Thursday, May 31, 2012

Foreign Friends

I really don't mind having friends from all around the world. Some of my friends come from Cyprus, India, USA, Germany and Poland but mostly from the UK :)

When it comes to relationships I have my preferences and ideals. :-)  I once dated a guy who lived in England with his parents.  English was not his first language.   I remember him taking me to meet some of his friends and family.  They were all such lovely folk however I found it extremely awkward being in their company because when he conversed with them he often spoke in his own language. 

I often felt very left out as I could not understand what he was saying, nor could I understand what some of his relations/family were saying either.

Relationships such as this can work sometimes however I must admit that I found it a little awkward myself.

Although I was born abroad I was actually brought up in England from the age of 6 months old.... to a Mother and Father who only speak the English language. I don't speak another language as such however I can speak a little school girl French (not much though). 

All of my previous relationships were only with men who spoke the same language as me. I promised myself that I did not ever want to be in the same situation as I have mentioned above.  It works for some folk. I do not have a problem with other folk and how they choose to live their lives...I can only speak for myself and I have always been quite adamant about a few things in my life. :)

The kind of man I would have relationship with would have to be: Kind, sincere, speaks English, clean, tidy and has a good sense of humour. Is that too much to ask for? :-)

None of the above has anything to do being prejudiced....but more to do with the kind of person I would rather be in a relationship with. I much prefer good communication.  ;-)

Ps

I think all of us can be a little particular about those folk we prefer to be in a relationship with.  Religion and gender can also become very important when it comes to being in a relationship with someone. For instance I would much prefer someone who was the opposite sex to me (male) and who was also from a Christian background.  I have nothing against those who practice a different religion to me or who have same sex relationships though...I just would not have a relationship with them. :)

SmileyRose x

Who Are My Friends? :-)

I guess my friends are all of those folk who I have accepted/added as a friend on my Facebook account....and of course all of those friends who do NOT have a facebook account...I still consider them as friends also (but they must not be strangers).  I almost forgot. Some partners of friends, are friends too.  ;-)

I have plenty of aqaintances, however if I'm unsure about someone then they'll remain aqaintances until such a time we become friends. Some aqaintances mix in the same circles as I do...and they have socialized with me too, but it doesn't mean they are friends. :)

If any of my friends are on facebook, then I'm easy to find...the others all found me ok. ;)

If you are not one of the above then you should not be reading my Facebook account. I have a public blog for that. :)

PS

If you do not consider yourself a friend then I suggest you delete yourself from my facebook account. We don't want any unwanted spys on there. ;)

SmileyRose x

"Gotta Be You"



I'm loving this song. Both of my daughters love this band. One Direction. :-)

SmileyRose x

Weekend In London

Last weekend I spent a lovely weekend in London.  The weather was glorious.  I had a 'girly' night out on the town and we had a comfortable night at The Thistle Hotel, London.

During our night out we enjoyed Indian cuisine at the Delhi Brasserie before enjoying a few cocktails at the some of the bars. 

It was a most enjoyable and relaxing evening. :)











































SmileyRose x

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

As Far As I Am Concerned....re Divorce/Seperation.....

As far as I am concerned I most certainly do not think a couple should be legally divorced until such a time when they are living apart from each other.  For instance: Separation whilst a woman/man are still living together in the same home and a husband is still paying for the mortgage etc then as far as I am concerned the husband should still carry on being responsible for the bills until such a time all financial ties have been severed. One should still remain married until such a time this happens.

You can understand why in so many cases of seperation a man would become jealous if he was forced to still pay for a mortgage whilst his ex was entertaining another partner in the marital home (particularly if he was the bread winner of the home). This is probably the reason why so many domestics occur within the marriages of seperated couples. A divorce should not be granted until two people have a clean break from each other and they are no longer tied together.

My ex and I divorced 6yrs ago and we went our own separate ways. A clean break.

As far as I am concerned only in such circumstances whereby two people have chosen to go their own separate ways and sever all ties together should a divorce be granted.

If one or the other wish to start up another relationship with someone else in the meantime only then should the courts look at it as adultery and the divorce should be pronounced as such. :)

Deciding upon financial issues within such a divorce should be straight forward...50/50 unless a pre-nuptial agreement was made. This should be legally binding in England.

Provided both parents were decent/good parents then both parents should be able to see their children on a regular basis.

