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Subject: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 12:53 PM

Just had a phone call to say the British engineer killed in the Syberian mining explosion was Mouldy's husband Ian. She asked me to let other Mudcats know.

Lots of love and hugs go to her and her family.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 12:55 PM

I'm sorry to hear this sad news.

Thoughts sent from Yorkshire.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Peace
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 12:58 PM

I'm a coal miner's grandson. These deaths always bring tears to my eyes. Please accept my sincere condolences, Mouldy.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 12:59 PM

A great shame.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:00 PM

Gosh how freakish. It appears that there were all sorts of dignitaries there to inspect a newly installed safety system too.
Condolences from Scotland
Giok


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tinker
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:05 PM

There are no real words, but a moment here to hold you close in the light and in our care...

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Maryrrf
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:12 PM

Oh no. I'm sorry - this is very sad news.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Wesley S
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:18 PM

Yes - Very sad news indeed. Take care.


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From: GUEST,lox
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:22 PM

All the best.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:39 PM

So sorry to hear this, it's been a crappy week all round and this just about tops it off.

(((xXx)))

LTS


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:42 PM

Thank you Tig......and pass along our sincerest sympathies and warmest wishes.....and some virtual hugs as well. Very tragic news...............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Leadfingers
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:43 PM

Most of the Mine Mangers were in it as well ! A Real Nasty !!
Condolences from me too !


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: MMario
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:46 PM

the world is getting a bit too small. . .

Sincere condolences from the Finger Lakes.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Banjo-Flower
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:46 PM

So sorry to hear this Andrea

Gerry


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Peace
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 01:50 PM

This story over 12 hours old.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Jeanie
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:06 PM

So sorry to hear this. Thinking of you and all your family.
- jeanie


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: jeffp
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:11 PM

My sympathies.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Linda Kelly
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:12 PM

our thoughts are with you-so sorry for your loss Linda xx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: alanabit
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:14 PM

I am very sorry to hear this terrible news. My condolences to all of the bereaved.
Alan.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Jim Lad
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:14 PM

Deepest sympathy from a former coal miner.
God Bless.
Jim


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:17 PM

Sorry to hear this news.

(((((Andrea and Family)))))

You are all in our thoughts

Khatt xx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: fat B****rd
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:18 PM

My sympathies and condolences. Very best regards from Charlie.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Hawker
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:23 PM

Sad, sad news, Lots of love to Mouldy and family, my thoughts are with you
Much Love, Lucy


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: jacqui.c
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:26 PM

So sorry to hear that. Good thoughts and sympathy coming from Maine.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: The Walrus
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:36 PM

There's not much of use that can be said, except to pass on my condolences and to say that all involved are in thoughts and prayers.

W


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:36 PM

Our thoughts are with you, Alex, Eleonor and Ruth.
Jane and Geoff


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Amos
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:46 PM

Ach, ach. This is a bad shock indeed, even way over here. Hugs, Mouldy.


A


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 02:55 PM

Sincere condolences Mouldy, from a laad from a coalmining family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. Burl.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: ClaireBear
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 03:07 PM

Mouldy, you have my condolences as well. I'm so sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 03:23 PM

I really enjoyed the day I spent with Ian, driving on the back roads of the North Yorkshire Moor. He was a fascinating storyteller and a very gracious man. His whole life sounded like a wonderful adventure.

My condolences to you and your family, Andrea. I won't forget the hospitality that you showed to me.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Micca
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 03:59 PM

Mouldy, deepest sympathies and condolences from me too, I had seen this news item just after it hapened and ,of course, made no connection as no name was mentioned, You and your daughters are in my thoughts, Hugs from Micca


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: gnu
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 04:06 PM

Thoughts and prayers.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Ebbie
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 04:15 PM

What a tragedy. My condolences.

Ebbie


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 04:38 PM

My deepest sympathies, as well, Andrea. I hadn't even read but the headlines about this story...never dreamed someone we might know would be there.

With love and concern,

kat


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 04:43 PM

I joined Mudcat 2 days after meeting Mouldy and Ian for the first time at the Ducks' BBQ at Whitby festival in 2001, IIRC. This is really awful news, and I'm just so sorry for Andrea and family.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 04:44 PM

I come from a Yorkshire mining community and any mining tragedies sent shivers down my spine. It's even worse when you know someone, even a tenuous link like this.

My thoughts are very much with you and the rest of the family.

Luv
Rhiannon and Mick


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: kendall
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 04:50 PM

You have my deepest sympathy, that really bites.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: nutty
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 05:02 PM

Tragic news

My thoughts are with you

Hazel


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: nutty
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 05:06 PM

more information given here

Times Online


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 05:12 PM

Andrea, I am so very very sorry to read this. I know there are few words of comfort that are any use, but I send every thought to you all. My deepest sympathies and much love.

Eric


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 05:47 PM

Please accept my condolences as well.

As the Mudcat world grows, the world does indeed shrink.

To paraphrase: many hands make many hugs.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skipy
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 05:52 PM

so, so sorry, my Condolences.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: jaze
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 06:01 PM

My condolences as well to you and your family.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 06:53 PM

Oh damn. Andrea, I'm so very very sorry.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: RangerSteve
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 06:55 PM

You are in my prayers.
Steve


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: SINSULL
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 07:16 PM

Andrea,
I am keeping you and the children in my prayers. Sorry just doesn't seem to be enough. Stay strong.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 07:20 PM

Such sad news.

Mouldy hasn't posted here in about 10 months--I hope someone passes the word on to her.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: HuwG
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 07:57 PM

Tragic news indeed. In Britain, we sometimes forget the toll that coalmining regularly took (and takes, throughout the world) of communities and friends.

