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BS: A polite and well-mannered thread

Hamish 18 Feb 10 - 09:40 AM
Smedley 18 Feb 10 - 09:44 AM
Leadfingers 18 Feb 10 - 09:59 AM
Will Fly 18 Feb 10 - 10:01 AM
Dave the Gnome 18 Feb 10 - 10:01 AM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 18 Feb 10 - 10:03 AM
Little Hawk 18 Feb 10 - 10:05 AM
maeve 18 Feb 10 - 10:06 AM
Ruth Archer 18 Feb 10 - 10:10 AM
Mr Happy 18 Feb 10 - 10:13 AM
Hamish 18 Feb 10 - 10:19 AM
maeve 18 Feb 10 - 10:21 AM
olddude 18 Feb 10 - 10:26 AM
Emma B 18 Feb 10 - 10:26 AM
Amos 18 Feb 10 - 10:37 AM
Dave Hanson 18 Feb 10 - 10:44 AM
Smedley 18 Feb 10 - 10:46 AM
jeddy 18 Feb 10 - 10:50 AM
Backwoodsman 18 Feb 10 - 10:51 AM
Backwoodsman 18 Feb 10 - 10:52 AM
Dave the Gnome 18 Feb 10 - 10:52 AM
Ruth Archer 18 Feb 10 - 10:59 AM
Will Fly 18 Feb 10 - 10:59 AM
maeve 18 Feb 10 - 11:07 AM
mauvepink 18 Feb 10 - 11:14 AM
bobad 18 Feb 10 - 11:15 AM
olddude 18 Feb 10 - 11:16 AM
Bill D 18 Feb 10 - 11:17 AM
maeve 18 Feb 10 - 11:22 AM
Dave the Gnome 18 Feb 10 - 11:24 AM
Ruth Archer 18 Feb 10 - 11:27 AM
GUEST,leeneia 18 Feb 10 - 11:28 AM
Dave the Gnome 18 Feb 10 - 11:31 AM
Ruth Archer 18 Feb 10 - 11:32 AM
theleveller 18 Feb 10 - 11:32 AM
Dave the Gnome 18 Feb 10 - 11:34 AM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 18 Feb 10 - 11:34 AM
GUEST,Ebbie, housesitting 18 Feb 10 - 11:34 AM
Emma B 18 Feb 10 - 11:38 AM
maeve 18 Feb 10 - 11:38 AM
olddude 18 Feb 10 - 11:52 AM
Emma B 18 Feb 10 - 11:54 AM
theleveller 18 Feb 10 - 11:56 AM
GUEST,Mike Rogers 18 Feb 10 - 12:02 PM
Crow Sister (off with the fairies) 18 Feb 10 - 12:04 PM
Emma B 18 Feb 10 - 12:07 PM
Bill D 18 Feb 10 - 12:07 PM
Ebbie 18 Feb 10 - 12:10 PM
Bill D 18 Feb 10 - 12:27 PM
VirginiaTam 18 Feb 10 - 12:42 PM
katlaughing 18 Feb 10 - 12:52 PM
olddude 18 Feb 10 - 01:08 PM
VirginiaTam 18 Feb 10 - 01:21 PM
Dave the Gnome 18 Feb 10 - 01:26 PM
Ruth Archer 18 Feb 10 - 01:52 PM
mauvepink 18 Feb 10 - 01:53 PM
MGM·Lion 18 Feb 10 - 02:47 PM
Smedley 18 Feb 10 - 02:50 PM
Lox 18 Feb 10 - 03:03 PM
theleveller 18 Feb 10 - 03:12 PM
GUEST,mauvepink 18 Feb 10 - 03:19 PM
Smedley 18 Feb 10 - 03:24 PM
Mrrzy 18 Feb 10 - 03:24 PM
mauvepink 18 Feb 10 - 03:38 PM
Mavis Enderby 18 Feb 10 - 03:42 PM
Tangledwood 18 Feb 10 - 03:47 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Feb 10 - 03:57 PM
mauvepink 18 Feb 10 - 03:58 PM
maeve 18 Feb 10 - 04:04 PM
mauvepink 18 Feb 10 - 04:10 PM
Folkiedave 18 Feb 10 - 04:25 PM
VirginiaTam 18 Feb 10 - 04:27 PM
Hamish 18 Feb 10 - 04:47 PM
Lizzie Cornish 1 18 Feb 10 - 04:48 PM
akenaton 18 Feb 10 - 05:36 PM
McGrath of Harlow 18 Feb 10 - 05:46 PM
Amos 18 Feb 10 - 06:18 PM
Dave the Gnome 18 Feb 10 - 06:29 PM
Folkiedave 18 Feb 10 - 06:36 PM
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theleveller 19 Feb 10 - 03:26 AM
theleveller 19 Feb 10 - 04:07 AM
Hamish 19 Feb 10 - 05:31 AM
theleveller 19 Feb 10 - 06:18 AM
MGM·Lion 19 Feb 10 - 06:42 AM
MGM·Lion 19 Feb 10 - 06:46 AM
Lizzie Cornish 1 19 Feb 10 - 07:12 AM
Tangledwood 19 Feb 10 - 06:45 PM
mauvepink 19 Feb 10 - 07:39 PM
mauvepink 20 Feb 10 - 08:25 AM
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mauvepink 20 Feb 10 - 09:52 AM
MGM·Lion 20 Feb 10 - 10:00 AM
mauvepink 20 Feb 10 - 10:11 AM
MGM·Lion 20 Feb 10 - 10:25 AM
VirginiaTam 20 Feb 10 - 10:27 AM
Lonesome EJ 20 Feb 10 - 11:05 AM
VirginiaTam 20 Feb 10 - 11:29 AM
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Amos 20 Feb 10 - 12:04 PM
VirginiaTam 20 Feb 10 - 12:35 PM
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mauvepink 20 Feb 10 - 01:08 PM
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Subject: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Hamish
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 09:40 AM

