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JSmith

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« on: June 23, 2006, 12:12:08 AM »
Congrats to the "Socceroos" Australia is through to the last 16.  They played very well, of course I am cheering for England I have the flag of England, (good old saint George) flying from the car and another from the balcony.  Smiffy  :D
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Re: World cup Soccer
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2006, 09:30:36 AM »
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Congrats to the "Socceroos" Australia is through to the last 16.  They played very well, of course I am cheering for England I have the flag of England, (good old saint George) flying from the car and another from the balcony.  Smiffy  :D


Pretty exciting eh, Smiffy - and I'm not even a soccer fan!  We'll keep our fingers crossed for both teams.

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2006, 04:17:23 AM »
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Congrats to the "Socceroos" Australia is through to the last 16.  They played very well, of course I am cheering for England I have the flag of England, (good old saint George) flying from the car and another from the balcony.  Smiffy  :D

I have just returned from London, and the World Cup fever is really evident with flags everywhere, hanging from the balconies of flats, and fluttering from cars.  True Patriotism? ? However, looking around me I was deeply saddened at how the country of my birth has deteriorated.  The streets are filthy, dog poo everywhere.  I saw time and time again people opening cartons, wrappers and just discarding them on the floor.  BUT worst of all was trying to find somewhere to eat without smokers anywhere near me.  I found only a few places where smoking was banned, and the shops and shopping malls were full of smokers.
The many nationalities were amazing, one never knew what coiuntry the person you spoke to had come from.  Mostly eastern european I think.
I stayed in Hammersmith/Fulham and was amazed to see shop fronts with arabic lettering, I even saw a muslim funeral parlour.
We looked in several employment agencies and worked out that in the UK the wages are about 25% more than here in Perth, but the prices of stuff in general are 100% more. The only things I could discover that where cheaper were holidays/airfares, and laser eye surgery (might save up and have mine done next visit).   How do people survive?
Mind you we did have some nice weather, in fact we got quite hot at one stage because of the humidity.
We walked to Charing Cross Hospital 20 mins there and 20 mins back twice a day for 4 weeks, so we should be quite fit, in fact we decided that if we hadn't lost weight we would never exercise again!!!!!!
Ok enough moaning.  It would be lovely if we beat Italy, but I don't think I could stand the whole English team being knighted if they won the World Cup.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2006, 03:05:05 PM »
your comments have been noted Pauline, but did you go  to Trafalgar Square, and also St. Katherine's Dock area?  My son has just bought a flat in a converted warehouse  in that area overlooking the Thames and I was most impressed with the clean state of the streets and the general appearance of the waterside eating places.  Also Tower Bridge always looks magnificent to me.  My son has just come back from Australia and could'nd wait to get back to London,  which is such a vibrant city...Belx

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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2006, 01:30:27 AM »
So Pauline how is your Uncle?  I am sorry you didn't find London so good, but as Bev said there are still some great places to see. Smiffy  :D
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2006, 02:36:34 AM »
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your comments have been noted Pauline, but did you go  to Trafalgar Square, and also St. Katherine's Dock area?  My son has just bought a flat in a converted warehouse  in that area overlooking the Thames and I was most impressed with the clean state of the streets and the general appearance of the waterside eating places.  Also Tower Bridge always looks magnificent to me.  My son has just come back from Australia and could'nd wait to get back to London,  which is such a vibrant city...Belx

We went to Trafalgar Sq, unfortunately Nelson and his lions are shrouded in scaffolding and stuff, they are being washed I think. We started in Covent Garden, walked down the Strand to Trafalgar Sq, then down Whitehall to Westminster, it was then time to return to the hospital. We didn't go to Katharines Dock.  
My uncle is as well as can be expected.  He has a very fragile heart as well as the cancer, and oin a couple of occasions we were summoned to the hospital, but he pulled through.  
It's strange how Australians love London.  We know people whose off spring have moved to London, and they love it.  Its a young thing I suppose.  I worked most of my life in London, both in the City and in the West End, and loved it, but now I am afraid it's too crowded.
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2006, 03:36:11 PM »
:lol: Well... I can go and see my son on the train and the tube (using my Freedom Pass), come back to Morrisons in Erith (which  is a smoking free zone) have a lovely roast dinner and still have change from a fiver. Cant be bad  eh?..... might have to spend as bit more if I sit by the river and have an ice cream.....Belx

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« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2006, 12:17:26 AM »
They played a bloody good game against the Italians, for all of 90 minuets then they lost to that penalty, very unlucky.   Smiffy
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2006, 02:09:51 AM »
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They played a bloody good game against the Italians, for all of 90 minuets then they lost to that penalty, very unlucky.   Smiffy


WE WOZ ROBBED!!!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2006, 06:34:16 AM »
I have just returned from London

Hallo Pauline,

I hope your time in London went well, particularly your reunion with family etc.  

Your comments were interesting but it is very sad to know how little people seem to care about their surroundings.  It must be part of the general lack of respect for one's fellow man.  Or something!  

Mike, is this the way things are in England now or is it just in the bit cities?

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« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2006, 07:27:08 AM »
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They played a bloody good game against the Italians, for all of 90 minuets then they lost to that penalty, very unlucky.   Smiffy


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 Pauline, you cannot win them all Pet ,you did give the italians a good kicking in North Africa ! plus you can celebrate Taranto .  dickie .........................
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« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2006, 07:35:24 PM »
glad to hear that you have got the flag of St. George flying Smiffy,  keep your fingers and everything else crossed for the game against Portugal. \belx

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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2006, 02:00:47 AM »
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They played a bloody good game against the Italians, for all of 90 minuets then they lost to that penalty, very unlucky.   Smiffy


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 Pauline, you cannot win them all Pet ,you did give the italians a good kicking in North Africa ! plus you can celebrate Taranto .  dickie .........................


Yes Dickie, but on those occasions we didn't have a referee poking his nose in where it wasn't wanted.  But then I understand that the refereeing has been branded bad all around.  I must now return to my roots and cheer for England, which with my track record for picking winners will not help their performance at all!  My husband Peter tels me that when I picked him I used up all my good luck in one go, which is why I always give the casinos a miss. :lol:
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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2006, 08:16:01 AM »
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[I have just returned from London,

I am presuming you didn't take a sentimental journey back to Downham, Pauline, as you didn't mention it.  Perhaps it would be too much of a shock for those of us who have been absent for so long.  

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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2006, 08:43:26 AM »
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[I have just returned from London,

I am presuming you didn't take a sentimental journey back to Downham, Pauline, as you didn't mention it.  Perhaps it would be too much of a shock for those of us who have been absent for so long.  

Brenda

No Brenda we didn't have the time or the energy to get to Downham.  I last visited in 1994 and everything seemed so small!!!
We didn't hire a car because of the conjestion tax.  Friends of ours live in Gt Titchfield Street W1, and they are marooned from 6.30am - 6.30pm unless they care to pay for the privilege of moving their car from their front door!  But we stayed in Hammersmith/Fulham the the roads were marked off into 3 areas, both sides of the road for residents parking, and the middle for driving on, and the middle bit wasn't room for 2 cars to pass, so you can imagine the fuss that goes on.  I would imagine that Downham would be the same, the roads just weren't made for cars to park.  Who would have imagined that Downham residents would even have afforded a car????  No forethought.
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