Showing posts from January 26, 2020

A Great And Harrowing Novel


A Sad And Tragic Day

By the time you read this the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will have ceased to be a partner in the European Union.

It's a divorce which only one side wanted. No one in the E.U. has been clamouring for, or has wanted the separation.  

The U.K. Prime Minister Boris Trumpist Johnson has been heralding that the departure is "the will of the British People".

Well, the referendum, called by the feckless and irresponsible former P.M. David Cameron came out as 52% for Brexit, 48% to Remain.  That's an underwhelming majority.

I took a tumble at Sarasota's Bayfront on Wednesday morning (29th Jan) as a result of tripping on an crooked  and uneven pavement. (No serious harm -  bruising to my right knee and to the "heel" of my right hand, and copious bleeding from my right elbow.  I am "all better" now, so please no sympathy messages, but I'll accept a healing gift card for Dinner for 2 at Ruth's Crist Steak House).

Brexit has co…

Zion At One Of Our Gigs


Zion and I have a regular gig (every other Thursday) at Sarasota's "ALSO Youth"  (see above for info.)

On the  Thursday after Thanksgiving (2019) one of the participants took some photo's of the famous Mr. Z, using the camera they had bought on so-called Black Friday, i.e. six days previously.

They work full time, at varying hours, so it was not until today that they were able to make another visit to ALSOYouth, bringing these three photo's from November 2019.

No Mein

Bought this 20 oz package for one of those days when I would be too tired to prepare a meal from scratch.

That day was today.

Oh misery me.  About 2 oz of chicken in tiny pieces; nine or ten bits of broccoli; the smallest possible slivers of onion, carrot and red pepper; a ton of spaghetti; and a sauce which was saltier than the Dead Sea.

So awful that I threw half away.

A Traders Joe's FAIL


Caveat Emptor!

The Cross Bows, The Circus, The Child.

Sunday Jan 26th saw me at the Circus with my friends Ashley and Barbara.

Well, a bit more than a Circus -  it was

Oh yes, there were the traditional circus acts:  

a Contortionist  (ouch); 

Trapeze artists (have you on the edge of your seat); 

a High Wire walker (complete with back flips on the wire); 

a  Cross Bow act in which the woman shot an arrow to the man's heart - well a paper heart which he was holding, and the man shot an apple which was perched on the woman's head; 

a silly duo comedy act in which one of the comics guzzled Dr. Swindoll's Elixir -  cures everything that ails you -  only to find that it was 80% alcohol, which sent him into nonsense drunk man act, complete with exaggerated staggers; pratfalls etc; 

and a marvelous gravity wheel act, with a young man who also served as a stage hand, as an usher when we arrived, and as an accordion player we liked him a lot because he smiled throughout the show - exhibiting genuine pleasure at our entertainment.

In short  the…

Bring back these words!

Char-a-banc  (From the French for "benched carriage")

Originally horse-drawn, later motorised.  Used for day trips and excursions. Had a giant and heavy hoodfor rainy weather.

Later supplanted by motor coaches. (In British usage a coach is the name for a point to point journey, either as an excursion or as a city to city road journey.  One would take a coach from London to Bristol. not a 'bus).

In my childhood and youth some of the old timers  (such as my grand-mother who was born in the 1880's) might still refer to a motor coach as a "sharrabang"  ( English pronunciation of the French word!), or more simply as a "sharra".



A vehicle used for furniture delivery, or for house moving (again, originally horse drawn)

From Pantechnicon, a 19th-century firm which owned a building with a Greek-style facade of Doric columns in Motcomb Street, Belgrave Square, London, UK, …