Thursday, 20 July 2017

20th July 2017 - Newport and Invisible Socks

Thought for the day:"If I jumped in the washing machine - could I come out wrinkle free and three sizes smaller ?"

Saw this - chuckled....
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
EARTHQUAKE IN NEWPORT, SOUTH WALES.
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale hit Newport in the early hours, with the epicentre in the Pill area. Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly, muttering "Fuuuckinell".
The tremor decimated the area causing approximately £30 worth of damage. Several priceless collections of mementos from Majorca and the Costa del Sol were damaged beyond repair.
Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed. Many locals were woken well before their giros arrived. The South Wales Argus reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered and were still coming to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Newport. One resident - Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said, "it was such a shock, my little Chardonnay-Mercedes come running into my bedroom crying. My youngest two, Tyler-Morgan and Victoria-Storm slept through it all. I was still shaking when I was skinning up and watching Jeremy Kyle the next morning".
Apparently looting, muggings and car crime were unaffected and carried on as normal. The British Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of White Lightning to the stricken locals.
Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, including benefit books, jewellery from Elizabeth Duke at Argos and Bone China from Poundland.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing parcels for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this disaster.
Clothing is most sought after - items most needed include:
Baseball caps
Full matching tracksuits
Nike Huarachi trainers
Tartan pyjamas
UGG Boots and any other items usually sold in Primark.
Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same.
Microwave meals, Pot Noodles, Tins of baked beans, ice cream, Cans of Strong Bow or Special Brew and of course pies.
22p buys a biro for filling in compensation forms.
£3 buys chips, crisps and blue fizzy drinks for a family of 9.
£8 buys B&H and a lighter to calm the nerves of those affected.

Cheers !





Wednesday, 19 July 2017

19th July 2017 - Tanja's Song

Thought for the day:"Enjoying music is liking eating sweeties - first thing you do is throw away the rapper"

And so we have the next round of songs from the Love Chronicles - Tanja's Song


Now on video  and also on soundcloud...




Hopefully the Bothy will be back on the road today and I can get into the warehouse to sort "stuff" out.... Oh - and do another video tonight -- running out of time.....

Cheers
and on a gardening theme...




Tuesday, 18 July 2017

18th July 2017 - 12 Days and Counting

Thought for the day:"When "i" is replaced with "we" - even illness becomes wellness"

Getting a few nice reports from the posting of Valeria of Mythodea "Counting them out".
But panic started in a little when I realised that I am off in 12 days !

I really ought to make a list and check everything off ... Managed to check the passport and tickets yesterday and found that the Health Insurance Card (used to be the E111) had run out!. Seems okay as they say that the on-line system will allow replacement in 10 working days ... may have to take the old one with me just in case...  Travel Insurance and the RAC.... Bothy still int he garage having the brakes fixed to make it safe ....

So - get the boat back onto the trailer and check the bottom...
Clear a bit of space in the warehouse - possibly do some notice boards for Vollsanger - Volls Wagon could do with a new coat of polish ...   Find Costume  ... learn some songs !!!

and so - we move onto the final countdown for the CD - sadly - cannot see that I can get it all done in time yet ...

But - Black Pearl now onto Soundcloud....



That gives me 8 tracks ....
Think I may add Klabautermann - after all it is the only German Language song that I do ...
That will be another session in the studio - I wonder if I have time ....

ho hum ....

Cheers...


Monday, 17 July 2017

17th July 2017 - Who Cares?

Thought for the day:"My hobbies are over eating and complaining about getting fat"

So, Doctor Who is to be a woman. Okay - let's move on.

Actually, I don't really watch a lot of Doctor Who - it is one of those things that I can go back and have a look at every so often. Picked up the last series of Capaldi and quite enjoyed - but did the same with Mat Smith - after about three years letting the furor run away.

It is like watching someone go through the grieving process - you fall into the shock, dismay, rejection, denial, and finally acceptance... or the change cycle..

I am sure we will all get over it !!!

In other news, the Bothy is having a pre Germany check over in the garage - fingers crossed !!

And I am running out of time to get anything done before the trip ...

