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



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





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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Feb 18, 5:53 PM
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    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 9th Feb 18, 6:29 PM
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    Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

    Harvey Mackay
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Feb 18, 7:08 PM
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    Eye mungry


    I'm keeping my last small apple for if I get really desperate.

    However, I've cleaned my teeth now!
    And I can eat tomorrow!
    I might go to one of my favourite cafÉs for an early lunch tomorrow.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 10th Feb 18, 6:43 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

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







    Firefighters’ marathon effort for Grenfell survivors

    A group of 18 firefighters who attended the Grenfell Tower blaze
    are set to run the London Marathon in a bid to raise vital funds for
    groups supporting local people affected by the fire. They are also
    fundraising for the Fire Fighters Charity, which continues to provide
    physical and psychological support to the firefighters who attended
    the blaze.



    The firefighters were amongst the first to arrive on the scene of
    the Grenfell Tower fire on 14th June 2017. Seventy one people are
    now known to have died and it is the worst residential fire we have
    ever dealt with.

    Nine of the firefighters are from the Red Watch at North
    Kensington Fire Station and the other nine are from the Red Watch
    at Paddington Fire Station. The Paddington crew are taking part in
    the Marathon in full firefighting gear, including breathing
    apparatus, meaning they will be wearing an extra 30kgs of weight.
    In total there will be 53 London firefighters running the Marathon,
    that number includes the 18 running for Grenfell.



    Raising money for the Grenfell community

    The North Kensington firefighters are raising money for Kids on the
    Green (opens in a new window), a project designed to provide a
    calm space for families, teens and children affected by the blaze. It
    provides arts and crafts, sports, entertainment and psychological
    support for the children.

    The firefighters from Paddington are fundraising for three charities
    that are directly helping those affected by the fire. The Harrow
    Club W10 works with young people from disadvantaged
    backgrounds and has worked tirelessly with young people affected
    by the fire.

    The Rugby Portobello Trust supports local children and young
    people, providing space for activities like sport, drama and dance,
    as well as providing a safe space for play. The Fire Fighters Charity
    provides health and wellbeing support to firefighters in need. They
    have provided ongoing help to the firefighters who have suffered
    with injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of the
    Grenfell fire.

    Donate now

    Donate to Paddington fire station’s fundraising
    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/a21run4grenfell

    Donate to North Kensington’s fundraising
    https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/run4grenfellg27



    Fire Commissioner "proud" of firefighters

    London Fire Commissioner, Dany Cotton, said:

    “I stood alongside firefighters as the fire took hold at Grenfell
    Tower, so I know all too well the absolute horror they dealt with
    last June. It takes some courage to do what they are doing, to yet
    again face this tragedy and to try make some good come out of it.

    “I am very proud of these firefighters who represent the true
    essence of what it is to be a London firefighter - grit,
    determination and the sheer drive to help other people in the face
    of adversity.

    “I really hope that people support their fundraising efforts, the
    Grenfell community deserves all of the help and support it can get
    and the Fire Fighters Charity continues to provide counselling and
    support to our staff, many of whom were left traumatised by
    Grenfell.”

    http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/

    https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info





    Plimsoll Day


    Samuel Plimsoll (10 February 1824 – 3 June 1898)

    History of Plimsoll Day

    Samuel Plimsoll was very instrumental in making a safe way to
    ship goods in England. In the late 1800’s shipping was very
    dangerous. Ships were often loaded poorly and with too many
    goods. Accidents on the water and on the docks while loading and
    unloading were all too common. So dangerous were the times that
    the people called some of these ships “coffin ships”. These ships
    were so overloaded and unseaworthy that the lives of the crew
    were constantly in jeopardy.

    Samuel had an experience that shook his life. In 1853 he
    attempted to become a coal merchant in London. He was not
    successful and he lost literally everything. He had to live for
    several months in a common lodging. When things began to look
    up for him, he vowed to serve those of lower means and do all he
    could to improve their lives.



