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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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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Jan 18, 10:34 AM
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    PYXIS's DRY JANUARY!

    DAY 8 : Jan 8th


    8 down, 23 to go.



    I got a fright yesterday.
    I went to put a tall bottle of elderflower pressè away in a particular cupboard, and saw a bottle of port in there. Well, I say a bottle, but there was only a small amount left in it, about half a wine glass worth, plus the usual sediment.

    I'd forgotten it was there, as I don't like port much, and only had it for my throat.

    Anyway, it gave me a fright, because my immediate reaction was to use it up! My second reaction was to leave it until the end of the month, but then I thought, no, it would be too much of a temptation!

    Now that I knew it was there, it would be like those sweeties in Alfie's supermarket cartoon!

    So I quickly picked it up and poured it down the sink!

    It was only a small amount, and some was the sediment, but I wasn't taking any chances!

    Phew!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Yay! Another day done and dusted! Well done you ... particulary
    when the dregs of temptation looked you in the eye.



    8 stars awarded





    23 to go


    I'd better double check that I have absolutely NO choccies
    (or chocolate biscuits) stashed in my house come February!






    Green Tea Latte because coffee is so last year.
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    That is just pea & ham soup
    Originally posted by colinw




    Good morning Colin and indesisiv



    Alfie xxx
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 9th Jan 18, 10:37 AM
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    Good morning Colin and indesisiv
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    Good morning Alfie

    You'll be please to know I have finished my ranting now
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright

    Costa Rica & England in the MSE World Cup Sweepstake
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Jan 18, 11:02 AM
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    Good morning Alfie

    You'll be please to know I have finished my ranting now
    Originally posted by indesisiv
    Everyone's entitled to a rant!

    It's only when it becomes a non-stop rant that it starts to affect your health..............'cos of being bashed by everyone else!


    You're a long way off being a Victor Meldrew!
    I don't think I've heard you rant before, anyway!
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    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 9th Jan 18, 11:16 AM
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    indesisiv
    Everyone's entitled to a rant!

    It's only when it becomes a non-stop rant that it starts to affect your health..............'cos of being bashed by everyone else!


    You're a long way off being a Victor Meldrew!
    I don't think I've heard you rant before, anyway!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    haha I shall stop now then.... One more comment

    I just feel sorry for the people that pay for these things. Most of the people who run in these big events are the less experienced runners or those doing their first races. I am all for mass inclusion in these things just not at that cost / profit margin.
    Most of the better level runners run in the other races where they don't have to try and weave past people who think that 50 mins is a fast 10k time so start at the very front

    ETA: I don't rant on here normally as most stuff on here I don't have a strong enough opinion to bother.
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright

    Costa Rica & England in the MSE World Cup Sweepstake
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Jan 18, 11:21 AM
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    Pyxis
    Me likee this...............







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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Jan 18, 3:15 PM
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    AlfieBlue



    Alfie xxx
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Jan 18, 3:18 PM
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    Pyxis




    Now, that's my sort of race!
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Jan 18, 4:26 PM
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    AlfieBlue




    Now, that's my sort of race!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Same here!



    Alfie xxx
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Jan 18, 12:46 AM
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    PYXIS's DRY JANUARY!

    DAY 9: Jan 9th


    9 down, 22 to go.


    I is smokin' now!
    (And I don't mean death-sticks!)

    There was an interesting article about cravings on the Dry January website.
    Although it refers to drinking, it could just as easily apply to biccies, chocs, or coffee!

    Something to remember next month when your're feeling desperate for some Lollo Rosso!

    QUOTE
    If the desire for a (.........) seems to get bigger and stronger and you fear that it won't go away until you give in here's a fun fact: the average craving lasts for just six minutes. If you can find a distraction for just a few minutes, your craving will diminish. What could you do in six minutes - make a cuppa, fire off a couple of emails, write a shopping list, phone a friend? Make a list of six-minute fillers so that the next time you get a craving, you've got something else to focus on.



