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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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    • 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 ....
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    • 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

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

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

    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.

    Have a lovely Friday all.

    Alfie xxx

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • 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

    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!

    Alfie xxx

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • 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? >

    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:…/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] >

    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] >

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

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

    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

    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

    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] >

    ^^^ 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] >

    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! >

    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

    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

    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] >

    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] >

    Have a lovely Sunday all, take care.

    Alfie xxx

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • 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

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
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