Saturday, 31 December 2016

31st December 2016 - Last Day of 2016

Thought for the day:"I am trying hard to get into the New Year Spirit - but I can't get the cork out"

Best get ready with the old facebook covers for the New Year

From the Crimson Moon

From Vollsanger
and a change of face...

and a New Year Wish...

From me (“the wisher”) to you (“the wishee”). Please accept without obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, politically correct, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the northern hemisphere winter solstice / southern hemisphere summer solstice holiday, practised within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious / secular persuasions and / or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
I wish you a financially successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2017, but with due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures or sects, and having regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform or sexual preference of the wishee.
By accepting this greeting you are bound by these terms that:
This greeting is subject to further clarification or withdrawal.
This greeting is freely transferable provided that no alteration shall be made to the original greeting and that the proprietary rights of the wisher are acknowledged.
This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes.
This greeting may not be enforceable in certain jurisdictions and/or the restrictions herein may not be binding on certain wishees in certain jurisdictions and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This greeting is warranted to perform as reasonably may be expected within the usual application of good tidings, for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first.
The wisher warrants this greeting only for the limited replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.
Any references in the greeting to “the Lord”, “Father Christmas”, “Wise Men”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” or any other festive figures, whether actual or fictitious, living or dead, shall not imply any endorsement by or from them in respect of this greeting, and all proprietary rights in any referenced third party names and images are hereby acknowledged

So as we come to the Resolution part...

Friday, 30 December 2016

30th December 2016 - Of stars I have shared a stage with

Thought for the day:"What's a foot long, made of leather and sounds like a cold? A shoe."

It was three years ago that I sang at the Cross Hands Cinema building and one of the acts with me was a lady who had a lovely voice and wrote her own songs - Amy Wadge. I was privileged to play earlier in the session and one of my first public appearances with a microphone ...

I enjoyed..
this is a song that I filmed her playing - one of hers - called "Seventeen"

At the time she was writing with a young up and coming singer songwriter in collaboration - his name was Ed Shearan and the songs that they were writing were destined to stay at the top of the charts for months - changed her life I understand - certainly paid the mortgage - and she now jets around the world as a celebrity ...  She is just one of three rock star ladies I know - but I think she is probably the most successful ..
It seems that she was born in Backwell near Bristol, where my parents lived while I was at College in Aberystwyth.

Wiki tells me :
Apart from writing songs for herself, Wadge has been active in collaborating with new performers in Britain, most notably Ed Sheeran. Wadge and Sheeran collaborated on a number of songs together, and Sheeran titled his self-released 2010 EP Songs I Wrote with Amy. One track was included with the deluxe edition of Sheeran's album. Wadge continues her collaborative relationship with Sheeran in 2014. The single "Thinking Out Loud", written on a guitar given to Sheeran, features on the album. She has also written with Lewis Watson, with tracks "Halo" and "Sink or Swim" appearing on the album The Morning (All of the Songs), and she has collaborated with Shannon Saunders, Anna Pancaldi and numerous other notable artists.

Oh well - best get back to the studio

Thursday, 29 December 2016

29th December 2016 - just a thought

Thought for the day:"I remember being able to get up without sound effects - they were good times.."

um - seem to have missed a day - must be post christmas slow down ....


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

28th December 2016 - More Beach

Thought for the day:"This year I was given a 60's music themed advent calendar. The Doors were massive."

and a few more photos...

Best get on with other stuff
Cheers !

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

27th December 2016 - A walk on the beach

Thought for the day:"People my age are so much older than me .."

Day after Boxing day and a good day to go for a walk on the beach - blooming freezing !

Monday, 26 December 2016

26th December 2016 - Boxing Day - that's all

Thought for the day:""Are you winter ready?" Yes, I have a bottle of single malt if it gets cold"

Bsy day with family - not time to blog
Happy Christmas


Sunday, 25 December 2016

25th December 2016 - Happy Christmas

Thought for the day :"Someone threw a bottle of omega 3 pills at me - luckily my injuries were only super fish oil"

So, a morning of lots of presents - and a visit from my mother in her wheelchair proved a bonus for us all. Until we got back to her home of course - when we were faced with the lift being broken. I now find out that it broke yesterday when Erin was inside, but it was working fine as I left this morning...   So, a bit of a dilemma - except my mother then decided to walk up the stairs like a sprightly 60 year old instead....  I was steadying her from behind - but she did all the work - so a good day for her as well...

