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Sometimes Sayings. 16 Aug 2021 18:24 #224517

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I think they are very smart people using whatever talent, lack thereof, advice real or invented to suck in the hundreds of thousands and in some cases, millions of followers.

Nobody ever lost betting on the stupidity of the general public. If you are influenced by these people it is a huge tick for their enterprise and the equivilent of the Victoria Cross for Stupidity for you.

Sponsors don't endorse any of their crap, it is pure business. If you have a million influenced followers there is a good chance the idiots will have their product running out the door like hotcakes. So much better than the greasy haired spiv in a striped sports coat and gold chains selling a couple of cars a day to idiots.
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Sometimes Sayings. 16 Aug 2021 20:26 #224542

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Cobba, I couldn’t agree more. I hate the term. The slowly disappearing now left wing radio station 2GB started having one on about 4 months ago in the afternoon. I haven’t tuned to 2GB ever since then.
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Sometimes Sayings. 23 Aug 2021 12:54 #224736

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Thank goodness for freedom of speech. If it were not for that, we would never know who the idiots were.

(This is NOT directed at anybody on this forum but is just my saying for the week)
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!
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Sometimes Sayings. 24 Aug 2021 18:27 #224784

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There are a lot of people complaining about the Guvmnt on a couple of other threads. I thought this little lot that came up on my phone might bring a few smiles.

We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~ Aesop, Greek slave & fable author

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
~Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it
~Quoted in 'Clarence Darrow for the Defence' by Irving Stone.

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.
~John Quinton, American actor/writer

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
~Oscar Ameringer, "the Mark Twain of American Socialism."

I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them".
~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952.

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country .
~Texas Guinan. 19th-century American businessman

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
~Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games

I am reminded of a joke: What happens if a politician drowns in a river? That is pollution.
What happens if all of them drown? That is a solution!


I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two are lawyers and three or more are the government.
~John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Government. But then I repeat myself.
Mark Twain (1835- 1910)

I don't make jokes. I just watch the Government and report the facts!
~ Will Rogers (1879- 1935)


I contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity, is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle ~ Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

A Government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul!
~ Will Rogers (1879- 1935)

The problem we face today is because the people that work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.
~ George Bernard Shaw (1856- 1950)
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Sometimes Sayings. 26 Aug 2021 13:57 #224891

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I came into this world with nothing & still have most of it..........

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Sometimes Sayings. 26 Aug 2021 15:00 #224899

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and another for the politicians.

"We expect our politicians to be leaders, but we elect middle management."
Toby Ralph(attribution at best guess)
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Sometimes Sayings. 28 Aug 2021 04:40 #224972

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Eating for kids in the 1950s
* Pasta had not been heard of.
* Curry was an unknown entity.
* Olive oil was kept in the medicine cabinet.
* Spices came from the Middle East where they believed that they were used for embalming.
* Herbs were used to make rather dodgy medicine.
* A takeaway was a mathematical problem.
* A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.
* Bananas and oranges only appeared at Christmas time.
* The only vegetables known to them were spuds, peas, carrots and cabbage;
anything else was regarded as being a bit suspicious.
* All crisps (chips) were plain; the only choice they had was whether to put the salt on or not.
* Condiments consisted of salt, pepper, vinegar and brown sauce if they were lucky.
* Soft drinks were called pop.
* Coke was something that they mixed with coal to make it last longer.
* A Chinese chippy was a foreign carpenter.
* Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever part of their dinner.
* A Big Mac was what they wore when it was raining.
* A Pizza Hut was an Italian shed.
* A microwave was something out of a science fiction movie.
* Brown bread was something only poor people ate.
* Oil was for lubricating your bike not for cooking, fat was for cooking
* Bread and jam were a treat.
* Tea was made in a teapot using tea leaves, not bags.
* The tea cosy was the forerunner of all the energy saving devices that we hear so much about today.
* Tea had only one colour, black. Green tea was not British.
* Coffee was only drunk when they had no tea….. and then it was Camp, and came in a bottle.
* Cubed sugar was regarded as posh.
* Figs and dates appeared every Christmas, but no one ever ate them.
* Sweets (candy) and confectionery were called toffees.
* Coconuts only appeared when the fair (carnival) came to town.
* Black puddings were mined in Bolton, Lancashire.
* Jellied eels were peculiar to Londoners.
* Salad cream was a dressing for salads; mayonnaise did not exist
* Hors d’oeuvre was a spelling mistake.
* The starter was their main meal.
* Soup was a main meal.
* The menu consisted of what they were given, and was set in stone.
* Only Heinz made beans, any others were impostors.
* Leftovers went in the dog.
* Special food for dogs and cats was unheard of.
* Sauce was either brown or red.
* Fish was only eaten on Fridays.
* Fish didn’t have fingers in those days.
* Eating raw fish was called poverty, not sushi.
* Ready meals / fast food only came from the fish and chip shop.
* For the best taste, fish and chips had to be wrapped in and eaten out of old newspapers.
* Frozen food was called ice cream.
* Nothing ever went off in the fridge because they never had one.
* Ice cream only came in one colour and one flavour.
* None of them had ever heard of yoghurt.
* Jelly and blancmange were only eaten at parties.
* If they said that they were on a diet, they simply got less.
* Healthy food consisted of anything edible.
* Healthy food had to have the ability to stick to your ribs.
* Calories were mentioned but they had nothing at all to do with food.
* The only criteria concerning the food that they ate were … did they like it and could they afford it.
* People who didn’t peel potatoes were regarded as lazy so and so’s.
* Indian restaurants were only found in India .
* A seven course meal had to last a week.
* Brunch was not a meal.
* Cheese only came in a hard lump.
* If they had eaten bacon lettuce and tomato in the same sandwich they would have been certified.
* A bun was a small cake back then.
* A tart was a fruit filled pastry, not a lady of horizontal pleasure.
* The word” Barbie” was not associated with anything to do with food.
* Eating outside was called a picnic.
* Cooking outside was called camping.
* Seaweed was not a recognized food.
* Offal was only eaten when they could afford it.
* Eggs only came fried or boiled.
* Hot Cross Buns were only eaten at Easter time.
* Pancakes were only eaten on Shrove Tuesday – in fact in those days it was compulsory.
* “Kebab” was not even a word, never mind a food.
* Hot dogs were a type of sausage that only the Americans ate.
* Cornflakes had arrived from America but it was obvious that they would never catch on.
* The phrase “boil in the bag” would have been beyond their realms of comprehension.
* The idea of “oven chips” would not have made any sense at all to them.
* The world had not yet benefited from weird and wonderful things like Pot Noodles, Instant Mash and Pop Tarts.
* They bought milk and cream at the same time in the same bottle.
* Sugar enjoyed a good press in those days, and was regarded as being white gold.
* Lettuce and tomatoes in winter were just a rumour.
* Most soft fruits were seasonal except perhaps at Christmas.
* Prunes were medicinal.
* Surprisingly muesli was readily available in those days; it was called cattle feed.
* Turkeys were definitely seasonal.
* Pineapples came in chunks in a tin; they had only ever seen a picture of a real one.
* They didn’t eat croissants in those days because they couldn’t pronounce them, they couldn’t spell them and they didn’t know what they were.
* They thought that baguettes were a serious problem the French needed to deal with.
* Garlic was used to ward off vampires, but never used to flavour bread.
* Water came out of the tap: if someone had suggested bottling it and charging treble for it they would have become a laughing stock.
* Food hygiene was all about washing your hands before meals.
* Campylobacter, Salmonella, E.coli, Listeria, and Botulism were all called “food poisoning.”
* The one thing that they never ever allowed on their tables in the fifties …. elbows.
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Sometimes Sayings. 28 Aug 2021 07:28 #224975

