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If your business paid thousand’s of dollars +/-monthly or annually to have their product, equipment, plant or employee’s ‘Certified’ pure, clean, trained, healthy – whatever, wouldn’t you think it would benefit them to let their consumers know this?
If the Certification/Accreditation came with a ‘seal of approval’, wouldn’t you think they would want to display it on their products? Especially if it was going to increase sales and keep the shareholders happy at the bank!
Then why do companies like NESTLE’ fail to display their Halal certification on their products? Why does KRAFT not display their Halal Certification clearly on theirs? Are there other companies who pay millions of dollars out for Halal Certification and fail to display it for consumers consideration?
I posit this thought. Australia has a small (around 2% ) but very vocal minority of Muslims. They have convinced manufacturers and suppliers that sales of their products will increase if they can guarantee them ‘safe’ for use/consumption by Muslims, both here and on the international scene. Some might even say manufacturers have been pressured into gaining Halal Certification or risk being ‘black banned’ – their products not seen as ‘fit’ for consumption/use by Muslims.
However the remaining 98% of Australians do not require Halal Certification at all – and when informed about it, its structure, its financing, its costs etc. – see it I would hope, as yet another rort being perpetrated on them. After all this is a Religious Certification purely required by Muslim Sharia Law, saying that the food/product/manufacturing facility/butcher/pharmacist etc. is approved of by the certifying body to sell their goods to Muslims. (This is the condensed version – more detail HERE)
I have personally been attacked as being an Islamaphobic Idiot purely because I attempted to point out these facts to other non-Muslim people in my sphere of influence. They simply don’t want to know about it – obviously not caring that they are being taken for a ride. Being PHOBIC means having a fear of something. I tell you now quite plainly I do not fear Halal Foods and products. I seriously OBJECT to being forced to pay, what amounts to a secret tax on things I purchase for my everyday life. This is not a fear this is anger.
Why should YOU be angry too?
Halal certification schemes are widely imposed on non-Muslims. Certification schemes began in the 1980s and are funded by consumers through a multi-level system of one off and recurring fees, paid by suppliers to Islamic organisations.
It is in effect a hidden Islamic tax on goods and services.
The extent of this Islamic ‘tax’ becomes clear when we understand who contributes to these schemes:
- The four major dairy companies
- Over 75% of poultry suppliers
- Over 60% of abattoirs processing sheep
- More than 50% of abattoirs processing cattle
- Generalists like Simplot, Unilever, Nestle, Kraft and many more
The global market for halal-certified products and services is estimated to be worth more than USD2.3 trillion, expanding by 20% per year. These schemes are not limited to food alone, with products and services ranging from halal certified cosmetics to water, trucks, warehousing and sharia finance there is no limit to the schemes. Plans are in place to certify every step of the market from suppliers of animal feed, to food processing and eventually the transport to your supermarket and shopping bag. Companies who believe non-Muslims do not care, pass on the extra cost to consumers. Few products are labelled as certified halal, when in fact most meat and dairy produce bought in supermarkets, or when eating out, are now halal certified for a fee. There is no other religious group imposing such a broad, tax-like scheme on our supply chain. LINK
I do not object to Muslims knowing which products meet the Sharia (law) criteria.
I do object, knowing now about this behind the scenes Paid For Certification, which is hidden from the average Australian – remaining secretive!
I am in full agreement with the following statement:
All products and services from halal-certified suppliers
should be clearly labelled by one standard symbol.
This way the consumer can recognise when meat, meat-based products
or other products and services come from halal-certified sources.
Australian consumers can then make a conscious decision. LINK
As things currently stand, we have Taxation (Halal Sharia Tax)
without Representation (see) – next it will be on Tea!
Oh No “Madura Tea Estates; which is Kosher, Halal and
Ever wondered what happens to all that Sharia Enforced Taxation – what does it get used for? Think on this:
The halal certification fees extracted from companies (or rather from Australian consumers) fund the many activities and initiatives of these Islamic organisations. Most of them are concerned with what Muslims call da’wah, which is spreading Islamic sharia law into not yet Islamised countries of the world and strengthening the Islamic community there. Bringing Islam to the world (or at least helping with the financial aspect of this propagation) is a holy duty for Muslims.
Money collected from halal certification may also pass to foreign Islamic religious and political groups. Some insiders claim such donations can be used to finance fundamentalist Koran schools or cover operational expenses of Islamic terrorists. In any event, these certification organisations are made up of clerics, activists and followers opposed to our Australian way of life, our freedom and democracy, the separation of church and state, gender equality and other core values and human rights of our free Western civilisation. Halal certification schemes are likely to be funding the Islamic jihad.
