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grimpil

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  1. I rarely go out solely for caching - maybe just to pick up an odd local cache for the year end/new year goal. It has become an add-on to hiking, holiday trips, shopping trips, visits for sundry purposes etc. When going anywhere I just check online for nearby caches & download to gps. If I get time or inclination to find them I will. Otherwise there is always next time. If out for the day I take food & drink - & as I would be eating even if at home there is no particular cost caused by caching. Doubt I have spent anything on petrol specifically for caching either. Cannot imagine ever staying overnight anywhere just to seek caches. Life is too short not to multi-task! And no special equipment cost as I bought a gps for hiking, so using it for caching is again not a specific cost.
  2. That's a quick ding to Boggin's Dad. They had to select the winners from over 5000 entries. Blue Peter had fingers in a lot of pies - guaranteed high profile for any cause or objective & all without modern technology & social media on tap. Anyone still got an Advent Crown? LOL!!
  3. Thanks searcherdog. Just another of those odd miscellaneous facts my brain has squirrelled away on it's hard drive! To prolong Christmas a little longer (we have until Twelfth Night) here's another seasonal question. In 1966 the Royal Mail issued the first of its now traditional pictorial Christmas postage stamps. How was the design chosen? BTW it was 3d (ie old pennies) back then to send a card!
  4. Just popping back in here to confirm I got the OS map background option back again. Just followed all the original instructions, copied & pasted that long string of characters which I had kept on a word document after the previous successful install & bingo! Made life much easier than trying to retype it all again. Simples! (New Year Resolution to self - I will NOT be defeated by technology!)
  5. I do know this, but am not saying because I don't want to set a new question as may not be around for a few days. But nice seasonal question. And deffo an easy one . . . . if you know the answer!
  6. A ding-a-ling to dodgydaved! The TV series was an adaptation of A P Herbert's "Misleading Cases". The man who wrote a cheque on a cow was Albert Haddock (played on TV by Roy Dotrice - father of Michelle aka Betty Spencer). Each week Albert was up in court on some similar misdeameanour or interpretation of the law & always facing Sir Joshua Hoot as the exasperated counsel for the prosecution. And AFAIK he was always victorious. Sir Joshua was played by Thorley Walters. Here is a link to the first episode "The Negotiable Cow" (sadly sound only survives recorded from the TV) - dates from 1967. Do please at least listen to the first few minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eST9UCJYHfo Have ordered a secondhand copy of the book now to give myself some comical reading at Christmas!
  7. Hmm! As soon as I saw the Penge question I immediately knew the answer & my own question came straight into my head. Sorry if I foxed you all! So . . . It was characters in a TV series, which was dramatised from books in a similar vain to Rumpole. On TV the judge was played by Alistair Sim, who presided over a series of court cases brought against the adversary of Sir Joshua Hoot. The most renowned case involved an unusual cheque - it's validity being in question as it was not written on paper. So for an optional answer maybe someone can recall the "bearer" of the cheque?
  8. Not being a regular participant in this quiz thread I don't know the "etiquette" of when an unanswered question is abandoned & who sets the next challenge. Cannot think of any further clues that would not make people feel right Herberts when the case is revealed . . . .
  9. Thanks for the update - will sort out my new set up in a few days & this will no doubt be a great help!
  10. >>>>I certainly want caches to bring me to new places. Having been brought to the location by a cache, if it's worth revisiting I will be back whether there is a cache or not. On the contrary, there are several places that have unfound caches that will remain unfound by me indefinitely because I've already been there multiple times in a decade of caching and they're just not worth revisiting every year or two to bump my find count.<<<<< My feelings exactly. As someone else remarked - this appears to be in the main a game of numbers for a great many people. For some of us 'tis better to travel than to arrive, but maybe we are a minority. Life seems to be all about getting bigger numbers than the next man - number of caches, number of FB friends etc etc. What happened to QUALITY over QUANTITY? Sigh!
