Monday, 16 September 2019

16th September 2019 - St Ives

Thought for the day :"I went to a school reunion. It was no fun. Somebody invited a bunch of old people."

So, we are in St Ives and the weather is a little misty today, but the location is still wonderful..
The House is amazing and it is good to be with friends ....
Another great cooked breakfast and ready for the day - or not - whichever way you look at it ...

Overlooking St Ives
View from the Bedroom

Having fun...

In other news - Happy Owain Glyndwr Day !!!

and in politics - on the day that Boris describes himself as the Incredible Hulk


Saturday, 14 September 2019

14th September 2019 - Off to Cornwall

Thought for the day :"I bought a pen that can write underwater, it can also write other words"

Off to Cornwall

Cheers !

Friday, 13 September 2019

13th September 2019 - Harvest Moon - Friday 13th

Thought for the day :"How many mice does it take to screw in a light bulb? 2 but I have no idea how they got in there "

Friday the 13th - and a Harvest Moon. Apparently has happened since 2000 and will not again until 2049...  Rain has stopped and it is quite bright out there and my Cretan Body Time Clock seems to be still in mode as I was awake at 8am again this morning and am thinking of a cup of tea at 9am...
Yup - cup of tea is needed ...
Back in a mo...

That is better - first cup of tea !!

In other news....  My eye lashes from Wish are on the way. I saw an email while I was on holiday so thought I had better check on the progress as they had not arrived. I know that Wish specialises in delayed postage as they come form other countries - and I suppose that is why it cost me £1.63 for the package including postage - found out why today ...

On the way and with me by 30th September - I can live with that - as the Bothy has to go into Bothy hospital !!   Hopefully she will mend and wear her eyelashes with pride....

 Quick reprise to Germany -
Sadly - Jens does not do Paypal so looking for another person to assist with my speeding ticket...

Susie is off to the Chiropractor today - so a road trip down to Penarth  - and then tomorrow will be Gwili Conclave - and then off to Cornwall - life is a little busy at the moment ...

In other news - Bus passes are to be changed by Christmas - and they request that it is updated on-line but the website has crashed !!! Apparently there are two schools of thought - one is that the elderly will not apply if it has to be on line - and the reality is - yup - we all logged on to the website as soon as we saw the notice... and crashed the system... They are updating apparently... 

Cheers !

Thursday, 12 September 2019

12th September - And home again and a Speeding Ticket

Thought for the day :"Animal Facts: If you stacked every elephant in the world on top of each other – they would not like it !"

Sadly got home to a speeding ticket - breaking my 45 year unblemished record!!  Wasn't even sure that the Bothy could break the speed limit - but 70 km per hour in Germany is actually quite slow - especially in an open field area.

Seems quite clear to me that the Teddies were driving !!!

At least they gave me the benefit of the doubt - charging me for 88kmh and not the 91 on the camera.
Now - need to find a friendly German to pay it locally and accept some money through paypal in exchange .... Otherwise there is a £10 transfer charge !!

And of course it is now raining here and getting refreshingly chilly...

Makes you want to think of the last few days ...

Cheers !

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

11th September 2019 - And a boat trip

Thought for the day :"My friend is only 5 ft tall and walks about with a coconut on his head.... He’s rather quiet. I think he is a little shy!!"

And a trip on a boat ...

full set on Flickr here

Cheers !

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

10th September 2019 - A Tab with no name !!

Thought for the day :"Hippos can run faster than humans on land and swim faster than humans in water so Cycling is the only chance of beating a hippo in the triathlon!!"

And a video for the day - A Tab with no name !!

Cheers !!

Monday, 9 September 2019

9th September 2019 - Sunny days - and a day off

Thought for the day :"When I heard they had found a cure for dyslexia – it was music to my arse"

So, another weekend is over and we have a rare lie in. First cup of tea sorted and sitting in the apartment thinking about "second cup of tea"... and a look at some pictures taken ...

And in Politics - the lines are being drawn again - Boris - "we will leave regardless" - others "That's against the law" - Boris "Then give me my election" - Corbyn "Not until the law to stop No deal Brexit is completed and has Royal Assent" - Rabb "Well we will leave anyway" - Press "Does that mean that you will break the law? " "Rabb "Nope - just that we will look at it VERY carefully to see what it REALLY means "   - interesting days ahead - I think the lawyers are going to make a lot of money ...  paid for of course with our money ... 

And today's piece of propaganda comes from the leavers...

I have realised the remoaners have been right all along when they say I did not know all the true facts before voting to leave, so I decided to do a little research.

I just voted to leave because I thought our sovereignty was being compromised by foreign unelected masters, and that we were compelled to have unlimited uncontrolled immigration, our laws and export agreements dictated by Brussels bureaucrats, and had to pay eye-watering amounts for the privilege.

I did not know more than 10,000 EU officials get paid more than our prime minister.

I did not know that unlike the UK, 18 countries get more back from the EU than they put in.

I did not know that the EU occupies over 45 buildings 2 of which were purpose built monuments of grandeur and are the largest buildings in Europe.

I did not know that the EU parliament spends 150million Euros a year moving to Strasbourg every month for 4 days committee meetings, any attempt to stop this stupidity is vetoed by France.

I did not know that the EU has had a huge luxury shopping Mall built in Brussels for the exclusive use of EU employees.

