The Friday Post ~ 29th September 2017

Happy Friday!  Again!  Sigh …. these Fridays seem to be coming round way too often.  I swear to Dog that there are now two Fridays in each week!  (Although those paid weekly, on a Friday, may wish there were! lol)

So anyhoo … you’re here for some Edumacation,  Free of Charge,  to add to your already over-loaded brain.  So …  pens and pencils out on the desk.  Get ready to turn over your paper and start taking notes.  There will be a test at the end.  😉

On this Day in History

1650 – Henry Robinson opens his “Office of Addresses and Encounters” – the first historically documented dating service / marriage bureau – in Threadneedle Street, London. Threadneedle Street is a road in the City of London, leading from an intersection with Poultry, Cornhill, King William Street and Lombard Street, to Bishopsgate.

Can you believe that there was the first Dating Agency here in the UK, in… 1650 ???  It seems like (to me at least) that Dating Agencies are a fairly new ‘invention’ and perhaps only happened in the last (maybe) 80 years.  And yet, here we are in 1650!

1789 – The U.S. War Department first establishes a regular army with a strength of several hundred men.
1793 – Tennis was mentioned for the first time in an English sporting magazine.

1829 – The first regular police force in London – the Metropolitan , Police of London (also known as the Met) is founded.. The officers became known as ‘bobbies’ after Robert Peel, the home secretary who founded the modern police force.

1850 – The Roman Catholic hierarchy is re-established in England and Wales by Pope Pius IX.

1885 – The first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in Blackpool, England. A tram, tramcar, trolley, trolley car, or streetcar is a railborne vehicle, of lighter weight and construction than a train, designed for the transport of passengers (and, very occasionally, freight) within, close to, or between villages, towns and/or cities, on tracks running primarily on streets.

After the inaugural run, the Mayor of Blackpool and his guests retired to a celebration dinner in honour of the opening of the new tramway. After the meal speeches were given and Thomas Parker (the manufacturer of the tram) said that the future of railways was with electric traction. Electrically powered locomotives were cheaper to run than steam and could travel at 70m.p.h.

Tramways or street railways were common throughout the industrialized world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but they disappeared from many U.S. cities in the mid-20th century. In European cities they remained quite common. In recent years, they have made a comeback in many U.S. cities. Many newer light rail systems share features with trams, although a distinction may be drawn between the two, with the term light rail preferred if there is significant off-street running.

1916 – John D. Rockefeller becomes the first billionaire. John Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was an American industrialist and philanthropist. Rockefeller revolutionized the petroleum industry and defined the structure of modern philanthropy. In 1870, he founded the Standard Oil Company and ran it until he officially retired in 1897. Standard Oil began as an Ohio partnership formed by John D. Rockefeller, his brother William Rockefeller, Henry Flagler, chemist Samuel Andrews, and a silent partner Stephen V. Harkness. Rockefeller kept his stock and as gasoline grew in importance, his wealth soared and he became the world’s richest man and first American billionaire, and is often regarded as the richest person in history.

Standard Oil was convicted in Federal Court of monopolistic practices and broken up in 1911. Rockefeller spent the last 40 years of his life in retirement. His fortune was mainly used to create the modern systematic approach of targeted philanthropy with foundations that had a major effect on medicine, education, and scientific research.

His foundations pioneered the development of medical research, and were instrumental in the eradication of hookworm and yellow fever. He is also the founder of both The University of Chicago and Rockefeller University. He was a devoted Northern Baptist and supported many church-based institutions throughout his life. Rockefeller adhered to total abstinence from alcohol and tobacco throughout his life.

He married Laura Celestia (“Cettie”) Spelman in 1864. They had four daughters and one son; John D. Rockefeller, Jr. “Junior” was largely entrusted with the supervision of the foundations.

1938 – England, France, Germany and Italy signed the Munich Pact, under which the Sudetenland was given to Nazi Germany. In return, Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe. World War II began the following year!

1941 – Holocaust in Kiev, Ukraine: German Einsatzgruppe C starts Babi Yar massacre. According to the Einsatzgruppen Operational Situation Report No. 101, at least 33,771 Jews from Kiev and its suburbs were killed at Babi Yar on September 29 – 30, 1941.

Einsatzgruppen (German: “task forces”, “intervention groups”) were paramilitary groups formed by Heinrich Himmler and operated by the Schutzstaffel (SS) before and during World War II. Their principal task, per SS General Erich von dem Bach, at the Nuremberg Trials: “was the annihilation of the Jews, Gypsies, and Soviet political commissars”. They were a key component in Adolf Hitler’s implementation of the final solution of the Jewish question (German: ‘Die Endlösung der Judenfrage) in the conquered territories.

