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Sequin | 07:00 UK time, Friday, 27 November 2009

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Come on. You know you want to join in......

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  • 1. At 07:49am on 27 Nov 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    First frogger of the day?
    Mmmm, I love the sound of the sea in the morning, lapping gently on the sand... I'll just get the coffee brewin' and the toaster poppin'...

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  • 2. At 07:58am on 27 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Here is a brand new beach
    The old one put out of reach
    Coffee and comrades, conversation and sprouts
    Froggers are lovely but camels are louts.

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  • 3. At 08:01am on 27 Nov 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    BBC News Channel. Did a tour of that huge ocean liner - Oasis of The Seas. If it went pass this Beach - well - it would be noticed. No binoculars or telescope needed. But BBC reporter walking on fast forward through that vessel - it was the full size carousel that took my attention - because as that character played by Julia Sawalha - no not in that Creek series but Candleford etc - "It is my one weakness". Honestly Carolyn. Just the one weakness. lol. Going around and around. In my childhood park - they had one of those smaller child version of a, to me - not so merry go around. Just wood and metal and I felt - well oasis of the Nau(Seas)every time I tried to enjoy its limited motion and had to sit down and recover.
    It was then I realised I was beyond childish things and went and really explored and what a world out there. Elephants and ships and older persons doing - well fortunately that Observatory kept looking heavenwards.
    Right - I must keep moving. Not round and round people. Straight on until morning please! I did mention I had only one weak.....lol
    So hey. That ocean liner needs passengers I heard. Ok. What do I need to pack?

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  • 4. At 08:16am on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    SO is off to a course this morning, and after a stressful sleepless night he's currently tucking into his share of this lovely creamy porridge ... there's plenty left for those who need sustaining this morning.

    Made with salt, sugar for those who (like SO) prefer it that way.

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  • 5. At 08:16am on 27 Nov 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Freshly squeezed OJ on the bar ...... and earplugs for the camels. The news about the camel cull is now on national radio. If they get wind of it, there could be a stampede.

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  • 6. At 10:53am on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Here's a lovely picture, unseasonal and out of any context you care to name, depicting something I would like to install on the Beach:

    p://www.signspotting.com/index.php?do=rate&gender=0&act=top

    Hands up who agrees we need one?

    ;o)

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  • 7. At 10:54am on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I'm sorry, I'll say that again....

    Here's a lovely picture, unseasonal and out of any context you care to name, depicting something I would like to install on the Beach:

    http://www.signspotting.com/index.php?do=rate&gender=0&act=top

    Hands up who agrees we need one?

    ;o)

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  • 8. At 10:58am on 27 Nov 2009, andycroak wrote:

    Here's the missing "htt" Feefs!

    Oh dear, I wish I wasn't such a techy.

    Made me giggle, that site, thanks Feefs!

    A

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  • 9. At 11:16am on 27 Nov 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Talking of carousels, I saw a steam powered one last night...

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  • 10. At 11:26am on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Hee hee!

    Have this morning invented the Editing Hat. It has a wide brim, earplugs, blinkers and a pipeline to a vast supply of decaff tea.

    Just one thing I forgot. Anyone spot my silly omission?

    COMMODE!!!

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  • 11. At 11:47am on 27 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    10 Fifi
    Or...
    The Eddie Tin Hat
    It has headphones, x-ray night-vision glasses, it's bullet proof and has a pipeline to the quadlatte machine ... and it doubles as a mug. And a commode.

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  • 12. At 11:51am on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    That's the titfer fur meee, Lucien!

    ;oD

    I hope it doesn't have a BBC logo embroidered on the front though.

    That would just look silly.

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  • 13. At 12:01pm on 27 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Silly? You haven't seen the C_Quin hat!

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  • 14. At 12:08pm on 27 Nov 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Lucien - Nope. This is much more Sequin's style.

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  • 15. At 12:12pm on 27 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    My grandad used to sell hats to the BBC, he had a stall in Shepherds Bush market and they called him Jack the Hat. In the 70s he moved over to selling wigs and hair extensions ... and the BBC bought a few of those too.

    All long before Eddie and Sequin's time of course.

    :o)

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  • 16. At 12:23pm on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    At last, the mystery of what happened to the top of Eddie's head is solved?

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  • 17. At 12:29pm on 27 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    16 Fifi

    :oD

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  • 18. At 1:42pm on 27 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    Speaking of protected trees (as one of Fifi's signs was), I hope everyone is taking advantage of the free trees being given away at various outlets:
    Let's break a record

    ;-)

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  • 19. At 2:08pm on 27 Nov 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Milord (18) Re:This tree planting - As someone with extensive Irish roots (unintended pun) I'd like to stongly object to the title given to this venture - Tree O'Clock. I find this mocking of my accent unacceptable. Moreover, the last time I planted a tree, I was given tree spades and told to take my pick!
    Slainte.

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  • 20. At 2:47pm on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    :oD

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  • 21. At 2:56pm on 27 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    As to Irish roots I've heard a little bonemeal helps root establishment, and for the Elven O'clock exorcise, the trees are in root-plug form, and require little more than a good walking stick to make the hole...

    See here for instructions

    • "There he began thrusting his iron rod into the earth, making a hole in which he planted an acorn; then he refilled the hole. He was planting oak trees. I asked him if the land belonged to him. He answered no. Did he know whose it was? He did not. He supposed it was community property, or perhaps belonged to people who cared nothing about it. He was not interested in finding out whose it was. He planted his hundred acorns with the greatest care."

