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blakeyboy

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  1. Their ads are excoriating. Such overpriced tat, a mock 'official' mint, and poor idiots 'investing'.....makes the Franklin Mint look like Walt Disney.....
  2. Is that a Gin Palace in the distance?
  3. Ah yes- but has your, what sounds like a North facing front garden, got a big sky? Our friend has a newish farmhouse, and the back is North facing, but huge sky. It's amazing what does well there - sun-loving stuff I struggle with in my small south-facing back garden. Big big sky makes things so much easier.
  4. What I find with a 'disappointing' wet month in early summer is the spin-off, if you have a small garden where plants often struggle for light: in a cloudy month, the light levels are lower, but the light is diffused, so it gets into the dark corners, where direct sun never would. Consequently, all the edges and underplanting that frame a garden come to life and shows off for once. This year is their time.
  5. My favourite Canna: 'Shenandoah'. Queen Victoria's favourite as well. Great dark leaves, but you can _never_ capture with a camera just how unusual and captivating the pink hue is- nothing else like it. A bugger to grow- needs heat- you can lose one to a cold spell at the drop of a hat.
  6. Pictures please! Mines gone mad:
  7. I think there should be paulo minus colloquil because I'm omnimus commotus.....
  8. Cor confractus deversorium.
  9. I don't understand this thread now it's developed. I have some rather nice Swedish and Finnish glassware. I have some nice paintings. I have some nice small sculpture pieces. I have them all because they appealed to me, and continue to do so. They also have an accruing monetary value, which is nice to know for emergencies. I do not feel the need to pay for someone's opinion of them, and put them in plastic cases.
  10. blakeyboy

    Gardening advice required

    Yep- a very very old plant- a relic of the Jurassic. I just kept pulling up each piece I saw and it gave up. Roots can only hold so much sugar to fuel new growth, and if you pull shoots before they have had time to photosynthesise much more sugar to replenish the root stores, it eventually just runs out of fuel. Same trick works with bind weed, but with both plants you have to really be on the case at least twice a week. One season, gone.
  11. blakeyboy

    Gardening advice required

    I was in Furnace Creek, Death Valley a few years ago and it was 47˚C which was enough. I heard today that somewhere in California has done the highest _minimum_ temperature ever in the Northern Hemisphere: 42˚C in the middle of the night!!!! Can you imagine trying to sleep? I lost a night's sleep once in 34˚C and it was psychological torture.
  12. 'arse-covering time'......! Excellent!
  13. Are you talking about Keir Starmer?
  14. blakeyboy

    Ebay fees???!!?!?!

    Actually it's more like 43%, but Erica is waiting for more info on how it's made up....
  15. I sold some Vicky double florins last week, I thought that the 100 years of patina was by far the most attractive part of the coins.
  16. blakeyboy

    Gardening advice required

    Just done me 1000 Forum reputation points. I'm now retiring to the Bahamas. If only....
  17. blakeyboy

    Gardening advice required

    I had squirrels breaking into my peanut bird feeders, until I doused the nuts in tabasco. The pilfering stopped _immediately_ . A squirrel sitting on the fence freaked out, frantically wiping it's face on the fence, trying to stop the burning was hilarious. They never came back.
  18. I think that machine is quite a-peeling. I can only apologise.
  19. blakeyboy

    A parallel universe?

    Hmmm... very interesting. Any similarities between our world and theirs? https://www.wired.co.uk/article/pokemon-card-grading?utm_source=pocket-newtab-global-en-GB
  20. blakeyboy

    ebay clearout

    My wife has put some coins on fleabay. More in the future- having a clearcut and trying to generate some much-needed funds. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/384227244903?hash=item5975ba7b67:g:eUQAAOSww0Zgyxw0
  21. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    And a good question. I think it's just that it's been under the radar, since the spacings look even, unlike other ones.
  22. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Brilliant, Terry! You are an 'EM' specialist now. It does look like the 0 has moved over too. Thanks for that mate.
  23. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    I think the 9 and the 0 move over. I think Terry did one of his exerguial montages?? or was that a Depeche Mode album?
  24. blakeyboy

    More Pennies

    Don't think so- I see loads like this when looking for a nice one like Terry's. Sometimes I've nearly been fooled by the camera or lighting angle, but this is head-on.. I think the 9 and the 0 on the 1901Ac have floated over a bit too.....
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