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07:53 pm: Tomorrow is Wednesday, Car, DVD, bluebells, Parkgate
except for those in New Zealand, where it is Wednesday already. This means I have been more than usually slack, as Viv was at Little Fishes last Wednesday when I last posted some news. Two companies have got back to me with the news that thy don't wish to employ me, which was another disappointment, but someone will surely take a different view shortly. Some more recruitment bods have been in touch and told me they are sure they can place me. But don't ever forget that they are salesmen, and there is a world between their imaginations and a concrete job offer. Enough.
It was our first church Bible study in an age last Wednesday night, as Viv completed taking us through the book of Ruth. On Thursday we spent some of a baking hot day tidying up rubbish out of the bedroom before going out for a walk. We've been doing quite a bit of walking: it's good for us and it's quite fun. I went to order some Polish Zloty (PLN) and some Swiss Francs (CHF) for the forthcoming trips, and I collected that currency on Monday. See http://ce.ordoacerbus.com/ for exchange rates. On Friday night, we went for a walk through Dibbinsdale and Brotherton Park. It's a good place to be, especially at this time of year. Bluebells as far as the eye can see. The evening was, however, spoiled a little by a thunderstorm. We didn't have quite such a bad time of it as Chris, who was out at Parkgate (local former port famous for ice cream) when the rain started.
On Saturday, we went to Birkenhead to buy a money belt for Chris. Other requirements include money for him to be in two sealed envelopes, and a recommendation that his clothes are put in two bags marked "Friday" and "Saturday". Nobody is trusted with his own passport. I can (just) understand that last bit. While in Birkenhead, Viv bought some bits and pieces for the Pentecost party, while I finally shelled out some moolah for a new DVD player. It's very small, and multizone capable. Setup, 1389, then choose the zone you want. I chose "0" for no zone, so that I can play any DVD without further ado.
Sunday was much as Sunday usually is. There was a concern lately about the services. The children (and their parents) were in church with us for the beginning of the service for the first time. This is common practice in many places, but a change for us. The obvious issues are: what happens to worship when there are more young people present? How will the music be different? Will there be enough time for the children's programme? Will everyone get across the busy road successfully? Etc.

Q. How many Anglicans [Catholics/Methodists/Episcopalians/etc] does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. Change? Change? Who said anything about change??? My grandmother gave that lightbulb.....

Interviewer: So you've been church warden for forty years. I guess you must have seen a fair few changes over that time.
Warden: Oh, yes. And I opposed them all.

Unfair. It's not quite like that here...
Monday and Tuesday have been pretty quiet days, except for the fact that Viv's mum has bought a new car...it's another Nissan Micra. The new one is a 2003 model, in a fire engine red. Today we took it to fill up. £30 for about 31 litres. USD 57 or NZD 91 for just over 8 US gallons. That's more value of petrol or gasoline than I have ever put into a car before.

After evening-meal tonight, out for a walk and then another Asda order. Pretty quiet evening so far. Viv is sitting quietly after an afternoon at the murder house.

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From:sheaj34
Date:May 16th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)

clothes

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I reckon that there would be some parents who would be upset if their little darlings wore the wrong clothes on the wrong days. I'd just be grateful if Ben actually gets changed at all whilst he is away in Poland.
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From:ringbark
Date:May 16th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)

Re: clothes

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I reckon that there would be some parents who would be upset if their little darlings wore the wrong clothes on the wrong days.
I reckon some of the little darlings have never been allowed to do anything for themselves ever.
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From:takahe
Date:May 16th, 2006 08:07 pm (UTC)
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Hee, good jokes!! You've been busy doing all sorts of interesting things over the past week. That petrol was sure expensive. Wow. I have to fill up the Forester today, it'll probably cost about - gosh, I'm not sure, I'll get back to you.

I read a Deepak Chopra novel last week, and it went something like this, but (apologises) I'll have to use that p word...

Why does the psychiatrist think the chicken crossed the road?
He's not certain but he's fairly sure it had something to do with his penis...
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From:ringbark
Date:May 16th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
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If I remember correctly, it's the takahe that doesn't like using the word.
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From:takahe
Date:May 16th, 2006 08:13 pm (UTC)
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True, the takahe dislikes it intensely. At college we friends used to say 'peninsula' and only uttered the real word if we absolutely had to, with stress on the second syllable, to relieve the embarrassment *g* as in 'remiss' VBG!
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