The Friday Post ~ 8th December 2017

Is it really actually a week since I was last here with last Fridays Post?  Are we really sure that some form of trickery isn’t at work here? – for I don’t feel like I’m in receipt of a full weeks worth of days.  Something fishy is going on, I swear to Dog.  Perhaps it’s Fairy Trickery?  Maybe Trickery of the Harry Potter design.  Or is it …. our Governments playing with time and doing that Men in Black gadget thing and wiping out brains and inserting a little widgety type of thing telling us that we’ve all had Sunday or Tuesday – when we really haven’t at all.

Something’s going on, and we need to get to the bottom of it.  Followers Don your Men/Women in Black outfits;  put on your sunglasses and make sure you have all the equipment you need,  for we are about to get to the bottoms of our Governments and find out exactly what they are doing with time.  We all know they’re fiddling with it in some way – we just have to find out what the way is, and put it right again!

Aaanyhoo …. in the meantime, shall we all get some extra edumacation?  Note books and pens on the desk please. Pin back your ears for we are about to begin…..

On This Day in History

1841 – Prince Albert Edward, later King Edward VII, became the Prince of Wales.

1863 – The world’s first heavyweight boxing championship took place at Woodhurst, Kent, between Tom King (England) and John C Heenan (US). King was the Champion.

1864 – The Clifton Suspension Bridge over the River Avon is officially opened. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge and linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset, England.  Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, it is a landmark that is used as a symbol of Bristol.  It is a grade I listed building.

1941 – World War II: The Japanese invade the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong, Malaya and the Dutch East Indies. They also invade the portions of Shanghai administered by European powers and bomb American bases in the Philippines.  Because of the time difference, these events – which took place west of the International Date Line – happened while it was still December 7 to the east of this line.
1941 – World War II: Pacific War – After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the U.S. Congress passes a declaration of war against Japan.
1941 – World War II: Pacific War – the Republic of China officially declares war against Japan.

1941 – Holocaust: Gas vans are first used as a means of execution, at the Chelmno extermination camp near Lodz in Poland. The gas van was an extermination method devised by Nazi Germany to kill their victims during the Holocaust.

Holocaust Gas vans
A Gas Van

It was a vehicle with an air-tight compartment for victims into which exhaust fumes were transmitted while the engine was running. As a result the victims were gassed with carbon monoxide, resulting in death by the combined effects of carbon monoxide poisoning and suffocation.

Gas vans were used, particularly at Chemno extermination camp, until gas chambers were developed as a more efficient method for killing large numbers of people.

1952 – Her Majesty the Queen announced that she would permit her coronation to be televised.

1953 – Dwight D. Eisenhower gives the Atoms for Peace speech.  “Atoms for Peace” was the title of a speech delivered by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the UN General Assembly in New York City on December 8, 1953.

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“I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new—one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use.
That new language is the language of atomic warfare.”

The United States then launched an “Atoms for Peace” program that supplied equipment and information to schools, hospitals, and research institutions within the U.S. and throughout the world.

The speech was possibly a tipping point for international focus on peaceful uses of atomic energy, even during the early stages of the Cold War. It could be argued that Eisenhower, with some influence from Albert Einstein, was attempting to convey a spirit of comfort to a terrified world that the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki would not be experienced again.

It presents an ostensible antithesis to brinksmanship, the international intrigue that subsequently kept the world at the edge of war.

Eisenhower’s invoking of “…those same great concepts of universal peace and human dignity which are so clearly etched in…” the UN Charter, placed new emphasis upon the US’s grave responsibility for its nuclear actions— past, present and future. In a large way, this address laid down the rules of engagement for the new kind of warfare, the cold war.

In the heavy field of today’s superpower politics and technological progress, one might recall:

“It is with the book of history, and not with isolated pages, that the United States will ever wish to be identified.  My country wants to be constructive, not destructive.  It wants agreement, not wars, among nations.  It wants itself to live in freedom, and in the confidence that the people of every other nation enjoy equally the right of choosing their own way of life.”

• “To the making of these fateful decisions, the United States pledges before you — and therefore before the world — its determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma — to devote its entire heart and mind to find the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to his life.”

1963 – Pan Am Flight 214 crashes outside Elkton, Maryland with a loss of 81 people.
1969 – An Olympic Airways Douglas DC-6 crashes in Keratea during a storm, killing 93 people.

