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NOVEMBER 5th – This might be a moan!

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Years ago a group of children would build a guy and then take him to sit outside the local shop asking for “a penny for the guy Mr” in the evening all the families would gather round the rec to watch, bringing home-made toffee apples.  There would be lots of oooooo and aaarrrrrs as the fireworks made their magic in the sky.

What a lovely thought but now it is just a memory for many as you could not let your kids out to knock on doors asking for things to build their guy, you could not let them sit outside shops on their own.  I am guessing that now hardly any of them would know what a guy was let alone how to build one.

Times change – we now have fireworks for about a week and for any other occasion people can think of, they are let off with not a thought for anyone else or animals.  This week I have seen news about a horse jumping over the fence because a firework went off very early evening and landed in his field, the horse landed on a car and is now in vet hospital, the owner is distraught and praying he will be ok.  Dogs are escaping gardens so scared and just running, cats are hiding.  We all know to bring our animals inside but you do not expect it all to start so early in the evening or a week either side of November 5th.  They are so loud that I am sure it would be more enjoyable if quieter so you can just watch the spectacular colour show, many children are so scared they do not even want to go outside.

Where is the enjoyment in all that?

What I think – Firework displays should only be arranged ones with a permit, no fireworks should be sold to the general public, there needs to be a bigger cordon keeping people further away from the fireworks. I have seen a firework first hand come back down into the crowd and seriously hurt many people.  With all the fuss about health and safety now a days I cannot understand why they are still allowed, they have set ridiculous rules for some things but then nothing for fireworks going off in streets, gardens or just about anywhere at anytime during the year!

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Feel free to comment, rant over, I think, oh no! There will be more tonight as it is actually Guy Fawkes night!

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DESPICABLE ME 3

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Alfie came to stay again for the weekend and today we went down to Folkestone Silver Screen cinema to see Despicable Me3.  I love our old cinema, so much character in the old buildings.

What a brilliant, funny film, Alfie loved it. Some good sounds in there as well.

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A WHIFF OF CYANIDE BY GUY FRASER-SAMPSON – BOOK REVIEW

PUBLISHED TODAY 2ND JUNE 2017

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HAMPSTEAD MURDERS SERIES

Guy has done it again, this is a superb mystery thriller and I love that it is set at a Crime Writers Convention with the very famous Miss Marple in attendance.  Should the police take any notice of her thoughts?  Good old-fashioned police work at it’s best with a good human element as we follow the lives of the detectives at Hampstead nick.

Two murders that make you change your mind so many times about who killed them or even how many people were involved.  Dramatic violence that ends in a hospital with readers not knowing how that will turn out, then secrets are coming out in the open that shock some and cause ripples of uncertainty.

My thoughts went backwards and forwards about who was involved and of course as usual with Guy’s story’s I failed miserably to work out who done it!  In fact so many revelations in the last chapter that I read it twice just to make sure I had it clear in my head. But what a great finish as everything was tied up just how I like it.  I do hope there is going to be another book in this series as I love it, from all the characters to the setting it all flows so very well together.

Well done Guy Fraser-Sampson you have another best seller to add to your collection.

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FAIR AT THE GRAND, FOLKESTONE

Dodging the showers I picked Jodie up and we went up to The Grand for the craft and vintage fair.  There were over 60 stalls selling a wide variety of crafts, some people are so clever, I did tell Jodie I had put a glue gun on my birthday list!  I like having a try at doing things and looking round at all the ideas you realise that they are very simple to make, well they look it, lol and such clever ideas that I would never think of myself.

Jodie found these bags, which you can roll up and put in your handbag for unexpected shopping, the covers come off so you can wash them.  So many different designs, this is the one I picked and Jodie had a cream one.

I think they are very similar to the ones we had in the 70’s.

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They are called Dorky Bags from http://dorkybags.co.uk    or you can email them at dorkybags@gmail.com

It was then time for a coffee before we headed home, it was the first time I had been out so I did not feel that good and to be honest it was good to get back home in my jamas relaxing again.  Happy Monday everyone.

MAY 2017

MAY DAY

Today is a typical bank holiday, cloudy and drizzly, I guess we should be used to it but no we still like to moan, lol.

I am going to pop to The Grand for this craft fair, it is also Nostalgia Day so music and lots going on, I need to get out and escape for a while as it feels like I have been indoors for weeks.  I love this old building I always feel it is such a happy place.

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MAY 1st  10.00 to 4.00

Carano Arts, Crafts & Vintage Fair
What ever you are doing this extra day off work and school, have a good day and make it all about you!

AS ANOTHER WEEK STARTS

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As fast as the snow arrived it disappeared but not before Jade had a quick ride on Samson in it, did not appear to bother either of them but I am sure it must be more fun in the sunshine.

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I acquired myself a record player and was very pleased to discover that it had a CD drive and a cassette deck, radio and aux plug, the sound is great and I am so pleased with it, even more so in that it only cost me £30 and they are selling new for £145 my bargain of the month I think.  I then spent all Saturday listening to all my old records, such good memories.  I love it when so many of the songs you can actually remember an event that happened at that time.  I don’t feel that happens now a days or am I just too old and nothing much happens any more?

I was 6 years old when that christmas song came out and I have never heard it play on TV or radio since then.  Typical teenager writing all over Donny Osmond cover for Puppy Love, you can not beat the original, then summer of my life; 14 and heartbroken.  Many more happy memories that last forever.  I am very cross with myself for chucking out all my old cassettes and I only did that about 6 months ago, gutted.

Mia and Zac came for dinner and Peaches was trying her very best to ignore them and go sleep and then hissed at me as if I was the one waking her up!   The children are all on half term for the week so I have a movie night planned with Jodie and a trip to London with Izzy.  I am not filling myself up too much as still get really tired and out of breath so a bit of reading and writing will be my lot for the week.  Have a great week what ever you are doing x

NEWSPAPERS

Do you still have a newspaper delivered or do you buy one everyday?  

While I was growing up we had the paper delivered also the local paper on a Friday, in fact my Nan had a magazine and I had a comic so the newsagent must have loved us; but it was the done thing everybody I knew had a paper boy/girl.  I was about 14 when I got my first paper round it was horrible getting up in the winter but I spent all week planning what I was going to spend my money on when I got it Saturday so that kept me going.

Sadly not many homes have the luxury of this anymore but that is due to the fact that people read what news they want to on-line, many not even downloading a whole newspaper just using an app the read the headlines or what appeals to them.

Do you miss not having a paper delivered or even buying one everyday?

I would like to still have one delivered but I class that as an expense that I cannot afford, I don’t even buy one anymore.  I guess eventually journalists will all be self-employed and work from home as the up keep of an office can not really be justified now.

Many stories are reprinted from other sources or blogs or even websites, I do find it very annoying when I do buy a magazine and find that half the stories have been in some other print form.  I think the local newspapers will survive for a bit longer as they have the interest of all the local people but I think eventually they will be disregarded with people getting news instantly on the Facebook local pages for the area you live in.

It is an ever-changing world we live in today and it makes you wonder where it will all end, I’m not against future developments but I do sometimes miss some of the old ways.

What about you?