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    • Upsidedown Bear
    • By Upsidedown Bear 29th Oct 15, 2:22 PM
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    Upsidedown Bear
    The Alphabetty Happy Chatty thread
    • #1
    • 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


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

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 30th Mar 19, 8:18 PM
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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!
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hi Sleazy

    Pleased to hear Mme. S is feeling a little better today.

    Hmmmm - better not tempt you with Easter goodies
    or drinkies then! .... Or are you thinking of using
    your get out clause?

    If you've already used it ....... then ......


    Will you be participating in Earth Hour?

    I've got my candles at the ready & torches to hand!

    It's also .....

    Celebrate English Tourism Week 2019!

    Celebrate the start of England's summer season with a trip, day
    out or microgap during English Tourism Week (30 March - 7 April
    2019). With so much going on, we reckon you’ll be inspired to do
    even more in England in 2019.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 30th Mar 19, 8:20 PM
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    Oh Alfie!

    Decided to delay and start diet on April 1st (appropriate I know), so indeed on drinkies and eaties today .... Yippee!
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 1st Apr 19, 11:39 AM
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    Good morning

    Hope you're all in fine fettle on this glorious start to the
    month of April.

    Oh Alfie!

    Decided to delay and start diet on April 1st (appropriate I know), so indeed on drinkies and eaties today .... Yippee!
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    So ..... how's it going Sleazy?

    Another interesting article from Historic UK ...

    Today, April 1st is April Fool's Day, a favourite day for playing tricks
    on friends and family...

    April Fools Day 1st April

    by Ben Johnson

    “Whence proceeds the custom of making April Fools?” This was the
    question asked of the wonderfully-entitled publication ‘British
    Apollo or Curious Amusements for the Ingenious’ in 1708.

    Unfortunately the origin of the ‘custom of making April Fools’ is
    uncertain. One theory is that April Fools’ Day was purely the result
    of its timing at the end of winter and the coming of spring. This
    time of renewal and rebirth was marked with fun and jollity, not
    dissimilar to the Roman festival of Hilaria in late March which was
    celebrated with the wearing of disguises, rejoicing and

    Certainly April Fool’s Day has all the characteristics of such a
    renewal festival, pushing the boundaries of everyday behaviour yet
    with the resultant disorder set within a strict time frame. For
    example, traditionally on April Fool’s Day all pranks are supposed
    to stop at 12 noon sharp, with anyone playing a joke after midday
    then considered the ‘April Fool’.... [Cont'd] >>

    Have a lovely day all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 2nd Apr 19, 4:31 PM
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    Hi Alfie, hope that you're ok.

    Just pottering around here today.
    Just fed Bob some tuna - he's been getting under my feet today!
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 4th Apr 19, 6:45 PM
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    Just a quick post today .....

    BBC One are showing what promises to be a fascinating
    documentary on the Whitechapel murders tonight at 9pm.
    Modern technology and 21st century forensic science will
    be used to review the evidence in an attempt to identify
    Jack The Ripper ....

    Jack the Ripper

    by Ben Johnson

    For three months in 1888, fear and panic stalked the streets of
    London’s East End.

    During these months five women were murdered and horribly
    mutilated by a man who became known as ‘Jack the Ripper’,
    although some believe the true number to have been eleven.

    Whitechapel in the East End was like a festering sore on the face
    of Victorian London in the late 19th century.

    The overcrowded population lived in hovels, the streets stank of
    filth and refuse and the only way to earn a living was by criminal
    means, and for many women, prostitution.

    The only relief from this miserable life was a bottle of gin bought
    for a few pence, to give blessed oblivion.

    The ‘terror’ started on Friday 31st August when the body of Mary
    Ann Nicholls, aged 42, was found in Bucks Row (now called
    Durwald Street). Her face was bruised and her throat had been
    slashed twice and nearly severed. Her stomach had been hacked
    open and slashed several times. She was subsequently
    acknowledged to be the first of the ‘Ripper’s’ victims... [Cont'd] >

    Have a lovely evening all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Apr 19, 5:35 PM
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    Hope you're all ok & still raring to go on this glorious

    Guess what's up & running again Sleazy! ....


    In Celtic mythology the unicorn was a symbol of purity and
    innocence, as well as masculinity and power. Tales of dominance
    and chivalry associated with the unicorn may be why it was chosen
    as Scotland’s national animal.


    With Scotland being famed for its love for and long history of
    myths and legends, it is no surprise that a fabled creature such as
    the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal. Unicorns have been
    linked to Scotland for centuries. While the animal is mythological,
    the ideals it represents are what make it a perfect fit as the
    national animal for Scotland, and because like this proud beast –
    Scots would fight to remain unconquered.... [Cont'd] >>>

    Birds Eye marks National Unicorn Day with rainbow waffles

    To mark National Unicorn Day, Birds Eye has launched a new
    product called rainbow potato waffles.

    In line with the fantastical nature of unicorns, Birds Eye is
    marketing the new product with a similar fictional narrative,
    claiming that 9 out of 10 Unicorns prefer Rainbow Waffles.

    'The Unicorn Research Agency' validate the marketing claim in a
    tongue and cheek launch film that stars 10 'real' unicorns.