1972 – United Airlines Flight 553 crashes near Chicago Midway Airport, killing 45 people.

1980 – Mark David Chapman shoots and kills John Lennon in front of The Dakota department building.  

John Lennon in 1980, shortly before his death
John Lennon in 1980, shortly before his death

Mark David Chapman (born May 10, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) murdered English musician and activist John Lennon on December 8, 1980 in New York City.

The entrance to the Dakota building where Lennon was shot
The entrance to the Dakota building where Lennon was shot

Chapman shot Lennon four times in the back outside The Dakota apartment building, in the presence of Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono and others. Chapman remained at the scene until arrested by police.

Mark David Chapman best known for murdering John Lennon outside New York City apartment building in1980
Mark David Chapman – who shot and killed John Lennon

A scheduled jury trial did not go ahead because Chapman changed his plea from not guilty by reason of insanity to guilty of second degree murder, against the advice of his lawyer. He had been raped in jail 5 times and assessed as delusional and possibly psychotic, and the defense team argued that Chapman was not competent to make the decision.

Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York, where Chapman was imprisoned from 1981 to 2012
Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York

However, Chapman was sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life and remains incarcerated at Attica State Prison in New York, having been denied parole five times. His applications for parole have been opposed by Yoko Ono, as well as by an online grassroots public campaign.

Mark David Chapman's mug shot June 2013
Mark David Chapman’s mug shot June 2013.

Chapman has been widely associated with the book The Catcher in the Rye, which he carried with him at the time and claimed would explain his perspective.  Various specific motivations have also been suggested.  Chapman has since stated that what he did was wrong.  There have been a number of interviews, books and films concerning Chapman and the murder of Lennon.

Chapman’s ninth parole application was denied in 2016, at which Chapman said he now saw his crime as being “premeditated, selfish and evil”.

His next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2018.

1982 – Activist Norman Mayer threatens to blow up the Washington Monument, before being killed by United States Park Police.  Norman David Mayer (March 31, 1916 – December 9, 1982) was an American anti-nuclear weapons activist who was shot and killed by the United States Park Police after threatening to blow up the Washington Monument.

1987 – The Queen Street Massacre: Frank Vitkovic shoots and kills 8 people at the offices of Australia Post in Melbourne, Australia before being killed himself. 22-year old Frank Vitkovic, a former law student, wanted to murder a former school friend, Con Margellis, who worked in the building, and then to take out as many others as possible before ending his own life. Earlier that day he had travelled to the University of Melbourne with the same murderous intent, but his intended target was not on-campus, thus he proceeded to Queen Street.

At around 4:00pm, Vitkovic walked into the building in Melbourne’s Queen Street holding a brown paper bag and carrying a sawn-off shotgun. He opened fire at the offices in Australia Post, leaving 8 fatalities and 5 injuries.

On entering the fifth floor office where the second intended victim worked, Vitkovic pulled a sawn-off shotgun from the bag and began firing at fleeing workers, killing a young woman office worker. The friend chosen as the original target escaped unharmed. Vitkovic then moved from floor to floor, where he walked through office areas picking his targets randomly, shooting some workers at close range execution style as they cowered under their desks, as well as murdering those in the elevators.

The massacre ended on the 11th floor, in the finance department, when the gun was wrestled from Vitkovic by office worker Frank Carmody, and hidden in a refrigerator by another worker. Vitkovic then took his own life, despite valiant attempts from the postal workers to save him, by breaking a window and diving to his death. This was witnessed by numerous onlookers, from all floors of the Australia Post building, since the building opposite was mirrored glass, as well as by others from the viewpoints of the opposite buildings, and others outside the building. Carmody was recommended for a bravery award after his actions in disarming the killer.

Victorian Police Minister Race Mathews and Attorney General Jim Kennan also witnessed the event from a building diagonally opposite while gathered for a meeting.

The murderer’s death was also seen in detail by many who had barricaded themselves inside the 18 floors of the Australia Post building, because the building opposite was a mirrored glass building. All these workers were barricaded in their offices from 4:00pm until 8:00pm. They had heard gunshots echoing up the stairwells around 4:00pm and, at first believing that the philatelic section was being robbed, had been told by management to barricade themselves in the safest of their offices. All these people had no knowledge of what was really occurring, and their only information, over these four hours, was misinformation from televisions in their offices, which were reporting that many gunshots had been heard, that people were barricaded in their offices, that scores of people may have been murdered or lay dying, and that police were not entering the building because of the possibility of terrorists. The police only entered the building around 8:00pm, after the murderer threw himself to his death. During these four hours, many people were severely traumatized, and continue to suffer debilitating post traumatic stress disorder to this day.

