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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 7:48am (Nov 30th 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    Do fellow hencamers have yahoo messenger or MSN messenger and want to chat sometime.... would you like to exchange contact details ?

    This forum does not have PMs or a chat box and sometimes it is nice to chat away to new friends live... what do you all think?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 8:34am (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    We're not allowed messenger at work, and at home I don't get enough time on the computer to be able to!! My son answers messages in a flash - I like to contemplate more!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 3:49pm (Nov 30th 2007) edited
     
    Time is my issue as well. Can barely work in time for the hencam forum... Especially now that it is really hopping.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 6:51pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    Isn't the whisper thing like a private message? I'm a computerphobe, so treat me gently if anyone's kind enough to explain!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 6:53pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    Yes it is - only you and the person you whisper to can see the messages, but its not as 'instant' as messenger. Whispering is easier when you're supposed to be working though!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 6:56pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    Not for me - I work in peoples' houses!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 6:58pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    Mobile phone for you then hun!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 7:20pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    Absobl**dylutely not; it HATES me. I have it for emergencies, had an emergency (minor) yesterday and rang my ma to tell her I'd be late. But the poxy thing had gone handsfree, and do you think I can get it to stop being handsfree? I've tried, Mac at the petrol station's tried, my mate who is a boffin of some description at IBM's tried...it's no wonder I needed a gin tonight.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2007 10:19pm (Nov 30th 2007)
     
    Mine is dying - but then it is ancient. The kids think I should pass it on to Time Team (an archaeology programme where they dig up places in 3 days to see what 'old' stuff they can find!) When it rings or beeps now it sounds like its underwater.

    Are you having a 'civilized' gin, or getting slowly pickled?!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2007 8:38am (Dec 1st 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    I took an upgrade on my Mobile phone (Cell phone) this year and regretted it.. the Font on it is so small I can read it very well and often need glasses on to read text messages.. and on this phone you CANT change the font to make it larger.. Oh well Hey Ho.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2007 8:38am (Dec 1st 2007)
     

    no longer a member

    What do you do then chief Chicken.. are you a Piano tuner or music teacher ?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2007 3:02pm (Dec 1st 2007)
     
    My friend is registered blind and has a guide dog because her peripheral vision has virtually gone and eventually she'll be completely blind. She bought a mobile from RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) and it was orange lettering on a black background which she couldn't see at all. I was amazed that none of the companies have done a bigger font version for those with poor eyesight. She changed it for a black text on white, but can still only use it for calls.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2007 5:53pm (Dec 1st 2007)
     
    Yes they seem to target them to teens (ring tones inaudible to people over 30, etc...) I can't read mine without glasses either. Makes having caller ID virtually useless, as I generally don't get my glasses on before the number disappears from the screen.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2007 7:28pm (Dec 1st 2007)
     
    Spot on Wazza - piano tuner. You ought to be a Detective Superintendent! (By the way,is 'Wazza' what Jonathan Ross (a broadcaster who, Diane, pwonounces his Rs as ws) would call a Rozzer?) I'm not blind, though a few of my mates are. One had an argument with his guide dog recently; the dog stopped, so Jan felt about with his stick for the obstruction. Nothing. Yet Dorcas wouldn't go on, so Jan used a strong instruction to MAKE the dog move. 'I felt Dorcas shrug,' he said, 'as if to say "up to you mate," and walked into the biggest, wettest tree branch I'd ever met. I could FEEL the smug coming up at me from the other end of the lead...'
    Kate; if I pour the G&T's, I get tiddly. If Kathleen pours 'em, I get silly and giggly then go to sleep. Smiling...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2007 11:07pm (Dec 1st 2007)
     
    Rozzer?

    I love the Dorcas story :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 2:41am (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    Rozzer = old term for a copper. Might be Victorian in origin, hung on till the 1950s or so. I might have to Google it now to have a look!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 3:03am (Dec 2nd 2007) edited
     
    Copper?

    Oooo. At first I thought that was a term for some form of money. You mean the POLICE? Got it. :) Wow, I hope that's it. That's good - a kind of riddle.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 3:27am (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    I'm really interested in the etiology of words so I looked it up...

