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Below are the results of the annual review
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9 changes
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Barry Barker………..18.9-19.9  (+1)
Don Henry……………28.3-28.0  (-0.3)
Torild Lailey………..22.0-24.0  (+2)
Bente Larssen……..31.6-33.6  (+2)
Darren Lenney……14.6-15.6  (+1)
Edith Mozes…………20.5-21.5  (+1)
Martin Roy…………..24.1-26.1  (+2)
Ray Vivian…………..10.4-12.4   (+2)

Jan is the one on the right………………………..

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This was the first Apollo Air of the year, and also the beginning of the 12 competitions that will decide the annual Apollo champion. Fantastic weather for the 45 players with warm sunshine, no clouds and a slight breeze which seemed to help on most holes!

Jan Jakobsen was the winner on the day with an excellent score of 41 points. This was his third win since the competition started back in October 2011.

Thanks again to Tanya who acted as our starter again this week.

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Apollo Air winner

Jan Jakobsen (14.4)…………………………………………..41pts

 

1st division

1st     Jim Laird (14.8)………………………………………..37pts (on countback)

2nd   Tom Toner (9.2)……………………………………….37pts  (on countback)

3rd    Tony Andrews (11.4)…………………………………37pts

 

2nd division

1st     Shaun Cairney (15.8)………………………………..39pts

2nd   Kevin Watson (22.8)………………………………..37pts

3rd    Phil Cooke (19.0)……………………………………..35pts

 

Ladies

1st     Alicia Saunders (23.5)………………………………37pts

 

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well done, Jim Laird!

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Shaun won division 2………

 

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Alicia is back, winning the ladies………………..

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Thanks to Eddie Reid who has again offered to sponsor the additional prize to the winners – a sleeve of balls each, every week. Also to Chris and Maria in the Clover, who continue to provide shots (of alcohol!) for anyone managing a two in an individual competition, and the sandwiches after the Friday presentation.

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Captain Ken Saunders could invest in a pencil bag – the only implements he uses are a sand wedge, a rake and most importantly, a ball scoop……………….

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and yet another bunker on the 10th…………..

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And I think the main tool needed re-gripping by hole 18…………………

 

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the flag position on 11 hasn’t moved in two weeks – the forward tee helps the men, but the ladies found it much harder……….

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The new price list for membership of the GNK courses has just come out, and it is not good news for families. The price for a family of four (2 adults plus 2 children up to 18 years old) is now almost 3000€, a rise of around 700€. Also anyone needing a buggy has to find someone to share it (not always easy with a cheaper walking rate alternative, and it limits your choice of partner)  or pay 32€ on top of the walking rate (GNK members 25€). The members also have to find another euro on the green fee which was 8€, now 9€ for every round they play. Our CDA society members are not happy, but this has also not gone down well at the other 5 courses. The option to rent a buggy for a year has also gone.

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Our new golf management system, Handicapmaster, has been operating for 12 months and so we now have sufficient data to suggest a more accurate ranking of hole difficulty at our Condado de Alhama Signature course. Admittedly, this is normally done from the white tees with the best players, but as practically all mens’ golf is played from the yellow tees we feel that this is sufficiently relevant.  The information has been passed to the management company as an option.

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As expected, hole 10 is the toughest hole!

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Following suggestions from members the committee have changed the slope allowance cut off between division one and two – it was felt that 1st division players should not have 2 shots at any hole. So now all players up to 14.9 handicap are division one (maximum 18 allowed), the rest in division 2.

Next week is a pairs stableford.

 

Barry

 

2017 annual review

 

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Time for another look back at 2017, where as always, things evolve and improve. A reminder below of what happened, and no doubt things will get even better.

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Probably the biggest step forward this year has been the introduction of our new golf management system, Handicapmaster. Our previous system devised by Phil Tann served us well for several years, but this provides much more – all members have online access to bookings, results, individual performance analysis, automatic handicap adjustments and many other features including weekly fixtures for the whole year. With fixtures readily available online, it has been decided that the society diary is no longer necessary.

