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  1. I definitely am a mongrel, have welsh blood from my mothers side, my great grandmother lived on a mountain in Wales, or so my mum said. We have pictures of her in full Welsh national dress! On my dads side we have french blood from my great grandmother who we presume met my great grandfather during the war. My dads side originated from Newcastle (have done a family tree on them). My mums side were theatrical my mum once told me my granddad (or it could have been my great grandad) was born at the side of a stage, don’t know if she was joking but said they had trouble finding his birth certificate because of this? and there were some concert pianists as well (she always said that is why some of us have long fingers and my sister and brother are musical, not me I am tone deaf). I am going to have a go at my mums family tree to see if the stories she told us are true or poetic licence.
  2. One of my uncles was stationed in Malaya during or after the Second World War, not sure which. Whilst he was there he met and eventually married who was to become my Aunty Rose (I am sure that I was told her proper name was quite a tongue twister, but I may have remembered that wrong, so Rose she became). I never thought about her being different than us, as I said she was just my aunt Rose who told us stories about growing up in Malaya and when my uncle was courting her, I didn’t realise until after she had passed away that she was born into the Muslim religion as she never practised it embracing our western life with great enthusiasm (we found out after my uncle passed away that he had converted so he could marry her - very romantic). I can’t imagine what prejudice they must have come across when they came back here it can’t have been easy and also for my cousins. (On a side note she disliked the Japanese intensely because of what happened in the war) She came from a very wealthy family in Malaya, they had servants, and my mum told me she didn’t know how to do anything, was used to the servants doing it and was very surprised that we didn’t have them here! She was a lovely lady, full of life and enjoyed every minute of it. She embraced her new family with enthusiasm and was accepted as one of us, they did end up living in Clifton for many years! It can’t have been easy for my grandparents but I never saw her or my cousins treated any different to the rest of us. In their later years my mum and dad went on holiday with them abroad for the first time to Majorca (spelling?) for a couple of years which eventually led to my mum and dad going to America to see relatives. Anyway I digress, it is what is inside that counts not what you see outside, that was all I wanted to say really, sorry it took such a long post to do it!
  3. Just had an email from my utility provider (Octopus) that my prices for gas and electric are going down by 4% and 2% respectively as wholesale prices have droppedBut haven’t the “big 6” just put up their prices?
  4. I wasn’t very tired last night so stayed up a bit late, found Question Time so watched that (the telly I borrowed doesn’t want to acknowledge my sky box so am stuck with BBC1 etc,). I just despair, didn’t realise leave means perhaps. (Sorry if this is classed as political, I could have said more but refrained, but it can be deleted if inappropriate, bit like MP’s shame they can’t be deleted!)
  5. We used Lymms for 3 funerals (mum, dad and oldest of my 2 brothers). We had a beautiful old black (don’t like the silver) Rolls Royce. We had a lady called Jane who organised everything for us, in fact after the first one we asked for her. Couldn’t fault them, was a problem getting the car for one of them but she sorted it out. Cant fault them they were brilliant at a terrible time.
  6. They were both fast asleep when it happened (long walk and bellies full of chicken, good life really). They raised their heads, looked at me and then went back to sleep. Second time they were in back garden and came running in to see what was going on. Borrowed a small tv until I can get a stand, looks like an internet job.
  7. My telly blew up on Monday, I was sat watching it and there was a loud bang and it went dead. Luckily the sky box and DVD player weren’t affected. Changed the fuse in the plug, plugged it in and there was an even louder bang, thought it was worth a try just in case it was only the fuse, vain hope really. I have a spare tv upstairs so got that down and spent most of yesterday trying to find remote control, finally found it this morning in a safe place! Unscrewed the screws that held the stand on the dead one, took me ages to manhandle the tv off stand and after all that it doesn’t fit the new one. Sod’s law I suppose. Booklet says there was a stand with it, but it was on the wall in my husbands man cave before so no sign of the stand anywhere. Looks like a trip to Comet etc. to try and get one. Don’t watch that much tv, but now I haven’t got one I want to watch it. Why does life have to be so complicated?
  8. I saw the Walker Brothers at a live show in London just before they broke up. They were brilliant and his voice was amazing. Looked good as well.
  9. Groomer came, was greeted with great enthusiasm by my boys. Kai was done first, he can be a bit stubborn and decided he wasn’t getting in bath. Treats were disdainfully ignored, but after some gentle coaxing and a gentle push he got in. Couple of hours later he appeared looking beautiful and smelling even better. Groomer had a break, cleared bag full of hair from van, nicotine break and cup of tea and it was Wolf’s turn. He dashed straight into van and straight into bath, no problem. Couple of hours later he emerged just as beautiful and cologned. They haven’t been trimmed this time as they were getting a bit stressed, but they have had their claws and their hairy feet trimmed which is more important to keep the pads on their feet healthy. She was a bit more expensive than the original one but well worth the money, have booked them in again in about 8 weeks time. At present they are stretched out napping, looking gorgeous and smelling even better, obviously a busy day. Problem now do I take them out tomorrow so they get grubby running about, no doubt they will find every patch of mud and run through it, dogs will be dogs!
