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Eddie Mair | 05:39 UK time, Friday, 30 January 2009

Everyone should have a Beach to go to, chill out, meet their friends and relax.
In other words it's the off-topic area of the Blog, renewed every week on a Friday, to keep it to a manageable length. Bad attitudes not welcome. No bridges for Trolls to hide under. Just warm sun, sand and virtual sangria. Plus the odd (make that very odd) camel wandering around.

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  • 1. At 07:03am on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Froggers, coffee is ready, help yourselves while go and damp down N-N's doughnuts. What a night!

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  • 2. At 07:58am on 30 Jan 2009, Gladys_Friday wrote:

    Morning DI_Wyman, how do you like your eggs?

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  • 3. At 08:21am on 30 Jan 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Morning Gladys and DiY thanks for coffee- DiY exactly how damp were N-N's doughnuts???

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  • 4. At 08:24am on 30 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Just a large mug of coffee for me please ... I'm going to have a snooze while pretending to read the paper.


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  • 5. At 08:40am on 30 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    'Morning all. Anyone for a Brasilian?


    [coffee, that is]

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  • 6. At 08:52am on 30 Jan 2009, GiulioNapolitani wrote:

    Splarf!!

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  • 7. At 08:54am on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Hi Gladys_Friday! Scrambled with loads of coarse ground black pepper, Thanks

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  • 8. At 08:57am on 30 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Morning all, thanks Gladys - scrambled for me, please. And I've made tea for the non coffee drinkers (should that be hyphenated I wonder).

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  • 9. At 08:59am on 30 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Scrambled for me too, Gladys :-) I'll get the toast on the go...

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  • 10. At 09:28am on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    wow, look at the toast go......wheeeeee

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  • 11. At 09:34am on 30 Jan 2009, Gladys_Friday wrote:

    Gad zukes! Scrambled it is then...

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  • 12. At 09:38am on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Unfertilised today, thanks, Gladys (old joke)

    Scrambled on toast - haven't had those for ages. Yes, please.

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  • 13. At 09:42am on 30 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    'morning all
    YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAAA!!
    Nothing like a bit of line dancing to make you feel ggggrrrrrrrrreat!!!!

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  • 14. At 09:59am on 30 Jan 2009, copperTrixie wrote:

    Mornin, anyone fancy some smoked salmon with the scrambled eggs???

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  • 15. At 10:10am on 30 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    copperTrixie - Now your're talking! A bit of freshly ground black pepper as well please.

    That makes up for the news that I got yesterday about not being allowed to drink grapefruit juice any more. And I love grapefruit juice!

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  • 16. At 10:25am on 30 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Aha, QL, is that statins then? My mum had a (fairly mild by the sound of it) heart attack a week ago, and has just been allowed home with a bag full of pills. And the same instruction about grapefruit. Unfortunate thay have several massive trees of them in the garden, which produce delicious juice. What a waste. But then I found a book about heart disease, (written by a Dr,) which said the odd drop of grapefruit shouldn't do any harm. Just not a kilo of them at once. Now I'm confused!

    RxKaren - have you some advice for us?

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  • 17. At 10:53am on 30 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Before I forget - a toast to Tom Paine, with whom I shared my birthday yesterday (as usual).

    And a toast to 'The Rights of Man'.


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  • 18. At 10:58am on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    QL and annasee, me too! Statins along with ACE inhibs, 2 x Beta Blockers and 75mg of soluable Asprin a day...

    DiY :-D

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  • 19. At 10:59am on 30 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Annasee - Statins, yes. The notes say no more than one small glass of grapefruit juice a day, but the doctor says none at all.

    It's a real pain because I love my big glass of grapefruit first thing in the morning.

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  • 20. At 11:46am on 30 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    There's a large pan of Tom Yom soup on the NC bar...

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  • 21. At 12:21pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    QL 19, try sucking on half a Lemon, same sort of hit, just BIGGER!!

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  • 22. At 12:24pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    MrsEff, there is a fly in my soup!

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  • 23. At 12:28pm on 30 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    The Thirty Nine Steps, Twelve Angry Men, 101 Dalmations, The Dirty Dozen, The Magnificent Seven, The Ten Commandments = ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY!

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  • 24. At 12:30pm on 30 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    (22) Yes, sir, it's the heat that kills them.

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  • 25. At 12:32pm on 30 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    The Interaction Between Grapefruit and Statins
    Grapefruit contains the compound bergamottin, which interacts with certain enzyme systems in the body, such as cytochrome P-450 and P-glycoprotein. These enzyme systems are responsible for breaking down statins, as well as other drugs, into more usable chemicals and transporting them in the body.
    When grapefruit juice is consumed at or around the time you take your statin, the components in grapefruit prevent these enzyme systems from breaking down the drug, causing the drug to accumulate in high amounts in the body. This can be very dangerous and can cause a variety of health problems, such as liver damage or a rare condition called rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle and kidney damage)
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    Fair enough, I'll just suck a lemon then!

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  • 26. At 12:33pm on 30 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    I make that 181, Mrs Eff. What about: Eleven Angry Men and their friend who's a bit tetchy? Or: The Magnificent Six And Sid?


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  • 27. At 12:40pm on 30 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Just drop one of the Commandments and it'll be OK. I move we get rid of the adultery one or the coveting of neighbours' wives. My neighhbour isn't married anyway.

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  • 28. At 1:15pm on 30 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    ^..^

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  • 29. At 1:17pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Loo, Does your Neigbour have a neighbour with a wife he can covet?

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  • 30. At 1:18pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Loon, I mean!

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  • 31. At 1:22pm on 30 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Loo (25) by the sounds of it you'll need to avoid Earl Grey tea, too!

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  • 32. At 1:24pm on 30 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    For Loo, read LooLoo ;o)

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  • 33. At 1:26pm on 30 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Looking at the recent comments as I type, Stewart and I could easily do the Gay Gordons at the moment! It won't last though ....

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  • 34. At 1:32pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    QL 27, Does that mean it's Ok for me to covet my neighbours ass?

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  • 35. At 1:49pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Well that's my weekends fun spoilt then!

    i spose i could put the solar panel on me shed roof just like Stewart M suggested in the other place.

    DiY :-(

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  • 36. At 1:51pm on 30 Jan 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Big tide!

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  • 37. At 1:56pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Ed I, stop boasting and have some lunch!

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  • 38. At 2:06pm on 30 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    DIY (34) Not to covet your neighbour's ass never really was a commandment. I think it was more by way of advice on good taste.

    Stewart M (29) As a matter of fact he does, but he's not really into coveting wives.

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  • 39. At 2:37pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..hehe..heh, he's probably trying covet his neighbours ass!

