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A Changing World

Posted in America, Britain, Conservation, England, Environment, European Union, Immigrants, Islamic State, News, Nuclear Weapons with tags , , , , on 22/03/2017 by floroy1942

I cannot believe how much the world has changed since I was a boy. I sometimes get the impression that the human race is going stark raving mad, what with all the changes that have happened over the last seventy years.

Beautiful England

When I was a young boy the world was at peace, except for the continuous verbal altercations between communist Russia and America. The only war that took place in those times was the Korean War against the communist north which was short because the United Nations got together a multi-national force to stop them. Despite that the world was for the most part at peace, and countries did not antagonize each other. On top of this we never had violent demonstrations with teenagers setting fire to shops and cars. There were of course demonstrations by the miners in Britain, but for the most part they were more or less peaceful. People went about their daily lives without demonstrations and complaining about what their governments did or did not do.

 

Summer In The UK

The weather was for the most part calm and we didn’t get hurricanes, flooding and drought across the whole world. In Britain winter was cold and we got our fair share of snow, but when spring came it was calm and the trees and plants blossomed and the countryside looked beautiful. In England we had many woods full of bluebells and daffodils as winter past. They have now for the most part disappeared because the farmers wanted to make more money and had them cleared. When summer came we had temperatures in the mid-twenties which was a pleasure for the people. Holiday makers went to English seaside towns and spent their time on the beach basking in the sun. There were no drunks causing mayhem on the streets and drugs were never seen.

The Raging Sea

What a huge change has come over the world today. Now we see all the things that were never heard of in those days. Wars, hurricanes, drought and flooding all across the world, and not to forget the violent demonstrations by the people against something or other. Governments having slanging matches against each other, and tensions have mounted in this modern era, and for what?

ISIS Execution

Currently Europe is battling against the influx of migrants caused by the ISIS war in the Middle East, and the continent is being flooded with these people because few countries have taken the time or effort to put ISIS out of business. I have often said that the United Nations should have stepped in long ago and wiped these people out so that the world can return to peace and all the migrants can go home. As you know, this has never happened because they stay silent.

At the moment Russia, Syria, and the United States are doing all they can to stop these people but arguments about how they should go about it are commonplace. The sad thing is, many ISIS fighters have come to Europe as refugees and have carried out attacks on various nations.

ISIS ‘Refugee’ Arrested At The Border

It was said in a report a few days ago that the whole world will be Muslim by 2050. That I cannot believe but this is what ISIS is trying to achieve. In our prisons Muslim prisoners are trying to convince other prisoners to become Muslim, and the number of people in the U.K. who have converted to Allah is growing. Why?

People in the Middle East have suffered greatly under ISIS but the other Arab countries like Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the UAE have done nothing to help these people so they have all fled to Europe. The only Middle East nation to help has been Jordan, and they are stretched to the limit.

As It Used To Be

We have seen huge changes in the weather due to global warming. Even England has had its share of hurricanes, flooding and drought. But it is far worse in other countries across the globe. Recently dozens of people have lost their lives in the flooding in Peru, and we have seen major droughts across many nations, so for example, it is impossible to grow crops to feed the people, especially in Africa. In the middle of Africa at the moment there are 20 million people who do not have enough food to keep them alive. What are the rich nations doing about this?

Murder On The Streets

Constantly we hear of vicious attacks and murder by young people these days. This was very rare when I was young because we were brought up properly by our parents, and discipline was strict during our formative years. Now all that has gone and the young people do as they please without a thought for others. Almost every day we hear of murder and violence in Britain, sometimes for the most stupid of reasons. Young people go out on a Saturday night and use drugs to get high and consume a lot of alcohol just to have a good time, and then the violence begins. Street fights, and sometimes murder.

The World Of Anarchy

The world has become a sad place and it makes me wonder how long mankind will last. In general we have become so violent against each other that the future of mankind is in doubt. Within a few years complete anarchy will reign in many countries and that will signal the beginning of the end of the human race.

