Saturday, 15 December 2018

Saturday's good stuff

My N.Y.C. friend Kathy took this photo' in Garrison, New York. Oh such beauty!  Yes, she and I know that Bitter Sweet is an invasive species and should be eradicated.  But so am I, an immigrant from the U.K. in 1976.  Please, pretty please do not plan to eradicate me!


One by one the fluorescent tubes in my kitchen lighting burned out.  I lived with the increasing darkness, scarcely noticing it, until I realised the other day that "this kitchen is very dark".  

The tubes were replaced today.  Oh Fiat Lux!

It made me think about those relationships/marriages/friendships etc which grow darker every day.  The partners settle for life in the darkness,  until one or both of them understand that "this is no way to live".

Thursday, 13 December 2018

A submarine made of cheese - or Brexit explained. (FUNNY!!!)

Via Nancy H.

So darn funny  -  but ain't this the truth.

PHEW! (sort of), Theresa May, and Brexit

So, Theresa May survived a Tory Party Vote of Confidence today and thus continues to be the leader of the Tory Party, and the Queen's Prime Minister.  

N.B. It was not a Parliamentary vote, but a Tory Party vote.

Please also note that this was essentially an English Vote.  Of the three hundred and seventeen Tory Members of Parliament at Westminster who were eligible to vote,  only thirteen were from Scotland, and only eight from Wales. None were  from Northern Ireland. So much for a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland!

The U.K. political world is chaotic as it stands, but lord only knows what would have been the chaos upon chaos had May lust the vote.

My "phew" is of course just for now. Sooner rather than later Mrs. May will have to bring the exit strategy she has negotiated with the E.U.  for a vote in the House of Commons.  

Parliament is so divided that it's hard for me to believe that it has a devil of a chance of approval.  The devil is in the details.

The author of this chaos is none other than former Prime Minister David Cameron.  He won a general election with his cynical promise to hold a referendum on Britain's continued membership of the E.U.

His ruling class instincts told him that a "leave" majority was never a possibility.  He knew best.

But the British voters gave him his come-uppance by voting 52% - 48% to leave.

His crime was that he had no plan for Brexit in the event of a "no to Europe"  vote in the referendum.

Theresa May was handed  (or chose to take) a poisoned chalice.

I'll mix my metaphors by saying that she has been drinking from this chalice whilst being stabbed in the back by reactionary Tory Members of Parliament.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

A library and dogs.

Zion and I were back at New College of Florida on Monday 10th.

The attention hound

Loving every minute

Student taken photo'

An indoor event this time, by request of the Library staff

It's exam finals week at New College so HSSC Therapy Dog Teams were there on Monday and Tuesday as stress relievers.
Z and I were on the Monday team (with two others).

Z loves every bit of human attention - he was created to bring good karma to humans and *other canines alike.  He was a "hit" on Monday.

My warmest thanks to the Library staff for welcoming us with open arms.  

Soon after I arrived the Librarian asked where I had parked. When I identified the lot she said that I would need a temporary parking permit and brought me one.  A young man (I took him to be a student) said that if I gave him my car keys he would be glad to place the permit in my car.

He did so.  I thanked him profusely and then discovered that he was the newest member of the Library staff, having joined them just one month ago.

He hung around with us for most of the hour.  Turns out that he is from Windsor, Ontario; that he did his under-grad work at Western University formerly Western Ontario University, and his post-grad work at McGill University in Montreal a prestigious place! 

He, amongst other things is a long distance fan of Manchester City Football Club!

He has an interest in U.K. politics so I was able to strut my stuff as  we talked about of complicated foolishness of Brexit.

In turn I have a working knowledge of Canadian politics so I was able to pick his brains about the new  right wing provincial governments in Ontario and Quebec.

Attention U.S.A. liberals.  Divest your minds of the notion that Canada is a uniformly liberal/progressive nirvana.

It's great to have the ever splendid Zion as a natural therapy dog. 

It's also great for me when Z and I serve at our local Colleges.  There I meet faculty, staff and students who stimulate my mind.


* Zion and I walked at Sarasota's Bayfront Park today (Tuesday). We encountered three other owners with four small dogs at one and the same time.  Oh such an orgy of bum sniffing!  Oh such a festival of tail wagging, enough to stir up a dust storm.  My good Zion towered over the other four small dogs, spreading his own brand of karma with every bum sniff and tail wag.