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  • 40. At 4:08pm on 30 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    An Anglican vicar entered the hall where the ecumenical meeting was to be held. 'Would you like a glass of sherry?' asked the kindly lady just inside the door. 'Oh, yes please!' said the vicar. A minute later a Methodist minister entered the hall. 'Would you like a glass of sherry?' asked the lady. 'Alcohol?' frowned the minister. 'I'd rather commit adultery!' The Anglican vicar came hurrying back. 'You didn't tell me there was a choice ...'



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  • 41. At 4:26pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sid, I'll tell that one to my friendly anglican priest.

    Now DiY your solar panel is bigger than mine. Good job those two hikers had gone past before the camera was got out.

    I wonder if they had been near Big Sis with her Brazillian?

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  • 42. At 4:36pm on 30 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Apparently they arrested a couple of these hiker's last year - but they could make it stand up in court.


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  • 43. At 4:38pm on 30 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    No, no, no - they COULDN'T make it stand up in court ... dearie me ...


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  • 44. At 5:03pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sid, I take it you never have any complaints!? :-o

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  • 45. At 5:16pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Stewart M, is there something you know about Big Sis that you want to share?

    And you have to remember Sid celebrated his birthday yesterday so at his age he is probably feeling a little stiff for a lot of the time.

    *collapses in giggling heap on the floor*

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  • 46. At 5:22pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Roger goes into his local post office to buy some stamps. As he walks up to the counter, he sees a middle-aged man methodically sticking stamps onto a pile of pink envelopes. He was also placing ‘I Love You’ heart-shaped stickers onto the envelopes. When he had finished, the man took out a bottle of French perfume and sprayed all the envelopes with it.
    Rog had to find out why, so he goes up to the man and asks.
    The man replies, "I'm sending out 100 scented Valentine cards, each one signed, 'From you know who'."
    "Why so many?" Roger asks.
    "Because I'm a divorce lawyer and business is not so good."

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  • 47. At 5:23pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Big Sis Started it at (5). Oh! She mentioned coffee . ooops!

    I too am now giggling

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  • 48. At 6:22pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    SM 47 LOL....I will put away my Wilkinson Sword appliance then!

    *rolls about on floor in a fit of giggles*

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  • 49. At 6:28pm on 30 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Stewart (44) - of course not ... well, apart from the time I was trying to buy some .... well, you know ... from the chemist. And the pharmacist said to me, 'You can't get it over the counter', and I said 'If I could get it over the counter ...'

    DiY (45) - the first time I met my wife to be, I said 'I'm a little stiff from rugby.' She said 'I don't care where your from ...'

    ... and then later I went out without a scarf on and came home with a stiff neck. Next time, she sent me out with no trousers ...


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  • 50. At 6:52pm on 30 Jan 2009, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Steven woke up with a killer hangover after attending his firm's Christmas Party.

    He didn't even remember how he got home. It's 8.30. What day is it?
    Thursday. His wife must have gone to work.

    As he struggled into consciousness through the fog of a pounding
    headache, his stomach plummeted as he wondered what the hell he did last night.

    He forced himself to open his eyes, and the first thing he saw was a
    couple of aspirins next to a glass of water on the side table. And,
    next to them, a little vase of sweet peas, freshly picked from the
    garden.

    He sat up. The bedroom was clean and tidy, - there was no trail of
    drunkenly abandoned clothes, fresh air was coming in through the window
    and all was serene. He stumbled to the bathroom, also pristine, and,
    squinting gingerly into the mirror, saw that he had a black eye. This
    was not a good sign, but no memories were returning.

    As he concentrated hard on getting the world into focus, he saw a
    post-it note stuck on the corner of the mirror. It was written in red,
    with little hearts on it and a kiss from his wife.

    'I'll ring your office and tell them you won't be in today. Breakfast
    is in the oven. Try to eat something and go back to bed for the
    morning. There's snooker on TV this afternoon. Take it easy today,
    hope your eye doesn't hurt too much. See you tonight. I love you,
    darling!'

    He stumbled to the kitchen and sure enough, there was hot breakfast,
    steaming hot coffee and the newspaper. His teenaged son was sitting at the table, eating.

    Steven, bracing himself, asked his son what happened the previous
    night.

    'Well, you came home after 3 A.M., drunk and out of your mind. You fell over the coffee table and broke it, and then you puked in the
    hallway, and got that black eye when you ran into the door. '

    Confused, he asked his son, 'So, why is everything in such perfect order, aspirins by the bed, a nice note from Mum and breakfast waiting for me?'

    His son replied, 'Oh THAT!... Mum dragged you to the bedroom, and when she tried to take your trousers off, you screamed, 'Leave me alone you slapper, I'm married!!'

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  • 51. At 6:53pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Loon @ 25:

    "The Interaction Between Grapefruit and Statins
    Grapefruit contains the compound bergamottin..."

    So is Earl Gret Tea out of the question, too, then?

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  • 52. At 6:54pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Earl Grey, as well. (Thinks: must get this light fixed...)

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  • 53. At 6:55pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh. Big Sis got there first. (Thinks again: read before you post)

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  • 54. At 6:59pm on 30 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Frances_O - here, let me get you something to ease in the weekend, clearly its been a tough Friday!!!!!!

    n-n
    xx

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  • 55. At 7:09pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    N-N..oi, me next please guv!

    and dont spare the baby oil...

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  • 56. At 7:12pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..'n who's this Earl Grey marching up and doon the Beach?

    Wotz his problem?

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  • 57. At 7:29pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Hey I'm chuffed. Paddy mentioned my suggestion on the "What sums up Britain" thread.

    As for the baby oil. I think We lost Fabio ages ago.

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  • 58. At 7:37pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    But - but Fabio's the only one who can help me [moans faintly]. Unless - is the Young Macallan around? [Rallies bravely]

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  • 59. At 7:48pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Frances O, I shouldn't build yer hopes up too much!
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    But I am sure anyone of us able bodied(?) chaps could oblige...at a push....if needs must......for a Fiver?

    *slips over on spilt baby oil*

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  • 60. At 7:52pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    DiY, Do you need Fabeena to rub some oil into your jarred back?

    I have seen a young MacAllan somewhere.

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  • 61. At 7:57pm on 30 Jan 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Mericfully I'm far too young to be needing to take that sort of medication.

    However, many years ago, my hayfever medication was terfenadine. I'm not quite sure of the exact interaction, but that was apparently a big no-no with grapefruit juice as well.


    Meanwhile, since when was "What shall we do with the drunken sailor?" a nursery rhyme? A BBC news article is claiming it is:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7860869.stm

    Oh, and whatever you do, don't go on a date with the captain's daughter...you might end up with more than a black eye...

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  • 62. At 7:57pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    A fiver? Bah! I charge much more.

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  • 63. At 8:03pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I remember singing "Drunken Sailor" in Junior school. Don't remember if we sang all the verses. "The Sun" has got its back up on this I noted whilst waiting for my take away tea tonight.

