Tag Archive: Mars

A Promise is a Promise

On Sunday I promised… and not for the first time, to regale you about the delights of mocotó. Well, this time I have kept my promise, but not here. You’ll have to check out my post Chewsday, there I tell you all about it with a recipe.

boozeI couldn’t find a decent image on the net for mocotó bones, so I took my camera to the butchers when I went to get the makings for a BBQ tomorrow. But they only had prepackaged ones in plastic, so that’s what you got.

The day started out hot, sweating at the PC before 8am, but now at 3pm it’s clouding over and looks like we could get rain.

The day has been a fairly humdrum one, coffee, Nap-fu practice, a quick trip to town, and shock of all horrors, I did some of the dishes. Not all, don’t want to get rash about these things. The phone hasn’t even beeped yet, so I may still have class later.

Remember the senior vice president from Korean Airlines that went nuts over the nuts? Well, she resigned. I still think she should have been spanked, publicly.

Mars rover, Curiosity, has soled a Martian riddle about mountains… I didn’t know there was a riddle.

The CIA has lied… Is that news? I thought that was normal. The new report tells of brutal interrogation techniques.

Israeli air strikes on four high-rise buildings in the final days of this summer’s conflict in Gaza amounted to war crimes, Amnesty International says. But who’s got the guts to tackle them over it?

Do you remember Pugsley? He was Wednesday’s fat brother in Addams Family, well, he’s not with us any more.

Australia was the worst performing industrial country in terms of climate change in 2014.

I don’t even have a picture for today’s post. There, that’s fixed. Can’t have a post without a piccy, that’s boring.


Not much going on

It’s true, a whole Wednesday has passed me by.

I have been waiting for something to happen, or inspiration to stike, but nothing.

A trip to the supermarket, there was a BBQ at the botequim, so I threw some meat on it. I tried a new beer ‘Jade’, it was bloody awful. Won’t be buying that in a hurry.

I did the dishes…. now there was a moment’s excitement. That even surpassed watering the plants.

Time vortex

Time vortex

My clock has been going backwards. I’ve never seen that before. It’s like the dead batteries are sucking the time back.

I wonder if that’s where my inspirtaion went?

Sucked back into the vortices of time. Probably somewhen on the Tardis.

Damn Time Lords!

Footy is on soon. Flamngo vs Botafogo. I will go to the botequim to watch that and probably have a beer while doing so.

The first ebola patient outside Africa has died. This is going to get serious.

The girl from Mars

The girl from Mars

There’s been a bit of hype lately about sending humans to Mars…

Mars mission: Could US girl, 13, be first on red planet?

“Alyssa Carson has big dreams. At the age of 13 she is determined to be the first person to land on Mars.”BBCNews

As a parent, what would you do if your kid waltzed in and announced she was off to Mars?

Laugh it off as wishful thinking.

“But this is more than wishful thinking – Nasa thinks she stands a chance and she is already in training. “

There’s nothing like ambition.

A blog post had me in fits today. I’ve seen it before, but it’s just so funny. I found it on Englishman in Italy which is a really great blog.




Stating the Obvious


The obvious

I could state the obvious and say it’s Sunday, but I will refrain from boring you.

I could also tell you that I am enjoying my umpteeth cup of wonderful Brazilian coffee, but once again that would be stating the obvious. Could you really imagine me at the keyboard without coffee? <——– Rhetorical question.

I could also tell you that Cloro is playing around in an empty box, but that would again be stating the obvious, that’s what cats do. BTW, it’s his first box.

I could also tell you that Brazil won yesterday’s football (soccer) match against Australia, 6-0, but that would yet again be stating the obvious…

Quite frankly, I have no idea why I am sitting here; everything I choose to write about is obvious.

WTF, they won?

WTF, they won?

I see Tokyo won the bid to host the Olympics in 2020. Nice, go watch the Olympics come home with your thyroid rotting from radiation. Japan is dead as far as I am concerned. You couldn’t drag me there with mules!

TEPCO, the lying bastards are still bloody lying two years after the event. The Japanese government finally figured that out (oh how these politicians think on their feet) and have stepped in, two years too late.


This week the sea is boiling around Fukushima

This week the sea is boiling around Fukushima

Tokyo is 240km (150 miles for those who can’t speak kilometerese). When it comes to radiation, that is nextdoor. I fully suspect that the northern part of Honshu (Tokyo is on the island of Honshu) will be another sad Chernobyl. By 2020 there won’t be a Tokyo.

The situation is so bad that nobody has the guts to tell the truth; not Tepco, not the Japanese government, not the USA about the dangers on the west coast.

Would you go to Japan?


Home grown

The last of my tomatoes is now in the vege bin. There are still a few small ones to ripen. It will be a few weeks before the next lot are ready, and then a few weeks after them, another lot.

The local price has dropped from the R$10/kg to R$3 or 4, but I am not being held to ransom.

There’s only one way to beat inflation, that’s grow as much as you can.

This one-way trip to Mars, what do you think about it?

The Red Planet

The Red Planet

I have been thinking about it.

200,000 applied, do they know or suspect something that the rest of us do not?

Is it possible that the Martian travellers will breed? Will they be allowed to breed?

Are they to be the first colonists?

Are they the lucky ones to have escaped from this dying mud ball?

Are the rest of us doomed to die along with the planet Earth?

So many questions, so few answers.

This is the first post of the day, must blog along.


Is 13 a lucky number?

All this fuss about finding water on Mars, finding beer would be sure proof of life

All this fuss about finding water on Mars, finding beer would be sure proof of life

Good question. I ask it because my previous post about Lagunilla got 13 likes.

I’ve never had so many likes before, it was wonderful, a real morale booster.

Thanks you all for taking the time to click the ‘Like’ button, appreciated.

Tuesday already. Monday was a typical Monday, my new afternoon student didn’t show, my evening student cancelled, and I got to work for my late afternoon students, and they didn’t show.

I’m broke, no money until tomorrow. I had the month planned beautifully, but a succession of private students not arriving for lessons botched my plans completely. Private students pay better than working for a course, but the problems that arise from private students cause stress, a course, there is no stress.

The old Maracanã

The old Maracanã

Big fuss in Rio at the moment. The famous Maracanã stadium, symbol of Brazilian football (soccer for our American cousins)  is being reformed for the 2014 World Cup. The city council have floated the idea of privatising it. How bloody absurd, people are not happy.

Such a national symbol should not be in private hands.

Time for lunch, a nap and work.


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