    His achievements include being the driving force behind England’s
    Merchant Shipping Act of 1876. He was the one who championed
    the Unseaworthy Ships Bill. Both brought about what are now
    known as Plimsoll lines on commercial ships. The lines indicate the
    safe levels for loading cargo in the ship’s hold at various states of
    condition. To learn more, toss the term Plimsoll lines into your
    favorite search engine and you will have it all at your fingers.



    https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/plimsoll-day/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Plimsoll

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info









    We're inviting people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels to take
    steps to improve life for people with Parkinson’s.

    With the choice of shorter and longer distances, and locations
    including some of the UK's most beautiful parks, countryside and
    cities, there really is a walk for everyone.



    Sign up today and help raise awareness and vital funds. Every step
    takes us closer to a cure.



    Find out what it's like to take part in a Walk for Parkinson's - you'll
    have loads of fun and help us to find a cure and improve life for
    everyone affected by the condition >>>

    MORE DETAILS

    Entry fee: £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.

    Please note registration closes one week prior to each event.

    Cash-only on the day registration will be available: £15 for adults
    and £7.50 for under 16s.

    Distances: most walks have a choice of shorter and longer
    distances so there's something for everyone.

    We'll provide a free Parkinson's UK T-shirt and fundraising pack.

    On the day you'll get a medal and we'll be there to cheer you on.

    FUNDRAISING MATERIALS

    To get your Walk for Parkinson’s fundraising started, use our
    fundraising materials to tell your friends and family about your
    walk and how they can support you >>>



    https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/walk-parkinsons

    ^^ 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
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Feb 18, 9:01 AM
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    That Plimsoll line thing is very interesting, isn't it?

    I first learned about Plimsoll lines as a child by reading about it in a comic, I forget which comic.
    I learned a lot from comics!

    It's also interesting because it makes you aware of the science behind the different types of water densities.
    You'd be forgiven for thinking that Ocean is just Ocean everywhere, not that you can carry more load in different types of water.

    What happens if you have a full load for one type of water but you're crossing into a different type of water?



    There was also one cartoon strip, again I forget which one, where they had a ship with a line of plimsolls drawn round it, which the character said was the Plimsoll line!

    Honestly, it's only once you've grown up that you appreciate the sense of humour of the adults who wrote the comics' stories!

    I remember as a child finding it hilarious that someone was called Mr. Plimsoll!




    I survived the Fast Day! And I didn't need the final apple! I stuck it out! So I actually only had about 350 calories!
    And true to form, I didn't wake up ravenous! I haven't eaten anything yet.



    Someone has asked me to help at an event where there will be coffee and cake..... buy a drink and get a free cake. However, if I do go, I shan't have any cake!
    How noble is that! (Pyxis pats herself on the head! )
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 10th Feb 18, 11:17 AM
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    AlfieBlue




    That Plimsoll line thing is very interesting, isn't it?

    I first learned about Plimsoll lines as a child by reading about it in a comic, I forget which comic.
    I learned a lot from comics!

    It's also interesting because it makes you aware of the science behind the different types of water densities.
    You'd be forgiven for thinking that Ocean is just Ocean everywhere, not that you can carry more load in different types of water.

    What happens if you have a full load for one type of water but you're crossing into a different type of water?



    There was also one cartoon strip, again I forget which one, where they had a ship with a line of plimsolls drawn round it, which the character said was the Plimsoll line!

    Honestly, it's only once you've grown up that you appreciate the sense of humour of the adults who wrote the comics' stories!

    I remember as a child finding it hilarious that someone was called Mr. Plimsoll!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    I'll have to pass on that thought - got no idea! It doesn't
    bear thinking about!


    I agree with you about the Plimsoll line being interesting, I'm
    learning a fair bit by posting every morning on here too!

    It's funny - I was typing my morning post over in the Compers
    Inn earlier and happened to mention about the weather being
    bitterly cold here yesterday. I'd gone to my local refuse
    centre to offload some junk and the guys there were all wrapped
    up like Michelin men trying to keep warm.

    Being naturally inquisitive I googled to see why we use that
    expression (& others) and came across these:


    Early Michelin Man .....





    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelin_Man

    More fascination history!

