Yes folks. This was actually overheard at a wedding reception. Not any wedding reception, but the wedding reception of the year. If you happen to be a member of the Social SET!!!! Get my drift----oh yah dahling. This is how it went. One man to another man. 'Oh yah. Northern Ireland is such a wonderful place. It is soo small that everyone knows everyone' Reply ' No, no. It's not quite like that. All the Catholics know one another and all the Protestants know one another'------------- duh!! What about all the feckin' athiests / agnostics / muslims / jews / criminals / next door feckin' neighbours etc. Are you thick or just totally ignorant about what we are about. (by the way, these two 'men' are from a well educated background and are both professionals in their chosen careers. Idiots!) That was just one of the storylines overheard at this wedding reception of all wedding receptions. I think I know the reason why these two think this. They are from England and it is no doubt their first time on our shores. The real problem behind this way of thought is all down to the media. Yes, Over the last few decades the media have constantly and repeatedly mis-quoted / mis-represented / mis-covered what has been going onover here. They are only interested in selling their papers etc. not in what actually goes on over here. OK. Maybe we do all know each other in a vague way, (have you ever seen a page three model from Northern Ireland?) but we / I know a lot of people from all sectors of the community and I think that i am pretty glad that i don't know these two narrow minded professionals. I just hope that their profession isn't in politics. God help us all if it is!!!! Oh yes, there were other stories overheard, but I thought this was the most ridiculous. Byse byse
Posted :: Thursday 11/30/2006 12:57:00 PM
for the last 14 years I have been doing volunteer work in the middle of a forest. Every season we receive a consignment of bare root trees from Scottish nurseries. None of you old Dutch stuff for us. Keep the genetic line going and all that. Anyway, said trees are delivered ion a forty foot articulated truck. Up to now all the drivers have been able to deliver right to the gates of the nursery that I am in. Until yesterday. not only was the truck late by three days but when it did arrive the driver looked at the way in and refused to deliver. He said that he could never get his truck round the corner of the nursery walls. His solution was to reverse back out onto the road and have the truck unload there. Fecker! I went up to his cab and he stopped what he was doing. He whined that he couldn't get the truck round and i retorted with 'well you will be the first driver never to get round'. He didn't take too kindly to this. I ended up having to call our suppliers who in turn called his boss who in turn called the driver and told him that he had to deliver as the load was of a nature that it would perish. After a lot of moaning and directions from us he eventually did get his truck round the offending wall. we unloaded and he went his merry away. After the unloading was completed we then started to sort the trees out. Oh dear!!! due to the delay of three days in getting the delivery to us we were left with a load of 75,000 trees that were so hot that we were in no position to sell them. What to do. Get onto the suppliers and tell them the sequence of events. They in turn get onto the haulage contractor. They are not covered by their insurance as there was no accident. the suppliers are not covered by their insurance either. they have to right the whole lot off as a loss. we will get the trees replaced. (we have sent photographic evidence to the suppliers of the steaming piles of trees) My advice, as I have said before to the suppliers, send a driver who can drive, not offer excuses!!!!
Posted :: Thursday 11/23/2006 1:08:00 PM
Yes, we won. Thanks to anybody out there who phoned. It means that we have £50k of the lottery money to use in an environmental project that is going to benifit not only the peoplw who live around the area but also the wildlife in the area as well. Great, innit? Now that that's over with. What else is new? The winter is coming and things are getting colder. The thermals are coming out of their summer hibernation and are in the process of getting aired ready to wear on Monday morning. Unlike some people who work in an office environment in the regulation 72 degrees my office will become warm at about midday for an hour and then start to go to freezing again. My office is in the middle of a forest and we don't have the niceties that regular office peeps have. Hence the thermals. Of course, I could get out of my chair every now and then and go outside and run around fro a while, if only. My job is to stay in the office and deal with the public who come in wanting to purchase trees from us. Also to answer the tele sales. Also to maintain the data. Also to do this, also to do that. I don't mind really. The whole reason for me being there is so that I won't become a couch potatoe like my number one son! Ever since I sold my business 15 years ago I still find it difficult to sit around doing nothing. I have to do something. Hence the volunteering that
I do. I can thoroughly recommend it to anybody who is sitting at home twiddling their thumbs. There is a lot of self satisfaction involved. Now, that's the preaching over with. Onto something else. What? i know, we can -------talk about this feckin' puter going into hibernation mde without my permission. there i was, just clicking away happily, when, where's everything gone? Your pc has gone into hibernation. i think it was one of two things. The battery was low or the room I was sitting in was too warm. Anyway, things are good now and i am in a different, colder room and the pc is being charged as I type. i will fininsh now as I think it wants peace and quiet to fully recharge. That's Ebay out of the question then until tomorrow. I think I will go and watch CSI for a while. find out a few more home truths about how people get killed and why and where and when. Good, innit? Ta Ta
