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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 35
day 35
Spare a Thought
Clockwork Cranial Concoctions
Move over buddy!
A Whiter Shade of pale 40 years on! Beautiful
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The reality of travel plans in 2020!

Unusual Vehicles

Here's a gallery of unusual production cars over the years ...

Extraordinary Pianist - Peter Bence -Africa
Peter Bence -Here Comes the Sun
Day 36
day 36
You Must Remember This
A menu of magic
A Bulldog Clip!
Uncle Bulgaria - Mezmorising Chants
Whispering Grass
Lovelight Requiem
Written by Brett Howes
Piano and Production by Kevin Crowe
Brett and Kevin have both been guest presenters at our Seniornet North Shore Club
No head for alcohol!

Insurance Humour

 

  • What's the difference between a life insurance underwriter and a Mafia underwriter? A life insurance underwriter can predict how many people will die this year; a Mafia underwriter can name them.

  • A client calls up his insurance agent and tells him he needs to file a claim. The agent says “Tell me what happened?” The client tells him and the agent says “I’m sorry but that’s not covered.” The client says “well, let me explain better what happened.” The agent says “I’m sorry but that’s not covered either.” The client says” I’ll tell you what, you tell me what’s covered and I’ll tell you how it happened!”

  • Three guys are fishing in the Caribbean. One guy says, "I had a terrible fire; lost everything. Now the insurance company is paying for everything and that's why I'm here." The second guy says, "I had a terrible explosion; lost everything. Now the insurance company is paying for everything and that's why I'm here." The third guy says, "What a coincidence. I had a terrible flood; lost everything. Now the insurance company is paying for everything and that's why I'm here." The other guys turned to him with confusion and asked, "Flood? How do you start a flood?"

  • Jack Jones was assigned to the Army induction centre, where he advised new recruits about their government benefits, especially their military insurance. It wasn't long before his boss noticed that Jones had almost a 100% record for insurance sales, which had never happened before. Rather than ask about this, he stood in the back of the room and listened to Jones's sales pitch. Jones explained the basics of the military insurance to the new recruits and then said: "If you have military Insurance and go into battle and are killed, the government has to pay $200,000 to your beneficiaries. If you don't have military insurance, and you go into battle and get killed, the government only has to pay a maximum of $6,000." "Now," he concluded, "which bunch do you think they are going to send into battle first?"

  • Steve’s barn burned down. Julie, his wife, called the insurance company and said, “We had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money.” “Whoa there, just a minute, Julie, it doesn’t work like that. We will assess the value of the building and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.” the agent replied. Julie, after a pause, said, “Well, in that case, I’d like to cancel the policy on my husband.”

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Hunnu Guren - Batzorig Vaanchig & Auli
7-Yr Old Brianna Kahane Performs "Csardas" 
Paint it Black - The Harp Twins

Tongue Twisters

 

Now that you’ve had time to give your eyes and brain a work-out, how about trying some of these delightful phrases – you’re doing really well if you can say them more than three times without making a mistake!

 

  • Peggy Babcock

  • A big bug bit a bold bald bear and the bold bald bear bled blood badly

  • Does this shop stock short sport socks with spots?

  • Tim, the thin twin tinsmith

  • Brisk brave brigadiers brandished broad bright blades, blunderbusses, and bludgeons

  • How can a clam cram in a clean cream can?

  • Blue glue gun, green glue gun

  • Sheena leads, Sheila needs

  • Wayne went to Wales to watch walruses

  • Black background, brown background

  • I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch

  • A quick-witted cricket critic

  • Willy's real rear wheel

  • Wasps Nests

  • Stupid superstition!

  • Six thick thistle sticks

  • She sees cheese

  • Knapsack strap

  • Shine my city shoes!

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A Town in Iceland Made an Optical Illusion Crosswalk to Slow Traffic

A Town in Iceland Made an Optical Illusion Crosswalk to Slow Traffic

We’re turning into those angry old men who shake their fists at cars flying by these days. Okay, not all the time, we love speed as much as the next guy, but specifically when there’s a crosswalk present. We’re all for ways to get people to slow down at such a point so they don’t hurt someone. 

 

Ísafjör∂ur (hope you can pronounce it), a town in northern Iceland, came up with a clever way to get drivers to pay attention. The town created a crosswalk that appears 3D. Take a look. It will mess with your head. Not only does it look cool, but it should demand some attention from approaching vehicles. 

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Day 37
day 37
Intellectual Entanglements
A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Club Rooms
Covid-19 Finally Explained
Pink Panther Feet
Perforated?
How to get ahead in life
The word's out - here's some more Curiosity Clicking
A collection of interesting websites worth a visit (click on black button to visit site)

WordClouds

Wordclouds.com is a free online word cloud generator and tag cloud creator. Paste text, upload a document or open an URL to automatically generate a word- or tag cloud

Visual Thesaurus

The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus that allows you to discover the connections between words in a visually captivating display.

Visuwords

Explore the lexicon. Use the graphs to associate words and expand on concepts. Brainstorm. Move beyond synonyms and find other kinds of relational connections.

Graphwords

Graphwords is a visual thesaurus and dictionary to help you explore English words. Find meanings of words and their associations in easy way 

Etymology Online

Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.

Word Art

Free on-line word art maker

The North Shore in times gone by

Here's a gallery of historic photos of the North Shore over the years ... click on image to enlarge and get description