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Sequin | 07:00 UK time, Friday, 4 December 2009

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The weather is always fine on the beach, so enjoy it....

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  • 1. At 08:16am on 04 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Ah! A wonderful deserted beach with the sun just coming up and the tide coming in... think I might take my body board out & catch a few waves - anyone coming? Coffee on the bar......

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  • 2. At 08:51am on 04 Dec 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    "We will fight on the Beach!". No not really.
    Andrew Marr and Jonathon Porritt? Yes I am that sad. I name drop to make me seem interesting. But watching the former's BBC2 programme on Britain - the other Winston Churchill's famous speech - "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few..." etc was on there.
    But hearing Sir Jonathon Porrit just now on the Today programme - my only public claim to greeness was trying to save an ancient wood near where I lived from being run through by a motorway. By turning up to support more ardent locals and Sir J. It - wood - is still there and I thank Sir Jonathon for his alleged small contribution in what was in my warped mind wholly my victory alone - not! Just by me turning up for five minutes. No offence anyone who really did "save" the place.
    The background to the novel "On the Beach" by the author Nevil Shute? I will say no more.
    So Sequin - does this - The Beach - need saving from anything? I am your man - for at least 10 minutes!

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  • 3. At 09:13am on 04 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Good morning GM, Steelpulse, and any lurkers

    Freshly squeezed OJ on the Bar in those never emptying jugs.

    Now, I'm waiting for a delivery. Should be here by 10.30. Should we open a book?

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  • 4. At 09:20am on 04 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Morning everyone. Lovely new beach, getting less deserted as we come to muster. Thanks for the fresh OJ Big Sis - "open a book"? Oh, I forgot, it's the beach and we can relax into holiday mode while here.

    Time for a swim!

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  • 5. At 10:02am on 04 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Lawdy dawdy, the delivery arrived 20 minutes ago, so well within it's 'slot'. Hurrah! Now I can get on with the rest of the day.

    Just heard Richard Todd has died - and that he was one of the first people to parachute into France on D-Day. He'll always be associated with rainy Sunday afternoons watching old films, as far as I'm concerned, and he always seemed a decent, uncomplicated chap. Condolences to his family.

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  • 6. At 10:03am on 04 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    Oh lovely - a bit nippy but that coffee has warmed me up.

    Just been chatting to a german couple in real life and enquired to where they ate last night.

    'We ate on the street with two Cornish (Pay - stees) We were fed up!

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  • 7. At 10:56am on 04 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho everyone,

    Beach two days in a row, that's a recent record for me!

    Very sorry to hear about Richard Rodd passing away, a little like Big Sis somehow I always think of him in black and white. I expect a few of his classic roles will be repeated over the next week or two, perfect for a cold or rainy Sunday afternoon.

    I've brought some french toast for a last breakfast.

    ;o) []

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  • 8. At 11:18am on 04 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Hey, where did that other beach go? Coastal erosion?

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  • 9. At 11:29am on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    7 Wonko
    Thanks for the toast ... but i do hope u didn't really mean it as a last breakfast, that would surely require a full english.

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  • 10. At 11:42am on 04 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Well spotted lucien! You're quite right, a last breakfast would certainly require the full English! Mmmm, I can feel my arteries furring just thinking about it.

    I'm off for a pre lunch stomp around the dunes, I'll be back later.

    ;o) []

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  • 11. At 11:57am on 04 Dec 2009, steelpulse wrote:

    I need a sit down. This abandoned deckchair will do. Just saw Richard Todd has died! The Dam Buster lead? R.I.P. sir.
    GREYVILLE (NIGHT) 4 DECEMBER 2009 Meeting has been abandoned!
    Nowt to see here - at the Beach perhaps but after I tore my bet up in the local bookmakers - that one over there - near the Beach road - it suddenly became the Vaal meeting that had been abandoned? Tannoy guy!
    Greyville and Vaal - different South African venues. Completely different but I kept to what I first heard and it seems I was correct.
    Sorry David of Beckham I thought - was it my jeer of yesterday? But I still would make a good spokesman for stuff. Both the eyes and ears have it! Still only one weakness admitted to, Carolyn. lol
    Unless "off course" the Internet too is not voting for me and I am misled - AGAIN! An ice cream merited perhap?

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  • 12. At 12:49pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Lovely to see you again Wonko. Still not quite yourself, I see ... 'french toast' under normal Wonko circs would have had a dusting of icing sugar and been flashed under the grill, and accompanied by devilled tomatoes and finest chanterelles drenched in garlic butter (or summat).

    In fact, now that it's lunchtime, why don't I rustle up the above side dishes, plus some more of that delish chicken soup from yesterday, and for a change YOU could benefit from MY hospitality?

    * hurries off to the BBQ *

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  • 13. At 3:29pm on 04 Dec 2009, mittfh wrote:

    Anyone seen this news article:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8391774.stm

    Just ignore the article itself and scroll down to the list of presents received by readers...

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  • 14. At 3:38pm on 04 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Sorry feefs, my walk among the dunes took longer than I expected. You know how it is, you wander along, the wind in your hair (as the Big Yin would say looking all "windswept and interesting"), your mind wanders, you meet a beautiful camel... I've said too much...

    Re French Toast. Actually I'd serve it sweet and savoury; add some syruped strawberries to the side and then grind some fresh black pepper onto them. Add a little creme fraiche and a splash of vanilla and wild strawberry liquer and serve with a sprig of mint.

    ;o) []

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  • 15. At 4:01pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    That's more like it (14) Wonko! Welcome back.

    I'm just back from setting up my friend on the twittering place. Found myself waxing more lyrical than unexpected. Is it becoming a sort of cult now?

    Anyway, to get over it I've started a new and enormous sandcastle in the warm evening glow of the lights from the Nick Clarke Bar. The foundations are in, the portcullis booked, and the first of the battlements is just going up.

    Anyone care to help with some creative additions?

    * proffers bucket and spade hopefully *

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  • 16. At 5:05pm on 04 Dec 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Sid informs me that he is having problems accessing the blog - some bloggage or other. He asked that I pass on his good wishes to everyone and wants everyone to have a few drinks and put it all on his bar tab. So, who's having what?

    Actually the bit about the tab isn't true, but it'll be a surprise for him when he manages to rejoin u.

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  • 17. At 5:07pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I'm all in favour of surprises, so let me grab this large cocktail tray [pauses for mods to swallow that one...] and go around the beachfroggers taking orders. All orders are presumed to be 'large' unless otherwise stated.

    Who's first?

    ;o)

    * licks pencil *

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  • 18. At 5:20pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I'll have one of each please Fifi.

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  • 19. At 5:27pm on 04 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'm in the mood for triple margueritas tonight, Feefs!

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  • 20. At 6:06pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * scribbles hastily *

    'One of each' (greedy!) for Lucien ... check.
    'Triple margaritas (note the plural) for Big Sister ... check.

    Any more in this round before I reach for the cocktail shaker? Remember, Sid's buying!

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  • 21. At 6:12pm on 04 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    @Preston Firmlie

    Hmm thanks. An ice cream for me, please. Cornish or clotted cream if they've got it. And a choc stick. No sticky sauce though. Thank you.

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  • 22. At 6:16pm on 04 Dec 2009, GeeDeeSea wrote:

    Oooh thank you. Clotted cream. Mmmm. Delicious. And a choc flake. Mmmm. Thank you.

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  • 23. At 6:37pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    First round of, frankly, rather dull and predictable drinks is now balancing precariously on the side table. (It's Lucien's order taking up all the room ... a large one of everything proved to take up more space than I expected.)

    I am about to treat myself to an asp nibble (like a very classy snakebite, made with posh Cornish cider and champagne) ... served in a 1-litre stein.

    * licks pencil again *

    Yeuch! why do people lick pencils, I wonder? So, next drinks orders please?

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  • 24. At 6:52pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Same again please Fifi! .... and a glass of camel's milk.
    Where's Lady Sue?

