Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Youth, those wasted

We had a really nice coffee at Nero caffe today and on our way home came across a small group of young boys, walking towards us as we drove home. One of those little boys, he was maybe 14, in the middle of the road and as we passed he showed us a finger. Bravado, stupidity, all rolled up into one. They would probably go into Poole town centre and look for trouble. 

There is sadness in that, this young man's life is on a bad course and ultimately he will pay for his actions.
I am reminded of that song by Elvis Presley, it is called In the Ghetto. This is a few lines which tells it own story.

"Then one night in desperation
A young man breaks away
He buys a gun, steals a car
Tries to run, but he don't get far
And his mama cries
As a crowd gathers 'round an angry young man
Face down on the street with a gun in his hand
And as her young man dies
On a cold and gray Chicago mornin'
Another little baby child is born"

They difference between that young man in the song and the boy walking passed our car is the former is driven to crime by hunger, the latter, by bad parenting and a nanny society that almost rewards bad behaviour. Here the mama does not cry, she will swear, blame everyone except herself and only cry if she does not get compensation.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Journey fraught with Danger

This has been a most unusual time, 1st March is officially spring and we are housebound with 5" of snow. Well things could be worse but alas I did stock up with wine, cheese and olives, did forget about the dog and Susan but then in emergencies it is everyone for themselves.

We are into the third day of being marooned at home and I am getting cabin fever, so the trusty Zafira will be going where not even the number 5 bus will go. Jenson is beginnings​ to chase his tail, yep it is time to venture out. I am writing these words hoping they will not be our last. If we never come back, I hope, whoever finds this, will pass it onto my children. 

We will be making for the beach and hopefully Jenson will get a run and we can breath in fresh air and then onto a coffee shop for that much missed americano and cake. The journey will be fraught with danger at every turn, but they say it is not about the destination but the journey, I will keep that in mind while going gentle through the snow and ice. I will have my iPhone and will record the journey and hopefully bring you good news of a world out there, free of snow and ice.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Experts, can we trust them?

We cannot help been bombarded by the news on the Women Suffragettes. They do have a very good point, it was only in 1948, did Oxford University allow women to receive a degree. All those years ago the college professors, scientists and academia staff, all men, were of the opinion that women were inferior to men. We trust the so called experts, you feel they are well read and have researched and studied the subject throughly. How wrong can they be? They have their views, just like the rest of us and they can be wrong in so many ways. 

Although they do have my sympathy, as I believe it was more a lack of understanding, then actually thinking they were inferior. Women are complex and diverse mammals, whether we will truly understand them is debatable. Men I fear are the inferiors ones, understandable so. Take the dawn of man and he wakes in the morning in some cave and his female companion sends him off to kill a wild animal with only a wooden spear, now that man did it without question or the family would have starved. 

This so called trust in the experts is what is bothering me. They are not doing themselves any favours when it come to climate change, too many conflicting views there. Brexit is another example of the experts getting it all wrong. What does worry me is that, they are the people who the politicians look to when negotiating our withdrawal from the EU. 
With facts being freely available we need to make our own informed opinions, but alas this takes time and we are creatures of habit, easily side tracked into more topical matters. Brexit was one of those decisions that the leavers made with one objective, put a stop to EU citizens coming here for work. The other ramifications were never considered. 

Just back from a challenging walk with JB? The beach is made for going to, but on a cold, wet and windy day, it does look better looking back. The sand can sting your eyes and thinking of that, your eyes may water but I have found it is only people that make you cry. 
Home is where you want to be heading after just such a walk, gone are the dreams of a leisurely walk, with the sun on your face and the music of the sea in your ear. Having a dog does sometimes get me out in the foulest of weathers and this is the beauty of them, as I would have never experienced snow on my face, hands too cold to hold the lead, fumble for car keys buried deep in a soggy jacket. 

Saturday, 24 February 2018


I am sometimes amazed at the lengths we drive ourselves in search of staying fit and in turn, trim and yes I suppose young. This is something I have grown extremely cautious of, of late. My walks with JB everyday, seem to be the limit I am able to drive my body too. It is all in the mind as there is nothing wrong with me and I dare say I am capable of going for a run, but my head gets in the way, or am I just lazy? 

Susan has started Pilate, along with Yoga, Body Balance and running. Pilate is the one that interested me. For those who do not know about Pilate, it is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by a German Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Joseph Pilates said that the inspiration for his method came to him during World War One, while he was being held in an internment camp (Knockaloe) on the Isle of Man. He developed his method there for four years, working on his fellow internees. 

Pilate puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. All things I probably need, this late in my life, if, for nothing else, but to improve the quality of my life as the years seem to gallop forward. I suppose I should start by giving up smoking my pipe, drinking so much red wine, cut down on my coffee, eat more fruit and drink more water. Sounds a bit daunting, but I will send myself a memo, to look into this sometime. Maybe Robert has an easier answer on how to maintain this temple, I call my body.

Enough about me, how are you doing on the keeping fit side of life? As usual all comments will not be confidential and will be available for the general public to read. In saying that, I do fear the general public in the UK can not or do not read, so you can comment to your hearts delight, only a very few will read it.

