Embarrassing injuries

"As I was taking an apple pie out of the oven, it slipped out of the dish onto my foot," writes a reader. "I reacted by leaping about only to slip on the hot apple. I ended up with a burnt foot and a very bruised bum."

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Getting rid of pigeons (and their poo) No. 1

The pigeon whisperer writes: "My palm became a home to a pair. Coo-cooing and leaving their calling cards. I bought an air rifle to try and dissuade their comfy home but they were smarter than me and seemed to know how to avoid becoming a target. But now I have a little peace ... I set up on one of those garden water timers to a high pressure hose on a long stick. I then set the timer for every six hours for say six to ten minutes a blast ... that blast of water was very unsettling and probably uncomfortable, especially in the middle of the night, for the avian terrorists. My pigeons flew off fast at the disturbance and overtime set up home elsewhere. Try this for a few days, maybe even a few weeks see if that works."

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Getting rid of pigeons (and their poo) No. 2

Cal writes: "My wife is Lithuanian and she comes from its capital, Vilnius. They too had a pigeon problem in the historic city centre. The solution was a 'loop audio of an eagle's screech' that would play on loud speaker every 10 minutes or so from the city's magnificent national museum. The pigeons scarpered, and I haven't seen a pigeon in the city centre in my three visits since.

"The only pigeons I did see were outside earshot of the loud speaker. I imagine the same thing would work here. And if not an eagle's screech, a hawk's would work, and perhaps even a magpie's. Just get one of those Bluetooth boom boxes (loud enough to clearly hear up 20m), YouTube an Eagle/Hawk/Magpie, play loud and clear every now and then. The pigeons will remember this is not a place to loiter.
Problem solved."