Tag Archive: independence

Mental Fog

mentalfogI have just recovered from a Nap-fu. Actually recovering would be a better way to put it.

I am suffering from a mental fog. My eyelids are heavy, my vision is turvo (out of focus), I am not particularly thinking straight (you have no idea of the effort it is taking to press every single key here), and the coffee isn’t working.

It’s hot out there. Hotter than yesterday, going outside is like walking into an oven, hot and dry. And the botequim is shut.

Now I have a confession.

I have just read a blog post that started oiff with a rant about a couple of things. One of them pricked my conscience; sport fishing.

Look, I caught a fish!

Look, I caught a fish!

Now in my later years, I see there is no sport in fishing regardless fo the argument whether fish feel pain or not. But why is it that we are raised on fishing? As kids we used to gether at the local creek and catch cockabullies, put them in a jar, then a bucket at home where they’d all eventually die. Later, about the age of ten our father used to take us to the wharves at Lyttelton and we’d fish, he taught us to fish with lines. We’d catch foot long sharks, kill them, and then what? They went into the garden as fertiliser; we never ate them. Kids get fishing rods as presents, birthdays and Christmas. Why do we raise our kids on fishing when it’s not necessary?

Look at the kid in the picture, full of pride. But what of the fish, will it be eaten? Probably not at this size.

So what’s the point?

I could understand it if we had to fish for survival, but we don’t. We are just destroying another of nature’s creatures.

I have never taught any of my kids to fish.

The Scots are due to have a yes/no referendum about independence. Personlly, it doesn’t bother me one way or the other, it is merely an interesting democratic exercise. However to the Scots, it’s important. The referedum is a civilised way of doing it.  On the other side of the Channel, the Spansih are totally different. It has caused protests, deaths and outlawing of some. Why? Why can’t the Spaniards behave in a civilised manner? Why can’t the Spanish government see that if the Catalans, and others want independence perhaps because they don’t like the way the government is ‘representing’ the people, If the government were doing things right, then maybe independence may not be an issue.

Then there are the people, maybe the issue is national pride. But whatever, the government should be supporting the people to overcome the problems, not behaving in a dictatorial manner to prevent it.

Yahoo is stupid. Just as stupid as Google and Twitter. Yahoo sends me a daily news feed, I delete without opening it. You’d think after so many months, they’d get the message… Duh, he doesn’t want this”. Today, to add insult to injury, they sent it twice!

My kids have just left. They have English with me on Thursdays. stepdaughter, daughter and future daughter-in-law. Now I have an hour to get organised for the course…

Have a good day.


Needs Ketchup

ItaliansTasteAwfulReported that now Suarez is complaining that Italian  players should be sent on to the pitch with ketchup sachets to improve their flavour.

The whole world is clamouring about the Suarez bite, except Uruguay.

Lugano, the captain commented, “What incident?” Even José Mujica, Uruguay’s president, came out in support.

He should have a colar fitted by the vet

He should have a collar fitted by the vet

Uruguay is in denial. But then they would have to be.

If Suarez is banned, the team will be on the bus home after their next game, he’s the only real footballer they’ve got.

If Suarez ever gets to play football again, he should be taken to the vets and have a collar fitted.


I have just read the news that he is banned for four months, that’s good, but it also shows how pathetic and toothless FIFA is. He shouldn’t be allowed near a football stadium for life; he might develop a taste for fans.

Sunny still day out there, coolish; ideal for watching football.

I’m not actually a football fanatic, but once every four years, I become an enthusiast and make the right noises at the botequim during games. As for being a hooligan, I manage to demolish two bottles of beer per game, I’m told that this level of hooliganism is acceptable.

I have posted, I have napped, the shelf under the kitchen sink is still a vague thought somewhere in the back of my mind. My next plan is to put on my shorts and water the plants; I have to put on my shorts because five of them are outside the gate and I don’t want to startle shock the natives neighbours.

Lunch was simple egg and parsley and tomato and parsley sandwiches.

I should be thinking about the supermarket, once again my fridge is almost devoid of food. I could survive until tomorrow though.

WHO is getting concerned about Ebola, so far 600 infections with 400 deaths. At the moment it is isolated in West Africa with little international travel involved, but how long before it shows up in a major travel hub, then it’s a world problem.

Renaming the UK in the event of Scotland’s independence, some have suggested “Former UK”  Snappier perhaps, but as writers have pointed out, the abbreviation – fUK – is somewhat unfortunate.  – BBCNews

fUKed is more like it.

Five minutes to kick off, Germany vs USA, I’m rooting for Germany. The supermarket idea is now officially on hold.


%d bloggers like this: