Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Kickstarters

Posted on May 16th, 2018 under , . Posted by

How do you feel about Kickstarters, I don’t like them. Once again I will probably find myself in a minority, I am not a patient man when it comes to my wargaming and I have fallen foul of this trait a few times. Look at the fifty odd aircraft, all repa…

George’s Marvellous Day Out

Posted on May 13th, 2018 under , , . Posted by

Possibly over egging it a bit there. I have decided to get out and about a bit more at weekends during the summer, or if we are lucky to get a good weekend. Last week during the beautiful bank holiday weather we went to a food festival in Lancaster, a …

Those Cowboys are Mexicans

Posted on April 25th, 2018 under , , , . Posted by

Winter has not done with us here in the Northwest, after one beautiful day at the weekend we are back to cold, grey and rain, as I type the heaven’s are just waiting to dump on us. We got to the club early last night and had to go back to the car other…

View From The Window

Posted on April 8th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We have at last had a couple of lovely days, still a bit cool but it has been a long winter, I hope we don’t get hit with all this again next year as round about this time I am off to Vietnam. I really must make an effort this year to get out, even if …

View From The Window

Posted on April 1st, 2018 under , . Posted by

Well, it’s been a wee while and it is cold outside. Washington House has sold, yes, over two years I think and it has gone, I had a look inside about a month or so ago when I fixed a sticking door for the brother of the owner, an old gent, ex doctor, s…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1971 22 – The End and another beginning.

Posted on February 28th, 2018 under , . Posted by

After our second stint on the useless Beira patrol we stopped in at Port Elizabeth, South Africa for our last jolly before making our way home. Port Elizabeth was quite subdued after Singapore and all stations East, I still remember walking down the ma…

View From The Window

Posted on January 28th, 2018 under , . Posted by

Last weekend I took a break and headed south to the capital, I stayed with No.1 son and No.2 also came for some manly bonding, to round things off my brother would also be joining us on the Saturday. I travel First Class on the train despite my wife’s …

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1971 21

Posted on January 26th, 2018 under , . Posted by

We left Gan and the bats behind and arrived in Diego Suarez, Madagascar on Sunday 17th January, we were there for two days. Another mechanical breakdown meant the crew had to take turns peeling spuds for the 285 hungry mouths onboard until the peeler w…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1971 20

Posted on January 8th, 2018 under , . Posted by

New Year 1971 found me at the cocktail bar of some posh hotel in Singapore after the obligatory pint at the Armada Club, a pint in Sembawang, more in the Victoria Club and then being homesick for about ten minutes in a fancy bar with fancy prices, no d…

Man Flu II: It’s Back!

Posted on January 3rd, 2018 under , . Posted by

I should have known better than to tease the Gods, my first bout of cold (I exaggerated a tad) left before Christmas but this sod hit me just after Boxing Day just to show me the difference between cold and flu. I have obviously not had real flu before…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1970 18

Posted on December 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Exercise Midlink was hard work for us, we were in company with the Americans and Iranians, our repairs before we left Bahrain had got us back to sea but we now found our air conditioning had to be turned off and our fresh water rationed as mechanical b…

View From The Window

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I was told a few weeks ago that negotiations on the sale of Washington House were underway, it would seem then they have come to naught as nothing more has been heard, I am told the price has been dropped considerably but I am not sure the sellers have…

View From The Window

Posted on November 25th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I was told a few weeks ago that negotiations on the sale of Washington House were underway, it would seem then they have come to naught as nothing more has been heard, I am told the price has been dropped considerably but I am not sure the sellers have…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1970 17

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

On the way back to Bahrain we spent a night looking for a lightship which had slipped its moorings, we didn’t find it, that was left to someone else, we had a date with RFA Rosalie for mainly ammunition replenishment and after that we headed for Bahrai…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1970 17

Posted on November 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

On the way back to Bahrain we spent a night looking for a lightship which had slipped its moorings, we didn’t find it, that was left to someone else, we had a date with RFA Rosalie for mainly ammunition replenishment and after that we headed for Bahrai…

