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  1. I also knit, crochet (only very basically though) and can do embroidery although haven’t done that for a while. I do like doing counted cross stitch, suppose that could count as embroidery, find it very relaxing and like seeing the picture take shape. Think knitting and crocheting is a dying art, never buy a jumper always knit my own (thanks to my mum teaching me very patiently when I used to get a lot of tonsillitis when I was younger).
  2. We have had the new £5 and £10 notes for a while, think the £20 and £50 are being changed soon, there has been something on tv about who is going on them, not sure if the public has been asked to choose or not. To be quite honest most people seem to moan about them, but I understand they don’t disintegrate if put thru a washer not that I have tried it!
  3. I presume this is the new plastic notes. They look nice but are a bit of a pain, they stick together so you have to check you have only got one out. When I worked at the shop every time we opened the till they used to pop up and if one had been folded it was a nitemare as they would not lay flat. All in all not very impressed with them but suppose it is progress.
  4. Just noticed on my last post boys getting the cane ended up as bits getting the cane, sorry about that made it sound very rude.
  5. In my senior school bits would get the cane, they had to go down to the headmaster or the deputy’s room to get it. We also had teachers that rapped your knuckles or palm of your hand with a ruler, one who would throw the blackboard rubber at you (we all learnt to duck) or if you yawned would try to get a piece of chalk in your mouth. If you couldn’t answer a question he would stand next to you with 3 books above your head and would drop them one by one if you kept getting it wrong. Think a lot of his class was concussed some of the time! H&S would have had a field day!
  6. Thanks for that. Obviously shop at wrong supermarkets, local Asda and Co-op don’t have them. Tesco here I come!
  7. Bovril cubes can’t find then anywhere, liked them in my stews. Hate Oxo Cubes anything made with them just tastes like Oxo.
  8. Definitely hells angel, would have looked silly on a pushbike!
  9. Our manager finished at 2, very rarely worked nites unless someone rang in sick. At one time the idea was mooted that supervisors work 9 until 10 on their own at nite, staff said no it wasn’t safe so the idea was dropped. Only ever had one male supervisor while I worked there, he was 6’3 and looked like a biker (he wasn’t) so always felt safe working with him at night.
  10. Before I retired I worked in a small convenience shop which belonged to a large chain (McColls) so thought would give a view from the other side although I too would have had a “go” at the above mentioned employees so am not defending their disgraceful behaviour. As I said the shop was a small convenience store and there was usually just 2 members of staff on shift most of the while, our customers were mostly regulars who we got to know we’ll, being on first name terms of many of them. I would say that 95% of the customers were great (they would moan about the prices but McColls isn’t the cheapest of shops but we would take it on the chin and explain there was nothing we could do about it). We had targets to meet on “link sales” which were usually chocolate bars or sweets bags and had to ask every customer if they wanted them, a lot of regulars would come into the shop and say immediately “don’t want chocolate etc.” Most would have a laugh about it but some got quite abusive but we had to do it as the manager was in trouble if targets were not met. There were some customers who we dreaded coming in as they were so “difficult”, we had one lady who would quibble over a few pence difference in her paper bill, which was usually when the delivery charge was put up by about 10p and would refuse to pay any extra. Another one who came in to pay her paper bill every month and we had to go through every day with her to see what papers had been delivered, she always came in when we were busy so it left 1 member of staff to try and clear the queue that formed. You very often felt like going in the office and banging your head off the wall with some customers but you just had to take what they said, not take it personally (which was hard sometimes when they were shouting at you) and keep calm. Members of staff have had newspapers thrown at them with some force when the paper kids delivered the wrong papers and verbal abuse over the phone for wrong papers or no paper at all with demands that we should immediately go out and deliver the paper. We took a lot of flak for the paper kids but they were the ones who got tips at Christmas not us. We had a big Asda open just round the corner so this obviously affected the shop, but we managed to keep our regulars by giving good service and always being ready to banter with them and being as helpful as possible. Very often we got people coming in who didn’t usually for lottery and pay point payments when the queue at Asda was too long (they had to pay for groceries and then join another queue for them). Then we come to the shoplifters, we got to know who to look out for and could usually get rid of them before they took anything, although a few would slip through the net. Some ofthe staff have been threatened and we were told not to tackle them but it is hard not to, everyone else pays for the goods they take in the prices in shops. I have been working and have had regular male customers frogmarch shoplifters out of the shop with a few choice words. Would I work in retail again, yes I enjoyed it even though at times I had to bite my lip. I am always polite to retail staff I know what they can go through but do get frustrated with bad service. So all in all I would say most of the general public are fine but those that aren’t are a pain in the rear end but this is no excuse for bad service or rudeness to customers, as the good make up for the bad. What is the answer for bad service? Complain to the right people but remember perhaps the customer before you was one of the 5% of “difficult” customers but this is no excuse for verbal abuse to customers as, yes, they do pay your wages and without them you would not have a job. Sorry didn’t intend this to be such a long posting.
