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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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    • colinw
    • By colinw 13th Mar 18, 9:32 AM
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    Good Morning I have not been hiding from this thread still not eating many biscuits though!

    I hope you are all well
    • indesisiv
    • By indesisiv 13th Mar 18, 10:02 AM
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    Good Morning I have not been hiding from this thread still not eating many biscuits though!

    I hope you are all well
    Originally posted by colinw
    The question is ...... what constitutes not many? Just the one packet a day?
    “Time is intended to be spent, not saved” - Alfred Wainwright
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 13th Mar 18, 10:16 AM
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    Never before ..... have so many biscuits, been eaten so quickly by one man!

    Plus the odd doughnut.
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Mar 18, 1:34 PM
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    Good Morning I have not been hiding from this thread still not eating many biscuits though!

    I hope you are all well
    Originally posted by colinw

    Hellooeee Colin - I was wondering if you'd gone AWOL!


    The question is ...... what constitutes not many? Just the one packet a day?
    Originally posted by indesisiv





    Never before ..... have so many biscuits, been eaten so quickly by one man!

    Plus the odd doughnut.
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Actually I shouldn't really laugh - yesterday evening I polished
    off the second box of chocs from my daughter.


    On second thoughts though ..... I don't think my no-no
    to chocolate rule really counts because I hadn't actually bought
    the chocolates, they were a gift.
















    Phew! Think I got away with it this time.


    Alfie xxx
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Mar 18, 2:01 PM
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    It was funny this morning, because I read Chieveley's head spinning post, then as I phrased my reply, on the TV I heard "Chieveley"!

    They were talking about traffic I think!

    It was a spooky moment!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    That really was a spooky moment!


    I quite often think of Chieveley en route to my daughter's
    abode but that's only because we drive past the name sign!
    Not so spooky!


    I did see something spooky on 'Good Morning Britain' though
    today. A mentalist extraordinaire was a guest - Lior
    Suchard ..... such a talented and scarily accurate mind
    reader - I've never seen anything like it before now, he even
    had Piers Morgan worried! Amazingly talented
    gentleman.





    Alfie xxx
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 13th Mar 18, 10:03 PM
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    I can't believe myself.

    I'm away on this course, right? And I'm in a place where the course fee includes all meals and refreshments, and the food is really good. Right?
    And I stupidly decided to have March as my dairy-free month!
    Right?

    But despite that, I'm keeping to it as best I can.

    So far, I have spooned the ricotta cheese off a stuffed mushroom, not eaten the biscuits, not eaten the cakes, not had the risotto in case it was made with butter, not had yogurt or croissant (butter), and worst of all, had to watch other people eat a delicious lemon posset and a raspberry creme brulèe, that I know are lovely because I've had them here before. WAIL! Double WAIL!

    On the plus side, though, I've had three types of very nice homemade soup that I might not have had, were it not for the dairy-free thing, and at breakfast, even though there wasn't a lot I could have, I thoroughly enjoyed the baked beans on fried bread!


    I still can't believe I held out against that lemon posset and raspberry creme brulèe!

    The waitress took pity on me and asked if I'd like some sorbet, so I had that.

    I am feeling extremely virtuous now!

    Queen Smug of Smugland!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 14th Mar 18, 6:29 AM
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    Albert Einstein
    14 March 1879 - 18 April 1955


    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

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




    14 March 2018

    Join us for another great day of campaigning to highlight how
    dysphagia can affect people's lives and how speech and language
    therapy transforms negative experiences into positive ones.

    Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties have potentially
    life-threatening consequences. They can result in choking,
    pneumonia, chest infections, dehydration, malnutrition and weight
    loss. They can also make taking medication more difficult and they
    can lead to a poorer quality of life for the individual and their
    family.

    Dysphagia can affect people at any stage of their lives and speech
    and language therapists support and enable them to eat and drink
    safely.



    Last year you held events across the globe to support the
    campaign. We saw you raising awareness from hospitals and care
    homes to universities and railway stations. The European Space
    Agency and astronaut, Major Tim Peake also contributed to the
    conversation by posting messages about what it's like to eat and
    drink in space which swept around the globe and ensured the
    campaign trended on social media throughout the day.