Bribes

We have to get back to law and order on this planet and governments must govern properly for the sake of the people. The main trouble with politicians is the lust for money. Most of them will take bribes for agreeing to dubious suggestions put forward by companies and fellow politicians just to make themselves rich.

Gates And Buffet – Two Who Help Others

We have many rich businessmen who are worth billions, but what do they do with the money – hide it in offshore bank accounts instead of using it to help others. Two of the people who do not conform with this are Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Most others do not care to help those who are in dire straits.

The Poor And The Rich

Rich countries are doing little to help the starving millions in Africa, and if they do there is always someone who will help themselves to the aid money given by many countries. Look at Haiti for example. There were billions pledged to help the country after their tragic earthquakes that destroyed the capital Port-au-Prince, but very little of it actually arrived to help the people rebuild their capital. Its the same the world over. Money has become a ‘God’ to the current generation, and people will do whatever they can to get as much as possible. It is my belief that all this will end in tragedy for the human race.

Clean Air – A Necessity

One thing we should not forget is the increasing contamination of our atmosphere. In many cities across the world the smog is so thick that people wear masks to stop it getting into their lungs. If this continues, then the life expectancy of the people will be very low. We will no longer see people living to 80 or 100 years as the pollution destroys their lungs.

Poisoning The Atmosphere

Proposals have been put forward to ban all diesel cars on the roads because this is the number one polluter, but this will never happen. We also have to clean up our factories that push out huge volumes of smoke to  get the atmosphere back to normal, but again this will never happen because of the cost.

Get Ready To Lose Parts Of California and Miami

This atmospheric contamination is causing the sea temperatures and level to rise. It is said in America for example, that in thirty or forty years much of the coastal towns in California and Florida will be taken over by the sea which will cause havoc among those living there. These are not the only cities to be affected as there are many more across the world as sea levels rise. The only thing mankind can do is to stop the atmospheric contamination so things can return to normal. This will take years to accomplish, but governments worldwide have to be strong.

The Aftermath

Perhaps the only answer is for the population of this planet to diminish to perhaps a few million and then mankind will be able to continue its existence. This may happen, what with the current tensions between the USA and Russia. If it escalates then someone may be dumb enough to ‘press the button’ and nuclear war will follow. Mind you, the radiation will spread around the globe and most likely few people will survive. I hope this never happens, but you never know.

The Big Problem

Taking everything into account this world has become a tragedy compared to what it was. Very few countries know the meaning of true peace and just government, and to me its only going to get worse. As it gets worse more people will die, especially the starving in Africa.

Yesteryear The Murderers Paid the Ultimate penalty

Currently the law is useless against criminals and murderers these days in Britain. It is a farce that you can kill someone in England and get a ten year sentence, but are out of prison in three or four years. In my time if you kill someone you would go to the gallows and be done with it. But the ‘Goody Goodies’ have ensured that this is no longer the case, and they keep trying for more lenient prison terms because they think that to go to prison will change the minds of these killers. This is a load of bull (and I put that nicely).

Taking everything into consideration I am glad that I am 74 and not 21. For the world is headed for some major upsets in the years to come.

Roy.

Then Versus Now!

Posted in America, Children, England, Environment, Europe, Health, News, Parenting, Senior Citizen, UK with tags , , , , on 25/06/2014 by floroy1942

A friend from many years ago sent me this and I thought I would pass it on. Many people will agree with this, but it may confuse the younger ones who have never experienced life as it was.

My mum used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread  butter on bread on the same cutting board with the same knife and no  bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning..

Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper  in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember  getting e. Coli. Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the  lake  or at the beach instead of a  pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

We  all took PE ……. And risked permanent injury with a pair of Dunlop  sand shoes instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air  cushion soles and built in light reflectors that cost as much as a small  car. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have happened because  they tell us how much safer we are now.

We got the cane for doing something wrong at  school, they used to call it discipline yet we all grew up to accept the  rules and to honour & respect those older than us. We had 50 kids in  our class and we all learned to read and write, do maths and spell  almost all the words needed to write a grammatically correct  letter……., FUNNY THAT!!

We all said prayers in school irrespective  of our religion, sang the national anthem and no one got  upset.