But why procrastinate today when I can put it off until tomorrow ..

cheers!



Sunday, 16 July 2017

16th July 2017 - A Wet Sunday maybe I won't wash the car

Thought for the day; "Money doesn't talk - it just waves goodbye"

Sunday... Rain... a wet dog - she has given up in me and decided to sit in the rain anyway. And I have not even taken the hoover out!

Over 650 viewings of the Parting Glass - which is a great number... Most seem to like the version.
Put onto Soundcloud as well ths morning - which seemed appropriate.




Feeling a little medieval this morning ..
Cheers


Saturday, 15 July 2017

15th July 2017 - The Parting Glass

Thought for the day:"An apple a a day keeps anyone away - if you throw it hard enough"

Worked hard yesterday - but failed to finish everything by midnight - the traditional hour for a Thynge (pronounced TING) - that time when you stand around the fire and call on Heimdall to open the link across the Bifrost Bridge - to tell Odin what has been happening during the day - a tradition that started as far as I know, when he lost one of his ravens - the ones that keep him abreast of all that occurs down here ...

But five minutes to midnight - the video was still rendering - and it took until after 1.30am to finally load upon Youtube and process...  so the Parting Glass - a tribute to Darren - is posted here instead ...


I lift a glass
to a big man
You beat me to Valhalla








Friday, 14 July 2017

14th July 2017 - RIP Darren Dale

Thought for the day:"Taking naps sounds so childish - I shall call them horizontal life pauses"

Sarah Cawkwell:
"It is no secret that Valhalla comes for the heroes. For those who die at the end of a blade, or in glory on the battlefield. When we come for those fallen warriors, we sing in exaltation. We sing of their great deeds in life, we sing of their nobility and their ultimate heroism. We gather up their vessels and we usher their souls through to the great feasting and mead halls of forever.
Those of you on the mortal plane… you remember them down the generations. They become legends. They are never forgotten. While memories linger, the fallen walk among us.
We drink to those fallen.
And then… once in a while, the Allfather, in his infinite wisdom, sees fit to take a quiet man. A great man. A man whose legend was formed not on the battlefield, not in the act of battle. But a man whose legend was forged in that he had a heart so filled with love that it simply could not be contained here. That love, that sense of joy, that very essence of infinite compassion has touched the lives of so many.
Today, we weep because the Allfather has taken him from us. We are united in grief and loss and anger and heartbreak. But I ask you, do not weep overlong, because he would only have mocked you for it.
Thane Wall, or to give him the strange, other-worldly name he took on – ‘Darren’ – will stand eternal guard over the kingdom of Norsca, his legend etched into the very ground on which you walk.
The loss of a friend brings an ache to the heart and soul that it seems can never be relieved. But memories are a balm, soothing the hurt and bringing peace. Remember the smiles. Remember the sternness. Remember the apparently infinite capacity for flirtation.
Weep for his loss. Celebrate his life. Always remember him.
And when you also step through the doors of Valhalla, he will be there with a cup of mead and that big, cheeky smile, waiting for you.
Praise be to Odin!"

Yesterday Darren Dale - a great friend for many years passed away in hospital after an induced coma, and Facebook land is full of tributes to a gentle soul... He had been a trusted member of the Crimson Moon team - indeed being the first person to whom we that we entrusted the running of a full event (Caldicot EMA) when we accidentally managed to double book a wedding..

Darren, Thane Wall, Bubba - he will be missed - he was larger than life and has now passed on...







Sad - he will be missed


I lift a parting glass...


Of all the money that e'er I spent
I've spent it in good company
And all the harm that ever I did
Alas it was to none but me
And all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

If I had money enough to spend
And leisure to sit awhile
There is a fair maid in the town
That sorely has my heart beguiled
Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips
I own she has my heart enthralled
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Oh, all the comrades that e'er I had
They're sorry for my going away
And all the sweethearts that e'er I had
They'd wish me one more day to stay
But since it falls unto my lot
That I should rise and you should not
I'll gently rise and softly call
Good night and joy be with you all







Thursday, 13 July 2017

13th July 2017 - One Video Down

Thought for the day:"I wonder if clouds ever look down on us and say - "Hey - that one looks like an idiot"

So - I may have done a thing ..
Waiting for approval from the various persons included in the video - the Valeria of Mythodea is in Video Form and thought currently unlisted can be included here

Love Chronicles of Mythodea - Valeria

Quite pleased with the mix...
Off to get the boat trailer re-welded, do some visiting, finish some editing, busy day ahead.