  11. Holy cow! At least I am not now laughing alone at the memories! I guess you probably have to be over 65 to have seen this. Another time, another plaice (as they say).
  12. Is anybody there? Do you want a clue? Maybe I will mislead you with a red herring . . . . or not?
  13. I expect there are other people like me who don't go out geocaching simply to visit cache locations & then need some sort of excuse to revisit. I primarily go out hiking & before I go I download caches in the area & they become an added bonus to the walk. Of course often a series or trail of caches will suggest a nice route which I might not have done otherwise & caching has often taken me off my tried & tested routes. How often have I walked a particular place & said to myself "next time I will go down THAT path" & never do. Until now. So I found a lot of new places, surprising views & had the fun of solving the riddles & leaving a little bit of me behind at every cache. I walk favourite routes many times & as I pass by past found caches I tip my hat to them, just as the same way I pause to look at a particular view for the umpteenth time. And some locations make me chuckle when I remember the fun & frustration the search might have caused me. But I don't feel any need to demonstrate to the world that I have been there again nor any need to boost any sort of personal statistics. Yesterday I passed the spot I found my first ever cache & recalled how triumphant I felt that day. Whilst it must be satisfying for a CO to get lots of logs against a cache they have taken the trouble to place I would imagine that 20 quality logs from 20 finder's single visit would be more fulfilling than a 100 logs/notes from the same 20 people recording repeat visits.
  14. I had tried toggling between search & browse - although in fact I had the screen that showed the OS maps bookmarked so I could always go straight there. But does not now work. No worries. Knowing the problem is with me as said I will leave it until I have my new Win 10 desktop set up sorted. I used Tampermonkey BTW & there are no recent updates. And I have "Leaflet" map prefernces selected. So lots of options to try & am sure with all the helpful suggestions on this thread I will easily get the OS maps back. It's not life & death for me - caching is not an everyday activity.
  15. You feedback is much appreciated. So it must be personal. I am on Chrome on Win 7. Not aware of a recent update, but as I am soon to move everything over to a new Win 10 PC I will wait until my new set up is established then sort it out. Thanks.
  16. Thank you. You either know these things or you don't! So - next question: Sir Joshua Hoot QC was the long-suffering adversary of which champion of the common man?
  17. The OS Map installation is no longer working for me - have not been trying to view it for a few weeks so no idea when it stopped playing ball with me. Is anyone else having the same problem, before I start paying around with my settings only to discover it no longer works per se
  18. And what you get from the triangle is rhubarb of course - so a ding to Optimist! If you read the question I only suggested "triangular" as being ascribed & not a literal description. On a very iffy wifi signal here or I would post a link but if you google you will find the triangle famous for rhubarb is between Morley, Rothwell & Wakefield & is a Place of Designated Origin. This forum is nothing if not educashunal!!!!
  19. LOL! Love the toblerone idea! And no it's not the cauliflower. Expecting someone from Yorkshire to get it. Will try to get online tomorrow to see if anyone has the right answer.
  20. I know - I have tried cooking it myself & had it in an Indian restaurant. Even when not slimy I just found it disgusting! However I do love Marmite, which repels many people! And as a child was always begging to take my brother's dose of cod liver oil as well as my own - yum!!
  21. Nope. Okra - EURGHHH! Nasty slimy stuff! I once got admonished by my then tutor for not being able to recall the Greek for okra. My response was "I don't need to know because I would never order it if I was on the brink of starvation".
  22. Isn't that star shaped? Although I can see your thinking. But no. Read the question carefully.
  23. Complete change of subject & something healthy. Oranges, apples & tomatoes can be described as basically round. Cucumbers, marrows, leeks are kind of long. Pears are - well - pear-shaped. But what fruit or veg might have "triangular" ascribed to it? If no-one gets the answer in the next two days I may then be offline for a week so will return here when I can.
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