Thursday, 28 February 2013


So Geeks R Us strikes again! The following are two amazing websites and oh it’s ok you can click them, you’ll either love them straight away, in which case you may already know about them or know immediately that you are not going to ever like them or anything like them and that you are not going to be bitten by any geek bug!!
Today and ongoing I had every need and justification to be a total geek. My son and his girlfriend are travelling by plane for 12½ hours, non stop London Heathrow to Singapore with Singapore Airlines. Not only that they are on the world’s largest commercial aircraft the A380 and I can follow them every inch of the way. So I therefore become even more of a geek than usual because I have someone on one of those little animated planes.
Using live departure and arrival boards, the airline sites and simply just the flight number in to Google and these two sites you are your own flight manager, it really is amazing. Try it! 
Start with a major airport in the UK or Europe and just click around on a few flight numbers and allow yourself to ask some questions, what aircraft, where is it going and press some buttons!! You've lost nothing except a couple of minutes and hey you might even appreciate exactly why I find them so amazingly fascinating!!
On a different level altogether though there are in fact some hidden goodies with sites such as this. Seeing the amount of aircraft flying at any one time would surely make anybody who was nervous of flying reassured that if it was that unsafe you would hear of fatal accidents every single hour of every single day. Leading credence to the fact that you have more chance of being kicked to death by a donkey on the beach of your destination than dying in a plane crash on the way there.
Looking at these sites it is obvious that if you were to follow any one of these little animated aircraft  for its whole journey or even just part of it you would inevitably learn a little bit or maybe even a lot about the geography of this wonderful globe of ours. Use them in the landscape mode and its not that different to Google earth with emphasis of course on the busiest airports of the world!
Oh and I haven’t even told you about the ‘cockpit view’ but if you are a geek like me you will find those out, almost as a matter of course!
Ok got to go my son’s flight is just 2½ hours from landing in Singapore and I need to look through the window and ponder as to why it is running 17 minutes late!!

"On the Road" - Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac's Road trip, "On the Road" and how to recreate it!! 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Everyone knows that New Orleans does Mardi Gras but it does a lot more too, here's National Geographic's top 10 things other than Mardi Gras that "Nawlins" is allegedly good at!!

Wonder what this is all about?!

Sworn to secrecy....

THIS is amazing - check it out!!

Monday, 25 February 2013

10 Tesco Tour.

Thanks to Sevenstreets there is now a Ten Teso Tour of Liverpool!! Yes! Just how cool is this... 
It must have been designed with people like me in mind!! If I were you I would keep my eye on the photoblog over the next few weeks because this baby deserves some pics!!

Sunday, 24 February 2013

A plane crash....... about to happen.... in 3... 2.... 1....

An airplane was about to crash; there were 5 passengers on board, but only 4 parachutes.
The first passenger said, "I am President Obama, the chosen one. The world needs me, I can't afford to die." So he took the first parachute and left the plane.
The second passenger, Julia Gillard, said, "I am the prime Minister of Australia and I am the smartest woman in Australian history, so Australia's people don't want me to die." She took the second parachute and jumped out of the plane.
The third passenger, John Kerry, said, "I'm a Senator, and a decorated war hero from the Army of the United States of America ." So he grabbed the parachute next to him and jumped.
The fourth passenger, ex-President George W. Bush, said to the fifth passenger, a 10-year-old schoolgirl, "I have lived a full life, and served my country the best I could. I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute."
The little girl said, "That's okay, Mr. President. There's a parachute left for you. Australia 's smartest woman took my schoolbag.

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Today is one of my occasional rambles based loosely around the technology that we all have around us. Ladies and Gentleman welcome to the somewhat quirky concept of Google Doodles!!
It comprises of a really old fashioned practice of having a pen and pad at the side of my lappy. Sorry if this sounds alien or old fashioned to you but it is the way I roll!!
So on my pad I write things to remind me of maybe, what to search for or it could be a TV programme to watch, a book or CD to read, listen to, buy or you tube, a telephone number or e mail address, maybe even, what to bet on or just a simple name! This added to often hundreds of random names and numbers mainly ending .jpg!
Obviously by now you will have worked out that this takes real intelligence to use as the whole idea relies upon knowing what to do with each of these snippets of information!  This of course is where Google comes in to its own because the afore mentioned search engine is what has replaced for the most part my brain!!
With a smart little google gadget coupled with the fact that I have a gmail address as my primary e mail address, google chrome as my browser and use other google products such as blogger – all I now have to do is type in the random word from my pad and the “G” machine will do the rest.

