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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by st john smith (06 Oct 08 20:42)

Oooooh! Who got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning then? Kind wishes. .... Neil.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Neil & Ida Down (06 Oct 08 22:04)

Now that I remember you were the one asking about swingers so I probably should have said, "Who got out of the wrong side of the bed and whose bed this morning then?" Now it all makes sense. ... Neil.

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phillips - replied to Neil & Ida Down (06 Oct 08 22:06)

Well done neil and ida!!

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Wilba - replied to Neil & Ida Down (07 Oct 08 07:03)

Dam'n It!!!! I knew I recognised that address. It was bugging me all night. Well done Neil & well said by Hancock too!

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wilde - Answered a Question by st john smith (06 Oct 08 20:46)

Dont think a cruise is for you try the ferry to france for a booze cruise !

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Bruce - Answered a Question by st john smith (06 Oct 08 21:28)

What a great question! imho (bit of text talk there just to keep the fire stoked!) it boils down to this - some people have class and good breeding, some people do not have class and good breeding and then there are people who do not have class or breeding but think they have. I think these are the ones who poke fun at others and think it is OK. On a cruise ship you'll meet all sorts - just the same as a hotel and quite possibly the ferry to France!

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Hancock - replied to Bruce (06 Oct 08 23:56)

Class? Breeding? What books have you been reading, Bruce - Barbara Cartland's? No, it is a matter of ordinary people of reasonable intelligence and with civilised ideas and conduct who do their best to communicate literately and politely - and who find it difficult to descend to the level of some who post here. That is not being snobby, stuffy or patronising. Yes, we all make typing and speling (oops!) mistakes and some can find it difficult to express themselves as clearly as they would wish - and they have our understanding. But too many simply don't bother to put their brains in gear before bashing the keyboard, which is at the very least a discourtesy to their readers if they expect to be taken seriously and receive a proper response. Those who set themselves up as fools can expect to be treated likewise.

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Cooke - replied to Hancock (07 Oct 08 11:57)

I blame the education system. We are now at the stage where teachers can't teach students normal, polite communication skills because they don not have these skills themselves.

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Hancock - replied to Cooke (07 Oct 08 13:51)

Unfortunately true in many cases! More worrying is that teachers cannot (or will not, or are not allowed to) correct poor English construction, spelling, punctuation etc because, even if they themselves appreciate the errors, the philosophy seems to be that nothing should be done to cramp the student's style, however abysmal. Bring back the red pen, the dunce's cap, the cane ....!

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Dobson - replied to Cooke (07 Oct 08 19:13)

DO YOU DO THE JOB OF A TEACHER???? Answer this: Why is it that a third of my Y1 children entered full time education last year with speech and language problems? Is that a teacher's fault or maybe the parents because they allow their children to play computer games for endless hours, are stuck in front of a television rather than engage in useful and meaningful conversations with their family? Of those with speech and language problems, 90% NEVER learn their spellings at home, refuse to join the home reading scheme (which encourages parents and children to read together) and constantly 'forget' to bring in their child's speech and language booklets that our teacher's spent hours planning and making to try and make something of their lives that their parents won't! So before you criticise the job of a teacher, try actually doing the job of a teacher. So many of you are out of touch and have a warped vision of what actually goes on in the classroom.

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