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The wonderful Gina Graham on stage at the NSFC WW1 Centenary Concert.

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Here’s the latest "Offering" for 09-11-2018

Greetings,

 Getting back to the serious business of writing – slowly.

     I have been able to spend some time working on “Sarina’s Season” doing the corrections and adjustments suggested by my proof reader, but this has been limited by other pressures. 

     Nevertheless, in odd moments I catch myself thinking through particular episodes that I hope to include in “Sarina’s Siege” the next book to be written from scratch.  This is the way I like to work so that when I come to write that section, I know already what’s going to happen.  Mind you, the characters sometimes go off and do something unexpected and I find myself typing faster to find out what does happen.

End of an enjoyable and restful period with a daughter staying with us.

     We have been enjoying our elder daughter Sarah staying with us, not to mention “Ivy,” her Jack Russel rescue dog, (there, I’ve gone and mentioned her!)  This visit has been lovely, and both Helen and I have revelled in having them both with us.

     Ivy had suffered a bad time before being rescued by the SPCA and was very nervous when Sarah first got her, but she has settled down really well and come out of her shell to show her inner impish character.  The house seemed very empty when they had to head off back down to Reading on Sunday.

Preparation for performing in  the NSFC WW1 Centenary Concert.

      Although only one among over thirty performers on the line up for the Nova Scotia Folk Club World War One Centenary Concert I have found myself spending a lot of time trying to prepare my two songs for the concert. 

    This proved more difficult than anticipated, not just because I was learning two ‘new’ songs but because the first one, Mike Spark’s “Thirteen Florins,” a very poignant tribute to the men of Hartest Village in Suffolk who joined up and left the coins of the title on the bar of their local pub so that they would have a drink when they came back; thirteen of them never did.  I almost managed to get through the song without ‘cracking-up’ when I sang it.

     The concert was a tremendous success and the die-hards, I’m told, went on until midnight.  Sadly, Helen and I did our usual and had to leave just after half time.  (It’s an M.S. thing.) 

     The club’s singers, and a few guests really pulled out all the stops and we were regaled with a cornucopia of classic WW1 songs, including Sarah Morgan’s “Home Lads, Home.”  Sarah was a long-time friend and I was at Whewell Folk Club the night she first sang that song “out,” she is sadly missed.

      Next week the club will be entertained by Mons Meg Rapper, I’m really looking forward to this event as I used to be one of those rare breed, people who were involved in both Folk Song, running several folk clubs in my time, and in Folk dance as a member of Dorset Triumph Folk Dancers. 

     The ‘DT men did include some long sword dances in their repertoire but ‘rapper’ is a very specialised style of dancing from the north east of England.  Mons Meg are based in Edinburgh and are visiting NSFC in Torrance next week.  Should be a spectacular evening.

    Enough, to business:-

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Graffiti from the Italian word “graffito”  =  a scratch, first used to describe Pompeii wall markings.

            “I love grils.” 

(which was corrected thus) “You mean girls, stupid.”

(to which was added)  “What about us grils? “  -  Unattributed

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Some  more of  The World’s Stupidest Signs

(Some of these may be duplicates of previous examples from different sources.)

             “After tea break staff should empty the tea pot and stand upside down on the draining board“  -  In an office.

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Notable Quotations       

            “I wish I loved the human race; I wish I loved its silly face; I wish I like the way it walks; I wish I loved the way it talks; And when I’m introduced to one, I wish I thought, What jolly fun.”  -  Walter Raleigh

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Best One-Liners

          I met a painter who only paints using Japanese rice wine, but it was just saké for art’s sake. - Phil Mann.

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Interesting little titbits

  • The average shelf-life of a latex condom is about two years.
  • Consuming chocolate was once considered a sin during the 16th and 17th century
  • Coca-Cola used to contain cocaine when it was initially introduced.

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All the best,

Bob, Dad, Uncle or Cousin (which ever applies!)

 

The origins of my “Friday Offering”

    Some years ago a friend started sending out the odd joke (some were very odd) which he called “Something for Friday.”  Since I had friends and relations that he didn’t know I started passing them on, calling mine a “Friday Offering.” I rapidly progressed to finding my own material and my original supplier then ceased his weekly publication but over time my small distribution list has grown and is still growing.  Encouraged by the feedback and contributions I have received, the ‘Offering’ has grown and the format become established to be my latest news and wry observations, a collection of jokes and amusing quotations.  I am told that it gets forwarded to every continent (except Antarctica, anyone know someone down there?)

    If you would like to be added to the "Friday" list  and receive these 'Offerings' on a regular basis, (your email address will not be made available to anyone else,) then please e-mail me by clicking this link  bobhambleton@aol.com

 

Bob Hambleton's novel, “Sarina’s Challenge,” ISBN No. 978-1-911113-48-5 the first book in the Sarina series is available from all usual outlets or direct from the distribtors, simply click here:-  http://ow.ly/Y7MV302qc9n

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Bob | Reply 04.11.2017 15.54

Hi Maureen, thanks for the message, nice to hear from you.

Maureen Pugh | Reply 04.11.2017 11.20

Sorry no message lately. I seemed to have lost items on my laptop. Aileen keept me posted on your activities and have now picked up your Friday offering

GINA GRAHAM | Reply 16.02.2017 18.36

Hope you feel better soon and we see you next Wednesday at Nova Scotia Folk Club. Take care. Gina x

Bob H 16.02.2017 19.30

Thanks for that, wecerytainly hope to be ther. Bob x

Gina Graham | Reply 08.07.2016 12.31

Thank you for your mention of Nova Scotia Folk Club. It's a pleasure having you and Helen visit on a regular basis and hearing your great songs Bob. C u next wk

Peter Tiffany | Reply 05.02.2016 08.34

Hi Bob, I hope life is good for you. It would be great to know you are OK, you should have our email address somewhere Park Street NW.

Bob hambleton 08.07.2016 15.59

Sorry not to have replied sooner Peter. Yes we are fine and I do have your email address. We are happily ensconced in Scotland surrounded by Helen's family.

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04.11 | 15:54

Hi Maureen, thanks for the message, nice to hear from you.

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04.11 | 11:20

Sorry no message lately. I seemed to have lost items on my laptop. Aileen keept me posted on your activities and have now picked up your Friday offering

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16.02 | 19:30

Thanks for that, wecerytainly hope to be ther. Bob x

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16.02 | 18:36

Hope you feel better soon and we see you next Wednesday at Nova Scotia Folk Club. Take care. Gina x

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