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Title: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on March 27, 2008, 11:38:58 pm
Heh!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jakob on March 28, 2008, 10:48:41 am
Steve Goff starts building my frame on Monday.
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Post by: hairyhippy on March 28, 2008, 10:49:50 am
The hole in my arse left by an abscess is getting smaller.
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Post by: Phil on March 28, 2008, 12:09:59 pm
I finally caved into temptation and bought a guitar. 
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Post by: Regulator on March 28, 2008, 02:52:54 pm
I pick up my new bike in 1 hour and 10 minutes time...  ;D
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 28, 2008, 03:01:31 pm
1. It's Friday.  :D
2. I've got a hot dinner date with a penguin tonight.  :P
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Post by: Wowbagger on March 28, 2008, 03:02:35 pm
I pick up my new bike in 1 hour and 10 minutes time...  ;D
Regulator picks up his new bike in 1 hour.... ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on March 28, 2008, 03:10:09 pm
I pick up my new bike in 1 hour and 10 minutes time...  ;D
Regulator picks up his new bike in 1 hour.... ;)

50 minutes actually....  :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on March 28, 2008, 03:31:21 pm
My 3 mobile broadband connection is functional and I am posting this from a hotel room in Bury.  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on March 28, 2008, 03:34:24 pm
My 3 mobile broadband connection is functional and I am posting this from a hotel room in Bury.  :D

So the good news is the 3 mobile broadband is working...


...and the bad news is you're in Bury!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on March 28, 2008, 10:03:43 pm
The tandem is in the hall, getting ready for the architecture ride tomorrow. :D
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Post by: scott on March 28, 2008, 10:20:24 pm
The tandem is in the hall, getting ready for the architecture ride tomorrow. :D

Great, I'll be there! What's Clarion going to ride?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on March 28, 2008, 10:28:49 pm
I've got my Blackberry to work (at last)
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Post by: clarion on March 28, 2008, 10:49:03 pm
The tandem is in the hall, getting ready for the architecture ride tomorrow. :D

Great, I'll be there! What's Clarion going to ride?

Um....  ??? :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on March 28, 2008, 10:52:54 pm
The tandem is in the hall, getting ready for the architecture ride tomorrow. :D

Great, I'll be there! What's Clarion going to ride?

Um....  ??? :-\

Oh, OK, you can ride the tandem. I'll probably be late anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on March 28, 2008, 10:53:37 pm
But you'd be very welcome.  I'll make up the spare bed just in case, eh?  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on March 28, 2008, 10:54:37 pm
But you'd be very welcome.  I'll make up the spare bed just in case, eh?  ;)

Thanks! I'll just go and put on my Speedo.


 :P

[edit, before Regulator finds this: the Speedo is for the transatlantic swim, not the spare bed.]
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on March 28, 2008, 10:55:56 pm
My 3 mobile broadband connection is functional and I am posting this from a hotel room in Bury.  :D

So the good news is the 3 mobile broadband is working...


...and the bad news is you're in Bury!

Ah yes but staying in Bury provides a cheap Travelodge room and we travelled into Manchester to see Van Morrison at the Bridgewater Hall   :) and we think we spotted Manchester CM while we were waiting to go in
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on March 28, 2008, 10:59:00 pm
But you'd be very welcome.  I'll make up the spare bed just in case, eh?  ;)

Thanks! I'll just go and put on my Speedo.


 :P



How long does it take to swim the atlantic? I'll put the kettle on. :D

Clarion can ride his new fixie, he'll be fine. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on March 28, 2008, 11:00:31 pm
I don't  know, but I'm going to need  a big kettle after that....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: agagisgroovy on March 28, 2008, 11:39:31 pm
I've managed to survive an ice skating trip without getting lost on the train, stranded in the middle of Milton Keynes, falling over, losing my shoes or falling down the gap. :-D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Quisling on March 28, 2008, 11:53:42 pm
I found out today I'm getting a promotion at work.
I met a nice lady yesterday and I think she might be "a keeper".

These things come in threes. What's next  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on March 29, 2008, 07:35:13 am
I've managed to survive an ice skating trip without getting lost on the train, stranded in the middle of Milton Keynes, falling over, losing my shoes or falling down the gap. :-D

Nearly snap.  I managed to get to Berkhamsted with out getting lost in the middle of Milton Keynes :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on March 29, 2008, 08:54:55 am
I found out today I'm getting a promotion at work.
I met a nice lady yesterday and I think she might be "a keeper".

These things come in threes. What's next  ;D

Well, you made it here didn't you?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on March 29, 2008, 10:45:32 am
I've just received a lovely letter from a friend from University.  She was a good friend and I have missed seeing her, so her letter has made me smile.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alecstilleyedye on March 29, 2008, 07:35:45 pm
i got to watch the world championships on tv this without mrs alecetc complaining (often).
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Post by: clifftaylor on March 30, 2008, 11:56:12 am
Just found a packet of Wiggle Gums on the bookcase  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scampi on March 30, 2008, 10:05:06 pm
Have just had a fantastic week off work ... spent with our 3 mth old - it was a fab time.

Bad news - work tmrw.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on March 30, 2008, 10:23:56 pm
I've been stuck here in Lichfield looking after my dad since friday, but tonight he seems quite well so I've snuck out.  I'm currently in a lichfield pub, with my first pint of the weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on March 31, 2008, 03:11:01 pm
spring's here!! 

 8) 8)
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Post by: Elleigh on March 31, 2008, 09:02:29 pm
I went back to work today.  Well properly returned to work rather and going back in whilst on sick leave.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on April 01, 2008, 10:43:56 am
My new velo fixe are on it's way from the supplier  :thumbsup:
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Post by: RogerT on April 01, 2008, 11:11:24 am
Mrs RT was informed yesterday that she had been awarded a substantial pay rise.
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Post by: steveB on April 01, 2008, 03:59:18 pm
Today I took Mrs sB's car to KwikFit because a tyre valve was leaking.  They changed the valve for no charge and I'm not even a customer, I might be in the future.  Gave 'em a fiver for the tea kitty.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PGtips on April 01, 2008, 08:03:57 pm
I went for my first proper ride of my improved fixie to today. it was great, except for the wind. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on April 01, 2008, 08:07:04 pm
Started my new job in Preston yesterday. So far I like it - I have gained an hour a day due to travelling a shorter distance, everyone is really nice there and last night I actually felt like a pootle when I got back to mother in laws. It was fantastic to travel along the seafront of St Annes and Lytham getting my bearings and enjoying being out. I even found the local library and joined  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 01, 2008, 09:14:23 pm
I went for my first proper ride of my improved fixie to today. it was great, except for the wind. :)

More PG Tips & less ESB!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TheLurker on April 02, 2008, 08:46:54 am
There's a Wren nesting in the tree in the office garden.
I can hear the skylarks singing once again on my way to work.
There are lambs in the fields as well, doing their spring heeled thing.
I've been able to dispense with the longs and the heavy winter clobber this week.
I've got _lots_ of food in my sandwich bag today _and_ it's nearly the weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 03, 2008, 02:07:00 am
Upgraded again :D

Arrive at the lounge at JFK to be greated with "We've been paging you we've put you in Club"
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: FatBloke on April 03, 2008, 11:42:42 am
Got some good news yesterday!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on April 03, 2008, 01:14:46 pm
Got some good news yesterday!   :thumbsup:

Well...............what was it??? Or are you just going to keep us in suspenders  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: numbnuts on April 03, 2008, 03:37:24 pm
After 3 months of back pain I have been discharged from physio
now all I need is some motivation to get back riding again
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on April 03, 2008, 03:43:19 pm
Upgraded again :D

Arrive at the lounge at JFK to be greated with "We've been paging you we've put you in Club"

How do you do it.  Please, give me a few clues.  Someone told me to ensure my DR was on my passport and I would be (almost) automatically upgraded!  But I can't remember if titles are on them any more and ift they are, I've not been upgraded yet!!

My good news.  I am chairing a national conference committee.  Well sort of good news and sort of scary!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on April 03, 2008, 03:52:14 pm
How do you do it.

1. Be early.
2. Don't dress scruffily (but there's no need to be in a suit). The only scruffy people who are in Business are the rock stars that have paid to be there.
3. Be a member of their frequent flyer programme (even if you've only just joined and got the basic level one)
4. Be happy and smiley at checkin.
5. Don't ask to be upgraded, they'll only say no. Hint at it but ask a different question straight away: "I hope there's a chance of being upgraded as I'm a bit tired. Is the flight busy today?" That way they don't have to say no to being upgraded.
6. Be happy and smiley to them as you've checked-in and walk off.

A combination of those have worked more than 50% of the time for me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 03, 2008, 04:12:46 pm

How do you do it.

I don't know! The last few upgrades I've been given rather than requested, I check in on-line and have been upgraded in the lounge or on board. I think that being a frequent flyer and flying every week probably helps otherwise do as Greenbank says
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on April 03, 2008, 09:27:40 pm
 :D thank you!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 05, 2008, 04:12:06 pm
Just been asked if I was eighteen when buying wine :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: domesticated ape on April 05, 2008, 07:00:32 pm
I got a new bike last week :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Phil on April 07, 2008, 01:15:50 pm
I found a crisp £10 note in a plastic bag at the back of our kitchen cupboard yesterday. 

I spent some of it on delicious lentil curry ingredients :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Dave on April 07, 2008, 01:18:07 pm
I spent some of it on delicious lentil curry ingredients :)

Any chance of posting the recipe to 'Food and Drink'?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 07, 2008, 01:22:06 pm
Got round Richmond Park without resorting to the Granny ring. Twice!
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Post by: peliroja on April 07, 2008, 01:22:33 pm
It was our nine month anniversary on Saturday  :thumbsup:
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Post by: asterix on April 07, 2008, 01:31:35 pm
..back to France tomorrow :D
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Post by: CathH on April 07, 2008, 04:24:21 pm
I'm in North London on a course this week. We've finished early today, there's a bit of sun, I have a handbag bulging with Montezuma truffles and I'm about to head for Cycle Surgery for a drool.  :D  Happyhappyhappy.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Phil on April 07, 2008, 08:27:43 pm
I spent some of it on delicious lentil curry ingredients :)

Any chance of posting the recipe to 'Food and Drink'?

There you go (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=785.0) :)

And congratulations, Peli and Woolly!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on April 07, 2008, 09:03:09 pm
It was our nine month anniversary on Saturday  :thumbsup:

Congratulations  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 07, 2008, 09:13:26 pm
Waking up in a warm tent with the snow outside.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on April 08, 2008, 04:32:02 pm
At home with a horrible cold and sore throat (didn't have a protein drink after finishing Saturday's Audax and my immune system is rebelling).

The good news is I've only needed to do a few bits of work and I've had time to clean/service both the recently used bikes.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mattc on April 08, 2008, 04:39:17 pm
At home with a horrible cold and sore throat (didn't have a protein drink after finishing Saturday's Audax and my immune system is rebelling).


The good news is I've only needed to do a few bits of work and I've had time to clean/service both the recently used bikes.
With respect, given the 2 rides you've done over 8 days and the weather involved, you would have needed more than extra protein to prevent nastiness (certainly I'd have been vulnerable to lurghies).
You HAVE heard of OVERtraining, haven't you?

Enjoy the fettling. And the HoE300 ;-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on April 09, 2008, 10:37:06 pm
Recently found about 8 VHS tapes of Red Dwarf (which hasn't been shown here for years) for $1 each (that's, errrm, 0.00125p, I think).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 09, 2008, 10:53:00 pm
I went to bingo on Monday (a group of us from work go once a month and everyone there hates us because we spend most of our time laughing instead of concentrating) and I won £140.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 09, 2008, 10:53:34 pm
Drinks are on Kirst! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on April 11, 2008, 11:33:11 am
our new kitchens being fitted and it looks bloody *great* !!!

:D
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Post by: CathH on April 11, 2008, 01:50:50 pm
It's FRIDAY!!!!!!!!   :thumbsup:  I like the new forum livery.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 11, 2008, 06:19:15 pm
My mouse wheel has decided to work and I can scroll again. I missed that wee bugger.  :)

Oh yeah and I'm out of work, and getting the hell out of here for a week on Sunday  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on April 12, 2008, 10:21:53 am
My younger daughter has been accepted on a three-week placement helping in a Peruvian orphanage, in the town of Huancayo.

Wikipedia tells us that this place is 3271 metres above sea level and used to be inhabited by the Wankas.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: steveB on April 12, 2008, 11:58:58 am
I went to bingo on Monday (a group of us from work go once a month and everyone there hates us because we spend most of our time laughing instead of concentrating) and I won £140.

I'll bet they do, I was walking through a packed out bingo hall, years ago before mobile phones had been made popular, to do a job in the bar, when my beeper went off - 200 middle aged Welsh dragons eyeing you with hatred and loathing.  Phew! I've never recovered.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on April 15, 2008, 10:07:06 am
My general aches and pains have so far left me alone today and it feels great! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 15, 2008, 06:42:50 pm

I'll bet they do, I was walking through a packed out bingo hall, years ago before mobile phones had been made popular, to do a job in the bar, when my beeper went off - 200 middle aged Welsh dragons eyeing you with hatred and loathing.  Phew! I've never recovered.

I must admit to having been quite judgemental about bingo before I ever went. And now I've been, I must admit that it exactly met all my expectations, but also turned out to be great fun. We go after work and get our tea there and it's always something orange/yellow - macaroni cheese and Irn Bru, cauliflower cheese, things in orange batter - bingo tea is known as orange dinner.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: longers on April 19, 2008, 07:25:00 pm
I've finally completed on a house I was trying to buy. I picked the keys up today and I still like it  :thumbsup:.

Came back via a fantastic alternative route for my commute too. I now get a 20 mile round trip. Hope I'm up to it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 19, 2008, 07:28:50 pm
I am back from skiing and that means Woolly can get some sleep again!  8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Flying_Monkey on April 20, 2008, 12:10:29 pm
I have just come back from Amsterdam with my students and we had a really good time and didn't lose a single student.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 20, 2008, 12:22:25 pm
I am back from skiing and that means Woolly can get some sleep again!  8)

Are you sure
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on April 20, 2008, 09:02:03 pm
I've just come back from kayaking  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 20, 2008, 09:03:48 pm
Cool!  I miss the opportunities for pissing about and having a laugh learning new skills that youth work used to afford me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: steveB on April 24, 2008, 09:44:41 am
Just took a faulty toaster back to Currys which was under guarantee, not only did they change it but I had £35 back 'cos the price has dropped.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on April 24, 2008, 09:51:23 am
I've just come back from Physio and the physiotherapist was pleased with the muscle development in my gammy arm. She used the phrase, "impressive bulk". Considering I have always had the physique of a piece of string I was quite chuffed.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 24, 2008, 10:11:04 am
I have two holidays booked now!!!!

Xmas in Oz and August next year in Portugal....

YEAH!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 24, 2008, 01:26:16 pm
My son doesn't like Wiggle sweets apparently they're "too chewy to eat" :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: numbnuts on April 24, 2008, 01:40:21 pm
 i've GOT soMe vArif0cal GlaSSes 8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 24, 2008, 01:48:58 pm
I have an appointment to have an impression taken of my ear tomorrow, in preparation for my old git device hearing aid fitting....

Maybe I'll hear my wife now when she's having a go....Oh hold on a minute, this is the GOOD news thread isn't it? :)

YAY!!!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on April 24, 2008, 01:53:32 pm
The nearest showers to the locker room at work are being closed for 8 weeks.

It's good news because they're replacing the two badly sited showers with 6 new ones with proper wet room facilities. No more queuing for a shower at 8.30am.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: steveB on April 24, 2008, 02:19:26 pm
i've GOT soMe vArif0cal GlaSSes 8)

They take some getting used to, I've worn them for years.  Walking down a slippery coastal path needs extra care.  And you need a double jointed neck to rewire a ceiling rose.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 24, 2008, 02:20:35 pm
I have an appointment to have an impression taken of my ear tomorrow, in preparation for my old git device hearing aid fitting....

Maybe I'll hear my wife now when she's having a go....Oh hold on a minute, this is the GOOD news thread isn't it? :)

YAY!!!!

<spin> The good news is that it will have an 'Off' switch
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on April 24, 2008, 09:26:39 pm
I'm in Wales for the weekend and I have Internet access.  :D

For anyone thinking about 3 mobile broadband .... don't do it  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on April 26, 2008, 09:13:10 am
I've been in a team doing an EESW (http://www.eesw.org.uk/) project over the past 6 months or so. Last Friday we went to Llandudno to present our project - we won an award for the best use of mechanical engineering :). We're all really pleased - should hopefully help us loads with uni applications etc.

If anyone's interested, we built this (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2367/2441939337_96af1884e1_b.jpg) anenometer in conjunction with e.on - all machined, from scratch, from billet aluminium :).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on May 01, 2008, 09:57:53 pm
An Argentinian educational magazine has used a photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnspooner/2457833258/in/photostream/) of mine and sent me a copy.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 01, 2008, 10:20:25 pm
If anyone's interested, we built this (http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2367/2441939337_96af1884e1_b.jpg) anenometer in conjunction with e.on - all machined, from scratch, from billet aluminium :).

I hope that you spelt it anemometer.  ;)

Unless you didn't want to be recognised in which case it would be an anonemometer.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on May 02, 2008, 09:18:15 am
Part 1: I have finally terminated my relationship with my old company. It is far too complex to go into here but take it from me, this is good news. I can now concentrate on my new role as Project Manager for a big software development. Off to a meeting this morning to really get started.  :thumbsup:

Part 2: This is our last weekend in Wales. Monday will see us both permanently resident in Lancashire. Mixed feelings but on balance I think it qualifies as good news.  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on May 03, 2008, 07:46:52 am
Part 1: I have finally terminated my relationship with my old company. It is far too complex to go into here but take it from me, this is good news. I can now concentrate on my new role as Project Manager for a big software development. Off to a meeting this morning to really get started.  :thumbsup:

Part 2: This is our last weekend in Wales. Monday will see us both permanently resident in Lancashire. Mixed feelings but on balance I think it qualifies as good news.  :-\

Good luck :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on May 03, 2008, 07:53:48 am
Part 1: I have finally terminated my relationship with my old company. It is far too complex to go into here but take it from me, this is good news. I can now concentrate on my new role as Project Manager for a big software development. Off to a meeting this morning to really get started.  :thumbsup:

Part 2: This is our last weekend in Wales. Monday will see us both permanently resident in Lancashire. Mixed feelings but on balance I think it qualifies as good news.  :-\

Excellent news :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on May 03, 2008, 09:26:42 am
Part 1: I have finally terminated my relationship with my old company. It is far too complex to go into here but take it from me, this is good news. I can now concentrate on my new role as Project Manager for a big software development. Off to a meeting this morning to really get started.  :thumbsup:

Part 2: This is our last weekend in Wales. Monday will see us both permanently resident in Lancashire. Mixed feelings but on balance I think it qualifies as good news.  :-\

Thanks for your good wishes Elleigh and Annie. It is excellent news and I won't have to live on my own during the week any more, four weeks is too long.

Getting our furniture in will hopefully make the flat feel like home but I fear it is going to be a quart into a pint pot!  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 03, 2008, 11:28:30 pm
Good luck tkps!

My good news is that I was on skates today for the first time - such fun! (Thanks again BentMikey for the great lesson!).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on May 04, 2008, 07:58:26 am
I received a koloa bear in the post.... it was just like the koloa bear that was my favourite toy as a kid.  I also went on a very 'interesting' date last night!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jezza on May 04, 2008, 09:01:57 am
I'm home.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 04, 2008, 06:32:10 pm
Peli is back did 50miles today and she did very well :)

Ok not as fit as last year but well fit, I'm not looking forward to the summer as it will be hard work keeping up with her since she have found her cycling legs again :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on May 04, 2008, 08:38:06 pm
Peli is back did 50miles today and she did very well :)

Ok not as fit as last year but well fit, I'm not looking forward to the summer as it will be hard work keeping up with her since she have found her cycling legs again :)

 :D :D Go Peli  :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on May 04, 2008, 08:41:18 pm
Peli is back did 50miles today and she did very well :)

Ok not as fit as last year but well fit, I'm not looking forward to the summer as it will be hard work keeping up with her since she have found her cycling legs again :)

Now that IS good news.   ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on May 05, 2008, 05:54:30 am
Thanks Elleigh, Annie and Peli and congrats to Peli on getting the cycling legs back. We are all waiting for more on that 'date' Elleigh.  ;)

This is TKP saying farewell from Wales and looking forward to checking back in from Lancashire soon. Have a nice BHM everybody.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 05, 2008, 06:51:02 am
Peli is back did 50miles today and she did very well :)

Ok not as fit as last year but well fit, I'm not looking forward to the summer as it will be hard work keeping up with her since she have found her cycling legs again :)

That is good news. As they say, form is temporary, class is permanent. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on May 05, 2008, 09:44:58 am
I've bought a new Tandem. :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Phil on May 05, 2008, 09:56:37 am
I've bought a new Tandem. :D

Are there pictures? :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on May 05, 2008, 10:04:40 am
Not yet - we have to work out when Clarion can collect it  from Oswestry. :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on May 05, 2008, 02:53:43 pm

I've just downloaded ~900 mb The Clash bootlegs  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on May 06, 2008, 12:01:26 am
tonight's pub quiz.  Won.

Next weeks beer.  Free.


Ahhhhh
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on May 06, 2008, 07:56:24 am
I'm in Wales for the weekend and I have Internet access.  :D

For anyone thinking about 3 mobile broadband .... don't do it  >:(

Try T-Mobile mobile broadband.  Used to work for them, don't now but was always impressed.  Now work for O2, don't use their mobile broadband - yet.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 06, 2008, 11:57:28 am
Peli is back did 50miles today and she did very well :)

Ok not as fit as last year but well fit, I'm not looking forward to the summer as it will be hard work keeping up with her since she have found her cycling legs again :)
Well, I'm not so sure about 'well fit', but it was a lovely ride.

Blimey, was it hot and muggy! Sweat was dripping off the end of my (very long) ponytail. And poor Woolly doesn't even have any hair to deflect the perspiration!  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on May 06, 2008, 12:41:46 pm
Well, I'm not so sure about 'well fit',

I've always thought so.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 06, 2008, 01:23:03 pm
 :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on May 06, 2008, 07:20:35 pm
we just moved back into our house!!!! 

[dancing smiley]

after 8 months of renting smelly bungalow, the removal men carefully picked up all our stuff, carried it 200 yards down the road and have deposited it in our old/new house!!!   

there's still quite a lot for the builders to do but most of it is outside so they can do it round us  [apart from the damage from the leak when they tested the central heating on friday.   Grrrrr]. 

All I care about is that I'm typing this sitting at our kitchen table, halfway through my second beer, with the cats purring on the seats either side of me  and Mrs Mike trying to decifer the instructions for the new oven so she can heat up our takeaway  :D

photos of bike storage / housewarming invitations to follow :)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on May 06, 2008, 09:28:28 pm
We're going to Wem-ber-ley...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 07, 2008, 08:58:52 am
we just moved back into our house!!!! 

Top news :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 07, 2008, 09:02:00 am
we just moved back into our house!!!! 

Top news :)

Indeed. :D

And the sheer luxury - a re-heated takeaway! ;)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on May 07, 2008, 10:03:22 am
Top news Mike!   :thumbsup:

I think a yACF barbie at yours is called for....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 07, 2008, 10:08:44 am
Wow, great news Mike!  :thumbsup:

When can we (all) come and see it?  ;)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on May 07, 2008, 11:47:10 am
luckily, its good 'tea and cake' distance from the 'uts, where Mr W'Bagger is organising an autumn pissup :)

and if anyone is passing [and knows where we are], you're v. welcome to pop in for tea!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on May 12, 2008, 03:19:02 pm
I have tickets to Wembley for the game on Sunday. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on May 14, 2008, 10:58:13 pm
I have tickets to Wembley for the game on Sunday. :)

I now have them in my grubby hands. :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 14, 2008, 11:00:38 pm
luckily, its good 'tea and cake' distance from the 'uts, where Mr W'Bagger is organising an autumn pissup :)

and if anyone is passing [and knows where we are], you're v. welcome to pop in for tea!!

Since this is in August, I think it has to be regarded as a dress rehearsal for an autumn pissup.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on May 14, 2008, 11:07:04 pm
My friend had a baby girl last night. It was a difficult pregnancy which ended with an emergency c-section 10 days early, but they're both fine now.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 14, 2008, 11:12:19 pm
My friend had a baby girl last night. It was a difficult pregnancy which ended with an emergency c-section 10 days early, but they're both fine now.

Wish them all the best from all the friends you've never met. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Phil on May 15, 2008, 09:07:54 am
In four hours' time my exams are over and my summer begins!

Gotta do an exam first though :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on May 15, 2008, 09:11:15 am
In four hours' time my exams are over and my summer begins!

Gotta do an exam first though :-\

Have a nice time then!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on May 15, 2008, 09:58:19 am
Good luck Phil.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on May 15, 2008, 10:00:35 am
Our O2 broadband should be switched on by Friday. Got the wireless router yesterday so now we are just waiting for the text/e-mail to say it is activated. 8mb download for £7.50 per month.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on May 15, 2008, 10:05:35 am
I just had a call with a client who confirmed we've won a big contract we've been fighting over for about six months.  I was bought in about 2 months ago when they were complaining about the original sales guy, so he did all the hard work and I got all the glory :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 15, 2008, 10:10:16 am
In four hours' time my exams are over and my summer begins!

Gotta do an exam first though :-\

Best of luck, Phil.

Hopefully summer will have returned by the time you come out of the hall...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on May 19, 2008, 10:37:56 pm
Garden furniture delivered and I've spent the evening assembling it and tidying up.

(http://www.greenbank.org/misc/garden.jpg)

Next item on the list is a BBQ.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on May 19, 2008, 11:48:59 pm
Garden furniture delivered and I've spent the evening assembling it and tidying up.


Next item on the list is a BBQ.
Before you do the BBQ.  The next items on the list are:
Cut the grass!
Remove the bin bag.
Check Michelangelo's Helicopter design (http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en/5/50/Leonardo_da_Vinci_helicopter_and_lifting_wing.jpg) again.  you're nearly there, but not quite.  ;)
 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on May 19, 2008, 11:54:12 pm
Cut the grass!

It's a vast improvement on the 2ft high grass that was there last weekend. It needs some sun and rain to get a bit of green back in it and then I'll cut it again.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 20, 2008, 03:23:51 pm
Michelangelo, Basil? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on May 20, 2008, 07:13:34 pm
85% in latest OU assignment (MT365 if you really want to know).

:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 29, 2008, 06:13:28 pm
Got a full time job, starting on Monday Hurraayyyyyyyy !!!! Now how does one celebrate that ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 29, 2008, 06:32:59 pm
By hugging me?  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on May 29, 2008, 06:38:16 pm
Got a full time job, starting on Monday Hurraayyyyyyyy !!!! Now how does one celebrate that ?

Congrats :thumbsup:
By hugging me?  :D

If you don't Woolly...I will ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Fi on May 29, 2008, 06:38:26 pm
Well done Woolly and congratulations - I  hope it all goes well.  Peli, you should be hugging him surely?

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 29, 2008, 06:39:13 pm
Peli, you should be hugging him surely?


I've already done so, muchly.

Plus I wrote his application...  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on May 29, 2008, 06:50:00 pm
Plus I wrote his application...  ;)

Behind every succesfull man there is a good woman ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 29, 2008, 07:33:18 pm
Got a full time job, starting on Monday Hurraayyyyyyyy !!!! Now how does one celebrate that ?

Yayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!  Well done, mate! :D :thumbsup:

What you doing?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on May 29, 2008, 07:46:43 pm
Got a full time job, starting on Monday Hurraayyyyyyyy !!!! Now how does one celebrate that ?

Brilliant.  Congratulation and well done.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on May 29, 2008, 07:58:03 pm
Got a full time job, starting on Monday Hurraayyyyyyyy !!!! Now how does one celebrate that ?

One starts now so that one has recovered sufficiently by Monday morning to look and sound vaguely human.

Good luck with it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 30, 2008, 11:16:44 am
He will be teaching kiddies to cycle and having lots of them call him "Sir"!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on May 30, 2008, 11:20:43 am
Well done Woolly, great news.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 30, 2008, 11:22:31 am
He will be teaching kiddies to cycle and having lots of them call him "Sir"!  ;D

Brill.  I.  Ant!

He's going to be such a wow with the kids. :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on June 02, 2008, 08:37:04 am
Congrats Woolly, and good luck today.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 02, 2008, 08:11:12 pm
Yet another tax payer to support me in my middle age! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on June 02, 2008, 11:38:22 pm
Great news, Woolly  :)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on June 03, 2008, 08:57:23 am
UPDATE : will be starting on Saturday :) (Thanks for the best wishes)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on June 03, 2008, 09:04:44 am

Super Woollypigs.


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on June 03, 2008, 11:20:15 am
My favourite fruit and veg shop is extending  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on June 06, 2008, 07:47:32 am
I'm off camping and walking for a few days with my boys.   Their ages are 23 and 17.  We're off to Coniston.   ;D  8)  ;D  8)  ;D  8)  ;D

<edit>  Bye then !   ;D   See you Tuesday  </edit>
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on June 07, 2008, 12:10:24 pm
I think I am emerging from my recent set of struggles.  I feel happier and more confident and I have learned a lot.  I've learned that I have lots of people who care about me, value me and tell me that I have made a big difference to their lives in someway.  I know I have some great friends, who have been there for me through the tough times and I have found out who my true friends are.

Life feels rosier at the moment, I know I will have my bad days, but here's to a more happier days than bad!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on June 07, 2008, 12:17:03 pm
way to go Elleigh glad to hear :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on June 07, 2008, 12:20:56 pm
Oh yes and the chain set from Polar Bear arrived today, time for some fettling :) Thank you !
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on June 07, 2008, 07:54:24 pm
Had a fabulous Saturday. Jogging with sis in local park, then on to do a big shop for v little dosh (sister is a dab hand at bargains), then Woolly nipped down to meet us and trailered the goodies home on Stella + Bender, then the three of us had a lovely long walk to Brompton Cemetery, then we ate ice cream and watched Dr Who. A great day!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on June 08, 2008, 01:46:19 am
I think I am emerging from my recent set of struggles.  I feel happier and more confident and I have learned a lot.  I've learned that I have lots of people who care about me, value me and tell me that I have made a big difference to their lives in someway.  I know I have some great friends, who have been there for me through the tough times and I have found out who my true friends are.

Life feels rosier at the moment, I know I will have my bad days, but here's to a more happier days than bad!


 :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on June 10, 2008, 04:02:39 am
I have received a 14% pay rise, backdated to April, without even asking!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on June 10, 2008, 08:14:04 am
Wow, lucky you. So do we get to see a picture of the new bike?  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jules on June 13, 2008, 12:56:14 pm
I've just submitted my MA dissertation ;D

This means I'll be able to do something other than write my MA dissertation ;D

I'm going to a medieval scholar's drinks party at 4:30 - which is more fun than it sounds as it will be crowded with other MA students who have also just submitted their dissertations.

After that I suspect that I'm going to drink some more.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on June 13, 2008, 02:52:00 pm
I've just submitted my MA dissertation ;D

This means I'll be able to do something other than write my MA dissertation ;D

Congratulations!

Quote
I'm going to a medieval scholar's drinks party at 4:30 - which is more fun than it sounds as it will be crowded with other MA students who have also just submitted their dissertations.

Oh--I thought you were heading down to the crypt to hang out with Thomas Aquinas and the boys.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on June 13, 2008, 09:54:05 pm
I've just submitted my MA dissertation ;D

This means I'll be able to do something other than write my MA dissertation ;D

I'm going to a medieval scholar's drinks party at 4:30 - which is more fun than it sounds as it will be crowded with other MA students who have also just submitted their dissertations.

After that I suspect that I'm going to drink some more.



Well done
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jules on June 14, 2008, 06:02:26 pm


Oh--I thought you were heading down to the crypt to hang out with Thomas Aquinas and the boys.

Not this time as this dissertation was on a piece of art that a bunch of Poor Clares (the female wing of the Franciscans) had made around 1260-ish. I  got Aquinas and the Domenicans out of the way a couple of years ago when I wrote a piece on the Spanish Chapel of S.Maria Novella, Florence - a place that's basically both an advert for the wonders of Aquinas and very crypt-like in appearence.

Basically when it comes to the major mendicant orders I can swing both ways ;D


 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on June 15, 2008, 03:14:54 am
Basically when it comes to the major mendicant orders I can swing both ways ;D

I'm really sorry I missed this party....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Deano on June 19, 2008, 02:20:13 pm
I have two weeks off in July & August.  It's my first full week off since Christmas 8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on June 19, 2008, 02:51:34 pm
Our bathroom looks like this!

(http://www.greenbank.org/misc/bathroom_0619.jpg)

(It's good news that we've finally got to the point where work has started on redoing it.)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 20, 2008, 12:10:13 pm
Younger daughter is currently on the phone to Mrs. Wow with her degree result - she got a FIRST!  :o ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on June 20, 2008, 12:12:01 pm
Congratulations Ms Wow!!  ;D

Tell her only the cream of the crop get Firsts  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on June 20, 2008, 12:13:12 pm
Absolutely brilliant news.

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RogerT on June 20, 2008, 12:14:33 pm
Well done her...Obviously not her Fathers Genes ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: FatBloke on June 20, 2008, 12:16:13 pm
Younger daughter is currently on the phone to Mrs. Wow with her degree result - she got a FIRST!  :o ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D
Excellent news!!   :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on June 20, 2008, 12:21:09 pm
Fantastic! Congratulations to her.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on June 20, 2008, 12:41:37 pm
Wow Wow that is wonderful news
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 20, 2008, 01:16:51 pm
Well done her...Obviously not her Fathers Genes ?

I think so - whoever he is.

Edit: receives megaslap from Mrs. Wow.  ;D

Edit 2: daughter is wandering around in a daze and keeps on repeating "I just can't understand how that happened..."
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Phil on June 20, 2008, 03:02:40 pm
Congratulations to her!

I just found out I passed all my exams :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on June 20, 2008, 05:47:18 pm
Congratulations to her!

I just found out I passed all my exams :D

Congratulations to you too then. (Smartarse).    ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on June 20, 2008, 05:48:51 pm
Younger daughter is currently on the phone to Mrs. Wow with her degree result - she got a FIRST!  :o ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D

That's how I like it. Well done! (Arts subject? If so, very well done)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on June 20, 2008, 05:50:09 pm
Congratulations and congratulations
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 20, 2008, 05:58:53 pm
Younger daughter is currently on the phone to Mrs. Wow with her degree result - she got a FIRST!  :o ;D ;D ;D :D :D :D

That's how I like it. Well done! (Arts subject? If so, very well done)

Social & Political Sciences. Apparently she was the only SPS First from Girton. Dunno how many students there were throughout the Uni.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on June 20, 2008, 06:44:49 pm
that's bloody brilliant Wow - what about the exam she thought she's bollixed?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on June 20, 2008, 06:47:30 pm
that's bloody brilliant Wow - what about the exam she thought she's bollixed?

Well, it can't have done that much damage, can it?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 20, 2008, 10:41:19 pm
She hasn't had a breakdown of the marks yet. Gets them Monday apparently, but it would appear that everyone else bollixed it too. They all said they found it very difficult. Her Director of Studies treated her to a jug of Pimms this afternoon.

She phoned her Primary School head (my mate Frank Gulley) this afternoon. Ten years ago, when she left Temple Sutton, he was her class teacher as well as being HT to a school of 800 kids. His report said something like "Work hard at Cambridge!" ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on June 26, 2008, 06:47:51 pm
We have a bath!

To celebrate I will share this with you: http://www.rainhamsheds.co.uk/ (thanks to b3ta for the link...)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on June 26, 2008, 07:45:20 pm
Five years after leaving her job to stay home with Anders (meaning we were on a single income), and after over a year at a great place to work as an underpaid half-time temp worker, Robyn is now working at the great place as a 3/4-time permanent salaried employee. Phew!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 27, 2008, 08:37:50 am
Just off for a graduation ceremony. I may be some time.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on June 27, 2008, 10:30:07 am
Just off for a graduation ceremony. I may be some time.


Is this the one you are banned from cycling to?  I reckong you should wear
lycra on principle...    :demon:

And just remember - if your daughter refuses to speak to you for showing her up, at least she won't be able to ask for money.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on June 27, 2008, 10:51:07 am
Just off for a graduation ceremony. I may be some time.


Is this the one you are banned from cycling to?  I reckon you should wear
lycra on principle...    :demon:


Lycra? No. Just the same outfit he used for the WNBR.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on June 27, 2008, 11:21:57 am
Five years after leaving her job to stay home with Anders (meaning we were on a single income), and after over a year at a great place to work as an underpaid half-time temp worker, Robyn is now working at the great place as a 3/4-time permanent salaried employee. Phew!

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on June 28, 2008, 02:25:38 am
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 :thumbsup:

That's how we feel!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on June 30, 2008, 01:27:16 pm
I have a new job  :D Not quite as well paid, not quite such a good car, no company phone... but a pretty steady 36hr week (shame it's 9-5 not 8:30 - 4:30 but you can't have everything!) and the prospect of getting to sleep in my own bed most nights of the year! After 10 months of weekly commuting to Dublin, followed by (so far) 2 months of spending 3 days a week in our welding shop (ie painted shipping container) on a site in South Wales I'm pretty chuffed.  And the job came to me, which is even better. Approach via an agency, turn up on Fri with no suit or tie for interview (it'd been a long day, and I don't do suits and ties if I can help it, they were lucky it wasn't jeans on a Friday), told I'd be contacted Friday the following week after they'd done more interviews, but got call on Tues pm saying they wanted me. Even got them to up their offer by £3k.  ;D

I feel quite pleased, though how my wife will take to having me under her feet again is anyones guess!  8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on June 30, 2008, 01:29:09 pm
I have a new job  :D Not quite as well paid, not quite such a good car, no company phone... but a pretty steady 36hr week (shame it's 9-5 not 8:30 - 4:30 but you can't have everything!) and the prospect of getting to sleep in my own bed most nights of the year! After 10 months of weekly commuting to Dublin, followed by (so far) 2 months of spending 3 days a week in our welding shop (ie painted shipping container) on a site in South Wales I'm pretty chuffed.  And the job came to me, which is even better. Approach via an agency, turn up on Fri with no suit or tie for interview (it'd been a long day, and I don't do suits and ties if I can help it, they were lucky it wasn't jeans on a Friday), told I'd be contacted Friday the following week after they'd done more interviews, but got call on Tues pm saying they wanted me. Even got them to up their offer by £3k.  ;D

I feel quite pleased, though how my wife will take to having me under her feet again is anyones guess!  8)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on June 30, 2008, 01:31:32 pm
I feel quite pleased, though how my wife will take to having me under her feet again is anyones guess!  8)

She'll of course want you out of her way especially at weekends thus you get a pass out to go cycling. Everyone's happy.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Fi on June 30, 2008, 01:32:23 pm
I bet she'll be delighted to have her husband back, rather than someone who's not that happy with his job and tired because of all the travelling and working conditions.  Congratulations.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on June 30, 2008, 01:34:16 pm
I bet she'll be delighted to have her husband back, rather than someone who's not that happy with his job and tired because of all the travelling and working conditions.  Congratulations.

Fi, thanks (and other too of course), and yes, thats pretty much how it is... but the downside is she'll now feel free to start her lists again! But the front door really needs painting, and it's like lifes been on hold for a year.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 01, 2008, 11:22:59 pm
Stella is ridable again, Dirty Pia just need inner tubes and she is ridable again, Seth is ridable again. Thank you all for the help, donations and pointers :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 02, 2008, 05:23:24 pm
Seth is ridable again.
Wohoo!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

 :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 03, 2008, 04:18:06 pm
Mrs. TKP and myself are celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary today. Nothing too elaborate, we skipped on cards but are going out for a curry tonight. As I didn't say it in a card I will say it here; Happy anniversary darling, I love you loads and thanks for the best nine years of my life.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 03, 2008, 04:20:48 pm
As I didn't say it in a card I will say it here; Happy anniversary darling, I love you loads and thanks for the best nine years of my life.
In two days and 8 years time I will be saying the same :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 03, 2008, 04:24:17 pm
Aaaaaaaaaah!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 03, 2008, 06:26:19 pm
 :D  :-*

Congratulations, Mr & Mrs TKP!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on July 03, 2008, 08:50:00 pm
Mrs. TKP and myself are celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary today. Nothing too elaborate, we skipped on cards but are going out for a curry tonight. As I didn't say it in a card I will say it here; Happy anniversary darling, I love you loads and thanks for the best nine years of my life.

Aren't I a lucky girl, the feeling is very mutual  :-*

Thank you Peli and Woolly, I hope you enjoy the next eight years and two days as much as I did  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on July 03, 2008, 08:55:03 pm
Mrs. TKP and myself are celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary today. Nothing too elaborate, we skipped on cards but are going out for a curry tonight. As I didn't say it in a card I will say it here; Happy anniversary darling, I love you loads and thanks for the best nine years of my life.

cant believe you got away without buying a card... :D

congratulations, you two!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 03, 2008, 09:01:21 pm
But Woolly, theirs is a wedding anniversary ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 03, 2008, 09:13:15 pm
Stop that Peli, its very naughty of you.  ;)

As I was saying to Mrs. TKP this morning, the most important anniversary is actually probably tomorrow, ten years to the day since we met. That is when the journey really started.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2008, 09:20:48 pm
That's the magic moment!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jules on July 03, 2008, 10:57:38 pm
Good News : I've had a lovely year at college and have just found out that I passed my MA.

Bad News : This is unlikely to improve my prospects of finding a job doing anything interesting so I suppose I'll have to go back to working in IT.

Where's the yawny smiley when you need it?

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on July 03, 2008, 11:00:52 pm
I ain't had any good news for ages but since my crash my life and outlook has been much more rosey. And that's quite nice.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: groucho on July 04, 2008, 08:16:27 am
I am wearing a pair of trousers that I have not worn for ages and found a £20.00 note in the pocket!

The milky bars are on me!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 04, 2008, 09:30:52 am
I 'rebuilt' my computer yesterday.  I feel a little bit clever.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 04, 2008, 10:49:15 am
I've just been to the doctor's because of the chest pains I suffered the other night.

I told him that in the cold light of day it was probably arthritic or muscular pain, since it was on the right side, and that I had been walking and cycling since.

However, my bloody arthritis is really giving me jip, especially my ankles. I said that since every other bloody thing hurts, it would be surprising if my chest didn't hurt from time to time as well.

He agreed that there was probably nothing wrong with the jolly old cardiovascular system, but he checked me over anyway.

Pulse - 72
BP - 120 / 70
Weight - 105kg (last time he weighed me in 2004, I was 118kg)

I'll settle for that (well, losing another 20kg would probably be a good idea, but that's not going to happen overnight).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 04, 2008, 06:55:01 pm
Peli is back :) and is having a wee kip on the sofa atm.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 05, 2008, 09:11:09 am
Today is a Very Special Day Indeed  :D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on July 05, 2008, 09:13:31 am
Oooh - do I hear the sounds of wedding bells?   :o  I've got a hat!      :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 05, 2008, 09:25:21 am
 ::-)

Nope, but it is a year to the day since I jumped on got together with my wonderful Great Dane.  :D

He was too chicken, you see.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on July 05, 2008, 09:28:07 am
Damn.... it's about time we had an ACF/yACF wedding!   :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 05, 2008, 09:30:19 am
Nice one Peli :thumbsup:
a woman who takes the initiative deserves all she gets ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 05, 2008, 09:30:31 am
Congratulations Peli and Woolly. Shame about the non wedding though.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 05, 2008, 09:33:42 am
What are you lot like? He needs no encouragement!  ;D

Thanks for the good wishes. I'm sure his ears are burning while he's off teaching today.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 05, 2008, 09:45:04 am
There is a lorra lorra cycling on the t.v. schedules.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jules on July 05, 2008, 11:41:40 am
<wakes up with hangover>


TDF starts today doesn't it?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on July 05, 2008, 03:21:23 pm
Congratulations Peli and Woolly  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 05, 2008, 07:52:06 pm
Well I have asked but the only answer I got was something in the lines of ....

muhahahahhahaahahahahahaha!

so it is not me whom you should pressure it is her :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 06, 2008, 10:22:13 am
congratulations Peli and Woolly
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on July 07, 2008, 09:17:08 am
Got a photo (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/2637983610_f05c1f5380_o.jpg) published in the local rag.. It accompanies this story (http://www.thecourier.co.uk/output/2008/07/07/newsstory11614858t0.asp)

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 07, 2008, 01:32:05 pm
David Martin : You lucky sod :) Every time I see your(and others) photo work I get very jealous, and wish that my camera worked or I could afford a new on, as photography is something I really like to more off. Best of luck.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 07, 2008, 01:58:26 pm
I'm happy  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 07, 2008, 02:00:23 pm
I'm happy  :)
That is good news.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 07, 2008, 02:00:58 pm
I'm happy  :)
Hurray \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on July 07, 2008, 02:58:25 pm
I'm happy  :)

and I'll punch the man who says I'm not!
</Ivor Cutler>
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 07, 2008, 03:02:53 pm
I'm happy  :)

and I'll punch the man who says I'm not!
</Ivor Cutler>

Or the man who tells me my car has failed its MOT!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 07, 2008, 05:00:07 pm
My car has just passed its MOT

and

my new sofas are being delivered on Wednesday.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on July 09, 2008, 12:31:40 am
Good News: We have a shower!

Bad News: Builder/plumber can't tell left from right which is not so good for a Thermostatic Bar Value shower which expects hot in one pipe and cold in another.

However, I don't mind as I'm sure it'll mean that they'll do the extra one hour bit of painting and decorating that wasn't in the original quote for free now.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 09, 2008, 06:53:53 pm
Double good news. We have a tenant for our house in Wales at last and we have heard today that we are going to get the bungalow we want to rent in the lovely village of Freckleton. So it is goodbye to paying mortgage and rent at the same time and goodbye to drug row in St. Annes.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 09, 2008, 08:21:07 pm
Double good news. We have a tenant for our house in Wales at last and we have heard today that we are going to get the bungalow we want to rent in the lovely village of Freckleton. So it is goodbye to paying mortgage and rent at the same time and goodbye to drug row in St. Annes.

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 09, 2008, 08:42:23 pm
Double good news. We have a tenant for our house in Wales at last and we have heard today that we are going to get the bungalow we want to rent in the lovely village of Freckleton. So it is goodbye to paying mortgage and rent at the same time and goodbye to drug row in St. Annes.