Formed mainly of men from the Ordnungspolizei, the Waffen-SS, and local volunteers, and led by Gestapo, Kripo, and SD officers, these death squads followed the Wehrmacht as it advanced eastwards into through Eastern Europe en route to the Soviet Union. In occupied territory, the Einsatzgruppen also used the local populace for additional security and manpower when needed. The activities of the Einsatzgruppen were spread through a large pool of soldiers from the branches of the SS and Reich.

Per their own records, the Einsatzgruppen killed more than one million Jews, almost all civilians, without judicial review and without semblance of legality (no reading of sentences, of martial or administrative law), beginning with the Polish intelligentsia, and then quickly progressing, by 1941, to primarily killing the Jews of Eastern Europe. Historian Raul Hilberg estimates that between 1941 and 1945 the Einsatzgruppen and the SS killed more than 1.3 million Jews in open-air shootings.

1946 – BBC launched the ‘Third Programme’, later to become Radio 3.

1966 – The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.

1975 – WGPR in Detroit, Michigan, becomes the world’s first black-owned-and-operated television station.
1979 – Pope John Paul II became the first pope to set foot on Irish soil with his pastoral visit to the Republic of Ireland.

1982 – Tylenol Crisis of 1982 began when the first of seven individuals died in metropolitan Chicago. Seven fatal Tylenol poisonings, code-named TYMURS by the FBI, took place in the autumn of 1982 in the Chicago area in the United States. These poisonings involved Extra-Strength Tylenol medicine capsules which had been laced with potassium cyanide. The perpetrator was never caught, but the incident has led to reforms in the packaging of over-the-counter substances and to federal anti-tampering laws.

Tylenol

The Tylenol crisis has been referenced in many films and books. It has also been used as a basis to spread urban legends about poison in kids’ candy at Halloween and other poisoned foods or drinks purchased by consumers.

In the early morning of Wednesday, September 29, 1982, 12-year-old Mary Kellerman of Elk Grove Village died after taking a capsule of Extra Strength Tylenol. Adam Janus of Arlington Heights died in the hospital shortly thereafter. His brother, Stanley (of Lisle), and his wife Theresa died after gathering to mourn, having taken pills from the same bottle. Soon afterward, Paula Prince of Chicago and Mary Reiner of Winfield also died in similar incidents. Investigators soon discovered the Tylenol link.

Urgent warnings were broadcast, and police drove through Chicago neighborhoods issuing warnings over loudspeakers.
As the tampered bottles came from different factories, and the seven deaths had all occurred in the Chicago area, the possibility of sabotage during production was ruled out. Instead, the culprit was believed to have entered various supermarkets and drug stores over a period of weeks, pilfered packages of Tylenol from the shelves, adulterated their contents with solid cyanide compound at another location, and then replaced the bottles. In addition to the five bottles which led to the victims’ deaths, three other tampered bottles were discovered.

Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of McNeil, distributed warnings to hospitals and distributors and halted Tylenol production and advertising. On October 5, 1982, it issued a nationwide recall of Tylenol products; an estimated 31 million bottles were in circulation, with a retail value of over US$100 million. The company also advertised in the national media for individuals not to consume any products that contained Tylenol. When it was determined that only capsules were tampered with, they offered to exchange all Tylenol capsules already purchased by the public with solid tablets.

The crime has never been solved, although opportunistic extortionist James W. Lewis claimed responsibility and made a money demand. Lewis was arrested and though ultimately found to have no connection to the deaths, ended up serving 13 years of a 20-year prison term for the extortion attempt.
A second man, Roger Arnold, was investigated and cleared of the killings. However, the media attention caused him to have a nervous breakdown and he blamed bar owner Marty Sinclair for sending the police his way. He shot and killed a man he believed to be Sinclair, but who was in fact an innocent man who did not know Arnold. Arnold wound up serving 15 years on a 30 year sentence for second degree murder. Arnold died in June 2008.

It has also been suggested that Laurie Dann, a native of Chicago’s north suburbs who had a long history of mental illness and had later engaged in similar secretive poisoning attempts (as well as a grisly murder/suicide at a local grade school), may have been responsible.

A $100,000 reward, posted by Johnson & Johnson for the capture and conviction of the “Tylenol Killer,” has never been claimed.

Johnson & Johnson was praised by the media at the time for its handling of the incident. While at the time of the scare the market share of Tylenol collapsed from 35% to 8%, it rebounded in less than a year, a move credited to J&J’s prompt and aggressive reaction. In November it reintroduced capsules, but in a new, triple-sealed package, coupled with heavy price promotions, and within several years Tylenol had become the most popular over-the-counter analgesic in the US.

