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About Philski

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  • Birthday 07/23/1967

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  1. V. sorry if this too jingoistic, happy to have it deleted! Great tune.
  2. 👍No, can now see the signatures on pp III & V are facsimiles, thanks. So, come on Nino - what percentage of the entity 'Min Ron Nee' are you?? Between you and Mitchell, I'm going to punt >60%... 🤨😬
  3. Are the photos of signatures on this listing originals Nino, do you know?
  4. 👍Interesting and exhaustive. I don't know anyone in the UK who's navel gazing to this degree, tbh, but can understand an observer's point of view
  5. It is indeed. The reasons for Brexit are complex, but the vote supported it. There are only three options open now: - Article 50 is revoked (cue outrage); doesn't matter if Parliament somehow overturns it, or it is achieved through another referendum - May's Withdrawal Agreement (which the EU refuse to renegotiate) is somehow passed through Parliament; won't happen, as it's a complete piece of crap - We leave with no-deal - this IS Boris's tactic, as it's the only way to get the EU back to negotiate properly; VERY tough to get through, but he's trying damn hard That last option is negotiating with big boy trousers on, and Boris and Cummings realise it's the only way to break the deadlock, scary as it might be for many. (PS: anyone know how to stop double spacing in my posts?!)
  6. Have to agree, actually. It's probably one of the last ever boxes, more an artefact than a curious smoke.
  7. Wow. Glad it's not my choice whether to keep or smoke...
  8. Monte2 at a friend's wedding reception at Wentworth club house, about 15 years ago. Had to excuse myself, walked outside, and had half an hour to myself, an ineffable experience.
  9. Not sure. If it's thrills and spills you're after, Oman might be a bit too quiet for you
  10. Ah, what a lovely part of the world. My father worked for the Royal Oman Police, flying helis out of Seeb, from 1980 - 95; many many happy school holidays spent on the SAF (Sultan's Armed Forces) beach in the '80s, sailing our guts out on Hobies every day. My brother took his family there a couple of years ago, said it was nearly unrecognisable since we were last there. Clear memories of the labyrinthine souk, the Corniche, the old Portuguese forts and the ancient graffiti, and the beautiful and gentle people. CANNOT understand the attraction of Dubai, with this gem so nearby.
  11. Not to forget that Switzerland is very much governed by the people, and politicians can (and will) be pulled up if they make unpopular decisions by way of referendums. I renewed my Swiss passport recently, arrived Wednesday, today I received voting material relating to tax reforms and stuff related to Schengen. This only works because the Swiss are inherently sensible (excluding myself, natch). There was a referendum in the early '90s re. Switzerland becoming a full EU member, and it was narrowly defeated (50.3% vs 49.7%) - no nonsense about holding another one, decision was final. Ask any Swiss person today what they think about the result, and they will all say 'thank God!' - amongst other things, they can see the idiocy of being ruled by an organisation whose economic policies are largely influenced by political ideology. I could go on. Ad nauseum.

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