Brilliant :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 09, 2008, 08:45:05 pm
My new sofas arrived today.  They look great.  I also bought lovely rug which is a perfect match to the sofas..... and the rug was reduced from £89.00 to £30.00 and then I got 10% off with my mum's discount card :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 09, 2008, 08:45:30 pm
Little Miss Wow had a nice surprise on her return from Lunnon Town: an envelope from Girton College contained a cheque for £250 by way of a "brown envelope" job for her degree.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Maffie on July 09, 2008, 10:54:45 pm
My new bike is being fixed today.... felt like I had lost a limb being bikeless  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 10, 2008, 05:45:07 am
Little Miss Wow had a nice surprise on her return from Lunnon Town: an envelope from Girton College contained a cheque for £250 by way of a "brown envelope" job for her degree.
Wot, Girton are so short of students they have to bribe people to get degrees?  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 10, 2008, 06:58:02 am
My new sofas arrived today.  They look great.  I also bought lovely rug which is a perfect match to the sofas..... and the rug was reduced from £89.00 to £30.00 and then I got 10% off with my mum's discount card :) :) :)
I think you might have gazupmed us there Elleigh, that sounds like triple good news.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 11, 2008, 12:22:39 am
After a lengthy police inspection today, Fredom the Tank (well APC) is now fully road legal!!!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3070/2608207854_620390705e.jpg)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: onb on July 11, 2008, 03:46:34 pm
I bought myself this today frame only I only have to tell SWMBO now ::-)

Sunday Bicycles - September Sportive Bike (http://www.sundaybicycles.co.uk/September.php)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 11, 2008, 03:50:56 pm
Best of luck.





Oh - if the post facto negotiations don't fare well, can I have your bike in your will?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: onb on July 11, 2008, 04:11:21 pm
Best of luck.





Oh - if the post facto negotiations don't fare well, can I have your bike in your will?



You would be too big for it ,anyway I wll have it buried with me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 11, 2008, 04:28:22 pm
I'm now a fully accredited cycling instructor \o/ \o/ \o/ :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 11, 2008, 04:47:29 pm
Congratulations Woolly, jolly well done.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 11, 2008, 04:58:21 pm
Good luck ONB

Well done Woolly
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 11, 2008, 07:11:06 pm
Well done Woolly!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on July 11, 2008, 07:23:26 pm
Tomorrow I go on work experience for a week, in Cardigan. I'm camping about 8 miles away, so get to cycle in every morning, and the company I'm working with said I can shower there :). They seem like a really friendly bunch, too :D.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 11, 2008, 09:56:49 pm
Tomorrow I go on work experience for a week, in Cardigan. I'm camping about 8 miles away, so get to cycle in every morning, and the company I'm working with said I can shower there :). They seem like a really friendly bunch, too :D.

Good luck.  What will you be doing?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 11, 2008, 09:57:36 pm
I have made some art.  I am pleased with my art.

(http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e136/elleighmason/IMG00018.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 11, 2008, 10:10:06 pm
I'm now a fully accredited cycling instructor \o/ \o/ \o/ :)

*does happy dance* :D :D :D

Will you teach me? ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on July 11, 2008, 10:24:25 pm
Tomorrow I go on work experience for a week, in Cardigan. I'm camping about 8 miles away, so get to cycle in every morning, and the company I'm working with said I can shower there :). They seem like a really friendly bunch, too :D.

Good luck.  What will you be doing?

Thanks - I'm going to a certain Welsh ethical clothing company (http://www.howies.co.uk/) :).

Like the art btw!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 12, 2008, 08:16:19 pm
Elleigh that's brilliant!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 12, 2008, 10:00:49 pm
Elleigh that's brilliant!

Thanks you :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 12, 2008, 10:01:37 pm
How'd you do it?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 12, 2008, 10:04:04 pm
How'd you do it?

The design was taken from some material.  I copied it and reversed the colours on two of the canvases.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on July 13, 2008, 09:01:38 am
I am feeling all warm inside :)

and

I used some smelly body wash last night and I quite like it.

 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: onb on July 13, 2008, 10:09:55 am
I am still in one piece .

 ;) :thumbsup:




And its loveley just got to save up for one or rwo bits now.Have spent the last 3 months buying bits of groupset in various sales or from here .Watch this space.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on July 13, 2008, 10:11:52 am
Woo hoo, you'll be giving me a good kicking on the hills soon onb
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on July 13, 2008, 12:18:51 pm
I was called in at the last minute as the guest speaker at a sports presentation awards thingy on Friday night. The ex-ghurka-Atlantic-rower-hero-guy couldn't make it.  :-X

Anyway, in front of 300 assorted parents, worthies, the mayor, national athletes and the local press... I did a surprisingly good job with a fifteen minute presentation on the theme of "ordinary, stubborn, people can achieve remarkable things."

Whew...



Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PGtips on July 16, 2008, 01:31:55 pm
NO MORE SCHOOL FOR 7 1/2 WEEKS!!!!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wascally Weasel on July 16, 2008, 01:47:48 pm
NO MORE SCHOOL FOR 7 1/2 WEEKS!!!!  ;D ;D ;D

Days like today, I wish I was a teacher.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 16, 2008, 04:41:00 pm
I've got a date tonight :)

NO MORE SCHOOL FOR 7 1/2 WEEKS!!!!  ;D ;D ;D

Somewhere, Zipperhead is banging his head against a desk
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 16, 2008, 04:43:19 pm
I've got a date tonight :)


Splendid!  Not too ill for the mojo, then ;)

Myself, I'm meeting a couple of gorgeous ladies in a park later. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 16, 2008, 04:45:42 pm
Well, you're never too ill for the essentials
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on July 17, 2008, 05:28:23 am
I've just told the story I submitted for the new company "journal" was really good and they want more. In fact the colleague who told me this, who I wasn't previously aware was even on the journal committee, said next time she wants her name in my story! (cos I had borrowed colleagues names to give it a more Indian flavour)>

And the bank has finally reissued me with a PIN to my card (after I foolishly changed it and forgot to what  :-[) so I can now buy things again!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jules on July 17, 2008, 09:59:29 am
I've got a date tonight :)

NO MORE SCHOOL FOR 7 1/2 WEEKS!!!!  ;D ;D ;D

Somewhere, Zipperhead is banging his head against a desk

I've had one of mine home for the past three weeks. Fortunately the other doesn't finish until the end of next week.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 17, 2008, 10:04:13 am
The countdown to our Pyrenean jaunt has started!!!!  ;D

Now, how do I get mountain-fit in 11 days?  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 17, 2008, 10:43:04 am
Oooo you lucky things, one day I would love to go there.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 17, 2008, 10:44:42 am
We have just picked up the keys to our new rented home, a bungalow in a quiet village called Freckleton. So goodbye to druggies, drunks, chavs and endless police sirens, hello birdsong and nice neighbours.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on July 17, 2008, 10:49:09 am
It sounds like there's a cracker of a storm brewing up out there. I love a good storm, as long as no-one gets hurt
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 17, 2008, 04:27:25 pm
We have just picked up the keys to our new rented home, a bungalow in a quiet village called Freckleton. So goodbye to druggies, drunks, chavs and endless police sirens, hello birdsong and nice neighbours.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 18, 2008, 10:57:51 pm
I have had a nice few days and I found out that I can still ice skate.  I think my balance might be good enough to start cycle again.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 18, 2008, 11:04:04 pm
Sweet :) See you on the road soon Elleigh
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 18, 2008, 11:07:42 pm
The pain has been manageable today :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on July 18, 2008, 11:11:04 pm
The pain has been manageable today :)

I'm glad to hear that, Sam, though "absent" would have been preferable to "manageable", eh? One day at a time.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on July 19, 2008, 12:57:51 am
I have had a nice few days and I found out that I can still ice skate.  I think my balance might be good enough to start cycle again.


:) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 19, 2008, 01:14:15 am
Good to hear, Elleigh and Sam.

My "good news" is that my sister's bf has continued to be insensitive and uncaring towards her. Why good news? Well, let's hope that she will see sense and ditch the shit soon. Tonight he really excelled himself. If everyone who reads this wills her to dump him...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on July 19, 2008, 01:42:51 am
Oh I thought that was already done and dusted and that she'd given him the boot.

Hope she finds a way to get away and move on.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 19, 2008, 01:52:58 am
I have a lot of pent up anger at the moment, all you need to do is point me in the right direction. Can I assume it's Greenwich at the moment?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 19, 2008, 10:05:00 am
Poor H.  I am sending as many positive vibes as possible, with the hope that things work out right for her and that she finds inner peace and confidence as soon as possible.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 19, 2008, 12:15:54 pm
I have a lot of pent up anger at the moment, all you need to do is point me in the right direction. Can I assume it's Greenwich at the moment?
No quite close to you Victoria Park, festival was more important arrggh.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 19, 2008, 12:39:27 pm
He promised he'd come round last night after she got so upset she was crying on the Tube and missed her stop.

He didn't turn up, nor did he ring her to explain why not. He's at the Lovebox festival in case anyone there sees a big, hairy, ugly bloke with a beer belly and feels like passing on this piece of my mind.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 19, 2008, 01:04:53 pm
You do realise that's across the road from me? I'm gonna go search and have words. I got free residents ticket.

My good thing - I've stopped throwing up!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 19, 2008, 01:07:10 pm

My good thing - I've stopped throwing up!

That is good, but perhaps if you do find J, you could throw up on him!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 19, 2008, 01:12:33 pm
I was thinking more of an upracut.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 19, 2008, 01:23:13 pm
She is very withdrawn but calm this morning. I wish she'd at least get angry, but it seems she's resigned to his behaviour as it's "just what he's like".  >:(

Sam - if you happen to bump into him...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 19, 2008, 01:57:04 pm
Well back to the good news, which this thread is about anyway.

I just fitted some bar tape on Stella and I must say I did a mighty fine job, well chuffed with oneself I am :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 19, 2008, 02:41:30 pm
Oh and I (I hope) fixed the dripping toilet too :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 19, 2008, 03:37:15 pm
Well done Woolly.

Just back from Lovebox, no sign of bastid.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on July 19, 2008, 06:07:23 pm
Work experience and camping was seriously good :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on July 19, 2008, 09:05:31 pm
Mark's Grade 8 organ result arrived today, and it's a distinction. Not an earth-shattering top-in-the-country kind of score, but a comfortable few marks above the magic threshold nevertheless. There's many a slip etc. but this result makes an offer of an Oxbridge organ scholarship a distinct possibility. Then all he has to do is get straight 'A's at 'A' level and he's in. Sounds easy when you say it quickly, doesn't it? He now has a hat-trick of Grade 8s - piano, violin and organ. I can just about play the recorder.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 19, 2008, 09:15:14 pm
Mark's Grade 8 organ result arrived today, and it's a distinction. Not an earth-shattering top-in-the-country kind of score, but a comfortable few marks above the magic threshold nevertheless. There's many a slip etc. but this result makes an offer of an Oxbridge organ scholarship a distinct possibility. Then all he has to do is get straight 'A's at 'A' level and he's in. Sounds easy when you say it quickly, doesn't it? He now has a hat-trick of Grade 8s - piano, violin and organ. I can just about play the recorder.



Amazing.  Fingers and toes crossed for Mark.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 20, 2008, 02:39:41 pm
Wassa Grade 8 organ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: fruitcake on July 20, 2008, 02:45:21 pm
It means you can play the organ dead good.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 20, 2008, 03:08:47 pm
Ah oki :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on July 20, 2008, 09:35:11 pm
Wassa Grade 8 organ?

The Grade 8 organ syllabus is here (http://www.abrsm.org/resources/organSyllabus0808.pdf) if you're interested. 8 is the highest "grade" level of the ABRSM exam system for musicians. After that it goes on to diplomas. He will be taking his piano diploma next year so the swotty git may have letters after his name before he's left school.

Mark's prepared pieces were the Bach/Vivaldi Concerto (very difficult), the Brahms Chorale Prelude "O Gott, du frommer Gott" (relatively easy for grade 8 as there's hardly any pedalling), and the lively and modern Toccata by the Danish composer Traerup Sark.

He had a stroke of luck in the aural tests as the questions were the same set he'd got in his violin exam. He knew who the composer was but didn't want to give the game away so he "guessed" William Walton. The examiner said, "It could be Walton but it isn't. Can you think of anyone else?" Mark then said, "Well it sounds a lot like Herbet Howells." It turned out the examiner had been a pupil of Howells, and that may have disposed him more kindly towards him.  :-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on July 20, 2008, 09:58:42 pm
Mark's Grade 8 organ result arrived today, and it's a distinction. Not an earth-shattering top-in-the-country kind of score, but a comfortable few marks above the magic threshold nevertheless. There's many a slip etc. but this result makes an offer of an Oxbridge organ scholarship a distinct possibility. Then all he has to do is get straight 'A's at 'A' level and he's in. Sounds easy when you say it quickly, doesn't it? He now has a hat-trick of Grade 8s - piano, violin and organ. I can just about play the recorder.



That is a talented young man. Even if it all went pear shaped now, getting 3 grade 8s would still be a great achievement and one to take a deal of satisfaction from. As it is however well, who can tell?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 20, 2008, 10:30:17 pm
I am sitting with a bottle of red listening to LoveBox in the park :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 20, 2008, 10:31:43 pm
I'm home  :), after a rather emotional and draining day.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 20, 2008, 10:33:43 pm
Camping is goooooood :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: JJ on July 21, 2008, 12:07:22 am
In chronological order:
#1 I passed my grade 7 guitar.  A bare scraped pass at the second time of asking and a million miles short of Dave's Mark, but it made me happy.
#2 We christened JJJunior4 today.  He gurgled throughout and then we had a gurt big party.
#3 One week tomorrow we're off for our first cycle camping hols with 4 sprogs.  I can hardly contain myself.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 21, 2008, 06:54:47 am
Things sounding good there JJ!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 21, 2008, 11:02:04 pm
Wassa Grade 8 organ?

I thought you had one? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 21, 2008, 11:03:39 pm
My good news this evening was that I could actually get a pair of boots on. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 22, 2008, 05:48:30 am
Wooo!

I've I've had a full nights slep!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on July 22, 2008, 07:39:04 am
Wooo!

I've I've had a full nights slep!

Excellent news, and you are still up at 5:50.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 23, 2008, 12:10:01 pm
A very kind forumer has sent me lots of Green and Blacks' through the post.  It arrived this morning.

Thank you  :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 23, 2008, 01:54:37 pm
The art of seduction remains alive & well :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 23, 2008, 02:32:00 pm
The art of seduction remains alive & well :thumbsup:

It was a lady forumer!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 23, 2008, 02:44:28 pm
It was a lady forumer!

The art of seduction remains alive & well :thumbsup:

lol
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 23, 2008, 02:46:55 pm
The art of seduction remains alive & well :thumbsup:

It was a lady forumer!
\o/ she called me a lady! \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 23, 2008, 02:48:46 pm
And I've taught you the way of the mojo well lol
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 23, 2008, 03:32:53 pm
The art of seduction remains alive & well :thumbsup:

It was a lady forumer!

The art of seduction remains alive & well :thumbsup:

It was a lady forumer!
\o/ she called me a lady! \o/


You or Peli can seduce me anytime you like :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 24, 2008, 12:12:39 am
I've got a secret admirer lol
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 24, 2008, 09:38:41 am
Not that secret, then ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 24, 2008, 11:10:09 am
They won't tell me who they are though :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on July 24, 2008, 04:01:52 pm
100% in latest OU assignment, but it was a multiple guess.

Another 3 assingments and an exam and I'll be that little bit closer to the end...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 24, 2008, 04:04:45 pm
I just spoke to Woolly and he had an excited New-Bike-Quiver in his voice  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 24, 2008, 10:29:53 pm
I just spoke to Woolly and he had an excited New-Bike-Quiver in his voice  :D

:)  Tell us more
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 24, 2008, 10:54:40 pm
It's called Chutney and hopefully I will get to ride it very very very soon :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2008, 09:53:04 am
Chutney?  Cause it's kinda lumpy?? ???  Or cause it's a sweet accompaniment to summat spicy?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 25, 2008, 09:55:36 am
Chutney?  Cause it's kinda lumpy?? ???  Or cause it's a sweet accompaniment to summat spicy?

Or because he rides it to Putney, goes into a pub and indulges in glutney? (Must be a limerick in there somewhere).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 25, 2008, 10:01:34 am
Chutney is so-christened because she is mango-coloured!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 25, 2008, 10:09:26 am
I had a pm from a forumite saying he's coming to Edinburgh.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 25, 2008, 10:10:55 am
I had a pm from a forumite saying he's coming to Edinburgh.
Who? Who? Spill the beans!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on July 25, 2008, 10:13:40 am
Yesterday I repeatedly walked within 5 metres of David Cameron :-\

ETA - This really isn't good news, I was just cack handed and posted in the wrong thread! Should have been here... Login (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1356.480)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2008, 10:16:37 am
Chutney is so-christened because she is mango-coloured!  :thumbsup:


I lurve mango! :)

Perhaps not so much for the colour, but I'm feeling hungry now...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2008, 10:17:24 am
Yesterday I repeatedly walked within 5 metres of David Cameron :-\

That's good news how, precisely?  Do you have a new bike? :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 25, 2008, 10:22:11 am
I had a pm from a forumite saying he's coming to Edinburgh.

Is this a sign that your psychic's prediction that you would have a fling with an unsuitable man?!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 25, 2008, 10:24:14 am
Mrs T did her first solo ride(for a long long time) yesterday, 3 miles each way to her mates and back.  The back bit was even in the dark!

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2008, 10:31:15 am
Fantastic! :thumbsup:  She needs to get some miles in ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 25, 2008, 10:38:26 am
I have a plan to get her riding more, including some family trips, she'll have the easy bit as I'll be the one lugging the extra weight of a 4 1/2 yr old!

She did say she enjoyed it, even though her best mate + hubby-to-be fell about the floor laughing when she turned up on the bike, wearing her bike helmet :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 25, 2008, 11:09:19 am
Who? Who? Spill the beans!  :D

Quote from: Elleigh
Is this a sign that your psychic's prediction that you would have a fling with an unsuitable man?!

I think I'll let him tell you himself.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on July 25, 2008, 11:09:45 am
Yesterday I repeatedly walked within 5 metres of David Cameron :-\

That's good news how, precisely?  Do you have a new bike? :-\

Doh! (http://www.mtb-wales.com/modules/XForum/images/smilies/rougi.gif) Wrong thread - definitely not good news! Should have been posted here: Login (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=1356.480)

(http://www.mtb-wales.com/modules/XForum/images/smilies/rougi.gif)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2008, 11:11:08 am
Who? Who? Spill the beans!  :D

Quote from: Elleigh
Is this a sign that your psychic's prediction that you would have a fling with an unsuitable man?!

I think I'll let him tell you himself.

*pulls up a comfy chair, pours another cup of tea and waits*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 25, 2008, 12:32:40 pm
Should I cancel my holiday to dicover the identity or will someone PM me later?
Clarion? ;)
gossip is not the sole preserve females :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on July 25, 2008, 12:57:41 pm
Hmmmm Elleigh thinks that the psychic might be right.

<Elleigh looks for a psychic smilie icon>
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 25, 2008, 02:06:01 pm
Should I cancel my holiday to dicover the identity or will someone PM me later?
Clarion? ;)
gossip is not the sole preserve females :demon:

I wish I had the gossip to share - I'm just waiting for the denoument (or the denuement).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 25, 2008, 02:18:54 pm
We've just been driving the tank on the road taking it to it's new home! I even did a 3 point turn! Fun!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Hummers on July 26, 2008, 06:59:35 am
I had a pm from a forumite saying he's coming to Edinburgh.

Is this a sign that your psychic's prediction that you would have a fling with an unsuitable man?!

(http://i33.photobucket.com/albums/d96/HummersOriginal/n507666639_994763_9353.jpg)

[princess layoff]

Help me Obi Wan.
I am visiting Edinburgh and you are my only hope

[/princess layoff]
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 26, 2008, 09:33:43 am
*feels the force*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on July 27, 2008, 08:31:56 am
My last ride put my mileage for the month over 500, the most I've ever done in a month
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tonycollinet on July 27, 2008, 09:57:01 am
I'm off out

On my bike

Now!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on July 27, 2008, 12:25:07 pm
I won a pair of Bike Bins in the CTC magazine reader offer thing, and I think I know one of the other winners.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 27, 2008, 07:45:10 pm
Got my hands on Chutney, and she rides very well looking forward to take her to the Pyrenees  \o/

Pictures to follow as soon as I have found my camera ...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on July 27, 2008, 08:09:49 pm
The company that does the repairs & maintenance on my complex of flats is going to redo the insulation on my loft space  :thumbsup:

I've now got to clear 17 years worth of junk out of the loft in preparation  :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 27, 2008, 08:19:14 pm
I'll bet you that you will find some cool stuff and have few trips down memory lane :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on July 27, 2008, 08:38:35 pm
I'll bet you that you will find some cool stuff and have few trips down memory lane :)

No, just lots of dusty cardboard boxes, a couple of antique PC's and a load of spare bike bits!   I may need to have a "Free to good home" thread in the classifieds forum

Any one want half a roll of cheap, nasty carpet...?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 28, 2008, 12:33:38 pm
Got my hands on Chutney, and she rides very well looking forward to take her to the Pyrenees  \o/

Pictures to follow as soon as I have found my camera ...
Chutney is indeed beautiful.  :D

Woolly really needs to post some pics, doesn't he?  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 28, 2008, 12:36:58 pm
Yes.  I went straight to Members Bikes when I saw that post, but :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 29, 2008, 09:50:38 am
I have been diagnosed.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 29, 2008, 09:55:44 am
I have been diagnosed.
That is good news Sam, lets hope they come up with some effective treatment quickly.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on July 29, 2008, 10:01:08 am
2 more days at work then I'm off for 10 days!  And I get to go bike shopping!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 29, 2008, 10:19:23 am
It sounds a bit churlish to put this here, but I have seen the last of younger daughter for 5 weeks: took her to Heathrow this a.m. whence she buggers off to Peru until 3rd September.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 29, 2008, 10:41:23 am
Hope she has a wonderful time, and has plenty of good news of her own.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 29, 2008, 10:52:14 am
2 more days at work then I'm off for 10 days!  And I get to go bike shopping!
HA! I got you beat 1 and a half day at work and then I'm off for 16 days and I all ready got my new bike :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 29, 2008, 11:03:06 am
HA! I'm off now and have upto 6 months!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on July 29, 2008, 11:04:15 am
2 more days at work then I'm off for 10 days!  And I get to go bike shopping!
HA! I got you beat 1 and a half day at work and then I'm off for 16 days and I all ready got my new bike :)

so where's the photos?  We need proof!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 29, 2008, 11:04:27 am
I'm off until mis-September and even then I'm hardly back on again.

At the moment there is no desire for a new bike.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 29, 2008, 12:10:41 pm
2 more days at work then I'm off for 10 days!  And I get to go bike shopping!
HA! I got you beat 1 and a half day at work and then I'm off for 16 days and I all ready got my new bike :)

so where's the photos?  We need proof!!
It's not a phantom bike.

I have a hole in my bank account to prove it.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Phoenix on July 29, 2008, 12:11:43 pm
I have a hole in my bank account to prove it.  ;D
Is that good news?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 29, 2008, 12:25:38 pm
I love retail theraphy :) Have just brought meself a Fuji S9600 to cheer me up as I seem to have misplaced my Fuji 5800 :( lovely little cheapo camera :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on July 29, 2008, 02:22:38 pm
Night before last I thoroughly fouled up a wheel after replacing two broken spokes (the wheel wouldn't even roll through the brake), and had to borrow my wife's bike to ride to work yesterday.

Last night I tried again, and this morning the wheel rolled smoothly all the way to work. Phew!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 29, 2008, 03:04:57 pm
I have a hole in my bank account to prove it.  ;D
Is that good news?
Yep, as I'll get some of it back through the Cycle Scheme.  :thumbsup:

More good news: I was just given a little bonus for my current project! That'll pay for the new pedals...  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Attitudeless Badger on July 29, 2008, 04:07:03 pm
I've just been for a swim.  Pool was 30 degrees, which was nice,
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 30, 2008, 09:12:01 am
I've had an email from my daughter, who spent the night with a family in Lima. Later today she takes the white-knuckle bus ride from Lima to Huancayo. The weather in Huancayo is bloody cold. With a population of nearly half a million and at an altitude of over 10000 feet, I wonder if there's a bigger city anywhere in the world which is so high?

Edit: yes - La Paz.
Elevation    3,640 m (11,942 ft)
Population (2006)
 - Total    1,250,000 (2,005 est)

Bloody hell!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on July 30, 2008, 09:17:08 am
I've had an email from my daughter, who spent the night with a family in Lima. Later today she takes the white-knuckle bus ride from Lima to Huancayo. The weather in Huancayo is bloody cold. With a population of nearly half a million and at an altitude of over 10000 feet, I wonder if there's a bigger city anywhere in the world which is so high?

I hope she didn't read "Random Acts of Heroic Love" before she went, or she won't want to get on the bus....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 30, 2008, 01:12:03 pm
I just got another bonus!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CathH on July 30, 2008, 01:13:03 pm
The drinks are on Peli!   ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on July 30, 2008, 01:13:22 pm
On top of the one for the pedals?  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on July 30, 2008, 02:49:51 pm
On top of the one for the pedals?  :o
Yes, two in two days!  :thumbsup:

Awarded by my peers, so I must be doing something right.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: blackpuddinonnabike on July 30, 2008, 02:50:39 pm
On top of the one for the pedals?  :o
Yes, two in two days!  :thumbsup:

Awarded by my peers, so I must be doing something right.  :)

Gissa job!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 30, 2008, 02:56:38 pm
Yay for Peli!

I've just ordered 4 big cakes from me friend!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on July 30, 2008, 08:39:57 pm

I've just recieved £500 from my bank.  :)
Refund from the amount the thieving card scams got from my credit card.  >:(


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 30, 2008, 08:41:28 pm
On top of the one for the pedals?  :o
Yes, two in two days!  :thumbsup:

Awarded by my peers, so I must be doing something right.  :)

Peli is a professional footballer.

Press writers' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year!

Referee!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 30, 2008, 10:44:26 pm
My younger sister is getting married.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 30, 2008, 10:48:14 pm
Meh in keeping with tradition I guess I'll be the one paying for it all. Still I guess it's a good thing.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on July 31, 2008, 09:08:46 am
it's our wedding anniversary!  10 years today.   :thumbsup:

(but this afternoon could be expensive  A contemporary or modern 10th anniversary gift has a theme of Diamond Jewellery.  (http://www.anniversaryideas.co.uk/10th-wedding-anniversary.htm))   

Arse. 

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Clare on July 31, 2008, 09:11:44 am
it's our wedding anniversary!  10 years today.   :thumbsup:

(but this afternoon could be expensive  A contemporary or modern 10th anniversary gift has a theme of Diamond Jewellery.  (http://www.anniversaryideas.co.uk/10th-wedding-anniversary.htm))   

Arse. 



Tin of beans and a bunch of daffs? Shouldn't be too costly  :thumbsup:.

Congratulations.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Fi on July 31, 2008, 09:49:51 am
Congratulations.  We don't do anniversary gifts.  For our tenth however, we had champagne cocktails.  Badly hungover the next morning, I fell down the stairs cracking my cocyx and bringing the landing curtain rail and curtains down with me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 31, 2008, 09:55:29 am
I don't actually remember our 10th anniversary but it must have been at the time I was at my lowest ebb, desperately trying to get out of teaching.

Correction: I think our 10th anniversary was the day I spent in the council chamber in Southend sitting the Civil Service Entrance Examination. It was a turning point in my life.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on July 31, 2008, 12:31:48 pm
Kirsty (one's better half) has a new bike.  It is a Trek 7.3 FX WSD.  It is beautiful with a smashing gold paint job.  Mudguards and a rack have been fitted, as have Ergon GP1 grips.  Cane Creek bar ends will get added when Chain Reaction make their delivery.  A new pair of Ortlieb Classic Roller panniers (in black) have also turned up.  Its the sort of bike that could take you around the world, should the mood grab you.

I am hoping it will be used for a little gentle touring.

Currently it is sitting in the turbo trainer awaiting Kirsty's return from work.  Whereupon it will be adjusted to fit.  A little shake down cruise is planned for Sunday.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 31, 2008, 01:04:28 pm
Yay!  Hope she's made up :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Attitudeless Badger on July 31, 2008, 01:20:29 pm
9th wedding anniversary today. Nice night in with fun and games planned (well, Wii Olymipcs at least....)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on July 31, 2008, 01:44:13 pm
it's our wedding anniversary!  10 years today.   :thumbsup:

(but this afternoon could be expensive  A contemporary or modern 10th anniversary gift has a theme of Diamond Jewellery.  (http://www.anniversaryideas.co.uk/10th-wedding-anniversary.htm))   

Arse. 



Surely she'd not complain if she got a pearl necklace instead?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 03, 2008, 02:23:58 am
I've just come back from a brilliant terrace party, old dudes with guitars (5 of them) and loadsa drums and bongos floating around along with limitless booze amongst other things to form a great jamming session, I even had a go on the african drums, t'was fun!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 04, 2008, 12:31:30 am
This is post no 111111.

720 members, 6331 topics.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wascally Weasel on August 04, 2008, 01:45:51 pm
I get my new h*lm*t camera tomrrow!  Hurrah!

Celebratory filming of a lap of the park to follow.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 04, 2008, 02:48:00 pm
I'm superhuman! Well not quite but I did spill a just boiled kettle of water on myself when I fell with no consequences.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 04, 2008, 02:49:21 pm
I'm superhuman! Well not quite but I did spill a just boiled kettle of water on myself when I fell with no consequences.

Are you ok?

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 04, 2008, 02:50:24 pm
I'm superhuman! Well not quite but I did spill a just boiled kettle of water on myself when I fell with no consequences.


Be careful young man... it may not hurt now - but it could later.

We want you in one piece for the forthcoming weekend of much silliness and naughtiness.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 04, 2008, 02:50:54 pm
Yeh I'm fine, just felt hot for a second, no burns though. Which is why it's on the good thread :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CathH on August 05, 2008, 04:32:02 pm
I'm seeing an early screening of Hellboy 2 in, ooooooh, about a hour!  *bounce*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 05, 2008, 06:45:53 pm
^^^ Was it good???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on August 05, 2008, 07:44:04 pm
Passed the coursework component of my latest OU course!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on August 05, 2008, 08:05:38 pm
made it to the co-op 2 minutes before it closed to buy in supplies of brown beer.  No more ladies lager for me tonight :D   (and a :D from Mrs Mike too, who now has all the lager to herself)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 06, 2008, 05:12:56 am
I'm seeing an early screening of Hellboy 2 in, ooooooh, about a hour!  *bounce*
The sets are impressive.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 06, 2008, 10:46:52 am
The world is an ok place today.

(yesterday it was an irritating place)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 06, 2008, 05:24:21 pm
I've got myself a personal trainer :) and she is bite-your-fist fine.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on August 06, 2008, 05:39:04 pm
Nice one, Sam.

I don't need my crutches any more.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 06, 2008, 05:50:50 pm
Yay! Well done! Does that mean you can ride again too?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 06, 2008, 07:52:05 pm
Nice one, Sam.

I don't need my crutches any more.  :)

Can we use them as a rounders bat on Saturday? :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on August 06, 2008, 11:13:55 pm
Nice one, Sam.

I don't need my crutches any more.  :)

Good for you, Liz, but please continue to be gentle with yourself for a while yet.

 ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 07, 2008, 08:48:17 am
Pleased to hear that you are off crutches Liz.

The world is a lovely place to day. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CathH on August 07, 2008, 12:51:37 pm
^^^ Was it good???

I'd love to be able to say yes but..... no.  About the best thing that I can say about it is that it's fun.  I think my movie palate has been spoiled by my recent Dark Knight viewing.

I found the storyline trite and jumbled, the Prince deeply unscary and the whole treatment of the Lords and Ladies frankly insulting!  The Tooth Fairies were great though.  I think that the film richly deserves its certification rating.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on August 07, 2008, 12:54:09 pm
Yay! Well done! Does that mean you can ride again too?

Sadly not.  :(

The very very very earliest I'm allowed to ride again will be the FNRttC, and even then only if I feel utterly recovered.

Nice one, Sam.

I don't need my crutches any more.  :)

Can we use them as a rounders bat on Saturday? :thumbsup:

Maybe.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 07, 2008, 12:55:27 pm
Yay! Well done! Does that mean you can ride again too?

Sadly not.  :(

The very very very earliest I'm allowed to ride again will be the FNRttC, and even then only if I feel utterly recovered.

Nice one, Sam.

I don't need my crutches any more.  :)

Can we use them as a rounders bat on Saturday? :thumbsup:

Maybe.  ;D


Perhaps you and Sam could go out on a vigilante mission together, looking for muggers.... ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on August 07, 2008, 12:58:04 pm
It just poared with rain, and my window let a splattering in so it was like being gently splashed at my desk, a kind of outside, whilst inside feeling  :)

Now it is lovely and sunny, and aircraft are taking off over us again!* Yay!






*Which means a tailwind for my homeward journey  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CathH on August 07, 2008, 12:59:48 pm
I unlocked an iPhone and it now works beautifully with my T-Mobile Web'n'Walk package.  *bouncebounce*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 07, 2008, 01:57:37 pm
I unlocked an iPhone and it now works beautifully with my T-Mobile Web'n'Walk package.  *bouncebounce*

Oooh any tips on how to unlock a blackberry from O2?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on August 07, 2008, 02:35:02 pm
I swapped the hard drive in my PC and successfully cloned the old hard drive. Upgraded an 80GB hard drive to 500GB for $109  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on August 07, 2008, 03:02:59 pm
I've just met in person for the first time a 12-year-old who I've been trying to get into the UK for two years.

An' his auntie gave me a big bunch of flowers.

:D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 07, 2008, 03:09:45 pm
I've just met in person for the first time a 12-year-old who I've been trying to get into the UK for two years.

An' his auntie gave me a big bunch of flowers.

:D

That's worth a pint, Liz. The first one's on me at the weekend.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 07, 2008, 03:47:00 pm
I unlocked an iPhone and it now works beautifully with my T-Mobile Web'n'Walk package.  *bouncebounce*

I gather that it might lock itself again when you connect it to i-Tunes.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 07, 2008, 03:58:38 pm
I've just met in person for the first time a 12-year-old who I've been trying to get into the UK for two years.

An' his auntie gave me a big bunch of flowers.

:D

Congratulations! :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CathH on August 07, 2008, 05:05:07 pm
I gather that it might lock itself again when you connect it to i-Tunes.
Nay, 'twill be fine, I haff neutered iTunes.   :D  Every single thing works, even synching music and outlook stuff through iTunes.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on August 07, 2008, 05:25:05 pm
I've just met in person for the first time a 12-year-old who I've been trying to get into the UK for two years.

An' his auntie gave me a big bunch of flowers.

:D

Nice. It must be very satisfying when something like that happens.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CathH on August 07, 2008, 09:50:16 pm
I unlocked an iPhone and it now works beautifully with my T-Mobile Web'n'Walk package.  *bouncebounce*

Oooh any tips on how to unlock a blackberry from O2?
Sorry, but that is a totally different beastie. Googling a lot and then sifting out the misinformation is what I had to do with this iPhone, plus a fair amount of trial and error. Good luck!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 08, 2008, 10:41:22 am
I gather that it might lock itself again when you connect it to i-Tunes.
Nay, 'twill be fine, I haff neutered iTunes.   :D  Every single thing works, even synching music and outlook stuff through iTunes.

Fantastic.  Enjoy. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 08, 2008, 10:43:44 am
This afternoon we set off on our first tour.  Its only for 2 nights and the distances are very modest.  I have toured before but 20 years ago, Kirsty and Twinkle Toes are tour virgins.  Kirsty is very nervous, I am very excited, not sure what Twinkle Toes thinks. 

There will be a ride report.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on August 08, 2008, 10:52:23 am
Have lots of fun.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 08, 2008, 10:59:31 am
Have lots of fun.  :thumbsup:

Thanks, I hope we will.  I am pretty certain we will be getting wet but I am telling the troops that's all part of the fun.  Not sure how convinced they are  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 08, 2008, 11:01:07 am
This afternoon we set off on our first tour.  Its only for 2 nights and the distances are very modest.  I have toured before but 20 years ago, Kirsty and Twinkle Toes are tour virgins.  Kirsty is very nervous, I am very excited, not sure what Twinkle Toes thinks. 

There will be a ride report.

It will all be wonderful :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 08, 2008, 11:02:27 am
Having met Twinkle toes, I think she'll love it, Kirsty will come round to it too, it's just the thought of it is worse.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 08, 2008, 11:08:59 am
I hope your tour goes well and Kirsty enjoys it.

I can understand her nerves, but I am sure she will be fine.  Touring is all about enjoying the journey.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 08, 2008, 11:09:35 am
Having met Twinkle toes, I think she'll love it, Kirsty will come round to it too, it's just the thought of it is worse.

I have packed Twinkles Toes' pink wellies.  K can borrow my Rainlegs and rubber booties, I'll just get wet.  

Saturday looks like being the worst day so I have a short and long version of the route programmed into the Garmin.

We are staying in B&Bs so at least we can get warm and dry in the evening.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 08, 2008, 08:15:17 pm
I'm starting to feel better :) if a little weird
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on August 08, 2008, 09:14:57 pm
I'm starting to feel better :) if a little weird

Yay, that is good news.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 08, 2008, 09:41:40 pm
That is good to hear Sam.

I've finished knitting my hat and I am quite pleased with the outcome.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Pingu on August 08, 2008, 09:45:17 pm
...if a little weird

Back to normal  :thumbsup: :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 09, 2008, 03:40:17 pm
We have completed two days of our 3 day inaugural bike tour. We did the short route today as rain was forecast, we got to the B&B just as the rain started.

Watching the Olympic gymnasts this afternoon. I reckon I can turn my Black & Decker Workmate into a pommel horse. How hard can it be?  London 2012 here I come!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on August 11, 2008, 08:05:21 am
My Minty Arse Lard arrived as did 2 Vittoria Open Pave EVO-CG tyres.

It is sooooooo hard to resist fitting the tyres now!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 11, 2008, 03:38:47 pm
We successfully completed  our first bike tour (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=6813.msg118419#msg118419)  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: chris n on August 11, 2008, 03:39:22 pm
My Minty Arse Lard arrived as did 2 Vittoria Open Pave EVO-CG tyres.

It is sooooooo hard to resist fitting the tyres now!

You've already fitted the minty arse lard?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on August 12, 2008, 09:42:07 am
Last Friday I became a Granny and am now Granny Annie. :-\ 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on August 12, 2008, 09:48:11 am
This is Good News indeed. Many congratulations annie.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on August 12, 2008, 10:05:23 am
This is Good News indeed. Many congratulations annie.

Thank you Tim :-*

I think it is good news but shall not be changing my name.  I haven't seen the little boy and not sure I will get to see him due to rather difficult circumstances but I have received a picture that I shall post later on.

Apparently they are all ok which is all that matters at the end of the day.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 12, 2008, 10:10:28 am
I quite like the concept of Granny Annie - sounds like somewhere you'd put an aged relative (the Granny Annexe).

Anyway, at least you can rest secure in the knowledge that you'll easily win the 'Glamorous Granny' competition!   ;D   :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on August 12, 2008, 10:15:44 am
I quite like the concept of Granny Annie - sounds like somewhere you'd put an aged relative (the Granny Annexe).

Anyway, at least you can rest secure in the knowledge that you'll easily win the 'Glamorous Granny' competition!   ;D   :-*

Thanks my darling you really know how to make a woman feel good. :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on August 12, 2008, 10:25:19 am
Annie is the most glamourous Granny I have ever met. :) Congratulations.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on August 12, 2008, 11:48:00 am
Last Friday I became a Granny and am now Granny Annie. :-\ 

I'm stunned! Congratulations.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 12, 2008, 12:06:16 pm
Congrats M'Dear - I don't specifically remember any one of my beers at the weekend being destined to wet the baby's head, so I'll have one special pint tonight! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 12, 2008, 12:12:23 pm
Congrats Annie. 

And I agree with the rest, you one glamourous grannie
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 12, 2008, 12:41:33 pm
Many congratulations, Annie :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on August 12, 2008, 02:57:19 pm
I'm off to dribble on look at an Wilier Izoard Pro in Cyclesurgery (but I won't be buying one until FY09).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 12, 2008, 03:10:43 pm
Congratulations me dear :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on August 12, 2008, 03:42:28 pm
Last Friday I became a Granny and am now Granny Annie. :-\ 

I'm stunned! Congratulations.  :)


Thanks all.  I have been out purchasing little baby bits and bobs, sooo much fun and so cute.

I will be purchasing a cot at some stage in the next few hours but have no idea what or where to look, tis many years since I used one.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 12, 2008, 03:46:10 pm
Last Friday I became a Granny and am now Granny Annie. :-\ 

I'm stunned! Congratulations.  :)


Thanks all.  I have been out purchasing little baby bits and bobs, sooo much fun and so cute.

I will be purchasing a cot at some stage in the next few hours but have no idea what or where to look, tis many years since I used one.



After hours of agonising we went for a cotbed as it offered a longer useful life than just a cot, and the cost was only marginally more.

Best palces to buy? Mothercare or Toys'R'Us (yes really), avoid the IKEA ones like the plague and Blooming Marvelous and Jojo Bebe Mama will charge you through the nose for the same stuff....

HTH, oh and Congrats BTW...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 12, 2008, 07:14:19 pm
Congrats Annie & family. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 12, 2008, 07:41:54 pm
I have just made a whole bunch of samosas, I have chicken & potato, mince & potato, baked potato & saag with chilli :) nom nom nom
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on August 12, 2008, 10:12:43 pm
Last Friday I became a Granny and am now Granny Annie. :-\ 

I've only met you once but you didn't seem old enough to be a granny.............

Congratulations  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on August 13, 2008, 11:52:16 am
I'm in the BA lounge, glass of champagne in my hand and there's beach volleyball on the TV.

Just need an upgrade....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on August 13, 2008, 04:33:13 pm
To real volleyball?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on August 13, 2008, 04:36:41 pm
To lager?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 13, 2008, 10:49:22 pm
I have just bought a pair of size 8 shorts and they fit.  Just need to loose another half a stone now!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 13, 2008, 11:06:31 pm
Size eight?! Elleigh, don't waste away, please.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 14, 2008, 07:19:41 am
They were most probably a small size 10 than rather a correct size 8. I'm not likely to waste away yet. My boobs are still growing. So even if I achieve size eight skirts and trousers, I'll still need bigger tops :-s
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 14, 2008, 07:43:50 am
My boobs are still growing.

Join the club... :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on August 14, 2008, 08:08:24 am
I am off to Cornwall in less than 2 hours with a very nice friend.  See you Tuesday  ;D  ;) 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on August 14, 2008, 06:15:22 pm
We are now camping in the Peak District. It looks like I have mastered the new BBQ. Tomorrow we hit the Tissington Trail.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 15, 2008, 01:47:04 pm
Just had an email from 7dayshop to say my 4G M2 card is on it's way....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scampi on August 15, 2008, 01:56:47 pm
First week of cycle commuting completed this week ... well, I'm not home yet so almost completed I should say.

It is actually very easy (easier than I'd thought) and I wish I'd started earlier in the summer...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 15, 2008, 01:58:19 pm
I'm going to be taken away for a few days :)


And not by aliens, or the men in white coats ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 15, 2008, 01:59:21 pm
Oooh and my passport arrived this morning :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 15, 2008, 02:00:11 pm
I'm going to be taken away for a few days :)


And not by aliens, or the men in white coats ;)

An air of mystery... Have fun, whatever you are up to! ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on August 16, 2008, 01:05:23 am
Upgraded :D

So even though I've missed the FNRttC now I can get home from Chicago without feeling as if I'd done it
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on August 16, 2008, 10:41:12 am
I helped a little old lady at the petrol station today  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on August 16, 2008, 11:26:46 am
I am finally on top of things.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 16, 2008, 01:41:29 pm
I am finally on top of things.
:thumbsup:
 :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: bobajobrob on August 16, 2008, 02:50:19 pm
Have just finished reading this book (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Easy-Way-Stop-Drinking-Revolutionary/dp/1402736479/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1218885783&sr=8-1). I believe I am now ready to quit drinking completely and permanently. The author told me to have a final drink to celebrate and to remind myself of the reasons not drink. I bought the cheapest bottle of wine I could find. It tastes foul.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: JohnP on August 16, 2008, 06:16:11 pm
An elderly gent, out walking with his wife, thanked me for stopping to talk to them.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on August 16, 2008, 08:43:06 pm
I am finally on top of things.

:)

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 18, 2008, 05:38:27 pm
I am starting to smile again.

Suits you :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 18, 2008, 05:40:34 pm
I am finally on top of things.

I am congratulating myself for not replying with any number of double entendres that spring to mind.
I am mindfull that I will be in (literally) striking distance of you at the weekend ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 18, 2008, 07:37:53 pm
My new team member started at work today. :)
Pingu tells me that the useless one has been sending out emails round his old colleagues asking if they've any jobs going.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on August 18, 2008, 07:46:56 pm
I am starting to smile again.

Suits you :thumbsup:
Thanks alan, do you really think so ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nightrider on August 19, 2008, 11:54:06 am
Its my birthday today :)
I am now 48 :o
For presents I got-a co2 pump,a book,a tracksuit,a bottle of red wine,and a bag of licquorice allsorts :P
The cycling makes me feel younger.
Everybody have a piece of vitual reality birthday cake :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on August 19, 2008, 11:56:51 am
I am finally on top of things.

I am congratulating myself for not replying with any number of double entendres that spring to mind.
I am mindfull that I will be in (literally) striking distance of you at the weekend ;D

Indeed and I shall be armed with weapons this time.  Watch out Alan ;)

Shall I bring you some bananas?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 19, 2008, 12:33:19 pm
Its my birthday today :)
I am now 48 :o
For presents I got-a co2 pump,a book,a tracksuit,a bottle of red wine,and a bag of licquorice allsorts :P
The cycling makes me feel younger.
Everybody have a piece of vitual reality birthday cake :P

Happy Birthday :)

Have a lovely day
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 19, 2008, 12:51:46 pm
I am finally on top of things.

I am congratulating myself for not replying with any number of double entendres that spring to mind.
I am mindfull that I will be in (literally) striking distance of you at the weekend ;D

Indeed and I shall be armed with weapons this time.  Watch out Alan ;)

Shall I bring you some bananas?

Thanks for the offer but unless that is a euphenism  :demon: no thanks:I have enough to fill my bannana gaurd ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on August 19, 2008, 03:44:47 pm
I am finally on top of things.

I am congratulating myself for not replying with any number of double entendres that spring to mind.
I am mindfull that I will be in (literally) striking distance of you at the weekend ;D

Indeed and I shall be armed with weapons this time.  Watch out Alan ;)

Shall I bring you some bananas?