    Although National Unicorn Day is just one day amongst a wash of
    national marketing days that brands tap into throughout the year
    since it launched in 2008 it has gained in precedence each year.

    This year, a whole host of brands have jumped onboard the
    national day inspired by a mythical creature. Ben & Jerry's is
    offering free unicorn inspired ice cream, while Muller has unveiled
    new Unicorn Corners..... [Cont'd] >>>

    The gentle and pensive maiden has the power
    to tame the unicorn, fresco by Domenichino,
    c. 1604–05 (Palazzo Farnese, Rome)

    The unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since
    antiquity as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiraling horn
    projecting from its forehead. The unicorn was depicted in ancient
    seals of the Indus Valley Civilization and was mentioned by the
    ancient Greeks in accounts of natural history by various writers,
    including Ctesias, Strabo, Pliny the Younger, Aelian and Cosmas
    Indicopleustes. The Bible also describes an animal, the re'em,
    which some versions translate as unicorn.

    In European folklore, the unicorn is often depicted as a white
    horse-like or goat-like animal with a long horn and cloven hooves
    (sometimes a goat's beard). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance,
    it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland
    creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could be captured
    only by a virgin. In the encyclopedias, its horn was said to have
    the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.
    In medieval and Renaissance times, the tusk of the narwhal was
    sometimes sold as unicorn horn.

    Even in the twenty-first century, the unicorn holds a place in
    popular culture. It is often used as a symbol of fantasy or
    rarity...... [Cont'd] >>>

    Unicorn in Apadana, Shush, Iran

    Died today in 1747...Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat. A Scottish
    Jacobite, he was convicted of treason against the Crown and was
    the last man to be publicly beheaded. Just before his execution a
    viewing platform holding spectators collapsed with the death of 20
    people, much to Lovat's amusement. This may be the origin of the
    saying, 'laughing your head off'.

    New Article: The Women Munition Workers Who Prepared The
    Devil’s Porridge.

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, is
    credited with the creation of the term "Devil's Porridge" for the
    mixture of gun cotton and nitro-glycerine that was used to produce

    Cordite was mixed by hand in broad vats. Conan Doyle wrote of
    the “smiling khaki-clad girls… swirling the stuff round in their
    hands” despite knowing that the risk of explosion was always

    The Devils Porridge

    by Miriam Bibby

    The Women Munition Workers Who Prepared The Devil’s Porridge.

    They came to HM Factory Gretna from Ireland and every part of
    Britain and her empire, young working class women whose efforts
    would change the course of World War I. The site was the location
    of Britain’s largest cordite factory, a sprawling assortment of
    hastily erected wooden accommodation huts and brick-built
    manufacturing and storage sheds, all serviced by 125 miles of
    military narrow gauge railway line.

    Prior to the war, the name Gretna had been better known as a
    fabled place of romance where runaway lovers could wed legally in
    the face of opposition from friends or family. Then, in May 1915,
    the area had created headlines when the Quintinshill signal box
    close to Gretna became the scene of the worst rail crash in British
    history..... [Cont'd] >>>

    Have a lovely evening all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Apr 19, 6:59 PM
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    Alfie! Thanks for letting me know about TCB - will look later
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Apr 19, 8:34 AM
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    Good morning

    Happy Thursday all

    Get involved in Parkinson's Is

    On World Parkinson's Day, 11 April 2019, Parkinson's UK is
    launching an attention-grabbing marketing campaign to show the
    reality of life with Parkinson's. Together we can make more people
    sit up and listen.

    We know from research that people don't think Parkinson's is a
    serious condition. And people with Parkinson's have told us they
    don't feel understood. In 2019 and beyond, we're working hard to
    change this.

    On World Parkinson's Day, 11 April 2019, we're launching
    'Parkinson's Is' - a campaign to increase understanding of
    Parkinson's as a serious condition.



    Together, we can make the world sit up and listen.

    From 11th April, share our campaign video far and wide on your
    social media using #ParkinsonsIs and let's show the real impact of
    Parkinson's. The video will be available on the day on our
    Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts.

    You can find all our social media resources, to help you spread the
    word, on our Parkinson's Is social media page.... [Cont'd] >>>

    A video went viral this week of a sand martin unable to nest due
    to netting.

    The video has sparked outrage and raised the issue of the
    protection of migratory bird species, and the fact that live bird
    nests have legal protection whereas nest sites do not.

    A petition is circling to grant legal protection for nest sites. You
    can read more and sign the petition on Wicked Leeks.

    Sand martin scandal raises netting issue

    A video that has gone viral on social media showing sand martins
    that had returned from Africa unable to nest on cliffs in Norfolk has
    attracted outrage and raised the issue of netting of bird habitats.

    A local conservationist who posts online as ‘Norfolk Bea’ first
    posted the video of a sand martin, having flown thousands of miles
    from Africa for the nesting season, struggling to access the sand
    cliffs in Bacton, Norfolk, where the birds usually nest in burrows.

    The video has now been shared thousands of times and the story
    has been covered by national newspapers and radio stations, with
    pressure building on the North Norfolk District Council to
    act..... [Cont'd] >

    Get your favourite brew & biscuits at the ready and join The Great
    Guide Dogs Tea Party this National Tea Day - 21st April!

