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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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    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 54 years of happy marriage.
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Here we go again – Part Fourteen

Posted by Big John on April 18, 2016

Yes, it could be ‘boots on the ground’ time again for 1,000 British troops, as some idiots in our so-called government are getting ready to send them to Libya.

Remember Libya ? … It was where we, and our allies, cried .. “Hooray for the Arab Spring !” .. helped Islamic extremists dispose of President Gaddafi and ensured that the place became a major disaster area.

Now, having once again, failed to learn any lessons, we intend to pay a return visit, with our soldiers being part of a multi-national task force led by .. (don’t laugh) .. the Italians !

Please don’t expect any great military strategy here. We are not talking …

… ‘Julius Caesar’ ! 

Posted in humour, political, rant | 1 Comment »

‘Brexit’ … Not such .. “A leap in the dark”.

Posted by Big John on February 21, 2016

My very first job when I left school in 1955 was with a large travel agency. It was at a time when ‘package holidays’ were just taking off and I found myself working with a team of people from all over Europe. The job itself was a bit boring, but the company and friendship of those ‘foreigners’ more than made up for it. I even managed to wangle a few free trips across the Channel. I loved it, and I have loved visiting Europe ever since. I have travelled extensively on the continent, speak ‘food and drink’ in several languages and once owned a modest holiday home in Spain. I have been employed by both Italian and German companies. In fact, I have always considered myself to be ‘European’.

So .. How will I vote in June ? .. IN ? .. or .. OUT ?

That’s possibly a tough one, and our Dave’s recent pissing about in Brussels has not made it any easier, because as I see it, the Eurozone countries will continue towards their full political and monetary union, and we, as some sort of junior partner, will be at their mercy as they make decisions which are in their own interest. We will have no influence, but, I assume that, as the second largest contributor to the EU bottomless money pit, we will still be handing over billions of pounds to the Brussels’ bureaucrats.

I doubt if co-operation on issues as important as security, science, defence and, above all, ‘trade’ would disappear if we vote to leave. So I would still be able to enjoy my German beer, my French wine, my Dutch cheese, my Belgium chocolate, my Italian salami, my Spanish olives and all those other European ‘goodies’.

“How will I vote?” … I’ll give it some thought, but it’s beginning to look like a …

… ‘no-brainer’ !

Posted in humour, nostalgia, political, travel | 2 Comments »

Heroes or villains ?

Posted by Big John on December 30, 2015

It goes without saying, that many of the people who made the British Empire so ‘Great’ were pretty unpleasant characters: but, having said that, it is almost impossible to judge them by today’s standards, which is what is happening in the case of the Cecil Rhodes’ statue.

Nearly every town and city in the UK has at least one statue of a ‘conquering hero’ posh pukka sahib or the like. Are they all to be removed ? If so, I suggest that we start with the upper class white supremacist colonialist who said that he was off to take part in …

… “a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples” who had a “strong aboriginal propensity to kill” … “It was great fun galloping about.” … and personally killing at least three “savages” !

He wrote of his “irritation that Kaffirs should be allowed to fire on white men”, and demanded more conquests, based on his belief that “the Aryan stock is bound to triumph”. He also declared that he was “strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes …[It] would spread a lively terror.”

He hated Indians stating that … “They are a beastly people with a beastly religion”. He also believed that “natives” were like helpless children who will “willingly, naturally, gratefully include themselves within the golden circle of an ancient crown”.

So who was this great man ?… No! .. It wasn’t Cecil Rhodes … It was …

… Winston Churchill !

Posted in political, rant | 4 Comments »

Another ‘climate change’ con !

Posted by Big John on December 16, 2015

I recently bought a small table lamp at my local ‘Homebase’ store. That was easy. The hard part was trying to find the correct light bulb for it. Even one of the sales staff was confused by the shelves full of dozens of different bulbs which we are now forced to use.

What will they change next in their quest to ‘save the planet’ (and make a fortune) ? .. I wondered.

Now I know … Gas must go ! .. That means the natural gas which we rely on to heat our homes and cook our food.

Of course this bright idea comes from the recent Paris jolly summit, where our Dave said … ‘This global deal now means that the whole world has signed to play its part in halting climate change.” … No it doesn’t ! .. It means that the UK government will fall over it’s self to comply with any new regulations, while most of the rest of the world’s leaders nod, smile, go home and …

… don’t ‘give a shit’ !

