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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 02:48 PM

Emma's husband drove us over the Pennines in a heavy fog…zero visibility to go to a Birthday Party in Bonsall. On the way we stopped at the Winston Market Bldg. It is a medieval market place that has been restored. Birthday party and session were fun. I slept in the car all the way home. Back over the Pennines to a friend of Emma's for a ceidlih in Sheffield. Met Yorkshire Yankee, MC Fat, Malcolm Douglas, Julie F and Mad Molly the English Sheepdog.
Then, over to Holyhead for the ferry to Dublin/Dun Laoghaire. This was fun. Ferry is quite fast, but we had time for a pint, a fag and a pic or two. I did NOT manage to fall into the Irish Sea. No opportunity. Kendall had planned to go to Ireland with us but needed to get home so Emma B and I went alone as foot passengers.
We did Dublin Center and a few pubs. Tart With Cart (Molly Malone), statue of James Joyce, the Needle, O'Connell St. Bridge, Ha'Penny Bridge and lots of used book stores. Never ever order pepperoni pizza in Dublin (maybe Ireland). What you get instead of pepperoni is just hot dog/wierners/frankfurters. We also did the Trinity Library (Book of Kells and the library gallery. Quick trip to Monkstown for an evening session that erinmaiden hots. Wow. Saw the General Post Office (1916) and Martel's Tower from the train. The emotional high point of the entire trip is probably the Execution Yard at Kilmainhaim Jail. I got the shivers standing there. You should all go there.

Next, we caught a bus up to Drogheda to see Newgrange. We weren't sure exactly where (at the bus station) the bus would stop so we asked a driver. He pointed at the sidewalk and said "Right here". A few minutes later a bus left from the lower parking lot—NOT "Right here!"   Yup, it was our bus. The nice man in the parcel window called and found out how much a taxi was out to Newgrange. Price wasn't bad so we took it. Newgrange is just fantastic. You can look at pictures on line, but that doesn't convey how it makes a person feel. All that incredible effort of those people to build it with what 'poor' tools they had. Makes me feel small in comparison. I managed to leave my shampoo in the hostel. Next, Emma B drove me up to a roundabout near Doncaster to meet Bassic. Next stop on your guided tour is Whitby and Hull.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 03:06 PM

Gordon collected me and we had a quick cuppa in the motorway café. He had already decided that instead of going straight back to Hull we were doing Whitby. So, super drive over the North Yorkshire Moors, stop in Beck Hole just to see the village. Charming little place. I was sort of amazed at the sheep in the front yards up there. Arrived in Whitby before dark in time to see the reproduction of Captain Cook's ship Endeavor. Looks pretty small to do what he did in it. We went pub crawling looking for Raggytash and Ossonflags but didn't find them. In Whitby I tried to leave our new digie cam in a pub……(notice that I am littering my stuff all over the UK but I haven't fallen in any more oceans) Bassic drove us back down to Hull and the next afternoon we went to the Old Black Boy pub. Les, Maggie, brid widder and Beardy met us there. Bassic had to go to work so Les gave me his famous walking tour of Hull town. I wish the Deep had been open. It's a marine aquarium. All of Hull (center) has fishes engraved/carved in the sidewalks. I was particularly charmed by the Red Herring Walk. Bassic offered me a ride on his new (?) motor bike, a Kawasaki 1000. Cool, once I got used to it again. We hit at least 100 MPH!! Stopped at Nellies (White Horse) in Beverly and met Deanmeister who just happened to be there for lunch.

        Next evening when Bassic had to work (man, doesn't that get in the way of having fun???) he passed me to jOhn9. ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!! John tidied up for my arrival! I was really impressed! (*BG*). Of course, we went……………….pub crawling.
Stopped at a quite nice one, I forget the name of it, met up with el ted, sweetfia and Ted's lady friend. Next pub was the Adelphi…….oh boy. Grubbiest pub I've ever been in! But the fellowship was great. Met my 'husband' Skipjack, Oaklet and Nahro the fiddler. Boy oh boy can he play. He made Maggie walk and talk for him playing Eastern European tunes. All had a 'go' on Maggie, even jOhn! 3 days in Hull was NOT enough! (But can we find someplace besides the Adelphi? I swear the loos have not been cleaned in 20 years and they don't believe in vacuuming). I also met Bassic's lovely brother who had a birthday while I was there. Next stop, Roughton, Norfolk and the Freeman Household.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 03:23 PM

Bassic, bless his heart, drove me all the way to the Freemans just outside of Norwich. All the way around the Wash. You all make fun of me for thinking places are just a hop and a skip apart and for the most part they really seemed that way to me, but Hull to Norwich really is a Long Ways! We followed directions and couldn't see the house, so pulled out of the drive we were in back to the A road and called. Turned out that we HAD been sitting in the front yard but the house is so well hidden we couldn't see it. Doh.

