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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.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Banks Robbery without violence

D'you know, I've come to the conclusion that banks use each and every account just to make money from us, the mug punters.

I've been getting more and more cheesed off and the final straw was yesterday. I realised that I that I had a direct debit that I'd forgotten about that day and there was no money in there to meet it. (there's never much money in there but I usually manage to keep on top of it) It was only £7.44 so I went to the back and paid in £20. I couldn't believe it when I checked the next day and they'd bounced it. I read recently that all directs debits would be honoured providing funds were in the account to cover it. NatWest obviously have their own set of rules. They've been getting more and more on my nerves with each passing week.

I'm not the best manager of money I'm the first to admit. Probably terrible in the grand scale f things, but I buy and sell quite often on eBay and sometimes PayPal will take money from the bank immediately I make a purchase, other times it will be a few days and being honest I forget different things. 

Consequently, there'll be funds taken from the account by PayPal which I've forgotten. My pension s paid in to the bank every week, so funds are always going to be there to cover minor transactions. NatWest even bounced a PP payment for 99p once because there was only 51p n the account. It was on a Friday so my pension would have been in there less than twenty four hours later, yet they still took delight in bouncing it then charging me £10 for the privilege.

There are several of these "non status" accounts around now and whilst you pay a monthly fee to use them, usually around £12-13, they don't charge for any bounced direct debits and I really think that's the account I shall go for because at least one knows where one stands. They get their money in the fee they charge each months so they don't need to trip you up at every opportunity.

I'd welcome your comments folks. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

Overheard......



A group of seniors were sitting around talking about
 
all their ailments at their favourite cafe.
     
"My arms have got so weak I can hardly lift


  
this cup of coffee," said one.
     
"Yes, I know," said another. "My cataracts are so bad;


   
I can't even see my coffee."
    


    
"I couldn't even mark an "X" at election time because 

    
my hands are so crippled," volunteered a  third.

     
"What?  Speak up! What? I can't hear you, said one elderly  lady!"

"I can't turn my head because of the arthritis in my neck,"

said one, to which several nodded weakly in agreement.
     
"My blood pressure pills make me so dizzy!" exclaimed another.
     
"I forget where I am and where I'm going," said another.
     
"I guess that's the price we pay for getting old,"
 
  
     
winced  an old man as he slowly shook his head.
     
The others nodded in agreement.

     
"Well, count your Blessings," said a woman cheerfully....
 

  


       
"Thank God we can all still drive.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Just a quickie

Sunday evening and hope you're all warm and well. Not staying long as I'm shattered and I'm up early in the morning.

Just wanted to share a picture my Daughter just sent me with you.  It's a picture
of my grandson.

Don't you think he's gorgeous?

Take care and speak soon.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

I'm back

Hope you're all well.

I mean to say last week, I, along with many thousands of others, was choked to hear of the death of Roger Lloyd Pack recently, or Trigger from Fools and horses as most people will know him. He was a superb actor, and to all intents and purposes a nice guy. "Fools" is definitely my all time favourite sit com, and I've watched every episode over and over again, and I've got the complete box set. ( sad git, aren't I?)

It was a work of art. The story lines were brilliant, the casting was spot on as was the acting. Sadly, many of the people connected with it are no longer with us. Mike, the governor of The Nag's Head has died, Grandad has died, as have Uncle Albert, and I think the biggest shock of all was the death of John Sullivan, the creator and writer of Fools".He was only 62, and now dear old Trigger. Still, they'll live forever on out television, dvd and computer screens. 

Did any one read of the six day old baby killed by a dog? Silly question as I'm sure you all did. How could anyone be dense enough to leave a dog with a six day old baby? Doesn't matter how well you know the dog or how harmless it seems to be, you don't do it. 

My Daughter has a pug, a breed known for their friendly and un-aggressive nature, and "Ava",  Sascha's dog, typifies the breed. She's the sweetest, most affectionate dog I've ever encountered, but the minute Sascha knew she was pregnant, she made arrangements to have Ava taken care of. She's with me now and I love her to bits. I was never a particular pug fan, but you couldn't ignore nor help but like this lovable little creature. Everywhere she goes people fall in love with her.

Isn't it nice that the days are staying lighter longer? ( how many times did you just read that? )  I know it's wishing one's life away but I long for the Spring and Summer evenings. And days come to that. I don't know about you, but in Winter, I feel like doing nothing, whereas in Summer I could go out and conquer the world.

Or wonderful government are doing nothing about anything as usual, as I'm sure you're aware. I think that in the next election, there's going to be a massive slide wards UKIP. Just a shame that the leader of the party, Nigel Farage, is such a knob head, isn't it? I don't agree with many of their policies, but their main objective, keeping Britain for the Brits, I'm 100 behind.

Anyway, that's all from me for now. Don't forget, I welcome your comments and I'm still desperate to get some guest bloggers on board.

Thanks for stopping by, stay safe.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Long time no talkity

I know, I know, I know, I'm guilty of neglect and I apologise. I've just been in a funny place lately and I'm afraid the blog slipped in to "I'll do it tomorrow"  mode. Or I did, any way. But, from now on I promise to post at least once a week, hopefully more. On that subject, a little more feedback from all my friends out there would help. I like to discus things, if I'm getting someone to discus things with, so come folks, let's have some guest bloggers speaking up. All you need to do is put your thoughts in to words, mail it to me at jamescurtisuk@gmail.com and I'll do the rest.

Moving on, this country's in a terrible state from the weather isn't it? The government's proving to be totally useless, which is par for the  in course. What really ires me is that when any other country in the world is in trouble we're the first to go rushing in either with physical or financial help. Who helps us now that we're in trouble? I've not even heard a word of sympathy, let alone offers of assistance, have you? Yet we're still sending money to various other countries, including would you believe, India? India has it's own nuclear programme, yet we're still sending them money. Buggers belief, doesn't it?

On a lighter note, my darling grandson is over three months old now. (just)
 He's a little darling and I love him to bits. I'm also tremendously proud of the job my Daughter's doing with. As many of you are aware, Sascha's disabled and has been since birth. For those that don't know her situation, I'll just say she's permanently on crutches. But, as per usual with Sascha, nothing gets in the way of her doing what she intends to do. She's a heart warming picture with Teddy in one of those "papoose" bags on her front, a pack on her back with Teddy's bits and pieces (nappies, bottles, etc) and er handbag on her arm she's off. She drives herself and the babe in to the city to get t Great Ormond Street Hospital without any assistance from anyone. Most times I'm able to drive her in and wait etc, but on the occasions I'm not able, she's totally un-deterred, bless her. She adores her son and he adores her and to see them together always makes me well up.
Anyway, that's all from me for now. Hope you're all well and 2014's getting off to a good start for you all.

Stay safe and I hope to get some feedback from you all soon.

Thanks so much for stopping by.



Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas

Just like to take a brief moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and the best New Year you've ever had.

Whichever God you follow may he be with you, and may you be with those you love.

Once more, a very Merry Christmas and the New Year to beat all the best New Years you've ever had.



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