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BS: My pressie has arrived!!!

Amos 29 Jan 04 - 07:05 PM
Noreen 28 Jan 04 - 01:32 PM
Amos 28 Jan 04 - 01:16 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Jan 04 - 12:39 PM
Noreen 28 Jan 04 - 12:09 PM
Partridge 28 Jan 04 - 04:47 AM
Clinton Hammond 27 Jan 04 - 02:48 PM
Clinton Hammond 26 Jan 04 - 02:55 PM
sian, west wales 26 Jan 04 - 02:30 PM
Partridge 26 Jan 04 - 06:58 AM
John MacKenzie 15 Jan 04 - 11:11 AM
GUEST 15 Jan 04 - 11:00 AM
katlaughing 15 Jan 04 - 03:40 AM
greg stephens 15 Jan 04 - 03:36 AM
greg stephens 15 Jan 04 - 03:30 AM
Helen 15 Jan 04 - 03:05 AM
Stilly River Sage 15 Jan 04 - 12:58 AM
greg stephens 14 Jan 04 - 06:45 PM
GUEST 14 Jan 04 - 03:31 PM
greg stephens 14 Jan 04 - 03:26 PM
greg stephens 14 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM
Partridge 14 Jan 04 - 04:09 AM
alison 13 Jan 04 - 06:35 PM
GUEST,Gregs nemesis Santa 13 Jan 04 - 01:08 PM
greg stephens 13 Jan 04 - 10:44 AM
sian, west wales 13 Jan 04 - 09:34 AM
Helen 13 Jan 04 - 02:30 AM
JennyO 13 Jan 04 - 01:30 AM
SINSULL 12 Jan 04 - 08:41 PM
Col K 12 Jan 04 - 06:00 PM
jimmyt 12 Jan 04 - 05:48 PM
greg stephens 12 Jan 04 - 02:23 PM
GUEST,Greg's Secret [in] Sanity 12 Jan 04 - 01:02 PM
John MacKenzie 12 Jan 04 - 12:14 PM
SINSULL 12 Jan 04 - 09:33 AM
Sandra in Sydney 12 Jan 04 - 06:46 AM
Partridge 12 Jan 04 - 05:00 AM
Edain 11 Jan 04 - 12:55 AM
JennyO 10 Jan 04 - 09:08 PM
SINSULL 10 Jan 04 - 09:07 PM
alison 10 Jan 04 - 08:44 PM
greg stephens 10 Jan 04 - 07:05 PM
Sandra in Sydney 10 Jan 04 - 09:54 AM
SINSULL 09 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM
John MacKenzie 07 Jan 04 - 06:57 AM
sian, west wales 06 Jan 04 - 05:07 PM
Edain 06 Jan 04 - 04:55 PM
Pseudolus 06 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM
GUEST,Edain`s Secret Santa 06 Jan 04 - 03:03 PM
sian, west wales 06 Jan 04 - 02:00 PM

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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 29 Jan 04 - 07:05 PM

It's HERE!! It's HERE!! OBOYOBOY!!! YIPPEEEE!!! A PACKAGE FROM A DUCK!!! Yeehawww!!



With a note inside that says, "Got any duck food??"


Just kidding.

Thank YOU, Geoff & Jane. AND Ducklings, too!! I am about to start exploring but I was TOO excited to wait!!


Loverly loverly loverly!!

Yip, yip!!!!

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Noreen
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 01:32 PM

3 yrs ago, SRS, then 2yrs ago, and probably again in about a year's time... when put like that it does seem extreme! At least this move is making me sort out stuff that I've been hanging onto for ages, as there's no room to swing a cat...


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Amos
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 01:16 PM

My patience is boundless.

A


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 12:39 PM

Didn't you just move within the last year or two, Noreen? Is this an annual pilgrimage?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Noreen
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 12:09 PM

My wonderful parcel arrived in the midst of me moving house and moving to another part of the country. I picked it up from the sorting office, opening little bits of it while I was being driven into town to buy new bedding.

Lots of individually wrapped pressies with messages on, home made blackberry jelly which we've just finished, a little tin of salmon paté, and all sorts of Christmas goodies. The photos and fridge magnet went straight up on my fridge so I am constantly reminded of the thoughtful presents and my lovely Santa!

Sorry for the delay in this post, but I've only just got online in my new house.

