Monday, 14 October 2019

14th October 2019 - Staying Young

Thought for the day :"I’ve recently started a company manufacturing over-sized sinks... Does anyone on here mind if I give it a massive plug?"

New week - new profiles ....

In humour news for Millenials

In Masonic news.....

Never too old !!!

Greetings Brethren,
On Wednesday last I attended a wonderful meeting in Staffordshire when the ME was Installed at the age of 99 years and 363 days (in other words 2 days short of his 100th birthday)
As it was his third time in the Chair it was the ‘short’ ceremony. However, not only did he carry out all the ritual, he did get somewhat grumpy when the Installing Master tried to help him by attending to the floor element with the SW during the long closing in the third. He stopped him and then proceeded to meet the SW in the centre of the Lodge and return to his place unaided.
He pointed out that during his years in the Craft he has served 8 PGMs and was a little disappointed that only 4 of them were in attendance!
As the current PGM pointed out, we witnessed history in the making and none of those present were likely to see anything similar again. 
I can only agree. 
All best
Allan Smith
7230 and 9612
Prince of Wales Craft Lodge this evening and I Shall be responding for the visitors..

Best have a little look at some history I suppose...

Cheers !!!

Sunday, 13 October 2019

13th October 2019 - Welshisms, Templars and Typecasting

Thought for the day :"My Sicilian uncle combines his hobbies of taxidermy and bomb making – he will make you an otter you cannot defuse"

13 October 1307 – Hundreds of Knights Templar in France are arrested at dawn by King Phillip the Fair, and later confess under torture to heresy. If I remember correctly - it was a Friday - thus one derivation of Friday 13th being unlucky ....

In other news, I saw this Trumpton..

Magick anyone ??

On other thoughts of humour ....
had to chuckle as I typed...

Typing Symphony

Wales were playing Rugby early this morning in Tokio. Don't worry - I didn't watch it or get up or anything ridiculous like that - but I saw this Welsh Terminator....

Only the welsh will really understand - but I had to chuckle...

and so - Cheers ! Have a Happy Sunday ...

Saturday, 12 October 2019

12th October 2019 - Aging and Athelstan

Thought for the day :"I wonder... If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?"

Masonic Order of Athelstan today - Sweyn's Eye at Swansea.
No candidate but a nice meeting and a convivial festive board afterwards..

Back home and ready to sit in front of the TV ...

So today I only share this little missive about recent times..

Hope you are not feeling too old !!

And for your Daily Trumpton ... well I think it is ...

Cheers !

Friday, 11 October 2019

11th October 2019 - Collectives, Bars and Boris

Thought for the day :"I got Jacuzzi mixed up with Yakuza – now I am in hot water with the Japanese mafia"

Ever want to remember those names for groups of things? Collectives I believe they are called - here are a few...

Here are some more :

  • Apes: a shrewdness
  • Badgers: a cete
  • Bats: a colony or a camp
  • Bears: a sloth or a sleuth
  • Bees: a swarm
  • Buffalo: a gang or obstinacy
  • Camels: a caravan
  • Cats: a clowder or a glaring; Kittens: a litter or a kindle; Wild cats: a destruction
  • Cobras: a quiver
  • Crocodiles: a bask
  • Crows: a murder
  • Dogs: a pack; Puppies: a litter
  • Donkeys: a drove
  • Eagles: a convocation
  • Elephants: a parade
  • Elk: a gang or a herd
  • Falcons: a cast
  • Ferrets: a business
  • Fish: a school
  • Flamingos: a stand
  • Fox: a charm
  • Frogs: an army
  • Geese: a gaggle
  • Giraffes: a tower
  • Gorillas: a band
  • Hippopotami: a bloat
  • Hyenas: a cackle
  • Jaguars: a shadow
  • Jellyfish: a smack
  • Kangaroos: a troop or a mob
  • Lemurs: a conspiracy
  • Leopards: a leap
  • Lions: a pride
  • Moles: a labor
  • Monkeys: a barrel or a troop
  • Mules: a pack
  • Otters: a family
  • Oxen: a team or a yoke
  • Owls: a parliament
  • Parrots: a pandemonium
  • Pigs: a drift or drove (younger pigs) or a sounder or a team (older pigs)
  • Porcupines: a prickle
  • Rabbits: a herd
  • Rats: a colony
  • Ravens: an unkindness
  • Rhinoceroses: a crash
  • Shark: a shiver
  • Skunk: a stench
  • Snakes: a nest
  • Squirrels: a dray or a scurry
  • Stingrays: a fever
  • Swans: a bevy or a game (if in flight: a wedge)
  • Tigers: an ambush or a streak
  • Toads: a knot
  • Turkeys: a gang or a rafter
  • Turtles: a bale or a nest
  • Weasels: a colony, a gang or a pack
  • Whales: a pod, a school, or a gam
  • Wolves: a pack
  • Zebras: a zeal
Ho Hum...

