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15/06/2013 at 17:47

Tina, I have a mantleshelf full of cards, the best dad in the world??? Thank you for being the dad you are??? so my children and grandchildren must think me soft!!!


15/06/2013 at 18:02

What's wrong with that Frank. It's their way of letting you know what they feel about you.  I know they probably show it all the time but it's that special day.

Two of mine have a competition as to who can get the showiest, slushiest card imaginable. The mantlepiece is the first thing they aim for when they come in and the first words are 'Let's see what he/she has managed this year'. Then they have a row - a friendly one, of course. 

My MD cards are still up! I suppose I will have to take them down now so FD ones can be on display.

15/06/2013 at 20:28

Tina, I think the Princess Royal who spoke to me was Alice, she died in 1981 97 years old it was in the late sixties I saw her so she would be in her 70's then.

My lot try to get the biggest card until Sandra started into making her own, you could call them wall murals.


15/06/2013 at 20:55

Frank, I wouldn't argue with you.

What is it about these offspring that they have to compete, in a friendly way.  I'm always being told that middle child is my favourite.  I go along with it now and so does he, so when we are altogether we really play up to it, while the other two look at each other with the 'see what I mean' face.

Gilly, I've only just spotted your post about dressing up box. Very apt remark.  He looked a right plonker and as for Princess Anne, why does she dress like a man?  Mmm.

15/06/2013 at 22:43

Why does she dress like a man you ask, because she lives in her horsey clothes most of the time and cannot find the only dress in the cupboard full of saddles whips etc. Do not ask me why all the whips?


15/06/2013 at 22:57

Frank I actually thought she looked like one today. Ouch, that was bitchy.

15/06/2013 at 23:25

You are allowed one Tina, it is Saturday night nowt on't tele and the large glass of Malt and water makes the tongue acidic, well three wee drops of it, do not want to dilute the golden dram do we.
Just had a horrendous downpour here it rattled everything, glad I got my heating fixed will need some tonight methinks.


15/06/2013 at 23:48

Had my heating on today Frank. Got to keep warm. I've had torrential rain today too.  Have to say it was much needed.

Enjoy your tipple and hope you are seeing the family tomorrow.

I think we've forgotten this the 'rant' thread.

16/06/2013 at 10:30

Morning ranters, a quick wander round the mails etc whilst the oven warms up for the lamb today it is with port wine sauce, using up bottles.

Rant one:- What happened to good old Kellogs flakes? my Daughter tells me I need more roughage so I invest in a packet of mixed grain flakes with a multitude of dry fruits and nuts.
It is like eating what is left on the Wynyard floor after threshing, we bedded the cattle on it and did not make them eat it. My normal breakfast is porridge surely enough roughage there, at my age too much can turn you into a methane making engine, you propel yourself along by jumping in the air  then turning on the jet forward motion.

Rant two:- does anyone find those bathroom spray cleaners actually work?
Five minutes to shower ten minutes to wipe down and dry, I use a hand squeegy and still it dries with a mist on it, it takes the steam cleaner to bring back the shine which slowly mists again just using the shower spray. I sometimes lose my temper and go in with a bucket of Domestos that gets it bright again, the glass spray does not work either, does anything modern work, we never had this problem with the old tin bath and good old block Sunlight soap "aaaagh"


16/06/2013 at 12:39

Rant 3. The size of Wagon Wheels, really they have certainly been downsized since those I purchased in the 1960s (there given an idea of my age)

Anybody else agree, dispite what the manufacturer states, that they are in fact the same size?  


16/06/2013 at 12:47

Ah - but you can now  fit one easily in your mouth sideways in one go Jon.

Or so I'm told 

Don't like 'em but get then for girls now and again!

Can't beat soapy water and a squeegee Frank/Dad - I use it for windows too. Sprays are hopeless aren't they?

Hope you have a lovely roast lunch today - you shouldn't be doing the cooking though 

16/06/2013 at 13:08

Ah - but you can now  fit one easily in your mouth sideways in one go Jon.


16/06/2013 at 15:56

Wagon wheels hve def shrunk. It used to need two hands to hold one. Mars bars have also shrunk, I never used to be able to eat a whole 6d worth.

