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  1. How about Munich. It's a good place for a weekend, there is the HofbrauHaus if you like beer and oompah music. The beerhall is massive and cavernous and almost drips with delicious beer, and they serve good German food. Munich has markets and the Marienplatz and in the tourist shops it has incredibly odd and expensive ornaments that look like bits of roadkill stuck together. I've never seen an explanation for those. You can visit the Olympic Stadium as well. I guess as it would be October, tho Oktoberfest would be on. It's quick and easy to fly there.
  2. So glad you recommended this one. I love it but wasn't sure if other people would. The disco dancing is great especially when the rabbits wiggle their fat little bottoms.
  3. All I can add is that I've used vermx so far, since about August and all seems ok. They eat the pellets with relish, I really hope it continues to work.
  4. I'm English and I have to say I am quite dreading the Six Nations. I shall faithfully watch all the tournament, cringing as I go along, and shouting advice at the TV, which considering I only have a rudimentary grasp of RU gameplay, is a bit cheeky. Still, those thighs!
  5. Hello, Their run is 8' x 8' and the coop sits inside with about 1' gap around the ends and back, which leaves about 4' at the front. I had to leave them again this morning, so I shut them in the small run and draped duvets over it leaving just the front, so if a fox did come it would have been quite a distance from where they could see it. All looks peaceful, I shall let them out into the bigger run now I am home. It's a shame, everything was hunkydory until this week. I've ordered a foxwatch, so I'm hoping that and the men doing their bit will calm things down.
  6. Sorry to post this comment again but I know you are a wealth of knowledge: Thanks for all your replies, I have sent out the men forthwith, there are three here so they can share the duties. However, we were out for the day and when we got back, there was the fox. The chickens were panicking in the run and poor Persephone had blood down her front and the bleeding seemed to be coming from her nose, we cleaned her up and she seems ok. I think she crashed into something in her panic. My question now is this - when we originally got their coop it was one of those wooden, rectangular ones with a run attached and wood top to bottom on one end and half the back. We put this in the middle of the WIR, so I reckon it would be a good idea to shut them in there when everyone is out. That way, they have places to hide especially if I put more wood round it and hopefully will panic less. My worry is that they will panic the same but in a more confined space. What do you think? I think I will try a foxwatch though.
  7. Thanks for all your replies, I have sent out the men forthwith, there are three here so they can share the duties. However, we were out for the day and when we got back, there was the fox. The chickens were panicking in the run and poor Persephone had blood down her front and the bleeding seemed to be coming from her nose, we cleaned her up and she seems ok. I think she crashed into something in her panic. My question now is this - when we originally got their coop it was one of those wooden, rectangular ones with a run attached and wood top to bottom on one end and half the back. We put this in the middle of the WIR, so I reckon it would be a good idea to shut them in there when everyone is out. That way, they have places to hide especially if I put more wood round it and hopefully will panic less. My worry is that they will panic the same but in a more confined space. What do you think?
  8. Have a look - crazy. It's on the BBC news website http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8485000/8485451.stm
  9. I just read about a product called 'scoot', which replicates the scent mark of foxes. We always have little piles of fox poo dotted around so I'm wondering if this would work. Has anyone tried it, I found out about it on a site called foxolutions which is quite interesting.
  10. We have an enormous fox pestering our chickens, he can't get in their run but they don't know that. Has anyone tried a scarecrow, if so, did it work? I wondered if the shape of a human in human smelling clothes would have any effect.
  11. I also think we're pretty hard on ourselves in the developed world. All these exams and qualifications are a fairly new invention, I'm a bit hazy on the details but they've only been around for about 50 -60 yrs, before that it was a good grounding in the 3 rs and a school certificate. For the future scientists, engineers, businessmen etc they're great and genuinely useful but so many people have a more practical bent. Humans haven't evolved that much in the last hundred years, and reliance on academic prowess doesn't seem to work. I'm thinking of that lost generation of young people we have who have absolutely nothing to show from school because school doesn't seem relevant to them. Technology and science means we have a big, strong population but has also taken away the skills and crafts that people used to have in order to earn money. This is my convoluted way of saying that your children sound fine, I can understand that learning from books and exams holds no great attraction to 16 year old. Maybe only 20 years ago they would have been learning a trade or skill at Tech colleges which always struck me as a good idea. I think nursing is a good example. When they talk about needing a degree to be a nurse, won't that put off less academic people who would otherwise make good careers out of nursing, learning and taking qualifications based on knowledge gained at work. Sorry if this is badly put together but I've had all these thoughts wobbling round my head for a couple of days.
  12. That makes more sense. I guess it could be a more useful tool for parents in those situations. Jumping to conclusions again. I didn't think many men would want that amount of paternity leave, it will be interesting to see.
  13. What do you think? I would have hated it, at one point I had four children under 4yrs old, and needed to be left on my own to sort out my own systems. I think men work from a different mindset and I was quite glad for him to be at work. He took over when he could, well, slept while they played around him - he did work very hard! I didn't go back to work so I imagine that how you view this would be very different if you did.
  14. Whoops, sorry, missed that you were after the console as well. How does the amazon price compare anyway? That would be a good offer
  15. When our kids were about 10 we took them out of school. there were no issues, it just seemed right for us. I had no idea how many teenage angst problems we would circumvent. The best thing was that we could work really hard, 9-5, monday to friday, unless we felt like doing something else and then the rest of the time was free. There was no peer pressure, they kept the best of the friends from school and it was a good time. Setting up and doing exams was pretty hard but we managed it, the nicest and most helpful people were teachers who were strangely supportive.
  16. If you have the wii fit plus you can out together routines that flow from each other and you don't have all the annoying chatter. My Mii doesn't even have a neck, which is annoying as the last time i looked I definitely had one. I think I'll check out the EA sports active as well. I know it's online but the bundle is £124 on amazon, and you can pay for same day delivery
  17. Also, I find the quality of Sainbury's meat to be dubious. Not that it's old or anything but I often find hidden bits of fat or gristle tucked underneath, and that's even with the 'taste the difference' range. We tend to go to Waitrose for our meat now, or farm shops and get very little waste.
  18. How's it going? Are you still doing it? I've gained 3lbs in the last 3 weeks - yay! I don't quite trust that little talking scale thing, I think there's something personal going on! No comments please from all you keen people who go OUTDOORS to do exercise and meet other keen people.

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