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JCJ
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Afternoon tea was amazing and we all ate outselves silly, including the camels. We got cooked by the sun in the rotunda (not a euphemism) strolled to the end of the stone pier (neither was that!) Took more photos with Eric (Morecambe, not puppy), supped alcoholic - or not - beverages outside a pub and GIJ & ST managed to devour some chips. Morecambe did us proud and showed us a glorious sunset over the Lakeland hills as a finale. Bacon buttie rendevous organised for tomorrow before we all head home(tent)wards. Lovely to meet everyone and pleased that the collision between virtual and real worlds was so successful.How about our next Benchland production is a good old seaside variety show?
Ali_H
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Hump n Dink have uploaded some pics onto FB. So, who bought them the Kiss Me Quick hats? And the Eric Morecambe snow globes? And the giant sticks of rock? I do like the Dame Edna style sunglasses on them though, very sensible, and the bumper stickers on their bums saying 'my other camel's a camel' are very tasteful....
Lols
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Hi, girls behaving badly and camels glad your enjoying xx
GIJaneH
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Done the stroll from bench to bench.... Wore our tiaras round Eric, and he wore one too...been stooped and asked if we're at a co ference, with our badges! People very obliging about taking photos of us all, before they realise they'll be given lots of cameras! the weather is amazing.... So were revcats cupcakes! Afternoon tea has a lot to live up to....

GIJaneH
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Done the stroll from bench to bench.... Wore our tiaras round Eric, and he wore one too...been stooped and asked if we're at a co ference, with our badges! People very obliging about taking photos of us all, before they realise they'll be given lots of cameras! the weather is amazing.... So we're revcats cupcakes! Afternoon tea has a lot to live up to....

grumpy
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Right then, dressed, washed, dog walked, coffee drunk (not too much!!!), nose blown (hayfever...) birdfeeders filled up, open windows adjusted.
Now stand on front step to wait for transport to station..... arr Morecambe 11.30-ish.
grumpy

Kayteeb53
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

I do thnk you should do a sneaky bit of labelling to one of he benches - Benchies Made It (in all ways) would be appropriate. Even just a post it note would do x
Kayteeb53
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Great that you all having a good time. Had a virtual glass of fizz with you all. Have fun today x
RevCat
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

great news MMM.

OK own up who set off burglar alarm outside TL at one thirty? camels snoring outside my room! hurrah for escape to benchland via kindle.

at least the cakes are in my room!
JCJ
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Excellent news MMM! We will eat a cake or 3 in your honour! 🙂
Ali_H
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MMM yippee!!!! Fab news xxx
P***ed camels....you do know they store alcohol in their humps don't you, they'll be pinkled for days...mind you the stairs should keep them entertained 😉
millymolly_m
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

I can give you all another excuse to raise a glass. Re excision clear margins so Rads meeting can go ahead! Yipeeeeeee! Have a lovely time tomorrow!
MMM x
JCJ
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

i am sure I can hear the camels rampaging aout on the stairs complaining that this escalator doesn't work!
it's a good job i'm not sharing this double room only 2 teabags -that's not enough for me never mind anyone else!
GIJaneH
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The camels jumped off katys walker as we made our way back to the hotel, muttering about midnight feasts... Most of us don't sleep well, so we may as well have,a spiffing adventure.... Personally, I'm pooped..

grumpy
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Oh I am ever so excited!!!!!
NDN and kids thrilled to be Millie-minding, poor dog will be frazzled by the time I get home.
Various outfits incl glitter at the ready, depending on weather.
Big shoulder bag sorted and nail polish applied!
See you soon, train gets in about 11.30, May meet other Benchies at Lancaster
Grumpy

Trisha_51
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Glad you're having a good time Benchies. Make sure those camels get home safely, p**ssed camels and incoming tides do not mix! Carry on having fun, Pat x
JCJ
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

We have had our chips in our tiaras. Now on the prom supping ale or otherwise overlooked by Eric Morecambe and two p**sed camels. JCJ, FF, KTC, GIJ, J, RC,. We have sat on a lot of benches but resisted the temptation to label any of them! 🙂

JCJ
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Sitting at completely deserted Clapham Railway station (yorks) hopefully on the correct side of track! Train due in half an hour. Just long enough to post this?! Hope my smartish denim skirt and cotton top have survived being packed since Thursday! Looks like I may be only one not in black trousers? No tiara either - I think a sheep on my campsite stole it! I saw something glittering on the hillside in the starlight, last night, when it finally stopped raining!!Soon, Benchies, soon!! 🙂
Zuleika
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Have fun
RevCat
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Rev Cat and camels are leaving the building... see you later without any alligators!!
Ali_H
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Lol Jane I was reading your list waiting for 'clean knickers, check' to appear!
Have fun my lovelies, if anyone wants a glass of sparkly with their tea use me as an excuse because if I was going (sniff) I'd have one (cost permitting of course). Katytc I can picture you now, fabulous dahling.....fabulous!!!!
Now, has everyone got their meds? Got their purse? Tickets? Mobile phone? Clean knickers? Have you nipped for a LMW (last minute wee) ? Ok, you're all set!!!! 🙂
GIJaneH
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

tickets check
phone numbers check
pjs check
trousers check
tiara check
bling check
chargers check
jumpers uncheck
nervous anticipation check
excitement check
heavy case double check
books check

