• Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 7d
    I'm trying to track down a film which I saw on TV many years ago. A scientist somehow travels to an alternative earth where world war two never happened, and as a result technology is many years behind that in his world. While he's trying to get back to his world he falls in love with a woman who has a fatal medical condition which is curable in his world but not in hers. She dies and makes him promise to find her in his world. He eventually gets back home and tracks down the woman just in time to save her life. I think it was based on a John Wyndham story. Does it ring a bell with anybody?
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 1mo
    I'm not sure if this is the right group to post this, but I think that good service should be publicised. A few years ago I posted a message asking where I could get a custom belt case made for my mobile phones. I need to carry two phones (work and personal) and I couldn't find a suitable ready made case. Someone suggested Crispin Bending who made me a case which I used for several years. Then the zip died, and as my work phone had been replaced by one a bit bigger it was a tight squeeze to fit it into the old case. So I wanted a new custom case slightly bigger than the old one. I tried to contact Crispin but he was temporarily closed while he moved workshops. His website gave a link to Henry Tomkins Leather, so I contacted Henry. He made me an excellent custom leather belt case with space for two phones plus a small zipped pocket inside to carry a few odds and ends. He did a very good job and I'm very pleased with the result. He also repaired the zip on the old case. He completed the work quickly and his prices are very reasonable. I would recommend him for any custom leather work you may need. Henry Tomkins Leather Nizhoni Halsfordwood Lane Nadderwater Exeter. EX4 2LD +44(0)1392 496620 henry@htleather.co.uk htleather.co.uk facebook.com/htleather
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 1mo
    Cadburys are giving away a free Wispa Gold Salted Caramel bar https://www.savethestudent.org/student-deals/food-and-drink/free-wispa-gold-salted-caramel-bar.html
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 1mo
    This is the best and most meaningful song I've heard for a long time and I think it’s the best track that Woman to Woman have released so far. https://youtube.com/watch?v=bvN36z2CtTg
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 2mo
    A company in Germany is developing an electric hatchback car covered in solar panels. It will be manufactured in Finland. They claim that this will provide enough electricity to drive about 70 miles per week with a total range of about 190 miles and a price starting at just over £20,000. They don't say which country this is calculated for - Finland, Germany, the UK or more sunny countries. https://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/cars/article-11073417/Sono-Motors-unveils-21-000-Sion-solar-electric-car.html
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 2mo
    Hi The company I work for produces their own software to control their microscopes. There isn't a user manual as such - It has a help system with a series of HTML files in a tree structure. I'd like to convert this to a single HTML, Word or PDF file with the content of all of the HTML files in sequence in the correct order. Unfortunately the files have names rather than chapter numbers so I cant just join them as they'd end up out of sequence - the software needs to follow the hyperlinks in each HTML file to work out what to add where. The files could be *.htm, *.html or a mixture of the two. The software would need restrict itself to files in the same folder as the root HTML file and its sub folders to prevent it from seeing a link to an external site and trying to download the internet. Do any of you know of any software, ideally free, which I can point at the root HTML file and then let it add each of the sub files in the correct order and generate a single output file. It's the sort of thing that I'd expect to be out there somewhere.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 2mo
    Hi The company I work for produces their own software to control their microscopes. There isn't a user manual as such - It has a help system with a series of HTML files in a tree structure. I'd like to convert this to a single word or PDF file with the content of all of the HTML files in sequence in the correct order. Unfortunately the files have names rather than chapter numbers so I cant just join them. Do any of you know of any software, ideally free, which I can point at the root HTML file and then let it add each of the sub files in the correct order and generate a single output file. It's the sort of thing that I'd expect to be out there somewhere.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 2mo
    What they actually need is a gun proof society, but I can't see that happening. Meanwhile about 15,000 people are murdered with guns in the USA every year. The world has gone mad.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 2mo
    I used to do a lot of travelling on business and accumulated just over 200,000 Virgin airmiles. I think it's unlikely that I'll do much flying in the future so I'm looking for ways to cash them in. Virgin allow you to cash them in for experience days but there's not a lot on offer that I like the look of. I could cash them in at Greggs but there's a limit to how many sausage rolls I can eat. I could cash them in for wine but I'd have to pay shipping costs so it's not a good rate of return. I can covert Virgin miles to Nectar points by going via IHG and Avio accounts which would get me about £320. Do any of you know of more cost effective ways to convert the miles into cash?