Farewell Mintie

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

Beloved family member Mintie was struck by a car outside our house and was euthanized shortly after. She will be greatly missed.Below are some action shots of her favourite activity (besides eating), sleeping. She wasn’t fussy; on laps or in the s…

Farewell Mintie

Posted on October 31st, 2017 under . Posted by

Beloved family member Mintie was struck by a car outside our house and was euthanized shortly after. She will be greatly missed.Below are some action shots of her favourite activity (besides eating), sleeping. She wasn’t fussy; on laps or in the s…

View From The Window

Posted on October 29th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Doesn’t look to great out there, very murky, dry for now but the cold is beginning to bite, that is probably it now until our early summer, the two weeks in May, before it all goes south again. The village is looking grubby at the moment and a dog lover left a little parcel at my gate for the first time in years, in broad daylight as well, pity I was unable to catch him/her, I have been crap free until now after I put a picture of one offender in the shop window, I shall have to be on my guard again.

We are now a one car family again, the little Jazz looked more forlorn that the Batmobile when we left it in the Mercedes forecourt, it really was out of place, two hours and about twenty signatures later we drove the ‘Ghost’ home. It has caused me to wonder about driverless cars, well up to a point, this one has headlights which dip and adjust as you drive along, it slows you down if you go too close to another car and it can park itself plus the usual useless it is 4deg outside, you have 57 miles left before filling up etc. What it doesn’t have is an off button for the radio, you have to mute it instead, what idiot missed that one, Vorsprung Deutsch Dumb.

We have been given a grant by the Post Office, surprise, and are using it to put in new floor tiles, mainly to tart the place up a tad and also to spare me the cost of doing it when we eventually close and the place becomes my official wargame room/den. I don’t have a lot of faith in the outfit doing the work, despite my wife popping in and choosing a tile they had no idea what we wanted, they also seemed less than keen to contact us and sort it out. Also the guy laying the tiles is not the guy who came and priced the job, the floor is awkward as it used to be a dwelling and has several bumps in it along with a hearth and I can see him standing there shaking his head as he tries to get out of doing it. We are closing the shop for the day, so every cloud etc.

The real world of course bimbles along, last week it was people who take out horrendous loans to get their hi-tech fixes now instead of saving up for them, you must remember in the olden days when people saved up. It is not their fault they sign up to the crazy deals and the government should do something about it, you know, the same kind of thing where the government should do something about people eating seven burgers at a sitting. Anyway if I was looking at a TV for £799 but would end up paying £2,000+ I would look elsewhere instead of looking for a pen. One of these unhappy people had borrowed to get two TV’s, an X-Box, a sound system and two beds, if you are skint which of those do you not need to get? And it was no good the sanctimonious reporter pointing at the down market trader, go to any high street shop and you will be given instant moolah to buy stuff although it is obvious you don’t have two pennies to rub together.

When I heard the words ‘Gina Miller has been voted the most…….’ I quickly added hated person in the UK, but no, it was ‘influential black person of 2017’, I wonder who is going to get Most Influential White Person?

Listen to me when I am telling you you are wrong!

You may or may not remember quite some time ago I ranted on about the right on vicar and his mate who tried to break into a BAE factory and damage a zillion pound jet fighter, they were pronounced not guilty this week, despite professing that was what they intended to do! This along with the posh student who stabbed her boyfriend and walked, along with many other cases makes me wonder where this jail overcrowding comes from.

November the 5th OK for you padre?

What really had me spitting blood this week, I just couldn’t help it, was two ‘celebs’ or whatever they are telling all who would listen that their new baby would be brought up gender neutral like their other kid/s. I’d like to see some kid passing that off on entering a school in Motherwell or Middlesborough or anywhere where most people are grounded in the real world.

My children will be gender neutral and have no fashion sense so there.

And now to the real kick in the teeth, the UK government is now advocating that a UN charter drop the words ‘pregnant women’ and use ‘pregnant people’ in case the two transgender ‘men’ who still have wombs here are upset. Where did I put that white flag?

