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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 4:07pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Actually because I am in the IB program I have my courses preselected by some "elite" coordinator. So I have to take all the courses of every subject matter in order to be "well-rounded".
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 4:08pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Ah, I meant when you go to University.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 4:09pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Ah, yes of course:D
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 12:47pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    Oh the little skunk was put to sleep. Well, thats what the rspca bod said. We reckon he clocked it on the head half way down the lane!!

    It had a leg missing and cos it had its glands it couldnt be rehomed! aw.
    I am glad its gone though as the cafe reeked for days. The smell just kept wafting in! Not a good ad!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 12:58pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The rspca strike again... I don't think I've heard any case where they've actually helped the animal. :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 4:07pm (Sep 2nd 2008) edited
     
    They're such an immensely wealthy charity, yet the branches struggle. It needs a shake up.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 8:46pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    best thing: finding out that the first day of school would only be 4 hours long:D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 8:48pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    Awwwwwww. Thats cool.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 9:09pm (Sep 2nd 2008) edited
     
    I guess they figured that since we weren't going to do anything on the first day anyways that we might as well waste the time at home;)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 9:15pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    When i go back on Tuesday, i have to spend a whole day having a lectuer with all the new yr 12s about Sixth Form. I did that last year and it was REALLY boring!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 9:18pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    Best thing today: I was reading Cold Flame's (my second favourite band) newsletter and i am in it!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 9:51pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    That's a shame about the skunk - perhaps I'm stupid but don't they have vets that could, er, REMOVE the glands?! And I agree Neil. I'm thinking of cancelling my monthly DD and giving it elsewhere.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 10:46pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    Ace, WOW !! Fame for you. Get it on your CV.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 10:52pm (Sep 2nd 2008) edited
     
    hehe. Yeah that'd look good wouldn't it.

    http://www.cold-flame.co.uk/

    This is the website. Click on news (on the left hand side of the page) and then at the bottom of that page my name (Amanda) will be there, with the new Cold Flame Acoustic myspace that i have created!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 11:03pm (Sep 2nd 2008) edited
     
    My Best for Tuesday - I got my new EARS !!!
    Yes a pair of hearing aids, all computerised and fantastico !
    Thank you NHS. £2000 plus of equipment including full maintenance and supplies as required.

    I now have "The Full Set" ie., ears, glasses and teeth....
    :yipi: :glasses: :icon_domokun:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 11:05pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    And how long did you have to wait for the new ears Ollie? Couple of years?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 11:23pm (Sep 2nd 2008) edited
     
    All of four weeks !!!
    NHS have new guide lines now, the targets are to be seen a limited number of days after referal and then it goes on.
    Must say that I think I got speedier delivery when the Registrar noticed I was an NHS person myself, he put a special request on the form as I said I was at a week long conference mid September. He certainly worked wonders for me and will be duly acknowledged. :great:

    I didn't remember the kitchen clock had a loud tick.
    I didn't know my Crocs were so noisy on the tiled floor.
    That toilet cistern is far too noisy and needs replacing.
    and so on.... :mademyday:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 11:38pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    That is such great news! Hearing aids used to be something that fell through the net of waiting times etc - there were no targets so the Trusts didn't care! Glad to 'hear' (haha!) that you got good service. You'll be telling everyone to stop shouting now!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 4:55am (Sep 3rd 2008)
     
    Congrats Acie and Ollie! Excellent news in both cases :D

    That is so so sad about the poor skunk. If you are thinking of switching from support of that ... institution, there's are really wonderful international animal sanctuary called Best Friends. Heard of it?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 12:37pm (Sep 3rd 2008)
     
    Thanks Diane. ;)
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 12:39pm (Sep 3rd 2008) edited
     
    dskjdkfhriutyri
    oops, sorry!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 12:50pm (Sep 3rd 2008)
     
    hehe. :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 4:05pm (Sep 3rd 2008)
     
    Language, Cake. You may have REALLY UPSET a Pole or Czech or Croatian somewhere...:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 4:33pm (Sep 3rd 2008)
     
    hehe. I am going to the Czech Republic in November. :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 5:11pm (Sep 3rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neilThe rspca strike again... I don't think I've heard any case where they've actually helped the animal."<img src=


    I was thinking that!!

