A-Z Challenge Day 4


Post 1643. Wednesday April 4

My Friend Rosey has been a feature of my blog since I set it up twelve years ago. To read all about her in 200 or so words, click HERE



I was in an Italian restaurant with Rosey the other evening.

“Scusami calamari” she called out. I pointed out she’d just tried to attract the attention of a squid!

It’s ‘scusami cameriere‘ I said. Her second attempt was more successful, and Adriano the waiter came to our table with some menus.

“Una birra per favore” I said. Rosey requested a Limoncello.

“With ice Signora?” he asked.

“Yessa pleasa” said Rosey, “but fresh ice, none of that frozen stuff”.  She thought her quip was quite funny, but Adriano gave us a dismissive look as if to say ‘I makka d’ joka round ‘ere’.

She’s always more interested in others’ conversations than ours and she overheard something mildly scandalous under discussion at the next table. Rosey, who had a fork of sauce-laden spaghetti en-route to her open mouth, suddenly froze. The spaghetti, however, decided not to take part in her game of statues and slid from the fork and down the front of her once white blouse.

I had gelato to follow and she had tiramisu, most of which made it to her mouth. We’re going for a Chinese next week. Wish me luck!


Tomorrow E is for Employment

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A1On this day last year, I told you all about Amble Bay’s pub landlord, Dapper Dan. To revisit click HERE




59 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 4

  1. randommusings29 Apr 4, 2018 / 00:01

    Haha good luck! People watching really is the best part of going out sometimes though

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  2. Christine Goodnough Apr 4, 2018 / 01:08

    Rosey has my sympathy. It takes real talent to keep spaghetti on a fork at the best of times. She will learn, as I have, that white blouses only go with Alfredo sauces and blanc manges.

    And liguistically, getting the right combination of sounds… I could tell you some real bloopers that went over in Montreal… like the company advertising gloves with a “Mesh back for snug fit.” They used a translation programme to produce the French version, which said en francais, “Netted back for comfortable apoplectic fit.


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 08:44

      Haha, that’s brilliant! On my travels abroad I’ve seen some really funny signs aimed at tourists written in English that gave completely the wrong message.Thanks so much, Christine.

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      • Christine Goodnough Apr 4, 2018 / 12:54

        Like the hotel rule that said:
        “People of opposite sex must not to share room unless they are married together for that purpose” ?

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  3. anuragbakhshi Apr 4, 2018 / 04:56

    Ha ha ha, so, in addition to her issues with maintaining balance on a bicycle, Rosey cannot balance her Spaghetti too. Another ‘quality’ we two seem to have in common 🙂

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  4. Nilanjana Bose Apr 4, 2018 / 07:17

    Give her a hint not to wear white – oyster sauce on spotless is not a good look! 🙂 Best of luck.

    Just wanted to say this series is as delightful as Amble Bay was last year – thank you!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 08:48

      That’s kind of you. I wasn’t sure how I was going to follow Amble Bay, but so far so good!


  5. Jessica Apr 4, 2018 / 07:21

    This is such a vibrant piece. The way you wrote it made me feel as if I was there. Loved the ‘I makka d’ joka round ‘ere’.Can’t wait to read more!

    2018 A to Z Blogger
    Visions of Other Worlds

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  6. raesquiggles Apr 4, 2018 / 08:42

    I’m with Rosey – I’m a terrible eavesdropper in restaurants and coffee shops. Bad habit!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 08:51

      Being single I eat alone a lot, so I can’t help but tune in to other’s conversations! I’ve actually got ideas for many a story from what I’ve overheard!


  7. Emily Bloomquist Apr 4, 2018 / 10:18

    Like Iain, I wonder if chopsticks will be in her hands in the Chinese restaurant. Everyone in the restaurant will need protective eye wear. The next time you meet and she is in white, head somewhere for vanilla yogurt or soup broth.

