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Nik Ashton said on 7/May/21
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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/May/21
@ Bobby and Tall In The Saddle - I'll be replying soon, guys! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Apr/21

"Many have had it hard, yet still go on to be good, thoughtful, upstanding citizens, and who have put lives into the world rather than take them out."

Perfectly expressed and I totally agree. I have met so many people who I view much better than myself in that regard or, at the least, I don't know that I could be as good as they are given their awful past experiences. Sympathy for Hitler? Never. He was the driving force behind absolutely needless, unspeakable hardships and horrors expressly inflicted on millions upon millions of people.

Far worse than anything he experienced in his own miserable life before ultimately taking a coward's way out. Of those who did manage to survive the evils put upon them, many, if not all, still somehow went on to lead both rich and enriching lives.

Incredible human beings who, as unfortunate victims, went on to prove to be the perfect answer as to why someone like Hitler had no excuses for what he did.

Not framed as a rhetorical question but what exactly is the value of observing a singular, third party philosophy? It's meant to be objective but subjectivity is inextricably entwined with the process. As we view life, the line between subjectivity and objectivity is often blurred and they are in fact not necessarily mutually exclusive.

I would say there is value is forming one's own philosophies on life but there isn't necessarily value in reading someone else's philosophies aside from the satisfaction of some common ground in terms of shared views. No one person, in their own life time, can be exposed to all the trials, tribulations, joys and successes experienced in total by all of mankind (person kind?) over all time. Such individual experiences will always shape and form our view of ourselves and the world around us and they can be somewhat different to the next person but a good measure of morality and principle can always be exercised at the same time.

Not the best analogy, but I might liken it to a Movie Reviewer. Do we follow their words and assessments or do we simply watch for ourselves and make our own judgement? Exactly. That's an intrinsic value of life. Aside from legacies and what not, it's very much about the real time experience, including the practice of "philosophising" for oneself and acting upon same. So, forget living by someone else's reviews, go watch and experience the "movie" for yourself. That's the crux. As to how many stars out of 5 I give "LIFE", well that varies from one day to the next but I am always holding out for 5 out of 5 which still occurs often enough. LOL.

Sorry to duck my head in on the discourse between yourself and Bobby's/Olympian but it is interesting and I couldn't help but impart my own philosophies which may be of little value to anyone else. We type, therefore we are. :)
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Bobby said on 29/Apr/21
@Sandy Cowell

Well, this is why we conduct research to write essays because none of us are experts. It is odd, but I seem to have read somewhere that the Ottoman Empire began in 1191 and disbanded in 1918, but I suppose that information was out of date at the time I read about it. However, the Ottoman Empire was the worst empire to grace humankind. It bore none of the sophistication of the Romans and Greeks โ€” the day the Romans disappeared, was the day of the Dark Ages.

The Byzantines were already in decline by the time the Ottomans came into power, so it, unfortunately, did not take them very long to conquer the city of Constantinople, formerly Byzantium, and the-then Roman capital of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire). I believe Justian's Plague, a strain of Bubonic, had been responsible for causing its decline as it severely affected the known world. The Byzantine Empire could never recover and continued to fall into decline as the decades wore on. Yes, Justian's plague traveled along the Silk Roads, so the point of origin was China. Why don't people talk about this anymore? Anyway, the Holy Roman Empire was not in power at the time, it came back during the 16th century, but the Fall of Byzantium was the 15th century. I have a bone to pick with Istanbul today...

As for The Residents, I never heard of them before now, are likely simply using the Nazis for showmanship. Although, I digress when I say that the majority of Nazis were just following orders and many of them admitted to feelings of remorse when interviewed by psychiatrists. The higher-ups such as Josef Mengele, and others were the ones masterminding everything. If you ask me, I think the Ottomans were worse than the Nazis and Soviets combined, but maybe that's because of my bias.

I don't much care for Joe Biden or any politician for that matter, but at least he's trying to bring awareness to an issue orchestrated before the Holocaust since that's all everybody seems to be stuck on when wartime atrocities date back centuries.

If anything, I admire Hitler for wanting to bring Germany back to a state of glory. What leader shouldn't desire for the prosperity of his state? The man had conviction, that is for certain. I think he was the last in a long line of glory-seeking visionaries. I will not speak on the atrocities because everybody seems to be fixated on that, but I will be the Devil's Advocate simply to comment that his heart was with the German people. Every leader should strive to uplift his people especially in times of financial strife as Germany was. Regardless, I advocate for Nietzsche simply because he wanted to uplift humanity to superhuman levels - thereby achieving moral equality.

The SS officers wore elevator shoes, so it does not surprise me they were tall. As far as great stature attributing notions of respect. I suppose that is ingrained in evolutionary psychology - this is why the soldiers of the army were above average height. I would be much more fearful of my life if I saw a 6'5 soldier running at me with a machine gun in his hands than a 5'7 guy. Greater size can be intimidating. Although I don't think I ever had to deal with being overcharged due to my height, prices were determined by mass in your youth, not fixed prices.

To be continued...
Nik Ashton said on 28/Apr/21
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Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Apr/21
So there we go, Bobby! I was able to look at things - momentarily - from the Fรผhrer's point of view. I can never sympathise with him because of the genocide he was responsible for but I can acknowledge that he did have a struggle, as outlined in 'Mein Kampf'.

Many have had it hard, yet still go on to be good, thoughtful, upstanding citizens, and who have put lives into the world rather than take them out.

All the very best to you, Bobby!

Enjoy the rest of your week,

Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Apr/21
@ Bobby - I'd like to try to recount what little I know about Hitler's childhood, and why it might have contributed to making him evil. Insodoing, I will be comparing it to the childhoods of my grandmother and my mother. My grandmother didn't have it easy at all, but one thing's for sure, her parents weren't cousins. Hitler's were.

Like Hitler's, my Mum's father was called Alois and grew up in Austria, but as he died when my Mum was only 4, her father's childhood remained a mystery to her, but he did come from an affluent family.

Hitler's father was born illegitimately in 1837. He took his mother's name, Schicklgruber, changing it in 1877 to Hiedler, which later turned into Hitler. So Adolf was born Adolf Hitler in 1889, on 20th April. His mother was Klara, and Hitler adored her, but hated his father, who would beat his 9 kids from three different marriages. Not all of them made it to adulthood. Adolf Hitler's one full sister was called Paula and he was also close to a half-sister called Angela.

Alois Hitler worked as a Civil Servant and his son, Adolf, didn't want to follow suit. There was one incident whereby the boy Adolf was beaten so badly by his father that his mother oversaw the incident and shielded the boy, taking the beating for him.

Alois Hitler died in 1903, when Hitler was 14. Klara Hitler died of breast cancer in 1907, leaving her son deeply distressed. I've read a quotation which said that the Third Reich really began in the Hitler family home.

I know my own German Grandmother, who was born in 1897, was one of many children and had a tough upbringing. They were sent to school in shabby clothes, and often with no underwear, and if they had PE and didn't have a PE kit, they had to do the exercises in their vests, and without any underpants. This was in the First World War. Her mother neglected her kids, going on drinking benders, and was accused of being familiar with many men, which I don't personally believe. The children ended up in an orphanage. Her mother sobered up and died peacefully in her sleep in her 90th year.

After such a rough time growing up, my Grandmother married at around 20 - to a man over twice her age, my Grandfather, Alois, who had servants and a lot of money, being a diamond merchant. She had three children in just over three years, and when she was widowed while still in her twenties, she was left to bring my Mum, the youngest, and her son and older daughter up on her own. When I saw my Grandmother at the ages of 2,7,8 and 9, she was generous to a fault and very loving. She was a typical German 'Haus Frau', cleaning the flat from top to bottom every day. My Mum told us that she was very strict, using belts and canes to punish her kids, except for my Mum, who'd hide in the toilet until she had calmed down. In the 1920s and 30s, it was commonplace to see children with lash marks on their backs, and the schools did not interfere. As kids, my brother and myself were smacked and told off, but were told we were lucky that we didn't have a mother as strict as hers was. Ironically, there were two other half-German girls in my class at primary school, and those two girls and their brothers WERE caned by their German mothers. Apologies, as I have mentioned this violence before, but the kids were also subjected to psychological torture as well. One girl, who was one of my best friends, received a rabbit as a Christmas gift. The little animal would sometimes urinate in the girl's mother's face when he was being fed, and one day, the hard-faced women (I knew her), took a hammer and smashed it over my friend's pet's head and killed him.

There's no doubt that a violent upbringing breeds further violence to the generations to come. That's why it's A Good Thing that counselling is readily available to parents who can't cope, and there are a great many single parent families about these days, and even in the 80s and 90s. In the 60s and 70s, when I was growing up, if a child had only one parent, especially if it was the mother, the other parents would gossip and tell their offspring that such kids are illegitimate. So imagine what it will have been like for Alois Schicklgruber growing up well over 100 years before? Yes, he lashed out, but from the bit of summing up of evidence of the raising of children in Austria and Germany, extremely violent corporal punishment was rife. Hitler was already an angry, ORPHANED young man when he fought in the First World War. I've read about an incident in which shock turned Hitler blind for a short term while fighting in this war, and he never forgot the Treaty of Versailles, a major contributory factor that brought World War One to an end.

An infuriated Hitler swore to get his revenge, and with his becoming Chancellor in 1933 and Fรผhrer und Reichskanzier in 1934 - 1945, he gained popularity and status, making promises to EVERYBODY. The Second World War was soon to be underway....

Yes, Bobby, I do see why my Dad and certain others might have had admiration for him and why he was so heartless. BUT he was the son of an incestuous relationship and a loose cannon, full of bitterness and resentment. Wherever I look, I read that, yes, he was a brilliant speech maker, with hypnotic eyes, and people wanted to please him. They were truly sucked in at an uncertain time in history, where kids were dragged up and their backgrounds weren't considered when they were assignated positions of power.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Apr/21
@ Tall In The Saddle - I've heard about that evil bloke who burnt his estranged wife to death. It will probably be on the news tonight, and then I'll find out the details of this tragedy. Over the years, I've read and seen documentaries on TV of countless acts like this. It's one of the most slithery, disgusting, selfish crimes imaginable and it makes me feel sick.

When the depressive kills his children, his wife and then tries to take his own life, should he survive the suicide attempt, he should be locked away and assessed, but I have little to no patience for the insanity plea. Cases like this are all too often down to that dreadful emotion, jealousy.

As for serial killers, when I think how callous and calculating the Yorkshire ripper was, who had the audacity to pretend to hear voices, thus getting off on an insanity plea, he ended up costing the tax payer millions upon millions of pounds to live in the sort of cosy conditions that a great many hard-working folk cannot afford. Yet the louse brutally murdered 13 women that we know of and attempted to slay at least 7 more, badly injuring 2 more, though it wasn't proved in the case of the last 2. The totals in each case are inaccurate. Women 'fans' wrote to him (sick ones, if you ask me) and he replied, so the monster had celebrity status, good living conditions, no bills to worry about and he's going to be talked about and written about in history books for centuries to come.

Hmmmm.... that reminds me of the 'Cracker' episode 'To Be A Somebody'. Although the murderer, played by Robert Carlyle, was stopped in his tracks, his intentions were to kill far more, one for each of the 96 lives lost at the Hillsborough Football Disaster back in April 1989.

If that equates being a somebody, then I'd rather be a nobody!

All the best, Tall!

Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Apr/21
Hi Bobby!

I was attempting to reply yesterday, but I got sidetracked. I doubt very much that I know anywhere near enough about the Ottoman Empire to even write a basic essay, but the dates are easy to remember:- 1299 - 1922, (the 1st November, to be precise) which is the year my mother was born, and the great Christopher Lee, for that matter.

The main reason I was sidetracked is because I remembered a song which I used to listen to in the mid eighties, by a group called The Residents. It's called '(Here I come) Constantinople', so I simply had to find it, not an easy task when you don't even know which group it was! Of course you'll know that Constantinople was seized by the Ottomans, who took 53/55 days (sorry about the rustiness) to barracade the wall. Constantinople housed the Byzantines, and the wall protected the Christian population/Holy Roman Empire from invasion by the Muslims.

I listened to the rather unremarkable song, and preferred their live version because their costumes reflect some really odd, yet thought provoking ideas. I found out yesterday that the Residents have made an album called 'The Third Reich 'n' Roll', with Nazis on the front cover. The group seem to be into their history, that's for sure, and I'm going to be checking them out to see if this is so or just bravado. First of all, I'd like to learn about the Ottomans. I know that Eurasian countries and part of North Africa were part of this cruel empire. By the way, whatever information I gather, it won't be a case of refreshing my knowledge because we did the Tudors and Stuarts at school for our 'O' Level and beforehand, we flew fleetingly through the BC years and earlier AD years. Whatever we did about the Roman and Viking invasions into Britain was far too basic, but they are so infuriatingly interesting that I've bought DVDs on the subject by PROPER historians!

Joe Biden recently talked about the 1.5 million Armenians who were slain by the Ottoman Turks and referred to it as the very first genocide, so at least the new American President is thinking about it, and insodoing, causing others to check out what he's talking about.

I'm aware of the methods the Vikings used to kill, for instance 'The Blood Eagle', which they would leave to indicate that they had visited the area. I can imagine that the Ottomans had equally atrocious ways of killing. If the Ottomans had lived in the 20th Century, the power they would have executed doesn't warrant thinking about. It's not impossible that mankind in many areas would pretty much have had to rebuild everything.

I see now the connection between Nietzsche and Hitler, in that Nietzsche wanted an Ubermensch and Hitler was hell bent on destroying what he regarded as the Untermensch. It helped, of course, that the Jews tended to have more in the way of riches than the average family. My Mum used the word 'Untermensch' rather angrily, and to describe Hitler's hatred for the people he destroyed. She said it meant 'sub-species' akin to no better than an animal. Hitler was also height obsessed, rewarding those nearing 200cm financially. (I was told that by Vitto, who has left a sprinkling of comments on this site). My Mum said that the SS Officers were tremendously tall, and that she, at 5ft4.5, had to look up to them until her neck hurt. Ages ago, I read a newspaper article that the act of looking up to a person earns him instant, if subconscious, respect from the shorter person, something I've never forgotten, and if I had a long walk to my chosen shops, I'd go in trainers and change into high heels when I went into the shops. Still in my teens and looking innocent as ever, the times a shopkeeper tried to overcharge me when I looked shorter outnumbered the times I was overcharged when I was in 4.5" heels. Those days barcodes didn't exist, and the shopkeeper could type in any price he or she felt like. When I suspected something, I'd tot everything up and go back in. It's amazing how often this happened. My Mum had the same cr@p with the milkman, so she always kept a check on the milk we ordered. Fed up with these attempts to rip me off, I'd go round the shop totting everything up and if I could, I'd have the exact money ready. The faces of the shopkeepers were a picture, and I'd wish we'd had the technology then to take a quick photo on our phones; I'd have made a collage of them!

To be continued....
Tall In The Saddle said on 25/Apr/21

Yep, Charlie did the right thing and while it might in breach of the law now, or even back then, it was a simple and effective solution. After my post I saw another case on television, a woman burnt to death by her estranged partner. Sometimes these situations also involve the murdering of their own children. Not to be callous but many of the offenders ultimately kill themselves shortly afterward so the obvious reaction is why not sacrifice their own life without taking innocent souls with them?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Apr/21
@ Bobby - Yes, he was a very interesting man with so much to talk about. When we played quizzes together, he thought it was funny how much general knowledge I'd
acquired and the ones I didn't know, he did! He suggested that we'd be good on one of those family quizzes, but I have no intention of going on TV, thanks very much! I like to learn probably because I don't have to and there's no pressure, unlike when you're at school or college and have to prove yourself in exams. It messes with so many young minds this exam pressure, but when it actually came down to sitting them, it was quite enjoyable.

I think that my Dad had to sit exams for promotion at work, but I'm not sure. He took my brother and myself to his office when we were eight and six and showed us detailed models of the human organs, and I looked at the heart and thought, "I've got one of those and it's keeping me alive!"

His was a Dutch pharmaceutical company and he worked his way up from company secretary to company secretary and financial director. He had to learn Dutch for travelling over to the Netherlands for meetings. Later he did other things.

Have a great weekend, Bobby. I'll reply to your other comments over the weekend.

Cheers, Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ
Nik Ashton said on 23/Apr/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 21/Apr/21
@ Christian - It's so true though! ๐Ÿค—
Nik Ashton said on 21/Apr/21
Bobby said on 21/Apr/21
@Sandy Cowell

That's very kind of you to say, Sandy. Your father seemed an extraordinary man from what little I have learned about him. I would have liked to have met him before his passing. He lived a long life at least, and I hope it was a joyous one filled with little to no regrets.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 21/Apr/21
My pleasure!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Apr/21
@ Christian - I came across your comment earlier today about my brother, who died when he was a baby. This happened long before I was born. My Mum hadn't even left Germany yet, and had met my father during the post war years in 1946 or 1947. Dad was in the Navy and met my Mum when he asked her the way to the station, and then they met again...

When their son Georgie died, officially of pneumonia but I think it might have been a cot death because it was so sudden, and my Mum agreed with me, it was so heartbreaking that my Mum moved to England because everything reminded her of her son.

So I'm glad to say that I have never experienced losing a sibling, though I know enough people who have, and it's a truly terrible thing.

Getting to know sensitive guys like you has made my whole Celebheights experience worthwhile. Many thanks for caring.

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜
Nik Ashton said on 20/Apr/21
Nik Ashton said on 19/Apr/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Apr/21
@ Tall In The Saddle - Ha ha - very funny! I used to agree when told that I was rather gullible, but that was in my 20s. It looks as though I still have a lot of gullibility remaining! I have read the New Testament from page to page, but even so, it struck me as rather odd that it would have been written about well over 2,000 years ago. For example, "And when God appeared to ????, he broke wind in utter shock....!"

Well, it's perfectly feasible, but who'd own up to that? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ How about, "When Jesus was preaching on The Sermon on the Mount, the proceedings were interrupted by an enormous fart. The red-faced culprit apologized and Jesus accepted it, adding, "Well, we're only human! Don't worry about it!" ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

I reckon things like that must have happened, though they were doubtless overlooked because we ARE only human.

Your Uncle Charlie acted as most fathers would, certainly back then. Now we are supposed to report everything to the Police and hope for the best, and if the violator is monied, his solicitor will probably get him off. Now I find that outrageous, and it fits in well with what Bobby and I have been talking about. The rich get away with far more than the poor because of their social standing, even though the crimes committed by the poor are usually out of poverty, whereas those committed by the rich are far more serious and tacky. In many respects, I prefer the old way of dealing with things. Duels used to be ways of solving trivialities, but I don't consider the repeated beating of a helpless woman to count as a measly, solvable crime, to be dealt with in Court, where the violator gets the chance to lie his @rse off.

Charlie did an honourable thing in my eyes, and his nice, placid character bore out that this was done under severe provocation and that he acted in the way any loving father would.

Cheers Tall, and here's wishing you a fantastic week!

