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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Sep/19
@ Nik - You could throw pigs at people paper-plane style! They wouldn't hurt, unless they hit you in the eye!
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Nik Ashton said on 26/Sep/19
๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ!
edwards said on 26/Sep/19
@miss Sandy Cowell
Thank you very much sandy.i am a natural blonde but from last year,i was noticing a slight changes but aint very white at all.it is bit noticeable but not that noticeable.its funny but i havent used any colorant on my hair till now,iโ€™ll consider using it now,you gave me a good idea regarding hair colors.i agree that our hair has a direct result on our mood.i am not that much into trimming hair but i have shaved sides,i mean i have shaved side hair.
You are really a very good person from the way you interrupt with others,i hope every people was good like you.Sandy,why you fear in tattoos and why might you go off them?

Ps:same goes to me,i ones dreamed having a long hair as a child and even teenage and luckily i have it now๐Ÿ˜‚
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Sep/19
@ Edwards - Hi! I know what you mean about taking care of long hair! I think the reason mine has grown so long is because I'm not forever washing it, the way I did when it was short and medium-length. It needed styling every day or I'd look a mess! Long hair, once it's been washed, can be blow-dried and left, or plaited for a crinkly effect. I have an excellent hairdresser too, and it's so worth paying a little more. I'm sure lots of people, especially women, agree that our hair has a direct result on our mood.

Don't worry about your hair going whiter. As you are fair, it's not going to notice as much as it would do if you were dark. Besides, I, and many, many other women find grey or white hair very attractive in a man, and that goes for a beard as well, both having one and getting the odd melanin-free hair in the beard! Using a colourant on your hair is always an option, of course, and if you want to do it regularly, I recommend you seek out a good hairdresser. When I coloured my hair myself, it was full of split ends and needed trimming up far more often than I wanted it cut! ๐Ÿ˜

Thank you so much for remembering me in your prayers. I will include you in mine too, as indeed I do for all the people I know or know through writing to them.

I don't have any tattoos, because I fear I might go off them, but I do like them. ๐Ÿ‘

All the very best!

Sandy XXX

PS I once dreamt I had a beard! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
I thought, "Bang goes my femininity - forever!"
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Sep/19
โญ My Jim always said that the Poles are very fond of the English. Well, yesterday bore that out. I've never had a driver walk me all the way to the correct room! I asked him "I detect a European accent, so would you be kind enough to tell me where you're from?"

When he said that he was Polish, I told him my Mum was German. I knew a Polish lady through her son, who called himself 'Polak'. His real name was Neil. When he wanted to clean his pet's cage, and I think it was a Guinea pig or perhaps a bunny, he'd ring me up so that I could hold the little critter! Then all I had to do was to climb over into the alley adjoining my back garden and I'd be there in 5 minutes flat!

His Mum was about as hospitable as they come. When she passed on, Neil and his sister had to sell the house and divide the proceeds, so he moved away, but I've seen him since.

I met a gorgeous girl called Jan through Neil, who had been eager to introduce her to me because he knew how much I liked, and still do like, big heads of hair. She had long, thick, wavy locks and when I was with Pip, she moved in with her new boyfriend as our lodgers - but not paying ones. I think that would have been an insult! When I came out of hospital in February 1987, suffering from septicaemia for the second time in three months, her boyfriend had scrubbed the flat from top to toe.

The girl, Jan, must have been fond of tall guys. Both were well over 6 foot, by 2 or 3 inches!

And so ends the story....
edwards said on 25/Sep/19
@miss sandy cowell
Iโ€™m so much happy for you sandy.youโ€™re happy and healthy now.youโ€™re always in my daily prayers.hope your allโ€™ checkups are going good.iโ€™think youโ€™re great fan of the โ€œchaseโ€.as for me.i was coloring my hair a bit blonde yesterday.its funny to say but my hair are growing a bit whiter and same goes to my beard but i am naturally blonde,its hard to take care of long hair lol.i also tattooed my chest yesterday.i tattooed jesus christ on my chest and patriotic tattoo on my wrist.hope everything i going well sandy๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘
Nik said on 24/Sep/19
@ Edwards - Cheers!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Sep/19
๐Ÿ“ฑ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Sep/19
@ Sakz - Hello there! I bet you can believe that it was my Dad, too, who triggered my interest in Blackadder! That was when I was staying with him in 2005. He had Blackadders II, III and IV, and I was so fond of this unique brand of humour that I saw it more often than I can count! I had a 6ft4 friend who came round with ALL the Blackadders shortly after I came home on September the First, having been there since there was thick snow on the ground.

That Rowan Atkinson speaks with an immaculate English accent came as no surprise to me - he is a graduate of Oxford University. Many of the other chaps, including Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, graduated from Cambridge and were members of the infamous 'Footlights Society', which has churned out some of the best comedians, including members of the Monty Python team. It's actually a drama group.

I saw with my friend: Blackadder's Christmas Carol, The Black Adder - the first series which even starred Peter Cook, and Blackadder Back And Forth. Then there was a little extra called The Cavalier Years, in which Stephen Fry plays Charles I, but speaks in the voice of our own Prince Charles, with whom Stephen has nurtured a good friendship with. I'm sure Prince Charles found it very funny!

It's difficult not to notice how well the Blackadder actors have done for themselves. Rowan went on to star in theatric productions and Maigret, the French detective, which requires for him to put on a French accent, Stephen has done QI and plenty more besides, including films, Hugh has been in films galore, made a CD and, most excellent of all, he played Gregory House, the genius Doctor. (Hugh's father WAS a Doctor in real life). Tim McInnerney has made films and appeared in TV dramas and Tony Robinson has made many interesting historical programmes and scientific historical ones too, many of which I own and relish watching. Miranda Richardson has gone on to be a big film star.

I never know what I'm going to write about when I do replies, but one mention of Blackadder and I can get quite carried away....

I wish you a very happy rest-of-the-week!

With all good wishes,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik said on 24/Sep/19
@ Sandy Cowell - This is much appreciated! That's very true, you have your big day to look forward to in just 3 days time! It's such a fun time!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Sep/19
@ Edwards - Today I have had a very productive day. I had to go to hospital for a routine breast screening examination, and I met three particularly lovely people into the bargain. One was the Polish fellow who was the driver who took me and another patient to the hospital and, because I'm having trouble getting about, particularly after my fall Sunday, 15th of this month, he took me all the way to the right room, bless him. Then there was the girl, Lisa, who examined my breasts. She, when I told her that I comment on Celebheights, said "I'm 5ft but pretend I'm 5ft2!" when I asked her! More about that when I write to Rob....

The third memorable person was the driver who took a few people home. He sat me in the front, because 'I had the longest journey home' and I didn't think I'd enjoy it very much, but I did, because we chatted non-stop! He was a born-again Christian, and told me how it had helped him with his depression. The Church he visits sounded really nice, with the sort of music that is uplifting and can be danced to. I went to a Church like that with the couple who lived opposite my Dad when he lived in Northamptonshire.

Well, I'm home now and watching 'The Chase'. I was getting all, bar one, of the questions right, until my brother came in - waffling away as usual!

Have a great day yourself and enjoy the rest of your week!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Sep/19
@ Nik - Yes, congratulations are in order - and I celebrate my 3rd anniversary on Friday, 27th. So you started 5 days before me! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 24/Sep/19
@ Sakz - This is much appreciated!
edwards said on 24/Sep/19
@sandy cowell
Good to hear sandy,how are you feeling now and howโ€™s your day going๐Ÿ˜‰โ˜บ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Sep/19
@ Nik - I'm superstitious, so I wouldn't like to have done the six hundredth and sixty sixth comment! My Jim told me that Stephen Fry, on 'QI', said the real number is 616, and a misrepresentation of the Bible, in the same way as Christ and the many unfortunates who suffered that fate, were crucified through the wrists and not the hands, which would not have been strong enough to support the weight of a man.

Alas, I missed that 'QI'.

Cheers Nik and your Mum! XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’
Nik Ashton said on 24/Sep/19
@ Rob - ๐Ÿ‘!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Sep/19
@ Canson - This is much appreciated!
edwards said on 24/Sep/19
@Nik
Congrats dude
Canson said on 23/Sep/19
@Nik: congrats!
Bobby 1.78m said on 23/Sep/19
@Chrisrian

How would you find anything nearby for daily living in suburbs? Such as a supermarket for starters and other daily commodities such as a bank, a library, a barber, and maybe even a few fast food places. Maybe I've just got a biased view of suburbs because I practically live in downtown Toronto and everything here is a bus ride away or even a walk away. In fact, my nearest mall and cineplex can be reached in 15-20 minutes by Subway or in 2 hours of walking.
Sakz said on 23/Sep/19
@Nik Congratulations. I don't know why but I got the impression you'd been here longer.
Sakz said on 23/Sep/19
@Sandy Without a doubt. It does depend on how much you're exposed to accents in a certain country but listening to other English speaking accents, they don't seem to have as much diversity and variety as the British. I'm familiar with the Ronnies and their comedic ways. In fact more recently a few years ago, I actually watched Blackadder as my dad was revisiting it (he really enjoys it). I enjoyed watching Rowan Atkinson in there with his posh accent which was weird to see because I got so used to seeing him as Mr Bean muttering away in his comedic manner. I watched some horror films growing up. Scream and It are a couple that immediately spring to mind as they used to really scare me. As time went on, I found myself mainly watching action films with some adventure. At this present time I just stick to tv shows and even those are more limited for me now. Hahaha that is funny. It seems you had an animated childhood. As for soaps, I've watched Neighbours as well as Home and Away but never got into them. Eastenders was the first I got into, followed by Coronation Street, and now a bit more recently Emmerdale (more recent compared to the other two). Watching Eastenders and listening to the Cockney accent did sound rough at first, but the same applied for the harsher Northern accents. It's all about getting used to them which I personally did the more I listened to them. Watching characters master different accents was something I picked up when I was younger, but I've become more knowledgeable about it now. Thanks. I hope you have a great week. Take care!
Nik Ashton said on 23/Sep/19
@ Rob - Many thanks! Oh, I do! Commenting on your site is amazing and I am so pleased to be the provider of the 666th comment on this page! ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ!
Editor Rob
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Nik said on 22/Sep/19
@ Rob & all users - Today is my third anniversary on celebheights!
Editor Rob
That's a long time, congrats and I hope you still enjoy visiting!
Nik Ashton said on 22/Sep/19
๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ‰!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Sep/19
@ Sakz - I think that, perhaps, the United Kingdom has far more of a variety of accents than any other countries, but that's probably because I notice them, as I live here. What I really like and enjoy is the fun we can have with them. In my lifetime, I started noticing it with 'The Two Ronnies' in the Seventies, and it continued with 'The Fast Show' and 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie', who were real wordsmiths and found comedy in the most amazing and unusual things, like, when spelling a word, bouncing a ball or punching one another as one of the letters - highly original! (It would be Stephen Fry punching Hugh Laurie because his face would be so full of surprise when Stephen had done it, and it was even incorporated into 'Blackadder' later on).

I have always been fond of TV. My Mum said that she only had to put me in front of the TV when I was as young as two and I'd shut up and leave her alone. To get interested in movies, I suppose, was a natural progression, not to mention that the kids in my class at Senior School were Horror Film crazy! Being small and underdeveloped, I was the last to get into an 'X' film (now an 18), and it went all round the upper school, gaining me instant respect. I was 15 years and two or three days old, wore stilt-like heels, stuffed a bra out (which I took off in the toilet because it was uncomfortable), and after a thorough grilling, I got in - with the warning, "Don't let the Manager see you!"

The film was a Ken Russell production about Franz Liszt, called 'Lisztomania', and it starred Roger Daltrey, my heart throb, Rick Wakeman, Paul Nicholas and plenty more. I saw it again the following Friday, and had the same woman taking my money at the entrance. She was more comical this time, saying, "Oh, so you enjoyed it then?"

The cinema, which was called The Astor, in Bromley, Kent, had a reputation amongst the local youths to be the easiest cinema to get into! The Odeon, situated virtually opposite, was harder, and I went through the same rigmarole to see 'Carrie' almost precisely a year later to the day. However, getting into 'X'-rated films was well nigh impossible in London, and I was even kicked out at 25! Henceforth, I always took my passport, but I did sarcastically thank them for booting me out of a film at 25, telling them how old I was and that they'd made my day! ๐Ÿ˜

I used to sit and watch the Soaps with my Mum. She got me into 'Neighbours' and I got her into 'EastEnders', which she didn't like to watch before because, and this one is hard to swallow, she didn't like what she considered bad English! When she realized how good the plotlines were, she watched it with me. We never saw 'Emmerdale' together, and when I see the 'Classic Emmerdale' re-runs, I can see that it wasn't a patch on how it is now.

It was years before I had a clue that actors spoke in different accents in order to take on certain roles. I don't think it was truly of interest to me until I was in my early 40's, but had I looked for that sort of thing, it would have been.

Wishing you a very happy Sunday and a satisfying and prosperous week ahead, Sakz,

All the best!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Sep/19
@ Rob and Edwards - Thanks! I had a great time at my hairdresser's. I had my favourite girl, Olivia, who is the top colourist, so I really trust her with my hair. I came in with my hair in plaits and wearing a hat. When I took it off, she said, "No wonder you've got that hat on!" and it was laughter from there onwards! What with six months of growth to lighten, she fully understood why I wore the hat, but she said I looked cool in plaits and a hat!

It was Olivia, who also goes by the name Liv, who gave me three magazines to read, including the Tatler with Liv Tyler on the front cover. The pictures inside are breathtaking, and helped to make my day a good one!

Olivia and the other lovely girls, the majority of whom I've known for 7 years to this month, reckon I need medical help as a result of my fall. I have a breast screening on Tuesday in a main hospital, and no doubt, they will help me if I still need it.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend - and everybody else as well, of course!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Editor Rob
Best getting yourself checked out, a good hairdresser can be hard to find.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 21/Sep/19
@Canson
I'm the type to prefer living in suburbs, where it's not too urban or too rural. But sometimes the suburbs are even more expensive than downtown areas.
Nik Ashton said on 21/Sep/19
8โ™พ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ!
edwards said on 21/Sep/19
@sandy cowell
Ok sandy.feel free to interact with me whenever you want.iโ€™m happy that you are recovering and feeling healthy.you know where iโ€™m at.
Xxx
edwards said on 21/Sep/19
@ christian
Well,Dude i agree with everything you said.texas is marginally cheaper than california on everything from housing to gas.almost everything is reasonable in the lone star state.dude,i think you should add texas on your list if you ever consider leaving cali in the near future.almost everything is reasonable here and one wont regret.here is everything in reasonable price.i still regret leaving tx.but i am sure iโ€™ll return to texas permanently after year or two.
As for nebraska,its not much good idea to move,i mean the state is safer and has better education and healthcare overall but isnt on average person list.i live near or lets say exactly near golf course and it isnโ€™t expensive as someone expects.if i have lived near or in golfcourse in cali ,florida or anyother state,it would blow my mind away.the reason i wanted to leave omaha,neb is i am a diehard harley enthusiast.i have join several biker clubs in texas,i love our(american) biker culture.in texas,its funny to say and hear but i was more on road than i was on my home.in neb,not much biker culture and no place for vacation.i was always fan ofmovie like โ€˜easy riderโ€™ and son of anarchy.neb,its boring for me,no biker culture and even a person who dresses like me is rare.old guy with long hair and bandanna ,body covered full of tattoos.lol I usually wear half leather jacked with jeans and boots.i feel like i am only single person in my area who looks like that lol.in texas,i feel like i am at home rather than where i am now.el paso was my common spot for me to hangout.omaha dosent have taste that i want.
Yes dude,i think you should add texas to your list if youever think of leaving cali in near future.everything is lot cheaper than cali and even the west coast.
Canson said on 21/Sep/19
@Christian: it may prove difficult to transition to a โ€œless urbanโ€ or populous area when youโ€™ve lived in a big city or near it for so long. May be a culture shock at first. I noticed that when I moved away for a short period of time. My wife has also lived in VA for years but she lived in other metro areas such as NY. Sheโ€™s not a native like I am. She moved here later in life. If I had to move elsewhere it may be somewhere in the South or even southwest but another larger locale like Miami or a big City in Texas like Houston. Always an issue with starting over and finding another job thatโ€™s equivalent too
Canson said on 21/Sep/19
@Christian: itโ€™s expensive on the East coast in many areas
Sakz said on 21/Sep/19
@Sandy I'm glad it made you feel that way. I admire people who are open minded and abstract. I didn't grow up watching many films and still don't but I did watching tv shows and soap operas, so I agree it's quite impressive how certain actors and actresses can master different accents to portray their characters. There were times where I genuinely thought someone was born with an accent only to find out they're putting it on. I am familiar with some of the examples you gave. Their accents just come off so natural and are really well perfected. I know you watch Emmerdale and there's even characters in there who put on a Yorkshire accent since a lot of them are actually from Manchester or the Midlands. I find it quite intriguing how diverse the British accents sound depending on which region you are from. It's like some of them are from different countries because the pronunciations and dialect are completely different. Take care Sandy.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Sep/19
@ Edwards - Thank you for that! I'm off to the hairdresser and will feel better afterwards!

