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Mikeharvey



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:50 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The small earthquakes here in Blackpool and their probable/possible cause are a hot topic among inhabitants. But I have yet to meet anyone who felt the slightest thing.


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Apple



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikeharvey wrote:
The small earthquakes here in Blackpool and their probable/possible cause are a hot topic among inhabitants. But I have yet to meet anyone who felt the slightest thing.
Well I would say thats a good thing!!  Smile


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Melony



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have actually even had several earthquakes in Oklahoma this year.


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chris-l



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RN Singer wrote:
A taste of the apocalypse visited our small Alberta community on May 15, when 100 kph winds blew a forest fire into town, destroying 370-odd homes. But not ours. The fire stopped three doors down. Pictorial evidence galore online for those interested by googling 'slave lake fire'.  
One thing that irks me: certain religious people are already giving God credit for saving the stuff that didn't burn.

One of the other structures destroyed was the brand new library, with all its contents. I had two books out - Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels and The Stoning of Soraya M, by somebody whose name I can't remember. Both are probably overdue by now, but I'm taking my time, as there's no library to return them to.


I saw a brief report of the royal visit on the BBC news a couple of nights ago. The damage still looked very distressing, and I would guess things had been tidied up a bit in anticipation of the arrival of celebrities and attendant news teams.

Best wishes for a return to normality at an early date.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why thank you, Chris. I have to say in spite of my cynical self I got a big kick out of the royal visit to our little town in the middle of nowhere. I actually knew about it a week ahead of time and was 'sworn to secrecy' by the government people. What a hoot.

I got to hang out with the blokes with the two-foot lenses who do nothing but follow the royals for a living. Very strange experience. But talk about a rock star reaction from the crowd. That can get your blood racing no matter who you are, I think.

Flooding today, by the way.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had never read that earlier bit about your fire somehow.  How come you are important enough to be allowed into the secret of a royal visit?  

I think you have to be very cynical indeed not to enjoy these big events and royalty seems to know how to stage-manage them perfectly.  People are voicing cynicism about NZ's forthcoming Rugby World Cup but I am sure that come the time we will all be caught up in it and hoping it does well.  (And that the All Blacks win.)

Cheers, Caro.


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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think these two royals are winning people over because they seem happy, genuine people, in a strong relationship and relaxed with people.  I am very impressed at how well Kate has taken to such a role - and her smile seems both ready and genuine.  They seem to exude charm and spontaneity and a sense of enjoying life, it's hard not to like them - not that I want not to like them, I am a supporter of the monarchy, but there's a warmth to them that seems very appealing.


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kitsumehime



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 1:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in the USA and I got up early to see the wedding live.  It was quite a good show.  I wish them all the best.  

Right now the big news where I live on the East Coast of the USA is the hurricane and the disaster it left in it's wake.  We got off easy, but some areas were heavily impacted with downed trees and flooding.  A lot of people are without power and it might not be up for another week or more.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was quite the storm, Kits, wasn't it! I hope it's the last one like it for many years.

Caro, looks like it's my turn to have missed something in this thread re  your question about my insider info on the royal visit. I was 'chosen' as the sole local photographer allowed into the pool that was travelling with the royal entourage. Strictly controlled ('don't get within 20 feet and keep your mouths shut'), but still fun.


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spidernick



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Location: Fareham, Hants

PostPosted: Sat Sep 03, 2011 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They seem like a nice enough couple, but I have no interest in the royal family and didn't watch the wedding - I actually went into another room when the service was on (and everything either side of it) and read some of my book (something I rarely get the chance to do with the kids around).

I find the whole concept of 'royalty' both laughable and ironic in the extreme when you look at the hats the Ferguson girls were wearing that day: they looked like a couple of chavs, let's be honest!

Sorry, shouldn't rant.  Back to the thread topic and yes the weather has been weird of late, with heavy rain and sunshine in a very short period of time quite regularly where I am in recent weeks.  Whatever we try and do to defeat nature, she has a habit of fighting back.




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