Thursday, 22 February 2018

Deaf Shelfie Diet

Thought I'd let everyone know what I look like, so I took a shelfie:

Saw an advert on TV last night for some diet outfit called Jane Plan. They send you food parcels and apparently you can get £100 off with a certain code. If there's £100 off, then it must cost a bloody fortune. Surely just eating less is going to involve no cost - in fact you'll save money - for no effort.

I wonder whether people who lipread can discern accents?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Dog Shit Markets

Overheard while walking into town:

Chairman: "Who is that lad on the other side of the road?"

Hay: "One of Chis and Ralphs - eldest."

Chairman: "They don't have a kid called Elvis!"

Hay: "What are you talking about?"

Chairman: "You said he's called Elvis. Neither of Chris and Ralph's boys are called Elvis."

Hay: "Eldest, not Elvis!"

Hay was selling something on Facebook Market. A bloke responded on Messenger with a voice clip asking a few questions. Hay, not being very familiar with Messenger, responded by pressing the wrong button and sent him a dishevelled photo of her in her nightie with a quizzical expression on her face. He must have been horrified. She'll be getting a name for herself.

When we were hacking the undergrowth from the bridge over a local stream over the weekend, we can across several plastic bags of dog shit. why do people bother to collect their dog's shit in a plastic bag and then dump the bag? They'd be better just leaving the dog shit on the grass, for God's sake! Foxes, badgers, etc. are meat eaters and shit in fields without it causing plagues.

Talking of dogs, I'm convinced that what with Hay's obsession with cats, the only way I'm ever going to have a dog is to offer my services as a dog walker.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Don't know about you, but I'm a tad fed up with newspapers no longer being newspapers, but propaganda machines and purveyors of vacuous tittle-tattle. Doesn't matter whether they have a left or right-wing bent, they consistently fail to report facts without putting their own political spin on them - or are selective in which facts they bother to report.

The on-line versions are even worse, publishing blatantly provocative or salacious items to draw clicks and advertising revenue.

The BBC is no longer what it used to be either. Having to pander to accusations of bias (most of which are politically motivated - the more biased you are, the more biased you're going to see anything that's middle-of-the-road; it's a relative measure) it now has to tread a very delicate line and has become adept at ensuring it gives equal coverage to both sides of any argument, even if it means giving total crackpots equal billing with experts.

I have been using Flipboard for some time, as at least you get a spread of opinion (for news is now opinion, rather than factual reporting) from both ends of the political spectrum, but it's wearing having to read two extremes rather than something from a reasoned viewpoint (which is not necessarily the middle).

That said, Reuters consistently comes out in analyses as politically neutral and has now become my preferred newsfeed. There's also the fact that most news organisations actually take their main stories from only three sources, Reuters being one of them. It's only after receiving the Reuters wire report that newspaper hacks put their spin on a story before publishing it.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Bridge of Mice for Ukip

Late news, I know, but apparently Henry Bolton has been voted out of the Ukip leadership position. Why the 2nd vote - what part of a democratic vote doesn't Ukip understand?.....

We did a spot of community helping this weekend by clearing a stile of brambles and trees. Imagine our surprise to discover a bridge we never knew existed under all the undergrowth. I always thought it was a stile over the stream with a small culvert.

Cat food pouches left in the kitchen bin ming like hell after a day due to the under floor heating working its magic; then there's also the fact the pouches are made of plastic, which isn't recyclable. Someone should make a cat food pouch in the shape of a mouse with a covering that a cat can rip apart and eat.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Compulsory Gun Hope

Apparently we had an earth tremor yesterday and the glasses rattled in the kitchen cupboard. I knew nothing of it, as I was in Lidl doing some shopping.

An American friend alerted me to the exact wording on the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution; "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." So, it's for the purpose of having a well regulated militia. If there's no militia then there's no right and, even if there is a militia, you should be well regulated and signed up to it. It's worth bearing in mind that it applied to guns having a firing rate of about once a minute.

Some interesting, but not totally unexpected, poll results from YouGov.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Votes for Animals in Northern Ireland

What with the progress of animal rights, when, I wonder, will they be given the vote? They already have passports. There are estimated to be 8.5m dogs and 8m cats in the UK - that's a sizeable electorate; almost as many as those who voted for Brexit.

Which party would dogs and cats vote for, or would they set up their own political parties. I can't see cats and dogs voting along similar lines, so a split in the cohort would seem likely.

