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dontheturner Jun 22nd 2012 5:20 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 10133250)
The American government or American
http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2012...day-paid-leave.

Hello Sally - Fact is, the law mentioned by the Guardian, already applied to Civil Servants. If we fell ill whilst on Leave, on our return, if we cared to produce a doctor's note, the time off sick was automatically credited to our leave entitlement. We were also, entitled to three days of ''uncertified'' sick leave, provided we rang in, and told the department head. - bear in mind, I retired early, in 1982, due to having had a heart attack..

cheers Jun 22nd 2012 5:35 pm

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Originally Posted by Fish n Chips 56 (Post 10133393)
Communist, hahahaaaa Not Friggin likely.

I liked the rest of you post, pretty spot on.

What happens when China buys up all these Corporations, will they be running this country too.

Seeing as you brought it up, I have an observation or question of sorts, Americans have hated Communism for many years, it goes way back, yet most things sold here are made in China, are we hypocrites or what ???

This hating Communism then supporting them just baffles my mind, there is no logic.

I think there is a saying that goes "they will sell their mother if they can make a buck"

Cheers

cheers Jun 22nd 2012 5:39 pm

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I've been reading on another forum that these corps have to do whats necessary to survive and I found an article that says this and the number of corporations that won't be around by the end of 2013, so they may have a point.

http://lifeinc.today.msnbc.msn.com/_...one-in-13?lite

mikelincs Jun 22nd 2012 5:40 pm

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10133290)
I take it you differ with me on this but you don't have to be offensive.
I may have a better handle on things that you. Who knows?

There are people in Britain who never or could never see coming the changes that have been made by the current government to bring down the costs of benefits.

All things are possible!

Cheers

Nothing to do with benefits, but everything to do with the EU working time directive. American corporations in the UK have to abide by the labour laws here.

Lorac05 Jun 22nd 2012 6:40 pm

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10133290)
I take it you differ with me on this but you don't have to be offensive.
I may have a better handle on things that you. Who knows?

There are people in Britain who never or could never see coming the changes that have been made by the current government to bring down the costs of benefits.

All things are possible!

Cheers

In no way was I being offensive - but really what you said is very pie in the sky if you had any idea of how the EU impacts those of us living and working in it. It really was/is a very absurd thing to say - the US is so not the center of the universe - and remember I spent many years living there and working in corporate America.

I agree that many of the measures being imposed by the current governement are not sovving the issues we have and yes the benefit system is being cut - in some ways positively in other negatively. But to assume the US is pulling our strings is pretty insulting to the UK IMHO.

cheers Jun 22nd 2012 9:54 pm

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Don't get me wrong I'm all for the considerations that are given to the employees in Europe and it would be nice if it would trickle down to North America.

From what I'm reading on this side is that Europe needs American help on this European Financial crisis and just like Greece America may tell them they will have to make some sacrifices in order to get help. Two different issues I know. Obama has said that we have to help Europe because they are an important trading partner for the US.

Cheers

cheers Jun 22nd 2012 11:08 pm

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Narrrrr...you don't remember or you 'wearnt' born then

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-18559505

Cheers

Englishmum Jun 22nd 2012 11:15 pm

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10133026)
I hate to rain on your parade but I read somewhere that Boots is owned by an Italian company???

This is as close as I can find on the Italian connection at the minute.

"While it is best known as a retailer, Boots has also been heavily involved in the research and manufacturing of drugs, including developing Ibruprofen.
The firm subsequently merged with the European drugs giant Alliance Unichem in 2005 and was bought out by Mr Pessina and private equity firm KKR in 2006."


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1yWrp6nCP

Cheers

And Boots is no longer registered in Nottingham, England. They registered the business in the corporate tax haven of Zug, central Switzerland, four years ago and pay no tax to the UK Customs & Revenue (incidentally where my spouse is on an expat posting and where I live part-time):

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2...boots-chemists

http://www.zug-tourismus.ch/en/welcome.cfm?

Incidentally, Target stores in the US sell a small range of Boots cosmetics, skincare and toiletries. I wonder if this will cease and that Walgreens will sell a range of Boots products instead? (I always use Boots moisturisers :) )

J.JsOH Jun 22nd 2012 11:51 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 10133250)

I must have become a little bit American over the last 20 years or so because I find that ludicrous while most of my friends are cheering it.

