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Proper Job

Loves to learn new things and make stuff...properly

SeaSucker Talon Bike Rack
Hobbies

This bike mount really sucks … but in a good way.  I don’t generally write posts enthusing about technology, but I saw  the SeaSuckerTalon for the first time last week. I was genuinely impressed. Apparently they are huge in the US but have only been imported in limited quantities in

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Sharp pile rug with underlay
Cleaning

Shagpile rug are  wonderfully sensuous underfoot.  Walking barefoot or shagpile rug is one of the real pleasures in life.  However after a year  or two the pile starts to flatten and sensation becomes less and less enjoyable.  The good news is that returning a shagpile to something close to that

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Henry VIII hat
Hobbies

The same basic hat shape worn by King Henry VIII was also worn by men of all classes in the fifteen hundreds. The only real differences were the materials used and added decorations. If you want one of your own, the good news is that although they haven’t been available

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HobbiesNature

Whether starting from seeds or seedlings bought from a nursery, Growing chilies at home is so simple that even if you don’t ‘do it properly’ you will still probably end up with a great crop of delicious fiery peppers. Not just the bog standard varieties either. You can enjoy exotic

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Hobbies

I had a go at making some finger rings out of scrapwood and was stunned with the high quality results. It really is an easy task to turn scrap into objects of beauty and value using only very simple tools. The technique is simply to take a shaving from a

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nettles
HobbiesHome brewingNature

Nettles are nasty stinging weeds and we all hate them. Except that they are also a fantastic for turning into nettle beer which gets you trousered is easy to make and tastes utterly delicious. For these reasons I have to say that I think nettles are wonderful plants that should

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palett sofa
BuildingGardeningHobbies

If you’re thinking of buying a new garden sofa you could well be looking at spending over £1000 for anything half decent. Why not create something that is both totally bespoke and more solid than anything you can buy in the shops or online. By making your own sofa from

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pound sign burned into wood
BusinessHobbies

Your hobby can make you money. Some people get lucky and become millionaires. Others just make a few extra quid doing what they were doing anyway. Now I cannot promise you millions, but with surprisingly little effort you can definitely make a decent wodge of extra cash. How much you make is

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StickyGardeningHobbiesNature

When breaking up wooden pallets you will always get a few short boards and a few split boards. But even these seemingly useless pieces can be turned into wonderful things. Making a bird box from old scraps of pallets is easy, but the reward of seeing a pair of finches

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GardeningHobbies

A wood fire is a thing of wonder but popping down the local park with an axe for firewood is frowned on by the local council so we generally have to buy logs, which can cost a bit over the course of a cold winter.  However newspapers are made from

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