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Firenze

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The thread for those in the British Isles, and beyond the seas, and indeed anybody...

Firenze
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[ 13. February 2013, 07:27: Message edited by: Spike ]

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Kelly Alves

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I'm gonna hang out here until the colonies have officially seceded. [Big Grin]

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Japes

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All this talk of new threads reminded me I needed to do something about my dilapidated sewing box... so, the contents of the 25 year old chocolate box, have been transferred to a new biscuit tin.

No, I've still not done the sewing that needs doing, but I have a splendidly tidy box now.

Happy New Year [Big Grin]

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Firenze

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Very wise. This whole independence thing could well fizzle out.
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Happy New Year! [Big Grin]

I, too, have a brand new biscuit tin and an overflowing sewing basket that needs tidying. The only snag is that I'll need to eat up the biscuits first.

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Japes

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I'd eaten the biscuits.

This gave me incentive to finish them.. though, I may need a label on the tin to remind me there are no biscuits there.

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Something of a tragedy to go to a biscuit tin expecting a swift (if illicit) snack and find only the indigestible ... [Snigger]

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quote:
Originally posted by Darllenwr:
Something of a tragedy to go to a biscuit tin expecting a swift (if illicit) snack and find only the indigestible ... [Snigger]

Particularly had they been digestive biscuits.

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Welease Woderwick

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We drove to Mass last night only to find the church all closed up and no preparations or anything so we contemplated going to another church but eventually just came home and went to bed instead - and I'm still tired now!

Frankly I wonder about all the fuss as we change from one arbitrary time period to the next, surely it's just another day.

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quote:
Originally posted by Japes:
... transferred to a new biscuit tin ...

Do you need any more? I discovered four Quality Street tins and two Other tins when clearing a set of shelves we're ditching ...

Just back from taking in the New Year with friends from the choir - jolly evening had by all.

Happy New Year to all my chums Over There (and in Wodders' case, Really Far Over There).

[Smile]

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Ariel
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Turned on my mobile phone last night just after midnight to find it had reset itself to 1980 and lost connectivity. Half a searing hour later it was sorted out, but by that time I had the beginnings of what felt like a migraine and the fireworks were going off.

Looked out of the window to see my neighbours setting light to a huge Chinese lantern in the car park, which drifted erratically just over the roofs of the parked cars, threatening to settle. However it gained height and drifted off in the vicinity of the railway station - there are fields around there - a beautiful burning light in the sky, but so dangerous for anything underneath.

Dawn now - you can already see that the nights are shorter, and believe that spring will come; the sky is already paling. The stars are still out and it looks like clear skies so far. The birds are alive and very vocal, next door's cat is exploring the car park, and the world is still. Happy New Year!

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Uncle Pete

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Indeed, Wodders! Just another day. In Canada, it is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, one of only two Holy Days of Obligation in Canada (The other being Christmas*). So an almost full set of masses, starting with last evening. I'll be off to the 9 am Mass in a few hours.

Greetings to ex-pats and pats. And Maureens too! [Biased]

*I think they've forgotten Easter. [Frown]

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Boogie

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Happy New Year all!

There is something pale and yellow in the sky, so I'll take that as an omen for better weather this year.

[Smile]

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Happy New Year to all!

I don't post that often on this thread, but I enjoy everyone's witty/erudite/informative/just plain daft comments. So thank you all for sailing with me on this Ship of Fools!

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Happy New Year from the soggy South-West coast of England. Although today looks to be quite - dare I say it? - DRY! Thank You, Lord, after the continual depressing grey soaking we've had for the past weeks. I'm actually sitting in our living room without having to put the lights on! [Yipee]

[ 01. January 2013, 08:44: Message edited by: Starbug ]

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quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:

Inclusive All Saints Host

Not that inclusive, given the implied moratorium on Welsh and Gaelic speakers. [Razz]

Bliadhna mhath ùr!

Blwyddyn newydd dda!