Agreed, this additional give away is nuts and can only harm businesses by having to provide more for the workers for less work. Consequence is prices go up and we all pay.

Much of the UK populace seems to think their employers or the Government has endless pots of money they can keep shelling out from.

There is too much Give me, Give me in my opinion.

Now the London bus drivers are threatening strike during the Olympics unless they get a bonus.

The country is great, the work compensation ethic of many is shameful.

jasper123 Jun 23rd 2012 12:10 am

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10133856)
Don't get me wrong I'm all for the considerations that are given to the employees in Europe and it would be nice if it would trickle down to North America.

From what I'm reading on this side is that Europe needs American help on this European Financial crisis and just like Greece America may tell them they will have to make some sacrifices in order to get help. Two different issues I know. Obama has said that we have to help Europe because they are an important trading partner for the US.

Cheers

cheers ----- with respect cause Ive known you for a while and over the years you have had a lot of good posts,
But having said that my friend ----- I dont know what your thinking, but Ive just read your last few posts and you really sound like an average brain washed American who tunes into O'rilely and Hannity was that his name? and all the other phonies on Fox news.
You really do believe all that crap you are fed by the Media over there dont you, do you honestly think that America is the answer to the worlds problems? America will never have any say in how laws are changed over in Europe, of course if Obama throws in a few hundred Billion pounds then Im sure Germany can certainly use it to go towards bailing out Greece and later Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland, I mean every little helps right,
But you can be rest assured that if Obama does decide to put a little money in the kitty ----- it will not be from the kindness of his heart ----- but it will be only because he will have little choice, because if the E.U. collapses then so does the U.S. in fact the whole world would experience a depression so big and so hopeless that it would make the 1929 -35 great depression look like a mild bleep. cheers if America helps the E.U. crisis with putting in a lot of there money, then they will only be doing it to try and save there own Ass!!!
China will be putting in a lot more then the U.S. well they can afford it cant they, cause they are much richer then America,

Beedubya Jun 23rd 2012 4:33 pm

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Just popping in to say that the last company I worked for here, CH Robinson is an American company, a pretty big one at that. We got the same holiday and sick pay conditions as any other British company.

http://www.chrobinson.com/en/us/Abou...om/Fact-Sheet/

Englishmum Jun 23rd 2012 4:52 pm

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Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 10134885)
Just popping in to say that the last company I worked for here, CH Robinson is an American company, a pretty big one at that. We got the same holiday and sick pay conditions as any other British company.

http://www.chrobinson.com/en/us/Abou...om/Fact-Sheet/

All overseas companies operating in the UK have to offer their employees (to the best of my knowledge) at least 20 days of annual leave plus in England and Wales, 8 days of public/bank holidays.

Here in the US I began a job with British Airways approx 5 or 6 years ago. I was hoping that the annual leave would be the same as in the UK. No such luck.....for new employees it is 10 days per year for the first five years :eek:

I was also informed (as a local management decision) that they don't want employees to travel overseas on the same day that they are working at the airport...and if one has travelled out of the US, to be back in the country the day before returning to work :frown: (They want to ensure that you are around in case of problems so that they can call you in at short notice or to do extra hours if you are already at work....one guy was stuck in transit in Dubai when a flight was cancelled, so they then demanded that all employees be back in the US before their return date from annual leave).

I realised that there wasn't much use in hoping to make use of the discounted travel benefits if one doesn't get time off to even fly anywhere and I'd never get to see my family in the UK...so I quit.

PS. I've learned that in the past year, British Airways has got rid of their staff at a number of US airports and brought in contract staff with an agency instead. Virgin Atlantic did this a few years ago. The contract staff (eg. with Swiss Port) get even fewer remuneration and benefits compared to employees working directly for the airline. :(

vikingsail Jun 23rd 2012 5:21 pm

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Originally Posted by Englishmum (Post 10134909)
All overseas companies operating in the UK have to offer their employees (to the best of my knowledge) at least 20 days of annual leave plus in England and Wales, 8 days of public/bank holidays.

