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    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 18th Jul 17, 11:34 AM
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    5 OS pleasures in your day today - part 3
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    • 18th Jul 17, 11:34 AM
    5 OS pleasures in your day today - part 3 18th Jul 17 at 11:34 AM
    Ok I'm diving in as I've noticed several of us have lost posts we thought had posted, and there now seems to be a serious risk of losing the whole thread. So thanks for the heads up Karcher. (and i sympathise Frith - i too like to nip back)

    I've revisited the first thread of our part 2, posted 28th October 2009. It said:
    Time for a shiny new thread The old one had got to 4500 odd posts which amounts to 22,500 OS pleasures (at least) It's so good to know that the OS life can be so rewarding.

    I'll kick off the new thread.

    1) Homemade bread and marmalade for breakfast.

    2) A walk over the Malvern Hills to blow away the cobwebs.

    3) Drying the washing outside- still, in October.

    4) Watching mydaughter making a game out of sweeping the leaves with her friends.

    5) The prospect of collecting a big order of meat from the butcher this morning and having my freezer full for less.
    Originally posted by thriftlady
    Part 2 went on considerably longer so many many more pleasures. And of course life stories shared, support given, tears of sorrow and joy shed. Part 2 I shall miss you, but here's to part 3.
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    • MrsLurcherwalker
    • By MrsLurcherwalker 4th Jan 18, 4:56 PM
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    1) Feeling better today and being much more useful in the house (I actually vacuumed) and not being blitzed by lunchtime.

    2) Unpacked DD2s Christmas present which is a lovely cast iron griddle that fits over 2 x burners on the hob and finding that it is reversible with a flat cooking plate and a ridged side. I can make breakfast pancakes for us now without having to do two batches!

    3) Trip out to another garden centre a few miles away for a change of scenery after being stuck indoors for the last few days and found some reduced lime pickle to keep He Who Knows happy, I feel a curry coming on.

    4) Salmon for supper tonight.

    5) He Who Knows has re-negotiated our broadband deal and TV subscription and got us an upgrade in speed, a new hub and the price fixed at what we have been paying for the next 18 months, can't be bad can it?
    Thumpers mum was right - if you can't find anything nice to say don't say anything at all!
    • VJsmum
    • By VJsmum 4th Jan 18, 6:41 PM
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    Evening all

    Pleasures for the last coupla days


    1. good visit to ICT. Finished my marking on the train
    2. House wasn't too bad but was pretty much perfect when I left
    3. Did two loads of washing that is draped around the kids bedroom and the bathroom to dry
    4. Did have smoked salmon after fancying it - with scrambled eggs
    5. Bought myself a superb fillet steak to have for tea. Only DD and I here to eat, but she wanted fish cake...


    So, yesterday was dad's funeral but there were still pleasures to be had.

    1. Our journeys there and back were good, and uneventful despite storm Eleanor
    2. The service was lovely - my poem went down well and raised a couple of laughs. It started "there was a young lady from Itchin"
    3. Went back to 'our' pub - it had been owned by my auntie and uncle for about 28 years and we all kind of grew up there as well as it being the place that mum and dad met. It hadn't changed that much and has been well cared for.
    4. The distant family members that came - dad had been pretty well housebound for 5 years and hardly seen anyone. He could also be a grumpy bu88er, so I am really chuffed that people turned out. And seeing his grandchildren - especially FN (favourite niece for the uninitiated)
    5. Just the feeling that we did him proud..

    Such a hard day and I am reeling much more than i thought I would be. I know it is early days but still...

    Pleasures for today

    1. Woke up at 7 after 8 and a half hours sleep. I haven't been sleeping too well since christmas so this was much needed
    2. went back to yoga - i was a bit pants but I really enjoyed it
    3. did the shopping - there is proper food in the fridge once more
    4. Took all the christmas stuff down. House looks a little less cluttered.
    5. OH cooked sausage and mash for tea - oops sorry BoP SNORKERS and mash. Proper food <<rubs tum>>

    Have a good evening all - I am off on holibobs tomorrow.
    You're out with a friend in the capital, I'm a thousand leagues under the sea
    You're hovering worriedly over your eggs, And I'm pondering trees
    I'm wandering long, And I'm pondering trees
    For you and me
    Guy Garvey
    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 4th Jan 18, 7:23 PM
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    For today : there is much noise upstairs. GN is staying and in the bath and much hilarity and shrieking is coming from the bathroom. Supervised by my girls!

    Early morning delivery of shelving for the garage. Somehow got a discount at checkout I wasn't expecting! Thank you!

