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Eddie Mair | 05:21 UK time, Friday, 23 January 2009

Oh most beautiful Beach of the programme PM,
Where the Froggers congregate even though you can't see them,
With camels and surf and castles of sand,
As a refuge from woes and seriousness it was planned,
With a bar in memory of a presenter most grand,
And imag'nery sun to get most safely tanned,
Renewed by our host, most every Friday,
Visitor, relax and enjoy, and please keep it tidy.

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  • 1. At 08:19am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Let us raise a glass to Wee Rabbie, Muse Extraordinaire.

    (A side benefit of this activity could be longevity, according to thEsme the centegenarian who takes a whisky with her elevenses - not to mention 20 smokes a day!)

    Will there be haggis for tea?

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  • 2. At 08:29am on 23 Jan 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Absolutely, and Athol Brose as well. Neeps with black pepper and a piper for the Haggis.

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  • 3. At 09:00am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'd like a few tatties with the neeps, though ..... and perhaps we could go for Scottish raspberries, drenched in Drambuie, served with the finest Scottish shortbread to round off the meal. (Optional cheeseboard available)

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  • 4. At 09:01am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Make way for Molly. Her tray's very heavy ..... Let me give you a hand over to the Bar, M.

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  • 5. At 09:05am on 23 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    OOOH! Big Sister! You are naughty and nice!!!



    But what shall I do with the booty from the old Beach which caused me such grief?

    Oh, well, waste not, want not, I suppose....


    Cheese, did you say?....

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  • 6. At 09:06am on 23 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Hi all, just a brief visit from RL. Have the scrambled eggs made it over from the last beach? I could just go for a plate of scrambled egg on toast about now....

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  • 7. At 09:13am on 23 Jan 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Are we up for a Burns Supper this evening, (Kilts optional)?

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  • 8. At 09:19am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Fred, I've suggested the camels eat the leftovers and have eggs Benedict on offer, just ready now, along with croissants and freshly made coffee. It's not too late for me to separate out the haddock if you just want scrambled egg? and there's plenty of toast for you, too.

    Kilts? I'll go along with that - it's good to give the legs an outing from time to time, isn't it? But modesty prevents me from doing the full Scottie - however, I'll put on my best undies in honour of the Bard.

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  • 9. At 09:19am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Molly, take a seat, m'dear, you're looking rather puffed.

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  • 10. At 09:35am on 23 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Oh, I'm more than happy to try Eggs Benedict (never ever had them before!). Thanks, Big Sis :-)

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  • 11. At 09:46am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Of course, strictly speaking the celebrations shouldn't take place until Sunday (I think I'm correct there, Eddie?)

    Which gives me time to pop out for a selection of the finest single malts plus more Drambuie to top up the supplies. I might also pop the kilt into the drycleaners as I've just noted a few stains from last year ..... :(

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  • 12. At 09:47am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    And, in case any of us need to brush up on Sunday night's proceedings, I see the Beeb have put together a very helpful guide here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/robertburns/burnsnight/running_order.shtml

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  • 13. At 09:55am on 23 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Big Sister (11)

    I'm not sure we want to know that......

    Now, what do I need- Tam-O- Shanter!
    Where are you?
    Oh! NO! I'll kill that cat.....!;-(

    Do Te--os sell tam-o-shnters?

    Mollyxx

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  • 14. At 09:57am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh dear, Molly, sounds like your cat knows Monty. On checking the sporran drawer, I find he has removed said beast and its remains are littered around the bedroom ....

    When you get to T*scos, would check on the sporran counter?

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  • 15. At 09:59am on 23 Jan 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Is Tam o Shatner any relation to William?
    As for Tam o Shanters, possibly north of the border Te--os

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  • 16. At 10:02am on 23 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Big Sister

    Will do.

    But if/when I am carted off by the 12 year-old manager, will you 'vouch' for me?

    (I doubt it !!! )

    Mollyxx

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  • 17. At 10:03am on 23 Jan 2009, Gladys_Friday wrote:

    Good morning, cullen skink anyone?

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  • 18. At 10:04am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Big Sis - yup, Sunday's the Day. But of course you can enjoy haggis all year round.

    Now about that alternative toast I was rehearsing, I sent it for review, but haven't heard a sausage - nor even a haggis. Those who had a preview, do you think it was considered too rude? Perhaps we should write it in the sand on Sunday?

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  • 19. At 10:06am on 23 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    No thanks, Gladys!
    Must be off................quick...!.....much to do.......

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  • 20. At 10:08am on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I will be celebrating the annual nonsense tomorrow night in a pub in Rutland, singing to a haggis and hopefully raising a few bob for a charity that looks after injured ex-Service personnel.

    Which reminds me... better hunt out some Scottish songs and have a practice. Perhaps a singsong tonight round the barbecue?

    I don't have much tartan to wear, and what I do have are amusing gifts from English friends. Tonight I shall sport the C.U.Jimmy tartan bunnet with ginger hair sprouting from it.

    ..afterthought: I think we can all agree it was a mistake to let the camels have the cold scrambled egg leftovers. No naked flames for the next few hours please!

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  • 21. At 10:12am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Gladys - I'd love some at lunchtime, but mid-morning would be a step too far. Can you keep it warm for me?

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  • 22. At 10:14am on 23 Jan 2009, whisky-joe wrote:

    Ye, ay ye, Ah waant a wurd wi ye...
    Rabbie Burns was born in Ayr
    And noo he stands in Geordie Square
    And if you want to see him there
    Take the bus and pay your fare.

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  • 23. At 10:16am on 23 Jan 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:


    My luve's like a red, red nose,
    All blocked and full of phlegm,
    I sneeze, my luve, at your beauty,
    And wipe it on your hem.

    As fair as a tissue, my bonnie lass,
    You're soft, and gentle and strong,
    And with my nose blocked up like this,
    It disna matter that you pong.

    Till all my sneezes gang dry, my dear,
    And my cough has eased it's hack,
    I'll luve you well, and for as long,
    As you rub menthol stuff on my back.


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  • 24. At 10:19am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Molly, of course I'd vouch for you! Besides, I could stand up to a 12 year old manager with no problems and send them off with a metaphoric bloody nose.

    I'll pass on the Cullen Skink too for the mo, though I think Val's idea is a good one.

    Cat: Keep your phlegm away from here, please!

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  • 25. At 10:19am on 23 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    As tradition demands, herewith the annual hospital story.

    David Cameron is campaigning in Scotland and visits a hospital in Ayrshire. He enters a ward full of patients with no obvious signs of injury or illness and greets the first patient with a handshake.
    The patient replies:
    "Fair fa your honest sonsie face
    Great chieftain o the puddin race,
    Abin them a ye take yer place,
    Painch, tripe or thairm,
    As langs my airm."
    Cameron is confused, so he just grins and moves on to the next patient. The next patient responds:
    "Some hae meat an canna eat,
    And some wad eat that want it,
    But we hae meat an we can eat,
    So let the Lord be thankit."
    Even more confused, and his grin now rictus-like, Cameron moves on to the next patient, who immediately begins to chant:
    "Wee sleekit, cowerin, timorous beasty,
    O the panic in thy breasty,
    Thou needna start awa sae hastie,
    Wi bickering brattle."
    Now seriously troubled, Cameron turns
    to the accompanying doctor and asks "Is this a psychiatric ward?"
    "No," replies the doctor "this is the serious Burns unit."

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  • 26. At 10:26am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    QL, you dropped a line behind the dune on your way over
    "Weel are you worthy o' a grace"
    ...as lang's ma airm.

    ;o)

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  • 27. At 10:26am on 23 Jan 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Address to a Haggis
    10 Glebe Street, Achenshoogle.

    Another Address to a Haggis

    Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
    Full o' monosodium glutemates,
    Ah'd rather have some chips and plaice,
    Than dregs o' coo, all steamin' warm,
    In bits o' sheep - a taste I hates -
    That's bound to do my stomach harm!

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  • 28. At 10:31am on 23 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    We are having haggis and the trimmings on Burn's Night with no attempts at a fake Scottish accent. Delia Smith's bread and butter pudding with a bit of whisky added for dessert. And a Jimmy Shand or bagpipe CD. Two friends, (yes, I have some) are coming around. We have a veggie haggis for one. Both haggises (?haggai) are Macsween.

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  • 29. At 10:34am on 23 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    BS 24, Is Cullen Skink Cockney rhyming slang for Kitchen Sink?

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  • 30. At 10:35am on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    29 - there's something fishy there. Yum!

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  • 31. At 10:36am on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    There once was a fellow in Perth
    Who was born on the day of his birth.
    He was married, they say,
    On his wife's wedding day,
    And he died when he quitted this earth.

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  • 32. At 10:37am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Hardly, David, though I suppose we could start a gaelic version of rhyming slang perhaps ...

    I've just heard a Scottish lassie talking about big and little balls on Woman's Hour just now. What is the world coming to?

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  • 33. At 10:40am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Excuse me while I practice the Gay Gordons along with Jenny Murray and her guests .....

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  • 34. At 10:41am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    WoooHooo ....

    Heeerrrupp!

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  • 35. At 10:41am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    C'mon, froggers! Don't be shy!

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  • 36. At 10:42am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Good choice DMcN, ours will be from local butcher Peat. Though I expect the ones we share with friends in Edinburgh tomorrow night will be Macsween's, they usually are.

    I'm off to brew some redbush (not a bit Scottish) shall I make a big pot? Any takers?

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  • 37. At 10:43am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    "Now I'm a weaver
    Wall-hangings if you please
    In everyone I feature
    A dancer with bruised knees"

    Those McGarrigles have music for every mood!

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  • 38. At 10:46am on 23 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    VP 36, Macsween's seems to be the one sold around here except maybe for supermarkets' own brands.

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  • 39. At 10:53am on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    (17) No thanks Gladys, I think I'll stick with Baxters Cock-a-Leekie if that's alright. But anyhoo, isn't it lovely to see the Housemuirs on the beach, and their son Stan ...

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  • 40. At 11:02am on 23 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Mrs Eff (39) - I think they came with their neighbours, the Loas, and their son Al.

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  • 41. At 11:02am on 23 Jan 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Hi Valp. What's redbush. Is it alcoholic?

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  • 42. At 11:04am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    And those pals of Gordie Broon over there, the Throavers with their son Rae.

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  • 43. At 11:05am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Or the Thistles, with their dsylexic son Patrick

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  • 44. At 11:05am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Mansaylo - rooibos. Not alcoholic tea, but very refreshing neverthless.

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  • 45. At 11:06am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    And a detoxicant, I believe, Val? Certainly caffeine free.

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  • 46. At 11:09am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Good for the digestion and also for the skin, I believe. It's suggested that an infusion applied externally is efficacious for acne.

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  • 47. At 11:10am on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    ... and look over there *points* I think that's Mr and Mrs Demicles, and their clarinet-playing son, Hamilton 'Acker'...

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  • 48. At 11:10am on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I haven't laughed so much at Radio 4 for ages. Jenny Murray's giggles after the Gay Gordons were infectious ... I may have to Listen Again just for that bit.

    You wouldn't catch Jane 'ice maiden' Garvey letting her hair down like that!

    I'll have a mug of red with you Val, if it's still hot. Meanwhile, some verse:

    Moi, je promene sous Ste Catherine
    Je profite de la chaleur du Metro...

    ... coz it's Buck N. Freezin here in RL!

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  • 49. At 11:10am on 23 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Nice to see Mr and Mrs County could make it, with their son Ross.

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  • 50. At 11:11am on 23 Jan 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Tam O'Shanter (The short version)

    That hat makes you look like a numpty.

    Tam O'Shatner

    Captain's log: When chapman billies left the street.
    The Enterprise... caught warlocks... in the mirk,
    By Alloway's auld... haunted Captain Kirk...


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  • 51. At 11:13am on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Hello, Mother well...?

