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Bonkers (and) Conkers! [Sep. 7th, 2004|06:30 pm]
Miss Von Trapp
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It's officially Autumn - I GOT CONKERS!!

(i.e. horse chestnuts)

Picked up a load of them from the trees up by Stoke Village... Now all I have to do is drill them, fill them with concrete, thread them on strings and go out and find some irritating public schoolboys to have a conker fight with so I can blind them and leave them crying...

Rules of Combat for Conkers
Game played with horse chestnuts, usually by boys; the "conkers" are threaded on string, and players take turns to hit their opponent's conker. The first to break loses. The winner adds the number of conkers the opponent's conker has broken to his own; for example, a conker that has broken six others is a "sixer", if it breaks another sixer it becomes a "twelver".

In Other News

I am all exhausted and ready to flop. I am so tired and confused and my brain is ready to collapse in on itself.

At least, that's what it feels like...

Walked down to the CFE in Devonport this afternoon and saw a vintage Singer sewing machine on its original table and still with its flip-top cover...in full working order and looking gorgeous... The note on it said 'Free to a good home' and was outside a house that was being renovated by builders. I popped in and said I'd collect it tommorrow.

Got to the CFE enrolled on the AS Level Film Studies (starting that next Tuesday), then went up to Stoke Village to do some shopping, then walked home again - bloody long way from Devonport to Hartley - almost an hours walk and I have blisters...

missbumpkin rang me and I was going to go over to the farm tonight, then Exeter tommorrow, then to see Fahrenheit 9/11 at the Arts Centre in the evening...

Then I remember that I'm supposed to be visiting my youngest sister this evening (pre-arranged 4 days ago) to watch movies and stuff so I can't go to the farm tonight... Following which I remember I am supposed to be collecting the sewing machine tommorrow daytime and the film camera from Neil in the afternoon...

AND THEN... I also find out that I'm expected at a poetry reading night down at the Art Garden Cafe tommorrow night, 7pm to 9pm. I've not been to the group in a month due to moving and I ought to put in an appearance...

SO... I've rung missbumpkin and apologised for my emptyheadedness. I am too hot and tired, my back hurts from stupid lifting yesterday...someone has made a hole in my head and all the greymatter inside has fallen out the back. Tonight I am off to see Helen, tommorrow I have a sewing machine/camera collection run, and tommorrow evening I shall be putting in an hour plus fifteen at the poetry night and then going to the cinema...


I NEED A P.A !!!


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From: justinc_1985
2004-09-07 11:24 am (UTC)
Did you know playing Conkers has been banned in schools?

I think it's completely barmy! Kids have done it for *years* and then some New labour lefty parents get all in a huff about it, and complain because their kids were coming home with bruises on their hands.

It's fucking Nuts!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-09-07 11:52 am (UTC)
I didn't know the ban was universal:/

It was banned in my primary school in the (very) early eighties... (I started secondary school in Summer 1984 lol!)...but that was because someone was ACTUALLY BLINDED by a piece of flying conker...

They also banned those fun rubber balls that were on lengths of long elastic - particularly good at winging very fast at people's ankles and retrieving it before the dinnerbag saw it.

Not that I was party to that - I spent most of the time playing with my Star Wars figures (original ones) in holes/missing bricks in the walls down by the side of the canteen;)
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[User Picture]From: poggs
2004-09-07 12:13 pm (UTC)
I've been thinking about getting a PA, but I'm worried at the healing time.

Jaw up, darling *g*

Do schoolkids play conkers in this day and age!?
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-09-08 08:04 am (UTC)
I'd get it done - they're rather a lot of fun (for a girl)...

*shuts mouth before she digs herself a hole*

I think they play conkers in private - apparently there's an official ban - so maybe they have covert conker clubs or something...they probably arrange a "see you behind the bikesheds for a whackabout?"

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[User Picture]From: vimster
2004-09-07 02:35 pm (UTC)
is that minus 3%? Statistics eh?
Oh where my twin works in Cheltenham, the trees there are loaded with conkers. Personlly I love the spiky shells more than the conkers themselves. At this time of you, as I walk into town through the park, there are loads of them all over the place. Ah nature.
Anyway, good to see you're on the AS. They stopped doing the art AS in Gloucester, more's the pity.
Cheerio, Vamps.
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-09-08 08:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I thought gardening in rubber might have a better following than that lol

Gotta love conkers...shiny and lahvly!!

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From: scar_let
2004-09-07 05:35 pm (UTC)
Sweet score on the sewing machine...damn it, I wish I knew how to sew!
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-09-08 08:09 am (UTC)
It does look rather good...needs a bit of work to get it running though.

The wooden top cover (which lifts off) looks like an elaborate cat coffin - or a box you'd send a baby out to sea in from some greek myth (can't remember who it was lol!)

If you can make holes in things you ought to be able to sew I say...all you need is thread attached and aim in a particular direction... I spent more time in textiles lessons sewing my fingers together than anything else anyway;)
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[User Picture]From: mehdi_caps
2004-09-08 01:03 am (UTC)
Now all I have to do is drill them, fill them with concrete, thread them on strings and go out and find some irritating public schoolboys to have a conker fight with so I can blind them and leave them crying...


That free Singer sewing machine is a great find! I believe that those things are usually very expensive. Does it look like this?

(Sorry for the double post)
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[User Picture]From: mehdi_caps
2004-09-08 01:20 am (UTC)
1941 Singer 128 and 1928 Singer 128... I believe that guy is selling them way below their value. He doesn't even know if they work.

This one "works perfectly (purrs like a kitten)".
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-09-08 08:15 am (UTC)
It's this one - with an electric motor underneath and lacking the flywheel - I reckon it was converted to electricity actually!!

The top of the unit does indeed look like an elaborate coffin... I didn't actually know that was how it was referred to until I found this picture of my machine lolol!!

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From: ranatash_moon
2004-09-08 03:40 am (UTC)
wow conkers, i havent played that since i was kid, that was a great find for the sewing machine is it one of the treddle ones as i hav one of the hand crank ones that was my great grandmothers and its still goin strong i use it for when i hav to take trowser up and do other repairs. sorry ive not been around for a few days, been havin a bit of a rough time of things..
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-09-08 08:19 am (UTC)
I used to use my grandmothers Singer - which had an electric motor fitted on the back of it... Good machine that.

My Husqvarna Viking is currently in need of repair - problem with the electric/foot and it sews by itself...that or it's possessed!!

This one needs a lot of work, but looks rather lovely!!

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[User Picture]From: hawklord2112
2004-09-09 11:05 am (UTC)

non sewing machine related comment


you have a phone, ya? Nokia 7210?
with calendar and appointments / reminders?

do you want me to get you a manual so you know how to use the stuff you already have?

or are you dead set on having your own PA? (i can see you with someone like Bubble, from Ab Fab, following you round..)
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[User Picture]From: missvontrapp
2004-09-10 08:17 am (UTC)

Re: non sewing machine related comment

I have a paper diary ting. Seems to work...and a handful of random notebooks/scraps of reminders on paper...

Thinking about it though, I can do the Edina rather well so I ought to have a 'Bubbles' hehe... When I went to London for Gay Pride in 2003 with Shauny and Simon et al, we were the Ab Fab crew, and Flick took the role of Bubbles very well.

We took turns on being Edina/Patsy...depending on how drunk we were hehe!!
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