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  1. We owe a great deal to those men and women of 75 years ago,they must never be forgotten.

    1. TomSE12

      TomSE12

      Very true markyo.

      As I stated on the "In Memorium" Thread, my Uncle Tommy (who I'm named after), was killed just after landing in Normandy, aged 18 and is buried in one of the Military Cemeteries, just outside of Caen. The brutal irony being that his Father, my Grandfather, was German and had fled Germany after the First World War, as he was a German Jew. He then settled in East London, as many of Jewish extraction did, met my Grandmother and moved to S.E.London. They had 7 children, 6 of whom were boys with 5 ending up in the British Army. So my Uncle was killed by a countryman of his Father. The just about sums up the pointless, futility of War!!

      My own Father was almost killed, when he was part of the Allied Forces that drove the Germans North, through Italy. He was 22 at the time and along with his Platoon, were ambushed by Germans whilst sheltering in a barn, in Northern Italy. He was wounded in the shoulder, had the bullet been a fraction to the right, Dad would've been killed. He was transferred to Bari, on Italy's Adriatic coast, to recover and then placed on the Military Police and stationed at Caserta, just North of Naples. The Allies had driven the Germans out of Caserta and took control of the Town's, Royal Palace. The Palace became Allied Headquarters, in Southern Italy. Dad was then sent to patrol a local Bakery, where local youths had been hassling the Bakery girls, stealing money and produce. Dad started chatting to one of the girls, they started courting and Dad brought his raven haired Neapolitan beauty back to England, in 1947, after their Wedding and as they say, "the rest is history". (See photo in Post, on the "In Memorium" Thread). 

      So, fate is a strange thing, had my Father been killed in 1944, obviously I wouldn't be here to tell the tale. By the same token, had he not been wounded, he wouldn't have met my Mother, again I woiuldn't be here. In a strange way, I've got a lot to thank that German bullet for!!

      Regards,

      Tom.  :hi:

  2. Why do weather forecasters give cold wet weather the negative label,Newswatch on the BBC showed this. Its not up to forecasters to label a certain weather positive or negative,they are there to give facts not opinions.

    1. Scorcher

      Scorcher

      Because the overwhelming majority of people don't like cold wet weather? Wet weather is also not good for business on bank holidays with people far more likely to stay at home. The kids can't play out, you can't enjoy outdoor activities...the list is endless!

  3. At last the government is thinking of limiting household heating stats to 19c,should h been done years ago!!

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    2. markyo

      markyo

      I totally agree Ed but the fact remains we are in crisis,all this anger over the nanny state gets on my tits,the call for investment,the call for the perfect solution...we live in a totally imperfect world,the majority enjoy democracy,warts and all,any slight drop of help we can give by our actions now to help future generations in my view must be done. Don't forget the UK is one of the world leaders in carbon footprint reduction.

    3. weirpig

      weirpig

      For me its because it does not go far enough. Its open to abuse  and will as you say on come into action on New Builds  which with the state of construction and the Economy  it will take Decades for any real note worthy change to happen.  By that time it will be way to late  Its just another case of being seen to do something  which will have very little impact.

    4. markyo

      markyo

      Bloody heck weirpig i utterly agree. We need so much more investment,more education,basically a total reality check is needed by everyone. The government,this one,the last one..the one before has been woeful. The time for playing politics should end but until then in my view every little bit can help,we don't live in Eutopia,democracy proves this.

  4. When Winnie the Poohs home starts to burn due to the lack of rain it just shows how desperately we need rain,fingers crossed the Atlantic comes to our rescue.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-48090078

  5. Total atheist but this time i'm praying New Zealand can be strong.

  6. Moorland fire in February! We desperately need rain,lot of it as well!

  7. The new METO web site design is shockingly bad,change for the sake i suspect.

    1. Summer Sun

      Summer Sun

      As that saying goes. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

  8. Day off work today,will be paying my respects in Sheffield to those brave american airmen. True heroes.

  9. Good to see the English Red Rose is starting to look the dominate Rugby force in Europe,both men and women,something to be very proud of for once😊

  10. Great to see English Lions and Lioness both thrashing the Irish at Rugby!😊

    1. DAVID SNOW

      DAVID SNOW

      Did the Irish have no backstop?

