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86971  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: UK General Election 2010 on: April 28, 2010, 06:23 pm
Unfortunately I don't think he does much for Scotland's image, especially his constant banging-on about independence, which, quite frankly, the majority of Scots do not want.
86972  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: UK General Election 2010 on: April 28, 2010, 06:19 pm
I do support the SNP government in general because they've done a lot for Scotland but would only vote for them in Scottish Parliamentary elections.  I'm afraid Salmond has a mega-sized ego.
86973  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: UK General Election 2010 on: April 28, 2010, 05:48 pm
Apparently Brown visited the lady in question to apologise personally - oh dear.  Pity though that we can't get a few more of these gaffes from the other party leaders.

Thank goodness that commonsene justice has prevailed and the SNP have failed in their utterly ridiculous attempt to have tomorrow's BBC debate banned in Scotland unless Alex Salmond was included.  We could have picked it up on the internet anyway! 
86974  Pages / Archive: News / Re: Murray improves to defeat Seppi on: April 28, 2010, 02:57 am
anyone got a clip ofthat shot?
Did have, but it's gone now.
86975  General Community / Tennis Talk / Re: The "I'm already excited for Wimbledon 2010" Thread... on: April 28, 2010, 02:36 am
God, I am gonna need soooo much holiday for this and the World Cup!
Noticed the other day that Wimbledon will NOT be shown on Sky in pubs and other public places (how can they differentiate between them and home users, unless pub-owners are specifically told not to show it) because most folk will only be interested in the footie. yawn

I've never been to Wimbledon but I know I'd love it - it's too far away now - and once we we were there I wouldn't want to come home until the tourney was over.
I was working in London in 1962 and 1963 and used to rush down to Wimbledon after work when I could.

You got into the standing area, known as the "sheep pen", for half-price after 5 pm (2s:6d = 12.5p).  No Henman Hill then, and it's all-seater now anyway.  The only food on offer was dodgy hotdogs, cartons of insipid tea or coffee and Wall's unimaginative plain ice-cream, but it was great.  Saw some good matches and had the privilege of watching Rod Laver play on two occasions.  The last time I went was in 1969 when I was on holiday.  Oh happy days! Smile
86976  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: UK General Election 2010 on: April 28, 2010, 01:24 am
Apologies if already mentioned, but I had this drawn to my attention elsewhere on the Innernetz.

It's the BNP party political broadcast from, I believe, yesterday. Skip through all the racist crap and made-up statistics to about 3:45. Watch what gesture Griffin quickly makes when he mentions Labour. It's so blatant and surely deliberate. shocking

Once again, I can't take the credit for this spot.



I switched this debate off before it got to that bit, because Griffin gives me the creeps.  Agree the gesture is disgraceful but hardly surprising from an oaf like him.

By the way, can you tell me how to skip forward on online videos?  I'm largely self-taught on the computer so I'm still learning new things and have yet to figure this out.
86977  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Elizabeth Gwen 27.4.70 by George Parker on: April 28, 2010, 01:12 am
It'll keep you going through those wee small hours Aileen - while us layabouts are in the land of Nod.
Have to start going to bed earlier and stop this bad habit.  Getting up at lunchtime is not a good idea.  Anyway it'll start getting lighter and lighter in the mornings up here - 3 am in mid-summer, so if I'm not tucked up while there's still some darkness, I could have problems getting to sleep.

Strange how just a few hundred miles can make such a difference to the length of daylight.  In the past it's driven me bananas when play at Wimbledon has had to stop because of fading light, while the sun was still shining here!  Thank goodness for the roof.
86978  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Getting to know you - one and all! on: April 28, 2010, 12:45 am
Jan and Daisy.  I think you are both wonderful, very understanding and caring people, hug and I really can't express just how much you've both helped me.  Somehow it's often easier to let it all out to people you don't really know, and for some reason I've had total strangers come and sit next to me on the bus or in a cafe and tell me their life history!  They must know intuitively that I'm a good listener, although that wasn't always the case.

