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Good one Dave.  
Hey did you have your Covid jab yesterday at the Forest? There was somebody who looked a lot like your profile pic in front of me in the hour-long queue.  

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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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Lizzie.. I think it's getting to us all now.. but Spring is around the corner.  I saw some tiny Snowdrops in the woods last week.

It won't be long before all of us old folk are a lot safer than we were..even if not totally immune.

 

Meanwhile. I'm quietly losing the plot. .A neighbour was organising flowers for another neighbour who turns 70 tomorrow.  I sked her what I needed to contribute and she told be."just a couple of quid Col.. any time"  I went indoors and rummaged thrugh a cupboard and found a couple of poun coins,..took them out and passed them to her with a health warning to wash them, even though they'd been in a cupboard for months..

Only this evening it dawned on me that they were 'old' pound coins which I was keeping as examples.  I'd totally forgotten about the new ones.. because I haven't used cash for a year...

 

 

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Today woke up to fog and freezing ice, took ages to scrape ice off windscreens. Must remember to get some spray. This morning I have to take Lily the long haired chihuahua to get clipped and Lulu to get her nails cut. My niece has the dog grooming shop so I'll be able to stay in the waiting lounge instead of having to go back out into the cold. 

Yesterday we started off in yellow zone . Free to go anywhere as long as it's in the region. We did a few errands ( bills that aren't paid by DD) and went to the bar for breakfast. What a treat! Only a couple of tables were occupied but still well distanced. A very warm welcome from the proprietress. Restaurants are open but only until 6 pm. New cases are still diminishing which is a good sign but let's wait until tomorrow's results.

Late this afternoon I have booked a bone density test at my local chemist. Every now and again they have these mobile tests of every sort , hearing, blood flow etc. 

Lets hope everything is ok. Boy oh boy what an exciting time I'm having.yada

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Well my day started with me self injecting for the first time, for my type 2 Diabetes. GP cannot give me any more tablets so suggested a once a week injection. Always been fearful of this since I was first diagnosed back 1986. Wasn't as bad as I thought. 

As anyone had any experience of "Trulicity " self injection pens. I'm not referring to Insulin jabs for type 1 Diabetics. This one you don't have to inform the DVLA.

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11 hours ago, LizzieM said:

Good one Dave.  
Hey did you have your Covid jab yesterday at the Forest? There was somebody who looked a lot like your profile pic in front of me in the hour-long queue.  

No not me Lizzie, I had my jab early last week at Kings Meadow. If he looked like me in my profile he wasn't old enough for a jab. My wife had her jab yesterday at Kings Meadow and I kept her company in the quite lengthy queue, I was amazed at the number of people who had to be issued with masks before entering the building.

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Even if you are wearing a mask they’ll insist you change it for one of theirs. I wore a brand new one at Newark, especially for the occasion, but I had to wear their NHS issue one which was identical. Can’t be too carful I suppose. I even wore clean underwear!

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1 hour ago, philmayfield said:

Even if you are wearing a mask they’ll insist you change it for one of theirs. I wore a brand new one at Newark, especially for the occasion, but I had to wear their NHS issue one which was identical. Can’t be too carful I suppose. I even wore clean underwear!

They had to be issued because they didn't have masks at all. I and several people people around me were wearing masks and were not required to change them. Just one person was asked to replace their mask as the one they had on did not meet NHS requirements.

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1 hour ago, davep5491 said:

 I was amazed at the number of people who had to be issued with masks before entering the building.

 

That's amazing.  It's unbelievable there are so many people stupid enough to turn up for a vaccination without wearing a mask.

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There's no consistency between sites then. Everyone at Newark had to put on one of their supplied masks and I wasn't going to argue with the policeman who was handing them out! I didn't see anyone turning up without a mask though. We're not so bolshy in these parts! Someone did get a reprimand for not wearing it the right way round.

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Had me Jab........time booked for 5'10   Jabbed at 5'15 out 5'35

When i first arrived saw the Que nearly 50 yards long...but only waited 15 minutes...had a bit of fun whist queuing lady behind said ''Witch Vaccine we having'''?   told her Viagra...she said ''ok.thanks''.........

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Sorry Witch was wrong....think it should be Which...or even wich ?            

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2 hours ago, benjamin1945 said:

Sorry Witch was wrong....think it should be Which...or even wich ?            

Witch may be the right spelling Ben, we don’t really know what they’ve injected us with :crazy:

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I've recently taken to going walking at night.  This is mostly because living in a local 'Beauty Spot', we do tend to get a bit overrun with folks during the day. So.. odd times I've driven the mile or so down to Garswood.. next village along.. parked at the side of the sunbed centre, which is closed.. and gone for a flattish walk of about three miles.

