Tuesday, 13 November 2018

13th November 2018 - Paying for Submarines - and Kicking Heels

Thought for the day:"Removing my doorbell has had a Knock on effect"

There have been a few references to the remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1914-18 War - but I saw a war reference today that surprised me...

This is a totaliser that was outside the Llanelli Town Hall showing the efforts made by Llanelli to meet the requirement that each town raise money to buy weapons. According to the story - Llanelli was challenged to raise £100,000 to buy a submarine..  The totaliser shows that enough was raised to finance 4 submarines...  There is no date upon the picture but one can assume that this was second world war - so a value of £400,000 in 1946 would be about £16 million pounds in today's values...  A great result...

Other surprising things include a BMW with indicators that work...

Down on the South Coast today ....  Sadly Jean passed away on Saturday 10th November at the Nursing home. Today we face the problems of administration. The Last GP to see her has been on weekend off, which is fair, but he has to sign the second medical certificate. Without this form we cannot get to the Registrar and we also need it for the Funeral Director. (Incidentally that copy is a Green One!) So the Doctor will be in tomorrow - but will not do the signing until after his list of patients, so in the afternoon - and we are told it will be ready at the end of the afternoon. However - the Registrar closes at 3pm, so we are faced with having to wait an additional day kicking our heels.
I know - it is not good to be impatient - but when you have to travel 4 hours each way, it is easier to do as much as possible on one hit... 

The funeral is set for 3.15pm on Wednesday 28th November.

But the weather is fine and sunny after some torrential rain yesterday...  and the Wi Fi Works !!
Decided to check the accounts of the Sky package here  - which seemed a little expensive, but they are training today and advertising 30 minute delays on answering - may have to kick my heels on that one as well ...

Ho hummm


Monday, 12 November 2018

12th November 2018 - Ridiculous - to worth Emu-Lating

Thought for the day:"When I want your opinion I will remove the duct tape"

Your daily Trump...
(story: Trump decided not to attend a US  Cemetery Service as it was raining)

In actual fact he was probably advised to do so due to the embarrassment of his last attempt to use an umbrella ...

In 1961 - they did not worry so much about the rain - JFK and President De Gaulle ..

But - there is always a solution ...

So ... while this is depressing ---
you can watch this ...  because it is funny ...

Emu Meets Weasel Ball

and since you did not ask for it ...

Sunday, 11 November 2018

11th November 2018 - Remembrance and an Empty Chair

Thought for the day :"I used to hate people who talked in cinemas, until I discovered a squirt bottle and sneezing"

On the 100th Anniversary of the end of the 1914-18 War and on remembrance day - a number of celebrations are taking place..  Today I deicivered an additional one of which I was not familiar but that is to be worked in Aeron Lodge on 22nd November - Aberaeron  - should be interesting to see...

Ceremony of the Empty Chair - (Australia) 

and from themasonictrowel.com ...

  • An empty chair is decorated with an officer's collar over the back. (Or appropriate apron) It is placed outside the closed door of the Lodge
  • A podium and wreath are placed in South East angle of the lodge.


WM: Brother Deacons you will approach the altar.

Deacons approach altar (From the West)

WM: This evening we will be honoring the members of this lodge who fell during times of war (or raised to the Celestial Lodge above, as the case may be). As they have gone on to the Grand lodge above and can no longer attend this lodge it will be your duty to escort their symbolic representation to us, that we may pay them the respect they are due.

WM: Brother IG, you will permit the Brother Deacons to retire.

IG permits deacons to retire (Deacons Salute and retire by way of South)

ALARM caused by deacons returning with chair

WM: Brother IG acertain the cause of that alarm

IG responds, speaks to the Tyler through the portal then says:
Worshipful Master, Brothers who have fallen in service of their country seek admission here, not in person, but through their spiritual presence. They seek our continued remembrance. Through them they wish to honour the memory of our fallen Brother, JJJ of the Canadian Infantry who fell at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. (Or departed Brother(s) who answered the summons to the Grand Lodge Above)

WM: You will admit them

WM raises Brethren

Deacons advance to altar. (salute)

WM: Brother Deacons you will advance to the east and place the symbolic representation of our fallen (departed) Brethren next to the podium.

