For the last
two days we have had continuous gales that suddenly stopped at 6 pm last night
and left an instant eerie calm. It is reported that we have had gusts of up to
80 mph on The Wirral – the strongest winds for years. And the repaired conservatory roof,
ain't.They came out again on Christmas
Eve and identified what they think might be the problem and will be out to fix
it in the New Year.Until then we have
to live with a plastic box in the middle of the floor again.
The DarwinAwards for 2013 are out.The glorious
winnerwas the character who, when his
.38 calibre revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in
Long Beach, peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it
number 3 should be taken off the list on the basis that as so many people park
across our drive I find his reaction quite understandable!
among us, they can reproduce.
I think this
set of photos of abandoned places is spectacular.It will take you a while to scroll through it
– especially if you read them all but I think it well worthwhile.
this post to the background music of some 70s pop.(I’ll let the shops give me my Christmas
carols ration for the year).Currently
playing is a song that Partner-who-loves-tea and I used to have as a theme tune – Dr Hook “A
little bit more…”Next I’ll put on my
theme tune since October The Beatles “When I’m 64
all other news pales into insignificance in recent times when compared with the
disaster in The Philippines. Like all storms it was selective and I have an acquaintance
on Cebu who was in an area unaffected while the north of her island was
But as with
all major emergencies there come the good guys –
In Santa Fe,
in the north of the island of Leyte, MSF teams work hard distributing thousands
of reconstruction kits for the residents there. "When we leave each place,
we hear the sound of hammers on all sides. It sounds like a symphony of
construction. Smiling people, from the rooftops, waving and shouting 'thank
you'. The construction kits were an instant success. In minutes they were put
to use, "said Ibrahim Younis emergency coordinator. (Photo: Florian Lems /
MSF and Quirijn Dees / MSF)
taken many photos recently.Indeed there
have been occasions where I have been caught outside without my camera on my
shoulder!!Fortunately the phone stood
in on most of those occasions.Sadly I
can’t synch my phone to the computer so I have to e-mail each one I want off
the phone.I e-mail it as an attachment
to myself.Tedious.I meant to ask
Friend-and-son-in-law-who-loves-otters to sort it for me on Monday when he
visited but forgot.Bummer!Must remember to ask Son-in-law-who-cooks on
are having a quiet Christmas it’s is nice that we have had (or are having)
visits from both Daughter-who-takes-photos and Food-loving-Daughter. Meanwhile, Son-who-loves-films will be doing
much of the cooking of the Christmas dinner.
Coleman, British sports commentator and TV personality has died aged 87.For many years he headed up BBC’s Grandstand
programme.Despite the fact that Formula
One commentator Murray Walker made far many more bloopers than Coleman on live
TV, 'Colemanballs' was a term coined by Private Eye magazine to describe verbal gaffes perpetrated by (usually British) sports commentators. Here are five of my favourites.
wheel crosses the finish line, closely followed by the back wheel.”
the line-up for the final of the women's 400 metres hurdles includes three
Russians, two East Germans, a Pole, a Swede and a Frenchman."
fastest time ever run – but it’s not as fast as the world record.”
“Both of the
Villa scorers – Withe and Mortimer – were born in Liverpool as was the Villa
manager Ron Saunders who was born in Birkenhead.”
“If that had
gone in, it would have been a goal.”
That may seem an unkind way to celebrate the life of a great man but I'm doing it with suitable humility and the knowledge that for every blooper of his he gave us many thousands of hours of brilliant entertainment.
hardly believe it but in the last hour or so I have got rid of a hundred or so
e-mails from my in-box!I am un-subscribing
from all the folk who have, one way or another, got me onto their lists in
recent years.Hopefully it will result
in having to trawl through a lot fewer to find the ones that matter.So I am left with about ten that require
personal replies – if you are one of those be assured I’m thinking of you; even
if that is as far as it has got today.
it the Festive Season is upon us.Santa
has been climbing up outside our house for a couple of weeks now but he hasn’t got
I find it
easier coming in the back door…
This year I
have pinched an idea from Marcheline (if not the skill of it carrying out) and decorated
the kitchen window which faces the front gate and road.
The tree has
been up for a fortnight.
A few years
ago Heather in Vermont sent us a Christmas tree ornament.It joined the family ones that we have and
which we put on as a special ceremony at the end of tree decorating.(Though as it happens it was the first to be
put on and therefore is not in this picture…)
have gradually been wrapped and gone underneath the tree.This one was opened early because I was
advised I needed to do so.
a tree decoration for me from Canadian Chickadee in Washington.It’s delightful adding to our special ones.
we add a couple more ordinary ones – even though we have far too many because our tree is now
only six feet tall and at one time we had a ten foot one to decorate!This year we got a little Merry Christmas
I’m not sure
how tall this tree in Liverpool’s Anglican cathedral was but it was so dwarfed
by the scale of the building that it seemed quite small.(The bottom right hand corner shows you that
the two men standing beneath the tree don’t even reach the bottom row of
star is pretty impressive when it shines indoors many dozens of feet above one.