Do you do some sort of counselling Jan?

For many years I did voluntary work at weekends helping "homeless" people (most of them lived in hostels).  The object of the charity was that none of us were professionals and it was our rule that nobody should be pre-judged, but instead listened to and treated with respect.  It made me feel really good just to hear somebody laugh at something I said, or even just to give me a rare smile.  Gaining the trust of a vulnerable person is a wonderful feeling.  As a result of this, I sometimes think that I'm more staff than customer at the Day Centre I go to!  Obviously the staff are fully trained, but they take the attitude that people with mental health issues have quite enough of doctors and psychiatrists and go out of their way to treat us all like the human beings we are.

Have to say Andy gave me a great boost today with his win.  Seeing him so miserable in MC really brought tears to my eyes.  I just can't bear to see other people suffering, and I really was concerned that he was in the grip of a serious depression.  I earnestly hope that this is the old Andy back, plus a bit.  George too will be a very happy bunny!
86979  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Getting to know you - one and all! on: April 28, 2010, 12:12 am
Jan,  hug you're definitely a very kindly ....
Really like the pic.  I know it's directed at Jan, but my nickname among those closest to me is "Owl"!

WOW .... I had no idea that picture would come out so LARGE !!
Terrify the life out of any of Scotia's enemies, that would! lol
86980  General Community / Chit Chat / Re: Medical Talk - Are you ill at the moment? on: April 28, 2010, 12:05 am
hug

So have you tried a chiropractor or accupuncture?
Good suggestion.  A chiropractor did wonders for my Mum's back.
86981  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Rome R2: Murray vs Seppi on: April 28, 2010, 12:00 am
I find it off-putting the way the spectators on the Continent slow-handclap between points.  A friend tells me it's a form of encouragement, not of displeasure as in Britain.  Can anyone enlighten me?
86982  Pages / Archive: News / Re: Murray improves to defeat Seppi on: April 27, 2010, 11:41 pm
Oh, you've changed your toon! lol

I heard there was a top seed knocked out today, oh, it was Roger! Whistle  

Defeated 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 by Gulbis.  Even the greatest can suffer.  Hope I can get some highligts of this (not gloating - honest! Very Happy)  Think a lot of us are singing a different tune now, but, although it's early days, I'm pretty sure Andy has re-discovered his form.  May most of his blips now be little ones.   Even the way he walked onto the court I could see things had changed for the better, although, after MC, just how much surprised me.  I'm glad to see aggression back in his game.  Should Andy meet Ferrer, if he can build on today and keep his focus, then, who knows?  Also Andy will have a day off before that match.

anyone got a clip of that shot?
I'll see what's in the match highlights, but I'm afraid I haven't a clue how to isolate individual shots.

Incidentally, it was interesting that when Andy was asked by a child if he had a girlfriend, he replied "No".  Realise that you can't read anything significant into this, but I'd be glad if Andy and Kim really have got their relationship sorted out, one way or another.  Carrying around emotional baggage is something he doesn't need.

Very good report btw Andrew. clap  



86983  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Rome R2: Murray vs Seppi on: April 27, 2010, 09:14 pm
This is Murray's best ever showing in Rome, right? Think

Interesting to hear him talking to one of the officials at the end there about the quality of the court.
Whatever the quality of the court, the fact is Andy was able to overcome any problems.  He looked totally on top from the start.  Aggression, tactics, shots, movement, were all there.  Seppi may not be the best player around but Andy can take a lot of confidence from this win.  Early days, but looks like Andy's found himself again.
86984  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Rome R2: Murray vs Seppi on: April 27, 2010, 08:20 pm
We're looking at a different Murray this time.  Can he keep the momentum going?
86985  General Community / Andy Talk / Re: Rome R2: Murray vs Seppi on: April 27, 2010, 07:49 pm
Andy's moving and THINKING - this looks promising.
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