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Everything posted by Stallard12

  1. Brexit

    Good news. Right after the Brexit exit, my minuscule social security pension from the UK dropped almost 20 percent due to the exchange rate. Right now it is almost back to norm, something good must be happening, good news for the UK and for me.
  2. Breaking News

    Couldn't have said it better myself!
  3. World Cup

    Striker Harry Cane, only one shot on target in the last four games! Don't think that is a formula for success. In fact, does anyone know how many 'shots' he had? I know that he missed a couple of good chances. Just finished watching the runner up game. - same old story, great running around, but no idea where the goal is - maybe the get picked by mileage. English players of the tournament : Maguire, Pickford and Trippier.
  4. Transport cafes

    Not only in hygiene Syd, in just about every aspect of life. Wow, what subject that is, it could be on this forum forever. Will the future generations be willing to wait in line at Harwoods for four hours for the chance to buy one orange, then when close to the end they hear, ''There all gone, try again next week.' I think that the end of the human race will come, not from wars, disease or terrorism, but by liberalism and political correctness. If they banned Health and Safety, or more correctly, the people who seem to gravitate to those sectors, the world, with a few bumps and bruises, would have a better chance of survival.
  5. Transport cafes

    Just as a matter of interest, are there any true, old time transport cafes left? Places where they serve nothing but eggs, bacon, sausage and baked beans. Or have the imitation motorway places totally replaced them. I should imagine that the 'server' in the stained t shirt and cigarette has also passed. Is this a good thing or bad?
  6. World cup

    How times change ! I recently spent an hour and a half cheering for France ( v Uruguay). Now I just got thru rooting for Russia. As a 50's teenager, this is amazing. I still think England can beat Croatia if they play Rashford in place of Sterling.
  7. Transport cafes

    Correct Asp, what can I say, I'm old and I spend most of my time upside down or drunk, or both.
  8. Transport cafes

    Yes, I guess pretty much restricting heavy traffic to the motorways has negated the need for them. I just happened to remember an overnight trip I took in 1958 (on a foggy night). It was with a family friend who drove as ' trunker' ' for the big transport company in Warrington. We went straight up Knutsford Road and kept going north. Through Watford Junction and into London, came back the following night. Used many of those transport cafes and loved them. I guess the greasy food and cigarette smoke was more acceptable at two am.
  9. Pavement Parking (Again)

    I am an experienced, competent driver - retired tour bus driver, but on my last trip to the U.K., I found the explosion of pavement parking to be horrendous. The dangers are unbelievable, the old rule of 'if the obstruction is on your side, you wait', seems to no longer exist, everybody just charges down what's left of the middle of the road and hopes for the best. I must have clipped wing mirrors three or four times on the road through Lymm to the Old No 9. Obs is correct, too many cars, too little real estate.
  10. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    I agree with Davy re buses. As I was reading I started to think about how waiting at bus stops, changing buses on Bridge St, driving thru the center of town used to bring in life. It was very entertaining to watch two buses passing on Sankey St. Is pedestrianizing (?) a good idea gone wrong? Obviously, in this age there is no place for small, private, retail stores. The only hope for the center is basically sidewalk cafes and art galleries etc. there is a small town outside of Philadelphia called Manyhunk. Their Main Street is just that and on most days the place is full with tourists and cycling clubs, eating breakfast and relaxing. I think that's what they should shoot for, but maybe the weather is against it.
  11. Playing with fire ?

    As a very serious political pundit, who followed every minute of the Primary and Presidential debates, I can tell you straight that Trump's position regarding non-involvement or not, was a very minor, irrelevant part of his campaign. His platform, as I stated, was Isis, illegal immigration, jobs and the economy and the only thing that he has not fulfilled is building a southern wall, that is because the Democrats are blocking the funding. The only reason that he has not yet left Syria, is because of the recent poison gas attacks, which affected the strategy. You are a little uninformed regarding US taxes. Due to deductions like earnings level, child credits, home mortgage deductions, etc, sixty percent of Americans pay no taxes at all. The major changes just effected, have no 'slashing' of any kind. Everybody in every category benefited, rich and poor. ( why do you feel that taxes should be designed to be punitive to any group?). The most important feature of the tax bill, is the lowering of the Corporate Tax rate, which helps the US be more competitive worldwide. This alone has already created jobs due to businesses expanding and has also started a wage raise phase. Hillary Clinton is, in my opinion, one of the most despicable Americans ever, narrowly beaten by Charles Manson. She has been a criminal all of her life, starting when she was a young lawyer and was involved in the Whitewater real estate scam. She has used her position to thumb her nose at the law every day. The evidence appears to show, that the Clinton Foundation actually extorted money from foreign governments when she was Secretary of State. Foreign governments were making $50,000,000 donations to the foundation and the next week, their representative would get an interview with Clinton, followed by some request being approved. The Clintons take eighty percent of the Foundations income for personal expenses. Right now, the Inspector General at the Justice Dept, is investigating her for allowing Top Secret documents to be kept on her unsecurephone and those of her staff. Very serious stuff. Several low level, military guys have gotten prison sentences for similar things. Let's see if she can corrupt this investigation. Of course, if she's found guilty, it will be because she's a woman or its rascist.
  12. Playing with fire ?

