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Build Flat Packs in Half The Time 2004/11/22

Posted by Dave in Tips and Tricks.
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A lot of manufacturers of flat-packs supply an Allan Key or Hex Key. Lately I have found that the entire flat pack can be assembled without using a screwdriver or any other tool.

This is especially the case with IKEA furniture, but the idea seems to be growing, and so is my collection of hex keys.

They all seem to be the same size too! The biggest difference is whether they are L-shaped or Z-shaped.

Here’s my tip…

Take an L-shaped hex key and saw off the bend to make a STRAIGHT HEX KEY. Simple as that!

What you do now is take your cordless drill with the twist grip bit, and — instead of putting a drill in the bit, or the screwdriver accessory into the bit — you simply pop in the straight hex key, tighten the bit and you have a new handly attachment for your drill.

All the flat pack stuff you buy can now be built easier and more quickly than twisting a hex key by hand!

This is a great TOP TIP! I have found it so useful myself! Enjoy!

‘Oh! What a Night!’ 2004/11/10

Posted by Dave in Music, nights out, Reviews.
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So, there we were, at the "Hit Show", 'Oh! What a Night', starring Kid Creole ('Brutus T. Firefly'), when — during the final number (ironically 'Burn, Baby, Burn') — the fire alarm went off and we were evacuated to St.Vincent St. to watch the Fire Engines screech to a halt outside.

At least it was not raining, and the crowds from the 'Theatre Royal' were soon allowed back in (it was a false alarm) for the troupe to finish their song! Super Troopers all of them.

They had just arrived in the UK, and this was their debut!

The real star of the show was the wonderful Hazel Payne ('Roxie Rochelle') — boy, can she sing! A fine pair of lung on that girl… any real fire she could have blown out all by herself!

We all were amused that the show featured a character named "Jack Vettriano" — did the writers not know that this is also the name of one of our most popular fine artists?

Tonight was fun indeed!

‘Tosca’ 2004/11/06

Posted by Dave in Music, nights out, Reviews.
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Scottish Opera's 'Tosca' at the 'Theatre Royal' is the version envisaged by the late Anthony Besch — so I simply had to see how this thriller could be changed from the original Napoleonic occupation of Rome to the fascist era of the 1930s under the direction of Aidan Lang.

'Tosca' is always a risk to stage; it can all-too-easily turn into a farce — so it's always worth while turning up in case 'it all goes terribly wrong'! (more…)

‘Maroon 5’ 2004/11/04

Posted by Dave in Music, Reviews.
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One of the gifts I got for Ruth's birthday was the 'Maroon 5' album 'Songs about Jane'… unfortunately for her, I've been listening to it rather a lot; it's actually rather good (I'd no idea who they were or what their songs were like beforehand).

There are a couple of songs that are very similar in key, tempo and melody, and therefore are separated by other tracks. (more…)