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  1. [Moderator: email removed] somebody whoknows how to pos photos please plese mail me and i wll sen you a few photos and prove it and tht I was a qualified pilot with my own 1975 cessna 185p skyline long range avgas taks and the very latest tech of the day for night flying nav gear and over water I am amused he is the first ever to quetion me on the forum but I van understand fully dont worry mate I am not offended juct having a good laugh abot it
  2. I certaunly do know how to turn the caps off and i know it is RUDE AND CONSIDERED S SHOUTING THE WORST FORM OF ILLITERACY As the orginal members who formed this forum will tell you I was the most prolifice poster here and in recent years many posters have asked what had happened to me. My posts were the longest on this board, this was because I am 83 years old and I had the years of experience and I had the knowledge of the horror of the crash of 29 when millomaires were jumping out of skyscrapers just a they were out of the twin towers on 9/11, I learnt the crash from my granny told me about and it when I was having a my weekly bath in a tin tub in front of the old grate which gtate and the only form of hot water from kettles and pans on the coal or coke fire which was the only form of cooking and heating, thats the way it was in Birmingham during the war and we had an outside shitter as well and the munder the bed in case you needed a shit or piss in the night. That is only a problem with older people I never needed mine I made £1,900 in twenty minute on the day before 9/11 lpng on the DJ, did not own a PC or how they worked and Only bought on when I retired here to west Antaltic West Coast of Ireland six years ago I don't know whay a spell checker is I never needed one SO i AM SMAS SMAT AND CLEVER AS Anyone HERE We also had no electric and a single gas mantle in the kitchen which was never used because my gran could not we used oil lamps, and I used to go to bed with a cabdle that was what it was like for most working people during the war fetching a bag of coal or coke from the barge on the canal in a pair of old hob nailed boots in freezing deep snow with thst went on for monthss.These boots were given free to all kids kid during the war by the local Birmingham Post and Mail kids had one pair of socks that were kept for going to Sunday Schoo with a penny for the collection I SUDDENLY WENT NEARLY BIND AND CAN NO LONGER CAN SEE A KEYBOARD AND ON THE SCREEN BY HOLDING A MAGNYING GLAS TO SE THE SCREEN ONE WORD AT A TIMI CAN HOLD TWO KEYE DOWDOWN AAT ONCE BECAUSE I HAVE THE GLASS IN MY ONE HAND IT HAS TAKEN ME NEARLY AN HOUR TO TYPE THS CORRECTLY MOW YOY KNOW WHY i RTPE ALL CAPS WITH NO PUMCTUATION A DOXENS OF SPELLING ERRORS
