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PD Diary Archive May 29th 2018 (Part 2)

HOWEVER, I caught it again on SKY a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it. Strange. What I liked about it was it's attempt to create a futuristic world back in the 1970's and I thought that in retrospect the film's makers did an amazing job.

Can't be bothered reading the article now so Instead I'll just chat with you guys. It's Monday morning I know but it's still going to be a great day.

"It's a little bit funny, this feeling inside, I hope you don't mind, I hope you don't mind..." There's a song in there somewhere!

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive May 29th 2018 (Part 1)

RETRO POST: ORIGINALLY POSTED MON 22ND/NOV/10

Tried to que up the Yahoo article 'What Bill Gates earns in a day' but all that came up was an ad for Microsoft...

"Ever thought of going into politics Bill? On second thoughts forget I just said that."

Worry not, I am now on to 'films that have disapointed'. I can think of a few, the most notable of which was 'Rollerball' which I went to see with my mates when I was about 14, I found it a massive disapointment.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 33) Part 1

FAMILY:

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, and eventually you must return home to the cold weather and the pre-Christmas frenzy.

Although the media keeps trying to talk us back into recession, well at least when there's nothing else worth reporting anyway, you wouldn't know it by the amount of people shopping on the high street, talk about more room to move inside a sardine can.

The traffic queue for the Trafford Centre is 98 miles long, but I wouldn't bother if I were you, because there's nowhere to park when you get there.

Shop on line instead, that's if your not of a nervous disposition, and can stand the suspense of wondering whether or not your order will arrive in time. Oh, that's the doorbell, it's bound to be my bunny's prezzy (well one of them anyway!) arriving just in the nick of time, excuse me a second.

"Good King Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen, when the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even. Fa-la-la-la-la-la, fa-la-la-la-la-la, fa-la-la-la-la-la, LA-LA-LA ..."

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 33) Part 2

Are we living from one 'special' day to another?

Retailers long since realised that we always spend the most when we feel under pressure to do so. As well as extending the Christmas run-up into oblivion, they've also managed to bombard us with innumerable other special occasions.

"Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you ... and you thought I'd forgotten. Shucks, never."

Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, Teacher's Day, Pet's Day, Neighbour's Day. Okay that one never caught on, but you get my drift.

Just when you thought it wasn't possible to cram any more 'special' days into the calendar, some bright spark came up with the idea of importing all America's 'special' days, as well.

Yeah, thanks America, haloween, trick or treat, whatever you want to call it, is just a hoot, and as for the school prom, that never existed in my day.

M - "I really need to tell you this, all through high school I've fancied you, but I've never been able to pluck up the courage to tell you until now. Seeing as we're both leaving next week, I'd like to ask you out on a special date."

W - "No thanks."

M - "Okay, bye then."

Life was much simpler back then.

Andy

PD Diary Archive May 14th 2018 (Part 1)

RETRO POST - ORIGINALLY POSTED FRI 19TH/NOV/10

Apparantly, a graveyard in Israel is being besieged by Harry Potter fans, after it was revealed a tombstone bears the same name as the teen wizard.

Come on - what is all this Harry Potter malarky anyway. OK, I can understand children getting all excited about some nerdy kid that posesses 'magic powers' but adults? - Give me a break.

You guys must've had weird childhoods, that's all I can say.

HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT!!!

People queueing up (my brother-in-law included - sad man) at midnight because they can't wait to get their hands on JK Rowling's latest chapter in the HP saga.

PD Diary Archive May 14th 2018 (Part 2)

Come on!

Go and buy it in the morning, when you don't have to queue. It's Friday night, the weekend, have a few beers, catch a movie. (NOT a Harry Potter one mind!) Anything but standing in the rain dressed up as one of the HP characters, Unreal, money for old rope, nice one JK.

Each to his own I suppose, I can live with that, I guess HP fans are just normal people, regular guys, it's no big deal.

HATE IT, HATE IT, HATE IT, HAAATE ITTT!!!!!!

I feel better now, I'm calm, I'm relaxed.

Have a super day.

Andy.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 32) Part 1

FAMILY:

Is the run-up to Christmas starting earlier every year?

Okay, I've worked in retailing, so I know how valuable Christmas trading is for the industry, but come on, stores putting Christmas cards out in August, Please!

In fairness, it's not just the stores that are obsessed with Christmas, we all are, well maybe the girls are just a teeny-weeny bit more obsessed with it than the guys?

W - "What do you think we should do for Christmas this year?"

M - "Please, honey, we're still in July, we've not even been on our summer holiday yet!"

W - "I suppose we'll have to invite your parents over again for Christmas Day, or we could go and visit them on Christmas Eve instead, or maybe even invite them for Boxing Day. But then again, if my mother decides to do something on Boxing Day, that would rule that one out. Maybe my sis will do Christmas Day this year, and she might invite your parents as well, but I suppose that would make things a bit too crowded. I'm not sure what the boys are doing, and as for their girlfriends, that's anyone's guess ... What do you think?

M - "Yeah, I'll go along with that."

W -"Go along with what? - Oh, you just don't care, do you? I suppose, I'll end up working my fingers to the bone again, as per usual, I'd better start writing a list."

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 32) Part 2

Complaining about other people talking about Christmas also becomes contagious, and before you know it, it's everywhere; on the radio, in the newspapers, on the TV.

"Only 148 days left to Christmas, buy now whilst stocks last."

But every year's the same, we all say that we're going to be sensible this time round. We all agree to buy our partners just one small token gift, and limit the amount we spend on other people.

However, don't be fooled guys, when a woman says she will be happy with 'one small token gift' what she actually means is that she will settle for NOTHING LESS than PLENTY OF BIG LAVISH GIFTS, yeah I know it doesn't make sense, but there you go.

