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Originally posted by L'organist:
We were expected to know all the units of measurement up to a league - very useful when studying The Charge of the Light Brigade if you know how far is "half a league" (one-and-a-half miles, for those cursed to know only metric).

Of course, a knowledge of imperial measurement is still useful for students of horse racing.

Another problem is that metric units scan ill in poetry. Metric vs. metrics, as it were.
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quote:
Originally posted by Leorning Cniht:
quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:

I observed a family (Mum, Dad, two teenage girls) arguing VERY LOUDLY about the correct size of ironing-board cover they needed...

'You said 30 centimetres! (or whatever)'
'NO - YOU said 25 centimetres!!!'
'THAT'S TOO SHORT - we MUST have 30 centimetres'...

That's a ...rather small ironing board [Biased]
Width! .... Not length.

(I presume). [Cool]

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Probably - I didn't stay around to find out!

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I have a tiny ironing board, one of these. I do so little ironing there’s no need for a full size one cluttering up the place.

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Curiosity killed ...

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I have both a sleeve board and an ironing board - which are both used when dressmaking and ironing shirts and jackets. Although the sleeve board is currently in the bathroom, where all things that smell go to be sorted out, covered with bicarbonate of soda, in the hope that I will be able to clean it.

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We were supposed to be going to Lyon for a birthday party (about 1.5 hours drive away) but it's snowed quite heavily. Although the roads are clear, we are happy to have the excuse not to go. Coupled with "my illness" Mr D has texted Pierre to say we won't be there. Huge relief.

As we would be one of 50-odd people, and only know 2 of them, plus French liking very late-night revels, neither of us really wanted to go, but neither of us had admitted it to the other until yesterday evening!

Instead it's home made pizza, and "The Last Leg" on catch-up. A much more preferable evening for 2 introverted English!

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Ah, 'my illness', or 'my condition', do have their uses!

[Two face] and [Votive]

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We had a very nice feed at The Back Six last night. Although the place was rather noisy (it was, after all, a bar full of golfists) and we were right underneath one of the speakers, making the music a bit "in-your-face", the food was very good and the service efficient and friendly.

The way the Dine around Freddy thing works is that the participating eateries publish a short menu (two or at most three choices for each course) priced at $31 (about £17) so you can decide which one you want to go to in advance. As they were doing lamb-shanks, there really was no contest.

We were on to a winner right from the start - we happened upon Happy Hour, meaning that the wine was ridiculously cheap - between us we had three glasses of Malbec for $13 (£7.50). I've been in restaurants where they'd charge more than that for one.

D., as is his wont, started with the soup, which was squash, coconut and maple, and although it was rather sweet, it was also quite subtle. I had fried paneer with leaves, tomatoes and lemon dressing, which was lovely.

We both had the lamb-shanks, which were done to a turn, and served with very good mashed potatoes, root veggies and a lovely jus-type sauce.

We finished with puddings: pecan pie for me and white cake with dulce de leche for him, both v. good. We probably wouldn't have bothered with pudding if it hadn't been part of the deal, but we enjoyed them nonetheless.

I think it's somewhere we'll go again - the whole thing came to under $90 (about £52), and the place is only about 10 minutes' drive from the château.

[ 03. February 2018, 17:46: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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Lamb shank for lunch at the Palace today, with some nice mint Sauce to go with it.

ION, a member of the congregation this morning delighted in warning me that sn*w is forecast for later today..... [Help]

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I'll be right over with a bottle of red, BF. [Smile]

The sn*w that we got this morning is apparently going to turn to rain later - lots of rain. While this is normally something to be welcomed, as it does help to clear what's already there and you don't have to shovel it, large quantities of H2O on top of sn*w on top of ground that's frozen too hard to be able to absorb it is No Fun At All, and horrible to drive or walk on.

This could have fairly adverse effects on Evensong, as three members of our already-depleted choir who live out in the country have said they won't be coming back this afternoon.

