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Tommy Toes
11 Sep 09 15:27
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Second helpings gents.

God bless The Horsebox and all who sail in her!
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Report casemoney August 2, 2018 12:04 AM BST
Yes he did Stew was a thread on here ..Sad
Report kenny mann August 2, 2018 12:04 PM BST
Stoke City in training 84 years ago, featuring a useful Stan Matthews.

Quaint.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HM0aOeBv-tQ
Report kenny mann August 2, 2018 12:05 PM BST
useful and youthful.
Report Joel August 3, 2018 11:44 PM BST
It's IGA Cup Day at Cairns today Tommy!
And it's Kimberley Cup Day at Broome!
And it's Administrators Cup Day at Darwin!
Report Joel August 5, 2018 1:27 AM BST
It's Bengalla Cup Day at Muswellbrook today Tommy!
Report Capt__F August 5, 2018 1:32 AM BST
best of luck Tommy
Report Joel August 5, 2018 6:56 AM BST
It's also Port Hedland Cup Day at Port Hedland!
Report Joel August 11, 2018 12:17 AM BST
It's Casino Gold Cup Day at Casino today Tommy!
And it's Hunter Stayers Cup Day at Newcastle!
And it's Cairns Cup Day at Cairns!
Report Joel August 12, 2018 12:06 AM BST
It's Narromine Cup Day at Narromine today Tommy!
Report Joel August 17, 2018 12:13 AM BST
It's Livermore Cup Day at Taree today Tommy!
Report Joel August 17, 2018 11:43 PM BST
It's Collie Cup Day at Gilgandra today Tommy!
And it's OAM Memorial Cup Day at Narrandera!
And it's Vietnam Veterans Cup Day at Kilcoy!
And it's Broome Cup Day at Broome!
Report Joel August 18, 2018 9:55 PM BST
It's South Coast Clubs Cup Day at Moruya today Tommy!
And it's Taree Cup Day at Taree!
Report kenny mann August 18, 2018 10:14 PM BST
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Report Joel August 19, 2018 7:34 AM BST
Crazy

I think I'm going to send Tommy a text to make sure everything is OK
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales August 19, 2018 7:52 AM BST
hope all's well

his second defrag is taking some time to finish
Report Joel August 20, 2018 12:30 AM BST
It's Agquip Field Days Cup Day at Gunnedah today Tommy!
Report Joel August 22, 2018 3:22 AM BST
It's Loan Star Rib House Cup Day at Gold Coast today Tommy!
Report Joel August 24, 2018 3:22 AM BST
It's Murwillumbah Cup Day at Murwillumbah today Tommy! And Tygalgah Cup!
Report Joel August 24, 2018 3:56 AM BST
It's also Cummins Cup Day at Alice Springs!
Report Joel August 25, 2018 4:25 AM BST
It's Camden Haven Cup Day at Kempsey today Tommy!
And it's Premier's Cup Day at Rosehill!
And it's Amateurs Cup Day at Townsville!
Report Joel August 26, 2018 2:37 AM BST
It's Tattersall's Club Cup Day at Kalgoorlie today Tommy!
Report kenny mann August 26, 2018 3:52 PM BST
Well, Joel. Did you text TT as you suggested you might a couple of weeks ago? Been gone about 3 months now.
Report Joel August 26, 2018 11:03 PM BST
I did and apart from chest infection all is OK, just no time for the Chit Chat Pub I guess Scared
Report kenny mann August 26, 2018 11:22 PM BST
Start a thread on grebes, robins and starlings,Joel, that may tempt him back.

This explains it. Probably before your time, must be 10 years.

"The downfall of Tommy Toes", around the time they pulled the old pub down, I thing sparkmaster was the man behind it, bless him. Very clever.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agaop_re75I
Report Joel August 26, 2018 11:23 PM BST
Not before my time, have seen it a few times, very aamusing
Report kenny mann August 26, 2018 11:31 PM BST
Good to see my cat related threads at the time, got a mention.Laugh
Report kenny mann August 26, 2018 11:32 PM BST
just noticed you've been here 14 years, which surprised me for some reason.
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales August 27, 2018 12:18 AM BST
glad to hear Tommy's okay

Stoke's relegation and Cork getting hammered by Limerick won't have lightened his mood

on the plus side, at least premier league football's back this weekend
Report Joel August 27, 2018 5:12 AM BST
I think Betfair started doing Aussie markets sometime in 2003, I signed up not too long after.
Report Tommy Toes August 28, 2018 5:56 AM BST
Good evening/morning gents!