Thanks for the offer but unless that is a euphenism  :demon: no thanks:I have enough to fill my bannana gaurd ;)

I know, I have seen it twice now, once was more than enough for a young lady ;)

My good news.  I slept for 3 hours today, my tummy is much better although not brilliant.  The car is packed full of stuff for the weekend.  JC finally got out of bed after sleeping all morning.  Time to put my jim jams on and watch movies again.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 19, 2008, 04:40:30 pm
Happiness is having the time and boredom to completely dismantle a broked MiniDisc player, clean it and reassemble it for it to work. I now have a several hundred MDs to listen to from me yoof :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 20, 2008, 02:40:32 pm
I was phoned by my contact in one of my schools today. She wants me to work 14 Thursday lunchtimes next term instead of the normal 10. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: JohnP on August 20, 2008, 04:47:35 pm
Is that good wow?  I'm waiting for the day when I get told to work less days but for the same money.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 20, 2008, 04:55:50 pm
Is that good wow?  I'm waiting for the day when I get told to work less days but for the same money.

Well, I charge £45 per hourly session.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 20, 2008, 06:56:45 pm
My reprobate son has just won £72 in a poker competition. Entry fee £2. He was 4th out of 450ish entrants.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on August 20, 2008, 09:48:28 pm
We have booked ourselves and our bikes on a train from Preston to London for the FreeWheel weekend in September  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on August 20, 2008, 09:50:41 pm
We have booked ourselves and our bikes on a train from Preston to London for the FreeWheel weekend in September  :D
Fantastic. :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on August 20, 2008, 09:52:58 pm
We have booked ourselves and our bikes on a train from Preston to London for the FreeWheel weekend in September  :D
Fantastic. :D

Thank you  :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on August 20, 2008, 10:34:01 pm
Last time I was down there I had a look at my father-in-law's computer as it was running "slow".

Windows XP running on a 1GHz Duron with 128MB(!) of memory. Slow McSlow of Slowtown.

I dug out an "old" Asus Terminator K7-DDR barebones that had been lurking around in the cupboard, only 256MB of RAM as it was used as a number crunching box. 2GHz Athlon though.

2GB of PC2100 DDR ram ordered (getting tricky to find a good deal on it where you aren't screwed on postage). Due to go down there mid-September to do the HDD transplant and fight with the drivers/etc (and Windows Genuine Advantage no doubt).

I think he may be pleasantly surprised at the speed increase from 1GHz to 2GHz and 128MB RAM to 2GB.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 20, 2008, 11:34:50 pm
In 27 minutes, I will be on holiday. Tomorrow I will be waxed and polished and threaded, and meet a friend for lunch, and then at 7pm I will be on a train to Newcastle, where I will remain overnight before flying off to Greece on Friday morning. Two weeks in the sun. I will be all freckly when I get back.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 20, 2008, 11:55:01 pm
We have booked ourselves and our bikes on a train from Preston to London for the FreeWheel weekend in September  :D
Fantastic. :D

Thank you  :-*

Oh quintuple feck! I've just found out when the London Freewheel is and it clashes with a family commitment. How remarkably annoying!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 21, 2008, 03:41:55 am
I will be all freckly when I get back.

Oooh I love freckles :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 21, 2008, 10:28:34 am
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on August 21, 2008, 10:29:54 am
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Nice.  8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 21, 2008, 11:05:01 am
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


 :thumbsup:

Enjoy yourself!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 21, 2008, 11:06:26 am
Thank you both :)

I am excited :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 21, 2008, 11:57:22 am
We have booked ourselves and our bikes on a train from Preston to London for the FreeWheel weekend in September  :D
Fantastic. :D

Thank you  :-*

Yay!

*excited too*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nicknack on August 21, 2008, 12:30:17 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Enjoy!

How many trees will you be planting?  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 21, 2008, 12:35:57 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Enjoy!

How many trees will you be planting?  :demon:

As I have only flown 4 times in my entire life and two of those were for conservation projects I think I am in carbon deficit compared to others.

Also, as I had a stroke at the beginning of the year, this is has been my target for getting better for, I am not going to deny myself the opportunity.

I'm not the only forumer to fly to north america.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Fi on August 21, 2008, 12:54:20 pm
Looks wonderful Elleigh.   :thumbsup: 'Bout time you treated yourself to a proper holiday.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 21, 2008, 12:58:33 pm
Looks wonderful Elleigh.   :thumbsup: 'Bout time you treated yourself to a proper holiday.  Enjoy!

Thanks Fi. I promise that I'll bring you as stick of rock back :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 21, 2008, 01:00:45 pm
Good news E!  Enjoy it, I'm not in the slightest bit jealous, honestly.  Bring me back a salmon, you are going for the fishing aren't you, or is that a picture of what you will be doing at the top of the activities page?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 21, 2008, 01:09:27 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


I'm going here

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/74/183464542_69c93094db.jpg)

to do this

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v379/Flossiesdoll/Kalymnos%20September%202006/CNV00023.jpg)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 21, 2008, 01:12:03 pm
So, urm, Kirst, are you going on holiday then? I get the impression that you are not too bothered about it really, you could take it or leave it.... :)

and yes I am sooooo jealous, my next proper holiday won't be until August next year (unless I get my finger out and arrange something soon)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on August 21, 2008, 01:12:56 pm
Oh, have I not mentioned it? I suppose with the weather being so good here this year, the prospect of a fortnight in the sun isn't really that exciting...  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 21, 2008, 01:17:49 pm
Teirmat - I intend to do some hiking, cycling and kayaking :)  If I can tick you a salmon from one of the lakes, I will email it to you :)

Kirst, that looks lovely.  Enjoy!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nicknack on August 21, 2008, 01:18:12 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Enjoy!

How many trees will you be planting?  :demon:

As I have only flown 4 times in my entire life and two of those were for conservation projects I think I am in carbon deficit compared to others.

Also, as I had a stroke at the beginning of the year, this is has been my target for getting better for, I am not going to deny myself the opportunity.

I'm not the only forumer to fly to north america.

Sorry - just joshing.

Have some smilies  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D and I hope tis good fun.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 21, 2008, 01:27:08 pm
At last I have found a job that:
a) I enjoy
b) stretches me a bit
c) doesn't bore me to tears
d) I get on with my co-workers...
e) Once they have a laptop and secur-id sorted out for me I will be able to work from home

And at this site they have a gym, squash court, showers and miles and miles of quiet roads around it, ideal for lunchtime bike rides.  Oh and I work flexible hours(no more getting up at 05:10 for this little bunny, oh no)...

For once I am a happy bunny
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 21, 2008, 01:36:43 pm
 :D

Well done Tiermat
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on August 21, 2008, 02:36:45 pm
#2 son is learning to play the theme to Wallace and Gromit on the piano - which makes the place sound happy and jolly.

Just off to the kitchen now for more Cheese and Crackers  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 21, 2008, 03:00:37 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Enjoy!

How many trees will you be planting?  :demon:

As I have only flown 4 times in my entire life and two of those were for conservation projects I think I am in carbon deficit compared to others.

Also, as I had a stroke at the beginning of the year, this is has been my target for getting better for, I am not going to deny myself the opportunity.

I'm not the only forumer to fly to north america.

Indeed.  I'm going here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Battle+Mountain+NV&ie=UTF8&ll=40.638967,-117.982178&spn=2.971867,7.03125&z=8), for this (http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/home.asp?URL=wisil/main.asp).  And I'm going to hire one of these (http://www.topgear.com/blogs/drives/200-corvette-zhz/).

You may kill me when I get back ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 21, 2008, 03:07:16 pm

Indeed.  I'm going here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Battle+Mountain+NV&ie=UTF8&ll=40.638967,-117.982178&spn=2.971867,7.03125&z=8), for this (http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/home.asp?URL=wisil/main.asp).  And I'm going to hire one of these (http://www.topgear.com/blogs/drives/200-corvette-zhz/).

You may kill me when I get back ;D

Wow are you going to hire a yellow one? (typical woman)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on August 21, 2008, 03:09:00 pm

Indeed.  I'm going here (http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Battle+Mountain+NV&ie=UTF8&ll=40.638967,-117.982178&spn=2.971867,7.03125&z=8), for this (http://www.wisil.recumbents.com/home.asp?URL=wisil/main.asp).  And I'm going to hire one of these (http://www.topgear.com/blogs/drives/200-corvette-zhz/).

You may kill me when I get back ;D

Wow are you going to hire a yellow one? (typical woman)

I'd have preferred a red one, but I can cope with 436 bhp in a yellow motorcar ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on August 21, 2008, 04:11:08 pm
#2 son is learning to play the theme to Wallace and Gromit on the piano - which makes the place sound happy and jolly.

Just off to the kitchen now for more Cheese and Crackers  :thumbsup:

That's lovely. I remember that stage very well. I used to watch over Mark's shoulder and correct his mistakes but I realised I was getting out of my depth when he was about nine and I suggested he wasn't playing a trill correctly. He knitted his brow and said, "That's not a trill, Daddy, it's a mordent."
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on August 21, 2008, 04:31:58 pm
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You may kill me when I get back ;D

Drive safely so that we have the option
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 21, 2008, 07:23:05 pm
At last I have found a job that:
a) I enjoy
b) stretches me a bit
c) doesn't bore me to tears
d) I get on with my co-workers...
e) Once they have a laptop and secur-id sorted out for me I will be able to work from home

And at this site they have a gym, squash court, showers and miles and miles of quiet roads around it, ideal for lunchtime bike rides.  Oh and I work flexible hours(no more getting up at 05:10 for this little bunny, oh no)...

For once I am a happy bunny

*happy*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on August 21, 2008, 10:36:13 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Great news - it's about time you treated yourself  :thumbsup: :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 22, 2008, 09:08:12 am
Oh and just to gloat a little bit more, the free vend drinks machine serves up fizzy or flat VIMTO!!!!!!!!!

Now what else can a man ask for? Mrs T had a psuedo sulk last night, telling me I should go and do her job and she'll come and do mine! :) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on August 22, 2008, 12:36:29 pm
In two weeks I shall be the new owner of this super sexy velo:

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/monstadog/DSC01312.jpg)

Thank you Aiden  :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on August 22, 2008, 02:10:22 pm
Nice one Jac, if I can be so familiar.

Even more good news, which I have just remembered about.  TLD returned from Pre-school the other night with her "report", which goes with her when she joins primary school.  In the report they have a section which covers pre-school curriculum attainment, with sections coloured as to progress, from red (no or little acheivement), through green, blue and grey.  It notes at the bottom that none of the sections are expected to have grey in, that is for reception years 1 or 2.  Guess what colour ALL of hers were...

GREY!!!!  Apparently she is the most advanced in her group for reading, writing and maths.

Go girl, I am so so proud of you!  She brought a tear to my eye the other morning whilst I was making breakfast, she disappeared off into the lounge and came back with a piece of paper in her hand on which she had written "To Daddy Love TLD" (obviously not TLD, but she had written her full first name, which is not short, and not one you would really expect a four year old to be able to spell!).  Took me a few minutes before I could carry on making the breakfast...

Oh and last night she showed me she could count up to 39 with no hesitation.  Apparently they are only expected to be able to count upto 9 by the time they get to primary school.  Sod that I say, she's been able to count to 9 since she was 2, and can do simple subtraction...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 22, 2008, 09:03:00 pm
I've just sold the new sound system! :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 22, 2008, 09:35:30 pm
Salam had a tick on his face. The receptionist at the vet told me to cover it in Vasiline and it will drop off.

I managed to get Vasiline on the tick as well as the cats face, which he immediately washed off. I didn't think it would kill the tick, but he returned home after sulking in the garden for 10 mins sans the tick. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 22, 2008, 10:16:18 pm
Salam had a tick on his face. The receptionist at the vet told me to cover it in Vasiline and it will drop off.

I managed to get Vasiline on the tick as well as the cats face, which he immediately washed off. I didn't think it would kill the tick, but he returned home after sulking in the garden for 10 mins sans the tick. :)

Ticks breathe through their skin so vaseline suffocates them, although I've seen people say this method can cause them to regurgitate the contents of their stomach into the bite, causing further problems. Keep an eye on moggy, just in case.

4 more days at work till I go cycle camping   :)..  got to service the bike & work out a route. I'm terribly out of shape as well..  hopefully I'll lose some weight in Switzerland.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 22, 2008, 10:34:30 pm
Thanks Andrew. I will keep my eye on him.

Have a nice holiday :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on August 22, 2008, 11:08:14 pm
Our two sons have just left for a week's scout camp in Switzerland. Mrs C and I are going to walk along the South Downs from Petersfield to Brighton
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 26, 2008, 12:32:36 pm
My reprobate son has just won £72 in a poker competition. Entry fee £2. He was 4th out of 450ish entrants.

He's just won another £65 in another tournament! £137 profit in a week!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 26, 2008, 08:53:24 pm
my hard work seems to be paying off; my event's going well! (Hope I didn't jinx it...).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 26, 2008, 08:58:33 pm
My reprobate son has just won £72 in a poker competition. Entry fee £2. He was 4th out of 450ish entrants.

He's just won another £65 in another tournament! £137 profit in a week!

I hope you are on a handsome percentage for the years of training, support & encouragement.....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on August 28, 2008, 10:21:15 am
the weather forecast is fantastic for the weekend saturday!!  It's finally going to be summer!!


(apologies for those in Scotland)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RogerT on August 28, 2008, 10:23:34 am
the weather forecast is fantastic for the weekend saturday!!  It's finally going to be summer!!


(apologies for those in Scotland)

Bugger..Guess who is leaving for the Foreign at the weekend...bloody typical   >:( >:(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 28, 2008, 11:02:25 am
My reprobate son has just won £72 in a poker competition. Entry fee £2. He was 4th out of 450ish entrants.

He's just won another £65 in another tournament! £137 profit in a week!

I hope you are on a handsome percentage for the years of training, support & encouragement.....

I've never played poker. I taught him how to play chess well and bridge badly.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 28, 2008, 11:09:22 am
Feedback on my event is all good  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on August 28, 2008, 11:12:58 am
Well done Peli, it was worth all that hard preparation work then.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 28, 2008, 11:14:05 am
Yes, though whether it is worth this persistent headache throbbing in my right temple is another question...  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 28, 2008, 11:25:07 am
Peli that is stress - You know what is good for stress relief?

Oh Woolly, where are you?


 ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 28, 2008, 12:43:11 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 28, 2008, 12:48:14 pm
Peli that is stress - You know what is good for stress relief?

Oh Woolly, where are you?


 ;)

Yes, it's having someone stand behind you and...


massage your shoulders. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on August 28, 2008, 12:52:36 pm
Peli that is stress - You know what is good for stress relief?

Oh Woolly, where are you?

 ;)

I did what I could yesterday and I have just told her to come home so I can continue ...

massage your shoulders. :thumbsup:
you got that right :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 28, 2008, 01:15:48 pm
I've 'eard that Tai Chi is supposed to be good for people with arthritis. In June I emailed the Taoist Tai Chi society (or someone like that) asking about classes in the area. I heard nothing and forgot about it.

I had an email today inviting me to join a beginners' class about 3 miles away, starting on 25th September. Mrs. Wow might be coming with me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on August 28, 2008, 03:57:55 pm
The builders are coming to replace the flat roof tomorrow (unless the weather forecast changes). We will finally have two bedrooms at our disposal again and can get rid of the buckets and bowls of smelly water that we have been obliged to collect.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 28, 2008, 09:23:24 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Enjoy!

How many trees will you be planting?  :demon:

Well you will be pleased to know that I won't need to plant any trees as my flights were booked with Zoom who have gone into liquidation.

I paid on a Debit Card so lost my flight and the £500 they cost.  I can't afford to rebook anything under the circumstance, so  the holiday I've been working hard to recover for, has gone for a swanny!

 :'(

But I guess the there is an positive environmental pay off for this, so at least there is something positive.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on August 28, 2008, 09:24:34 pm
arse
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 28, 2008, 09:36:06 pm
Elleigh, that is remarkably pissing off.

It's incredible that you are taking it so philosophically. If it were me I'd be kicking stuff.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 28, 2008, 09:44:54 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Enjoy!

How many trees will you be planting?  :demon:

Well you will be pleased to know that I won't need to plant any trees as my flights were booked with Zoom who have gone into liquidation.

I paid on a Debit Card so lost my flight and the £500 they cost.  I can't afford to rebook anything under the circumstance, so  the holiday I've been working hard to recover for, has gone for a swanny!

 :'(

But I guess the there is an positive environmental pay off for this, so at least there is something positive.

I've just found this BBC NEWS | Programmes | Working Lunch | Visa debit card refunds (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/working_lunch/7347146.stm) so it looks like I may well be covered for the cost of the flights.  Perhaps I will be able to do this in Nov instead.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on August 28, 2008, 10:22:04 pm
I've booked my holidays :)

I'm going here (http://www.harrisonresort.com/default.aspx) to do this (http://www.harrisonresort.com/activities_adventures.aspx).


Enjoy!

How many trees will you be planting?  :demon:


Well you will be pleased to know that I won't need to plant any trees as my flights were booked with Zoom who have gone into liquidation.

I paid on a Debit Card so lost my flight and the £500 they cost.  I can't afford to rebook anything under the circumstance, so  the holiday I've been working hard to recover for, has gone for a swanny!

 :'(

But I guess the there is an positive environmental pay off for this, so at least there is something positive.

Oh Fluck!   And I replied to your "Dreams" post telling you to look forward to your holiday  :-[

I've got spare panniers & a spare tent. Meet you in Geneva on Saturday !
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 29, 2008, 12:33:22 am
Always buy insurance, on the rare cases it does actually pay off.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 29, 2008, 01:09:11 am
Always buy insurance, on the rare cases it does actually pay off.

I did but it won't cover liquidation :(

I am however covered as I have a Visa Debit Card.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on August 29, 2008, 06:16:58 am
Always buy insurance, on the rare cases it does actually pay off.

I did but it won't cover liquidation :(

I am however covered as I have a Visa Debit Card.

phew.  To avoid delaying it, would the insurance also cover the increased cost of a working airline for the same dates?  If you phoned them up and said you had to be there for a wedding, for example.... 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on August 29, 2008, 08:25:27 am
Today is, n+1 day  :thumbsup:  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 29, 2008, 08:33:05 am
Always buy insurance, on the rare cases it does actually pay off.

I did but it won't cover liquidation :(

I am however covered as I have a Visa Debit Card.

phew.  To avoid delaying it, would the insurance also cover the increased cost of a working airline for the same dates?  If you phoned them up and said you had to be there for a wedding, for example.... 

Thanks for that.  I will check my policy
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 29, 2008, 09:35:33 am
Good luck Elleigh, keep us posted.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on August 29, 2008, 09:40:06 am
Today is, n+1 day  :thumbsup:  ;D

What are you getting, what are you getting ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 29, 2008, 10:16:32 am
Today is my day off.
I'm having breakfast in bed.
Our kitchen has finally been ordered.
I got another bonus at work.
Woolly is conge-ing today too.
It's a good day  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 29, 2008, 10:18:35 am
Good news, I have a week off work.






On the down side it is because I am sick....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 29, 2008, 10:25:20 am
Today is my day off.
I'm having breakfast in bed.
Our kitchen has finally been ordered.
I got another bonus at work.
Woolly is conge-ing today too.
It's a good day  :)

 :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on August 29, 2008, 10:25:42 am
Good news, I have a week off work.






On the down side it is because I am sick....

Get well soon :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 29, 2008, 10:39:07 am
Sorry to hear you're not well,Jasper. Gws.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on August 29, 2008, 12:30:21 pm
Thankyou................
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tiger on August 29, 2008, 02:06:06 pm
I am shortly going home there to fettle the bike upo for a solo night ride down to Hayling Island frome wheer I will sail across to IOW and back for fun on Saturday. Just before the rain comes in aand summer is over.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RogerT on August 29, 2008, 02:09:32 pm
I am spending the last 2 hours at my old employemnt.  then its home for fish and chips ( a rare treat ), beer etc.

Monday we depart for sunnier climes for 2 weeks..at least it had bloody well better be sunny  >:( >:(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on August 29, 2008, 05:30:28 pm
Today is, n+1 day  :thumbsup:  ;D

What are you getting, what are you getting ?

Well, today I've been to London.  I visited West Ealing and met three truly lovely people, Charlotte, Liz and Phil.   I also met Montezuma, and, a graceful two-wheeled lady called Margaret Hilda.

Margaret Hilda has moved to a not-so-peaceful retirement in the Midlands.

I have promised (gulp) to organise a tandem ride - visitation rights were requested, and I might even come down to CM in September.  

Many thanks Charlotte - I really appreciate it.   I am sure MH will be happy with her new two-wheeled friends as well as her two-legged riders.

Now, I have some fettling to do ...  ;D  8)  :thumbsup:  8)  ;D

p.s. I wanted to come to CM but prior commitments got in the way.  Sorry Londoners.  :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on August 29, 2008, 06:30:18 pm
Wranglings with HMRC finally sorted out. Overpaid income tax refunded. No more self assessments (I'd owe them money if I submitted one this year).

:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on August 29, 2008, 08:26:56 pm
Quote
Order Status: Shipped
Your items shipped on 8/29/2008 via UPS

   
Items Ordered:
#  1 of : Apple G3/500MHz 12" iBook 320/10GB CD-ROM Drive
#  1 of : Apple Original Airport Card (AP)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 30, 2008, 09:51:59 pm
Woolly has sorted my bikes, along with our wonderful mechanic friend, Cory (of Mendabike, Parsons Green, fame). 

Seth the Surly Steamroller has stunning new bartape and saddle.
Eva the Enigma is almost there, with a new stem, bars, and delightful flowery-but-not-too-girly grey bartape!
Felix the Focus is about to get a chain makeover.

 :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rower40 on August 30, 2008, 11:18:49 pm
The end is in sight of my holiday.
While I recognise that most sane human beings would not consider that as good news, I'm getting withdrawal symptoms from workTM and am starting to want to be back on my own again (i.e. back to "situation normal"), rather than sharing a house with admittedly-splendid friends.
The really good thing about the end-of-holiday is that I return to my fleet of n-1.  (minus one because I managed to smuggle the Brompton to Cornwall with me).  Even better news is that n+1 may well apply soon, as I'm about to convince myself that I need a machine specifically for Audax.  But it'll have to be a triple.  D'ya think Mercian will oblige?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 31, 2008, 03:03:10 pm
Freyja now has 80s sci fi tastic carbon aero bars, I have no idea why but she looks nice.

I'm also in love... with these
(http://hi-techbikes.com/merchant/1334/images/large/ovalaerobar.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 31, 2008, 09:06:19 pm
I've had a request to build a self contained (non bike) battery soundsystem from my local church lol.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 31, 2008, 09:07:24 pm
I'm back from Holland!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on August 31, 2008, 09:19:28 pm
Wellcome back!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on August 31, 2008, 09:52:23 pm
I'm back from Holland!

We did notice, now where's the pic's and report?

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 31, 2008, 11:21:47 pm
Son no. 2 is settling in upstairs, between uni residences.

Our house is groaning under boxes full of paperwork relating to bloody political campaigns from yesteryear and current rubbish associated with Dez being local organiser for FoE.

In this environment Graham is expecting to put the finishing touches to his Masters dissertation and make a start on his PhD. In ten days' time his girlfriend will be moving in too, for a week.

Why am I posting this under "Good News"? It could be a fraught period.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 01, 2008, 10:06:08 am
in 1.5 hours I will have done my first 24 hours without a ciggy!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on September 01, 2008, 10:30:14 am
in 1.5 hours I will have done my first 24 hours without a ciggy!

Bloody Well Done  :thumbsup:.

Any deaths involved yet? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 01, 2008, 10:31:33 am
Nope, not yet.....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Deano on September 01, 2008, 10:32:57 am
in 1.5 hours I will have done my first 24 hours without a ciggy!

Well done! 

Is it in any way linked to this (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2177.msg132518#msg132518)? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 01, 2008, 10:33:51 am
in 1.5 hours I will have done my first 24 hours without a ciggy!

Well done! 

Is it in any way linked to this (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2177.msg132518#msg132518)? ;)

errrr, might be :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: arabella on September 01, 2008, 11:07:19 am
This morning there was a letter waiting for me at work.

A thank-you letter:

"thank you for giving blood three times a year"

I was well chuffed.  I just hope they don't make a habit of it or it'll loose the charm (I've been donating 3 times a year most years since I don't remember when, pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage and other gynaecological upsets excluded)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on September 01, 2008, 11:36:22 am
I've just opened the post: CTC renewal, bugger another unexpected bill. Next envelope, cheque for £97, council tax refund from our previous address and in the big envelope, Mildnehall rally programme and a copy of Cycling World from that nice Mr. Alan, cheers mate. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on September 01, 2008, 12:10:37 pm
Coincidently Marj has had a cheque for £149 as refund for un-used peroid of insurance on the "old" Volvo which has been SORN-ed & won £59 on the lottery ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 01, 2008, 12:19:47 pm
My new office has a cycle shop below :)

...downside is that it's Evans :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on September 01, 2008, 09:10:14 pm
Fredom is roaring along :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on September 01, 2008, 09:59:14 pm
I had my first shower in 2 months...

... standing up that is without trying your darn hardest not to get water outside the bath top or on the drying equipment. The bathroom now only needs the ceiling fixed when that is dried up after the 4 leaks from upstairs.

We have now moved our bikes into the bike room since Peli's sister is not here anymore, so there is now room in the living room for the kitchen.

And we are now living in hope that the kitchen has been ordered (not like the last time were we were told a week later, out of stock) and the builders should hopefully come in tomorrow to start ripping out the old kitchen and then put in the old kitchen. And when that is done we got the carpet and the hallway to do.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 01, 2008, 10:20:45 pm
I was cycling in Richmond Park tonight when a fast roadie type commented favourably on my fixed gear, called me a nutter, and asked if I raced.  O:-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: asterix on September 02, 2008, 08:45:00 am
And what did you tell him?    :-X?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 02, 2008, 02:37:40 pm
14 years ago today I became a Pingu. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on September 02, 2008, 02:40:14 pm
14 years ago today I became a Pingu. :)


:thumbsup:

Congratulations!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 02, 2008, 02:41:26 pm
Congrats Mrs P, so you got married when you were 12 then :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on September 02, 2008, 02:42:24 pm
14 years ago today I became a Pingu. :)

Congraulations Mr and Mrs P :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2008, 02:49:40 pm
Well done Mr & Mrs Pingu! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on September 02, 2008, 02:50:18 pm
14 years ago today I became a Pingu. :)
\o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 02, 2008, 02:50:29 pm
And what did you tell him?    :-X?
No. As I don't.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on September 02, 2008, 02:51:50 pm
14 years ago today I became a Pingu. :)

Congratulations Mr & Mrs P  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 02, 2008, 02:54:35 pm
I was cycling in Richmond Park tonight when a fast roadie type commented favourably on my fixed gear, called me a nutter, and asked if I raced.  O:-)

But when he said fixed gear I don't think he was looking at your bike  :o and I think he misheard and asked if you were racy ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 02, 2008, 02:56:05 pm
I was cycling in Richmond Park tonight when a fast roadie type commented favourably on my fixed gear, called me a nutter, and asked if I raced.  O:-)

But when he said fixed gear I don't think he was looking at your bike  :o and I think he misheard and asked if you were racy ;D
:D

And congratumalations to the happily married penguins!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 02, 2008, 03:13:14 pm
Congrats Mrs P, so you got married when you were 12 then :)
Flattery will get you everywhere ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2008, 03:14:20 pm
14 years ago today I became a Pingu. :)

I've just thought: won't it soon be his turn to sit on the egg?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 02, 2008, 04:02:53 pm
Nah, we keep ours in the fridge.

(I got a card this morning with an adult penguin surrounded by little baby fluffy penguins - inside after the message was a 'PS - This isn't a hint I want lots of little penguins!')  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 02, 2008, 04:14:59 pm
(I got a card this morning with an adult penguin surrounded by little baby fluffy penguins - inside after the message was a 'PS - This isn't a hint. I want lots of little penguins!')  ;D

Corrected the punctuation! With a full stop that could be read entirely differently :)

Congratulations BTW

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on September 02, 2008, 04:34:14 pm
 ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on September 03, 2008, 09:45:51 am
My decision to have a week "off" and try to catch up on a lot of the work that I wasn't getting the chance to do before is paying off - I'm making progress. I should do it more often
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Elleigh on September 03, 2008, 10:39:34 am
 :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on September 03, 2008, 10:43:04 am
And I got a pleasant surprise in an email today  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on September 03, 2008, 12:05:06 pm
Excellent, it's lunchtime. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on September 05, 2008, 08:59:11 pm
My Boss (BMW driver extrordinaire) went to the lbs and bought a new bike today. :) He remembered my advice and has ordered a hybrid Ridgeback and not a full sus mountain bike that he was fancying ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on September 05, 2008, 10:07:23 pm
Just found out that this November I'll be taking a four-day class (GIS for conservation planning) at the National Conservation Training Center (http://training.fws.gov/discover/campus.htm) in West Virginia. It's a big training center, but feels like a haven for conservation workers--I've been twice before.

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Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on September 06, 2008, 12:10:28 am
Peli is on a taxi home as we speak somewhere in London :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 06, 2008, 08:50:51 pm
I've had a lot of sleep. Not yet enough, but I'm feeling less spaced out.

Apparently, the pilot didn't know if he was heading for north or south terminal until the last minute. Can this be normal? 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 06, 2008, 09:42:16 pm
I've had a lot of sleep. Not yet enough, but I'm feeling less spaced out.

Apparently, the pilot didn't know if he was heading for north or south terminal until the last minute. Can this be normal? 

Not if you're going to Heathrow :)

HTH
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 07, 2008, 05:47:11 pm
My son has just finished his MA dissertation with the exception of a bit of tidying up and the usual presentation production (bound & gagged).

He also won another £100 playing on line poker this afternoon. In the past three weeks he has won enough to be able to feed himself for a month.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: asterix on September 07, 2008, 06:11:45 pm
If I played on line poker, it wouldn't be me who'd be able to feed themselves for a month on the proceeds :(.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 07, 2008, 08:07:44 pm
If I played on line poker, it wouldn't be me who'd be able to feed themselves for a month on the proceeds :(.

This is precisely why I steer clear of on-line poker.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on September 08, 2008, 02:06:08 am
Anders has a new kitten!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on September 08, 2008, 09:25:09 am
Anders has a new kitten!
What did he do to the old one  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on September 08, 2008, 05:02:10 pm
Probably not PC for a cycling forum but, my new car arrives on Wednesday  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 08, 2008, 05:04:53 pm
Probably not PC for a cycling forum but, my new car arrives on Wednesday  :thumbsup:





(http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/animated/anim_09.gif) (http://www.mysmiley.net/free-war-smileys.php)

The door is that way, madam.....








 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on September 08, 2008, 05:12:06 pm
Probably not PC for a cycling forum but, my new car arrives on Wednesday  :thumbsup:




cool!! What'cha getting?

Is it a 4x4 or a BMW?
:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on September 08, 2008, 05:15:33 pm
Probably not PC for a cycling forum but, my new car arrives on Wednesday  :thumbsup:




cool!! What'cha getting?

Is it a 4x4 or a BMW?
:)

I shouldn't say this but it is a 4X4- Subaru Outback diesel.

Step away from the flamethrower Reg or I'll hit you with my handbag  :P

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 08, 2008, 05:16:35 pm
Probably not PC for a cycling forum but, my new car arrives on Wednesday  :thumbsup:




cool!! What'cha getting?

Is it a 4x4 or a BMW?
:)

I shouldn't say this but it is a 4X4- Subaru Outback diesel.

Step away from the flamethrower Reg or I'll hit you with my handbag  :P





***Starts fashioning extra long caltraps***
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on September 08, 2008, 05:18:50 pm
is that the one which is top of the Lesbian car list?  Supposed to be very nice... :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on September 08, 2008, 06:06:20 pm
is that the one which is top of the Lesbian car list?  Supposed to be very nice... :D

I had to Google, but yes it is.
Wonder why Subaru don't publicise that ?  ;D

Top gay guy car is the VW Jetta so it shows that gay chicks have better taste in cars.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on September 08, 2008, 08:18:35 pm

My neighbour just knocked and asked to borrow my track pump for the third time this week. Except this time he bought flowers to say thanks (I think he works at New Covent Garden or something, he is always cycling around with bunches of flowers, as you do).

I have tried to explain that a) he is not pumping his tyres up hard enough and b) they are worn and in need of replacing anyway. But he is Italian with less than perfect English and I'm not sure he understands. And of course my Italian is non-existent.

Plus I confused the poor guy enough when he asked where I was cycling off to at 11.30pm last month (to the seaside -  it was the FNRttC)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 08, 2008, 09:49:28 pm
You know that Italian for "pump" is "pompino"?.  O:-)

"Gradite prendere in prestito la mia pompino?" (Would you like to borrow my pump?)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on September 08, 2008, 09:57:52 pm
Wicked Wowbagger trying to embaress NSTN!   :hand:
Don't mention pompino to the Italian gentlemen.  :oClicky (http://translate.google.com/translate_t#it|en|Gradite%20prendere%20in%20prestito%20la%20mia%20pompino)

Edit: From google translation service so may be inaccurate.
Would you like to borrow my bicycle pump?
Volete prendere in prestito la mia bicicletta pompa?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: scott on September 09, 2008, 12:36:29 am
Anders has a new kitten!
What did he do to the old one  :o

It was the weirdest thing--the more he fed it, the bigger it got. It's not even a kitten anymore! Strange.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 09, 2008, 09:39:11 am
Now that is spooky........where has the kitten gone? Could be an alien abduction thing.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 09, 2008, 10:11:06 am
Now that is spooky........where has the kitten gone? Could be an alien abduction thing.

It fell into a mini black hole and..

Soz.  Wrong thread.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on September 09, 2008, 10:49:54 am
Wicked Wowbagger trying to embaress NSTN!   :hand:
Don't mention pompino to the Italian gentlemen.  :oClicky (http://translate.google.com/translate_t#it|en|Gradite%20prendere%20in%20prestito%20la%20mia%20pompino)

Edit: From google translation service so may be inaccurate.
Would you like to borrow my bicycle pump?
Volete prendere in prestito la mia bicicletta pompa?

You are a bad man Wowbagger!

But we knew that already.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 09, 2008, 03:12:24 pm
I have a new nephew!

(Now up to 10 nephews, 4 nieces and another due in 8 weeks).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 09, 2008, 03:58:18 pm
You are gonna be soooooooooo skint at Christmas.


p.s. I am a great uncle but have been for almost a year now.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 09, 2008, 04:07:35 pm
You are gonna be soooooooooo skint at Christmas.

Not a problem for us. Names go in a hat and you only buy one present for one adult and one child.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 09, 2008, 04:18:07 pm
Cunning.....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on September 09, 2008, 04:27:40 pm
You are gonna be soooooooooo skint at Christmas.

Not a problem for us. Names go in a hat and you only buy one present for one adult and one child.

We people of Jewish religion don't do Christmas. Just as well; I have 12 nieces, 8 nephews and a pregnant sister-in-law...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on September 10, 2008, 01:46:53 pm
Got invited to go to Australia next Spring; and I may get to meet Mr Hackett!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tiger on September 10, 2008, 01:49:09 pm
We are all still here! Or are we....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on September 10, 2008, 01:56:24 pm
We are all still here! Or are we....

http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com:80/  (http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com:80/)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on September 10, 2008, 09:22:46 pm
We are all still here! Or are we....

Is that good news, or bad news?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TheLurker on September 11, 2008, 08:12:37 am
The god awful squeal emanating from the front n/s on my motor was not a shot bearing, a stuck pad or even distressed drive shaft.  It was...  a flint caught between a brake pad and a disc.

Not only was it trivial to fix, it hadn't even damaged the disc.

Huzzay!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 11, 2008, 09:24:32 am
Finally got a date through for my hearing aid...

So I WILL be able to hear you all after 26/9!!!!

Better get your sniggering and talking behind my back in now... :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2008, 10:58:51 am
Oh good.

I should maybe head in that direction too.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on September 11, 2008, 01:51:50 pm
The car I brought from the forum 18 months ago for £50 has passed it's MOT again  :thumbsup:
Tyres will need renewing soon, but I wasn't going to do them just in case it needed scrapping.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on September 12, 2008, 06:21:17 pm
 I've had one of the best days at work for *ages*

 - the train was pretty quiet on the way in
 - the interview candidate at 8.00 was great, am going to offer her a job
 - I had a great meeting, where the client said our teams work was an "order of magnitude" better than he expected
 - I had the perfect brie, tomato and basil sandwich for lunch
 - a client I've been trying to get into for ages called me out of the blue, I met him for a coffee and he wants us to replace our competition
 - I got a seat on the way home too
 - and **the sun is going to shine tomorrow**   


anyone fancy a pint?


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 12, 2008, 06:23:41 pm
I would but I'm riding a 200k tomorrow.

Actually, I might have a pint while riding the 200k if I get ahead of myself sufficiently.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on September 12, 2008, 06:31:39 pm
I've had one of the best days at work for *ages*

 - the train was pretty quiet on the way in
 - the interview candidate at 8.00 was great, am going to offer her a job
 - I had a great meeting, where the client said our teams work was an "order of magnitude" better than he expected
 - I had the perfect brie, tomato and basil sandwich for lunch
 - a client I've been trying to get into for ages called me out of the blue, I met him for a coffee and he wants us to replace our competition
 - I got a seat on the way home too
 - and **the sun is going to shine tomorrow**   


anyone fancy a pint?




I would but I'm riding a 200k tomorrow.

Actually, I might have a pint while riding the 200k if I get ahead of myself sufficiently.

Mike - why not come on the Anfractuous tomorrow? WB is buying the beers it would seem  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on September 12, 2008, 11:57:53 pm
I've been stopped for speeding twice already, and let off with a slapped wrist both times  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on September 13, 2008, 06:40:07 am
My youngest son (19) has been accepted on a college course to study trees. He starts on Monday.

This is good news because he's wasted the past few years, spent months crocked because of a motorbike crash, didn't quite have the qualifications needed and arrived at the interview this week on crutches and carrying the thinnest "record of achievement" ever seen.

My older children have tended to pass exams and get accepted for courses and jobs almost as a matter of course... it is somehow much more exciting when it has been a real struggle to get this far.

This weekend will be spent finding him somewhere to live.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on September 13, 2008, 11:05:27 am
My youngest son (19) has been accepted on a college course to study trees. He starts on Monday.

This is good news because he's wasted the past few years, spent months crocked because of a motorbike crash, didn't quite have the qualifications needed and arrived at the interview this week on crutches and carrying the thinnest "record of achievement" ever seen.

My older children have tended to pass exams and get accepted for courses and jobs almost as a matter of course... it is somehow much more exciting when it has been a real struggle to get this far.

This weekend will be spent finding him somewhere to live.

That is excellent news Gordy, good luck with the accommodation hunt. Our oldest went off to join the Army when he was 17 but son number two proved to much more of a challenge wasting a couple of years with school, college and lying on his back for several  months not achieving anything.

Twelve months ago now after lengthy discussions he finally got his act together, went off to Taunton to get some experience of the special needs school my sister in law works in because he wanted to work with people and that seemed a good place to start. Anyway, to cut a long story short after work experience and 8 months of working there on supply he now has a job with them and yesterday went out and spent £100 on a pair of football boots (this time last year that amount of money would have had to last him several weeks).

The accommodation issue was made much easier for us by my s-i-l offering to rent him a room, he is still there although the hope is that he will progress to the next stage of growing up and go off travelling, get a flat with friends or spread his wings in some other way. Last year he was a slouching, mumbling 19 year old with low self esteem, he is now more confident, walks tall and talks coherently and at length. and seeing him succeed as with your son it is a great feeling.

I wish you all well. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on September 13, 2008, 05:48:39 pm
It's a beautiful day :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on September 14, 2008, 06:46:56 am
My son (4) can ride his bike :thumbsup:

He was at the wobbly stage - crashing as soon as he realised that I'd let go. We took him to Battersea Park yesterday where he was due to meet a friend. As we were early I set of with him alone and he continued to make wobbly progress but as soon as his friend arrived he forgot that I wasn't there  :-\ and shot off over the horizon :D

So thanks to ChrisO who sold us the bike and Hatler for the loan of the LikeABike

and apologies to anyone who was mown down in Battersea Park yesterday by a runaway 4 year old
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 14, 2008, 09:17:16 pm
Oh fabulous news! :D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on September 15, 2008, 07:01:30 am
I've been stopped for speeding twice already, and let off with a slapped wrist both times  ;D

Diplomatic immunity, innit?   8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on September 15, 2008, 08:38:29 am
The wildflowers are out and Kings Park is chock a block with Kangaroo Paws, Grevilleas, Banksias, everything  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:  :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 15, 2008, 08:40:45 am
I've been stopped for speeding twice already, and let off with a slapped wrist both times  ;D


You explained to them that speed limits don't apply to bicycles?  Or were you astride an infernal combustion engined machine?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alchemy on September 15, 2008, 08:47:35 am
I've been stopped for speeding twice already, and let off with a slapped wrist both times  ;D
You explained to them that speed limits don't apply to bicycles?  Or were you astride an infernal combustion engined machine?

Surely if a bicycle is classed as traffic, just like cars etc, then they are subject to the same road rules (ie speed limits et al) as other road users. Aren't they??? Assuming, of course, that Mr L was on a bicycle

At least that's the case over here
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 15, 2008, 10:54:39 am
You explained to them that speed limits don't apply to bicycles?

I believe they do in the US, although like most things there each and every state will have a slightly different take on it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hatler on September 15, 2008, 11:50:35 am
My son (4) can ride his bike :thumbsup:

He was at the wobbly stage - crashing as soon as he realised that I'd let go. We took him to Battersea Park yesterday where he was due to meet a friend. As we were early I set of with him alone and he continued to make wobbly progress but as soon as his friend arrived he forgot that I wasn't there  :-\ and shot off over the horizon :D
Cool    8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on September 15, 2008, 05:19:40 pm
My new flat is ace- warm, comfy, spacious, tasteful (I didn't do the decorating LOL).
I've been sat around in T-shirt and shorts thinking that it's hot and the heating hasn't even been on (kitchen electrics shorted out Friday night when upstairs washing machine flooded. I wasn't happy but everything seems to be working now).
Going back to old flat- cold, dark, tired decour- is a bit of a shock but I only need to get the rest of my stuff out.
Lovely, lovely.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 15, 2008, 11:51:33 pm
Latest OU assignment in early! Two more to go (although I can forget one as it won't affect my final grade at all) and one more exam this year.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on September 16, 2008, 09:12:02 am
Latest OU assignment in early! Two more to go (although I can forget one as it won't affect my final grade at all) and one more exam this year.

Got my last one in but had to deliver it by hand to meet the deadline. Missed the third but that shouldn't matter as it will get a substitution score. Just got to learn 800 lines of Virgil now before the exam in 2 weeks.  :-(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 16, 2008, 10:04:26 am
Got my last one in but had to deliver it by hand to meet the deadline.

I've done that, only it was a 50km cycle from work to my tutor's house and 40km back. It's almost as if I left it until the last minute on purpose.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on September 16, 2008, 11:02:39 am
Got my last one in but had to deliver it by hand to meet the deadline.

I've done that, only it was a 50km cycle from work to my tutor's house and 40km back. It's almost as if I left it until the last minute on purpose.

longa tibi exsilia et uastum maris aequor arandum

(For you there is long exile and the vast surface of the sea to be ploughed) - Aeneid 2:780
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on September 16, 2008, 11:07:51 am
Got my last one in but had to deliver it by hand to meet the deadline.

I've done that, only it was a 50km cycle from work to my tutor's house and 40km back. It's almost as if I left it until the last minute on purpose.

longa tibi exsilia et uastum maris aequor arandum

(For you there is long exile and the vast surface of the sea to be ploughed) - Aeneid 2:780


You're opening yourself up for a barrage of mathematical gobbledygook...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 16, 2008, 11:10:32 am
:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: dkahn400 on September 16, 2008, 11:49:13 am

longa tibi exsilia et uastum maris aequor arandum

(For you there is long exile and the vast surface of the sea to be ploughed) - Aeneid 2:780


You're opening yourself up for a barrage of mathematical gobbledygook...

AXIOMATA SIVE LEGES MOTUS

Lex I: Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in directum, nisi quatenus a viribus impressis cogitur statum illum mutare.

Lex II: Mutationem motus proportionalem esse vi motrici impressae, et fieri secundum lineam rectam qua vis illa imprimitur.

Lex III: Actioni contrariam semper et aequalem esse reactionem: sive corporum duorum actiones in se mutuo semper esse aequales et in partes contrarias dirigi.

That kind of thing?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 16, 2008, 11:54:37 am
Funnily enough my latest module has included stuff on latin squares.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on September 16, 2008, 07:44:47 pm
My distributor didn't want to take me to dinner this evening so I got to go back to the hotel and have a sleep before listening to BBC radio (don't you just love the interweb) and finishing some "none urgent but must be done eventually" sort of work.
All in all, a great evening and they have lots of lovely Karl Fazer chocolate in the hotel lounge.
I have put lots in my bag  :thumbsup:
More good news- I'm not being picked up until 10.15 tomorrow morning (08.15 UK time) and the loud woman in the high heels has just left the lounge.
Must remember to get more chocolate before I go to bed.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 17, 2008, 09:19:38 am
I've been stopped for speeding twice already, and let off with a slapped wrist both times  ;D
You explained to them that speed limits don't apply to bicycles?  Or were you astride an infernal combustion engined machine?

Surely if a bicycle is classed as traffic, just like cars etc, then they are subject to the same road rules (ie speed limits et al) as other road users. Aren't they??? Assuming, of course, that Mr L was on a bicycle

At least that's the case over here


In the UK, with the exception of Royal Parks and certain byelawed areas, speed limits only apply to motor vehicles.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 17, 2008, 09:21:09 am
My little sister and her other half (with the magnificent name Mervyn) have finally announced their engagement, much to my good, Catholic mother's delight, after several years of 'living in sin'.... :thumbsup:

I shall commence the search for a suitable titfer this afternoon!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 17, 2008, 10:57:13 am
My Woodrup is back on the road! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 19, 2008, 01:44:41 pm
My trousers are falling down!

why is this good news? Well its good news because it means I've lost a coupla inches round my waist....

YAY!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 19, 2008, 01:52:04 pm
I'm sure that Mrs T thinks this is good news - on two counts ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on September 19, 2008, 01:54:02 pm
I'm sure that Mrs T thinks this is good news - on two counts ;)

Always bringing up Thatcher, you can't help it can you!

 ;) ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 19, 2008, 01:55:11 pm
OMG - you have put a horrid, horrid image in my head now.

And Tiermat will probably need years of therapy...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 19, 2008, 01:55:31 pm
I'm sure that Mrs T thinks this is good news - on two counts ;)

Always bringing up Thatcher, you can't help it can you!

 ;) ;D ;D

Ssssh don't let my wife here that, she'll kill me, then hunt down you two....

