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  1. Green with purple lid - recyclable bottles, cans, plastic containers. Green with green lid - Landfill waste. Green with brown lid - garden waste. Black tote bin - paper and cardboard. Small green bin with "lockable" lid - food waste. What really annoys me is that when we go to different parts of the country to visit relatives or house-sit, everywhere seems to have different rules about what can be recycled, what can go together and what needs to be segregated.
  2. Local variation. This was the St Anselms version.
  3. A sol-, a sol-, a soldier I will be Two pis-, two pis-, two pistols on my knee For cu-, for cu-, for curiosity We fight for the old count-, fight for the old count-, Fight for the old country!
  4. The boy stood on the burning deck, Eating a twopenny Walls, The wrapper flew up his trouser leg, And paralysed his nether regions.
  5. Hmmm. Famous Tims. The only one that comes to mind is Tim Nice-But-Dim off Harry Enfield. Isn't Roald Dahl that Indian lentil soup? I'll get my coat now.
  6. I looked in at just after 9pm and you'd all gone to bed. Lightweights!
  7. Our son-in-law had a combi system but, when the boiler died, he replaced it with a conventional condensing boiler and a very large hot water tank. This, sadly, has taken some of the pleasure out of my visits as I no longer hear his shrieks and curses when he is showering and I inadvertently open a tap
  8. Fortunately we didn't go with the Combi boiler, just a condensing one, so our existing controls were deemed to be acceptable.
  9. Interesting how marginal some of the so-called improvements are. Nothing more than a fig leaf in some cases.
  10. We replaced our 26 year old Ideal Standard just before Christmas with a shiny new Worcester Bosch appliance. Initial indications are that it uses around 10% less gas than the old one, so it will be a while before it repays my £2000 investment. I wonder if a new thermostat is in order?
  11. I have seen Yeomans sail on there and they have 3 ft keels so would have thought that you would be OK. Wouldn't go too close to the margins though.
  12. I'd better make room for a cage full of carrier pigeons on the roof of the boat if we are not to be allowed mobile phones. Frankly if you don't want to bring your phone onto the broads, then don't but don't try to ram your "virtue" down my throat. I bet the locals are really cheered as the struggle with connectivity, to read tosh like some of this.
  13. After a tight contest, last night's winner was Nigel on 11 points, with NikO and Mike in joint 2nd place on 10 and Tigerhawk in 3rd on 9 points. Congratulations all! Special congratulations to Nigel, who will be our QM next week
  14. Just in case anyone missed it, I will be in the chair this evening. Topics will be: Norfolk "n" good Hidden underground The car's the star Half-time break for T's P's and alcoholic libations Linkwords Pop lyrics Warmed up leftovers All welcome on Friday starting at 8.30-ish To join, log in at: http://www.nbnquiz.co.uk/chat/ Enter your username but do not enter a password.
  15. Looking out of my "office" window, we seem to have a bit of a sea fret going on. Nevertheless, I can see the snowdrops, tete a tete daffodils, helibores , cyclamen and pulmonaria in full bloom and loads of flowering bulbs pushing through with potential for flowers to come.
  16. Happy to do my quiz next week, now that I am back in the land of the living, or at least those of the living with internet access. Thanks again Paul for filling the breach.
  17. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Thanks Paul, for stepping in at short notice. Cheers Steve
  18. Oh dear, I now have to go "up North" to visit my mother on Thursday and I won't be back until Saturday. Unfortunately she doesn't have broadband so I won't be able to run a quiz from there. Options are: 1) we all have a rest from quizzing on Friday and I run my quiz on the 22nd. 2) Some kind person steps into the breach with a quiz they have already prepared. 3) Some kind person steps into the breach and runs my quiz, which I can e-mail to them, if they can pm me their e-mail address. If we have any volunteers for options 2 or 3, can you please make yourselves known via PM ? If not, we are stuck with Option 1, I'm afraid. Sorry about that but it can't be helped. Steve
  19. If I had the remotest suspicion that a boat was possibly intending to cross my bows, I would hang back and let him go. You can't rely on anyone knowing the "rules of the road" whether hirers or owners, and so prudence is the safest policy.
  20. We used to have stickle bricks - great for brushing your hair if you had lost your comb. A pal of mine had Bayco and we spent many a happy hour building houses with that. We also had something called Betta Bilda, which was made by Airfix. The bricks were white and made from polystyrene, Airfix's stock-in-trade, as opposed to cellulose acetate or ABS which was the case with Lego. They were similar to the one stud thick Lego bricks but more brittle and not compatible. Roofing tiles were made from green polystyrene and interlocked together to make a realistic looking roof.
  21. Anyone remember that rather grubby old Mamod steam engine that I posted about last October? Well it has undergone what I would call a sympathetic restoration. All parts removed and cleaned, painted parts stripped, repainted and then all reassembled. Here is the result. Not too shiny, because some of the bits were too far gone for that, but a huge improvement on what it was nevertheless.
  22. I was given the name of Mike Amiss Telephone 01603 812529 email - mikeamisssigns@btconnect.com I haven't used him myself yet but do plan to in the not too distant future.
  23. By some miracle, and the narrowest of margins, I won yesterday's quiz, so will be QM next Friday. Unless I have a better idea between now and then, topics will be: Norfolk "n" good Hidden underground The car's the star Half-time break for T's P's and alcoholic libations Linkwords Pop lyrics Warmed up leftovers All welcome on Friday starting at 8.30-ish To join, log in at: http://www.nbnquiz.co.uk/chat/ Enter your username but do not enter a password.
  24. Nik's birthday today so we are going out for a curry, but we are eating early and hope to be back in time for the quiz.
  25. I saw this when it was screened on Armistice Day. It really brings the reality of WWI home in a way that I have not seen before. My Grandfather spent his war driving horses in the Royal Artillery -51st Highland Division , Dundee Battery. Fortunately he was quite badly wounded in action and was sent back to Britain, where he met my Grandmother whilst recuperating. Even then he was unable to walk properly due to shrapnel in his leg and he had contracted TB, so he wasn't sent back to the Army. When I asked him as a kid what it was like, he would always avoid talking about his experiences. An excellent, if harrowing, watch that I highly recommend to anyone who hasn't seen it.
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