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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
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    • 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread 29th Oct 15 at 2:22 PM
    Hello lovely alphabettys old and new and welcome to the new Alphabetty thread



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    Everyone is welcome whether or not you have previously posted
    We are very friendly so please say hello





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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 8th Mar 19, 9:07 AM
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    Morning both, and happy Women's Day to Alfie.
    I'm not celebrating it this year ....
    Weekly Distance Walked 19km / Total For Year 1290 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 8th Mar 19, 11:52 AM
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    Good Morning Alfie I hope you are well.....
    Originally posted by colinw

    Good morning Colin

    I'm very well, many thanks for asking. I hope you're keeping
    well too.


    Morning both, and happy Women's Day to Alfie.
    I'm not celebrating it this year ....
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hiya Sleazy
    Many thanks for wishing me a happy IWD.

    International Men's Day falls on 19th November!
    Will make a note to post it on this thread nearer the time.


    Sounds excellent .....





    Each year the event has gone from strength to strength and is
    marked and celebrated by variety of organisations in the private,
    public and charitable sectors in the UK. Many have used it to
    highlight the need to provide more support from men and boys as
    well as the support they already provide.

    IMD in the UK takes a gender inclusive approach and therefore
    believes in ensuring that issues affecting women and girls are also
    resolved.

    It also recognises the intersection between gender and other
    factors such as race and sexuality which can compound the
    inequalities affecting men and boys.

    http://ukmensday.org.uk/about-imd-uk/


    Also forgot to post the following event this morning .....




    https://www.britishscienceweek.org/


    Just had a peek at the various activities - the following looks
    like fun .....


    Run with the Ancestors

    We are delighted to announce a brand-new virtual race for 2019:
    Run with the Ancestors

    Produced by Six to Start, the team behind Zombies, Run! (the
    world’s most popular smartphone fitness game), and supported by
    Eurotunnel, Run with the Ancestors is an immersive running app,
    with one million years of British history scaled down to a 10k or 5k
    virtual race.

    The website and app are now open for sign ups to the virtual race
    and will remain open until the end of British Science Week 2019.
    It’s completely free but will only be opened for a limited time, so
    don’t miss out!



    Run with the Ancestors tells the story of Britain’s ancient history.
    Starting with a barren landscape in the absence of humans, to the
    behaviour and customs of prehistoric humans, this immersive app
    allows you to explore it all while you run.

    The narration features Professor Chris Stringer, Research Leader in
    Human Origins and Dr Silvia Bello, Human Evolution Researcher at
    the Natural History Museum in London. Their expertise help
    explain the phenomena encountered during the run. From tools
    used by our first ancestors to evidence of domesticated dogs,
    you’ll gain an accurate insight to early humans in Britain.

    From the blustery climates of yesteryear dominated by Woolly
    Mammoths and sabre-toothed cats to the arrival of our first
    ancestors and their unique traditions, take a step back time and
    run through Britain’s remarkable history.



    https://www.britishscienceweek.org/plan-your-activities/run-with-the-ancestors/


    Have a lovely Friday all.


    Alfie xxx
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 8th Mar 19, 4:46 PM
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    Another one for today!



    Today, the Friday after Ash Wednesday, is Kissing Friday.

    On this day in Britain, schoolboys were entitled to kiss girls without
    fear of punishment, a custom that lasted until the mid 20th century.
    If the girl refused, the boys were allowed to pinch her bottom!



    Kissing Friday

    by Ellen Castelow

    The Friday after Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday is Kissing
    Friday.

    Kissing Friday?

    You may wonder why you haven’t heard of this strange custom.
    This could be because it has now died out, but until the mid-20th
    century, on this day a schoolboy could kiss a girl without fear of a
    slap or a telling off! Unthinkable nowadays, but the custom was
    especially popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era.



    If the boys wanted to the kiss the girls, first of all they had to
    catch them! Some boys would tie ropes across the street: the girls
    would have to pay for passage past the rope with a kiss. Others
    would simply chase the girls until they caught them. Indeed,
    Kissing Friday was the one day in the year when schoolgirls were
    allowed to leave school early, in order to avoid being chased home
    by the boys.

    In the village of Sileby in Leicestershire the day was known as
    ‘Nippy Hug Day’. Here, if the girl did resist a kiss, the boy was
    allowed to pinch her bottom, an action known as ‘lousing’, a
    curious – and slightly disturbing – reference to pinching off lice.

    In parts of Cumbria, the day was known as ‘Nippy Lug Day’: yes,
    bizarrely the aim was to pinch each others ears!


    https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Kissing-Friday/



    Alfie xxx
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 17th Mar 19, 7:16 AM
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    The best of the morning to you


    “May your days be many and your troubles be few.
    May all God's blessings descend upon you.
    May peace be within you may your heart be strong.
    May you find what you're seeking wherever you roam.”

    Irish Blessings





    9 St Patrick’s Day Facts

    St Patrick’s Day .... just how much do you really know about
    Ireland’s patron saint?



    Why 17 March? >



    When was the first parade? >



    Who invented St Patrick’s Day? >



    Are there any unusual parades? >



    Was St Patrick really Irish? >



    Where in the world goes green? >



    Where did he go in Ireland? >



    Did St Patrick really banish snakes? >



    Why do people wear green? >



    https://www.ireland.com/en-us/articles/st-patricks-day/




    https://youtu.be/1VotEWXbI7g



    https://www.tourismireland.com/Press-Releases/2019/March/Tourism-Ireland-wishes-the-world-a-Happy-St-Patric








    Do you have a garden, allotment, local park or village green near
    you? Then why not join in our 'Living with Mammals' survey this
    year and tell us what you see! Can you help us understand the
    current status of our native wild mammals?

    Register now:

    https://ptes.org/…/su…/garden/living-with-mammals-survey-fb/








    Thinking about volunteering? Then come along to next Saturday's
    Volunteer Fair at The Grange, Saunderton to find out how you can
    get involved 😊

    Click below for more info about the day ⬇️


    Thinking about volunteering? Come along to Hearing Dogs'
    Volunteer Fair on 23 March to find out how you can get involved.

    Learn about volunteering opportunities from our lovely team of
    staff and volunteers.

    Meet some of our young dogs in training and hearing dogs.

    Find out about our breeding scheme.

    Hearing Dogs demonstration at midday.

    Hearing Dogs talks throughout the day...... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/support/events/volunteerfair2019





    Looking for a special Mother's Day gift?

    Sponsor a hearing dog puppy



    The paw-fect Mother's Day present

    When you sponsor a puppy for your mum, she will follow a puppy's
    journey through our puppy training scheme. She will receive a fab
    welcome pack, get regular updates about her pup and access to
    the online Puppy Pen.



    What your mum will get with her sponsorship:

    A fab welcome pack with information on your mum's chosen puppy
    and lots of goodies

    Regular updates throughout her puppy's training (usually takes
    18-24 months)

    Access to our online Puppy Pen where she can read regular
    updates from all our puppies



    Free personalised Mother's Day card!

    Sponsor one of our adorable pups for your mum this Mother's Day,
    and we will add a free Mother's Day card with your chosen pup and
    a personalised message from you!

    Sponsor today - this offer applies only while stocks last.



    Get to know the pups you can sponsor for your mum



    Sponsor Scout >

    Scout is a C o c kapoo of two halves. She's gentle, and fun - and we
    love both halves, of course!



    Sponsor Kai >

    Kai is a black Lab with a huge personality for such a little pup. He's
    a mischievous monkey of a puppy!



    Sponsor Tyson >

    Tyson is a little C o c ker Spaniel with enormous spirit, always on
    the up but very clumsy too!

    Sponsor a puppy for your mum today

    How your gift will make a difference

    This Mother's Day gift will not only help train a puppy, it will
    completely transform the life of a deaf person - just like mum of
    two Jo.... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/support/sponsor-gift-mothers-day/




    The following article makes for an interesting read! ....


    New Article: Walter Arnold and the World's First Ever Speeding
    Ticket.

    On 28th January 1896 Mr Walter Arnold of East Peckham became
    the first person to be caught speeding in a motorised vehicle. Mr
    Arnold was spotted doing a heady 8mph, four times the 2mph
    speed limit, and was pursued for 5 miles by a policeman on a
    bicycle...



    January 28th, 1896 must have started out as an ordinary day for
    the police constable responsible for Paddock Wood, Kent. As he
    pushed his bicycle through the quiet streets, he probably had
    nothing more on his mind than wondering whether today was the
    day he’d be able to say “You’re nicked, son” to that rogue of a
    poacher.

    While proceeding in an orderly fashion through the village, the
    peace of the constable’s regular beat was suddenly and rudely
    shattered. He wasn’t to know that what was happening was also
    an event of national, and, ultimately, international significance.

    Belting past the bobby at a scary 8mph, a motorist by the name of
    Walter Arnold was about to enter the record books in a burst of
    exhaust fumes and a flurry of legal activity. Not only was he clearly
    breaking the speed limit for one of these infernal machines, which
    was 2mph, but also, and even more damningly, he had no man
    with a red flag preceding him as the law required.

    The bobby on the beat set off in hot pursuit on his regulation issue
    bicycle, finally catching up with this deranged road racer after five
    miles. Having captured his man, what was a bobby to do in pre-
    speeding ticket days? It’s not hard to imagine a subsequent scene
    between motorist and constable..... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/Walter-Arnold-Worlds-First-Speeding-Ticket/

    ^^^ How times have changed!