Furthermore, don't buy her something practical, like a set of saucepans (unless you fancy being hit in the face with one of them) or a book on gardening, always go for something romantic, and if you want to dampen down the pre Christmas hysteria delay that 'summer' holiday for as long as possible.

Women are fantastic planners, and although a late holiday in the sun will not totally distract them from the run up to Christmas it will certainly give them something else to think about.

I could get used to my Stella being served by the pool, even if it does come with an umbrella and a slice of lemon in it.

Cheers, Andy.

PD Diary Archive April 23rd 2018 (Part 1)

RETRO POST ORIGINALLY POSTED WED 17TH/NOV/10

Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement yesterday, good luck to them. Maybe this will give the UK's media something positive to talk about for a change. But be warned; by the time the couple, actually, do tie the knot you will probably be just a teeny-weeny bit weary of hearing the names William and Kate.

Personally I'd tolerate that if it stops the press from focusing on the 'possibility' or even the 'probability' or further still the 'INEVITABILITY' of a 'Double-Dip' recession.

PD Diary Archive April 23rd 2018 (Part 2)

Nadine Coyle, former 'Girls Aloud' singer is currently scratching her head and wondering where it all went wrong. Her debut single and album both entitled 'Insatiable' are both wallowing in the late 40's in their respective charts.

I'm no music expert, but I guess that signing to 'Tesco' records, (yes 'Tesco' the supermarket people) and being quoted as saying that; 'she wrote most of the album whilst sitting on the toilet' may've had something to do with it! Sounds more like 'Impotent' than 'Insatiable' to me.

Anyway, never mind all that.

...Wills-Kate, Wills-Kate, Wills-Kate...

I've come over all lovey-dovey.

T.T.F.N.

Andy.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 31) Part 1

LIFESTYLE:

Men's haircuts versus women's hairdos continued:

Wouldn't it be funny if men sought the same reaction as women when they'd just had their hair done?

W - "Well do you NOT like my hair then?"

M - "Yeah, course I do. How much have you had taken off?

W. - "Well, I told Rachel to remove about a micro-millimetre, it's not too short is it?

M. - "No, it looks great."

W. - "And look, (bends her head forward for dramatic effect), look at my roots, all gone."

She will then proceed to check repeatedly on her new hairdo (in any reflective surface, not just mirrors). The casual observer will recognize this ritual is taking place when the female starts to shake her hair to and fro, she will then flutter her eyelashes before finally pouting provocatively. Do not be alarmed because this process will cease within approximately three hours or even sooner if her favourite soap opera comes on TV.

Everything is hunky dory on the hairstyle front until the dreaded day dawns ... A woman's regular hair stylist is away on holiday or worse still she has the audacity to take time off ill.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 31) Part 2

W - "You'll never believe it Rachel's off on holiday AGAIN. I bet they give me the trainee, well I'll go mad if she makes a mess of it."

The fateful day arrives ...

W2 - "Hi love, how are you? Hope you don't mind, Rachel's on holiday this week, yeah I know, Teneriffe this time, Natalie's here though. Natalie, I said scissors NOT tweezers. What are they like? Coffee no sugar hun?"

A word of warning for the boys. If you are aware that your partner has had her hair done by anyone other than her regular stylist, make yourself scarce.

She will put the aforementioned 'hair-shaking, eyelash-fluttering, mouth-pouting ritual' into overdrive. However, this time she will more than likely start exhibiting an additional feature, the incessant side-to-side head tilt. I have ascertained from my research that this is to check that the trainee stylist has cut both sides evenly.

The likelihood is she will not be over enamoured with the replacement stylist's efforts and seeing as it would be totally unthinkable for her to fall out with her hairdresser about it the most likely target for her annoyance will be, yes you've guessed it, YOU.

Oh, another piece of advice, now would not be an appropriate time to start quibbling about the cost ...

M - "What £68.00? SIXTY EIGHT P-O-U-N-D-S? Are you kidding me? You're not, are you? Darling put that down, honey, do not throw ..."

To be continued ...

Andy.

PD Diary Archive April 9th 2018 (Part 2)

Finally, YP recommends winking at handsome strangers that you spot at the bar. SORRY, I am NOT having that one, NO WAY, that just does not happen, no-one winks at strangers.

But hey, if you do fancy giving it a go make sure you practice at home first, afterall you want it to come accross as sexy and flirtatious, and not like you've developed a bit of a twitch.

"Did she just wink at me then or did she just flinch? There she goes again, it must be a nervous tick, come on mate drink up we're leaving."

That's enough frivolity for one day, I'm going.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive April 9th 2018 (Part 1)

RETRO POST - ORIGINALLY POSTED FRI 12TH/NOV/10

Yahoo Personals (YP) revealed this week the best pick-up moves that work on men.

Top tips include smiling, hair flicking, (your own not his) accidental contact, (I'd better watch out for that one down at Tesco's) and 'double take eye contact' with 'a cute surpressed smile' (sounds like she's in pain) for maximum impact...hmm.

YP also suggests whispering in his ear (but loud enough so he doesn't have to ask you to repeat it - something about not spoiling the moment?). Apparantly it doesn't matter what you whisper as long as it includes his name, it's more about your breath tickling his earlobe.

This is good stuff, the next time Mandy leans over and whispers something in my ear (especially if it's delivered in a husky, puff-blowing fashion), I'll know that more than likely she has designs on spending all my hard earned cash down the Trafford Centre. See guys, you've got to keep one step ahead of 'em in this game!

