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You've found Russell & Carol. We're lucky enough to live in a beautiful part of Cornwall with Astra the rescue dog and a lot of computers. We sometimes get around to blogging about things which interest/enrage us.

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December 2021

Nice to see visitors before another Christmas.

November 2021

Celebrating with a barrel for rubies.

December 2020

Chilly start, so had to give up with the sandals - but some lovely sunshine... so still no need for heating. Birds have been busy with the berries - Cotoneaster, Ivy and Leycesterii still easily favourites. One of the blackbirds has been ingenously leaping from other plants (and lemonry roof!) to try to get the most dngly berries

November 2020

Wet and windy start - but some glorious sunshine too and still pretty warm for November so sandals still the order of the day - and a lovely day on the patio too! Enjoyed our luniversary.

Some of our pictures

Astra watching the world go bySoarerValerian at the Iron Bridge - Padstow, 2014Poppy @ WestviewAstra keeping a low profile Sunset from the BeachBeautiful dry stone walling by stonemason and sculptor Johnny Clasper#Painting #Walking towards #Gwithian

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Neo-Liberalism at its finest...?

So, the top man at Thomas Cook trousers £15m in 'hard earned and decent' (my sarcasm) bonuses over the last couple of years and now Thomas Cook is in dire trouble and planning to lay off thousands.  Well thank goodness for Free markets.  Nurses, teachers and other public servants must have their pensions cut, but goold old chief executives must have huge payouts even in times of trouble.  We're all in it together of course....


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Gaza Flotilla II Underway

Many brave people are going with the Gaza Flotilla II assembling in the Med right now.  The Zionist Entity has made its usual revolting attempts to stop the ships before they sail and smear the people but the ships are going.  Shame on Greece, Cyprus, The USA, Canada, France and Australia for telling their citizens not to participate.  Interestingly The Zionist Entity is claiming that people on the flotilla entering Gazan waters 'will be treated as individuals having attempted to enter Israel illegally' (Jerusalem Post) thus demonstrating that they consider Gaza to be under the authority of the Zionist Entity...

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Oh FFS religionists again...

I nearly choked on my old man's sherry recently when I read about a 'science' teacher in the USA (where else?) who liked to add christian commentary to his science lessons basically saying the science he was teaching was wrong and that his religious view was correct.  He had been sacked it seemed and there was a 'reinstate him' movement from the concerned kids who were praying for him because they now believed science was unreliable.


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Cyrus the Great of Persia - the first Christ of the Judaeans

"And when no elite existed, one could always be imported from elsewhere. Cyrus [the Great, founder of the Achaemenid Persian Empire], even as he flattered the Babylonians with the attentions he paid to Marduk [Babylonian God], had not ignored the yearnings of the city's deportees, exiles such as the Judaeans, brought to Babylon decades previously - for the Persians had recognised in these wretched captives, and in their homesickness, a resource of great potential.

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The UK Surveillance Society

"If you've nothing to hide you've nothing to fear" is the mantra of the proponents of the surveillance society. It's rubbish of course as we all have things to hide such as our bank account or credit card details! Privacy International's 2007 survey gave the UK the lowest privacy ranking in the EU putting it in the 'endemic surveillance' category alongside Russia and Singapore. So do we good citizens actually need to worry?


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Quote - "True is such a twentieth-century concept. The question is, can I get you to believe it, can I get it repeated enough"

True is such a twentieth-century concept. The question is, can I get you to believe it, can I get it repeated enough times to make it as good as true.”

? Salman Rushdie, The Golden House 2017


Scotland - cloud flowing through and filling up the glens and lochs

Scotland - cloud flowing through and filling up the glens and lochsBBC Scotland website has this amazing NASA image of temperature inversion on Saturday - cloud flowing through and filling up the glens and lochs.

