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Mummy in the foothills Apr 26th 2011 12:19 am

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

Originally Posted by bandrui (Post 9325991)
That's very interesting Bee. Hopefully the Archbishop of Canterbury will have his beard and hair trimmed before the ceremony. What a mess! :lol:

Stephen Harper (PM of Canada) was invited but declined because we are in the midst of a General Election (May 2). Hopefully he'll be gone.

Good Lord he is a mess, I hope he does trim it all and look a bit smarter on the day.

bandrui Apr 26th 2011 1:31 am

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

Originally Posted by Mummy in the foothills (Post 9326106)
Good Lord he is a mess, I hope he does trim it all and look a bit smarter on the day.

Looks like he just came in from herding the sheep :rofl:

anishq Apr 26th 2011 2:35 am

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

Originally Posted by Mallory (Post 9317499)
I can only remember Ena Sharples, Elsie Tanner and Len Fairclough. :eek:

Yes, and in black and white.

cheers Apr 26th 2011 5:33 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
This is a quote from another forum and you maybe interested in it.

Life in the US does seem, in retrospect, ridiculously 'easy' -- lower cost of living, people easier to meet and talk to, far less traffic, far more parking, better customer service, etc. On bad days here, I do miss all that stuff, particularly the affordability: my wife and I are both lucky enough to be earning at/near the top of our potential in the UK, and yet somehow we are just about getting by, whereas in the States, in the same circs, we would be saving a good deal of money at the end of each month. It's the sense of being perpetually on the back foot, as it were, that makes life here feel so difficult.

On the flipside, though, it is wonderful to be able to nose around all these little villages and discover all these country pubs and woodland walks and historical sites within a half-hour's drive of where we live. (Not to mention popping up to London on the train.) Even though there is much that I miss about the States, we were living in a stretch of the Midwest that is not particularly known for its abundance of places of interest. When I consider moving back (as I still do, often) that is the thing that most often gives me pause.

Beedubya Apr 26th 2011 8:17 am

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

Originally Posted by jasper123 (Post 9326030)
Me and Mum bought a nice 42 inch sony TV a couple of months ago from comet on sale for £399 plus if you pay em £40 extra they deliver and set it up and connect your VCR and CD/DVD player and also program all the channels, we have 99 free channels we dont have a cable box it all runs from the outside antenna on the roof of the house, and its just as clear a picture as when I had cable in Vegas,
The system here in U.K. is I think rather unique --- you buy a new TV and when its hooked up you have all these wonderful channels built inside your TV, just pay your TV licence every year and its all free, ---- unless you are my Mum whos almost 92 and gets her TV licence free of charge :)

You now have the digital free channels Rodney, it was introduced area by area in and around 2009, when I was in the Lake District it was just coming into play and my old TV wouldn't pick up any of the new channels, just the standard BBC, ITV and so on. So your Sony TV is one of the new digital TV's, and what a cheap price for a Sony 42". :thumbsup:

Beedubya Apr 26th 2011 8:20 am

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

Originally Posted by jasper123 (Post 9326060)
Well I dont know Barb but Barbies were not around Australia when I was living there in the mid 60,s at least I never heard of them :unsure: but USA has been doing BBQ'S since way before MR Ed was on TV and that was a mighty long time ago,
Today me and Mum went to beach together, and guess what I saw, two women and a man sitting on the beach BBQuing ---- they had this real tiny little mini like round BBQ,
It is so HOT here and its been going on for ages this sun and heat, we havent seen rain for such a long time, :cool: this is just not the England that I used to know.

Then I stand corrected, maybe it's just that the Aussie's seem to have claimed it as their own invention LOL!! :D

Wow no way are we having HOT weather like you down south. Well a few days have been hot enough for even me to sit in the shade, but not every single day. It is 8.19am here and is overcast but I have noticed that the mornings tend to be like this and then the sun comes out about 12 o clock.

On Friday night we had a massive storm, lightening, rain and even HAILSTONES and an hour later it had gone and the next day on Saturday was a lovely sunny day, so it's a bit more of a mix up North I think. :o

Beedubya Apr 26th 2011 9:09 am

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
I won't be getting cable when I move as I really don't watch enough TV to justify the cost plus I have no television ha ha!! :lol:

It is with my stuff still in Australia and it can stay there until I am ready to send for it.

In the meantime I will use my laptop for watching TV and have found that Virgin do a good package for landline and broadband.

http://virgin.net/allyours/bbandphon...yDownload.html

islandwoman120 Apr 26th 2011 4:03 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
New pics: http://www.flickr.com/photos/islandw...7626458512223/

cheers Apr 26th 2011 5:01 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
Sally, Could you use this. I just read it and you could have this trip for free. It is short notice, like next week and we could have used it but you still have to come up with the airfare for the US to UK.

Quote:

So… DH and I have friends from America who visit us every year and are our usual travelling buddies. D & E and I went all through school together and have been friends since 1st grade. The three of us all turn 65 this year and have planned to celebrate by taking a really nice trip.

