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    • Glad
    • By Glad 1st Jan 18, 12:59 AM
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    The Compers Inn (part 48)
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    • 1st Jan 18, 12:59 AM
    The Compers Inn (part 48) 1st Jan 18 at 12:59 AM
    Welcome to the new Inn

    for comping and non comping chitchat leaving the rest of the board for comping discussions

    previous thread here
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    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 10th Mar 18, 8:27 AM
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    good morning all
    its a very rainy morning here
    hope its a nicer one for you all where you are,
    love the lighter mornings too Alfie
    & agree listening to the birds first thing is beautiful always
    seems to have such a calming effect
    hope everyone is keeping well & you all have a lucky lovely day x
    ''Be happy for this moment.
    This moment is your life''
    Omar Khayyam.









    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 10th Mar 18, 8:41 AM
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    Been a wet night here and supposed to continue all day!
    On the plus side we are supposed to get a lovely sunny day tomorrow with temperatures up to 11.
    Going to celebrate Mothers Day tonight with DD as she is working tomorrow. She is going to make her speciality, chicken stirfry and make some cocktails too

    Hope you get to the film leanfun - well done. Our rich neighbours from London who have had a house here for about 10years have just sold their London house and moved here permanently (although buying another house near a daughter further north) The woman will miss her films and theatre here! They are telling everyone they are Scottish now

    Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.

    sheils x
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    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 11th Mar 18, 8:49 AM
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    Good Morning,

    Hope everyone has a lovely day.

    sheils x
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    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 11th Mar 18, 10:05 AM
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    Happy Mothers Day, Sun is shinning here.

    We made it to the film in time for the pre film tea or coffee and cakes between 1 and 1.30. It was at Charlotte Hotel off Tottenham Court Road. They have a cinema in the basement for about 100 people. Although there were less than 50 people there. The film was brilliant, emotional and uplifting at the same time. Breathe is a true story of Robin Cavendish who contracted polio at 28 in Kenya in the fifties and he went on to live into the nineties with only being able to move his head. He had a son born just after he became ill. Interestingly his son produced the film and it was made by the BBC and the BFI.

    As we had the coffee and cakes everyone there was very young. Except two couples of mother and daughters. DH asked is this women only as we only saw one other man. The competition said they had 25 pairs of tickets and it was with the Emerald Street email. We sat in the second row with no one in front row and just two others in our row so it felt like we were the only ones there.

    As a nine year old we moved house in the fifties and at the end of our road there was an isolation hospital and I remember seeing a lady in a big wheel chair sitting out on the veranda. We found out that she had been a ballet dancer who contracted polio. She used to paint ballet dancers with her mouth. Thankfully we now have vaccinations and the whole attitude to disability has changed considerably..

    Sheils your neighbours will certainly find a difference moving from London. Its only since I have been so lucky with comping that we have been up to the West End so much. When our children were growing up we never had the money to go and later when I worked that took up all my time. I think the country side has so many benefits.

    Hope everyone has a great day.
    • mummy2threeboys
    • By mummy2threeboys 11th Mar 18, 10:21 AM
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    Leanfun, sounds like you had a lovely time, film sounds moving. My elder brother has severe special needs and so for my 40 years of life we have been involved with Mencap helping out. There is for sure less severe issues now than there was then, sadly it still happens sometimes, but at least there is more knowledge and medical help in pregnancys now. I myself had a severly disabled daughter who sadly didn't make it, eve if she did she wouldn't have lived long.
    So i'm thinking of her today, and two other angels. Now I'm surrounded by 3 crazy boys and I love them to bits,

    Sorry I checked out for a while. I went to London yesterday on a day trip with the local community . Finally saw all of the natural History musuem but came back exhausted.

    And I came home to a craft box full of sewing things I won..I haven't comped in a few months , depressed, so it lifted me and I'm back on it.

