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Jul. 3rd, 2014

Goldie
Have I lent Alan Dean Foster's "With Friends Like These" to anyone?

And have I lent my collection of "Thrud the Barbarian" comics to anyone?

ETA: Yes, I have! Borrower duly found.

Photo comparison

Olympus
These (originally three, but now with a fourth added, because I accidentally repeated the first one twice instead of putting up two different ones) photos are of the same place, at the same time (well, only moments apart), using three different cameras; DSLR, film, and phone (ETA: not necessarily in that order). I'd be interested in your thoughts on how they compare.

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ETA: The first two are the phone: a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The third is film: Fuji Velvia 50 in an Olympus XA2. And the fourth is the DSLR: an Olympus E-620.

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AKICOLJ: Shoes

Honey badger
I need to buy some new shoes, but I have a problem - I use special insoles, and I find it difficult to find shoes that are deep enough to accommodate these. Any ideas as to shops or brands I might try?

Hic!

Alex
Poll #1968188
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25

How many bottles of wine do you have in your house (garage, shed etc)?

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Mean: 13.41 Median: 10 Std. Dev 8.45
0
0 (0.0%)
5
9 (40.9%)
10
3 (13.6%)
15
2 (9.1%)
20
2 (9.1%)
25
6 (27.3%)

How many bottles of beer do you have in your house?

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Mean: 9.62 Median: 5 Std. Dev 7.20
0
0 (0.0%)
5
8 (61.5%)
10
2 (15.4%)
15
1 (7.7%)
20
0 (0.0%)
25
2 (15.4%)

How many bottles of spirits and liqueurs do you have in your house?

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Mean: 11.00 Median: 10 Std. Dev 7.52
0
0 (0.0%)
5
9 (45.0%)
10
6 (30.0%)
15
1 (5.0%)
20
0 (0.0%)
25
4 (20.0%)

Ticky boxes

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FTW
12 (48.0%)
FTL
7 (28.0%)
FTA
6 (24.0%)

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Slimbridge on Saturday

Buzzard
We saw a dancing oystercatcher ...
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Birdlife

Buzzard
MastermindChampion came to vist us at the weekend. He had never knowingly heard a nightingale or seen a kingfisher, so we invited him over at the right time of year. We (or rather, the Gloucestershire local group of the RSPB) came up trumps on the nightingale front, as we found a walk they were organising on Friday evening, which gave us the opportunity to hear three or four nightingales sing - a lovely way to spend an evening.

We were not so successful with our kingfisher-watching trip to Slimbridge the next day, although we did see (among other things) a pair of oystercatchers with chicks - and one of the oystercatchers was being a very brave little bird, driving off a crane that got to close to its young. Other youngsters included Nene goslings, cootlings, and moorchicks.

Also on Saturday, we took delivery of two hens, who we have called Nettle (after my father's ferrets of yesteryear) and Bramble (to go with Nettle). They were on the very point of lay, as demonstrated by the egg that one of them laid in the delivery van, and the eggs they both laid on Sunday.

I tried to record the nightingales on my phone, and I will put up a link to the recordings if they are any good. I also took lots of photos at Slimbridge, and I will put up some of these.

So what about you? Did you do anything fun / different at the weekend?

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