The last friday before Xmas has been very busy. Final Xmas shopping in the city. A train ride to Newcastle in the morning. Walk the dog on beach. Wrap and post parcels . Visit to vet with dog (just routine checkup) Blog now, with another dog walk to come and finally a well earned trip to the pub. When I worked December was my busiest time of the year. Virtually lunches and dinners with customers everyday and dishing out calendars, diaries and gifts. By the time I reached Xmas I was exhausted. But as soon as you stop work and the adrenaline ceased I used to pick up any infection going. Colds, flu stomach bugs always came my way. Now I’m retired I just get exhausted! Love Xmas itself but it is the build-up that gets me down. But this year my grand-daughter is 2 (on the 23rd Dec actually.) and her face will be a picture to see. Xmas is for children in my opinion.

The new high speed train HS2 from London to Manchester will make it approx 30 mins quicker and it will also be approx 30 mins quicker to Glasgow too. As £51 billion will be spend in England Scotland will receive £5 billion. What will the North East of England receive? Nothing no money and no benefit from high speed train. Also unemployment in the Uk generally is now 5.2% and going down whereby in the North East it is 8.5 and climbing. But who in London cares.

The new Tom Hanks film “Bridge of Spies” Is about a Russian spy in the US , Rudolf Abel (real name William Fisher) who was swapped for Gary Powers , the pilot of the U2 spy plane who was captured by the Russians. He was brought up in Whitley Bay , where I live and had a Geordie accent. So why did Mark Ryland who played him in the film use a Scottish accent . Because it was too difficult.

Ken Livingstone, the ex London major who was born exactly the same day as me and my middle name is Livingstone (coincidence or what) has always been for the abolishment of the house of Lords. But now his friend Jeremy Corbyn is leader of the Labour party he will accept a Lordship to fast track himself into the Shadow Cabinet. Hypocrite!!!!!!!!!!

Humour. During the 1741 General Election angry voters pelted candidates with dead dogs and cats. What a good idea.

Scatomancy is telling the future by looking at turds. what a load of shit!

90% of people live in the Northern Hemisphere. So whats wrong with the Southern Hemisphere then?

The penis of the Argonaut mollusc snaps off during sex: It can only only mate once. I hope the male didn’t enjoy it too much!

So the last coal mine in the UK at Kellingley in Yorkshire closed today. My first job in 1964 was with the National Coal Board and Northumberland and Durham then had 124 mines. Margaret Thatcher closed most of them, then proceeded to sell off most of the UK car industry (the only uk car companies now make toy cars) Even Rolls-Royce, Landrover, Bentley were sold. Ship yards followed soon after and then the utilities were all privatised, so now the Chinese and French own our water companies and the Germans and Canadians own Electric companies. Some of Margaret Thatchers bits and pieces were sold this week raised £4.5 million. So she didn’t do too badly out of it.

Talking of not feeling sorry for someone this week . Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager of Chelsea football club this week . He is  ONLY receiving £10 million compensation. Poor soul.

Geordie word Faff- To dither, mess around with. And English word Slurp- to drink noisily.

Poem this week attached. Hope you like it..WILL I EVER





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