I really do give up, this may be the last View apart from the odd everyday madness which affects me.

I don’t listen to music very often and either like a tune or not, although I do like proper rock n roll, but in order to cheer me up this morning here’s a little tune I found which has hit a chord.

View From The Window

Posted on October 29th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Doesn’t look to great out there, very murky, dry for now but the cold is beginning to bite, that is probably it now until our early summer, the two weeks in May, before it all goes south again. The village is looking grubby at the moment and a dog lover left a little parcel at my gate for the first time in years, in broad daylight as well, pity I was unable to catch him/her, I have been crap free until now after I put a picture of one offender in the shop window, I shall have to be on my guard again.

We are now a one car family again, the little Jazz looked more forlorn that the Batmobile when we left it in the Mercedes forecourt, it really was out of place, two hours and about twenty signatures later we drove the ‘Ghost’ home. It has caused me to wonder about driverless cars, well up to a point, this one has headlights which dip and adjust as you drive along, it slows you down if you go too close to another car and it can park itself plus the usual useless it is 4deg outside, you have 57 miles left before filling up etc. What it doesn’t have is an off button for the radio, you have to mute it instead, what idiot missed that one, Vorsprung Deutsch Dumb.

We have been given a grant by the Post Office, surprise, and are using it to put in new floor tiles, mainly to tart the place up a tad and also to spare me the cost of doing it when we eventually close and the place becomes my official wargame room/den. I don’t have a lot of faith in the outfit doing the work, despite my wife popping in and choosing a tile they had no idea what we wanted, they also seemed less than keen to contact us and sort it out. Also the guy laying the tiles is not the guy who came and priced the job, the floor is awkward as it used to be a dwelling and has several bumps in it along with a hearth and I can see him standing there shaking his head as he tries to get out of doing it. We are closing the shop for the day, so every cloud etc.

The real world of course bimbles along, last week it was people who take out horrendous loans to get their hi-tech fixes now instead of saving up for them, you must remember in the olden days when people saved up. It is not their fault they sign up to the crazy deals and the government should do something about it, you know, the same kind of thing where the government should do something about people eating seven burgers at a sitting. Anyway if I was looking at a TV for £799 but would end up paying £2,000+ I would look elsewhere instead of looking for a pen. One of these unhappy people had borrowed to get two TV’s, an X-Box, a sound system and two beds, if you are skint which of those do you not need to get? And it was no good the sanctimonious reporter pointing at the down market trader, go to any high street shop and you will be given instant moolah to buy stuff although it is obvious you don’t have two pennies to rub together.

When I heard the words ‘Gina Miller has been voted the most…….’ I quickly added hated person in the UK, but no, it was ‘influential black person of 2017’, I wonder who is going to get Most Influential White Person?

Listen to me when I am telling you you are wrong!

You may or may not remember quite some time ago I ranted on about the right on vicar and his mate who tried to break into a BAE factory and damage a zillion pound jet fighter, they were pronounced not guilty this week, despite professing that was what they intended to do! This along with the posh student who stabbed her boyfriend and walked, along with many other cases makes me wonder where this jail overcrowding comes from.

November the 5th OK for you padre?

What really had me spitting blood this week, I just couldn’t help it, was two ‘celebs’ or whatever they are telling all who would listen that their new baby would be brought up gender neutral like their other kid/s. I’d like to see some kid passing that off on entering a school in Motherwell or Middlesborough or anywhere where most people are grounded in the real world.

My children will be gender neutral and have no fashion sense so there.

And now to the real kick in the teeth, the UK government is now advocating that a UN charter drop the words ‘pregnant women’ and use ‘pregnant people’ in case the two transgender ‘men’ who still have wombs here are upset. Where did I put that white flag?

I really do give up, this may be the last View apart from the odd everyday madness which affects me.

I don’t listen to music very often and either like a tune or not, although I do like proper rock n roll, but in order to cheer me up this morning here’s a little tune I found which has hit a chord.