Here in the US I began a job with British Airways approx 5 or 6 years ago. I was hoping that the annual leave would be the same as in the UK. No such luck.....for new employees it is 10 days per year for the first five years :eek:

I was also informed (as a local management decision) that they don't want employees to travel overseas on the same day that they are working at the airport...and if one has travelled out of the US, to be back in the country the day before returning to work :frown: (They want to ensure that you are around in case of problems so that they can call you in at short notice or to do extra hours if you are already at work....one guy was stuck in transit in Dubai when a flight was cancelled, so they then demanded that all employees be back in the US before their return date from annual leave).

I realised that there wasn't much use in hoping to make use of the discounted travel benefits if one doesn't get time off to even fly anywhere and I'd never get to see my family in the UK...so I quit.

PS. I've learned that in the past year, British Airways has got rid of their staff at a number of US airports and brought in contract staff with an agency instead. Virgin Atlantic did this a few years ago. The contract staff (eg. with Swiss Port) get even fewer remuneration and benefits compared to employees working directly for the airline. :(

Ahhh the American way... and some fools and trolls actually think the Americans do things better!! Admittedly this seems to be a case of British business taking advantage of US rules in their own backyard. That's why US practices and influence in the workplace should be called out for the servitude and slavery they really are.

J.JsOH Jun 23rd 2012 10:08 pm

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Originally Posted by dontheturner (Post 10133222)
Hello Rosie , _ I forgot you youngsters!
The original English drinking fountains did not spout up into the air.

When you put your finger on the lever, the water came out of the tap, and you had to use the metal cup, which was on a chain, to catch some, and drink from it. = the type you are describing, came much later! ( and the expressing yourself thing, was also a post war thing, was it not?) Don

The drink fountain cup system wouldn't work nowadays, cup and chain would soon be stolen for scrap metal purpose, or just for the heck of it.

On the subject of theft, charity shops in UK are becoming a popular shop-lifting target because the staff are general older and volunteers and not able to detect or challenge thieves.

sallysimmons Jun 23rd 2012 10:44 pm

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Originally Posted by J.JsOH (Post 10135229)
The drink fountain cup system wouldn't work nowadays, cup and chain would soon be stolen for scrap metal purpose, or just for the heck of it.

On the subject of theft, charity shops in UK are becoming a popular shop-lifting target because the staff are general older and volunteers and not able to detect or challenge thieves.

Shoplifting is just as bad in America, you just don't hear about it on the news there because the America media is dedicated to promoting the idea that everything in America is peachy and better than anywhere else in the world. Reality be damned. (I don't say this just randomly - I used to work for a major British retailer who opened stores in the US and Canada so I know the numbers.).

For some reason the British media loves to create scare stories and half the population believes them (Case in point, my FIL told me the other day that there's a new craze for stealing some car engine part - can't remember the name of it - and he wanted us to put our car in the garage to prevent it from happening to us. NEWS FLASH: THERE'S NO CRAZE! IT'S JUST A MEDIA FABRICATION BASED ON ONE OR TWO INCIDENTS!!)

Sorry for the rant but really ... I have met lots of people since I've been back, young and old, and found nothing but kindness and politeness. Yes there are thieves and hooligans but there are in America too. Depending on where you live, you might not run into them but it doesn't make them any less real.

Gabgoeshome Jun 24th 2012 9:26 am

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 10135275)
Shoplifting is just as bad in America, you just don't hear about it on the news there because the America media is dedicated to promoting the idea that everything in America is peachy and better than anywhere else in the world. Reality be damned. (I don't say this just randomly - I used to work for a major British retailer who opened stores in the US and Canada so I know the numbers.).

For some reason the British media loves to create scare stories and half the population believes them (Case in point, my FIL told me the other day that there's a new craze for stealing some car engine part - can't remember the name of it - and he wanted us to put our car in the garage to prevent it from happening to us. NEWS FLASH: THERE'S NO CRAZE! IT'S JUST A MEDIA FABRICATION BASED ON ONE OR TWO INCIDENTS!!)

Sorry for the rant but really ... I have met lots of people since I've been back, young and old, and found nothing but kindness and politeness. Yes there are thieves and hooligans but there are in America too. Depending on where you live, you might not run into them but it doesn't make them any less real.

Totally agree Sally.

As a side, I have been really impressed with the charity shops here....all clean ,clothes all washed and arranged in sizes and colours!

