• 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.
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 21 days ago
    With stupidity like this there's no hope for humanity
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 26 days ago
    Last Friday I decided to spend the day at Thorpe Park riding the roller coasters. OK, I admit it, I'm a big kid at heart. There were many thousands of people there, but apart from myself, I only saw four other people wearing masks. Is it any wonder that covid is still around!
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 1 month ago
    Emma Raducanu’s shot at US Open glory will be available to watch on free-to-air television after Amazon Prime agreed a deal with Channel 4 to share the women’s final on Saturday. The 18-year-old has captivated the nation with her exploits in New York and she takes on fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in the showpiece event hoping to become the first British woman to win a grand slam in 44 years. Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service has had exclusive broadcast rights in this country for the final grand slam of the year, but has agreed a deal – understood by the PA news agency to be seven figures – for the match to be shown on both Prime Video and Channel 4, maximising the viewing potential for one of the biggest sporting stories of the year. The programme is scheduled to start at 8pm. And it has pledged to reinvest that money into British women’s tennis to help fund the next generation of players.
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 1 month ago
    You have a circular cake for desert and eight people who would like a piece. How can you cut the cake into eight equal sized pieces with just three cuts?
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 1 month ago
    Why are manhole covers usually round and not square or rectangular?
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 1 month ago
    As puzzles seem to be in favour today...................... You're standing in a particular location on the earth's surface. You walk a mile south, a mile east and a mile north. You end up at the place you started. You're NOT at the north pole. Where are you?
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 2 months ago
    The radio news this morning said that A and A star A level results are up 6% on last year. I don't believe the students are 6% better or more intelligent, especially with the limitations of teaching during lock down, so it significantly devalues the grades. In my opinion the grade boundaries should be flexible so, for example, the top 10% of students get an A star, the next 15% get an A, the next 15% get a B (or whatever percentages seem appropriate). That would take into account the effects of lock down, possible variations in the difficulty of the exam papers and so on.
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 2 months ago
    Someone on Gumtree is advertising a wardrobe with various uplifting quotes written on it. I think the quotes deserve a wider audience................ (these are copied directly from the ad so I can't guarantee that they're accurate) ~Remember the entrance door to the sanctuary is inside you.~ Rumi ~Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.~ Elizabeth Ibesco ~Nothing glows brighter than the heart awakened to the light of love within it.~ Guy Finley ~Nothing ever goes away until it is taught us what we need to know.~ Pema Chodron ~The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.~ Pablo Picasso ~If you focus on the hurt you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.~ Buddha ~See the light in others and treat them as if that's all you see.~ Wayne Dwyer ~Character is how you treat someone who can do nothing for you~ ~Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion~ ~The energy you give is the same energy that will return to you. ~ ~Everyone you meet is either a blessing or a lesson.~ ~Not all storms come to disrupt your life. Some come to clear your path.~ ~The most beautiful people are those who can live without expecting it, who can love without expecting it returned.~ ~The sun is alone too, but still it shines.~
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 2 months ago
    Hi I grow various herbs from seed in flowerpots on my kitchen window ledge. I grew some basil a while ago using a variety called Picolino. Only two plants grew in the pot even though I sowed a lot more seeds. The picture on the seed packet showed normal sized basil leaves but the two plants were like bonsai basil, with a very large number of very tiny leaves, which looked very attractive as a pot plant. I eventually harvested these and sowed another pot. The pot is the same size and type, with the same type of compost, in the same location and I sowed seeds from the same packet as before. They're watered the same amount as before with the same frequency. BUT This time the plants are normal sized. Do any of you know why there's a difference between the two sowings?
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom 2 months ago
    I have a double drawer unit looking for a new home. It's 225cm long., 64cm high and 42cm deep. The top lifts off so that you can move the two drawer units and the top separately. You could cut the top to make two separate drawer units. It's in excellent condition. It's free but you'll need to collect it from my home in Stoneleigh (KT17 postcode).