Posted in humour, political, rant | 2 Comments »

Here we go again. – Part Thirteen

Posted by Big John on December 1, 2015

Will we join in the bombing of IS fanatics in Syria or won’t we ?

Of course we will. Our Dave wants his ‘Churchill’ moment in history !

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told MPs that the UK is already a target for Islamic State extremists and the threat has “intensified” .. and .. “air strikes alone” would not destroy IS but .. ‘could reduce its ability to attack the UK’.

Please someone tell me .. How ?

The terrorists are not making plans for a Paris or Mumbai style attack while sitting under a palm tree in Raqqa. For, just as in Paris …

… They’re already here ! 

Posted in political, rant | 2 Comments »

Barbarians … ‘inside the gate’ !

Posted by Big John on November 17, 2015

Unlike the United Kingdom, France is a country that can call on several well armed police forces in both local and national emergencies. There is the ‘Gendarmerie Nationale’ (a military force) … the ‘Police Nationale’ (a civilian force) which includes the ‘CRS’ (Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité), the formidable riot police, and various municipal police forces whose officers are also armed: and yet they were unable to prevent the recent terrible events in Paris.

However, they appear to have responded fairly quickly and in some numbers which meant that the terrorist attacks were brought to an end before more lives were lost.

Which brings me to my question … What will happen if when a small number of homicidal religious nutters carry out similar actions in London or some other British town or city ?

We do not have any kind of national or local paramilitary police force. In fact the vast majority of our police officers are unarmed, we have very few ‘armed response vehicles’ (ARVs) on the streets and the weapons carried in these vehicles are no match for the AK47 Kalashnikovs and explosives used by these deadly medieval butchers.

I’m afraid that our ‘contain and negotiate’ until someone with a gun turns up approach won’t work when dealing with a fanatical loony who is only too happy to be ‘sent to paradise’ as he takes as many innocent people as possible with him.

To make things worse, there are said to be around 450 (probably many more) ex-jihadi volunteers freely walking our streets after returning from Syria, and as usual and, despite all the rhetoric, the same incompetent idiots who let them back into the country haven’t a clue how to protect us from them.

Still, never mind, our Dave has vowed that British “resolve” would defeat Islamist terrorism. Thank goodness for that,  …

… I feel safer already !

Posted in political, rant, religion | 3 Comments »

Here we go again. – Part Twelve

Posted by Big John on September 29, 2015

It’s ‘boots on the ground’ time again, as our Dave has agreed volunteered to send British troops to Somalia and South Sudan; but don’t worry because he said everything would be done to ensure troops deployed to these countries remain safe.. “Let me stress that obviously we will want to see all the right force protection arrangements to be in place”.

So how come that in Somalia, a country infamous for piracy, bloodshed, Islamic fundamentalism and hostility to Westerners, our soldiers will be helping an African Union peace-keeping force which has been fighting Al-Qaeda’s murderous mates Al-Shabab, who earlier this month killed a dozen Ugandan soldiers belonging to that same ‘peace-keeping force’ ?

It has also been reported that UK soldiers are to be sent to provide security for a new embassy in Mogadishu, a city where not so long ago, in what became known as the ‘Black Hawk Down’ mission, eighteen US troops were killed, mutilated and dragged through the streets by a jeering mob.

If I was a soldier and was offered a choice of posting, I’d opt for the slightly safer … shi.. sunny, sandy …

… South Sudan. 

Posted in political, rant | 2 Comments »

I couldn’t let this day go by …

Posted by Big John on September 9, 2015

Today thousands of my fellow subjects citizens are celebrating the fact that ‘er Maj’ has been on the throne for 63 years which means, I think, that she is our longest reigning monarch.

Why they celebrate Gawd only knows. Perhaps one day they will wake up to the fact that the monarchy is an expensive irrelevance, and see that the Queen’s limited constitutional role would be better performed by an elected president who would be paid a modest salary for the duration of his tenure. In this day and age it is quite unacceptable that the political office of ‘Head of State’ should remain hereditary.

If you don’t agree with me now, you may do when you remember who will be the next one to sit on the throne, …

… pompous potty Prince Charlie !

Posted in political, rant | 3 Comments »

 
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