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I will always be grateful to her for Barbarella, even though she didn't like it.
 

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Really? The non-money costs of metals and gems are huge. Isn't an attempt to tackle this useful? It's the same problem as surrounds granite kitchen surfaces.

If she preached poverty and self-denial you'd be criticising her for that too. Lack of self-awareness?

You won't read this because it's the Grauniad :p TLDR (child) slavery etc etc etc

https://www.theguardian.com/global-...at-withdraw-granite-worktops-slavery-concerns
 

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There's plenty of "WTF factor" to go around in this story. For one thing, I'm confused how anyone could don their helmet without noticing there was something else inside. Another thing that confuses me is why the fellow decided to destroy a helmet that had brought him good fortune ...
Man finds venomous snake in helmet after 7-mile ride

An India man said he took a nearly 7-mile ride on his motorcycle before discovering a venomous snake inside his helmet.

KA Ranjith said he rode his motorcycle to St. Mary's High School in Kandanad, where he works as a teacher, and removed his helmet to discover a venomous snake known as a common krait was coiled up inside.

Ranjith went to a local hospital, where doctors determined he had not been bitten or otherwise injured by the snake.

Ranjith said he decided to destroy his helmet in a fire and replace it.
SOURCE: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2020/0...-helmet-after-7-mile-ride/8101581533031/?sl=2
 

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Just downloaded Libreoffice. It's a big file.

Sat there 12 minutes; twiddling thumbs.

Download complete.

Want to install it ? of course.

'Sorry, this version can't be installed on this computer. Needs to be W7 or later'.

I run XP.

Thanks, documentfoundation.org. Why didn't you check for compatibility before the download.

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Time to dust off the chequebook and buy a new computer, perhaps?
 

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Actually, I already have Libreoffice installed on my very fast Linux machine (running Opensuse 13) but there is a slight snag.
It times out after about 10 minute. So if I am thinking about things for too long it blanks the screen and asks me for the root password. And (Blushes violently) I've forgotten where I recorded it.

So I can't get back in without shutting the whole thing down and restarting.

I need to remove the installation and re-install Opensuse. This time getting the password tattooed on my forearm.

But there is a 'slight problem' there as well.

Not been a good computer year so far.

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Just one of those days where things go awry. I was annoyed with a few things about work - a meeting yesterday which was a waste of time and that left a colleague and myself feeling royally pissed off - nothing huge, but it was nagging away. And when I was in town in the afternoon a bird pooped on my head - annoying, but I guess it was a pigeon and not a seagull, so it was a mess but it didn't cover my whole head.

And then, when I got home, I was just about to have a shower (I had bird poop residue on my head) when my father called – my mother had fallen and he wanted me to help. I have no problems about helping my parents, but my father has an emergency number he can call (that he pays for) but he still calls me first (who you gonna call – a 56-year-old cycling journo or somebody who can get a paramedic to you sharpish?); so I help my frail and dementia-suffering 86-year-old mother up – she weighs nothing but she was very awkward to lift – and get her into a chair. In the fall she'd torn a lot of skin from her arm and her carer, who arrived just after me, agreed that it needed dressing (not serious enough for the doctor or 999 but it needed attention). So I drove to our local Sainsbury's, which has a pharmacist, only to find they had no dressings, bandages or antiseptic spray – I didn't want to rub cream into her skin.

Tomorrow I'll make sure my father calls the doctor to make sure that my mother is looked at properly.

Whinge over. I'm pleased my parents are still hanging in there (even if it doesn't seem like it sometimes!) but it can be stressful at times...
 

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Four tourists were rescued from near the summit of Ben Nevis on Monday. Yes, Monday past, right in the middle of storm Ciara. Obviously three of them were only wearing trainers and none of them had a map. They subsequently made a donation to mountain rescue but I would still have left them up there.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-51447226

Rescuers said four people helped from Ben Nevis were lucky to be alive.

They said the tourists who were caught in blizzard conditions had "no ice axes, no crampons and as far as we are aware, no maps". Three of them were wearing trainers.

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team found them near the summit of the mountain.

All four were taken by helicopter from part-way down the mountain to be checked over at Belford Hospital in Fort William.

Inverness Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 151, could not be used near the summit because of the severity of the conditions.
 

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Four tourists were rescued from near the summit of Ben Nevis on Monday. Yes, Monday past, right in the middle of storm Ciara. Obviously three of them were only wearing trainers and none of them had a map. They subsequently made a donation to mountain rescue but I would still have left them up there.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-51447226
I disagree.
They could have brought the bodies down in the summer.
But yes some two dozen people putting their lives at risk for four idiots, they shouldn't need to do it.
 

