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Pobody's Nerfect
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pauldormer
 I do not believe that before today I had ever heard this phrase, a spoonerism of Nobody's Perfect.

So, I was watching an episode of The Good Place in which Eleanor says, "Pobody's Nerfect."

Having watched that, I then watched an episode of the comedy horror show Stan Against Evil.  And guess what someone on that said!

Spooky.
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Life meme
Me
pauldormer
Don't usually do these, but I thought I'd give it a go. 


How old are you?
65

Tattoos?
None.

Ever hit a deer?
No.  Don't even drive.

Ridden in an ambulance?
No.  Not that I recall.

Sung karaoke?
No.  Sung in the audience at the Last Night of the Proms, occasionally.

Ice skated?
Taken ice skating by friends at university, and also tried again a couple of years later.

Ridden a motorcycle?
Only as a passenger, and again at uni.  A friend offered me a lift back from the labs to the hall we both lived in.  (This was during the rolling power cuts in 1972.)  As we were going through Headingley in north Leeds, he pulled out to overtake a bus, forgetting that we were right by the bus station, which was where the bus was headed.  We ended up riding along the pavement on the other side of the road, missing several pedestrians and a lamp post.  My friend turned to me and said, "Never done that before."

Stayed in hospital?
Twice.  Tonsillectomy when I was five and a prostate resection in 2011

Skipped school?
Taken on holiday by parents during term time at least once, I recall.

Last phone call?
Someone trying to sell printer cartridges to the Science Fiction Foundation.

Last text from?
Probably O2 telling me of great deals on texts.

Watched someone die?
No.

Pepsi or Coke?
Probably Coke, but I drink colas less these days.

Favorite pie?
Probably mince pies.  The supermarkets only seem to stock them at Christmas, so I stock up and freeze several boxes and eat them through the year.

Favorite pizza?
Never really liked pizza until recently, and no real favourites, but I did have some nice ones in Florence a few years ago.

Favorite season?
Summer.  I'm a warm weather person.

Broken bones?
Never.

Received a ticket?
Not for me.  Someone had a car registered to my address for several years and they kept getting parking fines.  Even had the police and the bailiffs round looking for him.

Favorite color?
Blue

Sunset or sunrise?
Sunrise, on those rare occasions I'm up for it.
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Papers
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pauldormer
Is there any significance, I wonder, in the fact that my newsagents delivered me today of all days a copy of the Daily Mail instead of my normal Guardian?

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Dinner for One
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pauldormer
According to the Guardian, the comedy sketch Dinner for One is being shown on Sky Arts on New Year's Eve at 18:10.  This sketch featuring the British music hall performer Freddie Frinton (who some may remember from the sitcom Meet the Wife with Thora Hird in the sixties) has been shown on German television every New Year's Eve since 1972.  (Apart from an introduction in German, it is entirely in English.)  I can attest that back when satellite TV had free German channels, every channel showed it at least once during the day.  It is quite funny, too.
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Spooky
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pauldormer
 Some years ago I visited the battlefield of Waterloo.  In the bookshop in the visitors' centre I found a book (in English) about the Napoleonic Wars.  I paid for it by credit card.  The price was in Euros, of course, but I was amused to discover that with the current conversion rate, when I received the credit card bill the price was £18.15.

Yesterday I went to see the new film Peterloo, set mostly four years after Waterloo.  Today I did some shopping in Tesco.  The bill came to £18.19!

(Incidentally, despite what they've been saying about how no-one learns about Peterloo at school, I definitely remember hearing about it in history lessons.)

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Connected to the thigh bone
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pauldormer
Am I the only one to be amused that the professor of surgery in this news item is Professor Kneebone?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-46019429

Edit:  A letter writer to the Guardian had the same idea, and even made the same joke.
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Amazon recommendations
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pauldormer
I wonder why Amazon is sending me messages of recommendations that includes  the BBC Proms 2018 Guide.  Its sole purpose is to tell you what concerts age going to be on during the season and how to book tickets.  The Last Night of the Proms was about five weeks ago.

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Cold callers
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pauldormer
 I rarely answer the phone these days.  Unless I'm expecting a call, or I'm standing next to the phone and I recognise the number I just let it go to the answer machine.  If I hear a message being left, I'll pick it up.  Usually, no message is left.  And as the phone is in the hall, if the door to the hall is closed and I'm listening to music or the television, I might not even hear it ring.

So just after noon today I was listening to music and in a quiet bit I heard the phone ring.  Didn't hear a message being left (although at that point the music had got louder) so I let it be.

When I finally noticed the missed call light flashing I pressed the play button.

Yesterday I found a message recorded that appeared to be several seconds of office noise and people speaking in northern accents (either Lancashire or Yorkshire, the voices were indistinct).  That call had its number withheld as did the one today.  More office noise, but one voice was more distinct: "Hello? Hello? Fuck off!".

Usually it's me wanting to say that to cold callers (but I'm too polite too).

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Quotations
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pauldormer
 I have a diary that at the bottom of each two-page spread gives a quotation.

Recently the quotation was "Both my marriages were failures! Number one departed, and number two stayed" which it attributes to Gustav Mahler.

Nice quotation, and I even found it on a quotation website:

https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1046757

Trouble is, as far as I can tell, Mahler only married once.  His wife was the famous Alma Shindler, immortalised in song by Tom Lehrer.

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(No) Kangaroos in Austria
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pauldormer
 Those that know me will possible remember I have a tee-shirt with the slogan "No Kangaroos in Austria", purchased at the tourist office in Vienna a few years ago.

This week's Feedback column in New Scientist reports that a kangaroo has been spotted roaming in the vicinity of Kirchschlag in Austria.  What's more, none of the local zoos are missing a kangaroo.

Does this mean I can't wear the shirt anymore?
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