Islamists may claim otherwise, but they are not speaking the truth: Muslims are guided and bound by the teachings and example of Mohammed as laid out in the Koran and Hadith.
Islamic scripture permits Muslims to omit and conceal the truth — as long as directed towards non-Muslims and in the interests of advancing Islam. This practice is called taqiyya or kitman.
That is enough for me to NOT want to buy Halal Certified Products and why it is, that I want companies paying this Certification Tax, to clearly display an easily recognisable symbol on their product for all to see, so that we can make an informed choice and NOT be misled into paying a Sharia Tax on our purchases.
I don’t know about you, but there are times when I have a problem finding the right word to describe a situation, a happening or even a common or everyday thing. My brain simply seems to be in ‘empty mode’ … like there is no one home – or perhaps it is simply siesta time.
I have many friends of about the same age as myself who tell me I am not to consider myself special – as they too suffer from this common thought vacancy which they term ‘brain fog’.
Actually today is not a plain ordinary foggy day, it’s more like a need to have the thesaurus at my fingertips. I have a general idea of the message but the terminology is a little frayed.
Part of what I want to say is about God so perhaps THEOLOGY is the word I want, but that is such a big word for me to be bandying about. I do have some friends who are Theologians but I hesitate to run this past them while I am still playing with the concept which has been formulating in the string of my mind.
As a Christian I was brought up with the awareness of the number 666 in the Books of the Bible as the number associated with Satan, his minions, evil and end times. It is commonly referred to as the Number of the Beast. Many have written about this association, some have argued strongly for it being a particular person, while others say it is both a person and his mark! Right now I am not going to argue for or against either position, other than to say I associate it with unmitigating evil which will encompass the whole of society and not be ‘brought undone’ until the time of the return of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ. (see)
Having said that, it is impossible for me to simply brush it aside to some future date, place or time in history – because I see it – evil that is – all around me now. Yes you will tell me it has always been there since the time of The Fall of humanity in the Biblical Garden of Eden, and I will fully concur. Most of what I am seeing right now points to a huge escalation which is shoved before my face day in and day out. I am certain that the majority of people reading this will be aware of the crimes that are being perpetrated against our sisters and brothers in the flesh – in all corners of the world where it is being reported. They will also be aware of the political intrigue and machinations that take place daily across borders and continents. Evil in actions done and in inaction too. Power and politics is big business – corruption on a universal scale.
My own faith is built on the Word of God – the only God I revere, believe in, have faith in and follow. Yahweh God, the Father of Jesus Christ. His Word is revealed to me in the Christian Bible. This is my Religious Faith.
‘Faith’ simply means BELIEF therefore anyone can claim to have faith. You can have faith in your car, your boat, your kite, your builder, your doctor, dentist and your children. You can also claim to have faith in a god of a different religious persuasion.
It is because the faith of people of a different religious persuasion to myself is so much in the news these days that I have been meditating on the dissimilarities I am perceiving.
The Christian Bible is widely available for anyone to peruse, and so it is with the Muslim Quran. I claim to be a scholar of neither, but am far more familiar with my book, The Word of Life – The Holy Bible. I do not speak or read Arabic so have to rely on translations of the Muslim book, and have to say that I consider it to be the antithesis of My Book – it is the Word of Death.
Again many will argue that killing, plunder, destruction and death is what the Old Testament history is all about, yet fail to recognise that the Son of Yahweh, Jesus Christ the Word of God made flesh, came to reconcile humanity to His Father – to save them from their sins and eternal damnation (Matt 1:21) and to bring them to eternal glory.
Did Jesus preach and declare kill all those who will not follow me? NO He did not. Yet the Quran is very specific in this regard (see). Some will now tell me I am wrong and that the region of Islam is grossly misunderstood by non Islamic people. Islam is truly a religion of peace. Yet the Christian Bible tells us quite clearly we will be recognised by our fruits….. (Matt 7:16 and more)
When Jesus was asked by a Pharisaic Religious Scholar, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matt 22:36-40
I do not see ‘loving your neighbour’ as including killing everyone who does not agree with you. Beheading innocent medical volunteers and journalists. Maiming and mutilating Christian women and children. Do You?