;D

Rest assured this Mrs T is much much much nicer that the Tory one
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on September 19, 2008, 03:54:17 pm


Rest assured this Mrs T is much much much nicer that the Tory one


You really shouldn't have to say that.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tom M on September 19, 2008, 03:58:58 pm
BCF rankings now updated and I've got my 3rd cat licence now - Never more the 4ths again! Also collected my £30 winnings from the track league and spent it down the LBS.

Horay!

As you were...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 19, 2008, 04:02:03 pm
Oh congratulations.  Hope you can keep up ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on September 22, 2008, 04:44:53 am
I feel amazing!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Hilary on September 22, 2008, 05:24:51 am
That is good news indeed :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on September 22, 2008, 09:55:20 am
Mrs T went out yesterday, with our next door neighbour, and did 9 miles! The longest she has EVER ridden.

And she's going out again NEXT Sunday!

YAY!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 22, 2008, 03:46:13 pm
I swam in the sea on both Saturday and Sunday. Great weather.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 22, 2008, 08:21:51 pm
The Lost Soul Band have reformed and will be playing The Liquid Rooms on 28th December.  ;D :D :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on September 22, 2008, 09:13:59 pm
I can't stop grinning lol
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on September 22, 2008, 10:48:24 pm
I can't stop grinning lol
Put the helium down Valiant!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 23, 2008, 05:55:19 pm
100% in my latest OU TMA (for M150).

Which is good because out of the 5 TMAs I managed to submit just 2 of them through sheer laziness, but as long as I scrape a pass (40%, not a problem, should get 95%) in the final compulsory CMA (submitted but won't be marked until the 30th) then I'll pass the course which is all I wanted to do.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 02, 2008, 12:30:24 pm
We've been going through a job evaluation process.  They've (finally) realised that my salary is below the market rate...


... so I've got an immediate £7,000 pay rise, backdated to 1 April 2008, and with a guaranteed £2,000 rise in April 2009.  My October paypacket is going to be huge!  :D :thumbsup:

Mr R and I were planning a holiday over Christmas and New Year... we shall be able to look at exotic and expensive now.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on October 02, 2008, 02:18:36 pm
We've been going through a job evaluation process.  They've (finally) realised that my salary is below the market rate...


... so I've got an immediate £7,000 pay rise, backdated to 1 April 2008, and with a guaranteed £2,000 rise in April 2009.  My October paypacket is going to be huge!  :D :thumbsup:

Mr R and I were planning a holiday over Christmas and New Year... we shall be able to look at exotic and expensive now.
JD Cycles? That's where I'd be going with £7000. ;) :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 02, 2008, 02:36:52 pm
We've been going through a job evaluation process.  They've (finally) realised that my salary is below the market rate...


... so I've got an immediate £7,000 pay rise, backdated to 1 April 2008, and with a guaranteed £2,000 rise in April 2009.  My October paypacket is going to be huge!  :D :thumbsup:

Mr R and I were planning a holiday over Christmas and New Year... we shall be able to look at exotic and expensive now.
JD Cycles? That's where I'd be going with £7000. ;) :D

Jon's already said 'No' to n+1... :'(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 02, 2008, 04:34:36 pm
Does he have a vote? ???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 02, 2008, 04:36:17 pm
I s'pose so, if they are sharing a living space!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 02, 2008, 04:40:03 pm
I s'pose so, if they are sharing a living space!


I shall be working on him...  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 02, 2008, 04:44:31 pm
Good news - I got to ride my bike to a meeting in the sunshine, then went to the bank, also by bike, then got a cup of tea before going back to my desk and talking down a potential complaint.  That's all good. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on October 02, 2008, 05:13:27 pm
Latest medical tests have been clear. One more lot to do (couple of weeks) and then will know for sure. The fatigue and stuff will be with me for some time though. Think my racing days are over.......a true YACFer now then  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gonzo on October 03, 2008, 12:44:55 pm
Went to a cardio specialist today following chest pains. Apparently, I've got the sort of 'scores' that will most likely result in me being the fittest person they see all year; I managed 19 minutes on the treadmill when people only usually manage 12*!

*They told me that I should let them know when they should stop the treadmill. Little did they know quite how strong my competitive spirit was, although they may have begun to suspect something when I asked what the longest time anyone had done before was!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 03, 2008, 12:49:45 pm
19 minutes is amazing.

Glad it went well!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on October 03, 2008, 12:56:49 pm
Is there a standard treadmill test they use?

Something like 1kph increase every minute?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gonzo on October 03, 2008, 02:00:57 pm
Ta!

Is there a standard treadmill test they use?

Something like 1kph increase every minute?

I'm not entirely sure, but the thing got steeper and faster every 3 or so minutes.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 03, 2008, 02:08:37 pm
Is there a standard treadmill test they use?

It's usually the Bruce Protocol (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1123032) or a variant thereof.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 03, 2008, 02:31:35 pm
Is there a standard treadmill test they use?

It's usually the Bruce Protocol (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1123032) or a variant thereof.

I had a pleasant surprise in the form of £188.92 in mt bank account, a rebate from Southern Electric. I also discovered a couple of cheques I'd forgotten about (still in date). What should I do with my £220 bonus? :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on October 03, 2008, 03:46:18 pm

 What should I do with my £220 bonus? :D

 I'll PM my address to you ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 03, 2008, 03:48:38 pm

 What should I do with my £220 bonus? :D

 I'll PM my address to you ;D

It's OK, Alan - I'm closer.  I'll pick up cash from Wow, and take a small handling fee ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tom B on October 03, 2008, 04:04:39 pm
Quote
What should I do with my £220 bonus?

Wanna buy a used Rohloff?  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 03, 2008, 10:57:35 pm
Is there a standard treadmill test they use?

It's usually the Bruce Protocol (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1123032) or a variant thereof.

I had a pleasant surprise in the form of £188.92 in mt bank account, a rebate from Southern Electric. I also discovered a couple of cheques I'd forgotten about (still in date). What should I do with my £220 bonus? :D
I just spent all but £9 of it on your behalf, at Ground Effect.  :-[

The Witches Britches should suit you, Wow.   :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 03, 2008, 11:08:53 pm
Click, click.

Oops, I just spent another £70 at Wiggle...  :-[

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on October 04, 2008, 09:21:37 am
So Wowbagger owes you £61 then ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: epa611 on October 04, 2008, 10:04:32 am
Click, click.

Oops, I just spent another £70 at Wiggle...  :-[



What did you buy  ???  ;)  ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 04, 2008, 12:24:47 pm
I've just spent around the same at Wiggle, but that was because a git in a van drove over my front light and I needed a new one  O:-)

A new, larger sprocket for the Globe's hub gear also made its way into the order somehow, dunno how that happened. And a new chain....

Peli, will you let me know how you get on with the Witches Britches, I'm toying with the idea of getting some soon but I'm not sure about the sizing.

And Jasper, I'm glad your tests are clear thus far. I'm sure you'll still be among the fastest on many YACF rides  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gonzo on October 04, 2008, 01:58:40 pm
Is there a standard treadmill test they use?

It's usually the Bruce Protocol (http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1123032) or a variant thereof.

I had a pleasant surprise in the form of £188.92 in mt bank account, a rebate from Southern Electric.

My treadmill was powering your electricity?!?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 04, 2008, 02:04:19 pm
I've always thought that gyms, rowing machines, exercise bikes and treadmills were all a bit of a waste of time. It would be a very good idea if these devices were plugged into the grid and there could be prizes (eg a pizza) for punters who generated enough electricity.

If your session on the treadmill did indeed provide our rebate, then thanks, Gonzo! Which left-wing organisation would you like me to donate it to? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 04, 2008, 02:40:28 pm
From Wiggle I bought two new back lights, energy drink for Woolly, and Sealskinz gloves for Woolly.

From Ground Effect I bought merino tops for me and Woolly, a fleece winter jacket for me, Witches Britches for me, a beanie for me, and some shorts for Woolly.

Phew! At least the rent money is paying for that little lot (we're living rent-free on account of having no kitchen at the moment...).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 04, 2008, 02:41:14 pm

Peli, will you let me know how you get on with the Witches Britches, I'm toying with the idea of getting some soon but I'm not sure about the sizing.

Yes, I certainly will. I'm looking forward to getting them as I've read such good reviews...  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 04, 2008, 03:03:11 pm
I've just worn my Montezumas for a bit this morning. On my bike. They are excellent and I guarantee that ya'll will love them Britches.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 04, 2008, 07:28:35 pm
Ooh, I wonder if they will arrive before Friday...

Something random happened as I was out pootling today - had a nice chap on a bike offer me a ticket to the cycle cinema show tonight as he couldn't go. We pulled over to discover the ticket was non-transferable, but a nice thought and gesture nonetheless.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on October 05, 2008, 11:55:59 am
Please, please tell me, what are Witches Britches and do I need a pair ???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on October 05, 2008, 01:40:52 pm
Ground Effect - mountain bike clothing (http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product-detail-WIT-WOM.htm)

Whether you need a pair, only you can say!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on October 05, 2008, 05:16:45 pm
Ground Effect - mountain bike clothing (http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product-detail-WIT-WOM.htm)

Whether you need a pair, only you can say!  ;D

Thanks NSTN, if Peli's have arrived in time and she wears them next Saturday then they may be added to my Christmas wish list  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 06, 2008, 10:59:48 am
Mrs T is starting to extend her cycling routes, and has a new rider to join them next week! Pretty soon their little cabal will be bigger than this place! :)

Oh and we think we have found what has been afflicting her, it appears that as well as cheese and coffee she has developed an allergy to wheat!!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on October 07, 2008, 04:28:52 pm
wine gummy gum gums !!!!


And oh some other stuff from wiggle arrived today :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 07, 2008, 07:32:24 pm
Ground Effect - mountain bike clothing (http://www.groundeffect.co.nz/product-detail-WIT-WOM.htm)

Whether you need a pair, only you can say!  ;D

Thanks NSTN, if Peli's have arrived in time and she wears them next Saturday then they may be added to my Christmas wish list  :D
No sign of them yet. They are slacking, those Kiwis.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 08, 2008, 04:03:51 am
It's still only Tuesday - I ordered mine late on a Friday and had them on Wednesday so you should have them tomorrow

EDIT Make that today as I'm a few hours behind :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 08, 2008, 09:12:34 am
(1)  Mr R has (sort of) agreed to n+1 - so I'm going to be lusting over singlespeeds/fixies this weekend at Cycle.

(2) A huge expenses cheque will be hitting my account tomorrow, so I shall be making a visit to Ground Effect.


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 09, 2008, 12:44:47 am
Got to Vancouver to find today's meetings cancelled :thumbsup:

So I did this  instead (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=10.msg162579#msg162579)  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 09, 2008, 03:03:12 pm
I've got tickets for Scotland vs All Blacks at Murrayfield 8th November, and Scotland vs Wales for next year's 6 Nations.

Of course, the chance of there being any bits of any Scottish players left after they've been flattened by the All Blacks is slim...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 09, 2008, 03:36:20 pm
I've got tickets for Scotland vs All Blacks at Murrayfield 8th November, and Scotland vs Wales for next year's 6 Nations.

Of course, the chance of there being any bits of any Scottish players left after they've been flattened by the All Blacks is slim...

If you want, I'll ask the All Blacks to be gentle with the Scots...  ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 09, 2008, 10:32:24 pm
Please.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 09, 2008, 10:35:53 pm
I've got tickets for Scotland vs All Blacks at Murrayfield 8th November, and Scotland vs Wales for next year's 6 Nations.

Of course, the chance of there being any bits of any Scottish players left after they've been flattened by the All Blacks is slim...

I watched Scotland v Wales in 1973. It cost 60p at the gate to get in.

Dare I ask what price a ticket these days, Kirst?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 09, 2008, 10:44:07 pm
Well, the SRU are a bunch of idiots who'd rather have a stadium one-third full at £50 a ticket rather than reduce the tickets to a reasonable price and have a sold out game... It was a friend booked them and I think it's £30 for the All Blacks and £45 for the Wales game, and those are not the best seats.  >:( But, you take your chances to see the All Blacks when you can...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 09, 2008, 10:48:40 pm
Much as I like Welsh rugby, I think that charging 50% more to watch them than the All Blacks is an example of skewed priorities.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 09, 2008, 10:57:37 pm
The Six Nations games are always over priced though.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Noodley on October 09, 2008, 11:05:59 pm
Well, the SRU are a bunch of idiots who'd rather have a stadium one-third full at £50 a ticket rather than reduce the tickets to a reasonable price and have a sold out game... It was a friend booked them and I think it's £30 for the All Blacks and £45 for the Wales game, and those are not the best seats.  >:( But, you take your chances to see the All Blacks when you can...

50 quid is the maximum price for a ticket.  I looked at the website last night and IMO the lower priced tickets are not too bad compared to other events. 

And what is all this about the 'best seats'  ???  Corporate nonsense.  Get a ticket, watch the game, stop being so bloody 'Edinburgh'  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 09, 2008, 11:11:12 pm
The Six Nations games are always over priced though.

The last game I went to cost me £0 because I had a ticket for the press box. It was Twickenham 1986, Rob Andrew 21 - 19 Wales. I was sitting just in front of Gerald Davies and John Taylor and watching those two Gods having a natter was more enthralling than the rugby.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on October 09, 2008, 11:13:34 pm
The Six Nations games are always over priced though.

The last game I went to cost me £0 because I had a ticket for the press box. It was Twickenham 1986, Rob Andrew 21 - 19 Wales. I was sitting just in front of Gerald Davies and John Taylor and watching those two Gods having a natter was more enthralling than the rugby.

Rob Andrew was not one of our high points
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 09, 2008, 11:16:42 pm
He broke the points record for a player on his debut, previously held by Keith Jarrett (scored 19 points in Wales' 34 - 21 win v England in Cardiff, 1966). That's pretty impressive, and was he not a regular in the successful Will Carling side?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 09, 2008, 11:18:58 pm


And what is all this about the 'best seats'  ???  Corporate nonsense.  Get a ticket, watch the game, stop being so bloody 'Edinburgh'  :demon:

I was making the point that even not that good seats are expensive, actually.  >:(

 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Noodley on October 09, 2008, 11:45:21 pm
I was making the point that even not that good seats are expensive, actually.

Not that good seats?

Whatever price it is does not really matter.  You either want to go or you do not.  'Best seats' 'good seats' or any seats.  Seats are usually available.  Whether you go for more expensive or not...depends what you want.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on October 10, 2008, 05:49:23 pm
We have just sold our old car so we are now officially a one car household. It was the strangest car sale I have made. The bloke was happy to hand over the cash without actually starting the car and he didn't want a receipt. He said I looked like an honest bloke.  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on October 10, 2008, 05:53:40 pm
I've just mown the lawn and it looks grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

(and I pinched the last juicy red apple off the little tree which was absolutely amazing)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on October 10, 2008, 06:38:14 pm
Got our order from groundeffect but no extra kiwis in the box. The short are great though only done 6 miles in them. Top is nice and warm though a bit itchy
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on October 10, 2008, 06:47:51 pm
A 'red cross parcel' has arrived from the Parents, filled with all sorts of goodies.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: FatBloke on October 18, 2008, 08:52:58 am
I've just check last week's lottery tickets!!!

I got 5 numbers!!

£1506!!     ;D ;D :thumbsup:

I have to split it seven ways though!  :-\

Still, better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick!

And I'm trying not to dwell on the fact that if we hadn't been just one number out all my financial worries would be over.  :'(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on October 21, 2008, 07:13:02 pm
Marj now wants a road bike.
n+1 strikes again ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on October 22, 2008, 04:02:30 am
So after about 6/7 months of not being able to ride a bike, the doc told me today I might be able to ride again soon :D yay!!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on October 22, 2008, 04:09:00 am

That's super news  Sam  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 22, 2008, 07:46:12 am
So after about 6/7 months of not being able to ride a bike, the doc told me today I might be able to ride again soon :D yay!!!


But not a silly ride, eh?  Take it easy young Samwise....  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on October 22, 2008, 07:59:01 am
So after about 6/7 months of not being able to ride a bike, the doc told me today I might be able to ride again soon :D yay!!!
Going to Nottingham again are we ?

Great news my friend.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on October 22, 2008, 07:59:54 am
The tenants upstairs have buggered off, so no more noise and there is a hope that the leaks will stop too.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: bobajobrob on October 22, 2008, 03:39:47 pm
I've just fixed a software memory leak that I've been banging my head against for the last couple of weeks :thumbsup:

ph34r my skillz!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 22, 2008, 04:09:53 pm
I have got my Maui Jim Kapalua's back, they are just like new now!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on October 22, 2008, 04:21:06 pm

I have just received a Thorn Raven frame and a Rohloff hub  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on October 22, 2008, 04:23:12 pm
fantastic!! 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on October 22, 2008, 08:49:30 pm
So after about 6/7 months of not being able to ride a bike, the doc told me today I might be able to ride again soon :D yay!!!
Going to Nottingham again are we ?

Great news my friend.

I doubt I'd be able to ride into work without dying atm :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on October 22, 2008, 09:09:17 pm
Give it time matey.   Gentle pootles with lady companions to offer sympathy & encouragement.

A folder might be an idea,  you can stick it in a taxi if you get too knackered.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on October 22, 2008, 09:16:19 pm
Can't afford a new bike atm.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 23, 2008, 12:28:25 am
This week I passed 6500 miles on my Thorn.

That's about ⅓ of the cost of it in saved petrol, or all of it at 40p per mile.

I hope you have as much pleasure from your Thorn as I've had from mine, Gus. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: arabella on October 23, 2008, 10:03:30 pm
After 3 1/2 years I have finally finished getting divorced.  :thumbsup:
So <xxxx> rang up just now to tell me what he thought I should do with the money and complained when I didn't agree.  huh.  no major change there.  :sick:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on October 23, 2008, 10:09:39 pm
Yay! I'm glad it's all finally sorted Ara :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 23, 2008, 10:12:27 pm
Hope your life flourishes from here.  It's good when chapters close.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on October 27, 2008, 11:00:28 am
at least 20 years after my last lesson, but following lots of hints to Mrs Mike and a weird dream my mum had last month, my birthday present from the whole family is a piano!! 

Sooooo  excited :D



Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on October 27, 2008, 11:17:02 am
After suffering the loss of finishing reading Homicide by David Simon and struggling through two crime books that left me feeling as though I would never again enjoy another crime novel again, such was the brilliance of Simons book, I found Sniper One by Sgt Dan Mills in WHSmiths this morning and have been furtively reading at my desk.

Yeay!

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 27, 2008, 06:25:19 pm
at least 20 years after my last lesson, but following lots of hints to Mrs Mike and a weird dream my mum had last month, my birthday present from the whole family is a piano!! 

Sooooo  excited :D

What sort is it? Upright? Grand? Steinway? Bechstein? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on October 27, 2008, 06:32:02 pm

What sort is it? Upright? Grand? Steinway? Bechstein? ;)
...Stylophone?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on October 27, 2008, 08:09:26 pm
at least 20 years after my last lesson, but following lots of hints to Mrs Mike and a weird dream my mum had last month, my birthday present from the whole family is a piano!! 

Sooooo  excited :D

What sort is it? Upright? Grand? Steinway? Bechstein? ;)

What sort is it? Upright? Grand? Steinway? Bechstein? ;)
...Stylophone?

:)

havent bought it yet, but been given a rough budget from the family and will be shopping over the next couple of weeks.   Very excited!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on October 27, 2008, 08:15:26 pm

I have just trimmed my beard  down to 24 mm (http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b231/gus69/BeardSmiley.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on October 29, 2008, 01:28:24 am
I have my new toys :)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3283/2982108189_6b681d85bc_o.jpg)
2.8kw muhahahaha, my neighbours are gonna love me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on October 29, 2008, 06:34:37 am
If any of your neighbours are in YACF you may find them posting in Not so good news.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Analog Kid on October 29, 2008, 07:32:40 am
If any of your neighbours are in YACF you may find them posting in Not so good news.  ;D

and probably the RANT thread..

 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 29, 2008, 09:27:54 am
Boom Boom Shake Shake The Room. :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: bobb on October 29, 2008, 01:43:01 pm
This irritating bint who has been driving me mad for the past couple of years at work with her loud mouth, arrogance, ignorance and plain lies has just handed in her notice!!!!!

Best news I've had in ages!

HOOOOOOORAY!!!!!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: arabella on October 30, 2008, 06:33:43 pm
actually this is about bikes but I couldn't find a relevant thread (good cycling-related news)

big guy has build his first bike  :thumbsup: (with help from self and young guy)
it's a bmx  ??? 20" wheel, exceedingly wide bars and, errm, I can't think of anything else.

he now wants to spray it  ::-) I mentioned it'ld need dismantling again

no pics as I haven't taken any and have forgotten how to upload them to my bit of web space
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mattc on October 30, 2008, 08:12:35 pm
BMX?!? Pah! Kids today :(

Oh, hang on, the first bike I built up was one of them things ...

So I predict he will be riding PBP 2031-ish.

Well done big guy.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on October 31, 2008, 12:34:03 pm
I'm at work today.
My next day at work will be the 5th January 2009.

I also be staying as far away from computers in that period.

I'll send a postcard from here (http://tinyurl.com/6xryut) though.

:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on October 31, 2008, 01:51:03 pm
I've got Take That tickets for Glasgow next June!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 31, 2008, 01:54:58 pm
I'm at work today.
My next day at work will be the 5th January 2009.

That's one hell of a long break  :)

Enjoy.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 31, 2008, 02:29:06 pm
I'm at work today.
My next day at work will be the 5th January 2009.

I also be staying as far away from computers in that period.

I'll send a postcard from here (http://tinyurl.com/6xryut) though.

:)



Jammy bugger!    :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 31, 2008, 02:29:54 pm
I've got Take That tickets for Glasgow next June!


*Ahem!*  This is the Good News Thread my dear... I think you are wanting the Rant Thread.   ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on October 31, 2008, 02:34:41 pm
I have corrected my contacts in my mobile, so Regulator won't be getting any more abusive or suggestive messages / voicemails.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 31, 2008, 02:35:30 pm
I have corrected my contacts in my mobile, so Regulator won't be getting any more abusive or suggestive messages / voicemails.





 :'(


I wuz enjoying those...

You can be abusive towards me any time, m'dear!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on November 01, 2008, 07:59:04 pm
We have moved :D. Nearly. Just a few boxes and about a dozen bikes to go. Then 2 months of unpacking and we'll be done. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on November 03, 2008, 05:03:58 pm
I won the 'Best Costume' prize at Kim's Halloween fancy dress party on Saturday (a day late I know...)  I gotta trophy an' all!   :thumbsup:

I went as Death.

Compliments were passed on my ability to utilize theatrical make up.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on November 03, 2008, 08:22:48 pm
And had you?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on November 03, 2008, 08:24:44 pm
He just got really pissed on Friday night and showed up to Saturday's party seriously hung over.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on November 03, 2008, 08:37:04 pm
I am a free agent :) I dunno if that's good or bad but today I slept in, read a few chapters of me book and errr watched a few too many episodes of Ghost Whisperer.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on November 06, 2008, 01:05:14 pm
My Daddy Long Legs have arrived from New Zealand :)

Unfortunately they're a Christmas present so I won't get to use them until December :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on November 07, 2008, 11:38:36 am
Oh Happy Day!  :D :D :D

My new machine is ready for collection!!!!! :thumbsup:

A trip to Surrey is being planned for this afternoon and photos of the new toy may be available this PM.

Now all I need to think of is a name for her...

And a big ***RASPBERRY*** to Mike - it's not yet Christmas (despite what the shops think) and she is ready!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: ABlipInContinuity on November 07, 2008, 11:55:41 am
I have just bought a bike. I'm very happy because that completes my fleet**.

Bike A) Road fixie - For commuting and generally getting from A to B
Bike B) Good old slick tired MTB - Used as a hybrid for commuting when I'm feeling under the weather, getting the shopping, towing trailers, riding trails and maybe even touring.
Bike C) MTB - For learning to ride rough stuff - I'm pleased I'll no longer be wearing out the knobblies and other nice componentry on the road with mundane* utility trips
Bike D) Tandem - Only really half a bike but it's a lot of fun!


*Not that cycling is ever mundane, except maybe for long stretches of A road dual carriageway

**There is also bike E. My Airborne Valkyrie Ax. Bike E is only half a bike. It exists as just a frameset right now. It was the best bike I ever had. I will build it up again one day, when finances allow and we are living somewhere it's less likely to get nicked. Meanwhile, it bides it's time.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on November 07, 2008, 11:58:57 pm
We've got a phone line and broadband again :D.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on November 08, 2008, 06:19:19 am
Got my bike back :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 08, 2008, 06:20:13 am
Got my bike back :D

Gosh,your LBS opens early does it not ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on November 08, 2008, 06:22:01 am
Got my bike back :D

Gosh,your LBS opens early does it not ;D

No picked it up last night, just came back the 'long' way :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on November 08, 2008, 09:23:12 am
I just got another refund for a late train journey. It's funny how the anger and frustration at the time of being delayed are all forgotten when really money comes through the post.  ;D (Well vouchers actually, but it feels like money).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on November 08, 2008, 07:27:46 pm
Kali and I have been out for our first ride!   :thumbsup:  Just a quick five miles round Pimlico, Chelsea and Vauxhall.

I like very, very much!  She's light, responsive and damn good fun.  It's a bit odd being on smoothish 25s (Gatorskin Ultras) and you have to watch the road surface a bit - but she seems to hold the road well.

I just hope it's a nice day tomorrow so we can get out for a proper ride.

For now I shall satisfy myself with looking like this -  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: IanDG on November 08, 2008, 07:51:33 pm
We got through the MHRA blood bank inspection (with only 1 major and 6 minor deficiencies)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on November 08, 2008, 07:52:51 pm
We got through the MHRA blood bank inspection (with only 1 major and 6 minor deficiencies)


Well done sir!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: IanDG on November 08, 2008, 07:54:03 pm
thankyou - meant to log on and let you all know sooner but I've been a little busy (I think the Scottish Government and the national Blood Transfusion Service were expecting much worse)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 09, 2008, 02:47:03 pm
Marj has made a bread & butter pudding :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on November 09, 2008, 06:04:50 pm
Marj has made a bread & butter pudding :thumbsup:

Can she make some more next weekend please? I lurve b&b pudding  :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 09, 2008, 06:11:35 pm
I am smiling, have been all day.  The fire is lit and I am watching the flames dance and jump.  That's all but it's more than enough.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: eck on November 09, 2008, 06:14:55 pm
thankyou - meant to log on and let you all know sooner but I've been a little busy (I think the Scottish Government and the national Blood Transfusion Service were expecting much worse)
Now that IS good news Windy. I got the feeling it wasn't a foregone conclusion. Pleased for you.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 09, 2008, 06:22:48 pm
Marj has made a bread & butter pudding :thumbsup:

Can she make some more next weekend please? I lurve b&b pudding  :P

Coincidently we have just been discussing the menu for Friday night.So far it is...

Homemade Lasagne
Bread & Butter pudding.
Wine & beer for the weekend is not yet decided.Do you have any preference?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on November 11, 2008, 03:01:48 pm
I have new specs, courtesy of my very generous optometrist friend. You can see my bloodshot eyes more clearly now.  ???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 11, 2008, 03:05:45 pm
The garage door is fixed - good news  :thumbsup:

It only needed fixing cos I broke it - bad news   >:(

It only cost £88.13 to fix  :o

Must be more careful next time  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 11, 2008, 03:56:18 pm
I have new specs, courtesy of my very generous optometrist friend. You can see my bloodshot eyes more clearly now.  ???

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday ;)

3 puns in one short sentance.Not bad for someone who didn't get O-level English
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on November 11, 2008, 06:37:27 pm
I'm not gonna be made redundant!!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 11, 2008, 06:40:54 pm
Yay!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on November 11, 2008, 06:54:47 pm
Now that is good news. You must be so happy and relieved.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on November 11, 2008, 06:59:12 pm
That's brilliant news, the least you deserve.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on November 11, 2008, 07:03:49 pm
Yup :) No more worrying about benefits or cashflow issues and still have 3 days a week for my own stuff. It's great :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 12, 2008, 09:34:26 am
Oh wow - what a turnaround in this climate :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on November 12, 2008, 03:40:43 pm
 :) I am feeling sufficiently happy to post in this thread, for the first time in ages. Just read some old emails and it made me feel good.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: ABlipInContinuity on November 12, 2008, 03:41:45 pm
My latest steed just arrived.

N = 3
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 12, 2008, 04:43:54 pm
:) I am feeling sufficiently happy to post in this thread, for the first time in ages. Just read some old emails and it made me feel good.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on November 13, 2008, 02:36:55 pm
A client has just bought me a case of wine and sent a really nice note about me & the team to my boss. 

He's even writing a book about making a million quid by working with us :)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on November 13, 2008, 03:45:22 pm
A client has just bought me a case of wine and sent a really nice note about me & the team to my boss. 

He's even writing a book about making a million quid by working with us :)



If I come and work with you, will I make a million quid?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on November 13, 2008, 03:46:21 pm
A client has just bought me a case of wine and sent a really nice note about me & the team to my boss. 

He's even writing a book about making a million quid by working with us :)



If I come and work with you, will I make a million quid?

I'll take a job for only 1/4 million quid - easy to please.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 13, 2008, 03:47:48 pm
A client has just bought me a case of wine and sent a really nice note about me & the team to my boss. 

He's even writing a book about making a million quid by working with us :)



If I come and work with you, will I make a million quid?

I'll take a job for only 1/4 million quid - easy to please.  ;)

I'll be cheaper still: I won't bother you with a job but I'll have the pension. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on November 13, 2008, 03:50:47 pm
sigh...  :D


He (my client) recons anyone could do it. When he's finished the book, I'll post links..
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on November 13, 2008, 03:52:31 pm
sigh...  :D


He (my client) recons anyone could do it. When he's finished the book, I'll post links..

This is one of those "How I made a million quid" books, right?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on November 13, 2008, 09:17:52 pm
I ran* 1.75 miles this evening, which is 1.70 miles further than I could run a month ago.

And then I got home and Charlotte made me dinner and Angel Delight.  :D





*run, v., pp: ran; to stagger, wheeze, stumble
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 13, 2008, 09:19:04 pm
I ran* 1.75 miles this evening, which is 1.70 miles further than I could run a month ago.

And then I got home and Charlotte made me dinner and Angel Delight.  :D





*run, v., pp: ran; to stagger, wheeze, stumble

Superb news.  Well done :-*

Oh.... Butterscotch Delight, yum yum yum
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on November 14, 2008, 07:52:19 am
:) I am feeling sufficiently happy to post in this thread, for the first time in ages. Just read some old emails and it made me feel good.
Now that really is Good News.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: robgul on November 14, 2008, 08:26:04 am
I ran* 1.75 miles this evening, which is 1.70 miles further than I could run a month ago.

And then I got home and Charlotte made me dinner and Angel Delight.  :D





*run, v., pp: ran; to stagger, wheeze, stumble

Isn't Angel Delight the stuff formerly known as Instant Whip?

Rob

PS  .... as I (innocently) typed that I realised the potential for innuendo  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 14, 2008, 09:59:58 am
I ran* 1.75 miles this evening, which is 1.70 miles further than I could run a month ago.

And then I got home and Charlotte made me dinner and Angel Delight.  :D





*run, v., pp: ran; to stagger, wheeze, stumble

Isn't Angel Delight the stuff formerly known as Instant Whip?

Rob

PS  .... as I (innocently) typed that I realised the potential for innuendo  ;D

If I hark back to my childhood I'll be able to answer your question.  Instant Whip had bubbles in it.  Angels Delight was more smooth and creamy.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 14, 2008, 10:24:31 am
I ran* 1.75 miles this evening, which is 1.70 miles further than I could run a month ago.

And then I got home and Charlotte made me dinner and Angel Delight.  :D





*run, v., pp: ran; to stagger, wheeze, stumble

Not sure I understand.  Run? ???

Don't you have a bike?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 14, 2008, 10:26:44 am
It is sunny outside.  My arms are working a bit better than half an hour ago. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Marj on November 14, 2008, 10:43:56 am
:) I am feeling sufficiently happy to post in this thread, for the first time in ages. Just read some old emails and it made me feel good.
sending  :-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 14, 2008, 10:51:59 am
:-* :-* :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on November 14, 2008, 10:53:22 am
:) I am feeling sufficiently happy to post in this thread, for the first time in ages. Just read some old emails and it made me feel good.
sending  :-* :-* :-*

Oh, thank you my dear. That's sweet of you.

and thank you clarion if indeed those were aimed at me !!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 14, 2008, 12:31:16 pm
I just received a small package :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 14, 2008, 12:38:35 pm
They were aimed at anyone who needs or wants them, M. ;)

Annie - a small package can often bring a lot of joy, I find.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on November 14, 2008, 09:06:56 pm


Annie - a small package can often bring a lot of joy, I find.

That's what I keep telling Helen  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 17, 2008, 12:56:29 pm
I might have interweb at home as of 25th Nov.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 17, 2008, 04:13:07 pm
I might have interweb at home as of 25th Nov.

That's great news.

My good news - my neighbour's cat is still in the land of the living.  I took her to the vets, she is currently receiving fluids.  Her owners return from their hollypops tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on November 17, 2008, 09:03:23 pm
I got my promotion. Shame it's overshadowed.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LE on November 17, 2008, 09:06:33 pm
congratulation :)  I'm sorry it has been over shaddowed though :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 17, 2008, 09:08:22 pm
Well done for the promotion. But overshadowed? Am I dim, or are you cryptic and mysterious? (Probably both...)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 17, 2008, 09:49:10 pm
Congratulations!  You've worked bloody hard for it. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on November 17, 2008, 09:50:10 pm
Well done Peli  :)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on November 17, 2008, 09:55:09 pm
BBC NEWS | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Cash woe for troubled development (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7733004.stm)

Yes it is good news. This firm is the biggest bunch of planning philistines going. The 204 flat development is a 9 storey block that, for those who know Dundee, would stick out like an eyesore. It would block the view of the river from the University. Given the University is on a hill and the development on the riverside, is shows how ridiculously out of proportion to it's surroundings it is. No PT links, no nice pedestrian links. Completely the wrong development in the wrong place. And hopefully it now will not be built...

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on November 18, 2008, 01:34:54 pm
My youngest (6) has just been put on the Government list for gifted children by his school for maths.
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
He's good at literacy as well but we need to work on that a bit more.
Must get it from his mum's side ;D

Rich.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LE on November 18, 2008, 01:35:49 pm
My youngest (6) has just been put on the Government list for gifted children by his school for maths.
 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
He's good at literacy as well but we need to work on that a bit more.
Must get it from his mum's side ;D

Rich.



 :D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on November 18, 2008, 02:32:04 pm
Awesome, Rich (and Mini R).

Do you get involved in this lot? (http://www.nagcbritain.org.uk/). We did when our bright young things were younger...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on November 18, 2008, 05:31:32 pm
Awesome, Rich (and Mini R).

Do you get involved in this lot? (http://www.nagcbritain.org.uk/). We did when our bright young things were younger...

Never heard of them before but will look through the site later when at home.

Rich.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on November 18, 2008, 06:15:19 pm
Nice work Mini Rich!

My good news is that I got a pay rise today, and told by my boss's boss to expense a nice bottle of bubbly.  :thumbsup: I don't drink, so we'll just get a nice takeaway instead.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 19, 2008, 11:04:25 am
My daughter will have a piece published in Saturday's Grauniad. Sadly, being the "dogsbody / intern" as she puts it, her name won't appear in the article, but that of the guy she's working for. She's been researching "chuggers", which is an abbreviation for "Charity Muggers", a seemingly fine bunch of people who work on commission for private companies but are hired out by certain charities to prowl the streets signing unsuspecting members of the public to open direct debits in favour of said charities.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on November 19, 2008, 11:18:45 am
I will look out for that, Wow.

Question: how much does a 'nice bottle of bubbly' cost? I've been told to expense one, but as I don't drink want to know how much I can expense for something else.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 19, 2008, 11:28:29 am
A case of Moet & Chandon from Tesco's comes out to about £15 per bottle. I reckon you should budget for about £40. IIRC when we went out eating at a posh place in Cambridge on the occasion of Heather's graduation, the well-heeled buggers were knocking back the 'poo for about £60 per bottle. I stuck with the cheapest beer I could find, which was still over £3 a pint.

Expensive tastes, my youngest.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on November 19, 2008, 11:35:48 am
Peli, I reckon a Krug 'Clos du Mesnil 1990' should do it. Good VFM at around £800 a bottle.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on November 19, 2008, 03:02:01 pm
£40? OK, nice!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on November 19, 2008, 03:52:16 pm
my team training session tomorrow has been cancelled :D

Free day!!


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 20, 2008, 10:55:05 pm
My younger son is now an MA. He got a 2:1, to match his BA.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 21, 2008, 09:03:35 am
I thought he'd be more likely to be a Pa than a Ma, but congratulations anyway! ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: токамак on November 21, 2008, 09:11:35 am
The Sempre Con Te (http://www.sempreconte.com/exhibition.htm) project and exhibition* that I spent many months working on in Sydney in 2005 has just been given AU$8000 by the  Powerhouse Museum (http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/about/index.asp) to add to the AU$7000 already raised so that we can put all our work into a book which we can now publish ourselves!

*About the migration of Italians to the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, particularly focusing on the women's stories. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on November 21, 2008, 09:50:08 am
The kitchen is DRY !!!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on November 21, 2008, 09:54:10 am
The kitchen is DRY !!!!

Yay!!  :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 21, 2008, 10:09:04 am
Wow!  At last!  Here's hoping that all your problems get sorted soon.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nicknack on November 21, 2008, 01:31:00 pm
27 years ago today I got married.

I got Mrs nicknack a big pile of Thornton's truffles. She got me a big pile of Thornton's truffles.

Pig out time!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 21, 2008, 01:32:47 pm
Do truffles last for 27 years?
IGMC
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 21, 2008, 01:44:08 pm
Happy Anniversary, nicknack & Mrs nicknack!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on November 22, 2008, 10:10:45 am
Yay - it's snowing  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on November 22, 2008, 07:10:27 pm
My relocation to New York has been approved :D
+
And my tax bill was less that I'd budgeted for :thumbsup:
+
So does anyone know a good American Ti bike maker :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 22, 2008, 07:40:02 pm
Serotta?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 24, 2008, 08:16:43 am
         Watchdog calls on public to boycott charities' face-to-face fundraisers |
            Society |
            The Guardian
    (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2008/nov/24/charities-fundraising-chuggers-intelligent-giving)

All the research for the above article was conducted by my daughter, who is on a 3-month placement with Intelligent Giving as an introduction to the world of work. I was instructed to buy a Grauniad this a.m.

Said daughter was a bit miffed by inaccuracies in the article: Adam Rothwell is her manager and although he did none of the on-street research, is the man with links to the Grauniad. Mostly, the paper seems to have got it right though. 8/10. :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 24, 2008, 11:21:39 am
Do truffles last for 27 years?


In my experience, they don't get past 27 minutes. Mmm apricot parfaits.

I should have internet at home tomorrow night! *does happy dance*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on November 24, 2008, 11:29:00 am
Serotta?

It wasn't that much less
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 24, 2008, 12:30:12 pm
Do truffles last for 27 years?


In my experience, they don't get past 27 minutes.

 

Your taste buds are programmed in the same script as Marj's ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 24, 2008, 01:51:34 pm
Do truffles last for 27 years?


In my experience, they don't get past 27 minutes.

I am surprised they even last that long.  I was thinking more of 27 seconds.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 24, 2008, 05:11:01 pm
It depends how big the pile is. I can eat a lot of Thornton's apricot parfaits very quickly though. Not so keen on the white chocolate ones though.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 24, 2008, 05:16:03 pm
It depends how big the pile is. I can eat a lot of Thornton's apricot parfaits very quickly though. Not so keen on the white chocolate ones though.

I truly dislike the apricot ones but am rather partial to the white choccie ones, perhaps we could split them between the two of us and demolish them as swiftly as possible.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on November 24, 2008, 05:39:59 pm
A few months ago my iPod was put through our washing machine along with my cycling gear - I thought it had died completely - black screen, no power up even after leaving it to dry for a week, (and it had gone through the machine while it was still switched on, so I guessed the circuits would be fried).

I've got a 4 hour train journey tomorrow, so thought I'd give it one last shot...





IT LIVES! :D


(Only problem is all my pairs of headphones are full of sand from beach outings in the summer - they're like miniature rattles :-\).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RogerT on November 24, 2008, 06:37:36 pm
Feeling very chuffed.  Just  passed my HGV medical ( at my age they come every 5 years ), and although I no longer drive an LGV in anger, keeping the licence is a "safety net" in event of catastrophic job loss.

The really exciting bit , " you have the blood pressure and resting heart rate of a 21 year old"  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:. Woo Hoo...maybe this cycling lark is good for me after all.

Shame that my eye sight is somewhat borked..the burgers at the DVLC may not take totally kindly to that part of the medical, will just have to wait and see.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on November 24, 2008, 06:59:10 pm
The builders are coming tomorrow to start work on the kitchen \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on November 24, 2008, 07:34:57 pm
The builders are coming tomorrow to start work on the kitchen \o/

Woohooooo  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on November 24, 2008, 07:38:45 pm
Some scrotes nicked £259 off my Mum's Barclaycard a few weeks ago which in turn caused her to get two £20 overdraft fees on top. She's been worried sick about it and quite ill for the last few days. I have just spoken to her and she says she feels much better today. Oh and she had a letter off the bank to say that she would be getting her money refunded. Coincidence? I don't think so. Her physical and mental health are so intricately linked these days that I would go as far as to say that the fraudsters not only nicked her money but made her ill into the bargain.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on November 24, 2008, 07:41:00 pm
Your poor mum. I know how badly that affected me when I was defrauded, so I can only imagine how badly your mum took it.  :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 24, 2008, 07:46:31 pm
Some scrotes nicked £259 off my Mum's Barclaycard a few weeks ago which in turn caused her to get two £20 overdraft fees on top. She's been worried sick about it and quite ill for the last few days. I have just spoken to her and she says she feels much better today. Oh and she had a letter off the bank to say that she would be getting her money refunded. Coincidence? I don't think so. Her physical and mental health are so intricately linked these days that I would go as far as to say that the fraudsters not only nicked her money but made her ill into the bargain.

Excellent news :thumbsup:
Glad your mum is on the "up"
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 25, 2008, 09:28:20 am
My bike's all paid for! My last bike to work payment comes out of my salary tomorrow and that's that, it's mine, all mine!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LE on November 25, 2008, 09:29:25 am
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 25, 2008, 09:39:43 am
Top news, our Kirst! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 25, 2008, 09:49:50 pm
I  have home  internet again!!!   

Unfortunately I can't use it as I have to be on the 0705 train to Leicester tomorrow and I haven't packed yet.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 25, 2008, 10:28:14 pm
Yay!  Much more Kirst. :)

Never a bad thing...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on November 27, 2008, 11:31:44 am
Mrs Mike, who's been in India for the week, has got on an early flight and will be home tomorrow :)

It's not been a great 12 hours, but Indias a big place and Mumbai is quite a long way from Delhi, where she's been.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: IanDG on November 27, 2008, 05:54:34 pm
I interviewed for a vacant haematology post today, made a job offer and had a verbal 'yes' reply. If all goes well and the person starts in January it will be the first time (since I took over the managers role in March 07) that the laboratory has had a full staffing compliment and no vacancies  :thumbsup:

I'm having a long weekend in Inverness, so after finishing tonight I'm not back in work untill Tuesday  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 27, 2008, 07:30:45 pm
Easier to retain staff with a good boss (i.e. better than your predecessor) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 27, 2008, 08:18:56 pm
Easier to retain staff with a good boss (i.e. better than your predecessor) :)

It also helps if you are married to the staff :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on November 27, 2008, 08:36:14 pm
Mrs Mike, who's been in India for the week, has got on an early flight and will be home tomorrow :)

It's not been a great 12 hours, but Indias a big place and Mumbai is quite a long way from Delhi, where she's been.

Thank heaven.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on November 27, 2008, 10:52:39 pm
Mate and I managed to finally fix my laptop.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on November 28, 2008, 12:57:19 pm
They are putting in the first units in the kitchen today \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 28, 2008, 03:14:48 pm
Marj has started making this year's Xmas cake :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on November 28, 2008, 03:17:46 pm
Marj has started making this year's Xmas cake :thumbsup:
:thumbsup: We made ours a few weeks ago, fed it with brandy. Now I need to ice and decorate it with holly leaf shaped pieces of white icing

Shall we start a members Xmas Cake Thread in OT Gallery ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on November 28, 2008, 03:19:09 pm
Marj has started making this year's Xmas cake :thumbsup:
Feck me that is going to be a big cake, correct me if I'm wrong but there is weeks until xmas :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 28, 2008, 03:21:51 pm


Shall we start a members Xmas Cake Thread in OT Gallery ?

Go on then.
See you there laters.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on November 28, 2008, 03:22:09 pm
Marj has started making this year's Xmas cake :thumbsup:
Feck me that is going to be a big cake, correct me if I'm wrong but there is weeks until xmas :)
You have to let them mellow Woolly!  :thumbsup:
<homer>Hmm! Cake.. [drool]</homer>
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 02, 2008, 12:47:07 pm
The gas hub have just been plugged in :) Now where did I pack the burner/grill/flame thing (6 months ago) so that we can actually use the gas hub ?

And upon the question "how many plugs do you have in the kitchen?", I just looked blank, but after a wee bit of digging in my gray matter, I remembered that we had two extra plugs on a wall where there are none atm.. So sparky is coming around any day now to fix that problem and earth the pipes to the boiler and plug in the cooker too.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on December 02, 2008, 03:22:03 pm
#1 Son just got a promotion  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 02, 2008, 03:23:34 pm
What?  To #2? ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on December 02, 2008, 03:25:08 pm
What?  To #2? ;D

Hehe - no, Sous Chef.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 02, 2008, 03:26:43 pm
Cool.  Our Kid has started referring to himself as a chef.  Kinda makes me proud, even though he's pretty junior at the place.  For the first time, he's referred to himself by occupation/calling.  Sure you feel the same pride, so congrats to #1. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Dave on December 02, 2008, 06:58:53 pm
The gas hub have just been plugged in :) Now where did I pack the burner/grill/flame thing (6 months ago) so that we can actually use the gas hub ?

Woohoo :thumbsup: How long before you start to get "please come back, we miss you" letters from the local takeaways?

Mine: I have finally, finally motivated myself to start applying for jobs. CV sorted and two applications in today.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on December 02, 2008, 07:36:51 pm
Go, Our Dave!  :thumbsup:

Woolly and I just realised that yesterday was our one year anniversary of moving in together!  :D So on its way is... erm... another takeaway.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on December 02, 2008, 08:34:50 pm

I'm having a weeks vacation  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 03, 2008, 05:38:13 pm
FECK ME !!! We got running water in the kitchen again !!!


