Sunday, November 29, 2009

not here but there: English Mum

I'm still not here, but scoring retro points over at English Mum by making Coconut Ice.


A letter came home with Pink Daughter lately telling me that her school would be closed for a day for health and safety reasons. This appears to be the new way of saying 'because of civil service strike action'. I'm delighted with this original method of expression, and think it could be quite widely applicable. I shan't be able to attend christenings or pay taxes in future for health and safety reasons. You may feel you can't comment on the Coconut Ice for health and safety reasons. That's ok. Our health and safety is paramount.

24 comments:

  1. Do you think I'd be able to skive off work tomorrow for health and safety reasons? My health, their safety? x

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  2. very funny and i'm going back to english mum to take more careful note of that recipe but in the meantime you've reminded me of something.....

    my joe used to work on the B&I passenger ferry and one time the cinema projectionist got really really drunk and was unable to perform his duties , an announcement was made on board that the film would not be shown due to 'technical difficulties."

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  3. Euphemisms amuse me. A funny one is the term negative growth to decribe the Global Financial Crisis. And my husband and I never argue - it's always a "full and frank exchange of views".

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  4. I used to find it very comical, my children's school would manage to close for the strangest reasons, Mise.
    I don't think that I can cook Christmas dinner for health and safety reasons.It's really dangerous in that kitchen. !! XXXX

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  5. I won't be able to host my family over the holidays for health and safety reasons. This is quite literal in my case. My twin 10-yr-old nephews nearly killed each other on Thanksgiving, and then they gave me their cruddy cold. They must be quarantined until well after the new year begins--or maybe until they are 20.

    xo Gigi

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  6. In Australia schools only ever close for weather reasons - if it gets over 40 degrees or if there is a bushfire pending. Mind you the UK is the centre of wierd excuses. Any place with train lines which close due to the Wrong Sort of Leaves on the Tracks takes the cake in my book.

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  7. i like it !! i may also use that one when convenient for me. technical difficulties is a good one too. keep those in my back pocket

    my family only ever gets me to bring the buns anyway !!
    ~laura
    ps thanks for the christmas card tip. not a bad idea....

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  8. coconut ice - forget the letter, where's the recipe?

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  9. I gave you triple points over at English Mum, Mise. Nice. Very nice!!

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  10. That reminds me of the time easyJet told us that our plane couldn't take off because we were all 'too heavy' (read: They'd overbooked the flight). The minds boggles.

    I've started the day with a big smile - thank you!

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  11. Mise - I love coconut ice! You've scored bonus retro points for this recipe. Health & safety be damned - I'll eat the whole batch!

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  12. Jaboopee, I'd have called that one due to 'misadventure'.

    Brismod, I guess so long as your views are fuller and franker than his, that's all that matters.

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  13. Heather, here's the coconut ice recipe. Lily would help make it for sure. I bet she's a good mixer. http://englishmum.com/2009/11/29/mises-coconut-ice-the-perfect-retro-present/

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  14. I don't think my school ever closed for reasons other than inclement weather, but these days schools seem to close left and right for one flu bug or another. Oh to be a modern child - snow days, sick days, civil service strike days. Lucky, lucky kids.

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  15. I was unaware of coconut ice - and even more surprised to find out that there is no "ice" involved.

    It sounds divine, you retro goddess you.

    -maria

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  16. I'm shirking all my duties today, due to "health and safety reasons". Thanks for the tip. What is coconut ice?

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  17. Stuff health and safety, give me that coconut ice! Thanks for all your well wished last week. xx

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  18. Oh dear, looks like the Nanny State police are out in force again Mise. I'll send MOTH over, he can't abide any of this rubbish & takes to our Aussie Civil Servants with a rapier tongue. I think the count now of those out on permanent MOTH-caused Stress Leave is well over the 100! Such fragile little souls.
    Millie ^_^

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  19. You are so right...and funny my friend. Though I would love your bars..they look amazing.

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  20. due to misadventure they miss the adventure

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  21. Oh that looks so delicious...oh and yes, those are mini choux swans on my blog, we are a pastry- baking kind of family :)

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  22. Haha! And yay for coconut ice, which assists in both health and safety, if you ask me. Huzzah!

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  23. Why are you always so darn witty? Why?

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