Well Xmas is over and a new year is dawning, hopefully better world -wise than 2018.

I wish you all a New Year that gives everything you would choose for yourself!

2018 has been a year of totally inept politicians, a year when the wealthy have become dramatically weathier and the poor have become poorer that is the ones who are still alive. And a year when corrupt and non-democratic states have thrived.

Firstly in America I watched Obama giving out Xmas presents at a children’s hospital. ok, he did not achieve a great deal in his time in office (he struggled to get legislation through a Republican majority) But I do believe he was a man of humility and integrity. He got on with children and the ordinary people. So did his wife Michelle. Both came from working class families and showed what was possible in a democracy. Trump is the exact opposite. No way could you ever accuse him of humility or integrity. And his wife is just an acquired trophy. He is without a doubt the most deceitful leader of a western- world democracy.

Then in the UK. , we have a (I nearly said leader) PM who is devoid of reality. She has now overtaken David Cameron in being the worst PM  in my life-time. She keeps saying the same things parrot -fashion, such as Brexit is Brexit and the deal she has negotiated is the best deal possible. Theresa May has been out-manoeuvered by Europe as was Cameron before her. It was not a negotiation , it was a ultimatum!  She keeps talking about free trade, our own laws and freedom of movement. The thing that caused the problem is immigration. No matter how you dress it up the referendum was a response to the UKIP party winning more than 3 million votes in the previous general election. UKIP is a ultra right wing party (bordering on Fascist) whose campaign was solely based on restricting the number of immigrants into the country. And so a Yes or No referendum was offered on staying or leaving Europe. It was very close 52-48%. But at that stage no one knew what exactly they were voting for. Theresa May at that stage was a remainer. But cleverly she did not campaign and kept a very low profile during the vote. Cameron resigned and she became leader as neither Remainers or Leavers could decide who was best. she got the Pm’s job on the basis she was the least worst and was a safe pair of hands. WRONG. As she had only a small majority she arrogantly decided the Labour Party was weak and if she had a General Election she would easily win another 100 odd seats. WRONG AGAIN. She got even less seats. And so as New Year approaches we are in total limbo. If you want my opinion the way forward is that Europe offer us an extra package to actually stay in.

In the rest of the world Putin continues to do what he likes in Syria and the Ukraine, Saudi Arabia and Iran fight each other in the Yemen and millions starve or are killed in indiscriminate bombing.

Erdogan in Turkey continues to gag the press and runs an oppressive state. Myanmar’s army dictatorship displaced 700, 000 Rohingya people.

And most African countries appear to be corrupt and run by despots.

And where was the UN in all of this? Well they were talking about it as usual. But no major actions taken, as usual.

We dont appear to be making much progress in Climate change either. Some countries dont even accept it is happening.

And the plastic problem is getting worse too.

And the Japanese are going to start killing whales again soon.

And so we enter 2019. My personal life is pretty good health and happiness wise, I just worry about the world for the sake of my children and grand children. So as long as we keep our fingers crossed we should be OK. Good Luck everybody.





Yes I know i missed a post last friday. My life is such a whirl. I walk my dog for two hours every day am chairman of a local branch of a organisation called U3A with 300 members . I’m in a walking group,joint leader of a archaeology group, a member of a sports group and psychology group and now I’m involved with school runs and gymnastic classes for a little girl who isn’t even 5 yet. Oh , and I try to write a blog and a poem every week. Good job i’m retired or I wouldn’t be able to fit it in otherwise.

I’m not going to say much about Brexit other than apologise to everyone for the shambles this country has become. we have had two successive Prime Ministers who couldn’t negotiate themselves ou of a paper bag. Our Parliament has become more like a kindergarden of bawling kids. It used to be one of the most democracies in the world we are now a laughing stock. So I apologise on behalf of the man in the street who cant believe what is happening. SORRY!

We had a previous Prime Minister called Gordon Brown who was less than knowledgeable about modern times . Apparently he was always confused about LGBT( lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) and BLT’s(bacon , lettuce and tomato sandwiches) I actually know the difference between the two but I am confused about the number of sexual connitations there are now.

HUMOUR a single lightening bolt produces enough energy to power a family home for a month. Ok, so how do you catch it?

On 28th June 2009 Stephen Hawking hosted a party for time travellers from the future. Surprisingly nobody turned up!

in the year 20860 the Islamic and Christian calendars will finally agree.  pity I wont be around then to see some sort of agreement.

Human teeth evolved from fish scales.

The Uk Government were going to ban the sale of energy drinks to children. Apparently it is not convinced these high sugar high caffeine drinks have any effect on obesity. Even though obesity levels in children are rising year after year. Stupid.

I know i often talk about obscene prices for art etc. Here is another one. A bottle of whisky costing £1.2 million or a glass worth £43,000.  How do you drink a glass coting that much? Do you drink it off in one gulp or do you sip it? OBSCENE


Fiddle-faddle-Wasting time doing trivial thing.

Lickspittle- A grovelling individual.

Kickshaw-Little bits of what you fancy, which do you good.

Rapscallion- A rascal or rogue.

There is more and more evidence of climate change or global warming but when are countries going to take it seriously. we have just had a major conference about it but until the large industrial countries doing something about it things aren’t going to change. It is likely our children are going to suffer the most not those of us who are adults now.

POEM attached      THE UNDERSTUDY    


Sorry , late again. Just seem to have a lot on recently.

The Tower of London has been guarded by Beefeaters (Yeoman Warders) since 1485. One of them looks after the 7 ravens who lives there. There has been a tradition that should the ravens leave the Tower England will fall to a foreign power. My dad was stationed at the Tower during the 2nd World War and he told me they were manacled then so they couldn’t fly away. There are only 37 Beefeaters now and apparently they are considering going on strike re their pension terms. So whose going to look after the ravens? And what happens if they they/

Some local authorities in England are considering giving convicted rapists access to children born as a result of their rape. That is ridiculous! What about the feelings of the woman who was raped?

A long lost Da Vinci drawing was offered to museums at the discounted price of £18 million No museums can afford this price so it will be sold at it’s market price of between £26 -£53 million to a private person.Thats really sad but why cant the private dealer buy it and donate it back to a museum so the public can see ir. Oh and , by the way the last picture, Salador Mundi,  by him went for  £350 million.

A German survey of 130 millionaires found that they think they are something special. they were found to be more extroverted and conceited than the general population. they were more focused on themselves and “getting ahead” than their relationships with others. Hardly surprising !

HUMOUR- During the 1741 general Election angry voters pelted candidates with dead cats and dogs.

Edouard Monet’s cat was eaten during the Siege of Paris in 1870.

Rice Krispies in Germany go “Knisper! Knasper! Knusper!” Must translate as , “Snap, Crackle and Pop .

Sweden makes biofuel from dead rabbits.

The modern politician replies to anything he doesn’t believe in as either “fake news” or doesn’t agree with figures or statistics produced. They don’t have well  constructed and reasoned discussions any more. In fact they don’t actually answer the questions they are asked any more.

A new £50 note is to be issued in the UK soon. It was announced that it would be a scientist such as Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the phone, Frank Whittle , the jet engine pioneer, Jethro Tull, horse drawn seed drill, Patrick Moore, astronomer, Barnes wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb. But the favourite is ex Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was a food scientist, working on ice cream for two years. SOme scientist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Condiddle- To steal.

Caterwaul- Burst of high pitch screaming.

Fizgig-Someone prone to flirtation.

Pettifogging- Attaching undeserved importance to something.

Trollop- A promiscous woman.

This country now has over 300, 000 homeless people and now have food banks for people who are struggling financially. So how come we now fund overseas aid to the tune of £14 billion.We give £151million to the corrupt leaders of Uganda who distibute to the elite of the country rather than the poor. Other countries receiving aid are- India, £90 million, Pakistan, £402 million, Turkey, £!37million, Myanmar £120 million and Iraq, £82 million. Oh, and China £43million. What we are supposed to get in return i haven’t got a clue.

Now don’t get me wrong i totally believe in helping the poorer countries but it is so important it gets to those who need it most not filtered off by the corrupt and greedy leaders.