/ Whats Santa bringing you?
the missus has asked me what I would like, and as I have all the gear (and more) I need, it's time to get some ideas for some totally unnecessary bling to adorn my rack/harness with. Will not however be asking for the ropeman 3.
Santa is bringing me a baby daughter.
> Santa is bringing me a baby daughter.
ahh, the ground anchor. got me one of those already!
I've asked Santa for some new bedding.
Really excited as it's been about 5 years since I've had new / clean sheets and a duvet an that :-)
(Good luck by the way)
A Sony RX100 if I'm lucky.
Someone's now going to pop up and say it's rubbish. lalalalala
A dog :-)
But a dog's not just for Xmas. Ask for another present too :o)
A selection box wouldnt go amiss either but I wouldnt want to sound greedy.
> But a dog's not just for Xmas. It can be used in a variety of oriental dishes to see you through to the new year. :o)
Fixed that for you. :)
> A dog :-)
I'm currently trying to type with a dog's snout in the crook of my arm!
> A selection box wouldnt go amiss either but I wouldnt want to sound greedy.
You forgot the lego set you've been pestering for over the last 20 years....
No, if you carve it well enough you can get boxing day out of it as well
da da boom.
I have left hints for a nice wine decanter and cork screw
i've let the kids and wife know that puncture proof tires for my bike and/or a filleting knife for fish would be appreciated for a long time to come
parents have offered to make a contribution towards
> A dog :-)
Awesome, woof! (:-))
I'd love a dog, I need to make sure I can give it the time first, or it wouldn't be fair.
New house and a cat, all being well.
guilty, thought a full TT helmet would be excessive but i love the slide down visor on this lid
I haven't...it's not Christmas
nice, spent a couple of Christmas days in Fes and a couple of new years in Marrakesh
I would love it to be that I'm not spending yet another year on my own.......
On the plus side think of all that great tv you can watch ;-)
Same here but there's plenty around here.
Hi Ripper - that's a really lovely offer thanks - but yes - I live 7 minute drive from Bosigran so quite a ways off. I'll be with sister and nephews for Christmas, it's the rest of the year.....
Thanks for your wishes - with sister and nephews - but sleeping in campervan with my 2 dogs!!! It's the rest of the year.....
Yeeuurrrk - I'd rather listen to Gold radio!!!!
I quite fancy one of those little 'Grilliput' collapsible fire grills.
(a) If I wanted something, I'd just go and buy it
(b) There isn't anything I want
(c) If I DON'T give a wish list, I will wind up with some abominable crap which I have to pretend to like and store under the bed.
Wow a nice spot - had a couple of great days at bosi this year, including a right old battle on suicide wall!
hope the new year brings you joy and, y'know, someone suitable...;-) x
So you're getting quite excited about planning surprises for all those that you hold dear then? Finding nice gifts for them all?
> (a) If I wanted something, I'd just go and buy it
> (b) There isn't anything I want
> (c) If I DON'T give a wish list, I will wind up with some abominable crap which I have to pretend to like and store under the bed.
Oh well. I'll drink the mixed pack of 20 real ales that I had bought for you myself instead then.
> I live 7 minute drive from Bosigran ...
> Wow a nice spot - had a couple of great days at bosi this year, including a right old battle on suicide wall!
> hope the new year brings you joy and, y'know, someone suitable...;-) x
Not done suicide Wall but have fallen off the top pitch of Little Brown Jug _ seconding - and yes it's glorious down here. Thanks for your good wishes - make me feel all warm and gooey!!!! :-)
We had our wedding list with Oxfam unwrapped and it went down well - I was worried people would think it was a bit too alternative, but about 85% of people respected our wishes.
Nothing I really want, but J has said he'll buy me some new boots (not walking boots, don't need those). I prefer shopping for presents for others than thinking what I want.
Ah right. I don't give to charities with connections to religion. But I know where to find an alternative.
Yep hoping to get down again in the summer and explore a bit further - and hopefully choose a weekend without the tent-flattening gales this time! ;-)
> Ah right. I don't give to charities with connections to religion. But I know where to find an alternative.
Er.... what makes you think that Oxfam is anything to do with religion???
Yes, Quakers were involved in originally setting it up, but so were Oxford academics and other social activists.
> Er.... what makes you think that Oxfam is anything to do with religion???
> Yes, Quakers were involved in originally setting it up, but so were Oxford academics and other social activists.
Yes, Quakers were involved in it's setup.
I prefer to give to charities with no religious connections.
also, they have quite high running costs I'm lead to beleive.
