Hope you,ve all done your Xmas preparations and are ready for the annual bun fight. It has not been a good week in Pakistan or Australia and we should be thinking of those worse off anywhere in the world no matter what religion !

The weather on the beach has been, warm, cold, warm, and windy and cold . All very strange for December but gratefully received. It is the shortest day of the week this week and then starts to get lighter every day. It is lack of daylight more than bad weather I find depressing. Bad weather you just wear appropriate clothing. Bruce and I still go out as usual. Having been collecting washed up bits of glass this week. It’s amazing how much is washed up.

This weeks incorrect fact is that you can see the Great Wall of China from the Moon. Wrong!!!! You cant even see it from half way. So you can’t see any man made object from the moon. So there.

For you older people read on, but younger please close your eyes.

Being an oldster can be good. You receive a state pension and probably a pension from your employer. You receive £200 for fuel allowance, mine usually went towards my ski-ing holiday and a £10 gift voucher for Xmas. Bus travel is free and it is also almost free on the Metro system, which is the underground system on Tyneside and Newcastle. You are also entitled to cheaper prices for the cinema and I pay 20% less for my football season ticket. These then are all the material advantages but the biggest bonus of all is the young people think we are ALL doo lally (I think thats how you spell it) We actually aren’t but dont tell them that. We just pretend to forget things or do really silly things. Its like a 2nd childhood we can get away with murder when we really try. I know altzeimers and dementia are awful but we haven’t all got have we? So you oldsters just keep mum and we can keep getting away with all sorts of mischief. ( if my daughter every reads what I write I’m in real trouble)

Back to the North East from last week. Famous musician from Tyneside are Sting, Mark Knofler of Dire Straits, Bryan Ferry Brian Johnson singer of Ac/Dc, Neil Tennant 50% of Pet Shop Boys, the Animals and Lindisfarne (Lindisfarne or Holy Island is an island off the Northumbrian coast) Painters who painted in the area were Turner and LS Lowry. I said last week the dialect is quite different to other parts of the country means we have many different words. Some of these are dunsh (crash), plodge (wade), cowpe (fall over),hoy (throw} , hinny (friend), tippy tappy (walk) boolin (walkin) canny (good) neuk(sheltered place), stottie (type of bread) ra (road)  Theses are just a few “Geordie” words.
Finally things have improved somewhat from last week, my daughter is better, boiler is fixed, vacuum cleaner is now sucking so strongly i have to keep it away from small children and animals. Dog did get better but I’m now on my way to collect him from vets as he has done something to his tail.
Have a wonderful Xmas without stress and find what should be an amusing poem attached.Vintage Model

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