    From our archives...London's reputed plague pits. Bubonic plague
    flourished in the crowded streets of 17th century London: over
    15% of London’s population was wiped out between 1665 and
    1666. But where did all the bodies go?

    They were buried in plague pits scattered across the city and the
    surrounding countryside. There is very little evidence about the
    exact location of these plague pits, however Historic UK has an
    ongoing project to map as many of them as possible...



    The Reputed Plague Pits of London

    by Ben Johnson

    Overcrowded, dirty and awash with sewage… it’s hardly surprising
    that the bubonic plague flourished in the crowded streets of
    London..... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/LondonPlaguePits/





    Died 14th March, 1883...Karl Marx , the German philosopher,
    economist and revolutionary socialist, author of 'Das Kapital'.
    Expelled from Prussia and France for his radicalism, he died in
    poverty in London. Marx is buried in Highgate Cemetery.



    Highgate Cemetery

    by Ben Johnson

    Perhaps one of our more unusual historical destinations, Highgate
    Cemetery is a famous cemetery located in Highgate, London.

    The cemetery in its original form (the older, Western part) was
    consecrated by the Bishop of London on 20th May 1839. It was
    part of an initiative to provide seven large, modern cemeteries to
    ring the city of London. The inner-city cemeteries, mostly the
    graveyards of individual churches, had long been unable to cope
    with the number of burials and were seen as a health hazard and
    an undignified way to treat the dead.

    The first inhumation at Highgate Cemetery took place on the 26th
    May, and was of Elizabeth Jackson, a 36 year old spinster of
    Golden Square in Soho.

    Perched on a hill above the smoke and filth of the city, Highgate
    Cemetery soon became a fashionable place for burials and was
    much admired and visited. The Victorian romantic attitude to death
    and its presentation led to the creation of a labyrinth of Egyptian
    sepulchres and a wealth of Gothic tombs and buildings. The rows
    of silent stone angels have born witness to pomp and ceremony as
    well as to some dreadful exhumations…read on! >



    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/Highgate-Cemetery/





    16th March, 1190...the massacre of Jews at Clifford Tower, York.

    Some of the worst atrocities committed against European Jews in
    the Middle Ages took place in England in the late 12th century, the
    most notorious of these being in York...



    The Pogroms of 1189 and 1190

    by Seth Eislund

    When Jewish persecution is discussed by historians, the Holocaust
    is almost always mentioned. The Holocaust eradicated 6 million
    Jews, reducing Europe’s pre-war Jewish population of 9.5 million in
    1933 to 3.5 million in 1945. While the Holocaust possesses
    obvious historical significance and an incomparable impact on
    world Jewry, a series of events that occurred centuries before in
    medieval England are often overlooked by contemporary
    historians.

    From 1189 to 1190, the anti-Jewish pogroms in London, York, and
    numerous other cities and towns displayed cruelty and barbarity
    never before seen by English Jews. Indeed, these acts of violence
    distinguished themselves as some of the worst atrocities
    committed against European Jews in the Middle Ages. If this is
    true, then what drove the English, who hadn’t previously
    committed acts of violence against the Jews, to kill their
    neighbours?

    In order to understand the reason why the pogroms of 1189 and
    1190 occurred, the early history of the Jews in England must be
    explained.... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Pogroms-1189-1190/




    The following article from Historic UK was posted yesterday
    afternoon (via Facebook) ....



    Later today England and Scotland play for the Calcutta Cup, a
    historic trophy made from 270 silver rupees. Read the full history
    behind the Cup at the link below:



    The Calcutta Cup

    by Ben Johnson

    The Calcutta Cup is the trophy presented to the winner of the
    England versus Scotland rugby union match which takes place
    during the annual Six Nations Championship – also currently
    known as the RBS 6 Nations – between England, Scotland, Wales,
    Ireland, France and Italy.

    The Six Nations Championships date back to 1883 in its original
    guise as the Home Nations Championships, when it was contested
    by England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. More recently, trophies
    have been awarded for a number of individual competitions during
    the Six Nations including the Millennium Trophy which is awarded
    to the winner of the game between England and Ireland; the
    Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy which is awarded to the winner of the
    game between France and Italy and the Centenary Quaich which is
    awarded to the winner of the game between Scotland and Ireland.

    However, the Calcutta Cup pre-dates all of the other Six Nations
    trophies and indeed the competition itself.


    England v. Scotland, 1901

    Following the popular introduction of rugby to India in 1872, the
    Calcutta (Rugby) Football Club was established by former students
    of Rugby School in January 1873, joining the Rugby Football Union
    in 1874. However, with the departure of a local British army
    regiment (and perhaps more crucially the cancellation of the free
    bar at the club!), interest in rugby diminished in the area and
    sports such as cricket, tennis and polo began to thrive as they
    were better suited to the Indian climate.