Thank you so much, Lyrical Lady- the thought and time you put into my present are priceless, and couldn't have come at a better time for me.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 28 Jan 04 - 04:47 AM

When do we find out who were our santas?

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 27 Jan 04 - 02:48 PM

I suppose not....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Clinton Hammond
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 02:55 PM

Still no word from Page Of Cups.....


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 02:30 PM

So ... who's left to 'declare'?

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 26 Jan 04 - 06:58 AM

Thanks for the postcard and CD. I still have no idea of who you are?
I know you are from LA and play the fiddle and your first name is Peter.
Thank you santa Peter

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 11:11 AM

Bingo!!!!
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 11:00 AM

My santee hasn't posted yet. I hope it is not because they hated the pressie :-(


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:40 AM

Greg, you may have stumbled on it. John MacKenzie formerly known as Giok IS a Secret Santa; at least he was a Santee, for sure that I know of!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:36 AM

OK OK OK
I have been blind and stupid. John MacKenzie has changed his name, and is called Glok on the original list of Secret Santas that I was working from.
    John McKenzie you are my Secret Santa and I thank you for your wholesome and healthy presents, particularly the Tablet.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:30 AM

Well the thing is I've been through the entire list of Secret Santas and there isnt a Mac among them. John MacKenzie formerly known as Glok contributes to this thread, but he isnt a Secret Santa.Otherwise would unhesitatingly plump for him.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Helen
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 03:05 AM

Perhaps, Greg, it is the Secret Santa whose surname begins with "Mac"?

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Jan 04 - 12:58 AM

Well, Greg, it's terribly obvious to everyone else who it is!

wink wink


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 06:45 PM

thanks GUEST for entering into the spirit(sic) of things. This secretive santa claims to be (or sound like) a gaelic son of Kenneth, as well as a whisky's son. Waterson sounds a bit too English, and also none of the relevant Mudcatters are called Waterson.(Unless he's referring to his real name, which would be a bit of a cheat as how could I know that?).
   Come on Secret santa, I'm still flummoxed, and trying reeeeeeeeally reeeeeeally hard.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 03:31 PM

? whisky is water of life. Waterson?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 03:26 PM

Whisky son?? I keep wondering about this one.
Whiskymac? But there isnt a Santa called that, or Mac on its own. The present contained Glenfiddich (a very small bottle, but there's Scotsmen for you).. That comes from Dufftown. Macduff?? It's all very confusing.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM

Well thanks for the hint, Santa..not!!
As far as I know, gaelic for "son" is Mac. There are no "Mac" among the list of Santas published by the helpful Catsphiddle.Not many Scottish looking names either: there is an Alba, but that isnt you. Whiaky on is obviously a clever clue, but it's too clever for me.
   Sorry, I need more clues.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 14 Jan 04 - 04:09 AM

still hoping.......................


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: alison
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 06:35 PM

YAY...... Santa does love me!!

mine arrived yesterday.... thank you very much Noreen,... the postcards from the US really threw me off the scent... so when a parcel arrived from the UK I thought, what have I ordered off ebay this time? *grin*

I love the CDs and beer mats and the kids have been playing with the streamers......


thanks again

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Gregs nemesis Santa
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 01:08 PM

Well Greg what you need is a Gael, and an explanation of the derivation of Scottish surnames.
Whisky son???


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 10:44 AM

Well I am still no nearer finding out the identity of my Secret Santa. I need more clues. You claim "kenneth's son" will lead to your identity. Well I've painstakingly written out the Mudcat names of all identifiable Secret Santa's, and compared them with any famous kenneths I can think of(More, Horne,Tynan, Branagh, Macalpin and various other kings of Scotland). Nothing rings a bell. I tend to think you are Scottish, from the origin of the presents.(But this may be a red herring, I've alraeday had you claiming to be Irish and then revealing you arent).
    I've perused various recent Scottish threads to see if I can spot your style. To no avail.
Gissanotha clue mister


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 09:34 AM

Glad it's arrived, jimmyt, and that I don't have to work out how to log-off-and-on anymore as sandy claws! I'm looking forward to the photo!

