Where Have You Just Been?

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Post by Cathy » 15 Aug 2015, 04:24

Very nice Liz, love the look of Canada. Any pics to share?
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Post by LizG » 15 Aug 2015, 06:39

Correct Stanley, it was very cold in Alaska. The day we went for a drive into Denali National Park it snowed. That was where we saw most of the wildlife. Canada was a little warmer.

Cathy, I'll post some photos once we get them sorted. We only got back yesterday afternoon.
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This was one of 12 bears we saw. But it was an 8 hour day!
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Post by Stanley » 16 Aug 2015, 04:25

I know bears are dangerous but they look so cuddly!
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ImageJust been to Chesil Beach. On holiday in Dorset and paid a visit on a glorious sunny day. Nolic
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Post by Wendyf » 16 Aug 2015, 16:10

Can't see your picture Nolic.......

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Post by Stanley » 19 Aug 2015, 04:24

To bed..... Amazing how sleep can repair the body....
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Post by Bruff » 24 Sep 2015, 13:10

A couple of weeks traveling around Europe in the car. Went to France (Besancon), Switzerland (Interlaken), Italy (Bergamo) and Germany(Freiburg). All very pleasant towns/cities and we were very lucky with the weather which was splendid save for a couple of hours rain on a couple of days (and a bit of snow – see below). A few thoughts.

It seems impossible to eat badly in Italy and it’s a ridiculously romantic place. Our haltingly inept phrasebook Italian was met with patience and encouragement. Donkey stew is very nice.

Forget what you’ve heard about the famed efficiency of the Swiss transport system as the reality is that it is even better. We had a day right up in the Alps and our itinerary from the hotel using public transport was bus, train, train, cable car(s), bus, bus, train, train, bus. It ran like clockwork each leg timetabled to link with the previous. So we ended up at Piz Gloria in a snowfall having our ‘selfie’ ‘photo taken with a cut out George Lazenby (one for the James Bond buffs there). Temporary snow fall as it was otherwise crystal clear and the views of the Eiger, Monck and Jungfrau spectacular.

Besancon has a Museum of Time and many clocks. The pavements contain brass ‘timepiece’ arrowheads that if you follow take you to clocks, old and very new. The cathedral has a remarkable astronomical clock that is a French national historical monument.

German beer is excellent, as are the sausages from the Wurst stands. Contrary to cliché perhaps, the Germans we met were remarkably smiley, friendly, engaging and lively.

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Post by Stanley » 25 Sep 2015, 03:49

Sounds like a mini Grand Tour Richard! I agree with you about the majority of Germans. Our favourite boozing partners in the bars in Spandau in the 50s were the old Wehrmacht men, we should never have been fighting them.... " Es was Hitler!" Mind you, you occasionally meet an uptight German who fills all the standard criteria, usually in a minor position of power.....
I like the Piz Gloria selfie.... Another location where, when you see it in a film, you can bore everyone by muttering "Been there...."
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Post by PanBiker » 15 Nov 2015, 16:43

We went to a fundraiser for the RNLI last night which was down at the Stone Trough. It was originally going to be at Ghyll golf club but they changed the venue. The evening was 1940's themed with GI Jive (Ian Hartley and his wife Sheilagh) who provided the dance music and encouragement by demonstration for a number of the popular dances from the 30's and 40's. A jolly good time was had by all and we managed to win twice in the raffle. :grin:

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We have seen Ian and Sheilagh many times as they have been around for a long while on the 40's dance circuit. I think we were the only couple there who had had any previous experience of 40's jive, a point picked up on by Ian as he could see that we could dance. There were a few ladies who could tap and they were very good at picking up the Charleston moves. Sally was well pleased as Ian scooped her up at one point for a dance and led her through some Lindy Hop routines. We have touched on the basics of Lindy but did not keep it up as the guy doing the classes turned out to be quite a tyrant and instead of supporting when you got it wrong he just shouted at you. I had all on not to thump him on one session so we decided not to continue, a few others from the class left at the same time so it was not just us. It's a few years now since we did any classes and we both have a yen to try Lindy again so may look for another class if we can find one reasonably local.
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Post by Stanley » 16 Nov 2015, 04:39

I envy you Ian! My coordination in the shed or when doing almost anything else is excellent but once on a dance floor I become a gibbering wreck. The kids have never let me see the video of me attempting Greek Dancing at Janet's wedding.... (It was sudden death, two blokes retired injured!) Mind you, this may have been something to do with the fact that all the patriarchs were given a bottle of their favourite spirit when they sat down. Greek weddings are something else!
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Post by PanBiker » 16 Nov 2015, 09:17

Aye, I have been passed the fisherman's hat and danced on the table, Rhodos I think that was. It was the local barber that did it I think, the same guy that spent every morning wet shaving three of his mates outside his little shop in the village square, conveniently placed next to a tavern. The gang then spent the rest of the day playing chess under an olive tree. In the evening the old guys danced and got up to mischief.

