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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #850 on: June 25, 2012, 11:34:31 PM »
I've met a few survivors one was from a camp in Poland and the other had been a POW in Burma. Very humbling to meet these people, to hear their stories. I also meta Russian fighter pilots daughter her father had operated in the D Day landings a squadron of Russian fighters harassed German lines. She gave me a pin commemorating their actions. He flew a P 45 Sokol.
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #851 on: June 26, 2012, 01:59:11 AM »
Did he cry?  If not, he's a dimwit and should be moved to the closest desk to the teacher's. :wry:

Actually a couple of minutes later he did it again. I think he was showing other kids why he got such a telling off, he looked a bit sheepish that time. I have him furthest from my desk otherwise I would go insane. Saying that he's a nice enough kid, just does stupid things now and then. Good sense of humour which is a redeemable feature.

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #852 on: June 26, 2012, 07:06:09 AM »
The company I used to work for has a technical centre in Dachau; the first time I went there for work I felt obliged to visit the camp, it was the most sobering experience of my life.

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #853 on: June 27, 2012, 02:00:06 AM »
I worked on one thing all day at work today, pull the engine out of a forklift like this

To get to this and replace it.

This is a flywheel.  The toothed ring around the perimiter is what the starter gear uses to turn the engine to start it.  On the forklift I was working on the ring gear was largely stripped off.  It wasn't quite right from the factory in 2005 and would sometimes not mesh and the starter would just grind the tips off the teeth.  I noticed last year that it was coming due for replacement.  A couple weeks ago there was three days when it would grind 9 times out of 10.  Today we started to pull the engine out to change it and it went really well for the first two hours.  By 10:30 (started at 8 ) we were separating the engine from the transmission, and it wouldn't let go.  Turned out, there was one bolt that could not be seen from any angle, you could only shove your arm down inside and feel it with your finger tips.  It took three hours and custom tool fabrication to get the bolt out.  Before I left at 5pm we had bolted the new flywheel and ring gear on to the engine.  All in all, a very good day, compared with some repair days.  Tomorrow is all reassembly. :woohoo:

I think I'll make a clock out of the old one. :lol:
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #854 on: June 27, 2012, 11:14:48 PM »
When I was about 5 or 6, back in the 1970s, one of our neighbours had survived Auschwitz. I'd noticed the number tattooed on his arm and asked him about it. At the time, he told me that he would talk to my parents first before explaining it to me. The next time I saw him, he told me the basic outline of what had happened and what he had experienced.

It made a hell of an impression on me, and I think it was one of the fundamental influences on my views on racism and prejudice. That someone could do such things to my 'Uncle John' just because he came from a particular background was beyond my comprehension.



On a lighter note, I met up with an old friend of mine this evening for a drink. It's the first time I've seen him for about 9 or 10 years. Somehow, we just lost touch. I tracked his details down and dropped him an email out of the blue last week to suggest meeting up. It was lovely, as if the last few years - which had been difficult for both of us in some ways - just hadn't slipped by. We just dropped back into easy chit-chat as if it had only been a few weeks since we last saw one another.

It was lovely. Meeting a friend you thought you might never see again is wonderful, isn't it? :D

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #855 on: June 27, 2012, 11:48:46 PM »
Meeting a friend you thought you might never see again is wonderful, isn't it? :D

It is. Years ago I ran into an old friend in London out of the blue. What was odd was that we were both from Derbyshire. We arranged to meet up, had a meal and a drink. She was working in a cancer hospice and doing so many things I never could. Oddly, even after that, we never stayed in touch. She's probably off doing incredible things still.
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #856 on: June 29, 2012, 03:17:05 PM »
The decline of the popularity of subjects is always depressing, as a former philosophy student and momentary part-teacher of it, I know the feeling,  I am stuck teaching English as a second language but it pays the bills. 

Still on to things that make me happy, sitting down to some warm milk and The Avengers with Diana Rigg even though she is old enough to be my grandmother.

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« Reply #857 on: July 02, 2012, 01:38:13 AM »
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #858 on: July 09, 2012, 08:56:37 AM »
Got a drink driver arrested at work last night after several weeks of giving his number plate to every police officer I could - the problem being he lives a couple of miles down the road and they could never catch him behind the wheel with the car keys on him - he drove in just as a local traffic unit were finishing their coffee so they sat down the road and promptly nicked him as he left the forecourt !
 I have no time for idiots like that - hopefully they will throw the book at him  :grrr:
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #859 on: July 09, 2012, 09:01:14 AM »
Good stuff. I hope he gets all he deserves!

