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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheating a little bit as this was yesterday but it was a joy to watch the youngsters (some of them as young as 6) from Raploch playing the Rondeau From Abdelazer Suite by Purcell conducted by the charismatic Gustavo Dudamelof from the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela...

A lovely programme overall

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jzqlx
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw a winter jacket I liked (but didn't really need) in the sale at Debenhams ....70% off ....I didn't buy it but thought if it was still there the next day then it was meant to be mine ...it was and it now is..... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got an email from an exceedingly happy customer who told me that the standard of service he received from my business far exceeded his expectations and that it was so nice, in this day and age, to receive a level of service that he'd thought was long since extinct.

He's now commissioning more of the same. Result!!! Smile

That made me happy today.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I saw a winter jacket I liked (but didn't really need) in the sale at Debenhams ....70% off ....I didn't buy it but thought if it was still there the next day then it was meant to be mine ...it was and it now is..... Twisted Evil


That was meant to be Becky!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ColinB wrote:
I got an email from an exceedingly happy customer who told me that the standard of service he received from my business far exceeded his expectations and that it was so nice, in this day and age, to receive a level of service that he'd thought was long since extinct.

He's now commissioning more of the same. Result!!! Smile

That made me happy today.


Well done Colin!

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PS were you successful with the World Service auction?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, this made me smile,


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Helen May wrote:
PS were you successful with the World Service auction?


Hi Helen, no I didn't bid in the end. A friend who's an audio systems engineer told me that while there undoubtedly bargains to be had with many items, much of the serviceable gear like Studer audio tape machines etc hadn't been properly serviced for a long time (knowing that everything would be sold off when Bush House closed) and therefore it would probably involve more expenditure. There was also the issue of collection access, etc.

So I kept the purse strings tightly tied!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John W wrote:
Well, this made me smile,



Love that... Laughing
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What would be funnier is if Grandma replied: "Look, smartypants, I don't use Internet Explorer - I use Firefox!"
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I dread going the Dentist Confused but, I was cheered up no end this afternoon when he told me I was in excellent shape and needn't bother with my next 6 monthly check up and... I didn't have to see the Hygienist as I was doing such a great job on maintaining the old gnashers!! Razz
All those sweaty palms for nothing! Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I used to have a phobia about visiting the dentist but then about 20 years ago I needed an operation which involved having a significant part of my face rebuilt - after that by comparison going to the dentist was a real doddle and now I actually quite enjoy it Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can understand that logic Ruddles... Luckily for me, I've never had to face anything other than an odd bad asthma attack years back.
Even though I make a mental note to self "" it really doesn't hurt""on previous visits, I still get butterflies on the day.. pathetic really Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday was my annual reunion with 5 old school friends. As it is a big birthday year for all of us we went for a more up-market lunch than usual at the Landmark Hotel, Marylebone.

Early during the meal one of us happened to mention to one of the very attentive young waiters our reason for being there. The food was delicious and the company of course was great. At the end of our meal when we were just sitting there chatting away, a waiter came to our table carrying 2 plates. Each plate had on it 3 pieces of rich chocolate cake with a lighted candle on one of them. Not only that, for on the actual plates had been piped in chocolate icing the words: 'Happy 70th Birthday".

How's that for making a perfect day even more perfect Smile?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a lovely thing for them to do Eileen, making it extra special for all of you!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finishing my delivery before the thundery showers hit!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having a walk at the National Trust's Cliveden with blue sky, bright sunshine and autumn leaves, starting off along the one-mile "Green Drive", stopping at the Viewpoint to see the house in the distance with the Thames down below, then following the riverbank all the way back, and with little detours here and there to see the many different small garden areas.

Fantastic place. Just love it.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turning my radio on this evening half way through the first hour of the 'Double Top Twenty Show' and hearing a superb instrumental track rarely played on radio or anywhere else these days - from 1971 'I will return' by Springwater Very Happy

Springwater was the brainchild of the late Phil Cordell a record producer in the late sixties and early seventies and this was their only chart record but in my opinion probably the best instrumental track ever to appear in the charts

It holds particular memories for me because when I used to broadcast on hospital radio in the early to mid seventies I used to sign off my shows by saying something like 'Well sadly we've run out of time for today so goodbye but I will return - and then on every show I played the Springwater track as my signing off music - I thought it was quite clever at the time

Sadly my career on hospital radio lasted no more than about two years because in the end I had a dispute with the management and choose to resign over for me what was an important point of principle - a presenter's right to have a free hand in the music played

It all came about because I used to do a weekly feature called 'Album of the Week' and on one occasion the album chosen was 'Billion Dollar Babies' by Alice Cooper which includes a great track called 'I love the Dead' and after playing it as the featured album I got heaps or requests from listeners to hear it again so I kept on including it in my shows

Apparently however the management felt that to play such a track on hospital radio was in very bad taste and I just wasn't prepared to have them interfering in musical output - particularly as most of them knew very little about music anyway Rolling Eyes

