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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
26 Feb 2019
06:15:32pm

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The following was in one of our newspapers this morning:-

Our Father, who art in Brussels,
Juncker be thy name.
Thy kingdom rules,
Thy will be done
in London as it is in Strasbourg.
Give us this day a customs union
And forgive us our referendum
As we will never forgive those who voted against us.
Lead us not out of the backstop
but deliver us from UKIP
For the EU is the kingdom
The power and the gravy train
For ever and ever
Amen.

I hope everyone whether they are Remainers or Leavers can smile at the above.
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27 Feb 2019
12:41:38am
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It made me google 'UKIP' Angry

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Independence_Party

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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Tom in Exton, PA
27 Feb 2019
11:37:52am

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My one year old grand daughter is mesmerized by TV and sing song cartoon rhymes. We were sitting there one day when Jack and Jill was playing and a line caught both my daughter and my attention...

And plastered his head
With vinegar and brown paper


So of course we Googled it. The explanation is lost on people of today, even my generation, but the explanation is at the bottom of this post.

Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water;
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
and Jill came tumbling after.

Up Jack got
And home did trot,
As fast as he could caper;
And went to bed
And plastered his head
With vinegar and brown paper




This does indeed refer to the use of vinegar and brown paper for the treatment of wounds, bruises and other injuries. It is a very old remedy which is still used today for swelling and bruising, or headaches.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
27 Feb 2019
02:21:50pm

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Quote:

"This does indeed refer to the use of vinegar and brown paper for the treatment of wounds, bruises and other injuries. It is a very old remedy which is still used today for swelling and bruising, or headaches."



This was also referred to in the "Sharp" TV programmes. Which were set during the Napoleonic Wars.


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27 Feb 2019
02:30:33pm
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I believe you mean Cornwell's adapted novels, where Sharpe kept his E

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
27 Feb 2019
05:48:05pm

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amsd:-

You are correct. I did mean Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe". I just forgot the "e".

I've never read any of the "Sharpe" books but have read all the "Last Kingdom" series.



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28 Feb 2019
05:12:51pm
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the Sharpe series is masterful. I read each of the books. the BBC adaptation of it was good also, with the earlier episodes better than the later. As production values improved, the story degraded.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
28 Feb 2019
06:45:14pm

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The same appears to be happening to "The Last Kingdom" series. The third TV series is further from the books than the first two series.
It appears screenwriters seem to think they know better than the original writers.
Thank goodness they kept close to the Harry Potter books when they made the films.
Back in the late seventies Hollywood made a film called "The November Man" starring Paul Newman. The original book was written by Desmond Bagley called "The Mackintosh Man". The film was terrible. Not one for Mr Newman to be proud of. I can heartily recommend the book.

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Harvey
13 Jun 2019
06:32:34pm
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This sounds weird, but the Sharpe series actually changed my life. My wife and I were watching the series and she heard the background music. It was Hagman ( John Tams ) singing and playing the fiddle. Life as I knew it changed at that moment. She got heavily into all aspects of British folk music and actually flew from Canada to Britain at least six times to see John Tams in concert. I went with her once, other friends the other times. The time I went we saw several shows, several museums and a concert up north with Tams in a small pub. I met him, his wife Sally and his daughter before the concert. We were introduced during the show - there weren't many Canadians there. He is a wonderful person and contrary to his character in Sharpe, he can't hit the broad side of the barn with a rifle! My wife died a few years ago and Sally Tams, who seems to run John's web site, emails me about once a year to tell me where John is performing. And I still am a huge fan of British folk music. Go on You-Tube, search John Tams and give a listen - I guarantee you'll like it, especially the clip from War Horse!! So, the series really was life changing, sounds a bit trite, but it's true!

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13 Jun 2019
08:51:00pm
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Loved reading about Tams.

So, I've written of my great admiration for Philip Whitchurch's portrayal of Captain Frederickson (of the 60th Rifles) in the Sharpe Series. He appears in two episodes, and both are brilliant, and really quite different.

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Harvey
14 Jun 2019
01:30:27pm
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Someone else from the Sharpe series that has to be mentioned is Pete Postlethwaite and the way he played Obadiah Hakeswell, in my humble opinion one of the greatest TV villains of all time. His character was incredible and and he was a person you absolutely had to hate!

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malcolm197
17 Jun 2019
08:20:11am
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Pete Postlethwaite was the most underated actor of all time. He mostly played "bit parts", every one different and all portrayed in an unforgettable manner - the supreme professional.He was always the man he portrayed. He started out as a Drama teacher in schools.

Malcolm

P.S. Steven Spielberg once called him "the best actor in the world"

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18 Jun 2019
02:47:31am
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Ah, Sharpe’s War! Such great drama (both the books and the TV series) is truly the “stuff of life” for me. The research that Cornwell does before writing is impressive, and gives his novels a wonderful “you are there” atmosphere. I really enjoyed learning about black powder technology, and even the Congreve rocket, the first rocket employed militarily, at least in the West.

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Harvey
24 Jun 2019
01:41:22pm
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Hi out there to anyone into British folk music. I just got an e-mail from Sally Tams, wife of John Tams (Hagman from Sharpe), that John's old group Home Service is having a reunion this October in Lichfield. If anyone out there is interested send me a personal e-mail and I will send you the information. In case you don't know how to access member information my e-mail is cbudgell1@eastlink.ca

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25 Jun 2019
08:42:36am
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Harvey, quite agree on all counts with PP

Bob I, the amazing thing about both Cornwell and Obrian is both the great detail and the ability to weave it into the story seamlessly, often giving you information without a lecture.

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
28 Jun 2019
07:46:22pm

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My latest favourite author is Simon Scarrow. His Eagle series covering Roman times is a nice read without all those latin and greek quotes some writers put in every paragraph, (my pet hate).

His latest novel "Blood of Rome" I got as a talking book from my local library. I listened to it while sorting my stamps.

Scarrow also wrote three books about Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, covering their early years to after Waterloo.


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29 Jun 2019
06:50:10am
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Nice Ian,

returning to John Irving's Widow for a Year. All his books are just fabulous.

David

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Neddie Seagoon from The Telegoons
29 Jun 2019
07:49:26am

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Just downloaded an old favourite audio book from Old Time Radio on https:/archive.org

namely King Solomons Mines by H. Rider Haggard.


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