My condolences to Mouldy and family.

hlg


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: JennyO
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 08:40 PM

{{{{{{{{{{{{Andrea}}}}}}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: JudyB
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 08:55 PM

Deepest sympathy.

hugs,
JudyB & Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Little Hawk
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 09:07 PM

Very sad news. You never expect these things to happen to people you know, but sometimes they do.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: InOBU
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 09:09 PM

Oh my..., my father was a miner, and I'm a miner's son... with thee in thy grief. Those we loose, who are dear to our hearts, are never far from us, and live very strongly in our hearts.

Thine
lorcan


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 09:56 PM

SRS, I am sure Tig will let her know, as she'd asked Tig to let us know.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Alice
Date: 20 Mar 07 - 11:40 PM

Mouldy, my deep sympathy to you and your family in your tragic loss of Ian.

Alice


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 12:27 AM

Kat, my meaning was that someone suggest she drop in, that thoughts are here, and to exchange good wishes when she can.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Ella who is Sooze
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 03:42 AM

I am so profoundly sorry, to you and all of your family. Nothing prepares us for any loss, expected of least of all sudden especially the loss of a loved one you held so close.

I've just recently lost my father, and the sadness and complete desolation is hard to bear, but love each minute you had, each moment to cherish, love your memories and hold them close. They help. The desolation and sadness eases day by day, and it's true, you get better at it. Cry, shout, laugh and talk.

Your family, dearest ones, and friends are the ones who will help you through this now. It is a great support, though hard to deal with others emotions at this difficult time. Stand tall, be proud.

I was reading this story the other day, thinking of the horror for all the families involved, and how close to home it comes when there was someone from Britain involved. Little realising the closer connection to this little web community. I am holding you and all the other families involved in my thoughts.

Please take care, and my sincere sympathies to you and yours, from one who has been going through another difficult journey to another.


Ella who is Sooze.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Megan L
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 04:28 AM

Tragic news our thoughts and prayers are withn you
Dauvitt and his meg


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Keith A of Hertford
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 05:15 AM

I am so sorry to hear that one of us has suffered this.
Very best wishes to all the family.
keith


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: bbc
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:01 AM

I am so sad to hear this news. Our international family is diminished.

With love & prayers,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Janie
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:11 AM

I'm so very sorry. Prayers and comfort.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Donuel
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:11 AM

I'm so sorry. such a horrid tragedy ...


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Big Mick
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:35 AM

God be good to him.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: ranger1
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:37 AM

More thoughts and sympathy from Maine.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: bill\sables
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 06:39 AM

Andrea, very sad news, Sorry
Bill & Lorna


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: sian, west wales
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:00 AM

Very deeply sorry for your troubles.

sian


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: George Papavgeris
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:35 AM

Terrible news. Heartfelt condolences from Nessie and me.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Bill t' bodger
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:35 AM

I was sorry to hear about Ian, you are in my thoughts
much love and Hugs
Bill
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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,Noreen
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 08:14 AM

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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Barry Finn
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 08:19 AM

Awful news, so sorry for your loss.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Metchosin
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 10:38 AM

My deepest sympathies.

Susan


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 10:49 AM

Terrible news. My condolences too. During my student days in the '60s in South Wales I knew several miners, ex-miners and mining engineers. How anyone could do that job I don't know.

RtS


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Flash Company
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 12:54 PM

Not a lot I can add to what has already been said. Love from B & S, we will pray for you

Brian & Sheila Q


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Cobble
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 02:00 PM

Heartfelt condolences from Brian and Margaret.

            The Cobbles.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Col K
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 07:41 PM

Its all been said but its worth repeating much love and condolences from me as well.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: open mike
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 08:06 PM

sending love to you at this difficult time..

I hear he was a story teller
i hope that thru his stories
he can live on in your hearts

blessings upon you and the children.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: JennyO
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 08:38 PM

So sorry Mouldy. There are no words...


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 21 Mar 07 - 09:15 PM

You picked a good one little cabbage. he will be missed.
Badger


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 06:37 AM

Yes it has been too long since I dropped in. Life sorta got in the way

Many, many thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. We're still in a state of absolute shock. It's very surreal because he wasn't due home until the end of April, so in some sense we don't feel anyone missing from the house - yet.
However he will hopefully be home tomorrow night (friday) but he will be 4 miles away, not here. That is when I think reality will kick in. There are all sorts of beaurocratic and legal things to be done, such as translating the death certificate from Russian into English, and hoping that the coroner accepts the translation. Anyway...we are hoping that the funeral will be on 30th March, barring delays.

Ian always said that he wouldn't live to old age...he didn't want to: He wanted to burn out and not fade away. He was a true "work hard, play hard" man, and tried to enjoy himself in whatever he was doing, as often as he could. He ran every Sunday with the Moscow Hash House Harriers, and really entered into the spirit of the "Drinking Club with a Running Habit"!
I have been going through the usual andexpected not sleeping, not eating, bursting into tears etc. My family (including my new son in law, and daughter in law-to-be)are being wonderful, fielding phone calls and visitors. The Ducks popped in to see me yesterday, which was unexpected and lovely.Our Rector, an old friend, (I'm one of his churchwardens)has got the diocesan press office mobilised, which has taken no end of unwelcome pressure off us as we try to get our heads round what has happened.