Monday, 19 February 2018


It is 4:30pm, the cafe is packed with women and bored children. Another 4 days to go before the children go back to school and tempers are already frayed. On a normal day this cafe would be almost empty, part of the appeal to me as I can sit quietly and write a new new blog without the tantrums and screams. 
Anyway, on another note, Jacob Zuma is out and Cyril is in. There is talk of Zuma being charged and taken to court, I have my doubts. He will get a pardon and the matter will be swept under the carpet, if he goes down most of the ANC executive would follow. I would be surprised if he gets anything more than a stern talking to, which he probably has already had. Would love to get some comment from those who live there and are better placed to know how this might play out.
Cannot help playing with politicians names, in this case we have Zumafia vs Cyril Ramifications.

Someone once asked me if I wanted to go to the hot jungles of Costa Rica, not likely, the nearest I will get to Costa Rica is a hot flush at Costa Coffee. What is it about Costa Rica that seems to draw people there? Costa Rica (meaning 'Rich Coast') is Central America, just above Panama. Google describes it as:
'Costa Rica is a rugged, rain forested country with coastlines on the Caribbean and Pacific. Though its capital, San Jose, is home to cultural institutions like the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, Costa Rica is known for its beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity. Roughly a quarter of its area is made up of protected jungle, teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys and quetzal birds.'
An interesting fact is, they do not have an army. Yep, following the a brief Civil War, it permanently abolished its army,  becoming one of only a few sovereign nations without a standing army. That was back in 1949. It is actually less than half the size of England but has less than 5m people. 
After doing some reading, I am attracted to the vast areas of protected forests, great for taking some happy snaps and doing the odd blog about the local customs and traditions.

Daniels Birthday, happy birthday Dan, hope you had a wonderful day. Birthdays, takes me back to Robert, on his birthday last year. We bought him a VW Polo, he was speechless and very happy. Gary took inspiration from our example and bought Dan a Ferrari, red, soft top, is there no end to the love, that father, has for his son?  Now it is the small matter of getting a driving licence. 

Sorry about the slooming, but I intend to do a lot of gongoozling over the weekend, maybe even see the Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Monday, 12 February 2018

The Magna Carta and our right to rebel.

It has been a long day
Today it is cold and windy, but to Jenson it is another day for a swim and a run. Susan goes to photograph course tomorrow and the forecast is not favourable. Hopefully they will have got it wrong and her day will be relatively dry. I am in Sandbanks Cafe enjoying a coffee and happy to be inside looking out. 
Results from the Course
The course is about getting to know your camera better. 'Getting of Auto' and with the extended features on modern cameras, this seems to be the way to go. Most modern DSLR cameras can connect wirelessly to your computer or printer. We often view the photos we have taken on the iPad and the new feature is remote shooting from the iPad. Very helpful in low light when you need your camera to be absolutely still to capture a sharp image without a flash.

Have you heard of Article 61 and the Magna Carta. It states that if you are unhappy with where the government is spending your tax money, you can approach 25 Barons and they will present to the Queen, a list of your grievances and the government has 40 days to amend how they spend your money. Failing this you are legally entitled to withhold any tax or council tax through rates and taxes until they do something about it.
"Until the UK chooses to reform to direct democracy and, if you are unhappy about your tax being spent on any specific policy you can either protest, or take direct action. If direct action, Article 61 of the Magna Cartastates how and why tax payers have the legal right [since 1215] to with-hold tax payments from the Treasury and because the Magna Carta was not created by Parliament, no government can lawfully repeal any of the articles within it without public consent."
There is a group of people who are fighting the government by invoking Article 61 at the moment. Good luck to them, I can see this all ending in tears and I would imagine if they do not pay up they will loose their houses and maybe even go to prison. 
Thinking this through, we have politicians making very big promises when canvassing for vote. Their memorandum, but when they get into government all those promises come to nothing. This could be a way to hold them accountable. I have donated £ 10 to this cause and hope the nation will follow. M

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Casu-marzu cheese

Cheese with larvae, from Sardinia. Larvae is deliberately introduced to the cheese, this does sound quite disgusting. The lengths someone will go too, just to make something totally vile. I know the French are partial to frogs legs and some countries have people who eat cats and dogs. This takes the American hotdog to a whole new level. 
But putting maggots into cheese, which the maggots eat, what happens then is up for conjecture but what goes in must come out and people eat this cheese? They claim it promotes an advanced level of fermentation and breaks down of the cheese's fats. 

In this civilised island of ours, we have a government body called Health and Safety, this is one of those occasions where they have put a stop to this cheese being sold or eaten. Something to do with eating something that is still living, they feel it cannot be right, so without trying it, have taken it off our menu. Sensible fellows really, one never knows where those insect were before they laid their eggs in the cheese. 
After doing some research, I have discovered that it is not that common, even in Sardinia and from what I have read, it is an acquired taste.

Enough of this seriousness, I am at Caffe Nero enjoying a Americano in a double expresso cup, intensifies the flavour and Nero's is one of the better coffee shop chains that are around. Great little cafe and the bonus is I can bring JB along, he does love a visit to just about any where, never been too fussy. I try not to sit near the door as everyone that comes in wants to say hello to him and that is a distraction, when I am trying to complete a blog.