Partying like it's 1984


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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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March 2019

Spring is busting out all over - the daffodils seem really early, nearly over at the start of MArch

February 2019

Made up for January's missing sun in just the first few days!

January 2019

Seems mild, but not very sunny. No solar records this month! but hardly any heating either.

December 2018

Lovely Christmas, figuring out the new places to put things!

November 2018

More lights... Gerald's visit had to be postponed. Try again when weather's better!

October 2018

Christmas Lights season on us again. Took Gail and Nigel to see Trevone, no pizza! Flying Scotsman on viaduct.

Some of our pictures

Russell's birthday - at PorthtowanNostalgic YouthA spectacular aerial view of the expansive ruins of the #Roman military colony of Timgad (Batna), AlgeriaTremenheere Gardens - St Michael's MountNorth Cornwall coast, gorgeous sunsetSummer Solstice 2005, St Michaels MountDan and SallyStar Trails Over Godrevy Lighthouse by David Gregory from Penzance

Weather at Hayle - Foundry End

Weather at Hayle - Foundry End - about a mile west of Angarrack as the crow flies


Title Type Datesort icon
Strawberry Day Blog entry 10 years 9 weeks
Trevone - September 2004 Image 10 years 9 weeks
New way of dating fired clay ceramics - rehydroxylation Blog entry 10 years 9 weeks
A unique approach to dementia care Blog entry 10 years 9 weeks
Surveillance of arms trade campaigner was unlawful, says appeal court | UK news | Blog entry 10 years 8 weeks
Good governance - an impossible dream? Blog entry 10 years 8 weeks
Tremenheere Gardens Image 10 years 8 weeks
Tremenheere Gardens - St Michael's Mount Image 10 years 8 weeks
Skies over Angarrack - July 2008 Image 10 years 8 weeks
Patterns on Gwithian Beach - December 2008 Image 10 years 8 weeks
Thrift at Hayle Estuary - May 2009 Image 10 years 8 weeks
Astra - November 2008 Image 10 years 8 weeks

Recent posts for Russell

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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?


Recent posts for Carol

Found on film: the last survivor of the final slave ship from Africa to the US

Found on film: the last survivor of the final slave ship from Africa to the US

Her name was Redoshi. They took her from Africa, and probably forced her to become a child bride so she would fetch a higher price in the US as one half of a “breeding couple”.

The overseers beat her if she failed to understand English. She passed on the language of her African homeland to her children and grandchildren anyway.

Even as an old woman, she kept the memory of home alive, decorating her Alabama yard as they did in west Africa, keeping the old spiritual beliefs beneath her Christianity.

Poem - The Last Time

Through hazy years and memories faded, I see a glimmer of your smile,
how I wish I'd changed my plans and stayed with you a while,

will you be ok I asked, as we parted ways that day,
you told me not to worry, that all would be ok

I wish I'd held you longer, I wish there'd been a sign,
I wish I'd known as we said goodbye that this was the last time

last time I'd hear your voice, last time our eyes would meet,
the last time I'd feel whole again, the last time I'd be free

Free to laugh without constraint, that lightness now diminished,
the joy in every moment curbed, the day your story finished

Free from the torment of things unsaid, of leaving you behind,
of every way I hurt you, of wasting so much time

Time I took for granted, time I thought we had,
time to do all the crazy things that we'd always planned

Quote - You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting


"You see," my colleague went on, "one doesn’t see exactly where or how
to move. Believe me, this is true. Each act, each occasion, is worse
than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the
next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others,
when such a shock comes, will join with you in resisting somehow. You
don’t want to act, or even talk, alone; you don’t want to ‘go out of
your way to make trouble.’ Why not?—Well, you are not in the habit of
doing it. And it is not just fear, fear of standing alone, that
restrains you; it is also genuine uncertainty.


An excerpt from

They Thought They Were Free

The Germans, 1933-45

Milton Mayer

Burns Day

“Then let us pray that come it may,
As come it will for a’ that
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that
For a’ that, an’ a’ that
It’s coming yet for a’ that
That Man to Man, the world o’er
Shall brothers be for a’ that”

Fri, 25/01/2019

Lughnasa, Calan Awst the Calends of August

Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (/'lu?n?s?/ LOO-n?-s?) is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Wed, 01/08/2018


Allantide (Cornish: Kalan Gwav, meaning first day of winter, or Nos Kalan Gwav, meaning eve of the first day of winter and Dy' Halan Gwav, meaning day of the first day of winter), also known as Saint Allan's Day or the Feast of Saint Allan,[1] is a Cornish
festival that was traditionally celebrated on the night of 31 October,
as well as the following day time, and known elsewhere as Allhallowtide.[2][3]

Wed, 31/10/2018

Quote - Farewell, poor world, I must be gone. Thou art no home, no rest to me. I take my ship and travel on till I a better worl

Farewell, poor world, I must be gone.
Thou art no home, no rest to me.
I take my ship and travel on till I a better world do see.
Into the ocean, where there's rest, I go, I leave, I part with speed.
The way is long, the end is sweet.
Once more, poor world, farewell, indeed.
In leaving thee, the sea I meet.



Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov day

Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov (Russian: Станисла́в Евгра́фович Петро́в; 7 September 1939 – 19 May 2017) was a lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces who became known as "the man who single-handedly saved the world from nuclear war" for his role in the 1983 Soviet nuclear false alarm incident.

Mon, 26/09/1983