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  2. Terrible things that will NOT now happen..

    "I like the "tend"! I suspect that the people "who's company I enjoy" defer to you for the sake of peace an quiet, and keep their thoughts to themselves. Only a suspicion! " On the contrary; there are, in fact, several members on here who know me face to face, and I'm sure they will tell you I'm among the most easy going, personable and approachable people around, with no hidden agenda, no desire to shove my views down people's throats without giving them an option, and an accepting and friendly attitude that comes with wishing to enjoy life. I suggest, in all honesty, you could probably learn a thing or two from me. "And, you've ducked my other question about the eight points of the compass here too." Because I'm not interested in it; I don't care for complexity when simple answers will suffice. The thing is you've repeatedly denied you even said this, but you did. "They are a mixture, but genuine refugees tend to want to go home at the earliest instant." In the case of the Syrians, go home to what? "The people you see - unless they've got in illegally - have been filtered by our immigration services who reject the majority of asylum applications." The people I see (or know) are not subject to asylum on the whole; they are typical of the many Eastern European immigrants who come here for work. Work, I might add, that isn't very glamorous; without the Poles, for example, the Lincolnshire turnip fields would not yield a decent crop, as the farmers can't get the local British healthy young men to stoop to pulling them out of the ground. Before you jump on me for stereotyping, I'm paraphrasing the words of farmers who live - and farm - around my sister's estate. I don't know what happens when the borders close miraculously after we invoke Article 50 (which a surprising number of people seem to believe will happen, to both instances) but I like my turnips.
  3. Yesterday
  4. Saint Cuthbert And Bedlington Church

    Spoke to my Dad who's 87 who remembers a few tunnels or similar structures in different parts of Bedlington. The Church Lane tunnel could possibly be the culvert where Jocker Amos was found following the Sun Inn murders. There are some images of the culvert elsewhere on this site. There was a surface drift which was part of the Doctor Pit which ran under where Tescos is situated and started nearer to the gas works/police station. There was also a 'cundy' which is a type of underpass which ran from the colliery rows to the gas house near the new police station bypassing the Doctor Pit yards. There are also 2 tunnels which emerge at the bottom of the Furnace Bank right on the river bank next to where the bandstand used to be. I think one of them is clearly visible although the entrance is silted up. This one may be the one with 'abide ye' or similar carved on the stone arch. If you're looking for it, it's about 50 metres west of the Furnace Bridge on the north side. Dad reckons these structures were actually water inlets which filled up at high tide. Several bore holes were sunk into them along their length to obtain water for the ironworks.
  5. Westridge c958 with names

    Name should read - Wesridge c1958 with names.
  6. Terrible things that will NOT now happen..

    Great, some proper discussion, without ducking issues! I don't tend to have bar room arguments; the people who's company I enjoy don't get on my nerves! I like the "tend"! I suspect that the people "who's company I enjoy" defer to you for the sake of peace an quiet, and keep their thoughts to themselves. Only a suspicion! July 20th, you wrtote: "If there is more than a handful of genuine refugees - as you seem to believe - then why are they practically all young males?" Yes, I do believe there are more than a handful. Yes, that's a question you need to address. Look at the photos of refugee columns. Are those photos faked? Those pictures broadly accord with what I see with my own eyes, and I'm not in denial about what I see. Relative to the millions who are coming, it is fairly clear that only a tiny percentage overall have been displaced from their homes by military action. There's also evidence that rather a lot of non-Syrians blend in, and lie about their origins. The Germans employ a private firm, and their verification procedure is to ask the individuals where they came for. Don't you think that in these smartphone days there's a lot of conferring as to the best things to say? Reportedly this private firm has no comprehension of regional dialects or accents. And, you've ducked my other question about the eight points of the compass here too. "I did not say that the illegal immigrants I see are Syrians." Good, now we're getting somewhere. So, what is your take on the Syrians, fleeing the war zone (you accept it is a war zone?) Are they refugees, or economic migrants? You see, I thought the above comment - the one from July 20th - referred not to African illegal immigrants, whom you now talk about, but to Muslims seeking refuge (or not). My take is as above. They are a mixture, but genuine refugees tend to want to go home at the earliest instant. They also tend to want to live with their own peoples in their own region, and don't want to travel further than they really need to. Why make getting back to your locality after the conflict has passed over it any more tortuous or expensive? The vast majority of these people are seeking a new life in a country where they are told "the streets are paved with gold", and have no intention of returning anywhere at any future date. Consider: even if you lived in a war zone but didn't feel threatened yourself, don't you think you'd be inclined to exaggerate the dangers if there was a one-off opportunity of bypassing the immigration controls of a much more prosperous country? A country which was prepared to give you generous hand-outs to get established there, and one where you already spoke the language! I, too, have plenty of experience of immigrants (both legal and otherwise) thanks to my regular visits to the area around Boston, in Lincolnshire; the town itself has a strong Eastern European community, and I'm not sure all the women are prostitutes. Mind you, I do know how to tell an illegal immigrant: he will wear a long coat which, when opened, reveals not only a selection of fake Rolexes, but ducks poached from the local village pond, and perhaps the odd fish. Plus, he will speak in a dodgy accent, and be generally unclean. Either that or they work in the fields and drive taxis. You don't see what is landing on the Southern shores of Europe. The people you see - unless they've got in illegally - have been filtered by our immigration services who reject the majority of asylum applications. Those economic migrants have an alternative strategy, and it requires a little patience. (Islam is unbelievably patient though!) They take up Frau Merkel's (and the Swedish) over-generous invites, and then become EU citizens, at which point our immigration services have no say in the matter. This is a problem for the future unless we Brexit pronto. The reason a lot of immigrants don't want to learn the local lingo is that their English is generally a lot better than the local's English (Witness the altercation between the Swedish bus driver and the immigrant on yesterday's news), and their ultimate goal is to get to speak their good English in the country that claims to have originated it! Please don't distort what I said about a very few young immigrant females - I say what I see! The rest of Europe isn't taking all this lying down: Hungary taunts Merkel over terror and says 'our problem is not in Mecca, but in Brussels'
  7. Terrible things that will NOT now happen..