A number of copycat attacks involving Tylenol and other products (Google: Stella Nickell, for information on the 1986 Excedrin tampering murders) ensued during the following years. One of these incidents occurred in the Chicago area; unlike Tylenol, it actually forced the end of the product affected by the hoax, Encaprin, from Procter & Gamble. However, the incident did inspire the pharmaceutical, food, and consumer product industries to develop tamper-resistant packaging, such as induction seals, and improved quality control methods. Moreover, product tampering was made a federal crime.

Additionally, the tragedy prompted the pharmaceutical industry to move away from capsules, which were easy to contaminate as a foreign substance could be placed inside without obvious signs of tampering. Within the year, the Food and Drug Administration introduced more stringent regulations to avoid product tampering. This led to the eventual replacement of the capsule with the solid “caplet”, a tablet made in the shape of a capsule, as a drug delivery form and to the addition of tamper-evident safety-seals to bottles of many sorts.

Link:  Tylenol Murders at the Urban Legends Reference Pages

1988 – Space Shuttle: NASA launches STS-26, the return to flight mission, after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

2006 – US Representative Mark Foley resigns after allegations of inappropriate emails to house pages were introduced.   Mark Adam Foley (born September 8, 1954) is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 until 2006, representing the 16th District of Florida.

Mark Foley

Once known as a crusader against child abuse and exploitation, Foley resigned from Congress on September 29, 2006 after allegations surfaced that he had sent suggestive emails and sexually explicit instant messages to teenaged males who had formerly served and were at that time-serving as Congressional pages. As a result of the disclosures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement opened investigations of the messages to find possible criminal charges. The House Ethics Committee has also opened an investigation into the response of the House Republican leadership and their staff to earlier warnings of Foley’s conduct.

Longstanding rumors surfaced, in 2003, that Foley was either gay or bisexual and was in a long-term relationship with a man. The story was initially published only in local and gay press; then the New Times broke the story in the mainstream press. Other alternative press rivals, including the New York Press, then addressed the topic. Foley held a press conference to denounce the “revolting” rumors and stated that his sexual orientation was unimportant, but did not specifically deny the rumors. A few weeks later he withdrew his candidacy, saying his father’s battle with cancer had caused him to reassess his perspective on life (the seat was later won by Republican Mel Martinez). Foley had raised $3 million in campaign contributions before withdrawing.

In 2006, as Republican division over the candidacy of Katherine Harris grew, Foley’s name was mentioned as a contender for the race against Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, but he did not file by the May deadline.

In the House, Foley was one of the foremost opponents of child pornography. Foley had served as chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children. He introduced a bill, coined the “Child Modeling Exploitation prevention Act of 2002” to outlaw web sites featuring sexually suggestive images of preteen children, saying that “these websites are nothing more than a fix for pedophiles.” As it was written, the bill would have prohibited commercial photography of children, and it failed due to the unmanageable burden it would have presented to the legitimate entertainment industry. In June 2003 he wrote letters to the governor and attorney general of Florida, asking them to review the legality of a program for teenagers of a Lake Como nudist resort in Land o’ Lakes, Florida.

Foley’s legislation to change federal sex offender laws was supported by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, America’s Most Wanted host John Walsh, and a number of victims’ rights groups. President Bush signed it into law as part of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006.
Foley also succeeded in getting a law passed that allows volunteer youth-serving organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and Boys and Girls Clubs to have access to FBI fingerprint background checks.

Resignation from the U.S. Congress
On September 28, 2006, ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross reported that, in 2005, Foley had sent email messages from his personal AOL account to a former Congressional page, asking the page to send a photo of himself to Foley, among other things. Foley’s office confirmed that Foley had sent the messages but said it has a practice of asking for photos of individuals who may ask for recommendations and that the page had requested a recommendation.

The original news report prompted another page to come forward and on September 29, 2006, ABC News reported that it had seen excerpts of sexually explicit instant messages allegedly sent by Foley. The instant messages made repeated references to sexual organs and acts.

Kirk Fordham, Chief of Staff to Tom Reynolds and former Chief of Staff to Foley, said that he was with Foley on September 29, 2006 when ABC confronted him with the explicit IMs before they were publicized. Fordham then visited GOP headquarters to inform Reynolds and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert; he returned with a one-sentence resignation letter that Foley signed. Hastert and Reynolds let it be known that if Foley didn’t resign, he would be expelled from the House. That same day, Foley tendered his resignation to Hastert as well as Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Foley said in a statement, “I am deeply sorry and I apologize for letting down my family and the people of Florida I have had the privilege to represent.” Once the news report became more widely known, Foley’s chances of retaining his seat in Congress were limited. Hastert said in an October 2 press conference that he would have demanded Foley’s expulsion from the House had he tried to stay in office. Even if he’d tried to get his seat back, polls showed him losing badly to his Democratic opponent, Tim Mahoney.