I spent 15 pounds on 4 fantastic quality items, a brand new shirt too!

J.JsOH Jun 24th 2012 12:08 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 10135275)
Shoplifting is just as bad in America, you just don't hear about it on the news there because the America media is dedicated to promoting the idea that everything in America is peachy and better than anywhere else in the world. Reality be damned. (I don't say this just randomly - I used to work for a major British retailer who opened stores in the US and Canada so I know the numbers.).

For some reason the British media loves to create scare stories and half the population believes them (Case in point, my FIL told me the other day that there's a new craze for stealing some car engine part - can't remember the name of it - and he wanted us to put our car in the garage to prevent it from happening to us. NEWS FLASH: THERE'S NO CRAZE! IT'S JUST A MEDIA FABRICATION BASED ON ONE OR TWO INCIDENTS!!)

Sorry for the rant but really ... I have met lots of people since I've been back, young and old, and found nothing but kindness and politeness. Yes there are thieves and hooligans but there are in America too. Depending on where you live, you might not run into them but it doesn't make them any less real.

But don't be deceived into thinking UK is any better than America when it comes to crime, just as there are nice people in every country too.

The theft of catalytic converters from cars is well documented in UK and in USA.
http://www.sbd.co.uk/uknews/post/Cat...y-Thieves.aspx
Just because it is reported in the UK newspapers doesn't mean it is merely a hyped-up scare story based on a couple of incidents.

Bevm Jun 24th 2012 12:33 pm

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The US has so much gun crime that mere shoplifting doesn't get reported unless a) it's a celebrity, or b) it escalates to violence.

Think about it, apparently here we're supposed to be shocked and horrified that a few sad people nick 3 quid teapots from charity shops.

Bev

Derrygal Jun 24th 2012 3:01 pm

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Originally Posted by J.JsOH (Post 10136021)
But don't be deceived into thinking UK is any better than America when it comes to crime, just as there are nice people in every country too.The theft of catalytic converters from cars is well documented in UK and in USA.
http://www.sbd.co.uk/uknews/post/Cat...y-Thieves.aspx
Just because it is reported in the UK newspapers doesn't mean it is merely a hyped-up scare story based on a couple of incidents.


Originally Posted by Bevm (Post 10136067)
The US has so much gun crime that mere shoplifting doesn't get reported unless a) it's a celebrity, or b) it escalates to violence.Think about it, apparently here we're supposed to be shocked and horrified that a few sad people nick 3 quid teapots from charity shops.

Bev

Yes - that's exactly right. The shoplifting incidents are usually only reported in the "Police blotter" section of the local newspapers. There is so much other violence, gun crimes, murders on a daily basis that lesser crimes like shoplifting barely get a mention. Personally, if I had my choice, I would prefer to live in a country where shoplifting makes the television news, than the one I am currently living in, where people get their brains blown out on a daily basis. Unfortunately, for some of us, it isn't easy moving back, due to children/grandchildren here, housing prices that have fallen so much we would lose too much money and the general state of the economy.

J.JsOH Jun 24th 2012 3:23 pm

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Originally Posted by Derrygal (Post 10136273)
Yes - that's exactly right. The shoplifting incidents are usually only reported in the "Police blotter" section of the local newspapers. There is so much other violence, gun crimes, murders on a daily basis that lesser crimes like shoplifting barely get a mention. Personally, if I had my choice, I would prefer to live in a country where shoplifting makes the television news, than the one I am currently living in, where people get their brains blown out on a daily basis. Unfortunately, for some of us, it isn't easy moving back, due to children/grandchildren here, housing prices that have fallen so much we would lose too much money and the general state of the economy.

...and this is the "Move Back to UK Forum" so no surprise that members here regard the UK in the best of light.

bandrui Jun 24th 2012 6:09 pm

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Originally Posted by J.JsOH (Post 10136021)
But don't be deceived into thinking UK is any better than America when it comes to crime, just as there are nice people in every country too.

The theft of catalytic converters from cars is well documented in UK and in USA.
http://www.sbd.co.uk/uknews/post/Cat...y-Thieves.aspx
Just because it is reported in the UK newspapers doesn't mean it is merely a hyped-up scare story based on a couple of incidents.

