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Charlie November

Latest posts by Charlie November

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 15:26

I have emptied my little compost bin onto the compost heap. That's gardening, right?

Camera Corner

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 15:24

 Lit from the other side, showing different details of the surface. Standing, unsupported, photograph. I was in a bit of a hurry.

Room 101

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 14:32

 Somehow I think a snoring OH is quite low down the list of priority ... ah ... customers for such a specialist salad bar.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 13:08

pansyface, you can get those clocks in the rain-washed wilds of Yorkshire, too:


Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 16:48

KT35, I think your exercise equipment must be like firewood. You get nice and warm cutting the trees down, you get nice and warm cutting them up, you get nice and warm hauling the logs back home, you get nice and warm cutting them to stove lengths and stacking them up, you get nice and warm splitting some of them for kindling and stacking that up ... and then it's spring and you don't really need to light a fire anyway.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 16:47

Bulb planters are *not* useless!

Mount one on the end of one of those extendable handles, at its minimum length for maximum strength. Spear one hooligan with it, let the others watch what happens when you pull it back out and voila! You have not been mugged after all.

Useless ideas and inventions

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 22:19

Utterly useless inventions?

Radio 1.


It's not for cleaning mushrooms, and it's not useless but there is a little brush I want.

From Nature: Writing in this week's Nature1, the Caltech team shows that, in mice, a particular type of neuron, identified by molecular markers, responds specifically to stroking. The researchers used a custom-designed brush to pinch, poke or stroke mice on their hind limbs, as seen in the video above, and identified the responding neurons by imaging spots of fluorescence that represent the increase in calcium that occurs when a neuron fires. Another type was identified that was activated by the uncomfortable pinch stimulus but not by stroking.

I want a custom-designed brush for pleasurably stroking the back legs of mice. I would carry it around, so that people would ask me what it was for and I could tell them it was for pleasurably stroking the back legs of mice.

Room 101

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 19:35

Why can they send  a man to the moon yet not manage a cure for the common cold.


Room 101

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 18:36

Ramesh Tawadkar

Can anyone recommend a good quality cold frame...

Posted: 14/01/2015 at 18:35

For a "simple" job that description sure got long, eh? Still, I don't think screwing a sheet of plastic to four bits of wood is all that hard!

I had a thought about this today: does a cold frame have to have opaque sides? If you're alright with having windows for sides, the angled tops of the end walls cease to be an issue. You can just make the whole thing out of acrylic sheet, with wood at the corners. You could even make it "double glazed," although it'd be bound to fog up.

Discussions started by Charlie November

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Last Post: 24/06/2014 at 16:52

Rose cuttings: timing

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Last Post: 31/03/2014 at 17:26

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Last Post: 26/10/2013 at 16:46

Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 18:34


Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Last Post: 10/09/2013 at 22:29


Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Last Post: 07/05/2014 at 16:57

Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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