    Best thing today - hearing from Tom that he had a good 'proper' first day at school, and having him ask me about all the teachers and everything else he was excited about... :)
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 11:57am (Sep 4th 2008)
     
    The rspca man actually said to Hubby..You can kill it if you like. Shoot it or knock it on the head. Hubby said..If that was someones dog you wouldnt say that so dont say it just cos its a smelly skunk! He was really cross! We reckon he dotted it when he got down the lane cos he stopped and opened the back doors. Hope he got a good dousing of spray first!! They are such beeps!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 11:58am (Sep 4th 2008)
     
    Actually if you think about it even the RSPCA regs on egg production and hen keeping is pathetic. They are cruel to animals not kind. No idea. I want to register my eggs and think i will go thru the soil association. Wot do you reckon? Just cos I sell a lot. About 8 doz a week for £1.20 per 1/2 doz.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 12:03pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw Cake that was nice of your Hubby. The RSPCA only seem bothered with 'pet' animals like dogs...they were horrible with Eva, told a man who had hit a deer to "throw it over the wall and just leave it" (it wasn't dead, but lying injured on a busy road) and now the skunk.

    Posted By: CakeThey are such beeps!

    :D
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 12:06pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     
    Yep apparently if you hit something like deer or pheasant you are by law not allowed to take it. The car behind can tho. Crazy. We live off venison and pheasant which my hubby shoots humanely and it is great. He is very country aware and kind to animals and would never cause an animal suffering. The rspca are naughty! throw it over a wall? madness!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 12:32pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Shoots humanely. Just wanted to repeat that. :o
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 12:54pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     
    Quickly, cleanly, the animal doesnt even know about it. And he culls, not kills. there is a difference if you know the country way. we eat all he kills too so no waste. mmmm, meat!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 2:32pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cull/kill - same thing.

    I'm not going to turn this into some pointless veggie / meateater / peta argument but it's quite amazing how people's point of view can be skewed - we'll (well, some of us) happily eat what was a probably quite happy lamb just a few days earlier, but then be up in arms when a kitten (or a skunk) is mistreated.

    I find it fascinating that you say your husband "would never cause an animal suffering" after just saying that he regularly shot and killed those same animals... Maybe you're right I don't understand 'the country way'.

    I'm not trying to tell you how to live your life or pass any sort of judgment, I'm just trying to explain how I felt when I read your post - please don't take it the wrong way. It's a very interesting subject...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 3:32pm (Sep 4th 2008) edited
     
    Yes, if you run over a pheasant and pick it up, you're hunting with an illegal weapon! :shocked:
    When I was in a nasty car accident when a car coming the other way hit a HUUUUUUUUUUUGE deer, and it smashed down on the bonnet of the car I was driving, (knocked out the steering rack and it/we ended up in a ditch) a passing vet said it was quite dead (the deer not the car, although that was written off too... ). He then popped the deer in the back and probably had venison for the next few weeks!
    Generally,we're lucky with our animal casualties because we're near St Tiggywinkles, the wildlife teaching hospital.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 4:22pm (Sep 4th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmmm, "the animal doesnt even know about it" ? I think the animal must know about it, no matter how quick it is. Patch's injection was quick, but she knew. And culling an animal might have a different motive to killing it purely for meat or any other reason, but the end result is the same...

    Posted By: chief chickenYes, if you run over a pheasant and pick it up, you're hunting with an illegal weapon!" :shocked:" ">

    No way?? :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 6:29pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     
    Ho yes, I kid you not. Ask Wazza!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 7:22pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     
    I eat meat but if I had to kill it myself I couldn't do it. I'd die because I don't get the protein etc from other foods. At least Cake and co eat what is killed/culled.

    I saw a Futurama (cartoon programme) episode where they are saving penguins on a far distant planet - then they save too many and they over breed. Not enough food, no space, long and painful death. So they had to go out with guns to shoot them instead. If I recall correctly a whale eats most of them in the end. Nature restored the balance!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 7:33pm (Sep 4th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI eat meat but if I had to kill it myself I couldn't do it. I'd die because I don't get the protein etc from other foods. At least Cake and co eat what is killed/culled.