And it is the good kind of running water from a TAP and not down the walls \o/ \o/ \o/

*Does a little dance*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on December 05, 2008, 02:05:57 pm

I've done all my Christmas shopping.  :D :D 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 05, 2008, 06:59:56 pm
Peli did some washing up in the kitchen today ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on December 05, 2008, 07:16:35 pm
Peli did some washing up in the kitchen today ;)
It's about time that girl started pulling her weight. Keep cracking the whip Woolly.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 05, 2008, 10:35:53 pm
Today I have:-

got up late
done my last Friday's teaching of the year
skipped lunch and had a very nice sunny bike ride
had a prolonged Pizza Express with some ex-colleagues
done a bit of on-line coaching
bumped into a former pupil on a chess-playing forum. We played several games in which I won the 15 min +10 sec per move game but he won all the 3 min for all moves games. My head is now spinning.
Watched HIGNFY.

And had a fairly significant beard cut.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 07, 2008, 06:43:28 pm
I knew a word in French that Peli didn't know :)

Télécharger, télécharger, télécharger, télécharger, télécharger, télécharger, télécharger :P

But then again I should blooming well know it since I worked for 3 years in IT in France.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 07, 2008, 06:45:35 pm
Oh the other good news, Peli came and picked me up from work, in the park in the sun and a wee ride with her back home next to the river, which was nice.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Zoidburg on December 07, 2008, 07:05:47 pm
I did not get made redundant this week 8)

But the two feckwits who were doing there best to ensure that none of us had a job to go back to got there marching papers on thursday

Shamefull joy I know but I have no sympathy for either of them :-\

Its two less mouths to feed and the tribe gets to live through another winter
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: FatBloke on December 07, 2008, 07:11:13 pm
I did not get made redundant this week 8)

But the two feckwits who were doing there best to ensure that none of us had a job to go back to got there marching papers on thursday

Shamefull  joy I know but I have no sympathy for either of them :-\

Its two less mouths to feed and the tribe gets to live through another winter

<Grammar police> You'd have got my vote!!  :demon: </Grammar police>
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on December 08, 2008, 08:59:01 pm
It has formally happened. My sister and her dispicable boyfriend have split up.

Now it's FSA Operation Take Care of Sis.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 08, 2008, 09:00:42 pm
\o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on December 08, 2008, 09:01:09 pm
Well that really is good news. Look after her P and W.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jurek on December 08, 2008, 09:03:50 pm
Sound.
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 08, 2008, 09:05:04 pm
I won £40 on the office bonus ball draw. w00t.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 08, 2008, 10:06:34 pm
It has formally happened. My sister and her dispicable boyfriend have split up.

Now it's FSA Operation Take Care of Sis.

Great news!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on December 08, 2008, 10:07:44 pm
I won £40 on the office bonus ball draw. w00t.  :)

Well that should cover a few bottles of Pinot Noir.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 09, 2008, 08:59:31 am
It has formally happened. My sister and her dispicable boyfriend have split up.

Now it's FSA Operation Take Care of Sis.

Great news.  Let's hope it's permanent.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hatler on December 09, 2008, 10:20:23 pm
I just hit my 3000 commute / utility miles target for the year on the way home tonight !
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 09, 2008, 10:45:56 pm
I pulled Peli!






























(up on her spelling of the word "despicable".)  ;)

Good news about Sis.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on December 09, 2008, 10:51:07 pm
I was tired and emotional, I'm let off ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 10, 2008, 12:09:38 pm
Paper towels have arrived! New supplies were ordered a month ago, we ran out altogether three weeks ago, we've been drying our hands on our trousers for three weeks. Yay for paper towels!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on December 11, 2008, 10:04:36 am
Finaly organised broadband down here in SA39.

Hello every peeps.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on December 11, 2008, 10:44:09 am
Hello SA39 :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 11, 2008, 02:15:12 pm
Com in Llandysul! Llandysul, are you receiving me?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 11, 2008, 02:50:31 pm
I haven't been hit by a van in over two days!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on December 11, 2008, 03:01:48 pm
Com in Llandysul! Llandysul, are you receiving me?
Loud and clear.
I've just cycled there to get milk and stuff   :thumbsup:

We've moved a bit now, matey.  Just north of Llanfihangle Ar Arth.  Not far from that water wheel that we saw when you and Mrs. Wow came for a ride.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 11, 2008, 03:05:16 pm
...Llanfihangle Ar Arth...

Think your keyboard's playing up, mate!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on December 11, 2008, 03:10:47 pm
...Llanfihangle Ar Arth...

Think your keyboard's playing up, mate!

 ;D
Actualy, it sounds a bit like there ought to be pirates here. ;D

Ar Arth !!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on December 11, 2008, 03:16:41 pm
It has formally happened. My sister and her dispicable boyfriend have split up.

Now it's FSA Operation Take Care of Sis.

Wahey!  Well done your sis!

:D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 12, 2008, 10:45:50 am
I haz taken delivery of all the bits I need to make the Ken Rogers roadworthy again.

See that pair of Lycra-clad legs sticking out of an Essex hedge on December 28th?

That's me, that is.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on December 12, 2008, 10:47:54 am
Do I detect the stirrings of a Mr Larrington AUK come-back tour?

If so, this is a Good Thing - you have been missed.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on December 12, 2008, 10:57:58 am
I got a circlip in the post from WobblyJohn this morning, I fitted it without wounding myself and went for a [bloody cold] ride round the village on my first mike-built wheel.  I got back in 1 piece, the hub works beautifully and the wheel is still round!!!

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on December 12, 2008, 02:03:35 pm
I still have a job, and I'm getting paid this month  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LE on December 12, 2008, 02:14:38 pm
I still have a job, and I'm getting paid this month  :thumbsup:.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LE on December 12, 2008, 02:16:02 pm
I'm home :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on December 12, 2008, 02:26:23 pm
The tickets arrived so I'm going on a free  skiing trip on Sunday and there is lots and lots of snow.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on December 12, 2008, 02:30:50 pm
I haz mince pies- 5 at the time of posting  :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on December 12, 2008, 02:38:13 pm
I hazd mince pies- 5 at the time of posting  :thumbsup:




FTFY...  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on December 12, 2008, 02:45:16 pm
I hazd mince pies- 5 at the time of posting  :thumbsup:




FTFY...  ;)

It was factually correct- I had 5 at the time of posting  :P

I now haz 4 mince pies  ;)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on December 12, 2008, 02:48:47 pm
I hazd mince pies- 5 at the time of posting  :thumbsup:




FTFY...  ;)

It was factually correct- I had 5 at the time of posting  :P

I now haz 4 mince pies  ;)




Blimey, you're a slow eater....  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on December 12, 2008, 02:53:22 pm


Blimey, you're a slow eater....  ;D

LOL !
I eat quickly, it was will-power that meant there was a gap  ;)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 12, 2008, 03:06:34 pm
Do I detect the stirrings of a Mr Larrington AUK come-back tour?

If so, this is a Good Thing - you have been missed.

I need to start cycling to work first.  The problems with excuses to avoid this are many:

o it's cold
o it's dark
o it's icy / raining / foggy
o it means getting up a lot earlier
o it's a long way1
o I've got a headache and would be all cross and wouldn't enjoy it

However, I can't put it off much longer, as a second charger for my GBFO front light arrives RSN, to be installed at work.  Monday the motorcar is in for a service, though, so it'll only be a couple of km each way.

1 - shortest route 28.5 km, flattest about 34 km
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 15, 2008, 12:29:43 pm
Bad news - I am struggling to write two 2009 account plans. Dull tasks made worse by a complete lack of inspiration.

Good news - I have just got on the outside of a Bombay Fat Boy Pot Noodle.  Had the underside of the lid informed me that I had won a free Pot Noodle battery powered twirling fork it would have been even better news.  My office in the garage is nice and warm, if a little damp, as the tumble drier is on - bugger the CO2 emissions  O:-).  To cap it all, I will soon be setting off on Claud for a lunchtime spin via the farm shop to buy a couple of large farm reared steaks - bugger vegetarianism  :thumbsup:

Apologies to any eco friendly veggies out there.  I am in one of those moods.  Normal service will be resumed soon.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 15, 2008, 01:24:29 pm
My colleague has brought me a packet of Lemon Puffs as an apology for saying "fuck off you bitch" to me at least 4 times on the Christmas do last Friday, even though she can't remember saying it and I knew she was joking anyway.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 15, 2008, 03:49:05 pm
I have found the perfect Christmas avatar!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on December 15, 2008, 03:52:32 pm
I have found the perfect Christmas avatar!
Nice pair of baubles.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 15, 2008, 03:59:10 pm
I have found the perfect Christmas avatar!
Nice pair of baubles.  ;)

Alas, I have been asked to change them! 

I have a defence and a damn fine one.  My ex-boss and now mate Martyn sent me the picture and I couldn't resist.  Resisting temptation has always been a problem for me!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on December 15, 2008, 05:47:02 pm
I'm home :)

 :thumbsup:

Hopefully tucked up with a warm duvet, a fluffy cat and a large supply of quality chocolate. 

Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 16, 2008, 11:38:38 am
It would appear that we are going all posh. 

When The Boss does a bit of on-line grocery shopping the nice people from Ocado rock up as opposed to the just as nice people from Tesco.

And, I am not eating pickled hen's eggs anymore!  Here is what the pea green Ocado van has just laid ... :o

(http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l160/stevenr_01/quailseggs.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on December 16, 2008, 03:36:00 pm
I've just been given the date of my first academic lecture.   Now all I need to do is finish the materials so I have something to say  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 19, 2008, 03:02:17 pm
£470 back pay baby!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: chris n on December 19, 2008, 03:29:20 pm

 :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: cc93 on December 20, 2008, 10:21:09 am
Finally conquered The Crong (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/167417) on fixed  O:-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on December 20, 2008, 10:27:53 am
Finally conquered The Crong (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/167417) on fixed  O:-)

That is wellard.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: cc93 on December 20, 2008, 10:30:25 am
 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on December 20, 2008, 10:46:54 pm
my old mucker from when i was 9 has just won strictly come dancing on 'telly!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 20, 2008, 10:55:00 pm
my old mucker from when i was 9 has just won strictly come dancing on 'telly!

Wouldn't that make them a young mucker?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: bobajobrob on December 21, 2008, 01:03:20 pm
My girlfriend said to me, completely unprompted, "I want to try riding a tandem" :thumbsup: I swear I never brought the subject up before.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on December 21, 2008, 01:11:53 pm
My girlfriend said to me, completely unprompted, "I want to try riding a tandem" :thumbsup: I swear I never brought the subject up before.

Marry her....NOW
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on December 21, 2008, 04:54:38 pm
My sister got out and met up with friends today, after a terrible morning where she threatened to do neither.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 21, 2008, 05:53:20 pm
Superstoker came on a walk with us.  Not very far, but enough that I escaped suburbia for the first time in ages.  Tea & cake in Oaks Park on the way home. 

Boy dun good. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on December 22, 2008, 09:53:56 am
Superstoker came on a walk with us.  Not very far, but enough that I escaped suburbia for the first time in ages.  Tea & cake in Oaks Park on the way home. 

Boy dun good. :thumbsup:


I see that food was involved....  I wonder whether that had anything to do with it?   ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 22, 2008, 10:01:35 am
Indeed it was - the first stop was for breakfastunch at the local cafe! :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on December 22, 2008, 03:33:14 pm
Got a letter from the taxman today   :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 22, 2008, 04:41:50 pm
Claud my Marathon Plus shod Claud Butler MTB is absolutely filthy, which means he is being ridden by me and we're having much fun together.  This makes me happy. 

He'll get a clean in the spring when bridle paths stop being muddy and the roads aren't covered in crud.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on December 22, 2008, 06:21:38 pm
i can haz nu fone :-)

It was delivered before I got to  work this morning and the nice security guard signed for it.  This keyboard is a bit small though!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on December 23, 2008, 11:39:01 am
It's my birthday  :D

and I've just done my fastest ever lap of Richmond Park  :thumbsup:

and emphatically not, as my wife alleges, in attempt to prove I'm still young

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 23, 2008, 11:42:46 am
Happy birthday, chap! :)

And well done.  You might outrun the Grim Reaper yet! ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on December 24, 2008, 05:18:43 pm
The fridge is rammed full of eating stuff
There's gallons of booze & wine around the place
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on December 25, 2008, 11:04:07 am
Just had via email an offer of accommodation from an ex-employee who now lives in AUSTRALIA 8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Pingu on December 25, 2008, 11:49:49 am
The fridge is rammed full of eating stuff
There's gallons of booze & wine around the place
 :thumbsup:

We've got a box of Woodforde's awaiting my attention in the porch  :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on December 27, 2008, 12:35:31 pm
I'm at work today.
My next day at work will be the 5th January 2009.

I also be staying as far away from computers in that period.

I'll send a postcard from here (http://tinyurl.com/6xryut) though.

:)

Back home with some 1200 photos and a lot more memories.

Buenos Aires, day trip to Colonia in Uruguay, down to Videma, 18 hour overnight Tren Patagonico to Bariloche, Ruta de los Siete Lagos to San Martin de los Andes, over the border to Chile and Puerto Montt, a 72 hour ferry down through the Fjords past a glacier or two and round the bottom of the Andes to Puerta Natales, 2 marathons worth of trekking in 5 days in Torres del Paine National Park (just do a Google Image search), Ushuaia (the southern most city in the world), back up to Punta Arenas, up to Santiago for a few days, back into Argentina and Mendoza wine country, Cordoba, Posadas and the Jesuit Misiones, Puerto Iguazu and the Garganta del Diablo (another Google Image search) from both Argentinian and Brazilian sides, back to Buenos Aires and home.

I've seen snow, glaciers, 6000m+ high mountains, 40 degree heat and 100% humidity, 4 countries, swum in the Pacific and Atlantic, and various lakes containing icebergs, seen a 2.7km wide set of waterfalls, dolphins, penguins, caiman, condors, 2 football matches (including the play-off final of the Argentinian season) and lots and lots of bonkers scenery.

It's chilly back home but I like that.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on December 27, 2008, 05:04:25 pm
Had a picture from yesterday's time trial published (p4 of today's Courier for Taysidians). Lots of space as well, more than half a page high and two columns wide.

But why do they not put cycle photos under sport?

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 27, 2008, 05:28:17 pm
It's well-known that cycling is not a sport. Neither are Scotsmen very good at it. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: matthew on December 27, 2008, 11:16:22 pm
Finally got my Christmas present (Acer Aspire One) netbook wifi working.  :thumbsup:

I now have a small light laptop for mobile web access.


Two days and it is finally working. However why the method used caused it to start working  ???


Matthew
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on December 29, 2008, 08:43:06 am
Another day, another race, another photo. And this time it *is* in the sport section.

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jacomus on December 29, 2008, 08:45:41 am
I still have a job for January! Woo! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on December 30, 2008, 04:34:34 pm
We have just been to Ribble armed with gift vouchers and I am now the happy owner of a new Topeak Track Pump, a Lusso base layer in black, a Topeak multitool and a big bottle of Orange flavoured PSP stuff. I can't decide whether to blow something up, deliver a box of Milk Tray, take something apart or just drink myself silly.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on December 30, 2008, 05:08:45 pm
We have just been to Ribble armed with gift vouchers and I am now the happy owner of a new Topeak Track Pump, a Lusso base layer in black, a Topeak multitool and a big bottle of Orange flavoured PSP stuff. I can't decide whether to blow something up, deliver a box of Milk Tray, take something apart or just drink myself silly.  ;D

That list of options qualifies you as the next James Bond :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on December 30, 2008, 05:09:18 pm
We have just been to Ribble armed with gift vouchers and I am now the happy owner of a new Topeak Track Pump, a Lusso base layer in black, a Topeak multitool and a big bottle of Orange flavoured PSP stuff. I can't decide whether to blow something up, deliver a box of Milk Tray, take something apart or just drink myself silly.  ;D

That list of options qualifies you as the next James Bond :)

Which makes GillP a Bond Girl :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 30, 2008, 05:31:20 pm
Which makes GillP a Bondage Girl :thumbsup:

 :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on December 30, 2008, 05:54:25 pm
Honestly you chaps  ::-)

Naughty Wow
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on December 31, 2008, 02:58:48 pm
My slanket has arrived. I might never leave the house again.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on December 31, 2008, 03:58:06 pm
My slanket has arrived. I might never leave the house again.

Can I join you?  Yay for jim jams and slankets. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 31, 2008, 03:59:01 pm
*wants to know what a slanket is but daren't google...* ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on December 31, 2008, 04:02:04 pm
*wants to know what a slanket is but daren't google...* ;D

Safe for work..

THE SLANKET, THE BEST BLANKET EVER (http://www.theslanket.com/)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on January 02, 2009, 07:24:50 pm
The wallet which I was certain I'd put in my pocket this morning, but wasn't there when I went out at lunchtime, was at home all day.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jasper the surreal cyclist on January 03, 2009, 12:11:49 am
Cos I did not go out to the Alps for some mtbing this year, I did not spend my stash of euros from Easter time. Found stash during token desk clearing and made 40 sobs on poor exchange rate. This will pay for a trip to Bath next week to watch the rugby.....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 03, 2009, 12:35:23 pm
The plumber has been and fixed my burst pipe.  I can have a shower again!    :)

I've also got to do 3 days worth of washing up  :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on January 04, 2009, 12:04:33 am
I cleaned the kitchen and started to put the kitchen back into the kitchen, a very weird feeling.

While Peli was cooking  :o in our kitchen  :o , though we have forgot how to use the oven, as we forgot to set the temperature when we turned it on so cooking took a bit longer than planned. And we forgot to add the red peppers to the roasting potatoes... we get there we will get there :)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on January 04, 2009, 01:21:40 am
I got myself a new iPod :) A pwetty purple 16GB Nano :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: JohnP on January 04, 2009, 06:13:17 pm
woolly & peli - glad the kitchen is getting back together.  Sad news is that you now have to start cooking properly again instead of nuking everything.  Takes longer but it is worth it and makes a good bottle of wine taste much better.

Enjoy.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Phil on January 05, 2009, 07:52:42 pm
My gran gave me £20 for christmas which I have just spent on a new vellum, tuners, bridge and strings for the knackered old banjo-mandolin I picked up cheap a year ago, so I'll finally be able to play it :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on January 08, 2009, 02:01:22 am
I may just lined up another mobile sound system commission :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 08, 2009, 02:54:55 pm
Top stuff :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on January 08, 2009, 04:09:50 pm
I have just finished my design for the CRF Cannon! Woooo!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 08, 2009, 05:24:34 pm
I just phoned my daughter to wish her a happy 28th birthday and her husband answered. We were on speakerphone intending to sing HBTY to her. S-i-l said that on speakerphone I sound like God. O:-)

Good son-in-law, that.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on January 08, 2009, 05:27:06 pm
I just phoned my daughter to wish her a happy 28th birthday and her husband answered. We were on speakerphone intending to sing HBTY to her. S-i-l said that on speakerphone I sound like God. O:-)
The resemblance is close too!
(http://www.pythonline.com/files/pythonline/images/GODSWALL.preview.png)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on January 08, 2009, 06:32:27 pm
I just phoned my daughter to wish her a happy 28th birthday and her husband answered. We were on speakerphone intending to sing HBTY to her. S-i-l said that on speakerphone I sound like God. O:-)

Good son-in-law, that.

Congratulations on your promotion from Santa Claus
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 09, 2009, 05:41:51 pm
I've just been offered some more work - on a Saturday! I've accepted.

It's only an hour a month but it's a nice gentle 9-mile-round-trip commute. First session 7th Feb, with ten G & Ts. (That's Gifted & Talented Children. I prefer ale.)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on January 09, 2009, 06:18:54 pm
I've just receive a parcel of goodies in the post. Thank you, Annie! :)

This post(er) may contain traces of sugar ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on January 09, 2009, 06:52:51 pm
I would like to give the NHS a big cheer. (Unusual I know) My eldest went to the docs yesterday afternoon with belly ache, was admitted straight to the hospital and by 11 o'clock last night he was minus his appendix  :-X Couldn't ask for quicker treatment than that.

Amazingly he was discharged this afternoon and is now back in the care of his Dad with another two weeks off work, having just had four weeks off for Christmas  ::-) That's army life for you.



Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on January 09, 2009, 06:54:59 pm
I would like to give the NHS a big cheer. (Unusual I know) My eldest went to the docs yesterday afternoon with belly ache, was admitted straight to the hospital and by 11 o'clock last night he was minus his appendix  :-X Couldn't ask for quicker treatment than that.

Amazingly he was discharged this afternoon and is now back in the care of his Dad with another two weeks off work, having just had four weeks off for Christmas  ::-) That's army life for you.






Better out than in!  Both the appendix and your son (less chance of picking up a hospital acquired infection).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on January 09, 2009, 07:51:06 pm
I would like to give the NHS a big cheer. (Unusual I know) My eldest went to the docs yesterday afternoon with belly ache, was admitted straight to the hospital and by 11 o'clock last night he was minus his appendix  :-X Couldn't ask for quicker treatment than that.

Amazingly he was discharged this afternoon and is now back in the care of his Dad with another two weeks off work, having just had four weeks off for Christmas  ::-) That's army life for you.






Better out than in!  Both the appendix and your son (less chance of picking up a hospital acquired infection).

That's more or less the same conclusion we came to Reg!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 09, 2009, 07:54:50 pm
Gosh.  Best wishes to him.  And a :-* to you.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on January 13, 2009, 05:12:16 pm
5-a-side starts again tonight. This is going to hurt but I'm looking forward to playing regularly again. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on January 14, 2009, 04:21:39 pm
Good news - have just handed in my dissertation for my Masters  : )

I have already got my Diploma (in Library & Information Studies) so I hear back at the end of March if I have a fail/pass/merit/distinction. I would settle for a merit, but I think the distinction is a pipe-dream.

Anyway - its all done!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 15, 2009, 11:28:26 pm
Good luck with the MA, HW!

My son's remarkably clever girlfriend has a BSc in Psychology (First Class) and recently received her marks in her MA in Jungian Studies (Distinction) which is all the more impressive when one considers that both degrees were from English Universities and English is in fact her 3rd language, being as she is a Finn of Swedish extraction. None of this stops her being full of self-doubt about her abilities.

My good news is that my recent blood tests are "boringly normal" and the methotrexate is giving me a great deal of relief form arthritic pain. Given that my liver and kidney functionality is fine and that my blood cells are being produced in sufficient numbers and in an acceptable ratio (methotrexate can do damage to all of these), perhaps a small celebration is in order.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on January 16, 2009, 07:55:09 am
My good news is that my recent blood tests are "boringly normal" and the methotrexate is giving me a great deal of relief form arthritic pain. Given that my liver and kidney functionality is fine and that my blood cells are being produced in sufficient numbers and in an acceptable ratio (methotrexate can do damage to all of these), perhaps a small celebration is in order.

That's great news Wow. I did notice that your post seem to have been pain free for quite a while now. Almost booze free as well, so well done to you and yes indeed, a celebration is certainly in order.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on January 18, 2009, 06:33:49 pm

I have tickets for World cup track cycling in Cph in February.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 20, 2009, 01:27:47 pm
Got on the scales this morning. 3kg down on the turn of the year!
Either that or the digital scales are bust.

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on January 20, 2009, 02:24:12 pm
My luggage has arrived!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on January 20, 2009, 05:50:17 pm
I am having dinner with Woolly and Peli :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on January 20, 2009, 06:06:35 pm
George W Bush is no longer President  :thumbsup: Well... it's Good News isn't it?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on January 21, 2009, 01:49:03 am
Indeed it is
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on January 21, 2009, 11:07:03 am
If I get off my lazy arse and put in a lap of RP tonight then I'll pass the 10000km mark on the Tempo. (My geared bike has done only 2425.1km).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 21, 2009, 12:42:24 pm
Last week I got a cheque for £232.31 that I did not expect to have. I like free money.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 21, 2009, 02:46:03 pm
I got dressed today, I walked to the farm and consumed a sandwich.  I am now back on the sofa but it is a start.  I am exhausted.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on January 21, 2009, 02:57:54 pm
I've been told that the right forks (as distinct from the wrong ones delivered with it) for my new Enigma Etape should arrive tomorrow - or Friday if I'm unlucky. I may actually get to ride it on Sunday, after using it as an ornament for 2 months.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on January 21, 2009, 08:06:57 pm
If I get off my lazy arse and put in a lap of RP tonight then I'll pass the 10000km mark on the Tempo. (My geared bike has done only 2425.1km).

Nope, but...

If I get off my lazy arse and commute in by bike tomorrow (forecast is rain but tailwind) then I'll pass the 10000km mark on the Tempo on the way in.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 21, 2009, 08:12:04 pm
My new bike has arrived :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 21, 2009, 08:20:23 pm
My new bike has arrived :thumbsup:

Shall we guess what colour it is  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 21, 2009, 08:22:54 pm
My new bike has arrived :thumbsup:

Shall we guess what colour it is  :)

It isn't all one colour/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 21, 2009, 08:35:58 pm
Red and ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 21, 2009, 08:38:23 pm
Red and ?
Something like this http://www.cube-bike.nl/website/ShowFile.php?ID=930675&Size=Large&Type=Product
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 21, 2009, 08:54:42 pm
Pretty!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on January 21, 2009, 09:11:15 pm
Nice.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 21, 2009, 09:11:46 pm
Pretty!

Thank you.  Haven't actually seen it yet.  If I stop feeling sea sick I will see it this week.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on January 22, 2009, 11:56:11 am
My new forks have arrived! Phone call from Ms. B to let me know. Now I'll be quivering with impatience until I get home.

Expect pictures of the bike when the forks are fitted.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on January 22, 2009, 01:24:31 pm
Mr R has just been appointed to a locum consultant post.  This is nice as it includes a £20k p.a. pay rise and puts him in front running for the permanent consultant post he's after in Cambridge.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 22, 2009, 01:25:46 pm
Oh - does that mean that Liverpool might be starved of the pleasure of your presence?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on January 22, 2009, 01:26:52 pm
Oh - does that mean that Liverpool might be starved of the pleasure of your presence?


I hope so...  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on January 22, 2009, 02:24:23 pm
Last exam tomorrow* :)

*well, for 4 months anyway...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on January 22, 2009, 03:54:28 pm
Last exam tomorrow* :)

*well, for 4 months anyway...

Good luck, you will no doubt be ready for a break.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wascally Weasel on January 22, 2009, 04:04:54 pm
I have just bought a fabulous 3/4 length purple velvet jacket.  Hurrah!

(It was reduced by £90 but don't ask me what it cost - normally I'm a rumpled 'Man at Primark')
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 22, 2009, 04:40:00 pm
The Mercian now has two mudguards on it for the first time since the Dun Run, or more correctly for the first time since arriving at The Inn on the Green. I have acquired a 27 * 1⅛ Panaracer Pasela from the good people at Spa Cycles so the wheel now spins without the tyre fouling the guard. The bike & I got covered in crap last Saturday when Del & I tested the February Warty.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on January 22, 2009, 06:15:17 pm
I have just bought a fabulous 3/4 length purple velvet jacket.  Hurrah!

(

Similarly,I have just had  a classic-cut full length overcoat.Grey herringbone pattern in wool & cashmere.Tis proper toasty.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on January 22, 2009, 06:37:46 pm
I had a night off last night, and went to bed at 2130. I slept, too.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 22, 2009, 06:58:55 pm
My Endura Stealth jacket is here and ...... I have seen my new bike.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 22, 2009, 07:04:06 pm
Bikes.  And riding them :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 23, 2009, 12:34:15 pm
Our Kid has bought himself a bike! :thumbsup:

Bad news: It's a £10 BMX from the Salvation Army shop.

Good news: He'll ride it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 23, 2009, 12:57:05 pm
Excellent news Clarion.

My good news, my dad is in recovery, I don't know anything other than that at the mo.  I can't tell you how relieved I am. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on January 23, 2009, 01:09:39 pm
Fingers crossed, Annie :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 23, 2009, 01:56:33 pm
Fingers crossed, Annie :)

Consultant said he gave my dad a 'Rolls Royce Operation' as he was a lot worse than they thought.  He is ok, not very well at the moment though.  Still on a ventilator.  Early days.  Relief does some funny things to a person.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: diapsaon0 on January 23, 2009, 02:02:15 pm
Fingers crossed, Annie :)

Consultant said he gave my dad a 'Rolls Royce Operation' as he was a lot worse than they thought.  He is ok, not very well at the moment though.  Still on a ventilator.  Early days.  Relief does some funny things to a person.

Thinking of you all,

N
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hulver on January 23, 2009, 02:33:04 pm
A bit of a different level of good news from some of the previous posts, but my yacf jersey has arrived, and it fits!

Yey!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 23, 2009, 02:54:25 pm
The scales said something very encouraging this morning
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on January 23, 2009, 03:42:32 pm
The scales said something very encouraging this morning

Mine too. I'm a skinny bugger but I seem to have developed this rather large lump of fat around my middle over Christmas and none of my trousers fit. I finally saw the scales going in the right direction this morning.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on January 23, 2009, 03:45:00 pm
My sister and BIL are coming to stay tonight so I'm about to retire to the kitchen to be creative with left over lamb and puff pastry. Other ingredients may be involved.

Please note, this food will be prepared in a kitchen that contains a nut.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 23, 2009, 05:33:02 pm
Charlotte, Nutty and I went to see a Man about a Bike. And we rode one - well, I had stabilisers fitted, but Charlotte roamed free. Pics to follow. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on January 23, 2009, 05:33:26 pm
Fingers crossed, Annie :)

Consultant said he gave my dad a 'Rolls Royce Operation' as he was a lot worse than they thought.  He is ok, not very well at the moment though.  Still on a ventilator.  Early days.  Relief does some funny things to a person.

Hope everything is OK and he makes a good recovery.  
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on January 23, 2009, 07:07:17 pm
Annie's coming round this weekend and I'm going skating!

:D :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on January 23, 2009, 07:21:54 pm
I haven't done any work for the past two hours, and have been taking it easy.

Having said that, I'm now about to start work again.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on January 23, 2009, 09:56:38 pm
I've just found a bottle of champagne, should keep me going until my flight leaves  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on January 24, 2009, 12:13:12 am
and now I've just blagged a meal ticket so I can go straight to sleep when I get on the flight :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 24, 2009, 01:03:45 am
I've just managed to get two tickets from Southend to Totnes on Easter Saturday for £15 each!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on January 24, 2009, 10:40:46 am
I got two returns from King X to Leeds for £12.50 per person per journey. I reckon that by doing it myself it has saved the taxpayer between £210 and £396.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 25, 2009, 08:31:47 pm
We're going to see Le Tour on the Tourmalet  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on January 26, 2009, 08:15:29 am
We're going to see Le Tour on the Tourmalet  :D
you lucky sods :) Are you going to hang around until we get there? only a couple of weeks later :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 26, 2009, 04:47:18 pm
I think we might be gone by then, leaving on the 25th. :( Nothing personal, honest, just was originally going by the Bike Express dates and never bothered to re-think dates when I dumped the bus.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on January 26, 2009, 05:03:49 pm
Well we hit town or Tourmalet on the 21st so we could manage to meet up where will you be staying ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 26, 2009, 07:06:05 pm
Well we hit town or Tourmalet on the 21st so we could manage to meet up where will you be staying ?
Oh cool, that'll be good.  :thumbsup: We're gonna be staying at the place you guys recommended with Rob & Rachel.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on January 26, 2009, 07:12:44 pm
Oh, that is good news! Rob and Rachel are brilliant, and their food to die for. We'll have to organise a ride all together, if you like?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on January 26, 2009, 07:39:10 pm
Sounds fab! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 27, 2009, 11:50:34 am
We've just signed off our accounts for the year... and paid the Government some money. I suppose there's a nice deserving banker somewhere who needs it more than we do.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on January 27, 2009, 12:44:10 pm
We've just signed off our accounts for the year... and paid the Government some money.

It'll be our turn soon.I really angers me to give it to HMG who will pass it on to incompetent wbankers >:(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 27, 2009, 12:55:03 pm
I got two returns from King X to Leeds for £12.50 per person per journey. I reckon that by doing it myself it has saved the taxpayer between £210 and £396.

That reminds me to book my tickets to Bangor for the end of April.

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on January 27, 2009, 12:59:19 pm
That reminds me to book my tickets to Bangor for the end of April.

Advance fares only bookable up to, and including, Friday 10th April at the moment.


   National Express &gt; Advanced Ticket Alert &gt; Train tickets for travel to London, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow
 (http://www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com/Travel-Information/Advanced-Ticket-Alert/)

The advance booking dates move forward a week at a time (rather than a day at a time) so if you're going out on a Friday and coming back Saturday or Sunday then it's often worth picking up a cheap single for the outbound leg and then waiting for the next week's tickets to be released and snap up a cheap single to get back.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on January 27, 2009, 01:04:33 pm
That reminds me to book my tickets to Bangor for the end of April.

Advance fares only bookable up to, and including, Friday 10th April at the moment.


   National Express &gt; Advanced Ticket Alert &gt; Train tickets for travel to London, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow
 (http://www.nationalexpresseastcoast.com/Travel-Information/Advanced-Ticket-Alert/)

The advance booking dates move forward a week at a time (rather than a day at a time) so if you're going out on a Friday and coming back Saturday or Sunday then it's often worth picking up a cheap single for the outbound leg and then waiting for the next week's tickets to be released and snap up a cheap single to get back.

It looks like I will be travelling back on the sleeper from Crewe. I'll tag the route for an advanced ticket alert.

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on January 27, 2009, 01:21:18 pm
It looks like I will be travelling back on the sleeper from Crewe. I'll tag the route for an advanced ticket alert.

It's a useful reminder, but the way to get the absolute cheapest is to be awake and online when the new tickets are released.

It's some ungodly hour on a Saturday morning if I remember correctly...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on January 27, 2009, 02:02:02 pm
I need to book the sleeper from Crewe to Inverness for Thursday 16th April..
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on January 27, 2009, 02:03:11 pm
I need to book the sleeper from Crewe to Inverness for Thursday 16th April..

Lucky git!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on January 27, 2009, 04:17:36 pm
Talked to our insurer. It was all a mistake. As I thought, we should not be charged anything for insuring our hire car, as although it's bigger than the policy covers, it was not provided at our request but because their hire company didn't have the right size available. We have therefore had our money refunded. Hooray! And thanks Natalia, for sorting it all out. Unlike her colleagues on Saturday, she knew exactly what she was doing.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on January 29, 2009, 04:41:43 pm
Tomorrow I catch a train to near Avoriaz to slide about on skis on the most snow for years.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on January 30, 2009, 09:52:54 am
I just did my tax return and they owe me money!!  Not a lot, admittedly, but enough for a large and splendid lunch in teh pub on sunday! 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 30, 2009, 02:38:51 pm
My new bike is here in the house :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: diapsaon0 on January 30, 2009, 02:40:18 pm
My new bike is here in the house :thumbsup:

Excellent news!  Photos asap please  :thumbsup:

N
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on January 30, 2009, 02:40:35 pm
My new bike is here in the house :thumbsup:


Put the bike down and back away from the lycra, young lady!   >:(

No cycling 'til you're properly fit again!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: eck on January 30, 2009, 02:41:23 pm
I just did my tax return and they owe me money!!  Not a lot, admittedly, but enough for a large and splendid lunch in teh pub on sunday! 
Pleased for you Mike.
I just did mine: with what they owe me, I can just about buy you a pint to go with your lunch.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 30, 2009, 02:42:06 pm
I just did my tax return and they owe me money!!  Not a lot, admittedly, but enough for a large and splendid lunch in teh pub on sunday! 
Pleased for you Mike.
I just did mine: with what they owe me, I can just about buy you a pint to go with your lunch.  ;D

Which means I'm footing the bill for both of you. >:( ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 30, 2009, 02:43:29 pm
My new bike is here in the house :thumbsup:


Put the bike down and back away from the lycra, young lady!   >:(

No cycling 'til you're properly fit again!
Hmmm. I'm not hearing you. O:-)

Seriously though, I won't be riding til next week, I promise. :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on January 30, 2009, 02:51:03 pm
I just had an amusing but brief spam telephone conversation

Phone rings, displaying caller no. 00000000.

I pick up the receiver but say nothing. There is a few seconds' silence. Eventually person at other end opens the batting, in a strong accent typical of people trying to spam me. What is that accent? It might be Martian for all I know.

Martian: Hello?

Me: (basso profundo, possibly Marvin the Robot) Hello!

Martian: May I speak with Mr. Wallaker?

Me, after several seconds' pause: No.

Line goes dead.

I think I won that round.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on January 30, 2009, 02:52:51 pm
I just had an amusing but brief spam telephone conversation

Phone rings, displaying caller no. 00000000.

I pick up the receiver but say nothing. There is a few seconds' silence. Eventually person at other end opens the batting, in a strong accent typical of people trying to spam me. What is that accent? It might be Martian for all I know.

Martian: Hello?

Me: (basso profundo, possibly Marvin the Robot) Hello!

Martian: May I speak with Mr. Wallaker?

Me, after several seconds' pause: No.

Line goes dead.

I think I won that round.


 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I've been known to respond to such calls with "Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour?"  That normally means the conversation is cut short!  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on January 30, 2009, 03:29:34 pm
No cycling 'til you're properly fit again!
I was going to take the poster up on this and then I realised it was Regulator.  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on January 30, 2009, 03:31:06 pm
No cycling 'til you're properly fit again!
I was going to take the poster up on this and then I realised it was Regulator.  ::-)

Does that mean I can ride?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on January 30, 2009, 03:34:37 pm
No cycling 'til you're properly fit again!
I was going to take the poster up on this and then I realised it was Regulator.  ::-)

Does that mean I can ride?
Very slowly and build up your distance. Think gentle thoughts, pedal easily and smoothly, eat well, and hydrate.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on January 30, 2009, 10:51:54 pm
I didn't realise you had to activate some code or other before filing my tax return online  :(

However, seeing as I will be filing a return that requires no payment, I won't get stung £100 - or at least I'll get it refunded  :)

Oh, and I got offered a (nice, secure, public sector) job. A big weight off my shoulders and smoothes the way to getting the kids over.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nutkin on January 30, 2009, 11:01:55 pm
Did a favour for a work colleague yesterday* & today she gave me a huge bar of utterly lovely chocolate!



*I made a costume for her daughter who is off to a Mama Mia party. The fabric was very glittery & now my carpet (in fact my whole flat) looks like the night sky!   ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on January 31, 2009, 09:19:38 am
Did a favour for a work colleague yesterday* & today she gave me a huge bar of utterly lovely chocolate!



*I made a costume for her daughter who is off to a Mama Mia party. The fabric was very glittery & now my carpet (in fact my whole flat) looks like the night sky!   ::-)[/b]

How can you tell?  I imagine your flat is pink, fluffy and glittery anyway.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on January 31, 2009, 08:19:42 pm
we went to the point - to - point today for a friends birthday (instead of doing the willy warmer audax.. grr) but amazingly I came away with more money than I'd gone with - 2 wins, a second and a third!  I think that's the first time ever!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 01, 2009, 09:45:56 am
Did a favour for a work colleague yesterday* & today she gave me a huge bar of utterly lovely chocolate!



*I made a costume for her daughter who is off to a Mama Mia party. The fabric was very glittery & now my carpet (in fact my whole flat) looks like the night sky!   ::-)[/b]

How can you tell?  I imagine your flat is pink, fluffy and glittery anyway.  ;)

Only Regulator can think that the night sky is pink and fluffy. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 01, 2009, 09:46:54 am
Did a favour for a work colleague yesterday* & today she gave me a huge bar of utterly lovely chocolate!



*I made a costume for her daughter who is off to a Mama Mia party. The fabric was very glittery & now my carpet (in fact my whole flat) looks like the night sky!   ::-)[/b]

How can you tell?  I imagine your flat is pink, fluffy and glittery anyway.  ;)

Only Regulator can think that the night sky is pink and fluffy. ;)

At sunset or sunrise, the sky can often seem pink and fluffy...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 01, 2009, 09:48:40 am
But that's hardly night, though, is it? :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 01, 2009, 09:49:57 am
But that's hardly night, though, is it? :thumbsup:

It's either end of it....  :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on February 01, 2009, 09:51:25 am
Nonsense, it's either end of the day not of the night.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nutkin on February 01, 2009, 10:19:35 am
 ::-)


Something either end of the day has to be either end of the night too!

And there really isn't all that much pink here. At the moment the only pink things I can see are gloves, ear muffs, a cup, some socks, a T-shirt, a coat, my make-up bag... Oh  :-[  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 01, 2009, 10:42:23 am
::-)


Something either end of the day has to be either end of the night too!

And there really isn't all that much pink here. At the moment the only pink things I can see are gloves, ear muffs, a cup, some socks, a T-shirt, a coat, my make-up bag... Oh  :-[  ;D

Try opening your wardrobe.  A cacophony of pink will assault the senses.

No wonder Andrij has to wear disguises to and from your place...  ;)

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3315/3198118310_9db9e1dd14.jpg?v=1232574302)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on February 01, 2009, 01:10:07 pm
::-)


Something either end of the day has to be either end of the night too!



I know that, I was just seeing if I could confuse Gregulator.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 01, 2009, 02:56:45 pm
I had a great time on Critical Mass yesterday in India's Garden City/Silicon Valley/Helicopter-nagar!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 01, 2009, 04:49:09 pm
Snooker player Steve Davis turned up last night at my son's gig.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on February 02, 2009, 12:27:04 pm
I have had my contract extended until the end of May

Yay! I might get to hit my target for miles for the year now (I missed it by 1200 miles last year :( )
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on February 02, 2009, 01:06:22 pm
Working from home can be good:-

Finally setup printer sharing on the mac so I can print wirelessly from my laptop.
Finally sending off admin/paperwork stuff that I've been putting off (perm entries, final LEL payment, etc).
Oh, and no irritating sales people distracting me from work.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on February 02, 2009, 01:15:35 pm
Working from home can be good:-

Finally setup printer sharing on the mac so I can print wirelessly from my laptop.


What did you need to do? I've tried (and failed) that several times

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on February 02, 2009, 02:00:08 pm
Working from home can be good:-

Finally setup printer sharing on the mac so I can print wirelessly from my laptop.


What did you need to do? I've tried (and failed) that several times

Enable Printer Sharing and enable Windows sharing (my laptop runs XP). Add an account to the Windows sharing section (you'll need to login with this account to use the printer).

Then I just did Start -> Run -> \\192.168.1.66\ (the IP of my MacMini).
Entered login details and I can see my users home directory and the printer.
Right click on the printer and select "Connect" and it'll go through the printer driver stuff and add it to the list of printers.

I think the trick is enabling Windows Sharing and not just Printer Sharing.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on February 03, 2009, 08:30:04 pm
I'm going to be a Grandfather in August.

Bloody hell.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 03, 2009, 09:13:03 pm
Congratulations to Gordy and the Gordilets!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nobby on February 03, 2009, 09:37:19 pm
I've won an Olympus digital slr, photoprinter and a years membership of the friendly camping club. ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on February 03, 2009, 09:56:06 pm
Fantastic! :D Congratulations Nobby and Gordy.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nobby on February 03, 2009, 10:00:20 pm
Fantastic! :D Congratulations Nobby and Gordy.

Thank you, although I'd rather be a grandad. With three daughters and a son, I always thought I would be by now  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on February 03, 2009, 10:00:48 pm
Just booked our trip to Denmark at the end of May \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Deano on February 03, 2009, 10:03:23 pm
Congratuolations, Gordy - boy or girl?

And Nobby, you're a git.  I borrowed my brother in law's Olympus and really enjoyed it.  I wouldn't buy one myself, though  - you could get a bike for that kind of money!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nobby on February 03, 2009, 10:08:58 pm
Congratuolations, Gordy - boy or girl?

And Nobby, you're a git.  I borrowed my brother in law's Olympus and really enjoyed it.  I wouldn't buy one myself, though  - you could get a bike for that kind of money!

Thank you deano, I am indeed but I've got four bikes plus one out on loan  ;)
This is a much handier prize than the four bar-b-q's I won last year; them's not a lot of use to a vegetarian lightweight cycle camper ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LE on February 04, 2009, 07:52:40 am
:). I like this thread. It always makes me smile.

Congratulations Nobby and Gordy
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 04, 2009, 07:55:36 am
Excellent news Gordy and Nobby.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on February 04, 2009, 08:18:31 am
Congrats Nobby and especially Gordy
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nobby on February 04, 2009, 08:53:00 am
Thank you LE, Annie & Tiermat and a special congrats to Gordy even though his good news trumps mine and makes me jealous  ;D
My number two daughter marries in August. When I do my speech I'll mention the little gordilet; it might prompt her & son in law :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 04, 2009, 09:00:43 am
My older daughter's been married for a couple of years with no progeny as yet. She's got a large mortgage and a cat instead.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 04, 2009, 12:20:21 pm
I have an interview!  For a job that pays quite a bit more than my last job!

Just waiting for confirmation of date and time - but probably next Wednesday afternoon.

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: ScumOfTheRoad on February 04, 2009, 12:28:02 pm
Woot! The beers are on you at My Old Dutch next time then?
Best of British luck in the interview.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on February 04, 2009, 12:33:43 pm
Some of you have got this marriage/offspring thing not quite right.It is rumoured that in some instances the marriage vows are actually a pagan incantation which invokes a remarkable healing process in the female ;D.

Many congratulations to Gordy & family.
"Grandad Gordon" rolls nicely off the tongue dontyathink :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Notsototalnewbie on February 04, 2009, 12:34:34 pm
Good luck Reg! I will cross my fingers and Cam will cross her paws for her DUG.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 04, 2009, 06:35:02 pm
Good luck Regulator, crossing all my little bits and bobs for you.

My good news.  My fingers are sore from lacing a rear wheel, it will be finished in the morning, I am having so much fun though.

Other good news, my dad's sedation is being reduced.

I also managed a 45 min hill climb on the turbo, my legs are now feeling quite firm.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on February 06, 2009, 02:19:34 pm
W/house is shut and all runs are cancelled.
Result  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 06, 2009, 07:20:16 pm
A job that I was kind of considered for last year has become available again.  One of my referees works for the organisation in question.  Pay is £££+ and there is lots of international travel involved (by green methods of course).

Guess who's applying again!  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 06, 2009, 07:22:00 pm
Things are beginning to sound pretty exciting on the job front Reg. Good luck with the applications.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 06, 2009, 07:25:09 pm
I managed two hours in the gym, I feel great, am glowing and happy.  My dad is able to talk again, can't ask for more than that.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 06, 2009, 07:28:59 pm
I managed two hours in the gym, I feel great, am glowing and happy.  My dad is able to talk again, can't ask for more than that.
:thumbsup: kind of sums it up I think.  ;)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 08, 2009, 11:46:24 am
My sister's horrible ex has announced he has a new girlfriend. This is very, very good news (for sis, not the new girlfriend).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on February 08, 2009, 03:30:10 pm
My sister's horrible ex has announced he has a new girlfriend. This is very, very good news (for sis, not the new girlfriend).

