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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 18 Jan 2018, 09:57

Since I bashed my arm I have a tendency to push wrong buttons.  Anyway I obviously didn't sift my laundry properly when I went to the launderette a couple of days ago and when I took stuff out of the dryer I had a melted bra.  It was only an Asda one and I'd had it a while so I haven't done for an expensive one [not that I own really pricey examples of such items].

Re: the carving of initials.  The culprit should maybe have been admonished but if there is a shortage of such surgeons maybe not dismissed.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 18 Jan 2018, 15:51

Should have been sentenced to write on the next 100 transplants "I must not autograph transplanted livers".
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 18 Jan 2018, 17:35

LiR, I fear you will never make a truly liberated feminist - you're supposed to publically burn your bra, preferably on Capitol Hill in front of Congress - and not just slightly singe it whilst doing the laundry!

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 20 Jan 2018, 10:41

Oh I haven't just burned a bra, MM, not burning - but I lost a piece of thin wool fabric I was using as a shawl while I had my arm in a sling somewhere between hospital and getting off the bus; I've phoned the lost property department at the hospital twice - no luck and emailed Arriva's lost property and have not heard anything.  As it was thin wool somebody could have thought it was calico or bandage type material so maybe it was disposed of as hospital rubbish.  That's the second shawl that dropped off my shoulders while I was in the sling - I couldn't find that either despite walking the same route home as I had when going out.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 29 Jan 2018, 13:33

Well although it's not a whole bunch of money I worked through some of the night last night to complete the self-assessment tax return.  It's really just the typing and other odds and ends I've done to boost my  pension but I didn't want to end up having to pay fine.  I really only do a minimum of online banking but couldn't see how to make the payment and when I rang to try and do it by telephone banking the geezer at the other end of the phone started wittering on about having to send an activation notice.  Anyway,  I managed to pay it off the debit card in the end but there was some squally weather earlier on and the broadband cut out (why it does that in wind and rain I don't know).  I started saying f*** which I don't usually (just as well I was on my own) but fortunately broadband righted itself and the payment went through but it's frustrating when something which should be simple becomes complicated.  I suppose a lot of people are trying to pay at present as 31st of the month is the last day - well I think they give some allowance for processing the transfers but it has to be despatched from the tax payer's bank by end of the month.  Sorry, rant ended, and I feel a bit calmer now.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 15 Feb 2018, 12:27

Wrong way round. NRA sits on Uncle Sam.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 15 Feb 2018, 16:05

Very true, Gil, very true.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 21 Feb 2018, 17:50

Growl, grumble, mutter - during the great quiz MM ran my computer played up. And I knew several of the answers straight off too. Last night, when it was all done, I got a better signal. On a better note being of creative bent, could we perhaps make a quiz of lines taken from films? Perhaps we could each send MM or nord, 2/3 suitable quotes  with/ without answers to their pm box?  If one would agree to host such a notion. Just a suggestion but it may ease the burden - for them - their style and skills in presentation being much better than mine own and with  my estuary land signals unreliable at  best. Just a thought.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 21 Feb 2018, 18:18

Google has ruined that kind of quiz, P.

I've just about finished compiling another batch of cherubs and sprogs to identify (after having made them as google-proof as possible). I'm struggling with the audio clues since shockwave and flash are now off the menu (ironically a decision made by Google in fact). Hopefully tomorrow.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 22 Feb 2018, 14:39

Not so much a rant more a whinge.  Yesterday I rid myself of a plug-in lamp because there was a smell of burning emanating from it - I'd had it since the early 1990s so it had 'done a turn'.  Under the table where I have my computer the leads to the various bit of contraptions are plugged into one of those extension gizmos into which one can insert a few plugs.  I noticed that the cable going from the plug-in place to the main plug on the wall had twisted and was showing the inner cables (not the actual copper wires).  For now I've wrapped insulation tape around the offending part but I'll probably treat myself to a  new one - better safe than sorry - I have a couple of other extenders (can't think of the proper technical name for them offhand) but they only have room to plug in 4 plug and this one has room for 6 (I use 5 though I unplug the computer one at night).
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 05 Mar 2018, 13:00

Aaaaaarrggghhh!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 05 Mar 2018, 14:39

@Triceratops wrote:
Aaaaaarrggghhh!!!!!