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  • 52. At 11:14am on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    BINGO! Full house on the Burns Beach just now...

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  • 53. At 11:16am on 23 Jan 2009, Perky wrote:

    Phew!

    *dumps shopping bag on bar*

    I'm afraid I've secreted my haggis, tatties and neeps away for Sunday, but I have brought some crannachan and some extra raspberries, along with some home-made shortbread, if anyone fancies a treat.

    I'm up for a bit of Scottish country dancing later, if anyone's still feeling energetic by then?

    Of course, I'm equally happy to sit in a hammock or around a campfire drinking whisky ;)

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  • 54. At 11:18am on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'll get the Drambuie out, Perky, ready to drizzle over the raspberries .....

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  • 55. At 11:25am on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Lovely to see the Mountains family, and their grandfather, Gramp Ian.

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  • 56. At 11:25am on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Mmmm, some shortbread would go down a treat just now thanks Perky. My one weakness.....

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  • 57. At 11:26am on 23 Jan 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    I'll have some o' that, Gladys! Yum!

    But this Macsweens seems to entail missing sompfin.

    Slainte!
    ed

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  • 58. At 12:17pm on 23 Jan 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    Guests at the Burns Night Ball is it?

    Lord and Lady Inburgh-Castle and their son, Ed...

    Mr Oway and his gal...

    Mrs Ontweed and her idiot son, the Berk Ontweed...

    Mr Asheils and *his* gal...

    The extended Terrier family, including Skye Terrier and Wes Thighland-Terrier...

    Here's Argyll Anne with her son, Derland...

    Here, what're those things whirling about on the stage? Oh, it's just Jura... put them away dear...

    Here's a familiar face from TV in the 70's... Arthur! Is that a wheel off your brother's car? Yes, it's the Mullard kin tyre...

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  • 59. At 12:18pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Bacon paninininini anyone?

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  • 60. At 12:18pm on 23 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Try a splash of Whiskey on the Haggis.

    I suppose the Womans hour studio was too small for them to strip the willow.

    I shall be dashing the white Sergeant, and gay gordoning with my tartan bow tie on tomorrow night. May even wear a taran waistcoat too,

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  • 61. At 12:21pm on 23 Jan 2009, RxKaren wrote:

    Well, my supermarket delivery service substituted haggis with pork sausages last night. I don't dare serve this to my Scottish friend at the weekend. He's trying to persuade me to try haggis for the first time. I'm not convinced.

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  • 62. At 12:25pm on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    SS Cat (58). The Sideacademys and their son Kelvin send their apologies.

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  • 63. At 12:25pm on 23 Jan 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    A Toast To The Lassies

    What's that? A child trapped down a mineshaft? Good dogs!

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  • 64. At 12:26pm on 23 Jan 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Val P (36) yes please, and couldn't redbush be construed as just a wee bit scottish...?

    I'll get mi coat

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  • 65. At 12:28pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Other guests include:

    Mr and Mrs Strap and their son Hamish. Jock was held up.

    Mr & Mrs Bennetthowmuchlongeristhiswomenscurlinggoingonfor, & their son, Gordon

    Mr. and Mrs. Green and their daughter Gretna

    Mr & Mrs Dothatoryourdead, & their daughter, Donna

    Lord and Lady Firth and their son Murray.

    Mr & Mrs Baxter, & their incontinent dog, the Baxters' Cocker - Leakie







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  • 66. At 12:33pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Tying this in with Upshares, Downshares:

    Cannelloni - Scottish for 'bank unable to lend money'

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  • 67. At 12:36pm on 23 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I'm off to see My scottish Dentist.

    Phil,

    Phil McAvity

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  • 68. At 12:54pm on 23 Jan 2009, U13772369 wrote:


    Be aware, be very aware.

    The mermaids are back.

    The one you all know about from the East Coast off Lochboisdale is there too.

    She's the one Donald MacLeod (his people were from the Isle of Mull) threw a herring to there.

    She went under, as everyone knows, and sure enough Donald McLeod drowned off Uishnish Point a year later.

    Even though he'd stayed on land all that time.

    Well, she's there, fella's, so don't go tempting her with a herring.

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  • 69. At 12:59pm on 23 Jan 2009, whisky-joe wrote:

    A chap once said to me, "If you look over there, you'll see Dumbarton Rock". Well, I looked for about 20 minutes and the thing never moved an inch.

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  • 70. At 1:01pm on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Was that the One 'o clock gun?

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  • 71. At 1:04pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    No, Mrs. Eff, just the sniper taking pot shots.

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  • 72. At 1:04pm on 23 Jan 2009, U13772369 wrote:



    Everyone knows the story of Donald and James and the farmers wife who became horses intermittently.

    I was thinking of the story again today.

    Of course Donald and James were farm workers who slept in the bothy and the farmer's wife slept in the big house with her face to the wall.

    But the blacksmith knew the truth straight away, but did as he was told anyway.

    Even though she awoke with the horse shoes in the palms of her hands and Donald or James had awoken every morning broken and miserable, the burning was wrong. Totally wrong.

    If it was wrong in 1722 it was wrong then, I say!

    Didn't she wake the once broken and miserable? Wasn't that enough punishment?

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  • 73. At 1:06pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Bang bang

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  • 74. At 1:08pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Crack! (in the spirit of Margo Leadbeatter)

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  • 75. At 1:19pm on 23 Jan 2009, U13772369 wrote:


    71

    Oh, come ON!

    Didn't Wild Alasdair of Roy Bridge get beaten by a man whom he saw there, on the very bridge of his own home town?

    And didn't the man beat him again when Alasdair went out in the middle of the night to the byre, when he though a cow had escaped?

    And didn't everyone say it was the whisky when they found him lying there broken?

    And didn't he have to go to America to escape the man

    The place was nothing but forest and Alasdair had to cut a long path to his cabin to make sure he didn't get lost.

    A real wild place.

    But the man followed him even there.



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  • 76. At 1:21pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Bang bang

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  • 77. At 1:24pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    75: shouldn't that read 72?

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  • 78. At 1:25pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * scratch! scratch! scratch! *

    Damn. How can I light the fuse when the matches are damp?

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  • 79. At 1:26pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    You shouldn't have gone swimming with them in your pocket, Feefs

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  • 80. At 1:27pm on 23 Jan 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Do we have any volunteers to go and chase some Wild Haggis?

    (Just read the relevant article on Wikipedia - I like the tale of the unequal leg length of the mythical creature...)

    But as for the real thing, I agree with SSC's sentiments. I don't think I'd ever willingly eat a mixture of sheep innards...

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  • 81. At 1:33pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    79 - As you well know, I was skinnydipping and therefore pocketless!

    80 - Good fresh free-range haggis is gorgeous .. as long as you don't think about what's in it. I love it at any time of year 'except' now, just to be awkward!

    Anyone got a lighter?

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  • 82. At 1:33pm on 23 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Haggis couldn't be any worse than Andouillette - a French sausage made with chitterlings. It is about 20 years since I mistakenly ordered them and I can still smell and taste them. Eeeuugh!

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  • 83. At 1:33pm on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Mittfh - you don't know what you're missing, boy!

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  • 84. At 1:41pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    82 - I had Andouillette in Paris. Asked what it was, the waiter answered that it was a kind of sausage. Which, when it arrived, it was: a big white yucky looking thing that tasted yummy when Dijon mustard was added.

    The next night I ordered it again and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    When I got home I looked it up: tripe sausage!

    Oh well, I still enjoyed it and would have it again.

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  • 85. At 1:48pm on 23 Jan 2009, Matterbooboo wrote:

    The most difficult part of the ancient art of haggis hunting is actually locating the beast and then chasing it in the right direction. The haggis has evolved to be just a bit faster than the fittest man and more sure footed than a mountain goat.
    It runs along the hillside using it’s two long legs and the one short leg to maximum advantage.Once it slips through the hunting line it can be gone into the gorse in a flash. The hunters must keep behind and on the uphill side so that the haggis is gradually driven down to lower ground. This can take over three hours, but once the critter is down on the glen floor the advantage swings quickly in favor of the hunters – because of its uneven legs the haggis can only run in circles when on flat ground.
    As soon as the hunters see a haggis circling in this fashion they surround it, and bring up the cask for celebratory refreshment. Within about twenty minutes the haggis can be found lying flat out through dizziness and exhaustion. Soon after that the men are usually found lying flat out around the haggis, with an empty cask rolling amongst them!

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  • 86. At 1:52pm on 23 Jan 2009, andycroak wrote:

    Overheard in the works canteen just now :

    First catering operative : "What is Burns night?"

    Second catering operative : "I think its the Scottish New Year"

    ... well, we are in Hampshire, a long way south!

    Crikey.

    A x

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  • 87. At 1:54pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    andycroak is awaiting moderation?

    Duh!

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  • 88. At 2:02pm on 23 Jan 2009, andycroak wrote:

    I know Big Sis (87), I had to re-sign in as a, like, totally new user - andycroak must have been forgotten about altogether, same name but different silly secret questions and email address. How odd!

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  • 89. At 2:02pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    87 - But have we actually seen him on the blog since the big re-register thingy?That could be the reason I guess.

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  • 90. At 2:04pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    You may be right.

    Have you managed to strike a light yet, Feefs?

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  • 91. At 2:07pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I've just spotted that Sk*tchley's have a pre Burns Night Kilt Cleaning offer. I'm off to drop mine in - would anyone else like a spruce up (no, not that kind of spruce up!)? They've also got a deal to smarten up your sporransh ....

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  • 92. At 2:08pm on 23 Jan 2009, whisky-joe wrote:

    A haggis is a small three-legged animal native to the Highland glens and mountains. Similar in size to a Water vole. Indigenous to Scotland the wee globular beastie is considered a delicacy amongst the upper echelons of society. Beware though, haggis is only available in season

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  • 93. At 2:10pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Whisky-Joe: Is it related to a water vole?

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  • 94. At 2:10pm on 23 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Cante wi' Mair

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  • 95. At 2:11pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    No, Mrs. Eff, it is

    Cantie wi' Mair

    And it was a Big Sis strapline a long while ago .... Perhaps Eddie will reuse it on Sunday.

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  • 96. At 2:12pm on 23 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Fifi - The Andouillette That I had, certainly didn't contain tripe!
    Chitterlings: the intestines and rectum of a pig that have been prepared as food.

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  • 97. At 2:13pm on 23 Jan 2009, Perky wrote:

    BigSis (91). Any dry cleaners that's offering a promotion with the word "Burns" in it is one to stay clear of!!

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  • 98. At 2:19pm on 23 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Big Sister 91 re Sk*tchley's. Can you ask if than do my pair of Tartan Speedos?

    I have terrible stains on them following the accident with the Bagpipes and the Honey!

    Thanks

    DiY

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  • 99. At 2:21pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Loon - doesn't matter what way you say it, both of them sound revolting and yours actually was!

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  • 100. At 2:54pm on 23 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Fifi - It was my own fault. We first of all ordered the 'sausages' for the children but the waitress said: "Pour les enfants? Non!" But I ordered them for me. Big mistake!

    Mrs Loon's big mistake was to ask me if she could try a small piece of my dinner - I managed to get rid of half of it!

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  • 101. At 3:15pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    *puff puff* Just returned from the cleaners with all the tartan items and the sporrans returned to their former glory, all ready for Sunday. Now now, DiY, don't undo the good work by putting on those tartan speedos - Why don't you stick with the Union Jack ones until the festivities begin?

    Perky, I spoke to the cleaners about that point and they said they only do flammables for Guy Fawkes, but they do throw in a free bottle of Scotch for the 25th.

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  • 102. At 3:22pm on 23 Jan 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    QL - I had an almost identical experience with Andouillettes about 15 years ago - ordered them not knowing what they were, took one mouthful and had to run to the loos to spit it out! I can almost still taste and smell it still. Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck!!

