Posts by GlasgowJohn

    JAN , my pick would be La Brigada - We were there in December with an Australian friend who loved it. I like it because of all the top bunch it is the most typically Argentine parilla . Service is excellent without being over the top.

    Having said that your other choices are pretty decent as well . If you need any help and you are paying , I would love to try them out with you to ensure everything is omk !!!:saint::saint::saint:

    Back in the eighties I was selling Scotch all over the Americas.

    One of my distributors was based in Miami and we played golf and did business every time I visited Florida. MB was a solid guy – gregarious, flamboyant but a really good guy.

    He was pretty wealthy and even though he had a beautiful house in Miami, adjacent to one of the houses owned by Julio Iglesias, he also owned a “smallish” 5-bedroom villa in Marbella in the south of Spain.

    He had two attractive daughters who would come and pick me up at the airport in a nice wee black Porsche – But I never mixed my personal life with my professional life and all we ever did together was to have nice meals and a few drinks in South Beach. MB always asked me about the girls and I always said to him they were far too good for me. He loved that sort of stuff.

    MB used to always tell me about his close friendship with Sean Connery (one of my boyhood heroes) and how they were neighbours in Marbella. I never quite believed him – if anything he may know him but he could never be close friends with 007, could he?

    A few years later, I had changed companies, but I still kept in contact with MB. I was working in Spain and was based in Madrid but used to visit our factory in Málaga on a regular basis. Out of the blue, Sandy, MB’s better half called me and said, “Hey John what are you doing this weekend? We are having a surprise 60th birthday party for MB and we would love you to come down. I swiftly arranged a team meeting at our Malaga factory and drove down for the meeting and on to the party.

    Sandy called me at my Málaga office and said, “John the kids are not here, so if you want to stay over at our place there is no problem.”

    “Great!” I said. “I hope to be down about 5pm!”

    “Excellent,” she said, “we will start at 6pm but it will go on until late.”

    I got to MBs place just after 5pm – Sandy opened the side door and said come in in MB is at the club and is due back in half an hour. But go through to the lounge as one of your friends is there on his own.

    I knew a few of MBs friends and this was no real surprise but when I went out to the s terrace, I was totally gob smacked.

    It was Sean Connery, on his own with a Vodka and tonic in his hand.

    He came over and said, “Hi John, I have heard so much about you….”

    We proceeded to have a chat for about 90 minutes about the world in general, about Spain, about Scotland and whole variety of subjects. He was a very nice guy and totally normal. Strangely we didn’t talk about the fairer sex – he was on his own as I was and Sandy was floating about.

    Anyway, MB arrived and the party started and went on until the small hours. I interacted a few times at the bar with Sean and couldn’t believe how normal he was.

    Five years later, I got another call from Sandy. “Hey John another surprise party. Its Mb’s 65th birthday on Saturday. Can you come down? “

    ‘You bet!” I said. “Will my pal Sean be there?”

    “Of Course!”, exclaimed Sandra.

    There had been a few changes in my life in the five years that had passed since the last party. I had got married to the first Mrs. Glasgow John but was still travelling the world selling booze to anyone who wanted to buy from me.

    I told my ex-wife, “This weekend you will meet Sean Connery.”

    She didn’t believe me….

    Anyway, the party this time was in MB’s golf club about 40kms from my own house so we drove down.

    We parked the car in the golf club car park and grabbed our jackets to go into the clubhouse.

    Then I heard someone shout, “Hey John! How are you?”

    It was of course, my mate Sean!

    He was getting out his car with his wife, Micheline. I was shocked when he introduced her. She was small and wrinkled …. I was not impressed. The guy who could have been with any woman had married a wee girl who had taken too much sun in her life and was wrinkled.

    Inside the club house, I was even more stunned. Sean came up to me and said, “My wife doesn’t let me drink, so can you get me a couple of Vodka and Tonics and leave them on your table. “

    “No problem, big man,” I said.

    My hero was seriously hen pecked and controlled by his wife who seemed a really nasty piece of work.

    I asked Sandra about her and she said, “Don’t say anymore ….”

