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Bad Pain Day

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I am exhausted! I'm having a bad pain day. I knew it was coming because the advanced warning shooting chest pains wopped me yesterday. I am having a visit from TOM as well currently, so I have that to contend with as well as the Tietze's/Costochondoritis. :-( *Feeling sorry for myself pout*

Sometimes I really wonder how to cope with this thing. I'm not the type of person to take to my bed, or sit and do nothing all day while I'm in its grip, so I struggle on in spite of it all and try and achieve what I can. I can't help wondering sometimes whether I'm doing the right thing though.

Today, Tara really wanted us to walk up to the big Tesco to get some meatballs in gravy. Normally the Co-op or Waitrose have them, but both were out, and she was so looking forward to having them. She doesn't ask for much, so what can I do? :-)

I knew it would be raining today, and I also knew the Costo was going to kick in badly at some point today, but as the birds were almost out of seed, and there were a few other things on my list as well, a run needed to be made, so we decided to get everything done in one swoop, and give myself the following three days to relax and take it easy if necessary.

So, we dressed for the weather - boots, raincoats etc - grabbed Wilbur (shopping trolley), and headed for the petstore. Six kilos of birdseed later, all nestling beautifully in the bottom of Wilbur, we walked out of the store and headed towards Tesco.

We had such fun trying out a new route to get there last week that we decided this time to try and find the way to Tesco through Highwoods Country Park. I mean, if you have a chore to do, you might as well make the most of the journey there and back to make it a little less chore-like. :-) A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down after all...

So we walked through the park, me pulling Wilbur to get some strength exercise in. The deal was that I'd do that and Tara would drag him home if my pains started to cause problems, which they did. :-)

Once at Tesco I walked round the store gathering up the groceries we needed, feeling the first real niggles and getting more and more breathless as everything swelled up. Meanwhile Tara browsed the CDs and DVDs to find what she was after. Then we walked home again through the pouring rain, this time along the main road, by which time I was ready to rip myself in half, the pain was so intense!!!

While at Tesco I bought the ingredients for a ratatouille, and also a tin of cannelini beans to try making a dip with. Determined to do both today, whether my body liked it or not, I started work on the dip, only to discover that I was missing an ingredient - lemon juice. Coat and hat and shoes back on and I was heading down to the corner shop for a lemon, but they only had them in bags of 4! Not having an immediate use for three extra lemons, there was only one choice, so I walked to Waitrose, where they have the good sense to sell lemons individually.

I got back half an hour later, completed the dip, made adjustments to the recipe, and decided that it is ok, but it needs work. :-) Right now, I still prefer hummus, but we'll see. :-) This was the recipe:


Now I am sparking, in between washing dishes and preparing dinner, and I'm about to start the ratatouille. It is only the mouthwatering thought of pouring a couple of spoonfuls of it over a Hake fillet that is keeping me going! :-)

*goes to start cooking*

An hour later...

9.30 pm and I'm not going to see my meal for at least another twenty minutes. Everything takes so much longer when you are aching this much! *sigh*

Right, I am going to check the food again and post this blog.

I'll catch you all later. :-)
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 2/16/2011 10:34AM

    YOU ARE TOUGH!! I can only hope I'd be as tough in the same situation, but don't really think I would be. I sure hope you feel better soon...and have complete healing. Believe.

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WANDAH3 2/12/2011 10:15AM

    Hope things are better by now. Keeping you in my prayers.


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ZURDTA- 2/12/2011 4:30AM

    Hugs... :(

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CARLA-216 2/11/2011 10:56AM

    I'm sorry you're having a Tietze's attack, Lex. I hope it goes away quick for you. You're a real trooper getting out there and doing all you did yesterday, that's for sure!