We booked a 10 day Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands trip through Great Rail Journeys. We paid £995 per person which includes hotels, rail journeys and breakfast and dinners each day. We have added a night in Edinburgh and another night in Kendal to the end of the trip, which takes our holiday to Wednesday, 11th May.

We have been looking forward to this for months now.

Now for the sad news - Our friends’ daughter-in-law passed away Saturday morning. She has been ill for a long time but this has come rather unexpectedly, to say the least. No one thought she would pass at such a young age, in her late 30’s with a 9 year old son.

D&E were expected to arrive here next Wednesday and we were to leave early Saturday morning, stop overnight in Kendal and then carry on to Edinburgh to for evening meal on Sunday and meet up with the rest of our tour group. Understandably, they are not coming.

They did not have cancellation insurance (only health ins) and it is too late to get a refund. DH and I are going on the trip as planned. D&E’s tickets can be transferred to someone else for £30 each admin fee.

Our dilemma is finding two people who can get away on such short notice. We have been trying all week-end to find someone to use the trip.
I have asked several folks we are friends with here but no one can go at such short notice. I asked a couple in NJ but they can’t swing the air fare.

D&E are not looking for any money for the trip itself.

I never thought it would be this hard to give away a £2000 holiday for two.

Is anyone out there in Expat land adventurous?
Hey - I'm 65 but young in the heart and soul! We love younger friends!!

Need to know in by 5pm today - I really don't want to see this trip go to waste!!!

sallysimmons Apr 26th 2011 5:17 pm

Re: OVER 50's & 60's Chit-Chat & Daily Catch-Up Thread
 
I wish, cheers. Thanks for thinking of me but we only have the budget for one trip back to the UK this year and it's already booked for September.

That sounds like a fantastic trip for someone!

Mummy in the foothills Apr 26th 2011 5:38 pm

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

Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9327604)
Sally, Could you use this. I just read it and you could have this trip for free. It is short notice, like next week and we could have used it but you still have to come up with the airfare for the US to UK.

Quote:

So… DH and I have friends from America who visit us every year and are our usual travelling buddies. D & E and I went all through school together and have been friends since 1st grade. The three of us all turn 65 this year and have planned to celebrate by taking a really nice trip.

We booked a 10 day Edinburgh, Highlands & Islands trip through Great Rail Journeys. We paid £995 per person which includes hotels, rail journeys and breakfast and dinners each day. We have added a night in Edinburgh and another night in Kendal to the end of the trip, which takes our holiday to Wednesday, 11th May.

We have been looking forward to this for months now.

Now for the sad news - Our friends’ daughter-in-law passed away Saturday morning. She has been ill for a long time but this has come rather unexpectedly, to say the least. No one thought she would pass at such a young age, in her late 30’s with a 9 year old son.

D&E were expected to arrive here next Wednesday and we were to leave early Saturday morning, stop overnight in Kendal and then carry on to Edinburgh to for evening meal on Sunday and meet up with the rest of our tour group. Understandably, they are not coming.

They did not have cancellation insurance (only health ins) and it is too late to get a refund. DH and I are going on the trip as planned. D&E’s tickets can be transferred to someone else for £30 each admin fee.

Our dilemma is finding two people who can get away on such short notice. We have been trying all week-end to find someone to use the trip.
I have asked several folks we are friends with here but no one can go at such short notice. I asked a couple in NJ but they can’t swing the air fare.

D&E are not looking for any money for the trip itself.

I never thought it would be this hard to give away a £2000 holiday for two.

Is anyone out there in Expat land adventurous?
Hey - I'm 65 but young in the heart and soul! We love younger friends!!

Need to know in by 5pm today - I really don't want to see this trip go to waste!!!

Send Bee (she can take her sister as a thanks for letting me stay), I bet she could do with a tour after all that interviewing and flat hunting.

Beedubya Apr 26th 2011 5:39 pm

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

Originally Posted by sallysimmons (Post 9327638)
I wish, cheers. Thanks for thinking of me but we only have the budget for one trip back to the UK this year and it's already booked for September.

That sounds like a fantastic trip for someone!

What a shame. :(

Cheers, could you put it on the USA forum as well to see if there is any interest?

cheers Apr 26th 2011 6:49 pm

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

Originally Posted by Beedubya (Post 9327687)
What a shame. :(

Cheers, could you put it on the USA forum as well to see if there is any interest?

wot is the USA forum?

dunroving Apr 26th 2011 7:15 pm

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

Originally Posted by cheers (Post 9327830)
wot is the USA forum?

http://britishexpats.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=57

Pistolpete2 Apr 26th 2011 7:45 pm

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

Originally Posted by bandrui (Post 9326044)
I have been thinking about this too Pete. I wonder, in those period cottages where you are sleeping right under the roof, how hot those bedrooms would get. Also wonder if thatch might be a great heat insulator, summer and winter.

You've got me there!:unsure:

I'm thinking of spending time in the Canterbury area and Herne Bay is one of the hottest places in the UK, in spite of being on the coast. Plus the humidity can be unbearable in the south east. I've lived thirty years in Bermuda so know all about humidity and high temperatures.:eek: Don't particularly want to replicate that! Scotland sounds good!:cool:

The trouble is, the British Summer is the star attraction.


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