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#80071 OFFLINE   New POD

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 07:00 AM

My bathroom smells of weed.

I'm not sure why that room in particular does, but most nights I'll get a waft of the smell and open the bathroom door to be hit by a wall of the distinct smell of grass (and not the freshly cut variety). If it's not weed it just occasionally smells of regular fags, I've not a clue as to why. My best guess is it's something to do with the fact it's the only room featuring an extraction fan leading outside, but I have all my windows open all the time and none of the rest of the flat has that aroma...


Ours too. Next door looks like the sort but says it might be his Yankee candle obsession.

I did not know they did one in Burning Hemp

My guess is that it comes via the cavity walls because the bathroom is the only place we get it.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 07:06 AM

Just along the way from me. What's on?


When we went it was Jap night. I spoke to the 2 mx5 owners who made me worry about the future of society itself.

But that's .........*

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:20 AM

Urgh.  Heavy rains in our area.  New build house.  Roof leak.  Developers not wanting to send anyone until Monday.  Militant phone calls back and forth and now waiting for some kind of reasonable resolution.  Reasonable being they come here right fucking now and fucking sort it.  I've worked out the problem and it is a small one that can be fixed easily but they need to fix it...



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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:24 AM

Just watched footage of an aircraft mechanic in Seattle who stole a Q400 aircraft, did some stunts in it, and crashed.

Guy had a complete mental breakdown by the sounds of it. Listening to the cockpit dialogue he seemed pretty lucid, just someone who had been taken to the edge of endurance and then pushed over.

Seeing a complete amateur steal a plane and barrel roll the damn thing on his first flight....pretty unbelievable.

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Not sure how I feel watching this. I suppose I am mightily impressed in one way - this takes cojones the size of Gibraltar. I am very grumpy that this guy felt he had no other option but to do this though.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:40 AM

I want to go to Ace cafe with my Fiesta tomorrow night, but driving London scares the shite out of me ! Actually , anywhere beyond Sevenoaks scares the shite out of me !  :-(

 

Ace not too bad - not quite Full Fat London.   Might be an idea, if you haven't been before, to rehearse the final approach on google earth - its easy to miss the turn off Hanger Lane and subject yourself to further North Circular misery.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 08:43 AM

just wondering when the new builds in the middle of farmers fields will realise this has been going on for yonks .....

 

 

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:07 AM

Me and son went to the ace cafe for tea once when he lived in Mill Hill.
The food is shit. Not as shit as Mcds but as shit as it gets in the 1960s.
On that basis not ACE and Not a Cafe so id advise going to Asda and buying a pork pie and staying home.


I took the CX to a French Performance Day at the Ace. I turned up to find....ONE Peugeot had bothered to turn up.

That went well.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:19 AM

I did go some years ago..

 

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:26 AM

My bathroom smells of weed.


Neighbours flushing something away?!

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 09:44 AM

Whilst feeling slightly nauseated by the smell of my complimentary air freshener

'smells like apples guv'

Smells like a cider drinkers puke more like

My thoughts turned to the Feu Orange air fresheners that my dad always had in his cars. The ones supplied with a pin to pierce the back and let the liquid soak into the sponge layer.

I realised that I hadn't seen one in an age and came over all whistful and nostalgic.

So I had a look on ebay.

Jebus.

Fifteen quid!

They're 'retro' and seem to have attracted a scene tax all of their very own.





I bought one. That goes without saying.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:22 AM

But does it smell the same?
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:35 AM

For months after moving into my current house, I was convinced my neighbours were always outside their back door, just the other side of the fence, hidden from view, smoking weed.

Then I found out it was my own loft, which two owners previous had fitted out as a grow room, that still stank of weed and the stink wafted out from under the eaves every time I opened an outside door.




AND my neighbours regularly smoked weed in their garden.

AND my neighbours two doors up on the other side were* weed dealers.

*Allegedly.**



**Not allegedly. I know they are.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:39 AM

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Just trying to sell a scrap car ... The last person kept trying to offer £100 even though I told him the scrap man had offered £160.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 10:42 AM

But does it smell the same?


I'll update you when it arrives.

Hope I don't suffer from buyers remorse!
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 11:36 AM

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Just trying to sell a scrap car ... The last person kept trying to offer £100 even though I told him the scrap man had offered £160.



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Posted 11 August 2018 - 01:06 PM

Stopped at the grocery store yesterday, walking on the way in there's a lady in a pickup truck, twist key rakrakrakrak, dead battery. Grab the two items I needed and walking back out see nobody else has helped so walk over and ask if she needs a jump start. She thanks me and says yes, was about to call someone but they're in Golden Meadow (about 15 miles away).
Go get the car, pull up in front and go grab the little bag of tools I keep in the back of the car. Remove the jump leads, undo the wire tie that's holding them wrapped up because I've never used them before.
Connect up and nothing. Wiggle connections a bit to clear corrosion off the terminals, nothing. Wiggle a bit more and the wire falls off one of the red terminals.
Do what now? Check the rest and they all bloody well fall off, the wires all turned to grayish powder.
Borrow a pen knife off the lady, strip the insulation back until I find moderately decent metal, clip the wires to the terminals with the clamps using them like clothes pegs and away she goes.

