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Nik Ashton said on 24/Aug/19
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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
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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
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That lot are crazy and wild, there’s 6 of β€˜em!
Nik said on 22/Aug/19
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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, you’re saying your relationship with someone should only be benefiting you? I don’t think that’s how friendships work, Anjanette. It’s a bit selfish to think that way. I’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. I’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 you’re also the one who says that diversity should be celebrated. Shouldn’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 don’t think it’s ethical to deny someone your correspondence or companionship because they might be Catholic and you’re a Jehovah’s Witness. We’re all human beings trying to get by in life. We shouldn’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! It’s no wonder the elephants is clever, he/she faces the computer and that’s why he/she learns and doesn’t forget what he/she has learnt! Just look at that elephant/mammoth! 🐘! πŸ“šπŸ˜! 🐘πŸ–₯ πŸ—£ β€œGo stand in the corner!”!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Aug/19
@ Nik:-

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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: πŸ–₯️🐘

How else will he learn?
Nik Ashton said on 17/Aug/19
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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. 😯

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! πŸ˜‰

Cheers Bobby!

Always great to chat with you!

All the Best,

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
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Nik Ashton said on 15/Aug/19
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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 :)
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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 πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik Ashton said on 11/Aug/19
@ Sandy Cowell

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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?

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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 πŸ˜πŸ‘
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....
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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 :)
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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!
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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 πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik said on 1/Aug/19
πŸ–
πŸ˜‚!
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
πŸ‘‡
🌎!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
βœˆοΈπŸ‘Œ!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
πŸ˜‚πŸŒŽπŸ™ƒ!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜Ή!
Nik Ashton said on 1/Aug/19
πŸΊπŸ‘ˆ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Aug/19
@ Nik - A poodle with a yen for the Americas! Well, I don't blame her.... πŸ‘

🐩
🌎
Nik said on 31/Jul/19
🐩
πŸ›!
Nik said on 31/Jul/19
😬😬😬😬😬😬!
Nik Ashton said on 31/Jul/19
πŸ‘‡
πŸ˜‚
πŸ‘†!
Nik Ashton said on 31/Jul/19
πŸ‘‡
πŸ˜‚!
Nik Ashton said on 31/Jul/19
πŸΊπŸ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 30/Jul/19
🐩
🌎
🚽
🌎

Just look at that poodle!
Nik Ashton said on 30/Jul/19
πŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›Œ!
Nik Ashton said on 29/Jul/19
🐩🦴!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Jul/19
⭐ 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! πŸ˜‹
Nik Ashton said on 29/Jul/19
πŸΊπŸ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 29/Jul/19
πŸŽ©πŸ’ΌπŸ•Ά!
Nik said on 29/Jul/19
πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸš“!
Nik said on 28/Jul/19
😬😬😬😬😬😬!
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!
πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik said on 27/Jul/19
🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾🏠!
Nik Ashton said on 26/Jul/19
πŸŒŽβš½οΈπŸ˜‚
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!

🐩
🌎
🚽!

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

🚽
🌎!
Nik said on 26/Jul/19
🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🎼🎼🎼!
Nik said on 26/Jul/19
πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…!
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!
🌎
🚽
Nik said on 25/Jul/19
πŸ«πŸŒ™!
Nik Ashton said on 25/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - No they go, β€œyeah, yeah, yeah”, and I have heard, β€œyeah, yeah”, said plenty of times too! I did once hear a woman say, β€œyeah, yeah”, so there are no hard and fast rules and I heard a man say β€œhuh” once too!
I suppose when someone says β€œhuh” it could mean a few things, that another person is talking bull, that they want something repeating, or that they don’t understand what someone is saying! It’s also sometimes easier for someone to say β€œhuh” than to actually speak in full sentences and sometimes someone’s mood may make them so that they prefer to say as little as possible.
I like small words like β€œhuh” and I also think of the name Hugh when it is said, it’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
🚽
🌎!
Nik said on 24/Jul/19
🌎
🚽!
Nik said on 24/Jul/19
πŸ—£πŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎπŸΎ
Nik Ashton said on 24/Jul/19
πŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§ΌπŸ§Όβš½οΈβš½οΈβš½οΈβš½οΈβš½οΈπŸ‰πŸ‰πŸ₯Š!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Jul/19
πŸ–
🚽!
Nik Ashton said on 24/Jul/19
πŸ§Άβœ‚οΈ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jul/19
🐢 Correction Time Correction Time! 🐢

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
πŸ˜…πŸ½!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jul/19
🐈 In Memory of my Dear Tortershell Cat, Honey, who was run over, aged 16, five years ago today. You'll never be forgotten. XXX 😿
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jul/19
🐢 Correction Time! 🐢

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
πŸ¦ŽπŸ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 23/Jul/19
πŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›ŒπŸ›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! πŸ‚
Nik Ashton said on 22/Jul/19
🌎
🚽!
Nik Ashton said on 22/Jul/19
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!
Nik Ashton said on 21/Jul/19
πŸ¦–πŸ¦ŽπŸ’πŸŠπŸ!
Nik Ashton said on 21/Jul/19
πŸ¦“πŸ¦πŸ˜πŸ¦πŸ¦›!
Nik said on 21/Jul/19
😷😷😷😷😷😷!
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 πŸ˜πŸ‘
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!

πŸ₯ŠπŸŽ‚! πŸ“¦ 🍰 πŸŽπŸŽ‚!

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!

πŸ˜‚
🚽!

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
πŸ«πŸ‘ˆ!
Nik said on 20/Jul/19
😬😬😬😬😬😬!
Nik said on 20/Jul/19
🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲!
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...

πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸš½πŸ˜‚
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! πŸ₯“πŸ–πŸ’¨πŸ’©!

Wouldn’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 (🐩!), it wouldn’t put him off his bacon!

πŸ₯“πŸ–πŸ’¨πŸ’©πŸ₯“πŸ©πŸ’¨πŸ’©!