SmileyRose x

Friday, May 25, 2012

"CHILDREN"



"Children" by Robert Miles - Love this tune so, so much. :)

Love both of my children so much. :)


SmileyRose x

Thursday, May 24, 2012

THE ANGLO-INDIAN COMMUNITY :-)

Awww it's so sad. :(  I hear that the Anglo-Indian community are a dying race here in England.  It is such a shame and they are such lovely folk. :)

The Oxford Dictionary's definition of "Anglo-Indian" is "Of mixed British and Indian parentage, of Indian descent but born or living in Britain, or (chiefly historical) of British descent or birth but living or having lived long in India".

:)

CLICK HERE: Anglo-Indians :)



SmileyRose x

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Oh Dear! Here I Go Again

Whilst driving home from my Mother's this evening (I was invited for dinner)... my car came to a sudden halt.  It made me feel a little nervous however there were a number of folk who drove by and they stopped to offer me some help.

I declined most of their offers because I presumed I had only flooded the engine and it would be a matter of time before I was able to start the car up again . It had stopped very suddenly at a junction prevously but after a few moments the engine started again. However on this occasion a very nice guy stopped in his car and he pushed my car to safety when the car wouldn't start.  He was very sweet and helpful.:)

I phoned my Mother to let her know what had happened and she sent my step father out to me so that he could take a look at the car whilst I waited for RAC assistance.  Awww it's great they care.;)
It wasn't the first time I've had to wait for some assistance from the RAC...but that's another story.:) 

We didn't have to wait for too long and the RAC guy reached me and my car within 45mins. He showed me how to change the crank sensor, which was the cause of the car not working properly. It was great because the job looked pretty straight forward. It only took about 20 minutes to fix. He also saved me a job and put some more oil in the car for me. When he had finished he was really kind to follow me home and to make certain I reached in one piece. :)

Aww the RAC are really great and I thank my Father for recommending me to them.  He'd been a member for a number of years and has always received the best service from them.  Thanks Dad. ;)

So, all seemed to end well this evening.

It seems like everytime I step out of my door I seem to draw attention to myself without even trying.  Oh well....until the next time. ;)

Ps  Would you believe that first I stopped right outside the Police Station and when I managed to start the car briefly before it came to another halt, it stopped outside the Golf Club. Ewww it's an omen. I feel it in my blood. ;)

Thanks all :)

Frances SmileyRose Napper x

Monday, May 21, 2012

"Please" by Robin Gibb - Bee Gees Singer Dies - RIP



RIP Robin Gibb

I bought this beautiful single a few years ago by Robin Gibb. I loved it.  Sadly Robin Gibb aged 62yrs died today after his long battle with cancer.  The Bee Gees were fabulous....one of my all time favourites.  They made such hits as "How Deep Is Your Love" "Night Fever" "Staying Alive" "You Should Be Dancing" "If I Can't Have You" "More Than A Woman" "Too Much Heaven" "To Love Somebody" "Massachusetts" "Tragedy" "Words" "Jive Talking" and "You Win Again."

There were also a number of songs written by the Bee Gees but they were made famous by other artists. Some of those in my own record collection are: "Emotion" by Samantha Sang, "Immortality" by Celine Dion, "Chain Reaction" by Diana Ross, "Grease" by Frankie Valli and "Woman In Love" by Barbara Streisand....there were many, many more.

Prayers and thoughts to Robin Gibb's family members at this sad time.

SmileyRose x

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Chelsea FC Anthem - Blue is the Colour :):):);):);)

I watched the Chelsea V Bayern match at Munich last night. What a game! I was very excitable as they won the Champions League. Victory to Chelsea as they triumph in glory for that stunning penalty shoot-out! :) I was singing loud!

Blue is the colour football is the game we're altogether and winning is our aim so cheer us on through the sun and rain coz Chelsea, Chelsea is our name. ;)

Frank Lampard for Captain!!!! :) Didier man of the match. Whoa. I phoned my dad today just to make sure he was watching,. :):)

SmileyRose x

Likes This Song Because Frances Means Freedom :)





For those who did not know, Frances means Freedom. One good reason I really like this song by George Micheal. :)

SmileyRose x

Friday, May 18, 2012

Facebook - Networking Site

Today Facebook sells off its shares for the first time ever and in the process of doing so it is expected to create 1,000 millionaires. Wow! :)

Facebook the social networking site will sell 421 million shares @ £24 a share.

Mark Zuckerberg the creator of Facebook could net about £18 billion. Not bad for a guy who created the site whilst he was still at University 8 years ago. He is probably one of the richest men in the world now.

