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More books. Which is kind-of cancelling our the effectiveness of the clear-out I had only a few weeks ago.

Today I bought;
2 Van der Valk novels, nice old penguin editions,

A book that calls itself a survey of Isaac Asimov's fiction. Possibly interesting and insightful, possibly quite a dry read, but I'll find out in good time.

And

A big thick doorstop of a book compiling decades of Arthur C Clarke's non-fiction writing.
 

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Popped into a charity shop today and picked up an orange hi-viz cycling jacket, XXXL size, looks new.

I reckon someone ordered it but it didn't fit because it's actually about an XL. So they sent it to the charity shop specially for me.

I'd been looking for a large-sized light waterproof that will fit over everything I'm wearing to carry on bike rides.

This one is perfect, and cheap. :bthumbup:
 

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Popped into a charity shop today and picked up an orange hi-viz cycling jacket, XXXL size, looks new.

I reckon someone ordered it but it didn't fit because it's actually about an XL. So they sent it to the charity shop specially for me.

I'd been looking for a large-sized light waterproof that will fit over everything I'm wearing to carry on bike rides.

This one is perfect, and cheap. :bthumbup:
May I say how stylish you look in it?:loveu:
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I bought the first two Adrian Mole books (Secret Diary and Growing Pains) today for 25p each.

I read these as a teenager (I remember reading the second one on a train from Preston to Glasgow), but have the feeling that, much as i enjoyed them, I'll get more from them now. I think a lot of the detail probably went over my head when I read them back in the 80s!
My teenage kids had those when they came out and immediately started keeping diaries. :chuckle:

Have you read her other works? Just thinking about The Queen and I brings tears to my eyes.

(I admired Townsend, who suffered terrible health for most of her adult life. When she died I could have slapped her for smoking and not taking care of herself.)
 

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Have you read her other works? Just thinking about The Queen and I brings tears to my eyes.
Unfortunately I haven't (with the exception of one of the later Mole books). But I would like to read more of her stuff, I'll keep the Queen and I in mind.
 

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Unfortunately I haven't (with the exception of one of the later Mole books). But I would like to read more of her stuff, I'll keep the Queen and I in mind.
There was a xmas TV fillum made of it a few years ago, with a starry cast. :cool:
 

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More books. Which is kind-of cancelling our the effectiveness of the clear-out I had only a few weeks ago.

Today I bought;
2 Van der Valk novels, nice old penguin editions,

A book that calls itself a survey of Isaac Asimov's fiction. Possibly interesting and insightful, possibly quite a dry read, but I'll find out in good time.

And

A big thick doorstop of a book compiling decades of Arthur C Clarke's non-fiction writing.
Nothing wrong with Nicholas Freeling's Van der Valk novels, and his Henri Castang books are really worth checking out too. He wrote loads more Castang books than VdV, and I love this quote from Wikipedia about him: "He began writing during a three-week prison sentence, after being convicted of taking home some veal from a restaurant where he worked, though that was common practice in the restaurant trade."

That's just... marvellous. I think that's the right word. (So I hope the Wikipedia story's true!)
 

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"He began writing during a three-week prison sentence, after being convicted of taking home some veal from a restaurant where he worked, though that was common practice in the restaurant trade."
There's surely a backstory. Maybe he was set up over a grudge.

Every I know who works in catering has a negotiation going on about how much surplus food workers can take home or what they can eat while at work. It varies from kitchen to kitchen and sometimes even between chefs on different shifts.
@Swifty will know all about it.
 

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There's surely a backstory. Maybe he was set up over a grudge.

Every I know who works in catering has a negotiation going on about how much surplus food workers can take home or what they can eat while at work. It varies from kitchen to kitchen and sometimes even between chefs on different shifts.
@Swifty will know all about it.
I certainly do. I used to work at an awesome carvery and I'd take a back pack full of plastic tubs because part of my job was to throw away anything that hadn't been sold from the carvery including huge joints of traditional meats like beef, turkey and glazed ham as well as about eight different types of veg. The Mrs loved me bringing that home. We used to get so much of that, I had to give loads of it away to neighbours.
 

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I certainly do. I used to work at an awesome carvery and I'd take a back pack full of plastic tubs because part of my job was to throw away anything that hadn't been sold from the carvery including huge joints of traditional meats like beef, turkey and glazed ham as well as about eight different types of veg. The Mrs loved me bringing that home. We used to get so much of that, I had to give loads of it away to neighbours.
I remember you posting about that. What a brilliant perk. :cool:

Someone who used to post on'ere was married to a food company driver who'd bring home surplus bulk chilled and frozen goods like meat and cheese. He'd pay a nominal amount like 50p an item to make it legal.

As they never knew what was coming from week to week she invested in a big freezer and labelled everything carefully in family-sized portions.

One time it was a load of packs of pastry. I'd have loved that. Making pastry is tedious but pies're ace, you can make them with anything.
 

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I remember you posting about that. What a brilliant perk. :cool:

Someone who used to post on'ere was married to a food company driver who'd bring home surplus bulk chilled and frozen goods like meat and cheese. He'd pay a nominal amount like 50p an item to make it legal.

As they never knew what was coming from week to week she invested in a big freezer and labelled everything carefully in family-sized portions.

One time it was a load of packs of pastry. I'd have loved that. Making pastry is tedious but pies're ace, you can make them with anything.
It was an ace perk Skargs but people will also tell you ... when you're working with the same food everyday, you get fed up with it, even when it is free. You dream of going home and having cheese on toast instead. Most of the chefs I've worked with do the same thing. The only place I've worked where I never got bored was a food packing plant in Burton on Trent. One of the lines was packing Chinese roast duck halves which I adore. They're very expensive in supermarkets but I could buy a large bag of 6 for just 50p. I used to live off them and also bring a few bags home to give to my landlady, her boyfriend and his dog because they didn't have any money and she was kindly letting me live there for only twenty quid a week so we all lived on duck for a while (and a few other things) .. and I'm still not sick of duck
 

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It was an ace perk Skargs but people will also tell you ... when you're working with the same food everyday, you get fed up with it, even when it is free. You dream of going home and having cheese on toast instead. Most of the chefs I've worked with do the same thing. The only place I've worked where I never got bored was a food packing plant in Burton on Trent. One of the lines was packing Chinese roast duck halves which I adore. They're very expensive in supermarkets but I could buy a large bag of 6 for just 50p. I used to live off them and also bring a few bags home to give to my landlady, her boyfriend and his dog because they didn't have any money and she was kindly letting me live there for only twenty quid a week so we all lived on duck for a while (and a few other things) .. and I'm still not sick of duck
You'll know about our local pie factory, where workers can snack free on produce at work and buy it cheap at the site shop.

When mechanics from the company I worked for nearby would fix the pie vans we'd be rewarded with trays of hot top-quality pies on which the workers would greedily fall. Lovely food.

However, I'd often see the pie workers leaving for breaks or going home. Most were fat, and some were enormous, like American fat.

Fair put me off pies. I love them and occasionally make my own but I remember those workers so don't overdo it. :chuckle:
 
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