I seem to have survived (and actually quite enjoyed) singing soprano this morning; whether my voice will continue to co-operate until the end of the afternoon is yet to be seen.

[Eek!]

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Pork in cider this evening. It was delicious.

And thanks to Dormouse for the reminder that I have yet to catch up on The Last Leg. Next week's program should be interesting do to Adam and Alex having played disabled rugby league this weekend on opposing sides.

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Bishops Finger
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Thanks for the bottle of red, piglet.

Very passable - not bad at all!

No sn*w yet, but Ukland is duly Braced....

[Help]

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Snowed on me yesterday, crawling around a rather mouldy scrap car in a breakers' yard in Burnley. Uurrkk.

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Serves you right for seeking after selfish pleasure... [Razz]

IJ

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(it was, after all, a bar full of golfists) Piglet

I obviously haven't had enough coffee yet - I read that as a bar full of goldfish. Couldn't understand why they would be loud.
[Hot and Hormonal]

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It is seriously parky here. A few flakes of snow this morning. It makes a change from rain at least (the river hasn’t gone down any) [Roll Eyes]

The upside is that a good cold snap – especially if it’s dry and cold, which it is now – would go a long way to killing off all manner of evil viruses that are circulating. It might also do something to reduce the mosquito population this summer.

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A light sprinkling of sn*w this morning (think icing-sugar), but it's mostly gone now.

How you D.s, piglets, and all, put up with feet of the stuff, I know not.

Time for some SOUP.

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A cold night plus the possibility of snow later leads me to believe the buses won't run tomorrow. WTF is it with our buses? It is Wales FFS, there are lots of hills and our drivers ought to have some idea, but after all these years I do wonder. I don't think any of them could have coped with Bannerdown Hill, (off the old A4, east of Bath) which is a mile-plus of 1:12) and that was with gutless fifty-year old double-deckers.

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The weather is utterly baffling. I was in the library café earlier watching the light sprinkling of snowflakes outside while trying to shield my eyes from the sun. It's windy until it's not and dry until it rains. [Ultra confused]

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Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
... How you D.s, piglets, and all, put up with feet of the stuff, I know not ...

You get used to it, BF, although you don't have to like it.

The rain (which I don't think was quite as plentiful as was forecast) has certainly made a dent in the snow, but as it's to go back down to -14° tonight, it won't be a big enough one - and there's more on the way on Wednesday night. [Frown]

Evensong actually went very well - two of the three who thought they might not get back actually did, so we weren't quite as short-handed as we might have been. I still had to sing soprano, but the Almighty must have been on my side, as I managed it without too many squeaks.

I also got a few really nice comments about my reading of the second lesson: "where's that lovely accent from? Glasgow?

[Killing me]

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Lo, it snoweth muchly. Not really sticking at this stage but it’s forecast to keep falling until late afternoon at least.

Given that the roads here are gridlocked as soon as there as there are three drops of rain, the rush hour is going to be SLOW.

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We have new neighbours! This may not seem very exciting, but next door to us is a Hotel/Restaurant. For several years this has been run by the Most Unsuitable Man Ever to be in the hospitality business. He is racist and has threatened to beat up a friend of ours; he accused us of not paying our taxes while employing "yellow faces" (his words) on the black to do building work. Slowly he lost practically all local clientele

Anyway - he has gone and a nice couple have moved in. Opening day was yesterday, and we had a very nice 4 course Menu du Jour for 13,50€ So much meat that two of us couldn't finish it - so I snaffled it for the Poor Cats.

We hope that the locals will return & support this new ownership. The food was good, so there's hope.

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That’s great news Dormouse - spread the word!

Snow here, the fine stuff which sticks.

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Four courses for €13.50? That's a gift!

It looks as if we may be crossing the Pond sooner rather that later - my dad, who turned 93 today, has taken a turn for the worse and they're talking about "end-of-life" strategies (see my post on the prayer thread).

We can ill afford it, but we'll have to try and find the means somehow.

In other news, I've got a job interview on Thursday. [Eek!]

