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  • Have a Chat

    For those of us who like to socialise a bit now and then, I thought I might kick-start the chat thread that Marky B instigated in the old forum....
    "No subject. Just chat. What type of day have you had? What have you been doing today? What's it like in Australia ,USA, Canada,or anywhere else in the world where this site stretches to?"


    Twilight sailing on Sydney Harbour last Wednesday.


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    Last edited by Shirley Brahms; 31st October 2017, 11:40 AM.

  • #2
    It's certainly turned colder here in Britain, it's Halloween night, so I'm keep my ears pricked for the kids in their costumes, most of them usually make quite a lot of effort also, mini-bags of sweets at the ready lol, also looking forward to seeing 'Cilla the Musical' in a couple of weeks, I've loved Cilla my entire life !

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    • #3
      I don't know if it counts as "chat" but I thought some lesser mortals might be interested in upper class life so here's an abridged version of a particular week's entries in Judge Foozle's Almanack. It's in the public domain, so not exclusive or anything, just to add to the "mix".

      Judge Foozle's Almanack

      Being ye annalf of an learnéd and honourable Englifh country fquire.


      Monday
      Garden hedges still not trimmed despite divers supplications to gardener. To note: berate gardener, also to explain disgusting artifacts beneath hedges.
      Asst. gardener absent with turbulence of the guts. At least third occasion this year. To note: discuss with G. Standards plummeted since thrashing outlawed.
      Maid found hastily adjusting clothing, most untoward. Strange dark-haired young man scampering behind orangery. Mention to G.
      Rubbish on TV, I to bed in mood of aggravation.

      Tuesday
      I to Assizes for divers cases of miscreant criminality. Footman polishing headlamps at last. Asst .gardener loafing idly.
      To Assizes in good time, delayed sitting to show authority. Made historic judgment on point of law. Satisfying more than a little. Lest posterity fails to record, h/w:
      Red-faced youth (RFY) charged with urinating on public highway. Police evidence: RFYseen urinating through fence on to park, late at night. Usually £10 in Mag. Ct. but RFY pleaded Not Guilty, hence Assizes.
      RFY argued that because "delivery" was beyond fence, charge wrong, ie urinating on park not highway, civil matter. Told the impudent upstart (RFY) the inescapable facts are that he was on the public highway and urinating, ipso facto urinating on the public highway. RFY protested that not all of him was on public highway, ergo not prima facie. Clerk of court advised that measurement of thickness of fence and medical examination needed.
      Stopped preposterous nonsense, found guilty, gave tiresome statutory right to speak.
      RFY: "... Ay....next time I'm round that way I'll jump over 't fence and piss back on 't pavement and see what you make of that".
      Added £50 for contempt. Hope he can't pay - 14 days in pokey.
      Rest of list dull and boring, lunch at Antonio's less than memorable. Standards plummeted after sending Antonio down for 3 months. To note: find new lunch venue.
      On return to Foozle Towers found nasty artifacts still remaining under bushes. No sign of asst. g. Maid in state of undress, man of Caribbean appearance running from castle.
      Evening - rubbish on TV, I to bed with many considerations on mind.

      Wednesday
      Gardener reports finding Maid in "certain position" with Chinese man behind shrubbery. Explains presence of disgusting artifacts under bushes.
      Sacked maid's room cleared and did have removed divers disgusting materials and artifacts. Check ref. re-usable batteries.
      Rubbish on TV, forced to serve own Remy Martin. Place going to dogs. I to bed with diverse problems to contemplate.

      Thursday
      Arr. temp. agency maid. To note - don't take ref. zoo, will never get out (whimsicality). Remedied use of term "mate" for self. Noticed wedding ring - there are still some heroes. Idea - send to Loch Ness for swim. Monster will give self up - mystery solved.
      Footman mentioned R-R needs new tyres.
      I encounter Farmer Payne. Mention of rented bull to service 2 cows. Did white cow first, brown cow brought close. Did white one again, damn bad luck.
      Vicar reports drop in numbers on Sundays. Silly bugger doesn't realise it's summer and all the punters are on holiday. Idiot put "The End Is Nigh" on notice board whilst planting rose bushes. Gives game away somewhat.
      Rubbish on TV. I to bed in good humour with some contentment ref. divers matters.

      Friday
      To Assizes with due punctuality. 'Dogging' case most bizarre. Accused not only dogger but also doggee plus divers spectators, having made payment. Easily resolved, all guilty.
      Gave a blighter 6 months for stealing penis pump from sex shop. Obviously hardened criminal. (whimsicality).
      Hasten back to Foozle Towers ref. visit Dr. Sheridan. Recalled vexing male patient needing sperm count, given sterile bottle, brought back empty. Excuse - spent two hours with all his might, sought help from wife and policeman but still couldn't get top off bottle. Request ref. replacement bottle.
      Letter from council ref. proposed tourism campaign.. Wants castle open to public. Stuff that for a lark.
      Rubbish on TV, Remy Martin eases end to satisfying day, I to bed much relaxed.
      Last edited by Judge Foozle; 31st October 2017, 11:43 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Mark O View Post
        , it's Halloween night, so I'm keep my ears pricked for the kids in their costumes, most of them usually make quite a lot of effort also, mini-bags of sweets at the ready lol
        I escaped the mini-muggers this year, demanding money (or gifts) with menaces. They're civilised enough round our way to leave you alone if you don't have a decorated house

        Steve

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Steve Crook View Post
          I escaped the mini-muggers this year, demanding money (or gifts) with menaces. They're civilised enough round our way to leave you alone if you don't have a decorated house
          Yes, it's the same in my village (and many others I guess). There's an understanding with all the parents that their kids only knock on doors of houses which display a pumpkin in the window.

