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    Help Please....What did this??????

    RONNIE PICKERING
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    Help Please....What did this??????

    Chris Packham
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    Old boxing matches

    I have had this on my shelves for many years and enjoy re-reading it from time to time. Published in 1971 and has some nice historical photographs in it as well as accounts of big fights.
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    Old boxing matches

    The best film that I have ever watched was Jaws. I would not argue the case that it is the best film ever made but at the time, the first time I watched it at the pictures, it was the best thing that I had seen. I would say that the best boxing match for me has similar personal feelings. Not the best ever but the best that I experienced. 1995 Frank Bruno v Oliver McCall, WBC title. Lennox Lewis became WBC champion in 1994. Before that no Britain had held a World Heavyweight title since Bob Fitzsimons in 1889. We had came close a few times but no cigar. Lennox was given the title because the holder, Riddick Bowe, refused to fight him. Lennox went on to lose it to McCall. The Bruno v McCall fight went the distance. I will never forget the announcement " ...and the NEW heavyweight champion of the world..." . It still makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck to this day. It felt as though an Englishman had eventually won it. I vaguely remember that Herbie Hide held the WBO title in 1995 but it did not have the same impact to me, at the time.
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    British D-Day Memorial

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    British D-Day Memorial

    You can ask the question. I have no answer. Having the freedom to ask the question may be the answer?
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    British D-Day Memorial

    I could write more about Arthur (Mick) but I am not a writer. I also regret that I did not make a record at the time of the things that he told me. Why would I? Something that I wanted to get over was that he bored people for years, but did not care. The stories that he had that would impress people, he kept to himself. I was just lucky that I pissed him off on that day and after that, sometimes, occasionally, he would share them.
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    British D-Day Memorial

    When I see questions asked as to how remember those who fought for us, but also the respect that we give to them when they are still alive, a gentleman that I used to know comes to mind. I met him when he started to walk his fat JRT on the tracks around a farm that I used to kennel my dogs on. There were quite a few "yards", pigeon lofts etc.. that the owner rented out to us. Most of the lads used to avoid this old guy. At the time he was short and fat and really liked to talk. If you crossed his path on the way to see the dogs or whatever before or after work then the it would mess up your time schedule. His favourite tales were from the land we were on, was once a large country estate. He was born on the estate. We were born and lived on the very large council estate that now covered most of what was there in the past. He would talk of how things used to be and had knowledge of old farming practices and machinery. I found him as boring as everyone else did but could put up with him. I also knew the breeding of his fat JRT (local bred) and would not have minded if my JRT dog happened line her. Then one day, just trying to change the conversation as I was walking up to my "yard" I casually mentioned a TV programme that I had seen the night before on Japanese POW camps. PC/lefty liberal stuff on why they did what they did because of their different interpretation of honour and cowardice. Then the little fat gentleman exploded. No more quaint stories about old ploughing techniques, he started with "listen son, I will tell you about honour and cowardice!". He signed up at the outbreak of WW2 with Durham Light Infantry. Was in Singapore when it fell. Got out on his own. Somehow ended up with Royal Gloucestershire Regiment. Got captured and ended up in a Japanese POW camp. Escaped. Back in GB was determined to get back into it. Got himself fit and volunteered to for Chintis. And then his war really started and my reason for writing this. After the war he and his wife went to USA every year. They were invited by the 101 Society. This is an American association set up to honour their ex servicemen, particularly airbourn/special services. My old friend worked with US special forces as a Chintit in Burma. That was recorded and never forgotten. Every year until he was no longer able to attend they not only invited him, and his wife, but paid for everything so that he could attend. Now that is respect. That silly boring old man with his fat dog, I am so pleased I gave him the time of day because he contributed to my education. One last thing, his name was Arthur but the yanks called him Mick as they thought his Geordie accent was Irish
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    Old Photo's

    My apologies for the poor quality of this image. The original was not very good and I was given this even worse quality picture from the cousin who owns the original. It is of a great uncle of mine and, if you can make it out, one of his Bedlingtons. Even given the fact that all the family members that I met from that era were small in height, probably due to poor nutrition before they became of a working age and then the working age was before they were out of their teens more than genetics, the dog looks big. I have studied this image many times and reckon it to be at least 16" and probably around the 26 lb mark. The old Bedlingtons had more substance to them than the modern breed. Not the sort of terrier that would be ideal to push on to a fox in tight places. I do however believe that this was the type that the men of yesterday considered had something to offer as an outcross/new blood from time to time.
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    Old Photo's

    Called Duke
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    Old Photo's

    Could you not ask a less emotive question, such as how to put an end to war and world poverty? Anyone trying to answer your question could well start a war of words on here :-). Obviously there will be bull and (God forbid) Russell in some terriers around today that we would class as Patterdales. There will also be men who hand on heart can say that they have had Patts for generations and added nothing to the original dogs that they started with. Black and smooth terriers were around before the famous dogs of Mr. Braey and Buck, as we all know, but I think most would agree that the whole "Patterdale" thing started with them. What was in their dogs? Why were they seen to be an improvement on the Fell, Border/Lakeland or Russell types that everyone had else prior to this? If anyone knows then they have never shared that knowledge with those that don't. Not publically.
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    Old Photo's

    To me Topsy looks like a Sealyham type
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    Labs

    I haven't read all this thread but have seen a few references to dog aggressive Labs. I have found this to be an increasing problem over the last 10 year or so. Not gundogs, but situations where people decide to walk the family pet. I try to avoid places where family pets are being walked but every year it becomes increasingly more difficult as they become ever more adventurous in the places that they go. I put it down to successful show dogs that have been offered to public stud that carry this fault but don't know for sure. Interesting to hear that people on the other side of the world have noticed this problem in Labs though. Labs seem to be the breed of choice at the moment as family pets, but I don't think that is just a case of bad socialisation. Staffords and Boxers also seem to be very popular at the moment but I have not found dog aggression to be a problem in these breeds, even though it would be more to be expected. Westies and Miniature Schnauzers being the other problem breeds but given their size it not such a concern.
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    Old Photo's

    I have posted this before on THL but have always loved the photograph. I find it interesting on several levels. Not least being the quality of the terriers. I have no doubt that they were the Fox Terrier of the day. How could breeders and judges of the present Fox Terrier compare the dogs in this picture with their own and think that they have improved them? To me it beggars belief.
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    saying mike ashly has sold nufc

    Could be a while before there’s dancing by the banks of the slightly wide almost impressive Wear when it comes to football matters...not my concern.
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