Sandy. XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Apr/21
โญ @ Bobby - My Dad would have found you and what you talk about intriguing. I know he read some of your comments and he knew what I meant by 'The Clever One'. He was pretty fascinating himself, and I never grew tired of his wartime stories and those from my mother.

Boy, I miss him. It would have been his 93rd Birthday tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜ข
Bobby said on 18/Apr/21
@Sandy Cowell

People tend to forget that Hitler was just a man, and was a victim himself stretching to his childhood. If he had utilized his political genius in other ways, his Forth Reich would have been another Roman Empire. Historians and others alike only consider himself to be so dehumanizing simply because he had the technology to be as devious as he was. However, he is still a far cry from earlier individuals who would have amounted to much worse if they had the technology he did in their day. Emperor Nero was a cruel man, for example, a dictator in his own right. The problem is that people assign quantity to Hitler, but I'd still say King Xerxes of the Persians was a craftier individual capable of more evil - he would have seen an entire nation grovelling beneath his foot. Generations of people would have been at his mercy... so to that end... the Ottomans were infinitely worse than Hitler ever was. For nearly half a millennium they infringed and contaminated Greek culture... Then came the Armenian Genocide... why don't people talk about that anymore? This happened before the Holocaust. I think what I'm trying to say is that atrocities before the Holocaust aren't suddenly a far cry because of the shear velocity by which it happened. Although, I read a study by Freud suggesting the turning point of WW1 because there had never before been such a war where human beings could kill with such speed and efficiency - largely owed to the implementation of chemical warfare.

As for the Stanford prison experiment. I am muddy on the details as I learned about it a few years ago, but I remember it was meant to emulate the conditions of the prison system in Saudi Arabia where prisoners were mistreated and dehumanized. I only bring it up to show how easily human beings can devolve to an earlier state of nature when subjected to unfavourable conditions. Likewise, I've even read biographical accounts written by Holocaust survivors that attributed the same kind of response system. Psychological duress made the Jews turn on each other too, so the situation wasn't as black and white as some people like to say. They like to say "Nazis bad, Jews good", but the situation wasn't like that. There's a lot of grey to the incident.

As for Nietzsche, I was a bit misleading. I meant to say that Nietzsche didn't believe we were morally equal. He thought it was hogwash, for the reasons I stipulated. He certainly strived for moral equality through the Ubermench, the superhuman, but the way the world was then, and now, moral equality was/is a fantasy. As for God, I'm not even quite sure God cares about me or anybody for that matter... He seems very apathetic, if he exists at all. If God cared, the world would be a much better place than it is today. I realize that's a basic interpretation, and I'm just parroting a lot of atheists and agonistic, but that's just what I think. In some fashion, I can see it as a respect for our free will, but I always found it hypocritical for God to grace humanity with free will only to turn around and punish them for exercising it. What good is free will then?

I don't know if I'm being positive to be honest, I'm probably one of the most cynical people you'll meet. I'm just trying to stay rational, and to compartmentalize. Although, I suppose that's being an optimist, but humankind has lived through plagues, and we're all still here, so I don't think COVID-19 will be the end of us. Of course, I do apologize if I was somewhat morbid or otherwise cynical.

Have a great week, Sandy. :)
Bobby said on 18/Apr/21
@Sandy Cowell

I did a bit of digging on the heights of Ancient Greeks, and they averaged from 5'6-5'9. I would say that those conscripted into the military such as the Spartan army, would have been, on average, 5'9, maybe even 5'10.

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The extremes measured range from 143 cm to 175 cm for males. As this is a scholarly text, the information presented is extremely reliable. Still, Leonidas of Sparta fought against insurmountable odds at a time when the Greek world was most threatened by foreign invasion especially since the Persian outnumbered the combined forces of the Spartans and Athenians.... the whole reason they even won the war was because of the Athenian navy during the Battle of Marathon. The Spartans, of course, are history's greatest warriors and for good reason.... their battle tactics and war strategies are rivalled only by the Romans. I would not stop gloating if it turned out I was related to Leonidas of Sparta, he's one of the main reasons why the Ancient Greeks did not become slaves to the Persians. If only he had been around during the time of the Ottomans, his might combined with Alexander the Great's might've turned the tables against the Ottomans and Istanbul would still be Constantinople today. I'm still bitter about that. Especially being that they turned the Hagia Sophia into a mosque very recently... which is a crime against history and a crime against religion.

Even though Leonidas's body was desecrated, he was avenged posthumously by Alexander the Great who unified Greece in order to march to Persia to decimate the forces of Persia, so much so that it would never recover. Alexander messed them up so badly that their civilization fell into ruin. Sadly, he died at a very young age, he was 32 years old. Well, young by our standards, by the ancient standards, he was middle-aged.

I'll respond to your next comment soon, Sandy :)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/Apr/21
@ Bobby - Hey, you have a fair amount in common to say the least with my late father, who read Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf' and came to pretty much the same conclusion as you. I haven't yet read it, and don't have the urge to do so anytime soon, but my Dad discussed it for ages on and off for three days during my elongated stay with him back in 2005. I pretended it was going in one ear and out the other, but that wasn't strictly true. During one session I said, "Daddy - shut up for five minutes while I nip down the road," thereafter producing four cans of lager for each of us. "Now you can continue with this megalomaniac's ravings of his self-confessed 'struggle' and I'll sit down and get mellow!" ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿบ

He thought it was very funny indeed, and didn't notice while I made him a framed photograph of Hitters, using a Christmas cracker frame and black and white newspaper depiction. He found that even funnier, but finally I'd got the message through; thereafter, he'd often display the picture on the table for a joke!

Now let's go onto Philip Zimbardo's weird Stanford Experiment, involving 24 middle class men, who volunteered to take part in a paid trial, held in a mock prison, recreated to observe the happenings of 24 men back in the August of 1971. Having each undergone strict physical and mental health tests and all found healthy and well-balanced, 12 of the men 'played' the roles of the prison officers and 9 were given the go-ahead to be locked up as the villains, with 3 reserves if any of the guys decided to opt out at any stage if things proved too much for them. The objective was to observe dispersonalisation, deindividualisation and disorientation. They lost their names when admitted (I think on pretend armed robbery charges), had mugshots and fingerprints taken, given ID numbers rather than their names and then they were locked up in life-like prison cells. They had to go to the toilet in a bucket, and there were three to a cell, and they had to sleep on prison mattresses, or 'cots', as they're known.

It took very little time before the prison 'officers' started showing signs of sadism. Part of the dehumanisation of the 'prisoners' was that the mock governers wore mirror lens spectacles, so there was no eye-to-eye contact. To cite one example that came with a penalty, a guy didn't want to eat his dinner of sausages and his mattress was taken away, leaving him no choice but to sleep on the floor. After just one night, one young man actually believed he was in prison, so great was the torture, and Philip Zimbardo himself had to convince the lad that he was part of a paid experiment. One of them had to opt out, and was replaced by one of the reserves.

The experiment ended after only six days. The men showed signs of severe depression and a priest was called to talk with them. (A riot had taken place after around 36 hours). One more lucid 'prisoner' remarked that the experiment demonstrated how much social roles and person-to-person expectations take their toll on a person's psyche, and remember, this went on for just six days, the conditions witnessed by a female psychologist, (who later married Zimbardo), and deemed cruel and unfit for human habitation.

Neitzche wasn't wrong to say that we're born equal, but as you say Bobby, social standing and other factors, such as a cruel and negligent upbringing, cause a massive decline in a person's self-image and entire future, and we ARE all born equal in God's eyes and worthy of being treated with respect and, if circumstances have messed a person up, help should be readily available to nurture back to good health whosoever it is who is suffering.

We've all lived through a particularly difficult year, and some have coped infinitely better than others. Bobby - your positivity should be created in syrup form, sugar-free and strawberry flavoured! How refreshing it is to know someone who has remained upbeat throughout.

As we get our lives slowly back to normality, let's spare a thought for the victims of Covid, and I'm not just talking about those who have tragically lost someone, but of those here and in far off lands who have little enough normally, but even less now.

It occurred to me about a minute ago that a similar experiment took place 10 years earlier, back in 1961, with catastrophic results, but I'll save that for another day.

Have an exciting week ahead Bobby, Rob and Jenny and all Celebheights visitors!

My best to you all,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 17/Apr/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Apr/21
@ Bobby - What an interesting comment and I don't know where to start exactly with my reply, but I'll do it in order of preference. I had a go earlier, but because I found out the rough heights of the warriors from Leonidas of Sparta's time from the fifth century BC and the the approximate heights of both Viking men and women, I felt I simply had to write my findings on the subjects on the Historical Heights page, with my own thoughts mixed in, and the results sounded rather garbled, but I left it anyway. My opinion is that warrior and King Leonidas, who began his reign in 489BC and died bravely in 480BC at the Battle of Thermopylae in one of history's most outrageously unfair battles, numerically speaking, with only 300 Spartan soldiers plus others Leonidas roped in when discovering that Persian King Xerxes the First had anything from 70,000 to 300,000 men in his army, Leonidas accumulated a total of only about 1,200, (though maybe it was twice that - sorry, Bobby!) including slaves and Thespians. Gallant Leonidas refused to chicken out, which I doubt would have been possible, and the truly great King and leader was killed. I know he was a supposed descendant of famous Greek Heracles and another whose name alludes me right now, but these ancestors of his were part of Greek Mythology, as you'll know - and far more than I do for that matter! Leonidas's body was desicrated after his death, his head severed and the rest of him crucified, his bones seized and laid to rest some 40 years later. What a disrespectful and barbaric way to treat a brave leader.

Now if Nietzsche had been after an example of a member of the survival of the fittest, even though Leonidas battled on to the end and lost, which wasn't surprising with the odds the way they were stacked against him, his nine years as King of Sparta turned him into an historical legend.

To be continued..... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Tall In The Saddle said on 16/Apr/21

Sorry, didn't mean to pass it off as legit, I just made up the "biblical" label "peace breaker" for the context of the church story.

Not that I've read the Bible cover to cover (I prefer to wait for book based movie interpretations to come out and boy, howdy doody, it was a long time waiting for the movie to come out on this particular book, LOL), I don't recall anything in the Commandments mentioned re f@rts. I would say with all the serious sh*t in life otherwise, God gave us f@rts as a humorous gift to do with what we please, no harm, no foul. And we do! Now, he or she (or any other currently preferred PC title) who hasn't begat a f@rt in good humor may cast the first stone (or f@rt, if they so wish). :)

Re violence against women. My Dad had an uncle named Charlie, and he was so called by us kids also. Lovely guy, still strong and fit looking into his 70s. Tall and wiry. When you only come to know people in their older age you'd often never guess the life that preceded them unless you were expressly told. Charlie was a gentle guy but sometimes gave me a glimpse into the life of a no nonsense guy that was as tough as nails. Particularly when he told me of a fight he had when younger, working in a yard. He said it went for 1 hour, hammer and tong! Unreal. This would've happened in the 1920s or 1930s, not sure. A simple disagreement but an honest fight, no dirty crap like you see today, head kicks etc. Man down, fight over, shake hands, move on. I guess since I was just a kid he held back on giving me every account of his numerous fistic endeavors due to the violent content but I would've been happy to hear about each and every one.

Now Uncle Charlie didn't tell me this next bit. My Dad told me. Later in life when in his 60s, Charlie became aware that his daughter was the victim of physical abuse meted out by her husband. Strangely, Charlie never drove a car, not sure why. Anyway, upon hearing the wrong being done to his daughter, he promptly caught a cab to his daughter's house and beat the living crap out of the husband. Forget costly, protracted litigation, poorly enforced AVOs etc., this was an Old School remedy which apparently did the trick. A punishment instantly understood and heeded. I was like, OMG, old, gentle, "wouldn't hurt a fly", Uncle Charlie did that? Ahah. Instant respect but truth be known, it was always there.

When you take the time, sit and listen to old folk and their past lives, you can become instantly humbled. You're not necessarily as unprecedentedly cool or innovative as you might think. It's all been done before and sometimes better than you've managed yourself thus far. That's when you should take a leaf from an already well written and researched book.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Apr/21
Hey Bobby!

I'll be writing to you either later today, though more likely tomorrow. I look forward to getting stuck into your comment, and as always, I'll enjoy replying.

Cheers Bobby and all the best!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 16/Apr/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 16/Apr/21
Very unfortunate what had happened to your baby brother. I have family members who lost their siblings extremely young also. Again, I can't fully understand what that feels like either, since I'm an only child who never had a brother or sister. But you're totally right, we all should cherish our parents (and family in general) while they're still here.
Nik Ashton said on 16/Apr/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Apr/21
@ Tall In The Saddle - I had no idea there was a Biblical term for farting; what a funny one it is too! I never get tired of hearing the story, which is so amusing. No, I wouldn't have the guts ๐Ÿ˜‚ to do that in Church, but I've done it in other public places, perfecting the art when I was in my 30s. Nowadays, it would look rather unseemly on a woman of my years, but I can still laugh at the thought of it. I mean, everyone does it, but NO WAY do I reach the average of 15/16 a day, the topic having been discussed at length on a morning programme I used to watch!

Cheers Tall and have a great weekend!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Apr/21
@ Tall In The Saddle - I've been out of circulation for much of this week because a member of my family is ill. I made eight calls to find out where he is, though it seemed like far more. I spoke to him this evening. Tomorrow (or today now), I'll be in touch with his support worker, as indeed I was yesterday. He's been a real diamond and arranged for me to have my painkillers delivered to the door. I can hardly walk with this perishing cracked rib!
I just read your messages and had to pause my viewing of the movie 'Nostradamus', which is excellent and based on historical fact. No, your comment was too riveting! I haven't heard of Remote Viewing, but I've seen the odd display, when an ex of mine took a pack of cards and put them behind his back, throwing each and every card down and getting it right. They all landed the right way up too. The further he got into the pack of cards, the more he was sweating, and at the end, he fell to the floor.

I told him that I didn't like what he was doing, because his 'powers' certainly didn't come from God. I saw him make a hugely heavy biker chain rattle through powers of telekinesis. If that wasn't bad enough, there was a fellow living just minutes away who used to come round to see me, not my boyfriend. Every time there was an argument, something inexplicably weird happened, including our kitten falling to her death from the third floor window, which was opened by a girl while she stayed the night and decided to have it away with someone she'd only just met. I asked the bloke, an Italian, what sort of magic he was into, and he said, "Grey." I asked what it was and he said, "It's a combination of both."

From time to time, we would go round his flat, and despite the fire being on full blast, the place was never even remotely warm. He's the bloke who read the works of Aleister Crowley, leaving a copy of a book round my flat.

I don't know what triggered his involvement in the dark arts, but I think it might have been down to not being able to see his kid(s). I saw him cry bitter tears when his 16-year-old son had expressed the desire to see him. He wasn't a happy man at all. Once he looked at me and started crying. That happened before I met my boyfriend-to-be. When I started going out with the boyfriend, the magician, for want of a better word, said to him, "I'm going to make her HATE you!" He (the boyfriend) took to jealous, drunken rages and would hit me. My skull is cracked in the cheek area because of one of his beatings. I only found that out when I had a genuine accident and fell on my face, which is when the X-ray showed up an 'old injury'. It'll have been 6-and-a-half years ago then. So the 'curse' worked, and when I left him, I didn't shed a single tear. I had nightmares for a couple of years afterwards. I know for a fact that he had a tough upbringing, skiving off school, and his alcoholic mother used to lock him in cupboards, causing varicose veins to develop when he was still in his teens.
There's always a reason behind problematic behaviour, but enough is enough. I couldn't take living my life in fear. The first beating I got from him was as a result of a chap saying I had a nice @rse when I went to the jukebox in a pub. His doctor said to me that I should insist upon making sure he took his medication, or expect to be knocked about. I don't think he even wanted to take it.

As far as domestic violence goes, I have a friend of 5ft10 whose boyfriend of 6ft4 beat her so badly and forced her to clean the blood up only so that he could do it again. She settled down with a fellow of 5ft4, and had two sons with him. I knew him and he was a well-travelled ex-Navy member, and one of the most comical guys I've ever known.

Now cards: my mother used to do card fortune telling, which was passed down to her by her own Mum. She told myself and my brother things that are still coming true to this day. I can do it myself, but I choose not to. We're not meant to know about what fate has in store for us, and my Mum knew this, but couldn't stop. Perhaps it was a kind of addiction. She had very few vices other than smoking, and I never witnessed her being drunk. Two glasses of sherry were enough to make her giggly, and she worked hard as a trilingual secretary until she was well into her 60s. I think she would have been fascinated by your experience!

Black magic was used in the War but I don't think the practices made the foggiest bit of difference to the War's outcome.

One of our teachers at school, an Irishman who taught history, English, literature and religious education, once said something that has stayed with me ever since, and that a great deal is achieved by leading a simple life, not craving riches and being grateful for life's basic pleasures. He was never alone when he was on playground duty, surrounded by a collection of chatty girls! Now that's priceless, and was the result of simply being a nice person. Few of our teachers had youth on their side, which means that they had lived through the War and had interesting tales to tell. Our French teacher was still receiving psychiatric help, which was mockingly told by a female teacher in her twenties to my brother's class. I found out at the age of fifteen that that poor man had been in a concentration camp. I doubt you ever get over that.

As always, it's been a pleasure talking to you, Tall. I wish you a great weekend ahead.

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Tall In The Saddle said on 13/Apr/21

On a slightly more serious note. Given some of the supernatural subjects you've discussed, you and Bobby/Olympian might be interested.

Have you heard of REMOTE VIEWING (RV)? Basically, it is the is the practice of gaining impressions about a distant or unseen target, purportedly "sensing" details with the mind. It was treated so seriously at one point that the US Army created a unit for same in 1978 which has since been known as the Stargate Project. It was eventually disbanded in 1995 due to lack of practical application. Scientists otherwise felt the method for testing same was less than acceptable.

Anyway, I once tried my own rudimentary RV experiment. I shuffled a deck of 52 cards. I then placed them high up on our pantry face down, turning over the top card which I could not see. I just left it and went about my day, work, play, what have you. No preoccupation. In bed at night, knowing the layout of my house, I casually imagined myself floating to and hovering above the pantry in order to "see" the upturned card. I didn't push it, just relaxed. Some time later, imagined or not, a card would appear in mind's eye. Well, first two goes at this, I nailed the right card. I reshuffled the deck on each occasion so, if I remember my probability calcs right, I had moved to a 1 in 2704 chance of getting that second guess right. Okay, I tried this a 3rd time. I crunched the numbers and calculated that if I got it right again then I would've achieved a 1 in 140,608 guess. Wow. Pressure was on.