Staying in detention after school caught all  sorts of negative attention we wish we hadn’t  got.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish  something before I was allowed to be proud of myself. I just can’t  recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo,  X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations. We weren’t!!

Oh yeah … And where was the antibiotics and  sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played “King of the Hill” on piles of gravel  left on vacant building sites and when we got hurt, mum pulled out the  2/6p bottle of iodine and then we got our backside spanked. Now it’s a  trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10 day dose of antibiotics and  then mum calls the lawyer to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a  threat.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had  ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we  possibly have known that?

We never needed to get into group therapy and/or  anger management classes. We were obviously so duped by so many societal  ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking  Prozac!

How did we ever survive?

After reading this you may begin to agree that we are over-doing things these days. I guess it all depends on your point of view.

Thanks Geoff.

Roy.

Nonsense Time – An Historic Tale Set In Modern Times.

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Human Rights, Modern World, Political Correctness, Royal Navy, Spain, UK with tags , , , on 10/08/2013 by floroy1942
Admiral Lord Nelson

Admiral Lord Nelson

A superbly accurate description of life in modern Europe, but placed in an historic setting. I received this in the e-mails today and just had to share. My sincere congratulations go out to the person who put this together.

Most Brits, at least the older ones who were taught history, will know about the Battle of Trafalgar in which Admiral Lord Nelson beat the combined French and Spanish fleets at Cape Trafalgar on the southern coast of Spain on October 21st in 1805. With only twenty-seven ships, Nelson sank twenty-two ships of the opposing fleet of thirty-three without a single loss.

Now imagine how things would have been if the battle had taken place today:

Nelson: “Order the signal, Hardy.”

Hardy: “Aye, aye sir.”

Nelson: “Hold on, that’s not what I dictated to Flags. What’s the meaning of this?”

Hardy: “Sorry sir?”

Nelson (reading aloud): “England expects every person to do his or her duty, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious persuasion or disability.’ – What gobbledegook is this?”

Hardy: “Admiralty policy, I’m afraid, sir. We’re an equal opportunities employer now. We had the devil’s own job getting ‘England’ past the censors, lest it be considered racist.”

Nelson: “Gadzooks, Hardy. Hand me my pipe and tobacco.”

Hardy: “Sorry sir. All naval vessels have now been designated smoke-free working environments.”

Nelson: “In that case, break open the rum ration. Let us splice the main-brace to steel the men before battle.”

Hardy: “The rum ration has been abolished, Admiral. Its part of the Government’s policy on binge drinking.”

Nelson: “Good heavens, Hardy. I suppose we’d better get on with it ………. full speed ahead…”

Hardy: “I think you’ll find that there’s a 4 knot speed limit in this stretch of water.”

Nelson: “Damn it man! We are on the eve of the greatest sea battle in history. We must advance with all dispatch. Report from the crow’s nest please.”

Hardy: “That won’t be possible, sir.”

Nelson: “What?”

Hardy: “Health and Safety have closed the crow’s nest, sir. No harness; and they said that rope ladders don’t meet regulations. They won’t let anyone up there until a proper scaffolding can be erected.”

Nelson: “Then get me the ship’s carpenter without delay, Hardy.”

Hardy: “He’s busy knocking up a wheelchair access to the foredeck Admiral.”

Nelson: “Wheelchair access? I’ve never heard anything so absurd.”

Hardy: “Health and safety again, sir. We have to provide a barrier-free environment for the differently abled.”

Nelson: “Differently abled? I’ve only one arm and one eye and I refuse even to hear mention of the word. I didn’t rise to the rank of admiral by playing the disability card.”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, you did. The Royal Navy is under represented in the areas of visual impairment and limb deficiency.”

Nelson: “Whatever next? Give me full sail. The salt spray beckons.”

Hardy: “A couple of problems there too, sir. Health and safety won’t let the crew up the rigging without hard hats. And they don’t want anyone breathing in too much salt – haven’t you seen the adverts?”

Nelson: “I’ve never heard such infamy. Break out the cannon and tell the men to stand by to engage the enemy.”

