B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

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B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby PINKY » Thu Jul 13, 2017 4:18 pm

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Bill Bentley » Sat Jul 15, 2017 4:26 pm

When we used to swim our AFV's, in my day, they still looked like AFV's. That's a brilliant camouflage job :lol: :lol: !

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Arnie » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:37 pm

Bill,
that's not an AFV, it's an FFV, (Flintstone Fighting Vehicle).

Arnie :D :D :D :D :D

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Bill Bentley » Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:44 am

Do you mean that the driver has to get his feet wet when peddling ?

Not much changed then eh :wink: !

FFV = Flintstone Floating Vehicle.
(I can make out which one is Fred and even Barnie, but the girls aren't wearing their 'floats' :lol: :lol: )

Arnie,

not heard from Rick for some time and, as he lives just around the corner from you, thought that you might have some contact ... ?

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Arnie » Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:13 pm

Bill,

I will pop round and see him in the morning, but you will have to wait awhile for news that way. He lives 2,241 miles (air) round the corner. That's 3,606 kms round the corner. Or I will take the car, it is only 4311 kms, which driving at the speed limit, assuming you stay on ALL major roads, is 112 kph. This will take me 38 hrs, 29 mins. 1993 I crossed the Nullabor in a Holden Commodore, towing a laden trailer, from Perth to Sydney a shorter distance and it tore the heart out of the 3 litre, 6 cylinder engine. Current car is only a Toyota Hatchback 1.5 litre, 4 cylinder car.
So it will have to be the phone. Next time I am in Brisbane I owe him dinner anyway so will say 'allo. Will that do?

Arnie :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby sammy » Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:09 pm

Arnie
That distance really does make me realise just our small our tiny Island is.
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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Bill Bentley » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:46 am

Arnie,

do phones work down under ? And I thought that the natives were still making bead necklaces out of the telephone wires ... so that the phone lines are always down. That's why they use a thingy-me-jig, digerido, or boomerang to send messages. Is it true that with the boomerang you always get a quick reply ? And I thought that you might want to go on a walkabout, which I understand takes about three years, so even you should get to Rick's in that time, just around the corner :wink: .

Sammy,

don't let Mr forgetful pull the wool over your eyes (he used to work with sheep) those numbers were all from his telephone list which he keeps on getting all mixed up and it only seems so far to Rick's because he keeps on doing laps around the golf course on route :?

Pinky,

you are being very quiet for somebody who started all of this madness, you're not :oops: going red are you Pinky ?

My apologies to one and all, it's been pissing down here for days and one has to do something stupid to lighten things up.

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Postby PINKY » Thu Jul 27, 2017 1:50 pm

Not at all, just speechless - lol.

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Bill Bentley » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:25 am

Alberta, Canada, Pinkerton's, not into security are you ?

Tell me, is living in Canada really so much better than the UK or Europe ?

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby PINKY » Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:52 pm

Sorry Bill away at work.
Honestly it's boring! But it's pretty safe - small town life - no gangs - no trouble!
I was a Security Consultant in the oil patch for about 5 years: drug testing, searches, camp security, mobile patrols etc. It was a good gig, I was working mostly with ex Calgary Cops - some great guys and a few 'not' so great.
Wife is Canadian and we do ok. But the last few years Alberta has become quite expensive: a pint of lager in Calgary is about $7.00 which is £4.25 - housing is costly, groceries too! The NDP in Alberta are making a mess and taxing lots and taking certain benefits away. Then the Liberal government- don't get me started.
A laid back lifestyle is not for everyone and honestly I've no idea how Canada succeeds because there's so much red tape out there. Move to England - maybe once the kids (19-17) are settled etc. Oh I nearly forgot: shit beer and no pies. Enough said.

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Arnie » Thu Aug 10, 2017 6:14 am

Hi Pinky,
from what you say about Canada I am glad I chose Australia. Not that I ever considered it.
Although we live in a city, Perth, it is in WA (stands for Wait Awhile) and it is still a sleepy backwater. If you want a laid back life style this is for you. Now retired and in a retirement village, this morning I woke up at 0910 but decided not to get up, so I went back to sleep and finally got up at 1120.
Humans are funny, being a lot of Poms here, we complain (I do complain about most things) about the weather, too cold in the winter. It is [i]freezing[i] today, it is only 15C, and absolutely pissing down. In the summer it is in the mid to high 30Cs all the time, and never pissing down. That is why we have reverse cycle air-conditioning. Prices are reasonable, petrol fluctuates weekly, buy on Monday cos its cheaper ($1.10 per litre) by Friday its back at $1.30 per litre. A real Utopia it is. Mind you we have one scourge, the same as everyone in the world, Politicians. I suppose a necessary evil. Mind you in the UK the politicians are against Brexit and drag their feet on it, because the great gravy train is being taken away. Best example is Lord Neil Kinnock, an absolute failure as a UK leader. Here he is in Brussels, with wife, who together 'earn' (laughingly) somewhere in the region of 7,000,000 euros per year. No wonder Blair is fuming about it. He wanted to be President and she (said shudderingly) would soon have been on whatever lays down the laws, and then woe betide anyone in Europe.
Doesn't he go on.

