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  1. Neetu's Avatar
    Isn't isolation just great???? Very brave of the first responders.
  2. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PiP
    Just watched the news and latest updates on storm Dennis. Hope you are okay, ASmoab, and your home has not been affected by the floods.
    I'm on holiday up North, but our neighbours have been in touch to tell us the grandkids trampoline is now in their garden!

    Dennis turns out to be a bit of a menace after all.
  3. PiP's Avatar
    Just watched the news and latest updates on storm Dennis. Hope you are okay, ASmoab, and your home has not been affected by the floods.
  4. epimetheus's Avatar
    It feels like a Dennis in London so far.
  5. dither's Avatar
    Yeah, it's a rough'un. And I'm in, arguably, the most sheltered part of the midlands.
  6. PiP's Avatar
    *laughing* it is a strange name for a storm. Maybe 'Dennis the Menace'? My husband and I were discussing this latest craze of naming storms and wondered at the inspiration behind it.
  7. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    It is the program you have written it in. There is an icon for Word that you can click on that will format it correctly on the menu bar.
    Thanks Bob. I read something on the site about the need to save as RTF but I think it might have been an old post.

    Thanks for your advice - absolutely spot on. I write these things as a kind of diary, but want them to be read and enjoyed. Will pay more attention to that aspect. Cheers
  8. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PiP
    Asmoab, what a wonderful recount of your experience. We missed out on a dog sledding experience due to the weather when we went on a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We only had a narrow time-frame and when the weather came in and it was cancelled. Gutted was an understatement.

    Your wife was indeed fortunate with the swift diagnosis and prompt action of the medical team. It certainly makes us value life and each other.



    This made me laugh ... we have recently befriended some Mancs who are new to our neighbourhood and their brand of humour tickles our funny bone. I love them; they are like a breath of fresh air. Get a Manc and a Paddy together and even the men need a Tena lady pad.

    We always said we would return to Canada but alas it was not meant to be.
    Thanks PIP

    Even the men need a Tena lady pad - I love that
  9. PiP's Avatar
    Asmoab, what a wonderful recount of your experience. We missed out on a dog sledding experience due to the weather when we went on a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary. We only had a narrow time-frame and when the weather came in and it was cancelled. Gutted was an understatement.

    Your wife was indeed fortunate with the swift diagnosis and prompt action of the medical team. It certainly makes us value life and each other.

    At 12.30 our little party is joined by a bunch of Mancunians, the leader of which has the looks, and comedic talent, of Peter Kay(a British comedian). At one of his sallies I laugh so hard I fear I’vestrained something.
    This made me laugh ... we have recently befriended some Mancs who are new to our neighbourhood and their brand of humour tickles our funny bone. I love them; they are like a breath of fresh air. Get a Manc and a Paddy together and even the men need a Tena lady pad.

    We always said we would return to Canada but alas it was not meant to be.
  10. Plasticweld's Avatar
    It is the program you have written it in. There is an icon for Word that you can click on that will format it correctly on the menu bar.
  11. Plasticweld's Avatar
    I would consider starting your story with this paragraph, it is a great hook and would give the reader more of a reason to continue....Great story
    [COLOR=#252525][FONT=Arial]
    Nine months ago my wife collapsed at the gym.The miracle workers at our local A& E correctly diagnosed the issue (whichis often mistaken for a heart attack, with fatal results). They found asurgical team, with the requisite, unbelievable, skills, at a specialist heartunit 70 miles away. When the ambulance got there the team were gowned andready. I was following the ambulance in a car. She asked could she wait for me.They told her they hadnít expected her to survive the journey- it was down to15 minutes. She signed the form, they sawed through her sternum, opened her ribcage and patched the tear in her aorta. Iím a big fan of the NHS.[/FONT][/COLOR]
  12. Asmoab's Avatar
    Anybody know why so many words have run together? It looked fine in Word, and I saved as an RTF, but it hasn't survived the cut and paste
  13. PiP's Avatar
    Asmoab,

    thoroughly enjoyed your style of writing and the way you shared the day out with your son and his girlfriend.

    My cold manifested, occasionally, as an intense paroxysm of coughing (notably on receipt of the wine list). Some neighbouring tables looked over in alarm. I waved weakly and explained I hadn’t fully got over the jet lag from the Beijing flight ��
    priceless.

    When the bill came, they were both effusively grateful, as indeed was I … for having had the foresight to arrange a second mortgage before the event. I don’t know what stage in life your parents stop being your parents and become just other adult human beings to whom the normal rules apply. Clearly, he hasn’t got there yet and, well, so what? I’m very proud of him.
    I don't think we ever do. It's great you have such a comfortable relationship with your son.

    I hope to read more from you soon.
  14. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Plasticweld
    This is very well written with a brilliant use of metaphors. The reader knows where you stand and your acceptance of different opinions. This is really a great use of the art of rhetoric and the use of persuasive writing.

    I grumbled to my wife ďisnít there some unwritten rule, some natural etiquette, some common sense that would tell you not to book the most expensive restaurant you can find if somebody else is paying.Ē

    Subtle: a metaphor most for most liberal causes.




