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Why are there no double yellow lines in Albert Square? How come everyone can park right outside their own doors and where are the traffic wardens??
There are yellow lines, but only around the central garden bit!

https://www.google.fr/search?q=alber...cU-UJn8iXVM%3A

I've always been surprised by how few of the residents seem to even have cars, Dot used to park her lovely Morris Traveller outside her house, so did Charlie and his taxi. But presumably the others are supposed to have garages nearby.... even Phil the mechanic doesn't seem to park on the square itself most of the time.
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Woohhoo!

Thanks to mod extraordinaire Lost_inbroad (THANK YOU, SIR!) who helped changing the thread title, this is now open for any Fans/Watchers/Followers of ANY UK TV Show,Soap, Series and similar.

To gossip, post spoilers, to chit- chat in general and share opinions about the stuff on telly!

So in regards to EE......my two cents of the past week.

I thought the new oh-so-explosive storyline around Pauline junior, simply PATHETIC. Meaning mostly, the way it was written and acted out! It struck a few upsetting cords within me, because of personal experience of a few things in it.

But it was totally unbelievable for me. If my alleged best mate would confess such a thing, she'd hear a piece or two of my mind in a much harsher fashion, before I might help!

Whilst i appreciate that the two-hander eps make a comeback as of recently, this one was really a forgettable and lame one!! The topic however of the abuse (IMHO, it is nothing else than that) of a teenager, would be basically a good one to bring it to attention on a different level (than via a tabloid) to general society.

I think the whole thing around Dot at the moment is much more upsetting and real life like. How sad is it, when a pensioner, who is surrounded by family on the Square, is left alone and her sole pasttime is waiting for Ethel Esquire to come back. When she has been a pillar and rock of the family many times during crises and was always there when someone needed her.

Sadly, when I was working in care homes, this was a thing I often witnessed with new arrivals. Their family promising the relative to visit them often, ja ja, this maybe in the first month and then it dwindled out quite quickly.

If this storyline around Dot, helps to make people think; Oh, I should call/visit great aunt/ Gran/elderly neighbour , see how they are and if everything is alright, then watching a soap opera brings some good out of it!
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Old 14.01.2017, 19:07
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Woohhoo!

Thanks to mod extraordinaire Lost_inbroad (THANK YOU, SIR!) who helped changing the thread title, this is now open for any Fans/Watchers/Followers of ANY UK TV Show,Soap, Series and similar.

To gossip, post spoilers, to chit- chat in general and share opinions about the stuff on telly!

So in regards to EE......my two cents of the past week.

I thought the new oh-so-explosive storyline around Pauline junior, simply PATHETIC. Meaning mostly, the way it was written and acted out! It struck a few upsetting cords within me, because of personal experience of a few things in it.

But it was totally unbelievable for me. If my alleged best mate would confess such a thing, she'd hear a piece or two of my mind in a much harsher fashion, before I might help!

Whilst i appreciate that the two-hander eps make a comeback as of recently, this one was really a forgettable and lame one!! The topic however of the abuse (IMHO, it is nothing else than that) of a teenager, would be basically a good one to bring it to attention on a different level (than via a tabloid) to general society.

I think the whole thing around Dot at the moment is much more upsetting and real life like. How sad is it, when a pensioner, who is surrounded by family on the Square, is left alone and her sole pasttime is waiting for Ethel Esquire to come back. When she has been a pillar and rock of the family many times during crises and was always there when someone needed her.

Sadly, when I was working in care homes, this was a thing I often witnessed with new arrivals. Their family promising the relative to visit them often, ja ja, this maybe in the first month and then it dwindled out quite quickly.

If this storyline around Dot, helps to make people think; Oh, I should call/visit great aunt/ Gran/elderly neighbour , see how they are and if everything is alright, then watching a soap opera brings some good out of it!
The big build-up to Michelle's disclosure certainly wasn't work the wait; I was expecting at least a firearms crime (pretty sure she'd said in an earlier programme that pretty much everyone in the US has a gun at home), and it seems odd that if the police in the States were looking for her that she'd been able to just get on a plane and live on the Square without a local Bobby coming to look for her. After all, she's run home, not to a place where no-one would expect her to be. I expect she'll have a job in the Mini Mart by Monday. As for her 'crime', yes, she clearly took advantage of her position as a teacher and that's wrong. But the boy concerned is apparently 17, so over the age of consent (at least in Europe, it might be different in the US?). The scriptwriters seem to have wimped out and made Preston a borderline age rather than doing it properly and going for a younger age group.
I know a young man who was seduced by a school friend's mother when he was only 14... she then totally ignored him. Apparently she made a habit of this and always got away with it. I've never really understood how.
Anyway, the story as it stands is rather far-fetched, and as Michelle's always gone for men who were much older than herself in the past it doesn't ring true.

