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Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#19167 Nov 25, 2012
Grace Nerissa wrote:
Did you receive the said gales and rain yet El?
I believe the UK was/ and IS being badly hit;
read you mentioned TONY, our friend here,
"Hey Tony!!! Hope you're not introuble...
Warm wishes and cyber kisses blowing your way!
Let's know you are 'hopefully' OK."
The school yard was flooded, the bus couldn't even drive
anywhere near, and it is still raining. I don't think
we have it as bad as the South (where Tony and Krypteia
are)
I thought those cyber kisses were for me for one glorious moment, lol.
j/k Grace...and thanks for asking.

“It's SNOWTIME!”

Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#19168 Nov 25, 2012
RMQuinn37 wrote:
<quoted text>
Ah. Was your son fond of parades? I certainly understand spending time with the family instead of alone. Did you visit FAO Scwartz? Now THAT must have been a toy store! Dreamland for an 8 yr old boy.
I have a photo of him taking part in one, which he walked in to
please me. Okay, I twisted his arm to do it. His face is a picture! lol he hated it.
But later on when he was in the ATC he loved taking part...
Never got to Scwartz...

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Since: Oct 08

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#19169 Nov 25, 2012
eleanorigby wrote:
TONY....just heard about the floods in FOWEY...
Fowey Cornwall! I honestly thought you was
in a far flung place, waiting for you to come
back to the UK. Shows my geographical knowledge!
Just to say hope you are safe and have avoided
the severe flooding.
Cheers ER - it was something of a wild night! We weren't affected (aside from a weekend break in horrendous weather), but there has been severe flooding all over the county in places that normally do not suffer. Millbrook, a village a few miles from us even made Sky News! Land slips, fallen trees and closed roads made the drive back today interesting!

A link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall...

A friend of mine has photos of torrents of water pouring down the main street of Cawsand, which never normally floods. And we have more forecast in the next 24 hours.

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#19170 Nov 25, 2012
eleanorigby wrote:
So....the company you worked for has laid off the work force...and it is approaching Christmas. Your nine year old daughter who, it just so happens is autistic, her passion is music...has set her heart on a little violin which is resting on a pink cushion in the window of the muscial instruments shop..and marked down...half price for one day only.
She sees this violin as she is passing the shop with her mom, and they hurry home with the cheap cuts of meat that mom has managed to 'aquire' from the friendly butcher.
She gently pulls at her mom's sleeve...'look Mommy, isn't that so wonderful'...Mommy smiles down at her little daughter then sighs vistfully, knowing it beyond their reach.
She does mention it to Daddy after dinner, who doesn't say a word...later she sees him shrugging his thin coat over his shoulders and leave the house.
Where has he gone? Has he gone to queue for the violin for the daughter they love so much.
What would YOU do given the circumstances?. LOL!
I would wish I could get it for her, but I would also know that the most important elements of the Christmas holiday for her and my family were still well within our reach. I would feel disappointment WITH her, and set about to the first step in the (if you're poor) long process of acquiring a violin. Like learning the scales, saving a little here and there.
I am sure you know well that unavoidable childhood deprivations and hardships aren't necessarily bad for children. I believe that some of what you witnessed and endured as a child became part of your character and mettle, which I esteem to be of the highest order.

“It's SNOWTIME!”

Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#19171 Nov 25, 2012
tony1003 wrote:
<quoted text>
Cheers ER - it was something of a wild night! We weren't affected (aside from a weekend break in horrendous weather), but there has been severe flooding all over the county in places that normally do not suffer. Millbrook, a village a few miles from us even made Sky News! Land slips, fallen trees and closed roads made the drive back today interesting!
A link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall...
A friend of mine has photos of torrents of water pouring down the main street of Cawsand, which never normally floods. And we have more forecast in the next 24 hours.
There you are Tony.....that is some serious flooding you have down there, I imagine the people at Notter Bridge are thanking their lucky
stars they have been let off lightly..not so the lady killed by a
falling tree, somewhere in Devon I believe. Glad to see you are home
safely, and the 'one who has to be obeyed' in Switzerland, yes?
Quite fortunatge here in comparison but was amazed to see the river rushing down the street in a village a few miles from here..hilly, so
at least it heads for the sea.
I have tickets for 'Skyfall'..was hoping to go tomorrow having had to cancel last week, don't know whether to risk it or not.
Changing the car on Tuesday and our existing car has a three quarter full tank..