For the third card, I literally saw in mind's eye a card with six heart symbols but the number 9 in the corner. I wasn't sure which way to go. I preferred seeing a card that made sense but that's the image I got, so then I had to actually "guess" which way to go. I felt that six heart symbols was more substantial as evidence than just the number 9. I also figured I might've been "seeing" the number 6 upside down. I had to make a call, so I went for 6 of hearts. I took the deck down and the card was the 9 of hearts! Dayyum! So close, yet so far but it was fun all the same. I haven't tried it since.
Tall In The Saddle said on 13/Apr/21

I can just envisage the point in the wedding ceremony when the priest asks, in hope that it remains a rhetorical question, "If there is anyone here who objects to this marriage/union, speak now or forever hold your..FRRRT,...WTF?", his question cut short by a resounding peace breaker (biblical euphemism for f@rt) and potential sign of objection. One Wedding and One Monumental Bottom Burp. Hugh Grant, just the man for the role. Oh, there goes my watch alarm, time for my meds. Who said that? Not me! LOL.
Bobby said on 13/Apr/21
@Sandy Cowell

Nietzsche was never renowned for explosive thinking, and he is considered to be controversial by modern-day standards simply because he placed emphasis on survival of the fittest. From a utopia ideal, I cannot fault him for that particular view. Some of his later writings are hard to swallow, but I agree with his stance on morality. We naturally strive to aim for moral equality, but I have observed, even today, that nobody believes this in their heart of hearts. Certain individuals, especially of a higher economic status, are given more moral value than someone who is poor. That said, I mainly enjoy Nietzsche because he endorses transhumanism and believes that humanity should be the best it can be by intention or design. He's one of the few thinkers I can think of that hints at eugenics. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. Additionally, his insights on greatness leading to misery are disturbingly true in every aspect of life that exists. Think of all the superheroes in comic books - godlike abilities, but are constantly miserable because they sacrifice their happiness to be great figures of history. Philosophers of old were much the same way - they suffered for their ideas. Greatness of mind and physicality are ideals to strive for, and I am all in favour of pushing humanity to new limits. Bring on the Age of Superhumans.

The Bubonic plague still exists, but people are simply immunized to it now. Unless it mutates to a new strain... we are safe from it. Also, Europe is very hygienic, so I don't see a virus erupting unless brought there by outside forces *coughs* China, *coughs* Africa....

I doubt the world powers are going to let it slide once the situation is brought under control which I don't foresee happening for another ten years, if that. Most people you ask, on the street, would have immediately said to close the borders and suspend flights until further notice. These people have a high school education, and I am being extremely generous with that accolade.

I was apathetic from the start - I put too much faith in humankind's medical advancements and historical precedents to ever fathom it would have evolved to such magnitudes today. Others can bemoan their lives being forced to stay indoors, but I would prefer living through this than working in a coal mine and contracting tuberculosis in the 1800s. A sealed fate.

Numerous studies have been conducted since the time of the Holocaust to observe people under situations of duress. Are you familiar with the Stanford prison experiment? Even though the situation was simulated, it went out of control and the participants involved ended up feeling as though they actually were in prison even though they were told it was an "experiment". It is my belief that the majority of people are weak-willed and weak-minded. I don't have an indomitable will, but I will not go down with a strong fight, but maybe that's just the Greek in me. My people are fighters in spirit - which explains all the civil disunity before Alexander the Great was born. Hitler's ravings and insights were somewhat interesting based on a few select passages I read of the English translation of Mein Kempf. I truly think he was a political mastermind and was a victim of tragedy beginning in his youth. Had he been given moral guidance, he'd have been Germany's greatest politician. I realize most people hate talking about him in a positive light, but he was still a man despite his actions. Nietzsche was substantially more complicated than I make him out to be - and the man himself never condoned the act of genocide. Nowhere in his works have I seen anything resembling an endorsement of evil. But as I said, Hitler misinterpreted Nietzsche. Besides, Stalin was infinitely worse than Hitler ever could have been. Stalin's regime inspired George Orwell's 1984 after all.

It's really hard to find any positive wartime heroes as all the ones I know of died over a thousand years ago, the more modern figures don't impress me nearly as much. I still think Alexander the Great and Leonidas of Sparta are some of the greatest strategists and war heroes of history, but I always had an admiration for Amelia Earhart and Joan of Arc. Perhaps I simply don't impress easily.

I don't celebrate Easter until May, but I hope you were able to enjoy yours, Sandy. I do apologize if I touched a sensitive topic by talking about Hitler as I did aforementioned.

Have a great week, Sandy.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Apr/21
@ Tall In The Saddle - Isn't 'sphincter' a great word? The last time I saw a diagram of one, I went without my dinner! ๐Ÿ˜–

I have plenty of flatulence stories to let loose, as I used to find farting in a public place the epitome of a good time. Usually, to dispel the embarrassment, I'd have a drink first, and rarely did I have a bad reception. I farted in the post office queue and a little boy laughed his @rse off and a few minutes later, I did the self same thing while paying for my shopping. When the checkout girl asked me for the money, I was hiding on the floor, laughing!

I've always had this fantasy of farting in Church, or during a one minute silence, but it hasn't happened yet. It did with my boyfriend though, who broke wind loud and proud during his friend's Church wedding. His friend thought it was great!

I've found that the best farts tend to happen when you've been (silly enough) to fast for a while, as I used to. Once I'd been at it for three days and saw a bag of open peanuts in Sainsbury's, so I pinched a handful. My stomach started gurgling immediately, and when my mate and I got home and unloaded the shopping, I did possibly the loudest one I've ever heard! His face was contorted into a complete mess of laughter, used chewing-gum style. Believe it or not, it probably made him like me more. We'd known each other for twelve years, and that was a ground trembling groundbreaker....

Have a wonderful week!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ
Tall In The Saddle said on 11/Apr/21

Laughter can be the best medicine but not necessarily with a cracked rib! Double edged sword. Ouch!

Okay, a long remembered f@rt incident. Literally described. No embellishment, I swear. Not to tout myself but perhaps some preemptive pain killing measures are in order.

Years back my Mum took me to Bingo. It was at my primary school held in the hall. The raised stage area was utilized for seating also. Packed house. Anyway, there was a large man sitting on one of the seats on the stage. The seats were those fold up, half back style, only supporting the upper back. His back was facing the lower "audience" seating area, where we sat. His large backside, in full view, more than filled his seat.

Anyway, during one game after quite a few numbers had already been called and everyone's chomping at the bit for their few remaining "winning" numbers to be called, the announcer barked the next number. Let's say it was 66, clickety click. Straight after that, we all heard someone let rip an absolutely HUGE f@rt and there was no doubt as to the source. The big fella seated on the stage. LOL. Being a smart A kid, I said to my Mum "Does that mean BINGO?"

Talk about gut busting, repressed laughter. Everyone remained reverently silent, ignoring the elephant in the room, so to speak. Maybe he only had one number to go and his sphincter was over tight in sheer anticipation, lending to a sudden, involuntary release. Anyway, the game went off in the next few calls after a conventional cry of BINGO was made. Hahaha.
Nik Ashton said on 11/Apr/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Apr/21
@ Tall In The Saddle - 'Some with curious activity going on in the rear.'
LOVFL! It hurts to laugh because of my cracked rib, but it was bloody well worth it!

As for cows' gaseous emissions being noisy, I'll have to look into that one, but I bet they can be. I've seen comedy videos of all manner of animals farting, including someone's pet lizard sitting in the family bath and breaking wind. I think it's on the third attempt that he manages to follow through!
I find it particularly funny with animals because they're so innocent about it. Oh, they respond alright, some dogs investigating the commotion with a sniff and in my case, watching many pairs of feline ears go back in horror when they hear a noisy human fart is something I can never tire of.

Bad Will Hunting - Grrr.... It's hard to put into words how angry I feel about the hunting of beautiful animals. A few years back, there was an outcry when some disgraceful, useless article killed a much-loved lion and severed his head to keep as a trophy. That old lion-boy was a well known tourist attraction and never hurt anyone. His name began with a C, but I can't remember exactly what it was. In response to this, I phoned the World Wildlife Fund to sponsor a lion, but you can only do prides, so I did that with a gleeful heart. I person I spoke to from the WWF said that lion sponsorship had rocketed since that sick and twisted incident. ๐Ÿฆ

What the blazes is the point of fox hunting? It's a massively cruel, bloodthirsty 'sport' that teaches youngsters that murdering animals is fine - if you're rich. They use their dogs (akin to their superiority) to pick on a species of wild dog, the fox (perhaps equivalent to how they feel about the lowest classes of society), and wipe them out. I can't see Princes William and Harry ever having agreed to that. Princess Diana's influence continues to this day. She bred humanity into the Royal family.

I had a lie-in this morning, not waking up until just turned midday. It's awful waking up in pain and the first thing you need in situations such as this is to reach for the painkillers. Then I came across your comment, and it put some sunshine into my day, even before the curtains were drawn. THANKS FOR THAT, TALL!

Have a great Sunday and enjoyable week ahead,

All the best! ๐Ÿฅ‚

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ
Tall In The Saddle said on 11/Apr/21

Just kidding around. I've seen the pachyderm emojis here and there. Some with curious activity going on at the rear. LOL.

With four stomachs the old moo cows are basically methane on tap and they've really put the "O" in the Ozone Layer, haven't they? I don't know if their f@rts are necessarily silent but their accumulative effect is definitely deadly.

Re Hunting. Hunters who do it for its sake and trophy collection are societies misfits, sociopaths with deep seated insecurities. The odds are always heavily tipped in their favor yet, aside from the monetary gains, they also delude themselves into believing they have done something incredibly brave, macho and affirming of human dominance.

What about fox hunting? What an imbecilic, cruel indulgence of the useless wealthy. I heard it was banned in the UK but is still prevalent due to lack of follow through enforcement. I'm guessing the royals have dropped it, at least for PR purposes, but I couldn't say for sure.
Nik Ashton said on 10/Apr/21
@ Sandy Cowell - It would knock your socks off, both physically and mentally! The smell of an elephant fart would knock your socks off mentally and the velocity of one would literally knock your socks off and blow you, your socks, your top hat, and everything else in close proximity to you into the nearest tree, it would blow the leaves off that tree too! Come to think of it it would blow me into the nearest tree too and Iโ€™m averageish!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Apr/21
@ Christian - Losing a parent is, unfortunately, inevitable in the normal run of things, rather than vice versa. It's the thing I dreaded more than anything else when I was growing up, and when it happens, there are no guidelines or ideal ways of dealing with it. I wouldn't say I'm coping well. At the beginning, I tried to sleep a lot so that I might dream of my Dad, and I did and still am. I'm dreaming of my Mum as well, who passed away in 2008, aged 85. My Dad was 92, so I can't feel he was cheated out of life. He had five kids, six if I include the brother who was born in Germany in 1948, living for just eight weeks. I was approached by a spiritualist when I was 19 and she wanted to do me a reading for free, so I agreed. The young man she described looked like my Dad - tall (by my standards!) and dark-haired and I said to the woman that he sounds like my Dad, but it can't be as he's alive and well. She then asked whether I'd lost any brothers, and it occurred to me that it was George, who would then have been 32. I said, "Will he have grown up in the spirit world?" and she answered, "Oh yes!"

I can't say this was a life changing experience, but it didn't conflict with my beliefs in any way. The woman used to see a variety of English stars, but I will respect their privacy. She had a young lodger living with her, who was a bit of a rebel, and when he had a tattoo done of the grim reaper, she told him he was very foolish, and I agreed and told him so. Actually, she had quite a houseful, but I didn't nose as to whom they were - possibly her relatives or other lodgers.

So that was a minor experience that we go on after death. I've had far, far more significant and comforting ones since. I had done very little studying about the subject at that age.

Making a speech at my Dad's funeral was the last thing I could do for him and I wrote it over the course of two days. The original one was far too long, and I had to condense it considerably, but I was writing down any and everything that entered my head and I suppose it was therapeutic. The difficult part was knowing what to leave out, but my lovely
sister-in-law, the mother of my Dad's two little grandsons, very kindly helped me.

Standing up and speaking to the congregation of relatives and friends at the funeral came to me with a great deal more calmness and tranquility than I expected, and I felt a strength within by being in the House of God, as I am quite a panicky person as a direct result of my past. Anyway, I have loads of cousins, my Dad being one of eight. All three of my half-brothers attended, two of whom live in America. I knew they would. It was lovely to see them and to meet up with cousins that I hadn't seen in ages.

So, Christian, and to all of you visitors: make the most of your parents while you can, for they are precious and priceless. Mine never gave me any bad advice, and I can include my Stepmum in that. They gave me only love.

Here's wishing you a wonderful weekend, Christian, and I have enjoyed writing to you, as always.

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ•ฏ๏ธโ›ช
Bobby said on 10/Apr/21
@Sandy Cowell

Hi Sandy, I had responded to you with my Olympian handle, but the comment was never put through on Rob's end because of some technical issue. However, Rob was able to sort me out after I emailed him about it, so I'm able to post again without my details being reset.

I am also the sole recipient of someone who also occasionally rants to me about cleanliness and social distancing, that person is my own mother. This whole pandemic has people beyond spooked, and I don't know what to say anymore because nobody wants to compartmentalize the situation. To quote Oliver Queen from Arrow... I don't have the luxury of falling to pieces because I have to be strong for the people around me.

I dabbled into the occult when I was a teenager... intellectually, never in actual practice because it seemed like a fascinating subject to study. I always knew, at the back of my mind, that none of it was real, so I was assured that my mind and my body would not become an unwilling host to some malignant entity as in the Annabelle movies let alone Ouija: Origins of Evil. If I could punch that Polish entity in the face, I would. I never held a seance before, but I cannot imagine having any fun with it. I would not mind trying a Ouija board as a social experiment to see what will happen, but a small part of me has a notion that something awful may transpire. Psychedelics were popular in your youth, so I wonder if they were simply intoxicated by the use of any substances or liquor. That can certainly create a vivid imagination.

As for poltergeists, most of my knowledge on them rests on poltergeists being self-spawned as a result of a negative state of emotions, even something such as PTSD could spawn a poltergeist. That's simply the folklore revolving around them. I don't think there's any scientific merit to it.

As for your experience with the book... I simply believe the nature and tone of the novel are what set off your nightmare and paranormal experience. Any kind of mental distress is bound to trigger a nightmare or some kind of event perceived as paranormal. I used to have dreams and the like where it felt like some evil entity was invading my dreams and I'd wake up feeling perturbed only to later calm down once I realized I was only dreaming. I don't spook easy, at least not with these sorts of things. My fears are more of the physical variety than of the psychological kind.

It's not often I ever feel the desire to go to the theatre on my own, but in the chance that it's a movie I really want to see, then I will. I was eagerly anticipating the sequel of 2018's Halloween in 2020, but it was delayed to October 2021. If nothing else, I just want things to return to normal so people can stop whining about the lockdowns, and so I can stop having to wear masks during humid weather. The commentary stuff is annoying, my mom does that all the time and then has to ask what's going, and my response is, "Just pay attention and you will know what is happening."

I'll pen my next response to you soon, Sandy. :)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Apr/21
@ Christian - I'll be replying very soon regarding the comment you wrote me the other week. So sorry for the delay. XX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Apr/21
@ Tall In The Saddle - Nik gave me a late reply to a comment I made on his emojis (๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ) from a few weeks ago.

Yes, the 'Butterfly Effect' makes you think, doesn't it? For immediate satiation of the effects flatulence has on our world, it's cows that have picked up the tab for burning a hole in our o-zone layer, and not elephants. That's doubtless because the poor old elephant is hunted for its ivory, which I feel is disgusting. Both cattle and elephants are vegetarian, the fully grown elephant needing around 300 pounds in weight of food a day. That must result in one hell of a lot of gas!

Elephants were around in Africa some 6 million years ago, in the form of the woolly mammoth. By rights, having survived thus far, they should outnumber cattle, but it's man's hunting of them that have dwindled their numbers. That makes me think back to a series of picture cards I collected with my brother when I was around 10. There were 48 cards, each explaining why the animal was dangerous, and number 48 was Man. Though the majority of us are nice, I've never seen any point in hunting, but man is considered the most dangerous of all because he's not just dangerous to other species, but to himself. No animal could conjure up weapons the way man has. That puts a mere elephant gruff in the shade as regards explosion power! ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

Here's to a great weekend, Tall! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘

Sandy XX
Tall In The Saddle said on 9/Apr/21
How did we arrive at elephant's f@rts?

Anyway, while we're here. We all know the Butterfly Effect. The theory that the mere flapping of a butterfly's wings on one side of the world could potentially causing a tornado on the other side of the globe. world. So, that brings me to the musing: What type of havoc is possibly being wreaked every time an elephant lets rip?

As to tweaking an elephant's derriere, I wouldn't go there because even if you survive the immediate backlash they just might start a Me Too movement and get you further down the track.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Apr/21
@ Nik - An elephant fart would be enough to blow a small(ish!) person such as myself into the nearest tree, so I'll leave the tweaking to someone else! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
Nik Ashton said on 9/Apr/21
@ Sandy Cowell - You never know though, if there was a good old tweak then the animal would turn round and look very angry indeed!

Alternatively the animal may make a grunting noise and unload the most breathtaking fart!
Nik Ashton said on 8/Apr/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Apr/21
If a human pinched a mighty elephant's @rse, I very much doubt the animal would feel it, Nik!

Nik Ashton said on 4/Apr/21
@ Sandy Cowell - I wouldnโ€™t want to pinch the elephantโ€™s bum, who would want to own an **** like that! It would not be a good idea to get near an elephantโ€™s bum either nor would it be a good idea to tweak it with your fingers, he may turn into Mr Angry!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Apr/21
@ Olympian - Hi again Bobby! Friedrich Nietzsche's belief in the survival of the fittest is, in actuality, a very basic way of thinking. There are so many mitigating circumstances - right from birth - including family finances, genes and whether we are born into a titled family, the latter being the exception rather than the rule, to take into account when we talk about the prospects of a new-born human being and how well he will meet with success or otherwise.

Things like one's background have an IMMENSE impact on physical and mental well-being. Okay, we are all survivors of the Bubonic Plague, for instance, but has enough research been done to be able to say that it died out completely or whether today's people are immune to it, even if it decided to rear its ugly head again tomorrow?

Now instead we have the Covid 19 virus to tackle. It's arrived through unsanitary conditions and negligence, which could so easily have been avoided, if a certain few had come clean (sorry!) and closed their borders to tourism. ๐Ÿ˜ค

Yet it's one thing to be angry and concerned about its ever coming into existence, but quite another to let it take over our lives and sit moaning and looking on the gloomy side.

I feel that your attitude is to be applauded. If only more people thought that way, this situation would indeed 'make us stronger', emerging from the pandemic grateful to be alive and to count our blessings and show renewed consideration to one another. To feel bitter and resentful about the pandemic and the resultant restrictions to our lives achieves nothing. People should look forward rather than back. I admit these last months have lingered longer than most, but what is it that really keeps us up at night and causes us to self destruct and lower our immune systems? Worry and bitterness, that's what, and dwelling on how hard done by we feel we've been treated. Obviously, you're way down on this list, Bobby, but look at what Hitler's bitterness did to the world? I don't feel he was a particularly educated man; he could only speak one language for starters, a fact that absolutely stunned me. He had limited morals, so Nietzsche's philosophies that it's the survival of the fittest suited him just fine, and he abused his power so badly that it cost untold lives. I'm in no hurry to check this out anytime soon, as it's Hitler, but check it out I most definitely will, and that's Hitler's education. Being multilingual in Germany is commonplace, so why wasn't he? Did his filthy habits of spitting when he spoke and breaking wind in public so appal people that they were too shocked to retaliate? My German Mum took one look at him when she was 7 or 8 and had a bad feeling about him. She saw him a fair few times, her school situated in close proximity to where he was based, or working, or scheming away, while creating his vegetarian dishes or oil paintings, all along his head hell bent on destruction and revenge for World War One. Yet he was too much of a coward to account for what he did at the end.