Smells of food cooking downstairs - maybe time to start with a little sherry

Please be advised that all persons planning to dash through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh, going over the fields and laughing all the way are required to undergo a Risk Assessment addressing the safety of open sleighs. This assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly where there are multiple passengers. Please note that permission must also be obtained in writing from landowners before their fields may be entered. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we request that laughter is moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.
Benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available for collection by any shepherds planning or required to watch their flocks at night.
While provision has also been made for remote monitoring of flocks by CCTV cameras from a centrally heated shepherd observation shelter, all facility users are reminded that an emergency response plan must be submitted to account for known risks to the flocks. The angel of the Lord is additionally reminded that prior to shining his/her glory all around s/he must confirm that all shepherds are wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment to account for the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and the overwhelming effects of Glory.
Following last year’s well publicised case, everyone is advised that EC legislation prohibits any comment with regard to the redness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr. R Reindeer from reindeer games will be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence.
While it is acknowledged that gift-bearing is commonly practised in various parts of the world, particularly the Orient, everyone is reminded that the bearing of gifts is subject to Hospitality Guidelines and all gifts must be registered. This applies regardless of the individual, even royal personages. It is particularly noted that direct gifts of currency or gold are specifically precluded under provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act & Money Laundering Regulations. Further, caution is advised regarding other common gifts, such as aromatic resins that may initiate allergic reactions.
Finally, in the recent case of the infant found tucked up in a manger without a crib for a bed, Social Services have been advised and will be arriving shortly.

Cheers - hope Santa brought good stuff to you ...

Saturday, 24 December 2016

24th December 2016 - Christmas eve

Thought for the day:"Last Christmas I gave you my heart  - it was a short sighted gesture - I died in minutes"

So, it is Christmas eve and the house is full of family -


Friday, 23 December 2016

23rd December 2016 - Penguins Mark Well

Thought for the day :"So, this Thesaurus I just bought has only blank pages - I have no words to describe how angry I am!"

Found this little clip and was rather fascinated ..

11,000 penguins fight 4,000 Santas

But in other news - the Mark Masons Christmas newsletter sums up some of the good deeds done this year ....

Mark Masons’ Hall London December 2016

Dear Brethren,

Once again it’s been another packed year!

In January the Grand Master, M.W.Bro. H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO opened the Smile Support & Care Centre for disabled children in Waterlooville, Hampshire following a grant of £169,000 by the Mark Benevolent Fund (M.B.F.) The M.B.F. quickly stepped in again as flooding ravaged the north of England and Wales and £100,000 was distributed amongst stricken Provinces.

April saw Most Illustrious Companion Kessick J. Jones Installed as Grand Master of the Order of the Royal and Select Masters in the footsteps of Most Illustrious Companion J. Alan Wright who served as Grand Master with distinction for 11 fruitful years.

In June Prince Michael of Kent celebrated his 34th year as the Most Worshipful Grand Master of our esteemed Order. We are honoured by his commitment and dedication to Mark Masonry. The 148th Mark Benevolent Fund Anniversary Festival in July was hosted by the Province of Devonshire in Torquay raising a magnificent £1,014,000. This is only the second time in the history of the M.B.F. that the one million pound mark has been exceeded. A sterling effort!

Sadly, August brought a devastating earthquake to the centre of Italy. The M.B.F. immediately sent a grant of £25,000 to the District for the relief of Brethren and their families affected by the disaster.
I announced my retirement from the office of Grand Secretary in September this year and this will take effect from the June Investiture meeting. My successor will be your Deputy Grand Secretary, V.W.Bro. Ryan A. Williams, P.G.J.O. It has been a great privilege to have been able to serve as Grand Secretary and I wish Ryan every success in this most challenging of roles.

These are just a few of the events during 2016 and I am sure you will agree that the administration and catering teams at Mark Masons’ Hall, have continued to pull out all of the stops to make sure that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Looking forward, 2017 brings the M.B.F. Walk to take place in May and is set in some of London’s most famous parks, Hyde Park, Green Park and St James’s Park. We hope that many of you from the Provinces will join us in this most worthwhile of fundraising events.

Finally on behalf of everyone at Mark Masons’ Hall, may I take this opportunity, during these turbulent times, to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful, Healthy and Prosperous 2017.

R.W.Bro. Lt Cdr Angus PD Hannagan, RD, P.G.J.W. Grand Secretary

And for the alchemists - a Christmas Tree

Thursday, 22 December 2016

22nd December 2016 - Getting more festive

Thought for the day:"I've just got home and found all the doors and windows open and everything gone! What kind of sicko does that to someones advent calender?!!! "

Bad weather in Haraklion stops flights - we are watching as flights are cancelled...
Fingers crossed for a later flight for Bethan and Scarlet..

In the meantime..
Who is the Baddie ?? No-one will ever know !!

And a festive picture for today ...
Hosanna in Excel Sheet

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

21st December 2016 - Happy Solstice and a Seasonal Video

Thought for the day :"I wrote a book on penguins. With hindsight, I realise that paper would have been easier."

And so the Video is complete..  Happy 12 Days of Christmas to you all...

You may wish to say Happy Christmas ..   okay here we go...

