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stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

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

Boo. I'm not Eric. I'm Archie (and confused)
Can I still have some chips?
foxyferret
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

If problems getting on to the forum are the reason, please ignore my remarks about not turning up. I did think it was a bit strange.....

Please let us know what happened in the Private Function Room.

That pint looks good ST, I might just indulge when my shift has finished. I was right NO TIP.
GIJaneH
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Well! That's shown them! I thought that went really well, their faces were a picture....
now, where's my divine man?

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

Ooh hang on , am I Eric??? Maybe I did get a Magners after all, maybe even chips too 😉
Ali_H
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Oi! I've been here since 6:45, waiting patiently with car. No-one even sent me a bag of crisps out never mind a Magners! Someone please tell me what all that was about, cause milady's got a face like thunder and mr smug looks like the cat that got the cream. They want a drive through McDonald's for heavens sake, something baaaaad must have happened....

Whispers back from audience "YES ST! IT WOULDN'T LET ME LOG IN EARLIER AND NOW I DAREN'T LEAVE IT!"
foxyferret
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

No, no need for the manager. They seem to be leaving. The horrible woman (who treats her maid terribly) has just sailed out followed by her paramour. The rest are following some crying and muttering about revenge and lawsuits.I wonder what has happened? Oh well, I'm only the waitress, will never know. I'll clear up now bet none of them has thought to leave a tip.

Oi, you lot with the starring parts, where are you? What happened? Three hours since rehearsal started and none of you turned up?
Grumpy - please come out from behind that sofa...I've brought you chocolate cake. It will be all right on the night.
supertrouper
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Stepping out of character for a moment and whispering to the audience

"IS ANYONE ELSE HAVING DREADFUL PROBLEMS GETTING ON TO THE FORUM??"

Stepping back into character..........

Why is it taking so long for the Manager to arrive? I think I need to retire to the Kings Arms for a pint of Magners - or two. Chips afterwards would be rather nice. Might go and have a chat with Eric.......

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

Ok Delia, I think it's that horrible rich woman who wears those dreadful shorts and her family. I took their dinner in earlier and they all seemed rather on edge.
supertrouper
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As Delia Sparkle - Don't call the manager yet Olive - let us listen at the door to see if we can decide who is in there first.

What was that noise? It's all gone very quiet in there. I think it is time to call the manager!!

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

As Olive - seem to be rather a lot of noise coming from the Private Function room. I'm sure I can hear shouting.........(walks over quietly to listen at the door).......oh yes, lots of shouting and someone is crying hysterically. Should I get the manager?
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I was just thinking how amazingly formidable Blanche can be, and the idea of being severely ticked off for under-dressing was too scary to think about, so have been up to my hotel suite and changed into more suitable attire. Rather dashing and debonair, though I say so myself!
benedictus
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

I'm here. Just having a lie down behind the sofa - too much port

Ali_H
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As a dutiful chauffeur I've been waiting with the motor on the drive since 6:45. No idea what's cracking off up there but I'm ready if milady wants a drive out.
(translated - sitting in the car with a paper, a sneaky flask of tea and a ham sandwich. Got the radio on, quite happy. Bless those little camels' hearts, trying to sneak upstairs without her ladyship seeing them. One of 'em seems to have a rather nervous looking doggie on its back.....I'm sure this is only tea...?)
Ann_W
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

sorry could,nt make it for first rehearsal but have been at hospital with OH who tripped at the golf club and broke his foot.
Plods wont be needed till about Act 3 so I dont think I'll have missed anything
Tuppence
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

PC Plod here- just happened to be passing these premises on my beat and made a note that there seemed to be rather a lot of posh people congregating here. Think I'll come by this way again later to make sure they are not being too rowdy. I know what these types can be after a few snifters.
foxyferret
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

I'm here Blanche, sorry to be over familiar but this old doddery solicitor has forgotten your name. Don't worry I've brought along young handsome imaginary solicitor to deal with legalities.
I shall never cope with all these costume changes and remember all my lines and cues!

Sorry to hear of your problem RevCat, hope they get you sorted out soon.
Glad you've got rid of the plaster Katy.
supertrouper
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I've been here a while, just quitely listening to what is going on. I don't trust Milton - I am going to keep a close eye on him!

GIJaneH
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None of them have the decency to be punctual. Such bad breeding. So common to be late. I don't hold with people being common....