Hardy: “The men are a bit worried about shooting at anyone, Admiral.”

Nelson: “What? This is mutiny!”

Hardy: “It’s not that, sir. It’s just that they’re afraid of being charged with murder if they actually kill anyone. There’s a couple of legal-aid lawyers on board, watching everyone like hawks.”

Nelson: “Then how are we to sink the Frenchies and the Spanish?”

Hardy: “Actually, sir, we’re not.”

Nelson: “We’re not?”

Hardy: “No, sir. The French and the Spanish are our European partners now. According to the Common Fisheries Policy, we shouldn’t even be in this stretch of water. We could get hit with a claim for compensation.”

Nelson: “But you must hate a Frenchman as you hate the devil.”

Hardy: “I wouldn’t let the ship’s diversity co-ordinator hear you saying that sir. You’ll be up on disciplinary report.”

Nelson: “You must consider every man an enemy, who speaks ill of your King.”

Hardy: “Not any more, sir. We must be inclusive in this multicultural age. Now put on your Kevlar vest; it’s the rules. It could save your life”

Nelson: “Don’t tell me – health and safety. Whatever happened to rum,sodomy and the lash?”

Hardy: As I explained, sir, rum is off the menu! And there’s a ban on corporal punishment.”

Nelson: “What about sodomy?”

Hardy: “I believe that is now legal, sir.”

Nelson: “In that case…………………………. kiss me, Hardy.”…!!!!!

I think we can thank our lucky stars that all the country’s major battles were fought way back in the past. Imagine trying to fight the Second World War today!!!!!

My sincere thanks to the mystery writer and the friend who sent it to me.

Roy.

The Gibraltar Controversy

Posted in Britain, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Europe, Human Rights, Modern World, Spain, UK, World War 2 with tags , , , , on 10/08/2013 by floroy1942
Gibraltar At Night

Gibraltar At Night

I was happy to hear this last week that David Cameron has once again told the Spanish that Britain will not give up Gibraltar. I find it totally ridiculous that countries like Spain and Argentina consistently make ridiculous claims for ‘return’ of territory they have not had control of for many hundreds of years.

The peninsular first became part of Spain following the collapse of the Roman Empire but was overrun by the Muslim Moors in 700 A.D. It was annexed by the Christian Kingdom of Castile in 1309 but was once again lost to the Moors in 1333 who ruled until 1462 when it was again recaptured by the Spanish who remained in control until 1704 when it was captured during the War of Spanish Succession by an Anlgo-Dutch fleet in the name of  Charles VI of Austria who was  the Habsburg pretender to the Spanish throne. When the war ended the territory was ceded  “in perpetuity” to Britain under the terms of the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713. It has been a British possession ever since then.

Guarding the Rock - WW2

Guarding the Rock – WW2

Thereafter, Gibraltar was besieged and heavily bombarded during three attempts by the Spanish to regain it but all were repulsed effectively. In fact, Gibraltar has faced fourteen sieges within the last five hundred years. Although attacked by German, Italian and Vichy French forces during the Second World War all were withstood. The last major attempt at subduing the people of Gibraltar was during the Franco era when he cut off all communications and sealed the border between 1969 and 1985. This also failed.

Cueta and Melilla - Spanish Territory In Morocco

Ceuta and Melilla – Spanish Territory In Morocco

So you see, this tiny peninsular of land has had more than its fair share of problems, but despite them all the people have never been defeated. During the last war it became a major Navy base for British fleets operating in the Mediterranean Sea, but today it has little strategic importance. However, it is as British as the UK with its red double-decker buses, red phone boxes and British traditions. For this reason I applaud the stance of our Prime Minister in telling the Spanish that so long as the people of Gibraltar want to stay British they shall have that right. I think it also behoves him to remind Spain’s Prime Minister, Rajoy, that Spain also has two enclaves in Morocco called Ceuta and Melilla that belong to Spain which they steadfastly refuse to hand back. They too are similar to Gibraltar in that they are on the coast near the narrows.

