In the past from later Roman times throughout the middle ages were made to believe in God by fear. If they disn’t believe all sorts of bad things would happen to them. And the poor people even paid for the privilege of God’s protection. Huge cathedrals and churches were built of the finest materials, gold, silver. marble etc almost as a insurance policy to protect themselves from evil.

I have visited Italy several times and find it a difficult thing to deal with that places like the Vatican have priceless artifacts on display in a haphazard way while Catholic people are living in abject poverty in places like Africa and South America.

I was brought up a Christian and attended Sunday School. I suppose I am an agnostic. Which means I dont know whether there is a God or not. I would previously said up to about 20 years ago I was an atheist. But my son was killed at the age of 18 in an accident after just leaving school and waiting to go to University.So first of all why wasn’t it me who died,  who had had a life rather than my son who was young. He didnt deserve that  and it has made me feel guilty. I dont understand how that would make me more likely to believe in a God when he does that. But   I have to try to keep an open mind  (a) because he might try to reach me if there is an afterlife(but it is now 19 years and there have been no signs!)and (b) I desperately hope there is an afterlife so I might see him again when I die. It really is a quandary. Note I dont mention Heaven.  I dont believe even if there is an afterlife it will be split as simply as Heaven and Hell. That is way too simplistic.

To me there are just too many wars and atrocities committed for a merciful God to exist. How can the present situation in Syria or the stand off between Israel and Palestine be explained. And look at the way many Catholic priests were involved in child abuse. To be perfectly honest I think people today actually grt mixed up between believing in God(any God in fact) and living a moral life. I have tried to treat people the way I would like to be treated. I cant say I havent ever hurt people (physically i certainly havent) but I have never done it knowingly. I have tried to do the right thing. Not always succeeded but I have certainly tried. Sorry had to get that off my chest.


Oodles- Lots, very many.

Ire-Anger, wrath.

Drub-To defeat soundly in a fight.

Gabble-Talk too much, chatter

HUMOUR-The oldest man in history smoked for 96 years.

The dark side of the moon is turquoise. In China the man in the moon is the toad in the moon!

44% of woman prefer reading Fifty Shades of Grey to actually having sex!

When the first drive through McDonalds’s opened in Kuwait the queue was 7 miles long!

Poem Attached     A SHINING LIGHT






It was my birthday last week day. I surprised myself (a) by finding out im 73 (yes I know its old but please read on!) and also that im still alive. (or so Im reliably informed) Now when i was in my thirties and my Dad was 73 i really did think he was old. He was!. But things were so different then. Even when he retired he wore collar and tie everyday and made sure his shoes were polished. He never owned a pair of denims or trainers. There was only two television channels. There were no mobile phones or internet. He only flew once, to visit relatives in Canada. I have flown several hundred times. Food was fish and meat with vegetables. To my knowledge he never ate a Chinese or Indian meal. He was vquite active , walked everyday and lived with good health until he died of a massive stroke at 84. He could hold a lively conversation until the day he died. But he was considered old.

Now me at 73 , I travel abroad a lot, I walk with my dog at least two hours a day. In fact next week Im doing a 70 mile walk (over several days). My live style is totally different  to that of my Dads. I suppose i should settle for living pretty healthily until Im 84 too but now I  want more than that. Notice I never said a “better” life. He was happy with his life as am I . Times are just so different. Our aspirations and expectations are different. I suppose all Im saying is that just because someone is old in age dont write them off. Age is in the mind. I was going to give examples of people in high places who were inspirational over 70 but then I thought of Donald Trump!!!!!!

HUMOUR-Members of the Yazidi religion of Iraq are forbidden to eat lettuce.  I wonder why?

During his lifetime Lewis Carroll wrote 98,721 letters. Did he do anything else worthwhile?

Cheesy originally meant excellent.

Chinese eunuchs kept their testicles in a jar in the hope they will attached themselves in the next world.

Apparently it is bad for a dog to jump out of a 4×4 boot. Shame my labrador has been doing it several times a day for six and a half years now.

Japan and Russia are technically at war but they are both playing in the World Cup in Russia.England have no “official recognition” of Russia but we are also there. But we havent sent any Royals or politicians there.. That must really worry the Russians!!!

So instead of having wars and trade embargos against each why not just decide it all on football fields?

What sort of message and to whom was Melania Trump’s coat with the slogan “I really dont care do U? meant for?

OLD FASHIONED WORDS- Gist- the essence or main point in a article or argument.


Comfy-Comfortable, snug.

Skew-whiff- not straight, askew,awry                                                                                                 Poem Attached                                     NATURE



Less people in the UK are using trains. Well thats not a big surprise. Prices are now sky high especially for people who use them for work everyday and when you book them last minute. I’m retired and I try to book 2/3 months in advance . i also have a old peoples pass. And the other problem is a lot of the trains are late. There has been a change of timetables recently and some parts of the country in in total chaos. Fo example the Lake District which is a big tourist will have NO trains for two months.