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Shows how hard times were in Britain. A combination of shortages and naturally the world's worst cooking resulted in this list.

Also shows how good we have it in Australia. My memory of the 50's would have that list for Australian kids reduced by more than half.

Lang
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Sometimes Sayings. 28 Aug 2021 07:52 #224977

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I dun grewed up grandad's way and it hasn't hurt me none (I think/hope!?). :unsure:

When kids at school asked me what my favourite food was my stock reply was, "Fish and chips, egg and chips, pie and chips, chips and chips . . . but I'm going off chips!

AND did you notice grandad didn't mention cholesterol either? :blink:
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Sometimes Sayings. 28 Aug 2021 10:56 #224983

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PDU I think cholesterol had not been invented then.

Grandad I grew up in the 1950s as well and there were a few variations here Down Under on the other side of the world:-
It is mid summer at Christmas here, so we were more fortunate.
Brown sauce was not known (by my family anyway)
Coffee only came as a thick liquid in a bottle, mixed with chicory essence and was labelled Coffee and Chickory.
When we went to Grandma's we could have bread and jam or honey (she only ever had one at a time) but if we had butter on the bread we were not allowed to have anything else on it. She called it "Bread and Dripping."
Curry powder was only used to flavour the sauce sausages were cooked in, to make curried sausages.
Our sweets (candy if you are American) were called lollies.
Potato chips (you call them crisps) were, as you say, unflavoured and the salt was in a little twist of blue paper.
Chinese Chippies must have been tradesmen in their country of origin. There were none here. Chinese here only had Green-Grocer shops or ran a Market Garden. These were fertilised by what the Night Soil man collected.
If you lived in town the toilet was down by the back fence with a little hole in the fence so said night soil man could remove the bucket and replace it with an empty one once a week. Indoor toilets were another science-fiction idea. We mostly lived in the country and the toilet was a hole in a wooden bench over a "long drop" hole. Dad had to dig a new hole and move the toilet over it, every year or so.
Grandma told us that her mother insisted that when she bought cheese, the grocer cut it from a whole new "wheel."
Grandma lived in the city so had to buy eggs. The grocer would put a dozen (that is twelve for those of you too young to remember) in a brown paper bag, hold the two corners of the bag and flip it over a couple of times to fasten the top.
My Mother would never buy fish on Friday incase people though we were Catholics.
There was no Fish and Chip shop within an hour's drive of us so we missed out on that treat.
Saturday evening was Bath Night. We would light the water heater or bucket hot water from the wash house (laundry) copper to the bath and the family would take it in turns to have a bath.

Until I left home:-
I had never tasted chicken. My Mother did not buy them as she did not like the taste. She had probably only tasted it once.
I did not find out that cabbage did not have to be boiled until it was grey and tasteless.

And people call it "The Good Old Days."
I have my shoulder to the wheel,
my nose to the grindstone,
I've put my best foot forward,
I've put my back into it,
I'm gritting my teeth,

Now I find I can't do any work in this position!
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