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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 09/02/2014 at 17:42

Just seen Busy Lizzie's thread yesterday re the opera - you would have loved the performance of Aida,which I saw 20 years ago in Luxor, Egypt. It was staged at the Temple of Queen Hatshepshut,under the mountains, near the Valley of the Kings.

To reach it easily, the Egyptian Army built a pontoon bridge, spanning the Nile, from Luxor to Thebes - the whole thing was amazingly well organised, and to see Aida in a setting like that,in the desert -unforgettable.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 23:16

Lovely sunny day today here - spent most of it in the garden tidying up and shaping bushes and shrubs - washing drying quickly on the line - can't believe it was just a brief respite in the bad weather.

Thoughts are with Verdun and everybody in the far west tonight .

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:47

No Lily, I was already sad. Your beautiful quotations and snippets just help concentrate my mind and encourage me to put any negativity behind me - thank you.

Tradition has it that Cornwall was God's chosen country, and the Devil would not cross the Tamar for fear of ending up in a Tiddy Oggy - seems like he's knocking at the gates at the moment!

Positive thoughts and silly things for the tough times

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 23:05

The best journey always takes us home' - very true SGL, but no trains can take me back to my beloved Cornwall at the moment. It's very hard to keep my thoughts positive when I see some of my favourite places being slowly destroyed, and local people in such distress. I know that come the summer and the warm sunshine, my thoughts will be totally positive, but for now I feel so helpless looking on. I just hope the Cornish (and of course the people in Devon,Dorset, and Somerset ) can soon feel more positivity than I do - knowing their strength and resilience I'm sure they will.

Marestail

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 07:44

Agent Orange brings back unpleasant memories Fidget. In the 1970's all the major US  pharmaceutical companies were ordered by the Government to produce AO, (and also Agent Purple)as defoliants to use against the Vietcong. Years later, it was found that it was causing huge health problems with ex-servicemen who had handled it.

When those servicemen, or their surviving families tried to seek financial assistance from the US government they were refused help, with their government citing " Governmental Immunity".

I was working in the Insurance industry,and my company insured most of the major US drug companies - what I saw and heard about Agent Orange was horrendous, and  the European insurance industry eventually ended up paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to those poor unfortunates.

Since those times, I'm afraid I have nothing but contempt for most American politicians!

If anyone has any doubts about using noxious chemicals in the garden - DON'T use them!

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 20:04

A lot of you have probably seen this video, but when we are all thoroughly cheesed off with the weather, this clip shows that water can sometimes help lift your spirits. I first saw it not long after my daughter was told of her life-threatening illness - it gave me optimism, and joy that humanity is capable of creating little scenarios like this.

 

http://www.wimp.com/dubaifountain

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/02/2014 at 22:47

As a Cornishman this is one of those very rare occasions when I'm glad to be elsewhere!

Did any of you see that great picture in yesterday's Daily Wail, of a surfer going down the river in Bude ( - he is passing my sister's solicitors office) - anybody who knows that part of town will realise how very high the water actually is.

Best wishes to Verdun and and everyone else living ( or holidaying ) in the far West - stay aware, and keep well clear of the coasts.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 22:30

Not in the Chilterns, it ain't!  There's a small river or two running down our hill, ready to add to the swollen Thames in Marlow and Henley - both now re-named Marlow -, and Henley-under-Thames!

Creosote

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:15

So did my father-in-law - bit like using Wrights coal-tar soap when I was a kid - lovely smells ( but in moderation, I suppose - wouldn't like Annie8's problems with the smell from next door!)

Creosote

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 17:02

Creosote, whilst having a noxious smell and toxic properties, was more effective at protecting outdoor wood than most modern paint-type substitutes - it also enhanced the texture of the grain of fences and sheds to advantage.

I now use something called Creocote, which is oil-based - it soaks into the wood like creosote, and the smell is a less strong version of creosote, and only lingers for 24 hours at most. 

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