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Posted: 17/12/2016 at 11:54

We have never allowed a TV in bedrooms and I did my best to discourage the use of mobile and computer in Possum's room but that had to be relaxed during heavy revision periods for exams.  We always ate dinner together and lunch at weekends and Possum was involved in dancing too so was used to a mix of generations enjoying each other's company.   Didn't stop her deciding eventually that she didn't want to join us any more to spend time on her own or with her own group of friends.

One good thing, she has taken to asking her student friends to turn off their mobiles when they do go out for coffee or a bite.

I think Dove's right.  Those teens present in the pub will have unwittingly absorbed the pleasures of sociability and communal activities even if they don't actively participate now.  

I also think education is about teaching people to think, to research and to understand and that has to involve new technologies they will meet when they start to work or go on to further studies.  They still need the basics though - reading, writing (and spelling and grammar) and 'rithmetic as the foundation bricks.  Using just one method to learn anything is counter productive as people learn differently.

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Posted: 17/12/2016 at 11:40

Great link Wonky.   I have just spent a lazy morning reading a book in bed in the sunshine while 2 kittens and a dog played around, over and under me.   Exhausting but hilarious.

Make sure you take time to rest and recuperate or you'll be buggy all winter.

So pleased things are working out for your dad Chicky.   Good luck with the car Fidget.

Love all the dog pics.  Have to say our two weigh 17 and 30 kilos respectively and both think they are lap dogs when they need a special cuddle or think one is getting more than t'other.

Carol concerts sound good Busy and DD.  Haven't found any sign of any here but I do hear them in the SMs along with other Xmas songs.  White Christmas tune with the wrong words in French is bizarre.

We're off to a dinner dance tonight so Strictly final will have to wait till tomorrow.


Posted: 16/12/2016 at 18:16

It's been a problem for years Pansy - Japanese males so involved with their video/PC games and strange insular world that they no longer marry and have children - can't cope with women in the flesh.  Remember seeing a documentary about it years ago.

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Posted: 16/12/2016 at 17:14

Just think Hosta - only one more week to the shortest day and then you can have more time in the garden - assuming it's not too brass monkeys.

OH has been playing with our newly repaired mower but I have been stuck indoors cutting out a posh frock for Possum who has announced she wants a festive dress.    Need to get that done before kittens descend and "help".

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Posted: 16/12/2016 at 15:14

They didn't walk out GWRS.  They were all sacked in October because the minster people wanted to change the safety system.  https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/19/how-york-minster-campanologists-sacking-blew-the-lid-off-bitter-dispute

It seems the Minster had a problem with the ringers' leader and alleged child abuse but have thrown out the baby with the bath water.  Seems a kack-handed way to go about treating those who weren't implicated in any wrong-doing.   

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Posted: 16/12/2016 at 14:32

Clarice - a fine collection of contented looking cats and dogs.

Busy - Bonzo is the bottom one.  Rasta is the Wheaten terrier type who adores kittens (and their food) and likes to mother them.   When we rescued her she had a 3" thick mat of felted hair under a crinkly top layer and had to be shaved.

Skin and bone underneath at 10 kilos.

She soon blossomed tho and has been a steady 17 kilos for the last 8 years.  The hairdresser likes dogs with moustaches but Rasta's had to go cos she's a digger and was always filthy.

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Posted: 16/12/2016 at 14:15

I usually start my morning listening to the Today programme and then progress to coffee downstairs with BBC News but, like Dove, I'm having to ration it.   Too depressing.  Why are politicians and zealots everywhere so filled with their own hubris, or so naive, that they don't learn the lessons of history?   

Quite amused by the latest on the York Minster bell ringers this lunch time though.

Wonky - flu is nasty so take the time to heal and rest and no heroics.  You do not want post viral complication, believe me.  Let the family do the cooking and cleaning and colleagues do the gardening.  It'll all still be there when you're better.  

You too FG with your recovery.

Liri - a recent TV prog highlighted that branded, over the counter medicines for aches, pains, inflammation, colds, menstrual pain all had exactly the same formula of Ibuprofen - but different prices and all more expensive than the generic.

I'm off to potter in the sunshine after a miserable, foggy day and night yesterday.

Have a good afternoon all and a great weekend.

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Posted: 16/12/2016 at 13:07

His coat is short and gingery and sheds.  His origins are unknown.  We adopted him after he was rescued by our dog trainer - been living indoors all his lif with never a walk or even house training and was thought to be between 2.5 and 3 yrs old.  She and the vet think Labrador.  

He's a big baby, even now after 4 and half years with us but loves his walks and long runs off the lead and playing with Rasta and cuddles and games with us.  Just not sure about kittens yet.

Kalettes ????

Posted: 15/12/2016 at 22:33

Kalette is a horrible word.   I bought them in Belgium last winter as Flower Sprouts and we loved them.  I hate sprouts but love cabbage and kale in nearly all their other forms.   I have bought seeds to grow my own but have to wait till we get our new veggie plot sorted.

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Posted: 15/12/2016 at 22:21

No.  Close.  He's a Labrador.   Rescue dog with issues but very loving and playful with us.  Just doesn't like anything or anyone new till he's got used to them and finds kittens worrying.  He'll get over it.

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