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Richard Clegg

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[Apr. 4th, 2010|12:52 pm]
Richard Clegg


Last weekend was a weekend of extreme indulgence featuring the worst gig in the world. The Turin Brakes are an attempt to make folk music seem cool. Honestly, unacceptable. I was only there with SO's insistence and I tried my best to be gracious and not impatient (which is not my strong suit) so just drank heavily. A parental visit the next day was followed by a wonderful spring party with Alex and Evan meant that Saturday disappeared in an alcoholic haze and then Sunday was "Come Dine with Me" which has turned into "Come Force Alcohol Down your Guests". Everyone took the approach that alcohol is the most effective sauce for any food. In my delicate state I can barely remember desert and it was a lunch so by the end of day I was in horrible state. I must admit the Come Dine with Me experience is not one I'm in a hurry to repeat, not because they were awful people (they were fun) but because it's just so damned hard to organise eight people to be in the same room at the same time.

As a result I was feeling a little delicate on Monday. Unusually delicate for me in fact. I heroically made it to the awesome Therapy gig at Water Rats but wasn't totally in a position to enjoy it as I should. In fact, it became clear that the issue wasn't hangover but some kind of bug and I spent the next few days in bed wondering which end of me to hang over the loo next. Not pretty.

This did mean that instead of my scheduled trip to York for a stag do I stayed at home groaning and clutching parts of me and now have a completely free weekend. I have finished all my Ikea and Jahnke (*) and have no plans for more furniture. Now I've got two days with very little on schedule.

At this point the moving in process is pretty much complete. There's a couple of shelves to put up and I need to conceal my wiring runs a bit better but basically "all sorted". Now, would I do anything differently? Yes, every single surface in my house appears to be high gloss. I am wandering around my flat frantically wiping at everything because the whole place looks like it's currently being dusted for prints no matter what I do. In particular, the glass shower screen is a disaster of fingerprints, smears and water stains. Honestly, I wouldn't normally bother about such things but it's starting to get to me. The real problem with having a nice house is that it requires a lot of upkeep. Indeed I'm sure having a horrible house was a lot easier. I've I'd bought something a bit older I could have said "sure, it has grass and mud and leaves in the living room, but what can you do? It's old." My flat is now two years old. In how many years is it acceptable for me to let it go and say "you've got to expect these older propreties to look a bit 'lived in'?"

(*) Some kind of German Ikea -- probably don't want to be called Gerkea because of how it sounds.
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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-04-04 12:00 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you need a rest... perhaps a spot of gaming in your lovely residence of newness?

I've just spent two days immersed in Fallout 3... (yes, I am very late to the party). Day one was mainly spent swearing due to too many mutants and not enough ammo. But I've now upped my skills a bit and am loving it! (Am on level 4 of 'Gun Nut' - hoorah!)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 12:05 pm (UTC)
Have to got Three Dog on your radio yet? I love the old school sound track after that while you're shooting the heads off stuff. Fallout three is simply excellent.

I'm between real games right now. I just bought Oblivion which is an epic elves and swords epic but I'm not sure I can be fagged so I'm just wasting my time with fill-in games like Mario.

I also got the Dragon Age extension which I'm looking forward to.
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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-04-04 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yes I have been listening to Galaxy Radio and now Three Dog wants me to get him a new satellite dish (is on my list of chores to do for people)

Generally I am playing nice and as a result I have some karma points and people being nice to me. However I keep using my level-up points on gun skills and lockpicking, so my influencing skills are probably a bit pants. (Am gagging for a decent sniper rifle).

Am not sure what to do about the mission the mad scientist with the fire ants has given me... I think he is morally ambiguous.

Yesterday I went for a run around in the wastes and accidentally acquired a pet woofhound! He was a cutie, but I got him killed so didn't save that game (need to re-do).
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 12:28 pm (UTC)
I love the atmosphere of it. Especially when the radio is belting out that song about Butcher Pete and you're blowing mutant's heads off... I think there are some fairly creepy sections too.


Yesterday I went for a run around in the wastes and accidentally acquired a pet woofhound! He was a cutie, but I got him killed so didn't save that game (need to re-do).


I never managed to find the dog in the whole game I played... nor Harold who's a friend from previous games.

I think he is morally ambiguous.

You'll find a lot of think, people asking you to do stuff which is obviously wrong or perhaps wrong perhaps right. Early I was asked to set off the nuke at the centre of megaton, refused and told the sherrif who promptly got shot as a result. Not a great start to my hero career.
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[User Picture]From: the_meanest_cat
2010-04-04 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yes I fell foul of the Sheriff/Nuke plotline too but couldn't be bothered to go back and do things differently.