View From The Window

Posted on October 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Late again, and why not, it is cool, raining, windy and grey it is very murky in the distance and I see Washington House’s garage is now almost one with nature, at least the roof is, I am told there is all sorts of wildlife now resident in the building…

View From The Window

Posted on October 22nd, 2017 under , . Posted by

Late again, and why not, it is cool, raining, windy and grey it is very murky in the distance and I see Washington House’s garage is now almost one with nature, at least the roof is, I am told there is all sorts of wildlife now resident in the building…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1970 16

Posted on October 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

About a week ago we visited Muscat, an ancient town still with a wall surrounding it with gates which rumour has it get locked at night. On one side of the harbour was a fort, one which could quite easily have been in a Beau Geste movie, but nowadays i…

HMS Tartar 4th Commission 1970 16

Posted on October 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

About a week ago we visited Muscat, an ancient town still with a wall surrounding it with gates which rumour has it get locked at night. On one side of the harbour was a fort, one which could quite easily have been in a Beau Geste movie, but nowadays i…

View From The Window

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Yes, dismal again, just like my mood at the moment. Were you among the small number in the country who enjoyed the tropical heatwave of BBQ weather yesterday before the hurricane hits, did you lounge in the area warmer than Istanbul, how do these people still have jobs at the end of the month. I have deliberately lay in a bit more than usual today as I have no plans whatsoever and the highlight of my day will be a nice fried breakfast in an hour or so, but it is early yet.

At sometime during this morning I passed 200,000 hits on here, I am quite chuffed with that, this blog managed to scratch my writing itch once I gave up on the Wargame magazines and my cartography took up the spare time which a declining customer base in the Post Office gave me. My co-author has mooted a new flag booklet for the Confederate Army of Tennessee at some point, but otherwise I shall stay with the blog.

The public don’t want it, doctors don’t want it, politicians don’t want it, almost nobody wants it, what am I? I am an imposition on your privacy which you will be asked on a visit to any NHS outlet near you from 2019, you will be asked your sexual preferences, yes you can say no but there is a tick box for that as well, but not one for ‘what the hell has this to do with my ingrown toe nail.’ Oh, who does want it, the LGBT Foundation lobby group in Manchester, who are obviously out of touch as you can now add another fifteen letters to that, but the NHS are using their Joker, sorry, white flag on this one.

Why is every year now 1984?

Another surrender involves a trader in Loughborough who has been banned from the market in case her wares bring back memories of the Crusades which may upset a certain part of our population, do we have a lot of Saracens here, she sells mugs and bric a brac with Knights Templar themes. Now considering the vast majority of the public have such a grasp of history that they think Winston Churchill is a dog mascot selling insurance they might be a tad premature with this one. They didn’t ban her when her mugs etc. showed Nazi memorabilia, go figure.

I read last week that we were preparing our plans for going to war with North Korea in the event the Americans pull our lead. Yes, the badly coiffured leader of that country is a nut, but what have the North Korean’s ever done to us? Couldn’t we just sit around the table and ask him if he seriously thinks anyone would want his country and just whom is he ‘defending’ it from. Besides, how stupid would it be to send an aircraft carrier with no planes and hardly enough surface ships to provide proper anti-submarine and anti-air cover to protect it.

And while we are on about the RN, not the one I was in of course it was different back then, who would have thought a woman on a submarine would have an affair with one of the officers, well just about everyone who didn’t think putting women on ships and submarines was appropriate to be honest. Now we have the prospect of one of our nuclear submarines ‘striking’ because of some hanky panky in the wardroom, and when were matelots allowed to strike? More than one person being bolshie together could be considered mutiny in my day.

And anyway what ‘special’ relationship do we have with the US, it seems to have come as a shock to our ruling class that we are no more thought of, and perhaps less thought of than Papua New Guinea etc. Yes Ronnie Reagan had a soft spot for us but Obama’s first act on moving in to the White House was to ditch Churchill’s (the man, not the dog) statue, the defence rests M’lud.

That’ll have to go.