  3. WELL I MUST SAY I WOKE UP THIS MORNING AND HAD A SHOCK I DETESTED DARLING FOR BEING LABOUR AND THE THERE POLICIES THAT HAVE CREATED A THAT WILL CREATE IN THE FUTURE LABOUR WAS ONCE THE THE CHAMPION OF THE WORKING CLASS AND THE LAT POLITICIAM i HAD GREAT RESPECT FOR WAS HAROLD WILSON WHO IN SPITE OF HIS MANY FLAWS LEFT PARLIMENT A RELATIVELY POOR MAN COMPARED WITH MYSELF. IT WAS THE UNIONS THAT DID SO MUCH DAMAGE DURING THE WHICH HAD BECOME INFILTRATED WITH COMMIES THAT CAUSED THE DOWN FALL OF LABOUR. WITHIN A FEW YEARS THATCHER WHO WITHIN A FEW YEAR CRIPPLED AND DESTROYED THOUSAND OF PRIVATE SMALL PRIVATE BUSINESS FROM THE LOCAL BUTCHER TO PEOPLE LIKE MYSELF WHO HAD A MILION OVER A MILLION POUND A YEAR UTNOVER AND EMPLOYED TWENTY NEARLY 3O GREAT PEOPLE SHE WRECKED THOUDANDS OF BUSINNESSES. QITH TWO THINGS INCRES VAT FROM BY 10 PERCENT AND PUDHED BUSINESS OVERDRAFTS UP TO 19 PERCENT THE BANKS AND THE SYSTEM WAS ONLY WORKING FOR THE BIG CORPORATIONS VAUXHALL MOTOR EVEN CLOSED ELLESMERE PORT DOWN WITHIN A FEW YEARS NY OWN TURNOVER DROPPED FROM 1,4M IN 79 TO £175k IN 85 THE ONLY REASON iLASTED SO LONG WAS i OWNED MU OWN BUSINESS PREMISES AND £OOkO HOUSE BUT WE CARRIED SUCH ENOR,OUS OVER HEADS ALL OUR ASSTES WEE TIED UP IN STCK AND WHICH A FEW YEARS BEFORE WAS WORTH FAR MRE THAN THAN THE OVEDRAFT THAT COULD BE AND FLUCTUATE UP TO 500K DEPENDING ON OUR STOCK WHAT REALLY CRIPPLED US WASH CASH FLOW DROPPED SO DRAMATICALY AND TH BANKS COMPOUNDED INTEREST ON A DAULY BASIS AND THE PROPERTIES WERE WOTHLES BECUSE EVERY WAS SKINT WHICH XAUSED MASSIVE THOUSANDS OF JOB LOSSES EVERYTHING WE HAD WORKED 30 YEARS FOR FROM NOTHING WAS LOST. WE RECOVERED BUT WE WERE APPROACHING 60S WE DUD NOT GO BUST BUT EVRY THING BUT 3OK AND NO HOME AND NO JOB AND HAD TO TRY AND FIND WORK OUR VUSIMESS ONE OF OR BUSIMESS PREMISES LAY E,PTY FOR FIVE UEARS BECAUS ALL THE ASSETS WE HAD WEE WORTHLESS BLAIR WHO IS EVEN WORSE THAN THAN THATCHER EVER THATCHER HAS CREATED WEALTH ON DEBT ALONE AND THIS TIME IT WILL BE A CRASH LIKE 29 REMEMBER HE SAID IT IS THE WORST FOR SIXTY YEAR IT WILL CONTINE FOR YEARS TO COME i DETESTED LABOUR IN THE 70S BUT THEY WERE TOTALLU CONTROLLED BY THE UNIONS THEY DESTROYED TH MINERS BUT AT THE TIME THE WAY THATCHER WAS VISCIOUS BEYOND BELIEF THE BRITALY THHAT SHE EMPLOYE EVEN MADE OUR LOCAL POLICE WHO WAS DRAFTED TO DEAL WUTH SICK AND ASHAMED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED. BUT VLAIR HAS TURNED OY WORSE THAN THATCHER AND WILL CAUSE MORE HARDSHIP THAN EVER THATCHER DI BUT IT CAN NEVER BE LIKE THE MINERS SUFFERED THEY WERE IN MY OPINION SPME PF THE TOUGHEST HARD WORKING PEOPKEIN HISTORY AND i ASMORED THEM, DARLINGS IS THE AN HONEST MAN AND LIKE FRANK FIELD WHO OT THE SACK FRPM HIS JOB AS DEPUTY HEALTH MINSTER FPR CALLING HARMAN A LIAR, AVMIRATUON FOR BOTH LABOUE AND TORIES OVER THE YEARS BUT IT IS ONLY IN THE LAST TWENTY OR SP YEARS I HAVE BECOME TO DETEST ALL POLITICIANS i HAVE NEVER VOTED SUNCE i WAS IN MY TWENTIES WHEN i VOTED LABOUR WHICH DID MORE THAN ANY PARTY FOR THE WORKING MAN IN HISTORY. THEY TURNEDTHIS OUNTRY FROM REAL HARSHIP AFTER THE WAS ANF TRANSFORMED THE WORKING MAND LIFE OF TREAL HARDSGUP i THIBK THAT DARLIING WHO WAS NOT EBEN BORN THEN AND HAS HAD A GILDED LIFE REAKISES WHAT IS CONING EVEN THE ROEROES WONT ADMIT IT i HAVE TO STOP NOW i AM 82 AND MU EYES ARE ACHING AND MYSIGHT IS GETTING TO BAD TO TYPE BUT I WILL COME BACK WITH MORE