Muslims will tell you right to your face ( they will lie to you – see here ) that their Prophet spoke words of peace, that those committing these atrocities do not follow the Quran, and will then quote verses for you to back up these statements, while at the same time neglecting to tell you about the loophole.
What ‘loophole’ there can be no ‘loophole’ in religious texts you will say (that would make the religion a farce) – and therein you would be completely right. (see)
The Qur’an is unique among sacred scriptures in teaching a doctrine of abrogation according to which later pronouncements of the Prophet abrogate, i.e., declare null and void, his earlier pronouncements. The importance of knowing which verses abrogate others has given rise to the Qur’anic science known as Nasikh wa Mansukh, i.e., the “Abrogators and the Abrogated”. (Jeffery, Islam: Muhammad and his Religion, p. 66).
There are a number of passages in the Qur’an which teach that Allah cancels certain revelations and teachings he has given and substitutes them with new revelations. The most prominent verse in the Qur’an which sets forth this doctrine is this one:
None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that God hath power over all things? Surah 2.106
In plain English – the earlier writings which contained many wonderful lessons on being a peaceful people, were superseded with lessons and instructions on violence, murder, rampage and jihad. And to make certain no one in future times would question the authority and authenticity of which statement was correct, passages were written stating that the newest – or last written ones were to be taken as the correct ones. Therefore the earlier loving, peaceful passages are made null and void by the vengeful and more wrathful ones. (MORE)
My wonderings have led me to theorize, to ponder, to postulate – is Islam the Beast written about in the Books of Daniel and Revelation? I do not know.
The Word of my Lord God does not need to be rewritten in this way. It stands forever. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Is 40:8
And so the theologising must come to an end – without any absolutes, because I know not when My Saviour Jesus Christ will return, to wipe the evil off the face of The Earth – but return he shall, with great rejoicing.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Phil 4: 4-5
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
The Message (MSG)
This is The Right Word
It seems that everywhere we turn today the Sharia (Muslim Law) Halal Certification is turning up in the food supply. Not always obviously but if you do some searching you will find that farmers and manufacturers have paid to have their food, product, cat food (I kid you not) certified HALAL – meaning safe (legal according to Sharia law) for Muslims to use/consume.
Some packaging clearly bears a Halal Certification Stamp, while others have it almost hidden or so minute that the use of a magnifying glass is necessary – and yet others although ‘certified’ do not have a visible stamp for consumers to judge ‘ Sharia legality’ by. I was surprised to see that a box of prepacked meat for sales at COLES in Australia had the certification stamp on the box, but it was nowhere to be seen on the packages of meat which were to be for sale at the meat counter.
The Quran teaches that God is extremely displeased with those who prohibit anything that was not specifically prohibited in the Quran (16:116). The upholding of any prohibitions not specifically mentioned in the Quran is tantamount to idolatry (6:148-150). Such prohibitions represent some other god(s) beside God. Worshipping God Alone means upholding His Laws alone. (http://www.quran-islam.org/articles/halal_meat_(P1156).html)
The prohibited food and meat is detailed in 2:173, 5:3, 6:145 and 16:115. From these verses we have a clear account of what is halal (lawful) and what is haram (prohibited).
“He only prohibits for you the eating of animals that die of themselves (without human interference), blood, the meat of pigs, and animals dedicated to other than God. If one is forced (to eat these), without being malicious or deliberate, he incurs no sin. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.” 2:173
Further details of animals found dead, and thus prohibited, are found in 5:3 and they include those strangled, struck with an object, fallen from a height, gored, attacked by a wild animal – unless the animal is saved before it dies – and animals sacrificed on altars.
Brief Background of Halal Certification: Halal Certification started in the West in the mid ’60s in the United States by Muslim food and technical experts. It did not actually start in the Muslim countries but it came as a necessity for Muslims living in non-Muslim society such as the United States, Europe and in some parts of Asia and the Pacific. This practical safety measure of Muslims living in non-Muslim societies to preserve their Muslim identity and fulfill their religious obligation became a useful tool to guarantee that the products produced in non-Muslim countries are acceptable to the Muslim world. (http://www.worldhalalcouncil.com/about-us)
The World Halal Council states ‘it came as a necessity for Muslims living in non-Muslim society’ and that it was so Muslims could ‘preserve their Muslim identity and fulfil their religious obligation’.
