FLUGELHORN FOR A FRIDAY

Well it has been hot, mid twenties for a week or so (This is hot for us on the North east coast) And certainly too hot for my dog Bruce who is 42kg of muscle. But fortunately for him and our other dog Daisy we go on the beach most days and they can cool off to their hearts content. It is cold for us humans but ideal for dogs. Bruce is a labrador and they are fantastic swimmers. In fact if you know anything about the labrador breed they originally were used by fishermen in Newfoundland , Canada. The fishermen would throw the dogs into the water to retrieve any items that were washed overboard. They could stay in the water for hours, even in the winter. They are hugely efficient dogs and they have two layers of fur. The outer one is oily so it is waterproof and the inner is to keep them warm. When the fishing boats come back to harbour the dogs are left to their own devices. They have to scavenge for any food available. That is why labradors are the dust bins of the dog world. They will eat anything as they don’t know when they will get their next meal.  Our dogs get too hot and will sleep in the shade out of the sun.

On the subject of dogs I have just renewed my pet insurance which is now £700. Bruce being a labrador is a pure breed but my daughter’s dog is a labradoodle. This is a cross between a labrador and a poodle. In other words a cross-breed or mongrel. Labradoodles are expensive to buy but because they haven’t got a pedigree they are much healthier and so their insurance is considerable cheaper. My labrador has arthritic problems in his back legs which is common to the breed and his insurance is expensive.

I read today the Rosetta stone (originally from Egypt)  is going into the British museums lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender themed tour. The man who deciphered the stone happens to be gay.. He was just a man who happens to be gay. No big deal!

HMS Dauntless, a destroyer has been in port since 2016 because of engine problems and lack of sailors. She has spent 6 days at sea in 4 years. The Navy knew in 2016 there were problems because they weren’t designed to operate in hot temperatures such as the Persian Gulf. So we have ships that will only work in cold weather zones. By the way this ship cost £1billion!!!!!!

This government has been in power for 6 months. And I know we have never ever coped with a pandemic like this in my lifetime. But the way it has been handled is a joke. Sorry it isn’t a joke because nearly 50,000 people have died. I’m not going to go over the same scenario but we were prepared for a flu epidemic but it was the coronavirus instead. We were not prepared for anything like the amount of safety equipment required. And the testing systems were too little too late, and still are. As for care homes old people died before the government even knew there was any problems. But was it the governments fault or was the scientists? There will undoubtedly be a huge inquest but by then it will be too late as too, too many people will have died. And with 4 and a half years of the government to go we still haven’t sorted out Brexit and the economy up the creek. Things look bleak!

HUMOUR at last.

Better to have loved a small man than never have loved a tall!

There’s a fine line between true love and a conviction for stalking.

It takes a lot of experience for a girl to kiss like a beginner.

In Hollywood marriage is a success it it out lasts milk!

A true friend is the one that stabs you in the front

I worship the ground he’s buried in!

OLD FASHIONED WORDS

GUNNY– Course fabric used for sacks.

GUTSY– Greedy.

GYP– Severe pain

HALFSEASOVER– Partly drunk.

HALLOO–Call out to attract attention.

HARRUMPH– To clear one’s throat in a pompous way.

HARUMSCARUM–Acting in a reckless way.

GEORDIE WORDS

HAAR – A fog on the North sea coast.

YAMMER– Gossip or complain.

TACKLE– To confront, accost.

SCRAN–Food

SCABBY– Shabby

HIPPIN– Nappy.

