Thames threatens thousands in UK


darkbeaver
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Water overflowing from the River Thames floods a house at Wraysbury, England, on February 10, 2014.The River Thames has breached its banks after reaching its highest point in years, flooding areas upstream of London and putting thousands of people at risk.

Residents and soldiers from the army stacked sandbags to shield properties from the swollen river, but it burst their defenses in several places on Monday and wreaked havoc.
Residents in a village said that the scenes are from a "horror movie".
The Environment Agency has issued 14 severe flood warnings, which means there is a danger to life.
Environment Agency chief Paul Leinster said that "extreme weather will continue to threaten communities this week", with water levels of the Thames expected to keep rising for the next 24 hours.
The government of British Prime Minister David Cameron has been under attack for failing to dredge rivers and take other essential measures to prevent flooding.
Cameron, who is touring flood-hit southwest England, denied the government had been slow to respond.
"We have been dealing with it from the very moment it started," he said. "Where money was needed, we provided more money. Where military was needed, I made sure the military was deployed."
England has seen its wettest January since 1766 and thousands of homes have been flooded, with several areas, such as the low-lying Somerset Levels in the southwest, remaining submerged for over a month.
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UK govt. flooding management deplored




An old British woman gets caught up in flooding in Old Windsor, Berkshire, February 10, 2014.The UK coalition government is facing mounting criticism for failing to do enough to prevent flooding, which has crippled parts of the country since almost two months ago.

The government’s response to the crisis was described as “very disorganized” by angry residents of English Thameside village of Datchet in Berkshire, who woke on Tuesday morning to witness their houses surrounded by water.
As water levels on the River Thames continued to rise, local people said they were waiting for the government to offer some help at least, but to no avail.
Frustrated residents in the southwest slammed the government authorities for failing to react quickly enough to help those affected by the devastation. Instead, volunteers are seen giving hand to people to come out of the water coming from the swollen River Thames.

The floods first hit southwest England around seven weeks ago, but they are now creeping eastwards towards London with several homes and businesses inundated.
Prime Minister David Cameron has visited the West Country in an attempt to personally oversee tackling the flooding, which has plunged the government into a bout of ministerial infighting over the handling of the situation.
On Monday, dramatic scenes could be seen in the commuter belt to the west of London with parts of towns such as Staines, Windsor and Datchet submerged by flooding from the River Thames.
This is while with more rain forecast, hundreds more homes face flooding and rail lines are set to suffer widespread disruption in affected areas.
All these come as the country’s Environment Agency has had to endure “massive” cuts to its budget since the Cameron government came to power.
Chris Smith, the agency’s chairman, said on Monday that he had warned the cabinet at the time that the budget cuts would undermine the agency’s ability to defend the country against flooding.
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taxslave
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Build on a flood plane.......
 
L Gilbert
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So much for the planet being in an ice-age idea.
 
darkbeaver
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It seems water has not to do with ice.
 
Nuggler
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That poor lady looks cold as well as wet. But, she's just a person after all, and sooner or later the water will go down. Nothing to see here folks. Move along.
 
darkbeaver
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The British Isles are taking a weather battering but BlackLeaf says nothing.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

The British Isles are taking a weather battering but BlackLeaf says nothing.

Probably because it is authorized by the monarchy.
 
L Gilbert
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A failure to dredge the river is a British political fault, not a partisan one.
 
darkbeaver
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They've also straightened and or filled in stream beds.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

The British Isles are taking a weather battering

Yeah. It's called winter. I hope you realise it's February.
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Yeah. It's called winter. I hope you realise it's February.

So the Isles are flooded every winter then? And rail lines washed out too I suppose, and huge waves are common as well.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

A failure to dredge the river is a British political fault, not a partisan one.

After sorting out the Warmist, I think it's time to return to sanity.

The Thames Valley floods, and those which have devastated Somerset as a result of the Parrett bursting its banks, are as a result of a lack of dredging.

The National Rivers Authority used to regularly dredge rivers to prevent flooding, but since it became the Environment Agency in 1996 it has largely abandoned dredging.

And now the people of Somerset and the Thames Valley are reaping the consequences.

Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

So the Isles are flooded every winter then? And rail lines washed out too I suppose,

Flooding wasn't commonplace when we dredged our rivers to prevent it happening.

Nice try, though.