This argument about Gaelic that's preventing devolved government in Northern Ireland; why doesn't the government just go ahead, while it's ruling from Westminster, and enact an Irish Language Act, like it did for Wales in 1993? It's not even as if the Loyalists in NI speak English anyway - I always need a translator. Oh, I forgot - the DUP is holding them hostage.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Comb-over Gold

I was stood in the bathroom using a comb to scratch my back when Hay asked if I was combing my back hair...

Talking of comb-overs, I see The Orange One is focusing on mental health in response to the latest school shooting, rather than guns. How on earth do you tell when someone is about to flip and go on the rampage? Switzerland is often cited as a defence by the NRA - it has high gun ownership and high gun deaths. What the NRA conveniently avoids mentioning is that while average gun ownership is high, it's actually a lot of guns owned by a small number; arsenals, if you will. Also, the overwhelming number of gun deaths in Switzerland are suicides, not school rampages.

In a fit of absent-mindedness we did a spring clean yesterday. I started to merely dust my desk, which spurred Hay into giving the bookcase a severe dusting to within an inch of its life - then one thing led to another (in a mildly competitive manner) and, before we knew it, spring clean. 

A few weeks  ago I made a post about fiat currency and gold. I read this this morning - an eye opener for some.

Deleted Snapchat - useless.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Snap Weight

We got Valentine's Day started with an argument. We don't have them very often, but when we do they get a tad shouty. All over in a few minutes though and back to normality for another year.

Thought I'd get 'with it' and sign up for Snapchat, which is apparently taking over from Facebook. Can't see the point of it - all I seem to be able to do is it take a picture of myself and send it to a mate. Don't think my mates are particularly interested in seeing a picture of me. Looks as if it's designed for neo-narcissists. 

I even looked up this to get a better idea, but it adds nothing to my previous assessment.

The exercise and calorie deficit regime is working - I've lost 3 kg since starting it and the gut is shrinking. I found out last week that I've been doing the roller wheel exercise all wrong and you have to use your core to recover from the extension rather than getting assistance from your arms. Much more difficult, but far more efficacious. I've added No.2 Son's 10 kg dumbbells to the regime - nothing too strenuous, but enough to get the cardiovascular system into action. Whenever I have a few spare moments I do 10 repetitions of each exercise. I also do what's called the abdomen vacuum. You can do those anywhere, including the supermarket queue, but you do tend to get a few weird looks. I'd say I do the repetitions some 8 to10 times a day. Target is to get down to 80 kg.= (12.5 stones) from 88.5 kg.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

McMafia Valentine Teenagers

No.2 Son has gone to stay with a mate in Cornwall:

Hay: "You can tell there's no teenager in the house - well, with the exception of you."

I bought Hay a Valentine's card but, on opening it to write a message, I discovered there was no envelope.

This unexploded, WWII, German bomb in the Thames should be manna from heaven for Brexiteers, but they don't seem to be making any obvious connections - humourless lot.

We watched the last episode of McMafia last night. Startling similarities to The Godfather, if you ask me.

Why is it that when someone who wears spectacles can see distance extremely clearly when looking through a small aperture with no specs? If you wear glasses, try it yourself by curling your thumb and forefinger to form a tiny hole and looking through it. Suddenly everything that was fuzzy comes into perfect focus.

Heard a radio announcer introducing a programme on the plover - he called it a plowver. Spot the city boy...

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Oxfam Car Parks

Oxfam: there's no denying the organisation as a whole does good and makes a difference to millions.
  1. Was any Oxfam money used in the pursuance of procuring prostitutes - i.e. was their use claimed on expenses, or anything like that.
  2. Are the staff concerned still working for Oxfam?
If the answers to the above are no, then move along. The government actually knew about the problems of the East and West Coast rail franchises, but chose to do nothing. The government knew about the problems of RBS mistreating small customers, but chose to do nothing. They knew about Carillion, but again didn't do anything - all these fiascos are costing billions whereas Oxfam gets £31.7m from the government. Can't have double standards just because you want to keep your chums in industry sweet on the one hand but need an excuse to hit an easy target that has a record of exposing government sponsored inequality in Britain on the other.

Organisations involved with vulnerable people are natural and proven targets for a certain type of person - UK aid agencies, UN agencies, the church, etc. - and you've got to be pretty naive if you don't believe some serious abuse doesn't go on. Perhaps staff vetting procedures need to be a lot more stringent, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. The Deputy CEO has at least resigned and done the decent thing - perhaps the CEO should do the same and have a clean sweep.

Hay got a letter back from Bristol Airport Parking about being charged twice - apparently the registration plate recognition system didn't recognise her registration plate on entering or leaving. A rather unlikely story, given they accurately logged her time of arrival and time of departure. She got a refund.