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H took on my elderly Nokia (the blue and orange model which is now almost a Collectors' Item) when I updated a long time ago.  The fact that that is still working and the replacement I then got isn't is possibly a major comment on Nokia and their original policies.  Of course they've long since been taken over by Management with the all too prevalent 'Make it cheap.  Make it break down soon disposable.  Make them replace it often' mentality.

  This sits ill with those of us who want our phones to act as phones rather than fashion accessories, and believe it or not some of us do.  It sits extremely ill with those of us who believe in 'value for money'.  And it sits worst of all with the increasing number of us who would like to have some sort of reasonable world to pass on to our grandchildren (or in our case - other people's grandchildren!)

Thereby Hangs A TaleCollapse )

   'K, y'all have a good day now.  Anyone know some good bedtime stories**?



   *H could use his Smartphone as an alarm too.  Except it takes halfway to forever to charge fully, then very little time to discharge.  Even when it's just keeping time.  Hence he has it switched off most of the time.  This preserves battery charge but can make it a bit difficult if I need to get in touch with him.  Particularly when the 'incoming txt' notification is but a single, polite 'bong!'

  **Yes, I could have blogged about something serious, goodness only knows there's enough serious stuff going on.  But even knowing Almighty God has it all under control and it's all going according to His Plan, it gets a tad depressing at times.  For a while anyway, til I remember.
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
amused amused
Current Music:
Teddy Bears' Picnic - Henry Hall and His Orchestra
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What is it with (some) Americans and guns?  Do you realise, Dear American Reader, there have been more mass shootings in the USA this year than there have been days.

  That's more than one massacre per day so far this year.  And yes, I know America is a big country.  See note, below, on Canada, also a big country.

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  I dunno.  Americans and guns - someone care to try to explain?  Please?

  Y'all have a good, and mass-shooting-free, day now!
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
confused confused
Current Music:
Annie Get Your Gun!
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Thank goodness!

  I don't know whether you saw the news reports, but last week got a bit warm in the UK.  In fact we had our Highest Recorded Temperature EVER last Thursday.  38.7°C in the Cambridge Botanical gardens.  I gather their tropical and xerophylic plants were doing well last week.

  Fortunately it all ended in thunder.  Spectacularly so apparently.  I slept through it all.  It's amazing how tiring just sitting still, gasping, moving only to open/close windows and curtains as the sun moves round and get more ice can be!

  Yesterday was nice too.  Decent temperature - about 21°C, pleasant breeze.  Washing dried well.  I went to Pilates - gentle stretching, with big fan on; and had my eyes checked - yes, they're still working, but have changed slightly so that'll be another pair of specs. (At least the biennial eye tests are still free.)  I got back to find a note telling me that the window cleaner had been.  Ahhh, cue degeneration of weather!

  Today is cool, there's half a gale blowing along the South Coast and it's lashing down with rain at intervals.  There's a Yellow Weather Warning for Storms and Heavy Rain over much of the country.  As I wrote, normal summer conditions.  If you go to the Met Office site you can even suggest names for the next season's storms.  More to the point, at the bottom of that page are links to advice on 'Travelling in storms, rain and heavy wind' and 'Stay safe in a storm'.  The forecast tomorrow for is 'pleasantly warm and sunny again'.  I may go swimming then.  Or somewhere else.

  Ok, didn't sleep that well last night, though did sleep on a couple of hours after I turned the alarm off.  So I'm yawning.  Of to get some coffee.   Then I suppose I should take the Dyson round.  I've already dusted.  There's no excuse of 'it's far too warm' to not do it today.

  Y'all have a good day now!
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
sleepy sleepy
Current Music:
Orchi Chornyje - Dmitri Hvorostovsky
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There was quite a lot broadcast even on UK News last week about President Trump's comments about how four Demoratic Congresswomen should be sent back to the "broken and crime ridden countries they came from."

  If that is his idea of Making America Great Again . . .

Make America Great Again? ? ?Collapse )

  Y'all have a good day now!
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
disappointed disappointed
Current Music:
'Great' Symphony, #9, 2nd movement - Schubert
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Regular Readers will know that we like to visit West Dean Gardens occasionally, the last time being their Open Day back in the first weekend in June.  I blogged about it.

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  Today is again warm, so I'm making the most of it and drying washing while the sun shines.  Very few people make hay these days, it's all silageing in May!

  Photos?  Dear Reader, H takes the camera and he was at work/visiting the dentist yesterday.  I have a very 'dumb' phone, no camera on that.  So no, try the West Dean Gardens website.

  Y'all have a good day now!
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
cheerful cheerful
Current Music:
How Many Kinds of Flowers Grow? (in an English country garden)
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No, Dear Reader, not that kind of Festival.  Last week as we were out celebrating our thirty-eighth wedding anniversary, I finally twigged that the date meant that the Chichester Festivities would be on.  In fact they'd probably been on for a while.