What the hell is wrong with stuff these days? I understand that in order to make things cheap, China is turned to (they were stamped made in China) but in order for China to make it cheap corners gotta be cut somewhere. Seems in this case it was in materials.
My old man has a set of jump leads from the sixties, made in the UK, they've been stored in the same, if not worse conditions since he bought them and despite being dirty they still work fine and show no signs of deterioration. These leads are only five years old. That and the amount of metal inside the big rubber outside makes it look like you're trying to start a car with spark plug wires.
There's a problem with that, new cars need more reliable electricity than old ones with all the electronic jazz that gets switched on when you flip the key to IGN. How that gets through microscopic modern jump leads I'll never know.

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 01:09 PM

Ours too. Next door looks like the sort but says it might be his Yankee candle obsession.
I did not know they did one in Burning Hemp
My guess is that it comes via the cavity walls because the bathroom is the only place we get it.

And as far as I'm concerned that why it's still illegal because if you're inconsiderate enough that you want to get high in public then at least find a method that doesn't reek.

I bet the same people would complain bitterly about a fart in an elevator though.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 02:59 PM

Having to drive the relatives to Lakeside Thurrock. Can't think of a worse place to be trapped for an entire afternoon.

I should be at home, putting the new battery into the CX and giving it a run, but no....
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 03:16 PM

Bought a welding curtain. Assembled said curtain. Bought some actual steel from b&q (I know I know). Get home. Start setting everything up to actually start practicing welding this year.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 03:24 PM

This is Gaynor Whittle. Spot the brain cell.

  

Sorry, I've looked....and looked....Still can't see one.


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 03:30 PM

This is Gaynor Whittle. Spot the brain cell.


I think that's actually a mole. Makeup is hiding it a bit.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 03:35 PM

MOTIVATION. I need some if anyone has some going spare. Living with my 635 has been like having a second marriage, a bad one. The good times were great but few and far between and the bad times are depressing. When I had my unit it was a doddle to spend time on fixing stuff but now it's in the street and has been for a while with stuffed brakes. I bought new shit to go on it and fitted some stuff but I have no bloody time these days. What's more, a leak in the screen made me take out the seat to see what needed to be done and of course it has developed more rot in the sill. So now it needs welding and brakes and I just can't be arsed with it anymore. I don't even know if the brake fix will work as it was a strange issue, totally un googleable.

Shiny parts are a sod to get and it needs 2 tyres. I think I'm at the end of the road with it. I really am thinking of outing it just to see it gone, but this is the car I'd never thought I'd sell. 

 

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Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:14 PM

MOTIVATION. I need some if anyone has some going spare. Living with my 635 has been like having a second marriage, a bad one. ....


I only sold mine because the MoT fail list in 2014 was longer than my arm. Still it was a pleasant 18 years having it.

Of course, now that I don't have it anymore, the values have gone up.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:26 PM

This doesn't have a fail list... Yet. The last few have been clear. It's the only thing that keeps me hanging on to it at the moment 


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 04:33 PM

This doesn't have a fail list... Yet. The last few have been clear. It's the only thing that keeps me hanging on to it at the moment


They can go suddenly.

I had years of clear MoTs, but the dream ended that fateful year.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:11 PM

Well, it's had it's long list already about 6 years ago. It was all pretty much done then and nonsignificant bits done over the last few years. Its the silly bits that go, and no-one in the world has had it happen to theirs... it's an unthankful piece of shit. 


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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:30 PM

I’ve just had to sign as witness for my next door neighbour a document stating that she is giving her father permission to take her son, his grandson, on a flight to Edinburgh tonight to go to the festival. That he is basically not being kidnapped and sold into slavery ( in Scotland anyway).
Apparently children being accompanied by adults with different surnames are being targeted for questioning. What’s the world coming to?
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:33 PM

I’ve just had to sign as witness for my next door neighbour a document stating that she is giving her father permission to take her son, his grandson, on a flight to Edinburgh tonight to go to the festival. That he is basically not being kidnapped and sold into slavery ( in Scotland anyway).
Apparently children being accompanied by adults with different surnames are being targeted for questioning. What’s the world coming to?

It’s a safeguard to prevent kidnapping, child trafficking etc. We had to sign a form for our daughter to go overseas on a school trip to say the staff involved have permission. Makes perfect sense to me.
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Posted 11 August 2018 - 05:36 PM

It’s a safeguard to prevent kidnapping, child trafficking etc. We had to sign a form for our daughter to go overseas on a school trip to say the staff involved have permission. Makes perfect sense to me.


Yes, but for grandparents? I think the world is in a very sad state of affairs that this is even thought of. I know the school won’t let me pick up my nieces unless my sister has told them in advance. Two girls shouting “uncle Richard” and I could be anybody!
On the other hand I have read of children from multi country parents being taken abroad which is obviously bad.

I’m just grumpy in general today!
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