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  1. Lady S and I had an unintentional vegetarian dinner the other night - homemade dhal (just red lentils simmered for 30 mins in water with turmeric and salt, with a load of fried onions, chillies and spices chucked in at the end), salads (including a really simple thing of grated fresh beetroot, cucumber, lime and coriander), and breads. We did enough for four (on paper...) but ended up scoffing the lot! Delicious, and it wasn’t until later we realised that if we hadn’t buttered the bread, it would have been completely vegan. Setting out to “replace meat” isn’t, in my view, the way to do it. Cultivating/celebrating a love of vegetables is a much more positive path. Hugh Fearnley-Whittington’s book on Veg Every Day is a great book to have on hand (if you can ignore the stoopid doodles on the pictures - who on earth thought that was a good idea?!). LS
  2. If anyone needs an excuse to donate to the RNLI, a chap I work with is “celebrating” 15 years as a Thames lifeboatman by doing the London Marathon in full kit! https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stephen-wheatley4rnli Definitely a worthwhile cause, and top marks to Stephen for this marathon effort LS
  3. I had a bad attack last year. Big toe fit to burst. Ghastly, excruciating pain. As others have said, there are some clearly-defined triggers (for me, these were dehydration, offal and grain alcohol). Plenty of water, and everything in moderation. I’ve read that it’s far less common in women than men, but it can happen. Good luck, Ditchy. LS
  4. Slap a smile on (if you have to), and do something for other people. The central message of Christmas is humility and service. Visit long-lost relatives. The wife’s relatives. Your neighbours. Strangers. Christmas gives everyone a free pass to make conversation with people they wouldn’t usually touch with a bargepole at any other time of year. Use the opportunity to do something nice, or say something nice, to somebody else. That homeless bloke, that nutter, those awful neighbours, that old dear, even that chav scumbag with the horrible dog. Seriously, buy a couple of bags of Malteasers for 50p or whatever, and be nice for 5 minutes. It’s a piece of **** to be a better person at Christmas, and if you don’t really mean it, you can go back to keeping yourself to yourself for the rest of the year. LS
  5. Heard him talking about how, when he died, he’d like to be buried under an oak tree, so that he could become part of the countryside he loved. I hope he is. A true naturalist, and a fair player. LS
  6. Some terrific advice here, chaps. Will upgrade my drill bit and crack on! LS
  7. Got it. Nice one. This was my instinct, but all the other external fittings on this house are in the mortar, and I was doubting myself! LS
  8. Chaps, I’m going to drill a hole trough the wall to install an outside tap. I’ve got a nice long 16mm SDS masonry bit (for the 15mm pope), but: Do I drill through a brick or through a mortar joint? LS
  9. Goodness, there’s a lot of vitriol on here for those poor rap fellows. I’ve got a whole Spotify playlist of mandem gangsta types with their “big screen TVs, blunts, 40s and bitches” Some absolute classics on there. You all act as though you have forgotten about Dre... But, then again, I’ve got another playlist full of Kylie Katie and pop-era Charlotte Church - so what do I know Anyway, I hate Coldplay x5 LS
  10. Tied a neat couple of monkeys fists not so long ago for Lady A’s shop sign. Did a lovely eye splice too for a rope in the back of my pick-up that was starting to fray. My favourite has got to be the shoelace knot that Nick Beardo (?) posted one here years ago! I start it with a surgeon’s thumb knot and that combo never seems to undo. The other one I use now and again is a fisherman’s knot - two ends of rope joined with two thumb knots. So beautifully simple. LS
  11. Mods, please delete if not appropriate. Some of you were kind enough to donate to my charity skydive in the summer, and I thought you might know of someone eligible to apply to the charity for a grant. Today is the deadline for 2020 grant applications. Basically, the Guild of Entrepreneurs Trust supports business skills and entrepreneurship - especially in education. It has made grants to schools and universities to provide business education, but it has also made grants to individuals who want to study these subjects (but who might not otherwise be able to afford to). It’s not huge sums, but if you know of anyone who might ostensibly be eligible for a grant of about £1,000 to help with uni costs (course fees or living expenses), or anyone connected with the provision of business and entrepreneurship, there is more info (and a link to the application form) at https://guildofentrepreneurs.org/deadline-for-entrepreneurs-trust-beneficiary-applications-30th-september/ The charity literally just needs an outline of their situation/aspirations to put them onto a longlist (for consideration by the Trustee board in more detail in the early part of next year). Final decisions about grants are made in April, which may help to take some of the pressure off ahead of final exams. LS
  12. This is the comment I came here to find. LS
  13. Trufitt & Hill I wear quite a soapy-smelling cologne called “Clubman”, but there is a sandalwood option if I recall. LS
  14. Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert are both excellent cooperative games. Highly recommend. LS
  15. I heard Geoffrey Boycott on the radio this morning. To be honest, I was surprised by the way in which the interviewer brought up his conviction for assault - it was a real non-sequitur after a bit of kindly reminiscing about his cricketing/commentating career and some gentle teasing about his knighthood. Uncomfortable listening. As has been widely reported, he clearly wasn’t expecting the turn of direction, and made a couple of badly-received remarks. I can’t make up my mind how I feel. He’s nearly 80, and I could imagine many opinionated individuals of his generation making the same sorts of remarks. It felt slightly cheap to spring that on him, but I strongly suspect millions of listeners saw his true colours (so to speak) as a result. Is he deservedly legendary? Has he become a caricature of himself? Should a conviction for violence (or anything else, for that matter) disbar someone from being knighted? Does it make a difference that his conviction is for an assault on a woman/act of domestic violence? LS
  16. Only place you get a decent pint of Watney’s Red Barrel these days. Good luck to you, son! LS
  17. Matt Monroe - one of the greatest natural singing talents of all time. Whether you enjoy his style or not, you can not fault the absolute ease of his ability. Awesome. LS
  18. Hi chaps, Can anyone identify this moth, please? My generic field guide had a Chocolate Tip, which is similar, but not (I think), this particular specimen. Had a bit of a Google of “clostera”, but can’t find anything with this colouration. LS
  19. So, the Seagraves went to spend the weekend with friends in Gloucestershire. We had a lovely time, and were rewarded with a huge bag of damsons and cooking apples! I tried a couple of the damsons raw, and although quite astringent, they weren’t too sharp. No idea on the variety, as they were from a seriously ancient tree, but the crop was enormous! Effectively, all I did was follow the recipe at https://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/damson-and-apple-cheese/#reviews BUT - I would advise you to use much less sugar than the recipe directs. Admittedly, I don’t have a very sweet tooth, but I think that you could comfortably halve the sugar if your damsons are even slightly sweet (i.e. 50g of sugar per 150g of purée). Nevertheless, it has produced a delicious pile of fruit jellies, as well as a Pyrex dish of damson membrillo in the fridge for later in the year. I oiled my dish with almond extract, which really complemented the damson flavour. If I were doing it again, I would be very tempted to put a good-sized slosh of almond extract or frangelico into the purée itself.