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#19172 Nov 25, 2012
Deer Whisperer wrote:
<quoted text>
"Ordinary day" shopping like that in 24-hour "super-stores" here during late, late evening or early, early morning hours is not that odd here. I've talked with folk on shift work, or change their sleep schedule as they can who take advantage of that time period for their convenience and with fewer other folks out and about, a more leisurely shopping experience.
I've done it a time or two meself but not in quite awhile. I live farther away from the closest one, there are more seemingly more thugs out at these hours now, and deer want to share the roadways with you in the dark of night.
And I'm not as adept in shuffling my sleep schedule that much either!!:)
I LOVE grocery shopping at 1AM! lol
No crowds, no hurries, friendly staff, friendlier and more talkative shoppers, and they're always restocking what the shelves had run out of, so that they have what you're there for.
I'm an admitted night owl though, and like empty streets too.

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Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#19173 Nov 25, 2012
Vee wrote:
<quoted text>I think violin lessons would be cheaper. She gets to play a violin (unless she has to bring her own instrument) but hopefully, he could borrow from someone who trusts him to pay back in installments, see if there is a layaway plan,or find out from Harry Belefonte how those scarlet ribbons really did wind up on the bed in gay profusion???? Anyway, happeeeeee SInday, El, Grace, and kitchen helpers.
....:)...She has very little confidence and so going for lessons would be a trial for her. Her father has far too much pride to seek a loan,
in spite of his wife telling him 'pride comes before a fall', he just wont' entertain the idea. He was once a famous concert violinist and is now suffering from clinical depression, he feels if he could buy that violin it would give both him, and his daughter, a new lease of life. A reson d'etre.
He has dreams of playing along to his tapes of Yehudi Menuin..one of the few possessions he has not taken to the hock shop.

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Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#19174 Nov 25, 2012
Paisley_Posey wrote:
<quoted text>I would wish I could get it for her, but I would also know that the most important elements of the Christmas holiday for her and my family were still well within our reach. I would feel disappointment WITH her, and set about to the first step in the (if you're poor) long process of acquiring a violin. Like learning the scales, saving a little here and there.
I am sure you know well that unavoidable childhood deprivations and hardships aren't necessarily bad for children. I believe that some of what you witnessed and endured as a child became part of your character and mettle, which I esteem to be of the highest order.
That is extremely kind of you to say Paise, and thank you, very much indeed.

But....as for the little girl, she was four when she learnt the scales, her father taught her well, in fact, she learnt on her father's precious violin, which sadly he had to part with on e-bay before they also sold the computer, food on the table being of the highest importance.
Then the depression set in, and rubbed off on the daughter.
A difficult time to learn the rudiments of saving, and waiting, when it could be a life line NOW.

“It's SNOWTIME!”

Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#19175 Nov 25, 2012
p.s.

I believe that deprivation in childhood can be either the making, or breaking, of that child's character.
Or possibly both.

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#19176 Nov 25, 2012
How about a nice Irish coffee... with a dash of jamieson's whiskey..

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Manchester, UK

#19177 Nov 25, 2012
Groucho AKA Falcon 68 wrote:
How about a nice Irish coffee... with a dash of jamieson's whiskey..
Is it?...no, it can't be...IT IS..It's Falcon....

Welcome back Falcon, you have been sorely missed.

How are you? Grace will be chuffed to see you....

Coffee coming up just the way you always liked it!...:)

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London, UK

#19179 Nov 25, 2012
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
There you are Tony.....that is some serious flooding you have down there, I imagine the people at Notter Bridge are thanking their lucky
stars they have been let off lightly..not so the lady killed by a
falling tree, somewhere in Devon I believe. Glad to see you are home
safely, and the 'one who has to be obeyed' in Switzerland, yes?
Quite fortunatge here in comparison but was amazed to see the river rushing down the street in a village a few miles from here..hilly, so
at least it heads for the sea.
I have tickets for 'Skyfall'..was hoping to go tomorrow having had to cancel last week, don't know whether to risk it or not.
Changing the car on Tuesday and our existing car has a three quarter full tank..
It was Exeter the 21 year old was killed - not quite sure why she was sleeping in a tent on that wild a night, but sad nonetheless to see a young life snuffed out.

The boss departs for Austria on Friday. We're thinking of trying to catch Skyfall on Weds (good old Orange Wednesday!).

You better get that syphoning hose out before Tuesday - with petrol the price it is. Just don't swallow any of it!

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#19180 Nov 25, 2012
eleanorigby wrote:
p.s.