We are all very aware that we are only one family of many that is going through this. Ian was 1% of the fatalities, and although the bottom has fallen out of our world, so it has for the other 99%. I have also been told that the people of Russia are posting messages of condolence to us on the Ysvestia newspaper. These are to be translated and sent to us, and we are going to reply via the paper ourselves. I am in the fortunate position of having a husband with pension and life insurance. What will these families have? If (and it is a big if) there is a fund for this disaster, we are somehow going to send any monies we receive (hopefully via Ian's company's Moscow office) to it. I also have a friend in our village who has contacts through the newly formed hospice movement in the area, and he is putting feelers out via them. If nothing is forthcoming, we may donate monies to the Red Cross. Ian was a traveller, both in his work and leisure time, and I'm sure that he would approve of help being given, if not to Kemerovo, to an organisation that does such valuable work when tragedy strikes all around the world. I already donate to them, so that can go direct from me. We await any details that can be found.

Once again, so many thanks from us all for your kind thoughts, and I will drop in more often!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: stripey_camel
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 06:48 AM

As you can see from the above message, your thoughts mean so much to my mum and to the rest of our family. On behalf of myself (Ruth), my brother Alex, my sister Eleanor, my brother-in-law Ian, my future sister-in-law Adébisi and of course my mum, I would like to thank you with the entirety of our hearts and souls. I understand how difficult it must be to think of something to say but simply knowing that you are thinking of us and with us in spirit.

Thank you all so so much. You really are true friends and we all are blessed to have so many who care.

Ruth and the Robertson family

x x x

P.S. I did mention to my mum that she was rambling on- not much changes eh?


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: bbc
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 07:10 AM

Andrea & Ruth,

Thank you for taking the time, in the midst of this truly awful time for you, to write to us. Whether we've met you or not, many of us in this online community do sympathize with your suffering & do care.

Prayers from New York,

Love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Partridge
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 07:22 AM

I'm so sorry to hear this Andrea, my heart goes out to you.

love

Pat xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,jOhn
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 08:56 AM

Very sorry to hear this, my thoughts are with you.

John.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 09:32 AM

Thank you, Andrea and Ruth for taking the time to come here and share with us. Somewhere, I think it was Big Mick, who posted an old saying about sorrow shared being halved. I am sure it doesn't feel that way right now, but please come and "ramble on" all you need to and I hope that the sharing will help lessen the sorrow as time goes by.

Your Ian sounds as if he was a remarkable person, of a remarkable family. It is good to know he has left you in a position of being able to help others. How beautifully your souls shine through in your caring about others and wanting to help them.

Thank you, again, for sharing with us.

In sympathy,

kat


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 02:32 PM

The latest we have is that he will arrive at Heathrow about 6.30pm Saturday. Expected arrival up here about 1am, after the formalities this end. There is a guy who has gone out there to accompany Ian home, and who is working himself into the ground at the moment. The poor man is nearly dead on his feet.
It appears there IS a fund set up. Ian's company are making investigations about the best way to transfer money to it via their Moscow office. The company are also compiling a file of letters of condolence that they have received. A representative will be bringing it to the funeral.

Just had a nice chat with Tig on the phone. I have come down with a cold (immune system has bottomed out, I suppose) and she's been mother hen-ing me!

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Partridge
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 02:53 PM

Hi Andrea, still thinking of you and yours, and am lighting a candle for Ian.
lots of love

Pat xxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 03:01 PM

Take care of yourself, Andrea!! You know where we are and if you want to return the favour and talk bollocks to me I'm ready!


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 03:24 PM

Hmmm. Not quite sure how to take that:-)


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 03:45 PM

Tig, when Steve died Andrea had to put up with me ringing her up and rambling - it helped me a lot. Talking bollocks was her description :0)


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 22 Mar 07 - 06:53 PM

Not your talking bollocks Jane - the description of me Mother Hen-ing!
I wasn't doing it on purpose, honest :-(


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: JennyO
Date: 23 Mar 07 - 12:54 AM

I think under these circumstances, mother hen-ing is definitely a Good Thing. There are times when we really need that, and this is definitely one of those times.

Andrea, one of the best things I have found to strengthen the immune system, and also to ease the symptoms of a cold, is astragalus. The one we have here in Oz is called AstraForte. I get it from a health food shop. You only need small amounts of it - I like to add hot water to AstraForte Liquid and sip it. I can feel it doing me good. It just might help you a bit if you can get it over there.

I can also recommend the herbal flower essences, like Emergency Essence, which also might help. It has worked for me in the past when I was under stress.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 23 Mar 07 - 04:19 AM

Thanks folks.
I've actually slept 3 or 4 hours last night, which puts me up to 6 or 7 since Tuesday!
Tig can mother me as much as she likes!
Signing off again now as i have a docs appointment (the old blood pressure) and I have to get going.

Once again, thanks to all of you for your support - and humour.
The deep black humour kicked in here not long after I got the news - the bugger always said he wanted to go out with a bang, and he never was one to do things by halves!

Yesterday was a good day for me. Today? well we'll see.

Andrea xx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Partridge
Date: 23 Mar 07 - 03:05 PM

Hi Andrea,

Hope the blood pressure was ok.

Black humour was one of the devises that helped me when my dad died, its strange the things that you can laugh about in the middle of a tragedy, perhaps its the body's coping mechanism. "Laughing, crying its the same release" I think thats part of a song, but its about right.

If you need to talk "bollocks" you know that there are many here prepared to listen - and probably understand somewhat.