I did not know that every day queues of chauffeur driven cars with their engines running, wait outside EU establishments while their occupants go in, sign in for their attendance allowance and expenses, then come straight back out and are driven away.

I did not know that many of them (like the Kinnocks) end up as millionaires as a reward for looking the other way.

I did not know that Clegg was lying when he mocked Nigel Farage for saying that an EU army was being planned.

I did not know that the EU had been financing the mass movement of industries from UK to mainland Europe.

I could go on and on but suffice it to say that I have never for a moment doubted the correctness of my decision, I am so glad that the remoaners prompted me to look deeper into the bureaucratic absurdity of being in the EU.

Apart from all that, everything's fine!
Cheers !!

Sunday, 8 September 2019

8th September 2019 - Star Beach and Brexit....

Thought for the day :"I’ve a very small pet salamander called Tiny. He’s my newt."

Another day in the sun and swimming ...

Star Beach nr Malia
It's still a hard life !!

I drop this one here ...  Spectator Sept 2019 ...
This is one of the most crucial weeks in modern British history. We have a prime minister and cabinet who understand the stakes in terms of our future independence. But the forces fighting them — some of them sincere, many of them cynical — are fearsome. There are risks in proceeding with Brexit. But there are far greater risks in abandoning it.

This endless crisis has led to widespread criticism of British politicians of all hues, some of it justified. I find it deeply distasteful to see very senior Conservatives plotting with the opposition to bring down the Prime Minister. But far less criticism has been levelled at the EU itself — which is odd, because Brussels is the cause of our agonies, past and present. The Brexit vote would have gone the other way if it had had the wit to give David Cameron the concessions he begged for. But that is not the nature of the EU imperial class. They intended to send a message: Brussels does not respond to democratic pressure. The British public got that message, and voted to leave.

The EU should have been dismayed over the loss of its oldest democracy and its second largest contributor. Our Brexit vote was a stunning indictment of the way the EU has been run: we asked it to reform, it refused; it dared us to vote to leave and we did. But rather than learn lessons and negotiate Brexit in good faith, it deployed the kind of cynicism exposed in the BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary Brexit: Behind Closed Doors, in which we hear private conversations between the EU negotiators, who are clearly determined to delay and give nothing to the British negotiators whom they mock.

Thus on the telephone Michel Barnier tells Guy Verhofstadt: ‘Frankly speaking, just between the two of us, there’s no justification in discussing the future relationship between the EU and UK in combination with their debts. I’ll tell them tomorrow quite brutally, calmly but clearly, that this is not negotiable.’ After a meeting at No. 10, Verhofstadt says to a colleague: ‘They’re going nowhere. They are stuck.’ On another occasion the two are seen drinking a toast to each other, and joyfully concluding: ‘We are together for two years — yeah. And then the transition period for another three years. At least!’

The withdrawal agreement struck with Theresa May was filled with further, often clandestine assaults on our sovereignty. It has been described as ‘a Boomerang Brexit, a trap, a one-way ticket back into the EU, and on far worse terms than we currently have’. As a result, it was rejected three times by the House of Commons.

After that rebuff, would skilful EU diplomats eager for a compromise not propose amendments to enable Prime Minister May to get the deal through? For the sake of European unity? No — and now they are still trying to force us to accept either that original rejected text, or no deal.

All this agony was predicted in a gem of a book, The Missing Heart of Europe. Its poignant title reveals the core problem of the EU. France has a heart, Germany has a heart, Britain has a heart. The EU does not. Equally poignant is the story of the author. Thomas Kremer was a Hungarian Jew who escaped from Belsen, and eventually fell in love with Britain and what he saw as its unique freedoms. He published his book in 2004. It is a cri de coeur against the ill-fitting uniformities being imposed on each country, especially Britain, by the heartless managerial class in Brussels.

‘The British people,’ he wrote, ‘are being asked by their own political leaders to weaken, or even surrender, those very rights, decision-making powers, institutions, laws, self governing habits that alone can guarantee a degree of individual freedom enjoyed by very few other nations in the world.’

At the last EU summit, Brussels reiterated its ambition to march forward into ever-closer union. Britain could never fall into step with this. If the government’s opponents force us to remain in the EU, it’s a fantasy to think that we’d be allowed to stay on terms that were anything other than punishing. Our rebate would probably go. We’d end up having to swallow projects we have tried to fend off: ever-closer regulatory alignment, eventually membership of the euro and an EU army which seeks to displace Nato, one of the greatest successes of the postwar years. Above all, we would be denying the democratic vote to leave.

This is why the Prime Minister is right to be bold, because there is no other option. The Brexit talks have exposed the nature of the club in which we stayed for too long. In one scene of the BBC documentary we hear two of the EU team laughing about the British people: ‘We got rid of them. We kicked them out. We finally turned them into a colony, and that was our plan from the first moment.’ That is still their plan. It cannot be ours.

And so we face another day - today we have a law passed saying that there can be no "no deal" brexit, a law failed to get a general election, so a Prime Minister told to ask for an extension - which he probably will not do... a Parliament that thinks that they have him over a barrel - they may - but I am not so sure, I can see 53 days of legal questions - and still don't know if they are trying to negotiate a deal or not - there is too much "social Media" comment out there ....

But I discovered that Sky News now broadcast live on Youtube - I am not sure that this is a good thing or a bad thing ....

Cheers !