Whenever I hear or read Gelderland, I can't help but think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh7Q4BplCRc
He's blond, he's pissed, he'll see you in the lists...
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It's not general expenses, like taxis, meals in restaurants, etc. The extra £10k is specifically to equip their parliamentary office staff and researchers to work at home, if they weren't already equipped. Constituency staff costs are not included, as that's normally paid for by the party.
Back in the old days, I used to use a railway line called Aitchesswan, which was pretty damn fast, and reliable too. And it meant that there were more services just between the small villages (Tonbridge, Orpington and the like).
It's all grass nowadays, but I'm told you can still hear the trains in the middle of the night, if you listen hard and the moon's right...
"Some of the sprays can be fed via the toilet cistern"
In Malaysia, toilets have a hose with a trigger nozzle attached to the pipe supplying the cistern, ie, not from the cistern itself, which gives you a pretty good clean-up before applying paper. If I ever have the wherewithall to buy a place here in Blighty, that's the first mod.
Ah yes - at university in the early 90s, I'd somehow manage to wangle 24 hour access to the computer rooms (row upon row of PCs), which was unusual for a humanities undergrad. So of course, I made full use of said access by playing DOOM, in black and white, with the lights off, wired on coffee and Scotland's finest after the unions bar kicked out. After a while playing, every slight creak of the door, or footsteps outside would send my heart leaping out of chest like John Hurt's little friend... Fun times!
Halfway through TLJ, I went outside for a smoke; throughout this one, the wish for a cigarette disappeared about ten seconds after the "ooh, hold on, what's happening here" moment.
Sod all the naysayers, I thoroughly loved it, having seen the original on first UK release as a 7 year old.
For the sith-heads---->
Don't mention Shepherd Neame in a conversation about good beer. Not only is theirs mostly rubbish, they took out a protected designation of Kentish ale as requiring water from an artesian well, such as they have within their Faversham brewery. And which no other east Kent brewery has, meaning that a brewery in say, Ramsgate, or Cantebury, can't describe their beer as Kentish.
(Re-posted with a " 't" included)
Ironically, at the outbreak of hostilities in Europe, colonialists/ex-pats in Malaya were raising funds to pay for squadrons in Blighty: my grandfather's squadron was 38 (Straits Settlement) Squadron, the Straits Settlement referring at the time to Penang, Malacca and Singapore (38 was part of bomber command).
The best description I heard was rancid custard flavoured with cat vomit...
Icon: the only way to get rid of the smell from discarded durian husks in the car park/bin storage yard just down from Jalan Alor in KL, which was opposite our apartment building and hence was the quickest way to the pub for the football on a Saturday night
When I was setting up our 24/7 support team in Malaysia, I got the NATO alphabet up on the wall very quickly, after hearing the guys trying to thing of words on the fly. I also learned that it's acceptable to swap London in place of Lima, lima meanining five in malay/java which could be awkward in an ATC situation.
1997: setting the Y2K testing rubric for Lotus Notes 4.1 in a central govt department. Despite IBM/Lotus' assurances that the code was fine, we wanted to be sure that there wasn't anything going on using text representations of dates that might cause grief.
1998: all clear - devs had been told to use date formats when dealing with, you know, dates, never text.
31/12/99: Long departed from the civil service, but as far as I know it was all ok
Sainsburys, by policy, won't accept a biometric residence permit (BRP) as proof of age or ID when trying to purchase alcohol. The BRP, which does state date of birth, is issued by the Home Office as your official ID for everything - right to work/study, to rent, open a bank account, etc - which you collect having arrived after successfully navigating the UK visa system.
But it's not good enough for Sainburys.
"Thus the modern foodie is trapped in a never-ending loop of buying kitchen gadgets called Something Master that swiftly get stored under the sink with the rest."
That was the whole point of Rhik's (highly entertaining) series of columns. The comments were a veritable smut- and punfest as well.
Friday pint for Rhik ----------->
Domino mailboxes have a default setting of 48 hours before soft-deleted emails are purged from the Trash. Some users at the firm I work at have realised that this setting is editable for the mailbox owner, and have naturally extended it. I think the most egregious extension I've seen was up to about 11,000 years (they put all the 9s in). Shame that soft-deleted items don't get carried over when you move a mailbox to a different cluster.... mwuhahahah
Actually, it is an Exchange function, and a Notes/Domino function. Unfortunately, it's not an SMTP function, which means it'll never work outside the particular unified bit of your organisation's disparate mail systems. And even internally, people will often have the option of setting "Don't allow people to recall messages sent to me".
So you know what important personal things were on it that hadn't yet been backed up?
I had my laptop and the bag containing it nicked from St Pancras in London a few years ago, from right under my feet by a couple of professional thieves. CCTV was active, but not bloody recording anything (BTP weren't particularly happy with the station management when they found that out).
The laptop was a work one, new, and insured with no PII on it. No harm no foul? In the bag was a toy car of my son's, my son I hadn't seen for two years thanks to the hostile environment, and a journal I'd kept through leaving Malaysia.
There are more important things than a bit of hardware.
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