I sometimes do wonder about what might have been if I hadn't been so stubborn bearing in mind that all the new commercial stations began only a few months later and some of them actually recruited presenters from places like hospital radio and of course several of today's high profile presenters began their careers on hospital radio - probably one of the best known being Lynn Parsons

The ironic part about the whole thing is that the hospital in question hadn't had any deaths for many years because it was a psychiatric hospital which probably explains why the patients love the track so much

What is it they say about the naivity of youth Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What is it they say about the naivity of youth Smile


Youth is wasted on the young, Rudds Smile Hospital Radio:- a few years ago I was toying with idea of releasing my inner DJ on Hospital Radio at our local hospital. I talked it over with hubby. He said, hospital radio is just a load of old blokes with beards and sandals messing about. (I thought well, that sounds just like Radio 2:- I should go for it , bring a bit of life to the party!) I went, I saw, I came home again. It was like a meeting between and enthusiastic owner of an old ruin, English Heritage and the Scheduled Ancient Monuments Permissions Officer from the Local Authority: it was a lifeless mishmash of beards, sandals and half-moon reading-glasses hidden behind a weighty tome of unbending rules. I left thinking; hospital is just the right place for that lot:- hospital morgue this way >>>
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ruddlescat wrote:
Turning my radio on this evening half way through the first hour of the 'Double Top Twenty Show' and hearing a superb instrumental track rarely played on radio or anywhere else these days - from 1971 'I will return' by Springwater Very Happy



Thanks for the reminder Ruddles, I had forgotten that track and I bought it as a single many moons ago, must get it out and play it again! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ruddlescat wrote:

What is it they say about the naivity of youth Smile


Youth is wasted on the young, Rudds Smile Hospital Radio:- a few years ago I was toying with idea of releasing my inner DJ on Hospital Radio at our local hospital. I talked it over with hubby. He said, hospital radio is just a load of old blokes with beards and sandals messing about. (I thought well, that sounds just like Radio 2:- I should go for it , bring a bit of life to the party!) I went, I saw, I came home again. It was like a meeting between and enthusiastic owner of an old ruin, English Heritage and the Scheduled Ancient Monuments Permissions Officer from the Local Authority: it was a lifeless mishmash of beards, sandals and half-moon reading-glasses hidden behind a weighty tome of unbending rules. I left thinking; hospital is just the right place for that lot:- hospital morgue this way >>>


I reckon things must have changed a bit Rach since my days on hospital radio

The were quite a lot of very attractive young nurses who presented shows back in the seventies which is probably one of the main reasons I got involved in it

No beards and sandals anywhere in sight in those days - and of course real ale hadn't even been invented which might explain that fact

To think I could have had a fleet of sports and racing cars and a contract for a few million pounds a year rather than doing gigs on Saturday nights for modest fees - mind you I'm not sure I was that good but does that really matter these days with the likes of Bob Shennan



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Real ale has always been around. It is beer in it's most natural (and tasty) form. It is the beer that our forefathers enjoyed, that hasn't been filtered & pasteurised (i.e. had all the goodness knocked out of it) In fact all beer starts out as 'real', it's what happens halfway through the process that determines whether it stay's 'real' or not. The Opposite to 'real ale' is the processed fizzy keg beer which, as I have said has been filtered, pasteurised and been stuffed with extraneous gas and put in sealed kegs.
Real ale hasn't been processed in this way and usually comes from hand pumps on the bar, or (if you're really lucky) straight from the cask (not Keg!!) Why not pay a visit to a local beer exhibition and taste a few ales, more often than not, at such events (especially CAMRA ones) the beer is served direct from the cask. Oohh, I'm feeling thirsty now!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I realise that - I was just teasing Smile

Unfortunately my Emoticons are not working well tonight - perhaps I ought to see a doctor Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
Turning my radio on this evening half way through the first hour of the 'Double Top Twenty Show' and hearing a superb instrumental track rarely played on radio or anywhere else these days - from 1971 'I will return' by Springwater Very Happy

Springwater was the brainchild of the late Phil Cordell a record producer in the late sixties and early seventies and this was their only chart record but in my opinion probably the best instrumental track ever to appear in the charts


Shocked

There's a very good reason that it's not heard very often on radio.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNzyuASQ8fY
It's awful.
It has all the life and charm of a funeral dirge.
It's a thirty-second jingle extended to three minutes, an electronic doodle by a record producer with too much time on his hands.
Now I know you could say that about a lot of instrumentals, but imo that was one of the worst.
Sorry.
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That's a novel idea Ron - funeral dirges being used as jingles Rolling Eyes

The other point of course is that funerial music is usually written in a minor key whereas the track I was mentioning I believe is written - or at least played - in the key of C Major - if we wish to be technical about these things


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ruddlescat wrote:
That's a novel idea Ron - funeral dirges being used as jingles Rolling Eyes

The other point of course is that funerial music is usually written in a minor key whereas the track I was mentioning I believe is written in the key of C Major - if we wish to be technical about these things


Smile


Nah, pop music's not worth getting technical about.
It may be in C Major but it sounds and plods heavily along like a funeral march. Purely subjective.


