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Jun 16th 2019, 1:34 am
Replies: 121
Views: 11,384
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Meanwhile in Florida

Not all land in Florida is expensive! 100 sq ft for $9K... Check it out....
Jun 14th 2019, 5:51 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 877
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Ticket to the Cayman Islands (from the UK)

You got lucky, Londoner! Maybe your employer has a good connection...
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As for whether you will enjoy it or not. We came here for three years in our late 30s (40 years ago), and stayed because it...
Jun 14th 2019, 4:28 am
Replies: 21
Views: 877
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Ticket to the Cayman Islands (from the UK)

That made me smile, remembering when I was a young lad in an Australian town. We always made a point of driving home from a party at three or four miles an hour above the legal speed-limit, on the...
Forum: Caribbean
Jun 14th 2019, 4:23 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: cruise ships

This is a recent article by a well respected former President of the Cayman Chamber of Commerce - well respected compared with our ruling politicians and their backers of the proposed...
Forum: Germany
Jun 10th 2019, 5:16 am
Replies: 9
Views: 344
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Berlin

Yes, you're quite right, scot; but I count it as West Germany because I drove out on one of the three permitted autobahns without a hitch, and was not stamped out or held up at all when I finally...
Forum: Germany
Jun 10th 2019, 1:04 am
Replies: 9
Views: 344
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Berlin

Those were the days eh, scot! In 1963 I hitched over to Hamburg and bought a used VW Beetle and drove it to Berlin, where I met up with a chum and we drove back to London. Next visit was in '65, in...
Jun 10th 2019, 12:42 am
Replies: 163
Views: 15,012
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Boeing 737 Max 8

As far as I recall, if an airline books you with a short connection time it must honour the ticket. (If you miss the connection, they must carry you on the next flight with no charge.) That's always...
Forum: Caribbean
Jun 7th 2019, 6:39 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 3,183
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

Another thing I had to get used to in Cayman was the perception that "evening" begins at noon. In every other English-speaking place I'd been to, the greeting "Good evening" was left until around...
Forum: Caribbean
Jun 4th 2019, 8:58 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 152
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Travel to Cuba

Sadly, The Evil Empire is imposing a partial boycott on Cuba again, according to this report. That's good news for other cruise ports-of-call in the western Caribbean, of course - Cayman, Jamaica,...
Forum: Caribbean
Jun 4th 2019, 6:35 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 3,183
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Caribbean slang

I presume this thread is still alive, since there is no notice that it's not. So, read on...

When we first came to Cayman forty years ago as a white male foreigner I was often addressed (to my...
Jun 3rd 2019, 4:35 am
Replies: 183
Views: 7,332
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Anti-semitism - is it on the rise in Europe?

I had to look up "Godwin's Law", and had to smile at its meaning. Very well spotted, Steve. But where does the fiver come in?
Jun 3rd 2019, 4:18 am
Replies: 11
Views: 406
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: 15% service charge

When we first came here in 1978 the 15% "gratuity" was fairly common at tourist restaurants but not elsewhere (as far as I can recall). But since then it has gradually spread to everywhere except...
Forum: The Lounge
Jun 3rd 2019, 1:46 am
Replies: 35
Views: 1,897
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: English idiom around the world

I would argue that a wodge is rather less disciplined than a wedge - less well defined. A wedge has a shape, surely: like those things you stick (wedge!) under a door to stop it rattling; a wodge is...
Jun 1st 2019, 8:55 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,395
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Cruise Pier. Yes or No?

The anti-piers movement has garnered enough signatures against the project to force a referendum, but the signatures now all have to be authenticated. There is some fear among government workers that...
Forum: The Lounge
Jun 1st 2019, 3:49 pm
Replies: 108
Views: 4,130
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Men and their clothing choices

OK. I've never heard of flip-flops being called sandals before.
In Australia when I lived there flip-flops were called "thongs" - and I think they still are, in some parts. Which led to some...
Jun 1st 2019, 3:47 am
Replies: 12
Views: 986
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Proud of my wife!

It may be an Australian thing, and/or a generational thing, but as a youthful Aussie and ready to travel and see the world, I was asked from time to time by grandparents (born in Oz), when I was...
Forum: The Lounge
Jun 1st 2019, 3:35 am
Replies: 108
Views: 4,130
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Men and their clothing choices

Cruise-ship passengers don't go out of their way to dress up when they're wandering the streets of their ports-of-call, so I will draw no universal conclusion from my observation... but every one of...
May 29th 2019, 3:22 am
Replies: 183
Views: 7,332
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Anti-semitism - is it on the rise in Europe?

Boiler, you seem to be equating anti-semitism with anti-Israel. As I have noted - and probably others have too; I can't remember - this is a deliberate redefinition of the term as it has...
May 29th 2019, 2:35 am
Replies: 183
Views: 7,332
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Anti-semitism - is it on the rise in Europe?

I can't see anybody trying to push the Jews into a homogeneous bucket, at all. There are at least two major, major divisions - those who are blindly loyal to Israel and everything it does, and those...
May 28th 2019, 11:46 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,395
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Cruise Pier. Yes or No?

And more fierce jostling by the boatloads full of visitors to get close enough to the tribe of semi-tame stingrays to feed them. Ah well, common sense flies out the window when people in authority...
May 28th 2019, 11:41 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 1,395
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Cruise Pier. Yes or No?

It will take government a l-o-n-g time to authenticate all the signatories. When I signed, nobody checked my ID or whether I was qualified to vote. And it's taken the best part of a year to get the...
May 27th 2019, 3:19 pm
Replies: 183
Views: 7,332
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Anti-semitism - is it on the rise in Europe?

They have been fantastically successful, surely. In most Western nations, they have influence way, way, beyond what would be warranted by their numbers. And their influence is growing by the week -...
May 27th 2019, 3:14 pm
Replies: 183
Views: 7,332
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Anti-semitism - is it on the rise in Europe?

If he is a Jew, then he is in the tribe called "Jews". What else? (Those Biblical "tribes" were probably what we usually call clans.)
May 27th 2019, 2:07 pm
Replies: 183
Views: 7,332
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: Anti-semitism - is it on the rise in Europe?

What it means is that the Jews (as a general statement) are a tribal society - far and away the most successful tribe in history. The gypsies are tribal too. Historically, most tribes coalesce to...
May 26th 2019, 11:29 pm
Replies: 2,345
Views: 82,253
Posted By Gordon Barlow

Re: The 2018-2019 Football Thread

All true, Mike, but you were missing my point. In most footballing codes, there are specialists who aren't much good as all-rounders. In Rugby League, for instance, a great many wingers seem to loaf...
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