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  1. AlanHo


    I seem to be getting more and more forgetful as time passes by. There was a time when I could remember things right back to when I was about 3 years old - but my memory span is gradually depleting. Is this just old age, is my brain now simply full of knowledge, or is dementia knocking on the door. As you probably know we go on several holidays a year, plus we are away for a few days regularly in a losing battle to visit all the National Trust stately homes before we are unable to travel. I find it impossible to remember any of them with clarity - they have all blended into a homogenous pile to the point that one stately home looks just like any other, holiday hotels and cottages likewise. I sometimes find it hard to recall what we had for dinner last evening or what roast we had for the previous Sunday lunch. Did we indeed have a roast or did we go out for lunch - its all a mystery. I rather suspect my friends on the forum have solved the problem by posting what they have for dinner each day. Thus when in doubt there is a Forum library for them to refer to. Alternatively they have the same meal for each day of the week - like andsome with his Saturday tiger rolls with a filling plus sliced onion. Or have I got that wrong - I wouldn't be a bit surprised. I'm sure to forget that I have posted this......
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    Where's andsome

    I don't think he has posted anything this month. Has he made a New Year's Resolution to have a WF free month?
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    Where's andsome

    andsome has told me that he is happy elsewhere and unlikely to be back. With Bela indicating that he may do the same - it will leave just me starting new threads and only catgate to respond. Sadly - I too will bid the forum a sad goodbye after being here for 15 years - it was great while it lasted - but all good things eventually come to an end.
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    Where's andsome

    I have just done as you asked and stared at this space for 10 minutes and nothing happened. You are a cad and a trickster sir.
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    Just in case you thought I was joking

    Do you get so happy posting these pictures that you find yourself humming the tune "Thanks for the mammaries"
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    Jaw dropping pictures in the Telegraph

    They cheated - they waited for it to finish eating a whale and knew it wouldn't be hungry
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    American fans emulate their heroes new outfits

    Bela - One glance at that picture and I'm gonna have bloody nightmares tonight.
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    One for anybody daft enough to play the clip

    Oh what a catchy tune - I'll be whistling that all day now. I might put some Mahler on as an antidote.
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    The chameleon effect 19

    Nice picture
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    Where's andsome

    Andsome is a friendly and placid fella who is most unlikely to take umbrage at us teasing him about Mahler. Let's face it we have been doing it for 15 years and he is accustomed to it.
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    Forum appearance change request

    We are promised rain soon.
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    One for andsome

    I agree with you catgate - it is pleasant - but due to my hearing loss a bit quiet in places. Perhaps I sat too far away.
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    One for andsome

    I saw its paw leave a mark. Didn't see its ma though.
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    New low budget Marvel film bucks trend

    I run a body paint removal service - I don't do it by machine - it is just a hands-on and olive oil service to soften and remove the paint. Will you let your friends know - I am very cheap.
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    Ironing Is Good For Your Mental Health

    Speaking from experience - it's best not to show your wife that one while she has the iron in her hand
  17. Ladies and domesticated males, trans and other genders, will be pleased to read that according to the Daily Mail today (so it must be true) ironing and other mind-numbing domestic chores boost your mental health. This is because boredom causes the brain to switch to a semi sleep mode The article explains that emptying' our brains carries all sorts of health benefits, both mental and physical. It is the ultimate stress-buster, helping to boost the immune system, increase feelings of wellbeing and guard against depression. The brain has an 'emptiness mechanism' that it likes to switch on repeatedly through the day—the so-called 'twilight state', in which external stimuli are limited and brain-waves follow a pattern similar to that seen between waking and sleeping. It does this to protect itself. When we perceive danger, signals are sent to the adrenal glands to begin pumping out stress hormones, resulting in the classic high-tension fight-or-flight response — blood pressure and pulse rate rise, muscles tense, digestion and pain perception are rolled back and your brain put under a high load to deal with it. In a complex, busy, stressful world, it is activated often — probably far more so than it ever was and in some people is on permanent high alert, sapping energy and lowering our resistance to all sorts of mental and physical problems. Emptiness can offer respite and relief from this. It helps to put things into perspective, making them seem less catastrophic, and it stops our bodies from over-reacting in ways that can make us ill. But that's not all. Studies have shown that emptiness of the kind that arises from-sensory deprivation during the execution of boring chores can make us feel more creative, profoundly relaxed and even blissful. As a result of reading this I have decided to change my clothes twice a day in order that my wife is given more opportunity to rest her brain whilst ironing. To empathise, I will sit and watch her whilst she does it to give my brain a rest too. I was tempted to allow her to do the pressing of my trousers once more – but I make a better job of getting razor sharp creases down the trouser legs and will continue to do this myself. There is no need to thank me for this timely an sincere advice - it has been my pleasure to pass it on.
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    Marvel cash crunch hits Spiderman franchise reboot.

    He is hanging about waiting for his next challenge - whereupon he will stiffen his resolve and rise to the occasion
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    What are you having for dinner today?

    Roast pork, stuffing balls, home made croquet spuds, and mixed veg with Bisto pork granules gravy.
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    Catgate The Prophet

    catgate posted this on March 25th 2010 I think the current state of WF is due to several factors. One is that, if it is to be seen as a "Modern, with-it" forum, it is “over moderated”. However, since the “Modern, with-it forum”, where virtually anything and everything (including spam, advertising and obsenity) goes through without question, is not to my liking, nor I suspect to most of us online geriatrics, this in itself is a commendation as far as I am concerned. Though I can see it as a turn off to those of the LOL, OMG, UYFA, etc persuasion. To a chap (or chapess*) with a M$ OS problem a forum called "Windows forum" would seem a likely place to get help with that problem, and he (or she*) would not necessarily expect to come back occasionally for a cup of tea and a slice of toast. Conversely any passer-by wanting a pot of tea and a chat is not likely to pop in to a site called “Windows forum”. Another factor seems to me to be that the "Raison d'etre" of the forum, was to deal with the problems and vagaries of W95, W98, ME, XP etc.. From my point of view, as a very satisfied Linux user of two or three years standing, M$ appear to have realised that they had to improve their act to get more bookings, because they were starting to see defection and serious opposition. Consequently there now seems to be less trouble with the later M$ OSs than the earlier ones, and the service updates are better. This observation is based on what I have seen on WF and also on local Yorkshire hearsay, From what I can see M$ has now learned (well almost) that it can no longer turn out rubbish and expect the punter to sort it out. There is also a growing body of amateur knowledge locally throughout the country. due in part to the more widespread ownership of computers and also due to more of their use in schools. So currently what is left of WF could develop into the nucleus of a old folks club. Welcome to the online Darby and Joan club.
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    What to do if the DFS sale ever ends

    MFI went bust in 2008 I still remember all the complaints in the media about their poor quality stuff and appalling customer service.
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    More teams sign up to FIFA initiative

    She's gonna catch her death of cold
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    Marvel studios hit budget problems with new movie

    THat used a lot of body paint
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    What are you having for dinner today?

    We have given up on casseroles and saucepan stews. We used to have a slow cooker but it got wrecked during a house move 7 years ago. I decided to replace it with a modern one 6 months ago. It is far better than the previous one and so much easier to clean with the non-stick lining.
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    FIFA unveils plan to increase women's football fanbase

    That girl seems very forward and on the ball. I bet the ref whistled at her.

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