    Cravings can be set off by cues - triggers that set you on the path to wanting a (..........). It's really helpful to be able to identify what's causing your craving - is it an emotion, a thought, time of the day, seeing someone else eating/drinking (.......)? Once you have identified what led to your craving, you can start finding ways to beat them.UNQUOTE


    The whole article is here.....

    https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/blog/coping-with-cravings




    Plus, I have almost finished my tax accounts. With any luck, I can get them to my accountant tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 10th Jan 18, 7:15 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well on this thoughtful and glorious
    day of 'historical' events!


    10 January 1985



    10 January 1985: The C5 electric car was demonstrated by its
    inventor, Sir Clive Sinclair

    It is remembered as one of the biggest disasters in technology
    history and the moment when a celebrated inventor pushed the
    boundaries too far, but the Sinclair C5 is set for a comeback.

    The Sinclair C5 is reborn: 1980s electric tricycle gets 21st century
    update from inventor's nephew.



    The electric tricycle developed by Sir Clive Sinclair has been reborn
    by his nephew, 32 years after its predecessor first went on sale.

    The original C5 was seen as a revolutionary electric vehicle that
    could reach speeds of 15mph, and at £399 would be a cheap way
    to get around, exempt from road tax and insurance.

    However, it struggled with hills and there were fears that it
    wouldn't be seen in traffic. Of around 14,000 that were made, only
    around 5,000 were sold and its manufacturer went bust, ending
    production after just nine months. In 2013 it was voted the
    greatest innovation disaster of all time.



    However, Clive Sinclair's nephew Grant Sinclair claims it merely
    came too soon. With cities now full of cycle lanes, growing
    environmental fears and rising congestion, it could now be seen as
    a zippy commuting option.

    The revamped version of the electric tricycle, called the Iris E-
    Trike, is weatherproof, unlike the original, and has a top speed of
    30mph, with a more powerful motor and a range of 31 miles.

    Set to be released late this year, it will sell for £3,500 - a
    significant leap on the 1980s version - but is aerodynamically
    designed and at four feet high is meant to be visible to other
    drivers. It also comes with mod cons such as a screen showing
    speed, LCD headlights and a camera at the back that can stream a
    rear-view feed to the driver's smartphone.


    The vehicle could be used for paramedics CREDIT: GRANT SINCLAIR

    It isn't the first time the design has made a comeback. Sir Clive
    himself unveiled the X-1, a two-wheeled model, in 2011, but it
    never reached the market.

    Sir Clive was a famed British inventor whose more successful
    products included the ZX Spectrum, which helped pioneer home
    computing in the UK.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/02/22/sinclair-c5-reborn-1980s-electric-tricycle-gets-21st-century/

    http://rk.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/vehicles/c5_sst.htm

    ^^ Please refer to sites for further info





    10 January 1840



    10 January 1840: Sir Rowland Hill introduced the Penny Post to
    Britain

    Uniform penny postage

    By the mid 1830s the Post Office was ripe for reform. Postage
    rates were extremely high and based on the distance carried times
    the number of sheets.

    From 1812 the cost of a letter of one sheet from London to
    Edinburgh was 1s 1d; two sheets were double that and four sheets
    or one ounce cost 4s 4d. There were a remarkable number of
    anomalies and evasion was widespread. In addition there were a
    number of extra charges and the total was normally paid by the
    recipient. This was a considerable discouragement to people to use
    the post.



    A number of people advocated postal reform but it was Rowland
    Hill, born in 1795 in Kidderminster, who brought it to fruition. The
    main thrust of Hill’s reforms was to move away from postage
    charged according to distance carried, to a simple uniform rate of
    postage based on the weight of a letter. He argued successfully
    that if the charge was low enough – like 1d per half-ounce for
    anywhere in the United Kingdom – the volume of mail would
    increase enormously and thus cover the cost.


