Friday, 30 November 2007

FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER - yet another addiction

Felt the need to buy some music.
I decided to look on ebay.
Oh dear I have bought a Neil Young that I hadn't got,
2 Deacon Blue,
a Leonard Cohen that I only have on vinyl
and 1 by The Waterboys.

Oh and a book for good measure -biog of Nelson Mandela.

The good thing is that it is recycling after all isn't it?

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

WEDNESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER - methane fires on ice

A wonderful new programme has hit our screens. It is absolutely fascinating with so much information. It is called The power of the planet.

I hope you can see this click of methane fires in the arctic ice.

Amazing but what global consequences does it hold.

Monday, 26 November 2007


I found this at my local farm shop. Isn't it just amazing? Its florets are a fibonacci sequence.
Apparently it is called Romanescu.
I think this is one of nature's very beautiful creations.
I will eat it tonight.

Wednesday, 21 November 2007


I have just got a copy of 'On the road' by Jack Kerouac. This is the road to start a road trip.

Monday, 19 November 2007

MONDAY 19TH NOVEMBER - people watching

We went to the beach at the weekend. It was cold and very windy.
This time of year it is only for the real enthusiasts.
There was a guy swimming with his dog.
There was a kite flyer.
There were strollers some with their dogs.
However I reckon that these chaps have tenacity they sit there for hour after hour apparently never catching anything great opportunity for thinking about life's greater issues. I wonder if they do.

Thursday, 15 November 2007




This quirky little story was heard on the radio yesterday.

No market can be set up within a day's donkey ride of South Shields.

A Tyneside town's hope of setting up a weekly market has been dashed by an ancient law involving a donkey.
Since the 1200s, South Shields has the right to block rival markets being run less than a day's donkey ride, or six and two-thirds of a mile, away.
North Shields, on the opposite side of the River Tyne, wants its own market, but is blocked by the ancient charter.
Maggie Richardson said that North Shields needed a market to bring vibrancy to the town centre.
She said: "We have been trying for a number of years to get around this, but every time we have approached South Tyneside Council, they say they were given a market charter some time in the 1200 region by King John, so that no one can set up a market within a day's donkey ride.
A spokeswoman for South Tyneside Council said that the ancient six and two-thirds mile exclusion zone referred to the distance a trader was deemed to be able to travel from home, sell for eight hours, then return in a single day.
She added: "South Shields market is both vibrant and popular.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007


After many years of buying milk at the supermarket I have reinstated a house delivery and now find cold fresh milk on the doorstep for my morning tea and cereal. It is slightly more expensive but then think of the environmental savings - reusable glass bottles not recyclable plastic containers. Each glass bottle is reused average of 15 times. The dairy is in my county - jobs there and the milk is from Cornish cows feels good to support a very troubled agricultural industry. These are enough reasons to pay a little more per pint. Oh and did I mention it tastes really good too? Such a small gesture and so easily done.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007


I am posting a link to a programme we are being treated to in the UK. I am not a TV fan but this is an exception.

Tuesday, 6 November 2007


This Canadian folk singer came to our village a week ago.
She sings sweetly and is pleasant to listen to.
She will be touring her home country until Christmas so if she comes near you then go to listen and drink a beer.

Monday, 5 November 2007

MONDAY 5TH NOVEMBER - on the shore

About a year ago I came upon these feral goats munching kelp on the shore of a Scottish sea loch. The delight of unexpectedly encountering unusual wild creatures in our over crowded island is always joyous.