    ;)

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  • 22. At 3:24pm on 27 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    A Manifesto

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  • 23. At 3:31pm on 27 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    ??????

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  • 24. At 5:54pm on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    On the way home from a professional development course, SO treats himself to a bottle of Glenfiddich, and me to ... crisps.

    Be still my heart. :o(

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  • 25. At 6:12pm on 27 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Is it G&T o'clock yet? I was perfectly happy with tea until 'somebody' brought up the subject of drinkies....

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  • 26. At 6:31pm on 27 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    24 Fifi
    What flavour?

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  • 27. At 6:46pm on 27 Nov 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    If nobody minds, I think I'll curl up with a good book tonight.

    Hammock - check
    Book - check
    Endless supplies of ginger beer - Check

    And perhaps a bottle of rum.

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  • 28. At 6:53pm on 27 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    Good idea, Sis I've been given a copy of Crow Country by Mark Cocker (is there a pun in there somewhee, one wonders?)

    And then tomorrow, I'll go shoot a few magpies...

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  • 29. At 7:49pm on 27 Nov 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Just come for a relaxing snooze in the furry hammock - RL has been a bit of a trial today...
    :O(

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  • 30. At 9:45pm on 27 Nov 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Back from conference. Need a nice relaxing hammock. Bunk up everyone.

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  • 31. At 10:50pm on 27 Nov 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Anyone else hear Eddie's trail for AQ on 'Today' this morning! Hahaha! My sister will be sending him a cleaning bill after she and my niece spluttered porridge everywhere whilst listening!

    Wish I could get that Tariq from Spooks to update my computer....

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  • 32. At 11:26pm on 27 Nov 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Ooooh, me too GM - best eye candy on TV tonight...
    :D

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  • 33. At 01:36am on 28 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Lucien... onion and balsamic vinegar. Next door's cat is apparently quite partial to 'em.

    * slumps under hammock, gnawing a glass of Pimms *

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  • 34. At 10:04am on 28 Nov 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Feefs, they do sound kinda posh! Not your unimaginative "non-runners"?!?

    :D

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  • 35. At 10:43am on 28 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    33 Fifi
    You must've had crumbs all over the sheets.

    ;o)

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  • 36. At 12:58pm on 28 Nov 2009, mittfh wrote:

    It's that time of year again...and I'm not sure whether this would be more appropriate on one of the Advent threads, but here goes anyway.

    Remember a certain spreadsheet Christmas quiz I inflicted on you lot last year? It's back - and now contains acronyms to title / recognisable line from 125 different Christmas tunes - carols, pop songs, novelty/parodies and traditional. All you have to do is work out which tune is which.

    I seriously doubt anyone will be able to complete all 125 before getting tempted to rip it up out of frustration, so it's really a contest to see (a) how many you can get through memory alone, (b) how many you get after looking at the index cards of Christmas CDs, googling and other means of "research". There's no prize (although if someone gets all 125 I'll probably find some means of giving them a little something!), but feel free to either comment below or send me a PM to let me know how you're getting on :)

    You could complete it online, but it'll probably be more convenient to print it out. As currently formatted, it takes up 3 sheets, but you may want to extend the line height and push it onto four sheets if you've got large handwriting :)

    To help you out, I'll be generous and give one away - just in case you have difficulty understanding the concept. I've attempted to hide the answer using a bit of HTML - if it works, highlight the space after "Song:" to reveal.

    Acronym: OTFDOC, MTLGTM, APIAPT! [TDOC]
    Song: On the First Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me, A Partridge In A Pear Tree! (Twelve Days of Christmas)

    Obviously, in cases where I've given you a long acronym, you don't need to expand the lot - just enough to include the title.

    The mods probably wouldn't allow a direct link to the quiz, but use a bit of imagination and you should be able to extract the relevant location from this:
    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]

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  • 37. At 1:58pm on 28 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Next door's cat was so enamoured of the crisps (SO still can't believe she ate them) that she went and spent last night at home with her own people. Unheard of!

    I suspect big son was at his girlfriend's last night.

    Anyway, planning a vegetarian feast for friends tonight, to cheer them up after a spectacularly grotty week. There may even be karaoke (even though I loathe karaoke and all its works!). Must go find some mushrooms.

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  • 38. At 2:20pm on 28 Nov 2009, Sara wrote:

    D'you know, I am Sooooo cold. No central heating since September. It needs a lot of work. Plumbers won't come to do it until asbestos is removed from cellars (where a lot of the heating pipes are). Men in spacesuits will arrive to remove it next week. They're going to build a sealed tunnel and bring a special skip into which to put ancient pipes lagged in said asbestos. Then they will send their bill. Then maybe plumbers will start work. I am not optimistic about a cosy Christmas. Even the virtual sun on this 'ere beach isn't warming me up.

    Just thought I'd come here and winge a bit.

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  • 39. At 2:22pm on 28 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    • "Must go find some mushrooms."

    The frost will have finished them for this year, so I hope you've dred a few....

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  • 40. At 2:23pm on 28 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    'dried' though I know they can get tangled...

    ;-)

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  • 41. At 2:31pm on 28 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    ... very tangled indeed. ;o)

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  • 42. At 2:32pm on 28 Nov 2009, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    My Lord, you have some unorthodox tastes ;-P

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  • 43. At 3:19pm on 28 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I thought I might go mushrooming at the supermarket, actually. I believe they also have wine trees there.