    Wet dog walk.

    Be impressed , be very impressed. Parked in a supermarket carpark whilst son was at bank. Read my book and was just reading the last page when he returned. I did not go in said supermarket! That's the impressive part.

    Made macaroni for tea. Using up cheese from a cheese platter thing someone had given me pre Christmas. Then niece , great niece and her daddy came for tea....didn't know that he was coming. Just as well I'd made plenty! Had made a crumble using up a jar of apple sauce and a tin of pears. A serve of crumble mix is in they freezer for next time. One of our Oz girls had bought the apple sauce to go on her turkey for Christmas. It would have languished in the cupboard. I think all in dinner for 7 cost about £2.50.

    Wedding photos are finally here! Had a lovely time looking through them all.
    • Frith
    • By Frith 4th Jan 18, 9:10 PM
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    I'm glad yesterday went smoothly, VJsmum.

    Will try to do pleasures for yesterday and today.

    Yesterday (Thursday)

    1) Survived an early start.

    2) Hens well though they were still in their pen when I got there (9ish) due to the gale then they realised I was there and shot out looking embarrassed!

    3) Sons back to school and college and smaller son came home with a praise postcard for good English and another sort of letter (not received before!) for getting 1s and 2s for effort in every subject.

    4) Spent an hour or more sorting out a trip for us during half term. Smaller son supports Man United so we are stopping there overnight plus going to Old Trafford for the stadium tour! So I've booked the hotel, stadium tour and the trains. Also reading the Guardian's helpful series of cheap but decent places to eat so will narrow the choices down before we leave (did this very successfully for our Brighton trip). Just need to find something in Manchester that bigger son will really enjoy too - IMAX?

    5) Cooked a massive amount of Jamie Oliver's veg chilli recipe so had more than enough for tea plus six servings for the freezer.

    Today (Thursday)

    1) Popped to town to see my school friend and found a lovely top from the charity shop (I had a credit note to use there anyway). Turns out it is from a rather expensive Danish designer.

    2) Pork rolls from the butcher in the village for lunch.

    3) Bumped into the pupil I used to look after at work outside Homebase.

    4) Collected bigger son from college and he was quite jolly today.

    5) Bigger son is now at games evening with my brother and brother in law.

    6) Tasty tea of pizza and HM potato and sweet potato wedges.

    7) Just watched DIY SOS.

    8) Had to laugh that I had Amazon send a Christmas hamper to an old college friend of mine. 17 years after her wedding, I accidentally sent it to her maiden name!
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    • Kittikins
    • By Kittikins 4th Jan 18, 10:24 PM
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    1. Had a lovely day with the children

    2. Kept smiling all day

    3. 70p for the sealed tin.

    4. Feel chuffed that I'll only be keeping 1 item from an online shop, a shrug, which I think will go very well with a dress I already have. A virtual saving!

    5. A friend is trying to organise a short break for a group of us, KW included, to the Lake District next summer. Yay! I've never been to that part of England.
    Sealed tin saving - trying to put everything under £1 in my purse in there each day
    House deposit savings £52,000
    • Purple kitten
    • By Purple kitten 4th Jan 18, 10:51 PM
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    Purple kitten
    Vjsmum: Your post has inspired me to post, I wasnít going to as Iím feeling it. Iím so glad yesterday went smoothly.

    So inspired for today.
    1 We went shopping for the first time since the 23rd for some fresh bits and bobs to Lidl.
    2 DH helped me food plan, as I canít even seem to concentrate on making a cuppa at the moment.
    3 The traffic was kind as we travelled back from DFís.
    4 Lovely phone call from family friend who unexpectedly will be travelling down when we know dates.
    5 Iíve just written down a rather long list for tomorrow as Iím not remembering a single thing, however I must remember a bacon sarnie in the morning.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 5th Jan 18, 12:16 AM
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    Hugs to those who feel they can accept them.

    I want to share this with you, it was something I heard on Lisa Tarbuck's show on Radio 2, and it's kept me chuckling for days.
    She was reading out some of the listeners' messages highlights of her broadcasting year, and this was one of them.
    Although I'm not 100%, I think Lisa said the contributor was from Sedgefield, which is just a few miles up the road from me.

    The man concerned was out in Asia as a tourist, and was in an area famed for urban monkeys. Enterprising traders sell peanuts to the tourists, so that they can feed the animals.

    The guy duly bought some, and fed a happy, but greedy, monkey by hand.
    When the peanuts were exhausted, the little monkey got really angry and grabbed hold of the man's hand to bite it, demanding more.