  4. Did they not build sky rise flats before then blew the feckers up because they turned unto slum ghetto's.
  5. Don't think so I was born there before the war, served my time at Norton Motor Cycles in Bracebridge Street, Hockley with five years apprentuceship one day a week at Bournville Tech, fantastic place to work and live when it was one of Industrual Manufacturing Capitals of the World and Made in Birmingham was famous. The Coat if arms was called 'FORWARD' and the claim was you want it we can make it and so we good. we supplied the Confederate Stayes with arm during the civil war. What happened Lucas, GKN, Dunlop, Avery Scales, Ariel, Velocette, BSA, the Gun & Jewellery Quarters, the finest tradesmen in the world all gone, nothing but service and public sector jobs left. Left there in 1970 after selling up the wifes two Pharmacies to live in Cheshire. everyone I new ae scattered around the world now.
  6. Thank you for the kind words, the knowledge only came from age, and began in the wet candle lit air raid shelter and when the tide turned watching the Lancs and then the mighty B17s from the school playground in my native Birmingham heading for Germany when the daylight raids began. As far as your pleasures of the flesh are concerned, in my day 60 years ago you had to marry em before you even got a blimp above the top of the nylons, Jeez them Sufraggetes have got a lot to answer for. I just hope the muppets can recover from a big hit the way we did after the 80s crash, we did after starting from zilch to businesses, property etc with assets of £1.4m over 30 years of hard work back to nearly zilch again in just 2 years. Took a few years to get strong again but with a less lavish lifestyle, but never made the mistake of getting to smart and to big again, and we were one of the little guys in business lots went down for 100s of millions. I think this crash will run and run, never before in my lifetime did the ordinary working Families carry such personal mortgage and personal debt, In our little nasty it was just businesses that had huge liabilities, which like us one day were well and truly covered by propert, stock, plant etc. The problem begins when the cash flow stops, the regional bank manager who was your lovely friend and only he dealt with your fantastic account suddenly has a broken phone and starts omppounding the interest till it is double the original borrowing because you can't liquidate the assets at any price and the Tax, VAT, redundancy & holiday pay etc all kick in. I am sure this will be the big one and it's early days yet. many have prosperedm others will survive but gof help the rest/
  7. Really? Oh please do tell I await with baited breath.
  8. Well now thats a relief, I thought I was the only old wretch scraping he barrel for a leg over, her and the Vorderman bird blowing bubbles would do me just right and give me a bit of a lift. When I reflect that those of us who posted here in the early days and had the foresight or kowledge of past experiences and could see this was all going to end in tears and our words of wisdom were subject to ridicule and the deafening screams of abuse that we were mental retards and house prices only ever go up and now the suckers who fell for one of the greatest pyramid scams in history, can anyone here honestly say that any one of these mugs has acknwkedged to them that we were right. Even now when many are in dep trouble they are still in denial, and it is almost as though those of us who expressd words of caution and gave good warning are the bad guys and are veiwed with bitterness and envy. My great delight with the Flint/Vorderman pair would be to shout with every feeble thrust, thats for the mugs and stupid b*****s you shafted. .
  9. FFS Dog will you stop posting this stuff on here you keep making me ill and we can;t stop it any unless Vince Cable was P M he is the only one whoever raaces these kind of issues and that will never happen
  10. I bought 1000 litres in December 2001 £173, March This year £420, due for another 1000 expecting to pay around £720 or more, We do use a lot of oil at least 4000 litres a year being pensioners and the wife being disabled, plus there is nothing except fields around us and the North Atlantic. so we get the full blast of cold winter winds. My place has thirteen windows and not double glazed and I never bothered because I did not want to change characer by fitting PVC and they are in perfect condition, but it is a must now, just had the caity wall insulation done and the new DG windows should be in during the next week or so. Have looked at new high efficiency condensing boilers and radiators and control units and will be getting that installed to replace the 20 year old system before the Autumn. the CVI has already improed the place quite noticably I think we can reduce or oil consumption by 40/50% which be comfortably managed but still a collosal increase onfive years ago.. Seem to remember Paisley Adams and the rest of them all stating we wil deal with or eliminate fuel poverty, yah sure in yur feckin dreams talks cheap, thousands of old people die of cold every winter because they cannot afford heat, there ill be a lot mo and a lot of very cold people in NI. Their have been alot of oil tank thefts around the North Coast resently and the PSNI are warning people, trouble is that a lot of tanks are easily accessed espesially on new builds and estates, fortunately mine is not exposed and easily accessed and we have security floodlighing around the place and very light sleeping sleeping dog that kicks of at the slightest sound.