POEM——–LOVE FORLORN 2nd draft

 

 

 

FASCINATED BY FRIDAYS

It was birthday this week and I was 75. I know that is old. And when I was in my 20’s and 30’s  I thought it was very old. As we go through life we feel differently. At school, time seemed to fly over and all we wanted to do was grow up and do exciting things which adults didn’t allow us to do. I actually liked school , and I was reasonably clever so enjoyed learning. I also always loved sport. Football, cricket, swimming, athletics. I would try anything. So I suppose I just enjoyed growing up even though my mother and father did not have a lot of money we had enough. In the days after the 2nd World War the country was recovering. We moved to a new council house ( Now called social housing) on a large estate. when I was 11. We didn’t have a car, television or telephone. Only the richer people could afford these things. We did buy a television when I was 13 and this had one channel,  BBC 1 and it was black and white. We later bought a car and telephone. I forgot to mention in my first house we only had a cold water tap in a back yard with the toilet outside.  NO bathroom, NO hot water NO central heating just one coal fire. In fact we had NO electricity. Only gas lighting and a gas oven to cook with. Can you imagine that’s how we lived when I was young! And we didn’t think we were poor!.

At school we didn’t have calculators , we used slide rules and a system using log. (logarithm) tables for our mathematics. No computors! Every library had encylopedias , volumes of them, to look up facts and figures. Can you imagine no i-phones, no google, in fact I only had a mobile phone 20 years ago . When we got our first television we had one channel, we now have hundreds! Things  today are vastly difference. To go back to when I first flew in a plane I was 19. My local airport, Newcastle consisted of two small corrugated huts. It is now a international airport flying all over the world.

When I talk about the past my friends and I grew up in the same way. I don’t feel we missed out of anything. Things are just different , I don’t feel envious in any way. Things have changed for the better, or material things have. I don’t know if people actually behave better to each other. In fact they don’t. Civil rights, womens rights, wars, oppression prove they don’t. And in the Western world the rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer. But that won’t change any time soon.

Let’s have some HUMOUR

IF theer is anything hypocrites hate, it’s hypocrisy! So, so true.

I’m afraid of sharks, but only if I’m in water.

Fox hunting would be a great sport , if only the fox had a gun.

I’m not a snob. Ask anyone, well anybody who matters.

Rich kids and poor kids alike. They both go around huge estates with guns , out of their mind on drugs. So true.

OLD FASHIONED WORDS

BAMBOOZLE–Trick or hoodwink.

Fiddlesticks– Nonsense

Fiddle faddle– To fuss or waste time.

Filch–Steal

Garb– Manner of dress.

Gaudy– Annual dinner or reunion.

GEORDIE WORDS

Pleat– Pluck

Plodge–Wade

Put–Throb, palpitate.

Prog– Prick

Pittle– Urinate

Loppy–Flea infected.

POEM attached                                          HAIKUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLAMENCO FRIDAY

Don’t know if I have ever told that I support Newcastle United football team. I have done so for 59 years in fact since 1961. We have a great bunch of supporters and at every home game we have a crowd at least 50,000. At this point in time the club is being taken over by a Saudi Arabian consortium. This has been a long and protracted process. The problem is television companies in the UK do not have a contract to supply English Premier League games in Saudi Arabia. The games are televised through black market operators. So it it is quite likely the take over will fail due to political interventions. Now Saudi Arabia is an oppressed regime and women have very little freedom of movement. . The human rights in Saudi Arabia are a disgrace but because it is a state rich in oil they really do what they like. For many years the British government have supplied armaments and technology to them worth billions of pounds for many years despite their human rights record. In other words the government turns a blind eye as it supports the employment of a lot of people in the aerospace and armament industries. This of course is hypocritical. So should I be pleased that my football team might be taken over by this despotic regime? I have a season ticket for every home game but I do feel uncomfortable about the situation! Although the present owner Mike Ashley has always treated the supporters badly (even now we are paying monthly and season ticket holders paying in advance for no live football ) Newcastle are the only Premier league club that haven’t given any credit notes to their supporters even now. Sorry rant over

The demonstrations in the US and all over world including all of us in the UK, continue and will do so for the foreseeable future. There is no doubt that the black and ethnic minorities have had a raw deal in the US in the past and it has been made accentuated by police violence. I have said in the past the amount of firearms that are available to any citizens make matters so much worse.

I do not suggest the UK is blame free in the process of equal rites. We also have a lot to be guilty about regarding equal rights but I do think we have made some (not enough) progress.

