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  1. 4 points
    Between Christmas and New Year I was contacted by a resident of Heritage Gardens regarding a letter that had been received from Northumberland County Council (NCC) on the subject of removing trees from Gallagher Park that bordered certain streets, namely Newby Close, Cragside Gardens and Stirling Drive. The concern was that the trees are a useful habitat for the endangered red squirrel and encourage the squirrels to come into the garden which this particular resident enjoyed. The letter was dated 24 December 2020 and was asking for responses by 8 January 2021 as work was due to start the following Monday 11 January 2021. I felt that this wasn’t giving residents enough time to be consulted on their opinions so I wrote to NCC to get this work delayed until a proper consultation had been carried out. Following this, I then wrote and hand delivered letters to all the properties that would be affected in the streets that were mentioned in the letter asking them to contact me with their views. The Friends of Gallagher Park, of which I am chair, have been trying to help increase the red squirrel population in the park and so this was quite a concern to me also. I am pleased to say that a considerable number of residents took the time to write to or telephone me with their views and I’d like to thank all those who did so. As with everything there were differing opinions, some wanting the trees removed and those happy to retain them as it encourages the wildlife to visit on a regular basis, and I have passed all of these comments on to NCC. As a result of highlighting this on social media, I was also contacted by residents of streets in Bedlington Central Ward who had received similar letters from NCC and also had opinions to share; my colleague, Russ Wallace, has similarly taken the matter up with NCC. All this has culminated in a response from NCC to the effect that the work will not go ahead as had been planned and that a more thorough consultation will be undertaken with a view to listening to residents concerns. I understand that some work will need to be done as the park does require some form of tree management, but hopefully a compromise can be reached and avoid this “one size fits all “ approach.
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    This is the best I can come up with. The yearly winner gets their membership tag added onto the disc for the year.
  4. 3 points
    Happy new year everyone, wishing you and your families the best of health and happiness for 2021.
  5. 3 points
    I thought we might start the New Year with a summary of the old one: Trump Death Covid Covid Trump Covid Trump Covid Covid More Covid Chrsitm …, Nope, Covid New Yea …, Nope, Brexit Don’t expect any New Year resolutions from me. I intend being the same awkward, cantankerous, irritating, sarcastic delight you’ve all come to know and love! Wishing you all a 2021 filled with good health, love and happiness. PS. Happy Birthday for tomorrow 3G
  6. 3 points
    Happy New Year to all.
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    @Canny lass - Happy New Year from Trotter - The dog ---------------- and Wilf
  8. 3 points
    Champion😇 All the best for 2021 to every member of this group.🌝
  9. 3 points
    Police are warning: all men who frequent clubs, party goers and unsuspecting bar regulars to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink by any woman. A date rape drug on the market called “beer” is used by many females to target unsuspecting men. The drug is generally found in liquid form and is now available almost everywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, from taps and even large kegs. “Beer” is used by female sexual predators at parties and in bars to persuade their male victims to go home and have sex with them. Typically, a woman needs only to persuade a guy to consume a few units of “beer” and then simply ask him home for no-strings-attached sex. Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several “beers” men will often succumb to her overtures and perform sexual acts on horrific looking women to whom they would never normally be attracted. After drinking “beer” men often wake up with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that something bad occurred. At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life savings in a familiar scam known as a “relationship”. It has been reported that in extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer form of servitude and punishment referred to as “marriage”. Apparently, men are much more susceptible to this scam after “beer” has been administered and sex has been offered by the predatory female over a period of time. PLEASE! Forward this warning to every male you know. However, if you do fall victim to this insidious “beer” and the predatory women administering it, there are male support groups with venues in many towns where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter in an open and frank manner with similarly affected, like-minded men. For the support group nearest you, just look up “Golf Courses” in the yellow pages.