Deacons advance to South East and place chair next to podium facing west

WM seats Brethren

WM: Brother Senior Warden, it is my order that in recognition of our fallen (departed) Brother's presence, and his status as a Master Mason, that the apron of a Master Mason be positioned as it would be were our Brother present in body as well as spirit. You, (or a Brother), who has honorably served his country in uniform, will approach the seat of our Brothers' memory, and perform the honor.

SW approaches podium

SW: The Lambskin, or white apron, was the first gift of Masonry to our departed Brother. It is an emblem of innocence and the badge of a Mason. As our ritual tells us it is more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle, more honorable than the Star and Garter. This emblem I place on the seat of our deceased Brother, a symbol of recognition of his dedication to the highest ideals of the Craft during times of war. (or his lifetime)

Apron Placed on chair by SW

SW: By this act we are reminded of the Masonic ideals of our fallen (departed) Brother and his fellows. We see in clear vision the Noble thoughts, generous impulses, words of truth, acts of love and deeds of mercy. The Masonic Apron represents these highest aspirations of a Brother in all ways, as each Brother knows they give to man his only genuine happiness, his lasting satisfaction. To these precepts our Brother willingly and gladly subscribed.

SW salutes and returns to his chair

WM approaches the podium

WM: Our Brother JJJ gave himself freely not only to the obligations of the Degrees of Masonry, but also to the obligations of service to his country in a time of need. He garnered the honors of his peers, his superiors and those who looked to him for leadership at home as well as on foreign shores. I now place these medals of honor as decorations to his Masonic Apron. It is said a Man is made a Mason first in his heart. The Mason may have earned honors before, or after he is raised to the Sublime Degree. But as the world sees, those honors do not decorate his Masonry, but rather highlight the spirit, which made both a Mason and a man of service.

WM places medals on apron returns to East

WM: Brother Chaplain you will approach the altar.

Chaplain advances to altar.

WM: The Evergreen is an emblem of immortality. Beyond this world of shadows, man has a glorious destiny, since, within this earthly tabernacle of clay, there abides an imperishable immortal spirit, over which the grave has no power nor death dominion. Brother Chaplain you will advance to the East, place the evergreen on our Brother's apron, a symbol of the immortality of his soul and recite for the Brethren the 23rd psalm.

Chaplain advances to chair and then to podium

Chaplain: The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name' sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou annointest my head with oil; My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.

Chaplain salutes and returns to his chair

WM: approaches podium

WM: The brother who we pay tribute to this evening was a member of this lodge. He was also a member of the (Canadian infantry who fought valiantly for control of Vimy Ridge during the First World War; or, substitute appropriate event). It was here that our Brother (lost his life fighting for the freedoms; or, substitute appropriate comment) we all can enjoy this evening in this lodge because of him and men like him.

(This part may be used if the ceremony is in conjunction with Remembrance Day; otherwise, go to next part)

Brethren at this time of year it is traditional to wear the poppy as a symbol of remembrance, a tradition that was began as a result of the poem "In Flander's Fields" by John McCrae. While it is also traditional to read that classic poem at this time of year, I would like to break with that tradition and instead read a poem written by Miss Moina Michael.

Miss Michael was an American lady who was so moved by Mccrae's poem that she went out and bought 25 red poppies. She wore won herself and sold the other 24 thus starting the poppy fund as we know it today. She also wrote a poem of her own in response to In Flanders Fields, which I would like to now read to you.

Oh You who sleep
In Flanders' fields
Sleep sweet to rise anew
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high we kept
The faith with those who died.
We cherish too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies
But lends a luster to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders' fields.
And now the torch and poppy red
wear in the honour of the dead
Fear not that ye have died for nought:
We've learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders' fields

WM removes poppy and places on chair

WM returns to east

WM: Brethren we will now have two minutes silence for Brother JJJ and for all Brethren who fell during foreign wars.

