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    "The Friendly Café - Open for chinwaggin'

    Well I've unlocked the door and set the coffee machine going etc. etc. I reckon with this cold weather invading us, well certainly those of us in the UK, we'll need hot coffee on tap! At the moment it is snowing quite hard so if it keeps going on like this all night, then there will be trouble during the rush hour for all those struggling to get to work. I'm so glad that I have retired ! Mind you I live half way up a hill, so the road is nicely sloped and when snow falls, then gets hard packed and is basically solid ice, then there is quite a bit of entertainment viewing from our sitting room window ! Of course it is made even more entertaining when the gritting lorry doesn't attend to our local side roads.

    With all the cut-backs by our council, the gritting lorries seem to only attend to the main roads ! Having said that, there was no gritting done on the A52 trunk road from Nottingham to Grantham and there certainly was no gritting on a nearby main road that our side road comes off, the last snow we had the other week. There were no end of skidding accidents and dozens of people complained bitterly to the local council, and the county council (who deal with all the county's gritting now), but I doubt very much whether there will be any improvement in the service !

    I'm not sure how the weather is over in America or in other countries in Europe, but I expect they get it worse than the UK !

    Looks like I'll be using my tumble drier tomorrow when I've done my clothes washing !
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    Crikey, I've just seen what the time is !!!!!! Time for bed ! Good night Jim Bob !
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    And what are you doing up so late eh Mrs ?

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    I'll have a black coffee and a slice of carrot cake please

    we have had snow here but not that bad, melted on the roads pretty quickly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oscar Namechange View Post
    And what are you doing up so late eh Mrs ?
    I could say the same to you innit !
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    Hi Kaz ! Yes it has snowed, but then it rained and now it's just yurgy wet and cold !
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    There must be something odd about the house next door to us ! The house is owned by a Housing Agency and they let it out to various tenants. The previous tenant, Jane, was living on her own after her offspring had flown the nest. She was quite a lonely person even though she used to go out a lot (mostly to the nearest pub !). She would get drunk and fall asleep, usually after she had put something in a saucepan (like a cook-in-the-bag something or other) and turned the ring on under the saucepan to heat up the contents ! Needless to say, the pan boiled dry and the contents started to singe then go black, giving off a very acrid smoke ! (Have you ever smelt boil-in-the-bag kipper when it has been boiled dry and the bag has melted away? - It's chokingly, lung-thumpingly, nauseatingly vile ! ).

    She did this on a fairly regular basis, so much so that we got very concerned one time when we couldn't wake her with our hammering on the door or phoning her mobile, Chris had to climb through the kitchen window (left open a crack for the cat to get in and out), I phoned the fire brigade, Chris let me in the back door, then dealt with the smoking red hot pan while I went up stairs to check Jane (it's a split level house like ours). Then the fire brigade arrived and a big butch fireman was knocking on the front door ! It took them ages to get Jane awake. What a state to be in !

    Jane was found a ground floor flat with one bedroom, ideal for her. The next tenants have been living next door for a few months now, and have been very quiet and considerate. There are three single sisters who actually keep themselves to themselves and cause no problems, until today. An awful acrid smell filtered through from next door. It was a sort of over-heated well-used oil stink. I bet whoever was in the house had fallen asleep. Chris rang their bell several times but couldn't get a reaction. He and Andy had to go out, so when they had gone I banged on the wooden door with my walking stick - it made quite a noise ! Then I called through their letter box "Is there anybody at home?" then there was a reply ! I said there was a terrible awful stink permeating into our house and were they OK. The person answered that she was opening the windows ! Good job she answered me, because had she not, then I would have rung the fire brigade !

    The smell has now eased back , but when it was really heavy duty it got on my chest, and made us rather worried. I think I will advise them to get a smoke alarm or two - they're not expensive these days and they are very loud ! It is obvious to me that they haven't got a smoke alarm in their house ! We have 4 that are placed in strategic places.

    It must be something to do with that house !
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