Cheers...


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

12th July 2017 - 1984 - ain't it the truth !!!


Thought for the day: "I've just.started a new job making chess sets ...it's shift work ..I'm on Knights next week.. "

Found a nice little quote running around in Facebook Land - seems it is legitimate and was written by George Orwell back in 1948 - (you can't trust most quotes on the internet these days without double and triple checking)  - I thought I would share it ...


The whole quote is :

“We are so busy Facebooking, Snapchatting, Tweeting etc that we are missing what is happening in the world,” he said.
He pointed to a quote from the production he said not only sticks out to him every time, but one that he think will challenge audiences to really think about the world they inhabit and how they chose to be a part of it.
The line is from one of the characters that works for the Government, otherwise known as Big Brother. He says: “The people will not revolt. They will not look up from their screens long enough to notice what’s happening.”
Orwell didn’t have a crystal ball, what he did have was an understanding of the human condition and its weakness. Apathy.

can't say that I disagree with the comments....

Cheers !!!



Tuesday, 11 July 2017

11th July 2017 - Back Home to wales - Must be raining

Thought for the day; "Oh dear - I think my train of thought left the station without me"

Used to tell people that it never rains in wales - it is only a ruse that we put out to keep the English away from the Country - but today the trip from the Toll Plaza (as they call the payment area at the Severn Bridge) to Newport tunnels and almost to Cardiff was a continuous rain storm and traffic jam - apparently due to Coldplay having a concert in Cardiff this evening - took me 5 anda half hours to get home from the South Coast...

So - will enjoy the rest of the evening
Cheers - and a scary thought!!

Monday, 10 July 2017

10th July 2017 - Just a thought

Thought for the day:" I want you to know that someone cares!  Not me - but someone!"

I still hate this lack of mouse !! Screen jumping all over the place and Cortano popping up and saying "tap here and ask a stupid question" - it's no good tapping - it is not a touch screen !!

Bah Humbug!


Sunday, 9 July 2017

9th July 2017 - Just a thought

Thought for  the day:"Life is not a fairy tale - if you lose a shoe at midnight - you were drunk "

a day on the lap-top - not a personal favourite as I did not bring a mouse and I hate the lap top thingie mouse....

so just a thought



Saturday, 8 July 2017

8th July 2017 - Just a thought

Thought for the day: "I am not weird - I am a limited edition" 

Just a thought - a day of Athelstan and then travel to the South Coast





Friday, 7 July 2017

7th July 2017 - On time and Pizza

Thought for the day:"A pizza is a real time pie chart of how much pizza is left"

Another day in the studio and working the masters...  Sent off to Crete for more QA this morning so we will see the results later ... 


Updated the Mark Website with a couple of pictures and getting ready to go and face the warehouse - and see what can be done about the boat and trailer tent ...

Installed Board for St Teilo this evening, it is amazing how quickly the year has come around.

And on the subject of time flying...


I thought about procrastinating - but I thought I would leave that until tomorrow  

Cheers !!




Thursday, 6 July 2017

6th July 2017 - Past Provincial Grand Sojourner - I'll drink to that

Thought for the day:" Not bragging - but I don't even need alcohol to make bad decisions"

Was Provincial Grand Lodge today for West Wales Province and in the morning I received promotion to Past Provincial Grand Sojourner - which is nce if you know what I am talking about.
I enjoyed the day out and despite the heat managed to last the day and support the other members of the Province who also had promotions and appointments...

And so I found a wonderful picture of a choir which I shamelessly linked to my wife's Choir - I am not sure she has seen it yet !!

I will find out when I am thrown out of bed later tonight !!

