This is just beautiful (not really but it's brill to hear)

Two guys shouting abuse at each other as

We had a wee personal storm yesterday. Don't think it had a name, if it did I'm not aware of it. But I do know it was tricky to stay upright!..see picture three, Mrs P having difficulty doing that :)
Anyway I took some pictures, of course, and here are a small selection of those

That will be that then. 2021 dips below the horizon.
It will be a quiet Hog for us, only two in the house and one of them is working and may well spend the evening on the road yet!
A great deal has changed for everyone but, so far, we remain mostly unaffected by the pandemic. Others have not been so fortunate but, I suppose, there's time yet
On a happier note, I removed Facebook and found the Fediverse!
A very happy, safe and prosperous 2022 to all of you, followers and non followers alike.

No idea why my computer is suddenly against loading mastodon!
Any advice or insights?
Not sure I want to monkey with my config.hosts file as advised!

Do you think cookies are bad? Something worse is yet to come:

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport".

Delete Chrome. Now.

You'll find more details & a test whether you are already FLoCed here:

The sunset yesterday was reflecting off the huge window of a neighbours house.
Some zooming and stopping down got me this odd picture. One of the others I took is also uploaded for comparison.
Just a bit of fun.

As I thought, a mixed response to this curious item, and thanks to everyone who commented.
A couple of correct answers amongst them and some so close they could almost taste it 🙂
Any references to Squid takes the prize which is simply the glory of being right .
It is, of course, the stiffening (spine?) Of a common squid. It runs right up the back of the carapace and is, as far as my experience goes, one of the most amazing natural 'bones' ever!
But I don't know everything obviously 😄

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Taking photos of #cats is a dangerous business: Every year, hundreds of cat photographers are (almost) mauled to death by the little predators!! 😸

#Qualitätskatzen #CatsOfMastodon #Mastocats #Greece
(photos: @kernpanik | license: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Was going to do a poll on this can't add pictures to a poll!
So, the options were:
Man made?
I don't care!
It's entirely possible that everyone knows what this is but it fills a moment to ask :)

And another one arrives :)
I think that is all the significant Alan Parsons Project albums collected now.
I'll listen to this one later, it's all go here just now :)

So we had a full scale central heating/plumbing disaster last evening where a 22mm pipe union which had clearly been fitted badly when we had our downstairs radiators, pipework and boiler swapped around 10 years or so ago. So, although it did well, its obviously been leaking now for some time and I've been just topping the system up every few months.
Yesterday it lost pressure totally which started a whole evenings work!
No plumber available until way after Christmas so its DIY again

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The vaccination booking site:

I understand that Highland region is awaiting military support before opening bookings. Hopefully that'll change soon.

Boosts welcome 😁

Latest purchase from
I found a couple of notable gaps in my Alan Parsons Project albums collection. This is the first of them and the last one is already on it's way :)
This one, called Sterotomy, has an interesting sleeve design which is printed in tow colours with a red and blue filter sleeve so the user an choose the album cover for themselves , up to a point :)
There is no replacement for a well designed record sleeve! The music isn't bad here either!

Job done, time for a test.
I don't know if its the placebo effect but I would swear the Rega is sounding better than ever after this minor service procedure!
Peter Gabriel So

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This is what I mean about the platter being a tight (airtight) fit in its bearing. Drops down eventually if left To it's own Devices.
Apparently it means that the bearing, despite its age, is in good condition.

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Reassembly of the sub platter ( really difficult to persuade into the bearing with the new oil) and replaced the upgraded Rega white belt

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so Kellogg's are hiring permanent replacement scabs it seems. it would be a Terrible Shame if their recruitment lines were absolutely fucked up with indistinguishably fake applications, so whatever you do Don't follow the instructions in the link below

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