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 30) Part 2

M. "A standard trim will be fine thanks."

W. "Are you sure, I'm feeling creative?"

M. "Yeah, I'm sure, thanks all the same."

W. "How about extensions?"

Well the experiment was worth a try, but you can't beat your good old barber. A chat about the footy, same old trusted haircut you've had for the last twenty years, mirror at the back of the head, and it's job done in less than fifteen minutes.

Women, however, view hairdos decidedly differently. Pick up any women's magazine (metaphorically speaking of course) and you'll see at least half a dozen features about hair:

'Check out this week's fab celebrity hairstyles'.

'Hairdos and hairdont's'.

'Does your hairstyle suit your face shape?'.

WT - I'd never thought of that, I must look in the mirror immediately. (sucks cheeks in, puffs cheeks out, smiles, musses hair, shakes head, bares teeth) Hmm, probably not, that does it, it's time for a change, I wonder how violet dipped with pink would look? - Well, if it's good enough for Rhianna ...

To be continued ...

Andy.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 30) Part 1

LIFESTYLE:

Men's haircuts versus women's hairdos

Legislation should be passed outlawing unisex hair salons. Only men should be allowed to cut men's hair and only women should be allowed to cut women's. In fairness, women probably observe this 'law' already, but the guys are far more gullible.

W. "Would you like a shampoo and rinse before I cut your hair sir?"

M. "No thanks, just a regular haircut, will be fine."

W. "Are you sure sir, it's included in the price?."

M. "Okay, go on then."

After the shampoo and rinse, the hairdresser will give you a free (sorry, a complimentary, all inclusive in the price) appraisal of your hair's condition. A guy's some total interest in 'hairdressing' is to come out of the shop with shorter hair than when he went in. Of course, girls don't subscribe to this theory, oh no.

W. "Hmm, let's see (Musses guy's hair - a la Stan Laurel) I could really do something with this hair, how about highlights? They would hide that tinge of grey and give you a whole new look."

PD Diary Archive Feb 26th 2018 (Part 2)

Robert Ellsworth, former US ambassador to Nato and an ex-deputy secretary of defence said: "It's spectacular...It takes people's breath away."

"Well put Robert, but was it a threat to to US national security?"

"Er, not sure, Andy, but it sure looked pretty." (My words NOT Robert's)

Finally, following a 'Facebook' campaign the new voice of Sat-Nav is UK Shakespearian actor, Brian Blessed, dont think we'll need a volume-up button with Brian, he makes your average 'town crier' sound coy.

Have a nice day.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Feb 26th 2018 (Part 1)

RETRO POST - ORIGINALLY POSTED WED 11TH/NOV/10

Alex 'The Brand' went out of 'The Apprentice' last night, not before time in my opinion. I think he would have gone last week if it hadn't've been for Paloma's rant in the boardroom.

SuBo has a new album out 'The Gift' liking it, gift for xmas, xmas gift, clever marketing that. Personally, I'm not a fan but it's nice to see true talent overcoming image for a change. Go SuBo!

The unknown missile which was caught on camera by a news helicopter in California on Monday has baffled many people in America. Apparently the experts now think it was an optical illusion?

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 29) Part 1

COHABITING:

Is your man tightfisted? - continued:

Another surefire sign that 'Mr Cuddlybear' is, in fact, a tight arse in disguise is if he is constantly pleading poverty despite earning a decent income. You see, the logic in this is simple but effective. If he can convince you that he doesn't have any money in the first place, you are far less likely to expect him to spend anything on you.

So how do you counteract these 'frugal' tendencies? Well you could reason with him, you could appeal to his better nature, or you could even plead with him, but if all else fails simply blackmail him!

Sorry, I mean convince him that it would be in his best interests to spend a teeny weeny bit more money on you. The quickest and most effective method of achieving this goal is to make him jealous or hurt his pride.

What? - You want results don't you?

Get another man to spend money on you, especially in public. It doesn't matter who the man is, it could be your friend, your father, an uncle, anyone. Men do not like other men spending money on their women, they feel threatened and/or inferior, and they will instinctively want to prove that they are the better provider - simples.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 29) Part 2

Seriously though, if someone is tightfisted with their money they are likely to be tightfisted with many other things as well. Things like their attention, affection, support and time.

Before you move in with your 'Mr Bear', it would be wise to ascertain whether he is as 'generous' as he is 'cuddly'.

Is your girl a spendaholic?

At the risk of being sexist, I think it's a fair comment to say most women tend to be more carefree with their money than men.

M - "Darling, I think we should put a break on our spending, just for the next few weeks."

W - "Don't be such a spoilsport, it's only money, and besides you can't take it with you."

M - "Seriously hun, we've spent a fortune recently, let's just be a bit more careful, that's all."

W - "La - la - la - la - laaaaaaaa - I'm NOT listening to you."

Does this sound familiar guys?

To be continued ...

Have a frugal weekend.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Feb 5th 2018 (Part 2)

Gail Porter has pulled out at the last minute to be replaced by A US playboy bunny and other 'stars' include oddball politician Lembit Opik. Thank God for Ant and Deck (the hosts) that's all I can say.

Full line up: Sheryl Gascoigne (Ex-wife of footballer Paul), Nigel Havers (actor), Shaun Ryder (Mancunian singer - to add a bit of northern sophistication, no doubt), Britt Ekland (Actress), Linford Christie (athlete), Gillian Mckeith (TV dietician), Lembit Opik (politician and former Cheeky Girl boyfriend - wow), Stacey Solomon (former X Factor finalist), Aggro Santos (rapper), Kayla Collins (Playboy Playmate).

My parents once appeared in an episode of 'Juliet Bravo' (by accident - it used to be filmed in my hometown) I wonder if that qualifies me to appear on next years show...?