[ 01. January 2013, 08:52: Message edited by: Arethosemyfeet ]

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Smudgie

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Happy New Year, from the soft embrace of my beloved duvet (start the year as you mean to go on, I say!). Thinking about a trip to the Natural History Museum today if the boy wakes in time. His bedroom window and vent is right next to the noisiest part of the pub so I'm not banking on him waking early this morning.

Wodders, I tend to agree with you about the arbitrariness (is that a word, and if so, did I spell it correctly, I wonder?) of the new year. (Now there's a start to the year which won't continue long, me agreeing with Wodders!). But it is a good excuse for having a quick audit of your hopes and dreams for the months to come.

Mine are to get a new job, preferably earning a bit more to make month-end slightly less stressful; to have a holiday seeing as for a long time we haven't managed a proper one which was not based around visiting people and either staying in their homes or *shudder under canvas; and to get my Smudgelet sorted with his college plans for next year (how can he possibly be that old?). And definitely I am intent on being more sociable this year - there are far too many people on my "must get together for coffee sometime" list.

So, my friends, while we can't in all honesty expect a completely good and trouble-free year any more than we can expect sun every day (with the exception of smug ex-pats), here's to some excellent moments for each one of us in 2013 [Big Grin]

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Uncle Pete

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quote:
Originally posted by Arethosemyfeet:
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:

Inclusive All Saints Host

Not that inclusive, given the implied moratorium on Welsh and Gaelic speakers. [Razz]

Bliadhna mhath ùr!

Blwyddyn newydd dda!

Translate please.

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balaam

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quote:
Originally posted by PeteC:
quote:
Originally posted by Arethosemyfeet:
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:

Inclusive All Saints Host

Not that inclusive, given the implied moratorium on Welsh and Gaelic speakers. [Razz]

Bliadhna mhath ùr!

Blwyddyn newydd dda!

Translate please.

PeteC
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"Happy new year" in Scottish Gaelic and Welsh.

Have we no Irish Gaelic speakers? Last time I looked the north was still part of the UK.

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Ariel
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I speak some Irish Gaelic, as first learnt in Dublin. It's quite rusty now and I couldn't tell you how to say Happy New Year in Irish without googling it.
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A gloriously sunny new year here in Cambridge. We might even get to go on a family walk at this rate.
Last year was the year I kick started my life, after years of mild depression and apathy. We decluttered and tidied and then hosted our first dinner party for 8 years! This year I want to build on that, to make a home sociable again and build lasting friendships.
Oh, and I need to lose some weight. luckily I prefer tins of buttons to biscuits any day.
What plans do people have for the day?

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Starbug
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My plans are:
- Write birthdays and appointments in this year's diaries.
- At 12:30, collect Mother and bring her over for a roast beef dinner, followed by one of Mr Bug's homemade Christmas Puddings (he's cooking and I'm on preparing veggies and washing-up duty).
- At approx 3:30, Father-in-Law will arrive and he and Mr Bug will disappear to The Football (it's on Sky, hence the late match start). I'm hoping to find a nice film for me and another to fall asleep in front of, after they've gone!
- Then this evening a friend has promised to ring, to arrange a day out at the sales tomorrow.


And my New Year's Resolution is to start proof-reading posts, so that I don't have to keep editing!

[ 01. January 2013, 10:26: Message edited by: Starbug ]

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Plans for the day seem to have gone out of the window. We had bought tickets to see The Hobbit at one of the local cinemas - tickets that are going to go to waste by all appearances. Thanks to a wrenched knee (fall on Boxing Day evening; MS makes such things very easy, no alcohol involved) St Gwladys can barely walk and I have contracted some delightful stomach bug, making it advisable to have a very short run to the toilet. I don't think that Showcase Cinema in Nantgarw is going to see us this afternoon. [Frown]

Oh well - Happy New Year, anyway!

And, just as a thought, didn't the Roman Republic calculate its year from the beginning of March?

