Wednesday, 12 January 2022

Big Thinks, Welsh Subtitles


 I have nothing at all planned for today.
This is a big change for me, as you all know, because I do like a plan and I do enjoy a list.
Today I earmarked as a thinking day.
Now I do think a great deal, like most of us I do…but I have a bad habit of thinking about the wrong things.
I procrastinate
I day dream
I worry about the wrong things,
I waste time.
I watch tictok in bed
Watched lovingly 

And so, today I’m having a “ think and do” day
I’m sorting out paperwork, through ideas and am information gathering.
Decisions left about things will be made. 
Loose ends tied up
Plans formulated 
And lists will be ticked off…
The chimney engineer has just been and his quote is 700 £ cheaper than my first estimate
I could have kissed him
I’m adding his quote to my list of to do things on my desk

Oh by the way my Welsh is getting better.
I make it a point of watching the clunky but long lasting welsh soap opera Poble y Cwm ( People of The Valley) and even though the Welsh is a type more spoken in South Wales , I can almost get by without subtitles 






57 comments:

  1. Pobl y Cwm is still going!! It always was a bit clunky!!

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    1. See the video, it hasn’t changed but it has aided many a young actor to international stardom

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    2. It has indeed!

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  2. My time-waster is solitaire on the computer. I can waste hours doing that!
    Hope you enjoy your day of thinking! xx

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    1. Mine too. I'm down to 59 seconds on freecell :-)

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    2. I'm pyramid and klondike.

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  3. Happy thinking and deciding day!

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    1. Thank you…it’s been bloody useful

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  5. Updated comment... I for got a comma.

    I rarely do lists, since I don't like holding myself accountable for chores I over enthusiastically write down.

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  6. Barbara Anne2:41 pm

    When I was in elementary school, we had workbooks that were titled 'Think and Do' books. I've often thought since then, that is a sensible way to live: think and do! Enjoy the day. :)
    Cheers for the much lower estimate on your chimney repair!! Will you schedule the work asap?

    Hugs!

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    1. I’ve asked for it to be done, I will be buying new carpets too ( the old ones are dreadful) but will get them fitted only after the dirty jobs ( the fire and the new bathroom ) are completed,

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    2. Barbara Anne7:01 pm

      Isn't it wonderful to imagine the chimney safely working, the new bathroom finished, and the new carpets down? What joy!
      Hope you don't have to wait very long for workmen. Wonder if Dorothy will latch onto the workmen as Winnie did?

      Hugs!

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    3. It was mary that leapt on the engineer this time

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    4. Barbara Anne9:07 pm

      Winnie's legacy lives on in Mary!

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    5. And in Dorothy who greets everyone she sees on the walkway

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  7. I too am a list maker - and a ticker off John - always makes me feel better. As to the chimney - round here in the Dales a high quote often means they don't really want the job so it is always worth getting several quotes. x

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    1. Yes, getting workmen is bloody difficult

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  8. veg artist2:46 pm

    Sorry, but it is Pobol y Cwm, not poble. For people who've never given it a thought (and why on earch would anyone outside Wales?), there is quite a difference between the Welsh spoken in North and South Wales, both in some actual words used, and also in how the language sounds.
    I did Welsh O level, and for one year we had a different teacher for conversational Welsh. She was our Latin teacher, and a North Walian. Not a happy year!
    I'm a 'thought bubble' type of list maker when I want to decide something. All options down on paper, see which holds up.

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    1. Damm auto correct lol
      Did you notice lots of English words creeping into the CWM script

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    2. veg artist10:20 pm

      They have crept into every Welsh conversation I have heard in the last 40yrs!

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    3. I love it when they appear , especially the oddest word
      One character in the soap makes a point of using English words which is sweet

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  9. Good on you for list making AND ticking off. I make mental lists, then sadly, rarely tick things off. Usually only the things I want to do, rather than things that need doing! I used to occasionally watch Pobol y Cwm, and try to work out what they were saying before reading the subtitles. Very rarely got it anywhere near right! Good on you for learning Welsh. Must be a great help if there are native speakers around. xx

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    1. I join the dots a lot when watching the programme
      I’m french wrong in my assumptions x

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  10. I have had three attempts at learning Welsh and failed miserably.I can cope with French and German but Welsh is something else!!!Good on you for giving it a go.