Your language not there ??
Okay try these...
Acholi: Mot ki Yomcwing Botwo Me Mwaka Manyen
Adhola: Wafayo Chamo Mbaga & Bothi Oro Manyeni
Aeka: Keremisi jai be
Afrikaans: Geseende Kerfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar
Ahtna: C'ehwggelnen Dzaen
Albanees : Gëzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!
Aleut: Kamgan Ukudigaa
Alsatian: E gueti Wïnâchte & E glecklichs Nej Johr!
Alur: Wafoyo Kado Oro & Wafoyo Tundo Oro manyeni
Alutiiq: Piamci Amlesquat Uksut
Amharic: Melkam Yelidet Beaal
Amuesha: Yomprocha' ya' nataya
Angami: U kenei Christmas mu teicie kes a-u sie teicie kesa-u sie niepete keluo shuzaie we
Apache (Western) : Gozhqq Keshmish
Arabisch: I'D Miilad Said ous Sana Saida
Aragonese: Nabidà! & Goyosa Añada benién.
Aramaic : Edo bri'cho o rish d'shato brich'to!
Aranés: Bon Nadau!
Arawak: Aba satho niw jari da'wisida bon
Armeens : Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Soorp Janunt
Aromanian: Crãciunu hãriosu shi unu anu nãu, bunu!
Asturisch: Bones Navidaes & Gayoleru anu nuevu!
Assamees: Rongaali Bihur xubhessaa lobo
Ata: Maroyan na Pasko woy kaopia-an ng Bag-ong Tuig kaniyo't langon mga sulod
Aukan: Wi e winsi i wan bun nyun yali
Aymara: Sooma Nawira-ra
Azerisch: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bafut : Mboni Chrismen & Mboni Alooyefee
Bahasa/Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru
Bamoun: Poket Kristmet & Poket lum mfe
Banen: Enganda ye hiono mes & Hion Hios Hes
Bandang: Mbung Mbung Krismie & Mbung Mbung Ngouh Suiie
Baskisch : Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bassa: Ngand Nwi Lam & Mwi Lam
Batak Karo: Mejuah-juah Ketuahen Natal
Bemba : Kristu abe nenu muli ino nshiku nkulu ya Mwezi
Bengaals: Shuvo Baro Din: Shuvo Nabo Barsho
Bhojpuri: Naya Sal Mubarak Ho
Bicolano: Maugmang Capascuhan asin Masaganang Ba-gong Taon!
Bislama: Mi wisim yufala eerywan one gutfala Krismas & mo wan hapi New Year long
Blaan: Pye duh di kaut Kristo klu munt ug Felemi Fali!
Blackfoot: I'Taamomohkatoyiiksistsikomi
Brahui: Arkas caik xuda are
Bretons: Nedeleg laouen na bloav ezh mat
Bulgaraars: Chestita Koleda i Shtastliva Nova Godina
Bulu: Duma e bo'o
Bura: e be Zambe e Usa ma ka Kirisimassu
Cantonees: Seng Dan Fai Lok, Sang Nian Fai Lok
Catalaans: Bon Nadal i feliç any nou!
Carib: Sirito kypoton ra'a
Carolinian: Ameseighil ubwutiiwel Layi Luugh me raagh fee
Carrier: Zoo dungwel & Soocho nohdzi doghel
Cebuano: Malipayong Pasko ug Bulahang Bag-ong Tuig!
Chaha: Bogem h n mh m & Boxem as nana-h m
Chamba : Wi na ge nyare Su dome Kirismass
Chamorro: Filis Pasgua & Filis Anu Nuebo
Cherokee: Danistayohihv & Aliheli'sdi Itse Udetiyvsadisv
Cheyenne: Hoesenestotse & Aa'e Emona'e
Chichewa: Moni Wa Chikondwelero Cha Kristmasi
Chiga: Mwebare khuhika: Ha Noel
Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsicaans: Bon Natale e Bon capu d' annu
Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Creek: Afvcke Nettvcakorakko
Creole/Seychelles: Bonn e Erez Ane
Dagbani: Ni ti Burunya Chou & Mi ti yuun
Damara/Nama: Khiza
Deens: Glædelig Jul og godt nytår
Dibabawon : Marayaw na Pasko aw Bag-ong Tui g kaniyo tibo na mga soon
Dine/Navajo: Ya'at'eeh Keshmish
Dinka: Miet puou yan dhiedh Banyda tene Yin
Divehi: Ufaaveri aa ahareh
Dschang: Chrismi a lekah Nguo Suieh
Duits: Froehliche Weihnachten und ein glückliches Neues Jahr!
Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
Egyptisch: Colo sana wintom tiebeen
Engels: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Eritrees: Rehus-Beal-Ledeat
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon & Bonan Novjaron
Ests: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi ja Head uut aastat
Éwé: Blunya na wo
Ewondo: Mbemde abog abyali nti! Mbembe Mbu!
Fali: Use d'h Krismass
Faroese: Gledhilig jól og eydnurikt nýggjár!
Farsi: Sal-e no mubarak
Fijiaans: Me Nomuni na marau ni siga ni sucu dei na yabaki vou
Fins: Hyvää Joulua or Hauskaa Joulua: 0nnellista uutta vuotta
Frans: Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!
Fries: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Friulian: Bon Nadâl e Bon An Gnûf