More pages came forward, alleging a history of inappropriate conduct by Foley dating back at least 10 years. Foley had been warned about the matter in 2005 by another House Republican and the House Clerk. Through his lawyer, Foley insisted he was not a pedophile and had never had sexual contact with any minor. He explained that he had a drinking problem and had made the communications while intoxicated. He checked himself into a rehab clinic on October 2, 2006. His lawyer also revealed that Foley was molested by a clergyman when he was between the ages of 13 and 15 adding that “Mark Foley wants you to know he is a gay man.” Federal authorities said the explicit messages could result in Foley’s prosecution, under some of the same laws he helped to enact.

There was widespread criticism of Republican leaders for their response to earlier warnings and inconsistencies in their statements. In particular, many called for Hastert to resign, including some conservative voices such as the editorial page of The Washington Times.

On October 19, 2006, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune stated that a Catholic priest named Anthony Mercieca told the newspaper about an intimate two-year relationship he had with Foley when the congressman was a teenage altar boy living in Lake Worth, Florida. The priest is retired and living in Malta. He acknowledged getting naked in saunas and possible “light touching”, but denied contacts of a sexual nature.

Florida officials have closed the investigation of Foley, stating they found “insufficient evidence” to file criminal charges. Chicago Tribune, September 20, 2008, Section 1, page 4, ‘Nation Briefing’.

External Link
ABC News – “The Blotter” – reporting that Mr. Foley had Internet Sex while waiting for a House Vote.

 

Born on this Day

1758 – Horatio Nelson, British admiral (d. 1805) born in the village of Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk in Great Britain.. He defeated the French and her allies on numerous occasions during the age of Napoleon Bonaparte and was naval hero at the Battle of Trafalgar.

1904 – Greer Garson, British actress (d. 1996)

1907 – Gene Autry, American actor, singer, and businessman (d. 1998)

1930 – Colin Dexter, British author of Inspector Morse novels

1931 – James Watson Cronin, American nuclear physicist, Nobel laureate

1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician

1942 – Madeline Kahn, American actress (d. 1999)

1942 – Ian McShane, British actor

1943 – Lech Walêsa, President of Poland, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

1944 – Mike Post, American composer – won his first Grammy at age 23 for Best Instrumental Arrangement on Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas”.

1956 – Sebastian Coe, British athlete & Gold medal Olympic winner

1970 – Emily Lloyd, British actress

and finally….

Thought for the Day
Do you, like me, get thoroughly fed up to the back teeth of the ‘stars’ of today complaining about how bad they had it as a child?

Have you, like me, noticed that this ‘poor me, didn’t I have it bad,  and all the things that you see are wrong with me, or any bad behaviour I display, is/are my parents fault’ – has filtered through to the ordinary everyday people, like me and you?

Do you ever want to stop these people moaning about ‘their lot’ and quietly but firmly tell them that what they are complaining about is normal growing up?

Being told that you can’t go out looking like a lady of the night in your own choice of clothes – isn’t ‘abuse’ – but decent parenting!

Being ‘grounded’ for throwing things at a neighbour’s house hasn’t done you any harm, in fact its built a bit of responsibility towards others into their psyche.

Being punished for bad behaviour makes them realise what they did wrong, and ensures that they don’t do it again.
Being made to take the rubbish/garbage out, isn’t ‘controlling’ them.. but making them part of a team that works together for the greater cause.
And being smacked on the bottom or the hand for swearing at Grandma or Aunt ‘B’, isn’t something that you need counselling to get over. It’s a darn good way to ensure that you don’t swear at perfectly decent people who you should have more respect for.

What has happened to our world – that younger folk feel this need to blame everyone else for their own short-comings?
Why do they feel that their current bad attitude is all their mother or fathers fault?

Why do they think that something that amounted to great parenting when they were younger – means that they need to have counselling now?

How the heck do they think that they grew to the age they are – if their parents were as bad as they would have us all believe?
Are we mollycoddling these children so much now, that they believe that anything that happens isn’t their fault but always someone else’s?

Is the fact that they can’t get a well paid job, their parents fault?….. or is it simply that they haven’t ever learnt that the only place where money comes before work – is in the dictionary.

Why are so many folks now growing up with this bad attitude and believing that the world owes them something?
Did no one ever tell them that the world owes them nothing – it was here first.

~   x   ~   x   ~   x   ~

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Now I know it’s now playtime, and before this week I’ve shared games with you to play, and bits of information that lead to other fun things but just for a change, I thought I’d keep you sitting down with an extra cup of coffee and give you some TV to watch. Via You Tube.

