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What made you smile today? Part III

Old Dec 3rd 2019, 1:36 am
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Originally Posted by stevenglish1 View Post
Flying home for Christmas has me smiling from ear to ear at Perth airport. Got 6 weeks off
Back to the UK you mean? You seem to work away quite a bit so I'm not sure if you mean your Aussie home or UK.
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
Back to the UK you mean? You seem to work away quite a bit so I'm not sure if you mean your Aussie home or UK.
Aussie home, UK is just UK now, 12 years this month
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Old Dec 3rd 2019, 2:02 am
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Originally Posted by stevenglish1 View Post
Aussie home, UK is just UK now, 12 years this month
Ah righto. Just over 15 years for me, not been back once.

6 weeks! does it get like school summer hols where the first two weeks are great, the middle two a bit dull and the last two you don't want to go back?
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24 years for me. Back briefly a month ago. The UK will always be home for him and me.
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24 years for me. Back briefly a month ago. The UK will always be home for him and me.
I still call it " going home" when we take a trip to the UK and we have been here over 30 years now. I doubt it will ever be home again though but never say never!
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England will always be home for me. I use home for the place I live in in NZ and for Blighty. Confuses the heck out of others but I know what I mean
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Old Dec 3rd 2019, 11:20 am
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Woke up back in the Alentejo this morning - sun shining, if slightly chilly and damp.
Got mugged by the alpha Tom who adopted us..... never such a thing as too much food! My legs have been well and truly rubbed. His son has yet to appear, but I expect him to appear any time now - food is a great draw.
Picked up "the girls" from the neighbour who has looked after them for the last few weeks. Five minutes solid yowling from the elder and somersaults from the younger. Then into the car and silence on the way back home. Running and sniffing as soon as the car door was opened, then into the house and straight into their bed - life for them is back to normal.
Spoke to SWMBO on viber and had two dogs staring at me and the familiar voice - another couple of weeks and she'll be back from the UK too.
Rain in my absence has greened the land and the Barley we sowed is showing nicely - even our "barragem" (big pond) is looking a little less distressed - I can't see the bottom any more.
The only downside is that I managed to twist my back on the last day in England, so from time to time an invisible horse kicks me if I try to move too quickly..... but that will pass.
As others have said, "home" is different for all of us - for me it is the Shannon streaming under Thomond Bridge although I've been away longer than I was there. But home is also where I am, in the UK or Portugal.
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Originally Posted by Sugarmooma View Post
I still call it " going home" when we take a trip to the UK and we have been here over 30 years now. I doubt it will ever be home again though but never say never!
Like you our daughter and granddaughter are on this side if the pond, so we will probably never go back home to live...but never say never.
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Like you our daughter and granddaughter are on this side if the pond, so we will probably never go back home to live...but never say never.
Makes me think of my Uncle Jim, my Da's eldest half-brother, who moved to the States in his late teens (in the 1930s). He got so homesick, he joined the USAAF in the war, hoping to get posted to Europe. But he was daltonic, so spent the war as ground crew in California, sending packages of sugar, tea and rice to supplement the rations at home.

He never made it home himself, I never met him and my Da never saw him again (he had been only 12 when Jim left Limerick) - we couldn't even afford to talk on the telephone. A friend wrote to tell us when he died and tried to assure us that he was not alone. I was only 10, but I remember the impact on the whole family.

When we consider the life of the emigrant today, we little think of the enforced one-way journey it was for most of them within living memory.......
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Makes me think of my Uncle Jim, my Da's eldest half-brother, who moved to the States in his late teens (in the 1930s). He got so homesick, he joined the USAAF in the war, hoping to get posted to Europe. But he was daltonic, so spent the war as ground crew in California, sending packages of sugar, tea and rice to supplement the rations at home.

He never made it home himself, I never met him and my Da never saw him again (he had been only 12 when Jim left Limerick) - we couldn't even afford to talk on the telephone. A friend wrote to tell us when he died and tried to assure us that he was not alone. I was only 10, but I remember the impact on the whole family.

When we consider the life of the emigrant today, we little think of the enforced one-way journey it was for most of them within living memory.......

I often think about immigrants who left the UK with no hope of ever returning home. The early ones knew very little about the country they were going to. Until recently there was no Face Time, e-mails, cheap phone calls etc. When we moved it was very expensive to call home, but it sure was good to here a friendly accent.
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
Ah righto. Just over 15 years for me, not been back once.

6 weeks! does it get like school summer hols where the first two weeks are great, the middle two a bit dull and the last two you don't want to go back?
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Very much so, and now I want to watch why don't you
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Makes me think of my Uncle Jim, my Da's eldest half-brother, who moved to the States in his late teens (in the 1930s). He got so homesick, he joined the USAAF in the war, hoping to get posted to Europe. But he was daltonic, so spent the war as ground crew in California, sending packages of sugar, tea and rice to supplement the rations at home.

He never made it home himself, I never met him and my Da never saw him again (he had been only 12 when Jim left Limerick) - we couldn't even afford to talk on the telephone. A friend wrote to tell us when he died and tried to assure us that he was not alone. I was only 10, but I remember the impact on the whole family.

When we consider the life of the emigrant today, we little think of the enforced one-way journey it was for most of them within living memory.......
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I often think about immigrants who left the UK with no hope of ever returning home. The early ones knew very little about the country they were going to. Until recently there was no Face Time, e-mails, cheap phone calls etc. When we moved it was very expensive to call home, but it sure was good to here a friendly accent.
Very true, made of sterner stuff than many today, tip my hat to them.
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The Christmas ad made by small business owner in Wales for £100, starring his son Arthur.
Story https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50658677

Video for those who are not in the UK and can't access it from the story, like me


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I often think about immigrants who left the UK with no hope of ever returning home. The early ones knew very little about the country they were going to. Until recently there was no Face Time, e-mails, cheap phone calls etc. When we moved it was very expensive to call home, but it sure was good to here a friendly accent.
Ye olde Facetime was prone bad odours and a duel at dawn if you pissed the recipient off.

Bring back the ye olde days.....
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Ah righto. Just over 15 years for me, not been back once.

6 weeks! does it get like school summer hols where the first two weeks are great, the middle two a bit dull and the last two you don't want to go back?
Best part of being a kid is the nice long vacations, then you turn into an adult and bam go from 2 weeks for winter break, a week of spring break 6-7 weeks off for summer to 2 weeks, oh the joys of being an adult. (I do know some professions in Canada get more than 2 weeks, but 2 weeks is all that is required for the first 5 years of employment in this province and haven't met an employer yet who provides more, difficult to even be able to take 2 weeks off at once, usually its only a week at a time during specific times of the year, so no time off allowed in December for example or no time off allowed over summer.)


Anytime I go back to California, I say going home to visit, it's still where I consider home.

If going elsewhere in the US, I will say going to Texas, or going to Arizona and wont refer to it as going home since those wouldn't be my home, when going back to Canada, I usually say I am going back to Vancouver, I have never yet in 15 years called Canada home, maybe someday I will, but who knows.

My mother in law still calls Austria home and she hasn't been back since her parents died in the late 90's, but she still when talking about Austria refers to it as home.
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