It's very good to see you all again.

Joel, it was one year ago on 14th of August we met up and I intended to post to commemorate the great day but I got caught up in trying to track down information about The Coachmaker's Arms on the worst site in the world - The Staffordshire Sentinel - and by the time I got out of it it was 18 hours later and the moment had passed!

I haven't been to 'The Coach' since that day I think (although I may have nipped in one afternoon when I went to Boots Chemists a few months later, as going to Boots always makes me head straight to the pub - by Christ I HATE Boots!) and saw on the Non-Sensical site that it's been closed for a few months, quite why, I really don't know, as I couldn't get to grips at all with The Sentinel site - but I think it's re-opened now.

Must head over there soon and have a drink for us both!

I'm glad to see Capt_F called in as there's a legendary Stoke nutcase known as 'The Captain' who I've  had a couple of encounters with quite recently - which has brought to mind the wonderful Captain Sensible song 'WOT' - and I keep on singing it as it really makes me smile!

WOT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qF-nbNSQaGc
Report Tommy Toes August 28, 2018 6:12 AM BST
Fishy, remember when I bumped into ex-Stoke City 1972 Cup winning legend John Marsh at the hospital either 9 or 10 years ago and reported he looked 'fit as a flea'?

Well, I saw him again a couple or so Sunday's ago.

He was with a chap who was a member at my place of work and as he said "I've brought a guest with me tonight, his name is..." I interrupted his sentence with "The legendary John Marsh, Stoke City's League Cup winner".

The bloke said "Yes indeed!" and Marshy beamed!

They'd been to Uttoxeter racecourse earlier in the day as Gordon Banks had sponsored a race there and we chatted about that and other Stoke City/World Cup stuff for a little bit until John said "Bloody hell, you know more about football than me!"

It was a very amusing little interlude, which brought much merriment to the rest of the people I was working with that night - and Marshy still looks fit as a flea!
Report Tommy Toes August 28, 2018 6:31 AM BST
Casemoney, Stewarty B and kenny, there isn't a day that goes by without me thinking of Sparky.

I miss him so very much.

I pass by 'The Venus Fish Bar'(which is only a stone's throw away from where Sparky used to live) in a taxi every time I go to work and can't help but think about him and the way he used to make me laugh on Chit Chat until I had tears rolling down my face - but also the terrible reality that such a good man is no longer here.

And believe me, Sparky really was a great person and should not have left us at 46 years of age.
I wish so much I could have done more to prevent him leaving us.

If only I'd have de-fragged...
Report Tommy Toes August 28, 2018 6:41 AM BST
...and that must have come straight from Sparky, as I've been laughing ever since I completed the post!
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales August 29, 2018 3:34 AM BST
https://youtu.be/N_dWpCy8rdc

i'm beginning to like the legendary John Marsh, Stoke City's League Cup winner

did you see who won the hurling? amazing scenes.
Report Tommy Toes August 29, 2018 3:57 AM BST
I did, Fishy, and I've just caught up with the highlights on the Sky site.

Joel might enjoy this too. It's a cracking fast game is hurling, a bit like Aussie Rules - in some sort of parallel universe!

http://www.skysports.com/watch/video/11477012/galway-vs-limerick-hurling-final-highlights
Report Tommy Toes August 29, 2018 4:01 AM BST
By the way, Joel, Stoke signed an Aussie goalie before the start of the season - Adam Federici.

He made his first start tonight in the League Cup, which saw the Mighty Potters win 2-0 against Huddersfield.

He didn't have much to do but what he did do was fine.