I checked out the figures before donating, as most charities make them publicly available and they seem quite reasonable (9%). So I thought this might have been a bit of an urban myth.
> I prefer to give to charities with no religious connections.
Which charities are those then? I think that you would be hard put to find a charity with NO religious connections at all (no religious people involved in setting them up).
Here is a discussion paper on Oxfam and religiion:
It's very pretty.
Doesn't say anything at all though. Hardly a broken down budget, is it?
There are lots of charities that don't have any religious affiliations out there - for instance, many (but not all) non-profit organisations have charitable status, as do a lot of independent schools (that last has always baffled me).
> There are lots of charities that don't have any religious affiliations out there - for instance, many (but not all) non-profit organisations have charitable status, as do a lot of independent schools (that last has always baffled me).
...but more so than something like Oxfam?? Oxfam was originally set up by a mixture of people, some of whom just happened to be religious. It isn't a religious charity in the way that Christian Aid, for example, is. It doesn't have any religious affiliations. I've been in choirs that are charities! :-) that is even weirder!
> It's very pretty.
> Doesn't say anything at all though. Hardly a broken down budget, is it?
You can ask them for more detailed information if you want it.
In fact, their annual report and accounts have links here:
I just wanted to make sure that you were basing your decisions on evidence and not hearsay :-)
Hmm.... maybe. So a few quid to my choir is as good as money to cancer research, giving clean water to a child, or saving the planet. You take your pick, I guess...
Agreed - just disputing your assertion that most charities are religious in some form.
All this stuff is easily manipulated.
so for instance, they have £96m to come off the £385m income. Ok
then it says 'charitable activities' where 'costs' are further defined as 9%. But which costs?
So of the remaining charitable activities money, is any of that being paid to employees not indiginous to the area being helped?
But even taking their best case scenario of the costs being transparent....... the running costs are still very high in my opinion and there are better places to put the money.
Though I recognise that larger organisations have more clout on the world stage.
Th bring the discussion back on topic, I'm considering getting a slow cooker from Santa this year :-)
No, exceptions are amnesty and the poppy appeal.
Otherwise, yes, I want to know that the money is going to the people it's intended to help and not on salaries of NGO employees.
Since I'm giving the cash, and give a reasonable amount to charities..... I think I'm allowed the choice even if it appears to bug you.
Ta for that. I quite like this idea. Appeals to me.
Though I think I've found a present I want along the goat line too. There's a place in Brighton which does great goat curry.
> Agreed - just disputing your assertion that most charities are religious in some form.
I wasn't asserting that at all. I was saying that if you call Oxfam a religious charity, then virtually any charity could be called a religious charity. :-) Sorry - I probably got too convoluted there...
I do agree that it's better to think about where your money is going and what will happen to it. I certainly do, myself. I like to donate a regular amount, so that the charity can plan a bit, and so that I am donating to something I believe in, rather than to whoever shouts the loudest, so good on you for questioning...
Milking goats??? Ewwwww. ;-)
Depends whether it is male or female on the Ewwww stakes I'd have thought.
With any luck I will be getting a new 2 piece wetsuit for spearfishing :-)
I can recommend Porthgwarra; Hella Point (for Helluva Slab); and Pordenack (park at Land's End for the latter, tell them you're climbing and you should get a reduction in the fee). Enjoy :-)
We had a lovely goat curry at the Jamaican restaurant in Inverness a few weeks ago; we enjoyed it so much we went back the day after for second helpings. Recommended, if you're up that way and it continues to survive the downturn.
Trevaylor is a great site - I spent "summer" 2009 there in a tent with my dog. (Long story). Started raining July 4th and stopped first week in September
i quite fancy a look at kenidjack too...
Descent route is a bit iffy - steep slippery grass. If you do go, call National Coastw*tch at Cape Cornwall www.nci.org.uk/capecornwall before you leave and let them know details - times, number of you etc and they'll keep an eye on you (I used to volunteer for them).
(and a few pints of Doom Bar, Betty Stoggs, Tribute....) x
Can recommend Heligan Honey; Cornish Knocker also and The Star and King's head in St Just;
Hope you have a great time x
I think it was 2009 when I had a Xmas at the Bob Scott's Bothy. 2 guys left on Xmas morning, leaving me a load of coal, wood and Whisky.
Snow up to your knees, cold as anything and clear skies. That night I had a roaring fire, loads of candles and a fair old amount of booze, brilliant :-))
Although I did keep on thinking about the Blair Witch Project when I went to bed?! :-/
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