  20. I read it as Washouseman Wash-house? Could (as others have said) be part of fabric production. LS
  21. Well, chaps. After leaving the house at 5.30am and arriving at Old Sarum at 8am, I eventually got to jump at 5.30pm I’ve got to say that it was all pretty amazing. I’ve been bricking it for weeks (sleepless nights, nightmares, panics etc.), but the lads from the Red Devils were absolutely brilliant. Funny, nonchalant, but very disciplined when the kit came out - very reassuring for chickens like me! The plane was late arriving (sticky flaps needed sorting out apparently 🤷‍♂️), and then some tricky low-lying clouds delayed the start even further. I had to go and have a nap in the truck at about 3pm! As the day wore on, the turnarounds became quicker and slicker (there were 48 skydivers being managed that day - most tandem, but some solo “recreational” jumpers), such that, when the time came for my lift, we had about 10 minutes to switch jumpsuits and harnesses (hence no “before” picture). The trip up was a brilliant - the weather was fine, bright and still, so we had a terrific view of Salisbury cathedral, Stonehenge, and, in the distance, the Isle of Wight. I was taken through a final reminder of the drill by my tandem partner, Cpl Steve Handley, shackled to his harness, and, within a matter of minutes, we were at 13,000 feet and ready to drop! Assertively, I was bum-shuffled along the bench to the door, and, hooking my legs under the aircraft Steve rolled us out into nothingness... It’s weird - all my nightmares have focussed on the height and the anticipation of a stomach-churning drop, but THERE IS NO “DROP”. We tumbled weightlessly into the sky, but I experienced no sensation of “falling” at all. The indoor skydiving thingy I did a few weeks back was exactly like the real thing - or, rather, the real thing is just like indoor skydiving. I only felt the “wind” holding me up. Unfortunately, the hat I’d been given (I later discovered) was an extra-large, so, in the rather stiff 100+ mph breeze, began to come off - taking my sunglasses with it! Cue mad scramble to keep them on (cheers Steve for some quick-thinking!). And then, all too soon, the deployment of the parachute, and a very leisurely (albeit with a couple of sharpish turns to get us in the right position) descent into the drop zone. Beautiful, beautiful views of Salisbury and the surrounding countryside - absolutely magnificent. We practised our landing position (my knees hugged against my chest) and then, very gently, we swept along into the DZ, and Steve plonked us down perfectly. A bit of cake and posing followed, and then the day was pretty much over. What an unforgettable experience. I’m glad the nightmares are over, and I certainly wouldn’t rule out doing it again, now I know what to expect! From 13 skydivers, our charity raised nearly £20,000, and we were presented with a further £10,000 from another charity too. It’s made all the anxiety totally worthwhile, and, most importantly, is securing years of support for business skills education and entrepreneurship. Thanks to all those on here that supported me (both financially and with morale-boosting quips). The JustGiving link is still live, I think. Now that I’ve survived, the cash can go to charity rather than to the local undertaker!! LS Edited for spelling
  22. Remember the 5 Ds of Dodgeball! DODGE DUCK DIP DIVE DODGE RIP Rip LS
  23. The instructor did something similar after our session - lunacy! LS
  24. As you know, in literally a fortnight, I am to be thrown out of a plane in the name of charity. Because of (or perhaps despite) the kind “reassurance” of you guys and others, I have been having actual nightmares almost every night since I was volunteered for this stupidity. The ever-practical Lady Seagrave therefore booked me into an indoor(!) skydiving(!) experience, which happens to be pretty much on our doorstep here in MK. I’ve got to say that it was quite an experience. Essentially, a fan blows air at a high speed up a shaft, into which the victims are pushed, Temple of Doom style, to then “float” in the airstream to simulate freefall. I was pretty anxious, but, in fact, the experience (including getting blown UP about 20’ in the air and dropping back down again) was really quite exciting. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say I “enjoyed” it, but it certainly was really interesting, and, above all, felt pretty safe The place is called iFly. I paid £30 for two 2-minute sessions, and a further £7 to be taken up and down the full height of the shaft (no sniggering at the back). Will post a picture in a moment. LS
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