    Whilst the Calcutta (Rugby) Football Club was disbanded in 1878,
    members decided to keep the memory of the club alive by having
    the remaining 270 silver rupees in their bank account melted down
    to be made into a trophy. The trophy was then presented to the
    Rugby Football Union (RFU) to be used as “the best means of
    doing some lasting good for the cause of Rugby Football.” [Cont'd] >

    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofBritain/The-Calcutta-Cup/



    Have a lovely Sunday all, take care.


    Alfie xxx
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 17th Mar 19, 12:49 PM
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    Good afternoon Alfie!

    That was a mega-ginormous post!

    St.Patrick's Day indeed, and Bob is 9 years old today .







    This is Bob in his St. Paddy's Day collar this afternoon.

    Last edited by Sleazy; 17-03-2019 at 5:43 PM. Reason: Picture of Bob added
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 17th Mar 19, 10:01 PM
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    Good afternoon Alfie!

    That was a mega-ginormous post!

    St.Patrick's Day indeed, and Bob is 9 years old today .

    This is Bob in his St. Paddy's Day collar this afternoon.

    Originally posted by Sleazy


    Hiya Sleazy


    Happy St. Paddy's Day!


    and .....
    Happy 9th Birthday wishes to gorgeous Bobby




    Hope he's enjoyed a purrfect day with lots of pressies n' pampering!


    Alfie xxx
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 20th Mar 19, 7:46 AM
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    Good morning all, happy first day of Spring!


    Supermoon 2019: Watch the March Worm Supermoon coincide
    with the Spring Equinox



    THE upcoming March Full Moon Supermoon will coincide with the
    astronomical start of Spring, the Spring Equinox. Here is
    everything you need to know about the Supermoon.

    The March Supermoon is the third and final of a brilliant
    Supermoon trilogy lighting up the skies this year. The last two
    Supermoons fell on February 19 and January 21, respectively, but
    this one is particularly exciting. The lunar event coincides with the
    Spring Equinox, also known as the Vernal Equinox, which in the
    Northern Hemisphere kickstarts the season of Spring. Together,
    the events combine into an astronomical spectacle unlike anything
    else this year.... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/1101665/Supermoon-2019-march-full-moon-worm-supermoon-spring-equinox






    HAPPIER TOGETHER

    March 20 is the International Day of Happiness and this year's
    theme is Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common,
    rather than what divides us.

    Everyone wants to be happy - and life is happier when we're
    together. So let's celebrate our common humanity. Join the
    community and be part of this special day.... [Cont'd] >



    https://www.dayofhappiness.net/#join

    http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/





    SHARE A STORY ON WORLD STORYTELLING DAY!

    World Storytelling Day (20th March) is an annual global
    extravaganza that is dedicated to storytelling. So what better way
    is there to celebrate than to spend time sharing and listening to as
    many stories in as many languages and as places as possible?



    Storytelling is a big part of our #ShareAStory campaign which
    encourages parents, carers, siblings and friends to read to one
    another. Spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing
    stories with children can make a crucial difference to their
    outcome; plus it’s fantastically fun for everyone involved!

    2019’s World Storytelling Day theme is Myths, Legends, and Epics
    and to help you have a fantastic day filled with storytelling, we’ve
    put together a list of books about gods and goddesses, heroes,
    monsters and magical creatures! For even more reading
    inspiration, discover our recommendations for for all ages here...
    [Cont'd] >

    https://www.worldbookday.com/2019/03/share-a-story-on-world-storytelling-day/




    New Article: Henry VIII's Beard Tax. In 1535 King Henry VIII (who
    sported a beard himself) reputedly introduced a tax on beards...



    Henry VIII’s Beard Tax

    by Miriam Bibby

    There’s a bit of a mystery about the beard tax imposed by Henry
    VIII, and it’s not just the mystery of why the heck anyone would
    want to put a tax on facial hair. After all, there have been many
    instances of odd taxes. It’s all part of the tax-collectors’ ongoing
    efforts to squeeze an extra groat or two out of the populace, and
    they can’t be accused of lack of imagination in that department.

    Over the centuries there have, for example, been taxes on
    windows, wallpaper, hearths, salt and, in ancient Rome, urine. At
    certain points in history it’s been impossible to light yourself to bed
    with a candle in the house you built of bricks without paying a tax
    or two..... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Henry-VIII-Beard-Tax/




    18th March, 1834...Six farm labourers from Tolpuddle in Dorset
    are sentenced to be transported to Australia for forming a trade
    union.



    The Tolpuddle Martyrs

    by Ellen Castelow

    Throughout history, tales of brave, courageous people being
    executed for their beliefs, usually religious ones, are well known
    but the men who became known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs were not
    persecuted for their religion.

