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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #60 on: March 21, 2012, 09:56:08 PM »
Judging by the complaints in the house I'm feeling pressure to put the AC on.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #61 on: March 22, 2012, 12:21:58 AM »
Don't do half a job, put on some ACDC.

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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #62 on: March 27, 2012, 03:10:19 PM »
Judging by the complaints in the house I'm feeling pressure to put the AC on.

Today is 47c colder than last week.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #63 on: March 27, 2012, 03:15:59 PM »
I was just looking at Lawtons Drugstore 55+ promotions.

On that one day a month, people age 55 and up qualify for a 20% discount. They list the things not included.

There's not than much left that you would get reduced. Okay, I exaggerate.

But you're left with toiletries and a few off the shelf items; the sort of thing (mostly) that would probably be cheaper in the supermarket on most days.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #64 on: April 09, 2012, 12:35:21 AM »
I was just looking at today's UK Guardian and there was an article about "in work" Benefits and a photo of a "job centre" in Bristol.

It's where I used to work. I spent more than half my working life there.



This is the early morning crowd waiting for the place to open.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #65 on: April 12, 2012, 09:40:21 PM »
I was reading a book this morning - The History of Glue. I couldn't put it down.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #66 on: April 13, 2012, 03:31:39 PM »
I don't know if this is a Canada thing or a New Brunswick thing but I've always thought it funny when I see signs advertising "save 20% off." Save 20% or 20% off is fine.

But there's another funny one this week on the Staples website where thumb drives are on offer.

One is half price while another is 50% off. :laugh:
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #67 on: April 30, 2012, 11:07:41 PM »
Nonsense conversation:

Eccles:  'Quick, hide behind this pane of glass!'
Seagoon:  'But you can see through it!'

Eccles:  'Not if you close your eyes!'
Seagoon: 'You're right!'
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Floods
« Reply #68 on: May 01, 2012, 11:32:50 PM »
I'm a bit puzzled by a news item I was just reading about the Perth-Andover floods.

The Red Cross has arranged accommodation with a motel and the owner is complaining about not having been paid yet, saying her business is in danger of going under.

The first thing that occurred was had there been no flooding, she'd not have all these people staying so she'd not have the income anyway. Of course it's entirely possible that costs have been incurred and that's the problem. But then it's a motel. Have they maybe provided meals?

I don't know. But there's a quote from the report:

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How am I supposed to pay the mortgage? Or people's wages? Or any power bill? Or any property tax?

But these expenses haven't arisen because of the flood or because of the additional guests. They had to be paid regardless of how many guests are staying. Maybe there's been a massive increase in power used or the workforce has multiplied significantly to cope with more guests than usual.

A better explanation is needed.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #69 on: May 02, 2012, 06:27:56 AM »
The Red Cross will put you up in a Motel for about 3 nights. I used the word about because it varies depending what time of day you are put in it.

If the flood hits at 1 in the morning and they come and get you at say 3 am, and get you into a motel at 5am, that is already your first night.

It also will cover meals at the motel up to a total of $60.

Or the person can get a $60 voucher to take to a Sobeys store.

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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #70 on: May 02, 2012, 01:04:38 PM »
If the flood hits at 1 in the morning and they come and get you at say 3 am, and get you into a motel at 5am, that is already your first night.

Yes, I'm familiar with that concept from some of my holidays - not that I'm equating the two things.

I always felt a bit ripped off to arrive at my accommodation about 4.00 am and have that count as one of the 7 or 14 nights - especially when up at 8.00 for a "welcome" meeting  ???
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #71 on: May 21, 2012, 08:53:13 PM »
I went out on an errand today leaving my stepson to cut the grass. I told him about the little red bulb on the mower to press three times - does it really have to be three times? ;) - and that as it was the first use since last summer it might take a while to start.

I got back to find the mower on the patio and not a blade of grass cut. He couldn't get it started. Reckoned he was pulling the cord/pressing the bulb etc for ten minutes and no luck.

I checked the oil - fine. Checked the gas - not much but it was all we had. Spark plug was connected.

