Author Topic: Captain Tom  (Read 3225 times)

Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #50 on: April 18, 2020, 05:22:38 am »
I see that the Collosal Bell End cornered Hancock about MP's following the NZ line and taking a pay cut.

As you'd expect, Hancock came out of it looking like the miserable, tight, uncaring , greedy bastard that I consider him and his tory colleagues to be.

For once, well done Morgan.

When I posted this

https://www.change.org/p/boris-johnson-a-rejection-of-the-mp-s-10000-corona-virus-working-from-home-allowance?use_react=false

The reaction seemed to be that our 'ardwerkin' representatives needed more more money rather than less.
Oh well..
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #51 on: April 18, 2020, 10:40:40 am »
I think there is a difference between the MP salary and the support to provide equipment for their support staff to WFH.

perhaps we should just furlough parliament?

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #52 on: April 18, 2020, 01:29:51 pm »
I think there is a difference between the MP salary and the support to provide equipment for their support staff to WFH.

perhaps we should just furlough parliament?

Isn't that called a dictatorship?

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #53 on: April 18, 2020, 03:39:01 pm »
I think there is a difference between the MP salary and the support to provide equipment for their support staff to WFH.

perhaps we should just furlough parliament?

Isn't that called a dictatorship?

J
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #54 on: April 30, 2020, 06:07:09 am »
Then leapfrog him to Honorary Colonel, he can have one of Harry's

Ahem, news this morning reports a birthday promotion.

Colonel Tom it is :thumbsup:
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #55 on: April 30, 2020, 07:24:31 am »
Wasn't Colonel Tom Elvis Presley's manager?

Back to reality (reality TV more like), it must be the dream autumn of one's life to raise so much money for charity, have a no. 1 single, get a promotion and 140,000 birthday cards, have an RAF fly-by, hava a train names after him and, I hear, there are rumours of an OBE or similar. I am so pleased for him.

Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #56 on: April 30, 2020, 09:49:21 am »
Wasn't Colonel Tom Elvis Presley's manager?

Back to reality (reality TV more like), it must be the dream autumn of one's life to raise so much money for charity, have a no. 1 single, get a promotion and 140,000 birthday cards, have an RAF fly-by, hava a train names after him and, I hear, there are rumours of an OBE or similar. I am so pleased for him.

I'm going to put my curmudgeons hat on,

It all feels rather like a distraction, lets face it there are loads of people who have volunteered for years supported charity's, the country, etc that never receive any recognition and then this chap comes along a walks up and down his garden and raises millions because well I don't know, and suddenly gets a fly past, military honours, public recognition, and now possibly a gong.

I am a cynic, and wear my cynics badge with pride but we can move on now the things done, leave the old boy alone or there'll be a petition to make him pm soon.

And the number 1 single is bloody awful which reminds why I stopped paying any attention to charts years ago, it's just trying to squeeze as much out of something folks have found to latch onto as possible.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #57 on: April 30, 2020, 09:54:44 am »

These weren’t for me then.


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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #58 on: April 30, 2020, 09:55:55 am »

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #59 on: April 30, 2020, 10:28:57 am »
Wasn't Colonel Tom Elvis Presley's manager?

Back to reality (reality TV more like), it must be the dream autumn of one's life to raise so much money for charity, have a no. 1 single, get a promotion and 140,000 birthday cards, have an RAF fly-by, hava a train names after him and, I hear, there are rumours of an OBE or similar. I am so pleased for him.

I'm going to put my curmudgeons hat on,

It all feels rather like a distraction, lets face it there are loads of people who have volunteered for years supported charity's, the country, etc that never receive any recognition and then this chap comes along a walks up and down his garden and raises millions because well I don't know, and suddenly gets a fly past, military honours, public recognition, and now possibly a gong.

I am a cynic, and wear my cynics badge with pride but we can move on now the things done, leave the old boy alone or there'll be a petition to make him pm soon.

And the number 1 single is bloody awful which reminds why I stopped paying any attention to charts years ago, it's just trying to squeeze as much out of something folks have found to latch onto as possible.

This. It's great for him, I'm sure. But it's a distraction and he's being used. The cheering and clapping sessions, the occasional silences.

All distractions.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #60 on: April 30, 2020, 10:33:21 am »
I'd argue that distraction is truly essential for everyone at the moment.

Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #61 on: April 30, 2020, 10:36:00 am »
I'm going to put my curmudgeons hat on,

It all feels rather like a distraction, lets face it there are loads of people who have volunteered for years supported charity's, the country, etc that never receive any recognition and then this chap comes along a walks up and down his garden and raises millions because well I don't know, and suddenly gets a fly past, military honours, public recognition, and now possibly a gong.

I am a cynic, and wear my cynics badge with pride but we can move on now the things done, leave the old boy alone or there'll be a petition to make him pm soon.