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  • 25. At 7:03pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    ... and one of your nibbles.

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  • 26. At 7:17pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I'm sorry to inform you, Lucien, that my nibbles always travel in pairs.

    ;o)

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  • 27. At 7:58pm on 04 Dec 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Some bottles of warming stuff behind the bar for all cold wet fronds, along with a big plateful of Welsh rarebit, and a huge pot of coffee - can't stop (as usual!!); RL a wee bit busy. Will pop in before bed-time...

    Enjoy!
    :O)

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  • 28. At 8:14pm on 04 Dec 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    GeeDeeSea - Don't know where you got that ice cream and clotted cream from - this is strictly an alcohol and camel product only bar. Never could distinguish camel milk and Liffey Water - they both make you trumpet.

    Bushmills, Powers and Jameson are on 'buy one get one free' - but Sid doesn't know that so DO delve in.

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  • 29. At 8:26pm on 04 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Is there any Bailey's on the bar? I'd like a large one please, that Sid's sooo generous!

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  • 30. At 8:33pm on 04 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Any freebie drinks still going? Oh BLISS ! I'll have a bottle of the finest champagne as I listen to 'our very own Edward' on AQ. Not that he really is 'our very own' but you know what I mean.

    Oh dear. Boring question about Tiger and Woods to AA... who is always so rude about his own SO.

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  • 31. At 8:33pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    One large one on its way, GM.

    * produces it with a flourish *

    Did you like how I gave a wee kick with the little cocktail skirt there? I am reminding myself of 'the martini time of day' TV adverts from my yoof, when the lassie with the roller skates was delivering drinks to CARS in traffic jams at sunset...

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  • 32. At 8:40pm on 04 Dec 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Oooh, time for a little break in the busy-ness...
    Managed to squirrel away all the stocking fillers bought today in lovely old Bath.

    *holds out modest-sized glass*

    May I have a teeny little Baileys please?

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  • 33. At 8:40pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Ah, Sue, you joined us while I was messing about with the Baileys!

    A LARGE bottle of the finest champagne for you, perfectly-but-not-too chilled and served in a chilled exquisitely-proportioned champagne flute. With a disproportionately large base footprint so it won't fall over if accidentally --

    -- whoops! --

    Those two rounds of 'everything' Lucien wanted have certainly had the desired effect haven't they!

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  • 34. At 8:43pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Pickle - a generously medium sized Baileys for you. (I did say all measures are large tonight, so this is as small as I can go.) Served at the perfect temperature, with of course an after eight style wafffffur theen meent (now thinking of Mr Creosote towards the end of the Meaning Of Life) on the side.

    Next please?

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  • 35. At 8:49pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Not just yet Fifi ... there's still the Baileys direct from the udder.
    If somebody wouldn't mind sliding me under...

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  • 36. At 9:39pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Well Lucien, if you insiste.....

    * wheels Lucien under the inebriated Irish camel *

    That looks risky but I assume you know best.

    I've nearly finished my second asp nibble. Anyone else ready for a refresher yet?

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  • 37. At 10:13pm on 04 Dec 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    Think I'll pass on the Baileys if you don't mind... nothing personal, lucien. I've never had a penchant for anything from uddders, actually- bit funny like that.

    glass of my champagne, anyone?

    mxx

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  • 38. At 10:14pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * holds out a litre-capacity stein, now empty of asp nibble *

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  • 39. At 10:26pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Theer's udder's empty and the camel says it's neat whisky or nothing
    ... what d'ya reckon Fifi?

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  • 40. At 10:37pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Name it Lucien and I'll provide. Best of all Sid will pay for it!

    Just don't ask me to drink whisky .. unless it's Craglaggan??

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  • 41. At 10:40pm on 04 Dec 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Sorry, there's no whisky on offer - only whiskey.

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  • 42. At 10:41pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    No probs Preston - make mine a JD. Cheers!

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  • 43. At 10:50pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * whisks up a Jack Daniels and presents it with a flourish *

    There you go, Lucien.

    Oh, go on then.....

    * whisks up a Craglaggan, in a generous sized medium shot glass *

    Just to be sociable, dontchaknow!

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  • 44. At 10:52pm on 04 Dec 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Hmmm. Oh dear. Whilst JD does have the 'Whiskey' spelling, I didn't really mean to include it. I'll have to temporarily redefine it as West Atlantic Whiskey whilst I have a proper think.

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  • 45. At 10:55pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Oooh, pour a bit of your whiskey into mine Fifi ... we can make a new blend.

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  • 46. At 10:55pm on 04 Dec 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Thank you shoooo musch for the *hic* Baileesh Feeeeefsh...

    Beeeeen errr, teetul... errm, teeetotul for ummmm... 4 yearsh - gone shtraight to my *burp* head!!!

    Heeeee heeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!

    *flumps down in a heap under a camel, giggling like a 12 year-old who's nicked Aunty FLo's Lambrusco......*

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  • 47. At 11:05pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Chris!!! Get out from under that camel ... it's pouring whiskey all over you!

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  • 48. At 11:08pm on 04 Dec 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    I think it's cocoa time.....but I'll have rum in mine, please ;o)

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  • 49. At 11:11pm on 04 Dec 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Awww, it's good to share!

    Oh.

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  • 50. At 11:18pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Preston - I have no understanding of what JD is, having attempted to taste & like it, but succeeded only in disliking it. However the customer tonight requested JD, so JD I supplied (on Sid's tab, ha ha!) but the neverending supply at the Nick Clarke bar means there is no less available for y----- ...other persons who like it. Good thing, right?

    Lucien - I tried Craglaggan at a local hostelry when its Italian licensee was looking to get the bottle finished and it proved unexpectedly palatable. But if anything it's 'whisky' not 'whiskey' ... I hope you can see they're completely different - right?

    However, my SO has opened a 1/2bottle of Glenfiddich (known in my family for complex reasons connected with the WI and a cranachan making competition as 'cooking whisky') so I'll sneak you a glass of that while he's ("oh look, a bear!") not looking.

    Pickle - would you like some more cheap fizzy bubblebath to go with that?

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  • 51. At 11:18pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Oh indeed ... i think i can smell auntie Flo.

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  • 52. At 11:24pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Fifi - different yes, but mix them together they become one. I'm going to call my new blend Craggylucien.

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  • 53. At 11:28pm on 04 Dec 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    JD is, I think, Just Disgusting!

    I'll stick to the ole Baileys for tonight; red wine tomorrow, and gluten-free ale the night after. Nowhere near as good as the proper stuff, but I feel obliged to keep trying and trying til I like it.

    Ooohh, supper time!

    Welsh cakes, anyone? (Seem to have a bit of a nostalgic theme going on here...)

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  • 54. At 11:44pm on 04 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Yaaayyy that Bailleeesss woz scrumpyliciousssnessss! Anyworn needs meee I'lll bee een th spaarrklyy hammm'ck *hic*!

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  • 55. At 11:46pm on 04 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Pickle - can you manage with this barrel of Baileys that I've arranged next to your elbow? Just nudge the tap with your glass and ... I see you've got the hang of it already, clever frogger!

    Lucien - I'm about to resort to the 'cooking whisky' out of desperation. A dash of Craggylucien could be just the transition I need.

    Wheeeeeeeeeee!

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  • 56. At 11:58pm on 04 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I'm floating out to sea and will re-join you all when the tide washes me up in the morning.

    Night night! :o)

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

    Am I the only one hearing ELO's out of the blue track 'The Whale' at this point?

