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Lovely Crossword Clue

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I really enjoyed this gem from today’s puzzle!

No privacy here for swimmers? (8, 4)

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Why did the…

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Edited by Richard Walker, Monday, 11 Oct 2021, 00:36

Why did the chicken cross the ice rink? To get to the other glide! ⛸️

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Limerick

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 10 Oct 2021, 04:43
There was an old scholar of York,
Who tried to teach mice how to talk.
But after a week
They could only say “Squeak”,
So he gave up and went went down the pub.

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Poem For The Season

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021, 02:11

I heard

Someone say

Autumn

So

I

Felt  

Cold  

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Marinara recipe

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021, 01:19

See 

https://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/viewpost.php?post=239803

We had chicken breasts wrapped in prosciutto, drenched in marinara sauce, garnished with fresh basil, with grilled vegetable sides: green capsicum, fine beans, sweet potato, mushrooms.

Marinara sauce: cook finely chopped onions in olive oil until translucent, then finely chopped garlic until smell wafts off.

Add tinned plum tomatoes, then dried oregano and chopped fresh basil. And a chilli. The latter is hard to gauge, my sauce needed to be hotter, but I feared overshooting. Best idea (from my co-cook) is use a whole chilli with a slash in it, taste the sauce at half time, then fish the chilli out and either a. bung it or b. chop it up and put it back.

Verdict: Super but some way to go. 4 stars.

Joke: How would you rate the Solar System? Only one star.

[Not my joke, I don’t know its origins.]

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One Liner

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Our small cruise ship company is literally a joke. It’s a one liner.

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Word of the day

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apricity

The warmth of the sun in winter.

Here’s an amusing skit on such rare words, from Mirriam-Webster

“These humicubations, the nocturnal irrorations, and the dankishness of the atmosphere, generated by a want of apricity, were extremely febrifacient.” Lorenzo Altisonant (aka Samuel Klinefelter Hoshour), Letters to Squire Pedant, 1856

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Rehabilitation or bust

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 3 Oct 2021, 01:14

I’m addicted to suitcases. But I’m determined to pack them up.

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Average Age of People in UK?

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No clues and pleeeeze don’t just Google. Think about it and put a guesstimate in the comments.

By average is meant the median; half the people below, half above.





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Can anyone identify this tree?

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Seen in the Scilly Islands.



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Owls

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I used to hear owls a lot round here but in the last few years less. So I was pleased in this last few days to hear several tawny owls on the way back from the pub (me not them).

Here’s a good write-up with a sound recording

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/tawny-owl/


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Emotive Conjugation

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On a radio program in 1948 the philospher Bertrand Russell gave several humerous examples of "emotive conjugation", such as

I am firm, you are obstinate, he is a pig-headed fool.

I have reconsidered the matter, you have changed your mind, he has gone back on his word.

You get the idea: it's like comjugating a verb but the speaker casts themself in a favourable light, you in a slightly less favourable one, and the others in an unfavourable light.

I offer you one for the current "situation" (as the PM describes ).

I am filling up earlier than usual, you have changed your pattern of demand, they are panic buying.


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Slanderous

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They said I knew diddly squat. I was like “No, never met the bloke”.

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Musical Daffynitions

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I can probably reprise this, after half a decade.

Barcarolle       Gamble on winning streak

Minuet             Last night's romantic dinner

Romance        Insect scouts

Nocturne         Criticise stage act       

Overture          Your turn now

Rondo              Relative of John Doe, Jane Doe, etc.

Andante           Another relative

Unison             The one at uni

Suite                Grain identification

Operetta          Grain dryer tragedy    

Symphony       Appear odd


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It’s an ill wind

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According to Simon Cardy we’ve had less wind this summer than any year since 1962, see 

https://mobile.twitter.com/weather_king/status/1434812313614397441

This has had a big impact on energy supply, but I didn’t realise quite how much wind power mattered. It’s been windy this week and as a result between Tuesday and Wednesday morning wind provided about a third of our national power requirements (see Paul Simons Weather Eye, Times 30/09/2021).

At the same time the wind caused some devastation near here. Two light aeroplanes and a helicopter were upended and written off overnight. At first sight it might appear that such heavy machines would be safe from wind, but I think the fact that they are designed to fly makes them more vulnerable.
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Dad Joke

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 30 Sep 2021, 03:14

A. How do lumberjacks get online?

A. With their logging credentials!

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What I’m Reading

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Generations: Does When You’re Born Shape Who You Are?
By Bobby Duffy

About half way through, very absorbed by this highly thought-provoking book.

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One liner

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I love archeology, I really dig it.

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Explorer

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Retired plorer.

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Marinara

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Edited by Richard Walker, Tuesday, 28 Sep 2021, 01:30

Each week I buy the ingredients for a meal that I cook and share with a friend, although I’m not very agile nowadays so they have to assist quite a bit. 

Anyway. Today I tried pork escalopes with grilled vegetables. No carbs cos friend is on a Keto diet, which is not far off what would be recommended for people on type 2 diabetes, so I think it’s ok health wise and does seem to work. I’ve snuck in carbs myself but still lost a bit by association.

Next up will be a marinara chicken breast recipe, with different grilled vegetables, mushrooms, sweet potato this time and maybe peppers.

What’s with marinara? It’s the sauce mariners cook up, think of carbonara cooked up by charcoal burners.

I’ll report next week on a) recipe and method b) success in scale 1-5

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Joke

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 26 Sep 2021, 22:16

Who can get petrol?

Scroll down for answer 
















Jerry can!

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Word Of The Day

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Edited by Richard Walker, Sunday, 26 Sep 2021, 02:02

A grimoire is a book of magic spells, from French, from Latin, and I think related to Ancient Greek grammata = letters. 

Those who can read and write may cast spells. They may be glamorous, glammar being a Scots variant. And so we see those who can read, write, spell, may bewitch and fascinate. Letters are dangerous.

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Hairpiece

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I bought a wig for five thousand pounds. That’s a lot toupee.

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Word of the day

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Edited by Richard Walker, Friday, 24 Sep 2021, 01:55

A German one today.

verschlimmbesserung

This beautiful word means an attempt at making things better that ends up making them worse.

Pointing no fingers, you can probably think of many examples.


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Dad Joke

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What did the talking dog say when it climbed on the house?

Roof!

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