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  1. Croix
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    6 June 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    Yes this is my main thread which as you can see is not that busy, I've been posting a bit, mainly to people that have just joined up and that's taken my concentration away from others.

    I've been meaning to ask you if you managed to stay out of that family situation, it did not sound like one where you could easily sort it, just get more grief.

    Have you lined up another tournament yet? I believe bowling has a long and valued history - going back at least as far as Elizabethan times (Sir Francis Drake?)

    Croix

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    6 June 2018 in reply to demonblaster

    Dear DB et al.~

    I thought I'd get a bite about the mythical kiwis.

    I'm glad the migraine has finally let up, horrible things. You guessed right I'm on my old easy chair and Sumo Cat is right beside me on the sofa. The fire has burnt down to a bed of hot coals that throws out almost too much heat - not that Sumo minds).

    I used to enjoy Chuck Norris too, but found that Walker Texas Ranger started out pretty good but by Seasons 7 or 8 it was the same thing again and again - plus he was starting to look as elderly as me:) Not convincing when taking on half a dozen baddies at once.

    One series I wish there had been more of was Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister. Appeals to my British background I guess and is too true in places -unfortunately. I remember St Edward's Hospital which won an efficiency award, although fully staffed they had not even been opened and had no patients!

    Have not seen Breath or The Mentalist. I did see Solo, which was OK. I found it amazing they found an actor that looked as pleased with himself as Harrison Ford to play his part.

    Hope the foot clears up

    Croix

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    7 June 2018 in reply to Croix

    Aaaaargh! Croix take it back (sobs). Please for the love of all that is holy tell me you did not just besmirch the good name of Walker!

    On that note I heard on the radio Chuck Norris is coming to Perth. I may have to stalk him haha (just joking) but in all seriousness hubby adores Walker. He has one of Chuck Norris' books and it is so well loved it's falling apart. Walker and TinTin... The glue that holds our house together 😊

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    7 June 2018 in reply to Quercus

    Dear Natalie et al~

    Sorry about that, sadly most good things have a natural span and I think Mr Norris has reached the end of wackem's. Still he has a rich life outside TV and is a noted philanthropist, as well as being an ex-policemann, so one could do worse than like him. Mind you if you look carefully you might just see the shadow of his wheelchair waiting in the wings at times in those later episodes:)

    Tintin is pretty good, I'd agree. I first came across M Hergé and his hero in back issues of The Eagle (a boys' comic) in the 50's. Still as good today. I do prefer Asterix though. The drawings are more complex and I love the puns (Cacofonix, Gluteus Maximus and so in). Takes a lot of thought to translate without losing the fun.

    Croix - who will now go and waste time looking at comix:)

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    7 June 2018 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croix (henceforth known as the Walrus who defamed Walker) hehe 😂

    Asterix is another enjoyed in our house but TinTin is the clear favourite. The comics are fabulous but the DVDs are great too.

    My favourite character is definately Captain Haddock. Noone is king of the insult quite like him. If you check tintinologist.org you'll see his list of every insult in the comics. 213 of them.

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    7 June 2018 in reply to Quercus

    Blistering Barnacles!

    Croix (TWWRDW)

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    8 June 2018 in reply to Croix

    Hmmm TWW... R... DW.

    The Walrus who rightly defamed Walker?

    Ten thousand thundering typhoons!

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    9 June 2018 in reply to Croix

    Yes Croix, I have just lined up another tournament...quite a significant one....wish me luck?

    it came on top of that ghastly week of family falling out....A was going on a long trip....I was agonising if B would at least text to say Goodbye and wish A well. just before he left I couldnt bear the tension within me any more and texted B simply saying "A is leaving for ......tonite"....no answer.......next day he replied saying "Yes I know, I texted him".....so that's something at least....both A and B seem busy and getting on with their lives......

    I am noticing I am beginning to overthink and imagine in a more and more paranoid way...it seems to be increasing...I was not like this when younger...I seemed quite adventurous and eager about life...not "imagining the worst" like I do now.. ......thank you for your concern and wise words....and just for the record, the coming bowls tournament does go back as far as, (or nearly anyway)...Elizabethan times..'ava good weegend"

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    9 June 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    I'm very pleased yo have lined up another tournament, they do you good. I don't think I need to wish you luck, I'm sure your success is based on other things.It's good you can take a step back from those family problems, as you say they seem to be getting on with their lives anyway.

