Palaisglide


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MOB rants

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 22:42

Fairygirl/Daughter you did right, though I did get into trouble for asking questions.
In the days we put on our Sunday best and went to the Village Church as a family and also attended Sunday school plus choir practice we were lectured on Biblical themes, I am afraid that even then I queried what I was told much to the astonishment of the local Vicar later Canon. He would as was the norm back then try corporal punishment, water off a ducks back to me, my brain said he does not know so I get punished for his being unable to argue the case. In our house at a time children were seen and not heard we were encouraged to talk through the days happenings, the news, and anything else we wished. At secondary school where we would be encouraged to ask questions, research our subjects and being only 14 in the class helped, we got almost one to one tuition.
I say my progress through life was down to my parents healthy attitude and the solid schooling we got from top class teachers and thank them.
Pentillie as a lad we were never encouraged to mix with Catholics, they differed from us so we were told, lads being lads we all played together but marry one? A friend had to marry in the registry office because he was C of E she was Catholic neither church would marry them and it was the case well into the early sixties.
I came back from the Middle East with a hatred of all things Jewish and was re-educated by a lovely Jewish Lady who convinced me you cannot hate a Nation, she was right and I was so wrong and admitted that fact. I am now firmly convinced we should not interfere in National Politics, two sides to every story and which is right??
I watched them all today, Children and Grandchildren, all the add ons who I never see as in-laws but extra Sons and Daughters, mixing laughing helping get the tea clear away wash up watching the wedding video's and all even the very youngest commenting, I think Joan and I did a good job bringing up a well mannered and very sociable family.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 20:00

Pentile, Lady Astor was the catalyst for the song, "We are the D Day Dodgers" sung to the tune of Lily Marlene. She made some very basic observations of our troops in Italy owing to a family issue calling them the D Day Dodgers.
"Landed at Salerno a holiday with pay
Gerry came to greet us and send us on our way" it did not go down well with with the boys short of everything as it had all been designated for Normandy and they were fighting a hard battle all the way up the spine of Italy.
For those of us who saw the end of the mandate with then Palestine we knew it would not be done until one had wiped the other out and it still goes on all these years later.
Our Dave and his lot have not learned the lessons from that or Iraq, Afghanistan and all the other little wars where we stuck our Neb in and got it wrong. Take a leaf out of the book of those who stay neutral, let them sort themselves out as win or lose we never make it better.
All history from well before the Romans adds some colour to the big picture, each generation would learn from the last one and we gradually got to where we are today mainly because of the mistakes they made and we took to heart. On a time line from the ice age we can see the gradual enlightenment and the dark ages so called were not so dark after all.
My grandchildren are being taught World War 11 history and they ask me some very relevant questions, what I know I answer the things I do not know  I look up in my library of history books and if it is not there then I go to the reference section of the main library, they want to know I do all I can to get the answers for them.
The family left here a short while back, listening talking about times now long gone I realise it is all still fresh to them, a rock in fast running water they cling too, the grandchildren also listening and learning that family coming together talking about the past and future is all part of a settled life.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 10:24

Sara I cringe at some of the answers given to quiz questions and wonder what they are learning in school. Apart from Google there are plenty of history books out there, probably most of them in Charity shops unused unopened unloved, I would give them a home on my book shelves.
Sue, History is in the eye of the beholder or so I found when reading the written report of a Patrol we did, nothing like what actually happened, written up by a clerk in the office, bare bones and short on facts.
I spend a lot of time on the local history board and correct a lot of the hearsay stuff they get in as true, saw it with my own eye's stuff as with one who remembered the Bombs dropping on Norton, he was two at the time???

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 23:44

Sara, how can a Boy Band have an amazing life history, they will be barely out of nappies and still fighting for the fourth fish finger in their sandwich.
I read autobiographies although the writers are often long gone and have had a life, I am retired yet would still not consider my life interesting to others apart from family and they would probably be bored to tears, maybe why we oldies do not talk about it?
Amazing history? I wonder if they ever heard of Sir Winston Churchill, maybe not.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 23:06

Big rant. What Boy band? I am not getting any of that, is this some kind of favouritism???

