Democracy, it’s not for everyone

I’m reminded of the lyrics to the Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. Although the recent cover of that classic by The Disturbed is by far the better version   ‘Hello darkness, my old friend I’ve come to talk with you again Because a vision softly, creeping Left its seeds while I was, sleeping […]

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That’s what friends are for…

I’m back! I was left to my own devices for a bit and had too much time to think. I’ve been brewing this for a few days, wasn’t sure whether to post it at all or quite how to approach it. Then I had the best angle delivered into my lap this morning on Facebook. […]

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Waitangi Day

The 6th of February is Waitangi Day in New Zealand. Also known as New Zealand day. It’s sort of our little version of the American 4th of July but with an awful lot more controversy surrounding it over the years and not so much celebration, which is a shame. I worried about doing this post […]

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I’m on the phone!

I’ve got one of those smart phone things. Not a silly one which the people who really want an iPhone have, but a proper iPhone and not just any iPhone but the 5, the top of the range one that can carry about 20,000 songs on it and all of the internet, plus some films. […]

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Social Awareness

I’ve coined a phrase, it already exists in a roundabout sort of way but the existing phrase is some crap about consciousness and how society works within itself or some such hippy sounding bollocks. My phrase is ‘Social Awareness’. In my world it means having the first clue about what is going on around you. […]

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Casting a vote

I haven’t had a proper rant for a while. I’ve been too busy being reflective or trying to be more about having a glass a little bit more than half full. Today my glass is quite empty in figurative terms though, because last night something dramatic happened in television entertainment. When I state what occurred […]

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You are part of history, record it!

This is more of a plea than a post, pay attention! Back in 2009 my father died suddenly. He had a massive heart attack about 5 kilometres into a 110 km bike race and died where he fell. Dad was a keen racing cyclist, at the age of 70! While it was an awful time […]

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Driving a statement

It’s all very well having nice pictures of the highlands on my blog but I’m more about words than images. I am in the mood to make some wild generalisations about one of the things I know most about and what I like to spend my spare time and day job doing. Moving about in […]

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Formative years

This is the one I started on holiday a couple of weeks ago but typing a blog post on holiday on an iPad is far from easy and I like an easy life. So I did a ‘to be continued’ thing because my thought pattern was still emerging.  It started with me thinking about what life […]

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Something for supper?

You may recall if you pop here from time to time that I put a post up recently called ‘on food’. If you missed it, go and have a look, it’s just over there > I mentioned in it that I hate cooking, I mean really hate cooking, unless of course it’s cooking meat with […]

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Birthday post, nothing to do with my blogs birthday

It’s my blogs 1st Birthday today. That’s 18/06/2012 if you are reading this any other day. If you are thinking of doing one of your own, or are just a blog fan. I’ll start with why I started. 18 months ago I couldn’t have contemplated doing this. I was not in a great place in […]

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On the move

Far too much seriousness about the blog lately. Let’s have a revisit of what I like a lot and do mostly with my day. I’m going to offer some insights, observations, tips and tricks about something I know quite a bit about rather than me ranting my ill-informed opinion on things I have scant knowledge […]

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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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Teenagers in disguise

I’m not getting any younger, nor are any of my friends or family funnily enough. Some are ageing better than others physically of course, some will put it down to lifestyle or genes. We just put it down to who drinks the most or least. Now that I have embraced social media I have been […]

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Paid to have an opinion.

I would really like to be paid to have an opinion. Imagine getting to do that for a living or even for pocket money? We are surrounded, nay, bombarded by a cacophony of visual and audio stimulation. The formal visual representation of this is often known as art, although some people just spray it on walls. Still […]

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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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Who will win the spitting? (A look at social graces)

I had a look back at my past few posts, getting a bit philosophical and distracted by the footy, time to get back to business, the business of ranting. I know a lady who lives somewhere between here and Portsmouth who also feels strongly about this, so this is for her. Everyone should feel strongly […]

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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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Horses for courses. (a rant about horses)

I would like to start by saying, it’s not that I don’t like horses, I don’t mind horses. I am quite indifferent to them really. They do a tremendous job of pulling the Queen around London on her really special days out and they look very smart in black carrying a bloke with a tall […]

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Its a kids toy not a danger to life and limb!

 People are always banging on about the ‘elf & Safety’ Nazi’s and how it’s all gone mad. We have lot’s of good examples in the papers every day of some beaurocrat jobsworth at some council or other ruining everyone’s fun by making them put a guard on a circular saw or some such nonsense. We mutter about […]

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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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The food is just fine, now leave me alone!

I absolutely love going out for dinner. I do it quite a lot. I eat at pubs, inns, restaurants, cafe’s, bistro’s. I love the whole bit of the welcome, the pre dinner drinkies. Perusing the menu and trying to convince myself I should try other things at restaurants I go to regularly, before settling on […]

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Cornwall

It is a very long way to Cornwall from pretty much everywhere except Devon. It is at the far end of an intermittent dual carriageway which is apparently stationary throughout the summer with people in caravans making the journey to the Cornish coasts. Cornwall is for people with kids. All the Inn’s, hotels, B & […]

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The real reason there is rebellion in Libya?

It occurred to me when watching the news last night that we just have not been told the real reason for the mass insurrection in Libya.  The real reason is that they have been deprived access to television or film. Colonel mad bastard Gaddafi has not been letting his citizens watch movies or tele!! How do […]

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Irish issues

Everyone will know that some Northern Irish people have historically been setting off bombs in shopping centres and such places because they wanted to be part of Ireland rather than Britain. Also once upon a time and sadly nowadays from time to time some of the Northern Irish general public amuse themselves by throwing bottles […]

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Invictus!

A movie was made a while ago about the South Africans who won the 1995 world cup !  A MOVIE ! Apparently its about triumph against the odds? Let us remind ourselves about that game and those gentlemen. Our greatest rugby foes, in their first world cup, at Ellis park. A  brutal Rugby cauldron at […]

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Social or anti-social media?

I have moved around a lot over the years and travelled the world, losing touch with everyone I met. Then the internet was invented and after a while Old friends sites came along, then google, then MySpace and Facebook. Suddenly at the click of a mouse we are back in touch with all the people […]

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Sandy versus Vodafone

I have two phones on our account with Vodafone. I pay them about £65 a month to provide a mobile phone service. They don’t have a signal at my house although their website says they do. I decided I had, had enough of paying for something I don’t get, the same as people who do […]

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Worst hotel experience ever

This is a copy of my email to the hotel I am so angry my hands are actually shaking. You will see I have Cc’d your group head office, I will also be posting this email on hotel review websites. To Begin We had some time ago booked a night in your hotel as my […]

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Goodwood membership, not doing that again!

What follows are my emails to Goodwood racecourse about what I consider to be poor value for money membership. “Some time ago I spent the best part of £300 buying an annual membership of your wonderful racecourse for my wife. We have done this for many years with the odd break. I just wanted to […]

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