The only point I will make is that George Floyd is not the right person to have been a martyr. He had been to prison 5 times and held up a pregnant woman at gun point. Nobody at any time deserved a death like his no matter what he had done. But George Floyd was a bad man in any society. The cause of “Black Lives Matter” is just and I hope momentum is kept but George Floyd is not a hero, he happened to be the wrong person in the wrong place.And Trump’s statement that George Floyd would pleased that the unemployment figures had improved and that it was a great day for America were contemptible.

HUMOUR at last

The hardest part of climbing Mount Everest was pissing thro’ 6 inches of clothing with a 3 inch penis!

You can’t smell moth balls because it’s hard to get their legs apart.

A racehorse is the only animal that can take thousands of a people for a ride at the same time

I have a great dog, he is half labrador , half pitbull. Ok, he might bite off your leg but he will always bring it back to you.

I have a suspicion that the pictures on seed packets are posed by professional flowers,

OLD FASHIONED WORDS

MANGLE- WURZEL– A beet or turnip.

TWANG– Speak with a dialect.

TATTLETALE– Informer.

TATTY– Shabby.

TAWDRY– Cheap or showy.

DITTY BAG– A small bag used by sailors for sewing or toiletries,

GEORDIE WORDS

LOWP–Jump

MARRA– Friend

PENKA– A type of metal ball in a game of marbles.

TARRY TOOT– A type of lino, bitumen impregnated linen made by a Northumberland company.

TATTY– Potato.

SNECK-Part of a door lock.

POEM attached——–Vintage Model

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FORTUNATELY IT’S FRIDAY

Well it’s been another week of corona virus deaths but I suppose at least they are gradually reducing. well they are in the Uk but the worst off countries are now Brazil, Peru and Russia. Once tthe virus runs its course there are going to be inquests in each country as to which handled the pandemic and why. I would suspect our government will come out of it very badly. But knowing what politicians are like generally there will be lots of excuses and passing the buck to lowly civil servants.

When will Trump do the right thing and unite his country rather than divide it. His first reaction was to blame state governors and threaten to bring in the military.  The murder (which it undoubtly was) of George Floyd was yet another black man killes by police. Has there been huge improvements since Martin Luther King’s death 52 years ago? I would suspect not a lot. Possibly when Barack Obama was president but the situation under Trump has deteriated. I know it easy to claim racial harmony in the Uk is marginally better but it it is still not good . However at least most police are unarmed still and the average person doesn’t have easy access to firearms. The opposite is the case in the US. Surely there would be less deaths for both black and other citizens if there was some kind of gun control. Lets hope Trump doesn’t win the race for the presidency this time.

If you read my blog on a regular basis you will know I have a 10 year old yellow labrador called Bruce. A lot of labradors suffer arthritis in their back legs and Bruce had a operation 2 years ago and has a plate in a back leg. The operation cost nearly £4000 , which I claimed off insurance . But my vet suggested he should have the same operation on the other leg, again costing £4000. But it was considered a related injury so the insurance company won’t pay. Bruce now take pain killers daily, anti-inflammatories and  natural vitamens everyday. However he then took a course of hydrotherapy and he is like a new dog. I intend having further classes on a regular basis and hopefully the new operation mightn’t be necessary. We love our dogs but they can be very expensive!

A recent study has shown that cholesterol levels have fallen dramatically in the UK.

In a way that is good. And experts say less saturated fat in our diet and treatment of high blood pressure is good. But all that is happening is that more people are taking statins to reduce high blood pressure. Surely the answer is that people should eat less, have a heathier diet and exercise more!. Taking statins is just a lazy way out!

OLD FASHIONED WORDS.

MANGLE- An oldfashioned machine that pressed water out of clothing using wooden rollers.

GOBBLEDYGOOK– Pompous or wordy talk.

GOODY GOODY– Moral or pious person

GOOSEGOG–Gooseberry.

HORNSWOGGLE– Swindle or trick.

HOOEY– Nonsense.

HOOHA– Noisy fuss or commotion

AMUSING FACTS.

If you fire lasers at the brain of a fly you can make it have sex with a ball of wax, but why would anyone want to do that?

Snails can sleep for 3 years. I wish that those in my garden would!.

A baby porcupine is called a porcupette. Of, course!

Elizabeth I always slept with a woman in her bed, did she never have a threesome?

Also Elizabeth invented a gingerbread men (or women)

Hugh Hefner had someone present to sort his crisps so he didn’t have to eat broken ones!

GEORDIE WORDS

HACKY– Dirty

HACK–Cough

KITE– Stomach or belly

GULLY–A type of knife

HOWDY– Midwife

LIGGY– Type of marble in a game.

Back to a POEM this week                        IN PURSUIT OF GIANTS

 

 

FORFEITING FRIDAY

Well its now March and the meteorology start of Spring and that was justified last week with the highest ever February temperature since records began of nearly 21 degrees C. not here in the North East I may say but it was rather nice weather. I’m on holiday again soon. Going to Portugal and Spain so hope weather is equally as good .

Well done Olivia Colman for winning the Oscar for best actress and for being a normal human being!

A baby was born in Tokyo recent weighing only 268 grams or 10 ounces. She has now gone home weighing 7lbs.  Some of the  advances in medical sciences are now incredible. I read the other day doctors had operated successfully on a baby while it was still in the womb.

I know I have talked a lot about child obesity in the past . I still dont think enough is being to tackle the problem. But equally as bad is being underweght. I saw a photo of some models at the recent Yves St. Laurent fashion show. They were like match stick people, painfully thin. I know they are only there to show off the clothes but surely an average person would be able to do just as well. Their problem is just as bad as obesity. Cindy Crawford,s daughter Kaia was one of the models. You would think her mother would have advised her better.

OLD FASHIONED WORDs— CONK- This had two meanings, a nose and to breakdown suddenly as in”conk out”

SKEW WHIFF— Meaning not straight or crooked.

SKEDADDLE— Make a quick getaway.

STROPPY–Awkward or badly behaved.

WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE.

A Donald Trump wig is on the loose in the Uk. It cost £15 to make took 6 months and has gone missing from the workshop that made it for a show.

British MP’s have given themselves a pay rise of about £2000. Civil servants working for them will be given a lower % rise of course.

WEEKLY TRUMP REPORT– NO DEAL -TRUMP-KIM How could two cheats, liars ever agree with each other?

WEEKLY MAY REPORT– MAY remains in her little bubble,how does just delaying everything work. Does she just think she will wake up and Brexit will have gone away.I hope when I wake up she will have gone away.

WEEKLY CORBYN REPORT–CORBYN keeps changing his mind about everything.He says Labour is not an antisemitic party but one of his top supporters everyone is makking too much of a fuss about nothing!

Gradually Corbyn is making certain certain he will never be PM. Im a life long Socialist and certainly doesnt support my beliefs.

HUMOUR–The Chilean word “achaplinarse”means to run around in the style of Charlie Chaplin. Not surprising really!

Ladybirds can fly as fast as racehorses can run. But ladybirds dont have a jockey on their backs!

French toast is thousands of years older than France.

UK house spiders include the Pink Prowler , the Spitting Spider and the Missing Sector Orb Weaver. Wouldnt like to meet that lot on a dark night!

Poem attached      STORMY WEATHER

 

 

FERRIED BY FRIDAY

Dont know how long this blog will be as Im waiting for a taxi to take me to the ferry terminal at north shields to catch a ferry to Amersterdam. I live about fifteen minutes away and a ferry leaves every day of the week at 4-30Pm. I have never been to Amsterdam and Im now over 70. Just never got round to it. Considering Ive been to most European countries and half way round the world its taken me long enough. Im told its worth it. Will report back next week.

Whats happened this week/ pretty normal week really. No change in the Uk re Brexit. They now have votes in the Commons and the PM just ignores the result whether she wins or not. Apparently it costs us £800 million a week now due to no decision and probably more when we do leave. The ordinary person has now given up and the politicians are driven by self interest rather having the countries interest at heart. So the stalemate goes on , and on, and ……….Im sure you get the drift!

Meanwhile in the US it is not much better. Trump is declaring a state of emergency to get his money for a wall (or is it a fence or even a hedge now). The poor people of America must be highly delighted that he wants to spend $5 billion on it.

How ironic. A Polish lady of 100 who survived the holocaust was mugged in the street and subsequently died killed by a Polish mugger in the streets of Derby.!

Just discovered the two actors playing Ma and Pa Walton in that good old fashioned US drama The Waltons were having an affair. How dreams are broken.

Sorry got to go my taxi has arrived

Poem attached       THAT,S LIFE

FACILITATING FIRST FRIDAY

Well it’s a new year! A year of opportunity, a year of good luck, a year of good health, wealth. Who knows, but I believe it it always best to look forward and take any opportunities that arise when they arise. It is no good looking back later and regretting not doing something. It is better trying and failing than not trying at all! I have always believed in looking forward. Learning from the past but not regretting it as hind sight is a wonderful thing!

So good luck everyone and I hope you achieve whatever you really want to in 2019.

A man was given 6 years in prison for manslaughter for killing a girlfriend by driving a boat recklessly. He did not appear in court and has disappeared. But he has claimed £100,000 from the public purse to pay a legal team to prepare for an appeal. No one knows where he is not even his lawyers. So how is he allowed this money? The LAW is a ass.

5 of the 11 suspected of killing the Saudi journalist Jamai Khasihoggi in Turkey are likely to be executed.They deserve to be punished but not the death penalty.But what about the Crown Prince who ordered the killing.Nothing of course.His country is rich in oil so the world turns a blind eye.

The railway system in the uk is a disgrace! So what does the Government do. Puts up the prices of course! Oh, and by the way it is all the fault of the tade unions. I didn’t realise they were responsibile for all the time tables being changed, late trains and lots of antiquated rolling stock. The transport minister Chris Grayling is a joke.

HUMOUR–Mentioning guacamole in your dating profile gets you 144% more responses.

Australia is slightly wider than the moon. But it’s not blue or made out of cheese!

Elephants hear much better with one foot off the ground. But, it doesn’t work with humans because I’ve just tried it.

Haribo sweets contain nine out of the ten amino acids essential for life. So does that mean we could live off Maribo sweets alone?

As I keep mentioning child obesity in the uk is the worst in Western Europe. Yet the Government claims they are doing everything possible. Rubbish, as the Chief Medical Officer suggests we should be taxing the companies that produce junk foods. Instead of voluntary agreements with food and drink manufacturers we need to make them reduce sugar content or just fine them!

But McDonalds are now selling a vegetarian happy meal and Greggs a vegan sausage roll! And apparently they are both selling well. Food for thought.

OLD FASHIONED WORDS– Yex – A burp or a hiccup.

Blatherskite-Someone who talks too much.

Tommyrot- Talking rubbish.

Hogwash- As above

Poem attached      A ticking clock

 

FAMOUS FOR FRIDAYS

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OLD FASHIONED WORDS—–

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.

POEM      WHO WANTS WARS

 

 

 

FORTUITOUSLY FRIDAY

DISGRACEFUL!

Our Foreign Minister is apparently upset with the UAE who have sentenced Durham University student, Matthew Hedges to life imprisonment (minimum 25 years) for spying . Jeremy Hunt has told his wife they are doing everything possible to get him released. But what I would like to know what the british Government was doing while he was held in solitary confinement for 6 months before his 5 minute “fair” trail. He was given a lawyer who could not speak English and did not see any British consulate official until he had had 6 weeks of interrogation. And the UAE is supposed to be an ally!.

There is also the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian who has been held in Iran since 2016 also accused of spying. She was a teacher on holiday.

Finally I go back to the case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashhoggi , murdered by a Saudi hit squad in Turkey. The ruling Royal family claim it was nothing to do with them. Donald trump has said even IF it is proved they did know they wont fall out with Sadi Arabia.

And what have all three situations got in common? They are all countries with lots of oil. They buy lots of  weapons from us from the UK and US. So individuals dont really matter in the scheme of things.

The only thing  the UN do is to apply sanctions against countries that step out of line. But they rarely work. We have sanctions against Russian for being involved in Syria and invading the Crimea. Sanctions against Iran. The only time I can remember them being really successful was against South Africa In the fight against Apartheid. Generally they dont work and the countries do what they like..

OLD FASHIONED WORDS

To Betrump, what a coincidence it means to conceive.

Lickspittle-Groveller.

Hobbledehoy-Youth.

Gadzooks- An expression of surprise.

JUGGINS- Someone who is gullible.

NONSENSE.

A German town has stopped children hanging their Xmas wishlists from Santa Claus on a tree in the market place. This is due to new European privacy laws (GDPR)

A woman who is MD of a on line betting company was paid £265 miillion last year. This sort of salary is obscene . If directors of companies pay themselves such amounts, ( the MD of Persimmon (since resigned) was another who earned over £100 million.) they should pay huge tax bills. When you consider there are more than 300,000 homeless in this country, food banks are now fairly normal in cities it is a fact the rich are becoming richer and the poor poorer!

And Brexit, well it goes on and on and the rest of the counties needs are ignored, lack of police on the streets, (two police, a man and woman were beaten up on a main street while a passer-by filmed it on his phone and thought it was funny), mental illness in children is increasing dramatically, knife crime is growing by the day, the prisons are in disarray and the targets set for cancer treatment are falling wellshort. The ship UK is not a happy ship.

Humour—- each person in a swimming pool leaves behind 8 and 20 teaspoons of urine!

Goats cant cry.

If you tickle a rat everyday it’ll start laughing as soon as it sees you. WOW.

POEM attached          LOST IN LOVE

 

 

 

FORSAKINGLY FRIDAY

How things have changed in the Uk in my life time. When i left school my first job was with the NCB (National Coal Board) there were 124 mines in the Northumberland and Durham coalfield. Now there are none , in fact there are none in the hole of the UK. The North East of England in the sixties was virtually all manufacturing , coal mining, heavy engineering and shipbuilding. The area at one time built more ships than anywhere else in the world. And in 2018 fifty years there are no ships built, no pits and no heavy engineering. By far the largest employer is the Nissan (Japanese owned obviously) After them the largest employers are hospitals, local authorities which are run by the state. So that is what has happened not just in my area but the in the whole of the UK.

THE UK now has only 8% jobs relying on manufacturing. Now I know technology has played a large part in this reduction of jobs but it is a frightening situation. And Brexit will certainly not help us.

So what it happening with Brexit. Well nobody knows really. The government and indeed the Prime Minister pretend they know. But after 2 years of negotiation the people are non the wiser. It is a shambles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I dont know about you but I have always had a huge fear of sitting next to a very obese person on a plane. Now Im not talking about somebody who is overweight Im talking about is very fat. I even look around in the lounge just before we board to see if I could have a problem. so far I havent.

A 5ft 2in man who was in the window seat had a 23 stone, 6ft 5in sitting in the seat next to him on a 13 hour BA flight from Bangkok to London. He is suing the airline for injuries incurred on the flight. As i say it would be my worst nightmare!

HUMOUR–There are more statues of lions in the world than there are real lions.

It is illegal in Chicago to have weeds more than 10 inches tall.

You can tell if a duck has bird flu by smelling its droppings.

Johnny Cash’s estate once refused permission for his hit “Ring of Fire” to be used in a commercial for haemorrhoid cream

Donald Trump last week cancelled a visit to a 1st World War military cemetery as it was raining.  Were the troops in the trenches allowed to stop fighting when it rained?

The USA are outdoing the UK in murders yet again.

A gun mass murder in the US if more than 4 people are killed. There have been more than 300 this year , basically one a day.

In London there have been 119 murders so far this year involving knife crime.

What a tragic situation and what is being done in both instances. They are talking about it!

The Supermarkets in the UK turned out 59 billion pieces, which includes 810,000 tonnes of single use plastic. So the government claims they are making progress is just not true.

POEM-         LOST LOVE