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  • 64. At 8:08pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    The Sun has got its back up,
    Hip hip hip hooray...

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  • 65. At 8:08pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Ok Francis O, Five pounds fifty and Nectar points, how does that sound?

    mittfh...re Mericfully I'm far too young to be needing to take that sort of medication you are never toooo young mate!

    Stew M..Don't remember if we sang all the verses. You woz in the long boat wozn't you!

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  • 66. At 8:10pm on 30 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    *falls about laughing, doesn't think he can pour another glass of wine without spilling the whole lot*

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  • 67. At 8:13pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Then I'm not letting you rub me.


    (Amateurs!)

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  • 68. At 8:30pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    DiY just get a straw. Or even better a non spill baby cup lid.

    Once Kids are in bed and Tesburysons man has been I'll be joining you on one of the sparkly hammocks with a bottle of something.

    As for the Long Boat. I probably have viking ancestry wot with being from Northumberland.

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  • 69. At 9:00pm on 30 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    mittfh (61) The bottle of rum (to fill his tum) has also been confiscated from the sailor who sang
    ''When I was one, I'd just begun, the day I went to sea.......''

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  • 70. At 9:02pm on 30 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Me, too, Stewart, with ancestors from Anglesey and Counties Wicklow and Wexford.

    btw, Trossachs, missed your joke earlier - what a good un!

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  • 71. At 9:53pm on 30 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Gin anyone?

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  • 72. At 11:43pm on 30 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'll bet Eddie was watching Mr. Shatner on Wossie's show tonight ....

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  • 73. At 07:54am on 31 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning all, I have popped the kettle on. I'll just go and find the toaster.

    Or are we going to have a fry up? In which case we need to find the pan. I think Stewart M was last using it to fend off Drunken Maritime Crew Persons!

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  • 74. At 09:28am on 31 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    "... this way, that way, forwards and backwards, over the Irish Sea ..."


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  • 75. At 10:15am on 31 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Seein' as it's s'posed to snow tomorrow oi have got my Rabbit Fur Lined Speedos' out ready. I'll pop them on later when the Camels aren't looking.

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  • 76. At 11:31am on 31 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Row row row the Boat.
    Gently Down The Stream


    If you see a Polar Bear

    Don't forget to Scream

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  • 77. At 11:36am on 31 Jan 2009, Little Red wrote:

    Well it's blistering here in RL. I managed only 20mins out in the garden before retreating to the shade of indoors. I think we should have ice creams all round. I'm for a feast bar! Anyone else?

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  • 78. At 11:39am on 31 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Stewart M -

    Row row row your boat
    Gently down the river
    If you see a Polar Bear
    Don't forget to shiver

    Row row row your boat
    Gently down the stream
    If you see a hungry lion
    Don't forget to scream!

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  • 79. At 11:42am on 31 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Little Red - hmmmmm....if I look out of the window, it's easy for me to imagine the heat - but in RL I'd prefer a warm almond croissant, thanks ;o)

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  • 80. At 11:56am on 31 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Thanks Gillianian, I Prefer the Drunken Sailor.

    Or What about

    Wind the bobbin up?

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  • 81. At 11:58am on 31 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    I've opened all the windows and the back door, for what could be a bracing half hour's blow through...

    ...so a nice cuppa tea and a slice ought to do it. I think i will go and fetch some wood - the barbie was such a roaring roary thing (low on inspiration this morning), that the stock piles have run down a bit.
    noodle



    PS
    Row row row your boat
    Gently down the estuary
    If you see a strange animal you dont at first immediately recognise
    Don't forget to look it up when you get home in the Uxbridge Beastary.

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  • 82. At 11:58am on 31 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Red, Have you any Sugar Cones??

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  • 83. At 2:24pm on 31 Jan 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Big Sis did you watch William Shatner too? He was hilarious and totally bonkers. I think he'd fit in very well here...

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  • 84. At 5:46pm on 31 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Hello everyone ... glad to see the Beach is still here, and all my favourite peeps with it!

    It's been an exhausting few days for me, 2 of them with no sleep at all (no particular reason) and VERY little alcohol.

    So... for what remains of the weekend it's back to business as usual. I'm just on my way to the Buffet Car, to obtain something hot and delish-ish and shome mwhoarh of zish luvvvvvvvleee plonko in ra wee bottelz.

    If I don't find my way back to seat 75A in the Quiet Coach, the pale creepy man who keeps staring at me through the gap between headrests will probably have my laptop. Do be nice to him. He looks like he might be a Derek. Or a Timothy maybe.

    ;o)

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  • 85. At 5:55pm on 31 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Fifi..it might be David from St Albans, so you be carefullllllll

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  • 86. At 7:03pm on 31 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    GM: I can't help feeling that is the attraction for Eddie, too. Yes, he was a hoot!

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  • 87. At 7:37pm on 31 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Welcome back to the land of the frogs, Wifififi!

    N-n (81), very good. Did you do that all by yourself? Estuary/bestiary. Excellent.

    By 'eck, it's nippy today, and snnnnnowww forecast for tomorrow.

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  • 88. At 8:18pm on 31 Jan 2009, Little Red wrote:

    Stewart 82. This is the beach. We have anything you can think of. Though sometimes it's a little late. What d'ya want in it?

    In the mean time I went to the RL beach and had a wonderful time with elephants. Might have to send a pic in to eddie to see if he'll re-instate our beach pic. Camels, reindeer and elephants. now that'd be an interesting party

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  • 89. At 11:40pm on 31 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    hi feefs!!! welcome back to the beach !!

    it *is* in need of a little bit of a spruce up, you are right; i shall get the sand-brush out, and see what i can do (in the morning, praps)!!

    F_O (87) :-)

    Little Red, glad you had a lovely time on the beach!!!! What a good idea to send in a picture and see if Eddie will share it in a blog.

    And in the Meanwhile, it must be time for a moonlight dip...

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  • 90. At 08:51am on 01 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Froger, bit bl00dy nippy this morn so I think Porridge is called for.

    Just spoke to son #3 in St Kilda, Melbourne, it's been about 43 deg C for four days now and he is beggining to wilt!

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  • 91. At 11:01am on 01 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Gillianianian....my children had this version...

    Row row row your boat
    Gently down the stream
    Throw our teacher overboard
    Listen to her scream


    ..and when they joined our Cub Scout pack it became..

    Row row row your boat
    Gently down the stream
    Throw Akela overboard
    Listen to him scream


    ..and did the rounds of the Broadlands District Scout Groups!!


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  • 92. At 11:43am on 01 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Hmmm, can I just set up camp on the Beach today? It's so darn cold round at our place, and there's outside work scheduled. Do you think he'd find me here?

    Talking about finding - Qualified Loon's not behind any of these dunes is he?

