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5th-Aug-2016 07:28 pm - It's birthday time!
Birthday Balloons
A Very
Happy Birthday
to
spikesgirl58


minions-cake-birthday1

I hope you have a great day x
1st-Aug-2016 01:23 pm - Music
Red
It's been a couple of months since I posted any music so this afternoon I'm posting the first song I heard when I woke up this morning on the 1st of August. This was being played my bedside radio.

This song reminds me of being in the junior school. It was the first and only time the headmaster played a record on the school record player during assembly. For the whole of my 5 years bar this one morning, the record player always sat unused on a shelf behind him and I remember being amazed that he had chosen to play that weeks number 1 record!

I remember clearly listening to this song but I have no idea what the message of his assembly was!

Tie a Yellow Ribbon - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando

28th-Jul-2016 11:26 am - Yay!
Birthday Balloons
Hippo Birdie 2 me 🎂🍷
26th-Jul-2016 05:40 pm - Back online
Red
It looks as if my internet might be finally back to normal today. Thank goodness!

I have lots of things to catch up with and reading everyones posts from last week is one of the things on my list xx
22nd-Jul-2016 02:34 am(no subject)
Red
I've been affected by the BT server outage this last couple of day....in fact, all week. So I've not been able to access the internet at all. I'm on my phone now!

I had a lovely surprise today. I had a lovely postcard from browngirl which had one of her wonderfully bright and cheerful paintings on it. I'll post a picture of it when I can get proper internet access.

Browngirl - thank you so much, I love hand crafted things that I know someone has made for me. And it is lovely that you thought to send it to me. X
16th-Jul-2016 04:31 pm - Blood test result
Red
I got my blood test result back this morning and it was negative. So that's good. I'm pleased about that!

But then it doesn't explain the pain I had.

When I saw the doctor on Tuesday, she told me to call back and see her again whatever the results of the blood test to have a chat about it so I think I'll ring on Monday morning and book an appointment with her.
16th-Jul-2016 04:02 pm - Yay!
Red
Well! It's taken me about 4 months, but I've finally managed to sort out my header picture and title!!

YAY!!!
8th-Jul-2016 05:19 pm - es el momento de cumpleaños
Happy Birthday candles
Feliz cumpleaños
a
st_martin_a


Awesome-Birthday-Wishes-For-Christian

Espero que tengas un buen día
7th-Jul-2016 11:27 pm - It's birthday time!
Birthday Balloons
Happy Birthday
to
cindylou07


Happy-Birthday


I hope you have a great day x
Red
I would like to invite everyone to join balderdash_game. We are a nice friendly group who have fun playing balderdash on LJ. If you enjoy playing with words then have a look at the community and join us.

A new game has just been posted tonight, Sunday 26th June at 10pm GMT.

Balderdash is a game with 5 different rounds played over 5 weeks (words, dates, films, people and initials) The idea of the game is not actually to guess the real answer, although you get a point if you do, but to try to convince other people that your definition is the real definition.

The game only requires a definition to be sent in to me by PM between Sunday and Wednesday and a visit to the site between Thursday and Sunday to vote.

Anyone, whether a member of the community, a watcher or a non member, may vote in any game. Please join the group if you would like to join in the game and then send in a definition for a round - but please note that if you do send in a definition for a round you will need to be able to visit the community later in the same week (after Wednesday evening) to cast a vote. You can play just one week as and when you want to or you can play a full game, although all members at the moment play the full game.

As an example of how the game works, the first round in a new game is the 'word' round. I post a word on a Sunday evening, and players make up a definition and PM it to me. On Wednesday evening all the definitions, plus the real one, are posted and everyone has until Sunday night to vote for which one they think is the real answer. If someone votes for your definition you get a point and if you vote for the right answer you get a point. The person with the most points at the end of the five rounds is the winner of the game.
28th-May-2016 10:45 pm - apologies and Birthday wishes
Happy Birthday candles





Happy-Birthday-Greetings-Wishes

I've missed a right load of peoples birthday's this month!
So I'm sorry I'm late with my wishes but
A Very Happy Belated Birthday to

anwyn_elfmaiden
magic_treehouse
jantojones
eska818
taketimetoshine
missedirony
rolypolypony
davesmusictank
sbcaitlin
spyinak
kehlen_crow
kishenehn

and
Happy Birthday for today to
killiara
28th-May-2016 10:10 pm - Experiment!
Orion Nebula
I've just tried to make a virtually fat free, sugar free chocolate cake. It's out of the oven, cooling and smells lovely...pity its only about an inch and a half tall!! It was an American recipe and it does have the appearance of a chocolate brownie!

