Friday, June 24, 2016

24th June 2016

I could not let today go by without a comment.  UK is to leave the EU, possibly leaving  Scotland behind still in it.  And who are the leading lights who led us to this?

Nigel Farage: -  "Farage had unsuccessfully contested British parliamentary elections for UKIP five times, both before and after his election as an MEP in 1999." (Wiki)  So desperate, to 'get in' he joined the organisation he despises.

Niel Hamilton - "After becoming involved in a political scandal known as the cash-for-questions affair, Hamilton was defeated in the 1997 General Election, and left politics." (Wiki)  Well, no he didn't.  He now sits in the Welsh Assembly for UKIP

Boris Johnson - "Born in New York City to upper middle-class English parents, Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, and Eton College." (Wiki)  A true Brit who truly knows what is best for the common man.

Micheal Gove - Micheal seems to have difficulty understanding the parliamentary expenses claims form. "Over a five-month period between December 2005 and April 2006, Michael Gove claimed more than £7,000 on a house bought with his wife Sarah Vine, a journalist, in 2002. Around a third of the money was spent at OKA, an upmarket interior design company established by Viscountess Astor, PM David Cameron’s mother-in-law.[96] Shortly afterwards he reportedly 'flipped' his designated second home, a property for which he claimed around £13,000 to cover stamp duty. Gove also claimed for a cot mattress, despite children's items being banned under updated Commons Rules......................While he was moving between homes, on one occasion he stayed at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa following a constituency engagement, charging the taxpayer more than £500 per night's stay." (Wiki)


Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Likely Lads

Tripped over to Stroud yesterday for an Italian lunch and ice cream afters with The Lads.   Lovely to be with them.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book - Maisky Diaries

Can this be authentic?  It is too prescient, is that the right word?  If so many people, who had the power to change things, saw WWII coming five years before the shooting started why didn't they stop it?  Will human kind ever evolve beyond the tribal mindset?  It surely needs to, to stave off extinction.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Blue Lady

Recent acquisitions for the owner of Sri Menanti Estate, Singapore, Black and White house; a Turner, a Renoir,

and a second Renoir in the music room.  You may recognise this Parisian.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Lidl Does it Again

Lidl has, what I call, an 'odd ball section'  where short term stock items are on display for sale.  On previous visits to the store we have come away with a camper bed,  a folding table, a pair of crocs, a rubber plant, orchids, among other things. This time it was crinkly hose pipe.

In close up it looks as wrinkled as my aging face,

but turn the water on and it expands from around 20 feet to 75 feet,

at the other end of which Gek was trying to decide which of the 8 spray options her potato crop was going to benefit from.  Of course, when you turn the water off the pipe returns to 20 feet as the water pressure in the pipe is released.  Amazing.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Christopher Dally

Chris passed away yesterday, 2nd June.  Just 14 months ago we four were living it up in Malaysia's  Cameron Highlands.  This is a republished post from that trip.

Just to the north of Tanah Rata a cafe run by a South American lady married to a Malaysian of Chinese origins who serves a very nice Malay cuisine.  Their son, David, clearly has his own favourites from his mum's menu.

One very happy Chris with his first Carlsberg in 3 days.

Our motley crew at the Smoke House, for afternoon tea.  A really enjoyable 3 days away, with 30 year old memories revisited.

Rest in Peace, my old Friend.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Book - Peter the Great

At nearly 900 pages this is a long but brilliant read.  It is, as one reviewer notes, as fascinating as a  novel and more so than most.  Massie sets Peter's story in the context of his time and with descriptive sketches of other characters in his play, such as George I of England and the ever present King Charles of Sweden, draws you into this violent European world of the later 17th, early 18th century when common men and women counted for nothing. As an aside, one Charles Whitworth, the 1st Baron Whitworth, was sent, in 1704, as the Extraordinary Ambassador to Russia. His reports home influenced the British view of Russia for over  a century. With the stay or leave the EU poll soon upon us, this was a timely read.  Together we stand, divided we fall.  5 on the door for Massie.