The Last day of Summer

top down mini 2Here it is again!!, another Monday morning, not every ones favourite day of the week. Its a wet day with heavy rain but very mild temperatures. The Mini is tucked up in the garage, but the top is still down. I don’t give up the lazy days of summer that easily and expect to have a few more adventures on the Island highways before the snow flies. Its a big day in New Brunswick as they go to the polls to elect a new provincial government. The conservative government look like they will be ousted this time around. My guess is they have supported and indeed ran on a policy of Fracking that no one wants. The huge riots in Rexton earlier this year surely sent a strong anti fracking message. That indicates the government did not listen to the people. I’m not sure how much better the liberals will be if elected. They haven’t taken fracking off the table, just state it needs more study. The NDP are against it but will they win the election? doubtful. It was International World Peace Day yesterday and there were huge marches in many cities across North America, the biggest in New York. All the marches were for climate change, for a green environment, alternative energy, stop using fossil fuels and stop supporting the big oil companies. Will it happen, what do you think, maybe, maybe not. At least people are stirring across the world and change will eventually happen, not in my lifetime, but hopefully for the future generations. Finally did anyone tell ISIS yesterday was International World Peace Day. There now! I bet you feel a whole lot better about this lovely Monday Morning

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A Great Day of Football

marioMario Balotelli who is never far away from controversy or indeed red cards has struck again. He posted on Face Book the following. “Manchester United LOL”. It was in reference to Man U’s disastrous defeat at the hands of Leicester City losing 5-3. Making the result worse was the fact United lead 2-0 and 3-1 and still managed to loose to the newly arrived team from the Championship league. However while it is okay for me to laugh and or cheer the result, it is in very bad taste for a fellow premiership player to ridicule another team. Its particularly bad when its done over the social media channels. Manchester United may be down but never out, and it is no reason to kick them because we can be sure they will rise again to the levels we have come to expect. Manchester City played a heroic game today,they out played Chelsea for most of the ninety minutes. After they went down to ten men Chelsea scored, City fought back never giving up and found the late minute equalizer to tie the match and save a point. I daresay Chelsea were hoping to win all three points, well played City.

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What Will the Next 100 Years Hold


I’m unlikely to live for 100 years but even in my short 75 years I have seen immense changes. Who could have imagined the internet, flat screen TV’s, Satellites, Iphones and the advances in medicine,  the list goes on and on. Can you even begin to imagine what the next hundred years will bring. Perhaps we don’t want to know?????. Here are a few things to ponder on this Sunday morning.         Photo-    Posing with my 1936 Hillman car at age 20, taken in the Malvern Hills back in 1959. .

Here are some statistics for the Year 1910:
The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.
Fuel for this car was sold in drug stores only.
Only 14 percent of the homes had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone.
There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower !
The average US wage in 1910 was 22 cents per hour.
The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
A competent accountant could expect to earn $2000 per year,
A dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year,
And a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at HOME.
Ninety percent of all Doctors had NO COLLEGE EDUCATION!
Instead, they attended so-called medical schools,
Many of which were condemned in the press AND the government as ‘substandard.’
Sugar cost four cents a pound.
Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.
Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.
Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks for shampoo.
There was no such thing as under arm deodorant or tooth paste.
Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
The five leading causes of death were:
1. Pneumonia and influenza
2, Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke
The American flag had 45 stars.
The population of Las Vegas Nevada was only 30!
Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn’t been invented yet
There was no Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Two out of every 10 adults couldn’t read or write and only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
Eighteen percent of households had at least one full-time servant or domestic help.
There were about 230 reported murders in the ENTIRE U.S.A. !
(yes, people have changed)
Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100 years
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Arsenal Still Unbeaten in Premiership

arsenal pennentArsenal defeated Aston Villa 3-0 today, the three goals came inside four minutes of the first half. The second half was hardly a game as Arsenal retained 80% of the ball passing back and forward with Villa chasing it. It was a boring second half and I think the spectators should have half of their ticket price refunded. By the time the final whistle sounded a great many seats were already vacant. It was a good three points for the Gunners as they remain unbeaten so for this year in the league. Go Gunners Go.