  10. 3 points
    Merry Christmas to one and all. Have a healthy New Year
  11. 2 points
    Beware when walking down or up, the " Black Path",which leads from the car park at the bottom of the Furnace Bank,up to the Beattie Road,Hollymount Terrace area. It is being frequented by the same idiotic set of Wimpy Snowflake "Off Road" bikers,who have no consideration at all for the environment,nor the wildlife,nor those of us who just want a nice quiet walk up through the woods to excercise,and to watch for wildlife. They have removed the Baffles from the exhausts of their bikes,to sound "cool",and they can be heard from over a mile away,as the noise echoes through the wooded valley. The "Amusing" part is,the bikes are TWO-STROKE machines,which depend upon the back -pressure of the Exhaust system,to ensure smooth and efficient operation,and the removal of the baffles is the reason why they are riding by, constantly revving a dying engine as they slow down to get past..ironically,they seem to be polite as they go past and give a nod to us for going out of our way onto the grassy bank,to allow them to pass! I am not a killjoy,and enjoy riding my bike,when the time comes that I might be allowed to get out again,but these kids,are blatantly breaking every motoring and lockdown law in the book...No number plates,no tax,probably no Insurance or Mot,excessive noise,and smoke pollution,riding on prohibited pedestrian walkways, a danger to the public,riding a motorcucle "Two-up",where there is no provision for a pillion passenger..[pillion riding with both legs splayed out...no footrests]..etc etc! I have made my mind up that if I witness one go out of control and end up in the river,I will carry on walking with my terrified Wife,who has been so scared of these people running into her Mobility scooter,that she doesn't want to go back..but I am adamant that we have the right to be there,THEY DON'T!. The Police force are stretched now,so it isn't going to prevent these people ,cos they know they can get away with it. So,all I am saying is,watch how you go if you decide to take excercise down there!!
  12. 2 points
    I'm afraid i was, Vic! it's all part and parcel of having a winter birthday. The OH had it worse: I was "taken out" for lunch though - to this hunting tower where something "warming" was waiting to be enjoyed. Sauna and roll in the snow (which I missed last year) were enjoyed on my return followed by "something warming" as is the tradition. However, it was a bit different to the usual, Plenty of phone calls but didn't see a soul all day.
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    I did 🙂 - and ended up playing Mondays 🏌️‍♂️ - Wednesdays🏌️‍♂️ & Fridays🏌️‍♂️ - stayed at home over the weekend to drink more beer🍺🍺🍺🍻🍻🍺.
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    I'm afraid I would be needing proof about that. Are you quite sure it wasn't one of these: ...or even one of these?
  16. 2 points
    I hope all on here try to have a good time over the next few days and let's hope for better next year. With seasonal best wishes from Sym
  17. 2 points
    December 2020 - photo by Simon Williams of Church Lane, Bedlington.
  18. 2 points
    The Santa tour for the west end of Bedlington will being going ahead Monday night, 21st Dec. We intend starting off at 4.00pm and will head off down Link Avenue and along North Ridge. After a stop at the Willian Allen Homes to give our seniors a carol its then into the West Lea Estate. Hazlemere next and then the Meadowdale Estate followed by Cumberland and Westmorland. After going along Deanery Street and Bishops Meadow we will finally end up going to the Chesters. Sorry can’t give exact times but follow our progress and updates either on my page or Leading Link’s Facebook page. Fingers crossed for the weather! Looks like Stead Lane PTA did a great job let’s hope we see as many smiling faces tomorrow night!
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    Merry Christmas everyone, best wishes to you and your families, I hope you all stay safe and healthy.
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    Heh heh Alan,great stuff isn't it,afore Wor Deano went ti Norfolk last March,he lived with us,and one day he came through inti the sitting room showing me his new phone wi at Nav on,and it was accurate to two Meres!He waaked across wor floor,two steps and it showed his position aside the telly..scary! We dinna gaan up thi Black Path ti thi top..it wud kill me! we gaan ti the second seat ,have a blaa,luk for Squirrels,and come bak doon..we saw Pete and his Wife one day..we just stopped ti taak ti these two strangers...and it turned oot ti be Pete!Strange co-incidence!
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    Happy Birthday CL, hope you have a great day.
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    Answers to last week's quiz: 1. Jealousy 2. Dorset 3. Lizard 4. Bedrich Smetana 5. St. Gabriel 6. Lace 7. Theodore Roosevelt (1906) 8. Tommy Farr 9. Friday 10. Finding the Holy Grail 11. Rock (Not the Blackpool type) 12. Alan Mullery New quiz tomorrow.
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    @HIGH PIT WILMA - just for fun I thought I would check how much walking you were doing. I am always playing with Google Street View getting the distance from A to B along a road. I have seen other Apps/Tools etc that walkers use when they go off through the countryside but didn't think you could use Google Street View for checking 'Off The Road' distances. After a bit of clarting I see you can work out the Off the road distances and the distance from Dene Park car park, along the Black Path, to the exit at the top of Beatty Road is approx 1.17Km = 3,830.58 ft = 0.7254886364 miles. And using other options from the menu(s) that pop up in the white boxes you can get different tracking methods All the people with up to date mobiles will already know about this method of planning a route but with my old 1G Samsung = big keys for sending texts - I don't have any access to any Apps
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    Happy Borthdi Cl.. late as ever! Hope ye had a nice yin! Also hope ye are both keepin weel! Luv frae HPW and C xx
  26. 1 point
    Happy birthday CL, I hope you are having a great day, (and not shovelling snow!)
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    AND IT HAS!..THIS IS JUST THE START!! A friend of mine saw aboot 6000 people waakin alang the sea front between Whitley Bay and Tynemooth on Sunday..nae social distancing..lots of groups of young'uns of between six ti twenty in number. They are literally killing people as if they put a gun or knife to the innocent folks who are obeying the law. Folk are calling the Govt,aam not politically motivated at aal but it's common sense..it's NOT the Govt,it is the rebels and the ignorant among us,if there was a deep pit in the pavement,and ye said ti them divvent step inti that hole,wad they disobey and faal inti the hole.? Rant owa!! [but Justified aa think!] Apart from aal that,a hope we aal have a better year than we had last yeor!!
  29. 1 point
    Did you know that should you pick up a guinea pig by the tail its eyes pop out?
  30. 1 point
    Canny Lass has told you the answers to all of these questions and here they are - complete with dates. I think the grading has to be 'Must pay more attention' 1. Mince Pies and Christmas Pudding (17 JUL 2020) 2. Reuters (19 JUN 2020) 3. 13 (21 AUG 2020) 4. America (07 AUG 2020) 5. 4’ 6” (22 MAY 2020) 6. Polar Bear (24 APR 2020) 7. They spit at each other (10 APR 2020) 8. A canon (11 SEP 2020) 9. Chewing gum (17 OCT 2020) 10. Redheads (13 NOV 2020) 11. German (01 MAY 2020) 12. Albania (09 OCT 2020) 13. 1631 (15 MAY 2020) 14. English. He never learned more than a few words. (24 JUL 2020) 15. False. It was Brandy. (12 JUN 2020) 16. Adolf Hitler (12 JUL 2020) 17. Mirrors (04 SEP 2020) 18. More than 17 miles (29 May 2020) 19. Ohio (20 NOV 2020) 20. Hiccups (06 NOV 2020) Normal service will be resumed with a new quiz tomorrow. I'm assuming that you want one as you are now in lockdown again and it's not much better here. We are continuing with our quiz night and your welcome to tag along here if it keeps you out of mischief for a few minutes.
  31. 1 point
    Loving the two feet of snow! Definitely going to attempt a pair in the garden.
  32. 1 point
    Not sure what happened Vic. First 'copy & paste' looked like the images but when I saved the post the images converted to 'link addresses' so I edited the post; deleted them all and uploaded photos via the ''choose files....'
  33. 1 point
    1. Mince pies 2. Reuter 3. 1.8 milliseconds 4. USA 5. 4'6" 6. Polar bear, bearded seal, walrus, and moose, 7. Shake hands (right handed) 8. As a possible Hermaphrodite who knows? 9. Over 70 items are listed! 10. Redheads 11. Proto-Germanic 12. India 13. “Thou shalt "NOT" commit adultery”? Book of Exodus 14. Which language could “would” King George 1 not speak? English 15. False, was preserved in a cask of brandy, or rum, 16. Carl Diem, the chief organizer of the Berlin Games 17. Robert Devereux, the second Earl of Essex 18. 17.5 miles 19. Ohio 20. Vomited
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    It’s a ’one-legged’ milking stool, a spin-off from the invention of Alfred Nobel who insisted that they were used by his workers when looking after his nitroglycerin vats (Absolut Vodka is not the only good thing to come from Sweden!). The stool prevented workers from falling asleep on the job and risking falling into the vat. Early health and safety, you might say. Nobel’s design was, of course, not so sophisticated as the one in the picture. A later, simple wooden design was used, not only by milk-maids but by people who like them moved from one workplace to another and were required to sit. Strapped to the rear end, you could take your seat with you while keeping your hands free to carry other essential work requirements – milking pails, for example. The modern variant is equipped with a spring coil which acts as a shock absorber for the spine.
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    @r21ewwq - I don't know the year the estate was built but there is some info in the book(s) that Evan Martin had published. A map from 1920-21, published in 1924, does not show the estate, just The Palace theatre. The first map, I can find, that shows the estate is from 1938 - published in 1947. The estate was built on The Palace Fields, next to The Palace Theater. I don't know the year the estate was built but there is some info in the book(s) that Evan Martin had published. The First photo of the Kinks Road houses is from the 1930’s in an Evan Martin book. Again from one of Evan Martin's books - The Palace Theater A compilation of the changes to The Palace Theater
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    The grandbairns definitely have their uses!
  37. 1 point
    Neva in the world! Imagine me joy and surprise googlin me old Grandas name and then comin across this! I'm sat here beaming! Far nye pished mesel! Haha! If anyone else here knew the bloke, or stories aboot him I'd love to hear them!
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    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to everyone, I've not been on here for a while, my new laptop keeps telling me "access denied check your firewall settings" 🤔 I haven't a clue how to fix it, it's the only page I cannot access, what have you lot been up to ? 😄
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    Christmas Special! 1. Which Christmas song is the best-selling ever? Answer = White Christmas 2. In English-speaking countries we say ”Merry Christmas”. To which European language has Google translated Merry Christmas here? A) Gleðileg jól - Icelandic Buon Natale - Italy C) Feliz Navidad - Spanish D) Glædelig jul – High Pit Wilma-ish (or Danish) E) Frohe Weihnachten - German 3. The modern Santa Clause, with a red outfit and a big white beard, is originally based on St Nicholas, an archbishop from Myra. In which modern day country was he born? Answer = 4. During the 12 days of Christmas, how many ‘legs’ did “my true-love give to me”? Answer = 9028 Day 1 = 2 legs Day 2 = (2 x 2 legs) + 2 = 6 legs Day 3 = (3 x 2 legs) + 4 + 2 = 12 legs Day 4 = (4 x 2 legs) + 6 + 4 + 2 = 20 legs Day 5 = 0 legs + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 20 legs Day 6 = (6 x 2 legs) + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 32 legs Day 7 = (7 x 2 legs) 12 + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 46 legs Day 8 = (8 x 2 legs on the milkmaid) + (8 x 3 legs on the stool) + (8 x 4 legs on the cow) + 14 + 12 + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 118 legs Day 9 = (9 x 2) + 72 + 14 + 12 + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 136 legs Day 10 = (10 x 2) + 18 + 72 + 14 + 12 + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 156 legs Day 11 = (11 x 2) + 20 + 18 + 72 + 14 + 12 + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 178 legs Day 12 = (12 x 2) + 22 + 20 + 18 + 72 + 14 + 12 + 0 + 8 + 6 + 4 + 2 = 202 legs = (2x12)+(6x11)+(12x10 )+(20 x9)+(20 x 8 )+(32x7)+(46x6)+(118x5)+(136x4)+(156x3)+(178x2) + 202 = 9028 5. Which one of Santa’s reindeer shares a name with a famous symbol of Valentine ’s Day? Answer = 6. In Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol” what was the first name of Mr. Scrooge? Answer = Ebenezer 7. In The Muppet’s Christmas Carol who played Mr. Scrooge? Answer = Not a lot of people know that 8. According to the folklore of Austria (and some other countries) what horned figure punishes naughty children at Christmastime? Answer = Crampus 9. What well-known Christmas song was the first to be broadcast from space in 1965? Answer = 10. Which holiday movie includes a cameo by Donald Trump Answer = 11. Whose eyes are “all aglow” in The Christmas Song? Answer = 12. Who said “One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” Answer = 13. Why did Scotland ban Christmas? Answer = Catholicism 14. Which world leader celebrates his birthday on Christmas day? Answer = Justin Trudeau 15.? Which country sends a tree every year to be erected in Trafalgar Square? Answer = Norway 16. Which royal monarch made the first Christmas broadcast? Answer = 17. “Twas the Night Before Christmas” , Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem,was originally published under what name? Answer = Henry Livingston Jr 18. What are the two most popular words used on Christmas gift tags? Answer = To & From 19. We all know Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, but what are the other eight called? Answer = Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen 20. Who resurrected Frosty in Frosty the Snowman? Answer = Professor Hinkle I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Golf balls were originally made of leather stuffed with feathers. Answer = I did I still have a few 🏌️‍♂️
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    1. White Christmas 2. i) Iceland. ii) Italy. iii) Spain. iv) Denmark. v) Germany. 3. Turkey. 4. 808, (178 actual legs) 5. Cupid 6. Ebenezer 7. Michael Caine 8. Krampus 9. Jingle Bells 10. Home alone 11. Tiny Tots 12. Albus Dumbledore. 13. Scottish Reformation, (split from Catholic Church.) 14. Justin Trudeau 15. Norway 16. George V 17. Clement Clarke Moore 18. Christmas, Merry. 19. Reindeer, named Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen 20. Professor Hinkle
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    Thank you for trying. Maybe there is nothing else,who knows? Every now and then,something not previously seen turns up. As we say in Wales, Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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    Sounds interesting Canny Lass. The picture is a Granddaughter in Scotland. It is amazing how this year has given us fresh insight into all things. A sunset , a misty day , the seasons , the local walk suddenly seem more vivid . Maybe just me .
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    Have a great Christmas all and hopefully we see the end of corvid in 2021
  44. 1 point
    Yipee! It's Christmas! Let the celebrations begin!
  45. 1 point
    He was looking for his face mask - Amazon just turned up with a fresh pack
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    1. In the book of Genesis, which land is said to lie to the east of Eden? Answer = Land of Nod 2. Marble is formed by the metamorphosis of which rock? Answer = Limestone 3. What would you do in a Cambio? Answer = 4. Which European country produces Tokay? Answer = Hungary 5. Which football club play at Gresty Road and are nicknamed the Railwaymen? Answer = 6. How is deoxyribonucleic acid better known? Answer = DNA 7. Tverskaya is the name of one of Moscow’s most important streets. What was it called prior to 1990? Answer = Gorky Street 8. That’s one small step for man. One giant leap for mankind, said Neil Armstrong. Which of his feet, right or left, made that first step on the moon? Answer = Left 9. What is a killick? Answer = anchor 10. What do fennel leaves taste of? Answer = 11. What does the name Spam stand for? Answer = Specially Produced American Meat 12. Who lived at 221b Baker Street? Answer = I’ll bet you didn’t know …. Author Raymond Chandler’s wife did the housework in the nude. Answer = I didn’t - but as I dream of that lady cleaning The High Window with her feather duster I imagine the event would trigger The Long Goodbye before the final Farewell My Lady as I enjoy The Big Sleep that will follow.
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    😂 I added a poll (nominations still open). My vote goes to Eggy for maintaining a fantastic gallery and Canny Lass for the quiz.
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    And me - but what can anyone do🙂. Shopping anywhere has never been for me. My wife would drag me around numerous shops in Newcastle, looking for the best buy, and would often end up back at the first shop to buy what she was after.🙃 I was always first shop and - "that will do me" and then try and convince her to go and play .
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    “Puns” to make you smile 1. A SIGN IN A SHOE REPAIR STORE: We will heel you We will save your sole We will even dye for you. 2 A SIGN ON A BLINDS AND CURTAIN TRUCK: “Blind man driving.” 3. Sign over a Gynecologist's Office: "Dr. Jones, at your cervix.” 4. In a Podiatrist's office: "Time wounds all heels.” 5. On a Septic Tank Truck: Yesterday's Meals on Wheels 6. At an Optometrist's Office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place.” 7. On a Plumber's truck: "We repair what your husband fixed.” 8. On another Plumber's truck: "Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.” 9. At a Tire Shop: "Invite us to your next blowout.” 10. On an Electrician's truck: "Let us remove your shorts.” 11. In a Non-smoking Area: "If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action.” 12. On a Maternity Room door: "Push. Push. Push.” 13. At a Car Dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment.” 14. Outside a Muffler Shop: ...they really mean silencer... "No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.” 15. In a Veterinarian's waiting room: "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!” 16. At the Electric Company: "We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time. However, if you don't, YOU will be de-lighted.” 17. In a Restaurant window: "Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up.” 18. In the front yard of a Funeral Home: "Drive carefully. We'll wait.” 19. At a Propane Filling Station: "Thank Heaven for little grills.” 20. And the last...; Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck: “Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises”
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    That's certainly true, Vic. People only knew the sounds that they heard on daily basis, among the people they rubbed shoulders with, so there was no need for any adaptation in order to be understood. It's the ability to move about the country and the world that waters down our lovely dialects (and the dialects of all other western countries). I agree with you that there are differences even locally, particularly in the vocabulary of the areas - some more pronounced than others. I managed Blyth and Ashington no bother but had difficulties with Morpeth. I remember a Morpeth friend saying to me at a staff party, as she nodded in the direction of the bar: "Deek i thi mort carey wi the bary colga". I thought she was asking if she should get a round in so I just nodded in agreement but when she made no effort to move I realised that I must have been mistaken. I think the only bit I'd ever heard before was 'bar'. Turned out she was pointing out a young lad with a bonny jacket (who became her husband a few years later)
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