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


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