I really wouldn’t have had the heart to have killed the pig that your Mum had been friends with, and I couldn’t kill any other animal for that matter. I know that you wouldn’t have the heart to kill an animal either.
Nik Ashton said on 19/Jul/19
πŸ”œπŸ”œπŸ”œπŸ”œπŸ”œπŸ”œ!
MSJC said on 18/Jul/19
@Nik - I'm glad my unique reminder prompted you to chow down on that lovely birthday delicacy πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸŽ‚πŸ° I always have a chocolate gateu on my birthday 😎

@Sandy Cowell - A fart machine! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ I got my dad something similar one year as i recall, my dad and best friend are both amused by humour of the toilet πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ nice to know yourπŸ“± recognises me again πŸ™‚ i have been a stranger in these parts in recent times but i always remember to come back πŸ‘ŒπŸŒ„
Nik Ashton said on 18/Jul/19
🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩🐩!
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
@ Bobby - πŸ‘
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
🍰🍰🍰🍰!
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
πŸŒ™πŸŒ™πŸŒ™πŸŒ™πŸŒ™πŸŒ™!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jul/19
@ Nik - Re: πŸ₯“πŸ–πŸ’¨

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 😝 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! πŸ˜πŸ–•

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 🦁 or, if you were born at the end of the month, you are a Virgoan. ♍ 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. πŸ“Ί

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 πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik said on 17/Jul/19
πŸ«πŸ‘Œ!
Nik Ashton said on 17/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - πŸ—£ 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 (πŸ‘‰!) 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 - πŸ—£πŸ‘ˆ! πŸ—£πŸ‘ˆπŸ˜‚πŸ”œπŸ—£πŸ˜‚! πŸ˜‚πŸ—£πŸ˜‚! πŸ˜‚πŸ‘‰πŸ—£πŸ˜‚!
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.... πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik Ashton said on 17/Jul/19
πŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺπŸ€ͺ!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
πŸ—£πŸ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
πŸ₯“πŸ–πŸ’¨!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
πŸΊπŸ’¨!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
πŸŽ‰πŸ‘ˆ!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
@ MSJC - Many thanks! My belly was bloated with cake this evening and it was your comment that reminded me to have a slice of it!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - I did, many thanks for that!

The presents that you and my family bought me are amazing and I like your emojis!
Nik Ashton said on 16/Jul/19
🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠🏠!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Jul/19
@ Nik - Actually, in comparison to my first phone, this one's mind is as clean as a whistle! The things that my old phone used to come up with - and remember, he thought that everybody should be on the lavatory! πŸ˜‚πŸš½πŸ˜€

He was funny though, and he really enjoyed his spell in prison, allowing his fellow prisoners to use him to bring in contraband! Yes, they loved him in there - he was extremely popular with everyone, and he loved entertaining the inmates in his own inimitable way.
Cheers Nik! I always consider the day after one's Birthday to be one's Boxing Birthday, probably because mine, like Christmas Day, falls on the 25th, so Happy Boxing Birthday!

πŸ˜πŸŽπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚πŸ˜‰πŸ‘
MSJC said on 15/Jul/19
Many happy returns Nik! 🎈 May your belly become bloated with cake! πŸ˜πŸ˜ŽβœŒοΈπŸŽ‚
Nik said on 15/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Yes, at this rate there will be a letter coming through the door saying that your new phone has a court appearance, the unfortunate thing is that it will be your house that this letter is addressed to! Then when he is found to be guilty as charged (πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚!) he will be (🐝!) facing a spell (πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚!) behind bars (🐏!)! All this is because he was stupid enough to take a day release course run by your old phone, your new phone is a prankster, a crankster (autocorrect tried to change it to crankset R!), a d***, and a c***! Your old phone is all this and more (a king p****, etc, etc!)! Your new phone is a chip (πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚!) off (orf!) the old block!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Jul/19
πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ’πŸ•―οΈ Happy Birthday Nik! πŸ•―οΈπŸ’πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ

Hey everyone - it's Nik's Birthday today! Have a great one Nik! πŸ˜‰

πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ’πŸ•―οΈπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸŽ‚πŸ’πŸ•―οΈπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ’πŸ•―οΈπŸŽˆπŸŽ‚πŸ’πŸ•―οΈ
Nik said on 14/Jul/19
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Nik said on 14/Jul/19
🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲🐲!
Nik said on 14/Jul/19
😁😁😁😁😁😁!
Bobby 178cm said on 14/Jul/19
@Sandy Cowell

A large component of this is because I can't seem to land a job anywhere. All the places I've applied to haven't called or emailed me. The one interview I had for a clerk position didn't lead anywhere either. I'm not very good at communicating with people or selling my qualities with others, and I'm about as humorous as a stiff board. I suppose my outwardness intimidates or just derails people from giving me the job. Getting into volunteer positions is easy but I'm turning 25 this August and I haven't done much with my life. The only thing I can say is that I am studying for a Bachelor's degree which will I hopefully complete by 2020-2021.

I don't suffer from any medical or mental conditions, the only affliction I have is human nature. Normally, the summer is one should be most upbeat and cheerful because the weather is nice, but here in Canada, with this Continental climate, it's not nice. I don't mind a hot and dry climate, but a hot and wet climate, no. I always feel so sticky and dirty during Canadian summers. I've always thought of that myself. Why be affectionate on Valentine's Day? Why be thankful only on Thanksgiving? Why delegate gift giving to Christmas? Shouldn't people be practicing these mannerisms year round? A person who is cruel doesn't deserve to be called a human being if you ask me, but this is the world we live in. People don't have compassion and mercy anymore. No one stops to think how the average person gets by without a job, they don't care. And most work doesn't even require credentials. I mean, do I need a P.h.D to work in a supermarket? I wouldn't be surprised if they made a qualification in the future. It's ridiculous how hard it is to find a job these days.

I like cats, but I don't have the luxury of owning any. The only joy I am able to derive is from video games, at least there I am successful and wealthy and my efforts actually matter in a video game. In real life, my efforts are worth little to nothing at all. I never thought being successful would be this difficult growing up. I knew there'd be some challenges, but I never thought it would feel like an impossible task. I feel like Herakles completing his 12 Labours.

I don't have any animals, no. I've been advised that prayer to God also works wonders, but I consider reliance on anyone but myself to be a sign of mental weakness. I usually just soldier on and hope things get better with time. Unfortunately, human nature has a way of twisting and morphing fate into something that is evil and miserable. The few good people you meet are overshadowed by tyrants and crooks. I sometimes feel like I've lived lifetimes of tragedy because that's how old I feel when I get into moods like this. Of course, animals have a simplicity that humans lack, they don't judge.