Fulfulde: Jabbama be salla Kirismati
Gaddang: Mangamgam Bawa a dawun sikua diaw amin
Galicisch: Bon Nadal e Bo Ani Novo
Gari: !Soalokia God i gotu vasau, mi lao ke ba na rago vanigira ara dou i matana!
Gciriku: Mfiyawidi yaKrisimisa & Marago ghaMwaka waUpe
Georgisch: Gilotsavt Krist'es Shobas & Gilosavt akhal ts'els
Gikuyu: Gia na Thigukuu njega Na MwakaM weru wi Gikeno
Gitskan: Hisgusgitxwsim Ha'niisgats Christ gankl Ama Sii K'uuhl!
Golin: Yesu kule nongwa kaun umaribe ongwa ena mone di mile wai wen milo
Grieks: Kala Christougenna Ki'eftihismenos O Kenourios Chronos
Groenlands: Juullimi Ukiortaassamilu Pilluarit
Guahibo : Pexania Navidadmatacabi piginia pexaniapejanawai paxainaename
Guambiano: Navidadwan Tabig tugagunrrigay & Sru pilawan kasrag utunrrigay
Guarani : Avyaitete ahi ko Tupa ray arape qyrai Yy Kapyryin rira
Guarayu: Imboeteipri tasecoi Tupa i vave! & Ivve ava Tupa rembiaisu toyuvirecoi turpi oyeaisusa pipe!
Gujarati: Natal ni shub kaamnao & Saal Mubarak
Gwere: Osusuku Omusa & Masuke Omwaka
Gwich'in: Drin tsal zhit shoh ohlii & Drin Choo zhit zhoh ohlii
Han: Drin tsul zhit sho ahlay & Drin Cho zhit sho ahlay
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiiaans: Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
Haya: Waihuka na Noeli & Waihhuka n 'Omwaka
Hebreeuws: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Shanah Tova
Heiban: Ati kalo gathje uwa gigih
Herero: Okresmesa ombwa Ombura ombe ombwa
Hiligaynon: Malipayon nga paskua & Malipayon Nga Bag-ong tuig
Hindi: Shubh Naya Baras
Hmong: Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tahiab
Hongaars: Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket és Boldog újévet!
Hungduan: Maphon au nitungawan. Apo Dios Kituwen baron di toon
Iban: Selamat Ari Krismas enggau Taun Baru
Ibanag : nga Pascua
Iers: Nollaig Shona Dhuit
Igbo: Ekelere m gi maka Keresimesi na ubochi izizi afo ozo
IJslands : Gleðileg Jól og Farsaelt Komandi ár!
Ikiribati: Te Mauri, Te Raoi ao Te Tabomoa nakoimi nte Kirimati ao te Ririki ae Bou
Ilocano: Naimbag a Pascua ken Naragsac nga Baro nga Tawen!
Imbongu: Gotenga malo Jisasi Karaist
Indonesisch: Selamat Hari Natal & Selamat Tahun Baru
Inupiaq: Annaurri Aniruq & Paglaun Ukiutchiaq
Inupiatun: Quvianaq Agaayuniqpak
Irakees: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson homungradon nagwutut & Ojenyunyat osrasay
Italiaans: Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Japans: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Javaans: Sugeng Natal lan warsa enggal
Jèrriais: Bouan Noué et Bouanne Année
Kabyle: Assegwas ameggaz
Kadazan: Kotobian Tadau Do Krimas om Toun Vagu
Kahua: Na vagevageha surireua na Kirisimasi ma na harisi naoru
Kala Lagaw Ya: Ngi ngayka Koei trimal Kaz
Kamba : Ithiwa na Kisimsi Kiseo & Na Mwaka Mweu Museo
Kambaata: eman haaro wegga illisholce
Kannada: Hosa Varushada Subhasayagalu
Kantonees: Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Kaqchiquel: Dios tik'ujie' avik'in
Karelisch: Rastawanke Sinun, Uvven Vuvenke Sinun
Kashmiers: Christmas Id Mubarak
Kawalib: Amirnar Krismas Gi
Khasi: Krismas basuk & Snem thymmai basuk
Kinyarwanda: Umunsi Mwiza
Kirgizisch : JangI jIlIngIz guttuu bolsun!
Kirundi: Noeli Nziza & Umwaka Mwiza
Koerdisch: Seva piroz sahibe u sersala te piroz be
Kom: Isangle Krismen & Isangle beng i fue
Konkoni: Khushal borit Natalam
Korafe: Keremisi ewewa
Koreaans : Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Kosraean: Tok Tapeng & Engan ya sasu
Koyukon: Denaahto' Hoolaank Dedzaanh Sodeelts'eeyh
Krio: Appi Krismes en Appi Niu Yaa
Kroatisch: Sretan Bozic
Kuanua: A Bona Lukara na Kinakava
Kwangali : Kerekemisa zongwa & Erago moMumvho gomupe
Ladin: Bon Nadel y Bon Ann Nuef
Lakota: Wanikiya tonpi wowiyuskin & Omaka teca oiyokipi
Lamnsó: Kisheri ke Kisimen & Vijung ve kiya kefiyki
Lango: Afoyo Chamo Mwake & Apoyo Mwaka Manyeni
Latijn : Pax hominibus bonae voluntatis
Lets: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian: Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Libanees: Milad Saeed wa Sanaa Mubarakah
Litouws: Linksmu Kaledu ir laimingu Nauju metu
