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Donate Your Hair To Children With Cancer

22 Mar


If you have long hair like mine was, and decide to cut it, you can send it off to a charity in the UK called Little Princess.  They make wigs for children who have lost their hair through cancer.  A quick Google search found similar charities in other countries.  Please think about doing it if you’re going short; you need a minimum of 7″/17cm and all it costs is a padded envelope and postage.

My hair was long but thin, so my plait was pretty feeble; but every little helps.

When the Hub posted it off, the clerk asked if there was anything valuable in the packet.  The Hub explained what was in it and she winked and said, Aw, that’s nice.  Are you going to do the same with your beard?

I think he should; I heard their office needs re-wiring.


To Answer Your Question

19 Sep
English: human mind for performance psychology...

English: human mind for performance psychology DYK page (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Squeezing this in before more visitors arrive.  My boys say we should think about turning this house into a hotel.

To answer your question, the courses I have signed up for with FutureLearn are:

For two reasons: they sound interesting; and there was no creative writing course.

I am thrilled that so many of you have signed up for something.  Learning is fun (but knowledge is power.  Hope that helps with my electricity bill).


Time To Learn

18 Sep
Sesame magazine

Sesame magazine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We’ve had a visitor here since Monday so I haven’t been able to blog as much as I had hoped, but I have sneaked away to tell you about this:

The Open University has teamed up with universities around the globe to offer free online short courses.  I have signed up for three, with staggered start dates; the first begins in November.  

Join me!  It’s all online so you don’t have to live in the UK.  

Here’s the link: FutureLearn.


The Laughing Penguin

26 Jul

If this doesn’t make you all gooey, you have a heart of stone and you’re in the wrong blog:

Thanks to my friend Pam for sharing it on Facebook.


I’ve got a golden ticket

19 Jun

The Laughing Housewife:

Here’s my blogging friend, Kate Shrewsday. She writes fascinating articles linking weird stuff like toilets and ice cream (she may not have done that one, but it’s the kind of thing she would do).

She has the chance to go for a Britain-wide walk with her kids and dog but she needs your votes to do it.

Please take a moment to read the post and click the link to vote for her.

I promise NOT to eat a Malteser for every vote you cast (I’m on a diet and I need the motivation).


Originally posted on Kate Shrewsday:

Let’s just, for a moment, overlook the fact that Grandpa, in that classic first make of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, is not the one who has won the golden ticket.

He’s happy.

In fact, the ticket winner is little Charlie. Cheer-up Charlie. Charlie, against whom the odds were stacked so high they must surely have crushed him. Charlie, who stood for honest-to-goodness integrity in the face of gluttony, avarice and greed. Whilst others got their parents and promoters to spend outrageous sums for the one thing they could not have automatically, Charlie relied on fate to bring the golden ticket to him.

But we all join Grandpa in being elated. In incredulity that finally, just perhaps, the tide of unfortunate events might be about to change.

And of course, for Grandpa, and for Charlie, life was about to alter forever.

This does not happen in real life.

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Whoops! A Daisy

30 May

Thank you to everyone who took a look at our church website (old and new) and left feedback.  

We considered every suggestion then threw them out as too radical (mention the opening times? Ridiculous!).

Not really, of course; I was just checking to see if you were paying attention.

Here’s the finished article (sort of; I still have some proof reading to do): St Matthew’s.

It’s been up and running about a month; maybe two…Our Illustrious Leader Pam asked me to thank you all for your contributions (about a month ago; maybe two).

Thank you, all!

Get The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan’s Bob Hairstyle in 5 easy steps!

I Have Facebook Shares

6 May

Some recent Facebook posts which I want to share with you:

Photo: Yeah! Stop pestering him! *Pip

And this one, made especially for me by my friend Pam.  Thanks Pam!


Sweet Gangnam Style by Greater Manchester Police

30 Apr

I saw this in March and meant to reblog it then. Ah well; it’s a nice way to celebrate the end of April.


25 Dec

Merry Christmas to all,

and to all a good time!

Not Much Of Anything

9 Dec

I saw this on Facebook and really liked it:


Christmas Will Never Be The Same Because of Tw...

Christmas Will Never Be The Same Because of Twitter [cartoon] (Photo credit:


I didn’t forget the November searches but they were so dull, most weren’t worth sharing.  Here are the two funniest:

  • ostrich taxes for fat people
  • sweaty armpits of south indian cows

1590724263_12337be064_o (Photo credit: Ludie Cochrane)

I woke up to an email from my beloved younger son:

I’ve not been the starring role in any posts recently and this needs to be rectified.  Yours impolitely, Favourite Son.

