Posted on 3:09pm Monday 2nd December 2013
This is the second attempt as we had another computer melt down that resulted in starting with everything all over again on a clean hard drive. Its been a month for this sort of thing, Mikes caught a virus and it took 3 days to stop the thing logging on and he had to sort out a new anti-virus program. Jean & Nello's HDD broke and the new one was installed only in Italian and it took us 3 days to upgrade Windows & to ultimate and transfer language packs then download the programs she uses in English. Stephens mirror back up disc started to wobble and had to be replaced.....is it something in the air or the sun's magnetic reversal causing it?
Posted on 10:05am Friday 17th May 2013
Well we only have a week left of our Algarve holiday. It started out really cold for the first couple of days, but soon warmed up to 26 degrees which lasted a couple of weeks, but has dropped to about to about 14 degrees along with cloudy skies. We have met and chatted to some interesting people. One being a retired Irish stockbroker from Wexford, he introduced himself as this. He said he has millions stashed away from his days as a stockbroker and that he had it hidden away so nobody could find it. The way he looked I could not help wondering if that applied to himself as well he continued his story on how is family were in the oil business and were extremely rich. It’s the first time I have ever met a 55 year old multi millionaire ex stockbroker, with most of his teeth missing and the few he had left were stained brown. He was dressed like he bought his clothes from the pound rail in his local charity shop. I fired a couple of questions at him about quantitative easing and fractional reserve banking, he just changed the subject to how he could drink three pints to the fellow he was next to in the bar last night’s one. I now know he has been married to his wife for three years, who has had Cancer twice, and her ex husband was a prick and he had to get a hit man to kill him. The hit man must have missed because the prick of his wife’s ex husband, was still alive later in the conversation. He was a great footballer who was chauffeured in a Mercedes from Dublin just so he could score the goals to help his club win the league (that’s the multi billionaire not the hit man or the prick of his wife’s ex husband) This man went on to tell us how his wife’s kids called him daddy, and his stepson aged 32 was in tears when he learned his new stepdad was off on his holidays for 10 days. His step dad asked him why are you crying and the stepson replied it was because he was going to miss the ex stockbrokers cooking as he was such a brilliant cook. So not only have I had some abysmal cool weather in the Algarve, I have had the chance to rub shoulders with the elite. : ) It is now persisting down assisted by a gale force wind, I did not think things could get much worse, on top of this, I bought an inflatable bed to put on the very hard sun lounger, and the next day the sun disappeared, I am looking at my inflated bed wondering how it is going to fit in my overfilled flight bag. Maybe I will deflate it and wrap it around my body and smuggle it on board the plane. We still have a week left, even after writing this, funny how time goes so fast when you are having fun. Another minute passed, Tick Tock, Tick Tock.
Posted on 11:38am Friday 8th March 2013
Bedroom tax is yet another attack on the poor and vulnerable. People in Social Housing on any kind of benefit, with a spare bedroom will have received letters informing them that they will have to pay a levy for unoccupied bedrooms. This tax should not be levied against anyone who is willing to move to a smaller property, especially seeing that our Council has no smaller properties to offer. The only answer is for the Council to increase the stock of smaller properties thus helping the homeless and those in dire need for social housing. This would allow people to downsize while providing much needed work for local construction workers, and at the same time drive down the high cost of renting in the private sector, landlords would have to compete with the affordable council house rents. How can council tenants be penalised for living in a property that is bigger than they need, when there is no alternative accommodation for them to downsize available. The Government has created this problem with social housing by selling off properties to tenants, and not using the revenue received to build additional housing stock.
Posted on 10:40pm Sunday 24th February 2013
One of my friends has tweeted over 20k times since he joined Twitter in June 2007. While I admire him for being an early adopter, I have to ask, when does he have time to do anything else? Like wee, or feed himself?
