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No, its not what you thought, not the usual "official" award, which varies in quality from Fred J Taylor's very well deserved one to those handed out to time-servers and dubbed by their colleagues as

Budgie - you gotta start that "clean living" thing pretty soon. I'd hate like hell to lose you too soon.   Dave - well done to you being active after 80+ years. I'm approaching 70 next year but I

80 is the new 50....well it is with you well done congrats on your birthday and hope you have many more

Many happy returns of the day Dave.

Eating wild caught fish is good for my health, reduces food miles and keeps me fit trying to catch them........it's my choice to do it, not yours to stop me!

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Only 80? Still plenty of time for that 2lb+ roach then. :fishing:


They say, 'behind every great man there's a great woman', you seem to have got yours with Norma. May the both of you continue to entertain us with stories of your travels for many years to come.


Take care


Angling is more than just catching fish, if it wasn't it would just be called 'catching'......... John

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Very Happy Birthday Dave n035.gif

John S

Quanti Canicula Ille In Fenestra


Species caught in 2017 Common Ash, Hawthorn, Hazel, Scots Pine, White Willow.

Species caught in 2016: Alder, Blackthorn, Common Ash, Crab Apple, Left Earlobe, Pedunculate Oak, Rock Whitebeam, Scots Pine, Smooth-leaved Elm, Swan, Wayfaring tree.

Species caught in 2015: Ash, Bird Cherry, Black-Headed Gull, Common Hazel, Common Whitebeam, Elder, Field Maple, Gorse, Puma, Sessile Oak, White Willow.

Species caught in 2014: Big Angry Man's Ear, Blackthorn, Common Ash, Common Whitebeam, Downy Birch, European Beech, European Holly, Hawthorn, Hazel, Scots Pine, Wych Elm.
Species caught in 2013: Beech, Elder, Hawthorn, Oak, Right Earlobe, Scots Pine.

Species caught in 2012: Ash, Aspen, Beech, Big Nasty Stinging Nettle, Birch, Copper Beech, Grey Willow, Holly, Hazel, Oak, Wasp Nest (that was a really bad day), White Poplar.
Species caught in 2011: Blackthorn, Crab Apple, Elder, Fir, Hawthorn, Horse Chestnut, Oak, Passing Dog, Rowan, Sycamore, Willow.
Species caught in 2010: Ash, Beech, Birch, Elder, Elm, Gorse, Mullberry, Oak, Poplar, Rowan, Sloe, Willow, Yew.

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Congratulations Dave. I have to say, I always knew you were wise in your years but I wouldn't have put money on you being 80. You're right up there as one of my favourite posters because of you knowledge, temperament, humour and very often poetic use of language. I hope you'll be around for many more years to come.



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"I envy not him that eats better meat than I do, nor him that is richer, or that wears better clothes than I do. I envy nobody but him, and him only, that catches more fish than I do"

...Izaac Walton...


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80 is the new 50....well it is with you well done congrats on your birthday and hope you have many more


And there's me thinking that 50 was the new 80 Steve!


Newt "clean living" ! sorry just doesn't register in my brain mate! Im doomed! Despite my (nearly a year now ) "new life style" (NO Kebabs or Diet Coke!) Im still addicted to bread! just that I can only manage two Sandwich Thins at most now else Im extremely ill! Having no stomach has certainly helped the weight (hit a bit of a platau and been stuck around 19 1/2 stone for several months now but never felt so good in years! Diabeties totally controlled and the ME although still present is no where near so deabillitating on a bad day, just the water works and cataracts to get done and they will have completely re built me! Not quite the 6 Billion Dollar man though! But don't fret mate Im not going any where till I can get you and Bobby over here for some GOOD English fishing, and if your not up to it me and bruv will have to jump in those highly uncomfortable Business Class seats again!


Despite monster heavy work hours though Im getting out more than I have been able to for several years and the absence and definite lack of fish seems to have revitalised my drive a bit! Ive allways been keener to fish when I cant catch! But I must admit (despite heavily taking the **** out of them) the likes of Dave, Den and Leon have always left me feeling the utmost respect, not just health or fitness issues but the keenness and drive they still show for our game.... mind you old Newt (once mistaken by a checkout girl in Brass Pro for my father! ) aint no spring chicken and he's still living the "Huckleberry Finn" life style to the full!


Yeagh weve got it wrong all round 80 aint the new 50 or 50 the new 80...................its 70 that's the new 14! As Ive always said "growing old aint optional but growing up is!

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And thats my "non indicative opinion"!

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Happy birthday Dave. If you are ever in Southampton let me know and I'll stand you a pint or two.



The problem isn't what people don't know, it's what they know that just ain't so.
Vaut mieux ne rien dire et passer pour un con que de parler et prouver que t'en est un!
Mi, ch’fais toudis à m’mote

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All the best to you, Dave. :clap:You're only 7 years up on me.


May the fishing tales never diminish; you have brought some excellent ones to these boards and I thank you for it.




Cheers, Bobj.

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Not to far behind you Dave, 76 and still chucking 6oz over 100yds :). Must admit I do wonder when the inevitable will happen and something nasty strikes, but just got a new pair of Zippys so hope it will be a long time coming :)


Got to agree 100% re the wives taking care of us, and by the way............."happy birthday"





"When through the woods and forest glades I wanderAnd hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,And hear the brook, and feel the breeze;and see the waves crash on the shore,Then sings my soul..................

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