Tasitiocht – Horse 1.30 Fairyhouse 23/2
0845 333____ - Calls from this number are from Royal Bank of Scotland (Do NOT answer!!)
Mound City – San Bernadino California now known as Loma Linda
Urban v Nature – Photo competition for festival of firsts – site for upside down text
Moms are Magic – new children’s book by Julie Randall (you will need Kindle at Amazon……. )
Plutarch – Greek poet
Local Motive – DSCF2345.jpg in folder Can #12.

See how easy it is!! Anyway although I may just have exaggerated the results I know I will never now be able to go near my laptop without a pad. Incidentally here’s a few things left on my pad, until next time……

<Sunday Supplement, Foothill College, Los Altos, Thomas Jefferson, Khabi Khabie, Ches Jicarro, Ne(x)Li.Chp.Fa.(I)Ke., Oh Crick, Timbuk3, Heart and Soul, Black Crowes/Jackie Green>

A happy or sad state?

This makes quite interesting reading (to some people) I guess!!
The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Quote of the day.

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

~ Winston Churchill

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Can you believe this is an actual sign from a train door in a bye gone age!!

"Mumford & Sons are having the biggest impact since Led Zeppelin!"


Now don't get me wrong I like Mumford and Sons, I like them a lot and I firmly believe that everyone is perfectly entitled to their opinion. If that means saying things that are at best, 'a little over the top', then so be it. However the above title was a quote from a reporter from the music press with regard to last nights Brit awards, frankly a person that should have known a lot better. Mumford and Sons have only been around about five years and that's fine. They have been moderately successful in that time and three years ago they brought out their first album, their second album hasn't been out four months yet. 
Not the most awesome rise to fame, more steady and sure! 
I won't even start to compare the two groups, as you would surely need to before you said something with regard to impact, but Stairway to Heaven within four years and four of the most iconic albums ever in the same time - work it out for yourselves!
I would say Led Zeppelin were a big impact on, even, Mumford and Sons and continue to be on new groups in 2013, some 45 years after they were formed.
Mumford and Sons are good, they show huge potential. They will be big and as they get bigger so will their impact be more noticeable but please! It is a bit like expecting a toddler to run an adult marathon as say a forty year old professional.

Word of the day : Senarius - Noun: A verse of six feet, especially an iambic trimeter.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Chill out zone.... Scarborough Fair, yes in Hindi.

The Amazing Race 22

So a new series of The Amazing Race started Sunday on CBS and really even if you've never watched it before if you are able to, ie if you live in Canada or USA ~ only ~ then you must watch it!
If only because you are so priviledged to be able to do so. Many thanks CBS, not to put too fine a point on it ~ "YOU SUCK!" This series I am restricted to just one you tuber in Indonesia to upload it as already two channels from the last series have been forced to close over copywrite issues with CBS. Anyway many thanks to The Amazing Race Queen for getting me the first episode and I hope you are able to make it for the whole series!!
Having had no team previews from CBS because, not copywrite this time but 'geographical restrictions', I made my judgements for the whole series on the introductions of the teams at the begining.
Family connections seemed to shout Matt and Daniel because of my son Matt and his great friend Dan who were in a rock duo together. Firefighters from South Carolina, surely they would do well?
Maybe it's just as well that I'm not in a sweep or any competition with any body else because, well you've probably guessed!! Yep they were the team eliminated from the race at the end of the first episode!!
Fantastic fun as ever though and can't wait till next week and no I'm not choosing anybody else to follow!! 

Friday, 15 February 2013

The week in passing!!

Wow quite a busy week.... 

Year 4711, should in all reality be Year of the cologne. 4711 of course was and is a very famous eau de Cologne. The one that started on Sunday however was the lunar New Year.
The Chinese New Year of the Snake, the water Snake to be precise. 

Mine is the wisdom of the ages,
I hold the key to the mysteries of life.
Casting my seeds on fertile ground
I nurture them with constancy and pupose.
My sights are fixed,
My gaze unchanging.
Unyielding, inexorable and deep,
I advance with steady, unslackened gait.
The solid earth beneath me.


Tuesday was a real multi day!! Abraham Lincoln's Birthday and Mardi Gras, which of course is French for Fat Tuesday. 
It was of course also Pancake or Shrove Tuesday. The day that the partying areas of the world, mainly areas with a large amounts of catholics party till they drop in preperation for the period of lent that starts on Ash Wednesday the day after! 
The same reason of course that we empty our larders of all things and stuff them in pancakes for the fasting that starts on Ash Wednesday!!