    Well I must be getting protein somehow because I haven't died yet ;)

    And would you eat dog or horse, or cat or even rat? That's no different to a deer or a rabbit or a cow, it's just what society perceives as 'normal'...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2008 10:57pm (Sep 4th 2008)
     
    But you probably eat veg, and pulses, and all that healthy stuff - yuk! My heart is probably screaming "no more fat - pleeeeeeease"!! And you're right - no I wouldn't. Or deer or rabbit or lamb. I don't eat a lot of meat (she says trying to sound like not quite such a bad person!) and I don't use make up that's tested on animals. And my MIL refused to take HRT because it was made from the urine of pregnant mares who have their foals removed as soon as they're born. She made the doc give her an expensive synthetic substitute (which is apparently the norm now thankfully).

    We really are awful to the animal kingdom and its impossible to be completely animal friendly because there is so much 'hidden' testing etc. All we can do is each do our best and within our own consciences.

    Hopefully one day the animals will reclaim the planet - if there's anything left of it!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 2:01am (Sep 5th 2008)
     
    That's why I won't take HRT either, partly. Which is why I'm sitting up at 2am...:kettle::fire::weather_hot:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 9:41am (Sep 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't think meat-eaters are bad people. I just think that a lot of us (especially anyone who eats KFC ;) ) are completely (blisfully) ignorant of what the food on our plate actually is and what happened to it before it got there.

    For instance, your friend who refused HRT because it was made from the process of foals removed from their mothers as soon as they're born is interesting. I assume she drinks milk and doesn't think anything of it. What do you think happens to the calfs? They are taken from the mother straight away (1 day old) and either end up on a plate or a life of forced pregnancies and the agony of losing their calfs as soon as they are born.

    So why is it ok for cows to suffer this but horses are somehow 'more worthy'? If you look at it from the perspective of a bystander looking in, then it's amazing how society can define what our idea of 'normal' is, and it would appear that animals don't feature very highly on that.

    Humans couldn't even drink milk until a mutation on one of our chromosomes happened relatively recently - before that everyone was lactose intolerant.

    I'm not sure whether this post is going to make me sound like a peta-warrior, I'm not at all (in fact I eat products with milk in them - the only reason we don't drink it is because it makes Helen ill and Scarlet is vegan), but I do think it's interesting how we can be so concerned over one type of animals' welfare but then completely ignore (or allow ourselves to have the wool pulled over our eyes) about another species' fate.

    Everyone is different (I suppose that's why this place is as interesting as it is!), and we all do what we can in our own way, I just wish there was more balanced information so people could make up their own mind (I often think peta and viva turn people off so much it makes them more likely to ignore the welfare of animals).
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 11:23am (Sep 5th 2008)
     
    Wow Neil. That was a marathon! You need some therapy to calm you down now.
    Try sniffing a chicken... you'll get very wet running down to the coop in all this rain, similar to the cold plunges those sadist chaps do. Good for the soul.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 11:39am (Sep 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No chickens here at work :(

    I was/am calm (as normal anyway!) but was aware the post might come across a bit wrongly, certainly wasn't meant that way! :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 11:51am (Sep 5th 2008)
     
    I read the post as quite thought provoking. I too respect other's choices but as you say "informed choice" is a very different :kettle: of :fish:.
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 11:59am (Sep 5th 2008)
     
    This is turning into one of those religion/politics subjects so i am saying no more. each to their own.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 12:14pm (Sep 5th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is exactly what we used to about in Sociology. I always ended up getting singled out because of being a vegan & had to stand at the front whilst people called me stupid and said 'milk is there to be drunk' and 'animals are there to be eaten'...

    I coulda done with my dad there, he makes much more sense than i do! :D
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 1:00pm (Sep 5th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's the thing, it's such a contentious issue that it's hard to speak frankly about it and not come across as some kind of weirdo or animal-rights nut.

    But I find it even more fascinating that some people will flatly refuse to acknowledge the issue and would rather hide under the duvet and pretend it doesn't exist.

    Which is why debate/discussion is good :)

    Like I've always tried to put across, everyone does what they feel right for them.

