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jacobsen

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Walking home late this evening I saw a man on a unicycle, with all the legal lights and reflectors, cycling up a hill in Banbury. I wanted to shout to him to cycle on the pavement, but he was a touch wobbly and I didn't want to shock him into losing his balance and ending up under a 4X4.

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The complex my uni classroom is in was designed during the "industrial chic" phase, so has high ceiling with exposed metal beams and ductwork (somewhat function for mounting projectors). Today in the middle of my lecture I looked up to see that someone can carefully placed four different fluffy stuffed animals 20 feet up along the exposed beams. They were posed to look like fluffy Aristocrat, Minion, Goofy Squirrel and Hello Kitty were about to contribute to our class discussion...

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Not from this week, but this still amuses me. I got out of the late afternoon train at my small station on a cold winter afternoon . It was almost dark. Platform on the other line was deserted except for a man sitting in the partly open waiting room. He had taken electric guitar from case, stretched out cord and was sitting playing. No sound. Just finger movements which went well with his singing. Also no sound, just mouth opening and closing.

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Saw a late model black BMW with personalised number plate on it the other day...and the name was my maiden name. It is not a large city, and the name is unusual...so there are now many ?s in my mind!

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Last night I followed a roe deer stag home down our road in the car. Wouldn't have been so surprised if it was a muntjac, but didn't expect a roe!

The real surprise was that it led me down the street and then stopped on the grass at the side of our house...

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Lothlorien
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Was the number plate a local one or perhaps from interstate?

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This afternoon we were driving past a road junction near our town (just into the country). One of the exits leads to some bolted gates into a disused sugar refinery. In front of the gates a kilted man was practising the bagpipes.

We are 300 miles from Scotland.

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I past a lorry woth "Erection Specialist" painted in foot high letters on the side, I refuse to believe the occupants were unaware of the double meaning ...

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I saw a man outside yesterday walking on his heels.

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A woman with a child in a pushchair in the supermarket this afternoon had some difficulty with the self-service checkout. While waiting for an assistant, she put the child's bright purple dummy into her mouth and started chewing on it.
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Over the past fortnight in my local park I have seen:
A girl walking a small Shetland pony on a leading rein
A bald man unicycling over a bridge
Two brown rats sitting in a river swishing their front paws in the water
A man in full medieval armour (imitation I presume) talking to a woman in T shirt and shorts
A group of about 30 Sikhs sitting on the grass playing drums

This is just random stuff, not festivals or anything.

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quote:
Originally posted by Aravis:
Over the past fortnight in my local park I have seen:

A man in full medieval armour (imitation I presume) talking to a woman in T shirt and shorts

Mm yes, that reminds me that last Thursday when I was waiting to get the train home, a medieval merchant, a courtly young lady in long dress and tiara and her maidservant in a long black cloak all scurried up the platform. Nobody batted an eyelid.

You see some odd things from trains sometimes (thinking of the young man practising breakdancing on Reading station platform, and the man whose wife actually gave him a haircut while waiting on Oxford station platform).

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Yesterday I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, which is full of things that a bookish suburbanite never sees. There was a man leading a quite docile ram on a leash through the crowd. The animal had been sheared, so that its wedding tackle was very visible. Testicles the size of a soccer ball -- I am impressed.

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Ariel saw
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A woman with a child in a pushchair in the supermarket this afternoon had some difficulty with the self-service checkout. While waiting for an assistant, she put the child's bright purple dummy into her mouth and started chewing on it.
Not having any idea what a bright purple dummy was until I did a google search all kinds of strange things drifted through my head this week. [Ultra confused]
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I'm grateful to the lady we saw on the way to work this morning, taking her pet pig for a walk on a lead; it caused us both to smile, and to wonder what would be going through the minds of any dogs they met on their stroll.

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A well dressed man strolling through an intersection playing a harmonica.

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Yesterday I saw a (black, of course) swan with 6 or 7 cygnets. Nothing odd in that, you'll say, except that the frosts are about to arrive, and the cygnets should have been hatched about 5 months ago.

I fear it's global warming at play

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Early this morning, a dustcart pulled up otside my house and a dustman got out and put a large alarm clock on top of the wheelie bin opposite.