I believe that deprivation in childhood can be either the making, or breaking, of that child's character.
Or possibly both.
That's "hitting the nail on the head" and spot on. Many things in life that happen at that time affect the choices we make later in life.

“It's SNOWTIME!”

Since: Jun 06

Manchester, UK

#19181 Nov 25, 2012
tony1003 wrote:
<quoted text>
It was Exeter the 21 year old was killed - not quite sure why she was sleeping in a tent on that wild a night, but sad nonetheless to see a young life snuffed out.
The boss departs for Austria on Friday. We're thinking of trying to catch Skyfall on Weds (good old Orange Wednesday!).
You better get that syphoning hose out before Tuesday - with petrol the price it is. Just don't swallow any of it!
It's really sad...somebody daughter...

You read my mind there Tony, no way is this car going with all that
fuel inside. Fingers crossed the A55 is clear tomorrow.

Off track, but have you seen the price they are charging for tickets
for the Rolling Stones concert? One bloke was on the tv saying he
was quite happy to pay 700 for a 400 ticket..and..he has already seen them 17 times. He looked quite rational as well!

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Manchester, UK

#19182 Nov 25, 2012
RMQuinn37 wrote:
<quoted text>
That's "hitting the nail on the head" and spot on. Many things in life that happen at that time affect the choices we make later in life.
Makes me wonder if we would make the same choices had things
been different in formative years. Glad you understand!...:)

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#19183 Nov 25, 2012
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>Makes me wonder if we would make the same choices had things
been different in formative years. Glad you understand!...:)
I know I could have but fortunately did not. Dad was a violent alcoholic -- I'm aware I would likely have a predisposition toward alcohol as well --- I don't drink, never have, a little on a holiday or my birthday but I've been told that's not even social drinking. Could have gone either way...

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#19184 Nov 25, 2012
tony1003 wrote:
<quoted text>
Cheers ER - it was something of a wild night! We weren't affected (aside from a weekend break in horrendous weather), but there has been severe flooding all over the county in places that normally do not suffer. Millbrook, a village a few miles from us even made Sky News! Land slips, fallen trees and closed roads made the drive back today interesting!
A link:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall...
A friend of mine has photos of torrents of water pouring down the main street of Cawsand, which never normally floods. And we have more forecast in the next 24 hours.
Oh crimony! Muddy water is the worst! And more rain tomorrow, gosh. I hope you remain high and dry Tony!

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Since: Dec 06

A little hole in the wall.

#19185 Nov 25, 2012
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm sure I would...I enjoy documentaries, to a point, and am interested in the Native American as I am the original inhabitants of all countries. I firmly believe 'civilisation' has spoilt a lot that was here before...way of life..medicines..the family....
I will look out for it Cuz, you never know, it could be repeated.
I honestly don't know whether or not I would approve of women bishops. I am all for fair play, equality and all that, but I
have no time for the Church as it stands...I find it too dictatorial. God forgive me!
((Makes cross sign)) You are forgiven my child!!!

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Since: Dec 06

A little hole in the wall.

#19186 Nov 25, 2012
eleanorigby wrote:
<quoted text>
I think you are very perseptive for what my opinion is worth...:)
thanks EL, but just watch, any time now I am liable to do the opposite and then go like Homer Simpson "DOH!!"

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A little hole in the wall.

#19187 Nov 25, 2012
Grace Nerissa wrote:
In reply to El and RM's posts,
Yes to a certain degree,
and we all do 'our bit' in different ways,
and not always in the spotlight..
and indeed that is welcome..
but, at Christmas time, at least it seems to me,
there is 'over kill'
Santa appearing everywhere,
visiting hospitals with a sackful of
toys, kind of superficial,
but then again,
if one sees it through a child's eyes,
it can be altogether different,
perhaps, through a child's eyes,
'I remember when I was 4 and ill in hospital
and Santa came to visit me'
and that is a very lovely memory to hold on to.
El,
I was chuffed with your line about
'no turkey for Christmas'
what a blessed thought.
Hey Gracie ...

I think that there are folks who will do charitable works year round, and there are others that need a little extra incentive to push them to that level ... so if soemone can use something like Christmas as that little bit of extra inspiration to get something from that portion of the population that contributes only once in a wile .. then at least it adds something to the total charitable contributions ...

WHile I dislike the commercialism of some of the holidays, I am not against the efforts to use those occasions to encourage a few good deeds.

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