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  • 58. At 00:09am on 05 Dec 2009, ChrisThePickle wrote:

    Night Lucien
    Night Fifi
    Night John-Boy

    *ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZ*

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  • 59. At 00:24am on 05 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    * falls over, exhausted *

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  • 60. At 00:33am on 05 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    niagghhht allll.......ZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • 61. At 00:36am on 05 Dec 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Damn, here I am all fired up with non-stop Greek food and music and looking to partee on the beach - have I missed you all? Darn it. Mind you, perhaps just as well because if I even had a waaffer theen meent I would definitely do a Mr Creosote all over the place. Fabulous food, but it went on, and on, and on....then there was the joogly minibus taxi back over the hills and, oh, excuse me~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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  • 62. At 06:50am on 05 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    *tucks a cover over a sleeping, snoring Fifi who made a most excellent bar person*

    Gosh what a lot of empties and what a mess!

    *twitches nose*

    That's better. Best put the aspirin on the bar for when they all wake up.

    *steps lightly and deftly around bodies gently swaying in hammocks to the sounds of snores of different volume proportionate to the amount of whiskey consumed*

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  • 63. At 09:59am on 05 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    BigSis!!
    I need you with the wheelbarrow!

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  • 64. At 4:40pm on 05 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    This is one of the latest breakfasts I've had, not on a January 1!

    Yum.

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  • 65. At 5:04pm on 05 Dec 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    eh-up, I think I'm in....

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  • 66. At 5:16pm on 05 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    Any decent soil around here?

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  • 67. At 10:06pm on 05 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    No decent soil but best sand for miles around. SHiraz anyone?

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  • 68. At 10:54pm on 05 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Yay ... not only did I not commit an actual murder tonight but I solved the scripted one correctly!

    Somebody pour me a glass of something quick please. I cam close to being in chokey tonight!

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  • 69. At 00:24am on 06 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I have noticed a couple of regulars missing from the blog, Fifi.

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  • 70. At 00:39am on 06 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    There may be some soil for the common hawthorn, blossom, but you'd have to be quick.

    Hmmmm... a line of gently swaying hammocks.

    Night Lucien.

    Night Fifi.

    Night nikki.

    Night Stewart.

    Night John-Boy.

    ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......

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  • 71. At 02:28am on 06 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    Better quick than dead, eh?

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  • 72. At 2:56pm on 06 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Where is everyone? This place is like the 'Mary Celeste'.

    Oh well, Sunday afternoon, I'll just prepare some goodies to have with tea.

    Mmmm.... mince pies.

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  • 73. At 3:57pm on 06 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Only ghosts ...

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  • 74. At 4:03pm on 06 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    ... of Christmas past ...

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  • 75. At 4:07pm on 06 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    ... Christmas present ...

    (Thanks for the mince pies, Lady Sue)

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  • 76. At 4:10pm on 06 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    ... and. of course, Christmas yet to come.

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  • 77. At 4:28pm on 06 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Well hi there Sindy. Judging from your comment, you are a re-incarnated 'old timer'. True?

    Nearly time for a proper drink, it being Sunday... G&T anyone?

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  • 78. At 5:59pm on 06 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    A general re-quickening?

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  • 79. At 6:01pm on 06 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Oh yes please Lady Sue. I'm gasping!

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  • 80. At 6:04pm on 06 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Here Fifi - a triple especially for you.

    Sindy, if you don't mind my asking, where did you get that itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini? You have such a curvaceous figure - I'm quite pea-green with envy.

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  • 81. At 6:06pm on 06 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Why thank you, Lady Sue ... does one play beach volleyball here?

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  • 82. At 6:15pm on 06 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    I had better avoid the volleyball, for reasons clear to Linneans.

    ;-)

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  • 83. At 6:21pm on 06 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Oh yes Sindy! I was just about to suggest a game. I'll just pop my bikini on to balance the court out a bit. Fifi? Anyone else care to play?

    Very gracious of you CratMon. We wouldn't want you to prick anything. Perhaps you would be kind enough to umpire?

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  • 84. At 6:21pm on 06 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I think the volleyball had better avoid you, Mr Monogyna. You hawthorns are dashed pointy fellows!

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  • 85. At 6:24pm on 06 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

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

  • 86. At 6:31pm on 06 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Well, that's easy for you to say ...

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  • 87. At 6:38pm on 06 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Having heard that the paparazzi are now banned from a royal estate just down the road from me, I've heard their next port of call is our beach. So, perhaps I'll refrain from providing any 'bikinigate' images for tomorrow's red tops!

    I will be sporting this lovely red trouser suit, trimmed in white fluff.

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  • 88. At 8:51pm on 06 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Well, I don't know how they make beach volleyball look so easy in the Olympics ... II guess they don't have my personal* gravitational field to contend with ...

    Time for another drink, perhaps?

    *very personal, actually

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  • 89. At 9:19pm on 06 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I think you'll find beach volleyball is just easy to look at, Sindy.

    I've had some sad news tonight so I'll be turning in early rather than curdle the cocktails with my gloomy mood.

    Night all! xxx

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  • 90. At 9:36pm on 06 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Night night Fifi!

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  • 91. At 10:43pm on 06 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    night fifi.

    It is quiet tonight. Realisation that Christmas is near in RL hitting me. But had a lovelt day in Harrogate today. Bettys queue was far too long but I have brought some fat rascals back for all.

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  • 92. At 11:09pm on 06 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Thindy: "big breaths".

    Fifs... very sorry you've had bad news. Here have a whiskey/baileys/poitin mix to aid sweet dreams.

    Stewart: "lovelt" days all round.

    After that bout of Olympic standard (well double F) beach volleyball, I'm just going to slip into something more comfortable and recline into the evening. Drinks on Sid, God Bless Him. Here's to you wherever you may be... oh!

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  • 93. At 09:31am on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    'Morning, everyone. I am returned from western climes and bring with me a green parrot to enliven an otherwise dull day.

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  • 94. At 09:41am on 07 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    "Pieces of Eight!"

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  • 95. At 10:50am on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    "After Eight"?

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  • 96. At 10:56am on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Now, our parrot (the Beach parrot) has an amazing repertoire. Only last night he kept me awake reciting The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. I've had to shut him temporarily in the Soundproof Room Facility because he has now decided (following comments on the AM Glass Box) to show the range of his talent and is spouting chapter and verse Arakelov's Theory, having already gone through the theory of Plate Tectonics, Atomic Theory, Probability Theory, Giant Impact Theory, and the Theory of Relativity. When he moves onto Shakespeare, I might let him out again. ;o)

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  • 97. At 10:56am on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Incidentally, the parrot's name is Poppy.

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  • 98. At 11:04am on 07 Dec 2009, SproutGhost wrote:

    Morning Peeps, just a quick visit to let you know I am still about but snowed under with RL.

    Oh and just a reminder as the 25th looms ever closer we should be thinking of turning the sprouts down to a gentle simmer and the turkey down to 180, 160 in a fanny assisted oven!

    Sprouty

    :-)

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  • 99. At 11:06am on 07 Dec 2009, SproutGhost wrote:

    Oh and Fifi....... I do love your red trouser suit, trimmed with a white muff.

    ;-)

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  • 100. At 11:19am on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    From afar a parrot's voice:

    *Simmering sprouts Simmering sprouts Simmering sprouts*

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  • 101. At 11:23am on 07 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho.

    After a pleasant weekend, which mostly involved pickling my liver and going to an annual Crimbo quiz night, RL has hit with avengence. There are only two out of five of us in as a result of Paternity Leave, Annual Leave and Sick Leave. I'm thinking of taking Leave of my Faculties!

    ;o) []

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  • 102. At 11:51am on 07 Dec 2009, Little Red wrote:

    backspace still haven't fixed that eh?

    afternoon all! I'm back in the land of sand and sea after a prolonged lapse due to flu (possibly of the pig variety) and covering at work where other people have had flu (possibly of the pig variety).

    So what have I missed (asides from copious amounts of alcohol)?

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  • 103. At 11:57am on 07 Dec 2009, SproutGhost wrote:

    ----- dashes in! -------

    Dumps this on the bar

    ----- dashes out! -------

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  • 104. At 12:05pm on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    SG: You are straying into Eddie territory with that offering! ;o)

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  • 105. At 12:21pm on 07 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sproutmaster. No! No! No!