That is indeed something to smile about  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: ibrahim on February 08, 2009, 03:59:56 pm
I was too lazy to go 4 miles to Ikea and drag a 179cm Ivar bookshelf plus shelves back tied to the bike, so I just went food shopping insted

Then, walking home from Sainsbury's I found first two Ivar shelves on the road near my house, then two side units.

 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 08, 2009, 07:25:06 pm
Not so much good news as a good feeling really.

We spent Friday doing shopping and chores on our bikes which was great fun.

On Saturday, we tried, and failed to keep up with the local club ride but still had a great day out and met some nice people.

Today, Mrs. TKP went riding with a ladies cycling group and really enjoyed it and I went out on my own, something I rarely do, and I had a fantastic ride and now feel wonderful.

I can't ever remember such a cycling centric weekend and it makes me feel  :) :) :) and what's more, it is still only February. I have a good feeling about this coming year.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 08, 2009, 08:09:17 pm
TKP, that's so good to hear, makes me feel all warm and happy. :thumbsup:

My good news.  I am just happy and tired.  I don't know why, I just am.  Oh, I managed to sort out my front wheel today.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 08, 2009, 08:16:15 pm
TKP, that's so good to hear, makes me feel all warm and happy. :thumbsup:

My good news.  I am just happy and tired.  I don't know why, I just am.  Oh, I managed to sort out my front wheel today.


Thanks Annie. It's really nice to hear that you are feeling happy, you deserve nothing less.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 08, 2009, 08:25:10 pm
TKP, that's so good to hear, makes me feel all warm and happy. :thumbsup:

My good news.  I am just happy and tired.  I don't know why, I just am.  Oh, I managed to sort out my front wheel today.


Thanks Annie. It's really nice to hear that you are feeling happy, you deserve nothing less.



It is news like yours that makes me want to cycle even more.  I intend to just ride and ride as much as possible, anywhere and everywhere, shopping trips and visits to school.   It will be good for my mood.

Other good news, I was measured for my new bike today, by the guys from Cyfac.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on February 08, 2009, 08:27:44 pm
Other good news, I was measure for my new bike today, by the guys from Cyfac.

Another one?  :o

 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 08, 2009, 08:30:31 pm
Other good news, I was measure for my new bike today, by the guys from Cyfac.

Another one?  :o

 :thumbsup:

Yes, but don't tell anyone else ;) 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on February 12, 2009, 07:45:05 pm
I did my first lecture today  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on February 12, 2009, 07:48:26 pm
Peli is back, picking her up from the station right now ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hulver on February 13, 2009, 11:51:57 am
Apparently the cat still has some blood flowing into the left back leg, so the vet doesn't think they'll have to amputate it  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on February 13, 2009, 02:11:05 pm
I've just finished doing my expenses for 2008. I had 5 months worth  :o
It will, in effect, be "free" money because it's all been accounted for and the credit card bills paid.
Some of it will go on bike bits, the rest I'll squander  :thumbsup:


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 13, 2009, 03:40:21 pm
The real relief in having finished the event has kicked in... And I just got a small bonus for it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 13, 2009, 03:47:21 pm
Excellent.  Well done.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on February 13, 2009, 04:41:53 pm
New upstairs neighbours!

(Now we can turn the thermostat down and get our flat heated for free by both the upstairs and downstairs neighbours!)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 15, 2009, 05:27:54 pm
We took my Mum out to lunch today, or more precisely, we took her to a pub and she bought us lunch. After two years of physical and mental ups and downs she is almost her old self again. Considering that we thought we were seeing the beginning of the end a few times it was just lovely to see her laughing and telling funny stories again. Her short term memory is still shot but physically she is in pretty good shape. She was surprised to be told she had ordered a pudding, for example, but she had no problem demolishing it when it arrived.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on February 15, 2009, 05:36:08 pm
she is almost her old self again.

Excellent,that really is GoodNews :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 02:45:19 pm
 :thumbsup: toekneep re your Mum.

I just got four new pieces of Good News in the form of bonuses for my recent hard work :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 16, 2009, 03:18:58 pm
Four! Congrats Peli, treat yourself, buy a book on delegation.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2009, 03:19:57 pm
Well done.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 03:20:13 pm
Yes, very good plan.

And I also thought I could buy myself and Woolly new bikes...  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 16, 2009, 03:24:26 pm
Ooh, sod the book, tell us more about the bikes.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Charlotte on February 16, 2009, 03:28:35 pm
More good news:

(http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/8166/ceilingcatgonegz2.jpg)

:D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 03:31:20 pm
Ooh, sod the book, tell us more about the bikes.  ;D
Well, Woolly wants a Surly Long Haul Trucker, and I am yet to decide what I would like. Perhaps I will take myself down to Roberts...  :D

Anyone have any ideas? (Cue: deluge.)  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2009, 03:38:13 pm
Give us a run down on what the current stable is, and what it is you want to do, and I guess every niche will be suggested very quickly.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on February 16, 2009, 03:40:10 pm

Anyone have any ideas? (Cue: deluge.)  ;)

I hear Enigma are well respected  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 16, 2009, 04:00:05 pm
I just got four new pieces of Good News in the form of bonuses

Ah, that's more like it.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 04:08:13 pm
I just got four new pieces of Good News in the form of bonuses

Ah, that's more like it.  :)
Indeed.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on February 16, 2009, 04:10:07 pm
Ooh, sod the book, tell us more about the bikes.  ;D
Well, Woolly wants a Surly Long Haul Trucker, and I am yet to decide what I would like. Perhaps I will take myself down to Roberts...  :D

Anyone have any ideas? (Cue: deluge.)  ;)

Buy a Roberts but see if you can have the frame painted by somebody who knows how to apply paint that sticks.    ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2009, 04:11:11 pm
Or buy a Bob Jackson painted by Bob Jacksons? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on February 16, 2009, 04:13:24 pm
Buy A Roberts but have it painted by Bob Jackson.   That way you'd get the best of both worlds.   :demon:

Don't go to Vaz.  His paint job was rubbish too.    :(    I should have realised by the cost.   And he cannot follow basic type-written instructions.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2009, 04:14:21 pm
Buy A Roberts but have it painted by Bob Jackson.   That way you'd get the best of both worlds.   :demon:

*opens mouth to speak but decides to say nowt* ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Charlotte on February 16, 2009, 04:14:54 pm
Anyone have any ideas? (Cue: deluge.)  ;)

Hewitt Cheviot?
Thorn Rohloffenmobile?
Something funky from Singular?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 04:15:05 pm
Hmm, I might just get another Surly... I know that I like them, and that they fit me.  
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 16, 2009, 04:15:15 pm
Well, they do seem to have a very good reputation for building bikes that are comfortable for people that are, er, less tall.

I went for a look before I bought the Van Nicholas. As PB has indicated the paint leaves something to be desired - even the frames on display in the shop had clear defects such as runs and fingerprints.

But definitely well worth a look, Peli  :)

Some of the frames were very light too.   

Hmm, I might just get another Surly

Comfort is the main thing.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 04:17:35 pm
Are you talking about Roberts, Pluck?

Confused of Parsons Green.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on February 16, 2009, 04:19:24 pm
Buy a Roberts but see if you can have the frame painted by somebody who knows how to apply paint that sticks.    ;)
Beaten to it by PB. I wove my Woberts.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 16, 2009, 04:20:25 pm
Yes, sorry, speed-posters got in before me: Roberts.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: onb on February 16, 2009, 04:21:05 pm
Ooh, sod the book, tell us more about the bikes.  ;D
Well, Woolly wants a Surly Long Haul Trucker, and I am yet to decide what I would like. Perhaps I will take myself down to Roberts...  :D

Anyone have any ideas? (Cue: deluge.)  ;)

Get thee to Leyland and Mr Hewitt.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 16, 2009, 04:22:31 pm
Van Nick do a very pretty Ti bike with a Rohloff - the Amazon, I think (not that I'm implying anything at all you understand).

Van Nicholas - Custom Bikes Online  (http://vannicholas.com//WbmBikeHome.aspx?EncIdName=44FfO6rlShYc6H2N46j8pF4Ax6r%2b3Grq%2btr2F7ucslISOZ35nPJjMFa6LLpD8M1MA37Dh5DY24KpRKeRhb8Mo2npHEMduqJxkT2zIe4adN6FC1OHV7G7%2fQ%3d%3d)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on February 16, 2009, 04:23:20 pm
Buy a Roberts but see if you can have the frame painted by somebody who knows how to apply paint that sticks.    ;)
Beaten to it by PB. I wove my Woberts.

Oh, maybe it is due to our colder habitats Mrs P?  

I don't think that I could get a better made, better fitting bike than my Roberts.  It was like an old friend from the moment I started to ride it and has got even better with use.   The poor quality of the paint finish though really did ruin the experience for me.   My replacement will be a made to measure ti frame using the measurements gathered painstakingly from the Roberts.      

Oh, and well done Peli.  Well earned reward.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 04:25:08 pm
I'm going nowhere near Ti again after the Omega/Enigma experience. Irrational, perhaps.

Is it possible to simply get a frame from Roberts, and have it painted elsewhere?

Edit: thanks PB! And I hope that stress levels will be reduced in future...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 16, 2009, 04:25:45 pm
Oh, and well done Peli.  Well earned reward.   :thumbsup:

Agreed.

Treat yourself to custom steel: you've tried the titanium, and you've got the carbon.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 16, 2009, 04:26:15 pm
Ooh, sod the book, tell us more about the bikes.  ;D
Well, Woolly wants a Surly Long Haul Trucker, and I am yet to decide what I would like. Perhaps I will take myself down to Roberts...  :D

Anyone have any ideas? (Cue: deluge.)  ;)

Get the to Leyland and Mr Hewitt.

Hmm, I seem to recall Clare and Vern saying that the paint job was disappointingly fragile on their Hewitts. Having said that, so is the one on my Dave Yates, maybe there is no such thing a tough paint job on a bike frame.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2009, 04:33:28 pm
And even I have to admit that I wouldn't have minded another coat on my Orbit (Bob Jacksons paint).

I understand the reluctance to go with Ti again.  You want a bike you can be happy and comfortable with.  Surly are reliable and good-looking frames, so why not?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: onb on February 16, 2009, 04:34:33 pm
A couple of people I have ridden with have both had Hewitts built and find them fantastic ,I bought my bike from him it was a ready made frame but the painstaking approach he took to ensuring that everything else fitted in around it was admirable .He is a bit grumpy sometimes but that normal for lancastrians.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 16, 2009, 04:37:28 pm
There's a little place in Derby you may have heard of that knock out the odd riding iron, and their paint jobs have a good reputation. Bit of a waiting list though.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Charlotte on February 16, 2009, 04:39:40 pm
Mercian paint is reassuringly expensive.

I'm seriously debating taking my Roberts frame up to them to get it painted after I get it mended.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 16, 2009, 04:54:29 pm
Mercian paint is reassuringly expensive.

That's because it's made of unicorns' tears.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on February 16, 2009, 05:27:26 pm
I'd love to buy a custom bike though couldn't possibly justify one at the moment and won't be able to for some years.  Not that its a problem cos I love my existing bikes.

When I eventually do get a custom bike I would love to get one from someone relatively close to where I live as building a relationship with the person selling you your object of desire is all part of the fun.

This puts Roberts of Croydon in the frame.  Were I thinking of a Roberts my approach would be: "I gather your frames are wonderful but have heard awful reports about the quality of the paint job.  What are you going to do about it and thus convince me to spend shed loads of cash with you?"

Perhaps no-one has told them their painting is pants?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 16, 2009, 06:09:25 pm
Van Nick do a very pretty Ti bike with a Rohloff - the Amazon, I think (not that I'm implying anything at all you understand).

Van Nicholas - Custom Bikes Online  (http://vannicholas.com//WbmBikeHome.aspx?EncIdName=44FfO6rlShYc6H2N46j8pF4Ax6r%2b3Grq%2btr2F7ucslISOZ35nPJjMFa6LLpD8M1MA37Dh5DY24KpRKeRhb8Mo2npHEMduqJxkT2zIe4adN6FC1OHV7G7%2fQ%3d%3d)


Don't tell Mr R but if I get the job I'm after I plan on getting a van Nicholas Pioneer (but with drop bars).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 16, 2009, 06:43:05 pm
Reg, I cannot believe you've not converted him yet. He shares his home with such incredible specimens!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on February 16, 2009, 06:45:03 pm
And will you be offering him the giving up smoking again?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on February 16, 2009, 06:46:59 pm
Van Nick do a very pretty Ti bike with a Rohloff - the Amazon, I think (not that I'm implying anything at all you understand).

Van Nicholas - Custom Bikes Online  (http://vannicholas.com//WbmBikeHome.aspx?EncIdName=44FfO6rlShYc6H2N46j8pF4Ax6r%2b3Grq%2btr2F7ucslISOZ35nPJjMFa6LLpD8M1MA37Dh5DY24KpRKeRhb8Mo2npHEMduqJxkT2zIe4adN6FC1OHV7G7%2fQ%3d%3d)
Feck! It's heavier than my galaxy and it doesn't have pedals, mudguards, or racks added yet!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on February 18, 2009, 09:39:33 pm
I'm (finally*) picking up my new Enigma from Paul Hewitt on Friday.
I shall mainly be cycling on Saturday.
Photos will follow.

Not a criticism of Paul- his info has been spot on.
Enigma on the other hand ? Hhmmm  ::-)




Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 18, 2009, 09:46:15 pm
Don't hold your breath until it's between your legs, is what I say.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: αdαmsκι on February 18, 2009, 09:49:06 pm
Don't hold your breath until it's between your legs, is what I say.

Seeing that post at the top of a new thread means it can be easily read out of context :o   :o  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on February 18, 2009, 09:52:42 pm
I'd love to buy a custom bike though couldn't possibly justify one at the moment and won't be able to for some years.  Not that its a problem cos I love my existing bikes.

When I eventually do get a custom bike I would love to get one from someone relatively close to where I live as building a relationship with the person selling you your object of desire is all part of the fun.

This puts Roberts of Croydon in the frame.  Were I thinking of a Roberts my approach would be: "I gather your frames are wonderful but have heard awful reports about the quality of the paint job.  What are you going to do about it and thus convince me to spend shed loads of cash with you?"

Perhaps no-one has told them their painting is pants?

I have.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on February 18, 2009, 11:50:46 pm
Don't hold your breath until it's between your legs, is what I say.

Peli,
If you mean that it actually exists, then I'm confident.
As for it being exactly what I thought I'd get, then there's more doubt.
Your experience (and that of others on here) is what makes me less than sure.
I'm being optimistic, which is out of character  :o
Fingers crossed....................

And congratulations making the statement most likely to lead this thread into NSFW that I've ever read.
On here, that's some comment !

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on February 19, 2009, 09:28:10 am
I think it's a very good principle with very wide application.

And fingers crossed, Chocolatebike, for a happy outcome with your new bike :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on February 19, 2009, 05:33:22 pm
Just finished today's lesson, 4 days in a row at a school in Ealing, 15 very well behaved trainees, a joy to teach.

And got a thank you card from pretty much every trainee and 2 boxes of chocolate and a bottle of wine :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 19, 2009, 05:34:40 pm
Just finished today's lesson, 4 days in a row at a school in Ealing, 15 very well behaved trainees, a joy to teach.

And got a thank you card from pretty much every trainee and 2 boxes of chocolate and a bottle of vine :)


Give it back and tell them to let you have it when it's drinkable!   ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on February 19, 2009, 05:47:03 pm
I'm off to the pub!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on February 19, 2009, 05:47:16 pm
And got a thank you card from pretty much every trainee and 2 boxes of chocolate and a bottle of vine :)
Give it back and tell them to let you have it when it's drinkable!   ;) ;D
Well I haven.'t got a clue, all I know it is grape juice with alcohol and it is red.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on February 19, 2009, 05:48:00 pm
And got a thank you card from pretty much every trainee and 2 boxes of chocolate and a bottle of vine :)
Give it back and tell them to let you have it when it's drinkable!   ;) ;D
Well I haven.'t got a clue, all I know it is grape juice with alcohol and it is red.

Not if it's 'vine'....  ;) :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on February 19, 2009, 05:51:35 pm
I just got home from my first commute to and from work  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 19, 2009, 05:53:09 pm
I just got home from my first commute to and from work  :D

Time to order a curry then.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on February 19, 2009, 06:02:08 pm
I just got home from my first commute to and from work  :D
Well done.Congrats. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 19, 2009, 06:04:14 pm
I just got home from my first commute to and from work  :D

Time to order a curry then.

Sod the curry, we are going to the pub for a pint. I've earned one after all that worrying.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on February 19, 2009, 06:11:17 pm
There really ought to be a Good news and Bad news thread for this.

I just had an automated call supposedly from the Coop bank fraud department. Unusually for me I let it get as far as asking me to confirm my name by pressing 1 and then I got suspicious, put the phone down and phoned the bank.

It seems it was genuine and some piece of lowlife has tried to use our credit card to make an internet purchase. - Bad News

The bank refused it and have blocked the card. - Good News

They have asked me to destroy the card and I will get a new one in about five days. - Bad News.

We have recently used the card on line at Chain reaction, Dabs and Cartridgepeople. Not that I am inferring anything of course.  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 19, 2009, 09:15:31 pm
Just finished today's lesson, 4 days in a row at a school in Ealing, 15 very well behaved trainees, a joy to teach.

And got a thank you card from pretty much every trainee and 2 boxes of chocolate and a bottle of wine :)
Just read some of the thank you cards Woolly received. One has this  (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_StfQ_dy7LhQ/SFDdUHdR0SI/AAAAAAAABRk/0VI1hwbbccE/s1600-h/BIKE+7.jpg)picture of Twiggy on a bike on the front. Inside it reads:

"Dear Andy and Henrick,

Thank you for training  me on my cycle course.

My Mum says this is a cool card of Twiggy!

Best wishes,

Cristen

PS What is Twiggy? Hope you know"


 ;D ;D ;D
 ;D ;D ;D

 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 20, 2009, 05:19:37 pm
As some of you know, JC has a friend staying over for a couple of days.  It has been an interesting, tiring and thought provoking time.  Much fun has been had and one young boy is growing up fast.  JC has never been out alone, for various reasons.  Today was his first time out with his friend, just to the lake and the farm for lunch.  It was a little nerve wracking for me at times but I am so proud of him.  Yes he fell over quite a lot but he is so happy.

Unfortunately he can barely walk now.  Assisted to get up the stairs, dragging his right leg behind him.  Tomorrow will be a wheelchair day for him.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on February 20, 2009, 08:21:49 pm
As some of you know, JC has a friend staying over for a couple of days.  It has been an interesting, tiring and thought provoking time.  Much fun has been had and one young boy is growing up fast.  JC has never been out alone, for various reasons.  Today was his first time out with his friend, just to the lake and the farm for lunch.  It was a little nerve wracking for me at times but I am so proud of him.  Yes he fell over quite a lot but he is so happy.

Unfortunately he can barely walk now.  Assisted to get up the stairs, dragging his right leg behind him.  Tomorrow will be a wheelchair day for him.

Great news for JC! Well done him!

If he were his mother, after a day like this he'd complain about the pain, solicit all kinds of good advice from friendly forummers and then go for a 40-mile high-speed hilly bike ride.  ;) :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 20, 2009, 08:59:07 pm
As some of you know, JC has a friend staying over for a couple of days.  It has been an interesting, tiring and thought provoking time.  Much fun has been had and one young boy is growing up fast.  JC has never been out alone, for various reasons.  Today was his first time out with his friend, just to the lake and the farm for lunch.  It was a little nerve wracking for me at times but I am so proud of him.  Yes he fell over quite a lot but he is so happy.

Unfortunately he can barely walk now.  Assisted to get up the stairs, dragging his right leg behind him.  Tomorrow will be a wheelchair day for him.

Great news for JC! Well done him!

If he were his mother, after a day like this he'd complain about the pain, solicit all kinds of good advice from friendly forummers and then go for a 40-mile high-speed hilly bike ride.  ;) :-*

 :)

I lifted him into bed.  Poor lad said he felt very sick.  Doesn't know when to stop ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: diapsaon0 on February 20, 2009, 09:01:12 pm
.  Doesn't know when to stop ::-)

Sounds just like his mother!

Well done, JC  :thumbsup:

N
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on February 25, 2009, 02:35:32 pm
The wheels for my Peregrine are being built today! The bike will be built up next week :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on February 26, 2009, 07:42:02 pm
We just got back from ogling bike p*rn with the lovely people at Brixton Cycles. Long Haul Truckers are the order of the day. I have my eye on a gorgeous deep red ickle 46cm LHT, and they're ordering in a massive 60cm one for Woolly to try.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on February 26, 2009, 07:45:59 pm
Most excellent  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on February 26, 2009, 10:57:49 pm
I've just become an uncle for the tenth time!

Strange but true facts. Of my parents three sons, our first child has been a girl, and all three have been born outside of the UK, but in different countries. My parents haven't moved from the house we were brought up in.

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hulver on February 27, 2009, 10:04:39 am
I had a great extended commute this morning.

I made it up the nightmare hill in one go without stopping! For the first time! Woo hoo!  ;D

I also watched my Odometer tick over to 1000 miles. 1000 miles on this bike. Yey!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on February 27, 2009, 10:06:05 am
Congratulations David and Hulver :thumbsup:

My good news.  The sun is peeping through the clouds.  I have a big bowl of food in front of me and a bath waiting.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on February 27, 2009, 12:08:01 pm
I'm going on holiday tomorrow!!  A week in cumbria. 

It'd better bloody rain - be an awful shame to waste the time walking when there are all those lovely pubs... ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Cudzoziemiec on February 28, 2009, 04:00:12 pm
I've just been on a big bike ride (well, not big in the sense of distance, but big in numbers of people) with some friends old and new, and... I was on my new bike! Yeay, I now have 2 bikes (actually, 3 and some bits, but 2 here to ride)! And it's so light and the brakes work strong and smooth and I feel so fast on it and oooooooooooh!
Tis a Merida TFS100 btw.  And so different from my Hero Hawk!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on March 01, 2009, 01:30:39 pm
I managed to book train tickets for us to go to Glasgow and back for £36. Probably marginally cheaper, don't have to leave the car anywhere dodgy, and mucho green karma too! :)

Plus it means we can take advantage of the Clockwork brewpub twice instead of once. :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 01, 2009, 06:25:24 pm
I've bought me a bike frame and I'm going to build me a bike.  I haven't the faintest idea what I'm doing.   ;D  I'm going to need lots of help off you lot    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on March 01, 2009, 06:35:25 pm
If I can do it then I'm sure you can. Help from these pages was invaluable but it really wasn't that difficult to do. Just be careful with the allen key as you begin to tighten the very first bolt. You will find that if you drop it, it will chip the paint of your lovely new frame before you have attached the first component.  ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on March 01, 2009, 06:40:02 pm
Mrs. TKP is back from her girlie weekend and I am looking forward to our Sunday roast together. It's nice to have a weekend to myself now and again but it's even nicer to have her back again.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 01, 2009, 07:05:25 pm
If I can do it then I'm sure you can.

Really?  I don't share your optimism but I need to know more about the inner workings of bikes so it will be an interesting, but no doubt expensive, experience!


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Pedaldog on March 01, 2009, 09:51:58 pm
I spent most of February in deep doldrum land and, although I wanted to cycle, I actually couldn't do it and covered a measly 16 miles in the whole of the month!
"New Month, New Start" came today. I got my lardy bits up and out on the bike with Brother Dave.  Only did about 12 miles and the pain wasn't nice but I got home feeling that I have broken the ice and am on the long and winding back to doing something that I love.
I'm actually hoping that the weather is okay tomorrow so I can ride to the Hospital for some X-rays rather than Taxi.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 01, 2009, 10:03:38 pm
Well done, PD! :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on March 02, 2009, 12:15:50 am
If I can do it then I'm sure you can.

Really?  I don't share your optimism but I need to know more about the inner workings of bikes so it will be an interesting, but no doubt expensive, experience!

It's vitally important to ensure that you have plenty of beer before you start fettling. About 6 pints of Abbott should do the trick... :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on March 02, 2009, 05:09:12 am
If I can do it then I'm sure you can.

Really?  I don't share your optimism but I need to know more about the inner workings of bikes so it will be an interesting, but no doubt expensive, experience!

It's vitally important to ensure that you have plenty of beer before you start fettling. About 6 pints of Abbott should do the trick... :thumbsup:

Adjacent to my bike fettling facility is my executive suite (both cunningly situated in the garage).  In my executive suite is a fridge, in the fridge is beer.  There is plenty of room outside the fridge for beers that should be served at room temperature.  The drinking aspect of fettling is not a concern to me!  However, I reserve drinkng 6 pints for special occasions  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hulver on March 02, 2009, 04:04:22 pm
Daughter number one has got into our school of choice, without us having to go to appeal (which we were preparing for, as the school is in a different district to us)
 :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on March 02, 2009, 04:09:47 pm
If I can do it then I'm sure you can.

Really?  I don't share your optimism but I need to know more about the inner workings of bikes so it will be an interesting, but no doubt expensive, experience!
Bah! I've done it twice (though I had help fitting the bottom brackets), & I'm useless at bike maintenance.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on March 08, 2009, 04:08:54 pm
Marj is baking a cake :thumbsup:
Here endeth the weight loss progress ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on March 08, 2009, 09:59:15 pm
My son just phoned to say that this evening he won £120 playing on-line poker.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on March 12, 2009, 05:03:45 pm
4 As! :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 12, 2009, 05:07:50 pm
4 As! :) :) :)
YAY! Well done!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on March 12, 2009, 05:11:53 pm
Wow!  Impressive. :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on March 12, 2009, 05:18:51 pm
Thanks! :) Very very happy - means all the revision was worthwhile!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 12, 2009, 05:24:23 pm
Are you off to St Andrews, then?  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on March 12, 2009, 05:29:27 pm
Well done! But isn't this a funny time of year to get A level results?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on March 12, 2009, 05:42:58 pm
Are you off to St Andrews, then?  :D

Still haven't heard anything from them! I know they're notoriously slow, but didn't think I'd have to wait 5 months... :-\ They haven't given out any Geoscience offers or rejections yet, though, so hopefully I'll be OK... I'll keep you posted! :D

However, I could not not sit any of my June exams and still go to Aberdeen or Glasgow - Modular marks mean that I've already effectively got BCC before I sit the rest of my exams, which is a bit nice. :thumbsup:

Well done! But isn't this a funny time of year to get A level results?

These are A2 modular results from exams I took back in January... it never ends! :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on March 12, 2009, 08:12:39 pm
I've just found some Green & Blacks dark chocolate in the fridge ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on March 12, 2009, 09:38:28 pm
I've just found some Green & Blacks dark chocolate in the fridge ;D
remember to send 30% of that to the inland revenue me
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on March 13, 2009, 07:47:17 am
30%  :o

The thieving bandits at the Exchequer The inland Robyou Revenue don't get that amount of tax from me & therefore your proposal fails ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on March 13, 2009, 08:44:06 am
Well I would take 5% but I have take a bigger bite to cover the Peli tax that I have to pay. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on March 13, 2009, 09:23:16 am
That sort of tax is money well spent dontyaknow :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 13, 2009, 11:03:56 pm
 ;D  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on March 16, 2009, 09:35:39 pm
I've just had a phone call from my younger son.

He's managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the ESRC (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/index.aspx) to the tune of full funding for his PhD for 3 years! :D

Credit crunch? Don't mind if I do!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: FatBloke on March 16, 2009, 09:47:22 pm
He's managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the ESRC (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/index.aspx) to the tune of full funding for his PhD for 3 years! :D

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Just needs someone to fund that poker habit now!  ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on March 16, 2009, 09:52:10 pm
He's managed to pull the wool over the eyes of the ESRC (http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/index.aspx) to the tune of full funding for his PhD for 3 years! :D

 :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Just needs someone to fund that poker habit now!  ;D ;D

That's self-funding and showing a healthy profit.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Julian on March 16, 2009, 11:10:44 pm
I ran 5km today and didn't completely die.  I even managed brief snatches of conversation.  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on March 17, 2009, 11:39:33 am
the 2 new tyres for our car cost less than I expected!

when I asked the bloke 'are you sure that's right?' when he told me how much it was going to be, he misunderstood and apologised for not being able to give me any more discount...   :thumbsup:   
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on March 17, 2009, 02:48:52 pm
we got some Haribo's today in a box from Wiggle hurraayy !!!

oh and some B17 and pedals too
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on March 17, 2009, 03:01:41 pm
we got some Haribo's today in a box from Wiggle hurraayy !!!

oh and some B17 and pedals too

Looks like Wiggle now adds any old tat to their packages.  I'm glad you got your Haribo. :)  If you'd like, I'll take that other junk off you hands. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 17, 2009, 03:10:45 pm
We are planning another holiday! Wohooo ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on March 17, 2009, 03:21:00 pm
My New York move is happening. Got visa, apartment, bank account sorted. Packers come on Thursday.

Have a place in the 5 Boro's ride and my eye on a bike to do it on :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on March 18, 2009, 04:07:33 pm
Two more orders today :thumbsup:
We've had more work come in during the last ten days than the previous four months.I have gone from worrying about a lack of it to fretting how to cope with it all.This business is either feast or famine.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on March 22, 2009, 10:20:23 pm
I just picked up a set of Ultegra STIs for 149 quid!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on March 24, 2009, 01:18:57 pm
Ooooooooohhhh

Brixton cycles just called me to tell me that they have a 58cm Surly Longhaul Trucker in the shop for me to try out.

Happy happy joy joy ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Dave on March 24, 2009, 07:30:24 pm
Have you two been robbing banks again?

I have a new job, which I am hoping is good news.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tonycollinet on March 24, 2009, 07:56:03 pm
I have a day off on Monday, and up to two weeks at easter.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on March 24, 2009, 08:04:16 pm
I have a new job, which I am hoping is good news.
\o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on March 25, 2009, 07:07:32 pm
Marj has prepared a bread & butter pudding.My contribution will be switching on the oven,placing it in there & when it is cooked going for Gold in the scoffing event :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on March 27, 2009, 09:38:35 am
Many, many thanks to the twat who everyday parks his/her car right in front of the entrance
to the towpath.  Usually this means carefully having to squeeze by the snaggy branch bush.
You leaving that lovely scrunched up tenner right next to your car door has made me forgive your ass.
(for a little while)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on March 30, 2009, 04:07:43 pm


Finally Spring is here, for the first time this year we are having two digit temperature 10oc  :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on March 30, 2009, 08:39:00 pm
I saw two bees today so spring must be here!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on March 30, 2009, 10:10:23 pm
I just spent the weekend in Hungary with my 3 kids and partner. My son is fantastic and great to be with; my eldest 9-year-old daughter gives cause for concern - bullying at school?; but my 3-year-old's unconditional and freely demonstrable love is so wonderful that I can't help but feel a little lost now I'm back home on my own.

They should all be here in the next 6 weeks or so...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on April 02, 2009, 10:14:05 pm
Mrs. Longstaff rang this morning to suggest that I can collect my favourite bike on Saturday afternoon following the TLC they have given it & the £ I will have to give to them :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on April 03, 2009, 10:50:24 am

In 8 hours I'm having 3 weeks vacation  ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on April 03, 2009, 04:20:49 pm
I'm leaving in ten minutes to go to Queenstown, New Zealand.
I booked the flight last June and have been counting every minute since then.
I can't believe the time has actually come, at long last.

Byeeeee!    :thumbsup:

(Due to intense and continuous family pressure, I'm not taking a bike.  :'( :'( )
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 03, 2009, 09:06:44 pm
Hope it's brilliantN Gordy! But make sure you rent a bike and do some riding. ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on April 06, 2009, 08:55:34 am
I couldn't decide whether to post in this or the "Not so..." thread, but my younger daughter put a deposit on a place in a flat yesterday. It's in Green Lanes, looks very nice from the pictures, has a view across the West Reservoir and is close to Finsbury Park.

So our youngest has fled the nest. Can't get rid of the oldest, though... ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 06, 2009, 09:37:40 am
I'm off work until the day after Easter Monday.

I'm only up this early cos I have appointments with repair men. And maybe I'll try and be on popmaster.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on April 06, 2009, 09:45:52 am
it's a 4 day week!

Lent ends at sundown on Saturday (or thursday, if i pretend to be a catholic) and I can have BEER!


Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 06, 2009, 10:15:53 am
I'm off work until the day after Easter Monday.

Cool.  Enjoy it. :)

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... And maybe I'll try and be on popmaster.

Hope so! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on April 06, 2009, 02:55:53 pm
I couldn't decide whether to post in this or the "Not so..." thread, but my younger daughter put a deposit on a place in a flat yesterday. It's in Green Lanes, looks very nice from the pictures, has a view across the West Reservoir and is close to Finsbury Park.

So our youngest has fled the nest. Can't get rid of the oldest, though... ;)

That is good news.   :thumbsup:

Mine..... *thinks long and hard* was surviving JC's appointment with the OTs this morning after he announced, 'I like my dad better than you and wish he was around instead of you'.  The Lycra body suit will be made, after taking what seemed like a million measurememts from JC and choosing an appropriate colour for a boy of 12 it will be ready in about 3 weeks.  Wish me luck.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 06, 2009, 03:01:32 pm
Ooh yes.  Best of luck with that process.  It will be long & wearing.  But you know that.  And we will be here.  But you know that too.

:-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 06, 2009, 03:31:59 pm

And maybe I'll try and be on popmaster.

Hope so! :D

Glad I didn't - it was very difficult today. Although I got the Bow Wow Wow answer before she'd finished asking the question.

My boiler is now repaired - it has a new pcb, and the washing machine repair man has ordered some parts and will be back to fit them another day.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 06, 2009, 03:33:39 pm
It wasn't Ken, anyway - not the same.  And wossname nearly made a hash of the Tie-break. ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 06, 2009, 03:46:15 pm
Oh, I know, she was really bad at that. I was all confused. Couldn't work out if I'd have won or not.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on April 06, 2009, 03:48:17 pm
WE GET A NEW BOILER FITTED TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

After 6 months of intermittant hot water and heating a plumber has finally listened to me when I said "replace the damned boiler"

At least he's only the third plumber we have had to get to look at it, the other two gave up I think :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 09, 2009, 01:41:44 pm
I've just been given an award for "great leadership", a bottle of champers and a bonus!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on April 09, 2009, 01:56:01 pm
Good for you  :) Well done.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 09, 2009, 03:00:55 pm
Thanks Pluck. :) As I don't drink, does anyone fancy a glass of this rather expensive champers?  ???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on April 09, 2009, 03:06:27 pm
It needs to be opened on a special occasion.

Are you about for the May WARTY (9th May)? ISTR that you have a birthday about then...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on April 09, 2009, 03:12:45 pm
Sainsbury's have Empire apples in stock.  Food miles, I know, but they're the only apples I like.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 09, 2009, 03:13:03 pm
Too late. My colleagues have nabbed it. Ah well!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on April 09, 2009, 03:24:29 pm
Maybe we should have an "All my work colleagues are bastards because..." thread?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on April 13, 2009, 02:32:36 pm
My mate Mike is nearly 1 hour into a kidney transplant operation. He has been on the waiting list for nearly 6 years now. *Crossing everything*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 13, 2009, 02:59:55 pm
Fingers crossed for Mike.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LinzWakeley on April 13, 2009, 04:54:43 pm
Good luck Mike :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on April 13, 2009, 09:04:59 pm
Thanks guys  ;)

He's had the transplant, Mike is still in theatre - am hoping to get some more news tomorrow.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on April 14, 2009, 10:28:34 am
Mike's transplant operation went well according to the Ward nurse, so we can see him today.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 14, 2009, 02:51:21 pm
I found my passport!  Now I can stop panicking about making it to Dublin tomorrow.  And to top it off — I have enough € to get me in to town where reimbursement for for my travel expenses will be ready for me to collect, in cash, so no need to exchange money.   :)

That's two good things.  I can but hope for a third — the person coming around tonight to look at the Spec Sirrus (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=16343.0) I'm selling decides he wants it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rower40 on April 14, 2009, 04:31:06 pm
Assuming you're in the UK at present, you don't need a passport for the Irish Republic.  But that might only apply to UK and Eire citizens.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: robbo6 on April 14, 2009, 04:36:41 pm
Mme R's kidney tumour discovered just before Easter, has disappeared.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 14, 2009, 04:48:11 pm
Assuming you're in the UK at present, you don't need a passport for the Irish Republic.  But that might only apply to UK and Eire citizens.

I'm in the UK, but fairly certain that the 'no passport needed' applies only to UK and IE citizens (I am neither).  Don't think I'd get very far on an Ohio driver license.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 14, 2009, 04:49:24 pm
Mme R's kidney tumour discovered just before Easter, has disappeared.

Oh that is very good news.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on April 14, 2009, 06:16:04 pm
Don't think I'd get very far on an Ohio driver license.

You could drive all the way across Ohio.

HTH.



Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 14, 2009, 06:34:17 pm
Don't think I'd get very far on an Ohio driver license.

You could drive all the way across Ohio.

HTH.

:-D

At one time it would be enough to get me across the border into Canada or Mexico but, IIRC, passports are now required.  At least they don't check IDs when crossing state borders. Yet.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 11:39:12 am
I think this is good news.

My stuff has arrived from Yorkshire! :D

So I've finally moved in with Butterfly :thumbsup:

But I've finally moved out of Yorkshire :(

But I've got all my stuff :)

But I need to sort it out :(

But we have a fridge at last! :)

But we also have heaps of rubbish :(

And I have my Rudge! :)

...which is one more bike I need to get round to fettling :-[

And now we have four tandems at the house :-\

Um... good news, I think.... ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 11:40:22 am
Oh yeah - I won't have to pay storage fees every month now :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on April 15, 2009, 11:53:37 am
I think this is good news.

My stuff has arrived from Yorkshire! :D

So I've finally moved in with Butterfly :thumbsup:

But I've finally moved out of Yorkshire :(

But I've got all my stuff :)

But I need to sort it out :(

But we have a fridge at last! :)

But we also have heaps of rubbish :(

And I have my Rudge! :)

...which is one more bike I need to get round to fettling :-[

And now we have four tandems at the house :-\

Um... good news, I think.... ;D

Reminds me of that Dandy character Rah-Rah Randall.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 11:56:44 am
Lost me there...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on April 15, 2009, 12:03:35 pm
The strip each week would go something like this:

Got my bike out. Rah!

The bike has a puncture. Boo!

But I have a repair kit. Rah!

Some fucker has had my pump. Boo!

Found out who'd had it and gave him beatings.  Rah!

Police then took my fingerprints and swabbed my mouth. Boo!

And so forth.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 15, 2009, 12:05:49 pm
Ah.  Yes.  Call me Randall! ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on April 17, 2009, 07:24:18 pm
We have a team meeting at 430 on a Friday.  :(

Usually


I just got this e-mail from my boss

Quote
Meeting will be on Monday.  Get out early and enjoy your weekend!

as if I needed telling :)

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 17, 2009, 09:07:15 pm
I got home to find Woolly had hidden little post-it notes around the house for me to discover. Saying something nice. :)

I thought I'd found them all but just opened the new Ground Effect catalogue and here's another... ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on April 18, 2009, 07:52:20 am
I got home to find Woolly had hidden little post-it notes around the house for me to discover. Saying something nice. :)

I thought I'd found them all but just opened the new Ground Effect catalogue and here's another... ;)



Awwww..... he's a soppy sod is that Woolly..... ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Manotea on April 19, 2009, 06:33:25 pm
Ms Manotea the Younger has just come back from her Swimathon. 2:06 for 5km knocks my best effort into a cocked hat.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: annie on April 19, 2009, 07:45:09 pm
I arrived home in one piece after the training camp, I do not ache, I feel great, I want to cycle lots and lots and I am faster and fitter.

I met some great people, I cycled on fantastic roads, admired the most amazing scenery and only had two cakes all week.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: teethgrinder on April 19, 2009, 11:09:00 pm
I arrived home in one piece after the training camp, I do not ache, I feel great, I want to cycle lots and lots and I am faster and fitter.

I met some great people, I cycled on fantastic roads, admired the most amazing scenery and only had two cakes all week.

This is good news? ???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Manotea on April 20, 2009, 03:44:44 pm
Ms Manotea the Elder is this for Recorder: 8th Grade with Merit.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on April 20, 2009, 05:24:06 pm
Ms Manotea the Elder is this for Recorder: 8th Grade with Merit.

Excellent - well done! Same basic fingering for the bagpipes - g'wan, you know she you wants to  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on April 21, 2009, 01:42:15 pm
Ms Manotea the Elder is this for Recorder: 8th Grade with Merit.

Excellent - well done! Same basic fingering for the bagpipes - g'wan, you know she you wants to  ;D
I thought she played musical instruments..
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on April 21, 2009, 01:43:35 pm
The local youth cycling club has just been donated a prize won by a friend of one of the coaches in a raffle.

A coaching session from Sir Chris Hoy!

Good one to get the local papers involved and some great publicity.

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on April 21, 2009, 03:09:44 pm
My friend Mike (who has now got 3 kidneys inside him  :D) is being discharged from hospital today. He can now consider so many things that he has been unable to do for the past 4 years  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LinzWakeley on April 22, 2009, 08:39:49 am
My friend Mike (who has now got 3 kidneys inside him  :D) is being discharged from hospital today. He can now consider so many things that he has been unable to do for the past 4 years  :thumbsup:

That is good news
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LinzWakeley on April 22, 2009, 08:40:54 am
Ms Manotea the Elder is this for Recorder: 8th Grade with Merit.

That is wonderful news.  My daughter, Abs, plays the recorder.  She has a way to go though.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 22, 2009, 08:42:47 pm
I have a student with me on placement for 8 weeks. It's 3 or 4 years since I last supervised a student and I was a bit anxious about it. She started yesterday and she appears to be bright, knowledgeable, sensible, enthusiastic, pleasant, keen to learn and has a sense of humour!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on April 22, 2009, 08:58:25 pm
I have found a bar of Black & Greens dark chocolate with ginger,in the kitchen ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on April 22, 2009, 09:03:57 pm
I have found a bar of Black & Greens dark chocolate with ginger,in the kitchen ;D
That's mine ;). I'm on my way.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on April 22, 2009, 10:01:38 pm
I'll wait up for you ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Valiant on April 22, 2009, 11:51:47 pm
I've inadvertently become friends with an amplifier designer/builder of top repute who shall be building me a bunch of 5kw switchmode lightweight amps at cost price! My current amps weigh 35kg for a 5kw, new ones are 8.7kg each! This also means more efficiency.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on April 23, 2009, 08:58:43 am
I have a student with me on placement for 8 weeks. It's 3 or 4 years since I last supervised a student and I was a bit anxious about it. She started yesterday and she appears to be bright, knowledgeable, sensible, enthusiastic, pleasant, keen to learn and has a sense of humour!


She won't last long then, eh...  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on April 23, 2009, 09:12:01 am
 :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on April 23, 2009, 09:51:52 am
I have found a bar of Black & Greens dark chocolate with ginger,in the kitchen ;D

I found one too this morning! In the fridge in work, but I must not touch it  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on April 23, 2009, 02:32:13 pm
I have found a bar of Black & Greens dark chocolate with ginger,in the kitchen ;D

I found one too this morning! In the fridge in work, but I must not touch it  :D

It would be impossible to observe such a ruling :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on April 24, 2009, 03:01:35 pm
My bonus was paid today and I've bought lots of lovely bike stuff.   :thumbsup:

Sadly, there's not much of my bonus left.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on April 24, 2009, 08:17:21 pm
My bonus was paid today and I've bought lots of lovely bike stuff.   :thumbsup:

Sadly, there's not much of my bonus left.

Bonus. scratches head but can't quite remember what this might mean
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on April 25, 2009, 06:58:06 am
We won the annual village pub quiz last night!  Our table strategy of 'lets get pissed' worked a treat, we even managed to beat the 4-year reigning champions, a table of cambridge academics ;D

it was mainly due to Mrs Mikes extensive medical history (as a patient :D) and my GSCE History teacher being obsessed with the Chinese cultural revolution.

AND - even more excitingly, I recognised one of the people on the team next to us, but couldnt remember where from..  About four pints through the evening someone told me she was in the old St Trinians films!!!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on April 25, 2009, 08:27:42 am
For the first time since January I have enough strength & mobility with my right elbow to be able to lift & pour from a full kettle of water.
It remains to be seen if I can lift a full 750ml bottle from a cage on the downtube whilst riding.
There's a good reason to go for a ride ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on April 25, 2009, 10:55:51 pm
Well that's it now. After today's Pennine ride there will be no more proper bike rides between now and our holiday next week. I think that is good news.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on April 25, 2009, 11:05:20 pm
Just won a share of a bottle of Glenfiddich in a quiz.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LinzWakeley on April 26, 2009, 07:07:55 am
I'm off to spend the day with my friend. She's been working far too hard lately, so as the weather is fabulous, I'm going to get her away from computer and out for the day
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: robbo6 on April 26, 2009, 11:18:57 am
I've just ebayed a pair of cottered steel slightly rusty cranks for £90.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on April 27, 2009, 01:39:05 pm
I rode 'not so pink, white and blue bike' for the first time in five months.

The problem with emergency repairs in November you put them straight in to LBS without cleaning them so I got a filth bike back.  On a planned service I clean the bike apart from the bits I know are going to be replaced so I normally get a nice bike back.

The chain is slippling so I will probably need to buy a new sprocket and chain.

It was raining this morning.

Despite dirty bike, slipping chain and arrival at work I am happy. Pink, white and blue bike is not Dawes Discovery 101. :)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 27, 2009, 04:20:27 pm
Our fledgling touring career is likely to continue in 2009.  It looks like me, Twinkle Toes and Tina the Tandem will be attempting a 100 mile circuit one weekend in June.  The route passes through places that spell out her name.  We hope to raise money for her Cub pack.  It had better happen as I am currently helping boost the GB plc economy by purchasing panniers and sundry camping kit.  [Edit: I may not being helping much as so far the kit I have bought has come from France, Germany and the US.  I have been purchasing from UK retailers though]  ;D

At the end of May we are going on test ride to a local pub with campsite attached (The Huntsman and Hounds (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/))

In 2010 The Boss tells me we will be going on a proper tour  in French France  :o :o :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oaky on April 27, 2009, 05:16:23 pm
...

At the end of May we are going on test ride to a local pub with campsite attached (The Huntsman and Hounds (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/))

...

That's a bizarre co-incidence - I was contemplating a trip there (en-famille, with whopping big tent, so not cycling it) in late May (20th/21st - mid-week, so unlikely to overlap with yours, I guess) to test out all the new or new-ish camping gear for a couple of nights.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on April 27, 2009, 08:10:23 pm
it doesnt take over an hour to catch a bicycle, every day for the last week ;D



Mrs Mikes sense of humour?    Fail.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on April 27, 2009, 09:27:02 pm
it doesnt take over an hour to catch a bicycle, every day for the last week ;D



Mrs Mikes sense of humour?    Fail.

