Sunday, 21 October 2018

21st October 2018 - Food !!! and Travel !! And Jam First

Thought for the day:"Today I came out to find my bicycle was gone. Police arrested a guy for peddling stolen goods."

Been on the road. Chepstow, then Bangor, for Athelstan  then Gloucester for a friend's Birthday...
Done a lot of mileage and listened to a lot of Black Company Audible Books ...

Back now with a Sunday Dinner in my tummy, grand-kids in the house and ready for a nice glass of scotch and put feet up ...

Until tomorrow early - off to Surbiton - Athelstan again ..
So not much to say really

Other than - I do not normally take photos of my dinner - but this was the plate of meat at the festive board in Bangor... the half chicken was bigger than the plate - must admit - it beat me !

And in other news  - a trump ... Cornwall and "Jam First"

And thought this may be worth keeping

A gert big step for Crnwall

So - another day - another dollar (spent!)

Cheers !

Saturday, 20 October 2018

20th October 2018 - Tech Teams and Car Parks

Thought for the Day:"Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity"

So last night Chepstow - Athelstan - today Bangor - Athelstan ... and tonight Gloucester - Social.

But I was musing as I saw this little missive that I thought I may share ..

I have had no washing machine for 2 weeks - and a subsequent chain of events ensued. Thankfully, good old Scottish Power are up among the eaves repairing our connections as I speak 😀
This is partly my real experience (with a bit of poetic licence re times and sincere apologies to Flanders and Swann):
It was on a Monday morning that the tech team came to call
The washer wasn't working, wasn't going round at all
They opened up the works and tested sockets all around
And found the electricity wasn't getting to the ground
Oh it all makes work for the working man to do!
Twas on a Tuesday morning that the electrician came.
Our expectation was that he would find the same again.
The earth went to a lead pipe which just ended in thin air, so I phoned up the supplier to arrange for the repair.
Oh it all makes work for the working man to do.
Twas on the Wednesday morning the supplier made a start.
He jangled and he jingled almost every blooming part.
He climbed right up a ladder which reached up into the heights
And after much palaver he put everything to rights.
Oh it all makes work for the working man to do..
So up comes Thursday morning and I'm on the phone again
The call line takes for ever, which is really quite a pain.
Although I like Bach's music , there was too much e'en for me
And besides I had to hang up just so I could go and pee!
So on Friday morn quite early I did try to phone again.
I managed to get through and so I did once more explain
That I still had no knickers that were fit to wear outside,
So they booked another session with the tech team nationwide.
On Saturday and Sunday the tech teams don't work at all
So twill be on Monday morning that the tech team comes to call
( In order to protect myself I should explain that tech teams may indeed work weekends but not in this song 😉)

In other news - I tend to post about parking a lot - here is an example of what not to do in a large car park..

and with that thought .. off to Gloucester for a singing gig...

Friday, 19 October 2018

19th October 2018 - Of Little things..

Thought for the day:"Bread is like the sun – it rises in the yeast and sets in the waist"

Was wandering through various bits of social Media and an image caught my eye - and that led me to having a look through the image section of google..  When I was growing up - we had a model village near London called Bekonscot Model Village at Beaconsfield about 25 miles away  - a long bus journey away as I recall but an excellent day out.

I used to enjoy going to see the models and walk like a giant among the little houses and fascinated by the trains running and the boat that sailed across the pond...

But this was another location - in Torquay - and the reason that it caught my eye - well have a look at the pictures...

The Model Village

 Giant Cat causes consternation !!

 The Dragon has come to our village today 

Be nice when it is finished

Nasty Fire...

But the one that caught my eye ...   Queen Street London - a fine piece of Art Deco!

I will have to visit one day ...

and for no other reason but that someone asked me for it the other day and I did not find it easily to hand ...

Welsh National Anthem - and Phonetic Anthem - for reference in the future

Cheers :

Thursday, 18 October 2018

18th October 2018 - Socrates & the Triple Filter

Thought for the day:"I know it is a sweeping generalisation – but most brooms are the same"

More Scaly:

Saw this rather special Mural today and thought I would share it ..

But Socrates came to mind for no particular reason ... But I love the story

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day, an acquaintance ran up to the great philosopher and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about your friend?"

"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied.

"Before telling me anything I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Triple filter?"

"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said, "actually I just heard about it..."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain it's true. You may still pass the test though because there's one filter left: the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be something I can use to benefit the world?"

"No, not really."

"Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?"

The man stared at him, and without a word turned around and left, dejected.

This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why he never found out his best friend was sleeping with his wife.

Cheers !

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

17th October 2018 - Seeing is believing

Thought for the day:"Whoever has my voodoo doll – please take some stuffing out of the tummy area - thank you"

A day to get confused ...
Is it a green one?

Or - of course the original Optical illusion - keep this from moving...

Inother news - saw this  bit of Craziness - but seems it is not unique ... Can you fit quicker than a Kwik-Fit Fitter ? apparently you can...

Here is the latest Saudi effort...

Of course - in the wake of Storm Callum there were other crazy things happening - here is a Chinese plane coming in sideways at Bristol - and I mean sideways in 40 knot winds 

Nice meeting of Henfynyw Royal & Select last night at Aberaeron...

St Elli Craft Installation this afternoon - best to keep busy they say 

Cheers !

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

16th October 2018 - They shall not grow old

Thought for the day:"Bumped into and old friend this evening – he said “Watch where you are going!!”

This film is released today - from the director of Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit - using all the latest techniques for colourisation. I also note that when they saw how good the images were after stabilization - they got some lip readers in so they could work out what was being said - and set the folie artists onto the job. Explosions re-recorded by the New Zealand Army ...  Wonderful work..

Shown for the first time today ....
They Shall Not Grow Old

Enjoyed these from the War Museum at Colchester 

Other famous histories ....

And I wish you a mighty Poo

Monday, 15 October 2018

15th October 2018 - Harry Potter and the Dance Off

Thought for the day :"Harry Potter mistook his cooking pot for his best mate – they are both cauldron"

Daily Scaly -

On other news - I do not really like this sort of thing usually, I have a great antipathy to Strictly Come Dancing and other Dance shows  - but was particularly taken by this "dance-off" by Arizona's Walden Grove High School...

So if we are on the subject of Harry Potter - there are a couple of interesting points int his little expose - other than the annoying fact that the Americans did not know what a Philosopher's Stone was and decided that they wanted a Sorcerer's Stone instead...  luckily not in this expose...

and so, it seems I know nothing of the Dark Arts ....

I'll drink to that