In fact, what has not been mentioned is that the Somerset Levels are SUPPOSED to be flooded. The area - which is flat and below sea level - is flooded every year as it's a natural catchment area for the River Parrett. The area used to be known as Summerlands as it was always too wet to use in winter. All that's happening now is that idiots are building homes on the catchment area.

Somebody needs to tell this to the Warmists before they start implementing dangerous green policies which will ruin people's lives.

In fact their dangerous policies are already ruining lives. It is the fact that money is being diverted from flood defences to pointless "green" technology like windmills that is one reason why flooding is more common.

And here's one more thing the Warmists should be shown:

"The oldest man living does not remember such great floods and so much water. Everything beyond Bridgwater is like a sea."
A Somerset man, 1809
Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 11th, 2014 at 07:21 PM..
 
darkbeaver
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I did read that the dregeing had been suspended because of the promise of global warming.

I hope all the beer is rescued.
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Yeah. It's called winter. I hope you realise it's February.

It's winter? It's February??? Sheesh, this has been going on for weeks now and that is all you have to say? Where are the pages and pages of pictures and text in endless detail?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

It's winter? It's February???

Yep.

Quote:

Sheesh, this has been going on for weeks now

Winter lasts for months.

And another winter storm is set to hit the country later on with the Met Office warning of 100mph winds and a risk to life. Western Wales and north west England to be hardest hit.

But don't worry. It'll soon be spring and it'll all be over.

Just get some common sense and remember that this is Britain - the most northerly EUSSR country - in February.

Wind speeds have reached 100mph down in County Cork.

The storm - which I think is called Charlie - is set to hit the north west of England, where I am, later and the Met Office is warning people to stay indoors.

The West Country is also particularly windy. Sky News is coming live from Lyme Regis on Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the waves there are huge.

This could be like the Great Storm of 1987.

Weather expert from the Met Office on Sky News just now was asked if this terrible weather was caused by "climate change."

Her response was something like: "There is no evidence that this is climate change. Climate change would be global so you can't blame this localised weather on climate change."

And yet the non-weather expert MPs in the Commons were all too eager to blame it all on "climate change" earlier on, with Cameron getting out his crystal ball and saying that there will be "more such 'extreme weather events' to come in the future."

Yet the weather experts at the Met Office are saying there is no evidence that this is linked to "climate change."

This is proof, if any were needed, that politicians' talk of "climate change" is just lies, and just an excuse to tax us through "green" taxes.

Even now there is a numpty MP on Sky News blaming it on "climate change", just minutes after the Met Office woman said there is no evidence for that.

Somebody should sit these idiotic MPs in front of that recording of that Met Office woman saying you cannot link this weather to climate change. They are out of touch with reality.

Met Office have just reported winds of 110mph on a ship on the Irish Coast.
Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 12th, 2014 at 08:53 AM..
 
MHz
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I'm going to assume there is more to the wake than the rather stout British lady. Is the wake the reason she looks rather pissed or is it the flood altogether?

They should be as lucky as Venice and have the water freeze.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

The British Isles are taking a weather battering but BlackLeaf says nothing.

What do you want him to say?
 
petros
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Ahoy?
 
MHz
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

Yet the weather experts at the Met Office are saying there is no evidence that this is linked to "climate change."

This is proof, if any were needed, that politicians' talk of "climate change" is just lies, and just an excuse to tax us through "green" taxes.

Even now there is a numpty MP on Sky News blaming it on "climate change", just minutes after the Met Office woman said there is no evidence for that.

Somebody should sit these idiotic MPs in front of that recording of that Met Office woman saying you cannot link this weather to climate change. They are out of touch with reality.

Met Office have just reported winds of 110mph on a ship on the Irish Coast.

It is a money issue, so much is funded in that direction and that is that. If they are intentionally telling people the wrong thing so they freeze to death then they need to be put at the front of the line, if it is an honest mistake they need to be fired for being poor at their job.

If global warming is looking unlikely then you should get a realistic forecast of what weather changes will actually take place. The common fear tactic is to only look for bad points. It works out that the more ice there is at the poles the lower the oceans levels are. The biggest fear-mongering is we will lost crop growing regions when the truth could be that the desert regions of the world will shrink, drastically and overall growing areas in the world will increase by 20% and the border between frost and not frost might be better defined so some crops could be planted almost to the area that gets a lot of snow. The American Southwest could be growing two crops a year with no irrigation needed although the rivers will be full should that be desired. That would be around the world and not just in North America. Rather than Britain being able to grow their own grapes for wine they better switch to hard stuff (again) so it doesn't freeze, or move to what is now a desert and wait until you can farm it.
 
