A last … it’s all over … for now


I speak, of course about the Olympic Games. Whilst I admit, it has been a great Games for the so called ‘Team GB’ I really do think it has gone on too long. Controversial, I hear you say! Well maybe so. But there are some of us that do not find the idea of near 24/7 coverage of sport that interesting.

For the most part the BBC has covered everything, it thought that we would want to see on three of it’s channels. I have an issue there (wouldn’t you just know it.) The BBC seem to have thought that it would be a good idea to have us flit between channels to see the things we wanted. One minute we are nicely watching the diving on BBC 1, then we are told to switch to BBC 2 to continue. Thirty minutes later, it’s back to BBC 1 again for an hour, but if we want to watch ‘blah blah’, then switch to BBC 4. And to top it all, we have another choice of viewing via the ‘Red Button.’ Meanwhile ‘Casualty’ and ‘Holby’ are are abandoned for the duration. What a let down! Joking about the last sentence.

Next we have the Para-Olympics starting in two weeks time. Only just got the euphoria out of my system, when it all starts again. Now before anybody kicks off, I feel that the Para-Olympics are just as important, if not more so as the other games. However, I do feel that they are overshadowed by the main stream games somewhat. I for one am completely burnt out with the games, and am not looking forward to watching more.

Why do we not have the Para-Olympics the following year? It would be one way of ensuring that the Olympic park is not just used for for the four weeks of the (hate to say this …) ‘Main games’. Mind you, it looks like the Para’s are to be scaled down this time, due to disappointing ticket sales and budget cuts. It seems that making the disabled pay for the failure of others is not just the prerogative of the UK.

No Weekly Photo Challenge this week …


This is going to be a short one! The WPC this week is “Fun”. I struggle with this. What is ‘Fun’? What’s fun for you, and you, and you and even you is quite likely the opposite of what I would call fun.  I fact, sitting here on a Saturday night, I can’t recall anything I do that I could call “Fun”. There are many things that I enjoy (typing this is something I like to do) but as for ‘Fun’ …

What is Fun? I had a look round a couple of dictionaries, and most entries seem to have the word ‘amusing’ as part of the definition. On that count, I suppose watching my collection of Tony Hancock DVD’s (I still want to call them videos …. so sad) would count as being ‘Fun’ and although they are great to watch … Fun?

I have, for a long time believed (how difficult is it to spell that word!) that I may qualify to have the title “Grumpy Old Man”. After this post, there is no question!

Finding old friends …


I’m tempted to give up on Facebook in some instances.

Over the years, I have lost contact with people I know. Sometime it’s because one of us moved house or job. Sometimes just drifting apart. None of my friends and colleagues from my first and second job are still in contact. These are people that I’ve probably not seen for twenty-five years and more, so it’s little wonder that I’ve lost contact. With todays connected world, it is some easier to stay in contact with people.

Now this is where my issue with Facebook comes in. I suddenly think, “… it would be nice to get back in touch with so and so again …” and of course I naturally assume that they will be on Facebook. So the search begins. Male friends are easier to look for as they tend, for the most part to keep their surname. You type the name you remember in the search box and hit enter. You decide to look at all the listed names, not just the ‘top ones’ that Facebook deems useful. You scroll down the list looking for anything familiar without much luck.

Then, you spot someone! They look about the right age and given the length of passing time, they look like you would expect them to look. You click on their name and wait with fingers crossed.Is it the right person? You check out what personal details they have shared, and it’s beginning to look like you have struck gold! A quick look down the photos and you begin to get more and more convinced that this is the right person. After all these years. I’ll send them a message.

“Hello! Did you used to work at {blah bah} back in the early 1970’s?”

You now sit back and wait for them to reply. Might take a day or two, but your hopes are high. A week goes by and nothing. I’ll check their profile again. It is then that you realise, that the last post they have made was back in 2009! They’re no longer using Facebook. Now you begin to wonder if you have got the wrong person after all. Then finally it starts to creep into your head, that this person may no longer be alive! That is the thought that suddenly deflates you.

This has happened to me on three occasions now and whilst (am I the only one that still uses that word?) I don’t get depressed about it, I do end up feeling a little down. I resolve to check out the posts before waltz off trying to contact them. Maybe next time!

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A bit of a worry


The impending event that is the “Windows 10 Anniversary Update” is becomming a bit of a worry. Ever since I upgradred my original Windows 95 to Windows XP, I have been using Microsofts banking software called Microsoft Money. Up until I upgraded to Windows 10, I was using the 2002 version which worked perfectly. I have never used the Online Banking features and I have no intention of using them in the future. So the worry is if this application will work after the latest so called Anniversary Update. The update does offer a lot of things and because of the version of Windows 10 that I’m using (Home Edition) I’m not going to be able to stop it updating.

