Thursday, 10 December 2015

Advent 10 The once a year purchase

  This is our once a year purchase and it was £4 this year - Good Grief



Yesterday Col was at hospital for another part of the camera thing that he couldn't have done before. They found nothing, so more tests will need doing to find out why he is aneamic and therefore lacking in energy - more waiting. We seem to have got used to waiting over the last couple of months, with life just ticking along gently. Yesterday my waiting a couple of hours to drive him home was OK because I found  the Christmas Radio Times in  Smiths  to look at. I spotted a few special editions of regular quiz programmes which will be entertaining and the things I mentioned in yesterdays post, I'll be getting out the highlighter pen soon. After describing the Dickensian series to Col  we saw a trailer for it and he said it looks like a Victorian Soap and as it's written by one of the Eastenders writers he may well be right - maybe we won't be watching that after all.

Also yesterday I wrote about the 100th book I've read this year and some people have ordered it - Oh dear what a responsibility, what if they've bought it and then hate it, I shall be worrying for ages!

Welcome to new follower Sarah AKA Fishcake Random at The Frugal Handmade Home, have a look at her blog to see what the elves get up to every night!

Back Tomorrow
Sue

24 comments:

  1. £4? How can they charge that when you can look on the sky menu?

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    1. We don't have sky, Sol, so I buy RT every week, and I really enjoy it. It's more than just listings of programmes (and includes the radio, of course), it has what programmes are about, often about the making of them (if wild life programmes) and interviews, and generally, it is an interesting read - I particularly enjoy the readers' letters. One of my letters was once their Star Letter and won me a lovely Roberts DAB radio! Now that was worth £4! Another short letter, many years ago, won me a lovley fountain pen. I think paying for extra channels when we have all the BBC and ITV ones and Channel 4, plus Freeview, would be a waste of money, just as some think shelling out £4 for a good, big Radio Times is a waste of money. And don't forget, the £4 is for a double issue - i.e. it covers two weeks' programmes.
      Margaret P

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    2. I see Margaret P has got in before me to reply to your comment I shall add that it's a 2 week issue and what I like about it once a year is all the other bits to read and being able to turn good old fashioned pages and go back and look at things.

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    3. Apologies, Sue ... I hadn't realized that Reply meant just your replies, I didn't want to appear rude. I shall have to be less off the mark in future ... honestly, you'd think I'd little else to do, wouldn't you? I've been busy writing a piece on the history of walled kitchen gardens, and just filed my copy and thought I'd take a look at a few of my favourite blogs!
      Margaret P

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  2. ... Yes and no doubt the cover will fall off after a few days too!

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    1. This year the double issue has been properly bound, just like a glossy monthly magazine, perhaps done in order to prevent it, as has happened in the past, the cover from falling off. We shall see if this works, won't we?
      Margaret P

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    2. As Margaret P has got in before me to answer your comment I shall just add that I thought it was just us where the cover falls off or the inside falls out!
      I always take out the annoying holiday bit from the middle.

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    3. My apologies, again, Sue.
      Margaret P

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    4. Sue, I'd like to add that I try and remove the holiday section, too. Holiday for us is a day out at a local NT property or a walk by the sea here in Torbay with a fish & chip lunch. Good luck removing the bound-in holiday section this time, though! I tried and failed (my hands are too weak and I thought s*d it and gave up.)
      Margaret P

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    5. I always take the holiday bit out too! I'll be buying mine this weekend!! Saw the bit on Dickensian in the TV Times - I'll give it 30 minutes. If I'm hooked, I'll give it a go.

