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MOB rants

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 21:24

Palaisglide, agree that Nancy Astor was not always a pleasant person, and apparently did not like Catholics or Jews - also before the war it was felt she had Nazi sympathies ( although she commented that Adolf reminded her of Charlie Chaplin). Nevertheless, she treated my Mum with great kindness, and was pretty popular in Plymouth - perhaps,like a lot of Americans, she didn't always think before opening her mouth. ( apologies to any Yanks reading this probably totally incorrect generalisation! )

Narratives like yours and mine all add little snippets to historical events and about people, and enrich everyone's knowledge of how things really were - perhaps our politicians should have listened more to their parents and grandparents; we may have avoided some of the messes they walked into!

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Posted: 22/06/2013 at 16:08

I seem to have studied the same subjects as you - your quote was from Wilfred Owen, after Horace.

Funny you mentioning Nancy Astor - I have loads of correspondence from her to my Mum,sent in 1941 when she was Lady Mayoress of Plymouth. My parents house had been bombed by German aircraft, and they were buried under their house for two days. Their 6-month old baby girl was killed, and nobody knew where they had taken her body. Lady Astor got involved and sorted out everything for Mum - the letters are lovely, and it's nice to think that a lady of her position, in the madness that was Plymouth in the blitz, had the time, and the compassion shown in her letters, to thnk of the suffering of the Town

Whilst we should never forget distant history, which has coloured all subsequent events, children of today should be given more detailed lessons on subjects like WW2 - if only to make them understand why today's foolish politicians never seem to understand the possible results of all their stupid posturing and sabre-rattling.

Learning by one's mistakes is very appropriate when talking of History.


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Posted: 22/06/2013 at 14:17

Like your comments MMP, and agree with everything you said. Not sure I agree with 'knickers to the Romans' though, especially as you finished up with a quote by Roman poet and satirist, Horace 

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Posted: 21/06/2013 at 16:48

The other huge downside of all the exposed flesh is the number of people covered in pathetic tattoos - as an artist myself the so-called artwork is terrible! The idiots who pay for this horrible doodling are hopefully so dim that they don't realise how ridiculous they look. 

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Posted: 21/06/2013 at 15:34

Another give-away is men's shoes. When I worked in the City of London, many of the Hoorays wearing suits costing hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds, had shoes that hadn't been cleaned in weeks. At crucial meetings, little signs like that made all the difference in my perception and handling of people.

My daughter has always taken care of her shoes, and she tells people that she used to watch her Daddy polishing his shoes every night, and always felt so proud watching me go off to work!   .......a salutary lesson that every action ( or indeed lack of action ) has a reaction.  Unfortunately, if parents are slobs, invariably their children will go down the same route.

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Posted: 21/06/2013 at 13:37

Just reading that Tesco in Tiverton has banned what they call 'half-naked' men and women from the store, saying they're a health hazard. Apparently the recent warm weather brought out the shirtless men and barely-clad women, and enough other customers complained that Tesco thought the ban was appropriate.

Perhaps we should all get our coats...................!

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Posted: 21/06/2013 at 10:26

I agree that dress standards have got very sloppy in recent years, and when I'm in some of the other countries in Europe it's very noticeable how much more effort the locals seem to make. In some places, such as Germany and Italy, there is a decided feel of elegance around, whereas in the U.K, if you venture out in the evening in most towns, half the populace have their backsides falling out of their trousers, or falling out under their skirts!  I suppose, after that little rant, I must be careful what I wear when I go out later!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 09:39

I'm happy that the strawberry bed at the allotment is packed with ripe fruit and all I need is some Cornish clotted cream and a deckchair in the garden.....

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 20:35

Verdun isn't the only piggy today. I have just finished dinner, steak pie brought back from a farm in Kernow on Saturday, plus calabrese, Lady Christl potatoes, and carrots - all from garden or allotment this afternoon - I feel well and truly stuffed. Methinks a few hours at the allotment tomorrow needed to work it all off! 

Please help me identify what is eating my strawberries!?!

Posted: 17/06/2013 at 13:54

You'd be surprised how nimble birds can be. This morning there was a blackbird on my strawberry patch, under the fine netting, and when disturbed he flew straight through the two-foot high fence of chicken wire surrounding it all! The holes are only as big as 5p pieces! Try lightly laying fleece over the plants.

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