Is It Me. ??
Number 1. A Female Police Officer serving in the Gloucester Police Force applies to become a Dog Handler. One of the Tasks on the Test is to carry an Alsation Dog up a certain distance. Although she tried she could not complete it and so Failed. After some Local Lawyer got her to sue for "Sexual Discrimination" and has been awarded £15,000.
If i go in for a driving test or similar i have to pass on all the Questions, Tasks etc. or I Fail.
She knew what she was going in for.
A Man who was Three times over the drink drive limit then got into his £22,000 Mercedes, drove 50 Miles before slowing down and mounting the Pavement and crashing into a Take away in Bolton, luckily no Customers were hurt. He then reversed the Merc and drove out of Bolton on the wrong side of the road , Hitting one car and then another Head on.
He then tried to drive off once again but by this time the vehicle was too badly damaged.
When the Police arrested him he was still 3 times over the limit.
He claimed that the accident was caused by a Homeless man who he was giving a lift to who had tried to grab his bottle of coke cola.
When shown C.C.tv. of the Crash and driving away at the Pizza Place. He said "For F***s Sake, Jesus, I was completely out of control"
His Punishment for all of this was to walk Free from Court with a 12 Month suspended Sentence The Court heard that . Aamir Patel had brought Cultural Shame on his Devout Muslim Family and they would be Devastated if he was sent to Prison
"Sorry got mixed up quoting Euros Driving back in Spain a few years ago and we were extremely hungry we called into a Service Station and they baked and served the Most delicious Rolls with any kind of filling . we loaded up with them and a 100 miles or so later we were diverted through a small town. As there was lots of traffic we stopped and before a few minute a young lad came up and said he had not eaten for days. Could i give him 5 Euros . I offered him a Fresh Baguette and he Spit on the Floor and said something I was not conversant with.
In Bristol, Cheltenham, Bath and here in Gloucestershire City Centre everywhere i look there are young men begging, most with a dog beside them as it seems they get more sympathy. Where is the Pride of these People or self Respect, they can't all be acho or druggies. Sometimes i drive through Gloucester Centre on a Sunday Evening and the first time i saw a large crowd i thought there had been an accident. As i drove past i could see it was the Salvation Army Van. The next time my Wife and Daughter had got a large bag of Clothing together i took it in to the Sally Ann Shop and the man behind the Counter when i asked him about this occurrence he said it is the same every evening nearly coming to blows for the Bread Rolls and Hot Soup. It seems quite a large number are Immigrants, some do not speak English at all.
We have Food Banks filled from floor to Ceiling with Provisions for the Needy.
( Recently a Eurasian couple were filmed going in and coming out loaded with boxes of food, once or twice and putting then into their car )
In Bristol last year there was a case of a young man sat begging "Homeless and Starving" six days a week. Then going out to an all day Parking place and driving home to a 3 year old Semi- detach. also Claiming Benefits
Years ago it was only older men who for some reason, Drink, a bad Relationship or similar who were Vagrants or Tramps / beggars.
I think most of us grew up through had times and though we were the fortunate ones who by and large missed seeing action, Previous generations Joined the Armed Forces just to avoid starving. Esp.around W.W.1 Time.
When i was a Kid living on a large Council Estate in the early 1940s there was a Man who used to walk around delivering the Evening papers. He had most of his Face covered in Purple sort of Lumps, plus he walked with a quite strong limp.
We kids did not like to look at him and i asked my Mother what was wrong with him.
She told me he had been Gassed during the First World War plus having a Leg amputated.
It must have been hard both Mentally and Physically for this Poor Man. still he Walked / Limped around six Evenings a Week.
It would not have occurred to Lads like him to sit Begging.
I remember cases of people who had obviously suffered in WW1 who still somehow contrived to scrape out a living without begging. Crutches, sticks, false legs were so common back then but they still had their pride.
The Young Man declined "F..K Off" was his reply/ Bob said He just let it go as he realised he was just wasting his time
Also now we have so many ( Mainly young female ) wanting Food, blankets, Clothing and supplies to send for the Refugees in Calais. Even though they are trying to get into the U.K illegally.
Even the "Jungle" has been destroyed and the so called Migrants moved inland The French are letting them filter back to to Dieppe and Calais. And the way that the way they are seen opening the back doors of Trucks in full view of a News T.V. Camera suggests that the Authorities are turning a blind eye to this. plus i think some of the Truck drivers are being bribed
As even here in the U.K. Lorries are not left unlocked.
