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24th February 2013 - pointing out the obvious

24th February 2013 - pointing out the obvious

OK Ė first point out of obvious Ė crap and extremely beige photo.

Next comes the fact that I excuse this total cop-out on the basis that I have been sitting working on a lab report about things that make seaweed explode for ever and a day Ė well, pretty much constantly for the last fortnight and todayís session started at 7am and I have only stopped briefly for lunch, to prepare supper and at the same time get myself a photo.

There is a good bit though. This is quite simply the best gadget ever to be had at the Ideal Home Exhibition. Iíve got one, my Mum has got one, I even believe my little sister has one. Iíve always found it extremely useful. You put the needle in the hole, push the red button across to the left, drop the thread into the slot then let the red button go. The button propels a tiny hook through the needleís eye where it picks up the thread and pulls it through the eye, thus threading the needle in an instant instead of hours of increasingly frustrated poking at the eye with a licked bit of thread. You may think thatís not very exciting but believe me if you sew a lot itís a boon.

I always had perfect eyesight and still found it a hard thing to do without this gadget. Nowadays, my short-distance sight is shocking. I have a pair of specs permanently welded to the top of my head because I canít read at all without them. In fact, to set up this pathetic attempt at a PAD I couldnít even see the hole the needle drops into well enough to put the needle inÖ and then I put the needle in upside down because I couldnít see the eye. Oh how age creeps up on you and takes away your dignity!

My bloody seaweed will hopefully be handed in tomorrow and then my dissertation will, with luck and a following wind, the next day. Then I will have two more pieces of coursework to go and the exams before I finish my degree. Itís racing towards me so fast Iím feeling dizzy! I will have my supper in a few minutes then probably work until 10pm, by which time my working day will have been 14 hours (excluding meal times).

You know what they say about all work and no play? I can point out the obvious and tell you it's absolutely true.

Canon EOS 5D
1/60s f/13.0 at 100.0mm iso100 full exif

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David Sands02-Mar-2013 11:37
Age creeps up and takes away your dignity. TRUE' words have never been said! Great photo.
Al Chesworth25-Feb-2013 20:53
Too technical for me.
Martin Lamoon25-Feb-2013 20:20
Great invention! good luck with the dissertation.
exzim25-Feb-2013 03:21
Good luck with the degree stuff Linda, but I'm sure you won't need it
faye white24-Feb-2013 23:19
What a handy thing to have! I need glasses for reading and keep a pair in every room and my purse... getting old - ugh.
Ric Yates24-Feb-2013 21:50
Yep, same problem here!
Sheena Woodhead24-Feb-2013 21:38
What a natty needle threader. I've not seen one like this before. Have got one of those flimsy metal ones somewhere. I can just about manage if I take my glasses off - yes really!
SRW24-Feb-2013 20:01
I thought I had a lot of glasses....! Anyway: it's a good, sharp(!?) photo... -- and I'm intrigued as to how it works (although it also puts me in mind of a medieval instrument of torture...). Good luck with the seaweed...!
Bill Miller24-Feb-2013 19:49
Fascinating device, says I wearing one of my six pairs of reading glasses...