Right then, that's me sorted. What do you mean no knickers??!?!!?!!

katytc
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Oh the virtual MMU's are soooooooooo lucky, cakes look gorgeous, yum yum!
Almost packed just need to put in this morning's stuff, woo hoo!
All doors in house kept open (just in case), this is the second time it's happened YD's room last year and living room yesterday, door lock man coming back on Fri to check all doors, do not want it to happen again!!!
Absolutely beautiful morning not a cloud in the sky, hopefully Morecambe will be the same................
Ali will look after Dink to the best of my ability, please don't worry. Am going to be standing with chariot on top of dink's back, everything will be ok. Tiara will be worn at all times. Virtual ones in the shed.
See you in about 9 hours xx

RevCat
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Oh shucks, could have left some plain! Never thought of that. Whatever works for you is fine by me, Jane.

Benedictus, of course the virtual ones taste better than the real ones - goes without saying!!

Backpack packed all bar meds, cos need them tonight and tomorrow morning, and phones cos they are charging. Big knot in neck to remind my to pick up train tickets before setting off!! Hump and Dink sent to bed for an early night - drinking their hot choc and being read bedtime story by RevCat's cat.
GIJaneH
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JUST back from Londinium. Shattered! Need to think about clothes....

Cakes look amazing! You won't mind if I scrape the icing off and give it to someone else, will you RevCat???? how DO you find the time! Talented bunny... Bunny on camel... conjures up a good image!

see you tomorrow.. article on the BBC online news talks about The Midland Hotel as the ONLY thing Morecombe has going for it!!!! They didn't know we were coming!

foxyferret
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Oops, sorry benedictus. As they looked too good to eat I haven't had any.

And why am I still here when I've got packing to do? Last minute Lil, living up to my name again but I have started, honest! Nothing's gone in the rucksack yet but items have been assembled together.
benedictus
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Hey foxyferret! Hands off! They're the virtual cup cakes for those of us left to guard Benchland from marauders. I'm sure Revcat will have some others for you (surely they can't taste as nice as these do though ). Thank you Revcat so much. Absolutely delish x

foxyferret
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Oh just WOW Revcat, they look absolutely delicious. I am totally impressed.
And why am I here when I ought to be busy packing?
RevCat
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OK ladies, here are the virtual cupcakes for the virtual MMU



All made with 'not too much icing'....
vanilla pink ribbon cupcakes
triple choc cupcakes
lemon drizzle cupcakes with homemade candied lemon on the top! (am impressed with myself for doing the candied lemon bits)
Virtual cupcakes have no calories, are not tasteless due to chemo-mouth and can change flavour if you fancy something else.
Enjoy!
Ali_H
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Oh dear Katy are you rescued yet?? And camel racing, yup- they'll be up for that, I can see it now, Revcat hanging on for dear life on Hump, urging him on with promises of candy floss and glitterberry juice.....Katytc flashing her rhinestone topped knee-highs on Dink, casting glitter as she goes...should be fun!
katytc
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Am FREE!! So behind now with everything! Mad rush to get organised!
Kay, have a lovely birthday and surprise woo hoo!!
Jenanne wearing thongs???????? Oh my!
Fingers to be crooked around 4pm on the 7th, synchronising is a must virtual and real!
Thanks to everyone else for the good wishes, have fun here!
Will see you tomorrow girls she says nervously excited, yahoo be dooby/booby must not fall over wearing my knee highs! Chariot at the ready xx

Zuleika
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Hello ladies, wishing you all a wonderful time in sunny Lancs. I'll raise my cup of decaf green tea in the afternoon,to you all. Hope you all laugh much
xx
JCJ
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Finally got a decent signal. P***ing it down here (only 26 miles E of Morecambe) not cold though and forecast supposed to be better tomorrow. Going to look at Ingleton waterfalls now should be spectacular. Arrgghh posting on this phone is a F nightmare!
Kayteeb53
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Have a fabulous time all of you. Suggest taking your crystal encrusted turquoise Dr Martins in case of bad weather.
so much gorgeousness! Food, ladies and camels! Is Morecambe ready for this?
be your fabulous selves and have a wonderful time
kay x
katytc
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DISASTER!!! GD and me are stuck in the living room, have all the windows open and door slammed shut, lock is jammed and no one can come until 4.30 pm!
Can't climb through the window because of foot!!! Can't believe it?????????
More of that "lucky white heather" perhaps??? I'm fed up of all of this!
Where are the camels??? xx