Dot's story is very sad, but haven't you noticed that the other inmates of the Square only bother with her when they selfishly want something?
The two people that seemed to care for her solely for herself were Dennis (killed on Phil's orders years ago), and Fats. There are rumours about that he didn't die in that car crusher and might be back at some point.
I can well imagine that at some point soon Dot is going to be found in her house (nibbled by the cat?), having been dead for several days and no-one will have noticed she was missing. Now that would be a good social issue to cover!
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Thank you so much Anjela for picking up the baton and your long post.

It seems we are in for a 'treat' next week with a 'catastrophe' happening on the Square.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/17/easten...guide-6381865/


Hmmmm, my guess is some explosion...... recent rat plague on the square, rats urine turns to ammoniac when it decomposes (sp?) if my mind serves me right. The laundry salon has been empty for some time now, ideal home for rats to be undisturbed.. throwing away a match in front of the salon and BOOOMMMM.

Now I know this is not possible, but this scenario would not only clear out some of the actors (Aunt Babe PLEAAASEEE!!) ...but open a space for a new enterprise/shop/office whatever.
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Aunt Babe is definitely at the top of my hit list, I can't stand the evil dwarf! (I am only 5'1" so I can say that )
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Now you mention dwarf, I remember a line from Donna in regards to Filth pre-transplant


"If he gets any yellower he'll turn into a minion" and my immediate thought "but Minions are cute evil guys........."


Also on my hit list for the grim reaper to take away from the square.....Emerald (Denise and Kim's mum),Pauline junior she doesn't really fit in anymore, let the past be the past and Shakil....this boy drives me up the wall with his spoilt brat behaviour and acting, he can not!
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My money's on an underground pipe explosion... possibly blowing up the pavement in front of the Vic. There's been several of those in London in recently years (fortunately without anyone being hurt, thankfully).

That would give the opportunity to take out Babe and anyone else they're planning to get rid off. And maybe give whimpy Lee the chance of showing that he's got a bit of backbone left, it's just been hidden away somewhere. The scriptwriters seem to have forgotten that the character's supposed to be suffering from serious depression (post-traumatic stress), but he's simply turned into a wet blanket that everyone walks over and despises.
Having to deal with a situation that could easily involve loss of life and limb would give him a chance to use the army training he must have and gain a little more confidence in his abilities.

EE's right though, the current rat situation is probably being built up into whatever the disaster is actually going to be.
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Old 18.01.2017, 14:27
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I was thinking about who I would most like to lose in the next Eastenders disaster, and realised it would be easier to decide who to keep. Here we go...

Ethel esquire (aka Dave)
The rats (something for Ethel to eat after Armagenders)

That's about it.

Don't get me wrong, I never miss an episode, but none of the characters are particularly lovable.

Now to be controversial..

Coronation Street on the other hand...... I think all the characters are brilliant, and would be sorry to see any of them go, even the evil Phelan.
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I was thinking about who I would most like to lose in the next Eastenders disaster, and realised it would be easier to decide who to keep. Here we go...

Ethel esquire (aka Dave)
The rats (something for Ethel to eat after Armagenders)

That's about it.

Don't get me wrong, I never miss an episode, but none of the characters are particularly lovable.

Now to be controversial..

Coronation Street on the other hand...... I think all the characters are brilliant, and would be sorry to see any of them go, even the evil Phelan.
Corrie? It's full of northerns, shudder.

MIL was addicted to it though, being from 'up there' I suppose that had to be excused. Her sisters still watch it, one of them in secret!
One of my aunts was also a fan, which I always thought slightly strange for a lady from rural Ireland, but as she was chair-bound due to her health I guess watching things like that was a way of getting out of the house, at least in her mind. Pre-EE days of course, Peyton Place and Crossroads were great favourites too.

Eastenders started several years after we moved to Switzerland, and when BBC Prime eventually started to show it most of the english people I know started watching simply because it was a little bit of home.
I watch it because I'm recording it for a true eastender who's Geneva cable company doesn't supply the BBC for some reason. Drags you in a little, even if it's just to laugh at the sometimes incredibly stupid storylines!
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I was thinking about who I would most like to lose in the next Eastenders disaster, and realised it would be easier to decide who to keep. Here we go...

Ethel esquire (aka Dave)
The rats (something for Ethel to eat after Armagenders)

That's about it.

Don't get me wrong, I never miss an episode, but none of the characters are particularly lovable.

Now to be controversial..

Coronation Street on the other hand...... I think all the characters are brilliant, and would be sorry to see any of them go, even the evil Phelan.

Unfortunately I can not chi(r)p in in regards to Corrie, I have never seen an ep.
EE is the only soap I watch, is just, because as luck would have it, thanks to BBC Prime I got then the current and old eps from the beginning, and my longest and closest Internet friendships are with a group of women I met online coz of EE all over the world, going strong since December 1999.

Also have no clue about all the other soaps such as Emmerdale etc

I watch or record,almost any and all cookery and food related programmes from Hairy Bikers to Rick Stein to all the competitions such as Masterchef, Great British Dinner et al. back to the mid nineties. But don't like GBBO very much.