        In her little corner of Norfolk, Pip has created a bit of Heaven. Her gardens are just unbelievable. Woodland one, English Cottage one, veg one….wow. I am super envious of the moisture you Yookers get. Pip and I went for a nice walk on the Cromer Beach (North Sea—I dabbled in it but did NOT fall in) and I found more rocks to bring home. NO, Sorch, you can't take home all the rocks in England!! Best part was that I found some petrified worms (annelid, I think) and several 'Hag Stones'. These are rocks that the sea has drilled a hole in and in Medieval times they were hung over the doorways of buildings to keep out the witches and evil spirits. Pip also gave me a small one in exchange for the big one I found and gave me another piece of worm rock. The Freeman House is just a wonderful place for relaxing and getting a major Critter Fix. Cats, dog, chickens…..had a GREAT time.

        Pip and I also did Norwich center, including the Cathedral. It has the 2nd highest spire in England. I was just truly in awe of this building. More or less built in only 50 years. You can tell that the entire town devoted their lives to building it. Amazing roof bosses of carved stone way up high where no one can really see them. Truly, for the Glory of God. One can only imagine the feelings of the peasants when they were let in to worship there. THIS is the real meaning of 'awestruck'. One amusing thing, to me at least, is that the baptismal font in the Cathedral is a huge solid copper basin that used to be a chocolate pot in a chocolate factory.
        Also in Norwich I saw the town 'square' in which there was a South African festival going on, the Guild Hall and Town Hall which was still wearing its inflatable yellow Canary…..(Brit football) Pip also took me to see her local parish church and St. Margarets Church and grave yard. Still to come in Norfolk... the story of St. Margaret's,the Shire Horse Centre, & the Rudest Woman in the World.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 04:24 PM

