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1 hour ago, FLY2 said:

Phil M. Been tootling around one of your favourite areas this morning. East of the A614 / A6097. (The posh side) Back lanes around Farnsfield, Edingley, Halam, etc. Beautiful scenery and some cracking properties. Beats Basford hands down !

What? You didn’t come to Bleasby! I worked in Basford for 25 years. Loved every minute of it!

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But there is a difference between a rich tapestry and dishcloth rags DDb.

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11 hours ago, philmayfield said:

I knew Liverpool well back in the swinging 60's. My girlfriend had given up nursing and had embarked on a teacher training course at Kirkby Fields college in Liverpool. She occupied flats in various areas including Penny Lane, Anfield, Catherine St., and Huyton.  I regularly went to the famous Philharmonic pub which was noted for the most magnificent gents' toilets in the land! The Liverpool people had a strong sense of humour and I presume it's still the same today. One of my memorable experiences was visiting the Anglican Cathedral which was still undergoing construction back then. It was an awe inspiring piece of architecture. In contrast, the new Catholic Cathedral, which had just been completed, had an air of glitter and tackiness about it. We've only been back to the area once since the 60's. Perhaps we ought to revisit and view the changes. It's always been an ambition of mine to take the boat cruise along the Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal from Birkenhead to Salford docks.  

 

I went to the very top of the Anglican Cathedral a couple of years back.  It is very high and quite a scary climb up the inside of the tower.

If you've not been back since the 1960s I think you'd be amazed at the changes.  The Albert Dock complex for a start.  Museum of Liverpool Life, the new Central Library, newly polished up Pier Head area, Mathew Street bouncing 24/7, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool One.. etc.,etc.  A weekend won't do it.  I'd go for a week avoiding the weekend.

Last time I was in the 'Phil' was last year about this time. They now have a sign up apologising for the slight 'whiffiness' of the Gents, but pointing out that too much bleach was damaging the exotic stonework.  :wacko:

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Yesterday, I jet washed Mrs Col's car, which was..as they say in these parts 'Ayvin' up'.  There was moss growing around the number plates.  She has never taken it to a car wash. I cleaned it inside last week and outside yesterday. She knows where the car wash is, and she knows where the vacuum cleaner is..... so she knows who will be sorting it next.. :glare:

 

I also jet washed the drive and decided to finally tackle the problem with it...

I laid it.. 56 3x2 concrete flags, the year after my MI.  Took my time and it was fine until water started coming up from a retaining wall which keeps next door's drive about 3 ft above mine.  Result, four flags have moved and created a hole.

So.. today I went and got bags of gravel, sand and cement.

When I've dug out the disaster area, I shall fill it with a dry mix of concrete and re-lay the flags. A few days should see it solid, and a good enough repair until I get the whole lot re-done properly by someone with more energy, better equipment and more idea than me!

 

I'll also try to find exactly where the water is coming through and 'dam' it with concrete.

 

It will have.. as they say.. 'two chances'.    :)

I've dragged the bags of stuff out of the car and am just "eying a bit o' snap", before I start the job proper.  Time's gerrin on though and I'll have to get the flagging done before I start to flag..  :laugh:

 

 

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Just watched the men's singles tennis match. Brilliant !! with a capital B. What a marathon. First time I've seen a 12 all tie breaker in a final set.

Even if you don't like tennis, you have to take your hat off to these two gladiators. Congratulations Novak, hard luck Roger. :bravo:

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Today I learned that 3' x 2' flags weigh about twice as much as they did 23 years  ago.  So do bags of cement, gravel and sand.  I finished the repair to my drive about 7:00 pm, though still a bit of work to do tidying up.

 

  I am, as they say, 'Cream Crackered', and will probably be unable to move tomorrow. 

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You should have sat and watched the telly this afternoon instead Col unionflag

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Nahh. I know the results and didn't have the nail biting stress before finding out...  :)

 

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Well the DAY started yesterday. Rain and I mean rain has been twinkling her wet feet now for 36 hrs and more to come down until 9 pm. The roads are flooding and covered in mud. The pool skimmer is now covered by the water and we're worried should it get to the state where it will overflow because theres already a river running down the road and the overflow pipes are now letting streams through. However we may have a solution if it gets to that stage, but we'll get very wet in the process. We can do a backwash or empty to waste. Both will reduce the level but in doing so we still have to lift the lid( very big and heavy) where all the controls and instruments are . The problem will be that the well where it is will also let in the rain and the water is very difficult to get out even with a separate pump. Hoping it stops or at least eases up. Thankyou Scotland. Apparently this extra heavy rain has been brought on by very cold air in Scotland meeting the very hot air here. Not my words but the weather forcasts.

 

 

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Interesting!   Went up to meet the funeral director at a local funeral home and cemetary to talk about a plot for me.  Mrs. L already has one.  I Have one in Canada, but the cost of shipping me back could get pretty expensive if I go before Mrs L.

I know it might sound a bit macabre, but I think its good to think about it while one is still able to make rational decisions and not leave one's loved ones to make such choices.

Looks expensive but we await his final numbers.  Whaddya think?

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Don't disagree with you, Phil.  Funerals are more for the living than the dead.  Each person must plan according to their own convictions.  My own decisions are tending to revolve around place, and cost.  One will tend to be dependent on the other.  Won't bother me too much when the time comes.

 

Far as I'm concerned they could dig a hole and dump me in like an old dog.  Hope that doesn't offend anybody.  Its just the way I feel.

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I was thinking I could do a deal with some kebab house on Hyson Green to take my remains? 

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The astronomic rise in costs of funeral services in the U.K. is under investigation by the Government. Costs have risen by double the rate of inflation over the past fourteen years. Have you ever seen a poor undertaker or a poor bookmaker? The odds are always in their favour!

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27 minutes ago, loppylugs said:

Far as I'm concerned they could dig a hole and dump me in like an old dog.  Hope that doesn't offend anybody.  Its just the way I feel.

Agree entirely, Loppy. Too many undertakers preying on the consciences of vulnerable people at a sad time. My mother used to say we should spend time with people and take them flowers while they were here, not to their funeral. I'm of the same opinion. 

 

When I've finished with my overcoat, people can take any bits they want and chuck the rest. I plan to be otherwise engaged!

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29 minutes ago, radfordred said:

I was thinking I could do a deal with some kebab house on Hyson Green to take my remains? 

 

If I ever get back to the UK, remind me to leave the Kebabs alone.  :Shock:

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Imperious Caesar, dead and turned to clay,

Might stop a hole to keep the wind away.

Oh, that the earth which held the world in awe

Should patch the wall to expel the winter's flaw!

 

Shakespeare puts it aptly, as usual.

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DIY funerals, get a cardboard or wicker coffin, estate car or van and off you go. You can be buried in your own garden you just have to let people know when you sell the house.


 

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That would suit me Den.  I could be buried among the trees next to my old Black Lab.

 

Phil......Careful!  you are starting to sound almost Biblical.   ;)

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There's a song from 1967 by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band called "Buy for me the rain".   One verse from the lyrics sums up the subject......

 

I cannot buy you happiness, I cannot buy you years;
I cannot buy you happiness in place of all the tears.
But I can buy for you a gravestone, to lay behind your head.
Gravestones cheer the living, dear, they're no use to the dead.

 

 

 

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I quite like the idea of garden burial. Depends on the water table, I believe. Used to know someone who lived in an old cottage. It had belonged to a Quaker lady centuries earlier and she was buried somewhere in the garden. No one knows where. My friends had a number of dogs during their time there but none ever unearthed any bones!

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