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Ramblings about cats, games and miscellanea.


Well, it's that time of year again, where gets covered in snow! And unlike most years, the UK has joined this esteemed site in getting covered in snow too!

Apart from Cheltenham, that is. Yes, that's right, while the rest of the country has been plunged into a delightfully extraordinary early winter and has been getting 10cm of snow a day, which everyone on TV and Twitter has felt compelled to point out with snow reports and photos, we managed a half-assed sprinkling of white ice on Monday, and haven't had anything since.

Well, apart ...

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10 for 10 on 10/10/10 at 10:10:10

Hurrah! Happy 10/10/10 10:10:10 second, everyone! I had announced that to commemorate this amazing moment in time, and to celebrate (very approximately) 10 years of the very finest site on the entire internet (this one), I would release 10 of the projects that I have been working on! But since then, I had an even better idea, one that is about 10 times as awesome: instead of releasing 10 projects, I would release one project which is 10 years old! Yeah!

This decision has absolutely nothing to do with several unexpected and time-consuming work projects, and ...

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Chancel Repair Liability is Fun

Legal disclaimer gubbins: this article contains the ramblings of a house buyer who has merely done a bit of research and presented it here as an introduction to the topic for your entertainment - as such, it may not be entirely accurate, and does not constitute legal advice. The same goes for the many, many comments at the bottom.

It is also worth noting that this was written in 2010, and the law change mentioned below came into effect on October 13, 2013; I'm still not clear on the full implications, but see the comments at the end for the ...

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I have been searching for a particular mexican sauce ever since Tristan brought it over and got me hooked on it in 2002; I have tried many alternatives, but they just aren't good enough. In 8 years, the only success was during a month in California with Leela last year, where I insisted on trawling every supermarket we passed, and still only turned up two bottles.

However, I have finally found a dealer supplier in the UK - Hot Headz import and sell the delicious Tapatio hot sauce. Not only that, but the bottles were half price!

Words cannot describe ...

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New Phone, or How much I like Apple

A couple of months ago, in the depths of my diary-less house move, I purchased a new phone.

I have repeatedly refused to join the legions of Apple faithful. At first it was because their products were overpriced and incompatible with Windows, and if I was going to buy an overpriced computer that was incompatible with Windows, then it was damned-well going to be something made by Acorn, which were superior in every way.

But once it was clear that there was no future in Acorn, and that I'd have to back Apple if I wanted to continue to ...

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