    Will post here or somewhere the batter recipe so you can try sprout bhajis.

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  • 106. At 12:31pm on 07 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Thanks to some late night wisdom, delivered via of all things the twittering place, I am feeling more positive again today. The prospect of leading a bit of tipsy carolsinging in a pub at the weekend is also very cheering.

    I would however like to know why there appears to be bird poo on the chaise longe inside the sound proof booth (how clever of Big Sister to pilfer it from the old set of Mr and Mrs!).

    Last of the chicken soup anyone? Little Red first, as she's not been well. :o(

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  • 107. At 1:16pm on 07 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    As chance would have it, I'm having chicken soup in RL!

    Can I have a bowl to have on the Beach too Feefs?

    ;o) []

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  • 108. At 1:46pm on 07 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    Who is this ghostly Sprout? Distant memories flicker and emerge out of the fragrant mists....

    Warm toddy anyone?

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  • 109. At 1:48pm on 07 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Not sure if fragrant is a word I would use :)

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  • 110. At 2:24pm on 07 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Wonko, I am honoured that a gastronome of your stature would want to try my soup. Please, avail yourself of the last big bowlful.

    I've decided I need a swim to warm myself up a bit. Anyone else?

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  • 111. At 2:33pm on 07 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    No swimming for me thanks, not on a full stomach. By the way the soup is delicious Feefs; the hint of tarragon sets off the chicken beautifully.

    I think I'll have that hot toddy now, I hope you used a nice fruity Speyside Cratageous.

    ;o) []

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  • 112. At 2:45pm on 07 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    Sorry, Wonko, but my roots prefer the peaty Islay soils. Hope you don't mind Lagavulin.

    Slainte

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  • 113. At 2:54pm on 07 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Not at all, or even a nice Ardbeg..?

    ;o) []

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  • 114. At 3:02pm on 07 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Did anyone else thrill to the moon, last night?

    It hung low and huge, a half moon and a half!

    Clouds smoking across it, seeming to go behind it.

    You know?

    [As seen on the M54 headed for Brum, to the right, from 8 pm on]

    PS On my way back from the Beach (True. Not to avoid a 'relevancy' mod hit)

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  • 115. At 3:14pm on 07 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    There have been many, many protests at our local super market's Xmas display which features an automated check out machine saying
    'Unexpected item in the bagging area'

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  • 116. At 4:26pm on 07 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Sprouty! Welcome back! Missed you and was getting a tad worried you'd gone off the boil, or boiled dry, or some such.

    Little Red: so glad you pointed out that 'backspace' thing. It's been annoying me too. I wonder how much the techie wizards and blog Tsars are paid and they can't fix a tiny little blip like that. Perhaps they don't know about it?

    Parrot tips for Christmas gatherings: when my nieces and nephews were learning how to talk, I taught them typical parrot phrases which, when they said them, had everyone laughing so much they repeated them again and again much to the annoyance of their doting parents.

    Beach volleyball anyone? No, didn't think so. It's nearly Pimms O'Clock - what think?

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  • 117. At 4:44pm on 07 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Top hole Lady Sue, I'll get the lemonade and glasses, you fetch the fruit and mint.

    ;o) []

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  • 118. At 4:58pm on 07 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Is there a hot version of Pimms? If so, I'm more than ready for it. I prefer mine with ginger beer in any case, which even with ice in it tastes quite peppy.

    And would Poppy partake of a peppy Pimms for PM?

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  • 119. At 5:16pm on 07 Dec 2009, davmcn wrote:

    Fifi 118, Yes, mulled wine.

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  • 120. At 5:25pm on 07 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    Ah, mulled wine - yes please David. Not a fan of Pimms, but please fill up this large glass....thanks.

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  • 121. At 5:27pm on 07 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Actually feefs, there is! There's a winter version which has move spices and orange in it, based on brandy. And I can tell you, it does the job!

    ;o) []

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  • 122. At 5:30pm on 07 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    And if you just come here Fifi ... that's it, stand next to me.
    Now you can enjoy it with a ginger beer.

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  • 123. At 5:33pm on 07 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    "Move spices"??? No thanks, I'll just have a Liffey.

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  • 124. At 6:00pm on 07 Dec 2009, Little Red wrote:

    evening all. no chicken soup for me please - I'm veggie (have i been away that long that you don't remember?). Plus by now I'm after something more substantial...

    I have jacket pots in the oven that'll be ready in an hour or so. Who wants what filling? I'm sure I could manage something sprout related if desired.

    Mundane RL afternoon was pepped up with a trip to the immigration service to get a visa for an xmas trip home. looking forward to the masses of food on offer (including sprouts which I've only seen on brochette over here), but a little concerned about my lack of tolerance for the cold. just how cold is it at the moment?

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  • 125. At 6:11pm on 07 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    * peppy Pimms for PM peppy Pimms for PM peppy Pimms for PM peppy Pimms for PM *

    {squawk!]

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  • 126. At 7:11pm on 07 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    I'm going for a beach volleyball knockabout ... just popping me stilettos on ...

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  • 127. At 7:15pm on 07 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Different topic entirely - my money's on Jesus.

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  • 128. At 7:16pm on 07 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    A winter Pimms is JUST what I need before I head out to my favourite folk club in RL. Not sure if they'll be in the festive frame of mind yet, as there's another session between now and ... ahem ... then.

    Any song requests?

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  • 129. At 7:21pm on 07 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Can you sing over the hills and far away?

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  • 130. At 7:34pm on 07 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Wonko "Top hole Lady Sue"

    Thanks very much but I didn't think they said that in polite society.

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  • 131. At 7:39pm on 07 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sindy I think I'd prefer Fifi singing "over the hills" than Sharpe or Mr BEan.

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  • 132. At 10:35pm on 07 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Sindy (129) do you think we'd still be able to hear her?

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  • 133. At 10:54pm on 07 Dec 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    I've not got a lot of time these days to browse and coment much, so I've been printing out the internet for me to read later...

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  • 134. At 10:54pm on 07 Dec 2009, nikki noodle wrote:

    ...I've had to purchase some more paper, twice.

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  • 135. At 10:56pm on 07 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    133 NikkiNoo
    The whole internet? You'll need at least two reams for that.

    :o)

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  • 136. At 11:02pm on 07 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    gossipmistress - fingers crossed, eh?

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  • 137. At 11:06pm on 07 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    #127 - Jesus made it, but only just - I wouldn't bet on them getting much further.

    Is Sid's tab still open? If so, I'll have a Negroni ...

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  • 138. At 11:38pm on 07 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Horrible day ahead of me tomorrow.

    :o(

    Night all! xx

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  • 139. At 11:38pm on 07 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I'm sure Sids tab is still open. I'll have a Macallan on him.

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  • 140. At 07:39am on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Fifi I hope your day isn't too horrible - have a glass of bucks fizz to cheer you up a bit before you depart, or a freshly brewed coffee and warm cross aunt?

    What's the 'Jesus' reference to Sindy - your bet for Eddie's interviewee yesterday? It would be topical. Nice bikini.

    Freezing in RL, lovely to escape to the beach to warm up a bit.

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  • 141. At 08:29am on 08 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Have a good day Feefs! Lady Sue I've lit a fire we can fry some bacon on!

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  • 142. At 08:47am on 08 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Glad you like the bikini Lady Sue. Hmm, looks as if it's a bit chilly here as well ... anyway, I was referring to University Challenge ...

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  • 143. At 10:17am on 08 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    Good luck Feefs. Hope it's not as bad as you were expecting.

    Off to recycle reams of paper (could they be the ones nikki has printed out?).

    ttfn.

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  • 144. At 10:21am on 08 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Backspace...

    Morning all. Lady Sue, as far as I'm concerned "top hole" is only appropriate in polite society! As it were...

