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BrettGC last won the day on August 16 2018

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    Cairns, Australia/Destination Unknown
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    Aikido, diving, surfing, reading, rugby, cricket and people.

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  1. BrettGC

    Bletchley Park

    I was actually posted to the UK as an instructor whilst in the Royal Australian Navy, I was what variously known over the course of my career a ROES, EWT and finally, CTI. In the UK, Scarborough, in the US, Ft Meade were a couple of my postings as instructor, student and on exchange as a billet filler : . So yeah, very familiar with the real history of Bletchley Park. What amazed me was the audacity of the Hollywood to completely alter who actually captured U-571; it was actually the Brits, not the US . Anyway, at the time the Allies had already captured several Enigma machines so it wasn't that much of a coup. The movie was a combination of the sinking of both u-boats 571 and 110 with a large degree of artistic licence to the point it was mentioned in the British parliament disparagingly as an insult to British sailors. Take the movie for what it is, pure entertainment. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2009/feb/25/u-571-reel-history
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    Filipina giving driving instructions

    Is there any other way to drive?
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    The Angry Midget is jealous of my female friends, some that go back to high school. That goes up a notch for my Filipina friends, some I've known for years, and they're just that, friends. As for her female friends or relatives, she seems pretty secure on that front, and I've met most of them. My response to any jealousy or jealousy related tampo is "You're cute when you're jealous". This has varying reactions.
  4. BrettGC

    Help me with Netflix ?

    Google search Streaming services in Philippines, there's a heap of them. As for sorting the chaff from the wheat, can't help with that. I just Netflix, Stan and Amazon with or without VPN depending on the content I'm after.
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    Foreigner living on the streets

    Mate, you did a good thing and it seems it was appreciated as well. Some of you know my background as a social worker after I left the navy working for homeless vets and from where I'm sitting people don't choose to live on the streets but there they are, making you feel uncomfortable and making excuses not to help them. There, but for the grace of god, go I. No one is immune to gravity. Mental illness is not a choice but we send our sons to war and expect that not to happen. 80% of homeless people in Australia are mentally ill veterans or indigenous first peoples (don't get me started on that). There's been 200 Australians die in Afghanistan and Iraq, there's been 800 that have committed suicide since they returned. Mental illness it not a choice, it's as deadly as a cancer diagnosis. Tom's mate may not have served, but that doesn't matter, he's in a bad situation and that tiny slice of humanity that Tom showed may have saved a life. I have a black dog. I hate him and love him. I have an angry midget that gets it, she saved my life. Are you ok?
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    Miss Universe????

    She was actually born and raised in Cairns, where I live right now. Went to Berklee music college in Boston. Why does someone who professes little interest in such things know this? Well the Short Angry One is back in Cairns with me and Miss Gray's win resounded loudly amongst the significant local Filipina population. And I mean loudly lol.
  7. BrettGC

    Miss Universe????

    No danger of a dirty look here.. She knows silicone and botox aren't my thing.
  8. BrettGC

    An Admission?

    So, the Short Angry One is back in Australia again. We were about to head out for the day and she comes out of the bedroom in this t-shirt - we both wet ourselves laughing I'm sure you've all experienced this to some degree
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    Our(well her) new house

    Looking good Kev!! What's the estimated time of completion.... Of course add the PI factor.
  10. BrettGC

    Remembrance day

    "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them." Lest we forget.
  11. BrettGC

    Why are so many men alone?

    After seeing the way some expats behave and treat the locals I tend to make no more effort with them than I do with anyone anywhere in the world, other than people I already know of course. A good bloke is a good bloke no matter where they're from, and a wanker is a wanker. Sure, if I'm having a coffee etc and someone wants to sit near me that's fine, I'm a friendly enough bloke within normal limits. Different in a bar after a few drinks, I've made some great friends in bars over the years, people I'm still in contact with now, of all nationalities, Western and other, more other if I think about it. Given that I've spent more of my life in countries that are of a non-Western background than I have in Australia it's not surprising. Some guys just like their alone time as well. When SAO was here, my little one bedroom townhouse became a lot smaller, and we'd often go and do our own things for a while.
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    Is Tipping 20% Too Much in the Philippines?

    After living in the US a couple of times, for 2 years each stint and the second time working in the hospitality industry, I can see how and why you do what you do Scott. I tend to just follow the Short Angry One's lead on this front, and not matter how big the bill, it's never over 100PHP and that depends on the service provided. But each to their own
  13. BrettGC

    Are You Rich?

    Figured as much... Walking ATMs.
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    Are You Rich?

    Interesting. I wonder if they assume any given level for expats.
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    GAS Up again!