    Tolpuddle is a village near Dorchester in Dorset, where in the years
    1833 and 1834 a great wave of trade union activity took place and
    a lodge of the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers was
    established. Entry into the union involved payment of a shilling
    (5p) and swearing before a picture of a skeleton never to tell
    anyone the union’s secrets.



    Lord Melbourne was Prime Minister at this time and he was bitterly
    opposed to the Trade Union Movement, so when six English farm
    labourers were sentenced in March 1834 to 7 years transportation
    to a penal colony in Australia for trade union activities, Lord
    Melbourne did not dispute the sentence.

    The labourers were arrested ostensibly for administrating unlawful
    oaths, but the real reason was because they were trying to protest
    at their already pitiful wages. The labourers at Tolpuddle lived in
    meagre poverty on just 7 shillings a week and wanted an increase
    to 10 shillings, but instead their wages were cut to 6 shillings a
    week.... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/Tolpuddle-Martyrs/



    Have a great day all, take care.


    Alfie xxx
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 20th Mar 19, 8:08 AM
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    Good Morning Alfie and Happy Spring! and happy happy day
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 20th Mar 19, 8:10 AM
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    Morning Alfie!

    Just having a coffee with a veggie sausage sandwich (you know where).
    Interesting about the Tolpuddle Martyr's. Heard about them of course55, but never knew the story ...

    Beard tax - err ok. How much do I owe you?

    Happiness day could be happier, but I'm ok. How are you?

    Morning to Colin as well, even if my tablet just insisted on calling you 'Tivoli'
    Last edited by Sleazy; 20-03-2019 at 8:12 AM.
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 20th Mar 19, 8:22 AM
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    Morning Alfie!

    Just having a coffee with a veggie sausage sandwich (you know where).
    Interesting about the Tolpuddle Martyr's. Heard about them of course55, but never knew the story ...

    Beard tax - err ok. How much do I owe you?

    Happiness day could be happier, but I'm ok. How are you?

    Morning to Colin as well, even if my tablet just insisted on calling you 'Tivoli'
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Tivoli is fine, been called worse on here
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 20th Mar 19, 8:27 AM
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    I think they're gardens in Copenhagen. Never been there, but apparently one of the tourist attractions there .... so you're famous!
    Weekly Distance Walked 19km / Total For Year 1290 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 21st Mar 19, 8:15 AM
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    Good morning all,


    Good Morning Alfie and Happy Spring! and happy happy day
    Originally posted by colinw

    Good morning Colin, wishing you a very happy happy
    happy day too!




    Morning Alfie!

    Beard tax - err ok. How much do I owe you?

    Happiness day could be happier, but I'm ok. How are you?
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Good morning Sleazy


    I'm in fine fettle, many thanks for asking. Pleased you're ok
    too.


    Re Sleazy's 'outstanding/long overdue' Beard Tax


    After many hours of deliberation, the case has been
    dismissed due to insufficient photographic evidence, i.e.
    mugshot.





    ^^ Just be thankful you weren't around during Peter the
    Great's rule Sleazy!





    World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global
    awareness day which has been officially observed by the United
    Nations since 2012.

    Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages our friends all
    over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD
    to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means
    to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome
    play a vital role in our lives and communities.

    For this purpose DSi created this dedicated website as a single
    meeting place where the global community can share their
    experiences and advertise their activities (see WDSD World
    Events) and participate in DSi’s WDSD initiatives, including our
    WDSD Call To Action, the WDSD Global Video Event, the WDSD
    Conference at UN Headquarters, New York, the WDSD event at UN
    Geneva, the LOTS OF SOCKS campaign and the WDSD Awards.

    Join in with us to create a single global voice for advocating for the
    rights, inclusion and well being of people with Down syndrome on
    21 March. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and
    those who live and work with them, grows louder... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.worlddownsyndromeday2.org/about-wdsd

    https://www.worlddownsyndromeday2.org/


    Watch: 'Don't Stop Me Now' is message in amazing Down
    Syndrome video

    The video has been released for World Down Syndrome Day



    https://youtu.be/W8RQnqu60cs

    This is the video which shows 50 young people saying "don't stop
    me now".

    In the latest video celebrating World Down Syndrome Day, 50
    young people want to get their message across that they won't be
    stopped.

    Organised by the charity Wouldn't Change A Thing, babies to
    toddlers to young adults mime to the Queen classic Don't Stop Me
    Now.

    The hashtag #wcat went huge back in March 2018 thanks to the
    viral video “50 Mums | 50 Kids | 1 Extra Chromosome”.

    It is now thought to be one of the most popular viral videos in
    history after racking up more than 350 million views on social
    media and becoming headline news in more than 30 countries.

    It even had support from global superstar Michael Buble when the
    group appeared on This Morning at Christmas.

