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  1. Not really. I know one old chap here, who has contributed to three superannuation schemes over the years, only to have each go belly up before he could get his entitlements. And he is not bitter, why, I don't understand.
  2. A lot of attention being paid to this googoo thing. Wot is it?
  3. It comes from women having to have the moral authority, it's all they've got, no strength, speed or logic, only the ability to make a man feel he is wrong.
  4. MooNoi you lovely piggy: Often you have to let people dig their own holes, if you try and dissuade them, they won't let you watch, and then you can't give them a hand up and out. On another track, though similar, a friend I have, has the following quandary: spend the next 20 or so years, quietly sliding into decay, with the opportunity of one or two affairs, perhaps some local hookers and the expensive but impersonal service that they give, Or, grab as much cash as possible, the next plane to LOS, and live like a king for the next year, maybe 18 months. When the money's gone - swan dive. So a long grey existence with precious little Sanuk. Or a year or so of bliss. As Mr Neil Young opined, it's better to burn out than to fade away. It really does depend where your head is, your head is in a good place, your friend maybe in another. Cheers Coss
  5. Yes, I don't want to have to talk about the buckets o' lanolin, too personal.
  6. I've told you before about releasing our private info, if the rest find out we'll have to teach them, can't have that...
  7. I agree, I am all for older and esp. fat women going after younger guys. Anything to keep them away from me. Imagine the head case a woman would have to be, being old fat ugly and attracted to someone who looks like me. Le the young guys have 'em, good luck!. Coss
  8. I've always wanted to scope Yaowarat, let us know how you get on
  9. By David Crary Kiwis and Aussies most generous in the world NEW YORK - Australia and New Zealand shared first place in a first-of-its kind survey ranking 153 nations on the willingness of their citizens to donate time and money to charity. China ranked near the bottom, barely higher than last-place Madagascar. The report, released overnight by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation, showed striking variations in charitable behaviour around the world. For example, it found that only 4 per cent of Lithuanians gave money to charity, compared with 83 per cent of people in Malta; 61 per cent of people in Turkmenistan did volunteer work, compared with 2 per cent of Cambodians. The overall rankings were a composite of three categories - the percentage of people who donated money, donated time and helped a stranger in the month prior to being surveyed. Australia and New Zealand topped the index with an average score of 57 per cent, trailed by Canada and Ireland at 56 per cent, and the United States and Switzerland at 55 per cent. Several of the world's most populous countries were near the bottom of the index - including India in 134th place, Russia in 138th and China in 147th. Only 4 per cent of Chinese people donate their time to charity, and only 6 per cent of Russians donate money, according to the survey. In the West African nation of Liberia, only 8 per cent of the population give money to charity every month, yet 76 per cent regularly help a stranger - more than any other country. Overall, among all those surveyed worldwide, 20 per cent volunteered time in the month prior to being interviewed, 30 per cent donated money, and 45 per cent helped a stranger. For the US, the figures were 60 per cent donating money, 39 per cent volunteering time and 65 per cent helping a stranger. "Many countries at the bottom of the list benefit enormously from US philanthropy," said Susan Saxon-Harrold, CEO of Charities Aid Foundation America. "It's important that Americans continue to build up indigenous philanthropy in countries such as China, Russia and India." The report was based primarily on data from Gallup's WorldView World Poll, an ongoing research project carried out in 153 countries accounting for 95 per cent of the world's population. In most countries surveyed, 1,000 questionnaires were completed - in telephone and face-to-face interviews - by a representative sample of individuals living in urban centers. Margins of error ranged from plus or minus 5.3 percentage points in Lithuania to plus or minus 2.6 percentage points in India. Link
  10. They've got 17 football hooligans lined up to be the foreign troublemakers/scapegoats
  11. Due to the massive amount of interest. herein an update: Christchurch residents just want the shaking to stop, as dozens of aftershocks further damage not only the community's fragile emotional state, but buildings and infrastructure as well. People around the region were kept awake by a series of strong aftershocks on Monday night including one of magnitude 5.2 and two of 5.4. Further aftershocks hit last night. The region was rocked by a further five aftershocks in the early hours of this morning, the largest of which was 4.6 on the Richter scale at 12.41am. It was followed by a 3.7 quake at 3.47am, a 4.5 at 3.59am, another 3.7 at 6.09am and a 3.5 just fifteen minutes later. All the quakes had an epicentre within 30km of Darfield and had a focal depth of 15km or less. Shake and Stir
  12. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judy_Garland
  13. Christchurch, NZ's second largest city, situated on the east coast of the South Island about halfway up. Wide spread damage of the kind shown in L'Kings photo. Cracks all over the city, water and liquefaction of land prominent. Three serious injuries, couple of hundred minor injuries, no deaths. Most building damage is bricks falling off and out of older, sometimes 100 year old structures. Most domestic dwellings have been damaged, in a minor way though some have lost roof or part thereof. Gale Force winds and Storm expected today. Temperature 4 Celsius over night, water and power returning to most of the city. The reason we are not looking at thousands of deaths is the quake hit at 4:30 am and we don't build our houses to fall down, like they do in some countries. Never the less, we'd welcome millions and millions in aid from the countries who've been recipients of our aid in the past ( this last is a tongue in cheek joke ) I am in Auckland and effectively as far away from the scene as you lot in Thailand, watching the local TV and talking to friends, this disaster has been minimal in human cost, but still, just about every house will need repairs, though they have all, by and large survived, and there are widespread 1m cracks in the ground. This was a big quake, but for our overly protective building regulations there'd be many deaths. Coss
  14. Aaaaahhhh.... there you are
  15. Drink? My rellies in Surin are having a hard time finding the local whiskies in the shops since DS moved up that way...
  16. I was caned when I was a student, did me no harm, look what a fine, overweight, alcoholic, whore monger I've become!
  17. Well an update is in order, I got the loss down to 14 Kilos but I've put 2 back on, just waiting for a particularly aggressive bout of gout to stabilise and then it's back into it, 10 Kg is the goal this time.
  18. I'm in a constant state of ridiculous.
  19. Because it's a young person who one might imagine, has a future, possibly a bright one, I too say it's sad. But sometimes, t'were circumstances different, it could be improving the gene pool.
  20. Coss

    Ruling needed

    And now to get our minds back on track, a simple lesson in html:
  21. Police in NZ have been doing this for years, but generally only for crims.
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