St. Margarets is a very small church and was dying because of lack of parishoner. Bishop wanted to close it, and (some woman, I can't remember her name) said Oh no you don't. She has formed an organization to save the church and refurbish the grounds. The church is now being used in the very same ways that they were used in the Middle Ages…for gatherings, concerts, events, etc. The church yard is being turned into a wild flower garden and a new section has been added for the burial of cremated remains. Trees, flowers, benches to sit on…classic English Cottage garden, but very large. Definitely worth an afternoon stroll. Wish my ashes could be scattered there.
        Pip, Jon and I went to the Shire Horse Centre in Norfolk. Neat! Lots of 'big' horses—Shire, Clydesdales, Belgians, etc and Shetland ponies. One of the Shetlands had just had a foal. The contrast between the Big Horses and the baby was cute. The landlord gives a very good talk and demonstration about farming with horses and the kiddies get a ride in a large wagon pulled by a Clydesdale. There is also a riding stable there.
        The next is the 2nd funniest thing to happen on my trip. Jon and I went out one evening to his local. It's just a nice, quiet typical English pub. We walked in and I had my cigarettes in my hand. Now, think of the stereotype of a bull dyke. (I'm NOT condoning the stereotype….just using it) Short, wide, VERY short hair (shorter than mine), heart with dagger and name tattoo, etc. She looks at me and says
"I'll have one of those" and yanks the fags out of my hand. I look at Jon. Jon looks at the landlord……Jon gets drinks and we sit at a table. The Woman and her (male) friend join us. By now, she has smoked my cigarette and says
"I'll have another" and helps herself. I look at Jon. Jon looks at me. Jon says
"Sorch, let's go shoot a game of pool" trying gracefully to get us away from The Woman. But, she says
"Oh yes, we'll play you"
"No, I just want to have a quiet game with my friend Sorch"
"NO, WE are playing you!!!"
The Woman and her bloke led the way to the pool room. I picked up me fags (yes, I'm talking funny again!) slipped them in my pocket and covered the pocket with my sweatshirt. Arrived in the pool room and The Woman says
"I'll have another"
"Oh, I think I left them in the front bar" She stomps out to retrieve them, comes back and loudly announces that they are not there. I said, "Oh, so sorry, must have misplaced them"
        She chose cues for all of us, announced that SHE would break. I put back the cue she had picked for me as it was too long and boyo, did I get the Glare from Hell. We commence to shooting pool (I admit I'm not very good) and every time Jon or I missed she would shout….
"HA, YOU MISSED" I finally said, "Yes, I noticed that"….and started doing it to her. (Meanwhile, I am not having a fag….. She had no interest in Jon's Roll Your Own, just my commercials.) More Glares. They won the first game and Jon and I wanted to quit, but Oh No, The Woman had to prove a point. We played a 2nd game. Last shot on the table was mine. Cue and 8 ball. The Woman marched over and took Jon's cue from him announcing that the game was over. Jon pointed out that I still had a shot. The Woman said, "Well, she'll miss" and called my pocket for me in the far corner. I shook my head, No, and nodded to the side pocket. Believe it or not, I actually MADE the shot!!! She shouts, "HA! YOU LOSE AGAIN!" I said, "Oh, so sorry, we didn't. YOU called the corner. If you had been watching you would have seen me call the side." At this point, The Woman and her bloke STOMPED out of the pub in High Dudegon and we all broke up. Jon kind of went off, but not too badly. We apologized to the Landlord and he said, "No prob with you guys. She was here about 2 years ago and acted the same." Perhaps She won't ever go back. The next day I was in the local Spar (Quick Trip) shop buying more cigs! and the clerk had been in the pub the night before. He asked if I had shot any pool lately…..!!! Pip picked Jon and I up at the pub and when we got back to the house we were telling her this story. Both Jon and I are sitting on the floor laffing our arses off and falling over. No, this one time neither of us was drunk. We were just laffing soooo hard. Pip has a picture of this and I have told her she can send it to Pene. In retrospect, it was priceless. I should have more guts to say, "PISS OFF BITCH!"


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 04:56 PM

Well, it's now my last weekend in YookLand. What can I say about Yorkshire Gather except that it was fabulous? Great friends, great music, great food, great beer, etc….I am fascinated by fiddler's African Safari rig….Land Rover with tent on top. Several of us debated whether we could get into it after a night of drinking and if we would fall out while sleeping. Yes, I probably would. After all, I fell out of bed at Khatt/Micca's place……it was Micca's fault (grin) Liz got rides on both Wiggan and Bassic's bikes…she was excited. Watched the kids (Big and Little) play some kind of tether ball game. Met Dodger the greyhound. Drank lots of beer. Played lots of tunes with BanjoRay. Met lots of Catters. The Duck's children are wonderful. Limpit is wonderful. Mudcatters are wonderful. Didn't win any of the lottery stuff. I did try to buy the stuffed owl off the bloke who won it, but no go. Shot some pool with Maddie and Firecat. Tig passed out backrubs. Wulfie kissed davetnova. We have pics to prove it.

You should all go there.

OH, forgot to mention that when Bassic dropped me off at Pip's house, I managed to leave my wallet in his car. This, after going to great lengths, calling home collect, etc to get cash. I told you I was littering all over England. Wallet, money and passport were safely reunited at the YG. Since this was a pub yard and we were camping I tried to 'police' the area as well as I could. Several times I was told to leave off. I responded that my da had brought me up to always leave a place cleaner than I found it. Take only memories, leave only footprints. Now, I have invites for all over England to come and leave the place cleaner than I found it…….LOL. Liz kindly gave me a lift back to London. Khatt, Micca and I spent my last night with Liz and Manitas at their house. More wine for me and my friends! The next morning bright and early Micca got me to the train station and headed me for Heathrow. I am very proud of myself that I made it all by myself! I arrived in Heathrow about 5 hrs early (better than late!) so I bought a book that you all should read. It's called "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon. Written from the point of view of a young boy with Asperger's Syndrome. Great read. Flight home was uneventful except that it was all in daylight and clear weather so I got to see all of Ireland from the air including the Cliffs of Moher. Also saw some pretty amazing icebergs from 35,000 feet. Aisle seat over in the dark, window seat coming home in daylight. What more could I ask for?

