Monday, June 30, 2014

Gordon Strachan Football Morals (or lack of)


Nobody does it better

Don't forget to look out for the new Brazilian dance craze, 'The Arjen Robben'....
Two steps forward towards your opponent, arch your back, throw your arms in the air, dive to the ground. easy.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

the shots which changed the world a hundred years ago this day!...

...Franz Ferdinand...
...18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914...
(Photograph: Popperfoto)
Nineteen-year-old Gavrilo Princip wasn't expecting the royal convoy to pass his vantage point outside a delicatessen in Sarajevo's Franz Josef Strasse. After an unsuccessful bomb attack on the visiting Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie by one of Princip's nationalist comrades less than an hour earlier, the young Bosnian
Serb assumed the route would  have been changed.
 He was right about that but nobody had thought to tell the driver. The man at the wheel only realised his mistake when a senior member of the party saw they were going the wrong way and told him to turn the open-topped car around. In doing so he stalled it, giving Princip the chance to shoot the 50-year-old heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne from just five feet away. The Archduke's wife also collapsed and at first it was assumed she had fainted. But she had been shot in the abdomen.
That double assassination, during a visit so obviously perilous that the Archduke had tried several times to cancel it, has gone down in history as the incident that triggered the First World War.
...Archduke Franz Ferdinand and wife, Sophie, moments before their assassination...               
 (Time Life Pictures, via Getty Images)  

 (Picture:Walburga Shearer...
Sophie Chotek with her husband and three children....

a man of our times...

...Bobby Womack, soul singer...
...March 4, 1944 − June 27, 2014...

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Local plant life

A rare and rather fine example of Lagerstroemia Lampostus snapped whilst walking our dog the other morning..............
..........and here, we see Cycas Revoluta or, the 'I'm EXTREMELY pleased to see you' palm.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

With England eliminated, there can only be one favourite...


My last posting of the last set of photos, did not post!!  Don't know why, perhaps the blog is trying to tell me something, too many postings??   I will leave it for a day or so and then try to post the last ones again.  Unless you can find them Paul?

The last.

I realize that I have posted these photos in the wrong order - duh.  So these are at the end of our trip.  Which incidentally tallied up to almost 3,800 kms, not counting the ferry to and from NL and the ferry to and from NS.  But we had a great time.  Hope your patience isn't tried too much, just wanted you to see some of the beauty of that province.
There should be one more picture of one of the battery guns, but for some reason it didn't post.

 Cape Spear, self explanatory.
 St. Johns fishing fleet, or part of it.
 If you could hear Newfoundlanders pronounce this you would get the joke!!  The last picture is sunset on the Burin peninsula. 

Almost done...

 The Silent Witness Memorial at Gander, just off the highway, where the US plane crashed.  It had just taken off and never reached any altitude.  It is an eerie place, very silent, no birds singing at all.

 You never know what you will see in Newfoundland - and then a few yards up the same road -
 we found this des. res. - a beaver lodge!!
 Yes they were out there, hundreds of them off-shore - but I don't have a huge camera with zoom lens, but you can click on the picture and zoom in.
But when we got to Cape Spear, where the sun rises first in North America, there it was.  The most beautiful ice-berg grounded in the bay.  Pieces were falling off it, then the boom came.  We were able to enjoy it for about 15mins before the fog arrived and within a minute or two it was completely lost in the fog.

Not too many more.....

 Held up because of the high winds that affect this part of the coast at times - lol

 Gardens just at the sides of the highway, no houses arund, and these beds are full of seeds etc.  It could be mistaken for a burial ground.
 An original fishing dory with the make and break motor still in place.
 The only moose we saw, when there are hundreds out there and drivers have to be very careful.

More Newfoundland.

In the village of Lark Harbour, the sign tells the story.

Hard to choose from pictures of this fabulous place.  So just a couple.  Has to be seen to be believed.

Friday, June 20, 2014

More Newfoundland.

Wonderful scenery from the Trans Canada highway.
 Nice quiet highway!!
 Still snow on the mountains.

And this is Lark Harbour.  A very deep water harbor, looks like the fjords in Norway.

Newfoundland trip

 The view from Kellys Mountain, Nova Scotia on the way to Sydney for the ferry to Newfoundland.  We crossed this bridge a short while later.
 The Marine Atlantic terminal at Sydney, our ferry was the one on the right, the Blue Puttees.
 After our overnight crossing, 7 hours, our first view of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, 7 a.m., chilly morning.
 Part of the cargo!
Almost last off the ferry, but on our way via the Trans Canada.  The Two Sisters ahead.

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Sao Paulo - embarrassing! No other word for it. To have an Uruguayan who plays for Liverpool score the opening goal...................Why do we pay money to outsiders? Why isn't there an infrastructure in UK that provides trains World class players? Why isn't the money we spend on foreign footballers instead invested in creating our own? WHAT'S THE PROBLEM WITH THIS PICTURE?................AND I'M NOT A FOOTBALL FAN!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tinkle Or Two Practice

Freedeee,potty.Okay ,lets try.6 attempts in half an hour and of course you hafta check these things out.No success yet but the diaper held up each time .

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hey up, Time to build a wall

'We won't let Hull take us over': East Riding councillors give frosty reception to city boundaries idea.
EAST Riding councillors have given a cool reception to the idea of Hull expanding its administrative boundaries.
Hull City councillors believe the time is right to revive the debate over whether Hull should be expanded to include areas such as Willerby, Anlaby, Kirk Ella, Hessle, Cottingham and Hedon.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

...this time last year Bob wrote...

..."I've come to the conclusion that this "age is all in the mind" stuff is bollocks! How the hell can people with crumbling memories and failing brains possibly comment constructively or report objectively on the topic? As for anyone younger, what do they know? Suffice it say Jen and I still do stuff with gusto. For Jen, it's shopping and for me it's a good cryptic crossword puzzle. I've learned that being suspended weightless in water is good - particularly here in Louisiana where it's sometimes difficult to tell whether you're in the pool or not thanks to 100% humidity and the weightlessness is a good clue! the daily mutt-walk is good but at this time of year I sweat half my body weight every morning during our two mile or so perambulation (all too easily replaced at the other end of the day with a few jars). Other than that, I do my daily excercise - up, down, up, down, up, down ............. and then the other eyelid!"""...
...hope it all still applies! :))
...happy birthday, lad! ...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Postcard from Cameron Highlands

Before I went to PRS I was at a Slim School in what is now Malaysia.  Buildings still standing which is quite unbelievable when you think they are Nissan huts.  Seeing the aborigines at the side of the road en route to Tanah Rata was interesting but quite shocking as I had no recollection of that in the 60s and the Islamic influence is very noticeable now.

Postcard from Singapore

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

General Apathy For Election Day Thursday 12th

Robins in the hood,AGAIN.

Second or third time in the same location on top of the light by the deck.Seems like ten days from egg to flight.