    Looks like I'm on brunch duty. There are sausages, smoked back bacon, black pudding, eggs any way you like them (steady now), hash browns, grilled mushrooms, tomatoes and toast with preserves. Variety of sauces on the side, it's buffet style, so help yourself.

    In the meantime I'll put the kettle on.

    ;o) []

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  • 145. At 11:59am on 08 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Oooh Wonko, is brunch still on? That looks perfect for my lunch, taken on the hoof between cramming as much work as possible into the morning (nearly gone - morning I mean!) and dashing out in the afternoon for a couple of what I anticipate will be two unpleasant and depressing meetings in RL this afternoon.

    I made some more soup on Sunday ... carrot and tomato, with lots of herbs. The pot is just warming over the BBQ, and the bowls are warming up.

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  • 146. At 12:16pm on 08 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Yes, plenty of brunch still keeping warm Feefs, help yourself. Best of luck with those meetings.

    I'm going to have a quiet moment in the purple hammock if it's free, it's been rather a busy morning!

    ;o) []

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  • 147. At 12:39pm on 08 Dec 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    I'm about to spring into action in RL, mind you, I've been saying that since 11 am and I see it's nearly lunchtime - darn interweb, it's a lifesucker, non?

    So perhaps I could delay a tad longer and enjoy some of that marvellous looking Wonko Brunch.
    *Wonko Brunch! Wonko Brunch! Wonko Brunch" heard faintly

    Feefs - all the best to you for this afternoon.

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  • 148. At 12:54pm on 08 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    vAL,

    • "darn interweb, it's a lifesucker, non?"

    Oui!

    (off to make a couple of holly wreaths, using locally gathered sustainable natural materials....Dumpty dumpty dumpty dum; dumpty dumpty dum....

    ;-

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  • 149. At 1:53pm on 08 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Treehouse: I'd never put you down as an Archers fan, well well! ;o)

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  • 150. At 3:22pm on 08 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    The kids today
    Don't know hte diff
    Between a toon and a meaningless chant
    So let's get o nthew roof of a London taxi
    And teach 'em how to dance!

    A song of mine (!) (Most of them are mild rock)

    I've found the film.

    It's at

    http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=75864

    I googled Charleston, kingsway taxi, pathe to find it.

    Santos Casint and Josie Lennard, but some exquisite other dancing too.

    Prepare though for a distressing 'They Shoot Horses Dont They' 5 seconds.


    Otherwise pure delight.

    Victor Sylvester spans the years.

    He taught the twist on Come Dancing. He was the sleb. By then sadly he appeared a little corsetted, but this shows him a bril. hoofer! (His elderly version of 'Things... really humming' made yoof think it was evidently a dance for them!!!!)

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  • 151. At 3:53pm on 08 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    And why would you put down Archers fans?

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  • 152. At 4:26pm on 08 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    To stop them suffering needlessly?

    ;o) []

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  • 153. At 4:38pm on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    backspace

    Wonko, "There are sausages, smoked back bacon, black pudding, eggs any way you like them (steady now)". Thank goodness you didn't list those in reverse order. Seems like you are standing in for Sprouty and will soon have your very own naughty step. Did the naughty veranda ever get finished? No, typical builders.

    GM, lovely beach bonfire! Just what's required.

    Uni Challenge was good last night, though I scored abysmally.

    Fifi, hope your day was better than expected. I'll just rustle up a jug of Pimms and get some G&Ts in readiness for 5PM. Anyone?

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  • 154. At 4:40pm on 08 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Yes please Lady Sue, one of each. And a drink.

    ;o) []

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  • 155. At 4:40pm on 08 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Sindy (142) Bearded men shouldn't wear bikinis. Just thought I'd tell you. ;o)

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  • 156. At 5:13pm on 08 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Would you like to borrow my razor, Sindy?

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  • 157. At 5:53pm on 08 Dec 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    CratMon - watch out for that Vicky....

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  • 158. At 5:53pm on 08 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    *Beardy man Beardy man Beardy man*
    squawk

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  • 159. At 6:02pm on 08 Dec 2009, Poppy the Parrot wrote:

    Whatever next! a human that sounds like a parrot. Art imitating art?

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  • 160. At 6:35pm on 08 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Down at my local super market (where the chicken isn't cooked over coke braziers, or on drugs or boiled in cola, honestly)


    Won't name it of course. But it 'as ter be one or other of them.


    Met a mate and had coffee. Banged on about markets being dead easy.


    Then remembered it all........


    Was in Beachtown at the weekend (No walking, no jogging, no swimming. Felt much better for it.).....

    At the bank had to plug in my pin number three times. Each time it said 'Pin Number Wrong'. The bank bloke was sympathetic but....
    Then I realised it wasn't the pin that was wrong it was the card - credit instead of debit. Early onset obviously. The feeble 'Wrong card right number' joke didn't change the look of deep sympathy in the nice bank bloke's eyes......

    Then, last night. Ah, last night. Mmm. At the local auction. My eye on about 14 lots.
    Some I obviously got right (hooray!) - records and furniture people were prepared to pay hundreds for. But even that was failure. I was prepared to bid a fiver.

    I'd noted down three bric - brac lots. I got all three. One of them I'd written the number down wrong and one of them I just hadn't looked at closely enough.
    Rubbish is not the word. This was stuff they wouldn't even smile at you for giving it to them for an OAP-supporting jumble sale church hall bazaar.

    Then I found I'd bought the wrong painting too

    Somehow I couldn't continue the disquisition on the economics of information being just like that for every other commodity.

    The temptation to claim the lemon I bought by mistake is a mazeratti is enormous.

    Or to join the ring of artists and dealers and private collectors with daubs to sell and the power to tell banksters their price AND sell them them, knowing they're banksters and are in the ring, is overwhelming.

    He felt so sorry for me, he insisted on paying for the coffeee.

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  • 161. At 7:11pm on 08 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Thanks for sharing that ete ... well-written, concise and interesting to others.

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  • 162. At 7:55pm on 08 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    backspace

    Sindy, take no notice. In some cultures bodily hairiness is considered attractive in a woman.

    Lucien, I'm sure EtE offered his comment with the best of intentions and is "doing nothing wrong by raising the issue". ;o)

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  • 163. At 8:02pm on 08 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    LS:

    "Sindy, take no notice. In some cultures bodily hairiness is considered attractive in a woman."

    Aren't you making a rather big assumption? ;o)

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  • 164. At 8:04pm on 08 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I think Sindy is walking around with two large assumptions.

    ... off to the naughty step.

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  • 165. At 8:27pm on 08 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    "In some cultures bodily hairiness is considered attractive by a woman."

    Anyway - it's having a beard that stops people staring so much when I'm topless.

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  • 166. At 9:00pm on 08 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    165 Sindy
    Are your whiskers long enough to cover your embarrassment?

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  • 167. At 9:09pm on 08 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    161.

    Cheers.

    Did you get the photographs of a standing squatting sheep and a block house from the Hebrides, from Eddie, related to the Island Story I told on the previous Beach, that you and Big Sister expressed such kindly interest in?

    No photo of a coffee cup available, I'm afraid, (;-(. (Ho, ho!)

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  • 168. At 9:13pm on 08 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    I think sindy's whiskers can cover most of the naughty steps embarrasment.

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  • 169. At 10:47pm on 08 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    My whiskers cover a multitude of sins, Stewart. My own and others'.

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  • 170. At 10:58pm on 08 Dec 2009, Stewart_M wrote:

    Sindy I'm not going to do any sinning under your whiskers!

    That Naughty step is going to be busy these next few weeks.

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  • 171. At 11:31pm on 08 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Watch out, Sindy - Poppy the Parrot is rather fond of nesting under whiskers!

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  • 172. At 11:40pm on 08 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    And, Sindy, you do have a rather lovely plumage.

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  • 173. At 10:38am on 09 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Oooooh ... so she is! Hello, Poppy!

