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Remembrance Day - Poppy Day

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Always remember the 5th of November; most importantly remember the 11th November.

(also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day
or Veterans Day)
is a memorial
day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the
members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty since World War I.
This day, or alternative dates, are also recognized as special days for war
remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on
11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918;
hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th
month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (”at the
11th hour” refers to the passing
of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.)

The day was specifically
dedicated by
King George V on 7
November 1919 as a day of remembrance of members of the armed forces who were
killed during World War I. This was possibly done upon the suggestion of
Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two
ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917.

The red remembrance
has become a familiar emblem of Remembrance Day due to the
poem “
In Flanders Fields“. These poppies bloomed
across some of the worst battlefields of
in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood
spilled in the war.

In the United Kingdom, although two minutes of silence
are observed on 11 November itself, the main observance is on the second Sunday
of November, Remembrance Sunday. Ceremonies are held at
local war memorials,
usually organized by local branches of the Royal British Legion – an association for
ex-servicemen. Typically, poppy wreaths are laid by representatives of the
Crown, the armed forces, and local civic leaders, as well as by local
organizations including ex-servicemen organizations, cadet forces,
the Scouts, Guides,
Boys’ Brigade,
St John Ambulance and the Salvation
. The start and end of the silence is often also marked by the
firing of a cannon. A minute’s or two minutes’ silence is also frequently
incorporated into church services. Further wreath-laying ceremonies are observed
at most war memorials across the UK at 11 a.m. on the 11th of November, led by
the Royal British Legion.[16]
The beginning and end of the two minutes silence is often marked in large towns
and cities by the firing of ceremonial cannon[17]
and many employers, and businesses invite their staff and customers to observe
the two minutes silence at 11:00 a.m.[18]

The First Two Minute Silence in London (11 November 1919) was reported
in the Manchester Guardian on
12 November 1919:

The first stroke of eleven produced a magical effect. The tram cars
glided into stillness, motors ceased to cough and fume, and stopped dead, and
the mighty-limbed dray horses hunched back upon their loads and stopped also,
seeming to do it of their own volition. Someone took off his hat, and with a
nervous hesitancy the rest of the men bowed their heads also. Here and there an
old soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously into the posture of
‘attention’. An elderly woman, not far away, wiped her eyes, and the man beside
her looked white and stern. Everyone stood very still … The hush deepened. It
had spread over the whole city and become so pronounced as to impress one with
a sense of audibility. It was a silence which was almost pain … And the
spirit of memory brooded over it all.[19]

The Cenotaph at Whitehall, London on Remembrance Day 2004

The main national commemoration is held at Whitehall,
in Central
, for dignitaries, the public, and ceremonial detachments from
the armed forces and civilian uniformed services such as the Merchant Navy, Her Majesty’s Coastguard, etc. Members of
the British Royal Family walk through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
towards the Cenotaph, assembling to the right of the monument to wait for Big Ben
to strike 11:00 a.m., and for the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery at Horse Guards Parade, to fire the cannon marking
the commencement of the two minutes of silence. Following this, “Last
Post” is sounded by the buglers of the Royal Marines.
“The Rouse” is then sounded by the trumpeters of the Royal Air Force,
after which wreaths are laid by the Queen and senior members of the Royal
Family attending in military uniform and then, to “Beethoven’s Funeral
March” (composed by Johann Heinrich Walch), attendees in the
following order: the Prime Minister; the
leaders of the major political parties from all parts of the United Kingdom; Commonwealth High
to London, on behalf of their respective nations; the Foreign
, on behalf of the British Dependencies; the First Sea
; the Chief of the General Staff;
the Chief of the Air Staff;
representatives of the merchant navy and Fishing Fleets and the
merchant air service. Other members of the Royal Family usually watch the
service from the balcony of the Foreign Office. The
service is generally conducted by the Bishop of
, with a choir from the Chapels Royal,
in the presence of representatives of all major faiths in the United Kingdom.
Before the marching commences, the members of the Royal Family and public sing
the national anthem before the
Royal Delegation lead out after the main service.

