FAMOUS FOR FRIDAYS

Sorry , late again. Just seem to have a lot on recently.

The Tower of London has been guarded by Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders) since 1485. One of them looks after the 7 ravens who lives there. There has been a tradition that should the ravens leave the Tower England will fall to a foreign power. My dad was stationed at the Tower during the 2nd World War and he told me they were manacled then so they couldn’t fly away. There are only 37 Beefeaters now and apparently they are considering going on strike re their pension terms. So whose going to look after the ravens? And what happens if they they/

Some local authorities in England are considering giving convicted rapists access to children born as a result of their rape. That is ridiculous! What about the feelings of the woman who was raped?

A long lost Da Vinci drawing was offered to museums at the discounted price of £18 million No museums can afford this price so it will be sold at it’s market price of between £26 -£53 million to a private person.Thats really sad but why cant the private dealer buy it and donate it back to a museum so the public can see ir. Oh and , by the way the last picture, Salador Mundi,  by him went for  £350 million.

A German survey of 130 millionaires found that they think they are something special. they were found to be more extroverted and conceited than the general population. they were more focused on themselves and “getting ahead” than their relationships with others. Hardly surprising !

HUMOUR- During the 1741 general Election angry voters pelted candidates with dead cats and dogs.

Edouard Monet’s cat was eaten during the Siege of Paris in 1870.

Rice Krispies in Germany go “Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!” Must translate as , “Snap, Crackle and Pop .

Sweden makes biofuel from dead rabbits.

The modern politician replies to anything he doesn’t believe in as either “fake news” or doesn’t agree with figures or statistics produced. They don’t have well  constructed and reasoned discussions any more. In fact they don’t actually answer the questions they are asked any more.

A new £50 note is to be issued in the UK soon. It was announced that it would be a scientist such as Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the phone, Frank Whittle , the jet engine pioneer, Jethro Tull, horse drawn seed drill, Patrick Moore, astronomer, Barnes wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb. But the favourite is ex Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was a food scientist, working on ice cream for two years. SOme scientist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OLD FASHIONED WORDS—–

Condiddle- To steal.

Caterwaul- Burst of high pitch screaming.

Fizgig-Someone prone to flirtation.

Pettifogging- Attaching undeserved importance to something.

Trollop- A promiscous woman.

This country now has over 300, 000 homeless people and now have food banks for people who are struggling financially. So how come we now fund overseas aid to the tune of £14 billion.We give £151million to the corrupt leaders of Uganda who distibute to the elite of the country rather than the poor. Other countries receiving aid are- India, £90 million, Pakistan, £402 million, Turkey, £!37million, Myanmar £120 million and Iraq, £82 million. Oh, and China £43million. What we are supposed to get in return i haven’t got a clue.

Now don’t get me wrong i totally believe in helping the poorer countries but it is so important it gets to those who need it most not filtered off by the corrupt and greedy leaders.

POEM      WHO WANTS WARS

 

 

 

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FORTUITOUSLY FRIDAY

DISGRACEFUL!

Our Foreign Minister is apparently upset with the UAE who have sentenced Durham University student, Matthew Hedges to life imprisonment (minimum 25 years) for spying . Jeremy Hunt has told his wife they are doing everything possible to get him released. But what I would like to know what the british Government was doing while he was held in solitary confinement for 6 months before his 5 minute “fair” trail. He was given a lawyer who could not speak English and did not see any British consulate official until he had had 6 weeks of interrogation. And the UAE is supposed to be an ally!.

There is also the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian who has been held in Iran since 2016 also accused of spying. She was a teacher on holiday.

Finally I go back to the case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashhoggi , murdered by a Saudi hit squad in Turkey. The ruling Royal family claim it was nothing to do with them. Donald trump has said even IF it is proved they did know they wont fall out with Sadi Arabia.

And what have all three situations got in common? They are all countries with lots of oil. They buy lots of  weapons from us from the UK and US. So individuals dont really matter in the scheme of things.

The only thing  the UN do is to apply sanctions against countries that step out of line. But they rarely work. We have sanctions against Russian for being involved in Syria and invading the Crimea. Sanctions against Iran. The only time I can remember them being really successful was against South Africa In the fight against Apartheid. Generally they dont work and the countries do what they like..

OLD FASHIONED WORDS

To Betrump, what a coincidence it means to conceive.

Lickspittle-Groveller.