Posted on 12:46am Saturday 12th January 2013
In Wales, Carwyn Jones AM recently quoted "We aim to tackle poverty relentlessly in every way we can" He and the assembly have just past on a little extra poverty to Pensioners on Pension Credit, they will now have to pay 10% towards their council tax, where previously it was judged that anyone on guaranteed Pension Credit who had so little income, they were not required to pay Council Tax. Mr Jones and his cabinet have decided that all those on Pension Credit will have to pay at least 10% towards their council tax, that's about £70 to someone deemed on the poverty line. In Scotland and England Pensioners on Pension Credit are not liable for this 10% poverty tax. How on earth does Carwyn think this is tackling poverty? Shame on him and the assembly, obviously their words mean nothing!
Posted on 2:00pm Saturday 13th October 2012
After a few days working in the garden, and taking rubbish to the local tip, I notice a few bites on my waistline. I thought they were midge or Mosquito bites, but they turned out to be far worse problematic. My wife and I had to go and look after my mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It was an 8 hour journey on slow coach Arriva, I felt uncomfortable on the way up, with not a clue of what was about to happen to me. We retired early after our long trek, only for me to wake up about half three in the morning, with excruciating pain all around my side. It felt like my ribs were broken and my skin was on fire along with what felt like someone was repeatedly stabbing me in the side with a blunt knife. I had to get up and sit in the chair downstairs for a bit or just walk about to stop this endless pain. I had contracted Shingles, I have never had them before and hope will never get them again. You cannot lie down without diabolical pain with a feeling like someone had doused you in petrol and set it alight, the pain came in waves the pain was so bad it made me feel sick. The next morning I travelled about 20 miles to a health food shop that I was a customer of, we arrived only to find they had closed down. I need some health supplements to ease this pain from hell. On returning back to my mother’s house, I scoured the internet for health food shops, the only one I could find was about 25 miles away. Next morning we set off on our quest to the shop, we arrived a few hours later only to find an earlier traffic accident had put in the shops windows resulting in the shops closure. Shingles are bad enough on their own without all this fruitless travel. That evening my daughter informed us about another health food shop in the centre of Manchester, this time I had a telephone number to check if they were open, they were. I obtained some Oregano oil capsules, DSMO, Tea Tree oil, Cayenne Pepper, enabling me to make a potion for dabbing on to the Shingles and a mix to consume also. I did get some light relief, but the burning itchy skin continued for a few days after. I would not wish Shingles on my worst enemy; it is definitely an illness from Hell.
Posted on 4:45pm Wednesday 18th July 2012
Charlie Pug seemed to be lonely and needed constant attention he wants to be with someone 24/7, so we decided to get him a friend, a baby Pug dog. We ordered him from a family in Llanelli, and then waited a few weeks until he was 8 weeks old before collecting him. Otis as we have called him is full of cuteness, he can quite easily fit on one hand, he seems to be driving Charlie mad, he will not leave him alone, constantly trying to nip him in the undercarriage. For a couple of days Charlie spent his time on the windowsill escaping this 8 week old crocodile. Otis is slowly becoming more sociable after a week of telling him off for chewing Charlie, our hiking boots and any spare thumb or ear that was hanging around by him, his teeth are like needles. I do not think Charlie is too happy with his new brother, he keeps giving us a look of despair, and as if to say “where the hell is this thing from, it was a lot more peaceful before he arrived.”
Posted on 9:43am Wednesday 11th July 2012
Well first off, thanks to the team at the Western Telegraph for allowing us to have this space to write about what we do.
Posted on 12:33pm Monday 9th July 2012
This is information printed in the UK Telegraph today 09/07/2012 "Nuclear submarines hit by more than 200 fires in the past 25 years" I hope our first minister reads and understands it, before welcoming Nuclear Submarines into Milford Haven Wales.
