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Hello everyone

It seems that today is the dear boy's birthday, perhaps we could all post a greeting?

The publicity will probably annoy him; but there are no secrets on the internet?

Happy Birthday,YOUNG dear boy.

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His 'Bith' must have been a special 'day'. :p Happy Birthday Fletch. Good Health & Tight Lines.
Ah well another birthday done, dusted and put to bed. Time passes mucho rapido, time and tide wait for no man . The usual bunch of semi humorous greetings cards arrived yesterday, most of the referring to my declining brain power and sexual functioning's, not to mention bowel movements and physical restrictions, all the rude and personal comments that now are considered acceptable in the modern world towards others. What ever happened to a simple and cheery "Happy Birthday Wishes" to help one along the fast shortening of life's pathway and eventual rendezvous with mortality?

Whilst in the UK last week I visited a well known high street greetings card shop to stock up on cards for birthdays etc for the coming year. Whilst so ensconced and reviewing the offered tat for sale I started to look in depth at the contents of such pamphlets of "porn" with which to honour the passing years of innocent Grandparents and children alike. Some, not many, were amusing in a slightly caustic way, some were just plain rude and contained foul language obliterated by asterisks which even a child of tender years could translate. But when moving onto cards for parents and Grandparents the volume of abuse was myriad in its contents and message.
Is it sign of modern times that the progeny of ones loins are prepared to speak and think of their senior relatives in this way and for the doyens of family life to accept such innocuous written effluent on their birthdays without saying anything and totally to laugh it off . Sign of the times I suppose.

My actual birthday started with a dog walk along the river bank on a beautiful sun filled morning, enjoying the wildlife and the aroma of spring whist it lasted for the brief time that the Spring season is bestowed upon us all, truly the best time of year. Was called into a French neighbours house for a coffee and a chat and a birthday greeting which, I might add, did not contain anything derogatory that was aimed in my direction. Back home and and trip around the ground floor with Mr Dyson. Bit of gardening, light lunch on the balcony. No alcohol these days as I gave it up on 1st Jan this year whilst abroad, just got fed up with the stuff and the first time for fifty years that the demon alcohol has not been swilling around my system and I must say I do feel a lot better without the stuff. Cannot actually admit that no alcohol has made me any happier but I have discovered what a load of drivel other people talk about whilst I am sober and they are p.....sed.

The day was followed by a light siesta, caught up on the papers and election trivia. A quiet uneventful day until my fishing chum Pierre knocked on the door and invited me for apero at 7. The wonderful tradition of apero with friends takes on a different form on Perrier, one that I am still trying to sort out. But after a good conversation and mickey taking about our two fishing trips to Senegal on the West African coast, the need for alcohol rapidly dissipated.

So in the end a good day was achieved, especially as I turn on the ipad in bed and see that I have received birthday greetings from my erstwhile combatants and chums on Expat. So, thank you for your abuse free wishes and I wish you all a very pleasant rest of the year.

In the words of Toby Keith, the Amercan singer. " I aint as young as I once was, but I am good once as I always was".

Regards. Fletch.
 

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Present day birthday (and other) cards have taken over from the saucy postcards people used to send - I remember giggling with my sister over some of the more daring ones on display. All part of the fun of a trip to the seaside.
 

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Present day birthday (and other) cards have taken over from the saucy postcards people used to send - I remember giggling with my sister over some of the more daring ones on display. All part of the fun of a trip to the seaside.
You are probably right about the new role of birthday cards. Just a shame they have to be so obviously rude, suppose its another sign of the times. Same as being unable to buy or download a music video without it containing what only can be described as soft porn in the form of dance routines. I suppose its another subliminal method of desensitising the public into accepting a lowering of standards for those amongst the public that are badly educated and choose to do nothing with their lives except watch the stuff all day with a can of lager.

I can also remember being on holiday in England when a lot younger, mostly Eastbourne in the fifties and Cornwall in the sixties and looking at the saucy postcards, which, I believe were created by an artist named W. Gill. The large ladies in underwear and stripy swimming costumes, sexy looking, well endowed brides all accompanied by weedy little men and husbands. I dont think I laughed at the sentiments expressed on the card, but more at the situations and characters thereon depicted.

Good times those. A free look at the cards, a sit at the bandstand on the seafront and a large ice cream in an Italian ice cream parlour called Luigi's or something similar.

Must be getting old with all this reminiscing, must keep looking forward.

"Oh I do like too be beside the seaside " dum de dum.

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By a strange coincidence, I received a 1950's 'saucy' postcard today from a friend on a trip to the seaside. Not too outrageous by today"s standards but daring for the time.

Tried to copy it here but it went wrong: picture of a happy fisherman on the sea front whose hook is fixed on the lifted skirt of a shapely blonde......
 

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By a strange coincidence, I received a 1950's 'saucy' postcard today from a friend on a trip to the seaside. Not too outrageous by today"s standards but daring for the time. Tried to copy it here but it went wrong: picture of a happy fisherman on the sea front whose hook is fixed on the lifted skirt of a shapely blonde......
Nothing wrong with that. Caught a few Mermaids myself over the years. 38 - 21 - and 7/6p a pound.

Wheres that old fishmonger gone. Must have a few old ones left.

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Good times those. A free look at the cards, a sit at the bandstand on the seafront and a large ice cream in an Italian ice cream parlour called Luigi's or something similar.
and you still had change out of a tanner! In my day, it would have been thruppence. A penn'orth of chips, a penn'orth of ice cream and a penny with a small hole drilled in it and a piece of nylon fishing line attached to be able to pop it in a coin-in-the-slot machine to release the ball that would fly round and round when you released the trigger before dropping into the 'Lose' cup. Since you still had the penny in the machine resting on the lever that released the ball, the ball would return and you could play again and again, until you'd had enough, in which case you pulled out your penny and moved to a different machine. Ah happy days.

Oh and the ice cream came from Rossi's.
 

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and you still had change out of a tanner! In my day, it would have been thruppence. A penn'orth of chips, a penn'orth of ice cream and a penny with a small hole drilled in it and a piece of nylon fishing line attached to be able to pop it in a coin-in-the-slot machine to release the ball that would fly round and round when you released the trigger before dropping into the 'Lose' cup. Since you still had the penny in the machine resting on the lever that released the ball, the ball would return and you could play again and again, until you'd had enough, in which case you pulled out your penny and moved to a different machine. Ah happy days. Oh and the ice cream came from Rossi's.
Good Evening Senor Baldi. During my nearly sixty years of fishing I have caught many species in many countries. I have caught Rays and Skates but never a"cheapskate". A rare species. Normally live to a great age , feed in charity shops and mate in Lidls.
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Skating on thin ice, dear boy?

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Good Evening Senor Baldi. During my nearly sixty years of fishing I have caught many species in many countries. I have caught Rays and Skates but never a"cheapskate". A rare species. Normally live to a great age , feed in charity shops and mate in Lidls.
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Skating on thin ice, dear boy?

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He's only a youngster of the post-war baby-boom set, and as for cheapskate - in my experience skate has never been cheap especially in the fish and chipper, often costing more than plaice. Having been brought up during the war, I was always taught to be careful (didn't work - I ended up a wastrel) but SWMBO rules the roost in this henhouse so it is back to being careful.
 

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Good Evening Senor Baldi. During my nearly sixty years of fishing I have caught many species in many countries. I have caught Rays and Skates but never a"cheapskate". A rare species. Normally live to a great age , feed in charity shops and mate in Lidls.
Fletch.
Can't stand charity shops, everything stinks of old-age and decrepitude.
 
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