I was just about to post this J.JsOH. Catalytic converters contain platinum and other precious metals. There's a very real run on the theft of these in at a minimum Canada, US and UK. Google for stats.

sallysimmons Jun 24th 2012 6:11 pm

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Originally Posted by J.JsOH (Post 10136021)
But don't be deceived into thinking UK is any better than America when it comes to crime, just as there are nice people in every country too.

It's better for some things (murder for example) and worse for others. But I never complained about crime in America either. It's just not something I spend a lot of time worrying about.

Had a lovely day today out in the Dales, but we made a mistake when we decided to pop into Skipton for a bit of shopping. Turns out the Olympic flame was on its way and the place was heaving! We somehow managed to get out of there and home in time to see it on TV. People looked to be having a lot of fun though.

Lorac05 Jun 24th 2012 7:42 pm

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Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 10136530)
It's better for some things (murder for example) and worse for others. But I never complained about crime in America either. It's just not something I spend a lot of time worrying about.

Had a lovely day today out in the Dales, but we made a mistake when we decided to pop into Skipton for a bit of shopping. Turns out the Olympic flame was on its way and the place was heaving! We somehow managed to get out of there and home in time to see it on TV. People looked to be having a lot of fun though.

The torch is coming to my home town this Saturday - my niece and nephew want to go see it so I think I'll face the crowds and go with them!!

sallysimmons Jun 24th 2012 10:54 pm

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Have fun! We've actually bottled out in 3 towns now - it came right by here and we decided to avoid it. It also went within a mile of my home village and I changed my mind at the last minute and didn't drive over there, and then today we left before it arrived in Skipton. It's fun watching on the BBC though - they have a live video feed all day.

J.JsOH Jun 26th 2012 1:30 pm

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Originally Posted by Bevm (Post 10136067)
The US has so much gun crime that mere shoplifting doesn't get reported unless a) it's a celebrity, or b) it escalates to violence.

Think about it, apparently here we're supposed to be shocked and horrified that a few sad people nick 3 quid teapots from charity shops.

Bev

The sensational does indeed overshadow the apparently trivial.... but those £3 teapots added up to £5,000,000 lost to charity last year, money that would otherwise have funded cancer research or worked against child abuse.

islandwoman120 Jun 28th 2012 12:03 pm

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Well ..... it's so quiet on here I am guessing everyone is on holiday? Has anyone gone anywhere worth telling about, had any experiences they want to share? And for those in the US - what is the weather doing there now? I know there were terrible floods in northern MN, with houses washed away etc. My old patch of ground, and I have friends living through the daily nightmare of the flood cleanup. :(

Mallory Jun 28th 2012 12:28 pm

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Originally Posted by islandwoman120 (Post 10143884)
Well ..... it's so quiet on here I am guessing everyone is on holiday? Has anyone gone anywhere worth telling about, had any experiences they want to share? And for those in the US - what is the weather doing there now? I know there were terrible floods in northern MN, with houses washed away etc. My old patch of ground, and I have friends living through the daily nightmare of the flood cleanup. :(

Hubby and I are leaving the US on July 4th, arriving July 5th for 2 weeks. Will be in London, Wiltshire, Dorset and Devon. We'll wave when we travel along the south coast. We are "praying" for lovely weather. :sneaky:

cheers Jun 28th 2012 1:25 pm

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Originally Posted by islandwoman120 (Post 10143884)
Well ..... it's so quiet on here I am guessing everyone is on holiday? Has anyone gone anywhere worth telling about, had any experiences they want to share? And for those in the US - what is the weather doing there now? I know there were terrible floods in northern MN, with houses washed away etc. My old patch of ground, and I have friends living through the daily nightmare of the flood cleanup. :(

I have my own ideas as to why it is quiet on here.
I bet you are pinching yourself when you realize you are living in Dawlish now. So much better for you.:thumbup:
I was planning on driving 600 miles to Sacramento next week, to see my mother in law, but that got put on hold. My wife is 75 years old and it amazes me that she can still get to visit her mother who is 92 next week. May she continue to live a long healthy life.
We would like to visit Durango, Colorado during this summer and Yellowstone National Park is still on our list of places to go.
You mention the weather. I look at the 7 day forecast and everyday it is over 100 degrees. Thank goodness for airconditioning.
Did I cover everything you asked?
Cheers