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  • 174. At 11:08am on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I don't normally like cake but a friend suggested it and now I want some. Where is Valery Pedant when you need her?

    * hunts through hammock cushions and behind bar for cake *

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  • 175. At 11:15am on 09 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Fifi, here's a selection of cake-goodies for you and everyone else. Not too late for 'elevenses', is it?

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  • 176. At 11:16am on 09 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    Never too late for elevenses, Lady Sue. Thanks

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  • 177. At 11:29am on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Ah, elevenses. That'll do nicely. Thanks for the cake-goodies Lady Sue. Does anyone mind if I scoff the lot??

    ;o)

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  • 178. At 11:30am on 09 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Fifi, you'll have to be quick - Poppy's already got his eye on them!

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  • 179. At 11:38am on 09 Dec 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Let's have Bailey's in our coffee, eh?

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  • 180. At 1:38pm on 09 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    S.O. made mince pies yesterday. I'm impressed. The filling was a jar of mincemeat (nearly full) that I found in the fridge dating from last year! Out of shame & economy, I "revived" it with extra cherries, spice, fruit, apple, wine, orange peel & I'm told it's better than last year's. Extra-super-ultimate-luxury fruit mince pies, anyone?...

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  • 181. At 2:01pm on 09 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    annasee, perhaps for afternoon tea?

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  • 182. At 2:07pm on 09 Dec 2009, U14138029 wrote:

    Can I have one with a candle in the middle, for my birthday?

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  • 183. At 2:21pm on 09 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Happy Birthday Preston! I've melted down the wax from (ahem!) 30 candles and made them into one big one for you. Take a big breath and make a wish...................................

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  • 184. At 2:22pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    All together now:

    "Happy birthday two ewes............."

    ;o)

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  • 185. At 2:46pm on 09 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    Happy birthday, PF.

    The big three oh!

    A single candle.

    Well, as the old ditty has it

    'All the nice girls
    Love a candle...'

    You may have to give it to Sindy if it gets too hot.


    But don't confuse racing them with riding them. Remember what happened between them and the Sphinx
    'Which accounts for the humps on the camels'
    Rumour has it they have planned a sandpapery passage for anyone confusing them with sheep and playing the raw prawn Outback style.
    (Where the joke is, the newcomer always picks the ugly one)

    Going south for the birthday binge, when the tax on booze is reduced there?

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  • 186. At 2:50pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    EtE, I wouldn't take the candle count on Preston's cakelet too literally. Although I suspect there might be an *anniversary* of his 30th birthday involved, technically speaking...

    ;o)

    Kipper risotto, anyone? Lots of garlic and parsley in it, and cayenne.

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  • 187. At 3:10pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I have it on slightly shaky authority that the drinks are on the birthday boy today. Hurray!

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  • 188. At 3:11pm on 09 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    "You may have to give it to Sindy if it gets too hot."

    I remember a dashing young man giving me one ... thought that was a long time ago.

    Happy Birthday, O Numbered One!

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  • 189. At 3:20pm on 09 Dec 2009, Gillianian wrote:

    Happy Birthday, Preston xx

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  • 190. At 3:29pm on 09 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    Oooo errr Preston's become a number! (Hope that's not his age)

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  • 191. At 3:57pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Repeat after me: "I am not a number ... I am a free man ... I am NOT a number ..."

    >:o(

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  • 192. At 4:03pm on 09 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    So let me get this straight - any reference to the town of Preston and affirmative action is likely to get us modded? How can that possibly make sense?

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  • 193. At 4:13pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I can feel a Victor Meldrew tantrum coming on...

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  • 194. At 4:33pm on 09 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Happy Birthday Preston!

    Whatever number you be,
    you're always number one with me!

    [Well, almost]

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  • 195. At 4:35pm on 09 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    Happy Birthday, Preston. I have made a very large chocolate cake fit to be cut into 14138029 pieces.

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  • 196. At 4:37pm on 09 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Preston, Happy Birthday! Why is it you have "become a number"? Apart from your mystery birthday number, of course.

    Fifi, you are going to be the envy of Letitia Cropley.

    Is it time? Is it time...

    *moves towards lemon tree*

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  • 197. At 4:48pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    .. but first, a brew-up.

    One great big pot of plain old builder's tea is now on the Nick Clarke bar. An array of mugs, cups and saucers, bowls and straws available to choose from.

    Shame there's none of Sue's cake left - but I've set out the cheeseboard. The smoked Red Leicester with sprouts is particularly mature.

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  • 198. At 5:10pm on 09 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    Happy birthday U! I didn't realise you'd been torpedoed too.
    Some submarines find it possible to sign in, but not to post....but then there's virtualisation,

    Peace be with you

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  • 199. At 7:01pm on 09 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Thank you, Mr Hawthorn.

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  • 200. At 7:13pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Welcome, Ivor. Like the cut of your jib, sir!

    Have some birthday cake. There's just one sliver left....

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  • 201. At 7:18pm on 09 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Where's my cake and whose round is it?

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  • 202. At 7:22pm on 09 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    I said to my brother, 'Your round', and he said 'So are you, you fat ...'

    Eat your cake before Spooks!

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  • 203. At 8:06pm on 09 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    (backspace)

    Oooohhhh Sindy! I know that one.

    Ivor - another incantation, this time with (birthday) candles and incense? Not that I want to make you cross, you understand.

    OK, tonight I'm going to watch Spooks and see if I can see what you all see in it. The only thing I can see in it is, isn't she Your One who plays in that Ashes to Ashes 'Back to the Future' programme? Love her 1980s gear and think she is the bravest actress in the business to wear it with such aplomb. Maybe not same one but I wanted to make the point anyway.

    More vino collapso anyone?



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  • 204. At 8:10pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I'm on the wagon tonight Sue, after overindulgence last night getting over a truly grim and draining day. However I'll slurp a delicious redbush tea while you're getting moroculous on the collapso, and sneak you a bit of the chocolate my SO stupidly let slip he'd put in the fridge before going out to bellringing practice...

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  • 205. At 8:26pm on 09 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Lady Sue (203)- Incantation or incarnation? Probably both actually.

    I wouldn't bother with Spooks if I were you. It requires too much dismissal of reality - and that's from me who quite liked Ashes to Ashes.

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  • 206. At 8:40pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Oh come on... Spooks is just preposterous plot lines, lovely lighting and Richard Armitage getting his top off. What's not to like? You'll be expecting CSI to give an accurage portrayal of life in a crime lab next!

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  • 207. At 8:51pm on 09 Dec 2009, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    bloody backspace!

    Evening all, and happy birthday to the submarine. Just popped in for a quick hello/goodbye, let everyone know I'm still about. Will pop in again when I get a chance.

    hello goodbye, hello goodbye, hello goodbye {SQUAWK}

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  • 208. At 8:56pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Nice to see you, Mr Wrath. Do pop in again soon!

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  • 209. At 9:01pm on 09 Dec 2009, The Wrath Is Come wrote:

    backspace

    Hang on, CSI doesn't give an accurage portrayal of life in a crime lab? I thought it was a documentary ;-)

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  • 210. At 9:14pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I don't have to backspace any more! I was about to comment that, if you don't backspace, when the posting appears it's been done for you... and the little blighter was already doing it.

    Some things are just no fun any more...

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  • 211. At 9:48pm on 09 Dec 2009, Poppy the Parrot wrote:

    *squawk* Pieces of cake Pieces of cake Pieces of cake

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  • 212. At 10:17pm on 09 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Hi all, especially Ivor. Though I don't recognise your name, I feel sure we've met before...
    Just back from our final ceramics class. Clutching a box-full of earnest artistic endeavours. His, mine, hers. Several vases, trays, and tiles/coasters. Painted tonight, having been fired last week. SO is currently photographing them, in order that we can put pictures in our Xmas letter to unfortunate friends & family & they can go "Thank heavens we're too far away for them to post us any of that stuff" when they see them. Another mother, having limited success with decorating her vase, said "I'm going to give it as a Xmas present" & when I asked who to, said "Someone I don't like"!

