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I'm 50-something, married, with a teenage daughter, a small house, and a large mortgage :-)
I'm 50-something, married, with a teenage daughter, a small house, and a large mortgage :-)

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More of the same.
I am reminded of the Emperor's New Clothes.
On the other hand, the inventor of the Cup Noodle (aka Pot Noodle) made rather a lot of money from it.
And that's the thing - some food tech innovations work really well.
- in a cheap motel with only a kettle, meals that can be made by adding hot water work rather well! A student bedsit is similar.
- frozen peas made a big difference too - they seem to take freezing rather well!
- and, of course, the ubiquitous microwave (yep, I am old enough to remember the world before the microwave!)
But some "innovations" are just fancy language, and not much else.
There is a place for pre-selected fruit and veg - many of us have a bottle of juice in the fridge.
But if orange juice ever got ridiculously expensive pre-selected, and oranges were cheap, i'd squeeze them myself! (Actually, I'd probably eat them as oranges, and not bother with the juicing thing. I routinely take a Clementine or Satsuma, or suchlike, in my lunchbox to work).
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After a tough little workout, my favourite "recovery" drink is Supermalt.
I recently tried another brand (Dragon Malt), and it was OK, but Supermalt just tastes better (imho), and it has all those lovely added B vitamins too.
Those of you who know the history of Supermalt know it is about more than just a malty taste ;-)
For hard multi-hour activities, I use other things for recovery. But for a short, sharp, workout lasting 30-40 minutes, Supermalt is hard to beat!
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After a tough little workout, my favourite"recovery" drink is Supermalt.
I recently tried another brand (Dragon Malt), and it was OK, but Supermalt just tastes better (imho), and it has all those lovely added B vitamins too.
Those of you who know the history of Supermalt know it is about more than just a malty taste ;-)
For hard multi-hour activities, I use other things for recovery. But for a short, sharp, workout lasting 30-40 minutes, Supermalt is hard to beat!
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"At a press conference Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said the state could need more than $125bn (£97bn) from the federal government to help its recovery."
The cost of not taking climate change seriously enough ...
Yes "green/eco" costs money, but so does not doing "green/eco".
It is not only island paradises like the Maldives that have a problem with rising sea levels and warming sea water (apparently warmer sea water causes a significant increase in rainfall, which is what we sea here).
My little house on a hill, in a country with a temperate, but not particularly warm, climate, on rainy island, seems like an increasing good place to live.
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Hmm. Existing medical chemicals, unless specifically covered by another law, aren't illegal even if misused. Apparently.
Clearly my codeine, which is a restricted substance, would be illegal to sell to anyone without proper medical authorization (in my case I get it through a physician's script, and, as it is being supplied to me as an end user, I can't sell it on).
Laughing gas doesn't appear to be a restricted substance, so that folks can't be prosecuted for supplying it or misusing it, unless also covered by a third law ...
(It seem to be exempt from the new drug law because it is "medical", and it seems exempt from the medical drug provisions because it isn't "restricted" (unlike codeine)).
As usual knee-jerk populist quick legislation has no doubt one a few votes, yet failed to achieve the purpose (for good or bad) that it was designed to achieve!
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Anna's bike after it's clean, service, and repair (by me, obviously).
1) Showing it's seven year age - not bad for a cheap "supermarket" bike. Yeah, the water bottle cage was my idea - handy for the occasional pleasant country ride.
2) upgrade to the rear brake. I fitted a similar upgrade to the front a few years ago.
3) new rear wheel - chain thoroughly cleaned and lubed. I moved the (freewheel) gears from the old wheel to the new. Note the improbably fat Tacx wheel nuts I fitted in late Spring, so Anna can use my turbo trainer.
4) after fiddling about with the gears, and especially after mounting to a different wheel, don't forget to set the stops and adjust the derailleur!
5) another view of the ludicrously large wheel nuts - they take a 19mm wrench (rather than the more standard 15mm size)
6) the rather nice MKS 3000R pedals I fitted for Anna a year or two ago. The "R" means they have a reflector built into them. Heavy chromed steel, with heavy-duty rubber blocks, they are actually made in Japan, not one of the low cost areas where most bike parts are made. Yeah, you can take them apart and service them if you need to.
You can see the heavy-duty sidesteps in this picture, too. Anna regularly uses her bike for getting groceries, so the stand, panniers and front basket are part of that being so successful. They turn a toy into a tool ;-)
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Can you put a six speed freewheel on a seven speed (freewheel) wheel?
Of course you can - I did it a few days ago.

You just get a bit of a gap between the smallest gear and the frame.(see first photo)
(The gap is only about half a gear wide, though, because a six speed has a bigger gap between each of the cogs than a 7 speed does!)

Just remember to adjust the "stops" on the derailleur afterwards, so that it swings a bit further in to get to the new position of 1st gear, and so that it doesn't swing off the end of sixth gear.
Then adjust the cable to make all the other gears line up properly with the gear selector.
I just had to turn the little knob (shown under the derailleur in the second picture) a couple of turns, and it was done.
You may find the some of the gears line up better than others:
e.g., 2nd was a bit towards 3rd when 5th was "right", and 5th was a bit towards 4th when 2nd was right.
Simples - split the difference, so that both 2nd and 5th are both "almost" right.

To unscrew a modern Shimano-type freewheel (also covers modern SunRace units, too), you need a Park Tool FR1 (or equivalent) - a cassette locking tool like the Park Tool FR5 won't fit into the freewheel.
I have discussed this in a previous post in this collection.
If you have something oddball, like the Huret gears I had on my Falcon back in the '70s to 90's, then chances are you will need a completely different tool. Check out the Park Tool website for a description of what tool unscrews what.

Chain wrench? - nah - I just firmly gripped the tyre with one hand while using a long wrench on the FR1. I screwed the wheel nut most of the way back on, too, so the FR1 couldn't fly out. Once you get it started, it is easy.
Potentially, freewheels can have the cogs removed - this one has a group of three and three separate rings. But, unless you have something vintage or rare and obscure, with the cost of replacement parts being pretty low, it's not worth it.

I actually have all the parts for a seven speed (including shifter), but Anna likes her six, so I left it as it is.
And there is not that much difference in bearing basically, 3rd is split from 21 to 20 and 22.
Gearing on Anna's 6-speed is 14, 16, 18, 21, 24, 28
Gearing on my spare 7-speed is 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 28
So five of the ratios are exactly the same ;-)
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Making aspirin into Tylenol (paracetamol).
Now THAT'S a science project!
(In one of his other videos he extracts the lidocaine from a "popular personal recreational product")
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Breakfast:
Bread and butter, letcho (a bit like sauerkraut, but with extra carrot), spring onion, tomatoes, radish, lettuce, a couple of eggs, and a splash of ketchup.
Yep, I'm still going for #10aDay, and this is a good first installment.
(Already had orange juice earlier this morning, so that's another one ticked off).
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