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ANNEMAC5 2/11/2011 6:20AM

    Hope you are feeling better, I think I would have stayed indoors and just raided the store cupboard for dinner. Love your determination. emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 2/11/2011 1:07AM

    Rest your ribs, Lex. I've got it on the right side of my ribcage but I haven't had any inflamation in quite a while (ye gods be praised). Cold compresses work, as well as analgesic plasters, see if you can get some. Hope it clears soon!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/11/2011 12:55AM

    Lexie I feel for you.I have a different problem but the same kind of debilitating pain.I think it is very hard for people to understand what a struggle it is to keep going.I admire you and know why you do it.You are there for Tara ,and your strength is commendable.Your humour and spirit is indomitable and I find myself saying if Lexie can hack it I can .Thank you for being a shining example ! love and hugs,Cheri

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JHADZHIA 2/11/2011 12:22AM

    So sorry you are having this attack:(((
Do go easy on yourself.. You can't help what you have..
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Linda xxx

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CHEVY63 2/10/2011 10:11PM

    Sorry it's been such a hard day. Hope this attack doesn't stick around for long and that you're back to good health soon.


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LINDABENEDICT 2/10/2011 5:56PM

    I agree with Chuck....can you get checked out by a medical professional ? You are just so awesome and precious .....................hope you feel better fast !

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MYGOALIS180 2/10/2011 4:56PM


Chest pains? That scares me, as I have had bypass surgery. I hope you are feeling better soon, and making sure you get to the doctor if needed.

Hugs... Chuck

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Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Supergran is alive and well and living in Northampton!!! She saw off 6 jewel robbers armed with sledgehammers. She was armed with........

A handbag!!!


Don't forget to turn your sound on. :-)

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SCREWIE 2/16/2011 7:14PM

    I saw this on the news with my dad the day before I left Italy, we were both in stitches :D

Shame on those other passers by who did nothing until she'd knocked them out! And didn't you just love how she followed them with the handbag even after they'd stopped hitting the window???

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LIFEISSWEET2 2/9/2011 7:31PM

    She's my new hero! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/9/2011 12:55PM

    LOved that Lady in red .Never Mess with an OAP!!!!!hugs,Cheri

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CHRISTURTLE 2/9/2011 3:26AM

    "Lady in Red' indeed!
Didn't those idiots realize red is the colour of danger?
Only two things I have to say -
1. Go Super Granny!
2. When I grow up I wanna be as feisty and courageous as she is!
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CHEVY63 2/8/2011 5:43PM


Thanks for sharing this! This is priceless.

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WANDAH3 2/8/2011 4:38PM

    If only everyone would step up and take action against would be thugs, we would live in a safer place. Way to go "Lady in Red".

I'll bet she was spitting mad as she swung that bag around! lol


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ELAOPET 2/8/2011 1:51PM

    LOOOL!!!!!!! As I opened your blog, the very thing was on news on our TV! Cool, huh? LOL

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BOVEY63 2/8/2011 12:46PM

    Gotta love a fiesty lady like that!

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ANNEMAC5 2/8/2011 11:46AM

    great emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 2/8/2011 11:35AM

    I now, finally, understand why the Queen is never seen without her handbag, LOL! Feisty old girl in red. She is from the "Do the right thing" generation, sadly so few people with her guts left!

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CARLA-216 2/8/2011 11:14AM

    That was on our local news this morning. News travels far and fast!

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UKPOOHBEAR 2/8/2011 6:56AM

    didnt you think what the BEEP when the person with the camera didnt join int untiul AFTER she had knocked them off the bike! Shameful that all thos younger passers by didnt do a damn thing till she had done the hardest bit!

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Oh, The Juggling That You Do

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Oh good grief! I have just spent an hour or more trying to juggle protein, fat and calories (the carbs are rarely an issue) to get them all within my ranges.

It all started when Tara decided she fancied one of those little individual Chicken Pies that Birds Eye make. That was Thursday, so I bought a pack of four and put them in the freezer. I also bought two six-packs of Waitrose mini sausage rolls, because Tara likes three of them as a lunch and I thought I might fancy some too.

