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Today I Heard.....

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by That-Crazy-Rat-Lady, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. BobClay

    BobClay Well-Known Forumite

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    I was talking to a mate in the pub the other day (it was 'today' at the time .. :teef:) who's a bit of a weather geek. He has his own weather station connected directly to his PC which measures and stores all the usual variables: pressure, wind speed/direction, rainfall, temperatures etc etc) and packs them all away into neat graphs and tables which he constantly displays to his utterly pissed off missus. (If he's got an anorak, it's a canvas one.)
    He's been doing this for over 20 years and he tells me he's never known a November like this one. He'd recorded the average rainfall for November in the first week !! Looking up country they're getting it much worse than us, but it's rain rain feel the pain down here too.
    Todays forecast:
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  2. Mikinton

    Mikinton Well-Known Forumite

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    Tell me about it.

    I spend a couple of hours each Thursday evening and around 5 hours late last Saturday afternoon stood in a field filming (with equipment that's a faff to set up at any time it looks like it may rain). Thursdays have been quite bad and last Saturday was dreadful. I'm filming again this evening and it's not looking good, but at least this Saturday is looking like it might be dry.
     
  3. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    I think it was 1994 when I cut someone's grass every Thursday morning from March to November and it was always dry. It once even snowed in the afternoon, but the mornings were 100% reliable.
     
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  4. Carole

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    Yesterday I went to Wildwood Co-Op recycling to take some cardboard and the guys were there with the truck taking away the mountains of cardboard.

    “make the most of it love, it’s going in the next financial year”.

    I commented on why would they get rid of something that’s obviously well used, and anyway, shouldn’t recycling be encouraged?

    his reply “if they can come here, they can go to St Albans Road”

    Now, I don’t know if it’s just the Wildwood recycling that’s going or all the smaller facilities in the area but in my mind it’s extremely short sighted.
    It’s one thing to drop off your glass and cardboard if you’re on the way to the shop or the park, it’s just a few extra minutes to do this, it’s quite another thing to schlep across town in the traffic.
    Yet no doubt they’ll wonder why there’s in increase in fly tipping.
     
  5. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Forumite

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    We're getting additional bags to put our cardboard in. Unfortunately budgeted cost cutting has to be done, despite it likely increasing the fly tipping cost. It's only going to get worse with the central government funding being cut.
     
  6. proactive

    proactive Behind you with a big stick!

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    Bloody foreigners! Use your own facilities in your own borough.
     
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    Longish trip to Bilbrook, so less environmentally friendly. Crossing another boundary the tips in Cannock & Rugeley are closer. Most of the car park corner recycling centres are pretty useless. Suspect that in the SBC area it is largely the contractors they use cutting costs & services to maximise profits.
     
  8. Tilly

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    Or misheard ..

    Is there a college in Hixon ?
     
  9. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Depending on the context, might it be this?

    https://arts.unl.edu/
     
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    Now you do, it's the lot, they're all going.

    Is it short-sighted?

    Yes.
     
  11. That-Crazy-Rat-Lady

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    Today I head my husband attempt to say the name ' Siobhan'

    It was hilarious!

    I mocked him for a good half an hour!
     
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  12. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Get him to have a go at Aoibhín or Meadhbh.
     
  13. staffordjas

    staffordjas Well-Known Forumite

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    There are 2 at hubby's works, both pronounce their names differently.

    Typing it I always say in my head Si-o- ban
     
  14. BobClay

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    Go for the obvious shortcuts:
    Irish …. Paddy
    Welsh … Taffy
    Scot … Jock
    Geordie … wye aye pet
    Brummy … arrr keeeed
    southeast England … wanker
    Cornwall …. Denzil

    :heyhey:
     
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  15. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Of course, Stafford has a famous Denzil - and even a road named after him.
     
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  16. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    Many Irish people will pronounce their own names, particularly surnames, differently when on the Big Island, to avoid confusing the "natives" and having to correct things every few minutes. I do it myself - it can have unfortunate consequences, such as getting my own name wrong at a Garda checkpoint and having to correct myself - I got away with that, because the interrogator knew my uncle.

    Examples:-

    Cahill, Mahony, Spillane, Costello,


    I knew a Nigerian who insisted on being known as George, as much as I actually know of the truth is that his real name began with a D.
     
  17. Glam

    Glam Mad Cat Woman

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    So, does that mean your name that we all know you by, (Facebook) isn't your 'real name'??
     
  18. Gramaisc

    Gramaisc Forum O. G.

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    It is, but one pronounces it wrong to please the English.
     
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  19. BobClay

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    My old dear was Irish. Her maiden name was Ryan. I looked up the origins of this name (name origins can be really fascinating) and one explanation was that this derived from 'Rhinelander' and originated deep in Germany.

    I explained this to my Mum and ended by saying: "So Mum, it would appear you're a kraut !"

    ...


    I've still got the scars. :mad:
     
  20. staffordjas

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    I don't know real name and am probably not pronouncing @Gramaisc anything like it should be either ...
     
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