Livonian: Jovi talshpivdi un Vondzist uto aigasto
Lower Tanana: Bet'oxdilt'ayi bedena' ch'exulanhde dranh ninoxudedhet
Lozi: Kilisimasi ya nyakalalo & Silimo se sinca sa tabo
Luganda: Amazalibwa Agesanyu & N'Omwaka Omujaa Ogwemirembe
Luhya: Isuguku Indahi & Nu Muhiga Musha
Luo: Sikuku Mar Higa Kod Mor & Mar Kiga Manyien
Luritja: Wai! Nyuntu Larya?
Luxemburgs: Schéi Krëschtdeeg an e Schéint Néi Joer
Macedonisch: Srekan Bozik I Nova Godina
Madura: Pada salamet sabhala bengko areja
Makassar: Salama' Natal & Selamat Tahun baru
Malagasy: Arahaba tratry ny Krismasy
Malayalam: Puthuvalsara Aashamsakal
Maleis: Selamat Hari Natal
Maltees: Nixtieqlek Milied Tajjeb u Sena Tajba
Mambwe: Kristu aye namwe umu nsikunkulu ino iya Mwezi
Mandobo : Mepiya Pagasaulog sa pagka-otawni Jesus aw maontong kaling Omay!
Mangyan: Mayad paq Pasko kag
Mansaka: Madyaw na Pasko aw malipayong Bag-ong Tuig kamayo, mga lumon
Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori: Kia orana e kia manuia rava i teia Kiritimeti e te Mataiti Ou
Marathi : Shub Naya Varsh
Margi: Use aga Kirismassi
Marshallese: Monono ilo raaneoan Nejin & Jeramman ilo iio in ekaal
Mataco-Mataguayo: Lesilatyaj ihi Dios ta i ppule ye, Letamsek ihi wichi ta Dios ikojejthi ta i honat e
Maya/Yucateco: Utzul mank'inal
Medlpa : Enim Mutuiyo!
Meithei: Krismas Hlomum & Kumthar Lawmum
Monegaskisch: Festusu Natale e Bona ana noeva
Mingrelian : k'irses mugoxuamant & axal ts'anas mugoxuamant
Mongools: Zul saryn bolon shine ony mend devshuulye
Moro: Nidli pred naborete nano
Moru: Medu amiri ovuru Yesu opi amaro
Muyu: Lip Ki amun aa Natal Kowe
Naasioi: Tampara Kirisimaasi
Naskapi: miywaaitaakun mikusaanor & kiyaa maamiyupiyaakw minuwaach pipuun
Ndjem: Mbeya mbeya Ebiel & Mbeya mbeya mbu
Ndogo: Esimano olyaKalunga gwokombandambanda! & Nombili kombanda yevi maantu e ya hokwa!
Ndonga: Okrismesa iwa & Omude Mupe wa Punikwa
Nederlands: Prettig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Nepalees: krist Yesu Ko Shuva Janma Utsav Ko Upalaxhma Hardik Shuva & Naya Barsa Ko harkik Shuvakamana
Newari: Nhu Da Ya Vintuna
Nii: Nim Ono
Niuean: Monuina a Aho Kilisimasi mo e Tau Foou
Noors/Nynorsk: Eg ynskjer hermed Dykk alle ein God Jul og Godt Nyttår
Noors/Bokmål: God Jul og Godt Nyttår
Notu/Ewage: Keremisi dave be
Nyanja: Kristu akhale ndi inu munyengo ino ya Christmas
Nyankore: Mukhulukhe Omwaka
Occitaans: Polit nadal e bona annada
Oekraïens: Veseloho Vam Rizdva i Shchastlyvoho Novoho Roku!
Ojibwe (Chippewa): Niibaa' anami'egiizhigad & Aabita Biboon
Oneida: Wanto'wan amp; Hoyan
Oriya: Sukhamaya christmass ebang khusibhara naba barsa
Orokaiva: Keremisi javotoho
Oromo: baga wagaa hara isinin gaye
Palauan: Ungil Kurismas
Pompangan: Malugud Pascu at saca Masayang Bayung Banua!
Pangasinan: Maabig ya pasko & Maliket ya balon taon
Papiamento: Bon Pasco i Feliz Aña Nobo
Pashto: De Christmas akhtar de bakhtawar au newai kal de mubarak sha.
Pennsylvania Duits: En frehlicher Grischtdaag unen hallich Nei Yaahr!
Pohnpeian: Peren en Krismas & Peren en Parakapw
Pools: Wesolych Swiat i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku.
Portugees : Boas Festas e um feliz Ano Novo
Punjaabs: Nave sal di mubaraka
Q'anjob'al: chi woche swatx'ilal hak'ul yet yalji Komami'
Quechua: Sumaj kausay kachun Navidad ch'sisipi & Mosoi Watapi sumaj kausay kachun
Quiche': Dioa kkje' awuk'
Rapa-Nui: Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi & Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rarotongan: Kia akakakaia te Atua i runga i te rangi Teitei, e ei au to to teianei ao, e kia aroaia mai te tangata nei.
Rengma: Anu keghi Christmas nu amapi kethighi wa salam pi nthu chupenle
Rheto-Romaans: Bella Festas daz Nadal ed in Ventiravel Onn Nov
Romani: Bachtalo krecunu Thaj Bachtalo Nevo Bers
Romanian : Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!
Rongmei: Mei kathui nata neila mei Khrisrmas akhatni gai mei tingkum kathan tu-na arew we
Roviana : Mami tataru Kirisimasi koa gamu doduru meke qetu qetu vuaheni vaqura ia
Russisch: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva i s Novim Godom
Salar : YangI yilingiz gotlI bulsIn!