    Celebrate National Tea Day with us by hosting your very own Great
    Guide Dogs Tea Party. Get together with friends, family or work
    colleagues, at home or at work and help raise money while
    indulging in your favourite cake or dunking your beloved biscuit -
    all for an amazing cause.

    Kenzie is my best friend and I couldn’t imagine my life
    without her. We do everything together. I just don’t think
    I would have ever had the confidence to cope with University
    and do all the amazing things I’ve done if she wasn’t by my

    Sign up for a FREE fundraising kit today and help us change the
    lives of people who are affected by sight loss. Each kit is jam
    packed with exciting tea party ideas to help make your fundraising
    a piece of cake.

    Once you have signed up for your free fundraising kit and planned
    your party, simply choose the date that is best for you. This year's
    National Tea Day is on 21 April but yours can be whenever is best
    for everyone involved. Get your invites out there, get everyone
    together and enjoy your very own Guide Dogs tea party. Don't
    forget to let us know how you got on!

    Score or miss. Sight or no sight. We deserve to be there for the
    ones we love #ByMySide

    When it comes to living with sight loss we need each other. Watch
    our brand new TV advert featuring Alex and his guide dog River.

    What we do

    Guide Dogs exists to provide life-changing services to the 360,000
    people who are registered blind or partially sighted, and the two
    million people in the UK living with sight loss. We provide a range
    of services with and beyond the dog to help thousands of people
    with different needs lead confident, independent and fulfilling
    lives..... [Cont'd] >>

    Volunteers are needed to track Britain’s ‘big five’ mammals,
    including grey squirrels, foxes, mice, hedgehogs and bats.

    Running from 1st April until 30th June, Wildlife charity, People’s
    Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) is looking for volunteers to
    take part in its annual Living with Mammals survey by providing
    data on mammals to support ongoing conservation work.

    The charity also asks volunteers to keep a record of signs or
    sightings of any other mammals in any local green space, such as
    gardens and allotments to parks or green spaces near work,
    provided the area is within 200 metres of a building.

    PTES Surveys Officer David Wembridge, said: “Green spaces, and
    the wildlife they support, are important—they provide food, clean
    air and water, and make us healthier and happier. Counting our
    wild neighbours, and knowing how their populations are changing,
    is a health-check on our towns and cities.”

    The data collected from the survey will be used by PTES to
    understand how populations of each species are changing and help
    identify where conservation work is needed..... [Cont'd] >

    New Article: The 19th century Garotting Panic. Newspapers at
    the time carried sensational reports on the terrifying "news"
    tactics employed by criminal gangs ....

    Going out to Tea in the Suburbs - A Pretty State of Things

    The 19th century Garotting Panic

    by Miriam Bibby

    In December 1856, a cartoon in the British humorous magazine
    Punch suggested a novel use for the new-fangled crinoline frame.
    Adapted to become Mr Tremble’s “patent anti-garotte overcoat”, it
    protected him from attack as he made his way home from the
    office. A would-be garotter reaches in vain to slip a scarf over Mr
    Tremble’s neck from behind as the frame thwarts him.

    Mr Remble borrows a hint from his wife's crinoline, and invents
    what he calls his 'patent anti-garotte overcoat,' which places him
    completely out of harm's reach in his walks home from the City

    The Punch cartoon was an early comment on a “new variety of
    crime” that would grip the nation in a few years time. During The
    Garotting Panic of 1862, newspapers carried sensational reports on
    the terrifying “new” tactics employed by criminal gangs across the
    country. Even Charles Dickens was drawn into the debate about
    whether the crime of garotting was “un-British”, as The Times
    described it in November 1862.

    In fact, garotting was not new, nor was it more “British” or “un-
    British” than any other crime. Some aspects of the modus
    operandi of garotting gangs would have been recognised by a
    member of the medieval or Tudor underworlds. Garotting gangs
    generally worked in groups of three, consisting of a “front-stall”, a
    “back-stall”, and the garotter himself, described as the “nasty-
    man”. The back-stall was primarily a look-out, and women were
    known to play this part..... [Cont'd] >

    Have a great day, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 14th Apr 19, 7:01 AM
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    Morning All and special ((Hugs)) to Alfie who has been keeping this thread alive. Miaow to Puddy Cat from Bob as well!

    A lot of the threads that used to be so popular are pretty devoid of much activity lately, and a lot of the regular posters have been missing in action too .
    Not sure why, or what's happening ....
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Apr 19, 8:54 AM
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    To be honest, The Arms is mostly pretty boring these days, due to quantity not quality.
    Loads and loads of trivial threads and polls all started by the same three or four people, plus Brexit talk in The Arms instead of in Discussion Time has put quite a few people off, me included.

    This thread is one of the good ones, but most aren't.

    I spend very little time on MSE these days, and I know that applies to others too.
    (I just lurve spiders! )

    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 14th Apr 19, 12:41 PM
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    Catch 22 situation I suspect. If the more established posters decide to stay away, then who's left? The newer ones!

