Monday, 21 January 2019

21st January 2019 - Never too old to be scammed - once in a blood moon

Thought for the day :"If your eyes hurt after drinking coffee – take the spoon out of the mug…"

Never too old to be scammed. 
Now I like a bargain the same as everyone and subscribe to the old adage that if it looks too good to be true then it is too good to be true - but I have had a number of small items from china over the months that have been ridiculously cheap by comparison, cables, radio converters, speakers, headphones. So when I saw some LED lights reduce 80% which would provide good lighting for the Bothy it seemed that I would not worry if it took a couple of months to arrive from China or Korea or somewhere unknown. Postage free - well it happens that way with most stuff that comes by shipping - and bulk buys seemed legitimate..

A clue should have been that there was no Paypal link. I find that annoying these days but still happens on sites - but is going to be a guide for me in the future. Paypal seems to have really made its way in maintaining security on on -line transactions.

Anyway - went to check out and checked the £1.48 and free postage and hit the button with the Tesco Card details thereon ....  and sat back... Two minutes later Tesco Fraud algorithms  must have flagged - as I get a text message saying "Have you authorised a payment to AGlkljlj!! for £73.30?

Um - no I answer - is this coincidence or is it a scam ?
I text N for no I do not recognise this transaction  and five minutes later I have a phone call from a real Fraud type person...

Well it is not my card - but Susie's so we have to go through the can I give you my wife for security - which sounds worse than it means!!  and we discuss.

Now - apparently - as I have actually made a purchase under normal circumstances I would have to take it up with the supplier, wait 30 days to see what arrived, (looking back on the site they have now placed 17 items on order rather than my LED light) and then take it to dispute...  Because it is a foreign transaction - the cost difference can be changes in currency conversion - but we both agree that this would be a little excessive - even for Brexit Times. So it seems I am to be lucky and they will pass to dispute straight away and refund my money....

We discuss a number of other transactions that are a little dodgy - like why I spent £6 for diesel last Friday, and then another £13 for more diesel - and then £75 for more diesel in the space of two hours... Seem suspicious - but I will tell you the story of the fuel pipe that came off the fuel pump and caused me to call the RAC for the CashQuai, and how they changed the battery on warranty "just in case"..  but that is how I missed the Executive Dinner last Friday and nothing to do with the scam...

And so - they cancel the cards - which is reasonable. Apparently I will have to contact all the standing order people - but that is a task for  next week when the new cards arrive...

So - back to the company - a check ( a little late I agree) on Scam Check shows..

Domain only 4 days old - oops
Registered in USA - but coming from China - well I expected that
Ho Hum ...

In other news...  Blood Red Moon last night
I got up and was totally unimpressed - My wife reminded me that I did not put my glasses on and I was not wearing contact lenses so the blur I saw in the distance was not what was there - she took some photos but they did not come out as well as she had hoped...
I found this one though...

Apparently we do not see again until 2021 - so I will leave that there ...

Or maybe I will add to it slightly ..

seems legit

Cheers !

Sunday, 20 January 2019

20th January 2019 - Discounts and Departures

Thought for the day:"My wife asked for some peace and quiet while she was cooking Sunday dinner – so I took the battery out of the smoke alarm"

So, advertising can work apparently. This is a real advert from a Mexican Company that understood the American Psyche - we hate Mexico - but we love discounts...

Only in America (or Mexico)

Busy day yesterday with the installation in Llanelli of the Court of St Elli in the Order of Athelstan.
All seemed to go smoothly and I did the inner workings to install the new Master.

In other news Windsor Davies died - which was sad -

"Oh dear! What a pity! Never Mind!!"

And in Brexit news - no change

So - Happy Sunday to all...
Have some Guitar - Beethoven's 5th for solo Guitar - Marcin Patrzalek

I will never be famous ...
Cheers !

Saturday, 19 January 2019

19th January 2019 - At Last - Brexit Explained

Thought for the day: "Not sure about this new Restaurant.  I have my reservations."
In the wake of the Royal Car accident ( Prince Phillip crashes his Range Rover)

I have a number of people outside the UK trying to work out what is going on with the "B" word...

