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    • Glad
    • By Glad 31st Dec 17, 11:59 PM
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    The Compers Inn (part 48)
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    • 31st Dec 17, 11:59 PM
    The Compers Inn (part 48) 31st Dec 17 at 11:59 PM
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    for comping and non comping chitchat leaving the rest of the board for comping discussions

    previous thread here
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    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 8th Nov 18, 6:59 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Yesterday was definitely a mix of sunshine, heavy showers
    and very windy! I happily caught up with comping during the
    day & even managed a swift hoovering session in the evening!
    Couldn't face the huge pile of filing though - may tackle
    that today.

    Very well done to your DH leanfun for CD win!

    Oh no - cone of shame again indie. Poor Charlie boy with
    poorly paw! Ouch! Hopefully after vet appointment Monday he'll
    be cone free. Lol at booties!

    Did anyone watch the adorable baby bear video that went viral
    recently? Not such good news though ... poor bears!

    The Problem Behind a Viral Video of a Persistent Baby Bear

    What appears to be a life-affirming triumph is really a cautionary
    tale about drones and wildlife.

    The video was uploaded to the ViralHog YouTube channel on
    Friday, and after being shared on Twitter, it rapidly went viral. At
    the time of this writing, it has been watched 17 million times. The
    cub’s exploits were equal parts gif, nature documentary, and
    motivational poster. It had all the elements of an incredible story:
    the most adorable of protagonists, rising and falling action
    (literally), and a happy ending. It was a tale of tenacity in the face
    of adversity, triumph against the odds.

    But when biologists started watching the video, they saw a very
    different story.

    The video, they say, was clearly captured by a drone. And in it,
    they saw the work of an irresponsible drone operator who, in
    trying to film the bears, drove them into a dangerous situation
    that almost cost the cub its life. “I found it really hard to watch,”
    says Sophie Gilbert, an ecologist at the University of Idaho who
    studies, among other things, how drones affect wildlife. “It showed
    a pretty stark lack of understanding from the drone operator of the
    effects that his actions were having on the bears.” (It wasn’t just
    scientists, either; several drone pilots were also dismayed by the

    The report also goes on to say:

    The setting of the video is already suspicious, Lamb says. With a
    cub that small and vulnerable, it’s very unlikely that a mother bear
    would opt to traverse such a steep and slippery slope. “There’s no
    reason a female would normally accept that risk, unless they were
    forced into it,” Lamb says. Throughout the video, he notes, the
    mother is constantly looking up at the drone and clearly bothered
    by its presence. At some point, the footage zooms in, probably
    because the drone itself was swooping closer. That, Lamb says,
    explains why the mother unexpectedly swats at the cub, causing it
    to fall. She probably read the drone’s approach as a kind of attack
    and was trying to push her cub away.....
    [Cont'd] ...

    Well - must skedaddle - I'm expecting a delivery today but I've
    got no idea what time the packages will actually be delivered!
    Ho hum!

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

    Alfie xxx
    Eco Warrior
    • I Love comps
    • By I Love comps 8th Nov 18, 7:08 AM
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    I Love comps
    I am just popping in to say Hello to everyone. I do read your posts everyday.

    I managed to win some tickets this week to the Festive Gift Fair.

    I am also doing the Quidco comp each day and winning small amounts.

    Have a good day everyone. It is Sunny and cold here today.
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    • indie
    • By indie 8th Nov 18, 12:29 PM
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    Afternoon, well done on the wins I Love Comps. Every little helps. Thanks for the link Alfie, I hope your parcel has turned up. I hate it when they don't give a time.Charlie's paw is ok, but he has to keep the cone on till monday when hopefully he can take it off. I have a couple of days off now so chilling today,the weather is dry but windy so no pottering around outside. Hope your all having a good day.
    • indie
    • By indie 9th Nov 18, 10:54 AM
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    Afternoon, it's raining here, sun was out earlier but not for long.
    Trying to catch up and get ahead with the comps, ready for the Advents next month. I try every year but it don't work,lol.Hope everyone has a good day
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Nov 18, 1:59 PM
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    Afternoon all

    Hope you're all in fine fettle on this glorious Friday! Don't
    really know why I'm in here so late - too much faffing around
    this morning me thinks!

    Hi I Love comps, lovely to 'see' you. Well done on winning
    tickets to the Festive Gift Fair & also weeny wins on the daily
    Quidco comp.