What do you think?  Should I write about Spud?

13 Jul

The Laughing Housewife:

These guys are really good; check them out.

Originally posted on Jenny's Serendipity:

Hello Everyone!

Here is my promise to my nephew, Rhett.  ( the one with the glasses ;) )

The singers are Linda Davis, Miky Tayoba, and Rhett. Thomas Mcarthy on Cajon, Trevor Fields on electric guitar and Produced by Sam Bashor. They started as friends and decided to form a band late 2011 in Santa Clarita, California.

Go check them out!

Dublin Inc.

Hope you guys enjoy! :D

Please like and Follow Dublin Inc. at: 

FACEBOOK: Dublin Inc.

TWITTER: Dublin Inc.

Thanks you to Trevor Field for recording and editing the song

Hayden Scott for standing in for electric guitar

Nate Bashor for lending the camera, ligthing equipment, and editing software

Linda Davis – Vocals

Everett Bichara – Vocals

Miky Tayoba – Vocals/Acoustic Guitar

Thomas McCarthy – Percussion

Trevor Field – Recording Artist/ Sound Editor/Electric Guitar

Sam Bashor – Producer/Video Recorder/Video Editor

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7 Jun

The Laughing Housewife:

A busy day here at Tilly Bud Towers means I haven’t had time to blog. I bring you instead a re-blog of my most frequently visited post, edited slightly because I winced when I saw the text wasn’t justified and the pictures weren’t centered.

Originally posted on The Laughing Housewife:

I read this quote today: 

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

-Joseph Addison

So here you go:


According to Mr. Higgins’ Honors Algebra II class at Norwalk High School (07-08) 

The smile of the “smiley face” is in the shape of a parabola.

The smiley face was designed in 1964 in Worcester, Massachusettes by Harvey Ball, and has become a crazy-huge symbol all over the world.  

The equation for a parabola is: (x-h)^2=4p(y-k)             (h,k)=vertex    p=distance from vertex to focus

I thought I would do some research into smiling (gotta love that Google button).  This is from

…smiling isn’t just for fun-it’s a matter of survival. Scientists have discovered that newborn infants, even those who are born blind, know how to smile [...] A baby’s smile is designed to attract and…

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31 May

The Laughing Housewife:

I have to reblog this, if only for the truth of the last line.

Originally posted on Janie's Place:

Tilly Bud, you won’t believe this.

Last winter (January maybe?) I found Maltesers in the ethnic foods section for Great Brittan in the huge supermarket in the Big City.  So, I dutifully bought a package because, well, I just had to know what a Malteser of Laughing Housewife fame tasted like.

Now what you really won’t believe is that it made it all the way home (a 90+ minute drive) and into the house unopened.

Even more unbelievable, and down right sacrilegious I’m sure, is that it got put in my candy dish on the top shelf of my desk hutch (out of sight of the spud, who can sniff out candy from a block away) then buried under mail, spud artwork, homework and other flotsam for some 4 or 5 months until today, in cleaning off the desk and hutch, I unearthed the candy dish and rediscovered the existence…

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I’m Not Joking

9 Mar

It has come to my attention that it is possible I have been infringing copyright law by sharing cartoons every day.  I don’t want to do that – apart from not wanting to go to jail (though I might soon be in there for stalking, so should I worry?), I, well, I don’t want to go to jail, full stop.  Black and white stripes are so not me.

I thought if I linked back to the source it was okay, but apparently not, which means I have been a naughty girl at least 407 times this year.

From tomorrow I will not be posting a cartoon with the daily joke.  I think I’ll miss it more than you; I love cartoons.

Don’t worry – no one is harassing me; this has come from several articles I read over the last couple of weeks.  I thought a pre-emptive cease and desist would be more dignified than heading in panic for the hills when there came a knock on my door.

I have read that they don’t mind the occasional share, just so long as it’s not a habit – which it has been thus far, but isn’t from today.  Sorry about that.

Because it is no longer a habit of mine to share cartoons with you, I hope you don’t mind if I act out of character and share this one:

Tilly Bud Is Impressed

30 Jan


Dancing on Ice

Image via Wikipedia


It’s hard to believe we’re only in week 4 of Dancing On Ice.  Check this out (the girl in black and the guy in silver are the amateurs):

Sorry it doesn’t appear here; I still can’t show You Tube videos and the WordPress techies don’t know why, without visiting me at my home and disassembling my computer.


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