Meanwhile

 of course
alcohol also has its down side


But if you are into marketing then honesty is the best policy ...

seems legit

Cheers !






Wednesday, 5 July 2017

5th July 2017 - Maths Destruction!!

Thought for the day:"If you can't laugh at yourself - call me - I'll laugh at you"



BREAKING NEWS !!
Teacher Arrested
A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator.
At a morning press conference, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.
He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
...Al-Gebra is a problem for us', the Attorney General said. 'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.' They use secret code names like "X" and "Y" and refer to themselves as "unknowns" but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.
As the Greek philosopher Isosceles used to say, "There are 3 sides to every triangle."
When asked to comment on the arrest, President Trump said, "If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes."
White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President.

cheers


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

4th July 2017 - I lift glass to the Ex-Colonials !

Thought for the day :" Exercise ? I thought you said Extra Fries!"
 Happy July 4th !!

Little known facts ..
The 4th of July was not declared a national holiday until 1941.

John Hancock was the only person to actually sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. The other signers did not sign it until August 2nd, 1776 or even later.

What's red, white, blue, and green?  A patriotic pickle! 
At least it is a Green One!
Happy Independence day...
Cheers 


Monday, 3 July 2017

3rd July 2017 - Back to the Studio

Thought for the day :"I was going to have a brain transplant, but I changed my mind"

Have now enlisted my daughter to act as quality assessor for the tracks ...
Back to the Studio !




And with that I shall say Cheers!!


Sunday, 2 July 2017

2nd July 2017 - Spoons !!

Thought for the day:"I met this vertically challenged guy called Peter the other day, he’s a baker and he was telling me all about baking flatbreads, it was fascinating.
I've come to love the Pitta Patter of Tiny Pete."



THere are many uses for a spoon - but I was delighted to see this picture today - where an enteprising idea sorts a very basic problem ..

I am not sure I can follow that
Have a Happy Sunday
Cheers

Saturday, 1 July 2017

1st July 2017 - No More Dry ... But not an emergency

Thought for the day:"Who took the cork out of my lunch?"
(WC Fields)

Start of a new month and the repeal from the Dry Month of June. Provincial Mark Meeting today and was surprised at the quality of the sound that I managed to get out of my speakers and keyboard. Of course - I was not playing and the Organist was pretty much a virtuoso - but the volume and quality was reasonable.

I tis also 50 years today that Colour Television started. And wouldn't life be different if we did not have the screen in the corner. Yesterday was the anniversary of the 999 system. 80 years old - so again not really that old.

The world’s oldest emergency service was launched in London on June 30, 1937. A fire at a London doctor’s surgery in November 1935, that led to the tragic death of five women, resulted in a committee being set up by the government to look at the problem of how telephone operators’ could identify emergency calls.

The committee proposed that there should be a standard easy-to-remember nationwide number to alert the emergency services. They considered using 707, which corresponded to the letters SOS on the telephone dial and 333, but the technology of the time would not allow these to be used and 999 was chosen as the most practical number.
Glasgow became the second city to benefit from the service in 1938. The Second World War delayed the rollout of the service across the UK, but it was eventually extended to all major towns and cities by 1948.

More than a thousand calls were made during the first week of the service in London in 1937, with each 999 call triggering flashing red lights and hooters to alert operators in the exchange to give priority to the emergency call. The hooters were apparently so loud that the operators pushed a tennis ball into the horn to reduce the volume until modifications were made.

