Saturday, February 28, 2009

Some too hot some too cold - My BY just right1

You think you got troubles?... I had to get the weed wacker out and get rid of all these yellow weeds!... In-Laws visiting.

God help us all!

I note from the Daily Telewag that Queen Tony has set up a consultancy company to advise World leaders how to conduct their affairs.

Words fail me!

From today's Daily Telewag....I'm only sad I didn't think of this...wonder if he was funded....

After three years of research, Georg Steinhauser, a chemist, has discovered a type of body hair that traps stray pieces of lint and draws them into the navel.

Dr Steinhauser made his discovery after studying 503 pieces of fluff from his own belly button.

Chemical analysis revealed the pieces of fluff were not made up of only cotton from clothing. Wrapped up in the lint were also flecks of dead skin, fat, sweat and dust.

Dr Steinhauser's observations showed that 'small pieces of fluff first form in the hair and then end up in the navel at the end of the day'.

Writing in the journal Medical Hypotheses, he said the scaly structure of the hair enhances the 'abrasion of minuscule fibres from the shirt' and directs the lint towards the belly button.

"The hair's scales act like a kind of barbed hooks," he said. "Abdominal hair often seems to grow in concentric circles around the navel."

The researcher, from Vienna University of Technology also asked friends, family and workmates about their own belly button fluff.

Dr Steinhauser established that shaving one's belly will result in a fluff-free navel - but only until the hairs grow back.

Other suggestions for keeping the navel fluff-free include wearing old clothes, as they tend to shed less lint than newer garments, which can lose up to one thousandth of their weight to the belly button over the course of a year.

A body piercing can also be used, with belly button rings particularly effective at sweeping away fibres before they lodge.

Dr Steinhauser, whose other projects have included monitoring the erosion of his wedding ring, said: "The question of the nature of navel fluff seems to concern more people than one would think at first glance.

"We hope we have been able to provide information for doctors when they are next confronted with the simple question of 'why some belly buttons collect so much lint and others do not'."

An earlier, Australian study of samples from 5,000 people concluded the typical carrier of navel fluff to be 'a slightly overweight middle-aged male with a hairy abdomen'.

Researcher Karl Kruszelnicki said: "The reason it is usually blue is that we mostly wear blue or grey trousers, often jeans, and when these rub against the body, the fibres often end up finding their way to the navel."

Not all belly button fluff is blue however. In the curious case of Australian hospital worker Graham Barker much of his fluff is red, even though he rarely wears the colour.

Mr Barker has been collecting his own navel fluff in jars every day since 1984. The achievement has won him a place in the Guinness Book of Records for the world's largest collection of navel lint.

I know its boring, but...

No pictures, the weather outside is dreary, pouring with rain which will help wash some of the vast amounts of snow away (hopefully), but it will just be in time for the temperature to plummet this afternoon and make way for a good old fashioned Nor'easter, which is supposed to bring snow for the next 3 days. Who thinks this stuff up!! Not to mention the fact that our morning paper was thrown in the driveway, which is full of puddles. Oh I could go on, but how petty is that?:) Just keep telling myself, its the last day of February and after all that stupid groundhog came out of his burrow on 2nd Feb, saw his shadow and forecast 6 more weeks of winter. Grr, if I get my hands on his furry little hide........

Friday, February 27, 2009

A giggle for the weekend......

A young man joined the French parachute regiment.

His friend asked him how things were going.

“Ze first morneeng,” He started, “Zis big, ‘airy sergeant ‘e come to ma reum an’ say me to get up. ‘E take me outside and tell me to clahm ze scaffold. At about two metres up, ‘e say to me, “JUMP!”. Ah tell ‘im Ah will do no such seeng! Ah am a French parachutist, it is beneas mah dignity!”

“E tell me to clahm ‘igher! Ah clahm up an’ at four metres, ‘e say to me “JUMP!”
Ah tell ‘im zere is no way! Ah am a member of ze French parachute regiment an’ zis small ‘op is beneas mah dignity!”

“Ze sergeant tell me to clahm ‘igher an’, at eight metres, ‘e drop ‘is trousers an tell me if I don’ jump, ‘e will do ‘orrible sings to me wiz ‘is big weapon!”