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 4mo
    https://chng.it/TWr7GyTz The mayor, Sadiq Khan has asked Transport for London to launch a consultation on expanding the Ulez from its current boundary of the North and South Circular roads to cover all 33 boroughs. Sadiq Khan is planning to push the extension of the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to all the London boroughs. This will price working Londoners off the roads and cause the scrapage of perfectly good cars causing a terrible impact on the environment !! Extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone even further than to the current north and south circular limit will mean anyone OUTSIDE the zone will have to pay : £12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.. OUTER LONDON IS RESIDENTIAL & should NOT be subject to the ULEZ .. EVEN IF YOU LIVE NOWHERE NEAR LONDON PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION BECAUSE : ONCE THIS IS PASSED IN LONDON IT WILL BE COMING TO MORE TOWNS/CITIES You can read a newspaper article about it here: https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/ulez-ultra-low-emission-zone-expand-greater-london-sadiq-khan-b986027.html?amp I have friends that have recently purchased cars on finance that will not be compliant, but will be trapped as they can’t afford to upgrade them.. Others that would have to pay £12.50 to visit sick relatives, this is simply not acceptable..
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 4mo
    I've no idea if the following is true. I found it on the web. If it is true then he's a shining example to all the self obsessed so called stars This is Keanu Reeves. He was abandoned by his father at just 3-years-old and grew up with 3 different stepfathers. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident and his best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. No bodyguards, no luxury houses. Keanu lives in an ordinary apartment and likes wandering around town and is often seen riding a subway in NYC. When he was filming the movie "The Lake House," he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants, one crying as he would lose his house if he did not pay $20,000 - On the same day, Keanu deposited the necessary amount in his bank account. In his career, he has donated large sums to hospitals including $75 million of his earnings from “The Matrix” to charities.In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery & bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him. In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours. In life, sometimes the ones most broken from inside are the ones most willing to help others. This man could buy everything, but instead he wakes up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought, to be a caring person
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 4mo
    Hi Tomorrow (Sunday 22nd May) I'll be taking part in the Marsden March - A fifteen mile sponsored walk from near the Marsden hospital in Chelsea to the other Marsden Hospital in Sutton passing through Putney, Wimbledon Common, Raynes Park, Stonecot Hill, North Cheam, Cheam and Belmont. The website of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity gives a lot of detail about the March at https://www.royalmarsden.org/support-us/banham-marsden-march. The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre. Their nurses, doctors and research teams provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to creating the very best patient environments, they will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. I've lost a lot of fiends and family to various forms of cancer and the Marsden cured the cancer of a good friend, so I'd like to raise as much money as I can. If anybody would like to contribute my fundraising page can be found at: https://march.royalmarsden.org/fundraising-page/tony-lang-marsden-march-2022 So far this year I've raised £320 in sponsorship and a couple of people have promised to donate but haven't done so yet. I'd love to get the total over £400 so if any of you would like to contribute all donations are welcome. Whether you donate £1 or £50. Every donation helps to make a difference. I'll be starting at around 10am and I'm aiming for a time of four and a half hours or better. If anybody would like to cheer me on I'll be walker number 889. Thank you in advance. Cheers. Tony
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 4mo
    I don't usually approve of the political voting in the Eurovision song contest. However this year it seems to me that no matter how good or bad the songs are, the chances are that Ukraine will win. And for once I approve.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 5mo
    Hi I want to buy a compost bin and I’m considering the drum type – on a stand which you rotate every couple of days to mix the compost. It would be by a south facing wall and as most of them are made of black plastic it would get quite warm which should speed up the composting process. Do any of you have any experience with that type of compost drum? Is there anything I should know about them? They’re claimed to be must faster at making compost but is that true? Can you recommend any particular brands or suppliers? – I’d like to get a fairly large one. I’ve seen articles that suggest putting a small amount of garden soil or mature compost in with the kitchen waste and so on to help introduce the bacteria and other microorganisms that help to rot the compost down. Do any of you know if that helps. TIA
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 5mo
    I've just bought a small woodturning lathe and I'm looking for some chunks of suitable wood for turning. Softwood such as pine isn't ideal so I'm looking for harder woods. Pieces roughly 15cm or longer and 5cm square/round or larger. The sizes and shapes aren't critical, but the wood needs to be free of cracks, nails and so on. If I buy this new it costs an arm and a leg, so I'm looking for offcuts. I've tried Champions, Homebase and BandQ but without luck. Can any of you suggest a suitable place to obtain hardwood offcuts somewhere within a reasonable distance of Epsom? Or alternatively do any of you in my neck of the woods have bits of hardwood cluttering up your shed which you'd like to get rid of?