Ken Saunders & Phil Cooke have taken on the initial responsibility of getting the system up and running, and ironing out any problems that could arise. The result is available within seconds of the final player inputting their score, although it is subject to checking the actual winning cards.

Every year things change, but it was sad to see Dave Lloyd step down from the committee – he was instrumental in the formation of the society and has contributed so much over the years – thanks for everything Dave!

The committee do an awful lot of work that is unseen and unrewarded, so thanks go to those who have helped with the workload – for example acting as starter and conducting presentations mid-week.

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One of our volunteers, Peter Reeves……………………

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The start of the year brought the unprecedented sight of deep snow on the course, even though it only stayed for a couple of days. Never to be seen before images of snowmen on the course!.

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Our annual charity event, the Seve Trophy, again had a fantastic response from everyone, players, sponsors and donations. Over 3000€ was raised for Cancer UK, which was especially close to our heart after the sad loss of one of our members, Paul Coopey, to this terrible disease – let’s hope our efforts help others similarly afflicted. We also have lost Maria Keldorff in 2017.

Big changes at both of our venues – complete redecoration and re-imaging of our home at the Clover Bar, and an  extension to the useable area at Diversity Golf bar (clubhouse) – enclosed screening of the outside area to provide shelter from the sun and wind in the summer, and a warm environment with gas heaters for the winter months.

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the updated trophy cabinet………………

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We have an impressive corner of the Clover dedicated to our trophies, and this year has seen the introduction of a hole in one board, kindly donated by one of our members, Jeff Lightle. We are also appreciative of the continued sponsorship from many individuals and businesses.

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2017 has been the first full year under our new course owner, Henrique Herrero, and the improvement in the course has been noticeable, with our 5 lakes full of water for the first time in years. The change from IRM to GNK has seen a greater focus on Condado. New buggies have replaced the worn out models, and the hollow tining program will be different. The greens will now be treated using a different system – using high pressure air which is blasted under the green. This avoids the closure of the course.

The investment in the course has been repaid in part by the return of native wildlife – several examples can be found below…………………

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This year has seen the first visit from a group of mallard ducks, who are not afraid to approach the golfers in the hope of getting a titbit……………..

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Goldfish in the lakes…………………….

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a heron to keep the fish numbers down…………….

 

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black winged stilts to help the heron…………….

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our coots returned in droves as the lakes filled…………

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and they nested wherever there were reeds……………

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and an unexpected visitor, a turtle…………………

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mother grouse and family………….

 

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and someone not so welcome……………

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Not to mention the house martens, swallows, hares, rabbits, lizards and frogs etc. who choose to live on Condado………………………

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Funny photos…………………

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Everly Brothers……………..

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St Patrick’s Day at Diversity Golf………………….

 

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Dressing for the occasion on St George’s Day – Neil Simpson is looking patriotic……………..

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and it’s Neil again with pal Ricky Comber showing which team they are on in the Viking Cup………………………..

 

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Ricky isn’t an introvert…….

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our ducks are very trusting – good job they can’t read……………….

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Not everything goes to plan…………………………

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Kev Smith…………………….

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and Chris McAllister………………

 

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Ken Saunders……………

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Barry Answer…………………

 

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And now, those who avoided trouble to triumph on their day………………..

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GNK winners…………………….

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Alicia Saunders……………..

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Chris King……………….

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Dave Lloyd…………………….

 

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our first Spanish winner of a major – Jose Ramon Fernandez Gonzalez

 

Major winners

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Anniversary Trophy………………………Rob Busby, Mick Parsons

