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  1. Bob and Ester Rochester were indeed a lovely couple. I remember my Mam being really mad at Ester for selling my younger brother a box of matches. Ester thought they were for my Mam. He proceeded to blow himself by emptying all the gunpowder out of a box of fireworks on the Tute steps and the putting a match to it. He was well singed but not seriously damaged. He also ended up with a very red backside from my mother's advanced treatment of PTSD - A good hiding!
  2. Eggy, here's a bit more info. The waste ground M was the sight of both Howard row and Yard row which both went almost to the pit. I remember the rubble and gardens being there when I was little. Before they shifted to Hollymount square in 1956 my paternal grandparents lived in 26 Plessey street and there was one more house in the street which must of been number 27. Third street didn't have a number one as it had burnt down years before. I was definitely the pit baths clean end to the left and dirty end to the right appropriately next to the pit. The buildings opposite are left to right the fa
  3. It's easier to get them in boxes at Christmas with sticks in for eating them. I've noticed that you can get them already pitted but they are a bit more expensive!
  4. All the best Foxy hope it went well for you.
  5. I think you've set the bar a little high there. That lot include Duck Dunn and Steve Cropper. It's like my twentieth century hall of fame. To be much better it would have to include a few folk that had already died when that was recorded. Cheers Ovalteeny I'm now going to watch the rest of the concert on YT.
  6. I don't need to do anything I use the same password for everything and no one will ever crack it. Its ydarB nalA
  7. My real name is Mr Smudgeinthebudge and my address is 1 Third Street, Netherton Colliery. Please pm me if you want details of my bank account and credit cards.
  8. Thanks. I've always been the same since I grew up. Each party tends to have things in their basic philosophies which I agree or disagree with such as freedom and liberty, equality and fairness, human rights etc and you have to decide on basic principles and which one coincides with your beliefs before you vote. I am not a 'tribal voter' and I do not cast my vote because of promises leading up to an election, I cast it based on my own beliefs and moral values. I do feel a bit guilty after this election I shouldn't really complain because, except for voting I haven't done done much for a cause
  9. I mentioned the bacon sarnie but in the past I could of mentioned an old man at the cenotaph with a duffel coat or a welsh man tripping on a beach but I don't think personalties come into as much as some people say. What I'm really sad about is the future which may reflect the past with no health service, child poverty rife and disease spreading from the people who can't afford proper treatment. The trouble is that every time labour lose an election there is always a shout both within and without the party for to move further right to become electable. I believe there are still major differenc
  10. As a tribal voting idiot I just want to say that this has been a very disappointing election result for me and others like me who would like to see more equality of wealth, opportunity and a halt to picking on the weak and disadvantaged. A fairer and more just society with hope and an optimistic vision of the future would have been nice. One thing I have learnt is that policies are not as important as how you eat a sandwich.
  11. As booze is so expensive in Denmark possibly they often get in their cars and head south for cheaper booze in Schwelswig Holstein and Lower Saxony. I bet even Carlsberg is cheaper there and it would influence the statistics. But that's just conjecture as is so many have committed suicide that the survivors think themselves happy because they've survived. Of course I do not know the Scandinavian statistics for depressive illnesses but is it possible that anyone clinically depressed feels worse because they have an expectation of happiness?
  12. I think SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) might have something to do with suicide rates being high in Scandinavia. I don't know not having looked it up, but don't they also have a different attitude towards end of life/terminal illness? I think the invasion of American multinationals with a completely different work ethic to the Danish one may be having a marginal effect but that's just conjecture on my part. I do not think utopias exist and it is probably dangerous to try and make them, but I do not think there's anything wrong with learning from other countries.
  13. Why not look to sensible countries like Denmark (the happiest country in the world) and attempt to emulate them. At the bottom line that is all anybody wants - to be happy. Many Danes don't lock their cars or houses because they tend to trust each other. I know that people say they didn't used to lock their doors in this country but that was because they had nowt worth pinching. As a teenager I never once heard anyone in a pub say "Do you want a knock off proggy mat going cheap, or a mangle?" One of the problems in this country is the fact we are brought up with dreams of past glories of empir
  14. Love this even if one did split my head open on the Farne islands in 1956
  15. Getting back on subject, there are bound to be some useful things in old herbal remedies but I wouldn't trust them unless they had had full clinical trials. Like many of us I probably would have popped my clogs years ago if it hadn't been for conventional medicine, not to mention surgery. However there are some useful things around such as aspirin (willow bark), digitalis (foxgloves), penicillin (mould). There's bound to be plenty more in the rainforests, they just need finding. Goodness knows what the pharmaceutical industry is growing now with a bit of genetic tweaking here and there.
  16. Rule number one in the war book - Never march on Moscow! Lovely conspiracy hypothesis that one. I'll not call it a theory. A fantastic imagination at work. If we didn't have our own daft religious factions in the west we could teach the Worlds Islamic population secularism and how to have an enlightenment and show them it is worth it.
  17. If I've told my kids once I've told them a million times, "don't exaggerate!". Maggie's government was probably more right wing but they were more sly about what they did. What they did then was move the goalposts further right and the silly Labour party at the time followed to be thought moderate to be elected in the future, thus wrecking the dreams of millions of people in the country. The Scots decided to do something about it on their own, taking a lot of the natural labour movement support along with them along with them as well as tactical voting by the Scottish Tories. Maggie sold off t
  18. So how come every opinion opposed to yours must be caused by indoctrination, misguidedness or sleeping brains? And are not most teachers liberal democrat supporters who have just been in a five year coalition in one of the most right wing governments this country has had since Wellington was Prime Minister? I hope they do state their views on here we could do with a more balanced discussion.
  19. OK 3G Inform me on this thread what Ukip stands for. What their policies are. What's in their manifesto and what are their official views on Immigration, emigration, Law and order, Defence. The Economy. Education. Health and safety at work. Trade unionism. The National Health service. Foreign aid and foreign policy. Relationship with the USA. Local Government. Electoral reform. The minimum wage, Pensions. You often tell people how they're being hoodwinked by the political establishment but we need to know what the alternative is. Look forward to a proper reply so that my "sleeping brain" can d
  20. I don't like UKIP because it is based on nationalism and a lot of it's supporters are racist bigots. It's leader is the sort of "man down the pub" that I would go out of my way to avoid. I do not hate my own country because of a lot of factors. Science, Literature, the longbow preventing the so called noble leaders from having their own way, a long history of ordinary men and women fighting against injustice. A sense of anarchy and a fight against authoritarianism. The Tolpuddle Martyrs. The Levellers and the Chartists. The abolition of slavery.The beheading of King Charles. The changes fough
  21. If I went on a diet I would have to give up my job as decoy for a whaling fleet!
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