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by David Blackford
2nd November 2013, at 09:33:38
PPS - but I don't know what that has got to do with the weather - unless someone spells it whether!
2nd November 2013, at 09:32:05
Oh yes and for grammar too.
2nd November 2013, at 09:31:27
Graeme's English isn't too bad. But I see that in the new exam curriculum that's been announced. Extra marks will be given for good spelling and punctuation - In my School Certificate days, marks were taken OFF for bad spelling and punctuation. At school, we had a quick spelling test at the end of every English lesson - and, indeed, a quick mental arithmetic test at the end of every maths lesson too.
by John Martin
2nd November 2013, at 08:52:24
Graeme. Bad English. Should be 'fed up with the weather' NOT 'fed up of the weather'. Please concentrate.
by Graeme Egerton
1st November 2013, at 13:56:27
Thanks Catherine, am well aware of the good work done by some 4x4 drivers (from facebook etc), however the term "Chelsea Tractor" refers to expensive all wheel vehicles used in an urban environment. Most of the good people out helping were driving older Defenders (Land Rovers, which we had two of when I was a child), Discoveries, Mitsubishis etc,. I can see why you got that impression though, so apologies for that although in 25 years of driving, I've never needed a 4x4 myself!
by Edward Teller
1st November 2013, at 13:24:32
In response to the earlier post by David Blackford the phrase 'Batten down the hatches' means to prepare for difficult times. It derives from a nautical expression meaning, literally, to seal the hatches against the arrival of a storm. Don't worry David not being a 'boat person' would not expect you to know that.Stay safe in the storm my friend.
by Dave Coombs
1st November 2013, at 12:43:09
So we are getting autumnal gales and storms in ...... err autumn....
by Catherine Black
1st November 2013, at 09:52:04
Dear MrEgerton, reference your comment about smug 4x4 'chelsea tractor' drivers, please note that many of those dirvers spent hours of unpaid time, in the snow and bad weather, ferrying carers, doctors, nurses and other emergency personnel to people's homes in order that those people who could not get out had their vital injections, medication, dressings changed and emergency care, this is now happening for more than 2 days a year. Take care not to slag people off, you never know when you will need one of those people to help you. At least the weather people told us it would be bad, better that way than not telling us don't you think?
1st November 2013, at 09:32:27
PS - I'm not one of the boat people
1st November 2013, at 09:31:52
Batten down the hatches! - What exactly does that mean anyway?
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