That.
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Shoot.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 10 Mar 2018, 11:24

You can tell when the weather in Essex is really miserable when I start daft threads.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 10 Mar 2018, 11:36

We need some daft threads. I want to start one on 3.00 am Tweets From History.

Had tweeting been around in previous centuries, what insulting early morning comments would influential men and women have been tempted to post to or about their foes? What, for instance, would be the Henry VIII equivalent of "rocket man" or "my button is bigger than your button" sent, perhaps, for Francis I or Charles V to view?

Henry VIII @ BigBoyNow

Your nose may be bigger than mine, Frankie, but always remember my navy is huge.

Henry VIII @BigBoyNow

Shame about the Franco-Ottoman alliance, Charlie. You'll have to take it on the chin, buddy.



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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 10 Mar 2018, 11:50

Crossed posts with Temp .... sorry I'm being all serious, in a non-serious-really way.

It's lovely bright sunny weather here, though it has brought out some rather unwanted residents: pine processionary moth caterpillars:






With the warmth they are emerging from the soil in little clumps whereupon they organise themselves into chains and head off to find a nice pine tree in which to set up nest and start feeding. They look quite engaging as they trundle along, follow-my-leader, in a long rippling line, but they can be devastating to conifer plantations, and they are seriously dangerous. The hairs contain an irritant poison that can cause severe blistering and even tissue necrosis, both to people if you touch them, but also more importantly to pets if they tread on them or snuffle them (small dogs in particular can be killed if they ingest or breathe-in the hairs). My cats from long experience know to avoid them and I think the dog has learned from the cats not to touch, but when he's snuffling about or playing with his ball he might not notice them. Accordingly I kill any processions that I see ... a splash of petrol and a match is very effective as it not only kills them but destroys the troublesome hairs.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 10 Mar 2018, 12:10

Oh heck - sort of Dante's Inferno for caterpillars? No time for repentance then for the poor little critters? A lesson for us all there, I think (joke). Caterpillars probably see you as an omnipotent, omniscient and powerfully-vengeful God, MM. What an awful responsibility.

It's quite spring-like here in Devon. Must go and do some gardening now and clear up the terrible mess the birds have made. They have left most of the food I put out for them during our Siberian week - soggy seeds and leftover suet sprinkles all over the place. Turned their beaks up at Morrison's Basics Bird Food - they want the posh mixture from the RHS shop at Rosemoor: " We're not eating this cheap Morrison's muck," is the message. Spoilt brats they are, especially the robins. The RSPB said that no bird could resist their brand of Suet Sprinkles - well mine have.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 10 Mar 2018, 13:39

It's been changeable here in my part of the English midlands - yesterday I put some items which had sort of semi-dried (while hanging over the bath) out on the line and then when I finally knuckled down to doing the typing task I had yesterday when concentrating on the matter in hand I quite missed that the heavens had opened.  The garments in question are now back hanging over the bath wetter than when I first put them on the line.  Oh, woe is me.  It's still pretty miserable and overcast today.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 10 Mar 2018, 14:14

Here the sun is shining on the snow covered lawn - presently - and the chill factor makes it seem like -5 degrees centigrade.

Tomorrow the forecast says snow early and later in the day rain.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Mar 2018, 20:36

I can't find the technical thread, though this is more of a mutter, mumble, growl, grumble than an outright rant.  YouTube has not been my friend (and this time I've not been looking at daft videos).  I've been trying to find out how to put an accent grave on a vowel (can't see it in the symbol box like you get in the PC computers).  I looked on YouTube and it said hit option (alt) key and then hit the double quotes key but it didn't work for me, I seemed to get an elision of a and e.  Does anyone know if it depends which version of the Mac (well mine's a Macbook) one has?  I couldn't wait around all day trying to work out how it was done so I've typed the text without the accent for now.