If parked empty parked overnight some Wagons have their doors open as to avoid thieves looking for something to steal.
As for the first part of your post John it's been covered so many times on so many web sites and usually with the same opinion as yours and mine. I just switch over until I think the advert has finished. I am not callous but all these countries where these poor people are situated have governments which should be looking after them. I would never even send a one off donation because as soon as you do that the charities latch on to you and pester you for further contributions and pass your name and address around for good measure.
This is not a criticism of your statement - just a different point of view based on experience. Have a good day.
I noticed that up here in Scotland and in Glasgow in particular, the amount of people who openly beg in the street and sleep rough in all weathers, has massively increased over the last few years. As you say, there are an alarming number of young males and females among them. I sometimes will pop in to one of the fast food places and buy them a burger and a coffee. As yet, the food and drink has been gratefully received and i haven't been abused if i had walked past them.
Drug dependency has got to be a huge factor and the massive increase in users. My take on it is that i don't know why they are there, especially the young. Just before Christmas, a tall twenty something man approached my wife and i as we came out of a shop, begging for money and saying that he needed it for a shelter that night. We walked past and i noticed my wife was upset and near to tears. We walked up the road and i said that i would go back and give him some money. When we were quite close to where he was we stopped as he was on the phone. He was obviously talking to his other half and his exact words were " I'll be home about 8:30 love. " I looked at my wife and we turned and walked away shocked. I will still give the odd youngster food and drink as is a trait passed on to me from my maternal grandmother and i won't make any excuse for doing so, but there are so many absolute out and out cheating and lying tow rags out there that it no doubt puts people off.
No one can put an accurate figure on the amount of Beggars/ Scroungers or Druggies but just in Newcastle alone the Charity "Outreach" said that Two years ago in Newcastle City Centre there about 20 begging on the Streets, Now there are over 200. The Northumbria Police have asked people Not to give Beggars any money at all as they are simply funding a Drug habit which takes them onto a Harder, more deadly Drug, i.e. Cannabis etc to Heroin which ultimately leads to their death.
As an example they quote how much money can be got just sitting on the floor,A dog also helps. A recovered Alcoholic working with the Charity said how he himself was Stunned when he heard how much could be got in one Week alone. he said Monday to Friday it was possible to be given up to £200 a night and over a Weekend £500.
As he had been hooked on Heroin and only been saved by The Charity and Hospital care he could have easily drifted back.
i never gave to them but i can imagine many who did.
No apology needed - we all have our own opinions and experiences. One thing though is that if you can speak French, even a little, then they are much more accepting in general. Luckily I took it at school for five years and was able to hold a decent conversation which helped no end. We haven't been back to France for many years and it was when the kids were young, we didn't have a great deal of money, camping was cheap before it became really fashionable and the prices rocketed. We do have many happy memories of our holidays spoiled only by one or two incidents but you can get those anywhere.
Even though I had French lessons at school I never 'took' to learning new languages. However, on my many trips to France I did make an effort and I had some people in Tears of laughter at my struggles with the language. It proved to be an 'Ice-breaker' and on one occasion a village bar stayed open until midnight (it should have close at 8:00 pm.) where myself and a mate kept them entertained. We were provided with drinks all night by the locals and told that we were welcome to return at any time. Anglo/french relations took a turn for the better that night!!! As a 'footnote', once the Perno took hold some of the local's attempts at English kept us entertained.
This reminded of an incident that happened to me a few years ago. I had met a friend in Greenwhich (London) for a meal and was waiting outside the Restaurant for my taxi when a well dressed young woman approached me and said " You look like a kind gentleman, can I ask you to help me"?? after asking how I could help she said "I've had my purse stolen. I have my train ticket in my pocket but no money to get a taxi to the rail station. Could you let me have £5"?? I said " If you can get a taxi to Kings Cross for £5 I will share it with you and cancel mine" I turned from being a 'Kind Gentleman' to a mean B..........d and many other adjectives - some of which were new to me. She shouted all these expletives while walking up the road to her next victim.
A 15 year old Lad driving a stolen Renault Clio crashed and killed the FIVE others in the car when travelling at 90 miles per hour it hit a Tree. He survived as he was the only one wearing a seatbelt. It seems they had been Joy riding around for some time prior to this. It is a miracle that no one else was injured. His Sentence was FOUR years in a Youth Detention Centre ( possibly out in Two ).
