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colin twine
10th December 2012, 03:54 PM
it,s to cold here so my wife and i are going to benidorm for 4 weeks flights apartment and a car less than 1000 free entertainment and a good deal warmer cheers clancy:cool:

Captain Kong
10th December 2012, 04:31 PM
Bring us a stick of Rock back Clancy.
and a Happy Christmas to you and your wife, also the lad, is he going to? Couldnt get to see you this year I was in Hospital.
See you next time.
Cheers
Brian.

happy daze john in oz
11th December 2012, 11:44 AM
Bring us a stick of Rock back Clancy.
and a Happy Christmas to you and your wife, also the lad, is he going to? Couldnt get to see you this year I was in Hospital.
See you next time.
Cheers
Brian.

There was a time not long ago when prisoners here in Oz got a stick of rock, a big stick. They then were given a big hammer and made to turn it into little sticks of rock.

Tony Morcom
11th December 2012, 11:52 AM
That's it, next year I am definitely going away for Christmas. I don't care where but I am not going through all this pre-Christmas fiasco again. Her in doors, who has been more or less stuck in bed for three months now suggested on Saturday that I take my nine year old Xmas shopping. Three hours of that and I am never doing it again!!! Talk about a bitch in training ~ she is turning into an expert especially where shopping is concerned.
Sunday the wife wanted the decorations put up. Outside ones were no problem because at the moment she has not been able to get out and criticise them. That will come tomorrow night when we attempt to get her to see my daughter's school play. Maybe I'll just switch them off and she won't be able to see them (I blame the fuse:rolleyes:) The tree, usually her domain, nearly caused an instant divorce. By the time I had untangled the lights she lovingly put away, and then found that they weren't working, I was not in the best of moods. Got them working and on the tree along with all the decorations and then I heard the stair-lift!! "You've used the wrong lights!, the balls don't go on that way. Shouldn't the tree be on a stand?" By then I wasn't listening and had disappeared for a well earned cigarette while she discussed my disaster with her daughter. Three hours later, a different set of lights, which look the same to me, the balls in the required order plus the tree on a stand and semi peace was restored ~ I wasn't even talking to her by then:mad:

This morning, in my misguided infinite wisdom, I decided that maybe I had better attempt to make a Xmas cake, something that she always does but for obvious reasons can't now. I have never made a cake in my life. I can just about manage a roast, cottage pie etc but anything resembling a pudding or cake normally comes from a packet or tin! I got out all the ingredients from their various hiding places. Women really don't have a clue when it comes to storing things ~ surely all the baking stuff should be in one cupboard not spread between every bloody cupboard in the kitchen. Anyway I followed the instructions carefully after reading that it didn't matter too much that a) I hadn't started the cake weeks ago and b) that I should leave the bloody dried fruit to soak overnight. If I did that I knew that by tomorrow the impetus would be gone. Mixed it all up to what looks like something out of a nappy and put it in the tin which had been carefully lined as per instructions. Whoops, it didn't fit ~ the stupid tin is only 7" and the mix is for an 8" tin. Now what bloody fool came up with a seven inch tin design when the recipe is for 8"!!! Oh well, what didn't fit was left on the side ( half an hour later to be stuck into by one of the cats who will now be well and truly pissed with the amount of brandy I put in:D) Cleaned up the edges and put it on the required double layer of newspaper and in the oven it went. Ten minutes later the kitchen was spotless again and time to take her up a cup of coffee ~ and that's when the spanish inquisition began, and that's when I decided not only do I bloody hate Xmas but next year I am not going through it all again, some other bugger can do it all while I sit there and get merrily p***ed!

Keith Tindell
11th December 2012, 12:04 PM
Best idea Tony, i dislike Christmas, we are led in to it by all the hype. After a xmas some years ago, all the family together, which ended up in a big argument, my wife and myself decided never again. So now our Xmas shopping consists of 5 bottles of wine and a bottle of gin, fling it into the boot of the car, and disappear to a pub for 4 days. When you deduct the price of all the crudd you have to buy for xmas at home , its cheap. This year Shaftsbury pub here we come KT

Captain Kong
11th December 2012, 12:14 PM
Bring us a stick of Rock back Clancy.
.
. Hi John ,
It was a traditional saying when someone was going to Blackpool that you always said, `Bring us back a stick of Rock` A stick of Blackpool Rock was the nearest we ever got to Blackpool when we were kids.
George Formby made a good record of `My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock`, with its double meanings of course that George was famous for.
Cheers
Brian.

john walker
11th December 2012, 12:22 PM
Thanks to the M.N.O.P.F. (A small lump sum from my pension) I fly out to Hong Kong tomorrow for a few days then onto Thailand for Xmas, from boxing day untill at least the 2/1/2013 I will be in Vietnam, if I like Vietnam I will stay an extra 2 weeks if not I will probably go on to cambodia or Laos. Then back to Bangkok and on to Hong Kong to return to the U.K. For the bleak prospect of a return to work on the 20th. January. So to all those who like a warm beer in a cold climate and to those who prefer a cold beer in a warm climate seasonal greetings to you and your families.