(She shoots! She scores! The crowd goes wild!)

sian


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Subject: Kendal Mint Cake recipe
From: Helen
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 02:30 AM

I found a recipe in some pages I took from an Oz magazine back in 1980 for Kendal Mint Cake. I haven't made it myself, but it looks easy. This recipe is very similar except that instead of using a candy thermometer it gives the old fashioned instructions to "2. Bring to the boiling point until a little will form a soft ball when dropped into cold water".

HELEN'S* BRITISH COOKING SITE

[* no connection to me]

Kendal Mint Cake Kendal Mint Cake
http://www.hwatson.force9.co.uk/cookbook/recipes/confect/kendalmintcake.htm

According to legend, a Kendal confectioner, intending to make glacier mints, took his eye off the cooking pan for a minute and then, resuming his task, noticed that the mixture had started to 'grain' and become cloudy, instead of clear. When poured out, the result was Mint Cake.

Makes 16 squares

Granulated sugar - 450g (1 lb)
Milk - 150 ml (5 fl oz)
Peppermint essence - 1 tsp

METHOD

   1. Butter an 18 cm (7 inch) square shallow baking tin. Place the sugar and milk in a saucepan. Bring very, very slowly to the boil over a very low heat, shaking and swirling the pan occasionally until the sugar is dissolved.
   2. Place a thermometer in the pan and boil rapidly until the mixture reaches 140 ºC / 275 ºF. Remove from the heat and add the essence, beating well until smooth and cooled slightly.
   3. Pour into the prepared tin and as it cools, mark out squares with a knife. Once cold cut into 16 squares.

Maybe I should start a new thread for this, but the main discussion about it seems to have been in the Secret Santa threads.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 13 Jan 04 - 01:30 AM

Yay, I know who my Santa is! Thanks again Col K.

I just wish I could have a steady supply of Kendal Mint cake. There's nothing like that in Oz at all.

I'll definitely be doing this again next time!

Jenny (happy Santee)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 08:41 PM

Open mouth, insert foot? Have I done it again, John? Which one and why?


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Col K
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 06:00 PM

OK ,OK , I admit it , fair cop, it was me guv,
Glad you enjoyed the Kendal mint cake
I was JennyO 's SS


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: jimmyt
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 05:48 PM

I GOT IT!!! I GOT IT!!! Sian West Wales, my old Hockey fan buddy from Ontario who is now gracing the Welsh countryside with her wit and beauty was my SS. Wonderful teeshirt, a CD that I have not played yet as I am so excited I had to post right away. jellys, coins, marmite, a few beautiful crocheted christmasy thingies, and a crazy little sugar mouse. Thank you so much!!! I am really touched by everything   I will send you a photo of myself in the Cymru Chyrt! jimmyt


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 02:23 PM

OK Kenneth's son, I'm going to work out who you are. You can run, but you can't hide.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Greg's Secret [in] Sanity
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 01:02 PM

Ah Greg I must admit I led you astray in earlier days, but I assure you the man you want is Kenneth's son.

Will ye no' come back again.

Happy Hogmanay too.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 12:14 PM

Ah Sins what you may not know is that one of them is very big "Down Under"
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 09:33 AM

The card is posted up on my bulletin board. Scary question: Is this what you are offering as my choices for a man? Reminds me of the old Alaskan saying - "The odds are good but the goods are odd."


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 06:46 AM

Sins, the front bar of the Kings Cross Hotel could no longer be called elegant. I wouldn't be game to go there to take some current pics for you - when I visit a pub these days it's for a singing session. Pubs full of noisy drinkers & drunks are not my thing, & I was never really keen on 'em.

Charlie & Judy met John Dengate who drew the card on their first trip here when he was performing at a folk club they visited. This trip he was going to be away performing when they were in Sydney, however they ran into him when he was busking. If you look at the pics they posted in Dec 2001 you can see a picture of him, if you feel so inclned.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Partridge
Date: 12 Jan 04 - 05:00 AM

My santa doesn't love me either..........not a word, no pressie...............sniff

But I'm still hoping

Pat x


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Edain
Date: 11 Jan 04 - 12:55 AM

Hmmmmmm.... Kendal Mint Cake *drools*


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 09:08 PM

Well, I've been munching on my Kendall Mint Cake and enjoying the little books and postcards, but I still haven't had any confirmation as to who my SS is.

So in case you missed my guess before - Col K, is it you?

Jenny (curious Santee)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 09:07 PM

Actually, Sandra, one of my adventures in Sydney involved a New Zealander with his front teeth missing. The lobby of the King's Cross was an elegant affair in 1974 with plush couches and bar service. He accosted me in the lobby and followed me everywhere. The center guy with the hat bears an uncanny resemblance. Quite attractive!


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: alison
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 08:44 PM

sniff sniff... Santa doesn't love me......

haven't given up hope yet though....

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 07:05 PM

Still havent a clue who sent me my nice Scottish presents: or to be a bit more accurate I've been given a few clues but I havent solved them.


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Jan 04 - 09:54 AM

glad you liked it - but you didn't comment on the blokes! Didn't you like them? Weren't there enough to chose from?

The Kings Cross Hotel is one of my favourite buildings - I've been keeping an eye on it for years since they closed the upper floors & let it run down. As a cynic with almost 28 years experience living in the Cross I was waiting for a modern building to fill the site. But it hasn't happened, yet. The ground floor is a bar catering to backpackers - they show English TV shows (including Oz classics like Neighbours that pommy backpackers miss so severely), sell jugs of beer & have Miss Backpacker competitions!

Leunig is a wonderful cartoonist - he invented the innocent bystander (all his characters are innocent) & I love his work. My favourite cartoon shows a father & son watching a beautiful sunset on TV, behind their backs the same sunset is outside their window.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 09 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM

My pressie arrived. And what a special pressie it is. In 1974, with the money from a small inheritance, I took off to Australia much to my family's distress.
My pressie is full of memories of that trip. I actually stayed at the King's Cross Hotel, walked Victoria Street, road the Manly ferry and best of all flew over Sydney Harbour in a single engine Cessna - I picked up the pilot on a flight to Brisbane.
Sandra - I am thrilled. The wrapping paper aerial view will be framed. Thanks you for the wonderful tour and for the witch too. And the calendar.
"Mars is moving away from Earth." "What a good idea."


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 07 Jan 04 - 06:57 AM

Sian I'd rather you didn't mention alchohol, as I've forsworn the demon drink pro tem. Just wait till the Loughstock weekend though, when I let myself off the leash!
John


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 05:07 PM

Yeh - they could laugh for the next Olympic USA laughing team! And they've got you and the 'new dad' thing sussed! ("Did we mention the twins???" LOL!)

Lovely - thanks again. I'm gonna have a little port in my ... ummm ... long skinny glass, I think! Elegant! (What did Dela-ware, boys?)

sian


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Edain
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 04:55 PM

Ahh! Thats fine, just thought I'd post as everyone else seems to have been

I was planning on blaming it on the USPS (they've screwed up enough things for me already and I've only been here a few months...)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: Pseudolus
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 03:19 PM

Alright!!!!!!! Well, now I know how early I need to mail things next year!! I'm really glad you got it!! There are actually two weird laughs in the audience, one is my friend Chris and his is the high pitched chuckle that I think you're referring to, and the other is the creator of Knappucinnos herself, Jill Knapp. The website has pictures and things of the night I sang and created the CD...the site is here Knappuccinos
in case you want to put a face to the songs. In fact, somewhere on that site you can find pictures of Chris and Jill, the laughers!!!

I hope you enjoy the CD!!!!

Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: GUEST,Edain`s Secret Santa
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 03:03 PM

Do not despair, your patience WILL be rewarded. Been waiting for a particular item to become available. Final pieces in place tonight with luck. Hope you think its worth the wait, sorry for the delay:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: My pressie has arrived!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 02:00 PM

Yep - those Elves are DEFINITELY on the Old Calendar! Christmas Day and I come home to find my pressie from my Psecret Psanta Pseudolus! O joy! O rapture! Three different glasses "depending on what your beverage of choice is at the time!" according to my Wale of a Psanta! And a book about Delaware (which opens with a quote from that famous Welshman, Thomas Jefferson!) and a CD which he's made me from a live performance of his at Knappucinno's which I'm listening to now. (Who's the weird laughing person in the audience?)

I'm trying to decide which glass to tip to my Psanta tonight.

Anyway, love it love it love it! Thank you Psanta. Hope you and the family had a superior Christmas and will enjoy a superior 2004!

sian

PS: That Pumpkin Hurling near Millsboro looks like a particularly Mudcatish pastime. You'd better organize a 'meet' during the next one ...

st


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