I saw this (sadly un-attributed) explanation which I thought I would put her to help explain exactly what is going on ...

David Cameron made a promise he didn't think he'd have to keep to have a referendum he didn't think he would lose. 
Boris Johnson decided to back the side he didn't believe in because he didn't think it would win. 
Then Gove, who said he wouldn't run, did, and Boris who said he would run, said he wouldn't, and Theresa May who didn't vote for Brexit got the job of making it happen. 
She called the election she said she wouldn't and lost the majority David Cameron hadn't expected to win in the first place. 
She triggered Article 50 when we didn't need to and said we would talk about trade at the same time as the divorce deal and the EU said they wouldn't so we didn't. 
People thought she wouldn't get the divorce settled but she did, but only by agreeing to separate arrangements for Northern Ireland when she had promised the DUP she wouldn't. 
Then the Cabinet agreed a deal but they hadn't, and David Davis who was Brexit Secretary but wasn't said it wasn't what people had voted for and he couldn't support what he had just supported and left.
Boris Johnson who hadn't left then wished that he had and did, but it was a bit late for that. 
Dominic Raab become the new Brexit secretary. 
People thought Theresa May wouldn't get a withdrawal agreement negotiated, but once she had they wished that she hadn't, because hardly anybody liked it whether they wanted to leave or not. 
Jacob Rees-Mogg kept threatening a vote of no confidence in her but not enough people were confident enough people would not have confidence in her to confidently call a no confidence vote. 
Dominic Raab said he hadn't really been Brexit Secretary either and resigned, and somebody else took the job but it probably isn't worth remembering who they are as they're not really doing the job either as Olly Robbins is. 
Then she said she would call a vote and didn't, that she wouldn't release some legal advice but had to, that she would get some concessions but didn't, and got cross that Juncker was calling her nebulous when he wasn't but probably should have been. 
At some point Jacob Rees Mogg and others called a vote of no confidence in her, which she won by promising to leave, so she can stay. 
But they said she had really lost it and should go, at the same time as saying that people who voted Leave knew what they were voting for which they couldn't possibly have because we still don't know now, and that we should leave the vote to Leave vote alone but have no confidence in the no confidence vote which won by more. 
The government also argued in court against us being able to say we didn't want to leave after all but it turned out we could. 
She named a date for the vote on her agreement which nobody expected to pass, while pretending that no deal which nobody wants is still possible (even though we know we can just say we are not leaving), and that we can't have a second referendum because having a democratic vote is undemocratic. And of course as expected she loses. 
Some people are talking about a managed no-deal which is not a deal but is not no-deal either.
Thank goodness for strong and stable government."

You are welcome...

And so we completed an Athelstan Installation under the watchful eye of the Deputy Grand Master  for the Order...   and I can breathe again - until Monday of course - RAM elevation !!

So Cheers !

Friday, 18 January 2019

18th January 2019 - A Bit of Admin and learning

Thought for the day:"Birds sing in the mornings – ‘cos they don’t have to go to work!"
Been a day for paperwork today - sorting out installation for tomorrow in Athelstan and an elevation in the Royal Ark Mariner Degree for Monday with a Committee meeting that I cannot attend this evening ...  busy busy...

In other news - Prince Phillip turned his car over at 97 - one wonders if he should be driving - and whether anyone has the guts to tell him !!!

Bets get back to learning  - not there yet !!

Cheers !

Thursday, 17 January 2019

17th January 2019 - Haggis Hunting - and Open Mike Profiles...

Thought for the day:"Nelson was about 5ft 6”, his statue is 17ft 4” – that's Horatio of 3:1"

Need to go out Haggis Hunting....  We have 82 booked for the Burn's Night at the end of the month which is getting close to the 90 that I think is the maximum that we can hold an get around to pipe the Haggis around the room...

I think there are some wild Haggis about....

In other news I went to Mumbles for the Open Mike last Thursday ... some quite nice photos came out of the session ..

