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This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« on: March 24, 2020, 01:34:59 am »
I'll start with the following.  Any other freely available audiobooks or other entertaining things?



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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2020, 12:15:17 pm »
JM Boons books are available digitally https://www.caving.ab.ca/boon


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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2020, 02:22:20 pm »
This will help pass the time
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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2020, 03:00:31 pm »
Anything to correct or add to the links to add to the right hand side of http://caving-library.org.uk/catalogue/links.shtml ?

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2020, 05:54:34 pm »
Before this all kicked off, I was meant to be doing a volunteering day at the BCL. Having had a bellyful of training courses on Pluralsight, I've remembered a job which remains incomplete, which is indexing Nellie Kirkham's notes. From recollection I think we'd got through seven or eight (the thread will be lurking somewhere here) and the scanned docs are up somewhere on the PDMHS website - I'll check that and resurrect the original thread.
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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2020, 10:04:43 am »
OK, I'm bored already . . . .   
Got "house lassitude" and struggling to find motivation.

So I sat down yesterday and jotted down a some things off the top of my head, which may be a way to use up this unexpected free time. They might not work for everyone but it may give a few ideas. I'm sure readers of this forum could come up with others.

1. Read some of the classic Yorkshire Ramblers Club journals, from a Century or more ago; they're excellent and they put our modern caving endeavour very much in context: http://www.yrc.org.uk/yrcweb/index.php/journal

2. Go through all your gear and systematically check / mend / arrange to replace as necessary, probably via online shopping at the moment. (I would imagine our valued caving retailers are now having a hard time and would really appreciate the last one of these.)

3. Do some research of caving literature and plot projects for when we're all OK to play out again. This could be as simple as glancing through caving guides, or more in depth via caving journals, surveys, etc. (Remember how the way on in Wookey 25 was spotted in a video film a few years ago?)

4. Write up outstanding articles for your club journal - and / or consider writing something for Descent (as the next 2 or 3 editions are likely to struggle for news).

5. Dig out and draw up those outstanding survey notes.

6. Write your caving memoirs.

7. Make sure any gear which can deteriorate is stored optimally (especially stuff which needs to be away from UV wavelengths in the dark).

8. Design and make a new item of digging gear, ready for when the time comes. (Hours of fun can be had by perfecting a "flopjack" for example.)

9. Ransack the shed / garage / loft and do some loving restoration work on all those old carbide lamps, paraffin stoves, Tilleys etc. It's therapeutic and they make great ornaments in cavers' houses, even if not used again in anger.

10. Make a list of all the things that often stop you getting out caving and attend to these now, to free up time once the whistle has blown.

11. Make a conscious effort to stay fit - but don't overdo it as it can have an adverse effect on the immune system.

Finally - and perhaps most important  . . .

12. Consider volunteering to help others during the Coronavirus crisis, either via some local effort or through the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme: https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHS

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2020, 10:49:26 am »
Can't remember if this was shared on here or Facebook some time last year, but with my 5 year old off school and singing downstairs I was reminded of this masterpiece...

The distance between stupidity and genius is measured only by success.

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2020, 10:55:02 am »
Pegasus will be delighted to hear this again :lol:

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2020, 11:54:22 am »
Pegasus will be delighted to hear this again :lol:

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2020, 11:54:53 am »
Sod it, played it anyway  ;D

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2020, 11:55:37 am »
I remember digging that up and posting it a while back.

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 12:14:34 pm »

Will we all have hair that long after isolation  :o 

Any photo's of chaps who can compete with that?  Might have to go back to the 1960s to find any (at a guess)   :-\
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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2020, 12:15:00 pm »
I remember digging that up and posting it a while back.
Well I knew I'd either seen it here, or the Mendip Digging Facebook group, but a search for "diggy diggy hole" didn't reveal where...

I'll have to get in touch with them and organise an audition for my son once all this has blown over  :lol:
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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2020, 12:24:36 pm »

Will we all have hair that long after isolation  :o

Not sure what came over me, but I shaved my head after Boris' big announcement. I figured I'd cut it again when we get let back out; I really hope it isn't as long as those guys by then!   :o
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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2020, 12:41:58 pm »
I remember digging that up and posting it a while back.
Well I knew I'd either seen it here, or the Mendip Digging Facebook group, but a search for "diggy diggy hole" didn't reveal where...

I'll have to get in touch with them and organise an audition for my son once all this has blown over  :lol:

I think this may have been the first appearance: Mr S Pole goes digging down Eldon...

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2020, 01:16:42 pm »
OMG I have changed my mind about this song - watching this video and seeing my friends has been just brilliant  ;D

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2020, 02:07:55 pm »

Will we all have hair that long after isolation  :o

Not sure what came over me, but I shaved my head after Boris' big announcement. I figured I'd cut it again when we get let back out; I really hope it isn't as long as those guys by then!   :o

Pity we can't persuade our leader in Westminster to do the same; I don't think he has the first idea how to use a comb!    :lol:

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2020, 06:39:42 pm »

Will we all have hair that long after isolation  :o 

Fantastic news if mine grows back after 25 + years
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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2020, 12:51:58 pm »

Will we all have hair that long after isolation  :o 


No - we'll all be ripping it out in frustration at not being able to play out, now the weather's come really good, at long last!

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2020, 02:41:25 pm »
Surely your 'one form of exercise' could comprise a ten-mile hike away from anyone? Unless you only count underground as play? At least you're not having to furtle through back alleys to get to the woods like I am ;)

And in other news I received delivery of a head-shaver today, now my local barber's has closed (the one out of 16 I could actually go to, as I don't wish to look like Craig David), and I now have to learn how to do it myself. End of days. I'm secretly relieved though, as my local barber's was a soap opera in itself, and worthy of a thread of its own, so we'll see how bored I get over the next few weeks...

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2020, 02:58:20 pm »
Surely your 'one form of exercise' could comprise a ten-mile hike away from anyone? Unless you only count underground as play?

I'm in good fell running country, so no problem getting very isolated exercise round here.

But the vis is starting to become really good here in the Dales; us sump floppers have been waiting longingly for this whilst we endured months of misery (especially February). And now we're grounded. That's cruel; but worth it, if it's the way to save lives.

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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2020, 04:23:10 pm »
YouTube has all sorts of things to stem the boredom, such as Sid Perous own channel, and a host of other caving related content. If it's audiobooks you're after try Libri Vox they have thousands of books, on just about anything you care to name, read by an army of volunteers, all totally free.
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Re: This'll Keep You Occupied For a Couple of Hours
« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2020, 04:38:55 pm »
Speaking of You Tube, I remember when I were a lad, there was a black and white film on the TV about "Ogof Did Biraff" (spelling uncertain). Does anyone know if this has appeared on You Tube yet? I'd like to watch it again if possible. (A search with that spelling gives no results but if someone could tell me the proper spelling I can search again. Being brought up in the Pennines I find Welsh spellings a bit of a challenge.)
Thanks, if you can help.

 

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