Think he might like a pie or two by the size of him!
Report Joel August 29, 2018 4:48 AM BST
Hello Tommy!
Unfortunately I cant watch that video, but have seen a bit of hurling....great game!
Federici is not a bad player, I'd be surprised if any team scores against the Potters with him playing!
Can't believe it's been over 12 months since I was there, time flies and I think I need to go back there again....I still have to put up the photo of the statue of the great man, will get onto it today!
Report Tommy Toes August 29, 2018 5:00 AM BST
Haha! Hello Joel!

I know, I can't believe it's over 12 months already either!

I really couldn't come to a conclusion about what had happened at The Coachmakers's the last few months.
I think they just shut down one day, without warning, and someone has sort of started it up again - at least at weekends!
It's all very confusing - but of course, that's Stoke for you!
Report Joel August 29, 2018 5:03 AM BST
haha maybe they were going out of business because you havent been there!
Report Tommy Toes August 29, 2018 5:11 AM BST
haha! Could be!

I noticed someone sitting on the bench outside, in the evening summer sun, looking at the bus station(!) last week at about 7.45pm - and the door was open, so I presume it was open that night!

I really will have to investigate soon, but my health has been so poor this year I've hardly been out when I've had my days off/been on holiday as all I've wanted to do is sleep/rest.

I did call in one day to The Quality Hotel for a drink though - and they charged me £5.95 for a glass of pinot grigio - and wouldn't let me vape!
I was bleedin' outraged by their London prices and nonsense rules about vaping and told them in no uncertain terms I wouldn't be back!
Report Joel August 29, 2018 5:21 AM BST
That's no good, you must look after yourself!

Those prices are more likely what you would find here too, and probably no vaping either! It's a damn disgrace!
Report Joel August 29, 2018 5:21 AM BST
It is a lovely bus station to look at though!
Report Tommy Toes August 29, 2018 5:25 AM BST
Hehehe!
Report Tommy Toes August 29, 2018 5:31 AM BST
I think it's been the combination of having The Aussie Flu in January, which I was still recovering from when the cat bit me, and then having such a severe infection from the bite that I needed so many courses of antibiotics that it's totally knocked my system to bits - hence the Meniere's really playing up too for the last 3 or 4 months.

Have had to cancel all sorts of planned outings, including an evening race meeting at Uttoxeter, a quiz night with a free bar (!) and my neighbour's wedding party, to name but a few.

Still coughing like I have TB even now!

And of course, the wrist I broke when I met you last year is still giving me gyp.

But hey-ho, at least it's been sunny in Stoke this summer!
Report Tommy Toes August 29, 2018 5:58 AM BST
- talking of which:

I couldn't do any gardening up until about a month ago because of my health, so the back garden privet hedge had got totally out of control.

When I finally cut it, there was an area of lawn about a metre wide all the way along the privets where the grass hadn't grown due to the overhanging bush, so it was just bare soil.

Because of the heat and lack of rainfall for the last few months that strip of 'lawn' has become very sandy and there's a flock of about 18 sparrows who visit every afternoon to have sand baths there.

It's brilliant to watch them all burrowing in little holes, flapping about, each one wanting the best hole (there's about 6 holes now)!

It even beats the grebes - but never the robins!
Report Joel August 29, 2018 7:02 AM BST
That is no good! Have you tried having rum to get rid of that cough?? Whenever I get sick a few doses of Vodka generally does the trick.

The sparrows sound great! I have a bird bath that sometimes the Lorikeets like to have a splash around in but they dont have the luxury of a sand bath.
Report Tommy Toes August 30, 2018 2:25 AM BST
I've tried the rum, but to no avail, although I keep trying it!

I was so ill with the Aussie flu I barely had any for a month and my desire for it has been somewhat diminished ever since.
I just want to get as much sleep as I can, whenever I can, and with 10 hour night shifts sometimes extending to 6 in a row I just can't get my health up to scratch.

I have been and continue to be taken advantage of because I'm not a moaner/complainer but I think after 3 years of totally unfair tripe to accommodate every single whim of the game-playing, false-sobbing, manipulative, kim-kamming, evil women I've been working with in that time, I think it might be time to give the management both-barrels of 'Tommy wrath'.