    I was already much more mellow anyway because The Ivy had been a delight - a lovely restaurant in which we'd enjoyed a very convivial afternoon. My son was a late addition to our family- he (and his girlfriend) are 23. Iím 63. Amongst many other topics we had a lively debate about woke identity culture. It was interesting and heartening to see how his generation thinks and argues. We disagreed, but thatís also possible where there is mutual respect. We also both learned something about the other perspective. Beyond this there was much banter and a great deal of laughter.

    Concise: Shares who you are and that you have a mature and healthy intellect;

    Son tried to take over the wine list and asked his girlfriend what sheíd like. I explained they had a helpful set of numbers, opposite each wine, down the right-hand side of the list. Numbers under 50 were extremely rare on this list and therefore definitely the ones to go for.

    This is brilliant and so subtle. Youth with no real knowledge, no skin in the game are willing to dictate to those who have both the knowledge and the resources on what is best. Ouch!

    My cold manifested, occasionally, as an intense paroxysm of coughing (notably on receipt of the wine list). Some neighbouring tables looked over in alarm. I waved weakly and explained I hadnít fully got over the jet lag from the Beijing flight 😊

    Made me smile as well.

    When the bill came, they were both effusively grateful, as indeed was I Ö for having had the foresight to arrange a second mortgage before the event. I donít know what stage in life your parents stop being your parents and become just other adult human beings to whom the normal rules apply. Clearly, he hasnít got there yet and, well, so what? Iím very proud of him.

    Also, I console myself by gleefully calculating the rate at which Iím getting through his inheritanceÖ

    This comes to a nice conclusion, it recognizes that there is a
    certain nativity in being young, it shows that life has a way of bringing youthful idealism to reality and that there are consequences for your choices.


    Remind me not to argue with you. Thanks for a great read.
    Thanks Bob, really appreciate this. Cheers
  15. Plasticweld's Avatar
    This is very well written with a brilliant use of metaphors. The reader knows where you stand and your acceptance of different opinions. This is really a great use of the art of rhetoric and the use of persuasive writing.

    [COLOR=#494949][B] I grumbled to my wife ďisnít there some unwritten rule, some natural etiquette, some common sense that would tell you not to book the most expensive restaurant you can find if somebody else is paying.Ē[/B]
    [/COLOR]
    Subtle: a metaphor most for most liberal causes.




    [COLOR=#494949][B]I was already much more mellow anyway because The Ivy had been a delight - a lovely restaurant in which we'd enjoyed a very convivial afternoon. My son was a late addition to our family- he (and his girlfriend) are 23. Iím 63. Amongst many other topics we had a lively debate about woke identity culture. It was interesting and heartening to see how his generation thinks and argues. We disagreed, but thatís also possible where there is mutual respect. We also both learned something about the other perspective. Beyond this there was much banter and a great deal of laughter. [/B]
    [/COLOR]
    Concise: Shares who you are and that you have a mature and healthy intellect;

    [COLOR=#494949][B]Son tried to take over the wine list and asked his girlfriend what sheíd like. I explained they had a helpful set of numbers, opposite each wine, down the right-hand side of the list. Numbers under 50 were extremely rare on this list and therefore definitely the ones to go for.[/B]
    [/COLOR]
    This is brilliant and so subtle. Youth with no real knowledge, no skin in the game are willing to dictate to those who have both the knowledge and the resources on what is best. Ouch!

    [COLOR=#494949][B]My cold manifested, occasionally, as an intense paroxysm of coughing (notably on receipt of the wine list). Some neighbouring tables looked over in alarm. I waved weakly and explained I hadnít fully got over the jet lag from the Beijing flight 😊[/B]
    [/COLOR]
    Made me smile as well.

    [B][COLOR=#494949]When the bill came, they were both effusively grateful, as indeed was I Ö for having had the foresight to arrange a second mortgage before the event. I donít know what stage in life your parents stop being your parents and become just other adult human beings to whom the normal rules apply. Clearly, he hasnít got there yet and, well, so what? Iím very proud of him.[/COLOR]

    [/B][COLOR=#494949][B]Also, I console myself by gleefully calculating the rate at which Iím getting through his inheritanceÖ[/B]

    This comes to a nice conclusion, it recognizes that there is a [/COLOR][COLOR=#494949]certain nativity in being young, it shows that life has a way of bringing youthful idealism to reality and that there are consequences for your choices.


    Remind me not to argue with you. Thanks for a great read.[/COLOR]
  16. Smith's Avatar
    Had a similar experience in my political-science class that you've inspired me to write about. Thanks for sharing this. Glad your side "won".

    But unless push comes to shove, when talking politics I usually want to find a compromise (believe it or not).

    Many people have lost countless friends and sometimes even family members, due to deep-seated political differences. Especially as of late. Good on you and your son for taking care of your special relationship.
  17. -xXx-'s Avatar
    if i'd ever been to london, i might have seen you there.
    not at the restaurant, the presentation.
    i might have been seen through the window of the restaurant,
    scribbling character studies frantically.
    if i'd ever been...
  18. Asmoab's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ma'am
    Photos?
    Just uploaded three Ö with some difficulty. Let me know if they aren't there!
  19. -xXx-'s Avatar

    *mini-vicarious-vacation-points*
    *looks for flippers*
    *check charge on imaginary tank(s)*
  20. Plasticweld's Avatar
    What a great story, thanks for sharing your experience. It is refreshing to read an intelligent piece, that lets me experience a real happening through the eyes of the writer.
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