        The couple sitting next to me coming home were visiting the US for the first time and when we started getting close to Denver they kept asking me…What is that? Where are we? and stuff so you Yookers got some of your own back regarding my silly questions. I did see the weird murals in the Denver airport but was a tad disappointed that I didn't get to see the swastika shape of the runways from the air. Denver International should have smoking areas like Heathrow. I was met in Denver by Mr, Kate and Art. We got hung up because of a crash on the motorway north of Denver and were about 3 hrs late delivering Kate and Art home. They had to take us to a super Italian restaurant for a late dinner so it was 1 AM before I actually saw the Corgis. We all went bughouse. Also, the jet lag in either direction was really not bad at all. When I got home, I slept from 1 AM to 7 AM and woke thinking I had overslept by 7 hrs. I went ahead and got out of bed and didn't go back to bed until 10 PM that night so I got back on my time zone pretty quickly.

        All gifts have been distributed and were much appreciated. When I can, I'll get a pic of Kate in her beaded Asian suit (which was made in US) I do have a pic of Owen with his antique pewter tankard. Luke says he can't 'have' it right now because he'll boink somebody on the head. Damn, he is cute. He has a great shit eating grin and uses it to his Great Advantage! Not walking yet, but almost crawling.
        In spite of littering all over UK, I think I got home with everything except the pheasants and pieces of jade. I finally remembered that I had them in Greater Torrington, Devon, so there is a remote possibility that they are still in Leadfingers car. He did find my signature sheets so now I need to get started on the Trip Fiddle.

In the immortal words of Dougie MacArthur……'I shall return'. Don't know when, must pay off the bills from this one but every minute was worth it.

Pics to come when I figure out how to mail just one or two from a disc and get the real film developed.

Super Thanks to All!


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 05:17 PM

Oh yes, I think I met over 70 Mudcatters. Still not caught up to Bill Sables though. Must think about an Oz trip......


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Bassic
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 05:43 PM

Happy to have hosted you in Hull Sorcha (at least for part of the time :-) Thanks to Les and J0hn for covering for me when I was at work. I did forget to pass on one thing to you at the Gathering. Vera (the 80 year old biker babe from the pub) gave me the clipping from the local paper that you wanted. I will post it on to you if you PM the address.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 06:08 PM

Thanks for that Sorcha - you've seen bits of England I never have. And a new pair of eyes on the bits I have seen.
.....................

And I agree with you about "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" - a lovely book. One of those books that leaves me feeling I don't think I'd be likely to really like anyone who didn't love it. Well, I might, but I'd view them with some suspicion.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 06:57 PM

Wow, Sorcha! Quite the literary effort there -- thanks for doing all that writing so we could enjoy reading it!

YY


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 07:44 PM

Just one small point there Sorcha, I "went off" when the game was in play. I was left with the easy black over the middle and as far as I was concerned we had won - even I would not have missed. I tried to make my point then as I knew it was "game over" by saying (amongst other things) "If the game means so 'effing much to you, have it" and then smacked the black anywhere - I'd no clue where it would have landed or even if it was going to stay on the table. 'Twas good to see you win next vist though :-)

Anyway, all that aside, glad you had a good time our end - hope you enjoyed the Norwich session too as it's my favourite round here.

Also, reading through the whole thread, glad it seems the UK turned out good for you. You are welcome here again, and I'm sure others who had your company would say the same.

Jon


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 08:03 PM

Yes, Jon. Thanks for the correction. Yes, I'll be back. Yes, I did get my 'long' hair cut. And, for those of you who don't get my humor, No, of course it was not really Micca's fault I got drunk and missed dinner on my first day there.