  11. Sent you a pm with th details and my number be happy to give you a guided tour if you like to ontact me
  12. Life is good living in Norn Iron since I sought asylum from the UK mainland six years ago, love the place and the hospitality of the people never wish to set foot on the mainland again. mind you I own nothing since I came here people down the drive, "just gonna use OUR trailer to go to the moss or the tip, just gonna use OUR compressor do me tires". Don't post much because of my sight, have to use a magnifying glass to see the keys then the screen, very labourius process. Incidently Doccy Boy asked how things were on the North Coast, just noticed today that some new builds of which a few were sold at £195K a couple of years ago in a local village are now up for £115K yep a drop of £80K, not bad either 3 bed semis with on suite, good size garden front and rear big tarmac drive two three cars, reckon they will be £85K ready for the 2009 spring bounce. Another site bought for £3.5M wih planning for 60 built a dozen, sold for at £220K about 18 months ago now down to£145K no takers the developer has more less mothballed them with no kitchens or fireplaces and erecte security fencing so you cant get near them. has removed the EAs sign and put his own upwith a mobile number for interested parties to contact direct. Still plenty of private sellers in denial, very little old cottage opposite a friends farm a few miles from me, bought for about £5K some years ago and done up as a holiday home very time no lnd except a small patio and nicely done if you just somewhere to kip while visiting the Causeway Coast, but flush with a lane and milking sheds about twenty feet away so you get gooddeposit off slipy shite every morning and night outside the front door and the free 5-30 wakeup call wit cows belloeing and the dairy clattering, went on the market a year ago at a quarter million rips, just dropped to £220K. really only worth about £50K ideal for a dairyman who wants to be ear the job. Reckon my own place has dropped about £150K from what similar places were being snapped up in days at the peak of the crazy ponzi pyramid if an only if you could find a buyer which might be years away, but its irrelevant anyway because I wont be moving any except to to little bit of 6ft real estate I bought down the lane in the local churchyard. How low do you lot want them to go? just a little patience should do it.
  13. Well if Doccy Boy can't remember the two last recessions I can a a frequent visitor to N I in the 70s 80s to compete in motor sport it was barely affected if at all because of the troubles. I as in the motor industry all my life' from starting as a identured five year apprenticeship with a once world famous manufacturer in Birmingham just after the war, theearly sixties had a bit of a licking before I went into business on my own. I had two places with four main franchises prime main road sites in fairly proporous area, the 70s were pretty good apart from a stretch when sock was tight because of the old oil problem because of stock shortages because there were not tyres to put on new stock and power cuts that meant were doing deals under a couple of light bulbs power by a generator because of power cuts three days a week. We were always in a strong position than a lot of others because I owned all my properies outright, we had been in the fortunate posiition of seing my wifes two pharmacie two one of the nig groups for very serious money at the time. Like just about everyone in the trad I used stocking loans from my finance companies and the usual bank overdraftalways a believer that you cant sell from an empty i forward orered plenty of stock because of the time lag on deliver paticular the Japs and tried to keep a choice of models secs ad colours, I avoide taking nails in part ex evenn if it cost a sale and preferred to buy good second hand stock which never came back except for routine work or servicing. We had raging inflation that work to our advantage because paid for stock sometimes went up three or four times before being sold The worst started around 1980 VAT went up from 8% to 17.5% and interest rates went to 15% some business overdrafts were 19% and if you were not servicing the interrest it could be 23% and if I rember correct compounding monthly, for years the only person allowed to deal with me from Natwest was the regional Director at head office in Liverpool, all his correspondence was hand written in fountain pen, years later when the going got tough I could not even get the fecker on the phone. Manufactuerers reps started to tell tales of big dealers in less celubrious are going bust, "so and so in Sheffield gone bust owes us £12M and all the stocks gone nothing to take back". then the rep from