Posted :: Saturday 11/18/2006 2:56:00 PM
Here, phone this number and---
Here, phone this number and hear what the guy says to you on the other end. No, it isn't anything rude. That's just the way you think. What it is, the organisation that I do volunteer work for is going in for a grant from the Peoples Millions thing. We have reached the final stages and our project is on TV tonight. Now that it is all over from a paper exercise, it is now down to the public vote. A bit like X Factor (pity you can't vote the judges off the show and keep the singers). Now that I have eahausted all my calls, you get 10 per phone number, I thought that I would put it out on the net. I got darling daughter to put it up on Bebo and number one son to put it out on MSN. The voting can only go on until midnight tonight and the result will be given out on TV tomorrow night. If we win I wonder will my 71 phone calls have made any difference. I used 7 different phone lines and 1 call from number one sons mobile, that's all the money he had in his phone. So that was 3 landlines and four mobiles used in total. Now, if everyone in the organisation has done the same as me or something similar then we should stand a good chance of getting the dosh. All £50,000 of it. Enought to complete a well and truly amazing project, and all to help the environment to boot. changing the subject matter now to yesterday. Wifey, darling daughter and I decided to go on a shopping trip, well darling daughter just invited herself along for the coffee in Starbucks, to a place up the motorway a bit. One of those big discount villages. You know, the sort that makes you think that you are getting the stuff cheaper than the real shops are selling it for. well, the fun started when we arrived. We went into Starbucks for our lunch. Wifey and darling daughter were looking at what they could have. Whereas me, I was looking for anything that didn't have salt in it. I am now on a salt free diet thanks to my faulty kidneys. Very inconsiderate of them. Anyway, I couldn't really see anything that met the criteria so I went up to the counter and asked the girl, who was already holding her hand out for my money, if they had anything that was salt free on there menu. She looked at me blankly, called over someone who looked as though they were in charge and I explained what was required. She got out a folder and to my surprise they had everything they sold listed with all the various levels of poisons in each item. She ran her finger up and down and from one side of the page to the other. eventually she stopped and pointed at something. Great I thought, my lunch is about to be ordered. She looked up at me and told me that if I wished I could have, wait for it, --------A MUFFIN!!! I declined as I wanted something a bit more substantial than that for my lunch. I went and looked at their sandwiches and ended up with an egg and onion in rye. With mayonnaise!! OK, it was Sunday, and I had been a good boy for the whole week, so I deserved thia as my good boy treat of the week.
Life is great, innit?
Posted :: Monday 11/13/2006 2:30:00 PM
Well I never
I never would have believed it. While I was away enjoying myself number one son took it upon himself to decorate his room, ALL BY HIMSELF!!!.What has happened to the boy? has he at last turned into a man? anyway, he did a not too bad job for a first time. Of course I wil have to do it all over again when he leaves home to make it into my Rolling Stones Temple to put my ever growing collection in. Never mind. He is happy now although he still has to put all my tools back where they belong. Not just in a heap on the workbench as they are now. I found out afterwards that he even used one of my finest woodworking chisels to open a tin of paint with!!! AAAARRRRGGGG!!!! To change the story now. I had a wonderful time down south with my friend and the party was great. Lots of people made the effort, including myself, to get dressed up for the occasion. But then again lots of them didn't. There excuse was that they were in the pub / shopping / doing something or other and didn't want to be seen dressed in fancy dress in public. Party poopers. My friends family really went to town on decorating the house. My friend and I spent two days building a bonfire for the great event. As far as I know it is still burning, five days after it was lit. Now all he has to do is start collecting bits of wood and old pallets for next years do. The only thing that worried me was that someone told me that it was illegal to have bonfires like this in the south. And it is also illegal to have fireworks. Halloween without fireworks, c'mon now. The party punch was great and i was able to while away the party hours with my good old friend and companion, Mr Vodka. Yes, indeed I drank a few, not too many mind, but a few and I had a bloody good time. What the killer was the homeward journey. My friend left me off at the airport the next evening. What happens? we get fogbound. We are kept waiting for a few hours only to be told that our flight will now be leaving from another airport. So, all onto a bus, not a coach mind, but a bus to the other airport. A good hour and a half away. Then we board the plane and off we go. We arrive home only to find out that we are at the Internation al Airport and not the City Airport where we are supposed to be. Onto a coach this time and we are on our way to the correct airport. So, instead of a journey that was supposed to last only an hour and ten minutes, we eventually arrive five and a half hours later. I don't know what is better. Flying, to become fogbound etc or driving and only taking six hours between doors. anyway. the party was great and I am looking forward to the next one. Cheers Hic.
Posted :: Saturday 11/4/2006 9:42:00 AM