the pivotal word is "break".)
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OT Gallery / Re: Reader's Instruments
« Last post by T42 on Today at 09:11:05 am »
Probably enough for a YACF jazz band (to drown out the mandolin and banjo players)


It actually takes very little to drown out a mandolin...


And a banjo is like a woman*.

* q.v. Otis Lee Crenshaw
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OT Gallery / Re: Reader's Instruments
« Last post by T42 on Today at 09:09:13 am »
I retired in 2016 and knew I needed a mental challenge, and some daily structure, having worked in environmental and civil engineering for 40 years as an engineering geologist.  I'd always liked jazz and the sound of the sax in particular, so I had his sax serviced (a Buescher) and found a teacher, who also plays in a Big Band.

Yeah...  Two years ago, being off the road for a couple of months, I dug out my old 12-string, which I had passed to my daughter 20 years earlier. She too had subsequently buggered off to uni etc., leaving it in her bedroom, where it had lain for 10 years at least.  I brought it downstairs, cleaned it up, put new strings on, and started to get acquainted again, not having played much since the 90s and not having replaced the 12.

Two weeks later, she and her partner came for lunch. She saw the 12 all bright and shiny, said "cool" and walked off with it.
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