    ;oD

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  • 44. At 3:27pm on 28 Nov 2009, Sara wrote:

    Good idea, Fifi. I'm off there too to lurk amongst the freezer cabinets and get warm... Some Winter Pimms might help too.

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  • 45. At 3:45pm on 28 Nov 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Silly people !
    Wine trees?!
    Everyone knows wine grows in bottles - like ships....
    n-n

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  • 46. At 4:17pm on 28 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    ... hence the tradition of the drunken sailor

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  • 47. At 5:20pm on 28 Nov 2009, Sara wrote:

    Drunken Sara she say sun is now over yard-arm.

    Anyone like to share this very mellow Barolo?

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  • 48. At 5:26pm on 28 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    This early? Oh, I couldn't possibly.

    * holds out glass *

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  • 49. At 7:46pm on 28 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * shakes glass, a little tetchily *

    I am editing a financial adviser's memoirs. On a Saturday night. 72 pages still to go. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

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  • 50. At 7:57pm on 28 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    49. Fifi
    Never mind ... just think of the returns.

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  • 51. At 8:36pm on 28 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    That's exactly what I'm doing, Lucien. Thinking of shrinking my overdraft a bit, just in time for the festive season!

    Any sign of that lovely barolo yet? A girl can only take so much tea on a Saturday night!

    ;o)

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  • 52. At 10:04am on 29 Nov 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Deserted beach? [peeks behind sand dunes and in nearby hammocks] They're all asleep!

    Too much barolo, perhaps.

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  • 53. At 12:32pm on 29 Nov 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Still asleep .... Ahhhhhhh!

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  • 54. At 12:35pm on 29 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    Enjoying (?) a stiff NorthEaster here on the hilltop. BRRRRRRRRRR!

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  • 55. At 12:48pm on 29 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Sad to say the sun never did quite get over the yard arm here in RL yesterday. Hopefully not the case today! Am dipping out of a day's music-makery in the most boring town in Britain (apparently) to crack on with work ... hopefully will make up for it next Sunday.

    French toast with tomato and melted cheese on top, anyone? I feel peckish.

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  • 56. At 3:00pm on 29 Nov 2009, Lord Nathan wrote:

    I just got an email entitled, "Say goodbye to ED"

    The cheek!
    ;-)

    * "Be rock hard 24/7"

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  • 57. At 3:11pm on 29 Nov 2009, Sid wrote:

    24/7? Wears me out just thinking about it ...

    Cup of tea, anyone?

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  • 58. At 6:43pm on 29 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Do you mind awfully if I just DON'T think about it??

    * blushes *

    Too late....

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  • 59. At 7:55pm on 29 Nov 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    24/7 far too long.

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  • 60. At 8:46pm on 29 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    (60) : I see we are cutting out the jokes AND the punchlines and going straight to the naughty step now!

    * stomps off NS-ward, not quite concealing a large bottle of red *

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  • 61. At 8:50pm on 29 Nov 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Anyone understand modern priccing?

    At my super market, today, some coked chicken in hte Reduced Items section.

    " Two for 5 pounds", it, in effect, says on the packet.

    The reduced price label says the one packet (there's only one in the section) is 2 pound 25.

    I wonder idly what the original price actually was, 2.75?, 2.80? I can't see for the Reduced Price label, which I can't unpeel.

    So I walk round to the Cooked Meat section and find a stack of the self same packers (same weight, same cooking method, same chicken description, etc)

    Each one has a price sticker on it - for two pounds.

    I take both to Customer Services.
    'Is that kosher?' I ask, 'Selling THIS for 2.25 in the Reduced Section which is the first thing you see coming into the store, and selling the same stuff, but fresher, for two quid in the deep recesses of the Cooked Meat isle?'

    The flack-catcher points out to me that 2.25 means a 18.88888888 etc reduction on the intial 2.75 price ('Thanks, I wondered what that was') and, indeed a 10 per cent reduction on it's 2 for 1 price.


    Round to the coffee section where there is a BIG Special Offer dispaly. 200 grams of coffee for 4.44.

    Since I don't mind SuperMarket Floor Sweepings coffee at 49 pence per 100 grms, I get a jar of that, and seek out a 100 grm jar of the SELF SAME posh stuff 'cos the wife has refinded tastes.

    The 100 grm posh stuff jar is 2.16.

    I think 'I bet that's wrong' (My super market does a nice line in confuing packet price with price per kilo in the cheese sections)

    So I ask the coffee isle monitor.

    She says 2.16 is right. I say, 'But half of 4.44 is MORE than that'. She smiles and says 'Yes, it's cheaper' I say 'More expensive surely' But she is calling it right 'I mean the 2.16 is cheaper. You see, the 4.44 is on Special Offer. It doesn't say it's cheaper than buying two jars of 200. And it doesn't have to.'

    Hey, ho!

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  • 62. At 9:28pm on 29 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    EtE (61): There there. Look, this is the Beach. Pull up a glass here on the naughty step, and let me fill it with a generous snifter of your choice. Forget Tesburysons and their intentional tricks to part us with more of our hard-earned than we need to be parted from!

    * brandishes large bottle *

    Now - what's your poison?