Sambal: Maligayang Pasko at Masayang Ba-yon Taon!
Sámi: Buorit Juovllat ja Buorre Oddajahki
Saamia: Muwule Omwaka Enjaya
Samoaans: Ia manuia le Kilisimasi ma le tausaga fou
Sango: Gloire na Nzapa na ndouzou aho kouè, Na siriri na ndo sessé na popo ti ajo so amou nguia na Lo.
Santali: Raska nawa Serma
Saramaccan: Nuan wan suti jai o!
Sardinees: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Schots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ur!
Secoya: Sihuanu'u Ejaerepa aide'ose'ere & Sihuana'u huaje ametecahue
Semandang: Selemat gawai Natal
Seneca: a: o'-e: sad yos-ha: -se: '
Servisch: Sretan Bozic. Vesela Nova Godine
Siciliaans: Bon Natali e Prosperu Annu Novu!
Sinhala: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slavey: Teyatie Gonezu
Soga: Mwisuka Sekukulu
Somali: ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican.
Songe: Kutandika kua Yesu kuibuwa! & Kipua kipia kibuwa!
Sorani: Newroz le to Piroz be
Sorbian: Wjesole hody a strowe Nowe leto.
Sotho/North: Mahlatsi a Matswalo a Morena le Ngwaga o Moswa
Sotho/South: Litakalerso Tse Monate Tsa Kere Semese Le Mahlohonolo a Selemo Se Secha
Sloveens: Vesele bozicne praznike in srecno novo leto
Slowaaks: Vesele Vianoce a stastny novy rok
Soedanees: Wilujeng Natal Sareng Warsa Enggal
Spaans: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Sranan: Wan switi kresneti nanga wan bun nyun yari!
Subanen: Piak Pasko Pu Piag Bago Tawn
Suena: Kerisimasi kokopai
Surigaonon: Malipayon na pasko sanan bag-on tuig!
Swahili: ºKrismas Njema Na Heri Za Mwaka Mpyaº
Tagakaulu : Madyaw Pagsalog sa Pagka-otaw ni Jesus & Aw mauntong na bago Umay!
Tagalog: Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon
Tahitian: Ia ora i te Noere e ia ora na i te matahiti 'api
Tala Andig: Maayad ha pasko daw bag-ong tuig
Tamazight: Asseggwas Ameggaz
Tamil: Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Tanaina: Natukda Nuuphaa
Tarifit: Asuggas Asa'di
Tayal: Pqaquasta ta. Pquasta hentang na Jesu
Thai: Suksan Wan Christmas lae Sawadee Pee Mai
Tlingit: Xristos Khuwdziti kax sh kaxtoolxetl
Tokelau: Ke whakamanuia te Kirihimahi & Tauhaga Fou fiafia
Tok Pisin: Meri Krismas & Hepi Nu Yia
Tonga: Kristo abe anduwe muciindo ca Christmas
Tongan: Kilisimasi Fiefia & Ta'u fo'ou monu ia
Toraja: Salama' Natal & Selama' taun baru
Trukese: Neekirissimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Tshiluba : Diledibua dilenga dia Mfumu: Tshidimu tshipia: tshipia th silenga
Tsjechisch: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a Stastny novy rok
Tswana: Keresemose o monate le masego a ngwaga o montsha
Tubetube: Yayaliyaya Yesu sikabi kaiwena
Tumbuka: Kristu wabe namwe munyengo ya Christmas
Turks: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Tutchone/Northern: Ut'ohudinch'i Hulin Dzenu & Eyum nan ek'an nenatth'at danji te yesohuthin ch'e hadaatle sh'o
Umbundu: Natale, Natale, Oyo O Natale & Eteke Lio Bowano, Illimo Ciwa
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Uvean: Italo fa ide tau fou nei eseke
Uyghur: YanghI yiling ahlqIs bolgey!
Valencian: Bon Nadal i millor any nou
Vespi: Rastvoidenke i Udenke Vodenke
Vietnamees: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh: Chuc Mung Tan Nien
Vlaams: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
Votian: Yvaa rashtagoa! & Yvaa uutta vootta!
Waray-Waray : Maupay nga Pasko ngan Mainuswagon nga Bag-o nga Tuig!
Warlpiri: Miri Kirijimiji & Nyuntunpa Ngurrju nyayirni yapa
Welsh: Nadolig LLawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda
Witrussisch: Winshuyu sa Svyatkami i z Novym godam!
Xhosa: Siniqwenelela Ikrisimesi EmnandI Nonyaka Omtsha Ozele Iintsikelelo Namathamsanqa
Yup'ik/Central: Alussistuaqegcikici
Yupik/Siberian: Quyanalghii Kuusma & Quyangalleq Nutaghamun Aymiqulleq
Yiddisch : Gute Vaynakhtn un a Gut Nay Yor
Yoruba: E ku odun, e hu iye' dun!
Zarma: Barka da Issa hay-yan hann & Barka da djiri barey-yan
Zaza: Newroz'a tu Piroz be
Zia: Kerisimasi wosewa
Zime: El ma ka bar vra aso vei Lu & El ma ka kim na mireu
Zulu: Sinifesela Ukhisimusi Omuhle Nonyaka Omusha Onempumelelo
Zweeds: God Jul och Gott Nytt År

