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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Professor Weeto » Wed May 20, 2020 7:41 am

eric olthwaite wrote:There’s a nature reserve close by where we’ve been going for a short walk at the end of the day, sometimes. It’s by the river and on the other side is one of the main roads into town, leading to a dual carriageway.

A month ago, there was a single vehicle every minute or so, and it was amazingly peaceful. I went last night and the constant flow of traffic was pretty much back to normal, same as the drone from the dual carriageway in the distance. The sky will be full of bastard planes again soon.

Bring the fucking Miley back, I was enjoying it :x


Must admit I have really come to loathe the sound of cars recently, having previously just found them a bit annoying. Hopefully there will be at least some long-term downturn in car use to come out of all this.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby jackos » Wed May 20, 2020 7:45 am

Professor Weeto wrote:Must admit I have really come to loathe the sound of cars recently, having previously just found them a bit annoying. Hopefully there will be at least some long-term downturn in car use to come out of all this.


I expect a lot of people will be working from home more often, but I think we'll still see the opposite effect as people avoid public transport. We will hopefully see less planes in our skies for a couple of years as business travel is replaced by virtual meetings, and people holiday at homes.
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Poshwhite » Wed May 20, 2020 8:28 am

jackos wrote:
Professor Weeto wrote:Must admit I have really come to loathe the sound of cars recently, having previously just found them a bit annoying. Hopefully there will be at least some long-term downturn in car use to come out of all this.


I expect a lot of people will be working from home more often, but I think we'll still see the opposite effect as people avoid public transport. We will hopefully see less planes in our skies for a couple of years as business travel is replaced by virtual meetings, and people holiday at homes.


Am expecting my part of London to be absolute chaos when things get moving again. It's been more or less gridlocked during rush hours for the past year or so (Hammersmith Bridge), and I can't see more people choosing to use public transport post Covid when they didn't beforehand, I know I'm not keen on getting on a rush hour tube in the near future. Am currently working on persuading the missus about n+1 bikes so I've got something I'm happy to leave locked outside for a couple of hours during the day.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Blackwhite » Wed May 20, 2020 8:35 am

No passenger planes means folks like me are struggling to ship samples around the world, which usually travel in the hold.

I realise the other side of the argument, but this is why I guiltily felt happy to see some in the air the other day...
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby eric olthwaite » Wed May 20, 2020 8:40 am

Professor Weeto wrote:Must admit I have really come to loathe the sound of cars recently, having previously just found them a bit annoying. Hopefully there will be at least some long-term downturn in car use to come out of all this.


God yes, this. And especially any cunt who's straight-piped their exhaust for added irritation (Scooby and Fiesta RS owners, I'm looking at you now).
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Professor Weeto » Wed May 20, 2020 9:28 am

eric olthwaite wrote:
Professor Weeto wrote:Must admit I have really come to loathe the sound of cars recently, having previously just found them a bit annoying. Hopefully there will be at least some long-term downturn in car use to come out of all this.


God yes, this. And especially any cunt who's straight-piped their exhaust for added irritation (Scooby and Fiesta RS owners, I'm looking at you now).


There are a few boy-racers round our way who got very excited about the empty streets in the immediate wake of lockdown. Seems to have calmed down a bit now. While I’m moaning about noise can I also ask: why do people have to mow their lawns several times a week? Fucking calm down.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby dirty leeds » Wed May 20, 2020 9:32 am

Professor Weeto wrote:
eric olthwaite wrote:
Professor Weeto wrote:Must admit I have really come to loathe the sound of cars recently, having previously just found them a bit annoying. Hopefully there will be at least some long-term downturn in car use to come out of all this.


God yes, this. And especially any cunt who's straight-piped their exhaust for added irritation (Scooby and Fiesta RS owners, I'm looking at you now).


There are a few boy-racers round our way who got very excited about the empty streets in the immediate wake of lockdown. Seems to have calmed down a bit now. While I’m moaning about noise can I also ask: why do people have to mow their lawns several times a week? Fucking calm down.


I know this one, Sir! It's because the grass keeps on growing.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Professor Weeto » Wed May 20, 2020 9:37 am

dirty leeds wrote:
I know this one, Sir! It's because the grass keeps on growing.


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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby dirty leeds » Wed May 20, 2020 9:42 am

Professor Weeto wrote:
dirty leeds wrote:
I know this one, Sir! It's because the grass keeps on growing.


Always back to The Science with you.


It's hanging round with Blackwhite that does it. Not that we've ever actually met, of course. To be honest, I'm not sure he even exists. But don't tell Vamps. Anyway, I have a lawn to manicure.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby eric olthwaite » Wed May 20, 2020 9:51 am

Professor Weeto wrote:While I’m moaning about noise can I also ask: why do people have to mow their lawns several times a week? Fucking calm down.