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  • 103. At 4:45pm on 23 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Well since we seem to be on a Scottish theme at the moment, can I share a joke mpb just read out from her "World's worst joke book"? I would add that it is VERY poor taste.

    Two soldiers waiting for the battle of Culloden to begin.One says to the other:
    "D'you know, I could murder a McDonald's! "

    Sorry.

    Brighter note. We've all been to the (lovely NHS)dentist this morning. NO FILLINGS for anyone. How smug do we feel??

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  • 104. At 5:00pm on 23 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Fifi 84, You've got it right, a big white yucky looking thing. It was the plat du jour in a bar cafe we stopped to eat in somewhere in France years ago. We had no idea what it was, so decided to take a chance....

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  • 105. At 5:24pm on 23 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Big Sister 101...just for you then!

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  • 106. At 5:26pm on 23 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    annasee 103, False teeth don't need fillings.

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  • 107. At 5:26pm on 23 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Very smart, DiY!

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  • 108. At 5:45pm on 23 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Do Scottish hospitals have Burns Units?

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  • 109. At 5:46pm on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Annasee - I know it's because you don't eat sugar, you clever clogs you! QED. Can't give it up though :-(

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  • 110. At 6:36pm on 23 Jan 2009, The Stainless Steel Cat wrote:

    annasee (103):

    That's you and your descendants forever - like mine - banned from setting foot in the Glencoe area. They have lo-o-ong memories there.

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  • 111. At 6:52pm on 23 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    108 - well that's you spoiled the Loon's annual joke then!

    Yard arm ... g and t ... anyone?

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  • 112. At 6:55pm on 23 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Big Sis (93), when did you last see a water vole?

    ;o)

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  • 113. At 7:00pm on 23 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Some hae a blog and canna frog,
    And some wad frog that want it,
    But we hae a blog and we can frog,
    And sae Lord Mair be thankit.

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  • 114. At 7:29pm on 23 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    FrancesO - in Selkirk tonight I see ;o)

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  • 115. At 7:46pm on 23 Jan 2009, Humph wrote:

    For those looking for entertainment on the box, tonight:

    Fife on Mars followed by any episode of Lewis.

    For devotees of Radio 4, there is a special edition of Moor or Ness

    H.

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  • 116. At 8:54pm on 23 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Bannocks! Val's found my secret hideaway. I'll have to accept it with good grace.

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  • 117. At 10:35pm on 23 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    SSC - Oh dear. Well, I did say it was in very poor taste. Luckily, we've already been to Glencoe. Very eerie it was too.

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  • 118. At 00:19am on 24 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    I'll have you lot know, Burns' mother and brother are buried less than quarter a mile away from where I'm posting.

    Perhaps you're not bothered though :-(

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  • 119. At 00:39am on 24 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    How are they?

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  • 120. At 00:49am on 24 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    ValP - Don't listen to 'em. I care. You care. That's enough, isn't it? (Oh, and by the way, Burns Mater and Frater probably also care quite a bit)

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  • 121. At 07:48am on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Froggers, tea is on , coffee is brewing.

    The sausages are under the grill and the eggs are standing by to be either fried, poached, scrambled or boiled!

    Anyone got any bacon and some tomatoes!

    Is there anyone else spending an hour this weekend counting birds?

    Perhaps we should put all our breakfast leftovers on the Beach birdtable and see what turns up!

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  • 122. At 08:12am on 24 Jan 2009, Little Red wrote:

    I'll take scrambled please DIY. No bacon but here's some freshly scorched bread and fried mushrooms. And some OJ and grapefruit juice to cut through the grease.

    Had a hectic week in RL thanks to a team "focus" event taking up all the regular working hours so compensating by working in the not so regular hours. I did get sunset nibbles on a beach on monday though no speedos in sight!

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  • 123. At 10:01am on 24 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    VP 188, So they won't be celebrating Burns Night?

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  • 124. At 10:02am on 24 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    VP 188, Make that VP 118.

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  • 125. At 10:44am on 24 Jan 2009, Froggersfroat wrote:

    This Burn's Beach is very infectious, I've just picked up Aulde Lang Synusitis

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  • 126. At 11:17am on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    LOL...David_McNickle..124...this numbering thingy.....don't worry ol' son, you'll get the hang of it!

    It goes:-
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6

    or in binary

    1
    10
    11
    100
    101
    110

    or even in 'Roman'

    I
    II
    III
    IV
    V
    VI

    (other numbering systems are available.)

    DiY :-)

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  • 127. At 11:49am on 24 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    QL 119 - do you mean how are they in the way of how do they fare, in which case the answer is - dead, I hope. Or do you mean how are they in the way of how did that come about? Maybe that's a Scottish phraseology though, rather than Irish.

    Burns' brother, Gilbert, used to be the factor at Lennoxlove House (their land adjoins ours) and his Mother moved over here to live too. The area where their cottage used to be has just been revamped with Lottery money, and the grave in Bolton Kirkyard similarly smartened up in view of Homecoming Year.

    Now, about the bird counting DIY, how does that work exactly? We have masses in the garden, so do we count the number of different species we see in an hour, or the number of birds alighting within view during the hour. In the case of the latter, how would I know I wasn't counting the same bird twice, or more....

    This and other imponderables have stopped me from taking part up til now - if a thing's worth doing, it's got to be done properly or not at all (Pedant Rule no. umptyfive).

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  • 128. At 11:49am on 24 Jan 2009, Humph wrote:

    Come on, DIY (7e), you have got to give us the hexadecimal system too!

    H.

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  • 129. At 12:16pm on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    The bird watch is going really well.

    Just five minutes (101 or IV) ago the plaintive sounds of the Goolie Bird was heard in North Norfolk.

    Although very shy, except in the mating season when they exhibit their enormous Goolies. T

    he familiar call of "Ooooh me Goolies" was heard as one crashed to the gound after flying too low over Fir trees near the Stanringham estate.

    Mind you I might have been mistaken...it could have been one of the 'lesser' royals catching his wotsits in his zipper.

    DiY

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

    Humph, 100000000 or CXXIIIV, on a Saturday?

    Yer 'avin a larf!

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  • 131. At 12:24pm on 24 Jan 2009, Chris Ghoti wrote:

    If there is a pair of red kites hovering around just above the garden, and all the other birds seem to have hidden under flowerpots until they've gone away, do the red kites count? They aren't exactly *in* the garden, but they've been in the airspace for over an hour. How high does it go before it stops being technically part of the garden? I know there are rules about flying hot-air balloons and kites and such but not aircraft from Heathrow...

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  • 132. At 12:33pm on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ValeryP 127, blast them with a Garden Gun (410) or a 12 bore, total the count then go to to register and record your results.

    Chris_Ghoti, 131, sounds like you needthe rather that a 410 r a number 12. Principal is just the same though!

    DiY....always helping out!

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  • 133. At 12:43pm on 24 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    DIY - gosh, you're good! Thanks a million - though I'll have to modify the counting sheet cos we have resident woodpeckers, jays, the odd pair of circling buzzards etc and they aren't among the 15 most common. Still at least I now know how to go about it. Better go and fill up the feeding stations. Or is that cheating?

    So who's going to count the birds on the Beach? I thought I saw a penguin sitting on the NCB about 10 minutes ago.

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  • 134. At 12:56pm on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ValeryP, 133, you did!

    It is now in the freezer waiting for Xmas. Thought it might make a change to having Turkey or Goose!

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  • 135. At 1:54pm on 24 Jan 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Not wishing to intrude on the beach atmosphere, but GRRRRRR!

    Sorry ;-(
    ed

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  • 136. At 1:57pm on 24 Jan 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Apparently this is "off topic" on the Glassbox wherein it is the very topic of half the comments....

    ;-( sorry!
    ed

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  • 137. At 2:26pm on 24 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    I know it's galling, Ed - to say the least!!
    There's a barrel of Liffey Water behind the NC Bar ;o)

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  • 138. At 2:30pm on 24 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Apologies not required Ed - well, certainly not from you that is :-). I guess this is because of the stance the Beeb has taken? so not off thread topic but rather off their radar.

    DIY - well I know some folk like to keep their chocolate cold but it's a bit extreme to put a b-b-b-iscuit in the freezer. And it wouldn't feed a very big family!

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  • 139. At 2:46pm on 24 Jan 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Thanks Val and Gillianian.

    And thanks for pointing me to the Liffey

    Yum!
    ed

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  • 140. At 4:08pm on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Val P, $od the biscuits...and to keep Ed I and the rest of us going untill Burns night.....I have popped a couple of bottles of this on the bar to go with the Liffey waters!

    Sup and Enjoy..!

    DiY

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  • 141. At 4:44pm on 24 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Tweet tweet. Think I'll do an hour bird watching tomrrow morning. Not intending to hang over but will be celebrating the Burns fellow this evening.

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  • 142. At 5:06pm on 24 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    DI_W 126, I use Greek, but it isn't allowed here.

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  • 143. At 5:23pm on 24 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    SM 141, Burns Night is the 25th.

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  • 144. At 5:24pm on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    D-M, that's the problem then!

    You need to use one that is Arabic!


    Anyhoo, Sparrows, sparrows, sparrows on a stick!........ get yer lovelly deep fried Sparrows on a stick here!

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  • 145. At 5:25pm on 24 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    The Glass Box looks a bit rough. Is the sea calm here? If not I'll run my advert 'Sanderling seeks protection from sand kickers'.

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  • 146. At 5:34pm on 24 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    DI_W CXLIV, IC.

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  • 147. At 5:51pm on 24 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    A song for Burns Night: On a tree by a river a little tom-tit sang "Drambuie, Drambuie, Drambuie" etc

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  • 148. At 6:11pm on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    David_McNickle.. CXLVI..... re CXLIV, IC...no problem!!

    Glad to be of help!

    DiY

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  • 149. At 6:16pm on 24 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Peeps,.......oi still got all these Sparrers on on a stick to get shot of!

    And now four and twenty of these have turned up surrounded by short crust pastry!.......

    ..tuck in..!

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  • 150. At 6:35pm on 24 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    DI_Wyman - you spoil us!

    Yum!!


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  • 151. At 10:50pm on 24 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    I LOVE spotting look alikes. A friend said yesterday, June Whitfield and Ragi Omar.

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  • 152. At 11:25pm on 24 Jan 2009, U13794353 wrote:

    politetheoneandonly - PML, back again I see. Right, go on. See if you are any more less boring with your new name.

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  • 153. At 00:29am on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    Talking of Red Kite. I went north from Temple Bar to Talsarn last month. The sky was black with the raptors! There had been a sanctuary there. They get homesick. In their scores.
    What is the first joke you ever heard or told? (iPM stuff) I was told one that started 'One day a man went to the doctors and said 'Doctor I can't eat'' when I was six at the school dinner table by one of the other children whilst we waited for the grey potato, cabbage, mutton and gravy.

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  • 154. At 00:31am on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    The doctor gives him medicine. But a week later he's back.
    But the best school dinner story I have is about a pudding made of regulation thin grey pastry, a trickle of syrup and corn flakes sprinkled on it and baked.

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  • 155. At 00:46am on 25 Jan 2009, Selkius_Piscinus wrote:

    So if "politetheoneandonly", who showed up at 00:56am on 24 Jan 2009, is pmL, who is "imabrokenrecord", who seems to have got here at 12:57pm on 23 Jan 2009 and do nothing at all except snipe at "politetheoneandonly" and "youllallguesswhoiam"?

    i don't understand all these alia, inter or otherwise.

    Meanwhile, let me anonymously (ha! as if!) offer a snifter to anyone still within easy range of Nick's: what's your poison, peeps?

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  • 156. At 01:13am on 25 Jan 2009, Ed Iglehart wrote:

    Mine's a Liffey, thanks, Selkie!
    xx
    and g'night
    ed

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  • 157. At 01:48am on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    The trouble with that so-called pudding was that for me corn flakes was breakfast and this was lunch. An important distinction for six year olds. You expect different tastes and textures. (Think cabbage for breakfast or a boiled egg and soldiers for lunch) Anyway I used to eat everything else so the reular dinner lady used to let me off eating it.

