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


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 :)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

27th June 2017 - Songs and Combat

Thought for the day:"After a few recent murders where the victims have been stabbed with knitting needles - the police think the murderer is following a pattern."

Tuesday - all day
Cloudy and grey - and almost ready to forget the sun and heatwave from last week.

Allied Masonic Degree last night - Grand Tylers of Solomon went withut a hitch - though the general consensus was that the ceremony was far better than the book of ritual on which it was based - I may have hammed it up in a couple of places - but with a dozen friends in the council it was "a good time had by all!"

Installation of the Red Cross of Constantine this evening - but I do not have to do anything except play the Organ so that is a bonus.

They want me to play "We'll keep a welcome in the hillsides" for the recession on Saturday in the Provincial Mark Meeting where I am also organist. Sadly - they still do not realise that I am not really a keyboard player and I am having great troble finding any sheet music - and the bits I have seen are all for Harry Secombe and in Eb - which has three black notes which is totally uacceptable.
Will have to sit down and see how much I can do by ear - in C or G ...

On the subject of music - I found this recent music song analysis ...

I thought it was quite apt.

Of course - with battles pending this weekend ( not for me I hasten to add - but for the Moon) I found this little "note to self" about combat which is worth sharing..

Will try to get back into the studio this morning

3 Days to Go

Monday, 26 June 2017

26th June 2017 - History and Hospital Bills

Thought for the day :"Intelligence is like an underwear. It is important that you have it, but not necessary that you show it off."

Saw this - thought it was worth repeating ...

I considered myself very lucky when I go t injured in Germany a couple of years ago - and I was properly covered by travel insurance that paid dividends - so that the only real inconvenience was excruciating pain and having to ask my wife to travel half way across Europe to rescue me - something I think that the insurance might have done had we been more patient....

Now I am not a great supporter of private health insurance - but we are looking at it primarily as a method of jumping queues should that prove necessary or desirable. It seems a good use of pension that will be coming in shortly... However, watching the fuss in America over low cost or social health insurance and the actual costs without a NHS behind us... I saw this bill for heart surgery..

With those few thoughts I look to the next few days to celebrate
4 to go  :)

Sunday, 25 June 2017

25th June 2017 - Starships and Celebrations

Thought for the day: "I can totally keep secrets. It's the people I tell them to that can't."

Strange things that you can find on Google Maps #25 -

Yes, it appears to be a starwars spaceship boxed in by shipping containers.. and I might get a little paranoid if I was not aware that they may be filming a star wars film in that area sometime...
But still fun ....

But this weekend is the 300th Anniversary of the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England, otherwise known as a boozy lunch meeting at the Goose and Gridiron in London - but which got to resolve some of the differences between the opposing forces in the field of Masonry at that time - 1717....

Goose & Gridiron

The original pub stood in St Pauls Churchyard and is marked by the placard..

So - Sunday it is and heading back home this evening...

Meanwhile learning the Grand Tylers of Solomon or Masons elect of 27 !!
Not easy going - but need it for tomorrow night - may put it onto a USB stick and see if I can learn as I drive home - 4 hours in the car should help me crack it ....

Ooh - 25DayD
5 days to go ...