Posted on 6:36pm Thursday 5th July 2012
Our Government has voted against having a judicial enquiry to determine the way the Banks are conducting their businesses. Barclays have just been caught manipulating interest rates in favour of their own profits. This activity is insider trading, which is criminal under present law. It indirectly caused thousands of businesses to fold and millions of homes lost across the globe. I have just sat watching the live vote in parliament, and the subsequent result. It all pointed to that our government is well and truly in the big Banking/Corporation Pockets. We have the same manipulation on the commodity markets. You and I are being forced to pay coerced inflated high prices due to futures where speculators buy up Food Crops before they actually come out of the ground. Growers do not get a good price for their efforts and we at the end of the chain end up paying the speculators high prices for basic food stuffs. Multinational Corporations are bad news for everyone except for the companies themselves. They buy crops sit on them, causing artificial shortages (same with Oil) then when the price goes sky high they release the commodities at a premium price. There are too many middle men adding their premium onto our food and energy prices.
Posted on 5:12pm Thursday 5th July 2012
This another story copied and pasted from Naturalnews.com Check them out, lots of alternative info. Thank you NaturalNews : ) (NaturalNews) British registered company, GlaxoSmithKline, faces $3 billion in penalties after pleading guilty to the biggest health care fraud case in history. GSK admitted that physicians had been bribed to push potentially dangerous drugs in exchange for Madonna tickets, Hawaiian holidays, cash and lucrative speaking tours. They also admitted distributing misleading information regarding the antidepressant Paxil. The report claimed that it was suitable for children, but failed to acknowledge data from studies proving its ineffectiveness in children and adolescents.
Posted on 5:00pm Thursday 5th July 2012
This article was posted on NaturalNews.com I have copied and pasted it here for everyone like me that is interested in Alternative Supplements/Foods/ Medicine etc to read. Enjoy and check out NaturalNews.com for similar dietary information. : ) NaturalNews Maybe you've seen those commercials where a doctor is working on a construction crew, then it shows the construction worker in the pharmacy looking for the right medicine, telling you not to do your doctor's job because you wouldn't want him doing yours. It's quite a ridiculous analogy really, insinuating that there's a similarity in a doctor running a jack hammer, and you taking care of your own body, like that's someone else's job. No one else can maintain your body or has to live with the consequences of how you do so, but you. Duh.
Posted on 9:43pm Saturday 23rd June 2012
The weather was grey but rain stayed away, it was only the crowds that poured onto the dockside at Milford Marina today. Yes Fish week was well underway. Happy people wandered between the variety of trade stalls, food wagons and great entertainment. It was a carnival atmosphere with children enjoying the excitement of the inflatable’s and various rides. Bands were playing while people leisurely sipped there drinks in scenes like you would find outside a continental bar. Anyone could see that this year’s organisers had once again done a terrific job. The Party spirit was all around there was even a boat with a 3 man band aboard, playing while it scooted between the revellers. These events bring the best out in everyone, a couple of hours to forget your troubles and let your hair down. Let’s all look forward to next year Fish Week extravaganza. Well done everybody, it all went down swimmingly. : )
Posted on 9:54am Monday 18th June 2012
I insure an old camper van that does about 1500 miles a year max, with the NFU, last year it cost £231 with full no claims, this year it is £320 with no claims. I rang another insurance brokers to get a quote, they informed me that I already had a good deal at £320. They also said, because I was paying my insurance on a direct debit, if I cancelled I would still have to pay the full insurance premium of my old insurance policy because it is a credit agreement. if you cancelled your policy you would have to pay the full premium. He also informed me that because my camper was my only vehicle, insurance companies charge you an excess because using a camper van as a main vehicle you are more likely to have an accident. I know £320 is not a lot in relation to what other drivers have to pay, but how they have moved the goal posts over the last few years. Welcome to "Rip off Britain" at every corner you turn.