    I'm not sure what to say about you thinking you are overthinking:) Perhaps as one approaches a more mature age experience lets us know what can go wrong, hopefully it also lets us know of the potential for the good to happen too.

    Croix

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    7 July 2018 in reply to Croix

    Dear Croix...it's been nearly a month since you were on here...just wondering how you are and missing our talks. No doubt you have been helping and supporting others on their various threads (as you do for me) I haven't had time or energy to spend time on Forum this past week....but still care about you all.......what have you been up to Croix?...........cheers...Moon S

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    10 July 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    I've been off-line for a few days and am only just catching up. I read your thread and am glad you are feeling calmer, that gratitude journal sounds a good idea, as is the advice you gave yourself:)

    Went to see Tea With The Dames, which was very interesting, the recollections of Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright with excerpts going back to the 50's. Even a bit of Z-Cars. Well worth viewing if you get the chance.

    Croix

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    Croix....it has certainly been on my list of "must sees"..and will get to enjoy it in some form or other that's for sure....have you seen Maggie Smith in Neil Simon's 'California Suite"?...I adore her in that role. She plays an English actress who has been nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards...and curiously enough, I think if my memory is correct...that in real life, Maggie actually won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for just that role at the following year's real Academy Awards!!

    Haven't checked that out but makes a good story....glad you replied.

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    11 July 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al.

    I've always like Maggie Smith from the Prime of Miss Jean Brody through Death on the Nile to Harry Potter and Downton Abbey. That film you mentioned had Michael Cain in it if I remember, another favorite.

    I'm not sure if it is your sort of thing I just got Cadfael a TV series staring David Jacobi, a detective monk, a rather quiet actor but enjoyable. Do you like historical detective mysteries?

    Croix

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    Dear Croix

    Yes Michael Caine played her husband. The lines, as one can always expect from Neil Simon were brilliant!!

    You asked about detective mysteries..actually about the only fiction I really get into, i.e. her books and some of the screen adaptations of her novels , are Agatha Christies, esp Miss Marple.

    Someone asked me once if I had trouble 100% enjoying and believing the scenarios in TV soap operas and some movies and have to say that for reasons I won't go into here...that Yes I am aware all the time that they are "acting" and it's not real at all, therefore it's impossible for me to get "caught up" in the story; I enjoy the characterisation, the unfolding of the plot, the lines and so on....and can get enjoyment out of watching the same DVDs over and over again....like looking at a beautiful piece of art...not to find out "what happens in the end".....if you get my drift!

    (that was a bit confused and rambling Croix...I think you know what I was trying to say, you're so perceptive)

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    12 July 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al.~

    I think for me once the 'magic' of suspended disbelief was lost then my favorites would loose a lot of their appeal. To know there were lights, extras and a tea trolley just off camera would make the story being portrayed unrealistic and dull. I suppose it is a question of likes, I'm an escapist, by the sound of it you have an appreciation for how things are constructed, perhaps for you the actual delivery of the line - say

    Lady Bracknell: To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing may be regarded as misfortune ...

    Will allow you to admire the skill and effect on the audience, whereas to me it is the character's play on words.

    With Agatha C, I like Poirot rather than Marple. I recently saw Ridley Scott's Murder on the Orient Express. This is the third innings I've sat though. I much preferred the David Suchet version, even if the budget was minuscule in comparison.

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    12 July 2018 in reply to Croix
    Hey Croixy :) and everyone

    Just calling in to say hi and hoping you're well.

    Enjoying the lovely fire nice and cosy with your lovely wife and puddy tat? I adore cats especially kittens, ohhh look at them, just have to hold them and when they jump around and stand on their two little widdle back legs, tummy all soft. Oh they're so cute. Sorry might be repeating that here. Might need a memory stick :D

    Don't think I've seen any of Chuck Norris when he's older but I imagine what you said would be true. He's had quite a career hasn't he. I think he's one of the better actors out of the super stars in action.

    So glad seeing Becker back on, wish they'd get some older shows, even though I still find them halarious there's so many times you can see the same one. Often in comedy it's the support actors that tend to hold up the main character like Kramer in Seinfield and Elaine but Becker holds his own very well.

    I was thrilled to see Wentworth made it to free TV but it's off for now.