Today I decided to crack open the Chicken Pies and that we would have one each for dinner tonight, along with a little mash, and a nice selection of veg. In order to make sure that my protein reached my minimum I realised I'd need to eat two eggs, so added those in for lunch, and filled in everything else, being honest about the knob of butter in the mash as well. :-) I'm so good!!! LOL

When I finished, I checked the results and I was a gram short on my minimum protein, and 2 grams short of going over my fat allowance! Drat!!! That means no more snacks. The only thing I could have to top up the protein without going over the fat was a fat free yogurt.

Don't want one! *humph*

I went into a five minute sulk, before suddenly remembering that, actually, I'm not that fond of those pies anyway. It is chicken breast and I prefer leg, plus the pieces are pathetically small, and the whole pie is really just not worth the 460 calories it would cost me.

But I wanted pastry! *pouts*

OK, well, let's see how a chicken leg compares to the chicken pie, and maybe you can have sausage rolls for lunch instead of the eggs. *all smiles again*

So. out with the pie, and in with the chicken leg. Much more like it. A good dose of protein at a much lower calorie count. Then I swap out the scrambled eggs for 3 sausage rolls.

Oh. I still only have 5 grams of fat left to play with. And even the weightwatcher desserts I have are too fatty to fit! *humph*

After some further sulking, I came to the conclusion that today was going to have to be a pastry-free day. So, out went the sausage rolls and back came the eggs.

And that is what I am eating now. Eggs on toast and a glass of fruit juice. And, to be honest, I'd have preferred the sausage rolls. :-)

I'm not usually this strict with myself, but I am trying to really stick to my February plan as far as possible. I'm not short of options. I just wanted the option of pastry today. Ah well. I knew that if I caved I'd end up going over my calories or fat, or both, because that yogurt would not have been enough. Best not to set myself up for a fall, I'm thinking. :-)

So far I'm doing really well. I dropped the protein ball on the 2nd by 7 grams, but apart from that my nutrition has been spot on, with calories, carbs, fat and protein all within range, plus a minimum of 5 fruits and veg each day and at least 8 glasses of water!

On the fitness side I have done at least my minimum plans every day so far, and usually a bit more on top. I am really pleased with myself. Now all I have left to do this week is complete my weekend and stop myself from stepping on that scale tomorrow morning. LOL

Have a great weekend!
Lex xxx
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ROSECHLORIS 2/7/2011 10:10PM

    We don't have sausage rolls over here. I've only seen them on Supersize Vs Superskinny on youtube. However, if you like chicken pie you should try making your own. There is a really simple way to do it that is tasty. You get a Pillsbury pie crust in the aluminum pie dish and the Pillsbury pie crust that goes on top of the pie. Put boiled chicken, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a can of mixed vegis in the pie and bake it. It is super yummy.

Also, I give you props on sticking to your ranges. I only worry about the calories. I don't even enter in the other information. If I had to do that, I probably would not bother lol.

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LIFEISSWEET2 2/7/2011 6:35PM

    Wow, you're good....those chicken pies can be lethal (at least the chicken pies we have here are!). As usually, love the cute photos....they always make me smile. Thank you!

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CARLA-216 2/7/2011 12:12PM

    Oh how I know about the sulking over food I wanted but chose to not have. Great job on a great day, Lex!

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    WOW !

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ELAOPET 2/6/2011 5:41PM

    Tell me about it! I say yes to myself too often. And the protein...pain in the royal.... You like cottage cheese? It's low carb, rich in protein and low fat. And it can be anything you want! Add a little flour and an egg (more protein ;) and a little bit of oil - you got yourself delish pancake. You can have it with apple sauce like I do or anything ...
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SILLYHP1953 2/6/2011 2:34PM

    You could be a nutritionist with all that figuring!!

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JHADZHIA 2/6/2011 10:22AM

    You did really well to resist those empty calories and processed foods, they have so little nutritional value for the calories you have to take to eat them. It is really hard to get those three nutritional ratios right on, so you can give yourself a huge pat on the back for getting it done!!
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Keep up the great work!
Linda xxx

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/6/2011 2:42AM

    I am impressed ,I am not sure I would have been able to resist the siren call of the sausage rolls ! hugs,Cheri

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CHEVY63 2/5/2011 1:31PM

    Great job on making it all work out!