Have a great weekend one and all! XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

I'm in the cab! I'll write later!
Editor Rob
I hope you start to feel better after your fall.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 20/Sep/19
@Edwards
I've never been to Nebraska, but I've been to Texas plenty of times. I will say that Texas is a lot cheaper than Cali on pretty much everything. I have some extended family members who live in Texas.
Nik Ashton said on 20/Sep/19
๐Ÿฅฉ๐Ÿฉ!
Canson said on 20/Sep/19
@Sandy: you said it well! Your Dad but you still deal with the pain as a child. Fortunately I still have mine too and healthy. But anytime something happens it makes you worry
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Sep/19
Hey Bobby! My phone literally ran out of 'space' and I couldn't say goodbye properly!

Wishing you a great weekend!

All the Best!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Sep/19
@ Bobby - I think you had plenty to say, indeed I do! My memories date back to when I was younger than three, and vividly from three years onwards. I would wreck my brain as how I came into being and I enjoyed the solitude of my own company. When I was having my immunisations from various childhood diseases, a great many kids would be screaming their heads off and I'd be thinking, "Shut up! You're making it worse for all the kids who are pulling themselves together!"

I had just turned 4 and remember the little blue dress that I was wearing that day, with two pockets in the skirt of the dress and an arrangement of lace and buttons as decorations on the front and the pockets. Yes, that day I snuffled a few extra sweets into those convenient pockets because, I thought, that I bloody well deserved them! All the kids would get a sweetie afterwards as a 'reward', and yes, it was something to look forward to because we only ever had sweets on Sundays - very German, and very war deprivation-like!

My Mum was 38 when she had me, my brother being two years my senior, and that was considered late in that day and age. She fell pregnant the very first time she was intimate with my Dad, and her mother was horrified and shunned her. The baby, Georgie, died at just 8 weeks of age. They said it was pneumonia, but I think it might have been a cot death. They weren't exactly well versed in that sort of thing in 1948. That same year, my Mum left with my Dad for England, where they had no choice but to stay with my Dad's Mum. My Mum experienced prejudice from numerous people, even though she'd refused to join the Hitler Youth at 16 and was beaten up by a cowardly older boy and had her nose broken. A man, you could say a gentleman, oversaw the incident and turned on the young bully and beat the hell out of him. The youth broke her nose with her own school hat, which she loved. Then, of course, she stood up to that SS Officer, but she could hardly display any medals of gallantry and at that time the Germans were loathed, as they were for many years to come. Even my brother and I were met with narrow-mindedness by some at school, definitely through their parents. Some daft kids said that I didn't have a Dad, and that will hardly have been dreamt up by him and his younger brother, who then rabbited off to their friends.

My Mum's Dad died when she was only 4, and she remembered that just before he died, he held his arms out and spoke to his dead Mum, (in a different language) who was there to guide him on. He was a Viennese diamond merchant and had enough money to, and I quote, 'buy all the houses in Hamburg.' Consequently, his young wife, my grandmother, never had to work, and my Mum remembered servants from when she was tiny. All that had to go after he died. I think he was 48 to my grandmother's 28/29, and they met when she was about 22 and married. She had three children in three years and was told by the doctor after my Mum, the youngest, was born, "If you don't leave that woman alone, next time they'll be one big coffin and a tiny one for the infant." So he must have done because no more kids were conceived.

He had had a previous marriage and my two Uncles, Felix and Booby, were my Mum's half-brothers. I didn't find that out until I was grown up.

Both my Mum and Dad worked their way to what they achieved. My Mum could put her language skills to good use and my Dad worked his way up. I wouldn't say that they were well-off, just hard workers. My Mum skimped and scraped to send me to the same school as my brother, whose education was funded by my Dad. I recall my Mum darning her tights and 'looking after the pennies because then the pounds will look after themselves.' Our Dad's fortnightly visit was always something to look forward to. If I'd seen a toy I wanted, he would buy it for me, and occasionally I got into trouble because I should have taken the money and put it towards household expenses. At 11, when we were on holiday, I bought myself a 40p 'Magic Roundabout' character. My Mum hit the roof and threw it across the holiday caravan. I was crying my eyes out and apologizing. This had a deep effect on me, and is probably why I am still partial to toys now.

When I was 31 and a week, my boyfriend died. I took to the comfort of toys to help myself cope. I fully understand that it's a form of escapism, but I am not hurting anyone! I have all sorts of dolls, including historical ones, and then I like big (and small) fluffy cats. My favourite bears are of the tiny variety. Ha ha! What a contrast to the things I like to read about and the DVDs I watch! I have an impressive collection of historical DVDs, my favourites of which are those by Tony Robinson. Oh, he is deadly serious about his stuff, but every so often, his comical side comes to the fore! I thoroughly recommend him; he's so entertaining.

I find music a great inspiration and mood enhancer. At school, I didn't dig the same music as the other kids. It was too sugary and repetitive! I was into proper rock just before I turned 15. I borrowed loads of records from the library and the ones I liked the most would go on my Christmas and Birthday lists.

That's it for now, Bobby! I, too, at your age liked to associate with older people because they have so much more of life's experiences. I met a fellow who travelled on his Astral planes, only to find out that my Dad did the very same thing!

Cheers Bobby!

X
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 20/Sep/19
@Bobby
Most of the major tech companies are concentrated in the Bay Area, so LA isn't as bad. That's one of the reasons why I decided to move to LA. But it's still expensive when compared to the entirety of the country.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Sep/19
@ Canson - Hello there! It's my Dad whose been through it during the past year, but it's always hard for the kids to look on feeling helpless. At the beginning of last year, I had my full hip replacement, and it took ages before I saw any light at the end of the tunnel. There's so much you have to do afterwards, like sleeping on your back, which I don't find very comfortable! Then you have to wear some perishing tight socks for 12 weeks to prevent the possibility of thrombosis, but despite complying with that and doing my exercises, though only if I had the chance to be on my own, I am still experiencing bad pain in my legs.

On Sunday night, I decided to go to bed early at 10.30 - very early for me! - as I had been in pain with my legs much of the day. I carried in a load of the usual rubbish I tend to take in with me, so I wasn't able to steady myself with my 'grabber', which is more suitable for someone my height than a standard walking stick! Consequently, I fell over, hitting my chest on the hard wooden part of an armchair. My heart was pumping so fast that I thought I was going to have a heart attack and I screamed as loudly as I did when Peelio and then Manelia the Second got run over. My brother came rushing downstairs because he thought that another cat had been killed on the road and found me slumped on the floor holding my chest. I was so breathless that I could barely speak, and he wanted to call an ambulance, but I said "No way! Not after the last time!" The Police came the last time and the younger one was rude and patronising to my brother.

Instead I texted my boyfriend, who had to have medical training as a Sergeant in the Army. He, too, thought I should call an ambulance, stating that I could have cracked or broken ribs or displaced my diaphragm. I've experienced broken ribs before, and, hell, that was painful! No, I didn't have those, but the diaphragm business is a definite possibility. I'm having to lie on my back again, and I can't even turn round to my 'good side' without getting breathless, and when I get out of bed, it takes about an hour before I can breathe and talk properly. Yet if I went to the hospital, they'd hardly be able to cut me open and fiddle around with my diaphragm, would they? Ha ha ha to that one! No, time will make me strong again. Last night I could open a can of vegetables, which wouldn't have been possible on Monday or Tuesday, but I still find hiccuping extremely painful and getting up is awful.

I'm still on painkillers, which is just as well because the over-the-counter stuff would not kill this pain! I know I am getting better though, and I fully admit that I find prayer a great comfort. I suppose pain is something you have to get used to as you grow older. For me, it's started a little earlier than for many, but I have lots of interests - and DVDs! - to take my mind off it! I have a couple of online friends who are fellow doll collectors like me. They are older than me, I'd say in their sixties, and one had a hip replacement herself at an earlier than usual age, due to over-exercising. I used to walk at least 8 miles a day, and often nearer 20, on very little food, in order to keep my weight down. Doing things like this eats away at the body's goodness. I was a steady 88/90 pounds, and all muscle and many took me for less than 70 pounds; I had a 21" waist for years. I think it's as well to be as open as possible about the consequences of such a lifestyle, because it WILL result in discomfort in later life, and faster height-loss. Before my hip replacement, I was in excruciating pain and now I still have pain, but it's mellowed in the hip area and now it's my legs and back.

I still count calories, but I also count my grams of protein because I want to hang onto as much muscle as I can. I hope my tale can discourage others from over-enthusiastic diet and exercise regimens because that they'll take their toll is an inevitability.

Look after yourself Canson and everybody else, please take heed of the importance of looking after yourself when you're young. It's never too late though, but prevention is infinitely better than cure!

Cheers Canson!

All the best to you!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Sep/19
@ Sakz - Thank you so very much for saying that. I found it very moving and a lovely way to wake up after my nap.

Do you know what really fascinates me? It's an actor's ability to be able to convincingly effect all manner of accents for different TV and film roles. The obvious one that springs to mind is Hugh Laurie, who speaks in a German accent in the final episode (called 'Chains') of 'Blackadder II', and spoke in an American one throughout the making of 'House'; David Thewlis, who does accents from all over the UK, including a posh one for 'London Boulevard', which was extra funny because his lifestyle was that of a hooligan! I very much recommended this film, if you haven't already seen it. Then we have Sean Harris, who can do so many accents that I'm waiting with bated breath to see him interviewed so that I can find out what he really sounds like! Then Liv Tyler, who had to speak in an English accent for her parts in 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Onegin', (her Dad Steve even asked her if it was really her speaking and she said, "Of course! I'm an actress!"), and so the list goes on....

They have voice coaches for the purpose, and that even happens in the Army, so that they can blend in without looking suss, one particular case in point was the trouble in Northern Ireland, for which the English Army had to be drafted in.

Yes, I really do find accents an interesting subject because, like height and general appearance, it is deeply ingrained into our psyches to sum people up when we first meet them, whether we want to or not!

Cheers Sakz! XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
edwards said on 19/Sep/19
@miss sandy cowell

Hi there sandy!i its edwards,yes youโ€™re in my prayers too.i wish we could take some of your problems.yes,its life and we would have our up and downs but no need to worry sandy๐Ÿ˜Š even after the darkest night,sun will still rise.we are always with you.be free to share with us if you dont mind
Sakz said on 19/Sep/19
@Sandy But I mean you don't have a preference? Like northern, southern etc. I understand where you're coming from though. If everyone thought like that the world would be a better place. Hope you're keeping well!
Canson said on 19/Sep/19
@Sandy: youโ€™ve definitely been through a lot in the past year. Youโ€™re certainly in my prayers. Sometimes it gets rough but always keep your head up. And I appreciate your thoughts and support!
Bobby 5ft 10in (178cm) said on 18/Sep/19
@Christian

California has a lot of those tech companies set up apparently, which raises the standard of living for everybody. This has the unseen economical turnout of drastically increasing the taxes and prices of everything.
edwards said on 18/Sep/19
@christian
Yes i agree with you dude,its hard to leave a place especially if you were born there but you also have to economically sound to leave in cali especially bay area and la county area.it is always a good idea to live where everything is economically reasonable.same goes to me,i always wanted to leave the state where iโ€™m living.omaha,neb which is one of the most boring state iโ€™ve even lived here in the states.actually ,i am a native texan,i was born and raised in austin texas but my father moved to omaha since he thought the city of omaha,neb is safe and has better and cheaper health care overall.but it is the most boring place iโ€™ve ever known.i โ€˜ve always tell my wife to live this state and move another but she isnโ€™t ready to move since a lot of my families are here.even my native home town austin tx was quite good overall than where i am living now.there is pretty much nothing to do here honestly.if i really want vacation ,i have to move to other states and here is nothing to do.but all of my sonโ€™s are bored to live here and all of them wanted to move to other state,one of them to cali and other to texas again lol .i missed everything of texas,those road steak house and barbecue to crusing over desert on my old harley lol.i guess iโ€™ll return to texas permanently if everything sets right.i would also love to move to cali but everything is damn expensive not only counting housing.its always a home for me in the lone star state.
Bobby 5ft 10in (178cm) said on 18/Sep/19
@Sandy Cowell

Hmm, you must have come from an affluent family if you were able to afford private schooling as private schools themselves don't actually rely on taxation to stay functional, much like a university. But no, I don't suppose that it'd be very easy to concentrate in a classroom that smells, but surely someone must have opened a few windows to let the stench out? I don't recall getting up to any mischief in my earliest schooling, at least in the classroom, but certainly, outside of it, I was a bit of a troublemaker as any young boy. As for winning prizes, I've never possessed the will or the ambition to care much for material gratification of my accomplishments and have always been satisfied with modest success. Of course, most importantly, it's more about your success than what you earn for it. I remember entering a costume party at a summer camp dressed as Superman, I was, I believe, 10 years old. Well, when I didn't get 1st or 2nd or any place at all, I was most upset with the whole arrangement. Everyone else looked to have silly costumes, either dressed as animals or robots. I was a superhero. Surely I deserved more recognition for that? How could anyone turn down Superman? Those were at the foremost of my mind and I believe I threw quite a tantrum about the whole affair. I've always been a bit of a sore loser, not that I care to be the best, but I at least hope to win at something, even if it's a minor victory.

From what I understand, the discipline has given way to laziness and simply letting others do as they please, because we do live, after all, in a free world. I can't say I agree with the lax in parenting and schooling. Being sent to detention when I was younger didn't make me feel bad for my transgressions, after all, it just made me bitter that I was caught. Dismissing someone for their wrongdoing by locking them up doesn't teach them anything, it just teaches them that if they are caught in the act, they will be detained. So, I do think a bit of corporal discipline is in order, to keep kids in line. I am not speaking of outright physical abuse, but a little smack on the bottom never hurt anybody.

Yes, even the rise of YouTube Stardom has become a trend. I think it's a copout personally, and can't be that difficult over actually educating yourself and finding work someplace in an organization or company. Still, people always seek a short cut to success and I can't blame them. It's about working smarter, not harder. Still, I'm not willing to step on toes to get to the top if it means everyone else stays at the bottom. Success should be an equal opportunity for all.

