Sunday, December 27, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
My brother phoned me Saturday night to warn me the roads were very dodgy in Morriston, I already knew, I'd been to Amanford where I don't think they know what a gritting lorry is. The roads were lethal there, even the main roads were covered in ice, in one side road I could hardy stand up never mind drive.
Why are we so ill prepared for ice and snow? We get it every year around this time, it really shouldn't surprise the local authorities, yet every year 2 inches of snow bring the country to a standstill. A mate of mine worked in Alaska, several feet of snow over night was not uncommon, yet next day the roads would be open as usual, and the place kept on running.
Even in the Chanel tunnel there were problems, why was it snowing in there too? No it was warm and the trains couldn't cope with the change from cold to warm for heavens sake.
What worries me me is all the fuss about climate change. Why are we worrying about global warming, we can't handle the climate we have now, we should get that sorted out first
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I remember watching the series for many years, seeing the coming and sadly going of many of the regular characters, Bill Owen (as Compo) Michael Bates (as Blamire) and Brian Wilde (as Foggy) Kathy Staff (as Nora Batty) Joe Gladwin (Wally Batty) John Corner (Sid from the cafe) and Michael Aldridge (as Seymour) Very sad looses, and many many hours of good family entertainment.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Now while it would be a shame to see them vanish I'm afraid they have been their own worst enemy. Limited to central and western China they haven't exactly spread out around the world. Couple that to the fact their diet consists almost 99% bamboo (although they can eat other things) makes them at best "fussy eaters" and a very limited diet means they have to spend huge amounts of time eating to get enough calories.
The final nail in the pandas coffin is it's total lack of interest in sex, they just can't be bothered to breed, and without breeding they are going to become endangered. Oh people have tried to help, zoo's have organised the panda equivalent of speed dating, I believe there's even a dating website, and they actually tried viagra, but the pandas just said something along the lines of "oh sorry darling I have a headache and I'm popping out for some bamboo" and that was that. Possible they just don't have the strength on bamboo, so come on pandas, have a nice jucy steak and chips, a bottle of wine and "get it on" before it's too late.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Pearl is a delightful young lady, married earlier this year she decided to trash the dress. Now if you haven't come across this before it involves taking the dress somewhere and getting it dirty or wrecked, the idea has come over from America.
Here are 2 shots taken before the dress got dirty, the rest you'll have to wait till tomorrow for.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Now for the inside, a torch and battery is handy, as is a warm blanket or sleeping bag, if you get stuck in the cold somewhere you'll be glad of it. A shovel for digging yourself out is another useful tool.
If your going off the beaten track a flask of coffee and some chocolate will keep your spirits up if your caught in the snow, and talking of spirits, don't be tempted to take something stronger "to keep out the cold" First of all your leaving yourself open to a drink driving charge, secondly alcohol doesn't actually warm you up, that's a myth, it opens up the blood vessels and lets the warm blood from your core (the important bit) out to your extremities. That drop in core temperature could make the difference between life and death in a severe cold.
Why am I mentioning this? because the weather forcasters have given a heavy snow warning.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
I'd love to hack those signs, on a fine sunny day have it saying "sunny!" or over the Christmas holiday have it say "don't forget the turkey" stupid stuff like that, or maybe "stop reading the bloody signs and look where your going" that would be a good one!
On the subject of motoring the roundabout near me is like a Krypton factor test at peak times, it's totally barking mad, you have to swerve across 3 lanes pretty much wherever your going, how stupid is that!, who's it sponsored by, the panel beaters association?
Thursday, December 3, 2009
When I was a child we more or less lived on Oxwich beach, my dear Dad was a sun worshipper, we'd be up and out first thing in the morning, on the beach and we'd stay there untill it was time for him to work, as he played drums in a club this was about 7 pm before we would leave the beach. My entire summer holidays would be the beach (bad weather excepted)