Looking upthread, a lady who used to go to the same U3A Spanish class as myself was going travelling round Spain with her husband for a few months in their motorhome (I'm not jealous.......) but she mentioned they were getting someone to look after their dog because they were worried to take him because of the species of caterpillars MM showed photographs of.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Mar 2018, 22:43

I can only do accents from my keyboard: if I have to do them from the screen I just ignore them.  Someone explained to once that you can download a whole keyboard online and work from that, but I didn't understand then what to do and certainly haven't remembered it.  Good luck to you in this quest, LIR.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 27 Mar 2018, 09:56

I've not got a mac so can't answer from experience but there are plenty of 'how to do it sites' online, like this one: typing French accents on a mac ,  or typing accented characters on an Apple Mac but I'd have throught the standard codes, like alt 133 for à, should work.

If you're typing in Word or similar you can also 'insert', 'special characters', which is often how I do old English letters like thorn, Þ, or the 17th century long s, ʃ, although that way is rather ponderous if you have many to do. As Caro says you can temporarily change your whole keyboard to a French-style azerty one, (I think ID has said that is how she writes in Greek, by changing from a standard keyboard to a Greek one). There are youtubes on how to change the keyboard, like this one youtube - how to change the keyboard layout to azerty. (I have a proper French keyboard so all accents are already there as standard). Another way, if you only have a few accents to do, would be simply to cut and paste them from a suitable bit of online text (say the wiki entry, wiki-grave accent), changing the size and font as appropriate.

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 28 Mar 2018, 11:56

Ah the keyboard itself is both Greek/English characters, and they are standard issue in Greece as most people use both languages even if it is just to write in Greek using English letters. All you need to do is click on a button to change to either language.

Anyway they look like this.

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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 28 Mar 2018, 12:21

Thanks for the advice folks.  Of course the other night when I was typing I was doing so under time constraints - and you know how it is, when you look for something hurriedly it is difficult to find.  I'll have a gander on YouTube when I have a mo... Today's grumble (well you can have two for the price of one, aren't you lucky?) ..Why do channels I have told YouTube I am NOT interested in still show up as recommended and why do I get ads I've told Google I don't want to see (no Google for the 999th time I do not want to date a 'hot' xxxxx woman) several times popping up!!!
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 28 Mar 2018, 17:57

Just an additional thought LiR, but be aware that if you do change to using a French keyboard layout for typing your French stuff ... while you will get all the accents, sans problème, you will find that some letters and punctuation marks also move to other keys. Obviously the top line will be azerty rather than qwerty, but the thing that I found really difficult getting used to was the positions of the comma and fullstop (eg on a standard French keyboard fullstop is shift-semicolon, where the semicolon is the second key to the right of 'n'). As a competent touch-typist you might well find all these changes too much of a disadvantage, and so you might find it easier and quicker to simply type the text as normal on an English keyboard, sans accents, and then just go through and insert the necessary accents by whatever method you choose when you're going through checking plural endings, masculine/feminine endings, conjugations etc. As I say I have a French keyboard but I still aways have to go through a final time (with spellcheck and a dictionary and sometimes a grammar too) to correct word endings, conjugations and accents. I recently sent an email talking about "original documents" and only at the last minute realised I'd written in French "documents original" and hastily corrected it to "documents originals" ... pressed send, and then almost immediately realised that the blasted docs are masculine and so it should have been "documents originaux". Mais tant pis, c'est la vie n'est-ce pas?
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Fri 30 Mar 2018, 01:24

The other thing you can do is change individual words - when I print cafe on my keyboard (not here obviously) it automatically comes up with the acute accent.  You can save individual words on Word (as no doubt you know) and that is what I do with common words or initials or even long words that I don't want to bother typing out in full every time.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Fri 30 Mar 2018, 11:26