I take great pride in being a 21st-century intellectual, there's a good reason why the proverb speaks of knowledge's power. As the great Sokrates once said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Many pay a big price for their ignorance. It's always nice to chat with someone older than myself who still has the curiosity of a child. That's how people should be like deep down, like children. Children are insatiabily curious and want to learn new things.

Until next time Sandy :)
Bobby 5ft 10in (178cm) said on 18/Sep/19
@Sandy Cowell

Your mom was a spunky woman. I doubt few people in her position would have had the spine to belittle Himmler in the manner that she did and not get killed for it on the spot. I suppose the SS officer was a decent person deep down inside and probably didn't fully subscribe to Hitler's proverbs about genocide. It's a testament to his inner goodness that he didn't send her to a concentration camp, where she surely wouldn't have survived the experience but rather made her work extensively.

The world must have been a scary place during times of war and I don't just mean the events revolving around the Holocaust but even centuries before in the past. Your ideals alone could sentence you to death.

I suppose in times of adversity strength of will matters over the strength of the body. Whether this will comes from a higher Being or your own will to survive, I truly can't say. But I would not be so remiss as to conclude that human beings are weak without direction and guidance, I don't think that's fair to say.

Still, your mom's story is one of many hundreds, but it's always interesting to read every survivor account of what happened and what their experiences were, it gives a certain intimacy to the situation. I wonder if perhaps I could find some survivor accounts of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

I didn't have nearly as much to say this time, but I'll pick it back up with my next response.

Bye for now Sandy :)
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 17/Sep/19
@Edwards
I'm thinking of moving to another state soon or later. I like Cali overall, especially since I was born and raised here, but nearly everything is more expensive, not just the cost of living.
Nik said on 17/Sep/19
๐ŸŽฉ
๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Sep/19
@ Canson - Don't mention it, but thank you very much anyway! ๐Ÿ˜˜
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Sep/19
@ Christian - A Standard American Accent is all it takes, Christian! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Oooooh!
Nik Ashton said on 17/Sep/19
๐Ÿ–!
๐ŸŽฉ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Sep/19
@ Bobby - I agree that the education in my day was completely different. I went to a private school, where the classes were small. The best teachers were the older ones. Two of the younger ones had 'personal problems', if you get my meaning, and I know you do, and it's not the easiest of tasks to concentrate in lessons when the classroom stinks of BO and even on a couple of occasions, excrement! The worst offender was our science teacher, but I liked science, and had to do all my learning at home. I messed about in the lessons to make others laugh, but generally, I still did well in my exams, especially if the subject centred round biology. I even won a prize for my work, jointly with another girl, Janice. I spent my entire free time during the Summer holidays working away at my project on The Human Body, and did all the illustrations in black and white. Janice and I won a cheapo 60p paperback, but it was the honour of winning that meant the most.

Then, of course, corporal punishment was still very much in practice, but to a far lesser degree in a private school. Still, teachers lost their tempers for the most trivial of reasons. I remember a boy getting hit hard on the head with a hefty book (he was tiny), and the teachers would directly hit us for not paying attention. One boy hit the teacher back once! Ha ha! He stood up to do it and was taller than the BO-ridden maths teacher! He was little short of a man when I think about it, and was the only kid who managed to waffle his way into the cinema to see 'The Exorcist' - and the theatres were VERY strict about that film. The boy was a year older than the rest of us, because if your work wasn't up to standard, you had to stay on for an extra year - how embarrassing!

The corporal punishment that went on in other schools was ten times as bad, and in my Mum's day, kids were lashed until they bled. The total abolishment of corporal punishment has turned the kids of today into rather spoilt brats, and though I do disagree with it, I don't think that kids should be mollycoddled the way they are. Statistically, knife crime among youngsters has gone through the roof, and school kids are doing drug runs to earn what they consider 'easy money'.

There is a new trend among youngsters today to become famous and make a mint out of doing as little as possible, be it via the internet or TV reality shows. It is considered quaint to speak badly - madness really! I have heard kids come out with things like, "Why should I work at school? I'm gonna go on the 'X' Factor and become a superstar! Work and knowledge is nuffink!"

I'm glad you're not like that, Bobby! You're right in saying, "Who's going to run the country one day....?" With attitudes as lax as some, it is a genuine worry.

As always, it's been a pleasure chatting with you!

Have a great week,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Sep/19
@ Sakz - Trivial being the operative word! No one has any control over his or her height, but heightism has existed since man became civilised.

As for having a favourite English accent, I can honestly say that is a hard one to pin down. I don't like bad grammar and double negatives really get my goat, but as long as a person can express him/herself properly and as articulately as possible, the World should be able to respond and the person get on well. All too often, the way a person speaks is down to education or lack thereof, so to judge a person on that sort of thing is WRONG. It is akin, really, to judging people on their height.

So long as someone's heart is in the right place, that is what makes for a good human being!

Cheers Sakz and have a nice day!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 16/Sep/19
๐ŸฅŸโœ‚๏ธ!
Canson said on 16/Sep/19
@Christian: DCA is in Virginia too but it borders the City
edwards said on 16/Sep/19
@cmillz
Good question,yes the cost of living in california is damn high.the bay area is untouchable and same goes to la.i lived in california for two years in ventura and it was damn expensive.i was hypnotized by californian sun shine and palm trees but most wouldnt afford to live in california.even the ghettoโ€™s of compton,south central,east la and pasadena is high asf.tbh gentrification has been destroying la .i can see increasing latinos and hispanics people in la.african americanโ€™s are moving towards valley and inland empire.yes california is quite expensive and maybe most expensive state in the states.

@christian

Dude,iโ€™ve heard That
Sakz said on 16/Sep/19
@Sandy Exactly some of the things said are quite shocking especially over something so trivial. On the topic of accents which region of the British accent is your favourite?
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 16/Sep/19
@Cmillzz
You're right, it is expensive compared to most states. Fortunately, I live in a suburb and not the downtown area, otherwise it would be even more expensive.

@Canson
Now that you've mentioned DCA, I think I've been there once if I'm not mistaken, but it was a long time ago.

@Sandy
Lol, I don't know if I'd call it sexy, but thank you! I don't have a particular distinct accent though, just a general standard American accent. I think it's called Midwestern, even though I'm not from the Midwest.
cmillz said on 14/Sep/19
@Christian
Cost of living must be pretty high in California? Even here in Illinois, itโ€™s not exactly cheap. The property taxes are ridiculous.
Nik Ashton said on 14/Sep/19
๐ŸŽ‚โœ‚๏ธ!
Canson said on 14/Sep/19
@Sandy: Thanks!
Canson said on 14/Sep/19
@Christian: you said Redondo Beach, right? Iโ€™ve heard of that area before.
Canson said on 14/Sep/19
@Christian: Dulles Airport isnโ€™t far from where I live probably 15 miles. Thatโ€™s my preference for flying whereas my wife prefers DCA when sheโ€™s by herself at least. Washington, DC the city itself is maybe 10 miles from me. Iโ€™ve been to California many times. I was in San Diego a few months back and was in LA in 2018
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Sep/19
@ Christian - Well, it's transfixed in my mind now, and I bet you have a sexy American accent to boot!

Enjoy your weekend, Christian!

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ XXX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Sep/19
@ Sakz - I agree there should be a clamp down on comments that hurt people's feelings. Some commenters should think before they write.

Have a great weekend, Sakz! XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Bobby 5ft 10in (178cm) said on 14/Sep/19
@Sandy Cowell

I often do my best thinking when I am completely isolated, so I agree that it's best to pen a response when no one else is around to disturb your thoughts.

I think schooling was more challenging in your heyday than it is in mine, which would present a certainty as to why individuals who graduated merely at the high school level were able to ascertain well-paying work - the education system ensured they learned everything important to succeed beyond school. Nowadays, it is bequeathed onto the privatized institutions, postsecondary schools, to teach young people the necessary skills to enter a career suitable to their knowledge. Nowadays it's all about specialization and prerequisites, and with so much pressure placed on the younger generation with little to no assistance from the previous one, I wonder just how any world government expects us to succeed them.

I do suppose any number of factors could contribute to a reawakening of one's pursuit for knowledge, all that really matters is that the thirst for it is not dead. My interest in reading was recently sparked again after a prolonged hiatus lasting a decade. My interest in history isn't that great and there are few things I have bothered to memorize or take further interest in. As far as history goes, I'd rather see it play out than read about it. It's much easier to memorize something when it's interesting after all. Although I've got a friend who has nearly single-handedly become a google of history, so it's always teasing his brain just to see what he says. I'm much more versed in political science, however...

A historian who utilizes comedy in his discussions? I've recently come across a multitude of YouTube projects that propose similar ventures. Making fun little animated shorts while discussing historical and scientific topics. Sadly, I think this also creates low attention span in others, myself included, and so no one will bother to spend an hour or more listening to something purely serious unless it happens to be a subject they are very interested in. Of course, beheadings were very common, popularized by the French, of course. The English preferred hangings. The Chinese were much more sadistic in their executions. The Greeks were more merciful and employed poison for a painless and quick death (Poor Sokrates) which they gathered from hemlock, ironically, this herb was also used for its medicinal properties to soothe pain.

I experimented with praying earlier on, a couple of years ago, but loathe as I am to say it, I feel very silly doing it. Out loud or not. What signal or guarantee do I have that anything I say is actually being transmitted to some primordial Being? I've never considered myself one to have blind faith, but I think that's just my problem. I'm not cut out to be a religious man. I have too many questions and doubts. But kudos to your mom for bringing religion into your life, I nevertheless think it's a good discipline to be taught for it instills morals.

I'll talk to you later, Sandy.

Here's to friendship! :)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Sep/19
@ Bobby - My Mum didn't exactly get away with what she said to the SS Officer. She refused to go to shooting practice and when asked why, she said, "I am a woman and as such, I will give life one day and not take it away." (She was 22).

He replied, "But what if you met with the enemy? He'd shoot you!"

My Mum said, "Only if I had a gun!"

Then she looked at a picture of Himmler on the wall and said, "He has the hands of a murderer!"

"Be quiet! He's your boss! You realize that I have to punish you now, don't you?"

She would normally have gone straight into a concentration camp for saying that, but instead, he made her work day and night with virtually no sleep. It was, of course, their method of driving people to the brink of a breakdown. The only thing that saved her was that she was wounded when the SS Office was bombed. She'd told her Mum that something was going to happen to her weeks leading up to the bombing. On that morning she said, "It's today!"

Her Mum said, "Don't go to work then!"

My Mum said it won't make any difference. She had also stood up for her faith to the officer and she believed that this saved her by giving her the premonition. For some instinctive reason, she ran upstairs and had she not done so, she wouldn't have survived. Instead, she was wounded in the back, the leg and the head. She lay in a pool of blood for hours because there were people dying downstairs - and dead.

The war-torn hospitals were no picnic and it was the devotion of her best friend, who was there every day cleaning her wounds, that really saved her. I met my Mum's friend when I was a child and I played with her daughter.

Oh, dear! I'm not on my own now so I have to draw this to a close. I'd say that the moral of this true story is that if you speak your mind for the right reasons, God will protect you. If my Mum hadn't been wounded, she swears she'd have been worked so severely that she'd have cracked and you know what these evil German dictators did to the mentally ill? Yes, straight into a concentration camp.

I could listen to my Mum's tales from the War over and over again. My Dad tells me what it was like in England. He, being six years my Mum's junior, was evacuated. He stayed with a religious man with one of his brothers and can recite all the books of the old testament. I can't! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Watching your parents growing older and ailing is very upsetting, I know. To the eyes of the paparazzi, they take a sick delight in mocking any sign of ageing and illness, but, in the same way that our parents love us unconditionally, we love them that way too, and want them with us forever, which simply isn't how it works. I feel so lucky that my Mum brought me up with faith, and I believe I will see her again.

Have a lovely weekend, Bobby!

All the very best to you,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Sep/19
@ Canson - There are so many British accents up and down the country! Some I like and some I find mighty irritating. Now American accents - I have a fondness for them all!
Nik Ashton said on 14/Sep/19
๐Ÿ‘‡
๐Ÿ˜‚!
Sakz said on 13/Sep/19
@Sandy 100%. I think there's way too much leniency shown.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Sep/19
@ Bobby - The entire composition of your last communication to me was little short of riveting. I must answer to the best of my ability right now because I am alone in the house and it's unlikely that the situation will stay that way for long!

When I first finished my education, I felt a sigh of relief because my exams were over. That was really ironic because I actually enjoyed my final year's exams. Not only did we have our 'O' Levels, we also sat LCC and RSA exams. The LCCs stand for London Chamber of Commerce and specialized in the arts as did the RSAs, and they stood for Royal Society of Arts. Stage III English was equivalent to an English 'A' Level, and I was the only one in my class who was put forward to take it because, at 15, I passed with a distinction and the only other two to pass with distinctions were 18. Stage I English was all about grammar, and I enjoyed it so much that I could liken it, perhaps, to doing a newspaper puzzle! I sat that at 14 and passed with distinction. It was such fun, but because my essay consisted of three times as many words as they stipulated, I thought I might be disqualified!

For many years after I'd finished my exams, I had nightmares, and did my utmost to fill my days with interests which weren't exactly academic, but it was pointed out to me that my taste in music was bordering on the classical by someone 9 years my senior. I had relationships with people who needed my help, and if they weren't intellectual, I'd soon get bored. My lust for knowledge started again when I was in my late twenties. Reading fictitious books gave way to reading factual ones. When I was with Pip, the one who died at just turned 39, we only had one TV in the house, and his taste in films and programmes clashed with mine, so I'd go off and read history. Was I surprised when I found out that he actually harboured an interest in that himself, so consequently I was able to talk to him about it. He thought it rather amusing that I had a good recollection for dates! I replied, "There are plenty of dates I DON'T know!"

Yes, Blackadder actor Tony Robinson has taught me a wealth of knowledge, and what I find so addictive about him is how funny his approach to his discussions are. I have written a great many Comments on his page and I even added to my total yesterday. He explored the Da Vinci Code, and very interesting he was too. He does stand-up comedy as well, and his views on crime and punishment is excellent. When people used to be hanged, almost immediately afterwards, they would make plaster casts of their heads, called 'Death Heads'. Of course, as all the blood would rush into their heads, they looked extremely ghoulish! There is so much history included in these programmes, including the beheading of Stuart King, Charles I, to show that no one is above the Law. Another historian I am fond of is David Starkey, but his approach is humourless.

Yes, I am definitely of the opinion that if a person feels genuine remorse after committing a sin, God forgives him. He is omnipresent and knows what we think. I never pray out loud except in Church, but I know God hears me. My Mum taught me that at 7. I am no longer alone in the house, so I will finish this later....

All the very best to you Bobby!

Here's to friendship!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿฅ‚
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Sep/19
Thanks once again Canson. It's been mainly my Dad who's been ill this past year. While he was in America for Christmas and New Year, where two of my three half-brothers live, he came over all dizzy and my middle half-brother, Alex, took him to hospital where he had a pacemaker fitted. My brother Alex is a very capable lad and did, in fact, save his life. Then when I was staying with Dad in March/early April, he had a nasty fall and needed a partial hip replacement and other treatment too. My brilliant sister-in-law has been paramount to his recovery, and I am very grateful to her. She had a baby boy, her first, in January, so she is taking time off work to bring him up. He's a lovely little fellow!