I don’t leave many reviews on TripAdvisor, I could count them on one hand, I sometimes say we will have to but I then don’t get around to it, but in exceptional circumstances I will. If I had paid £38 for two nights at a hotel in Blackpool to ‘celebrate’ my wedding anniversary and it was really bad I would keep my mouth shut. The £19 a night price tag tells you you are not going to have your bed turned down and a Ferrerro Roche on the pillow, so why you would go to the newspapers and crow about it is beyond me.

I wonder what time Happy Hour is?

View From The Window

Posted on October 15th, 2017 under , . Posted by

Yes, dismal again, just like my mood at the moment. Were you among the small number in the country who enjoyed the tropical heatwave of BBQ weather yesterday before the hurricane hits, did you lounge in the area warmer than Istanbul, how do these people still have jobs at the end of the month. I have deliberately lay in a bit more than usual today as I have no plans whatsoever and the highlight of my day will be a nice fried breakfast in an hour or so, but it is early yet.

At sometime during this morning I passed 200,000 hits on here, I am quite chuffed with that, this blog managed to scratch my writing itch once I gave up on the Wargame magazines and my cartography took up the spare time which a declining customer base in the Post Office gave me. My co-author has mooted a new flag booklet for the Confederate Army of Tennessee at some point, but otherwise I shall stay with the blog.

The public don’t want it, doctors don’t want it, politicians don’t want it, almost nobody wants it, what am I? I am an imposition on your privacy which you will be asked on a visit to any NHS outlet near you from 2019, you will be asked your sexual preferences, yes you can say no but there is a tick box for that as well, but not one for ‘what the hell has this to do with my ingrown toe nail.’ Oh, who does want it, the LGBT Foundation lobby group in Manchester, who are obviously out of touch as you can now add another fifteen letters to that, but the NHS are using their Joker, sorry, white flag on this one.

Why is every year now 1984?

Another surrender involves a trader in Loughborough who has been banned from the market in case her wares bring back memories of the Crusades which may upset a certain part of our population, do we have a lot of Saracens here, she sells mugs and bric a brac with Knights Templar themes. Now considering the vast majority of the public have such a grasp of history that they think Winston Churchill is a dog mascot selling insurance they might be a tad premature with this one. They didn’t ban her when her mugs etc. showed Nazi memorabilia, go figure.

I read last week that we were preparing our plans for going to war with North Korea in the event the Americans pull our lead. Yes, the badly coiffured leader of that country is a nut, but what have the North Korean’s ever done to us? Couldn’t we just sit around the table and ask him if he seriously thinks anyone would want his country and just whom is he ‘defending’ it from. Besides, how stupid would it be to send an aircraft carrier with no planes and hardly enough surface ships to provide proper anti-submarine and anti-air cover to protect it.

And while we are on about the RN, not the one I was in of course it was different back then, who would have thought a woman on a submarine would have an affair with one of the officers, well just about everyone who didn’t think putting women on ships and submarines was appropriate to be honest. Now we have the prospect of one of our nuclear submarines ‘striking’ because of some hanky panky in the wardroom, and when were matelots allowed to strike? More than one person being bolshie together could be considered mutiny in my day.

And anyway what ‘special’ relationship do we have with the US, it seems to have come as a shock to our ruling class that we are no more thought of, and perhaps less thought of than Papua New Guinea etc. Yes Ronnie Reagan had a soft spot for us but Obama’s first act on moving in to the White House was to ditch Churchill’s (the man, not the dog) statue, the defence rests M’lud.

That’ll have to go.

I don’t leave many reviews on TripAdvisor, I could count them on one hand, I sometimes say we will have to but I then don’t get around to it, but in exceptional circumstances I will. If I had paid £38 for two nights at a hotel in Blackpool to ‘celebrate’ my wedding anniversary and it was really bad I would keep my mouth shut. The £19 a night price tag tells you you are not going to have your bed turned down and a Ferrerro Roche on the pillow, so why you would go to the newspapers and crow about it is beyond me.

I wonder what time Happy Hour is?