23 January 2022 – Amusements

A 17-year-old girl came home with five job applications. She carefully filled them out, and later asked her mother to look them over.

All the answers were clear and concise and she noticed that on all five applications, under “Previous Employment”, she had listed “Baby-sitting”.

But then she read, under “Reason for Leaving” her daughter had answered, “Parents came home.”

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9 January 2022

Well, we’ve finally had a spot of cold weather – we awoke on Thursday morning to what is known in the trade as a “hard frost.” The landscape on the other side of the windows shimmered with a white frosting and the temperature had, allegedly, dipped to -5o C overnight (23o F). As I said last time, I am old enough not to miss the cold temperatures and snow but, so far, this “winter” has been very disconcerting – it was 16o C (almost 61o F) on New Year’s Day for goodness’ sake! We have nice summer days that don’t get that warm.

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2 January 2022

And a happy New Year to you all. We did essentially the same thing we’ve done every New Year’s Eve since the millennium, I think. We were up in bed snoring long before it turned midnight in the UK. But, celebrating the new year in Antananarivo sounds much more enjoyable than revelling in Trafalgar Square or, indeed, the Upper Green, Moreton Pinkney.

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2 January 2022 – Amusements

During World War II Richard Wynn, on flight duty with the 8th Air Force Division in Europe was shot down and captured by the Germans. After a year as prisoner of war, he escaped and made his way back to his bomber group in England. One of his first acts there was to hunt up the corporal on duty in the parachute building.

“Corporal,” he said, “a year ago I had occasion to use one of the parachutes that your men had packed and I want you to know how delighted I was to find it in perfect working order. I give you my deepest compliments and appreciation.”

“You know, Lieutenant, funny thing,” the corporal replied. “In this work we never get any complaints.”

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26 December 2021

And a Happy Christmas to you all – I hope you had a lovely time with, preferably, families and/or friends. Although our Christmas Day was relaxed (just the two of us), we had a fabulous time with Adam, Ava and Jessie on Christmas Eve and today we are looking forward to Nick, Lucy and Annabelle as well as Adam, Ava and Jessie coming here for some more celebratory diversions. (Provided none of us test positive for Covid in the meantime and also provided the idiot currently occupying Number 10 doesn’t realise that he should have implemented restrictions long ago and decides to finally do the right thing today. On second thoughts, there’s no chance of him doing the right thing so I think we’re OK on that score).

Jessie & Grandma reading ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
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26 December 2021 – Amusements

A family had moved to Seattle from Texas, and each of them missed their old home. That December, when they went to pick up their first-grade son from school, his teacher told them about a conversation she overheard.

One boy said, “We’re Catholic, and we are going to Christmas Mass.”

“Were Jewish,” said another child. “And we’re going to have a Hanukkah celebration.

“Madison chimed in, “We’re Texans, and we’re going to have a barbecue.”

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