And they won't like that when they're on the end of it!
Report Tommy Toes August 30, 2018 2:28 AM BST
It might be a time to 'hold the front page' while I sell this bloody house and set up my own business again - something to do with food - where not only will I not employ any women to work with me, I will refuse to sell to any of the bleedin' bleeders!
Report Tommy Toes August 30, 2018 2:35 AM BST
...now back to more convivial birds...

I too have a water bird bath, which the sparrows also like having a dip in - as well as all the other feathered friends around here, which is great to witness too.

I'm going to get my lilac tree sorted out soon (overgrown at the moment) and start putting up all the different feeders I used to put up with a multiplicity of different seeds to attract the Goldfinches, Long-tailed t!its et al.

I do love my birdies.
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales August 30, 2018 8:47 AM BST
the starlings are on their way
Report Joel August 31, 2018 2:24 AM BST
It's Wyong Gold Cup Day at Wyong today Tommy!
Report Tommy Toes August 31, 2018 7:32 AM BST
Good luck n the Wyong Gold CUP Joel!

Well, what a most convivial 10 hour shift that was last night.

Only a random few nutters to deal with, a scant amount of women to have to talk jibberish to for short periods of time, and a bloke working with me (one of the few) who knows about football, so we had good convo all night.

Let a manager have half-a-barrel of Tommy wrath, thus improving my chances of having an occasional weekend off now - for the first time in 3 years, now two of the witches are gone - plus a hard-faced trialist with as false a laugh as Andy bloody Jacobs didn't show up for her 4th shift in 4 and won't be back!

Utter bliss!

The sun is out in Stoke and I'm having a rum!
Report Joel August 31, 2018 8:33 AM BST
Excellent news!
I might have a Vodka tonight too!
I assume you were talking to the guy about the Swans? What did he think about their chances of going deep into September? I'm not confident but they are the team that often does what you dont expect!
Report Joel August 31, 2018 8:41 AM BST
Usain Bolt is making is debut for Central Coast Mariners in a pre season game tonight Tommy!
Report Joel September 1, 2018 5:11 AM BST
It's Birdsville Cup Day at Birdsville today Tommy!
Report Joel September 2, 2018 12:03 AM BST
It's Moree Cup Day at Moree today Tommy!
And it's Golfields Toyota Cup Day at Kalgoorlie!
Report Tommy Toes September 2, 2018 7:43 AM BST
Good luck in The CUPS today, Joel!

I saw a bit on the news about Usain the other day.

Cracking chap,and I wish him well in his fledgling football career, but as he's so tall and his pace is all about extending his long levers [legs] in momentous build-up, I fear twisting and turning at a fast pace instantaneously may be beyond him in a role as a forward playing footballer.

Must have big hands though, judging by the size of him, so might be a decent goalie - or even a defender if he has excellent coaching?
Report Tommy Toes September 2, 2018 8:11 AM BST
I last reported I'd had an excellent shift.

I've just had two further shifts which can only be reported as insanity.

An amusing example of which (which makes a rare occurrence, in the absolute mire of the ridiculously puddled ones, which is the norm) was:

Me: "Hello, are you a member?"

Drunken, slurring man: "I have nothing"

Me:"You have nothing?"

Drunken, slurring man: "I have nothing"

Me:"Okie-dokie. Are you a member?"

Drunken, slurring man, showing me a blank screen on his mobile 'phone: "I have nothing to remember".

Me:"Right"

Drunken, slurring man, showing me a blank screen on his mobile 'phone: "I have nothing to remember".

Me: "Okay but are you a member?"

Drunken, slurring man, showing me a blank screen on his mobile 'phone: "I have nothing to remember".

Me, peering at his screen: "I see. I don't think I can let you in tonight"

Drunken, slurring man, showing me a blank screen on his mobile 'phone: "I have nothing to remember".

Me: "Okay"

Drunken, slurring man, showing me a blank screen on his mobile 'phone: "But I have nothing to remember"

This went on for at least another 5 minutes before he wobbled out, oblivious to even being alive.
Report Joel September 2, 2018 8:39 AM BST
He played up forward on Friday, didnt do much in his 20 minutes but what he did do was draw 10000 people to a friendly game which would normally have 500 at.

p.s I have nothing to remember!
Report Tommy Toes September 2, 2018 8:45 AM BST
Haha!
Neither do I, Joel!