Thanks for your kind words, Sandy. Without people like you, I'd be deigned to believe the world is not worth saving.
Nik said on 14/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - That is so true! He's a t***t, a k****, a ruddy great fool!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Jul/19
@ Nik - Re: Your fondness for this - πŸ‘‰πŸ—£οΈ

This reminds me of the 'prodding scene' in 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest', when McMurphy (Jack Nicholson) repeatedly prods Harding (William Redfield), who becomes very irate! πŸ˜‚
MSJC said on 14/Jul/19
@Sandy Cowell - Goodness me! I didn't even notice I'd called you that name πŸ˜‚ but i can assure you it was likely autocorrect (autocorrupt as i refer to it) so apologies for that πŸ™‚

Speaking of box sets I've recently been invested in watching the Big Bang Theory, have you ever watched it? My ex partner got me started on it and while i was hesitant initially i grew to actually really enjoy it, although the laughter every few seconds does spoil it, but i can appreciate well written humour 😁 hope your weekend has been good so far 😎✌️
Nik Ashton said on 14/Jul/19
πŸ—£πŸ‘ˆ!
Nik said on 13/Jul/19
πŸ‘‰πŸ—£!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jul/19
AND you could say he's a prankster, Nik! I think he's been taking lessons from my old phone. That innocent-looking shiny black piece of technology was VERY quick off the mark, but he took things too far and ended up in prison on charges of gross indecency in a public place, if you remember!

πŸ“² ⏸️ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jul/19
@ Bobby - You sound as though you're feeling extremely down, and I am so sorry to hear this.

Some people say that they suffer from Seasonal Effective Disorder, but doesn't anybody pause to think that the hot weather can also be responsible for people's low moods? I for one MUCH prefer a snowy spell to hot, sweaty weather, which I cannot stand either, so I know exactly where you're coming from. Being as it's July now, I comfort myself by thinking that in just 3 months' time, we'll be heading towards Christmas, the one time in the year when it's 'the norm' to be nice and kind to one another, but why can't it be like this ALL YEAR ROUND? I, too, have witnessed people who find it second nature to be cruel to others, and they get away with it because of their social standing, or simply because their peers fear them. Yes, it's so unjust this World that we live in, and I'd like to think that these specimens who bring a constant barrage of misery will be punished either in this World or the next.

I so hope you find peace and contentment from one source or another. I have my cats, and I genuinely think that animals offer unconditional love. We lost one this week, a black-and-white girl cat named Iberow. When I got up on Wednesday, my brother told me "Iberow died." I went shivery all over. Cats are members of one's family, and are with us for precious little time. Iberow was 11 and-a-quarter, and was born a day after my Mum died. She leaves 2 sisters, Tangus and Ottica, not to mention 11 others. Wednesday the 10th of July will always be a sad day in this household.

Do you have any animals, Bobby? In my experience, they offer companionship and comfort when we are at our lowest. They sit with us and don't moan at our choice of DVD's, or make unreasonable demands from us. Perhaps you could think about getting an animal of your choice to help you when you're down. My cats have helped me when I have been positively frightened of people, after my attacks. They proved heaps better than a therapist who stares at the clock all the time. Yup, people can be cruel and thoughtless, but happily, there are nice, decent ones in the big, wide World - lots of them - and I sincerely hope that some of them befriend you very soon.

Have a good weekend, Bobby,

All the best to you,

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jul/19
@ Nik - He's an @rse!

@ MSJC - Actually, my surname is Cowell, without the 'b'! A certain classmate used to call be Cowbell. That was one of the nicer ones! πŸ˜‰
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Jul/19
Hey, MSJC! Yes, it's been quite a while, hasn't it? My phone didn't recognise your name anymore, the silly bugger! I've been getting carried away lately with mind-expanding box-sets. First, I saw seven Seasons of 'American Horror Story' and now I've started 'American Gods'. I'm only on episode 2 though.

Now that it's Saturday, I am going to take my weekly 'House' omnibus break. Hugh Laurie always affords me a laugh!

Have a great weekend, MSJC!

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik said on 12/Jul/19
😬😬😬😬😬😬!
Nik said on 12/Jul/19
πŸ‘‰πŸ—£!
Nik said on 11/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Your autocorrect is a painster!
MSJC said on 11/Jul/19
@Sandy Cowbell - Hey thankyou for the kind thoughts it is much appreciated πŸ™‚ i seem to be distracted by a hundred and one other things these days (Pokemon GO!) 🀫 πŸ˜‚ But I'm largely keeping well and glad to see you and @Nik are still around πŸ™‚πŸ‘

@Rob - Glad to hear it πŸ‘Œ 15 years and still going strong!
Nik said on 11/Jul/19
πŸ‘‰πŸ—£!
Bobby 178cm said on 10/Jul/19
@Sandy Cowell

It's been unbearably hot and humid here and I am at my wits end. I never had to worry about perspiration while in Greece, all I had to do was worry about staying hydrated.

As for being happy and contended, I've been in a state where all the mistreatment and injustice that pervades the world has left me heartbroken. Hones to God heartbroken. Someone who wrongs someone else doesn't deserve to be called a human being in my personal opinion. I'm in a better mood but I don't think the world is going to get any better. Things seem to be getting worse with time. Tolerating things we shouldn't while not stopping to think about the things that don't deserve to be tolerated.
Nik Ashton said on 10/Jul/19
πŸ‘‰πŸ—£!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Jul/19
@ MSJC - Hey, I was thinking about you just a couple of days ago, and wondering if you'd put in an appearance. How's that for a coincidence? πŸ˜‚πŸ‘

It's great to hear from you and here's wishing you all the best!

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik Ashton said on 10/Jul/19
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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Jul/19
Hi Bobby!

I hope you are well and enjoying your Summer break from university. Keep positive and make the most of your youth and your health. You're a good egg, and I pray that you are happy and contented.🐣

All the very best!

