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Stanley
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Posted -  14/11/2010  :  06:26
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Stanley Challenger Graham




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Anni
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Posted - 01/01/2011 : 22:17
Bodger - "were the old days better?" is a question I often ask myself and discuss with friends.  I still haven't worked it out.

I like the fact that flights are considerably cheaper than they were when I started travellling.  I don't like the fact that airports are over crowded because more people can afford to fly.

I like the fact that my house has double glazing.  It makes my house warmer, the windows are easier to clean and I don't have to do much maintenance on the frames and they are more secure from those who might want to get to all my wordly goods.  I don't like the fact that I can't get my mate to fit them because I need some sort of permit or something or other.

I like the fact that I can correspond with people I have never met and swap information on all sorts of topics ont'interwebbie.  I don't like the intrusive nature of the internet and mobile phones and the fact that having these gadets means that somehow I should be available 24/7 - 365.  I am learning to not respond straight away to emails because I always feel as though I have to.

I like the fact that at nearly 40 I was able to enter a profession which had been unavailable to me as a female when I left school.  I like the fact that at 50 I was able to go to university and do what was expected of me at 18.  Non of this would have been possible in he 60's.

I like the fact that I have lots of pairs of shoes in my wardrobe and not just one pair for work and one pair for Sunday best (brought forward to be the work ones when they were no longer repairable).  I don't like the notion that I need all these shoes and if I see a pair that I really really have to have, will buy them.  To compensate, I do tend to keep them in good repair and in boxes so they last me for years - I have some classics I still wear which are 20 years old.

I do like the freedom to buy nice things for my house but hate going to the tip to throw something perfectly good into landfill and so tend to recycle and donate as much as possible.

I still don't know whether the old days were better.  Just different.  There are positives and negatives to everything.  Consequences to all changes.  I guess that is what keeps things moving and changing.

And Frank - I won't get in to the old age thing - frankly, it terrifies me and apart from trying to make some provisions I just can't go down the thought processes of who is going to help me when or if I can no longer help myself as much as I still can.  In any event, it might just be wasted effort - we only have now.

Edited by - Anni on 01/01/2011 10:18:30 PM

Edited by - Anni on 01/01/2011 10:20:04 PM


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belle
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Posted - 02/01/2011 : 01:30
Looking up the Lancashire online records and seing one family burying their 18th child, no the old days weren't better, looking at streets full of people all walking in the same direction all pretending no one else is there, some of them plugged into music to shut the other people out, yes the old days were better.


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Stanley
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Posted - 02/01/2011 : 06:17
Getting older is great as long as you have your health and caring kids keeping an eye on you. I wish everyone could have as good a life as I do.  But then I enjoyed every job I ever had, perhaps it's down to people and not circumstances.

I just had to swap R4 for a music tape. Profile at 05:45 was someone trying to prove that Prince William is just an ordinary person. 'Ordinary' young persons don't have PR men on national radio polishing their image. I suppose we're going to have to put up with this until the wedding.

Frank. All Labour's fault then. Right.

Percy Sledge singing 'When a man loves a woman'. That's better!


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frankwilk
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Posted - 02/01/2011 : 09:04
Frank. All Labour's fault then. Right.

Well who else's ???
Don't tell me the Bankers they were supposed to have been regulated by Goverment, or have I got that wrong ??

You have hit the nail on the head Belle something better, somethings a lot worse. I still think I would prefer now, rather than then.



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Stanley
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Posted - 02/01/2011 : 09:20


I saw this sad little sight in the street this morning and was immediately triggered off into finding a scenario that fits. Leaving home/ Chucked out? 


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frankwilk
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Posted - 02/01/2011 : 10:18
Couldn't find a skip perhaps ??



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Tizer
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Posted - 02/01/2011 : 12:36
I've just been reading an article in the postcard magazine about songs sung by soldiers in World War 1 appearing on postcards. I was tickled by this one...