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  11. After tending to the dogs needs which takes most of my time only priority of the day may happen-there's really no rush here x

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    1. I had my first proper lie in this morning

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  12. I enjoy a good list as well- a tick-offed one even more. Like Weaver, a list always makes me feel better.
    My new favourite time waster is "Wordle". It's the game where you get 6 attempts to guess a 5 letter word. (It's very popular on the internet right now.) My sister and I both play it in the morning with our coffee and then text each other to flaunt our success or bemoan our failure. They post a new game every 24 hours so it's something to look forward to every morning.

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    1. Hummm tiktok is evil but I love it
      Hours just fizz away like Bath bombs

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  13. I like an action plan. The list is helpful but the action plan, for me, includes a completion date. Excellent that you have locked in your 700 pound job. Hopefully the job will be completed soon. It sounds like your Welsh skills have grown significantly. Nice accomplishment.

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    1. I need an action plan
      And I now have one

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  14. I hate thinking days. Work is bad enough. When it is cold, I like to just curl up in bed. TikTok is evil. I can get sucked into that for hours.

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    1. Much of my spare time, especially at night is frivolous
      Thinking carefully about home and me rather than work matters is a change for me
      Me me meme me me lol

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    2. Barbara Anne7:05 pm

      Your reply reminds me of Jane on 'Coupling'!

      Hugs!

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  15. I took a do nothing day off a couple days ago. And I did absolutely nothing. No planning (except for meals) and really no agenda. It felt good. But in retrospect, I feel like I lost a day because as I did nothing, I remember nothing from that day. Yikes

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    1. Getting figures and things straight in my head has been fruitful

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  16. That sounds like an incredibly productive day. Impressed at the Welsh language learning.

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    1. I also work alongside seven fluent welsh speakers

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  17. Joan (Devon)5:22 pm

    I have a small notebook of 'To Do' which helps me to focus. Some of them are never ending like making birthday and Christmas cards and small envelopes for my Grand-daughters pocket money, the others are projects, some old and some new. I try to do two things from the list every day, but it sometimes doesn't work out that way.

    Well done to you for learning Welsh, I intended to when I lived there and apart from buying a dictionary and learning words from road signs it never happened.

    Glad your chimney is finally going to be sorted and what a relief at the price.

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    1. My lists are written in detail with small boxes drawn after each one
      Ready for the single tick !

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  18. In the first 45 seconds, I understood, Oh great, And now, and Fiona and Chester! I’m on my way.

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  19. It would be great if the People of the Valley had a coach trip to Sunny Rhyl, stopping off at "The Crown" in Trelawnyd and having a punch up with the locals. It would make super telly.

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  20. "I have nothing at all planned for today.
    This is a big change for me, as you all know, because I do like a plan and I do enjoy a list.
    Today I earmarked as a thinking day.
    Now I do think a great deal, like most of us I do…but I have a bad habit of thinking about the wrong things.
    I procrastinate
    I day dream
    I worry about the wrong things,
    I waste time.
    I watch tictok in bed"

    Let's rephrase your words, John. This is the spin doctor speaking:

    Hurray, I have nothing planned today, I am a free man.

    Thinking Day? Well, that'll be the day (to cross off the calendar). Certain things you can't force/schedule.

    You enjoy a list? The ticks are just click bait - trust me, John. We have now entered a world in which if we don't get a "like", even if just an audible click on the comp or a tick on some arbitrary list, we resort to the foetal position.

    You can't "waste time". Time just is.

    Procrastination is action in waiting.

    Daydreaming is good for the soul. It's the cradle of hope.

    Thinking about "wrong things". Suffering monkey brain? Well, there is a cure for it. Details on request. It won't come easy but it sure works.

    I don't know what tictok is, so you are alone on that one.

    All the best, John, allow the flow to sweep you along, control is an illusion,
    U

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  21. We all need time to think, to do, and not do nothing. I spend much of my workweek reading, understanding thinking, by my day off, it is time to not.

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  22. Yikers! I think learning Welsh is WAY above my pay grade. I do love that black telephone on your desk, though.

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  23. Another list maker here. I like your "little boxes" to be ticked idea! There are always items on the list which remain for ages as there is some struggle with sorting them out, but otherwise it can be very helpful to me.

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  25. Gosh I had to delete TikTok from my phone, it was getting ridiculous I was sat up in bed watching until the early hours most nights. It's a case of 'just one more' just one more' and than suddenly it's an hour later.

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  26. I got rid of Tik Tok after watching it for a few months and I don't miss it! I have enough to keep track of without that. LOL

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