I would like to welcome you all to this thread: a haven of pleasant things written in a civilised way. Where dignity and courtesy flourish. Do please enjoy it and respect others who may also wish to.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Smedley
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 09:44 AM

I wish your well in your admirable endeavour. It will be educatinal to observe the extent to which this seed will germinate. I hope it would not be excessively discourteous to note that you are, for all the most commendable reasons, swimming against the prevailing tide.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Leadfingers
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 09:59 AM

Indeed Hamish ! You will be fine until 'Certain People' drag it down to their level .
I hope to make the Lndon Session in a couple of weeks , by the way !


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:01 AM

Dear all - I think you're absolutely wonderful - I agree with every word you say - and I want to have your baby... XXX


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:01 AM

I communicate glorious felicitations to your honoured personage concerning your sublime and praiseworthy assignment.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:03 AM

cucumber sandwiches?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Little Hawk
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:05 AM

Well, isn't this nice? It's lovely to see everyone getting along so well. I wonder if Penelope will drop in and grace us with a word or two?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:06 AM

Good day to all friendly gentlefolk who visit this conversational thread. Here in Maine the sky is blue and the sun is bright.

I'm listening to Cindy Kallet and Gordon Bok singing "Them Stars"- lyrics from the University of Colorado archives, and set to music by the estimable Margaret MacArthur of Vermont.

Cordially,

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:10 AM

I'm reviewing the new Imagined Village CD and eating mushrooms on toast. It's snowing - I may have to light a fire in a minute. It's all rather lovely. Hello, nice people!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Mr Happy
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:13 AM

This is not a 'traditional' mudcat thread!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Hamish
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:19 AM

Thank you all: this is going splendidly. I knew that my trust and faith would be rewarded.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:21 AM

Mushrooms on toast. Oh, what a splendid notion!

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: olddude
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:26 AM

WHAT !! WHAT ARE YOU DOING ... PUTTING NICE STUFF ON MUDCAT ... ARE YOU DAFT !! HOW COULD YOU DO SUCH A THING !! LOL

Seriously, much love to all of you .. always in my heart

Dan


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:26 AM

Feliciations good folks -

May I most respectfully enquire as to whether you have tastefully dissected the outermost layer of the loaf from your sandwiches CS?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Amos
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:37 AM

Who among such kindly, well mannered folks, would volunteer to add some small effort to these posts showing actual merit, substance, factual analysis or other such troublesome efforts?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:44 AM

Isn't it nice here, I think I may get to like it after all.

Dave H


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Smedley
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:46 AM

'Merit' is surely in the eye of the beholder, and to imply that merit is absent from this interface of pleasantries might, by some scallywags, be perceived as a ploy to plant the seeds of that very disharmony which so befouls other facets of the glistening Mudcat diamond.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: jeddy
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:50 AM

good afternoon seekers of niceness!

after hoovering the house i shall enjoy a nice cup, well camping mug of coffee, who would like similar refreshment?
i agree, cucmber sandwiches, need to have the outer layers cut orff to be civilised! LOL

have a wonderful evening and for all those who can see the sun, enjoy the setting of the worlds bedside lamp.

love
jade x x x x


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:51 AM

Good day to you Hamish, my fine fellow and sometime partner-in-crime in the musical enlightenment of the Good Burghers of The Backwoods. Please accept my compliments and thanks for your graciousness in opening this thread, and my sincere wishes that it continues in its current seemly fashion.

Mayhap we shall grace the stage (or even coffe-shop floor!) together once again in the future? Until the, I bid you farewell my friend.

BWM


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:52 AM

Until then even!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:52 AM

Are we not even allowed to use Monty Python and the Holy Grail Frenchman insults?

:D


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:59 AM

There was definitely merit in my mushrooms. I think it was the truffle oil.

Snow is settling now...


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Will Fly
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 10:59 AM

Non! Absolument pas! Mes felicitations a tous.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:07 AM

Amos- every post I make these days takes careful thought and effort; when accompanied by the glorious music we have recently received the merit is in the peaceful posting of descriptions of daily life without stress or discord.

"Shallow Brown" sung by Cindy Kallet right now. I am hungry for tranquility.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:14 AM

I hope it will not be too Liberal of me to join in and give regards from one of the sisters here to ALL of you ;-)

What a thoroughly SPLENDID bunch you all are and wonderfully knowledgeable, kind, courteous, intelligent and suucinct. Such eloquent personages I have not heard in some time and you are the epitomy of manners and good breeding. What a totally talented troup of taste trapes from your tongues.

Have a wonderful time here and do help yourselves to a pat on the back

How jolly this is....