Blackleaf
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One myth beloved of the Warmists is that all melting ice causes sea levels to rise. But that's not the case. All ice on the sea - which is the majority of the Arctic ice - does not cause sea levels to rise as its total meltwater equals the amount of sea that that solid ice displaces.
If all the Arctic melted it would have negligible effect on sea levels.

Of course the Arctic ice isn't melting. It's growing. And tests have shown that sea levels aren't rising.

The Warmists just ignore all this.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by BlackleafView Post

One myth beloved of the Warmists is that all melting ice causes sea levels to rise. But that's not the case. All ice on the sea - which is the majority of the Arctic ice - does not cause sea levels to rise as its total meltwater equals the amount of sea that that ice displaces.

Of course the Arctic ice isn't melting. It's growing. And tests have shown that sea levels aren't rising.

The Warmists just ignore all this.

But but but ice floats therefore it's not in the seas.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

But but but ice floats therefore it's not in the seas.

About two thirds of floating ice is under water.

Sea ice displaces the water around it. I think this is known as the Archimedes principle.

When sea ice melts the amount of meltwater is equal to the amount of water that it displaced as a solid.

Melting sea ice doesn't cause sea levels to rise, just as melting ice cubes don't cause the level of the drink in your glass to rise.

Another woman from the Met Office now saying the bad weather here is caused by the jet stream and cold air coming from North America.

Again, not "climate change."

It's getting windy now. A couple of wheelie bins on the street outside have just been blown over and loads of blue plastic cider bottles came falling out (somebody likes their cider). The wind has just blown all these cider bottles right across the street.
 
petros
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I should have purpled that.

I hope you're high and dry.

The magnetosphere has been moving the jetstream as the magnetic north pole keeps on moving rapidly.
 
Blackleaf
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Coming to their aid: The Royal Engineers rescue residents in flood-hit Egham, Surrey

Britain was today braced for a ‘Wild Wednesday’ of severe storms and rising water levels, with no prospect of an end to the misery in sight.

The Met Office has issued a red weather warning - the most severe level of threat - for ‘exceptionally strong winds’ of up to 100mph.

The rare alert, which was last issued 13 months ago, is in place for western parts of Wales and some north-western parts of England this evening.

The last red alert overall was issued in January 2013 for snow in the Welsh valleys, but the last red wind alert was in January 2012 for western Scotland.

Just 10 red alerts for all types of weather have been issued since the Met Office warnings system was revamped three years ago in April 2011.

A wind gust of 110mph was recorded today from a ship south of Ireland, while on land 92mph was observed at Mumbles Head at Swansea Bay in Wales.


It comes as these flood and weather warning maps show the true extent of severe weather that has already struck Britain - and what is still to come.

The Government's Cobra emergency committee convened this morning after David Cameron pledged ‘money is no object’ in providing flooding relief.


More than 130,000 people have now backed the Mail’s petition - which you can sign
here - for Mr Cameron to use foreign aid cash to tackle flood crisis.

And the Prime Minister has warned that ‘things may get worse before they get better’, with hundreds of flood warnings and alerts still in force.

Read more:
UK weather: Shocking map shows flooding threat to thousands of homes near the Thames | Mail Online



Making a splash: Huge waves batter the seafront at Southsea in Portsmouth, Hampshire


Crash: A double-decker bus was teetering on the edge of a roadside bank after leaving the road between Falmouth and Truro in Cornwall after trying to avoid a fallen tree




Gales: A woman battles the wind and rain as she walks past the flooded River Severn, Britain's longest river, in Worcester (top) while another woman struggles in the wind in Swansea, South Wales


Smashed in: A fallen tree has trapped a man in his lorry cab on the A39 near Bridgwater in Somerset. The man is not seriously injured






Severe weather warnings: These Met Office graphics show how high winds are forecast for today and tomorrow, with an red alert for wind out for the North-West today


In profile: This graphic shows the areas along the River Thames, west of London, that have been affected by the horrendous flooding


