Saturday, 10 September 2016

An ooops moment near Bristol U.K.

Road reflectors are known as "Cat's Eye"  in the U.K.. Ireland and a few other places

They were invented by one Percy Shaw

Here is one from the original design, showing clearly how they got their name

Those of a modern design can been seen in this photo' from Ireland.

Sometimes they are removed.  When this happens the positioning of advisory signs is crucial.

Here is a failure!

(Originally posted on Facebook by my nephew Richard T)

I have a feeling that some rapscallion removed the sign from another site, and placed it here.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

"The Road to Little Dribbling" (or "Bugger Bognor")

I am reading and enjoying "The Road to Little Dribbling" by Bill Bryson (Doubleday 2015.

It's an affectionate and amusing follow up to Bryson's "Notes from a Small Island".

Bryson is an American who fell in love with the glories and quirks of the U.K.

American born, he is now a dual citizen of the U.K. and the U.S.A.

In "The Road to Little Dribbling" Mr. Bryson reports on his visit to the south coast English town once known as Bognor, and now called Bognor Regis.

It was granted the "Regis" part after King George V of Great Britain , emperor of India etc. stayed there in 1929 to recover from a lung disease (see also the English towns of "Lyme Regis", and "Weymouth and Melcombe Regis")

George V had been sent there by his remarkably incompetent  doctor, one Lord Dawson of Penn, about whom it was said:

"Lord Dawson of Penn
Has killed lots of men.
So that's why we sing
God save the King"

Bryson goes on to tell us us that  George V recovered in 1929, but relapsed in 1936.the year of his death,

The story is that Lord Dawson recommended a   return visit to Bognor Regis, whereupon the King said "bugger Bognor" and died.

Who knows if these were indeed G V R 's last words?

I choose to believe that they were!

Bognor Regis

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

In defence of Penne. Good for you Best Buy. Latest on Ada

Penne is usually good about taking pills.

We went through a rough period when her skin infection made her so uncomfortable.  That's when we had "fun and games" with pill pockets and meat balls.

Now that she is "all better"  (thanks to the wonder drug "Apoquel" ) she's most good at swallowing the pills down, but just occasionally she fakes me out by pretending to swallow the pill.  I find this to be a wee bit amusing.

I had to buy a new laptop because during my day without electricity I spilled water over the keyboard of my vintage laptop  -  and we all know what that means.

I now have a very inexpensive LENOVO ideapad 110, with a nice big screen.

But "darn it all" the new machine would not recognise my HP Officejet 5740 printer.  I feared the worst,

I made an appointment with Best Buy's Geek Squad for this morning.  The utterly courteous techie who attended to me promptly identified the problem and the solution,  and within  twenty five minutes I was on my way with a functioning printer  (at no cost).

I made sure to e-mail his supervisor with some words of praise, especially because this employee also had to deal with some very impatient customers, and one who was utterly rude.

It's never easy to work in the retail and service sector.

I have not yet heard from the veterinarian about the results of  Ada's blood and urine tests.  But working on the assumption that she has over-active thyroid problems,  I have been giving her as much canned food as she requests.  That has the side effect that she is drinking less water (and that her pee smell is no longer obnoxious).  (She is gaining fluids from the canned food).

She is not in any distress, so I will keep up this "max food" regime until I hear otherwise.  Maybe it will be more efficacious than drugs.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Guilty as charged. The evidence is clear.

Lady Penne of Sarasota needs pills three times a day to stave off the skin infections to which she has been prone.

Years ago she accepted pills without complaint.

Then she went through a phase of resisting any and all medications.

(This brilliant dog could eat a meat-ball into which a pill had been buried -  without eating the pill itself).

In more recent days she has been very cooperative, but also a bit cunning.

She will let me throw the pill to the back of her throat,  and as I massage her neck she will swallow said pill, after which she wags her tail.


Sometimes that tail wagging is to fake me out.    She has pretended to swallow the pill, but after I have lavished praise upon her, and given her a treat she has spit the pill out.

She forgets that just like our parents I have eyes in the back of my head.

It happened today.

Here is the evidence

My floor isn't dirty, the dark bit is a shadow. (or so I say!)

Here is the guilty party


Well O.K.   this truly happened today.  But in the cause of truth you need to know that   I "planted" the pill you see in the picture after the fact, for a photo' op.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

From St, Boniface Church, Siesta Key FL (The parish I attend).

     It is with much joy that the Vestry announces the calling of The Rev. Wayne Farrell as the Priest-in- Charge at St. Boniface Episcopal Church. After many months of prayerful discernment, it is clear that Wayne and his wife, Trish, will bring to our parish a ministry of love and a promise of a faithful future serving God and His people. Wayne's first Sunday will be October 2nd.

     Wayne and Trish spent many years as parishioners and church leaders here at St. Boniface, and as a parish, we supported his discernment into the priesthood. Wayne comes from a successful five-year ministry at All Saints Episcopal Church in Tarpon Springs, FL.

Wayne, we are blessed to call you as our Priest-in-Charge. Trish, we are fortunate to have you back with our parish where your devotion and talents will support many ministries. We are joyful that you are both part of God's wonderful family at St. Boniface Church.  Praise be to God.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Francis, Sr. Warden