Positive wartime heroes, like Captain Tom Moore or Dame Vera Lynne, are the ones we can give credit to, the late Captain being on the fighting end and at the age of 100, raising millions of pounds to help the NHS when the Corona Virus struck. Dame Vera, on the other hand, kept the morales of the troops up with her singing. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to catch a TV news item about a first time (I think) Mum who created a social website for other Mums of tots to keep their spirits up during these difficult times and give them the opportunity to socialise, advise one another and to feel less alone. She received a personal thank you from Australian heart throb, singer and reality TV star, Peter Andre. She wasn't born with a silver spoon in her mouth either! She simply saw the chance to selflessly help others in the same boat as she was, and she seized it. She's another hero.

So here we are, about to welcome a new Spring in with our annual Easter festivities. The Season of new wildlife coming into our world, new blossoms on the trees and warmer weather - re-birth. โ›ช๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿฅš We do have an end to Covid in sight and signs that normality is on the horizon. Things can only get better now. I'll drink a cup of tea to that, with strawberry milk. ๐Ÿ“โ˜•๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ‘Œ

Happy Easter Bobby!

All the very best to you,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Apr/21
@ Olympian - Hi Bobby! This pandemic is responsible for many people's mental health taking a tumble, and I am the sole recipient of someone I know's rantings. It's become so bad that I am in touch with the mental health services and hope they take action before things worsen. I must say, I wish there were more people out there with your positive mental attitude.

The reason I'm into supernatural horror is because a great deal of it does actually ring true. I was somewhat put off the idea of things like Ouija boards because when I was around 12/13 years old, the other class in my year at school held a sรฉance. As a result of this, one of the girls experienced poltergeist activity at her home. A few months down the line, she was allowing a fellow student to cut her for kicks. There would be a crowd of girls watching, in the main those who had taken part in the sรฉance. Another participant - on the very day it took place - was utterly hysterical and unconsolable if someone tried to comfort her. I have no idea what the kids saw, but the girls who suffered the most were never quite the same again. The thing is, I spent my opening term in that very class, and was 'promoted' to the sister class after the results of the exams. Five of us were, and five kids 'demoted', incurring another year to study for their 'O' levels, hence an extra year of school fees.

Poltergeists tend to latch onto youngsters at puberty. These two girls were possibly the most sexually developed of us all. I hadn't even begun yet, but I often wonder whether my Christian beliefs would have been enough to overcome my morbid curiosity at that young age if I'd remained in that class.

When I was 22, I met at one of my rock night clubs a fellow who was into the lot. He had Aleister Crowley books, which he used to brazenly steal from the bookshop, and one day, he left one round my flat. It was called 'Konx On Pax' and, with plenty of time on my hands, I read a bit of it. It was so distressing that I took the book and put it in my spare room. One night, I - as usual - went to sleep with music on. I dreamt that a little blonde girl with Victorian-style ringlets and a blue dress came out of the spare room and lifted the needle of the record player and banged in down on the disc (I still remember that it was Genesis' 'Seconds Out' album), and slammed the needle down on the record over and over again. Of course, the racket woke me up, and I went over to have a look. The disc was indeed stuck, but upon examination, the surface of the vinyl was perfect. It spooked me out like crazy, and I phoned the bloke whose book it was and told him to COME ROUND NOW - or the book will be binned.

He did turn up that day, and I told him what had happened. He said he was surprised that I was scared and I said, "Scared is not the right word. Outraged is more appropriate. Have you read this muck?"

He babbled on about someone of my star sign (strictly speaking, I'm Aquarian with Capricornian traits, as I was born on the cusp) shouldn't fear the supernatural, but this was sheer evil.

I do definitely think that you would find 'The Conjuring' series very interesting, and likewise the 'Insidious' quadrilogy. I'm into these films because good prevails and I find that they tally with what I've read about the subjects. There's a fair share of horror as well, of course.

As for going to the pictures on one's own, it's a long, long time since I recall it being regarded as 'weird'! I've gone to the cinema on my own more times than with friends, and that's because I find that not many people want to see the same films as me. Then there's the popcorn munching, which I find off-putting, and the possibility of interruptions. I PREFER to see films on my own even! Ditto applies to watching them at home, unless I can find someone who won't give a commentary throughout the film or try to guess what will happen. So irksome....

To be continued after tea! โ˜•๐Ÿ˜„
Editor Rob
I hope you get help for your friend who is having mental health issues. Better acting now.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 3/Apr/21
I first came here about 8 months ago. Iโ€™d just started to figure out that wrestlers were overbilled and wanted their real stats. I was claiming 6โ€™3 (Think I used the name 6โ€™3 Julian) cause I only had a morning measurement and didnโ€™t know about height loss
Alex 6'0 said on 2/Apr/21
I came upon this site in September 2005. The Rocks height search got me here. Then i believed Rock was really 6'4 lol
Tall In The Saddle said on 1/Apr/21

Thanks for your reply. I anticipated the content of that reply and I know you're genuine. That's exactly how I would treat such an offer. I also am not fixated with money and don't need anymore than I have. However, if my situation drastically changed, then hell yeah, I would sell to the highest bidder notwithstanding who they are.

On a similar plane, I'm always amused by disgruntled music fans who claim a particular band and/or musician sacrificed their true creativity and "sold out" by gearing their music toward the greater population for greater commercial success. Sure, the pure artistic side of music often suffers for it but seriously, just like us, these guy have to put bread on the table and secure both their and their families long term futures. I don't begrudge them at all, I'll just play their "old stuff" and enjoy.

Status Quo copped flack some years back for licencing their song DOWN DOWN to Coles ("DOWN DOWN, price are DOWN!") for advertising. Band member Francis Rossi stated correctly that "being cool" doesn't pay for his kids going to university. I think fellow band member Rick Parfitt (RIP) also stated that no one was going to provide for their "old age" pension except themselves. Status Quo, excellent name for a band BTW.
Canson said on 1/Apr/21
@Christian: Iโ€™m pretty sure it did on paper. All locations here and stores here in this area require it even if thereโ€™s no official sign
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 30/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 28/Mar/21
How much do you personally feel Celebheights is worth though? And I'm talking about the actual site, not just the domain. It'll be a bummer if you ever decide to sell it, because it's by far my favorite celebrity height site, as it stands out from everything else. All of the other height sites just feel run-of-the-mill. But of course, you have the right to do anything you want with your site because it's yours.

Youโ€™re right. If anything, itโ€™s the community around this site that brings its charm
Nik Ashton said on 30/Mar/21
Tall In The Saddle said on 30/Mar/21

Would you sell to Trump if he made an outrageously good offer, full payment up front?

Even given the potential risk (likelihood?) of a complete and detrimental overhaul of the site, including otherwise reasonably accurate height estimates being replaced with Big T's very own, heavily biased, "alternative" listings? Also, probably changed to a READ ONLY site so as to stonewall any dissenters.

Who's advice do you follow? Shoulder angel or shoulder devil? :))
Editor Rob
If I was motivated by money and really needed it, I would sell to the highest bidder, even if it were Trump.

However, money is something I am not obsessed with. If I can cover bills and have enough for rainy days I'm content.
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 28/Mar/21
How much do you personally feel Celebheights is worth though? And I'm talking about the actual site, not just the domain. It'll be a bummer if you ever decide to sell it, because it's by far my favorite celebrity height site, as it stands out from everything else. All of the other height sites just feel run-of-the-mill. But of course, you have the right to do anything you want with your site because it's yours.

Did that particular 7 Eleven require customers to wear masks? If so, that makes the guy more of an idiot. I've also seen instances where people refuse to wear masks just to stick it to the authority and the establishment, not so much that they think COVID isn't as serious as it's purported to be. TBH, I have mixed feelings about the former. While I get that no one likes to be micromanaged and told to do every single thing to the tee, people should still be safe and not let their pride get the best of them, to the point of potentially costing others' health and even lives in some cases.
As for my basketball years, I've only played for the last 3 years of grade school. Growing up, I watched NBA on an occasional basis, but never really played it myself all that much. I was intially planning to play on a collegiate level (like you) after high school, but I suddenly had a change of heart, so I left the basketball team during the middle of the senior season. A lot had to do with the fact that I had no career backup plan in case I couldn't make it in basketball, such as being cut from the team and not being able advance to college, or a major injury that would've prevented me from playing again.
Editor Rob
If you go to a site like and browse through sold sites and see the sold values based upon yearly earnings, then if you can get 3-4 X yearly earning (or 36- 48 X monthly earnings) you are doing well.

Buyers sometimes go higher based on factors like content and unexplored potential...

Now back then the site that was worth $60,000 to this company was earning roughly about the same as celebheights was earning...

and I thought their offer was pretty good!

Celebheights though will remain my main website for the foreseeable future ๐Ÿ‘
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 28/Mar/21
@Christian I said 6โ€™3 once back when I claimed morning height and just decided to keep up the claim
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 28/Mar/21
@Christian donโ€™t see why you wanna compare basketball to rugby, but if you do Iโ€™d like you to check how close apples and oranges are too
Olympian said on 27/Mar/21
@Sandy Cowell

Forgetfulness plagues us all, so no worries.

I have written a few gems over the years, and I am in the process of creating a portfolio to display my work as an expansion to my resume in the future. I simply copy and paste your comments onto my note app, so I can consult it as I write my responses to you as it's easier than trying to memorize everything. My knowledge of Nietzsche is deeper than most, but I would still venture to say that it is still at the surface-level compared to the scholars who study Nietzsche for a living. Still, what I have learned from his insights, I happen to agree with... and the consensus on Nietzsche seems to be split. Some find him completely vain and cold while others see the necessity in what he has to say. This is the guy who believes in "survival of the fittest" out of the other philosophers I have come to know. I can see a great deal of merit to what he says too - for example, he disagrees with the notion that we are all morally equal. In principle, we like to think we are all morally equal, but that's not what I have observed in the news. The value of someone's worth is often determined by their socio-economic status and their credentials, even their heritage. Naturally, Hitler took a liking to Nietzsche, but I fear he significantly misunderstood Nietzsche which is hard to do because he was very bombastic, really in your face about what he means.

There's nothing stimulating outdoors that you cannot recreate at home - I don't need to go to rock-climbing to have fun, for example. I can simply play video games. I don't have a lot of friends even willing to spend time with me nowadays, so I ended up going to the cinema by my lonesome, and it's not as weird as some people make it out to be. Going outside is simply a chore and an adventure because of the pandemic, so I avoid going outdoors. As always, I have never seen the appeal of going outdoors as there's virtually nothing to do without having spending money to do it, although I would not protest to exploring some abandoned places (ghost towns and abandoned mental asylums) for a bit of paranormal excitement.

Of course, most people's conversations tend to be repetitive and boring. This is also one of the reasons why I have very few friends - many of them cannot think beyond a superficial context. Mostly, I chalk this up to ignorance as few people are as engrossed in trivialities as I am. There's nothing more entertaining than learning about film history and some production processes behind some of my favourite films and shows.

If nothing else, I wish people could learn some impartiality in order to strengthen their grip on their mental health. It's not healthy to worry yourself into a corner over petty things. I think the stress of this crisis is getting to people, and it's grating on my nerves when I become the recipient of that stress. I'm not the healthiest of thinkers, but I don't like to spend time thinking about every conceivable way I could get sick as it's fruitless and does nothing but chip away at my mental health. The only thing I miss is occasionally going to the cinema just to see a movie that I am excited about.

I have been ruminating over potentially seeing the Conjuring series, and Annabelle, but supernatural horror was never my strong suit. I dabbled in it when I was younger, but I grew to prefer horror slashers.

I give you my best, Sandy

Here's to a wonderful weekend and forthcoming week :)
Canson said on 27/Mar/21
@Christian: did you play all 4 years? I was listed 6โ€™4 when I first began playing in high school my freshman year then 6โ€™5 from sophomore year on. I was 6โ€™2 range I think as a freshman and hit 6โ€™4 probably as a junior.
Canson said on 27/Mar/21
@Christian: I respect that. The guy at 7-11 was an idiot. He said it when he walked out too. Making it twice which is pathetic. He was adamant about trying to dissuade people from it
Canson said on 27/Mar/21
@Christian: actually when I first came on I thought I was a full 6โ€™4.5โ€ which I measured right at but didnโ€™t realize it was not a true low. I think from being reclined and not to mention I didnโ€™t hit the low each time. Now that I know it varies itโ€™s a bit less
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 27/Mar/21
Sorry but $40,000 is still way too low, and that was back in 2011 where there wasn't much data compared to now. I don't think 100,000 would suffice either. You've worked on this site too hard and for too long to just give it away for only that amount of money. This might be a pipe dream, but I'd say $500,000 minimum. And who knows, you may be able to use that wealth to lauch an even bigger and better version of Celebheights one day, with increased ads and sponsorships.

In my situation though, I didn't claim my height to a coach or the authorities, nor was my height measured. They just automatically listed me as 6'5". Maybe they just visually guessed my height.
Editor Rob
A website or domain is worth what somebody is willing to pay. If it has a really desirable name then that itself might be worth a lot.

I've bought and sold domains (and sites) in the past, but most people overvalue the worth of a domain or go full on delusion mode.

Here is an offer response from a seller of a domain I was interested in not long ago:

click here.

$2.5 million

The guy wasn't (or is currently) doing anything with it, merely hoarding it and will do nothing with it until the day he dies or forgets to renew it...

It's worth about $1000 to myself. However the market for those who would ever be interested in the domain is tiny.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Mar/21
@ Incognito324 - I can't see ever being the same website perse if it ended up being taken over by somebody else one day. I like the personal interaction and the warmth Rob adds to this site. Yes, I love celebrities and no one can argue that height doesn't feature big time for all of us, so it's refreshing to see how the stars are no exception. If anything, it's an even bigger issue for them.

There are plenty of other celeb sites but I prefer to stick with this one. I very much doubt that I'd continue visiting the site if it wasn't Rob-run! ๐Ÿค—
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Mar/21
Hey Bobby,

I've been waiting for a nice, quiet opportunity to reply to you, but aside from last Sunday, when I made an attempt to do a joint reply to you and Christian, and must have forgotten to send it, this time is about the best chance I've had.

I bet your papers would make for interesting reading. Now that your comment is quite a few dates away, I'll do my best to recollect what you wrote about and add a few bits of my own. I have heard of Friedrich Nietzsche but, unlike you, I haven't studied his work and life, other than knowing that he died in the year 1900. One of his quotations that springs to mind is 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger', something I fear that the likes of Hitler, Himmler and Stalin might have taken too literally, applying it to their own personal safety and nobody else's. I have reason to believe that my Mum's father, who died in 1927, was Jewish or partly Jewish, but I'm not 100% sure. He was a diamond merchant and very rich, and my Mum as a 4-year-old still remembers there being servants in the enormous house. I have no idea if his was a family business handed down to him, but had he survived, all his riches would have been seized by the Nazis, and he'd have been thrown in a concentration camp. I know from films that the German war 'effort' was funded with the valuables looted by rich Jews, among other things. I'd like to check out the philosophies of Friedrich Nietzsche; I know that he influenced Sigmund Freud and others, to whom modern civilization has so much to be thankful for.

What with the newly added page of David Cronenberg, it's occurred to me just how little I rely on going out for my entertainment. Having seen 4 of his films at the cinema by the early 80s, and goodness knows how many of other directors, going to the pictures used to form a major part of my entertainment. You could go out alone or with friends, and always have a good time - depending on the film, of course. If I went to see a film on the big screen nowadays, it would be highly likely that the travelling would result in my being in too much pain to enjoy the movie, so I wait until they come out on DVD and Blu-ray. It's an advantage to be able to pause the film willy nilly for tea and toilet breaks, and you can turn the proceedings back whenever you want or need to see something again. When I sat watching 'The Dead Zone' early this year, a Cronenberg film based on a Stephen King novel which I did see at the pictures, I went looking through how many Christopher Walken ('The Dead Zone' central character) films I have. This actor, one of my firm favourites, has appeared in Quentin Tarentino's movies - and I found it hard to swallow that I haven't seen any of Tarentino's films on the big screen, even though he's someone I swear by. The habit of going out, and certainly to pubs and nightclubs, has long been wiped from my agenda.

As a youngster aged nearly 19 to 22, I did go out to heavy rock music nightclubs, and the music would be so loud that you had to go outside to chat! For a short while only, I went to pubs. There you'd meet people whose conversation became more boring and repetitive as the night went on, and it was clear that they were only there to waste their money on getting drunk, paying exorbitant prices. I came to the conclusion that a night in front of the TV was more interesting after little over a year of being a 'regular'. I can't remember drinking in a pub since last century!

So I do indeed share your view that this Covid 19 situation hasn't had much of an effect on my day-to-day goings-on. However, it's still a worry when it messes with loved ones' lives, and impedes one's ability to visit them. You only have to watch the news to hear that someone you like in the public eye has caught it, or how badly others are coping. I miss going to the hairdresser's and nail bars etc., and that is something I do look forward being able to do again. I've had to do my hair at home, and won't risk cutting it and consequently, it has grown so long that I have to tie it up just to drink a cup of tea - but I can think of worse things to moan about! My brother is one person who has only looked on the bleak side, and being an Asperger's sufferer, he talks non-stop and about doomistic things. My three half-brothers have worked hard and the two who live in America were there for my Dad during his suffering, obviously attending his funeral. Ditto as regards my youngest half-brother, who is the Dad of two little boys and, together with his lovely wife, cared for and supported him throughout his illness.

Ah yes! The Warrens of whom you spoke; I wasn't aware that they had passed on but I have all the 'Conjuring' films and they also feature in an English drama series called 'The Enfield Hauntings', which was based on actual events from the early 70s, which I remember reading about in the papers. Until the TV docudrama and films, I didn't know that they were involved so heavily and effectively in the sorting out of the frightening situation.

I'm not on my own now, so I have to draw this reply to a close, alas. Solitude can sometimes be considered a luxury...! ๐Ÿ˜‰

My very best to you, Bobby, and here's wishing you a lovely weekend,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜..๐Ÿ“บ..๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š
Incognito324 said on 26/Mar/21
@Rob, how much you will sell this site?
Editor Rob
The last person (company actually) who made a serious offer was about 10 years ago and I had negotiated them up to $60,000 for and they made an offer of $100,000 for Plus

$40,000 was a good offer.

