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July 10th, 2004

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02:15 am - Blood and fencing ...
So, I've had a cold this week. Which of the following activities do you think brought on a nosebleed ?

  1. Fencing a couple of epee bouts last night,
  2. Wandering down the chocolates aisle at Sainsbury's,
  3. Sitting at the table a minute or two after eating dinner,
  4. Doing vigorous group footwork drills at fencing last night,
  5. Randomly sniffling while sitting around watching TV,
  6. All of the above.

Yup, it was 2, 3 and 5. On Wednesday, while wandering around in Sainsbury's trying to find stuff, I must have sniffled or blinked too hard, because my nose went off. Yesterday, despite all provocations of fencing and footwork, nothing, and then tonight, sitting around shortly after dinner, off it went again (wasn't even a particularly spicy dinner, unlike the previous couple of nights, where I piled on garlic pepper, cajun spice mix, chilli powder and paprika (trying to blast the cold symptoms out; combined with drinking copious amounts of ginger beer, seems to work, mostly) ).

Meanwhile, last night rwrylsin and I went fencing for the second time since we moved Over Here (and my second time in about three months). My distance was much improved - last week, I lunged attempting to hit my opponent on the wrist - and my point ended up somewhere behind his body - and hadn't hit anything on the way through, so my point control is obviously way off too. Last night, I lunged for wrist hits a few times and "merely" ended up half-way up the arm, and was mostly hitting. A big improvement, but some work required still, obviously.

A little aside which will probably seem odd to the UK residents reading this, and may seem odd to the others too - there's still something slightly "exotic" about shopping in Sainsbury's or Tesco or other well-known UK chain stores - because we've heard the names regularly on British TV shows shown on Australian TV over the years, but we don't have similar stores in Australia.
Well, except Safeway, but the two Safeway chains are owned by different companies, just like the USA Target and K-Mart chains don't seem to be connected with the Australian Targets and K-Marts. Actually, there are Woolworths stores in both places too, but again, not connected as far as I know. Amusingly (?), in Australia, Woolworths supermarkets and Safeway supermarkets are owned by the same company, and use the same slogan and ad jingle, just changing the store name - "Safeway/Woolworths, the fresh food people". More amusingly, there's a Tasmanian chain of supermarkets who sold their business to the same company, with the condition that their name be kept, thus, in Tasmania, there's "Roelf Vos, the fresh food people".

Well, it amuses me.
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Date:July 10th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC)
Coles Myer, which owns Target and Kmart in Australia, use to own a portion of Target in the USA, but they sold it off some years ago. Kmart in the USA has been in dire trouble trying to stay afloat for the last couple of years.

One thing I find interesting is that Safeway, despite being separate companies in separate countries, have this habit of building petrol stations and giving customers a discount. In Australia, it's 4c/l and you have to have bought $30 worth of groceries to get it. In the USA, it's abut 3-6c/gallon, but doesn't require any purchase at all. Don't know what the discount scheme is in the UK, but I've seen Safeways there doing the petrol thing too.
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Date:July 10th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
Given the number of Brits who have commented on the fact Woolworths and Coles sell food in Australia I don't think your UK readers would think it odd that you find British chains a little exotic.
Date:July 12th, 2004 04:29 am (UTC)
*Gives you a hug.* That's poo, nose bleeds are consistently annoying.

Fencing sounds like fun! On another note, I was/ am thinking of taking up shooting... AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!

No seriously I am.
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Date:July 14th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC)

Eeek !

Suddenly I'm glad I'm many thousands of km away :-)

(and a *hug* in return, and my nose seems to be behaving itself now)

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