However we also read:
Halal meat as is understood these days is a term used more often for commercial profits than religious observance. Those who call their meat halal, are in some way insinuating that any other meat is not halal, or specifically that other meat sold in other butchers or supermarket (in the western countries) is not halal. But when we analyse the Quranic verses (below) we find that these sellers are in fact deceiving the uninformed Muslims into believing that their meat is the only halal meat for the Muslims.
God knows that many Muslims will be living in the middle of Christians and Jews and will be sharing their food and for this reason God made it perfectly lawful for Muslims to eat the food of the people of the Scripture (Jews/Christians):
“Today, all good food is made lawful for you. The food of the people of the Scripture (Jews & Christians) is lawful (halal) for you ……” 5:5
Muslims do not require halal certified food at all as they are free to eat anything that isn’t deemed haram yet increasingly ALL our food is ‘halal.’ The Australian population is being ripped off with the compliance of slaughter houses and manufacturers for they now carryout processes which are inspected by a Muslim and a Muslim group issues a halal certification certificate if it complies with Sharia — and YOU pay for this although YOU, the ordinary Australian do NOT require your food production to comply with Sharia and YOU do NOT require halal certification. You may want to avoid this rort by avoiding halal food BUT many immoral food manufacturers, while complying with and paying for the Islamic certification system, lack the moral responsibility to inform the public and don’t label their food as halal. Australia is a SECULAR nation and we should not under any circumstances be complying with the insane religious food laws of Islam or allowing Sharia to be enforced over us by stealth. How have food producers been co-opted as agents of Islamization and pathways to transfer an Islamic religious food tax from unwilling consumers to Islamic groups? LINK
As I alluded to earlier, many manufacturers have become part of this scam, they pay to have their products ‘certified’ Halal yet neglect to show this on the food packaging. Many immoral manufacturers with halal certification do NOT label their food as halal. They are misrepresenting their product and under labelling guidelines, this is illegal.
Failure to adequately label food is against the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) (formerly known as the Trade Practices Act 1974) which contains a general prohibition against conduct that misleads or deceives or is likely to mislead or deceive.
In my view, failing to inform people that your product is halal and royalties are being paid to an Islamic group(s) is misleading and deceptive conduct particularly when many people feel very strongly against consuming halal food! (to find this information one needs to trawl through http://australia.gov.au/topics/business-and-industry/consumer-rights, Consumer policy, Fair trading, Labelling LINK
Manufacturers of (for example) Easter Eggs and Cat Food have paid to have their products CERTIFIED as safe to consume by Muslims. Err excuse me but Muslims do not celebrate Easter, and I have to say I have yet to see any pussy cats wearing the Hijab! LINK
My own understanding is that non Muslims, aka Infidels are being taxed left right and centre, and most of the time know nothing about it. Talk to the general populace about this and they will assume you are being a racist – which of course is illegal and punishable in the courts of law. Yet explain to them that even the Holy Book of the Muslim People says they can pray over foods (certain ones) to make them ‘legal and acceptable’ just as their Great Prophet Muhammad is recorded as doing – without having to pay any tax – and they are astounded.
Explain more and show them just how much of their food supply has been corrupted by this Sharia practice and I bet they will be dumfounded. The Christian and the Orthodox Jew will be horrified to learn that their general food supply has been ‘contaminated’ by prayers offered up to ‘another god’ – a foreign god, to make the food ‘Holy and safe’.
How can you learn which items are considered Halal (having Sharia Certification) and which ones are considered Harem (safe and needing no certification – so are not taxed)?
Halal Choices (www.halalchoices.com.au ) is all about giving consumers correct information so they can make informed decisions about the food products they purchase.
Certification involves religious rituals and taxes that are unnecessary for the majority of Australians. We have also discovered that MANY products which are already halal (permissible) are subject to this fee – in many cases it is equivalent to extortion! LINK – please follow
I have to admit that since looking into how many of the items I purchase for every-day living have been ‘certified Halal’ I have become a very strong opponent of this almost invisible tax. It is purely a money making scheme, and as such needs stamping out quickly and immediately. I ask readers to follow links provided on this blog, then use their own fingers and search engines to read and understand more.
Even if you do not have a religious affiliation that frowns on eating food prayed over to sanctify it for ‘other’ gods…… the general person on the street ought to strongly object to being declared an Infidel and taxed accordingly! And ask yourself where does all this money raised go to. It is in the Billions of Dollar in Australia alone….. and it is not truly accountable. Have fun trying to find out what it is spent on. With the terror that is currently flooding this world right now, I hate to imagine that any invisible tax I am paying on goods may find its way back to a Terrorist training camp somewhere.