Gibraltar

Gibraltar From The Air

The reason this whole saga has hit the headlines is because the government of Gibraltar placed large blocks of concrete in the bay in Gibraltar’s territorial waters to deter Spanish fishermen  who regularly fish in them. The methods they use are particularly bad for the ecosystem because they trawl the seabed with nets that destroy the habitat of many species of sea creatures. The Spanish have been known for years for their ‘rape of the sea’, they even fish in North Sea waters and don’t give a fig for legal boundaries. Quotas mean little to them and they have put the fishing fleets of many countries out of business. I remember when the port of Grimsby in the UK had one of the largest fleets in the country, but now there are but a few boats left.

Qeues Waiting To Leave Deliberately Caused By Spanish Customs

Queues Waiting To Leave Deliberately Caused By Spanish Customs

But apart from all that there is the question of the sovereignty of Gibraltar. It has been in British hands for more than three hundred years as a result of a treaty the Spanish signed themselves, so what gives them the right to demand it back. Just supposing they did get it back, what then? In my view it would deteriorate into a useless hunk of rock at the southern end of the country. Living in Spain for many years has given me an insight into the way these people think, and I can say with utmost certainty that if it became Spanish, the Gibraltar tourist trade would dry up within a couple of years and given a few more years would look just like the other side of the border.

Inside' The Rock' Caves

Inside’ The Rock’ Caves

My wife and I go to Gibraltar regularly from Marbella and pass through La Linia which is the Spanish town on the border with Gibraltar, and I have seldom seen a more run-down place in all my life. Just driving through it is depressing. Much of the population in this small town work in Gibraltar and if wasn’t for this they would all be in big trouble. Practically every shop you go to in Gibraltar has Spanish staff, and as you walk the streets you hear Spanish spoken ten times more than English.

The "Britishness" Of Gibraltar

The “Britishness” Of Gibraltar

Gibraltar does have a certain charm with its quaint single shopping street, where incidentally most of the businesses are run by Indians or Pakistani’s, but it’s also the very ‘Britishness’ of the place, in many ways its like the UK used to be. The peninsular has an area of just 6.5sq.kms with a population of slightly under 30,000, and much of the land on the western side was reclaimed from the sea where now stand large blocks of apartments.

What visitors to Gibraltar have to endure:

The Apes Of Gibraltar - The Best Thieves On The Peninsular

The Apes Of Gibraltar – The Best Thieves On The Peninsular

It is a bustling place with many attractive tourist sites like the limestone caves and the Barbary apes that inhabit the summit. It has very nice beaches and is in many ways a nice place to visit. On top of all that it is a tax-free haven which the tourists, and I might add most of the Spanish locals, like very much. Everything considered, I am glad that successive UK governments have steadfastly refused to accede to Spanish demands that it be handed back, for it is as British as fish and chips and must remain so.

Roy.

Daft Land

Posted in Benefits, Britain, Christianity, England, English Schools, Human Rights, Immigration, Parliament, Religion, UK with tags , , , , on 11/04/2013 by floroy1942

This came to me through the e-mail today and I just had to post it. It explains beautifully the current situation in the land we used to know as Great Britain. Now a disappearing relic of Tony Blair’s policies:

Daftland

We live in a country called Daftland
The England we knew is no more
Where sensible people do ludicrous things
Or risk breaking some Daftland law.

In Daftland we’ve police dogs with muzzles
Less the villain has cause to complain
And to steal from a shop and say ‘sorry’
Means you’re free with no stain to your name.

You had better leave lights on in buildings
When you lock up and go home at night
’cause the burglars might hurt themselves entering
And there’s no way you’ll be in the right.

When speaking be wary in Daftland
As some terms that you’ve used all your life
Now have connotations unintended
And you’ll end up in all sorts of strife.

We elect politicians in Daftland
To give us the laws of the land
Yet eight laws in ten now come from abroad
The whole thing has got out of hand.

The borders are open in Daftland
And of migrants there’s no keeping track
Just a few of the thousands illegally here
Will ever be caught and sent back.

The exception to this is the hero
Who fought for this land in the war
He’s old and he’s sick, he might cost us a bit
So he’s not welcome here anymore.