Hope you have a better nights sleep,

love

Pat xxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 04:26 AM

Managed a reasonably good night thanks to a couple of little white pills and a half of Hambleton ale. The cough that decided to start last night did its best, but I slugged some of the old Potter's and it did the trick. I had my first foray into the social world last night for an hour, and went to the Jemmy Hirst in Rawcliffe. Some of you will know the place and what a friendly and gently welcoming place it is. With an ex police officer landlady, you are in very good hands at a time like this. The son of one of my friends from church is a regular, and he was straight in for a cuddle and a kiss, despite me probably moving around in a viral fog. I DID warn him ....

Ian will arrive at Heathrow this evening. Mark Mounde, who has been with him all the way, is then being kicked home to his wife in Doncaster before he joins Ian in the real sense! A couple of the company directors are then going to escort him north. The Russians have already, apparently "done the business". He has been embalmed, and they have provided him with a top-range coffin. We don't know what it's like, but Mark says he's seen how much it cost! Pity it'll be burnt, really.
Reality will hit me tomorrow evening when Mark is coming with a Jiffy bag sized amount of Ian's effects: presumably the stuff he had with him at the mine. More than likely this will include his rings, if they've been able to remove them. Stand by for the hysterics.

Otherwise I have been writing a letter to go to people I haven't yet been able to contact, and also sending out details of the disaster fund, to which donations can be made by using the nominated corresponding banks and following the route through to the fund account.
If anyone feels inclined to do anything, pm me with your email address and I'll send you the details. There are 2 routes, one for dollars and one for euros.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: freda underhill
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 06:01 AM

I am very sorry to hear this very sad news.

all my best wishes

freda


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 06:34 AM

Sympathy and condolences ...


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skarpi
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 07:22 AM

Hallo Andrea, my deepest Sympathy and condolences .. to and your
family ...... what can we say ....... I am sending hugs and thoughts
to you over the ocean from the N-Atlandic ocean .

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 07:26 AM

Dear Andrea,

I rememeber meeting and chatting to you at a Yorkshire Gathering several years ago and winning a raffle prize you made.

My deepest condolences and sympathy to you and your family in these most difficult times.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: jacqui.c
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 07:27 AM

One day at a time Andrea.

Thank you for keeping us updated at such a time. You kow that we are here and there are a lot of people who do care.

Tonight we will be going to a House Concert with a lot of other Mudcatters. I'll raise a glass to you and Ian there.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 10:04 AM

I'm very sorry for your loss. You seem like such a brave person. My sympathy to you and your family.

Linda


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: bfdk
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 10:08 AM

Sincerest condolences from Denmark as well.

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Les from Hull
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 03:42 PM

Deepest sympathy and virtual hugs from Maggie and me and your other friends in the Hull area, Andrea. We're very sorry for your loss.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Hollowfox
Date: 24 Mar 07 - 04:41 PM

I am So sorry to hear this. I'd hug you if I could, Mouldy. My thoughts and prayers go out for you, and yes, a candle will be lit for you and yours tonight when I get home.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 05:20 AM

I have read your posts with a lump in my throat, and I am full of admiration for your courage.
My sincere condolences, and I wish you continued strength and the support of your family, to help you through the difficult days.
I hope also, that the support of this Mudcat community helps you cope.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,Paul Warwick
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 05:22 AM

Dearest Andi


I was deeply saddened to here the news of Ian's death

My thoughts are with you & all the family at this time

I will always have the fondest memories of Ian and the pint of Shipo's we used to share

Paul Warwick


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 10:30 AM

Thanks Paul

It must be 20 years since we last saw you!
If you want to get in touch, you can PM me from here, or use robertson@btinternet.com

The young lad you last saw is now coming up for 28 and is 6'4"!

Andi


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 05:03 PM

I'm just finding this now. Dear Mouldy, you are in my thoughts and in my heart. I've suffered sudden loss of a partner, too, and know about the shock, and the after-shocks. I'm just sitting here with you, keeping company for awhile. Take care of yourself, my dear.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,KT
Date: 25 Mar 07 - 11:38 PM

Mouldy, please know that someone in Alaska is holding you in heart, thought and prayer. I'm so sorry for your loss. KT


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 26 Mar 07 - 04:45 AM

Thanks everyone.

We met with the guy who escorted him back to the UK last night, and he brought Ian's personal effects from Kemerovo, including his two rings which he was wearing when he died. There is no damage to them at all. I have the comfort of knowing that death was almost certainly instant - carbon monoxide - or black damp as it used to be called in the mines. I believe there are injuries to his lower body, but they did not contribute to his death. Obviously this is what Mark was told, and has relayed to us. I haven't yet got the death certificate: all the coroner stuff starts today. But at the moment I know what I needed to know.

The night after I found out about his death, and just as I was trying to sleep, I had a vivid image flash twice in succession into my mind of Ian being pulled out from under some fallen rock, but was only buried from the waist down. He looked peaceful, and only had one or two small cuts about his face. Over the last few days the possibility of CO poisoning has been foremost in my mind, and although I feel more weepy today as now I have his stuff it is all real, I have a tremendous feeling of inner peace. Things could have been much more violent.

The office staff in Moscow are absolutely devastated by Ian's death and I have had a lovely letter from them. Also, Mark showed me a photo he had taken of Ian's desk, which is all neat and tidy, and covered in flowers.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skarpi
Date: 26 Mar 07 - 05:28 AM

Andrea you are a brave woman , to come out and tell us all this
I hope and I know it help to write or talk about hard matters
that we go through on our lifepath , I know its hard next days
and weeks so be strong , talk about it , cry about it , tell
your feelings to someone you trust , you have something that
noone can take away from you , the memory of Ian ...........


school of life ..........its hard to be in that school .

Again deepest sympathy from me to you and yours and may
god be with you through this time ahead .