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Born on this Day

1542 – Mary Queen of Scots (d. 1587) Scottish Queen who ascended to the throne aged seven.  A rebellion led to her abdication and later Elizabeth I imprisoned her for the plot to restore the Roman Catholic religion and to take the throne from her

1922 – Lucian Freud, English painter

1925 – Sammy Davis Jr., American actor and singer (d. 1990)

1933 – Flip Wilson, American comedian (d. 1998)

1936 – David Carradine, American actor

1939 – Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, American soul singer

1939 – Sir James Galway, Northern Irish flautist

1941 – Sir Geoff Hurst, English footballer

1943 – Jim Morrison, American singer (The Doors) (d. 1971)

1951 – Bill Bryson, American author

1953 – Kim Basinger, American actress

1964 – Teri Hatcher, American actress

1966 – Sinéad O’Connor, Irish musician

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Thought for the day

I read recently about the top 50 things that people wanted to do before they died.  On that list were things like:  swim with dolphins.  Go wing-walking.  Gallop a horse along a beachoh … and lose weight was on there too!

It feels like there’s a new list of *this*  –  *that*  or  *the other* published almost every day.  As well as the ‘things to do before I die’  or ‘bucket list’ …  there are albums we must hear;  or the places we must visit;  books we must read;  places we must see;  events we must attend;  cars we must test drive;  clothes we must wear this season;  …  and the list of lists goes on and on and … (sigh).  All these lists tell us goals that we must set for ourselves if we are to feel that we are people truly living life.   And … if we’re not sure what our goals should be, then there are plenty of people absolutely dying to share their lists with us.

It would seem that three things attract us to these lists:  a desire to get hold of something good;  a lack of time to choose what is good;  and a concern that we are not achieving enough in life.

According to the people who support these lists, they are perfect for anxious professionals who have no time to embark on spiritual quests.  They provide us with a kind of short cut to ‘meaningful achievement and self-fulfilment‘.

But …is the setting of these personal goals and achieving them, going to bring fulfilment and peace?  Or will we – like the addicted consumer – be left with a nagging sense of there ‘being something else’ – some other goal that maybe can’t be reduced to a grocery list;  a goal that isn’t about self-fulfilment and that requires us to find and choose what is good?

In another age, a busy, anxious professional man asked Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus referred the man to a well-known ‘life list’.  One made up of things we shouldn’t, as well as should, do.

The man proudly replied check‘ to each one of the commandments, but, he told Jesus, he suspected there was more than just that list of do’s and don’ts.

So he asked what he still lacked.  Jesus’ answer wasn’t  ‘go memorise the Torah’  or  ‘white water raft the Jordan’  – but instead “go sell your possessions and follow me.“.  It was a goal way too challenging for the man and we are told he went away sad and unfulfilled.  The man was expecting a  ‘things to do before you die’  list, and instead what he got was a  ‘die first and then discover your life‘  list.

If you feel you don’t have enough of whatever you think you should have . . .  imagine, just for a moment,  a hurricane sweeping through the land you currently live in.  Imagine this hurricane is SO strong that it sweeps your life clean of everything.  Every single thing you currently hold dear to you.  Your house?  Gone.  Your Car?  Gone.  Your Family?  All Gone.  Your Job?  Gone.  All your money (however little of it there is)?  Gone.  Your Clothes?  Gone.

Actually feel how that would feel.  Imagine being stood there, with NOTHING.  Nothing in the world to call your own, other than the clothes you’re wearing right now.  No one.  Just emptiness.

Feel that awful, dreadful feeling of being totally alone, with no one you know and no one who knows you.  No food, no money, no home, no family, friends, job, car, nothing.

Now imagine that one by one, things began to come back.  What would appear first?  How would that feel to have *that* back?  Then the next thingand the next …. and … on and on until eventually, over a short period of time, all your things came back.  Home, family, friends, car, clothes, happiness, joy, love, contentment.

Now ….  do you still think you aren’t blessed?  Do you really need to go and follow that bucket list in order to feel fulfilled?  Or do you recognise that everything you really actually want, is right there where you are.  You already have everything you need.