Sandy πŸ˜πŸ‘ xxx

PS Please don't feel under any pressure to write until you're absolutely ready to.
Nik said on 9/Jul/19
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Nik said on 9/Jul/19
πŸ‘‰πŸ—£!
Nik said on 9/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - It's not quite as bad if that wet soggy nose makes a quick getaway from the owners property (us!) without causing too much of a shock!
Nik said on 9/Jul/19
πŸ²πŸ‘ˆ!
Nik said on 8/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - I bet Ulercy would get a ticking off if he sprayed in the house, I know you wouldn't be too hard on him though. When he sprays on other cats he must think that his spray is a weapon and a feared part of his armoury, he may feel that it's a statement of authority to cats who he is angry with, all cats will want to feel like they are Top Cat!
It's good for people to offer a helping hand to problematic animals and if they are unable to do this then it is a good idea to seek help from the right professionals, I am sure that animals respond well to expert help and they will be given so much encouragement, warmth, patience, and expert guidance, in order to overcome their problems.
I am not surprised that you recommend "My Cat From Hell" to everyone who loves animals, Jackson Galaxy is so successful at transforming the fortunes of cats and it is so vital that he offers so much warmth to all the cats he meets. He knows what he is doing, he is patient, and he has so much warmth in him, so what more can you or any cat ask for? He is also kind and will never give up on a cat - ever! This program is a must for every cat owner.
The fact that this program is funny and entertaining adds a lot to his show too, I agree that Jackson is even more of a man than ever when he cries.
Animal helplines, including Pet Bereavement Helplines, are so vital for every pet owner, it's ideal if a helpline is free and I would hope that there are enough helplines out there to cope with demand and I would also hope that any animal owner would always be able to quickly contact a helpline that can offer expert advice on any possible issue that they may have concerning their pet. It would be great if a list of all the available helplines out there was made available to us all. It's good these days that people are able to become aware of which vets are suitable, social media can play a big role in helping us decide which vets are really worthwhile.
Finally it must be said that plug-ins will be very useful if they help lift the mood of grumpy, aggressive cats and dogs. It is very unfortunate that they are not cheap though and I would hope that anyone who offers goods and services in important areas of life (pets obviously being one of them.) would offer those goods and services as cheaply as possible. What are these plug-ins please?

Cheers Sandy to you and your loved ones,

Nik and his Mum!
MSJC said on 8/Jul/19
Hey all it's been a while! 😁

Just thought I'd put in this brief cameo appearance 😎 had myself weighed and measured recently, came in at 1.76 or to be more specific 5'9.2in.

Never quite made it to 6ft in the end.

Hope you've all been well πŸ™‚πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘‹
Editor Rob
I'm still plugging away 😎
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Jul/19
@ Nik - No it isn't at all great to have a wet soggy nose suddenly pressed up against you unawares! I, for one, jump out of my skin! πŸ½πŸ˜–
Nik said on 8/Jul/19
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Nik said on 8/Jul/19
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Nik said on 8/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 8/Jul/19
πŸ¦•πŸ‘Œ!
Nik Ashton said on 7/Jul/19
πŸ¦–πŸ•·!
Nik Ashton said on 7/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 7/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 7/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 7/Jul/19
πŸ¦πŸ…!
Nik said on 7/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - It will also be great when an animal presses his/her nose onto you when you are not looking!i
Nik said on 7/Jul/19
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Nik said on 7/Jul/19
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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Jul/19
@ Nik - Oh, no, only Ulercy sprays, and he tends to do it in the garden or when he's angry with another cat and wants to show he's Top Cat! He's only depleted his bladder on me the one time, thank goodness, but if he did it more often, I would take it that he's insecure and seek help for him. You can get cat behaviour therapists, and no doubt you'll be aware of Jackson Galaxy, who successfully transforms problematic cats for his programme 'My Cat From Hell'. 😾😝

I recommend the programme to any animal lover, and it's a must for a cat owner like myself. It's funny, warm, and thoroughly entertaining. Oftentimes, he ends up in tears, and he is a huge man of well over 6ft. To me, that makes him even MORE of a man. He has never failed to help a cat - ever!

You can alternatively seek help free over the phone. There are plenty of animal helplines available, including Pet Bereavement Helplines, and every worthwhile vet will help a stressed out pet. Pet shops sell plug-ins to help lift the moods of grumpy, aggressive cats and dogs - but they aren't exactly cheap!

Cheers Nik and greetings to your Mum too.

All the Best,

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ’
Bobby 178cm said on 6/Jul/19
Rob, do you consider a cat lover or was that Jenny's idea to get a cat?
Editor Rob
I like Cats and Dogs, and because of allergies could never have a pet so with our own house it was great to have a family pet. Jenny grew up with cats, so she of course was keen.
Nik Ashton said on 6/Jul/19
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Nik said on 6/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 6/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 6/Jul/19
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Nik said on 5/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Yes, it is clear that your cats are very possessive and they don't think anything of just spraying on you, in fact they think that it's their right! When Ulercy sprayed all over your new nightie you will have been hit by a constant barrage of hot and very excited **$$ particles, he was a naughty big blue boy! It will have also been a surprise when Pixie pressed his little ginger snout on your behind, he must also think that you are his property and isn't it nice when an animal presses his/her nose onto you (particularly if the animals nose is wet!) and then instantly moves away from you (or not!)? Animals bring us so much joy!
Nik Ashton said on 5/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 5/Jul/19
πŸ©πŸš”!
Nik Ashton said on 5/Jul/19
πŸ β›”οΈπŸ©!
Nik Ashton said on 5/Jul/19
πŸ—£β€Fart”! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚!
Nik said on 5/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 5/Jul/19
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Nik Ashton said on 5/Jul/19
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Nik said on 4/Jul/19
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Nik said on 4/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - It is very interesting (autocorrect tried to change it to net festering!) that Putsi always used to pop up whenever someone opened a bar of chocolate, dogs really do have good hearing and if they hear something they want, well! They do get familiar with things and the sound of the chocolate wrapper opening always signified to Putsi that chocolate was up for grabs!
I know that Jasmin always pops up whenever anyone opens up a fridge door and if you say anything in an enthusiastic way (particularly if it is aimed in Jasmin's direction!) when the humans are eating she thinks someone is going to treat her to some food!
Jasmin's tail wags a lot when there are some edible treats up for grabs, it wags around making a 360 degrees turn! I have sometimes fed her food at the table, particularly on a Sunday at dinner time, and there isn't much that she doesn't like! When we are eating she often spends her time popping up from under the table to pester us for food!
Manelia really does like the toy on a string that Jim bought her and it is clear that she still likes it even though the string has broken off, I wonder if playing with the string on it's own would appeal to her! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚! It will 🐝 great when her new toy arrives!
Some of the questions that people get wrong on quizzes are incredible, it must be great to appear on a quiz show though however well you do with the questions! The experience of appearing on a quiz is something that money can't buy and it would also be great to know that you are contributing to the entertainment provided to the millions of people who are watching the quiz, after all every quiz show needs contestants or there would be no quiz show!
This week on the "Chase" it was great to know the answer to two questions, I correctly knew that the Surrey County Council headquarters are based in Kingston upon Thames and that Michelle Keegan is married to Mark Wright!
The "Chase" is such a great quiz because Bradders is cool, the "Chasers" are cool, and the whole format of this quiz is interesting! Also the questions asked on this quiz are interesting ones too!
The history you discussed in your last comment is very interesting and I had never thought about Richard the Third rhyming with ⬆️urd, it's also amazing to find out that a Richard the Lionheart is Cockney rhyming slang for fart!