February 21 -- Feast of Saint Robert Southwell

Sun, 21/02/2021



February 21 -- Feast of Saint Robert Southwell "A poet, a lover and a liar are by many reckoned but three words with one signification." Saint Robert Southwell That was the cynical admonition of the poet Robert Southwell, addressed to his cousin, W.S., believed by some to have been William Shakespeare. The two were contemporaries who indisputably read each other's works. Shakespeare, a humanist with no apparent religious zeal, admired Southwell's poetry, but Southwell, a Jesuit priest, seems to have had reservations about literature that…


2/21: Saint Robert Southwell (1561-1595) and Blessed Thomas Pormort (1560-1592) Martyrs at Tyburn, England - "The men like Topcliffe might tempt us to hope that Hell exists, but we would do well to remember that our notions of justice are imperfect, and in wishing that, we deliver ourselves to the Devil."

Quote - "It is a matter not so much of concealing as of withholding and what is withheld is not so much the truth as the facts"

It is a matter not so much of concealing as of withholding and what is withheld is not so much the truth as the facts.

cabinet secretary, Sir Burke Trend, 1963




The magazine Private Eye provoked panic in Whitehall when it identified C, the letter used to denote the head of MI6, hitherto secret papers released at the public record office yesterday [Wed 16 Feb 2000 01.44 GMT] reveal.

magazine broke existing media conventions by naming Sir Dick White as
C, standing for Chief, in a column by Claud Cockburn, in August 1963. In
a small paragraph headed "Note to foreign agents" he named Sir Dick as
the "head of what you so romantically term the British Secret Service".

In Remembrance - Hiroshima bomb survivor Sunao Tsuboi dies at 96

Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor and nuclear disarmament activist Sunao Tsuboi died on October 24 at the age of 96, according to advocacy group, Nihon Hidankyo, the group of atomic bomb survivors he headed.

Sunao Tsuboi's experiences at Hiroshima

Tsuboi was 20 years old when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on his hometown on August 6, 1945. He was on his way to engineering school when the bomb hit, killing 140,000 people.

Three days later, a second nuclear bomb fell on Nagasaki, killing another 70,000 people. Japan formally surrendered on August 15.

"I suffered burns all over my body," Tsuboi said in 2016. "Naked, I tried to run away for about three hours on August 6 but finally could no longer walk."

He gained consciousness 40 days after the bombing, but he was so weak that he had to start by crawling. A part of his ear was gone because of the burns. Later, he developed cancer and other diseases.

Matters because involves standards, rules & integrity in public office.. once those values erode - can ever expect to get back?

It matters because it involves standards, rules and integrity in public office. And once those values start to erode - can the public ever expect to get them back?



Quote - "Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides: Who cover faults, at last shame them derides"

Time shall unfold what plaited cunning hides:
Who cover faults, at last shame them derides
Cordelia; King Lear Act 1 Scene 1

—William Shakespeare



Feast of St Piala, patron saint of Phillack, near Hayle

Today is the Feast of St Piala, patron saint of Phillack, near Hayle. Piala was sister to Gwinear, both Irish missionaries who came ashore at the Hayle estuary. She was killed by the pagan Cornish king Tewdrig.

Mon, 23/11/2020

Cornish Feast of St Erth (also known as Erc), patron saint of St Erth near Hayle

Today is the Cornish Feast of St Erth (also known as Erc), patron saint of St Erth near Hayle. An Irishman and brother to Ia (St Ives) and Uny, Erc was converted by St Patrick and traveled to Cornwall. He would later return to Ireland, living to the age of 93

Sat, 31/10/2020

Nearly There / Nearly Home Trees

Nearly There / Nearly Home Trees

Spotted on Etsy - Nearly There / Nearly Home Trees. Hand Made Fused Glass Picture. Freestanding, Individual Well Loved Landmark to the Gateway of Cornwall


Poem - For the Fallen


With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Poem - In Flanders Fields


In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
  That mark our place; and in the sky
  The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
  Loved and were loved, and now we lie
      In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
  The torch; be yours to hold it high.
  If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
      In Flanders fields.