FAMILIARLY FRIDAY.

Since I retired , now 6 years ago, I have done quite a lot of travelling. I love going to new destinations rather than going to the same place again. I found in the past if you visit once a second visit is just not as exciting. I will immediately contradict myself because I have just spent a week in London doing all the touristy things. However I hadn’t done a similar visit for something like 40 years so Im going to excuse myself. I like cities with history in particular and have never been one to lie on beaches. When my children were young however I did do that sort of holiday but then it was a case of if the children were happy I was happy. The only trouble about visitng historical cities is that they are invariably full of other tourists. I hate being considered a tourist and try to not only do the normal sites but also the more obscure less visited places. I try to look at my map in the hotel before I go out but then I will walk without a map and it is amazing the things you accidentally come upon. I also try to meet locals and eat and drink where they do. I always do some research and ask questions to find out first hand what the local people think about their city and country. It is interesting to note most ordinary people feel the same way about their leaders and governments. I feel the leaders dont understand the thoughts of the ordiary citizen in most of the places I have visited. This is probably because full time politicians, bankers, academics, business leaders have never experienced how the ordinary working man lives.  My latest trip to Scandavia showed me the same. As I said last week I was in a varied group from the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India and different parts of the UK. We all got on very well and our opinons of world affairs was hugely similar.

HUMOUR  385 million years ago , fish did have fingers!

Apples, strawberries, plums and almonds are all types of rose!

4 million years ago , rats in South America were the size of hippos. Bearing in mind that scientists claim we are never more than 6ft away from a rat it would have been pretty to have been around then!

The richest man in the world is Bill Gates of Microsoft. He is worth £69 billion but has given half of it away so he is down to his last £34.5 billion. This week Jeff Bezos of Amazon overtook him as the richest man but then dropped back again because his company shares fell. He has given a mere £78 million away. These figures are obscene.

Also the wife of John Terry, the ex England and Chelsea footballer lost £219k in jewelry and £126k in handbags including one worth £42k in a robbery. Is this not also obscene.

Im a Type 2 diabetic so I was pleased to read this week that drinking wine , red in particular cuts the danger of diabetes. Gin and vodka which I dont drink double the risk.

As those of you who have read my blog before will know that “Beach Thoughts : An old dog and his bloke” come from me walking my labrador Bruce on the beach everyday. Attached is a photo of said dog. Also attached is what I hope you think is a humorous poem      TEDDIES ARE FOREVER

 

FAMOUSLY FRIDAY

I,ve been away for three weeks and I hope you feel you’ve missed me. I suspect not! Well I’ve been away on holiday and i wiil come to that later.

It’s been a very stange year for me so far. I went to Vietnam in January and came back with food poisoning and a severe chest infection. I dont blame Vietnam for the food poisoning, just bad luck. Vietnam was stunningly beautiful with great food but what struck me most was how the Vietnamese dont appear to be bitter the way the rest of the world has treated them. They were invaded  several times over the last 150 years and have suffered appalling at the hands of these often cruel ntions. Yet they dont look back and are just getting on with their lives as best they can. They are an example to the world.

I recovered from the food poisoning within a few weeks but my chest infection lingered on for some time. I received one lot of antibiotics which helped marginally then another lot in April which again did not cure the problem. Then I finally had steroids which seemed to have done the trick. But after having an xray and a scan I,m awaiting results to see if  to find out if something lasting has occurred. Because I now feel really well and got through two quite energetic holidays Im not worried. But what will be will be anyway! But yesterday was not a particlarly good day as it was 18 years to the day that I lost my son who was only 18 in an accident. Anyone who has lost a child will understand the guilt and the lasting effect it has on the rest of your life. The hurt reduces over the passage of time but it never actually goes away. But life goes on because it has to . There is no choice.

And so to my holiday. Firstly a week in London doing all the touristy things. Some I did almost 50 years ago and others I have never done at all. A bit ironic really as I have visited a lot of major cities and seen their sights. So in London I climbed to the very top of St. Paul’s Cathedral (all 526 steps), Westminister Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, The Tate Modern, The National, The National Portrait (all Art Galleries) and several museums. Plus other visits too. And then I did a tour of Scandanavia, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. I visited Copenhagen, Odense and Fredrikshavn in Denmark, Then ferry to , Gothenburg, And on to Oslo,, Bergen, Telemark and Lillehammer in Norway and Karlstadt and finally Stockholm. It was a stunning trip and my favourite bits were Bergen and Stockholm cities and the stunning beauty of Norway.

But and this is the thing I really got out of it was the people on the tour. They were from all over the world. New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, USA , India and the UK. They were all walks of life but we all got on. Oh, and the tour guide was Rumanian and the driver was from Lithuania. We all agreed that the biggest problem worldwide is our political and regious leaders. The ordinary people tend to want peace and freedom but it is the leaders, often for their own ends that cause the unnecessary problems supposedly on our behalfs!

Humour Rats can feel regret and Goats cant cry. Also if you tickle a rat every day it’ll start laughing as soon as it sees you.

For some reason hurricanes with female names are deadlier than those with male names.

J R R Tolkein was rejected for a Nobel prize in Literature on the grounds of “poor story telling.”

Finally the only politics you will get from me on my return is that Trump doesnt seem to have achieved anything worthwile yet (what a surprise) and Theresa May is as much use as a chocolate firegrate waiting for the fire to be lit.

Poem attached  EVIL INTENT