10 yrs ago there wasn't such a site as Facebook. Because my Father was in the RAF (Royal Air Force) I found it very difficult to keep in touch with the folk I'd become friends with. We spent much of our time moving around and I lost touch with many of my friends.

Since joining Facebook it has helped to put me in touch with many folk again. It has helped me keep track of them as they are all in one place now. Hopefully I won't lose contact with any of them again. :)

Unfortunately I haven't been able to find everyone as it is more awkward to find female friends, particularly as many get married/they remarry or they change their surnames.  There are some friends I know who won't go anywhere near a networking site because they do not trust it.  It is a great shame. :)

Facebook has become a favourite networking site for me purely because I have learned that you don't have to allow folk apart from friends (folk you actually know) and who all use their 'real' names, onto your site. :)

Someone mentioned in an article not so long ago that they did not like the fact that advertising companies get to see all of your likes/interests and they can begin to study and build a profile/log which tells them a lot about you.  The way I see things; because so many youngsters use Facebook the advertising companies were only building their information from the youngsters only rather than the older folk in my own age group.

If you are in the advertising business then I should imagine they would get a good insight into what folk like and all of their interests. They would need to know what folk of all ages enjoy and not just the youngsters. :)

On my site I have a wide age group of friends and not just folk in my own age group.  It's been great being in contact with them all again.  I only wish more of my old friends would join Facebook as it would be a great way to keep in touch with them all again.

Facebook is a site you can trust if you use it correctly because only you are in control of what information you put onto your Facebook profile. 

As long as you use your real name to enable folk to find you, you do not have to tell Facebook too much about yourself.  It is a good way of still maintaining close contact with old and new frienships. I do not see any problem with that.  It is like keeping a large address book but it is also a way of posting fun stuff to each other if you feel like it.

Good luck to those who use Facebook and well done Facebook. :)

Ps One of THE most important things I like about Facebook is that it also helps you to keep in touch with close family members too. ;)

Frances SmileyRose Napper xx

"Rock DJ"

I'm listening to "Rock DJ" by Robbie Williams :)

SmileyRose x

One For The Girls

This made me chuckle bearing in mind I have a couple of friends who are Harley-Davidson mad.

At last a pink Harley-Davidson for us girls to ride on. One for Barbie. ;)



















Image from Click Here: HarleyDavidsonUK

Best Caption - Friday 11 November 2011
"I think this grey helmet makes people stare..."
Steve Jenkins

SmileyRose x

"Rule The World" by Take That



I am a huge 'Take That' fan. 'Take That' have been awarded with an Ivor Novello for PRS for Music, Outstanding Contribution to British Music!  Well done to them. :)

SmileyRose x

Planet Earth's Northern Hemisphere - Amazing!



Beautiful detailed images of our planet are being shot by a new Russian weather satellite, named Electro-L. Every 30 minutes..Amazing!  Stunning!

SmileyRose x

I'm A Bit Of A Sentimental Fool Sometimes :)

SmileyRose Words Of Wisdom

I tend to keep a lot of things from my past, usually just a little memento ie., old cards/postcards/photographs etc. Mostly I keep the good momentos and I throw away the bad ones.  

I enjoy looking back sometimes and just reminding myself of some of the good times I have had over the years. 

I am one of those folk who believes in moving forward and I try not to dwell on the past.

There are some occasions when I can't help myself and I have to remind myself about the past. Sometimes our past is what makes us who we are today. Your past is something you can't ignore and no matter how we sometimes try to run away from it, it can soon catch up with us.

The best way to deal with a bad past is to face it, remember it and to then put it to one side and to leave it there.  You will never be able to get rid of it altogether however learning to put it behind you can be half the battle when you're looking to move on with your life. 

Above all try not to let your past get in the way of your future.  You have everything to look forward to so try to forget the bad bits and now move on.

Ps There are always going to be folk who cannot deal with their past because they have suffered from some kind of trauma perhaps.  These folk will always need the help and guidance from the right folk who are trained to help them get over their problems.

SmileyRose x

Thursday, May 17, 2012

"Remembrance Day" by Bryan Adams




Thanks Will Black I really like this song.

SmileyRose x

"Last Dance" by Donna Summer - RIP




RIP Donna Summer who died earlier today aged 63

Singer Donna Summer was one of my childhood favourites. I still have some of her albums and a few singles in my record collection.  She was indeed the queen of disco. She won five Grammy Awards and had a further 12 nominations. She was an amazing singer. She is believed to have died in Florida and is reported to have suffered from cancer.