40 Unexpected Life Hacks – some of them you might know, but quite a few you might not.  So grab yourself an extra refill and settle down for some entertainment:

 

Wishing you a fantabulous Friday filled with fun, friendship and fluffy stuff like love!  And a weekend of wonderfulness, wrigglyness and CAKE!  Go have a cake.  One cake really isn’t going to make you fat, nor is it going to make you unhappy.  Break out and go against those nay sayers who tell you that you should be stick thin and conform.  Buy yourself a cake and inside your head sing Happy Unbirthday to yourself.  Mentally blow the invisible candle out and MAKE A WISH!

Wishing you the happiest of Happy Unbirthdays!

With love and squidges ~

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36 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 29th September 2017”

  1. I went out yesterday and had a cupcake…..does that count? And I did not feel guilty at all as it tasted delicious and was given to me by a friend!
    Love your thought for the day! I always told my kids that life wasn’t fair so don’t expect it to be and that they were required to turn into decent, respectful, helpful adults. And they did! Though now if I moan about something they make sure to tell me life isn’t fair! They are pretty smart as kids go!

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    1. You’re so right. Life isn’t fair. If life were fair I would be sat in the shade of some beautiful palm trees, on a sandy beach with the most incredible blue seas tickling the edge of the sand, sipping something fabulous, on a island I owned and living in a house built on the edge of the beach which was was built to my specifications. Oh … and I’d have a few million pounds in the bank.
      That’s if Life were fair.

      Ah well …. back to real life. One can only do that sort of fantasy dreaming for a very short while.
      Happy Friday Chicken! 😀
      Have a truly blessed day, in the place you were planted and now bloom.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. I’m planning an Unbirthday Cake later this afternoon. I have what I call ‘A Coffee Moment’ at around 4pm every day at which I have a really fabulous coffee accompanied by something fabulous. It might be a piece of chocolate or something like that and it makes every day just so lovely. It can be the most horrid day in history, but with that bit of loveliness slotted into the diary of the day, it can turn things around and make the day more relaxed and more ordered somehow.

      So yes … a little cake of the Unbirthday type, is planned for later today. And I shall sing the Unbirthday song and mentally blow out the invisible candle so that I can make my wish.

      Do it with me Quiet Water. Introduce the magic and the magic will happen.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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        1. Absolutely.
          Did it make you happy? If so … then it counts!

          Now we shall sing the Very Merry Unbirthday song …

          Close your eyes and see your candle…. take a big breath and … BLOW THAT SUCKER OUT!
          Then make a wish!
          ~ C. xx

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    1. Ohhh hello lovely Anne!
      What a joy it is to see you here.
      Thrilled that this look back in the history of today began your day in a good way.

      I think it’s sometimes beneficial to look back in the hope of learning where we went wrong and how not to go down the same route. However … I think our politicians need to look back at history more than we do!

      Wishing you a blessed rest of your day Anne.
      Thank you for coming and for the lovely comment.
      ~ Cobs. x 🙂

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    1. I actually thought about you when I watched that video myself.

      I’ve a feeling that there might be something(s) in that which you might like to do with your little ones. There are some real childrens type of things which you might be able to do with them or surprise them with. (age dependant obviously)
      ~ Cobs. 🌷🌷🌷

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  2. Thank you for the Friday Posts! I look forward to them all week! I love your facts and thoughts of the day! Always spot on! Have a great weekend!

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  3. And people wonder why this world is in such a mess. Cause our ‘leaders’ are no good could be part of the problem.
    These life hacks are great…now if I could only remember them and not have to wonder…now what was that I saw about how to do this. I love Alice and the whole wonderland creativity.
    Had a good visit over at Treeladys this morning. We will see how the cards go over. Lets hope after the grands leave on Friday I can still get myself over there on Saturday morning for the open house.
    My batteries run down pretty fast these days. What about your trip to the Dr.?Are you on the mend? xoxo

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    1. Hello Beautiful Beverly! 😀
      The Life Hacks … I know! LOL I forget too. I’ve now got a note book right next to my ‘puter with the idea that I’ll write things down. Problem is I forget to write the blasted things down in it! tsk tsk.

      Glad you got to visit Treeladys this morning… it will help you find it when you’re having a ‘moment’ driving there on Saturday and your brain isn’t quite on the job.

      You’ll find the necessary strength after having the Grandchildren because there will be that excitement (behind the fear) which will drive you on. Everything is going to be Aok.

      Drs…. I have to have some tests done. He’s wondering if it’s a small clot in a vein or artery (or some such – I forget what he said. tsk) which supplies the blood to my brain (he doesn’t understand I only have one brain cell left! ha) which may have caused a momentary loss of consciousness and that’s why I can’t remember having the fall which caused all the injuries.
      (He was rather impressed with the huge bruise on my left bicep mind. He drew air through his teeth making a long SSSSSssssssss noise – (just like the garage chaps do when you take your car for repairs, and just before they tell you the extortionate amount they’re going to charge you for the priviledge). lol.

