Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Burns Night

An Englishman is being shown around a Scottish hospital. At the end of his visit, he is shown into a ward with a number of patients who show no obvious signs of injury. He goes to examine the first man he sees, and the man proclaims: "Fair fa' yer honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain e' the puddin' race! Aboon them a' ye tak your place, painch tripe or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o' a grace as lang's my arm." The Englishman, somewhat taken aback, goes to the next patient, and immediately the patient launches into: "Some hae meat, and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit." This continues with the next patient: "Wee sleekit cow'rin tim'rous beastie, O what a panic's in thy breastie! Thou need na start awa sae hasty, Wi bickering brattle. I wad be laith to run and chase thee, Wi murdering prattle!" "Well," the Englishman mutters to his Scottish colleague, "I see you saved the psychiatric ward for the last." "Nay, nay," the Scottish doctor corrected him, "this is the Serious Burns unit."

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Belated Happy New Year

So what’s been happening in the BOGOF household. Not a great deal I’m afraid.

We had a wonderful Christmas. Santa was extremely good to us so we got lots of lovely presents. As we had my Mam on Boxing day (she went to my sisters for Christmas day) we had to give her the full turkey and all the trimmings. My sister doesn’t ‘do’ a tradition festive lunch so it’s a hard life having to have two Christmas feeds in two days !!!

New Year was celebrated with some good friends who were able to make the journey ‘up north’ to Sunderland. The sticky sausages, cornbeef pie and New Years day chocolate (forget about the calories…) fondant went down really well.

Thanks to Jan, I bought myself a Kindle with some of my Christmas money. I’d been interested in the e-book readers for a while but hadn’t been able to have a good look at them. Jan had just bought herself a Kindle and had it with her so gave me a full guided tour of what it can do. 24 hours later I bought one…

I’ve managed to put my entire classic book collection on the Kindle (as they are out of copyright, most, if not all, of the books are free to download either from Amazon or other ebook sites). This is brilliant as I can now put the classic books in the loft, get three book shelves back, and fill with books that I don’t want to go on the Kindle. Marvellous !!!