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Has the heart gone from the message boards? update

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AnninGlos Report 29 Nov 2010 18:08

I usually just click on the post date at the top, read the last post on the thread to see if I am interested, if it looks like an ongoing conversation to which I am not party, I just click off and ignore. each to there own but I can usually find something of interest somewhere. I even resort to the Tips board sometimes.

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 29 Nov 2010 18:20

Thanks BC.....oops I forgot Muffy....

I was going to mention you as well as I don't see you post as often. There are so many good people,,,,Kitty the Rubbish Cook to etc etc


Island Report 29 Nov 2010 18:38

LOL @ Ann. Slumming it on tips eh?


Susan-nz Report 29 Nov 2010 18:59

Hello all,

I too used to fear contributing to any threads. I happened upon a certain agony aunt's thread. It is so witty I felt compelled to put my ten cents worth in. The ladies who contribute are in my opinion, very clever with words. They were kind enough to reply to me so encouraged, I continue to add.

I like to read other's threads sometimes I post, sometimes not. It is always interesting to hear others points of views. There are some very sad stories about, some very happy ones too. For me, the support given so willingly and freely to those in need is quite wonderful.

Hats off to the friendly people on here, well done !!



maxiMary Report 29 Nov 2010 19:10

Personally I love the threads but only contribute regularly to one. I've made some friends and disovered that there IS caring, The long cold winters are brightened by people on GR for me.


AnninGlos Report 29 Nov 2010 20:36

Island Lol!!!

Susan NZ thank you for your input, Mary you always write such friendly and sometimes funny (sometimes sad) posts that I am sure you would be a welcome addition to any thread.


moonbi Report 29 Nov 2010 23:15

Hi all
Im awake again! whats this about a long cold winter. (smile)
I think you people may have put a jinks on us here, telling us we are in for a long cold winter.

we were gearing up for summer here, but so far nothing happening.

Oh yes spring has come and gone, but now its turned cold wet and windy again.
Finally the big dry has ended in most parts of the country and the dams and weirs are filling up.
So we are not going on about water restrictions anymore. Everywhere its long green grass.

I have a purple column on the left of my screen today on this board, Title "Important note"
"Please add suggestions and comments to this board only- if you want to add a trying to find message, visit the trying to find boards here. Trying to find messages will be removed from this board.......etc

Is this board being moderated now?


Susan-nz Report 30 Nov 2010 00:04

Hi Moonbi,

I think we across the Tasman might have your summer, we have been having lovely hot days and there is talk of a possible drought for parts of the Country.



moonbi Report 30 Nov 2010 04:32

Hi Susan in NZ
sorry to hear about all the trouble that your country folk have had in the last months. especially the coal mining tradgey.

I have a friend in Christchurch where the earthquake hit. She has to have her home pulled down as the damage is too great to fix. It will be a sad loss for her, as this is her family home and it was left to her by her late parents only a few years ago.
Fortunately she was insured above the Government level, and she can go live with her daughter while the rebuild happens. But in the meantime has to store all her belongings.

Are you anywhere on the south island?



SylviaInCanada Report 30 Nov 2010 05:12

Hi Ann

Yes, I think the heart has gone ..... but out of GR as much as out of General and Chat.

I've been a member of GR since 2003, but only really started posting on General about 18 months ago. Still only rarely post on Chat

The reason was that every time I ventured to have a look in on either board, there seemed to be some sort of barney or nastiness going on, and I got enough of that on GR's parent site, Friends Reunited.

I spent most of my time in the early years helping on records, and especially TTF, in the days when you had to reply by pm to TTF queries.

I try very hard to be helpful to newbies ................. but sometimes when you see the 20th query that evening for the same thing, and it could have been answered if the person had looked at help, or one of those new stickies on How to Use xxxx, then it is a bit hard to be as pleasant as you were to the first one. I know, I know, the answer is to NOT post!

But I have found my niche on chatty threads ............. 2 or 3 on General, but also including Help Us To Help You on Tips, and the thread for the battiest people, Please Don't Post The Same Family Twice on TTF

Those two in particular are trying to keep useful tips near the top, since GR doesn't do it.

I also often read the Depression postings, and Taff's thread on Daff.

It is hard to post on a long time thread without feeling you are pushing your way into a private conversation!

But one thing about being a non-UK member is that many threads are posted that might be of interest, but I cannot post with any kind of intelligence on the topic ........ they are strictly UK leaning. So I may read it out of interest, and then go on my merry way.

I think it is interesting to note that FR has gone the same way ................. most of the people I used to chat to for hours in the evening and nights have gone, fed up with changes that were made on that site.

