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The Lighter Side / Re: old sayings
« on: Friday 25 October 13 18:47 BST (UK)  »
I was told I had been given away to a gypsy family, but they brought me back   ;D

The Lighter Side / Re: What where the worst things you had to endure as a child?
« on: Friday 25 October 13 02:20 BST (UK)  »
Seems to me Vicktoria that one of the biggest factors today is how we determine the difference between 'wants' and 'needs'.

Kids (and I include my own here) grumble about not being able to manage at times yet have iphones, subscription TV and a couple of fairly new cars. I was no stranger to impulse buying either - usually of the shiny four wheel variety with those added extras but really, they were the wants of this life and not the needs. Now of course I'm retired but even so we'll buy something we don't really need like a tin of paint to brighten up a room.... or a packet of bacon for that now rare bacon butty luxury and oh, the occasional bottle of plonk. Not "needed" I know but, Meh!

How things change eh, but even when I was a kid Mum would be virtually skint yet would still send me up the road with her last 1/6d to go buy her half ounce of Golden Virginia - and then just give us dollops of 'Birds Instant Whip' for our tea!  Remember that stuff?   

The Lighter Side / Re: Dying of old age?
« on: Friday 25 October 13 01:40 BST (UK)  »
Graham you said your sister died from a broken heart many times.  It has been proven that women do suffer from broken heart syndrome.  After the quakes here, many women suffered mild heart attacks or some kind of chest complaint.
As for dying of old age, surely the body slowly breaks down with time, our faces show that with the first sign of cracks ;D  Crumbs I must not have long to go :o

Suzy W

I'm sure they do Suzy, but I meant it in a lighthearted way - lots of 'over the top' drama's from my kid sister when romances failed!  ;D

As for dying of old age, of course the body must wear out pretty much the same as an old car does but at the end of the day as said, surely you have to die of something specific even if the medic is not sure what it is there has to be a contributing factor such as heart failure?

"Lack of breath" was one of my Dad's favorite sayings!

Even though I'm like an old car myself I'll probably succumb to something like pneumonia as I have always had bad chests. As for the Mrs, I am always telling her I'm going to change her for a new model but as she's now a collectors item I think I'll hang to her for a little longer.  ;)

I will concede though occasions when either through trauma or tiredness say, some folks just give up and slip slowly away. My father-in-law lay dying of a painful cancer but would not go until his eldest and only son came to sit beside his bed, held his hand and said "Papa, I'm here", and then he just went. He died of cancer sure, but he also went of his own accord. 

The Lighter Side / Re: old sayings
« on: Friday 25 October 13 01:28 BST (UK)  »
As a small child I remember asking where I came from and being told I came from a twinkle in my father's eye . Wow! Magic!

My kids were told that, they used to look into my eyes for more twinkles!
Happy days  :)

The Lighter Side / Re: old sayings
« on: Thursday 24 October 13 19:26 BST (UK)  »
Many years ago the local vicar would say Well I'll go to the foot of our font!

.....and try saying that after to much altar wine!

The Lighter Side / Re: Dying of old age?
« on: Thursday 24 October 13 19:08 BST (UK)  »
I am surprised to read that old age is written as cause of death today . I have it on ancestor's death certificates and presumed the people were worn out /gave up or the doctor wasn't  exactly sure but death wasn't unexpected due to age. So this phrase has  been in continuous use ?

So was I Sue, and from what I had read where it was used the deceased had to be over 70 years old and a supplementary cause given, but according to Jan posted above, the rules changed again in 1993 so I'm none the wiser and still puzzled.

Is there a doctor in the house! (medical, not academic please... although medics are not always entitled to use the term "Doctor")   :D 

The Lighter Side / Re: What where the worst things you had to endure as a child?
« on: Thursday 24 October 13 17:57 BST (UK)  »
Guyana and Graham

I'm sorry you had to grow up like you did. It makes everything I had to endure seem trivial.


Ah thanks Gill, but to be honest it all comes out in the wash as they say.

It left me with a determination to raise my kids with far more patience and kindness that I ever had so I guess that's a good enough plus. It does annoy me however when people use their own childhood experiences as an excuse to be rotten with their own kids. It's just not on as far as I'm concerned. 

The Lighter Side / Re: What where the worst things you had to endure as a child?
« on: Thursday 24 October 13 17:32 BST (UK)  »
The rows over my Dad's drunkenness, which were frequent.

That's a bad one. Such things must leave awful memories and kids were certainly seen and treated differently years ago.

It must have been in the late 50's and not long my mother took myself and my older brother out of the kids home. I was an argumentative little sod I must admit, but that was no reason for my step-dad to give me a wallop of backhander for arguing with my mother. It felt like I'd been smacked in the face by a barn door as I was thrown backwards off my chair with blood everywhere. How the heck he did not bust my nose I have no idea, but at least he had the 'decency' to look sorry.

The common threat to me at that time was that if I did not behave "a man will come and take you back to that home" - so I expect that's what the argument was about.   

Parents eh? Who'd have them?   :-\

The Lighter Side / Re: Dying of old age?
« on: Thursday 24 October 13 17:18 BST (UK)  »
From 1837 a cause of death was probably entered but there was no legal requirement  to do so.


A poisoners paradise then Stan.  :-\ 

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