  11. Always loved Billy Connelly since seeing him at Nottingham many years ago. (Some Scottish friends got the tickets and dragged us along, we had never heard of him at that time, it was before he became popular.) Love his “Welly Song”.
  12. Knew Christmas was over yesterday, co-op have their Easter eggs out.
  13. Why when I am watching something interesting on tv do my two dogs decide they need to go out desperately but not at the same time and then either just have a look round and come back in or just sniff all the garden and come back in. This process can be repeated at least twice during a film. I have tried letting them out before I settle down to watch but they just look out the door and go and lie down again! I’m sure they plan it between them
  14. In my senior year there was a boy whose surname was Hind. His parents named him Bernard, don’t know what they were thinking. Felt so sorry for him when the register was called out - B. Hind, he always blushed. Don’t know if the teachers did it on purpose or not but they could have used his full name which would have made it easier for him. My middle name is Anne, didn’t use this as there was another Ann (without the e) in our year who was a bit scruffy and always had a runny nose so it put me off the name as well.
  15. I must admit I have never liked my first name, even my Dad once admitted it could have been better. (At school I was called Fenton Claypole, a village nearby? As it matched my initials and some of my name which I hated.) My siblings all had names you hear more than mine. I did shorten it, only my mum and dad called me by the full version. My paternal grandfather was called Gersham (Gran called him Gersh), I was told when he and his siblings (he came from a very large family) were born my great grandfather let the bible fall open and the first male/female name was theirs. Don’t know if this was true or not.
  16. Was in there yesterday enjoying a cheeseburger and chips. Really sorry it is closing, nice friendly atmosphere and excellent food and service.
  17. I must admit my boys sleep downstairs I have a child gate at the bottom of the stairs. They have the complete run of downstairs although their two dog blankets are in the passage, I do very often hear them moving about during the nite, usually when I get up Kai is on his blanket in the passage and Wolf is in the front room. I first put the gate up after being woken up at about 4 in the morning by two dogs jumping on the bed (not much fun having a 40kg dog landing on your chest at any time).
  18. Just got back from hospital appointment to see endo about my thyroid problem. Had to have another blood test as I am in the borderline catagory. Results will be sent to me and my doctor with recommendations on either medication or just monitoring. Consultant was brilliant, answered all my questions and explained everything. Apparently I have a nodule which could be causing the problem (naughty thing) so am having an ultrasound when I get the appointment. But worrying that, but he told me not too as it very often happens. Medication will be slowly reduced so I could end up not having to take any eventually (fingers crossed). Don’t have to go back to see him for 6 months, next few appointments will be done over phone after blood tests at doctors which is good, I have had enough of hospitals over the last 18 months. So all in all not as bad as I thought, worst part was finding the place wandering around like a lost soul no signposts for it at all.
  19. My father in law used to eat marrowfat peas in a sandwich. Solves the problem! He came from Newcastle so don’t know if it is a Geordie thing.