    Oh, the man said he still couldn't eat even though he'd swigged all the medicine. So the doctor said he'd give him some really strong medicine that should do the trick.

    Sadly one day the regular dinner lady was ill, and what do you know it was baked grey pastry, cornflakes and syryp for afters that very day.

    Anyway, the man came back to the doctor's a week later.

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  • 158. At 07:37am on 25 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Peeps, new, old and changelings!

    There is tea, coffee and toast available.

    I have rooted around in the back of the larder behind NC’s and found a jar of thick cut orange marmalade laced with Whisky. Seems rather appropriate!

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  • 159. At 09:41am on 25 Jan 2009, U13794353 wrote:

    politetheoneandonly (157) - PML, uour names are getting longer, but it's still bunkum, innit?

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  • 160. At 09:49am on 25 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    iabr 152, I think you are pmL.

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  • 161. At 09:52am on 25 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Why can't people use their real names and stick to them? Something to hide?

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  • 162. At 10:12am on 25 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Haven't found my Jimmy Shand CDs, so might have to do with this of the MacBeachers dancing:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=kISZ3vGJ2AA

    Or for you more modern pippile:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojpy8yYTU6w&feature=related

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  • 163. At 10:17am on 25 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    A Burns Night poem:

    I burnt the haggis
    No supper, I guess.

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  • 164. At 10:31am on 25 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Of course if you put 160-164 together, I could be pmL. Assuming this gets there before somebody else posts. If not, ignore it and make it 160-163. This has been a public service announcement.

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  • 165. At 11:14am on 25 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Thanks, DIY ... coffee and toast for me please ... mmmm, that marmalade is scrummy!!


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  • 166. At 11:18am on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    Still couldn't eat. So the doctor said 'Right! This is it! This time I'm going to give you medicine so strong just make sure the larder is full before you take it!'

    Worse still, corn flake tart was always served with that unbelievable white custard stuff, that had no discenible flavour at all.
    Up went my hand. 'Please miss, it's the afters I don't like and the Dinner Lady always lets me off it because I always eat everything else'
    'You'll sit there till you do' she said as she took the spoon and broke the pastry into little peices. One big piece was supposed to put children off. This was all way before pizza.

    Anyway, a week later, he's back, thin and weak. 'Doctor,' he said 'I still can't eat'.

    All the other children had gone, the other plates and cutlery cleared. I was still sitting there at an empty dinner table for eight in an empty dinner hall. I'd cried, I'd pleaded.
    So there was nothing else for it. I took a spoonful, mashed it trying not to taste it between my tongue and the roof of my mouth, and swallowed it as if it were medicine.

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  • 167. At 11:40am on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    It had an awful effect. I wretched nad the mouthful I'd taken and the first course went straight into the pudding bowl in front of me. 'Right!' I thought, 'That's it!' and then the 1952 equivalent of 'I'm out of here!' 'Miss!, Miss!, Miss!' She was at the other end of the Hall.
    'Miss! I've been sick!'
    She walked the length of the hall and looked gravely in my pudding bowl.
    'Where?' she asked. 'There!' I said. 'No you haven't' she said and walked off. I was still sitting there when the 'second sitting' dinner ladies arrived. One knew me. 'Why,' she said 'You've been sick, haven't you, poor thing! Off you go and get some fresh air'.
    I cried to my mum that night. 'If the food looked like that to her, how could she expect me to eat it!'

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  • 168. At 11:56am on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Once upon a time there lived an unhappy young girl. Her mother was dead and her father had married a widow with two daughters. Her stepmother didn't like her one little bit. All her kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters. Nothing was too good for them - dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds, and every home comfort. But, for the poor unhappy girl, there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her stepsisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No rest and no comfort. She had to work hard all day. Only when evening came was she allowed to sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders. That’s why everybody called her Cinderella.

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  • 169. At 11:56am on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Cinderella used to spend long hours all alone talking to the cat. The cat said, “Miaow“, which really meant, “Cheer up! You have something neither of your stepsisters has and that is beauty.” It was quite true. Cinderella, even dressed in old rags, was a lovely girl. While her stepsisters, no matter how splendid and elegant their clothes, were still clumsy, lumpy and ugly and always would be.

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  • 170. At 11:57am on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    One day, beautiful new dresses arrived at the house. A ball was to be held at the palace and the stepsisters were getting ready to go. Cinderella didn't even dare ask if she could go too. She knew very well what the answer would be: “You? You're staying at home to wash the dishes, scrub the floors and turn down the beds for your stepsisters.” They will come home tired and very sleepy. Cinderella sighed, “Oh dear, I'm so unhappy!” and the cat murmured “Miaow.”

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  • 171. At 11:57am on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    [How am I doing so far, peeps? ;o)]

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  • 172. At 11:58am on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Suddenly something amazing happened. As Cinderella was sitting all alone, there was a burst of light and a fairy appeared. “Don't be alarmed, Cinderella,” said the fairy. “I know you would love to go to the ball. And so you shall!” “How can I, dressed in rags?” Cinderella replied. “The servants will turn me away!”

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  • 173. At 11:58am on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    Oh, yeah! The doctor. He was at his wits' end, pacing distractedly up and down the surgery hands clamped flat to his ears in worry. Finally he turned in despair, desperation, irritation and disbelief.
    'Why, why, why can't you eat?' he screamed, shouted and yelled.
    With his last breaths the man said
    'Because I haven't got a knife and fork'

    Sometimes at school the dinners would arrive at the table first and then we'd have to wait for the cutlery that rattled it's way to the table in an aluminum lose lid canteen.

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  • 174. At 11:59am on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    The fairy smiled. With a flick of her magic wand Cinderella found herself wearing the most beautiful dress she had ever seen. "Now for your coach," said the fairy; "A real lady would never go to a ball on foot! Quick! Get me a pumpkin!" "Oh of course," said Cinderella, rushing away. Then the fairy turned to the cat. "You, bring me seven mice, and, remember they must be alive!"

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  • 175. At 11:59am on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Cinderella soon returned with the pumpkin and the cat with seven mice he had caught in the cellar. With a flick of the magic wand the pumpkin turned into a sparkling coach and the mice became six white horses, while the seventh mouse turned into a coachman in a smart uniform and carrying a whip. Cinderella could hardly believe her eyes.

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  • 176. At 12:00pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    "You shall go to the ball Cinderella. But remember! You must leave at midnight. That is when my spell ends. Your coach will turn back into a pumpkin and the horses will become mice again. You will be dressed in rags and wearing clogs instead of these glass slippers! Do you understand?" Cinderella smiled and said, "Yes, I understand!"

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  • 177. At 12:00pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Cinderella had a wonderful time at the ball until she heard the first stroke of midnight! She remembered what the fairy had said, and without a word of goodbye she slipped from the Prince’s arms and ran down the steps. As she ran she lost one of her slippers, but not for a moment did she dream of stopping to pick it up! If the last stroke of midnight were to sound... oh... what a disaster that would be! Out she fled and vanished into the night.

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  • 178. At 12:00pm on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

    All of which is just a preamble to the main question.
    How do you stop sand getting into it here?

    Your sandwiches, your haggis, your booze, I mean.

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  • 179. At 12:01pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    The Prince, who was now madly in love with her, picked up the slipper and said to his ministers, "Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will never be content until I find her!" So the ministers tried the slipper on the foot of every girl in the land until only Cinderella was left.

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  • 180. At 12:01pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    "That awful untidy girl simply cannot have been at the ball," snapped the stepmother. "Tell the Prince he ought to marry one of my two daughters! Can't you see how ugly Cinderella is?"

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  • 181. At 12:02pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    But, to everyone’s amazement, the shoe fitted perfectly.

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  • 182. At 12:02pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Somewhat like Mr. Polite's comments fitting rather well the profile of a certain Mac.

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  • 183. At 12:03pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Suddenly the fairy appeared and waved her magic wand. In a flash, Cinderella appeared in a splendid dress, shining with youth and beauty. Her stepmother and stepsisters gaped at her in amazement, and the ministers said, "Come with us Cinderella! The Prince is waiting for you."

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  • 184. At 12:04pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    How big is your sense of humour, pmL?

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  • 185. At 1:22pm on 25 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    ... if it quacks like a mac ...


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  • 186. At 1:52pm on 25 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    ...it's probably not PC...


    Eyethangyew

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  • 187. At 2:41pm on 25 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

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  • 189. At 4:32pm on 25 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Poetry Please is doing Burns poems... now!

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  • 190. At 4:51pm on 25 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    ... and the wonderful Dick Gaughan singing!

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  • 191. At 5:07pm on 25 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    ... and Auld Lang Syne to the original tune...

    happy memories of Hogmanay in the wilds of Aberdeenshire, a fire warming frozen feet and single malt warming stomachs, the fiddling, guitar-playing and singing... sometimes till milking time.

    Oh, my head, though, later on Ne'er Day.

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  • 192. At 5:15pm on 25 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    .......sometimes til milking time.......going to bed at 6am, to be woken at 11am by a neighbour with a shopping bag full of whiskies....starting all over again........

    I've had a few wild Aberdeenshire Hogmanays, too - no wonder Scotland has an extra day off ;o)

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  • 193. At 6:02pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Yes, I heard that too, Frances. It was a great programme!

    This is the link to their website

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/poetryplease.shtml

    Today's programme doesn't yet appear to be available to listen again, but I'm sure it will be soon (and preferably today!)

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  • 194. At 6:04pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Just rechecked and it's now there. :o)

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  • 195. At 6:06pm on 25 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I'm not a great fan of Burns, almost as much as I'm not a great fan of whisky...

    * pauses for froggers to recover from this brace of bombshells *

    ... but last night's was the most entertaining Burns Night I've attended. Ever.

    I particularly enjoyed our straight-faced (Scottish) M.C. informing the assembled throng that Burns was born in Alloa and died of rheumatoid arthritis!

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  • 196. At 6:10pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I hope fellow froggers won't mind me reproducing this, which is my personal favourite (and reminds me of some wonderful people).


    IS there for honest Poverty
    That hings his head, an' a' that;
    The coward slave- we pass him by,
    We dare be poor for a' that!
    For a' that, an' a' that.
    Our toils obscure an' a' that,
    The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
    The Man's the gowd for a' that.

    What though on hamely fare we dine,
    Wear hoddin grey, an' a that;
    Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
    A Man's a Man for a' that:
    For a' that, and a' that,
    Their tinsel show, an' a' that;
    The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
    Is king o' men for a' that.

    Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord,
    Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
    Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
    He's but a coof for a' that:
    For a' that, an' a' that,
    His ribband, star, an' a' that:
    The man o' independent mind
    He looks an' laughs at a' that.

    A prince can mak a belted knight,
    A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
    But an honest man's abon his might,
    Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
    For a' that, an' a' that,
    Their dignities an' a' that;
    The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
    Are higher rank than a' that.

    Then let us pray that come it may,
    (As come it will for a' that,)
    That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
    Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
    For a' that, an' a' that,
    It's coming yet for a' that,
    That Man to Man, the world o'er,
    Shall brothers be for a' that.

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  • 197. At 6:21pm on 25 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I did enjoy that Big Sister.

    Especially after our M.C. pointed out how Burns was every bit as much for man's equality to man as Thomas Paine.

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  • 198. At 6:34pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Yes, Fifi, he was a great upholder of the rights of men (and, I suspect, women. He certainly loved women.)

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  • 199. At 6:45pm on 25 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Er, yes, Big Sis, in (ahem) several senses...

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  • 200. At 6:50pm on 25 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Feefs, Sis, here you are:

    The Rights Of Woman

    An Occasional Address.

    Spoken by Miss Fontenelle on her benefit night, November 26, 1792.