Cheers Sandy and cheers to your loved ones too!
Nik said on 4/Jul/19
πŸšβ›”οΈπŸ©!
Nik Ashton said on 3/Jul/19
😬😬😬!
Nik Ashton said on 3/Jul/19
🀩πŸ€ͺ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Jul/19
While still on the subject of cats, I just experienced a different sort of 'surprise from behind'. I was drying myself and felt something cold and wet on my bum. It was Pixie's nose! I didn't take it quite so badly as Ulercy's spraying me in the back at all! He'd climbed up silently onto the spin dryer and was just the right level to press his little ginger snout on my behind! I have had worse greetings...

πŸ€”πŸˆ
Nik said on 2/Jul/19
πŸ πŸ‡!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Jul/19
@ Bobby - Yes, the ancient Egyptians worshipped cats. These animals evolved to perfection long before we did, apparently. They are perfect little machines and born survivors! I love all animals, and the programme I am watching right now, 'A Touch of Frost', and starring David Jason, shows just how faithful an animal can be. In this particular episode, a German Shepherd dog homes in on the Inspector and won't leave him alone. Animals give their love unconditionally, and this little fellow ends up nearly getting killed in the process of defending Frost, saving his life. Fortunately he doesn't die, and is nursed back to full health by the grateful Inspector. David Jason was famous for his comedy, and then he decided to take on a really serious part. His comedic side always shows through though and it is often a welcome relief when the subject matter is serious, to the point of reducing one to tears.

Actually, I've had a bit of a crappy three days of late. As you may know, I am in constant pain, but writing on Celebheights, and watching excellent TV programmes, not to mention listening to music, takes my mind away from it. I guess I'm quite lucky because I have a positive outlook on life. Those who say, "Life's a bitch and then you die" are very pessimistic. Life is what you make it, after all! Well, I didn't have sufficient pain relief over the weekend and yesterday, but I still did my best to enjoy myself. I drank a few glasses of wine to take my mind from the pain, and it does actually help. Before anesthetics were invented, people would frequently be dosed up with spirits before an operation. Did you see the Clint Eastwood film, where the jealous nuns removed his leg? How awful was that? The poor guy didn't even need it....

As regards the film 'Inglourious Basterds', being as it is a Quentin Tarantino film, it's bound to be funny! That guy sees humour in everything, and even turned a jewel robbery into a comedy with his 'Reservoir Dogs'. There was SUCH a to-do when they first showed it on TV. Now they show Quentin's films all the time, and I only recently saw 'Pulp Fiction' on TV, which has more than its fair share of humour. The 'Gold Watch' story has me in tears of laughter every time, as related by the one and only Christopher Walken.

I am going to make myself a nice cup of tea now, bracing myself for the cleaning up of the cats' litter trays. The things we do for love!

Wishing you an enjoyable week Bobby!

All the Very Best,

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
Nik said on 2/Jul/19
🚐🐩!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Jul/19
@ Nik - Yes, indeed they do regard you as their property! When Ule-Ule sprayed me, I was wearing a nightie that I had just bought from a charity shop - and it didn't smell of me! I'd like to think that I don't smell, but Ulercy could tell the difference. I didn't smell of my usual delightful self, you see, and the naughty big blue boy sprayed all over my back! It was incredibly hot, and it felt as though I had been stabbed!
😩🐈....Psssss!
Nik said on 1/Jul/19
@ Sandy Cowell - I suppose a big cat probably will have a big bladder, when Ulercy sprays on you it must be like being sprayed by a hose pipe that is connected to a tap which hasn't been turned off in a while!

Animals simply do whatever they want and they don't think about whether something is naughty or not, it's interesting that they think of us as being their property!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Jun/19
Well, Nik, Ulercy is a very big cat, and I guess it goes with the territory! Funny and appropriate choice of terms really, because that's exactly what they are doing when they spray on you! They are saying, "She/he is MY PROPERTY!"
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Jun/19
But Nik! You were MOUNTains out!
🚐🐩 I guess I have a dirty mind! Just continue being yourself! πŸ˜‰XX
Nik said on 29/Jun/19
@ Sandy Cowell - πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚! Just look at that poodle, he's bigger than the recreational vehicle (campervan, camper, caravanette!)! That's unless it's a toy 'un! πŸšβ›”οΈπŸ©!
Bobby 5ft 10 said on 29/Jun/19
@Sandy Cowell

That's the peril of any kind of writing. Not knowing how to articulate oneself is the most challenging intellectual affair that exists. At least in my opinion. Imagine having the vernacular but lacking the passion.

I suppose any species is prone to such bouts of playfulness at a young age, human or otherwise. I am not sure exactly where the saying that cats have nine lives came from, but I believe the proverb can be traced back all the way to Ancient Egypt.

I have seen Inglorious Bastards, but his fate in that movie is also short-lived and his character ends up perishing quite early. Inglorious Bastards is more of a parody of WW2 though, so I didn't take it too seriously. I haven't seen Fassbender in much else though.

It really seems that the educational system invested in their youth back then to prepare them for the world of work. Everything you could ever know and ever wish to know, was taught to you at the high school level. That is no longer true anymore though. It's a shame. Most people working as CEOs today only have a high school background.

I'm sorry I didn't write much. I have a frightful bit of a headache and can't think too clearly today.