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I'd better get going...haven't packed a thing yet! Sun's just come out here, so I'm off to town to buy a few thongs I'll need to bring with me. That should be 'things' not 'thongs'!
grumpy
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Yes it is raining in Cumbria at the moment, but do not be disheartened..... it WILL pass over for the MMU, promise!
The posh tea is apparently VERY good according to friends who have sampled it - we probably won't need more than a bag of chips on the prom for supper.
Thanks for list of mob numbers: I DO have a mob but a) it's never switched on and b) I don't remember the number: I just keep it for a secuirity blanket when travelling on my own.
If I can join the TUesday Girls I'll ring someone's mobile, otherwise see you at the hotel/ Eric Morecambe statue on Wed.
Now then, where's the brolly? do I need wellies? or overkeks? No, of course not!!!
a very excited grumpy who's not at all grumpy now!

supertrouper
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Just checked the weather forecast for Wednesday and there is a 10% chance of rain, partly cloudy with temperatures a reasonable 20 degrees.

Also googled "camels in Morecambe" and notice that Morcambe cricket club were advertising a camel racing night. Word gets around quickly doesn't it!!

benedictus
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Have a wonderful wonderful time at the MMU! Should we have a synchronised crooking of little fingers as the grand tea gets underway? And don't you dare come back without some seriously funny stories to tell us xxx

Tuppence
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Wishing the travelling benchies a wonderful holiday! Can't wait to hear about your adventures. I hope there will be other meet ups in the future as I would love to join in.
Tup x
Ali_H
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Ladies, have a fabulous time at the MMU! So sorry to not be there (sniff) so regular updates on here please.... Enjoy the afternoon tea, a treat every now and then is good for you!
Sorry the camels have been causing mayhem.....glad they've arrived ok, make sure they remember their manners and carry your bags (and you, if you like). And I'm sure they'll love giving rides on the beach 🙂
RevCat
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Okey cokey, list of mobile numbers is now hidden in the Lost Plottery Shed next to the Tardis Fridge and opposite the transmat beam. It is weighted down with a thwacking lade should not blow away.

Hump and Dink arrived safely in Glasgow (why did they leave the train and decide to stoll up the M6/M74/M8?) and are now tucking in to a hearty breakfeast of cake sprinkles washed down with lashings of glitterberry juice. Ali, they are missing you already.

Busy baking and packing day plus ironing and housework... just got to get those camels to town on time tomorrow to meet Katy and her tri-wheel chariot!

Go camels, go!!!
katytc
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Hee hee Trisha!
Jane have a lovely day!
Milly, hope you are doing ok, big hugs xx
Camels seem to be causing lots of bother, expecting mine to arrive before 10.30 tomorrow morning, sooooooooo will be galloping towards Glasgow if all goes to plan!
Can't believe after all the planning it's almost upon us, toiletries packed, tiaras, knee highs and camera ready to go in bag, now what will I wear?????????? xx

grumpy
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

So it was the camels causing the traffic holdups.........
Grumpy

millymolly_m
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Have a lovely meet up girls. Cant wait to hear all your stories. Wish I was joining you.
MMM x
GIJaneH
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ST my daughters tea tomorrow at f&m is nearly £50!!!! Can't afford for her dad to come too! Glad we got train tickets early, they're a whole lot more expensive now....

camels have been sighted hitching a lift and causing mayhem with motorists "rubber knecking" oh dear.....

grumpy
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Well back home, 3 loads of washing done, Millie dog gone to bed exhausted, slumped on sofa watching Father Ted.
More excitement to come at MMU......
Will call you on mobiles once my head is straight again after HORRENDOUS drive - torrential rain, several hours of traffic jams on motorways ext etc.
Grumpy

Lols
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Girls just popping in to say have the bestest time ever in morecambe, if the camels turn up get them to earn there keep its been years since there were donkeys on the bay and there's no fairground now, so they could saddle up and charge to go up and down the bay and its a looooooong prom!!! Enjoy your time together eat, drink and most important laugh xxx dont forget Lancaster and heysham quite pretty with good history xx
GIJaneH
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I've looked at weather forecast and taken out the dress and most t shirts and put in jumper/long sleeved tops & thermal vest!
pass my no on Cat...

as I'm out all day tomorrow, I've put things out ready... black trousers & bright top seems to be the uniform! Me too!
p. Wonder how the camels are doing?

foxyferret
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Sending my mobile number is ok with me.
I too will be wearing black trousers and some sort of top, not yet decided upon. Wanted to wear my navy blue trousers but the half stone I've put on has put paid to that idea as they don't fit! They will do up (just) but the look of them is not good. thankfully I possess trousers in several sizes. Just read that back and it won't be a sort of top, it will be a proper top. I will be fully dressed!

Made a case today to put the camera in and now must get on with making a list of things to bring with me. Can't do anything without a list and would forget important items.