    "Rozzer is linked with another slang term of the time 'rooscher', now defunct. I did once read a reference, which maddeningly I cannot now find, suggested the following origin. Rozzer dates from c. 1870 when Sir Robert Peel set up the original London Police force, based in part on the Venice Watch, run at the time by Count Rosseretario or some such. I do not have the exact name. London idiom would easily trunsmute that to rozzer. It is also exactly the sort of thing that Londeoners do with language. Further evidence for this is that until recently the word was almost unknown outside London. … The only certain statement is that the etymology is lost." From www.nakedtranslations.com
    Posted by Emrys Jones on March 14, 2005 3:07 PM

    There was another theory that it comes from the Hebrew word for pig, which made no sense to me on any level (both the contemporary history for that slang for our hard working police persons and the sound of the actual Hebrew word it was supposed to be rooted in.) I googled the Count (above) and got nothing.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 11:32am (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    Well, there are those who refer to the coppers/rozzers/fuzz (new one there for you, Diane!) as pigs (Not me, Wazza, not me!). And here we have a new invention, the community support police (or rearrangement of those words, can't remember exactly), who are often going to be training as police officers later on, but aren't real police yet. So round here they're known as 'plastic piglets', bless 'em. And you and your slippy shoes will like this, Diane; the speed - sorry, SAFETY cameras in Marlow last year fell victim to the Letraset Bandit who carefully applied the image of a vertical slot to the back of each camera and put the words 'piggy bank' underneath...it is a widespread belief that the cameras are in fact fundraisers rather than safety features.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 12:34pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    There must be more slang names for the police than any other career out there! (Except maybe estate agents - could think of a few choice names for them!)

    My friend got a guide dog last year but its got to go back for some 'intensive' retraining. She insists on hugging features to her left, which means it takes my friend ages to get anywhere. She is also quite timid and nervous, but such a cute little thing - her name is Ava. Apparently each litter is named with the same starting letter, then the next litter has the next letter of the alphabet (are you with me?!) So Ava's brothers and sisters all started with an 'A', then the next litter born were all B's etc. Great story about Dorcas, I'll share that with my friend when I go back to work!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 3:24pm (Dec 2nd 2007) edited
     

    no longer a member

    Community Police are nicknamed C3PO's Chief Chicken I thought you would have heard that phrase
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 3:44pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    No, that's excellent, hadn't heard that one! Bless 'em, they do quite a decent job of moving on the 4WD Barbies who double-park in the High Street!
    Kate, Dorcas is actually a male; evidently they aren't up on their Bible stories at the RNIB Dog-Naming Division!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 8:17pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    Me neither CC - who was Dorcas then?!

    C3POs is a great name - all they're allowed to do is talk to people aren't they? Seems a waste of a good salary to me. (How much do they get? I heard 20k+ - is that right?!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 9:34pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    *4WD Barbies* - that's pretty good as well :D

    I think *pig* & *fuzz* originated during the radical '60s - I thought in the Berkeley area, California. But you know, that's just where I lived then so maybe that's why I think that...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 9:51pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    Diane; I'm reading a book at the moment (there, you thought I couldn't!) and a character clears off to Whidbey for a restful weekend - thought of you! Can't think of her name, but she wrote 'Bread Alone' as another of her novels. Helen something.
    A Dorcas is a handmaiden of some description, and was also a character in the Bible. Don't ask me - I only play the organ! But I know she was a shemale...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 9:58pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    Are you kidding? Your literacy seeps in repeatedly (and nicely) all the time in the forums.

    Have you ever read the Elizabeth George mysteries? She lives down the (very long) road from me.

    Where was the character coming to Whidbey from?

    My sister & bro-in law named my oldest nephew for an individual in the Bible with a name ending in *ah* My dad FLIPPED when he realized it was a woman's name. I argued that no one would ever know and then the first person I met outside the family turned out to be a Hebrew scholar of sorts :( But, he was the only person who has made the connection in about 20 years. Well, until my nephew runs into a crazed woman piano tuner during his world travels.

