Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Away we go!

Family OTW are off to sunny California in a few hours time leaving the rain and the brexit/labour party glumness behind. Mind you I have a feeling that besides sun,sea,good food and good times the Hillary and Trump political circus will keep me entertained across the warm weeks to come....funny people Americans!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Black lives matter

No police officer leaves for work in the morning with the intent to murder a black man.Bad training and past experience does mean that sometimes tragic instances of accidental death/manslaughter do arise. The rise of smart phone filming of the incidents and the non stop tweeting of airhead entertainers and racially laden pronouncements from the likes of Obama do however enable the murders of the five officers in Dallas last night.You cannot demonise a body of people such as the police and not expect idiots to one day act, especially when they believe they have the backing of the likes of Obama, J.Jackson, Beyonce and other clowns....there will be more incidents like this and it pains me to see America torn apart.

Saturday, 2 July 2016


As I have mentioned several times I have tried to keep busy lately and avoid becoming involved in the current political turmoil that is enveloping the country. I know it is all important but I can only expend so much energy worrying and I'd rather use my time and thoughts to improve the lot of those closest to me...if selfish then I'm guilty I suppose. I have however  been watching the nonsense around the cult of the 'genuine' leader of the labour party comrade Corbyn.He strikes me as one of those historical figures who would quietly listen to you then pat you cheerfully on the shoulder before sending you and your family off for 'reeducation' the bitter remnants of the once proud labour party are welcome to him.

Friday, 1 July 2016


19,240 British men lost in one morning a hundred years ago today, the loss resonates even today....God bless them all.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Rock grock

I'm still trying to ignore the low level chaos around me caused by the Brexit vote as every time I read or hear about it I end up angry at all concerned which gets me nowhere but....angry! To pass the time my good friend the rock grock and I finished off making the steps on the gate lodge safe and more useable by building a couple of small but quite attractive (says me) walls that just need jet washing off now. I was strictly on construction as the dog legs involved in the coping where way beyond anything I could ever consider.... best leave it too the rock grock and his mallet.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


Inbetween my other attempts at keeping myself busy I have been working on making a Princess bed (their description) for my 2 year old as she is of an age now to want her own room like her older sisters.A quick search of ebay found me buying a worm eaten French antique bed for half the price of some Ikea nastiness.Lots of filler and elbow grease (wax removal etc) has me at this stage, my little boss seems happy with my efforts so far......Bling!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Whats cooking

While the rest of the country ties itself in knots over the Brexit vote I'm going to start restoring a Beetonette cooking range.Its raining quite a bit at present and so no building work for me to do and as the devil makes work etc I may as well amuse myself with some rusty old cast iron.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016


I have purposely not posted on the subject of our possible exit from the E.U. as I am long past arguing politics with anyone either in person or via the internet.I will vote and I must admit to being rather torn between what my heart says and what my head tells me is right.Whatever the result I will accept it with no rancour as I'm sure we will continue to flourish as a great nation and I'll try to do my little bit to contribute to our future....that's my only comment on this subject.

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Little German boy

Dee Dee Ramone passed away 14 years ago today.Before Dee Dee bass players stood around attempting to at least catch a bit of reflected glory from the bands guitarist or singer. After Dee Dee bass players could be stars as well...the boy could play a bit too!

Thursday, 26 May 2016


At 20 I was a scruffy sod and as can be seen from the pic I may have been from time to time rather the worse for wear due to a drink or two.I was earning my living as a musician though and so all was forgiven (maybe not by my mum!). This John Peel session for the BBC was recorded by my friends and I not too long after the pic and includes a track 'Jihad' that proved rather popular when we played live and on the radio.In later years when sessions came to be repeated this track was somehow missing! given that even 30 odd years ago I was virulently anti Islamist I don't suppose it comes as much surprise.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Our friends above

After my last post on the blitz I thought this would be an apt follow up as I considered those who gave their all defending the innocent below....just look at these pictures,simply stunning.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

May day Mayday

The past week or so has seen the 75th anniversary of the May bombing blitz on my home city of Liverpool. My mum was seven at the time and has some quite vivid memories of that week of constant bombing,destruction and death.I spoke to her quite a bit about it and amongst her memories that stand out is of her brothers venturing out of the shelter in the morning to go and find shrapnel as young lads do oblivious to the danger of unexploded ordinance.She also remembers her oldest brother being trapped overnight in a tram as the city burnt around him.Her father was a fire watcher on the docks and he told of seeing bodies untouched by fire but perhaps killed by blast slumped against walls looking for all the world as if they where asleep.She also told me about her parents quiet desperation as they prayed for an end to the nightly visit from potential death.....we have it so easy now thank God.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Odds and sods

With the help of a couple of sunny days I finished the wall job yesterday.It's only a small wall but it was a tricky little job mainly because I'm an idiot (half an hour working with me would be evidence enough). I've a different but thankfully smaller wall to build later this month but other than some landscaping that's me done this year......I could get to like this lazy arse life!

Wednesday, 4 May 2016


40 years ago the Ramones released their self titled album,for many a non event, for some of us it was life changing......pretty obvious which group I'm in.