Asking For Things

Thing #22 - Monty Python Calendar Thingy

I've got a little slip of paper from a Monty Python calendar, dated Tuesday 15th June 2004. It's a mock-advert for "The Sensational Mr Peter Walker". I've never been one of those Monty Python obsessive types, so I don't know the reference, but I like the orange picture of him. And the description of him as a "mentalist"?. Selling yourself as a mentalist is something I hope to do one day. I don't hold out much ambition for his Sauna Bath Act though. david, nottingham

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Thing #21 - Cheeger

Opening my AFT box was a bit like opening a Kinder Egg, except the gifts were much better. I got a little plastic animal that has the looks of a cheetah but the stripes of a tiger. i'm calling it a cheeger. Alongside the cheeger there is a fold out plastic sheet that looks like it was made by someone on a bad acid trip. I can't decide if it's meant to be an undersea scene or a jungle scene. Maybe it's neither. I'm tempted to take the cheeger into school and let it stand on top of my white...

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Thing #20 - Japanese sticker

I'm well happy with this 'zany' Japanese sticker. Apparently it's a toilet humour funny, like the old "if you sprinkle when you tinkle...", meaning something like: If you soil on the toilet, you should sweep it by yourself. It's harder for a cleaner to sweep it later if you don't do. This will take pride of place on my spare lavvy now. Steve Rodgers, Sevenoaks/Fife

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Thing #19 - 3-Terminal Adjustable Regulator

I got an electrical component of some kind. Made in Japan, reference 303-179, LM317LZ. I'm not an electrical engineer type, but this website says it's a '3-Terminal Adjustable Regulator'. I'm still none the wiser. Safe to say, this particular regulator will spend an unfulfilled life, forever sealed within its little static-proof bag, tucked inside a record box, unaware what it feels like to regulate little tiny jolts of electricity for the good of humankind. Jon, London

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Thing #18 - MEGGER CBT3 manual

I got a manual for a MEGGER CBT3 Residual Current Circuit Breaker Tester. It's got 24 pages, and on pages six, there's black and white picture of some device; I never used a residual current circuit breaker tester, so I guess that's what they look like. The manual must have been locked away for years in a drawer or a locker or something, its smells like old people's homes, so I took it to the park 'cause I never do that with my grandma and I sort of feel guilty about that. I took a book with me and spent...

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