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Old 1st Jan 2004, 15:34
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While I think of it, Davaar (and if I may ask the question here without appearing to be hijacking the thread), do the R.C.M.P. actually wear that well-known uniform or is it a thing of the past?
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 16:13
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Negative BD. we never see The Southern Cross here alas, tiz a circumpolar constelation in the southern hemisphere, just as the plough is never visible in the antipodes,nor has one cast eyes on the Magelanic clouds for many years.


Incidently, one claims the prize for the strangest first footers.
One had three of smilies people, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, with whom small white hound fell deeply in love.


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Old 1st Jan 2004, 18:36
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Smilies people, Mr. D?

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Old 1st Jan 2004, 18:58
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I thought Alec Guinness was dead. But it's nice to know that the small white hound has found happiness in the new year.

Mr Davaar, I thought that the point was that they had no horses. Maybe No-horsemen? Or Norsemen for short?

PS Happy new year to everyone.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 19:19
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A soldier a Sailor and a Spy BD.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 20:00
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Errrmmm ... please forgive this poor, ignorant, unworthy Colonial, O Wise One ...

but now I'm completely confused.

Smilies? Soldiers? Spies?

Could this be, perhaps, one of those games like "Mornington Crescent"?

Wanders off to kitchen to make a cup of coffee and ponder the more obtuse and apparently unsolvable mysteries of life.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 20:31
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Ah ok BD, there was a very famous TV series based on a John Le Carre book called.
Tinker Tailor soldier Spy,
George Smilie was the Spy master.
There was also a John Le Carre book called Smilies People.
The Title, Tinker Tailor Spy, is taken from the childs counting rhyme,
Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Richman Poorman Beggerman Thief.
John Le Carre wrote spiffing spy stories.
One shall endeavour to be less obtuse in the future.


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Old 1st Jan 2004, 21:10
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Happy New Year, Miz Blue and Miss singaporegirl and all.

The RCMP do wear the red tunics and the broad brimmed hat on ceremonial occasions. I suppose it has a name like "No 1s, with swords and medals". Usually they wear a brown tunic and a blue cap, with blue breeches, yellow stripe down the seam, and riding boots, not by Choo.

Yes. Mr Drapers's point was indeed that they no longer have horses. Miss s's question, however, was: What are they commonly called? Some imaginatively call them "RCM Police". Rarely do I hear them called "Mounties". They appear not to object to "The Horsemen". The steed of choice is often the Ford Crown Victoria.

Not far from here is their equitation school, where they do have horses and the "Musical Ride" trains its team. Ever seen it? The Musical Ride is worth a visit if puts on the show near you. Neat work with lances.

Piece of trivia. The former minister of my church was a former staff sergeant in the, uh, Horsemen. He tells me that in the horsey days the upper weight limit for recruits (officers, not horses) was 180 lbs. , so really big chaps did not qualify. The horse was expected to put up with only so much.
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Old 1st Jan 2004, 22:24
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Thanks for that, Mr. D. The minute I read that, I remembered that my mother, who was a great le Carre fan, had at least one of these in her collection.

And a happy New Year to you, too, Davaar. It's a shame that's now a ceremonial uniform only but perhaps it would be somewhat impractical for day to day duties. I mean, all that button polishing to do ...

and riding boots, not by Choo.
Manolo Blahnik, perhaps?????

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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 04:05
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I could add, Blue, but I shall not in case anyone complains about my cat, that some variations are now allowed on the theme. After much, shall we say?, constipation, the t*rb*n may now be worn by some members of the Force as part of the ceremonial uniform. Remember, though: you did not hear it from me.
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 04:12
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Doubtless the Northern woods are awash with chaps in similar headgear wearing Check shirts and carrying large choppers over thier shoulders as well Mr Davaar?
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 04:29
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I found 30 quid in the back of the cab that brought me home last night, result
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 05:12
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One is flushed with pride here, theres a prog on about the hundred worst records of all time,all the ones played so far one has liked.
Anything that separates us GOMs from the luuvies and the young, should be a matter of great pride.

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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 05:31
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Manolo Blahnik, perhaps?????
Oooh, Ms Diamond (now there's a handle I can relate to ), have I found a fellow shoe obsessive? I think the boys tolerate my footwear postings with amused indulgence, but, you know, they don't really understand the, well, passion. It would be lovely to have someone with whom I can exchange views on heel heights, snakeskin versus rayskin, and that sort of stuff.

(By the way, Mr Davaar, I suspect Jimmy Choo would be a little strappy for those hunky RC(U)MP types. Also (sorry, Ms D) Manolos. Maybe Kenneth Cole? I got a lovely pair of suede ankle boots in the sale, but he does men's shoes as well. Yes, I know suede isn't terribly practical with all the rain we get, but I just can't resist. I don't suppose you have these problems in WA, Ms D - you can wear suede as often as you like, though it might not be very practical for surfing. )

Oh dear, now I've revealed just how shallow I am. Just as well Biggles isn't around: he'd be turned into an instant grump.
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 05:46
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We must not be too hasty, Miss singaporegirl. Some of those hunky RC (U) MP men are in fact ladies, and one might not be astonished to see a designer line in footwear evolve. I recall one client, a traditionalist as you might expect, who rather resisted being arrested. He could live, he said, with the cautionary
phrase "Hey you Mac!", but his amour propre was offended by "Yoo-Hoo!".

As to familiarity with the product, I was engaged many years ago to a lovely lady, but the day came when I just could not visit yet another shoe shop in the greater Montreal area with her. It is to her that I owe my encyclopaedic knowledge of the dialogue in Sound of Music.
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 05:56
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Heres Drapes in his favorite suede winkle pickers singaporegirl, the photo was taken a couple of years ago.

http://groups.msn.com/LatinFlyersAir...to&PhotoID=303


They don't make em like that anymore.
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 06:16
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Well, Mr Draper, what a sharp dresser you are. And might I enquire who is the beehived lady next to you? Are those slingbacks she is wearing? And isn’t that Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background?

By coincidence, Mr Davaar, The Sound of Music was on TV over here this afternoon. I am sorry to hear that the film caused an earlier relationship of yours to founder – I, too, was very fond of the film when I was a child. I used to wander all over the house singing Do Re Mi. However, when I got older (about 10), I decided that I preferred the Baroness – she had better frocks.
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 06:24
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Yes, Miss singaporegirl, I wonder where she is today.

The movie presented me with dificulties. I could never understand why Miss Andrews got so wound up about a Lonely Gopher; years later I realised it was a goatherd. Eventually, the only one I could stand in the cast was the young fellow in the, ummm, Boy Scout shirt. He alone seemed to have taken his insulin.
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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 06:25
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Not many Norman Castles in Sydney, singapore girl, but that was the bridge the sydney harbour one was copied from, and built a few miles down the coast incidently,the antipodeans not being skilled in such work in those days, the only metal work they were familier with tended to be sperical in configuration and connected to their ankles by a chain.
The ladies name was Liz if I recal, err can't really remember the species of ladies shoes, twernt really my field in those days.
One does recal she had spiffing legs though.
PS, we were all sharp dressers in the olden days, you will note that the suits actually fitted one in those days.



Wow ! just heard a splendid phrase on Grumpy Old Men.

"Oleagenous C list Celebs"

Damm! thats good, must remember that one, it sort of rolls off the tongue

"Begone you Oleagenous little tick"

ooops ! sorry just practicing.

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Old 2nd Jan 2004, 06:56
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Its really really hard to nail diarrhea to a wall.

I have a fade on my cap that makes it look like it is really old. But its not.
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