Holby City, takes me back to my days at work in a job I loved very much

Other than that, there is often something that picks my fancy, I am firm believer that British telly is muchmuchmuch better than any Swiss or German channel could be.

And it is 100% subs!!!!!!! I could kiss the person who came up with the law!
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Why do all those who don't drink alcohol on Eastenders drink orange juice? It's loaded with calories. Don't they know mineral water in Walford??
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Why do all those who don't drink alcohol on Eastenders drink orange juice? It's loaded with calories. Don't they know mineral water in Walford??
Certainly but it looks possibly too alike to a G&T or V&T

One day i want to try Ethel's fave tipple, Port and Lime or was it Lemon😉
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Certainly but it looks possibly too alike to a G&T or V&T

One day i want to try Ethel's fave tipple, Port and Lime or was it Lemon��
Almost certainly Port and Lemon, I remember all the little old ladies used to order that in pubs when I was a child.... not that children were allowed into public houses then unless there was a separate family room, we were always banished to the garden.

It was lemonade by the way, not lemon juice. Just in case you're tempted to try it!
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Almost certainly Port and Lemon, I remember all the little old ladies used to order that in pubs when I was a child.... not that children were allowed into public houses then unless there was a separate family room, we were always banished to the garden.

It was lemonade by the way, not lemon juice. Just in case you're tempted to try it!
'Up North' the old ladies used to drink Milk Stout (well they did in Corrie). That is unless they were like my Grandma, who wouldn't have been seen dead in a pub. Mind you she was born in 1900, and when she was young only a 'certain type' of women went into pubs. We used to take her out for pub lunches when she was in her 70's and 80's, and she used to say 'If my father knew I was in a pub, he'd turn in his grave'.

For you who have never seen Corrie, here's a classic clip from 1968

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fyVBmi5eONc
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Almost certainly Port and Lemon, I remember all the little old ladies used to order that in pubs when I was a child.... not that children were allowed into public houses then unless there was a separate family room, we were always banished to the garden.

It was lemonade by the way, not lemon juice. Just in case you're tempted to try it!
ohhh so like a shandy?? Beer & Lemonade..... grin the things one learns here😉
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ohhh so like a shandy?? Beer & Lemonade..... grin the things one learns here😉
Off soon fetching Daughter #2 and then we will all 3 watch Pointless ( tv-Dinner) and startle the dog by yelling out answers😂😂
I think it's more a splash of lemonade than half and half. Just enough to convince yourself it's not a real alcoholic drink!

@hannah'sauntie, my Irish grandmother never set foot in a public house (born in 1898, also called Hannah), and was very shocked to discover that the two daughters who'd 'escaped' to England after the war were in the habit of frequenting such places with their young gentlemen.
Although she did drink occasionally.... her local grocers had a section separated from the rest of the shop by wooden panels called a snug and the grocer served ladies in there. I think some of the older-style pubs used to have a similar area.

Only teasing about 'up north' you know. Will be moving up there myself in a few years time.... never lived further north than Oxford 'til now, so it'll be quite the adventure!
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I think it's more a splash of lemonade than half and half. Just enough to convince yourself it's not a real alcoholic drink!

@hannah'sauntie, my Irish grandmother never set foot in a public house (born in 1898, also called Hannah), and was very shocked to discover that the two daughters who'd 'escaped' to England after the war were in the habit of frequenting such places with their young gentlemen.
Although she did drink occasionally.... her local grocers had a section separated from the rest of the shop by wooden panels called a snug and the grocer served ladies in there. I think some of the older-style pubs used to have a similar area.

Only teasing about 'up north' you know. Will be moving up there myself in a few years time.... never lived further north than Oxford 'til now, so it'll be quite the adventure!
Lovely name! My Hannah is half Irish!

Yes, the pubs in the North of England (maybe the South too?) used to have a small area called the snug. That was where Ena Sharples and her pals in 'Corrie' used to drink their Milk Stout.

I know you were teasing, and us Northerners are pretty thick skinned.
We will be returning there eventually, may bump into you sometime!
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Lovely name! My Hannah is half Irish!

Yes, the pubs in the North of England (maybe the South too?) used to have a small area called the snug. That was where Ena Sharples and her pals in 'Corrie' used to drink their Milk Stout.

I know you were teasing, and us Northerners are pretty thick skinned.
We will be returning there eventually, may bump into you sometime!
Was planning to name one of my children Hannah.... the wretched things didn't cooperate though and both came out with the wrong tackle.

Where about will you be going back to? OH is obsessed with the area around Stoke on Trent and we've already bought a stopgap house there.
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We are from South East Lancashire, that's where we will be returning to.
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We are from South East Lancashire, that's where we will be returning to.
OH has relatives in and around Preston, which is sort-of that direction I think?
So yes, we might bump into you at some point!
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