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Fri 12-Feb-10
5:41 pm
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JoannaS
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Sounds interesting SOL, I am all for as many options as possible as well.

I understand what you mean Mutley about bartering, must admit to still trying to work out where the balance lies between that and ensuring there are enough finances for things like schools and roads. Still working towards a less materialistic society must be a good move

My achievements for the day, clearing out a load of emails and slobbing about after spending most of the night coughing Steam

Fri 12-Feb-10
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Rae Mond
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I regret nothing to report on the achievement front today. Our friend Joel has moved into our spare room, so I once again have a house full of boys Cheers

My task for this evening, which I have chosen to accept, is to bake cupcakes to fill the lovely cupcake tree that the Sam gave me for my birthday. I plan some butterfly vanilla ones with lemon and lime marmalade filling and buttercream, and some chocolate ones with sprinkles on top.

Also I am charged with tidying thee kitchen and living room to make them presentable for when my friends come to dinner tomorrow night Magic

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Sun 14-Feb-10
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Shereen
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My achievement for today, assuming 2am counts, was not running over the 2 incredibly drunk young men who walked out in front of the car on a dark country road as I drove G home after a night at my folks'. They were trying to hitchhike, but I couldn't take the risk, since G had been drinking and there's been a few carjackings in Belfast recently. One of them hit the car a huge thump as I drove off and the whole thing was deeply unpleasant, if short-lived.

So folks, lock your doors when you're out and about in your car.

Sun 14-Feb-10
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mutley
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Its so sad but as you say you just can't take the risk these days, must have been a bit frighting .

Sun 14-Feb-10
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JoannaS
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Certainly frightening Shereen, hope you are okay now. Here in Latvia hitchhiking is almost a way of life, most people do it and as for travelling around at night on unlit streets then it is a requirement by law to have a reflector so that you can be seen. I think too many pedestrians have been seriously injured or killed after drinking (or the drivers drinking) on the many unlit roads here in Latvia, so many people walk long distances that it makes a lot of sense to have that kind of law - in Britain they would probably accuse the Government of introducing nanny state laws.

Sun 14-Feb-10
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danast
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Yesterday I went to Ikea.  I was there for it opening and had a very pleasant visit.  Bought what I needed, had breakfast which was very good and was home at a reasonable time.  All very good.  I was going to a friend's house last night and was looking forward to a lovely evening with friends.

Then the phone rang. It was my son.  He lives in Pune in India in a lovely area called Koregan Park.  He regularly visits a restaurant called the German Bakery and on my visits there I am been often.  It is a wonderful place where the food is simple, but excellent, very healthy and is frequented by a real mix of people who go there to be quiet, read their papers or to meet friends.  It is a real social meeting place which brings together lots of nationalities.  I loved going there especially to people watch.

Well as you may have heard, yesterday the German Bakery was destroyed by a bomb left in a carrier bag and for the first time terrorism meant something really personal to me.  I cannot explain the feeling. Colin could so easily have been in the building meetings friends as so many others were.  I think of the smiling Indians who ran the place and the young fresh faced waiters who always had a smile for me.  And I think of a little beggar woman I befriended who always stood outside waiting for some kind person to leave and give her even one rupee , so that she could go home with enough money that her husband would not beat her.  I pray she was at home when it happened.

I have to try not to worry about Colin living in Pune now, but it is going to be difficult. Today, I feel very sad and very emotional.

They say that you must live through something to truly understand and empathise with others.  I was not in India when this happened but because of Colin and the fact that I loved visiting the German Bakery, I feel so close to this terrible event.  Perhaps when I read and hear of future vile acts,  I shall listen just that little bit more carefully and understand just a little bit more.

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Sun 14-Feb-10
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How terrifying, Danuta. I loved my short time in Bangalore and the Indian people and it's such a shame that terrorism has begun to affect not only their lives but also people like you, thousands of miles away.

Targeting areas that are popular with tourists does impact an economy. I just hope Colin stays safe, I am sure he will.

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Sun 14-Feb-10
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Oh Danuta how awful. So pleased to hear your son is safe though. Rose

Sun 14-Feb-10
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Shereen, I hope you are over your shock now?  Big_Hug 

Danuta, what a horrible thing to happen in a place that you know.  It must be very worrying for you, your son and his family.  My thoughts are with you.  Big_Hug Heart

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Sun 14-Feb-10
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Joanna- hope the cough is less trying and you are getting some better night's sleep.Big_Hug

Shereen- sorry to hear about your driving troubles- I keep my doors locked now after a similar creepy experience in Leighton Buzzard ( not somewhere one expects to be creepy).Big_Hug

Danuta-  however grown-up one's children, they are always our babies...and such an awful thing to happen to anyone anywhere, but even worse when a dear one is there.Big_Hug

But on the bright side- hugely impressed by your surviving the Ikea experince with your sanity intact. Hell fire girl- that's AWESOME.Rose

My achievement this weekend was to reach this evening still on my feet afterworking on the set build/paint/dress/costume parade for Charley's Aunt- the play I've been 'bustling' for for weeks now. First night Wednesday, dress rehearsal Tuesday...photos available here of a few of the costumes I had time to photograph at the first costume call

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off to bed v. soon....zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Mon 15-Feb-10
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Kate, having looked at your slideshow I can safely say that you achieved mightily.  Well done, the dresses are wonderful.WellDone Star

I'll try that again!

Mon 15-Feb-10
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Wow, you are really talented Kate.  I hope the show goes well.  WellDone

Thanks for your supportive comments folks.  They are very much appreciated.     Big_Hug

Old teachers never die, they just lose their class

Mon 15-Feb-10
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Danuta, what a horrible thing! To know a place, and especially to have a child living near, brings it so much closer. It is much worse when you are far away, and can only be concerned/worry from afar.

On 7/7 I got a phone message from my daughter to say she was safe, though working where she could hear emergency vehicles taking the London bombing injured to hospital. I had been working and knew nothing of it till I got her call, and then started to worry. When I had been travelling to London occasionally during the IRA bomb scares I took it in my stride, and delays to the trains were a (considerable) nuisance but no worse. But when it is a child, whatever their age, it is different!

I hate the adding of deliberate harm to all the hazards that already exist.

Mon 15-Feb-10
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Thanks for the comments- today I have achieved the finding of a packet of crumpets in the bread bin.

ooo,they need to be eaten TODAY...where's the toaster?RunAway

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Mon 15-Feb-10
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Thanks Barbara.  I know you understand how I felt and think how many people have gone through the same.  Thank goodness we both had children who took the time to phone and say they were safe.  Isn't it strange how you start to worry after you know they are unhurt.

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