    I'd just like it to be an informed choice. And if that means more stuff like the Jamie Oliver and Hugh-Fearnley media coverage then all the better, but we shouldn't really need a TV program to open our eyes - or are we really that blinkered?
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 1:55pm (Sep 5th 2008) edited
     
    I like a good debate but to be honest i cant keep up with all the comments. Hee hee. Get lost once scroll down to read them all and forget who said what and what do i want to reply and to whom
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 6:10pm (Sep 5th 2008)
     
    My old doctor used to say that the human is the only animal which forces the milk of another animal of its young. Put like that, it makes sense that our bodies reject it on occasion. I don't drink it...makes me ill.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 10:54pm (Sep 5th 2008)
     
    My mother in law is a 'horse' person rather than a cow person. Ooo, that sounds wrong!

    I think informed choice is virtually impossible to come by. The internet is a great tool but you can find a site that will prove anything you want it to - whether its the truth or not. I was told by someone who was brought up on a farm that it isn't true that cows are kept pregnant to get milk, and if the calf is taken away the milk will quickly dry up. Both sides of the arguement seem perfectly logical but how am I, a city yokel, supposed to know which is correct? Or are they both right?

    I saw a man on TV last week complaining because his operation on a benign tumour had been cancelled 3 times because there was no ITU bed. If it were up to me I'd walk him along the ward and say "OK, which one's machine shall we turn off so's you can have the bed?" People say there should be more ITU beds but if money is spent on that there's less for drugs, operations, staff etc. Life is one long challenge!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 10:22am (Sep 6th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI was told by someone who was brought up on a farm that it isn't true that cows are kept pregnant to get milk, and if the calf is taken away the milk will quickly dry up. Both sides of the arguement seem perfectly logical but how am I, a city yokel, supposed to know which is correct? Or are they both right?


    I've seen and heard day-old calves being taken from their mothers. It's not pretty :(

    The dairy calves around here are removed from their mothers and their milk is used for humans.

    Not sure about anywhere else but that's what it is round here - the meat calves on the other hand are allowed to stay with their mothers and drink as much milk as they like - they aren't dairy cows anyway and don't produce as much milk...plus meat cows are meant to get fat!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 9:51pm (Sep 6th 2008)
     
    I really don't understand a lot of this farming malarky. Seems very secretive and closed shop. Is the same true of goats then? I suppose it must be.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 11:15am (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    Best thing , got a neeww printer yaaay after 5 years of having a stupid broken one yiippeee hehe
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 11:34am (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    Oh and another best thingy , aagggeesss ago when I was in year 8 in the summer and I was doing pe outside well rounders and I hated it and my friend pushed me to the back of the line so I pulled her to the back and and I scratched her really bad and I saw her arm yesterday and now shes got a massive scar for ever heheheheheeee
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 1:33pm (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    My sister scrated me for NO reason and i've got 2 scratch marks on my wrist now. :(
    Oh yeah best thing yesterday/today:
    I edited an interview and put one of the songs off it onto CFA's myspace. It was harder than it sounded. But Jonny helped me out and i appreciate that. THANK YOU JONNY! :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 4:06pm (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    What a hero, and an all round good guy. I work with a canuck but he's not as helpful as you - quite the opposite!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 4:18pm (Sep 7th 2008) edited
     
    Two things for Sunday's best - maybe there is more to come.
    1. Found TWO forgotten bottles of Bianco Vermouth in the cupboards.
    2. That helped keep me calm, until the last few laps of Formula One race, when the English man roared in the rain to win. (Commiserations to the Finn who slid in the wettness).
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 12:06am (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    And then got disqualified didn't he?!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 8:51am (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    No, he was demoted by 25 seconds which put him into third place.
    Big row going on now about the Farrari favouratism going on over the last two races.
    Of course we take a biased view too!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 6:36pm (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    Todays Best for me - I answered a local "Freecycle" post and have ended up with over thirty novelty tea pots!
    Now I had a small collecton already and yearned to give some loving space to an unwanted few more - but thirty!
    I'm flabbergasted.
    I generally use a differnt tea pot each week. It's going to take some time for full circle now.

    Any one for Tea?

    :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee: :coffee:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 6:45pm (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    I don't think they want Hamilton to win. Can't see why he was demoted. 2 sugars in mine please Ollie!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 6:49pm (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    Appearently he took a short cut on the chicane! I don't really follow F1.
    Tom Sykes got 2nd in the 1st race of WSB at Donnington yesterday and then in the 2nd race Cal Crutchlow got second!!! The brits are doing well for once!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 6:53pm (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    Yes Ace, there was much rejoicing in our household too!