    Michael Buble makes a surprise appearance in the festive Wouldn't
    Change a Thing video

    This World Down Syndrome Day - which takes place on March 21 -
    misconceptions will be changed even more as the parents are at it
    again with their new campaign.

    “Don’t Stop Me Now!” seeks to highlight the ways which people
    with Down Syndrome of all ages achieve and enjoy life.

    It even features one of our own. Heidi from Coventry can be seen
    in the video being proposed to - a truly beautiful moment.... [Cont'd] >

    https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/world-down-syndrome-day-video-15987837






    Can you spare a minute? We'd love you to vote for our charity
    partner Macular Society's ‘5 Years Through the Eyes of a Mum’
    film. Every day 300 people are diagnosed with macular disease —
    it’s the biggest cause of sight loss in the UK. This short film
    illustrates just how cruel and isolating this disease can be and
    looks at the impact it can have on a mother and her son as he
    grows up.

    More research is needed to find a cure or treatments that stop it in
    its tracks and Macular Society are working round the clock to do
    this. Click here to vote:
    http://spr.ly/6188EkFoC



    https://youtu.be/JfGlf_jlWeI

    Every day 300 people are diagnosed with macular disease. It’s the
    biggest cause of sight loss in the UK.

    Macular disease is cruel and isolating. It steals your sight, your
    independence, and your ability to do the things you love. Our short
    film, 5 years through the eyes of a mum, illustrates this by
    showing the impact of macular disease on a mother and her son,
    as he grows up.

    Macular disease can affect people of any age — even children —
    but not enough is known about why, and there is still no cure. We
    produced this film to let people know that, while there is no cure
    for macular disease, there are things you can do to look after your
    eyes. An eye test can spot the early signs of macular disease and
    help you retain your precious sight.

    There is only one way to Beat Macular Disease for good. We must
    fund much more research now, until we find a cure, or find
    treatments that stop it in its tracks.



    https://www.charityfilmawards.com/videos/5-years-through-the-eyes-of-a-mum

    https://www.macularsociety.org/



    My mum lost her eyesight for the last 10 years of her life,
    due to Macular disease.



    Have a lovely day all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 21st Mar 19, 8:26 AM
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    Good Morning Alfie
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 21st Mar 19, 9:05 AM
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    Morning both ...

    Been trying to post here for over 10 mins, but Wetherspoons WiFi is a bit weathered this morning. Finally made it ...

    That's how important you two are - I tried, tried, and tried again!
    Weekly Distance Walked 19km / Total For Year 1290 km

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 25th Mar 19, 6:03 PM
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    Sorry I haven't been on here for ages, Alfie!

    Have only just caught up! You're doing a sterling job!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom and Official Brainbox
    Founder Member: 'WIMPS ANONYMOUS' and 'VICTIMS of the RANDOM HEDGEHOG'
    I'm in a clique! It's a clique of one! It's a unique clique!
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 26th Mar 19, 6:35 AM
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    Morning All!

    Weekly Distance Walked 19km / Total For Year 1290 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 27th Mar 19, 9:56 AM
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    Good morning all


    Good Morning Alfie
    Originally posted by colinw
    Morning All!
    Originally posted by Sleazy




    Hellooeee Colin & Sleazy, hope you're both ok &
    raring to go - or not, as the case may be!


    Sorry I haven't been on here for ages, Alfie!

    Have only just caught up! You're doing a sterling job!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Hi Pyxis Thank you! No need for apologies,
    you silly little sausage. I quite understand.


    It's another glorious day here, although still
    fairly chilly early morning, late evening ... ne'er cast a clout
    till May be out!


    Quick catch up ........




    Earth Hour - Switch off at 8:30 pm, March 30



    Our connection to Earth and nature is undeniable: our planet's
    gain is everyone’s gain.

    Nature not only provides us with all the things we need to live -
    from the air we breathe to the water we drink, and from the
    shelter we need to the economy we rely on - but also makes our
    lives better. However, its growing loss puts this all under threat.

    This Earth Hour, join millions around the world to turn off the lights
    and speak up about why nature matters. #Connect2Earth



    https://youtu.be/CzwDS4K1o-U



    https://www.earthhour.org/






    MyMarathon

    Now anyone can run a marathon!

    This May, challenge yourself to take on 26.2 miles in a way that
    suits you and raise funds for our life saving research. You decide
    the place, you decide the pace!

    Sign up now >



    What is MyMarathon

    MyMarathon is a challenge to complete 26.2 miles throughout May,
    in any way that suits you. Whether it takes you 4 hours, 4 days or
    4 weeks, you can get out there as much as you need to clock up
    your miles over the month. Whether these are the first miles
    you've ever run, you’re a regular runner, or you decide you'd
    rather walk it, as long as you cover 26.2 miles in May you'll be a
    MyMarathon champion.

