Another week gone in my life , where to I haven,t a clue but it has gone quickly. I try to set myself a small target of doing something or going somewhere new or even learning something everyday. I achieve it most days but i can’t remember what they were this week.

I,m trying this week to only talk about nice things but it is difficult.

Firstly I was surprised to learn that Robert Redford has never won an acting Oscar. considering this list of films, Barefoot in the Park, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, All the President’s Men, A River runs Through it, Out of Africa, Indecent Proposal, The Horse Whisperer and many more. He did however win one Oscar as Director for Ordinary People and a lifetime award. Must have been the case there were just better films out the years he made good ones.

What a shame to hear about the death of Aretha Franklin this week. She was one of the “Great Singers” She made singing seem easy. The only others that I think this ease of singing applied to for me was Peggy Lee, Barbra Streisand and strangely enough Donna Summer. Boy did Aretha Franklin have a tough life.She had two kids by the time she was 15, married a pimp who beat her and she was insecure all her life . She was also a perfectionist. It is amazing how people who have hard lives can be touched by genius. It is almost as if they are better because they have had to fight for their art. She was without a doubt the “Queen of Soul”

HUMOUR——King Francis the 1st of France hung the “Mona Lisa” in his bathroom. If only he had known!

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

The first ever “Webcam” was in the computer lab at Cambridge Uni. It was trained on the coffee pot in the corridor to save scientists making pointless trips when it had run out.

Pandas defecate( Shit to me and you) 50 times a day . Just think of the amount of toilet paper they must use!

A new film is coming out soon “The Aeronauts”. It is the true story of two Victorian scientists who broke the altitude record for a hot air balloon. But to make it more box office one of the characters has been changed to a woman. The male character missed out was a hero who saved the others life. The record they broke lasted 65 years. What a shame history has been changed for money.

Women are quite capable of looking after themselves. i would like to think (in most walks of life but not all yet) women are given opportunities on merit. Something I think is wrong for example is the Conservative party in the UK have women only short lists of candidates to stand as MP’s. In other words it is best woman not best person. Do women really want things rigged in their favour. Is it not better being chosen because you were the best person for the job. It is gradually happening , certainly in the UK.



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