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About Retsdon

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  • Birthday 02/03/1956

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    Saudi Arabia
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    Learning blues guitar,drinking the wife's home-made wine, scheming how to get out of the Middle East.

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  1. So how he sits or doesn't should be a factor? No fan of Rory Stewart here, but hey...
  2. To be honest Ditchie, it's not far removed from living in Saudi Arabia. When I get out I always figure it takes me +/- 6 weeks to decompress and start thinking like a normal person again. The trouble is, a few weeks later and it's back in the box time again. But I suppose we all do what we have to do and make the best of it. Nothing else for it.
  3. Following the second world war, sometime in the late 40s and after getting demobbed and marrying my mother, my father secured a job in an old-fashioned mental asylum that stood in its own extensive grounds on the east coast of Scotland. He was taken on as the asylum's medical physician, and my mother, who was a qualified ward sister, was also employed there in some kind of senior nursing capacity. Their jobs were residential, and under the terms of what was a pretty onerous contract they were allowed only one weekend off a month and the rest of the time they were required to be on call within the grounds of the hospital pretty much 24/7. I remember my father telling me that the strangest and scariest thing about it was that, by the end of a month, life in the asylum would have become perfectly normal and it was only when they went out into the streets of the local town and suddenly interacted with sane, everyday people that it came home with a jolt that 95% of the usual people they dealt with on a daily basis were completely out of their minds. But normally, they didn't notice because it was like that all the time. The usual parameters of behaviour simply weren't there and after a while it almost ceased to matter - until they went into the outside world and it was like stepping out from the looking glass. After listening to the politicians and reading the media for weeks on end, it strikes me that in the Brexit context a speech from Sir Ivan is something like that. Back to reality....
  4. I read your link. Where is the equivalence between a man paying an uncomprehending pre-pubescent girl small change for sexual favours and, say, a 20 year old woman taking a horny 15 year old teenager into her bed? Despite that they might both fall outside the law, I can see a massive difference between these two scenarios and don't regard them as the same thing at all. But maybe I'm just old-fashioned.
  5. The Tory leadership debate? All lies and jests ...Still a man hears what he wants to hear ...And disregards the rest..." And these politicians know this full well which is why they carry on lying and jesting rather than telling their constituents some unpalatable truths that they almost certainly don't want to hear. But for those who actually know what they're talking about the situation is looking increasingly dire.'I am worried that the longer the sheer lack of seriousness and honesty, the delusion mongering goes on, the more we imperil our long term prospects. It is not patriotism to keep on failing to confront realities and to make serious choices from the options which exist, rather than carrying on conjuring up ones which don't". http://www.eureferendum.com/documents/ivan speech final.pdf Project Fear? Not at all. Just someone who properly understands how international trade works telling it as it is. As they say, in the end the wolf turned out to be real after all.
  6. Imagine a handshake. It's there in spirit.
  7. A cheap shot, G I was on a phone without the reading glasses at, wait, 1am. And not in the Middle East, it's Thailand at - hell..looking at the clock -2am! But you're right. Only cretins stay up till this time when they have to.tee off at 8:30 tomorrow/today. Goodnight!
  8. Whilst in the EU, Britain negotiated a deal. Admittedly it wasn't great but, given the 'red lines', it was the best on offer. Couldn't decide on it though... But it wasn't good enough so now the choice is no deal. But hang on, are we saying that we are never going to negotiate a deal with the EU? Of course not, it's the second biggest trading bloc in the world, not to mention our nearest neighbour. So wait...we think that it's better to crash outcome on WTO terms (us and Mauritius) and then renegotiate access? Sorry, only a cretin worstens his negotiating position and expects a better result. But apparently we must be led by cretins
  9. It's not reputation, it's real. Of course, I was referring to Boris not yourself. Do you know the worst thing about the Brexit issue? I find myself at odds with people I know are AOK
  10. Whatever, whoever - it makes no difference. The situation stays the same. The only interesting thing for me ( other than the state of my sterling pension) is whether, when the economic wheels start to seize up big time (which a no deal Brexit guarantees), the people who've been gulled by the no-deal Brexit **** turn on their handlers. The alternative is that they keep drinking the Kool Aid and get directed to blame someone else. Let's face it, no matter what you can always find someone else to blame. That's just how it works so it's probably the more likely outcome Also interesting to see will be whether the up to now essentially passive Remain camp stays passive when the economic rubber eventually hits the road and heads for the ditch big time. Probably they will - a case of vulgus ignavum et nihil ultra verba ausurum but you never know. Interesting times....
  11. I work in Saudi because given my age and qualifications I'd struggle to get a job anywhere else that would enable me to provide for my family. If you think that I'm happy about that then you don't know me. Besides which, why bring my personal situation into what is a generic political discussion? Running out of arguments, or what?
  12. But it's your duty to care. Anyway, never mind. I'm guessing that if Boris gets in, he'll revoke Article 50 on some pretext or other. Here's the choice:- a) A big headline drama with no negative economic consequences and BJ centre stage - what's not to like? b) A massively traumatic economic experience for the whole country and there'll be no escaping the blame. You're a lazy egotist. Which one do you opt for? Where I work (from necessity) is irrelevant. You are the one who is happy to even compare Britain and Saudi.
  13. So you don't deny it then? And if your standards of political competence and integrity are being measured against Saudi Arabia, then God help the UK!
  14. But it's not untrue and that's why someone can write this without any fear of being subject to any kind of a law suit. Or do you think that Boris is such a large- hearted chap that he's happy for people to calculatedly slander him untruthfully in order to undermine his bid for leadership of the Conservative Party? No, politics in Britain is at its lowest ebb at least since the1700s. The Labour Party is stacked with incompetents, but the upper reaches of the Conservatives are stacked with spivs, placeholders and rentiers who are equally as incompetent as their Labour counterparts, if not more so. Sound bites have replaced policy as political currency and nobody cares any more if what politicians say is even believable, never mind workable. In fact, the more outrageous the better - it sells more clicks. This whole charade is making us the laughing stock of the world. It's shaming.
  15. The passage below is lifted from Richard North's blog. www.eureferendum.com. It's hard to argue with his conclusion. '......Johnson is attracting less favourable publicity, with Peter Oborne in the Mailtaking a dim view of his prospects. However, critic-in-chief for the moment is Matthew Parris, who uses his column in The Times to declare that Johnson's premiership "will fall apart in a year".Taking note of prevailing sentiment, he writes that, "colleagues know the party favourite is a lazy, untrustworthy do-nothing but seem determined to vote for him anyway". In detail, he says: It really does say something of contemporary politics that a prominent columnist in a leading national newspaper can write in such terms about the leading contender for the Tory leadership, without the slightest fear of a libel suit. ...'
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