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Outpourings / Re: Chess
« Last post by Tarquin Thunderthighs lll on January 15, 2021, 11:42:26 PM »
Yes, it was an excellent series, Diane, and had me searching the web for several days, seriously looking for a nice chess table and set for my bachelor pad. I played a little in my youth, to a very low level, but was more thinking of the aesthetics of the set up, rather than any great desire to seriously take up the game again. Besides, I’m not sure I could afford the recreational drugs.
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Outpourings / Re: Lost in Scotland
« Last post by Tarquin Thunderthighs lll on January 15, 2021, 11:07:19 PM »
Well, exactly!
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Outpourings / Chess
« Last post by Diane CBPFC on January 15, 2021, 08:06:56 PM »
My Dad taught me to play chess when I was a kid and we played quite often (he was disabled).  I bought 9 sets and set up a chess club for kids at the library years ago which was fun for a while but just did the basics - I taught from a school chess & math book set up for a lunchtime chess club.

My daughter has been wanting to play so have been having a go and she has been winning most of the time so I thought I would try out chess.com for a free one week trial of friendly computer games in which they tell you better moves you could make, allow 3 takebacks and analyze the whole game with you if you want. The coolest part though is that they give names to moves you make such as "Petrov's Defense" "Steinitz Attack" "Dresden Opening"etc

Anyway I am seriously considering taking out a year's membership and perhaps playing real people from around the world. I like the computer avatars because they are not in a rush and combine lessons with the game. 

I enjoyed the Netflix series The Queen's Gambit and Beth Harmen is one of the higher end avatars you can play.
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Outpourings / Re: Lost in Scotland
« Last post by Diane CBPFC on January 15, 2021, 07:54:01 PM »
Yes you look for a tin of food on the counter, who has a painting of a can of food? lol 
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Outpourings / Re: Lost in Scotland
« Last post by Tarquin Thunderthighs lll on January 15, 2021, 12:00:55 AM »
Second time lucky...  8)



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Outpourings / Re: Lost in Scotland
« Last post by Tarquin Thunderthighs lll on January 14, 2021, 11:52:58 PM »
Four hours, 27 minutes and 11 seconds. Bloody hamburger >:(!
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Outpourings / Re: Immune System
« Last post by Tarquin Thunderthighs lll on January 14, 2021, 11:45:08 PM »
1)  Which forest?

2)  What "other medication"?
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Outpourings / Re: Lost in Scotland
« Last post by Bilthehut on January 14, 2021, 01:08:13 PM »
Best was 22secs
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Outpourings / Immune System
« Last post by Mince on January 14, 2021, 10:23:09 AM »
I discovered two things yesterday.

1. Visiting a forest can induce a significant increase in both the number and activity of natural killer cells, one of the ways our body fights off cancer. And the effects can last up to thirty days.

2. Using paracetamol or other medication to reduce the fever of flu can increase your chances of dying from it by up to 5%.
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Outpourings / Re: When will things be back to normal for you?
« Last post by Roger Kettle on January 13, 2021, 06:51:01 PM »
I can't see "normality" returning in the foreseeable future. The vaccines will, of course, help (my 98 year old mother-in-law was inoculated yesterday) but it will be a long time before restrictions can be eased significantly. I hope I'm wrong. I miss stuff!
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