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 6mo
    I assume we're allowed to tell Russian jokes at the moment............. A man in Moscow buys a newspaper, glances at the front page, and throws it away. He does the same thing every day. Eventually, the seller snaps "Why DO you do that?" "I'm just checking for an obituary." "But obituaries aren't on the front page!" "The one I'm looking for will be."
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 8mo
    Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 8mo
    From one of my Australian friends. https://www.tiktok.com/@sbsnews_au/video/7033295323267206402 For those of you living in Australia, you will know who Jacqui Lambie is and what she stands for. For those of you who live overseas or who do not know of her, Jacqui is an Independent Member of the Australian Parliament who says things in a forthright manner (what we in Australia know as "Calling a spade a spade", as opposed to "beating around the bush" in a meandering manner as so many elected politicians do trying to please everybody. In this video clip she is speaking about the anti vaxxer movement around the world who are fighting against directives whereby people in essential services and industries must be inoculated against Covid 19 to remain employed i.e.: No Jab, No Job. I think that she has hit the nail on the head and admire the way she has put her argument. We could do with this endearing lady here in the UK…..!!!
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 8mo
    People fall sick. Doctors think hard about a cure. Doctors work hard day and night to find the cure. Doctors find the cure. Volunteers risk their lives and help the doctors to test the cure on humans. People are healed and saved. People thank God for the cure.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 8mo
    Hi I’m looking for a recording device for my mobile phone but I can’t find anything suitable. Do any of you know of something which would do the following: I sometimes need to record phone calls from my mobile phones. I have two mobile phones –a personal Android phone and a company iPhone. There are several free call recorder apps for Android, but the only iPhone call recording apps aren’t free and even if they were I wouldn’t be allowed to install them on my work phone. I use a wired headset (stereo headphones and mono microphone) with both phones which has a four connector 3.5mm jack plug. This plugs directly into my Android phone, and into a Lightning to headphone adaptor on my iPhone. I’d like to find a small, portable audio recorder which I can connect in-between my headset and my phone to record audio from the phone and from the headset microphone onto some type of solid state storage, such as an SD or micro SD card. It would need to have a male 4 connector jackplug to connect to the phone and a female 4 connector jackplug socket to connect to the headset. Ideally it should be rechargeable via a USB cable, but something powered by AAA batteries or similar would be ok. It's the sort of device that I'd expect to be out there somewhere, but I’ve searched the web, including Amazon and eBay, and I can’t find anything suitable. Any suggestions would be welcome. Cheers Tony
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 8mo
    Greeks over 60 who have not been vaccinated yet will begin receiving a €100 monthly penalty, as of Monday. https://www.euractiv.com/section/politics/short_news/greece-starts-to-fine-unvaccinated-over-60s/ Maybe it's time to introduce this in the UK (with exceptions for the few people who can't be vaccinated due to health reasons).
