Friday, 26 August 2016


A visit to the Jelly belly factory yesterday made my kids very happy which as any parent knows means a happy parent so good result all round.While the kids ooohed and ahhhed at the bean making process and then stuffed their faces I took the time to check out the President Reagan memorabilia which given his long relationship with the company was quite comprehensive. As a political child of the eighties I was expected to hate Reagan along with Mrs Thatcher but I didn't.There was always something about him I admired and his love of Jelly beans is now added to my list.....God bless Ronnie.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

more muscle

The boy gives his take on muscle cars.

Monday, 22 August 2016

American bling

America has always had much more of a car culture than Britain and it is something I enjoy both when driving and when attending shows like the Napa classic car show yesterday.Among the muscle monsters,custom cars and oldies I did find a car wearing these rims...there is always one isn't there?

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Hows that 1776 working out for you?

Sitting around the pool doing bugger all today I spent some time musing on all that I have seen and heard here on my American travels in the last few weeks.It has been 2 years since my last visit, a period of time longer than any in decades...but what a 2 years.Listening to people and watching the news I'm quite shocked and saddened at the way in which the country I have loved second to my own has seemingly come apart at the seams.The amount of hatred here between the left and right,black and white,gay and straight is shocking and unfixable. This hatred coupled with a Govt and president that now with its politicised judicial system operates at a third world level has left the country a shadow of its former self.....and that's before the Trump and Hillary show! On a magnanimous lighter note I'd like on behalf of her Majesty the Queen (I'll tell her later) to offer America the chance to rejoin the fold......welcome to the Anglosphere guys.Now Britain has regained its borders,reduced our native socialists to a rabble rump and elected a solid decent female P.M. (take that Hillary) don't you think its time to come home? 1776 isn't that long ago in the scheme of things and if you just hand over Hawaii for its beaches and maybe Maine for snow(we'll take you too Sipp) you are as you (ex) colonials say...good to go! just think, no more Emperor Obama,...just that nice old lady Queen Liz and her ever entertaining spouse Phil the Greek......oh and Scotland gets Trump! cup of tea and a crumpet anyone?

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Vino slaves

My kids put in a shift as vino slaves at aunt Vinogirls today, netting the vines to keep off pesky birds.The little uns did a  full morning shift and as a reward they then went for in and out burgers....its good to be a kid!

Monday, 8 August 2016


As a coffee drinker I enjoy drinking as many different types as I can when over here in California, from gourmet to cheapo free refills at Dennys . Ritual coffee in Napas oxbow market is a great brew but the faintly commie,islamist logo leaves me a little unsettled and not feeling the need to buy a mug etc.....yup I'm a crank!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


America tends to give me ideas above and beyond my station but I must admit this quad my boy took a shine to was rather neat....who doesn't need a camo quad bike in their life? There is something similar for sale in the U.K. and if I tell myself a couple of white lies I can just about justify buying one...done deal!

Monday, 1 August 2016


Leaving the land of the saints to return to lala land (California), before we left the kids had fun doing a soda challenge. The challenge entailed the kids guessing the flavor of various sodas without any visual clues. Flavours such as choc peppermint soda didn't go down to well but the winner in the nasty stakes was....celery soda!....One has to worry for a nation that makes such a concoction....or maybe celebrate it.

Saturday, 30 July 2016


My wife is shooting at mountains, I've no idea what they did to offend and was a little too worried to ask...mums with guns!

Safe space

The rodeo I attended a few days back with my American family was for me yet another example of America at its finest.The audience,the competitors and the whole dusty hot atmosphere make the rodeo along with seeing LFC at Anfield one of my favourite passtimes.The opening speech and communal prayer (8500 people) alone would have made a leftie weep but for me it sums up all that is good wonder all I meet are pretty disgusted at having to pick between Trump and Hillary....for once I am rather happy with Britains low key choices.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Back with the saints

Not had much time to blog lately with moving around America so much but I thought I'd best start...and where better than Utah! Its hot hot hot here although unlike blighty the locals seem to function without missing a beat.I am a heat lover so my wanderings along the Wasatch are only slightly slowed by my stopping for a cold refreshing root beer as sanctioned by the mighty Brigham Young....I do talk nonsense sometimes.

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.