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07:20 am: Everywhere you go you always take the weather with you
It was still very hot after we said goodnight to everyone and turned in last night. It's still pretty warm, but there has been some rain overnight, and just as I was getting the boys up there was the most enormous roll of thunder. It looks fresher and greener in the garden than it has for a little while. I've never been sure whether it is the rain rejuvenating the trees and plants, or whether it's just that it washes off the dust.

Current Location: CH63 0EB
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Today programme on Radio 4

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From:sheaj34
Date:June 12th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)

BBQ

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It was good to be at David's confirmation, and an enjoyable evening afterwards too. I think plans for tonights BBQ might have to be changed to a indoor meal - time will tell. (I've tried very hard to think of a meal that accounts for everyone's dislikes. How about veal in a tomato based sauce, sprinkled with cheese served with cabbage and beans, and oh yes, a few mushrooms as garnish). See you this evening after school's out. Ben not expected until after 6pm when one of us goes to collects him, but we are not bothered about waiting for him. He could end up being back late and that will just make the evening too short - so we are eating without him.
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From:ringbark
Date:June 12th, 2006 07:00 am (UTC)

Re: BBQ

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If you are really planning to serve veal in a tomato based sauce, sprinkled with cheese served with cabbage and beans, and oh yes, a few mushrooms as garnish then we will probably forget to turn up.
However, as this seems unlikely, we will be there at an appropriate time. You still haven't answered the "red or white?" question.
The predominant weather for today is apparently "light showers", so maybe indoors will be good. One Chris is home and everything is settled, I guess it will be somewhere between 5:15 and 5:30.
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From:sheaj34
Date:June 12th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)

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Serving veal in a tomato based sauce is about as unlikely as a day trip to Paris. Don't worry about red or white, loads of the stuff in the garage still. Did I mention that Andrew's degree results were meant to be today? They got delayed by another week; due to the now resolved strike action.
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From:ringbark
Date:June 12th, 2006 09:26 am (UTC)

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But what about 24 January, 1987?
We've got a cupboard full of wine too. I might bring one anyway. I'm sorry to hear that the results have been delayed (though probably not as much as Andrew) but it does give me a week before I have to buy a card for him.
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From:sheaj34
Date:June 12th, 2006 02:59 pm (UTC)

24th Jan 1987

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I enjoyed reading that, I think I've seen that part of the web site before, it was a nice reminder.
The real pain about Andrew's results being delayed is that next Monday he is in work and unable to get the time off to go and collect the results. So, we have to wait until they post them. It is such a pain because the marks we are waiting for could possibly make the difference between a 1st and a 2.1 - and we are obviously wanting to know the final classification.
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From:617
Date:June 12th, 2006 09:34 am (UTC)
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Feel free to take the weather, the wind brought down a power cable here at the Otahuhu substation. It fell onto the circuits feeding Auckland City and in the Mayor's words "Made Auckland a third world city for a day".

(It was actually rather amusing but don't tell the government I said that)
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From:takahe
Date:June 12th, 2006 09:37 am (UTC)
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Oh yeah, I saw that on the news. Poor you guys *snort*

We had wind. Rain. No power problems *g*
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From:ringbark
Date:June 12th, 2006 09:40 am (UTC)
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But Wellington is used to it. Auckland should be used to it, but they are so deep in denial about their weather.
And now, the old joke...
Q. Why is Wellington so windy?
A. Because Auckland sucks.
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From:takahe
Date:June 12th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
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Hee!!! I love that joke. They say Wellingtonians are a friendly bunch, but it's just the wind blowing our lips back from our teeth *g*
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From:ringbark
Date:June 12th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
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The only place in the country where you can watch the seagulls flying backwards.
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From:takahe
Date:June 12th, 2006 10:32 am (UTC)
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You mean they can fly forwards?
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From:ringbark
Date:June 12th, 2006 10:35 am (UTC)
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You should try to get to some other bits of New Zealand from time to time.

Have you noticed that in wellington, compared to Auckland
(a) trendy hair styles are much shorter
(b) wrap-around sunglasses are more popular
I believe that you can explain both of these fashion statements from the weather.
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From:takahe
Date:June 12th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC)
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Heh. I get around. I see the long, fluid hairstyles in the other towns. I see their designer sunglasses perched on their noses. It's not the weather, it's their attempts to cover for their less natural beauty. Or something...
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From:ringbark
Date:June 12th, 2006 09:38 am (UTC)
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Made Auckland a third world city for a day
As distinct from "for several weeks". I was living in Auckland in early 1998, when it was possible to park on Queen Street for as long as you wanted, so long as your car looked like a diesel generator.
So just a few hours would be a breeze. I'd already read about it at Stuff - sounds like good fun.
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From:617
Date:June 12th, 2006 11:24 am (UTC)
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There was limited power in 1998 and it was only the CBD that was affected. This was a complete failure over almost all of Auckland City! Aelh! I was secretly hoping it would be out overnight to remind people of how much we take for granted... as well as sparking out-rage at the government for denying everyone hot showers and a warm dinner.
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