Graham White Pairs………………………Liv Haland, Kevin McKendry

Presidents Cup………………………………Jane Hutchinson

Captains Cup…………………………………Phil Cooke

Seve Trophy…………………………………..Jose Ramon Fernandez Gonzalez

Barry Barker Strokeplay………………….Lasse Johannsen

Ladies Cup…………………………………….Lynda Lloyd

Seniors Trophy………………………………Tom Junge

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Special Events

St Patricks Day………………………………Kare Saeter

St Georges Day……………………………..Paul Harrington

Fun Day………………………….Jim Laird, Bob Whitty, Tim Beisiegel, Tony Andrews

Barry Answer………………………………..Chris King

Viking Cup……………………………………Scandinavia

Kevin Smith Team……..Ken Saunders, Eamon Barry, John Collins, Neil Simpson

Clover Xmas Stableford………………….Alicia Saunders

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Apollo Air

January…………………………………………Chris King

February……………………………………….Kevin Smith

March…………………………………………..Rob Busby

April…………………………………………….Ellen Gulbrandsen

May……………………………………………..Pat Poole

June…………………………………………….Chris King

July………………………………………………Bob Whitty

August………………………………………….Eddie Rainey

September…………………………………….John Collins

October………………………………………..John Brown

November…………………………………….Lynda Lloyd

December…………………………………….Terry Burgess

Overall champion………………………….John Collins

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Dublin Crystal

March…………………………………………Dorothy Simpson

May…………………………………………….John Brown

August…………………………………………Shane Vivian

October……………………………………….Tom Toner

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Sponsorship

 

Eddie Reid – sleeve of balls for each division winner

Dave Cooke – sleeve of balls for every ‘2’

Trophy box – St George’s Day, special event

Adrian & Heather Clark – texas scramble

Barry Answer – special event and evening party with entertainment

Condado Club – Ladies Day

Clover – Seve Trophy, Xmas comp, winner’s drinks vouchers, sandwiches

Phil Marlow – polo shirts

Denise & Byron (golf club) – discounted drinks

Apollo Air –  monthly stableford

Paul Culligan – Dublin Crystal quarterly stableford

GNK – weekly golf voucher and quarterly bonus vouchers

Jeff Lightle – Hole in one board

Jeff Cotter – Golf caps for major winners

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And so that is a look back at another great year, onwards and upwards……….

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The last competition of 2017 was a pairs event –  Dave Wareing and Kevin Watson were the best on the day but you don’t always need a partner to get in the prizes! Tony Andrews didn’t have a partner and had to rely on the luck of the draw, but his ‘ghost’ had one of the best scores, so always keep going!

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1st     Dave Wareing & Kevin Watson………………………..46pts

2nd   Ian Whyte & Dave Cooke………………………………..44pts

3rd    Tony Andrews & Ghost…………………………………..43pts

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Dave and Kevin…………

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Dave Cooke and Ian Whyte………………………

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Tony with ‘ghost’ partner hovering in the ether……

 

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I was lucky enough to have 15 years old Megan Williams as a partner – surely the biggest age gap of the day, with me being 56 years older! She plays for Lancashire girls and surely has a bright future. She pointed out that her society handicap was 8 shots higher than what she plays off at home so asked for it to be reduced. It maybe cost us a prize as we were only 3 strokes short!

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the coaching has produced a lovely swing……………………..

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a drive, an iron, 2 putts – an easy par for Megs on our dreaded 10th hole…………………..

 

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You can find a simplified explanation of the 2018 green fees on the CDA Golf Society (group) page on Facebook.

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Next week is the first Apollo Air stableford of 2018.

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Wishing a happy and healthy new year to all our members.

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Barry

 

 

Message from Chris Aherne

 

Our rates will be the following:

High Season(Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Sept. Oct. Nov) at all 6 GNK Golf courses

€48 per person sharing a buggy

€37 walking

Low Season(Jan. Jun. Jul. Aug. Dec.) at Saurines Golf, La Torre Golf, Hacienda Riquelme Golf and Alhama Signature

€40 per person sharing a buggy

€35 walking

Green fees do not include the €3 daily license fee for non Spanish Golf Federated players.

Golf Society rates only apply to groups of 12 players or more.