That about sums it up for the First day of Winter  - Happy Solstice

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

20th December 2016 - Waiting for the floor

Thought for the day:"Irony ?? Dying in the living room !"

Yesterday saw another known person die - Rabbi Lionel Blue passed away aged 86. I used to hear him regularly on the Radio, I thought Radio 2 back in the days of "Morning Morning Jameson here!" though his obituaries mark him as a regular on Radio 4. Used to enjoy his rambling, find out now that he was a pioneer and the first Gay Rabbi to come out...  apparently, when he had prostrate Cancer in 2000 - he decided to write his own obituary and broadcast it. Nope  - not going to try that one ...

Today was an early morning day. I don't normally "do" early mornings ... happy to rest until the crack of ten, but the kitchen flooring is coming today - don't know what time - and the agreement was that I would lift the old flooring. Fed the dog, let the chickens into the coop, not allowed into the garden at the moment as there is Bird Flu around, and popped around the corner to get some milk for a well earned cup of tea..    No idea when they will come - but we are ready for them...

5 Days until Christmas  - Best change some cover pictures ....  and finish a video ...

Frost Market - Week Three

Right - back to work ..
Cheers !


Monday, 19 December 2016

19th December 2016 - Lone Ranger - to the dump to the dump to the dump dump dump

Thought for the day :"Remember when the teacher said "You won't have a calculator everywhere" - well we showed them !"

Last few days of 2016 - and the last few celebrities to pass on their way - Zsa Zsa Gobor today ..

But she did get to 99 !!

Other than that I have had a day that my mother would have enjoyed in the old days - I have been to the dump so many times! there are great advantages in having chickens in the back garden. Fresh meat that tastes great - occasional eggs - though some are still free- loaders - but to be honest the one part that is less than glamorous is the disposal of the chicken  urr "stuff"... Especially if it is collected into blue bags over a period of months and then left to sit and ferment in its own juice and sawdust and hay...

So, deciding to get to the dump today - armed with a number of blue bags (stuff for recycling), some various bits and pieces destined for the warehouse to make room for a few nefarious guests over Christmas ( BAH! Humbug)  - I broached the piles garden waste and festering chicken poo ...
Had to pump the tyre up on the trailer - and it took two trips to unload the lot ...

Used some latex gloves this time - learned my lesson from the last time - where my hands stank for a week despite washing every day...

Clothes into the washing pile - not usable for anything else...
But job done ...

Rip up the Kitchen flooring tomorrow so the new stuff can be laid...
And working on a video
new piccie for the Crimson Moon

Busy Busy Busy

best have a glass of Chateau 41 !

Sunday, 18 December 2016

18th December 2016 - Open the Box ?? Or take the money!

Thought for the day:" I hate it when I see an old person and realise I went to school with them !"

So.. there was a task!!
Somewhere in the warehouse there are Christmas decorations from two years ago - I had a fairly good idea that I had put them somewhere accessible at the time - but later forgot and covered them in boxes.... but probably in that far corner on the right...