Cheers Sandy. :)
Nik Ashton said on 29/Jun/19
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Nik said on 28/Jun/19
πŸ—! 🚒! 🏁! πŸ—»! πŸ›€!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jun/19
@ Nik - πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚...🚐🐩
Nik said on 28/Jun/19
πŸ‘‰πŸ—£πŸ‘ˆ!
Nik said on 28/Jun/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Ulercy must have a very big bladder and it must often be full, you and Christopher will know exactly what it is full of! πŸˆπŸ’«πŸŒŽ!
Nik said on 27/Jun/19
πŸ πŸ–!
Nik said on 27/Jun/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Then he will be out of the exit door before you can say "naughty dog"! To think that his owners were good enough to tour the country with him!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Jun/19
@ Nik - That poodle looks like he's eyeing up the van for improper purposes!😯
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Jun/19
@ Nik - Ulercy is never called Ulysses! There is only the one of him, which is just as well really, considering the contents of his bladder! Just ask Christopher! He's had first-hand experience. So have I for that matter! πŸ˜‰
Nik said on 26/Jun/19
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@ Sandy Cowell - It is great to make up pet names for our pets and they do look at you gormlessly when you call them different names, I often call Jasmin "J dog" or "Jasmino"! I bet Christopher was none too happy with Ulercy when he urinated on him, when he was exercising!
It's funny that you call Ulercy a pissypussy and I like the name "Uselessly", I like it that you called Tangus "Funnymouth" too! What about the name "Ulyses" for Ulercy? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ’«πŸŒŽ!
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@ Sandy Cowell - Your autocorrect may be obscenity itself but the last one was the dictionary definition of obscenity, it was obscenity impersonified! Bombay Bad Boy springs to mind!
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@ Sandy Cowell - Your old autocorrect took the chocolate chip cookie! He had a mind like a **it pit! πŸͺ!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jun/19
@ Nik - My autocorrect is obscenity itself. Bad boy! However, he isn't as bad as the last one! πŸ˜‰
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@ Sandy Cowell - Your autocorrect is a bad lad!
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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Jun/19
Yes, Nik, he's crude alright, but not as crude as my last one! He really took the biscuit and had a mind like a cesspit!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Jun/19
@ Bobby - Hi Bobby! Don't ever feel that you should hurry with a response to me! I know the feeling only too well of not being 'in the writing mood', and if I try to push myself then, I risk coming out with a load of piffle!

Yes, cats do have marvellous reflexes, and many a time, it can save their lives. However, kittens and very young cats tend to chase around at top speed, and it was during one such session that Manelia had her accident. They get injured in fights as well and oftentimes, can chase dangerous insects and then get stung by them, or pick on large birds, who peck them in self-defence. They say cats have nine lives though.

Apart from 'Eden Lake', in which Michael Fassbender plays a major, if unfortunate part, I would like to recommend the Quentin Tarantino film 'Inglourious Basterds'. He plays a German in it, and I actually thought he was German, but no, he is British. The film is very entertaining, but it's both sad and amusing. It stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Christoph Waltz and French actress Melanie Laurent. Don't let its length put you off, because it's done in chapters, so you can always pause it. I have watched it three consecutive times in a day before, it is so addictive. It is Tarantino's take on how the War might have turned out. All Quentin's films have an enormous amount of humour in them; if they didn't, they wouldn't be so blackly entertaining. I reckon this great writer and his friend Eli Roth are fans of 'American Horror Story', I really do. I know Mr Tarantino watches a great many films himself, not for ideas, because he has those a-plenty, but because he enjoys them.

I had to go to hospital this week for a review, but it all ran smoothly and I had a very nice Doctor.

Now I would like to tell you about some of the exams I used to take from the ages of 14-18. They were called 'London Chamber of Commerce', or LCC exams for short and RSA exams, which stood for 'Royal Society of Arts'. They covered English at different stages, French, Maths, Arithmetic, Handwriting, Business Studies and Shorthand, all at different grades. I found the English ones a particular doddle because my Mum drummed grammar into me from a very early age. For example, you were given an essay without punctuation, and had to fill it in yourself. Then there would be sentences with options of which word is right and which are wrong and fill them in. You would have passed, no trouble, but the grammar I see used even on adverts nowadays is terrible! It makes me squirm, so don't think you are the only one who gets uptight about things! I do too, and then some....

I wish you a great weekend Bobby! Have fun!

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 22/Jun/19
@ Nik - I keep telling him he's a pissypussy, but he just looks at me - gormlessly! He urinated on Christopher when he was exercising once, and he went quite mad!

Jim used to call him 'Uselessly' which my Dad found extremely amusing, but I wouldn't have it! He didn't like it when I called Tangus 'Funnymouth'! Needless to say, it was all in good jest! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΉπŸ˜ΉπŸ€£
Nik said on 22/Jun/19
@ Sandy Cowell - He is one bad lad!
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@ Sandy Cowell - Your autocorrect is rude, crude, and shrewd! He thinks he's some sort of dude, shame nobody else does!
Nik said on 21/Jun/19
@ Sandy Cowell - Your autocorrect is very rude!
Nik said on 21/Jun/19
@ Sandy Cowell - That is very true, this tree is from Braintree and a few decorations would give everyone much cheer!

Ulercy is one naughty pi**y pussy! πŸŽ„!
Bobby 5ft 10 said on 21/Jun/19
@Sandy Cowell

I gave it some time so I could formulate a response, although I am loath to admit I was not in the right mood for a long discussion at the time, and so I am responding today. Don't most animals have the instincts to avoid hurting themselves? I'm surprised a creature as skittish as a cat would allow itself to sustain injury especially being that cats are popularized by their well-known quick reflexes "cat-like reflexes". At least your cat didn't sustain a life-sustaining injury and was able to see a vet before infection could spread.