Arnie :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby PINKY » Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:27 pm

Howdy,
Just had a visit of an old army mate who has lived in Australia for 12 years, he loves the place but we compared cost of living etc and found Australia very expensive - both dollars are very similar in value and it didn't take long to figure it out - beer and petrol are cheaper here. Having said that I would swap climates in a second - so done with snow......

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Arnie » Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:25 am

Hi Pinky,

its all relative, my life style is frugal yet I can get by on the pension, which I believe is more than can be said of the UK.
Snow??? What is that? Hate it, and always have. Had to go somewhere warm like Libya, except the flies. Then find out that they are nearly as numerous as in Libya. There I go again, exaggerating, the flies here are nowhere near as numerous as they were in Libya, but just as annoying.

Arnie :D :D :D :D

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby PINKY » Fri Aug 11, 2017 2:53 pm

The grass is certainly not always greener on the other side...........there's pro's and con's everywhere. Makes it interesting for when I win the lottery and move.......LOL.
All the best
Pinky

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Re: B sqn lads 1982 - Hohne. Stan, Mick, Sooty and me.

Postby Bill Bentley » Fri Aug 18, 2017 5:02 pm

Thanks Pinky and Arnie for that run down on north and south.

I have always fancied the wilderness of Canada and would always choose New Zealand over Australia though I have never been to either. I was up over the boarder into Canada whilst working in the USA but made a big mistake: Just before going to Niagara Falls I was down in the Grand Canyon and since seeing it, everything else seems somehow small. I have a brother down in Aus who told me before he went " all I want is sunshine 5 days a week and a boat in the garden" and now he has both. What he never realized is that he would have to work so hard that when he gets home he's usually too tired to bother taking the boat out. I get the impression that in both countries they want grafters and not lazy immigrants.

Here in Germany things have been going down hill for 20 odd years. Actually the end was in sight before the reunification which gave the economy a short boost. Here we are 27 years after the event and those of us in the old East still get about 10% less wages than in the West, which has a knock on all the way into your pension expectations. The Krauts are odd people and tend to hide their discontentment, not like the Frogs who strike and demonstrate about anything and everything.

All of that said I don't think it matters where you live if you find a quiet backwater. In our village hardly anybody locks their doors though they almost all have big mean dogs. There are so many hunters here a thief would have to be suicidal to do anything silly. While building my new house I had a spirit level that was untrue and put it out on the pavement wondering how long it would stay there, on the third day somebody put it back inside my grounds. Sure there are incidents, once several 'new houses' were blitz robbed, all within ten minuets, probably a junky earning his fix. But that was once in the 15 or so years that I have been here. Even so I tend to play safe and it's not easy to enter my grounds and much harder to get out :wink: .

I have considered going back to the UK but the property prices are insane. Here you can still get a half decent brand new house for under € 200,000. I sold my old farmhouse for just € 50,000 including grounds etc.. Here we get a better summer than Manchester and usually a real winter too and I like both. I think that the climate is perhaps the most important factor to make one happy and I sure would not want to swap with you Arnie and all that heat. Both ends of the world are too far away, what do you do when a family member is ill or worse ? From here, in a worst case, it's a hundred €uro's return on the bus and, if you can plan in advance, even less to fly. An hour on the train to the airport cost me just € 3,80. A good beer in a good restaurant costs under € 4,- and a meal between € 10,- and € 20,-. Sure you can easily give out much, much more but who needs filet steak every day ?

Work here is getting ever harder and wages have been getting reduced for years. I got more in my first job in 1989 than I get today. Thankfully I was self-employed for many years and so now don't have to graft, the work that I now do is honestly just for my own satisfaction. But the average guy is on a knife edge with his cash flow and ever more people are heavily in debt. I understand it's the same in the UK and pretty well everywhere in Europe.

Our philosophy is not to try and earn enough to live well on, but to reduce our outgoings to below our income and my wife and I both only work part-time and easily manage. What we are short of is time to get all of the gardening done and enjoy the animals rather than just feeding and cleaning up after them, such is life as a self-sufficiency freak.


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