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Old Jun 27 2011, 06:21 AM   #1
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At breakfast time yesterday my daughter's bungalow, about half a mile from my flat, burnt down. She and the five kids, all got out safely (in PJs) but the building is now a shell.

The council have put them into emergency accomodation (one large bedroom in a third rate hotel).

Then in the afternoon I was down there checking that all the services were turned off (the fire birgade hadn't been able to find the water stopcock) and some kind person stole my racing bike.

Then, in the evening, the upper left incisor dropped out of my false teeth!

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Oh no Peter! I'm glad that they're safe but that's really awful.

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That's horrible, Peter but the most important thing is that your loved ones are safe! Despite that you (and they) have my sympathy.
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Glad to hear they all got out save P'ter, but it definitely sounds like you had a hell of a day. Hope it gets better from here on.
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:hugs:; GLad everyone's safe, and may that be the last horirble thing to happen for a long time!
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Oh dear! What a horrid day for you and your family P'ter.

Those children will be horribly shocked and upset, I do hope there's plenty of calming help available for them.

for you all. Maybe you'll get your bike back anyway???
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what a horrible day!! Glad to hear everyone is safe.
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They say bad things come in threes so hopefully that makes your quota for a while. Glad to know the family is safe and I hope things work out for all of you soon.
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Ditto, what everyone above already said. Now go hug your Daughter and Grandkids some more.
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So, your daughter's house burnt down, your bike got stolen, and then just to put a capper on your day, a tooth fell out of your denture?

You deserve a do-over. You have absolutely exceeded your "universe's chew toy" allotment for the year.
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that sounds like a very bad day. I am glad evryone got out of the house safely.
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So, your daughter's house burnt down, your bike got stolen, and then just to put a capper on your day, a tooth fell out of your denture? <snip>
That is what I call a bad day, , Smokey wasis here talking to me, he picking up something from, what going on. That goes from both Dan J. and I.
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Oh dear, I'm so sorry. I do hope that the old saw of bad things coming in threes holds true for you.
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I was just going to say, "That's three, so everything should get better now." But I guess "better" would be a purely relative term at this point.
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You've definitely used this year's allotment of 3's for sure. Hope karma bites the person in the butt for taking your bike, that your daughter and grandkids find somewhere permanant and that the dentist is able to fix your cap up. Good things will come to you now.
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L O R D Peter...that's one really hideous day...
thats for sure.

I am very glad that your family are all safe, if not
a bit cramped, temporarily.

Hopefully they'll get settled well and permanently
sooner than later.

Here you go again my friend...I think the theives of
this world are certainly picking on you... first they
took your wallet in copenhagen...and now your beloved
bike...lets hope you get it back too, but this time just
like you left it!!!

Seems to me you need a trip back over to Ireland for
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...you could certainly use some for a change!!!

Here's good thoughts for much better days for all of you...
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Quick(ish) update.

Fi and the kids spent a night in a cheap hotel, courtesy of the Council. they are now in a 4-bedroomed maisonette on a 60's housing estate the other side of Wolvo (from whence it is impossible to get to their schools, and anyway their uniforms were in the Utility Room waiting to be washed, so they were fuel for the fire).

Their former neighbours have been great. Three have donated clothing, one has given us (well, me mostly) access to her dishwasher, and one old boy has donated a radio and is helping me get bags of salvaged belongings to my garage from whence I can sort and clean things. I've lent them cooking gear, some books and a little DVD player.

The Council's housing standards state that they need a 5-bedroom house. The Council doesn't have many of them and none are available. So they are backing her finacially to rent privately. There's a suitable house for rent up a side street off their old road, so the kids can still go to the same schools.

I WAS hoping to get down to Wells Cathedral this next Sunday as my baby sister (only 57!) is being ordained, but I don't think I'll have the time.
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Good to know things are moving along for the family. It'll be great if they can get settled in somewhere within the same school district. That will help the kids cope with the situation at least a little.I'm sure you're sister will understand if you can't make it. You and yours will still be in my prayers.
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I'm sorry, P'ter, for what happened to you and your family, but thank God everyone got out safely and that things are getting better for them.
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P'ter, I told my dh about your day and he said it sounded like Job! You and yours are in my prayers!
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Kev: and like Job I'm standing firm.