      So a scan is being booked for me, and I also have to have an ECG … but I don’t think it’s my heart. I had a check up of everything a short while ago and as part of the checks they do an ECG and everything was groovy, so I’m not bothered about that.

      But … bruises are on the mend … now a horrible dirty yellow and purpley burgundy colour. Still looks like Mr.C has knocked me about. LOLOLOL. (He worries people might think that … I don’t. lol. I only worry that it looks bl**dy awful and makes me feel sick to look at it, so I cover it up with long sleeves or a cardigan.)

      RIGHT … Get the army ready… you are going into an enjoyable battle of wonderfulness.

      It will be over with before you know it and you’ll be tired but want to do it again. And you will. Because I’ll battle with you to do it again!

      Sending BIG squidges to carry you through. Got to it Girl. This will be a walk in the park!
      Love and squiffy stuff ~ Cobs. xxx

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      1. Back up support is always helpful….Thank you for yours..
        Do take care of yourself…Mr c and little Cob need you to be in tip top shape……well as much as possible.You are only 7 remember.

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        1. Not only am I seven but I am Super Cobs …. so Little Cobs tells me. LOL.
          Not sure if I can fly with a cape on, nor knock down a building with a single strike, but I can certainly do things which Little Cobs enjoys, and I have a great imagination for making up games and stories. Bless him.

          Hope today went so well that you’re tired and happy and will smile in bed tonight as you remember your first day!
          Sending love and happy squidges ~ Cobs. x🌻🌻🌻

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  4. Oh, woe is me! Oh me, oh my! Why, why why???!!! 😉 Hehehe! 😀
    I think folk just expect things nowadays, Cobs, without doing anything and complain when they don’t arrive. They are getting worse in their complaining though, which kind of flattens the mood.
    Ah well, that’s their issue, I suppose and the sooner they get used to it the better.
    Love those Life Hacks, some are so obvious its untrue.
    But… a little snippet for you here, Cobs… we tend to think of the 1600s as being simpler times (for want of a better description) but did you know that the pre-runner for the microprocessor was invented in 1642? (I have a ‘pull’ to 1642). They were quite advanced back then. I can see the dating agency’s office in my mind’s eye, and it looks like an elegant living room with doilies everywhere, and large leather-bound books hidden discreetly in a variety of drawers.

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    1. The ‘Thought for the Day’ was an idea born from things which cross my mind at some point during the preceeding week and I kind of make a mental post-it note (and pin it to the wall of my brain cell) of these things so that I can weigh up if they are worthy of bringing the thought to the blog here.
      It’s a bit of something different than the History facts, gets people talking and I might say something that other people would like to say but don’t. (It’s a risk lol)

      I didn’t know about the 1642 ‘almost a’ microprocessor! So … I asked Mr.Google to tell me more. Do you know what Mr.G gave me as my second option for information?
      YOU!
      lol.
      Isn’t it right that life, the world and the universe all travel in circles and eventually we end up where we began. And I did. From a comment by you, to Mr.G, back to you and your blog! Love it.

      When I imagined the Dating Agency of 1642, I saw a dim lit living room, with a sturdy desk, leather topped, and sat at it a kind lady with beautifully bunned hair and lace deckling the edges of her blouse.

      I wonder how many girls and how many boys she had on her books, and if she found matches for each of them. I, with my romantic heart and love of a happy ending, want to believe that she introduced all of her clients to people she picked out specially and they all reported back after three weeks that they had found their forever person.
      [gently smiling and sighing at the perfect ending. ❤ ]
      lol
      ~ Cobs. x

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  5. I’m a day late reading this coz my Friday seemed to have been nicked! Just sat and had a coffee and a buttered scone so does that count as part of my five a day? I love reading your posts. Must take you absolutely ages to compile but keep em coming. Hugs Mrs A.

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    1. If the scone had sultanas or raisins in it then it absolutely counts as one of your five a day, because they’re fruit!

      If the scone had no fruit in it, then it had no calories as such, so don’t worry about it. It was just your Happy Unbirthday Cake!

      Happy that you like the Friday Posts, Mrs. A. I hope to continue them for a while … or as long as people like them.
      Sending weekend squidges ~ Cobs. x 🌻🌻🌻

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  6. Hello!!!! Happy Saturday! I know I missed friday. As per always.. a very informative post. I love that hack link you posted. Very good ideas in there. LOL Nice to know Cola Cola is good for something since I dont drink it! =) Interesting though! I hope you have a fabulous weekend! xoxoxoxoxo My friend! ❤

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    1. The Coke thing … I KNOW!!! I kind of want to try that coke on the hair … for lightening … but I’m a scaredy cat! LOL.

