We are often out (or I am in bed) when the electricity
and gas meter readers call.They leave a
little card and we take the reading and leave it in the window.
This week the card was a bit different.It had a smiley face on it.
It’s amazing the difference that made.Instead of cursing that I had to move the
washing machine, behind which the electricity meter is crammed, my face lit up
and I went to show Jo the card.What a
difference a little smiley face made.
We put the reading in the window and when we
came back from being out the next day we found this little slip had been put through the
Sadly I haven’t been able to find out how to contact
the local G4S to say how good we thought it was and that the meter reader
(assuming it was done on his or her own initiative) deserved a bonus!
I too used a smiley face this week and was
suitably rewarded.It related to my postcard
When postcards come from some countries they are
hand-stamped by their post offices. When this happens the stamp (or frank as it
is more properly known) is usually placed in such a way that the stamps are not
overly covered with inky waves.Also, because the postcard
doesn’t go through a machine it is not damaged.
But when the franking is done by a machine all
too often the pretty stamps are totally obliterated.
And the card itself is
scraped, covered in inky marks or otherwise damaged.
The other day I decided to put all the cards I
had to send that day into a plastic cover and on top I put a yellow sticky asking if
the cards could be hand stamped if possible and added a smiley face.I addressed one of the cards to myself to see
what happened.This was the result. An undamaged card and a pleasant frank.
Thank you Post Office. In future I shall do this each time.
During the process of Postcrossing I have met a
very intelligent and pleasant young lady of 8 years of age named Katya.Katya comes from the Ukraine.
Yesterday she sent me an e-mail about
postcards.But at the end of the e-mail
was this message.
“We live in a small village near a small town
and we do everything well! But today there were problems with withdrawals from
ATMs, banks close, long queues at petrol stations for benzine! In Kiev, very
bad! Kill people, fire! Kiev was very beautiful! What a pity! The government
does not want to give up power! People are dying!
We appeal to all: If you have a connection
with the press, television, government, please help to stop the bloodshed and
restore peace! Thank you!”
I don't know enough about the situation to take sides and maybe neither 'side' is completely right or wrong. If you want a clearer explanation of the situation the BBC news site is probably as good as any. There is also a YouTube video of a fourteen year old in Kiev which you may want to watch.
If you can do anything at all, however little - like writing to your local elected representative - please help to keep Katya and her 8 year old friends safe and once more enable her to visit the beautiful city of Kiev before the city is destroyed and without her being in a firing line.
Liverpool beat Everton 4-0 and then beat Arsenal (who were at
that time top of the table) 5-1.The
Reds are currently fourth, only six points behind the leaders Chelsea.Manchester United are nine points behind
Liverpool, in 7th place below Everton in 6th. Other than topping the table - which we did at Christmas - I can't think of a better situation to be in.
Our Amaryllises (is that the plural?) flowered.
And the Orchid which Partner-who-loves-tea bought at the
beginning of October has never stopped flowering for a single day since it arrived in the house…
It's rained every day.
We had some sushi – my first ever!
PWLT gave me a couple of USB sticks - a penguin and an owl.
I received lots of postcards… Guess which country this lovely one came from?
And I used my Christmas present of early 20th century
postal scales to weigh an envelope or two.
Enjoy the next few days... (in fact enjoy the rest of your life!)
It’s the Superbowl tomorrow… Good luck to the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow but the
outstanding sporting event of the weekmonthyeardecade on Merseyside was Liverpool’s thrashing
of their rivals from across the park – Everton.Non-sporting persons may want to ignore this post and come back in a day
Liverpool 4 – Everton 0
On Tuesday night, Liverpool ripped up the history books,
recording their biggest victory in the Merseyside Derby since 1982, and their
biggest at Anfield in this scrap for local supremacy since 1972, by cutting Everton
to pieces with the pace and precision of their counter-attacks. The Kop loved
it, chanting “Liverpool are magic, Everton are tragic”, a reminder of the late
Emlyn Hughes’ grabbing of the microphone at the civic reception held at St
George’s Hall after the 1977 European Cup final.
Captain Steven Gerrard was the mainstay of the team as always. His sixth goal of the season was Liverpool’s 150th in all
derbies at Anfield. He has now scored nine times against Everton (only Ian
Rush, with 25, has scored more for Liverpool in derbies). It had to be Gerrard,
who loves the derby intensity and significance, scoring the opener.
A slightly more selfish professional, Daniel Sturridge,
struck twice, and missed a penalty which will staying missing for a while.
Luis Suárez put in another outstanding 90 minutes, including
Liverpool’s fourth goal which started after a rather unequal foot race against
Phil Jagielka from the halfway line. Embodied by the tireless Suárez,
Liverpool’s work-rate was of the highest order.
If Gerrard and Sturridge vied
for the man-of-the-match honours, Suárez’s willingness to cover back as well as
race forward, registering his 23rd goal of the season, was also worthy of
praise. Philippe Coutinho left to a standing ovation, deservedly so because of
the intelligence of his vision and distribution.
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I'm a blogger - and nowadays that seems to be my main occupation. Rambles from My Chair is my main blog. I’m a retired local government executive - now studying how to survive a neurological disorder that gives me various problems but, hopefully, a whole new outlook on life and an increased sense of humour and perspective. There is a saying in Sweden "man måste vara frisk för att orka vara sjuk" ~ "you have to be well to cope with being ill"....
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