The Muslim Population of Australia (at the time of writing): according to the 2011 census, 476,291 people, or 2.2% of the total Australian population, were Muslims. (Wiki) So why is there such a push to have our food made ‘holy’ for a minority of people?
Their Holy Book tells the Muslim people that if there is no other food available they can eat NON HALAL foods…………… LINK so again I ask why is it that Australian manufacturers and producers are being coerced into purchasing Halal certification?
I was recently accused of spreading propaganda and being an Islamophobe because I have done a lot of reading about and sharing information on the topic of Halal Certification (which I call a tax). I was pleased to read author Bill Muehlenberg’s opinion on this.
……….. On another site a presumably educated and well-read person actually just said this about halal certification: “No money goes to Muslims. It is a certification, just like the heart foundation tick.” With such mind-numbing ignorance (or blatant disinformation), no wonder freedom and democracy are on the wane in the West while Islam is on the rise.
So it is vital that the public is fully informed about this tax – for that is what it is. And it is incumbent upon all of us to be aware of where all this money is going to. LINK
Both can be bought at a price!
Shhhhhhh….. whistle blowers are not loved – ever!
Originally posted on Aussie Madness:
Extremism? Not us, gov!
Hardly likely to encourage more moderate Muslims to speak out against extremism, is it?
The iQraa Islamic Centre was clearly furious that someone had snitched on their activities to the infidel Australian Federal Police, resulting in the arrest of two men alleged to be involved in recruiting, facilitating and funding travel to Syria.
Predictably enough, the Centre posted a typically self-important statement:
“Islam and this centre does NOT tolerate extremism but not what the disbelievers portray extremism is, [and] we do not discriminate either, so we have allowed many speakers to come and give lectures and share their views here,” the post said.
In other words, our definition of extremism is different to that of the filthy kafir. What the kafir call ‘extremism’ is just Islam, right?
“An unknown source who will have to stand in front of Allah (SWA) on the day of resurrection has…
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The First – more to come we have been advised…..
Originally posted on Aussie Madness:
First in a series. Non-Muslims and everything they stand for are inferior to Muslims and Islam in every conceivable respect. Understand this, and you will begin to understand why Islam has such a problem integrating into Western democratic countries.
Q: What is the difference between taking the kaafirs [non-Muslims] as friends (muwaalaah) and seeking their help?
A: Praise be to Allaah.
Taking the kaafirs [non-Muslims] as friends (muwaalaah) means supporting them and helping them in matters of kufr [denial of the ‘truth’ of Islam], such as the Muslims fighting alongside the kuffaar, such as when the kaafirs launch an assault against a Muslim country and a Muslim befriends them and supports them and helps them in fighting against that country, whether that is with weapons or by supplying them with anything that will help them to fight the Muslims. This is muwaalaah, or a type of friendship…
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Sure makes one think……
Originally posted on Aussie Madness:
Ayatollah Khomeini said, “There is no humour in Islam.” He should have said as well that there was no humility in Islam either.
Islam teaches its adherents that non-Muslims are inferior beings – the kafir. Such a view helps to explain why Islamic organisations in Australia never, ever, concede any responsibility, and will always lay blame elsewhere (see yesterday’s post on the MIA press release for an example).
A few minutes on Google provided a set of rules (PDF – 700kB) for how Muslims should interact with non-Muslims. There will be plenty of others which say similar things. The sites for dumb infidels tend to obfuscate these rules, but when you get down to the detail, the Islamic scholars leave little room for doubt.
1. Can Muslims befriend [non-Muslims]?
No. The Quran forbids Muslims to take friends anyone other than believers. See verse 5:51, 3:28, 48:29 and others…
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I had heard stories from people who told me it didn’t used to be like this. The clothes we wore used to be bought in shops, on line or even made by people with skills in that area. Not any longer though.
Since the war began, many things we had taken for granted ceased to exist in the shops. From televisions to toasters, toothbrushes to toilet paper, thumb tacks to telephones had all vanished in the new state we found ourselves living in. Second hand businesses were booming and, funnily enough, people took better care of any possessions they had.
Home burglaries had soared at the start, but had bottomed out when they made it a crime worthy of the Death Penalty. After all, who would consider it worth losing your life over a second hand pair of knickers?