“Did you jump?” Asks the friend.

“Ah oui……….a leettle…………just at first!”

Thought for the day........

How do we know that a dog is man's best friend?

Try shutting your wife and the dog in the boot of your car for an hour and just see who's pleased to see you!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

No easy way outa here..

This mornings' sun dancing with the Dresden figurines. I don't which is worse. My Dads' body left him with his mind intact - Mothers' mind left 3 yrs. before her fit body

Ah! THERE you are!

Well, Eileen, thanks for missing me! I was taking an extended tour round the briar patch! Actually, I flew into London for an industry dinner and then hit not-so-sunny Suffolk to have a few days with my parents. Lovely to see them but, really, quite depressing. Both well into their 80's and now deaf as posts. Since they are mainly housebound (unless someone takes them out), the TV at nuclear volume is their entertainment. I call them regularly from here and I've noticed that the volume has become progressively louder as time has passed but, to be in the room with them when they're watching something actually hurts. The bloody glass in the windows shakes. Good job there's a fair amount of space between them and their neighbours! Jen's folks, whom I also saw, are a similar age but, thankfully, neither deaf nor housebound.

Sunday, February 22, 2009



This is brilliantI couldn't believe it, check it out. This Website is amazing. They actually have photographs of almost every School in the World.Unless you went to School when cameras weren't invented, you will find a photo of yourself or at least your classmates.Click on the link below or type it into your search line. You have to enter the name of your school and Year that you were there.Give it a go..... They Found Me!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The mystery of Ireland's worst driver

Details of how police in the Irish Republic finally caught up with the country's most reckless driver have emerged, the Irish Times reports. He had been wanted from counties Cork to Cavan after racking up scores of speeding tickets and parking fines. However, each time the serial offender was stopped he managed to evade justice by giving a different address. But then his cover was blown. It was discovered that the man every member of the Irish police's rank and file had been looking for - a Mr Prawo Jazdy - wasn't exactly the sort of prized villain whose apprehension leads to an officer winning an award. In fact he wasn't even human. "Prawo Jazdy is actually the Polish for driving licence and not the first and surname on the licence," read a letter from June 2007 from an officer working within the Garda's traffic division. "Having noticed this, I decided to check and see how many times officers have made this mistake. "It is quite embarrassing to see that the system has created Prawo Jazdy as a person with over 50 identities." The officer added that the "mistake" needed to be rectified immediately and asked that a memo be circulated throughout the force. In a bid to avoid similar mistakes being made in future relevant guidelines were also amended. And if nothing else is learnt from this driving-related debacle, Irish police officers should now know at least two words of Polish. As for the seemingly elusive Mr Prawo Jazdy, he has presumably become a cult hero among Ireland's second largest immigrant population.

The father-son talk

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Not quite Sydney but opera non-the-less!

This place is 25 minutes from our door. No gaming tables or machines. We have seats for 'Fiddler on the Roof' next month. Critique following.

Financial slump - Oz style

The Oz Medical Profession just spoke out on our Financial Bail-Out Package.
The allergists voted to scratch it, and the dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the neurologists thought the administration had a lot of nerve, and the obstetricians felt they were all laboring under a misconception.
The ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted; the pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the pediatricians said, "Oh, Grow up!"
The psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, the radiologists could see right through it, and the surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing.
The internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow, and the plastic surgeons said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter".
The podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the urologists felt the scheme wouldn't hold water.
The anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas; and the cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.
In the end, the proctologists left the decision up to the assholes in Canberra.

Rat Pack

This place is 15 minutes from our front door. At any given time the place is packed with 50 year old plus persons throwing money into one armed bandits (Not actually true the modern age has credit cards which you wear around your neck and stick into ATM type slots ,press a button and the machine sucks your money out - not for me) There is, however, a moderately priced show, or even free, now I know the system. Kathy and I went and saw the 'Rat Pack' the guy doing Sinatra was 'bang on' the ' Joey Bishop ' had a couple of good lines. " It's hard to kiss the lips at night that chewed my ass all day". Saw 'Chubby Checker.' At 68 he acts like 30 and looks 40 amazing. Got free tickets for 'Chris Cross' (not my fave). Opera house next month - Fiddler on the roof '

Saturday, February 14, 2009

25 years ago today

Whilst on the romantic vibe - can it be 25 years since this couple cheered all us Brits (especially those from Nottingham)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Fires in Australia, Floods in Europe and this in Qatar
I woke this morning to find these views from the
11th floor of my hotel in Doha.

