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Happy New Year everyone! A new decade too......I was trying to explain to the boys about the year 2000 and how everyone was getting worked up about the computer clock ticking over into a new millenium. The world banking system was going to collapse, 'planes would fall out of the sky, missile controls would somehow launch etc. It seems laughable now but rather disturbing at the time; but here we all still are 20 years on :lol:.

Thanks for being such a great, knowledgable, wise and supportive bunch - I do love The Forum!

 

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The Roaring Twenties! I'm quite excited. It's coincided with a new chapter in my life. I decided on a new resolution for this decade which is quite complex and would be boring to anyone who isn't me. The Millennium bug 🐛 was hilarious, do you remember how many of us couldn't say millennium at first, a bit like the issues we had with Hermione. I love this forum too. Apart from my husband and kids, family hasn't really worked out and I keep anyone else at arms length. This relationship we have here suits me perfectly. 

Happy New Year! 🎉 

明けましておめでとうございます 🎉 

(also, please forgive me writing Japanese, learning Japanese is one of my greatest pleasures and I love to try it out) 

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Gelukkig Nieuwjaar iedereen! En een goed uiteinde!

I do love this forum too! My mom still finds it slightly peculiar/special to have such contact with people I don’t know!

Yes... trying to explain the millennium to young ones.... I had to explain how to use a “normal” phone (one with an attached horn) to an 18 year last month... “Yes dear, you first take the horn and hold it to your ear. No... the other way around... Now type in the phone number. No no... use the numbered buttons.” :wall:

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Happy New Year to you all!  My brother in Australia has already wished me a Happy New Decade, I feel the new beginnings bring us together and make the world smaller, although I know for some people a look back to 2019 is not a happy one.

Rather unexpectedly I will be spending New Year with a Japanese lady amongst a bunch of Portugeuse people, but luckily for me she speaks excellent English, there is no way I would be able to communicate in Japanese, so respect to you PL!

Apparently we will be standing in the freezing cold but in front of a huge bonfire, with a drink of fizzy wine, and eating 12 raisins, which represent the 12 months, but I am not sure why we are eating the raisins, presumably health, wealth and happiness for the forthcoming year.  I understand in Japan you eat a soya bean for each year of your age on your birthday (?), which might get tricky about now!

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Sounds like a very special New Year’s Daphne! Hope you’ll enjoy yourself!

Isn’t it lovely how Ikea just wished me a good 2019 in their email! Well... I’ll try to enjoy the last 4 hours!

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9 minutes ago, soapdragon said:

You must be a very good customer then CT!?

Oh definitely! There isn’t a lot in my house that doesn’t come from the big blue and yellow warehouse! :lol:

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Bliain Nua Shona from the Emerald Isle. I also love to hear of everyone’s adventures. It will be early to bed here as I’ve been up since 6 . Other half had to drive daughter and her dog to Dublin as she was catching ferry to Holyhead,they  have just arrived back in Watford . Meanwhile I have done about 7 washes and packed away most of Christmas decorations. Last to go will be real tree tomorrow then I will get hinching. B and M bargains also visited for pink stuff, Zoflora and vinegar spray. I am exhausted thinking about it. 

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5 hours ago, mullethunter said:

I love it too - I feel like you’re all good friends 😊

In days gone by, when the forum was better populated, most of us would meet up a couple of times a year..... brilliant fun!

I am looking forward to this new year and new decade too - have a good and positive feeling about this one, and with the past year being more than a little trying, it had better be an improvement! I will be starting a new business too, which will be revealed when it is better 'cooked'. 

For the time being, I am sat at home, trying to placate a very nervous lurcher while the fireworks (already!!!) rain down outside. Rosie is home for Christmas, her flatmate from Edinburgh is visiting for the new year, they were going out, but seem to be getting steadily drunk up in the attic room, and listening to music. I suspect that their 'going out' will end up being 'staying in' :wink: Some of you will remember her as a 4 year old... she's now 22 and studying biological sciences in Edinburgh, and has just nailed down her specialism in marine mammals and parasitology! We are off out tomorrow for lunch to celebrate my birthday! 

 

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Happy New Year to everyone!  I too am sitting up with a nervous dog, plus thinking of my son and family driving from Sydney to Melbourne - this is what it looks like.   They’ve got another 2 hours of driving through this.  Let’s hope we take better care of this planet of ours in the next decade. 

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Golly, I really feel for folks in Australia right now - I know that the media is really pumping it up, but they are in a terrible situation.

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Yes, its awful beyond belief.  After a while you can't really comprehend the sheer scale of the destruction, and the danger to all forms of life is terrible.  Many people will suffer some form of 'PTSD' so to speak a long time after we have forgotten all about it. Apparently you can see the smoke haze from New Zealand, which is about 1000km from Sydney.  

We had fireworks here too, a 'selection box' let off at midnight, the village gathered outside the hall to watch them for the minute or so they lasted, with very little fanfare, no big singing or dancing, then everyone went back inside and resumed drinking/eating/playing cards or Trivial Pursuit.  It was all very local!

 

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I hope your family are safely back home now Patricia, I was wondering about them yesterday. 

 

Went down the river today to kickstart the New Year. It was a very grey day but really fun. 

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Yes.  They arrived safely this morning after 500km drive through terrible smoke.   They are now in clear skies in Melbourne.   There are fires south of there ,but not as dreadful as the ones around Sydney.  There is hope though.  My son is leading a group of businesses hoping to plant 100 million trees to increase the generation of more carbon into the atmosphere.  I hope they succeed. 

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On 12/31/2019 at 5:05 PM, mullethunter said:

I love it too - I feel like you’re all good friends 😊

 

That's how I feel - I have been on here for almost 11 years now and although have only met a couple of people, everyone on here is an extended part of my family.

 

My children are on their way back from Australia today and hopefully arrive on time tomorrow.

They have also been in the smoke so it has been quite scary.

I feel really sorry for all the people suffering in Australia, and all the animals too, Patricia I'm glad your family is safe xx

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Belated happy new year - just getting over the lurgy!  Thanks to number one son who shared his germs with me just after Christmas!   

Our friend lives in Auckland and while he said that the south island is getting a lot of smoke from Oz, it occasionally affects them too - he is fed up with his smoke alarm sounding off so much!

I'd be happy to share some of our rain with the Aussies!  Heaven knows they need it far more!

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Happy New Year!

I’ve been crazy busy with work for the last 6 months that I’ve not really had chance to pop on here but do still catch up. Still speak to some Omleteers on a daily basis and meet up with a few every summer - do miss the old forum days!

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Any chance we can manage a get together over the summer? What would be the best location for as many as possible (apart from a motorway service station 😂)?

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I think this is a very good idea!  Maybe we should all suggest places.   I’ll suggest Waterperry.  Just off the M40.  Nice cafe.  Moving west.  Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford.   Further south Beale Trust.   

Any more? 

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13 hours ago, soapdragon said:

Any chance we can manage a get together over the summer? What would be the best location for as many as possible (apart from a motorway service station 😂)?

The Netherlands? 😇

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4 hours ago, soapdragon said:

We could Skype you, CT 😉!?

:lol: deal!

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