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Calmer waters today (very calm on the blog yesterday!) and happy with that.  Child 2 back safely berthed at home and tales and photos of travels will dominate conversation for quite a while. Those days of sending the film off to the chemist and waiting a week or two for the results to come back are from another era. We've skyped and facetimed and downloaded to the extent that we feel we have been a part of the travels. She missed the months of foul weather perfectly and has arrived in time for a country in bloom (if showery now here). When child 1 finishes at Uni, we might even be 5 again; so much for the empty nest!

So today we have former Home Secretary Alan Johnson who has written a memoir of his childhood 'This Boy' to extraordinarily favourable reviews. It isn't really political at all but a story of post war poverty in 1950s Notting Hill Gate.  2 women dominate; his mother who battled poor health and loneliness and his sister who took on the role of mother when she was only 16. Alan is i think one of those politicians who most people like and warm too, hear him after 6.

And oldies please for the return of The Apprentice last night and the latest parade of 'entrepreneurs' you wouldn't want anywhere near your house or family.

Have an uplifting and reassuring Wednesday, see you after 5

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  • Comment number 91. Posted by Stressed Erica

    on 9 May 2013 08:44

    Apart from the one I just tweeted ;-)

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  • Comment number 90. Posted by Jennie Wren

    on 9 May 2013 08:40

    Good morning good bloggers - the sun is shining but we've rain forecast for this morning. We really want to get out there and plant something! We'll be harvesting at Chr****as at this rate!

    Well done, Sir and Lady C - hope everything goes well tomorrow and it isn't too stressful.

    I know how you feel, Shona - if only......................

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  • Comment number 89. Posted by Stressed Erica

    on 9 May 2013 08:40

    Sir Alex Ferguson oldies today. Think I might sit this one out.

    Blue moon, you saw me standing alone.....

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  • Comment number 88. Posted by Sir Cumference

    on 9 May 2013 08:15

    Morning all. Already been at work for a couple of hours as tomorrow is the big move and I want to leave early to get the last few bits and bobs done.

    Yesterday evening I took up all the old carpets from the top floor and two staircases, whilst Lady C put the rolled up strips into heavy duty bin bags ready to take to the local refuse centre. The estimator for our new carpet had quoted for half a day to take it up and dispose of it, for the best part of £400. We did it in just over an hour, including the trip to the refuse centre!

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  • Comment number 87. Posted by Tartan Queen Shona

    on 9 May 2013 08:01

    Good Morning All

    A bright start to the day but rain clouds are looming.

    Feeling a bit gutted today at winning £10 on the lottery and only 1 number out with each of the other 3 numbers ;(

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  • Comment number 86. Posted by Queen_Autumn

    on 9 May 2013 07:22

    Morning all

    Still sunny here at the moment, but it's not due to last. Another busy day in prospect and an evening production means little time for blogging or listening (yet again!).

    The good news from yesterday was that I didn't need a crown and an ugly old filling has been replaced by a much less obvious white one (if I didn't hate the process so much, I'd get the other couple replaced too). So I "saved" nearly £400 - yay!

    However the rest of the day was less good .... mostly I don't worry about these things, but some people can be very unpleasant..... :-/

    Anyway - I hope everyone is well and thriving :)

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  • Comment number 85. Posted by Jilly

    on 8 May 2013 21:52

    Hello lovelies

    Things have been hectic. There is a big out-law wedding on Saturday and life is a little tense!

    Me trying to hide and profess disinterest and ignorance isn't working too well.

    That explains my absence somewhat.

    Have, delightfully, managed to catch most of this week's 'episodes'.

    I even contributed briefly to tonight's. Amongst the chaos my freezer took it upon itself to spontaneously defrost today. Not amusing. Tom wanted acting ability; Lord alone knows how my manic utterance came across.

    Cameras - I bought the Canon Sureshot (same as Flo) for a lovely discount at Gatwick before flying to Rome as my sweet little Panasonic Lumix was giving up the ghost. Absolutely love it!
    20 x zoom on a little pocket thing, great stuff.

    When I get 10 minutes I WILL say something about Rome - it was just too wonderful not to.

    Phones - I, too, am in love with my iPhone - although I have heard only good things about the Samsung Galaxies.

    Welcome back Erica x And hello to all newcomers - you've stumbled on a fine little spot here in the web o' sphere!

    The only redeeming feature of Alan Sugar is that he is a Spurs fan, like myself and his Lordship Ammo - I guess us kindred few should stick together, although I won't take it as far as watching those idiots on that programme - it brings out a violent streak in me!

    There is surely lots more? I think the Shiraz may have demolished those thoughts.

    Catch up again soon xxx

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  • Comment number 84. Posted by amelia

    on 8 May 2013 20:51

    When I say his Lordship I mean our Lord Ammo of course and not the one from that ghastly programme - just for the avoidance of doubt; as if I would be following him on twitter ;-)

    Yes, I am procrastinating and yes I do have things I should doing ;-)

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  • Comment number 83. Posted by amelia

    on 8 May 2013 20:44

    Annie ~ welcome to the blog. We have been reliably informed that suggestions before 3pm are likely to be considered.

    Billie ~ goodness knows what the Irish BT equivalent broadband would be like here. My non-phone based thing *whispers* is behaving itself for the moment. Still slow but not dropping the whole time. I know just how frustrating it is when it doesn't work.

    A little un-forecast evening sunshine was rather lovely so I did a little pottering. Slightly scrapped hands from the hebe - it seems to thrive despite my tendency to kill plants, the wind and the salt air. (I started off saying my brown-fingers but that sounded wrong)

    I understand that the ghastly programme is on again night AND tomorrow night.

    I do find his lordships tweets during football matches amusing - poor man although they have just equalised.

    Well done for all the mentions and especially as has been said to newbie mrcakey, a splendid first mention. I hope you stay about and chat. And to Mandy for a IWIHTOT (© JBG - hope you are well & new job is splendid if you happen to be lurking)



    Opportunity (Let’s Make Lots of Money) ~ Pet Shop Boys ~ Malcolm Yates
    You’re So Vain ~ Carly Simon ~ muggle
    Mr Big Stuff ~ Jean Knight ~ muggle
    My Sweet Lord ~ George Harrison ~ Mandy
    Back Stabbers ~ The O’Jays ~ mrcakey & PSL

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  • Comment number 82. Posted by Billie on the blog

    on 8 May 2013 19:31

    Hello again!

    We are not in the middle of nowhere - as Amelia seems to be - we are in a Hamlet of 8/9 homes - depending on where you draw the boundary - and our Broadband Reception is appauling. It's BT!

    Eight months ago - 3 miles away - with BT - it was excellent.

    I know that we all existed wilthout it - but we've now grown used to it - and it IS - although I KNOW it shouldn't be - so frustrating - so soul destroying - when you're waiting and waiting and waiting for a page to even load! I couldn't log on to here this morning.

    Anyways -

    Welldone & Congratulations to MrCakey! You will never forget your first mensh - and esp. as Simon acknowleged it as such - he never did mine. Ha!

    Supper is Mr's "Toadinth'ole". I've already KB'd - shall do some more while supper comes to fruition. All very loud and raucous - no windows open. Ha!

    I'll be 65 in July! Ha!

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