:-)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: bobad
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:15 AM

Would that be the 1959 definition of polite and well mannered?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: olddude
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:16 AM

anyone for tea my friends?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:17 AM

Oh how nice....not an umbrage on the horizon!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:22 AM

Bill D. I enjoy toasted unbrage with any fine cheese.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:24 AM

I thought Umbrage was that fine English town where Ruth hails from? The epitome of good manners and courtesy:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:27 AM

Umbrage is two stops along, D el G. I live in Lower Wittering.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:28 AM

There is a simple way to ensure that you will be communicating with the best of the Mudcat. Post something that actually requires the playing or singing of music.

The nutters and squabblers will head for the hills. You still have to deal with a pedant or two, but they are easier to take.

The glow you get when someone on the other side of the world says 'thanks' makes it all worthwhile.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:31 AM

Ahhh - Thank you so much for the clarification, dear Ruth. It makes one feel good to know that one can make such errors and be corrected in a civil and erudie manner. May your cucumbers grow ever longer.

:D


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:32 AM

And may your aspidistra never wither. Earl Grey?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: theleveller
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:32 AM

Please, would anyone mind if I posted something? Thank you.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:34 AM

I pray your forgiveness and patience a moment longer, dear fellows. erudie = erudite of course.

Humblest of apologies from your lowly (literaly :-) ) Servant.

DeG


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:34 AM

Yeah, cucumber sandwiches have had the rough and uncouth crusts (how it offends me to even consider them) discreetly eliminated. This precaution will at least ensure that we keep the kind of grubby riff-raff who willfully indulge in online brutishness orf of this thread (wot is for elegant laydies and gentlemen only!)
Would you like ketchup or HP with that? And I'll pop a pickled onion on a doily for you (mind fingers).


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: GUEST,Ebbie, housesitting
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:34 AM

Today again I shall take the three Cairn Terriers to Sandy Beach and let them run there with all the likeminded other dogs. They will come home and drip and spray sand all through the house and when their coats are dry I will brush the last bits off them, then bring out the broom.

Life is good.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:38 AM

For your delectation may I offer to share with you this pleasing portrait of an umbrage on the horizon


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:38 AM

Speak, friend theleveller. May I offer you some fresh scones?

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: olddude
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:52 AM

Ok just posted this on the main page
for all you lovely people, this absolutely beautiful guitar hits the spot for sure

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - J.S.Bach


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:54 AM

CS - in such refined polite company how could I consider anything other than
"Cette sauce de haute qualite est un mélange de fruits orientaux, d'epices et de vinaigre."

As this is a music site I humbly apologize that some less well mannered person has removed Marty Feldman's glorious, if melancholy, tribute to Charles Aznavour from the esteemed youtube but, if you have access to spotify you may spot 'La Sauce HP'


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: theleveller
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 11:56 AM

Thank you, Maeve, but it's of no importance...after you...I'll just enjoy these wonderful scones.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: GUEST,Mike Rogers
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:02 PM

This thread is like a refreshing breeze blowing through my undergarments on a humid day.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:04 PM

"I'll just enjoy these wonderful scones."

Hmm, now that we have such a nice thread filled with nice posters, how can we ensure it stays as nice as it is?? What if other posters come along who 'lower the tone' of our quiet and refined thread? I think to assuage all our anxieties, the quality of poster allowed into our splendid little oasis of nicety aught to be asessed by some means sure to route out 'bad eggs' and such-like beastly personages. I hearby propose a sort of 'test' to determine if new posters are 'our sort' or not.

So, what is it to be Leveller "Scone" with a short 'o' or "Scone" with a long 'o'? Hmmm..


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Emma B
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:07 PM

and please.....

don't post any Non U tube stuff in here please


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:07 PM

Oh, Emma dear...are those Connochaetes gnou or
Connochaetes taurinus?

They are indeed lovely, but mayhap a slight miscommunication has occurred? We already have one 'ungulate' on our local horizon, and I am sure he will be around shortly.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:10 PM

"I hearby propose a sort of 'test' to determine if new posters are 'our sort' or not. ""

May I humbly suggest that's not nice?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:27 PM

My DEAR wife, Rita, has gently suggested, after laughing her head off, that perhaps those ungulates are under an 'umbrella', and that I should retract my attempt at a correction....

hmmmmm...


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:42 PM

Oh how lovely, I've set up some tables for Whist in the parlour. To my great misfortune, I do not know the game.

I don't suppose there are any kind and generous players in the thread who would be willing to educate me?   Or am I already the wrong sort due to this woeful lack in my upbringing?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 12:52 PM

While it may sound like fun and harmless activity, testing all "ye who enter" may lead to loud protests of elitism...a return of the "mudcat clique" and then this so mannerly thread may be sullied beyond repair. I pray it were not so for 'tis a lovely thing you have wrought.

Good day,

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: olddude
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 01:08 PM

My Wiener dog Bella is all grown up and wants to say hello and say she loves you

Bella1

Bella2


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 01:21 PM

Is Umbrage-on-Horizon near Humbug-on-Sea?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 01:26 PM

Please refrain from any such argumentative subects as scon or scown (or scoon!) Let us instead refer to them as small clouds of edible delight...


