Saturday, 14 February 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

fingernail lady

According to the BBC News Website "An American woman listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world's longest fingernails has had them broken off in a car crash.Lee Redmond ... had not cut her nails since 1979. Their combined length was more than 28ft , the longest nail - on her right thumb - measuring 2ft 11in. Ms Redmond suffered serious injuries in the crash, but is expected to make a full recovery. Her nails were "damaged beyond repair" The GWR company said she had been a "fantastic ambassador" for them, and that her nails had been "a fundamental part of her life and unique character". "

What I want to know is

  1. Why would you want to grow your nails that long?
  2. How do you zip your jeans and knot your top with those nails?
  3. Is she able to feed herself?
  4. What do you do all day - you probably cannot type, hold a pen, prepare food, drive a car, do laundry...all I can think of is sleeping, talking and praying!
  5. More importantly - how do you give a hug to those you love?

jammie dodger

Also noticed a piece in the paper today about Jammie Dodgers, those lovely dunkable biscuits from Burton's.

There is, apparently an urban myth circulating that they were first made by French villagers after a time of conflict, and passed round with the words "Jamais De Guerre"

How I wish I had read this last week, and then I could have fed them to my class as part of the French Breakfast!! On second thoughts, perhaps not - they would probably have believed me, and not understood that it was a myth.


If you are a tea&biscuit sort of person, you should check out A Nice Cup Of Tea And A Sit Down which is a website dedicated to this pursuit!




This being half term week, I plan on having lots of 'NCOTAAS' moments - although I shall endeavour to avoid too many biscuits!!


I found this lovely graphic on the Marie Claire Idees website and turned it into a Valentine's Day Card for Bob. A suitably romantic [and thrifty] ending to my French Week, I think!


  1. Yikes that lady's nails are scary!!

  2. Yey! I commented. My difficulty was to do with our computer not accepting third party cookies, I've amended the settings and I can now comment on your blog from firefox :)

  3. Happy Valentine's Day, Angela!

    I have to admit, I don't understand how anyone can grow their nails that long. I know it was just for the record books, but how can you ever live a normal life? Plus, it looks awful. I'm sorry she was hurt in the accident, and I hope she recovers quickly.

    I love the graphic you used for your husband's card. Very pretty! I'm going to check out the website you referenced.

    Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Susan - they say she should make a full recovery - not sure about her nails though, they took 30 years to get that long!
    Sarah - glad you got the comments issue sorted!

  5. I saw an article about that womans car crash in the Daily Mail... not that I would wish anybody to have a car crash, but I think if I knew her, I would now feel a little safer... she looks leathal! (and how does she blow her nose?)

  6. On the way hand, the nails are very icky. On the other hand, they'd sort of look cool painted red with sparkles.

    I wonder what her life will be like without them? Do you think she's secretly happy to be done with them? I bet she is.


  7. I hadn't thought about the nose-blowing issue!
    You would need BOTTLES of varnish to paint your whole set [perhaps she got gloss paint in litre tins from B&Q]


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