Mummy in the foothills Jun 28th 2012 3:15 pm

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Originally Posted by islandwoman120 (Post 10143884)
Well ..... it's so quiet on here I am guessing everyone is on holiday? Has anyone gone anywhere worth telling about, had any experiences they want to share? And for those in the US - what is the weather doing there now? I know there were terrible floods in northern MN, with houses washed away etc. My old patch of ground, and I have friends living through the daily nightmare of the flood cleanup. :(

No holiday for us this summer, I spent all my money on a ticket to UK for our son.
I've been running about getting him ready to leave on July 4th. He has been squeezing a whole summer of fun into his last two weeks and spent yesterday at Calaveras Big trees state park walking among the giant trees. I went into the blighted city of Stockton (now filing bankruptcy according to the news) shopping the discount grocers so he all all his school friends can camp overnight at the lake tonight. Smores, water, chips and hot dog buns all ready to go, they have the hot dogs arranged.
Also had to get Dd signed up for swim lessons, they did it at 8am in a freezing pool and all the kids happily jumped in to show their skills :lol:I expect her on the swim team by the end of next week she's fearless and scares the heck out of me.

islandwoman120 Jun 28th 2012 6:39 pm

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10144029)
I have my own ideas as to why it is quiet on here.

Cheers

Well, do elucidate, my man. :)

Bevm Jun 29th 2012 1:13 pm

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Originally Posted by Mummy in the foothills (Post 10144220)
N I went into the blighted city of Stockton (now filing bankruptcy according to the news)

Wow, I just went and checked the news stories. I'm afraid there's a lot more of that to come, including the increased crime and reduced police force.

Bev

Mummy in the foothills Jun 29th 2012 3:50 pm

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Originally Posted by Bevm (Post 10145818)
Wow, I just went and checked the news stories. I'm afraid there's a lot more of that to come, including the increased crime and reduced police force.

Bev

Oh yes, they filed yesterday. At the same time they had their 33rd murder so far this year (A teen found shot in the park) this is double the number from this time last year. The police force has been cut to bare bones for a few years now, I'm sure it'll get worse. We try not to go there if possible, we shop Lodi. Local we have nothing much but plenty of cattle ranches and feed stores.

cheers Jun 29th 2012 10:01 pm

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Originally Posted by Mummy in the foothills (Post 10146096)
Oh yes, they filed yesterday. At the same time they had their 33rd murder so far this year (A teen found shot in the park) this is double the number from this time last year. The police force has been cut to bare bones for a few years now, I'm sure it'll get worse. We try not to go there if possible, we shop Lodi. Local we have nothing much but plenty of cattle ranches and feed stores.

Any chance of seeing your small picture in larger form? I looks nice.

Cheers

Mummy in the foothills Jun 30th 2012 4:19 am

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Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10146697)
Any chance of seeing your small picture in larger form? I looks nice.

Cheers

It's snow on the houses in Wales.
It won't let me upload the original picture.

cheers Jul 1st 2012 5:44 pm

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Don't try this at home..........

http://devour.com/video/treadmill-fails/

Cheers

cheers Jul 1st 2012 5:59 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
I tried to find cottages with snow in Wales and found this. I don't know if it is for real or not?

http://sue-adams.hubpages.com/hub/li...ottage-part-1#

Cheers

Editha Jul 2nd 2012 12:41 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10149099)
I tried to find cottages with snow in Wales and found this. I don't know if it is for real or not?

http://sue-adams.hubpages.com/hub/li...ottage-part-1#

Cheers

Why wouldn't it be for real?

cheers Jul 2nd 2012 3:43 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by Editha (Post 10149476)
Why wouldn't it be for real?

From what I could see, for starters, the place has no windows.

Editha Jul 2nd 2012 3:53 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 

Originally Posted by cheers (Post 10149590)
From what I could see, for starters, the place has no windows.

I agree the pictures don't look right. Part 2 shows a different house to part 1. The story might be correct, but the photos aren't.

Mummy in the foothills Jul 2nd 2012 5:52 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Th cottage in the first picture in part two is a tea shop near my Moms house. Has been for the last 25 years or more.
http://www.tuhwntirbont.co.uk/ in the site pictures the vines are all green though, but it is definitely the same place.


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