Radio Times
So today I had the pleasure of working in local radio well about 16 or so to be a bit more accurate and it was good although tiring doing back to back the good thing was it was all in the same place so not actual travelling although we must have covered around 2,000 miles and by the end I kind of knew what I was doing which definitely was not the case at the beginning but maybe that was because it was far too early in the day and I was particularly pleased to be sharing the studio with a really grand American who was telling me all about the latest 777 point crash and the election and the bankrupt morality of capitalism all all this other stuff that I didn't know and now I have to go and reflect and check that I actually know where all the monthly budget goes.

Sunny Sunny Sunny
Was the weather this weekend.
Which meant a trip to the coast
which meant a walk on the sand
which meant a paddle in the sea.
Hard to beat Holkham
hard to beat coffee at the Wells Deli
hard to beat Whin Hill cider.

Yeah to be fair there was mist
rolling in from the North Sea
so it was freezing cold
and couldn't actually see the sea
kids were crabbing and the place smelt of raw bacon and bad fish
car parks were full
feet got blisters.

Yeah just kidding
the two things meld together
bit like
"did e're such love and sorrow meet"
into a fantastic day.

Funny but not politically fully correct

Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.

When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.'

Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?'

Surprisingly Quiet
As I right this heading , the quiet is in fact shattered by a plane landing - or taking off - not sure, because the curtains are drawn in my hotel room at Stansted. Ironic. I was going to say I was surprised bythe quiet considering I am only a hundred or so meters from the terminal and runway. This is the second night. And I've learn't lots of stuff.


Between a stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response.
In those choices lie our growth and our happiness.

Think about it.
Most of us get dealt the same sort of stuff in life
It's not the stuff that makes us who we are
It how we deal with it.

So this is it
The Birdsnest in China
is empty of Olympians
and Para's
The nest in the conifer tree
at the bottom of my garden
which housed some scraggy looking
is empty
and this weekend
my house
an empty

Went to see her this weekend,
good film
if you're a girl
Don't know if I believe
all the history.
But a good way to blow £6.70
On the other hand
of the D'Urbervilles
shown here
with the villain,
was Free
but equally good
if you're a girl.
The best thing about Tess
was High Def TV
with no noisy pop corn
and giggling girls
just pure quiet quality.

2 down 1 to go
trips to London
this week
not convinced it's the best way to spend 4 hours
sat on the train
although did read a paper
and listened to music
and read emails
until my fantastic
extra length battery
ran out
now charging ready for the 6.15 am train
Good meetings through
and met interesting people
and went to Canary Wharf
which was filled with Police
and Sniffer Dogs
I assume because it was 9/11

Three Quotes

I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.

You see, Phipps, Fashion is what one wears oneself. What is unfashionable is what other people wear.

There was your mistake. There was your error. The error all women commit. Why can't you women love us, faults and all?

All from an excellent play by Mr Oscar Wilde tonight at the theatre. Considering it was written in 1895, the play is still full of meaning and wit. And all a little applicable to oneself.
Thoroughly enjoyable.
My only question now is: is the theatre at £20 a ticket, better value than the cinema at £6 ?

was I
that mended is
my flattened tyre
replaced it is
with new rubber.

I don't suppose that
that boxer
Mr Khan
is pleased that he lost in about
ten seconds
I say lost
he gained a whole lot of money

I was pleased that also today:
that I could enjoy a last raspberry
from my raspberry tree
that I watched a great Western
3.10 to Yuma
that DTM was home from Hungry

Apparently my surname is of French origin, from the early 17th Century.
But I don't feel either French or 400 years old.
So how can that be true?
I do feel slightly nauseous having watched some TV showing chicken breasts on sale which contained 60% chicken - and beef sausages which contained 5% meat.
I do feel slightly hard done by that my summer (August in England) was the dullest (least sun) since records began.
I do feel slightly tired as it's nearly 2 in the morning and I can't sleep because of various pretty trivial aches and pains and random noises.
I do love this quote from Old Williams play the Merchant of Venice:
"If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh?"

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