I came out
of the Cathedral that December evening to a delightful sunset over Liverpool.
roof that was damaged in the storm has now been repaired.There was quite a lot of damage to be sorted and
we are hoping that it will not let the rain in again.It has yet to be out to the test – such rain
as we have had has been little more than a drizzle.But we’ve had some strong winds again.And just as I write this it’s starting to
rain heavily and we’ve had a flood warning – “with thunderstorms, torrential
rain and damaging gale force winds”.I
wish the weather would leave us alone.
this will be of little interest to most of my blog readers but Suarez has
signed a long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.
He celebrated by scoring two if Liverpool’s three
goals against Cardiff City this afternoon and captaining the side not only to a
3-1 victory but to the top of the Premier League, despite Manchester City and
Manchester United both winning their matches.Unless Arsenal win this weekend they will be top at Christmas for the
first time for many years.
1 Liverpool FC Played 17 Points 36 2 Manchester City FC 17 35 3 Arsenal FC 16 35 4 Chelsea FC 16 33 5 Everton FC 16 31 6 Newcastle United FC 17 30 7 Manchester United FC 17 28
and I have started keeping notes about the local cafes and restaurants and
visiting as many as possible to get an idea of which are the best.I won’t bore you with all the details but we
tend to make odd reminder notes in the crossword book as we play and have our coffee. My
favourite so far was the note that read “It all began with the thumb in the
foam of the alleged cappuccino and went downhill from there….”
I like pictures of people reading, be they paintings, sketches or photographs. This one is a painting by Slava Groshev.
41-year-old Russian Slava Groshev uses photographs to help create stunningly beautiful paintings of young women. Crisp, vibrant and sharp, Slava's figurative work is so realistic-looking that you could easily be fooled into thinking that he uses digital photography in its creation, but this is not the case. All his paintings are, in fact, created with the old-fashioned paint brush and not digital computer software.
was a horrendous day on The Wirral.Gale
force winds created a tidal surge that left a swathe of destruction across
Wirral’s coastal towns today. Such was the power of the sea at noon that
sections of railings and feet-thick concrete tide-breaks were ripped apart and
the debris scattered across the promenade at Hoylake and Meols, forcing roads
to be closed.There was similar damage
at West Kirby seafront, which was closed to traffic as flood water raced across
the promenade taking several parked cars in its wake and smashing them against
walls opposite the marine lake.Six of
the staff at Tanskey's restaurant on West Kirby promenade became trapped inside
and the lifeboat was sent out to check they were OK.One of the staff said “The cast iron benches
outside, which are concreted into the ground, are floating past and a Volvo
estate floated past earlier.”
of the tidal damage are from the Wirral Globe.
The whole of
the shopping mall at New Brighton was flooded.This was the view of Morrisons from the Lifeboat Station on the opposite
side of the ‘road’.
a new build flat block in Birkenhead, Merseyside, were forced to flee their
homes after the roof was blown off.A
spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "The flat roof of a new build
residential block was blown into the road, onto cars and into trees causing a
large amount of damage.
Morrisons store at the seaside resort's Marine Point retail park was forced to
close amid widespread chaos.Its
delivery bay was submerged under three feet of water, trapping a truck in its
tracks, and the ground floor of the store was flooded.The flagship Morrisons store, is part of a
new multi-million pound complex, which also boasts a Grosvenor Casino, a cinema
and a Travelodge.People staying at the
Travelodge were trapped inside as the hotel was flooded and police cordoned off
all roads leading to the seaside resort. Cars were left stranded after their
owners couldn't get to them and there were even reports of a car being washed
down the high street.
conservatory began to creak and leak (in new places) and Partner-who-loves-tea
and I went out for lunch to get away from it and to celebrate the end of her
fast – she had a dental appointment first thing in the morning followed by routine fasting
blood tests so a decent lunch was well-deserved.We treated ourselves to poached salmon (PWLT)
and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding (me) at the Seven Stars in Thornton
we went to Hooton and as we wound through the lanes we were overtaken by a
police car with its blues and twos going.A few corners later we found out why.A tree was down across the road.It’s
a good job we stayed on at the Seven Stars for PWLT to have some sticky toffee
pudding or we might have been under that tree.
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