16/06/2013 at 18:42

Frank, I clean our shower with white vinegar, leave it to soak for a couple of minutes, then clean off with a rubber window scraper, and polish off with balled-up kitchen roll - always seems to work well. Certainly all the bathroom and kitchen sprays seem ineffective - just like most of the garden sprays and powders nowadays. Shall we blame it on Health and Safety or the EU?

18/06/2013 at 10:51

A rant about the wastage within the NHS. 

Whilst I was at hospital yesterday, sipped away at my coffee,  I listened to the nurses chatting about what was going on within the hospital.  This is my local one where they have already closed A&E and Maternity and, anyone with any sense can see, will eventually close.  Unfortunately, we were linked up with 2 PFI hospitals which are seriously in debt.  Both pieces of land on which these buildings stand will be sold off to try and bring the debt down. Just setting the stage. Quite obviously, admin bods are trying to implement all sorts of cuts within the medical side which isn't going down well.  More admin than medical staff!!  This is all leading to misuse of hospital coffers.  Always wear the wonderful hospital gown which is supplied but now you are issued with another 'throw away' piece of attire. Have had the same procedure 4 times over 9 years and they were never thought necessary before. At what cost to the ailing NHS. Who thought that one up, I wonder? 

One government after another doesn't seem to know what to do with the ailing NHS. How is it that we, the ordinary Joe Public, can see what needs to be done. I watched a programme some years back now, where Gerry Robinson went in and turned a hospital round.  It's a shame they don't take someone in the know to implement changes and get shot of all these overpaid admin bods who know nothing.

Rant ended.

18/06/2013 at 12:28

the thing with wagon wheels.. have they got smaller.. or have our hands just got bigger???

i also use white vinegar for my cleaning.. it is amazing.. mixed with bleach (thou pongs and open all windows) it can be pasted on the grout and rinse after time and whoopie!! clean and white and fresh.

18/06/2013 at 13:39

A Warning to all, be careful, be very careful what you mix in your cleaning buckets, mix the wrong cleaners together and you get Phosgene Gas, the poison gas of the first world war, deadly and in enclosed surroundings a killer, more than one person has died mixing cleaners.
The kitchen and Bathroom can be deadly places as ex-ICI I could make you a bomb, a poison, several gases, and an incendary device all from everyday ingredients in your kitchen and bathroom.
When cleaning Always leave windows and doors open even in winter and those household chemicals are not meant to be mixed. My way is mainly Domestos and water, wipe it on, leave it a few minutes wash it off, squeegee it down and dry. That usually gets the soap scum off the glass and walls though the steamer is best and also dangerous.
Probably it is best to be a slut???


18/06/2013 at 15:16

Thanks for the warning Frank but I don't need it.

21/06/2013 at 09:59

Mine eye's will be afflicted and then some?
Yesterday as I got out of the car in T's car park I heard my name called, looking around I saw a smartly dressed lady who I vaguely knew and then this wizened chap with a beard who I had no idea, then the penny dropped.
First I had to put my sunglasses on to stop being blinded then looking at the apparition wondered why, the smartest man in my old planning office had suddenly decided to wear curtains for extra long shorts with a clashing shirt that would have made a Hawaiian wince, ordinary socks and scruffy trainers. In his retirement he had obviously flipped, we talked and I could see his wife knew what I was thinking, her face said it all and so we parted me still well and truly flummoxed but taking note, and in the shop the sun had brought out all the Costa del Sol gear.
Why do men well past their sell by date need to wear those stupid shorts and shirts and men not even reached their years of responsibility if ever they do wear trousers with a waist band which if it was a boot lid would cover the exhaust pipe and nothing else, the crutch around the knees either in hope or expectation.
What is wrong with normal clothes I ask? or is it just me.


21/06/2013 at 10:16

No Frank, it's not just you.  There's a place for everything and what you describe is not for venturing out in! Only recently, I commented to someone that I wondered whether some people actually looked in the mirror before they ventured out, women included.  I hate this attitude 'I'm only popping to the shops', etc,etc. Where is their sense of pride?  Perhaps we are old fashioned.  Well, so be it.  I like to look my best even when shopping. Do garden in night attire though.