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Weekend social 30/03/2012

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, March 30th, 2012 - 40 comments
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Christmas truce 1914Weekend social is for non political chat. What’s on for the weekend, gigs, film or book reviews, sports, or whatever.

No politics, no aggro, why can’t we all just get along?

40 comments on “Weekend social 30/03/2012 ”

  1. ianmac 1

    I hate washing inside windows because they seem to be just as bad after all that effort. But I have discovered that if you slosh detergent cloth all over the window then drag down a wiper blade thing – presto!
    Slosh.
    Blade.
    Done!

    • Vicky32 1.1

      My problem is that I can wash the inside ones, but I can’t reach the outside ones! I am 154 cm tall, and they’re all 180 cm off the ground. So, the outsides are filthy, and I am talking here about windows I can’t open.. TROUBLE! 😀

      • ianmac 1.1.1

        Two suggestions Vicky:
        1. Wet mop and water on a cloudy day. (I get the outside ones done quickly.)
        2. Wear stilts or very high heels.
        Good luck. 🙂

      • Jackal 1.1.2

        A soft broom, bucket of soapy water and a hose is the answer Vicky32.

        • Rob 1.1.2.1

          Honestly Vicky I may have a solution,

          There is a device that will help with this, a really sweet invention. Essentially it is two formed extruded parts with a squiggy type blade and an opposite polarity magnet on both parts. If you can reach the outside of the window (hopefully it is an opening window like an awning, shash or casement) you can place one blade one the outside and magnitise to the inside blade and just clean it.

          How do I know this, I saw it a trade show in Europe (accidentally) and thought it was a ficken good idea!

          • Vicky32 1.1.2.1.1

            How do I know this, I saw it a trade show in Europe (accidentally) and thought it was a ficken good idea!

            Wow, that’s a great idea… Thanks! There’s one large one that won’t opeb, but I can reach it from others that will…
             

            • Rob 1.1.2.1.1.1

              hehe, if I saw it again, i would get one for you.

              • Bill

                Hate to burst any bubbles as it were. But it’s a shite idea, a really shite idea. Habit being as habit is, you will lift the inside ‘squidgy blade thing’ away from the window pane at some point. And that’s the moment you lose the one that was being held to the exterior of the pane.

                “So tie them together with some cord or string”, I hear you say. Fine. Now when you lift the ‘squidgy blade thing’ away from the window pane, the outside one doesn’t just drop. It swings. And swingy ‘squidgy blade things’ with magnets crack glass.

          • Clashman 1.1.2.1.2

            Um, what about a ……stepladder?

      • Well my wife gets on the chair inside and hangs out the window . Amazing in her 70s and has chronic ear trouble which upsets her balance. I am NOT allowed to help so no rude comments please. It was a common sight in poor areas of London when I was kid to see housewives siting on the window cell cleaning the outside wondow. They had a working persons pride in having a clean house in terrible circumstances .
        .Its a wonder nobody fell ,out but I never heard that anyone did.
        They were the unsung heroes ,were they not?

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 1.2

      Does anyone know how to get gap filler off clothes? My ‘friend’ was trying to fix a leak and now he’s covered in it.

      • ianmac 1.2.1

        Some gapfillers are water based.
        Some gapfillers are spirit based. Have to test them first.
        When all else fails, a pair of scissors would get rid of the offending bits.

        • Rob 1.2.1.1

          Yep, water based acrylic emulsions (like no more gaps) will wash out before they cure. They are just acrylic.

      • felix 1.2.2

        Fire.

        • NickS 1.2.2.1

          THIS.

          Abandon all hope, for unless you wash it out right away, it’s permanent, especially if it’s been rubbed into the clothes (he says having done a lot of exterior gap filling).

        • Rob 1.2.2.2

          On the juice again dude

      • Lanthanide 1.2.3

        How important are the clothes?

        You’re most likely going to have to scrub the patches with meths and/or turpentine. If it’s particularly annoying you might need to use petrol. All of these, particularly turpentine and petrol, will add a smell to the clothing, so you’d need to put it through multiple wash cycles afterwards.

        If they’re just work clothes, scrape off as much as you can and be done with it.

        • The Gormless fool formerly known as Oleolebiscuitbarrel 1.2.3.1

          Hardest stain in the world to remove is a mixture of sperm and raspberry dacquiri.

          • Te Reo Putake 1.2.3.1.1

            Crikey, not sure that we need to know how you found that out, Gormless, but, well, … you didn’t intern at the Clinton White House by any chance?

          • McFlock 1.2.3.1.2

            It’s also shite as a gap filler – and one gets funny looks trying to buy it from Mitre10, anyway.

          • Adele 1.2.3.1.3

            A divorce usually works.

          • Vicky32 1.2.3.1.4

            Hardest stain in the world to remove is a mixture of sperm and raspberry dacquiri.

            Must. Resist. Asking…  :O

          • mac1 1.2.3.1.5

            The play I’m in at the moment has this wonderful line. “Men like sex more than women because they don’t have to clean up the mess.” I know now why the women especially laugh so much.

          • Rosie 1.2.3.1.6

            Eeewww! Too much information

      • freedom 1.2.4

        are the clothes polyester? in which case you probably have some new rags for the garage.

        if the gap filler is not an acrylic base and is fully dry, then bash offending elements with a hammer – seriously – pulverize the gap filler and you will remove the bulk of it. For the dusty remains that cling to the clothes, apply acetone with a sponge and use a suede brush to work it into the fibres,. After that soak clothes in dishwashing liquid for 24 hours, work the suede brush again and then wash thoroughly.

  2. KATY 2

    Daylight saving ends on Sunday got to put the clocks back.

  3. Rob 3

    Well its off to a good start, just saw the Highlanders tear the Rebels a new one, other than that , last game of childrens cricket tomorrow, some childrens team cycling , and a good old knees up on Saturday night.

    • Bored 3.1

      Always been a Cantab, even away from the place so I am a Crusaders man however it is so good to see the crop of bright new lads coming through in all the NZ teams. Must say I really like the look of the Highlanders this year, grit and flair, ditto the Cheifs and Hurricanes.

      End of daylight savings so its fishing (season drawing to an end) and getting up an hour earlier to let out the fowls.

  4. I just ran a possum over and killed it – poor little bugger didn’t deserve to die like that. Beautiful animals are possums, just in the wrong place – wish we could get them all back to aussie somehow.

  5. Lanthanide 5

    Bittersweet news for me today.

    My ex has agreed to my proposed purchase of his half of our property; the last piece of relationship property between us.

    He’s an American citizen, and going back to the US after the September 4th quake to visit his ill mother who subsequently died, he ended up staying there. He is now in quite ill health and has $15k to pay in medical bills for the tests and the surgery itself will costs $150k which he can’t possibly afford. Because of his poor health he won’t really be able to find any work and therefore no health insurance. It wasn’t so far back in 2009 that he was earning 100k+ here as a senior software developer.

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