I told you it was flippin dangerous!

Wasn’t intending this post at all, seriously.  Eddy the Eagle makes a good point about that young lass hospitalized the other day:

I told you it was flipping dangerous! As a string of celebrities come a cropper on TV’s ski-jump reality show, Olympic laughing stock Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards says maybe people will NOW believe him

There is a huge difference between someone like Danica Patrick, a coiled set of muscles in a compact frame who has lived her entire life this way, ditto Laura Dekker … and the average girl who believes the hype about women doing anything.

This is the thing we should be right down on parents about – no, women on the whole cannot do everything, they simply cannot. Nor can men do everything. Can you knit a jumper?…

At least they’re predictable

As Ash Wednesday is upon us:

ashWednesday

… best to get those ashen crosses going and get our own houses in order. As for that lot up there who see themselves as our leaders, they’re probably for the fiery place in the main:

#  What these banksters have been playing at now for years is coming back … but not just on them, it’s upon all of us. To employ a crudity – we are being s*** on from above. And when the edifice crumbles, it all comes tumbling down, including those who had nothing whatever to do with it. Jim Rogers:

Central banks will panic. They will do whatever they can to save the markets. 

Some reviews

Once again, the reviews are building up nicely, only this time I’ll not wait until Friday and deliver ten at once.

And just a word about something which has been bothering me. Well, almost everything out there in the public eye seems cockeyed or lunatic just now, as it does to the majority of readers of these blogs. Just why there is such relentless nincompoopery around we’ve gone into many times.

What concerns me is what it turns us into, personally.

I saw a Twitter poster from a girl, saying you can go through life negatively, finding fault … or you can go through life positively, spreading love and everyone’s nice and all’s well in the best of all possible worlds.

She certainly has a point as I don’t wish to end up solely as an old frump but equally, we have a point that that sort of naivety is what lets the evil in by the back door, e.g.…

Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Carnaval

Today is that day:

Carnaval is an annual festival held between the Friday afternoon (51 days before Easter) and Ash Wednesday at noon, which marks the beginning of Lent, the forty-day period before Easter. On certain days of Lent, Roman Catholics and some other Christians traditionally abstained from the consumption of meat and poultry, hence the term “carnival,” from carnelevare, “to remove (literally, “raise”) meat.”

In Brazil, it’s of course about samba but how it came to be corrupted into slappers strutting down the streets naked and it having to signify debauchery is something else again.…

Singer and song please …

1.  Hello darkness my old friend …
2.  I am a lineman for the county …
3.  A candy-coloured clown they call the sandman …
4.  Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, flowing into the night …
5.  We skipped the light fandango …
6. You walked into the party like you were walking onto a yacht …
7. Strolling along, minding my own business …
8. If I should stay I would only be in your way …
9. When I was just a little girl …
10. When I was a little girl ……

Monday

#  Novel approach to weeding:

In the fall of 1879, Dr. William James Beal walked to a secret spot on Michigan State University’s campus and planted a strange crop: 20 narrow-necked glass bottles, each filled with a mixture of moist sand and seeds. Each vessel was “left uncorked and placed with the mouth slanting downward so that water could not accumulate about the seeds,” Beal wrote. “These bottles were buried on a sandy knoll in a row running east and west.”

In the spring of 2000, under cover of night, current WJ Beal Botanical Garden curator Dr. Frank Telewski and his colleague Dr. Jan Zeevaart crept out to the same secret knoll and dug up the sixth-to-last seed bottle—completing the latest act in what has become the world’s longest continually monitored scientific study.

#  Taken to its illogical conclusion on campus:…

Tories – two parties in one

The snakes are in power but the non-snakes are still clinging on.

The snakes

It is widely believed that Thatcher decided after she left office that Britain would be better off leaving the EU. This has been confirmed by Charles Moore, her official biographer, although Moore says she was persuaded not to say this in public.

But in an article in the Sunday Times Powell says he thinks that on balance she would have decided to back remaining in the EU on renegotiated terms.

“Margaret Thatcher’s heart was never in our membership of the EU. But l am convinced her head would continue to favour staying in on the conditions now on offer,” Powell writes.

Leicester City Football Club

leicester fc

Don’t think anyone who genuinely cares about football or even those dismayed and disgruntled about how it’s become a money machine for prima donnas and sensitive little wallflowers would begrudge Leicester City’s path so far.

I was talking with a ManU fan during the week and he was half hoping LCFC could pull it off.

Claudio Ranieri has quite rightly rejected the favourites tag.  As he told his players – if you fall for this hype, this pressure, you will certainly fail. Just take it one week at a time, do as we’ve been doing, adapt to the situation, and let’s see where we are at the end.…

The earring

Interesting how we see things from different angles.  This is Chuckles’s angle:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/bp-lindseys-sport-relief-challenge

Clearly they have never been introduced to the concept of ‘because something can be done, does not mean that it should be’. 

I do hope there is a nice changeable breeze every time they try, although I’m sure the whole thing will be a con – ‘Irish Sea’ will translate to a corner of a bay, just like ‘Northwest passage’ translates to crossing a couple of Canadian bays, or rowing to an island, or ‘North Pole’ is anywhere north of the Arctic Circle.

… and a good angle it is too.  However, my angle is this:

the earring

There it is, in the pic, saw it immediately, before anything else. Don’t know her from Eve but the kookily placed earring says “lightweight” to me, not serious, know-nothing, which will seem a quite tenuous and bizarre objection to many people.…