It never rains ...

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[Votive] Piglet and Daddy Pig [Votive]

Good luck with the job interview anyway, Piglet [Smile]

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Curiosity killed ...

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Sorry to hear about your father, piglet. But good luck with the interview on Thursday.

Light icing of snow here, which wasn't there on my way home last night, just a sprinkling on grass and roofs. I came back from Five Guys Named Moe at about 11pm, staged in a specially built pop-up theatre at Marble Arch - so basically a dressed up circus tent with glorified portacabin bar, festival toilets and a brilliant decoration job. The show was fun, loosely stringing a story together around Louis Jordan's greatest hits, with a lot of energetic song and dance numbers from the tiny cast.

I went with a work colleague from my last job after trying to meet up for a while. Apparently the job advertisement which ended on Monday was my old job: the person who took over from me doesn't want it either. (My fellow Guide leader flagged up the ad to me and got a response of: I've just escaped from there, no way.)

I also saw a recording of Domestic Science on Monday with someone else who attends BBC recordings as my daughter is not repeating tube trips for a bit. We tried to see Shake the Chains on Saturday, which was kiboshed by someone getting on the tube, sitting next to my daughter and eating a nut covered cupcake. Cue my daughter stopping breathing. We avoided a hospital visit, just, but saw two songs at the gig and heard three outside in the lobby. Next time I will do what I should have done, which is hit the passenger alarm at the next station, jab my daughter with the Epipen and ask for an ambulance. (Using the Epipen means an immediate hospital visit and she's not safe to get there under her own steam, bus, cab ...)

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A whole four inches of snow here and… pandemonium. I could get quite hellish on this subject, but suffice to say that a significant number of colleagues have not made it into the office today.

For some reason, despite the fact that it was snowing hard and settling at 6 pm yesterday, and forecast to continue all night, the Town Hall felt no need to grit the roads. Consequently all bus services are suspended.

Snow is the death of chic. It looks quite strange to see all the Parisians out in their various ski boots, hiking boots (that was me) and wellies. The less well equipped are wearing trainers and uggs, and have wet feet.

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Hope your daughter is recovering CK, that sounds scary.

Sorry to hear about your father Piglet, but good luck with the interview.

LVER - glad you have sensible footwear. A friend once told me about meeting someone wearing stilettos on a snowy, icy day, who thought they were a sensible option as the heels would dig in the snow [Confused]

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[Killing me]

The triumph of hope over actuality!

Another light sprinkling of sn*w here earlier, but fortunately I find that I have no need to leave the Palace today, other than to fetch in coal and logs for the stove.

I am, therefore, improving the Shining Hour by listening to classical piano music, as interpreted by this young lady.

IJ

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quote:
Originally posted by Sarasa:

LVER - glad you have sensible footwear. A friend once told me about meeting someone wearing stilettos on a snowy, icy day, who thought they were a sensible option as the heels would dig in the snow [Confused]

Melania felt they were appropriate for visiting flood victims. Maybe she figured the high heels would keep her feet out of the water.
[Roll Eyes]

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O, bless her. At least she wasn't wearing socks, which would indeed be uncomfortable if wet.

Without wishing to sound sexist or dirty-old-mannish, I do admire all you ladies what can gracefully walk or dance in high heels without falling over!

There must be quite an Art involved...

[Overused]

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quote:
Originally posted by Piglet:
It looks as if we may be crossing the Pond sooner rather that later - my dad, who turned 93 today, has taken a turn for the worse and they're talking about "end-of-life" strategies (see my post on the prayer thread).

We can ill afford it, but we'll have to try and find the means somehow.

In other news, I've got a job interview on Thursday. [Eek!]

It never rains ...

((Piglet)) From me and from Sandemaniac. [Votive] Fingers crossed for the job interview.

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Thanks for all the good wishes, folks - much appreciated. My sister went up to Orkney today, and will be keeping me informed of what's what.

