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Jan 22 The Park in Hambrook posted 4/2/10

I came to visit family over the christmas period and my mum took myself and her grandchildren to a lovely park in hambrook. We had a lovely time in such a quality play area. I live in Southampton and we do not have anything this nice to take our children too and it made a very nice change to take my children to a park that is clean, tidy and has lovely play facilities. Kind Regards , Emma Phillips

Thurs Jan 7th
The long trip to the co-op

Thursday January 7th dawned and after two vain attempts at getting cars out of the drive we resorted to our walking shoes!  The captain of our village cricket team needed the exercise so a walk to  Southbourne Co-op seemed a mountain away but we put on a stride  and rucksack and forty minutes later after a few slip-ups arrived. We tried to catch a train but failed on how to get a platform ticket and a bus was out of our reach. The old spirit of talk to everyone you meet seemed to have returned and life seemed good.

The return journey was easier knowing the pitfalls until someone you know “Dave and Kim Castle” pull up to give you a lift home! Tempting but not in the Barleycorn carpark so a pint was the order of the day!! But the hero of the week is my sons headmaster who insists his school never shuts but had to forclose last Wednesday until today Monday 11 th and sent homework to them via e-mail! He is true grit!!! And he has his own digger to clear the school grounds!

Thanks to Carol Haskett  

Twelth Night Party - Great night out for Chidham resident: He got to the venue early so as not to miss out - the A3 at Petersfield - loads of people there - don't know how they all got to hear about it - colour theme for the flashing disco lights was amber and blue. He reckons there was loads of white powder about - claimed he was trying to avoid it - got home around 5.30am : A really cool night out.

Dec 27 by email

Hello everyone. Spent a lovely hour at the playground today with my 2 year old granddaughter plus the 8 year old, and how fortunate are we to have this facility. We met Bella and her Mum there, who were visiting her grandparents and had a marvellous time. Lovely facility for the village. Carol

posted 7/1/10

CFL's - an alternative viewpoint.
Do you like the light given by the new Compact fluorescent lights” (CFLs), used in your home? Some think them rather harsh or “soulless”. For an alternative, you could try the latest tungsten filament Halogen 240 volt ‘Classic' lamps, made by Osram Sylvania, available on line and beginning to be stocked by electrical wholesalers. No doubt in due course they may also reach retail shops.

The government has put great effort into persuading us to buy CFLs, so that in the interests of fuel economy, it might seem there is no alternative. However the facts have got a bit confused because of industry claims that could mislead. (see BBC article)

CFLs soon lose some of their light output – take out one of yours after only a few months use and you will see that it is already darkening and will continue to darken until you are driven to change it. On toxicity grounds, there should be no argument as to which is the best buy for homeowners. Every time a CFL gets smashed, toxic mercury vapour is released. Advice about this is given on government websites. This is also true of fluorescent “strip lights” which also contain mercury.

Clearly comparing like with like is not easy. The new type Halogen Classic 28 watt uses 30% less electricity than the old fashioned standard 40 watt lamp, is significantly more expensive to buy, but will last longer than a conventional bulb. This is because the class “envelope” is filled with halogen, the inert gas which causes the molecules of tungsten given off by a hot lamp filament to spontaneously bond back on to the filament as soon as it is switched off…. So these new type of 240 volt lamps will not get progressively dimmer at anything like the same rate.
Based on a contributed article

a reflection on relationships and chronic illness.

"The case of the vanishing person.

I have found writing this article very difficult, and it has been re-written many times, in order not to offend anyone, and yet putting over a delicate point that I know some people with long term chronic would like to highlight.

No matter what people may think, politically correct or otherwise there is a great deal of responsibility, life skills, comprehension, understanding, and wherewithal to being a partner, parent and person. As the years progress, roles between people are mutually defined and agreed, living happily ever after, based on the ‘Us' premise.

Of course the relationship between two people, who are effected by long term chronic illness will change, nothing to be frightened about, it's the natural thing. However I have noticed over the years, that some carers unwittingly start to use the term “I” or “my”, in place of “we” and “us”, when talking to people. I am sure that this is based on kindness assuming that reducing the stress of day to day workload, finances, spreadsheet, booking flights, holidays, insurance, fielding phone calls, decision about colours, house improvement and so. Gradually the person with the illness has less to do, and feel sorry for themselves, with the reducing responsibility and stimulus. They become too frightened to mention this to their partner, in case they offend them, knowing that their condition may get worse, and the carer has enough problems already, now and in the future.

We now ask how can we handle this delicate challenge, perhaps dinner for two with the essential candles (the more the better), and a candid, loving talk sprinkled with humour, to start sharing roles again, unless of course you are happy the way things are.

Yours Bob Ashwood."

Crime doesn't pay Weird or what?

Poem Contributor
Bone aches in the knee Lynny Hughes

A selection of tricks and illusions
Can you believe your eyes? More Optical Illusions
Science and optical illusions Illusions for students
Tricks and illusions Have a look at this!
Colour illusion  

It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open? Next time you feel a sneeze coming, try it!

Can you say "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick"?
(and if so, why did you say it?)
Crime doesn't pay
Police noticed a man driving his car, and they assumed he was drunk - not because he was meandering, but because he had the top of a traffic light pole (including the lights) across the bonnet of his car. When questioned he said, "I thought the lights came with the car."

A man was charged with negligent assult after he shot his wife's hat thinking it was a rat. The hat was on his wife's head at the time. The man had previously shot himself in the foot while trying to shoot a rat.

An inmate escaped from jail and led police on a long chase sometimes reaching 150 mph. When he was caught he stated that he intended to turn himself in all along. He was driving fast because he wanted to get far enough ahead from the police to make it clear he was going to stop.
Federal Agents searched an man's house because they believed he possessed illegal drugs. They searched everywhere, and were about to give up, when they heard a noise coming from the fridge. They looked inside and there was the man, calmly drinking a soda.
Customs officers noticed a woman that wouldn't stop scratching her chest. They were kind, and didn't mention anything, at first, but she never stopped. They searched her and found 75 live snakes that she was trying to smuggle.
Weird or what?
Austrailia- A man was diagnosed with lead poisoning after he ate three feet of electrical cable a day. He said, "It had a sweet and pleasant taste, especially near the center."
Men are six times more likely to be struck by lightning than women.
Americans choke on toothpicks more that anything else.
A lump of pure gold the size of a matchbox can be flattened into a sheet the size of a tennis court. (So perhaps having tennis court with a gold floor wouldn't be too expensive. Something to save up for.)


Contributed by Lynny Hughes

Bone aches in the knee
Does anyone else find, as you get older
You get weird twinges in your shoulder?
Does anyone else, or is it just me?
Gets those strange bone aches in the knee
And when for sometime kneeling down
Have trouble getting off the ground
When somewhere quick you try to nip
Do you get held up, by a dodgy hip?
Are your fingers less effective?
Eyesight somewhat more defective?
Do 'all' arteries start to harden?
When someone speaks - do you keep saying 'Pardon?'
And when you sit to relax and be less serious
Along comes aching back most mysterious
Do others find senses getting duller?
Hair lost nearly all its colour
That once slim and lithesome figure
Now more fulsome and, well, bigger!
And even so my skin is full of creases
Does everybody fall to pieces?
And yet, inside this dodgy shell
Is the me I know so  well
Looking out of myself is the very same me
That was five and ten and twenty three
And its not 'me' that's so worn out and shoddy
It's just this silly old physical body!
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