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    Re: Greetings from isla

    Hi all! Sincere thanks to Skip for emailing to check on me and apologies to Cris for missing his last PM.
    The eye surgery seems to have worked out OK but - Shakespeare was right when he wrote "When...
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    Re: Greetings from isla

    Sincere thanks to Cris for reaching out to check on me, and for starting this thread. Also thanks to all of you who posted here with kind words.
    This is just a quickie with my wife's help.
    I hope...
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    Re: Americans in Europe- strange people!

    Re #64 - the usual response is "Nae bad - yersel?" followed by "Aye, nae bad, nae bad at a' " from the first questioner. There is no sense of intrusive questioing or "nosiness", it's just a polite...
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    Re: Americans in Europe- strange people!

    In NE Scotland it is common to be greeted with "Fit like?" or "Fit like the day?", which translate to What like? and What like today?, which is essentially How are you? and How are you today? So...
  5. Thread: One China?

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    Re: One China?

    Taiwan could become a popular furlough destination for US service folk.
    Also, perhaps a port like Kaohsiung could provide repair and refit services to US ships ;)
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    Re: Jamie Johnston (S.V. Airlie) is in the hospital.

    ^ What Ted said.
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    Re: The Queen is dead. Long live the King.

    And then we can look forward to the coronation |:)
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    Re: The Queen is dead. Long live the King.

    One thing is for sure - Charles won't have seventy years in the job like his mother. He won't be the unchanging rock in a rapidly changing world as his mother was. Elizabeth was always there...
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    Re: Happy birthday to Keith Wilson…

    Happy birthday Keith - have a wonderful day.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Vince Brennan…

    Happy birthday Vince - have a good one.
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    Re: Oh oh! The Queen Is Ill

    RIP. I'm not a monarchist as such, but I had a great deal of respect for her.
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    Oh oh! The Queen Is Ill

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-62836057

    No, not one hundred and eleven - poorly sick.
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    Re: Happy birthday to doorstop…

    Happy birthday!
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    Re: Happy birthday to Ian McColgin…

    Happy birthday Ian - have a great day!
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    Re: Here's a coincidence

    That's too coincidental to be a coincidence |:)
  16. Re: China wants to buy a deep water poet in the Solomons

    Nor Rupert neither |:)

    How about Walter de la Mare?
  17. Re: JOHN SMITH was chosen to be BROTM for August…

    Congratulations John! I hope it serves as a welcome distraction for you - best wishes.
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    Re: When is it time to quit the Bilge?

    "You can check-out any time you like"
    "But you can never leave!"
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    Re: Watching a doicumentary on the RNLI

    Saving Lives At Sea is a great show. I definitely have the utmost respect and admiration for the RNLI.
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    ^ Seems like a popular degree. Graduates include Ed Miliband, David Cameron and Ed Balls.
    Also TV politics and economics presenters Nick Robinson and Robert Peston.
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    Re: Wife passed this AM

    So sorry to hear this John. You have my deepest sympathy.
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    Re: Hey Brits, how’s it going?

    A lot cooler today, around 20C.
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    Re: Hey Brits, how’s it going?

    Slight thread drift |:)
    Thanks for the link to the boatyard. I've had some dealings with Adrian Morgan at Viking Boats, who builds small clinker sail and oar boats. He had his Vertue refit done at...
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    Re: Hey Brits, how’s it going?

    It's a comfortable 24C just now (18:40) but it was pushing 30C this afternoon.
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    Poll: Re: For Byob !!!! regulars

    I'm not a regular but I like the idea. Glen's Bar sounds fine to me.
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    Re: Happy birthday to Bamamick…

    Happy birthday - have a great day!
  27. Thread: Donde esta Pless?

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    Re: Donde esta Pless?

    ¿A quien le importa?
  28. Re: Gaff rigged Big Class boats racing in the Solent this week.

    Thanks Andrew. No way I could get there, but having seen those very Fifes racing recently I wish I could.
  29. Thread: Update on wife:

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    Re: Update on wife:

    Damn John that's tough news. Stay strong and keep talking to us here.
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    Re: MAD magazine, 1968:

    Switching to pedant mode - Shouldn't that be Alfred?
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    I once met Ted Heath at the Boat Show in Earl's Court, but that's about it I think.

    Rare in NE Scotland, but not quite extinct.

    We currently have Douglas Ross (Scottish Tory leader) as MP for...
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    ^ You may be right Andrew. I honestly thought (silly me Y:o) that, after the Johnson debacle, the toerags would look for a leader with zero skeletons in the closet. I believe Rishi has a few rattling...
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    Rishi Sunak leads the first ballot in the Conservative leadership race with 88 votes
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-politics-62144706
  34. Thread: Wife fell again

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    Re: Wife fell again

    I'm really sorry to hear this John, I hope she heals quickly.
    There seems to be a few "old age" threads on here just now, and I know us old folk are all vulnerable to accident and injury. So good...
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    Poll: Re: Age of members poll

    74 feeling 85 |:)
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    Re: MAD magazine, 1968:

    Well remembered Andrew. It seems that Voltaire wrote something similar - " 1765: Certainement qui est en droit de vous rendre absurde, est en droit de vous rendre injuste" - my French is rubbish so...
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    Re: MAD magazine, 1968:

    ^ Excellent, thank you!

    As an aside, I was recently at a ceramics exhibition and there was a nice vase on display. It was covered in anti-war slogans, one of which read "People who believe...
  38. Thread: RIP Glen Longino

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    Re: RIP Glen Longino

    That is sad news. Glen was one of the good guys here and will be greatly missed. Condolences to his family.
    Thank you Bobby for letting us know.
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    Wasp Nest

    I hope this isn't ban-worthy |:)

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    Re: British Motorcar Humour

    http://www.boicey.com/comic_pics/sst.gif
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    Re: British Motorcar Humour

    Back to the humour..

    http://www.boicey.com/comic_pics/morgan_80.gif
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    Re: British Motorcar Humour

    The Ford Zephyr was used as a police fast response car. There was a UK TV police drama series called Z Cars, because they were using Zephyrs.
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    No wonder he's reluctant to go, he can't stand the thought of handing over all that bling to the next occupant |:)
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    Just breaking..

    The 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers has decided not to change the rules to allow a second confidence vote against Boris Johnson, the BBC has been told.
    It will instead...
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    Michael Gove, a senior member of the cabinet, tells Boris Johnson to step down as the number of ministers resigning grows
    A group of cabinet ministers, including the chief whip, transport secretary...
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    Re: UK Government Is Disintegrating

    True that.
    Perhaps the thread title should have been "Current UK government is disintegrating".
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    UK Government Is Disintegrating

    The Chancellor Rishi Sunak and the Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, both resign from the cabinet.

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid quit Boris Johnson's cabinet amid a row over...
  48. Thread: Fife Regatta 2022

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    Re: Fife Regatta 2022

    ^ You're more than welcome Martin. I'm just glad that I got a chance to see some of these wonderful boats.

    Seeing as how Scot (or somebody) has seen fit to make this a sticky (thank you!), I will...
  49. Thread: Fife Regatta 2022

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    Re: Fife Regatta 2022

    In Fairlie there is a memorial to the Fife dynasty.
    It depicts ‘The Lady Anne’ and was designed by John Macfie of Fairlie.

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    Yachtbuilders, Fairlie, 1803-1939
  50. Thread: Fife Regatta 2022

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    Re: Fife Regatta 2022

    I didn't post this photo earlier because she doesn't carry a sail number and I was not sure which boat it was.
    She is Kentra, designed by William Fife III, built at the Fife yard and launched in...
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