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4 hours ago, spacecadet said:

We will be on the sherry and mince pies tonight as usual but have decided to have them outside in the driveway. We have informed some of our friends that should they coincidentally be lawfully exercising in the street at the time they may coincidentally be able to say hello lawfully over the fence and have a coincidental drink lawfully should they so lawfully decide.

And there is a small illuminated tree in the garden and lights on the gate pillars should they forget where we coincidentally live. And a flaming brazier.

 

Am getting in the car right now.

 

Allan

 

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19 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

The UK and the EU just announced a Brexit trade deal.

 

Much better than having UK gunships looking for French fishing boats.

 

Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

 i know we aren't supposed to mention politics in the forums but I think we have got a pretty good deal in the circumstances.

 

Allan

 

Please do not reply to this as we all want a nice peaceful Christmas.

 

ALL THE BEST

 

ITMA

 

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6 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

I think we have got a pretty good deal

 

6 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

Please do not reply to this

 

So you can express your opinion on the deal, but no one else can?  😎

 

No opinion from me, though. I'm just relieved it's over... 😝

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44 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

 

 

So you can express your opinion on the deal, but no one else can?  😎

 

No opinion from me, though. I'm just relieved it's over... 😝

 

24 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

Over?

It hasn't even started.

 

Please gentlemen Can we end it here

 

Allan

 

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Funny Story. 

 

Man took an old tatty stuffed dog to the antiques road show for a valuation. The expert took a look and asked if the man wanted a true evaluation. The man said yes I would like to know how much it is worth. The expert ask the man what HE thought it would fetch in good condition. Sticks he replied.

 

Allan

 

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My son is driving from Alabama to be here for Christmas. A joy for me. He chose to drive rather than take a risky flight, which he always has done. He told me if he gave me Covid he’d never be able to live with himself. He’s negative. My daughter’s family are also negative, so hopefully our small family gathering will be safe.

I have two pumpkin pies to bake, a Tex-Mex dish to make, another dessert as my contribution to Christmas dinner and chocolate fudge for my son who loves it. Then he’ll gripe that I made him gain weight. :D
We had two days of high wind with snow flurries yesterday. The weather will be nice tomorrow, but snow is expected next Tuesday-Wednesday.

In spite of all the nastiness in 2020, my cup runneth over.
Merry Christmas! 🎄🎁

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Good news also that my nephew with Covid had two negative tests 3 days apart. He was able to withstand one day at work, which renewed some work perks that was needed. And yes, he was wiped out. Needs must.

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16 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

Please gentlemen Can we end it here

 

17 hours ago, John Morrison said:

So you can express your opinion on the deal, but no one else can?  😎

Just sayin',is all.

Greetings all.

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Had a zoom session earlier today with my daughters family in Bristol. My 10 year old grandson had plenty of corny jokes to tell while we opened presents. One stood out and made me laugh. It went something like this - Why didn't Boris Johnson bake a cake? Because he didn't know how many tiers to put on. 

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Good news yesterday, things are moving on. Had a text from my surgery letting me know covid vaccinations start in my home town on 11th February, first will be the over 80's. Also once vaccination dates are confirmed the NHS will make contact, not to ring the practise to book. I should be in the 4th wave out of the 9. 

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1 hour ago, sb photos said:

Good news yesterday, things are moving on. Had a text from my surgery letting me know covid vaccinations start in my home town on 11th February, first will be the over 80's. Also once vaccination dates are confirmed the NHS will make contact, not to ring the practise to book. I should be in the 4th wave out of the 9. 

 

Around Easter like me.

 

Allan

 

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On 23/12/2020 at 18:13, Michael Ventura said:

 

And speaking of vaccines, I have to vent a little, so bear with me.  My daughter, who works directly with Covid patients on most shifts and other nights, she works with very vulnerable patients who are usually older and are recovering from some major surgery or procedure, has not received the vaccine yet, saying that her hospital has only received 100 doses.   They are doing a lottery to determine when the doctors, nurses etc...get theirs.   I understand all that but what makes me upset is that Congresspersons and Senators are getting their vaccines already!!  Both liberals and conservatives, so I am not picking on one side.  Many of these politicians have gone on TV and social media to show that they got vaccinated!  Meanwhile, frontline healthcare workers are in limbo, not knowing when they will get the vaccine.  Grrrr!

 

 

agree with you.

 

In Canada we now have medias trying to find anything to rile people having stories that Canadian snowbirds going to Florida will have access, by paying, to vaccine ahead of many of us.  Sorry, but the issue is that they will have access ahead of Locals who can't afford it and are likely way more at risk than these people...

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The not so good, for the first time in our lives my wife and I spent Xmas day without other face to face company. I feel sorry for those who live alone at this time. 

 

However we enjoyed two zoom meetings, one with our sons and their kin, and another with  cousins in Canada and a brother living on the south coast of the UK. I had feared that zooming might be impossible due to overload, but both meetings worked fine. We learned that they had 10 inches of snow in Thunder Bay with a temperature of minus 18. In contrast our garden pond did freeze overnight but the light snow that fell soon melted away and we able to get out for a walk.

 

For entertainment we watched Michael Palin's following in the footsteps of Hemingway, both interesting and gently humorous. The 30 years of Have I Got News For You was also a good watch. The wonders of catch up TV. 

 

Had  intended to have a charitable quantity of wine, but in practice a single glass of Alsace Gewurztraminer was enough to wash down the turkey, with some left in the bottle to lubricate the inevitable further rations of that meat in days to come. 

 

A strange, but not unpleasant, Xmas.

 

 

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51 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

Ah, Boxing Day. Anyone want to go a couple of rounds?

Not a fighting day Ed The name comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants, and the day when they received a special Christmas box from their masters. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas boxes to their families.

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1 minute ago, Ed Rooney said:

Yes, and useful. Since there are many Americans and other out-of-towners who don't know that. 

 

I lived 28 years in the UK and never knew. Shame on me for not being more curious. So thank you for posting ReeRay.

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When I was very young I asked what Boxing Day meant or was for.  I was told that on Christmas day we were all supposed to go to church and Boxing Day was for giving, receiving and opening our boxed Christmas presents.  I believed that explanation and never delved any deeper.😔

 

Allan

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