    The man naturally jerked his hand back at speed out of the monkey's grasp.

    However, the evil little simian held on. Karma was instant, it was then catapulted over the man's shoulder and flew through the air behind him, before hitting a man on a motorbike riding past at that moment.

    As the contributor said, "I then had to apologise to a total stranger for throwing a monkey at him.'
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 5th Jan 18, 1:51 AM
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    Mrs Salad Dodger

    Thanks for the story
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 5th Jan 18, 7:14 AM
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    1. Long delays on way to work but as on bus I carried on reading my book and texting a friend and didn't become stressed. Only arrive 40 minutes late and I should have been 35 minutes early! So long delays.

    2. Work was ok in yet another place. People were fine. Been moved there to reduce my driving but the chair i have makes my back hurt. I thought it would but was told it would be fine! My boss didn't contact me yesterday to see how things were.

    3. Used up lots of veg for tea and had with some sausages. Actually very tasty and all eaten.

    4. Have meal planned for week including different says to use up veg.

    5. Enjoyed Death in Paradise. It is the Caribbean setting which makes me want to go.
    • ampersand
    • By ampersand 5th Jan 18, 8:52 AM
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    Hope page returns to normal size soon. &'s screens just white out and show nothing.
    Seeing comments, assume some oversize pics posted.
    1. Spits done. Conditions foul. No rain till M11, then heavy most of day. High winds too, so horrid for unloading at 4.30a.m, getting drenched again, despite coat, on walk back from Brick Lane parking. Just kept going, which is how day mostly felt, for most apparently. 2 late sales made it just over break even.....which is when one feels one's age, wonders Why Do This? Yet again no lighting, hence gloom and near darkness, worsened by stupidity of redesign. Yet again, people asking what had happened to market, asking why historic status hadn't protected it from such 'redevelopment'? Answer: greed. So, tiny banking before France, better than nothing, if only just.

    2. Again, as rain resumed during pack-up/reloading, Freddie appeared miraculously to help lug out boxes and awkwards e.g. rocking chair, which normally would have gone early. Footfall continues to drop noticeably, and in spend type. Had delayed crimbo £hanks for him, which he had to be pressed to shyly accept. Didn't understand concept at all. & explained same done for postie. "But you older lady work long, long. I see. I help you. I like. You nice lady.". Well thankyou Freddie. & grateful, esp. after a poor day+ returning lurgy, shared by most fellows y'day. Some patently ill, should not have been out, & too, prob.

    3. Grateful for bed, warmth on return, with hwb, hot milk+new local honey. Cricket on radio in time for miracle catch dismissing Malan. Slept till 7.

    4. Debadgering appt 11bells. Osp in advance. But that means unloading first and & still achey, racked in bed, writing here.....

    5. If hearing Frank Gardner on R4 just now is permanent, excellent. He's long been another of &'s heroes.
    On other (usual) hand, Hurrchrrrs generation change storylines+Lilian/Justin damp crimbo squibbiness is in silliesland....again.
    Are we supposed to anticipate Freddy actor following Graeme Seed/Nigel off roof, chemically induced? Hear, too, the clunkiness of Pip storyline debate.
    Councillor Emma is one bright spot.

    Vjm, you did well and yes, ambushes do and will occur. Still do for &.
    Pk - & will not be in posting territory during your farewell to your df. As with Mhags, thinking of you all.
    Frith, good sons' news. Yet more credit to you.
    DD -& remembers your £50 find too. In fact, one of &'s sales y'day was due to chap putting foot on a flyaway £20note on Aldgate. He'd looked hard at, wanted, an old East German passport earlier. As he told it, he looked around for some moments, had a coffee while looking onto street, saw no-one, so came back to buy:-)
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    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 5th Jan 18, 9:17 AM
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    Glad all went well as possible VJsMum and your poem obviously resonated.

    Thursday pleasures,

    Up early and into horsey town for fresh food, emporium was very quiet and positively whizzed round.

    Over to the yard and the pleasure of seeing my horsey girl in her paddock, apparently she was one of only two who whizzed around in the mud, no surprise there!

    We had the yearly house financial review, books balanced and list of possible purchases required for coming year ( nothing that exciting, think toaster and wheelbarrow) Guess it is only natural for two ' bean-counters ' such as ourselves to enjoy keeping control

    One of my presents was a willowwick candle, wasn't sure on fragrance, warm wool???, but it's smashing and looks fab on hearth.