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There are 17 days till Christmas except there aren’t.  We can’t count Christmas day (as we discussed a couple of weeks ago) so there are only 16 days left till Christmas.  UNLESS … you’re reading this at the end of  Friday the 8th December – which in that case, you can’t really count the 8th so that would mean there were only 15 days till Christmas.  Getting closer all the time, eh?  😀

Now then … before I go, I read this ‘funny’ in a magazine the other day:

After a long Thanksgiving Day of eating and playing, a 3-year-old daughter asked her mother to carry her.  When I asked if her legs were broken, the little girls answered  “Yes, they’re out of batteries.”

Now this tickled the heck out of me because …  when my own two (now very grown up) girls were little and they wanted me to do something I really hadn’t got the energy to do (such as run around the garden with them to see who won) …  I would say (with a groan and a rubbing motion on my leg) …  Oh, but I can’t sweetheart.  I have a bone in my leg!  …  and this one sentence would work wonders and I could get out of the odd game of running, or chase.  Only occasionally mind – use it too much and it would soon wear thin because these girls were born with more brain cells than they have caused me to lose!

But like all children, these two darlings picked up some ‘useful’ things from their mother and took them forward into their own lives, and I fairly recently discovered that Daughter No. 2 (mother of Little Cobs) – has been using this very same excuse in her mummy role and has developed a ‘bone in her leg’ too.

I’m not sure whether to laugh gleefully and be proud, or tut tut tut and tell her off for shirking her ‘motherly duties’.  LOLOL.

Ahh  kids!  Gotta love ’em.  😉

Wishing you a wonderful Friday and a terrific weekend.  Thank you so much for coming and for sharing a coffee with me, while we sat at the table and had a few laughs.

Sending you much love and many squidges ~

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59 thoughts on “The Friday Post ~ 8th December 2017”

  1. Love love love the story about your daughter and “having a bone in your leg” You would totally get along with my dad Cobs…..whenever we would ask who we were going to visit he would always say that we were going to visit “a man with skin on his nose.” I must confess I did use that line on our sons! (and it was quite satisfying….)
    You are also so right on having everything we need right here. What a great reminder….thank you.
    Happy Christmas shopping to you Cobs! And yes it is coming way to fast and I am sure the government is messing with us. I am off to dig up my sunglasses so that can’t flash that flashy thing in my eyes!

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    1. Hello Chicken 🤗
      actually laughing to myself here…
      I have my sunglasses on … but only because the morning, wintery sunshine is streaming through the windows and blinding me! (unless of course, it’s the Men in Black, doing that flashy thing with their special torches! tsk tsk).

      From what you’ve said about your Dad, we’d get on like a house on fire. LOLOLOL. We could swap notes. lol

      A very happy Christmas Shopping to you too. I’ve done pretty well so far, but, as always, there’s a ‘man gift’ which is deluding me – so the battle isn’t yet won. 😜
      Thanks for coming Chicken. I love seeing you and us chatting together.
      Sending Squidges and big love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  2. Oh what a great post Cobs! So much lovely information and such wisdom you have shared! Since I’m reading this on the 7th, does that mean that I really do have 17 days until Christmas???? I can still do some shopping on-line today, so, I guess I do have 17! LOL! Hugs to you! 🙂

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    1. Absolutely 17 . . . but no, in reality it would be 16 because you can’t count Christmas day itself.

      BUT .. that was before you went to bed, so now it’s 15 days.

      Look at that … I’ve lost you two days in a few hours. LOLOLOL
      You’d better get a wiggle on, because time is passing so fast, it’s obviously moving in double time! 🤣

      Aw thanks for coming Nancee. LOVE seeing you and sharing a giggle or two.
      Squidges and love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  3. Happy Friday Cobs! I love architecture, so the clifton bridge is cool, I’m a Royalist through and through so “Yay!” for Queenie, not sure about Edward VII because to become Prince of Wales you have to be eldest child of current monarch, so unless he’d just come of age it probably means his grandad just died :/ Yay for Sammy Davis Jr…in fact a good day for musical births. Have a lovely weekend Cobs, Squidges from us xxx

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    1. Hello Mrs Anna!
      (aw that makes me think of the late Yul Brynner film: The King and I)

      Clifton Suspension Bridge – always strikes me as something incredible which surely was created by a Magician, for (to me, at least), it simply HAS to be magic which keeps that baby suspended in the air like it is. It takes me breath away in wonderment,. A truly magical bit of wonderment.