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I, Milton, had to go on a little trip earlier today to visit my, er.., frail ageing mother. Blanche is magnificent when angry - bit my head off and said it was most important that I be around tonight as the news she has to announce very much concerns me. Whispered 'remember the special extra birthday pressie I promised you'. Well, I am sitting here in the Rotunda bar with a very fine cocktail, waiting for the clan to gather. Decided not to bother dressing up too much - plain white shirt, to show off the magnificent diamond cufflinks - besides which am rather hot after rushing back from seeing Daphne, er..., mother.
katytc
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Murder at the Madlands Hotel Norcambe: rehearsal 7pm sharp



SCENE ONE

Blanche tells her family in the Rotunda that she is leaving all her money to Milton De Witte.
Family are shocked! Horrified even, white faces, red faces, smug faces and tears all before bedtime!
Blanche flounces over to the table, set for Afternoon Tea (Scene Two tomorrow evening)
Ad lib, Ad Lib, Ad lib over to you Dame Grumpy!
Foot has swollen like a balloon so away to lie down on the "ouchy" bench xx

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

Hi Ali

Glad you like it!

Best wishes

Lucy

Ali_H
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Ps , mods- this new font looks very nice on my iPad 🙂
Ali_H
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I didn't bump the roller, 'twas the camels! Anyway it's all sorted, I've ordered milady a Bugatti Veyron, she saw it on Top Gear and thinks Mr Clarkson is a very nice chap.

Costume- one camel coloured very nice new scarf, tick. Biggles-style goggles, tick. Very smart dark navy suit, tick. Peaked chauffeurs cap, tick. Shoes so shiny you can see your reflection in them, tick. Selection of bumper stickers (milady'll never notice) in varying degrees of bad taste, tick. Neon pink fluffy dice, Buddha air freshener, nodding dog, tick tick tick!!! All set 🙂
katytc
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Hee hee hee Ali, it was all because you bumped Blanche's Rolls, she has such power............
ann, am not giving Hump back until teatime! xx

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

What on earth happened there? Several attempts to log in, 'access denied' every time....send out my SOS and I'm in. Marbles, gone. Phew.....was a nasty moment!
Hello Mrs Jelly!!!!
Oh no Revcat, hope appointment comes through quickly.....
Ali_H
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Help it's Ali_H and I can't log in!
katytc
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

No one playing Edwin so may just have to improvise, one minute Eleanor, next minute Edwin mmmmmmmm!
What about Miss Sparkle?????
Blanche looks as though she means business! A little scary! She always used to frighten me when we were kids, maybe karma will catch up with her soon.
And isn't Milton rakish?
Have just been galloping around the Norcambe Pyramid practising my lines..........

Welcome back Mrs Jelly, woo hoo!!
Oh RevCat, hope your appointment is very soon, you did have your suspicions, big hugs to you xx
Am now plaster free! Toe and side of foot swollen says will take around 3 months to calm down! Have to keep wearing shoe, keep foot elevated. Will be walking with tri walker for ages.........
Managed to get appointment to have a chat about Lynn, feel as though we're going truncal............
See you tonight 7 pm, who's arranging props etc???!

Ann_W
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Katytc have just seen the photo of you on Hump. Please will you return him cos the camels are the only transport the PC Plods ( Temp & Ann_W) have and dink is missing her mate and cant learn her lines for tomorrow without him. Thank you
RevCat
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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Hello Jelly, lovley to see you again - hope married life is superly duperly wonderful.

Just been dusting off the gynae waiting bench... return of the PMB means starting down that path again 😞 GP is sending urgent referral so we'll see if they can get it in under 8 weeks this time... Fedupski but I know it's no big deal really.

PS is it me or did all the fonts on here change and shrink whilst the site was down this morning? Flippin' alligators up to mischief again!
benedictus
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Rakish get-up here: brogues, corduroy, monocle, one of those spivy moustaches, cigar and port - yes I know it's only 11.30am and, no I don't care. Just bring me the bl**dy port. And sharpish. Now, where's my photo gone.....

GIJaneH
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There's a part left for you MrsJelly, only I can't remember who/what!!! Nothing much changes!
In character

Many of you haven't seen me for a while.... I thought I'd remind you of why it would be in your own best interests to attend tonight....

J

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Re: stop feeling guilty, small rant (BENCHLAND)

Mrs Jelly, welcome back and glad your treatment's finished! Yes, rehearsals begin in earnest - or more like chaos! - tomorrow at 7pm sharp. The play is called Murder at the Madlands Hotel, Norcambe (I think!)
The pic is of me as Milton de Witte, getting costume together.
JCJ
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Welcome back Mrs Jelly and congratulations on your Mrsness! I hope you had a fab wedding and honeymoon?