However, CelebHeights is quite tied to myself. It's my front-facing website ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Is it a 'Site for life'? I don't know...but I am still going and still researching titbits for the site.

Like for instance yesterday, I found an interesting quote For Peter O'Toole page and on Wayne's page added a couple of quotes.

Also found a Star Trek producer confirming Shatner wore lifts in his boots.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 26/Mar/21
I used to measure 6'5.25" at my low when I first commented on here, but I'm not sure what exactly happened. I seemed to have gained a tiny bit, either by actual growth or simply better posture. I still measure .25" occasionally though, especially if it's after a more active day. I'm probably the polar opposite of you. When I first came on here, you said that your low was a solid 194cm (6'4 3/8"), but nowadays it's more 193.7-.8, which is basically 6'4.25". You mentioned that it could be a herniated disc related loss.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 26/Mar/21
@Christian I donโ€™t know, I merely told the coach and several players that I was 6โ€™3 and 15 1/2 stone
Nik Ashton said on 26/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 25/Mar/21
Cool. I'm likely not getting one, but to each their own. But regardless, I make sure to do all the basic hygenic protocols, and will quarantine in case if I ever get infected, not just for my sake, but also for the safety of others around me. As for the guy at 7 Eleven that you mentioned, what a moron. It's one thing to not wear one yourself, but encouraging others to do the same? Now that's a true anti-masker, the ones who impose their beliefs onto others. Same goes for those idiots who want to jail and inflict violence on those who forget to wear masks, as well as pushing for vaccines to be obligatory. Regardless of one's beliefs and positions on the whole mask and vax stuff, no one should be imposing them.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 25/Mar/21
@Canson I got likened to a terrorist while wearing it because I had a black T-shirt (which was just a plain black T-shirt by the way) and black trousers on. Given Iโ€™m ethnically half-Syrian that comment frustrates me to this day
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 24/Mar/21
Is your roster listing at 6'3"? When I played basketball in high school at 18, I was around 6'4" back then (maybe more 6'4.5" during the tail end of my senior year and graduation) but was listed 6'5" on the roster.
Canson said on 24/Mar/21
@Christian: if 6โ€™5 3/8 is your normal low, 6โ€™6โ€ isnโ€™t a stretch I agree. I thought when you first came on that your normal low was 6โ€™5.25โ€. Even then not a stretch either. At 6โ€™5 3/8โ€ though it gets tougher to determine how you would list yourself on documents such as a license etc. i would go with 6โ€™5โ€ just like you do currently only because Iโ€™d also be more comfortable claiming that. But I could see your argument over the years esp when guys who are 6โ€™4 7/8 or 6โ€™4.75 who legitimately measure 6โ€™5 earlier in the day would be shorter than you. Even at 6โ€™5.25 you would have half inch on a guy measuring 6โ€™4.75. In my case, I go with 6โ€™4 because of how close I am to it being Iโ€™m much closer than I am to 5 and many days dead on between 4 and 4 1/2โ€ at 1/4โ€ and am closer to 1/4โ€ (within mm) than 1/2โ€ even if I donโ€™t hit my low. While I donโ€™t usually factor extreme low in if I counted it I would be right at 6โ€™4
Canson said on 24/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 22/Mar/21
Sorry if this might come off as an intruding question, but what are your overall thoughts on COVID vaccines?

@Christian: Youโ€™re not intruding at all! Iโ€™m going to get mine. As a matter of fact Iโ€™m scheduled to next week. I think theyโ€™re necessary but Iโ€™m concerned about the new variants. Iโ€™m not sure if we have more mutations such as those that have originated in the states that they wonโ€™t end up diminishing the return on it. I donโ€™t want this to become a vicious circle
Canson said on 24/Mar/21
@Chaos Control: yep thatโ€™s just what he said at the bar. He didnโ€™t care about everyone else. I even encountered one last year that made a comment outside of 7 Eleven stating he doesnโ€™t need to wear it outside and encouraging everyone else not to.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 24/Mar/21
@Christian to be fair I claim 6โ€™3 in rugby
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 24/Mar/21
I used to claim 6'6" a long time ago, especially when I was still naive about height, but not anymore. But even then, I still wouldn't really consider it inflating because at least it's a height that I measure at some point of the day. So a 6'6" claim, while it may be loopholing and bending the truth a bit, it wouldn't be flat out lying.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 24/Mar/21
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 22/Mar/21
โ€œwell Iโ€™m vaccinated now so I donโ€™t care anymoreโ€.

What a nob that guy must be
People like him don't deserve to be in front of the line for COVAX with that kind of mentality. As you can clearly tell from my previous posts, I'm not the biggest advocate for vaccines, but if anyone should get them (within their own consent of course), it should be the ones that are the most susceptible to the virus and the most meticulous with their hygine. Though I don't plan on getting vaccinated anytime soon, I make sure to do the basic protocols whenever possible (such as masks, disinfection etc), especially when I'm within certain establishments that require or encourage the protocols.
Nik Ashton said on 24/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 23/Mar/21
Chaos Control 6'2.5 on Sookie's Den
@Christian okay fine I donโ€™t think youโ€™re an anti vax ars3hole. Happy?


It's all cool, but my opinion still stands. Merely declining to get personally vaccinated doesn't make one "anti vax", just as those merely accepting vaccines for themselves doesn't make them "pro vax". It's when people start imposing on others and wants laws passed to ban/require vaccines, and to start punishing those who go against them, that I have an issue with. You can be neither pro or anti. It's not black and white as some make it out to be.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 23/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 21/Mar/21
What do you mean by "height inflating days"? I doubt that you claiming 6'3" would be inflating, especially being that you're 6'2.5" at noon (sometimes even 6'2 5/8") and this site is based on noon heights.

Do you claim 6โ€™6? Thought not. Because it would be height inflating. Same as me saying 6โ€™3. I believe if you were a .75โ€ mark or more you could get away with rounding up but anything less and you should claim the โ€œand a halfโ€
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 23/Mar/21
Not sure what happened to TheBat. Maybe either he goes under a different alias now or stopped posting altogether.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 22/Mar/21
โ€œwell Iโ€™m vaccinated now so I donโ€™t care anymoreโ€.

What a nob that guy must be
Tall In The Saddle said on 22/Mar/21

LOL. Tell me about it.

On the flip side, how about the "usual suspects" who, although they're now dutifully masked up for their own "safety" as they see it, still walk out onto the road without checking the traffic, still manage to bump into you or brush you walking along the street despite sufficient room for a wide berth or finally those who still stand impossibly close behind you at the checkout aisle (sometimes literally stepping on your heels)?

I mean, there are still lots of other ways to get yourself hurt or even killed besides COVID and a mask ain't going to help those who, in all irony, continue otherwise to invite unnecessary harm to themselves on a day to day basis. LOL.

Having said that, I have to find a more breathable mask. Had to go on some relatively short flights recently, about an hour or so each way. When masked up, each breath is that little bit more labored and you really feel it over an extended period of time. I might as well wear a Darth Vader helmet next time.

Lastly, when it's actually observed, I love social distancing even IF ONLY for the greater personal space it affords. Even if COVID was completely eradicated, I say let the distancing remain in place. :)
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 22/Mar/21
Sorry if this might come off as an intruding question, but what are your overall thoughts on COVID vaccines?
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 21/Mar/21
@Christian okay fine I donโ€™t think youโ€™re an anti vax ars3hole. Happy?
Vincent Caleb said on 21/Mar/21
Has anybody seen the poster โ€œTheBatโ€ in a while? Itโ€™s been many months since I have seen him
Nik Ashton said on 21/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 21/Mar/21
What do you mean by "height inflating days"? I doubt that you claiming 6'3" would be inflating, especially being that you're 6'2.5" at noon (sometimes even 6'2 5/8") and this site is based on noon heights.
Canson said on 20/Mar/21
@Tall in the Saddle: thatโ€™s a good way to put it. Lol as I witnessed someone the other night when the wife and I were out and about say โ€œwell Iโ€™m vaccinated now so I donโ€™t care anymoreโ€. Or โ€œwell Iโ€™m not concerned about getting itโ€. Iโ€™ve heard that over the last year from one person at least who has refused to wear a mask
Nik Ashton said on 20/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 19/Mar/21
Berating and using ad hominem attacks is worse. And it was never about "winning" or "losing" in this case. I just wanted to make my point come across and eliminate all the misunderstanding.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 19/Mar/21
@Christian yeah it was beef over listings and half hearted insults back in my height inflating days when I still proudly claimed 6โ€™3
Tall In The Saddle said on 18/Mar/21

I view you both as good posters in terms of both content and conduct.

Sometimes we butt heads with one another. No big deal. In fact, it's a natural, every now and then occurrence, given discussion between strongly opined individuals. The true mark is, once the dust settles, we move on with no hard feels against those we have overall respect for and who we don't have to necessarily agree with at every turn.

Christian made a good point about "Labeling". I might personally call it "Pigeonholing" but it's more or less the same thing. Placing individuals into a restrictive and potentially misleading categories. Says more about those who need to label and pigeon hole than those who are being categorized via over simplification.

I will say however, I personally interpret Anti Vax to simply mean one is personally against vaccination. No more, no less. Extended interpretation of that term equates to subjective extrapolation. IMO, in equal and opposite terms, the same applies to the term Pro Vax. For example, I believe in and ensure personal vaccination, therefore, I am Pro Vax, period.

As far as extended opinion and associated conduct beyond the basic definition of those terms goes, well there's obviously a spectrum that applies to individuals on both sides of the argument. If I was a Militant Pro Vaxxer then I would have to be described exactly as such.

For those who are Anti Vax, there is no logical reason for them to be concerned beyond their own refusal to vaccinate unless they are genuinely concerned about the potential harm they believe vaccination might inflict on other people. Otherwise, without any "threat" posed by the mere vaccination of a Pro Vax individual, their only issue would be if they themselves were FORCED by law or unofficial coercion to vaccinate.

On the flip side, it stands to reason that those who are Pro Vax, by extension of their personal platform, could potentially take issue with Anti Vaxxers since the latter contingent might present as defeating the concept of Herd Immunity and overall protection of the population.

I do have to agree with Olympian that there is a sense of "entitlement" with a good number (but not all) of people who, just to affirm their own personal sense of "freedom", have chosen to perversely and stoically resist realistic measures intended to combat COVID19. We live in communities and as such, there are reasonable limitations to absolute "freedom", particularly when it encroaches upon the reasonably perceived and expected rights and welfare of other members of the community.

Personally, I think there would be a good number (again, not all) of Anti Vaxxers who, in contradiction of themselves, subscribe to and see benefit in many other laws which support overall community welfare, not just laws that support the perceived "welfare" of a select group of "precious" individuals. The type of laws that could be equally highlighted as being an encroachment on someone else's sense of "freedom" and "rights" but laws that realistically have the WHOLE community in mind. Laws which have to put a ceiling on "absolute" individual freedom within a community that is reasonably cooperative and willing to compromise.

Also it is an incorrect and narrow address to simply state that the flu has killed more people. COVID is relatively new on the scene with health officials progressively becoming better informed re case numbers, case severity, hospitalizations, transmission rates and death rates per cases. All things properly accounted for, COVID is a far more serious and transmissable disease.

Finally, there are in fact many laws long in place relating to hygiene for which people can be fined and/or jailed if they are in breach. Such laws have achieved a standard of community health which I guess some people now take for granted, no longer appreciating the measures it took in the first place to achieve those standards.

Anyway, just IMO....the best of health to all.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 17/Mar/21
We've disagreed on heights before, but I'm sure we've never "fought" over any of them. As for Canson, I don't know the relationship between you and him exactly, nor I remember what he said about you, but from what I see, he's consistently been one of the friendliest and nicest posters here. So whatever beef you two had, I don't think he was intentionally trying to be insluting or malicious.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 17/Mar/21
@Christian why are you being nice and complementing me? Thatโ€™s not how you win arguments
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 17/Mar/21
Alright, whatever you say then. I was just giving a compliment and trying to be polite, being that you're not bad, unlike the rest of the posters I've had "arguments" (more like a big misunderstanding in this one) with in the past.

I've never thought of it that way. Very refreshing perspective, especially with all the pro vs anti mask/vax foolishness going on. What I despise probably more than anything else is labels. You always either have to be labelled a pro or anti masker/vaxxer, when you make one comment that even remotely goes against a certain narrative of either side. I agree with a lot of what you said there. Both the citizens and the government/establishment (as much as I'm unwilling to give the gov a benefit of the doubt) need to be more responsible and do their role in eliminating or reducing the spread of the virus and other actions to hopefully get back to normality one day.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 16/Mar/21
Look, I think deep down you're a good guy and all

Yeah thatโ€™s what they all say. I personally donโ€™t consider myself a good guy
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 15/Mar/21
@Christian I said this, I donโ€™t really care what a random guy who lives on the other side of the world thinks about me. You did say I was draconian though, hereโ€™s the comment
But fining and punishing people who choose not to wear masks is a bit too far though. That's draconian and authoritarian IMO.
Olympian said on 15/Mar/21

I'm not even pro-mask and pro-vaccine. I just think that refusing to abide by COVID-19 protocols only prolongs the lockdown and quarantine procedure. Even if you ask someone to vacate the premises for not following the rules doesn't mean they won't give you trouble before they do, so I think jail time and fining is a better punishment. It's a harsh response system, but it takes harshness to deal with that level of stupidity and entitlement. We're all tired of wearing masks and social distancing, but those of us who remain respectful and obedient end up suffering in the end because of the majority who don't listen.

A crisis/pandemic is the perfect time to institute radical/drastic measures in order to contain the situation. Right now, we don't have the luxury of coddling people. We have to be firm, but fair. It's not fair to those who listen and take the situation seriously to have to suffer the consequences of others' mistakes and stupidity. None of us asked for this crisis to happen, but if we want the situation to get better, we have to LISTEN.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 15/Mar/21
Btw, how did I "expose" that you were Julian, and when did I ever say that you changing your username several times was a bad thing? (especially when it was apparently out of your control, because of e-mail issues) Plenty of posters here tweak their usernames from time to time, or change them completely. Chill, it's not a big deal. Even I did it in the past, as I went with names like "Christian-196.9cm(6ft5.5)Noon" and "Christian-196.5cm" etc a long time ago. And I'm not Rob's "golden boy", whatever that means. He doesn't play favorites and treats everyone equally. I've only been here for 5 years, but this site's been around for 17, so it's unlikely that he would choose me as his right hand man anyway. Plenty of current posters have been here way longer than me.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 15/Mar/21
Again with the strawman argument. I've never said YOU were draconian, I just said that a system of forcing people to wear masks and punishing/fining them if they don't, is. Btw, you digging up my past comments proved nothing. The "worst" I said there was that I'm not sure if COVAX is 100% guaranteed to be safe all the time. Now how in the world is that statement anti vax in any way? And even if I was anti COVAX, that still doesn't mean I'm anti vax in general. Look, I think deep down you're a good guy and all, and I don't wanna feud with posters over petty BS anymore like I did in the past, so I'll let this slide. But no more name calling and strawmans (if I did it do you too, then I apologize), cool?

Thanks! Quite a touching story btw. Can't imagine how you felt while you gave that speech. I can't relate because I've never lost a parent, nor had to speak at a funeral for a lost loved one.
Nik Ashton said on 15/Mar/21
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 14/Mar/21
Hereโ€™s evidence youโ€™re anti vax
And there's no evidence that it doesn't.
(This was your response when VastlyBetter pointed out that vaccines donโ€™t cause autism)
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 12/Jan/21
Not sure if the COVAX will or won't have any complications (autism included) or botches, since it's too early to determine, because it's not available to most of the general population yet. But I agree with you completely about natural immunitization. But on the other hand, viruses can mutate itself into other strains (just like we saw with the recent UK COVID variant), rendering prior immunitizations useless, so now people will have to figure out how to be immune from the newly mutated ones.
(This is just paranoia)

Rob said he had to trim the vaccine comments back so this is all I could find
Editor Rob
I had to trim the va***ne stuff on this thread.

I don't want the rob paul page demonitised, it is pretty much a consistent top 12 page on the site ๐Ÿ˜„

Bear in mind Iโ€™m extremely cruel to myself (I point knives at myself in the daily almost) so you calling me draconian really doesnโ€™t bother me. Iโ€™d rather be draconian than a science denying idiot
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Mar/21
@ Christian - Well, I never knew that more people die of normal 'flu. My boyfriend has had it and survived, one of my American half brothers has had it and said it just made him very tired and worst of all, my elderly aunt has lived through it and she's ill anyway, bless her. I'm glad to say that I don't know anybody who has died of it.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your good wishes when my Dad died. I made a speech at his funeral, and one of my dear half brothers did a beautiful eulogy, his wife and mother of his two grandsons recited a lovely, comforting poem. Then Dad was buried next to the love of his life, and Mum of three of his sons, two of whom live in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the funeral.

Wishing you all the best, Christian, for an excellent and safe week ahead,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 14/Mar/21
Hold on, when was I ever anti vax? I've never advocated for vaccines to be Banned. I just don't take them personally or have my future kids take them (especially without their consent) because of what I believe contain potential risks and compilcations, that's all. If you wanna take them, then more power to you. It's just that no one should be coerced to accept or refuse them. Yet here you are, literally advocating for physical harm and violence against people who don't wear masks. Come back to me when you can find a post of me calling for vaccine recipients to be kicked in the skull. I'll wait.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 14/Mar/21
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 12/Mar/21
But fining and punishing people who choose not to wear masks is a bit too far though. That's draconian and authoritarian IMO. If people catch COVID for not following safety protocols, that's their own fault, but no one should force something that they don't want to do. I've even heard some people getting jail time over not following protocols, which is ridiculous.

If you knew me personally youโ€™d know itโ€™s quite light by my standards, but youโ€™ve said anti vax stuff in the past so what can I expect?
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 14/Mar/21
The furthest punishment should just be an order to leave an establishment, if one refuses to follow their particular protocols. (such as wearing masks, disinfecting hands, social distancing, etc) I know we don't live in anarchy, but we don't live in tyranny either. (at least not in the West) There has to be a middle ground in all of this. As much as "COVID deniers" are dumb, the extreme pro-maskers and pro-vaxxers are just as bad, if not worse, because they advocate for tyranny and violence just for the sake of being hygenic. If you ask me, the latter mentality will cause more harm to society than the former. Rather than a liberalism vs conservatism issue, I feel this is more libertarianism vs authoritarianism.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 13/Mar/21
I respectfully disagree. COVID is way less prevalent and has far less death numbers than influenza, but prior to 2020, no one was fined or jailed (or even kicked lol) for not being hygenic.
Olympian said on 13/Mar/21

While I certainly agree with not coercing others to wearing masks, I also believe it implies an air of entitlement to believe you should be exempt from wearing a mask simply because you think you "won't" get the virus. What stops others from following suit? It's a dangerous fallacy. So, yes.... while it's harsh, people who don't follow the rules should be punished for it. This isn't Anarchy, we have rules and laws to follow. We are not uncivilized. An adult should set good examples for children especially... so example does it set for younger people to see somebody behaving so poorly in society?