    Emily In Ecuador | Dolphins – Puerto Lopez

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 15:53

      Cheers dangerous enough with her knitting needles so what she’ll do with chopsticks I can’t imagine! Thanks Emily

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  8. miladyronel Apr 4, 2018 / 11:22

    Ah, Rosey shouldn’t wear light colours. Eavesdropping while eating is a game best done in something dark 🙂

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  9. Natasha Apr 4, 2018 / 12:55

    Rosey’s at it again. Poor Adriano! Did she manage to mouth the tiramisu with a straight face, considering her blouse was all Marinara ;-))
    Can’t wait for her Chinese jaunt, what’s next Keith? Ha! Ha!


    April Anecdotes
    Destinys Child

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      • Natasha Apr 5, 2018 / 17:44

        Ah! That should be some more wired up fun. 🙂


  10. Jacqui Murray Apr 4, 2018 / 14:26

    I’ve been Rosey a few times but in my case, it was lobster. Cracking those shells–yikes!

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 15:46

      I can just see Rosey wearing goggles and attacking lobster with a sledgehammer! Cheers Jacqui


  11. Varad Apr 4, 2018 / 17:37

    I do love me some beer battered calamari. I’m actually terrified thinking about Rosie in a Chinese restaurant. Little solace is that Rosie is not from Texas.

    D is for Dependant


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 17:55

      I don’t want to worry you but I’ve seen her trip list for later this year and…!


  12. Shilpa Garg Apr 4, 2018 / 17:44

    Like Rosey, I love listening to conversations of other people – it’s so much fun to draw inferences from partial information. I am wicked, I know. 😀
    I hope she is able to remove the stain from her white blouse. 😀


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 17:58

      The stain remains! She still wears it; says it a creation by an artisan clothing designer. I daren’t say what I think it looks like!

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  13. moondustwriter Apr 4, 2018 / 21:45

    One of my children always seems to be wearing white when we eat spaghetti. She’s not the neat one.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 22:50

      I once suggested Rosey should get a large plastic refuse sack, cut a hole in it to put her head through, and wear it as an all over clothes protector. I meant it as a joke, so and when she turned up at the pub actually wearing one I was rendered speechless!


  14. Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin Apr 4, 2018 / 21:55

    Visiting for the first time and catching up with your A-D posts. Glad to meet Rosie who is better than a pretend friend. Dining out Italian, delicious. If you read you may want to come and visit this year’s theme…..BOOKSTORES, their architecture, location and great people who sell books, one of my addictions. Bring Rosie along! Stephenyhoughtlin.com

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 4, 2018 / 22:43

      Welcome to the crazy world of Rosey P! What I like best about a bookstore is the smell when you walk through the door! I’ll certainly come looking for you the first opportunity. However, I’m not sure bringing Rosey is a very good idea. She caused chaos in her local library the other day and they were still sorting out the shelves when I dropped in this morning!


  15. jrvincente Apr 5, 2018 / 22:30

    Haha, I have all the sympathy for Rosie!

    Jayden R. Vincente
    Erotic Fiction Writer

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  16. hilarymb Apr 5, 2018 / 23:00

    Hi Keith – I thought she was going to eat her spaghetti and then have a convulsive attack listening to the other conversation about someone she perhaps once knew – delightful – cheers Hilary


    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 5, 2018 / 23:45

      Fortunately not, or my month of stories would have come to a end very early on!


      • hilarymb Apr 5, 2018 / 23:47

        actually I meant not die … just splutter spaghetti badly around the room … ?!

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  17. Sascha Darlington Apr 6, 2018 / 19:20

    This is the reason why I never wear white to an Italian restaurant or order long pasta. This made me laugh with the “ice”.

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  18. diedre Apr 11, 2018 / 18:00

    That neither one of you tried to sneak out of the restaurant is remarkable 😉

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 12, 2018 / 07:36

      I was tempted I admit. but then I didn’t want to waste my meal! Thanks, Diedre


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