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Lizzie, good morning, not a word about religion, although most forces people tend towards some belief, I never found any atheists in a fox hole. My Daughter in California is the Church of Latter Day Saints and I can out quote her on the Bible hands down, but then I had it beaten into me and it was part of the school curriculum when I was young.I had some awful meals in France as well as some very special ones too, the point being with my weak French I was never too sure what I was eating, plus the fact it was always covered in garlic type sauce so the taste would vanish in a cloud of garlic as you breathed out. The French troops I met lived on "Andouillette" rather an acquired taste I would say.Now toilets "Derek" ahem, as lads dolled up to go to the dance we would all meet in a local Quayside pub pretending to be hard men. We would be in the bar and next door in a little snug would be the Ladies of the night who worked the ships docked there. The men's toilet was at the end of the bar and a trough about knee height the ladies up a flight of stairs as the pub was built on a bank. Unloading the beer already imbibed one night the door opened in walked on of the ladies pulled up her dress cocked her leg and proceeded. Frank lad in total shock looking at a sight that should never be seen almost spoilt his nicely creased pants, was still in shock when I went out to be greeted by ribald remarks on the speed at which said lady entered and left not saying much for my capabilities. I think I lost the bright red flush after an hour or so.
Pentille, yes London is a place you can eat any of the worlds cuisines and the street food is wonderful, who said we Brits cannot cook, we just cannot cook our own food is all and when we do it is something weird like carrot cake???As to politics I am neutral, each being as bad as the other all with their trotters in the feeding trough and having seen a variation of Governments each worse than the other have lost the will to vote.I did think Green until a woman said it was mine and my parents fault we were in the state we were in, it appears we were wasteful???Remembering unwrapped food, Milk from Churns in your own jugs, then Milk Bottles washed and returned to be used a million times, four page newspapers which were promptly collected by the Scouts along with cardboard tins and anything else, the fire ashes used on the garden and Vegetables all locally grown. Add food being used to the last crumb due to shortages and poor pay, I do think she was a bit over the top and withdrew any thoughts of voting for Windmills that don't work in the cold, I can imagine the people who have had the misfortune to know what the future holds as they lost all power would have something to say about all that.Oh well that turned into another rant I was never like that before Gardening Grandma invented rants I blame her.
Frank/Dad- I remember when it was all just fields....I know what you mean about Governments -I feel exactly the same way. And why are we continuing to give foreign aid to wealthy so called 'third world countries' when we have pensioners deciding whether to eat or put on their heating? My Dad worked his a"%* off till he was 77 paid his dues all his life, never asked for anything he wasn't entitled to, and it makes me furious when they talk about ours and his generation being to blame for everything. I'm now starting to spit feathers so I'll stop. On a lighter note GG- my youngest daughter used to pee like a boy when she was little, especially out in the garden! She doesn't do it now....
Pentille, where ever carrot cake was invented it is still a blot on the landscape, Mr Wooltons pie a once a week delicacy in the Wartime School Canteen I was forced to frequent was often the best meal of the week all Vegetable and not masquerading as pudding, followed by Tapioca, how come we got so much of that back then. Fish every Friday boiled to bits then a very weak sauce thrown on and mashed potato, the whole tasteless but still better than carrot cake.
I am with you on the inter-net, I refuse to put any detail on this machine, renew my insurance by post and much to my daughters frustration actually go to a shop to buy the things I want, "I can do that on line dad" maybe so but how will you pay, "your card" not on your Nelly I have no trust in those on line thin-gees. I was reading about security and apparently some of the big online firms have been broken into but say nothing, it is cheaper to compensate irate customers than broadcast the fact.