    See all the great images from Swallowing Awareness Day
    2017 >>>

    See some of the events that took place at last year's
    event >>>

    The question is can you make 2018 campaign as successful as
    last year?

    We've built a campaign toolkit to help you get involved, including
    posters, factsheets and puzzles to help you get your message
    across. Like last year, we're asking you to share your activity with
    us on Twitter. We'd love to see your campaign selfies and we'll
    retweet the best posts.

    Please use #swallowaware2018 and tag @RCSLT when you're
    posting your campaign messages.



    http://www.givingvoiceuk.org/swallowing-awareness-day/

    ^^ Please refer to site for further info







    Free, proven support to help you quit!

    It's No Smoking day on the 14th March, join the millions of people
    who've used Smokefree support to help them stop smoking.

    Get support now >>>



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    Every cigarette you smoke causes the poisons from tar to enter
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    Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi
    is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant -
    the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter - which
    is approximately 3.14159.

    Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal
    point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue
    infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of
    digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi's infinite nature makes
    it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate
    more and more digits.

    Learn More About Pi >>>



    http://www.piday.org/

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/mar/12/can-you-solve-it-the-pi-day-party-starts-here

    http://www.mypiday.com/

    ^^ Please refer to links for further info












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

    Alfie xxx
    Last edited by AlfieBlue; 14-03-2018 at 7:04 AM. Reason: Apostrophe issues! All had been replaced with gobbledygook!
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 14th Mar 18, 7:38 AM
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    Well .... I've been thinking that my trousers were looser .... weigh day today as the NHS nutritionalist is due to ring. Down another kg and a bit, so heading the right way at the moment!
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • colinw
    • By colinw 14th Mar 18, 8:58 AM
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    Good Morning All from Sunny Newcastle
    • Tarry
    • By Tarry 14th Mar 18, 4:24 PM
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    It was near here too Gone windy and cloudy now.
    The Very Right Honourable Lady Tarry of the Alphabetty thread

    -I just love finding bargains and saving money
    I love to travel as much as I can when I can
    Life has a way to test you, it's how you deal with this that matters
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Mar 18, 4:39 PM
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    Hurro! I's home.

    The course ended at 12.30, and I decided to skip th laid-on lunch, as there wouldn't have been much in addition to salady stuff and potatoes that I could have, and to get on the road, so that I'd be home before the school run and rush hours started.

    When I got home I popped into my local Coop to get something to have for a meal, as I didn't fancy having to wash and chop veg. I was in there ages looking at ingredients, and the only things I could have were some roasted red pepper humus, some bread, and some hot cross buns and some little vegan pancakes. I didn't want salad and I had fruit at home.

    Not very good, really, but I'm tired.

    I did swerve the alcohol section, though!



    The bread's nice....... olive sourdough. I toasted it and dipped it into the humus. I'll try the vegan pancakes in a minute.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 14th Mar 18, 4:45 PM
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    AlfieBlue
    I can't believe myself.

    I'm away on this course, right? And I'm in a place where the course fee includes all meals and refreshments, and the food is really good. Right?
    And I stupidly decided to have March as my dairy-free month!
    Right?

    But despite that, I'm keeping to it as best I can.

    So far, I have spooned the ricotta cheese off a stuffed mushroom, not eaten the biscuits, not eaten the cakes, not had the risotto in case it was made with butter, not had yogurt or croissant (butter), and worst of all, had to watch other people eat a delicious lemon posset and a raspberry creme brulèe, that I know are lovely because I've had them here before. WAIL! Double WAIL!

    On the plus side, though, I've had three types of very nice homemade soup that I might not have had, were it not for the dairy-free thing, and at breakfast, even though there wasn't a lot I could have, I thoroughly enjoyed the baked beans on fried bread!


    I still can't believe I held out against that lemon posset and raspberry creme brulèe!

    The waitress took pity on me and asked if I'd like some sorbet, so I had that.

    I am feeling extremely virtuous now!

    Queen Smug of Smugland!
    Originally posted by Pyxis

    Very well done!