    ;o)

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  • 63. At 9:42pm on 29 Nov 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Coooo-eeee!
    I heard a whisper that we need a new supply of cushions for the Naughty step...

    Here they are- all soft and hand- knitted...

    Please don't pull at them- they'll unravel all over the beach...think of the camels, please...

    mxx

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  • 64. At 9:43pm on 29 Nov 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Mittfh's list is getting the competitive streak going at home again. Must not do it yet.

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  • 65. At 9:56pm on 29 Nov 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    mittfh's link was modded. OHBT. JWYWEFTM.

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  • 66. At 10:08pm on 29 Nov 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    btw, LN's suggestion (56) might just save the UK economy.

    I mean, if scrapping perfectly good cars to fill up landfill sites so people who can afford them can buy new and not necessarily gas unguzzly ones on the cheap apparently pulled us back from the brink -

    Why not scrap all 24/7 rock-hard unfriendly apparel and replace with a newer design?

    That might solve the possible forthcoming financial dip to be caused by Dubai wasting unimaginable amounts of money on building a tourist trap without making sure it could afford it, while causing the largest carbon footprint in the world, apparently, and the problems over a partially-hung Parliament suggested in the 'Westminster Hour' headlines tonight.

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  • 67. At 10:15pm on 29 Nov 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    That reminds me of a joke.

    *Insert Name* MP should be bl@@dy well hung

    He is! Mrs *Insert Name*

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  • 68. At 10:19pm on 29 Nov 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Mittfh's list is on the book of face thing. But its a bit awkward to get. I managed. Perhaps we need to ask him nicely to re post it. Perhaps as a PDF?

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  • 69. At 10:32pm on 29 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    67 SM
    You mean like the former member for Monmouth ?

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  • 70. At 10:38pm on 29 Nov 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    What a name Stradling!!

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  • 71. At 11:48pm on 29 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I might be able to find a corner for it on a website I host for a charity... branches could in theory use it for a fundraiser quiz, so I could permit myself to do that. If mittfh gives permission... let me work on that idea!

    MITTFH!!!!! are you there??

    Another late G&T anyone? ;o)

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  • 72. At 09:13am on 30 Nov 2009, Anne P wrote:

    Happy Monday everyone, fresh tea and coffee on the bar next to the large vat of porridge. I'm filling up as fortification for a trip to plant fruit trees on the allotment.

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  • 73. At 10:14am on 30 Nov 2009, Sid wrote:

    Thanks Anne ... and a Happy St Andrew's Day to all ...

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  • 74. At 10:18am on 30 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    What's St Andrew's day?

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  • 75. At 10:27am on 30 Nov 2009, Sid wrote:

    Whisht, mon, dinnae tell me ye cannae remember!

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  • 76. At 10:28am on 30 Nov 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Lucien:
    This
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Andrew's_Day
    is St. Andrew's Day!

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  • 77. At 10:44am on 30 Nov 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Went to see the (alleged) site of the block house on the croft my big gandpappy was brought up in.

    Just the usual roofless structure left - a hundred metres from the all-mod-cons 50's replacement.

    My grandaddy left the land, not being the eldest and his oldest brother's wife was taken early by flu. But he prospered with a live-in house keeper. My grandad outlived all his brothers and sisters, living as a ploughman and labourer on what is now London airport.

    He, so, inherited the croft, but after talking to my dad, they decided to give it to Mary McAndrew, the house keeper. After all, hadn't she worked all those years by Andrew's side?

    She sold the croft and went back to her people in Glasgow. To a nice family who took advantage of the improvement money when it came, to build anew.

    So, no relatives there. But the descendents, perhaps, of fellow house mates. For the block house had been reoccupied by sheep sheltering, who bleated at us, that it was theirs again, by right. Just as it had been until little more than 100 years ago.

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  • 78. At 12:22pm on 30 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    EtE (77) that was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    :o)

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  • 79. At 12:37pm on 30 Nov 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    77 EtE
    That's quite a touching story, do you have any contact with Mary McAndrew's descendants?

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  • 80. At 12:42pm on 30 Nov 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Did Mary McAndrew consult with your family before selling the croft, EtE? I like the idea of the sheep taking over the croft.

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  • 81. At 2:26pm on 30 Nov 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Thanks for the interest.

    Sadly gotta head for Brum (no disrespect, Brummies) toot sweet, but:

    She died in Glasgow soon after moving back there. She said she felt a stranger there. As my grandad did revisiting the islands finding his heart was now in London. A lifetime is a long time.

    The new owners were local people, cousins of cousins!

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  • 82. At 2:46pm on 30 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Thanks to mittfh's generosity of spirit, I am empowered to direct you to a downloadable copy of his fiendish Christmas Quiz.

    These things are invaluable for that period of enforced encarceration with one's nearest and [grits teeth] dearest which is just around the corner...

    http://tinyurl.com/yajlas3 (answers will be supplied in January in the same place)

    ;o)

    If anyone else has a similar item to contribute please let me know.

    *saving the public from murdering each other; it's what we do*

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  • 83. At 6:41pm on 30 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * reaches, giggling, for keyboard *

    Whiter Shade of Pale, sung to the Muppets theme tune!

    * collapses giggling again *

    I love I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, don't you? Makes life worth living.

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  • 84. At 7:56pm on 30 Nov 2009, Sid wrote:

    "And for those of you who thought they had bought tickets to Colin Sell's last concert - sorry, it wasn't."

