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    I was born in 1939 BC.
    That’s ‘Before Computers’.

    Luckily I survived the following events in my life, such as

    World War II, The London Blitz, Rationing, and worst of all… Archbishop Temple’s School.

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    During the mid 1950s I was enjoying Rock ‘n’ Roll and being a first generation teenager, when suddenly, just like Elvis, I found myself in uniform during ‘The Cold War’…and then

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    I became ‘a family’. Which meant that I sort of missed the ‘swinging sixties’, but still managed to look a complete prat in the 70s, just like everyone else.

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    During the ‘Thatcher Years’ I lost my hair and a lot of people lost a good deal more. My career fluctuated to say the least as I was demoted, promoted, fired and hired a number of times, but still I managed to stagger on into a welcome retirement and to celebrate 56 years of happy marriage.

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Archive for March, 2018

A HAPPY ‘hot-cross bun’ EASTER.

Posted by Big John on March 28, 2018

I must admit that I was not surprised to read that the wording on the packaging of 90% of Easter eggs on sale this year does not include the word “Easter”.

Yes, once again, it’s those ‘PC’ defenders of those they imagine may be offended by reading the name of a Christian festival on a box containing a traditional treat. Which made me wonder if Muslims, Jews etc. etc. would really want to buy food and other items associated with the Christian religion ? … and then … I read that Sainsbury’s had enquiries about Halal eggs, but I doubt that they will be asked for …

… a Køsher chocolate bunny !

 

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“Othello” it ain’t !

Posted by Big John on March 14, 2018

I’m not quite sure why Sir Vince Cable’s latest speech has received so much publicity, for I doubt if  most people in this country are seriously interested in this silly old sod’s opinions on anything: but to brand all the old farts who voted for ‘brexit’ as racists who want to recreate a world where, amongst other things, “faces were white” is disgraceful !

However, I must admit that, in general, I couldn’t care less about what colour someone’s face is, but I am beginning to wonder why so many non-white faces now fill my TV screen ?

I know that we have all got used to seeing those many TV ads showing the “dual heritage” family, and the TV News ‘man in the street’ .. Oops ! Sorry, ‘person in the street’ interviews with one white, one black, one brown interviewee, and almost certainly one wearing a hijab: but why do TV dramas have so many black characters when they are set in localities in this country where, in reality, very few people (if any) from ethnic minorities would be living or working ?

Now BBC TV ..’PC’BC TV’s latest ‘swords and sandals’ epic series .. “Troy: Fall of a City” .. brings us, not only some very dark scenes, but also a number of very dark skinned characters. … Take a look !

OK … The ancient Greeks, including Homer, probably knew something of black Africans, and Memnon’s home was thought to be in the ‘East’, perhaps in ancient Persia. As a consequence, he was thought to have a darker skin colour than the Greeks themselves, but …he definitely was not black ! .. Also it is just ridiculous to show the gods and heroes of ancient Greek mythology and history as African !

So why do it ? … I can take a guess … but, please excuse me if I just say that …

…  “It’s all Greek to me” !

 

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Megan’s ‘mumbo-jumbo’ moment !

Posted by Big John on March 8, 2018

Please remind me … This is the 21st Century isn’t it ?

It’s hard to believe that it is, when you read that someone you thought of as a fairly bright ‘modern day’ young woman who has ‘been round the block’ a few times has been baptised by that hypocritical old cleric Justin Welby, who before he was “called by God” was a highly paid oily oil industry executive. Apparently he used ‘holy water’ from the River Jordan for the baptism.

The River Jordan ! .. I hope that water contained plenty of holy disinfectant.

Now, I may have got this wrong, but isn’t there some Church of England rule about people who live together outside of marriage not being baptised etc., so, to all appearances, the Archbishop of Canterbury has baptised Ms Markle whilst she is still openly ‘shacked-up’ at Kensington Palace with ‘Hooray Harry ?

A royal flunkey has ‘let slip’ that ‘er Maj’ has been overheard saying that …

… “One is most pissed ‘orf ! “

 

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