    Finally received my parcel at 4.00 indie - I'd been given an
    approx time of between 8.00am-9.00pm via email, so it was
    anyone's guess!!

    I hate waiting in for stuff, usually start getting very twitchy!
    The driver was pleasant enough though. Still due another parcel
    & have been told it'll be delivered between 9th & 12th!
    Ho hum.

    On a different note ....

    Found quite a bit of info re War Dogs WW1 yesterday evening ....

    In 1917 the British War Dog School opened in Shoeburyness. Dogs
    were used as messengers, guard dogs and by the Red Cross. One
    particular Airedale, Jack, had a vital role in saving his whole

    Remembering the War Dog school at Shoeburyness

    You’ve probably heard of 'War Horse' the famous West End play,
    but the military also used dogs in the Great War and a special
    school to train them was set up at the Shoeburyness ‘New Ranges’
    in 1917 by Lt-Col E. H. Richardson. This followed successful trial
    use of Airedale Terriers ‘Wolf’ and ‘Prince’.

    The Dogs were trained as messengers, sentries and for patrolling
    and up to 48 dogs and 16 handlers were based in kennels along
    the front lines.

    Dogs were initially sourced from Battersea Home for Lost Dogs but
    later the public were asked to ‘volunteer’ their pets with the
    promise they would be well fed.

    The ‘War Dog School’ used the existing gunnery ranges at
    Shoeburyness to accustom the dogs to trenches and the noise of
    war, and trained them with food to run towards rifle fire.

    They could cover 3 miles in 20 minutes and their nimbleness,
    speed and size meant that injuries during the bombardments were
    generally avoided, although many were injured or killed in action.

    The photo below shows training in progress ....

    Two further photo’s show dogs in service. The first shows how a
    pouch was used to carry the vital communications and the second
    shows a ‘dog barracks’. As can be seen a great variety of breeds
    were used.

    The use of dogs in war, and of course Policing, continues to this
    day, but now the roles are for search and rescue, explosives
    detection and guard duties. You may often see our British
    Transport Police colleagues out and about at stations with their
    dogs >>>

    ..... also had a very emotional five minutes this morning,
    watching both the Military Wives Choir & Joey, the war horse
    on GMB.

    I always shed a few tears remembering not only men, woman
    (including military personnel) & children who lost their lives in
    the wars, but also all the animals.

    The Forgotten Army of WWI: Tribute to Animals | War Archives -

    I'm really looking forward to watching the Festival of
    Remembrance tomorrow evening.

    Think I've waffled on long enough! Just noticed the
    birdies have eaten all the fat balls, so that's the next job on
    list of things to do, thankfully I bought some more the other
    day. They're definitely very popular!

    Have a lovely rest of the day all and please take care
    whatever your plans.

    Alfie xxx
    Eco Warrior
    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 9th Nov 18, 2:10 PM
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    Hi all. Funny sort of day here sunny then dull. Rain due later.

    Well done on wins I Love comps. Love winning tickets.

    I had a WEM this morning to say I had won a family ticket to the opening of a Christmas special lights at an historic house. An hour later I had an email to say it was a mistake I was not a winner. This has never happened to me before.

    Pleased Charlie is ok Indie. Hope you have a restful few days off. Had to smile reading your post as I had the same idea of trying to get ahead with comps. I have done quite well picking up Christmas presents so more ahead than usual with that.

    Take care everyone especially if you are effected by all the rain.

    Good luck all.

    PS pleased your parcel arrived Alfie. Thanks for links will have a look through. This morning DH and I were talking about an uncle of his who died in a WW1 he was 17,
    Last edited by leanfun30; 09-11-2018 at 2:13 PM.
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 9th Nov 18, 3:05 PM
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    Just a flying visit .....

    Watch the Iceland Christmas advert that has been banned from TV

    It's been blocked from TV screens for being too political

    Supermarket Iceland has seen its Christmas advert blocked from
    TV screens for being too political.

    The commercial, voiced by actress Emma Thompson and originally
    produced by Greenpeace, features a cartoon orangutan and
    highlights the plight of the rainforest.

    Clearcast, the body which approves or rejects adverts for
    broadcast on television and video on demand, said it was
    "concerned'' that the commercial "doesn't comply'' with legislation
    on political advertising.

    It added that Greenpeace had "not yet been able to demonstrate
    compliance in this area''.