Cheers Canson! XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Canson said on 12/Sep/19
@Sandy: lol I love a British accent! yep both of us are. Just from opposite ends of the US
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 12/Sep/19
@Sandy
Yes, I've stated it several times.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Sep/19
@ Sakz - Well said! Repeat offenders should receive a warning and then if they continue with the effrontery, they should be booted out. ๐Ÿ‘
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 12/Sep/19
@Canson
The only times I've been to Virginia is when I land in Dulles Airport for layovers, but other than that, I've never stepped outside of the airport. Have you ever been to California?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Sep/19
@ Canson - Being English, I love American accents! Is Christian American too?
Nik said on 11/Sep/19
@ Sandy Cowell - You are very welcome to a cut of cake! A modest cut will go down a treat, I only hope that the scissors that made the cut were clean! They certainly won't be after cutting the cake, they will be all caked up! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚! โœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿฐ! ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿฐ!
Canson said on 11/Sep/19
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 10/Sep/19
@Canson
Were you raised in Virginia, or do you just live there? I was born and raised in the Bay Area, even though I currently live in the LA region.

I was born and raised in Virginia. still reside thr. Where I live is considered the DC region
Sakz said on 11/Sep/19
I think it makes sense to keep the general heights page because it's where people can just have a general discussion about height without talking about a particular celebrity. Anyone who does get involved in arguments on that page regularly shouldn't be allowed to comment there imo.
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 11/Sep/19
@Cmillzz
I've seen just as many fights in the General and Rob Paul pages than I did in the Visitors's page. But maybe there were more fights in the Visitors' page in 2015 and before. (I started to comment in 2016 so maybe I didn't see everything)
Editor Rob
Well, there have always been arguments, at times they become too heated and need to be cooled a bit. Those who were around the early years when Glenn was patrolling up and down threads looking for anybody daring to call him less than 5ft 8 might remember some of those 'discussions'! ๐Ÿคฌ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ ๐Ÿฅต
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Sep/19
@ Canson - What a lovely part of the World! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒŽ

@ Nik - I'd like a CUT of cake, please! I only ever eat the topping of pizzas, so I should have room for a modest slither of cake! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿ˜‹
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 10/Sep/19
@Canson
Were you raised in Virginia, or do you just live there? I was born and raised in the Bay Area, even though I currently live in the LA region.
Canson said on 10/Sep/19
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Sep/19
@ Canson - Where are you from, Canson, please?

@Sandy: Iโ€™m from Virginia.
cmillz said on 10/Sep/19
Getting rid of the visitorsโ€™ page was a good idea. Definitely seemed more controversial than the General and Rob Paul pages. Though at times, I feel as though the General Height page should be deleted as well.
Editor Rob
I feel there's a need for a couple of pages so that the celebrity ones don't become dumping grounds for random questions/comments.

That happens as it is, because I do sometimes move the comment to one of those pages if it's left on a random celebrity one.
Nik Ashton said on 9/Sep/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Thatโ€™s great, enjoy! I just hope the scissors are clean but never the mind because I will run โ€˜em under the tap!

๐Ÿ•โœ‚๏ธ! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ”ช! ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿด!

Here, have a slice of cake too!

๐Ÿฐโœ‚๏ธ!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 9/Sep/19
@Rob
Usually the rule is that it takes at least 7 celebs to create a category, but in the Impressionists category, they're only 5, lol. Click Here
Canson said on 9/Sep/19
@Sandy: Thanks! I appreciate that and same to you! I know that you have been through a lot in the last year with family being ill and this being another blow makes it much harder. Youโ€™re in my thoughts for sure! And I appreciate the kind words! I feel the same way about you!
Nik Ashton said on 9/Sep/19
๐Ÿฐโœ‚๏ธ!
Bobby 1.78m said on 9/Sep/19
@Sandy Cowell

I might consider looking into Tony Robinson as you have mentioned him before in the past. If he can be impartial about these matters and not religious then his claims will have more credence. Crimes and Punishment was written by Fydor Dostoevsky, he was the man who first coined the term, existentalist/existentialism. He self-defines himself as the first existentialist as well, but such a conception is not unique and new to him. Crimes and Punishment is one of those fictional murder stories where a boy murders his own neighbour and spends the rest of the boom stewing in his own remorse and is eventually driven to turn himself into the authorities. It's a bit like an Edgar Allen Poe narrative as it deals with morally heavy themes. I think the moral or central question was this: does a guilty mind alone enable someone to seek penance for their wrongdoing, if and only if, they are the sole proprietors of their remorse? In other words, if you murder someone and are not legally brought to justice, will any guilt from the action drive you to seek penance from the law or perhaps from God?

Jehovah's Witnesses are otherwise pleasant enough people but they tend to step on and make others feel as though their lives are meaningless because the end is coming or some such hogwash. I didn't appreciate hearing that and still don't. I'm still getting my life together and you're telling me it doesn't matter? Anyone is going to feel sour hearing that. Some actors or performers tend to be known for portraying certain sorts of characters. I can't remember one such actor off the top of my head, but he's well known for playing intelligent characters. But I appreciate people who love knowledge and try to acquire more of it throughout their life. Learning doesn't stop once you leave the classroom or school, but sadly many people deem themselves omniscient once they graduate and think they don't need to learn anything else. That's not wisdom. It's ignorance.

The funny thing about that is she accusingly concluded I was going to say she was brainwashed because she's probably heard it all before but I took the high road and instead pointed out the moral controversies of her beliefs. But yes, suffice to say, she was brainwashed, but I don't blame her, like anyone else, that's all she's never known in her life. So she can't regret it. But still, it's not a culture or heritage, it's sacrilege. That's like me rejecting my own heritage in the pursuit of a foreign idea. No, that's wrong. I have no right to do that.

Yes, they have this idea that everyone else is wrong but them, even if that's not what they say to you, their frequent frolicking in the streets and expecting others to buy into what they believe without any examination of the presented information. An idea, a belief, can only be true if it's universally accepted by all. If there is even a seed of doubt in something, then its validity will suffer. Is it true anymore? What if it's false? People don't think like that anymore.

But your mom had a lot of guts standing up to that SS officer. That reminds me of Ingloriois Bastards with an SS officer taking interest in a French Jew and even though she rejected and disrespected him because he liked her, he let those things slide. I don't think I could have done the same thing. I'm not an outspoken rebel. I rebel silently and create strategies to deal with the problem. I just watch and wait. Fortunately, the SS officer actually liked your mother or it could have turned badly for her.

That's a terrible shame. I know many people hate hospitals because of how sterile and metallic everything feels. It's not very homely or domestic at all. Hopefully you are able to pull through with whatever is afflicting you at the moment. I know my own parents are starting to see problems because they're getting on in years and it's hard to watch. It breaks my heart.

You're welcome and thank you for being my friend and entertaining my thoughts โ˜บ๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Sep/19
@ Canson - Where are you from, Canson, please?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Sep/19
Hey Rob! Have you heard of The Stranglers? I am listening to them right now! They were a new wave band from the 70's and they were....eh?... very expressive!
Editor Rob
Only a couple of their well-known songs, I haven't listened to any albums.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Sep/19
I'd like a cut of pizza please, Nik!
๐Ÿ•โœ‚๏ธ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Sep/19
@ Canson - It is people like you that make life worthwhile. Thank you for thinking of me. I am listening to 'No Quarter', by Led Zeppelin. I saw them do this when I was 18. They were so brilliant! So are you! XXX ๐Ÿ˜

My flaming long hippie hair is getting in my way as I write ziss! ๐Ÿ’‡โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰



'All Of my Love' from me to you! (Another track). ๐Ÿ˜
Andrea said on 8/Sep/19
"Editor Rob
Yeah those pages can create animosity, but User Heights I think upset a few folk to the point that if they see you in person, they would walk the other way ๐Ÿ˜ฒ"
Any resemblance to persons or events is purely coincidence, right, Rob? ๐Ÿ˜Š
Editor Rob
Arguing about celebrity height is understandable.

Arguing about random strangers on the Internet is a whole other level of strangeness ๐Ÿ™ƒ

There is still some of that going on the General Height page though!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Sep/19
@ Canson - Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 7/Sep/19
@ Bobby - I think it is worth suggesting that, if you see anything about the end of the world, you see it from the scientific point of view, as presented by one Tony Robinson. I have been hooked on his stuff, from Crime and Punishment through history to, perhaps his greatest attribute, his Catastrophe DVD. He really gets the brain cells working. Tony is an actor, and starred in the historic comedy 'Blackadder', which was historically based, comical - and right up my street! It took ages, Bobby, before I found a copy, but find one I did.

I would say that Tony is an historian, with an interest in every department, dating back to our archeological findings to medieval history. I reckon he poo-poos the rantings of the Jehovah's witnesses. His DVD's are scientifically based and, when you see the part he plays in 'Blackadder', you see that he portrays exactly the opposite to what he actually is - an utter genius.

Your young friend was brainwashed before she had a chance to express herself as a human being. Also, she hurt you. I don't think that the intention of these witnesses is to hurt people, but they do it anyway. They hurt and damaged my vulnerable brother and only the other day, they had the audacity to knock on my door.

They sent the nicer of the bunch, the girls, because they want ME now. Goodness knows why, because I have fervent beliefs. I was lucky enough to have been brought up with the beliefs I have now, the ones that I grew up with, taught to me by my Mum, who stood up to an SS chief. Hell knows what would have happened to her had he - the SS officer - not had feelings for her, but his feelings were untoward, and perhaps that is what saved her. She could have gone into a concentration camp for what she said to this SS officer.

I ended up in hospital last week. I didn't think I would be able to write about it, but things just got too much. I am crying as I write this. Shucks! I need something interesting to take my mind far, far away, maybe to the medieval ages or perhaps I will watch something scientific. Either way, I know it's going to be Tony Robinson.

Thank you for being my friend.

Sandy XXXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 7/Sep/19
@Rob
But the same thing can be said for the General and Rob Paul pages. Those two pages are just as controversial as the Visitors' page.
Editor Rob
Yeah those pages can create animosity, but User Heights I think upset a few folk to the point that if they see you in person, they would walk the other way ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

My page is a necessity and does allow some questions that I can try to answer outwith other pages.

I don't of course include myself in the top 50, even though I'm always there technically ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Canson said on 7/Sep/19
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Sep/19
@ Bobby - I'll be writing very soon. ๐Ÿ˜

@ Canson - Great to have you back! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thanks Sandy! And I hope youโ€™re doing well! Are you out of the hospital? Prayers to a speedy recovery
Nik Ashton said on 7/Sep/19
๐Ÿ•โœ‚๏ธ!
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 6/Sep/19
@Rob
Whatever happened to the Visitors' Category? (the one where heights of visitors were listed, including guys like Bobby and Greg) Why delete it?
Editor Rob
I felt it was a page that created controversies, and got away from the main focus of celebrity height.
Nik Ashton said on 5/Sep/19
๐Ÿ‘ƒ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿง‚๐Ÿ˜‹!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Sep/19
@ Bobby - I'll be writing very soon. ๐Ÿ˜

@ Canson - Great to have you back! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Nik Ashton said on 5/Sep/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 5/Sep/19
@Rob
But you've had separate categories for almost every profession, including acting, modeling, sports and wrestling. I think a female Youtuber category wouldn't hurt.
Editor Rob
It's worth considering the more females are added.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/Sep/19
๐Ÿ˜„ Correction Time! ๐Ÿ˜„

In my comment to Christian, I should have written 'THAT'S me that is!'
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 4/Sep/19
@Rob
Will there ever be a seperate category for female Youtubers? I think you have more than 7 female Youtubers now.
Editor Rob
I'm not sure on whether splitting them up is worth doing. I know I did it for tennis/models.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Sep/19
@ Christian - Common as muck - that me that is! ๐Ÿ˜„
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Sep/19
@ Christian - Yes - I noticed when I looking for Sandra Bernhard that there isn't a category for that name!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Sep/19
@ Bobby - I have just been admitted to hospital. I'll be with you soon.
Editor Rob
I wish you well.
Nik Ashton said on 2/Sep/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 2/Sep/19
@Sandy
I'm surprised that there are only 2 Sandy's on CH, despite Sandy being a common female name. I've seen and met more people named Sandy than Christian, yet there's a category here for Christian, lol.
Nik Ashton said on 2/Sep/19
๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ!
Bobby 5'10 (178cm) said on 1/Sep/19
@Sandy Cowell

Continued: So, needless to say, I am glad I am no longer friends with her. She was nothing but a toxic person from day one who spent much too long in getting back to me.

It seems like the Witnesses your brother had the misfortunate nature of dealing with were most unkind to him. The ones I parleyed with were not so vile to me.

I haven't seen the film Stigmata, no. I tend to stay clear of movies with religious messages attached to them, religion has done nothing but incite conflict after all. Even the purist of its forms still incited conflict, of a nature. I just cannot abide by the corruption and soulness cruelty that so-called Men of God display to others around them. I think a person doesn't need to be religious to still be good, but at leas this movie highlights this premise nicely. Still, I am more likely to believe an advanced race of intelligent beings created humankind than a single entity, but either you slice it, it's the paradox itself. Who or what created this entity that we call God? You'll find no such musings amongst Jehovah's Witnesses. Ideology frightens them.

Until next time Sandy :)
Bobby 5'10 (178cm) said on 1/Sep/19
@Sandy Cowell

While the idea of the world coming to an end is not something I will entirely dismiss, in the odd chance it ever does happen, I still find the scenario about as likely as immortality. That is to say, a fantastical premise, but a premise all the same and so I am not one to entertain such hogwash when all it will do is cause me to regret the life I have lived so far and make my future stutter. So, these Jehovah's Witnesses coming around and stating that Salvation is nigh and Armageddon is upon us, is not helping us. It's not a rational position to be taking when most of the world has moved on from their superstituous postulations. I suppose that the idea itself tends to lend a frightening notion of what might befall the world, but that is what dystopian fiction is for. It's not a certainty or a fact, it's a warning of what might and could happen if humanity doesn't wisen up and fix its problems. Whatever those problems may be. I myself enjoy dystopian fiction because I have surmised that we live in one now, but a passive dystopia, not an active one. There is a reason that most will state that we live in times of relative peace because peace is not something that everyone enjoys throughout the world. Even those of us who claim to know it ourselves are still victims of a potential dystopian world that could soon befall us all, a transition that would go from dormant to wakefulness or passive to active.

The few times I had gone to Church was spent in vain as I had little appreciation or interest in the subject matter of religion itself and almost zero comprehension of the Medieval dialectic Greek language. Of course this was years ago and were you to ask me if I had gleaned any further insight I would have told you, "Barely at all. I perhaps understand five words or less." I do think it's nice that you were able to take your mind off such gloomy prospects by adopting some kittens and my philosophy has always been that if one wanted to prepare for parenthood then they must first examine whether they are able to take care of an animal, another life, before having a child of their own. Simply observe how others treat animals and you will be able to determine how that one could potentially treat another human being. It's this certainty that enabels psychologists to diagnose potential serial killers.

Well, certainly, to an overactive imagination of a child, reading such a mature book at a young age is surely to ignite some very serious if not fictitious examples of a world which could spontaneously ruin itself by any means of a nuclear holocaust. Planet of the Apes, The Time Mahcine, are a good example of a future civilization that has been reduced to a former primitive state even less so. With the retroactively present hallmarks of a previous life of scientific wonders and human achievement. Of course, given that The Time Machine, one of the first produced film adaptations of the book of the same name by H.G Wells, was made in early 1960 when the threat of atomic war was real, then this idea of a nuclear holocaust causing the downfall of society was a very real prospect.

