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Paella [Oct. 31st, 2009|11:33 am]
Tony Grist
I came away from an afternoon in Manchester thinking, "Naah, I don't want a city centre appartment after all."  Five years ago this was my fantasy, but now I'm older, tireder, frailer.

We bought most of our Christmas presents. Also a pumpkin. Also some fish. The fish stall in the market was amazing- all those varieties, all those goggle-eyes; they even had a small shark.  We bought a little packet of miscellaneous off-cuts- which I shall shortly be turning into a paella or pie.

We parked behind Piccadilly Gardens and I pushed Ailz down to the Arndale, where she had reserved the use of a scooter. I thought I knew central Manchester, but if had been left to my sense of direction I'd never have found the car again. Ailz doesn't know her East from her West- and I do- but her homing instinct is much more highly developed than mine.

She does jigsaws online. I was watching her last night. "Here," I said. "I can do one of those a lot quicker than that". So I tried. Her time: 16 minutes. My time: 36.

Carl and his family were in the audience for Most Haunted Live - at the Winter Gardens, Morecambe- last night. I watched the first two and a half hours in the hope of spotting them- but didn't. I don't know who the show's current medium is, but he's is a nervous, mumbly, little man who makes very little impression. "O my Wells and my Acorah, long ago!"
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2009-10-31 02:15 pm (UTC)
I love reading your posts. They resonate with me. I have all these dreams about living in places, and as I get older, I wonder if they will remain that -- dreams from another time period. oh, I must be up and travel soon because I don't know in what shape I shall be in later.

I am always amazed at the English acceptance of mediumship. I do wish wehad that here.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-31 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

I don't think the English people as a whole are more accepting of mediumship than Americans are. You produce TV programmes very similar to Most Haunted- Ghost Hunters for example.
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2009-10-31 10:46 pm (UTC)
Ours tend to be for 15 year old boys who like things that go bump and them BAM in the night. Not a gentle little nudge here and there.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-11-01 11:17 am (UTC)
There's nothing very gentle about Most Haunted. An awful lot of screaming and bleeped-out bad language goes on.
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2009-11-01 02:01 pm (UTC)
Is that on your television?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-11-01 03:12 pm (UTC)
Yes. It's a very popular show.
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[User Picture]From: calizen
2009-11-01 03:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, humans are humans all over the world, I guess. Like those things that scare the bejeepers out of them.
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[User Picture]From: glitzfrau
2009-10-31 02:41 pm (UTC)
I came away from an afternoon in Manchester thinking, "Naah, I don't want a city centre appartment after all." Five years ago this was my fantasy, but now I'm older, tireder, frailer.

Ahaha! This, too is the story of our life!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-31 09:17 pm (UTC)
Alas....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-10-31 04:21 pm (UTC)
I like my house on the outskirts of the Big City. It's such a hassle to go into town sometimes.

Jigsaws online are my downfall. I can spend hours doing them.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-31 09:21 pm (UTC)
I love jigsaws. Now the night's are drawing in I'll be selecting one from my collection and setting it up on the big table in the front room.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2009-10-31 09:24 pm (UTC)
You, too? I have a similar collection and a table I reserve for puzzles.
:)
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2009-10-31 04:51 pm (UTC)
I have timed myself against Ailz on the Jigzone puzzles - she is WAY faster than I am, and I have been doing these puzzles daily for over five years.
Have a nice Samhain, or Halloween, whichever you choose to call it. I, too, shall...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-10-31 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

We're having a very quiet evening at home. We didn't get any trick or treaters last year and it doesn't look as if we'll be having any this year either.
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[User Picture]From: silverhawkdruid
2009-10-31 10:56 pm (UTC)
So what are Ailz's favourite online jigsaw sites? I saw Jigzone mentioned, which I also indulge in from time to time. Does she use any others? I'm always looking to increase my online collection. :-)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-11-03 11:12 am (UTC)
Jigzone is her favourite, but she also does the daily jigsaw on the Daily Mail site.
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[User Picture]From: carl9whalley
2009-11-02 02:09 pm (UTC)
The fish stall you went to if it was on the indoor market is owned by my cousin Anthony.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2009-11-03 11:12 am (UTC)
It's a small world, after all!
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