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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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 !
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. Birthday

    Thanks guys, hope we have a repeat next year.
  12. 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 !!
  13. Christmas

    Merry and blessed Christmas to everyone, special thanks to Dizzy and Gary for the great welcome that they gave to myself and Becky.
  14. 2nd marriage

    You are right Sid. I was was just looking at it from our universal designation, - a man and always wrong!
  15. 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? !!
  16. Post visit

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

    Well folks we are back home in Texas. We had a great trip and the lunch with Gary and Dizzy, with a visit from Evil Sid, was a highlight. My first comment is that it is damn cold there, course you know that, but it seemed very cold this time, probably because the sun rarely appeared. People were great, had a front wheel flat close to Llangollen and a very nice young guy in his work truck, stopped and changed it for me. Great café / bakery on the main street in Llangollen, Winchit's or something like that, if I lived there, I would weigh three hundred pounds. Not so good was the traffic. Don't remember the lanes being so skinny and the parking with wheels on the sidewalk is a killer. Traffic circles are a problem too when you are not sure of your directions, everyone seems to turn them into race tracks. Becky was my navigator, but every time I looked at her for directions, she had her hands over her eyes!! Couldn't believe that I got lost so many times in my home town. Trying to get to the parking off Midland Way (that's new) and an unmapped island appeared and we ended up in Cockhedge shopping! I drove a 55' long tour bus all over the USA for eight years and never had a tighter experience than getting out of that parking lot !!! Must say though, my buddy, Smithy, who's my age, shocked the hell out of me when he told me that he had a hip replacement using local anesthetic !!!! Said that he wasn't too happy with having to listen to the whine of the saw as it cut his leg off !!!! One last thing, if you ever get the chance to fly Singapore Airlines take it. Their coach is just like business class with smaller seats, they feed you every two hours and wine with lunch and dinner. All in all a good final trip, thanks Gary and Dizzy. To quote the great man: It's so nice to go travelling, but it's so much nicer to come home.
  18. Post visit

    Very nice to meet you Sid, no one on here knows what a nice guy you are - hope I haven't ruined your persona!! Anytime you're passing Diz, call in and I'll cook you breakfast.
  19. Visit

    Well, after boring y'all to death with my historic event, I'll move onto something more boring. After many years I am finally making my farewell tour (I think ticketmaster will be handling it !!). I will be joining y'all for a short time this December. What I really want to say is that 67 years after watching Jackie Rowley fly down the wing at Old Trafford ( with knees frozen solid on the terraces - me not him) I am finally going back - never miss a game on tv. Booked on the Museum and Tour and they have been great. Internet wouldn't play fair, so the ladies at Man U. have reserved us tickets to be paid for when we arrive. Hope my wife enjoys the Stretford End, although from the "Not again ! " comments every time she walks through the den on a Saturday, I'm not sure.
  20. Visit

    Just opened up the IPad, down to my last 12 percent cos I don't have a converter for the charger. So nice to see everybody's comments. We had a great time, although, as Dizzy said, not too sure about the photo ! Who is that person in the corner? I didn't think I was that old. Both Bec and I thank everyone especially Dizzy and Gary, they were great and Dizzy, you're a doll. Got to say I don't know how y'all drive over here, it drove me crazy and I used to drive a 55' tour bus all over the States, couldn't even drive a mule through some of these skinny lanes. Off back to Texas on Saturday morning if the snow doesn't get us. Walking to the hotel this afternoon I said to Bec, "That sky looks like snow" and sure enough, it was on the news later. Apparently, that's one British sense that I haven't lost.
  21. Hurricane Ophelia

    Hi Diz, Been Doing the PM thing, but no response.
  22. Nostalgia

    Great Algy, but to me, it just seems good when you're drunk ! Little late, but what the hell. la Grange Texas. About an hour and a half from us, go through it on US71 every time we go to Austin. Home of the late Chicken Ranch, famous whorehouse. Basis of the movie, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Sorry, just noticed the Georgia reference, but it's a good story anyway. Y'all are welcome. What was I saying about being drunk?
  23. Nostalgia

    Is 'nostalgia' a lost concept? Old folks always remember 'the old days', but do the youngsters have that same gene? Or is life so superficial and transient now, that the past is not retained? Why do I drunkenly ( not really, I only opened the bar an hour ago) raise this existential subject ( I hate people who use big words, just to appear smart) ? I'll tell you. One of my first ports of call every time I visited Galveston, Texas, was a three story, scruffy store on the historic Strand. It was an old US army surplus store, it was three floors of of crammed aisles of helmets, ammunition boxes , uniforms (US, British and German), canteens, tents, camoflaged items of all kinds. A cornucopia of WW2 memorabilia, packed into a musty, non air conditioned building, all going for a handful of coins. I was there last week and to my horror, the place was boarded up and in the process of demolition. No doubt it will reopen soon as a boutique for mini dresses. Anyone understand?
  24. Nostalgia

    Very nice Gary, thank you. I used to have a black Z28. Also spent lots of time watching the B29s landing at Burtonwood at the end of the war. Sorry I didn't reply sooner, didn't know your post was there. Got to go now, wife has to take the stitches out of my legs - skin cancer biopsies, like catching a cold if you live here.
  25. Visit

    Hi Dizz, Maybe I got you a free meal out of Gary!!! Sounds great Dizzy, I said that I wouldn't make any definite arrangements just yet, but things get complicated, so I will make a prediction now. We will be in Warrington on Tuesday 5th December for the whole day. However, I have already committed to meeting an old friend in the morning, we went to Woolston C of E school (the little one-room school on Woolston Green) and haven't seen each other since our final year when we were both 11. We re-met online thro the Forum. Becky also wants to go to Warrington market, she loves to see the 'flounder' with spots (plaice to you), apart from that, we are y'alls from about 1:00 pm to whenever. Do you think you could plan something involving afternoon tea and the town hall visit for us? We would be eternally grateful. I would say that you will enjoy meeting my wife more than me, she is Cajun and has never ever met a stranger.