Liberalism, I tell you.... it's a dangerous political system.
Nik Ashton said on 13/Mar/21
@Sandy Cowell

Admitting to liking ones own farts.

Girl dogs - โœ”๏ธ
Boy dogs - โœ”๏ธ
Boy Humans - โœ”๏ธ
Girl Humans - โœ–๏ธ

There are probably quite a few human females, downtown, in this wonderful world of ours who admit to liking the smell of their own farts! My Mum used to know a few men where she once worked who lifted their legs up and farted in front of her and other colleagues!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 13/Mar/21
@ Nik - I've met some guys who've admitted to liking the smell of their own farts, and one even gave himself 'Dutch ovens'! I've never met a girl who's admitted to the same, but they must be out there, but too embarrassed to admit to it! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜‚
Olympian said on 12/Mar/21
@Sandy Cowell

I ran out of space again.

To continue: I think some people are victims of their mindsets. I for one have become apathetic to COVID-19. I'm not even at risk to getting it, so I don't worry.

Enjoy your weekend, Sandy.

My best to you in these trying times.
Olympian said on 12/Mar/21
@Sandy Cowell

I apologize for responding so late. I have been extremely busy writing papers, and have only just completed them. The workload has escalated this semester, so I am only just catching my breath again.

Statistically speaking, extroverts make up no less than 50% of Canada's population, and no more than 74%. It is my strong-held belief that extroverts experience boredom in more frequently when they are indoors compared to introverts. I have no desire to go outdoors as it is an adventure just to complete simple tasks. I do not desire the stress of wearing a mask any time I have to go out, so I prefer to stay indoors. Thankfully, I am not being forced to go outside, so that's good. I detest going outdoors especially to clubs and concerts as I am perfectly content to stay at home and play video games. I have never been a fan of crowds or socializing for long periods of time, and most conversations tend to be stilted and uninspired. This is why I look forward to my philosophy class each Thursday, simply for the stimulating discussions on thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche. An evening spent discussing philosophical theory is better than an evening spent making discussing pointless, mindless drivel at a nightclub, for me. I require something a little deeper than a surface-level conversation, not that a surface-level conversation is always unwelcome. Sometimes it's great to simply โ€œunplugโ€ your brain, so I don't mind that every once in a while.

I don't think I could be excited to go into the pub for work. I find it draining simply to be around people for long stretches of time even if I do not interact with anyone. If I had to go out at all in your day, you'd find me at the Arcade the whole day. The last time I walked into a pub/bar here in Canada, I was 21 years old. I lasted for, perhaps, five minutes before I walked out. It was too loud, too cacophonousโ€ฆ how do people enjoy the chaos? I couldn't hear myself thinking.

I barely exercise at all, I'm just careful about overeating. So, I have kept my weight down. Some people are gym rats and have gone stir crazy, but I have only thrived. If anything, I am simply tired of having to wear a mask any time I have to go outside. People tend to become self-abstinent after the death of a loved one. I am not quite sure why, but I believe it is tied to survivor's guilt, but stress itself may play a role in the loss of one's appetite. I also lose my appetite when I am stressed out and will retreat into solitude until the stress subsides. Likewise, I think resuming a regular, balanced diet is the first step towards emotional healing.

This is why I have been a big fan of religion as theism has a way of corrupting minds and trespassing on peoples' freedoms. Theism, of course, is not just related to religion. Radical philosophy can be as just as destructive. We simply invent new โ€œgodsโ€ to replace God as the centre of an ideology. If this sounds familiar, it's because Nietzsche subscribed to this notion of thinking, so in many ways even politicians are hypocrites. โ€œThe Magdalene Sistersโ€ is simply an example of how depraved, conniving and sinister radical Catholicism truly was. I do not believe in censoring peoples' freedoms. It's a crime against their intelligence. This is why I believe I was born in the wrong era because that's exactly what is happening nowadays. We certainly have our luxuries, but I am certain you may be familiar with the idea of โ€œcancel cultureโ€. Essentially, people invent or conflate reasons to get celebrities fired. How you can ruin someone's career and sleep well at night, is beyond me. I just learned that the actress, Danielle Panabaker, was targeted for allegations of racism because she ships the character she plays as, Caitlin Snow, with Grant Gustin's character, Barry Allen aka The Flash. It's ridiculous, and it's madness. This woman has a young child to raise and look afterโ€ฆ but do these โ€œpeopleโ€ think about that? They don't. My point being that you cannot incriminate people for speaking their mindsโ€ฆ

I used to subscribe to astrology, but not any longer. I simply do not see any scientific applications for it, it's only for a bit of fun to read your horoscope. Of course, even thinkers such as Nostradamus were, in some way, fanatics and tried to marry science with the occult. That's the whole reason why Alchemy was invented in the Middle Ages. Fascinating things to study and learn about, but I don't think there's a lot of truth and reason to it. I used to be an advocate of psychic powers, but there are no scientific studies to support the theory that people have extrasensory perception abilities. A well-famed clairvoyant, that you may be familiar with, was Lorraine Warren. A self-proclaimed demonologist. The Warren couple, who were married, (her husband was Ed Warren) were often mentioned on the docudrama series, A Haunting. When I was much younger, I had the idea to study under these two and become a paranormal investigator. The film series Annabelle and Conjuring also mentioned the Warrens, but they have sadly passed away.

My taste in music goes back to, perhaps, no earlier than the late '70s. I am a fan of Heavy Metal especially, so that's mainly the '80s era of music. Some 2000s music is alright too, but my ears are tuned for that music given when I was born.

I still agree that we should be eternally grateful that we live in this day and age despite our societal flaws.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Mar/21
@ Nik - Manelia the Second far out-farted me, and when I left the room, she followed me, stinking away!

The farts lingered for up to 30 minutes - I timed them sometimes, but she was a loving, beautiful cat, whom I loved dearly.

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Mar/21
@ Chaos Control - I don't know if I'd go quite that far, but that's probably because I'm a woman and my size 3 and a half boots wouldn't exactly do much damage! I'm sickened by people who flout the rules, (it's inadvertent killing) and I feel that a huge great fine works as an excellent deterrent to such selfish, disgraceful behaviour. Nonetheless, not a bad idea, but why do time when a fine hits them probably far more so than a kicking! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 12/Mar/21
But fining and punishing people who choose not to wear masks is a bit too far though. That's draconian and authoritarian IMO. If people catch COVID for not following safety protocols, that's their own fault, but no one should force something that they don't want to do. I've even heard some people getting jail time over not following protocols, which is ridiculous.
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 12/Mar/21
@Sandy anyone who thinks theyโ€™re exempt from the rules deserves a good boot to the head
Nik Ashton said on 12/Mar/21
@ Sandy Cowell - Animals may think that we enjoy the smell of a fart, I know a dog who follows her owner into the toilet so she mustnโ€™t mind the smell of ๐Ÿ’ฉ! Manelia would probably have followed you whenever you farted!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Mar/21
@ Nik - Believe it or not, I was actually offered a mask exemption badge, but I didn't want it. It would put not only my own life in danger, but those of everyone I come into contact with. I barely go out at the moment, unless I really have to. When I travelled up to my beloved Dad's funeral, there were hefty fine notices for those who didn't wear masks on the trains, and rightly so. The threat of losing one's money is all it seems to take to act as a deterrent to those with the mindset that they needn't bother to protect those around them. It might be worth adding that the person who DID accept the mask exemption badge caught the virus.

Animals are a fantastic gift to us and each creature is an individual in his own right. Obviously, you'll be aware that cat owners such as myself and those who prefer to keep the company of dogs - or both! - will know only too well that each one has his own character. Years ago, I kept pedigree mice, only to find that they can be extremely vicious to one another, especially ones of the male sex competing for females, so are best kept among others that are compatible with. Some bite more than others, a bit like cats and dogs really. The mouse I'm looking after at the moment hardly poops at all, whereas the one I had before pooped all the time and I was forever having to clean out his box.

On the subject of sticking animals in underwear, can you imagine the fuss they'd kick up? Anyone who's ever tried to keep an animal in one of those vet's collars to prevent interference after an operation will know exactly what I mean!
Nik Ashton said on 11/Mar/21
@ Sandy Cowell - You are so right, people should wear masks when they are indoors unless they at home and they should wear them at home if they are in the company of a person or people from other household (s). If someone is genuinely exempt they should stay home at all times unless there is no alternative other than to go out and then it should be done at a quiet time and they should keep their distance, anyone who is exempt should really have their shopping delivered if possible or someone in their life should do it for them if possible.

It would be so funny to see animals wearing undies, there would be plenty of farts in those undies and plenty of skid marks too! There will always be a stench when an animal farts and the stench will be stronger than ever when an animalโ€™s under-crackers are filled up with *@@! Itโ€™s so good that some animals fart a lot and I guess this is what makes animals animals, they are themselves and they can be so funny!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Mar/21
@ Nik - George was black and white, more black than white. The visitor cat that comes into the garden is about half and half, with plenty of white patches on his furry little back! ๐Ÿค—
Nik Ashton said on 10/Mar/21
@ Sandy Cowell - Thatโ€™s so interesting, George will have loved the fish from the local fishmongers! Animals often do love to stick with the food they enjoy most! Cats sleep on all sorts of interesting things and it sure is interesting that George liked to rest his sleeping head on your foot, what colour was he? ๐Ÿ“ฐ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›๐ŸŸ
Nik Ashton said on 10/Mar/21
Nik Ashton said on 9/Mar/21
@ Sandy Cowell - It is absolutely right for people to wear masks when they are indoors unless they are at home AND the only other people in the residence are members of their household. It is so important that everyone follows the rules.

Itโ€™s so funny thinking about animals wearing undies, there would be plenty of farts in their undies and skid marks too!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Mar/21
@ Nik - I suppose there are certain advantages to mask-wearing, apart from being the responsible and thoughtful thing to do in the times we find ourselves in.

โญ Wouldn't it be funny if animals did have the option of wearing underpants? ๐Ÿ˜† I used to tell Manelia the Second that I'd get her some stench absorbing underpants to wear if she didn't stop farting!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Mar/21
@ Nik - I might do if I loved him ๐Ÿ˜enough! When Manelia the Second used to fart, which was often, I used to leave the room rather than kick her out. That's how vile they were!

She oftentimes enough would follow me. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Nik Ashton said on 9/Mar/21
@ Sandy Cowell - I wouldnโ€™t want to go near the smelly pants bum though, would you?


I think someoneโ€™s about to pinch his farts, I hope that someone has a ๐Ÿ˜ท on!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Mar/21
@ Nik - Furthermore, my mate Bert knew a cat who was a stray and he lived on shoplifted food from the local fishmongers! Bert thought it was so funny that he adopted the cat. I met him and stayed the night. When I woke up the following morning, the cat, George, was using my foot as a pillow!

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Mar/21
@ Nik - The former elephant deserves a great kick up the bum, given by a weighty person, because that fart gas he's emitting would blow many a smaller, lighter person away! ๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿคข
Nik Ashton said on 8/Mar/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Mar/21
@ Nik - Dogs are naturally greedy animals, probably even more so than cats, who are far more fastidious. Having said that, that's not always the case. When I was 12 and 13, we had chicken every Sunday, and the remains would be in the dustbin on Monday night, when my Mum had finished removing nearly all that was edible from the bones. When I say 'nearly', there must have been something left, because at around 9.15 every Monday night, the local tabby tomcat knocked the dustbin lid off and did a proper job of finishing the carcass meat. ๐Ÿ— Once my brother emptied a dustbin full of rubbish on the cat in the dark - and he sprang out and jumped at him, claws sprawled out! Of course, I found it all very funny! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Wishing you and Mum Alverna a great week,

Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ XX ๐Ÿ’
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Mar/21
@ Nik - That elephant looks like someone's planning to pinch his bum!
Nik Ashton said on 6/Mar/21
Nik Ashton said on 5/Mar/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Mar/21
๐ŸŽถ Correction Time! ๐ŸŽถ

David Bowie hat a HIT record in the 60s, certainly not a BIT one, even though it was about a little bitty man, namely The Laughing Gnome. If I remember rightly, it was in 1967. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ’ฟ
Nik Ashton said on 4/Mar/21
@ Sandy Cowell - Tell me about it, Jasmin once ate food put out for another dog as well as her own food and Iโ€™ve even known her eye up salads before! I am not going off on a tangent by saying that when we used to visit a local bus stop we would often see a dog across the road near the fish and chip shop coming out of his/her home to ......! In fact every time we saw this dog .......!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/Mar/21
@ Olympian - Hi Bobby! My father's funeral was on Monday, and beforehand I was getting ready and yesterday, after a hectic and unexpected journey by train there and back because my boyfriend's car wouldn't have withstood the long journey, I was 'recovering', but so happy that I made it. I loved my Dad with all my heart and always will, and to have missed his funeral would have destroyed me. The service was beautiful and comforting and I had no nerves whatsoever about making my speech. The lady vicar was a delight and it was wonderful to see my three half brothers, my sister in law, two little nephews, cousins and other family members.

I look forward to replying later on the subjects we were discussing. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘
Olympian said on 28/Feb/21
@Sandy Cowell

Coercion itself is simply ironic considering that human beings are meant to have been blessed with free will by God. What good does it do to force your religion or philosophy onto someone when it violates their own ability to think? Many of the Magdalene asylums were correctional schools designed to "reeducate" frivolous young women. To this day, I still regret watching "The Magdalene Sisters" (2002) as it remains one of the most disturbing films to date I have seen.

I know very little about the French thinker, Nostradamus. Most of my knowledge about him is actually derived from a video game (although the developers include verified historical research about historical figures) called Assassin's Creed Unity which has Revolutionary France as its time period. Nostradamus was an occultist, of sorts, and he wrote a book called, Prophecies of Nostradamus, that predicted a myriad of "visions" he had during his time studying the occult. (Grammarly, suck it... My writing is immaculate!)

Dates can be difficult to remember, but I, perhaps, conflated 1909 with 1912 because they are close together. The Machine Stops is a short story, so it won't require much reading. You can find the short story online since it's in the public domain now.

Most of my taste in music goes back to the '70s as I don't like some of the newer music they have nowadays. There's no talent, no heart, no passion for today's music.

I certainly agree that plagues of the past were far worse because science was still developing, medicine especially. That's the whole reason I've been so flippant about COVID. We are blessed to be living in this day and age, and yet people still complain about staying indoors all day because they're "bored". I'd rather be bored than dead.

Have a great weekend, Sandy!

And thank you for the well wishes, I extend the same courtesy for you and your loved ones,

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Feb/21
@ Olympian - Hi Bobby! Thanks for sending in the correction. I didn't have religion forced upon me either. It wouldn't have worked. When you see how some of the nuns who ran schools treated the kids in their charge, a particular example being those from the Magdalene Laundries, those women weren't devout at all and, although they might have been celibate, they clearly got off on tormenting the girls, some of whom had even been raped.

Yesterday, I was all excited because I thought that the historical film about Nostradamus was on. It turned out to be a different and fictitious account, but I'm now going to buy the proper one, which hails from 1994 - the year you were born! It stars Amanda Plummer, as the Queen of France, Rutger Hauer and Julia Ormond, and is true to his life's story and a very informative watch. I can't remember who played Nostradamus himself, but I'll find out soon enough. Hey Bobby, nobody is infallible with dates! For some silly reason, I thought Michel de Notre Dame was born in 1509, but it was in 1503, on 14th December, which I did remember, but I got the year wrong. He died in July 1566, aged 62. I will indeed check out The Machine Stops, buy I rarely sit reading books these days, favouring reading online. I've read so much in my lifetime that I like the change.

I'm impressed that you're familiar with musical artists from the 1970s era. The bands I saw in the 70s and 80s tended to have started their careers in the 60s or the early 70s. The last concert I went to was in 1998, when I saw Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at the Shepherds Bush Empire. I did most of my cinema visits in the 70s and 80s, but I saw a couple of films in the noughties. I'm perfectly content with watching films on my TV, but I do want a bigger screen again some day soon. On the whole, I'm easy to please and contented with the basics life has to offer. I get that same impression with you too. Designer clothes - what's the point? After living through the hardship of Covid 19, I think many more will be contented with living, learning and being happy. Nostradamus had to live through the Great Plague, even having to burn his own wife, as it was too dangerous not to burn the bodies. As well as an astrologer, he was a physician. The Bubonic Plague will have been infinitely worse than Covid, ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ”ฅ science being in its infancy. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Wishing you a great week ahead, Bobby!

All the very best to you and your loved ones,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ“บ
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 28/Feb/21
Different meaning of "put down" maybe. I don't think she was talking about euthanasia.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Feb/21
@ Christian - Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ XX

@ Chaos Control - I think Christian is right since I haven't had a cat put down since my Mum was alive and before I was with my boyfriend, which is some 15 years. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ XX
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 28/Feb/21
@Sandy you mentioned putting a cat down
Olympian said on 27/Feb/21
@Sandy Cowell

Correction: The short story is called The Machine Stops, and it was published in 1909. I seemed to recall 1912 for some reason.

The lockdown is barely affecting my mental health because of all our modern-day comforts. I am certain if this was 100 years ago, I'd be in a worse state than now. Of course, they had music even in the 1920s and literature, so I think I would have been okay.

I was brought up with faith myself, but it was never forced upon me. I can conceive a reality without faith, but morality was a concept created by theologians... So, I can imagine life without faith is also life without morality. Yeah... I don't think that would be a great thing to imagine. I actually have not heard of the song, "Where is my Mind?", but I am not really a music enthusiast as I only know of artists from the '70s and later. Reminiscing is an amazing opportunity for any age, and I find myself doing it a lot in my 20s.

It's a short story that requires a close reading to make sense of what it means as there's a slew of literary devices sprinkled about.

Have a great weekend, Sandy!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 27/Feb/21
I don't think Sandy meant that she let it die. Maybe she was just talking about putting it on the ground.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Feb/21
@ Chaos Control - Which cat? I haven't had to have a cat put down for simply years, and would only ever decide to do that if all hope was lost for any chance of a quality life.

Cheers, mate! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘ XXX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Feb/21
@ Olympian - Hi Bobby! Good to hear from you, as always. It occurred to me the other night while I was writing a comment to Tunman that you'll be another one for whom, thanks to modern technology, this lockdown hasn't be overly bad. As per usual, I always find there aren't enough hours in the day. I haven't played the games that you play, but I imagine I would do if I was younger. I couldn't live without music and films, but if I had to choose one over the other, I'd probably choose music.

I'm lucky that I was brought up with faith and I can't imagine living without it. I spent this morning playing songs from the 60s and early 70s, and some Iggy Pop and songs by the Pixies. You've probably heard their song 'Where is my Mind?', which was used at the end of the movie 'Fight Club', and then again in 'Trainspotting 2'. I like the way music takes you back to experiences from years ago. You'll know what I mean in a couple of decades from now, but even in your 20s, especially with the amazing brain that you have, you'll be interested in reminiscing back to earlier times in your life.

