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    Fly-by-night

    I am not exaggerrating or mistaken, it's around Lymm at least once a month. You can't mistake it as it is blue with a yellow tail and it flies low. As I said, I can recognise its engine sound now as we see it so often.
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    Fly-by-night

    Yes, so stay away.
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    how much to park

    When did I tell him off?
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    Fly-by-night

    The police aeroplane circles regularly over Lymm. It's been over my house for ages this evening - it very often is, and I'm innocent, Guv. It comes over both night and daytime and I can now recognise it from the sound of its engine. No doubt there's been yet another armed robbery, or similar, in the village.
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    Mobiles and brain tumors

    Please tell me how we all managed to live our lives before mobile phones were invented. I grew up in a village that had 1 red phone box (outside the chip shop) and 2 private phones, 1 of which was ours. All our neighbours knew our number and gave it out to their relatives, friends, etc. "in case of emergencies". I was married 7 years and in my 3rd home before I had a phone of my own, up in the wilds of the North Yorks Moors. I rang everybody I knew, who had a phone, to tell them I had this beautiful, two-tone green thing and it lived on the bay-window-sill in full view of all the avenue. Some 25 years later my husband had one of the first mobiles. It was black, as large as a house-brick and he only used it for business. It lived in his brief case and we all used to jump when it rang unexpectedly. The thing is, I managed to bring up 3 children, hold down a professional job, have friends and relatives, arrive and depart from various points around the country, even go abroad on holiday, without a mobile. I didn't have to walk around town with one clamped to my ear or hold earnest conversations in the middle of Sainsburys - and I survived. I've got one now, bought my first about 12 years ago. I figured if I was alone on the M6 (used to be visiting my elderly Mum, a lot, in Blackburn) and broke down I'd rather not get out of my car to ring the AA. Members of my family know my number but I don't, generally, give it out. It's useful for text messages but it's a pain in the bum trying to talk if you're in a "bad spot". I just would love to know what people find to talk about, constantly, that we didn't 40 years ago.
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    Flooding protection and Water Vole preservation work

    When I was working we used to watch, through the office windows, the rats "playing out" on sunny days. Our car park backed on to the back of lower Bridge St and, despite the Council's best efforts, rats thrived there. To me a rat is just an animal trying to make a living. If its tail had long fur it would be a squirrel. Mother rats are excellent parents and baby rats can be just as cute as any other baby animal. I've often been fascinated by them, it's just a pity they spread so much disease.
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    Flooding protection and Water Vole preservation work

    It was about 5 or 6 inches long and definitely not a rat - as you say, the tails are quite distinctive. I must go and look on the canal banks - all I ever see there are flaming anglers with rods 15 feet long so the dog and I have to hurdle. The place I've seen them most is where the boats moor, alongside the path next to the Youth Club. You find them all along the banks, though. I noticed them more when we had our dog as she would "flush" them into the water then jump in after them.
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    Flooding protection and Water Vole preservation work

    I lived near the Leeds-Liverpool canal when I was a child, Dismayed, and there were always water voles around. They had long tails too and I think I'm a good few years older than you. Were the ones floating in your pond deceased? How did they get in your pond? Did you have an unsuccessful guinea-pig breeder living nearby?
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    Flooding protection and Water Vole preservation work

    The water vole is very similar to a rat and was the species to which Ratty in "Wind in the Willows" belonged. People call them water rats in error. They grow to about 8" long so maybe what you saw at the Dam was a very adventurous baby or a water-loving mouse. There are plenty of water voles on the canal banks and you can tell them from rats by the tails, which are more furry.
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    Ali Bongo

    I'm sure he was dead. Do you think he walks on water too?
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    Car Dealership questionnaire

    I would just regard it as salesmen's banter. He has to be able to sell himself or he's in the wrong job, don't you think? Would you rather he'd said, "Please, don't say the service was poor," and sunk to his knees, clutching hers?
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    It's going to be a rough WINDY Night

    It seems to have quietened a little in Lymm. This afternoon I saw what I thought was an orange balloon floating over the roof of the house opposite, then I saw it was a Sainsburys plastic bag. Should be about in Wigan by now.
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    Male primary school teachers in decline

    I think the general mistrust of males around small children must have led to fewer men wanting to teach primary age. What a sad state of affairs. When I was at primary school, late 40s/early 50s, there were 2 male teachers. They were both ex-servicemen, very "hot" on discipline, and parents, in general, appreciated that. No one ever gave a thought to paedophilia because, just like now, it was very rare, the only difference being in the media reportage of any incidents. Men who worked with children were not, automatically, seen as potential threats. Modern paranoia has led to ridiculous situations. I know of a Brownie pack that was desperate for a leader and on the point of closing. The father of one of the Brownies came forward and said he'd love to do the job as he was interested in children's welfare and development (as are teachers) and he had a lot to offer with ideas, commitment and experience as the father of 4 girls. They had to turn him down because he was - God forbid! - a man. The pack is now run by a lady - nominally - but he does all the planning etc., in the background, and he can't ever take a meeting himself, there must always be at least 2 women there with him. How paranoid is this world?
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    Posting as an alias?

    No, I'm Geoffrey Settle and so is my wife.......
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