Members of the Reserve Forces and cadet organizations join
in with the marching, alongside volunteers from St John
, paramedics from the London Ambulance Service, and conflict
veterans from World War II, the Falklands,
Bosnia, Northern
, other past conflicts and the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. The last
three British-resident veterans of World War I, Bill Stone,
, and Harry Patch, attended the 2008 ceremony but all
died in 2009. After the service, there is a parade of veterans, who also lay
wreaths at the foot of the Cenotaph as they pass, and a salute is taken by a
member of the Royal Family at Horse Guards Parade.

In the United Kingdom, Armed Forces’ Day
(formerly Veterans’ Day) is a separate commemoration, celebrated for the first
time on 27 June 2009.”

Credit wikipedia.



Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Recently the Dolly Char Franchise Annual Dinner and Franchisee Presentation evening took place at the Admiral Rodney Hotel, Horncastle.  The event took on extra significance due to the fact that Dolly Char Ltd based in central Lincolnshire and the original Dolly Char Agency was celebrating ten successful years of trading.

The evening commenced with franchisees and guests having their photos taken upon entering the hall.  After a pre-meal drink and a group photo everyone sat down for a wonderful three course dinner at approx 7.15.  After the main course had been eaten, Magician Paul Cooke entertained each table with some of his spectacular close upnow-thats-magic magic.  At the conclusion of the meal Robin Harrison the Managing Director of Dolly Char (UK) Ltd stood up and spoke for a few minutes about his experiences and most importantly thanking everyone who had supported the event.

Unfortunately due to ill health the expected guest speakers could not attend so Mr Robert Bullard agreed at very short notice to fill the void left!  Robert did a brilliant talk for around 15 minutes on the subject of ten year cycles within business and received a deserving round of applause as he sat down.

Following Roberts talk it was time for one of the most important parts of the evening the presentation of the Dolly Char Franchisee awards.  One of the directors Carol Harrison presented the trophies after Robin Harrison first introduced each award mentioning about the criteria used for judging each award before finally announcing each of the 2011 award winners individually.

The Franchisee Award Winners for each catorgory were Best Monthly Growth Matt Duffy Edinburgh, Most improved Franchisee Phil Docherty Chesterfield, Best Franchisee Newcomer Deborah Guthrie North Lincs and finally the coveted Dolly Char (UK) Ltd Franchisee of the Year award for 2011 went to Chris Smith Eastbourne.  A special and surprise award was then presented by Carol Harrison to Robert Bullard in recognition of him having stepped in at such short notice.

With the conclusion of speeches and the presentation the rest of the evening was taken up by background music which was provided by the Deja Vu Roadshow and a Roulette and Blackjack Table with bottles of wine on offer to the most successful competitors.

At the end of the evening approx 12.00 Robin Harrison again thanked everyone and announced that next year’s event was already booked for September 1st 2012, same place same time!

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Spring Cleaning

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Have you ever wondered why we chuck the pets in the garden, open all windows and completely bottom the house?

Back in the old days of coal fires and straw matresses it was standard precedure for the housewives to clean the house from top to bottom. The idea was to wait for the winter chill to dissappear and completely freshen the house up. The housewife would clean out the fireplaces and the soot in the house created by the fires, this included the floors. walls, ceilings and furniture in all rooms.

There was often a smell which built up over the winter period due to not being able to air sheets and blankets. Spring was a chance to be able to hang out the laundry after washing and feeding through a mangle. The matresses were normally emptied, washes and refilled with fresh hay.

Jews believed that bread was a forbidden food during ‘passover’ So spring was a chance to remove every last breadcrumb from the house before passover which is in April.

Persians believed in completely bottoming the house in which they called ‘khooneh takouni’. In English ’shaking the house’. A similar tradition is the Scottish “New Year’s cleaning” on Hogmanay.

DAZ does the ‘dirty’

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

This morning, I was asked by Laura to put some washing on. I opened the cupboard under the sink and reached for the unopened packet of DAZ washing powder. I opened the box and was horrified that it was half empty. However I am not the sort of person to weigh it to see if it contained the correct measure of powder as specified on the box. I just wondered if there was any need for a box being 50% larger than it needed to be… This is very misleading!


