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A place for over sixties

This is where I air my views on life in my sixties and reminisce. I'd also like you to share your comments and become involved by sharing your points of view.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Hello

Hi all, 

Apologies once more, not been very good at updating. Being honest, I've been so wrapped up in my darling grandson, I've done very little else.



That pic was taken about a minute after he woke up. (wish I could look that cheerful when I'd just woken)
I know I'm biased, but is that not the most adorable little face?When he's asleep, I just sit and look at him, I'm totally captivated.


On a less cheerful note, what do we think of all this crap out in Iraq? I hope Bush and Blair are proud of themselves. Okay, Bush was just dense, but Blair was/is one evil, conniving individual, whose only aim was to line his own pockets and he didn't care how many British lives were lost in aiding his cause. Wish we could make a return to the old days, when leaders of a country actually led their forces in to battle.I bet war would cease overnight.

Anyway,  I promise to try and write more often, so stay safe and be happy.


Monday, 4 August 2014

We will remember them



 Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.




I'm sure all of us are aware of today's date, August 4th. It was on this day, one hundred years ago that Britain entered the war. Thousands and thousands of young people lost their lives or were seriously injured, both physically and mentally. 


I won't go in to a long diatribe as to the why's and wherefore's, but I think we should, as has been suggested, turn all our lights off at 2200 this evening to remember those brave human beings.





We must never forget them, and we must always be so grateful.


Friday, 20 June 2014

Footballers? Huh!

So England are out of The World Cup again. What a surprise. I think they see going to whichever country they play in as a holiday, not work.  I’ve said for years that money has ruined football and this once again goes to prove it. Wonderful Brian Clough had the right idea. If the team wins, then yes, they do get silly money, but if they just “turn up” then they get the absolute minimum. I hate to keep on about it, but our wonderful  “Team of 66” was made up of FOOTBALLERS! Football was all they were interested in. They each received  £50 for playing in the world cup and each and every one of them would have played for nothing! Before Johnny Haynes and Jimmy Hill started the crusade for footballers to be paid more, players became footballers because they loved football, not because they loved money.  Geoff Hurst was a guest at my brother in law Steve’s fiftieth birthday party, and he was saying that the day after the final in 66 he was out mowing his lawn.

The majority of players nowadays are much less men than the old school players  were. David Beckham, love him or hate him, ( I personally think he’s great) is/was old school. Okay, he was lucky enough to become very rich, but anyone who’s played/worked with him will verify that football was his driving force. He’d have played for nothing.  I’m glad that he’s become very rich and I think he deserves every penny.  Look around at some of the others gracing our national team sheets and we know for a fact that they’re driven by money. If they were told they’d have to play for nothing, they wouldn’t play. We’ll now hear all the excuses as to why they were so crap out there.
I grew up supporting Charlton Athletic. (still do) The Valley was only a few hundred yards from where I lived and us kids used to be at the ground waiting for the players to arrive and again to see them leave after the game. They arrived by bus and they left by bus. Most if not all of them had jobs to survive because football didn’t give them a living wage. Did they care? Did they + + + +! They loved football, and that was all there was to it.
Our footballers lack any sort of dedication or discipline. Look at our athletes in The Olympics. They achieved so much because they were both dedicated and disciplined, something all our footballers seem to lack.

Anyway, I suppose that’s it for another four years. Wonder how we’ll do in Euro?


Saturday, 14 June 2014

So, the World Cup's here once more. 

I wonder what sort of show our lot are going to put on this time. Funny thing is, nobody expects them to achieve any thing, whereas we usually /hope for at least a valiant fight, maybe even a win, so it could work out well.......

I've backed them to beat Italy tonight ( Saturday 14th June) and think they might just crack it. My thinking behind that is that the Italian team are more or less the same as the last World Cup and they're getting on a bit now, whereas at least Roy Hodgson has got some young blood in the side. We'll see.

Went for my six monthly Cancer Clinic check up yesterday, and I’m still clear. I used to worry myself stupid but now, once I’ve been given the all clear I stop worrying till a day or so before my next appointment, which will be sometime in December. Be a bit cruel if it came back as a bloody Christmas present, wouldn’t it?

So, Iraq is more or less back where it was before Bush and Blair committed the armed forces of both countries with no though for anything other than their own glory and more in Blair’s case, to line his own pockets. Bush hasn’t got the intelligence for that. What a piece of work Blair is! All those young men and women sent to their deaths without a second thought.  Wonder if he’d have been so keen if his spoilt kids had been in the armed forces. Mind you, they’d never have passed selection:you need a back bone for that.

I honestly think that Sadaam should  have been left in situ, because it’s going to be a lot worse in Iraq in future than it ever was under his dictatorship.  Okay, he was accused of killing his own people. What’s happening now?  The thought of all that oil was too much for Blair to resist.

D’you know, I really think that Blair believes he’s go down in history as a great prime minster. I think it’s something that he really believes. Many years ago, a march on Downing Street would have ended with him being publicly lynched. Ahhh… The good old days.

For those who've asked (and thank you for that) Molly my cat's much better and when we went to the vet last Monday she'd put on weight again and come this Monday I'm hoping she'll have put on some more. I've managed to get the antibiotics down her and they've obviously done the trick. I once again will be a few £'s lighter. The bill's over £900 now so I'm hoping that the insurance company get their finger out, or more pertinently, their wallet.

Went for my six monthly Cancer Clinic check up yesterday, and I’m still clear. I used to worry myself stupid but now, once I’ve been given the all clear I stop worrying till a day or so before my next appointment, which will be sometime in December. Be a bit cruel if it came back as a bloody Christmas present, wouldn’t it? Come this September I'll have been clear four years and my team have assured me that in my case, if it was going to come back it would have done so within the first few months of finishing treatment, so I'm hoping they're spotting on. I want to be around to enjoy my grandson for a good few years yet.

Talking of my grandson (as I'll do at any opportunity) he just seems to get more and more gorgeous with each passing day. He's the most cheerful baby ever and smiles at everyone he see's and it takes very little to get him giggling joyfully.

Couple of latest pics attached. 




I just love him to bits.

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