    At the end of the day, The Arms is somewhere to relax and chill, so if there are lots of trivial posts and polls - why not? It's better than not having anybody posting threads in my opinion. Some people apparently like it - "one person's trash is another person's treasure"

    Mr Cork for example doesn't harm anybody and people can choose whether to respond or not.
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 19th Apr 19, 8:08 AM
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    Part 1 of 3

    Good morning lovely people

    The weather is going to be absolutely glorious over the
    Easter weekend!

    Morning All and special ((Hugs)) to Alfie who has been keeping this thread alive. Miaow to Puddy Cat from Bob as well!
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Alfie! Thanks for letting me know about TCB - will look later
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hellooeee Sleazy & Pyxis

    Many thanks to both ..... for your kind words.

    Puddy sends lots of meows, purrs & furry hugs back to
    gorgeous Bob!

    Guess what's up & running again Sleazy! ....

    Originally posted by AlfieBlue

    Since posting the above ^^^ I've won ................. 30p! Yay!
    I'm in the money!

    plus .....

    I've only gone & won 10p from Quidco ^^^ - I'm on a roll!
    This time next year rodders!

    Such a shame the Quidco comp ended on the 16th ..... I was
    doing soooo well!

    Primrose Day

    The primrose or prima rosa is the first rose of the year. It is also
    known as a primula and has about 1000 varieties. The best known
    is the common primrose, the bright yellow flower that not only
    grows in our gardens, but can be found in woodlands, hedgerows
    and shady meadows. It grows up to 20 cms high and has oval
    tapering leaves which form a rosette. The solitary yellow flowers
    are borne on long hairy stalks and usually appear from February
    until May.

    The primrose was supposedly the favourite flower of Benjamin
    Disraeli who was Prime Minister to Queen Victoria in 1868 and
    again from 1874 to 1880.

    Queen Victoria sent a wreath of primroses to Disraeli’s funeral
    saying that they were ‘his favourite flowers’. But it seems that she
    may have been referring to Prince Albert. However, in following
    years, on this day, people wore primroses in remembrance of
    Disraeli and the date became known as Primrose Day.

    Disraeli is remembered for his reform of housing and working
    conditions, his purchase of a controlling interest in the Suez Canal
    and for being laughed at when he made his maiden speech to
    Parliament. In 1876 he created the title of ‘Empress of India’ for
    the Queen and she made him Earl of Beaconsfield in the same
    year. He was also a novelist and started to write in an attempt to
    pay off debts incurred by losses in stocks and shares. He is often
    remembered too for being born a Jew, although he converted to
    Christianity at the age of thirteen after his father had a row with
    the synagogue.

    In 1883 a statue of Disraeli by Mario Raggi was unveiled in
    Parliament Square, London and in following years it was festooned
    on the anniversary of his death with primroses.

    With the passage of time Primrose Day has fallen out of fashion,
    but it was once observed quite keenly. An entry in a diary by
    William Robert Richards of Martock for April 1895 reads: “Primrose
    Day was well observed here, a large number of people wearing the
    deceased statesman’s favourite flower.”

    The Primrose Tomb

    The following extract is from an old newspaper dated 1927.

    “19th April 1927: The eldest daughter of the landlord of the
    Leather Bottle was married:

    ‘Primrose Wedding’ at Leverstock Green

    Primroses and primrose colourings were features of a pretty
    wedding on Primrose Day (Tuesday) at Leverstock Green Parish
    Church when Miss Sibyl Seabrook, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs
    Seabrook of Leverstock Green was married to Mr Edmund
    Bradbury Barnes Perkins, eldest son of the late Mr Thomas and Mrs
    Perkins also of Leverstock Green. Yellow daffodils and primroses
    also figured largely in the floral decorations in the church, these
    remaining from the Eastertide Festival. Gazette 23rd April 1927.”

    The artist James George Bingley who lived from 1841 to 1920
    painted a watercolour called “Primrose Day”. Another painting, this
    time in oils, was by Ralph Todd and is entitled “Primrose Day
    1885”. It shows a young girl in a blue dress and white apron with a
    basket of yellow primroses on her knee. Beside her on a table are
    more primroses and yellow primroses are displayed in a glass jar.

    An American poet, Henry Cuyler Bunner, who lived from 1855 to
    1896 wrote in his poem ‘Chakey Einstein’:

    “And all England, so they say,
    Yearly blooms on Primrose Day”

    Perhaps it is the political associations that have caused it to decline
    in this country, but I think it would be nice to wear and display
    primroses on one special day, just because they are so beautiful
    and such a firm statement of springtime.

    Disraeli's flowery history

    As Benjamin Disraeli’s coffin was lowered into the ground on 26
    April, 1881, the attention of the crowded mourners and reporters
    fixed on a simple primrose wreath amidst the mass of floral
    tributes left in the churchyard at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire. It
    had been sent by Queen Victoria, with a simple message attached:
    ‘His favourite flowers’. In its quiet intimacy, this offering fittingly
    symbolised the unusual bond forged between sovereign and Prime
    Minister during Disraeli’s two terms in that office (Feb-Dec 1868,
    and 1874-80).... [Cont'd] >

    Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a night behind
    bars? We have found four quirky and unique venues where you
    can do just that - without incurring Her Majesty's displeasure!

    The Top 4 Prison Hotels

    Ello, ‘ello, ‘ello. Fancy a short break with a difference? If so then
    check out our top four picks for prison stays you won’t want to
    escape from!