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  • 93. At 12:48pm on 01 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Hi Val! 'tis cold enough to freeze the wotsits off of a Brass wotsit isnt it!

    Not 'seen' QL this morn. He is probably gone to Morning Service?

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  • 94. At 1:21pm on 01 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Perhips, DIY, perhips. Just to cheer up FrancesO, here's some of my A batch marmalade, and some of my B batch too. Which is the batch of choice? By the way I got more pots out of the first batch than the second - who knows why.....

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  • 95. At 1:25pm on 01 Feb 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oooh, thanks, Val, I love marmalade.

    I'm quite cheery today - got a strapline!!! (ooooh)

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  • 96. At 3:47pm on 01 Feb 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Ho hum...a pathetic appearance by the cold, white, wet stuff so far - it's more-or-less been and gone without laying...

    Anyway, it's nice and warm here on the beach :)

    Oh yes, nearly forgot - this week's goodie bag (clones of treats various people brought into work!):

    Forest fruits cheesecake (my creation!)
    Forest fruits cake (using the remainder of the fruit from the cheesecake!)
    Cherry and coconut cake
    Triffle (misspelling courtesy of the chap that brought it in, and we blamed the fact it hadn't set properly on the extra "f"!)
    Mini double chocolate muffins (bought, not made!)

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  • 97. At 4:18pm on 01 Feb 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    To add to the delicious selection above, some rich fruit cake - extras from the 3 tiers of wedding cake I've cooked this weekend! Can either eat now, or wait til I've 'fed' it for a few weeks with Drambuie and Brandy.....

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  • 98. At 5:21pm on 01 Feb 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Hi fifi! Good to see you back!

    What a lot of goodies on the beach today. Yum- yum!

    Some nice food, too.....

    (Tee- hee!!)

    Sorry! i've been sensible all day!

    Mollyxx

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  • 99. At 6:05pm on 01 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Did ANYone get any decent amount of snow today? Honestly, talk about an anticlimax....

    * sniggers *

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  • 100. At 7:08pm on 01 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    We've had a covering in Derbyshire, one quite intense blizzard-like shower mid afternoon, more forecast for tomorrow I think.

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  • 101. At 7:35pm on 01 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I have a light dusting. Hardly worth bothering about. Mind if it freezes and its cold enough to......

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  • 102. At 7:35pm on 01 Feb 2009, mittfh wrote:

    We had a light dusting in Kenilworth (I've uploaded a photo to Picasa, FB'ers should be able to find it), but most of the snowfall was too light, angular and fast to lay. Current air temperature's around the -1.5°C mark, but the sky's clear, so it doesn't look as though we'll have any more for the next few hours.

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  • 103. At 7:52pm on 01 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Just polished off Fearless's Fabulous Fowl ... the best yet I think. Yumm!

    By the way folks - whatever has happened to the Loon? Is he off for a long swim?

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  • 104. At 8:21pm on 01 Feb 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Only a few flakes here too. A light dusting on a few cars. Very disappointing!

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  • 105. At 8:24pm on 01 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    So much for my frosty sky... the night apparently has dandruff!

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  • 106. At 10:36pm on 01 Feb 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Some desultory dandruff.

    Bound to be horrendous on Monday.

    I mean, it's Monday.

    Entire S of England will grind to a halt. .05mm snow on line. National disaster. And no-one could have expected it.



    (muffled mutterings)

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  • 107. At 11:20pm on 01 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Still nowt in East Lothian, SO is hoping for lots overnight so that he has an excuse not to make it in to work ;-)

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  • 108. At 08:14am on 02 Feb 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Morning All!

    Tea, frothy coffees and warming Porridge and toast (not for dunking!) on the Bar for all who've made it through the snow drifts!

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  • 109. At 08:54am on 02 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    Well, I've made it to my place of work* - i.e. my office downstairs!!

    So, I'll dig into the coffee and toast - thanks GM!

    *aka lounging about


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  • 110. At 09:09am on 02 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Thanks for the porridge GM, just what's needed before I head out to catch a bus into town. Roads seem fine despite a good half inch of snow - it's coming home again this afternoon that may prove problematic. Wish me luck.

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  • 111. At 09:53am on 02 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    The ski slope is in operation over the dunes. Lift also working. fur lined Speedos with the Skis.

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  • 112. At 10:17am on 02 Feb 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Brrrr! Is there any hot coffee on the go? Oooh, ta, GM! :-) It was a bit dicey in RL, driving in this morning. I think I may need to lie down in the blue hammock for a while to relax...

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  • 113. At 12:00pm on 02 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Here's a nice warm sheepskin to throw over you Fearless. Try not to spill coffee on it...

    Here in RL the sun is out and the only snow still visible is in the furrows of the field across the road. At this time of day the sun shines in through my office window and it's rather warm and pleasant.

    Does DIY realise he's supposed to wear the fur lining INSIDE the Speedos? It's bad enough that he wears them on his head .. now he looks like a pink and remarkably fast-moving Davy Crockett!

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  • 114. At 12:09pm on 02 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I have just had this email. Who wants to help?

    Dear Friend,

    I am Miss Ruka Abdul a 23 years old girl from war ravaged SIERRA LEONE but presently domiciled in Abidjan Ivory coast.My father Late Mr Mohammed Abdul who before his untimely assassination by the rebels and was the Director of SIERRA LEONE Diamond corporation (SLDC).He was killed in our government residential house along side two of my other brothers,two house maids and one government attached security guard fortunately for me and my mother,we were on a week end visit to our home town As we got the news of the tragedy. We immediately managed to ran into neighbouring Ivory coast for refuge.

    But unfortunately. As Fate would have it,I lost My dear mother (may soul rest in peace) as a result of what the Doctor called cardiac arrest.

    As i was coming into this country ,i had some documents of a deposit of $ 10,500.000 USD (Ten million Five hundred thousand USD ) made by my late father in one of the prime bank and Fianace House in Abidjan cote d'ivoire .According to my father, he intended to use this fund for his international business transaction after his tenure in office but was unfortunately murdered.

    I had located the bank here where the money is deposited and i have established ownership.please right now,with the bitter experiences i had in our country and the war still going on especially in diamond area which incidentally is where we hail from .coupled with the incessant political upheavals and hostilities in this country Ivory coast,i desire seriously to leave here and live the rest of my life into a more peaceful and politically stable country like yours Hence this proposal and request.
    I therefore wish you can help me in the following regards :

    1)To provide me with a good bank account to transfer the money into
    2)To help me invest the money into a lucrative business .
    3) To assist me get a college admission to further my education.

    Best Regards.

    Miss Ruka Abdul.

