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08 February 2008 @ 10:17 am
J had the afternoon off yesterday, for no particular reason other than having time off to use up before it resets in April. So we headed off for lunch at the Maybush, which is a rather nice pub on the banks of the river Deben. I was briefly tempted by the pot roasted partridge, but it was fish & chips I was really in the mood for (no, it's not the only thing I ever have for lunch in a pub, but I guess it's pretty close ;) ). We should go there more often - the years of not having a car have made it feel rather far away, but really it's not.

On the way home we stopped in at Bennets and looked at the large shiny tvs. We're still not quite at the point of actually wanting to buy one, but we're beginning to organise our criteria (must do 1080p HD, probaby 40" or so). And they're nice to drool over. On the more practical side, we nearly replaced our kettle (which is getting a bit long in the tooth - the plastic of the lid is beginning to smell odd when the kettle boils), but the available kettles weren't that nice (some of them didn't even show you how much water was in there unless you lifted the lid & looked!). Apparently I need to find out where we can buy a see-through kettle ...

We also went to the tip & got rid of the old (artificial) xmas tree & some random pc bits. But that was less exciting than the shop full of tellies ;)

As there wasn't a reason for the afternoon off the rest of the time was spent playing games - J stomped hard all over his previous Super Stardust high score, I played a lot of q4. The usual sorts of things. We also looked at a demo of Turok, but apart from the initial "oooh, dinosaurs" reaction, we weren't that impressed, demo deleted already.
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Ceci n'est pas une viemarble on February 8th, 2008 10:25 am (UTC)
I have a semi-transparent kettle. Think it came from argos or robert dyas or something.
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Thanks, I'll have a look in those :)
jaqjaq on February 8th, 2008 12:34 pm (UTC)
I used to have a mostly-transparent kettle, but it failed at the join between the transparent side and non-transparent base and started leaking water, so it didn't seem like that great a design.
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
That does seem like a less than useful feature for a kettle :/
John: Cat and Mousejarel on February 8th, 2008 11:05 am (UTC)
I noticed this morning that a CPU escaped its fate at the tip ;)
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)

Could go in the normal bin I guess, seems a waste of a trip to go to the tip just for that ;)
magidmagid on February 8th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Time off resets in April?
jaqjaq on February 8th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
I had a similar situation at my old job, where you could carry over days you had left at the end of the year, but only through to the end of March.
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
No, it actually resets in April - they can carry up to 10 days overflow into April, but only 5 on into May.
jaqjaq on February 8th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Ah ok, my misunderstanding.
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
I think it's so it's in line with the financial year.
Albanachalbanach on February 8th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
I'm curious, if 1080P @ 40" offers no perceptible difference once you're more than 5' from the screen, why spend all the extra money when you could possibly get a higher quality 720P screen for the same or less money?
Margaretpling on February 8th, 2008 03:49 pm (UTC)
Well, for starters we're often within 5' of the screen ;) Which may, of course, change with a larger telly, but it wasn't something that was affected last time we traded up sizes :)

Slightly less flippantly - is that stat for normal video, ie telly programmes or DVDs etc, or does it take into account computer games? As to be honest we use our telly mostly as a monitor for the games consoles, not as an actually telly.

Edited at 2008-02-08 03:50 pm (UTC)