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Post  past it on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:09 am

Charly wrote:Going rate for buying this book (if you can find it) is between £275-£300.
I found this bit of info on a search

Looking for a copy of Birds of a Lancashire Cotton Town,
Irvine Whittaker

printed by Robert Howe limited 1935.

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There is a copy in Heywood reference library

Ye Gods!! I only heard about it last night.. I will amend my request, if anyone has a copy please do not let me know.

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Post  Charly on Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:06 pm

Oh No...Its SNOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Post  Irishman on Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:40 pm

Charly wrote:Oh No...Its SNOWING!!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't panic Charly, it's not Global warming, it's winter and it's snowing, couldn't be more natural.... affraid

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Post  Charly on Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:44 pm

I HATE SNOW!
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Post  Irishman on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:07 pm

Charly wrote:I HATE SNOW!

Certainly with you there, nice on Christmas cards, hell to live with... Very Happy

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Post  Charly on Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:15 pm

I'd planned on doing some Christmas shopping today santa but instead I've stayed in the warm
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Post  Hinch on Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:02 pm

Just bought one of those Calor gas heaters. Great Deal on Amazon. £60 including delivery.
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Post  Poppyanna555 on Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:19 pm

Must be cold, i've lit the old wood burning stove, now i'm toasting! santa
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Post  Hinch on Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:55 pm

Yes, I have a pot-bellied wood-burner in my kitchen but it gets too hot for comfort. At the moment, I'm using a small fan-heater in my 10' x 10' conservatory but its still cold so I am getting the calor-gas heater.

They are all priced about £100 but I got this new one for only £60. Have bought two second-hand ones in the past from car boot sales and got stung both times. Neither were working when I got them home.

Let the buyer beware. Caveat emptor!
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Post  past it on Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:05 pm

I notice that the Jays,Magpies and the loose bowelled Pigeons take the lion's share of the food I put out. I am trying to find a way to help the small bird fraternity by covering some of the food so that only the small fry get it. The fat balls I hang on the line are OK for the Tits. Any thoughts on tactics?
My wife tells me not to bother, she says they are all birds and need feeding.

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Post  cyfrifia on Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:07 pm

A feeding table with a low roof favors the smaller birds, but apart from that, attempts to alter the balance between bird species is not usually much use, nature has it's own ways.

One of the things that affect bird numbers, especially the smaller song birds that tend to eat insects, is road noise, which makes hunting for insects slow and difficult for them, and for a surprisingly big area each side of a busy road. Many birds and even some bats hunt insects by listening for them, if they can't hear, they have to use a lot more energy to hunt, and find less food. It's difficult to get away from road noise anywhere now, so a quiet garden where birds can find food of various kinds must be quite a haven for them.

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Post  Dalelad on Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:41 pm

past it wrote: I notice that the Jays,Magpies and the loose bowelled Pigeons take the lion's share of the food I put out. I am trying to find a way to help the small bird fraternity by covering some of the food so that only the small fry get it. The fat balls I hang on the line are OK for the Tits. Any thoughts on tactics?
My wife tells me not to bother, she says they are all birds and need feeding.
Put the food in a cage that the larger birds can't get in. I got one that works well from Gordon Riggs.
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Post  past it on Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:29 pm

Hi bird lovers or is it winter haters.. Feeding going well, the word must be getting around I am inundated with feathered friends.
I rolled a fat ball on to the lawn yesterday instead of hanging it on the line. A magpie speared it and flew off with two thirds of it in it's beak. It can be amusing watching the bully boys squabbling over the food and not noticing a robin darting in between picking up the best bits.
One more problem, putting out water, within ten minutes it's frozen. Any thoughts!

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Post  Atlas on Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:41 am

Boil a pan full of water. Find a dish that will just cover it and fill the dish with cold water. It will stay unfrozen for at least an hour. Or should do depending on temperature. But not in Siberia. Smile
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Post  Mulldog on Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:04 pm

Anyone know anything about the bin collections over Christmas? Laughing
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Post  Guest on Fri Dec 14, 2012 11:09 pm

Mulldog wrote:Anyone know anything about the bin collections over Christmas? Laughing


I was informed today that the majority of RMBC public services are having a really extended closure ... pre, during and after Christmas, through into 2013...

but bin collections will only have a 1-week suspension, starting week commencing 24th December Laughing






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Post  Hinch on Sat Dec 15, 2012 8:21 am

Mulldog wrote:Anyone know anything about the bin collections over Christmas? Laughing

I have written two pieces on this for RO. Basically, you will have to wait up to a month to get both bins emptied.

Read the main article indexed at the foot of the page first.

http://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/127/council-watch/76183/christmas-bins-update
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Post  past it on Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:29 pm

I know it's still early January but we are already more than two weeks past the 21 Dec, the shortest day. The sun is setting about half an hour later now, I work on about one hour per month. I have snowdrops emerging, what a great sight.
I know I should not wish my life away but roll on spring.

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Post  Jeanie on Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:22 pm

Heavy snow forecast for tonight Crying or Very sad
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Post  Hinch on Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:55 pm

Snowing quite a bit in Bacup and here in Stradhoughton.

Just seen a brass monkey looking for a welder!
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Post  Chill37 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:42 pm

Mixture of sleet and snow.

Already on the news doom and gloom merchants are out and about. Just on the news Heathrow airport are talking about cancelling flights etc . Only been snowing a few hours!!


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Post  johnb on Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:49 pm

Could be fun. I'm off to Switzerland tomorrow.
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Post  Guest on Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:28 pm

johnb wrote:Could be fun. I'm off to Switzerland tomorrow.


… that brings back memories of being seriously snowed-in an authentic log chalet near the Deutsche Alpenstrasse with several burly technicians for a couple of days, peering out of the windows at a stunning snow forest landscape, no phone signals and wondering how anyone could, or ever would, believe the bigger story. It’s surprising what that incarcerating weather brought: a decade’s solid friendship between a Brit, an Israeli and an Indian resulted … following great confusion for Austrian and other border guards, with our three different nationality passports and travel ménage Very Happy Laughing


Now I just want to hibernate at the thought of heavy snows and shovelling.



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Post  Charly on Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:34 pm

Mojo Hill wrote:

… that brings back memories of being seriously snowed-in an authentic log chalet near the Deutsche Alpenstrasse with several burly technicians for a couple of days,

How come I've never had any luck like that?
Its definitely not fair!
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