    Also .....

    http://www.localhistories.org/sayings.html

    Although think the origin of KICK THE BUCKET is 'orrible!


    Very well done with surviving your fasting day and for
    resisting the free slice of cake if/when you help out at the
    event.


    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 10th Feb 18, 1:28 PM
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    OK, I'm prepared for the flack....I have abandoned the 5:2 coz it's killing me.

    It's playing havoc with my already dodgy bowel so I'm reverting to calorie counting which has always worked in the past
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 10th Feb 18, 1:46 PM
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    OK, I'm prepared for the flack....I have abandoned the 5:2 coz it's killing me.

    It's playing havoc with my already dodgy bowel so I'm reverting to calorie counting which has always worked in the past
    Originally posted by joansgirl
    Medical exemptions allowed .....



    Last edited by Sleazy; 10-02-2018 at 1:49 PM.
    Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

    Harvey Mackay
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 10th Feb 18, 3:20 PM
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    OK, I'm prepared for the flack....I have abandoned the 5:2 coz it's killing me.

    It's playing havoc with my already dodgy bowel so I'm reverting to calorie counting which has always worked in the past
    Originally posted by joansgirl
    We don't want anyone dying on this thread.


    I agree with Sleazy - no flack from any of us. Just a big well done
    for being sensible and reverting back to calorie counting.






    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • joansgirl
    • By joansgirl 10th Feb 18, 4:44 PM
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    We don't want anyone dying on this thread.


    I agree with Sleazy - no flack from any of us. Just a big well done
    for being sensible and reverting back to calorie counting.






    Alfie xxx
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    Thanks, I think I should stick with what works. I have lost 3lb this week though so it's not all bad
    Some people only exist as examples of what to avoid...
    .


    Finito
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 10th Feb 18, 5:00 PM
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    OK, I'm prepared for the flack....I have abandoned the 5:2 coz it's killing me.

    It's playing havoc with my already dodgy bowel so I'm reverting to calorie counting which has always worked in the past
    Originally posted by joansgirl
    Yes, I agree with the others; it's what works for you! You gave it a bash, that's what counts.

    Over the years I did calorie counting and hated it. I hated the relentless feeling hungry, etc., the constant deprivation. The 5:2 was the first thing for me that not only worked, but that I found was easy (after the initial acclimatisation, etc.), and stopped the constant hunger etc. And it decreased my overall appetite for crap!

    So it's whatever works for you and your lifestyle. In a way we're lucky that we don't have to work around preparing meals for other people, which must be awful!

    Anyway, I did have a meal out today, at about 11.30, (see irritated thread for details), and I haven't felt particularly hungry since, although I might have a snack later. I certainly don't feel like cooking.

    It's been a horrible rainy, miserable day today, though.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Feb 18, 6:27 AM
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    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

    I hope you're all well and raring to go on this thoughtful
    and blessed day!




    About World Day of the Sick

    Pope John Paul II initiated the day in 1992 to encourage people to
    pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The
    Pope himself had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s a year before, in
    1991, and it is considered that his own illness was impetus for his
    designation of the day.

    World Day of the Sick was first observed on February 11, 1993.
    February 11 is also the Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes,
    which a name is given to the Virgin Mary in honor of the
    apparitions that were said to have been seen in and around
    Lourdes, France, by a young girl called Bernadette Soubirous. The
    Church canonized Bernadette as a saint several years later.



    Did You Know?

    Pope Benedict XVI declared his decision to resign from his post as
    the Pope on this day in 2013. He cited his failing health as the
    reason behind his decision.

    https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/world/world-day-of-the-sick

    https://www.biographyonline.net/spiritual/bernadette-soubirious.html




    MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
    FOR THE TWENTY-SIXTH WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2018

    Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    The Church’s service to the sick and those who care for them must
    continue with renewed vigour, in fidelity to the Lord’s command
    (cf. Lk 9:2-6; Mt 10:1-8; Mk 6:7-13) and following the eloquent
    example of her Founder and Master.