    However you choose to run, you decide the place and you decide
    the pace. Sign up to MyMarathon and your fundraising will help
    fund our life saving research.



    https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/mymarathon




    26th March, 1934...the introduction of the UK Driving Test, part of
    the 1934 Road Traffic Act. By this Act, all people who had started
    to drive on or after 1st April 1934 needed to pass the test. Testing
    was however suspended during World War Two and again for a
    short period during the Suez Crisis.

    The test took half an hour, consisted of basic driving skills and
    knowledge of the Highway Code (introduced in 1931) and cost
    7s 6d.

    The first person to pass the new driving test was a Mr Beene.



    Why do the British drive on the left?

    by Ellen Castelow

    Have you ever wondered why the British drive on the left?

    There is an historical reason for this; it’s all to do with keeping
    your sword hand free!

    In the Middle Ages you never knew who you were going to meet
    when travelling. Most people are right-handed, so if a stranger
    passed by on the right of you, your right hand would be free to use
    your sword if required. (Similarly, medieval castle staircases spiral
    in a clockwise direction going upwards, so the defending soldiers
    would be able to stab down around the twist but those attacking
    (going up the stairs) would not).... [Cont'd] >>>

    https://www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/Why-do-the-British-drive-on-the-left/




    20th March, 1819...the exclusive Burlington Arcade opens in
    London. It is still patrolled by its own private police force, known
    as the Burlington Beadles. Dressed in toppers and frock-coats,
    they ensure the atmosphere of the arcade is not spoiled by
    intrusions such as whistling, singing or musical instruments...



    Burlington Arcade and the Burlington Beadles

    by Ellen Castelow

    Burlington Arcade is a covered mall of small exclusive shops, many
    with their original signs, situated between Piccadilly and Old
    Burlington in the heart of Mayfair, London. What makes Burlington
    Arcade unique is that here you will find the oldest and smallest
    police force in the world.

    Opened to great acclaim in 1819, Burlington Arcade is one of
    Britain’s earliest shopping arcades and was built by Lord George
    Cavendish, later Earl of Burlington, ‘for the sale of jewellery and
    fancy articles of fashionable demand, for the gratification of the
    public’. Since then it has been patrolled by the Burlington Beadles
    who uphold a strict code of conduct dating from Regency times.

    Originally recruited by Lord Cavendish from his regiment The Royal
    Hussars, the Beadles are easy to spot, dressed in their uniform of
    Victorian frock coats, gold buttons and gold-braided top hats.



    The arcade originally housed seventy-two small two storey shops,
    selling all kinds of hats, hosiery, gloves, linen, shoes jewellery,
    lace, walking sticks, cigars, flowers, glassware, wine and watches.
    Many of the shopkeepers lived either above or below their shops
    and in the early days, the upper level of the arcade had quite a
    reputation for prostitution.



    It was this connection with prostitution that lies behind some of
    the rules of the arcade. Pimps used to burst into song or whistle to
    warn prostitutes who were soliciting in the arcade that the police
    or Beadles were about. The prostitutes working on the upper level
    would also whistle to the pickpockets below to warn them of
    approaching police.... [Cont'd] >>>

    https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryMagazine/DestinationsUK/Burlington-Arcade-the-Burlington-Beadles/


    Have a wonderful Wednesday all, take care.


    Alfie xxx
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 27th Mar 19, 11:03 AM
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    Good morning Halfie!

    I have decided to pronunciate all me itches (auto moron's version of 'aitches') this morning. Heathen when they haren't supposed to be there!

    By this hafternoon, hi suspect that normal pronunciation rules will happly.

    Hello from Bob and the boss who is currently suffering with me Larry N Gitis at the moment.
    She can't even shout at talk to me!
    Weekly Distance Walked 19km / Total For Year 1290 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 30th Mar 19, 6:35 AM
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    AlfieBlue



    Good morning all


    Good morning Halfie!

    I have decided to pronunciate all me itches (auto moron's version of 'aitches') this morning. Heathen when they haren't supposed to be there!

    By this hafternoon, hi suspect that normal pronunciation rules will happly.

    Hello from Bob and the boss who is currently suffering with me Larry N Gitis at the moment.
    She can't even shout at talk to me!
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hiya Sleazy ... of the 'itches & aitches'!


    How are you doing? Hope you're ok. Crikey, hope Mme. S
    the boss has made a full recovery from 'Larry N Gitis'!
    Is it catching? Sending mega get well (((hugs))) to you
    both ... just in case you've caught it too! Say hi to Bobby
    from me n' my puddy cat.










    WILL YOU SWITCH OFF FOR YOUR WORLD THIS EARTH HOUR?

    In the UK, every year millions of us take part in Earth Hour. By
    making pledges to help our planet, and by being part of a
    movement of hundreds of millions more around the globe, we can
    show we’re fighting for our world.