    Since Iceland posted the "banned'' video online it has since
    received thousands of shares on social media, which is not
    regulated in the same way.

    The company tweeted: "You won't see our Christmas advert on TV
    this year, because it was banned. But we want to share Rang-tan's
    story with you... Will you help us share the story?''

    The advert focuses on the impact of palm oil on deforestation, and
    follows the supermarket's decision to remove the product from all
    its own-label food by the end of 2018.

    Greenpeace said the commercial was not originally intended for
    television, but neither they or Clearcast were able to immediately
    confirm whether it had been previously submitted for broadcast

    Iceland said it had spent £500,000 on putting its campaign
    together and insisted it had booked a number of prime-time TV
    slots with the full intention of having it cleared to air over

    Richard Walker, managing director at Iceland, said: "Whilst our
    advert sadly never made it to TV screens, we are hopeful that
    consumers will take to social media to view the film, which raises
    awareness of an important global issue."

    Alfie xxx
    Eco Warrior
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 10th Nov 18, 7:27 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    I hope you're all in fine fettle today.

    We ended up with a bit of a hooley here yesterday evening/
    through the night! I was expecting a bit of damage this
    morning, but thankfully everything is still upright and in the
    correct place. Zillions of leaves are now covering the
    lawns and another million ready to drop!

    I think the next few days are going to be a mix of sunshine,
    wind & heavy showers.

    I know what I'll be doing between the rain showers .....

    I also had my IP address banned by admin yesterday
    evening! I filled in the form (as requested), & duly
    sent it off. First thing this morning I cleared all my cookies
    etc (long overdue ), closed the lappy down, turned off
    the router and then started it all up again. Hey presto, I
    got back in. Luckily I remembered having to do that the last
    time it happened!

    I had a WEM this morning to say I had won a family ticket to the opening of a Christmas special lights at an historic house. An hour later I had an email to say it was a mistake I was not a winner. This has never happened to me before.
    Originally posted by leanfun30

    You're not the only one leanfun .... that happened to me years
    ago. I received a congrats email then another very apologetic
    email to say they'd made a mistake. They did make up for it
    though by sending me a parcel of a few consolation goodies a
    little while later.

    Sun's shining away here at the mo, not sure for how long

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

    Alfie xxx
    Eco Warrior
    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 10th Nov 18, 10:28 AM
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    Morning sunny here this morning.

    Alfie pleased to hear you are back on. I’ve tried to take note of what you did. I need to clear cookies too. Yes, was disappointed over these tickets as it had cheered me up for an hour but Ce la vie or whatever the saying is. Sorry to hear it happened to you too.
    Lo Alfie at all your leaves. We once had an ornamental cherry tree and it took ages clearing all the leaves.

    Hope everyone had a good weekend whatever you are doing.
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 11th Nov 18, 4:58 AM
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    Alfie xxx
    Eco Warrior
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 11th Nov 18, 8:06 AM
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    Good Morning,

    Pretty miserable morning here and been lots of rain through the night.
    This area is looking fairly flooded. Got a shock as we were heading home. DD said she had been having bother driving from Stranraer through the week with surface water etc. It is the main Euro route with loads of HGVs heading for ferry so not good in heavy rain.
    Anyway, we had a nice little break doing a variety of things - fireworks, walking along River Clyde (various locations), visiting Loch Lomond, Helensburgh and then Glasgow and the Transport Museum. Managed a little shopping too including some black jeans I like which is always difficult these days and got some little xmas presents too.

    Must try and get some comps done though.
    Have been keeping up with what you were all up to.

    sheils x
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    Good Luck for May!
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 12th Nov 18, 5:29 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    Welcome back sheils. I know what you mean about
    the dreadful wet weather! Thankfully I didn't have
    to drive anywhere over the weekend.

    ^^^ I so needed one of these DIY kits Saturday! I've
    never seen so much rain! The garden was flooded & my
    road resembled a river. It was actually a mix of heavy down-
    pours intermingled with sudden bursts of sunshine.
    Sadly no rainbows though. Didn't have a chance to clear
    the millions of leaves in the end on Saturday, that's a
    job for this week!

    It ended up a beautiful weather day yesterday though, plenty
    of sunshine & incredibly mild. Thankfully, the
    early rain in London cleared up & the sun appeared just in
    time for the Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph.