WM raises brethren

Moments silence signaled by 13 gongs of bell 10 seconds apart.

WM seats brethren 

WM: Brethren this concludes our ceremony of remembrance I declare that order of business closed.

I thought it was interesting ..
Hope I may get there to see it on the 22nd...

Meanwhile - in other news - Home from Crete ..

Saturday, 10 November 2018

10th November 2018 - Paying for the wall

Thought for the day:"Two tectonic plates bumped into each other – one said “my fault” "

Breaking News!!!
Mexico has agreed to pay for the wall ...

On the road home today ...   


Friday, 9 November 2018

9th November 2019 - Of Clocks and Bells and Welshmen

Thought for the day:"My teeth have metal fillings – my fridge magnets pull me to the kitchen – No wonder I cannot lose weight !"

We all know that Big Ben is the Bell and not the Clock as often referenced.. but...

'Big Ben' is named after a Welshman ( I didn't know that)
Born on this day 1802 - Sir Benjamin Hall, 1st Baron Llanover
As First Commissioner of Works responsible for Government building projects, Hall’s work included the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament and the installation of the hour bell, "Big Ben", in the clock tower. The nickname 'Big Ben' was given to the Great Bell in honour of Sir Benjamin, whose name is inscribed on it.
As MP for Monmouth, Sir Benjamin campaigned to have religious services in Welsh. He was also outspoken on the issue of the state of the Anglican church in Wales and deplored the exploitation of church revenues. He was married to Augusta Waddington, better known as Lady Llanover, the well known patron of the Welsh arts.

Sir Benjamin Hall

The Clock

Big Ben
Not many people know that .... my name is ...

Meanwhile in the real world ...

Thirst is a terrible thing ..


Thursday, 8 November 2018

8th November 2018 - Stairway to Heaven ?

Thought for the day:"2 is a number that became prime against all the odds."

An interesting little image and story appeared today...

This ladder stands in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. No one has been allowed to move it since at least 1728 because the church belongs to six Christian denominations, and the ladder may only be moved if all of them agree on it. (Image: Ekabhishek.)

Meanwhile - gone fishing !

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

7th November 2018 - Bardic Army ...

Thought for the day:"If The Terminator stops terminating does that make him an Exterminator?"

(Heavy Bard Infantry)

and his companions...

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

6th November 2018 - All about the truth ... and Fire - lots of Fire

Thought for the day:"They cancelled my symphony performance - that was disconcerting"
According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day. The Lie says to the Truth: "It's a marvellous day today"! The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. 

The Lie tells the Truth: "The water is very nice, let's take a bath together!" The Truth, once again suspicious, tests the water and discovers that it indeed is very nice. They undress and start bathing. Suddenly, the Lie comes out of the water, puts on the clothes of the Truth and runs away. 

The furious Truth comes out of the well and runs everywhere to find the Lie and to get her clothes back. The World, seeing the Truth naked, turns its gaze away, with contempt and rage.
The poor Truth returns to the well and disappears forever, hiding therein, its shame. Since then, the Lie travels around the world, dressed as the Truth, satisfying the needs of society, because, the World, in any case, harbours no wish at all to meet the naked Truth.

The world famous painting- "The Truth coming out of the well" Jean-Léon Gérôme, 1896.
But of course if you have clothes then there is always the problem of folding them away...
here are a few helpful tips...


Meanwhile, yesterday we discovered that they do not do Bonfire night in Crete - well why should they? they haven't (to my knowledge) tried to burn down their government though if I were to lok hard I am sure that they have !!!

But we decided that as Scarlett was 4, she should know a little of our British inheritance... you know - that bit about taking a person - and putting them onto a fire and burning them as a celebration. The Nice Stuff...   And we did have a coy of the Sun newspaper form the airport (it was free) together with the Times (also free but a better class of rubbish for burning)

And we also had a 65 year old Pyromaniac / Fire Marshal who proved excellent at taking the barbecue coals and lighting the bonfire....

Burn Baby Burn !!!  