I think it's perhaps worse than that. Rather than choose to live out her own life in a way she saw fit, she instead chose to heed the teachings of her parents. Now of course, if you were to ask her, she'd be entirely sure of her choices and said she had the freedom to make her own decisions but closer insepction would reveal a subconscious reluctance of ostracism. Would you risk certain estrangement if it meant living a life you desire? Very few would. Is it cowardice preventing such sacrifice or a reluctant decision made to avoid just such a terrible outcome? Of knowing her for a good 7 years, I can attest to you, that her congregation of "true" Christians is not all full of devout and overzealous worshippers of God but rather contains an assortment of youngsters who prefer to spend their own time purusing activities which they enjoy. Yet, because they have this status distinguishing themselves from a secular person, they are automatically better suited for companionship. I have pointed out this utter contradiction to her in the past to no avail. She simply will not budge on the matter, but yet seems to believe I pose a threat to her beliefs by somehow befriending her in all these years. So, suffice to say, I do not have any good feelings towards her anymore because she has renounced my friendship for primitive and childish reasons. She is a judgemental person who seems to believe everyone should be as devout as her and yet she has very little companionship herself and is not often invited to outings, I wonder why. Is it perhaps she's a killjoy? Enough about her, else I'll fill a tome of my innermost musings.

From what I have gathered, secular pursuits lead to dangerous thinking but most, if not all, of the world's leading inventions and enlightenment of thought were made by philosophers and scientists. Jehovah's Witnesses themselves enjoy commodoties to further their own agendas, commodoties invented by secularists. I fear they have just stunted their own potentials, and while many of them are quite kind-hearted, I cannot entertain the possibility of being one of them. Still, it's a valid thought, for your brother to have. I myself became overly concerned with my own morality and my performance at the academic level suffered, although my estranged "friend" persisted that it was my fault.
Nik Ashton said on 1/Sep/19
๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Aug/19
@ Rob and Christian - That's good to know! Hunting time, take one....๐Ÿ˜‰
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 30/Aug/19
@Rob
So is 7 the general rule?
Editor Rob
That's what I put in the code to check for...when it hits that level a name category gets created. It was 6 at one point, but I changed it to 7.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Aug/19
๐Ÿ™ƒ Correction Time! ๐Ÿ™‚

Two silly mistakes in my comment to Bobby.

1) I wrote prey โŽ instead of pray โ˜‘๏ธ.

2) I wrote 'on to front cover' instead of 'on THE front cover'.

That's it for now! ๐Ÿ˜
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Aug/19
@ Christian 6ft5 and three eighths - Yes, I have noticed that quite a few names don't yet have a category; I came across one only the other day, and I was quite surprised as I thought it was common enough to warrant its own page. If only I could recall which name it was.... ๐Ÿค”?

Typical! Have a great weekend Christian! xxx ๐Ÿ˜‰
Editor Rob
When there are 7 names or so, a category will be created for the name.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Aug/19
@ Bobby - Throughout my adult life, I too have been dreading the World coming to an end, and the year 2012 was no exception. So what did my boyfriend buy me for Christmas 2011? He bought me the John Cusack film '2012', which we watched on Christmas afternoon and evening, it being very long and exhausting. This did nothing to appease me, as you can well imagine, but we had already lived through the dreaded day, 21st December, 2012, but still I didn't feel much better.

Exactly seven months earlier to the day, the threat of the end of the World was getting very much on top of me. I went to the Church to prey quietly outside on the bench and emerged with the idea that I should buy myself another little life to concentrate on something more positive and life-affirming. I ended up buying three kittens because I just couldn't split them up, two tortoiseshell girls, Melazier and Ferralique, and a boy whose name changed to Little Banana because he's indistinguishable from his big brother, whose name was shortened to Banana. They came to join their two brothers and niece and nephew, so it became the biggest number of cats from one family that we've ever had living together at one time.

Part of the reason I feel this fear was impregnated into my mind is because at the ages of 8 and 9, I would read chunks from my brother's pessimistic but mind-enhancing book known as 'The Doomsday Book'. It had a picture of a nuclear holocaust on to front cover, a rocket and a baby, if I remember rightly. It talked about the various predictions through the centuries, and how lousy it will be for any random survivors of such an event. Having just watched American Horror Story's 'Apocalypse', an incredible quantity of predictions from that 1960's book have been there for us to watch onscreen. The first jolt back to this book was the cube-eating at mealtimes, containing everything one needs to keep healthy. Then, of course, the accommodation that can be accessed by only an elite few, which had - and has - long been prepared. What AHS incorporates with its storyline is the Biblical Revelations. It contains quite some sinister humour, so I've been laughing too much to have nightmares, but of anything I have ever seen about this bleak subject matter entertainment-wise, this has been the most watchable for me, combining what I've read with the Biblical predictions.
Foot note: It even talked about ovens which would be able to cook in a fraction of the time of conventionals!

I prefer to watch these films than to heed the ravings of Jehovah's witnesses. I feel what they did purloining your young friend's chance to better her education is an outrage. Last night I watched with my brother a TV programme about a big strong boxer, to whom his strength meant everything. He had two car accidents in his life, one when he was a small boy and the second which was to end his career. Depression, overeating and being financially abused by an obsessive fan turned carer followed and the 'carer' got so carried away with spending his money that he murdered him. Yet, he'd pretended to be his friend! I said to my brother that if I had an accident that rendered me completely in the hands of others, I would probably thrive better than many because of my keen interest in learning. The Jehovah's witnesses limited your friend's enthusiasm for studying anything but the Bible, and though it is interesting and inspirational - and historical - it should be down to the individual as to when he or she is ready to do the studying. What's wrong with geographical and historical studies, for instance, or a trip to an old castle where you can find all of them? Their mind-control makes me quite sick. I saw what it did to my brother. He ended up less religious than he was to start with, questioning, and I quote, "What's God ever done for me?"

He was never like that before. He was subjected to criticism of the vilest nature, and all the time, I was upstairs unable to walk, so I couldn't clear up the way he'd been used to.

Have you seen the film 'Stigmata', Bobby? Gabriel Byrne plays a scientist turned priest whose mission is to go out and see whether so called miracles are real or not. Then he is given the task of seeing a young girl stricken with the stigmata, and the ironic thing is, she starts off as an atheist, BUT SHE IS STILL A GOOD PERSON! One thing I think you'll like from that film is Byrne's account of what turned him from a man of science into a believer. He said that he looked at the World around him and thought that it couldn't just have come into being. Somebody, some entity must have breathed life into it. That's how he started his route to working for the Church in Rome. Yet he finds so much corruptness among these people, who are willing to kill the girl because her stigmata, her new gift, has given her the ability to speak through a recently deceased priest, who was working on the transcription, with two other good, honest men of the cloth, to transcribe the only bit of Gospel written by the Living Jesus, which nullified the necessity that you HAVE to go to Church in order to worship. I thoroughly recommend the film to you Bobby!

I haven't by any means finished. I will continue later after a third read of your compositions. (I'd hardly call them comments!)

I want to tell you about my little school and how miraculous and therapeutic I find certain types of music.

I'll be back later!

Sandy xxx ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Aug/19
@ Bobby - It's a nice, quiet time of day, so I just read your compositions knowing that there'd be little risk of being disturbed.

I have a long and searching phone call at 10 this morning from people I am hoping can help me. When that is through, I will reply to your very interesting compositions. Cheers Bobby and see you later, as it were!
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 29/Aug/19
@Rob
Have you ever considered about creating categories for movies, or at least movie series? I know you already made categories for Marvel and DC, but they're more like franchises.
Editor Rob
There are only a few single movies, but some of the franchise series I may add some more for.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 29/Aug/19
@Sandy
There certainly wouldn't be any more, than if there was a category here for every first name. If you notice, there isn't a category for every first name, except for common English names like John, James, Peter etc.
Nik Ashton said on 29/Aug/19
๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฆ!
Bobby 5'10 (178cm) said on 28/Aug/19
@Sandy Cowell

I forgot to end the message properly, aside from making some spelling errors.

I hope that what I had to write interests you and I look forward to your next correspondance :)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Aug/19
@ Christian - True, but imagine how many categories there would be if each and every surname had a category?
๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿคฃ
Bobby 5'10 (178cm) said on 27/Aug/19
@Sandy Cowell

Continued: Funny thing about that too, around 10 years ago or more, I received a PM message, back when YouTube was still using that sort of thing, by a friend I just made. She was adament about the world coming to an end in 2012 after reading about the Mayan Calendar. I had to reassure her that no such thing could possibly, but I was always open to the possibility of ghosts, demons, and any kind of supernatural presence that has been thought up by man. Thing is, real or not, people love the fantastical and will create vivid fantasies to this effect. I was no less a stranger to this sterotype at the age of 14. The only thing with Sokrates is that we would surely disagree on the matter of piety, he believes the gods or in this case, God is pious. I believe otherwise, which I've already explained before. Things are only pious because it pleases them, not because they actually are. For example, is it pious to systematically wipe out any nonbeliever who isn't a Jehovah's Witness? No, that's genocide.

I think given the ideal circumstances, a person will develop morals irrespective of their financial situation. Or even if they are religious or not. Believe it or not, morality and religion were a very close knit relationiship. When Darwin posed natural selection and evolution, this idea of morality was washed away since people were and I quote, "no better than cockroaches". I'm still an advocate that the universe and everything in it was designed and created, I mean, take a look around you, does complexity invent itself?
Bobby 5'10 (178cm) said on 27/Aug/19
@Sandy Cowell

Subjects were a lot more versatile back then I suppose. I also reckon that teachers would have been teaching more than one subject at a time due to reasons that there were simply not enough teachers in the school system. Still, it's very interesting that you managed to pick up this kind of terminology at the grade school level. Nowadays, you don't see that kind of thing anymore. You'd have to go to university to even become familiar with half of the things I now know. Still, some would argue, such as a Jehovah's Witness, that university isn't necessary to learn things but they often bring up more practical pursuits like learning to garden or change a flat tire. I'm talking about hardcore knowledge like ideology and theology, engineering and whatnot. I hate this premise that self-education qualifies you to be a professional, it doesn't. You wouldn't trust a self-taught surgeon, would you? I surely wouldn't.

Yeah, Jehovah's Witnesses are pretty self-righteous people even if they claim all of that sort of judgement is coming from God, not from them. I'm all on board for living a morally virtuous lifestyle but not for the reasons of living to see Salvation, but because it's the right thing to do and that's the only reaosn why. Here I'm quoting one of Batman's lessons to his violent and bloodthirsty son, Damien al Ghul, I won't get too much into that but suffice to say, a lot of my morality actually comes from fictional characters. Now whether that's considered a safe habit or not, I really can't say, but fictional or not, these ideologies came from real people. From my experiences though, they're more or less pleasant enough people to be around, but only because they're hoping to bend you to their cause and organization. Honestly, it's more like a cult than a legit religious organization. For example, living to worship God or not, who and what authorizes you to go around knocking on people's doors and disturbing the peace of their household? And what right do you have to preemptively condemn people for not worshipping God as you claim yourselves to do so? I am referring to Jehovah's Witnesses here as a whole. I'm certain for all the cats you've got, that you're not a filthy or a degenerate person by any stretch of the imagination. Animals and even humans, will create a mess from time to time, animals even more so, but that's just the magnitude of life. Things do not persist, they decay and with time, they wilt away. Something clean doesn't stay clean forever, even with maintanence invovled, eventually it'll become dirty no matter what.

Another matter I'd like to discuss here with you, and which still relates to Jehovah's Witnesses, is my own mental state at the time I first became invovled with their beliefs. I wasn't a terrible person to begin with even as an Atheist, sure I sweared on occasion, but I didn't do the sorts of things that the Bible outlined as gravely sinful practices. I'm talking about the abuse of drugs, adultery, theft, inflicting major bodily harm on someone and so on and so forth. I was more or less, a good person with a flawed personality, just like everybody else. Now, when I first met this Jehovah's Witness, well, she had a few hazy ideas about the secular world and seemed to think anyone who wasn't a Jehovah's Witness was contaminated in some way or other. In fact, despite what she may say, I think she still does. Her ideas about pursuing postsecondary education were a major influence on me as well. I was so worried that I was somehow disappointing God that my cognitive performance at the college level took a hit and I was beginning to doubt my importance in the world. Well, it took a number of years to bypass that self-doubt and to realize that I have control over what I do and what I don't do. It's a deterministic universe after all and thus every human being has free will. Why should I have been any different?

Did you know she was offered scholarships and turned them all down just to pioneer? Now, let me explain what means, pioneer, in their terminology refers to someone who devotes extra time as a devotee to God. Not only did she throw away a good opportunity to educate herself further at the secular level but she did so for a very primitive reason. I'm not denying that religion can be a good thing if balanced in the right manner, but to sacrifice everything in the name of it, that's lunacy! So, at only a year older than myself, all she's done up until now has been wasting away at pointless jobs doing simplistic things. What's ironic is that she now regrets not purusing postsecondary education when she had the chance.

I could fill an entire tome with my thoughts about how dangerous thinking it is to confine one's self to religious pursuit at the sacrifice of all else, but that's for another time.

You hit the nail on the coffin with the brainwashing part. Many of them are born into it and not really given a choice to pursue anything else and if they do, they are ostracized, even from their own family. I don't care what the reason is, family is family. If you can't accept your own flesh and blood, your ilk, for choosing to do what makes them happy, within good reason, then what kind of person are you? Not a good one. Also, within their religion, the marriage rate is very high and they oftne marry very young. Why? Simple answer. They can't keep it in their pants, to put it mildly.

To be continued:
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 26/Aug/19
@Sandy
It's the opposite actually. The rarer the surname is, the more lucrative it is to refer to a celeb by their surname. The only exception is maybe when the surname is too long or too hard to pronounce correctly.
Public Enemy said on 26/Aug/19
Editor Rob: Would you consider developing a celebrity lifestyle portal as a means of generating more advertising and commission revenues?
Editor Rob
Ad rates are below average in a niche like celebrity height because the scope is more limited and the type of visitor is more passive/entertainment minded when visiting rather than in a buying frame of mind.

I have an interest in numbers and stats, so this site has been a good fit.

I'm not sure about lifestyle of celebs - I feel it's best sticking to topics you enjoy or have interest in, else you'll find after a while it will become a big struggle to continue.

That's not to say there is another area I might add to the site ;)
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 25/Aug/19
@Rob
Are there any celebs here whom you downgraded by 1.25" or more? I've only seen 1" downgrades at the very most.
Editor Rob
I'm sure there have been many adjustments over the years. Especially in the first couple of years, it was about getting pages up because it was far easier to rank on search engines with limited 'knowledge boxes/panels' like these engines have over last 10 years.

Sometimes there may be occasional mistakes like typing a 4 instead of 5 for the inches part, but I think they are rare.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Aug/19
@ Christian - Some surnames are so rare though, in the celeb world especially, that it's probably more lucrative to use first names. An interesting factor might be that you, or originally your parents of course, select your own first names and they are famous for having meanings, i.e. Leonard means 'lion strong', Peter means 'a rock' and Paul means 'small'. Do people 'measure up' to their name's meanings? That would be rather fascinating, wouldn't it?

PS:

I wouldn't half find it funny to have a page filled with Trumps! ๐Ÿ˜ท

Cheers Christian! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 25/Aug/19
๐ŸŽฉ
๐ŸŒŽ!
Nik Ashton said on 25/Aug/19
๐Ÿ™ƒ
๐ŸŒŽ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Aug/19
@ Bobby - I came across the term 'tabula rasa' via my geography and later English school teacher, believe it or not! This teacher would digress from 'the subject' frequently, but nobody minded. We learnt far more from his diversions than if he'd stuck purely to geography, for example. He was, I'd say, the most popular teacher of them all and only about 5ft5 or 6, but simply commanded respect - and he got it. He raised his voice so rarely that if he did let go, one of us had to have been incredibly disrespectful.

