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Old 09.11.2015, 08:49
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One for sorrow, two for joy ....

Just looked out of the kitchen window and saw a magpie sitting on top of a high fir tree. Before I had time to become anxious, he was joined by his mate ...... phew!

Looked down to press the button on the coffee machine, then when I had another look out, there was just one sitting there.

Do I now need to say 'Good morning', if I'm to avoid a day filled with purgatory?

(Or is holding a broomstick between the ground and my forehead and running round it three times and then driving over a black cat, sufficient to get me off the hook?)
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Old 09.11.2015, 12:36
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Re: One for sorrow, two for joy ....

I always say "good morning" just in case. And I never walk under black cats... Have a lovely day.
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Old 09.11.2015, 14:06
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Re: One for sorrow, two for joy ....

Bit early for a Friday thread isn't it TiMow? No idea what you're talking about?
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Old 09.11.2015, 14:40
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Re: One for sorrow, two for joy ....

I always say"hello Mr magpie, how's Mrs magpie." And give him a wave.

I suppose your magpie has probably gone by now?
Hope your day hasn't been too unlucky.
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Old 09.11.2015, 14:43
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I always say"hello Mr magpie, how's Mrs magpie." And give him a wave.

I suppose your magpie has probably gone by now?
Hope your day hasn't been too unlucky.
My mother used to say 'hello Mr magpie and how's your wife today?' And salute him.
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Old 09.11.2015, 14:48
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I always say"hello Mr magpie, how's Mrs magpie." And give him a wave.

I suppose your magpie has probably gone by now?
Hope your day hasn't been too unlucky.
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My mother used to say 'hello Mr magpie how's your wife today?' And salute him.
That's what I learned, growing up. (The salute's a bit much, though).

To be extra sure, though, how about a cheery "good morning, Mr Magpie", then find Mrs Magpie, wish her good morning, shoot her with a broomstick, then run a black cat up a ladder?

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Bit early for a Friday thread isn't it TiMow? No idea what you're talking about?
'Murcans.
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Old 09.11.2015, 14:55
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'Murcans.
Actually I think we're all Brits. (Apart from you 22 yards)

Medea is probably just a different generation to the rest of us.
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Old 09.11.2015, 15:06
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Actually I think we're all Brits. (Apart from you 22 yards)

Medea is probably just a different generation to the rest of us.
Seems you're right about Medea... dunno why I thought she was one o' them.

I do have a red passport sitting around somewhere... it's just that I prefer my lovely blue passport. It comes with a (marginally) better national anthem and much better sport teams.

But sort of on that topic, in Sydney we had to make do with Australian magpies (first photo), which are actually an entirely different family to Eurasian magpies (second). It seems there's a lot of variation: Sri Lankan magpies (third) are pretty impressive!
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Old 09.11.2015, 15:18
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Re: One for sorrow, two for joy ....

Beautiful birds!

They are so intelligent too. I used to feed a family of crows before we moved to where we live now.

I still miss them.
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Old 09.11.2015, 16:56
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Seems you're right about Medea... dunno why I thought she was one o' them.
She used to be but she gave it up fairly recently.
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Old 09.11.2015, 17:03
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Old 09.11.2015, 17:48
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Bit early for a Friday thread isn't it TiMow? No idea what you're talking about?
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Old 09.11.2015, 17:58
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Re: One for sorrow, two for joy ....

Ah, I didn't watch Magpie much, more of a Blue Peter person myself. More wondering why you'd be anxious about seeing one or more magpies hanging around though.
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Old 09.11.2015, 18:02
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Ah, I didn't watch Magpie much, more of a Blue Peter person myself. More wondering why you'd be anxious about seeing one or more magpies hanging around though.
It's in the theme-tune - just replay the video from the beginning, and all will be revealed.

The rest of the video is just to remind our US ex-pats how invaluable they have been to the UK culture.
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Old 09.11.2015, 18:25
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Re: One for sorrow, two for joy ....

Mmmmm... Jenny Hanley....
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