In case you missed it……as I did

We have all heard of the expression “going down like a lead balloon”, have we not?

Well, some students at the University of Bristol have managed to make a lead balloon fly. Is nothing sacred?????

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2015/may/lead-balloon.html

The Lead Balloon.

Categories: General

All white

July 3, 2015 7 comments

I like Wimbledon the Brand. It’s civilised, respectful and clean-cut. (Apart from the Aussie supporters who insist on spoiling it for everyone else.)

But the otherwise admirable Federer is complaining about the dress code – with encouragement from a mouthy Murican misfit with dayglo hair.

Look, Rog and whatever your name is, if you don’t like our rules, don’t play. You’re not muslims, are you?

UK Opium Industry

July 3, 2015 6 comments

Opium is grown in Oxfordshire for one of the drug companies or maybe the NHS. Maybe we should just import it from Afghanistan ?

See pics taken yesterday. Whittenham Clumps in the background.

poppies 1 poppies 2

Categories: General

Reading stuff.

July 2, 2015 4 comments

Lately I’ve been reading a lot about India. It started with Basil LubbocK’s “The Opium Clippers’ generated by my interest in all things maritime. Reading this book led at a tangent to  the opium wars and then to India.

Just finished Amitav Ghosh’s Ibis Trilogy which was quite entertaining then started Paul Scott’s Raj Quartet and by God can Scott write !? He leaves Ghosh and quite a few others (including E M Forster for dead)  he left school at 14 and did not matriculate. Both Ghosh and Forster were graduates indeed Ghosh is an Oxford D Phil and FRSL.

Just goes to show. You’ve either got it or you ain’t.

Categories: General

No Greek word for it

July 2, 2015 9 comments

The Beeb reveals they can’t translate ‘capital controls’.

Can cherished observers suggest anything else they have no words for?

Like ‘PAYE’ perhaps?

Christopher Aus Trier Aber Im Embra

July 1, 2015 2 comments

Well, we finally get rid of Christopher tomorrow.

He seems to have enjoyed himself and I await, with interest,  his critique of Embra and those parts of Caledonia that he has visited in the past week.

All credit to him. He has dealt with everything that I have thrown at him, including the Full Scottish Breakfast which he consumed on the banks of the Union Canal on Friday. This was particularly impressive when you consider that he had just visited the home town of Alex Salmond.

Anyhow, here’s that breakfast:-

Full Scottish

The chips are, to be fair, not his (although he did pinch a few). Not that I’m bitter.

Haggis and black pudding front left. Potato scone rear right behind the beans.

When we offered him  his choice for his last meal in Scotland, he specified another FSB. I will be up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to prepare it for him.

No beans will be involved but he’s going to have to cope with a bit of clootie dumpling.

Photo to follow.

Categories: General

Heathrow or Gatwick?

As usual, a government report is published and produces no result whatsoever. The Airports Commission’s report on which option is best for a new runway in the south east of England amounts to not a lot. The recommended solution is a third runway at Heathrow with the rider that Gatwick is also a credible alternative.

The truth of the matter is that the result will be dithered over for as long as possible and it is likely that Gatwick will be chosen to have a second runway, as fewer ministers constituencies are affected by any new runway, as well as the fact that far fewer people will be affected, although Heathrow makes more economic sense. It will not affect us either way, as we live relatively close to both of the airports, but not close enough to be troubled by extra planes. In the meantime, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and various other continental airports are expanding apiece.

Oh well, In the end I expect demand will be so high that there will be a new runway at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead.

What do you guys think?

Categories: General

I don’t believe it!

July 1, 2015 9 comments

This idiot, whose name I had never heard before, is apparently standing for the leadership of the LibDims.  I don’t know whether this suggestion will actually be on his manifesto.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11709766/Peppa-Pig-childrens-show-should-have-gay-characters-Lib-Dem-candidate-suggests.html?WT.mc_id=e_DM28261&WT.tsrc=email&etype=Edi_Pol_New&utm_source=email&utm_medium=Edi_Pol_New_2015_07_01&utm_campaign=DM28261

What possible reason could a childrens’ programme for a very young age range have for bringing in homosexual characters? My two little granddaughters love the Peppa Pig characters. There are boys and girls, Mummies and Daddies and some grandparents and other adults.  There are no sexual connotations whatsoever and no need to introduce any.  If the LibDims really want to commit political suicide, they now know what to do.

Categories: General

A few more blooms

July 1, 2015 2 comments

roses 1st July 2015

Categories: Gardening, Nature, Photography

Nobody else bothers….

June 30, 2015 4 comments

…..to post or comment. Excuses galore. Nothing better.

Categories: Flounce
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