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  • 115. At 1:06pm on 02 Feb 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Stewart (114), Let's organise a whip-round for the poor gal :-p

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  • 116. At 1:09pm on 02 Feb 2009, Aggie wrote:

    Stewart, (114) - perhaps this nice chap who emailed me this morning can help:



    -----Original Message-----
    From: Andrew Murray
    Sent: 02 February 2009 01:52
    To: undisclosed-recipients
    Subject: Bargate Murray Solicitors

    Bargate Murray Solicitors
    98 Curtain Road, Islington
    London
    EC2A 3AF

    I am Andrew Murray, a solicitor at law and executor to a late client of mine who will be referred to hereinafter as 'my client'. He worked as an independent oil magnate in my country and died in a car crash with his immediate family on the 4th of oct, 2002

    I have written several letters to the your embassy with an intent to locate any of his relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned personal estate and all efforts have been to no avail. Moreso, I have received official letters in the last few weeks suggesting confiscation of his assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which he deposited the sum of 8.8 million Pounds.

    Please get back confirming your full names signifying your interest for further proceedings because I can present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's surviving family member since you bear a similar last name to enable you put up a claim as a next of kin. I propose 60% will be accrue to you at the conclusion of this deal so far I do not incure further expenses. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer.

    Andrew Murray ESQ.

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  • 117. At 1:11pm on 02 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Fred, I don't thunk she needs a Whip round. I was going to e mail her back suggesting she invest in Woolworths. But someone else has taken that name over.

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  • 118. At 1:18pm on 02 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    On the wrong pc but I may just have to post the E mail I got the request from on here. Should enable the sender to be spammed. Interestingly the Solicitors aggrav8or mentions exists.

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  • 119. At 2:12pm on 02 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Good idea Stewart. Let's spam the spammers!

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  • 120. At 2:34pm on 02 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    I'm just looking out my whip ... trying to remember the last time I used it ...


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  • 121. At 2:46pm on 02 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Stewart, I know from another case that it is not unknown for people to use perfectly reputable companies - even the Queen's own solicitors ! - as cover for all kinds of dodgy deals.

    FFred - I like the new blue hammock, tones in really well with the purple one.

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  • 122. At 3:53pm on 02 Feb 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Anne (121) I think there's a few more hammocks of different hues in the storage box behind the bar. Why not see what colour you can find for yours :-)

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  • 123. At 3:55pm on 02 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    There's evena hammock in a subtle shade of octarine ...


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  • 124. At 3:58pm on 02 Feb 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    So I see, Sid, but it's occupied by a large Orang-utan, who just said "Oook". Whatever you do, don't call him a monkey.... Ooops!

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  • 125. At 4:15pm on 02 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    I wonder if we'd be OK calling him an intermittent ape?


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  • 126. At 4:45pm on 02 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Are you sure 'it' is a him, Sid?

    I think you should quit digging, mate!

    ;o)

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  • 127. At 4:47pm on 02 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Sid.Fred - Look, he might be a bit hirsute, but that's no way to talk about Stewart.

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  • 128. At 5:22pm on 02 Feb 2009, Little Red wrote:

    Is it just me or does the hammock storage box have feet?

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  • 129. At 7:38pm on 02 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    I've just had an idea. I wonder if the beach authorities would allow us to have a beach store for - well, things like storage boxes with feet, and octarine-coloured hammocks, that sort of thing. We could call it Pratchett's.


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  • 130. At 9:37pm on 02 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sid, that storage box just bit me. I'll have Carrot read the rule book to you.

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  • 131. At 10:14pm on 02 Feb 2009, U13811255 wrote:

    Oh, joy of joys!

    On Saturday, such wind on the Beach that it was like a desert in a sand storm, the sea so angry, the estuary so harsh that swan and duck and even goose had been driven down water from their pool seven miles upstream.

    On Sunday every dead, yellowed leaf of grass on the mountain fractured the sunlight, so that hillsides usually green with a purple wash stood silver grey like frosted Alps.

    And today, snow on the Beach to run in. The contours of the sand dunes and the snow drifts in rhythmic harmony.

    Eat: Brie, Drink: Pinot, Be Merry:(:-)

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  • 132. At 09:42am on 03 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 133. At 10:00am on 03 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    That was Latin, that was. Proper Latin. Nothing like a bit of Horace to start the day ... but regrettably not on the BBC.


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  • 134. At 10:07am on 03 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Sid - Illegitimi non carborundum.

    That's not proper Latin!

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  • 135. At 10:38am on 03 Feb 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Con granum sallis forex sums digits down
    Translated from the Greek that's, "Keep your knees up Mother Brown."

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  • 136. At 10:49am on 03 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 137. At 11:24am on 03 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Hmm - It seems like this deleting of Latin phrases is a bit random.

    If I were Bart Simpson I might be tempted to say - Vescere bracis meis - to the mods.

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  • 138. At 11:32am on 03 Feb 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

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  • 139. At 11:56am on 03 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    Well, I don't know. Things have come to a pretty pass when you can't even quote Horace without being modded. And no, I can't rewrite it. What a fatuous suggestion!

    And to cap it all, when I followed their helpful links I got to this:

    "The following error occurred: An unknown error has occurred."


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  • 140. At 12:14pm on 03 Feb 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    To the moderators: A recumbent posture is Latin, and means lying down.

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  • 141. At 12:19pm on 03 Feb 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Mrs. Eff: It depends upon what you're doing while in a recumbent posture, surely? ;o)

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  • 142. At 12:31pm on 03 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Risotto for lunch anyone?

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  • 143. At 12:32pm on 03 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho!

    I see I beat my postcard back here from NZ. Never mind, it'll just be a nice surprise when it does turn up.

    Anyway, I've brought some NZ eats and drinks for everyone; pavlova, kiwi fruit and manuka honey shortbreads, Lemon and Paeroa (World famous in NZ!), meat and cheese pies, kiwi hot dogs (they come on a stick and are covered in batter) and a bottle or 12 of NZ beer. Oh yes, and some NZ whisky too.

    Senex Nequisime! ;o) []

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  • 144. At 12:42pm on 03 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Welcome back Wonko thanks for the lunchtime nibbles.

    Fifi, can I have mine at tea time please?

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  • 145. At 1:23pm on 03 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Wonko, thought Pavlova was russian. But I'll still have a bit.

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  • 146. At 1:27pm on 03 Feb 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    New Zealand Pavlova demo

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIdSGFRr144

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  • 147. At 1:56pm on 03 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Lovely risotto, fi!! thanks.

    And, cheers, Wonko!!!
    well, i think its time for a hammock session....

    zzzzzzz

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  • 148. At 2:00pm on 03 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Welcome back Wonko (gross minus one) ... just in time to catch some authentic GB winter!

    DIY (gross) - sorry, Mister Noodle has polished off the last of the risotto so there's none left for tea. How about chippy orders instead for tonight?

    Anyone else for some cholesterol and chips?? Yum!

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  • 149. At 3:00pm on 03 Feb 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Welcome back Wonko and thanks for all the goodies. Got any Cloudy Bay in the luggage??