Not tasted it yet but I'm fully expecting it to be awful!
1st-May-2016 04:39 pm - Finally!!
Red
Yay! I have finally caught up and read everyone's posts from the last month!!

My LJ freind from the US is staying with me at the moment so after she has left on Tuesday Morning I will have quite a few things to post about! xx
11th-Apr-2016 08:39 pm - yikes!
Red
I have a right lot of catching up to do with reading everyones posts - I can see this taking me several days!!
Toilet roll
This weeks new episode of Person Of Interest had a scene where Root, expecting to be killed says to Harold, "If the worst comes to pass, could you give Shaw a message?" to which Harold replies, "I think she already knows." On hearing this my ears pricked up and I thought what? have I missed something here? What was the message she wanted her to know? Are they hinting at something going on between them?

So I looked it up on the internet.....Unfortunately due to the writers dramatic writing and trying to be surprising, it turns out that when you look up whether the two of them are heading towards something together, it is unescapably linked to a major spoiler!! Damn!! If they hadn't written the two together, I would never have known what's about to happen and it would have still been a surprise to me!!!
10th-Mar-2016 11:01 am - Sunday
Castleton
Here are a couple of pictures I took in the church grounds on Sunday just before I went inside.


This is one of two little patches of flowers that are on either side of the church doors. They look really lovely as you walk down the path towards them -

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And crocus lining the path of the rememberance garden -

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Writing
I would like to invite everyone to join balderdash_game. We are a nice friendly group who have fun playing balderdash on LJ. If you enjoy playing with words then have a look at the community and join us.

A new game will be posted on Sunday 13th March at 10pm GMT.

Balderdash is a game with 5 different rounds played over 5 weeks (words, dates, films, people and initials) The idea of the game is not actually to guess the real answer, although you get a point if you do, but to try to convince other people that your definition is the real definition.

The game only requires a definition to be sent in to me by PM between Sunday and Wednesday and a visit to the site between Thursday and Sunday to vote.

Anyone, whether a member of the community, a watcher or a non member, may vote in any game. Please join the group if you would like to join in the game and then send in a definition for a round - but please note that if you do send in a definition for a round you will need to be able to visit the community later in the same week (after Wednesday evening) to cast a vote. You can play just one week as and when you want to or you can play a full game, although all members at the moment play the full game.

As an example of how the game works, the first round in a new game is the 'word' round. I post a word on a Sunday evening, and players make up a definition and PM it to me. On Wednesday evening all the definitions, plus the real one, are posted and everyone has until Sunday night to vote for which one they think is the real answer. If someone votes for your definition you get a point and if you vote for the right answer you get a point. The person with the most points at the end of the five rounds is the winner of the game.
3rd-Mar-2016 08:37 pm - It's birthday time!
Happy Birthday candles
Happy Birthday
to
divergentcodex


birthday bun

I hope you've had a fantastic day x
3rd-Mar-2016 07:17 pm - Music Meme
Music headphones
Pinched from davesmusictank

Take the letters of your username and find songs that start with that letter.

I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett
Tainted Love - Soft Cell
Sweet Dreams My La Ex - Rachel Stevens
Jeans On - David Dundas
Under The Moon Of Love - Showaddywaddy
Straight From The Heart - Bryan Adams
This Little Light Of Mine - The Seekers
Ca Plane Pour Moi - Plastic Bertrand
Sheffield Cheesegrater Carpark
The back staircase/fire escape of the hospital tower block taken from the 17th floor.

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26th-Feb-2016 10:51 pm - A few spring piccies
Red
First wild Snowdrops -

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First blossom! Very early, and none of the other cherry blossom trees in the area are anywhere near flowering!