Yes, Michael Fassbender makes an excellent addition as the tragic villain Magneto aka Erik Lensherr. Throughout my childhood I have preferred the much more optimistic Professor Xavier but have realized that Magneto is a far more sensible character with his cynical outlook towards governments and authority figures. I think the testament to true character is being able to have a balance of two different outlooks befitting the occasion. I haven't seen Fassbender in anything else but Assassin's Creed and the Alien films, Prometheus and Alien Covenant, the latter of which he portrays a Weyland-Yutani Synthetic named David in Prometheus and reprises his role for the sequel while in addition portraying a similar model synthetic named Walter. Alien Covenant has a clever prologue where David has a meeting with his creator, Peter Weyland, about the origins of mankind. David makes some interesting parallels between humanity and synthetics citing that David would outlast Peter because he does not age but yet is the inferior one because he was created. Additionally, David enquires as to Peter's creator knowing that Peter created him but asked who created him. Ridley Scott has never voiced any religious beliefs before but tends to insert them like clockwork in his Alien movies, so it makes for some fascinating intellectual digestion.

Well, Star Wars is meant to be a Space Opera, but a fancy one. I suppose it's not for everyone and I'm not too obsessed with it either but the politics in it make for an intriguing enterprise of enjoyment.

Hmm, with lessons like that, I am sure you picked up secretarial work or office work afterwards. It befuddles how much more advanced the educational system has become and yet the job market has become saturated with ridiculous qualifications and standards. Sometimes I see young people working in supermarkets and have to ask myself how they managed it when I, equally as ambitious and opportunistic as all young people, cannot seem to pass a basic interview. I suppose my introverted nature saw fit to that long ago.

I watched maybe 2/3rds of Lord of the Rings. The movie drags on and on and on. It's not a bad movie, but it is very long. I can't imagine sitting for 3 hours watching a single film.

That's a shame. I like the smell of Nescafe, very strong.

I've been dealing with headaches on and off this week myself, they come and go, but tend to signal their appearance when I am emotionally stressed out.

Cheers Sandy and enjoy your weekend :)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Jun/19
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That was meant to be Micheal FassBENDER. My autocorrect has tried that one before. It seems to think that Bender is a bit rude! Well, how about Lawrence Bender, famous for his work with Quentin Tarantino? 😝
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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jun/19
@ Nik - That tree needs decorating and then it would make a perfect Christmas tree! Did you know that I used to stick mine up in October? (Well the one in my bedroom, that is!) It was all pink with pink decorations. Then Ulercy piddled on it! What a naughty pussy! 😹
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jun/19
@ Bobby - Hi! I'm sorry for the delay in replying. I have had a crappy three days of worry. On Saturday, Manelia was running around like a lunatic as kittens and young cats do, and she rammed her face into the fire guard. I tried desperately hard to get her some help, but all the vets were closed. I even tried the Blue Cross Helpline, but that was closed as well being the weekend. The wound didn't bleed but there was a chip missing from her little neck. The following day, it looked red-raw and because it itched, Manelia would scratch it and yelp in pain. I sat her on my lap and made sure she didn't fiddle with it. She has been to the vets now, of course, and it is healing nicely. I'd far, far sooner have suffered an injury myself than see an innocent little animal go through that.

It's great to hear that Michael Fassbinder and James McAvoy star alongside Evan Peters. I am a fan of all of them. My introduction to Evan Peters couldn't have been better. He will be in Season Eight but after that, he's going to bow out gracefully, which is such a shame. His parts in AHS range from the downright disturbing to the vulnerable, and he excels at everything. Have you seen the Michael Fassbender film 'Eden Lake'? It was shown as part of the 'extreme season' on the Horror Channel. It really is gruesome.

Yes, I was aware that some people are so crazy about 'Star Wars' that they have created a daft sect for the fans! To be perfectly honest, I had trouble keeping awake when my Mum took me to see it at the cinema - and I was only 16!

So you've seen 'Carrie' and the 'Shawshank Redemption' out of Stephen King's offerings. That's an excellent start. Did you know that Stephen King based 'Carrie' on the personalities of two girls he knew at school? I know that at least one of them didn't live for very long. Might I suggest that you try 'Misery', 'The Stand', both versions of 'The Shining' and 'Dolores Clayborne'? I must own pushing 20 of Stephen King's films, and they are all brilliant.

Oh yes, in this country, you go to college before university. I only ever went to college, but the lecturers didn't believe in me and so I dropped out just after I turned 17. Then I went back to my original school to learn shorthand, typing and business studies, and was first in class! 😝 If people don't believe in you, it's a major drag...

I have a copy of the Peter Jackson's version of 'King Kong'. I think Naomi Watts excelled herself, and brought a touch of humour to the part. Typically Peter Jackson all over! Needless to say, I have his 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy - twice over. The second purchase was the extended version. That guy has such a great sense of humour, and how about RABBIT drawn carriages? I must say, I was in hysterics!

Yes, my brother drinks Nescafe but I do not. I find the stuff putrid!

I'm going to draw this comment to a close because I have a frightful headache! I will continue soon....

Cheers Bobby and all the very best to you!

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
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Bobby 5ft 10 said on 15/Jun/19
@Sandy Cowell

Oh, I thought you would have been. You do seem to enjoy Doctor Who, so I figure a space opera such as Star Wars would have been your cup of tea also. I wouldn't say I'm a big fan of Star Wars either, but I have seen the movies. Still, I'm not a raving lunatic about the movies and don't my pants all twisted up when a new movie comes out. Did you know there is a real-life movement called Jedism which follows the main religion of the Jedi in Star Wars? Yes, there are actual people who practice a fictional religion. Boggles the mind.

Well, here in Canada, we call it university, not college. College is something different here. Back in the 1960s, they were known as technical schools or trade schools. Nowadays, the line between college and university is blurring, but university has always been less practical and far more abstract. It's about building your knowledge and enhancing your individuality whereas college is about acquiring life skills which you can use to find a job. Every passing day has been more or less of the same routine, but I've never been a very spontaneous person and enjoy stability over chaos and if said stability means playing video games, then video games it shall be. I'd find myself a job too but nothing I do can land me into one. I'm much too stoic to impress people with my social skills or lack thereof and I'm certainly not there to be making friends, so I'm still jobless. That premise reminds me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang where Vincent Van Dyke transforms a rusty old car into a brand new turn of the century vehicle befitting the early 1900s. But Stephen King has always been a strange one, and I haven't seen that film, no. I've only seen Carrie and Shawshank Redemption, the latter of which is an excellent caricature on the ills of society, which I love. I've always been drawn to dystopia related films.