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          • #6
            I've actually got into the swing of Halloween, black balloons on the fence is the "tradition" here. However, I find it galling that society has developed to such that a stage that the idea of a 70 year old man giving sweets to little children might be frowned on in some quarters. What have we turned into? And also partly in support of the idea of Halloween - we baby-boomers grew up trying our damnedest to change society in the 60s and 70s, and now when today's youth want to adopt a different culture, this generation frowns and tut-tuts about "Americanisation". I'm happy to join in.
            Last edited by arthur linden-jones; 1st November 2017, 06:38 AM.

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            • #7
              Had a cracker of day yesterday, so many things fell into place
              - had no internet or phone for 4-5 days, technician turn up yesterday and found 3 faults in the street (2 joins in 2 ground pits were lying in muddy water after a large hailstorm and rain - which would have been degrading the service anyway, and a complete disconnection at the junction pillar at the end of the street - he suspects another tech knocked it out during other maintenance)
              - decided on which new car to buy, another final test drive tomorrow and then we buy
              - did about half dozen other personal tasks I'd been puting on the back burner over several weeks, procrastination at its finest.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by arthur linden-jones View Post
                I've actually got into the swing of Halloween, black balloons on the fence is the "tradition" here. However, I find it galling that society has developed to such that a stage that the idea of a 70 year old man giving sweets to little children might be frowned on in some quarters. What have we turned into? And also partly in support of the idea of Halloween - we baby-boomers grew up trying our damnedest to change society in the 60s and 70s, and now when today's youth want to adopt a different culture, this generation frowns and tut-tuts about "Americanisation". I'm happy to join in.
                I think it's the parents who have suspicious minds are the ones who wouldn't let their kiddies go out on Halloween night, they are the sad ones tarring people who innocently offer sweets from their front door with the wrong brush, they knock, I compliment their outfits, I hold two bowls of mini-chocs out for them to help themselves, everyone's happy, in life, if you've done nothing wrong, there's nothing to fear........

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Mark O View Post

                  I think it's the parents who have suspicious minds are the ones who wouldn't let their kiddies go out on Halloween night, they are the sad ones tarring people who innocently offer sweets from their front door with the wrong brush, they knock, I compliment their outfits, I hold two bowls of mini-chocs out for them to help themselves, everyone's happy, in life, if you've done nothing wrong, there's nothing to fear........
                  If you were parent, you would understand the desire and the need to be protective. Parents who are cautious are sensible, not sad. Even the police here warn of the potential dangers of little kiddies going around knocking on strangers' doors. Where I live, there's always an adult or older children accompanying the littlies. You never know!

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                  • #10
                    Halloween etc all a bit of an anachronism to me with people just going through the motions- I mean does anyone believe In anything supernatural anymore?
                    I don't hear children talking about the old woman down the road "coz she might be a witch" and in the same way I never hear anyone from religious orgs. mention God or love anymore. On the TV they show once late night fayre like 'The devil rides out' at 11am in the morning these days.
                    Car boot sales are littered with old doll's houses as I doubt if todays young girls could be bothered to conjure up an imaginary family.
                    Nobody believes in anything outside their immediate needs- It seems we have moved on?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bert Quark View Post
                      I never hear anyone from religious orgs. mention God or love anymore
                      Check out the Americans. They seem to be always thaking him (?) or blaming things on him

                      I suppose that stems from them being founded by the Pilgrims

                      Steve

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Shirley Brahms View Post

                        If you were parent, you would understand the desire and the need to be protective. Parents who are cautious are sensible, not sad. Even the police here warn of the potential dangers of little kiddies going around knocking on strangers' doors. Where I live, there's always an adult or older children accompanying the littlies. You never know!
                        And yet at Christmas some tell their little uns that a big fat guy in a big fat suit is going to come down the chimney to leave them prezzies while they sleep,Then later when they grow up to find out he does not exist and then kids say to themselves "Why did mummy/daddy lie to us?"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Metro1962 View Post
                          Then later when they grow up to find out he does not exist
                          He doesn’t?

                          Steve

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Steve Crook View Post

                            He doesn’t?

                            Steve
                            Yes, of course he does. Here's his "day job" for the rest of the year.
                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBt1fq2Fw7A

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Metro1962 View Post

                              And yet at Christmas some tell their little uns that a big fat guy in a big fat suit is going to come down the chimney to leave them prezzies while they sleep,Then later when they grow up to find out he does not exist and then kids say to themselves "Why did mummy/daddy lie to us?"
                              But if they say it to themselves, how do you know? I certainly never did. Christmas was a very exciting time for me and my sisters and Santa was a huge part of that excitement. I thank my parents for their "lie", no bitterness there, just happy memories. I feel sorry for children whose parents don't allow the magic of Santa into their young lives. They are missing out.

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