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  1. timtum

    Gigs 2019

    I'm off to see She Drew the Gun in Oxford at the beginning of March. I'm then booked in for the National in Manchester in July. Hoping there is seating available otherwise I'm going to have to take my shooting stick.
  2. timtum

    Dear Diary

    Dear Diary I am 52 years old and am sharing a house with my mother in law. No this is not the beginning of one of the readers' letters in male interest magzines from the early 1980s. Sausage business in France gone to pot as a result of: my ongoing health issues; the decimation of my customer base as a result of Brexit; and most importantly the deterioration in the well being of my in laws. Today was a particularly special day. In the morning I joined in as a member of the care home choir for the Christmas carol service. My father in law bellowed, crooned, occasionally just sang, for all of the 9 songs that we performed. Dementia really brings out the musician in him. He loved it. Mince pies and a glass of sherry afterwards meant that he was part drunk and part happy on his return to his secure accommodation. As usual I had a little weep through the singing of Can't help falling in love. My mother in law meanwhile, fresh from buying yet another umbrella (up to a RL satisfying 13 now hanging on the back of the door), had also invested in the 5th radio required by any kitchen. I'm trying to break it to my wife that her mum is following her dad in terms of mental deterioration. This evening I have been to my brother in law's Christmas party as part of the autism group which looks after him. What a lot of food, dancing and general jollity. The fella who was with me b in l has worked with him now, probably two days a week, for the last 22 years. Humbling, tear jerking, watching people be empowered, and also watching in my pa in laws personal power diminishing by the day. Not necessarily the turning in life I expected to take, but it ain't half interesting..... …..thank God there is a pub just round the corner!
  3. timtum

    Obituary Thread - 2018

    Barend Britz, rugby union player and Perpignan bar owner. Many of you who have visited the Catalan Dragons may well have ended up in his bar. A great raconteur. https://www.rugbypass.com/news/former-lions-and-bulls-lock-beaten-to-death-in-france/
  4. timtum

    Rant thread

    My good late friend Klaus told an expenses story... On an overseas trip to somewhere very sunny he invested in a sunhat. On returning to the UK he submitted an expenses claim which alongside the usual hotels, taxis and meals, included one sunhat - bonce for the protection of. His manager rejected the claim saying that this was not a legitimate expense. Undeterred, at the next expenses run, Klaus once again claimed for the sunhat with a further explanation of why it had been necessary. Again it was rejected, this time with a little more vehemence from the manager. The following month Klaus again submitted his expenses, this time in person. "Thank you Klaus" said the manager, "and I hope I don't see that bloody sunhat in there again". "Don't worry" said Klaus, "you won't see the sunhat, but it is there."
  5. timtum

    Obituary Thread - 2018

    Paul Sherwen, cyclist and commentator https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec/02/paul-sherwen-broadcaster-cyclist-dies-aged-62
  6. Much as I concur with Bob8.... ... the world has gone truly mad when posters on here are having to explain Margaret Thatcher to a Tory.
  7. timtum

    Dear Diary

    And congratulations from me too.
  8. timtum

    Most picturesque Rugby grounds?

    And the Aiguilles in Limoux
  9. timtum

    Most picturesque Rugby grounds?

    Ille sur Tet as suggested by Barnyia
  10. timtum

    Uninteresting Trivial Facts

    The times they are a changing. I have been with a group of 43 Australians for three days now and I have yet to be called Timmy. Disappointed.
  11. timtum

    Obituary Thread - 2018

    Conway Savage, Bad Seed https://www.theguardian.com/music/2018/sep/03/conway-savage-nick-cave-and-the-bad-seeds-pianist-dies-age-58
  12. Those from not this neck of the woods. In in the south west of France you eat a chocolatine. In the rest of the country you eat a pain au chocolat. A Gallic version of the perennial barm cake / bap / bread roll or how to pronounce scone debates.
  13. timtum

    Have you ever won anything big?

    Back in 1995 I won the Sportsnight competition for a weekend package for the World Cup Final. Posh tickets in the dining bit of Wembley, first class travel, a hotel with food thrown in, and a couple of signed jumpers. Me and my lass got a bit puddled, but nowhere near as drunk as the Australian team who were staying in the same hotel. I remember the tour manager the next morning counting out a wad of cash to the irate hotel boss to pay for damages. I also remember the lift doors opening and half the team falling, sprawled across the floor. Four or five years ago I also won £1000 on the Warrington RLFC lottery. Got me out of a bit of problems with the bank at the time!
  14. Really? https://www.ffr13.fr/actualite-a-la-une/lequipe-u16-pour-affronter-langleterre-devoilee/ That bloke on the right must be a ringer.