    Marshall passed on not long after this party – a very sudden illness took him from us.

    I still talk once a year to Sandra and her daughters.

    I still see Sean and his wife in the glossy magazines but I haven’t seen him since then.

    He sold his house in Spain and I came down here to Argentina.

    I actually find the whole Falklands / Malvinas story tremendously sad.

    If the bloody dictators had used a wee bit of common sense they should have known that Thatcher was going to do a leaseback deal with them . She couldn't care less about the Islands

    But they f**ked up in a big way and she had to retaliate.

    With oil at 50 dollars a barrel , nobody is interested in exploring for mythical oilfields.

    I think the Argie government should tell Boris that they are sending Hebie over as chief negotiator .

    that should sort everyone out.

    Falkland Islands badminton team face tournament expulsion after Argentina demands they play as 'Islas Malvinas'

    ByJack Hardy and Jamie Johnson12 February 2020 • 6:37pm

    Organisers of the Pan America 2020 badminton tournament received an extraordinary series of letters from Argentine and Brazilian officials regarding players representing the British territoryOrganisers of the Pan America 2020 badminton tournament received letters from Argentine and Brazilian officials regarding the Falklands' inclusion CREDIT: Falkland Islands Badminton

    The Falkland Islands badminton team are facing possible expulsion from an international tournament after Argentina demanded they play as ‘Islas Malvinas’.

    Organisers of the Pan America 2020 badminton tournament received an extraordinary series of letters from Argentine and Brazilian officials regarding players representing the British territory.

    The competition, due to begin on Thursday in Salvador, the state capital of Bahia, Brazil, pits an array of national teams from North and South America against each other - but will not feature Argentina.

    Nonetheless, the Argentine government launched a frenzied lobbying effort on the eve of the tournament, telling the sport’s governing bodies they do not have the power to recognise a region “subject to a sovereignty dispute”.

    The president of the Brazilian badminton confederation received almost identically worded letters from the Argentine consul generals in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, as well from the Brazilian foreign affairs ministry and a senior politician in the state of Bahia.

    Roxanne King-Clark, secretary of Falkland Islands Badminton, told The Telegraph the team had been offered an ultimatum - withdraw from the tournament or play as ‘Islas Malvinas’.

    They were even offered a new team kit bearing the name.

    Argentina continues to refer to the Falklands by its Spanish title as it claims sovereignty over the islands, which, the official letters insist, are “under illegal occupation by the United Kingdom”.

    FK6qTLsi_normal.jpgFalkland Islands@falklands_utd BREAKING: Situation developing in Brazil — Argentina trying to prevent Team Falklands competing in Pan Am Cup. @BadmintonEnglnd please advise. Thank you. #Falklands
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    But, despite warnings that the fate of the whole tournament was hanging in the balance, Ms King-Clark said the team were not prepared to back down.

    She said: “My husband (the club chairman) and I are very hardline when it comes to anything to do with the Argentines - his dad was a Royal Marine who was posted here and my parents were here during the war.

    “We are really, really passionate about the Falklands and we won’t give in.”

    Sources from the Argentine foreign ministry have sought to play down the row, claiming the team, which it referred to as the “Stanley Badminton Club”, was not being asked to change its name, nor from competing as a “sports club”.

    Instead, the intention of the government was simply to “reaffirm that (the Falklands Islands) are part of the Argentine national territory”, the sources said.

    Ms King-Clark, however, expressed bemusement at the claim, saying they were the only badminton club on the island and recognised by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), the sport's international ruling body.

    The BWF said in a statement, reported by Sky News, that the Falkland Island team entered the competition in a “valid manner” and were eligible to participate.

    Like my Scottish colleague , I am a painter and decorator. I actually quite enjoy i and have been tempted to do it professionally.

    Absolutely no electricity work where wiring is involved , especially as you never know what has been done in previous maintenance jobs.

    I would have to agree with you Splinter

    It's only his election to lose. He has been lucky with the way international events have worked in his favour.

    His economics policies seem to be working for his voters

    The only thing i don't understand is his anti immigration stance . If he was totally honest with himself he would have to deport his last 3 or 4 wives/partners.....