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 4 months ago
    Hi Can any of you recommend a good, reasonably fast, and ideally free or low cost, Usenet news server, which carries the alt.binary groups, in particular the various groups related to old time radio? Also ideally one where I can get a free trial to see if it carries the groups I want and how fast it is. My ISP (Virgin Media) has just switched off it's news server, which I've been using for about thirty years, so I'm looking for a replacement. Cheers Tony
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 4 months ago
    Hi Can any of you recommend a good, reasonably fast, and ideally free or low cost, Usenet news server, which carries the alt.binary groups, in particular the various groups related to old time radio? My ISP (Virgin Media) has just switched off it's news server, which I've been using for about thirty years, so I'm looking for a replacement. Cheers Tony
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 6 months ago
    Hi If you're planning to buy anything on Amazon you might like to know about the following ways to get free or almost free gift vouchers. I've tried all of these and they all work. If you're planning to spend over £50, rather than just paying at the checkout, top up your gift card balance by £50 and they'll give you an extra £6. You can only do this once. https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=11301833031 If you stream a music track on Amazon Music Free for the first time you'll receive a £5 coupon against an eligible purchase of £20 or more which needs to be redeemed within 30 days of receipt This promotion ends April 15th 2021 https://www.amazon.co.uk/b?ie=UTF8&node=22573875031 If you take out an Amazon Mastercard you get a £10 gift card as a welcome and then cashback in the form of Amazon gift vouchers. The percentage you get back depends on where you use the card and whether you have Amazon Prime or not, but it's at least half a percent. OK it's not much but it's better than nothing. There are several phone apps which give you Amazon vouchers in exchange for scanning your shopping receipts. Shopprize, Shoppix, Storewards and Huyu These are all on Android - I don't know if there are equivalent apps for iPhones. You can scan the same receipt into all four apps and you should earn an average of about 20p per receipt for the four apps combined. You're only supposed to scan your own receipts but If you see a receipt lying around it's worth picking it up and scanning it. Doing so is known as Wombling. There are limits on how many receipts you can scan (Typically 5 per day for each app, and they need to be dated within the last seven days.
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 4 months ago
    Over the years I've lost a lot of friends and relatives to assorted types of cancer, so for the last few years I've taken part in the Marsden March - a 15 mile sponsored walk to raise money for the Marsden cancer charity. I usually complete the walk in just over four hours. The Marsden Hospital also cured a friend of mine's cancer. The March takes place every year but last year's March was cancelled due to covid 19 which resulted in a massive gap in their funding. The current plan is to hold the March on Sunday 23rd May 2021. If the full event takes place it'll start near the near the Marsden Hospital in Chelsea and end at the Marsden Hospital in Sutton, passing along Fulham Road, down Putney High Street, over Wimbledon Common, on to Raynes Park and through King George’s Playing Fields. Then through Nonsuch Park and Belmont, to the hospital in Sutton. If the event can't take place due to the continuing restrictions, then there will be a Marsden March At Home event where participants walk 15 miles in their local area. I've had a play on Bing Maps and I reckon that if I walk from home to the centre of Epsom, up to Epsom Downs, on to Burgh Heath and then head home via Cheam and Worcester Park that will add up to 15 miles. I'd like to raise as much money as I can for the charity so I'm looking for sponsorship. In the past generous people on Streetlife, then Kahuti and hopefully now Scooploop have donated funds to help me reach the target. If you can spare some cash then a donation would be very much appreciated by the Marden Charity. You can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thebanhammarsdenmarch2020-tonylang Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. Since 2011 the March has raised over £13 million pounds with every penny going towards funding state-of-the-art equipment, ground-breaking research, and creating the very best patient care. This incredible amount has helped The Royal Marsden to revolutionise the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and improve the lives of people affected by cancer, across the UK and around the world. This year the target is to raise £2 million for a very special cause - to help build the Oak Cancer Centre. This brand-new centre in Sutton will help the Marsden to speed up the development of life-saving treatments and ensure they can be there for everyone who needs them. 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 Thanks in advance Tony
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 6 months ago
    How lovely is this?? This electrician’s firm dropped this round to a child in the home where they had been working for 6 weeks and the child had been regularly ‘helping!’ It’s just so heart warming.
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom 7 months ago
    I have a Sony CDP-561E CD Player looking for a new home. It’s in excellent condition and fully working, Complete with the original remote control. This player was awarded Best Buy status by Hi-Fi Choice Magazine. I can't find the user manual but you can download a copy from https://www.manualslib.com/products/Sony-Cdp-561e-3206047.html
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 7 months ago
    I'm not sure which group to post this is so I'm hoping someone here can help. Someone gave my two old iPhones - an iPhone 4 and an iPhone 5c. Both are in very good condition and appear to be working. The iPhone 5c has a passcode but the iPhone 4 doesn't. I'd like to be able to do factory resets on them so that I can put them back into use but the iPhone 5c won't let me do this without the passcode and both phones won't let me do this without the original owner's Apple ID. Unfortunately she can't remember the passcode or her Apple ID so at the moment they're effectively dead. Is there any way to to a factory reset on these phones without the codes?
