At last summer has appeared on the horizon.The winter has been long and cold and spring was non-existent. In the last three wekks as temperatures have at last risenthe growth of everything has been phenomenal.Flowers such as bluebells normally out in March/April have virtually leapt out ofthe ground.Blossom on trees and shrubs has rapidly come and goneand trees are now in full leaf. Plants have virtually grown daily in an effort to catch up lost time.Everything is is a bright green , trees and grass with the new growth. It really is a beautiful time of the year.

Today is a royal wedding.I wish the couple a long and happy marriage! That is really my only interest. But we British do this sort of event better than any other country in the world, we are helped by places like Windsor Castle. We have some many castles and stately homes as backdrops it makes the occasion spectacular. Good luck Harry and Meghan.

Postscript. Beggars in Windsor were offered free accommadation to take them off the streets for the occasion. They refused as there were rich pickings to be had on the streets!

Anybody see the photo of La Toya Jackson this week. she has obviously had some work done on her face and now looks the spitting image of brother Michael.

On the day of the USA embassy being opened in Jerusalem 58 people were killed and approx 2000 people injured on the Israeli/ Gaza border. Every one of them was from Gaza. I know Hamas is a semi pseudo terrorist organisation who Israel blame for everything that goes wrong but have they forgotten they were also terrorists when the British occupied Palestine after the 2nd World War. When is the UN including USA going to get some sort of dialogue going between the two countries. Or will it just go on forever?

Congrats to the Government for at last reducing the maximum stake from £100 to £2 in gaming machines in betting shops.It was possible to lose £100 every 20 secs.

I’m not against same sex marriages in any way but is it not a bit silly to suggest same sex dancers on Strictly Come Dancing.Apparently a male pair just reached the final in the Italian version.

There has been a campaign running for volunteers inc. children to collect rubbish from beaches and other public places.Why don’t we concentate on training people inc. kids to NOT throw away rubbish in the first place?                                                                                                                                                          Another 10 children were killed at a school in Texas this week . So Trumps  firearms policy is working well. Going to school is just so dangerous in the US.

SHINDIG-A dance or a party.

DIPPY- Crazy

SCRAM-Leave in a hurry.

FLUMMOX-To confuse or perplex


65% of Pakistani soldiers have dandruff.

Whoopi Goldberg used to be a bricklayer.

Nobody knows how big Pluto is. (the planet by the way)

The closer a woman is to the Equator the more likely she is to have a boy!

Poem attached                DOWN WITH THE TABLET





I was in London last week and stayed in a small apartment in Hammersmith. I have done most of the main attractions but visited some of the smaller ones this time. William Hogarth’s house and grave in Chiswick and Chiswick House nearby. Hampstead Heath and Highgate Cemetery , Sir John Soanes museum together with the Shard and old favourite the Victoria and Albert museum.

Now in Highgate cemetery Karl Marx is buried. A tabloid newspaper attributes 10’s of millions of death down to his philosophies of Communism. He proposed “Workers of the World Unite” But by definition what is a worker?  Is it not anyone who works? He wanted workers to control the economy but someone has to take the lead. Pure Cmmunism is impossible, everyone cannot be equal, it is a contradiction of terms. What is unfair is that the richer are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer And, the gap is growing. Karl Marx is blamed for millions of deaths but the other side of the coin  is that Fascism is just as bad. It is also an ideology that has killed millions. Then throw in religion and power hungry politicians and rulers and you have the reason for virtually all the known unnatural deaths. Yes it’s a cruel world


The National Trust  had a salute to suffragettes last week , a tea towel. Hardly appropriate somehow!

It is the Eurovision Song Contest. Now you might think this about music. Well it is in a way. Somehow it includes Australia, Israel and Turkey who are not in Europe. But it is all about politics, nobody likes the UK or Germany so dont vote for us. And other countries like Cyprus always give Greece high marks.. It is on TV  tomorrow night!

Two things amused me this week, the price of vanilla is now higher than silver. Madagascar produces 80% of the world crops and they have had several bad harvests due to drought and disease.

And secondly it is apparently quicker to have cocaine delivered to your home than a pizza. Some survey claims this is the case.

HUMOUR King Francis 1 of France hung the “Mona Lisa” in his bathroom. Did he not know it was valuable!

Two teaspoons of Botox are enough to kill the whole of the UK.

A popular way to cure impotence in the 14th century was to wear  your trousers on your head for 24 hours.

My poor Labrador, Bruce has had an operation to repair the ligaments in his knee this weak. I have to try to keep him from moving around too much. He is also supposed to wear a buster collar over his head at all times. How you are supposed to keep a boisterous dog quiet for at least three weeks beats me!


FAFF-To dither, or be flustered (normally with about)

PERNICKERTY-To be be fussy or precise.

RUCTIONS- noisy, confusion or uproar.

SNAGGLETOOTH- A tooth that sticks out from the rest.

Poem attached                                        JUST A BOY AND A GIRL