    C. Chick do you do any other kinds of gigs?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 10:12pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    Um...well, weddings, Christenings, funerals...I play for a ladies' choir and the local music festival and examination candidates as an accompanist. But if you want me to come out there for a gig, you'll have to pay the petrol...:)
    The character was coming from a district in Seattle where she helps to run a bakery. Hang on. I'll get the book...
    Right, it's 'The Baker's Apprentice' by Judi Hendricks (told you it was Helen something!), andthe bakery is in Queen Street, Seattle. They've mentioned San Juan islands, Lake Forest Park,Bumbershoot (?!),Pioneer Square...to be honest, I skip place names as they mean nothing; it's just that I noticed when "Ellen comes back from Whidbey looking as relaxed and contented as a honeymooner"...which is how you must look all the time, then...?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2007 11:20pm (Dec 2nd 2007)
     
    I'll have to get a copy. I love books about my region. Queen Street is probably a disguise for Queen Anne Hill. Bumbershoot (which every year they remind us is British for *umbrella*) is a really huge music festival. Perhaps you should fly over for that. At some point, with the plummeting $, you'll probably get money back for the journey. And, of course, there's always a free place to stay on The Rock (Whidbey.) All of the places you named (except Queen Street) are real.

    LOL. I just read your last line. :D Yah, sure, that's it. :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2007 6:01pm (Dec 3rd 2007)
     
    Queen Anne Street is in it too...and the hero has just gone to Orcas?
    Glad you're contented as a honeymooner! I won't be over, as my passport's run out...perhaps I'll wait until THEY pay US to go! I've never heard of a bumbershoot - gamp or brolly, but never bumbershoot!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2007 7:53pm (Dec 3rd 2007) edited
     
    Really. Geez now I'm gonna have to google that.

    Ah yes, Orcas Island. The biggest of the San Juans. Whidbey is located in a strait behind them. The San Juans are a string of islands out in the actual ocean. Well, not really - I guess they are actually in another strait, closest to the full on Pacific Ocean. They would be in the ocean except for the monolithic Vancouver Island (more of a miniature continent in my view) that projects itself down from Canada and blocks their view of Asia. :) Good cycling out there on the San Juans.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2007 3:39am (Dec 4th 2007) edited
     
    Bumbershoot. The only time I've ever heard it is as the name of the festival and that is, indeed, what comes up foremost when googling. The reason that *umbrella* is the name of the festival is that it supposedly rains a lot here :)

    The next google reference is that (just as I've always been told) in the US lots of us think its an English word. Although, really, except in Seattle-I don't think many Americans know this word either. The best part is that this misunderstanding is because of the children's film: Mary Poppins and this line (in the song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) "You can have me hat or me bumbershoot, But you'd better never bother with me ol’ bam-boo." Written by Americans but most of us here thinking its British - because Mary's gotta be real ... Isn't she?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2007 3:42pm (Dec 4th 2007)
     
    I'd never heard of bumbershoot either. I think some American writers like to invent things and pretend they're English so that they're accepted. Of course Mary's real - we all dress and talk like that!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2007 5:20pm (Dec 4th 2007)
     
    I thought it was bumper shoot.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2007 5:34pm (Dec 4th 2007)
     
    Mary Poppins was written by an Englishwoman, PL Travers. But the film is about as English as Dick Van Dyke's cockerney ecksent, so any 'cockerney' references might be a bit suss!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2007 7:53pm (Dec 4th 2007)
     
    Ha ha!!!! Lovely description of Dick's acting! I've never read the story only seen the film, so will blame it on the SCRIPT writers instead of the author!! If its on TV at christmas I'll be listening out for the words!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2007 8:05pm (Dec 4th 2007)
     
    Mary's REAL !! Horaaaah! I'm so happy. :D :D

    Yah, the term was inserted by 2 song writers actually. Although, apparently, somehwere in the US its used...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2007 11:30pm (Dec 4th 2007)
     
    And of course in the book, Mary's cousin is a piano tuner...:)