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 01:52 PM

No, Tam - you're thinking of Umbrage-over-Fuccall. Umbrage-on-Horizon is near the hamlet of Arse-in-Hand.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 01:53 PM

I hope Mike has clean undergarments on a warm day in case he gets hit with a bus and ends up in hospital? I could not sleep for thinking of the poor man suffering any embarrassment because we forgot to advise him rightly.

We must look out for each other more and give advice for the salvation of knocked down Catters in hospital. Always have a clean pair of undergarments. It's traditional ;-)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 02:47 PM

I have just shown this delightful thread to my great nephew for educational purposes, & he said he wanted to contribute ~ here he comes ~~~

Bum bottie poo    teeheehee

Ohhh, woe alas!! so sorry about that, His mummy, my niece, has smacked his bottom, grounded him for a month, and sent him to bed without his supper. Please continue your delectable lucubrations as if it had never happened...


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Smedley
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 02:50 PM

If only some of the less cultivated contributors to discussions elsewhere in this hallowed haunt could receive the same treatment as your great nephew, M.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Lox
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:03 PM

Excuse me, did you say please continue your delicate lubrications?

Well I never!

If you will excuse me, I'm off to increase my stress levels and put myself at risk of heart problems on another thread!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: theleveller
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:12 PM

"So, what is it to be Leveller "Scone" with a short 'o' or "Scone" with a long 'o'? Hmmm.. "

Oh, please, after you....

...I'm orf to play the graaaand piaaaano.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: GUEST,mauvepink
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:19 PM

Dearest Smedders... I fear that if so many were chastised with smacked bottom it could cause a flood of those seeking such punishment! Alas, we need to educate the more uncouth to take control of their tongues and be careful what issues from their mouth. Then, and only then, if they are good, can they have a smacked bottom! ;-)

We have enough whipping posts on Mudcat to go around I am sure lol

I am but a simple wench looking to be educated from those who know better.

I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best (Oscar Wilde)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Smedley
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:24 PM

Ah, dear Oscar. Dear, dear Oscar. Such a misconstrued gentleman in such a multiplicity of ways.   

Mauve, if I may be so bold as to foreshorten your nomenclature, I suspect you may be right vis-a-vis certain bottoms. But let us not dwell on such base desires and embolden instead our commitment to manifesting a gallimaufry of linguistic and interpersonal pulchritudinousnesses.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Mrrzy
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:24 PM

Why, thank you kindly. How refreshing to find crustless sandwiches, tea and crumpets in such an elegant parlor. Shall I be mother?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:38 PM

Smedley wrote "Mauve, if I may be so bold as to foreshorten your nomenclature, I suspect you may be right vis-a-vis certain bottoms. But let us not dwell on such base desires and embolden instead our commitment to manifesting a gallimaufry of linguistic and interpersonal pulchritudinousnesses. "

Dearest Smedders, Sir, I humbly beseech your most eloquent of replies and pay yet more respect to your wonderful choice of words. Your point is taken but if I may be so bold as to suggest I have no intention to dwelleth on person's bottoms. I think that I can womanfestly say, without a fear to be contradicted, that such practices may actually be outlawed in most folk forums. Whilst those that would allow such thing may demand of me to wear a blindfold - or at least cover my eyes somehow - in order that my innocent eyes are not unchastened.

Sir, I am so grateful for your interdiction and advice for my safety. And, whilst not a humble servant, I am nevertheless, humbled by your concern for my purity.

May your strings never twang and always stay unbroken

Your humble correspondent

mp

;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Mavis Enderby
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:42 PM

I hope I am not being premature in my ejaculations of joy and chummy splendiferousness at happening upon such a delightful and gentlepersonly discourse.

If you will excuse me though, I have to supervise the staff who are preparing the carriage for this weekends festivities in the North Riding.

Yours,

Burton Coggles, Gentleman.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Tangledwood
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:47 PM

Cucumber sandwiches, scones, crumpets! Jeeze, where can a bloke get a couple of snags and a tinny round here?
Ye's r'all top blokes and sheilas but. Goodonya for keeping the yobbos out.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:57 PM

Being polite isn't a matter of being precious and refined and artificial. It's the most natural thing in the world. It's the default position.

If you have to make an effort to be polite, rather than an effort to be other than polite on those occasions that call for it, there is something seriously wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 03:58 PM

G'day g'day Tangledwood

Snags and tinny mentioned here

I bessech that you tell us more of thy quaint tongue and what it really means :)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: maeve
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:04 PM

Thank you, McGrath. I suspect we are also enjoying the wordplay in this thread.

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:10 PM

Wordsmiths are a turn on...

But I never said that, okay? Not a word to anyone.

Yes, indeed maeve, the thread is great fun and a little light relief is so enchanting I am intoxicated by some of what is going on :-)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Folkiedave
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:25 PM

I hope I am not being premature in my ejaculations

I am sure we can all echo that. And please feel free to call me "Folkie".


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:27 PM

Oh, of course you are correct as ever, Miss Archer.

I've never visited either. However, I am given to understand that the residents of such places have SUGAR as well as UHT in their PG Tips! This may account for certain problematic temperaments exhibited in these people.

I am quite confident they are ploughman's type of people so cucumber sandwiches crust or no crust would be utterly lost on them.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Hamish
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:47 PM

Still going along swimmingly. I just knew we could do it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It makes me feel all warm and cuddly.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 04:48 PM

Gawwwwwwwwwd!

