Jill Sparrow

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  1. Bless her! A true batty cat lady! Just like me!
  2. Very true, Oldphil. My father's photo is also displayed in the sitting room. It will soon be 15 years since he trundled off to brighter climes. He wasn't really a flowers person, so I keep his photo next to a wine rack!!
  3. Wise words, Ben! Far better to adopt two litter mates than one kitten and then introduce another cat later on. Just as with people, the introduction of another cat to an established number can change the dynamics completely. It's not always possible but if someone knows they want more than one moggie, litter mates is the best solution. As to Syd and Babs, they're very lucky Moggies!
  4. Dear Gem, I am so sorry to read about your mum and so soon after your auntie. There aren't any words to help at such a time, except to say that without you, your love and care, her life would have been much the poorer. In a couple of weeks, it will be eleven years since the passing of my mum and I know how you will be feeling at the moment. However, I always say that you can't lose your mum. She's with you from the moment of conception and if, like you and I, mum is one of the most wonderful, she never leaves! Not everyone is as lucky as we have been, to have a wonde
  5. Headline: Ben in a stew over female! Nowt new there, then!
  6. Pleased to hear you've recovered from the scourge, siddha. Meditation and yoga are brilliant for deep breathing and relaxation. So easy to do!
  7. Apparently, lots of little boys are born with weaknesses that will potentially become hernias as they grow older. Anyone old enough to be on this forum would have been left to take their chance but now they're fixed while still a baby to prevent it happening. Whatever next? Brain implants!?
  8. Odd that. Someone I know had a hernia op at around the same time, privately. May have been the same hospital. He ended up back in there...twice! It was a double hernia and the first stage was done on the NHS with no problems, pre virus. He has a house in Cyprus as well as one here and needed to get the op done as his wife has MS and relies on him to a great extent. The friend who had stage 2 of an inguinal last December at Kings Mill has experienced no problems at all.
  9. Beggars belief! Don't even like to think of what he was intending to do.
  10. Don't give up hope, Nonna. My 90 year old auntie has the virus and on top of her other underlying health conditions, was really struggling for breath last Wednesday. I spoke to her this morning and she seemed improved, despite having fallen out of bed last week and being carted off to hospital for the fourth time in a couple of weeks, for x rays. Nothing broken. We're a tough lot, us Sparrows. Sadly, her daughter, my cousin, also has the virus and is much worse than her mum, despite being only my age.
  11. I was quite surprised to read about the attempted arson charges. Looks like this has been festering for a very long time. It's so sad that a career has gone down the drain over it. I suppose, if you're not actually working in the environment, one tends not to realise that professional rivalry and jealousy are alive and well in the medical profession. Friends of mine who worked in hospitals have often recounted tales of prima donna behaviour and tantrums amongst consultants. I've witnessed it myself in the teaching profession, usually from those who have never worked in any other
  12. Poor Kai! I'm sorry to hear he's not well. It must be a tremendous worry for you. Tablets are such fun, aren't they? I remember taking a cat to the vet years ago and complaining that I couldn't persuade him to swallow his pills. The vet, with a rather smug expression, said she would show me how it was done. Mr Puss thought otherwise and got her right in the mouth with his claws out! Vets' blood is red, too, in case you've ever wondered! Hope Kai is soon his bouncy self again.
  13. I'm surprised he didn't show her who was boss in the household. Like his dad!
  14. It would have set the cat among the pigeons if they'd let you into Manning, Ben! Some of the female teachers were more masculine than those boxers you used to know! As to the Rorschach Test, you just tell the psychiatrist what they make you think of. "That one looks like, Trina! This one reminds me of Katrina! Ah, there's Sharon...and that's Margaret. Who could forget her?" Conclusion? Patient is obsessed with women! . I could have told them that!
  15. Ben likes symmetry so I think we should give him a Rorschach Test. Could be interesting!
  16. Some words have more than one syllable! That won't sell papers.
  17. My father loved Dad's Army. We went to see the film at The Futurist in the early 70s or thereabouts. Somehow, it didn't translate well to the big screen.
  18. Re the stabbing, it's tragic not only for the victim but will surely mean an inglorious end to someone's career, if true. I suppose when someone has become obsessed with what they see as injustice and have lost all perspective, they are on a very dangerous slope. It wouldn't be the first time, nor the last.
  19. The Go Between, 1971, would have to be in there somewhere. Harold Pinter's brilliant screenplay of Hartley's novel.
  20. Ah, she takes the tin opener to bed!
  21. That truly is reprehensible, for a member of the medical profession to have done such a thing. From the brief news coverage, it looked as though he had apprehended a burglar or something similar.
  22. Yet more terrible news from a place where you don't expect it https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-55663038
  23. Although it sounds quite fantastic, the research from this lady's extraordinary ability might make diagnosis much more scientific and put an end to those who don't actually have the condition suffering the horrendous side effects of the powerful levadopa drugs at medium to high dosage.