    Henry Cole Cartoon, appeared in Post Circular
    magazine, 1839


    The main reason Hill is remembered today is his proposal for
    “stamps” to prepay postage, which resulted in the creation of the
    Penny Black, the world’s first postage stamp. However, before that
    could be introduced other aspects of his reforms had to be
    implemented >>>

    https://www.postalmuseum.org/discover/collections/philatelic-collection/british-postal-markings/uniform-penny-postage/#

    https://www.postalmuseum.org/discover/explore-online/postal-history/rowland/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    10 January 1863

    THE LONDON UNDERGROUND OPENS WITH GAS-LIT, STEAM-
    POWERED TRAINS BETWEEN PADDINGTON & FARRINGTON


    Trial trip on the underground railway 1863

    On this day in 1863 the London Underground opened with gas-lit,
    steam-powered trains between Paddington & Farrington; a novel
    solution and much anticipated remedy to the commuter congestion
    suffocating business in the city.



    In early 1800s London, rail-line hubs were on the outskirts of the
    city, with no access to the city center. Commuters and travelers
    connecting to other rail lines had no choice but to navigate through
    narrow and crooked streets with horse-drawn carriage, horse-
    drawn taxi, and horse-drawn omnibus; or by foot.



    As more people moved to London traffic became unbearable and
    business suffered. In addition to space constraints, complicated
    land ownership proved a logistical nightmare for transportation
    planners seeking to alleviate the grid-lock.

    Many railway proposals came before Parliament only to be
    dismissed as unfeasible. Finally, City Solicitor Charles Pearson
    proposed a unique solution: use innovative engineering techniques
    to put the railway underground. This way, the city streets could be
    preserved above while commuters whisked through tunnels below.



    Cleared to start construction in 1860, the Metropolitan Railway
    Company began to build the world’s first underground railway: a
    3.7 mile line beginning at Paddington station with stops at Edgware
    Road, Baker Street, Great Portland Street, Euston Road, King’s
    Cross, and terminating at Farringdon station near Bank.

    The tunnels were crafted with the ‘cut-and-cover’ method: first a
    deep trench carved into the ground, then brick walls built up to
    support the tunnel, then finally capped with brick arches and roofs
    over which the roads could be repaved.


    Construction Crews using the Cut & Cover Method of construction

    Despite seeming the least destructive option, over 900 houses
    (mostly slums) were leveled to create the line.

    Reactions to the new underground line were mixed.

    While most people enthusiastically awaited for a reprieve from the
    slough of street traffic and equine eliminations; others were
    pessimistic.

    In dance halls people scornfully called the project ‘The Drain,’
    while some direly predicted that people in the streets would fall in
    and be crushed, or commuters might asphyxiate underground;
    or worst of all, that such newfangled abomination might pierce an
    opening into hell.

    By May of 1862 London was buzzing with excitement over the new
    train line.

    The Metropolitan Railway Company promised smooth rides, and a
    smoke and steam free experience due to the ‘condensing engines.’

    However, delays and one odious sewer flood pushed back the
    public opening from summer, to fall, to winter, then finally to
    Saturday, January 10th 1863.


    Celebratory Banquet held underground at Farringdon Station, Jan 9, 1863.
    79 year old Prime Minister Lord Palmerston declined to attend saying that
    at his age, he wanted to “stay above ground as long as he could.”


    The morning of January 10th, the London Underground opened to
    the public at 6am.

    The first class carriages had generous compartments and seats
    with arms to prevent overcrowding; while second class had
    comfortable leathered seats.

    Gas lamps lit all the carriages, burning brightest in 1st class so
    that patrons could read easily. However, once in motion the lamps
    flickered rapidly, disturbed by drafts.

    Soon crowds of people overwhelmed the stations and ticket
    booths, intent upon trying the underground train on its first day.

    By noon several stations stopped selling tickets as the wait was
    already over an hour for ticket holders in the stations.

    Each train was packed to full capacity – riders ignored 1st, 2nd,
    and 3rd class destinations in order to sit wherever there was an
    open seat.