FWIW the council have stopped mowing all the verges round our way and it's lovely: looks nicer, costs nowt and far better for biodiversity. But you still get pensioner cunts wittering on: 'We didn't win the War so that scruffy urchins could let the place go to rack and ruin, you know.'
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Devi » Wed May 20, 2020 9:58 am

<Hippy>

Apparently leaving our lawns to grow is helping the bees re-establish themselves as an ecosystem

</Hippy>
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Professor Weeto » Wed May 20, 2020 10:03 am

eric olthwaite wrote:
Professor Weeto wrote:While I’m moaning about noise can I also ask: why do people have to mow their lawns several times a week? Fucking calm down.


FWIW the council have stopped mowing all the verges round our way and it's lovely: looks nicer, costs nowt and far better for biodiversity. But you still get pensioner cunts wittering on: 'We didn't win the War so that scruffy urchins could let the place go to rack and ruin, you know.'


Yeah, it’s the same round here. I’m on about people mowing their gardens, and I’m sure they’re doing it an entirely reasonable amount tbh. It’s just an awful sound.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby eric olthwaite » Wed May 20, 2020 10:10 am

Professor Weeto wrote:Yeah, it’s the same round here. I’m on about people mowing their gardens, and I’m sure they’re doing it an entirely reasonable amount tbh. It’s just an awful sound.


It is. But lawns are just a fucking stupid concept from the outset.

Devi wrote:<Hippy>

Apparently leaving our lawns to grow is helping the bees re-establish themselves as an ecosystem

</Hippy>


Damn right. Good man.
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby dirty leeds » Wed May 20, 2020 10:12 am

Devi wrote:<Hippy>

Apparently leaving our lawns to grow is helping the bees re-establish themselves as an ecosystem

</Hippy>


Oh, we have foxgloves for that sort of thing. Over there, next to the hives. And the jasmine.
Must say, I am enjoying watching the swifts larking about of an evening.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Professor Weeto » Wed May 20, 2020 10:13 am

dirty leeds wrote:
Devi wrote:<Hippy>

Apparently leaving our lawns to grow is helping the bees re-establish themselves as an ecosystem

</Hippy>


Oh, we have foxgloves for that sort of thing. Over there, next to the hives. And the jasmine.
Must say, I am enjoying watching the swifts larking about of an evening.


And the larks swifting about.

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Blackwhite » Wed May 20, 2020 10:15 am

Devi wrote:<Hippy>

Apparently leaving our lawns to grow is helping the bees re-establish themselves as an ecosystem

</Hippy>

We have solitary bees in our front lawn and shortly after I became aware of the existence of these animals, I had a really strange dream about witnessing the natural wonder of all my lawn salmon making their annual migration into the sky.


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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby dirty leeds » Wed May 20, 2020 10:23 am

Professor Weeto wrote:
dirty leeds wrote:
Devi wrote:<Hippy>

Apparently leaving our lawns to grow is helping the bees re-establish themselves as an ecosystem

</Hippy>


Oh, we have foxgloves for that sort of thing. Over there, next to the hives. And the jasmine.
Must say, I am enjoying watching the swifts larking about of an evening.


And the larks swifting about.


Aye, that too. Do you northern types have parakeets at all? And what about you, Eric, down by t'sea? London has a large population of green paras these days. Amazing to see 'em for a lad like me used to spuggies, snippys and tits in my York childhood. [I liked to watch the neighbour's tits through the kitchen window.]

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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Devi » Wed May 20, 2020 10:37 am

dirty leeds wrote:London has a large population of green paras these days. Amazing to see 'em for a lad like me used to spuggies, snippys and tits in my York childhood. [I liked to watch the neighbour's tits through the kitchen window.]


Not just these days. Allegedly a couple escaped from a Victorian parlour back in the Victorian (obviously) days, and they've bred ever since. Particularly common across Sarf Lahndun, less so in't North (Im told)
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby eric olthwaite » Wed May 20, 2020 10:44 am

dirty leeds wrote:And what about you, Eric, down by t'sea? London has a large population of green paras these days.


No. I've seen the flocks in London which is still damn weird. We're about 5 miles inland and on the edge of seabird territory and those fuckers seem to suppress other bird populations. We've been following the progress of a whole bunch of ducklings on a local pond and the big bastard herring gulls come down and nab them.

What do parakeets eat: insects, bugs and shit?
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Re: Grumpy Old Man Thread

Postby Phil LUFC » Wed May 20, 2020 10:51 am

Professor Weeto wrote:
dirty leeds wrote:
I know this one, Sir! It's because the grass keeps on growing.


Always back to The Science with you.

Not mine, the back lawn has been plastic for almost a year now. The front isn't but my lawnmower leaked oil 2 years ago and I've done fuck all about it. Will also be plastic when I can afford to get it done.


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