  20. Took it to bits and gave it a really good clean and it is working again. Not sure if it is picking up hair as well as before though. I have had it for a while and it does have a lot of hair to pick up so I am wondering if it could be the beginning of the end. It is the “ball” type, I must admit it isn’t as good as the Dyson it replaced (a normal one without the ball) which was the animal one and had a very strong motor which could lift carpets off the floor (believe the EU stopped them being made limiting the size of the motor). I have to pull the dog hair out of this one, but it used to just fall out of my other one when I opened the lid. Will have to see how it goes, don’t know if the rechargeable ones would be able to cope with the dog hair my two produce so not sure what I will do if it does give up the ghost.
  21. A lot of the shops are boarded up, are they supposed to be redeveloping it? I was surprised that the Wimpy was still there. Think it was always the poor relation to the Vic Centre really.
  22. Been to doctors this morning, cold over Christmas has left me with a hacking cough and a bit wheezy. Expected 3 days antobiotics but got a 7 day course and not the amoxicillin (not sure of spelling) I thought I would get. Don’t usually get colds as a rule, perhaps something to do with stopping smoking and my chest clearing? Then went into town with my sister, just wanted to change my phone contract to sim only, not bothered about upgrading phone, I only use it as a phone not for anything fancy. It was quite simple at the EE shop in town, at least they spoke normal English not tech talk. Then went into Primark just to have a look around, should have known better when sister got one of the big bags as we went in. Then I saw this coat reduced to £20, reversible either use as fur lined with a suede effect outer or as a teddy bear coat with suede inner. Put it back and went round shop but ended going back and trying one on which is now hanging up in my hall! It is my first treat out of my “not smoking” money. Then went to Broadmarsh to Wimpy (don’t like Burgerking the bread is a bit plasticy) and had a cheeseburger and chips with a pot of tea. All in all a good day (except for the antibiotics but they should make me feel a bit more human if that is possible), now sat on settee with dogs at my feet (who have just had their daily McVities digestives 3 each) a cup of Yorkshire decaf tea and a few coconut ring biscuits feeling quite contented.
  23. We have a lot of family papers stored in a loft, am going to get them and start from there. I know we are descended from quite a mixture, Welsh and English on my mums side and Geordie and French on my dads side. Will bear in mind the graveyard thing, I hadn’t thought about it. I do find old graveyards quite interesting, can remember going to the one at Strelley I think it was where the female pirate is buried.
  24. It is that time of year again when I think of the things I really should be doing. Have stopped smoking which I suppose is the big one but I suppose there are other things I could be doing. Must try and eat a bit healthier cut back on chocolate and sweets a bit (or perhaps not all at once). Get some more exercise, walking my boys does help with this but at this time of year the weather doesn’t help, but now I have found a park nearby that should help with this as I take them out separately so twice as much walking. Sometimes don’t feel like doing it but once out its fine, have got a new pompon hat and found my scarf (still can’t find some other things but suppose they will turn up eventually, have some boxes marked bits of everything by packers which I haven’t looked in yet) when I moved so no excuse. I have joined a couple of clubs, book club and knit & natter both of which are on Monday’s so could do with seeing if there is anything else through the week I could join, chair aerobics could be a runner if there is one locally, don’t think my hips could take too much jumping around to be honest. I have managed to contact a friend I haven’t seen for many many years and we are going to meet up next week I can’t wait to see her, we will have so much catching up to do. I think a I am going to start doing a family tree as well, something to do on dark nites when I don’t want to go out. Can’t think of anything else at the moment, no doubt other things will crop up as the month goes by.
  25. I started having my hair coloured when it went “salt & pepper” which I didn’t like. Had it dark red (the colour of a good port) for years. When I moved down here decided to have a change (new start and all that) and am now a reddish brown with blonde and lighter brown streaks, took some getting use to after the red but am happy with it now. I decided to grow it as well, am at the awkward stage at the moment where it isn’t quite long enough to do anything with, drives me mad some days. My dad had marvellous white hair when he was older (he started going grey in his twenties, think it is a family thing) and if mine goes that colour then I would consider stopping colouring mine. I think it is a case of what you feel comfortable with.