All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Bee
Date: 26 Mar 07 - 07:01 AM

As we say in Cape Breton, sorry for your trouble. It does sound like you have around you a fine collection of family and friends, and that is a very good thing. Remember to care for yourself over the next hard days.

Bee


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: alison
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 01:38 AM

really to sorry to hear this

hugs and good thoughts from Oz

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 03:40 AM

I second what Skarpi put so eloquently. You are full of grace and we are blessed by your sharing, even though it was brought on by such a tragedy.

{{{{{{{Andrea & family}}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 06:26 AM

For all you out there who knew Ian, and his - hrmm - sartorial taste...
He is taking his ease in a huge American style casket, which JUST fits into the hearse, and he is dressed, apparently in a very expensive (Russian) suit, with the absolute latest fashion Russian footwear - winklepickers! This is what I have been told.

I have been receiving letters from people who knew Ian and worked with him, but also, today, one from an association of ex Bevin Boys, who feel solidarity with anyone in the mining industry, especially at times like these.

The funeral is set for midday on Friday. The Rector's due here in a minute to sort out the service with me.

You are right. I can express my feelings better sometimes by writing them down. It gives me time to think. His company forwarded some photos they had been sent of him, including some out with the Hash. There's one of him in his bright orangr Sarajevo Hash T shirt, sitting by a lake with what is probably an empty can of Baltica by his side, and with his fingers in his mouth pulling a face and leering directly at the camera. It's on my desktop now, so every time I boot up the computer he gets greeted...usually at the moment, "Git!" or "You bastard!" Since we've got him back I've been more emotional, and cursing him for getting me into the state I'm in does help.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Big Mick
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 06:51 AM

mouldy, whether you realize it or not, you are teaching many of us as to what it is like to walk with grace. From where ever you are drawing it, your strength of character and absolute love of Ian just comes pouring through. Dealing with this type of event is very difficult. When my time comes to do so, I pray that I will have the type of strength and grace that you have exhibited here.

One day we will meet, and I look forward to that. In the meantime I hope you take some comfort from the knowledge that there are many people around the world who are with you in spirit and love right now. We need not worry about finding Ian's voice, it is alive and well in you, Ruth, Alex, and Eleanor.

Bless you, ..... and thank you.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Barry Finn
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 06:52 AM

I hope that from here on in the sun will shine over your shoulders for the rest of your days. Good luck & take the best care of yourself, you deserve it Andrea.

Barry


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 10:20 AM

We'll be there, Andrea - just hope the thought of the winklepickers doesn't give rise to a fit of giggles!!Don't think he'd mind though! Will ring later.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 10:39 AM

Well, being across the pond, I had to see what winklepickers were! You've made me smile with that one.

Keep writing to us, okay, and know you are held in our hearts and thoughts.

kat


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,ib48
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 10:45 AM

very sorry to hear this,thoughts go out to you from murton county durham.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 10:49 AM

"the type of strength and grace that you have exhibited here" - well said, Big Mick ...


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 27 Mar 07 - 05:51 PM

Hmmm - winklepickers :-) Talk about surreal.

We'll be there too Andi.

Love and HUGS
xxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 28 Mar 07 - 03:47 PM

Don't forget to wear a 'touch of red' if you are going to the funeral on Friday.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Grab
Date: 28 Mar 07 - 07:12 PM

So sorry to hear about this - best wishes Mouldy.

Graham.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 03:05 AM

I have been told by my son to stop spreading rumours about winklepickers! (He's getting more and more like his dad every day, except he's 3" taller). Apparently what was actually said was that he is kitted up in the most expensive fashionable (Russian) style suit, and although nobody has actually checked, I should be warned that the latest fashion for shoes in Moscow is winklepickers. The undertaker will know, but I don't want my image of Ian's broad fitting size ten feet in winklepickers ruined!

In my mind he's still wearing 'em! He was wearing something along those lines the night I met him!

I'm in the calm before the storm at the moment. The undertaker has shown me a photo of the coffin: it's Canadian! It is a proper casket. He estimates it weighs about 15 stone without Ian, who wasn't much short of that himself. After measuring it John, the undertaker, thinks it'll go in the hearse with about one or two inches clearance at the top!

For any of you who will be there, apologies for the snivelling wreck that will dribble in and out of the church: I'm bad at funerals at the best of times! Also, we are expecting a LOT of people, and when I get round the corner into the Priory and see them, I'll just go off on one. It's also quite a long aisle (but the carpet's red, if my memory serves me right). The clergy are also going with the red theme, as are the staff of the Brewer's Arms! (Conveniently this Sunday's liturgical colour is red).
I'll be okay once we get to the pub and someone gets a drink into me.

The main stress at the moment is getting the booklets for the service done. They're nearly finished, and Cyril, the Rector, has suggested we print 250. I've even bought a posh new printer for the job...my old Epson would probably have imploded under the strain!
Got the financial advisor coming today, but he hasn't let me know when.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 08:07 AM

Hang in there Kidda - after tomorrow your life will start to (hopefully) return to more like normality for you - if anything about your life could be said to be normal!

We can sort the migraines from the alcohol later.

Love and HUGS
xxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: catspaw49
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 08:41 AM

Andrea.....When you first joined us here at the 'Cat we had some funny interchanges about your screen name and it was obvious then that you had a great sense of humor. More to the point, you have humor in your soul and a willingness to view reality through several different lenses which gives you the ability to take the world from any point of view.......upside down or tilted sideways. I doubt there is anything I value more in a person than that ability and that skewed version of reality and the humor it spawns.