    While Europe's eye is fix'd on mighty things,
    The fate of Empires and the fall of Kings;
    While quacks of State must each produce his plan,
    And even children lisp the Rights of Man;
    Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention,
    The Rights of Woman merit some attention.

    First, in the Sexes' intermix'd connection,
    One sacred Right of Woman is, protection. -
    The tender flower that lifts its head, elate,
    Helpless, must fall before the blasts of Fate,
    Sunk on the earth, defac'd its lovely form,
    Unless your shelter ward th' impending storm.

    Our second Right-but needless here is caution,
    To keep that right inviolate's the fashion;
    Each man of sense has it so full before him,
    He'd die before he'd wrong it-'tis decorum. -
    There was, indeed, in far less polish'd days,
    A time, when rough rude man had naughty ways,
    Would swagger, swear, get drunk, kick up a riot,
    Nay even thus invade a Lady's quiet.

    Now, thank our stars! those Gothic times are fled;
    Now, well-bred men-and you are all well-bred-
    Most justly think (and we are much the gainers)
    Such conduct neither spirit, wit, nor manners.

    For Right the third, our last, our best, our dearest,
    That right to fluttering female hearts the nearest;
    Which even the Rights of Kings, in low prostration,
    Most humbly own-'tis dear, dear admiration!
    In that blest sphere alone we live and move;
    There taste that life of life-immortal love.
    Smiles, glances, sighs, tears, fits, flirtations, airs;
    'Gainst such an host what flinty savage dares,
    When awful Beauty joins with all her charms-
    Who is so rash as rise in rebel arms?

    But truce with kings, and truce with constitutions,
    With bloody armaments and revolutions;
    Let Majesty your first attention summon,
    Ah! ca ira! The Majesty Of Woman!


    An interesting note on this can be found here:

    http://www.online-literature.com/robert-burns/2406/

    if the mods let this through

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  • 201. At 6:52pm on 25 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Mind you, it's not exactly what you'd call Wolstonecraftian, is it?

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  • 202. At 9:21pm on 25 Jan 2009, U13795307 wrote:

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  • 203. At 10:41pm on 25 Jan 2009, U13794353 wrote:

    politetheoneandonly - Episodic? More onanosmic I think. (Yes, it's my own made up word, but appropriate I think).
    I'm just off to see if the word 'sociopath' is more appropriate.

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  • 204. At 11:22pm on 25 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Thanks, Frances, that is, well, splendid! ;o)

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  • 205. At 08:26am on 26 Jan 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Morning all! How are we all today? Fresh tea and coffee on the bar with buttered toast and a fine selection of condiments - plenty of fruit too for those who may need a bit of a detox from last night

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  • 206. At 08:29am on 26 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Morning all. Builders strength Monday morning tea on the bar, or strong Java for the coffee drinkers. Post Burns night Scottish morning rolls, or croissants if you prefer with lashings of organic butter and home-made marmalade.

    Off to learn about the intricacies of the Poor Law and bastardy orders.

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  • 207. At 09:15am on 26 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh Anne, GM, thanks! Not that I need a detox, but the fruit is tempting today ..... and a cup of coffee to wake me up.

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  • 208. At 10:11am on 26 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Nothing but bills in the postbag this morning ... please note, the post actually got here before 10am!!! ... so I still don't know my fate.

    I do have a rather rubbish strapline though, so the day's not a complete waste.

    Thanks for the tea. I'm off to start packing for tomorrow's train journey to Scotland.

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  • 209. At 10:27am on 26 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Yum... ooh, rolls, please, unless you've got any butteries?

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  • 210. At 10:43am on 26 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    FrancesO - that's most odd, I tried to send you a FB buttery only yesterday but you don't appear on my list.

    Big, medium, and small bowls of porridge all laid out along the NCMB, for those in need of dram detoxification this morning. (Doesn't include me, I don't partake of that particular water of life)

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  • 211. At 10:59am on 26 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning all, coffee and doughnuts for elevenses just coming up.....enjoy.

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  • 212. At 11:08am on 26 Jan 2009, Perky wrote:

    Such an abundance of food on the bar this morning! I'm definitely on for the coffee, and I'll have some of that yummy marmalade on my croissant, AnneP, if I may.

    Spent a fab day on Saturday at Battle, learning all the stuff about 1066 that I probably should have known already. Very moving to stand on the hill where our history changed so significantly in a single day. I suggest a re-enactment on the sand-dunes later on, using a couple of deck-chairs as shields and camel poo for flinging at the opposition.

    Until then, I shall recline on the Anglo-Saxon hammock and stuff my face . . .

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  • 213. At 11:08am on 26 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh, Perky! We were at Battle on Saturday, too - though visiting family. If only I'd known ....

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  • 214. At 11:25am on 26 Jan 2009, Perky wrote:

    No! How extraordinary!!! We should obviously all exchange weekend plans in advance so that we don't miss golden opportunities like that!

    Having said that, this weekend I will mostly be doing the housework, so anyone that wants to come and help is welcome . . . .

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  • 215. At 11:44am on 26 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    To be honest, Perky, we're there quite a lot (no, we don't live there!)

    Housework ..... hm, perhaps not ;o)

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  • 216. At 12:00pm on 26 Jan 2009, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Morning all....(well only just)

    Yes if you don't mind I too shall decline your very kind invitation for next weekend Perky, have enough housework to be getting on with here thank you very much. :-)

    Have brought more food with me to share around seeing as how our fridge has just stopped working. So there are some sausages, ham, gammon steaks, cottage cheese, bag of rocket leaves, peppers, cucumber, other salad bits and various yoghurts to be eaten pronto.... dig in folks.

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  • 217. At 3:29pm on 26 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Does anyone else have sorrows they would like to drown along with mine?

    (I rang up for the news I was waiting for, and didn't get the answer I wanted!)

    I have half a case of Il Papavero with me, and the remains of a bottle of gin. Thankfully Littlefluffyfi's nibbles should stave off too bad a hangover. . .

    Pass me the corkscrew someone! ;o)

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  • 218. At 3:43pm on 26 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    littleFluffyFi - Some spread! Thank you.

    Anything that we want can happen on the beach, can't it? Right, if that's the case, I'm not forwarding my tax return and I don't owe the taxman any money.

    OK, I'm off to the NC bar for a long cool drink. This weather is wonderful, isn't it?

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  • 219. At 4:13pm on 26 Jan 2009, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Well we can't have you drinking alone Fifi, so I will pull up a hammock and join you in a glass of whatever comes to hand first.....I've even brought my own corkscrew...........and I am going to blow a big raspberry, on your behalf, to the eejits who clearly made the WRONG decision!

    QL - quite right, there is no such thing as tax here on the beach. Glad you enjoyed the food, can't have it going to waste now can we..

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  • 220. At 4:21pm on 26 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Sorry Fifi, didn't notice you there when I tucking into Fi's food. Commiserations about the job.

    Funny word that. Commiserations should really be small yellow flowers, shouldn't they?

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  • 221. At 4:47pm on 26 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Q L I'm with you on the tax business. I'm not sending in our cheques either. I mean, as soon as we give them our hard-earned cash, they'll just go and fling it in the direction of some careless banker who's short of a few billion, right?

    I declare the Beach a Tax Haven for all time. As long as we don't get any refugees from the H of L wanting to move their non-dom status to the Beach. I mean, we're tolerant of most people here, but that really is beyond the pale...

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  • 222. At 5:12pm on 26 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Oh, Fifi, what blithering idiots.

    Just nipping out to the offy for some more gin. Any favourite brand?

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  • 223. At 7:49pm on 26 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Here Fifi, let me top up the commiserations and your glass.....say when.....on second thoughts don't bother I'll just put the bottle down beside you.

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  • 224. At 8:18pm on 26 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Ah, thank you all. Too kind, too kind.

    Not to dwell on might-have-wozzes, I'll have a glass out of this bottle that's appeared next to me, and see what happens next.

    I'm also lurking at the Cransleycam if anyone would like to join me...

    xxx

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  • 225. At 10:04pm on 26 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Fifi, Something better will surface I'm sure.

    Look there is a case of something Red and Shirazzy just popped up over there.

    Do you want me or DiY to swim over and haul it in?

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  • 226. At 10:58pm on 26 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    So sorry to hear the news, Feefs. But (as I'm sure you already know) it's because there's something better waiting around the corner ....

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  • 227. At 11:15pm on 26 Jan 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Sorry about the job Fifi, would you like some of this Bailey's as a night-cap? I've built up the fire and here's a nice warm blanket to keep you cosy in that hammock!

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  • 228. At 11:31pm on 26 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Ooh I'm so cosy and tipsy!!!!

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  • 229. At 05:46am on 27 Jan 2009, Little Red wrote:

    morning all. fresh coffee definitely needed this morning. brew is on. croissants keeping warm in the oven. juice in the fridge.

    yawn.

    do i really have to go to work or can i just curl up here in the purple hammock?

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  • 230. At 09:53am on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Well, Fifi's off on the big choo-choo today. Hopefully with access to the tinterwebby thing. However I'll probably be out of contact after that till I get back at the weekend.

    There is still a wee drop of shiraz - bottle or so - left from that case Stewart liberated from the sea, so do have that till I can bring some more.

    Slainté! (that's just to annoy the mods)

    xxx

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  • 231. At 10:06am on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Bon voyage, Feefs. Hope your hipflask will be filled with something comforting ;)

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  • 232. At 10:45am on 27 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Eddie - I always think that milkfloats are such appealing little vehicles. Sturdy too!

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  • 233. At 10:52am on 27 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Bon voyage! *

    And, if it's Aberdeen itself, Bon Accord!





    * That's 'have a good journey', or words to that effect, mods

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  • 234. At 10:53am on 27 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Mrs Eff - Is your milkman delivering something a little stronger than semi-skimmed?

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  • 235. At 11:17am on 27 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    QL - no milk today.

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  • 236. At 11:25am on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Mrs. Eff is that:

    No, milk today

    or

    No milk today.

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  • 237. At 11:26am on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Mrs. Eff, I once knew an Effingham, but she married a Blindingham and became an EffinghamBlidingham.

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  • 238. At 11:49am on 27 Jan 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Morning everyone. Bit of a nomenclature problem here. Normally, my computer has remembered me and signs me into the blog, but this morning I had to sign in. Forgot my password and then the BBC rejected the answer to my secret question. So, I've re-regisistered, which is why I'm now called PerfectlyPerky, although in reality I feel anything but.

    Can someone remind me how to change my name back to Perky? There's some giant fruit scones with jam and clotted cream in it for you . . . .

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  • 239. At 11:52am on 27 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Ooh! I bring celebratory foodstuffs for lunch, seeing how I have a strapline today :-)

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  • 240. At 12:14pm on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Thanks, Fred, very welcome - and well done!

    PerfectlyPerky - I've no idea, but I think your new name is lovely. I'd stick with it!

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  • 241. At 12:23pm on 27 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    I'd love to help you Perky, but I don't know how! Wait long enough, and someone will shout out a suggestion, although I agree with Big Sis - it suits you :-)

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  • 242. At 12:46pm on 27 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    PerfectlyPerky - I'm afraid that you are stuck with it, unless you can remember your password/secret question and login again under your old name.

    I'd forget about it though - PerfectlyPerky suits.

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  • 243. At 12:49pm on 27 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    PerfectlyPerky - you don't mind if we just call you Perky, though, do you? Only it's shorter to type. I would have the same problem if our computers didn't remember me. Sometimes SO gets a bit keen with his "housekeeping" and cleans out all the auto text stuff- there are always bitter recriminations afterwards as I lose all the stuff I haven't bothered to remember - trusting the computer to do it for me... So you have my sympathy!

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  • 244. At 12:56pm on 27 Jan 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Thanks all - I think I owe my problems to my SO who completed his tax forms last night and then cleared the computer's history so hackers can't see how much we owe the taxman . . .