    Love to all and happy mothers day! Ill try to keep on top of the board again sorry for missing you all xx
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    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 11th Mar 18, 10:32 AM
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    good morning all
    lovely morning here so have been out clearing
    up the herb beds,
    hope its a nice morning for you all x

    the film sounds great leanfun & glad you had a lovely time,
    agree its a good thing attitudes to disabilities have changed over the years x

    well done on the craft box win mummy2threeboys

    I hope all the lovely mums out there you all have
    a lovely day & well deserved treats x
    & have a lovely day all
    ''Be happy for this moment.
    This moment is your life''
    Omar Khayyam.









    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 11th Mar 18, 10:44 AM
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    Hi Mummy2threeboys great to hear from you. Well done on your win. Great to have a surprise. Just pop in whenever can you are always welcome.
    Keep on loving your three crazy boys. Have a restful day. Well as restful as it can be
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Mar 18, 2:51 PM
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    Good afternoon everyone

    I hope you're all well on this glorious day!


    It's a beautiful day here, sun is shining and birdies are
    singing away!





    ^^ Brilliant find fire**fly! Many thanks for posting it.


    It's lovely to 'see' you again mummy2threeboys and no
    apologies necessary. I love the Natural History
    Museum - it's so fascinating. And very well done on your
    excellent craft box win!


    The film sounds wonderful leanfun - I particularly love
    'real life' stories.


    I thought the film rang a bell - I recall reading about
    Robin when I covered World Polio Day on the Betty thread
    last year. What an amazing man and family! I'm pretty
    sure I've seen a short clip of the film too.




    ^^ Robin with son Jonathan


    https://britishpolio.org.uk/


    http://thewisdomdaily.com/breath-is-life-the-fascinating-history-of-the-iron-lung/

    ^^ This link is brilliant - showing an insight into history of the
    iron lung and also polio sufferers.




    ^^ Rancho Los Alamos Hospital, California – 1953







    Thank the Lord for both the guys who invented the iron lung
    and for the men who eventually developed the polio vaccines.


    Hope everyone's having a lovely Mothering Sunday.


    I've received a huge bouquet of my favourite flowers and Mr.
    Fothergill's seed collections from my son. My daughter sent
    a gorgeous personalised painted wooden box (homemade -
    don't know where she finds the time!). Inside it was crammed
    full with scented candles, a Mum's notepad and 2 boxes of
    chocolates. The box will make a lovely keepsake. I'm
    so very proud of them both.


    The icing on the cake is that they're all planning to come &
    stay at mine in a couple of weeks for a fun-filled Easter family
    celebration.


    Have a lovely rest of the day all ...... I'm off to make a cuppa
    and have a bit of a comp catch up!


    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 12th Mar 18, 9:27 AM
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    Good morning everyone


    Hope you're all well on yet another glorious weather
    day. It looks as if we had rain through the night and now
    the sun is just peeping out from behind the clouds.


    I had a lovely evening yesterday .... scoffing the chocs ,
    enjoying a couple of drinkies with scented candles
    on the go.


    My daughter also surprised me with another Mother's Day
    gift when she face timed me yesterday - a garden themed
    course at my favourite garden centre (in the summer).


    Hope you all had an enjoyable time yesterday.


    Have a lovely and lucky day all and please take care
    whatever your plans.





    Alfie xxx
    MILITARY WIVES CHOIRS
    HELP for HEROES
    WASPI

    Princess Alpha & Chief Faffer of the Alpha-betty thread
    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 12th Mar 18, 9:44 AM
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    Morning all. Very dull here today but I did wake up earlier with the lighter mornings.

    Thanks for the links and pictures Alfie. It does make one think about how medicine and related inventions have come on.

    Alfie you were really spoilt for Mothers Day thats great. You will have a few weeks to prepare for them coming at Easter. Will be great for you to have new GD to stay as well. We too have DD2 and family coming then plus DS.

    Well rain held off until late afternoon here so we were able to have a trip to local park.

    Hope everyone has a grood week and good luck.
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 12th Mar 18, 12:59 PM
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    Lovely sunny day here - got washing out and been for a walk.
    Going to do a few comps after lunch. DH is making us a bacon sandwich.
    Haven't had one for ages.

