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Mauatthecoast Report 8 Jun 2012 16:38

Thank you Dermot and I'm sure most of us have ignored house alarms at some time....foolishly I know :-(

I'll still be pleased to read any writers' offerings.Just not sending out.

Mau xx


Dermot Report 14 Jun 2012 21:33

You're nothing but a slobber
In the UK, they are referred to as ’Cowboy Builders/Electricians’ & so on. But not in Ireland.

‘Slobberin’. I'ts a great Irish word. Note the lack of the 'g' at the end to emphasise the pronunciation. Slobbering (with a ‘g’) sounds far too posh. Slobberin’ has a much more culchie cut to it.

'Slobberin’ - means to do something half-baked; messing instead of doing it right. It’s a word that you'll not find in any dictionary but it is what it has morphed into particularly in the west of Ireland where I was born, a colloquialism if you like. And in the west, we accentuate the b’s to the hilt. Slobb-bur-in’. Go on - practice the real Irish pronunciation.

‘What's Paddy O’Reilly at out there’? ‘Ah, he’s slobberin' as usual, taking a week to do a day's work’. See, it is very easy to get identified as a ‘slobber’ when it comes to work. Ireland, it would appear, is full of ‘slobbers’. Some are harshly branded so, while others, well, we all know them.

Mum had a fellow working at our house years ago - he was an Electrician, allegedly. Because he was so slow at everything he did, my mother nicknamed him 'lightening'. And someone always had to stay and make sure he didn't doss on the job. You see, he wasn't an expensive worker. But, because he was a ‘slobber’, you had to keep an eye on him to make sure the work was being done right.

Paddy O’Reilly loved to talk as all Irish people do and there was no better man to get two hours out of a spot of lunch - otherwise known as the Irish lunch hour. Who do you think thought of the ’happy hour’ in pubs usually lasting a minimum of 90 minutes? When my father told him he was paying him for the job, not by the day, suddenly Paddy found a gear we didn't think he had.

But slobberin’ applies beyond the work place. It is a lovely, nuanced word that can take on a world of its own. Slobberin’, believe it or not, is often used to describe how a lad is getting on with a lady.

‘Is he going out with her or what's the story?’, one of our crew might enquire. ‘Nah, he’s just slobberin’. That is, he is ‘with her’ in a loose sense but has no interest in anything serious.

So there's some free advice ladies - beware of the slobbers because they'll always let you down.


Greenfingers Report 17 Jun 2012 08:51

Sorry haven't been on here, been mega busy.....loved both pieces Dermot, please e mail them to me.......will send message with e mail address Jan


Dermot Report 4 Nov 2012 08:12



AnninGlos Report 4 Nov 2012 09:43

I think we are all sleeping writers Dermot, except yourself and Jan. Sorry, will try and do better, I seem to have lost the incentive since people all dropped out and can't think of anything to write about.


ButtercupFields Report 4 Nov 2012 10:46

Thanks for resurecting this thread, Dermot :-) Ann, maybe, if enough are interested, we could start afresh in the New Year? Like you, I have felt uninspired of late, but it was always a pleasure to write and read everyone's offerings. New Year? New Brooms? New Ideas? :-D :-D :-D <3


GoldenGirl1 Report 4 Nov 2012 11:25

I'm all for it, was thinking yesterday about when it was
going to start up again.

Anyone able to send me their work now, would be pleased
to receive it. :-)



ButtercupFields Report 4 Nov 2012 11:30

Attagirl Emma! <3....*picks up quill.....


GoldenGirl1 Report 4 Nov 2012 11:37

:-D :-D


AnninGlos Report 4 Nov 2012 12:05

BC, yes, if we maybe have a deadline to go by we will be more inspired. Shall have to retrieve my thinking cap.


GoldenGirl1 Report 4 Nov 2012 13:00

Dermot thanks again.



Mauatthecoast Report 4 Nov 2012 13:26

Will have to find my thinking cap,sharpen the old quill and go and sit in the attic..........must remember the candle ;-)

Mau xx


AnninGlos Report 4 Nov 2012 13:48

Might attract the ghosts Mau, then you can write us a ghost story.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 4 Nov 2012 14:55

Hello Ladies, and Dermot,

Nice to see the thread again :-D

Hopefully will encourage everyone to resume writing, and maybe even bring a few new members to the group.


ButtercupFields Report 4 Nov 2012 14:57

*loud applause from the gallery :-D :-D :-D <3


Greenfingers Report 14 Nov 2012 18:27

will someone suggest a theme ? Dermot and I and Ann have been keeping this going all summer, but it would be nice to have a deadline and a theme. Will we e mail ?



Wend Report 14 Nov 2012 19:21

Have you finished your thriller Greenfingers? - I was enjoying that.


AnninGlos Report 14 Nov 2012 20:34

Just looking at a writers mag for ideas.
See if any of these suggest anything to you.

Your central character: has a secret. And maybe also has a problem
What does your central character fear losing, what is at stake?
There is a cemetery and a bunch of flowers involved.
"Tomorrow I shall have to tell them"

Make something out of the above.

A phone call
A glass of wine
A thunder storm
An animal
A lost shoe.

And make something out of that

A couple of ideas there anyone think of any more?


Greenfingers Report 18 Nov 2012 18:37

Hi Wend

I have padded it out and added more, but got a bit of writers s block over the last few months, then thought it was horrible ! So thank for your kind remarks. If you are interested I could e mail the revised version, and you can give me your thoughts....on plus side have written a lot of poetry tho . E mail me, I have mislaid all the ones we used earlier, so get me via genes

Will pick up on a story from the above



AnninGlos Report 25 Nov 2012 11:44

I haven't had time to look through it yet but my sister has just passed on a load of papers she took from my Dad's place when it was sold when he went into the home that would have been in 1997 and he died in 2001. Among his papers is a folder full of musings and poems, so that is where I get it from! I look forward to reading them when I get home from Hampshire. :-D