Did you laugh until you were a little hoarse?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on April 27, 2009, 10:18:07 pm
Talking of little horses, can Mrs Mike recommend any good riding stable (not too poncey) within reasonable reach of London? I've been bitten by the bug again :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on April 27, 2009, 10:38:51 pm
Talking of little horses, can Mrs Mike recommend any good riding stable (not too poncey) within reasonable reach of London? I've been bitten by the bug again :D
Have you tried the one in Wimbledon? Ridgeway(?). They are cheaper than the Richmond park ones. Kingston Riding Centre are very good and have a side saddle, but quite expensive. I think it might be worth looking around SE London as they get quite a lot cheaper quite fast. There used to be one near Bromley Common that I've heard good things about. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: geraldc on April 28, 2009, 01:22:04 am
My girlfriend's colleagues have somehow managed to persuade her that tandems are cool, so we're in the market for a tandem. Woot!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on April 28, 2009, 07:06:19 am
Talking of little horses, can Mrs Mike recommend any good riding stable (not too poncey) within reasonable reach of London? I've been bitten by the bug again :D

she say "no idea, sorry".  Friends go to one in Pinner, but I dont know if it's any good.

but do you fancy n+1?  There might be one for sale up here soon if he doesnt start behaving a bit better....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on April 28, 2009, 09:06:29 am
My girlfriend's colleagues have somehow managed to persuade her that tandems are cool, so we're in the market for a tandem. Woot!

Someone say they want a tandem? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: geraldc on April 28, 2009, 10:39:23 am
Any one got one for sale? Bear in mind my gf is only 5ft and I'm only 5' 7", they build us small in the Far East...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 28, 2009, 12:24:00 pm
...

At the end of May we are going on test ride to a local pub with campsite attached (The Huntsman and Hounds (http://www.huntsmanandhounds.co.uk/))

...

That's a bizarre co-incidence - I was contemplating a trip there (en-famille, with whopping big tent, so not cycling it) in late May (20th/21st - mid-week, so unlikely to overlap with yours, I guess) to test out all the new or new-ish camping gear for a couple of nights.

Cool.  If you're members of the Camping & Caravan Club then Retreat Farm at Little Baddow is very nice.  We're off to the Moon & Sixpence near Woodbridge, expensive but good.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: JohnP on April 28, 2009, 01:47:43 pm
Last time we stayed at 'Moon and Sixpence' our daughter was still in Baby Grows and slept in a cot in the awning.   She will be 33 this year.    Didn't think it still existed.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on April 29, 2009, 10:51:25 am
Last time we stayed at 'Moon and Sixpence' our daughter was still in Baby Grows and slept in a cot in the awning.   She will be 33 this year.    Didn't think it still existed.

Still there and thriving from what we could tell.  It has the poshest loo block that we have ever used and we've visited countless sites at home and on the continent.  Go again, you'll like it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 02, 2009, 02:30:20 pm
Peli is in the cab on her way home from the hospital with our new addition to our family ;)

With hospital I mean Brixton Cycle and addition to the family I mean 2 new bikes
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on May 02, 2009, 07:15:13 pm
Peli is in the cab on her way home from the hospital with our new addition to our family ;)

With hospital I mean Brixton Cycle and addition to the family I mean 2 new bikes




I should damn well think so...  >:(

We'll have the YACF Wedding before before we have the YACF Christening/Naming Ceremony, thank you very much!  This is a family forum, you know...



***Picks out hat***
 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on May 12, 2009, 09:20:18 pm
After a decade of horrendous teenage troubles at the extreme end of the scale (drugs, courts, college drop outs etc...)


My four children have finally grown up and are lovely, lovely people.


I knew the time would some, but it has been a long and painful wait,

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on May 12, 2009, 10:13:14 pm
Empathy  matey.  Bloody empathy. 
Isn't it great when you all come out the other side?
 
Good luck, the Gordys
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: JJ on May 14, 2009, 01:47:38 pm
For the last 2 1/2 weeks I've had a trapped nerve in my lower back.  It feels a bit like a medium-bad cramp down the back of one leg, and it's been making me grumpy.  After lunch I lay down on the office floor and did my lower back exercise, knees together, over to one side and then the other.  There was an almighty cracking sound from my spine and as I type I am totally and utterly pain-free.  I don't know if it'll last but just for know I LIKE IT.

Thank you for listening.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 14, 2009, 02:05:10 pm
Ah.  I know that sense of relief.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on May 14, 2009, 06:03:01 pm
I have found my YACF buff that I thought I had lost just before departing for JoG 2 weeks ago :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on May 14, 2009, 06:17:41 pm
Was it round your neck?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on May 16, 2009, 11:28:08 am
The Crossing Patrol man told me that the lowlife who assaulted him had been jailed for 9 months, a result which he found reasonably satisfying.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on May 22, 2009, 03:30:27 pm
It's nearly half term and we're off camping tomorrow :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2009, 03:34:27 pm
Yay!  That sounds like fun.  Can i come too? ;) :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on May 22, 2009, 03:35:12 pm
Students turned in exam papers which indicated I hadn't been wasting my time teaching them..

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2009, 03:38:47 pm
It's nearly half term and we're off camping tomorrow :thumbsup:.

Yay!  That sounds like fun.  Can i come too? ;) :-*

Um.

Do you think four tents is enough? ;) ;D

Seriously, we should maybe bring the tarp... :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on May 22, 2009, 03:50:06 pm
Well, we could, if you want to play with it. ::-) :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on May 22, 2009, 03:53:52 pm
:D Of course!  Don't you?  We'll be there all week, so i should just about have something rigged by Friday.  Especially if I let your B-i-L help ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 22, 2009, 06:37:25 pm
Today's work is over and I can forget about the bloody diabolically terrible meeting I just had and concentrate on eating cake!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 22, 2009, 07:18:55 pm
People at work refused to believe I was 31. The average guess was 26! Haha.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LinzWakeley on May 23, 2009, 08:40:40 am
People at work refused to believe I was 31. The average guess was 26! Haha.

:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on May 24, 2009, 05:38:23 pm
We're in a sunny field with tents and a tarp, watching kids ride bikes and the tandem we hired and the lad is enjoying riding the bike we hired :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on May 26, 2009, 11:50:43 am
Holiday !!!

Just got two boxes for packing Stella and Seth in for our trip to Denmark tomorrow \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 26, 2009, 12:41:40 pm
That is good news.

It is less good news that my wet cycling clothes have been removed from where I hung them at 08:00 this morning, and have entirely disappeared.  :-[
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on May 26, 2009, 01:13:25 pm
That is good news.

It is less good news that my wet cycling clothes have been removed from where I hung them at 08:00 this morning, and have entirely disappeared.  :-[
Good luck with doing the world naked bike ride somewhat earlier than everyone else.  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on May 26, 2009, 03:42:04 pm
Clothes have been located. Someone complained that I'd hung them to dry in the loo and 'had them removed'. Ie, placed in the bin.  >:(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on May 26, 2009, 03:53:50 pm
Some people have very small lives.   ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on May 28, 2009, 11:11:09 am
pass the rum and eyepatch - I've just booked a holiday!!

next week Mrs Mike and I will be pootling round the Norfolk Broads inna little boat :)   

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on May 28, 2009, 11:18:59 am
Excellent. I have spent some superb holidays sailing on the broads
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on June 08, 2009, 12:47:17 pm
Yesterday I filed, shredded, binned or posted stuff on my desk.  I discovered the the little wooden patch where the mouse rolls extends all the way to the end of the desk. :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Martin109 on June 09, 2009, 09:59:04 pm
Yesterday, at the Newport Velodrome with Rob Gullen's little group, we did a flying lap race, and I did my fastest time of just under 21 secs!  That's about 42.86kph (26.79mph)!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Malignant Narcisissm on June 09, 2009, 10:20:07 pm
I get my 'Dale frame back from the powdercoating tomorrow  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hatler on June 09, 2009, 10:20:26 pm
A team we put together from our department just won the company's annual sailing regatta.

Cool bananas !
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on June 09, 2009, 10:49:48 pm
A team we put together from our department just won the company's annual sailing regatta.

Cool bananas !

:thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on June 10, 2009, 12:57:06 pm
The tube strike was a pain for me to ride to work today. I really do hope that this is the last ever tube strike, because I can't handle this. 

I'm mean it took me 10 min less to commute the 7 or miles to work today, it is just not on ;)

and a bonus good news is that I got OS3.0 on my iPhone and I can copy and paste.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on June 10, 2009, 01:01:49 pm
Why was it quicker?  Didn't you have the infestation of cars the rest of us suffered? ???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on June 10, 2009, 01:06:30 pm
Yes I had cars but they didn't move and had plenty of empty roads so I didn't have to hold back, give room to other road users.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on June 17, 2009, 12:26:23 pm
Marj is baking a cake :thumbsup:
Here endeth the weight loss progress ::-)

A fruit cake anna carrot cake.Apparantly motivated by the expected imminent arrival of a LEJOGER currently in transit.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on June 17, 2009, 04:11:24 pm
Marj is baking a cake :thumbsup:
Here endeth the weight loss progress ::-)

A fruit cake anna carrot cake.Apparantly motivated by the expected imminent arrival of a LEJOGER currently in transit.

I have been pressganged into tasting([size=10 believe that,you'll believe anything ;Dpt][/size] & the verdict is

utterleyluvverly :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on June 19, 2009, 04:10:10 pm
Our IT support team are fantastic!!

my new laptop has been fettled from 5,000 miles away while i have a cup of tea and a biscuit watching them drive it remotely.  I've just surprised the head of IT by sending him a 'thankyou' mail rather than complaining about stuff :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Flying_Monkey on June 19, 2009, 05:14:05 pm
My good news, which I can say publically as of last week, is that my wife is pregnant! Due on December 8th... hence us bringing forward our move to Canada (we can't really leave any later than the beginning of September). So I guess with the house we've found, and the fantastic new job too, life is all good news for me right now. I am very lucky.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 19, 2009, 05:23:02 pm
Good grief, FM, that's a surprise. ;)

Well done you, and best wishes to Mrs. FM.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on June 19, 2009, 05:50:58 pm
Flying_Monkey : \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: LinzWakeley on June 19, 2009, 08:20:08 pm
Congratulations Flying_Monkey
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on June 19, 2009, 09:27:48 pm
My daughter's boyfriend, who's been unemployed for two years, has been accepted onto a PGCE primary teaching course (in the face of huge competition) today. He's a great lad and we're delighted for the two of them.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on June 19, 2009, 10:39:04 pm
Well done him, Gordy! Runs in families, this teaching mallarkey...

Our son-in-law has today been promoted to Head of History at his school.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on June 19, 2009, 10:47:47 pm
A better than average day today...
Got told my promotion is on its way (no connection with the previous post!).
Collected n+1 from the LBS.
Thought I had stripped the made-of-cheese thread on the crank changing the pedals on said n+1. Came back after doing some other bits for one last go and it went on. I've ridden up and down the street and the pedal is still on. I'm still a bit nervous about it, but I think I got away with it. I may still order a spare crank arm as insurance.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on July 03, 2009, 12:13:38 am
My work laptop's adapter decided to pack in on Tuesday*. I'm a homeworker, so I can do nowt but wait until a replacement arrives in the post hopefully (not) tomorrow. Shame that, eh?  ;)

Shame the Blackberry keeps me in touch, but you can't have it all.

*Serves them right for giving us such shite & decrepit Pentium 3 Dells that went out with the ark. I estimate my downtime since I started has been £500+, so a true false economy...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 03, 2009, 07:56:30 am
so a true false economy...

Is that an oxymoron or a paradox? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 03, 2009, 09:23:15 pm
I have found my long lost 16T sprocket :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 10:12:46 pm
Where was it?  On your back wheel? ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 03, 2009, 10:41:53 pm
My bag finally arrived and I started the pre-hollybobs washing :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 10:46:09 pm
My bag finally arrived and I started the pre-hollybobs washing :)

Yay!!!! :) :) :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 03, 2009, 10:47:40 pm
How's the hurty bits clarion?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 03, 2009, 10:48:57 pm
Oh, yo know.  Still sore.  Trying to kid myself they're not...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 03, 2009, 10:55:47 pm
I only caught half the thread due to a crap connection, anything b0rked, or just bruised?

And if anyone fancies a drunken Friday night larf at my expense: last Tuesday I fell down the stairs at my workshop in Barca. [edit: I was completely sober!]
In front of of all the delegates.  :-[
I felt like a complete tit and got a nicely ballooned and purple ankle.

On the plus side it seems to be getting more used to me standing on the bike now  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 04, 2009, 12:10:09 pm


And if anyone fancies a drunken Friday night larf at my expense: last Tuesday I fell down the stairs at my workshop in Barca. [edit: I was completely sober!]



I know of a young lady who did  a 19-step staircase dismount at a Company p8ssupsales conference .It became clear that the dress was all she was wearing.Most of the males spent the evening"enquiring about he condition" by givinf her exclusive attention ::-)

On Topic: I have found the destructions to my heart rate monitor :thumbsup:
I know soon if I have a heart rate ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on July 04, 2009, 02:06:31 pm
One new bike is 98% ready and you will see it if you do the DunRun :)

Going out on it maiden ride right now \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 04, 2009, 02:19:52 pm
Yay!  Any chance of getting the other sorted?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on July 06, 2009, 02:47:34 pm

I'm back online  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on July 06, 2009, 02:54:06 pm
Last year's and part of this year's expenses are done  :thumbsup:

It's free money (as LMM said)  :thumbsup:

It would make an excellent addition to a deposit when I decide to buy a house  O:-)
It will would buy a very nice bike  ::-)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 06, 2009, 04:21:33 pm
My pal's son has completed his Engineering degree at Imperial College. He got a first and was placed 5th in the year, apparently. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hulver on July 06, 2009, 04:33:42 pm
Jane my other half, got a First in her Archaeolgical Science degree. We're all well chuffed.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rafletcher on July 06, 2009, 04:52:01 pm
Tentative good news, I've manged to get a second interview for a job I'd like (and that would get me out of the hellish one I have at the moment, albeit at a lesser salary).  Just got to do ok in the "TST" test (may be tautological as I don't know what "TST" stands for, it being something from Thomas International, as was the "PPA", the psychometric test I had to do at the first interview), some kind of IQ thingy to test "raw talent" - multiple choice with sequences of shapes, numbers, words etc.  I do wonder why people can't trust their own judgement sometimes. Especially as I've been in similar and more senior positions for the last 20 years!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 06, 2009, 05:21:21 pm
I think TST stands for 'Load Of Old Bollocks', as these tests invariably are.  See?  They can't even acronymise properly! ;D

Good news, though - hoping for the best :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on July 07, 2009, 08:02:02 pm
Ooohh - the CotswoldOutdoor.com faeries called today, delivering many in the way of Camping goodies, including a Thermarest and an MSR Pocket Rocket  :thumbsup:.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on July 08, 2009, 06:47:22 pm
My (once wayward) daughter has "passed" the third year of her biochemistry degree.
In France... in French.
Words fail me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 08, 2009, 09:45:30 pm
My (once wayward) daughter has "passed" the third year of her biochemistry degree.
In France... in French.
Words fail me.


How about "Zut alors! Très bien!!"
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 10, 2009, 02:06:33 pm
I've just finished work.

Until the middle of September! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on July 10, 2009, 03:10:39 pm
We're off to the pyrenees tomorrow, and if we're lucky on Sunday we might get to see some fit blokes whizz past us on some hill or other :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on July 10, 2009, 03:32:01 pm
My job looks safer - at least for a few months  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: FatBloke on July 10, 2009, 10:22:42 pm
I've just finished work.

Until the middle of September! :D
Idle bugger!!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 11, 2009, 12:44:52 pm
 I have bought a new Brooks Swallow,in black,for £30 :thumbsup:
 After proofhiding it's going onto the Langster.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on July 11, 2009, 02:08:28 pm
I have bought a new Brooks Swallow,in black,for £30 :thumbsup:
 After proofhiding it's going onto the Langster.

Are you sure that you won't need something steel with lugs for that?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 11, 2009, 05:30:45 pm
I have bought a new Brooks Swallow,in black,for £30 :thumbsup:
 After proofhiding it's going onto the Langster.

Are you sure that you won't need something steel with lugs for that?

I claim grandfather rights on account of my age to say...
I don't understand the comment.Please explain.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 11, 2009, 07:36:36 pm
I have bought a new Brooks Swallow,in black,for £30 :thumbsup:
 After proofhiding it's going onto the Langster.

It's a facsimilie:not the real deal.I am annoyed & angry with myself for not realising.
Proof yet again that if it's too good to be true it's not true ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 11, 2009, 07:43:58 pm
I have bought a new Brooks Swallow,in black,for £30 :thumbsup:
 After proofhiding it's going onto the Langster.

Are you sure that you won't need something steel with lugs for that?

Surely all bikes are made of steel with lugs? ???
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on July 11, 2009, 07:44:13 pm
I have bought a new Brooks Swallow,in black,for £30 :thumbsup:
 After proofhiding it's going onto the Langster.

It's a facsimilie:not the real deal.I am annoyed & angry with myself for not realising.
Proof yet again that if it's too good to be true it's not true ::-)

Oh poo.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on July 11, 2009, 08:15:00 pm

Have just saved  £1100, by booking tickets to Bangkok with Finnair instead of Thai airways.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: border-rider on July 11, 2009, 08:18:26 pm

Have just saved  £1100, by booking tickets to Bangkok with Finnair instead of Thai airways.

Yes; I got business class to Bangkok via Helsinki for less than BA economy class a few years ago.  Good it was.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on July 11, 2009, 08:38:16 pm
£1100,  that's almost a new bike  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on July 11, 2009, 08:59:04 pm
the only problem are , it's not me who need to travel but my parents, but £460 for a return ticket Copenhagen- Bangkok is cheap
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 11, 2009, 11:50:55 pm
the only problem are , it's not me who need to travel but my parents, but £460 for a return ticket Copenhagen- Bangkok is cheap

You could go from London to Aberdeen by train for that! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on July 12, 2009, 11:16:36 am

I've just  finished the days work.
Time for a snooze while watching TdF  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on July 12, 2009, 11:17:25 am
>:(

It's the 'Good News' thread! How very dare you!
It's all tainted now.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: FatBloke on July 13, 2009, 07:25:23 am
It's the 'Good News' thread! How very dare you!
It's all tainted now.
Whoops! 'Pologies. FTFW!   :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on July 13, 2009, 08:06:49 am
I've just finished work.

Until the middle of September! :D
Idle bugger!!   :thumbsup:

Yes, I honed my skills in the Civil Service. I can't say I had the private sector experience as well though. O:-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on July 13, 2009, 10:21:26 am
I've just finished work.

Until the middle of September! :D
Idle bugger!!   :thumbsup:
;D
Doppelgänger! What have you done with the real Mr F?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jezza on July 13, 2009, 11:48:30 am
the only problem are , it's not me who need to travel but my parents, but £460 for a return ticket Copenhagen- Bangkok is cheap

That's a good deal. I looked at Finnair coming home from Bangkok via Helsinki. Only problem was the stopover was 3 days. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on July 17, 2009, 02:52:39 pm
Howies Long Way Home jacket has arrived.
First impression is that it looks good and feels great.
It will be tested tonight  ;)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on July 31, 2009, 07:40:07 am
its our wedding anniversary!   11 years today.  (I've bought her a bike :))
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on July 31, 2009, 08:07:51 am
its our wedding anniversary!   11 years today.  (I've bought her a bike :))

Happy Anniversary!

Please give the fragrant Mrs Mike a hug from me.  I hope to see her on another ride soon.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on July 31, 2009, 02:14:16 pm
its our wedding anniversary!   11 years today.  (I've bought her a bike :))

classic :thumbsup: ;D
one for your betterhalf herself or a tandem? ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on July 31, 2009, 02:19:37 pm
its our wedding anniversary!   11 years today.  (I've bought her a bike :))

classic :thumbsup: ;D
one for your betterhalf herself or a tandem? ;D

Wonder if he had a word with smutchin before buiyng the bike (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=21996.msg393636#msg393636)?   ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 03, 2009, 12:52:59 pm
A section of the external skeleton frame of my Vaude Mk II broke last weekend whilst at Thorne.
That's not good news,I hear you say.
Correct.

The good news is that Mr Vaude(a.k.a. Colin) says..
Send the broken piece to us via post & we will send a new one back to you FREE OF CHARGE
Now that's good news
 ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on August 03, 2009, 12:55:07 pm
Alan can you PM me with the contact details of Mr Vaude, my MKII has seen better days, I wonder if they can rejuvenate it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 03, 2009, 12:56:36 pm
Alan can you PM me with the contact details of Mr Vaude, my MKII has seen better days, I wonder if they can rejuvenate it.

  Will do
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on August 04, 2009, 10:47:14 pm
Order Confirmation
Event: EDDIE IZZARD : Stripped
Venue: O2 Arena
Time: Thursday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Quantity: 2

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 04, 2009, 10:57:47 pm
Order Confirmation
Event: EDDIE IZZARD : Stripped
Venue: O2 Arena
Time: Thursday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Quantity: 2


:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on August 04, 2009, 11:01:23 pm
Order Confirmation
Event: EDDIE IZZARD : Stripped
Venue: O2 Arena
Time: Thursday, December 3 at 8:00 PM
Quantity: 2


:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

So much for a surprise, I was in the middle of booking when I looked over at Peli's monitor. And saw that she was reading something about Eddie doing his 30 marathons in a row run. Then she found out that he is doing a show and her mouse was hovering over the buy ticket bit of the site, so I had to stop her.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 05, 2009, 12:59:29 pm
Some more good news... Woolly and I have been together for 25 months today!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on August 05, 2009, 01:00:36 pm
See that post about Eddie was linked to something ...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TimO on August 05, 2009, 01:23:09 pm
See that post about Eddie was linked to something ...

What, aside from you wearing a skirt Utilikilt? ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on August 10, 2009, 06:23:33 am
I'm a grandfather.

Our baby grandson was born, at 4am this morning, in Invercargill, NZ.



Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on August 10, 2009, 06:56:01 am
Congratulations Gordy.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on August 10, 2009, 07:25:39 am
Congratulations indeed! Time for a celebratory trans-world cycle tour? :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 10, 2009, 07:40:12 am
Congratulations Gordy!

You can now proudly boast that you have a blood relative who's a Kiwi - a great achievement indeed!   ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 10, 2009, 08:12:52 am
Many congratulations Gordon to you,your wife,your son, your daughter in law & her family.I have a kiddie trailer I'll save for you:a two seater ;D.
A celebration is appropriate.I suggest a tour up & down the country,...somewhere between Glagow-ish & Lands End between now & the end of August ;)

Has a name been chosen for the future TdF winner your grandson?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 10, 2009, 08:58:04 am
Many congratulations Gordon to you,your wife,your son, your daughter in law & her family. I have a kiddie trailer I'll save for you:a two seater ;D.
...

I know that Gordy's getting on a bit, what with being a grandfather and all, but I don't know whether he's been reduced to riding in a kiddie trailer....  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 10, 2009, 10:21:18 am
Many congratulations Gordon to you,your wife,your son, your daughter in law & her family. I have a kiddie trailer I'll save for you:a two seater ;D.
...

I know that Gordy's getting on a bit, what with being a grandfather and all, but I don't know whether he's been reduced to riding in a kiddie trailer....  ;)

Given that he's younger than I(most people are  ::-) ) I don't agree :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on August 10, 2009, 10:35:19 am
Congratulations Gordy!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 10, 2009, 10:49:43 am
Many congratulations Gordon to you,your wife,your son, your daughter in law & her family. I have a kiddie trailer I'll save for you:a two seater ;D.
...

I know that Gordy's getting on a bit, what with being a grandfather and all, but I don't know whether he's been reduced to riding in a kiddie trailer....  ;)

Given that he's younger than I(most people are  ::-) ) I don't agree :demon:


I pity poor Marge, being stuck with such an old man....  ;) :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 10, 2009, 12:45:28 pm
Your cake-privelages  could be compromised you notsosmoothtalking devil.
I still retain some influence hereabouts despite my age :smug:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on August 11, 2009, 07:53:40 pm

I found a friends stolen bike today while working.
passengers looked at me with disbelieve when I walked out on the platform at took the bike
and placed it in my cabin and continued my train journey.  ;D

It will be delivered to him tomorrow, but he know it has been found. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on August 11, 2009, 07:55:01 pm
Wow.  Cool.  Any sign of the thief about?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on August 11, 2009, 08:07:11 pm

There were some youngsters looking angry at me, but they remained silent.
My uniform gives a little extra protection and I'm not the smallest person  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 12, 2009, 12:33:10 pm
A section of the external skeleton frame of my Vaude Mk II broke last weekend whilst at Thorne.
That's not good news,I hear you say.
Correct.

The good news is that Mr Vaude(a.k.a. Colin) says..
Send the broken piece to us via post & we will send a new one back to you FREE OF CHARGE
Now that's good news
 ;D

The new pole section arrived this morning.
It is correct & now fitted.Tent returned to fully functional :thumbsup:
Thanks Mr. Vaude.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Von Broad on August 13, 2009, 08:28:56 pm
And saw that she was reading something about Eddie doing his 30 marathons in a row run.

Yeah, I heard him being interviewed today on R5. I wasn't aware of this. I was really bowled over with the challenge he'd set himself.  Blimey, what an effort. Fair play to him. :thumbsup:

edit: Blog / Eddie Izzard (http://www.eddieizzard.com/blog/view.php?Id=4&BlogId=1)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mattc on August 17, 2009, 04:15:38 pm
We're in new shared offices, and recently I have become aware of (working for our neighbours):
- youngish cyclist chap; used to race as a schoolboy, now commutes and sportives
- young tanned and slim triathletess - also commutes on a bike.

Both probably twice my speed. Both friendly types. Really cheered me up after the h****t nonsense with colleagues 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 19, 2009, 02:56:31 pm
We now own a wifi laptop :thumbsup: .Marj is sorting it to go live ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on August 20, 2009, 10:46:22 am
Rohloff phoned the LBS to say they were servicing and updating mine for free.  Apparently they were really pleased to see an original design hub back at the factory.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on August 20, 2009, 01:49:44 pm
First trip to the dentist since we moved to Lancashire and I am pleased and somewhat relieved to hear that my bridge is still sound. Phew.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: onb on August 21, 2009, 01:28:16 pm
I finally bludgeoned a result out of a well known high st lender ,they had been taking the piss and causing me some real sleepless nights .Instead of just accepting the shite they tried to impose on me and client I inferred some veiled threats about Council of mortgage lenders /fsa/ombudsman plus kept pushing further and further up the food chain until someone saw reason .My notes were right on and sometimes it pays to not just put up with the shite you are given.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 22, 2009, 04:58:46 pm
I'm looking at an almost-built-up Surly Long Haul Trucker in a delightful shade of metallic red.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on August 25, 2009, 05:09:41 pm
I won on the lottery!

OK - not enough to retire on but enough for a nice meal out for Mr R and me.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on August 25, 2009, 06:32:14 pm
I won on the lottery!

OK - not enough to retire on but enough for a nice meal out for Mr R and me.  :thumbsup:

It's amazing how much food a tenner buys in Little Downham  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on August 25, 2009, 10:14:50 pm
Happy day!  A big white transit was coming along behind me as I clunked up the hill.  It slowed down, stayed back, waited til past the pinch point and then overtook me leaving loads of space and without cutting me up.  It's a miracle!  Well, either that or he was trying to tell me I had a gigantic arse and therefore needed the entire width of the road to accomodate it :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on August 26, 2009, 12:05:17 am
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_I2koBEIwO7s/SpO6_lL31PI/AAAAAAAAGgU/b-WohoJkI-s/s320/dsc01518.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 26, 2009, 09:05:12 am
And my Surly is *almost* built!  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 27, 2009, 09:00:56 am
New bike Milly is born! She's a Surly Long Haul Trucker in deep metallic red. I rode her to work this morning, and she is AMAZING!!!!

Thank you to Woolly and Cory for building her!

I'm  :D :D :D today
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on August 27, 2009, 09:03:55 am
When can we drool over her in the Gallery?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 27, 2009, 09:05:28 am
Soon, I'm sure. Bear in mind she has mismatched spacers at the moment, so is not her beautiful best. But I'm sure you'll all be nice to her anyway ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on August 27, 2009, 09:06:13 am
Milly was delivered late last night so not enough light for photos, but when Peli is back tonight I will take some pictures. And I'm sure that there will be many more pictures coming since we are going touring in Wales this weekend. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on August 27, 2009, 09:28:41 am
Milly was delivered late last night so not enough light for photos, but when Peli is back tonight I will take some pictures. And I'm sure that there will be many more pictures coming since we are going touring in Wales this weekend. 
Anywhere near Welshpool?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on August 27, 2009, 09:31:16 am
I overtook a bloke in full Live$trong kit on a trek this morning while I was on my orange folding bike in baggy shorts :D

He shouldnt have pulled out in front of me just before a hill.  It nearly damn killed me too.

sorry if it was you.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 27, 2009, 05:23:02 pm
I gave first aid to and called an ambulance for an 86 year old lady who collapsed in front of me (while outside due to a fire in the building  ::-) ) 

And before the smart comments, she lived to tell the tale :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on August 27, 2009, 05:38:23 pm
New bike Milly is born!

I think I need a new bike.

Let me work on it...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Steve GT on August 27, 2009, 05:38:42 pm
I gave first aid to and called an ambulance for an 86 year old lady who collapsed in front of me (while outside due to a fire in the building  ::-) ) 

And before the smart comments, she lived to tell the tale :thumbsup:
Well done Vicky  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on August 28, 2009, 09:22:55 am
Thanks Steve!

More good news - I rode to work on Milly this morning fully loaded - my first time ever riding a loaded tourer. There was a bit of rattling from the front left pannier, but otherwise great. It floats along. Woolly can fix the rattle this afternoon. :)

And we're off to Wales this evening.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 01, 2009, 09:33:41 am
Good news: we had a wonderful camping trip to Wales and I am loving my new bike! 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on September 01, 2009, 09:55:35 am
Good news: we had a wonderful camping trip to Wales and I am loving my new bike! 

I am so relieved. I was really worried that you were going to get really awful weather and be put off touring. Glad you enjoyed it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 01, 2009, 10:13:01 am
Good news: we had a wonderful camping trip to Wales and I am loving my new bike! 

I am so relieved. I was really worried that you were going to get really awful weather and be put off touring. Glad you enjoyed it.
We did get royally p*ssed wet through, but still enjoyed it. :) Our tent and sleeping bags are warm, cosy and milk.  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on September 01, 2009, 02:15:49 pm
the landlord of our local (the most excellent Red Cow (http://www.theredcow.com/)) just phoned to see if I fancied joining him and some of the other village workers from home   skivers  notables  pissheads for lunch tomorrow to say thankyou for our custom since they took over the pub 2 years ago! And he's paying!!

If stories of last year are accurate, I'd better book the afternoon off...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: matthew on September 01, 2009, 03:07:43 pm
the landlord of our local (the most excellent Red Cow (http://www.theredcow.com/)) just phoned to see if I fancied joining him and some of the other village workers from home   skivers  notables  pissheads for lunch tomorrow to say thankyou for our custom since they took over the pub 2 years ago! And he's paying!!

If stories of last year are accurate, I'd better book the afternoon off...

You mean you are having to go by what others told you, I hope you had booked hte afternoon off last year then.   ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 01, 2009, 05:02:17 pm
I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike...  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: αdαmsκι on September 01, 2009, 07:36:18 pm
I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike...  :D
How has Eve taken this news?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 01, 2009, 08:07:16 pm
Wonderful :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on September 02, 2009, 09:33:42 am
I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I love my new bike...  :D
How has Eve taken this news?
Eva is being grumpy in the corner as she's getting no love.  :'(

I don't care as I love my new bike, I love my new bike, I....  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on September 02, 2009, 10:09:53 am
I've got away with a very swollen elbow with a large hole in it.
Also, a grazed and now very stiff hip.

You have a broken forearm and also a broken finger. (He was only in A&E when I got there)  ::-) ;D

Bet you won't be running out into the road again without looking.   ;D

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 02, 2009, 10:12:14 am
Hope the grazed & stiff bits heal soon.

If you'd been driving a car, that ped would be an ex-ped.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on September 02, 2009, 10:19:42 am
Hope the grazed & stiff bits heal soon.

If you'd been driving a car, that ped would be an ex-ped.

I was doing 18/19MPH. I braced myself for the impact.
It was a helluva thump, sent me cartwheeling down the road a few times.
The worst thing about it all was spending over four hours in A&E.

There was no one on duty to cast him up so he had to go over to another hospital
the other side of the city.  ;D  ;D

My x-rays came back OK.
I managed to get in contact with my gaffa, after it happened.
I'll see how much I've healed by next week, before returning to work.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 02, 2009, 10:21:51 am
Take good care of yourself. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on September 02, 2009, 10:49:17 am
Thank the lord - my redundancy money is now in my bank account, am off to spend my ex-bosses moneyyy  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: andrewc on September 02, 2009, 06:17:36 pm
Some new toys arrived today.  A comfy blow up pillow and a 350ml hip flask, which is now full of Highland Park.  Camping should be comfortable & enjoyable !  :P
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 02, 2009, 06:34:08 pm
I have a Rigida Andra rim to build into a new wheel - when the remaining critical thickness has been chamfered off the existing CR18. That should be fairly soon. Also, a nice new pair of Pearl Izumi gloves was delivered this morning.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on September 03, 2009, 09:59:56 am
the landlord of our local (the most excellent Red Cow (http://www.theredcow.com/)) just phoned to see if I fancied joining him and some of the other village workers from home   skivers  notables  pissheads for lunch tomorrow to say thankyou for our custom since they took over the pub 2 years ago! And he's paying!!

If stories of last year are accurate, I'd better book the afternoon off...

It was every bit as good as hoped for - I crawled home at about 7pm and feel bloody awful this morning.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: robbo6 on September 03, 2009, 10:14:09 am
It rained last night.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 03, 2009, 10:26:19 am
It rained last night.

I enjoyed cycling home in it at about 9pm. Hardly anyone else out on the roads.

I thought about getting the train home, but by the time I'd done the 400 yards to where I'd turn off for Waterloo Station I was soaked through anyway.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 03, 2009, 10:33:05 am
Orbit Silver Medal :thumbsup:

Always good news.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on September 04, 2009, 08:39:34 am
I'm interviewing a bloke at 10.30 this morning and the 'recruitment consultant' has just sent me his CV.  It's a guy who used to be a client of ours and he was a right pain in the arse, a really nasty piece of work who created faults in stuff just to get a discount. 

I'm looking forward to this one..
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 05, 2009, 05:15:55 pm
7-0

!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 05, 2009, 06:38:22 pm
7-0

!

?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tim Hall on September 05, 2009, 07:19:12 pm
A quick FWSE through the sporting pages suggests this a footballing reference m'lud.  It seems the gentlemen of Cambridge Utd thrapped the oiks of Forest Green by seven goals to nil.

I would suggest that Mr. Greenbank is a follower of the Cambridge side and is "over the moon, Brian".
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 06, 2009, 11:20:46 am
Ah! Now I understand! As a Cambridge man myself*, I find this very gratifying.

lifts wig at arm's length above head and sways whilst chanting "Seven nil seven nil seven nil! Seven nil seven nil seven ni-il!"



*this statement is at best perjury or may even constitute contempt of court.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on September 06, 2009, 12:18:57 pm
I'm going to Greece tomorrow morning.

If by some mishap I end up kidnapped and sold into the white slave trade - don't come looking for me.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 06, 2009, 07:49:20 pm
I have picked so many blackberries that the hand holding the plastic tub started hurting under the weight.

Between us Mrs. Wow and I picked 9lb 3oz. They are now stewing gently and are destined for the freezer.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on September 06, 2009, 08:28:20 pm
Not wanting to temp fate, I hesitate to mention that we might be in for some good weather. We go on tour next Friday and according to the Met Office we could be in for some really nice settled weather. Sounds too good to be true.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on September 06, 2009, 08:30:32 pm
Not wanting to temp fate, I hesitate to mention that we might be in for some good weather. We go on tour next Friday and according to the Met Office we could be in for some really nice settled weather. Sounds too good to be true.

ye olde DLWG  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 06, 2009, 09:45:18 pm
I woke up this morning and saw the full* moon over the orchard where we were camping, then I got back into my warm tent and slept happy till we decided to get up.  Marvellous way to spend a weekend :)


* ish.  I'm not bothered if it were a bit either way, it were still big & bright & beautiful.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on September 06, 2009, 09:47:52 pm
I woke up this morning and saw the full* moon over the orchard where we were camping,

Jupiter is looking very impressive indeed, close to the moon mid evening.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 06, 2009, 09:48:14 pm
I'm interviewing a bloke at 10.30 this morning and the 'recruitment consultant' has just sent me his CV.  It's a guy who used to be a client of ours and he was a right pain in the arse, a really nasty piece of work who created faults in stuff just to get a discount. 

I'm looking forward to this one..

Did he get the job?

I think we should be told... :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TimO on September 06, 2009, 10:19:36 pm
Jupiter is looking very impressive indeed, close to the moon mid evening.

Hmm, I wonder if that's what we saw on Friday evening on the FNRttC, normally I would have guessed at Venus, it was so bright, but it was in totally the wrong part of the sky, and too high way after sunset.

Having a quick Google around (and it's surprisingly difficult to find) I think that currently Jupiter is around Magnitude -2.8, which is as bright as it gets.  I didn't realise that Jupiter ever got quite that bright, but I guess it's a damned big planet, even if rather further away than Mars and Venus (which are the usual suspects for bright objects in the sky).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: epa611 on September 06, 2009, 10:29:06 pm
Starting a new contract next Monday :thumbsup:

V. lucrative  ;D

Also, on 2nd interview for perm post in Loughborough, but will need to re-locate.

What's the cycling around that area?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Deano on September 06, 2009, 10:40:20 pm
Starting a new contract next Monday :thumbsup:

V. lucrative  ;D

Also, on 2nd interview for perm post in Loughborough, but will need to re-locate.

What's the cycling around that area?

Nice one :thumbsup:

I remember there being some very nice lanes around there - Diseworth and Castle Donington especially, provided you avoid the airport traffic.  My experience is more walking than cycling, though.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 06, 2009, 10:43:12 pm
Starting a new contract next Monday :thumbsup:

V. lucrative  ;D

Also, on 2nd interview for perm post in Loughborough, but will need to re-locate.

What's the cycling around that area?

I don't know the Loughborough area particularly well, but there's lots of nice rolling countryside and small lanes in Northants, which isn't that far away. I understand the the Vale of Belvoir is really rather good.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on September 07, 2009, 08:01:49 am
What's the cycling around that area?

<obvious>
Avoid Leicester itself
</obvious>

The highest point in Leicestershire is Beacon Hill - just south of Loughborough. Rode over it yesterday as it happens, on the Moira 200 Audax. Rutland and areas East of Leicester/South of Melton Mowbray is classic cycling country - quiet lanes, and a good mix of long dragging climbs/sweeping descents and shorter, stabby climbs. You'll love it.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: JonBuoy on September 07, 2009, 08:09:59 pm
The highest point in Leicestershire is Beacon Hill...

...apart from Bardon Hill which is 30m higher.

I'm just back from 15 miles round the bridleways of Charnwood (including Beacon Hill) and it certainly does it for me.  If you aren't into off road riding then, as has been said by others, there are lots of rolling hills, quiet lanes, pretty villages, good pubs, etc, etc.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mecwales on September 07, 2009, 10:14:46 pm
I'm moving to St. Andrews! :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on September 09, 2009, 05:13:27 pm
I'm about to shove my laptop away and go for a pint near Marylebone. Then get on a train to Wembley. Then watch a probably dire football match. But at least I'll have had a beer or three by then.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2009, 09:49:55 am
Strange good news, but it gave me a smile and a warm glow:

Despite my mild Scouse heritage, I'm not right fond of accents from that side of the Pennines (well, off the tops, that is).  But yesterday, a Rentokil contractor called me "La' ".

Like Proust's Madeleine (I like that the benchmark of serious literature is abuot biscuit dunking), it took me straight back North, and it was like a bit of Northern sunlight breaking through the clouds.  One small word (not even a complete one), and it lightened the afternoon. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on September 11, 2009, 10:03:31 am
What does it mean?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2009, 10:06:36 am
La', as in the band name The La's, is short for 'lad', and is just used naturally in Scouse (& sometimes S Mancs) speech as an affectionate term, like 'mate' or, more generally, 'bro', 'blood', 'man', 'love', 'duck' etc.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 11, 2009, 04:54:26 pm
Strange good news, but it gave me a smile and a warm glow:

Despite my mild Scouse heritage, I'm not right fond of accents from that side of the Pennines (well, off the tops, that is).  But yesterday, a Rentokil contractor called me "La' ".

Like Proust's Madeleine (I like that the benchmark of serious literature is abuot biscuit dunking), it took me straight back North, and it was like a bit of Northern sunlight breaking through the clouds.  One small word (not even a complete one), and it lightened the afternoon. :)

What does it mean?

La', as in the band name The La's, is short for 'lad', and is just used naturally in Scouse (& sometimes S Mancs) speech as an affectionate term, like 'mate' or, more generally, 'bro', 'blood', 'man', 'love', 'duck' etc.

Are you sure you didn't miss him saying the second 'la', Clarion?   ;) :P ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 11, 2009, 04:59:56 pm
Ah well, maybe. ;D

Or should that be:

"R A R A do' star', do' star' " ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on September 12, 2009, 06:55:51 pm
One of Marj's TroughRide cakes has been rescued from the freezer.
It will be able to fulfill it's destiny later while watching MoTD with a companion from the wine collection ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: robbo6 on September 13, 2009, 04:27:26 pm
Mme. R's sister has been given a part in a film. For French TV, as a postie.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Tourist Tony on September 18, 2009, 12:35:23 pm
As of today I am now BA(Hons), Dip Ling (Fr)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on September 18, 2009, 12:40:33 pm
As of today I am now BA(Hons), Dip Ling (Fr)

We've all known you're a dip(p)ling for years!   ;D


Congrats old boy!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 18, 2009, 01:08:47 pm
Ah, well done, mate! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on September 18, 2009, 03:49:02 pm
My cup of goodness is close to overflowing but forgive me if I sound too smug.

Tonight- seeing Elbow in Manchester
Weekend- cycling Chester-Ellesmere on Saturday and back on Sunday. Three easy points for Utd.
Monday- Massive Attack in Sheffield.
Next Friday- Off to Seattle and Portland for holidays !

Now all I have to do is shovel this huge steaming pile before I go away  :(



Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on September 28, 2009, 02:23:04 pm
My Audax membership stuff:handbook etc: has just arrived in the post. :thumbsup:
All I need now are some work-free weekends to make use of the number but that will not happen for several weeks.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nicknack on September 29, 2009, 02:34:13 pm
My dear daughter, who has been unemployed for a year since graduating, will be starting work tomorrow.

Ok, it's only pub work, but it's in my favourite pub.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on September 29, 2009, 02:35:37 pm
Hurrah for ms nicknack :D. (which pub?)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nicknack on September 29, 2009, 02:38:31 pm
Rose and Crown, Selling.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on September 29, 2009, 02:59:48 pm
Oh yes :thumbsup: Nice there. Haven't been to Selling for ages.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on September 29, 2009, 10:21:38 pm
I'm chuffed that I managed a meeting really well today.  Now they know why I'm Manager :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on September 30, 2009, 09:08:31 am
My laptop is in working shape once again, including - for the first time - wireless connectivity!  :thumbsup:

Thank you, woolly.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: SandyV on September 30, 2009, 09:48:17 am
2 clients, 8 subconsultants and 4 Government agencies - and we lodged the report with 15 minutes to spare  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on October 01, 2009, 06:41:50 am

 My internet connection seems to work again after being without for 1 month.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 01, 2009, 09:55:56 pm
My Dad cycled 50 miles today on the Isle of Lewis.  :thumbsup: This is particularly good seeing as he had a dodgy heart recently, and is recovering from treatment.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bluebottle on October 01, 2009, 11:02:18 pm
^^Chapeau!!^^

1st of October and I have a new PhD student starting with me  :D

And...Lewis Chessmen to return home (albeit temporarily).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 02, 2009, 09:20:26 am
Impressive!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on October 03, 2009, 06:34:04 am
Up and getting ready for a DIY 200, drizzle.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Manotea on October 03, 2009, 06:55:55 am
Up and getting ready for a DIY 200, drizzle.

Off for a pointless ride round the Nyctophobic with LiamFitz. It's dark and gray at 7am, Lucky I don't have to leave home for an hour.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: RichForrest on October 03, 2009, 07:46:45 am
Have fun the pair of you, It's going to be windy today  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gatlow on October 03, 2009, 08:50:24 am
Quote
Up and getting ready for a DIY 200, drizzle.

Good luck sir - its going to be a windy one!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 03, 2009, 10:56:25 am
Wahey!  I'm now a member of the new Central Library in Cambridge (which is very posh and high tech) and I'm able to browse yACF from one of its many free computers!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on October 03, 2009, 12:14:50 pm
Not too bad, my route is pretty much due North so it's been a crosswind most of the time, we'll see now as I'm about to set off on the southbound homeward leg.

Lovely day to be out on the bike though.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: toekneep on October 03, 2009, 05:42:02 pm
I like retail factory outlet places. Two pairs of Reebok trainers, retail price £55 each. Outlet price, £38 each. Buy one, get one for £1 so that makes £110 worth of trainers for £39. Add to that the £79 jacket for £29 and various other bits and bobs and that's my kind of shopping.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 04, 2009, 06:26:28 pm
I'm off to pick up Woolly from his foreign adventures!!!  :D

I know it's only been two days, but it's the first time I've been home alone in almost three years!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gandalf on October 04, 2009, 07:58:45 pm
It looks like I've my aspiration of cycling to work has taken a leap forward...I've blagged my own brick built shed.  Lockable with a table and chair and even a phone line.

Now all I need to do is wait for my boss to return from holiday so I can tell him I won't be taking the company van home anymore. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: SandyV on October 05, 2009, 09:35:32 am
Our first ride as organisers went off well on Saturday despite being unfairly treated by the weather gods - 36.5 and windy at the beginning of October!!  12/13 finished the 200 and a further 4 the 400 (but with pretty slow times all round).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 07, 2009, 10:05:11 am
I just checked the bank account and found that we have had a refund from Southern Electric of almost £300. On the strength of that I reduced our monthly payment by £20.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 07, 2009, 11:15:16 am
Good news - I'm back in the country until next Monday. Then Paris - London - Munich - London in a week.  :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 07, 2009, 02:32:50 pm
Dez has succeeded in copying my photo library of my old, defunct, hard disc!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on October 08, 2009, 01:05:08 pm

I'm an Uncle to a Danish/Thai girl now  :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 08, 2009, 01:19:28 pm
I have had my sabbatical approved.