Fairygirl/ Daughter, Hang about, you remember it being green fields??? "Err" am I old enough to be your Dad?At the last election three very well dressed young men arrived at my door, we can rely on your vote then Sir or was that meant as Cur? It is rather posh around here."And whom may you be" quoth me, we are the representatives of the XXX party. "Oh yes and what will you do for me should I be stupid enough oops sorry should I give you my vote. A pile of leaflets and a load of spiel later ( had time on my hands so let them educate me) I told them I heard that in the fifties the sixties the seventies and so on and it all got worse never better. Their faces said "we have a right one here" too B@##@# true you have, when I had told them I would never vote for them if they had feather dusters in various orifices of their bodies and dusted my house from top to bottom whilst waggling around, I think they got the point.Like your Dad, I have never had anything from them, the thing that makes me spit shrapnel is the fact my government pension is classed as "Unearned Income" for tax purposes and I will pay taxes until the day i wander off to Valhalla, governments I have shot them or something like that.
Frank/Dad-you must have been a child bride.. Don't get me started on the pensions..thieving B&^&*%*. A useful phrase for the 'doorstep sellers' of all types is a well used Scottish one 'Get it up ye' and you can add 'sideways' if the fancy takes you, and the addition of the word 'right' between 'it' and 'up' adds a certain something. Your mention of Mr. Crosby reminded me of the old joke 'what's the difference between Bing Crosby and Walt Disney?'.... Bing sings- and Walt disnae....
Fairygirl, all I hear is that we senior citizens are living too long, are too much of a drain on the NHS and get too many perks. I was never in the fortunate position to be eligible for a works pension and the meagre amount I was able to pay into a private pension gives me the princely sum of £50 per month. I get by because I have to. I was incensed when watching a programme this week about the NHS when a sister, or whatever they are these days, was quite cutting about keeping old people alive. I find it really worrying that should I ever be in that position, money will take precedent over the NHS doing their best for me.
As for online shopping, have been doing it since 1999. Started with groceries and then really got the bug. Order anything and everything and have never had a problem. I suppose the trouble is, this has had a knock on effect and the shops are now disappearing. It's not the shoppers fault, it the technology.
Pentillie, at a certain point in my life, due to no fault of mine, owed everybody. The only way out of it was to agree to set up direct debits which kept the wolf from the door and, after 3 years, I was back to normal. Perhaps in those days utility companies and mortgagors were run by people who wanted to help, rather than in this day and age by faceless wonders. It gives me peace of mind to pay by direct debit.
Hi ,At every election be it General or local I put in my front window a large poster of one " C,J, Haughy " one time leader of Fianna Fail and I was never bothered by F/F Hacks but sometimes F/G hacks would knock on my door (ex blue shirts ) although these days they try and distance themselves from that time in history but I do like to remind them and be entertained . I do vote every time and as a card carrying member of Unite formally the AEEU I vote Labour it is my believe that anyone who did work or who is still in work is in someway working class and should not vote for Right wing or borderline conservative ,as is what happened today in County Meath the daughter of a T,D who died last Christmas was elected as a new T,D. people have very short memories I am afraid Nepotism is still alive and well in this Country .God help us.
Well, we're certainly living up to our MOB titles this afternoon! I have another this year. moan.
I've just come back from a family conference with the doctor over the care of my 83 year old relative, who has very severe rheumatoid arthritis and had cancer treatment. She can no longer walk and has no ability to care for her personal hygiene. She has carers 4 times a day and still depends heavily on the relatives with whom she now stays. She told them that she lived alone and could cope, so they discharged her from hospital! Turned out they did not know her medical history - because they had no looked at her medical record. She was an elderly person who was taking up a bed. Now, I know that hospitals are under immense pressure financially and in terms of beds, but I would have thought that every human being in Britain was entitled to basically competent medical care! I am truly shocked. They have undischarged her after our visit - but what if she had not had someone to speak up for her?