Agree with you about Usain. Cracking coup for the coffers of whichever club has signed him.

Must have some food and sleep now before another 10 hours of insanity.
Report Joel September 2, 2018 9:21 AM BST
Goodnight!

I think I'm going to have to come back to Stoke and spend a bit more time there to  meet some more of the locals.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE September 2, 2018 1:15 PM BST
Tommy I would LOVE a conversation as straightforward as that. I have a neighbour who walks past my house on a regular basis. I'm often out the front tinkering on cars but I've learnt to keep an eye out for him and disappear if I think he's near. Sometimes due the incredibly high velocity of his pace he catches me unaware. Sometimes I've literally been under a car and he has struck up a conversation with my lower legs without missing a beat. I'm fairly sure he's very experienced with people ducking away and making excuses so a victim stuck under a car probably made his day. I am sure he is deep in thought when he starts talking and just assumes that I know what he's been thinking about. His name is Alan.

Alan: Hey Kami which planet do you think is closest to Earth?

Me: What?

Alan: Which planet do you think is closest to Earth? I mean I always thought it was Venus right but actually there's a lot more to it than you first think. So what do you think?

Me: I dunno Alan it's not something I know much about. I think it is Venus but I'm not 100%

Alan: Ah well you'd be right there. But you'd also be wrong. See the Solar System orbits around and sometimes Mars is the closest and sometimes even Mercury can..

Me: FXXXXXXXXXCKING CXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXNT FXXXXXXXXXXXCK YOU BLUDGER BAAAASTAAARD!!!!!!!!

Alan: Yeah like sometimes like every few thousand years Mercury can be closest to Earth. Not many people know that.

Me: Hey Alan can you pass me that rag there I'm bleeding here.

Alan: And like you know the newsagent up there at the shops? Well I'm almost certain I won Lotto the other night but when I gave her the ticket she said I didn't win but when I saw the numbers in the paper they were MY NUMBERS. I always have the same numbers. I think it's because her husband is a Freemason. You know about Freemasons don't you Kami?

Me: Yes Alan you told me all about them a couple of weeks ago.

Alan: Well the thing about Freemasons is you can't trust them. They're a secret society working against the good of the people. My research..

Kami: Hey it's been great chatting with you Alan but I've got to take the wife to the shops soon.

Alan: Great!! I've gotta go to the shops too. Can I get a lift with you? We could get a coffee.

Kami: I don't drink coffee. Only P00FS and Continentals drink coffee.

Alan: (looking around critically): Will I be safe in one of your cars Kami? Let's face it. They do look like awful old bombs.

Kami: Please someone...Make it stop...
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE September 2, 2018 1:34 PM BST
Tommy do you work at the Winchester Club? I'm hoping to pop in there on my UK Tour.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE September 2, 2018 2:30 PM BST
Here's a CHOON from NZ band Dragon. I love the beginning has a great street view of Melbourne in the 1970s. Nearly every single car is an Australian manufactured Holden or Ford. Now we don't make cars here any more. Globalism. Also I noticed Mark Hunter chain smoking. Poor cxnt died of lung cancer at 45.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s90dZHBgsE
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales September 4, 2018 12:47 AM BST
i think i popped in the other night

but i have nothing to remember
Report trilby22 September 4, 2018 1:00 AM BST
Must be the wee coc
Report David Fishwick Minibus Sales September 4, 2018 1:04 AM BST
ah yes, i remember trilby's wee coc
Report trilby22 September 4, 2018 1:16 AM BST
That's why I'm the 22.  Trilby's a poof! Laugh
Report Joel September 7, 2018 1:08 AM BST
It's Tuncurry-Forster Cup Day at Tuncurry today Tommy!
Report Joel September 8, 2018 2:42 AM BST
It's Griffith Cup Day at Griffith today Tommy!
And it's Craig Opie Cup Day at Moonee Valley!
And it's Cairns Amateur Cup Day at Cairns! And Patrons Cup Day!
Report Joel September 9, 2018 4:00 AM BST
It's Ladies Day Cup Day at Muswellbrook today Tommy!
And it's Coolgardie Cup Day at Kalgoorlie!
Report Joel September 11, 2018 1:39 AM BST
It's Spring Cup Day at Tamworth today Tommy!
Report Joel September 12, 2018 1:19 AM BST
It's Balaklava Cup Day at Balaklava today Tommy!
Report EvgenyKissin September 12, 2018 10:54 PM BST
Good evening everyone.