    Obviously, I have no problems just being Perky to my friends!!!

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  • 245. At 1:01pm on 27 Jan 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Any spare hammocks? It's been a hectic morning IRL...
    My team was split across two locations (opposite wings of different floors of the same building) until 4 hours ago. During those four hours, everyone's PC, phone and desk drawer unit has been moved around to accommodate the downstairs bunch (my subteam) upstairs. My subteam have managed to remain together, so everyone else has had to shift around to make way for us :)

    So instead of looking up at the overflow car park, we're now looking down at the main car park (and railway line running on an embankment behind it). It's lighter, but noisier as the adjacent team upstairs aren't as quiet as the adjacent team downstairs. But at least they've fixed the air conditioning (bizzarely controlled from another building 5 minutes up the road...), so it's now 24.5 degrees C rather than 26.5 degrees C.

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  • 246. At 1:46pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I am sitting in the Quiet Coach, pulling into beloved Newcastle whilst a programme about Steely Dan whispers in my ear on R4.

    This is the life!

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  • 247. At 1:52pm on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    PP: Just make sure you've written your password somewhere or you may have to struggle to create a third incarnation!

    Feefs: Diddlydum, diddlydum, diddlydum, diddlydum ....

    I'm sure SteelyDan could make a great song with that rhythm!

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  • 248. At 1:52pm on 27 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Hey Feefs, did you notice that those ladies of us who are Steely Dan fanatics, are apparently honorary blokes??

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  • 249. At 1:53pm on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    valP: I heard that, too. Grrrrr!

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  • 250. At 1:54pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Just pulling out of Newcastle now ...

    * waves to Byker Wall *

    ... oh how I love that town!

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  • 251. At 1:58pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Is it this train's wifi being peculiar? Why have my last 2 comments vanished when I refreshed the page?

    :o(

    * retires to eat worms and sulk *

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  • 252. At 2:23pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Yes I'm afraid I was nonplussed by the description of it as 'blokey music'. And since when has 'nostalgia' (if that's even what it is!) been a 'male thing'??

    However at least now I can tell the difference between Steely Dan and Stealer's Wheel (and, when I was a kid, Steeleye Span!).

    And I have managed to re-tune my mobile phone's radio just in time to catch a McLevy mystery. Yippee!

    Oh, and I can see the see-ea! I can see the see-ea!

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  • 253. At 2:27pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Yes I'm afraid I was nonplussed by the description of Steely Dan as 'blokey music'. And since when has 'nostalgia' (if that's even what it is!) been a 'male thing'??

    However at least now I can tell the difference between Steely Dan and Stealer's Wheel (and, when I was a kid, Steeleye Span!).

    And I have managed to re-tune my mobile phone's radio just in time to catch a McLevy mystery. Yippee!

    Oh, and I can see the see-ea! I can see the see-ea!

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  • 254. At 2:35pm on 27 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Fifi -
    Is there an echo in your carraiage?
    Is there an echo in your carraiage?

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  • 255. At 2:47pm on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Or, is there an echeo in your carraiage? ;o)

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  • 256. At 2:48pm on 27 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    fifi, Have you passed Berwick Yet?

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  • 257. At 2:54pm on 27 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Not, Stewart, to be confused with Symonds Yat.

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  • 258. At 3:01pm on 27 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Doctor lifts phone and calls the Practice Nurse.
    Doctor (in a whisper): "Nurse, could you tell me where a woman's 'yet' is?"
    Nurse: "Doctor, I've never heard of that. Why do you ask?"
    Doctor: "I have this lady with me and she tells me that she fell into a blackthorn hedge last week and she has thorns in her yet."

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  • 259. At 3:42pm on 27 Jan 2009, whisky-joe wrote:

    Fifi - are you on a Virgin or GNER?

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  • 260. At 3:43pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I am somewhere between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Will be going offline around 4ish, probably till I get back at the weekend.

    However I will try again to access the neighbour's wifi ... I have the p/w but both houses have thick sandstone walls!

    (Sorry about the echo... the blog's being acting rather strangely all afternoon. I don't think it likes trains!)

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  • 261. At 3:52pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    ...and now very slowly through Carstairs...

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  • 262. At 4:15pm on 27 Jan 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Bye for now folks!

    * waves from a very grey damp looking Scotland *

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  • 263. At 4:59pm on 27 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Bye Feefs!

    * waves from the Helldesk in a brightly lit office somewhere on the outskirts of Norwich *

    I missed the 11 o'clock sticky bun run and the tea and biscuits at three. Have rummaged around in me drawers and found a Co-Codamol, that will have to keep me going till supper time!

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  • 264. At 5:07pm on 27 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    You should have been here yesterday Fifi, the sun was shining like a mad thing!

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  • 265. At 6:24pm on 27 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Right Peeps, now I am homealone, Mrs DiY out and about.

    Tonight the healthy supper option.......

    Who fancies Cold Roast Chicken, Oven chips (crinkly ones), a couple of fried eggs, tinned Sweet Corn, some bread and butter all washed down with a pint of Scrumpy?

    DiY

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  • 266. At 6:25pm on 27 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ValeryP, 264, people always say that!

    DiY 8:-)

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  • 267. At 6:38pm on 27 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Big Sister (215?) and Perky

    Hpw very strange- Battle is one of my haunts, too...... ;-)

    Mollyxx

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  • 268. At 6:44pm on 27 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    hi folks!!!! bye feefs!!! see you soon!!!

    yup, please DIY, 265 - Sounds grand!!!


    PerfectlyPerky - what happpens if you click on your name? Do you get the option to change your name???!

    ValP - i remember the sun..... seems like a long time ago though....

    Molly whooooooooo!!!!!
    n-n

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  • 269. At 7:28pm on 27 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Sorry Peeps, tinned Sweet Corn is of the menu this eve.

    * Mrs DiY does the shopping but items get missed. It's her eyes, they are no longer in the back of her head and her sixth sense is shot to hell!*

    So I have substituted it with grilled Tomatoes and some fried Mushyrooms.

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  • 270. At 8:03pm on 27 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Did someone mention the Sun?

    Cor blimey guv. 'aint seen that in ages!

    Is page three the same?

    Diy

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  • 271. At 10:07pm on 27 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Fiffi-see you soon!!

    n-n- hello!!!!!
    You're back on tthe beach!!!!!
    The camels missed you!

    Mollyxx

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  • 272. At 11:25pm on 27 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Oh dear. I am in big trouble. Just been down to hang up the washing in the cellar. Took out pair of SO's trousers from the machine, to find something fall out of them. Only his keys, including the car key fob. Thoroughly washed, albeit only at 30 degrees.

    That's not good, is it???

    :-(

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  • 273. At 07:19am on 28 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Morning Peeps!

    Tea is brewing, coffee is ready, the toaster is plugged in and the butter and marmalades are standing by!

    Wait for it, wait for it........go!

    annasee, you might get away with it if the fob is reasonably well sealed!

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  • 274. At 07:49am on 28 Jan 2009, RachelG wrote:

    Annasee - I did that to mine a while ago, and it survived. Didn't tell him til I was sure. The mobile phone never worked again though...

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  • 275. At 07:59am on 28 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Morning all!

    Porridge is ready. It's yummy!

    Oh, dear, annasee. Er - has he got a spare?

    First rule of washing - train OH to check pockets.
    2nd rule - assume he hasn't. Check again.
    3rd rule - train him in the use of washing machine, if possible.
    (I know, I know, all a bit sexist, innit?)

    Fingers crossed for you both...

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  • 276. At 09:19am on 28 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    annassee -
    men-eh!!!!

    (ducks to avoid flying marmalade jar....!!!)

    Mxx

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

    Something fell out of my trousers once ...


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  • 278. At 09:34am on 28 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Actually, I didn't mean to say that out loud, but this jar of marmalade came bouncing out of nowhere and gave me such a shock ...

    coffee would be nice ...

    probably ...


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  • 279. At 09:41am on 28 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Sid 277, Adult nappies can prevent that.

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  • 280. At 09:47am on 28 Jan 2009, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Do tell, Sid!

    Right I have done my best baseball catch and saved the flying marmalade, it's on the table over there with some warm croissants... There's a pot of coffee brewing for those in need....

    PerfectlyPerky, mmm I like it - it suits you but we will keep it short and sweet and stick to Perky, Perky. Same thing happened to me - that's how I became little and fluffy.

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  • 281. At 10:51am on 28 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    yup, Molly, took a long lazy stroll around the other side.




    Did you say cellar, annasee?!! how do you get to the wine with all that washing in the way?!



    meanwhile, elevenses have arrived: oooh and they look scrummmmmmmy!!
    n-n

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  • 282. At 11:05am on 28 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    More marmalade coming over later - I can't do the final stage til I've been out and bought the wax discs to put on the top. I seem to have about 18 half-used packets of jampot covers - all with only the transparent outer bits, labels and elastic bands left, but no little wax discs!

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  • 283. At 11:34am on 28 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Ooooh, elevenses ... you're right, nikki, they do look scrummy. I'm going to have one of those brioches (are they the ones with custardy stuff in?' and a large cappuccino with whipped cream on top and ... no, that'll do.


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  • 284. At 11:43am on 28 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    ValP - I've given up on wax discs etc and now just use metal tops. As long as the jars are a standard size and shape you can buy spares, though I haven't found any for the nice wide mouthed French jars.

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  • 285. At 11:44am on 28 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    n-n-it's good to get away,from time to time....

    We are lucky to have this Beach. I hope it's always here.

    Sid- can I share your elevenses?
    I seem to have lost track of time again................

    Mollyxx

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  • 286. At 11:47am on 28 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Dig in, Molly - help yourself!


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  • 287. At 12:15pm on 28 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    LOL..I think we can all thank David_McNickle at 279 for his personal recomendation!


    Anyhoo, who fancies a bowl of Cream of Tomato soup for lunch?

    I am willing to share!


    DiY :-D

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  • 288. At 12:18pm on 28 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Well apparently the key fob still works. My name still mud though... He's not allowed to put washing on, as it always ends up pink or blue on the rare occasions he has done so. Not worth the effort!


    There's no wine in our cellar - it doesn't make it past the kitchen cupboard, I'm afraid.

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  • 289. At 12:24pm on 28 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Annasee: Seems he still hasn't done the Emptying the Pockets Module of the How to Live Happily with your Wife course. My husband hasn't completed it yet, either.

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  • 290. At 1:05pm on 28 Jan 2009, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Oh it's the other way around in our house! My SO is the compulsive pocket emptier / checker.. Whereas I on the other hand do everything in my customary rushing-around-like-a-headless-chicken mode, and have been known to leave the odd tissue in pockets before a wash.... Does a wonderful job of covering everything in nice white fluff! So much so that MrFi generally does his own washing, I'm not allowed!! I just ruin mine and the children's clothes now :-) Never left a key fob in though - good to know they wash and work!

    Any soup left DiY? I've brought my spoon...

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  • 291. At 1:29pm on 28 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Big Sister 289, re Emptying the Pockets Module of the How to Live Happily with your Wife course

    I did the follow up module for Husbands, How to hide a couple of paper tissues in the wash it always raises a smile on washdays.

    DiY (-_-)

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  • 292. At 1:30pm on 28 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    littleFluffyFi, 'ere you go. And the Black Pepper mill if you need it.

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  • 293. At 1:55pm on 28 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    DiY - did you ever think about the supplementary module Turning Underwear Grey Using Only One Black Sock? (I didn't bother myself - Mrs Sid says I'm a natural ...)




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  • 294. At 2:11pm on 28 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Oh Sid - my SO has done the same course. Was it Open University? Certainly seems to be remarkably effective.