  I like the Chichester Festivities, for all they seem to have titled it The Festival of Chichester this year.  They cover various  fine arts - painting, printmaking, sculpture, etc; and music - Classical to Klesner (go Google, Dear Reader) from intimate little ensembles to Rock Stars, Folk (they had a load of Fiddlers (and I use the term advisedly) from Scotland one year.  That was amazing), to Full Scale Orchestras; and The Spoken Word.

The Culture Vulture Has LandedCollapse )

  I thoroughly recommend the Chichester Festivities/Festival of Chichester.  Any year.

  Y'all have a good day now!
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
artistic artistic
Current Music:
Pick a piece from the above programmes
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Happy 4th July, Dear Reader.  Or for American Readers (*waves to Missy*) Happy July 4th!

  I heard King George III's song from the show 'Hamilton' yesterday.  The one which basically tells the revolting States of America that they'll be back (into the British Empire.)  Tee Hee!  It contained the line, 'And to show how much I love you, I'm sending a battalion'.  Some things don't change!

  And for us, it's In Dependence day.  Thirty-eight years ago (gosh, where did the time go?) H and I got married.  "In Dependence upon God".  Thirty-eight years - two children, deaths of three parents, multiple Depressions (the Sectionable ones mine), a heart attack (H's), and quite a bit of life - later we're still together.  And that's definitely got a lot to do with Almighty God.

  Yesterday H came home with red roses for me.  What's more, they're attached to a red rose bush.  A minature one.  Thnx H.  So that's in pride of place in the front room at present.  I'll have to research proper care and decide where it's going to spend the rest of its days.

  I'm tossing up whether to give H the washing up accumulated since Sunday, done, as a wedding anniversary present.  H really hates doing the washing up (hence it gets done twice a week.  I'm not complaining, I don't have to do it, I do all the cooking!)  But he does do it.  Thnx H.

  Meanwhile, as the organic veg box has been delivered, (Oh Noes!  Broad Beans!  Again!  I thought I'd changed the order to a box which wouldn't contain them!  We both loathe broad beans*)  It's now time to go raid the market for non-Organic fruit etc.

  Y'all have a good day now!


  *I managed to find a recipe, Habas con Jamón, which also used some of the pancetta H's company had given us in their annual Christmas Box.  It was quite nice and, most importantly, didn't taste of broad beans.

  Dad used to grow broad beans in the garden during my childhood and teenage years.  We were brought up to eat what was on our plates (though Sis tried to avoid it sometimes.)  I haven't  served, let alone bought, broad beans in all the years since I left home for University aged 19.  And I do occasionally serve Brussels Sprouts, the occasion usually being Christmas Dinner!
Current Location:
Portsmouth Market, for a while
Current Mood:
cheerful cheerful
Current Music:
Toccatina for the Flutes - Pietro Yon
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Recently various politicians, educators et al have been asking the question

How do we get more girls in STEM?

  That's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

So, How Do We Get more girls in STEM?Collapse )
  Repeat after me - Arithmetic is easy.  Numbers are not scary.  Maths can be fun!  (Srsly, Dear Reader, it can!  Though it's taken me around fifty years to get there!)

  Y'all have a good day now, enjoy your number work!


   *Thinking - something which appears to be discouraged increasingly at every possible opportunity.  Especially at times when it is most needed. Eg: when major purchases are to be made, election periods, when major decisions are to be made . . .

  **And as we all know, it's so much easier to think clearly when you're not paralysed with fear
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
thoughtful thoughtful
Current Music:
I know there are lots of songs about numbers, just can't currently remember any. Suggestions?
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A few years back now I purchased a £10 Nokia mobile phone from EE complete with £1 per week package.  The package was fairly basic, to start - a few texts, a few minutes of calls and (ridiculously) small amount of data access.

  This appeared to be a bargain, considering I wanted to use the phone primarily for texting, plus the odd phonecall.  I wasn't going to use the 'data' allowance as the screen is a mere 3x3.7cm.  I've seen, on H's Smartphone, how some web pages download (too small to read), and when we're out together he has the data access anyhow.  This has worked well.

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  Y'all have a good day now!
Current Location:
off to the EE shop
Current Mood:
amused amused
Current Music:
Give Thanks Unto Our God And King - His Love Endures Forever
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I may have mentioned this before (my memory ain't what it used to was) but round these parts the dawn chorus tends to comprise:- a crow, a gull or two and a pigeon shouting down the chimney.  Plus the odd early-morning passing car.  Yay inner city living!

  Tuesday I visited Southsea Rose Gardens, as is my usual practice.  The roses were magnificent!  Including one bed called Dawn Chorus, which started with strong-yellow buds, the petals of which as they opened took on orangey, then red tones.

  I thought they were a pretty fair colour-rendition of our local dawn soundscape.

  And no, I don't have a photo of them either.  H is the one with the camera, and the camera on his mobile.  You'll have to look them up, and, maybe, the bird calls.  I gather recordings of the Dawn Chorus made at this time of year in places where birds actually like to live are available.  I'd try the RSPB website.

  Y'all have a good day now!
Current Location:
as usual
Current Mood:
cheerful cheerful
Current Music:
Birdsong
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