In other grammatical news - Some things walked into a bar...

And your daily Boris.. from the Private Eye this time ...

Friday ... No lodges for a change - Swansea tomorrow for Sweyn's Eye

Cheers !!

Thursday, 10 October 2019

10th October 2019 - Back home from Round Trip in Bothy

Thought for the day :"My wife and I had our first row today. The new inflatable dinghy was a real bargain."

And home again after an excellent Scarlet Cord Provincial Meeting and a meeting of Pilgrim Preceptor in Macclesfield.

What a lot of rain!!!  And only in Wales!! I normally joke about it not raining here - but that we put it out as an excuse to keep the English out - but yesterday and today - as soon as I got into the boundaries of the Principality - it fell like stair rods !!!

But managed to get there and back and the Bothy once again managed the journey in excellent fashion. Eyelashes arrived while I was away - we shall have to dress the Bothy tomorrow if it is dry!!

So - a journey to Birmingham - not been there before,

and to Macclesfield -


Which I have been to before ..

But back home now - so not much to report as I have been on the road most of the day ...

Cheers !

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

9th October 2019 - Communication and Bothy Rides again

Thought for the day :"Saw a sign saying “Duck, Eggs”. I thought “that was an unnecessary comma” then it hit me"

Fun fact: 'Get Brexit done' is an anagram of 'Being extorted'

Seems Legit - just saying ...

In other news ... I saw this little story about Heavily Labour constituency Hull

On the subject of Communication - there was this to consider...

A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Joseph's Hospital. She timidly asked, "Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing?"

The operator said, "I'll be glad to help, dear. What's the name and room number of the patient?"

The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, Norma Findlay, Room 302."
The operator replied, "Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurse's station for that room."

After a few minutes, the operator returned to the phone and said,
"I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her
blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her
Physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged tomorrow."
The grandmother said, "Thank you. That's wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good News."

The operator replied, "You're more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter?"

The grandmother said, "No, I'm Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one tells me shit."

TRUE STORY (allegedly)

And so the Bothy rises again ....

I am pleased to announce that the Bothy has risen from the ashes of disaster. My trip back from West Houghton was frought with problems - a nasty banging on the front axle and the firm belief that I was not going to get home
without the assistance of the RAC... Struggling into the home stretch, the noise from the front wheel was deafening ... Having spent a couple of weeks in Bothy Hospital (and being informed that as she was driven onto the ramp the front wheel came off in the mechanic's hands !!!) She is now back on the road and ready for the next Challenge ..
Can YOU spot her on the road ??
Remember.. a bottle of mead for anyone who gets a photograph in transit - not at home or final location - but " on the road".. And if you are really unlucky you may get a free CD as well!!

Currently - this should take me to 6,876 miles..
I will have to confess to being caught by Henning with the speed camera shots - will do that on my return 
I think 

So ... Cheers !

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

8th October 2019 - Fraser and Single - Temple Bar Inn

Thought for the day :"I thought being an airport baggage handler would be fairly simple, but actually there is a lot to take on board."

