Friday 17th February, 2017

All shook up

Posted by at 10:20 am in Rambling on..., Video (YouTube, Vimeo etc.).

When me and my Dad say goodbye to each other we generally shake hands, it's what we do now that he finds embracing too uncomfortable. It works for us.

During my regular visits to the hospital I usually run into a few of the patients who were fellow inmates a year back, we usually shake hands too, it's a sign not just of friendship but also of us having been through so much shite together. And also because hands are the best bet for contact points due to us all having to do the hygiene routine every time we visit - using the hand-gel dispensers is so ingrained that it's a tad like turning Buddhist prayer-wheels, you can't pass one by without having a go. The one exception is my good friend and fellow patient Nick, A.K.A. "Quaver Nick", he likes to do hugs. Mind you, he does bowl from the pavilion end.

But just lately the hand-shaking thing has gone to a new level. A couple of days ago the postman wanted to shake my hand after delivering a parcel, I thought it was unusual but I went with it. And last night at the posh Italian restaurant in town the head waiter went for the handshake when we arrived... and again on the way out... then the head chef wanted a go... by that time I was in full flow so the junior waiter standing by the door got one too.

What's going on? Has the world gone Über-polite while I've not been paying attention? Have I become an unwitting minor celebrity?

Or am I turning into...


Monday 13th February, 2017

Rearranging the furniture

Posted by at 10:57 am in Site update.

I'm doing a bit of reorganising here. Most of the posts about AML have been hidden from the blog's front page. They're still in existence, and no doubt I'll be creating a few more, but from now on it'll need a few more clicks to find them. They will still be up for discussion as usual.

Most of them are still in the "AML" category and most of them are still tagged "Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML)". There's a link to that tag in the sidebar's site nav under "01 Site Nav - Pick a Page".

I may even go so far as to tart the place up a bit by ditching the moody black & grey look and adding a few touches of colour.

But that might be a step too far.

Monday 6th February, 2017

No comprende

Posted by at 6:03 pm in Bargains.

I'm starting to believe that I'll never understand Tesco's pricing strategy:


Suffice to say that we bought the six-packs.

Saturday 4th February, 2017


Posted by at 9:16 am in In the garden.

These should be hefty enough to take just about any birds that Nature shoves our way.

Condors, Bald Eagles, Albatrosses etc. should cope. Penguins might struggle with the upright bits.


Thursday 2nd February, 2017

Sayonara Salix babylonica


It was a sad day when we had to have the old willow taken out.

We would have liked to have kept it but it was becoming unruly and dangerous, the remains of the middle trunk which we'd had reduced during pollarding back in 2009 had rotted all the way down to ground level and were no longer binding the other three trunks, so the whole tree had to go with dignity instead of being trashed by a storm.

It was much older than anyone thought - before felling it, all opinions were that it was just a bit older than the house, so about 60 years old. When the trunks had been taken down I went to see the stump before they ground it out, even at 2ft high it was 4ft across. I tried to count the growth-rings but lost count at about 80, we now think it was into its 9th or maybe even its 10th decade.

We've saved a few wands to plant elsewhere in the garden, so it stands a chance of regenerating from those, but when the ground has settled we'll be planting a large native Birch in its place.

And the wood wasn't all wasted - we've propped up a couple of huge chunks of cut trunk and have hung bird-feeders on them, and we've used a couple of cut rounds to make a hefty Flintstones-style bird-table. Pics soon!

Anyway, here's a rough & ready time-lapse of its last few hours:

Willow from BG! on Vimeo.

Thursday 26th January, 2017

Take yer pick

Not much happening in the real world, so here's some semi-sci-fi and a classic ad:


Thursday 19th January, 2017

Tree fellers at work

Posted by at 10:57 pm in In the garden.

Actually there were five of them.

You can't beat a time-worn old-fashioned Irish joke.


More to follow.

Wednesday 18th January, 2017


Posted by at 9:02 pm in LMAO!.


Allegedly it should also say "I won't be listening but I'll pretend to write it down anyway", but they couldn't fit all that text in the available space.

Tuesday 17th January, 2017

For the lodger

Posted by at 10:14 am in Just for fun.


Adapted from

Thursday 22nd December, 2016

Nobody expects the Spanish Indecision!

Posted by at 10:31 pm in Celebrations.

I've been known to enjoy an occasional glass of cheap Chilean Merlot, but this 1.5 litre bottle of raffle-won posh Iberian pop is way out of my league.

I don't know whether to store it, donate it, drink it, cook with it or fight with it:


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