Fairygirl /Daughter, I am quite worried about you, if I had been a child bride I would have been your Mum and believe it there is no danger of me being taken for a female of any description, even the Bear as my lads called me (behind my back I may say).Are you having a gender crisis I ask.Tina we do not all have the same chances in life and I salute anyone who pulls themselves up by the boot straps, you fought you succeeded well done.When I got leave in the Army I would have a day off then it would be up on the farm if they were busy or a part time job, in a time of full employment they always wanted drivers to cover for sickness. I drove some rattletraps as well as good trucks and always brought them back home it meant I was always good for more next time I got leave and the money came in handy. Lazing about was not in my genes and still is not, apart from today when I appear to have been on all day, my excuse is it is freezing the Mexican chili's out there.Fish was always part of my diet we lived on a fishing coast, the man would come round with his horse and cart calling Callour Herrin and mother would buy a bucket full caught that morning and clean dress then bake them. Hot for the evening meal and cold there after, I thought that nicer and would stuff them down with lots of bread and butter, "butter you ask with rationing" we made our own and did deals, keeping pigs a few slices of bacon got you anything.
Worrying isn't it GG. A couple of years ago, I was trying to help an old friend, aged 93 at the time, as she had almost lost her sight and kept falling over. Had not been out the house for 2 years. Did not want to go into a home so I started to try and see what could be done for her. One of the questions I was asked was whether she could get herself up of a morning and wash and dress herself. Answer yes. That was the end of the conversation. As she was capable of that, nothing they could do. Nothing about visiting and assessing her needs. Zilch. Last June she finally decided to go into a home and passed away 6 months later. I just know that if help had been forthcoming, she would still be here.
GG , My arn't we living in a caring world if your relative had been released into her own care she would be dead by the end of the weekend and just another statistic of our/your health service.
She is lucky to have people around her who care about her well being .
Our two country's are very much alike in the treatment of our elderly citizens in that we will not allow euthanasia but will turn a blind eye to so many people living on their own ,I wonder how many old people will be found dead after this very cold winter has ended ,
kindest regards Derek
Hi Brother Derek we are both members of Unite, a long story.As a lad I joined the Boilermakers led by the ear to the meeting by my mentor and tutor a Boilermaker brought out of retirement for the war. His Son in Law owned the firm but he told me they are all tarred with the same brush and will do you down.Many years later at ICI I was asked if I was union and because my Dad had for years gone to the branch and paid the forces dues I was still a member. I was told by the convener I would need to join the Staff section which I did.I was then promoted rapidly and put in charge with the instruction break the union hold that keeps ICI from improving. A couple of years hard graft with the union's, job done and well rewarded, the men were happy a lot more money the unions curbed.On retirement I was asked if I wished to remain on the books at a much reduced fee and I did. So for years I have had a Union pension, most of the conveners and lads dropped out hence no pension I smile every Christmas when that cheque comes.
I just got to the end of a post and it disappeared..*^$%^&* I'm losing the will to live .....don't know if it's this old laptop.Grrr. Sorry Frank/Dad but 'child bridegroom' didn't have the same ring to it! I was about to say that I worked long hours for not a lot of money but I'm fortunate that I have my own house and I'm very grateful for that. When I bought my first flat I had no phone and no colour tv - things that people see as the norm nowadays but were a luxury for me. Tina I understand how hard it can be, juggling my money was difficult but I did without and kept myself together and it got easier. I'm trying to get my girls to have common sense with money as I don't want them to get into debt which can happen so easily. I think it's a disgrace the way we treat our old people here and it's getting worse. Are we becoming a third world country?? GG nothing surprises me about hospitals/nursing homes any more.I'm grateful that my Dad died in his own home and Mum was in hospital just a few hours and the doc who told my Dad there was nothing more they could do was the finest example of a doctor you could ever meet. I will be eternally grateful to him for that and for the respect he showed us all.
You have to though, don't you Fairygirl. I have never been materialistic and so never hankered for anything. My kids had their school uniform, a set of playing clothes and a 'best' outfit, which eventually became the playing clothes! They didn't ask for the earth for birthdays or christmas because they knew it wouldn't be forthcoming. Like you, I got by and things gradually got better. Now, whatever I have is theirs as I want to treat them because I couldn't do so years ago. Have told them that I will expect them to reciprocate if necessary.