Charlie November


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Talkback: Wasps

Posted: 07/11/2013 at 20:45

I've been stung by a wasp once. It got in the way of the crack between my neck and my scarf at 60mph. It itched.

Other than that, I've had them on me a few times. One landed on my lips at a picnic, following the scent of the food I'd just put in my mouth. I just waited until she filled up cleaning my lip and flew away before I did anything, and she and I were fine.

By contrast, I was eating with various other people once when a wasp entered the room. Most of us ignored her or waved her away but one young woman jumped up and ran round, screaming and waving her arms frantically, with her eyes shut and mouth wide open. She was not stung, but she was making herself likely to inhale the poor little wasp, which would have sucked for both of them.

Wasps, fire, explosives, firearms and other power tools, aircraft, motor vehicles, rivers, snakes and wolves: all much less likely to kill you if you understand them and treat them with respect.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 10:08

In theory, you can block it by having a "trench" of loose soil between infected stump and desired shrubs, 70cm from the shrubs, and churning it up once every two years. I'm not sure I'd want to rely on that.

The problem with trying to rip out that tree is that someone built a barbecue on top of its roots and the roots of the others. Maybe I could dig around behind it to separate it from them, but if I leave infected roots in the ground ... *sigh*

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 14:39

Location of pit: bottom-right of this picture.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33033.jpg?width=476&height=350&mode=max

 Is it me, or is the front pine tree looking a tad yellow up its left side? If that thing's dying, I've got a job for a tree surgeon, because I am not about to try to drop a 30' pine between the barbecue stand and the flower-bed adn onto the lawn myself!

Ooops!

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 14:35

My plan to get more compost once the GC had another pallet delivered has run into a snag:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33032.jpg?width=573&height=350&mode=max

 Two flowers out already! Aren't they supposed to wait for spring?

Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 22/10/2013 at 18:40

I remember the Goon Shows! They were on the BBC World Service. The DG at the time hated light entertainment, so everyone was careful not to tell him about the Goons.

Willow Rosenberg, Rabbi Rosenberg's only daughter: http://buffy.wikia.com/wiki/Willow_Rosenberg

Willow if things went badly wrong: http://villains.wikia.com/wiki/Willow_Rosenberg_(Wishverse)

Pretty good idea not to annoy her, either way, because she can throw a bag full of daggers at you with her mind, animate an entire cemetery and set the corpses to attacking you just to give you something to do, catch exploding bombs in her fingers to use later or just drop your whole house through a portal to Hell if you really annoy her ... but she's a sweet girl once you get to know her. She looks pretty good "out of character" too, as demonstrated by FHM once, so be careful where you do image searches for the actress.

Rogue: one of Marvel's X-Men characters, a girl who discovered while kissing her boyfriend that she has a mutant power to suck the life out of anyone who makes skin contact with her. She also temporarily gains the powers of other mutants if she drains them, something that saved her life, nearly got her killed and then saved her life again in the first X-Men film. She's had a lot of looks in comics, but in the films she looked more like this. She's the reason lots of us want the power to be unaffected by mutant powers. I'm not sure whether women who dress up as her are just having fun playing a superhero or trying to give off a sexy and/or untouchable vibe, but that happens.

Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 08:27

For those of you not into Star Trek, Patrick Stewart was Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men films (except First Class, obviously).

Teen crushes on TV? Hrm ... Earliest I can remember would be Felicity Kendal (I was so young it was so long ago she was young too!)

Since then, I'd say Willow Rosenberg. It wasn't quite a teen crush, and I felt guilty about it until I found out that Alyson Hannigan is older than me!

Also, obviously, Rogue.

Serious stuff......no! Really

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 12:46

... and now I know how old you all are! HA!

 

The Young Ones, The Good Life, The Beiderbecke Tapes, Horizon (Yes, I'm so old I remember when Horizon was good) ... ah ... I think I used to like Mighty Mouse but after seeing in on youtube I can't understand why.

Used to watch Open All Hours and The Two Ronnies too. Sometimes they were funny.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:51

I would like to have rude words with the builders.

My attempts to dig out contaminated root systems are being hampered by chunks of concrete and tarmac. I'm not sure how big these chunks are, as of the one currently most in my way I've only managed to expose one square foot.

They were, apparently, either tossed against the hedge or just not enough to stop the hedge from growing, because there's a sycamore stump (that took one heck of a lot of killing, so probably wasn't infected at the time) growing up between these chunks of stuff. To rip that out, I need to remove the chunks of stuff. To remove them from the sides not blocked by hedge, pine tree or compost heap, I need to dig out ... ah ... more soil. I'm not sure how much more, but it'll be quite a lot. The ground slopes one way and the slab slopes the other. It's like they cut off a bridge on-ramp and planted a hedge across it.

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 21:13

Rang them today. Got a lot of "You know you're living in a dictatorship, don't you?" but eventually got enough information out of him to learn how to apply it and that the garden centre probably had it. Homebase and B&Q don't list it on their websites, but local GC has it on the shelf. I'm still going to dig that pit and haul out a lot of dead root systems to deny it the resources, but at least the adjacent plants have had some help today.

Still tempted by that sweet bay, but with this approach I may not have to replace the whole hedge with it! The alternative would be something more of an "interest plant" as it's a smaller area (assuming I'm winning now). Big, bushy rose, perhaps, or something like that. I'd love to put a choisya in there, but it's on the north side of a 6' fence, and choisya likes its sunlight.

Time to check out large, shade-loving feature plants!

Worst Winter ....... .?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 22:49

If you get me the measurements now I can order the fabric before snowdrifts stop the post getting through and have fleece-lined double-sided fur coats in the post in time for the post office staff to steal them like they did the last two hand-made items I sent out in time for Christmas!

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