A caravan salesman from Bridlington Yorksire , who is an amateur poker player entered a tournament in Las Vegas and finished fourth winning $2million dollars. He normally just played for fun but beat experienced professionals. He was either very lucky or the top players arent as good as they think they!

There has been huge queues at European airports this week as security has been tightened. Passports are being checked much more thoroughly. I know iot is just into the school holidays here but some people have even missed connections checks have taken so long. My worry is that this will become the norm when we finally leave the EU!

British Gas is increasing electricity bills by 12.5% next month as wholesale prices are actually falling. Concidering wages are only increasing by 2% this is going to cause hardship next winter. Before the general election Theresa May promised to cap energy bills. So that was another false promise!

The North east of England has always been a forgotten region in England until we joined the EU. European businesses contribute £9 billion to the regions economy  every year. So when we leave we will hugely lose out. As Labour governments in the past have taken the regions political support for granted and the Tories have ignored us as we have never given them any support we will be left in limbo yet again.. Oh and by the way a lot of the region voted to come out of Europe. When the largest employer is Nissan it didnt make sense! I feel the future is bleak for this region.

Humour. Fighter pilots in stressful conditions release such large amounts of hormones that they may ejaculate.

When Danes pose for photographs they say”orange”, the Chiese say “aubergine2 and the Germans say “ant shit”

Bananas are considered unlucky on fishing boats.

in 2009 a search of Loch Ness for the Loch Ness monster located 100,000 golf balls. I didnt know the monster played golf!

I dnt think i have mentioned in the past Im a member of an organization called U3A, or the University of the third age. It is not related to to a specific but to a period in one’s life, after the second age of full time employment and financial responsibilities. It is a registered charity but it is set up for educational purposes rather social activities. I the uk it is growing rapidly and now has over a thousand branches with more than 390,000 members. I am vice chairman of the Whitley Bay branch. We have over 300 members and have various groups such as:- Archaeology, Art Appreciation, Walking, local History, Play reading, Natural World, Psychology, Creative Writing, a Theatre Group and Jazz Appreciation and others. We normally meet once a month in the groups. Whilst most people are retired we are all still keen to learn and what we lack in skills we tend to make up for in enthusiasm. So no matter how old you are there are still opportunities to learn new things.

Poem attached       NEVER SAY NEVER


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