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034

037
23rd-Feb-2016 06:35 pm - Questions
Red
(Pinched from spikesgirl58)

So growing up, were you more a Beatles, the Monkees, Elvis, Michael Jackson or Springsteen fan? Or someone else entirely?

If you are over 45 -

Do you still have an LPs? How about 45's?

What the name of the oldest album you still own?

If you are under 45 -

What was the first CD you ever purchased? Do you still have it?

How do you stream your music these days?
20th-Feb-2016 12:34 am - Oooh go me!
Birthday Balloons
Well I never!

I've never been higher than 210 in the user ratings before and I've just gone up to 197!
YAY!

I've got a big smiley face :D
18th-Feb-2016 08:17 pm - Beer time!!
Red
It's time for a real ale!

This is one of my beers I got for Christmas -

007

Oops I've just noticed that it's a Strong Ale - it's 5.4%!
16th-Feb-2016 04:45 pm - Yay! tonights the night!
Adam
I'm looking forward to the first episode of Heroes Reborn tonight on 5star.

FINALLY!!! IT'S ON FREEVIEW TV IN THE UK!!!
11th-Feb-2016 03:16 pm - Well! that made me smile...
Red
I've just seen something really lovely that's made my day!

I was walking up the hydrangea and privet bush lined steps up the hill and just before I got to the path at the top, a young boy about 6 years old zipped past on his little scooter and out of sight. As I reached the top step and looked around the bushes and down the path to my left, to look where he had come from or to see if there was anyone with him. In the far distance I see a very, very elderly lady on a tiny scooter pushing herself very slowly along the path towards me. As I had arranged to meet a neighbour at that junction in the paths I had to wait there as she approached me scootering along slowly! I was really wanting to take a picture but obviously couldn't because it would have been rude of me! As she got close enough for me to see that it was a Bob the Builder scooter, she finally gave up, and picked the scooter up and carried it along the last bit of path.

She was really out of breath as she approached me and said to me "He said to me this morning 'Great granny, you need to do some exercises outside with me this morning!' I think they must have been teaching them about the importance of exercise at school this week! But I don't think he realises quite how old I am! I'm 92 in May"!

lol! I really hope that I'm still able to scooter on a kids plastic scooter outside when I'm 91!!
10th-Feb-2016 05:35 pm - Happy Belated Birthday
Birthday Balloons
Wishing a very
Happy Belated Birthday
to
tudor_diva


tudor birthday

I hope you had a lovely day
10th-Feb-2016 05:18 pm - Dizzyness!!
Red
I've suffered with Labyrinthitis for 9 or so years and finally went for loads of tests last year just to check that it wasn't anything else that they might have missed. After months of tests I was told that it was Labyrinthitis/visual vertigo - my eyes aren't telling my balance system the right information. I was invited to take part in a trial scheme at the hospital that started four and a half months ago, where I have to do several eye exercises three times a day to get my eyes and balance to learn to comunicate correctly. With each exercise you do it until you just start to feel woozzy and then stop (up to 20 each) I was doing ok with these eye exercises but at my last appointment three weeks ago my consultant told me that he felt I still wasn't ready for the next set of exercises which involves a DVD of lots of stripes and spinning patterns happening in all directions on my TV screen, but he told me to take it home and try it, but to only watch it once every other day and again to stop as soon as I feel dizzy.

The instructions on the DVD are to watch between 5 and 10 mins 3 times a day.

There are 12 different exercises on the DVD and the first time I tried it I only managed 1 min 19 secs overall!!

This gradually improved each time until Tuesday last week when I managed to watch 10 of the 12 for a full min! so I did 10 mins overall!!

Now that was all well and good and I was JUST okay....But then about 30 mins later I watched a TV show that used a hand held camera (which would probably have set my dizzyness off on its own!) and then I started with a dizzy attack!

But instead of stopping and resting I tried to carry on as if it wasn't happening - the paperwork from the hospital says that although it won't help with making you feel great, trying to carry on will help your eyes to comunicate better. Yeah! well I tried that for two days and then Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday last week I just had to stop. I couldn't do anything! I just had to lay still and close my eyes.....

It gradually eased off but it didn't really stop until yesterday.