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  • 85. At 8:10pm on 30 Nov 2009, izzy_tme wrote:

    Feefs (83) - it's got to be a contender for Pick of the Year, priceless just priceless.

    :o)

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  • 86. At 8:13pm on 30 Nov 2009, izzy_tme wrote:

    I see I'm still in quarantine - ho hum. *Taps fingers impatiently*

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  • 87. At 8:26pm on 30 Nov 2009, izzy_tme wrote:

    Oh, by the way, normal service has been resumed - so who's for a nice glass of Merlot? Glasses please....

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  • 88. At 9:10pm on 30 Nov 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Well, my soup of tatties and neeps is nearly ready. Also carrots. Onions. And a raid of the spice drawer (coriander fried and added;) probably cumin next.

    Cooking for friend with delicate tum, so nothing much else.

    Anyone for slightly sparkier seconds?

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  • 89. At 9:12pm on 30 Nov 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Jings and help ma boab, I meant to add, my contribution to St Andra's nicht, such as it is

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  • 90. At 9:23pm on 30 Nov 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

    Mmm, that was good.

    An no a crivvens in sicht.

    But back to Real Life and the washing up soonish, so - night, all!

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  • 91. At 9:44pm on 30 Nov 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * holds out glass *

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  • 92. At 9:50pm on 30 Nov 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Any soup left FrancesO? Sounds deelicious.

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  • 93. At 00:05am on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * holds out bowl *

    I do love this Beach... ;o)

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  • 94. At 09:20am on 01 Dec 2009, Sid wrote:

    Breakfast's ready!

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  • 95. At 09:37am on 01 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    *taptaptaptaptap*

    Repeated begging is discouraged on the Beach

    *taptaptaptaptap*

    Now, Fifi, about that glass and that bowl ...

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  • 96. At 09:53am on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    ;oP

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  • 97. At 10:34am on 01 Dec 2009, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    Morning all, bit of a grumpy bugger this AM I'm afraid although Tatties and Neaps sounds tasty.

    Bad news + bad news + not much sleep + hangover + inconsiderate b****rds = narky Wrath.

    Did watch a good film last night Inglourious Basterds, bloody good show.

    Am now proceeding to refil my happy gland with copious amounts of Heavy Metal.

    Promise to be in a better mood later.

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  • 98. At 10:34am on 01 Dec 2009, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    Promise

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  • 99. At 10:35am on 01 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Wrath, can you use the soundproof room facility on the Beach? I didn't sleep too well last night either, and heavy metal could just tip me over the ede ;o)

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  • 100. At 10:36am on 01 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Whoops, that should read edge (not sure what an ede is, and I wouldn't confuse it with eid).

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  • 101. At 11:33am on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Wrath, can you turn it up a bit please? I was a metal chick in my yoof and still love the thumping drums and grinding bass. Is that David Coverdale's fabulously bluesy voice I'm hearing?

    LOUDER! I CAN STILL HEAR MY OWN 'S' SOUNDS!!!

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  • 102. At 11:42am on 01 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    [inside the soundproof room facility Fifi and Wrath subject themselves to progressive deafness]

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  • 103. At 11:50am on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * holds up sign to the glass, which reads... *

    HAVEN'T HAD THIS MUCH FUN SINCE COZY POWELL'S DRUM SOLO AT THE GLASGOW APOLLO IN 1981!

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  • 104. At 12:27pm on 01 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    *Holds up full glass of merlot to the glass and awaits reaction*

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  • 105. At 1:50pm on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * Drops sign, turns, switches off something, opens door *

    Sorry Wrath, I love my metal but a girl has her priorities!

    * Accepts glass, savours merlot for a good ten minutes, returns glass *

    Thanks Big Sister. You are a true friend. Now Wrath... where were we?

    * Closes door, turns up music again, and headbanging continues within *

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  • 106. At 5:03pm on 01 Dec 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Still having fun in there Wrath and Fifi - it's all gone very dark.....

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  • 107. At 5:05pm on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * Door opens, Fifi staggers out clutching head *

    A day's headbanging is a major improvement on RL if you ask me. What's for tea? Is it Pimms o'clock yet?

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  • 108. At 5:37pm on 01 Dec 2009, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    Pimms O'Clock has been officially declared.

    Thanks Feefs for the support,have now mellowed into a little hard rock. I swear electric uitar is the only thing that cheers me up.

    Full vat of Pimms on the bar, gratis.

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  • 109. At 5:44pm on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    WHAT?? SORRY I CAN'T HEAR A WORD YOU'RE SAYING. WHAT'S THAT ABOUT A YELLOW ROCK? AND WHAT'S IN THAT GREAT BIG BUCKET ON THE BAR?

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  • 110. At 7:39pm on 01 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    What is it about ginger biscuits?

    When I was a kid, we'd sometimes have buscuits. My mum would tell me we'd got some.

    For Sunday.

    Three days to wait.

    When they came, they were often ginger nuts. I used to cry. Mum said they lasted longer.

    I screamed 'That's cos nobody likes them!'

    They said 'Well, we do!'

    They've changed. They used to be so brittle hard they were like flint. And so gingery they stung. And if you dunked them they went from too hard to sog in a second.

    Now, I admit, they're more like oatmeal crunch biscuits with light flavouring.

    But even so, they're still the last to go from the tin.