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  • 150. At 3:09pm on 03 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

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  • 154. At 3:23pm on 03 Feb 2009, U13811255 wrote:

    Winter on Beach!

    I've never done it before!

    Never seen Sanderlings (local people call them Sandlings), before, ever. Hadn't even heard of them! In my Readers (apostrophe) Digest Bird Book they're classified as waders! They go to extraordinary lengths to make sure they're not! Have you seen them? They race away from 1mm waves, then turn and chase the ebb. Like silent film comics, walking staightlegged like ultra fast infantry (the Scarborough Sands Light Infantry).

    And Oyster Catchers! How handsome they are! Such a confident cry!

    And both have gone back to the Arctic regions according to the book by summer, here. No wonder a fair weather Beacher like me had never seen them before, either!

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  • 155. At 3:31pm on 03 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Whew! it seems to be back to normal. How on earth did that happen? It was only here that all my typing came out backwards.

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  • 156. At 3:39pm on 03 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho and thanks for the words of welcome.

    As it happens I do have some Overcast Sheltered Inlet in my bag. I'll put it in the fridge to chill.

    ;o) []

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  • 157. At 3:42pm on 03 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Stewart - The Kiwis will tell you that "Pav" as they call it is definitely from NZ, though Australians also claim it as theirs.

    ;o) []

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  • 158. At 3:51pm on 03 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    So now we know that writing backwards breaks the house rules! Apparently it is 'off topic'.

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  • 159. At 4:01pm on 03 Feb 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    I wear my pink pajamas in the summer when it's hot,
    I wear my flannel nighties in the winter when it's not,
    And sometime in the springtime and sometimes in the fall,
    I jump right in between the sheets with nothing on at all,
    Glory, glory, hallelujah,
    Glory, glory, what's it to ya!
    Balmy breezes blowing through ya!
    With nothing on at all...

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  • 160. At 4:02pm on 03 Feb 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    What on Beach happened there?

    Wee you ryingtay Igpay Atinlay?

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  • 161. At 4:08pm on 03 Feb 2009, U13811255 wrote:

    Mmm. Better avoid palindromes!

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  • 162. At 5:03pm on 03 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Goodness me, what a lot of broken House Rules lying all over the shore!

    Methinks froggers are being too clever for modders...

    To celebrate the cancellation of tonight's meeting with the Committee from Hell, I am accepting orders for my forthcoming visit to the chippie.

    "Is your journey really necessary?"

    Oh, I certainly think so!

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  • 163. At 5:27pm on 03 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    zzzzzzzz

    gnufph.
    did someone say "chippie" ?!
    a large portion this way, please!!!!

    I think there's some NZ vino too, I have found the beer and the whiskey....

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  • 164. At 6:06pm on 03 Feb 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Nikki, Wonko's Cloudy Bay does not go well with chips. I would suggest a bottle of Blue Nun if you must.
    (Other white wines are available)

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  • 165. At 6:20pm on 03 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Fifi can I have Fish cakes and a large one please. And a side order of mushy peas if possible.

    I'll just go and butter up some bread and get the salt-n-vin.

    Has anyone got some of those little wooden forks?

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  • 166. At 6:21pm on 03 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Chips - oh yes please! I can't summon up the enthusiasm for cooking this evening.

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  • 167. At 6:33pm on 03 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Darn it... I was just wondering if I could manage without the trip out in the cold to the chippy - and now you've all got the bit between your teeth!

    Okay, I'll go now. Don't forget the English mustard, DIY - I feel like a sausage tonight!

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  • 168. At 6:50pm on 03 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Mmmm, puts me in mind of our wonderful Fish Tea in Biggar on Saturday evening. Twas fab - 2, count 'em 2, battered fish, chips, breadandbutter and a pot of tea.

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  • 169. At 7:21pm on 03 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    O...kay, here's the chips folks! Assorted fish suppers, sausages, onion rings, pies and burgers. (Sorry no haggis - this is England after all.)

    Do dig in while 'em's hot!

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  • 170. At 7:37pm on 03 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Feefs, thanks and the Mustard will be along shortly!

    DiY

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  • 171. At 8:02pm on 03 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    One of the nice things about all them snow pictures has been that several were sent by ertswhile regulars on the blog - I wonder if we can tempt them back?

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  • 172. At 8:07pm on 03 Feb 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, yes, please, fish, chips, salt and a sprinkle of vinegar. And a very mild green pickle, like they give you in Hammersmith, or did ages ago.

    Imagine my surprise in Embra when I first encountered salt n sauce; and, having got used to that, living in Glasgow and getting salt n vinegar again.

    Mind you, it was in Embra I had my first baked tattie. Now here's one: anyone remember Mr Chuckity-leaf's (?) in South Clerk Street?

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  • 173. At 8:43pm on 03 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    cheers Fee!!!!!!!

    what *did* you eat before going to Embra (other spellings of Scottish Cities are also available), F_O?! Praps I'd better not ask....

    n-n
    xx

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  • 174. At 07:12am on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Peeps, the heat measuring thingy on the garage wall is showing -7 deg C at the moment!


    So porridge all round I think. Bring your own Honey, Maple Syrup, Sugar or Salt!

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  • 175. At 07:45am on 04 Feb 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    What my Mum cooked, nikki. Or school dinner, but that was so vile I didn't really eat it, just shoved it round my plate. Long before supermodels were invented, I may add.

    But porridge. Now that's a different kettle of... er...

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  • 176. At 08:03am on 04 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    Morning all. Clear blue sky, warm breeze of the sea, silence broken only by the breaking of the waves and idle chatter ... perfick.


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  • 177. At 11:16am on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Coffee and sticky buns now available at NC's.....

    (other beverages and non sticky pastries are available)

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  • 178. At 11:31am on 04 Feb 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Mmmmm! Nice sticky buns DiY!

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  • 179. At 11:55am on 04 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Don't tell me thet he has sat on the jam again!

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  • 180. At 12:16pm on 04 Feb 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    I think it's marmalade, Loonie.

    Now wash your mouth out with this coffee I've just made as an early lunch perk (geddit?)

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  • 181. At 12:23pm on 04 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho and afternoon all!

    Damn, missed a chippy run last night I see. Never mind, arrived home from work last night to the happy sight of Mrs Wonko dishing up chilli and rice!

    I know it's a bit early, but is there any wine left?

    ;o) []

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  • 182. At 1:25pm on 04 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    Early ... wine ... sorry, Wonko, don't understand.


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  • 183. At 2:37pm on 04 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Sid - I usually wait until midday, except in the case of champagne breakfasts.

    ;o) []

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  • 184. At 3:57pm on 04 Feb 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    well, I have a few bottles of Black Stump behind the bar that I was saving for later, Wonko. You're more than welcome to help yourself to a glass :-)

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  • 185. At 4:06pm on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    gossipmistress 178, I am sooo glad you approve.