      Kind Edward VII … Prince Albert Edward was the son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

      Prince Albert passed away in December 1861, (Queen Victoria blamed her son for the loss of Prince Albert). Edward was a right old playboy – BIG TIME. He had affairs too many to mention, bedded down with ladies of the night, and regularly visited Parisian brothels. It was truly scandalous.

      However, When his mother, Queen Victoria passed away on 22 January 1901, Edward became King of the United Kingdom, Emperor of India and King of the British Dominions, chosing to reign under the name Edward VII.

      Sammy Davis Jnr. My father loved him and because of that, even as a tiny scrap, I loved him too. My dad told me he was funny, so, although I didn’t understand his fun, I believed he was funny too. lol.

      Thanks for coming Anna. It’s lovely to see you.
      Wishing you a blessed rest of your day followed by a wonderful weekend. ~ Cobs. x 😀

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  4. Good Morning Cobs! Friday morning here before the sunrise and just had my coffe and visit with you!! Such a lovely visit as always! I must say, some of the dates are so long ago and yet seem not! There was so much devastation and some are still happening. Poor California 😦 I am Blessed and I am Thank ful many times through the day! Oh, yes please get to the bottom of this trickery going on with our time going by too fast! Much Love and Joy to you and yours! Ps So funny about the bone in your leg so you couln’t run around! 🙂
    XXX

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    1. Hello fabulous Ruthie!
      Awww, I’m so glad that you got to enjoy a coffee moment with me. Love seeing you and chatting with you.

      The time trickery . . . I HAVE to try and sort out what’s going on. Something is playing with our time, I’m convinced.

      Tickled pink that you enjoyed the ‘bone in my leg’. You’ll be able to use that even when you’re a grandma! LOL.
      Sending heaps of squidges ~ Cobs. x

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        1. No! Good grief. I would have guessed you were way too young to have a 14 year old Grandmother! It’s your inner child, obviously, which keeps you straight out of the box fresh! 😀

          You’ll have to try the ‘bone in my leg’ excuse on him and see what he says. LOLOL.
          Sending squidges and love – from my inner child to yours ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  5. There are some real horrible WW11 memories in today’s post – lest we forget, and yet we are still living in the midst of warmongering …
    Such a terrible day for plane crashes too Cobs. Not a good day to fly!
    I love the movie The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. At the end it all about LOVE. The most important priceless gift. Happy weekend xx

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    1. You’re absolutely right Daisies, it really is all about LOVE.
      I watched The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, and was both emotional at the end, and also so very relieved about the message held in those final few moments. Made me cry.

      Again, you’re spot on ~ love really is the most important, pricelss gift…. and available to all.

      Sending love to you Daisies. Thank you so much for coming. Have a blessed day. ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  6. Leave it to our children to lighten the day.
    We had grandparents day at the kids school yesterday. GT’s class at 8:30 did a wonderful collection of Christmas songs and EA’s and AM’s class did theirs at 11:30. Both of course were great
    ( grandma talk ).Then today….SNOW… just doesn’t get any better. Of course plans have been postponed due to weather. LOL

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    1. Aw, I remember how much my mother LOVED Grandparents day when my girls were at school. She adored going into the classroom and chatting with all those little ones. I swear that when she came out, she looked ten years younger. It had filled her with fun bubbles and love.

      Postponed plans …. ah well, you get to stay in the house and ….. CRAFT! Win! LOL.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  7. Quite a bit of “Jack Frost” here this a.m. and we are at about 0 C out there, supposed to warm up to a balmy 6 today. Brrr Hands are aching from the weather. Everything is white out there, crispy grass but one positive, it makes picking up the doggies little poopies much easier. 🙂
    I get upset when talking about the hideous things that happened during the wars and the Nazi’s were great at killing with gas! I just can’t imagine the poor people when they saw that van coming, knowing their time was coming. Pretty slow death from the exhaust I’m sure.
    Chapman, I wonder how his parole hearing went this year? I am guessing he is still in prison. If you take a life you should get life. That person you killed isn’t coming back, so why should you be allowed to celebrate yours by being “free”. Bull cookies!
    On a brighter note, the sun is shining and we are going to go down the park. I have a murder of crows that I feed there and there is one in particular that makes me smile and laugh, she/he comes down at my feet and hops along with me, looking up on occasion to make sure I don’t step on her/him until I feed them some kibble. I would much rather be friends with crows than have them as enemy’s. I have gone from about 16 birds to over 30 easy, but they don’t all come at once. Any Alfred Hitchcock lover’s out there? I don’t feel creeped out at all, just kinda protected in a weird way. My dog, the one that is totally blind now (no eyes) and nearly deaf, doesn’t see them so is not wanting to eat them, if he was sighted I don’t think I would feed birds, he would want to chase them. All creatures mellow with age too.
    Well that is about all I have at the moment. Have a blessed weekend Cobs and thanks for the posting this a.m.