The word was 'deja-vu' which didn't automatically put the accents in and for some reason inserting the figure from the symbols box did not work.  I think (as has been mentioned upthread) one can temporarily reprogram the keyboard in Word or as Caro mentions create a Macro or else an auto text shortcut for a symbol.  When I was working full-time I did create templates for common letters or macros/autotext shortcuts for common phrases but now I only type part-time I have not bothered.  I'm having a problem with my phone today - when I pick it up although it is fully charged it defaults to saying 'battery low'.  I'll have to try and remember to answer it without picking it out of the base.  Could just be that it's getting on for 6 years old.  I did buy a spare phone a while back so I'll have to look that out (the issue turned out not to be the phone in that case but the outside wiring).  I did change over the old lot of extension sockets to the new 'surge protected' one recently but I can't see that that should have caused a problem.  MM mentions the importance of writing 'le mot juste'.  I once (I was working in a rather old-fashioned legal firm) typed 'Messers' instead of "Messrs' but I did spot it in time before it went out.  Just as well because a friend of mine used to 'temp' quite frequently at the firm where it was  being addressed and she'd have never let me forget!  (Maybe I mentioned this on another thread).
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 03 Apr 2018, 12:44

Oh dear, old misery-guts here again.  I see I was the last person to post on this thread.  I received a letter back "refused" from British Gas today 3rd April - my letter was dated 1st January - and even if I forgot to post it on the day itself it would have been circa beginning of January it was posted.  The letter enclosed my monthly instalment cheque so I wasn't very pleased.  I have filled in British Gas' (Gas's) online form for complaints so will wait and see what they say.  The writing must have been sufficiently clear to have arrived at British Gas' office for it to have been refused.  I have asked them why they didn't address the fact that I mentioned in my letter that I had a broken arm in a sling at the time and why they they didn't just ask for a replacement cheque if they thought it was untidy.  The problem with the phone seems to have resolved itself though I have had a cove (does one still use that word for someone who is a bit of a rascal?) with a non-British accent saying he was ringing from BT.  Pretty sure it was a cove because although I know BT does outsource some of its work overseas he would have rung back after I discontinued the phone call had he been genuine.  I suppose the scammers are using BT as a name now because people have become wise to the "from Microsoft" con.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 04 Apr 2018, 18:44

Well, not so much a rant - more a woe is me.  I went to the launderette this aft and was well and truly drenched.  I know March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers but this wasn't so much drip, drip, drip little April showers as splish splash splosh big April showers.  My headscarf was wet, my coat was wet, my skirt and my socks and my shoes were wet so I had to change my skirt, socks and shoes and I've put another scarf over my head (partly to soak up the damp).  I really need some wellingtons and a long waterproof.  I have a couple of water repellant capes (and some stuff to re-proof them but I think it would be better to re-proof them out of doors but I'd need a dry day for that).  There are some reasonably priced wellingtons in the local market and maybe I will be able to find a reasonable mac too.  And maybe a brolly though I excel in either losing or breaking those.  I wanted to go out this evening but if it's going to be bucketing down I may think again.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Fri 13 Apr 2018, 17:31

I have just read that the BBC take on the fall of Troy production cost £16 million..... lost for words.... for a change..... on reflection perhaps they spent  much on trying to resolve the hoarse throat condition that pervades this year's drama teams. There used to be little brown tablet jobs called Fishermen's Friends; on reflection possibly these were to cure something else.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 14 Apr 2018, 06:38

16 million pounds and Troy is as boring as can be. Watched one and a half episodes and couldn't cope with any more. What a waste of money.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 14 Apr 2018, 11:59

I think you can still get Fisherman's Friends at my local co-op, Priscilla, well there did used to be that advert song "It's all at the Co-op shop".  Haven't tried Troy yet and from what people say (not just ID) I'm not really tempted to.  I think the BBC would be better not to punch above its weight - to make things for the home (British) market and then if such a show sells overseas it's a nice bonus for them.  I know there is still a lot of resentment among some folk felt towards the BBC for the way Jimmy Shabby Shellsuit's antics were covered up for years.  They've got a BBC America (sub-company?  I'm not sure so don't take it as gospel).  I did like (well I only watched the first 3 series) of Orphan Black which was a BBC America programme (drama) about cloning.  I was impressed with the lead actress, Canadian Tatiana Mislany, who played all the clones with different accents and personalities, although one person said the British accents on the show were like nails scraping across a blackboard (the main clone and another one who came in later were British) but I thought it was okay.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 14 Apr 2018, 13:50