    Gorgeous days in this neck of the woods, rarely any different in paradise, one day I'll have to leave here I guess if rent goes much higher. Big shame

    Take good care matey

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    12 July 2018 in reply to demonblaster

    Dear DB et al.~

    Nice to see you. I'm not sure about all puddy tats. There is one you here would get on with, that's Sumo Cat. He's about as relaxed and laid back as a cat can get, and you are right we are in front of the fire. Now the other is called Nasty Cat for a reason, and it starts with a hostile stare and goes downhill from there. Not a puddy tat at all, more your average disaster area.

    Old Chucky appeared in Expendables 2, where they must have given him gear made of balsa wood to hold as real stuff would have been too heavy. He made Silvester Stallone look young! If you want to see what he's like look at his Wikipedia page. I know, you won't talk to me again after saying all that about a hero:)

    It looks like you enjoy New York City shows, one of my favorites would be Futurama (yes it is set in NYC) and another Naked City. I agree Becker is OK. I'd not watch Wentworth though, allergic I guess.

    I must try living in paradise some time, as least I'd not have to buy fuel.

    Croix

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    13 July 2018 in reply to Croix

    Hey Croix....

    "to lose both looks like carelessness"!! There, see i finished it for you. re Murder Orient Express, ages ago they did one with Albert Finney in the lead...Ingrid Bergman won a Support Oscar for her tiny role as the Missionary...I haven't seen the new one yet...I find this particular story so long and drawn out when you know from the start "who dunnit".

    I'd be interested to see what Johnny Depp did with it..despite a lot of his negative press, he is just so versatile as an actor....that's what counts!!

    And as you know, I'd watch and listen to Judi Dench read the phone book!!

    PS....forget the lights and tea trolley!!! There is a happy medium between "not being able to suspend disbelief" and imagining the stupid tea trolley Croix....e.g. when you gaze at a beautiful painting, do you constantly see the artist in his paint smattered smock, tearing his hair out and cursing in frustration as he tries to get it right?

    No of course you don't....you see something beautiful......happy weekend to you.

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    14 July 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al.~

    The Albert Finney version was the first I ever saw and thought he was terrible, not even a caricature, just aimless 'continental' prejudice badly executed. True the supporting actors were better.

    I was amused at your idea of Judi Dench reading the phonebook, reminds me of The Master Singers singing The Highway Code (yes really:)

    Mr Depp did a good job as the mobster Edward Ratchett, mind you I was so mesmerized by Kenneth Branagh's mustache, which took up nearly half the set, I scarcely noticed.

    Don't agree with you about the tea trolley, I guess for me it is sort of all or nothing. Once I step back and become conscious it is actors the magic is lost:(

    Yes it is weekend time, so an enjoyable one to you too Moon

    Croix

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    14 July 2018 in reply to Croix

    You're fine Croix...just go on enjoying the magic as you do. The actors don't have much choice really..as they are the ones creating that magic that you so get lost in ..and thank God you do...

    it's a complex thing to try to describe here in words. It's a unique exchange of a particular brand of magic.....the actors giving it out to you and you in turn , by believing it are giving it back tenfold!! So no one misses out...(except perhaps the tea lady..hehehe)...well, I am off to find some "magic".or should that be "create some"???

    (ps. thanks for spoiling the movie for me Croix...I won't be able to take my eyes off Kenneth's moustache now !!!!)

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    15 July 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon et al.~

    That fourth wall is an important sort of thing, for me breaking it simply does not work, I guess I want there to be a separation between the audience and the action.

    Whenever I've seen actors come out into the aisles it has simply struck me as both artificial and unnecessary. I remember that in a stage production of The Rock Horror Show, which simply broke the magic.

    The only times I've appreciated it are when it is secret, eg a magician's confederate in the audience waiting to be chosen

    Croix.

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    15 July 2018 in reply to Croix

    Hey Croixy and all ☺

    Been reading here and just had a squiz at Chucky 😲 wow he sure has done stuff. Didn't read much too tired sore head again and most won't stick. High achiever. He has multiple Black belts and made up a martial art from disciplines (think thats the word) he's mastered. Interesting what I did read. Good on him. And yes still talking to you ☺ He's ageing well. Born in March '40. 78 yrs now I saw a pic in '16 just a bit of weight loss I'd guess but it was a side on too.