Free drinks for everyone who likes cups Happy
Report Joel September 12, 2018 10:58 PM BST
Yippeeeeeeeeeee
Report Tommy Toes September 14, 2018 1:23 AM BST
Good evening gents!

KAMI, Alan sounds like a nightmare - on the same lines as the cat-loving neighbour I have next door.
Some years ago, when I was looking after my mother 24/7, he'd 'nab' me when I went out to feed the birds - my only escape of the day.

So I had to take to filling the feeders up in the dark, past midnight, with a torch, to make sure I escaped his boring bloody incessant witterings.

I would imagine it'd be a bit difficult changing a propshaft past midnight with a torch, but it might be worth considering for your mental well-being!
Report Tommy Toes September 14, 2018 1:26 AM BST
By the way, it is a bit like The Winchester Club where I work.
You're more than welcome to pop in when you visit Sunny Stoke on your UK travels.
Report Tommy Toes September 14, 2018 1:31 AM BST
Joel, I got your text about the 'What's Up'app.

I bought a sausage roll from Tesco last week and the mental anguish of trying to access the code on the inside wrapper to get a free pizza at a Stonehouse pub via my computer and the 'What's Up' led to me almost having a breakdown!
Hours and hours of computer, technoillogical nonsensicallity!!!!

I've sent it to my neighbour's instead.

I will continue to just buy credit for my mobile to send you a message!
Report Joel September 14, 2018 1:33 AM BST
OK!
It's Newcastle Gold Cup Day at Newcastle today Tommy!
Report Tommy Toes September 14, 2018 1:45 AM BST
- and talking of computers:

I have a massive mission to complete soon.

I have been with Virgin (which were then 'NTL')for my internet since 2004.

I think it was £15.95 for the service - certainly no more than £16.50 - per month when I first had it installed.
I have never had any other package, just the bloody wire coming into my house for the internet.

I am currently paying £36.95 a month for the exact same thing - and received an e-mail from Virgin last month telling me the charge would be £39.95 from next month.

Enough was finally e-bloody-nough and I've switched to Talk Talk for their fibre optic broadband at (guaranteed for 18 months) £23.50 per month.

However, I had the Talk Talk line installed last Wednesday (free of charge, even though I haven't had a telephone connection for approx 8 years) - and I still haven't plugged the bloody thing is, so wary am I of losing my marbles completely at trying to work out one wifi from another!

It will have to be attempted though, as it really makes no sense at all to try to save money by changing one internet company for another - and then paying for both of them!

I am steeling myself for the big 'plug-in' tomorrow.

You may never hear from me again!
Report Tommy Toes September 14, 2018 2:06 AM BST
'and I still haven't plugged the bloody thing in'

Joel, good luck in the Newcastle Gold Cup!

It's the St Leger meeting at Donny this week, available on terrestrial tv.
I missed today's racing but will hopefully catch the coverage on Friday and Saturday.

It's a cracking meeting with loads of CUP horses horses, both now and for the future, in attendance.
Report Tommy Toes September 14, 2018 2:07 AM BST
Is there an echo in here?...
Report Joel September 14, 2018 3:25 AM BST
If you need a hand let me know and I'll pop over and set it all up for you.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE September 14, 2018 2:57 PM BST
Whenever I ring up any 'Help' lines I find I'm talking to unhelpful and often haughty Indians with weird American accents that I can barely understand who take great pleasure in informing me it's all my fault.
Report SlippyBlue September 14, 2018 7:59 PM BST
Good evening Tommy, good to see you back in the fold and hope all is grand for you in the Potteries Love
Report Tommy Toes September 15, 2018 2:36 AM BST
Good evening gents.

Well, the big 'plug-in' never happened today.
I think you'll have to hop on a plane and sort it out for me, Joel!