    ^^ In recognition of your amazing dedication & fighting the
    good fight against temptation ..... I've made this beautiful
    dessert just for you! A scrumptious dairy free apple
    crème caramel. Enjoy!


    Alfie xxx
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Mar 18, 4:52 PM
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    Pyxis
    Very well done!





    ^^ In recognition of your amazing dedication & fighting the
    good fight against temptation ..... I've made this beautiful
    dessert just for you! A scrumptious dairy free apple
    crème caramel. Enjoy!


    Alfie xxx
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    Ooooooh! Thankee Alfie!

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

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 14th Mar 18, 4:57 PM
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    AlfieBlue
    Good Morning All from Sunny Newcastle
    Originally posted by colinw

    Hellooeee Colin in sunny Newcastle!



    Well .... I've been thinking that my trousers were looser .... weigh day today as the NHS nutritionalist is due to ring. Down another kg and a bit, so heading the right way at the moment!
    Originally posted by Sleazy

    Brilliant Sleazy! How did it go with your NHS nutritionalist
    today?


    Alfie xxx
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    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 14th Mar 18, 5:12 PM
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    Sleazy
    ....
    Sleazy! How did it go with your NHS nutritionalist
    today?

    ....
    Originally posted by AlfieBlue
    Went ok - she was happy with my weight loss, keeps telling me to make sure to eat lunch (Pyxis! ) to save being hungry later. Anyway, I had 3 x small slices of Hovis Wheatgerm bread, minimal spread, Edam cheese and a tomato. And a banana. Later this afternoon I had an apple and a clementine. Tonight I have a quorn Jambalaya lined up ready for the microwave

    Ok, that's my full food diary for today except for water ....
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Mar 18, 5:47 PM
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    Pyxis
    Went ok - she was happy with my weight loss, keeps telling me to make sure to eat lunch (Pyxis! ) to save being hungry later. Anyway, I had 3 x small slices of Hovis Wheatgerm bread, minimal spread, Edam cheese and a tomato. And a banana. Later this afternoon I had an apple and a clementine. Tonight I have a quorn Jambalaya lined up ready for the microwave

    Ok, that's my full food diary for today except for water ....
    Originally posted by Sleazy
    Sounds good!



    'S ok, Sleazy...... my lunch was just very late! (The humus and olive sourdough), and I had had breakfast....... another beans on fried bread (yum yum yum yum) with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, and some grapefruit and prunes.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 14th Mar 18, 7:17 PM
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    Pyxis
    I had two of the little vegan pancakes....... they were horrible.

    I might try toasting one tomorrow, and see if that makes them taste better. Can't put anything on them, that's the trouble!
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
    Founder Member: WIMPS ANONYMOUS
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 15th Mar 18, 7:59 AM
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    Sleazy
    Good Morning Alphabetty's!

    Hope that all are well and eating as planned! Need to pick up a prescription first thing, then back home sharpish and stay in the warm and dry methinks.

    Raining, so probably a good day to catch up on paperwork and open letters received over the past couple of weeks

    Apparently I missed an appointment last week as I'd forgotten, which I hate to do as it wastes everybody's time and money .... I'll contact them and apologise later.
    Sleazy
    In Vino Veritas, In Aqua Sanitas
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 15th Mar 18, 8:49 AM
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    Oranges and Lemons - Kate Greenaway's Book of Games, 1889


    Good morning lovely Alphabettys

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





    WELCOME TO INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL MEALS DAY 2018!

    We're delighted to launch International School Meals Day (ISMD)
    2018.

    The theme for 2018 is 'My Food'.

    As ever, we're looking forward to bringing together children and
    communities across the world sharing their experiences, stories
    and news.

    Find out more on the 'get involved' and 'share practice' pages >>>

    Sign up to the Thunderclap >>>

    Follow our activity on Twitter >>>



    Get involved

    Find out more about the first International School Meals Day, and
    join in the fun. >>>



    Find resources

    Find useful resources to help you teach or learn about school
    meals, health and wellbeing, and nutrition. >>>



    Share practice

    Read about how others are celebrating International School Meals
    Day and share your own ideas and activities. >>>



    http://internationalschoolmealsday.com/

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    Kiplingcotes Derby



    Where: Market Weighton - finishing post is on a minor road 400
    yards off the A614, signposted Warter



    When: 15th March 2018

    Time: Race at 12, weigh-in 10-11. Finish 2pm at the latest.