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 17:35

Had a lifetime of highly polished boots and shoes and the soles, try polishing the brass eyelets on those boots without getting metal polish on the black bit.
I did draw the line at polishing my carpet slippers and the issue sand-shoes, none of those fancy joggers in my time in fact never worn a pair in my life probably why I still have good feet.
The pathetic tattoos have me totally baffled why would someone desecrate their bodies with them and rings everywhere I would call it tribal apart from all else.
They may just as well go the whole hog and wear feathers woad and bands to elongate the neck, oh and how about lip discs?

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 14:42

Fairygirl/Daughter, we do speak the same language, "Manky" or "Clarty" being oft used in our area, manky meaning "bad, inferior, defective, dirty and even mutilated" among the printable section.
I was expecting to be castigated for my lack of sartorial savvy although it seems I am not the only one offended by the lack of dress sense.
I Germany we always knew the British visitors by the lack of dress sense and kept away from them not wanting to be associated with such lack of taste. Why any man would wish to don those stupid long shorts is beyond me.
Issued with KD's for over seas (khaki drill) we would try it on, two pairs of shorts very long, two pairs of longs slightly longer than the shorts two KD jackets sack like and three KD shirts charity sack like. The Garrison Tailor would earn a years wages in a week altering it all to fit and box pleating shirts and jackets. The shorts would end up very slightly beneath the knee cap but once out in the field with our bayonets those shorts would look like modern boxer's, just do not let the S/Major see you.
I was always told at school wearing compulsary uniform "Pride in ones appearance is a window on that persons ability" carried on into the Army then my work in ICI, always had at least two clean shirts in the locker just in case.
This rant could become a tome.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 09:59

Mine eye's will be afflicted and then some?
Yesterday as I got out of the car in T's car park I heard my name called, looking around I saw a smartly dressed lady who I vaguely knew and then this wizened chap with a beard who I had no idea, then the penny dropped.
First I had to put my sunglasses on to stop being blinded then looking at the apparition wondered why, the smartest man in my old planning office had suddenly decided to wear curtains for extra long shorts with a clashing shirt that would have made a Hawaiian wince, ordinary socks and scruffy trainers. In his retirement he had obviously flipped, we talked and I could see his wife knew what I was thinking, her face said it all and so we parted me still well and truly flummoxed but taking note, and in the shop the sun had brought out all the Costa del Sol gear.
Why do men well past their sell by date need to wear those stupid shorts and shirts and men not even reached their years of responsibility if ever they do wear trousers with a waist band which if it was a boot lid would cover the exhaust pipe and nothing else, the crutch around the knees either in hope or expectation.
What is wrong with normal clothes I ask? or is it just me.

Frank

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 10:41

Stockton is sunshine all the way, looking after next doors garden this week everything in pots so having to keep up with the watering as they dry out fast.
I will find time to sit contemplate my naval and enjoy the sun though.

Frank.

MOB rants

Posted: 18/06/2013 at 13:39

A Warning to all, be careful, be very careful what you mix in your cleaning buckets, mix the wrong cleaners together and you get Phosgene Gas, the poison gas of the first world war, deadly and in enclosed surroundings a killer, more than one person has died mixing cleaners.
The kitchen and Bathroom can be deadly places as ex-ICI I could make you a bomb, a poison, several gases, and an incendary device all from everyday ingredients in your kitchen and bathroom.
When cleaning Always leave windows and doors open even in winter and those household chemicals are not meant to be mixed. My way is mainly Domestos and water, wipe it on, leave it a few minutes wash it off, squeegee it down and dry. That usually gets the soap scum off the glass and walls though the steamer is best and also dangerous.
Probably it is best to be a slut???

Frank.

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