Mal­colm Smith and his past

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My dear James,

Mr. Weiss/wise/mann, the Costa Blanca Wal­ter Mitty scribe, has di­rected his phe­nom­e­nal fan­ta­sis­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions tool in my di­rec­tion again.

Whilst wax­ing about some of my past-pub­lished gig­gles he has added his own bits once more. This time he has got his teeth into an­other no/no, - teeth and my first den­tal ap­point­ment in Spain, which in­ci­den­tally has not oc­curred yet.

Ac­cord­ing to Wil­fried, the work per­formed on my den­tures led me to the con­clu­sion that the den­tist laid the foun­da­tion for his own old age pen­sion.

What a de­vi­ous mind he must have and such cre­ativ­ity!

I have never used a den­tal sur­geon in Spain… nor do I have den­tures de­spite my longevity. The last time I used a den­tal sur­geon was at New­ton Le Wil­lows, South Lan­cashire, in 1977. Need­less to say I am gasp­ing for breath, await­ing Wilf’s next mag­nif­i­cently ex­cit­ing rev­e­la­tions of my past ad­ven­tures. Heaven knows, I might have wres­tled with a po­lar bear when I was in Alaska…. or was it an Eskimo in Siberia! All agog, Malc Smith Novem­ber 29 By email dreamed of. I was raised in one of the USA's “Bi­ble Belts” so I was very naive to the real world. This is our so­ci­ety and we must all ad­just to the “chang­ing Times”, which Mr. Smith ap­par­ently can­not man­age to ac­cept. The old phase, “Don't Shoot the Mes­sen­ger” comes to mind when you write about these changes. Your writ­ers are only re­port­ing and com­ment­ing on the way things are to­day. I do hope that Mr. Smith has a good Christ­mas hol­i­day in spite of his dif­fi­culty in ac­cept­ing the world as it is now.

Thank you, Paul Arnold, for the ar­ti­cle on cell phones. I mar­vel at see­ing a group of young sit­ting to­gether at a ta­ble and hav­ing cof­fee and ALL are on their phones! Why bother to get to­gether? I can­not un­der­stand how peo­ple man­aged for years be­fore the cell phones to talk to one an­other, as now there is a huge im­por­tance in con­tin­u­ally call­ing to talk any­where any time. Of course, this is a ‘gold­mine’ to the phone com­pa­nies ring­ing up the prof­its.

In some quar­ters, Merry Christ­mas is not in or­der, so, also Happy Hol­i­day Sea­son to all of you

Sin­cerely, Robert Al­li­son

By Email Novem­ber 30 Per­se­ver­ance: ‘Per­sis­tence in do­ing some­thing de­spite dif­fi­culty or de­lay in achiev­ing suc­cess’. Well done Europe! Af­ter nearly a thou­sand years, you have achieved suc­cess. The sub­ju­ga­tion of Great Bri­tain – a once proud and in­de­pen­dent coun­try. A coun­try who sur­ren­dered to you without much of a fight. They can hardly be­lieve it would be so easy. Nor could some sev­en­teen mil­lion vot­ers. So, wel­come to re­al­ity: serf­dom. Di­vide and con­quer was the tool. And a gag­gle of cab­i­net min­is­ters, se­nior law­mak­ers, and PR spe­cial­ists, the ex­e­cu­tion­ers. The ring­leader, in­dif­fer­ent to main­stream voter’s wishes, boasts that a na­tional in­ter­est was at stake, and in­sists that this was the only so­lu­tion; ig­nor­ing the fact that there were other views to the con­trary.

It’s a sad day for democ­racy when cit­i­zens are de­lib­er­ately set against one an­other be­cause of dif­fer­ing view­points – and on such a vast scale. Sad­der still is the out­come of our fu­ture, over which we have no say, for we Ex­pats have lost our right to vote.

Once again, our coun­try stands alone against the might of Europe, but this time with a di­vided king­dom – Brex­iters v Re­main­ers – there are no win­ners in this kind of civil war. Only a United King­dom can gather enough strength to fight for its sov­er­eign sur­vival. But it needs a leader too.

Derek M Sta­ples A sad­dened 86-year-old re­tiree

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