I gripped the handle, pulled the cord gently until it stopped, here we go I was thinking as I jerked the cord back - for a start first time.  :D :D
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #72 on: May 23, 2012, 09:38:13 PM »
The family have been watching a lot of wildlife stuff lately. It's always been quite exciting to see the chase, the craft and the kill of a lion or cheetah, whatever.

But some of these scenes have been quite ruthless, with the young becoming isolated from the rest and then targeted by a pack - especially by Hyenas who then proceed to eat the victim while still alive.

Tonight there was even an elephant eventually brought down by several lions.

It makes one wonder how so many people can describe themselves as animal lovers when they're such vicious, sneaky beasts  :D
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special delivery
« Reply #73 on: May 31, 2012, 08:26:02 AM »
Anyone else get a strange package in the mail yesterday?  :o
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Hurricane season
« Reply #74 on: June 01, 2012, 06:07:29 PM »
Since when did Hurricane Season officially begin today?

I suppose it must do if they say so, but I don't remember hearing that before. We're not even into summer yet and I always thought of it as being later in the year.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #75 on: June 01, 2012, 10:27:38 PM »
I think the whole thing will probably blow over after a couple of days.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #76 on: June 08, 2012, 07:29:18 PM »
I was shopping today.

The checkout operator said "24-24"

I said, "it's okay, I heard it the first time."

"Sorry?"

"I said I heard it the first time you said it."

"Said what?"

"24"

"you lost me."

"You said '24-24' and I was making a joke about you saying 24 and hearing it so it didn't need to be said twice. It was a joke."

"Eh?"


Of course this didn't really happen. But I was very tempted to say it. Would you get the joke?

It's based on an old joke where someone orders "Fish and chips twice please" only to be answered "It's okay, I heard you the first time."
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It's a miracle
« Reply #77 on: June 18, 2012, 01:44:44 PM »
I was looking at the Moncton leaflet earlier. Under 'swimming' it said something along the lines of "you can swim for $2 from June 25" - no need for lessons or anything. Just pay your money and on that day you'll be able to swim.  :laugh:
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Friday 13th
« Reply #78 on: July 13, 2012, 09:37:37 AM »
So much for the dreaded Friday the 13th today.

I buttered a piece of toast and it fell on the floor - butter side up.




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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #79 on: July 13, 2012, 01:46:08 PM »
I was lucky enough to find a nickel at the Superstore, then five minutes later to have my debit card not work at the checkout. The nickel did't even come close to covering the cost of my groceries.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #80 on: July 13, 2012, 02:49:56 PM »
have my debit card not work at the checkout.

Don't keep us in suspense...what happened?
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #81 on: July 13, 2012, 06:59:57 PM »
I spent the Superstore money I had in my pocket and borrowed some from my sister who was behind me in line.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #82 on: July 13, 2012, 08:28:59 PM »
So what initially looked like bad luck (as with my toast falling) turned out to be good luck for you too.  :)

My gas mower has had a few faults on it for a while but it's been manageable. Yesterday it was a real struggle and the start cord broke.

The height doesn't really adjust well and it's too low on one side. The blade catches in the earth and I can't increase the height. In trying to adjust it, the lever snapped.

With so many things going wrong I decided a replacement was in order. I had one earmarked at Canadian Tire that was virtually the same machine.

But just on the off chance I looked at Home Depot's site. They had a similar one, but with the advantage of a self propel feature. It's normal price was more than the CT one but it was reduced by $150 and was now $50 less than the CT one.

So I got better for less on Friday 13th.

On the credit card unfortunately but not much choice. It'll pay for itself in five cuts.

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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #83 on: July 14, 2012, 12:38:09 AM »
Grand National weekend.........Try to keep it under the speed limit.
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« Reply #84 on: July 14, 2012, 11:06:47 AM »
The Grand National....THE Grand National is in April.  ;D


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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #85 on: July 28, 2012, 10:50:58 PM »
I  noticed that notme couldn't even get a response on topic on Immigration .

I know we've had bits and pieces on here scattered around.


The Canadian Immigration Report  http://www.cireport.ca/  has tons of info on it...