    I don't tend to have bar room arguments; the people who's company I enjoy don't get on my nerves! July 20th, you wrtote: "If there is more than a handful of genuine refugees - as you seem to believe - then why are they practically all young males?" Yes, I do believe there are more than a handful. "I did not say that the illegal immigrants I see are Syrians." Good, now we're getting somewhere. So, what is your take on the Syrians, fleeing the war zone (you accept it is a war zone?) Are they refugees, or economic migrants? You see, I thought the above comment - the one from July 20th - referred not to African illegal immigrants, whom you now talk about, but to Muslims seeking refuge (or not). I, too, have plenty of experience of immigrants (both legal and otherwise) thanks to my regular visits to the area around Boston, in Lincolnshire; the town itself has a strong Eastern European community, and I'm not sure all the women are prostitutes. Mind you, I do know how to tell an illegal immigrant: he will wear a long coat which, when opened, reveals not only a selection of fake Rolexes, but ducks poached from the local village pond, and perhaps the odd fish. Plus, he will speak in a dodgy accent, and be generally unclean. Either that or they work in the fields and drive taxis.
  8. Last week
  9. Is this really a joke?

    The Falklands. Be honest - how many of you had even heard of them before the Iron Bag sank the RETREATING Belgrano? I couldn't understand what it was all about myself until I came across a map on the net of OIL RESERVES around the Falklands.
  10. Bedlington Terriers Next Fixture

    Good topic there stevenmcvey963
  11. Going places, meeting people

    Please, please, please, CL negotiate a deal that prevents sprouts from being eaten anywhere except Brussels. Strike a bargain with Brussels - they can have the sole rights to sprouts; growing, boiling and eating, and Melton Mowbray can keep it's protected name for it's pies when we leave the EU. ( don't pull me up on this, I know the chairman of the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association Matthew O'Callaghan, who is also chairman of the UK Protected Food Names Association, said the protected status could be maintained). The European Union granted the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie protected status in 2008 which meant only pies made in the area could carry the label. This must also apply to Brussel's Sprouts Cutting an 'X' in the stem of a Brussels sprouts to aid cooking = Br-x-it. Is it only me that hates the taste, and the smell when cooking? If however the miners had of taken sprout sarnies down the pit then I am sure the smell of the sprout sarnies and the expulsion of the sprout gasses would have driven the 'shit-flies' out of the shaft and Symtoms wouldn't have his current project to prove how those flies survived the byeways of the pits.
  12. The life of a NUFC fan today

    my son was born in London and lives a stones throw from Loftus rd so his mates either support QPR or Chelsea but he's been told since he was 2 that the black and whites will rule one day,he thought it was easy when we had Beardsley,Cole Ginola banging goals in but then came the lean years and now he's 28 he always says "dad why couldn't you've been born in Manchester" sorry son once a mag you die a mag
  13. Bedlington Terriers Next Fixture

    six quid to watch Bedlington?,I suppose it's a long time since you could walk through the Olivers back garden and through the hole in the fence to stand behind the goal and take the piss out of the opposition goalie
  14. Terrible things that will NOT now happen..

    But now you can't "be bothered" to find my words to quote them accurately - well, well! I say what I see, and I don't make things up; nor do I constantly put words into other people's mouths! I did not say that the illegal immigrants I see are Syrians. Most of them seem to be North or Central Africans, but they try to conceal their origins by throwing their temporary papers away. They believe that they are better off without the paperwork they are given, and I can only conclude that this is because it enables them to pose as refugees, or merge into a refugee stream at some point on their travels North. I think this is the general consensus locally. Is this constant distortion of what people say an example of how you "win" your bar room arguments?
  15. Is this really a joke?