    Saw an iron lung at Newcastle Museum a little while ago Alfie. First time DH or I had ever seen one and we were quite shocked at what it looked like! Great you were spoilt on Mother's Day. DS3 coming next week so is cooking his Mother's Day present then! It isn't easy for my lot as my birthday is so close most years.
    DS1 has found the solution and sends my flowers on Australian Mother's Day.
    He is coming on 15th May with his girlfriend for 2 weeks.

    Hope everyone has a lucky week.

    sheils x
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    • bluehydrangeas
    • By bluehydrangeas 12th Mar 18, 4:58 PM
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    How do seasoned compers cope with the feeling of being disheartened after entering thousands of comps without winning any? I call it Comper's Despair. If you are the type who gets demoralised after not winning anything for a long time, does that mean you shouldn't really be comping?
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 12th Mar 18, 5:06 PM
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    How do seasoned compers cope with the feeling of being disheartened after entering thousands of comps without winning any? I call it Comper's Despair. If you are the type who gets demoralised after not winning anything for a long time, does that mean you shouldn't really be comping?
    Originally posted by bluehydrangeas
    Must admit I do get disheartened sometimes as a few years ago I used to win something half decent at least once a week and nowadays it is more like once a month. I like to have a chat with other compers though and have made some lovely friends, even some I meet in the "real world"
    I think you have to look at it as a hobby and a win is the icing on the cake
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    • fire**fly
    • By fire**fly 12th Mar 18, 9:53 PM
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    good evening all
    sorry not been in earlier but
    had a busy day catching up with one thing & another
    always seems so much to do!

    great you got well deserved prezzies Alfie & the
    garden themed course sounds just right for you

    lovely you got out to the local park today leanfun x
    it has been dark rainy day here all day but hopefully
    will be brighter tomorrow

    have a lovely evening all x
    ''Be happy for this moment.
    This moment is your life''
    Omar Khayyam.









    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 12th Mar 18, 10:02 PM
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    Evening Firefly. Just been trying to catch up with a few comps I seem to be slower every day.

    Today I sent a very short email to Emerald Street thanking them for the screening on Saturday. I had an amazing reply the organiser said it had made the team smile to hear we had enjoyed it. She asked could she quote my two or three sentences to their promoters. From her reaction don!!!8217;t think many people respond or say thank you.
    • wingobins
    • By wingobins 12th Mar 18, 11:23 PM
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    Evening everyone xx
    Well done on the wins and lovely to see some great wins! That product of the year looks amazing Sheils!

    That's interesting reading Alfie about the polio and lookingat those pics, how times have changed!

    I think I need a new iPad now, this one won't let me put numbers or imojis on for some reason. It must be on its way out. Still, it was a win from a few years ago too!
    I had a lovely Mother's Day yesterday too, son made a gorgeous meal for me of jacket spud with hunters chicken and salad then millionaire cheesecake and ice cream for after!
    It's done nothing but rain here today and it's cold so maybe more snow on way.
    Big thanks to all who contribute to the forums. Be lucky everyone!
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 13th Mar 18, 8:05 AM
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    Been really lucky with the weather here and the sun is out again. Think we are due to get some rain tomorrow though. Was tempted to have a night away in the Lakes again but the weather looked so much better here we stayed put.
    Hope everyone gets better weather soon.

    Hope you managed to get up to date FF.

    Sounds like you will have a busy Easter leanfun and Alfie. We nearly always have quiet holiday times as the family are usually working.
    Sounds like middle of May will be busy for us though.

    Saw your meal on FB wingo, looked lovely. I am trying to stop my kids buying me stuff and just cook nice meals when they come as I don't need anything and do love my food! (All 4 can cook)

    Have a lovely day all and good luck.

    sheils x
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Mar 18, 8:07 AM
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    Good morning everyone


    Hope you're all ok - it's looking to be another decent weather
    day here



    but apparently we could all be in for another brrrrr snap
    in a few days time!