Somehow I have no doubt that you will find all the touchstones to get you through not just the next few days, but the rest of your life as well. And as the next days pass remember that this weird litle cyber community will be here...........for whatever that's worth! Hang in.....I am sure you will.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Pistachio
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 03:07 PM

Condolences to you and your family from another saddened 'catter'.
Take care of yourselves - and let the wonder of mudcat hugs hold you as you say goodbye tomorrow. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< x >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Hazel.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skipy
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 03:20 PM

There will be many "mudcat strangers" there with you tommorrow, lean on us, that is what we are for. We will be thinking of you.
Skipy, with a tissue!


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: wysiwyg
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 03:28 PM

Condolences, from north central Pennsylvania.

~Susan & Greg


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Hawker
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 03:53 PM

Andrea,
Though I don't know you, your sincerity and honesty have shone through in your posts - as has your love and respect for your Ian - and your sense of humour. I think all who have visited this thread have been touched by your humility and strength and I know that there are many, like me, who will be thinking of you and holding you in our hearts tomorrow. Keep strong.
Much Love, Lucy X


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: flaj
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 05:42 PM

Andrea,

Very very sorry about Ian and for you and the family.

I saw him dancing with Whitby Scratch Morris last year for the first (and sadly now last)time.

Our deepest sympathies and condolencies.

Chris (the melodeon) and Jan (Wakefield Morris Dancers).


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: bbc
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 09:21 PM

Andrea,

Hang in there. You may not feel like it, but your posts show that you are doing great, under very trying circumstances. My thoughts & prayers go with you.

love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 29 Mar 07 - 10:05 PM

For what it's worth, my hat is off to you, and the humor and honesty you are able to bring to this.

They will stand you well. As will this ragtag community.

Thank you for letting us share this with you. I will lift a prayer to your and yours, for continued grace and strength.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Partridge
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 01:21 AM

Will be thinking of you today Andrea.

much love

Pat xxxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 03:50 AM

Andrea, my thoughts are with you today, as they have been frequently of late, If I may offer a verse that relate to havingsomeone "working away"

" You are like the Wild Geese love
you fly where ere you will
where ever the Wild geese Take you
My arms will hold you still"


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Megan L
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 04:21 AM

thinking of you all today and praying strenght and peace foir you.

dauvitt and his meg


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: jacqui.c
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 07:24 AM

{{{{{{{{{{{Andra & family}}}}}}}}}


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 12:06 PM

Just got back from Snaith and the celebration of Ian's life. It were a 'reet good do'with no morbidity about it. Ian didn't 'do' morbidity. Even the clergy wore red stoles instead of purple and the coffin was a sight to behold - VERY large and heavy :-). So much so that it couldn't be cremated with him because of the steel plate in it.

Andrea did not disgrace herself in any way and she and all of the family seem to be coping well at the moment. When asked what was going to happen to his ashes I was told that some of them are going to keep on travelling, being left in various parts of the world as family members visit them. So far this includes New Zealand and Egypt!

Thanks for today Andi and Co. A true celebration of life.

Love and HUGS
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 02:24 PM

It was certainly a wonderful tribute to Ian. The rafters shook as we sang Lord of the Dance and the eulogy was mainly Andreas own words with all the juicier bits cut out! Almost everyone wore a touch of red in honour of Ian's favourite colour and later this year the Whitby Scratch Morris will dance out in red as a tribute.
Ian would have been proud of his family today as well he should.
With love to you all
Jane and Geoff.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Partridge
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 03:36 PM

wish I could have been there, reds one of my favourite colours. A hard day Andrea still thinking of you, love

Pat xxxxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 03:58 PM


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Wyrd Sister
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 04:06 PM

Eh? That should have been something like:
Thanks, Andrea, for the example.
xxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skarpi
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 04:26 PM

Love and hugs in this hard day , I am thinking
about you and yours on this day.

all the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: nutty
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 05:21 PM

My thoughts were with you all today as well.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skipy
Date: 30 Mar 07 - 05:41 PM

Thought about you many times today, told the story in my local tonight when somebody said "penny for them" resulted in nine of my mates, strangers to you of course, raising their glasses to you and to a man they did not know.
Be strong, best regards Skipy


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 04:19 AM

The morning after the funeral, and I am taking stock of the mountain of debris from the wake that sort of happened last night.
We got back from the hotel about tea time in dribs and drabs, courtesy of Ian's sister who ferried the family back. Of course, my kids were the last back, and they had got Angela to detour via the local co-op minimart. Pink bubbly, wine, beers, snacks and pizzas arrived. Earler in the day I had given my new son-in -law a 13 year old bottle of Thomas Hardy's Ale(12%) which I'd bought Ian as a curiosity and that he'd totally forgotten about. It got opened, and although it was somewhat on the turn, being very sickly and otherwise indescribable, a few sips were had, and a toast made. Then there was the gift pack of Leffe. Let me just say that the youger element, and then later us and our next door neighbours, gave him an Ian style party. "For he's a jolly good fellow" was sung several times, speeches were made, and our VERY drunk older daughter was hatching plans with her cousin to send Ian across the globe in very small amounts with any of their travelling acquaintances who was willing, and to write a book about it from Ian's point of view! I ended up between 12.30am and 1am ferrying pissheads home! I was even able to have a chat with our local milkman who delivers about 1am, and who hadn't been able to make the funeral.