Love the pics, as always. I'm happy - we got a new bird feeder for Christmas, and this morning we had 2 cardinals!

Have a great weekend!

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TWOTIMESS 2/5/2011 1:01PM

Those calories and trying to hit bulls eye with your eating... Phew! A lot of hard work and planning, LOL! Good luck with the rest of Feb!

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WANDAH3 2/5/2011 12:48PM

    You are so good!


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DARACOX 2/5/2011 12:29PM

    It is SUCH a challenge to get all those numbers to work! Good for you for trying to figure things out in advance rather than eating first and going oh $&#* after when you enter it all in and it's all wrong. Once you get better at it you WILL be able to work some pastry into your day by making sure the fat everywhere else is low.

Oh and I LOVE that "Don't step on it....it makes you cry" cartoon. Can that be the official cartoon for the No Scale for a Month Challenge??

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SCREWIE 2/5/2011 12:20PM

    Lol, well done for getting it all right!

I've been in that situation myself at times and it's tricky to fall into all the right ranges.

Off for a differnt kind of juggling soon!

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Windy Walks and Running Songs.... to walk to.

Friday, February 04, 2011

That was my day! It was all about walking! First of all, I got up, got dressed, and braved the wind with Sophie to get a morning walk in. Did a figure of eight walk round the first two fields to avoid trees, just in case. The wind was a steady 25-30 miles per hour, but the gusts were something else! LOL I stood at the highest spot in the second field and leaned into one of the gusts. It was almost strong enough to keep me upright. Impressive! :-)

I am more than grateful at this point that I'm not in Scotland, where this weather system was producing hurricane force winds, plus significant rain and snow! It killed the Cairngorm wind speed calculator. It can only measure up to 115 mile per hour winds! Only!!! Oh Boy! *gulp*

Remember this picture from a while ago?

That stone must have been swinging faster than your average jazz dancer all day! LOL!

In other news...

For the rest of the daylight hours I decided to start working on my walking playlists. Having got used to Leslie Sansone's moves now, I can't see the videos appealing for much longer before I get bored, so I am creating playlists to solve that problem.

To get myself started I decided to work through a five-cd collection I have called Running Songs. I bought it ages ago, when I first got Tigger and my original Roo so I'd have some fast songs to workout to. Sadly, some were way too fast for them, but many that were no good then are going to be great for my indoor walking. :-) I have 100 songs in this collection, and today I got through testing over half of them, clocking up more than 5000 steps in the process. I'm hoping to get to the rest over the weekend.

I have three speeds of playlist:

1. Warm Up/Cool Down
These songs are slow enough to warm up my muscles and joints, but enjoyable enough that I'll want to singalong while doing so. They are also ones I like enough to make me look forward to the cool down afterwards. :-)

2. Fast Walk
These are significantly faster than the Warm Up songs, and will be songs I also enjoy singing along to. They will also have a great beat that will make me want to put a bit of a bounce in my step (like any good Tigger would). :-)

Assuming that I discover after ten minutes or so that I can still sing along without running out of puff, I will then upgrade to...

3. Superfast Walk
These are also songs I love, but that I have no real hope of continuing to sing along to because I should need every ounce of air I can muster to keep breathing! LOL If all goes to plan I will be able to manage the odd chorus line, but little else. (From what I understand this indicates that I am at maximum endurance)

Once I have almost run out of puff, I'll drop back to Fast Walk, and then down to the Cool Down Walking songs.

I am considering a fourth category for when I feel superfit: The You Have Got To Be Kidding collection. So fast Superman would struggle to keep up! LOLOL It could be a while before I can do any of those without tripping over my own feet. *grin*

All this effort, plus trying to get some actual work hours in today has meant I got behind at SP again. I'll try and catch up with replying to comments, and reading blogs over the weekend.
Love you guys!
Lex xxx
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SILLYHP1953 2/6/2011 2:32PM

    Alright, you talked me into it, I'm going to put on my shoes and get on the treadmill!! I brought work home and have been going between it on the computer and sp. It's time to move my body!

