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All:  I have an excuse for not doing the grass.  It's just started raining here. Drat... :rolleyes:

 

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Just got back from QMC again........the last eight days have been a bit Traumatic to say the least,,...blood tests,,X-rays,,and today a visit to a Consultant........cut a long story short......problem

Result........CT Scans all clear......just got letter..been sweating for a fortnight......

Two years ago today..........my life changed forever,,,about this time i was on my way down to the operating theatre for what turned out to be a ten hour operation...........its been life changing in

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It was the club fly fishing contest yesterday on a windswept Shropshire lake. I only caught one trout but some guys had nowt. The winner caught three trout, the biggest weighed an amazing 14 lb 11 oz! 

I did a bit a more intense session on the indoor rower this morning. Slight improvement on the same session done a fortnight ago, so making progress. There is a reasonable amount info and research done about the ageing athlete but not a lot about 'ancient' athletes = 80+. I have kept training records since age 55, so 24 years worth of data. Although speed, strength and endurance obviously decline over the years the most noticeable decline is in the ability to recover between training sessions. Fitness does not happen during the hard work, it happens during the recovery period. I will start adding notes about recovery in the training log. 

ps sorry for the boring bits. I need lessons from Ben :rolleyes: 

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Nice day here.

Perhaps not a good time for me to detail the time I was asked to stand and duly elected as a Parish Mupp..  errr.. Councillor.. ;)   So I won't go on about how we successfully led campaigns to stop opencast mining tearing up our local woods, or a campaign to save our local primary school, or any of the other stuff we did..... :)

 

Bit of tidying in the garden.  Need to move a few things to minimise the obstruction to the kitchen fitting mob when they turn up in a week or so.. 

 

Then it's a 'sesh' on the weights before my Saturday afternoon swim and settle down for a lazy evening watching telly.

 

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Attended the Remembrance gathering and the two minutes silence outside the Council House this morning. 

Quite  a good turnout. Good on em !englandflagunionflag

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You have my sincere apologies Col.! I’m only speaking of those I know in my own area where I’ve lived for 55 years. I stood for PC myself when I was 21 but they didn’t want a young whippersnapper who was new in  the village. I did split the vote though and got rid of one of the old farts who thought they were there for life. 

 

I do have a habit of upsetting people but I don’t think I can grow out of it now.:blush:

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I'm not upset Phil but thanks.  I just found it amusing. 

I've just had a quite lengthy exchange on Facebook about a similar thing.  Long story short, our old Parish Council Offices were demolished by the District Council who owned them by default after 1974.  Locals were up in arms about it in the pub that night and I was surrounded by angry folk asking me what I was going to do about it.  I asked them the same question and then pointed out that I had personally written three consecutive articles in our Parish Council Newsletter, outlining the threat to the building and seeking support from the village.  We got two responses from 1200+ households.  I also pointed out that I was no longer on the Parish Council, having not been re-selected, largely because I had made myself unpopular by 'outing' District Councillors from my party who were trying to keep a lid on the plans for demolition of the building.

 

You just can't please some people.  :)

 

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A casual vacancy has just been announced on our parish council. One of the councillors has thrown a mardy because his mini housing estate was rejected as unsuitable. I ought to put my money where my mouth is (but  what would I talk out of then?) and offer my services. The guy who left was the snow warden but I don’t fancy getting my tractor out to clear the lanes on a cold winter’s morning. I’ve been trying to persuade my wife who is a mover and shaker in the village but she’ll have none of it. What the council needs is intelligent young blood but you can’t get them off their backsides. I can see another old fart coming along but not this one sadly.:(

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I was in Morrison's petrol station at the 11th hour today. I'm pleased to say that an announcement was made and everyone stood still and silent for 2 minutes.

 

What I'm not so sure about is the advent of knitted poppies, poppy badges and 'bling' tacky encrusted poppy jewellery. People seem to be wearing them all year round as a fashion appendage and I don't feel comfortable with it.

 

I often wonder what my grandfathers would think. Armistice day seems to be getting extended and commercialised, a bit like Christmas! To them, it was a very solemn and serious occasion.

 

What are your thoughts?

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1 hour ago, Jill Sparrow said:

What are your thoughts?

 

Jill today I have seen many of the types of Poppy that you have described. Some of them very well made. My thoughts are 'If all of the people that have bought the more decorative Poppies this year save them until next year because they are to nice to throw away, eventually the collections will go down each year.  Surely the money collected for our old soldiers and families etc will suffer in the end? I do like some of the brooch type poppies but we will carry on buying the ones that we have always bought. Just a thought?