Hoax or unnecessary calls were a feature of the 999 service from the very beginning, including a complaint about bagpipes being played outside a house and a dispute between a neighbour and the local coalman.
BT advisors now answer around 560,000 calls a week – that is around 30 million calls a year from fixed and mobile phones – with more than 97% answered within five seconds. The majority of calls made by members of the public are now from mobile phone calls, making up 62% of all 999 calls answered by BT.
Some of the highest numbers of calls made to 999 are around midnight on Friday and Saturday nights, with around 5,000 calls an hour being received by BT. The early hours of New Year’s Day are traditionally the busiest time of the year when up to 9,000 calls can be received each hour.
Nick Hale, managing director, BT Ventures, said: “Recent events in the UK mean people are acutely aware of the work of the emergency services and the value of the 999 service. I am extremely proud of the BT operators and their role in 999. They are an extremely capable and committed team working at the sharp end of the most important communication services in the country. Countless lives have been saved over the last 80 years because of their professionalism and dedication.”
The latest development in the 999 service is Advanced Mobile Location (AML), a new mobile location system, pioneered by BT, to pinpoint 999 calls from mobiles more precisely. When an emergency call is made with an AML-enabled smartphone, the phone automatically activates its location service and sends its position in a text message to the 999 service. AML is up to 4,000 times more accurate than existing location systems. It is now integrated into the Android operating system in the UK and is being adopted across Europe and the rest of the world.

Around 35% of the 30 million calls answered by BT each year do not involve actual requests for help. The majority of these are made by children playing with home phones or people accidentally dialling 999 or the European emergency number 112, often from a mobile handset in a pocket or handbag.
The proportion of calls connected by BT to the various emergency services is: Police – 49%, Ambulance - 47%, Fire and Rescue Service – 4% and less than 1% to the Coastguard and Cave and Mountain rescue services.

Cheers - and I can say that today - I once more raise a glass of Chateau 41


Friday, 30 June 2017

30th June 2017 - Arrivals and June busts out all over

Thought for the day: "Our local flasher was thinking of retiring but has decided to stick it out for one more year"

In my mailbox this morning .. Tickets for Mythodea - so it is all real after all!

I have also been looking at getting some coins pressed as part of a Marketing idea - some ready money that can be passed around to special customers... Have played with the concept and some designs - best came up with this one ...


Also been back in the studio - not getting any easier to get the sound right - but playing with ideas ..

Othere things that arrived today - apparently the long saga of the translations and citations and notarising is finally over - Sacrlett's Passport arrived today ... in Crete of course.. but that is one potential future problem less to face..


And so June comes to an end ..
That will be 30 days Dry - and a weight loss from 15st 12 to 14st 5
Not quite as much as I had wanted - with the loss of potato and bread for 30 days as well - but a fair attempt. Obviously, a lack of exercise probably has its affect - a thought about going for another month - I thought... for about 5 seconds - didn't seem to be a good idea ..

Cheers !!



Thursday, 29 June 2017

29th June 2017 - Seems warmer in Crete

Thought for the day: "A lorry carrying 18 tonnes of Vicks Vapour Rub has jacknifed near Romford. Police have said there should be no congestion in the area for 24 hours!"

It is pretty cold in Llanelli today - so I woke this morning to my daughter posting some drone shots of Elounda in Crete! Very nice too!

Elounda - June 29th 2017

And Towards Spinalonga

Elounda - 29th June 2017

Elounda - Winter Shot
Oh well - we shall be out there in September.

Meanwhile - thoughts go out to Mythodea - and Der Vollsanger storyline had a new piece added ..
Vollsanger - The Continuing Story

Day29D
Cheers



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

28th June 2017 - Busy it is !! Back to the Studio!

Thought for the day:" I just got a birthday card, opened it & rice went everywhere. It was from Uncle Ben! "

Grey day again.
Been a busy week. Allied Masonic Degree on Monday (in the Chair). Red Cross of Constantine yesterday ( Treasurer, 1st Aide de Campe, and Organist!). Scarlet Cord Installation (Deputy District Director of Ceremonies)  and Secret Monitor (Nothing - just a guest!!) today in Pembroke - Have to keep busy.

Need to pop into town to pay in the dues from the meeting last night into the Bank and refresh the Tea which we seem to be very short of. Surprising how much more tea I drink at the moment !!

Then back into the Studio to finish Black Pearl and look at Valeria of Mythodea...

Am having some positive critique from my daughter Bethan now - which is good - as it allows another person to listen and give an honest view... "the drums are out on this one" (not surprising as I am not a drummer) - "there is a pause there" (probably knew that but couldn't hear it)  so that is good!

Luckily, the system allows different sections to be re-recorded at will.

So 28DayD
2 more to go :)
Cheers