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How observant are you?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by chelsea2, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    I think I am the world's most unobservant person.

    A friend came to visit today, and we went out for lunch (the pub with the Christmas tree - no flashing lights today!).

    As we returned home, she said, "Did you know you have a tree growing out of your chimney?" :p:confused:o_O

    I looked up. Yes, growing out of the side of the chimney is a tree sapling. It's at least 1.5m tall, so has hardly sprung up overnight, or even over the last few months. I spend a lot of time in my garden. How could I not have seen it, when it must have been growing there for quite a while???? :eek::eek::eek:

    And more to the point - what kind of person do I need to remove it? A builder? A roofer? A chimney expert? :(
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  2. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    You need someone who is very tall.

    Is it an Ash tree ?
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  3. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    It could well be - my garden is full of ash saplings, as there is an ash tree in the neighbour's garden. They drive me mad, as unless they are pulled up when they are very tiny, they become very firmly rooted. And often the first I know is when they poke through the top of another shrub!

    I guess it could also be a buddleia, which may mean it has only been growing this year!!
  4. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    Ive been told by Yorks Police I am officially a s**t witness. When an unlicensed untaxed criminal sidebarged our car, the fact I only presumed the heavily pregnant passengwr had left the car in order to access the matrrnity unit meant they got off!
  5. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

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  6. racroesus

    racroesus Star commenter

    Someone who isn't a lazy slattern.
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  7. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Lacking observation skills - there's an I-Spy book for that.
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  8. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    I've never spotted one! ;)
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  9. EmanuelShadrack

    EmanuelShadrack Star commenter

    I would beg to differ.

    All of us are astoundingly unobservant when our minds are elsewhere. What is unfortunate is that most people believe they wouldn't miss something-or-other, whereas the plain facts are that most of the time they do.

    As a species, we vastly overestimate our abilities in lots of areas. Exploiting this difference is the basis of a lot of stage magic, for example.
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  10. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    Ask Ofsted.
  11. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Waldo was never found.

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