I too was the last bloke to ever get up and dance, we saw an advert for 40's jive classes at Silsden and decided to give it a go. One thing led to another and you then end up dressing the part to attend the dances and then the re-enactment groups and weekends with steam trains and the like. We need to Lindy Hop though, you can dance the steps to a much broader range of musical tempo's. It's pretty cool to watch and damned good exercise that's for sure.
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Post by Stanley » 17 Nov 2015, 04:52

I don't do that sort of exercise these days.....
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Post by Wendyf » 19 Nov 2015, 08:51

Went to an entertaining talk by Dr Alan Crosby at Colne Library last night called "Grandmother's Letters". He is such a good speaker who holds the audience's attention without the need for Power Point, well worth listening to whatever subject he is talking about!
In contrast, our speaker at Earby on Tuesday - Dr George Ingle, had a Power Point presentation showing the words of his talk with just occasional illustrations, and that was quite distracting despite the interesting subject matter of starving hand loom weavers from the Laneshaw Bridge area walking to Addingham in 1826 to try and break up the new power looms in Low Mill. Finding that too well guarded by the militia they turned and walked on to Gargrave where some were shot and killed. Desperate times.

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Post by Tizer » 19 Nov 2015, 10:41

We went to a lecture in the village hall recently were the speaker spent more time clicking through folders on the computer to show his Powerpoint images than he did talking. He kept bringing up the folder hierarchy on the screen, switching folders, scrolling, clicking...oops wrong one...do it all again. :confused:

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Post by Stanley » 20 Nov 2015, 05:08

I have never had any experience of Power Point, either as a consumer or a lecturer but like both of you I am sceptical about it. The best lectures I have ever seen or done myself were simply talking against illustrations on the screen from and old fashioned slide show. I put the annual lectures at the Royal Society in the same class, talking combined with practical demonstration. I have been told that Power Point can become almost addictive and many people don't like the rigid format. I think audiences quite enjoy 'live' lectures where there is always the chance of something going wrong!
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Post by PanBiker » 20 Nov 2015, 09:29

Tizer wrote:We went to a lecture in the village hall recently were the speaker spent more time clicking through folders on the computer to show his Powerpoint images than he did talking. He kept bringing up the folder hierarchy on the screen, switching folders, scrolling, clicking...oops wrong one...do it all again. :confused:
Just like lectures and presentations of old when they got their slides mixed up!

It's no different and all comes down to preparation as it always has. Nothing wrong with Powerpoint as a presentation tool as long as you know how to work it. Apart from the practical workshops the entire 6 months of CISCO training was delivered using Powerpoint, with associated notes for each module and a tutor who knew what he was talking about and how to deliver the presentation.
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Post by Wendyf » 20 Nov 2015, 09:49

If you have pictures and diagrams to show then Power Point is wonderful. Putting the full text of your talk on the screen for people to read along as you are talking is just distracting...though great for someone with hearing difficulties, so I shouldn't complain!

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Post by Moh » 26 Nov 2015, 15:00

Just been to Morecambe to have my hair cut & permed - I cannot find one as good in Burnley - hubby went to check the caravan and have a natter with a friend.
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Post by PanBiker » 26 Nov 2015, 15:42

A little Barlick circular out to Gilbeber on towards Bracewell and back through the fields over to Brogden via the stone bridge over Cloggers (Fools Syke). Three and a bit miles in about an hour.
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Post by PanBiker » 29 Nov 2015, 18:31

A day out at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, part of my birthday treats. Family and two grandchildren who were quite taken on by the bunch of Star Wars characters that turned up. Bounty Hunter Boba Fett was in attendance with about half a dozen Storm Troopers and one of the new Sith Lords from the upcoming latest episode and sundry other characters. We met this lot on the way out after touring all the floors. We saw a broadsword fighting demonstration while we were making our way round, slightly too early for the English longbow archer from Agincourt. Pizza Express for lunch. Royal Armouries, well worth a visit, it's a lot more swish than the last time I visited it shortly after it opened.

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Post by LizG » 30 Nov 2015, 07:16

We picked up Dad's ashes today. It's taken a while for any of us to be ready, even though it's been almost a year. Still discussing where he will eventually settle but the place of choice at the moment is Malham Cove.
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Post by Moh » 30 Nov 2015, 13:19

Are you from Yorkshire Liz.?
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Post by LizG » 30 Nov 2015, 21:02

Yes Moh. I was born in Bradford, moved to Barnoldswick when I was about 7 and then to Australia when I was 13.
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Post by Moh » 03 Dec 2015, 13:40

A Yorkshire lass then ...
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