Down here in the servant's quarters, I'm playin' strip-poker with the butler.

Lordy is he a ONE!

His table's *covered* with crumpet and tarts, and they have to be cleared away by midnight. I've absolutely no idea how he's going to get through them all by them.

Anyway, I have to dash as we're all down to our undergarments down here and the room's starting to warm up a little at long last.

If you could try NOT to call him for at least 2 hours I'd appreciate it, as I'm trying to do something with his cucumber, to make tomorrow's sandwiches more juicy.

Thankin' you kindly......


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: akenaton
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 05:36 PM

Heeeeer'es Johnny!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 05:46 PM

Wordplay is fun. Just so long as we don't fall into the trap of putting down politeness as a bit wimpish. And there are people who see it that way.

"What would you like to drink, mate" - that's what I call being polite.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Amos
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 06:18 PM

It is to your great credit as superlative individuals all that this thread has now bred its first imitator. Why, I cannot say.


A


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 06:29 PM

Did I hear a moment of disharmony amongst the serving staff? Surely not! All is as was in the days of gingham, warm slippers and rough shag...

:D


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Folkiedave
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 06:36 PM

"What would you like to drink, mate" - that's what I call being polite.

Indeed, and if you do that in the Kelham Island Tavern re-elected as CAMRA pub of the year even better.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Folkiedave
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 06:37 PM

Necessity is the mother of invention


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Folkiedave
Date: 18 Feb 10 - 06:38 PM

That last message is known as the "confuser". Well it is confusing to me and I am absolutely genuine and stone cold sober.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: theleveller
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 03:26 AM

"What would you like to drink, mate"

Well, McGrath, that's very civil of you - I'll have a pint of best, thanks.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: theleveller
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 04:07 AM

Sorry, I forgot - how rude of me: Good morning everyone, I hope you all have a pleasant day.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Hamish
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 05:31 AM

Indeed: thank you ever so much. I do plan on a very pleasant outing to North Yorks and hope for an excellent journey and a wonderful weekend full of musical delights. And I wish you all a lovely day and weekend likewise.

~8^)


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: theleveller
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 06:18 AM

Hamish, I look forward to seeing you at said folkloric event on Saturday. Should be spiffing. TTFN.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 06:42 AM

Grate-unkel mike is out of the way & left his computer on & I have crept in again so willywillywilly poopoobum befor he cums back


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 06:46 AM

Oops - sorry about that everybody. His mother will definitely deal with the little brat this time ~

& à-propos MPink; have only just come across your post of 0319pm yesterday as have been away for a bit. Not quite clear if you were asking for a smacked bottom or not. If so, in terms of this thread, it would be only civil to oblige...


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 07:12 AM

'Ere, you lot, yer cu-cum-ber sandwiches are ready. I'll leave 'em on the chenille covered table over 'ere by the winda.

Gawwwd, did it take me a long time to make 'em, or what?

Anyways ups, I've de-crusted 'em, the way you likes 'em and dusted the bits orf from where one of 'm fell on the floor, when the butler smacked me bum on me way upstairs, the cheeky b"stard! I put a little partyparsley bit on top and a slice of tomato 'ere and there, just to make 'em porsh like.

'scuse me, but I 'ave to dash, as the butler's ringing me bell again.

Ooh 'e he is One!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Tangledwood
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 06:45 PM

I bessech that you tell us more of thy quaint tongue and what it really means :)

Yeah, sorry mp, I sorta forgot youse lot might not know what we call our tucker. Thanks for the link to the poem. Reading classical literature is all well and good but it can get youse all mixed up.

Snags? Well they're just the same as Mystery Bags. Reckon they might be a bit like the Pom's bangers but with more sawdust. Must have given ya a bit of a chuckle thinking the rivers full of bangers! Nah, them snags are just stuff like dead trees, Mum's old Whirlpool and tyres off've the ute.

Tinnies are what beer comes in. Ya could've got stubbies or long-necks but we don't want no broken glass getting in the trifle eh. If yer down the pub you don't want a tinny but, you'd ask for a schooner. See this is where literature got ya all mixed up again. A tinny is an aluminium boat. Ya wouldn't ask for a boat full of beer even on a hot day would ya?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 19 Feb 10 - 07:39 PM

My dear Tangledwood

Thank you Sir for sorting out your tongue and showing me your vernacular. What a delightfully wonderful recipes sangs on toast sounds, cooked over old tinnies of woolabrawonga or the old XXX

Us pom Sheilas maybe could save some time in the kitchen ;-)

Mt toodle is pipping so I must go for now

Thanks again for the explanation

:-)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 08:25 AM

Pray tell me that the manners and politeness have not been put back in the storage cupbiard and that this thread, heartwarming and so delightful, is to be forgotten and assigned to the past?

Fellow Catters, I bessech thee to carry on anon with commentary and felicitations to all here. Why, this has been one of the best thread this year that has passed by mine eyes.

I confess to having been touched upon and gained the warmest of glows inside for the hopes and future of Catkind ;-)

Do be having the most gracious of weekends and may your happiness be abundant and plentiful

:-) mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 09:35 AM

Dearest Miss Mauve Pink

May I say that your participation in these communications has been the penultimate of decorum.