Graham Payne
11th December 2012, 03:51 PM
Go for it Clancey :)

I'm sure if a alien from space arrived on Christmas Day he would think we only ate once a year :rolleyes:

Warm sunshine versus Snow & Ice, no contest, I don't think I had a full winter whilst in the "Merch" a few cold days maybe but it was
Home Trade in the summer and Deep Sea from October. " Ahh" Perfect. :)

Captain Kong
11th December 2012, 04:45 PM
Clancy, why are you taking the wife??????????????????????????????
send her to Blackpool and you go to Benidorm.
Cheers
Brian.

happy daze john in oz
12th December 2012, 05:54 AM
Christmas, that wonderful time of the year that brings out all that man would desire not be seen or heard. Christmas day, the one day of the year when the police spend thier time attending family disputes that turn realy nasty. More family members murdered on Christmas day than any other day of the year.
Christmas, a time for giving and recieving gifts that are neirther useful or ornimental. See the queues in the department store Boxing day when they take back gifts to get the money.
So do what so many do now, go out for Christmas lunch, choose who you want to go with you and you will have a good day.
Me and her indoors will be in the casino having lunch and having a good time with no worries.

Tony Wilding
12th December 2012, 10:54 AM
Here in Cebu its 40 degrees, does not seem possible after last Christmas in the UK, its hard to explain car heaters and central heating, or even fog, too hot at times but better than freezing and worrying about paying the heating bill. council tax and tv licence, :vacation4::muahaha:

Gulliver
12th December 2012, 01:15 PM
Nice and crisply freezing here in Worcestershire. Feeling Very Seasonal-well,it IS December ! Wrap up warm,do some Christmas shopping and walk down to the riverside for a noggin or two and some pre-Christmas goodies in the pub.

I wouldn't like to be anywhere else for Christmas. I like abroad for a bit of holiday sunshine,but for me GB is always nice to come home to,especially at Christmas. Remember how we used to hope and pray we'd get home for a Crimble in Blighty? I'm sorry,but I couldn't stand to live abroad now.Most of the time I believe that some ex-pats who now say they prefer it could just be exchanging one set of problems for another. On the other hand there are those that say if they are going to be miserable,then they'd rather be miserable in the sunshine.... !
It's all horses for courses though and you can't generalise. Happiness is a state of mind,irrespective of climate or geography.It's just nice to be alive.
Merry Christmas Everyone - wherever you plan to be !
Gulliver 11637 11638

Captain Kong
12th December 2012, 03:01 PM
I saw my neighbour, Hayu, this morning, scraping ice of the windows of his New Mercedes. He came here from Pakistan seven years ago and has never worked, he has a Bad Back,
I said "Hayu, I havent had a Christmas Card off you yet".
Hayu, I never send you bleddy card, why you keep calling Hey You, my name is Faisal."
Me. "When I was working in Pakistan I shout `Hey you` and everyone says, `Yes Sahib`, so I think everyone in Pakistan is called Hayu. "
I tell you my name is Faisal, ",
Me, "OK I call you Hayu Faisal, and why are your windows wide open?"
His bedroom windows wide open, temperature was Minus 10 c.
Hayu, "Too bleddy warm in my house"
Me "Then turn your heating down, you are wasting gas, it will cost a fortune, "
Hayu, "Its no problem, I get assistance with paying my heating bills."
I turned and walked away , before I strangled him.
Brian.

happy daze john in oz
13th December 2012, 05:41 AM
Brian you have no Christmas spirit, and for sure you will get none from your neighbor all bleddy tea total. LOL

happy daze john in oz
13th December 2012, 05:43 AM
Well Gulliver i must tell the truth. I would not want to live anywhere else than Oz now, been here too long. But one thing I do miss is the old Christmas in UK, particularly at the times we had the two pubs in Kent. Something about a British Christmas that is so special to UK.

Doc Vernon
14th December 2012, 05:10 AM
Although i also now love Aus,i must admit that as far as Xmas goes of the times i lived there in the UK,and also the last Xmas Holiday with my Daughter in 2003,there is still nothing like that lovely Xmas feeling that i got !
At least you can enjoy the lovely hot Xmas Dinners without all the heat and flies all over you (well if having a BBQ here) and the feeling is just sort of different there,it seems like Xmas !! Oh well thats just me!