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    1. Hello Soozy 😀
      aw, it’s lovely to see you.

      It’s snowing/snowed in some parts of the UK, but not here in the far south, along the coast where I live. It’s very cold, and the wind was just awful yesterday, but thankfully it’s calmed down today. But it’s bitterly cold.

      Regarding Mr. Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon … he doesn’t have his next parole until August 2018. I do wonder if he’s even of sound mind, and should even be considered sane enough to be allowed to be set free.

      It would seem (to me) that the way he killed John Lennon that he (Chapman) was absolutely not of sound mind at that time, and I question if he could be of sound mind even now.

      Feeding the blackbirds . . . I can see how much fun you have feeding them, and how much you actually love that one blackbird who comes close and hops along with you as you walk.

      Bless your beautiful heart.

      Thank you for coming Soozy. I so love seeing you, and adore chatting with you.
      Sending love ❤ and Squidges 🤗 ~ Cobs. xxx 🌲🌲🌲

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  8. awwwwwww I love the story about your daughter !!!! A Sweet memory that is still sweet!!!!! You always have the best and most fun stories. I remember stories lol my dad used to tell us. Southern dads and their stories are quite funny. LIke how he found us in hollow logs and ripped off our tails and masks (racoons) and there were were sweet little children! lol but they are awesome stories that make us all smile from memories. I feel lucky to have them as I am sure your daughter does too!! I hope you have a lovely weekend!!!!! xoxoxo my friend!!! Thank you for the company and the coffee. It is always a delight!..

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    1. Hello lovely Tam!
      Ohh it’s so lovely to see you here. Tickled pink about your Dads stories … “found you in hollow logs, and ripped off your tails and masks, and there you were …. sweet children!” …. all heck, I’m all wriggly with joy and love. What a GREAT dad!

      You’re right … they’re beautiful memories, made by parents who just adore their little ones.

      Thanks for coming Tam, and for spending a little time chatting with me over a coffee. Love seeing you.
      Wishing you and yours a fabulous Friday, and a wonderful Weekend. May each hour be blessed with love.
      I’ll start it by saying ~ much love ~ Cobs. xxx ❤

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  9. HEEELLLOOOO Cobs,

    Oh beleive me, since January 20th many of us over here have put on our dark clothes and sleuthing hats…….wink wink

    Enjoyed your story of the “bone in the leg”, that is too clever! I have two teenagers as of the 9th. I am also dealing with the fatigue of having a 4 year old. However having teens and knowing how fast the time goes, I am trying to push myself more and complain less….but it is hard. Thanks for the reminder to stay viligant.

    Thanks for another nice post to the start of the weekend. If one is allowed to make a request, could you bring back your jokes/pun section. It was fun, no matter what was going on it always brightened my day. I miss it!

    Anyway, hope you enjoy your weekend and look forward to next week’s post!

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    1. The jokes will be making a special appearance very soon. 😘 (wink wink) … I can say no more. 😎

      Thrilled you got a bit of a smile from the ‘bone in my leg’ from my girls childhoods. You can use that one on your 4 year old. You might be able to try it out on your about to be teens, but I’d suggest that you only try it when they’re a bit distracted and thinking about something else, otherwise they’ll see straight through it. LOL

      Thanks for coming Scrapper, love chatting with you and sharing a coffee moment!
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Hello DDAMS 🙂
      Aww, it’s lovely to see you. Yes, today was definitely a bad news day. I tried to find something light hearted to pop in there somewhere …. anywhere …. but I could find a big nothing!

      So in the end I shared a bit of fun from some years ago when I was a young mum. It lightened the mood a tad.

      Thanks so much for coming, its lovely to see you.
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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  10. Good evening!