    Despite assurances of a smoke and steam free experience, riders
    reported ample steam and noticeable sulfurous fumes, though few
    minded.

    By the end of the day, over 38,000 people had ridden the trains
    underground and agreed that the ride was indeed smooth and
    convenient.

    Contributed by Odd Salon Fellow Isolde Honore



    http://www.oddsalon.com/jan-10-1863-the-london-underground-opens-with-gas-lit-steam-powered-trains-between-paddington-farrington/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info

    Royal Mail released a special set of stamps to celebrate 150 years
    of the London Underground - 9th January, 2013






    Who was the first person to get a slap on the wrist and a fine
    for writing rude words on the Underground?


    Mr Aquila John Williams - North London News, 12 March 1864



    ^^ Unashamedly copied and pasted from last year's post with
    just the odd tweak here and there!







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    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Jan 18, 7:44 AM
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    No probs to repeat National Days!


    The more obscure ones are interesting, and anyway, I can't remember one week to the next, let alone posts from last year, so it always new and innovative to the likes of me!

    Except that on another thread, talk of watts and light bulbs triggered a switch in my brain which turned on a light bulb of my own, and I suddenly remembered a very, very old TV ad about cartoon light bulbs, a dim one, and flashy one and a just right one.

    I couldn't remember the name, although I knew it wasn't Osram, my first thought, but a few choice google words immediately brought up the Mazda ad!
    "Mazda lamps stay brighter longer!"

    I was very young at the time, too, although I think the ad, and several like it, ran for quite a few years.

    Memory is a strange phenomenomeonomen!


    Oh God.....horrible thought! I hope it wasn't in this thread, in which case you've already seen me mention this! I'll have to check! The pitfalls of multiple thread-posting! Aaaaargh!



    Edit...... no, I think I'm ok. I think it was another thread! Phew!
    Last edited by Pyxis; 10-01-2018 at 7:47 AM.
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Jan 18, 7:52 AM
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    Interesting you should mention the Post Office mail stamps innovation with the start of the underground system in the same post.

    Someone one another thread recently mentioned something that reminded of this...

    Many years ago, in my first career, in my extreme yoof, working for the Government, I had cause to visit the underground postal railway, which I had never heard of previously.

    The Post Office had its own mini railway system underground, for transporting bags of mail and parcels around London quickly and easily.

    I had to go down to it, and be shown around, and it was very interesting!

    Also interesting that the two things, Mail and railways, combined to make for greater efficiency!

    I'll see if I can find some info!





    Edit.... a lovely article here......
    Plus you can go for 15-min rides on it! That wails be a good trip for a family!
    (Or even a lone older adult! Hahahahahahahha!)


    https://www.postalmuseum.org/discover/explore-online/postal-history/mail-rail/








    It was opened on 5th December 1927, so would have had its 90th birthday last month!

    (Now you'll tell me, Alfie, that you posted something about that, but true to form, I can't remember if you did! )
    Last edited by Pyxis; 10-01-2018 at 8:03 AM.
    Denmark and Senegal
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 10th Jan 18, 8:20 AM
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    Good Morning

    This is Winsol the 19 day old Aardvark from Cincinnati Zoo in the states getting some digging practice in

    https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/videos/10155851082325479/
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 10th Jan 18, 4:11 PM
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    AlfieBlue
    Good Morning

    This is Winsol the 19 day old Aardvark from Cincinnati Zoo in the states getting some digging practice in

    https://www.facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/videos/10155851082325479/
    Originally posted by colinw

    Many thanks for posting Colin - Winsol is such a gorgeous
    little cutie!



    Interesting you should mention the Post Office mail stamps innovation with the start of the underground system in the same post.

    Someone one another thread recently mentioned something that reminded of this...

    Many years ago, in my first career, in my extreme yoof, working for the Government, I had cause to visit the underground postal railway, which I had never heard of previously.

    The Post Office had its own mini railway system underground, for transporting bags of mail and parcels around London quickly and easily.

    I had to go down to it, and be shown around, and it was very interesting!

