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About Gerbil0154

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  • Birthday 05/01/1954

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    Newton Mearns, Glasgow
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    I'm employed as a Civil Engineer although for many years I was technical manager of a grouup of companies involved in land and housing. My hobbies are Ferox Fishing, Computers and DIY
  1. My brother in law is married to an Egyptian Lady. My sister in law is married to a Pakistani Muslim. I avoid the discussions in family circles. I find that I cannot have a discussion around the trends in this country towards mass immigration without any view I may hold being branded "Racist". I come at this from a different perspective. I firmly believe that the worlds over-population is the cause of almost every ill we currently suffer. I know we cannot continue to grow at the same rate as we have in the past as this will rapidly use up the planets resources and add to the ever growing Global Warming. I believe we should be aiming for a falling population in this and in every other country on the Planet. As soon as you put forward this idea you are branded a back door racist as you are only finding another excuse to prevent peoples of other ethnicities from moving into this country. Being a Scot I understand the pressures on any indigenous population to want to move to better itself. Look at the numbers we sent to Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia over the years. Unfortunately the enormous explosion of people on this planet has made this an unsustainable prospect for the future. The planets resources will not allow us to travel in the future and food and water will become a major issue for many. I fail to see how raising our population to the projected 70million will help our population to deal with the coming problems. More people = More food, water, energy and greenhouse gasses. I notice my illustrious leader, Mr Salmond is pushing for even more immigrants to come to Scotland. Typical short term thinking from the Poilitical idiots running the world!
  2. No bother Elton Always on e-bay buying stuff so in future will arive at e-bay via AN if it helps
  3. Strangest one I know of was when I was serving my time as a structural engineer in Glasgow (28 years ago!). A friend in the drawing office had a brother who owned a farm on the island of Islay. It was being over run with rabbits and Davie organised a weekend for a few of us to go shoot as many of the pests as we could manage over a long weekend. We paired off and I was with Davy himself. Each pair headed off in different directions for both safety reasons and for maximum coverage. We had a good day, eliminating many of the problem bunnies and, what with the weight of the carcases etc, decided we would take a shortcut back to the farm by walking along the beach. This was easily done as it was low tide and we just had to avoid the rock pools. Imagine our surprise when we passed a large pool only to see a salmon of about 10lbs swimming about in the pool. It was a nice summers day so we both jumped in and around this pool trying to catch it. After 10mins of this we were both getting nowhere and in a fit of pique the bold Davy lets fly with his shotgun and the concussion stunned the fish allowing him to retrieve it. Imagine his brothers surprise when we returned to the farm and deposited not only the rabbits, but the salmon on the kitchen table. So with deep apologies to my fellow anglers who feel it was unsporting, (I was still a nipper and I didnt fire the fatal shot. Did eat it though), I give you Davie Munro, the only guy I ever knew who shot a salmon.
  4. After getting all of Pope Benedict's luggage loaded into the limo, and He doesn't travel light, the driver notices that the Pope is still standing on the curb 'Excuse me, Your Holiness,' says the driver, 'Would you please take your seat so we can leave?' 'Well, to tell you the truth,' says the Pope, 'they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I'd really like to drive today.' 'I'm sorry but I cannot let you do that. I'd lose my job! And what if something should happen?' protests the driver, wishing he'd never gone to work that morning. 'There might be something extra in it for you,' says the Pope. Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 105 mph. 'Please slow down, Your Holiness!!!' pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens. 'Oh, dear God, I'm gonna lose my license,' moans the driver. The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes Back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio. 'I need to talk to the Chief,' he says to the dispatcher. The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he's stopped a limo going a hundred and five. 'So bust him,' says the Chief. 'I don't think we want to do that - he's really important,' said the cop. The Chief exclaimed, 'All the more reason!' 'No, I mean really important,' said the cop. The Chief then asked, 'Who have you got there, the Mayor?' Cop: 'Bigger.' Chief: 'Governor?' Cop: 'Bigger.' 'Well,' said the Chief, 'Who is it?' Cop: 'I think it's God!' Chief: 'What makes you think it's God?' ..................keep going.......................... Cop: 'He's got the f**ing Pope as a chauffeur!'
