Come On, It’s Not Like It’s The End Of The World!

Hey,

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So, it is Monday, the least popular day of the week.

Everyone is now wishing away the days until Friday, and the exciting promise of a weekend to suit themselves.

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Unfortunately, wishing away the days might not be a good idea….at least not according to some

It is time to be scared again….very scared!!!

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Of course, we have been through this before, the last time that Preacher Harold Camping warned everyone world-wide that Doomsday was going to arrive on May 21st 2011.

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Prediction about May 21st 2011.

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His followers were full of disbelief when the appointed day arrived, and passed, without incident.

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It seems that, after the initial confusion, Harold Camping has finally managed to work out what had happened.

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The 90 year old from California has realised that May 21st was actually Judgement Day, when all of mankind was finally divided up into the righteous, and the un-righteous. in the eyes of God.
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Now, five months later….on Friday….the Apocalyse will begin.

It seems that those judged to be good will rise up to heaven in ‘The Rapture’, leaving all of the remaining people to live through hell on Earth..

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According to those who follow this line of thought, all of the conditions which are needed to begin the selection process, are manifesting upon the Earth at this moment.

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So, you have a good week then, don’t waste a moment!!!!

j.

And remember….if it does not happen on Friday….then you can start worrying about December 12th 2o12

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The Winds Of Change.

Hi,

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Greetings to you from the dark and rainy North.

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Today I am thinking about the changes in childhood since I was growing up, remember that we only bought a television when I was about 13.

It only received broadcasts for a certain number of hours per day.

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Nowadays things are very very different!

This is a strange clip, which seems to have become an instant hit with everyone.

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It has been uploaded by the parents of a lovely little one year old.

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This girl has spent all her short life as a true child of technology.

She is wired to understand the modern world.

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This clip shows her using an iPod quite happily, before being given two magazines.
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It seems to be that when she looks at the magazines she is somewhat confused.

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Perhaps for her, a magazine is merely a broken iPod!

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For those brought up to the digital experience, touch would seem to be everything.

They expect the world to be at their fingertips.

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What do you think.

Is technology destroying the imagination, creativity and whimsy of childhood.

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Is this modern technology destroying the bonding between parents and children, over the joint experience of story-telling from books.

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Does the ‘boredom’ of less immediately stimulated childhood, aid the grasp of reading and the unlocking of a doorway into other worlds of imagination.

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Are modern innovations, such as the iPod, killing a child’s ability to create games of their own.

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Are so many hours being spent alone in this one experience, that children are no longer learning to be properly sociable and connected to others.

Are they at risk of being stunted in their natural development, in the way that children who spend too long, alone in front of televisions, are thought to be.

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Or is this just normal and healthy change.

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What is your opinion of it all.

J.

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The Incredible Ageing Woman.

Hi,

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Today I woke to surprisingly bright sunshine, and forecasts promise a couple of days of unseasonably good, warm weather.

Yeah, possibly, but the seasons pass inexorably no matter what we prefer, or how much we protest their change.

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It is the same with life.

All of us worry about the unwelcome effects of ageing, finding it hard to cope when the outside of the body begins to differ so much from how we still feel inside.

It is not an easy change to accept, even though it is a natural part of life.

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How much harder then for a lovely woman in her early twenties to suddenly look about 53 years older within days.

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According to Nguyen Thi Phuong, a pretty young married woman living in a village in Vietnam, it all began in 2008.

Suddenly, she and everyone around her, were horrified to see that her skin was suddenly beginning to become old, puffy, and saggy very very quickly.

In no time at all she began to look like a grandmother in her seventies.

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Eventually news of her disturbing condition reached the ears of two dermatology experts, who made their way to her village.

These specialist doctors, one of whom was from the Ho Chi Minh University, talked with Nguyen Thi Phuong at some length, to discover all of the details, and then carried out tests upon her skin.

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They came to the conclusion that she was most probably suffering from a very rare condition known as Mastcytosis, which is caused when the body produces too many mast cells.

The doctors are perplexed as to what could have caused this to happen, but it has been reported that it could be possible that the illness has been triggered by the long term usage of traditional, and therefore unregulated, medicines.

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Nguyen Thi Phuong meeting the doctors.
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Of course, further tests will need to be carried out to confirm the diagnosis, but if it is correct then it seems that there is the possibility of the unfortunate lady having a 50-70% chance of making a recovery.

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Wow, that puts ageing normally into a far more acceptable light!

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So, do have a good day without too many wrinkles in it!

J.

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A World Of Pure Illusion.

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I don’t know your opinion on the henna decorations that you sometimes see done on the hands.

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As you may well have guessed by now….I love them!