Hobbledehoy-Youth.

Gadzooks- An expression of surprise.

JUGGINS- Someone who is gullible.

NONSENSE.

A German town has stopped children hanging their Xmas wishlists from Santa Claus on a tree in the market place. This is due to new European privacy laws (GDPR)

A woman who is MD of a on line betting company was paid £265 miillion last year. This sort of salary is obscene . If directors of companies pay themselves such amounts, ( the MD of Persimmon (since resigned) was another who earned over £100 million.) they should pay huge tax bills. When you consider there are more than 300,000 homeless in this country, food banks are now fairly normal in cities it is a fact the rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer!

And Brexit, well it goes on and on and the rest of the counties needs are ignored, lack of police on the streets, (two police, a man and woman were beaten up on a main street while a passer-by filmed it on his phone and thought it was funny), mental illness in children is increasing dramatically, knife crime is growing by the day, the prisons are in disarray and the targets set for cancer treatment are falling wellshort. The ship UK is not a happy ship.

Humour—- each person in a swimming pool leaves behind 8 and 20 teaspoons of urine!

Goats cant cry.

If you tickle a rat everyday it’ll start laughing as soon as it sees you. WOW.

POEM attached          LOST IN LOVE

 

 

 

FORSAKINGLY FRIDAY

How things have changed in the Uk in my life time. When i left school my first job was with the NCB (National Coal Board) there were 124 mines in the Northumberland and Durham coalfield. Now there are none , in fact there are none in the hole of the UK. The North East of England in the sixties was virtually all manufacturing , coal mining, heavy engineering and shipbuilding. The area at one time built more ships than anywhere else in the world. And in 2018 fifty years there are no ships built, no pits and no heavy engineering. By far the largest employer is the Nissan (Japanese owned obviously) After them the largest employers are hospitals, local authorities which are run by the state. So that is what has happened not just in my area but the in the whole of the UK.

THE UK now has only 8% jobs relying on manufacturing. Now I know technology has played a large part in this reduction of jobs but it is a frightening situation. And Brexit will certainly not help us.

So what it happening with Brexit. Well nobody knows really. The government and indeed the Prime Minister pretend they know. But after 2 years of negotiation the people are non the wiser. It is a shambles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I dont know about you but I have always had a huge fear of sitting next to a very obese person on a plane. Now Im not talking about somebody who is overweight Im talking about is very fat. I even look around in the lounge just before we board to see if I could have a problem. so far I havent.

A 5ft 2in man who was in the window seat had a 23 stone, 6ft 5in sitting in the seat next to him on a 13 hour BA flight from Bangkok to London. He is suing the airline for injuries incurred on the flight. As i say it would be my worst nightmare!

HUMOUR–There are more statues of lions in the world than there are real lions.

It is illegal in Chicago to have weeds more than 10 inches tall.

You can tell if a duck has bird flu by smelling its droppings.

Johnny Cash’s estate once refused permission for his hit “Ring of Fire” to be used in a commercial for haemorrhoid cream

Donald Trump last week cancelled a visit to a 1st World War military cemetery as it was raining.  Were the troops in the trenches allowed to stop fighting when it rained?

The USA are outdoing the UK in murders yet again.

A gun mass murder in the US if more than 4 people are killed. There have been more than 300 this year , basically one a day.

In London there have been 119 murders so far this year involving knife crime.

What a tragic situation and what is being done in both instances. They are talking about it!

The Supermarkets in the UK turned out 59 billion pieces, which includes 810,000 tonnes of single use plastic. So the government claims they are making progress is just not true.

POEM-         LOST LOVE

 

 

FOREBODINGLY FRIDAY

Those that have read my blog previously will know i have a yellow Labrador dog called Bruce. in a way he dictates my life. He has three walks a day, first thing in the morning, late mornig and evening. So in a way I fit my life around him, or in another way I fit his his life round mine, but when i have to leave him for more than 4 and a half hours I have to make arrangements to have him taken to friends or relations. Fortunately most Labs are very friendly and people like having him. Also when going away on holiday I make arrangements that he stays at a registered dog walkers house. Kennels are pretty old fashioned these days, dogs tend to stay in peoples houses with other dogs and are walked every day. It is not cheap but the dogs are much happier. Dogs have huge benefits both physically and mentally. The physical side is provided by the walking you do. The mental benefit is untold. I live on my own and several years ago and had treatment for cancer( successfully) Radiotherapy for every weekday for 7 weeks. I actually visited hospital 43 times. What kept me going even when I could not be bothered was walking the dog. It was difficult but it kept me focused. Dogs are unrelentingly faithful and just want to be fed, walked and fussed over. Stroking a dog has therapeutic benefits of being calm and relaxed. Also you find when you walking your dog you meet and talk with other dog owners. In fact I find everyone knows my dog’s name but not mine.