But every cloud has a silver lining.
Your message suddenly reminded me of a band with a very similar name from Georgia USA in the 1970s. They played the sort of boogie you would expect from a southern band signed to the same label as the Allman Brothers and Atlanta Rythm Section, and they didn't last long, but they sounded pretty good at the time

Stillwater - Mind Bender
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our first roast dinner for three months! Yay! The builders are very nearly, but not quite, finished. Apart from a few doors to hang, the inside work is all done- the outside still looks like a post-apocalyptic dust bowl.
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That's good news, Rach.
I had visions of you roasting the Christmas turkey on a bonfire in the builder's skip Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 9:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news Rachel, light at the end of the tunnel at last! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 12, 2012 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On this dark and dismal day smileys sent in an email, from a friend, made me smile and brightened up the day up no end. Very Happy
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A late Christmas card from Canada (she's American) from a girl I wrote to as a teenager. We lost touch for many years but get a card every now and then.

She asked if I was on Facebook (I'm not) but said she still likes to get letters. What touched me was that she said she still had a few of my letters and a little copper ring I'd sent her over 40 years ago. We met 30 years or so when her husband was in the UK army for a short while.

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A nice surprise,Helen.
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Being a complete wuss when it comes to the Dentist... I've been dreading today's appointment all over Christmas as he told me in late November, I may have to have a Crown after an X-ray... root canal..... post root canal... blah blah blah... Confused
Heart a' pounding, I sat in the chair.. and told him how I was quite happy with the filling he had put in and wasn't keen on all this dental work caper.
He had another look at the tooth and said "Fine.. I'm completely happy to go along with that"
First great news! Razz
"Off you go" he said...
"But don't you have to fill it properly now?" I wimpishly asked.
"It is filled, I don't use temporary fillings.. the one you have now will last about 15 years"
Second great news! Razz Razz
I practically floated home whistling "Zippidy Doo Dah" Laughing
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SanteFe brilliant news!

I'm the same as you, absolutely terrified and have been since childhood when I had to be give a sedative just to have a check up to make sure I sat still, all because of really bad experience as a 7 year old. My worst fear is the hygenist, all of them have been horrors and my last dentist did that himself which I much preferred.

Having said that I had a crown about 10 years ago and it wasn't bad, you've had the worst done already with the root canal so if you need it later don't fear it.

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We set free a beautiful barn owl that had somehow managed to get through a gap in the side of an outbuilding. I saw it trying to get out of a window while I was looking to see what birds we had eating at our bird table. I am so glad I saw it, especially as it is the first owl that I have seen since the winter of 2010. Very Happy
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I was in Clarks umming and ahhing over a pair of boots,reduced by 20, in the sale .....at that precise moment an assistant came along and said they were to be further reduced by another 10......yes, dear reader, I bought them. Very Happy
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I was in Clarks umming and ahhing over a pair of boots,reduced by 20, in the sale .....at that precise moment an assistant came along and said they were to be further reduced by another 10......yes, dear reader, I bought them. Very Happy

Cool beans! You can never have enough boots. Ankle? Knee high? Pixie? Thigh?
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Ankle .. Smile
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Boots are cool. Smile

The builders have very nearly , and I know they've been very nearly finished since late November! But, the rain, snow and Holidays slowed them down a bit, however, I'm happy to report that apart from one gate at the side of the house that is still to be fitted, they're all done:- they've even cleaned up all their mess! Next sunny day I'll take some pictures.
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they're all done:- they've even cleaned up all their mess!


My word, you have trained them well!

Definitely something to be cheerful about. Are you having leaving/extension warming parties?
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they're all done:- they've even cleaned up all their mess!


My word, you have trained them well!

Definitely something to be cheerful about. Are you having leaving/extension warming parties?


It was my plan, at the start, Ron, to have a bit of a cork popping moment with all of those involved, at the end, (I like a good party! ) as I'd arranged everything from the start, architects, builders etc etc: I gathered all the funny moments and photos along the way and thought of little gifts for various people, that was until about October, when hubby realised what was going on and had a major bust-up (they nearly came to blows) with the Architect- ( who it turns out, had taken advantage of the ease with which I trust people) and sacked him right there in our lounge ( which was a massive shock to me) he then renegotiated our contract with the builder- another shock to me, so the arrangement became much more serious and business-like, and my involvement was reduced to making tea, which in hindsight given that I believe what people say to me- even builders and architects was perhaps all it should have been from the start. So most of the original people involved ( the ones I chose) didn't get to see the end and I've not had that much to do with the recent chaps, so no party. Although we have just had a party for two- with me, mum and a couple of Waitrose cream cakes. I'm just glad it's all over but have learned a valuble lesson which is this: charming proffesional people in smart suits don't always have your best interests at heart, even when you're paying them to.
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