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Old November 22nd, 2005, 02:35 AM
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OK, this is the plan. Sweden being a strange, humorless country with too much snow and extreme socialist tendencies, has now left itself open to somebody with a bit of enterprise.
What the galahs are doing is trying to force alcohol off the market by massive taxes and fake shortages (another country tried something like this, only worse, in the 20s).
Now Sweden is waterlogged sort of place with a coastline built for hiding small ships. All that would be needed is a couple of large power cats, (we will need to be able to scoot across shallow water) – a couple of shore side contacts, no wuzzers there, everybody is unhappy at the situation - and we’re in business.
You can either ‘acquire’ cheap booze and cigs in France, Denmark, (actually Denmark is a bit lacking) Germany, Switzerland etc and make the night dash.
So, who’s got a couple of mill to get the ball rolling? Then all we need are people to man the vessels that will also be “acquired? (how about stagnating retirees – who would suspect the grey army).
All you need to do is place you mark on the paper – life might be short but struth! It would be interesting.

Have a bonza day

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'Black' Bart= I do not think I will be joining you in your new business venture!
I can't believe they would actually try and ban alcohol!! I have never read about Sweden's abnormally high alcohol problems!
Have a bonza day also! (I assume that means a good day!)
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Can you imagine the money? Do you think the Mob will move into Sweden??? Maybe it will become another Vegas someday?? haha

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(Things said here are only my opinion - others could think otherwise)

The best thing that could happen to Sweden is for the mob to move in to get things moving.
At the moment all "legal" alcohol in Sweden is sold by one chain of stores called Systembolaget and guess what - it's owned by the government. This means that they can do whatever they like and as we all know, governments are far more professional in using a bit of "persuasion" than the mob ever was.

No, the only answer is a bit of good old fashioned smuggling. After all we are only thinking of the welfare of those poor deprived Swedish people, the money (lots of it) is only a secondary issue ... right.

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Fab, you oughta write a book

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Count me in mate! No money here but that does not mean I an opposed to making some. Already got a few alises besides Robocop. Try Gray or Silver Fox. <> Then write memoirs sitting in Tahiti surrounded by lovelies afterwards.
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I don't know if everyone is aware of this but in Canada, well British Columbia in particular, the government also own all the liquor stores and that's the only place we can get our booze!!!!!! We are starting to see private liquor stores opening usually attached to a pub or brewery but they charge a premium for their products.

Maybe we are just like Sweden!!!!!!!
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Fab, you are too funny!!!!! Thanks for the entertainment.

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Day Fab,
Yes, I second, you should write a book, BU!! Please keep us updated on this situation in Sweden, just sounds un-real in this day and age.
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Judy - Done that, now working on the second one.

Jennc - Well there you are, time for a Canadian Revolution. I have a few 'contacts' in Canada that might be of assistance - they're pretty quick even with the walking frames

Robo - glad to have you aboard

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FAB, forgive me. I got you mixed up with our New Zealander, Liam. I do know my geography, honest. My old brain cells just get mixed up. Anyway I enjoyed your money making scheme.

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Thanks Phyllbo

No wuzzers - it's all Australasia
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Isn't this how Joseph Kennedy made most of his money? Idaho also has alcohol that is run by the government.

Jim what is your wife going to say about you being rich and having lovelies? Have you asked for permission yet?

Fab I want to try and find your first book. Would you tell me the publisher again.

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Luanne,

From the States the best way is to link into the direct page in the publisher's website.

http://www.zeus-publications.com/the_mucky_ducks.htm

Or you can order it via the Mucky Ducks information website http://www.themuckyducks.com

It's not in American bookstores as the publisher thought that the humour and a couple of other things were too different.

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Luanne, so long as I give her money for shopping she leaves me alone. <> Plus the Tahitian Islands has some nice young guys she can ogle. Be nice to sit in Bloody Mary's for hours and while away the time but I think I would like to just live in Moorea and sit on a hill overlooking a private cove.
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Okay Fab, I just ordered it. I do not like to wait for follow up books, so you need to get back to work.

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Luanne,

Oh dear, a few CM bods have ordered the book - I guess if they don't like it I can expect a mass boarding party. Oh well ... it was a good life.

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Fab,
Is that above picture you and your mates doing a practice run? I think I see Robocop in there.
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I just did a search of The Mucky Ducks. I saw it through your links but tried for ebay. Came up with-
The Mucky Ducky counting book
Mucky ducks cookbook
The Mucky Duck t shirt
It's funny what a search will bring up.
Mucky Ducks Looks interesting. We will have to have a CM bookclub discussion.

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Karen,

If you do I had better get my fireproof gear out - there will probably be a few people very unhappy with this old guy.

FAB

PS - We could use Robo as a scary figurehead - either that or Daffy Duck again
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Hi FAB,

Sounds like you are getting "antsy" staying at home! While I won't join you on this venture, I wish you smooth seas. Be sure to take your laptop computer to write your third book!

As cruiser's, I don't think any of us will be joining a "mass boarding party". If we do it will just be to lift a glass !

Karen,

I did that search, too! All I came up with were children's books . From what I've heard this is NOT a children's book!

My "The Mucky Ducks" book will be here soon and I'm looking forward to reading it on my cruise .
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It's all a mystery to me how things work - I just wrote it and authors are on the bottom rung of the ladder when it comes to having any say in anything. Publishers seem to be staffed with young 'Perky' things who use lots of buzz words and treat you as if your advanced age has made you a bit slow brain wise. A young, 'perky' female kept offering me a cup of tea during my last visit - hasn't she ever heard of whisky.
You have no idea how much I hate ... 'Perky'.
I believe Borders have it and Angus & Robertson and Dymocks and most of the Airport bookstores (here in Oz) - guess it's a sort of aeroplane reading thing.

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Harry,

I just might take you up on your venture offer. The grey army has voted me out of office twice, and I'm getting tired of their #$%^& meetings. Those gallahs will be sorry to lose me, I'm sure, but that will be their tough luck.

As a highly qualified expert in the field of smuggling (well, anti-smuggling at least), I place myself at your command. After all, smuggling & anti-smuggling do have much in common. And I'm a quick learner. Will I be able to take the user name of rumrunner? I'd like that.

I assume that there are no upper age limits for membership in your band of brothers. And I trust that all of your "boats" will be of at least 900 feet in length. Stay healthy, mate.

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You guys/gals=too funny!!
Have a 'perky' day FAB!
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Well Jack, there would certainly be no age limits or health ones either - if you can still crawl and gasp in air, you're a fit crew member.
Your are right, there is actually little difference between smugglers and those that try and catch them - they both use the same tricks of the trade.

There is a village in Sussex in the UK that my family once had an interest in. The place was all smugglers from the 1600s right up until WW11. Even the vicar was part of the team.

The 'Revenuers' as they were called never stood a chance and if they got too close they had a tendency to sort of ... vanish.

From old family documents it appears that they had a huge market and were supplying pubs for miles around - mainly rum and brandy. Remember, these weren't villains, just the simple village folk trying to survive against overwhelming taxes - just as we all are again today.


I think Brenda from Canada should come along to represent the Maple Leaf - it appears they have the same problem as Sweden.
Have a beaut day

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