    London Widow’s Bun Ceremony

    Where: Bromley-by-Bow,London - The Widow's Son pub on
    Devons Road
    When: Good Friday
    Time: 3pm (ish)

    The Widow’s Son is a pub with a great legend – the resident lady’s
    sailor son was due home from voyage on Good Friday so she
    baked him a hot cross bun; sadly he never appeared but each year
    his mother baked a fresh bun hoping for his return. Her house
    became a pub and the tradition still continues so that now there
    are about two dozen buns hanging up in the pub in a net from the
    ceiling (NOT over 200 as I’ve read elsewhere!).

    Every Good Friday a sailor adds a bun to the collection and (fresh!)
    buns are offered to all visitors. There is an ancient belief that holy
    Hot Cross Buns baked on Good Friday will not decay and some
    people keep them as a lucky talisman.

    Helpful Hints

    In 2019 Good Friday will be on 19th April. Doors open at 11 am
    with DJ Vella providing entertainment throughout the day and the
    ceremony at 3 pm- follow the link to the pub website for updates.

    Here’s an extract from the information sent in 2018 about the
    upcoming Bun Day: “As part of our annual event we gather to
    commemorate those lost to the travesties of war and to remember
    the unfortunate grief and love that constitutes the story of The
    Widow’s Son. Sailors will join us to enjoy our delicious hot cross
    buns whilst DJ Vella tells the story of The Widow’s Son with his
    trademark energy and humour. Saloon League will bring back old
    times with swing like vibes. As new owners, we decided to re-
    establish this historic tradition last year in 2017, and would like to
    welcome you all back on Good Friday”.

    Click here for the pub’s own website and more on the legend:

    and here for the Facebook page:

    Hartfield Dole

    Where: Hartfield, Sussex by Nicholas Smith's grave at St Mary
    the Virgin's Church on Church Street.
    When: Good Friday
    Time: 9am

    The Church of St Mary the Virgin at Hartfield is the scene each
    Good Friday of the Hartfield Dole, which is a charity giving money
    to the poor of the parish. Back in the seventeenth century,
    Nicholas Smith left a bequest of money, the interest from which is
    used to fund the charity. The legend behind the event is that Smith
    travelled around disguised as a beggar to see how he was treated;
    Hartfield was the only place where he received a warm welcome so
    he chose to be buried and leave his riches there. The dole takes
    place beside his tomb near the church porch.

    Helpful Hints

    In 2019 it will take place on Friday 19th April. There are usually no

    The dole is given to local residents in the churchyard in a simple
    low-key ceremony, which is only publicised normally in the parish
    magazine. When we went in 2013, there were no claimants; we
    discussed the likelihood that even though there are probably local
    people in need of a helping hand, they won’t want to publicly
    admit it and be seen to be asking for money.

    Hartfield is a very attractive village with friendly residents and the
    church is usually open for visitors every day.

    Click here for the church website :

    Workington Football

    Where: Workington, Cumbria
    When: Good Friday, Easter Tuesday and the Saturday after
    Time: 6.30pm

    Workington hosts a trio of mass-football games each year, all
    starting off at 6.30 with the ball being thrown from Long Bridge,
    the footbridge over the Beck, in the Cloffocks area about halfway
    between Tescos and the Bowling Club.

    One ball is played per day with the game ending as soon as a goal
    is scored; teams are the Uppies and the Downies, coming from the
    east and west sides of town, and their goals are both about a mile
    away from the start at Workington Hall entrance and at a former
    capstan at the docks respectively.

    There are plenty of obstacles in the form of the Beck, the River
    Derwent and various boundaries ; getting wet is a likelihood for
    the players.

    Expect bursts of sudden movement interspersed with lengthy
    periods of scrummaging as each side tries desperately to shove
    the opponents along.

    As Workington is one of the larger towns with a football game of
    this kind, there are usually plenty of players and spectators –
    easily around 1000 people. There are no rules so expect plenty of
    chaos! We were reliably told by a resident that it can end as late
    as 5am!

    Helpful Hints

    In 2019 the games will be played on Friday 19th April, Tuesday
    23rd April and Saturday April 27th.

    Click here for the event Facebook page:

    30 Days Wild is back and it’s bigger and wilder than ever! For one
    month we challenge you to do something wild every single day.
    Click on the link below to sign up. You'll get your hands on a free
    pack full of wild ideas and inspiration.

    This June, we challenge you to do something wild every day. That’s
    30 simple, fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.

    We're giving you a free pack of goodies to help you plan your wild
    month, plus lots of ideas from your Wildlife Trust to inspire you to
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    To get your free 30 Days Wild pack, which includes a wallchart, a
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    Cont'd ....
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 19th Apr 19, 8:19 AM
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    Morning Alfie!

    Hottest Easter on record is scheduled I hear!
    25 degrees or thereabouts.

    Best wishes to you and Puddy from me and Bobby!

    TCB for me = nothing!
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 19th Apr 19, 8:21 AM
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    Part 2 of 3

    Walk Your Socks Off this May - challenge yourself to walk 100,000
    steps in a week and we’ll use your hard-earned cash to help
    people with sight loss step out with confidence.