the Chester came in for the weekly second hand add list just before the 1st August new reg sales, "Moore and Gammon have gone bust the bnak closed them down so they could not let the 140 new cars sold go out and take the 96 second hands in P/ex they were Chesters oldest biggest new car dealer been going since the war". I had taken a mint little no miles 2CV in swops and was smoking it about myself and called into a Audi/VW competitor for a part, having a chat with boss and a joke about tough trading and me in a 2CV, the guy also had a BMW dealership in Liverpool. Few days later stuck his head round the office door, "intereste in that little 3CV for my lad it's his first car". Al the trade ought and sold stock from one another, I told him I did not want to trade it, the guy aid he would pay the asking price and asked if I could do a good interest finance deal, told him to get is cheque book out to busy for jokes, he told me he could not give me a cheque it would bounce, signed him up and a few weeks later he called in and offered me he lease on his empty showroom for £5K in readies.the man had been in business for 30 years. We hung in till 84 and our best outlets sales plummeted when Vauxhall at Ellesmere Port ceased making the Astra and closed with 6000 jobs gone they were quickly followed by Cammel Lairds, the knock on effect with their local suppliers was probably 25/30.000 jobs the punters were flooding us "just been laid can your buy it back can't pay the drip". Our turnover dropped by £1Mon our best outlet and the borrowing facility of £500K rocketing with compounded interest and mystical charges to £1.2M. Fortunatel I had the bank locked in property that they had indepedantly valued, th best site they had put nearly £300K on huge showroom. big workshop, massive parking and thre very big flats above that we had used for stores and Insurance and Finance brokerage offices lay empty for four years and they eventually sold it for £40K it was split into 4 retail outlets a seperate car body repair shop and three seperate and I had a little driky off the buuilder who bought for agreeing that the bank could sell at that price. Dealers a lot of the good mates I met at manufacturers seminars and went on dealer trips to Japan Acapulco and numerous othe destinations went bust, topped themselves, ended up in rented dissapeared by the shedload, One seriously big player from the South who had a big Ocean going boat phoned me up. "The bank can have the lot I got a chartering contract in Antigua me and the Wie off tomorrow" It was a bloodbath. As far as the big stuff is concerned your stuck with it, I always used to uy a few repos and leased cars of my finance company in 1980 I was offered a mint Lambo repo and one year old Bently T11 and a 6.9 450SEL Merc that had been on lease to an Arab embassy knocke the Lambo back and bought the other two dead cheap sold the T11 to a dealer had a bit of bother with Merc so I let he wife drive the Merc could not shift it for love or money, thefastest safest most advanced saloon of its day never did sell jus sold it in mint show=condition with 46K made a good profit in the end needless it did not sell in the UK at 15MPG went to a collector. I was lucky I walked away clean debts VAT and Tax paid few quid in an IOM bank but a small cottage in Cheshire for cash, Wife walked straight into a very well paid job as a Director of a Pharmacy company with a new Merc, got a good job as a finance controller of a big transport company never owed a penny since. Great years in the trade never regreted it, but boy the overheads and money in stock, workshop equipment and staff, I employed 27 it is crippling when the cashflow goes tits up. The hardest thing is laying off the people who helped you build your business and be successful and they are not just your employees and are your good friends and youve been to their weddings and their kids christenings none of mine worked oe me for less than 11 years and they depend on you to feed their kids and keep a roof over their heads. Fortunately I laid mine off in dribs and draps and ot most of them new jobs through contacts onee went to Honda as a technical rep and a girl in our stores got a very well paid job with the Duke of Westminster runnig his garden centre. Sadly there are alway the sad things cops told me years later oe older go who had been with me twenty years never got another job and hung himself. I can see some really hard times for a lot of people, their never was the personal debt that exists today. I know we on these forums have beenpredicting the coming disasterfor years and laughed ar the muppets who took the esy money and mewd bit o ain't going to be funny when the misery kicks for the sheepie.
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