    I was at fault, apparently, because I rescued his trousers from a heap on the floor to put them in the wash, before he could get out of the bath and reclaim them, announcing "They're not really dirty, I've only had them on for ... days". Followed by "Washing wears out clothes", and "Washing costs a lot of money" etc. And thought I'd checked the pockets, but clearly hadn't been careful enough. At least I took the belt off! (No credit for that though, as I also washed his compass and leather key-holder, pen-knife, and I don't know what else that was in the key holder. Nor is he impressed that it's now cleaner than it's ever been!)

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  • 295. At 2:29pm on 28 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Slightly off-topic, I remember my youngest daughter doing a'' quick wash'' once- a pair of trainer laces.....!

    A quick-exit was then made!

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  • 296. At 2:32pm on 28 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Well, all I can say is that I've never taken any of those courses. Nor have taken any of the culinary ones like How to boil a pan of something until it congeals into a concrete-like substance that needs a chisel to remove it or Learn how to take a piece of meat and completely scorch the outside while leaving the inside dangerously undercooked on a barbeque.

    :-)

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  • 297. At 2:59pm on 28 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    I know someone who found his cat in the washing machine, 5 minutes into a hot wash cycle. Result was a broken washing machine door and a very wet and confused but live moggy.

    It provided wonderful Mrs Slocombe references for ages.

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  • 298. At 3:23pm on 28 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Sid, 293, I have just signed up for it. They have given me some homework to do. I have to slip a black sock into the next white wash my SO loads.

    After chatting to other students it seems I can get a gold star if I substitute red for black!

    FF 296, I think Mrs DiY was the course tutor!

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  • 299. At 3:37pm on 28 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Anyone remember the lady who used to boil her clocks? It was on the 'Tonight' program some time a very long time ago (but not before 1959 because we didn't have a tele till then). She boiled them and oiled them and they worked every time - pre digital of course.

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  • 300. At 4:05pm on 28 Jan 2009, mittfh wrote:

    I've done the culinary courses How to turn meat into charcoal (apparatus: one oven) and How to turn a kiev into rock (apparatus: one microwave oven), as well as How to boil water in an infinitesimally long time (i.e. switch kettle on, but forget to plug it in / turn wall switch on), but I haven't (yet!) studied How to turn your bathroom into a swimming pool...

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  • 301. At 4:33pm on 28 Jan 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    I have a radio which survived a swim in a full hot bath and still works!

    However I have also been on the make a delicious baked cheesecake for a dinner party and drop it as you take it out of the oven course. I got a distinction, as I remember

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  • 302. At 4:42pm on 28 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    DI_W 292, That's not Henry Crabbe's black pepper mill is it?

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  • 303. At 4:45pm on 28 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    My brother did the course on: " Take the freshly made lemon meringue pie for your mother-in-law out to the car, remember something, leave pie on driver's seat, fetch forgotten article, return to car and sit on freshly made lemon meringue pie."
    He was such a good student he now lectures on it.

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  • 304. At 4:56pm on 28 Jan 2009, mittfh wrote:

    I've also passed the course on "How to effectively hide your keys by hanging them on a glass door at eye level" with flying colours...

    And the ID card version (white, credit card sized, with black lanyard).

    Not to mention the follow-up course "How to make your house look as though it's been burgled"...

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  • 305. At 5:02pm on 28 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    My Dad got a First in How to boil an egg without putting water in the pan. I was most impressed.

    btw, ValP @ 282:
    "
    I seem to have about 18 half-used packets of jampot covers - all with only the transparent outer bits, labels and elastic bands left, but no little wax disks!"

    Luckily I have a box full of the wax discs needed for bampot covers.

    They are extra thick (the discs, not the bampots. I try to avoid tautologies) and very strong.

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  • 306. At 5:04pm on 28 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    My sister did a course one Christmas, many years ago - How To Find Out If A Christmas Cake Floats Or Sinks. The only apparatus she needed (apart from the cake, obviously) was a bowl of soapy washing up water next to the rack she was supposed to turn the cake out onto.

    (It sort of floated for a while ...)


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  • 307. At 5:07pm on 28 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Last night I made an unexpected, and successful, attempt at the empty your haggis out of its skin, put it in a bowl as described, and then give it the required amount of time in the wrong category of microwave to give it yet another, crunchy, outer skin course.

    Quite nice actually.

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  • 308. At 5:08pm on 28 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Damn, here are my " "s.

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  • 309. At 5:11pm on 28 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    F_O 305, Melt wax and pour it on top of the jam. Now you know why I bring those candles home from the Cathedral.

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  • 310. At 5:20pm on 28 Jan 2009, David_McNickle wrote:

    Our leftover haggis, swede, and potatoes go into a cottage pie.

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  • 311. At 5:49pm on 28 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Well my SO has done the "put some oil in a pan, turn it on, forget it, when it bursts into flame, carry it outside and pour water on it " course. I wasn't home at the time. Really, he's not on the moral high ground, is he?

    We attended a wonderful demonstration of that trick at the Bakewell Show last summer, from 2 firemen. They had a special mobile kitchen, and I must say it was a very satisfactory display of the power of flame. They warned it would scorch the front row of the audience, when they poured on the water ( a cupful, with a 6 foot-long handle) into a pan of boiling oil. They really weren't joking. We made sure SO was watching that.

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  • 312. At 6:28pm on 28 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    mittfh @304 - a friend returned form holiday to find their house had been burgled. They called the police who looked appalled and said "Good heavens they've made a mess of things, haven't they." She hadn't the heart to tell them that all the upended drawers and clothes all over the floor were the result of their last minute packing.

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  • 313. At 6:32pm on 28 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    I think you win on points, annasee... I mean water on burning oil is tricky, but not essential as a badge of manhood.

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  • 314. At 6:45pm on 28 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    FrancesO, no bampots in view, keep in reserve :o)

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  • 315. At 6:57pm on 28 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Re annasee and her pyro SO, was he ever in the Cubs or Scouts?

    LOL....If he was he must have missed getting the 'Fireman Sam Badge', or as we used to call it How to start the camp fire with either Petrol, Cooking oil, AVTAG, AVGAS, AVPIN, JET A-1, or Meths.

    *BTW..other youth movement are available*

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  • 316. At 9:24pm on 28 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    DiWy - no, never went to any of those groups. I think it shows! He says he "learnt at the university of Life" when they (him and his brothers - the total number still surviving, amazingly) used to make their own gunpowder, but not very successfully, apparently. Mother didn't have a food processor so they couldn't get the charcoal ground finely enough. You have to remember this was NZ, where they were more relaxed about such things...

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  • 317. At 10:39pm on 28 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    I passed my fire lighting badge in the scouts because I stuffed my pockets with silver birch bark in the morning, ready for the test in the after noon ... so the fact that it was raining by then really didn't matter. Here, let me show you ...


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  • 318. At 10:50pm on 28 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Sid

    Hee_hee-heee!

    You are a tonic!

    Mollyxx

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  • 319. At 11:29pm on 28 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Annasee (316): I think it is safe to say that all the abovementioned courses are available through the University of Life. And it matters not how old you are: there are always new modules available. An example.

    My grandfather, being bored, decided to enrole upon a chemistry module which involved his dentures, a pan with water, and a lighted gas ring. The only problem was that he allowed the experiment to go on all night. However, it led to a major breakthrough in denture research, namely, that if you leave dentures in boiling water overnight, both they, and the water, will disappear!

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  • 320. At 11:30pm on 28 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Sorry, I've realised that I need to do a spelling refresher module now:

    enrol enrol enrol enrol enrol enrol enrol enrol enrol ....

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  • 321. At 08:49am on 29 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Coffee, tea, orange juice, croissants, porridge, toast ... all nearly ready. And I shall be providing doughnuts of various kinds for elevenses, as it's my special day!




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  • 322. At 09:02am on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Hoppy hipday, Sid!

    I'll pass on the donuts though ....

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  • 323. At 09:09am on 29 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Happy Birthday, Sid. As you're so special can I have cream in my doughnut please?

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  • 324. At 09:17am on 29 Jan 2009, UptheTrossachs wrote:

    Happy special day Sid!
    Late breakfast anyone? Now that we use that company with the predominantly green wagons all with ladies' names, I have access to regular supplies of excellent Cumberland sausage.
    Josef has been baking Polish bread this morning. Sausage sarnies coming up!

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  • 325. At 09:17am on 29 Jan 2009, U12196018 wrote:

    Oh, to heck with poverty!
    Big Jug of Bucks Fizz on the bar to celebrate Sid's day.
    Happy Birthday Sid!

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  • 326. At 09:17am on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Bappy Hirthday Sid..another year older and another year wiser!

    Can I have a custard filled Doughnut please?

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  • 327. At 09:55am on 29 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    And a Hippo Bathday from me too, Sid :-) Beverages for later are stocked up bejind the bar, under cover so the camels don't drink them all too early...

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  • 328. At 09:57am on 29 Jan 2009, Mrs Effingham wrote:

    Happy Birtday, Sid. Be careful on that lounge seat there's something loose.

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  • 329. At 10:23am on 29 Jan 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    I've done me back in again. Anybody up to give me a quick rub down with the Sporting Life? I suppose the hammock's out of the question, not good for the posture, what. Jam Doughnut will help. Save one for me. Happy bathday Sid.

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  • 330. At 11:00am on 29 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Well, here you are folks - doughnuts filled with cream, raspberry jam, caramel, chocolate goo, custardy stuff*, apple ... (not all in the same doughnut, of course). I've also made some chocolate brownies ... there's something for everyone, I think. If not, let me know ...

    Another glass of Buck's Fizz, please ...

    *crème patissier, I believe ...

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  • 331. At 11:03am on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    'Fraid not, Sid, but I've brought my own (plain) flapjack, and that'll do me.

    Buck's Fizz? Yum!

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  • 332. At 11:19am on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Thanks Sid, strangely though, can I taste a hint of Birch?

    Mansaylo, I haven't got a copy of the Sporting Life. But I have a copy of Baden Powell's less well known publication, "Snorting for Boys". Will that do?

    DiY :-D

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  • 333. At 11:24am on 29 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Happy birthday, Sid !

    Lovely variety of donuts- don't suppose I could try a selection....?

    Mollyxx

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  • 334. At 11:34am on 29 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Help yourself, Molly! One of each if you can manage!

    And for Big Sis there's a tray of plain but tasty flapjacks, guaranteed calorie-free, straight from the oven ...



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  • 335. At 11:41am on 29 Jan 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Happy Birthday to you Sid! Ooh, yes please I was just going to ask specially for a custardy one when I reached here, then you turned up with them later on :-)

    I think your birch bark scenario was entirely laudable, showing not only firelighting skills, but foresight, forward-planning and native cunning !

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  • 336. At 11:51am on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Sid: I'm not worried about the calories - just don't like donuts or brownies. Fussy or what? but I love oats (jokes allowed!)

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  • 337. At 11:56am on 29 Jan 2009, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Sid, every day is a special day with you around :-) Have a lovely birthday..

    I'll have a bucks fizz and a doughnut of any description if there are any left? Sorry I'm a late - had to go to my "spinal rehab" class at the local hospital..... I could barely move the day after last week's so I am looking forward to tomorrow.

    Loving all the "how to...." stories by the way!

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  • 338. At 12:11pm on 29 Jan 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Thank DIW. I'll pass on BP, think I'll hook myself into my TENS machine. Must remeber to use the batteries this time and not plug myself into the mains. At least I forgot my back pain for a few minutes!!

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  • 339. At 12:38pm on 29 Jan 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Well, what do you know - a girl comes to the beach laden with doughnuts, only to discover the Birthday Boy's beaten her to it!

    Happy Birthday Sid - and I'll raise a glass of that scrummy Bucks Fizz in your honour.

    Li'l Fi - that sounds painful! Is it helping, or is it just an opportunity for sadistic physios to do their thing?

    Have spent the morning writing cheques and doing the supermarket shop, so am feeling poor. I'll be the one busking outside the Beach Hut . . .