A maidservant or in modern terms a maid

Monday, May 4th, 2009

A maidservant or in modern terms a maid is usually a female person who is employed within the domestic service industry. A maidservant was once more commonly part of a much larger more elaborate hierarchy in large houses.


In recent times the domestic cleaning maid may be the only domestic cleaner that upper and even middle-income households can afford to hire.


Maids in general can offer the household a wide range of typical domestic cleaning chores such as cooking, ironing, clothes washing, cleaning the house, grocery shopping, walking the family dog, and even taking care of the families children.

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Carpet, upholstery and cleaning company

Friday, May 1st, 2009

A few years ago when Alan and I ran a carpet, upholstery and cleaning company, I went along to help him with the carpets (fill the carpet

shampooing machine up and move furniture etc)


It was a very big job and of course very tiring. We had obviously quoted an acceptable price and the gentleman was very pleased with our cleaning work. However when Alan had moved the carpet shampooing machine outside and went in for his money the ‘gentleman’ tried to barter him down by quite a lot.


It was pointed out that: -


a) He had agreed to the price and


b) He was satisfied with the work done.

But no he wouldn’t budge and after nearly half an hour we were getting nowhere and tempers were getting shall we say a little frayed round the edges.


Then Alan disappeared and I thought he was leaving me to it but no in he came from outside with the LARGE bucket still containing the dirty, sludgy water from his carpets.” Now sir” he said, “you have 2 choices, either pay the money agreed or the water goes back on your carpet” The look on his face was priceless and I have never seen a wallet opened so quickly in my life. Suffice to say we did get our money. As to whether Alan would have carried out his threat!

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Domestic bliss or domestic miss!

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Which category would you describe yourself as a member of, the domestic bliss club or alternatively the domestic miss club? 

Let me attempt to explain the criteria involved here which will hopefully allow you to discover which club you belong to. 

Domestic Miss

If you are a member of the domestic miss club you will be spending far to much of your free time doing a variety of mundane household tasks such as domestic cleaning, ironing, clothes washing etc on a regular basis instead of enjoying your free time.  Basically you work all week and then spend your free time as a domestic and so miss out on the finer things that life can and should be offering you.  If this category is you then you are a domestic miss!

Domestic Bliss

If you are a member of the domestic bliss club then yes you will go to work but instead of coming home and becoming a domestic miss you look forward to a life of domestic bliss because instead of doing all your own mundane household domestic cleaning tasks yourself you have delegated them out to a local cost effective domestic cleaning company.  A domestic bliss club member will enjoy the finer things in life.


Enjoy your free time, make time for you, let your life be one of domestic bliss rather than it becoming a life of domestic miss!

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spring-time holiday of Passover

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The most likely origin of spring cleaning can be traced right back to the ancient Jewish practice (over 700 years prior to Persian culture emerging) of comprehensively cleaning their homes in readiness for the spring-time holiday of Passover.

In remembrance of the Jews’ hasty flight from Egypt following their captivity there, during the eight-day holiday there is a strict prohibition against eating anything which may have been leavened. Jews not are not only supposed to refrain from leavened foodstuffs, they are expressly commanded to rid their homes of even small remnants of chametz for the length of the holiday. Therefore, for the past 3,500 years, observant Jews have conducted a thorough “spring cleaning” of the house, followed by a traditional hunt for chametz crumbs by candlelight on the evening before the holiday begins.



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Origins of spring cleaning

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The origins of spring cleaning are thought in some quarters to date right back to the Iranian Norouz or the Persian (Iranian) new year, which falls on the first day of spring.  This theory although as been questioned, because Iranians and many of the population of the old Persion empire lived by a lunar calendar and not a solar calender and spring was never calculated many years ago in the same way that our present day society calculates it.

Present day Iranians still continue their regular practice of “khooneh tekouni” which literally means “shaking the house” just before the start of their new year. This practice means that everything in their house is thoroughly cleaned, including their curtains and furniture.

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Living clean, living healthy, living safe, living green

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Living clean, living healthy, living safe, living green, do this, do that, no you can’t, yes you will, no you won’t, do as you are told, healthy eating, Health & Safety the worlds gone absolutely bonkers!

Can it get any worse?

To be continued ………………………………..


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