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Sharkstar

Member since Oct 2007 • Last active Aug 2019

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    It's a big house, 8 flats all told. We're having some work done in Spring that might go some way to closing up a few holes, but closing up holes isn't a central part of the brief. I don't mind knowing the odd rat is wandering around anyway. I'm happy to share the place to some extent.

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    Maybe get a custom laser-cut acrylic sheet? I haven't checked the prices but I'm sure it won't be £860. https://theacrylicstore.co.uk/laser-cutt­ing

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    You can travel in Europe with a < 6cm blade pocket knife on your person or in your carryon.

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    I run the management company for our block. We have a policy that mice are a matter for the residents of the flats, not for the management company. We live in a Victorian pub conversion: they will always be in the building. Whether they venture into the flats is a matter of what is in the flat, starting with food left out. We had a rat infestation a while back, but again that was caused by one of the residents leaving food offerings on a shrine in his living room. He said that at one point he saw five rats in there all at once. We got an exterminator in for that, as the noise of the rats charging through the voids of the building at night to get to this newly-discovered food source was deafening, but I'm convinced the only effective thing he did was to stop up their ingress hole and persuade the bloke to leave non-food offerings (a packet of fags, I shit you not) on his shrine. He put a ton of poison down, and the rats ate it and got sick – we saw a few wandering around looking poorly – but a massive sewer runs under our road so they will be quickly replaced.

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    Great idea! I’ll post a list when I get home.

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    I’d have given you mine but I’ve lost it!

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    Have a Nice Day
    Spike Milligan

    ‘Help, help,’ said a man. ‘I’m drowning.’
    ‘Hang on,’ said a man from the shore.
    ‘Help, help,’ said the man. ‘I’m not clowning.’
    ‘Yes, I know, I heard you before.
    Be patient dear man who is drowning,
    You see, I’ve got a disease.
    I’m waiting for a Doctor J. Browning.
    So do be patient please.’
    ‘How long,’ said the man who was drowning. ‘Will it take for the Doc to arrive?’
    ‘Not very long,’ said the man with the disease. ‘Till then try staying alive.’
    ‘Very well,’ said the man who was drowning. ‘I’ll try and stay afloat.
    By reciting the poems of Browning
    And other things he wrote.’
    ‘Help, help,’ said the man with the disease, ‘I suddenly feel quite ill.’
    ‘Keep calm,’ said the man who was drowning, ‘Breathe deeply and lie quite still.’
    ‘Oh dear,’ said the man with the awful disease. ‘I think I'm going to die.’
    ‘Farewell,’ said the man who was drowning
    Said the man with the disease, ‘goodbye.’
    So the man who was drowning, drownded
    And the man with the disease passed away.
    But apart from that,
    And a fire in my flat,
    It’s been a very nice day.

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    Maybe the flue is lined with sheet steel? Do you have a photo?

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    Devoured Kundera in my 20s. TULoB is definitely worth hunting down. It had a lasting impression on me.

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