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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Harvest

It's harvest time around here. All the fields are about to be cut down and the crops gathered in. As I walked through the fields the other night I thought about the thousands of people who have worked these fields over the years and what must have gone through their minds as they did it. One thought must have been hate for the Lords of the Manor that enslaved them, but other (older) thoughts must have been for the corn itself. In England, we have a very old tradition (stolen from abroad) of John... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pirate Radio

This is a picture of the ship which broadcast Radio Caroline. Pirate radio stations were something unique to England I think. The first one was started in the 1960's, but I caught up with them in the late 70's. In the daytime it was a thing called Radio Mi Amigo. As it was really Spanish. But the rest of it was the good ship Caroline. Nothing too great, as BBC radio one had the great John Peel, the champion of everything new wave. I found many old favourites on Caroline, like Steely Dan. By the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Spam! Spam! Spam!

Where does spam come from? Named after the Monty Python song from a sketch in the 70s, the weigh of rubbish emails and fake advertising is just too much. So where does this rubbish come from? Is there a secret elite of hackers sitting in a bunker somewhere in the Asian desert, plotting this scandal? No. The sad truth is, it could probably come from the house next door. They can bounce it through so many servers around the globe, that there is no way you can track it down. The blame is pointed to... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Printers AHHHHHHH!

Have you ever had one of those days when the damn printer just will not help you to print anything? My Mother wanted me to copy and print a farley harmless page from a magazine about horse jumping in England. Not a big deal and I copied it OK and waited for the printer to churn it out. I knew it would be too small, so I broke it down into 2 parts and blew it up to make the page readable. Imagine my surprise when nothing came out! I usually work through Microsoft OneNote, which has never let me... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Empty

When you have really nothing to say, I find it tough just writing for the sake of it. Professional writers have a way of getting round it, by just ploughing through the problem until something happens. Many writers call it: "Writers Block" but when I can't find it in my heart to give my all, I have to walk away. There are a few projects I have in the pipeline, such as my ideas about Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness. But until I feel it in my heart to say something meaningful I can't... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Money, Money, Money

Have you noticed how your mood lightens when you come into a little money? I like to think I'm above such simple vulgar things, but the sad truth is, I'm not. When the stocks are going well and the little flutters on gambling pay off, I tend to think: "Oh how clever you are!" In short I tend to brain-wash myself into believing that its my own skill that has made it all so, where in fact its just because luck was on my side that day. But the strange thing is, that I feel much more optimistic.... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

All for nothing?

Has all this suffering over the past 4 months all been for nothing? When you look at scenes like this at Bournemouth, it makes you wonder. I do have my doubts about the stats concerning the virus and the death rate, but the fact remains that people are very scared and very lonely. I would have been tempted if I lived near the sea, but to go to this end is madness. Why give the authorities an excuse to crack down on us even more? I follow a guy on Youtube who lives in France, and he told of a... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Sun Sea and Sky!

Take a look at the two photos. The first is the sky above our house, and the most notable thing is the increase in air traffic. Sure they are mostly small private aircraft, like Cessna's but they are increasing. The sky is clear and pure but I doubt if it will stay that way for much longer. We get the trans-Atlantic traffic across here so its busy. The second is the Sea traffic. This has never dropped off. Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Reconciliation

I am trying to bring my sister and Mother back together again. They fell out over money (a lot of money) and have never really got back together. they were more like friends and saw each other every day, and Mother needed her to look after the house. So well they fell out, things looked bad. The one thing they have in common is that they are both as pig-headed as each other, so neither would back down, and we are in the sorry mess we are now. The dilemma I find myself in now, is should I bring... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Stamford

Walked to the market today. A market that goes back to medieval times and has seen a few plagues, but the good news is that it's starting to fight back. Most of the stalls are back. Of course, the 2 I was looking for were not present, but maybe they were just waiting. The woman selling bird food and the guy selling fag lighter must be hanging on even through the good times. But hope they will return. Having worked for a large supermarket I know how they screw down the little people and wipe out... Sign in to see full entry.

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