7 weeks to go until I have ALL of December and January off, 4 weeks of which will be spent Down Under....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 08, 2009, 01:20:00 pm
S P L E N D I D ! :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 08, 2009, 01:30:48 pm
I made the decision last weekend to apply for it, the job is turning me into someone I am not, plus I am missing my family like mad :(

Already planning to be in Sydney Harbour, onna boat (of course) on NYE for the light show :)

suddenly life seems more bearable
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 10, 2009, 11:20:24 pm
I noticed that my home suburb, spelt backwards, could be in Wales.

Llewelt-tirp
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrew Br on October 15, 2009, 05:54:11 pm
A very nice young lady has just knocked on my bedroom door, asked if she could make the room ready for night and she's given me some rather nice chocolate  :thumbsup:

I should add that I'm staying in a hotel  ;)

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 15, 2009, 06:25:59 pm
I noticed that my home suburb, spelt backwards, could be in Wales.

Llewelt-tirp

Too many vowels for it to be Welsh...  ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on October 16, 2009, 03:30:27 pm
I have just finished my Apple MAC work.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on October 16, 2009, 05:59:28 pm
I've had a win on the premium bonds!




25 whole pounds. Should pay for tonights curry..
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on October 17, 2009, 11:08:18 am
Finally tracked down my Whitbread shares I earned working for them 15 years ago.

Last count I had 63 but at £13 each that's not too shabby.

And that should pay for most of my next OU course: MST209 (including the week long MSXR209 residential course in Nottingham - plots appropriate DIY 200).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Deano on October 17, 2009, 08:58:12 pm
Darlo got their first win of the season today ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 17, 2009, 09:04:38 pm
I've had a win on the premium bonds!




25 whole pounds. Should pay for tonights curry..

I have had premium bonds for more than 50 years. I've never won anything.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on October 17, 2009, 09:25:39 pm
I have had premium bonds for more than 50 years. I've never won anything.

The minimum prize is £25 and the prize fund is an equivalent annual interest rate of 1.50% (now, but it's varied in the past).

£25 at 1.50% compound interest for 50 years is £52.625, so with £25 you'd, on average1, win every 50 years.

If you have any more invested then you've just been unlucky.

My £5 I've had since birth has won nothing.

1. On average of course...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on October 19, 2009, 09:46:21 am
There is hope !

The primary school I'm at today have pool bikes for the kids to use and this time it is not hellford specials ....

It's islabikes !
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hatler on October 19, 2009, 10:32:37 am
Good god !!!!   Where man ?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 19, 2009, 10:34:43 am
Cooooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!! 8) 8) 8)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on October 19, 2009, 01:00:19 pm
Good god !!!!   Where man ?
In SE21 and also learned that one if the teachers is taking the instructor course atm. Quite a few of the teachers and kids cycle to school already. There is plenty Sheffield stands too and they have sweet talked TfL out of some money to sponsor this. Kids are very good and well behaved too. 

Can we have more schools like this please
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 20, 2009, 03:27:43 pm
Just got a ticket to see Bob Dylan in November
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on October 20, 2009, 04:14:46 pm
I am working from home wrapped up in merino wool and a warm plumply.  :D

But, Woolly is not here, and my stress-related eczema has come back. These may be related. :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on October 20, 2009, 04:28:48 pm
I am working from home wrapped up in merino wool and a warm plumply.  :D

I thought 'Oh, what a cute nickname'....



And then I read this bit.

Quote
But, Woolly is not here, and my stress-related eczema has come back. These may be related. :(


 ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on October 20, 2009, 06:37:26 pm
Do you think your eczema could be an allergy to something Woolly? :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on October 26, 2009, 11:56:39 am
TLD learnt how to ride her bike, sans stabilisers, over the weekend  :thumbsup:

She is also too big for her Gary Fisher Sunspot, so I feel a Islabike shopping session approaching....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on October 26, 2009, 11:58:47 am
Brilliant! :D :D :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on October 26, 2009, 11:59:57 am
My boarding pass was torn up when I checked in.

and they gave me a new one for Club World :thumbsup:

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on October 26, 2009, 12:52:25 pm
I got Haribo from Wiggle!  :thumbsup:  Along with some new gloves and overshoes.

Now that I have all sorts of lovely bad-weather gear it will be warm and dry on this week's FNRttC.  You can thank me later.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on October 27, 2009, 01:28:14 pm
Employer has at last joined the Bike to Work scheme  :)

Less good: Condor are not participating in this particular variant (Bikes for the NHS)  :( I fancied a Tempo.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: rogerzilla on November 01, 2009, 08:25:39 am
1. Old El Paso dinner kits are safe to eat again - they've finally excised the partially hydrogenated fats from the tortillas.

2. Williams and Glyn's Bank is coming back  :o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on November 01, 2009, 11:08:47 am
I got Haribo from Wiggle!  :thumbsup:  Along with some new gloves and overshoes.

Now that I have all sorts of lovely bad-weather gear it will be warm and dry on this week's FNRttC.  You can thank me later.  :)

Consider yourself duly thanked
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on November 02, 2009, 01:33:11 pm
Cash from the sale of our second car has been banked, and there are no plans to spend it on another car.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 02, 2009, 03:10:38 pm
That is very good news (not least that there is actually cash after such a transaction).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 04, 2009, 09:54:46 pm
Good news 1:  I have just received a lovely copy of Merrie England by Nunquam.

*deafening bemused silence*

OK, so Nunquam was Robert Blatchford, the man who founded & edited The Clarion.  He went a wee bit barmy in his latter years, but this book is about his experiences that drew him to socialism. 

Even better, this is a 1977 facsimile reprint, so it looks great, and I can read it without feeling guilty about the sort of things that happen to books in my bag :-[

But i have wanted a copy of this for soooooo long.  And now I have it.  Thanks to our wonderful neighbour who kindly takes in parcels for us more often than one could reasonably expect, and is always cheery and charming :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 04, 2009, 09:56:42 pm
Good news 2:  Butterfly has made barm brack, and brought me a lovely warm slice fresh from the oven, and with melted butter.  Oh my word it is lovely :)

And so is she :) :-* :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on November 05, 2009, 11:13:07 am
Uncle Ernie has come up trumps with 2 Premium Bond wins this month.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TimO on November 05, 2009, 11:21:30 am
I've just sorted out a problem that's been driving me nuts for a couple of hours; IFS=$'\n' is your friend. :thumbsup: ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Andrij on November 05, 2009, 11:32:20 am
I've just sorted out a problem that's been driving me nuts for a couple of hours; IFS=$'\n' is your friend. :thumbsup: ;D

But, sadly, you have a new problem.  It seems your keybourd is broken!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 05, 2009, 03:31:18 pm
I hope this is not tempting fate but......today we have finished 6 weeks of 24/7 working & can take a breather.
A couple of weeks rest & another 3 projects as an action replay would feed the capitalist beast very nicely at year-end.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on November 06, 2009, 01:48:33 pm
I've had £1,200 worth of tax rebate this week...


...and I have another few hundred £s worth to come... :thumbsup:


Now, shall I be sensible and save - or go for n+1?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on November 06, 2009, 01:49:57 pm
Now, shall I be sensible and save - or go for n+1?
Why not save for a better n+1?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on November 06, 2009, 01:51:06 pm
Now, shall I be sensible and save - or go for n+1?
Why not save for a better n+1?

Good thinking that man!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: alan on November 06, 2009, 02:51:53 pm
shall I be sensible and save

Que?...does not compute  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 06, 2009, 06:27:19 pm
I've left Mrs. Wow hot, wet, tumescent and panting...
we've just been riding the tandem in the rain.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on November 06, 2009, 07:14:03 pm
Went successfully through a Gate Review for a €5.5M project.  Only got one CAT3 query from the panel. Answer: Approved. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 07, 2009, 10:52:30 am
I've just received a 126mm hub for my Woodrup!

It's a 105 rather than 600, but it's really smooth, and the action on the freehub is good. :thumbsup:

A couple of the spoke holes have a bit of history, but not too bad.

Need to get a front hub and, er, Uniglide sprockets... :-\
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on November 10, 2009, 02:20:20 pm
After 41min on the phone to my ISP I now have 2Mbit extra to play with for a fiver less a month :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: closetleftie on November 11, 2009, 11:46:59 am
We moved house at the weekend. Finally, after eight months on the market and about three months sat waiting for our buyers to actually come up with the money, and some shenanigans with the people at the top of the chain wanting to change which retirement home they go to, and some last-minute fun with removals men not turning up.

The next time I move will be in a box! ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on November 12, 2009, 02:51:02 pm
I was told I looked much thinner than last time we met by someone not a million miles away from the forum..

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on November 12, 2009, 11:34:16 pm
After five or six weeks of feeling under the weather, I'm fit as a (fat) fiddle again and can announce that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THICD CYCLING LARK.  And whisky too.  :thumbsup:   O:-)
 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tonycollinet on November 13, 2009, 12:10:55 am
It is Friday.

That is all.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on November 13, 2009, 09:56:14 pm
Went to give a talk on Wed. night. Was told I looked quite fit by someone in the audience I hadn't seen in a while.

(That must be those 135 Mi of commute per week  :thumbsup:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 14, 2009, 02:57:15 am
All five people currently in this house are yacfers. The other four are asleep.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on November 14, 2009, 11:09:46 am
Went to give a talk on Wed. night. Was told I looked quite fit by someone in the audience I hadn't seen in a while.

(That must be those 135 Mi of commute per week  :thumbsup:)

Have you told Mrs Frenchie?   ;) ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TimO on November 14, 2009, 11:12:04 am
BT actually managed to repair the phone line yesterday, so I've got a working ADSL line this weekend, and can post on yacf. ;D

I also just picked up a rather nice little Jtek Afline bar end lever from the Post Office, which is the first part of my next bike :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on November 14, 2009, 01:00:22 pm
I've just had a lovely back massage at Pure Massage in Fulham. Ahhh.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 14, 2009, 03:52:33 pm
I got out on the bike for a brief, wet & windy ride today - first for over a week! :o

Bad news: I dropped my bike when I was wheeling it on a pedestrian refuge

Good news: The reason I'd abandoned it so swiftly was to run up to the window of a van driver in the middle of a junction, turning right, and yell 'PUT IT DOWN, YOU MORON!' at him.  He dropped the phone & shat his pants.  I can shout very loud.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: delthebike on November 14, 2009, 03:56:54 pm
Was Clarion in Texas? BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Man drives $1m Bugatti into marsh (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8360095.stm)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on November 14, 2009, 05:33:50 pm
I got out on the bike for a brief, wet & windy ride today - first for over a week! :o

Bad news: I dropped my bike when I was wheeling it on a pedestrian refuge

Good news: The reason I'd abandoned it so swiftly was to run up to the window of a van driver in the middle of a junction, turning right, and yell 'PUT IT DOWN, YOU MORON!' at him.  He dropped the phone & shat his pants.  I can shout very loud.  :thumbsup:
And got a thumbs up from the pasenger in the car behind that had been trying to follow him as he weaved across the road at a busy junction ::-).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 14, 2009, 09:00:04 pm
Despite a mild hangover (evidence of a social life - good news in itself!) I went to Bradford today, with NO children, and had a whole day to myself.  I saw many people with heavily loaded bikes getting off the train.  No idea what they were up to, although one had a banner about climate change, but they all seemed cheerful and returned my nod&smile despite my having absolutely no visible signs of belonging to the people-who-like-two-wheels-and-pedalling-club.  I mooched around Bradford town centre in pleasant weather without having to think about anybody else's needs at all.  I pootled aroung the National Media Museum looking at whatever I fancied.  I had a delicious lunch in the museum cafe on my own whilst reading a good book, and the nice bloke in the cafe sold me a large coffee with an extra espresso shot for the hangover for the price of a small ordinary coffee, which I drank whilst watching the rain that wasn't getting me wet because I was indoors sitting on a comfy sofa, reading and people watching.  I saw some really lovely films as part of the Animation Festival.  My friend won an award in the Young Animators competition.  I got a nice seat, with a table, on the train there and on the train home and there were no obnoxious grumpy people at all on the train.

I had a lovely day.  Although I do still feel very slightly hungover....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Eccentrica Gallumbits on November 14, 2009, 10:07:30 pm
I just got 39 points on facebook Scrabble for jism.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on November 14, 2009, 10:40:16 pm
I just got 39 points on facebook Scrabble for jism.
:o
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 14, 2009, 10:58:33 pm
What a coincidence!  Just a couple of weeks ago, I got jism on a corner of the board.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: redshift on November 14, 2009, 11:16:37 pm
I now have a lovely piece of lilac sheepskin nappa, to go with my Veg-Tan tooling shoulder.  Once I've made sufficient quantities of copperas solution, my black messenger bag will slowly come into being.   :)

Hmm, Stainless Steel or Brass fittings...?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Torslanda on November 16, 2009, 02:12:44 pm
I now have a lovely piece of lilac sheepskin nappa, to go with my Veg-Tan tooling shoulder.  Once I've made sufficient quantities of copperas solution, my black messenger bag will slowly come into being.   :)

Hmm, Stainless Steel or Brass fittings...?

Stainless Steel, undoubtedly. If you use marine quality then they won't succumb to perspiration induced corrosion . . .
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: tiermat on November 16, 2009, 03:49:38 pm
11 days until 2 month sabbatical :)

3 weeks on Friday we fly to Aus.... :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on November 17, 2009, 12:43:38 pm
The postal strike is over.  Last two times I ordered stuff online on a Friday I tick cheapest delivery box the next day I get free Saturday delivery.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: PaulF on November 18, 2009, 01:24:32 pm
My ride this morning took me over 2500 miles for the year and my weight loss program is finally working, fell under 12 stone this morning :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: jogler on November 18, 2009, 02:34:49 pm
Following redundancy from Glaxokleinsmith:or whatever it may be now:several years ago & since doing any job(shelf stacking,digging holes in the road etc) my son has a new job using his chemistry degree :thumbsup:
He's like a dog with two di tails ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: GillP on November 18, 2009, 04:05:03 pm
Following redundancy from Glaxokleinsmith:or whatever it may be now:several years ago & since doing any job(shelf stacking,digging holes in the road etc) my son has a new job using his chemistry degree :thumbsup:
He's like a dog with two di tails ;D

That is good news  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on November 18, 2009, 04:15:11 pm
Following redundancy from Glaxokleinsmith:or whatever it may be now:several years ago & since doing any job(shelf stacking,digging holes in the road etc) my son has a new job using his chemistry degree :thumbsup:
He's like a dog with two di tails ;D

That is good news  :)
Indeed.
Congratulations.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 19, 2009, 05:16:11 pm
Two bits of good news ...

My new Carradice Barley has arrived together with SQR and looks grand.  The Magic Bag Lite TM has been born.

The Current Mrs R has a job interview next week.  She has a job already but wants a better one.  She is cacking herself but will be fine.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 19, 2009, 05:24:47 pm
Considering that my recent calorie surplus has pushed me very close to 18 stone again, I had a reasonably fast ride today, averaging 10.5 mph over 66 miles.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on November 22, 2009, 12:56:40 pm
The first commercial flight of AF first A380 was a big success on Friday.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: peliroja on November 22, 2009, 08:11:09 pm
My sister ran a six mile organised run today in under an hour.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on November 22, 2009, 08:14:06 pm
They're saying we are going to get our brown bins emptied in the next two weeks
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on November 22, 2009, 08:18:52 pm
oh oh oh forgot we got tickets to see Ed Byrne at Hammersmith Apollo this Thursday, now stomach get ready to larf and larf and larf :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Manotea on November 22, 2009, 08:25:32 pm
Went to see Ms Manotea the Elder in the Fresher's performance of "The Grand Duke", a lesser known Gilbert & Sullivan.

<Young Mr Grace>
They all did very well
</Young Mr Grace>
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: gordon taylor on November 22, 2009, 08:28:03 pm
Booked a flight to go and see my new grandson in New Zealand next Easter.
He'll be eight months old by then.

Yippeeee!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: jogler on November 22, 2009, 08:42:29 pm
Booked a flight to go and see my new grandson in New Zealand next Easter.
He'll be eight months old by then.

Yippeeee!

 :thumbsup: excellent news :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on November 22, 2009, 08:44:13 pm
Booked a flight to go and see my new grandson in New Zealand next Easter.
He'll be eight months old by then.

Yippeeee!

Taking a child seat with you?!  ;) (in addition to the bike)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on November 23, 2009, 12:26:01 am
Went to see Ms Manotea the Elder in the Fresher's performance of "The Grand Duke", a lesser known Gilbert & Sullivan.

I shall look out for her name at the Minack (a regular annual visit with the in-laws).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 23, 2009, 10:02:01 am
My 2009 mileage objective was 1500 miles, which I achieved yesterday  :thumbsup:

I appreciate 1500 miles in a year is tiddly compared with what some of you do but I can't commute to work and have to fit cycling around family commitments.  I'm really pleased as it the most miles I have done since returning to cycling in late 2004.

I think I will try for 2000 next year.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Butterfly on November 23, 2009, 10:34:48 am
Cool, OD. That's a perfectly respectable amount :D.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 23, 2009, 10:35:31 am
Well done, that man :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 23, 2009, 10:39:21 am
 :-* to both of you.  You're so nice!

2000 for next year should be achieveable as I am now drinking riding each Wednesday night and we have our French tour as well.  Which reminds me, I had better phone Bike Express today or it will all be off!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on November 23, 2009, 02:24:56 pm
The refuse collectors strike is over.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 23, 2009, 03:26:05 pm
Well, I hope that's good news, in that I trust we aren't seeing capitulation to massive pay cuts.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bluebottle on November 23, 2009, 10:45:54 pm
Hoorah!  Just finished reading (and correcting) the final version of my student's PhD thesis. :D

Two more theses to read. ::-)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 23, 2009, 11:26:27 pm
:-* to both of you.  You're so nice!

2000 for next year should be achieveable as I am now drinking riding each Wednesday night and we have our French tour as well.  Which reminds me, I had better phone Bike Express today or it will all be off!

Miles while under the influence count double.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 23, 2009, 11:35:47 pm
The bad news is that I have to find out why one of our lavatories is not flushing properly. Well, it's flushing but not emptying the bowl properly. :-X

The good news is that I'm leaving this job until tomorrow. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on November 24, 2009, 11:42:18 am
I have just made a booking on the European Bike Express.  It looks like the three of us are going cycle camping en France for a fortnight next August.  Gulp!  We've never done anything like this before.  I'm excited and nervous already.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on November 24, 2009, 06:42:31 pm
The bad news is that I have to find out why one of our lavatories is not flushing properly. Well, it's flushing but not emptying the bowl properly. :-X

The good news is that I'm leaving this job until tomorrow. :thumbsup:

The even better news is that the problem seemed to be some 8 metres outside our boundary, so the nice man & lady from Anglian Water came along. Firstly they pulled up an inspection cover at the end of the road and I got to see where people can climb down into all the shit and walk along early 20th century brick-built sewers. Then he used his mega-drain-rods and after he had fitted 4 of them in, he started shoving and all the shit that had accumulated under our inspection cover gurgled away into the bowels of the earth.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: jogler on November 24, 2009, 06:47:28 pm
^^^^^^
TMI :sick:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 25, 2009, 07:19:44 pm
I met my new bike today.  And I liked it :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Zoidburg on November 25, 2009, 07:24:42 pm
The bad news is that I have to find out why one of our lavatories is not flushing properly. Well, it's flushing but not emptying the bowl properly. :-X

The good news is that I'm leaving this job until tomorrow. :thumbsup:

The even better news is that the problem seemed to be some 8 metres outside our boundary, so the nice man & lady from Anglian Water came along. Firstly they pulled up an inspection cover at the end of the road and I got to see where people can climb down into all the shit and walk along early 20th century brick-built sewers. Then he used his mega-drain-rods and after he had fitted 4 of them in, he started shoving and all the shit that had accumulated under our inspection cover gurgled away into the bowels of the earth.
At least it isn't a high rise flat, I know several chaps who do the council jobs, there is nothing quite like a blocked soil pipe on the ground floor with a 30 meter column of shit above it.

"The goggles...they do nothing"
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 25, 2009, 08:44:14 pm
I met my new bike today.  And I liked it :)

:)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Gus on November 26, 2009, 12:07:20 pm

Being tired  with the directions my life are developing in I have just applied for 3 months leave without pay at work and the company said  yes & good luck.   :D :D

So I'm taking  a 12 week sports & nutrition  course,  on a folk high school.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on November 26, 2009, 04:09:40 pm
Hoorah!  Just finished reading (and correcting) the final version of my student's PhD thesis. :D

Two more theses to read. ::-)

I have one on my shelf to examine in January.. It is This thick.
|<------------------------------------------------->|

Gulp!

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CommuteTooFar on November 26, 2009, 04:21:16 pm
Hoorah!  Just finished reading (and correcting) the final version of my student's PhD thesis. :D

Two more theses to read. ::-)

<pedant>
I bet none of them are a thesis.
I was taught that a thesis was a proposition that was proven to be unprovable. Generally I find people who call their homework a thesis tend to omit the very necessary proof.
</pedant>

Actually I find most thesis contain a diagonalisation argument which makes my head hurt. So it is really good news that there are not three more thesis out there.


 


 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 26, 2009, 04:23:27 pm

Being tired  with the directions my life are developing in I have just applied for 3 months leave without pay at work and the company said  yes & good luck.   :D :D

So I'm taking  a 12 week sports & nutrition  course,  on a folk high school.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

I spent a year at a Folkhogskola in Vindeln, Sweden almost 20 years ago as part of my degree. A great year it was too. They are a great service to the community in the Nordic countries and I hope they survive the current economic climate. Mine ran invaluable courses for old folk who had become blind of old age and helped them back into the real world. There was also rather a delightful assistant on the course who became Ms AWL for a while too :)

Enjoy the course- och lycka till!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on November 26, 2009, 04:27:36 pm
On another note, the current Ms AWL just got her Prescription Prepayment Certificate sorted. £10/month for 10 months for an annual one.

She's a coeliac and can now get all her gluten free bread & stuff on prescription, thus saving us £15-£20/week.

Result!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 28, 2009, 10:37:11 pm
I just got an email from the ebay seller that I 'won' (never get my head round all this auction malarkey, hey ho) a bike off yesterday, confirming that I can go pick it up tomorrow.  It's a dinky little pink and flowery Raleigh that's costing me less than 15 quid, and I know a little girl who will be very happy on her birthday in a couple of months time.  Hoping it doen't need anything more than basic fettling, or I may well be on here asking for large amounts of advice as I can't afford to pay the bike shop to sort it when it's a pressie for someone else's kid!  I'm also hopefully going to look at a slightly larger (and more expensive, but if it's in decent nick eminently reasonable) blue and silver Giant tomorrow for her elder brother.  If I get that, it'll mean that I've bought their entire family a bike each for their birthdays.  I quite like that thought :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on November 29, 2009, 10:48:58 am
:thumbsup:

A couple of years ago, we bought brand new bikes for every member of the family except me, but I'd had one nine years earlier, so wasn't due.  I did get a respray that year, though :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 29, 2009, 02:43:37 pm
Well, I've got the little girl's bike.  It's a 20" wheeled Raleigh Krush in most fetching bright pink, lime green and white.  It was a bit of a gamble - the ad said 16.5" which I didn't think make sense - 16" would have been too small, but it was advertised as 6 gears, and I couldn't find any evidence of them making a version smaller than 20" with gears.  The frame and forks seem in decent enough nick, few dings and scratches but that's OK, one pedal is slightly damaged and the cable runs have come off the clips.  The bars have a bit of rust, but the wheels look OK.  Chain and cassette look like they've seen some miles and not enough cleaning, but will probably be OK for a while and the brakes and gears seem to function.   I don't think it was a bad deal for £14.  I've got about 2 months to get it looking more or less shipshape... I think it may be time for me to get my backside in gear and start that volunteering in return for training at the bike recycling scheme.  Unless anyone local fancies a mini-project? :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on November 29, 2009, 10:26:57 pm
And now I have bought one for her brother!  A Giant MTX 250 with rigid forks, 18 gears (which seem to work) and reasonably functional brakes, in bright blue and silver.  Cosmetically in extremely good nick, and seems to be mechanically sound although fairly well used.  To get it I just had an hours walk+bus ride across to the other side of town then 20 minutes of extra wandering (whilst navigationally assisted by dearly_beloved on the phone) caused by google maps thinking there was a road where there was quite clearly in reality a row of houses, some industrial buildings and a rather large hedge thus requiring a fairly significant detour.  I bought said bike for £40, and have just got home having walked about 4 miles in the rain to push it round to another mate's house where it will be stored in the garage until present time then caught another bus home again.   Via the chippy :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on November 29, 2009, 11:32:53 pm
A good bike - now passed from brother to brother. I swapped the twist shifter for a clicky lever thingy. We were hurtling round the woods tonight.

Tip: put a cable tie around the bottom end of the cable outers on the down tube to stop them jumping out of the slots if the gears are (invariably) misused.

Ours is a bit special though, having been autographed by Sir Chris Hoy  ;D

..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on November 30, 2009, 12:08:12 am
Good news. 12 yo daughter described tonights night ride through the woods (to a screaming cacophony of crows, fullish moon and howling wind) as 'beyond cool'.

Might have a full house for next weekends effort.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: perpetual dan on December 02, 2009, 06:30:46 pm
To the bus driver on the Lewes road that pulled into the right hand lane a bit in order to pass cyclists with a decent and not splashy gap - you are a fine example, thank you. I was in my car. It was rush hour. I had to drive 5mph slower for a few hundred meters. It was no effort to slow nor to pass you from the lights. I ended up in the same queue and got home at exactly the same time. It was a pleasure to be behind you for a moment. I'll be back on my bike on that road tomorrow - here's hoping that everyone is like you!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Basil on December 02, 2009, 11:11:30 pm
Pub quiz entered. 
Pub quiz won. 
 
Not bad.  Three old gits vs teams of students 20 strong.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 03, 2009, 07:52:59 am
We are going to see Eddie Izzard tonight at the O2
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: mike on December 03, 2009, 08:17:48 am
the absolute cock sat next to me on the train last night got off a station early.

i (and the rest of the carriage) know this because he very noisily called a cab firm to get picked up in Royston then spent the rest of the journey shouting into his phone about how important he was and how much he was earning at the moment to anyone that would listen.  When the train pulled into Ashwell and Morden (the stop before Royston, miles from anywhere) he went 'oh shit', jumped up and ran off the train.    The doors closed right after him and as he clocked the station sign and realised where he wasnt, the train pulled out.

I waved.  Several people smiled.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 03, 2009, 09:18:05 am
I know Ashwell & Morden station.  Not many trains actually stop there.  And it's quite exposed.  I've spent many cold hours waiting on its platforms.  And we can hope he did too ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: epa611 on December 04, 2009, 07:54:19 am
Got a nice new lucrative contract starting this Wednedsay  :thumbsup:

Last one ended 2 weeks ago, so good to see the market picking up again.

Unfortunately, it means me being in Watford from Mon - Fri  :-\  We live near Glasgow :) 

Oh well, the joys of being a contractor.....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 04, 2009, 10:23:03 am
I've got to do a couple of errands for work, so I'm OK for a longer ride at lunchtime :thumbsup:

Recommendations of a good cafe near Tooley Street, anyone?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Si_Co on December 04, 2009, 10:35:57 am
Got home last night to find two brown envelopes from HM customs and revenue, GULP, thirty mins to get up the bottle to open one......

Five years they stuffed up our tax credits and there's now five hundred squidlies in the Mrs' account

RESULT ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Jurek on December 04, 2009, 10:42:00 am
I've got to do a couple of errands for work, so I'm OK for a longer ride at lunchtime :thumbsup:

Recommendations of a good cafe near Tooley Street, anyone?

Fuzzy Grub (yes, it really is called that!)

96 Tooley Street.

Monster sized portions of salad for not very much money  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 04, 2009, 10:45:19 am
Of course! :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wascally Weasel on December 04, 2009, 11:21:05 am
Thirteen days and a wake up!  I’m short!

I leave my current job on 17th December then start my new one on the 21st!

“I’m so short you’ve got to dig a hole to kick my ass”
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TimO on December 04, 2009, 12:48:24 pm
Fuzzy Grub (yes, it really is called that!)

LOL, reminds me of a pub that was run by two ex-coppers with a sense of humour, the "Two Pigs". ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: nicknack on December 04, 2009, 12:59:40 pm
Son's gf (http://www.sianbostwick.co.uk/) has started her own jewelery business and has sold her first stuff! She graduated last summer, failed to find employment, so decided to do it herself.

As well as being good news, this a shameless plug.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 04, 2009, 02:13:26 pm
I've got to do a couple of errands for work, so I'm OK for a longer ride at lunchtime :thumbsup:

Recommendations of a good cafe near Tooley Street, anyone?

Fuzzy Grub (yes, it really is called that!)

96 Tooley Street.

Monster sized portions of salad for not very much money  :thumbsup:

Fuzzy's Grub is very closed :( :( :(

I went to a place with good tea and rubbish food :-\ in one of the arches under the station...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on December 04, 2009, 02:17:42 pm

Fuzzy's Grub: large portions (http://rhythmanalysis.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/banksy-kissing-policemen1.jpg).
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on December 04, 2009, 03:11:37 pm
Serendipity strikes again. My expectations for what the student's graph should look like were wrong. But wrong in a very right sort of way that is actually quite enlightening. Result 1;

Result 2 is that it does look like I can have some credible data to get off to the US pronto following a bit of a panic, a compute cluster trying to usurp the entire developed worlds energy resources onto the floor of the machine room as a molten puddle and numerous other fun and games.

So this week ends on a good note, and I think the cold has finally gone, so I will head to the pool to attempt to not drown in a forwads direction later.

4/430 processes to complete now. Tick, tick tick. Then I hit the big red button right sequence of arcane commands and the world is my oyster potato.
..d
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on December 04, 2009, 07:01:08 pm
Got home last night to find two brown envelopes from HM customs and revenue, GULP, thirty mins to get up the bottle to open one......

Five years they stuffed up our tax credits and there's now five hundred squidlies in the Mrs' account

RESULT ;D ;D ;D

And the other one?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: jogler on December 04, 2009, 07:05:18 pm
A tax demand for £666  :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Si_Co on December 04, 2009, 09:23:56 pm
Got home last night to find two brown envelopes from HM customs and revenue, GULP, thirty mins to get up the bottle to open one......

Five years they stuffed up our tax credits and there's now five hundred squidlies in the Mrs' account

RESULT ;D ;D ;D

And the other one?
it's in duplicate of course, it is taxpayers money after all
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Androcles on December 04, 2009, 10:10:07 pm
Found out yesterday that my job's safe - for the time being, anyway.

The autumn maintenance project (replace creaking BB and worn chain on the audax bike) has steadily morphed into a significant proportion of a new bike, so I'm looking forward to a little extra motivation for the New Year
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 04, 2009, 10:38:42 pm
That's definitely good news. :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Androcles on December 05, 2009, 01:18:03 am
Thanks, Clarion

Conventional wisdom says that you mean the job, but I'm pretty sure you mean the bike.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: hellymedic on December 05, 2009, 10:23:43 am
I know Ashwell & Morden station.  Not many trains actually stop there.  And it's quite exposed.  I've spent many cold hours waiting on its platforms.  And we can hope he did too ;D

Not fun.
Partner is on an (allegedly) non-stop Kings Cross - Cambridge train as I type..
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Salvatore on December 05, 2009, 10:39:13 am
Another 2 prizes from Uncle ERNIE this month.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 05, 2009, 11:56:09 am
Thanks, Clarion

Conventional wisdom says that you mean the job, but I'm pretty sure you mean the bike.

Tis the happy combination.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Moloko on December 05, 2009, 11:58:23 am
Another 2 prizes from Uncle ERNIE this month.

 :o

Fiddlin' about. (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_uGo17Ix85hM/SpZlNzl0aDI/AAAAAAAAALY/KIcvwl5Ybic/s320/uncle-ernie.jpg)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mrs Pingu on December 05, 2009, 03:33:21 pm
I have just had a very contrite Best Western representative on the phone apologising for the catalogue of errors briefly ranted about here:
The RANT thread (often contains fruity language) (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2177.msg484015#msg484015)
and offering a refund and a preferential rate if we'd care to stay again.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: fboab on December 07, 2009, 04:42:41 pm
I just ordered n+0.4, n+0.3 and n+1. :smug:

O ho ho ho I love the cycle to work scheme and they should be ready by that winter festival we're not celebrating in my house.

 :thumbsup: and little dance.

Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 07, 2009, 07:47:15 pm
I appear to have purchased a(nother) small person bike.  This takes my bike purchasing for this year to (counts on fingers) 5.  And I haven't bought mine yet - or the smallest crinkly-cub's! :)  When you consider that prior to this summer I had bought precisely one bike ever, I'm having a good bike-buying year!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Chris S on December 07, 2009, 08:52:07 pm
I just ordered n+0.4, n+0.3 and n+1. :smug:

O ho ho ho I love the cycle to work scheme and they should be ready by that winter festival we're not celebrating in my house.

 :thumbsup: and little dance.



This a Good Thing  :thumbsup:.

Have you perchance stumbled across a step-through laydee's frame suitable for the Fixed Gearing thereof?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: fboab on December 08, 2009, 08:56:43 am
Have you perchance stumbled across a step-through laydee's frame suitable for the Fixed Gearing thereof?

Not quite, it's a boys frame (must be- it's blue)- I finally found a cheap runt-sized number for fixin'. Should get it to Madgett's on Saturday for his boys to build up for me, I'll be falling off embarrassingly before the year is out  :D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 09, 2009, 12:32:21 pm
I'm pleased to say that this Rant (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2177.msg491375#msg491375) seems to have worked, as my symptoms, which peaked quite significantly last night, are reducing. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on December 09, 2009, 12:32:57 pm
I'm pleased to say that this Rant (http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=2177.msg491375#msg491375) seems to have worked, as my symptoms, which peaked quite significantly last night, are reducing. :thumbsup:


I shall try it...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 10, 2009, 12:10:17 pm
Just exchanged a couple of texts with younger daughter. She tells me that because the Head of Public Affairs is ill, she's got to stand in for a meeting with the Leader of the House of Lords. ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on December 10, 2009, 08:03:50 pm
I brought a lottery scratchcard (something I rarely do) the other day to cheer myself up...


... I won £100!  :thumbsup:


And I felt well enough to go to the work Christmas party today...  :thumbsup:

...but I now seem to be developing a fever again - and an ear infection  :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 10, 2009, 09:53:10 pm
Today, I have removed a pair of pedals.   And extracted a crank.  And I remembered what all the bits I learnt last week were, so I didn't have to say "the what?  What's a noodle?  Rear mech?  What's that then?" and look too much like a cliched stooopid gurl (I was the only bird volunteering tonight).  And I took cake to the nice people who are teaching me to dismantle bikes :)

(bear in mind that for me this is very advanced stuff!  Well, not the cake.  I'm good at cake.)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on December 10, 2009, 11:04:02 pm
Today, I have removed a pair of pedals.   And extracted a crank.  And I remembered what all the bits I learnt last week were, so I didn't have to say "the what?  What's a noodle?  Rear mech?  What's that then?" and look too much like a cliched stooopid gurl (I was the only bird volunteering tonight).  And I took cake to the nice people who are teaching me to dismantle bikes :)

(bear in mind that for me this is very advanced stuff!  Well, not the cake.  I'm good at cake.)

Excellent. Now don't get me wrong here, this is not intended to belittle those of us who make cake. I make cake and it is an accomplishment that I rate quite highly, but "extracted a crank and remembered what you learned last week", now that is worth applauding.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 10, 2009, 11:45:05 pm
Particularly given that by this point in the school year I often have trouble remembering what I did yesterday...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 11, 2009, 10:20:41 am
I think I will be able to manage to squeeze in 60km today :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: jogler on December 11, 2009, 01:22:33 pm
I shall be calling into Longstaff's on Monday to see if they have a buff witha peak.The Good News is that my Financial Director (a.k.a. SWMBO) has just acquainted me with the endofyear £ status & there's enough for a trike :demon:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Wowbagger on December 11, 2009, 02:19:03 pm
I have now finished work until 6th January.

I did my final hour in my Friday school today - I started there about 14 years ago and have decided that Fridays are now mine - and the bloody head teacher didn't even have the courtesy to come out and thank me for my efforts.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TimO on December 11, 2009, 03:02:53 pm
My new shoes have arrived at Putney Cycles. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on December 11, 2009, 03:56:00 pm
I brought a lottery scratchcard (something I rarely do) the other day to cheer myself up...


... I won £100!  :thumbsup:

Hah - I took inspiration from you Reggie (I do hope you are eeling better today) and bought a scratchcard..

...I won £5  :thumbsup:

Yeah, its not as big as your swag but better than a slap in the face.  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on December 11, 2009, 04:46:01 pm
The new young cutie in the Nursing Directorate is single!   :thumbsup:

And he's very, very toothsome....
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 11, 2009, 04:49:49 pm
The new young cutie in the Nursing Directorate is single!   :thumbsup:

But you're not ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Regulator on December 11, 2009, 04:51:01 pm
The new young cutie in the Nursing Directorate is single!   :thumbsup:

But you're not ;)


Damn!  I knew there'd be a fly in the ointment...  :(

But I can flirt and look - as long as I don't touch.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 11, 2009, 04:51:21 pm
Oh yes.  Window shopping...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: αdαmsκι on December 11, 2009, 06:34:14 pm
I haz a job. It's in academia, so not a real job but hey ho!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 11, 2009, 06:37:38 pm
adamski = \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 11, 2009, 06:55:23 pm
Woo hoo for the new job!

I had a big old rant on the rant thread a couple of weeks ago about a particular supplier and their utter uselessness.  Today, I had a similar rant to them.  The phrase "OK.  Now I want to talk to your manager and escalate my complaint" may well have been used.  More than once.  They caved!  Engineer out, problem addressed, apology proffered and accepted and a small free gift as a goodwill gesture due to be shipped out.  Woo hoo!  Just a shame that I had to get to going_postal levels of anger before they finally did the right thing!

And a support  bod at a different company has promised that he will use appropriate levels of whoop and a happy dance as he closes the helpdesk ticket that I've had open with them since October and that today, at long last, he found the solution for.  I could have logged in to their support site and closed it myself after testing, but I wanted to share the joy :)
Title: The Good News Thread: Maiden Flight of the A400-M
Post by: Frenchie on December 11, 2009, 08:11:19 pm
Woo-Hoo!

BBC News - Airbus A400-M takes off on maiden flight (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8407825.stm?ls)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: jogler on December 11, 2009, 08:19:03 pm
Why is it prop. driven?One would assume that a modern aircraft would be jet powered.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: SteveC on December 11, 2009, 08:39:03 pm
Why is it prop. driven?One would assume that a modern aircraft would be jet powered.
I'd guess for reliability.  I suspect you don't need as much in the way of airport infrastructure for prop aircraft and military planes often have to operate out of very primitive airfields.

S
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on December 11, 2009, 08:51:19 pm
Well it is a 3-shaft turbo-prop for a start. This type of aircraft is designed to take off and land from rough/unprepared terrains. Performance wise it can go up to Ma 0.72 when an airliner will cruise at .8 to .84, so the performance is not miles away. More imortantly though a turbo prop is versatile and can fly slow (paratrooping), and can land short on a variety of strips.

In terms of reliability it is hard to beat a gas turbine aeroengine though.

BTW the furture aero-engine looks to head back to open rotor design, i.e. with some of the blades on the outside and not dissimilar to the blades seen on this engine.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on December 11, 2009, 08:59:23 pm
I haz a job. It's in academia, so not a real job but hey ho!

Woo hoo well done Adamski  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on December 11, 2009, 09:01:24 pm
Congratulations Adamski  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Adrian on December 12, 2009, 12:52:14 am
I haz a job. It's in academia, so not a real job but hey ho!

Does it pay money? If it does the it's a real job
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 12, 2009, 11:56:16 am
*fan of turboprops*

Those blades look interesting.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Bledlow on December 12, 2009, 12:40:27 pm
Why is it prop. driven?One would assume that a modern aircraft would be jet powered.
It doesn't need to fly very fast, or very high, but it needs to move around on the ground without being towed - including backwards (easier with props), use rough airstrips (props are less susceptible to damage from flying debris), land & take off steeply, & using short strips (easier with props). Probably other things, as well.

Very fancy props, & they rotate in different directions.

A400M Countdown #2 - A PROGRESS REPORT FROM AIRBUS MILITARY (http://www.a400m-countdown.com/index.php?v=2&spage=7)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: MSeries on December 12, 2009, 12:43:48 pm
a new pub opening close to my place of work. Always good news when pubs open, so many are closing these days.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: αdαmsκι on December 12, 2009, 12:57:00 pm
Does it pay money? If it does the it's a real job

By that definition, it's a real job.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: jogler on December 12, 2009, 03:49:52 pm
 :thumbsup: adamski
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 13, 2009, 05:54:59 pm
I just collected my latest bike purchase - the pinkest bike in the world, I suspect!  It's a incredibly zingtastic bright pink 18" wheeled Orbea single-speed for my friend's daughter (as I suspect the Raleigh I previously bought for her is a squeak big, she might struggle with gears and it'll take me until rather later than Christmas to learn to fix it!).  Everything works, not a scratch on it.  Very, very pink.  Someone's going to be extremely happy in a couple of weeks time :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: fboab on December 14, 2009, 08:36:43 am
Step up No1Son: Officially you are now A Man. Feel the testosterone surge.

I don't know what you did, and I suspect you don't either, but whatever it was, thank you. The light is now working.

Bloody marvellous this morning, ice cannot deter me, for I have new light, powered by my not insubstantial thighs. OoooOoo.

And yes No1Son, you can have (pretty much) whatever you want, even though it's blatent favouritism. You fixed it, and you are my bestest boy Man now.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 14, 2009, 07:06:47 pm
I got the 2 first weekends of the month off for the next 4-5 month :)

Time to go riding with Peli \o/
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Frenchie on December 14, 2009, 07:32:54 pm
I have just been invited by a Brazilian institute to go an support their research next year. Okay it is a military institute but they do research in my area and use the technology I work on... That would be really nice!

Need to make it happen and to sell it to the company I work for too.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CAMRAMan on December 14, 2009, 08:16:32 pm
Just heard from HMRC that they are paying a substantial sum into my account tomorrow!!! 2.5 times what I was expecting, so happy days!

Must call in at Oxfam and spread the joy a little bit...
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on December 14, 2009, 08:18:43 pm
I had my first day in work (after 3.5 months of unemployment) and it went really well. Location lovely, the commute is straightforward and has nice little hills to negotiate and nearly all the staff cycle to work  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: CrinklyLion on December 14, 2009, 10:05:00 pm
Hoorah!  That sounds like a good first day.  Welcome (back) to the world of the gainfully employed :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: TimO on December 14, 2009, 11:20:05 pm
Yes indeed, that sounds like a post worthy of an Excellent News Thread. ;D :thumbsup:
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 15, 2009, 09:30:46 am
Yayayayayayayay! :D :thumbsup: :D :thumbsup: :D :-*
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Greenbank on December 15, 2009, 12:01:47 pm
Passed my latest OU course (M381 - Number Theory and Mathematical Logic).

And the exam was harder than I'd expected as they've lowered the thresholds for the gradings (you normally need 55% for a Grade 3 pass and I only got 49%).

On for a 2:1 if I keep to the same standards, a 1st is still a possibility but I have to get a 1st in the remaining courses (unlikely).

MST209 and MSXR209 next year which should be easier than the last two 3rd year modules.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Sergeant Pluck on December 15, 2009, 12:07:44 pm
Well done GB  :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 15, 2009, 12:12:49 pm
Great.  Well done.  Head down studying for the remaining modules, then?
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Polar Bear on December 15, 2009, 12:17:10 pm
I had my first day in work (after 3.5 months of unemployment) and it went really well. Location lovely, the commute is straightforward and has nice little hills to negotiate and nearly all the staff cycle to work  :thumbsup:

A whole sack of good news there.  Are you one of Santa's WB's little helpers?   :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: her_welshness on December 15, 2009, 10:55:35 pm
I had my first day in work (after 3.5 months of unemployment) and it went really well. Location lovely, the commute is straightforward and has nice little hills to negotiate and nearly all the staff cycle to work  :thumbsup:

A whole sack of good news there.  Are you one of Santa's WB's little helpers?   :)

Ahhh thanks guys for your good messages! And I was indeed one of Santas little helpers: we had the under 5's in today and we sang lots of songs (which was brilliant fun) and then my Director turned up as Santa  :thumbsup:

Oh, and one of the songs was:
'Zoom zoom zoom, we're going to the moon, zoom zoom zoom, we'll be there very soon' is now whizzing around my head!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 16, 2009, 11:11:46 am
Two bits of good news:

1. Got a tax rebate

2. A customer gave me one of those mini radio controlled helicopters for Christmas.  I've always wanted one.  I have been playing with it this morning.  Never, ever, EVER get in a helicopter flown by me.  You will die, quite quickly  ;D
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Mr Larrington on December 16, 2009, 11:14:56 am
We haz SNO.  Hurrah!

And today is our Crimbling-Yule Luncheon, in the pubbe over the road.  And guess who didn't bring a coat today?  Bah!
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: clarion on December 16, 2009, 11:18:45 am
We haz sno.  Bah! :(
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 16, 2009, 11:58:11 am
We haz sno.  Bah! :(

In mid-Essex also.  And me un Oaky will be taking quick spin in it very shortly  :thumbsup:

Naturally, we will be stopping off at the Square & Compasses to check they're not snowed or need emergency supplies etc  ;)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oaky on December 16, 2009, 12:01:28 pm
We haz sno.  Bah! :(

In mid-Essex also.  And me un Oaky will be taking quick spin in it very shortly  :thumbsup:

Naturally, we will be stopping off at the Square & Compasses to check they're not snowed or need emergency supplies etc  ;)

Right pair of do-gooders :)
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: Oscar's dad on December 16, 2009, 12:06:11 pm
We haz sno.  Bah! :(

In mid-Essex also.  And me un Oaky will be taking quick spin in it very shortly  :thumbsup:

Naturally, we will be stopping off at the Square & Compasses to check they're not snowed or need emergency supplies etc  ;)

Right pair of do-gooders :)

I have decided to take the New Winter Hat TM out for its maiden voyage.  Currently it is in the furled position.  I am also giving my winter glove system a test too. 
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: David Martin on December 16, 2009, 02:31:32 pm
In about an hour I will ahve a piece of paper that I can exchange tomorrow for a Shiny New Bicycle.

Excited? Me? It feels just like Christmas.
Title: Re: The Good News Thread
Post by: woollypigs on December 16, 2009, 04:03:43 pm
We haz SNO.  Hurrah!
Snow, where ?