An Official Spokesman has commented that has perhaps that as the amount of Underage drivers being convicted has risen dramatically maybe a scheme should be introduced so they are taught to drive at the Local Councils expense
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At the moment some of these Youths are being caught driving without Insurance or a Licence and are having their Driving Licence being revoked when they actually are not old enough to have one anyway.
I read the other day about an American politician who said that 'Illegal immigrants who are found to be breaking the law should have their citizenship revoked!' I wonder if anyone has bothered to have a quiet chat to him!
In Torquay when checks on Beggars were made , some with dogs of the 19 identified, only 2 were not "Professional Fakes". the rest were living in Houses, owned cars, claimed Benefits etc.
Here in Gloucester there are "Homeless beggars who not only stay out in the open when there are empty doorways there where they can shelter from the elements, but they will not give up their pet dog even though the R.S.P.C.A. has offered to take the animal until the weather improves. One so called Homeless was quoted as saying that having an animal doubles their income
One in Bristol has now bought himself a Card Machine and has boasted on the local news that it payed for its self in under two days.
Last week Police raided a Garden / Farm in Cornwall and arrested the owners after reports of East Europeans being held as Slaves. It transpired that this large group of east Europeans, men women and some children were here picking Daffodils to be sold in Supermarkets. A spokesperson for them said they were not Slaves and although picking Daffies is only a short season they can earn over £200 a day. The Farm Owner showed
the Police and Press the conditions they were living in and they were not unlike Barracks with hot water, showers toilets etc. Not Slaves for sure.......
We have been buying these Daffodils at Tescos for weeks £1 a bunch and though they do not last much more than a week or so, the look so lovely at this time of year.
Much nicer than the bland Bunches of Flowers from Holland that half fill the entrance to every Supermarket
We have had freezing winds for over a week now, fortunately no snow until today and we shall have to see what the next 24 hours brings. My Relatives up in Yorkshire tell me it has fallen quite thick, but they are still able to get around.
On the Media all i can hear or see is that Some Motorways (M.62) are virtually at a standstill. Some Airports having problems , well what do they expect !! These are usually out in exposed places. It seems that the "Beast from the East" has got everybody scared stiff. Schools closed, when we were Kids we had to WALK to school whatever the Weather. Airports, expect long delays. Trains cancelled, we have not even had any Ice. Doom and Gloom on every Forecast,.. Down here the word is "Do not Travel unless Really Essential" well i after all the Warnings i do think only a Donut would do that.
Years ago when we used to get Snow and Icy Winters The Race tracks used to be Frozen so no Horse Racing, ( Before All Weather Tracks) My Brother who worked for a Large Bookmakers Chain, along with many other Clerks had to go and Sign On at the Labour Exchange to qualify for any Benefit. They then had to go to the Council Yard and were given a Shovel and then go into the City Centre and begin chipping the Ice from the Pavements. They were given no special Winter clothing, footwear etc. Our Kid had to stuff his shoes with newspaper each night and hope they would be dry by the Following Morning.
I know that used to be for those 18 and over but what was it called for those 18 and under
As you say we had to walk to school and also there was no cancellations of public transport
One Family,The Rafaels, members of the Roma Community ran this slavery from a run down area in Newcastle from 2010 to 2017. They claimed Housing Benefits, one had a S.U.V. under the government mobility scheme . The Workers were threatened to have their throats cut and told "This is an Island you can not get away." The gang were claiming Tax credits et.
This must be the only Country in the World where some one from Abroad can come in Legally or illegally an set up a Scam.
Just to put things right regarding the chap from Bristol with the card machine. He sells the 'Big Issue' and realised that people don't carry cash any more. He bought the machine with money he 'Earned'. He is not scrounging and he is making an effort to 'Earn' a living. Someone out there should offer him a job.
Good Luck to him and i hope that when he does get to Bulgaria That they have Family Allowance, Tax Credits and the means to let a Man purchase a card machine to work on the Streets.
Sorry if i come across as cynical but the Last time i was in Leeds i came out of the Arndale Shopping Center with some Pork pies to bring back to Gloucester. These are known far and wide for their Quality. The "Big Issue" lad was stood there and after i said "No Thanks" to his asking me to purchase a copy i offered him a Pie. " F..k Off was his reply.
"Can't you see i am Selling"
Anh Nhu Nguan posed as survivor and was pictured with Prince Charles after the Grenfell Fire.claimed to have lost his wife and son in the Fire and it turned out he was a serial Fraudster but had been given £12,500. He did not live there at all but in South London. He had lived in the U.K. since 1980 and had 17 aliases and 56 Convictions, Arson and G.B.H.