Not long ago, I discussed with MJKoP my brother's experience with Jehovah's Witnesses. I was confined to my bedroom at that time (pre my hip operation) and my overly talkative brother is the type of person who, if someone knocks at the door and starts talking, he will join in. When I heard about how dictatorial they were, I couldn't believe my ears. They criticised his appearance and moaned about getting cat hairs on their clothes from our chairs. Did they expect my brother to roll out the red carpet every time they burst in? It would appear so, as their chief 'witness' said to my brother, "Would you have shown Jesus into an unhoovered room like this and answered the door in grubby clothes?"

Huh! Likening themselves to Jesus Christ was outrageous and even sinful. They'd turn up unannounced and it turned my brother into a nervous wreck. One of our cats, Manelia the Second, was run over as a direct result of one of their visits and then I had to say something. Yet they are so forward that just recently, they've knocked at the door and tried rabbiting to me! I said to them, "I have all the faith I need, thank you very much, and I don't wish to be brainwashed by the likes of you! Now please go away." I wouldn't put it past them to have the audacity to turn up again! Next time, if indeed such a time arises, I won't be so polite and I will bring up the distasteful matter of them having compared themselves to Jesus Christ. And to think - they are supposed to be worshippers of one God! I think they are obsessed with their own egos and are anything but humble and meek, so I can't see THEM inheriting the Earth, can you? They talked obsessively about the end of the World. This, to vulnerable people, could prove nightmarish and dangerous. I fully admit to being one such person, having suffered from frightening dreams for years as a consequence of seeing the movie 'The Day After'. I think I was 22 at the time.

I never knew that only the Israelites held the belief that life is finite. I do believe that you'd get on very well with Socrates, I honestly do! You are broadening my mind and I am well over twice your age!

I can imagine that there have been bad as well as good parents as far back as the human race dates. Some people are just not cut out for parenthood, but alas, this doesn't stop them from fulfilling certain urges. Bringing up a child with a good set of values doesn't depend solely on a sound financial background; it takes an abundance of time but most of all, it takes love.

So until the next time Bobby....

I've enjoyed writing to you, and always do!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 24/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ–ฅ๐Ÿ˜‚!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Aug/19
๐ŸŒŽ
๐Ÿ˜‚!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 23/Aug/19
@Sandy
I think Rob should've went with surnames instead of first names for categories, because surnames are often the "main" name of a person, especially when it comes to entertainment, sports, politics etc. It's the same reason why Donald Trump is called "President Trump" and not "President Donald" or PM Boris Johnson's called "Prime Minister Johnson", not "Prime Minister Boris".
Nik Ashton said on 23/Aug/19
๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘Œ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Aug/19
@ Bobby - I sent a copy of your composition to my Dad, 91, last night. I added the message, "This is the quality of intelligence that I am dealing with on Celebheights...."

Doubtless, he'll be most impressed.

A reply is to follow very soon.
Nik Ashton said on 22/Aug/19
@ Sandy Cowell - ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช!

That lot are crazy and wild, thereโ€™s 6 of โ€˜em!
Nik said on 22/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜‚
๐ŸŒŽ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Aug/19
But Christian - Rob does do first names in height order!
Editor Rob
In response to the Surnames - I am not sure about that. I just went with the first names.
Bobby 178cm said on 19/Aug/19
@Sandy Cowell

I took an entry into psychology course back when I was still figuring out which program I would major in when I was still at the college level education and I learned a fair amount about human development cycles in conjunction with psychological theory. Tabula rasa was one of the terms I learned regarding the mental capacity of a newborn - that is to say, a blank slate.

It's somewhat alarming to me that even as early as your generation, there were still the sort who were unfit to parenthood. This is something I associate with my generation, but it's interesting that it has reverberated since your heyday.

It's an interesting premise, I recently had a falling out with a friend of 7 years who is a Jehovah's Witness solely because I do not subscribe to her beliefs. When I raised the point that morality is not confined to one set of beliefs let alone religion she still solemnly chose to believe that her primary focus in life is God and everyone else came secondary. This is an example of something I wrote to her recently, and perhaps you may agree with my thinking:

"So, youโ€™re saying your relationship with someone should only be benefiting you? I donโ€™t think thatโ€™s how friendships work, Anjanette. Itโ€™s a bit selfish to think that way. Iโ€™m friends with people that have different ways of thinking than myself and are pursuing different careers and studies. They have different philosophies but they still serve a purpose. Iโ€™ve never once attempted to discourage you or tell you to think differently than how you do, so why expect the same of me or anyone else in return? Part of being human is that everyone is different and youโ€™re also the one who says that diversity should be celebrated. Shouldnโ€™t diversity of thought also then be a facet that ought to be acknowledged and respected? Do you expect Ryan to share your beliefs knowing he is Jewish? Yet you still communicate with him, do you not? Even if not very often, you still do. I donโ€™t think itโ€™s ethical to deny someone your correspondence or companionship because they might be Catholic and youโ€™re a Jehovahโ€™s Witness. Weโ€™re all human beings trying to get by in life. We shouldnโ€™t be disqualifying each other from friendship. So long as someone is a kind and genuine human being, then what more can you expect from them?"

The thing I most detest about Jehovah's Witnesses is their exclusivity and that is something I highlighted in the quoted email above. If human beings are capable of good acts then who are we, as people, to have the authority to judge their validity for companionship? Commonality is important but not to the extreme of theology let alone ideology. Greg's got a different way of thinking than I do and we're still friends, for example.

It's interesting you talk about the era before the World Wide Web (WWW) as being the dark ages. Last year when I was taking a fundamentals of editing class towards my degree, an older gentlemen, I would say in his 60s, possibly even 70s remarked on how the 1960s were, "the dark ages". I found it particularly humorous but my peers didn't seem to grasp his meaning which I found troubling. Are people perhaps just ignorant of history or do they fear ostracism?

If I could meet any person in history, I'd go back a good 2000 years and speak to the great thinker, Sokrates himself. I think he and I would have some very interesting conversations together about the nature of piety and whether the gods or God represent as their Essence or if things are pious solely due to the approval of their divine favour. I lean more towards the latter, things are pious simply because the gods or God favours them and not because they are pious in nature which is what Sokrates argued. Yes, the existence of the afterlife wasn't a question of skepticism during polytheism, it was really only the Israelites who believed that life ceased after death. In poetry, death is equated to a great slumber or sleep hence the expression, "I'll sleep when I'm dead."

It's nice chatting with you, Sandy :)

You're the only person willing to entertain my existential thoughts right now.
Nik Ashton said on 19/Aug/19
@ Sandy Cowell - nice one! Itโ€™s no wonder the elephants is clever, he/she faces the computer and thatโ€™s why he/she learns and doesnโ€™t forget what he/she has learnt! Just look at that elephant/mammoth! ๐Ÿ˜! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ–ฅ ๐Ÿ—ฃ โ€œGo stand in the corner!โ€!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Aug/19
@ Nik:-

๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช!
khaled taban said on 18/Aug/19
@Nik Ashton , How old are you ?!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 18/Aug/19
@Rob
Are you ever planning on creating categories for surnames, like you're doing with first names?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Aug/19
No Nik, the elephantus should be positioned like so: ๐Ÿ–ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

How else will he learn?
Nik Ashton said on 17/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Nik Ashton said on 17/Aug/19
๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ•ถ๐ŸŒ‚ ๐Ÿ˜Ž ๐Ÿฅ’ !
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Aug/19
@ Bobby - Tabula rasa - very interesting, very Latin! In case anybody is curious, it means a smooth and erased tablet, the sort of state of mind you are born with.

I never knew that little boy unfortunately, but had I done so, I would have done my utmost to help him. I did know a little girl that same year, and what she was doing in her father's charge, I will never know. I used to feed her when her father had spent his money on.... other things. She was 5 years old, bless her, and her name was Amelia. She was a pretty little thing and introduced herself to me one morning. I thought, "What a delightful child!"

I choose to believe that we are all born good and in some extreme cases, our upbringings can turn us bad. Just recently, I saw a film on a serial killer called Henry, and what he had to endure as a child. I'd only ever seen films which concentrate on his bad side; had he not endured what he did as a boy, there would be many more people alive today. That certainly bore out that evilness is a state of mind.

Yes, hero complexes, magalomania, the sort of thing Hitler had, and how many millions were to suffer? My Mum used to see him on her way to school in the early thirties and she took an instant disliking to him. She was about 7, so it was probably 1930+. She referred to him as 'a little man', so when I went to his page, I think this coloured my judgement of his height. I suppose 5ft8 wasn't too bad a height for those days!

You think exactly how I used to in my youth. I'd hang around with people older than myself because I was interested in what life was like before my living memories. Yes, I vividly remember the 70s yet I also recall from 1964 onwards, when I was 3. I remember what was going through my head back then and I couldn't work out why the kids who were queueing up for their injections would be screaming their heads off. They were my age, after all! My most disturbing memory was when my Mum went to Germany, taking my brother and leaving me behind. I stayed with my Dad and his girlfriend, and, if the truth be told, I reckon I had a more enjoyable time than he did. My Grandmother was very upset when she realized that I had been left behind. ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

If I could meet any person in history, I wouldn't have to go back very far. I'd choose Christopher Lee. He was born in the same year as my Mum, 1922, but even before he was out of his teens, he had witnessed some atrocities that many of us won't see in a lifetime, and still he went on to be one of the most successful actors of all time. What a hero! My favourite film of his is 'The Devil Rides Out', in which he plays a knowledgeable nobleman and it really suited him. Have you seen the original 'Wicker Man', Bobby? It bears out the way life once was, in Pagan times. I suppose throughout history, man has been looking for a higher power. Even the Vikings had this mind set. They weren't afraid of dying because they were convinced that Life went on. I have a DVD box set which explains everything from a Viking point of view, how they lived and how fervent their beliefs were.

As a person who remembers only too well what times were like before the World Wide Web was invented, let me tell you, it sucked! You had to go to the library just to find out the answer to a question that was burning away at you, and then go through a pile of books. I get urges every day to find out the answers to questions, and I don't have to go any further than my phone. It must be ever so helpful when you're studying, and to me, it's a luxury that I really appreciate because I remember the dark ages only too well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cheers Bobby!

Always great to chat with you!

All the Best,

Sandy xxx ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 16/Aug/19
๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™ƒ!
Nik Ashton said on 15/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ–ฅ!
Bobby 178cm said on 15/Aug/19
@Sandy Cowell

Do you know if he is successful or not? This usually proves that children are not their parents and their circumstances do not necessarily inhibit moral goodness. This also validates that human beings in their most infantile state as tabula rasa (or blank slate) will inevitably develop good characteristics irrespective of who has raised them. Evilness is a condition of a fractured and tortured mind, but the Bible does say that bad association spoils useful habits. So, there's something to learn from that proverb of old even if people today highlight the Bible's archaic and patriarchal stance. Some people will invariably develop hero complexes and see fit to their duty to assist all they know that practice bad habits, but I don't think it's in our place to shepherd those around us. The best we can do is to focus on ourselves and hope that our example is an inspiration to people around us.

Given your age, you most assuredly had accesses to the most rudimentary video games while growing up. Perhaps you were fortunate enough to have owned a Commodore 64 or a Nintendo Entertainment System. On a separate note, I think it's quite fascinating that you remember the 70s through to the 90s. I wonder what it must have been like for you and how you dealt with technological advancements over time, I think it'd be unsettling to remember a time before the internet, ahem, World Wide Web to be precise.

Well, I'm not looking to make millions, but a modest and comfortable life is all I ask for. Your statement about your area turning into a cesspool with the presence of that man as your neighbour also brings me to another point, do we fault the government or the immigrants? Perhaps the educational system is to blame? Either way you slice it, something has to be done. Regardless, affluence doesn't impress me especially when the people involved are dumber than bricks.

No, I think Jesus would be saddened to learn of the state of the world as it is today.

Bye for now Sandy :)
Nik Ashton said on 14/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒŽ!
Nik Ashton said on 14/Aug/19
๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Aug/19
@ Bobby - Hi Bobby! It's amazing to think that the little boy who had such neglectful parents is about 37 years old now. Fortunately, sometimes kids like this completely rebel against the bad habits shown them by their parents. I've known a few such incidents. All the kids I've met round my way have been brought up very well, I'm happy to say. I met lots of little girls who live down my road when I was out and about every day doing voluntary work for two animal charities and collecting for a kidney charity. They have grown up to be lovely responsible adults and I know that when they have kids of their own, they will make good parents. Some people are far more suited to parenthood than others, you're right in saying that, and it's almost 100% down to how they've been brought up themselves. I met the less than ideal parents because I refused to walk away from a certain social circle as I feared for the safety of some of the vulnerable members, of which my ex-boyfriend was one. He did know some very nice people too. I suppose in this life, you have to take the rough with the smooth.

I haven't yet got into playing video games, but they must be very popular. I mean, look at all the movies that exist as offshoots of video games! I think anything that gets the adrenaline going will prove successful. I used to play a game called Asteroids down my local pub and I spent a small fortune perfecting my skills and getting my name first on the chart! I'm not generally competitive, but something somebody said when I got started - about people who can't play properly making lousy drivers - made me want to prove him wrong. I did! Other than that, the only games I tend to play are board games like Scrabble, which is my favourite, and Chess.

One thing you will really appreciate when you finish university and get yourself going in your career of choice, something that is suited to your intellect or you will be bored rigid, is that you will have the money to move away to an area where you don't have nosy, gossiping idiots for neighbours. You do well in that you ignore them. They must lead very crappy lives if all they can do is sit together and talk rubbish. My whole life has been turned upside down since the moving in of the bloke next door, who has kicked up a fuss about my cats and tried to involve the neighbours, but only the ones who didn't know me to begin with. His brother has been in the news for setting fire to an effigy of a block of flats where people lost their lives, posting it online and poking fun. This has caused untold heartache for the survivors of the tragedy. The brothers are property millionaires only because their father was murdered. I doubt if they've done a proper day's work in their lives. Judging from how they speak and write, they haven't been educated at all. This used to be a good area or my parents would never have moved here. It isn't anymore! I can so understand how your neighbours must wind you up. My whole life has been messed up since that man moved in. My Dad used to live in Northamptonshire, and that was a really peaceful area - a proper, close-knit little village. One day I would like to live in an area like that.

It's a less than likeable human trait to gossip and stir up trouble, and it only takes one person to kick start this behaviour. Others follow like lambs. Having said that, there are so many good human traits as well, and they are the ones we should aim to adopt, of course. It's just unfortunate that throughout history, a few bad eggs have taken over and caused wars and constant battling amongst the human race. I don't think Jesus bargained for all the religious strife that was to follow when he sacrificed himself for us, do you?

Cheers Bobby and have a good week!

All the Best,

Sandy xxx ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 11/Aug/19
@ Sandy Cowell

๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿคฏ!
๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ˜!
๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿคฏ ๐Ÿงฆ ๐ŸŒฌ ๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒฒ!

๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿคฏ โ€œThe smell from the rear end of that pig has blown mi socks off (orf!), theyโ€™re โ€œGone with the wind!โ€โ€!

๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿคฃ
Nik Ashton said on 11/Aug/19
๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Bobby 178cm said on 10/Aug/19
@Sandy Cowell

It's quite easy. Before their presence was alerted to me by my parents, I was ignorant of their existence because I simply never bothered to look across the street and see them. That's just the kind of person I am. I don't bother to familiarize myself with everything and everyone in my surroundings because their existence is conditional to me. It's not the good kind of curiosity either, not when you know someone is a notorious gossiper.

Yeah, I've forgotten about them entirely and I don't care if they harbour ill-will towards me. At least I've got ambition and intelligence and see myself in a much better spot down the road. Much more recently, last year I would say, he also invited me to attend a MeetUp of his to play board games. I was so bored the whole evening that I was glad when it was over. I'd rather immerse myself in a video game than play obscure board games.

An upbringing like that is sure to spell trouble later on when he is older. To have such disregard for others around him will do more harm than good in the long run. Suffice it to say, I think they were just terrible parents and should not have been allowed by the government, to have children. Do we really need to be mass producing and continuing bad trends by forcing them onto the younger generations?

I think some people are just gifted with the character to have children and some are not. A firm but fair hand goes a long way to creating and restoring discipline in a chaotic household as well. That little boy probably wound up in jail more than once while growing up, so who knows what happened to him. I'm pleased at least to learn that you knew at least one couple who had normal children that weren't mischievous in the kind of way that disgusted you.

I suppose that's true, but most people don't appreciate academics to begin with. I only hope I have the patience and tolerance to put up with untoward criticism later in life.

Talk to you soon, Sandy :)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Aug/19
@ Nik - How about this one then?

๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿคฏ

๐Ÿคฏ "I am not in any way amused."
Nik Ashton said on 7/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท!
Nik Ashton said on 7/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Aug/19
@ Bobby - I don't know how you're able to contain yourself with such nosy neighbours, watching your every move. To have such a curious grandmother can't be much fun either, so I think I have reason to count my blessings that both my grandmothers had loads of grandkids! My maternal grandmother only had 1 granddaughter - me - and she had 8 grandsons. She accepted me for the little person I was, and loved me unconditionally. She died when I was 9 and my paternal grandmother had so many grandkids that I would have to sit and write them all down because I don't know off hand. She always remembered our birthdays, which meant a lot. I was 30 when she died, at the age of 94. Both my grandfathers had long died by the time I came along.

I, too, would take offence if my grandmother took an interest in my education only so that she could mouth off to her friends and acquaintances. Talk about friends, the people you met through your genuine friend Joey sound like they're best forgotten about! Now I shall tell you a little story of some visit I endured back when I was 22...

A male friend of mine who lived in my road took me round to see a couple he knew. They had a little son, who was running around without any pants of any kind on. When I asked why, I was met with the response, "Well, it's not as if he's at school yet!"

I took it that this was therefore a regular thing. Beer was served that evening, and the little lad approached me with a glass. I said thank you to him but was then proudly told, "No - he wants some!" He was about 3 years old.

It wasn't long before that vile 'tobacco' appeared on the scene, which makes me throw up. He was so used to it that he didn't wretch at all. I couldn't believe it. I witnessed worse goings-on that evening, including the use of powder, and the child licked the mirror. The father said, "Grab your Mummy's tit$!" and he did so and tried to grab mine.

It came so naturally to him that I thought that when he starts school, he will do the same thing to his teacher. It was only a matter of time before he would be taken into care, and rightly so, but HE DIDN'T ASK TO BE BORN! To rob a child of his innocence is dreadful. The parents would splash out money on drugs, but when it came to the clothing of their child, that was unimportant.

Had I got to know this excuse for a couple any better, i.e. if they'd lived in my vicinity, I'm the sort of person who would have bought the kid clothes and made sure he was properly fed, but they weren't my friends. I was so disgusted by what I saw that night that I've never forgotten it. In contrast, I knew a couple who were so excited by the up-and-coming birth of their daughter in 1987, that she was speaking little words and able to take steps at 6 months of age. I met her, her Mum and her younger sister around 10-12 years later as the couple had moved. Both girls were eloquent, polite and a credit to their parents. It doesn't matter how old you are when you become parents, as long as you do so with all the love and enthusiasm that nature has within you. Yes, and children are your ultimate legacy.

I cannot see a person such as yourself not leaving his mark on the planet - honestly. You have interests way beyond most your age and you are bettering yourself with a top education. It didn't take me long for the penny to drop that those who try to degrade a person's education/background are, in fact, seething with jealousy. You will encounter plenty of this in your lifetime, though hopefully you can limit this mockery by keeping decent company worthy of you and others like you.

Have a great week, Bobby!

All the very best,

Sandy xxx ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Aug/19
@ Bobby - I am brewing up a reply to your excellent and interesting comment to me. I came across a 'couple' who had a tiny little boy, and drank and took drugs in front of him. I'll enlarge in my reply....
Nik Ashton said on 5/Aug/19
๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ‘Œ!
Bobby 178cm said on 4/Aug/19
@Sandy Cowell

I just find it a tremendous shame that I still haven't made my mark on the world yet. At the very least, if nothing else, I'd like to have a family and that would be my legacy, continuing my ancient lineage. I suppose there aren't any rules for when you ought to accomplish things and when you finally succeed but everything feels like such a competition nowadays. Everyone is always asking the common questions, "Do you work somewhere? Are you married? Do you have kids? Where did you go to school?" As though life were just a checklist and people are rushing to be at the top of the pyramid. My own grandmother, on my mother's side, is especially nosy about these matters and is always asking about my schooling, and that's not from genuine and familial curiosity, she is a notorious gossiper. I find that most old people are, gossipers. I know of some neighbours, in fact, not by name, who do nothing but sit outside in their glass enclosed patio watching people. They do this day in and day out, from dawn until dusk. No matter where you go and how long it takes you to complete your tasks of the day, they will be there, watching you as you return. Don't people like that have anything better to do? Do they not realize how rude it is to stare so openly and without regard for a human being's right to privacy?

Yeah, you've told me about this before. I remember the transaction well. It seems to me that your boyfriend only worshipped the idea of you and paraded your accomplishments around as though they were his. People are often quick to demoralize those with higher ambitions and higher thoughts than their own, not always, but I find that those who lack the qualifications are judgemental of those who have taken the time to educate themselves at a loftier level. Often times this may be because they have had terrible experiences with such individuals who boasted their own intellectual achievements and made them, in turn, feel stupid. I understand how you feel. When I was 18 years old, I attended a night school class centred on worldly genocides as an interdisciplinary focus and I met this other guy there, two years my senior, named Joey. We had a lot of things in common and were both of the geekier nature. We still occasionally keep in touch to this day, but what I wanted to share with you was how a couple of years later, when I was still fooling around at college with no clue to my future, we took a trip to a smaller town when I was 20-21 years old and we were accommodated by some friends of his. Let me tell you, they lived like animals, and the insult to injury was, despite their sinful lifestyle, they subscribed to Catholicism. Can you believe it!? They smoked Cannabis, and drank like sailors, and as the only chaste one, I refused all such attempts to engage in their hooligan behaviours. I lost at least a good two days of sleep that summer and must have drank about a litre of coffee to stay awake. Anyway, not only did they live like animals, their house was filthy too and one of them had a baby. Can you imagine raising a child in such a disordered environment? I commented to my friend, Joey, as we were taking a stroll one afternoon on how disturbing I found it, as to how they lived and pointed out the philosophical contradictions of their lifestyle. Their subscription to religious thought but complete disregard to purity. Needless to say, apparently, one of them had been following behind us, for some reason, and took offence to my words. So, they don't like me. Why? Because I spoke the truth and the truth hurts most. As Hugh Jackman once said, "People only get upset when there's an element of truth." My refusal to drink and become inebriated also enabled me to help my friend find his misplaced wallet, as he had dropped it on a particular evening at a park. I can also tell you that although I am of age, I could not stomach the night club scene and was out of there in 30-seconds flat. I also only took a sip of the odd cocktail that was given to me. I'm definitely a goody two shoes. So, I certainly understand and can relate to your experiences from your younger years.

But thank you for your kind words, I realize I am still very young and have a lot of learning and growing up to do, but my only hope is that one day I can look back from a place of modest success doing something I love with people that I love.

Talk soon, Sandy :)
Nik Ashton said on 3/Aug/19
๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 3/Aug/19
@Rob
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I was actually looking at some footwear and a few lower styles yesterday. It all depends on how high the insole is. I've seen 1/4 inch soles on some loafers but the insole is built up so you get 1/2 inch, others are quite thin...I think 1/3rd is quite a thin shoe, 1/4 is paper thin, you feel every stone on them.
Nik said on 3/Aug/19
@ Sandy Cowell - That poodle is a big boy, he's on top of the world ( and its puddles!! He does like America and Canada and he's on the toilet too of course, just like the rest of the world!
Nik said on 2/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Nik Ashton said on 2/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™„!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Aug/19
@ Bobby - I have just found your reply to me hiding behind a load of emojis, so apologies for the delay in replying.

I think if we're honest, we all have our insecurities. It's what makes us human and a human without humility wouldn't be very nice to know in my opinion. I can relate to what you say about people in their early to mid twenties already having families, but even in my day, I'd say it was more around the 50% mark. There are no hard and fast rules as to when you should have children, as long as you have love and stability to offer them.

Never question your cognitive abilities. When I was 26, I came home from work one evening to find that my boyfriend had found my qualifications and displayed them all over the flat in front of his friends. I wasn't terribly pleased. He'd had no right to do that. Although initially I received compliments, what followed what anything but. Nobody round there had qualifications, and after that, many of the people systematically went out of their way to bring me down, 'put me in my place' as it were, and that even included my boyfriend. Yes, these were people who started their families very young, when I was still studying. They tried to make me feel like an underdog, what the Germans call an 'untermensch', and yes, it did have a bad effect on me. I was berated by my boyfriend for not knowing how to prepare a perishing bong, the sort of thing Cheech and Chong smoke, so you can imagine the sort of thing that they were getting up to when I was gaining my certificates! There was a 15-year-old boy who could do just that, whereas I could not - and still cannot! It doesn't bother me at all. When I would come back from work, the whole place was sometimes filled with that horrid smoke stench, and I would come in and be sick straight away. They thought it was hilarious. I started returning home to my Mum's - and I told her why. She called them 'wasters'. My working days were spent round my Mum's, and who would turn up on Friday afternoons - my pay days - with his hand out? Yes, my boyfriend! If you don't conform to other people's 'standards', they'll do their utmost to bring you down. One woman who saw my certificates dubbed me 'Dolly Day Dream'. I later found out that she was selling drugs at a profit and going on holiday, pretending to be an office worker! I doubt if she could recite the alphabet, and the way she spoke said it all. She even 'borrowed' me one evening to take me to a nightclub of class to try to seduce herself a guy! She copped off with two, one for her and one supposedly for me. While she was busy in the back seat with her guy, all I did with 'mine' was to chat! It turned out that he was familiar with my Dad, having met him at Biggin Hill airport, which displays some aeroplanes dating back to the Second World War, possibly before - and flying lessons are also available. He told me she said that I 'work' with her! I said I didn't and he replied, "I know!"

That we just conversed that night was self-understood. I never met the guy again and he didn't expect it. Many years later, I found this woman working in a shop. Any job is a respectable job, but she couldn't even count out my change properly. Say no more....

What you say about having led a disciplined life is a good thing. To grow up without it leads to chaos, the sort that I encountered in that relationship, for want of a better word. I was trying to save him from his self-destructive lifestyle, but five-and-a-half years later, he died. He had been abusing prescription drugs, which had been vastly over-prescribed. I was there when he died.

It is never good to compare yourself unfavourably to other people. Obviously, being at University, you are going to meet some really clever and ambitious types, the sort of people who you should be associating with. You have to learn to accept and enjoy the compliments you receive. You didn't get where you did today without hard work. Ignore the idiots who can only pick up on your shortcomings. You know they are jealous of you, don't you?

Given time, you'll be able to relate what you can on paper verbally. At 25, I hadn't grown up yet, and I still have a long way to go! Many don't grow up until they're in their 30s and 40s, and some not at all. All we can expect from ourselves is to do our best - and if people still pick holes in you, they aren't the right company you should be keeping.

I sincerely hope that you soon get your chance to shine. I'm sure you will. What I see is an over-critical young guy who has a great deal to offer and is just waiting for the chance to prove himself.

Your day will come, Bobby!

All the Very Best,

Sandy xxx ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik said on 1/Aug/19
๐Ÿ–
๐Ÿ˜‚!
Nik said on 1/Aug/19
@ Sandy Cowell - If you are looking to make words out of the name Hugh you (Hugh! Ha ha!) would find your possibilities are rather limited to be honest! I noticed that HUG was in there and I wonder if you can have Ugh, I think you will find there are slim pickings!
Nik said on 1/Aug/19
๐Ÿ‘‡
๐ŸŒŽ!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ™ƒ!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜น!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Aug/19
@ Nik - A poodle with a yen for the Americas! Well, I don't blame her.... ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿฉ
๐ŸŒŽ
Nik said on 31/Jul/19
๐Ÿฉ
๐Ÿ›!
Nik said on 31/Jul/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Nik Ashton said on 31/Jul/19
๐Ÿ‘‡
๐Ÿ˜‚
๐Ÿ‘†!
Nik Ashton said on 31/Jul/19
๐Ÿ‘‡
๐Ÿ˜‚!
Nik Ashton said on 31/Jul/19
๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 30/Jul/19
๐Ÿฉ
๐ŸŒŽ
๐Ÿšฝ
๐ŸŒŽ

Just look at that poodle!
Nik Ashton said on 30/Jul/19
๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ!
Nik Ashton said on 29/Jul/19
๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฆด!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Jul/19
โญ I must let it be known that HUG is another word that can be made from the word Hugh. That's exactly what I'd like to do with Mr Laurie! ๐Ÿ˜‹
Nik Ashton said on 29/Jul/19
๐Ÿบ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 29/Jul/19
๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ•ถ!
Nik said on 29/Jul/19
๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿš“!
Nik said on 28/Jul/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Jul/19
Well, Nik, if you were making words out of the name Hugh, HUH would be in, that's for sure!

I've heard the sarcastic use of "Yeah, yeah, yeah!" a few times myself, but if anyone spoke like that to me, I'd kick him below the belt, either physically or verbally!

When I saw 'The Fast Show', I thought it rather funny that Arabella Weir actually shrieked out the 'HUH' word like my Mum, and if I'm perfectly honest, I've taken after her. Mind you, after a flurry of reminders from a certain few Fast-Show-
watching friends, I did my utmost to cut down a bit!

Have a great weekend, and your Mum too!
๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik said on 27/Jul/19
๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ !
Nik Ashton said on 26/Jul/19
๐ŸŒŽโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚
Nik Ashton said on 26/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Yes, the world and his/her dog on the toilet! I bet that I have made your old phones wee-k!

๐Ÿฉ
๐ŸŒŽ
๐Ÿšฝ!

You could also flip what you have said by saying โ€œThe โ€˜ole (hole!) toilet on the world!โ€!

๐Ÿšฝ
๐ŸŒŽ!
Nik said on 26/Jul/19
๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽผ!
Nik said on 26/Jul/19
๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…!
Bobby 178cm said on 26/Jul/19
@Sandy Cowell

The problem with me Sandy, is that I'm an over-thinker. It's not that I've been ridiculed or spurned my entire life or haven't been loved enough. I have plenty of that, discipline too, but there are moments when criticisms for my mistakes overshadow any goodness to my deeds and character. My intelligence has always been something others speak highly about, to flattering degrees, but when I am berated for making little errors, it calls into question, many of the compliments I have received about my cognitive faculties. Suffice it to say, it's easier to comment on one's flaws than on one's virtue, and it seems to be the cultural norm amongst my own people to be stingy with praise. I can understand the principle behind this, too much praise leads to a haughty disposition after all, but when you go your entire life only hearing about all the wrong you've done or how you'll never change, it doesn't do any good towards restoring your self-confidence. And I am unfortunately, a sensitive person deep down inside, but whether this is a weakness or a strength, I cannot comment.

