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Posted by Big John on December 22, 2016
Posted by Big John on December 15, 2016
I can remember a time when the most exotic thing to appear on the Christmas dining table was the ‘brandy butter’ to accompany the Christmas pudding and mince pies; and the only thing needed to ‘spice up’ the ham sandwiches at our family gatherings on Christmas Eve was my mum’s ‘home pickled’ onions.
Now just about every festive dish has to be mucked about with by stuffing it full of ‘blow yer ‘ead orf’ spices or overpowering flavours from ingredients which, once, could only be found in the far flung corners of the British and Ottoman Empires or perhaps “down Mexico way”.
As much as I love most foreign food I don’t want my turkey stuffed with jalapenos, my parsnips curried, my ham boiled in coconut milk or my roast spuds coated in guacamole.
There is a saying that “Too many cooks spoil the broth”, but this is more of a case that ‘Too many TV chefs could …
… ruin your Christmas !’
Posted by Big John on December 6, 2016
The following is my list, in no particular order, of my favourite ten quotations …
- “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.” – Denis Diderot
- “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” – Bette Davis
- “Youth is wasted on the young.” – George Bernard Shaw
- “Hell is other people.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
- “A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.” – Rudyard Kipling
- “Anyone who hates children and animals can’t be all bad.” – W.C. Fields
- “Conceit is an outward manifestation of inferiority.” – Noël Coward
- “If I had no sense of humour, I would long ago have committed suicide.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Oh ! .. and one epitaph, on the grave of Spike Milligan …
“I told you I was ill”
Posted by Big John on November 30, 2016
What has 775 rooms, 52 bedrooms, 188 staff bedrooms, 92 offices, 78 bathrooms and around 300 people working there ?
Why, Buckingham bleed’n Palace of course ! .. and according to recent reports it’s falling apart, so
we our government is giving ‘er Maj £370 million to have the old dump repaired, despite the fact that they have, at the same time, stopped providing grants for the building of much needed social housing.
So, why not just demolish the place ? .. It’s not as if the old gel and Phil will be ‘out on the street’ and, unlike many of her
subjects fellow citizens, wondering where they will spend the night. …
… “Balmoral, Sandringham or Windsor Castle, Phil ?” .. or .. “Perhaps Charlie and Cruella will let us have their spare room ?”
… and after the grotty palace has been razed to the ground, lots of that ‘social housing’ could be built on the site, plus a giant skateboard centre, a bloody great ‘McDonalds’, a multiplex cinema and a ‘Disney’ style theme park (including a castle) with Mickey Mouse guardsmen to keep all those dollar, yen and euro spending …
… tourists happy !
Posted by Big John on November 22, 2016
It’s time, once again, to go into miserable old git mode as I try to understand how many young people in this country fail to appreciate that they are lucky to be alive in this day and age and why they …
- .. suffer ’emotional distress’ when they break a fingernail ?
- .. have a nervous breakdown when their smartphones don’t work ?
- .. ‘self-harm’ when some ‘boy band’ splits up ?
- .. threaten suicide when
called names‘trolled’ on social media ?
- .. are obsessed with the ‘celeb’ culture ?
- .. no nothing of the suffering in the world today ?
- .. wallow in ‘recreational grief’ ?
- .. struggle with the English language ?
- .. indulge in mass hysteria ?
- .. can’t tell fact from fantasy ?
- .. and why the sensitive and fragile little darlings are offended …
…. by just about everything ?
Posted by Big John on November 17, 2016
Have you ever had one of those ‘foreign’ experiences that didn’t quite turn out as you expected ?
Well back in the 1980’s we decided that we would give the ‘Costas’ and the South of France a miss as our annual holiday destinations and venture to a country which, up until that time, had not been a major mass tourist destination. Greece and it’s islands were popular, but nearby Turkey did not seem to attract the usual ‘package tour’ crowd.
So, off we went to a land of friendly and polite people who played strange music …
Eat strange food, drank even stranger drinks …
.. and where some of the ‘locals’ and their means of transport seemed to have come from a bygone age …
Well, perhaps not as long ago as …
Now the nearest Greek island to where we were staying was Samos, and after visiting Ephesus, we wondered if it was possible to visit the island that had once been home to both Pythagoras and Aesop ?
We found out that it was possible, but not to expect a warm welcome, as the Greeks were not too pleased when they received visitors from Turkey, but if we insisted on going we could find a boat to take us moored at the quay, and there it was …
… Well, not exactly ! .. as a scruffy little man directed us to another part of the harbour, where we had one of those “Ooh, Shittt !” moments when we saw that we were about to cross the Aegean in one of these …
… and we soon discovered that we were in for …
… a bloody long trip !
Posted by Big John on November 11, 2016
I’ve just been reading that the last poor bugger to die in WWI was an American soldier who was killed as he attacked a German position in the last couple of minutes before the cease-fire. The German soldiers knew what time it was and waved him away, but he kept on coming at them and they had no choice …
Posted by Big John on November 10, 2016
Donald Trump predicted that … “It’ll be Brexit .. Plus !.. Plus!.. Plus!” .. and he was right.
All I have to say is that the United States and Great Britain have delivered political ‘revolutions’ despite the fact that both countries have a reputation for stable political systems. Many people may not like it, but it’s democracy at work.
I wonder if all those protesters in the US who voted for Mrs. Clinton will no longer wish to be known as …
…. ‘Democrats’ ?