As our dear and prolifically quoted Miss Austen has stated "An artist cannot do anything slovenly." And you Miss Pink are a veritable maestro in the art of manners. A true credit to the hallowed halls of polite society.

Have you noticed that serving girl, Lizzie I think her name is? She is such a delightful character and I think has great potential. Her wit should not be hidden below stairs.

I propose, we whisk her away to my Aunt's Dower Cottage in Nether Wallop, and educate her in the finer things. She would polish up so pretty, wouldn't she just?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 09:52 AM

Dear Sweet Virginia Tam

Alas, you have touched my soul in such an endearling way as to confuse me so exceedingly. Dear, Dear Jane - of the family Austen - is but my favourite writer on the subject of all things decorum and good manners. Her eloquence pervades the sinews of all desires to be able to live in a world where such conversations existed. I am vexed to see and read bad manners as I yearn, in deep rooted civility to others, for all things to be dealt with so deliciously. Even arguments can be run in a civil and well mannered way. How good it is that you picked up on those who have influenced me. Miss Austen is ever so dear to my heart and helps my well being in so many ways.

As regards the Lizzie girl you mention. Well yes I quite agree. I have a respect for her tenacious meanderings and the way in which she conducts herself often in the face of a baying crownd. I so respect someone who is able to stand steadfast by a principle they believe in, even when contradictory to my own meanderings and musing, so once again, your observations are so erudite.

Alas, with great trepidation, I fear we should not look on her as a serving girl (for I have no wish to look down upon anyone from such Ivory Towers as could be ereted on such matters), but that we should invite her forthwith to make a contribuition to what is being said on her personage and get an opinion from her with great haste.

I am, as ever, your dear correspondent and look forward in earnest to what reply you deem I deserve

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 10:00 AM

My dear Miss Pink: May I please draw your esteemed attention[*] to my enquiry addressed to you in my post of 19 Feb 06.46AM, to which I still await the favour of a response? I am sure this lacuna can be but an adventitious oversight on your part.

[*Talking of Nether Wallop!]

ME ~ the GM (Hon Great-Uncle to the Thread)


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 10:11 AM

Dear MtheGM

With utmost apologies for having missed your reply, suggestion and offer. Whilst grateful I indeed need to confess that my mention of being educated in such matters looked toward taught by those who know better than I. I did not mean in any way to suggest upon the thoughts of my nether being walloped. This happens all too frequently...

Not me being walloped but my confusing people exceedingly as to my wishes and intentions. I am sorry if anything I said raised such primal ideas in your rapacious thoughts, consensual as they may have been, and beg (though not on my knees) that you will see fit to allow me some forgiveness for having caused such confusions?

You were quite correct to bring this oversight to my most immediate atention and I hope that I have now satisfied your curiosity enough that we may remain settled on the thread and under no disillusion as to me wants?

Your loyal respondee

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 10:25 AM

Thank you for you charming response, Miss Pink. Your Nether shall remain unWalloped, at least for the nonce — unlike that of my ever iniquitous great nephew!


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 10:27 AM

My dearest friend Miss Pink

Thank you for your precipitous and generous reply. Let me now correct myself. I did not in any way mean to take such a supeirior tone regards sweet Miss Lizzie.

Of course, as I adore Sir Thomas More's Utopian idylls, I would never presume any human to be either above or beneath me. Station is such a tired and outmoded concept. We are civilised people are we not?

I merely meant that I would so enjoy broadening Miss Elizabeth's horizons and hope that others of our acquaintance may also benefit from her charms.

I do so appreciate these correspondences and look forward to our next intercourse, to which I appeal Miss Lizzie's kindest attendance.

Yours in warmest friendship,

Tamara (or just Tam s'il vous preferez)

p.s. I do hope you will address me informally in future as a token of the felicity I feel for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 11:05 AM

I entered the thread and was immediately lulled into a sleepy torpor by the general atmosphere of benignity. Finding an empty spot on a pleasant and comfortable green couch, I did not decline the cocktail that was offered. Thin, sweet, and tasting vaguely of mild solvent, I sipped it until I felt my mind circling the room like a leaf in an eddy. "the night lies like a patient etherized on the table" I thought, and then realized I had spoken the words aloud. The woman next to me only smiled in response, and said, softly, "you are looking well." I sipped my mineral spirits and sweet vermouth and nodded. "Yes," I said, "yes, we are all looking well." During a lull in the general conversation, someone rose and removed a record from a faded cardboard jacket, brushing the surface lightly with a cloth. He put it on the phonograph. I prayed it would be big band music, or some ancient country and western emerging from the rumble and hiss. It was the soundtrack of Love Story. Looking down, I realized my wrist watch had stopped.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 11:29 AM

Greetings to you Mr. E.J.

May I call you Lonesome (a state I hope you do not often find yourself)? I note with some distress that you do not enjoy the pseudo-Austenian world we have created here.

Well, perhaps such niceties are not to your liking. I do hope that we can amend any offense to your sensibilites forthwith.

I (on behalf of myself and any others of like mind) do beg your pardon and beseech your counsel on how to liven up this gathering?

Perchance you would like to join us at Nether Wallop where you may broaden all our horizons?