    Hope you’ve had a lovely day and stayed warm…it snowed a little bit here so my annual winter paranoia has set in about falling over…

    A great Friday post – I remember the assassination of John Lennon very clearly…also that the amount of plane crashes during those years made my mother absolutely terrified of flying…(even with the application of some medicinal whisky..)

    Looking at the time, I think I might go and hide in the wardrobe for a bit…just in case the MIB come calling…😱…lots of love to you 😺😺xxx

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    1. Put your sun glasses on Samantha! Let’s beat ’em at their own game.

      We’ve lived in the south of England for 6 years and in all that time it’s not snowed here once. I do miss it. But, in a perfect world, I would request snow on Christmas Eve at around 4pm. Then I’d want to wake up on Christmas day to see 6 inches of crisp, beautiful snow outside.

      However …. I’d like it to all melt on Boxing day (the day after Christmas Day for those who don’t know what it is) – so that it didn’t turn into that dirty slushy stuff piled up at the side of the road.

      That would suit me down to the ground. I hope the weather is listening to me putting my order in!
      lol.
      Thanks for coming Samantha. Love seeing you.
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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      1. I always have one very special present every year that my son started when he was little…a sunshine voucher for Christmas Day! And when he’s made his fortune…who knows it could be a plane ticket to Australia!
        Lots of love to you 😺💕xxx

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          1. Australia equals sunshine for me…turkey on the barbecue, santa hats and bikinis…and here’s me on the bus to town on a grey icy day…people coughing and spluttering around me…😢😸😢😸💕xxx

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            1. Put a hanky over your mouth and nose!! Don’t inhale their germs. You don’t want a germ ridden Christmas!

              Australia at Christmas? Noooooo. Sunshine and barbeques? Santa hats, yes, bikinis at Christmas? Noooooo!

              You cannot have heat it up weather outside and snow scene Christmas cards on the mantel shelf inside!

              I need to re-programme you. We shall have to save up and go to somewhere like Switzerland and do Christmas. We’ll probably have to do this for several years. Maybe mix it up with Lapland too.
              😀
              Sounds like a plan to me! 🙂 lol. C. xxx

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              1. Lol! Perhaps…I will consider it…as long as they have superlative central heating! I remember my first year at boarding school, it was SO cold there was ice on the inside of the windows, and it’s left me with a horror of being cold…and tea tree oil is my secret weapon! Anti-bacterial and definitely a must have for the medicine cabinet 😸💕xxx

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                1. I need to toughen you up.

                  Actually …. I remember winters from my childhood, waking up in my room and not being able to look out of the window until I’d scraped, with my fingernails, the ice off the inside of the windows.

                  We didn’t have central heating – we had just one fire, in the living room, for a coal fire, and then hot water-bottles came into play, and … when I was really cold, my mom put her fur coat on top of my blankets for the extra warmth. I have such fond memories of that fur coat. I used to stick my arms down the armholes so that the collar would be up around my face, and I could gently stroke the collar over my cheek. The wonderful feeling would stupify me and I’d fall asleep in double quick time.

                  That fur coat left such a lasting impression that I actually now have a fur throw. (not real fur of course – but soooo soft), and if I’m miserable or in pain, in the wintery months, Mr.Cobs brings the blanket in from it’s hiding place in the top box of one of the wardrobes, and covers me in it, fur side down, (so it’s closest to my bod) and it cheers me up no end. All that stroking of the fur …. although mind, if you didn’t know what was going on under that throw you might think something like a ferret was alive under it. LOL.

                  I’m still booking Switzerland and Lapland (I googled and they have central heating inside hotel rooms 😀 WIN!) LOL
                  [laughing like a drain here]

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                  1. Lol! Have you seen that ice hotel where literally everything – even the beds – are made of ice? Nightmare…!

                    I have the most wonderful fake fur throw, even as I type I am huddled under a corner of it…Ting has most of it…but they are lovely and warm. They should make clothes out of that material…😺💕xxx

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                    1. Now THERE’S an idea that I’d pay good money for. Oooooo…. I would LOVE that! (I’m even, honest to Dog, as I type, trying to figure out what I’d want designed in it. LOL… it’s true. Cross my heart, I really am!)
                      Save yourself Samantha …. there’s no hope for me!

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  11. hello dear Cobs-The hurricane idea was a good one! It sure helps you get things in perspective. I do not have a bucket list-I never did. I am quite content with whatever I am given in life. I could never have planned any of the goodness I have known thus far-and look forward with “great expectations” to every day. I know you do too! thank you for another lovely visit-and by the way, a lot of sad things on December 8th-right? love your rabbit!

