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4 minutes ago, Copa said:

I bought tickets to see Nigel Kennedy play in Canberra.

He’ll never get in their team

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Coached my last rugby league session before a month off yesterday. Having been coaching 4 - 6 times a week since September, I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to fill my time with now...probably more yoga and gym! 

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Today I learned how to drive the Forklift.

On Monday I have a test and (should) get a certificate. 

I will then be allowed to drive the Forklift. 

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3 minutes ago, Shadow said:

Today I learned how to drive the Forklift.

On Monday I have a test and (should) get a certificate. 

I will then be allowed to drive the Forklift. 

My mother was a forklift driver for a few years. Apparently back in the day she was the first woman in the region to drive one.

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8 hours ago, ckn said:

Today I will be in a four hour workshop to discuss a major change in how NHS organisations work together. The best thing I can say about the plans is that they’re better than Brexit no deal plans. Just.  

I will need plenty of coffee today I think. 

Our four hour workshop ended 90 minutes early after we unanimously agreed that the current plans made the government’s Brexit plans seem reasonable and straight-forward and that we really were in Ready-Fire-Aim mode trying to get things running before we knew what we were trying to do.  The positive is that we agreed on something and I got home before the worst of rush hour.

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"When in deadly danger, when beset by doubt; run in little circles, wave your arms and shout"

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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!

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It sounds like you're facing a tough time, timtum. Good luck.

Don't forget to make some time for yourself.

 

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8 hours ago, timtum said:

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!

There's a lot going on here. Humanity at is awe inspiring best and most heartrending. Keep enjoying the bits you can enjoy.

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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Today we the general public have got to see the Tory party at play, whilst it's been fun to watch in the bigger scheme of things will it change enough opinions for them to be banished from government when the next election takes place? Unfortunately I doubt it, once their appeasers in the media get to work on calling out the big bad wolf of the opposition enough of the gereatric and self believing upwardly mobile voting public, who like much of the country have the attention span of a Goldfish will still vote Tory. Call it our Trump tendency I suppose, what a country we have become, unable to think for ourselves, elections should be decided by Bake off, Strictly Come Dancing, Big Brother or Celebrity whatever at least it would engage more of the public in the decision making process.

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2 hours ago, Wiltshire Rhino said:

Getting back on Duolingo to learn Portuguese. Currently on a 17 day streak...

 

...e eu estou adorando! ? 

Using Duolingo to improve my Spanish, although I think I should learn English first✍️

Tienes una sonrisa muy bonita

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Sex and Money are like Oxygen

They're not important until you're not getting enough.

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3 hours ago, Wiltshire Rhino said:

Getting back on Duolingo to learn Portuguese. Currently on a 17 day streak...

 

...e eu estou adorando! ? 

Pup ... 122 day streak in Italian . I can say ‘where is my penguin ‘ fluently when I go to Rome in July 

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I did my first day of DuoLingo in Spanish.  I started because I suddenly find myself working in Spain.  A bit like in 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' when it went a bit rubbish.


"You clearly have never met Bob8 then, he's like a veritable Bryan Ferry of RL." - Johnoco 19 Jul 2014

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Am I Gypsie?, Am I a renegade? Why am I the only person in my family to have changed address 5 times in the last 10 years? I know no other person who has changed address more than twice (Susan Except), I don't feel desperate to move, after Uxbridge I was settled, 20 years at Wooburn Close, then...…. Move for work, move to live out of residence, move to move in with my partner, move into our (her) bought house, move because she kicked me out.


Sex and Money are like Oxygen

They're not important until you're not getting enough.

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1 hour ago, Bob8 said:

I did my first day of DuoLingo in Spanish.  I started because I suddenly find myself working in Spain.  A bit like in 'Auf Wiedersehen, Pet' when it went a bit rubbish.

It was about 30 years ago when I went to Eccles Library, and I went to the language section. I taught myself how to order "Two Beers Please" in 24 languages so I could get drunk, with a friend, in 90% of the world. Spanish, Portugese, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese (Cantonese & Mandorin), Swahili, Czech, Serbian, Croatian, French, German, Italian, Arabic, Israili (erm…), and Welsh, Scots & Irish Gaelic.

Fortunately I have forgotten most of them. Most places speak eenngleesh anyway. So if you say "two beers please", show two fingers & point to the beer pumps, you will get served with 2 coffees, and a baguette.

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Sex and Money are like Oxygen

They're not important until you're not getting enough.

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"In Our Time" is worth the licence fee all by itself but this week's episode (and subsequent podcast only chat) on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is something special. People taking pleasure in sharing what they know and love.

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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10 hours ago, Bleep1673 said:

Am I Gypsie?, Am I a renegade? Why am I the only person in my family to have changed address 5 times in the last 10 years? I know no other person who has changed address more than twice (Susan Except), I don't feel desperate to move, after Uxbridge I was settled, 20 years at Wooburn Close, then...…. Move for work, move to live out of residence, move to move in with my partner, move into our (her) bought house, move because she kicked me out.

6 addresses in 5 years across 2 countries.

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On this day at 19.34 I got 5 in a row topics as the last poster, proud of that especially considering how slow I type.

Yes, I have a sad life!?

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On 12/7/2018 at 11:21 AM, Bob8 said:

The comparisons between the Fens and the Netherlands are strong. As is the link between architecture in Boston, Lincoln and Flanders. 

Parts of east Hull look very much like some Baltic towns 

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4 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

It's absolutely peeing it down with freezing rain and is really cold. I'm off to a gig in Leeds tonight. Am I still going? Damn right.

I've got yet another Christmas night out. I'd quite happily have it cancelled until it warms up!

I think I'm quite ready to be done with Christmas now. Tonight is my 5th night out in December, with likely a couple more to come...maybe I'm getting old. 

 

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5 minutes ago, Saint 1 said:

I've got yet another Christmas night out. I'd quite happily have it cancelled until it warms up!

I think I'm quite ready to be done with Christmas now. Tonight is my 5th night out in December, with likely a couple more to come...maybe I'm getting old. 

 

I'm getting old but if I ever cry off a gig due to the weather, shoot me.

Besides, you can forget the weather when Dirt Box Disco are playing!

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33 minutes ago, Johnoco said:

It's absolutely peeing it down with freezing rain and is really cold. I'm off to a gig in Leeds tonight. Am I still going? Damn right.

We were supposed to be but the rains freezing as it hits the ground, staying in, but not a drop of booze in the house ?


"Freedom without socialism is privilege and injustice, socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality" - Mikhail Bakunin

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