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Everything posted by blakeyboy

  1. The the musa basjoo enjoys it's last sun this season, before the leaves come off, and the straw cage is built, and the stems are protected.
  2. Then I put up the heavy tarp and that's everything in for the winter.
  3. Then I drag under the small potted musa basjoo, and add small pots of ecballium elaterium (skirting cucumber).
  4. Next up is the skinny jacaranda, and Queen Victoria's favourite canna 'Shenandoah'.
  5. Then I add the lemon/lime cross 'La Valette', which is _the_ variety for gins and tonic!
  6. I've just done my 'Before the frosts come' packaway. I have a small covered patio area- I take out the table and chairs and put up my metal winter staging. Then I add the cycad, the agaves, a agapanthus, and a cestrum nocturnum (queen of the night).
  7. I cannot tell a lie...
  8. blakeyboy

    Ebay's Worst Offerings

    How has this had a '5' replaced by a '4' anyway? Have they ground out the 5, and floated a 4 into place? Then glued? Soldered?
  9. blakeyboy

    Rookie Penny question!

    Ah yes, but lustre and patina takes decades, even centuries, to develop, and can't be faked. When lost by polishing, that's gone forever. Also, polishing works by removing very fine marks, and these fine marks are called 'detail' and 'history', and a coin with more detail is always sought.
  10. blakeyboy

    English King Coin Discovery

    ...have I told you how sheep's bladders may be used to prevent earthquakes?....
  11. blakeyboy

    English King Coin Discovery

    ...but apparently he didn't have s**t all over him.....so he's a King.....
  12. blakeyboy

    NGC grading OMFG!!!

    They got 'Hammered' right, which of course happened recently, judging by the picture....
  13. "Where's my briefcase?"
  14. No- wrong variety- this is Musa Basjoo- root hardy.
  15. This summer was not a patch on last year, but seemed wetter. My banana flowered this year, a full month earlier than last year, almost like what it needed was warm and wet, not hot and dry!
  16. I'm not the most left wing of blokes, but this is fun. If they scrap the Mancunian section, and don't link properly in London, they'll look like twats. If they say it's all going ahead and it turns out all the doubt was a big Conference Setup, they'll look like twats.
  17. 'leader' not 'fader'. Mind you....
  18. It's barely credible- the woman with the least self-awareness on the planet, and fader of the Dunning-Kruger party, turned up at the conference, and did a 'speech', with people cramming in to witness the almost Victorian sideshow...
  19. Incidentally, Algernon's wife was the first to get that nasty hospital bug, so they named it 'Mrs.A' after her....
  20. blakeyboy

    Spon Gate

    Have I missed the reason why Spon Gate is being brought up? (The Goons had 'spon' as being 'a grey-green metal, mined in agony by the inhabitants of the Urals' ...if I remember correctly...)
  21. blakeyboy

    has there been a software change?

    ...same here...Sierra 10.12.6....
  22. Oh it's all mad- paranoia, speculation blah blah If I were running Russia, and needed to be the type of leader Russians like, I would do exactly what Putin is doing right now...... whether they attack or not is not important- he's generated panic by moving around what he owns, on land he owns. If he isn't planning anything, he must be falling about laughing, and if he is going to invade, he knows that not much will happen, like with Crimea. Win win for him. I had to explain to someone in Belgium how the French for 'Putin' is not actually accurate, since pronouncing it as the Francophones otherwise would would be 'Putain' which is not a complementary term...he didn't know, fell about laughing, so of course I pointed out that what the media tell him about the Russian build up may also not be true.....we are all in the dark, most of the time.
  23. blakeyboy


    Thick men tipping crap into trucks were called 'Binmen'. Then they became 'refuse operatives' or some such. Failing education departments re-labelled year 5, 6 or whatever as 'Key Stage' something or other to make it sound like they had a clue what they were doing. The plastic sheet on your car seat when it comes back from a garage isn't to keep the seat clean- it's to make you think that the engine job they did is somehow 'better'. All this is commonplace and _we_ have allowed it to develop. When a village pub closes, people are up in arms, but when questioned, admit they hadn't had a drink in there for years.... You have to actually DO something to stop/change things. It can't be changed by talking on forums, but at the ballot box...if anyone is worth voting for.... Hope doesn't change reality. I invented 'Woke' years ago- I failed to get it into the Meaning of Liff because I missed the deadline. To 'Woke' ( present participle 'Woking' ) is to wander round the house trying to find that half- finished cup of coffee or tea that you put down absent-mindedly, and is going cold somewhere. I watched the Trump election success while in Las Vegas, in the Sports Bar at Caesar's Palace. What a bizarre night. The next evening, in a restaurant, a local came over on hearing my accent, and said how he was embarrassed at what I would now think of America and Americans. I replied that every country gets the government it deserves, and he ambled off quite contentedly.
  24. blakeyboy

    Australian 1967 Dollar coin

    Please bear in mind that after the risks, and having spent money for no reason, your coin is still the same....:-)