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  • 213. At 10:23pm on 09 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Annasee, we could use your fine ceramic wares in the Nick Clarke bar. So much more durable than ordinary glasses and trays and stuff ... please may I have a serving of strawberry milkshake in the item of your choice?

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  • 214. At 10:35pm on 09 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

    So lady Sue, what did you make of Spooks? Bit violent, that episode wasn't it? This series isn't as good as the last by a long chalk. Nice eye candy though? Are you a Lucas or a Tariq girl?

    Glad you are still able to share your birthday with us on the beach Mr Grype.... it wouldn't be the same without your bare cheek on the naughty step.

    And now, a glass to friends in need of help & support - and make it a large one if Ivor's paying

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  • 215. At 10:44pm on 09 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Happy Birthday Mr Firmlie!

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  • 216. At 10:59pm on 09 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Gosh where to start? Oh! The backspace has disappeared - Spooky (no pun intended).

    Fifi, I've jhad more jthan enough vino jcollapso (that pesky 'j' keeps popping in there, despite my best jefforts) for the both of us.

    Ivor@205: attempt at witticism to do with candles, incense and incantations/ incarnations. Hope you've had a great day. It's not every day one turns 75. I was a tad disappointed with 'Spooks'.

    Fifi and Mr. Wrath: I used to enjoy CSI before Horatio became like the slow motion, perpetual meaningful-look-on-his-face character, with the sunlight 'just so' across his features and before I saw that he got shot in a later episode and died ... now I just keep waiting for that bullet. He's so smug a lot of the time, I nearly want it to happen.

    GM... Lucas or Tariq - gosh, that's a tough one. They are both rather lovely. Wasn't Lucas Your One who married Herself in 'Vicar of Dibley'? Was wildly out earlier about Your Woman who's in 'Ashes to Ashes' - latter is lovely and wears her 1980s clothes with style and enviable panache.

    I second your glass for friends in need of support - esp. if Ivor's paying, or Sid (where's he got to?).

    Cheers, Happy Birthday, Slainte and tiddlypoms*!

    *No disrespect to the English.

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  • 217. At 11:16pm on 09 Dec 2009, pmmolly wrote:

    happy birthday to the naughty numbered one !
    Rather a lot of 'ladies' on the beach tonight. I hope I'm not the wallflower when the dancing begins.;-(

    what is this talk about 'back spacing'? A barn dance, perhaps? cushion puffing on the 'step'?

    Fifi (197) I read your posating as 'chessboard'- I am a twerp!!!!

    Lots of *very* wellbehaved camels on the beach tonight. Wonder why ,poor things....

    mxx

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  • 218. At 11:34pm on 09 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Fifi, I very much fear that should you be so unwise as to place strawberry milkshake in any of the aforementioned ceramic items, you could soon find it dripping on your shoes. Apparently none of this stuff is waterproof. So "vase" in the purely-ornamental sense of the word. You may peruse pics of these extraordinary objects in another place, and, should you have any friends you don't like, place an order (with cheque) for gift-wrapping and despatch by return of post.

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  • 219. At 00:41am on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Lady Sue (205) - "It's not every day one turns 75." How very dare you? I'm not even that reversed.

    Annasee (212)- I haven't a baldy who I am either.

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  • 220. At 01:02am on 10 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

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

  • 221. At 01:11am on 10 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

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

  • 222. At 01:45am on 10 Dec 2009, jonnie wrote:

    OH i hope the mods will reinstate that poem?

    Just a few words from Joyve Grenfell - with the credits at the end!

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  • 223. At 08:26am on 10 Dec 2009, gossipmistress wrote:

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

  • 224. At 08:59am on 10 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Anyone care to join me for an early lunchtime whiskie?

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  • 225. At 09:02am on 10 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    I'm with you, Lucien - will it be from the St. George's Distillery?

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  • 226. At 09:08am on 10 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Yes .... I've got my hands on a bottle of Ingerlitch.

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  • 227. At 09:15am on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Right!
    Where's the cooked breakfast then?
    Who was supposed to tidy up the bar after last night?
    Has nobody started the coffee?
    Who drunk all the orange juice.

    Sorry that's several gripes. I'll stick to just one. Who replaced the Bushmills whiskey with this odd smelling stuff from England?

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  • 228. At 09:17am on 10 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    What ho!

    Belated Birthday greetings to Preston, hope you had a good day.

    If there's any of that Scottish juice going spare Lucien I'd love a drop thanks - purely for medicinal reasons, of course.

    ;o) []

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  • 229. At 09:21am on 10 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    ... and I have a bottle of English armagndpit brandy distilled from the finest fermented gripes.

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  • 230. At 09:23am on 10 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Please help yourself Wonko ... mix and match if you like.

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  • 231. At 09:24am on 10 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Mr. Grype, there is Bushmills aplenty in 'the usual place'. And I've put a case of Chapter Six, from St. George's, which I managed to smuggle out of Norfolk, for a tasting this evening. (By the way, it's going to become increasingly difficult to knock Norfolk if the whisky's as good as Jim Murray says!)

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  • 232. At 09:25am on 10 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Btw, Lucien, it is good to see you here - and elsewhere, if you've time.

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  • 233. At 09:34am on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Morning Wonko. Preston told me that he enjoyed himself so much on his birthday yesterday that he feels like a whole new person. I'm covering for him whilst he discovers exactly who he is.

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  • 234. At 10:41am on 10 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Ivor - I have that trouble every day!

    Thanks for the "water of life" Lucien, I prefer it as it comes from the bottle. I've brought a rather nice Caol Isla to add to the growing collection.

    Somebody tell me when I can go home, I've had enough of work today...

    ;o) []

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  • 235. At 12:11pm on 10 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    Wonko (234) : I hereby

    * arcane waving of arms *

    absolve you of all further work today, and condemn you to spend the rest of it lounging in the bar/BBQ area of the Beach experimenting with drinks and nibbles for the rest of us.

    You have your orders!

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  • 236. At 12:59pm on 10 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Molly the 'backspace' mystery seems to be resolved but, hitherto, when one started to type in the 'comment box' the cursor always appeared one space in, which meant the observant would 'backspace' before starting to type. It didn't seem to matter if one didn't but one felt compelled to. They've fixed it. Perhaps it's only a matter of time before they bring back 'Recent Comments'.

    As good whiskey seems a new requirement at the bar, I've brought some Jamesons, Powers and Paddy.

    Ivor (apologies for getting your age wrong yesterday - silly of me to be so wildly out, I blame the keyboard). Isn't 'Bushmills' a *shudder* blend?

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  • 237. At 1:13pm on 10 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    Backspace - well, they haven't fixed it for me...

    Thanks for your absolution (is that right?) Feefs, please note I am now doing as ordered and lounging in the bar with a drink in my hand.

    I love the Beach!

    ;o) []

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  • 238. At 1:29pm on 10 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    Thanks Lady_Sue!
    I'll have a Jamesons and a bet on the 2pm at Huntingdon

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  • 239. At 2:28pm on 10 Dec 2009, Fifi wrote:

    I have been trying really hard to like whisky. As a Scot in exile, I have known for years it is my cultural and racial duty but simply couldn't get past the petrol-like smell and TCP-like flavour.

    However, running out of alternatives and SO foolishly having opened a modest flagon of the cooking whisky (Glenfiddich is known as cooking whisky in my family, for reasons to do with the WI and a cranachan-making competition my Mum didn't even win) ... I find I can now sip the cratur with every appearance of quite enjoying it.

    Would you like me to show you?

    * looks hopeful *

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  • 240. At 2:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    backspace

    ooops, not fixed here either. I must be doing it automatically!

    Lucien, here you go.

    [time delay]

    Did you win? Did you win? Will you be getting the next round?