After extolling the virtue of dogs i have just read the following facts :- There are 20 million dog owners in the UK and of that number 24% are left alone for more than 5 hours every week day, 16% aren’t walked at least once a day and 47% of dogs seen by vets are overweight or obese. 12% haven’t received any sort of training, These figures are depressing as we all have a basic commitment to look after them properly.

All has gone quite this week so I presume Saudi Arabia has got away with the murder of the journalist in Turkey. They are certainly still bombing civilians in Yemen but thats ok to the US as the other side are being backed by Iran, who are the real big bad wolf!

So all the politicians fine words have been useless. And the rich kids get away with murder (literally)

How can Republican politicians in the US claim victory when they lost The House of Representatives? Surely if nothing else it will slow the progress of new laws by the administration. Or even drop them.But overall Trump claimed it was a great victory in the Senate and the loss of the other house was down to the hostile media. Of course it was.

And Brexit. Well the talks go on, and on,********************* probably ad infinitum.

Right wings parties are certainly on the march all over the world. They have just had a big victory in Brazil which follows good results for them in Germany, Italy, Austria and Sweden and soon in France. The UK and US have already swung right. And what have they all got in common? Immigration. Incoming foreigners stealing jobs!

HUMOUR—-The labourers who built the “Great Wall of China” were fed on sauerKraut.

Eating dogs is legal in 44 US states.

Alan Shepard took a peanut to the moon. When he came back Steve McQueen tried to eat it.

Termites like the smell of biro ink!                                              LOST LOVE

 

FORBIDDINGLY FRIDAY

DOnt know why but I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this week as i’ve meandered my way on the fields and beaches of Northumberland with my dog. Temperature has dropped this week and we have had our first frost. Weather on the coast is never too extreme but only 20 miles away they had had snow last weekend. When you have a dog you obviously have to take them for walks no matter what the weather so bad weather does no bother me too much. But lack of daylight does. It is about 7 in the morning when it gets light but it is dark at five. And it will get worse until mid December.

What have I been thinking about? Lots of different things.

It is coming up to 100 years since the end of the 1st world war. Did you know 16 million died and 23 million were injured? Millions of men lost their lives on both sides due to the arrogance and ineptitude of politicians and soldiers. I honestly think some of them should have been charged as war criminals, from both sides. And who won? I don’t really think any side won. Men on both sides were used as cannon fodder.

Why do lotteries pay out such high prices. There was one in the USA over a billion dollars. Why dont they pay out a maximum of £2 or $2, but lots of  prizes. I think £2 million can make the ordinary person happy. Enough probably to buy , say, two houses and three cars and have lots of holidays. A billion pounds actually can make you unhappy. Past winners marriages have broken up and friends and relatives have fallen out as you can be accused of either flaunting the winnings or not sharing them enough. The truth is you cant win. You will probably lose old friends and make new enemies. I dont actually buy any tickets.

The world is swinging to the right. There have been elections in Brazil and Germany this week and in both right-wing candidates did really well. Theses right wing parties are actually nationalists or even fascists with a different name! And are potentially dangerous.

HUMOUR—Martian sunsets are blue

Until 1900 visitors to Stonehenge were given chisels so the could chip off a souvenir.

Elephants like to tickle each other.

WOW –Every leech has 18 testicles and 2 ovaries.

Have you seen the photograph of J Lo almost in the nude. She claims she is making a stand for female empowerment. I think she is doing the opposite.

CHILD OBESITY- In the UK only 1 in 30 children get enough exercise.

PLASTIC———-90% of seabirds have plastic in their stomachs.

A man who lived in a terraced house in Lancs was discovered to have left hundred of paiting in his house when he died. His paintings are very reminiscent of the important British painter LS Lowry. He had never attempted to sell any in his lifetime but they could be very valuable now.

So the Saudis did kill the Saudi Journalist Khashoggi. What a surprise! But none of the ruling Royal Family knew anything about it. No surprise there!!!!!

