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Do you want crème de menthe or Crème Dement?

If it's the former - green or white?

If it's the latter - Lloyd will need to see proof of age before he can dispense anything from the blunderkabinett of hallucinogens.
 

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Hmm green I think then I try summat from the blunderkabinet and I will bring me driving license
 

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Stop press have we got a picture of swifty going to work.
Fortean times this Junes issue :)
 

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My dad: sent him a text message at 4 a.m. asking him to explain what 'fish plates' are in the context of the railway, and tell me what the correct name is for the ceramic discs beneath electric rails. He sent me a paragraph's explanation and then said he was going back to sleep.

Top chap.
 

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It's been a good few days for wildlife in our garden – suburban house a mile and a half from the city centre that backs on to scrub and farmland. We've had what I'm pretty sure was a lesser spotted woodpecker (we've only seen the green one before), we've had a male roe deer with young one or mate (I was in the bathroom so didn't see it) and we've had occasional muntjac visits, one of which I have a very poor picture of. And I'm pretty sure the muntjac was barking loudly at around 6.45 this morning; having listened to clips of them I'm pretty confident it was.

And today we sat and had lunch outside in the sun. It was lovely.
 

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This is sort of political, so mods feel free to delete, but this strikes me as very good news:

Dominic Raab re Hong Kong

“In relation to BNO passport holders, as you know currently they only have the right to come to the UK for six months. If China continues down this path and implements this national security legislation, we will change that status.”

“And we will remove that six month limit and allow those BNO passport holders to come to the UK and to apply to work and study for extendable periods of 12 months and that will itself provide a pathway to future citizenship.”


Like we did with the Ugandan Asians, who were a good bunch of folk to bring on board. My thinking being that we have a heck of a lot of rebuilding to do after this crisis, and from what I've seen of HK people I reckon they could help us a lot with that.
 
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This is sort of political, so mods feel free to delete, but this strikes me as very good news:

Dominic Raab re Hong Kong

“In relation to BNO passport holders, as you know currently they only have the right to come to the UK for six months. If China continues down this path and implements this national security legislation, we will change that status.”

“And we will remove that six month limit and allow those BNO passport holders to come to the UK and to apply to work and study for extendable periods of 12 months and that will itself provide a pathway to future citizenship.”


Like we did with the Ugandan Asians, who were a good bunch of folk to bring on board. My thinking being that we have a heck of a lot of rebuilding to do after this crisis, and from what I've seen of HK people I reckon they could help us a lot with that.
Hardworking and entrepreneurial.
 

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My longest-term student had her last lesson today: once or twice a week for nine years with very few classes missed. She is in her final year of high-school and has to focus exclusively on examination prep, so all are agreed that it's a long-term suspension. Anyway, a very rewarding run in a job that is frequently frustrating--doubly so because her family is not at all wealthy, but they've kept faith and stuck with one teacher for all this time.

As to results, because we are both fastidious record-keepers, I can show you a picture of the first and last pages we studied together:

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My longest-term student had her last lesson today: once or twice a week for nine years with very few classes missed. She is in her final year of high-school and has to focus exclusively on examination prep, so all are agreed that it's a long-term suspension. Anyway, a very rewarding run in a job that is frequently frustrating--doubly so because her family is not at all wealthy, but they've kept faith and stuck with one teacher for all this time.

As to results, because we are both fastidious record-keepers, I can show you a picture of the first and last pages we studied together:

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Nice one .. and how long is she? .. and my Dad bought a small boat in the late 70's, he named her the 'Leaky Tiki' :)
 

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My longest-term student had her last lesson today: once or twice a week for nine years with very few classes missed. She is in her final year of high-school and has to focus exclusively on examination prep, so all are agreed that it's a long-term suspension. Anyway, a very rewarding run in a job that is frequently frustrating--doubly so because her family is not at all wealthy, but they've kept faith and stuck with one teacher for all this time.

As to results, because we are both fastidious record-keepers, I can show you a picture of the first and last pages we studied together:

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I need to hear more about the squids please thank you.
 

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It's exhausting work being cute.
My nephew's missus's first thought when she saw him was "Oh isn't he angelic." Her second thought was "How did that cheeky little bugger manage to get my dressing gown?!" :)

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Got home from work to find a suspicious letter on the floor, proper non official letter, I dared to hope it was from a sexy women asking if I would allow her to make depraved love making to me, it wasn't.