    You know where this leads, don't you? Woman arrested over threats to Labour MP Naz Shah The irony here is that Ms Shah (a Muslim, and herself temporarily suspended from the LP over alleged anti-Semitic behaviour) did a spell as a PPS to a certain John McDonnell. If that wasn't irony enough she is being threatened by other Muslims for investigating "a so-called honour killing". Our first glimpse of Shariah Politics? Interesting comment on the Falklands. You believe we should have done nothing when they were invaded?
  16. Bedlington Cricket Trophy

    ha ha ha just remembered one game when Rockys team was short a player,and me and Paul "Tuc" Fennel were sitting outside the club when his brother Geordie said "which one of ye two is the best bowler" we both said Tuc straight away so he said "right you're opening the bowling for us" now tuc was about 15 or 16 and the opening bat for the other side played for Bedlington so as he was walking out his mates were shouting "mind the windows in my car".well the first ball whistled round his ears and the second one clean bowled him.when he came back he said "there's nowt rang wi them bowls lad" we used to play cricket on the bandstand,a strip of grass at the top of the "picca bank" with a bin lid stood up with a stick through the handle,came off there with many a circular bruise to show for being to slow with the bat,and that was off a tennis ball.
  17. Is this really a joke?

    Speaking honestly, if I could go back in time, I too might consider the possibility of assassinating Thatcher. Like yourselves, I come from a proud mining community and Thatcher was the Devil incarnate to all my friends and family during the miner's strike. Her part in the Falklands war was also despicable.
  18. Terrible things that will NOT now happen..

    No, you said there were only a handful of refugees; I'll dig out the quote when I can be bothered. And now all immigrant females are prostitutes! Oh, no, you didn't say that; you said they were the only ones you've seen. And the Syrians are not fleeing a war zone?
  19. Tim Stanley has a message for Merc

    No, but not bothering when you can't be bothered does.
  20. Tim Stanley has a message for Merc

    Yes, monkeys; the famous Hartlepool Hang'us the Monkey, who was elected to office on a platform of free bananas (which he never delivered). Clever is, in fact, saying nothing when there's nothing to say.
  21. Going places, meeting people

    Have a safe journey! "We" already have a team there that has delivered the messages that they simply don't want to hear, but thanks for the offer. I know quite a few people who would like you to press the (immediate) (BR)Exit button.
  22. Terrible things that will NOT now happen..

    Would you please stop attributing things to me I have never said! At no time have I said there are no refugees. And, it's a damnable lie to claim that I've ever said that all muslins are terrorists. No, I don't read the Daily Mail, and only arrive on the DM website on the odd occasion someone links me to it. It's nothing to do with which newspaper says what, it's the evidence of my own eyes and ears. I PERSONALLY MEET many illegal immigrants here, and that I have yet to meet one that tells me that he's fleeing from anything but a miserable life. When I find a someone who tells me he is fleeing from a war zone then you will be the first to know. Yes, they are virtually all young males and heading for Northern Europe. The only immigrant females I've seen are prostituting themselves out in the country on minor main roads - and there aren't that many. I don't make these things up and there's no need to exaggerate an already desperate situation. Illegal immigrants are sensitive to being photographed but I will try to get you some pictures in the coming weeks.
  23. Tim Stanley has a message for Merc

    I think you need to improve this "scan reading" - it was a clear reference to my typo. Where did I say you are a Labour supporter? I said you might want to consider standing for them as they are desperate, and made a joke about you getting into the shadow cabinet, but that's hardly a claim that you are a Labour voter. I think I also referred to your views as left-wing Liberal at one time too, and you didn't object to that. Bananas relate to monkeys? Hand bananas to monkeys - ergo, the people who don't vote the way you think they should are monkeys? Correct me if I'm wrong. Clever would be to answer a few simple questions honestly. Always the best way of getting at the truth - ask any lawyer.
  24. Tim Stanley has a message for Merc

    That's the royal "nobody else" is it? You haven't "bothered" to answer any searching questions for quite some time; bold unsubstantiated assertions work in the bar do they?
  25. Going places, meeting people

    Brussels again for me tomorrow. Just a two day job this time so I've only got cabin luggage, therefore no room on the home journey for sprouts and the likes. Anybody want any messages delivered or buttons pressed?
  26. Good Jokes: Not For The Faint-Hearted.

    In these troubled times: A prayer for the stressed Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those I have killed today because they got on my nerves. And help me to be careful of whose toes I step on today as they may be connected to the feet I may have to kiss tomorrow. Help me that I may always give 100% at work … 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday and 5% on Friday. Help me to remember …. When I’m having a bad day and it seems that people are trying to wind me up, it takes 42 muscles to frown, 28 muscles to smile and only four to extend my arm and smack someone in the mouth
  27. Tim Stanley has a message for Merc

    The fact is nobody else can be bothered; and from now on, neither can I.
  28. Tim Stanley has a message for Merc

    No typo; I try my best not to do typos. I also don't support labour, which sort of screws your constant references in that area. Also, did you not understand the 'bananas' reference? Dear me! I thought all from the North East would get that one! Forgot to add, yes, I can be clever, when I want to be. It shines brightly sometimes.
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