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Lizzie Cornish 1
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 11:58 AM

Blimey! You lot still 'ere?   I 'ope you're not goin' t'be drivellin' on fer too long, 'cos I'm going out tonight and Bluddy, the Butler, says I gotta clean up in 'ere before I go.

Cor lumme! He ain't 'arf mad, you know. I's been invie'ed to the dance down in the village 'all this evenin' by Josiah, the blacksmiff. He's a lovely boy, he is. Me Mam finks the world of 'im, but I dunno, he's a little too nice fer me, sometimes, if yer know wot I mean.

Anyways up, I'm meetin' Josiah at just after sunset, (never could tell the time, me) under the greenwood tree.

Bluddy's seething wiv anger, but I arsed the Missus and she gave me the evenin' off, so he can't do much about it.   

'E keeps muttering about cucumbers, crumpet and tarts, but I told 'im.."Now you listen, 'ere, Bluddy! I is sick to deaf of your ramblin's and rumblin's. I ain't been out of this 'ere damn kitchen for weeks now. Besides, there's a band playing down there, a threesome twosome, or sumfink, sounds a bit bloody dodgy to me, but Josiah tells me they're good to dance to.

I told Bluddy 'e should go too, and that seemed to keep 'im quiet for a minute or two, took his rovin' eyes orf me bristols too, fank gawwwd. He went orf into 'is parlour muttering that 'e just might do that, 'e just might. Said he knows an Ol' Girl called Miss Diane who might be good fer a bit of a dance and a quick slap and tickle, as she's that sorta lady, 'pparently.

Ooh la bloody la!

Shhhh...don't go tellin' anyone, but..talk in the kitchen is she's a snoo'y ol' cow, so I'm gonna keep me eyes well peeled for 'er later on...see for meself.

Well hurry up you lot, I ain't got all day yer know. I got fires to dampen down, all yer posh crockery to wash and dry, pillows to tidy...and if I get be'ind, well, Bluddy gets me be'ind, and not only that, but he gets me be'ind and gives it a bloody good smackin', which makes his eyes light up like the devil 'iself!

Finish yer delibboratshuns soon as you can...and I'll tell yer all about the threesome twosome and Josiah tomorra..

"Alright, Bluddy! I'm coming! An' you can stop yer laughin', 'cos I knows what yer finkin, yer dirty ol' butler, you!"


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Amos
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 12:04 PM

Nether Wallop is an old acquaintance to Mr. Lonesome. He would enjoy revisiting it, I am sure. He was actually resident in Prestham-on-Glass which is just nearby.

Thank you all for the delightful droll conviviality with which you have decorated this charming bower.



A


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 12:35 PM

Most estimable Sir Amos

I cannot express how pleased I am at your return to this correspondence.

Please do tell us more of Mr. E.J. Perhaps you have some daguerreotypes of his antics in Prestham-on-Glass to share?


Yours in anticipation

Tam


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:07 PM

"the pseudo-Austenian world we have created here."

I reckon it'd have to be rather less nice to be truly psuedo-Austenian. She was surely queen of elegantly constructed sarcastic observations and subtley barbed comments.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:08 PM

Dear sweet Tamara

Forgive my lateness of reply and you having to wait so long for an answer that whick beckoned you to ask it in the first place.

What sweet felicity it would have been to have Miss Lizzie among our company but I am afraid it seems she has 'gone off on one' and not even noticed our deliberations about her. I shall not press to long on the matter lest it hastens her belief in it being mere drivel. One can only lead so many horses to water....

I see you have already welcomed Mr E.J. and, even though Prestham-om-Glass could be misconstrued as a dangerous place to be, I am sure he may yet find traquility if he goes to Oldham. Altrincham could be too traumatic a journey. The gentlemen must construe such happenstance as whether it is risque or not. I am not qualified to witness such activities, with some glee I might add, but once Mr E.J. feels adjusted perhaps he too will find peace in the valley.

Tamara, I must wish you a fair morrow as I am required to go visit acquaintances tonight who are having a ball in fun's honour. It will be a late business, I dare say, and am expected to arrive home in the early morning rain. It could be some time before I rise, as one must ctach up one's sleep habit if one is not to become sallow of looks. With that in mind I shall look foward with great alacrity


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:13 PM

Dear dear Tamara,

Forgive the early sending of the last letter. I have no idea how it happened just as I was putting the finishing touch to it. With probity pray allow my continuance...

With that in mind I shall look foward with great alacrity to catching up with our correspondance, at my earliest convenience, on the morrow that the clock will allow.

In the interim I shall hope you have a wonderful evening too and wish that this parting was not being made in such ways. I shall dash back and maybe take a quick peel at any replies before I depart to my bed chanber this night...

Your dear and now happy friend

miss pink


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Amos
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:13 PM

Esteemed Madam:

Fraternal bonds of the deepest and most affectionate nature forbid my indulging your request to share images of Mister J. in his antic inspirations; let us leave such things to the whimsical spirit of legend. Should you find it within your generous nature and your pecuniary resources to join us in the Chateau de Paix in the mystic hours after midnight at the annual Getaway reunion, it is possible a reconstruction of such events may be arranged for your edification. So vivid and convivial were the moments in my memory that even a daguerreotype could only provide a pale, wrinkled, flaccid facsimile.