    Proudly sponsored by Specsavers.

    This May, challenge yourself to walk 100,000 steps in a week and
    raise money to support people living with sight loss.

    In return for your amazing efforts, we'll replace your worn-out
    socks with an exclusive Guide Dogs pair.*

    You choose a week in May to take part and then spread your steps
    over your chosen week however you please – at home, at work,
    walking the dogs or wherever suits you best. Friends and family
    can contribute towards your step count, plus, you can donate to
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    *See FAQ's for terms and conditions.


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    100% of profits go to Guide Dogs

    When you buy anything from Dogalogue, the official Guide Dogs’
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    Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight. By
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    Join the Dogalogue Mailing List

    For email offers, promotions and seasonal gift ideas from the new
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    About Us

    Guide Dogs is one of the UK's best known and best loved charities,
    providing life changing support to people with sight loss. When you
    buy your cards and gifts from Dogalogue, the Guide Dogs' online
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    We've got a great range of fun and fabulous gifts, stationery and
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    lives of blind and partially sighted people in the UK.

    Survey water voles

    Our fastest declining mammal needs urgent help. Together we can
    work to save our much loved water voles before it's too late.

    In 2015 we launched the first national survey for 20 years that will
    guide the way for urgent action. Can you survey a site for water
    voles by taking part in the National Water Vole Monitoring

    18th April, 1930...BBC listeners who tuned in to hear the news
    bulletin were rather surprised to be informed: 'There is no news.'
    Having decided that there was nothing newsworthy worth
    reporting, the BBC then broadcast piano music instead.

    New Article: Did King Arthur exist? The legend of Arthur, the “once
    and future king” has fascinated us for centuries...

    Did King Arthur Exist?

    by Aidan Stubbs

    The legend of King Arthur: pseudo-history or fact? His historical
    legitimacy has been widely disputed by historians over the
    centuries, debating the validity and legitimacy of the existence of
    the king and yet still the results are inconclusive. With the limited
    number of historic documents and resources available to them,
    and the supposed event happening over a millennium ago, many
    historians’ conclusions are heavily opinionated. Whether you’re a
    believer or not, there is no denying that the story of the Dark
    Ages king is one that we hold close to our hearts as proud

    The earliest mention of a legendary British war leader comes from
    the only surviving contemporary source from the 6th Century,
    from a Welsh monk Gildas and his work, De Excidio et Conquestu
    Britanniae. Yet Gildas seems to make no mention of a warrior
    called Arthur at all..... [Cont'd] >>

    Throwing a Blooming Great Tea Party really is a piece of cake! Join
    us this summer and you’ll be helping Marie Curie Nurses care for
    even more people living with a terminal illness. The official party
    weekend is 20-23 June, but you can throw your party whenever
    you like.

    Are you Team Baker or Team Faker?

    It doesn’t matter if you bake up a storm or pop to the shops for
    some tasty treats, so long as you price each slice!

    Sign up for summer >>

    Save £100 this May for life-saving research

    Take on a savings challenge with a difference. Make money savvy
    choices and donate what you save through the month to Cancer
    Research UK.

    Sign up for everything you'll need to reach your £100 target
    include a Giving Page to donate your savings to.

    Sign up >>>

    How to save £100

    Save £100 in any way you like this May. Whether it's swapping
    those cafe bought coffees for coffee made at home, or cancelling
    the gym membership you never use and taking up free exercise

    Sign up today for plenty of ideas to help you reach your target and
    a savings tracker to keep an eye on your progress.

    Find out how >>

    The difference £100 can make

    Saving on the little costs can make a big difference to beating

    £100 can buy essential equipment like Bunsen Burners for our vital
    research into cancer, helping scientists ignite ground-breaking
    research on a daily basis.


    Save £100. This May. For life-saving research.

    Join The Race for Life volunteering family

    We're on the lookout for an inspirational team of volunteers.

    Whatever time and skills you have to share, we’ve got the perfect
    role for you. Bring your energy, smiles and passion to the party
    and let’s beat cancer together.

    Whether you want to help at a Race for Life 5k, 10k or Pretty
    Muddy event, we’ve got more than 400 across the country to
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    Sign up to volunteer now >>


    Take your pick of these fab roles or, if you're not sure what you
    fancy doing, simply select the ‘Happy in any role’ option. Once
    you’re all signed up, your Events Manager will be in touch to give
    you all the info you need, and to answer any questions you might

    Event Day Volunteer

    Get stuck in with anything! From pitching flags and hanging
    banners to handing out water and medals, you definitely won’t be
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    Course Marshal Volunteer

    Cheer on our participants as they take part and lift some spirits
    along the way. Your support will spur them on!

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    Enquiries Volunteer

    With the excitement of race day there’s bound to be questions! You
    can help by supporting our participants and spectators with their

    Apply for this role >>

    Happy in any role?

    Not sure what you fancy doing on the day? Please select the ‘I’m
    happy to volunteer in any role’ option when registering.

    Apply for any role >>

    Butterflies and moths are sensitive indicators of the health of our
    environment. Find out how you can help them.