Well, Evan Peters portrays a magnificent Quicksilver and his character steals the show every time he appears. Usually actors get known for certain roles, and Evans is quickly becoming known for Quicksilver and Fassbender for Magneto, and McAvoy for Xavier. Yes, I suppose the gruelling sight of decomposing corpses can push anyone over the edge but I've always prided myself on a nonplussed mentality and am rarely fazed by anything these days. I suppose all my time spent watching horror movies as a teenager have prepared me for anything because I have quite honestly seen it all.

So, does this show premier on Netflix? It seems like every season is shot to completion before being released and that could take up to a year, and Netflix is known for its annual releases as far as TV shows are concerned. Peter Jackson's King Kong is difficult to watch mainly because of all the giant bugs and those weird carnivorous worms which drag Lump the Cook aka Andy Serkis down into their festering bowel. He had it the worst. All because he was trying to protect his dead friend's body. If it had been me, I wouldn't have cared. It's my life right now, not anyone else's. I'd like to say that a person's natural self-preservation would kick in in dire circumstances such as that.

That's the making of a well thought out cast, but if you notice its diversity every single time, it means the actors are poorly cast for the show. The new Power Rangers (2017) had a decent cast of diverse characters but they're so well scripted, you don't even realize it.

I think it all boils down to individuality before anything group related but if a healthy proportion of people act out to feed the stereotypes, the hate will never die. In your life, however, you will deal with certain people identifying themselves as certain ethnicities and nationalities and their behaviour and mannerisms will influence how you view other people from those same ilks. So, if everyone you deal with from that group is greedy, you will form the conclusion that those people are just greedy. It's why the Jewish have that stereotype, but a large proportion of them actually are, greedy. Of course, greed is fundamental to the human condition, but some groups of people display it more prominently than others. The factor involved though is culture, if your culture feeds you wayward ideals, then you will develop into a bad person. That's why people raised in the Middle East have no respect for women because their culture feeds them that idea, that women are their property.

The only thing I can write about is ideas, but nothing made up. I can't write something to surpass Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings. I'm not a creative person at all. I can only parrot what others have already said and maybe innovate on things a little, but I can't make things up. I just lack that outside of the box thinking.

Well, my opinions aren't politically correct, so I may be ostracized as a journalist, but some may crown me with the virtue of truth speaking, so who knows? I find that those who express themselves faithfully and without deceit tend to be the most ostracized out of those who merely copy and paste worldly thinking.

The instant variety can be good, at least Nescafe is. We have that here, but I'm sure you've got it down in the U.K as well. If Greece can have that, then I'm sure a powerhouse like the U.K will as well.

Have a great weekend Sandy (It took me well over an hour to write all this out.)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Jun/19
Hi Bobby!

Believe it or not, I have never been well acquainted with 'Star Wars'. I saw the first one at the pictures when I was 16. My Mum took my brother and me to the cinema because the women in her office were raving about it. Since then, I have tried to get into 'The Phantom Menace', only because I like the cast, but it isn't tense enough for my tastes! Maybe one day....

So you are out of college now until September, are you? That's one mighty long break! I'd heard that American colleges and high schools have long breaks but I expected it might be two months. Three months, 25% of the year (as if you needed telling! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚), will require for you to find something worthwhile to do with your time. No wonder so many college youngsters find themselves working during their Summer months, enabling them to save up for fairly huge items, a fact I picked up on from movies no less! Although only 17, Keith Gordon's character of Arnold Cunningham in 'Christine', refers to the fact that 'he's been saving up all Summer'. Then he blows the money on that heap of junk and transforms the rust bucket at great expense and determination; then 'she', the car, transforms him! No thanks to that! Have you seen this particular Stephen King film, Bobby? I'm sure you'd find it to be the sort of film you'd love.

I didn't know that Evan Peters is in 'X-Men'. This is the first time I have properly taken him in as an actor. He is one of a very few, two or three I think, who is included in each and every Season. Sarah Paulson is another. The seventh Season includes a lot of pill-popping, but drug misuse isn't uncommon in any of them, and drinking and smoking comes as standard! I had to turn back and pause the episode which shows Kai Anderson's bottle of pills in order to see what he's taking. Kai is Evan Peters' character name, and he has been through so much in his short life that the taking of pure amphetamines isn't going to bring out the best in him. He goes to see his parents - and they are decomposing skeletons lying side-by-side on a bed! I think that would be enough to push the strongest amongst us over the edge, don't you? πŸ’€πŸ’€

The eighth Season is out on the 26th of August, as I mentioned before, and called 'Apocalypse' and I've heard it is an amalgamation of Seasons One and Three. That means there will be a huge cast, and many will be playing two parts - I should think! I know that Jessica Lange is back, and I am very pleased to have read that she will be returning in any future Seasons. While I've been watching all the Seasons of AHS, actors and actresses have come and gone from Season to Season, but she is the one I miss the most when she's not there. I have even bought a copy of 'Tootsie' because she is in it and I might buy the 70s remake of 'King Kong', starring Jessica in her first role I think. It isn't my usual cup of tea, but it's always a good watch. So is the Peter Jackson one, which has taken over from being the most shown 'King Kong' on British television.

The entire cast is so good that it has never occurred to me how hugely diverse it is. Political correctness is the last thing to have even entered my head. Now THAT'S fluidity!

I have heard some sickening stories about how perfectly peace-loving Muslim people have been discriminated against since that major 9/11 atrocity. For instance, some have been refused accommodation and claim it's because they are of the Muslim faith. Of course, this is an outrage, but I have also heard about many, many cases of different people from all different races and religions who have kicked up unnecessary scenes, blaming people of being prejudiced in order to get what they want.

As far as your future as some kind of writer goes, you might not have a novel in you yet, but give it time. People can write about all sorts of things, and loads become well-known from starting out in journalism. Now I DO think you have the creativity for that - and more. You'd be able to give your opinion on all sorts of topics, and as long as your articles are enjoyable to read, you'd sooner or later be able to command your own price, and 😝 to all the people who look down on you!

I'm shortly getting back to my AHS, but firstly I'll have some tea. The only coffee that exists in this establishment is the bland, instant variety. My Mum had a more discerning palate than my brother, I must say, and often the house would be filled with the welcoming aroma of freshly brewed coffee. Now I never complained about that!

Have a great weekend Bobby,

All the Very Best,

Sandy xxx πŸ˜πŸ‘
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