He went out for beer and bread. Came back with beer, no bread. Couldn't get close to the bakery. He had about 4 different kinds of beer....kept saying, Oh, try this. Of course I did. I don't turn down beer. Then there was the sherry. Dinner kept getting later and later due to unforseen circumstances. I had not had anything to eat for at least 12 hrs and I was finally poured into bed. Apparently, I fell out of bed several times, was smacked on the head with one of Khatt's gazing balls, went downstairs in my jumper and knickers (and was sent back to bed...) All I had to show for it the next morning was a sore eye. It didn't even swell or turn colours for several days. No hangover to speak of. I think it was the sherry even though the glasses were very small. I had a lovely black eye for about 2 weeks. I lived. The stone gazing ball lived. I apologized to Khatt for missing dinner.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 08:53 PM

All omissions, mistakes etc are my fault. Plelase feel free to add, correct and etc. to this. Any resembalence to living persons is totally intentional. There are no fictional characters in this narrative.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST,erinmaidin
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 09:21 PM

"that erinmaidin hots"?????!!!!!!!!!i'm in the states right now for a few weeks and mudcat won't let me be a member :( see you all in the chat when i get back....sorcha..i know what ya meant but i kinda sorta like being called "hots"


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 09:33 PM

Just had a thought sorcha - not a correction but a possible addendum - remember at the Shire Horse Centre, one of the big ones was "heavily in foal"? Maybe Pip and I will check back there next week and see if we can get a photo if it's been born...

Jon


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 02 Jun 04 - 10:25 PM

Oh Erin, how funny! I don't suppose you are anywhere near Wyoming are you? If so, come see me!!! Erin 'hosts' a session. But she is pretty hot too, LOL!

Yes, Jon, please do. I do remember the mare being in foal. She may well have delivered by now. I still wish we could have gotten a pic of the biggest horse and the littlest horse.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST,Rex
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 12:18 AM

Whoop! Sorch is back! I'm surprised they let you go over there across the pond. It seems you fit right in as I would have expected. Glad to hear the return trip went OK and you are home safe. Keep on a-fiddlin'!

Rex


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 12:35 AM

I'm intrigued by those comments about your accent. Had it really changed that noticeably by the time you got home? Struck me as fairly strong, but I suppose no more so than my Auntie Judy, who married an American sailor and moved to Norfolk (Virginia). Don (Arscott; therefore Cornish on his father's side) was posted back here again a year or two later, and by then you couldn't tell that Judy had ever not spoken 'Mercan. That was in the 1960s, mind.

Next time you're over here, if you have a couple of days to spare (!), I'll teach you to speak real BBC English, which is a mixture of "Queen's" and "educated Scots". Of course, US immigration may not let you back in again after that, but it will be their loss.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 03:48 AM

It seems obvious to me that Sorch's propensity for dropping into any water available (I made sure she sat on the opposite side of the garden to my pond), is a sure sign that either she is really a duck (Geoff the duck - did you know you have relatives in the States?) or it was US Customs trying to get her back!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST,erinmaidin
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 08:35 AM

Is Michigan anywhere near Wyoming?!!! (always been real bad at geography..I don't think they even teach anymore in the US public school systems) If I rely on alphabetical orientation I reckon I'm nowhere near ya. But...I'll always be in Dublin and ya can come see me again.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 10:01 AM

Here's a poem about falling in the water, by Alfred Noyes:

Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.
We had nothing to do and nothing to say.
We were nearing the end of a dismal day,
And then there seemed to be nothing beyond,
Then
Daddy fell into the pond!

And everyone's face grew merry and bright,
And Timothy danced for sheer delight.
"Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!
He's crawling out of the duckweed!" Click!

Then the gardener suddenly slapped his knee,
And doubled up, shaking silently,
And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft,
And it sounded as if the old drake laughed.
Oh, there wasn't a thing that didn't respond
When
Daddy Fell into the pond!


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 10:05 AM

Good one, McGrath! No, Erin, sorry. Long ways from Michigan to Wyoming, but Big Mick is in Michigan and so is Elderly Instruments.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 02:23 PM

No, they don't teach geography anymore, but they still make maps.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 02:57 PM

Where in Michigan are you, erinmaiden? If you're in the Detroit area, then you're not far from Windsor & the Mudcatters there as well -- including Clinton Hammond and the open mike (with nice cash prizes!) he hosts. Check it out -- you might make some money while you're there!

