Thought for the day:" Sometimes you run into people who change your life for the better. Those people are called Bartenders"
The rain is pouring down. I am about to travel up to the wilds of the Midlands - Leek to be exact. Wish I had completed loading the Bothy yesterday when it was dry and sunny. Doesn't look to be much fun this morning!!
Still managed to get the radio working after almost a year. I was convinced that the fuse at the back was probably gone - but had no way to get the radio out to check. Finally decided to take it to a local auto electric specialist who looked at it - said - okay that is a post manufacture radio - and got a screw driver and promptly pulled the radio out.... changed the fuse ... and lo and behold it is working!! So I will have music to go to Germany!! Mind you he thinks I should get a new radio and he will fit it - but at the moment it seems to be working....
In other stories this morning, the changes to the oath of allegiance came to my notice - with the current political correctness wording - it is not much - but I remember the old one - it is like remembering the Cub / Scout law as a child.. However there are a couple of small changes...
I, ... of ... do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will to the best of my skill and knowledge discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law.. So - how long can I procrastinate??? Will take my video camera and see if I can dub some songs for Germany - not much time now.... And so to Leek in the rain.... Cheers!
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:
Full matching tracksuits
Nike Huarachi trainers
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.
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 ....
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 ..
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
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
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.
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!!
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 !!
alcohol also has its down side
But if you are into marketing then honesty is the best policy ...
Thought for the day:"If you can't laugh at yourself - call me - I'll laugh at you"
BREAKING NEWS !!
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.