Just a thought.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Feb 5th 2018 (Part 1)

RETRO POST - ORIGINALLY POSTED WED 10TH/NOV/10

A woman from New Jersey has become an internet sensation after solving a 26 letter 'Wheel of Fortune' puzzle with just ONE letter revealed. Apparantly she's going to spend her $53,000 prize money on paying off her student loan and a Chanel handbag...hmm

The line up of this years 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me out of Here' gameshow has just been announced. It includes 'Happy Monday's' former frontman Shaun Ryder, who was recently banned from Channel Four for using foul and abusive language live on air, so rock and roll Shaun and so original.

The 'celebrity status' of some of the contestants is already being brought into question. Stacey Solomon, the girl who came 2nd or 3rd in last years ''X' Factor' for one, if you remember she sang like an angel but spoke incessantly with the most irritating voice known to man...keep the remote control handy, you have been warned.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 28) Part 2

One way of instantly improving your financial situation is to stop using credit cards, they are a false economy and will cost you dearly in the long run. Another way is to start monitoring your finances on a daily basis. Five minutes a day studying your bank accounts and investments will save you an absolute fortune.

Is your man tightfisted?

Okay, you have fallen head over heels in love with your guy, he is wonderful. You love his cute little smile, the way he frowns when he's thinking, and the way he always makes you laugh. 'Mr Cuddlybear' is simply irresistible, so much so that you decide to move in with him ...

It's funny how you don't notice the little things in the early stages of a romantic relationship. So what if he follows you around the house turning off all the lights and electrical appliances in your wake? He's just being thrifty that's all.

WT - Funny though, we don't dine at any expensive restaurants anymore, in fact, I'm lucky if he takes me out for a meal-deal once a month. I should have become suspicious when he took me to MacDonalds on our first date!

To be continued ...

Andy.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 28) Part 1

COHABITING:

Who holds the purse strings?

In days gone by couples, married or otherwise, tended to manage their finances independently from each other. If the man were the sole bread winner, he would give his spouse house-keeping money, and retain the rest of his salary for himself.

Alternatively, if both partners worked they would share the financial responsibilities and then handle the rest of their disposable incomes individually. Some older couples still choose to live this way.

M - "Don't forget you still owe me that fiver from last week."

W - "Yes, but I bought you some underwear in M & S yesterday, it came to £9.50, so actually, you owe ME a fiver."

M - "Pa! - £2, £4, £4.50. There, now we're straight."

Please!

I think it's fair to say that most modern couples prefer to pool their finances and resources, because it's a much easier and fairer way of cohabiting.

Finance is a vital part of any partnership and therefor it should be treated as a high-priority issue. It is essential that at least one of you takes time out to organise and implement the household budget.

PD Diary Archive Jan 8th 2018 (Part 1)

RETRO POST - ORIGINALLY POSTED TUES 9TH/NOV/10

Prime Minister David Cameron is in Beijing today leading Britain's biggest ever official delegation to China in an effort to strenghen the relationship between the two countries.

At home most of the UK is facing severe weather warnings, don't you just love living in 'sunny' Britain!?

Jack Duckworth (played by Bill Tarmey) one of the main characters in Britain's longest running soap opera 'Coronation Street' died last night, it was really sad. 'Jack' has been in the show for over thirty years.

PD Diary Archive Jan 8th 2018 (Part 2)

However worse is to come for the residents of Britain's most famous street when a tram disaster (due to be screened in December) wipes out many of the cast. My nails are already bitten to the quick in anticipation of this terrible event. Just hope Dreary, sorry Deirdrie doesn't cop for it.

Have a grand day chuck and don't forget t' put wood in thole (close the door) on tha way owt.

Andy.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 27) Part 1

DATING:

Compliments continued:

Phrases such as; 'As you say' or 'As you said' also have a similar effect, there is nothing people love more than having their opinions and beliefs reiterated, you'll actually see them nodding and agreeing with YOU as you recall something they once said - How powerful is that?

Most women place a great deal of importance on their clothes and appearance in general, whereas men are more egotistical. Therefor, women prefer compliments about how they look and their values, as opposed to men who prefer compliments about their 'personalities' and their abilities.

If someone has changed their appearance in some way, they will always appreciate a compliment about it. Because the look is new they will be seeking reassurance about it, and will be grateful to those who give it to them.

Really listening to someone is a compliment, and asking questions about what they are saying, as opposed to bulldozing on with your own agenda, is a way of confirming that you are interested in their views and opinions.

A good way of getting a person to talk more is to use phrases that encourage speech such as 'Tell me about it', 'How do you feel about it' or 'What's your oppinion'. Alternatively you can repeat their words in a questioning fashion, and they will automatically give you more information.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 27) Part 2

The grapevine is also an excellent way of complimenting people. Rest assured if you compliment a person to one of their friends or work colleagues it will get back to them.

Contrary to popular belief the majority of compliments have at least a minimal positive impact on the recipient, but you will always add weight to a compliment with a good delivery.

When giving a compliment you should always adopt good eye contact, have good timing and speak clearly and sincerely. As for your compliments being interpreted as bootlicking, let other people worry about that.

"When a man spends his time giving his wife criticism and advice instead of compliments, he forgets that it was not his good judgment, but his charming manners, that won her heart." - Helen Rowland.

To be continued ...

Have a great weekend.

Andy.

PD Archive Dec 5th 2017 (Part 2)

But OH NO, she wanted to make ABSOLUTELY sure that Lord Sugar was under NO illusions about how incompetent her two team mates REALLY were.

He granted her wish and she proceeded to launch into a tirade of abuse against them.

Only one result, Paloma.

"Your fired!"

Have a great day.