River Thames woes: Sixteen Environment Agency severe flood warnings - danger to life - remained in place in Berkshire, Surrey and Somerset this morning


Highlighted: A Google Maps overlay of the flooded areas of Somerset as of today. The area is expecting a month's worth of rain in the next few days


From above: This composite satellite image of data from the NASA Terra and Aqua satellites shows three storms approaching the UK as it continues to receive heavy rain




Swirling: A satellite image shows the scale of the storm on the way to Britain (top), while a Met Desk graphic shows the UK gust speeds at 2pm today (bottom)


No use anymore: A broken umbrella is placed in a bin as people struggled with the high winds in the centre of the city of Swansea, South Wales




Hold onto your hats: People battle against the wind in Southwark, central London (top), while the wind looked just as bad in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex (bottom)


Unpleasant: Fierce winds hit Southwark in Central London today as people battled to hold onto their umbrellas, which were turning inside out


Up above: This photograph from a drone at 350ft shows how floods from the River Thames, Britain's second-longest river, have hit the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire


Well kitted out: Freddy, a boat owner, carries Foxy the dog through floodwater to dry land for a walk in Old Windsor, Berkshire


Getting involved: Armed forces personnel pack and move sand bags at Wraysbury Primary School in Wraysbury, Berkshire


Catch: Around 100 Royal Navy personnel from Royal Navy Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset, have been deployed to assist the multi-agency flood relief effort


Swimming along: A swan on a flooded field this morning next to the River Thames in Windsor, Berkshire


Getting overcome: Lesley Webber, 52, with her friend Chris Napier, 44, outside of her home in the flooded village of East Lyng, Somerset


Coming in: This is the dramatic moment a FlyBe flight landed at Manchester Airport in gale force winds and the wing appeared to clip the ground


Long battle: Mr Napier makes a call outside of the home of Ms Webber, in the flooded village of East Lyng, Somerset


Under water: A rescue co-ordinator said morale and energy had been low in Wraysbury because the Berkshire village had been looking after itself for so long




Read more: UK weather: Shocking map shows flooding threat to thousands of homes near the Thames | Mail Online
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Has wild weather led to a PENGUIN washing up on British shores? Walker claims she spotted bird waddling along beach in Cornwall


Penguin spotted strolling along Polkerris Beach in Cornwall

Penguins are flightless birds which usually live in Southern Hemisphere


By Anna Edwards
12 February 2014
Daily Mail


The UK's freak weather has whipped-up its greatest shock yet - after a walker claimed to have spotted a penguin on a British beach.


Stunned Chantelle Smith, 25, was strolling along Polkerris Beach in Cornwall when she spotted the black and white bird.


She managed to get her phone out just in time to take a picture of the mysterious bird waddling along the sands.


P-p-pick up a penguin at Polkerris beach: Chantelle Smith snapped this image of what she believes is a penguin

Chantelle, of St Blazey in Cornwall, said she believes the creature was a penguin - normally found in Antarctica.


She said: 'I was with a friend walking over to the harbour and I saw it run past.


'At first I thought it was just a rabbit but when I turned on the torch of my phone to have a look I could see it was a penguin - an actual penguin.


Chantelle, of St Blazey in Cornwall, said she believes the creature on Polkerris Beach was a penguin - normally found in Antarctica

'It sat there for ages and I managed to get quite close and take the picture and then ran off. I was just shocked.


'I thought 'that can't be a penguin' but it definitely looked like a penguin. Everybody I have told thinks I am crazy but I am being honest. I am going to call it Pingu.'


Penguins are aquatic, flightless birds, which usually live in the Southern Hemisphere, particularly Antarctica.


A seal swum 20 miles inland into the country market town of Monmouth in Wales


Unexpected visitor: The seal swam into the town after the River Wye burst its banks in the storms




The seal, which has been named Ron (Ronseal) by surprised locals, has been spotted on flooded playing fields in the town

But experts say it could be a case of mistaken identity as guillemots and razorbills are similar in appearance when they walk.


Stewart Muir, director of Newquay Zoo said: 'I can almost certainly tell you what it is and it's not the first time this has happened.


'We have had this before over many years. When Guillemots and Razorbills stand up they look like little penguins.


'They can give a fair impression under water as well as they can swim at great speed using their short wings.'


