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Charlie November

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Talkback: Brambles

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 20:09

I'm with petervanh. I let the brambles stay to deter attempts to climb the trellis (and resultant personal injury claims when it inevitably collapsed). I'm glad I did because the fruit are lovely and good for what little wildlife survives this town's immense cat population and the flowers are gorgeous.

 They're also part of my hoverfly farm. The roses do a little better for having hoverflies around.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 20:07

Rather belatedly:


1) I meant creamy-coloured, not breamy-coloured.

2) Edd, the big reason it wasn't Venus, the "evening star" and "morning star," was that it was more than 90 degrees from the Sun. Venus orbits closer to the Sun than Earth, so it's always goign to be within that angle. I tried to explain that, and he nodded and repeated that Jupiter was Venus.

Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 06/01/2015 at 18:41

Possibly this?


It's supposedly called a "bee charm" but I had no joy looking for its scientific name using that title. LOTS of things to hang on bracelets. No plants.

Room 101

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 21:08

Then, for all our sakes, nobody put the Tardis in Room 101!

Room 101

Posted: 05/01/2015 at 19:10

"Dove - yu're very welcome.   Nasty, smelly things both."

Are we on elderly relatives, sprouts or George Osborne and Ed Balls here?


I'm really not turning puce. I don't do puce. It wouldn't go with my black poet shirt, black leather waistcoat, scarlet-lined black opera cape, black leggings, black knee-high lace-up boots, black leather gloves, black top hat, sunglasses and longsword.

... What? WHAT?

Not puce. Just sick of them.



"People who scream and swear in children's faces" ... or children who scream and swear in adult strangers' faces?


About the parking bays, it seems other people take offence too, and that's not the only kind of bad parking that annoys people.


I didn't say anything about the stuff on TV, because it doesn't actually bother me that much. I don't own a TV. I just pretend TV doesn't exist. It's surprisingly easy.

Room 101

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 15:04

Irresponsible dog owners.

Wandering domestic and feral cats.

People who talk on mobile phones while driving ... and their cars.

Brussels sprouts. I can actually eat them. For years, I couldn't, and I was told not to be stupid and to get them down me. There must be millions of children being abused like that every Christmas. Allelocide FTW. Get rid.

Land slugs. One got into my bedroom once and I stepped on it in the dark. *POP* Slug guts everywhere. Also: lungworm.


Sleeping sickness.

Ebola haemmorhagic fever.




Sudden oak death.

Sudden ash death.





Professional football. I don't mind people playing it, but as soon as money gets involved, *teleport enemy* goodbye!



Everyone who thinks their children are entitled to everyone else's time, money, effort, consideration, cars, homes, help et cetera above and beyond all other concerns because they're theirs.

The Ayatollahs of Iran. Not the President. Not the Ministers. Not the rest of the government. Not the ordinary Mullahs. Not the population in general, who are all lovely people. Just the religious nutters in charge preventing us from all getting along.

Hamas leadership. Not the ambulance drivers or teachers or sewage workers. Just the leadership and the chain of command behind the rocket launches and the burning down of a UN school in the Gaza strip (for not segregating 8-year-old boys and girls).

Hip-hop, reggae, R&B and rap, and everyone who's ever presented BBC Radio 1.

Capital and Capital Extra radio stations while I'm at it.

Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson.

Every grey squirrel, black squirrel, brown rat, black rat and American mink in the British Isles.

Formula 1.

Every car parked in the "pick-up / drop-off only" lane anywhere in the past or next year (except ones picking up disabled people).

Facebook and Twitter.

Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Avigdor Lieberman, Jeremy Clarkson, Rupert Murdoch and the Daily Mail.

Everybody in favour of FGM. I'd teleport the lot of them to the Moon if I could. No, no space suits. Just them as they are.

Child-molesters ... unless there's a Room 201 or something where I can put them, somewhere worse.


Unexploded cluster-bomb sub-munitions. Not many around here, but they're horrible enough to get a place on my list.



Anyone who ever threw a live hedgehog into a lit bonfire.


If I keep going long enough we'll have solved that whole question of how to cut carbon emissions by 90% in 35 years, won't we?

Seaside Home

Posted: 04/01/2015 at 14:35

Near Penzance, quite a lot. Near Cape Wrath, not so much.

Fortunately, crocus have a filter for coastal gardens:

Hmm. 2928 plants, including 2432 "flowering" plants, 3 "invasive" ones and 9 "non-invasive" ones.

"Special conditions: coastal" narrows it down to 102, and "evergreen" and "low maintenance" take it down to 14.

Not necessarily the definitive source of info or plants, but still a good place to start looking. Never had a problem with them.


Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 16:50

Lesley, I've actually done that for someone ... so that she could eat at night.

Jewish. Friday night. Opening fridge door illuminates light. Lighting a light is symbolically lighting a fire. Lighting a fire is work. Work is forbidden from just before sunset Friday to just after sunset Saturday. She left it too late to remove the bulb herself, so had to get me to do it.



Need to replace what I think is box

Posted: 31/12/2014 at 16:45

nutcutlet, it's not me you need to tell. It's the plant.

Susan, I think I see the issue here. They're supposed to flower after the leaves drop off at the onset of winter? Mine's evergreen.

It's between the compost heap and the fence, where rotting compost gently heats the ground and the air and the wind can't get at it. I had two in the wrong place and no good place for them (silly me mistook them for climbers) so I cut them down to transportable size, dug them up and gave them away. To get them disentangled, I had to take a straight 2' stem off one, so I stripped the bottom inch of all bark, the next inch of outer bark and the next several inches of leaves and stabbed it 15" deep into the ground behind the compost heap, just to see whether it would grow. It grew. It's been pruned in spring a few times to bush it out a bit. I don't think any of its leaves have lasted more than 30 months, but it's never without them.

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Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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