Monday, 5 November 2018

5th November 2018 - Guy Fawkes ... and life is Orange

Thought for the day:"I am quite good at firework displays - I have a flare for it!"

And one from me from 2014...

As good today as it was then ...

Remember, remember!
The fifth of November,
The Gunpowder treason and plot;
I know of no reason

Why the Gunpowder treason

Should ever be forgot!
Guy Fawkes and his companions
Did the scheme contrive,
To blow the King and Parliament
All up alive.
Threescore barrels, laid below,
To prove old England's overthrow.
But, by God's providence, him they catch,
With a dark lantern, lighting a match!
A stick and a stake
For King James's sake!
If you won't give me one,
I'll take two,
The better for me,
And the worse for you.
A rope, a rope, to hang the Pope,
A penn'orth of cheese to choke him,
A pint of beer to wash it down,
And a jolly good fire to burn him.
Holloa, boys! holloa, boys! make the bells ring!
Holloa, boys! holloa boys! God save the King!
Hip, hip, hooor-r-r-ray!

Though John Lawler tell me that the date used to be linked with the Arrival of William of Orange - or William the Third at Brixham in 1688 - the Glorious Revolution .. particularly in the book of Common Prayer - wiki tells us ..

After the upheaval of the Civil War and the austerity of the Commonwealth, England once again enjoyed a period of stability after the Restoration. Charles II was clever enough to rule with his Parliament and wise enough to keep his religious leanings to himself. After his death, his brother James II failed to follow his example, leading to conflict with his nobles, Parliament, the Church and judiciary. Their solution was to replace him with his nephew, William of Orange, who managed to stage an almost bloodless revolution. Henceforth, England’s monarchs would have their powers limited and a constitutional monarchy was born.

John tells me :
From 1690 to 1859 the Book of Common Prayer included:-

A Form of Prayer with Thanksgiving;
to be used yearly upon the Fifth Day of November for the happy Deliverance of King James the First, and the Three Estates of England, from the most traiterous and bloody-intended Massacre by Gunpowder
And also for the happy Arrival of His Majesty King William on this Day, for the Deliverance of our Church and Nation.

Happy Guy Fawkes...

Sunday, 4 November 2018

4th November 2018 - Sunday in Crete

Thought for the day:"Failed my music exam – probably should have taken more notes"

A quick view of Crete - Day 3
hmm - sunning myself with a audio book

New Profiles - may need to reduce them slightly  :) 

tide coming in ...
and your daily Trumpton

And in other news - masonically..
The Old Masters Wages
I met a dear old man today,
Who wore a Masonic pin,
It was old and faded like the man,
It's edges were worn quite thin.
I approached the park bench where he sat,
To give the old brother his due,
I said, "I see you've travelled east,"
He said, "I have, have you."
I said, "I have, and in my day
Before the all seeing sun,
I played in the rubble, with Jubala
Jubalo and Jubalum."
He shouted, "don't laugh at the work my son,
It's good and sweet and true,
And if you've travelled as you said,
You should give these things their due."
The word, the sign the token,
The sweet Masonic prayer,
The vow that all have taken,
Who've climbed the inner stair.
The wages of a Mason,
Are never paid in gold,
But the gain comes from contentment,
When you're weak and growing old.
You see, I've carried my obligations,
For almost fifty years,
It has helped me through the hardships
And the failures full of tears.
Now I'm losing my mind and body,
Death is near but I don't despair,
I've lived my life upon the level,
And I'm dying upon the square.
Sometimes the greatest lessons
Are those that are learned anew,
And the old man in the park today
Has changed my point of view.
To all Masonic brothers,
The only secret is to care,
May you live your life upon the level,
May you part upon the square.


Saturday, 3 November 2018

3rd November 2018 - Swimming in November - Why Not ?

Thought for the day:"I was trying to count all the people – but then I came to my census"

Well it may be November - but it is still time to get into the sea and swim

was quite warm - if you say it quickly

just before getting into the water properly


cold hands

beached whale

looking good 
and so - a day in Crete not doing much at all ... It is closed by the way ...