KAMI, I know exactly what you mean - and I suppose that has something to do with me delaying proceedings so far, as I just can't face the thought of interminable conversations with 'the man from Mumbai' which will result in me still being unable to plug the bloody thing in!

Hello Slippy.
'Grand in the Potteries' is something of an misnomer if ever there was one!
But yes, I'm still here and wondering just why? quite frequently!

The place is so spectacularly shocking that you really have to have an enormous sense of humour to live here!
Which is why so many people do have a happy disposition in Stoke - which is good.
Report Joel September 15, 2018 3:11 AM BST
I'm going to move there!

It's Albies Cup Day at Armidale today Tommy!
And it's Aggies Cup Day at Wagga!
And it's Lockyer Valley Regional Council Cup Day at Gatton!
And it's Carnarvon Cup Day at Carnarvon!
Report Tommy Toes September 15, 2018 3:35 AM BST
By heck Joel, that's some CUPS to get stuck into today!

I really enjoyed watching the Doncaster CUP on the telly today - and it's the St Leger tomorrow (today, really)!

Francesca Cumani was in her glory today talking about the possibilities of certain horses going for the Melbourne CUP. She loves it over in Oz and is always talking about it.
Plus, she's one of the very few female sports pundits/commentators who really knows her onions.
I have all the time in the world for her and she really adds to the ITV terrestrial horse racing coverage over here.
Report Joel September 15, 2018 3:43 AM BST
Yes she is on TV over here during the spring as is very good. Her brother trains out here now, and she's married to an Aussie so spends a fair amount of time down here.
Report Tommy Toes September 15, 2018 4:01 AM BST
Yes, she's very good indeed.

I know I've said it numerous times before but I'll say it again - I really wish I'd have come over to Oz when I had the money to do so.
I could have opened a pie shop.

I made a pie the other day, and if I say so myself, it was probably the best pie I've ever made - and my neighbour confirmed this by saying 'this is probably the best pie I've ever had in my life!'

You just know sometimes, when you're braising your beef and adding a soupcon of different ingredients that it's going to come out just great. Especially when you're rubbing-in your pastry and it's spot-on.

Ahh...oh to make meat and potato pies and beef dripping fried chips in Oz...
Report Joel September 15, 2018 4:59 AM BST
Yum, there's still time to move!
Report Tommy Toes September 15, 2018 5:03 AM BST
heheh!

I do love making pies/cooking, Joel!

Not much time to do make pies etc these days but when I do, I find it so very, very satisfying.
Report Joel September 15, 2018 5:36 AM BST
And I love to eat them!

Winx is running in about 30 minutes!
Report Joel September 16, 2018 2:50 AM BST
It's Dubbo City Toyota Gold Cup Day at Dubbo today Tommy!
And it's Mindarie-Halidon Cup Day at Mindarie-Halidon!
Report Tommy Toes September 16, 2018 4:07 AM BST
Hello Joel.

I saw the last furlong or so of Winx's run as they showed it on the Opening Show (racing) on Saturday's programme.
What a horse!

I'm now listening to what might be the best boxing match of the year: Triple G v Canelo #2 on Radio5 Live.

I love listening to boxing on the radio!
Report Joel September 16, 2018 6:54 AM BST
I've never listened to boxing on the radio before. Do they use words like 'kapow' , 'wham' and 'biff' to describe the action, similar to the Batman series of the 1960's?
Report Mikael D'Haguenet September 16, 2018 10:19 AM BST
Not shown my face for a while and when I last did TT was on the missing persons register. Glad to see the molasses flowing again!

Dunno if you've been keeping an eye on it but I'm still hopeful that Chit Chat's own Milwaukee Brewers are going to win the World Series CUP this year - not even qualified for the playoffs yet but looking good. They're more overdue than Limerick were in the hurling!
Report Mikael D'Haguenet September 16, 2018 10:21 AM BST
As for boxing on the radio I've not listened to a fight since Herbie Hide dismantled Riddick Bowe en route to being KO'd in 6!
Report Joel September 20, 2018 2:40 AM BST
It's Lismore Cup Day at Lismore today Tommy!
Report Joel September 21, 2018 3:03 AM BST
It's Landmark Cup Day at Geelong today Tommy!
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