    You're not often wrong Obs, but you are this time - from a Trump voter. Trump was elected because he was not a politician, because he promised to defeat Isis, because he would stop illegal immigration and because he would stimulate the economy and create jobs. All of which he has done and is something that the high school principal Obama got wrong for eight years. He is a tremendous admirer of the military and is not afraid to use it against rogue nations.
  13. Playing with fire ?

    The plain fact is that, before Trump, the world was sliding towards a very deep abyss. He has stopped that and if you take a non emotional look, I think that you will find that the world is now a much quieter place. No daily beheadings, no bombers boarding aircraft every day, no throat slitting on the streets of England and as previously mentioned, no North Korean missile tests. Obama never listened to anyone but his syncophants and constantly overruled his military advisers. Trump meets with his experts and discusses possible actions every day and takes their advice. Believe me, the last people to jump into war are Generals (unless they are French!), because they know the cost better than anyone. Trump is a business man used to dealing with regular mortals and that's how he conducts his business, if someone can't hack it he fires them. If someone insults him he fires right back with both barrels just like you and I would. He doesn't watch the polls every day and he's not burdened with the political palava that surrounds most government activities. Got much more, but got to leave for the golf course, tee off at eight am.
  14. Playing with fire ?

    Donald Trump is no fool. To be impeached he has had to have committed a serious crime such as high treason. Due to the desperate fantasies of the Democrats, he has been investigated for over a year and it has not uncovered one shred of evidence. He has destroyed Isis, effectively sealed the southern border, provided a booming economy with higher wages and low unemployment and brought North Korea to the negotiating table. This is the sole reason for the liberals panic, if he continues this success, they will never again be in power, so he has to be stopped ( for the greater good !!). Now they have stooped to prying into his private life before he was President, but they never mention the scandalous life of JFK while he was President. With regard to he Syrian strikes, you have to see the big picture. Under the idiot Obama, the whole world knew that they could get away with anything - bet they don't gamble on Trump not responding. I'll take him over a politician any day.
  15. Rubery Owen

    Yosser is correct. As a young engineer I worked on aircraft undercarriage design and manufacture at Electro Hydraulics - for the Vulcan delta wing bomber. Rubery Owen was squeezed in next door.
  16. Mom

    A tribute to my late mother, a Cockhedge mill girl, on whose knee I first heard these songs. MissFlorrie Ford : She's a lassie from Lancashire....... Oh oh Antonio........ She's only a bird in a golden cage...... And from others : An old man staggered down the aisle....(The volunteer organist). I left off from home just this morning, Bound for nobody knows where, For I had a row with my father, about all the things I had done, He called me a drunk and a gambler, not fit to be called his son. My poor mother broke down crying, my boy oh my boy do not leave, I love you and need and want you to stay right here by my side. I know she'll be there at the window, day after day as I roam, Waiting and watching and wondering, about a boy who will never come home. You gotta love those Victorians. Altogether now......... Come on Algy, I know you know the words. I bet Harry would be the first one up. Ahhh, once again, nostalgia.
  17. Local History ?

    Didn't realize that the Romans had such a great spot to get to the rugby games. Bet they would have complained about the move to Halliwell Jones !
  18. Mom

    I remember him Sid, he did a fine imitation of an olde tyme MC on music hall from Leeds. Must have been at least 45 years ago. it comes real easy Asp if you drink enough liquor!
  19. Birthday

    Well, 79 today and to date a wonderful life. No intention of shutting down just yet. As usual, out last night at a good ole Texas country dance, hat, boots and jeans polished for the occasion, wish I knew how to post pictures.. Just got back from a 20 mile bike training ride and feeling strong. Enough of that. I was born on the cusp between the Victorian and the modern age - Algy knows what I mean. I lived through WW2, watched the bombs drop on Risley and had a million laughs at the ARP training sessions in Woolston. Hard to believe that during my early years, the CO-OP did house deliveries with a horse and cart, the farmers were still ploughing with horses and took their produce to Warrington market with horses. Steam driven trucks still ran up and down Manchester Road with sparks and ash flying. Hard to comprehend. Now I'm writing this on an IPad, who would have thought.
  20. Birthday

    Thanks guys, hope we have a repeat next year.
  21. Happy New Year

    Happy New Year. Cold one in Texas. Temps down to 20 F overnight and mid-day highs of only 35 F. Going to stay that way for a week and then we will be back to playing golf in shorts !!
  22. Christmas

    Merry and blessed Christmas to everyone, special thanks to Dizzy and Gary for the great welcome that they gave to myself and Becky.
  23. 2nd marriage

    You are right Sid. I was was just looking at it from our universal designation, - a man and always wrong!
  24. 2nd marriage

    How can you possibly fail in a second marriage? Surely all you have to do is the exact opposite to that which you did in the first !! It has worked perfectly for me. Come on guys, work with me, I'm struggling, Gary pleaded with me to post more, what can I do? !!
  25. Post visit

    I'm sure that you would enjoy both of those things Gary. Fly Singapore Airlines and you would enjoy it even more.