My favourite Donna Summer songs are as follows:

"Last Dance"
"I Feel Love"
"Bad Girls"
"On The Radio"
"MacArther Park"
"Hot Stuff"
"Love To Love You Baby"
"Heaven Knows"

Such a sad loss.

SmileyRose x


'My All'



I really love this Miriah Carey song 'My All'...and this singer Jessica Sanchez sang it beautifully on American Idol. LuLu recently mentioned the singer on Twitter. I had to post this as I simply loved this song. :)

SmileyRose x

Medical Breakthrough For Stroke Suffers


The below link is absolutely amazing bearing in mind my own Father suffered a stroke a few years ago.

He was paralysed down one side of his body and it came as a shock to the whole family.

He suffered a second stroke not so long ago. Another close friend of the family is a stroke victim also.

It is quite comforting to know medical technology is always improving.

You could see the determination on the lady's face to get that robots arm to bring her a cup of coffee.

When she smiled she was truly beautiful. :)

Ps Thanks to Keir Simmons link...he recently posted this on his Facebook Site. It is indeed where I first saw this link. :)

CLICK HERE: Paralysed-woman-controls-robot-arm-with-mind-to-drink-coffee/

SmileyRose x

OCRF - White Shirt Day

This Saturday May 19th is OCRF - White Shirt Day in Australia.

The day is all about creating awareness of Ovarian cancer.

In Australia one woman dies every 10hrs from ovarian cancer. It is very hard to detect ovarian cancer and by the time it is detected it is often too late. Early detection is the answer.

Wearing a white shirt is a charity which raises money to create awareness and to help with early detection of ovarian cancer.

There is currently a campaign on Twitter to create awareness about ovarian cancer.

It is always good to support the various causes. There are so many folk who have suffered with the many different cancers, not only in Australia but also here in the UK...in fact right around the world.

If it helps with research then I am all for it therefore I am wearing my white shirt.

Please Click Here - OCRF - White Shirt Day Awareness

Ps I first saw this on Twitter. Dannii Minogue twitter post - creating awareness.

SmileyRose x

Only Peterborough

'Only Peterborough' is the new magazine that celebrates life in Peterborough & the surrounding areas. It brings you local news, fashion, whats on & lots more! 

It's free. :)

Click Here: Only Peterborough on Twitter





















Ps Thanks Scott I will read your article when I get my copy. :)

SmileyRose x

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hambleton, Rutland

Today I went on a wonderful trip with a friend to Rutland.  We both decided to go out for the day particularly as the weather was rather beautiful. We went the scenic route. ;) 

We decided to have a Sunday roast at one of my favourite pub restaurants; 'The Finch's Arm' Hambleton. It was a great venue and lunch was superb. :)

Afterwards we decided to go for a nice scenic walk, so we followed a public footpath to Rutland Water. Hehe we seemed to walk for miles (about 5 in total)....it certainly blew away a few cobwebs. ;)

All of that walking left us feeling rather thirsty therefore when we eventually returned to the car we went to Uppingham and had a drink at a pub in the square.

I met a few friendly folk in Rutland today and I had a very pleasant day. :)

















































































































































































































SmileyRose x

"Because I Said So"

Watching the film "Because I Said So" on the TV this evening.  The film stars the brilliant Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore. 

Hehe A meddling mother tries to set her daughter up with the right man so that she won't follow in her footsteps. Love it. ;)


SmileyRose x

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Beauty and the Beast - Tale As Old As Time [HD] - I love this :)



SmileyRose x

Beauty and the Beast: The Transformation & End - Loved the transformation the best ;)



SmileyRose x

Classical Music

I have always been very fond of classical music. Don't you just love listening to Classic FM? :) Oh yes I have my classical moods sometimes whereby I just have to listen to clasical music.

