Ah, that brilliant picture of one of my historical heroes laddie from the South. Robert e. Lee a true gentleman and great man who was admired by those who served with him. When soldiers get together to see you have a brand new uniform before signing a sad agreement tells you something!
'Sometimes you get professional people on £60,000 salaries dropping in. ..They have just been made redundant and feel embarrassed to be here. They still have the trappings of a good job, like Sky TV and iPhones, which are under contract, but they can't afford to eat.'
Alan Tait, who presents The Golf Show on BBC Radio Scotland, was on a three-day golfing holiday in Spain when a gang spiked his drink with horse tranquiliser ketamine, robbed him and left him for dead last Friday night...
At least I'm alive
Damn Spaniards and Belfrager has to live next door.
Probably not Protestants either.
Turf wars that were once settled by younger men eager to impress their bosses are now being waged by men well into middle-age. When two gangsters connected to a Yamaguchi-gumi rival were shot dead in the street last October, police arrested a 68-year-old suspect.In the past, younger gangsters would commit crimes on the orders of their oyabun bosses and be out of prison still in their 40s with their reputations enhanced and financial futures secure. But longer sentences - including life terms for some murders - mean rewards for bravery and loyalty are no longer guaranteed....Combined with more than two decades of economic uncertainty, stricter laws have weakened the yakuza's role in Japanese social, political and economic life, Suzuki said. "Although the police won't admit as much publicly - they don't want to talk themselves out of a job - we have already entered a time when the yakuza are becoming irrelevant in Japanese society," he said.
In 1950 only a handful countries had a median age below 30. To list: Austria (35.7), Germany (35.2), Scandinavia (31.7-32.4), Australia (30.4), and the USA (30.2). Japan had a median age of 22.3 years.
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