Tuesday, 30 May 2023
Monday, 29 May 2023
Sunday, 28 May 2023
We are really looking forward to this.
A couple of comfy chairs underneath the Quince tree, a good book and a glass of something cold, and we'll be very happy. Away from the hussle-bussle of city life for a short while.
Billy will rediscover his old haunts and friends, and we'll be working outdoors on all those essential bucolic tasks that we've missed so much over Winter.
I shall be out in the woods looking for mushrooms, and both the mower and chainsaw will be working overtime. I'm really looking forward to it.
I'm also looking forward to visiting my favourite French supermarket again (Leclerc), and reacquainting myself with all those gourmet delights that are unavailable over here. I'm sure when family visit at some stage over Summer, we'll also visit a few favourite restaurants as well.
Hard work can be very 'relaxing', and 'relaxing' can be very hard work.
Saturday, 27 May 2023
Friday, 26 May 2023
Thursday, 25 May 2023
Wednesday, 24 May 2023
Tuesday, 23 May 2023
Monday, 22 May 2023
Sunday, 21 May 2023
Saturday, 20 May 2023
Friday, 19 May 2023
Thursday, 18 May 2023
Wednesday, 17 May 2023
Tuesday, 16 May 2023
Monday, 15 May 2023
Sunday, 14 May 2023
Saturday, 13 May 2023
The current TV show of a similar ilk is 'Interior Design Matters' with Alan Carr and one of my close neighbours, the lovely Michelle Ogundelin, who is a Judge on the show (and has more Sparrows in her garden than anyone I know). I have never actually watched her show!
Michelle comes in at around 2.20 mins.
Friday, 12 May 2023
Thursday, 11 May 2023
Wednesday, 10 May 2023
I think of my dear cousin every day of the year (the photo below lives in a prominent position in my sitting room), but especially on this day May 10th; the day on which he was murdered, in 1977.
My cousin Stephen was not just a 'doctor'; he was an exceptional one. His diagnostic abilities for 'internal medicine' were second to none.
Tuesday, 9 May 2023
Monday, 8 May 2023
Someone called me 'Mate' recently, and I must say, it rather took me by surprise It's probably because I've lived away for so long, that I don't remember anyone addressing me thus previously.
I think his expression was "Or white mate?" (Are you all right mate). I mumbled some reply that I was in fine fettle, thank you so much.
Over the pond people refer to each other as either 'Bro' or 'Dude' or 'Man'. These alternative names for 'mate' are used incessantly and are all as equally unpleasant as each other.
Are these titles really necessary? The man who addressed me as his 'Mate' could easily have asked "Or white" (Are you all right?) without the addition of the 'Mate'. Just the two words (as unnecessary as they were anyway) would have sufficed.
Personally I greet people with a simple "Good morning" or "Good afternoon" or even a more intimate "Hello, how are you?". I find no good reason to add any further wording. I cannot imagine myself going to the Doctor's (for example) and asking "How are you Mate?". It wouldn't seem right.
As a schoolboy I addressed my teachers as 'Sir', and they in return addressed me as 'Sir'. This always seemed correct, but I wonder if that still happens these days? Would they now call each other 'Mate'?
Oh, hang on; I see that the Postman has just left me some mail. I'll open the window and shout down to thank him...."Y'or white; cheers Mate".
Postie "Yer, or white; see ya".
There's nothing to beat good conversation.
Sunday, 7 May 2023
Saturday, 6 May 2023
Friday, 5 May 2023
Thursday, 4 May 2023
Wednesday, 3 May 2023
Our local elections will be held on May 4th; tomorrow. So who will we vote for?
The only local window-posters I've seen so far have been for The Green Party; which seems more like 'virtue signalling' than political adherence. Our City Council is Green Party run, albeit with a minority administration. I don't know what they do for us other than allow weeds to grow everywhere. They hate cars, and do their best to deter anyone from owning one. We now hear that they wish to imitate London's Labour Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and introduce an 'Ultra Low Emission Zone' (ULEZ) here in central Brighton. This would mean having to pay about £15 a day to use my car. People imagine they are being 'do-gooders' by voting Green; they're not; they're just living in some non-existent fantasy Beatrix Potter world. The Greens have JUST ONE MP at Westminster (unfortunately ours; Ms Lucas); is anyone surprised?
The only political 'flyers' we've received have been from The Green Party.
The Liberal Democrats (Lib-Dems) are something of an enigma. No-one really knows what they stand for, or even why they exist. They are the 'I Don't Know Who To Vote For' party of the UK. They know no-one will vote for them so they can promise the earth, which we all take cum grano salis.
Labour usually spends far too much of other people's money on 'political' policies. But no-one really cares, they simply put our 'rates' up.
So, that just leaves The Conservatives. They like to balance the books whilst maintaining a reasonable standard of service, but this isn't always the case. They're bound to lose lots of seats tomorrow; they always do in mid-term local elections.
I expect there are a few 'loony' party candidates who will be standing for election, but the two serious parties above (Lab and Con) are the main contenders.
I know who I shall be voting for, as they command about 51% of my trust. I reckon that's about as good as it gets.
Tuesday, 2 May 2023
Monday, 1 May 2023
Houses No's 1 to 5 all have double parking spaces in front, and as they all have just one car each they often let their free space for a very healthy sum to day visitors. We also have one private 'communal' space that is used on a 'first come first served' basis for friends or visitors.
Basically there are too many cars in our tiny street. Of course I can't really complain because we do need a car ourselves. But at least we only have one. We've had a recent influx of 'newcomers' who all seem to have several cars, and have visitors who all arrive in their own cars. Occasionally it's like one huge car park.