      There are other hacks that impressed me and some which made me smile (and others which made me wonder … “why”????) lol

      Have a super duper Weekend Tam.
      Squidges ~ Cobs. xxx🌻🌻🌻

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      1. hahaha @ wonder… Why? I agree with that one too!!! lol I would be to scared to.. but hey .. what could be worse than the grey I have? lol ::Whispers.. dont tell anyone but I have to cover that up this week!!! =)

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        1. I ‘achieved’ [huh] my first grey hairs when I was just 13 years old. My father was so concerned about it that I was sent to the doctor so that the doctor could check it out as dad thought something had to be wrong.

          The doctor pulled a grey hair out of my head and put it under a microscope and discovered that the hair was both grey in part and blonde too. Now at that time I had a headfull of long jet black hair – so these grey/blonde hairs REALLY showed themselves up in the mix. But there was absolutely nothing wrong with me other than the hairs were changing pigment colour.

          Over the years I turned from jet black to brunette, to about a 50/50 mix of grey and brunette. It actually looked like really expensive hi-lights. Ha!

          A few years ago vanity stepped up and showed her ugly face to me and talked me into buying some of those little sachets of hair colourings which only tinted the hair for that period of time until you washed it again … so it only worked for me for a couple of days then disappeared.

          HOWEVER .. Daughter No.2 – who LOVES nothing more than colouring her hair like the horse in the Emerald City … she persuaded me to colour my hair with this stuff which, she said would colour my hair for longer, and would eventually wash out within 28 days.

          So I believed her (what an IDIOT) and used this magical stuff which I bought from Tescos.

          I got all excited and put it on that night. Ohhh well it looked OK. Everything was all a beautiful brunette colour instead of a salt and pepper.

          First wash … yes I could see that little colour washed out, but it wasn’t anything major.

          28 days later …. I had a dirty orange tint to my grey hairs and a dully look to the rest. It was bally awful! I looked dreadfull. I went into town to visit a place which sold stuff only used by salons and the people there were trained. They looked at my hair and could see exactly what was going on there and said that the only way to put it right was to strip the hair – but they wouldn’t recommend doing that at home as it could make things a lot worse.

          That was enough to scare me from doing anything more with it. I lived with it – having it cut regularly, until it was eventually all grown out and gone forever. Took a while and a lot of creative up-do’s to try and hide it a bit, but I was so glad when the final cut cut it out of my life forever.

          Daughter No.2 thought it was hilarious. I told her I would never trust her again. She thought this was hilarious too.
          (I swear to Dog I didn’t bring her up to be this mean. Some little gremlin got into her along the way! Grrrr. lol)

          I now live with my beautiful mixture of hair and make it work for me. I will never use one of those products again. Orangey tinted hair scared me off for life. (Besides … I’ve noticed that some of those young gals are paying to have white blonde hair …. I have it naturally! Ha! I’m ahead of the game. Or should that be A HEAD of the game? LOL).

          Your secret is safe with me Tam. No one else will ever know that you cover your grey. Not from me anyhow.
          Heaps of love and squishy stuff ~ Cobs. xxx

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          1. omgosh hahaha what a awesome story. I dont blame you orangy tinted hair is not good. Specially if your light complected (which I am) lol Mine is white more than grey too and all in the freaing front..(crazy right?)I always have to go and have mine professionally done. Since it never comes out as nice when I do it myself from the box. LOL I will never understand girls that pay money to ruin their hair (meaning stripping all the color to go white, pink, or blue) It is the stripping that can really ruin the hair. I will just do a regular old natural color every few months and that suits me fine lol. Thank you the awesome story!!!!. You have a fantabulous Sunday!!! xoxoxoxoxoxox ❤

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  7. Well Cobs, Well said about the parenting thing! Seems that since we took away the right for parents to discipline, and schools and police and every other form of authority, it seems that this generation (Not all but quite a large majority) have little or no respect for anyone or anything that doesn’t belong to them, and think they have the right to do as they please or someone is either abusing them or it wasn’t their fault. A couple of years ago a 3 year old who wanted something her Mum was saying she couldn’t have, and was screaming the supermarket down, and her Mum saying if she doesn’t behave she will get a smack, and she actually said, “If you smack me I will call Childline and tell them your hurting me!” Sorry but I would have given her a reason to call! When my brothers and I stepped out of line, we were rapidly bought back in and it never did us any harm. It taught us boundaries and respect. I am grateful to my parents for giving me that education. Ok, ok off my soap box now! Have a lovely week 🙂 x

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    1. I’m with you all the way Kim.
      If I got cheeky when I was little I got a tap on the bottom.