We were very pleased to see so many of our friends there, and wearing red. Even the staff at the hotel had asked if they could too. The Rector had said "We'll make sure we give the lad a good send off", and both he and Mike, another priest, who happens to live in my village and who has known us all the time we've been here, made sure of it. I'm pleased to say that the organist played Lord of the Dance at the "proper" speed too. I had visions of various folk musicians desperately trying somehow to up the tempo if he didn't. Not only that, courtesy of Google, (and Mudcat), our best man who we hadn't seen for about 20 years, posted up as a guest and made contact! (Paul Warwick).

I have been overwhelmed by what Ian's work colleagues have said about him. He as been described as irreplaceable, which is often a platitude tossed out at times like this, but they have explained the situation to me, and he IS! Nobody else has the broad level of skill, experience and expertise in the fields he was working in. They told me that he had wanted to go to that mine and was really pleased to be there, to be able to crack on with the job he was involved in. It was one of many he was needing to visit...wrong pit, wrong time...such is life.
His company has compiled a file of messages of condolence that have been received from all over the world, and are talking of a second. I also have a pile of letters that have been sent direct to me. The ultimate tribute is hopefully going to be paid next month at a local beer festival - he is to have a beer named for him, and the proceeds from its sale are to be sent to the disaster fund. I haven't yet counted the collection from the church, but I have around £300 in cheques that have been sent to me, and I have been told that the donations that have been made via the company account have reached into four figures: people have been asking for money to be deducted direct from any payments they were due.

The support from the Mudcat has been so helpful. It's like a comfort blanket that you can put round and slip into when you feel you need it. I tend to go on first thing in the morning at the moment, because that seems to be the time when I, as an early riser, have time to dwell on what's happened. I take a cup of coffee and some tissues, boot up the computer, greet (or often roundly curse) Ian to his face, as I have a picture of him pulling a face on the desktop, check my emails and then log on. Everybody has warned me of the dark days that WILL come, and I think I am ready to face them - I have no choice - but I'm not facing them alone.

Thanks guys

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Megan L
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 04:44 AM

Andrea you give him fits lass :) i remember going upstairs one day to hear my father talking (I was brought up in a non swearing household). when i sneaked a look in his room it was mums photograph beside the bed he was talking to demanding how the hell she could go and leave him alone. they had been together 63 years.

there may be dark days but remember everyone is different never let anyone force you to conform. we were down in london for my nieces wedding when we got word my brother had died. dauvitt and i flew home first and spent the night with Sis in law watching home movies especially the wedding video where theo had put on shoes that had been in the cupboard for years and can clearly be seen walking across the lawn of this castle with the sole flapping merrily in the wind.

hold on to good memories and daft moments they see you through God bless
Dauvitt and his Meg


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 04:52 AM

Andrea, you have been blessed with a loving and supportive family, and an inner strength that few of us could aspire to.
Bless you for your posts, and the lessons in humility you've taught me.
Giok


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skarpi
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 06:22 AM

Andrea , I agree what John Giok just wrote , like I said before
you are a strong soul , even though you have to like you said go through
the " hard " days , you only getting stronger person

I surely hope that I get the honor to meet you in person
someday in the future .
God bless you all.
All the best Skarpi Iceland.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: catspaw49
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 06:34 AM

Thank us? Okay......You're welcome. But more to the point, thank you Andrea for showing us how to celebrate a life.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: fat B****rd
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 07:21 AM

I couldn't have said it better than catspaw, Andrea.
Best regards from Charlie S.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: jacqui.c
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 07:26 AM

I can't say it any better than the last four posters. I admire you so much Andrea.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 09:51 AM

For what it's worth, you have many new admirers out here in cyberspace ...


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 10:06 AM

I'm humbled, folks...don't go giving me a big head. I'm feeling a bit "twitchy" today, and my son and fiancee are heading away quite soon, but he's installed the new Windows Vista on my PC, and the reason I'm on now is that he told me to go and have a play.

Micca has phoned me this morning and we've had a nice chat. i also took my sister in law up to our village church to see the coffin flowers, which I had asked the undertaker to place there by the font.

As an interesting update, I added the collection from yesterday to the cheques received (another 4 came in the post today) and without any double checking, I have just over £1100 for the fund so far.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 11:36 AM

Bought a bottle of Zinfandel (red of course) this morning, and Geoff and I will share it with Ian in spirit tonight.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mg
Date: 31 Mar 07 - 04:06 PM

He sounds like a wonderful man and you have a wonderful family to help each other through this loss..may he rest in peace. mg


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 02:25 AM

The best ever tribute is planned to be paid him by one of our local breweries - they are going to name a beer for him at a local festival next month, and all proceeds are going to the fund. Now that's the sort of tribute he WOULD have cared about! I'm not so sure about one of the photos of him that has been suggested fot the pump clip...

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,meself
Date: 01 Apr 07 - 10:29 PM

Those winklepickers (or whatever they're called) might look good on a beer label ...


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 21 Apr 07 - 02:46 PM

Just been for a couple of pints of 'The Insultant' - a name Ian often called himself. Wonderfully easy to drink it's a 4.2 pale ale with loads of flavour. Just the sort of beer he liked. Have already asked Keith Simpson if they will be making more (and possibly bottling it)! His picture makes a great pump clip.