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
I'm grateful to the lady we saw on the way to work this morning, taking her pet pig for a walk on a lead; it caused us both to smile, and to wonder what would be going through the minds of any dogs they met on their stroll.

There's a TV ad here for a bank (Chase?) where they talk about how with it they are, and show someone coming in with a pig on a leash.

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The students next door sunbathing on the gable end of our shared roof. I am concerned that they might damage/dislodge the lead from my roof but mpre concerned that if they fall asleep and roll over they'll drop 3 stroreys to their desth.

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An educational charity letter came through my door this morning that asked pupils if they were 'bored of revision?'

Surely it should be 'bored with'

I blame the teachers!

[ 12. May 2016, 19:34: Message edited by: leo ]

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jacobsen

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I think that might derive from the cod take-off, Bored of the Rings .

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Bored of the Rings

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jacobsen

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Sorry - first flood control; refused to post, then it posted while I was finding the url.
Bored of the Rings

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jacobsen

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Sorry - first flood control refused to post, then it posted while I was finding the url.
Bored of the Rings

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I saw the sun. Indeed I have seen it for four days in succession [Yipee]

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Is it yellow, as it is fabled?

-- Lost in Fogtown.

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It's been visible here off-and-on for the last few days, and it is indeed yellow. [Smile]

eta: Hang on a minute - I thought Kellyland was wall-to-wall sunshine ... [Confused]

[ 13. May 2016, 00:01: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:

eta: Hang on a minute - I thought Kellyland was wall-to-wall sunshine ... [Confused]

quote:
Mark Twain said:

The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.



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Kelly Alves

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Yeah, and I can't "pop down to Los Angeles all the time" like some guy in Portsmouth suggested last time I was there.

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Kelly Alves

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( We're only slightly south of London, latitude- wise. And very much coastal. Fog. Lots of Fog.)

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I cannot expect people to believe “
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Kelly Alves, somewhere around 2003.

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posted by Kelly Alves
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We're only slightly south of London, latitude- wise.
When did they move San Francisco? The last time I looked London was still 51.5°N, which is nearly 14 degrees further up than San Francisco, which sits at 37.7°N.

In fact the only US city further north than London is Anchorage.

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Kelly Alves

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Yyyyeah, we're south of y'all, and not all that far south. Understand that California itself goes through a couple latitudes, so that might effect my definition of "slightly".

[ 13. May 2016, 08:02: Message edited by: Kelly Alves ]

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A dog being chased by a sheep!

He is a withdrawn guide dog puppy, now a pet ~ withdrawn due to having a timid nature.

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A cafe notice on an overgrown island (or is it just a clump of trees with no soil above water level) in the middle of a pond.

Jengie

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A huge cockroach in my condo. They sprayed again. Even my extremely tidy neighbor found one. They migrate every time they spray the outside of a bldg in the condoplex. Good times.

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quote:
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A huge cockroach in my condo. They sprayed again. Even my extremely tidy neighbor found one. They migrate every time they spray the outside of a bldg in the condoplex. Good times.

The things survive anything. Practically immune to DDT, explosions and radiation and they can get through ridiculous gaps. Really, really tough.

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About three hours ago, right outside our front door, there marched down the street, a flute band, marching soldiers dressed in World War I gear, what looked like their mascot of two husky-like dogs leading the procession; with a bunch of collar-etted orangemen following in the rear.

No. Wait, the thread title says 'strangest'. For Northern Ireland that's probably pretty normal! [Big Grin]

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Isn't it a bit early in the season for Orange bands?

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They've got to get their practice in!! I mean, it's nearly June already, and marching season is July. The flags'll soon be out on the lamp-posts. Sigh.

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<tangent>
Cockroaches
To exterminate like this you need a concrete path or slab:
  • put a flashlight or bicycle lamp on either side of a concrete path - 4 is even better
  • take a quantity of caster sugar and soak in 3-in-1 oil, or similar
  • spread sugar/oil mixture between the two light sources and switch on lamps
  • watch as cockroaches are attracted to sugar and begin to feast
  • when you have sufficient, throw on a match
The cockroaches explode from within: messy and smells appalling but it works.