This time next year, it may be all academic. K*** is all for us both changing banks to use a single bank. At the moment, we both have various seperate accounts with two different banks. The idea of just using one bank for all our accounts is an attractive idea and would negate the need for an offline banking application. But that’s for the future, the worrying is for now. I think I may just pull the Internet plug on one of my laptops. That would stop the updates until I’m sure that everything works okay, but that laptop was going to be the spare incase the older one that R*** uses fails! A bit of a quandry!

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Having a moan and other things …


I’ve not posted for over a week now. I suppose it’s a combination of laziness and wanting to write a more substantial post. I did try, some time ago, to post every day. I think it lasted just over a week, before I began to struggle to say anything at all. So that fell by the wayside and I returned back to simply writing when I felt up to it and had something I wanted to say.

Now that’s out of the way, it’s back to the moans and groans.

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We, that’s me and K*** had a great day out on Tuesday to Beningbrough Hall. We walked round the gardens, which were really beautiful. We then toured the hall which was extremely enjoyable. Where does the ‘moan’ come in you may ask? Well Beningbrough, as the above link shows is an estate owned and managed by the National Trust. A fine example of a house and gardens of it’s time and a great educational place to for all to visit. So why do some parents (and I counted at least five families) think it is a great idea for their ‘children’ to take a football with them? It’s a piece of important history not a sports field! If you want to kick a ball around, then there are plenty of of open parkland in this country to do just that!

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After our visit, we had a look around one of the large shopping parks in the area. Now I get a little upset with some of the shops and I have mentioned before the issue of clothing sizes, so I’m not going to visit that again. No, my ‘moan’ this time is the price of razors! We needed to get some for R*** to take on respite as we had been told he was getting low. K*** was buying some kind of cosmetic stuff and I was charged with picking the razors. It never fails to amaze me at the price of these things. But what amazes me more, is when they are sold on ‘special offer’. I saw one pack that had the razor handle and six individual ‘multi-blades’ priced at the special offer price of £30.99! What really annoyed me was that at the side of this offer price was the words ‘Worth £45.99’. Who says that these are worth what they say they’re worth? Is it some kind of expert retail gurus? Or is it simply the manufacturers that are just trying to con us? I feel that it could be the latter.

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I made a start on clearing out the garage on Saturday. When I say ‘made a start’ I mean just that. For the past few years, the garage has been a dumping ground for everything and anything that we/I/she felt might come in useful at some point. But it’s come to the point where even I have trouble getting in and out of the place. So something had to be done. I was going to the opticians and the local authority tip is én route, so thought I would kill two birds with one stone. Well I think I must have had a chip in my windscreen, and the numerous speed humps on the one of the roads must have exasperated this, because when I got home, I noticed I had a small crack in said windscreen. Not very happy that I have a £60.00 excess to pay to get it fixed, but even more unhappy, that it cannot be fixed until Wednesday at the earliest.

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On a more positive note, my early retirement figures came through on Friday. They are looking like I expected, and I am going to take up the offer. My intention is to finish at the end of October, but ‘they’ have sort of thrown spanner in the works, so to speak. The figures from the pension company provide me an annual pension and a lump sum. But ‘spanner’ is that they have also offered to increase the lump sum, if I take a lower annual pension! So what do I do? K*** doesn’t know what would be best and I think I know, but cannot be sure. I’m going to give the figures to K***s father to look at, to see if he could advise. It is a bit of a quandary, but at least I don’t need to make that decision first. That can be decided at a later date, but it’s still a puzzle.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Narrow


These were taken on the River Wharfe between Bolton Abbey and Burnsall. We were walking in the area just a couple of weeks before my heart valve operation. It was this trip that both K*** and me realised how bad I had got. It was hard work and only just over six miles each way!

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A suspension bridge over the Wharfe
The Strid
The Strid

 

 

 

 

 

Gone mad …


So, have you got this Pokémon Go yet? It seems that if you haven’t, then there is something wrong with you! It is sweeping the country like a plague. Everybody appears to have the app on their phone. The reason for it’s popularity? “It gets kids out of the house” … “The kids are not sat glued to a computer screen” … “It’s a great social thing (whatever that means)” These are just some of the comments I have heard to justify this new craze. Really? Kids are still walking around looking at their phone screen and from some of the news reports, not taking notice of their surroundings. I’ve heard of people walking of cliff edges looking at their phones. People walking into the road to catch these imaginary creatures. Just today, I heard of someone walking into an army minefield. What is going on? Have we really come to this?

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