Anyway my times on watching the DVD have improved again this week (I'd carried on doing them even when feeling dizzy and I'd gone back to 1min 06secs!) and I managed to watch nearly 6 mins today. I was worried that I'd pushed it too far again as I developed the headache and slight dizzyness again but I rested and kept still straight after and it all went off after about an hour.

So this is why I have been a bit quiet in commenting on journals this last week. It just so happened that last week before the dizzyness started, I had been experimenting with scheduled posts as I've never really done them before so some of my music posts last week were from then (I did run out on Sunday though lol!)

So I promise I will catch up with reading everyones journals in the next few days xx
2nd-Feb-2016 01:03 pm - I love surprises!
Chasing rainbows
I've had a lovely surprise this morning!

The postman delivered me a lovely postcard from the US. It is from browngirl and she has made the card herself using her own beautiful artwork and has written me a wonderful message. She sent it to me as a surprise because - "January is such a blah month"!

It is a really cheerful picture. I can just imagine the type of music the girl in the picture is dancing to! :)

Thank you. I really appreciate you sending it to me x

browngirls card
31st-Jan-2016 02:19 pm - Terry Wogan - Another legend lost.
Music Eurovision
We've lost a broadcasting legend today. Sir Terry Wogan was witty, gentle, warm, and irreverent. Not only was he the BBC TV's Eurovision presenter for many, many years, but he was truly one of the country's best radio broadcasters. I remember the first morning I listened to his breakfast show in 1978 and I heard him play ABBA's Voules Vous, I was hooked and I ended up listened most mornings, until he retired.

Whether he was presenting his breakfast radio show, Wake Up With Wogan, Come Dancing, Blankety Blank, Children in Need or The Eurovision Song Contest, he was the consummate professional.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-35453541
Heart snow
My very first couple of flowers on my front have opened this morning. It's only January and my dwarf daffodils have flowered before my snowdrops!!

When I was growing up snowdrops were always the first to flower. Admittedly these few daffies that have flowered are in a very sheltered position compared to where the rest of my bulbs are so maybe that made the difference.

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22nd-Jan-2016 12:28 am - It's birthday time!
Fireworks
Happy Birthday
to
mekasays



Happy-Birthday
22nd-Jan-2016 12:17 am - It's birthday time!
Birthday Balloons
Happy Birthday
to
rubyelf


Happy-Birthday-Greetings-Wishes

I hope you have a fantastic day x
Red
Yeah sorry if you've replied to any of my older posts and I haven't replied - I don't seem to have been getting notifications for several days!

I shall have a look through my past posts tomorrow morning and reply to everyone xxx
12th-Jan-2016 11:52 am - Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday candles
Happy Birthday
to
chili_factor


flying scotsman


(From Wikipedia)

Overhaul of Flying Scotsman 2006-2016


In January 2006, Flying Scotsman entered the Museum's workshops for a major overhaul to return it to Gresley's original specification and to renew its boiler certificate; originally planned to be completed by mid 2010 if sufficient funds were raised, but late discovery of additional problems meant it would not be completed on time. In October 2012, the Museum published a report examining the reasons for the delay and additional cost. The locomotive was moved in October 2013 to Bury for work to return it to running condition in 2015. On 29 April 2015, Flying Scotsman's boiler left the National Railway Museum to be reunited with the rest of the locomotive at Riley & Sons E (Ltd) in Bury.

The bay in which the locomotive was being refurbished was on view to visitors to the NRM but the engine was rapidly dismantled to such an extent that the running plate was the only component recognisable to the casual observer. Early in 2009 it emerged that the overhaul would see the loco reunited with the last remaining genuine A3 boiler (acquired at the same time as the locomotive as a spare). The A4 boiler that the loco had used since the early 1980s was sold to Jeremy Hosking for potential use on his locomotive, LNER Class A4 4464 Bittern.

The overhaul was completed in January 2016 and testing began on the East Lancashire Railway on 8 January 2016. A main line test from Manchester to Carlisle over the Ribblehead viaduct is scheduled for 23 January 2016 and a run from London King's Cross to York in late February 2016.
7th-Jan-2016 03:33 pm - Holiday postcard
Red
I've received a lovely postcard this morning from candream who sent it while on holiday in Thailand.

candreams postcard

It looks a very beautiful place!

