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by Muddypause
Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:11 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Walking To Greenham by Ann Pettitt
Replies: 1
Views: 1807

Walking To Greenham by Ann Pettitt

Walking To Greenham by Ann Pettitt Published by Honno ISBN 1 870206 762 In 1981, Ann Pettitt, who had escaped the rat race of London to become a smallholder in Wales, decided to organise a protest march from Wales to a proposed nuclear base in Berkshire. When they got there, they decided to set up c...
by Muddypause
Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: 101 things to do with one hand
Replies: 21
Views: 25905

Learn to tie your shoelaces with one hand (I had a one armed friend who could do this).

Learn to play the bass guitar like this.
by Muddypause
Wed Sep 05, 2007 2:57 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: My House Smells.
Replies: 14
Views: 3759

I wouldn't recommend sugar soap unless you are going to redecorate; it's good at cutting through grime, especially in a smoker's house, but it can leave the walls looking streaky. It's really for use before painting. But if you do try it, start at the bottom and work up, and try to stop the solution...
by Muddypause
Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:12 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Lets get personal......
Replies: 91
Views: 12642

As it happens, I noticed that yesterday's Radio 4 Check Up programme was about this. Click on the Listen Again button to hear it.
by Muddypause
Wed Aug 29, 2007 12:46 pm
Forum: Green Building
Topic: Making Your Own Bricks/Blocks
Replies: 3
Views: 5073

Basic concrete blocks are, as you say, little more than concrete poured into moulds. There are specified standards that they have to reach (in the UK, at least) for strength and crush resistance. Decent concrete includes aggregate of some sort for bulk and strength. I think commercially there are a ...
by Muddypause
Tue Aug 28, 2007 11:44 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Radio 2 and blanching
Replies: 6
Views: 1192

That's pretty cool, Andy. But look, next time you need to time something, and don't have a clock, remember that the period of a pendulum is given by the formula T = 2πSqrt(L/g) where L is the length of the pendulum string, and g given by G(M/R^2), is about 9.8 M/s^2 (at sea level, anyway). Rear...
by Muddypause
Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:17 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: i dont get this
Replies: 11
Views: 1530

I had a Lexmark until the ink became too painful to replace. It doesn't help that that Lexmark ink cartridges have an integral printhead, so that you have to buy some precision engineering with every cartridge. I tried the refill kits for a while, but it wasn't really a success. So I bought the chea...
by Muddypause
Tue Aug 21, 2007 11:43 am
Forum: Site Information and Announcements
Topic: Nearly finshed a great big book
Replies: 37
Views: 12505

Well done, guys. Out in time for the Christmas market?
by Muddypause
Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:11 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Please, how do I make Blaand?
Replies: 26
Views: 9691

Jack, I blame those spell chequers, witch aunt as good as there maid out two bee.
by Muddypause
Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Please, how do I make Blaand?
Replies: 26
Views: 9691

Jack wrote:I am wrapped with the idea

Don't know anything about blaand, but I'm pretty intrigued by Jack wrapping himself up in a brown paper idea.

In fact you might say I'm rapt with the idea.
by Muddypause
Sun Aug 19, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Drying wood
Replies: 14
Views: 4394

I read somewhere that laylandii had a fairly good heat value because of its high tar content (in common with other coniferous trees). But this does mean you will have to burn it on a hot fire if you want to stop the tar condensing in the flue. Regarding splitting wood - some splits more easily after...
by Muddypause
Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: quickie question -composting
Replies: 8
Views: 1530

I wonder if crushed mussel shells would act as a slug deterrent in the way that crushed eggshells can. Might last a bit longer, too.
by Muddypause
Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Police state marches on!
Replies: 38
Views: 4311

This doesn't make sense! you lot are talking about someone else calling the protesters terrorists but you are talking like you're terrorists. That's a incredible thing to say - I mean without any credibility whatsoever. Where, where does anyone in this thread, or in the entire forum talk like a ter...
by Muddypause
Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:10 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Police state marches on!
Replies: 38
Views: 4311

Have to say I was very disappointed with Newsnight tonight; Kirsty Wark pressed George Monbiot to condemn actions that hadn't actually taken place, and were entirely a work of fiction that had come from that epitome of the right wing reactionary press, The Evening Standard. Having established that t...
by Muddypause
Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:41 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Isinglass for preserving chickens eggs?
Replies: 17
Views: 5774

...when I was a boy my mother used to smere eggs with petrolium jelly. She used to say as long as the egg stays sealed it won't go off. That's what I've always been told the point is. But then we have to wonder why such exotic stuff as isinglass and/or/AKA waterglass was used, when sealing up the p...

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