    I'd forgotten about terror cat (nasty one, mmm nah I'm in love with Sumo best don't tell Nasty else it might get offended and get worse 😊) Mum had 3 puddy tats and one wow related to Nasty I reckon actually I think it might have either had a type of dementia or brain damage cause she intermittently went completely wild, you couldn"t/ wouldn't dare go near her at these times tho late love did and would you believe he was quicker than her swipe. Incredible to watch but scary, lucky she didn't go us. Dunno that I'd want to live with her, she was nice between those times tho.

    Nice seeing you too, hope the Croixy clan are enjoying that gorgeous cosy fire place.

    Can't believe we're in July already sheesh where does it go.

    Take care matey and everyone 🕊

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    16 July 2018 in reply to demonblaster

    Dear DB~

    Nice to see you again. I would not like that cat of your mum's at all, as least with Nasty Cat you know where you are (in danger), your mum's cat blowing hot or cold, most unsettling.

    If you like action do you like Jackie Chan? Another marshal arts master who did some of his own stunts. I liked his Rush Hour and Shanghai Knights.

    Yup we are all in front of the fire again, cosy:) Lots of heavy rain this evening.

    Croix

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    17 July 2018 in reply to Croix

    Thanks Croixy ☺ what a lovely greeting ditto.

    Yes I like action movies but over the past few yrs I can take or leave them. Martial arts, a lot of sci fi most true stories, Adrift coming soon based on true at the flicks. Drama i quite like too. Intermittently criminal minds but Oh god. Pick my times to watch them, bit of learning in fiction. Apparently these days they're getting close to solving crimes of heinous nature like they do on the show which is encouraging.

    Rush hour I know the name, think I've seen that not Shanghai tho I don't think. If they come on the box I'll record them. Jackie's a talented actor with a nice touch of charisma. He's clearly got a good sense of humour which is great in serious movies.Thrill seekers doing there own stunts, very brave, the adrenalin hit would be mighty. Frank Spencer did all his own I heard and what a voice. Apparently everyone can sing, be taught.

    You and Moon (hi) were talking about detective type murder mystery if I grasped it. VERY popular and same in reading. Mum was an avid reader and that was her main. Library said they're very popular too. Too much concentration needed for me, I get the general gist but not details necessarily.

    Have some interesting recordings on various subjects. Fascinated with stars universe whats it all about. Drug docos like to learn what's going on. Other things too but need to be in the right headspace for those, hence they're still there long time 😆

    I read ages ago you apart from here volunteer somewhere else over a week good on you how's that going?

    😆 wonder who'd be boss between Nasty and Mums, lol at danger. Yeah at least you know. Her pupils became the size of plates, incredible to witness but 😲 definately 🏃‍♀️actually opposite she stopped us in our tracks.

    Heavy rain fire warming yous sounds lovely

    Hope you're lifes good Croix you deserve matey ☺ Take care and every one

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    22 July 2018

    Dear All~

    I'll be away for a little while, but will still pop in if I get the chance. Back to normal later on.

    Croix (the absent Walrus)

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    22 July 2018 in reply to Croix

    Thanks letting us know Mr Croixy.

    Take care ☺

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    Dear Croix.....hoping you are OK...and that you see this sometime. Had to tell you, yes I did have another big success in the tournament...big big event....and I did well, both skill-wise and personally. Now, the big question is...will the scared, anxious, useless "me" take over again, now that it is over??

    Let me know that you are Ok...?

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    9 August 2018 in reply to Moonstruck

    Dear Moon~

    I'm around, just not as much as before. I"ll be back to my usual pattern later on.

    I'm very pleased the bowling went well, though frankly I never expected anything else, you are talented, have the opportunity and enjoy it, what more is needed?

    Now with the anxious and unless thing. If you are like me then yes there will be periods of anxiety, but I think useless is totally inappropriate. You really do cope with it all, even if at times it may not seem like it inside you. You do fine.

    So is there another 'tournament' in the wind?

    Croix (the part-time walrus)

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    9 August 2018 in reply to Croix

    Hi Croixy no need to reply to this.

    Hope you're well and nice to see you ☺

    Take good care matey 🌹

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    9 August 2018 in reply to demonblaster

    Dear DB~

    Nothing much to say except it made me feel good to read your post, thank you

    C

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