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There might be something in this astrology stuff


Don’t know how much faith you have in this astrology stuff.  Rossa and Twilight think I have none but every so often something happens which takes the breath away.

A little voice says, ‘Hang on, these things are put in such general terms that it could be speaking of everyone and you only look at your own so don’t see what’s written about others.’

Well actually, I did, and they were different things.…

Christmas wine – best buys under £15


This follows on from the previous post – Early thoughts on Christmas wines.

I was going to write a piece on Grenache and Riesling wines at the end of this year as promised at the beginning of 2014.

The reason for that not happening is quite simple – the limited amounts of straight Grenache wines available.  Most are blended with other grapes, and for Riesling, the fact that it has fallen even further out of favour and single bottles are almost impossible to source, the only way to buy Riesling of any quality is by the case from specialist importers, so a review of that would be meaningless to the vast majority of wine drinkers.

So I thought a survey of what is more generally available with Christmas in mind would be a more useful approach.…

Early thoughts on Christmas wines

xmas fare 4

Christmas approaches, the season of Port, Sherry and desert wines.

Years ago Christmas signaled the bringing up from cellar of grandpas specially “saved” bottle of Port for our annual sampling, as nobody drank it at any other time of the year no one had a clue as to whether it was any good or not but we mumbled our approval drank it and awaited next year.…

New ice age?


Going to reprint the first part of this, via Sue:

Rational argument cannot penetrate faith.

Ask for evidence and you get model results. Ask for proof that the models are valid and you get hindcasts based on adjusted data. Ask for evidence of man-made emissions causing global warming and the answer is that it must be so for there is no other explanation. There isn’t if you don’t want to see it.

Wimmin on sailboats

Amfortas is a kindly soul and he’s contributed this to the topic of live-aboard boats:

I know that clip and she has a well set-up boat, she still needs supplies but she’s semi-self-sufficient, which is a good way to be.

He then also sends some piccies. The Laura Dekker ones I have on file and more – it’s a bulging file but a couple are included with pics I’ve not seen, all affirming the joy of sailing:




Let me just shove in some attribution here:

The Knight & Drummer Tavern

Laura Decker and that girl in the clip know just what sailing can do to a soul, as distinct from powerboating. There’s a sort of symbiosis with nature involved.

Methinks one day Laura will, in conjunction with her father, build the next Guppy. They certainly rebuilt that one and far from the perception that Laura just ‘assisted’, she had a major hand in what went onboard and where.…

Climactic cataclysm? Other things too …

This type of thing via haiku is always interesting to contemplate – perhaps AKH might be interested:

There was a sign from the sun, the like of which had never been seen and reported before. The sun became dark and its darkness lasted for 18 months.  Each day, it shone for about four hours, and still this light was only a feeble shadow.  Everyone declared that the sun would never recover its full light again.
Historiae Ecclesiasticae

Between the years 535 and 536, a series of major global climatic events that took place that could easily be described as a global cataclysm with catastrophic consequences. The above abstract is from the sixth century historian and church leader, John of Ephesus, in his historical work, Church Histories (‘Historiae Ecclesiasticae’).

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And methinks he makes a good point:

One thing that is quite peculiar about this global cataclysm is that it is a very little known event.

Autumn’s in the air

Busily writing here and see we’re already up to our next post “slot” for the day. Was going to run these later in the day but let’s do it now. The Atlantic is photographically waxing all lyrical again. Via haiku:


Aspen trees on FSR 612 at North Kaibab Ranger District, near the Grand Canyon in north-central Arizona, on September 21, 2014. (David Hercher/U.S. Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest)


Bavarian farmers escort their herd during the traditional “Almabtrieb” in Bad Hindelang, about 180km (110 miles) south of Munich, on September 11, 2014. (Reuters/Michael Dalder)

A few I gathered:

Have you heard this new number I wrote?


The world turns:



rocky mountains


science teachers


Sent by haiku a couple of days back and I couldn’t wait to see them on the blog.  Photos have this way of saying things, do you not feel?  Here’s the link to follow at your leisure.  Meanwhile, a selection:


Sailing boats gather at the start of the Barcolana regatta in front of Trieste harbor on October 12, 2014. The annual Barcolana regatta in the Gulf of Trieste near northern Italy is one of the largest sailing races in the world with over 1,800 participants.(Reuters/Stefano Rellandini)

Same Masonic motif, very strong among many of those onboard down below.


A woman jogs with her dog through a park during a sunny autumn day in central Sofia on October 14, 2014. (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

Is there a better way to spend Sunday morning? And the dog’s good too.


Riot police officers stand guard at a main road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on October 17, 2014.…

Bread [2]


perfect rossaYes, well, smartypants Rossa showed me her loaf – yes, yes, I know, all ingredients in, it’s an art form, I’m told, not a science, blah, blah blah and she came out with a perfect loaf, dinn she eh?

Meanwhile, muggins here was doing this – I’ve just been driving her batty and was told to bugger off – do you find today’s chef a teensy bit ‘cheffy’ in temperament?

Must be because it’s around tea time.


Here’s what I’m going with for a 1.5 lb loaf:

Gives hydrations here in comments:

According to those, one cup is 240ml = 128g.

However, I did my own experiment.  With  an ice-cream paddle on a chisel as a seesaw, I put 70ml of lightly packed flour on one side and it was balanced by 47ml of water. As the water is about 47g, then the flour weighs 47/70 or 0.67 of the water.  Or two-thirds the weight of the water.…

Climate legerdemain yet again

Don’t know much about this Owen Paterson man, I’ve seen quite disparaging things on Twitter but not the substance of what the gripe is.

Anyway, Wiggia sends OP’s idea on climate tax and all that:

The Climate Change Act 2008, which ties Britain into stringent environmental measures, should be suspended – and then scrapped – if other countries refuse to agree legally binding targets, says Owen Paterson MP

Britain will struggle to “keep the lights on” unless the Government changes its green energy policies, the former environment secretary will warn this week.

Owen Paterson will say that the Government’s plan to slash carbon emissions and rely more heavily on wind farms and other renewable energy sources is fatally flawed.

Meanwhile, as we saw the other night, the French left seem hellbent – presumably before they’re dumped – on rushing through, hammering through, swingeing environmental sign-ups, at billions of euros cost to France.…