 

Tonight, as we seemed to be seeing the 'back end' of a weather front blowing through from the South West.. I set out at 9:30 pm to walk up the hill.  There is no lighting up there at all and it was pretty murky with a combination of proper mist...and the very fine rain often known locally as 'Billinge Mist'.  (The term is also used as rhyming slang for a certain condition resulting from the over consumption of alcohol...  :rolleyes:)   So... it was really only a case of one foot in front of the other and nothing to see but murk... the occasional  house light in the middle distance and.. oddly, the red lights atop the Liverpool dock cranes at least 20 miles away.

 

As I got closer to the top of the access road to the hill... things slowly changed.  General murk was replaced by identifiable layers and clouds of mist.  And ever more lights between me and Liverpool began to emerge from the gloom.

 

I reached the top of the access road and briefly considered pushing on to the very top of the hill.. but that is a different proposition in the pitch black. so I decided against it... only to hear on my return home that Blackpool Tower has been lit up blue to honour Capt. Tom. ... and the Tower is visible from the hill.. if you are lucky.. So..even though distant.. it would have been a unique sight.

 

Anyway.. I set off back down towards home and became increasingly impressed by the total lack of company and the increasing clarity of the views. It was all very atmospheric.  Yep, I could hear distant motorbikes and rather more cars that really ought to be about at after 10pm during a lock down. but it was still very pleasing. Just little old me.. the dark.. and the distant lights.

 

So.. home.. in.. quick shower.. beer.. and now installed on the PC typing rubbish.

 

You can't whack it...  :)

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Beautifully written Col.  I love your descriptions when you go walking...

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I have today received an email from the friend I was trying to find thru Nottstalgia. I last posted about her 2 years ago and she answered a few days ago. Apparently we had both been trying to find each other as well as other school friends. It is too many years than I care to remember since I have seen here, we lost touch eventually after leaving school when our career paths took us in different directions. 
I now have her phone number and we will be ringing each other to catch up (could take some time that) and hopefully when things are better meet up again. 
Thank you Nottstalgia.

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I can echo that SG. Thanks to Katyjay, who put me in contact with two cousins, who I have not seen for at least 62 years (might be more). I've found that my favourite Aunt Ethel is clocking along, age 96. I have been handed two photo's of my younger brothers and a 1947 photo with my Grandad on. I can't remember ever seeing a picture of him. Even found out about me great grandparents..

Thank you Kath, I'm indebted to you.

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Don't you have to stay in in the evening during lockdown. We have to have a genuine reason for being out at that time of evening. Not now as we are in yellow zone. Only one to go to do and go where we like with no restrictions. Don't think it will be soon though.

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SG pleased you have finally found your long lost friend. Sometimes it works out and other times it doesn't like it happened to me. I had been trying to trace my best school  friend with no luck. Eventually I did find her through friends reunited. Got in touch with her and said we were visiting Nottingham and we would be in touch. All arrangements were made , restauarant booked and off we trotted. I was so excited so as we saw them in the distance I rushed off and hugged her to death. We caught up during the meal and as we said goodbye we promised to keep in touch. No matter how hard I tried I could never find her again. Phone number non existent and all letters were unanswered. I felt so deflated I wished I'd never tried to contact her. Then I was left with the disturbing thought " wasn't I good enough for her or did she think she was too good to be my friend again"

I have got in touch with so many ex colleagues and school friends and I've never been disappointed and I'm still in touch with them all but this one really did upset me. I hope you will have many years to catch up S G.

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Seems to be a lot of it about. I recently found an old school friend and neighbour on F'book.  We've not seen each other for 50+ years.  He sent me a picture of which I have a copy somewhere...  We had all been to someone's Birthday party and we'd be maybe around 8 or 9. He sent me two others of which I have no memory at all.  In one, we ae both in his front garden in Wolf Cub Uniform.  In another we are with a group of Cubs..all in overcoats and shorts, with only our Caps really giving away our true identities...  And..we are standing outside High Pavement School, though whether that was just a convenient meeting place or we were already attending.. is difficult to judge.

 

https://www.facebook.com/messenger_media/?thread_id=1793003650&attachment_id=3126695750891016&message_id=mid.%24cAABa8zwHs5V9mb_Z7F3aHqgy4-zp

 

Open the link to view.  A few names our Benjamin and maybe Trogg will recognise.:

 

Top L-R Sheila Wakefield holding Judith Chambers

Next, L-R John Barlow, Reggie Wakefield, Harold Bramley.

Next.. just visible behind hat and specs.. yours truly, then Gerald Sanders, Richard Chambers, Ray Hollifield and David Armstrong.

 

 

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Reckon ive got the side effects of having the Jab,,

Tired

Headache

Aching

In fact feel awful. But there again i am Mardy,,,

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The wife suffered with effects of the Jab , She was in bed for 3 days , she could only describe how she felt as the worst hangover she has ever had.  

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I wish her well Trogg. Hope she feels soon and the side effects wear off.

That goes for you too Ben. Have another fag and dance the blues away.

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Pfizer Covid 19 vaccine injection. Both wife and I had the jab, no side effects, in and out of the centre within 17 minutes. Same with the 'flu jab last year no noticeable side effects.

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