    Also interesting that the two things, Mail and railways, combined to make for greater efficiency!

    I'll see if I can find some info!





    Edit.... a lovely article here......
    Plus you can go for 15-min rides on it! That wails be a good trip for a family!
    (Or even a lone older adult! Hahahahahahahha!)


    https://www.postalmuseum.org/discover/explore-online/postal-history/mail-rail/


    (Now you'll tell me, Alfie, that you posted something about that, but true to form, I can't remember if you did! )
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Love this Pyxis - thank you for posting the link - it's
    fascinating!

    Definitely haven't written about mail rail in this thread .....
    at least I don't think I have!


    PYXIS's DRY JANUARY!

    DAY 9: Jan 9th


    9 down, 22 to go.


    I is smokin' now!
    (And I don't mean death-sticks!)

    There was an interesting article about cravings on the Dry January website.
    Although it refers to drinking, it could just as easily apply to biccies, chocs, or coffee!

    Something to remember next month when your're feeling desperate for some Lollo Rosso!

    QUOTE
    If the desire for a (.........) seems to get bigger and stronger and you fear that it won't go away until you give in here's a fun fact: the average craving lasts for just six minutes. If you can find a distraction for just a few minutes, your craving will diminish. What could you do in six minutes - make a cuppa, fire off a couple of emails, write a shopping list, phone a friend? Make a list of six-minute fillers so that the next time you get a craving, you've got something else to focus on.



    Cravings can be set off by cues - triggers that set you on the path to wanting a (..........). It's really helpful to be able to identify what's causing your craving - is it an emotion, a thought, time of the day, seeing someone else eating/drinking (.......)? Once you have identified what led to your craving, you can start finding ways to beat them.UNQUOTE


    The whole article is here.....

    https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/blog/coping-with-cravings




    Plus, I have almost finished my tax accounts. With any luck, I can get them to my accountant tomorrow. Fingers crossed.
    Originally posted by Pyxis


    You most definitely is smokin' now!


    9 stars awarded





    22 to go


    Excellent article re cravings - will be very handy for me in times
    of need.


    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Jan 18, 4:31 PM
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    Pyxis



    I just lurve all my stars!

    I'm a positive constellation!

    By the time I'm finished, I'm gonna be a galaxy!



    And wheeeeeeeeeeeee!
    I handed in those wretched accounts to my accountant today!
    I managed to finish them this morning, before I had to go out to the opticians, which was in the vicinity of the accountant's, about ten miles away, so I really didn't want to have to drive there twice.

    It was touch and go, but I managed to finish them and get them in order just in time to set off.

    And like every year, I wondered why I always get so uptight about doing them.
    Will I ever change?

    I'm going to start sorting out this year's lot, as far as I'm able to so far, although there isn't a lot yet, but if I can get what's there into applepie-order, it might not seem so daunting later.

    I despair of me, I really do!
    Denmark and Senegal
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Jan 18, 5:41 AM
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    Pyxis
    PYXIS's DRY JANUARY!

    DAY 10th: Wednesday Jan 10th


    10 down, 21 to go.



    Thought processes are interesting.

    I had to go to the opticians yesterday, a drive of a few miles which is off the beaten track for me and takes me past an Asda.

    I don't often go that way for anything, so don't often go to an Asda either.

    Anyway, when I was reminding myself of the route yesterday, before setting off, the first thought that flashed through my brain was...."Ooh, I'll be going passed an Asda; I could pop in and get some of their Banana Bread beer!"

    Well, I soon scotched that idea, though, but on leaving the opticians,
    I took a slightly different way home so that I didn't have to go past that Asda.
    It's very banana-y, you see.
    (The beer, not the Asda! )

    Luckily, I had a banana in my fruit bowl, so when I got home, I had that instead!
    Last edited by Pyxis; 11-01-2018 at 5:44 AM.
    Denmark and Senegal
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Jan 18, 6:31 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well and raring to go on this thoughtful
    and glorious Thursday!