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  3. Fret ye not that I've ordered the first in the series of books you mentioned! If I don't like it, it won't matter, it was only a few pence plus postage, and if it doesn't slip down a treat with a nice box of chocolates and a glass of mulled wine, it will go to the charity shop and someone else can enjoy it.
    In between all the usual force jollifications there are one or two half-decent programmes coming up - but you have to search hard to find them. Like you, I like quix programmes, but more the Uni Challenge and Mastermind kind, rather than games shows (although I don't mind Pointless - and, of course, Pointless Slebs has the perfect title, 'cos I don't know most of 'em, so hardly Slebs!
    Margaret P

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  4. So sorry to hear they have not diagnoses Col yet. My mother became weak and anemic and a colonoscopy found she had colon cancer. Caught early, removed, total recovery without chemo or radiation. I hope the doctors find out what ails Col. So frustrating/fearful for the both of you. All my best. Take care.

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  5. What a shame there is no further diagnosis for Col yet :-(

    I love the Christmas edition of the Radio Times and over the last year I have been getting it on subscription. It's actually quite a good read, and I love the puzzle pages so I think it's pretty good value for money.

    We do have a tv listings page on our FreeSat box, but I tend to forget things are on if I don't have a circled magazine in front of me on the coffee table. Anyway sometimes it's only the page being open at the right day that tells me what day it actually is ... everything goes to pot if I haven't turned over!!

    I hate all the stuck in and stapled in supplements and leaflets though. Yes, the travel section is always the first thing to be pulled out and the staples carefully pressed flat so I don't stab myself like I've done on a couple of occasions.

    There's usually a competition to guess when the cover will fall off. Last year the whole thing disintegrated on us and was fed to the fire day by day as we passed each day.

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  6. Do hope things turn out well for Col, Sue - give him our best wishes.
    I feel exactly like you about that Dickensian thing. I don't like the idea of the characters being all in one play - wonder what Dickens would have thought!

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  7. I got our Radio Times today, it's a once a year purchase for us as well. The NHS can be so slow, hope hubby is feeling better.

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  8. hospital. I bet you are both sick of the sight of it. I hope they can give a diagnosis soon. It's frustrating. My little brother (little! at 11 months younger he's 43 and towers over me at 6 foot something) has been in hospital since last week, with some autoimmune disease. I feel so bad for him, it's been a real slog for him to start to make progress. So I can fully comprehend how life has been for you and Col lately.

    But, looking on the bright side. you are moving to town! I am so pleased for you!

    I bought the RT on Sunday, and nearly passed out when I saw the price. I don't know, I just didn't expect it to be £4.

    Loving the BBC festive trailers with the sprout. We laugh because the bloke with grey hair looks just like my Bill! :O)

    thank you for your comment. I replied. I've offered my services to you to decorate your festive home next year! ;o) x

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  9. £4! Sheesh!
    More good wishes and positive thoughts heading your way for Col.

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  10. Radio Times is a fixed purchase in this house - week-in-week-out and the Christmas one is always a treat. I do hope you get some news on Col soon.

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  11. Thank you for your kind welcome x x

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  12. Sorry to hear of the need for further tests for Col, but glad to hear that they didn't find anything nasty, at least your eliminating causes all the time with different tests. I only get the RT once a year for Christmas and I love it and don't begrudge the money once a year! xx

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  13. Oh yes, I LOVE the Christmas radio times!!! Pity I don't have a tv anymore!x

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  14. I have been reading your blog for awhile and enjoying it muchly. I found it through Michelle at Remembering the Old ways. I wanted to suggest something although maybe your husbands Doctors have ruled it out but I went an entire year with the same symptoms with test after test showing nothing. Finally a specialist did some biopsies and discovered I was celiac. Just thought I would mention it just in case.
    Merry Christmas
    Mary On the east coast of Canada

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  15. There is a complete Christmas listing with our Telegraph newspaper before Christmas, so we use that instead of buying the Radio Times. Mum used to get it, always, but we have never bothered.

    I hope that Col gets a diagnosis soon and it isn't something life-changing.

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  16. We always had the Christmas RT when I was little and I've bought it every year as an adult in my own home, it just isn't right not too. I've only made my way through the first few days worth of offerings so far. I like a good quiz too!
    Lisa x

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