A word to the unwise

I spoke to someone the other day who is going for a big adventure overseas. Traveling they said. They’d not been far from home before and were having an epic adventure out in the world. Going to visit a few far-flung unfamiliar cities and see some things they’d never seen before. Experience foreign cultures and […]

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Some enlightenment

  I’m not what you would call a Sci-fi buff, I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a science fiction book but I do like the odd science fiction movie from time to time. Not just any old one though only the big ones. Things like Star Wars, The Matrix, Star Trek, the Aliens films and […]

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Wisdom

I’m not sure how long this post will stay up for, but it needs to be said. It’s not part of my usual repetoire, but it’s something I need to say and it’s this. It’s simply an observation or two, a bit of wisdom maybe, an admission and something significant to finish. First, some wisdom […]

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The truth about Dragons

This post is primarily intended as an educational resource for young people but clearly the information contained here is useful for adults as well. I think it’s time to unveil my greatest secret. The thing that no-one but me knows. The thing that no-one knows about me. If you read my stuff regularly you will […]

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Who knew?

If you look up from this and look around you, you will notice quite quickly that the world about you is not a barren dusty wasteland with self-replicating Amoebas as the only life form. If you are able to see out of a window, you will most likely spot some shrubbery in various shapes and […]

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Carrot or stick?

It was the BAFTA’s last night, or the Stephen Fry show depending upon how you look at it. Lots of thespians getting gongs for being fabulous. There was much gushing and eye wiping and a wonderful night was had by all. Well except those who didn’t get to stand on stage to gush over a […]

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Les Misérables, Sandy’s review

Although by no means qualified to be a movie reviewer, I am incredibly well qualified to review this movie on its merits as a standalone production rather than as a comparison with the stage show as so many reviews will do. This is because I had never seen the stage show; I had not read […]

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Christmas Shopping tips

Apparently recycling is a good thing to do at Christmas. So I’m doing just that. Spot the 2nd helping! Christmas is coming and while some people might think that it’s all about Jesus, I know better. Christmas is about a huge meal, copious booze and presents, hopefully mostly for me. I am actually a big […]

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Mind games

This is my 100th blog post, who would have thought I had so much to say? It was really hard to decide what to write for the 100th post. You sort of feel it needs to be something worthy to mark a milestone, but what? I had absolutely no idea until I saw my cousin, […]

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Boys will be men.

First things first, I don’t have children because I chose not to.  When I was young on the family farm one of my summer jobs was spraying blackberry and gorse with a herbicide. The herbicide choice of my dad was stuff called 245-T. Now revealed to be an incredibly toxic poison banned in most countries […]

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On wine

Wine, I drink vats of the stuff, it’s what I drink when I’m not drinking beer. It’s what I drink before I turn my attention to my new-found favourite late night snifter, aged rum. I don’t know a lot about wine really considering how much I consume but I seem to know a little more […]

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Who’s reading you?

Someone once said “All the world’s a stage”. I know who said it. It’s going to be a salient point later in this post, stick around. When he said that the world was a big place and everyone had limited means of talking to each other. Also he was something of a writer who liked […]

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How to get to New Zealand

I’m going to enjoy writing this one. It’s a story I have told to so many people I can’t even count. I have yet to tell it to someone without getting a little teary at the end of the telling. You’ll know I am from New Zealand, if you’ve had a look about my blog […]

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Conflict is eternal

A couple of the phrases we hear our wonderful leaders using an awful lot are “peace and stability” or “peace and democracy”. The leaders of the great western powers feel it is very important that nations are run according to democratic principles. They will even get the guns out to enforce this upon some people they […]

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Who is in charge?

NB, this was written before the last British General Election in 2015 when the liberals where wiped out. They were wiped out because having spent a term in power, middle Britain discovered what Liberals stand for and they didn’t like it, The SNP are now in charge of Scotland. Well this is ambitious. I am […]

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Afghan conflicts for beginners

I like to simplify things for people who don’t have the inclination or the wherewithal to look stuff up on the internet themselves. They may watch a snippet of news on television about something going on somewhere. Maybe even read some more detail in a newspaper. Many though don’t actually realise that what one reads […]

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Town & Country

There is a huge divide in Britain. It’s not north versus south which is a biggy but as there is no real dividing line between the two with the midlands muddying the boundaries its hard to define where the wall should be built.  No the big dividing line in Britain is town versus country. Town […]

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What’s in a name? (Examination of racism)

I was minding my own business, well as much as you can on Twitter, when I got a #followfriday from someone who suggested I follow a girl in America who happens to have a blog and as I am nosey I had a poke around in it and found this clip Apparently it’s called Def […]

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Love thy neighbour (Who are the Europeans?)

All the news channels everyday start with the present economic and political situation in Europe, the Euro zone, The EU. Someone has lost everyone’s savings and the finger is being pointed at reckless bankers gambling to make large fortunes for themselves with other people’s money. It is all incredibly complicated and becoming quite tedious. Folk […]

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The evolution of the chat show?

I was watching the Jonathan Ross show the other night and suddenly decided  that rather than being a talented presenter and funny guy he is actually just a bit of a dick. It made me think about chat shows in general and how they have deteriorated along with a lot of the quality of mainstream […]

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We are not all equal. (Equality v fairness)

I have always maintained my rants are my own ill-informed opinion. That continues to be so of course. My opinion is stuff I know, think, or believe to be so, sometimes based on a conversation with someone in the know or stuff I have read and believe. My opinion today is that equality is bollocks. […]

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The right to choose. (Discussing who gets to vote)

My last post was about Religion and the title was ‘Don’t talk about Politics or Religion’. I’m going to talk about Politics today but not in the way you’d think, of course. I was spending some time with the general public recently and started to despair a bit. We all know that Politicians are bastards […]

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Don’t talk about Politics or Religion. (so I do)

Sorry, I know that’s a common phrase but it’s my blog and I can talk about what I want. Today I want to talk a little bit about Religion. I have absolutely no problem whatsoever with those who get a bit of comfort from some sort of faith and like to believe in an after-life. […]

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Wine speak? Please! It’s just nonsense!

Firstly I am feeling very prosperous today. Well I would be if I was in Tonga if you know what I mean. I am wearing a particular belt for the first time. It’s not a new belt, it’s just the first time I have worn it. The belt was bought for me by my in-laws […]

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We need a seven!

A few weeks ago Jen and I went along to Great Tripetts Farm to watch the final of a polo tournament. Great Trippetts is an absolutely fabulous location for polo. They have created the most beautiful lawn in an amazing setting. Very civilised indeed. Anyway this was a high goal match, meaning that some of […]

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