    First sightings 2019

    Here are 2019's earliest sightings of resident and common migrant
    butterflies, as reported to Butterfly Conservation. You can follow all
    the latest sightings live on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

    Moth Recording

    Taking part in the National Moth Recording Scheme is simple and
    everyone is welcome. Any larger (macro-) moth that you see,
    whether you are moth trapping on a Scottish mountain or relaxing
    in your garden, can be recorded and submitted to form part of this
    important scheme.

    Get gardening

    By simply growing a few choice plants and providing butterflies
    and moths with a garden refuge, you can make a huge difference.
    Don't feel daunted, read on for our tips and tricks. This is the page
    you need for all the basics.

    Learn more about butterflies and moths >>

    Cont'd ....
    Last edited by AlfieBlue; 19-04-2019 at 8:27 AM.
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 19th Apr 19, 8:24 AM
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    Part 3 of 3

    You won't bee-lieve the work RAF Shawbury is doing. 🐝

    More than 200 Red Mason bees have been collected from the base
    and have been used to help start colonies at other Royal Air Force

    Busy Bees: RAF Shawbury's Fight To Save Insect Population

    Nests have been set up at the RAF base and moved along military
    bases to help populate the bees.

    RAF Shawbury is helping increase the bee population through a
    project which involved giving a colony of bees a home at the
    military base.

    More than 200 Red Mason bees have been collected from the base
    and have been used to help start other colonies, including those at
    RAF Brize Norton, RMA Sandhurst and BRNC Dartmouth.

    RAF Shawbury has been behind the Praise Bee project since 2014
    as part of the Station Environmental Policy.

    The species of bees used within the project are the Red Mason
    bee, which is non-stinging, non-honey making variety of bee.

    This bee is known as being a ferocious pollinator and is 200 times
    more efficient than the traditional Honey Bee..... [Cont'd] >>

    On Easter Monday, 13th April 1360 a hail storm killed over 1,000
    English troops during the Hundred Years War...

    Black Monday 1360

    by Ellen Castelow

    “It was not for nothing that my nose fell a-bleeding on Black
    Monday last, at six o’clock i’ the morning.” William Shakespeare,
    ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ii. 5

    ‘Black Monday’ refers to Easter Monday, 13th April 1360, so-called
    after a freak hail storm killed over 1,000 English soldiers during
    the Hundred Years’ War between England and France.

    This terrible storm produced more casualties than any previous
    battle of the war.

    The Hundred Years War had started back in 1337 and was a
    struggle between England and France over who should control
    France. In October 1359, Edward III of England crossed the
    English Channel to France with a huge invading force. By 13th
    April he had sacked and burned the suburbs of Paris and was now
    besieging the town of Chartres.

    As night fell, a sudden storm blew up. Edward’s troops were
    camped outside the town and their tents were no match for the
    tempest that would follow. A huge drop in temperature was
    followed by lightening, freezing rain, high winds and huge
    hailstones* which pelted both man and horse. The soldiers
    screamed in fear and panic as their startled horses stampeded.

    The carnage was described as “a foul day, full of myst and hayle,
    so that men dyed on horseback [sic].”

    There was no escape from the killer storm: tents were torn apart
    by the howling wind, soldiers fled in panic, two of the English
    commanders were killed and the king was forced to his knees,
    pleading with God for mercy.

    It took just half an hour for the storm to kill over 1,000
    Englishmen and some 6,000 horses.

    Edward was convinced that the storm was a sign from
    God..... [Cont'd] >>

    Have an egg-cellent weekend all & please take care, whatever
    your plans.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 21st Apr 19, 11:46 AM
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    Good Morning Alphabetty's!

    It was good moaning earlier, but things have brightened up a bit like the weather now.
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 23rd Apr 19, 7:59 AM
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    Good morning lovely people, happy St. George's Day.

    Good Morning Alphabetty's!

    It was good moaning earlier, but things have brightened up a bit like the weather now.
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hellooeee Sleazy

    Did the Easter Bunny pay you a visit?

    Absolutely glorious weather over the Easter weekend! Looks
    as if the dry spell will end mid-week'ish with much needed rain. The
    garden is now dry as a bone & plants/wildlife will be thankful for a
    little bit of the wet stuff!

    The Royal Society of St George

    1894 - 2019: 125th Anniversary Year!

    Recent political events in the United Kingdom have turned the
    spotlight on the question of English identity. Political debate and
    media pundits might lead you to believe that the English have only
    just woken up to their patriotic passions. Let us assure you, this is
    definitely not the case...

    The Royal Society of St George – founded in 1894

    For more than 125 years, the Royal Society of St George has been
    England’s premier patriotic organisation, promoting and
    celebrating the English way of life. With thousands of members,
    more than 60 branches in England and over 30 around the world,
    the Society organises a wide variety of social and fund raising
    events, from marking significant moments in our history to
    enjoying English food and drink.

    Queen Victoria was the Society’s first Royal Patron and we have
    since enjoyed the Patronage of every reigning monarch. In 1963
    the Queen bestowed a notable honour by granting the Society its
    own Royal Charter.

    Each year we send flowers to Her Majesty on her birthday on April

    Flying the flag

    The St George’s Cross flag has been the national flag of England
    since the 1300s and the Society campaigns for it to be flown
    prominently around the country. In recent years it has been great
    to see the flag flying at major sporting events but Society
    members want to see it more widely in everyday life – flying from
    public buildings, churches, educational establishments and even
    private residences. It happens in many countries around the world,
    so why not in England?