I can live with those..
Have the remastered CD with top pressing done with metadata and file structures... 
Now to find out what to do with them ...
Another day - another dollar -

Back from quick overnight journey down to the New Milton. No weight loss - Couldn't resist the Burger !! and a bottle of Wine...
Quick check on the Lecture for Knights of Constantinople (AMD) and then head down for the Installation on Saturday (Athelstan)...
Busy Busy -
Cheers !

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

16th January 2019 - RIP Pippa Mills

Thought for the day:" I'm disappointed with this thesaurus. There's no other word for it."

Life can be short...   sometimes it deals unexpected hands....

Pippa Mills - In memorium - special from LarpBook 


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

15th January 2019 - Admin Day

Thought for the day:"My wife says I have two problems – I don’t listen and something else…"

Saw a nice variation upon a horn for the Bothy -

In Dry news...

Alternatively ...
Ho Hum

Arranging the Provincial Grand Senatus today - wish me luck


Monday, 14 January 2019

14th January 2019 - Hieroglyphics and Mr Wild esq.

Thought for the day:"New Invention : A thought-controlled air freshener. It makes scents when you think about it. "
Was thinking about the Order of Athelstan and the use of the Rosetta Stone... It came to mind that we are coming full cycle in our use of hieroglyphics...

So, I have a trailer again - and it is safely ensconced in the warehouse...   Back roller shutter not working very well but other than that it seems to be in good condition and suitable for the purpose.

Early start to get it off the road before the rush hour - so have been exceptionally efficient this morning and covered a lot of ground... 

Need to get my head around some learning to be done - installation for Athelstan on Saturday and lecture for AMD .. ho hum!! 

In other news...
Not really my language - but a new discovery in the comedy song circuit - enjoyed this dapper fellow  - Thomas Benjamin Wild - Esq...

With those few words I shall raise a glass of Squash - yes getting back to the regime after falling off the wagon for the weekend - well it was a freebie Provincial Meeting and Birthday Party...

Cheers !

Sunday, 13 January 2019

13th January 2019 - Curry Rhapsody and Teenagers

Thought for the day: "I believe in you! But I also believe in Bigfoot so don’t get too excited!"

On the subject of Borders - here is a border between two towns in Belgium / Holland ...
They seem to get on together okay ..

Currying Favour with a Rhapsody....
The Curry Rhapsody

Naan, just killed a man
poppadom against his head
Had lime pickle now he's dead.
Naan, dinner's just begun
But now I'm gonna crap it all away.
Naan, ooh, ooh
Didn't mean to make you cry
Seen nothing yet just see the loo tomorrow
Curry on, curry on
Cause nothing really Madras.
Too late, my dinner's gone
Sends shivers down my spine
Rectum aching all the time
Goodbye onion bhaji, I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and use the loo.
Naan, ooh, ooh
This doopiaza is so mild
I sometimes wish we'd never come here at all.
........ guitar solo ...
I see a little chicken tikka on the side
Rogan Josh, Rogan Josh, pass the chutney made of mango
Vindaloo does nicely
Very very spicy
Meat !
Byriani (Byriani)
Byriani (Byriani)
Byriani and a naan
(A vindaloo loo loo loo)
I've eaten balti, somebody help me
He's eaten balti, get him to the lavatory
Stand you well back
'Case the loo is quarantined .......
Here it comes
There it goes
Technicolor yawn
I chunder
No !
It's coming up again
(There he goes)
I chunder, it's coming back again (There he goes)
Coming back again (up again)
Here it comes again.
(No no no no no no NO)
On my knees, I'm on my knees
On his knees, Oh, there he goes
This vindaloo
Is about to wreck my guts
Poor me ... poor me ... poor meee !
......... guitar solo ...
So you think you can chunder and then feel alright ?
So you try to eat curry and drink beer all night ?
Oh maybe, But now you'll puke like a baby
Just had to come out
It just had to come right out in here.
....... guitar solo ... slow bit ...
Korma, sag or bhuna
bhaji, balti or naan
Nothing makes a difference
Nothing makes a difference
To meee ....
Anyway, the wind blows .... shshshsh

And so ....