    The Burning of the Clavie



    Why 11th January? This is the date of the Burning of the Clavie, a
    fire festival unique to Burghead, which greets the New Year. The
    significance of the 11th January dates back to the 1750’s, when
    the Julian calendar was reformed in Britain. The new Gregorian
    calendar was introduced. People rioted, demanding back their 11
    days – but not in Burghead. Brochers decided to have the best of
    both worlds, by celebrating New Year twice – on 1st January and
    the 11th January.



    Therefore, every 11th January the flaming Clavie (a barrel full of
    staves) is carried round the town followed by a large crowd. The
    final destination of the Clavie is on the Doorie Hill on the ramparts
    of the ancient fort, where it is firmly wedged and after refuelling is
    allowed to burn out and fall down the hill when still smouldering
    embers are eagerly gathered. Possession of a piece of the Clavie is
    said to bring good luck for the coming year and pieces are sent
    around the world to exiled ‘Brochers’.



    The Burning of the Clavie dates much further back than the 1750s,
    of course. Like many other fire festivals, its origins are lost in the
    mists of time.



    Up the Clavie, borne on high
    Fire under a winter sky
    In windy darkness, the red sparks fly.

    Fire ahead, folk behind,
    Earlier ages spring to mind
    Wild voices on a wild wind.

    Pict and Viking strive once more
    On the rocks and sand of the Moray shore,
    Speeding their dead as in days of yore.

    For all our science and technical skill,
    We watch with hearts that hungry still
    Leap with a wild primeval thrill
    At the leaping flames on the Doorie Hill.

    Mary Harding



    Little did those Druids know those aeons back in time
    That when they lit their holy fire, the conflagration would inspire
    The Brochers of today to mime and carry on the glow.

    Little do those ‘frame’ folk know who live outside of Moray,
    The welcome that the Clavie meets from all who follow through
    the streets.
    And don’t forget those witches hurry from that uncanny glow!

    And so I’d like you all to know in Moray and elsewhere
    We’ll keep the Clavie burning bright, send witches flying Old Year’s
    night
    As long as we have tar to spare, we’ll make the Doorie glow!

    Margaret J. Smith 1957



    http://www.burghead.com/clavie/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







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    https://www.naomihouse.org.uk/events/396-challenge-2018-for-naomi-house

    https://www.naomihouse.org.uk/about-us

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info





    Have a brilliant and safe day all whatever you have planned. I will
    catch up later.

    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
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    • colinw
    • By colinw 11th Jan 18, 8:29 AM
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    Morning Alfie I would not say I am raring to go though
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Jan 18, 8:31 AM
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    Morning Alfie I would not say I am raring to go though
    Originally posted by colinw
    Train, bus or trip-trap bridge today, Coley?


    Perhaps you need a brisk walk in the fresh air!
    (Says she, in her nice snug bed! )


    I am up and dressed, it's just that it's warmer up here than downstairs!
    Denmark and Senegal
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Jan 18, 11:18 AM
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    Good morning Colin! Sugar-Free February is fast
    approaching!



    PYXIS's DRY JANUARY!

    DAY 10th: Wednesday Jan 10th


    10 down, 21 to go.



    Thought processes are interesting.

    I had to go to the opticians yesterday, a drive of a few miles which is off the beaten track for me and takes me past an Asda.

    I don't often go that way for anything, so don't often go to an Asda either.

    Anyway, when I was reminding myself of the route yesterday, before setting off, the first thought that flashed through my brain was...."Ooh, I'll be going passed an Asda; I could pop in and get some of their Banana Bread beer!"

    Well, I soon scotched that idea, though, but on leaving the opticians,
    I took a slightly different way home so that I didn't have to go past that Asda.
    It's very banana-y, you see.
    (The beer, not the Asda! )

    Luckily, I had a banana in my fruit bowl, so when I got home, I had that instead!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Big congrats on resisting the Banana Bread beer temptation!






    10 stars awarded






    21 to go



    Alfie xxx
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