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Palaisglide


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So...............

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 23:10

The house I lived in for the first eighteen year was a front section built in 1850's on to a much older cottage being on three levels, Mothers front sitting room, carpets and furnished with an open fire in a fantastic tiled fire place, up some steps to the living room complete with huge metal stove come fire which had two ovens a water boiler and various rings and chains for cooking appliances.  Then through to kitchen and wash house complete with water boiling stove. and a gas oven then out to stables and a large walled garden. Three bedrooms upstairs with a very high passage to my bedroom where sides of bacon and hams hung curing. In our house cut yourself a slice of porridge meant exactly that. The big cast pot had been hung over the fire (it never went out just damped down) the pot full of oats and water cooked over night and you literally cut a slice mixed in the treacle and milk to your liking and ate, the rest of breakfast was bacon eggs in season our own hens tomato or mushrooms in season and of course fried bread, if you believe the diet faddists I should have died years ago.


Problem Dad got me a Piano it would not go anywhere but the Front Sitting Room and that meant I had to go in there every day to practice. Hot weather I would throw the window open and a row of heads appeared as it was straight out onto the Mill lane, come on Sonna we want to play cricket Mother shooing them back out of Her Room.  Four of us lived in that house and at no time did I ever think others lived a different way. Our Village was ideal though there were plenty of two up two down no bathroom single cold water tap and as many as ten living in some, and there we were with a Front Sitting Room.


Frank.

So...............

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 16:20

Lantana, no trouble with this then.


Aa went to Blaydon Races, 'twas on the ninth of Joon,
Eiteen hundred an' sixty-two, on a summer's efternoon;
Aa tyuk the 'bus frae Balmbra's, an' she wis heavy laden,
Away we went 'lang Collin'wood Street, that's on the road to Blaydon.


(chorus)


Ah me lads, ye shudda seen us gannin',
We pass'd the foaks alang the road just as they wor stannin';
Thor wis lots o' lads an' lassies there, aal wi' smiling faces,
Gannin' alang the Scotswood Road, to see the Blaydon Races.


We belonged to an advanced Armoured group alongside the German Armour with mobile Workshops so intermixed I was always taken by surprise when Rank and File German troops saluted me being a WO, our lot just called us names. At night beer would appear and a singing session commence, the lads always called me Geordie not knowing where Teesside was and the request would come Blaydon Races Geordie and after a few beers how could you refuse I often gave Geordie Ridley a blessing (not) for writing it, they always knew if I left a verse out.


Fun times though had the public known how close it came at times they may well have worried more.


Frank.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 13:21

Nora, as I said in the PM I did try to do as you asked on the I Pad, clicking on to the address you gave there was just a blank page nothing to go forward with. It was no use clicking on from the laptop mail that would just give the form for the laptop which is working anyway.


At my age I manage to make some things work this has me beat.


Frank.

rain water out of water butt

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 12:03

Rain water from a roof via a gutter and pipe to a Butt will be anything but pure you could add acid Vinegar or such it works though would you use the water on delicate plants. My Butts when I had them had taps on the base so you drew water from the bottom. I found it much easier to fill buckets from the tap and leave them to gas off for a couple of days then water with that, our water is soft, hard water could be a problem. Some people have to use Butts and the answer above of straw in a sack though I thought it had to float?


Frank.

So...............

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:53

One thing always made me laugh in the English lesson, that was the removal of unnecessary words. My Tutor would say "The Cat ate the cream" how would you change it? After numerous accounts of the cat eating the cream or slurping it as I pointed out Miss English (yes that was her name) would say remove cat  "The cream was eaten" but miss had it gone off to be thick enough to eat? we all knew the cat ate it or slurped it what was the point. As more sentences were dissected the form would be rolling on the floor laughing, Miss English had a sense of humour thank goodness which made English a lesson to enjoy.


Frank.

Forum changes now live

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:37

Could some one please explain why I can sign in on my laptop as now yet will not allow me in on my I pad. I tried four times last night got a notification it was now done yet it was not, this morning after several tries to log in I gave up.


Can you sort this please.


Frank.

So...............

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:42

Lantana, My  Mother was from North Yorkshire Dad from Prudhoe I was born in Durham then acquired the flat Army accent which is a mish mash of it all. You tend to switch accents depending on the company and some of the guesses as to where I came from were hilarious, one lad had me down as Danish? probably in the Viking days.


Giving a lecture it would be from a written script meticulous in the writing, as one person told me real toffee nosed, giving orders they would be short to the point making sure there could be no misunderstanding that might cause problems and when Teaching an informal method that allowed questions. The feed back told me it was mostly the correct way, in later years people came up and told me I had started them off well, very satisfying.


Nato was fun German Dutch French Belgium we all got along fine it was the Americans who had us beaten, I understood the Russian's who followed us everywhere better than the Yanks. I always found it strange how soon mixed races were understanding each other. Look at the world now, travel has changed it completely since I was a lad, my Parents would not understand it at all.


Frank

So...............

Posted: 17/05/2016 at 22:33

Oasis, a foul smelling watering hole in the Desert a few Date Palms and a raised section of well for humans and camels to drink if you dare. Your nose tells you where they are from ten miles out.
When may I ask did we turn Railway Stations into train stations?


We have at least six regional accents within a distance of 35 miles which we all understand although being taught the Kings now the Queens English in the correct way at school we all added yet another accent as we tried at elocution lessons to make pronouncements aka BBC News Readers.


I find writing for the Local History comes out quite formal and much as an Engineers report, everything there that would be needed although cut to the quick. On here you are writing with friends much looser prose unless talking to a newby where much more detail must be added.


If I read or hear "Amazzingg, The end of the day, Abbreviations, BTW, FAQ, IMO, IOW. TIC, I will tear out all the hair on my "err" arms. Do not get me started.


Frank

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 14:31

My mention of Verdun was in answer to his quote " Countries are queueing up to trade with us" my relatives and friends in NZ and Australia do not appear to hold that opinion.


People are making statements and making them look like facts when they are not, neither side have given one solid fact that could be proved right or wrong. I rest my case I also consider Verdun as a friend with his quirky sense oh humour he makes me smile, we should all smile more and friends do not by law have to agree all the time.


Frank.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 16/05/2016 at 11:32

Verdun, I respect your right to say it as you see it although stating your wishes as facts will not make people opt one way or the other. I have relatives in New Zealand and friends in Australia, they say it would be very hard for us to take back large area's of their markets because of deals with Asia, EU, America, India and Africa. Both sides are stating wishes as facts, my fourteen year old grandson has realised they are all beating their own drums, in his words this will be my world granddad He has to pick up the rubbish we leave.


My thoughts once out now in as Matthew is correct, leave him the world he has to live his life in.


Last word I am in, Frank.

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