I don't really need someone to understand me, but a chance to prove my worth would be a tremendous asset to strengthening my self-confidence. If you go your whole life without the chance to succeed, it really embitters you, and I'm turning 25 this August. Most people my age had kids and a steady job as far back as your generation when you were growing up. I know times are different and more is required to reach the same goal, but this is too much. I hate to say it, but we need some kind of catastrophe to diminish the world population by at least 2/3rds so that jobs are easier to get. We're overpopulated anyway.

I can communicate, but doing so orally is not my strong suit. I'm too honest for my own good and learning to lie to succeed leaves a sour taste in my mouth. Unfortunately, honesty has been sapped from this world and the only to get on top is to step on everyone else trying to earn a living. I'm not saying I'd ever do such a thing but if lying about what I can do ensures I can earn a living, then I will.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Jul/19
Yes, Nik! The whole World on the toilet! My old phone is very happy!
๐ŸŒŽ
๐Ÿšฝ
Nik said on 25/Jul/19
๐Ÿซ๐ŸŒ™!
Nik Ashton said on 25/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - No they go, โ€œyeah, yeah, yeahโ€, and I have heard, โ€œyeah, yeahโ€, said plenty of times too! I did once hear a woman say, โ€œyeah, yeahโ€, so there are no hard and fast rules and I heard a man say โ€œhuhโ€ once too!
I suppose when someone says โ€œhuhโ€ it could mean a few things, that another person is talking bull, that they want something repeating, or that they donโ€™t understand what someone is saying! Itโ€™s also sometimes easier for someone to say โ€œhuhโ€ than to actually speak in full sentences and sometimes someoneโ€™s mood may make them so that they prefer to say as little as possible.
I like small words like โ€œhuhโ€ and I also think of the name Hugh when it is said, itโ€™s great to use all sorts of words when you are writing! You can bet your bottom dollar that I have said this word a few times in my life!
Nik Ashton said on 25/Jul/19
๐Ÿšฝ
๐ŸŒŽ!
Nik said on 24/Jul/19
๐ŸŒŽ
๐Ÿšฝ!
Nik said on 24/Jul/19
๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ
Nik Ashton said on 24/Jul/19
๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผ๐Ÿงผโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ‰๐Ÿ‰๐ŸฅŠ!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Jul/19
๐Ÿ–
๐Ÿšฝ!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Jul/19
๐Ÿงถโœ‚๏ธ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jul/19
๐Ÿถ Correction Time Correction Time! ๐Ÿถ

No, the prodder was actually Brad Dourif - NOT Christopher Lloyd.
Nik said on 24/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Your phone is guilty as charged! In fact he may not be charged as a punishment for his sins, he will be locked up though, with the sheriff being the only person who knows his password!
Nik said on 24/Jul/19
๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿฝ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jul/19
๐Ÿˆ In Memory of my Dear Tortershell Cat, Honey, who was run over, aged 16, five years ago today. You'll never be forgotten. XXX ๐Ÿ˜ฟ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jul/19
๐Ÿถ Correction Time! ๐Ÿถ

The 'prodder' in the 'prodding scene' in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest' was, in fact, the mad-eyed, hilarious Christopher Lloyd!
Nik Ashton said on 23/Jul/19
๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 23/Jul/19
๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ๐Ÿ›Œ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jul/19
@ Nik - Men don't go "HUH!"

Only women like my Mum and Arabella Weir (okay, and me sometimes!) say "HUH!" and they say it at earpiercingly loud volume just to voice that what their hearing is bull! ๐Ÿ‚
Nik Ashton said on 22/Jul/19
๐ŸŒŽ
๐Ÿšฝ!
Nik Ashton said on 22/Jul/19
โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ
โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ!
Nik Ashton said on 21/Jul/19
๐Ÿฆ–๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿข๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ!
Nik Ashton said on 21/Jul/19
๐Ÿฆ“๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ›!
Nik said on 21/Jul/19
๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Jul/19
@ Bobby - I'm not just upset, but I feel thoroughly angry to hear that you have gone through life without a single iota of praise. Why haven't your parents said anything positive to you? Part of the job of a good teacher, from when a child starts school onwards, is to encourage the best out of his/her students. I'd have thought that's one of the most rewarding parts of teaching, to be able to tell the children when they have done well and then watching their little faces light up! Aren't teachers supposed to love children? When I see how this disgraceful and unusual attitude has had far-reaching consequences for you, I can only conclude that you've been handed a crappy hand of educators. I am so sad to say this. I'd have expected that the welfare of a child or young person like yourself should be of paramount importance to the Canadian Educational System. It is over hear, along with phone-lines offering advice for children and young people who haven't had the encouragement and love to believe in themselves as thriving human beings.

Do you have any phone-lines in Canada? Not that I think that sort of help would be adequate because things have gone too far for you. I assume you cannot talk openly to your parents. Have you tried any understanding relatives? You have SO got to talk to a person who is interested in the welfare of the Country's young. They always taught us that children are the World's future, and we learnt quite a lot of this a Sunday school. Never feel it's a weakness to pray. I don't believe some of the things I read in the papers; not long ago, I read about some relatives who were praying openly at the bedside of a loved one, and some of the staff treated them like mental retards. So strong was the public outcry that it made the papers!

You do need help, Bobby, to make good all the years where you've been shown zero encouragement and appreciation. Despite this, you were still able to talk to me at length about age-old philosophers and spark my interest in that brilliant trilogy of films. You certainly can communicate, and one day, with the right help and guidance, you'll be able to do that through word of mouth.

Wishing you all the very best,

Sandy xxx ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 21/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Having a Boxing Birthday is a great idea, it allows the celebrations to continue for an extra day! Having a Birthday on the 25th of a month will enable the days around your Birthday to feel like those during the Christmas period!

๐ŸฅŠ๐ŸŽ‚! ๐Ÿ“ฆ ๐Ÿฐ ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚!

Now onto the small matter of your old phone, he was fascinated with the toilet and he always liked to think that everyone lived on the pot!

๐Ÿ˜‚
๐Ÿšฝ!

I bet the fellow prisoners loved him, he will have had them in stitches with his own unique brand of humour!

Cheers Sandy!

Nik
Nik Ashton said on 21/Jul/19
๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!
Nik said on 20/Jul/19
๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ!
Nik said on 20/Jul/19
๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฒ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jul/19
@ MSJC - Toilet humour is the oldest brand of humour their is! Well, actually it's flatulence. There was a question on 'The Chase' on what has been making the human race laugh for the longest, and Jenny Ryan was the Chaser. Good old Jenny! She got it right! I wrote about it on her page - of course...

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿ˜‚
Bobby 178cm said on 19/Jul/19
@Sandy Cowell

I only think that way because other people in their 20s are working full-time jobs or interning for positions suited to their studies and I haven't done any of that. The reason why is because all my attempt to apply myself elsewhere have been met with resistance. All my life people have been shutting the door in my face. Sure, I'm entering my 3rd year of university and that's probably better than what some people have done with their lives, but I feel like I've been tied to a tree so when I'm in motion, I am not going anywhere. I'm just moving in place. That's what my life feels like right now. I'm moving, but I don't seem to be going anywhere. If someone asked me what my greatest legacy was, I couldn't give them an honest answer because the truth is, I haven't done anything worthwhile with my life.

I used to subscribe to the Zodiac stuff, but not anywhere. I'm supposed to be a Leo, but don't feel like one. Leos are supposed to be flamboyant and outgoing, and I am the complete opposite of that. Well, I am prone to underestimating myself because no one has ever praised me once in my life. I've always been criticized. I've never once been given a compliment or a praiseful comment about my abilities, it's always about what mistakes I've made. So, I have extremely low self-esteem as a result and just try to put on a brave face for everyone else, but they don't know the damaged person inside. I'm sorry, I don't mean to be a downer, but I'm not in a good emotional place in the moment and no one else I talk to seems to care enough to talk me through it. I try to look at funny things or watch funny cartoons, but it only helps to take my mind off of things temporarily. What I need is a serious makeover of my life, like a good job so I can keep busy.

Ah, yeah. In the Netherlands, their health care systems enables doctors to do checkups of patients in the comfort of their own homes. I'm sorry about your headache, I had another one yesterday myself and I think all this overthinking I do is what causes it. I was also nauseated. So, I wasn't having a good day. Nowadays everything is so impersonal and cold, people used to care about their community once, but I feel not anymore.

It's a shame about your TV breaking. I'd probably suffer an existential crisis if I had to go without a form of entertainment for a prolonged amount of time. But if I had pets and they wanted to play around, I'd make them do it outdoors so nothing gets broken inside the house.

The hot weather wouldn't be an issue if there was zero humidity, but it's definitely humidity that I hate the most. If the climate were drier, you could find relief indoors and in cool places right away. The moisture in the air just traps everything and doesn't allow the heat to dissipate in the air properly. But Germany must have been nice, I'd like to go to Germany someday.

Music is nice, I always listen to that when on the go. It's mostly to drown out everyone else and keep strangers from engaging me in conversation but the music itself is nice to listen too.

Thank you for your kind words, Sandy. At this point, I am remised to simply let life play out as it does and hope a good opportunity comes my way.

Until next time.
Nik Ashton said on 19/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Huh! ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’ฉ!

Wouldnโ€™t it put you off your bacon if you saw the above spectacle or if you happened to be just behind that bacon eating pig?

Just look at the poodle below (๐Ÿฉ!), it wouldnโ€™t put him off his bacon!

๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’ฉ!

I really wouldnโ€™t have had the heart to have killed the pig that your Mum had been friends with, and I couldnโ€™t kill any other animal for that matter. I know that you wouldnโ€™t have the heart to kill an animal either.
Nik Ashton said on 19/Jul/19
๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ”œ!
MSJC said on 18/Jul/19
@Nik - I'm glad my unique reminder prompted you to chow down on that lovely birthday delicacy ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฐ I always have a chocolate gateu on my birthday ๐Ÿ˜Ž

@Sandy Cowell - A fart machine! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ I got my dad something similar one year as i recall, my dad and best friend are both amused by humour of the toilet ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ nice to know your๐Ÿ“ฑ recognises me again ๐Ÿ™‚ i have been a stranger in these parts in recent times but i always remember to come back ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸŒ„
Nik Ashton said on 18/Jul/19
๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฉ!
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
@ Bobby - ๐Ÿ‘
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฐ!
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒ™!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jul/19
@ Nik - Re: ๐Ÿฅ“๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ’จ

URGHH! If you saw that spectacle, wouldn't it put you off your bacon?

But I have a very sad story about a pig and my Mum when she was a child. She had an Uncle ๐Ÿ˜ who ran a farm. My Mum had made friends with a pretty pink pig and on the day he was taken to the slaughterhouse, he knew. He was squealing his poor little head off. Animals know, you know. Pigs are highly intelligent and this young pig was no exception. That night, my Mum had a boiled egg for dinner - not bacon. I can't remember when I last ate meat. We can get by perfectly well without it.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jul/19
Hi Bobby!

I certainly don't consider that going to University and taking a degree equates you with someone who hasn't achieved anything. You are tremendously hard on yourself. If you get turned away from a menial, simplistic job, it's their loss, not yours! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ–•

So it's your Birthday next month and to be just 25 is VERY young. You're barely out of your teens yet! Does that make you a Leo ๐Ÿฆ or, if you were born at the end of the month, you are a Virgoan. โ™ I like Leo people, probably because their sign symbolises a cat, but having said that, two of my boyfriends have been Virgos. One had a particularly good sense of humour and used to watch comedy videos all the time. I was staying in a kind of house share and that's how I met him. Whenever I passed his room, I could hear him laughing his @rse off! I think if you hang around with funny people, it has a good and positive effect on you. I hope you find some of these people to light up your life, I sincerely do. Saying that you have the humour of a stiff board had me giggling, so I don't think you are humourless at all!

On Sunday afternoon, I felt really ill. I had, and still do have, a filthy great headache, but on Sunday, when I lay down, I was trembling and sweated my whole bed out. The cats must have thought they were having some kind of free fairground ride! I still have a temperature and don't feel at all right. When I was a kid, the doctors used to come out and do home visits, but not now. I have a real gripe with that! Yes, that's my moan over with for today; I mean, how the blazes can you make the surgery when you're not AOK? You can't, for crying out loud!

The following day, my telly packed up to boot. I need a new one, any old thing will do me to tide me over. Ideally, I need a fairly big one, because when the cats chase each other, namely Ottica chasing Manelia, Ottica has had the darn thing over - THREE TIMES! I don't know whether that's been a contributory factor to it breaking down. I don't thing she would manage to knock a big one over. Perhaps I should have my new one - when it comes - stuck to the wall.

The closest I have ever come to a continental climate was when I was 7, 8 and 9, and spending my Summers in Germany. It was far hotter than the climate experienced where I live in England, but I can't imagine how uncomfortable it must be in Canada. I, too, would find it quite loathsome! I take cold baths when it's terribly hot, but then, within minutes, I feel hot and sticky again. You are talking to the right person as regards the hatred of hot weather. I've known people for whom the hot, sweaty weather causes them to have migraines. Who invented it? The same pesky factor as the one who invented fleas? What's the point of the parasites? I have met a great many cat owners who say that the flea drops don't work, to which I reply, "You'd be better off buying a home flea spray, and using it in every single room. Then, use the flea drops!"

In my ample experience, it's the best way.

I'm listening to music now, which will doubtless reflect in the comments I choose to do. Music has a very upbeat effect on people, and animals like it too. I haven't checked out today's birthdays yet. I have found a new app which tells you which celebrities have birthdays. It's been proving quite useful. I have to visit the app every day, because I fear I might miss out on someone I really like; someone who, be it an actor or a musician, has afforded me a great deal of pleasure. Oh, how I miss having a television! I can't wait to get a new one. ๐Ÿ“บ

I know what you are talking about when you say that good people can be overshadowed by bad. Unfortunately, in our World, which contains so much beauty and positivity, the dominant people tend to get their way, and mess things up for the meek people. I've known many such examples, alas. But what can we do about it? I'd say, "Do your best to avoid them, and don't let them screw with your head."

Seek out some nice, funny people who appreciate you. I feel you have a great deal to offer this World and I can see you getting yourself a truly excellent job, and one that is worthy of your talents.

Wishing you all the very best, Bobby!

Sandy xxx ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘Œ!
Nik Ashton said on 17/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - ๐Ÿ—ฃ becomes irate at being prodded in the back of his head too, hence the shouting! It takes him by surprise as his back is turned! The prodder (๐Ÿ‘‰!) is just like Jack Nicholson in that he keeps doing it again and again, maybe he enjoys making people shout at him.

I also have a fondness for this - ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ˆ! ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ˆ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ˜‚! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ˜‚! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ˜‚!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jul/19
Hi MSJC! That's a nice Birthday greeting from you and very funny! Talk about funny things, I sent Nik a fart machine for his Birthday! At Christmas, he sent me a book entitled "Does it Fart?" It covers all different creatures and explains in detail whether or not they can break wind!

Cheers MSJC! My phone is getting familiar with your name again.... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 17/Jul/19
๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช๐Ÿคช!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
๐Ÿ—ฃ๐Ÿ‘ˆ!

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