It was a year this week since the GRENFELL fire disaster. An enquiry is going on now. If you read my blog last week you will know some of the things that went wrong. Apparently it will be years before a report is published. I know it takes time to do a thorough job to prevent this ever happening again but the poor people who died and were rescued also need to know answers in order to move on. Not until conclusions are reached will their be any prosecution of companies or individuals. So it will be some years off.

So Trump and Kim Jong-un have reached an agreement and signed some sort of document. Nobody is quite such WHAT has been agreed. Presumably Kim has promised to give up his nuclear capabilies and Trump will withdraw his troops from the Korean peninsula. Also has it been promised that trade sanctions will be lifted against North Korea. In the meantime Kim runs a dIctatorship with hundred’s of thousands of people in prison. Anyone who objects against  the regime is immediately jailed or executed. Did Trump mention any of that in his talks I wonder.

The Uk Obesity rates continue to increase. We are only behind the US now. It is common knowledge that all energy, fizzy and soft drinks are full of sugar. Why don’t governments put some kind of tax on quantities of sugar used in food or drinks. Then companies might look seriously at reducing quantities. Something needs to be done urgently!

HUMOUR-Chewbaca’s voice was created byn combining the sounds of a bear, walrus, a lion and a babger

It is against the law for anyone in Barbados to wear camouflage.

Ants don’t have ears and all the ants in the world weigh about the same as all the people.

The London Underground was originally meant to end in Paris ( And be called the Metro?


OODLES- A great amount, many.

SNECK- Part of the Latch, the door opening mechanism.


SMUTTY-Pornographic, obscene.

There is a new law going thro. parliament making upskirting illegal. Apparently there are men in the Uk putting cameras or phones up womens skirts and taking photos. I know a sheltered life but this a new thing to me!

POEM                                 MISSING YOU



Well I’ve been away for two weeks on holiday. I hope some of you missed me!. I stayed in a small picturesque town in Italy called Castelfranco Veneto. The view from our bedroom was looking down the town square and overlooked towere and part of the !2th century town wall. A good starting point!. We visited Venice, Padua, Verona and Vicenza by train and bus. Venice, a totally unique city is wonderful but unfortunately half the world think that too. The main tourist areas around St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto bridge are crammed. But we took a 2 day pass on the vapporetto (water ferries) and you can find lovely quieter places on some of the other islands and outlying districts. My companion is just besotted by anything Venetian but my preference is to explore some of the quieter alleys which at times can lead you to an unexpected small square with an exquisite church. There are over 130 churches in Venice. The other places we visited Padua, Verona and Vicenza, all have their own raison d’etre and are well worth visiting.

The daytime temperature was a perfect 28-30 Degrees C. and short sleeve weather at night. Which makes it difficult when you return to the North East coast of England where temperatures this week have been between 13-18 C. The rest of England has been warmer but we have to endure mist and fog. Invariably the weather forecast for England shows beautiful blue skies everywhere except for a dark dark cloud hanging over our stretch of coastline. And this our summer!

After at least 15 years of talking about it the Government has decided a third runway at Heath Row is necessary. Even if this is finally agreed soon it will not be open until 2026.

In the Grenfell  Tower fire enquiry it has been agreed it was a total fire hazard. Nobody should have been living there.Short cut after short cut was taken in exterior cladding, windows that didn’t fit properly, fire doors that weren’t and escape exits non existant. Apart from that the fire brigade told people to stay in their flats. All in all mistakes were made from start to finish. But will people in authority be punished? I’ll be surprised. No doubt those further down the hierarchy will be blamed while the top people will escape any punishment. I wait to be surprised!

HUMOUR-The DC Comics character Snowflame got his superpowers frm cocaine.

If you fire lasers at the brain of a fly you can make it have sex with a ball of wax.

Snails can sleep for 3 years. The ones in MY garden don’t!

A baby porcupine is called a porculette. Amazingly.

A school in Oxfordshire has banned it’s boy pupils from wearing shorts in the summer. But they can wear skirts if they want.

Did you know you have to queue to climb Everest now. Apparently 600 people attemt it every year and you have to wait your turn.

Some of the fruit and vegetables are rotting in the fields because farmers cant recruit enough people to pick them. We are not allowing sufficient immigrants in to take the jobs. And the lazy  British think picking crops is beneath them . They would rather pick up their benefits.

Yet another dead whale washed ashore this week. It had 80 plastic bags in its stomach. A couple of months ago a 32 foot sperm whale was washed up in Spain with 64 lb. of rubbish in its stomach. When are countries going to take proper action . Not just talk about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The ruling body of football FIFA this week fined Russia £22,000 for racial abuse , a English player was fined £16,000 for drinking an unapproved FIFA drink while sitting on the bench and a Turkish club were fined £29,000 fo a cat running on the pitch during a game. TAlk about getting your priorities right!

POEM attached        VENICE