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Happy New Year! Having just started off the 2nd diswasher load of the day, following last night's festivities, I plan to hurtle into the sunshine in my little red fun machine & get the engine ticking over - opportunities for winter jaunts are few and far between because I'd rather not put the roof up.
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Praying for a quick and smooth recovery for those in need.
I've just made a chicken and ham Wellington for lunch, using up some chicken fillets, ham and the remainders of some venison terrine for the filling, with red currant jelly and salad leaves thrown in for colour. Other half popped to B&Q ages ago and I suspect is enjoying some peace and quiet somewhere.

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Happy New Year! I spent a happy 6 weeks in Autumn with a Welsh speaker, it took me a while to work out that English was her second language cos she was so bloody good at it - when she called her family she spoke Welsh.

I don't think there was any reference in the OP to banning the bilingual, was there? So anyone who can understand and write English is welcome.

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Japes

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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Japes:
... transferred to a new biscuit tin ...

Do you need any more? I discovered four Quality Street tins and two Other tins when clearing a set of shelves we're ditching ...

Actually, the set of shelves would be more useful, thank you piglet.

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balaam

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I haven't got a paper diary this year, last year's was not used beyond April. Instead I'm using Google's diary, which can be read and updated from computers or smart phone just about anywhere. Far more convenient than paper diaries which need updating every year.

I'm watching the Vienna Philharmonic's New Year's Concert on TV, later there's Jools Holland's Hootenanny to catch up on iPlayer. New Year's Day is about music.

I might venture out in the sunshine somewhere between.

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Happy New Year everyone. One new year's resolution is Boeing more sociable, starting with contributing to this thread more often.

It's great to see some sunshine for once.

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Miffy

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Book group are meeting at our place next week, which solves the biscuit eating problem, if I can resist temptation until then, that is.

Biscuit tins are multifunctional round here. I use a couple of Christmas themed ones for storage of our Christmas music CDs.

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Happy New Year All!

I'm thrilled to see the sun today after (as mentioned upthread) weeks of rain. Whatever I do today has to involve some basking face up to it as I soak in Vit D.

What a year that was! Moved countries, new jobs, flat, friends, church... a bit more travel in Europe and lots of zipping about the South-ish areas of England (and a bit of Wales).

Don't know how we can top that this year... maybe a bit of solidifying and settling in. (Plus a bit more travel).

Cheers,
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quote:
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One new year's resolution is Boeing more sociable, starting with contributing to this thread more often.

Can we expect some plane speaking from you then? [Biased]

Happy New Year to you too and welcome aboard this thread!

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I don't often post on this thread, as it grows too quickly for me to keep up with, but I'm just popping in to say Happy New Year to all.

When did we start having fireworks for New Year? I only recall it in, say, the last 20 years or so (I don't recall it when we moved into this house, which was 25 years ago later this year).

When I was a child, everyone ran into the street and made lots of noise - which usually meant banging dustbin lids together. I suppose no-one has metal dustbins any more. And lids don't come off wheely bins, of course.

I was bell ringing at midnight, which is always fun, although it never feels as though it's going to be.

And on Sunday, Macarius and I went to see Matthew Bourne's 'Sleeping Beauty' at Sadlers Wells, which has to be just about the most wonderful thing I have ever seen anywhere (just wanted to tell someone how wonderful it was!)

M.

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Welease Woderwick

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Matthew Bourne is a genius! I love his work, plain brilliant!

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Ah, bliss! A post-prandial cup of tea and Mary Poppins. All together now, 'Oh, it's a jorly orliday with Mary'.... [Big Grin]

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Welease Woderwick

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I'm rather pleased to say that I have never seen that movie all the way through.

[Big Grin]

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quote:

originally posted by Welease Woderwick

movie

English spoken here

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Some of you have got sun? [Eek!]

Nothing like that here. Its not exactly wet, in that it isn't actually coming down, but it is very wet underfoot (and paw) and decidedly damp in the air.

However, its 2013, the world is still with us, so Happy New Year, everyone!

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quote:
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originally posted by Welease Woderwick

movie

English spoken here
You tell 'im, Moonie!