    QualifiedLoon 179, no, I have a honey shower most mornings, or is that a shower with a honey?

    Anyhoo, don't 'spose there is any Chilli left Wonko?

    Otherwise I am reduced to defrosting some Bubble-n-Squeak tonight.

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  • 186. At 4:36pm on 04 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Cheers Fred, I need a drink after the meeting I've just been through!

    Sorry DIY, we scoffed the lot! Honey's supposed to be very good for the hair...

    ;o) []

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  • 187. At 4:53pm on 04 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Please may I have several bottles of your strongest liquor and a lie down in the "well, at least nobody's died" hammock.

    And Fabio, please, if he's free.

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  • 188. At 5:11pm on 04 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Oh dear, Val. That sounds serious! Allow me to vacate the WALND hammock immediately (I was thinking of adding a Y for 'yet') and insist that Fabio transfers his attentions to you.

    Dearie me, it's not been a great day really has it. And there's me on the Wagon, too... lousy timing!

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  • 189. At 5:17pm on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Wonko 186, well that's a pity about the Chilli, back to plan 'A' then.

    Fifi, I am on the wagon as well! Dr De-ath recommends I reduce the volume of fermented apple juice I consume.

    So a half pint of chilled Ribenaah this eve I think.

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  • 190. At 5:18pm on 04 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Not The Wagon! Help - bad things have come to pass. Anyway, pass me that Y, let's not tempt providence.

    Fabio, it's about this knot I've got.......

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  • 191. At 5:21pm on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Is Fabio still giving peeps a free rub down with an oily rag?

    'cos i got a pain the neck that needs seeing to......

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  • 192. At 5:37pm on 04 Feb 2009, Little Red wrote:

    evening all. am making do with wot's in the fridge tonight, which turns out to be onions, aubergine and toms plus rice. throw it all together and whaddya have...? well I'm not sure yet but there's bound to be leftovers!

    Plus I found a pot of ice cream in the freezer! Though I guess you UK guy's might be a bit fed up of the cold (all the more for me I say!)

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  • 193. At 5:54pm on 04 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    I don't know, people on the wagon, others in need of the attentions of Fabio's skilled hands (and the rest of him too presumeably), sounds like we all need a serious cheer up.

    Who's up for camel races followed by a slap up curry meal and a sing ong around the campfire?

    ;o) []

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  • 194. At 6:02pm on 04 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Always look on the bright side of life.... *puckers up hopefully*

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  • 195. At 6:14pm on 04 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    ValP do have this satin cushion to put under your head while you wait for Fabio, and a luxury organic cotton bathrobe for afterwards. Sorry it's been such a bad day.
    {{{{frugs}}}}
    A.
    xx

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  • 196. At 7:16pm on 04 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Mmmmmmm, aaaaahhh, that's better. Thanks ;-)

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  • 197. At 7:30pm on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Wonko. I'm up for it!

    ValeryP..wonderful puckering!

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  • 198. At 8:00pm on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Right. It's taken me ages to get those camels all saddled up!

    So, who has got the starting pistol?

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  • 199. At 8:06pm on 04 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    Well, I've got the stopping pistol ...


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  • 200. At 8:07pm on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Right, on 1, on 2, on 3 and BANG

    ......crikey, I didn't know a camel could do that!

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  • 201. At 8:32pm on 04 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Has anyone got a shovel and really big bucket I can borrow?

    Is camel poo any good for roses?

    ..and is the the curry ready yet Wonko....?

    .....Wonko....?

    OMG..it's Wonko under that big pile of camel.....stuff!

    Blimey, Mrs Wonko ain't going to best pleased when he gets home!!

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  • 202. At 9:23pm on 04 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    frugs, ValP, and to all who need.



    Wonko, it's not getting much better...yes, I know you're sitting 'over there' but it's the wind!!!!

    I think I could do with a pick-me-up, as could the lot of us by the sound of it. Is it still February, by any chance?!!!




    Anyone looking forward to the Six Nations this weekend?!!!!
    n-n

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  • 203. At 9:30pm on 04 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * staggers slightly *

    Oi fell orf tha' therr car' over therr, an' now oi can' seem tae walk straigh'... oops!

    * staggers the other way *

    Oh, cr*p! (literally) What the [substitute the word 'dickens'] have I just trod in??

    Sorry Wonko, was that your danish pastry too? Oh well, never mind. Have this chocolate orange... well, p'raps not.

    * whips out guitar and assumes the position *

    Somebody mentioned a singsong?.....

    * falls over *

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  • 204. At 9:43pm on 04 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    "Heave ho, and up she rises!"

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  • 205. At 10:05pm on 04 Feb 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Did someone mention a chocolate orange?
    *sniffs*
    That'll do me nicely, then it's back to the hammock. Is someone going to round up the camels then?

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  • 206. At 10:17pm on 04 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Not me, Val, wouldn't dream of going anywhere near them. I'll be the one hiding on the upwind side of the dunes till the tide has been in and out again.

    Of course if someone felt like gathering up the offending material I'm sure we could consider a methane digester for the beach barbeque - come to think of it didn't someone have that idea a while back?

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  • 207. At 10:55pm on 04 Feb 2009, Izzy_Tme wrote:

    Phew - what is that smell? And why are DiY, Wonko and n-n all running round in circles, whooping and waving their arms in the air?

    *reads back a bit*

    Oh, riiiiiight, I see now. Crikey Wonko, I think you need to be hosed down me old mucker*. Stand over there, I've got the equipment necessary and (because it's the beach) nicely warmed water. You know it makes sense - Mrs W will be much happier....


    *pun intended

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  • 208. At 11:44pm on 04 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Sorry about that everyone. I've had my third shower now, is it any better? If the scouring powder doesn't work I've got some mouthwash on standby. Honestly, mouthwash. Found it out on the flight to NZ by accident - thought the bottle in the toilet was the soap dispenser, but it was mouthwash. Makes your hands lovely and soft and freshens them too!

    I'm off to bed, see you in the morning.

    ;o) []

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  • 209. At 00:04am on 05 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * fnuffleglfglugglezzznmglgggle! *

    (Wagon a long felt want!)

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  • 210. At 07:39am on 05 Feb 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Eddie - gray skies are gonna clear up.

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  • 211. At 08:57am on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Mrs Eff, are you cykick?

    I am soo glad that was really high tide in the wee small hours, Beach almost as good as new!

    Anyhoo, coffee, tea and other breakfast goodies available at NC's..enjoy.

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  • 212. At 09:28am on 05 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Cheers, DIW!!!

    sorely needed this morning.....

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  • 213. At 09:33am on 05 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Morning all, thank goodness for one place where the sun always shines.

