I cant believe its friday again. The weeks just seem to fly by especially approaching Xmas. Tree up , house decorated, Xmas cards sent, most presents bought and some of the food for the Xmas day meal in the freezer.So nearly there.

The first funny this week is that the Minister of Transport was reported to have knocked someone off their bike into a lampost a few weeks ago. Apparently he thinks cyclists in cities are a bit of a nuisance but it really isnt a good policy to knock them off their bikes!!!!

Hackney council in London will fine people who sleep rough £100 and if they dont pay it goes up to a £1000. Suely they are sleeping rough because they havent got any money so thats really going to solve the problem? Why dont they just throw them in  bin lorries and dump them on rubbish tips.Would it not actually be easier to try and solve the problem long term and help them find homes, jobs and try to help with mental problems and addictions!

Which leads me onto what is happiness. It is according to a survey good mental health and enjoying social relationships. Poverty or unemployment are lesser reasons mental illness is the biggest. My only worry is that the people who carry out surveys are not poor are employed (obviously ) and hopefully dont have mental illness!

1000’s of people in the Yemen are beoing killed by armaments manufactured in the UK.The Government are now talking about whether to continue supplying Saudi Arabia with these arms. They actually cant decide which committee makes the decision. In the meantime more Yemenese will die. And why such a delay . OH . Saudi Arabia spentds billions of pounds on these arms and by the way they have lots of oil!!!!!!!

HUMOUR  In 1907, Australian dancer Victor Goulet had one of his Achilles tendons replaced with a wallaby’s. They couldnt believe how high he could jump.                                                 The Anna’s hummingbird chirps with its bottom.

When the first Mcdonalds drive- through in Kuwait opened the queue was 7 miles long. They must have been hungry by the time they were served!

The dark side of the moon is turquoise!

1/3 of tods crossing roads are fatally run over.

What a shambles. Bob Dylan couldn’t attend to receive his Nobel prize so Patti Smith attended on his behalf. She was due to sing “A hard rains A gonna fall” one of his most famous songs. Unfortunately she couldn’t remember the words!

What luck.

A retired doctor discovered among a pile of old papers a previously unknown Leonardo da Vinci sketch.It sold for £12.6 million at auction.

What a fantastic TV series Planet Earth  2 has been. The camerera work was incredible And its hard to believe Sir David Attenborough who does the commentary is 90. TV at its best.

And the late news  is that the sale of whole  geese is likely to overtake whole turkey as the bird of choice for Xmas dinner this year.

Does anyone know what the most popular meal in Japan on Xmas day is. Give yourself a pat on the head if you knew if was Kentucky Fried Chicken!

Poem attached                                                                        postcards


For the small number of you that missed last Friday’s blog I’m afraid due to technical difficulties I was off the air. I had an apparently important part replaced, the hard drive. But luckily the computer doctor was able to save the stored information so I’m hopefully back in full action.

Quite a bit has happened since I last posted. One of the things that caught my eye was the Minister for Health, Jeremy Hunt,  had had a revolutionary thought that  Doctors and Nurses might know a bit about the nations health and might even be intelligent enough to run it!

Also a new apprenticeship scheme to train nurses is to commence. This means young budding nurses will actually be trained in hospitals rather than do a 3 year University course before even setting foot in a hospital. The former is the system my sister went through 50 years ago. So not quite new!

Mr Hunt has been the minister since 2012 .4 years to think of some common sense. Well done!

David Cameron, anybody remember him, said net immigration figures would be less than 100,000 several years ago. They are now 335,000. His side kick, George Osborne expected our national debt would be paid off 2 years ago but now it will be by 2023.

And the government under the plastic Margaret Thatcher has a huge lead in the polls. Why? Because there is no viable  opposition. Sorry not true, David Davies, Boris the Clown, Liam the sly Fox and Michael the dwarf Gove  , from her own party are giving  her enough trouble.

HUMOUR Grapples are apples that taste like grapes.

Nick Clegg ex Deputy Prime Minister once did community service for setting fire to a rare cactus collection while drunk on a school trip. Now thay’s my kind of politician!

Sweden makes biofuel from dead rabbits

The Greek God Alas had an aunt called Doris. Of course he did!

Most people in the 18th century only had a proper wash twice a year. Presumably whether they needed it or not.

Great News!!!! Jaguar are going to double the number of cars it makes in this country. Jaguar are part of the Jaguar Landrover group. Pity it is now an Indian owned company then!

Foreign owned as are British Energy, British Plaster boards, British Airports Authority, Associated British ports, british Oxygen, British Nuclear fuels and British Steel.Oh and just yesterday 2/3rds the National Grid which controls our gas supply. And we are all waitng to see if our Stock Exchange will be German controlled soon.

Apparently the Royal family are next . Anybody need a second hand Queen?

Does anyone know the top three passwords used for various functions, 123456, password and wecome. So be warned!

Most people would imagine the UK is right up there for a good education so it came a bit of a shock to find out the following:-

In maths we are 27th in the world list, 21st in reading and 15th in science.

Singapore leads the way in all three. Personally I find it a national disgrace and we need to improof it rapidly!

Xmas poem attached. Hope you like it                       christmas-wish