    I've only ever seen photos of iron lungs sheils, have not seen
    them in rl - it doesn't bear thinking about - those poor
    people. However having said that they did manage - just
    referred back to the link because I remembered reading
    about an American lady:

    One such person was Dr Martha Mason (1937-2009), of Lattimore,
    North Carolina, who spent 61 years in an iron lung, from the time
    she contradicted polio at age of 11, until her death. Unbelievable
    as it may seem, Dr Mason lived a full and rewarding life despite
    her iron encasement; indeed, precisely because of her limitations,
    she developed a rich life of mind, earning a bachelor’s degree in
    English and an honorary doctorate. She was intelligent and erudite
    and insatiably curious about life. She loved and learned and grew
    as person, and was excellent company for her friends and
    academic peers who were devoted to her. She wrote a book about
    her life called: Breath: Life in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung, which is
    as fascinating as it is inspiring.


    What an incredible and inspirational person.

    I bet you're really looking forward to seeing your DS1 and
    his girlfriend when they come over from Australia to visit
    in May.

    How do seasoned compers cope with the feeling of being disheartened after entering thousands of comps without winning any? I call it Comper's Despair. If you are the type who gets demoralised after not winning anything for a long time, does that mean you shouldn't really be comping?
    Originally posted by bluehydrangeas
    Hi bluehydrangeas - I'm actually from the era of tie-
    breaker comps (back in the day ) which I loved. I used to
    regularly win wonderful prizes such as cash/holidays abroad
    etc, the list goes on & on - I've kept all the winning letters to
    reminisce.

    I barely win anything now, not for the want of trying
    though. But I'm a 'my glass is half full' type of person -
    always optimistic.

    I wouldn't let the lack of winning make you feel
    demoralised - your winning time will come.

    Think the best bit of advice I can give you is to carry on
    entering but don't ever dwell. There'll be thousands out
    there thinking the same as you. Just move on to the next
    comp. Or maybe take a small break away from comping
    for a while to rejuvinate - & come back with renewed
    enthusiasm & raring to go. IFSWIM.

    I used to find the same as you leanfun re thanking the
    promoters/organisers re winning comps. Like you I
    always used to send a thank you letter or call to thank
    them but sadly there may be a few who let us compers
    down.

    Hi! Lovely to 'see' you wingo. Your Mother's Day
    meal sounds scrumptious! Sorry to hear that your
    iPad is on the blink - we were just talking about iPads in
    here the other day - brilliant when they're working but
    a right pain in the whatsit when they start playing up!

    Well I've waffled on enough must get on, got things
    to do.

    Have a lovely and lucky day all and please take care
    whatever your plans.

    Alfie xxx
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    WASPI

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    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 14th Mar 18, 7:15 AM
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    Morning,
    Gosh it has been quiet in here. Hope everyone is ok.
    Our lovely sunshine has vanished
    Had some bad news yesterday, my 52yr old cousin died. It was expected as she had lung cancer which spread . It still seemed a shock, the first of that family generation dying. Her father died of the same threee years ago.
    Anyway on a lighter note DD came for dinner last night, straight from her placement. A few hours later when her bf finished work she asked him when he was coming up to collect her, completely forgetting the car was parked outside our gate!
    So it isn't just us "oldies" who forget things.
    Hope everyone has a lovely, lucky day.

    sheils x
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    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 14th Mar 18, 8:35 AM
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    Sunny morning here so far

    Shells sorry to hear your news. That is a very bad illness and she was still young. Feel of her mother and your family. Its hard when its your generation. (hugs).

    Just been reading about Steven Hawkins dying. Someone whos life expectancy was two years but lived for over 50.
    Alfie one of the articles said its pi day today 3.14.... and that is was Einstein s Birthday.

    I am back on the lap top this morning and as its Portuguese and can not find the apostrophe have some missing here. Yesterday I was going around in circles as could not remember new password for the forum on here or iPad.

    We have been having major problems with our landline. Yesterday we had an engineer call only for it to work perfectly. I phoned a friend in afternoon then it was gone again. It only rings once when someone calls and you have to call them back and the noise on the line is terrible and you can hear someone else talking in the background. We replaced phone now need to go through whole process again.

    Shells lo to your daughter forgetting car was outside.

    Take care everyone.
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