    The theme for this year’s Day of the Sick is provided by the words
    that Jesus spoke from the Cross to Mary, his Mother, and to John:
    “Woman, behold your son ... Behold your mother. And from that
    hour the disciple took her into his home” (Jn 19:26-27)........

    https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/sick/documents/papa-francesco_20171126_giornata-malato.html

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info










    Marriage is a hugely important institution in many parts of the
    world, and symbolises the formalisation of a relationship between
    a loving couple. Marriage Day celebrates everything about
    marriage, and is a great day to propose to your partner, or to get
    hitched!

    https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/marriage-day/










    Sunday February 11th 2018

    Good luck all!

    Run the first ever Leicestershire Half Marathon on February 11th
    2018. Starting and finishing at the beautiful Prestwold Hall.





    http://www.leicestershirehalf.com/









    Your dog has the power to give someone a new life - take part in a
    Dogs Unite sponsored dog walk and make a difference to people
    living with sight loss! Events and nationwide campaigns currently
    open for registration are shown on this page.

    Help us work for a world where people with sight loss are never
    left out of life. Just £35 supports a guide dog partnership for a
    whole week.



    Walking the dog day

    Thursday 22 February 2018, 8am - 6pm

    All dog owners know that every day is walking the dog day – but
    this is your chance to make your dog walk extraordinary! >>>



    Through the Blackpool lights

    Friday 12 October 2018, 5pm - 9.30pm

    Don't miss this incredibly popular Blackpool lights sponsored dog
    walk along the seafront! There are two distances, 5km (3.1 miles)
    and 1.6km (1 mile), that can be chosen on the day. >>>



    https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/dogs-unite/find-a-dogs-unite-event/

    ^^ 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
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Feb 18, 7:10 AM
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    GO THE SUGAR-SHAKERS

    & CALORIE COUNTING CREW!


    ALFIE's 'sugar free February' no-no chocolate blog.


    Day 10 - Saturday February 10th

    10 down, 18 to go!






    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Feb 18, 8:32 AM
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    Pyxis












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    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th Feb 18, 10:23 AM
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    I'm starting to feel less guilty about next week if I do cheat whilst away

    Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

    Harvey Mackay
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Feb 18, 12:14 PM
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    I'm starting to feel less guilty about next week if I do cheat whilst away

    Originally posted by Sleazy
    'Twould be a shame, though!

    There's something very fulfilling about succeeding in the face of adversity!

    And then being quite smug about it!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th Feb 18, 6:45 PM
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    While Wifey eats sweet things-a-plenty,
    Poor old Sleazer's belly's empty.
    "Alas" he cries in voice so shrill,
    "Cake's not allowed, so I'll eat Trill".

    Then out of dark came Blacky Bird,
    Without a sound - she was not heard.
    With yellow beak she stole his Trill,
    Her beady eyes said "Steal I will"!

    So hungry to bed did Sleazer go,
    Though he'd been in rain and snow.
    With tear in eye and tongue in cheek,
    At least he's learned now not to speak!


    Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

    Harvey Mackay
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 11th Feb 18, 7:36 PM
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    Pyxis
    While Wifey eats sweet things-a-plenty,
    Poor old Sleazer's belly's empty.
    "Alas" he cries in voice so shrill,
    "Cake's not allowed, so I'll eat Trill".

    Then out of dark came Blacky Bird,
    Without a sound - she was not heard.
    With yellow beak she stole his Trill,
    Her beady eyes said "Steal I will"!

    So hungry to bed did Sleazer go,
    Though he'd been in rain and snow.
    With tear in eye and tongue in cheek,
    At least he's learned now not to speak!


    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Oh you can do it, Sleazer (sic)!
    It's only another 17 days! It gets easier and easier, too!

    Tell you what, seeds are good for you, so I'll give you your Trill back.........................







    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 11th Feb 18, 8:41 PM
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    Day 11 crisp free

    Day 41 alcohol free

    And cracks are beginning to show
    if you lend someone £20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 11th Feb 18, 8:45 PM
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    Day 11 crisp free

    Day 41 alcohol free

    And cracks are beginning to show
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it you can never get it back.

    Harvey Mackay
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