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Keeping in Touch

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While we are in shutdown due to the COVID-19 we thought it would be a good idea to have a place on our website where we could, on a regular basis,  keep you informed, provide fun things to do, excite your mind, provide links to interesting places, inject some humour,  share some ideas and generally brighten up your day. So, on a regular basis while we are all sitting at home, our webmaster, Ian Handricks, will update this page for you and he would welcome your input, ideas and anything else you might like to share on the page and he will do his best to include your ideas in the next post. Ian can be contacted on ianhandricks@gmail.com Click on buttons below to go to a specific day or scroll down for a journey through the days

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Day 24
day 24
Yorkshire Puddings
Funny You Should say That!
Air Conditioning!
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A to Z of Interesting Words You Should be Using

  • Agastopia n. – admiration of a particular part of someone’s body

  • Bibble v. – to drink often; to eat and/or drink noisily

  • Cabotage n. – coastal navigation; the exclusive right of a country to control the air traffic within its borders

  • Doodle sack n. – old English word for bagpipe

  • Erinaceous adj. – of, pertaining to, or resembling a hedgehog

  • Firman n. – in Turkey and some other Oriental countries, a decree or mandate issued by the sovereign

  • Gabelle n. – a tax on salt

  • Halfpace n. – a platform of a staircase where the stair turns back in exactly the reverse direction of the lower flight

  • Impignorate v. – to pawn or mortgage something

  • Jentacular adj. – pertaining to breakfast

  • Kakorrhaphiophobia n. – fear of failure

  • Lamprophony n. – loudness and clarity of enunciation

  • Microsmatic adj. – having a good sense of smell

  • Nudiustertian n. – the day before yesterday

  • Oxter n. – outdated word meaning “armpit”

  • Pauciloquent adj. – uttering few words; brief in speech

  • Quire n. – two dozen sheets of paper

  • Ratoon n. – small shoot growing from the root of a plant

  • Salopettes n. – high-waisted skiing pants with shoulder straps

  • Tittynope n. – a small quantity of something left over

  • Ulotrichous adj. – having woolly or crispy hair

  • Valetudinarian n. – a sickly or weak person, especially one who is constantly and morbidly concerned with his or her health

  • Winklepicker n. – style of shoe or boot in the 1950s with a sharp and long pointed toe

  • Xertz v. – to gulp down quickly and greedily

  • Yarborough n. – hand of cards containing no card above a nine

  • Zoanthropy n. – delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal

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Don't Judge Too Quickly !
Batteries not included!

The Splendid Beauty of Travel

The next few videos show the magnificent landscapes of Greenland, Iceland, The Faeroe Islands and Norway - also some amazing daredevil flying suit jumpers free falling down treacherous rocky mountainsides!

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Norway
ree Flying down a rocky mountain

How do you say that again?

A collection of unusual place names for around the world (click on any photo to see it larger)

Curious Inventions
Someone's getting a raw deal?
Anoushka Shankar (Ravi Shankar's daughter and Norah Jones' sister)
Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You
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Angry Wife - new manicure!
A virtual tour of Kew Gardens (above)
and 
Claude Monet's Garden (below)

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The Gardens at Waddesdon Manor
Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam, Holland
Keukenhof Gardens, Amsterdam, Holland
Summer at the Chicago Botanic Garden
Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden 
How to Pass the Salt While Maintaining Proper Social Distance
Get your skates on!