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The Coffee Bar / Re: The off-topic replies thread
« on: January 01, 2014, 10:57:35 pm »

The Coffee Bar / Re: Merry/ Happy Xmas/ Holidays!
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:17:55 pm »
I'll take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  We're going to have dinner then go and see the new Walter Mitty film.

All the best for good health, happiness and prosperity in 2014 and beyond!  :)

The Coffee Bar / Re: Lighting up time no more
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:15:23 pm »
Interesting how different people tackle the problem.  Apparently my late husband was a very heavy smoker in his teens and early twenties before we met.  He decided the only way for him was to just stop, which he did and I never ever saw him with a cigarette.  He did say though that ever after if he'd even had a cigar at Christmas he'd have started again.  He had the most amazing willpower and was firmly of the belief that cutting down wouldn't have worked for him.  Not many can manage that.  He used to smoke 60-80 a day in those days I'm told.  There were no patches or electronic substitutes in those days but I feel he would have still made the same decision anyway.  Not for the faint-hearted. 

Television / Re: John Fortune RIP
« on: December 31, 2013, 06:10:34 pm »
Yet another one half a generation above me whose work effectively runs through my entire culturally conscious life.  Unlike some of the others, Fortune seemed still to be going strong and leaves memories stretching from his work with Eleanor Bron, through the Rory Bremner days to his recent stint in Ed Reardon's Week.


So sad.  RIP.

News and Current Affairs / Re: Today's Barking News Story
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:50:03 am »
Penelope Keith I can understand - Angela Lansbury I can understand - but Katherine Jenkins?  :scream:

The Coffee Bar / Re: Lighting up time no more
« on: December 31, 2013, 08:47:39 am »
Mort I'm impressed!  :o  I've seen from my friends how difficult it is to kick the habit.  I've never smoked although I tried my hardest to do so when I was a teenager and nobody was considered "cool" unless they did.  Cigarettes made me so sick and ill that I resorted to buying packs, lighting them up and just standing there trying to look sophisticated!   ::)  I very quickly gave that up and became an outsider for many years in that regard.  What made it worse is that I'm not able to drink much alcohol either due to having migraines.  One drink is all I could ever cope with - and even that sometimes had very unpleasant consequences.  I was many years being a "party pooper" with lots of people seemingly hell-bent on making me ill because I "couldn't have a good time otherwise".  Actually I could and still do so you can look forward to having a brilliant time anyway, your food will taste a whole lot better and more oxygen passing easily through your bloodstream should give you lots more vitality.  Best of luck and well done for publicly taking the stand. x

The Coffee Bar / Re: Merry/ Happy Xmas/ Holidays!
« on: December 27, 2013, 04:36:50 pm »
It's been unbelievably blustery today even for hereabouts.  Thank God I don't still live on the seafront.  That said, we can still feel the effects of this latest gale and rain onslaught and it's been literally all day.

Still Christmassy indoors though.  We've been lucky to keep the power and have no floods.  Got my car back as good as new this afternoon which I put straight into the garage for its own protection and shortly afterwards they came and took away the hire car.  Maybe now we can get back to some sort of normality. 

Going to enjoy the rest of the Christmas break.  We have another clear week and one day before he has to go back to school so plenty of time to relax and recharge the batteries.  Hope everyone on here is well and happy and surviving the vagaries of our winter climate.  Looking forward with my usual hope and unrealistic optimisim for a happy New Year!  ;D

The Coffee Bar / Re: Merry/ Happy Xmas/ Holidays!
« on: December 24, 2013, 04:44:59 pm »
Happy Christmas to everyone from me as well!  :)

Living on the North West coast we are well accustomed to the worst havoc that gales can wreak but at least I'm sand-free these days.  I do hope that none of your travel plans are disrupted - and I've just heard that some people are going to be without power on Christmas Day!  :o  What a nightmare that will be!  :(

I have a houseful tomorrow and again on Boxing Day so wishing you all the very best and hope that you receive all that you wish for. xxx   :penguindance:

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Happy Thread
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:27:01 pm »
Yes Ambootia - let's hope 2014 ROCKS!  :)

The Coffee Bar / Re: The off-topic replies thread
« on: December 16, 2013, 10:01:48 am »
Oooh.  Courtesy car arrived.  Keyless!  White Ford Focus.  Immaculate condition - just hope I keep it that way because my luck is a bit iffy at the moment.  :(

News and Current Affairs / Re: Joan Fontaine
« on: December 16, 2013, 09:59:49 am »
 :( RIP to yet another of the greatest!

News and Current Affairs / Re: Peter O'Toole
« on: December 15, 2013, 09:29:05 pm »
Fantastic actor and great character - RIP.  He was equally good in films and theatre. Everybody loved Lawrence of Arabia of course.

However, personally I'm amazed he's lasted this long given his lifestyle.  Both he and his buddy Richard Harris were very heavy drinkers.   He threw himself into life and lived it to the full.  That's what we should all do, live every minute to the full.

The Coffee Bar / Re: The Minor Moan thread
« on: December 15, 2013, 01:18:32 pm »
Little car is off to be made fit and well tomorrow so they're delivering me a courtesy car after the school run tomorrow.  They couldn't tell me what it would be so God knows what I'll be driving next week.  The minor moan here should be a colossal grump.  The insurance people have made this into a major episode!  It's going to cost an absolute fortune for the other guy's insurance company.  My lot have used a big central garage in Preston to replace my door.  They're going to come over and collect my car onto a big trailer instead of my dropping it off at a small local garage.  They told me they mix their own colours so matching up won't be a problem but they've made it into a huge undertaking and I don't think there will be any change out of £3,000 when you take into account my courtesy car which comes "with a full fuel tank" and it's free to me for "however long it takes to fix your car".  It could probably actually be done for less than half of that amount.  When I spoke to the insurance team they did their best to plug for injuries or loss of means etc - but as I kept saying - I wasn't even in the darn car.  They asked more than once if the airbags had inflated.  I did wonder afterwards, would they inflate anyway if it was hit on the rear nearside?  Perhaps a knowledgeable car person on here could enlighten me?  The whole thing has become farcical and the worrying part of it to me is that it might put the other party off reporting any incidents in future.  Presumably his premiums will go up?  Apparently they can even claim back my £150.00 excess. No wonder people just drive off a lot of the time!  >:(

The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: December 12, 2013, 03:14:46 pm »
Can still drive at the moment but will be an insurance job.  New door, respray one side of the car to match - courtesy car to get me to school and back.  I won't have to pay because the guy who hit me is insured thank goodness.  It was good of him to knock on the door at my son's house and admit to it.  It's just all the hassle and inconvenience.  Such a busy timetable at the moment.  ::)

The Coffee Bar / Re: Grumpy Old Rant Room
« on: December 11, 2013, 10:46:47 pm »
After taking my mother to sing at her Carol Concert this evening, I went to pick up the child to take him home and somebody reversed into my car while I went into the house to collect him.  At least the guy knocked on the door and admitted to it which was good of him because if he'd driven off I'd never have known who it was.  Think it will need a new rear passenger door though. :-(   :'( Oh well at least I won a raffle prize - Mexican feast anyone?  That's tomorrow's supper sorted anyhow.

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