La Vie, you've hit it on the head about chicness v. snow. It's been snowing here since mid-afternoon (it's now about 8:30 in the evening) and set to continue until midnight, leaving us with somewhere between 6 inches and a foot of the stuff.

This does not bode well for (a) actually being able to get to the interview - we'll need to dig out the Pigletmobile and probably shift a whole load of snow that'll have been ploughed up at the end of the drive; and (b) looking smart. What the heck do you wear if you want to both look smart and not have your legs frozen solid?

I seem to have two options: a skirt or dress with knee-length boots, or trousers with ankle boots that are not the smartest. Having said that, this is Canada, where sense tends to prevail over style when it comes to winter clothing.

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piglet, I hope the job interview went/is going/will go well (delete as appropriate).

Sensible Canadians, to sacrifice style for comfort in Interesting Weather!

A pleasant, milder day here, with a modicum of hazy Sun-Shine. The church grounds are bustin' out all over, with daffodils, bluebells, celandines, primroses etc., popping up out of the grass in merry English spring fashion.

We Shall Pay For It Later, You Mark My Words.

[Ultra confused]

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Wishing you well Piglet x

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Our garden is very soggy, with just a couple of pots of snowdrops and iris reticulata in bloom.

Yesterday I was in Pembrokeshire and there was a sprinkling of snow on the beach.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bishops Finger:
We Shall Pay For It Later, You Mark My Words.

It Won't Stay Like This For Long.
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Will you hold your wheesht about your spring flowers? We got about a foot of snow by the time it gave up last night. [Frown]

D. has been quite angelic re: snow-shovelling; he went out quite late last night (while it was still snowing) and cleared the path and a bit of the drive; it was quite well-covered again by the morning, but it was nice soft, fluffy snow that's relatively easy to shift, and it was a beautiful morning with hardly any wind, so getting the car out wasn't too bad. And I think our friend with the snow-blower had a go at it while we were out (BLESS HIM!).

The interview went off OK (in as much as you can judge these things); the only trouble is, the hours are fixed at 8:30 - 4:30 on alternate weekends, which is a total pain from my singing point of view.

I'd still take it if it were offered (they had other people to interview), but wouldn't it just be my luck that a job would come up where I had to work on the one day of the week that I didn't want to? Also, being only 16 hours every other week, I wouldn't get rich on it (although it would still be more than the zilch I'm getting now).

[ 09. February 2018, 22:48: Message edited by: Piglet ]

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I come bearing news and a request for prayer for our own Uncle Pete. Some of you may know that he was taken into hospital with pneumonia. He is still in hospital but they have now diagnosed colonic cancer. He is due laparoscopic surgery on Saturday in the hope that no further intervention will be necessary.
He has family living locally and supporting him in hospital.

Please remember him in your prayers.

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Oh feck - very sorry to hear that.

{{{Uncle Pete}}} [Votive]

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Damn it
[Votive]

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Prayers ascending for Uncle Pete.
Annoying about the hours of that job Piglet, but hope you get it if you want it.

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May Uncle Pete be given all he needs as he needs it, and prayers for those gathering around him too. It doesn't sound too good.

BL (Bracing ourselves for another heatwave here)

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[Votive] Pete xx
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[Votive] Uncle Pete.

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(((Uncle Pete)))

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[Votive] Uncle Pete
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[Votive] Uncle Pete

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Amen.

Updates, please, as and when.

IJ

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Prayers ascending for Uncle Pete here too.

I've had a very enjoyable, if somewhat snowy, birthday.

We didn't have too much trouble getting out to have lunch with a couple of friends (v. nice soup, a sort of minced meat pie thingy and wicked triple chocolate cake in my case), then home for a spot of Quality Bear Time™ and then out for supper at the home of a couple in the choir, which was most couth* despite their wee dog occasionally trying to eat me.

* I assume couth is the opposite of uncouth, and means very nice indeed.

Having stopped snowing for a while, it seems to have started again, so getting about tomorrow might be rather more exciting than we'd like. [Eek!]

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