The alleged penguin's appearance came as a seal swam 20 miles inland into the country market town of Monmouth in Wales after the river Wye burst its banks in the storms.


The seal which has been named Ron by suprised locals has been spotted on flooded playing fields in the town.



Read more: UK weather 'leads to a PENGUIN washing up on British shores' Walker claims she spotted bird waddling along beach in Cornwall | Mail Online
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LATEST FLOODING AND STORM NEWS

Britain facing 'unparalleled' natural disaster



A man was hit by a road sign which fell over on Westgate Street, Cardiff, as the bad weather continues.


The situation is being described by an army chief as an 'unparalleled natural crisis', and that 'battle-group' skills are being applied. Georgia Graham, The Telegraph's political correspondent, reports:



Describing the past few weeks as an 'unparalleled natural crisis' Major General Patrick Sanders, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, said: “What we have done is make available another 3000, that over and above the 2000 that we have already on standby from the Army, the Navy and the Royal Air force so as we commit people we can draw on another 300 behind that and we have thousands more we can use.

"We put in place a comprehensive national command structure to support the gold, the silver and the bronze layers of command – very simply what we have done is to take five of our regional brigades, and underneath them unit headquarters - the lieutenant colonel and his staff who would normally commanding a battle-group on a battlefield - and here we are throwing them a very different problem, but the organisational skills that they bring are crucial to allow us to get ahead of the problems that we have now got."

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Around 87,000 homes in Wales are without power, as winds reaching 108 mph batter the area. Scottish Power has said that 45,000 homes are without power in North Wales, while Western Power Distribution said 42,000 homes are affected in South Wales.
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Crewe train station in Cheshire has been evacuated and all services stopped after the roof was blown off the station. There were also problems with overhead power lines in the area.


A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters were called to Crewe train station after roof panels fell on to overhead lines and caused a small fire.
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Virgin Trains has advised all customers to abandon their travel plans. It has also tweeted that all its services out of London Euston are suspended until further notice.
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A leading weather expert has warned the trees, roof tiles and other debris swept up in 100 miles per hour winds due to hit Britain could kill.

Dr Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, said that the "extreme" weather is likely to lead to severe transport disruption and power outages.

"Those wind speeds are enough to cause damage to buildings. Tiles and chimney stacks could come off roofs, and trees to come down," she said.

"If trees come down, then you have to think about them falling onto power lines, and electric supply and transport could be disrupted.

"Anything that can be picked up by the storm and blown elsewhere could cause problems. We have heard instances of trampolines being blown onto railway lines and other material smashing windows, and this can have a knock-on effect.

"You sometimes see winds like this in remote areas in Scotland, but it is a concern that populated areas like Anglesey and other towns could be hit."


She added: "The key message is: don't travel unless you have to. It will be dangerous out and about.

"There has been some advance warning, so people just need to batten down the hatches and secure their homes."
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This couple has some handy tips on how to protect your home from flooding, such as the best way to deploy a sandbag and a novel use for your yogurt pots.


How to protect your home from flooding - YouTube (external - login to view)
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Manchester City's Premier League match against Sunderland has been postponed just over an hour before kick-off due to adverse weather in the North West.
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Staff from the borough council in Windsor, Berkshire, were tonight delivering portable toilets to streets affected by the floods as people discovered that the toilets in their homes were no longer flushing away.




Nigel Farage inspecting flood damage


UK floods: weather and storms - Telegraph (external - login to view)
Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 12th, 2014 at 02:58 PM..
 
EagleSmack
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This pic broke my heart...



Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post


I hope all the beer is rescued.

You do?

Do you hope all the p*** has been rescued from the sewers as well?

Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Ahoy?

 
petros
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If I say its safe to surf this beach, Captain, then its safe to surf this beach! I mean, I'm not afraid to surf this place, I'll surf this whole f*cking place!



Charlie don't surf!
 
EagleSmack
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Someday this floods gonna end

 
MHz
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A Yankee blue belly isn't going to say that, probably something glorifying all the bodies floating by.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by EagleSmackView Post

Someday this floods gonna end

What the hell do you know about surfing? You're from goddamned New Jersey!
 
EagleSmack
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHzView Post

A Yankee blue belly isn't going to say that, probably something glorifying all the bodies floating by.

yeah yeah yeah... what he said boss... what he said



Tard
 

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