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 8mo
    On Sunday 22 May 2022, I'll be taking part in the Marsden March, a 15 mile sponsored walk from the Marsden Hospital in Chelsea to the Marsden Hospital in Sutton to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The Royal Marsden is a world-leading cancer centre. Their nurses, doctors and research teams provide the very best care and develop life-saving treatments, which are used across the UK and around the world. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to creating the very best patient environments, they will never stop looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer. Over the years I've lost a lot of friends and relatives to assorted types of cancer, so I'd like to raise as much money as I can for the charity. The website of the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity gives a lot of detail about the March at https://www.royalmarsden.org/support-us/marsden-march In the past many generous people on Scooploop have donated to my Marsden March fund so I'd like to ask for your support again this year. If you'd like to donate you can do so at: https://march.royalmarsden.org/fundraising-page/tony-lang-marsden-march-2022 Whether you donate £1 or £50. Every donation helps to make a difference. Thank you in advance. Cheers. Tony
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - 9mo
    Someone posted this online - I think it deserves sharing
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 9mo
    My recent posts should be read in the reverse order to make sense.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - 9mo
    Without utterance and with dispatch, he commenced filling the aforementioned appended hosiery with various of the aforementioned articles of merchandise extracted from his aforementioned previously dorsally transported cloth receptacle. Upon completion of this task, he executed an abrupt about-face, placed a single manual digit in lateral juxtaposition to his olfactory organ, inclined his cranium forward in a gesture of leave-taking, and forthwith effected his egress by renegotiating (in reverse) the smoke passage. He then propelled himself in a short vector onto his conveyance, directed a musical expulsion of air through his contracted oral sphincter to the antlered quadrupeds of burden, and proceeded to soar aloft in a movement hitherto observable chiefly among the seed-bearing portions of a common weed. But I overheard his parting exclamation, audible immediately prior to his vehiculation beyond the limits of visibility: "Ecstatic Yuletide to the planetary constituency, and to that self same assemblage, my sincerest wishes for a salubriously beneficial and gratifyingly pleasurable period between sunset and dawn."
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - 9mo
    Clenched firmly between his incisors was a smoking piece whose grey fumes, forming a tenuous ellipse about his occiput, were suggestive of a decorative seasonal circlet of holly. His visage was wider than it was high, and when he waxed audibly mirthful, his corpulent abdominal region undulated in the manner of impectinated fruit syrup in a hemispherical container. He was, in short, neither more nor less than an obese, jocund, multigenarian gnome, the optical perception of whom rendered me visibly frolicsome despite every effort to refrain from so being. By rapidly lowering and then elevating one eyelid and rotating his head slightly to one side, he indicated that trepidation on my part was groundless.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - 9mo
    As I retracted my cranium from its erstwhile location, and was performing a 180-degree pivot, our distinguished visitant achieved - with utmost celerity and via a downward leap - entry by way of the smoke passage. He was clad entirely in animal pelts soiled by the ebony residue from oxidations of carboniferous fuels which had accumulated on the walls thereof. His resemblance to a street vendor I attributed largely to the plethora of assorted playthings which he bore dorsally in a commodious cloth receptacle. His orbs were scintillant with reflected luminosity, while his submaxillary dermal indentations gave every evidence of engaging amiability. The capillaries of his malar regions and nasal appurtenance were engorged with blood which suffused the subcutaneous layers, the former approximating the coloration of Albion's floral emblem, the latter that of the Prunus avium, or sweet cherry. His amusing sub- and supralabials resembled nothing so much as a common loop knot, and their ambient hirsute facial adornment appeared like small, tabular and columnar crystals of frozen water.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - 9mo
    Hastening to the casement, I forthwith opened the barriers sealing this fenestration, noting thereupon that the lunar brilliance without, reflected as it was on the surface of a recent crystalline precipitation, might be said to rival that of the solar meridian itself - thus permitting my incredulous optical sensory organs to behold a miniature airborne runnered conveyance drawn by eight diminutive specimens of the genus Rangifer, piloted by a minuscule, aged chauffeur so ebullient and nimble that it became instantly apparent to me that he was indeed our anticipated caller. With his ungulate motive power travelling at what may possibly have been more vertiginous velocity than patriotic alar predators, he vociferated loudly, expelled breath musically through contracted labia, and addressed each of the octet by his or her respective cognomen - "Now Dasher, now Dancer..." et al. - guiding them to the uppermost exterior level of our abode, through which structure I could readily distinguish the concatenations of each of the 32 cloven pedal extremities.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - 9mo