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LAUROCHKA 2/6/2011 5:07AM

    He He - I AM in Scotland and it's pretty cold and windy outside just now so I'm sticking to the treadmill for the time being.
Great Blog!

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SCREWIE 2/5/2011 12:25PM

    Love the weather stone!

And good idea with the playlists, I might try it too.

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DARACOX 2/5/2011 8:49AM

    This is such a great way to use the "talk test" to regulate your exercise intensity!

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ELAOPET 2/5/2011 7:12AM

    Yes, I am smiling here! emoticon
I was walking the You Got To Be Kidding beat just before I sterted running! I'll be back on that after the surgeries...
But never the music. Firts, I don't own one of these modern walkmens called MP3 players (I think) ... And then, I have the nature and all it's sounds and smells...Kind of liking it. (Once I learned the breathing trick, loved it! Back when I was younger, I'd run to the music because I did not want to hear myself pant LOL)
Now I have a different problem. Ela gets bored going round and round in the park until I have had enough. She acts as anchor when she gets bored. I am tugging her allong, slowing down, talking her into making it another lap...She needs to be motivated to go faster and I just can't tell them cats to run infront of us...They won't do it and that's that! So I try with - let's go look for the doggies! and stuff but she is smart. If she can't smell the doggies, she will pull and slow down and back to draging her...sigh...She's one pull away from me leaving her home in the morning! emoticon I would miss my buddy but if I don't find a way to make it fun for her...

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ZURDTA- 2/5/2011 7:05AM

    Hilarious... love the weather stone. The wind has been mighty this week... I was running in it last night... how we laughed, running INTO the wind... could have done with it pushing us. Oh well.

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TWOTIMESS 2/5/2011 3:27AM

Lexie, how can I say this? All your blogs are great, immensely readable and then you produce a SUPERBLOG that I just want to keep, re-read and remember until all my teeth have fallen out.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/5/2011 2:12AM

    LOL loved the dogs Lexie!We have a fine layer of ice over everything here ,no walking for me !love and hugs,Cheri

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BOVEY63 2/4/2011 8:16PM

    You'll be moving to the "The You Have Got To Be Kidding collection" before you know it.

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Chinese New Year! Any other Rabbits out there?

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Yay! This is the Year of the Rabbit... The Yin Metal Rabbit to be exact as I understand it. This is my year. Born in November 1963, so I am very excited wondering what the New Year has in store for me. :-)

The year of my birth makes me a Yin Water Rabbit. :-)

So, what are Rabbit people like?

People born under the sign of the rabbit are traditionally thought to be gentle, sensitive, modest, and merciful and have a strong memory.

They like to communicate with others in a humorous manner.

They cannot bear dull life, so they are good at creating romantic or interesting situations but they lack meditative abilities and often sink money into ideas that may cause failures in their career.

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious.

They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste.

Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky.

They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind.

Rabbit people seldom lose their temper.

They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract.

They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise.

Oh, that sounds SO like me. Well, the second one, certainly. :-) As for the rest. *Averts eyes modestly* *grin*

The Legend of the Jade Rabbit

In this legend, three fairy sages transformed themselves into pitiful old men and begged for something to eat from a fox, a monkey and a rabbit.

The fox and the monkey both had food to give to the old men, but the rabbit, empty-handed, offered his own flesh instead, jumping into a blazing fire to cook himself.

The sages were so touched by the rabbit's sacrifice that they let him live in the Moon Palace where he became the "Jade Rabbit."

Chinese Bus Company Chooses Innovative Way To Slow Down Their Drivers Chinese bus stabaliser

An omnibus company in China has launched a new "drive safely" campaign, by hanging big bowls of water next to their drivers. The Longxiang Public Bus Company in Changsha, Hunan province, says drivers must drive gently to avoid spilling any water. Bus drivers are expected to ensure the bowls are still full when they finish their shift.

The company warns drivers that CCTV footage will be studied to make sure they do not top up the bowls with water.

