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General Discussion / Re: Message Board
« Last post by MR on 18 May, 2024, 11:51:08 AM »
Yes, Pam, MB posts are certainly few and far between these days - dare I say everyone moved on during the Covid lockdowns (I know we certainly did - it was a case of moving on or "dying in the ditch", to coin a phrase). And now life goes on in different ways for many of us...
The big question post-covid is whether you and those who can make things happen (Lee and Poul) want to keep the website (and MB?) going or not? And the answer is definitely in your hands, so I'll leave it there - except for one suggestion if I may:
You talk about forgetting passwords and then tell us you have more IT-related devices than some computer shops! Dare I say that perhaps the two are linked, and if you were to rationalise your devices (maybe down to 1 PC, 1 tablet and 1 phone), you might find it much easier to remember your passwords, especially if you do what many others do and base them all on a common theme, eg HowNowBrownCow@#$123, and the next one being HowNowBlueCow@#$456, and so on.
Just a thought...
General Discussion / Re: Message Board
« Last post by PamMcD on 14 May, 2024, 01:05:41 PM »
It is a pity that when I have finally understood the MB that there is no one posting anything!!!  I was gutted to find that no one has joined in my birthday thread - but then I suppose it was pretty boring and parochial. 

Having the same old bother with passwords and now the passkey for my iPhone.  If you try to enter the wrong passkey ten times it locks the phone.  I know have the message "iPhone unavailable" and for some reason I can't get WhatsApp.  I have had to dig out an ex phone to use until I can get to a phone person.

I now have 4 computers, 2 laptops, an iMac and an all in one PC (this one I passed to my grandson number two but he got fed up of it so I am going to get it in to service again.

Best Wishes

Pam aka champion password forgetter

General Discussion / Re: air fryers
« Last post by MR on 12 May, 2024, 04:19:07 AM »
Lucky you, Pam. I'm on a self-imposed low protein diet since being wrongly diagnosed with CKD (chronic kidney disease) and reading all about the nasty stuff we eat with sodium, potassium, animal protein (including cow's milk) and phosphate. I realise my reaction in avoiding it all is over the top, but better safe than sorry - and it's much easier to get fresh fruit and veg in VN than most western countries, anyway. And I've gotta say I quite like the taste of soy or almond milk on my fruit and nuts breakfast these days! Haven't touched alcohol since before covid, and now I've been off red meat for at least six months. Would love to say I feel better for it but the only difference I've noticed so far is a small loss of weight! (but lots of mental comfort knowing I'm at least trying to do the right thing!). Got a mate arriving from Oz in a few weeks and he's a big drinker and definite "big English breakfast" fan so that's gonna be interesting!!!  ;D
General Discussion / Re: immigration
« Last post by MR on 12 May, 2024, 04:03:06 AM »
Dunno if it's related but it probably is - the Vietnamese economy is now going gangbusters because of deals they're doing with China and Russia. Surprisingly, we don't hear any complaints from western countries!
Anyway, it means VN parents can now send their kids overseas for study, which is very popular because the teachers in VN schools are either mostly un- or barely qualified locals or backpackers pretending to teach English! And with favoured destination Australia now tightening up the visa requirements to stop the shonks getting study visas but just using them to get relatively highly paid work instead - then sending the money home, of course!
Frustratingly, genuine folk like our niece Sunny are finding it tough to get a visa (even though she's only 11yo so hardly likely to wanna go there to work even if we let her, which we wouldn't!). We were advised instead to give it a few more years before applying for her student visa, which makes sense but annoys Linh because it means she can't live in Australia until we can get Sunny's visa.
I'm happy in VN, especially since so many of my former mates in Oz have either died or moved somewhere cheaper to live than Sydney. Gotta say VN feels more like home to me these days - especially as my remaining rellos are in Sth Africa, Finland and UK but none in Oz.
General Discussion / Re: Message Board
« Last post by MR on 12 May, 2024, 03:49:44 AM »
That's good news, Pam - let's hope a few more "oldies" get the same idea!
General Discussion / Re: My Birthday
« Last post by MR on 12 May, 2024, 03:48:17 AM »
Nice one, Pam - and glad to hear Harrogate's still the nice little town that so many of us young squaddies remember from the early 1960s. "Happy birthday" once again - I'm less than 4 years behind you and today is our weekly mountain hiking and ocean swimming day so there's hope for me yet, as long as I can avoid falling off my bike again!
General Discussion / My Birthday
« Last post by PamMcD on 08 May, 2024, 03:32:20 PM »
We decided that we would do something different for my 85th.  Simon is home from Singapore.  Rosie is an avid charity/pre loved shop so we decided to get to a posh place to see what they had on offer. Rosie drove us, Me, Simon and Isabel (grandson's girlfriend) and it took just over an hour to get to Harrogate. 

We found it a really lovely town and a very busy one, but it was a bank holiday.  The girls toured the charity shops and I followed but I am not an expert rummager through things on coat hangers.  Simon toured the book shops and things which interested him.  Because I am not really good on my feet I bought a second hand wheel chair.  It wasn't bad except that Rosie nearly tipped me out after only a few yards, but it was better for them to have me not being a drag.

We queued out side Betty's tea shop and it is so lovely inside.  No riff raff in sight.  I was treated to the 30 quid  high tea which was superb.  We were rather concerned when we got the bill and found we had paid a ten quid tip which was not appropriate really.  The girls had something else, they were not going to pay that price for just for a few tiny cakes and sandwiches that one could put into ones mouth in one go!  I liked the atmosphere so maybe it is the Tory in me!

It really beat my 80 treat which was a trip to the Ethiad stadium to watch Man City draw with Huddersfield Town.

Anyway that was details of my lovely day out in a super place in North Yorkshire


General Discussion / Message Board
« Last post by PamMcD on 08 May, 2024, 03:13:47 PM »
I am finding it a little easier to navigate the MB so I will log in every day I think.
General Discussion / Re: air fryers
« Last post by PamMcD on 08 May, 2024, 03:11:57 PM »
I have my one airfryer and an electric pressure cooker made by the same people who made my airfryer.  I like them bother but I love bacon and sausages done in AF and stews in my pressure cooker.  People seem to be able to make lovely poached eggs and boiled eggs but I have had no luck.
General Discussion / Re: FACEBOOK SCAMMERS
« Last post by PamMcD on 08 May, 2024, 03:08:02 PM »
How awful, it is so worrying that they are getting up to all these nasty tricks.  Touch wood nothing like that has happened  to me .... yet!

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