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  1. Finally got around to re-booking my Covid Booster that I should have had last Saturday when I was stuck in Marbella, thanks to Michael O’Leary’s tribe.   The Day 2 PCR ‘negative’ result popped onto my Email this evening so I’m fit to go down the Forest Rec this weekend!  

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  2. Last Christmas one of our boys said to me that he’d like to buy his Dad a defibrillator ……. I agreed that it may be a very practical gift but didn’t think my husband would really appreciate the thought!  I could understand why he had considered the idea because his best friend’s father (a good friend of ours) had recently suffered a heart attack on the squash court and was saved by a defibrillator.  I hope I never need to wish we’d had one in the house! 

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  3. You’re bound to be nervous Colly but you’ll be fine. A few Nottstalgians (and my husband) have gone through this already and at least you’ve only got 20 sessions whereas those that have gone before had 37 trips.  You’ll be sorted for Christmas! Best wishes to you.

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  4. 21 minutes ago, nonnaB said:

    Years ago in Venice my penfriend was robbed of the contents of her handbag.

    Many years ago we spent New Year in Rome with friends.  New Years Eve we went to the Rome Opera House to see ‘Tosca’, insisting that our two men wore dinner jackets because we thought it was a recognised thing to do, but they stood out like a sore thumb, surrounded by very casually dressed Italians!  Next morning, New Year’s Day, we caught a bus from our hotel to St Mark’s Square to see the Pope give his New Year address to the adoring followers.  It was a cold, wet day, we were warmly dressed and the bus was crowded, we had to stand.  When we got off the bus our friend Bill suddenly realised his wallet was gone from a front pocket of his trousers, underneath a full length Burberry raincoat.  He’d never felt a thing!  We saw the Pope, could have done with binoculars though, then the two men spent the next several hours in the local police station, filling out forms in triplicate and struggling with the language.  His insurance paid up but we missed out on a big part of our trip. 


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  5. We’ve had an interesting, frustrating and expensive couple of days.

    we flew to Malaga last Sunday to stay in Marbella with friends and had a great time in warm sunshine, good food and plenty to drink in great restaurants and bars.  They have a fantastic apartment only 3 minutes walk from the beach so it’s an ideal location.  
    All went well until we decided to go for a quick walk to the little local market on Friday morning.  Walking back to their place to pack and tidy up (as our friends were flying back too, after being out there for 7 weeks) …… Roger and my bestie were walking ahead of us and I turned to check that her husband was ok stepping off a kerb as he’s ‘getting on a bit’.  Just as I turned to him there was a bloke bending down obviously robbing him.  I yelled and kicked out, hoping to get him where it hurts or at least trip him up but he was gone like the wind, dodging traffic.  Our friend didn’t even know he’d been robbed of his watch and fortunately it was a pretend Hublot off the Looky Looky men. The mugger must have been an apprentice because if he’d tried it on with us other three he would have ended up with several thousand pounds worth of watches.  Phew! 
    We got over that shock and got sorted, packed and went to the airport. Returned rental car, long queue at Ryanair check-in because at least 4 flights were going to the UK and 3 of those were departing at same time as us.  Then on to Security, another long long queue and then stupidly we decided to stop at a airport bar for a quick drink.  Big mistake, we should have gone to join the hundreds trying to get through the passport control.  They’re teaching us a lesson for leaving the EU, it was so slow.  Finally get through to the gate and it had closed!   We were not alone, there were 14 of us who should have been on that East Mids flight, several who didn’t make the Liverpool flight and several from Bristol flight. Ryanair wouldn’t let us on but got all the bags off the planes before they took off though!  We sat in the airport and eventually managed to get booked on last night’s flight, about £100 each inc bags, then €80 taxi back to friends apartment. Yesterday we had another taxi to airport and we didn’t stop anywhere unnecessarily inside the building until we got to the gate, where we sat for nearly 2 hours!  I hate Ryanair!  Finally arrived home at 9pm last night, heating on, electric blanket on, slept like a baby! 

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  6. Thanks for that reassurance Engineer.  I had Pfizer for my first two jabs and not even a sore arm, unlike the flu jab I had a month ago when my arm felt bruised for several days.   I’ll get us booked in for the booster but expect we’ll need to wait a while anyway.  

  7. We had our booster texts the other day too. My husband wants to get his done ASAP but I prefer to wait as we’re off to Spain next week and don’t want any side effects ……… I was perfectly ok after the other two but am thinking the Day 2 test we’ll need to do on our return might show I’ve got Covid (from the jab!)

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  8. 6 hours ago, swe62 said:

    We sadly said goodbye to my long time mate Pete at Bramcote yesterday,True to form he turned up in a London bus ,I had a lifetime of laughs with the mad bugger,lt was great to meet a few old faces again too ,RIP Pete we are gonna miss you, Swe and Lyn

    That’s not the mate you brought round to tinker with Little Mo is it Swe, sorry I can’t remember that chap’s name.  Condolences to you and his family, I know how hard it is to lose a lifelong friend. 

  9. Too true Ian, but there are a few considerations to be taken into account with Little Mo ……. the journey to Dorset would probably entail an overnight stay somewhere in Oxfordshire, it’s not a comfortable ride and there are no seat belts so these days one feels a little vulnerable plus, although it’s easy to open the fuel cap it does take leaded fuel so we’d need to take a bottle of Redex on the trip too.  I’m happy to let her stay cosy in the garage! 

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  10. 22 hours ago, LizzieM said:

    Son’s Diesel LWB hybrid Range Rover started on the button first time, despite it standing outside his house since the end of July.  