It was from the top top top man at work, not my boss, not the big boss but HIS boss. He had been very impressed by my dedication and professionalism during the height of the pandemic. I acted with calmness and dignity in dealing with the sudden increase in funerals.

In appreciation of my commitment and hard work the board is delighted to award me a mid term bonus of £600 which will be paid into my June salary.
 

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Got home from work to find a suspicious letter on the floor, proper non official letter, I dared to hope it was from a sexy women asking if I would allow her to make depraved love making to me, it wasn't.


It was from the top top top man at work, not my boss, not the big boss but HIS boss. He had been very impressed by my dedication and professionalism during the height of the pandemic. I acted with calmness and dignity in dealing with the sudden increase in funerals.

In appreciation of my commitment and hard work the board is delighted to award me a mid term bonus of £600 which will be paid into my June salary.
Arse: you've been kicking it.
 

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... It was from the top top top man at work, not my boss, not the big boss but HIS boss. He had been very impressed by my dedication and professionalism during the height of the pandemic. I acted with calmness and dignity in dealing with the sudden increase in funerals.

In appreciation of my commitment and hard work the board is delighted to award me a mid term bonus of £600 which will be paid into my June salary.
Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition and award! :twothumbs:
 

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Small unwhinge: spoke to my father yesterday. He's only just passed the usual retirement age, but he took early retirement a few years ago. It's the best decision he's ever made.

He did about 40 years of working shifts at silly o' clock in the morning and at night, and still managed full-time fatherhood with two very demanding sons. Despite the silver hair and the niggling twinges of advancing years, he looks physically better than he did five years ago and still manages the twinkle in the eye when making his ironically reactionary judgments on the world.

He still gets up and starts work hours before me, mind you, but for the past few years that work has been on projects he wants to spend his time on (garden, animals and community work for the most part) and the therapeutic value of the change is clear to see.

Here's to the wish that none of us has to work himself into an early grave!
 

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Im so very glad to hear that. If hes anything like my father, he goes out of his way to work.

Or my uncle who retired at 50 and has gone to seed; he spends his life sat up all night watching motorsport and his entire conversation hinges around "Did you see..."
 

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Im so very glad to hear that. If hes anything like my father, he goes out of his way to work.

Or my uncle who retired at 50 and has gone to seed; he spends his life sat up all night watching motorsport and his entire conversation hinges around "Did you see..."
My father's father's retirement was almost entirely given over to gardening, Golden Virginia, watching sport and wildlife documentaries plus wartime and cowboy novels.

Alas, tobacco, desert sand, the dust of debris and decades of work in a refinery did for his lungs and he didn't get as many years as he undoubtedly deserved.

Which brings me to wonder, whatever happened to the Western fiction in the UK? It used to be immensely popular in the 30s, 40s 50s and 60s, but unless I'm mistake it has faded away with the couple of generations that formed its main readership. Certainly, I've seen photographs of my father at a Wild West show in the early 60s, but I seriously doubt that many kids today are playing cowboys and Indians in the woods (my mates and I played 'war' in the long grass).

I dare say it's still popular Stateside, but my limited experience with young people suggests that the tropes and motifs of the genre have not been very firmly acquired.

More widely, westerns were as reliable a feature as war films for Sunday afternoon viewing.
 

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This could be in either the Whinge or Unwhinge thread but I'm feeling positive today. Why? Because I've just saved nearly £300 with 30 minutes work. How? Using a well-known comparison website to work out whether we could save on our house/contents insurance. We were paying £242 for property and £157 for contents: we're now paying... £115 combined – with the same company! It's an absurdity.

Drinks are on me in the Troll's Head! (Blimey, nearly typed 'drink's' there...).

Now I've got to do the same with gas/electricity and broadband (possibly adding TV to the mix).
 

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Went to the thyroid specialist today.
He said that as I haven't taken tablets for 6 months and had 2 normal results I don't need to see him anymore just check in each 6 months with the Gp.
 

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My dog has gone from walking the last bit of his walk with the handle of his lead in my pocket, to me dropping the lead and him walking with me free. I still would never trust him off the lead completely but I'm happy he has that last 100 feet or so of walk free
 
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