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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Jun 2017 - 16:17

Definitely not a stoat then, they're only little, but that's about the size of our martens. The Mammal Society  say ours are partial to a mixture of cheese, bread and raspberry jam in the evening (honestly, however they are Scottish!) but perhaps Greek ones have a different palate and a healthier diet.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Jun 2017 - 18:00

Oh the Greek ones are completely free range and people don't encourage them with feeding. They say they kill the chickens which I can believe and there are some who have said that they can also kill the lambs and kids, that one I find very hard to believe. There are plenty of rodents and rabbits around without them having to take on something 3 times larger than itself and with protective mothers nearby.

The Scottish ones do sound a tad pampered. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Mon 26 Jun 2017 - 18:36

I'd completely forgotten this ... one of my cat's last Autumn killed, what at the time I thought was a stone marten (known in France as a fouine), but I now rather think it was a stoat (all white tummy and much smaller):



But anyway thanks to your query, ID, and subsequently from several websites I looked at today, I now know it is definitely fouines (certainly not stoats or weasels) that have recently been leaving little cherry-stone-filled turds all around the garden:


I guess there must be quite a few around here though I've never seen one, but I now suspect that might be what I hear squeaking loudly during the night, at the back of the house where there are fruit trees. From Ferval's photo they look very cute, though I'm not sure I want a family of them living in my attic.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 1 Jul 2017 - 14:23

I felt a bit mean doing so but I put some sealed boxes of bait down for Pixie's and Dixie's relations.  The instructions said to be careful if one has a pet lest the pet be harmed.  Anyway, I noticed that one of the door posts by the French window had warped and there was a hole large enough for a mouse/some mice to gain access.  I've stuck some wire wool in the gap pro-temp.  The foaming filler from tins is supposed to be effective though I'm told it's  not for the faint of heart.  One has to have all the holes identified because the tins can't be re-used once they've beeen obtained.  I've heard of there being martens on Cannock Chase which is fairly near (a bus ride though - not a stroll up the road) where I live.  Can't say I've ever seen any.  I've heard of somebody using a polecat to flush out rabbits.  Not sincerely thine, I'm a vegetarian.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 1 Jul 2017 - 17:52

I need several polecats, plus a shotgun.

The rabbits are back in my garden. They have demolished everything at nose level.

This is total war - the time for mercy is now passed.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Thu 13 Jul 2017 - 21:43

Well - I'm fed up of having issues trying to log into Skype - I've mentioned it on another thread so won't go into too much detail here. Regarding the meeces - I haven't seen any lately but that doesn't necessarily mean they've gone. I've bought some caulk to fill in the holes - it just rallying myself to do the job now.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017 - 11:54

Idly watching TV last night I saw an advert for ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES. Dear God, it's not even the Glasgow Fair yet.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017 - 12:00

@ferval wrote:
Idly watching TV last night I saw an advert for ARTIFICIAL CHRISTMAS TREES. Dear God, it's not even the Glasgow Fair yet.

Ferval,
Even though I get to see Chrismas trees every year, I'm most pleased to say that I've yet to go/come somewhere with an artificial one.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017 - 12:25

Good gracious, Neilsen, no artificial trees in Denmark? I'm surprised, they are very popular here, and in many colours, and I have had a big green one that's about 15 years old although I usually have a small real one as well. It was the timing rather than the artificiality that got to me though, I never wish to hear the C word much before December although that's a vain hope I'm afraid.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Sat 15 Jul 2017 - 14:10

Well, I can't say they don't exist in Denmark.

It's just that I've only seen them in shops, and not in private homes.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 10:08

Lord, it's the "Nordic" diet now:


Eat Like a Viking and Live Forever.

Some of the comments after the article are actually quite funny:



Moderate to light consumption of wine? Have these people been in Oslo at the weekend?

I tried this diet - had to stop after the urge to attack the North of England became too much!


"Eating like a Viking can nearly halve the risk of a life-threatening cardiac event". Mmm - it's not really clear whether the diet is actually what the modern Scandinavian people eat, or whether it's what gave the proper Vikings their strength and energy. Surely Vikings didn't eat wild rice or drink wine? They're for softies.

"Rye bread and cabbage and fish" - I think I'd rather have a cardiac event. Such an event would be - er- at least a bit more eventful than the fish and cabbage option.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 11:50

I had a Norwegian couple staying here a few days ago. Newly married they'd bought a bottle of Tattinger champagne at the duty-free airport shop at Girona in Spain to drink outside when they arrived here. They were saying how amazingly cheap booze was compared to Norway - though I'm not sure one can actually call a bottle of Tattinger Reserve "booze" - having paid just 30€ for the bottle. I asked how much it would be in Norway and they said 230 .... I thought initially they meant in Norwegian Kroner, but no they meant 230€, just for a bottle of champagne! No wonder the vikings came all that way to plunder Lindisfare Abbey of its mead.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:03

Good grief - that's about £203 in real money.