Thank you for sending it to me.
7th-Jan-2016 03:04 pm - language
Red
As I was writing the last post I had to look up the plural of roof as I originally spelt it rooves. I'm sure that's the plural I learned at school! It now doesn't look right to me but grammatically it should be - like hoof/hooves and calf/calves

Well apparently rooves is still correct in the English language but it is so old and unused that it's not considered the standard spelling.

"Rooves as a plural for of roof is dated, but not incorrect. The Oxford English Dictionary lists “rooves” as an alternate to roofs, one of several outdated spellings used in the UK, and in New England as late as the 19th century."

It's interesting that as I am looking this up there are lots of people saying they learned to spell it rooves at school! Also some dictionaries are also saying that hooves is outdated and that most people say hoofs! well I never!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/flatmates/episode116/languagepoint.shtml
Chasing rainbows
I seem to have been dealing with a lot of workman since Christmas!

The water leak in my spare bedroom from the new tenant's flat above got sorted really quickly - within a couple of days - so didn't cause too much damage. That has now dried up so I just need to give it a tickle of paint, but it's not bad at all.

I've had a huge water leak in my livingroom which was caused by a crack in the walkway above my livingroom window. Because its been raining so hard and for so long this last couple of months, it's eventually made its way down through the pavement and down the wall of my room. I first noticed it on the 1st Jan, but couldn't do anything about it until the council office opened on the 4th! I rang them on the Monday morning and they came and had a look at it in the afternoon. They said they had found a very large crack and so got their bitumen and blow torches out and repaired it. The corner of my room has stopped smelling damp now and I can see it's drying out but I think that it had probably gone on for so many days before it started to show that it might take a while to dry out.

Because of the leak in the living room my artex on the ceiling has a smallish sagging bubble in it which I thought was going to collapse at any moment! I knew that the celings in the flats were tested for aspestos before I moved in and my neighbours had all said that the reports showed that the artex didn't contain aspestos but I have never seen the report. I had seen the report from my old flat but not this one. Anyway I managed to speak on the phone to someone from the council who delt with the aspestos inspection. She confirmed that the ceilings were aspestos free but as the test was from 2005 she asked if I'd like a new full survey done. So I have a man calling next Thursday to do that.

On Tuesday I had a workman here fitting the new hot water and heating meter. Hopefully it should save me some money over the year. I've never minded paying a set amount for my heating and hot water as part of my rent because even though I knew I never had it on in the summer I could have it on for as long and as high as I needed in the winter! But people who have already got the meters are saying that it is saving them loads of money! so we shall see.

At the beginning of December I had workman fitting a new sprinklers system into the flat and as they left one of the workman took my fire alarm off the ceiling and said "you won't need that now". well they later discovered a problem with the plumbing and couldnt connect the system up, leaving me with no fire security for several weeks! So yesterday I had a couple of firemen call around to fit me a fire alarm as the council in partnership with the Fire Service provide them for free.

Then this morning I was waiting for a workman to call around to Steve's flat as his conservatory roof was leaking because of all the rain. The men came and without me saying anything confirmed what Steve suspected - that the lead flashing on his roof had either never been replaced from the summer when thieves got on the roofs and stripped the lead or it had been stripped again!

well that was a very interesting post - not!!
2nd-Jan-2016 10:00 am(no subject)
Music headphones
A song that I like to blast out really loud whenever I hear it -

I grew up in a Victorian terraced house and although the walls were thick my parents always taught me to have consideration for the neighbours and to not play my music loud in my attic bedroom. But WHENEVER I played this song I would always try to push the bounderies for four minutes and turn my record player up to it's full volume!! It would be way too loud for me to hear if anyone shouted at me to turn it down but my Dad would bang on the downstairs wooden bannister hand rail and the sound would travel all the way up to my bedroom!

So this song was always - 'turn it up really loud, and hope I can get to the end of the song before the bannister is banged' :D

Even listening to it just now I had to turn it up to full volume on my computer.


The Story Of the Blues by Wah!