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During the sermon on Sunday I was mesmerised watching the stole around the preacher's neck slowly working its way down on one side and up on the other as he preached enthusiastically about Pentecost, waving his arms around as he did so. He was quite oblivious to it. I had a quiet joke with my daughter about how long it was going to take until it fell on the floor but sadly at the last moment, when one end had reached his neck and it was about to go, he stepped on the other end of it, which by now was dangling on the floor, noticed what was happening and yanked it back down round his neck. But not far enough to stop the same process starting again. I was wondering if the short end would make it up to his neck again before the end of the sermon but he made it to the end before it happened!

[Big Grin]

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This has been going on for a couple of weeks now. A large camper van is parked either on our block or the next one up. Its curtains are drawn. I never see anyone in it or going to it - yet it moves around. Who are these nocturnal tourists? And how much longer is their pantechnicon hogging the parking?
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quote:
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This has been going on for a couple of weeks now. A large camper van is parked either on our block or the next one up. Its curtains are drawn. I never see anyone in it or going to it - yet it moves around. Who are these nocturnal tourists? And how much longer is their pantechnicon hogging the parking?

Let's hope it doesn't stay for 15 years.

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quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
The things survive anything. Practically immune to DDT, explosions and radiation and they can get through ridiculous gaps. Really, really tough.

Still tough not to somehow feel..it's really my fault somehow...if only I were more tidy. But then my very tidy neighbor found one...it shows they go where they go here. I picture bombs, flames, acid...las cocarachas go on and on doing their dance. They are very hardy. The spraying the outside the bldg does the trick...we find dead ones near the bldg. But they keep coming back. I need to plug up holes in plumbing area. I ordered some foam sealent off Amazon, plus gloves. I will cover my hair and wear a garbage bag apron too. It's cement once it hardens. First, I need to clean out under the sink. It has a lot of stuff I've left there for years...old cleaning solutions, my brother's plumbing tools for my place. I will take the tools out to the carport and mark the bag "plumbing tools". Then get to work the next day, let the area dry out.


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Originally posted by L'organist:
[QB] <tangent>
Cockroaches
To exterminate like this you need a concrete path or slab:
  • put a flashlight or bicycle lamp on either side of a concrete path - 4 is even better
  • take a quantity of caster sugar and soak in 3-in-1 oil, or similar
  • spread sugar/oil mixture between the two light sources and switch on lamps
  • watch as cockroaches are attracted to sugar and begin to feast
  • when you have sufficient, throw on a match
The cockroaches explode from within: messy and smells appalling but it works.
This will never happen. But it makes for an entertaining picture in my head. I will instead use boric acid water and sugar.

I am now done talking about this subject. Just wanted to give a nod to these 2 shipmates posts but I realize I've gone off on a tangent.

/done.

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Trudy Scrumptious

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I was going to say "two pigs being walked on a leash downtown." Then saw someone else had posted "pig on a leash" and thought, "Guess it can't be that unusual." Then I saw that it was piglet and thought, "Very likely the same pigs!"

They were certainly attracting a lot of attention from passers-by.

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Golden Key
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"Covering a Church Floor With Mirrored Discs Turns Out to Be a Great Idea" (Curbed).

Looks slippery, and the pattern mind-bending. Plus difficulties for anyone wearing a skirt, dress, kilt, cassock...

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jedijudy

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Today, I saw a small (about two and a half feet) alligator lying upside-down by the side of the road. I assume it had passed on.

It still had its pretty baby stripes showing. [Frown]

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Graven Image
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Older lady came into doctor's office while I was in the waiting room with a walker and wearing 3 inch high peep toe heels. I was in awe. [Overused]
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Lyda*Rose

Ship's broken porthole
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quote:
Originally posted by Golden Key:
"Covering a Church Floor With Mirrored Discs Turns Out to Be a Great Idea" (Curbed).

Looks slippery, and the pattern mind-bending. Plus difficulties for anyone wearing a skirt, dress, kilt, cassock...

It's an art installation. The mirrors don't rest directly on the floor; they are on clear pedestals. It's fun to look at. [Smile]

[ 19. May 2016, 04:36: Message edited by: Lyda*Rose ]

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