You can get a bottle of Tatty champers in Asda in Barnstaple for about 40 quid! As you say, it's no wonder those Viking chaps came plundering and looting here. But why here? Why didn't they head for the wine-producing regions of France and Italy? Easy to get here in their big boats, I suppose - were the Vikings not much good at trekking overland to grab stuff?
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:13

But they did, didn't they ... they sailed up the Seine, took over Normandy (although admittedly that's more cider and calvados country) and stayed put, at least until that Bastard Guillaume decided to chance his arm and take over all the southern English vinyards and breweries, and then they got themselves well esconced in Sicily with all its wine as well.


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:16

Oh, of course - I'd forgotten those beastly Normans!!. They didn't get into mainland Italy, though, did they? The Norsemen certainly went for all the Asda champagne down here:


By the 9th century, the major threat to peace in Devon came from Viking raiders. To confound them, Alfred the Great refortified Exeter as a defensive burh, followed by new erections at Lydford, Halwell and Pilton, although these fortifications were relatively small compared to burhs further east, suggesting these were protection for only the elite. Edward the Elder built similarly at Barnstaple and Totnes. The English defeated a combined Cornish and Danish force at Callington in 832. Sporadic Viking incursions continued, however, until the Norman Conquest, including the disastrous defeat of the Devonians at the Battle of Pinhoe in 1001. A few Norse placenames remain as a result, for example Lundy Island. The men of Devon are said by Asser to have fought the Danes at the battle of the Battle of Cynwit in 878, which may have been at Kenwith Castle or Countisbury, although Cannington in Somerset is also claimed as the site of the battle. In 894, the Danes attempted to besiege Exeter but were driven off by King Alfred but it was sacked in 1001.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:35

Was it the Asda champagne or the BOGOF party-packs of lager? I rather think they were attracted to the west country by the Bucky wine? That seems to me more their sort of drink than champagne, however good the offer.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:45

It was the Bucky Wine Easter eggs that did for the Vikings - they all converted to Christianity on the spot. They were never the same again...




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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:48

Not that bluddy Nordic diet again - there's no way that I'm having live ants and a selection of weeds from some wasteland for lunch and paying a small fortune for the privilege.






I'm quite an adventurous eater but I prefer my protein not to try to escape as I wield my fork: it's bad enough chasing peas around the plate......
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:50

Now that is an understandable offer, Temperance.

Btw. in my case,, do I use the expression 'a posterior viking'?


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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 12:55

@ferval wrote:
Not that bluddy Nordic diet again - there's no way that I'm having live ants and a selection of weeds from some wasteland for lunch and paying a small fortune for the privilege.






I'm quite an adventurous eater but I prefer my protein not to try to escape as I wield my fork: it's bad enough chasing peas around the plate......

Where I come from, Ferval, adventurous eating has just about reached the level of Indian curries, with the appropriate level of joking  reaching this low,
'What's the difference between a candle and a Vindaloo? - the candle only burns at one end.'

This is worse than limbo rock.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 13:08

I'm slightly shocked by the Bucky Easter Egg .... I suppose it's only a small step up from liqueur-filled chocolates but it does seem to be a bit like putting methedone tabs in a Kinder Surprise, or the Junior Smoker Kits you used to be able to get, but with the chocolate cigarettes replaced by a real pack of twenty.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 13:27

@Meles meles wrote:
I'm slightly shocked by the Bucky Easter Egg .... I suppose it's only a small step up from liqueur-filled chocolates but it does seem to be a bit like putting methedone tabs in a Kinder Surprise, or the Junior Smoker Kits you used to be able to get, but with the chocolate cigarettes replaced by a real pack of twenty.


I share your unease. You can get Bucky tee shirts now too - all very funny, except the stuff is actually lethal - horribly addictive to kids, combining as it does some of their favourite things: alcohol, sugar and caffeine. I'm surprised the monks haven't managed to get nicotine - or heroin - into the secret recipe - perhaps they have. All good for business.




The words say: "Don't blame it on the sunshine. Don't blame it on the moonlight. Don't blame it on the good times. Just blame it on the Bucky."

The "it" isn't specified.
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PostSubject: Re: The Daily Rant    Tue 18 Jul 2017 - 22:44

@Temperance wrote:
Good grief - that's about £203 in real money.

You can get a bottle of Tatty champers in Asda in Barnstaple for about 40 quid! As you say, it's no wonder those Viking chaps came plundering and looting here. But why here? Why didn't they head for the wine-producing regions of France and Italy? Easy to get here in their big boats, I suppose - were the Vikings not much good at trekking overland to grab stuff?

Temp,

"Good grief - that's about £203 in real money."

"in real money"... Wink Wink Wink ...Temp, my dear, I couldn't resist...

Regards from your accustomed Paul.
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