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However the clip that I am uploading today is light years past that.

It is definate artwork….and very fascinating to boot.

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See what you think.

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Actually, it is very reminiscent of the intruiging art of Liu Bolin, the invisible man, the arch illusionist.

But hey, they say that life itself is an illusion!
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Swimming Pool Illusion.
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So, I suppose that it is back to the everyday world now….but a Friday in real time is not at all a bad thing!
j.
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Talk About Being Taken For A Ride.

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Some time ago I did a post about the subway surfers in Russia.

These people jump onto the trains, and travel between stations for the fun and adrenaline fuelled thrills….and obviously kudos amongst fellow travellers.

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There has just been a YouTube video uploaded which shows that there seems to do noting that is so dangerous that someone or other will not attempt to do it.

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In the video a gentleman is seen hanging onto the outside of a J train in New York as he catches a ride, much to the shock of other, more safety- conscious passengers, who are riding on the inside of the carriage.
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Whoaaah!
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Reports say that he eventually got off at the Essex Street stop.

This was a good move because the tunnel really narrows after that and the few inches of space left would not have accommodated a human body….it would most definitely have been the end-of-the-line for that particular subway traveller!

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In the UK we usually pull the Emergency Cord if something is amiss on a train journey, but perhaps that is not applicable in America.

I don’t know, because I would be scared to go on a subway in New York….and not only for fear of picking up any of those growing numbers of rampant bed bugs.

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I would however, have been thrilled to have been witness to the wonderful music that the harried, busy and inattentive travellers were once treated to as part of a fascinating experiment, which took place in a subway!

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So, have a good one, and don’t be tempted to copy this if you see the doors closing as you arrive to catch the train….just go and get a coffee.

Impatience is often not a virtue!

J.

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It’s Decision Time….Who Is Going To Leave The Show This Week!

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It is Wednesday today, so we can now begin to make plans for the weekend.

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My own plans have now changed, in so far as my planned television viewing is concerned anyway.

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As you know, I have been going off X Factor since last year’s show and all of the vote-fixing allegations etc, and now I have decided to stop bothering to watch the UK version of it …. so it is me who will be leaving this week then!

The reason being that it is mostly just rubbish now, and the format has continued to change for the worse.

It is a definate money machine.

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I did not expect to like any of the new judges, but I really like Gary Barlow, who I find quite dishy!

However it now seems to me to be total amateur night on everyone’s part….plus a mind-numbing volume of long-winded advertising breaks.

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I also cannot see any of the current batch of hopefuls as anything approaching world-star status…. most of them I would expect to hear in the local Karaoke Bar.

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This is totally not helped by the naff song choices and presentations shown, especially by Louis Walsh‘s group.

That man is like the kiss of death to previously good singers, who are then dressed like old fashioned clowns and given rubbish 80’s type songs which were not even that good at the time.

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I cannot take any more of it.

I surrender!!!!!

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I have been watching the American X Factor too, but for me it is too American, in that I have never heard of the guest performers and rarely enjoy them anyway.

So, I may watch it if I have no other plans, but only once I have recorded it and I can jump through all of the interminable ads, and everyone else that I do not want to watch….including all of the judges except Simon Cowell.

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So, am I the only one finding these programmes to be past their best, or am I now out-of-step with all of you other people out there in Couch Potato Land.

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I leave you now.

From Thoroughly Disgruntled of the North!

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Meet Me In Winter. 1.

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Hey,
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There are many picturesque and beautiful places that are examples of the best to be found in Britain.
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Places like the lovely small market town in the Cotswolds….enchantingly named Wotton-under-Edge.
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In this place an idea grew from the thoughts of Katie Elliott….and spread on their website …. meetmeinwinter.org.

The result has been that hundreds of the people streamed into the town centre to do something extraordinary recently.

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They recorded  a seasonal charity song there, in order to offer support to the Shelter charity, and also to a local youth centre.

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The people concerned are hoping that their recording of an original song, called ‘Meet Me In Winter’, will reach the Christmas No.1 spot this year…..and frustrate the more usual X Factor takeover success story!

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This is a preview of the song, recorded two weeks ago.
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I expect that a lot of the dry-throated singers had a pint afterwards at The Ancient Ram Inn, a well known place in Wotton.

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However I would not have gone with them, given the pub’s apparent reputation, as one of the most haunted places in Britain.
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The Inn was built in the 13th century, upon what was thought to be a site for Pagan burials and ceremonies, and in the 800 years since then it has seemed to be haunted.
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One group of visitors there took the following film, over only one night, from 12am through to 7am.
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So, lots happening in Wotton-over-Edge then.
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Hoping that the record does very well for them!