  5. Youre getting none of my fur Newt. I'm getting to that aga where the little I've got is precious and needed for the dreaded Comb Over
  6. Ah! My suspicions have now been confirmed. I always thought this forum was full of Pheasant Pluckers.
  7. Audiograbber is freeware. Google it and you can download it for free I've used it for years with no probs.
  8. I watched the Irish news on RTE last night and they showed clips of the 50 foot waves. They also showed surfers surfing in on the waves. These guys are NUTS! Chance in a lifetime was how they justified it.
  9. I work in Ireland and fly between Dublin and Glasgow 3 times a month. Dublin Airport securuity takes some beating. I was behind a gentleman in the queue who had a stunt kite he had bought for his son. They made him open it and remove the string as it could be used as a weapon. In the shop through security they were selling the same item complete with string. When politely asked why, the security got quite stroppy and just argued that those were the rules. At Glasgow Airport, during the Ryder cup week in Ireland, I came into security to hear a guard saying firmly to an elderly American couple to sit there and he would sort it. I was intrigued thinking that Uncle Sam had a couple of Geriatric terrorists. It turns out that the couple had a load of Whisky minatures in their hand luggage they had collected on a distillery tour. The guard sorted it all right. Two glasses were produced and the couple where invited to take the liquid "On board" before their flight. (Common sense being applied at a time when no liquids were allowed) On another occasion in Glasgow a crowd of workers in Overalls were in front of me. A bag was going backwards and forwards through the scanner and giving security some concern. The bag was opened and a 2 foot long shifting spanner was taken out of it. The guards, to the amusement a of the gentlemans work mates surrounding him, politely explained that this would need to go hold baggage. The gentleman looked crestfallen as he complained to the guard, "but this is my favoutite one". Strange people we have travelling these days.
  10. Speaking as a Scot, residing in Southern Ireland for the last few years, I have absolutely no problem with the flying of the cross of St George. I think it should be flown a lot more than I see it now. I always think that the English are scared to make a show of national identity in case it offends someone. The English have a lot to be proud of and have given the world many great things which they should celebrate. It almost seems that the people in power are more worried about upsetting minorities than celebrating Englishness. The union flag is not the English flag even although some un-educated elements think they are interchangeable. It should be used when celebrating Britishness. Most Scots and Irish I know have absolutely no problem with the English flag. In Ireland Flags abound. Everywhere flys the tricolour. The one thing that takes some getting used to over here is the sheer plethora of other flags. Every Irishman supports his county and there are 26 of those. Each has its own flag. They have their own sports played under the GAA (Gaelic Games Association), and turn out in huge numbers to support their local hurling or Gaelic football teams. (All amatuer) Average crowds are around 20,000 with Croke park in Dublin filled to capacity regularly with 88,000. Now imagine every house in every village of every county flying their county flag whilst that county is still involved. Then there are the local games involving each village playing to reach their county championship. They each have their own flags as well. After 2 years I still cant identify half the flags I see. The English should celebrate being English the same as I celebrate being Scottish. I feel more Scottish now that I have been away for a couple of years. When I finally get home permanently next season, and am chasing those elusive Ferox surrounded by Midges, I wonder if I will still feel as Scottish. lol
  11. I worked in the Whisky industry for many years and am not overly fond of blended whiskey. I have always been a dedicated single malt man. I was sent to do the surveying on a new project I was to manage at "Bushmills" in Northern Ireland and was, as usual, furnished with a glass of the product. It was so much smoother than the blends from my native land I'm sorry to admit. The reason for this, if your into the technicalities, is that the Irish whiskey is triple distilled as oppposed to Scotch which is usually only double distilled. The third distillation removes more of the Fusel Oils (hope I've spelt that right), which give the harshness at the back of the throat. I highly recommend a bottle of 15 year old bushmills single malt for a taste of heaven.
  12. Gonna miss your Pithy replies on here which make good reading. Watch out for Judy wanting to take out your stiches. Speedy recovery mate and as we say in Glasgow "Aw Ra Best"
  13. Like everyone else on here I'm wishing the little one a speedy recovery. As kids of her age are still growing, and full of that energy, she should recover quicker from the op quicker than those of you who love and cherish her probably will. Wishing her and all her family the best
  14. I was actually given a painting by an Artist friend of my daughter as a Christmas present last year. All because I said I liked it. He is also an Irish artist though he is based in Glasgow
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