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A Historic Day to Remember

001Yesterday the mood across the land was tense, on Mary Road we waited with bated breath as the days historic events unfolded. Around 10am Budge moved her car toward the garage, the excitement was almost overwhelming.  Slowly the garage overhead door began its upward motion and Budge entered. Moments later the shop vacuum cleaner appeared and car doors opened wide. Dust and garbage flew in all directions as the lonely KIA Soul shed her accumulated collection of Tim Horton cups,napkins,wrappers, dog hair, bones and other remnants of Newfoundland. Seat covers bravely waved on the clothes line while rubber mats lay awaiting the water hose. It was a most historic day to be sure  a day never to be forgotten,  I was so happy to have lived to see it!!! Oh!! sorry I almost forgot to mention,  Scotland voted to stay in the Union.Scotland411082245373_wps_16_YES_supporters_gathered_i

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Great Scot!!! This is the Day??????

blackpuddingmagesI hope I did not offend too many Scots with my Haggis remarks in yesterday’s blog, and I ‘m mean no offence today when I tell you I like Black pudding about as much as Haggis. However those two dislikes are hardly reason to see Scotland separate from the Union. I like scotch whisky, I love the highlands and the lochs where I spent much time while serving in submarines. I like the people, their traditions, the bagpipes and the kilt, even wore one once, but looked a bit of a prat! as I didn’t have the legs for it. Maybe it was because I kept my knickers on. I considered it a wee bit risky removing them when one has had a few drams too many on New Year Eve in Scotland (Hogmanay) . I had many happy times the other side of Hadrian’s wall, I have spent time in so many different parts of the Highlands. Scappa Flow to Edinburgh where I spent my twenty first birthday. Glasgow to Helensburg, Campbeltown to Arrochar, Rothsay to Dumbarton and so many other places. I hope and pray that today the vote goes in favour of remaining in the Union. Come away me Bonnie Lads n Lassies come away. (apologies for my poor Scottish brogue, but I’m Irish!!!)

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Stand Alone Scotland??

restandbethankful2I believe if Scotland vote yes tomorrow and separate from England it will be the saddest day of their history. I realize they have a great history of fighting the English, struggling to throw off the English yoke and so many brave Scots have died to be free. However, that is history it is in the past, it is not the same today, the Union is an essential part of the fabric of the UK. One can quote the old saying “Strength in Numbers”and argue the value of that. If we were to ask the average American the reason for the their civil war, most would tell you it was to free slaves and end slavery. But would they be correct? Abe Lincoln believed if he allowed the Union to break apart the US would end up like Europe with dozens of small nations. That was the real issue behind the American civil war, ending slavery was a timely and beneficial result of the war. I hope and pray the vote goes against separation and the Union remains intact. There are so many little issues that most people have not even considered in the event of a new nation. Health care, postal service, Education, policing, transportation, Infrastructure of Cities, towns and villages, the list is enormous! That comes after the new government decide on a currency? and that itself appears to be the dominate question and perhaps the biggest problem from the outset. Stay with us my Bonnie Lads and Lassies your grand history will live on for ever. Your beautiful highlands are a testament to your people. We love your music, aye! even the bagpipes! your whiskey, the kilt, even the haggis? well, maybe not the haggis!!! But everything else for sure!!! Stay with us and demand the Premiership will allow Celtic and Rangers to join the league!!!

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Muslim Hatred on a T Shirt

twintowersI’m certainly not a fashion statement not even a natty dresser, and I’m most likely wearing out dated clothes. Nevertheless, I recognize bad fashion and or poor taste when I see it.  I once saw a person wearing a T Shirt at a car show, saying the following “Damm” which stood for “drunks against mad mothers”. What a dreadful outrage to any one who has lost a son/daughter/wife/husband/relative to a drunken driver. This was probably the worse I had seen until I received the attached email and photo. This shirt is utterly monstrous, hateful, cruel, and needs to be dealt with. What mentality does someone have that can produce such a nasty and murderous print. Perhaps this account is not accurate, after all I have no proof, just the email. However, I know that for sure there is one such shirt out there and I have no doubt there are thousands more. Read on.






More food for thought.

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Power or Poverty??

It appears to me one of the Muslim objectives is to out populate the Christians in Britain. Perhaps in other European nations too. Much the same thing is taking place in Belgium as I write this. I can recall in the early part of the 20th century the Catholics of Northern Ireland were encouraged by the church to have large families and thus become the dominate people in the North. It was believed by doing this they would eventually end up as the ruling peoples.

Looking back, all I can remember coming out of this policy was a desperate poverty. Huge families of 12 to 18 children living in dreadful conditions, hungry,dirty and despondent. Most of these families lived in the common tiny row on row kitchen houses mostly built in the 1850’s. They consisted of two small bedrooms, no bathroom, toilet in the backyard, heat from a single coal stove in the kitchen, the main living area. The fathers of these families if they had work, it was usually on the lower levels of employment with poor wages and long hours. It created problems within the family with lack of health care, food, hygiene, education and often resulted in heavy drinking.  Perhaps the Muslim families who believe this is a good policy for their futures, might want to have a look at history.muslim

Something to think about.

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Something to Think About

webphoto_11432_resizeThis is something to seriously think about on this wet Sunday morning. Sharia Law???Belgistan today, Europe tomorrow. The end to our Christian way of life only if we allow it to happen. It seems to me the time has come to take a stand, but its really not my problem it is the problem for our children, its their future in doubt if we do not act now. Read the attached video.

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