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Have a musical one yourself,
J.
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Now You See It….Now You Don’t.

Hello Monday,

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After a weekend of rubbish weather, and extremely frizzy hair from the dampness, I was once again thinking of how much nicer it would be to live down in a place like Cornwall where it is warm enough to support some quite tropical plants.

And oh, the lure of more sunshine and much warmer winters.

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I was therefore, a bit taken aback, to read about some walkers who were high on the Cornish cliffs at the end of September.

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They were proceeding along happily, enjoying the awesome scenery at a point near Redruth, when they noticed something happening to the cliff face a little way in ahead of their position.

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First they saw what appeared to be small puffs of dust rising into the air, closely followed by the formation of tiny cracks.

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They managed to film the strange happenings….and were witnesses to a huge portion of the cliff face falling off.

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Some reports stated that the fall occurred at a site Hell’s Mouth, which was very apt, but luckily no one was hurt in this particular instance.

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Coastal erosion had struck once more.
How scary is this.
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I don’t think I would have stood so close to those cliff edges to film it myself!
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This is more film at the same site two weeks later on October 8th.
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Of Course, this is not an unusual happening, because coastal erosion is ongoing.
In the past, during the time of the Foot and Mouth scare, there was a collapse of the 200′ Devil’s Chimney, which rose from the cliff at at Beachy Head….a famous spot for suicides.
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Experts say that the waves are ever growing bigger and stronger, perhaps due to global warming, and obviously the collapse at Beachy Head not helped by over 1,000,000 visitors per year who are luckily not suicidal!
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This film is from the BBC.
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The next clip shows the speed of coastal erosion in parts of the UK.
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It was taken over a period of one year….from 15th January 2005 through to 15th January 2006.
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One photo was taken every 15 minutes, on land 60m south of Martello Tower W, East Lane, Bawdsey, Suffolk….looking south toward Harwich and Felixstowe.
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The film is titled ‘Line Of Defence’.
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Is that scary or what!!!
j.
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How To Make Absolutely Sure That You Get A Golden Globe.

Hi,

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So hopefully your weekend is proceeding well.

Mine is damp but fine thank you!

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So, with reference to a past post about the planned sale of lots of personal items belonging to the superstar John Wayne, who died of stomach cancer 30+ years ago in 1972, after making 250 films.

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It took place in Los Angeles, California, over two days last week and made a phenomenal sum of over $5 million, a percentage of which will benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

It proved how many people are long time fans, desperate to own a small piece of Wayne memorabilia, with enthusiastic bidding taking place for every item in the 750 piece catalogue.

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Some amazingly high bids were offered for some choice items such as the star’s coveted Golden Globe which was awarded for the True Grit movie which he starred in in 1969…. a wonderful film indeed!

The competition for the globe closed at a bid of $143,400, which is about £92,000

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The biggest surprise would seem to have been his Green Beret, which was part of his film costume for The Green Berets, made in 1968, which went for an amazing $179,000…about £115,000.

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Trailer for The Green Berets….starring Jong Wayne and his very desirable and valuable beret.
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The amount obtained from the eye-patch he sported True Grit was meagre by comparison, the bidding being completed at almost $48,000….about £31,000

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It may be a recession but there is obviously money out there for rare items which really stir people up.

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John Wayne’s last appearance at the Academy Awards, before his sad death two months later.
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No doubt John would have been proud!

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J.

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Going Like A Bomb.

Hi,

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How are you!

Things are very quiet for us here at the moment, given the horrible rainy weather and the chilly winds lately.

It was so bad that I got earache from it when we went on our last long walk….as if I need any more body parts going wrong at the moment!

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I shall definately have to buy myself one of those strange multi coloured Peruvian-type hats, equipped with the ear-flaps and long plaited ties.

It will have to be done, even though such a hat will not be something I would personally feel stylish wearing.

Or perhaps try to find something more like a Russian fur hat…like a spy.

Yes, that has ear-flaps too, as I remember it….far more excellent…far more James Bondy!

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As Big H is having a ‘tired-out’ week, I have been spending my time doing some artwork, reading, and looking around for amusement on the web.

I found this clip on YouTube….and was shocked at the ideas that some people will attempt to carry out.

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Perhaps something like this is OK if you work out mathematical trajectories or something, but if it was based upon my figures you would need to be mad to try it….my maths skills being equally as bad as my housework skills.

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For me, is like watching a cartoon with the Road Runner or something, and you already know that nothing he tries ever works out at all well for him!
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And here it is…
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If you are the one who did it, then all I can say is….WHOAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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Have a good Saturday yourself and take a good shot at what you want!

J,x.

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