I hope I can re-find the dog... perhaps there is something to be said for just running around randomly in the wasteland.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 02:54 pm (UTC)
Sometimes just exploring in that game you find absolutely cool things. Other times you wander for miles and then get eaten by radscorpions. It's so atmospheric though.
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[User Picture]From: moral_vacuum
2010-04-04 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: flat. To quote Indiana Jones, "It's not the years - it's the mileage". My two abodes were 1935 and 1922 vintage, so the mud/leaves thing has never been a problem for me.

Wiring runs? But how are you supposed to trip over and headbut your television if the trailing cables are all tucked away?

I gather there's a shower cleaning spray stuff that helps the glass repel water, thus reducing water marks. Not sure of the brand. Wrt anything that's stainless steel, wipe it over with a bit of kitchen roll and a squirt of WD40.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 12:11 pm (UTC)
Wiring runs? But how are you supposed to trip over and headbut your television if the trailing cables are all tucked away?

I've got Wii Fit for that.


I gather there's a shower cleaning spray stuff that helps the glass repel water, thus reducing water marks. Not sure of the brand. Wrt anything that's stainless steel, wipe it over with a bit of kitchen roll and a squirt of WD40.


You're not Trinny and Susannah you're Aggie and Kim. Good tip though as I need WD40 anyway just simply because I don't have any in the house and it's necessary with a Y chromosome.
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[User Picture]From: vin_petrol
2010-04-04 12:47 pm (UTC)
Have you got duct tape in the house too? That's also necessary with a Y chromosome. My favourite use of duct tape in recent years has been to reseal bags of ground coffee. They come with tiddly little plastic tabs that (apparently) Tesco reckon can be used to re-seal the bag. Pah! Use a chunk of duct tape instead and you can hear the oxygen molecules simply sigh and give up.

"If it moves and it shouldn't, you use duct tape. If it won't move and it should, you use WD40." :-)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 01:03 pm (UTC)
I don't have any gaffa tape at all apart from some thick parcel tape. I tend to substitute super glue for most of those tasks. If I stick something I want it to stay stuck.
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[User Picture]From: moral_vacuum
2010-04-04 12:47 pm (UTC)
I am SO not Kim or Aggie. Were it not for the chivvying ways of my dear wife, cleaning the house would require the diversion of a nearby watercourse.
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[User Picture]From: ms_siobhan
2010-04-04 12:12 pm (UTC)
Wiping down the shower as soon as you've got out of it with one of those squeegee things windows cleaners use can help stop it looking all smeary.

I seem to remember a tip involving white vinegar that helps stop fingerprinty smears but can't remember the exact proportions so I'd make it a feature - get some crime scene tape, add silver dust to the surfaces, maybe a chalk outline of a body or two and hey presto living the CSI dream :-)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 12:29 pm (UTC)
I have "window cleaner with vinegar" but it's a bit rubbish the squeejee tip sounds a good one though. Who knew my friends were so full of cleaning tips?

Maybe I could build up a collection of my friends' finger prints as they visit? It could be a feature.
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[User Picture]From: ms_siobhan
2010-04-04 12:31 pm (UTC)
Not only could it be a feature - it could be a resource for the hard pressed Metropolitan Police Force ;-)
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[User Picture]From: kissmeforlonger
2010-04-04 05:16 pm (UTC)
Just to say I am very much enjoying your thoughts on housekeeping. Keep on polishing.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 06:00 pm (UTC)
Don't you have a list of cleaning tips from fairies pinned to your kitchen?
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[User Picture]From: kissmeforlonger
2010-04-04 11:34 pm (UTC)
Ecologically sound cleaning tips, definitely not from fairies. I will send them to you.

You do realise the pixies don't do the housework, right?
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[User Picture]From: drdoug
2010-04-04 06:10 pm (UTC)
One way of lowering your cleanliness standards is to have children. I can lend you mine for a few days if you like.

Be warned: it's a bit like phobia therapy where they gradually introduce you to more of the thing you dread.. Actually it's a lot like that only without the 'gradually' bit.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-04-04 07:14 pm (UTC)
You mean kind of like living with -bat.?
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[User Picture]From: drdoug
2010-04-05 03:49 am (UTC)
Yes. You get woken up at odd hours too. Maybe you could have him round as a lodger?
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