    We are the first generation to know we are destroying the
    world.  And we could be the last that can do anything about it. We
    have the solutions, we just need our voices to be heard.

    That’s why Earth Hour is so vital – it gives a powerful voice to
    people everywhere who want to put the world on the path to
    recovery.

    The world’s biggest landmarks – such as the Sydney Opera House,
    Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, and
    Edinburgh Castle – switch off lights as a visual display of their
    commitment. And you can switch off too.

    Join the global movement this Earth Hour – switch off your lights
    and be part of the change.... [Cont'd] >>

    #EarthHourUK



    https://www.wwf.org.uk/earthhour






    https://youtu.be/wQ6S-pkbgB0

    Healthy nature makes our life better by providing us with good
    food, clean air, and fresh water - but it is all under the threat of
    climate change and loss of biodiversity. This #EarthHour, join us
    on 30 March 2019 at 8:30pm local time, to switch off and speak
    up why nature matters. #Connect2Earth






    World Bipolar Day (WBD) - an initiative of the Asian Network of
    Bipolar Disorder (ANBD), the International Bipolar Foundation
    (IBPF), and the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) -
    will be celebrated each year on March 30th, the birthday of Vincent
    Van Gogh, who was posthumously diagnosed as probably having
    bipolar disorder.

    The vision of WBD is to bring world awareness to bipolar disorders
    and to eliminate social stigma. Through international
    collaboration, the goal of World Bipolar Day is to bring the world
    population information about bipolar disorders that will educate
    and improve sensitivity towards the illness.

    Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in
    mood, energy, activity levels, and the ability to carry out day-to-
    day tasks.

    Symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe and different from the
    normal ups and downs that everyone goes through from time to
    time. It is estimated that the global prevalence of bipolar disorder
    is between 1 and 2% and has been said to be as high as 5% and,
    according to the World Health Organization, is the 6th leading case
    of disability in the world. In order to address this global problem,
    we need a global solution.

    With support from leading experts from around the world, groups
    like ANBD, IBPF, and ISBD are supporting efforts to investigate
    biological causes, targets for drug treatment, better treatments,
    better methods of diagnosis, the genetic components of the illness,
    and the strategies for living well with bipolar disorder and this is
    just the beginning. Collaborations between research and advocacy
    groups are continuing to grow, and WBD is a tribute to the success
    of this strategy..... [Cont'd] >>



    To learn more about Vincent Van Gogh please click here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh%27s_health



    http://www.worldbipolarday.org/#


    https://www.bipolaruk.org/bipolar-awareness-day






    Our wildlife has suffered dramatically since we first met Badger,
    Mole, Ratty and Mr Toad over a hundred years ago. But we know
    how to bring it back. Join us for a #WilderFuture and play your
    part in nature's recovery: www.wildlifetrusts.org/wilder-future



    https://youtu.be/JZYcoeqzxVI

    It’s not too late to bring our wildlife back

    Sadly, since we first met Badger and friends in 1908, the UK has
    become one of the most nature-depleted nations in the world. The
    Wildlife Trusts have created an animated trailer of The Wind in the
    Willows, which brings to life the 21st century threats that would
    face the much-loved characters from Kenneth Grahame's children's
    classic in today's life.

    On watching it, we hope that you'll be inspired to help put nature
    into recovery. We know it's not too late to bring our wildlife back,
    but we must act now.

    Join our Wilder Future campaign and be part of a movement
    determined to make a difference for wildlife.... [Cont'd] >>

    https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wilder-future






    ADOPT A JAGUAR

    The elusive jaguar has been virtually wiped out from most of its
    northern range. Jaguars now occupy less than half of their historic
    habitat.

    In the Amazon, a stronghold for the jaguar, we're losing an area of
    rainforest around the size of three football pitches every minute.

    YOUR ADOPTION REALLY HELPS

    Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They
    not only help fund projects to work with local communities to
    monitor jaguar movements and help protect their habitat but also
    fund our other vital work around the world.... [Cont'd] >>



    https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-a-jaguar





    Easter



    Forget chocolate. Help wildlife instead.

    Easter gifts don’t have to be made of chocolate. Give a tree or
    woodland dedication instead and support woods and wildlife across
    the UK.... [Cont'd] >>



    https://shop.woodlandtrust.org.uk/easter



    Have a great Saturday all, take care.


    Alfie xxx
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 30th Mar 19, 8:04 AM
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    Morning Alfie and miaoww from Bob!

    Mme greatly improved but not yet 'better'. Hopefully (or should I say 'opefully) go in back to work on Monday.

    Hope that you're ok - starting my 'cutting carbs and alcohol' diet today.
    Not all carbs, but no alcohol shall pass these lips before mid-day! Well I hsd to insert a get out clause just in case I give in later or tomorrow or on April 12th for example!
    Weekly Distance Walked 19km / Total For Year 1290 km

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