September 20, 2017

Trump clearly a conteder for The Nobel Prize for Peace

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:42 pm by aleksan

An interesting mix of news today – Muhammad takes over from William as one of the top ten boys names in the UK this year, and a young woman is done for peeing in an Amsterdam Street – a crime know as “Wildplassen” It turns out that in that lovely city there are 35 toilets for men and only 3 suitable for women. This confirms my hypothesis that women have bigger bladders than men.

But, apart from a new devastating hurricane on the scene, I was most shocked to hear about Trump’s childish threats to North Korea – that he is ready to totally destroy that poor and backward country. My bet has to be on this particular Neanderthal to win this year’s Nobel Prize for Peace…


September 18, 2017

Boris returns to his £350,000,000, like a dog to his vomit

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:36 am by aleksan

Like a dog returning to his vomit Boris has returned to his £350,000,000. Is this courage or folly? Has he shot himself in the foot or has he fired the first shot in the race for Leadership? Is he a complete buffoon or a wise eccentric? Hero or liability? We live in strange times…..

September 17, 2017

White, old, male and middle class – and not apologising!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:52 am by aleksan

OK guys, put this in your pipe and smoke it – I am a white old middle class man, and not only do I refuse to apologise for this, but I am proud of my demographic group! I did not choose my parents or where I was born but I love my family and am grateful to them for the life they have given me. I also love my community here in Longstock, once sneeringly described to me as the soft underbody of middle England, and I am very pleased I am British.

I do get annoyed at the many sneering comments about white middle class people and old people. Yes, many changes need to take place with regard to equal opportunities and wealth distribution – and us white guys are working on this like everyone else. A fair Society is in all our interests. My dad used to say “I have heard of black people, of yellow and brown, but not of the green ones at Hazeldown”.

September 16, 2017

A naughty wet dog and his equally wet Master

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:15 am by aleksan

There’s a very naughty, very wet, old dog watching me eat my breakfast. He keeps wagging his tale and ogling my treacle soda bread. I have a good mind not to give him even a little crumb this morning. I am very wet too and will have to change. All because he wandered off into long wet grass this morning disobeying his Master’s shouts.

I had to blunder across an uneven water meadow in my sandals to get him, and took a tumble, my stick flying off. He did then come over to see me, and was most obedient thereafter. I was not pleased but of course have forgiven him, mostly, now. I wonder if like this other old dog, the writer, he is becoming a wee bit deaf. Of course he had the last bit of my tasty treacle soda bread….

September 14, 2017

Dyson wants a quick and complete Brexit

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:02 am by aleksan

Listening to Sir James Dyson this morning on the radio was interesting. He says his British company is growing faster than any other in Europe and trades with WTO rules. He believes the Europeans have been unhelpful and unresponsive in Brexit negotiations and that the Single Market is not only a misnomer but a complex package in many forms and languages unsuited to modern trade requirements. Dyson believes that we should make a clean break with Europe and not stay in the single Market but get out quick and use WTO as our trading model, including Tarifs. I am beginning to see that, in the light of European hostility and intransigence, Dyson could well have a good line on Brexit.

September 10, 2017

Penny being interviewed this morning by Nick Girdler on Radio Solent. The subject was Terstan Garden, open to the great British public this afternoon for NGS Charities.

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:49 am by aleksan

August 31, 2017

Health Update – a week since my Laparotomy

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:30 pm by aleksan

It was a week today that I had my Hernia repaired by Laparotomy at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, so I thought it was time for an update. Firstly, thank you all so much for your good wishes for a speedy recovery. I have much appreciated the love and goodwill, and it has helped a lot.

I’m am an impatient old Bugger, and at times in the last week I have felt pretty awful, not so much because of the post op pain, that wasn’t too bad, but because I have been very tired, fed up and generally a few degrees under. However gradually I have been coming up to the surface, moving about more and feeling less tired. Today, after a week I am nipping around much more, walking faster, and generally feeling more of the joys of life.

However there is no doubt that the older you are the longer it takes to get over operations and stuff. I am in danger of overdoing it of course, and even becoming a bit manic, but it has been made very clear to me that I must take it easier for about six weeks or so, especially no heavy lifting or “impact sports”! At nearly 73 I will therefore be avoiding Rugger and Speedway but can’t guarantee not to get on a horse before many days have passed….

Houston floods a good article from NY Times

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:07 pm by aleksan

I stayed in Houston for a couple of days between flights in the 1980s. It was uncomfortably humid and people stayed indoors or in cars with the Air Con turned up high. Executives wore woollen thee piece suits, appropriate to outdoors in England. But this was to keep them warm in the chilly air conditioning! I remember thinking it was a place I could never live in, and saw few people outdoors enjoying the countryside, because what I saw of it was difficult to walk even slowly in without sweating. This is an interesting article that answers a lot of questions…..let us hope we can all learn from the awful experiences these determined people are facing….

August 30, 2017

Big Sister is watching you …

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:28 pm by aleksan

The thought Police are out again trying to control how we think and behave. Sir Chris Hoy has to apologise for saying that middle aged male cyclists look daft in Lycra (They do!) and a Size 10 Beauty Queen is told she is “too big” and needs to go on a diet, so gives up her title! (She is drop dead gorgeous) And the National Trust is told off for selling pink hats saying “Future Footballers Wife” (Certainly provocative, but worse a case for the Grammar Police) Be careful it’s not just Big Brother that is watching you, but Big Sister too AHHHHH!

August 21, 2017

The garden after rain – spine tingling!

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:40 am by aleksan

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The remains of Hurricane Gert passed by last night bringing much rain, no wind and warm air from the South. The garden flowers are bright, glowing in the damp, fluorescent blues and yellows. Sparkling drops of water drip from the ends of tree branches and the earth smells rich and organic. All is silent, apart from me saying “Oh” as a cold drop from the leaves of a Silver Birch oozes down the back of my neck – spine tingling!

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