I'll check out the meaning of the book 'The Machine'; it sounds like a weird concept, and I can't see myself getting as much from it as I did with the Tom Hanks trilogy you recommended, but weird is good. I like weird, and discovering people's views on subjects often deemed controversial.

Wishing you a great weekend, Bobby!

All the best,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Chaos Control 6'2.5 said on 26/Feb/21
@Sandy whyโ€™d you have to put the cat down?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Feb/21
@ Nik - Tell me about it! When I was 21, I was living for a while with a couple of male mates and they had a dog called Tripper. She was a lovely dog and often lay on my bed with me for some 'girl time'. One afternoon, she followed me to the Co-op unbeknownst to me, until I was asked while busy choosing my items, "Is that your dog?" ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿคญ I had to put my shopping down and carry her home. It was a busy, dangerous area and I wasn't going to risk her safety.

While staying there, I acquired three kittens. One day, I put their Delicat down and went downstairs. Tripper shot upstairs and demolished all three bowlsful before I could rush upstairs to prevent the deed; I knew exactly where she was heading!

I never left the kittens' food alone again.... โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
Olympian said on 25/Feb/21
@Sandy Cowell

During the time of the Bible's relevancy, a world without God was inconceivable to human beings. We can relate this existential thought to our technology. Can we conceive life without our modern-day comforts? We can try, but the thought process seems too distant and too vague to be true.

There is a short story called The Machine, and I believe it was written sometime in 1912. It treats this entity called the Machine as an allegory to God, and a book called the Book of Machines or the Machine Manifesto (I will have to bring up my essay again to check) as an allegory for the Bible. The story was written to show a life without technology was just as inconceivable then as God was to humans living in our archaic times.

I cannot envision my existence without video games although I suppose literature would've been my go-to luxury in 1912.
Nik Ashton said on 24/Feb/21
@ Sandy Cowell - Itโ€™s not just cats that ๐Ÿ‘ sandwiches up!

๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿฅช๐Ÿ”

Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Feb/21
๐Ÿ”..๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿพ..๐Ÿฑ...๐Ÿง” "NOoooooo!" (Rob - that's you that is! ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Why do cats eye up our sandwiches with such regularity?

I'm not really in the habit of eating sandwiches, but my brother is, and when he leaves them for a few minutes - something I've advised him against but he continues to do nonetheless - along comes one or more of the cats, and investigates. Even if they don't like the filling, they still lick the margarine or butter off, leaving imprints of their scratchy little tongues in whatever they leave behind. With his waste not want not attitude, my brother STILL eats them. Yuck! ๐Ÿ˜•

Pssst... I just walked in one such situation and the sandwich is now in the bin! ๐Ÿ—‘๏ธ
Nik Ashton said on 19/Feb/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/Feb/21
@ Christian - You taught me the meaning of macroevolution indirectly because I had to go and look it up! No, I don't believe in that, but I do believe in the words of the Bible. Much of the Old Testament has to be interpreted as it was written so long ago. I believe that people used to be closer to God, and that human greed and vanity has turned many far too material-minded. A simple life, where one is grateful for the basics of food, clothes, shelter and friendship should be enough.

Having said that, I'd be lost without my TV, DVDs and music. What a wonderful luxury! I can honestly say that, thanks to the intelligence of invention, I never feel bored! I remember the times before the internet only too well. That is knowledge at our fingertips, for which I'm delighted to have access to. God gave us our brains and we used them well.

All the very best, Christian! XXX

Sandy ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿž๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ ๐Ÿงฅ
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 17/Feb/21
Are you talking about microevolution or macroevolution? I believe in micro as well, but macro contradicts religion and the belief of a deity or supernatural creator. Never heard of anyone being a Christian and a macroevolutionist at the same time. I don't wanna get into subjects like religion pr politics too much on here, so after your reply, I might leave it at that.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Feb/21
@ Christian - I am a Christian, and I believe implicitly in the afterlife. I also believe in evolution because there's far too much evidence around to deny it.

I used to chat to my physiotherapist about how mind-blowing infinity is and a lot more besides. I said that our coming into being must have had something to do with Divine intervention. That's what gives us our souls, our consciences and all that's good in us. She was a white South African, and when she said she was 5ft3, it's then that I realized I was shrinking! If she had any historical questions, she came to me, including dates. I had a second physiotherapist after my hip operation, and it simply wasn't the same!

There was a couple living exactly opposite my Dad when I stayed with him in 2005. They found me in their garden at midnight one Spring evening stroking their Siamese cat and invited me in. They were Christians and had two beautiful and intelligent kids, immaculately behaved and 100% fulfilled.
I got to know the family very well. The man baptized me with the Holy Spirit, saying it wasn't something to be entered into lightly and that I'd be 'put to the test', but I still went ahead with it. He went into a kind of trance and spoke in a very ancient language, possibly Aramaic or Hebrew.

I'd been awake for virtually three nights, in pain with broken ribs, which were slowly mending, and suddenly I was filled with energy. I went back and told my Dad, who was more sceptical than my Mum about things like that, who was anything but. He didn't disbelieve me at all because he saw how I was. That afternoon, I weeded his entire back garden. Pain meant nothing anymore and I saw beauty in the blandest of things. Yes, I have been put to the test since, but I've come out stronger as a result.

As always, Christian, my best wishes to you,

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 17/Feb/21
I understand what you meant. I just believe in creationism rather than evolution. I don't know if you do or don't, but I remember you mentioning before that you're a Christian.

Only 9-10 years for an average dog? But just about everyone I know who owned pet dogs live/lived well over 10 years before dying of natural causes.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Feb/21
@ Nik - Yes, you're right! When a cat is spoilt rotten and loved every day to the extent that Jim loves Bogerley, every day is like a Birthday or Christmas. He refuses even to recognize that her ๐Ÿ’ฉ stinks, but believe me, it DOES!

All the best to you and Mum!

Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜ XX ๐Ÿ’
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Feb/21
@ Christian - Absolutely no need to apologize. Covid is a subject of much discussion for us right now as it effects us and our daily lives more so than anything else in recent history. In the main, we've nearly all known someone either directly or indirectly, who has suffered from it. I've known two who've luckily got over it and have just heard of a neighbour of my boyfriend's who's in hospital with the illness.

My blue cats, along with their sister, had a tough start as strays in Wales, but were rescued and were driven to a town near Croydon and then we responded to the ad. The sister had already been homed, and the kindly couple, Jean and Chris, didn't want them separated, so they brought them both to our house.
How could we say no? They were indistinguishable and MUST have come from the same egg! I loved them dearly at first sight. While they were being fattened up, I picked up little Ulercy and he literally deflated in my hands! The sensation felt like a balloon going off, and he let rip the loudest cat fart I've ever heard - as loud as any human's! I just fell about laughing - after recovering from utter shock - as he was so tiny, and even my boyfriend heard from downstairs and laughed, adding, "I thought it was YOU!" It reeked as well....๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿคฎ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Š

๐ŸŽฌ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ’จ!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘

Obviously, Fletchley and Ulercy had cancer in their gene pool and both died from it, but they had a fantastic life and were very close, and popular with the other tomcats of mine, so much so that they formed a gang, with five boy cats and one girl, and they went everywhere together.

Alas, they were badly infested with intestinal worms when they first came here, as was the cat who lived to nearly 21, Sooty, and were very thin. In the 60s, it was awful to cure because the animal had to be forced to swallow repeated doses of huge great tablets, and ours ran away - but we got him back. In 2009, however, it was easy. You can even get injections for the purpose now, which is kinder. The blue boys became huge as did Sooty, but only one lived a sizeable life, the others passing away at 8 and 10.

Cheers Christian, and here's wishing you a happy and safe week ahead.

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Genau 5ft9 7/8 said on 16/Feb/21
@Christian yes cats life longer usually around 15 years while dogs life around 9-10 years according to most sources i found on google
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 15/Feb/21
Yeah, wild/stray animals tend to have stronger immune systems compared to sheltered and "clean" ones. It's similar with humans. People who grew up and live in poorer countries and unsanitary enviroments, are able to fight off diseases more effectively than people from more developed countries with more advanced healthcare, which is part of the reason why COVID rates in Africa are very low for example. (Sorry to divert the subject to COVID, but I'm trying to make a point)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Feb/21
@ Christian - I've just noticed where you were coming from and that is well worth checking out. I know that the DHC reached perfection evolution-wise long before we did.

Archeologists obviously measure age from the state of the bones they find. I can't think of a better person to ask than actor/historian Tony Robinson, who takes an interest in all fields of history. I have many of his DVDs, but only one is archeologically based really, and that is about the evolution of Great Britain. His DVD of punishment through the ages, and another about superstitions, are fascinating to watch, and very humorous. Then he made a programme about the catastrophes that led to life on Earth. It's called, simply, 'Catastrophe'. ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒŽ๐ŸŒ

I'll try my best to find out about when our moggie cats reached their evolutionary peak! ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ˜ฝ

Have a great week, Christian!

Sandy XXX ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Feb/21
@ Christian - Well, technically, an eon is all of one billion years, so that would be a thousand of them*, and not even I date back that far! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

* Millions that is!
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 15/Feb/21
Another thing, Chaos Control: in freezing weather like this, cats still insist on getting their exercise - in the freakin' house! I woke up the other night dreaming of a thunderstorm. It was a couple of cats chasing each other up and down the stairs! ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 14/Feb/21
@ Christian - He was around before the invention of digital scales, so it wouldn't have been so easy to weigh him. Besides, I grew up with him, so I wasn't terribly strong, but I could just about lift him. I reckon he weighed about a stone, or 14 pounds. He was a former stray, and might have developed extra immunity from his kittenhood on the streets. ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ‘
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 13/Feb/21
"Millions" of years?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 12/Feb/21
@ Chaos Control - I've never really thought about it like that but yes, you have an excellent point there.

One thing I do know, however, is that the Domestic House Cat hasn't changed for millions of years, and when humans were still evolving, cats had reached their optimum structure. Yes, they're perfect just the way they are, and have been for eons!

Thanks for your input, Chaos Control!

๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿป XX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿˆ
Nik Ashton said on 12/Feb/21
@ Sandy Cowell - Yes, everyday will be like a birthday for Bogerley, she really is a spoilt pussy! It would be great if Bogerley was fed on the bog, then she really would go to the bog early! I bet she eats and sleeps everywhere!

Bogerley is amazing and she is so lucky to be Jimโ€™s cat!

I like your ๐Ÿ˜น๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ Happy Birthday Bogerley! ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ˜น
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 12/Feb/21
How much did your near 21 year old cat weigh? More than your 2 Welsh blue ones?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 11/Feb/21
@ Christian - It does with dogs, but I had a cat who was huge and he lived to nearly 21! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿˆ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 10/Feb/21
@ Christian - Yes, my Welsh blue purebreds were huge tomcats, both weighing in at 17/18 pounds when they were healthy. ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿˆ

My boyfriend had a 15 stone (210 pounds) Harlequin Great Dane and with a great deal of devotion and TLC, his dog lived for 15 years. ๐Ÿถ He cared for the dog so much that he carried him up flights of stairs when he was too weak to walk. He was 15 stone himself - of pure Army muscle - so very strong. I shouldn't have been so surprised when he picked me up with one hand, although he wasn't in the Army then. His strength and tactical abilities have continued throughout his life and now he's using them to save homeless lives, and get people off the streets, so he's very busy at the moment as the weather in London is freezing. โ„๏ธโ›„

Cheers, Christian! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿถ XX
ez e said on 10/Feb/21
Can we request height charts?
Editor Rob
Some of those can take a bit of time, at the moment I am trying to find photos that are smaller sized or maybe overcompressed and rescanning them to bigger size.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 9/Feb/21
I've also heard that size has something to do with it as well. Smaller dogs live longer than larger ones typically. Again, I don't know if the same goes for cats. Were your two blue cats big?
ChaosControl 6'2 1/2 said on 9/Feb/21
@Sandy I think the active lifestyles cats lead tends to help with the aging process, and their more active ways can be attributed to their carnivore nature and small size
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Feb/21
@ Nik - Bogerley is spoilt rotten by Jim each and every day, and he even brings her food to her if she's napping on the bed! ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿˆ
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 9/Feb/21
@ Christian - I've long given up on converting cat years into human ones. It's not impossible that purebred cats are more susceptible to illnesses, but that's just from my experience with my two blue brothers, who both died of cancer. ๐Ÿ˜ฟ

My Dad's wife's cats, however, were tiny Burmese cats and were still alive when I last enquired, and well into their teens!

As with us, diet and lifestyle play a big part, and cats are known to wear their age well. I mean, when did you last see a wrinkled cat?

Nik Ashton said on 8/Feb/21
@ SandyCowell - We hope that Bogerley had a great 14th Birthday, I bet she was spoilt rotten!
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 8/Feb/21
I wonder what 14 years old for a cat is equivalent to how old a human would be. Does it depend on the breed, much like dogs? I've also heard that cats on average live longer than dogs.
Hyper said on 8/Feb/21
@Rob and Christian

I can agree and attest to those views! Itโ€™s definitely tricky. One hand, you love the art, itself. On the other hand, you donโ€™t want to let it rule over you.

One of the few things I do to avoid it is me just drawing artwork for fun. However, not everyone would have the will to make their own creations. There are a few good shows that donโ€™t pander to the agenda and they just simply tell a story. (Attack On Titan, Cobra Kai and a few others for example, but thatโ€™s another story.)

Itโ€™s a very tricky thing, really. However, it is very possible to live a life without letting them rule our lives.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 8/Feb/21
That's sweet to hear that you were with your father to console him after he lost his wife. But I wouldn't expect anything less, based on your character and personality. I wish most of my family members and relatives had the same mindset as yours, but there's a lot of drama and estrangement unfortunately. But I live far away from any of my relatives, so I'm not invloved in their dramas.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Feb/21
๐Ÿ˜น๐ŸŽ‚๐ŸŽ Happy Birthday Bogerley! ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ˜น

Happy 14th Birthday to my boyfriend's cat, Bogerley! Originally, she lived with us all and I wanted her because I was desperate for an Aquarian cat. Jim is a wonderful cat owner, and Bogerley missed her so much when he needed his own space and left that she simply had to go to live with him!
Nik Ashton said on 8/Feb/21
@ Sandy Cowell - You are very welcome. I know that your Dad was well known and very popular during his life, he was indeed devoted to all of his family too. Furthermore he saved a lot of lives with the work he did and I can say this about my Dad too. Iโ€™m a great believer in eternalism and in our own futures the great things our Dadโ€™s achieved will be ever present.

Love from my mother and I. XXXX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 8/Feb/21
@ Christian - I didn't phone my parents every day when they were as young as yours! It's when they became old and infirm that I tried that bit harder. When my Dad lost his wife, he was still very fit, but very down, as you can imagine. I stayed with him a while later for a few months and we watched a lot of comedy. I turned up on the eve of his Birthday, unannounced!

Have a great week, Christian! XX ๐Ÿ˜
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 7/Feb/21
Which is one of the reasons why I tend to not watch modern movies anymore. Same goes for other fields of entertainment such as TV and music. Sports is probably the only one where I watch on a consistent basis, especially pro wrestling and some football and basketball.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 7/Feb/21
I aprreciate that! I don't call my parents on the phone everyday, although I do on a frequent basis. But as with pretty much everything else, quality is what matters more than quantity. As long as my parents are alive, I'll never truly know how it feels to lose a parent, unlike yourself. Kudos to you for staying positive during this rough time. You and Nik are perhaps the most positive and friendliest posters I've ever seen on this site.
Hyper said on 7/Feb/21
Rob, unpopular opinion.

I dislike Hollywood because of them pushing an agenda rather than to simply entertain. Itโ€™s more that they force their beliefs on the common people than normal, not to mention theyโ€™re still human, not deities of some sort. If that makes any sense.

I have no problem talking about heights but their personalities is a different story.
Editor Rob
I definitely see a lot of attempts in scripts to feed certain narratives and agendas.

There has always been that kind of thing, but maybe over the decades it has become more prevalent and in your face at times.

The less you know about celebs, the easier it is to be entertained by movies/tv. The more you know, sometimes the harder it is to distance the entertainment aspect from their personal beliefs/viewpoints.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 6/Feb/21
@ Christian - I understand how difficult it must be. I live a fair journey from my Dad, and since the lockdown, taking a train to see him wasn't possible. My boyfriend drove us to see him. When he was in hospital, they weren't allowing visitors.

I spoke to him as often as I could and messaged him, and whenever there was something cheerful to tell him, I'd ring him up. I'd ring him up anyway, nearly every day. If I missed a day, I'd worry.

With this Covid around, the older a person gets, the more dangerous it is, but your parents are still quite young, Christian, and I'm pleased to hear that. My Mum was older than my Dad by 5-and-a half years, and lived until 85. Cancer runs on both sides of the family, otherwise we tend to live long lives. I was very young when my Mum was in her fifties, and a twentysomething when my Dad was - still very young.

It's imperative to treasure our parents. When they go, no feeling can compare. Keep in contact with your parents, which I know you will do, and treasure the times you spend together. I pray you'll have them for many, many more years.

With all good wishes,
Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 5/Feb/21
@ Nik - He was indeed a fantastic man and a very hard worker, devoted to his lovely wife and his five kids and two grandsons. My friend Nicky met him and said he was 'very sweet', and I know my own Mum loved him to her dying day, as did her Mum in Germany, who said he was a real gentleman.

I'd like to thank you and your Mum for the beautiful bereavement card and support during this difficult time.

Love from Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ XX ๐Ÿ’
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 5/Feb/21
Which is why I make sure that every time I see my parents, that I treat them as if it was the last time I'd see them. They're still in their 50's and are in decent health, but you never know what might happen. I live very far away from them and don't often see them though, that's part of why I feel this way. We as human beings tend to take people or things for granted when they're around us in everyday life. I appreciate my parents more after moving out and seeing them only a very few times a year, whereas I saw them 365 days a year when I lived with them.
Nik Ashton said on 4/Feb/21
@ Sandy Cowell - Your Dad did a great deal with his life and this includes all the wonderful work he did as a businessman, I will always remember your Dad for his long life and his bravery and his achievements.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/Feb/21
PS Christian - Thank you for your thoughtfulness. XX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 4/Feb/21
@ Christian - It is a terrible feeling. But I didn't think that the last time I saw him would be the last.

The poor man even had a broken leg, and had to have morphine, which he hated as it gave him nightmares. I've heard all sorts of horrific tales about that drug. It was too dangerous to operate as he was too frail.

