Thought for the day:"People who use the wrong word for things should at least have the humidity to admit it once in a while."
and today's Brexit comment is...
And so the Bothy is set for a run again today - up to Macclesfield - or at least Stockport for Knight Mason.
And back Friday
Another 360 miles on the clock I hope...
Last night I was asked if I could recommend any songs for a medieval banquet for a German colleague who had to sing to an English Speaking audience. I found the task quite interesting...
So thought I would share the results....
Medieval Banquet Set – Vollsanger 2019
you to Valhalla
This is a
Vollsanger “original” that you will have heard me sing
Actually it is a Welsh song by Dafydd Iwan with words changed to suit Viking style
that I use. However, it must be remembered that the Viking influence in England
(and all the UK) lasted from 400AD through to after Battle of Hastings in 1066
and the entry of the Normans.
comfortable with using Viking references and they fit nicely in my “Knightly” banquets.
It is a rousing
song and will normally get people clapping and singing.
A perfect song
for the period. All about knightly honour and ladies and – well a Chstity Belt.
I now this does
not go down so well with all Germans as the punchline is that “the Baron has
fitted a Yale!!” and I understand that Yale is not used in Germany.
A Yale key is the most common type of front door lock in the UK
people will enjoy the reference..
My only attempt
at a German Drinking Song which is now a universal song for any drinking
establishment – Written for the Klabautermann, then used in Bad Norderby and
I use it in England for English speaking audiences who have NO German at all
an example is here…
But perhaps the best reply we have seen so far has come from comic, presenter and veteran folk singer Mike Harding.
The Prime Minister’s letter on Saturday called for Brits to “come together as one people,” “getting behind this deal.”
Mike Harding’s near perfect response to the PM has been shared 33,516 times so far on Facebook (31,802 more times than May’s letter.)
We’re hoping more people take it upon themselves to tell the PM what they think of her Brexit deal, but in the meantime, Mike’s response is a must-read.
Everybody ought to read his reply reproduced in full below:
Dear Mrs May
I am in France having a break having come here on the train all the way from Settle. I just read your letter to me and the rest of Britain wanting us all to unite behind the damp squib you call a deal. Unite? I laughed so much the mouthful of frogs legs I was eating ended up dancing all over the bald head of the bloke on the opposite table.
Your party’s little civil war has divided this country irreparably. The last time this happened Cromwell discontinued the custom of kings wearing their heads on their shoulders.
I had a mother who was of Irish descent, an English father who lies in a Dutch graveyard in the village where his Lancaster bomber fell in flames. I had a Polish stepfather who drove a tank for us in WW2 and I have two half Polish sisters and a half Polish brother who is married to a girl from Donegal.
My two uncles of Irish descent fought for Britain in N Africa and in Burma.
So far you have called us Citizens Of Nowhere and Queue Jumpers. You have now taken away our children and grandchildren’s freedom to travel, settle, live and work in mainland Europe.
You have made this country a vicious and much diminished place. You as Home Sec sent a van round telling foreigners to go home. You said “ illegal” but that was bollocks as the legally here people of the Windrush generation soon discovered.
Your party has sold off our railways, water, electricity, gas, telecoms, Royal Mail etc until all we have left is the NHS and that is lined up for the US to have as soon as Hannon and Hunt can arrange it.
You have lied to the people of this country. You voted Remain yet changed your tune when the chance to grab the job of PM came. You should have sacked those lying bastards Gove and Bojo but daren’t because you haven’t the actual power.
You have no answer to the British border on the island of Ireland nor do you know how the Gib border with Spain will work once we are out.
Mrs May you have helped to divide this country to such an extent that families and friends are now no longer talking to each other, you have managed to negotiate a deal far worse than the one we had and all to keep together a party of millionaires, Eton Bullingdon boys, spivs and WI harridans. Your party conserves nothing. It has sold everything off in the name of the free market.
You could have kept our industries going with investment and development – Germany managed it. But no – The Free Market won so Sunderland, Barnsley, Hamilton etc could all go to the devil.
So Mrs May my answer to your plea for unity is firstly that it is ridiculous.
48% of us will never forgive you for Brexit and secondly, of the 52% that voted for it many will not forgive you for not giving them what your lying comrades like Rees Mogg and Fox promised them.
There are no unicorns, there is no £350 million extra for the NHS. The economy will tank and there will be less taxes to help out the poor. We have 350,000 homeless (not rough sleepers – homeless) in one of the richest countries on Earth and you are about to increase that number with your damn fool Brexit.
The bald man has wiped the frogs legs of his head, I’ve bought him a glass of wine to say sorry; I’m typing this with one finger on my phone in France and I’m tired now and want to stop before my finger gets too tired to join the other one in a sailors salute to you and your squalid Brexit, your shabby xenophobia and Little Englander mentality.
Two fingers to you and your unity from this proud citizen of nowhere. I and roughly half the country will never forgive you or your party.
And so the results are in and immediately are that both sides won!!
Or so it seems - Scotland is easy to see and commentate SNP took all the votes - except they didn't as Brexit got a seat as well as the Lib Dem
But the rest of the country is apparently open to discussion - Though Brexit took 29 seats ...
It seems that it is being claimed as a victory for "Remain" as the popular vote of all the opposition Remain parties added together would have been more ! Though that never seems to work in political votes elsewhere unless you are on the losing side !
So I will just leave these here to show how those who voted (39% of the electorate) and the seats that they won accordingly...
And Sadly we are no nearer to a decision as to what will happen .... Saw a lovely cartoon about a bus dropping down a ravine and a voice inside saying - "yup - time to change the driver"
Sadly cannot find the copy so I will share the concept..
And just to show how the Greens and Lid Dem's won the election ..
Thought for the day:"I've just found a bed under the pile of clothes in the spare room"
So - travelling back from Crete so not much to say today - but on this day on history ...
On 25th May 1999 the last pit pony in South Wales, 'Robbie', worked his last shift underground at Pant y Gasseg, Pontypool.
In 1913 there were 70,000 ponies working underground in Britain's coal mines, gradually replaced by mechanised haulage, until by 1984 only 55 ponies were still in use.
Small ponies no more than 12 hands high were needed, with Shetlands being a breed commonly used because of their small size. The ponies were stabled underground, coming to the surface only during the colliery's annual holiday. They would work an eight-hour shift, during which they might haul 30 tons of coal.
Thought for the day:"Someone stole my hedge during the night, I think I need a privet investigator..."
London for the Consecration of the Court of Metropolis No 130.
Remembering how busy London is as I had to stand on the tube from Hanger Lane to Green Park.
Taxi back cost £45.
Will have to see how much the tube actually cost - this contactless way of paying is very impressive but does not really let you know what you are paying - that goes for the bar as well !!
Though reason for the taxi was that we were carrying the banner and sword and to be honest the sword is distinctly more than 3"... So not a cost to us!!
Back to Wales now and a few days before trip to Crete - looking forward I must admit...