    Turkey and ham pie for tea with roast parsnips, mashed carrot and swede.
    • Blackbeard of Perranporth
    • By Blackbeard of Perranporth 5th Jan 18, 12:24 PM
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    Blackbeard of Perranporth
    Where is Mark when you need him!
    #RAF100 in 85 Days!

    Now what is it with you lots and that Jim wag? Is he some wander cook or has he got any skills? Proper food is done with what you have, and making it into something tasty! Enough of this dismal debacle around here! Away!

    Turkey and ham pie for tea with roast parsnips, mashed carrot and swede.
    Originally posted by LaineyT
    Ah, proper food swede and carrot mash!

    5 Good at the club last night, first time banter was back since just afore easter. Bloody projector problems though with sound so I will have to sort out again! Usual rules, no one noticed!

    4 Down at mill and the end of the week is nigh upon the furnaces! New bales of cotton are sourced for the coming months. Always slow thirst week back in the ponds!

    3 Inn BoP!!!8217;s lunch box today we still have a supply of cakes of Jaffa, as well as Salad, cake of xmas

    2 Nite BoP will be watching the latest Grand Tour. More later!

    And again the Life of BoP is varied!
    Every fairy story always ends the same way
    Hope, then tragedy at the end of the world!
    • house elf
    • By house elf 5th Jan 18, 1:18 PM
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    house elf
    BoP Grand Tour
    & Archers I hope you enjoy your trip. It sounds like you need a break with some R&R.
    VJsmum Glad all went well.

    Hugs to all that need one.


    1. Working on my assignment. I have dreaded having to finish it, but on the other hand, I have really enjoyed the luxury of being able to concentrate without interruption. I have submitted it, and now I am worrying it is not right!

    2. Good shopping in Mr A. Got everything on my list.

    3. Day dreaming about holidays........looking at cruises.

    4. DD has got a trail shift at local pub. Extra money for driving lessons and holiday.

    5. DS2 back to cadets. Looks so smart in his uniform. Lots of activities planned to keep him away from his computer.

    Need to celebrate finishing my assignment. May be a guilt free trip to the coffee shop!

    Have a lovely day
    Synchro Mums - 'Changing the world one sequin at a time' Lady GaGa
    'We have more in common than that which divides us.' Jo Cox
    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 5th Jan 18, 6:10 PM
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    Hello. Starting to feel a bit chilly out there. Just walked my friend part of the way home with the dog. Brrrrrr.

    A bit of a up and down kind of night as Mr Dog must have eaten something he shouldn't (there's a surprise!) and needed to be sick. At 3am. At 5am. At 7am!

    The little person was still fast asleep at 9am ( having been still chatting at midnight!) when I went walking with friend and old dog.

    She made pancakes with DD2 for their breakfast....I had a bath and some peace and quiet.

    Nipped to supermarket but did get a few RTCs ( ...some 35p napkins may have been added to the collection , however they will be for DD2's upcoming 18th)

    Made nice BLTs for lunch. Niece popped up with some extra supplies and wellie boots for DN who is staying another night. Her and DD1 were being scientists and making gloopy stuff ...I was told I could be the cleaner, thanks girls!

    They went to the park, I took Haggis a walk , we met friend and old lady dog so wandered with them. Went to park to bring girls back and then had just sat down when my lovely, wise friend called round for an hour. So that was lovely to see her and have a catch up. Walked her halfway back home with haggis.
    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 6th Jan 18, 2:40 AM
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    glad to hear your day did your dad proud vjsmum
    i was lucky enough to go to the caribbean a few years ago villagelife and have very happy memories every time i see death in paradise
    well done mhags on avoiding supermarket
    1) poor mrpiano ordered a rather smart red leather computer cover - 13" whilst his is 15". guess whose 13" mac is now adorned :-)
    2) spaniels have both had a hair cut. i swear they are half the size!
    3) clean sheets
    4) hearing ruth archer telling david archer to shut up
    5) 12th night party at the rectory. wore the dress i bought for new years, and now it's draped over the exercise bike. and now cinderella must to sleep (of course leaving at 12 would have meant more sleep than leaving at 2!)
    For 2018 be kind, be courageous, and never ever eat pears
    • villagelife
    • By villagelife 6th Jan 18, 7:15 AM
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    Some for yesterday.

    1. Christmas decorations are down and have been put away. Some have been thrown out of looking tatty without any memories attached

    2. Poinsettias are still looking good. I got them from a local garden centre this year. It was well worth the extra 50p each as I have had problems keeping them alive until Christmas day in the past.

    3. Managed to get to the bank and paid some money in. Some cheques from Christmas.

    4. Received money from a survey site and quidc o money was confirmed. Good day for extra money today and it's needed after Christmas and holidays.