I'll post some pickies in a day or two.
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I am glad your daughter and the kids are okay, and that they didn't lose quite everything. They are lucky to have you and those neighbors. A little help can go a long way. Hope you get your bike back. Did you get the teeth fixed?

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Yes tooth fixed (36 hours without while plate was at technicians) and bike reported to insurance company.

I've also talked to the fire service about whether there isn't a commercial opportunity for a company who go in to salvage and clean what ever is salvable after a fire. They seem to think that it might have a future. So now I need to get working on a business plan.
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Yes tooth fixed (36 hours without while plate was at technicians) and bike reported to insurance company.

I've also talked to the fire service about whether there isn't a commercial opportunity for a company who go in to salvage and clean what ever is salvable after a fire. They seem to think that it might have a future. So now I need to get working on a business plan.
We have something like that, P'ter. The company name is called QUICK RESPONSE. Google it and see what they offer...they might have some ideas for you.
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Oh gosh! That sounds extraordinarily awful, P'ter! But glad that there has been help for you and the family. I have to agree with the person who is hoping that karma catches up with the miserable cur who stole your bike.

It seems, in spite of the theft, as if the prayers of those who are praying for you and your family are being answered. I do hope the children and Mum will be able to adjust in a new place, and that life will be in better balance, very soon. Most certainly, they may have a new appreciation for their own lives, which were spared. Glad we are not comforting you over the loss of any member of your family. I must say, I think such a great loss as their home and belongings will be on their minds for quite some time, though. Keep us up to date on the recovery as you and they get it all sorted out. Hugs all around!
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Glad to hear that your family has a larger place to lay their heads and rest for awhile. Hopefully they will be able to get a house closer to their schools, friends and normal life. Sounds like you most certainly have your hands full...but then again you do always seem to be busy with your family one way or other.
Any news on your *Bike*...hope you or the police find it sooner than later. Do you have any insurance on it...? Wishing you all the best.
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The police admit they aren't even bothering to look for the bike!

A friend has leant me a little car to carry bags of salvaged clothes, etc. I'm having to use it for school runs also (until the council pull out their collective fingers and dish out the bus passes). That's two runs in the mornings and two at tea time: total around 50 miles a day.

I've now got all the clothes and books out and am starting on stuffed toys etc. Next I've got all the dvds to go through and salvage.

The tinkers have been in and stripped out as much lead and copper as they could scrounge. The good thing was that the cold water tank in the roof emptied itself all over them.
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That water tank was probably the first shower they had since the last rain storm! Nick says that is also the local council's problem, and not your daughters.
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Salvaging moves on apace. I've even managed to rescue most of her McCaffreys (plus my Terry Pratchetts and Dick Francises).

As it's a private rental, the council are only involved in so far as its a dangerous empty property. An aquaintance of mine who works for the empty houses section of the council says that the landlord has a long on going record with them!
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Hmm, methinks that I may need a list of books from you so I can send you some copies, providing I've got ones that'll help you out. However I'm glad that things are slowly sorting themselves out for you.
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Yesterday afternoon as I was unloading boxes into my garage I heard an odd noise coming from the boxes I'd stacked on Sunday. It transpired to emanate from the bottom one of a stack of four and there, ontop of the books, nestled into an old baby shawl was a black and white kitten about three weeks old (eyes still shut).

So took it up to my daughter and the kids and got kitten-milk, eyedropper, tray and litter stuff. It was very hungry and thirsty and certainly hadn't been fed since Sunday morning. I don't think it was any longer than that; it was still too lively.

Unfortunately it's really too young even for the dropper, so this morning we took it to the local PDSA clinic who reckon they've got a foster cat for it.
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poor thing. I am glad you found it. I wonder how it got there.

Can the kids get the kitten back once it is weaned?
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Awwwwww

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Just saw this. Poor little kitten! Good thing you found it, P'ter!
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I really hope things will be okay for you, your family, and the kitten from now on. (hugs)
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