    Fifi, I spent lots of time in Scotland near the villages of Dufftown and Craigellachie (you have to be Scottish to be able to pronounce that!), right in the heart of the whisky making area. Every little pub had several bottles of locally produced whisky which hardly ever made mainstream sales. Such delights *sigh* but this is by way of suggesting that Glenfiddich, while a very popular whisky and no disrespect, is not IMHO one of the better varieties. Have you tried Macallan (one of my favs) or Laphroaig (wonderfully peaty)? There are so many and so different... I think your Ma might have had something with the 'cooking whisky'. Try a different one - treat yourself! You can always use Glenfiddich to make a hot whisky ( a good shot with lemon studded with cloves, teasp. sugar and hot water).

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  • 241. At 3:36pm on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Lady Sue - All three of Jamesons, Powers and Paddy are produced in the same distillery in Midleton, Cork. It also produces the grain whiskey that is blended in Bushmills. Jamesons, Powers and Paddy are also blends and I assume make use of the same grain whiskey.

    Jamesons, like most Irish whiskeys, is distilled three times. Scotch is distilled just twice. That and the fact that Irish whiskey uses a mixture of malted and unmalted or 'green' grain, means that it is much smoother than Scotch whisky.

    Jamesons produce a Pure Pot Still whiskey (unblended) - Jamesons's 15 Year Old, and Bushmills produce two Single Malt Whiskey - 10 year and 16 year old.

    As for the spirit in a good hot whiskey, nothing beats Coleraine, again produced by Bushmills. But I'm biased!

    By the way, the reason there is the extra 'e' in Irish whiskey is due to a decision by Irish and American distillers, around about 1870, to distinguish their products from the very poor and cheap spirits flooding the market from Scottish distilleries using the Coffey still.

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  • 242. At 3:46pm on 10 Dec 2009, Crataegus Monogyna wrote:

    There's no such thing as bad whisky (Teachers excepted), but some are definitely better than others. You can't go wrong on Islay.

    (holds glass uncritically)
    ;-)

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  • 243. At 4:13pm on 10 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    I've been to Craigellachie, in fact I stayed at the hotel there. Jolly pleasant weekend it was too, not that I remember much about it. I've also been to Dufftown and Elgin more than once. In fact I've had to be poured out of more than my share of distillery tours in that region!

    Mmmm... distillery tour...

    ;o) []

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  • 244. At 4:15pm on 10 Dec 2009, Wonko wrote:

    And I agree, there's no such thing as a bad malt, it's all down to personal taste as far as I'm concerned. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink Glenfiddich, but I certainly drink a glass of it if offered.

    ;o) []

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  • 245. At 4:17pm on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Mr Hawthorn & Lady Sue - There was an 18 year old Macallan on the Beach some time ago. As I recall the last sighting was in the company of AnneP. I wonder what happened to him.

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  • 246. At 4:37pm on 10 Dec 2009, Anne P wrote:

    Hands off!

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  • 247. At 4:40pm on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Yep, I think I remember him shouting that.

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  • 248. At 5:05pm on 10 Dec 2009, Sindy wrote:

    Wonko - no such thing as a bad malt? Have you ever tried Sarsons?

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  • 249. At 5:26pm on 10 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    Sounds like we'd better organise the next frogfest very near a distillery! Highland gathering, anyone?

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  • 250. At 5:27pm on 10 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    ... or Norfolk, Annasee? ;o)

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  • 251. At 5:31pm on 10 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    Gosh Ivor! I am impressed. After our whiskey discussion on the Beach I included a 'booze cruise' when I went for a swim (RL) and saw that Bushmills did indeed have a single malt. I was ready to do an apologetic grovel on return and am now most impressed by the information you have so kindly imparted beyond this. Amazed all those whiskeys produced in the same place as they have such different tastes.

    Mr. Hawthorn, isn't Islay where Macallan hails from? There are some superb whiskeys from there. Lucky devil.

    Wonko, did you go to the Glengrant distillery? If you happened to see the video that starts the visitor tour you will have seen Moi dressed up as Victorian version of the Major's wife, serving drams to guests and being escorted to the secret safe hidden in the cliffside. I'm sure, if you saw all 15 seconds of me in it, it's burned on your memory!

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  • 252. At 8:06pm on 10 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    I just love those iPlayer adverts on TV, with Stephanie Beacham and M. LeRoux.

    Where can I see them over and over again?

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  • 253. At 8:25pm on 10 Dec 2009, GotToTheEnd wrote:

    When you discuss whisk(e)y and other delightful tipples, I always remember Robert Altman's The Wedding and the doctor trying to fortify all the guests before announcing the bride's grandmother has died in the midst of things. (The wedding is v. upmarket and takes place entirely in the family mansion. The old lady is upstairs in bed)

    'Here, have a drink' he says to a guest looking innocuous - like a humourless Roland Rivron in his glasses

    'I don't drink' says 'Rivron'

    'What?'

    'I don't drink, ever'

    The doctor looks at him, stonily amazed.

    'You mean, when you get up in the morning, you feel like that all day?'

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  • 254. At 9:55pm on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Is it 20 or 30?

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  • 255. At 9:56pm on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Well, that proves it - it's 20.

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  • 256. At 9:59pm on 10 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I heard it was 75.
    ;o)

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  • 257. At 10:09pm on 10 Dec 2009, annasee wrote:

    So the party's at the Glengrant Distillery then, I guess. Then we can watch Lady Sue on the big screen as well. Perhaps we could hire a coach & go on a tour of several distilleries...That would save on accommodation. "Jush keep drivin, driver. On to the nex' one"

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  • 258. At 10:11pm on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    Lucien, that's the answer to a totally different question. I might suggest that it is the correct guess to Big Sister's age but then that would be an awful calumny as she will no doubt attest. In fact 20 is the number of posts that you have to make to break out of premoderation.

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  • 259. At 10:27pm on 10 Dec 2009, lucien desgai wrote:

    I have it on good authority that BigSis will be 12 and a half next birthday.

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  • 260. At 10:34pm on 10 Dec 2009, U14250170 wrote:

    lucien - I'd move to a different authority if I were you.

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  • 261. At 10:54pm on 10 Dec 2009, ValeryP wrote:

    Oh look, I still have the backspace issue too (I tried to replicate it, but got told that my comment began with some HTML that had been mistyped - rubbish)

    SO, being English, disliked Whisky heartily until sometime in the late 70s (having lived in Edinburgh since 1970) someone introduced him to Longmorn Glenlivet - since then he's never looked back :o)

    Good grief, Thursday already and I've missed Ivor's birthday - we could perhaps share in this Christmas Cake I bought today. Yes, yes, heap coals upon my head, and then repeat after me "I am not Nigella, I am not perfect, I do not bake my own Christmas cake...."


    Now, rubbish pottery - that I AM good at, I did an evening class 20 years ago and still have all the bits and bobs - they were so darn sturdy that nothing will rid me of them. Well, the thing we set fire to in a dustbin full of sawdust is kind of flaking - what was that called again, anyone? Not reiki, sounded like that.

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  • 262. At 11:02pm on 10 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Raiku, Val, I believe.

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  • 263. At 11:21pm on 10 Dec 2009, Big Sister wrote:

    Or even Raku. ;o)

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  • 264. At 11:47pm on 10 Dec 2009, Lady_Sue wrote:

    annasee, while I like the idea of the bus tour, my screen appearance is as brief as it is rubbish so hardly worth the effort! Perhaps we could simply continue to enjoy the delights of the whisk(e)y varieties here instead?

    ValP: why do we have to heap coals on your head? Is this some strange local custom about which I am not yet familiar? I know the one about 'first footing' in Scotland and bringing a piece of coal but this is definitely a new one on me (or on you). I rather like Nigella - she's gorgeously sexy, not a stick insect and seems to have a delightful sense of humour.

    Nightcap anyone? We seem to have an outstanding selection of whisk(e)ys at the bar.

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