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9 minutes ago, carni said:

I do like some of the brooch type poppies but we will carry on buying the ones that we have always bought. Just a thought?

Me too, Carni. It bothers me that some of those who sport the new 'blingy' poppies know absolutely nothing about what it represents and seem to care even less.

 

We are, almost, 100 years on from the cessation of hostilities in The Great War but, to some, it might as well be Agincourt. They've never heard of that either.

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Carni,  i wear a silk poppy on remembrance day that i have had for 8 years, two weeks before i wear a metal pin. I send a  donation each year direct to the appeal and ignore the nasty looks from poppy sellers when i walk past.  I don't have time for the poppy jewellry you can buy in stores or online how much of the sales goes to the legion not a lot. Poppy sales will drop due to the fact that the younger generation have no interest in their past.

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Sorry to read that you get nasty looks Gem, it just goes to show how people can assume the worse and be so wrong. I am sure I would do the same  as you if I had a silk poppy or brooch.Gem,  and your donation plays a big part in keeping this collection going, sadly I don't think everyone would feel the same. I have heard more than once of people buying one Poppy as a passport for a clear walk through town. Sad but true. I will always buy my poppy and you will always give your donation. Hopefully the collection will go on for the years ahead.

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I've had a great day, up fairly early cornflakes and coffee to start the day, got the trike out of the bike shed and had a steady plod around the very muddy lanes,loads of mud after last night heavy rain, back home and another quick coffee, done a few alterations to the trike handlebar setup to make thing even more comfortable, quick bite to eat, microwave cheeseburger (sorry) washed and changed and headed off to Nottingham for the meetup, fantastic time had by all and great to meet Ian ,Albert and his lovely wife and NewBasfordLad for the first time really great company,not forgetting of course Mr and Mrs Catfan,what a lovely couple and Mick starting to recover from his illness is great news, and who can forget the lovely Sue,such a lovely person,thanks must go to our Chulla again for the faultless organisation, ( I told you Dave smoking will stunt your growth) anyroad another great day with great Notts folk

 

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I observed the 2 min silence this morning by myself, sat at the computer. Tomorrow the remembrance service is at the war memorial at the end of our street. I don't always attend. I always pay respects though and I don't turn up just because it is the thing 'to be seen'  like some people do. Please attend services tomorrow if you can and are sincere, or just 'remember them' in your own way. 

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Just winding down after another pretty unproductive day.  I wanted to fix a mirror fronted cabinet on the wall in my never ending bathroom project.  But.. my 'stud/wire' detector was giving me very odd A/C readings.  They don't make sense unless some 'sparks' has let a loop of wiring droop down into part of a stud wall.  All very odd and I may have to take the plasterboard off yet again to resolve it.....  Bugger..  Should I ask Ben?

 

I caught bits of the Remembrance services over the weekend. I can't sit through the full on televised stuff.  I 'get it' and I'm very capable of remembering without all of that. 

I bought a couple of Poppies as usual last week, but since I've been nowhere, I haven't been able to display them.  Still,.. as they say.. it's the thought that counts. 

 

When I was a Parish Councillor, I laid the wreath on behalf of our council at the St Helens memorial.  I was struck mostly by a youngish woman with a small child, who planted a cross.  I was left wondering if she was paying respects to an older relative, or to a much more recently fallen service person....

 

On those mornings, the local District and Parish councillors all gathered in St Helens Town Hall and we got a 'cuppa', before assembling in pairs and walking out to the memorial just outside. I walked out next to a chap who I didn't know.  He turned out to be a Parish Councillor from another satellite council of St Helens.  He turned out to be from a different and politically opposed party.  Shock horror!!!  Some people later criticised me for walking alongside him.  I just shook my head. Remembrance is not about party politics.  In the year I was 'Chair' of the Parish Council, I was expected to lay a wreath inside our local church, where the local War Memorial is situated.  I struggled a bit with that.. as I'm not a Churchgoer,. I always feel hypocritical in church, because I don't believe. But I reasoned that it wasn't about me and actually felt very emotional as I laid the wreath.

 

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About 8 miles on the old posties bike yesterday. Traffic gives me a wider berth on that than when out on the racing bike. 

Last days fishing at Blithefield Reservoir today. Only caught two trout and they will be cured tomorrow. Fillet and leave to cure in a marinate based on ww vinegar, brown sugar, salt, dill, coriander and a drop of gin. Good session on the rowing machine when I got home which made me hungry. Mrs PP bought fish and chips from the travelling chippy ( 'The Flying Cod') who visits our village every Wednesday. A nice treat every month or so. Happy and mellow now with a Bourbon near at hand.

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