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    1. Hello my much loved Rabbit. 🐇
      Like you, I don’t have a bucket list. If there is something that I would like to do, I save the pennies and do it. But I don’t make a list of things like ‘stroke a donkey’; ‘feed a dolphin’; ‘climb Mount Everest’. If there are chances that come along for me to do some things which my heart holds a secret thought about, then I may do them if I can. But my life doesn’t depend on me doing them in order for me to feel that I have ‘lived’.

      Knowing that I am enjoying my life, and doing things for others to help them in their lives. Bringing joy to Little Cobs life and spending time with him; loving my husband and showing my love; making other people smile and feel even a moment of pride in themselves… …. it’s these sorts of things which are important to me. These, and things like these, are the important things to me.

      I need no list for any of these, for they are inscribed on my heart and simply part of my make up. Made by God.

      I am so blessed in so many ways that an achievement list isn’t needed.

      Sad things on December the 8th … I know! I’ve tried so very hard to find some good news for today from our history but found nothing. There surely has to be some good news in our history for today, but it’s obviously hidden from me.

      Sending you oodles of love dearest Rabbit ~ Cobs. xxx

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      1. I cry most everytime I hear from you-Your goodness spills out and there I go. Read my latest post to find out something good that happened on the eighth. Until then, God bless my dear Cobs-thank you love your rabbit! xoxoxox

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        1. Hello dear Rabbit.
          I visited your blog earlier today (as I’m playing catch up because I didn’t read blogs I follow for 2 days and so now I’m all behind again! tsk tsk).

          I loved your post about your shopping trip with your family members, How wonderful that was to read. It made me feel like I was a part of it. 🙂

          Fabulous post Rabbit. I loved it. Muchly!
          Sending love ~ Cobs. xxx

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          1. thank you dear! I seem to stay behind! Gosh I want to cry when I see how many posts I have missed! You come when you can and know you are always welcome-in fact you are officially declared a very honored member of the rabbit patch family! love Michele

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  12. Oh gosh, what a powerful message at the end. It is too easy to take things for granted, and I learned that last week as I received some sad news from a friend.
    As for the bone in your leg, it’s too funny! My kids would think for a minute and then laugh too. Have a lovely week, and only 13 days to go until Christmas now!

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    1. 13 days … ohhh the agony of waiting all that time when I was young and wanting Christmas Day to come faster. 😍

      And yet now (now I’m as old as dirt) …. the agony of how little time I have left and how little energy to do what needs to be done! 😖

      eeeek.
      Sending love, and wishing you a fabulous 13 days run up to Christmas with your children. Have fun!

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  13. Hello, you are so right – the days are moving faster and faster and there is no stopping them. My son was quite put out the other day as he had heard someone say that the days were shorter because its winter. He interpreted this as meaning that there were less hours in the day in which to play so therefore he didn’t want to go to bed so that he could sneak in extra time to play. Well, I do get to stay up past 8pm and still don’t have enough time lol.

    So funny that your daughter uses your excuses to get out of some games. I suspect we all sound like our mothers once we have kids. Hxx

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    1. Actually giggling about your son … but in a sort of “awwww, bless his little heart” kind of way. What a sweety he is!

      Problem with my daughter using the ‘bone in my leg’ excuse is that I can’t use that one now, so I’m going to have to come up with something new. I’ve been thinking about this over the past few days, and, so far, “I think I might have a wonky bone …. come and have a feel” …. but I’m still trying to find a bone in me which could just about feel that it might be a teeny bit wonky. LOL

      Sending squidges – pre-Christmas ones to get you through the next few days! ~ C. xxx

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  14. This missing time is definitely a Government conspiracy. We need Mulder on the case. No bucket list here. Happy with life. Even more so now I have read about those vans. Evil!! Calling in to say Hi…How ya doin’. Hope all is well.
    Take care, Hugs Flo xxx

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    1. Hello Flo!
      The Missing Time …. the Governments of the World are doing something to make time disappear. They have to be. There is no other explanation!

      Glad to hear you don’t have a bucket list. It confirms what I’ve always felt about you … that being that you’re totally normal. (well almost normal) lol.

      All basically well here – just not enough time for all the things that need to be done! eeek!
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. xxx

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