POEM attached       OLD JOE

 

FASCINATION FOR FRIDAYS

Well its another week  in the world and yet again a week for more bad news than good. so this week I’m going to start with humour

HUMOUR AMUSING LABELS.

“For use by trained personnel only” on a can of air freshener.

“Do not use as an icecream colouring” on a bottle of hair dye.

“Do not use for signing cheques or legal documents” on a vanishing fabric-marker.

“Do not use lit match to check fuel level” in instruction book for water ski.

And more HUMOUR——-Everyone has at least 50,000 thoughts a day but 95% of them are the same as the day before!

In the Second World War British troops were issued with 3 sheets of toilet paper a day , American soldiers 22. Does that mean Americans shit more, have bigger bottoms or that the British stingy?

Sweden makes biofuel from dead rabbits.

The Greek God Atlas had an auntie called Doris.

Pope Francis 1 used to work as a bouncer in a Buenos Aires nightclub. An unusual change of profession!

And now silly news then the bad stuff.

A bakery in Yorkshire believes it is politically correct to sell A Gingerbread Person rather than a Gingerbread Man.

Did you hear about the TV starlet that had so much collagen treatment to her lips when given a breathalyser for drink driving she couldn’t grip the tube in her mouth! Naturally she was found guilty!!!!

What about the married vicar of 59 who told the 16 year old girl when she had sex with him “it was fine with God”! naturally.

What is an ordinary person who wins $1.6 billion going to do with that sort of money. Thats how much a lottery winner in South Carolina has won this week. Would it not have been better to say have hundreds of people winning $10 million each. That way you make a lot of people happy rather than a silly amount to just one person.

China apparently is holding 1 million Muslims in secret political camps. Camps for indoctrination or as the Chinese are calling them, training camps. And we think they are gradually becoming democratic. Rubbish.

What a lot of hypocrites in the world.

First  Erdojan of Turkey. he has criticised Saudi Arabia for killing the Journalist in their Consulate. He is holsing 1000,s of journalists in Turkish prisons! he is also trying not to be too critical as he needs Saudi money as his country’s economy is up the creek.

Second The Saudis themselves . Prince Mohammed bin Salam, the crown prince. He didn’t know anything about this despicable crime, apparently. but he has promised to punish the “Rogue” perpetrators.

Third. The rest of the World , who will pay lip service to the Saudis as they need their trade and money.

In two or three weeks this will be old news and normal greed will prevail!!!

What a great time for the Honduras caravan to be on it’s way to the US.  Brilliant polical timing for Trump. He can frighten the American citizen with all these immigrants trying to to the Us and steal their jobs.

Also a bit of a coincidence all bombs being posted to democrats. Strange that.

POEM attached        ONLY NATURAL

 

 

 

 

 

FRUSTRATINGLY NOT FRIDAY

Now I am fully aware that Im old although I dont admit to being senile, yet! But several things that have happened this week makes me wonder if it is me losing my marbles.

First Kleenex will not be manufacturing “Man-size” tissues any more because their have been complaints the expression is sexist. I think that is pretty stupid but I hope they still produce larger ones. They can call them “Jumbo-size”, “Extra large”, “Giant”, I dont really care, I just find I need big onrs.!

Next film star Keira Knightley wont let her daughter watch Cinderella and other Disney films as they dont feature strong female characters!

Yet another instance of correctness going mad is actress Kristen Bell who played Anna in “Frozen” believes it is wrong that the Prince kissed Snow White without her permission! She was in a coma , having been given a poisoned apple for God’s sake! What was he supposed to do?

Prince Charles went to the Commonwealth games in Queensland, Australia in April. He took with him a doctor, dresser, butler, valet and a travelling yeoman (sorry don’t know what one of them does) costing the hosts £155k travelling costs alone. Oh, i think his wife was there too. Thats ridiculous , its more than even Mariah Carey would take on a tour!

Did you know that nice people struggle with their finances more than grumpy people. Apparently agreeable just care less about money so dont look after it as well as the grumps in life.

Leading paediatricians in the UK have suggested all school children should be weighed every year in the fight again child obesity. I’m willing to bet all the obese parents wont allow it as it will show them up!!!!

HUMOUR—Dolly Parton once lost a Dolly Parton lookalike competition to a drag artist.

“Meh” is the sound that Japanese sheep make. Is that Japanese for “Baa”?

The dark side of the moon is turquoise.

