Category Archives: Freecycling

Strange offers on Freecycle


Latest from my local Freecycle: ‘WANTED: Rubber cap for tubular leg’. Is it just me or does that sound disconcertingly surgical? (it turns out it was something to do with a bike rack on a car…).

Getting back to loftier matters, eleven of us sang our guts out at Turnpike Lane* underground last night in aid of Christian Aid. In our years of experience of this annual event, we have discovered that it takes precisely one and a half hours to sing one’s way through the entire Bethlehem carol sheet (with a short break for mulled wine, homebaked mince pies and Pfeffernüsse, provided by yours truly).

I then went to Covent Garden to meet a Shipmate and we had a good girly chat about flooded basements, plumbers etc. As if I didn’t get enough about plumbing in my day job as a plumber’s spouse…

Talking of which, things are looking good for said plumber to bag a job at a  Further  Education College, teaching mechanical engineering. This would be a considerable change in our daily lives but he has really had enough of crawling under sinks now. Especially since he hit a magical birthday this year (half-century, in case you’re interested).

*or, in the terms of the anagrammatical Tube map (see Wibsite home page for sample), ‘Internal Puke’.


And the score for reunited pairs of socks this week is an amazing FOUR! Yes, four actual pairs re-introduced to their long lost partners in the airing cupboard. I stand vindicated for my habit of keeping odd socks for months or even years.

Meanwhile at Freecycle, I read a recent offer as ‘Traumatic Caravan Heater’. Not sure whether it was the caravan or the heater that had a traumatic effect, I looked again and found ‘Trumatic Caravan Heater’. What a relief.

More irresistible offers

Freecycle has come up trumps again. Someone is offering ‘clothes hangars’ (sic). Presumably for use by another someone who has so many clothes they have to be kept in airport sheds. I was rather disappointed however to read: ‘TAKEN potty Barnet’. I would have quite liked to have an insane hairstyle (Cockney rhyming slang: Barnet Fair = hair).

Free to a good home

Having recently joined both the Barnet and Haringey groups of that interesting social innovation, Freecycle, I’m finding the listings a source of frequent innocent amusement. Yesterday, for instance, someone was offering a ‘CD and ape deck’ which presumably was available for monkeying around with. It’s not just the typos though – today I find that I am being offered ‘2 posh soaps and unrelated pickles’. This has set me musing: in what way exactly might posh soaps be related to pickles? Or is it that the pickles are unrelated to each other, or even unrelated to their previous owner? I imagine him/her introducing them: ‘This is my Aunt Gherkin, and Uncle Onion – the other pickles are no relation at all’. I really ought to respond to this offer just to find out what unrelated pickles are.