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Good Luck Sons!

Good luck to Dumbarton for their first league game of the season tomorrow away at Clydebank Airdrie United.

New signing David Winters shows off Sons new kit and sponsors.

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During the war………..

Back in 1942, a book called “The European Community” was published. Its principal author, a Doctor of Economics, had argued in 1940 for a “Central European Union” and “European Economic Area” and for fixed exchange rates. In this book, he wrote that “No nation in Europe can achieve on its own the highest level of economic freedom which is compatible with all social requirements…The formation of very large economic areas follows a natural law of development….interstate agreements in Europe will control economic forces.There must be a readiness to subordinate one’s own interests in certain cases to those of [the EC].”

One of his co-authors wrote that the “classic national economy..is dead…community of fate which is the European economy…fate and extent of European co-operation depends on a new unity economic plan”. Another observed that “We have a real European Community task before us…I am convinced that this Community effort will last beyond the end of the war.”

The principal author was Nazi Economics Minister and war criminal Walther Funk. The other two were respectively Nazi academic Heinrich Hunke and official Gustav Koenig.

Goering’s orders in 1940 were followed by a project for the “large-scale economic unification of Europe” Goebbels, in the same year, compared Germany’s road to unification in the nineteenth century with Europe’s in the twentieth, believing that “in fifty years’ time, people will no longer think in terms of countries.”

Thank goodness they didn’t win the second world war eh?

What a mess Europe’s economy would be in.

Aches and Pains

Of all the drawbacks of having to lug around a middle aged body, the curse that is back pain has to be one of the worst.

To be fair, since losing  some considerable weight a couple of years ago, I haven’t really been troubled much and I have been treating this as one of the bonuses accruing from my diet.

Yesterday morning though, there was a wee twinge.

By the afternoon manoeuvring around had become a challenge.

By last night I was doubled up and my walking style resembled that of the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Thank goodness for my Boots TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) machine:

A wee electronic box which provides impulses into the back via four sticky pads. Along with some extra strong Ibuprofen this has allowed me some (albeit limited) movement this morning.

I also have a smaller version of the TENS which has two pads and is good for wearing discreetly at work.

The small TENS machines can be bought for about £15.

If you suffer from sudden unexplained bouts of back pain then let me highly recommend them.