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  1. That's what it said. And it did. 8 hours and 3 minutes to be precise. That's how long it's just taken to download and finish installing the new "Features Update" to Windows 10 on my laptop. Now all I have to do is work out how to put things back to how I had them. Mustn't grumble though. It didn't cost me anything, apart from the 8 hours loss of use of my laptop. Eeeeeee. Ain't life grand ...
  2. spikey

    Panic buying

    And seemingly getting ever more expensive, judging by their website last time I looked. I assume that the people who regularly shop there nowadays are those who would love to patronise Waitrose but can't quite afford it but who consider the others somewhat infra dig.
  3. I'm anything but up to speed with this kind of stuff so maybe I'm the last to become aware of it, but just in case I'm not ... If I go to settings on my Android phone, then down the list to "Google" and click on that, the item at the top of the list is now "COVID-19 exposure notifications". Nobody asked me if I wanted it on my phone, but at least it seems to be turned off by default. Don't know if it's the same on an iphone. Anybody know for sure exactly what's going on?
  4. Fascinating. Did they never try hosing down the carriage sides rather than bucket-and-brushing it? Whatever, seeing that shoddy being used prompts me to ask - what is/was the difference 'twixt shoddy and mungo? Back in apprentice days, I was never sure which I was using ...
  5. I stumbled upon this charming 1962 film about carriage cleaning and am now left wondering what "ex mover" (x-mover?) was, apart from being a detergent of some kind used for carriage cleaning. Anybody know? Also wondering if anybody still uses shoddy ...
  6. Since installing the latest updates a few days ago, the bar across the bottom (with the icons in it on which you click to open programs) of The Lady Wife's laptop is pale grey now rather than black, and the same goes for the gubbins that comes up when she clicks on the Windows button thingy bottom left corner. She is grumpy about this, so can anybody please tell me how to make these black again?
  7. Having lost the bookmark to it, I'm having no luck trying to find one of my all-time favourite YouTube videos, so can anyone help? The one I'm after was an episode of a series of TV documentaries which I guess date from 1980-90, and it contained two absolute classic segments. In one, an archetypal old duffer of an upper-class retired officer was recounting the interview he had when joining the regiment in which his father had served, And in another, a major straight out of Central Casting was putting on a brilliant presentation for the troops about the charge of the Light Brigade, after which he gave a quick conducted tour of the Mess. During the course of that, he referred to an officer in earlier times having been fined for "having a lady friend who lived in a numbered house" (rather than one with a name). Does that ring any bells?
  8. spikey

    Panic buying

    So I guess that if the second wave of Covid-19 coincides with exacerbated supply problems, Brexit and a hard winter, you'll be scratching ...
  9. spikey

    Panic buying

    Who on earth might "need" a delivery every three days?
  10. Much obliged. Right then. When I come to power, we'll put a stop to them right after we've stopped supermarkets selling booze and disposable barbecues.
  11. OK, I know I should get out more, but can somebody please tell me for what purpose are those little cannisters of nitrous oxide supposedly manufactured and sold?
  12. Does it still say "Do not put in mouth" on those little packets of Peco track pins? Every time I saw that, I had this urge to enquire of them if it would be OK for me to put one in my ear instead.
  13. Somebody at Morrison's seems to be a firm believer in the old business maxim "Never over-estimate the intelligence of your customer". Just in case, it clearly states "Cook before eating" on the bag of their frozen sprouts that I've just emptied ...
  14. spikey

    Panic buying

    If they actually eat them. I've learned quite a bit from this thread, but one thing stands out. Judging by some of the comments made, Mrs Spikey and I must be somewhat unusual if not downright weird. In the present circumstances, we're just grateful for the simple fact that, substitutes notwithstanding, the supermarkets have continued to allow us to eat well. I guess our expectations are too low and our tastes are too unsophisticated for us to feel otherwise.
  15. Probably saw no reason to change their usual habits ...
  16. spikey

    Panic buying

    Eggs with a strong-coloured yolk and a brown shell have long been perceived as tasting better. Breed comes into it to some extent, but the main factor influencing yolk colour in hens' eggs is actually what they're fed on, and where supermarket eggs are concerned that usually means whether or not their feed has colourants in it. Can't remember what the artifical ones are, but marigolds and turmeric are the main natural ones. BTW, I trust that your lady wife knows that in the UK, the "best before" date on the carton is 28 days after it was laid.
  17. spikey

    Panic buying

    That "scrambler" is a trials rider on a trials bike. if he was a scrambler on a scrambler, he'd be wearing a crash hat rather than a ratting hat, and it's extremely unlikely that the bike would be registered for the road
  18. spikey

    Panic buying

    As you wish. But when I asked her the same question, she said she would if she could, but there was a long waiting list for jobs at Lidl. Whatever, we all shop where it suits us. FWIW as late as 10 years ago we still shopped at Waitrose (and Sainsbury's), being of the opinion that it was worth paying a bit more for the better quality. Then over time we discovered by following up recommendations that where what we eat is concerned, we were still paying a bit more but were no longer getting better quality.
  19. spikey

    Panic buying

    Hmmm. I haven't been in Waitrose for the best part of a year (can't afford their prices, can't stomach the patronising posters about how much they care etc), but on one of the last occasions I was, I said to the bored-looking Sunday girl on the till "Cheer up, could be worse. You could be in Lidl". "At least I'd be earning more" says she, then went on to explain that she was on minimum wage. If she was in Lidl, she'd be on a quid an hour more.
  20. Saw him just the once in 1962/3 and the main recollection is of how pink his suit was, how crap the sound was, how much he sweated and how many pink towels he got through ...
  21. Hmmmm ... interesting. I thought it was perhaps just me who couldn't really see any advantage over Google.
  22. spikey

    Panic buying

    Won't that depend on how Jewish she is ... ?
  23. Which do people find to be the most useful UK price-comparison website for general online shopping?
  24. To my way of thinking, life's going to be very interesting indeed from now on. Quite possibly I'm just failing to grasp some elementary logic, but if TPTB are on the verge of "easing the lockdown" and getting things back to some kind of normal, isn't that a sure-fire way of kicking off Round Two of Covid-19? Expose the herd to the disease again, see infections rise, re-impose lockdown, and see another few tens of thousands of the weakest perish? Wouldn't that amount to a (hopefully-)controlled cull?
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