Then of course the day itself, Ash Wednesday, where everybody has dirty foreheads, turns up late for work and nobody seems to care!! A very important day religiously and I do understand really! The Ashes represent universally the power of the flame and brings the whole importance of the lent and Easter cycle as the palms from the Easter before are burned to form the ashes. The ashes on the forehead are a sign that you will be doing something for the lenten period to cleanse your soul.

Thursday and although some peoples favourite of them all, the feast day of St. Valentine, the most commercial of all the special days of the year and often referred to as St. Hallmark's Day. Though I have to say if there is a Saint responsible for making people, everywhere and from all sorts of backgrounds   spend a huge amount of money on all sorts of things from strawberries and chocolate to weekends away and plastic surgery, not to mention diamond rings then I think St. Hallmark fades in to insignificance. St. Money perhaps!!
Valentine was actually a rather dubious Roman saint about which very little is known. Also known of course as SAD - Single's Awareness Day and my own feeling is that if you love someone enough and love them properly then you certainly don't need a special day to show it.

Finally Friday 15th February 1971 known as D Day when Britain lost its ancient currency of pounds, shillings and pence. It was replaced by a whole new currency featuring 100 new pence in a new pound! 240% of the value of an old penny! Which was really a d and the new penny then became a p.
Retail prices increased by the same percentage over night.
6d (a tanner) half a shilling overnight grew by 240% to 6p which was 1/2d and nobody was supposed to notice. It's complicated, too complicated really for everyday conversation. However suffice to say that people of a certain age will still be heard muttering things like, "Bloody hell 13 shillings for a Mars bar!"  

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Letter to the Prime Minister.......

Dear Mr. Cameron,

Please find below our suggestion for fixing the UK 's economy.

Instead of giving billions of pounds to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan.
You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:
There are about 10 million people over 50 in the work force.
Pay them £1 million each severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.
Ten million job openings - unemployment fixed

2) They MUST buy a new British car.
Ten million cars ordered - Car Industry fixed

3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage -
Housing Crisis fixed

4) They MUST send their kids to school/college/university -
Crime rate fixed

5) They MUST buy £100 WORTH of alcohol/tobacco a week .....
And there's your money back in duty/tax etc

It can't get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back their falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

Let's put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.

This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.

They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be free, on request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week and have no hope of ever getting out.

9th February

On 9 February 1961 The Beatles appeared at the Cavern Club for the very first time. It was a lunchtime session with an audience of about 100 people - mostly workers from nearby offices and shops on their lunch break. This would be the first of 292 performances at the club. Just 3 years later ALSO on 9 February 1964 they made their first appearance on US television on the Ed Sullivan show with an estimated audience of 73 million people!


Is it just me, or does anyone else find it amazing that during the mad cow epidemic our government could track a single cow, born in Appleby almost three years ago, right to the stall where she slept in the county of Cumbria?

And, they even tracked her calves to their stalls. But they are unable to locate 125,000 illegal immigrants wandering around our country. Maybe we should give each of them a cow.

(General letter to Prime Minister, coming later today)

Thursday, 7 February 2013


This is just me!! 
Or more to the point my other two sites!!
However only my photos are here, my photoblog or for the funnier side of life, here!

That's Amore

When the moon hits your eye, Like a big pizza pie,
That's amore. ♥
When an eel bites your hand, And that's not what you planned,
That's a moray.
When your horse munches straw, And the bales total four,
That's some more hay.
When your sheep go to graze, In a damp marshy place,
That's a moor, eh?
La la la la la la la! ♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫

(With suitable apologies to Harry Warren & Jack Brooks who wrote it oh and Dean Martin, who never sung it the same twice!!)

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

I found my thrill......

Blueberry Hill
is not what you might think!!

It was the first day of a new school year, three boys arrive at class late and the teacher asks the first boy, “Why are you late,” the boy replies “I’ve been on Blueberry Hill” the teacher said “Take your seat.” She asks the next boy why he was late. “I was on Blueberry Hill also” he replied. Then she asked the third boy, but he replied with the same answer.
As the boys were sitting down a girl comes in behind them.
“Let me guess”, said the teacher. “You were also on Blueberry Hill”
“NO…. I am Blueberry Hill” replied the girl.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

18 National Flags made from food!


New cup size.......

Love me DO!!

Neither of John and Paul would have made it without each other. 
George would have been the main songwriter in any other band.
Ringo was always destined to be the narrator for Thomas The Tank Engine.

Click *HERE* for BBC iplayer link to : 
The Beatles Love Me Do 62