      If I was naughty in front of Grandparents or anyone else, I would be sent to my room or denied something which meant something to me.

      I learnt early on with my girls that I had to find their currency. With daughter No.1 it was her cell (mobile) phone. With daughter No. 2 … well she was a little more difficult, for she didn’t have that type of currency. But I knew that I could just give her a ‘mom isn’t incredibly happy with you’ look and she’d behave.

      Parents today need to find their childs currency and trade good behaviour for it.

      Hmm.. but there are parents who just can’t be bothered. Those are the ones who are sending disfunctional kids out into the world, and that’s where the bigger trouble begins.

      Sending you Squidges Kim, ~ Cobs. xcc🌷 🌷 🌷

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  8. It’s all about the crime isn’t it! The Tylenol thing was very strange, what on earth possesses people? And as for the US politician, oh dear.
    The life hack video was great, not sure I’ll ever drink coke again though. Might just pop downstairs and descale the kettle in a bit though! Sorry I’m so late reading, hope your week is going well x x

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    1. Ohhh Mrs.C, don’t apologise for being late.. As fast as I’m catching up, I’m getting more behind. I comment on a blog post from a couple of days ago, and try to get down the list … but as soon as I comment on one blog post, the little orange box opens up on my reader page telling me that there are 2/3/4/+ new posts, which have happened while I was reading the post I was catching up on. It’s becoming a madness! lol

      I wll get to your posts that I’ve missed, hopefully today.
      I think I’m going to have to make a blog post begging everyone to stop making posts until I’ve caught up! lol

      I totally agree with you about the coke. If it’s doing all those jobs, then what the heck is it doing to our insides??? Oh my word!!
      :/
      Love and squidges ~ Cobs.xxx

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  9. And another post loaded with information! Wow! I loved all those tips in the video….some I did already know, and I can say used! What a great post to come back to after vacation! I have so many emails and blogs to catch up to! It will probably take me days! LOL Didn’t get any crafting done while I was gone, even though I had planned on it…had a little “slip and fall” on the very first morning. Ouch! So, I just sat on the beach! 🙂

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    1. Oh Nancee I’m so sorry to hear that the very first day of your holiday was spoilt by a fall. What a bummer. It’s the sort of thing which normally happens to me, not to other people.

      But … the upside was that you had the perfect reason to be forced to relax on the beach. Oh that is so harsh. (yeah…. laughing here).

      I don’t envy you playing the catch up game. It’s taken me over a week to catch up.
      Lovely to see you back.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  10. Dearest Cobs,
    I remember the Tylenol scare!!! It was indeed very scary! I am still slightly suspicious of capsules and choose pills in tablet form instead!
    Bravo and Amen on your thoughts about the decline in behavior of our young people today. What’s even more awful is that now parents are afraid or punished by the law for trying to teach children how to be resourceful adults. I am so so so so very happy that I don’t have any small children to raise now. My youngest is 18 and the other two are 30 and 27. They are all amazing, responsible and respectful members of society that I am very very proud of and I employed most of the parenting techniques that my parents used for me with an emphasis on being kind, respectful and responsible.
    Bless your heart Cobs for saying this out loud!!!
    Sending bright blessings and a high five for speaking your mind!!
    ~ Tami ❤

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    1. Love you Tami, for being the person that you are.
      I think you’re incredible, and I’m so glad that you’re little ones turned into great, big ones, and that’s down to you and your parenting. Well done you amazing momma.

      I think young folks today need to learn parenting skills in their last year in school. They also need to learn about responsible pregnancies. How. When. Why. and … Why NOT! Boys also need to have lessons in No meaning NO. It doesn’t mean no, but keep going and I might change my mind. It doesn’t mean she’s pretending and really means yes. It means No. No thank you. No don’t do that. No, please stop. NO.

      And … if they continue after they’ve been told NO – then they should expect to find a police officer at the door within hours waiting to arrest them for Rape.

      I don’t want to scare kids half to death … no .. hang on … perhaps I do. Perhaps them being told in such a way that it opens their eyes, will make enough of an impression that they’ll remember.

      Aw … look at me going off on one! lol
      Love you Miss Tami.

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      1. All so true Cobs!! One of the problems is that parents don’t want children to ever experience anything negative. That is a very loving idea, but it is not doing them any favors! They grow up not knowing how to cope with any discomfort, pain, disappointment or adversity. I also think that it robs them of the ability to learn how to empathize with people.
        I could go on and on too. (sigh) but I suppose all we can do is preach about kindness and respect and live as examples of those standards in hopes that at least the young people that we do come in contact might still learn from us. 😀 😀 😀

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