Archive for June, 2012

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

Hubby, ‘You have worked hard today cutting those trees out and moving that grapevine’

Me, ‘It only took the morning’

Hubby, ‘When did you plant that new tree?’

Me, ‘What new tree?’

Hubby, ‘The one by the shed’

Me, ‘It’s the old tree I have just pinned it back’

Hubby, ‘No it’s definitely a new tree’

I go to look…

It’s the pea plants growing.


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I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it.
Edgar Allan Poe

I found myself talking to the TV this morning, (not unusual). There was a report on how to save electric by turning off the standby switches, here’s a thought why do manufactures put standby switches on anyway. Our TV and DVD both have lights on even when not in use and the only way to turn them off is to turn them off at the mains, which means getting down on hands and knees and crawling behind a cupboard, the digital box can only be turned off by doing the same thing, then takes time to reset when it’s reconnected. The phone will only work if it’s plugged in and I was told not to keep unplugging the computer from the mains as it didn’t do the computer a lot of good. Another bright idea was to only warm the water in your kettle to drinking point when making a cuppa, have you ever had tea made with un-boiled water? YAK! We also have a gas cooker that will only work when plugged into the mains, why because of ‘elf and safty’ (there is now a switch that lets the gas through to stop leaks, but it only works if plugged in, which means if the electric goes off we can’t use the cooker even though it is gas, (safty seems to be confusing some of you, it means daft)).

Lonesome George has died, the last of his kind, that’s very sad. 😦

A break through of sorts in identifying autism

And if this is true there’s no hope for me haha

Could this be a new way to diagnose Parkinsons


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You only live once, but if you work it right, once is enough.

Are we getting a summer this year? I only ask out of curiosity, you know what with everywhere being so wet and well rotting.

Anyway onto The Voyage, (which was rained off on Thursday), we headed off to see it on Saturday (23rd), well two of us did, hubby wasn’t feeling too well so he stayed home. Imagine a 50 foot ship built standing against a town hall, imagine the most haunting music and singing voices, imagine acrobats, high wire walkers, dancers, imagine a light show that transforms all this is into a moving ship that goes down in a storm, imagine girls in large bubbles floating through the crowd, imagine a life raft and when you have find out if the show is coming near you and go see it)I think it’s touring but I could be wrong, which would be a shame). It was/is truly a wonderful hour of perfectly timed entertainment. Here (because I like to be helpful) are a few links to help you on your way.


info and pics

a bit of video and info

video and info

more (better) video

I have been playing with the paint and drills turning old things into new things, over here if you want to see, and I have just finished reading Netherlands by Joseph o’ Neil.

Just think a few more days and we will be in yet another new month!


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It’s a sad man my friend, whose living in his own skin and can’t stand the company.

-Bruce Springsteen

I don’t know how many of you are or have been bikers or know bikers, but did you know that you can get your car licence and drive without an understanding about bike riders. There is a call for some questions to be included in the car test to help to teach non riders what to look out for. If you think this is a good idea please sign this petition it might help to save a life.


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We must learn our limits. We are all something, but none of us are everything.

-Blaise Pascal

I am sitting here listening to Goodnight Lenin and The Destroyers and pondering on something I heard on the news this morning, (which is not easy as I tend to burst into song with Goodnight Lenin and have a dance around to the Destroyers). There’s a call for all new homes to be fitted with not only smoke alarms but with sprinklers as well. A good thing too, some might think, but it’s just another thing that will have to be serviced every year at a cost. What happen to personal reasonability to check that appliances are in good condition, that things are turned off or disconnected, nothing left burning before going out or to bed. This is yet another thing that people will begin to rely on to look after another part of their life, another erosion on common sense. What happens if the unit malfunctions and soaks everything, I can’t imagine the insurance companies paying out too many times for that, or arguing that the unit was not maintain. I sometimes think what would happen if all mod-cons suddenly stop working how many of us would be able to cope, (only those of a certain age I bet).


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And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

Happy fathers day to all you daddies out there.

I have been a ‘gallivanting’ again (that’s what my mother would have called all these trips out; I can hear her now, ‘Off gallivanting again.’ She didn’t do enough gallivanting in my opinion). Anyway Hubby was away for the weekend with his motor-biking mates so number 1 and I (or is it me) went to Birmingham for the evening, first to Café Soya in the Chinese quart where we ordered two different starters and mains and shared them. We ate Lemongrass chicken skewered sticks, Chilli peppered spare ribs followed by triple seafood with Ho-Fun, Hot and spicy chilli chicken and rice, YUM. We then got the train back to the jewellery quart and it was off to the A E Harris Building to see The Just Price of Flowers by Stans’s café.

The Van Leasings buy a tulip from Van Eek, using money borrowed from Van Hire. The play follows them as they chase their dream of wealth through the growing complexities of futures trading, credit ratings, sub-primes, credit default swaps, and the horror of short selling.

The play explains the complexities of high finance with humour and music, in a straightforward way, whilst setting you up for the inevitable finale, and let’s not forget the origami peacock. Very funny and well done, but then it was Stan’s Café , you can always count on Stan’s Café.

We also watched ‘Goodbye Lenin!’ a really lovely film.

Have a great day.


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To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give.

I predicted that food prices will rise, yes I know everyone knows that’s coming, but you see I have had a walk down the garden and thanks to this blessed weather crops are poor. We only have two apples on the tree and the pears have rotted before they have even grown. As we know we had the very hot spell in February which brought all the crops on and caused a drought, this followed by the cold frosty snap which killed off some of the crops and now the torrential rain, which is water logging everything.

A new series of Primeval starts tonight, this could well be the last series so enjoy. Still no sign of Merlin or the Doctor or Sherlock. True love on BBC 1 Sunday to Wednesday looks like it might be worth a watch. There you go something to keep you out of the rain.


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