It still came as a bolt from the blue though.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 3/Feb/21
I can see where Ron was coming from, though "glad" may not be the right term to use. When a family member or loved one is progressively deteriorating and slowly dying, a part of you wants their suffering to end as quickly as possible, but the other part of you don't wanna see them gone. It's gotta be the worst feeling in the world.
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 3/Feb/21
Should we request celebrities on this page or the General/Rob Paul ones? (since the request page is still shut down for comments)
Editor Rob
At the moment I wouldn't be able to look at that many names.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 2/Feb/21
@ Christian - He was very frail and could hardly eat. He had been in hospital 4 times in two years, three times during the Corona virus, so he was extremely ill. Anything could have finished him off. His brother, Ron, said he's glad it happened quickly. He was admitted to hospital last Thursday and died later that day.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 2/Feb/21
I agree. Two of my grandparents died as well, both from cancer. (my paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather) What did your father pass away from, if you don't mind me asking? I hope I'm not coming across as insensitive though. If you're uncomfortable answering, I can totally respect that as it should be none of my business.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Feb/21
@ Christian - Thank you so much. I know my Dad lived a long life, and that this world of ours is cruel, taking lives indiscriminately due to the Covid virus, and other dreadful illnesses, but when you lose a parent, it's particularly hard because they are a part of you. I'm lucky in that I believe life goes on.

Again Christian, much appreciated.

Sandy XXX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 1/Feb/21
@ Slim - ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
slim 6'1 said on 1/Feb/21
Sandy Cowell
No worries! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 31/Jan/21
@ Nik - Yes, it can't be said that he didn't do a great deal with his life, and he leaves behind five 'kids' and two grandsons. We will all miss him terribly - each and every day.

Thank you and your dear Mum for your kind message. XXX
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 31/Jan/21
Sorry for the late post but RIP, my sincere condolences to the Cowell family. Tragic to hear.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 30/Jan/21
@ Slim - Thank you SO MUCH, Slim. XXX
Nik Ashton said on 30/Jan/21
@ Sandy Cowell - My mother and I are so sorry, your Dad was a smashing man who achieved many great things.
slim 6'1 said on 30/Jan/21
Miss Sandy Cowell

May he rest in eternal peace โœŒ๐Ÿป
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 29/Jan/21
My lovely Dad passed away yesterday. I'd spoken to him all week and he seemed fine and upbeat, even laughing.

When I was a kid, his visits were always the highlight of our days. I'd be so excited, waiting by the window for his car to pull up.

He was still flying planes well into his 80s. Less than two years ago, we'd be busy playing TV Quizzes together - and he was very good!

He'll always be in my heart for as long as I live. ๐Ÿ’“

20/4/28 - 28/1/21
Editor Rob
Sorry to hear that Sandy. May he rest in peace.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jan/21
โญ I'm sorry about the following mistake: the tallest of my Dad's brothers was actually his youngest brother, not his eldest. He wasn't the youngest child, but the youngest son.
Nik Ashton said on 28/Jan/21
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 28/Jan/21
@ Nik - Yes, that diary will never be far away from me now, and that'll last a whole year! My last year's diary also had a cat on it.

This morning I received a Birthday card with a cat on it, and the caption was as follows: 'A little birdie told me it was your Birthday. I ATE HIM.' ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น

It was from my cat-loving friend Elaine!

Wishing you and Alverna a good Thursday, Friday and Weekend,

All the best,

Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ XX ๐Ÿ’
Nik Ashton said on 28/Jan/21
Nik Ashton said on 27/Jan/21
@ Sandy Cowell - You are very welcome, it is great that we got you a diary because you so wanted one and you so didnโ€™t have one, the fact that it has a cat on it is such a nice bonus! I hope the picture of the cat on your diary is the cherry on the icing on the cake! You will now be able to note down appointments, events, and any interesting and important information that you want to look back on!
Itโ€™s so nice that your treats will last you a long time, this is great to know and itโ€™s also interesting that Ottica could help herself to some of the treats we bought you! Animals love chocolate and us human folk are animals too! Iโ€™m so pleased you like the healthy and diverse Graze snacks, diversity is the spice of life! Itโ€™s better to make the healthy choices but one or two treats are a good idea too, I know you agree!

Cheers from Nik and his Mum. XXXX
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 27/Jan/21
@ Christian - His peak was around the same height as my Dad, which was 5ft11.5. Their eldest brother was 6ft2 or just under. ๐Ÿ˜
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 27/Jan/21
I've also heard that felines (unlike canines) are 100% natural carnivores, so they don't tend to eat fruits or vegetables. That could be a reason why cats don't like citrus. But I'm surprised that there are some cats who're lactose intolerant, being that they're supposedly the favorite drinks for them.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 26/Jan/21
Btw, how tall is your uncle Ron?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jan/21
@ Good point, Christian, good point! Back in 2006, I bought a kitten from a pet shop and had to fill out a care awareness form. One of the stipulations of buying one of their kittens was to avoid feeding the animal chocolate. That was the first time I became aware of this, and consequently, I've tried to keep the stuff away from my cats. I'm not crazy about it and only indulge occasionally. I do like the sugar-free hot chocolate 'Options' and such like though.

I find that a cat either loves the chocolate or feels indifferent. One of my cats, a black longhaired female called Ottica, goes out of her way to sniff out chocolate, so I keep it out of her reach, yet all too often she smells it from a distance - and that includes hot chocolate. I dropped a piece of a chocolate yesterday and Ottica ate it up, but it was only a slither. She opened an entire bar with her teeth once when I was on toilet, and ate the lot. It was a white bar with a strawberry fondant filling. Her nickname is 'The Greed'! She was completely unaffected, I'm happy to say. ๐Ÿซ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ“

I think that dogs like chocolate even more than cats. My maternal Grandmother's dog would hear us opening our bars from the other end of the flat - a big flat at that - and she'd run into our room and sit up looking all appealing, panting away and begging with her front paws. We were told not to give her too much, as it was bad for her. I obeyed, but my brother, who was scared of dogs, didn't comply at all. At the ages of 7-9, I'd take charge of the situation and shut the animal out, and she'd whimper. โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿถ (My brother is 2 years older).

Anyway, my Grandmother didn't want her dog to eat too much as it made her fat, and she was fat enough already! The same rule applied with biscuits. I often used to give the dog large quantities of my dinner, when the adults' backs were turned, but she didn't eat my potatoes, which I hated! I didn't understand food values back then! ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿฅ”๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ˜ฉ

What is probably nearer the truth is that some dogs and cats do have bad allergies. Too much of anything is bad for anyone, but the length of the list I had to peruse through and sign was quite staggering and included nuts, milk, cheese and cream. I think pork might even have been there. Cat owners can buy special cat friendly milk (lactose free), and cocoa reduced choc drops are available to dog owners. I've noticed that cats are repelled by citrus fruit, but that makes good sense, as they manufacture their own vitamin C supplies within their bodies.

It's always best to feed your pet foods that are recommended for its particular variety. There are so many tasty cat and dog treats available from pet shops and supermarkets alike, that human food needn't get a look in, and ideally, shouldn't. Plenty of water each and every day is, and I quote, 'the kindest thing you can do for your pet'. It flushes their systems through and cuts down on liver and kidney problems.

So that's it - a subject well worth bringing up and discussing, Christian. If ever in doubt, leave human food out! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 26/Jan/21
Isn't cocoa toxic to both cats and dogs? Or is it just to dogs?
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 26/Jan/21
@ Nik - Thanks very much, Nik, and because of you and your lovely Mum, Alverna, I now have a ๐Ÿ’ DIARY ๐Ÿ’ with a picture of a cat on it, โœ๏ธ๐Ÿ““ and enough ๐Ÿฌ indulgences ๐Ÿฌ to last me for a couple of weeks, as I don't eat more than one or two chocolates a day. That's unless the furry, fluffy, all-black Ottica gets her paws on them! ๐Ÿˆ Nearly all the savoury Graze snacks have been demolished enthusiastically, BTW! Cheers and many thanks once again.
Sandy XX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 25/Jan/21
Then again, I like female backup singers more so than males. But I think it's more than just high/low pitch. Men and women have different voices besides just pitch. You can tell that a woman's voice comes from a woman, even when it's low pitched. I don't exactly know what the term is. ("inflection" maybe?)
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 25/Jan/21
@ Christian - I will be sending it to him! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 25/Jan/21
๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ‘Œ Happy Birthday Sandy! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐ŸŽˆ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‹

Have a great day, all the best from Nik and his Mum Alverna!

Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 24/Jan/21
Yep, competition is maybe the biggest drawback when it comes to the tech field. More job growth = more opportunities, but it comes with stiffer competition. And in turn, competition breeds success and growth, so the cycle continues.

But does your uncle read your comments on here though? Regardless, I wish him a happy birthday as well.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 24/Jan/21
@ Christian - No insensitivity about it! For the sort of music I listen to, male vocals are required predominantly. Having said that, however, I can think of three of my favourite male vocalists who front rock bands, and they have rather high-pitched voices. They are Jon Anderson of Yes, Geddy Lee of Rush and even Led Zeppelin's singer/songwriter Robert Plant. Jon is short, Geddy is tall/medium and Robert is positively tall, so the height of the vocalist bears no correlation to the tone of his voice. By the way, other Yes members, including the late Chris Squire and Steve Howe have released solo albums which I've tried out, and the guys' vocals were virtually indistinguishable from Jon's. I'll try to find out their heights, as it would be.... eh, interesting!

I have a number of favourite female vocalists who include the thoroughly original Kate Bush, Sonja Kristina from Curved Air, who could easily pass for a high-pitched male vocalist as the music is extremely psychedelic, as is the case with Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane; then, of course, Janis Joplin and Deborah Harry. All barring Kate Bush, and Janis, who are/were solo artistes, the other women fronted male bands. Even with Kate and Janis, the members of their backing bands were male, unless there's been the odd one-off.

So there we go - I agree with you, Christian!

PS I recommend that you listen to Curved Air's song 'Back Street Love', and Jefferson Airplane's songs 'Somebody To Love' and 'White Rabbit', the latter of which has been used in movies.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 24/Jan/21
The music I listen to is overwhelmingly male vocaled too. This is just my opinion and I don't mean to come off as insensitive, but I believe that the male singing voice is typically better than female for most genres. Of course, I'm not saying that women can't be amazing singers or anything.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jan/21
๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆ Happy Birthday to my dear Uncle Ron, my Dad's brother, who is younger by 1 and 3/4 years. Being so close in age, the two brothers were evacuated together in the War, staying with a truly lovely couple, the man being a Vicar or similar and he taught the boys the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. To this day, my Dad and Uncle Ron can recite the order of the books of the Old Testament right from Genesis through to Malachi. I'll ask Dad whether he knows the New Testament, but as I know it better than the Old, I find it more than a little fascinating when my he reels the books off in virtually one breath! ๐Ÿคญ

Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 23/Jan/21
So is PGDip basically a stepping stone towards achieving a master's? That would make sense because it only took you a year to achieve the PGDip, whereas a master's usually take at least 2 years as a postgrad. If I had to be honest though, working towards a master's is pretty much a waste of time, money and effort IMO, unless either if it's a field that you're very passionate about and plan to work in that field for the rest of your career, or if you wanna continue towards obtaining a doctor's degree and becoming a professor. Other than those two reasons, the only fields I think that are worthwhile in getting a master's or higher are medical and STEM, and even then, having higher degrees don't guarantee better jobs or pay. A degree isn't the be all and end all in the real world, despite the education system trying to make us believe that it is. The idea that you gotta attend a 4 year institution right after graduating high school at 18 in order to be successful in life, is so formulaic and overrated. There are plenty of successful folks who have never gone to a university, and doing well with merely a high school diploma and a trade certificate.
Editor Rob

It's like 3 semesters. First two are all the courses, 3rd semester a project to get the MSc.

yeah, many folk do just fine without qualifications or degrees...I'd went back for another course to top up skills whilst deciding what to do. In fact since I was already creating some websites and seeing online potential for earning a living, I abandoned the project and went full steam into being a 'webmaster'.

back then it was much easier to rank in search engines and rake in the dough.

Nowadays a lot more competition online and search engines much wiser.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 23/Jan/21
@ Christian - My relatives on my Dad's side tend to live long lives unless cancer catches up with them. My Dad's one surviving brother is 91 today. The eldest one was killed in the War, and two died of cancer. One of his sisters, the youngest, is still alive too. Their mother lived into her 90s, retiring in her 80s. My Dad retired at 77.

My taste in music is anything but feminine, but the people I've met at rock concerts have generally been very nice, friendly - and male! I started meeting female rock fans when I started frequenting rock haunts, which played their music so loud you'd have to go outside to have conversations. I used to write down what I wanted to say, until I learnt to speak up. I also like certain punk rock bands, the Stranglers being one such example. I like classical music too - a touch more feminine, I guess!

The Rastafarians I used to chat with were true Jamaicans, and it was a coincidence that they were very tall.

Have a great weekend, Christian!

Sandy ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ‘Œ XX
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 21/Jan/21
Do you prefer self employment over working under someone else? I believe it depends on the type of work and the person's personality and temperament. Both obviously has its pros and cons. I don't run my own business at the moment, but I don't rule out the possibility of doing so in the future, not that I hate my current job or anything. I work in the automobile industry, in case you're wondering.
Editor Rob

I only had a few years between 1998 to 2001 of employment, working in offices, mostly software testing. Couldn't envisage myself working like that for 40 years, so 2001 went back to Uni for a year to top up skills whilst planning my path to online riches ๐Ÿ˜„

So nearly 20 years of self-employment. Freedom is great, but motivation is a problem that surfaces quite often.

Also the notion of 5-days a week and the weekend off? ๐Ÿ˜...there are very few days each year I would say I didn't do something online to do with work. A handful maybe.
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 21/Jan/21
That comes off as a bit of a surprise, considering you visit a lot of conventions (or at least used to but not so much these days because of shutdowns and travel restrictions). It's not uncommon at all for conventions to take place in Asia, especially like Hong Kong or Singapore. Not always in US, Canada, Europe or Australia.
Editor Rob
I'm still amazed I had the willpower to do all those conventions, because I find travel, crowds and queuing a bit difficult ๐Ÿ˜€

the actual meeting part of actors was cool ๐Ÿ––

I'm thinking it might be 2022 now before cons in UK are back to proper business.
RJT said on 21/Jan/21

Why haven't you visit other European countries (Before covid) such as Netherland etc? I mean it's supposed to be cheap right from Scotland?
Editor Rob
Doing a lot of cons every year was a lot of travel. Was never a fan of flying and eventually stopped 2016 and went by train.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 20/Jan/21
You don't seem to be the type to listen to a lot of heavy metal or glam though, lol. I enjoy some rock genres, especially softer ones, but mostly it's either R&B and pop, with occasional house music and hip hop.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 20/Jan/21
@ Christian - I'm not too crazy about today's music either, with the odd exception, of course. I prefer music from the 60s and 70s, and anything I'm fond of from the 80s and later tends to be from bands that got together in the 60s and 70s. I'm always open to anything I consider decent, regardless of genre, but I favour rock, heavy rock, classic rock, glam rock and classical music too. I didn't hear a pop song until I was 5-and-a-half. My Mum only played classical when I was a nipper, and I grew tired of my kiddie's music very quickly, apart from really novelty stuff, as sung by piggy characters Pinky and Perky and other TV favourites. Have a nice day, Christian! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 19/Jan/21
I have/had quite a few relatives who lived up to their 90's, and a couple in their 100's, though I don't currently have any who are in their 100's today.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 19/Jan/21
They were very tall? Were they Jamaicans or just regular British born Rastafarians? I don't know the exact average for Jamaica, but I imagine it being no taller than UK or the West.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 19/Jan/21
@ Christian - My Dad is 92, and turns 93 in April. ๐Ÿ˜
Christian 6'5 3/8 said on 18/Jan/21
Have you ever visited a non-western country before? The only one I've been to is Mexico, but that's not saying much, since I don't live too far from the border, and can easily travel there by car.
Editor Rob
I've never been to a non-western country.

when I retire I am sure I'll have plenty of opportunities.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 18/Jan/21
@ Canson - Another of my memories dates back to when I lived in London's East End (from '83 to '86) and used to visit them at their hangout with my boyfriend. They were lovely company, and welcomed all non Rastafarians, so we loved visiting. They had the most infectious laughs and never fell about drunk, which those days and in that particular area of the East End, was fairly common. I used to chat to them about the local groups of feral cats and found that it wasn't just me who was feeding them. They did as well!

To this day, whenever I hear reggae music, especially certain tracks, it takes me back to those happy times. And another thing: so many of them were very tall that I asked them about it. They assured me that shorter ones exist too, but not in their particular group. They called me their 'little sister' - but not in a patronising way. ๐Ÿ˜
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 17/Jan/21
@ Nik - It did rather cheer me up to receive a Christmas card in the middle of January! I haven't put it up as such, but it's lying down so that I can see it when I pass by. I'm far too superstitious to put Christmas cards up past the 5th of the month.

The flippy fish belongs to all the cats and they all play with it. It's filled with catnip, so they can literally scent it out. It's battery operated and can move. All too often, it's covered in cat saliva! ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿˆ

When I get it to move, the cats even fight over it. It looks incredibly realistic, not that they'd know what such a fish would look like. They've seen goldfish in a neighbour's garden pond, and the late Juicy even nicked one, and brought it into the house. I tried to revive the poor orange animal, but it died, probably from shock. ๐Ÿ˜ข

Here's wishing you and Alverna a terrific week!


XX ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘ XX ๐Ÿ’
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 17/Jan/21
I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to the Rasta culture, but I do enjoying listening to some reggae. In fact, I like most older genres, like from the 70's, 80's, 90's etc. Modern mainstream music sucks for the most part IMO, regardless of genre.
Christian 6'5 3/8" said on 16/Jan/21
So that means you drove an average around 15k miles a year in your BMW, which is quite average. But that's obviously not including your wife's cars. Since I had the Camry in 2017, that's the only car I've driven, except for a couple of times where I borrowed a different car due to inspection. Btw, my workplace from my house isn't all that far, as it takes maybe 30 minutes max by car.

BTW how old is your dad currently? I'm assuming in his 80's or 90's? Which is quite long, especially if the latter.
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 16/Jan/21
@ Canson - That's great to hear! I love Rastafarians and would now like to tell you about a postman who knocked on my door recently with a recorded delivery.

He said, "Do you own a ginger and white cat?"

I replied, "Indeed I do, among many others!"

He was making funny noises to encourage Banana Senior to come in and was still making them and looking over to see if the cat was coming as he walked out. He was by far the friendliest, jolliest postman I've ever met!

Canson and Christian - My favourite friend who had an Afro used to come round for my (rather subdued) parties, where I didn't allow the drinking of strong liquor, as they were at my Mum's house. I would always call him Phil. He didn't mind; in fact, he quite liked it, as he was the spit of Phil Lynott of rock group Thin Lizzy! ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽธ๐ŸŽต

Cheers guys and here's wishing you a great weekend!

XX ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘ XX ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ‘
Nik Ashton said on 15/Jan/21
@ Sandy Cowell - Hey Sandy! That is so interesting, this gave you and Christopher the chance to experience Christmas twice in the same year, Iโ€™m so chuffed our card will be on display in your home.

I can just see young Manelia now in my mindโ€™s eye kicking the **** out of that dishy fishy, she will look all excited when the fish is around and she will be **ss*** herself with delight!

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