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  • 340. At 12:52pm on 29 Jan 2009, U13803275 wrote:


    Thank you for what appear to be kindly enquiries after me.

    I am still around, still posh, still missusmac.

    Just too busy to blog.

    When I finally had time to post a few words, I discovered that I couldn't, for some inexplicable reason. I tried reloading the page but to no avail.

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  • 341. At 1:06pm on 29 Jan 2009, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Perky, what did you say??!!

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  • 342. At 1:51pm on 29 Jan 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Oh Fi - because I had to re-sign up to the blog, I have to be pre-moderated for a period of time. No idea how long, but I would have thought a couple of days would be long enough, wouldn't you???

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  • 343. At 1:53pm on 29 Jan 2009, littleFluffyFi wrote:

    Ah Perky, you're back......and Posmissusmac. Why were you both mod'd?

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  • 344. At 1:56pm on 29 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Perky, it's more to do with the number of comments rather than the time before you're a "trustee" again. Just make a few more comments here on the Beach, and you'll be back to normal in no time :-)

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  • 345. At 2:01pm on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Is it true that the newsletter is not dead? If so, why haven't I had one for ever-so-long?

    This now ranks alongside the mystery of why I can't use Outlook Express any more to receive my emails. And webmail is, well, so clanky. Before anyone suggests it, I've checked Mc*fee (which was recently downloaded onto my PC) and it does allow it, though I have to say that it is precisely since it was downloaded that the problem began! I can, however, SEND emails.

    Fearless, if you're around (or anyone else more PC-literate than I - which would mean most of you!), have you any suggestions? I'm spending far, far too long trying to sort it out .....

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  • 346. At 2:02pm on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    poshmissus: I'm surprised that, given the state of play with Mr. Mac, you're still posting on the Blog ....

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  • 347. At 2:19pm on 29 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Big Sis (345) I'll try to help on the "Other Place" later on this evening :-)

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  • 348. At 2:25pm on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh, Fearless, what a star! Thank you!

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  • 349. At 2:43pm on 29 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    I'd like to propose a toast to John Martyn whose death has just been announced.
    Once seen, never forgotten - for all sorts of reasons ;o)

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  • 350. At 2:46pm on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    John Martyn

    *glug*

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  • 351. At 2:49pm on 29 Jan 2009, Trevor Mansell wrote:

    Big Sis, try downloading the free version of Incredimail. Loads of email headers and fun stuff. Alternatively, Mozilla Thunderbird is also free.

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  • 352. At 2:52pm on 29 Jan 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    Gillianian - I didn't really know much about John Martyn, but I've just had a look on his website and there's a very moving YouTube video there with a frank interview. I'd like to hear more of his music - what do you recommend?

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  • 353. At 2:53pm on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Mansaylo: I think Fearless has tried to steer me towards Mozilla before. I was quite okay with OE, but there seems to be a problem between it and BTYahoo.

    I'll have a look at Tbird. I don't really need all the fun stuff ;o)

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  • 354. At 3:03pm on 29 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    I'm forgetting my manners -
    Happy Birthday, Sid xx
    Custard doughnuts......mmmmmmmmmm!
    I'm playing Solid Air right now, Perky - sublime ;o)

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  • 355. At 3:07pm on 29 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Oh - and I know I'm in at the coo's tail with this one - I managed to make a chili con carne last night, forgetting to add any herbs, spices or even seasoning ;o(
    I chucked in a liberal sprinkling of garam massala and chili powder just before serving it up.
    Don't tell the family - they didn't suspect a thing ;o)

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  • 356. At 3:50pm on 29 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Happy, happy day, Sid!

    And a [glug] for the great John Martyn.

    Now on to serious stuff.
    When I went to sign in, I got a notice saying that "we are no longer updating this page."

    So I clicked, and got this explanation:

    " 5.

    "We're no longer updating this page" - What does this mean?

    We aim to make sure that all of the pages we publish on bbc.co.uk are as accurate, reliable and as useful as possible. Where a particular radio, tv series or other BBC event has ended we generally leave the related web page online, just in case visitors may find it helpful or interesting in future. However, in order to avoid confusion we add a banner notice to the page to make it clear that we're no longer keeping these pages up to date.

    "We leave these pages online for reference purposes only, and you should be aware that the information provided may be out of date or otherwise inaccurate due to the passage of time."


    Is there something we should know, Eddie?

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  • 357. At 3:51pm on 29 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Big Sis, Thunderbird* is one option. However, I think OE may be "rescue-able" depending on getting the incoming and outgoing settings right. I'm a BT Yahoo person too, so I should be able to just copy some details from my settings for you to check. I'll email you when I get home....

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  • 358. At 3:52pm on 29 Jan 2009, Fearless Fred wrote:

    Re my 357* I meant to add "Other email clients are available", and "Wasn't Thunderbird a cheap alcoholic drink years back?"

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  • 359. At 3:56pm on 29 Jan 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Thanks, Fearless. I'll put Tbird on hold. While OE may be, well, basic, it is easier than having to get used to a whole new system (and possibly losing stuff in transit). And it does what I need it to do (when it works!)

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  • 360. At 4:33pm on 29 Jan 2009, Sid wrote:

    Thanks to all for your kind birthday wishes!

    Still a few doughnuts left, and some Bucks Fizz (that was a huge jug you brought, Master Loon!)

    A poignant* glass raised in memory of John Martyn. If you only have room for one album of his, it'd probably have to be Solid Air, I guess.

    *for me, especially in view of his age!


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  • 361. At 6:07pm on 29 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    oooh, doughnuts.....!!!!!!!!!

    Happy Birthday Sid!!!

    Shall we gather round and have a barbie tonight, in memory, and in celebration?!!!

    If I recall, there is stashes of stuff in the NCM Bar ready in the fridges....!!!

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  • 362. At 6:52pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Oooh look..PerfectlyPerky busking, certainly does a mean 'air guitar'!

    N-N, re Barbie..I'm up for it, what time do we fire her up?

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  • 363. At 7:00pm on 29 Jan 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    I remember drinking Thunderbird, FFred! Thankfully, I've grown up a bit since then and my taste has improved.

    Now, where's that bottle of Blue Nun?

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  • 364. At 7:11pm on 29 Jan 2009, PerfectlyPerky wrote:

    And I'm also taking your advice about posting anywhere and everywhere until I'm "trusted". Do you think it's working yet?

    I sent a contribution to Eddie for his listener blog entry. Obviously, I wasn't picked, but I wondered if any of you would be interested in what I sent in? If so, read on . . .

    Families switch to Monopoly money

    According to Reuters, families are turning to traditional board games instead of more costly entertainment. The London Toy Fair is on at the moment and manufacturers and retailers are claiming that the recession is good for them.

    "We are actually pleased with the recession, because when the world is falling apart, everyone recalls their childhood memories and buys marbles," said Sarah Campbell, a sales manager at the House of Marbles.

    So, what board games, jigsaws, puzzles and other “cheap” pastimes do it for you? I played the card game “Cheat” with my family recently and had a fantastic evening – lots of talking, teasing and laughing. More fun than watching the television, that’s for sure.

    And yes, I won. I just have an innocent face. Honest.

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  • 365. At 7:32pm on 29 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Sid, how about, say, half seven for eight o'clock?!!






    oooooooooh look at the time.....I'll get the matches!!!
    n-n
    PS I wonder how these doughnuts will work on the barbeque - probably ok if we're quick, i reckon?!

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  • 366. At 7:36pm on 29 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    right, drinks, I'll fetch the tray:

    now, it's Cocktail Night on the beach, so name your tipple and i'll get it shaken... shook.....(shooken?)....mixed.

    Glad to have got that cleared up.

    Let's see, we've got Vermonth, Blue Numb, Vodka (red white and blue), Pink Gin, and a black russian....no, I'm getting mixed up, that's the entertainment.... hang on...








    I'll just pour myself another wee dram, to get started
    n-n

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  • 367. At 7:47pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..N-N..'ere you are, me best Barbie lighting vestas!

    ..shall I light it..OK....'ere we go...1....2....3.....WOOOOOOOOOOMMMPPHHHH...

    ..crikey....

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  • 368. At 7:49pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    .....can you see that strange glow....that's wots left of me eyebrows!!!

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  • 369. At 7:56pm on 29 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    n-n
    You seem to be doing all the work...

    Here- let me set out the glasses..

    I''ve put up fifi's xmas lights around the bar and I'll wind up the gramaphone..

    Excuse me while I pop behind this dune- now, where's my party dress....

    WHO"'Se GOT MY PARTYDRESS??

    Mollyxx

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  • 370. At 7:57pm on 29 Jan 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Hmph!! It didn't do nikki's doughnuts much good either, DIWy ;o(

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  • 371. At 8:01pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..you stupid machine, call yourself an entertainment centre, I have heard better sounds coming out the rear ends of cows....

    ..right, that's the gramaphone wound up!

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  • 372. At 8:03pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Molly, you may want to have a gander at what the Birthday boy is wearing....

    Sid take that off. You know you are a 14 and that is a 12!

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  • 373. At 8:06pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Gillianianian, I wasn't going to say anything about N-N's doughnuts. I didn't think he would notice, seein' as he has a Blast Furnace in his front room!

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  • 374. At 8:14pm on 29 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Good grief! There's m''pink lattice work Kaftan he's wearing- haven't seen it since 2007....

    Nooo! The one I want is green with a hint of mauve around the bust....

    Do hurry up and find it! I seem to be missing all the fun ;-(

    Mollyxx

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  • 375. At 8:24pm on 29 Jan 2009, Anne P. wrote:

    Is this is Molly? - I'm afraid I had to wrest it from one of the camels and it's looking a little the worse for wear (if you know what I mean).

    Perhaps you'd like to try this Laura Ashley original?

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  • 376. At 8:26pm on 29 Jan 2009, Little Red wrote:

    happy burfday Sid!

    g&t's all round, and I'll have one of those donuts. classic jam for me please.

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  • 377. At 8:34pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    Molly...for goodness sake! Those are LA curtains, pull yourself together!

    DiY :-D

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  • 378. At 8:38pm on 29 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Sorry, DIY-

    all better now!! ;-)

    Gosh! these curtains are hot!;-(

    PHEW!!.....

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  • 379. At 8:41pm on 29 Jan 2009, DI_Wyman wrote:

    ..right that's the Barbie up to speed and N-N's doughnuts all crisped up.

    Who is for glass of chilled fermented apple juice to toast the birthday "boy" and to remember those who are sadly not with us anymore.....cheers.

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  • 380. At 10:12pm on 29 Jan 2009, annasee wrote:

    Sorry to be so late wishing you Happy Birthday Sid. Hope you're still having a fun day!

    I've couriered a special sprout Birthday cake to you, along with some hideously expensive sprout liqueur chocolates. In green wrapping, obviously. The chocolate emporium told me they were a brand new line, in fact the only available box, because they're such a specialist taste. But I knew you had to have them!

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  • 381. At 10:41pm on 29 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    "phew wot a scorcha!!!!"

    I havent had me doughnuts this toastie since I got hauled over the funnel of an ocean bound liner -





    cheers to you all, and to those sadly missed, as DIY says.

    Another round and a toast, methinks:
    " to birthday boy, long may he wet his whistle!""




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  • 382. At 10:41pm on 29 Jan 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Been too busy to have a proper look at the beach so happy Birthday Sid. RumTopf servings all round?

    I have vague recollections of Thunderbird (the drink), Thankfully my student tastes were usually a little better than that. Except the night it was on promotion!

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  • 383. At 10:43pm on 29 Jan 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Molly - you could be on the stage!!!!

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  • 384. At 11:18pm on 29 Jan 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    n-n

    Mmmmm!!!

    Night-night.

    Mxx

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  • 385. At 11:19pm on 29 Jan 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    ... but why are you cooking food over a doll with unfeasible proportions? Even if it has a huge selection of outfits and a rather dull boyfriend?

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