    Kiplingcotes Derby is widely accepted to be the oldest annual
    horse race in the English sporting calendar.

    It reputedly began in 1519 and takes place on the third Thursday
    in March, often in exceptionally adverse weather conditions. The
    498th race took place on 16 March 2017.



    The Kiplingcotes (also spelt Kipling Cotes) race is the oldest in
    England, having taken place every year since 1519. It is run every
    spring.



    One quirk of the ancient rules means the second place rider often
    receives more in prize money than the winner. It is not run over a
    typical modern racecourse. A clerk is paid 5 shillings (25p)
    annually for maintaining it.

    Kiplingcotes is a small hamlet close to Market Weighton, in the
    East Riding of Yorkshire. The Derby starts near to the former
    Kiplingcotes railway station and finishes at Londesborough Wold
    Farm.



    Rules

    The course takes in four miles of arduous farm track and field.



    Riders must weigh in at ten stones, excluding saddle, horses of
    any age can be ridden.

    All those wishing to enter must gather by the starting post by 11
    a.m. on the morning of the Derby.



    The winner receives the sum of £50. (However, sometimes it may
    prove advantageous to come second, as this rider is the lucky
    recipient of the sum of the entry fees.)



    The rules also state that if the race is not run one year then it
    must never be run again.

    During the harsh winter of 1947 no one was daring enough to take
    part and so one local farmer took it upon himself to lead a lone
    horse around the course, ensuring that the historic race would
    survive.

    During the 2001 UK foot and mouth crisis the race was once again
    reduced to one horse and rider.

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

    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/kiplingcotes-derby/

    http://www.pocklingtonhistory.com/archives/people/sport/kiplingcotes/index.php

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    Oranges and Lemons Service

    Where: London at St Clement Danes Church in the Strand
    When: 15th March 2018
    Time: 1pm



    The well-known nursery rhyme 'Oranges and Lemons' mentions
    several churches in the City of London and one of them, St
    Clement Danes, holds an annual service to commemorate it.



    In medieval times the churchyard of St Clements reached the bank
    of the river, and cargoes of fruit were liable to tolls when
    transported through it, hence the association in the rhyme.



    Since a special service held in 1919 to mark the re-hanging of the
    church bells, the church has hosted the unique Oranges and
    Lemons Service in which children from the local Primary School
    each receive an orange and a lemon to take home.



    The service includes performances by each of the classes in school -
    expect dance, song, poetry readings and more following an
    opening ceremony featuring the school handbell ringers and a
    spirited performance of the Oranges and Lemons nursery rhyme
    actions.



    At the end of the service (weather permitting), tables are set up
    outside the church door with the fruit upon them, and the clergy
    hand out fruit to the children as they leave.



    A carillon plays the Oranges and Lemons tune at St Clements
    every day at 9 am, noon, 3pm and 6pm,and it also plays during
    the distribution of fruit on Oranges & Lemons Day.

    Visitors are welcome to attend - the nave is full with the children
    and invited guests so you view from the gallery. The gallery opens
    up at around 1pm, and the service itself lasted for just over an
    hour.

    http://calendarcustoms.com/articles/oranges-and-lemons-service/


    ^^ 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
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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 15th Mar 18, 10:23 AM
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    Pyxis
    I had two of the little vegan pancakes....... they were horrible.

    I might try toasting one tomorrow, and see if that makes them taste better. Can't put anything on them, that's the trouble!
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    I managed to burn the first two I toasted, but the second two, toasted, were still horrible, even with olive spread on them, so they got binned.
    I hate binning food, but they must be horrible if I won't eat them!

    I still have the hot cross buns though. And the rest of the olive sourdough bread.
    And another humus, plus I got a veg delivery today, so am ok for the duration.

    More competitions this weekend, Sat and Sun, then it goes quieter for a couple of months.
    (I just lurve spiders! )
    INFJ(Turbulent).

    Her Greenliness Baroness Pyxis of the Alphabetty, Pinnacle of Peadom
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