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  • 111. At 7:58pm on 01 Dec 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    Hi Izzy!!!!

    Merlot is most welcome - any left?!
    n-n
    xx

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  • 112. At 8:26pm on 01 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Its Snowing!!! Kids think it will lie. Won't lie enough to close the school

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  • 113. At 8:31pm on 01 Dec 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    No need for left-overs, n-n - here's a whole crateful we can work our way through while I catch up with the gossip.

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  • 114. At 8:47pm on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Oh, my poor head!

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  • 115. At 9:04pm on 01 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    I'd quite like a poor head.

    Vino collapso, anyone?

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  • 116. At 9:11pm on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Oh, go on then Sue.

    * checks to make sure Big Sister isn't looking *

    Hee hee!

    * holds out glass *

    I've got a crate of scrumpy round the back for afters - in hopes that Sprouty will join us after his long absence.

    Cheers!

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  • 117. At 10:33pm on 01 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    116 Fifi
    BigSis is omniscient.

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  • 118. At 10:58pm on 01 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    ... except when she's not ;o)

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  • 119. At 11:00pm on 01 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    ... but as only she knows when she's not, BigSis is - to all intents and purposes - omniscient.

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  • 120. At 11:10pm on 01 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Oh dear, I hope we're not straying down another logical argument - I'm sure I spotted one elsewhere on the Blog today. Though this particular discussion is, perhaps, more metaphysical. Whichever, I'm far to cream-crackered today to engage. It's off to bed for me!

    Night night, Lucien, Fifi, and Al. xx

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  • 121. At 11:14pm on 01 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Sweet dreams! :o)

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  • 122. At 11:58pm on 01 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Night night all. Sweet dreams.

    {hic}

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  • 123. At 09:26am on 02 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    No comments in the AM Glass Box.

    Nobody on the Beach yet.

    Where is everyone??

    * tap tap tap *

    Anyone out there?

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  • 124. At 09:30am on 02 Dec 2009, Sid wrote:

    Snore ...

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  • 125. At 12:13pm on 02 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    mmmmm.....quiet day everywhere it would seem....

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  • 126. At 12:17pm on 02 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    'Where is everyone?' - well on my part I was in a lovely coffee shop in a well-known store drinking FairTrade caramel latte before shopping!

    Spent yesterday at a conference at Aintree Racecourse - never been there before - it was a lovely frosty & sunny morning and we had a great view of the course. It all looked much smaller than on tv!

    Homemade Leek & POtato soup on the bar with freshly warmed baguettes, for anyone who happens to be around!

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  • 127. At 12:36pm on 02 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    GM - you didn't happen to spot any intermittent horses while you were at the racecourse, did you?

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  • 128. At 12:43pm on 02 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Ha! No, sadly no horses of any type except bronze. Lots of white railings though and signs saying 'tote'

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  • 129. At 3:16pm on 02 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I'm having a day of 'bits' - can't seem to get anything finished, mainly owing to other people changing their plans. Sigh.

    So, do I start messing with another web page, and risk the phone ringing with what was meant to be a 3pm call?

    Or fall into this handy hammock and throw a cushion over my eyes?

    * falls into handy hammock *

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  • 130. At 4:31pm on 02 Dec 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Boo!
    *Fifi spins round and round in hammock until it can spin no further, at which point it starts to spin back in the opposite direction until...*

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  • 131. At 4:50pm on 02 Dec 2009, Sid wrote:

    I'm now taking orders for Pollo alla Cacciatora ... (it's really tasty, and it'll go well with these cases of Chianti I found while poking around on the naughty verandah).

    Meanwhile - help yourself to Pimms!

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  • 132. At 7:17pm on 02 Dec 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    @131 Sid, yes please! I'll have some of that poco del classy-victoria thingy as I have now nearly finished the Chianti.....

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  • 133. At 7:27pm on 02 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'm heading for the soundproof room facility to listen to Carmen, at full volume. Are there any toreadors who'd care to join me?

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  • 134. At 8:05pm on 02 Dec 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Big Sister (133) I've just found my tutti-frutti hat, a pair of maraccas and a couple of pina coladas. May I join you?

    *Takes a deep breath*
    I, i, i, i, i, i like you very much
    I, i, i, i, i, i think you're grand......

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  • 135. At 8:44pm on 02 Dec 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

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

  • 136. At 8:46pm on 02 Dec 2009, needsanewnickname wrote:

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  • 137. At 8:50pm on 02 Dec 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Oh gosh....wrong Carmen! *blush*

    I'll go and find something to cover my embarrassment with....and eat my hat....

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  • 138. At 10:10pm on 02 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Goodness me, Frances whatever did you say? Modded TWICE???

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  • 139. At 10:22pm on 02 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    77, 78, 79, 80

    I've sent a couple of photographs, including sheep squatting, to Eddie Mair.

    No doubt he'll send them on to anyone interested.

    With thanks,

    EtE.

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  • 140. At 10:48pm on 02 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    My mysterious modding (now reinstated) from comment #1 of today's AM glass box, allied to some rather weird picking-on of Sid, leads me to suspect there's a new troll on the block.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2009/12/am_glass_box_8.shtml

    Fortunately, it's much more entertaining here on the beach, watching Big Sister sing opera whilst rolling a cigar against her (perfectly toned) thigh and wearing a bowl of fruit on her head. Meanwhile Gillianianian's maracas are making the lads' eyes water - put them away, dear, will you?

