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the forbidden C word
Wed 27-Oct-10
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danast
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wave Just brilliant, Bob

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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danast said:

wave Just brilliant, Bob


 

Bahhhh....humbug.....big_laughbig_laugh

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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Oh nooooo, you don't want to get me started on halloween... its gotten as bad as the dreaded C. How did it get so heavily commercialised?

My halloween - apart from hiding from marauding gangs of freeloading kids - is about the closing down of the growing year. Harvest in, seeds stored, the garden settling down for the winter. A summing up of whats gone before, remembering friends and family that have gone, lessons learnt in the year gone by. A moment's pause before moving on and planning for whats to come in the year ahead.

How can I equate that with drunk idiots yelling in the middle of the road at 3am, children begging for sweets I don't have, and shops full of plastic spiders and horror masks? Aaaagghhhh! Bah! Bah! and thrice baaahhhhhaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

 

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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You should have seen the looks on the faces of three youngsters who rang my bell at 10:30pm just as I was getting ready for bed. They were greeted with a dressing gown clad irate English woman who said "Not at this time of night, thank you!" very forcefully and in English not Latvian. They looked completely and utterly stunned.

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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welldonewelldonewelldone for that, Joanna.

It's not so bad here but when I lived in Maidstone we'd get kids a month before knocking wanting hard cash because they'd made the 'effort' of putting a black bin bag on over their head!!!  Just a pity they thought to put a head hole in I reckon... angry

If that's not legalised begging with menaces I don't know what is.  Bloody 'orrible idea.  I never did this as a kid and I'm not that majorly old so where'd all this grasping avarice on the part of the kiddies come from?  And why oh why should I spend my hard earned cash on fattening up a bunch of kiddies / oiks I don't even know?  Wouldn't mind so much if it was a mate's kids but total strangers? - I got student debts to clear before I prop up the Tescopoly even further buying family sized bags of sugary tat for unknown kids to become family sized on. monster 

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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JoannaS said:

 They looked completely and utterly stunned.


 

welldone big_laugh big_laugh big_laugh

I'm thinking about offering plain polystyrene type rice cakes to any beggers at my door! devil

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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wave  You should live where I do.  Nobody ever makes it down here.  It is fantastic.  whistle

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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We live in a 'nice middle class village', and we hardly ever see the kids on Hallowe'en as normally the young 'ungs come with mums before we get in from work, and the older ones come round after 7 when I'm out with the dog - and OH never answers the door to anyone he isn't expecting anyway.  This year I am prepared as its Sunday so I expect the littlees will be round at tea time, I have sweets ready and a skeleton, my broomstick toffeeapple and a little lighting up ghost for the window.  I hate kids, but I remember turnip lanterns at Hallowe'en when I was a kid, and our elderly (and some not so elderly) neighbours would come out and look at the lanterns and costumes (we didn't knock on doors, we just wandered round the streets and adults that wanted to would come out and give us cake or sweets), so I try to be nice.  Woe betide any kids that wind me up though - I used to live in a really rough area and it wouldn;t be the first time I've let the dog out to chase cheeky lil b*gg*rs off! tongue

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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I just had some kids knock the door (well actually they snuck onto the drive then ran away when the security light came on, so I went and opened the door, by which time they were back at the end of the drive)

small boy: penny for the guy?

me: No.

small boy (quite shocked): why not?

me: well, you haven't got a guy for one thing

small boy: yeah we have

me: well lets see it then.

small boy runs away

me: I knew it, you got nothing!

in the past I have literally given them a penny, though I was careful to pick a nice shiny one.

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Wed 27-Oct-10
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In the states a while ago the tradition was started on Halloween that if you did not want trick-or-treaters you put a big black X on your door and the kids passed you by. Maybe a movement needs to be started in the UK?

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Thu 28-Oct-10
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Rae Mond said:

small boy: penny for the guy?

me: No.

small boy (quite shocked): why not?

me: well, you haven't got a guy for one thing

small boy: yeah we have

me: well lets see it then.

small boy runs away

me: I knew it, you got nothing!

in the past I have literally given them a penny, though I was careful to pick a nice shiny one.


 You are brilliant!!  big_laughbig_laughbig_laugh I can picture the perplexed look on the urchin's face as for the first time in his life he's been denied something.

P'raps we should get some old money pennies from a boot fair / jumble sale and give them those - could be educational.  Or how about a nice healthy crab apple?! monsterbig_laugh

Thu 28-Oct-10
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There are a lot of children in our street and at hallow'een they do dress up, and so do their parents, and come round in groups with adults, the little ones come round first, then later the early teens, often in home-crafted costumes.They don't expect to be given stuff, they really come to show their costumes. But I usually have a child or two staying as it is half term, so we make small biscuits during the day to hand out in the evening, dress up in appropriate garments ( good to get some use out of the academic gown...) and have lanterns on the doorstep. It is a really fun evening as the whole street joins in, very different from any other street I've lived in. I used to be BAH HUMBUG about it, but it's fun here and we have a family and friends tea party too .This year we have a recently married couple joining us- so there will be a wedding cake with ghosts on top...and the children who come to the door just love the home-made aspect of the biscuits!

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Thu 28-Oct-10
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See that I would be more happy to get involved in but we don't have that on my street.  P'raps in the years to come as the couple 3 doors up have just had a nipper this year.  Only just getting to know everyone and there's not really kids of the right age on our street.  If you've got decent kids that's ok but chavs in a bin bag a month in advance wanting cash I take offence at! 

Thu 28-Oct-10
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The Co-oP in the next village has now stopped selling eggs and flour to under 18's.

Last year kids as young as 8 were throwing the stuff at those that refused to pay up. Fortunately they are 3 miles from me and my place well hidden in an unlit area.

But getting back to the c word¦.I found Reindeer meat on sale. Anyone for a Rudolph Burger?Image Enlarger

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Thu 28-Oct-10
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I've eaten reindeer;  can't recall if it was in Sweden or Finland.

I'll try that again!

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