Black Country news and blogs Thursday 18 January 2018


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Nigel’s Slight Misunderstanding 

18 Jan 18

Sometimes Nigel has a tendency to take things a little too literally.

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Feed The Birds 

17 Jan 18

Darrell and I have treated Nigel to another window bird feeder …….

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Caught In The Act 

16 Jan 18

Yesterday I caught Nigel in the act ……….

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If You Can’t Beat ‘Em …… 

15 Jan 18

If you can’t beat ‘em …… you may as well join ‘em ……..

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No One Loves A Dank Morning 

14 Jan 18

I don’t think any of us is really embracing getting up and out during the seasonal dark, dank, misty moisty winters mornings …….

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Darrell Sorts Out Our Next Greek Odyssey 

13 Jan 18

It’s that cold and grey time of year when Darrell starts feeling the call of the hot sun on his back, sand between his toes and a Greek souvlaki on his plate, so yesterday afternoon he demanded total silence after deciding it would be an opportune …

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Nigel Won’t Be Beat By Darrell 

12 Jan 18

It has to be said that where Darrell sets the trend, Nigel is not short to follow ……..

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Nigel’s Over Active Imagination 

11 Jan 18

Sometimes Nigel’s imagination is just a little too vivid for my liking ….

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Our First Confectionary Review Of 2018 – Original Halloren Balls 

10 Jan 18

As we said a couple of days ago our beloved friends Ze Monkeys dans exotic Germany sent us a wonderful parcel of Teutonic delicacies for Christmas and today we thought we would bring you the first of our reviews, which, after some light hearted …

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Darrell Trials A Few Beauty Products 

9 Jan 18

As you know Darrell is a robust metrosexual, taking great pride in his meticulous male grooming, so when Hugh, his best friend and mentor, sent him a huge pile of skin products to try he was thrilled beyond belief! I have to say, some of the items …

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Nigel Cookery Instructor Extraordinaire 

8 Jan 18

With so much chocolate left over from Christmas Nigel decided it might be an opportune time to introduce Iris to the art of the chocolate crispy cake! And it goes without saying that before any food preparation was done, all hands were scrupulously …

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Darrell Casts His Eye Over Current Tile Trends. 

7 Jan 18

As you know Darrell takes an avid interest in all things of an interior design type nature and has Homes Under The Hammer, Grand Designs and anything with Phil and Kirsty on permanent record.

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Nigel’s Florensic Mystery 

6 Jan 18

Nigel has decided to ask Tom a question of a deep probing and florensic type nature, and then hope he can understand the answer as he has noticed a sign attached to a fence on a piece of what just looks, for all intents and purposes, a piece of rough…

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Evesham, Not Quite Vegas Yet …….. 

5 Jan 18

Evesham has a new set of six boundary signs, each depicting a famous and celebrated Evesham landmark …….

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A Wonderful Trip Down Memory Lane 

4 Jan 18

While we were staying with LuLu over the Christmas holiday, she very kindly invited us on a trip to Bridgnorth, a town that holds many happy memories for us, and well, it would have been most rude to refuse such a lovely offer.

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A Most Wonderful Present From Exotic Foreign Climes 

3 Jan 18

We’ve been here, there and everywhere over Christmas and New Year and as a result we haven’t really had the time to post absolutely everything we got up to, so today we thought we would go back to a very special present that we took with us to …

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Nigel’s New Years Revolution 

2 Jan 18

Yesterday afternoon Nigel announced that his New Years Revolution this year will be to have at least one Chai Latte in Brew Bear, his current coffee shop of choice, per week.

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New Years Day 2018 

1 Jan 18

Aghhhhh, I hope you don’t mind if I wish you a Happy New Year in extremely hushed tones, or better still, through the medium of mime this morning? Although our New Years Eve was a sedate and quiet affair, Darrell’s cocktails proved to be, how …

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New Year’s Eve 2017 

31 Dec 17

Tonight we are saying a very quiet and sedate farewell to 2017.

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A Blast From The Past 

30 Dec 17

This morning our lovely postman called to deliver a HUGE blast from the past and something we have really missed since we stopped working.

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29 Dec 17

Yesterday afternoon, after all the joyous excitement of Christmas, we decided that we needed a quiet and sedate day to refuel and recover.

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Special Presents From Mrs A, Norm and Sammy 

28 Dec 17

One of our most special presents this Christmas came right out of the blue from Mrs A, Sammy and Norm, our friends from our Swindon Monkey Convention back in September.

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A Wolverhampton Christmas 

27 Dec 17

Let’s just say that being back within the bosom of our Wolverhampton family has been very, very lovely ……… ……..

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Off For More Celebrations ….. 

26 Dec 17

It’s Boxing Day …….

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It’s Christmas Morning – And, He’s Been! 

25 Dec 17

Oh my life ….