In China the Man in the Moon is known as the Toad in the Moon.

They tried out a new electric Hi tech train in the Uk last week. It ripped out 1600 feet of overhead cable and 100,000 people were delayed that day. yet another problem on our railways.

Main topic this week is on Saudi Arabia. The Saudis have for some time now done anything they like and the rest of the world has been petrified to say anything detrimental about them. The trouble is the Western world for some time has ignored Africa and Asia but the Arabs have oil and that means lucrative contracts. Money talks. All the western countries have large armament contracts with them and they are worried about losing them. Saudi Arabia is a country that beheads people, given up to a 1000 lashes. They have at 30,000 political prisoners in jails. They also crucify prisoners and gouge their eyes out. There have been some reforms, women are now allowed to drive but they are still second class citizens. Ok there are a large numbers of protests about the journalist being murdered in the Saudi Embassy in Turkey. But do we really think that the US will cancel $110 billion,s worth of armaments, and the UK £1.1 billion of contracts. Of course we wont. The Saudis are currently using UK bombs to kill Yemeni civilians.  And we have done nothing. The US believe if they fall out with Saudi Arabia they wont support them against Iran. And that is the biggest enemy in the area. In a few months time the hypocrites of the West will turn a blind eye to this inhumane regime. MONEY TALKS

POEM A WAR FOR THE WORLD

 

 

 

 

 

FURTIVELY NOT FRIDAY

Autumn is certainly here and winter is approaching but…………….. Hurricane Michael has been causing havoc in America and storm Callum has brought floods to the UK, yet the south of England has had their hottest Oct . day ever. So who knows what we are going to get when winter really starts!

I heard a really interesting story from a friend this week.

A friend of her late mother was a housekeeper in a stately home in this area of England. She was asked what she wanted as a leaving present on her impending retirement. She said “Well I have always loved one of the pictures in the library. That would be a lovely reminder of my time here” The lady of the house gulped but said “of course my dear, we will be delighted to give you that as a momento of your time here.”

And so the painting was handed over on her retirement. The old housekeeper wasn’t aware of this but the painting was by Canaletto , the famous Venetian artist and was worth several hundred thousand pounds.

A woman was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage for attempting to use a melon to break into a shop. Very strange!

Went to see “a Star is Born” Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were brilliant in it. But I was disappointed with the music and I thought the plot was very thin. I loved the previous version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. So my expectations were probably unfairly high.

HUMOUR—– Lenin spoke English with an Irish accent.

The world’s longest sausage was 39 miles long.

Breathing air in New Delhi is the equivalent to smoking 45 cigarettes.

The ancient Greeks cured hangovers by wrapping their heads in cabbage leaves.

Melania Trump claims she is the most bullied person in the world. Well as she surely can’t actually love Donald she must have married him for his money and power. Or perhaps its just because she is married to an idiot!

Apparently there is a big argument going on in England whether it is correct when having a scone to put jam on it first then clotted cream (the Cornish way) or the cream then jam (the Devon way). And me personally I dont give a damn1

Apparently the average person will recognise 5,000 people.

Scientists have found that sleepness nights will drive down the level of testosterone in a man. It doesn’t actually take a scientist to figure out that you dont perform as well if you are knackered. How stupid.

Back to one of my favourite subjects , Obesity.  The number of 10-11 children who are obese has risen from 31.6% to 34.3% in a year. When will politicians and health experts stop talking and actually take some action!!!!!!!

We have had another Royal Wedding in England this week. A lesser known Princess called Eugenie married some commoner. They tried to out do Harry and Meghan but this was a Championship wedding rather than a Premiership one.

Poem attached——A PLACE IN MY HEAD

 

 

FELICITOUSLY FRIDAY

Right, Im trying to talk about the bad and silly things of the week first and somehow Donald Trump is first. In my last blog I talked about that epitome of correctness, truthfuliness and just generally good-egg saying that the Democratic party and Hilary Clinton had a vendetta against him being voted in a Supreme Court judge. So how can he judged as un biased? Now that ultra fair minded President has mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. now I really dont know if Kavanagh is guilty of rape or not but Trump should not be taking sides. It is wrong and unbecoming of the President in particular. Disgraceful behaviour. But in trump’s favour he is in love apparently. Him and Kim Jong-un are exchanging love letters.