    I thought the Festival of Remembrance Saturday evening,
    marking the centenary of the end of WW1, was outstanding
    from beginning to end. My daughter & son-in-law (RAF
    centenary) were in attendance. Must admit, I shed a few
    tears throughout the festival.

    Busy day for me today, starting with getting in a few food
    provisions .... the cupboards are starting to look bare!

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

    Alfie xxx
    Eco Warrior
    • indie
    • By indie 12th Nov 18, 9:32 AM
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    Morning, welcome back sheils.Know what you mean about the rain Alfie. We have had rain since friday night and some very heavy downpours.I have been working the last 2 days so not really been out in it. Did see 2 rainbows yesterday at different times.It was raining all night but suns out here now. Think it will take a few days for the ground to dry up a bit. There was huge puddles in the roads last night and had to slow right down to get through them. I am off to the shops soon fridge needs refilling and need fresh bread and milk
    I have the vets tonight and Charlie should be able to have his cone of shame off.Hope you all have a good day
    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 12th Nov 18, 9:51 AM
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    Just stopped raining here. So pleased it cleared for the Cenotaph yesterday.
    Sheils great you are home ok. GD is always saying it only rains in the are you visited. Her Mum did post a picture of a rainbow yesterday. They seem to have a lot of them.

    Indie and Alfie the cupboard is nearly bare here too.

    Great your DD and Sil were here for the service Alfie you must be very proud.

    Take care everyone. Good luck this week.
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 12th Nov 18, 2:53 PM
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    Been feeling quite warm here for November but had a few showers. The forecast for tomorrow is dry and sunny! Must get bed changed and towels done. Rest of my washing all washed and ironed and some even put away.
    I was at my sisters having highlights today as grey was taking over!
    Hopefully looking a bit younger now.

    Hope Charlie gets on ok indie.

    sheils x
    Good Luck for May!
    • AlfieBlue
    • By AlfieBlue 13th Nov 18, 7:12 AM
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    Good morning everyone

    I hope you're all in fine fettle today. It's a beautiful
    weather start to the day here and set to continue until the
    weekend & beyond .... hopefully! It's still very mild for the
    time of year, which means huge savings on the heating

    I hope Charlie got on fine at the vets yesterday indie and
    he came home cone-less!

    Just got to pop out for cat food this morning & then
    carry on clearing up the leaves. Managed to scoop up
    quite a lot yesterday but this morning it doesn't look any

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

    Alfie xxx
    Eco Warrior
    • leanfun30
    • By leanfun30 13th Nov 18, 7:53 AM
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    Morning. Sunny here so far. Rain was bad yesterda but we were so lucky to dodge it while shopping.

    Meant to say yesterday hope Charlie is ok Indie. Expect he will benpleased to be without collar.

    Saw loads of leaves on the way home last night from looking after GS. Thought of you Alfie. They must seem never ending.

    Big hugs for those in need of one.

    Take care and be lucky.
    • indie
    • By indie 13th Nov 18, 8:34 AM
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    Morning, yes Charlie is cone free now. He had his nails cut whilst at the vet. He wasn't happy with that but they grow so quick. It's always his front ones that need cutting. It's a sunny day here now but was raining till early hours. Just took son to Dr's for blood test and the nurse could only get one lot out so have to take him to hospital for another lot to be taken.Will take him friday as she got the important one (fasting). Hope you all have a lucky day.
    • indie
    • By indie 14th Nov 18, 9:09 AM
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    Morning, lovely day here today they have said temps should get up to 15. Just finished putting washing out on line. Had a nice surprise in post, a book from Bloomsbury. World book day it's "The silk road" beautiful pictures in it.Also nice to get a note with it telling me who it's from.Hope you all have a good day
    • sheils6
    • By sheils6 14th Nov 18, 9:38 AM
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    Well after our lovely sunny day yesterday we have had torrential rain all through the night and set to continue. Was so bad last night we had difficulty sleeping.

    Well done on the book prize indie and enjoy the nice weather.

    Hope the weather is ok for everyone else too.

    Our plumber came to service the boiler at 9am, wasn't expecting him until a lot later but he knew he had promised someone he would be there at 9am. His 9am appointment phoned looking for him. Luckily we had had our showers early just incase he came early which we thought was highly unlikely as half the time he doesn't come on the right day never mind early. He is really nice though and good at his job.

    Must go and enter some comps.

    sheils x
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    Good Luck for May!
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