Friday, November 25, 2016

The Nullarbor

G'day from sunny Brisbane. I've been AWOL for a while - driving a support vehicle at slow speed across Australia and photographing a retired SAS amputee cyclist who has just finished a 10,000 km ride from Hanoi to the Sydney Opera House.

Its a sad fact that many more soldiers pass from suicide than are lost on operations - so efforts like this get the public and the politicians to rethink what needs to be fixed.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Smile for the day

The Modern Courting Cycle .  
Dearest Daddy,

I am coming home to get married soon, so get out your cheque book. LOL I'm
in love with a boy who lives far away from me. As you know, I am in
Australia and he lives in Scotland. We met on a dating website, became
friends on Facebook, and had long chats on Whatsapp. He proposed to me on
Skype and now we've had two months of relationship through Viber.

My beloved and favourite Dad, I need your blessing, good wishes and a
really big wedding.

Lots of love and thanks,

Your favourite daughter,


 To Which Dad Replied . .

My dear Lilly

Like Wow! Really? Cool! Whatever . . . I suggest you two get married on
Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon, and pay for it all
through Paypal. And when you get fed up with this new husband, sell him on


Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Mighty Continent X

As Brexit draws ever closer, it becomes clear that we will soon be cut off from German cutting edge technology.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016


Missed photo of last nights Super moon - but here is one from 70's!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Mighty Continent IX

A small quiz for the weekend. Behind these buildings lies the city's gay quarter. The locals like to joke, that here even the houses aren't straight. Where are we?

...a poet of our times...

              ...Leonard Norman Cohen...
               ...21 Sep 1934 - 11th Nov. 2016 aged 82...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

No longer at the back of the queue!

I'm heading for the bottom of the briar patch, but 'it's an ill wind,' as they say. At least we are no longer at the back of the queue.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Rick's Rant - Nestlé Water

The Crown

Currently enjoying how the new Netflix series The Crown has enhanced my understanding of what is our lifetime, brought me full circle to the news currently dominating our lives. I can't imagine what it must be like to be an American. Brexit offered almost impossible choices and yet they pale into insignificance compared to the American presidential election. The choice seems far worse than that between arrogance and entitlement; the unseemly exchanges have exposed the American psyche to the world in a most unsettling way. Trump is an grotesque affront to my gender and yet I'm still amazed that there are some who think his opponent is obviously the better choice.

Which brings me back toThe Crown. Like all of us, I was brought up in the days of Empire when allegiance to the monarchy was visceral and unthinking. Later in my life, such allegiances became more tepid until they reached the point of indifference. Their  inability to read the mood of the people after the death of Diana suggested they were still unable to move with the times. Then a few years later while engaged in a debate about a republic, someone put it to me would I really want to live under President Blair? The thought brought me up short. After watching The Crown, despite all the shortcomings revealed, I can only say: 'God Save The Queen.'

If you've not embarked upon the series yet, you may find that you  come to see the Duke of Windsor and Phil the Greek in quite a different light. As always, downstream of history the events of our lives look very different to what we thought they were.

Monday, November 07, 2016

..."orft he jolly well goes!"...

...veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young has died at the age of 95...the long-serving DJ, who spent almost three decades at BBC Radio 2, died peacefully at home with his wife Alicia by his side on Monday afternoon, a family spokesman said...

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

it's official!...

...down under 'tis November 3rd and that means...
...happy birthday to Terry!...