I'm sorry to hear that FTF has had its problems .................. I was invited to be one of the early members, and still am a member although I rarely look in over there. I've just been more comfortable on GR. Most of the people I consider my "mentors" moved over to FTF during that furor.

It's amazing how the number of postings dropped last week ......... although they do now seem to picking up again.

in rainy Vancouver


AnninGlos Report 30 Nov 2010 10:32

Usually Sylvia, as the weather in UK becomes colder and people stay in they return to chatting on here so we will see. I can understand the problems non UK people have with posting on threads that are UK specific, that is one of the difficulties with a worldwide site. However I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages as we learn a lot about other countries. Bet you over there in canada/US think our paltry few inches of snow laughable.

At the moment my OH is frantically trying to seal off an outside pipe which has burst, and it wasn't even very frosty last night. We knew there was a chance as he hadn't been able to turn the tap to shut the water off to that pipe but he'd lagged it well and wrapped up the tap. There was still an inch of water on the patio this morning. (and we are on a meter!!) I need to look up the plumbers number in case........


Cath2010 Report 30 Nov 2010 11:26

The heart has not gone out of the boards completely, see Fire shock update on Chat. Im overwhelmed by my friends on GR

Cath xx


AnninGlos Report 30 Nov 2010 11:50

Thanks for adding that Catherine. we do all pull together when needed.


Merlin Report 30 Nov 2010 13:55

Ann see if you can cut the pipe( if its only for outside use i/e garden hose etc.) then cap it.Then in the spring or when it warms up get acompression joint to repair it. you can get the bits from B&Q, **M**.


maxiMary Report 30 Nov 2010 14:12

Sylvia it's rainng here near Niagara Falls too, and I need my roof fixed! The wretched new puppy doesn't want to venture out in the rain, wait till it's snowing, we'll lose her 'cos she's white.
Thanks Ann for your comment, much appreciated.
I too have been overwhelmed, more than once, by friends on GR,kindness and compassion, and a kick in the rear when needed LOL.
Don't like this combo of cold and rain,could become a skating rink in no time. Have to get my winter tires installed this week just in case.
Stay dry, folks, those who are warm please absorb some for me.


AnninGlos Report 30 Nov 2010 15:30

Merlin, I think that is what he intends doing, it is something to do with a join, the pipe seems to have 'popped' out. But it is safe for now and sealed off. Thanks.


AnninGlos Report 30 Nov 2010 20:48

Mary, you stay safe. Nothing worse than tring to walk on icy paths, so dangerous, we don't want to hear that you have broken anything. Don't blame pup for not wanting to go out in the rain. Bet she is crossing her legs, all four of them!!!


RStar Report 30 Nov 2010 21:21

People are afraid to post, you either get told youre posting on the wrong board or that theres already a post on the subject. We'd like to tell them what we think but then everyone falls out. Also mentioning anything slightly debatable ends up in world war 3.


SylviaInCanada Report 30 Nov 2010 21:33


I have never told anyone that they are posting on the wrong board ...... I might however have suggested that someone posting a request on General or Surname might get a better response if they post on Records, Tips or TTF

I think you are very harsh .................. and are inferring that everyone is the same

That makes me think that I have wasted my time on this site trying to help people when that is the response

as for mentioning anything slightly debatable .................. my opinion is that that happens mainly on Chat, and hence I keep away from Chat

I don't "do" religion, politics or race ................. at my front door or on internet sites.

I also know, after 7 years, WHO to keep away from, or who to back off from.



SylviaInCanada Report 30 Nov 2010 21:42


I read some of the UK specific postings, and cannot believe the state that the UK is in!

We in Vancouver don't scoff at the amount of snow that you get in the UK ..... because we tend to get about the same. Our winters are usually rainy and cold.

I was told when we arrived here that the summers averaged about 5 degrees warmer than the UK, and the winters about 5 degrees colder ............ and that is pretty much correct. Although we do get higher highs and lower colds!

It's the rest of Canada that laughs at us, and possibly at you.

The problem is ........... areas that always get a lot of snow, like most of Canada, northern US, Russia, etc, are prepared for it ............ they have snow ploughs, sanders (gritters?), and manpower set up to deal with big falls.

We have a by-law in Vancouver that states that everyone (business owner, homeowner, or large building owner) has to have the sidewalk in front of their premises cleared by 10 am. BUT cars etc are still allowed to park on the streets, so snowploughs cannot get onto side streets and clear them

Most everywhere else in Canada, car parking on the street is banned as soon as the first snowflake falls ............ result, side streets are cleared as well as main roads.

My daughter lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and that municipality even has little Bobcats (little bulldozer type things) that they put snow blades on ............ and they come and clear side walks and paths between streets. I've seen them have the sidewalks cleared within an hour of the snowfall ending!