Then I got a request last night from some good friends who sent us some CD's several years ago to see if we could sell some at the Christmas Market in Caerphilly. Well we managed to sell a few, and sent some money off to them - and thought that we would bump into each other as we passed around the medieval re-enactments.. Meanwhile the box with the CD's sat on the shelf in the living room. It was not really in the way, tucked behind some books ...

But, after being away in Germany, Susie decided to re-arrange the mess that was our main bookshelves - so on my return I re-arranged the second bookshelf to hold all the files ... And I moved the stuff that was on the shelves - most likely into a box which would then get sent to the warehouse.... 

One of those boxes ! No idea which !!

So - since I was looking for the decorations - I started in the right corner and duly found the tinsel after moving about 16 boxes and checking as I went along...  Having cleared three columns, I had a choice to carry on form the back and work to the front - or start the next row from the front and work backwards..  Good Choice!!   Box 27 !!

Found the CD's ...  still in pristine condition !!

Will have to pop to the Post Office tomorrow ...

Would be nice if there was a system - but the original idea was to move and get a big barn - and every day would be a pleasant surprise as we opened a box and decided what to keep ! I think I was just lucky today !

I'll drink to Luck!!
(Actually I'll drink to anything !!"

Saturday, 17 December 2016

17th December 2016 - No Barriers to Safety

Thought for the day :"Guess who got their life together … Not me - but someone somewhere in the world probably did "

Most of the time Facebook puts loads of rubbish between the posts from friends and photos of kittens, but occasionally one of the news items that creep in catch my attention. This was one of them. It seems such a simple idea. Crash Barriers are designed to do that - stop a crash, prevent further damage etc, but in many cases a hit onto a crash barrier will tip the vehicle, somersault it, or cause severe damage to everyone involved. I agree it is probably better than having no barrier in many cases - but this little idea caught my eyes. A crash barrier made from wheels that can take the impact and spin to reduce the damage....
New Barriers - South Korea
Worth taking a little look at the way it works - via Youtube...

Road Safety Barriers : What a simple idea!

And  a musical thought - Cheers,

Friday, 16 December 2016

16th December 2016 - Fings ain't wot they used to be!

Thought for the day:"I don't need anger management - I need people to stop annoying me"

So, my wife says to me today - "what is it about Londoners that means that the remnants of Cockney, or at least the East Enders legacy means that even today - Londoners tend to drop their "th" into an "f"?" Well, that wasn't the full question, because we all understand that that speech mannerism is set in history and tradition. No her real question was why it is not consistent..  F for "Fings" and "Fursday" and such like - but I have never heard a Londoner say Fis or Fat instead of This and That.
So if you are capable of using the "TH" in some words - why not others?

I do not have an answer for it - I simply raise a question...

But - having been asked the question - it appears that the subject is called th-fronting - and there is a full entry in Wiki about it.  It is all about Theta (ð) turning to EFF (f) - but also it refers to "TH"
(ð) turning into VEE (v) in the middle of a word...  An example given is BATHE turns to Bave...
A study shows that though it is rare for the latter style of th-fronting to occur at the start of a word, such as the one I mentioned - THAT becoming VAT - this was found in the speech of South-East London in a survey completed 1990-4...

Th-fronting is a prominent feature of several dialects of English, notably Cockney, Estuary English, some West Country and Yorkshire dialects, Newfoundland English, African American Vernacular English, and Liberian English, as well as in many foreign accents (though the details differ among those accents)..

Well - if you have a question there is an answer out there!!

A 2003 study found that th-fronting was most prevalent in and around the cities of London and Bristol.The first reference to "th"-fronting in London speech occurs in 1787.  By 1850 it appears to have been considered a standard feature of working class speech in the city, and had the same status in Bristol by 1880. The use of the labiodental fricatives [f] and [v] for the dental fricatives [θ] and [ð] was noted in Yorkshire in 1876. In his 1892 book A Grammar of the Dialect of Windhill, Joseph Wright noted variable th-fronting in his district in words such as think, third and smithy.

In 1988, it was noted as spreading amongst non-standard accents in England. Although th-fronting is found occasionally in the middle and upper (middle) class English accents as well, there is still a marked social difference between working and middle class speakers. Th-fronting is regarded as a 'boundary marker' between Cockney and Estuary English, as depicted in the first descriptions of the latter form of English and confirmed by a phonetic study conducted by researcher Ulrike Altendorf. Nevertheless, Altendorf points out that th-fronting is found occasionally in middle class (Estuary) speech as well and concludes that "it is currently making its way into the middle class English accent and thus into Estuary English".

In popular music, the singer Joe Brown's 1960s backing band was christened The Bruvvers (that is, "the brothers" with th-fronting). The 1960 musical Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be was stated to be a Cockney Comedy. Even if it was written by Lionel Bart

An article in the Telegraph in September 2016 stated that multiculturalism was causing th-fronting to spread and that the /θ/ sound would disappear from British speech by 2066...

Well - today the Chateau 41 was bottled and Demi-Johned
It beginning to look a lot like Christmas ..
Have a Dalek