Day started with a lot of rain - so didn't actually decide to wake up early - (no change there I suppose), but sitting at the computer looking out at New Road and the few cars passing and the sun is peeping out and the ground looks damp but fresh. The central heating is on so I suppose it must be fairly cold out there - but not in here.

Finished the Temple Bar Inn folk videos last night and posted....

Ten to Eleven Set 

The Original is here with the explanation of the 10 to 11 reference...

The Town I loved so much

Ready for the Storm

Fisherman's Blues

Blooming Heather (Wild Mountain Thyme)

Keg of Brandy

Not a bad day's work ...

In other news - Things are hotting up for Trump as he refers to his "unmatched wisdom"

"As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!). They must, with Europe and others, watch over..."

and so I give you your daily Trump...

Oh well - back to the grind-stone...

Monday, 7 October 2019

7th October 2019 - More Folk

Thought for the day :"If you say gullible really slowly it sounds like oranges! Try it"

Enjoyed my thought today - one person responded that they sat there saying it for 10 seconds before it sank in ...  Another informed me that few people knew that the word Gullible was not in the dictionary  - well played John.....

Been in the editing suite again yesterday...
and The Fraser / Single tour continues...

As I roved Out

Drummer Boy

Hot Asphalt..

Only a few more to go 


Sunday, 6 October 2019

6th October 2019 - Electric Sheds and Folk Duo's

Thought for the day :"Gravity is one of the most fundamental forces in Nature and if you remove it you get Gravy!"

Been in the video suite today and have a few to show..

Electric Shed Experience...

Louder than Words

and from Fraser and Single..

 Row me Bully Boys

And a Sunday dinner at the Falcon with the Order of the Scarlet Cord. I am stuffed.

Cheers !

Saturday, 5 October 2019

5th October 2019 - An evening Concert - Fraser and Single

Thought for the day: "Detectives found the murder weapon very quickly - it was a brief case!!"

An evening at the Temple Bar Inn last night with old friends Ron and Paula - Ron forming part of the Eclectic Shed Experience with Liz, and from Germany Johannes Single and his British playing partner - Dan Fraser...

Did some filming ... and will be working on them today ...


Eclectic Shed Experience (2)


Celtic Experience

Fraser and Single

"10 to eleven" set

Dan  and Johannes

Dan Fraser and Johannes Single

Cheers !!

Friday, 4 October 2019

4th October 2019 - Poltics, Green Power and Tanuwa

Thought for the day :"Taller people sleep longer in bed"

So - our daily politics..  Boris is still running back and forward to Europe trying for a deal over Ireland which does not include customs or regulation - and one politician pointed out "Of course there is a border - we have different VAT rates and even different currency at the border at the moment" ....  And in this country we are getting ready to prorogue parliament again and the "united" opposition are still failing to get a vote of no confidence or a general election.

This picture was quite instructive.... 

And as we move towards a cleaner greener society (or not) we can see the problems of electric vehicles...

In history - an old Wolves song was mentioned and I just happened to have a copy of friends singing the chorus in my archives....


So.. sorting out Knights Templar Priests - Dewi Sant Tabernacle. Did the accounts for Prince of Wales Council Royal and Select last night..   Only a few more to go !!

Cheers !

Thursday, 3 October 2019

3rd October 2019 - Of Pembrey and Photoshopping

Thought for the day:"Yesterday, I've donated a watch a phone and a wallet to a poor guy. Just imagine the happiness that I felt as i saw him putting his gun back in his pocket.."

For posterity ...  I was looking at a PDF file on line regarding the Pembrey Munitions Factory ...
now the Pembrey Country Park - and thought I would leave this here as a link for the future. Well worth a read in total...

While looking through other articles I cam across a set which took a simple photograph of a woman - with no photoshop at all - the Original ....

 and then sent it to 18 different countries to see how they each interpreted the "beauty" of the subject...
I though it was quite fascinating and I leave the results to you to judge....

















Sri Lanka





And so - beauty is in the eye of the Photoshopper !!!

And lastly for today - the stickers you can now get to put onto your staircase.. I like this one in particular...

Heading back to Llanelli later ...