    Fresh porridge on the bar for those who have to brave less gentle conditions in RL, also builders strength tea and Java coffee and toast. Help yourselves.

    Looking out at about 3-4 inches of lying snow and it now seems to be easing off. The village however is eerily quiet without traffic which can't yet get up any of our hills. All local buses off the road until at least mid-morning. Schools closed and doctors' surgery ringing to cancel appointments. Rather peaceful really.

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  • 214. At 09:57am on 05 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Lovely morning, innit? Makes me want to sing.

    Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam
    And I'll show you a house full of . . . .


    Maybe I'll have a cup of tea first.

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  • 215. At 10:33am on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    QL....is this your bison?

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  • 216. At 10:36am on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Anne P.....we have 0.000012658 mm of snow and a gentle drizzle here on the eastern outskirts of Norwich.

    (all measurements are approximate)

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  • 217. At 10:44am on 05 Feb 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    DIY - No, I use the sink behind the bar.

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  • 218. At 11:16am on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..got him...hook, line and sinker!

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  • 219. At 11:21am on 05 Feb 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Morning everyone - I've brought a pot of steaming hot chocolate down to the beach for everyone that needs a little warming up. There's extra whipped cream and marshmallows if you want to be even more indulgent.

    Happy elevenses!

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  • 220. At 11:26am on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    PP, splendid, will go well with my Ham-n-Mustrd RL roll!

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  • 221. At 11:35am on 05 Feb 2009, Sid wrote:

    Hot chocolate - yum!


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  • 222. At 11:57am on 05 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    ....with cream and marshmallows, oh yes! please.

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  • 223. At 11:57am on 05 Feb 2009, Little Red wrote:

    Afternoon all! Cheese on toast freshly off the grill. Tommy K available. I'll have a "cold" chocolate if I'm allowed - I have the opposite problem to the UK today!

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  • 224. At 12:15pm on 05 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    That hit the spot, Perky!!!

    Is the Loon still warbling?!! Or have i got sand in my ears?!




    what a lovely lovely day - I think I might go for a dip before lunch!!
    n-n
    xx

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  • 225. At 4:39pm on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Afternoon Peeps!

    Has anyone got anything interesting for tea / supper I can scrounge?

    Mrs DiY out with the girls this evening and am having to fend for myself!

    Also this will be day two of zero fermented apple juice consumption...and I am
    .
    .
    .
    .
    .
    . NOT GETTING RATTY WITH ALL THE STUPID END USERS WOT KEEP RINGING THE HELLDESK

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  • 226. At 4:42pm on 05 Feb 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    fancy a slice of cake, DI?!

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  • 227. At 4:47pm on 05 Feb 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho!

    Any room in the WALND hammock? It's been one of those days. Actually it's been two or three of those days concentrated into 24 hours.

    Garage room has a hole (now covered by tarpulin), Chimney pot has come loose and is currently sitting at a jaunty angle, the diswasher has packed up and my back hurts.

    And that's before I get to the work stuff! Pimms O'Clock?

    ;o( []

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  • 228. At 4:58pm on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    n-n, bless, yes please but I think Wonko is in greater need!

    Meanwhile....There are 10 types of people in the world - those who understand binary and those who don’t

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  • 229. At 5:22pm on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Sadie goes to see her psychiatrist, doctor Myers, to get help on an issue concerning her sexual relationship with her husband Abe.
    Doctor Myers explains, "OK, but I can only help you if you are open and honest with me. Is that agreed?"
    "Yes," says Sadie.
    But after just 15 minutes, doctor Myers has to tell her, "We’re getting nowhere, Sadie. You’re too secretive. I’ll try just once more – please reply quickly to the questions I’m going to ask you or I won’t be able to help."
    "OK." says Sadie.
    "Have you ever looked directly into Abe’s face while you were making love?" asks doctor Myers.
    "Yes," replies Sadie.
    "We’re making progress at last," says doctor Myers, "So tell me, Sadie, when you looked directly into Abe’s face while you were making love, did you see any emotion there?"
    "Yes," replies Sadie, "I saw great anger on his face."
    "Excellent," continues doctor Myers, "we’re nearly there. So when you looked directly into Abe’s face while you were making love and saw great anger, could you please explain to me exactly what Abe was doing at the time?"
    Sadie replies, "He was up a ladder looking at me through the bedroom window."

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  • 230. At 6:51pm on 05 Feb 2009, annasee wrote:

    Oh dear Wonko, that all sounds bad. But, on the plus side, the enforced exercise of washing the dishes will increase your mobility and improve your back pain. Also bending over to load the dishwasher is probably bad for your back, so isn't it good the temptation is removed for you?

    Any reports on the current weather in Derby or Stamford (town centre) areas please? I've got to get there tomorrow.

    We only have a light covering of snow. Biggest disaster this morning was SO treading in big fox poo on our drive this morning, and not noticing until he'd walked it into the house and over every mat in the hall. All of which have now been washed. Only about 4 days since last being washed. My, it smells like a zoo, does fox poo. Probably still better than dog though...

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  • 231. At 7:53pm on 05 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Annasee (230) : Stamford town centre is a bit slushy but has been both ploughed and gritted. Further snow expected only in the south of the county and way to the east of us, so you should be fine.

    Drop in! I have a distinctive snow-lady in a hat and sunglasses at my front door to guide you in...

    DiY - If you visit the bookface place, you'll find pictures of Monsieur et Madame Neige outside their sumptuous home.

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  • 232. At 8:40pm on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Fifi..thanks, will do, is it as good as my 'Shed'?

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  • 233. At 8:48pm on 05 Feb 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Hi Carol!

    Here the GnT's are on me, pull up a sun longer and chill out.

    Don't let 'nine year old' Brummie interviewers bother you!

    BTW, I believe you have a secret admire in St. Albans he loves the jewellery!!

    David, yoo hoo, she is over here, wants to discuss kicking apple trees..!!

    DiY :-D

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  • 234. At 10:48pm on 05 Feb 2009, Fifi wrote:

    DiY (232): I think mine might be bigger than yours. But mine definitely doesn't have a brass doorknob and letterbox!

    You win...

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  • 235. At 09:03am on 06 Feb 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    annasee, sorry didn't see your query last night, so may be too late to be of use. Derby area not too bad this morning all major routes clear. Warmth in the city itself keeps temperatures higher than even short distances out side. Ilkeston still has lots of schools closed and of course roads in the Peaks such as Snake Pass and Buxton to Leek closed or very bad.
    There is still lying snow and slush on pavements. Problems with grit supply may mean minor roads being left ungritted and the forecast is for very hard frost tonight and tomorrow night. Good luck!

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  • 236. At 3:50pm on 03 Mar 2009, BrendanButterpudding wrote:

    Noice!

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  • 237. At 08:05am on 18 Dec 2009, upvery wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

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