Er, I mean you guys, not Paloma, well Paloma as well really, that's if she visits this site of course. Er, I'll shut up now. Good idea!

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Dec 5th 2017 (Part 1)

RETRO POST - ORIGINALLY POSTED THURS 4TH/NOV/10

The Apprentice was good again last night, this is such a great show but where do they find so many contestants who are so 'up themselves'?

One guy said the other week "Evertything I touch turns to SOLD", come on, please.

Paloma (who was 'such a strong candidate' - well that's what she told us on at least six occassions last night) got fired. Talk about 'snatching defeat from the jaws of victory'.

I'm convinced she was through only for her to ask Lord Sugar in the boardroom shootout if she could say one final thing.

"Oh dear, keep your mouth shut Paloma, you've performed the task really well, it's obvious Lord sugar doesn't think much of the other two...Sshh!"

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 26) Part 1

DATING:

Where to find love?

If you are currently single and want to find a partner, it is essential to get out and about as much as possible. No matter how appealing you are to members of the opposite sex they are not going to find you whilst you are sat at home watching TV.

I appreciate that this is sometimes easier said than done, but making a conscious effort to socialise will always pay dividends in the long run. Of course, some people are naturally shy, but it is worth remembering that shyness is perceived by many as being an attractive quality.

As well as socialising more it is vital to frequent the same places. If you are flitting about all over town it will be impossible for any prospective suitors to track your movements, and eventually they will lose interest and switch their attentions to someone else.

It is best to have three or four venues that you visit regularly, that way you will be accessible to any potential dates whilst retaining the option of avoiding any unwanted admirers.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 26) Part 2

Compliments:

"There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by a small compliment." - Robert Brault.

Even though we live in an increasingly cynical world the power of a sincere compliment still persists. Okay, there is a thin line between flattery and sycophancy but the bottom line is this:

NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN PERSECUTED FOR DELIVERING A COMPLIMENT.

The art of praise giving is so powerful and yet so underused. We may live in a world where most compliments are received with at least a little suspicion, but so what, that should not stop us from giving them.

An undelivered compliment is a travesty for both the potential giver and receiver. Even if a compliment is considered to be corny, or worse still insincere, it is rarely viewed as being offensive.

A compliment can be as subtle as simply agreeing with someone and words such as 'correct', 'exactly' and 'absolutely' help promote effective communication.

To be continued ...

Andy.

PD Archive Nov 13th 2017 (Part 2)

4. Large brown bin (cardboard? that's brown, easy to remember - No - bottles and cans). 5. Large blue bin (cardboard). I keep having to fish our bottles and cans out of the blue bin.

"PLEASE let us put our bottles and cans in the blue one and our cardboard in the brown, no? Okay. Yes, I HAVE made sure that all the lids ARE down and no waste is protruding from any of the bins, I'm a good citizen."

"Just remind me again, which ones did you say you were collecting this week?"

Have a nice day.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Nov 13th 2017 (Part 1)

RETRO POST - ORIGINALLY POSTED WED 3RD/NOV/10

First day of our area's new recycling programme today, well the UK is only 20 years behind the rest of the civilised world, so we can't complain too much. Next year they've promised us all in-door loos which will be a real treat especially on those cold winter nights.

Let me get this right because I've been practicing!

1. Small green bin (food), 2. Large green bin (garden waste), yeah, I get that green for garden waste, that makes sense. 3. Medium sized black bin (general waste), Yeah, I'm liking it even more, black for black bagged waste, you know, our council is really switched on to the needs of it's residents.

Now this is where it starts getting confusing, councils - confusing? Never. Incidentally, these bins are starting to mount up, I can't move in this garage anymore.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 25) Part 1

LIFESTYLE:

Life on the open road continued:

Spatial ability versus verbal and emotional skills:

There has been plenty of talk about who are the better drivers-men or women? Irrespective of the statistics, (for the record, 60 per cent of all drivers are men and the majority of insurance companies offer lower premiums to women) there are certain key factors that must be considered.

Men tend to have more spatial skill, the ability to assess and orientate shapes and spaces than women, and women tend to be better than men at tasks that require verbal and emotional qualities.

Whoever invented the Sat-Nav should be knighted because it has revolutionised driving and rid us of one of it's greatest headaches - map reading.

I don't think it's unfair to say that the fairer sex and maps aren't exactly an ideal combination.

W - "it's that turning there."

M - "What turning? There is no turning."

W - "Yes there was, you passed it fifty yards back."

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Likewise, women's verbal and emotional skills aren't an exact match for driving either.

W - "Did I tell you about Cheryl? You know, the woman that works at the green grocers in the village. Well, you'll never guess what she did last Saturday ..."

M - "Please hun, concentrate on the road and DON'T answer that mobile phone either. Can't your make-up wait until we have stopped?"

Well we've mastered driving, now how about parking?

W - "Toss me your car keys love, I just need to move your new car over a little, so I can get 'Jenny' on the drive."

Let's be honest, that's not going to happen, is it? In fairness, parallel parking is not something they teach you when you're learning to drive but then again they don't teach you how to find your car in a shopping centre either."

M - "Can I help you sir, you seem to have been pushing that trolley around for an age."

M2 - "No, I'm okay thanks, I'm just getting a bit of frsh air."

M - "Okay but when you DO decide to go back to your car, you'll find that your time has expired, I've just given you a ticket, have a nice day."

Keep calm and drive carefully.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Oct 23rd 2017 (Part 1)

RETRO POST: ORIGINALLY POSTED FRI 20TH/MAY/11

Yahoo Lifestyle's latest article is a peice entitled "What men mean when they say..."