    He cut the chicane but let er, Reikennan (sp?) past, then overtook him. If it'd been the other way around they would've let it pass. Or am I being biased too?!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 6:55pm (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    Posted By: ollie in UKTodays Best for me - I answered a local "Freecycle" post and have ended up with over thirty novelty tea pots!
    Ollie that is SO cool! Congrats!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 8:07pm (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    How many teapots have you got now, Ollie? You need to watch the collecting addiction...I speak as someone with 3,00 bits of sheet music and 400 bits of crested china...:\
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2008 8:47pm (Sep 8th 2008)
     
    Oh you beat me hands down CC. 'Crested' china sounds really posh!
    My original,about a dozen, tea pots all have their own little story as to why they are here. This lot is like a bunch of refugees.
    I have set them out on the carpet to peruse and come up with ideas. There are a dozen one person size that I can use. I can paint plain cups to match.
    Some I can use as plantpot holders. Others will sit out in the garden on suitable places to look as if we are just about to take tea.
    When I go away I take an aluminium (!) tea pot as I am a snob and don't like teabag in the cup. Mine had sprung a leak but here is its sister for me! Lovely.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2008 1:14am (Sep 9th 2008)
     
    Why did the previous owner want to get rid of them?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2008 2:23pm (Sep 9th 2008)
     
    The donor works in an old folks home. I suspect they are "left overs" from an ex-tenant. Sad but Glad they didn't just go into a bin.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2008 3:59pm (Sep 9th 2008)
     
    Best thing today: I went back to Sixth Form and some of my old friends are in the same classes as me!!!!!!!!! They are also retaking as they went to a different college and didn't like it there. :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2008 4:23pm (Sep 9th 2008)
     
    Crested china is just tourist tat from around 1890s - 1930s, Ollie; little white figurines/pots with the town crest on. It was made at the height of the cycling craze for tourist/cyclists to pop in their bags to take home for a souvenir. I collect High Wycombe and Marlow.
    That's excellent news, Ace; you won't be om your own!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2008 5:55pm (Sep 9th 2008)
     
    Freecycle rocks Ollie.

    Yes - congrats Ace. Hopefully that will help make it a nice year for you.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2008 11:35pm (Sep 13th 2008)
     
    Best of my day = Two parts, as becoming usual..
    One - took g'daughter to shopping mall on a clothes buying spree. She knew what she wanted and exactly where to find it. Wonderful
    Bonus in that the particular shirt was two for price of one!
    Second part - taking three very excited girls to the Chinese State Circus, in a real tent on Lord Harewood's Estate. Superb show, the girls were extatic. Then eating birthday cake and opening presents and party bags in the car park sitting in this great big taxi (it takes wheelchairs if needed) :_party::_party::_party:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2008 1:16pm (Sep 14th 2008)
     
    Wheelchairs? Shame on you Ollie, getting rascally drunk at a child's birthday party!!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2008 1:18pm (Sep 14th 2008)
     
    :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2008 7:28am (Sep 20th 2008)
     
    I do not get it...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2008 3:55pm (Sep 20th 2008)
     
    She ordered a taxi which takes wheelchairs in case she was so incapacitated by drink that she needed a wheelchair to get her from the taxi to her door...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2008 3:09pm (Oct 3rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I got such a lovely email off my Grandma. It really made my day :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2008 6:25pm (Oct 3rd 2008)
     
    That's sweet! Its nice when people make that extra effort.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2008 3:59am (Oct 4th 2008)
     
    Its really sweet that you posted about it here too. :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2008 1:03pm (Oct 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I thought i'd share the happiness around a bit :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2008 2:54pm (Oct 4th 2008)
     
    Where is she??? If she can emu you, she can hencam us! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2008 8:22pm (Oct 4th 2008)
     
    Is that the grandma that registered on hencam?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2008 8:35pm (Oct 4th 2008)
     
    Ooo, I assumed it was...oops!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 3:29am (Oct 5th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No, that's my nana. My Grandma is my dad's mum, they are both lovely. My G'ma's t'internet works whereas my nana's doesn't. I love them both to bits :)

