Friday, 11 May 2012

1001


Today is a bit of a series of milestones which have - due to some planetary alignments somewhere over Glastonbury - all fallen on the same day.

This is my 1000th post; today I will complete the pear-tree carving that I have been boring you about for some of those posts; and...  it's my birthday!

I cannot believe that I have been scribbling this stuff a thousand times - it's a bit like monkeys, typewriters and Tolstoy really - if I had only just re-arranged all those words in a slightly different order, I could have made something as long as 'War and Peace', but a little better written.  I'll have to try harder.  The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog - if only I only wrote that all the time, I would not have to give special attention when cleaning certain letters on the keyboard of this machine.

The completion of the pears means that I cannot spend as long as usual on a post this morning, which is a shame really.  I thought today was all about ME, but I have other commitments.  Here's to the next 1000.

Thanks again to whoever I ripped the above image off from.  I am trying to illicit an abstract sense of affection from all 91 of you - again.

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  1. Happy, happy birthday Tom and many happy returns of the day.
    ....and, what a milestone .... 1,000 posts is HUGE ! Shame that you have to go to work but wishing you a great day with lots of presents of candlesticks and glasses and much food and drink.
    .....and, thanks for all of the laughs that you've given us over the last 1,000 posts.
    Make sure that you celebrate disgracefully.

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  2. sending you my affection (heartfelt) from a rainy day here in Wales.
    In a somewhat unreal kind of way, it's lovely to have "friendships" here in the blogosphere and I consider you to be my friend
    Happy Birthday Thomas

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    1. That also means a lot to me too John - you are a friend who I have never yet shaken hands with, but there again, friends don't shake hands.

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  3. Happy Bday old man! Another old git blocking the way at the post office queing for his pension then.

    I'll buy you a pint to celebrate. I'll have to drink it myself of course, but it's the thought that counts.x

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    1. Thanks Chris - I much prefer the idea of you getting pissed than me... X

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  4. I'll have one for yer too, Tom. Well done!
    (And isn't the word elicit? Not sure. Maybe that one can slip through today.) Happy turning 1000 and happy birthday to those pears too.
    Love your work.
    XX

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    1. Quite right, Sarah - my version of the word means 'banned', but you put me right. My vocab's going to pot. I love your work too. XXX

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  5. Tom, Tom, the baker's son... stole a cake and away he run... probably to finish off his carving, and have tea with his glamorous assistant. Happy birthday Mr Stephenson (mille fois).

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  6. So much to celebrate Tom!
    Hope you have a nice birthday and have enough puff to blow out all those candles. xx

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    1. I would blow them out with my arse, if not for the fire regulations! Thanks, Bris. XXX

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  7. Congratulations and hope you have a very, very merry birthday. x

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    1. Thanks Sue - I am getting tearful now... XXX

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  8. It's your birthday? Well then, Happy Birthday and Congratulations on 1000 posts. Both great accomplishments!
    Your Friend, m.

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  9. happy birthday. never give up breathing.

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    1. I'll do my be........... sssssssstttt......... X

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  10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'Tom'! I'll also toast your health tonight. Congrats on the 1000 blog posts though I'm surprised and a little disappointed that there is no candlestick photo today.

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  11. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Tom. I hope it is filled with bubbles of your preferred kind and hopefully a new candlestick.

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    1. It's Bubble's night off, but I'll make up for it. X

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  12. Happy birthday. Hope what's left with the pears is not too much and you're done early for a celebration.

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  13. Really ? You can't be any older. You are as strikingly handsome as the first day we met. (About 90 days ago) Here's to many more birthdays AND posts! Keep up the hard work you lazy fox you.

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  14. Happy Birthday Tom...Happy 100th post, and Happy end to the pear carving...have a great day!

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  15. ooops sorry, forgot a 0 - Happy 1000 post!

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    1. Thanks for bot, Jacqueline - much appreciated.

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  16. Happy birthday, Tom! I'm surprised that the picture isn't one of a cake with candles on it, surrounded by candlesticks.

    Congrats on your 1000th post.

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    1. Ta, Megan - running out of puff for candlesticks...

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  17. Happy Birthday! I hope that, once the work for the day is done, you have a party that is so good that you won't remember the half of it the next morning.

    I have once sent the blog photo that you used today to my family. They could not decide whether it is a mouse or a polar bear. They settled on polar bear. Jeeeeeez! (I may be the one with the brains in the family.)

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    1. Which one? The rat or it's toy? And where does the Polar Bear come into it? Are you sure there are brains in your family?

      I joke - thanks, lovely Iris. X

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  18. Happy Birthday Tom and congrats on your 1000 blog post. Hope the pear tree carving goes great and you're feeling well enough to enjoy you day.

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  19. Happy birthday Tom, and happy 1000th post too. Affecion elicited from me too - sorry i'm 12 hours later than everyone else, my excuse is that I live on the other side of the world and I haven't had breakfast yet.

    I love that photo.

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    1. I live on the other side of the world too, but that is no excuse. I had a crap dinner tonight, but never mind ! Thanks, Judith.

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  20. Oi, we may have lost our brains in "ze var"!

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  21. Oh HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tom!!!! And CONGRATULATIONS on your 1,000th post. Unbelievable!!! I must say I always enjoy a visit to your blog and, especially since I'm a late follower, I hope you have at least 1,000 more. Happy days to you and yours!!! oxox

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