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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 12:30am (Mar 1st 2008)
     
    This is a thread for celebrating the girls' (and other hens around the world) spectacular landmarks.

    I'll start: CONGRATS ON THE DOZENTH EGG OF THE YEAR!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 7:41am (Mar 1st 2008) edited
     
    I just sent 7 dozen eggs to our local food bank yesterday..today I've got 2 dozen more..I'm drowning in eggs!...glub.glub..HELP!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 4:47pm (Mar 1st 2008)
     
    What's a food back?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 5:30pm (Mar 1st 2008)
     
    Sorry, CC...I hit the wrong key and missed it when I re-read it...it's "Food Bank". (Where you can go get food for your family if you are out of a job, or don't have enough money to feed your kids. It's privately run and doesn't have anything to do with government regulations.)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 5:31pm (Mar 1st 2008)
     
    Food bank - its a charity that distributes free food to low income people in need. (I used to run them in Washington and in California for about 15 years.) Also called food pantry. Local people donate food and "damaged" food from retail stores is taken there as well. Also, people donate money and then the nonprofit food bank buys food nationally from huge nonprofit distribution warehouses (like Second Harvest) for a per pound fee. Its an amazing system really. You must have something like it?
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 6:24pm (Mar 1st 2008) edited
     
    In UK we used to have soup kitchens. I think the Health and Safety soldiers have put a stop to a lot of them. I know "damaged" food can't be sent there (It can't even be sent to feed the pigs!)
    Mum used to live just off The Embankment Gardens in London. There was a twice daily soup kitchen there for the 'down and out' folk = big paper cup of soup and a hunk of bread.
    I don't remember who made it.
    The Salvation Army do a lot of that stuff too.
    In Leeds we have a church crypt that does this and provides night accomodation too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 9:30pm (Mar 1st 2008)
     
    There are people who still do the Soup Run in vans in London, dishing out food to the vagrants/rough sleepers/homeless. Amd the Sally Army run hostels for the same people.
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 10:24pm (Mar 1st 2008)
     
    I had a great uncle who was a tramp by choice. He had a legacy from my grandad and chose to wander the UK indulging his skills of plant life. He knew where scarce herbs grew and could be contacted via Blackpool police in the summer by scientists wanting particular plants. He spent summer months with a tiny tent on the land behind the town, bathing in a stream in the morning before walking all the way along the beach collecting glass so the children didn't get hurt.
    In heavy winters he would use the Salvation Army.
    He gave me a book on wild plants that I treasure.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2008 11:36pm (Mar 1st 2008) edited
     
    Back in the 80s, when I paid more attention to this stuff, we calculated that if all US food banks and pantries purchased peanut butter at the same moment - it would change the price of it in the market. Here in the US the food aid system runs as a secondary economy, with all the same facilities (huge warehouses, semi trucks, little local "shops" etc...) that the regular retail system has. Salvation Army is one of the many pantries in that system here (kind equivalent to Safeway...)

    Your uncle sounds interesting Ollie. Have you ever read the book "Housekeeping" by Marilynne Robinson? Excellent book (to me) about a woman like that. And told from the point of view of her niece.
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 8:36am (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    Not read the book. I have made a note of the title, it would be an interesting read.
    I don't know enough about Uncle Fred to write anything more than would fill a brief newspaper article and all the other folks who knew him are not around any more.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 12:12pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    Had I seen your uncle I'd have probably felt sorry for him Ollie, but it seems he was doing what he loved most so perhaps he pitied the rest of us! Your food bank is a good idea - I don't think there's anything like that here for people on low incomes, just the homeless. But we have the welfare system where folk can claim benefits if they're on a low income. Its a shame it gets so abused by greedy folk who claim and work 'cash in hand' and live a better life than the honest amongst us who pay our taxes to fund it!
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 3:02pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    No need to feel sorry for Fred, he was amongst the gentlest of men. Tall, with weather beaten skin and sun bleached hair. Big strong man, helped out many a farmer who would then respond with a good meal or two.
    Must have been a lovely life, even more so as that was what he chose.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 5:21pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    What happened when he got too elderly for a life on the road, Ollie?
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 6:46pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    Tradgedy. He got knocked about by two youths who thought he MUST have money. He laid in a Salvation Army bed for just over a year before he died from his injuries. The boys had been tried in the mean time, so got a few months in a detention centre instead of their just deserves for murder.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 6:59pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    Oh, Oli...what a dreadful end for such a gentle soul, as your uncle. Just think of the wealth of knowledge that was lost when he died. It's like burning the library at Alexandria all over again.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 7:04pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    British justice, eh?:\
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 7:21pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    I'm glad some of his history is now recorded here.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 10:13pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    Wouldn't it make a fantastic book?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2008 11:16pm (Mar 2nd 2008)
     
    That is awful - why don't they get a proper sentence? I agree with Lynn because I doubt he wrote any down. I just hope it was shared with the people who sought him out for his advice.
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 6:45am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    One of my adopted battery hens now has a brand new Tail!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:02pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Brilliant! Is she proud of it?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:09pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Huzzah! :bigsmile: Did they have bald bottoms when you got them, Peter? I don't think there's anything quite as ugly as a bald chicken butt... :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:32pm (Mar 10th 2008) edited
     
    What about that bloke who was the frontman for the Pogues...? Or David Mellor?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:11pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Don't think my butt would be much better either!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:16pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    As a member of the Ancient Order of the Rubber Chicken, technically my arse is a bald chicken arse. (Not butt, Red; that's guns or water or fags)!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 11:08pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah now you see i was debating whether to say 'arse' or not, but then decided it was too rude...and bottom is too long to type out, so i often resort to using butt - sorry cc. How do you stand on 'bott'?? Combination of butt and bottom...or barse?! :P
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 11:12pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Kate - I much prefer bald human butts to hairy ones. Oops - even though as an American *butts* the word - what about *bum?*
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 11:14pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahah! That's the word i was searching for - BUM!! Of course! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 11:17pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Those three years living in Canada finally paid off. :P
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 4:37am (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    Yes, nothing worse then seeing that huge hole poen and close like its talking to you:shocked::shocked:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 6:35am (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    Oo my word....! :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 10:01pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    Why do the guys always take it over the top on here? LOL
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 10:29pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    Boys are always like that...
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 8:03am (Mar 13th 2008) edited
     

    no longer a member

    No we dont... we dont get the chance to get a word in edgeways... you ladies monopolise
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 5:37pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    Eric gets a good one in now & then; lady in Waitrose asked him if he wanted a 'bag for life'. He looked at me and said 'I've got one'.
    I kicked 'im.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 5:53pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    LOL - that does explain why you have to go OVER the edge then W! :kissing: