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#20236 Tenor Viol

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 11:00

I was in a shop the other day and at the till the guy said that there's 15% off, so I went OK that's about £67 then (it was £66 something). He looked at me like I had two heads and said 'wow - how did you do that so fast?'.... errr "I took a tenth off, plus half of that to make 15%...". His reply? "I couldn't work out a tenth..."

The guy was probably about 40.

Please can I hit my head into a brick wall?


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#20237 Banjogirl

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 11:30

Oh my! It reminds me of the time my husband was paying for a hotel room for one of our boys. Three boys had shared the room and they had stayed for three nights. The cost of the room was £100 a night. The receptionist refused my husband's proffered £100 until she laboriously multiplied the nightly rate by three, and then divided it by three for the three occupants, yes really!.
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#20238 Banjogirl

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 14:32

The unpaid singing didn't go well. In spite of specific instructions from the venue to the chorus as to where and when to meet the relevant staff member, no one was there and no staff knew anything about it! The chorus was allowed to sing for a bit but we're pretty miffed. I got a load not to go, thank goodness!
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#20239 thara96

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 14:36

Oh no, how awful Banjogirl! 


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 14:53

:o How ignorant of them. Organise a revolt Banjogirl - no more of that!


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#20241 mel2

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 14:59

I trust this puts paid to any notion of doing it again next year, unless the terms are vastly better.
I hope you heard all this second-hand and didn't go yourself?
It really does sound as if the venue is doing it's best to discourage the choir, without formally issuing a veto.
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Posted 08 December 2019 - 15:51

Yes, sorry, it should have said 'I got a  PASS not to go'! Stupid phone.

 

The last time we went they were very disorganised too (they gave us free entry for everyone plus a guest each, which was a very decent recompense). They hadn't got the list of people coming which they had insisted on us sending them, so they just let anyone in who said they were with us! It's a very expensive event which happens every year. I don't know why they're so chaotic


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#20243 Aquarelle

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Posted 13 December 2019 - 23:41

This has not been a good day. First of all I watched the earliest news I could and was just as depressed about the new political situation in the UK as about the previous one. Not that I expected anything else but no one wants to start a day with their depression confirmed over breakfast.  I had in any case woken up with a splitting headache.Then I went outside to find that a second tree had been blown down, this one on to the garage roof which now has a hole through which rain was pouring. I still haven't been able to get the first tree removed as there is no hope of getting a heavy vehicle into the garden because the ground is saturated. The surrounding fields are flooded.

 

having to put some emergency measures into operation to save the contents of the garage I was obliged to phone school and tell them I would be late for the scheduled rehearsal for the Christmas Celebration. I finally got there at 2 pm  not having had time to eat lunch. For various organisational reasons we had to do the rehearsal the wrong way round. I had planned a session whith the "choir" first and to do a complete run through with the mime and readings after that.  The singing, as a result, was far from good. Anyway we had an early playtime (indoors and very noisy) and were about to start the singing session when we got a phone call from the Bordeaux Academy ( the educational authority which runs  this area) telling us that Meteo  France had just put us on red alert for flood and we were to make immediate arrangements to get parents to collect their children.

 

So my rehearsal began to look like Hadyn's Farewell Symphony. When we were down to 8 I gave up trying and told the last remains of the choir all about that particular Haydnesque joke. At least they went home laughing. I didn't. I taught my first 2 after school piano lessons. The  first was the head teacher's son and she couldn't leave until all the children had been collected. The second was a child who lives quite close and mother came to fetch her and wanted to wait while she did her piano lesson.  The last was  a  family of three brothers  who have a long drive so I rang to suggest they didn't take the risk. No network. So I had to wait to see if they turned up, which they did. So I didn't even get an early evening and driving home in the storm was no joke.

 

I am just thankful that the tree didn't fall on any one, nor on the neigbour's house and we were more fortunate than many areas in that we didn't have an electricity cut. Roll on tomorrow and particularly Sunday as we have been promised sunshine.


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Posted 14 December 2019 - 02:38

Hope today turns out better Aquarelle. Fingers crossed.
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Posted 14 December 2019 - 12:48

Sounds like a day from H***, Aquarelle. Hope your Christmas Celebration doesn't suffer too much from lack of rehearsal time, and that you salvage the things in your garage. Most of all, I hope the flood alerts don't turn into the real thing. Thinking of you.


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#20246 maggiemay

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 18:55

Oh my  goodness - also thinking of you, Aquarelle. What a day !  

Hope at least the weather eases in the next day or two. 


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Posted 15 December 2019 - 16:13

Thank you everyone for the kind words!  Saturday turned out to be a little better and today we have actually had some sunshine and I have managed the bonfire I have been wanting to do for over a month. The problem of the fallen trees  and the hole in the garage roof just has to be shelved until I can cope with it. Fingers crossed about the singing. My big problem with it this year is the children's unmitigated enthusiasm. That, of course, is very nice, but it means they tend to yell rather than sing. (Don't let me start on the noise environment which influences children today!) Here am I aiming for a  Salisbury  Cathedral Choir  (   :D  )  sound and there are they hyped up with their experiences of  watching "The Voice KIds".  First rehearsal in the actual building where we are doing the Celebration is tomorrow and  we go" live" Tuesday afternoon with parents,  friends and parish priest,  present. Should be interesting as it appears that most of the parishioners are not on speaking terms with the parish priest. Then on Friday my lot make their contribution to the combined lycée, collège and primary school Celebration at church. Whether my  follow up posts will be in the happy teaching or in   this thread remains to be seen!


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#20248 maggiemay

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 10:21

Waves to Aquarelle ..... may I contribute to the ‘ argh weather’ topic with a flooded basement? 


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Posted 16 December 2019 - 10:53

Sorry to hear this, Maggiemay; I hope there is not too much damage. It's hardly the best time of year to have to start clearing and drying out your basement.


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Posted 16 December 2019 - 20:48

Sorry to hear this, Maggiemay; I hope there is not too much damage. It's hardly the best time of year to have to start clearing and drying out your basement.

Thanks, Misterioso. I remember your piano! 

No real damage, fortunately. A large area of very wet floor, but none of it is wood, and it will dry out gradually. 


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