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom 9 months ago
    One of my favourite songs which seems especially appropriate given everything that's been going on in recent months. https://youtu.be/xCsBU3Z-6mg
  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 9 months ago
    A friend of mine sent me a video, supposedly of an American nurse who claimed that she had the covid 19 vaccination, felt fine afterwards but within 30 days she developed Bells Palsy, a paralysis on one side of the face. She begs people not to take the vaccination. This video is fake. 30 days is a hell of a long time for side effects to take to appear. The first covid 19 vaccination in the USA took place on December 14th. 30 days from then would be mid January so unless she has a tardis she’s lying. Also, just because two things happen one after the other it doesn't mean that the first one caused the second one. According to Wikipedia Bells Palsy occurs in 1 to 4 per 10,000 people per year. About 1.5% of people are affected at some point in their lives. It's also nearly always temporary - My dad had it years ago after riding in a car with the window open and one side of his his face got too cold. If we assume a middle number of 2 people per 10,000 per year, thats 1 person per 5000 people will get it in a given year. Assuming that the cases are evenly distributed throughout the year, then you'd expect 1/12th of these people to get Bells Palsey or one person in 60,000 to get it in a given month. The USA has vaccinated about 2.8 million people so far, so if 1 in 60,000 of those people develop Bells Palsey, then that’s 46 cases just by pure chance per month. In the half a month since they started vaccination that’s 23 cases. The video is FAKE! I suspect that anti vaxers persuaded someone with Bells Palsy to record it. If someone sends you the video please don't pass it on. Tony
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 9 months ago
    I've just received a message via ScoopLoop ------- Happy new week my dear and with the compliment of the season i wish you all the very best,i like your profile and i will like us to have something in common,contact me direct at my private address at variantchappelz@hotmail.com for our mutual communication, thanks. Variant ______ Obviously another scam
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 9 months ago
    Hi I've just received another scam email, this one from support@headscrests.org.uk. The email is titled ___Your-Subscription is due for_Renewal !!! It says that my McAfee antivirus protection has expired with buttons to download the latest version of McAfee (presumably full of trojans, viruses and who knows what else ) and renew your subscription. The renew button has the link http://review-checking.creaselay.com/1769647eh3194641sk482318129NB14413TG36lkr103833JW. It's very obviously a scam. I don't even have McAfee installed on my computer. Beware and stay safe. Cheers Tony
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10 months ago
    I've received several calls from mobile numbers starting in 07. The caller is a computer generated female voice telling me that there's been a purchase on my Amazon account for just over a thousand pounds which has been flagged up as suspicious and to press keys to confirm or otherwise the order. I've even had a call on my work mobile number which isn't associated with my Amazon account. It's obviously a scam
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10 months ago
    During the past couple of days I've had several emails from notifications@dpdparcel.co.uk They all say that they tried to deliver a parcel but I wasn't in or there was no safe place to leave it. To schedule a new delivery a fee must be paid. There's a link to reschedule delivery but if you receive one of these messages don't click on it. The messages are a scam. I've received five almost identical messages, four of which are with email accounts that I never use for online purchases. Stay safe Tony
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 10 months ago
    Do any of you know a good way to remove blutac from a shirt? I accidentally put my elbow on a piece of blutac and although I've got rid of a lot of it, there's still some embedded in the fabric
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 11 months ago
    How to change the cover on a duvet https://youtu.be/DRPfudNNd8Y
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  • Tony L @TonyL Epsom updated 11 months ago
    “Once when I was a teenager, my father and I were standing in line to buy tickets for the circus. Finally, there was only one other family between us and the ticket counter. This family made a big impression on me. There were eight children, all probably under the age of 12. The way they were dressed, you could tell they didn't have a lot of money, but their clothes were neat and clean. The children were well-behaved, all of them standing in line, two-by-two behind their parents, holding hands. They were excitedly jabbering about the clowns, animals, and all the acts they would be seeing that night. By their excitement you could sense they had never been to the circus before. It would be a highlight of their lives. The father and mother were at the head of the pack standing proud as could be. The mother was holding her husband's hand, looking up at him as if to say, "You're my knight in shining armor." He was smiling and enjoying seeing his family happy. The ticket lady asked the man how many tickets he wanted? He proudly responded, "I'd like to buy eight children's tickets and two adult tickets, so I can take my family to the circus." The ticket lady stated the price. The man's wife let go of his hand, her head dropped, the man's lip began to quiver. Then he leaned a little closer and asked, "How much did you say?" The ticket lady again stated the price. The man didn't have enough money. How was he supposed to turn and tell his eight kids that he didn't have enough money to take them to the circus? Seeing what was going on, my dad reached into his pocket, pulled out a $20 bill, and then dropped it on the ground. (We were not wealthy in any sense of the word!) My father bent down, picked up the $20 bill, tapped the man on the shoulder and said, "Excuse me, sir, this fell out of your pocket." The man understood what was going on. He wasn't begging for a handout but certainly appreciated the help in a desperate, heartbreaking and embarrassing situation. He looked straight into my dad's eyes, took my dad's hand in both of his, squeezed tightly onto the $20 bill, and with his lip quivering and a tear streaming down his cheek, he replied; "Thank you, thank you, sir. This really means a lot to me and my family." My father and I went back to our car and drove home. The $20 that my dad gave away is what we were going to buy our own tickets with. Although we didn't get to see the circus that night, we both felt a joy inside us that was far greater than seeing the circus could ever provide. That day I learnt the value to Give. The Giver is bigger than the Receiver. If you want to be large, larger than life, learn to Give. Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get - only with what you are expecting to give - which is everything. The importance of giving, blessing others can never be over emphasized because there's always joy in giving. Learn to make someone happy by acts of giving.” ~ Katharine Hepburn
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