WILLIAMS - Answered a Question by Barnes (13 Feb 08 18:18)

I agree that Neil Down's comments are very perceptive and helpful but not so sure about Ida - she rather lets the team down, don't you think!!

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Ida and Neil Down - Answered a Question by Barnes (13 Feb 08 19:32)

We wish....No we just love cruising and everything about it and want others to enjoy what we do. But if they are listening I would be very happy to have a retainer ! Is that the Rubery near Birmingham cos if it is I had some connections with it some time ago. Anyway my best wishes to you Sir or Madam....Nei.

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Ida and Neil Down - Answered a Question by Barnes (14 Feb 08 11:55)

I'm sorry you find my views inferior, they are the views of a woman and maybe that is what you dislike. One thing I find detrimental on this site is that rarely do we know the gender of the correspondent with exceptions like Amber and Brian and I do like to know what to read from the answer. I am very different in some of my thoughts to Neil and that, in my honest opinion, is what makes us a good combination but maybe you will disagree with that too…. Humbly yours....Id.

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Geordie - Answered a Question by Barnes (15 Feb 08 20:31)

'humble'.....oh please!!!! Oh and my gender- female.

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dolan - Answered a Question by Barnes (15 Feb 08 20:35)

I have to say, whilst I find the Downs rude, patronsising and unhelpful, I find the comments and advice of Aldrich to be objective, factual and hence,reliable, so more of Aldrich and less of the Down.

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