Monthly Archives: March 2015

SHEDNOTES 90: Scaring squirrels

    The Shed liked a tip from Anne Wareham in Spectator 21.3.15 for dealing with squirrels trying to break in to your birdfeeder … “Buy one of those wireless doorbells, cover the receiver part in plastic wrap and bury … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 89: Some Richard III notes

The Shed’s experiences include a bit of how news organisations work and the enthusiasm which greeted the identification of Richard lll’s remains did remind us that there is a rule against letting facts get in the way of a good … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 88: Some more Radio Shed

* The Shed’s eye was caught by a report in Gdn 27.3.15, by Luke Bainbridge, which included the claim: “Frankie Knuckles is to house music what Chuck Berry is to rock’n’roll.” Knuckles was a Chicago musician, DJ and record producer, … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 87: A Filofacts on MOTORING: WINTER PREPS

From Tavistock Times 12.2.15 * Replace key battery every two years, including in the spare. A replacement typically costs between £20 and £50 for a blank electronic remote with a blank transponder and a blank keyblade. Allow around £15-£20 to … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 86: A Filofacts on Screw Sizes

  screw sizes When it comes to screw sizes, The Shed still tends to think in the old Imperial system, in which a 6-gauge screw was an extra-skinny one; an 8g was a good all-rounder; and a 10g was as … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 85: Separating sex and politics

The Shed has reluctantly accepted that it should comment on the business of inappropriate sexual behaviour, which is driving a lot of politics and civil service effort without dissent from any direction. Theresa May said in a recent article that … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 84: A Filofacts on Online Security

The Shed generally takes the publish-and-be-damned point of view but recognises that there might be occasions in life when it is worth considering a service such as HideMyAss! , which was the subject of a feature in Observer 15.3.15. Reporter … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 83: Understanding Mandy

Mark Gatiss plays Peter Mandelson in an upcoming doc-drama called Coalition and has been studying his man. He told the Telegraph 1.3.14:  “There’s this lovely old clip where he’s eating a yogurt and drops a bit on his tie.  He … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 82: The American Sniper and Defence Policy

The Shed has an angle to mention on Chris Kyle, the guy played by Clint Eastwood in American Sniper. Before he was shot by a nutter who hung around his civilian gun range, Kyle wrote quite a good book, called … Continue reading

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SHEDNOTES 81: A Filofacts on FILLERS

Which filler for which hole? The Shed hopes to write the definitive guide one day. Meanwhile, some notes … * Fine Surface Polyfilla is good for smoothing off rough walls in preparation for paint or paper and professional decorators use … Continue reading

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