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September 21, 2016

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September 21, 2016

No not me !!! The Swallows ,you know them beautiful birds we've had the pleasure of for the last months since April,while he it was summer and shorts weather ( who am I kidding ) now it's going to be woolly pully time ,arguments on the thermostat setting or how long or which part of the house gets the heat .......The worst part of winter if you remember school ( even the approved type) going to school in the dark and coming home in the dark ,no play time except boys clubs ,Sats and Sunday's great daylight play time or footy . So what does the big bad government do ,British Summer time ,change the clocks confuse the peasants as if , as a parent turning up an hour ahead of time for kids Sunday functions ,then find tha clocks going back/forward yuk . Ok now go into the garden and say " goodbye see you next year " and warm up

September 21, 2016

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September 21, 2016

I hate the "clock changing" routine, just wish they'd leave well alone. Regarding boys clubs, I first joined the Sea Scouts but left because they couldn't give me the badges they'd made me pass tests for, then I joined the Air Training Corps (because my brother had joined the RAF), but found it full of snobs & they wouldn't let me fly a 'plane (I was 13 after all !), & so I joined the Army Cadets in Belvedere Road, Wallasey. On the 1st Sunday morning they issued me with a 2 piece set of coveralls smelling of moth balls, a Lee Enfield .303 rifle c/w a 10 round supply of blank ammo, and let me crawl through the muck 'n' bushes at the nearby Breck,  "shooting" anything that moved. From that moment on I was hooked, & couldn't wait to join up, enlisting at Birkenhead  ACIO aged 15yrs & 2 months, en route to a whole new life and career spanning 25 years , and all because the Sea Scouts wouldn't give me my badges !! John (JKW)

September 21, 2016

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September 21, 2016

I started my military career of 11 years in 1958 because I only got a mere pittance as an apprentice design engineer at what is now Aerospace Broughton, Chester, of £3.17.6p, when an Irish fellow apprentice told me I could get paid for playing soldiers with the TA Cheshire Yeo Yeos in Abbots Park Chester with a reasonable pay for evening/weekend parades, and an annual bounty of £200pa. 3DG were the regular unit supporting Cheshire YeoYeos, so in July 1960 I met Sgt Bill George in the Army Recruiting Office Chester, and my fate was sealed, and I then enjoyed 9 years in UK, Germany, Libya and Cyprus, all paid for by HM Gov!!! I would do it again but at my age it would take ages to remember what we did so well in the 1960's era!!! Similar reasons as you, John, and I never regret what I did!!! But I am glad I left when I did, I would not have enjoyed being Wheeled instead of Tracked, although I did do a couple of those years in Recce Troop, a great troop to be in....(eyes and ears, and stirrers of the SH! for our "Enemies")... Especially when the Paras did a night drop on Soltau when we where there, prewarnd and ready with tanks, red and white lights, and all weapons loaded for when they drove into our leagure area!! Sqn Ldr had prepared us well in advance, and as they drove into the woods we were in, we were ordered "Red, and White Lights, Fire, Main, !!! It was hilarious to here them sing "we're lost,we're lost, and in the SH one T AGAIN",, as we opened up. Great fun.

September 25, 2016

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September 25, 2016

There's still the odd few swallows left ,the weather here is now getting stupid had the oil boiler serviced ready for the 1st Oct ,but saying that had the woodburner going just getting chilly about 7 .....thank my granddaughter for dragging me screaming to Las Vegas next week ....Lionel Richie and Celen Dion on the cards plus some sun in Nevada .....well somebody has to do it .....

September 25, 2016

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September 25, 2016

Bob, Celine Dion in Vegas - did I tell you our tale ? On her opening season at Caesar's, I went to the Booking Office there to get surprise tickets (my wife, Carole, was on the "bandits"). "On Wednesday or Friday" I said, "I'm not bothered which night".  "Which MONTH do you want ?" said the cashier, "The next available tickets are in September" - this was in APRIL !!  A 4000 seater theatre and was full every night, unbelievable. The next time we went I'd pre-ordered tickets, but the day before "our" show Celine's father died, and obviously all was cancelled. We got our money back immediately, but not much consolation, although understandable regarding the cancellation. For our NEXT trip, I was advised to join the "Celine Dion Fan Club" to ensure tickets, so there I was, a 50 something teeny bopper member of the Fan Club, but did get the tickets for the date/time required !! So, was it 3rd time lucky ? Yes, and well worth the time & effort involved, her "New Day" show was brilliant, and worth every penny (dollar) too. John (JKW) PS Apologies if you've heard all this before, but "senior moments" happen a lot lately !

September 25, 2016

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September 25, 2016

JKW, Don't we all now?????? TC

September 25, 2016

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September 25, 2016

John we did the same last year so this year my granddaughter ordered and bought the tickets 3 months ago even then Lionel is $150 each,Celine is $100 each and that's not too close to the stage ,but hey these are icons and Celine is retiring to bring her kids up .


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