Wednesday, 17 April 2019

The Extinction Rebellion Climate protest.

I was going to post on the Extinction Rebellion Climate protest yesterday but I ran out of time as I had to post on the Game of Thrones, but that as they say quite literally is another story.

Time has moved on and for the second day London and I believe other cities around the world have been targeted by thousands of people who blocked the streets and stopped the traffic as a protest about pollution.

Waterloo Bridge

I’m assuming that no-one had pointed out to them that by stopping the traffic they were adding to the pollution but one feels these people probably don’t care.
On top of adding to the pollution by stopping traffic they also threw what I believe was oil over the Shell building, yet more pollution.

Protester Olivia Evershed, 23 said; “I hope that it’s really going to bring awareness about the emergency crisis that we are in, and encourage the government to act.
“We’ve got 12 years to act before there is irreversible damage to the environment and we start to see catastrophic changes. If we don’t do anything to change this, our children will die.”

Somewhat of an over statement of the situation I must say as the percentage of world pollution from the UK is 1.21% and as most of the world pollution comes from places like China the USA and India I would suggest you are protesting in the wrong place.

I believe the population of India is expected to double in the next 10 years and if I’m not much mistaken China will also increase dramatically, now if their figure of 12 years is correct we are all dead anyway, so I suggest they stop being so melodramatic.

Protests at Oxford Circus

I’m forced to wonder how all these protesters travelled into London, did they all walk, for surely that is the only way they must have arrived as if they used any form of transport, bus, train, car, taxi they too would be adding to the pollution in London. I somehow doubt they all walked.

People seem to forget that any form of transport causes pollution even a bicycle for you cannot make a bicycle without using some form of energy to source the parts to deliver them to the factory that manufactures them, then the energy (welding etc) used to construct the bicycle. The bicycle then has to be delivered to a shop or warehouse prior to delivery to the purchaser, yet more pollution.

Even using public transport causes pollution and I’m forced to wonder how the lorry they used to block the road entered London, was it running on fresh air and what vehicle was used to tow the yacht they used to block the traffic?

Even electric vehicles cause pollution in their manufacture, according to a report by Friends of the Earth, the extraction of lithium which is used in the batteries harms the soil and causes air contamination.

Now we have Chris Packham joining in with his support for the campaign.

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I have to admit it leaves me lost for words, this from the naturalist who travels the world making wildlife films no doubt in the company of a film crew and all the equipment necessary for filming is joining a protest about pollution, what about his carbon footprint.

My suggestion for all these protesters is to walk home and stop polluting our cities for before you start criticising everybody else look to your own actions, and remember as the old saying goes; if you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Game of Thrones.

My post today concerns the massively popular Game of Thrones  and a cry for help from my blog in that I am asking the question; "Is there anybody out there?"

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I have another blog which is called The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which is read by many and receives comments from far and wide, however this one gets very few comments hence my question, Is there anybody out there?

When I first started this blog I was very naive and had no idea that you had to reply to people who commented which may have some bearing on the fact that no-one contacts me here, perhaps they thought I was too aloof or they didn't understand my English sense of humour.

There is of course the other option that no-one is actually seeing this which is why I have chosen for my topic today Game of Thrones, for I am assuming this to be such a popular topic that if no-one responds I imagine that the post itself is not being seen.

I am most definitely not a computer whizz kid and have checked my blog and it seems I have the controls set to public so I'm hoping for great things.

Now for the slightly more controversial part of this post and I have to be honest, I absolutely loathe and detest Game of Thrones. My wife has inflicted this awful programme on me on more than one occasion and I have absolutely no idea why anybody would want to watch this load of fairy tale nonsense, I cannot stand it.

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It is what they call in Great Britain a Marmite programme, you either love it or hate it and I'm afraid I am in the latter camp.

Well, that is the end of my post for today and I look forward to receiving feedback from the many Game of Thrones followers even though they may not quite agree with my opinion of the programme, it will at least prove there is somebody out there!

Thursday, 4 April 2019


My latest children's book available on Amazon.

Another delightful children's book by Joe Wells telling the story of the rather accident prone Tom's dad, his exploits when trying to paint the house, to driving his car into the duck pond and an unfortunate episode when attempting to bell ring at the local church. Tom's dad continues with losing his shorts at the school father's running race and later being dragged by dogs when he helps with the dog walking. He suffers more accidents until he finally succeeds when he attacks an old tree with a chainsaw and produces a rather wonderful carving making his son very proud of him. This book is entertaining for children of 5 to 8 years of age, with wonderful illustrations for the children and a few jokes for the adults who may be reading to them.

Friday, 29 March 2019

A little light relief from Brexit.

Some of my readers will be familiar with the fact that I am a Bentley owner and belong to The Bentley Drivers Club but I am also a member of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club which also caters for Bentley owners.