1st-Jan-2016 11:16 pm - Music
Music Bryan 80s
The first song I heard in 2016 -







Well actually, at midnight, the very first song I heard was Auld Lang Syne (but then you would expect to hear Auld Lang Syne at midnight wouldn't you!). But this is the first song I heard in 2016 that wasn't Auld Lang Syne. It was sung by Bryan Adams as he played part 2 of his live concert in London on BBC1.
31st-Dec-2015 06:12 pm - Happy New Year
Fireworks

Wishing all my friends a very happy New Year
with good health and happiness for 2016 xx



13-new-year-wallpaper
24th-Dec-2015 03:24 pm - Christmas cards
Red
I recieved 4 lovely Christmas cards today -

I got one from Russia from kehlen_crow which contained a really lovely message, which I appreciated. I've never heard of leap years being unlucky in the UK....here, on the 29th February, it's the day when the women can propose to their loved ones (that tradition obviously go back to the days when women didn't ask first! lol!) and we get a few fun news items about 84 year olds who have finally reached their 21st birthdays and so are now legally adults and can have a drink :)

I got 2 cards from the US  the first was a lovely Noel card from mainemilyhoon and the other was from kehlen_crow's Christmas card exchange and was from majesticarky. I really hope you manage to visit Yorkshire one day soon x

And finally I got a beautiful cats in santa hats card from tellshannon815 in the UK. And of cause pictures of cats in santa hats or covered in baubles just really makes me smile!

So thank you to all four of you for your kind thoughts xxx
22nd-Dec-2015 08:12 pm - Answer for question 4576.
Red
What did you dream to be when you were a kid? Did that dream come true for you? Most kids change their mind many, many times about "what they want to be when they grow up" -- what's the most unusual thing you remember wanting to be?
A Tomorrow Person! haha!

And no I didn't ever become one...Even though I spent many years waiting and hoping for my 'Break Out'.
21st-Dec-2015 08:25 pm - missing Christmas cards
Red
I'm not asking this as a "Nobody has thanked me for my card" type of post but rather as a "Is someone in the UK postal service not delivering my cards" type post!

So just interested to know if anybody outside of the UK has actually received a card from me yet?

I posted them on 31st Nov - 4th Dec but so far I've only heard from 3 of the 25 international people that I sent them to! I do really hope you all get them before Christmas!

Actually, come to think of it..... has anyone in the UK apart from the 3 UK people who have told me their cards arrived, received one from me yet?

There was a year - I think it was 2009 - when not one of my cards arrived!! so you can see why I'm just wanting to check!
21st-Dec-2015 08:01 pm - thanks
Red
I've had a really lovely card this afternoon from America from deborak
Thank you so much for sending it to me it's cheered me up today x

- I sent my card to you on the 3rd Dec, but all my cards seem to be taking ages to arrive. I do really hope you get it before Christmas!!
12th-Dec-2015 11:15 pm - Christmas 2015
Red
I've had a really lovely card this afternoon from davesmusictank

and I had a wonderful surprise package from America from one of my newest friend's poeticknowledge Who I've met through holiday_wishes. She sent me a Christmas Card that made me smile - a summer beach scene with snowmen made of sand, some postcards - each of which she told me about the memory from a highlight of 2015 and a great selection of tea which I shall look forward to drinking while reading her poetry on her LJ xxx

Thank you so much to both of you. xxx
7th-Dec-2015 04:27 pm - Cards
Red
I've had two lovely cards delivered through my letterbox this afternoon.

Firstly I had a lovely Christmas card from America from anita_margarita and then a lovely postcard from spikesgirl58 that she sent to me while on her Tahitian holiday.

Thanks both of you. You've made a darkish overcast winter day a lot brighter xxx
Red
It's the last call for anyone outside of Western Europe who would like me to send them a Christmas card. PM me your address and I'll happily post one off to you. x

Do still PM me if you would like a card and you live in Europe or the UK - there's still about 10 days before the last posting day to Europe.
24th-Nov-2015 06:30 pm - video
Red
This video from davesmusictank has just had me in tears!! The horrible actions of people against a homeless man, and the kid and his brothers that help him.

The security guard beats him and the beggar stays calm but watch the kid in the background—WOW

http://theshrug.com/the-security-guard-beats-him-and-the-beggar-stays-calm-but-watch-the-kid-in-the-background-wow/
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