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« Reply #86 on: November 05, 2012, 07:01:02 PM »
Young Gorillas Observed Dismantling Poacher Snares

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

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Juvenile gorillas from the Kuryama group dismantle a snare in Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park Credit: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

In what can only be described as an impassioned effort to save their own kind from the hand of poachers, two juvenile mountain gorillas have been observed searching out and dismantling manmade traps and snares in their Rwandan forest home, according to a group studying the majestic creatures.

Conservationists working for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International were stunned when they saw Dukore and Rwema, two brave young mountain gorillas, destroying a trap, similar to ones that snared and killed a member of their family less than a week before. Bush-meat hunters set thousands of traps throughout the forests of Rwanda, hoping to catch antelope and other species, but sometimes they capture apes as well.

In an interview with Mark Prigg at The Daily Mail, Erika Archibald, a spokesperson for the Gorilla Fund, said that John Ndayambaje, a tracker for the group, was conducting his regular rounds when he spotted a snare. As he bent down to dismantle it, a silverback from the group rushed him and made a grunting noise that is considered a warning call. A few moments later the two youngsters Dukore and Rwema rushed up to the snare and began to dismantle it on their own.

Then, seconds after destroying the one trap, Archibald continued, Ndayambaje witnessed the pair, along with a third juvenile named Tetero, move to another and dismantle that one as well, one that he had not noticed beforehand. He stood there in amazement.

“We have quite a long record of seeing silverbacks dismantle snares,” Archibald told Prigg. “But we had never seen it passed on to youngsters like that.”

And the youngsters moved “with such speed and purpose and such clarity … knowing,” she added.

“This is absolutely the first time that we’ve seen juveniles doing that … I don’t know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares,” Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, told National Geographic.

Every day trackers from the Karisoke center scour the forest for snares, dismantling any they find in order to protect the endangered mountain gorillas, which the International Fund for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) says face “a very high risk of extinction in the wild.”

A snare consists of a noose tied to a branch or a bamboo stalk. The rope is pulled downward, bending the branch, and a rock or bent stick is used to hold the noose to the ground, keeping the branch tight. Then vegetation is placed over the noose to camouflage it. When an animal budges the rock or stick, the branch swings upward and the noose closes around the prey, usually the leg, and, depending on the weight of the animal, is hoisted up into the air.

Vecellio said the speed with which everything happened leads her to believe this wasn’t the first time the juveniles had dismantled a trap.

“They were very confident,” she said. “They saw what they had to do, they did it, and then they left.”

Since gorillas in the Kuryama group have been snared before, Vecellio said it is likely that the juveniles know these snares are dangerous. “That’s why they destroyed them.”

“Chimpanzees are always quoted as being the tool users, but I think, when the situation provides itself, gorillas are quite ingenious” too, said veterinarian Mike Cranfield, executive director of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.

He speculated that the gorillas may have learned how to destroy the traps by watching the Karisoke trackers. “If we could get more of them doing it, it would be great,” he joked.


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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #87 on: November 05, 2012, 07:06:39 PM »
I  noticed that notme couldn't even get a response on topic on Immigration .
Maybe all the immigrants got ticked off and went home. Hee hee, just kidding, Notme.
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Re: General chit-chat
« Reply #88 on: November 07, 2012, 09:18:09 AM »
We can sleep more safely in our beds.  :)
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« Reply #89 on: November 21, 2012, 08:41:45 PM »
Sex Toy Sales Up In Canada Due To NHL Lockout, Retailers Say

The Huffington Post   Hilary Hanson   
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Ohhhhh, Canada!

Sex toy retailers in Alberta, Canada say that business has been buzzing this autumn, and they think they know why: The NHL lockout.

"We'd be gearing up for [NHL hockey] now, but there's nothing, so I guess we need to find some better ways to spend our time," Vinay Morker, owner of Hush Lingerie and More in Edmonton, told the Toronto Sun. Morker says his sales of sex toys, sex games, sexual guides and lingerie have gone up 15 per cent since October.

While not all hockey fans have traded scoring goals for scoring with each other, Hal Roseberg, who owns Edmonton's Tease Adult Boutique, told the paper that he's noticed a similar spike in business.

"I suppose that's one of the other reasons it's as busy as it is -- there's no hockey," he said.