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Post by Admin Thu 01 Apr 2021, 19:27

Hey everyone, April fool's!!
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Post by LizzyNY Fri 02 Apr 2021, 15:50

PAN's comment about ET dumbing down their content for their hoped-for demographic prompted me to post this, so if you check it out and it isn't your cup of tea, blame her. Very Happy:

There's a kid named JT Kelly from Kentucky (18-20 yrs old) who has a YouTube channel called "JT Reacts". His life story is horrific, but he's a real charmer and a delight to watch. He comes off academically dumb as a brick, but he's not stupid and is hugely curious and eager to learn.

He's also IN LOVE with Queen Elizabeth and the UK - especially Wales, for some reason - and most of his subscribers (and there are a lot of them) seem to be from the UK as well.They send him presents of things that represent the UK and he's been invited to stay with many of his followers if he ever gets to make the trip. Some of them have even unofficially adopted him! Very Happy TBH some of the comments are as much fun as his videos.

If you need a bit of cheering up, or if you're just curious, check him out - especially the videos where he's opening gifts (they're adorably funny). It's worth a few minutes and will brighten your day!
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Post by Admin Mon 05 Apr 2021, 20:43

How was everyone's Easter (those who were celebrating)? I got four Easter eggs - result!
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Post by annemarie Tue 06 Apr 2021, 11:11

Didn't celebrate but it was nice and quiet.

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Post by PigPen Tue 06 Apr 2021, 12:50

Hoping everyone had a blessed Easter/Passover.

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Post by LizzyNY Tue 06 Apr 2021, 15:11

All quiet here. Hope everyone's holidays were peaceful (and not too fattening! Very Happy ).
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Post by Admin Tue 06 Apr 2021, 20:26

@LizzyNY wrote: (and not too fattening! Very Happy ).
Cheesecake isn't fattening, right?  Right?  Shocked
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Post by LizzyNY Tue 06 Apr 2021, 21:04

April 2021 chitchat 1f602  April 2021 chitchat 1f602  April 2021 chitchat 1f602  Right! Keep dreaming! Very Happy
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Post by Admin Tue 06 Apr 2021, 21:54

I made these for Easter.  Think it's going to be an annual tradition:

https://www.amytreasure.com/easter-egg-cheesecake/

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Post by LizzyNY Wed 07 Apr 2021, 00:51

Very Happy Ooooooohh!!!! Those look good! Did you make them all by yourself? More important: Did you eat them all by yourself??????? April 2021 chitchat 1f602  April 2021 chitchat 1f602

By the way, how's your garden doing?
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Post by Admin Wed 07 Apr 2021, 14:47

If you can make cheesecake (the kind that doesn't need baking) then you can make these, dead easy.  Next year I'll put them into smaller Easter egg halves because it's a shit-load of cheesecake!

The garden's coming along nicely.  I'm trying to work up the willpower to plant out peas and the tomato seeds.  I'm getting excited because I've got some cotyledons coming up where I'd scattered seed, so something's clearly survived my rough love!

So, what's everyone else been up to recently?
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Post by Admin Fri 09 Apr 2021, 18:51

Buckingham palace confirm that Prince Philip has died this morning.

Gave me quite a shock because normally I get my news from various websites and social media, but not this time: I always have the radio on in the background and I heard the BBC announcer suddenly say, "We interrupt our scheduled programme for this announcement," and I have to say my blood went cold for a second.  I guessed it was probably going to be about him because he'd been in hospital so long recently but before then, my mind went to a million places from the queen's death to the start of war before I got control of myself.  Awful, awful memories of princess Diana's death, which I also heard on the radio.
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Post by LizzyNY Fri 09 Apr 2021, 19:35

It's been on the news and in the papers here today. Such sad news, although at his age it must have been expected to happen sometime sooner rather than later. I can't imagine what it must be like for the Queen to lose her partner after so many years together - and for the country to lose someone who's been so prominent for so many years. Condolences to all.
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Post by Admin Fri 09 Apr 2021, 21:34

What worries me is how much longer will the queen hold out now? You hear so many stories of couples that were so close dying within a year of each other.  I know it has to happen at some time, and probably sooner rather than later given her age, but I can't face the thought of the queen dying.
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Post by LizzyNY Sat 10 Apr 2021, 01:58

I can't imagine the sense of loss people will feel when she's gone. It seems as if she's always been there and I'm sure there are many Britons who can't remember a time when she wasn't the queen. I guess it would almost feel like losing a parent.

It's so different here. We get a new "leader" every 4 or 8 years and when they die it's usually after they've been out of office for quite a while. They've been out of the spotlight so we haven't thought about them much. Their passing is sad, but nothing like it would be if they were in office for as long as Elisabeth has been on the throne. Here's hoping she reigns for many more years.
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Post by party animal - not! Sat 10 Apr 2021, 09:50



I think that what Prince Philip gave to Britain, the Commonwealth (and there-

fore quite a lot of the world!) can't be overstated. From a dreadful, heart-

breaking start in life he started the brilliant Duke of Edinburgh award system for

disenfranchised youth, The Worldwide Fund for Nature, etc etc. No wonder the

whole of last evening's tv was taken over by everything that he had done be

cause he 'wanted to be useful' One interviewee was typical - he was in prison

and found himself picked to take part in the D of E awards scheme. He's now

a leading chef in his thirties. And of course this scheme went all around the

the Commonwealth and inspired so many..


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Post by LizzyNY Sat 10 Apr 2021, 16:28

Would you say he was the inspiration for is children to be so involved with charity works or was this something that has always been expected of the royal family?
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Post by party animal - not! Sat 10 Apr 2021, 18:09

I would think so, Lizzy. He definitely seemed to lead by example long before

many of us were even thinking about the damage we were doing to the planet.

And maybe because of him or maybe both he and the Queen had similar

thoughts they always thought of public service and not putting yourself first

was important and he definitely lead the way in that. It's interesting to learn

now that when they go to places like Sandringham (huge place in Norfolk) they

all actually go and stay in Wood Farm, much smaller, nearby. It's well-known

that they turn off all unnecessary lighting and heating becos it's better for the

planet and the use of travelling rugs instead is encouraged. He had been stay-

ing there all his retirement until he joined the Queen during the pandemic.


He and the Queen were way ahead of their time and she instigated the

planting of forests worldwide in her name - a responsibility to visit and en-

courage I think she had passed to Harry........

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Post by LizzyNY Sat 10 Apr 2021, 19:13

It occurs to me that there's great value in having someone representing a country, whether it be a royal family or someone else, who can lead by example without politics shaping everything they do.

I know they have to consider the political implications of their choices, but it seems they have more freedom to choose the issues they get involved with than a politician could.
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Post by party animal - not! Sun 11 Apr 2021, 17:26

Came across this today.....

 https://twitter.com/WestWingReport/status/1380614762753572877



then scroll down two posts further............

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Post by Admin Sun 11 Apr 2021, 19:38

It might help to link to the actual tweet you're referring to because in the minutes after you post, there'll be more tweets added.  All I see is posts about Prince philip and the Kennedys?  Is that what you meant?
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Post by LizzyNY Sun 11 Apr 2021, 19:50

PAN - The same thing happened to me.  After the initial tweets all I saw was responses - lots of responses. Are you saying there were other tweets after that?

The story about Prince Phillip and little John Kennedy was part of the coverage in the papers here. It's a lovely story and says a lot about the kind of man he was.








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Post by party animal - not! Sun 11 Apr 2021, 22:22


Yes, the first three tweets were the relevant ones - and the comments were

a little extra. For some reason I couldn't extract the last tweet without attracting

comments!

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