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Lighting Our Christmas Lamp on Christmas Eve 

24 Dec 17

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally Christmas Eve …… and with everything in order, there was only one thing left for us to do and that was to go down to the river to find a suitable branch for us to hang our Christmas lamp, a long …

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It’s Finally Time To Write Our Letters To Santa 

23 Dec 17

Last night was our most favourite night of yuletide, the night when we all sit down to write our letters to Santa.

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Do They Know It’s Christmas? 

22 Dec 17

Nigel’s beloved swanlings still continue to thrive and are still very much a devoted family unit ……..

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An Typically British Christmas Post For Dianne …… and Perhaps A Festively Homesick Mr D? 

21 Dec 17

A special pre-Christmas post for Dianne, inspired when Nigel nipped into town last minute.

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Darrell Experiments With A Festive Cocktail. 

20 Dec 17

Nigel and I have both been wondering about the chocolate reindeers Darrell has put in the kitchen with a warning of not to touch.

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Confusion Reigns For Nigel 

19 Dec 17

Poor Nigel ……… ……..

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Darrell Dun Good 

18 Dec 17

Darrell is now home, leaving Hugh packing ( ……well, his man that does anyway) for exotic climes, and, it has to be said that in Darrell’s absence Nigel has been admiring one or two festive bed arrangements on his mooches, wondering what Darrell…

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A Rogue Santa In Our Midst? 

17 Dec 17

As you know Nigel has always taken a great interest in all the festive embellishment that is all around him at this time of year, but yesterday he spotted something on our estate that he really wasn’t that sure of …….

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Nigel Makes A Brief Return To “The Homeland” 

16 Dec 17

With all the excitement of the falling snow and then the subsequent melting of, I almost forgot to bring you a couple pictures taken when Nigel returned to “The Homeland” for a weekend with Lucy.

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Nothing Lasts Forever ……. 

15 Dec 17


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Hugh’s Christmas Miracle 

14 Dec 17

Thank goodness the snow and ice has now cleared …… and unbelievably, out of the chaos, a new life has emerged …… in the depths of Worcester at Hugh’s country pile ……… It seems that Hugh had gone out in the garden to see if the snow …

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Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful ……. 

13 Dec 17

Let’s just say, now it’s over, last weekend was quite a weekend, with thanks to the all the snow ……… Before the snow on Friday evening Nigel had travelled back to the homeland of Wolverhampton to spend a couple of days with Lucy, hoping, …

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Just Being Ordinary …… BEFORE THE SNOW CAME DOWN! 

12 Dec 17

Just being ordinary ……… …….

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It’s Beginning To Taste A Lot Like Christmas …….. 

11 Dec 17

I think Nigel is rather missing Darrell while he is away staying with Hugh at his country pile …..

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Hugh Embraces Normality 

10 Dec 17

The lady friend of Hugh’s “gentleman that does” usually drops off a three course meal plus cheese and crackers when Hugh is in residence at Le Chicken Coup, but Hugh, wanting to be just “normal” for a day or two, told her that while he was …

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Darrell Shows Hugh His Jan The Fan hUGGs 

9 Dec 17

Darrell couldn’t wait to show Hugh, the doyen of all that is de rigueur and en trend, his personalised exclusively handmade hUGG boots sent to all of us by Jan The Fan.

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Everyone Wants Hugh!! 

8 Dec 17

Darrell was desperate to see Hugh before Christmas because from what Hugh had told him it would be goodness knows when before he would probably get the opportunity …… The news of the “Royal Engagement”, followed by the impending nuptials in …

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Can You Work Out What It Is Yet? 

7 Dec 17

This really isn’t us, as Christmas is our very most favourite time of the year …….

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A Cake In A Box and A Bag …… 

6 Dec 17

Darrell has gone to spend a few days with Hugh, his best friend and mentor, at Hugh’s Worcester bolt hole Le Chicken Coup, before he (Hugh) flies off to Necker Island for a Christmas retreat.

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An Unsettling Festive Find 

5 Dec 17

Well I reckon Nigel could possibly win hands down in finding, how shall I put it …….

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Card Writing Manoeuvres In The Day 

4 Dec 17

Well, it goes without saying that we were all dreaming of a white Christmas with every one of the cards we wrote yesterday afternoon.

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Easy Festive Listening ………. 

3 Dec 17

Now it’s the festive season …………..

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Nigel’s First Seasonal Disappointment 

2 Dec 17

A couple of days ago, you may remember, Nigel was full of anticipation for what he thought would be an “unveiling” of a grand festive type nature in the charity shop on our way into town, with two mysterious, bin bag clad manikins standing …

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A Most Wonderful December Surprise 

1 Dec 17

I have say that I have a feeling in my water that it’s going to be a wonderful Christmas.

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On The Last Day Of November …. 

30 Nov 17

Oh my life, where has the year gone …..

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