    More chianti, anyone?

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  • 141. At 11:07pm on 02 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    [muffled shouts as if from a Spanish bullring]

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  • 142. At 11:11pm on 02 Dec 2009, Sid wrote:

    Fifi - you're right ... I'm wondering if we know the new troll from somewhere ...

    Luckily, I was too busy making Pollo alla whatsit (see above) and drinking Chianti to worry too much ... well, not all day ... well, most of the day ... not to mention Lady Sue slapping my thigh (thanks, Lady Sue!).

    Yes, more Chianti, please!

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  • 143. At 11:14pm on 02 Dec 2009, Sid wrote:

    ... and I meant to say: ¡Ay, caramba!

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  • 144. At 11:17pm on 02 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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

  • 145. At 11:20pm on 02 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Hey Sid, you didn't thank me for answering the question that was troubling you. (I know it was troubling you, because you asked several times).

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  • 146. At 11:40pm on 02 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Next door's middleaged cat is practising her newly learned play skills. It's the cutest thing I've ever seen!

    ...but now she is tired. So she is reclining coolly on the sofa beside me, looking smug. If anyone has a length of wool or fat string, please feel free to dangle it in front of her nose.

    She can't resist!

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  • 147. At 11:44pm on 02 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    SeedyGee and all who may be concerned:

    The rules of the beach as handed down...
    1) be nice to everyone, and 2) don't eat the petunias

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  • 148. At 00:03am on 03 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    3) bring as much food and drink as you can carry
    4) you may all fight over Johnny D and Sean B as much as you like but Adam Ant is MINE!

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  • 149. At 00:10am on 03 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    3 & 4 being the rules as handed up.

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  • 150. At 00:13am on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Oh what! Friendly bunch here. First time I visit and my posts are referred. Thanks.

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  • 151. At 00:20am on 03 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Just be nice, GDC, and all will be beautifully bonkers I promise.

    Now. Beach volleyball anyone?

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  • 152. At 00:21am on 03 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * boing! *

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  • 153. At 08:19am on 03 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Morning All! Tea, coffee and warming porridge on the bar with selection of salt, sugar, syrup, fresh fruit etc for all tastes.

    It's Soooo bright down here on the beach, RL is still dark and very wet!

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  • 154. At 08:45am on 03 Dec 2009, Sid wrote:

    Stretch ... yawn ... snore ....

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  • 155. At 09:17am on 03 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    *Ouch*

    Fifi, careful, now, with that ball .... We don't need any Tiger Woods here, you know!

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  • 156. At 09:34am on 03 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    Fifi, now if that had been Adam Adamant.....oh dear, I think my age is showing....

    I'll have a large mug of tea, thanks GM and go and brave the gloom of RL.

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  • 157. At 09:46am on 03 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Morning all!

    *skips off towards the sea for morning swim*

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  • 158. At 09:50am on 03 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho!

    Long time, no beach!

    Don't ask, suffice to say I've been horribly busy and I'm not happy. If you don't mind I'm going to go over there for a little walk, then make a few sandcastles so I can then kick them.

    When I'm in a better mood I'll come back for some bruch.

    :o/ []

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  • 159. At 11:05am on 03 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Wonko (158) : As luck would have it, I've made a terrace of very ugly sandcastles just behind the bar, and was wondering how to demolish them without having to get out of this deliciously fluffy hammock.

    I wonder, would you mind.....?

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  • 160. At 11:48am on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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  • 161. At 11:53am on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    @Fifi- ugly sandcastles? Only in the eye of the beholder. Contemporary, futuristic maybe, but not ugly.

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  • 162. At 12:39pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Why wait for the mod era tors? I can remember one post.

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  • 163. At 12:40pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Sid you didn’t thank me for answering the question that was clearly puzzling you. Just a little thank you. Not much to ask. (Maybe an ice cream? Small bar of choc? Wine gum?)#;+)

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  • 164. At 12:51pm on 03 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Poor Wonko. You can't be unhappy on the beach, it's against regulations.

    *tap * tap * tap *

    [new sign] reads:

    The Beach. Woes Banished When Toes Touch Sand

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  • 165. At 12:53pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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  • 166. At 1:25pm on 03 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Wonko, you have missed your calling. Clearly you are a ... oh dear, are we allowed French terms? ... demolition man manque (with an 'acute' over the 'e'). Those hideous sandcastles of mine are now a far more pleasing line of mounds, which I might well sculpt into something else later.

    For now, I must haul on my boots and wrap up warm to take my car-less pal out to buy her granddaughter's burpday present. There is still some home made chicken soup left over from lunch - gloriously thick and tasty, just needs a touch more salt and pepper to be perfect. Do help yourselves from the vat bubbling gently on the BBQ.

    I've also made some garlic croutons (another furrin word, sorry) which are keeping warm and toasty in the kebab oven nearby.

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  • 167. At 1:34pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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  • 168. At 1:38pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    @lucien desgai #147

    Oh you've started off real friendly. Thank you Lucien.

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  • 169. At 1:42pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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  • 170. At 1:47pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Yay. My #145 has been put back. Seems somebody is a little sensitive. #;+)

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  • 171. At 1:48pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    What time does the ice cream van come round?

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  • 172. At 1:51pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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  • 173. At 1:57pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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  • 174. At 1:58pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    This is fun. Fun in the sun.