  10. Got a new dog groomer coming this morning. The original one I found when I first came down here, who was brilliant, seems to have disappeared, phone number now not available. I tried another one a few weeks ago but wasn’t very impressed with result and could hear Kai vocalising while she was grooming him which usually doesn’t happen. It isn’t easy to find someone who will do them, a lot say they don’t do large dogs. She actually came out to have a look at them before we made an appointment, had a long chat about what I wanted, trim, feet etc. She was sat on the bottom step of my stairs making a fuss of them and giving them a good look over, explained what I wanted and she made her own suggestions as well, quite impressed with her. She is a bit more expensive than my last one, but as long as they are done properly (and aren’t as smelly) it is money well spent. They had an extra long walk and run yesterday as they won’t be going out this weekend, at least they will be clean for a couple of days, it is still a bit muddy in the wood and meadow we go in and they do get grubby bellies especially when they run so my floors end up like a crunchy beach! Chicken for them tonight as a treat for being, hopefully, good.
  11. Of course you can Nonna, a guardian angel would be nice
  12. You Bk. No disrespect to meant to Nonna.
  13. Looking forward to you decorating my shed, both inside and out!
  14. That picture is beautiful BK. You are so lucky to live there I am very envious.
  15. I have read all posts with interest (never thought I would put that about a thread concerning paving slabs). Definitely not going down the block paving route, know people who have had this done and had problems. I do have a power washer will look into the “brush head thingy” fly was talking about, I presume that will stop me getting covered in gunk when cleaning it down. The paving I had down at my former home didn’t need weeding as much as the slabs that are down now, I swear the weeds now appear overnight, so occasional weeding I can cope with. Think I am veering more towards plain grey, just flat so easier to clean and, hopefully, cheaper than other options, I can always get some pots with flowers/plants in to break it up (do like butterflies and must look after the bees) and I have seen a flowerpot man on the internet which has taken my fancy as well, a bench (just have a plastic chair at the moment) or perhaps even a water feature? I have always fancied a sun dial as well. Oh dear this is taking on a life of its own, I can see visits to garden centres looming, it is going to end up like Kew Gardens!
  16. Having 2 large dogs I am going to have my back garden slabbed this year, easier to keep clean and more hygienic as I can swill it down with Jeyes fluid/dog disinfectant. At the moment there are 2 slabbed areas (both with different slabs) and (what is left of) a lawn. There is a paved area outside the conservatory which has fancy slabs which I think I will keep. The other area is where the previous owners let their dog out, it was fenced off from the lawn. I have had the fence taken down, my boys like to run around and play in garden so it was in the way. These slabs appear to have been just laid straight onto the soil, driving me mad continually needs weeding so they will have to go and be done properly. I have been looking at paving slabs and can’t decide whether to have plain or fancy. I think plain grey ones would be more practical and cheaper but would fancy look more appealing? Perhaps I could have an alternate plain and fancy one, like a chess board effect or even a row of plain and a row of fancy ones? Or even mostly plain with an occasional fancy one? Then there is the question of colour, just plain grey, multi colour or just one colour. It is only the back garden at the moment, will probably get front done next year although judging by this I still might be recovering from the trauma of having the back done. It is hard to envisage what they will look like en masses from just one slab, bit like wallpaper looks okay on the roll but you realise how awful it is when you finish the room! Perhaps if I get quotes for a couple of options things might be clearer. Think I am starting to lose the will to live or my head will explode!
  17. I went to Bilborough Grammar and after reading this thread looked the school badge online. It was (and I quote) the arms of William Peveril, first lord of the manor of Strelley and Bilborough combined with the book of learning and sword of justice! The school motto was Summa fire ac probitate (scholar of highest honour and integrity). The badge was designed by someone at Nottingham Castle Museum. Oower just about sums up the pretentious little twit who was headmaster during my time there, always felt he had delusions of grandeur, it was after all just a school on a council estate. One good thing from looking at this have found the address of a website for the school to have a look at, other than that my time there was mostly boring and at worst excruciating.
  18. It is a shame really, I have always thought comedy is a way to show prejudices for what they are, as long as it is the prejudice that is being laughed at and not the recipient. That is a bit profound for this time in the morning, will have to go and have a lie down now!
  19. I find 3D printers fascinating. Hasn’t someone done a bionic arm for his son with one? Absolutely amazing.
  20. Of course you can BK, I like loads of colour, the more cheerful the better. Whatisname could be entwined with flowers and twiddly bits
  21. Drawing pins or the proper picture hanging “thingys” (note the technical term), hate having screws & nails sticking out of walls such a pain when you decorate. Only the best for Johnny.
  22. I am still struggling with being a non-smoker. I must admit I have caved once or twice. The thing is I enjoyed it and have to give up because of a medical problem not because I wanted to. Using a vape thingy just isn’t the same, just doesnt feel right and I can’t see the point in having flavoured oil in them, I didn’t buy strawberry cigarettes. I can smell someone smoking from a long way away and, like Ben, miss it continually. I envy those who say, rightly or wrongly, that they just stopped and it didn’t bother them, never sure whether to believe them or not, perhaps it is just that I don’t have enough willpower.
  23. I always felt sorry for paper boys/girls at weekends in the shop I worked in. All the supplements in the papers over the weekend, especially on sundays. Don’t know how they managed to carry them on their rounds.
  24. I can remember my dad watching that, he always seemed to have a cane in his hand, Jimmy Edwards not my dad. Don’t think it would get made now, very un-pc!
  25. Not a Wendy house BK it will be a lady cave, complete opposite of a man cave it will only have useful gadgets and gizmos in it with loads of pictures of Johnny Depp and other assorted eye candy! Beautifully decorated and not a tool, screw or nail in sight.