Alice was known to have taken care of her things. No she was not wealthy as some would reckon wealth to be – she did not have loads of money – but then who did these days? But she was seen to hand wash carefully all her underwear. She never hung it outside in the sun where it might fade, or worse still, blow away in the wind. She had an undercover, multi-strand clothesline in what used to be her garage. I know many folks who have converted their garages into bedrooms and living rooms where their relatives now stay with them. After all who could afford an Australian Made Bicycle these days?
We were warned you know – yes we were. The warners were considered conspiracy theorists and naysayers. Loud Mouthed Yobbo’s was what some people called them. ‘What would they know’. ‘What a load of codswallop’. ‘Worry warts’…. and the rude phrases were thrown at them constantly by the media and the rabble that read the so called news back then. It wasn’t really news thought was it? If it had been then we would all have known that life – as we knew it was about to change dramatically. Instead, they printed the same old soothing stories to lull everyone into a false sense of security.
Mingo has checked the online death notices so he was able to let us all know when the gathering would take place. ‘3.00pm at Number 7′ he said. I for one would definitely be attending as I had my eye on something.
The really strange part of all of this, when I think back – was that it never needed to have happened. Australia had at one time been a place with a thriving domestic manufacturing industry – right across the board so I was told. Then some politicians and industry groups got it into their heads to ‘diversify off shore’. Posh words really for finding a cheaper place to make things so that they could earn more profits. Somewhere in all of this I heard the United Nations intervened too – saying it was only fair that wealthier countries share of their bounty with poorer nations.
Bit by bit, industry by industry, things were sent off to be made in foreign countries and imported back into Australia. The home grown industries closed down. Millions of people were put out of work. Factories and offices where the work had once proliferated, now stood as empty sentinels. A sad testament to a world gone mad! And no one raised a voice – other than the unemployed.
When the Mega Eruption occurred in Asia and our borders were closed to all foreigners, little did we realise we were about to be denied just about everything we had taken for granted. No one could have – or at least tried to imagine before then, what it would be like to not have any trade with China for example. If only we had taken time to catalogue the everyday items in our homes and stores that bore the Made in China label! Of course China was not the only place we had outsourced to. Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, India and Bangladesh to name just a few. They even outsourced our Navy to Spain!
No imports of everyday items meant prices in the shops soared while stocks lasted…. and then the crimes began. Theft, burglary, black market, muggings, home invasions….. you name it and it happened. Homeowners in droves were seen to install iron bars and grills on every possible entrance to their homes. Still I bet not many people considered their knickers valuable.
Whenever a delivery of goods was being made from a ‘friendly’ country – the queues of people were long. That must be the understatement of the century, because the local councils had to arrange ‘line-up’ days and times for residents. People with surnames from A to D were able to purchase on Monday Mornings. Then came the E to H on Monday Afternoons – and so it continued right through the alphabet. Pity the X,Y & Zed’s! Funny really when you think about it, because most of the ‘friendlies’ had themselves sent much of their manufacturing offshore too. They were however happy to sell off, at exorbitant prices, anything they had left over. No one it seemed had knickers to spare though.
Alice should be gone by now it is almost 3.00. I looked out of the front window and saw a slow but steady stream of local ladies plodding down towards Number 7. I gulped down my water, and went out to join them.
Alice was not a large lady as sizes go. We had guestimated she was a ladies size 12. Allowing for stretch and wear, her knickers would probably fit me at size 14. Who could have imagined ten years ago that a bunch of ladies would have a cat fight over someone else’s – second-hand knickers? Well if today was to be like any of the other deceased’s underwear distributions I had attended – a cat fight it would surely be.
But we were to be pleasantly surprised. Alice had appointed a Legal Eagle to supervise her distribution. As she has no immediate family she had determined that the friends and neighbours in our street were to be given ‘first pick’ of the crop. I had my eye on a couple of pairs of good cotton knickers and two singlets that seemed to match. When my name was called I was asked how much I was prepared to pay for them.
I knew they were in fine condition so made my bid of $150. It was all I could afford and I knew they were worth every cent of it. To my delight it was accepted by the Legal Eagle and I was awarded Alice’s Second Hand Whites immediately. To say I was thrilled would have been an understatement! The other ladies bickered a bit over what they wanted and the price they were prepared to pay for them. I did not muck about. Having been to too many of these kinds of ‘clearances’ before, I know it was worth bidding high and getting what you wanted.
When I got back home and opened the package I had purchased, I grinned to myself at the ‘bargain’ I had obtained. Not too many ladies I knew could say they had genuine Chinese Bond’s Ladies Knickers in their underwear stash!