Other than that i also as a lot of you know just love the cold Weather,and thank goodness now where we moved to,the Weather is just perfect! Not too Hot in the Summer and nice and cool in the Winter!

We do of course have our Mid Xmas in July,where we can also go and enjoy a nice Meal,or have an outside BBQ without the Flies,but ts not really the same! There is a lot of Snow up here too,which does make the feeling a bit better,but then thats where it ends!
Gosh are we never satisfied! LOL!

I may be taking a few days out over the period,just to get out and about,nothing too fancy,just a leisurely drive somewhere!

Take care anyway Lads whatever or wherever you may go,remember its not always you that does the wrong thing! Watch Out there are Lunatics about!!
Cheers
Stay Safe!!

colin twine
15th December 2012, 11:02 AM
i live about two miles from a bus stop so if i want to go on the pop i have to get a taxi and i do want to go on the pop so benidorm here i come;)

Captain Kong
15th December 2012, 11:04 AM
Enjoy, Clancy, Enjoy.
Have a great time.
Cheers
Brian.

EIFION
15th December 2012, 06:44 PM
Spent to many Xmas away from home in the past so now I will go no further than the garden or the coal bunker on Xmas day. But thats me , so everyone have a nice Xmas, enjoy and be happy
Nadolig LLawen

Neil Morton
15th December 2012, 09:50 PM
Now that is a good idea John, wish I had thought of it . Maybe next year. Thanks for the card mate regards to Terri; and to all my other shipmates have a good one if you can and STAY SAFE.

Lou Barron
16th December 2012, 01:42 AM
Ijust loved reading the posts about xmas .I sympathise with you Tony but xmas being xmas we have to put up with a lot if i was you get a Mcdonalds family pack a few bottles of wine and a bottle of scotch and say a Merry christmas after you have drunk all thev wine .
When i look back over the years and think about all thegood times i have had at Christmas time with my wife and kids it makes me feel how lucky i was to do these things .
Even now i look forward to see some of my family and grand kids

Tony Morcom
16th December 2012, 02:51 AM
Funnily enough Lou I have got a little of the Xmas spirit back. I got a call from the local paper yesterday telling me that I am one of five who have won a competition for our daughter's rolls as carers for a parent. The prize is complementary tickets to the local pantomime for me and my daughter (wife is too sick to go). There will be a photo shoot with the stars after plus we have a photographer coming later today to get all three of us in a shot for the paper this week. Lorraine Chase is the main star, she of Luton Airport fame all those years ago! To be honest I thought she died of cancer years ago (probably better not mention that on the day:D). As you can imagine my daughter is over the moon which after-all is the main thing. It'll certainly make up for some of the things we won't be able to do this year, like visit relatives in Sussex. As my wife can't go I have arranged for her to have a pampering session of getting her nails done plus a reflexology trial on her feet. That way at least I know she has someone with her. All heart me, aren't I?:hearts::love10:

Lou Barron
16th December 2012, 03:37 AM
Good on Tony i hope you and your daughter enjoy the pantomine thats is one thing that we do not have here
I remember a kid how would look forward to seeing them
Hope to see you next year take care Lou

colin twine
13th January 2013, 11:40 AM
well im back and out of 28 days we only had 2 that were overcast all the rest were warm and sunny and the best thing is the wife has told me to go back next week if i want IT CAN BE DONE I THINK
:cool:

Captain Kong
13th January 2013, 11:44 AM
Welcome back Clancy. it sure beats freezing your goolies off here.
Cheers
Brian.

Neville Roberts
13th January 2013, 01:57 PM
My old lady and I have it down to a tee , we dont buy presents for any of our kids or ourselves just give the grandkids a $100 each , and go too one of the kids houses for thanksgiving and another for Christmas dinner . no fuss no muss . just a booze up .with no cleaning up after and home early if we want :cool:

David Williams
13th January 2013, 07:20 PM
Hi Clancy.
I hope that you enjoyed your stay at Benidorm,although We havent been there
for a few years,its still one of my favourite places to hoiday at.We didnt get away
this Xmas,but have started to look for somewhere to go in the next 5/6 weeks.Our
last five holidays have been to Icmeler in Turkey,we found a small family owned hotel
and get to be made like one of the family,no matter where we go,no walking,no taxies,
they just get out the care,take us and wont take payment,which saves quite a lot of
money.Will speak to you soon.
Dave Williams.
PS......Do you still have the whip !!!!!!!!!