Saturday, December 31, 2016

nearly 2017...

...wishing everyone a very happy New Year when your time arrives...

Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year Everyone

Best wishes for 2017 and I look forward to seeing you in Stratford if you make it.

Not received my Newsletter yet neither has my sister...Royal Mail eh!!!

Christmas has gone, my children have all visited over the much bedding to wash but I don't mind.  Santa bought me many pressies and I have stuffed my face with a lot of chocolate and other gorgeous treats, I hope you all had a good time too.

My last visit yesterday to the nurse re my injury and now I can go plaster free😀😀😀 into the new year .... it has been replaced by a rotten cold..children and their bugs!!

Tomorrow I may sit and do nothing and greet the new year in sober fashion, such are the delights of being older and really not caring about being sociable.

Hopefully no one else will fall off their perch, what a sad year it has been.... another day to go though so you can never tell what tomorrow will bring.

Stay safe and well you all.. I may just have a mulled wine now just to finish off the bottle you understand..hate waste 😀😜🤔😄🤓😂🍸🍸🎉

oh look!...'s someone's birthday!...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Oh how young we once we're!

A long time ago, on a street corner far away.   Left to Right: Han Solo, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, R2-D2

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy Christmas you all and wishing you a peaceful new year x

Christmas Bells

Not sure it will work, here's hoping  xx

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Thought for the day

“If there is a collective identity, society is a home. If you have multiculturalism, society is a hotel,” Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Friday, December 09, 2016

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Thought for the Day.

'Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm; but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves.' T S Eliot.

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!...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Not on my table

Not a brand I am familiar with but.........

The Mighty Continent VIII

A reminder for those who have forgotten of the German sense of humour.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016


 Wild turkeys on my front yard,probably 30" high.When who should appear from my backyard.Dont know if it was stalking or avoiding them.Raining and did not have time to get them to pose.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

Guess what I have been riding on today, Roger!

1066 and all dat jazz!...

...the Battle of Hastings,14 October, 1066, between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, thus beginning the Norman conquest of England... took place approximately 7 miles northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory...

Talking about pumpkins

Been a dry year for big pumpkins.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Couldn't resist....

Not wishing to steal Paul's thunder, but it's an event worth celebrating. Tangled Up in Blue was where I was at when I met my wife. This version is not as good as the original on Blood on The Tracks, but it's all about the words. Get the them if you can;  it's up there with Tambourine Man.... life in a few stanzas.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Mighty Continent VII

A quiz to start the week. Which 'fairy tale' city is this?

Friday, October 07, 2016

fifty years ago!...

...the split infinitive!...

" boldly go..."

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The Mighty Continent VI

And you thought our European cousins were strange? Take it from me, after drinking this stuff Jean-Claude Junker seems like the epitome of normality.

Monday, October 03, 2016

The Mighty Continent V


If you've ever owned a Citroen or had a French girlfriend then you know the French do things differently and as someone who has always been intrigued by Heath-Robinson constructions this wonderful device attracted my attention on a recent visit to see our Gallic cousins.


I've posted a few photos so you can admire it's wonderful lines. Sorry ladies this is clearly a guy thing.....


If you want to know more about this awesome turbine which has both a stator and a rotor, it's called an Éolienne Bollée. There was a time when I only had eyes for the women. Sad isn't it?

Saturday, October 01, 2016

The Mighty Continent IV

Wherever I go in Euroland these days, when people realise I'm British they want to talk about Brexit. The Austrians who are very phlegmatic about us leaving have written a special farewell tune. If you watch the video closely you may even learn some slick new moves to try with your aging knees.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Mighty Continent III

In France, following the ban on the burkini, anyone with Middle Eastern connections is now being treated with suspicion.