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  1. I had a day out today to a nearby town that I hadn't been to for well over 2 years.

    It's only about 15 miles down the road, but the landscape makes it feel like you've driven much further, with the hills and rural scenery. I borrowed 2 books from their library, bought 4 more at a lovely independent bookshop, had lunch, explored the town some more - including 2 small art shops/galleries - then went back and bought 2 more books from the bookshop. I was also able to add 2 more dictionaries to my language collection, as I found Czech and Hungarian dictionaries in a charity shop. 

    It feels good to be able to have days out like that again, - and to be able to support the local shops, cafes etc in those towns as they're getting back to normal. 

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  2. I went to the library to look for a particular book - and came home with 5 books, including the one I'd been looking for B) The poetry one was part of their book sale, so I get to keep that one. 

    My dad and I also had lunch in a lovely little cafe where we're almost becoming regulars. The really good part was that it's the sociable sort of cafe where you get talking to the staff and other people who come in, even though we'd never met the other customers before.

    It's been noticeable to me that people seem more friendly and happy to talk since lockdown ended. I think the experience of *not* being able to socialise for months has maybe made people more willing/keen to talk and have a laugh with each other. Certainly, it's been noticeable at the cafes we go to most frequently, that there are friendly atmospheres and you can get into a conversation with people even if you don't know them. And sometimes you end up helping someone. Today, we helped a lady who's new to the area by telling her about the short-cut to the car park, so that she could go and pay for more parking before her ticket ran out. 

    She wasn't intending to stay so long at the cafe, but she was enjoying the chat so much that she decided to stay and have cake :D

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  3. 3 hours ago, TheVacantLot said:

    The last job I worked at before I was caring for my mum was a really horrible place where the patients were receiving a poor standard of care, I flagged it, and they came after me. It's the first job ever in my life where it was like "DON'T GIVE UP YOUR NIGHT JOB". Meaning playing music, it's usually the other way around. Some of those people were promoted, even when they found human rights abuses and neglect. 


    That is shocking that they tried to punish you for doing the right thing and standing up for the patients' well-being  :o  And that some of the people dishing out the mistreatment were effectively rewarded for it. 

    I hope action was taken against that place. I'd hate to think the abuse was still going on.

    My good thing for today is that I received my second parcel of Star Wars cards in two days. Today's parcel included a costume swatch relic related to my favourite character :)

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  4. I picked up my copy of Dave Grohl's book at lunchtime :D

    The bookshop had just had the pre-orders delivered about 10 minutes before I got there, so it was still in the postal wrapper. It's very good so far - and so absorbing that I forgot to finish making my cup of tea :lol: 

    I'm hoping the library will get a copy so that (if the categorising/numbering works out right) we can sit it next to the book by his mum. 


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  5. 14 hours ago, illumination70 said:

    The fifth job interview I had this weekend is completed with one more to go.

    I hope you get one of those jobs! :)

    I found a beginner's keyboard book in a local charity shop. It cost me a HUGE..... 30p  

    I'd originally gone out today hoping to find a similar book in one of the local libraries, but finding one to keep is even better. 

  6. 6 hours ago, doctornickriviera said:

    Sorry But I’m gutted for Lando! Grew up with the Red and White and Silver Arrows of McLaren and think it’s great to see them getting back where they belong!

    Yeah, you couldn't help but feel sorry for Lando. He'd been doing so well holding Lewis behind him, and I think if it had stayed dry, he probably would have won. 

    And it is good seeing McLaren at the front again. I can remember the old red and white livery, that was a classic. 

    Today's good thing: I managed to return my library books without any hassle. The trick is to try and avoid any roads near supermarkets that also have petrol stations :)

  7. 20 hours ago, doctornickriviera said:

    100 miles on the bicycle……what petrol crisis? Food is my fuel…..nom nom nom nom nom

    It's times like these that make me grateful I can walk to work :) 

    Although if the situation doesn't improve this week, returning the library books I've borrowed from the neighbouring authority might get a bit tricky - especially if people are still clogging up roads around stations :rolleyes:

    My good thing for today: getting to watch history being made in Formula 1 as Lewis Hamilton has become the first F1 driver to reach 100 Grand Prix victories. 

    He already had the all-time record, but to reach a century... incredible. I can remember watching Michael Schumacher through his career and thinking that his record of 91 might never be beaten. Now I've seen every one of Lewis's wins so far - and he might yet pull clear on the number of world titles (he's currently equal with Schumacher on 7).

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  8. I now have the keyboard. With guide letters, all properly secured on it's stand. And have spent a fun afternoon testing out all of the different sound effects and features.

    There's even an option for the keys to make helicopter sounds... :lol:

    Although the music shop is currently sold out of beginner's books, so I'll have to try again next week or see if the library has one. 


  9. I'm going to have a keyboard! (The musical instrument kind, not another computer accessory :lol: )

    My dad works for a charity furniture shop and helps them collect items from donors. About a week or so ago, one of the collections included some musical instruments. Most of them have been handed over to a specialist music shop in town, but there were 2 keyboards and Dad's boss said they could accept those to sell in their shop. He wondered whether I might like one of them, I said yes and his boss has let him have it for a staff-discounted price :D 

    Now that the items have been quarantined and tested, one of them will be mine as of tomorrow. 

    Once we've taken it to the music shop to have some guide letters put on. And bought a book with some tunes to practice :) 


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  10. One of our regulars came into the library today for the first time since the first lockdown started. 

    We'd been worried about him as he's a recovering alcoholic and we hadn't heard from him for 18 months. Thankfully, he seems to have avoided Covid so far, although he is homeless again. My colleague managed to find him a tent, as he's currently living in some nearby woodland. Hopefully we might be able to get him into a proper house/flat by the end of the week.

    At least now he knows the library is open again, so he can come in and have a cuppa and a chat, and my colleagues can make him a hot meal if he needs one. 

    As I said, we'd been worried about him, so it was good to see him back and we'll do what we can to support him.

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  11. One for the tech geeks... rest in peace inventor Clive Sinclair, who has died aged 81. We had a ZX Spectrum computer when I was little. It boggled my young mind at the time, although it inevitably seems very basic now. 

    He also invented pocket calculators - and an early electric car back in the 80s, although that didn't work out so well. 


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