The baubles have had their year in the sun; now they are going back in their box in the dark cupboard. Sorry shiny balls.
Admin2 is reading The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan.
Admin2 is much enjoying A History of Pictures by David Hockney and Martin Gayford (thx Admin1) and since it was a dull day weatherwise here is a fake oil painting of the master in his studio.
Admin1 is reading The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown by Vaseem Khan.
Giant baubles in a shop window. Not sure what it has to do with F Scott Fitzgerald. Admin1 is reading Murder at the Grand Raj Palace by Vaseem Khan.
Christmas Lights Man seems not to have quite finished his display but here are a lit up tree and a luminous festive figure. Admin2 went looking for Geminid meteors in a sky that was very clear between the clouds on a night that was warmer than the day, but did not see any.
Admin1 is reading Too Much of Water by LC Tyler. Admin2 is reading The Dying Day by Vaseem Khan.
People from up the road celebrating that they have succeeded in colonising the traffic island which is legally part of our territory. Well I hope the people who gave them £500 to install a bench and gazebo on “The Green” were impressed by the massive turnout.
Admin1 is reading Dolphin Junction by Mick Herron. Admin2 is reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett; a brother and sister turfed out of their iconic house by their wicked stepmother.
Welcome Lena to another cold-ridden two-house quiz meal. We had baked chicken and apple strudel and scored just 9.
Admin1 is reading The Girls Beneath by Ross Armstrong and Admin2 is reading Borderliners by Peter Hoeg.
Not a photo from today, when it was freezing cold and precipitating snow, ice and graupel, but from April 4 2012 when we wrote:
“Hard to believe that a week ago we had daytime temperatures of over 25 degrees, and that three days ago the solar panels served up over 8 kilowatts…”
Plus ça change plus c’est la même chose!
Here comes the rainbow and Admin2 is home again and ticker-tee-boo. Thank you.
On her first day in hospital, Admin2 had a window seat with a view of the backside of Leeds Beckett University. On the second day she was moved to another ward with a view of the backside of Leeds University.
In the course of that day she had x-rays, ultrasound and an angiogram and was finally taken to a grand stage-like room where people in different uniforms stood around like characters in an opera and she watched her arteries wriggling around like snakes on the x-ray while a balloon stent was inserted from a tube from her arm to her heart to stretch out the blocked artery, after which she felt hale and hearty again.
Admin1 is rereading Oranges and Lemons by Christopher Fowler.
Admin2 was feeling somewhat under the weather and had extremely minor chest pains for a few days so she called 111 and they sent an ambulance. Ambulance men found nothing much wrong but recommended the hospital for another test, which Admin2 failed. Not corona but a coronary. To while away the many hours, she read A Climate of Fear by Fred Vargas, which had a very complicated plot linking Icelandic mythology with the French Revolution, eventually untangled by the free-associating detective Adamsberg.
Leeds city centre, one year after Admin2 last visited. Spot the tumbleweed.
Admin1’s 1000th book is What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe (thanks, Admin2!). Admin2 is reading Seeking Whom He May Devour by Ms Fred Vargas.
Oh no! The bin is broken and the bottles have fallen out!
Admin1 is reading False Value by Ben Aaronovitch and Admin2 is reading The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry. New books! Thanks, Admin2 🙂
Part of the Living Advent Calendar.
Admin1 is reading Cold Justice by Lee Weeks — Cold Comfort Farm without the jokes. Started off OK but descended into ludicrous melodrama.
Admin2 is reading The Explosion Chronicles by Yan Lianke; a parable of untrammelled growth.
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Two stickers, each featuring a piece of shit.
Admin2 is reading The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee; a Bengali family saga with added maths.
We scored 11.1 on the GWQ; thanks zoomers!
Admin1’s new game is Watch Dogs: Legion set in a strangely realistic London that even includes Admin2’s one-time flat (above The Old Chest, though it was not called that then).
We are watching Roadkill which includes London scenes that strangely echo the game.
Admin1 is reading When It Grows Dark by Jorn Lier Horst.
We scored 9 on the GWQ.
Could not find a photo for this dreary rainy day so here is an old photo of a dirty digger digging the dirt.
Admin2 is reading Mr Wilder and Me by Jonathan Coe.
Admin1 is reading Closed for Winter (bit like us really) by Jorn Lier Horst. Admin2 is reading A Touch of Love (also like us) by Jonathan Coe.
More fun from the underwear shop. Luckily this one seems to be losing support [update: yup, the tits are out].
Admin2 is reading Baudolino by Umberto Eco; medieval malarky.
This sticker probably said WAKE UP PEOPLE > YOU’VE BEEN CONNED > IT’S A HOAX (yeah right) but somebody sensible has a stab at scratching it off.
Happy birthdays Barry and Alex.
Admin1 is rereading Where the Bodies Are Buried by Christopher Brookmyre and Admin2 is reading Whoops! by John Lanchester.
Window display in local underwear shop.
Admin1 is reading Attack of the Unsinkable Rubber Ducks by Christopher Brookmyre.
Another wet day. We have had more rain in three days than in the whole of September and so did the whole country.
Admin1 is rereading Be My Enemy by Christopher Brookmyre. Admin2 is reading Piranesi by Susanna Clarke; a memorable book set in a convoluted maze of giant rooms with raging seas in the cellars, clouds in the attics and classical statues everywhere.
We scored 11 on the GWQ.
Admin1 is reading Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell.
And we scored FOURTEEN AGAIN on the GWQ!
We have various computers working on distributed computing projects — the graphic above shows our progress. Rosetta and WCG (World Community Grid) do research into COVID-19, Cancer Markers, African Rainfall and various other fields. The Asteroids one attempts to derive orbital and rotation elements. Follow the links to join in!
A day of rain and sun and raging gales when we nevertheless managed to accrue 12kWh.
Admin1 is reading The Lantern Men by Elly Griffiths.
We scored 9 on the GWQ.