    Best thing: seeing my parents and my nbana today, it was great!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 1:09pm (Oct 5th 2008)
     
    Your nbana? Is she Nigerian? Or have you had a drop too much of the old electric soup...?:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 4:16pm (Oct 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm quite impressed that my posts from last night make as much sense as they actually do! :bigsmile:

    Best thing: walking round Keele Hall grounds in the sun.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 4:50pm (Oct 5th 2008)
     
    Daughter's drier works!!
    She has tons of washing hanging around on horses.
    Had mechanic to see why alarm kept activating on drier. He says he can't see anything wrong, just alarm keeps going off.
    We tried machine today and it worked perfectly! No alarm even. Whatever he did examining machine has rectified problem. (Only a £10 call out fee too)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 6:44pm (Oct 5th 2008)
     
    Posted By: ollie in UKShe has tons of washing hanging around on horses.
    Wot? Horses?

    Do you know anything about fixing a leaky washing machine? My started leaking 4 months ago. I've been going into the laundry mat since. I figured out how to pull open the front of the thing and can see all the hoses and electronic gizmos. I'm a bit afraid to work on it myself though because some of those gismos can hold an electric charge, I think. I knew a woman who was killed working on her dishwasher. Really really awful. I don't think Whidbey has repair people for this kind of thing.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 6:58pm (Oct 5th 2008)
     
    How horrible to get zapped by a dish wash.

    Your may possibly be just a hose clip that has worked loose. Unplug machine from mains and have a good look. Tighten up all hose connectors - don't take any off - just tighten.

    Bought a super book on DIY stuff when I was widowed. Have fixed my WC a few times.

    Horses are frames for drying clothes indoors. I would have said Winter'edge but didn't want to confuse. A winter'edge is short for a winter hedge as in summer you could dry sheets etc by drapeing them over the hedges, Yes, really!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 7:05pm (Oct 5th 2008)
     
    I have Ethel's clothes horse! When my friend Ethel died, her nephew asked if there was anything we wanted to take from the hgouse to remind us of Ethel; we chose that! :)
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2008 7:17pm (Oct 5th 2008)
     
    Rule #1 when working with something electrical - DISCONNECT THE POWER!

    Diane: It depends where it is leaking from. Some are easier to fix than others.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2008 8:17pm (Oct 6th 2008)
     
    Posted By: ollie in UKHow horrible to get zapped by a dish wash.

    Your may possibly be just a hose clip that has worked loose. Unplug machine from mains and have a good look. Tighten up all hose connectors - don't take any off - just tighten.

    Thanks Ollie!

    Also, everyone - disconnecting the power is one step. But, what I learned from this very sad death is that the machine can also hold a charge, big enough to kill you. So please be careful when working around any electronic mechanisms.

    The clothes horse/hedges info was interesting. Thanks! I know what you mean now. I don't remember what we call them here. Drying rack maybe? Really can't think of it. Like if I were to say: *Lynn could you hand me the ... hmmm, clothes drying thingy...*
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2008 9:31pm (Oct 6th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    A friend lost her job today.. she was very sad and not eating... took her by tyhe scruff of her neck, brought her home and InIt and i wined and dined her
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2008 10:57pm (Oct 6th 2008)
     
    Ah, you and Init are good at lame ducks, Waz...was she a police bod too? Did you forcefeed her?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2008 11:15am (Oct 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best thing - my ed studies lecture was actually quite interesting :boogie:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2008 4:28pm (Oct 7th 2008) edited
     
    Best thing; getting shouted at by another old lady in another old people's home to shut up - AGAIN...:D I really must devise a way to tune a piano silently...:\
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 12:33am (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    Grumpy old ladies...don't they know the benefits of a finely tuned piano!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 4:22pm (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    In a word...no! :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 11:20pm (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    Especially when tuned by a G.O.L. :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2008 1:38am (Oct 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Best thing - having such a good day and knping i don't have to get up early tomorrow :boogie:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2008 5:16pm (Oct 9th 2008)
     
    knping? Is that a new Japanese word wot you of learned??? :D
    I'm NOT a GOL, Diane; I'm just testy. :P