Thanks Sue for a really fitting tribute to him.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 21 Apr 07 - 02:56 PM

Where is the beer on? Love the name.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Slag
Date: 21 Apr 07 - 04:45 PM

I've been off line for a while and just now saw this thread. My heartfelt condolences. I know the pain of losing a spouse. It's never easy and always there near the surface. May God grant you the strength and the serenity to see through the days ahead of you. God bless.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Tig
Date: 21 Apr 07 - 05:32 PM

It was on at the George and Dragon in the beer festival last night and today. However I understand there's still an 18 of it at the brewery which is going to go on at the Jemmy Hurst. Not sure of the exact date but Keith says it's planned to coincide with one of the session nights.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: WildDingo
Date: 21 Apr 07 - 09:43 PM

I know Im late here but Im hoping I can be forgiven since Im new

As an underground miner here in Western Australia its the only thing that causes me pause every time I fly out to the mine... I guess its every miner and their families biggest dread... and as miners we are brothers no matter where in the world we are

To "mouldy" and family... although I dont know you or your husband I send all our love may you have peace as you come to terms with his passing

A brother gone :-(

Shane Jody and the hoons (children)


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 22 Apr 07 - 04:55 PM

Mouldy- My love and blessings, belated but heartfelt.    Jean


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 01:28 PM

Hello everyone.

I didn't expect to see this thresd revived, but Tig told me she had put on a post about the festival.
Ian's was the only beer to have 2 pumps, and it sold out before the end. However, that might have had something to do with Ebor Morris's visit on the first night! The beer has also acquired a subtitle "Ian's Revenge" from one of our friends who found it sort of went "through" him!

To the new well-wishers - thank you so much. I have printed off all the posts until the new ones and put them into a book with the letters I have received. I'll print off the new ones too.

I'm doing ok. The fact that Ian is not going to arrive home at the end of this week is starting to bite a bit, but I have loads that needs doing quite urgently, and my plan is to lose track of the date. I didn't have a definite day for his return, but it would have probably been 27th April. The end of the following week is his birthday, but I am doing a 3 day craft fair - if I can get stuff made (so you see what I


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 01:34 PM

oops - hit a wrong button somewhere!

- and what's a thresd???

I am finding I'm getting a bit emotional at the moment, but I think the adrenalin is running down. Also it's been a naff day weatherwise, and I have just put a daughter on a train to Glasgow, after she came home from uni for the weekend, and she isn't doing very well I'm afraid. Not sleeping properly, and it's starting to tell on her. She has orders to go see the doctor up there. I don't think it's hit her properly yet. Not only that, she has exams in a couple of weeks.

We'll get there somehow or other. At least she'll be back for the summer in a month, and I can keep a better eye on her.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 02:08 PM

{{{{{{Andrea & Family}}}}}}

We're still here for you in any way in which we can help.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 06:42 PM

You won't ever forget that date, so don't kill yourself trying to. Take some deep breaths, have some good meals, hug the kids and relatives, sing some songs. Take care of yourself.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: skipy
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 07:22 PM

Tell your daughter to "do it for Dad" we are all so inspired by your strength, we know that she must have it too, she can & WILL make good, she has your genes & Dad's genes. She will make him proud.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 24 Apr 07 - 03:28 PM

Hi Andrea,

Hope you know I'm still thinking of you. I've not been through your experience, but something similar, some days are better than others.

love

Pat xxx


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 24 Apr 07 - 05:51 PM

The thread may drift away and drift back, but many of us are often thinking of you and your dear love, and occasionally wafting a prayer your way.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: My guru always said
Date: 24 Apr 07 - 06:37 PM

Just been pointed at this thread by Micca as I haven't had much on-line time recently, sorry for being late. Sending positive thoughts, love and hugs to you and your family Andrea. Lighting a candle now for Ian.
Hil


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: mouldy
Date: 25 Apr 07 - 04:02 AM

Thanks, folks.

Just received a gorgeous shawl in shades of red from jacqui.c - it is like wearing a hug!

Ruth seemed a little more upbeat yesterday when I spoke to her - she has found an apartment for her last year in Glasgow, which looks to be nicer (and cheaper) than the one she is in. She assures me she has made a doctor's appointment for this afternoon. I get the impression that she feels if she can sleep properly again, she'll cope.

I found out last night that Ian and I are going to be mentioned in the Rector's piece for the latest parish magazine. It is all to do with bonds between people, wherever they may be. He is also going to mention the message of support our neighbouring village of Gowdall got in 2000 from the people of Mozambique, when it too was devastated by flooding.

Andrea


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 25 Apr 07 - 04:54 AM

Well, Andi you certainly have bonds all over the world now which is a tribute to both you and Ian.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: My guru always said
Date: 26 Apr 07 - 04:01 AM

Aha, you now have a jacqui.c shawl!! You've joined the Elite as one of the Catters (MMario & jacqui.c) Handmade Shawl Owners Club - See here for other grateful recipients!


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Apr 07 - 10:00 AM

Folks, Andrea has very kindly given me the okay to post a picture of Ian's PUMP CLIP for the ale they named after him, "The Insultant." I think it is really neat and Ian looks as though he was a wonderful person. Thanks, Andrea, for sharing with us. You've got quite a beautiful family, too.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 26 Apr 07 - 10:47 AM

Thanks for posting that.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Pistachio
Date: 26 Apr 07 - 03:39 PM

More good thoughts coming your way and if you need more virtual hugs there's some attached from over here in Beverley. Ian's Revenge sounds most interesting. Great Pump Clip. I hope to get the opportunity for a snifter some time.
((((((((((((((((Virtual Hugs)))))))))))))
H.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: jacqui.c
Date: 26 Apr 07 - 04:20 PM

Lovely photo, thanks Kat.


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Subject: RE: Mouldy's husband killed in Russian mine
From: Morticia
Date: 27 Apr 07 - 09:23 AM

Don't know how I missed this the first time round, Andrea but hugs to you and your family.

Having been through something like this with kids of a similar age, if you need any help, please let me know. I don't get here much anymore but if you yell at Micca, he'll doubtless yell at me.


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