As for accents... I've been over here 5-6 years now & still sound all too American (I'd love to be able to "pass"!). But -- even after I'd only been here for a few months, American friends said I had a *definite* "English accent". ("Oh no you don't!" says my English husband. Although he allows as how my Yank accent is much more pronounced when talking to "home" on the phone -- even if it's just an answering machine.) Although... the other day an English friend told me I had "ta!" down *just* right! SO -- one word down, only a few tens of thousands (or so) to go...!). If nothing else, I've certainly picked up some English words & speech patterns; I'm sure Sorcha has as well. And if I want to, I think I can "sound" quite English in writing. ;-)

Another interesting thing: I've noticed that when I sing in the choir I belong to here, somehow my pronunciation conforms to everyone else's; for example, those soft Rs (that sound like AHs) that never sound quite right when I'm *trying* to sound English somehow come out perfectly when I'm singing with the choir (but not when I sing by myself). Is this what they mean when they say "music is the universal language"? ;-)

A friend of mine calls it a "MidAtlantic" accent. Another friend who's a transplanted Englishman says Americans think he sounds English and English folks think he sounds American. So it goes...

YY


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 03:50 PM

OK, now for stuff I forgot.....Bassic showed me the 'Hogwart'Station' in North Yorks and Pip, Jon and I saw the little pufferbelly steam train.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 03 Jun 04 - 04:56 PM

And, film from the camera is getting developed. Should be back Monday. Sorting digie pics to send to Pene.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 05:22 PM

So, I guess not many are interested enough to comment. OK. I'll let it die.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: wysiwyg
Date: 04 Jun 04 - 05:32 PM

I'm enjoying reading it; I just don't have much to say.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST,erinmaidin
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 08:59 AM

Yankee, I'm in Niles..which is the other side of the state. I could try to venture that way but unfortunately, last night..while out in my da's borrowed Suburban (aka gas hog) it stopped dead in the middle of the road and I had to be towed home. Not sure if Da will let me use it again if and when it is repaired.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 09:32 AM

Glad you enjoyed Hull Sorcha, The Adelphi is a bit of a dump!, [it's a backstreet pub/music club in the poor part of town], I phoned Ted and asked him for ideas of places to take a visitor, he said where was you planning to go?, I said The Adelphi, Ted said "I wouldn't take her there mate, its a f...ing dump"!

The first pub we went to was The Hogshead, and Ted's girlfrend is called Penny.


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From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 11:02 AM

Carry on with it Sorch, it's a hoot so far! Besides, it will help you to remember too!

LTS


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: jimmyt
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 02:26 PM

sorcha, I just got back from California and have been away from computer for 8 days I have thoroughly enjoyed your accounts in this thread. Having met some of these characters in the flesh it is nice to hear your stories. I had a delightful time meeting the catters I met and can't wait til I can go again.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Sorcha
Date: 05 Jun 04 - 07:34 PM

It's not a UK story, but it is funny anyway. Called What We Do In Wyoming for Fun. Thursday past we had a gig....a Picnic in a Pasture. About 50 people gathered to watch the full moon come up. No trees, no pavilions, no nothing except 3 tables and chairs that we brought for ourselves. Chicken on a barbie at the house, a tractor ride out into the pasture. Carry in salads, desserts, etc.

Well, somebody forgot to lock the cows out of this pasture...it's about a 4,000 acre pasture. Here we are, playing music to an appreciative audience, when the cows (black Angus if it matters) come ambling up. There were about 50 of them staring at all of us. "Wot the feck you doing oot 'ere'? If anyone approached them they ran but soon came back. Only in Wyoming....I will call the pic Wyoming Music Critics....it really was pretty funny.


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: JennyO
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 05:13 AM

I must be in that kind of a mood, but reading Sorcha's account of the picnic in the pasture with the full moon on Thursday, brought it home to me how close we really all are, and mudcat makes it seem more so. I was looking at the same moon on Thursday too, and I'm in Oz, on the other side of the world. I guess we would have seen it a few hours earlier, that's all.

When are you coming to Oz, Sorcha? We'd love to have a chance to wear you ou.... er, entertain you too.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: kendall
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 08:28 AM

Who said "It's useless to play the violin in front of an ox" ??


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: GUEST,Jon
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 08:52 AM

Hows about it then Sorch? A meeting in OZ! I should go over there now brother Tim and family seem to have settled in well somewhere N of Brisbane... (seriously, I rekon it will be a few years before I get there and if/when I do, it will have to be winter - I really do not fancy Summer where he is).


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Subject: RE: Sorch is Home!
From: Miken
Date: 06 Jun 04 - 11:40 AM

Welcome home Sorch!
I've enjoyed your narrative, and look forward to more as your memory serves. Hoping to go to England next year!
Mike


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