 

Its important to note that the green fee including a buggy applies to golfers sharing a buggy.  If only one player is using a buggy the fee will be the respective walking rate plus our standard buggy fee of €32.  Therefore, I encourage societies to bring an even number of golfers.  The odd player of course can choose to walk and just pay the walking fee.  As many of your members are also members of GNK Golf and will probably play with a non GNK Golf member and want a buggy; it would be best if the member of GNK Golf went to the pro shop and purchase a buggy at member price, €25.  Then the non GNK Golf member can pay his/her half of the buggy directly to the GNK Golf member.  I would encourage the society to try and pair players according to following provisions:

  1. Non GNK Golf members paying the society rate sharing a buggy.
  2. GNK Golf members and society players who wish to share a buggy.
  3. Walkers

 

Tony Andrews shows that it’s not about the clothes, it’s the swing…..

 

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This week was the annual Clover Xmas special, a stableford with a twist – 2 gifts from Santa, one free throw at any time during the round and a mulligan (replay one shot you weren’t happy with!). Players wore Santa hats (provided if they hadn’t got one!). Peter Reeves got into the Christmas spirit, dressing appropriately for his role as starter.

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Was it Peter or the real Santa?

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Mulled wine and mince pies were provided before the golf, and  the society put on a buffet for golfers at the evening presentation. Thanks to Alicia and Ken who prepared the food, helped on the night by Tanya Busby and Lynn Simpson.

Everything looked very Christmassy, but the thermometer (in the shade) showed 23 degrees. 31 players took part and the clear winner turned out to be Alicia.

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1st      Alicia Saunders …………………………………42pts

2nd    Dave Cooke……………………………………….37pts (on countback)

3rd     Jim Alwell…………………………………………37pts (on countback)

4th     Phil Cooke…………………………………………37pts (on countback)

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Alicia gets the trophy, but don’t they look silly wearing Santa hats?

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perfect Spanish weather for winter golf……………

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never seen anyone here before! Jan Bosch cleared the par 3 11th by at least 50 yards!

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Some good photos (supplied by Lynn Simpson). Notice we had a celebrity helping out at the presentation – you can always rely on Ricky Comber to steal the show!

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And there was a special celebration for Tommy Toner who had tried to keep his 60th quiet, but no chance once Dee found out……………………

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Next week is a pairs stableford.

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The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death.
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> A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned he could stop any time….
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> I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a coffin, 3 hours later and they’re still walking about with it. I thought to myself, they’ve lost the plot!!
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> My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were £70!!! Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.
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> I was at an ATM yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her balance, so I pushed her over.
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> I was driving this morning when I saw an AA van parked up. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself that guy’s heading for a breakdown.

 

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas

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Barry

the winners were Mark & Neil……………..

 

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The serious competitions for 2017 are now over, just a friendly pairs competition this week, and then the Clover Christmas bash on the 22nd. Thanks to Lynn Bell for acting as starter this week. The forecast was for 22 degrees, but the tops only came off for one hole early on, and then the wind arrived to make scoring difficult for the 16 pairs.

But Neil and Mark were runaway winners with an unbelievable 45 points – it was possible because they dovetailed perfectly with one of them doing the business at every hole.

 

1st    Mark Ambridge & Neil Simpson…………………….45pts

2nd  Chris McAllister & Pete Elgar…………………………41pts

3rd   Tom Toner & Shaun Cairney………………………….40pts

 

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didn’t matter that Neil was in trouble at hole 4 – Mark made par for a net eagle!

 

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the winners watch my partner Don Henry putt out on the devil’s hole, number 10………..

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Next week is the annual Clover Xmas special, a stableford with a twist – 2 gifts from Santa, one free throw at any time during the round and a mulligan (replay one shot you weren’t happy with!). Players must wear a Santa hat (provided).

All arrive at the clubhouse for 09.15 for mulled wine and mince pies, and the society is putting on a small buffet for golfers at 7pm Friday night.

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Not much this week, so here are some observations………………………

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Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. 

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well. 

He, who laughs last, thinks slowest. 

A day without sunshine is like, well, night. 

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. 

Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t. 

Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool. 

The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong. 

It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end-to-end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them. 

If the shoe fits, get another one just like it. 

The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first. 

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer. 

Torch: a tube for holding dead batteries. 

God gave you toes as a device for finding furniture in the dark. 

When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of twelve people, who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty. 

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Barry