Yep, it's sea fog to ground level - It was real strange
walking out the front door at ground level and not
being able to see 20 feet in front of you. (No wonder
all flights, in and out, were cancelled 'til the sun did it's
work - All was clear by 2pm).

(Pics by mobile phone).

Been reading your reports in Aus Babs - Stay safe lass.


Images like this give some relief from those of destruction. The scale has left everyone shell-shocked, but it has a way to go yet.

One woman trapped by the flames showed where she hid herself and her children in the entrance to a wombat burrow and covered the hole with some blankets as the firestorm swept overhead. At least 180 didn't make it.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

My snowdrops are trying hard to push up the frozen soil but these Daffs were out a few days prior to the snow so thought you might like to see how they are looking now. Still icy here, such a stark contrast to those pictures from down under, it looks desperate there! All sympathy to you all in that area and hope it cools down soon.

Things just got worse

This is the situation in Melbourne today, record temperatures and a rising toll yet to be determined. Its gone midnight here, and I'm not looking forward to the morning news.

Friday, February 06, 2009

We have snow!

At last we now have snow on the south coast. All around us it has fallen and we have had none, I was beginning to feel cheated! Sadly, now it has arrived, it is not the correct sort of snow, too slushy and therefore a snowman is out of the question; believe me I have tried!
Thank you all to the interesting bits you put on the blog, with this enforced staying at home I have been spending a lot of time on the computer perusing the blog and facebook etc... have learnt a lot, particularly about the late great Buddy Holly amongst others! Keep warm to those suffering the cold, and keep cool those in hotter climes...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Sunset at the North Pole..

Sunset at the North Pole

A scene you will probably never get to see This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point. You also see the sun below the moon. An amazing photo and not oneeasily duplicated. You may want to pass it on to others.. The Chinese have a saying: 'When someone shares with you something of value, youhave an obligation to share it with others

No snow here ...

... but the locals are getting a little thirsty.

And while some have their own pool,

others prefer to cool off at the beach.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

My favourite Snow man

Whilst we are on the subject of Snow.. here is touch of Snow in Nottingham some years ago

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Late for work

Here in 'Ull, some people are going to extremes to get to work even though public transport is not running.

Boomer updates:

How could the day the music died pass without visiting some of the artists of the '60s who have revised their hits with new lyrics to accommodate us aging baby boomers.

They include:

1. Herman's Hermits--- Mrs Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker
2. The Bee Gees--- How Can You Mend a Broken Hip
3. Bobby Darin--- Splish, Splash, I Was Havin' a Flash
4. Ringo Starr--- I Get By With a Little Help From Depends
5. Roberta Flack--- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face
6. Johnny Nash--- I Can't See Clearly Now
7. Paul Simon--- Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver
8. The Commodores--- Once, Twice, Three Times to the Bathroom
9. Marvin Gaye--- Heard It Through the Grape Nuts
10. Procol Harem--- A Whiter Shade of Hair
11. Leo Sayer--- You Make Me Feel Like Napping
12. The Temptations--- Papa's Got a Kidney Stone
13. Abba---Denture Queen
14. Tony Orlando--- Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall
15. Helen Reddy--- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore
16. Leslie Gore--- It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To
17. Willie Nelson--- On the Commode Again

Monday, February 02, 2009

Snow, Snow and yet more Snow

Am I glad I am off to the desert this coming Friday
It's just too cold for me around here!!

more Southern Snow

My son's street in Godalming this morning..... brilliant, wish I could say we have same in deepest Dorset, barely a smattering so far!

Southern Snow

Well can you beleive it 1" of snow in 'Ampshire todate and all life is told to stay indoors.
All you pop /rockers should find appropriate music for this weather -Snow in January?(You Tube etc)
Suggest if anyone knows or recalls Johnny Duncan and the Bluegrass boys"- song - I traced her little footprints in the snow.
Now from a 50's era PRSite who of the DJ's knows this track?