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    During the mid 1950s I was enjoying Rock 'n' Roll and being a first generation teenager, when suddenly, just like Elvis, I found myself in uniform during 'The Cold War'...and then




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“And his name shall be called Gizmo”.

Posted by Big John on February 8, 2016

I don’t know if there is a god of things technical and mechanical, but if there is, I must have pissed him off in some way, because during recent weeks I have suffered …

  • A washing machine breakdown resulting in me having to ‘fork out’ for a new one.
  • A ‘Sky+’ TV malfunction which meant that old style ‘box’ had to be changed twice, and finally be replaced by the latest model.
  • A car that wouldn’t start, so I had to call the AA and then buy a new battery.
  • A computer that couldn’t tell the time and needed a visit to my local ‘PC Clinic’.
  • A table lamp that went ‘fizz’ then ‘pop’ !
  • A couple of minor mishaps with gadgets in the kitchen, including a coffee machine that wasn’t too perky (Oops ! Sorry).
  • And ‘last but not least’, the loss of my home access to the internet !

Should I try and placate this unknown deity with some form of sacrifice ? I suppose that it’s worth a try: but what should I offer up ?

I know. I’ll put that clapped out old toaster out of it’s misery by letting it immolate itself. That should do the trick. Well, at least, it’s cheaper than …

… smashing my smartphone.

 posted via BT wi-fi ‘Hot Spot’

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! Can you believe …

Posted by Big John on February 4, 2016

… that as soon as I signed up with ‘BT’ for my new broadband service, THIS bloody well happens ?

At the risk of ‘boring the pants off you’, I must tell you that I have received two ‘phone calls from the CEO’s office at ‘TalkTalk’ from people wanting to ‘discuss’ my internet connection problem. It only took three weeks !

Oh ! .. and before I forget .. my Indian friend .. Ramana .. commented .. “I am surprised! I had a completely different opinion of the level of customer service in the UK!” .. to which I have to say .. Sorry mate, but I believe that the customer service call centres are …

… in India ! .. :-)

posted via BT ‘Hot Spot’ connection.

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I’m Back for a quick visit.

Posted by Big John on January 29, 2016

Nearly three weeks and no internet access at my home, so I’m blogging via a ‘BT’ Hot Spot.

‘TalkTalk’ have a terrible reputation for customer service and now I know why !

All they do is stall for time by informing you that it may take up to 72 hours to ‘fix’ the problem. This is repeated again and again. Promises to ‘call you back’ are never kept. No one ever calls !

I have now ‘signed up’ with British Telecom, who supply my land-line telephone, but unfortunately they have to give bloody TalkTalk two weeks notice, so I will not be fully back ‘in action’ for another couple of weeks.

I may pop in again during this time, if I can connect … So please …

… Keep in touch. 

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Technical problems !

Posted by Big John on January 22, 2016


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Is that Gandalf on the Bayeaux Tapestry ?

Posted by Big John on January 6, 2016

I suppose that I should no longer be surprised when I read of how people in this country know so little (if anything) of our history, and, once again, an on-line poll has found that those nobles who struggled to rule England in the 11th century are less well known than claimants to the throne in the ‘Game of Thrones’ TV series.

Now, in this age of so-called ‘Reality’ TV, with it’s narcissistic presenters, phoney weeping ‘celebs’, screaming audiences, fixed ‘Talent’ shows, and dodgy ‘docudramas’, I have to wonder how many mor.. people, who’s lives seem to revolve around such entertain… crap, believe that programmes like ‘Game of Thrones’ and the new ‘Beowulf’ saga are our true history ?

The year 1066 is probably the best known date in English history. The Battle of Hastings was won by William Duke of Normandy, who then became king.

Yes, it actually happened. It’s true history, unlike those entertaining TV fantasies.

“Fantasies” ! … How can you tell ? … Well, let’s start with those …

… fire breathing dragons !

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Heroes or villains ?

Posted by Big John on December 30, 2015

It goes without saying, that many of the people who made the British Empire so ‘Great’ were pretty unpleasant characters: but, having said that, it is almost impossible to judge them by today’s standards, which is what is happening in the case of the Cecil Rhodes’ statue.

Nearly every town and city in the UK has at least one statue of a ‘conquering hero’ posh pukka sahib or the like. Are they all to be removed ? If so, I suggest that we start with the upper class white supremacist colonialist who said that he was off to take part in …

… “a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples” who had a “strong aboriginal propensity to kill” … “It was great fun galloping about.” … and personally killing at least three “savages” !

He wrote of his “irritation that Kaffirs should be allowed to fire on white men”, and demanded more conquests, based on his belief that “the Aryan stock is bound to triumph”. He also declared that he was “strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes …[It] would spread a lively terror.”

He hated Indians stating that … “They are a beastly people with a beastly religion”. He also believed that “natives” were like helpless children who will “willingly, naturally, gratefully include themselves within the golden circle of an ancient crown”.

So who was this great man ?… No! .. It wasn’t Cecil Rhodes … It was …

… Winston Churchill !

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A Christmas visitor.

Posted by Big John on December 28, 2015

No snow … No Reindeer … Just …



I wonder if the fox in my garden knew that it was …


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A Very Happy Christmas to you all…

Posted by Big John on December 22, 2015

Xmas 2015

… from



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