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #860 on: July 09, 2012, 01:35:53 PM »
Got a drink driver arrested at work last night after several weeks of giving his number plate to every police officer I could - the problem being he lives a couple of miles down the road and they could never catch him behind the wheel with the car keys on him - he drove in just as a local traffic unit were finishing their coffee so they sat down the road and promptly nicked him as he left the forecourt !
 I have no time for idiots like that - hopefully they will throw the book at him  :grrr:

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« Reply #861 on: July 10, 2012, 07:55:23 PM »
 :applause: very well done mate, idiots like that should be band for life.
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« Reply #862 on: July 10, 2012, 09:22:34 PM »
Aparrently he was nearly twice over the limit when they stopped him - without any outward signs of being drunk ! That's what made me suspicious in the first place, he bought 19 bottles of wine in a 7 day period all in the early hours of the morning but appearing perfectly sober I had no reason to refuse him service - even though I suspected he was probably an alcoholic.
Oh and apparently he had no insurance on the car either ........thank god he didn't hit anyone.....  :shock:
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #863 on: July 11, 2012, 02:11:45 PM »
Started a new RPG campaign for Victoriana which is great :D

Also found a bit of time for myself to start writing again which is awesomely cathartic

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #864 on: July 11, 2012, 05:51:47 PM »
:applause: very well done mate, idiots like that should be band for life.
They should definitely face the music...  :angel:

As for things I like. Young Rufus loves getting in the water:



Last weekend, we took him to one of the swimming ponds on Hampstead Heath, which is for people AND dogs. Normally, we take him to the local pond which isn't good for people to swim in so we limit ourselve to a little paddle around at the edge of the water. When we got in the water with him and started swimming around, too, it practically melted his little doggy brain with joy...

That was nice.

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #865 on: July 12, 2012, 10:53:44 PM »
I always love hearing about you and Rusty, Cultist!

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #866 on: July 23, 2012, 06:27:10 PM »
Cheers. :)

Things that make me happy today. Last week, I started running home from work. Well, part of the way, thought I'd best build up. I work just near London Bridge*, so I've started off with running from there to Bethnal Green, which is about 2.5 miles from work. Once I'm comfy with that, I'll run to the next station in Hackney before getting the train and so on, until I'm running all 8 miles home.

It was a bit hot and sweaty in the sunshine today, but I think it's worth it.




* No, I'm not looking forward to the Olympics very much...

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #867 on: July 23, 2012, 09:05:21 PM »
I hope the trains aren't packed full. Hate being stuck by sweaty people on the train  :wink: Good work on the keeping fit though. I always think I should cycle to work.

Things that make me happy:

My daughter took her first few steps a couple of days ago.  :woohoo:

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« Reply #868 on: July 23, 2012, 10:15:08 PM »
I hope the trains aren't packed full. Hate being stuck by sweaty people on the train  :wink: Good work on the keeping fit though. I always think I should cycle to work.
I shouldn't have too bad a time myself, as I start work quite early and I should miss the busiest periods. I think London Bridge, which I don't have to use myself, is going to be total chaos. It has been mad every time they've tested out their plan for how to direct people during the Olympics.

I would cycle to work, as it would only take me about 35 minutes. But we don't have a shower or anything for a quick clean up. That's why I decided to run home instead.

As for the running, thanks to the way the train timetable works out, I have to wait for about 20 minutes at Bethnal Green for my train. That's a cooling down and deodorising period which is greatly appreciated by whoever will end up sitting next to me, I suspect. :)

My daughter took her first few steps a couple of days ago.  :woohoo:
See, now that IS cool. Before you know it, she'll be trundling around like a maniac causing havoc. :)

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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #869 on: July 23, 2012, 10:38:18 PM »
direct people during the Olympics.
Oxymoron/double negative/not possible

My daughter took her first few steps a couple of days ago.  :woohoo:
Awesome, beefcake.

A co worker of mine's son began walking last year.  He started with the usual steps while hanging from someone, did that for a long while.  Then one day he was apparently sitting on the floor, and just stood up and walked away all stable like.  The next day, according to his father, he stood up, walked to the table, picked up his bottle, stuffed it in his mouth and walked away drinking the whole time.  That's more that some adults can do.  Kids  :shrug:
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #870 on: July 24, 2012, 06:58:15 PM »
im happ because tomorrow ( best Goullum vice)  its me birthdays precioussss.
im off work,  the weathers fine, and ive some cash to spend in Brum... 
My lovely wife is off with me thurs and fri  so were probably out for a meal one of thouse days. 
hhhmmmmm  slow lazy days ahead!   i can do some painting some modeling, some sculpting, play the radio loud and  relax
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Re: Things that make you happy
« Reply #871 on: July 24, 2012, 07:58:48 PM »
Oxymoron/double negative/not possible
Their cunning plan appears to be to send all the people who want to get into the railway station down one strip of narrow pavement next to a busy road, while simultaneously sending all the people who want to get into the tube station to go in the opposite direction along the same strip of narrow pavement.

From the other side of the road and knowing I'll be going away from the chaos, it's hilarious.

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« Reply #872 on: July 24, 2012, 10:29:12 PM »
Oxymoron/double negative/not possible
Their cunning plan appears to be to send all the people who want to get into the railway station down one strip of narrow pavement next to a busy road, while simultaneously sending all the people who want to get into the tube station to go in the opposite direction along the same strip of narrow pavement.

From the other side of the road and knowing I'll be going away from the chaos, it's hilarious.

Put that way, it would be.
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« Reply #873 on: July 25, 2012, 06:11:58 PM »
Someone with a fairly large part in a currently released (in the US, anyway) film is auditioning for a part in my short.  It's extra good news for me, as it solves the problem of finding a decent child actor.

Here's a tip from you to me:  Never write a film that stars a child.

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« Reply #874 on: July 25, 2012, 09:08:18 PM »
Unfortunately I hear that Lipnicki kid is all grown up now. (Stilll has a childlike look though)  :wink: