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drat and curses to this hot sunny weather

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 22:45

This time next week I'm in Cornwall, staying at Pentillie Castle for a few days - I hope Verdun's wish for rain and cold isn't granted by Fairygirl's  Cornish cousins!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 10:52

It was great FG ......... Red kites have to be the most striking bird of prey I've ever seen - their mainly red colour,with black wings, flashes of white,are really highlighted when they circle in bright sunshine. Yesterday the weather was perfect - warm, sunny, breezy. I would think that in my part of the Chilterns they are now one of the most common birds. Yesterday was a good day for wildlife, with a few Brimstone butterflies in the garden, and in the evening, the blue butterflies appeared - they like the fir trees we have.

MOB rants

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 21:05

Love your comments Frank. Having driven into Cairo from the Sinai Desert  - an experience everyone should have at least once in their lives - cars, lorries, buses, military vehicles,horses, pedestrians (whole families, mum,dad,and little kids )- all over the roads,absolute bedlam - I would also agree that the Mad Women of the School Run are the daftest of the lot. Most afternoons between 2.30 and 3.30 I'm indoors having a cuppa - let them fight it out on the streets - no wonder they all seem to wear Hi-viz jackets - they b....y need them!

Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 20:47

Few bees around, but at the allotment this afternoon there was a cloud of about 60 red kites wheeling and fighting only about 20-30 feet above me - had to duck once as two of them swerved round me! Bit worrying as their wing spans are 5 feet or so! 

MOB rants

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 22:18

The answer must be to get rid of all speed bumps, chicanes and any other sort of obstacle - then, install a few more cameras ( which incidentally I hate ) 

........then, most crucially, all the speed cameras should be hidden (not painted bright yellow as at present, so that we all slow down, then speed up when the markings have gone! ). People will quickly learn that unless you stick to the speed limit as clearly shown, then you are very likely to get penalised. The only caveat to this suggestion is that all limits should be reviewed and proper realistic limits are put in place - it could be a painful learning curve for some,but I bet the idiots out there now would soon calm down!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 22:03

Just had a phone call from my son, who's travelling up to the Lakes, and this afternoon they stopped at the National Arboretum - he absolutely loved the place - and he's a total non-gardener! There's hope yet!

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 20:13

I should be back in Cornwall, Verdun. Terrorism is always lurking around the corner in London unfortunately. My office in Bishopsgate was blown to bits by the IRA in the 90's, and I was on the underground train blown up at Aldgate - I was very lucky as I was at the other end of the train from the bomber. We all got used to keeping our wits about us - anything on the street or in a train that made me uneasy, or didn't look right, then I was gone. Just what is it that motivates these lunatics? If it really is religion, then the sooner we all become atheists, the better ( and apologies to all of you out there with real religious belief )

MOB rants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 15:40

Tina, just to give some perspective to these greedy, modern, times, - in 1966,(when I was living in Bexley, strangely enough ), I bought a booklet of 10 tickets for the World Cup matches to be played in London - 8 at Wembley, and a couple of play-off games at the now demolished White City Stadium. I saw all the games, which included the opening match against Uruguay, and the final against West Germany. Now, if this tournament ever comes back to London, what do you think the prices would be?

 

I paid £3.37 (£3.7s.6d in predecimal days) for all those games, and memories to last a lifetime..........any further comment, I think,is unnecessary.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:35

Tina hit the nail on the head. Whilst the Olympics in London were great, the costs were obscene. Londoners who will be paying for it for years struggled to get tickets, even for 'fringe' events, whilst all the Suits, big names, and politicians showed up at all the events.

Why do they not build a permanent Olympic Stadium in Greece, to which all participating countries contribute? Better than now, when each succeeding country tries to outdo its predecessor, rather on the lines of 'mine is bigger than yours'.

Some of the money spent in the UK on the Games might then have found its way into a decent charity, rather than giving all those fat cats another nice ,free,jolly.

MOB rants

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 10:38

If you look closely at some of those plastic bags, you find they are not, in fact, charities. They say some of the proceeds will be donated to the needy in places like Romania or Moldova. They are commercially-run companies ,usually operating from the same country - they all show ' registration numbers' designed to look like a charity number.

Bit like Frank, I only give to certain charities - small local ones, Help the Aged, Mind, RNLI, and the local air ambulance. I think it better to make a donation that's a decent amount, rather than spread the butter too widely on the bread, when it becomes almost pointless.

Anyway, my old clothes get used when I work at the allotment, and I use them until they are falling apart, and are so horrible my wife refuses to let them in the house any more!

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