    5. Took some bedding and towel to the local RSPCA and more stuff to charity shop and didn't but anything while out.

    6. Cooked a new recipe for tea. It was a Jamie Oliver one and was tasty but would put more chilli in next time.
    • LaineyT
    • By LaineyT 6th Jan 18, 10:38 AM
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    Friday pleasures,

    A lie-in to 8am when Tilly decided time I was up and sneaked upstairs, first I knew was spaniel breathing heavily in my face. She is v fluffy DD so can imagine actually half the size under there!

    Checked on new yard for horse girlie, very nice and have paid deposit.

    Capt S chopped up tree and put in green bin, yes it was that small!

    Bit of CBA moment when it came to tea and we decided on takeaway treat of fish and chips, out fav shop takes the skin off for me so that I can eat the whole lot, even the dogs had a couple of chips.

    Final of Christmas Uni Challenge, whitewash.
    • mhagster
    • By mhagster 6th Jan 18, 7:47 PM
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    Yet another night of up and down with dog! 11.45pm, 3am and 5am by which time I brought my pillow down then son was up and at 'em at 6am to head up north! So feeling rather tired out this evening. A disgusting regurgitated piece of blankie has been the culprit! Sookie blankets have been thrown out. I cannot take the risk of serious damage to my dog.

    Nice dog walk with friend and old lady dog. Same again in morning. Blooming cold wind but stunning views to Arran.

    Was just relaxing in the bath...can I stay another night Auntie M? Really? You will have to ask your mum and if she says yes ( but of course she did!) then you can. So a day of keeping a 6 year old occupied.

    Tinned tomato soup for lunch ( because that's what she eats) but we squeezed 4 serves out of 1 tin. Eggy sandwiches too.

    Did a bit of recycling from garage.

    The girls made cakes & cookies.

    Pizza (RTC) for tea.

    Some stories, a bath and then hopefully bed for a little one and I don't think we will be that far behind her!

    Floors swept , floors washed, bathrooms cleaned, washing upon washing and 3 pairs of son's trousers hung out on line. It was cold and windy. Not dried but finished off on radiators. Rest on clothes horses.

    My bulbs are peeking through the soil.
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 6th Jan 18, 8:26 PM
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    A small collection.
    A NSD unexpectedly, what was a downer - tummy trouble forcing me to miss a shopping trip, turned into a bit of a pleasure, when I didn't miss delivery of a parcel that was a lovely new waterproof jacket.

    It was a sale bargain, and much, much better than expected. I've got so used to Am@zon's made in China lower quality clothing that a quality item was almost a shock. It will do for spring, early summer, and autumn and all but the coldest of winter days.

    Putting the decorations away slowly and a return to normality.

    Making plans for this year.
    In May I have a significant birthday, it's a Tuesday, which is music club night, so I've arranged for a birthday bash there.
    I will pay for the guest performers for that night, which will help our club funds, and make for what should be a really enjoyable evening.
    I'm hoping my DSis will come to stay, my DB had previously mentioned my going down there, but the journey would be near impossible for me with my current levels of mobility.

    Plus, it's always me who travels, DSis has visited me twice in this house, my brother once, overnight, and my sis in law never. I've lived here nearly thirty years.
    I hope that doesn't sound self-pitying, but perhaps they could make an effort for me. My friends and my close family are all here, and I want to celebrate my birthday with them.
    Anyway, it's not until May. Plenty of time.

    Reading a couple of good books - and one on the way which has been compared to The Little Paris Bookshop, &.

    Your pleasures thank you. Mhags, glad that Haggis didn't need an op after his blanky-eating session. Walter is a chewer, rather than an eater, destructive, but stays out of the vets, touch wood.
    Erma Bombeck, American writer: "If I had my life to live over again... I would have burned the pink candle, sculptured like a rose, that melted in storage." Don't keep things 'for best' - that day never comes. Use them and enjoy them now.
    • Purple kitten
    • By Purple kitten 6th Jan 18, 9:20 PM
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    Purple kitten
    A mix for the past few days.
    1 The Christmas decorations and lights are down and packed away, I love them up, but also reach the point it!!!8217;s nice to pack away.
    2 Various calls with DB.
    3 Cleaning up and starting to integrate DF!!!8217;s things.
    4 We treated ourselves to lunch out at a caf chicken salad was lovely.
    5 I!!!8217;ve got about 3 books on the go at the moment, 2 paper backs, one from DF of an original Down with Skool from 1955, a Terry Prachett book and a Kindle yup issues concentrating.
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