Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
So, I've always regarded 'To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction' as not just physics in action but life in action. Once upon a time, people toiled to produce the raw materials required to make an industrial nation function. They were paid rather badly and suffered conditions long since legislated against. The mine owners made money. The factory workers were also rather poorly rewarded and also suffered unacceptable conditions which were legislated against. The factory owners made money. Now, bankers - who neither toil nor manufacture - are the financial Titans. They produce nothing, they make nothing. Their rewards are obscene by the standards of most of us whose money they, incidentally, use and, returning to the title of this post, the rest of us are comparatively impoverished by their efforts. When will the legislation come that makes us all whole again? Answers on the back of large denomination banknotes of any legal tender will be read with great interest.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
So, She Who Must be Obeyed (AKA Management) and I went to see Quadrophenia Can You See the Real Me? last night. I'm astonished at how mellow Pete Townshend is these days having been the archetypal Angry Young Man in the '60s and '70s> with the benefit of his commentary and with the intervention of others who were involved in the time/production/process, it all began to make sense. John Entwistle was one of the most versatile bass guitarists ever. in his hands, a bass guitar become a lead instrument rather than part of the support and Kieth Moon - well; some say his drumming was an annoying distraction, some call it brilliant. However, he never missed a beat - unless he was so stoned he couldn't sit upright and had to be ported off. Great stuff. the remaining pair, Townshend and Daltrey are about to embark on a tour of the US. THEY'RE OLDER THAN ME! Mind you. Jagger is still leaping about and he's older than dirt.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Well, we've done it. We're finally retired and moved back to Louisiana, a little town called Mandeville, North of Lake Pontchartrain and about 25 miles across said lake from New Orleans. Puts us close enough but not to close to kids and grandees. Moving was misery. We have had a month or more of more stress than I enjoy handling, much of it at the hands of incompetent and lazy sods who want to 'reach out' to us (whatever THAT means), are schooled in calming platitudes and are utterly idle and inept. Their raison d'etre appears to be sending email either providing or seeking information and then promptly forgetting the matter at hand until either the recipient responds (unlikely after only one email, I found) or Bobby here becomes REALLY pissed off and provided a crash course in Profane! It seems that 'service' should be expunged from the dictionary. It does not exist. Expressions like' "Your call is VERY important to us" should be followed by "so please hang on like a paper hat for 25 minutes". "I can CERTAINLY help you with that, Sir" is a mandatory precursor to a demonstration of utter incompetence. None of these platitudes has any function save to make noise and waste breath. It's all about money. Nobody really gives a bugger any more. The final straw was being offered a one year warranty on new appliances at not inconsiderable cost and having to explain to the mumphead sales person that the manufacturer actually warrants the products for a year FOR FREE - with an additional three months bonus if you sign up on line AND that the Law of the Land mandates the initial free warranty. To my mind, that sort of thing is predatory and God help those less able to resist! Anyway, we're here and I've lots of wall moving, painting and kitchen renovation to look forward to. Should keep me out of trouble as long as 'Er Indoors keeps the beer coming. I hope to be on line and participating in the general banter a bit more, too. Take care, All.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
After fiddling around for half an hour to get these photos in order I have given up :(
Above the buses just before we saw the torch bearer
The Lloyds TSB bus prior to torch
First glimpse of Liam our torch bearer
Second glimpse of Liam carrying the flame, I may have to crop for clearer view
The bus parked at the beginning of the route, think the torch bearers were on it
Look what passed after the torch had passed.... :))
Samsung promotion bus prior to flame
Touts trying to sell flags, got mine from Sainsburys :)
Do you recognise this Sherry?
The world came to our Village
The whole of the Police force is escorting the flame
Left:The Village Millennium Stone, meeting place for the school children
Jenny lives on the road
The Army were there
The Policeman posed
Coco Cola gave us free something, could be tambourine or frisby
The school children
My mum and dad made it....
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Sunday, July 08, 2012
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Brighton in the distance, taken from Hove end yesterday, what a beautiful day.
Then we had tea, Gooseberry and Strawberry Tart, my daughter has an allotment and loves to bake! All very British don't you think :))