And the number 1 single is bloody awful which reminds why I stopped paying any attention to charts years ago, it's just trying to squeeze as much out of something folks have found to latch onto as possible.
Could he do any worse than the current incumbent ?
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #62 on: April 30, 2020, 10:59:46 am »
I'm going to put my curmudgeons hat on,

It all feels rather like a distraction, lets face it there are loads of people who have volunteered for years supported charity's, the country, etc that never receive any recognition and then this chap comes along a walks up and down his garden and raises millions because well I don't know, and suddenly gets a fly past, military honours, public recognition, and now possibly a gong.

I am a cynic, and wear my cynics badge with pride but we can move on now the things done, leave the old boy alone or there'll be a petition to make him pm soon.

And the number 1 single is bloody awful which reminds why I stopped paying any attention to charts years ago, it's just trying to squeeze as much out of something folks have found to latch onto as possible.
Could he do any worse than the current incumbent ?
A sloth on mogodon would be more productive than the current incumbent.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #63 on: April 30, 2020, 11:12:06 am »
I'm going to put my curmudgeons hat on,

It all feels rather like a distraction, lets face it there are loads of people who have volunteered for years supported charity's, the country, etc that never receive any recognition and then this chap comes along a walks up and down his garden and raises millions because well I don't know, and suddenly gets a fly past, military honours, public recognition, and now possibly a gong.

I am a cynic, and wear my cynics badge with pride but we can move on now the things done, leave the old boy alone or there'll be a petition to make him pm soon.

And the number 1 single is bloody awful which reminds why I stopped paying any attention to charts years ago, it's just trying to squeeze as much out of something folks have found to latch onto as possible.
Could he do any worse than the current incumbent ?
A sloth on mogodon would be more productive than the current incumbent.

Do sloths father 10+ kids randomly?
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #64 on: April 30, 2020, 11:14:30 am »
I'd argue that distraction is truly essential for everyone at the moment.

Not really, I think we should be holding the government to account.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #65 on: April 30, 2020, 11:28:19 am »
the two are not mutually exclusive in my view
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #66 on: April 30, 2020, 12:05:34 pm »
In theory no, but in practice they're hiding behind this. It's useful to them. The news on the radio this morning has featured two leading items. Captain Tom and It's Thursday So Get Ready to Clap.

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #67 on: April 30, 2020, 12:21:28 pm »
I am glad someone else is of similar mind.  I just do not see what is so great about this.  Using a wheeled walking frame an old man did the exercises prescribed for him by the NHS physiotherapist.  If this was the most exercise he has done for a long  time then it will have done him a world of good.  If he did it regularly then what was so special about it?

This is why I do not sponsor people to do things which they enjoy or which are good for them.

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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #68 on: April 30, 2020, 12:47:50 pm »
Wasn't Colonel Tom Elvis Presley's manager?

Yes and no.  "Colonel" Tom Parker wasn't really a colonel.  And, because he was born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, he wasn't really a Tom either.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #69 on: May 04, 2020, 09:15:32 am »
Just as a contrast, have you heard of this, anywhere on mainstream media? I hadn't https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200501-100-year-old-londoner-walks-100-laps-to-help-refugees-this-ramadan

Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #70 on: May 04, 2020, 09:34:06 am »
The second person to run a four minute mile didn’t get much publicity either.


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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #71 on: May 04, 2020, 09:36:14 am »
Just as a contrast, have you heard of this, anywhere on mainstream media? I hadn't https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200501-100-year-old-londoner-walks-100-laps-to-help-refugees-this-ramadan
I think there are a few centurions who have jumped on the bandwagon since Colonel Tom started his public walking and I, sure I’ve not heard of them all. However i suspect that I’ve not heard of this chap for the reason you may  be alluding to as much as for any other reason.
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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #72 on: May 04, 2020, 09:47:12 am »
Yes, I'm struck by the fact that not even local news appears to have picked up on this, based on a Google search of his name.

Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #73 on: May 04, 2020, 09:53:35 am »
That said he has raised £6000 in less time than capt tom raised his first £1000.


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Re: Captain Tom
« Reply #74 on: May 04, 2020, 10:35:17 am »

In theory no, but in practice they're hiding behind this. It's useful to them. The news on the radio this morning has featured two leading items. Captain Tom and It's Thursday So Get Ready to Clap.
I've been advised to stay in for 12 weeks (I'm complying). I've had two hips and a new knee from the NHS that I'm grateful for (after all, I've been paying national insurance contributions and income tax since July 1979), but I'm waning on the outpouring of gratitude every Thursday. I have a similar feeling* to 4th year primary school when Grant Watson didn’t get picked for Manchester Boys South.


*Back in September 1972, each primary school in South Manchester were invited to send two pupils for trials for South Manchester Boys under-11 football team (I was 3rd choice, so wasn’t chosen). Of the two boys who were nominated (coincidently both from my class) Grant Watson didn’t make the cut. When he came back from the trial to be told that he wasn’t picked, he started to cry. Cue the rest of the class following suit. I remember thinking, “you gave it your best, get over it, I’m not going to start bawling and wailing”. 😊

Ok, not the same, but you get the sentiment.