When the history is written of Daftland
Historians may just recall
That the craziest people in Daftland
are the public who put up with it all.

My sincere thanks to the unknown author.

Roy.

Age Challenged (politically correct) Exodus

Posted in Britain, England, Immigrants, Modern World, Old Age Pensioner, Senior Citizen, Spain, Teen alcohol abuse, Teen Violence, Teens, Travel, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 06/03/2010 by floroy1942

Good-bye Britain

It would seem those with the most common sense, and can afford it, are leaving Britain in droves. And why not? Statistics published today by the Home Office reveal that people over the age of 55 are emigrating as fast as they can get their bags packed. The main reasons are, fear of crime (but Gordon said…….), the weather, and the ‘creaking economy’. The Home Office graph shows the sharp rise in emigration since Labour came to power. No surprises there!

Only this last week Gordon Brown was castigating the Conservative Party for stoking people’s fear of crime in an effort to win the election. According to our erstwhile ‘I’m in touch with the people’ Prime Minister, this was all a pack of lies! Could it be then that all the emigrants are Tory voters who were conned by David Cameron?

Drunken Violence

Take a walk through the centre of any town or city of a Saturday evening if you dare. The drunken teenager culture so prevalent in English life today means you will more likely end up in the casualty department of your local hospital rather than back at home. When you consider that you are not even safe in your own home there has to be a point when people say enough is enough! But not to worry folks, it’s all Tory propaganda!

English Winter

No-one can fault people for wanting to get away from today’s dull, grey and wet English weather and exchange it for a life in the sun, you would be mad if you loved English weather! Like me, most over 50’s will remember when summer’s were real. First the awakening of Mother Nature after her winter sleep with the woods (we had them then) carpeted with snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells, followed by three months of balmy warm weather slowly moving into autumn and harvest time as the leaves turned all colours of brown. Not any more, climate change has taken care of that. Now the British people, and others, are faced with major storms, snow and ice, and not to forget the annual flooding that has become a main feature of English weather.

Spanish Winter

As far as the ‘creaking economy’ is concerned, life must surely be better somewhere else. Gordon Brown, along with the aid of the bankers, has driven the country into debt to the tune of billions of pounds, and its anybody’s guess as to when the economy will recover. But immigrants are still given thousands of pounds in handouts which they should not be entitled to (some to pay for the £2 million houses they are living in) just so Labour has their votes.

John Bull

Quite rightly, most people in this age group feel that Britain has lost its national identity and is unrecognisable from the country they grew up in. They have seen the gradual erosion of the British way of life, sucked out by the Labour Party since it came to power. In those far off days crime was so low that it wasn’t even necessary to lock your door when you went away on holiday. My grandparents never did, but try that today and you will find your house empty when you return.

The Home Office figures reveal that a staggering 42% of people over 55 wish to leave for sunnier climes, and 38% hope to do it in the next 5 years. The most favoured places for ex-pats are France, Spain and Cyprus, with many considering, or have moved to, Australia and New Zealand. It is certain that the unexpectedly high exodus of the moment is but a drop in the ocean compared to what it will be in five to ten years time. By then I fully expect the percentages to increase dramatically as people get so fed up with it all they do not even wait for retirement.

It all goes to prove that this once mighty and proud nation is finished. Ethnic Britons might just as well get out and leave the land to the immigrants and their ‘masters’, the Labour Party. History has shown that the glory of any nation is but transitory, and now it is the turn of Britain.

Last One? Turn Out the Lights!

I once joked, ‘Will the last Englishman to leave the country please turn out the lights’. Little did I realise the time for ‘lights out’ was so close. Sometime within the next twenty years the immigrant population in the UK will be high enough for them to take over completely and when that time comes I can see a mad scramble for the boats.

There will be many who think I am mad because of my views, but Hear Ye!, many people thought Enoch Powell was mad when he made his famous speech in the House of Commons, and he turned out to be right! History will prove one of us right!

I shouldn’t be so gloomy, after all at my age it hardly matters. Does it?

Roy.

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