Saturday, 12 January 2019

12th January 2019 - Welsh Speaking in History

Thought for the day :"I was given a bottle of limited edition Tippex for Christmas. Apparently it is a corrector’s item."

On the road today - Chepstow Court of Athelstan last night and up to Southport for the Provincial Meeting of South Rheged  - first Provincial Meeting of the year in the Court of Athelstan, a chance to show off my nice new Grand Regalia... and on to a Birthday Party in the Wirral....

Meanwhile the subject of Welsh Speaking sometimes crops up...  I was staggered to find out that Oliver Cromwell was of Welsh origins and spoke Welsh - something I was unaware of before.. But the following interesting information came up about Queen Elizabeth the 1st ...

On occasion it has been suggested that Elizabeth 1st had a grasp of Welsh ... Generally the response has been been "I don't believe there is definitive evidence - perhaps a few words picked up from the Welsh men and women in her employ".

But after some digging, Nathan Amin the Auhtor writes about an intriguing report written by the Venetian ambassador Giovanni Carlo Scaramelli in April 1603, just two weeks after her death. As well as saying "With her dies the family of Tudor, originally of Welsh extraction", Scaramelli notes:

"She possessed nine languages so thoroughly that each appeared to be her native tongue; five of these were the languages of peoples governed by her, English, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, for that part of her possessions where they are still savage, and Irish. All of them are so different, that it is impossible for those who speak the one to understand any of the others. Besides this, she spoke perfectly Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian extremely well."
So, maybe Elizabeth I did possess some proficiency in Welsh, after all? 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

So - see you when I get back home  - hopefully tomorrow

Cheers !

Friday, 11 January 2019

11th January 2019 - Trumps Wall 1958 et al

Thought for the day: "In Iran everyone is afraid of spiders, but in Iraq, no phobia..."

I was going to go for my standard daily Trumpton - but today I found something much stranger - a TV program from a series called Trackdown about eh Texas Rangers form 1958....

I give you a sample of the dialogue...

Narrator: The people were ready to believe. Like sheep they ran to the slaughterhouse. And waiting for them was the high priest of fraud.
Trump: I am the only one. Trust me. I can build a wall around your homes that nothing will penetrate.
Townperson: What do we do? How can we save ourselves?
Trump: You ask how do you build that wall. You ask, and I’m here to tell you.

Trump and the Wall  1958
So I checked Snopes...

In November 2016, a clip from an episode of the 1950s western television series Trackdown was published to YouTube, along with the claim that it “predicted Donald Trump” by featuring a snake oil salesman character named “Trump” who claimed that only he could prevent the end of the world … by building a wall around the town:

Walter Trump, a confidence man, puts on a long robe and holds a tent meeting in the town of Talpa. He tells the townspeople that a cosmic explosion will rain fire on the town and that he is the only one that can save them from death. Ranger Hoby Gilman attempts to prove Trump is a fraud.

Later, the whole episode was posted and so I decided to keep it here ....

In other news...
I posted my Crimson Moon Flag yesterday - Here is a Vollsanger booster

In other news - Parking still appears to be an issue this one got so close to target ..

And so I start a trip around the country today ..

Cheers !
Sort this one out !!

Thursday, 10 January 2019

10th January 2019 - Then and Now and How to swear in Latin

Thought for the day:"Shout out to the people who don't know what the opposite of in is"

So we are well into the New Year now and it is time to change a few pictures on Profiles...

I managed to get a nice flag for the Crimson Moon even though it is to be moth-balled for the time being..

There seems to be a nice little meme going around about "before and After" pictures.. So I looked out approximately 50 years for myself

50 years and  a Green One
yes - they were photo shopped when I was criticised for being to patriotic with the Red White and Blue. 

I thought I would have a look at Susie as well

Seems about right ...

In other news I found this explanation - seems legit..

And of course the ability to make use of Language properly

Getting ready for a road trip tomorrow ...

Cheers !!