  11. Stuck in snow for a hour yesterday morning on Woodhead Pass,fingers crossed no repeat today!!

  12. Working today,no sign of non shorts wearing weather yet this winter!🤤

  13. Oh well,another Christmas on my own,such is life.. World events though put everything into perspective.

    1. Froze were the Days

      Froze were the Days

      Sorry to hear that, no family to go to?...I lost my father 2 days ago who I live with so don't think everybody has a wonderful Xmas with family and friends as it's not the case. Wish you a good Xmas!

    2. markyo

      markyo

      So sorry to hear that,hope your ok. I've lost all my family now,so i fully understand what you must be going through,my very best wishes and hope you can have a a good and peaceful Christmas.

  14. Can just see the headlines this Christmas Day..."Santa shot down over Gatwick"😀

    1. lassie23

      lassie23

      I thought it was aliens preparing for an invasion

    2. Mokidugway

      Mokidugway

      Easy jet Membership over Gatwick 🤔

  15. Feels almost tropical today after the last few days....good job i'm still working in my shorts!🙂

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    2. lassie23

      lassie23

      are you a professional shorts wearer😜

    3. markyo

      markyo

      Footballer?  A PSW? Nah just got hairy legs,lots of insulation!😉

    4. lassie23

      lassie23

      markyo Chewbacca wwwwwoarrrr

  16. No xmas tree,no xmas cards,no presents,no Turkey....Xmas with no family is really cheap!🤤

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    2. Mokidugway

      Mokidugway

      Miserable  gits 🙄

    3. markyo

      markyo

      Its so peaceful....my middle name is Scrooge by the way.🙂

    4. lassie23

      lassie23

      barr hamburgers

  17. First snow drive home today over the Snake Pass,fantastic so early in the season. Alas i suspect mother nature will re balance very soon.🙁

    1. Mokidugway

      Mokidugway

      Had some sluet this morning  but sunny most of the day 

    2. markyo

      markyo

      Sluet is shocking,the worst kind of sleet🤤 ! Good couple of inches at the summit,still had the idiot drivers though!

    3. Mokidugway

      Mokidugway

      Lol not as bad as slut but can be fun 😂

  18. Fairy tales do happen. Ireland the lowest ranked in the women's hockey world cup in the final! True Celtic warriors! The Dutch better watch out in the final!

  19. Had enough now,can't take another hot spell. 

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    2. Mokidugway

      Mokidugway

      I'll swap you ,boring here

    3. DAVID SNOW

      DAVID SNOW

      The end is nigh Mark.

    4. Weather26

      Weather26

      It's the final Countdown! (contrary to the 38.c rubbish the model thread has been spouting for days!) 

       

  20. Just found a new control on my car....the windscreen wipers!😀

  21. For me one thing i am very proud of. Every one of those children trapped in the cave in Thailand is being brought out with a lead diver in each case the diver is British. From all 4 home countries. The best of the best,all volunteers,a credit to this country.

    1. J10

      J10

      Indeed, just hoping now that the rescue is completed successfully tomorrow.

  22. Forget Brexit,forget the World Cup we have a major crisis,,,,,Asda has run out of Crumpets!😲 Can't do without my crumpet in the morning!

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    2. lassie23

      lassie23

      trump has got loads of extra CO2 he can rent it out to them

    3. weirpig

      weirpig

      Crumpet??  whats that?

    4. markyo

      markyo

      Something enjoyed by us young folk Mr Weirpig😉

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    2. markyo

      markyo

      looks awful,really vile🙁

    3. Ice Man 85

      Ice Man 85

      yep. the semen weather is back

    4. Ice Man 85

      Ice Man 85

      I didn't think the ECM could get any worse, but my god, It has...

  23. Years of being a committed atheist have been wasted,there is a God and he plays for Portugal!😮

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    2. lassie23

      lassie23

      didn't look like a penalty

    3. markyo

      markyo

      Trust me,Churches in Portugal will soon be built in his honour!😉 As for the that cheating hand of God...least said the better🤬

    4. lassie23

      lassie23

      lol wonder if he has given god his hand back

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