Stoic's bioI was born in Derbyshire, emigrated to New Zealand in 1957, returned in 1961 married and returned to NZ in 1966. It's a long story but I eventually obtained my own dairy farm in the Waikato region in 1979. I am now an old dodderer and do woodwork in a shed which is my second home.I make blackboards and sell them all over the country on line. Would love to hear from anybody young or old on all manner of subjects. I am inclined to be conservative but my roots tell me I've got it wrong!
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6th Jul 2015Stoic commented on:
Old AgeEnjoyed your poem Mick, friends popping by or people you meet on the road with a smile all make your day.ViewDate:
7th May 2015Stoic commented on:
UK and the EU: Better off out or in?Why shouldn't Britain be able to survive in the world at large on its own? Is it supposed that the countries of Europe that have been trading with the UK to their advantage, will suddenly stop trading? I'm to the thinking that the EU will be decidedly worse off than what the UK will be. In the event of a withdrawal from Europe many MPs will have to pull their finger out and really start working. No longer will they be able to sit back and let the supposed free market do the work for them. It would mean more energetically streamed trading bodies out in the world pushing what Britain has to sell. More energised regrouping of Britain's exportable industries. Making it a decidedly disadvantage to allow overseas companies to sweep the field in home sales. I am sure it would be a more exciting time to have the nations workers and industrial sector working toward a really resurgent period. Knowing it is up to them to restart the engines and get cracking.Stoic commented on:
Speakers Corner CommentsYou daydreams have the privilege of being the first person to make contact since I have visited this web site. Thank you for that. The weather here is very blustery, showers, and quite miserable really!!! It is still quite mild though, will start to get a bit more chilly next month I guess. We have had a very good summer so can't grumble at all. Although it was drought conditions for some farmers at one stage. Even now in the South Island the weather has gone from being dry to having snow. We live on the slopes of the Kaimai Range in the North Island, we have a part view of the sea looking towards Tauranga, and a part view of native bush. Nice to hear from you daydreams, ta ta for now.Stoic commented on:
Speakers Corner CommentsNo you are not being a grumpy old woman! It would appear to me there is a cross section of society who purposefully go out of their way to insult the ones who try by example to stand by their cultural inheritance, of which unmistakeably they have seen to work through their lifetime. It is up to people to stand by what they deem is a correct way to run their lives and not let others dictate to them a slovenly misappropriate way to present themselves. There is no father figure out there who will protect us from this brutish, crude, and uncivilised actions. No one has ever told them or suggested to them how cheap and nasty they are. Stick to your guns daydreams and write and complain to your MP, or to the party you think is way over the top.Stoic commented on:
Is it important to know how to use grammar correctly?Yes it's important. But before I ramble on, I must stress how poor I am at this important language structure. I often stand corrected by my wife and my two daughter, who could I'm sure, have been school teachers. Being far from an academic myself in the educational sense, I do a fair amount of reading and am sure this has a large influence on how things are supposed to be put together. Nothing strikes you more than a bolt from the blue than to read a letter or at least some script of some sort and find it is littered with inaccuracies. You are immediately brought to the fact that this person has somehow missed out on some basic English lessons. Or have become so lazy and indifferent to how the language should be used, so betraying to all they correspond with how uncaring and untidy they are. Showing how perhaps they are to other things, not only writing.ViewDate:
28th Apr 2015Stoic commented on:
Should households pay a universal flat-rate fee regardless of whether they own a TV?It is amazing to me that the whole of the people of the United Kingdom contribute to a quasi political organisation in the payment of its TV licencing fee. That the BBC sees fit to voice an opinion (surreptitiously to be sure), when it is supposed to be above putting forward even a view. Reporters over the years have virtually installed a set posture for the country, making it very hard to disseminate the truth through what the main media have put across. Of course the BBC have top class programs, I have no argument with this. But some overseas reporting, or at least, it's acquisition of material and it's interpretation, in my opinion, is extremely suspect.ViewDate:
26th Apr 2015Stoic commented on:
What book are you currently reading?The book I am currently reading is "The Ancient Giants who Ruled America" by Richard J. Dewhurst. The missing skeletons and the great Smithsonian cover-up. It is especially interesting to me since I had never heard of these really ancient people called the mound builders. The mounds used as burial places are scattered throughout the United States are of differing sizes, some small and some very large indeed. The people evidently had no obvious relationship with the present native Indian population. They were extremely tall and well built, standing from seven to nine feet tall and over. Their civilisation goes back to 10,000 BCE, they mined copper and were very skilled in its treatment to make tools. As yet in the book it is not known what fate it was that overtook them. I am spellbound that the powers that be have never made a seriously study of this subject. The book is mainly made up of newspaper reports of diggings and recovery of artefacts and skeletons of these giants that existed so long ago. :-?ViewDate:
25th Apr 2015Stoic commented on:
Can women still be gorgeous and sexy at over 50 years old?Of course women can be gorgeous and sexy after age 60. But the worse thing a woman can do, in my humble opinion, no matter what age they are, is to pile on too much make-up.ViewDate:
23rd Apr 2015Stoic commented on:
Should smoking be brought back into pubs?When the decision has been made, how can you go back on it? There are plenty of more serious questions to be asked and given more serious debate than bringing back smoking in pubs. Any out door parts of a drinking establishment is another matter, which is no different than the street itself. Mixed with fresh air surely is the only way to be friendly with smokers who are smoking.ViewDate:
23rd Apr 2015Stoic commented on:
Should Jeremy Clarkson be sacked or reinstated?I stopped watching Top Gear regularly some time ago. Still pause and have look see when browsing through the programs on offer - as is my habit - when I have control of the remote! Parts, I like, when they are home in the hanger, or whatever the building is. I never know the personalities that are interviewed, or care how well they have done on the racetrack. Always thought JC did very well in these little chats, and as often as not gave away the laughs to his guest. I just loved his shear joy and knowledge of cars. His raising a certain car to his seemingly best ever in his trial run, then finally tells us it's a really bad apple, and can't find a good thing right to say about it. Recently I heard he had been offered a part in a discussion type program with the BBC. Now I thought this an ideal part for Jeremy Clarkson. His straight forward, often common sense opinions. This could be tapped and for once give this avenue of his intellect to be voiced where it has a chance to flower and prosper among the liberal leftist and dead end comedians of the BBC, who have it too much to themselves.ViewDate:
22nd Apr 2015Stoic commented on:
Who says the over 50s are past it?Back in 1963 when smallholding in east Lincolnshire we traded our A40 pickup for a more modern and extremely economical Mini van. It served two purposes, first to get me to work, and second to take the like of weaner pigs, rabbits and poultry to market. This light weight stock it could manage very well but tended to steam up a bit with the pigs. I always found the mini remarkably roomy, those door pockets held a ton of stuff. Thanks for your article, sounds fun.
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