With warm regards, I remain your humble and obed't srv'n't,


A


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:27 PM

"I reckon it'd have to be rather less nice to be truly psuedo-Austenian. She was surely queen of elegantly constructed sarcastic observations and subtley barbed comments"

She was indeed and hence is why she is a humungous heroine if ever I needed one to look up and aspire to. The day when all argument and disagreement could be handled with such taste and manners is sadly gone. We should mourn it. Not one swear word issued in the whole of her books and yet her put downs must be the greatest of invention. No lack of subtlety in compliments or insults. So good was she at it that many who were actually being insulted - albeit with great manners and decorum - were too thick to know they were being put down.

The level of romance that is imbued with such delightful intercourse as was her style sends shivers down my spine. She was, and remains by her popularity of style, one of the greatest novelists. I so aspire to her acuity of tongue and intelligence of sarcasm. Alas, I am too dull to get close.

Take care you all until the morrow :-)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:30 PM

Dear Sir Amos

I can only comment in passing of my pure and most innocent relief that the daguerreotype shall remain in a sealed vault, far from the eye of any lady. Such things may be better left unseen, I fear, and your protectice actions in this matter are to be so admired.

*fans herself*

With good gracious thought and best wishes to you

miss pink


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:31 PM

The cocktail was working its magic. About me, the various denizens of this tranquil oasis moved pleasantly, touching one another on the arm and smiling gently. The place had the ambiance of a recovery room at a Lobotomy Outpatient Clinic, where the patients were being gently leveraged toward a sense of well being through a clever mix of vodka and oxycontin. I rose and crossed the rose-shaded carpet to a large picture window. This gave out onto a veranda where daffodils were emerging from a band of loose soil on the verge, and beyond one could see a garden path that led through a formal garden. This garden was centered on a gazebo, the columns of which were circled with wisteria vines and fat, closed buds, which I knew would soon burst into aromatic blossoms, bringing the bees like horny frat boys to plunder their treasure.
Farther down the slope, a long cavalcade of trees seemed to be masking a long tossing brook, whose occasional falls threw sunlit droplets into the air. I was suddenly aware of a distant figure, dark and almost hidden against the trunks of these trees. This figure stood as if gazing at something in the grass by the arbor. Then it stood and began gesticulating wildly. I looked about me to see if any one else was witnessing this odd apparition. The woman from the couch was standing near, gazing in the same direction, a smile displaying teeth which had been whitened with an aggressive chemical treatment. "Do you see.." I started, but looking back, the figure had disappeared.
"Lovely, lovely day," she said, and then sighed deeply.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:33 PM

"I so aspire to her acuity of tongue and intelligence of sarcasm. Alas, I am too dull to get close."

Sorry mp, maybe I came accross a bit 'short' there, not intending to spoil the fun at all! I agree it is the supreme fineness of Austen's intellectual cruelties that make her writing so engaging, and brilliantly funny to boot.. Sleep tight.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:41 PM

My dearest Miss Corvus.

No offence has been taken upon my person about that which you wrote on Miss Austen. What you issued was the truth. Mo shortness was seen nor, am I sure, intended.

I shall sleep most feliciously when I get back from the ball. But for now I need to stop popping on to see replies so I can attend to my preparations for the evening events.

:-)

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 20 Feb 10 - 01:43 PM

My dear Mr E.J.

When I click my fingers you will be back in the room and remeber nothing of previosu said visit to dreamland

*click* !!!

Hello Mr E.J ;-)

And now I really must take my leave of you all for now

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: mauvepink
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 07:08 AM

Dear All

Imagine my surprise, on returning, to see that posting have stopped this most wonderful of threads. I can only hope that the weekend is serving you all well and that that what was started here shall give you great health and happininess with its calmness

mp


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Hamish
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 03:21 PM

Hullo, everybody! I'm back from Yorkshire, having had a superb time at the KFFC Winter Warmer. Lovely to see that you've all been enjoying yourselves here, too. Although I confess, to have speed read most of the intervening posts. I'm pretty keen on Jane Austen, myself. And Thomas Hardy - although Jude the Obscure, the last one I've read, was a bit dense at times.

Bye for now. Got some chores to catch up with.

~8^)


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:09 PM

Good evening Hamish. Many thanks for your excellent thrash party this morning. Mairi sends her regards!.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Tangledwood
Date: 21 Feb 10 - 06:30 PM

having had a superb time at the KFFC Winter Warmer

That's more like it! Fried chicken instead of cucumber sandwiches.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 22 Feb 10 - 03:00 AM

A polite sentiment


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: GUEST,Roger Knowles
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 01:25 AM

How civilised. I'm sipping coffee and staring morosely at the snow from time to time whilst admiring this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Mrrzy
Date: 23 Feb 10 - 11:04 AM

Morosely, my dear chap, surely not?

I am happy to meet people who agree with my mother than the correct form is What would you like to drink - asking Would you like a drink is rude, as it allows for a No answer.


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 07:28 AM

Here I am too. Are we all the bruised ones?

80)

Sal


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: Hamish
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 12:18 PM

Hi, Sal: I don't think we're all bruised. Not badly, at any rate. Sometimes a little disappointed, perhaps.

~8^)


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Subject: RE: BS: A polite and well-mannered thread
From: freda underhill
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 07:06 AM

Please enjoy a cup of tea, a lamington - and a little day music


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