I received the monthly RREC magazine this morning and within were the following two amusing anecdotes which I quickly copied which I hope will give a little light relief from Brexit!

Unfortunately my computer skills are so rubbish I could find no way to enlarge it sufficiently as to be able to read it properly so I have retyped it for you.


Why women make better assassins.

The CIA had an opening for an assassin. After all the background checks, interviews and testing was done, there were three finalists; two men and a woman. For the final test the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a gun.

"We must know that you will follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances. Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill her."

The man said, "You can't be serious, I could never kill my wife."

The agent said, "Then you are not the right man for this job. Take your wife and go home."

The second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about five minutes. The man came out with tears in his eyes, "I tried, but I can't kill my wife."

The agent said, "You don't have what it takes, so take your wife and go home."

Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard one after another. They heard screaming, crashing and banging on the walls.

After a few minutes, all was quiet. The door opened slowly and there stood the woman, wiping sweat from her brow.

"The gun was loaded with blanks," she said. "So I had to kill him with the chair."

Steve Thomas.


In a train from London to Manchester, an American was berating the Englishman sitting across from him in the compartment.

"The trouble with you English is that you are too stuffy."

You set yourselves apart too much.

You think your stiff upper lip makes you above the rest of us.

Look at me; "I have a little Italian in me, a bit of Greek blood, a little Irish and some Spanish blood."

"What do you say to that?"

The Englishman lowered his newspaper and replied. "How very sporting of your mother."

Dave Brooks.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019


I wish I could say I am writing this at my leisure but sadly not, I am writing this firstly as the your-daily-word-prompt and also as an exercise to see if I can convince Wordpress to play nicely with Blogger.

The image I have uploaded is just to give a feel to the word leisure for surely to an Englishman an afternoon asleep in his shed having read a good book with the radio tuned to Her Majesty's Radio Four is to many the peak of leisurely activity.

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Yet again another highlight of leisurely pastimes especially for the British is a day watching cricket on the village green, to an Englishman there are few things as satisfying as the sound of leather on willow and then topped off with a couple of pints of beer in the pub afterwards.

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However much as these wonderful images of leisure are a feast for the eyes, the main purpose of this blog is to endeavour to make the link I have attached below go to the place I intend it to go to and to this end it is the only pingback in this post.

If this doesn't end up going to your-daily-word-prompt it will confirm my suspicions that Wordpress and Blogger do not have the ability to play nicely together.

Monday, 25 March 2019

Politician of the decade.

I wonder if being a good politician is a teachable skill, looking round the world I somehow doubt it as most of them are absolutely useless, we have our lot in Great Britain who seem unable to organise a cocktail party in an off licence.

Mr Trump who I personally wouldn't trust as far as I could throw him, Africa where it seems all of them are as bent as a nine bob note, Venezuela where the place is awash with oil and yet the population are starving, in Russia they have the dictator Putin and finally to name but a few in Syria we have Bashar-al-Assad who thinks nothing of gassing his population to death. What a fine bunch of "politicians" they are. It's only recently I realised "politician" was a euphemism.

Then last week after the tragic events in New Zealand where in a horrific attack on a mosque in Christchurch 50 people were killed when a crazed gunman ran amok with a semi automatic rifle.

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I believe these guns are sometimes called hunting rifles, although Lord only knows why you would need what is effectively a high powered machine gun for hunting unless you want to take out an entire herd of wildebeest in one go.

However the events afterwards caused my heart to fly on gossamer wings when within a week the Prime Minister of New Zealand took the appropriate steps to ban these guns altogether and it is for this reason that I would suggest that Jacinda Ardern is the Politician of the decade.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Your Daily Word Prompt, Besmirch.

I was actually prompted to write this post when I read a post by Pensivity 101 called God's Waiting Room where she was bemoaning the service from her local doctor and my reply became longer than intended so I decided to use it as a post instead.

I am not going to besmirch my local doctor's service as I don't have to use it too often, however getting a repeat prescription on time is like getting blood from a stone.

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I'm lucky in that I only have the one check up per year, I think they only call you in to check you're alive but my biggest problem with the doctors is getting repeat prescriptions.

They have a dispensary on site so in the old days you would put your prescription in the box on the counter and two or at the most three days later your medicine would be ready.

Over the years it now takes longer and longer for the medicine to be ready and I now do it on line as it seems to be a little better organised but it still takes about seven working days and if you forget to calculate the non working days into the equation it takes even longer.

If it continues like this I can see having to go and pick up the monthly medicine and go straight home and order the next moth just to be sure you will get it in time.

Very frustrating but I suppose we have to be philosophical and compare it to other countries in the world where they can't get any medicine at all.