    'Twas the Night Before Christmas' as written by a technical writer for a firm that does Gov't contracting... 'Twas The Night Before Christmas 'Twas the nocturnal segment of the diurnal period preceding the annual Yuletide celebration, and throughout our place of residence, kinetic activity was not in evidence among the possessors of this potential, including that species of domestic rodent known as Mus musculus. Hosiery was meticulously suspended from the forward edge of the wood burning caloric apparatus, pursuant to our anticipatory pleasure regarding an imminent visitation from an eccentric philanthropist among whose folkloric appellations is the honorific title of St. Nicholas. The prepubescent siblings, comfortably ensconced in their respective accommodations of repose, were experiencing subconscious visual hallucinations of variegated fruit confections moving rhythmically through their cerebrums. My conjugal partner and I, attired in our nocturnal head coverings, were about to take slumberous advantage of the hibernal darkness when upon the avenaceous exterior portion of the grounds there ascended such a cacophony of dissonance that I felt compelled to arise with alacrity from my place of repose for the purpose of ascertaining the precise source thereof.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 9mo
    Hi I just wanted to wish everybody on Scooploop a fantastic Christmas and a peaceful, prosperous and safe new year. You've kept me entertained and helped me in numerous ways over the past very difficult year. This is a fantastic community, with fantastic people and long may it continue. Cheers Tony
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 10mo
    I'm looking for pencil pleat curtains for curtain tracks to go around two large bay windows, each about five metres in total length, so the curtains need to add up to around seven or eight metres to allow for them to be gathered up at the top. The bottoms of the curtains need to hang about 20cm or so below the window ledges. I'm looking for reasonable quality lined curtains but not blackout curtains. My living room has a wooden floor, orangey brown rug, orange cushions and so on so I'm thinking of something in some shades of yellow, mustard, orange, light brown or similar. My bedroom needs similar size curtains but in a pale to mid blue colour. I've tried the usual stores such as Dunelm, Ikea and John Lewis but I can't find anything suitable. I looked at the prices of getting some curtains custom made but the prices are in the region of £1000 or more per window. Do any of you know of a good curtain store somewhere within a reasonable travelling distance of Stoneleigh? - So I could consider Epsom, Ashtead, Kingston, Sutton, Croydon, Guildford, Dorking, Leatherhead, Wimbledon or other towns in that general area. Alternatively, do any of you know of a good person/company to make me some custom curtains without an eye-watering price? My ideal scenario would be a mobile curtain maker who could visit with material samples, suggest suitable fabrics, measure up and make the curtains. Cheers Tony
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 10mo
    Members of this group have mentioned their favourite songs - this is one of mine - For You by Judie Tzuke https://youtu.be/wds903B96V8 I saw her live in an old church at Teddington a few years ago - Just her, her two daughters on backing vocals and a guitarist. After the show she came out and chatted to the few audience members who had stayed behind to meet her, signed autographs and posed for photos. Her voice is still amazing but has changed slightly over the years. In recent years she sang lead vocals on Morcheeba - Enjoy the Ride which is closer to how she sounds nowadays. https://youtu.be/YUPA0C60YDE
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 10mo
    I'm getting very annoyed with people on the freebie sites. I bought a new rug for my living room so I advertised the old one on several sites including Trash Nothing, Gumtree and Scooploop. On all the ads I clearly said where I live and on the Gumtree ad I clearly said please don't just send a message saying is it still available (a common response on that site). I'll remove the ad when it's been taken so if you can still see the ad then yes it is still available. I've had fourteen replies - eleven of them said just is it still available. One gave a phone number but doesn't answer the phone so I sent a text message which he didn't reply to. I contacted two others who then said that I live too far away. The rug in reasonable condition but needs a clean. I'm trying to help people by giving away stuff I don't need. Why are people so stupid and/or inconsiderate! I don't have time to waste so I'm considering taking a perfectly usable rug to the dump. OK, rant over.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 10mo
    If you're a Luddite like me and use a paper diary for notes and appointments, you can download free printable diaries for next year from https://philofaxy.blogspot.com/p/diary-inserts.html They're available in A4/A5 and Filofax page sizes and in various layouts. I do this every year and print them out as double sided booklet mode on a laser printer, then I put them in an A5 ring binder. It costs a few pence to print and is a lot cheaper than buying a printed diary. The website also has loads of other downloadable organiser style pages.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - updated 10mo
    Hi Do any of you know of a programme which will automatically add any text copied to the Windows clipboard to a text file, one after the other? I sometimes want to gather bits of text from various documents, websites and so on into a single plain text file. I would have thought that there would be lots of utilities to do this but I can't find anything suitable.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom - 12mo
    Life is like a cesspit. All the really big chunks rise to the top. The rest of us are just going through the motions. An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it's going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming. If you only do what you can do you'll never be what you could be.

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