(Are you trying to say that us guys are insincere YL? or that we talk in riddles, talk about the pot calling the kettle black, okay, okay, I'll read on.)

What we say and what we mean are never going to be exactly the same. (pardon?) Good thing, too – imagine the chaos if everyone went around giving voice to every thought that passes through their head. (isn't that called being drunk at the office party YL?) Civilisation is built on secrets and diplomacy – and relationships are built on tact, little white lies and knowing when to shut up. (I never said a word YL)

We're all at it: men, women, singles and couples. But we're not all at it in quite the same way, (now whose talking in riddles) and you'll fare much better with men if you understand the subtle differences between their hidden meanings and yours. Here's a quick guide to understanding and speaking man-talk. (This should be fun!)

# “I definitely know you from somewhere.”

He means: I definitely fancy you. (don't be so presumtuous YL, I just thought I knew you from somewhere that was all, you're not one of those women who thinks that every man who speaks to her wants to marry her are you?, I suppose I'd like two children now you come to mention it but why do you ask?)

A guy who's trying to impress you wouldn't dream of risking a full “I fancy you” at this early stage, so he's hedging his bets with a glaringly unsubtle, flirty cliche. (far be it for me to disrespect my own gender YL but I think you are greatly over estimating our intellegence, we don't think that deeply, I just thought you looked familiar that was all but hey, take it as a compliment, by all means)

It works for a couple of reasons: first, it draws you into the idea that you and he are somehow connected - ah, it's fate!. It's also his way of signalling his interest, without making himself vulnerable to rejection. He fears rejection like a slug fears salt. (Arrgghh!, don't be so carefree with the condiments YL, that hurt)

#. “It's getting noisy in here. Do you want to go somewhere less crowded?”

He means: I like you, and I think you like me, so let's find somewhere more romantic. (okay, I'll run with this one, for now)

PD Diary Archive Oct 23rd 2017 (Part 2)

He still doesn't want to risk rejection by laying his heart on the ground for you to stamp on, (as if you girls would do that to us guys YL?) but when a man says this he clearly thinks that your date is going well. (Oh, we're on a date now are we, well thanks for telling me. I can't hear you, pardon?, sorry YL, you'll have to speak up, it's so damn noisy in here, it's like Picadilly Train Station...I knew that, I knew we WERE at Picadilly Train Station, I was just kidding. What the **** is she doing here, I'm not hiding from anyone YL) Or, his ex-girlfriend has just walked in.

Be warned, you haven't got him in the bag yet. (kidnapping is a very serious offence YL) When you “go on somewhere” he's still sussing you out. He hasn't switched to a quieter venue so that he can rip your clothes off – it's simply so that conversation is easier and he can find out more about you. (This new man malarky is becomming a real pain in the...)

#. “Hey try this: it's a whiskey sour. I first had one in New York. Careful, sip slowly...”

He means: You are intimidatingly cool. Must prove that I'm at least as cool as you are. (YL, what do you take us guys for?, we can handle sufistikate... sufostikate... posh birds, no problem)

This is not about whiskey cocktails, it's about his ego. If a man is impressed by your career or conversation, watch him try to rescue his intimidated ego (you're too cynical YL) by pulling out all his best alpha male tricks. He'll brag, crack jokes, spend money on you.

(don't get too giddy YL, just because you've got a nice line in patter doesn't mean to say we're going to spend a fortune on you, do you want another half of Guinness by the way?, I can't stay too long though, up early tomorrow, yeah, skydiving. Did I tell you Bono's my cousin, I'm going over to the States next week to see him and the rest of the boys, you know U2...A coincidence that, I mean Barry Manillow being your father and me being related to another rock superstar, turn sideways YL. Hmm, I suppose it is possible)

The poor weather forecast has put paid to the skydiving, so I suppose I'll just have to potter round the garden instead, maybe I'll put on a few of my old Barry Manillow CD's, that'll be nice...

To be continued...

Have a good weekend.

Andy.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 24) Part 1

LIFESTYLE:

Life on the open road:

Why do men and women adopt a totally different approach to cars and driving? At the end of the day, it's all about getting from A to B, isn't it?

Although men can be slobs around the house, they treat their cars with reverence.

M - "I hope your shoes are clean honey I've just spent all morning giving HER a good vacuuming. Oh be careful, you're getting hair all over the passenger seat again!"

My wife drives a Mini Cooper Convertible. It's a lovely car, but I never feel comfortable driving it. Maybe it's the colour, which is bright orange, or the fact that it has a massive pair of colour coordinated fluffy dice draped around the rear-view mirror. I don't know; it just doesn't feel like a guy's car to me.

I don't drive it very often, but one day I decided to take it out for a spin. Without thinking, I put on a large, chunky jacket that is extremely warm and comfortable, but does make me look a bit like a member of the 'Village People'.

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After I'd been driving for about ten minutes I hit heavy traffic and I remember letting another Mini out of a side road. The driver was a young woman and she gave me a grateful wave of her hand and a lovely smile before pulling into the gap I'd left for her.

There was something about her expression that puzzled me. I didn't recognize her, but there was just something about the way she'd acknowledged me, like the way you'd greet an old friend that made me think that maybe I did know her from somewhere after all.

Then, I considered how I must have looked driving 'my' orange Mini, with it's oversized fluffy dice whilst sporting my 'Village People' jacket and came to the shocking realisation that the girl had probably thought I was gay!

The more I thought about it the more convinced I became that she had thought I was gay. Needless to say, I've not got behind the wheel of my wife's car since, as for the 'village People' jacket, well that's got at least another ten years wear left in it ... What?! - Okay, five then.

'It's fun to stay at the Y-M-C-A ...'

To be continued...