Posted on 6:01pm Sunday 27th May 2012
Words are potent! Words are powerful symbols of communication. Human history and culture has largely been recorded by way of the spoken and written word, and storytelling has played an integral part of human existence. People make sense of their own lives through the stories of others. From the medieval days of travelling troubadours to the present day columns in celebrity magazines and rhyming lyrics of rappers, stories have served to illuminate our deepest desires, highlighting our hopes and fears, embodying our flares of anger and the flames of our passion.
Posted on 5:56pm Wednesday 9th May 2012
Last Friday, I wrote a blog welcoming the election of 22 year old Jacob Williams to the County Council.
Posted on 3:09pm Sunday 6th May 2012
Well, the voters of Pembrokeshire have had their say, apart from those in 13 of the 60 wards, in which there was only 1 nomination and therefore that person was elected unopposed. Strangely enough, 13 were also returned unopposed in the 2008 elections.
Posted on 4:13pm Thursday 12th April 2012
If you have read some of my other articles, you will see that I am a committed Liberal Democrat.
Posted on 2:15pm Monday 9th April 2012
Have you ever asked yourself why it is that you to chose to be some place in preference to others? Why you feel drawn to gaze at certain landscapes, to explore the hills and dales of your seemingly random choice of homeland or holiday destination?
Posted on 4:26pm Tuesday 20th March 2012
I must admit that I have not had the inspiration to blog in recent months.
Posted on 9:01am Tuesday 21st February 2012
Picture this: a mellow, Sunday morning walk on a deserted beach. Breathing in the fresh air, lightly scented with seaweed; watching the dogs splashing in the salty surf. A welcome warp of peace and relaxation, in a week of emotional demands and tense decisions. Bliss!
Posted on 4:22pm Monday 13th February 2012
The first six weeks or so of this year have been imbued with the essence of patience for me. Doing nothing, whilst waiting for others to do something has, in fact, shown me that even when you remain perfectly still there will still be circles of movement around you.
Posted on 10:51am Thursday 9th February 2012
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland doesn't make enough thyroid hormones. This slows down the metabolism of the body, leading to symptoms such as always feeling cold, fatigue and easily putting on weight. Your thyroid gland makes two hormones: thyroxine (also called T4) and triiodothyronine (also called T3). Together, these hormones regulate your body's growth and metabolism. Your metabolism is how quickly your body uses resources to create energy and how quickly this happens in the body. It affects lots of things, including how much you weigh and how much you sleep. It is quite difficult to get your GP to diagnose this condition; this is because today GPs mainly rely on blood tests to diagnose their patients. Before the use of blood testing Doctors would use the pinch method where they would gently pinch your skin at top of your arms also taking your temperature on waking, before you start moving about, gives a good indication. If your body temperature is below 37 Centigrade is another clue. Hypothyroidism can go undiagnosed for a lifetime. You may have a GP that is aware of the symptoms, if not do your own research, and present it to your GP, to see what they make of your findings. Treatment used to be taking natural Thyroid extract; today we are given synthetic treatments which do not work as good as the natural form of Thyroid extract. There is lots of information about Hypothyroidism on the Internet, investigate this for yourself and If you feel you have the symptoms, go to your GP and get yourself checked out, armed with the knowledge you have acquired..I found a book called "Hypothyroidism Type 2" by Mark Starr, M.D. very enlightening.
Posted on 1:15pm Wednesday 8th February 2012
I pay road tax but hardly use my vehicle; we mostly walk with the exception of sometimes driving at weekends, for long distances we use the train as cheaply as possible by booking in advance. If our Government really wanted a healthy population they would instead of spending millions on a high speed rail link, upgrade existing lines and add more rural connections and at the same time build an independent vehicle free National Cycle Network, where cyclists along with walkers could travel around the UK and into Europe in safety, far away from the dangers of cars and their pollution. We already have a few cycle paths in Pembrokeshire but they need linking up to all major towns, it would bring more holiday cyclists and tourists, providing much needed jobs and income for the county. Come on Wales let’s build this Cycle Network and lead the UK in providing a healthier life for our citizens and tourists. : )