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As Darllenwr said, we were going to see The Hobbit - it's become a New Year's Day tradition to go to the cinema. At least the cinema involved has agreed to delay our tickets, so we should be able to see it latyer in the week when we're both feeling better.

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Welease Woderwick

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quote:
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originally posted by Welease Woderwick

movie

English spoken here
You tell 'im, Moonie!
I offer a completely and utterly abject apology [Hot and Hormonal]

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The Smudgelet and I did Wisley this afternoon. It was a beautiful day, although that didn't stop the boy complaining about the cold of course. The gardens are fascinating in the winter and it was lovely to see the first signs of spring peeping through. Of course, the glasshouse was in full flower - much to the Smudgelet's disgust as we hadn't thought to take any antihistamine for his outrageous hayfever.

I like having a son who likes photography. It means he still enjoys accompanying me on trips out which most teenage boys would grump about!

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West Kirby* is the most wonderful place to blow last year's cobwebs out of the way (and get rid of a hangover, should one have one.) There is a pedestrian walkway between the marine lake and the sea, and from the beach it looks as if people are walking on water. Welsh hills in the background, blustery wind and plenty of sun: what's not to like?

*on the Wirral, twixt Mersey and Dee.

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We took a stroll to the little local nature reserve where we played pooh sticks and my 8 year old discussed 'Boggles' (little folk who live in bogs). We even found a Boggle nest [Smile] .

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Happy New Year from Hampshire, where the sun came out for a day! Another bell ringer here; we rang the old year out, drank champagne, then rang the new year in. The second touch was better than the first. Funny, that [Snigger] .

Today, friends motivated me to go out for a long muddy but sunny walk.

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We walked to Stirling Castle and went to a concert (folk music) in the Chapel Royal. The sky was a really deep blue and the colours were just fantastic. Once the sun started going down it did get really quite chilly though.

Happy new year folks!

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quote:
Originally posted by Boogie:
... There is something pale and yellow in the sky ...

In Boogieland? Are you sure? [Big Grin]
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Originally posted by Japes:
Actually, the set of shelves would be more useful, thank you piglet.

If you can get them over the Pond, you're welcome! [Devil]

I've had a very lazy day so far; got up late morning to watch the Top Gear India special*, which hadn't been shown here before (and featured an Austin Allegro exactly the same as the one D. had when I fell for him [Big Grin] )

I'm now messing about here while waiting to go to friends for Roast Beef And All The Trimmings™.

One day I might stop eating ...

* Blimey, what an amazing country! [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by St. Gwladys:
As Darllenwr said, we were going to see The Hobbit - it's become a New Year's Day tradition to go to the cinema. At least the cinema involved has agreed to delay our tickets, so we should be able to see it latyer in the week when we're both feeling better.

Sorry to hear about your dismal start to the new year - but that's great that you haven't lost out on your cinema tickets after all. Hope you enjoy the film when you do get to see it.

A few centuries ago when I was at school, as a special treat on Friday afternoons, one of the nuns would read a chapter of The Hobbit to us. You could have heard a pin drop as the adventures of Bilbo unfolded. I asked my mother for a copy for my birthday. Of course, it spoilt the surprise of having it read in instalments, but it was a great read. I got very into learning to write in runes, as well.

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[Roll Eyes] What's a little inconvenience like the Pond to a resourceful piglet, I ask myself?

Ah well, I shall contemplate the issue of shelving another day.

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As a matter of interest, Ariel, did you succumb to Tolkein scripts as I and a number of friends did? Like most, I started with the (Norse) runes used in The Hobbit, but then I progressed to Tolkein's own runes (appendix F of The Return of the King) and then to the Feanorian letters from the same source. These last took rather more working out, but a number of us took to using them to scrawl gafiti on various blackboards throughout our school, comfortable in the knowledge that only those 'in the know' (not including any of the Teachers, obviously) could read what had been written very publicly.

It was all rather sad, really ... [Big Grin]

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