SmileyRose x

In an English Country Garden....(Another Favourite_ :)





Another favourite! This tune reminds me of one of my many holidays. I'd gone with the then in-laws, children and ex. I remember there was a piano very near to an open door leading out into the garden. I remember sitting and learning how... to play this little tune on the piano one morning. :)
SmileyRose x

WALDTEUFEL: The Skater's Waltz/Leibowitz



One of my favourite classical pieces of all time :)

SmileyRose x

Monday, May 07, 2012

Stapleford Park Hall

I had an absolutely fantastic day yesterday! I didn't want it to end. :)

 I drove to Stamford to meet up with my Dad and Marion. It was Dad's 80th Birthday. :)

Shortly after I arrived a Mercedes with a driver pulled up outside the front of their home and we were driven to Stapleford Hall. It was lovely to travel in style. ;)

We met up with the lovely Charmaine de Souza, Richard Rothschild, Angelina Rothschild, Sky Rothschild, Basil de Souza and Fiona Davies.

Dinner was excellent! The day was excellent! It was so good to catch up with everyone.

After dinner one of the waitresses brought out a birthday cake for my Father. We all sang 'Happy Birthday' to him, in tune I'll hasten to add. ;)

I played Peebo with one of the toddlers also dining at the same restaurant with his parents. LOL he was so cute he even gave my Dad a kiss for his Birthday. ;)

I later took some photographs. Stapleford Hall was very pretty indeed.

I haven’t been to Stapleford Hall for a few years. The last time was when we all decided to go horse riding together. I remember riding a lovely white horse named 'Porridge' on that day. :)

*Sighs* I have had a lovely day. :) 


Family photos are private among my Family and Friends on Facebook only/or those who I choose to see my photographs (with my permission). I will include some of the photographs I took of the Hall on my blog site though as this is public. :) If you are not a Facebook friend and you have not actually friended me on Facebook, then it means I do not intend for you to look at my private photographs. :)
































































































SmileyRose x

My Recent Trip To Covent Garden, London

Last Monday I took the day off work to visit London to see my Aunt, Uncle, Cousin and his girlfriend. Later that day I met an old friend.  I had a fabulous day. :)

























SmileyRose x

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Meeting Up With Family Members & Old Friends :)

What a fabulous week it has been this week!!

On Monday I took the day off work and I decided to go down to London to meet up with family members and an old friend. :)

I took the train down to London. I am pleased to say there were no delays. :) I reached London in good time and I caught the tube to Covent Garden. I met up with my Aunt & Uncle and my cousin and his girlfriend. It was wonderful just sitting and catching up together over lunch. :)

There is something about London that gives me a buzz. I'm glad I took my camera with me. I managed to take a few photographs which I hope to post her later on. :)

Later I met an old friend I had not seen for many years. It was so good to catch up together over a bite to eat and to chat about some of the old times we used to have together. Ah those fun days. ;)

Today I had lunch with another old friend. We met up at the Waterside Garden Centre, Nr Bourne. Lunch was lovely. It was great to catch up and recall of the old times together.

It's rather funny that all of our children are all in the same age group. It seems that we were all bringing our families up at the same time.

I love family and I love my old friends. ;)


SmileyRose x




Friday, May 04, 2012

Photographing The Grand Canyon :)

A couple of years ago I decided to go and do something fun so I booked a holiday in the USA and I did a tour around California. I loved the Grand Canyon. Here's a photograph of me getting ready to go up in the helicopter. I really loved photographing this place...it was so much fun. :)

I travelled alone and I met a number of lovely folk during my trip to the States. Some of those folk I am still in touch with now even. :)










SmileyRose x

"America ( I Love America)"




by Todd Terry :)

SmileyRose x

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Waves of the Danube The Anniversary Song :)



SmileyRose x

Happy Anniversary

I can't believe the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been married for a whole year!!! Where on earth has the time gone? This has been the quickest year I can ever recall. :)


















Best Wishes



SmileyRose x

"A Kiss From A Rose"

I'm listening to "A Kiss From A Rose" by Seal  ;-)

SmileyRose x

Take That - Patients :)



SmileyRose x

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

GP's Urge Parents To.....

Whooping cough aka Pertussis - DPT and DTaP Vaccines.

Whooping cough is highly infectious. I heard only today that there was a small epidemic in the UK. Wonders if anyone actually disagrees with the vaccines.

Both of my children were vaccinated against whooping cough when they were small babies because I heard the risks of babies catching the infection were fairly high and in some cases it resulted in fatal consequences. I had to weigh up the pros and cons of having my children vaccinated. I'd also read about the harrowing stories of damage and death caused by the pertussis vaccines.

Wonders if such vaccines are harmful/dangerous to your child/ren?

Some GPs have actually urged parents to immunise their children against whooping cough after a rise in cases across the South East in the first three months of this year.

CLICK HERE  to see BBC News report.

SmileyRose x