We are in the middle of rehearsals for a murder mystery set in Norecambe - because 8 of us crossed the divide from virtual to real and met up for 2 days in Morecambe. The others joined in virtually ! We had chips in tiaras (us, not the chips) and posh afternoon tea and cavorted with Eric on the prom for willing photographers. The camels came too and disturbed the guests at the Travelodge by setting off a neighbouring burglar alarm at 1 am and playing about on the stairs.
supertrouper
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Presenting - Miss Delia Sparkle

JCJ
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I'm going to wear a smart trouser suit AND a skirt and tw1inset. Not because I think it looks good, or is fashionable, but because Flora can't decide which to wear and the sartorial chaos will detract from the complete lack of comprehension of the plot/my lines!
jellytot83
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Hello Benchies,
it's jelly 🙂 I'm now Mrs Jelly!
Finished treatment now other than tapoxyfen so had a little break from all things BC for a while but have missed you all too much to stay away forever.
Can someone summarise the goss?
jelly xx
grumpy
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Do not forget COSTUMES for rehearsals tomorrow. You will NOT be in the play IF you look wrong !!!!
(chuckles with wicked glee as Benchies rush round charity shops, get boxes out of lofts, borrow stuff without asking, crank up sewing machines ext etc)
I am getting into my stride now I.e. SHOUTY.....
The Dame
PS Dame Helen is kindly sorting out a frock for me.

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All together now - 'Bring me sunshine in your smile, bring me laughter all the while..! Yes, Ali, photo with Eric taken on the seafront at the MMU.
Ali_H
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Jenanne, who's arm are you tucked into in your avatar? Is it from the MMU, in which case it's Eric??
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Will Edwin Le Feuvre be there - is anyone playing his part?
GIJaneH
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move over Dame!!!
No idea what's going on....

"you will all kindly present yo urselves chez moi at 7pm tomorrow evening. Please be there promptly, as i have an announcement to make, which will be of interest to you all."

My other character is lost for words... making eyes at the camels...

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

Got to go to the shop for some glitterberry juice to keep my strength up for all this madness...... (sobs quietly on the sofa)

the Dame

Ali_H
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Apart from the odd sausage sarnie Jenanne, yes. Oh, and they like bacon butties. Fishfinger sandwiches too. But apart from that, very vegetarian. Just don't mention Bambi, they're still traumatised by that scene with the huntsman and Bambi's mother.
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Hump and Dink HORRIFIED to hear of venison casserole eating, being strict cud-chewing vegetarians themselves!
Ali_H
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(ooh Katy, doesn't Hump look handsome? And you so ladylike, with the famous Norcambe Pyramid in the background!)

As Whatsisname - 'good news milady, the camels weren't hurt. Bad news milady, the car was'
JCJ
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wish I could control the font size on this thing - constantly either whispering or SHOUTING!!
JCJ
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May have been wrong, but it was definitely delicious! 😄
JCJ
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Struggling to keep up on my phone with only 1G signal.When is the rehearsal, or have I missed it? I don't know my lines or cues but I suppose that's ok 'cause it'll just look like Flora (IS that my name? Can't remember!) dithering.

Went to a red deer park today and got up close to some deer (warden gave us food for them!) Then we came back to the cottage and I cooked venison casserole (from a tin. From a posh supermarket!) for dinner. Was that VERY wrong? 😛
foxyferret
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As Olive - I'm sorry I keep sniffing. It's hayfever and I've run out of anti-histamine tablets. I will get some as soon as this shift is over. Very few people in for lunch today, tips not good, apart from jenanne, wish some Americans would book in but why would Americans want to come to Norcambe?

As Minnie - "You want me to pack your shorts and bra top ma'am?!!" ( You're far too old and wrinkly to be wearing those!).............. "Of course you can wear them ma'am, you have a wonderful figure" (No, you haven't but if I say anything else I'll be sacked). I AM going to go to work for Lady Susan, I will resign from this awful job after the Norcambe holiday, at least I'll get a few hours off to enjoy a camel ride at the seaside.

As FF - is this really me? Getting confused with all these characters. Daughter and I went shopping today, only food nothing exciting but it was nice to see her. A new brand supermarket has opened in our area so we went to check it out. MMU came up in conversation and she is pleased that I've met like-minded people so I told her about the play and that I've got three parts. Mistake....I got "the look" again. I won't go into detail again!
katytc
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Sorry Ali borrowed Hump for a quick tour of Norcambe xx