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I would still have left them up there.
Mountain Rescue will never leave anyone up there, no matter how stupidly they've behaved. My former brothers in law do both Cave and Mountain Rescue. They go out to save people from danger - and occasionally from their own stupidity - because they can. They are strong and skilled. Also, they might need help themselves some day.
 

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Bring them down, but leave them in no doubt that many people thought you shouldn't have.

I was once hiking in the Pyrenees, all simple stuff in beautiful weather, but it changed unbelievably fast. From clear blue with wispy to hail and then lightning. We had only 'day equipment' and had to seek shelter.

Have never made the same mistake again. Experienced something similar in Snowdonia years later.
 

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Four tourists were rescued from near the summit of Ben Nevis on Monday. Yes, Monday past, right in the middle of storm Ciara. Obviously three of them were only wearing trainers and none of them had a map. They subsequently made a donation to mountain rescue but I would still have left them up there.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-51447226
Maybe it's about time people who have to be rescued because of their own stupidity should be charged for the privilege. Like that chap surfing the other day in the storm, off the south coast somewhere I think it was.

Send 'em a massive bill once they're safely back home. :nods:
 

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Bring them down, but leave them in no doubt that many people thought you shouldn't have.
Mountain/Cave Rescue heroes don't give a stuff if many people thought you shouldn't have. They just get up or down there and save lives.
 

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Maybe it's about time people who have to be rescued because of their own stupidity should be charged for the privilege. Like that chap surfing the other day in the storm, off the south coast somewhere I think it was.

Send 'em a massive bill once they're safely back home. :nods:
Here in the states the National Park Service does charge for rescuing people in the Grand Canyon and parts of Yellowstone. They tell you so up front.
 

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Is it weird that a financial deterrent is more effective than saying "Don't do that or you'll die?"
Do we know that though?
 

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I think people are stupid enough that they’ll pay more attention to the financial deterrent than to warnings from experienced park rangers.
When I got my permit to hike across the Grand Canyon they sent me a thick info packet and a videotape full of safety and survival info. They made it clear it was no joke. Still, dozens of people die there every year, mostly from hypothermia.
 

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And I actually had an otherwise intelligent friend ask to come with me on that hike. She was nowhere near in good enough shape to make it and I told her so. She replied that she would just do her best and if she wore out she could just have the rangers come and carry her out on a mule. I told her they would charge her for that. THAT was what made her give up the idea.
 

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I'd like to think this man did what he did to get back at the bubble-wrap-popper, because that would provide grounds for considering him as something more than a complete moron ...
Man upset he can’t bring cutout of Donald Trump to dialysis

A Florida man undergoing kidney dialysis three times a week is upset that he can’t bring a life-sized cardboard cutout of President Donald Trump for emotional support.

Nelson Gibson told WPBF that his family can’t sit with him during his three-and-a-half-hour treatments. To help, he began bringing a picture of Trump as a comfort item.

“It just feels like bringing something from home to make you comfortable,” Gibson told the West Palm Beach area television station.

Gibson said no one complained about the photo. Next, he started bringing a small cardboard cutout of himself standing next to a Trump photo. No one complained about the small cutout, and Gibson told the station that some people even took photos with it.

On Saturday, Gibson took a life-sized cutout of Trump to his treatment at Fresenius Kidney Care in Port St. Lucie. He said that again, no one took issue with this new emotional support item.

But when he returned Tuesday for treatment with the presidential cutout, Gibson ran into a roadblock.

“They told me it was too much and it wasn’t a rally,” he told the TV station.

His son Eric contacted officials at the facility to find out what the problem was.

“It was supposed to be an issue of safety infectious disease which made no sense,” Eric Gibson said.

The Gibsons say they feel singled out since the center typically encourages patients to bring emotional support items.

Gibson said another patient brings in bubble wrap and pops it during her treatment, which he finds nerve wracking.

“What I would really like to happen is for them not to infringe upon my father’s freedom of expression and speech and allow him to bring in the lifesize cardboard cutout that takes up less service area than a garbage can,” Eric Gibson told the station.

“While we cannot discuss any specific individual, we strongly support the ability of all our patients to express their views, which includes bringing reasonably sized items into our dialysis centers that do not create safety or infection control issues, or interfere with caregivers on the treatment floor,” said the center’s spokesman Brad Puffer said in a statement.

The family said they aren’t sure when Gibson will return for treatment.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/e72560d8255a2fb3ee3fb469241b1ef6
 

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I think people are stupid enough that they’ll pay more attention to the financial deterrent than to warnings from experienced park rangers.
Well, that certainly works for motorists! They'll ignore speed limit signs but not radar guns and cameras.
 
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