Next it was the Tory party conference this week and two Tory ministers, Jeremy hunt, Foreign Secretary accused the European Union being like a Soviet jail after Phillip Hammond , the Chancellor of Exchequer said the Labour Party had similar economic policies to Stalinist Russia. Stalin was a mass murderer of his own people. Calling your opponents like this is from the gutter. It is purely done for effect but it is not right.. These are supposed to be leaders of the people. Also disgraceful!

A man in the Uk this week was found guilty of killing his 8 year old daughter as revenge against her mothers lesbian relationship. How evil is it possible to be?

HUMOUR —Bet you dont know what an “orgle” is. Ok, it is the strange gargling noise a male llama having sex makes!

The Pantone official colour chart has 104 shades of grey.

People who kiss their dogs have lower blood pressure than those who dont!

As a child Mozart was terrified of trumpets.

Right, a bottle of whisky was sold last week for £850, 000 or £28,000 a glass. thats obscene, how could anything be worth that.

Some company in the Uk has brought out Christmas tree crisps, pine salt flavoured. I doubt if I will be having any of them!

A professor has now come out and said even one drink every day will increase your risk of death by 20%. Especially if it is a glass of the afore-mentioned whisky!

259 people died last year while taking selfies including falling off cliffs bridges etc.

MORE HUMOUR—- Labels attached to products

“Caution not to be used for navigation” on a napkin dcorated with an old sea chart.

“Dont iron clothing while it is being worn, you’ll injure the wearer” on a steam iron.

“Do not put any person in this washer” on a washing machine.

“Do not use while asleep” on a hair-dryer.

Finally a football manager, Steve Bruce had a cabbage thrown at him during a game. His team Aston Villa have been doing badly this season. He was sacked later that evening.

But my question is, “Who takes a cabbage to a football match?

Sorry not much substance this week but most news was bad news so i thought I’d give you more humour.

POEM attached.                 A SMALL TOWN

FANTASIZING IT’S FRIDAY

Well it’s certaily not Friday and that is because it WAS friday last week I was in Paris. hadn’t been there for a while and had almost forgotten what a fantastic city it is. Stayed in an apartment in a residential suburb away from the tourists. It was an area surrounded by small bars and restaurants. Also fantastic boulangeries (bread shops), patisseries (cake shops) fromageries (cheese shops) charcuteries (specialist prepared meat shops. It was food and drink heaven. Have done most of the famous places so went round the  Picasso museum, the Rodin museum, d’Orsay (contains a large collection of French Impressionist paintings) Other new places for me were the Tour de Montparnasse (better views than from the Eiffel Tower) and Fountainbleue Palace and a boat trip which is actually compusory. Also just strolling round the streets of Montmartre,  along the Seine soaking in the atmosphere of what is probably the most romantic city in the world. Paris is not just being there it is who you with.

Did you hear about the albino squirrel that fell out of a tree. Don;t worry ! He’s all white now.

So Brett Kavanaugh is still suitable to sit on the US Supreme Court. This is a suspected (not proven) rapist who believes the lady accusing him , Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is at the head of a vendetta by the Democrats and Hilary Clinton. also in his speech he told the story of his ten year old daughter who thought they should forgive this misstaken lady. I honestly thought judges were supposed to be impartial. Obviously not in the USA!!!!!!!!!!

HUMOUR—-Mouse sperm is larger than elephant sperm, I presume there is just more of it.

It takes 700 grapes to make a bottle of wine.

A planet called HD 189733b, 63 light years from Earth, is lashed by rain made of molten glass and 4,000 mph winds. That’s worse than we get  here, on the North-east coast!

The busiest polling station in Ausralian elections is in London.

David Beckham , the ex footballer, gooff a speeding fine after doing 59 mph in a 40 mph zone. His expensive lawyer got him off as the police letter was late. Money talks.

In 27% of deaths on British roads drivers were not wearing seat belts. Also of another 25% deaths police could not tell if they were or not. Not wearing seat belts is just stupidity.

I’m looking forward to the new movie with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born” Enjoyed the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.

Yet another national disaster this week in Indonesia.  Looks likely at least 1000 people have died due to the earthquake and tidal wave.Technology has advanced dramatically in my lifetime but we are no nearer to controlling Nature.

There will soon be a new approach in Brexit negotiations. All the alternative policies will be put in a hat and we will stick to the one pulled out. We will do the same for candidates to be PM. Otherwise these talks will go on FOREVER!

POEM Attached                             SEASONS