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08:41 am: It's snowing
Just after my last posting, my cousin Alison called round with a birthday present for Viv. Coffee was served (of course) and conversation ensued. Just after she left, we caught the end of the game, a famous victory to Scotland Ireland over Wales. The evening service was another good one, and we got home to the news that Dominick Hide was starting at 9pm. It was a great joy to see that on television again - last broadcast in 1982, though I do have the DVD issued last year.
Monday morning, a visit to the job centre, accompanying Viv as she went to the station, various bits of negotiation towards finding work. In the afternoon, a skip was delivered. It now contains old chairs, bags of rubbish, party detritus and assorted other stuff, and will be filled up over the next few days.
It's been snowing. Between eight o'clock and now, a fair amount, though it has in fact just stopped.
Coming soon: washing dishes, cleaning up the house, throwing more stuff into the skip.

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From:vivh
Date:February 28th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
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Wales weren't playing Scotland they were playing Ireland. Wales beat Scotland a fortnight ago, but Scotland beat England this Saturday.

Please pay attention!
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From:takahe
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:08 am (UTC)
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I thought he was just trying to avoid talking about England getting beaten by Scotland *g*

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From:ringbark
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
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Not at all. I have been a supporter of the All Blacks since 1972 or 1973, when our school (in England) insisted that we should celebrate excellence wherever it is found, and we were encouraged to support the All Blacks. I've never looked back. Being close to the Wales border here, the key statements are
"I support the All Blacks and anyone playing Australia" and
"I support the All Blacks and anyone playing Wales" so that the only time I have a problem is when Australia play Wales. How can they both lose?
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From:takahe
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)
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Good stand to take there. I'm pleased you have most of it sorted out *g*

We tend to support Australia when they're playing the northern hemisphere teams. Mainly, we support anyone who is playing against England but you can blame that on Steve's IRA upbringing LOL!
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From:vivh
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC)
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No, we don't really support England, at least in rugby terms we are fully converted Kiwis! We support the All Blacks, and any one playing Australia! But we do have friends who are keen Wales and Irish supporters so it's important to know what's happening so that you know who you can tease on any given weekend!!
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From:takahe
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:22 am (UTC)
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Oh, I'm glad you are fully converted Kiwis!! That's cool!

And it's very important to know who to tease. Like my GP, who is a ManUtd fan like us, but found that the Medlab guy who calls in to collect stuff at the surgery is an Arsenal supporter! It's important to tease him as much as possible! And lay low when Utd lose *g*
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From:ringbark
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:25 am (UTC)
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who is a ManUtd fan like us
I don't know how you can sit there and type that with a straight face.
This means that the only place we have any common ground is celebration on the (all too rare) occasions when Chelsea lose.
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From:takahe
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC)
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Hee, Steve and Asher would be with you there, they hate Chelsea!

I'm not commenting LOL!

Uh, nice icon... *snort*
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From:vivh
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:51 am (UTC)
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At least we can agree about rugby, because I don't think we'll agree often about soccer!

The supermarkets here stock football themed birthday cakes, they only ever have a few Everton or Liverpool cakes left but they always have masses of Man United cakes left because no one here would be brave enough to be seen buying one!! I support Liverpool but Mum who grew up in the Everton Valley is an Everton supporter, so I tend to take the view that the really good weekends are ones when Liverpool and Everton both win, and Man U and Chelsea both lose! To be fair, weekends that good are few and far between!

Did you know that traditionally Everton was a Catholic Club and Liverpool was a protestant club, so Orange would generally support liverpool whereas the Green men would usually support Liverpool?
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From:vivh
Date:February 28th, 2006 09:56 am (UTC)
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the Green men would usually support Liverpool?

Oops what i meant to say was the Green men would usually support Everton!!!
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From:takahe
Date:February 28th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
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Orange men! Another reason to not support Liverpool *g*!! My brother likes Liverpool though. He went across to the other side, just to alienate himself from us, I think LOL. It was the eighties. He needed a challenge!

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From:ringbark
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:06 am (UTC)
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A couple of months ago, we were on the train sitting near a man who had a very strong Ulster accent, and was heavily tattooed with flags and loyalist slogans like "No surrender". But the one that amused me was that under one coat of arms was a tattoo of L.O.L. - he probably thought it stood for "Loyal Orange Lodge" - but we know better, don't we?
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From:suilven
Date:February 28th, 2006 10:09 am (UTC)
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I thought Liverpool was the Catholic club? I am pretty sure that Everton was the protestant club.
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From:suilven
Date:February 28th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
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I thought Liverpool was the Catholic club? I am pretty sure that Everton was the protestant club.
And it appears that I am wrong...
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From:vivh
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
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It was quite important to know, in a city where the Orange men marched most Sundays, and even preschoolers checked which side of the religious divide you stood! My best friend back then was catholic and I was protestant and I remember having long discussions about it, aged 4, at age 5 she went to the RC school and I went to the local state school so we didn't see so much of each other after that. I'm glad things have moved on here, very glad, but you don't forget!
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From:suilven
Date:February 28th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
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we caught the end of the game, a famous victory to Scotland Ireland over Wales.

You didn't see the Scotland game? Why, that is TERRIBLE! Go immediately, should you desire, to here and click on the video. The boys were magnificent, simply wonderful. My heart is still glowing. I had to go to work just after the final whistle. I was so elated and said to a colleague, from India, whom I hadn't met before. "Scotland just won the rugby! I was beaming from ear to ear. She looked up at me, across an infant's incubator, and said, "Does that not happen very often". I stopped short, looked up at her and said, You haven't been here very long, have you?
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From:vivh
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:02 am (UTC)
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I was a bit busy on Saturday afternoon, getting ready for a party! But the game was the subject of much discussion on Saturday evening, it even got a mention at church during the service on Sunday morning!
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From:suilven
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
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it even got a mention at church during the service on Sunday morning!
As it should be...
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From:vivh
Date:February 28th, 2006 11:11 am (UTC)
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The minister (a Welsh supporter) didn't mention Sunday afternoon's game in the evening though! I'm sure he would have done if the result has beeen different!
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