We have learned that, 'Passengers often complain that sudden braking and bad driving makes them really uncomfortable on the buses,' from a spokesman of the company. 'So by hanging bowls of water in the driver's cab will discourage them from making any jolting starts, sudden braking or bad turns.'

I'd like to see this idea introduced into the UK. :-)

Happy New Year Everyone!
Lex xxx
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My own handiwork:

A worker installs lights on a snow sculpture prior to the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province:

A Rabbit LOL:

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SCREWIE 2/5/2011 12:36PM

    Blimey! That policy should be introduced on bus routes all over the world! My mum fell and broke a vertebrae last year due to a bus driver's bad driving.

I think I'm a pig too but I can't remember the description. Will check it when I'm back home.

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ZURDTA- 2/5/2011 6:49AM

    Love the bus company policy.. heh heh... love to see it over here! HA.

I am a Rooster... no idea what type aftrer that... just that I am number one (how very rooster to say that!)

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SILLYHP1953 2/4/2011 1:03PM

    I am a water dragon...I knew I was born in the year of the dragon, just didn't realize it was water. Dragons and water don't seem to go together, but what I read said water cools some of the dragon's fire, which makes sense.

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ANNEMAC5 2/4/2011 4:34AM

    Interesting blog as always. I am fascinated by horoscopes and mystic ways and the chinese have an interesting take on things and seem to make a lot of logic. I am a dog and like what they say about me it seems to fit.
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-POOKIE- 2/4/2011 4:28AM

    Im the Goat!

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JHADZHIA 2/3/2011 11:44PM

    year of the tiger here..
rabbit suits you to a T :) We saw a small rabbit and a big one come into the yard this morning :)

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ROSECHLORIS 2/3/2011 6:47PM

    I'm a rabbit, but only maybe half of that seems to fit me. Also, the picture of the ice/snow sculpture is pretty impressive.

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ELAOPET 2/3/2011 6:14PM

    I think I am the snake. How flattering! ;)))))))

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/3/2011 6:09PM

    I am a dog . In fact an earth dog .Dog people are loyal and honest and obedient, guardians of the house at night. They can be counted on to keep secrets and for always doing the right thing. They can be emotionally distant and do not mix well in social gatherings where they are often seen as wallflowers. They do better with one-on-one relationships and find happiness in the happiness they bring to others, such as finding the most perfect gifts for their friends. While it is true that they have sharp tongues and are a bit stubborn and eccentric, in a work situation they tend to work very well with other people. What is more, they always seem to have money and make excellent leaders. Because of their high moral stance, they are inspiring beyond measure.Sizzling Rice Soup and Chinese Cabbage are among the keys to good health!!The Earth Dog is well grounded, both feet solidly on the ground. Perfectionists at heart, they see that projects have a beginning and an end, and all they have to do is see things all the way through. A driving force propels their lives and they know they must never waver in reaching their goals, whether it's dealing with people, daily projects, or sailing around the world. Earth Dogs are brimming with confidence and are always finding four-leaf clovers. Luck happens! In the Love Arena, they take a somewhat lackadaisical approach; i.e., love is no big deal, it's just a natural part of life. If it happens, fine, but no great enthusiasm is lost here. The best person for the Earth Dog is a strongly independent someone who relishes freedom and has an identity apart from the relationship. When the Earth Dog and their mate do come together, it will be beautiful . I guess this is like me perhaps I'd do better to ask someone else what they think LOL!

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CARLA-216 2/3/2011 3:13PM

    I'm a Pig! I just read my description and most of it sounds like me. It also says I am most compatible with Rabbits and Sheep. No wonder we get on so well!


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JESSIELOVE78 2/3/2011 2:51PM

    nope, I am a wood horse. emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 2/3/2011 2:40PM

    You're talented, just like the rabbit! So spot-on on about the humour, too. I'm a Rat, I think (Jul 60). Imagine the water bowls in the bus? That must make for a smooth trip.
(Yang Metal Rat, that's me)

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