I've had a few calls from "Microsoft" (not) and "about my internet connection" from people with not British voices.  I'm not saying that companies only employ British people but I just had one such call and I discontinued it straightaway.  I used to try and be polite but when they are trying to con me why should I bother?  If they were genuine they would surely ring again.  I would have thought that the people who make these calls would have twigged that the "Microsoft" scam has been exposed - you'd at least expect them to try something original.  I've had people ring saying that they are BT and you can sort of tell when they are scammers.  If BT ring unless it is about a problem I've reported they are usually trying to get me to spend more money....

To compound matters (and I can't blame this on anyone but myself) I was giving the kitchen floor a scrub (with the damp over the last few days I'd carried some of last autumn's leaves on the soles of my shoes so a swish round with a mop wouldn't suffice) and had moved the cat's water bowl to one side and accidentally knocked it over the lower part of one trouser leg (rats!!!) and had to change that item of attire.  I need a new scrubbing brush and a new mop---and I think will have to go back to what we had at school, indoor shoes and outdoor shoes.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 24 Apr 2018, 19:19

I am hoping to move house soon, and have been looking online for some new furniture. I came across this chair which I thought was a lovely shape - apparently it is a famous design by Finn Juhl, the master of Danish Modern. He called it "The Chieftain" and it has been a design classic since 1949. It is on sale in a famous London shop.

I gulped when I saw the price: I read it as £1,191.00. Then I realised I had misread the information: the chair ("oiled walnut and black leather") actually costs £11,191.00. Eleven thousand pounds! I really was staggered: who on earth pays that kind of money for a chair? Lots of people, I suppose, especially in London. Maybe IKEA do a cheap copy for the plebs...

It's probably not even very comfy. I don't really like modern stuff that much anyway, so I won't bother.




The picture in the background is interesting. One wonders if the girl (is it a girl?) is trying to decide which she wants more: the chair or a new car - or a couple of years' groceries.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 24 Apr 2018, 19:41

I have 3 rather similar chairs - crafted abroad a few years ago but alas no longer as the leather man died. The frame  pieces could be copied but not the quality leather work, so they said. The chairs are very comfortable and seem to blend well with any other style of furniture. They were no where near as expensive as the above but, guests think they are because of their designer /comfort appeal. With no love of any sort of car, personally I'd go for the chair.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Wed 25 Apr 2018, 09:47

Did you have the chairs covered again with some other material, P?  One of the things on my interminably long "to do" list is to have a go at re-stringing (upholstering whatever the right word is) an old chair with reed or grass - I forget the exact term.  I did send off for a sample of reed/grass but that's as far as I went.  The comfort factor is important so I would think your chairs are priceless in that regard, Priscilla.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 30 Apr 2018, 18:34

Not so much a rant, more a case of LiR rolling her eyes.  I meant to click on Sky News Live on YouTube and instead clicked on something about Kate's Rosemary's baby.  (I've just typed something on the Tumbleweed thread where mention had been made of Hawkeye or The Last of the Mohicans).  Anyway, someone with hawk eyes has spotted that the dress the Duchess of Cambridge wore had a similar collar to one Mia Farrow wore in Rosemary's Baby all those years ago.  Anyway the conspiracy theorists are spouting all sorts of awful things about the poor kid - as if being nobbled with a name like Louis Arthur Charles wasn't bad enough.  But I've learned my lesson about trying to reason with conspiracy theorists and clicked on to something else.  Of course, the fact that there is something of a fad for 1970s type fashion at present couldn't possibly have anything to do with it...
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