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  • 175. At 2:02pm on 03 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    166 Fifi
    Any kreplach for the soup? (much more filling the croutons)

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  • 176. At 2:05pm on 03 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    *than croutons, I meant to type.

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  • 177. At 2:09pm on 03 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Mmmmm Fifi's garlic croutons were delicious.

    I have some Nairns oatcakes here and some of Anne P's apple and grape jelly (Sept 09') - possibly an unlikely combination but nevertheless delicious!

    Come and join in the feast

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  • 178. At 2:12pm on 03 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I ought to add that Fifi's garlic crouton are the best in the whole wide world ... it's just that kreplach are more filling, and i'm hungry.

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  • 179. At 2:28pm on 03 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Hello again,

    Thanks for the sandcastles Fifi (not a sentence I thought I'd say this morning!)

    I am doing my best to dispell my glooms, and believe me, the Beach does help. Now, the sun is well over the half yard arm, so I'm going to have a little drinky. I'm going to mull some cider, something to warm you up on a winters day. The secret is, after the mulling has evaporated a lot of the alchol off, add a splash of apple brandy to restore the kick...

    Sorry I appear to be drooling, I'll get a towel.

    ;o) []

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  • 180. At 3:15pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

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  • 181. At 3:22pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Here you are Beachies, I've brought a dozen bottles of After-Sun, for those with sensitive skin. Help yourself.

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  • 182. At 4:47pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Yaa-aa-ay! My #163 has been put back as well. #;+)

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  • 183. At 5:07pm on 03 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    GDS (wherever), A hint: There used to be someone here who referred posters for sending too many posts too close together. He/she complained that I sent six (6, count 'em) in a row. I think they still exist, but possibly using another name.

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  • 184. At 5:23pm on 03 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    David, I thought I was hallucinating on the Tiger Woods thread. I could have sworn that a post from you appeared under a different name. But then again, I've got a bad cold, am frightfully busy, and possibly hallucinating as a result.

    Ah! A spare hammock! Perhaps I could summon up a refreshing Churchillian catnap to help me cope with the rest of the evening ...

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  • 185. At 5:32pm on 03 Dec 2009, mittfh wrote:

    If you missed the link for my (in)famous Christmas tune acronym quiz thingy earlier, I've now uploaded it in a format which can be displayed online (with no downloads), courtesy of a famous search provider.

    Hopefully, you may be able to reach it via this link: http://tr.im/Gmz9

    It contains no formulas or macros - just text.

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  • 186. At 6:39pm on 03 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    @Fifi #140

    Please, Fifi, don't be like that. I only found this place the other day, and I'm just mimicking what I see. I saw some 'weird picking on' (as you call it in your post #140) the day before. So if its OK for one to do it to others, I'm sure that one won't mind it being done to him. #;+)





    The BBC moderators have emailed me and said, "If you can rewrite your contribution to remove the problem, we'd be happy for you to post it again." So I have removed the problem, and they're happy to post it again.

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  • 187. At 7:06pm on 03 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Camel caravan is just the polite way of putting it ... trailer trash, that's what they are.

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  • 188. At 7:07pm on 03 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    GDC: Welcome to our playground! ;o)

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  • 189. At 9:47pm on 03 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Nil by mouth ... unless it's shiraz, in which case lots per mouth please!

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  • 190. At 11:43pm on 03 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    How about a Cocoa with Cointreau? My favourite chocolate orange.

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  • 191. At 4:10pm on 08 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:



    This is 61, with the typo, which claims the chicken was on grugs. which it wasn't.:



    At my super market, today, some cooked chicken in the Reduced Items section.

    " Two for 5 pounds", it, in effect, says on the packet.

    The reduced price label says the one packet (there's only one in the section) is 2 pound 25.

    I wonder idly what the original price actually was, 2.75?, 2.80? I can't see for the Reduced Price label, which I can't unpeel.

    So I walk round to the Cooked Meat section and find a stack of the self same packers (same weight, same cooking method, same chicken description, etc)

    Each one has a price sticker on it - for two pounds.

    I take both to Customer Services.
    'Is that kosher?' I ask, 'Selling THIS for 2.25 in the Reduced Section which is the first thing you see coming into the store, and selling the same stuff, but fresher, for two quid in the deep recesses of the Cooked Meat isle?'

    The flack-catcher points out to me that 2.25 means a 18.88888888 etc reduction on the intial 2.75 price ('Thanks, I wondered what that was') and, indeed a 10 per cent reduction on it's 2 for 1 price.


    Round to the coffee section where there is a BIG Special Offer dispaly. 200 grams of coffee for 4.44.

    Since I don't mind SuperMarket Floor Sweepings coffee at 49 pence per 100 grms, I get a jar of that, and seek out a 100 grm jar of the SELF SAME posh stuff 'cos the wife has refinded tastes.

    The 100 grm posh stuff jar is 2.16.

    I think 'I bet that's wrong' (My super market does a nice line in confuing packet price with price per kilo in the cheese sections)

    So I ask the coffee isle monitor.

    She says 2.16 is right. I say, 'But half of 4.44 is MORE than that'. She smiles and says 'Yes, it's cheaper' I say 'More expensive surely' But she is calling it right 'I mean the 2.16 is cheaper. You see, the 4.44 is on Special Offer. It doesn't say it's cheaper than buying two jars of 200. And it doesn't have to.'

    Hey, ho!

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