Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Golf buds wife made a large carrot cake and Princess and crew brought up two more.Dont think I will get under 200 lbs this year.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Sunday, August 28, 2016
It's a sign of age when we read about our lives in history books written by people who weren't born at the time, or were at most still wet behind the ears. Consequently I was looking for a reassuring walk down memory lane when I bought Modernity Britain -A Shake of the Dice 1959-62 from a remaindered bookshop. I thought it might inject some life into my failing memory.
Good old Lady C was in evidence of course. There seemed to be only one copy in
where I was living at the time. It took months to reach me, before I finally
discovered that all the things the rich had been telling us not to do, they had
been doing for years. Coronation Street is there of course, but it there again
it never went away. The book comments that right from the start 'feckless men
were played off against strong women,' which seems about right. Certainly most
men I know have been surrounded by strong women ever since. They called it
hen-pecked back then. Lincolnshire
Peter Sellers, strikes, coal, that black stuff that got everywhere. Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: 'Don't let the bastards grind you down.' The language shocked my girlfriend, but I knew I couldn't wait to join the this new era and escape from Gilbert Harding's What's my Line? and the Black and White Minstrels.
Oddly I had to hunt for memories, partly because I found the book muddled and dense but mainly because it portrays the era in a way I failed to recognise.
That I suppose is inevitable when historians get hold of your memories. Too many people like to tell us that history is what happened in the past. When in reality history is what historians say happened. Added to which history is written with a purpose.
The book reads like someone has spent a few years in the library going through every newspaper of the time. Remember not only the Daily Herald but when we believed what newspapers told us?
Therein lies the problem. Newspapers have to sell copy. They need an angle and drama. Add in the politics of their owners and reality and truth often get lost in the process.
Certainly I couldn't find the anticipation and excitement of 1959-1962. Not just because there was the opportunity to push back the boundaries of knowledge with equally minded women. (Thank goodness girdles and hair lacquer have gone.) Nor could I find the exhilaration of escaping from the confines of home and the opportunities for higher education and earning money. Creating our own culture where we were no longer cut down versions of our parents. The head-spinning knowledge that the old certainties were melting before our eyes and the future was ours. Yes! I think it's the excitement and anticipation that things were changing that's missing from the book. Although I'm not sure what we did with all those levers of change. Even though our generation were still pulling a few in the Brexit referendum.
I wonder whether in the future historians will be trawling through the likes of the Blog, looking for an authentic voice from the past. If so, we all need to be careful what we say, as we may be writing for posterity.
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Why Brexit was inevitable
This explains it all:
· Pythagoras' Theorem - 24 words
· Lord’s Prayer - 66 words
· Archimedes Principle - 67 words
· 10 Commandments - 170 words
· Gettysburg address - 286 words
· US Declaration of Independence - 1300 words
· US Constitution and all 27 Amendments - 7818 words
EU Regulations on sale of cabbages - 26,911 words.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
My van is no longer mine...it now lives over the road... Yesterday it returned to its new home on the back of a recovery lorry but it's all okay and my neighbour still loves it.
As you can see I had my TWA mug with me. I am not sad but planning my next adventure!!
Bus, bike and walking😀😎
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
This famous building is in what was always held to be a great European capital and yet isn't in the EU. It does however provide an opportunity for a mid week quiz.
What is the name of the building, where is it and why do the locals say it is the tallest building in the city?
Monday, August 08, 2016
Subject: Fwd: Windows vs Ford Motor Co.
For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates
reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated,
"If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
In response to Bill's comments, Ford issued a press release stating:If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash - twice a day.
2.. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3... Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue.For some reason you would simply accept this.
4.... Occasionally, executing a manoeuvre such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5..... Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6...... The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single
"This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.
7....... The airbag system would ask, "Are you sure?" before deploying.
8........ Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9......... Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10.......... You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.
We would like to add that when all else fails, you would be able to call "customer service" in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!
Please share this with your friends who love - but sometimes hate - their computer!
A cause of sadness for me is the way that the Mighty Continent, as Peter Ustinov once called it, has become confused of late with the EU. As a confirmed Europhile I love the glorious mixture of ideas and traditions that each individual nation brings to the whole. To live in
at such a formative age was a privilege and I have never lost my affection for its peoples. Good
marriages are based on compromise and the celebration of individuality that in
turn strengthen any union. Homogenising away individual differences to create a
bureaucratic, undemocratic quasi state with a single currency that has beggared
half of Germany Southern Europe to me seems a classic
Greek tragedy. Like many Brexiteers we voted against a system that crushes
innovation, jobs, growth and individuality. We did so not because we are
inward-looking racists as the BBC likes to portray us, but because we want to
continue to love and celebrate the unique individuality of our European home.
[As the Blog seems to be entering a quiet phase, it struck me as a good excuse to post some photos of quintessential
Europe and perhaps stir up some good natured controversy.]