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Author Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
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Ways to pass the time when you don't have a mine in the garden
Posted: 11/04/2020 00:03:01
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Virtual digging
Usually done at night to maximise the 'what the hell are they doing' factor on neighbours.

You will need:
Ideally a patch of rough ground
A hose with a sprinkler attached
A large heavy thing, ideally not water soluble
A pile of assorted sized rocks
Copious quantity of orange poster paint
Shovels and rakes and implements of destruction
A lump hammer
Optional, if available, an accomplice

Procedure
Start sprinkler as soon as possible to ensure ground is saturated. If sprinkler isn't available construct something from a washing up liquid bottle and some sticky-backed plastic.
Move large heavy thing and rocks to a position uncomfortable in the spray line
Daub yourself liberally with the poster paint, this should be repeated regularly throughout the session.
Using the shovels, rakes and other implements of destruction, move the rocks from one place to another place.
Move the large heavy thing to where the rocks were.
Move the rocks to the place vacated by the large heavy thing.
Repeat until you are knackered
Repeat for another hour.
Periodically hit yourself with the lump hammer to simulate walking into things.
If an accomplice is available, they can simulate rock falls by throwing rocks at you and clocking you on the bonce with the lump hammer. Simulation of fellow diggers can be achieved by hurling abuse and smaller rocks.
When you are only just able to walk, stop and attempt to wash the paint off.
Finally, sit down with a beer, you've earned it.

Once you have mastered this level, you can move on to more challenging levels, by repeating the above while remaining on your knees for the duration and then by lying down.

Further enhancements can be added to reflect the an actual dig site, such as the Frongoch - a 200m flat out crawl.


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IP: 95.151.170.61 Edited: 11/04/2020 10:17:52 by gNick
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Posted: 11/04/2020 00:54:36
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Did you forget to pack the plug and feathers? Wink IP: 81.174.241.13
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Posted: 11/04/2020 08:58:06
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I prefer the Fred Dibnah method of building your own mine in the garden IP: 86.129.1.30
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Posted: 11/04/2020 09:29:43
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Nieghbours are going to be a bit upset when we bang the end of the passage!

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Posted: 11/04/2020 10:08:07
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pwhole wrote:

Did you forget to pack the plug and feathers? Wink


No, just people are likely to have a limited stock of large heavy objects so reducing them to smaller less heavy objects would remove the 'fun'

See also Hilti caps, snappers, fire setting...



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Posted: 11/04/2020 12:06:07
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Will have to try all this Big Grin

particulary good for anyone who lives in a small flat as it REALLY WILL annoy the neighbours Shocked


As it is I have been trying to feel at home moving the slate around my pond and rockery to the sound of running water Sad




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Posted: 11/04/2020 15:09:28
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gNick wrote:

pwhole wrote:

Did you forget to pack the plug and feathers? Wink


No, just people are likely to have a limited stock of large heavy objects so reducing them to smaller less heavy objects would remove the 'fun'

See also Hilti caps, snappers, fire setting...


Ah, but then you can take some resin and some studs and stick them back together again - both for practice and to enable you to repeat the process for quite some time Wink
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Posted: 11/04/2020 16:32:37
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Well I am finding work around the house, and to be honest, it hasn't took much looking for to find.

It occurred that I could leave the concreting until after dark and do it by caplamp, but that could leave me with people thinking of me as odd.
We would not want that would we.

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Posted: 11/04/2020 17:26:09
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I am getting on with putting the finishing touches to the house extension I started in 1987. I'm doing jobs that have taken thirty three years and ten minutes to do. IP: 5.80.191.219
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Posted: 11/04/2020 17:26:57
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I am getting on with putting the finishing touches to the house extension I started in 1987. I'm doing jobs that have taken thirty three years and ten minutes to do. IP: 5.80.191.219
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Posted: 11/04/2020 20:44:00
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Weird or what?... Dry stone walling our boundary using round rocks in slate country. It's not even my job.

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Posted: 11/04/2020 23:23:02
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We almost have a tiny bit of the garden looking good, helped by my on-line purchase of a chainsaw. How did I survive before I had a chainsaw ?

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Posted: 12/04/2020 09:49:26
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I've almost completed two of my guitar-related projects (the Frankencaster and the Interstellar Overdrive), intending to build a new workbench in the garage, and prepping up to convert my Win7 machines over to Linux.

For anyone with time to spare looking for a job to do from home, I'm after more volunteers to help indexing Nellie Kirkham's field notes - the more people do a box, the quicker the master index can be compiled!

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Posted: 12/04/2020 10:11:48
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This heaving rocks around business seems to be catching ...

I've just built a short flight of three steps to provide easier access to a raised area at the back of our garden. I can't pretend to be a drystone waller though – it's ended up looking more Hobbiton than Minas Tirith.

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Posted: 12/04/2020 12:31:32
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Lockdown?

Still working, partly at home, partly in the office.
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Posted: 12/04/2020 14:33:44
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jagman wrote:

Lockdown?

Still working, partly at home, partly in the office.



Ahem....me too. Don't shoot me. I have reasons.

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Posted: 13/04/2020 04:59:06
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sinker wrote:

jagman wrote:

Lockdown?

Still working, partly at home, partly in the office.



Ahem....me too. Don't shoot me. I have reasons.


Contrary to popular belief, the world hasn't quite stopped entirely Big Grin
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Posted: 13/04/2020 08:27:41
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jagman wrote:

sinker wrote:

jagman wrote:

Lockdown?

Still working, partly at home, partly in the office.



Ahem....me too. Don't shoot me. I have reasons.


Contrary to popular belief, the world hasn't quite stopped entirely Big Grin


Yes, me too as I suspect are a lot of people. We have stuff stored under liquid nitrogen that has to be kept topped up and there are maintenance checks and such that have to continue. Most of the rest of the site has been put on Furlough though.
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Posted: 13/04/2020 15:49:15
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ttxela wrote:

jagman wrote:

sinker wrote:

jagman wrote:

Lockdown?

Still working, partly at home, partly in the office.



Ahem....me too. Don't shoot me. I have reasons.


Contrary to popular belief, the world hasn't quite stopped entirely Big Grin




Yes, me too as I suspect are a lot of people. We have stuff stored under liquid nitrogen that has to be kept topped up and there are maintenance checks and such that have to continue. Most of the rest of the site has been put on Furlough though.


Our place has furloughed 2/3rds of the staff
I've knocked 15 drivers off for the duration, some I am not bothered about, some that I am.
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Posted: 13/04/2020 17:40:10
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Still working here, don't have a choice in the matter. I'd like to be off, and earning 80% of my usual income, but that won't happen unless a shutdown for manufacturing that is't related to food, PPE etc is mandatory.

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