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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

69 Euros each way to New York !! Reminds me of the time when Laker Airways did it for about £20 I think, but the "big boys" contrived (& connived) to ground Freddy Laker, in more ways than one, rather than reduce their own prices. It'll be VERY interesting to see how the Norwegian Air venture "takes off" - I wish them every success. John (JKW)

February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Further to my original post if you've got today's Guardian there was a blurb all about the Norwegian flights to the USA. One thing though can you imagine flying to the States with "no luggage" or " no meals " now that got me thinking on Ryanair prices of a cuppa or a bag in the hold ,most probably dearer than the flight .

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Bob, are you really admitting to being a Guardian reader? No hidden agenda, I am merely asking lol.

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

David I have to read at least once a week a English newspaper ,okay the politics of the Guardian are not my cup of tea ,but there books section is a well worth read knowing who what when is being published. Reading the hardback/paperback sales and criticism,as the tv/ internet/Facebook are not the be all and end all to my spare time occupation . As you know there lots of areas we/I have picked up over the years that raise questions,and the Guardians politics are a good laugh with their naive left wing blurbs . More important the wife likes it  say no more !!!!

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Bob, no criticism at all intended, Jeremy Corbyn is a fan of it and it isn't that far left, well ...........on a good day it isn't. I am a Daily Telegraph affecionardo myself  I love the prize crossword and the puzzle page. John Barnes used to do the prize crossword every day. When he was QM in Sennelager and I was Families SSgt, before the advent of dedicated Families' Officers, he left his part completed crossword open on his desk, being a smart arse I told him the answer to one of the clues he hadn't completed. He immediately challenged me to try and complete it next day, on a Saturday. Up until then I always read The Express. Anyway long story short, I bought a DT from the TocH and spent all day Saturday on that freaking crossword. Over the years I have got accustomed to the various compilers ergo I get the anagrams and play on words, the cryptic clues etc quite quickly, back then I had no clue, literally.  No internet to help in those days either. 2 am Sunday morning I completed it, used a Thesaurus, an OED, several reference books, an encyclopaedia and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Posted it though his letter box during Sunday lunchtime. Monday morning I went straight from home to a MQ handover, got back into the office about 10am. On my desk was my crossword and a bottle of Grouse. John Barnes never said a word, just his way of saying well done. He was a much misunderstood guy, I got on really well with him, when he left to go to Stanmore he insisted on no party or whatever. We did it anyway, bought him a prezzie had a few sandwiches, glass of vino etc, he choked up and couldn't speak when we did the presentation. I always thought he was a grumpy old sod until I worked for him. His final words to me before he left referred to that crossword, he told me that he had chosen the Saturday crossword because it was by far the easiest one each week. I know that now to be true. I guess he wanted to give me a fighting chance. Years later he sent me a whole load of used officers dress uniform of his own, free of charge, including his mess dress and SD both of which were immaculate and with a bit of professional tailoring lasted me my entire officers' career.  Gone now RIP.  

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

I mentioned that Norwegian Airlines to you last time you went to the USA Bob you have to keep up with their itenaries but it is far cheaper to travel with them if you can bid for the seats which are snapped up PDQ. Read your story on John Barnes there David and was initially taken aback that John Barnes actually read the Telegraph never mind any newspaper, then with sound like the crack of dawn I realised you were not talking about John Barnes the footballer.

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Yes Bob, John Barnes the footballer only ever made QM(T) I recall rather than QM boots and socks, but an easy mistake to make, well if you discount his race, colour, age, etc. Lol.

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

David, I'm amazed you even knew who John Barnes the footballer was, being a non footy person that you are !! With that said, I'm also impressed that you remember him, or did you Google it !?! John (JKW)      

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

John, there's more to this old man than you think. Lol. He played for Watford and Liverpool,  from Jamaica originally I think. I never really rated him that much myself, me being an expert on the intricacies of modern football and all. And, I saw him on TV recently in some programme about ancestry or other. Pure luck that Bob mentioned him any other footballer and I would not have known.

February 26, 2017

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February 26, 2017

Sorry you " never really rated him " David, but he was a magnificent player, particularly for Liverpool, England too. He is held in the highest esteem by LFC fans to this day, having legendary status even if he has put on a pound or two (!?!) in weight since the days he terrified defences and scored some great goals for the mighty Reds. Now, if he'd played hockey I bet you'd have rated him then eh !?! John (JKW)

February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

John, I was just joking, I have not the faintest idea of how good he was, I am wholly incapable of rating any player, lol. I do actually know he was an England player though and I guess you need to be fairly good to achieve that status? Any comments from me you ever read,  about football, in the widest sense will be, a) in jest, b) something I have read somewhere or c) just nonsense, best ignored. Apropos hockey I couldn't name a single person who ever played hockey for England,  although the two lesbian England teammates who are married and just received MBEs (?) caught my eye, very tasty, shame really. How good at hockey are they? No idea I just thought they are very attractive. So, John, I am sorry if I maligned one of the 'mighty Reds' but, I actually did know that is the nickname of Liverpool FC how good is that!! Oh and I also know that Juergen Klopp took over from Bill Shankly as their manager, no flies on me mate.

February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

David, I  KNEW you were joking, but shocked to the core that you seriously thought Jurgen Klopp took over from Bill Shankly !! PS I'm jesting now !   John (JKW)

February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

I never knew Leicester had a football team, is it any good? I know Liverpool FC are very good, different league to Leicester I bet.

February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

Sarky git !! John (JKW)

February 28, 2017

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February 28, 2017

I resemble that remark, sorry JKW couldn't resist after I read the result this morning. My son in law and his whole family are fanatical football supporters,they used to travel the length and breadth of the country following .........Leeds!!  They could never fathom that I had no interest in it, I watch match highlights some times and I always want England to win but otherwise it goes straight over my head. His brother in law is a Liverpool supporter, fanatical Liverpool supporter, gets really upset when they lose and sulks for days. I confess, at times when a load of us guys are hanging out with a beer or two, the conversation is centred on football for a good part of the time and they sort of look at me with something akin to pity because I don't know what they are talking about. No one, I mean no one, wants to discuss rugby, can't think why!


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