The soldiers often complained that when they got jam it was always `plum & apple' when would like a bit of strawberry for a change. The company making the jam was called Ticklers and this led to the following soldiers' song, sung to the tune of `Any Old Iron'.

Ticklers Jam , Ticklers Jam
How I love Ticklers Jam
Plum and apple in a one pound pot
Sent from Blighty in a ten-ton lot...

Every night when I'm asleep
I'm dreaming that I am
Forcing my way through the Dardanelles
With a ton of Ticklers Jam


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belle
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Posted - 02/01/2011 : 13:50
Stanley, was there a bedroom windown above the suitcase, it looked like it had been dropped from a height to me!


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Stanley
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Posted - 03/01/2011 : 07:34
No Belle, just out in the street and insecurely fastened. One of life's little puzzles! I love 'em! Thinking back to Conor's Corner, do you remember the discussion we had about images that invite you to conjecture about a scenario? That's why I like this, it fits the bill.

I see Mr Osborne is having a nice holiday while fuel duty, increased VAT and the heavily rigged rail fare increases hit home. Good article in Private Eye at Xmas pointing out the discrepancy between fare rises. The most heavily used routes have been increased by up to 13% and the least popular services less. It would be interesting to know what the average percentage revenue increase is over the network. I'll bet it's more than the regulations intended. Sharp practice taking advantage of a loophole in badly drafted regulations. Captive market as well, the worst hit are the people who rely on the service to commute to work.

Question now is whether Nigel is dead or is he going to be the Ambridge wheelchair user?


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frankwilk
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Posted - 03/01/2011 : 09:29
I bet Ed is having a nice Holiday to !!! I wonder if he lies awake at night thinking if only I had done something to stop the madness of spending what we didn't have, poor Osborne would not be in this position today.
Stanley you know as well as I do Rail can never be a sound business, the cost to the Tax Payer of under writing the Railways has to be brought under control.
Infrastructure costs + Rolling stock costs + Not enough fare paying Passengers means the Railways will allways require lotsof Public Support ie Tax Payers Cash
Plus the biggest factor the train dosen't go where people want to go,except in the South East and then it is only twice a day !!!!!
I would really like to hear your suggestion for the Railways instead of you sniping from the side lines (pun)
Did you note Labour did not take the Railways back into Public Ownership when they had the opportunity,  I wonder why not ???



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handlamp
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1100 Posts
Posted - 03/01/2011 : 16:07
Frank, I'm afraid they were frightened of the blinkered comments folks like you would bring forward. At least BR didn't `cook' punctuality statistics like today's operators do by withdrawing rostered services to `catch up' in the train's workings to avoid delay penalties and extending point to point running times by extra `recovery' time in the timings. 


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HerbSG
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Posted - 03/01/2011 : 16:16
looks like the suitcase owner must have been celebrating new years, looks like he/she fell over the bag.


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frankwilk
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Posted - 03/01/2011 : 18:15
Ted
The Bus has taken over from the Train except for long distance travel.
The Bus has the ability to go to the places the Railline could/can not go, and it is more passenger friendly in respect of numbers carried
Blinkered I thoughts they went onto train !!!!
A Goverment with a majority like Labour had, for in excess of 10 years couldn't fathom out how to make the Railways work, in honest truth that is why they left it alone.
Bet you can't work out how to make it work either. It is past it's sell by date. It only works in the South East at peak times not during the rest of the day. That is a Fact.



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belle
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Posted - 03/01/2011 : 22:53
What attracted my attention tonight was the youngest complaining the house was shaking, turns out it was an earthquake, 3.6 on the richter scale, second one we've had here since we moved in ten years ago.


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HerbSG
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Posted - 04/01/2011 : 03:06
Frank as I have said on another topic I have used the train extensively over the past 4 years, from Paris-London-York-Edinburgh-Skipton-Blackpool-Manchester and into Wales, always on time, clean, good connections, easy to book on line and at good prices with only one screw up.


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