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Oct 9th 2017 (Part 2)

Lord Sugar: “Edward reminds me of a very slow internet line. You have to sit and wait as you see him ticking over.”

Lord Sugar: “Ed, you were trained at one of the leading accountancy firms in the country I believe?

Edward Hunter: “Don’t fit the mould."

Lord Sugar: “I beg your pardon? Can you stop talking to me in semaphore, we’re not sending each other text messages!”

Edward Hunter: “At the end of the day Lord Sugar didn’t see what he wanted in me and I can accept that. I’m only 25, the world is my oyster. Roll with the punches.”

Lord Sugar: “You (Edward) said on your resume – ‘I’m Lord Sugar’s dream’. With the greatest of respect you’ve been a bit of a nightmare, and for that reason – You’re Fired!”

Just because poor Edward bit the dust so early, fear not, there are plenty of other candidates vying to fill his 'annoying git of the series' shoes. the favourite being Vincent Disneur who in my oppinion adds a whole new meaning to the word deluded.

His comments to date include. "I'm just going to go in there with my usual charismatic attitude." and "My positive approach and very good looks make me stand out from the crowd."

My personal favourite comment from 'show 1' though came from Melody Hossaini, who, when discussing how the girls team had excelled in the task said “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the Moon!”

I hope the show turns out to be 'One giant leap for mankind' for Melody as opposed to 'Houston we have a problem.'... We'll see.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Oct 9th 2017 (Part 1)

RETRO POST: ORIGINALLY POSTED WED 18TH/MAY/11

# Caledonian Thistle toppled the mighty Celtic recently prompting the newspaper headline: "Super Cally were fantastic, Celtic were atrocious" There's a song in there somewhere?!

# Sticking with football the Ajax goalkeeper's reputation for having a safe pair of hands was somewhat tarnished when he dropped the Eredivisie (Dutch) league trophy off the top of the team bus.

Maarten Stekelenburg who is tipped by many to replace Edwin van der Sar as the next Manchester United goalkeeper calamitously dropped the trophy whilst the team were celebrating, er, 'lifting' the trophy for the first time since 2004. - Good luck Sir Alex!

# Fantastic! - The best show of the year is up and running again. "The Apprentice" fronted by Lord Sugar and his two assistants, (Karen Brady and the whistful-looking Nick Hewer) is again giving TV licence payers value for money.

Where do they get the contestants from though? Last years quotes of the series came undoubtedly from Stuart "The Brand" (as he dubbed himself) Baggs who somehow managed to finish third. Amoung Stu's classics were "Everything I touch turns to sold." (Do you get that, gold/sold?...oh, never mind) and "I'm not a one-trick pony, I'm a ten-trick pony, in fact, I've got a whole field full of ponies."

This year's version of Stu unfortunately fell at the first fence (ponies, horse racing - come on, keep up!) and I must admit, part of me wishes he'd stayed around just a little bit longer.

Edward Hunter who proclaimed on more than one occasion during 'show 1' that he was the youngest and the shortest contestant. (what's height got to do with it Edward?) showed annoying tendencies right from the off. My guess is that Lord Sugar was mindful of allowing another 'loveable' yet bumbling character to progress so far in the series.

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EMOTIONS:

Does your man frustrate you? - continued:

W - "Come on, get up, WE'VE got lots to do today, rise and shine."

M - "What-What? God, I was fast asleep then, what the hell's got into you?"

W - "I told you last night we were getting up early."

M - "Just another ten minutes, I'm tired."

W - "Come on, you've got to mow the lawn, sort out that leaking tap, decorate the spare room, and then we'll have breakfast."

How would your man behave in such a situation? Would he a) Jump out of bed, rush and do all his chores before whisking you off for a champagne lunch? Or b) Roll over, snooze for another twenty minutes and then whine for the rest of the day about having to 'work' on his day off?

Don't answer that.

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Men like to lounge ...

WT - Okay give him his due, he has completed all his tasks for the day, but that's no excuse to go and lay on the settee and read the newspaper, now he's turned on the TV, if he thinks we are sitting in watching the football all afternoon he's got another thing coming.

W - "Come on, it's a lovely day, it's too nice to sit in here and waste it."

M - "Where were you thinking of going?"

W - "Well Selfridges have got a sale on and then we could go and look at that new furniture place and if we've got time we could even go and book a holiday."

M - "Woah, hold on a minute, we're not made of money, besides, don't you think it's time we visited your mother? I mean, we've not seen her in ages and I'm sure she'd love to see us."

W - "My mother-are you feeling alright?"

M - "Sure, I like your mother."

W - "Okay honey, that would be lovely, and thinking about it, why should we try to squeeze our shopping trip into a couple of hours this afternoon when we've got all day tomorrow to do it? I'll go and set the alarm clock before we leave."

To be continued ...

Have a great weekend.

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Sept 25th 2017 (Part 1)

RETRO POST: ORIGINALLY POSTED MON 16TH/MAY/11

Monday morning again, yippee! - Here's the conclusion to Yahoo Lifestyle's article "How to avoid offending him"

# His definition of self-confidence:

Historically, men were the hunters (Me Tarzan, you Jane, YL) whose primary function was to bring food to the cave to feed their family. Man's sense of pride is, consequently, derived from his professional expertise, competence and the notion of "doing".

Work is the area in which he most excels and where most of his battles are played out, and that holds true even today! (YL, you are such a genius, now stop gabbing for just one minute and pass me that last pterodactyl leg)

But women are unimpressed by this male jostling and think it unimportant so they may playfully point out (I feel another one of those all-knowing smiles comming guys) that their best friend's partner is doing very well and is climbing rapidly up the social ladder.

