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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 12:54 pm 
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My dad used the internet to find his siblings - he was adopted at birth in London, but he waited until his parents passed on before doing so.

He has met his "other" family members and they stay in touch as much as any other distant relative.

The sad thing was, he missed meeting his real mother by only 2 or 3 years turns out she lived near me in Dundee for around five years. She had mentioned him to his brothers and sisters so I guess his initial letter to them was a little less of a shock, but they were still surprised by it.

Si you don't have to reply until you are ready to - or at all if you don't want to, although if they live closer it might be harder. My dad needed to do it (for his own reasons) and in his first contact letter he made it clear that it was ok to ignore him.

The funniest thing is he is very English and proud of it, but really he is Dundonian by blood just like my Mum. Their family were born in Dundee and moved to Kent and my Dad was born down there and moved near Dundee. I lived in Kent when I was a toddler.


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Location: Falkirk! But I am a Fifer so that's OK...
I'd say be emotionally prepared for worst case scenario and have absolutely no expectations.

A half-brother I never knew I had tracked down our family a few years ago. It sounds very cruel, but as a family (and personally) I/we just weren't interested in 'letting him in'. Sounds quite callous, but for me family is about shared experience over the years, rather than simply a matter of biology - bottom line, this guy was a stranger to me who I didn't know and I had no desire to change that. I can honestly say no regrets and I don't give it much thought.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 2010 1:02 pm 
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Yeah, I know what you mean.

Whilst discussing this with my younger (full) brother, he suggested that on finding him, we should watch him for a bit before deciding whether or not to make contact. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:49 pm 
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Today I'm mainly raging. :evil:

Our offices are in a rickerty old Edinburgh council owned premises, we occupy three units in the building.

The council have just announced that bikes are no longer allowed inside (I've been commuting AND chaining up my bike inside (plenty of space) for over five years!

Only other alternative are a set of stands outside, no protection from the elements and in plain view of the thieving masses.

I wouldn't mind so much but the building is a sh1thole! The roof leaks, electricty supply is questionable (I work in IT), Windows are all warped and draughty, lights prone to catching fire, asbestos in the roof (supposedly safe) and when we reported a leaking urinal they ripped it out and nailed some plywood over the hole!

What a shower of sh1te!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:51 pm 
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Had a ride down at Glentress today with a couple of roadies from my work today. Howling gales and driving rain, it was great. I don't like what they've done to Spooky Wood, but we had the place to out selves. I was riding ridged and did the Black Route got blown off the bike a couple of times. Not a bad day really :D

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I bought some Kenda small block 8's for the CX bike, only got them because they were a bargainiferous £10 each reduced from £30!


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:59 pm 
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irontam wrote:
Today I'm mainly raging. :evil:

Our offices are in a rickerty old Edinburgh council owned premises, we occupy three units in the building.

The council have just announced that bikes are no longer allowed inside (I've been commuting AND chaining up my bike inside (plenty of space) for over five years!

Only other alternative are a set of stands outside, no protection from the elements and in plain view of the thieving masses.

I wouldn't mind so much but the building is a sh1thole! The roof leaks, electricty supply is questionable (I work in IT), Windows are all warped and draughty, lights prone to catching fire, asbestos in the roof (supposedly safe) and when we reported a leaking urinal they ripped it out and nailed some plywood over the hole!

What a shower of sh1te!!!


The answer is evident - fasten your bike in a redundant toilet cubicle - you know the one with the cracked bowl...


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Today i did nothing.Same yesterday.
I hate feeling ill :evil:


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I bought a carpet some new phones and some coloured electrical tape- rock and roll- still living the dream.


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