M/s Msokeri, posed as a Grenfell Towers survivor falsely claimed to have lost her Husband in the Tragedy and was put up at the Hilton was found to have crammed the whole place with Clothing meant for the Genuine victims. She lived miles away She feigned Trauma to also get Hundreds of Pounds in Cash, Food Clothing Electrical Goods. She took clothes from Charities to the extent that she ran out of space in her Hotel room and and had to pile Suitcases in the Concierges room.
Initially she posed as her Sister to report herself missing but when asked what number flat she had claimed to live in she l she could not remember .
She claimed that the day after the Fire she had spent it in Trauma But the Jury heard that on that Day she was at her home in Sutton South London on the Phone complaining to Sky T.V. about the bad signal
Msokeri later persuaded a Grenfell volunteer who had Cancer to corroborate her Story but when she backed out She then claimed that her Husband miraculously had been found.
M/s Msokeri actually lived miles away from the Tower Block.
The Wheel bound Divorcee initially posed as her Sister to report her missing but could not remember the Number of the Flat where she claimed she lived. She feigned Trauma to exploit the "Chaotic Aftermath" to get Cash, Food, Electrical Goods and Free Accomodation. She claimed that the day after the Tragedy to be in a state of Trauma but it was later discovered that she was on the phone to Sky T.V. complaining about the poor signal at her home in Sutton.
Msokeri persuaded a Grenfell Volunteer who had cancer to corroborate her story but later when she backed out, she pretended that miraculously her Husband had been found.
This means if you do not look at Forces Reunited for a Day or so, you will more than likely not see it at all.
When we went to live in Catalonia, Spain in 2001 we came back occasionally and as we were not too far away from Girona Airport we would look online for special offers. Some were on offer for 1p. and another time for 10p. This obviously did not last long but even later we were able to pick up Flights quite cheap. By now we had noticed that they were charging for every little extra they could find. During the summer whilst waiting to check in we would see people who were frantically trying to repack their suitcases and the Rubbish bins just outside the doors would be crammed with Flip flops, T. shirts etc. Luckily for us we did not travel back much to the U.K. and the Times in the Summer when we rented out our House for Four Months we did the journey both ways in my trusty Volvo estate.
Jet 2 Airline would certainly benefit from his move and the Airports like East Midlands would not care whose Airline is operating out of there as long as they paid their dues.
Who does he think he is threatening the U.K...... Let him gt on with it.
Not only that but he had been living in Germany before returning to London and sometime after comeing up to Bristol. None of these Places are cheap to live in, but quite good places to appeal to folks better
This Afghanistan Family have been rehoused in Three New Home in a Luxury Development Furnished by John Lewis. One of the Family is Britains most notorious "Cash for Crash" conmen. He was jailed for more than seven years in 2012 after he and his gang had staged 250 Crashes to make Insurance claims worth worth over Six and a Half Million Pounds.
Three members were thought to be in Australia at the time.
Thhere are so many more fraudelent Claims and I just can not be bothered to write about them anymore today.
Anothe rang 999 about a broken Toenail.
Aother phoned 999 wanting a Taxi.
Finally another Woman rang 999 from her Doctors Surgery wanting her appiontment bringing 30 minutes.
Another needed a Bandage changing
These were all among calls received by the East Midlands Emergency Services.
This Country has had a Monarch for most of it's History and Men and Women have fought and died for Queen / King and Country.
Also it seems the recent plans to make the Army less elitist by dropping the slogan "Be The Best " slogan. What nonesense, the British Army has always been the envy of the World.
All the Recruits strive to "Be The Best"
( I wonder just how those Brave Lads who died 100 years ago over in France and Belgium would have reacted to such a stupid and cowardly suggestion.)
Should this new direction be labelled under the heading of 'I don't believe it!' or 'You couldn't make it up!'
Having not watched "Coronation Street" since Minnie Caldwell stopped replying to my Letters of Endearment and had intended to ask her what do the next door Neighbours say when the Landlord Jack Walker says "Just going in to the Cellar to change a Barrel Annie" then opens a door leading into their living room . Now it seems they are opening a "Costa's coffee shop" also next door so i am well confused.
I understood that on this Site "Forces Reunited" a person joining would have to a Serving Member or an Member of one of the Services. that would require Service details etc. holding back any part of it that they wished. The exception being that if a Relative was looking for details of one of his / her family.
Today we have had Two People who have made No mention of any present or past service. One is extremely Bizarre.
To not say you do not remember your Service details is just pure Nonsense.