Although such comments are not designed to hurt, (not half - but now you mention it Emma has lost a lot of weight YL, and didn't she look great in those new jeans? - Hmm) they are guaranteed to make his hackles rise. This is exacerbated by the fact that men are generally not "talkers" but "doers" who define themselves though their actions and achievements.

Understanding his ego:

Sometimes tetchiness can arise from a man's arrogance or superiority - in short, his ego. "This affects men who are very confident, successful and very at ease in society," If they're used to being treated in a certain way outside the home, then the slightest lack of attention at home can meet with their immediate disapproval.

(YL, pass me the remote control please, the remote control YL, YL PASS ME THE REMOTE CONTROL! - I'm NOT shouting) This is inevitable in everyday life when there's no need to keep up appearances and just being nice or kind doesn't always do the trick. (it helps though)

PD Diary Archive Sept 25th 2017 (Part 2)

# Avoiding his Achilles heel:

Try to be kind. You don't have to play the shrink with him, but you need to realize that today's bad temper is probably connected to something that happened either in the past or in a sphere that doesn't directly concern you. (How could it possibly be your fault YL?)

One way forward is to anticipate the danger areas and try to avoid them or play them down, (does that mean I can go to the pub and watch the footy afterall?) When you realize that he's negatively misinterpreted what you've said, you can always choose to rephrase or reassure him. (In other words guys, the girls need to speak to us in simple language we can understand, no YL we don't feel patronised one bit, continue)

Build up his self-esteem. (Still not feeling patronised) The best way to prevent his negativity is for you to be positive and constructive. (still smiling - but I think I'll pop down to the gymn YL and try to lose some of that excess weight I've been carrying)

Confrontation is fine once in a while (this is woman-speak for us guys letting them get their own way ninety nine times before disagreeing with them once - but be warned newbies, she will then refuse to speak to you for two days, not including insults and abuse of course and you'll end up apologising for something you haven't done and funding a shopping spree to boot, cost pro rata to 'offence' caused) as long as it doesn't become a habit, particularly if your man is often easily annoyed. In this case, it would be better to try a different approach. Try, instead, to be appreciative; point out his exceptional qualities and encourage his choices, both professional and personal. (your too kind YL)

Hopefully, your new attitude will encourage him to give more thought to how he reacts to others and help free him of his insecurities. (I'm sure it will YL) If he wants to avoid all those pointless arguments, he'd be far better off focusing on his strengths and learning to articulate his feelings rather than behaving aggressively and your positive support will go a long way in helping him to make the change.

(Yes driver it's just the one case...yeah, terminal 2... Australia... I'm sure the weather will be great this time of year, it'll make a pleasant change from the frosty climate on offer round here)

(Hi YL, yeah, I'm on my way, I'll see you at the airport in about ten minutes...)

(What?...well I couldn't have an unhappy ending could I, besides which I couldn't go to Australia without YL, I'd have no one to argue with)

Andy.

Who Wears the Trousers? (No 22) Part 1

EMOTIONS:

Why do women cry at the adverts?

In today's society, it's much more acceptable for members of both sexes to open up, show their emotions, and have a good cry every once in a while. Not so long ago, however, if a man cried, even just in front of his own family, people would naturally assume he was having some kind of breakdown.

We should feel free to cry if we want to, in fact, it's good for our health. It's much better to let our feelings out than to bottle them up and let them gnaw away at us.

However, women have taken this emotion to a whole new level. They will cry at absolutely anything.

M - "What's the matter love-for heaven's sake, what's wrong?"

W - "Nothing, I'm fine, my eyes are just watering, that's all."

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M - "You're sobbing, now tell me, what's upsetting you?."

W - "That f-f-rog on TV is l-i-m-p-i-n-g, Waahhh!"

Does your man frustrate you?

Women are great planners and organisers; men just go along for the ride. Men regard the weekend as a time to relax, the way they see it is that they've worked all week, so the weekend is their playtime.

Bless them, will they never learn?

WT - You warned him not to have that extra beer last night, but would he listen? It's now 8.30am on a Saturday morning, and he's still snoozing away, in fact, he's been snoozing and snoring for most of the night, but that's another story.

It's time for some feminine revenge ...

To be continued ...

Andy.

PD Diary Archive Sept 11th 2017 (Part 1)

RETRO POST: ORIGINALLY POSTED FRI 13TH/MAY/11

Yahoo Lifestyle have recently written an article entitled "How to avoid offending him" (I'm not sure I like the sound of this one but here goes, I'm sure us guys won't get patronised too much...?)

It's widely believed that women are the touchy, sensitive sex but now it would appear that men are just as volatile and quick to take offence, and can sometimes react very unpredictably. (yep, keep 'em guessing guys)

We'll look at his need to be noticed, (I can do a hand-stand on one hand, whilst singing God Save the Queen, YL) his view on what is hurtful, his definition of self-confidence, Understanding his ego and avoiding his Achilles heel.

"Haven't you put on a little weight" (Have I YL? - I hadn't noticed) "Do you know Emma's husband has just had a great promotion?" (Has he, well good for him) He starts to frown almost as soon as these apparently innocuous words have left your mouth. And then he takes offence, or, worse still, starts to sulk.

(Don't fall for it guys, they're just trying to wind us up, they're obviously p***** off about something but rather than just tell us what it is they prefer to get us all angry and annoyed so they can blame us for it, sound familiar? - my advice is to keep smiling and get out of the house as soon as possible - sorry YL, you were saying)

And this isn't just a one-off; it seems that our men are becoming increasingly tetchy. "He's quick to misinterpret whatever you say, attributing a negative meaning - often wrongly, to the slightest comment or remark. And then he gets hostile and resentful. (As if, us new men are like pussycats YL)