Well they don’t come around to often, the last one in the UK was 1999 and the next is 2026. so what happened? It was a 93% eclipse of the sun by the moon, well I think it was but it was CLOUDY. Thats what happens when you live in England and especially at the coast. Ok, I did catch a glimpse of it when the clouds broke momentarily but it is a bit diappointing when you have to wait another 11 years with no guarantees even then! Half an hour later the clouds disappeared and it was a beautiful sunny day. That’s life! But the consolation I suppose is that we got to see the Northern Lights this week. We have a observatory near us in Northumberland and the sights thro. their telescopes are fantastic. It is one of the darkest places in Europe and is only about 30 miles from where I live. there is no light pollution out their in the middle of a large forest.

How sad is that? It was Elton John’s mothers 90th birthday this week and her son for some reason couldn’t attend. So she invited a Elton John tribute band instead. You would have thought he would have made the effort to attend. Apparently they fell out some years ago.

We have had two pretty mild winters in a row and disaster is about to happen. We are about to be invaded by Spanish slugs which apparently grow up to 6 inches long. They eat dead mice and meat and devour huge amounts of garden plants. They can withstand up to 20 slug pellets. They must also be brilliant swimmers to reach the Uk from Spain.

We have had a budget this week and I will be £20 a year better off. Yippee! I don’t know why they bother having them. The meaning of the word budget is a balancing of the books. Thus if they give you something on one hand they have to take something away on the other side, If it was as simple as that why don’t they make the rich pay more taxes and the poor less. But at the moment it seems to me it is those conscientious people in the middle pay more than their share. The rich pay for advice to pay as little as possible (legally of course) and they poor can’t pay much. Large companies are the same, Amazon and Google make huge profits but pay very little tax as there head office is in the Caymen Islands or Luxembourg or some such tax haven. There is just not enough fairness about the payment of tax.

Did you know that snake charming is illegal in India. and that snakes of any kind are illegal in New Zealand?

Theodore Roosevelt had ginea pigs called Admiral Dewey, Bishop Doane, DrJohnson, Father o’Grady and Fighting Bob Evans, and a small bear called Jonathon Edwards. Jonathon Edwards was a helluva good triple jumper for a bear!!!!

Lastly funny things told to me on the beach this week. First a woman said ” have you noticed the best things in life make you fat, drunk or pregnant ” I was also given some advice ” if attacked by a mob of clowns go for the juggler”

Have a good week. Poetry this week rather sombre             ACCEPTANCE

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