    Today we were out around Dorset in son’s car and thought it wise to put some fuel in it.  Well we resembled Mr and Mrs Magoo.  First problem was not being able to open the flap over the fuel cap.  Pressed lots of buttons, a chap filling up next to us came to assist and had no luck so I googled the Land Rover main dealer but couldn’t work out how to use the car’s satnav. I put the post code onto my phone and set off.  We ended up in the middle of town by the bus station, with no car dealership anywhere to be seen. Rang our son, who’s working in Tanzania, who told us to press a button under the steering wheel.  Back to same petrol station, my husband said the nozzle wouldn’t fit in the hole so I suggested it was a petrol car …… “No, he definitely said diesel” came the reply.  Rang son again and even he said at first it was diesel and then quickly changed his mind!  Well he HAS been away for nearly 3 months!  Finally, successfully re-fuelled the car but wish we’d never bothered collecting it, I’ll be glad to get my car back.  

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  11. Son’s Diesel LWB hybrid Range Rover started on the button first time, despite it standing outside his house since the end of July.  We’ve travelled about 100 miles in it today, goes well, extremely comfortable ride but we won’t be getting one for ourselves, it’s like sitting in a National Express coach but with cosier (massaging if it takes your fancy) seats.  

  12. Well done Margie, it sounds like you had a fabulous day.  
    I think the majority of Nottstalgians will be in line for a Covid booster in the next month or so, it’s almost six months since I had my second jab.  
    We both had our flu jabs 4 weeks ago, on the first day they were offering them at our local pharmacy.  It was the first time I’d ever ended up with a sore arm! 

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  13. I sincerely hope that my son’s diesel Range Rover hasn’t accumulated any water in the fuel while it’s been standing outside his house for the past 3 months while he’s working in Africa.  We’re going to pick it up tomorrow and use it for a couple of weeks as my husband has finally seen sense and realised that getting in and out of a DB11 isn’t as easy as it used to be and is totally impractical so he’s just sold it …….. I don’t like sharing my car! 

  14. On 10/7/2021 at 8:13 PM, MelissaJKelly said:

    I religiously only fuel at dedicated fuel stations as opposed to supermarkets for the fuel quality.

    I think you might be wrong with that thinking Melissa, all the major filling stations, including supermarkets, sell top quality fuel.   The supermarkets chop and change with their suppliers, obviously looking for the best deal, but I know for a fact that BP are one of those suppliers.  A good friend of ours is a retired Senior Executive at BP and I’ve just been talking to him this evening about the current issues.  

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  15. Welcome SteveP! 
    I spent a lot of time at The Dungeon, Beachcomber and Boat Clubs.  Too much time really, I should have been at home revising for exams but n’er mind, I did OK anyway.  

    My younger brother saw Black Sabbath at Arnold High School Youth Club in the late 60s, before they became big.   It’s amazing to think how these performers who really make it big-time just start out in little local venues, the Jaybirds being a prime example! 


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  16. We’d taken little interest in the fuel panic buying and it hadn’t occurred to us that there was going to be a issue, even when we were driving home from Dorset on 19th September and a BP station we use regularly on the A43 at Brackley didn’t have any fuel. Then last Sunday at 4.30 am we set off to EMA to go to Corfu.  Couldn’t believe the chaos on Lenton Boulevard. There were dozens and dozens of cars waiting to get into the BP garage, the entire length of the road, in both directions ……. at 4.30am!
    Glad the situation has eased while we’ve been away enjoying the sunshine, but we do need to fill up again in the next couple of days.   

  17. 12 hours ago, DJ360 said:


    Lizzie. TVs are stupidly inexpensive these days so long as you dont want the latest most enormous ones.  Sadly, they are pretty much 'disposable' items now.

    DJ, against my wishes he’s bought a 65” Sony with all the bells and whistles, with the sound coming from the screen, the reason for this is because we don’t need a sound bar (there isn’t room for one)  this over-powering piece of kit cost as much as my parents house when they bought it in 1958.   Mind you, the price does include a very nice wall bracket and the installation.  Oh well, can’t take it with us!

    Ian, the Morris 8 gets the occasional airing, we went to the local in it a couple of weeks ago and it attracted a lot of attention. 


  18. ‘How’s My Day?’ Well nothing particularly noteworthy occurred, but how was my Thursday just gone?  
    We were in Lilliput, Dorset catching the last of the summer sunshine.  The picture on the TV has been deteriorating recently but my twittering on about it has fallen on deaf ears so I decided to use reverse psychology and never mutter a word again.  It worked a treat and on Thursday my dear husband suggested we go out to buy a new telly.  We set off in MY car to John Lewis in Poole and due to his impatience he scraped one of the near -side alloys on a pavement.    I was furious!  Two minutes later a bloke in a transit van pulled out of a side turning and hit the front near-side of my car, not doing a lot of damage, mainly broken glass of headlight and minor dents but still damned annoying.  Into John Lewis, chose the TV he wanted, paid and organised delivery and went back home.  Turned the old TV on and NOTHING, it had finally given up the ghost.  
    We’ve had some of our family down with us this weekend which was lovely, went on the beach and they did a bit of paddle-boarding but decided to get back to Nottingham as soon as they’d left, we need to sort out the car insurance claim and there are a few programmes we’d like to see on TV!! 

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  19. That’s normal wherever you live, my brother-in-law moved to Canada in 1967 and his close friends have always been Brits. Our friends who live in Spain always hang out with other Brits, mostly Nottingham folk too. Our Czech daughter-in-law’s best friends are all Czech or Polish.  It’s like a comfort blanket.  Drive through Hyson Green or other areas of Nottingham and see the different nationalities stick together.  
    None of us can say we haven’t got some foreign blood in us …… apparently I’m only 58% English and even have a touch of Arab in me! 
    Let’s just rejoice that this beautiful, bright, athletic young woman has learnt her wonderful talent while living in England and has become such a star in a very short time.

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