    Celebrate St George’s Day

    England’s neighbours celebrate their national days with fervour –
    at home, around the world, and among their communities living in
    England. So why is St George’s Day – April 23rd – such a low key
    event? One of the Society’s long-running campaigns is to have St.
    George’s Day declared a public holiday and to encourage
    celebrations to be held in every village, town and city in the
    country.... [Cont'd] >>

    ST GEORGE'S DAY 2019

    Immerse yourself in the story of England at the biggest, most
    action-packed St George's Day celebration in the country.

    Witness the spectacle of swords clashing at Wrest Park on 27-28
    April as you cheer for a gallant knight tackling the legendary
    dragon in a dramatic battle between good and evil. Watch a live
    joust play out before your eyes, wander through our Elizabethan
    living history encampment, and marvel at the might of a Roman
    infantry display.



    Get a sense of the day by taking a look at our round-up of
    previous St George's Festivals at Wrest Park.

    Come to our 2019 event to see what new and different things we
    have on offer, and discover why this is the biggest St George's Day
    event in the country.... [Cont'd] >>

    MS Awareness Week 2019

    Between Tuesday 23 and Saturday 27 April we will be raising
    awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS) during MS Awareness Week.

    Multiple sclerosis is a condition that affects the central nervous
    system – the brain and spinal cord. There is currently no cure. The
    symptoms people experience vary greatly from person to person
    and over time. Such symptoms may include fatigue, pain, sensory
    problems such as with vision, cognition difficulties and issues with
    bodily functions such as speech and swallowing, and bladder and

    During MS Awareness Week we will be raising awareness of the
    benefits of exercise. It is widely acknowledged that regular
    exercise is important, but what do you do when you have a
    condition like MS that can give you ‘bad’ days and leave you
    feeling like exercise is the last thing on your mind? The important
    thing to remember is that doing something is better than nothing
    at all and ultimately, you may find that in the long term you will
    feel the benefits of anything you can do.

    Exercise can improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle core strength,
    mobility, balance and coordination. It can improve mood, increase
    energy levels and help with weight management. It’s also a great
    way to meet people and socialise.... [Cont'd] >>

    World Book Night is a national celebration of reading and books
    that takes place on 23 April every year. Events up and down the
    country run by individuals and organisations celebrate the
    difference that reading makes to people’s lives, and everyone from
    publishers to librarians, and local businesses to the general public
    can get involved. If you’re hosting an event for your friends, family
    or people you work with, start planning what you want to do now!
    You can use our downloadable resources to help and publicise your
    event to reach more people.

    Books are given out across the UK with a focus on reaching those
    who don’t regularly read, and are gifted through organisations
    including prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and
    homeless shelters, as well as by passionate individuals who give
    out their own books within their communities. Find out more about
    applying to hand out books in your organisation.

    World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity
    that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of
    reading..... >>

    Football Shirt Friday is just around the corner! On 26 April, wear
    your favourite football shirt, donate £5 to the Bobby Moore Fund,
    and help fund life-saving bowel cancer research.

    Have a great Tuesday all, take care.

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 23rd Apr 19, 8:28 AM
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    Hi to all Alphabetty's generally and Alfie specifically

    A lot cooler today, might try to trim some greenery in the garden.
    Not sure whether that's a good plan or a bad idea!

    Hummingbird only gave me 10p btw.
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 23rd Apr 19, 12:12 PM
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    Hi to all Alphabetty's generally and Alfie specifically

    A lot cooler today, might try to trim some greenery in the garden.
    Not sure whether that's a good plan or a bad idea!

    Hummingbird only gave me 10p btw.
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Hiya Sleazy,

    Have you managed to trim some greenery yet?

    I've been mowing the lawns, just in case it does actually rain

    Re. the elusive Hummingbird, I ended up with a grand total
    of 30p!

    Little more info .....

    'Cry God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'

    Happy St George's Day! The famous quote above comes from the
    play Henry V, written by William Shakespeare - who died on this
    day in 1616.

    Every nation has its own ‘Patron Saint’ who in times of great peril
    is called upon to help save the country from its enemies. St David
    is the patron saint of Wales, St Andrew of Scotland and St Patrick
    of Ireland – St George being the patron saint of England.

    But who was St. George, and what did he do to become England’s
    Patron Saint?

    Very little is known about St. George’s life, but it is thought he was
    a high ranking officer in the Roman army who was killed in around
    AD 303.

    It seems that the Emperor Diocletian had St. George tortured to
    make him deny his faith in Christ. However despite some of the
    most terrible torture even for that time, St George showed
    incredible courage and faith and was finally beheaded near Lydda
    in Palestine. His head was later taken to Rome where it was
    interred in the church dedicated to him..... [Cont'd]>>

    Alfie xxx
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 23rd Apr 19, 12:19 PM
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    Greenery trimmed Alfie. Grass was cut yesterday - like you, expecting rain.

    Washing up and cooking done, nibbled too much though!
    Weekly Distance Walked 27km / Total For Year 1271 km

    Quod scripsi, scripsi
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