Monday, March 10, 2008

Car passes MOT - Y has nagging cough

The threatened storms came, fairly gently to us East Midlanders but with a vengeance in the South and Wales here are some pictures from and they show some of the devastation and still people were daft enough to walk close to the sea edge.

The picture shows my barometer and I've never seen it so low. At least it proves it's working.

The car passed its MOT test only needing a new sidelight bulb which I hadn't noticed. The garage both collected and subsequently delivered the car. They are kind to us. I know we are good customers but this car is now 9yrs old so they don't keep making a quick profit.

Y was awake with this persistent and troublesome cough but is otherwise in good spirits. She intended to meet Joan for lunch but the cough and the weather persuaded them to cancel.

Picture 2 is another of our family pieces and was known at home as 'The Gainsborough Lady' and despite that grand title and her age, I don't think she has any great value. I put a £1 coin in the corner for scale, finding myself without the customary 50p.

The purpose is to let you know it is quite a small piece but very attractive. Hand painted on a slightly domed oval of porcelain. The framing is the original.

Comments......Madeline......still thinking of you and the storms. Hope you don't suffer any damage. And thanks for the 'mouse tips' - well worth knowing.

Bungus...... Your sensible dressing didn't stretch up the road to Sutton-in-Ashfield in the late 60s. The assembled throng of beer-fuelled youths led by 'Oss Nadin' would consider wearing any type of coat on a Saturday night a definite slur on their masculinity. Glad you managed to enjoy a little bacon irrespective of your chewing problem. Where would we be without bacon ? On Sunday when I roasted the chicken I laid 3 rashers of unsmoked streaky over it and pegged them in place with cherry sticks. When they were suitably crispy I served them as an adjunct to the slices of chicken. Quelle succès.

Yes. I obeyed the 'broth mix' soaking instructions to the letter and we have just finished it off. Very sturdy food for this type of weather.

Jill...... Just off now 8.20pm to settle down for Delia. I intend to see what she has to say for herself on the subject of 'frozen mashed potato' before I take a stance one way or the other. Now 9.10pm and I think she argued a sound case. Why keep potatoes to sprout and go soft in your vegetable tray when you can just take a few rounds out of the freezer? Nice to have Nigel Slater as a guest but I thought her upper lip and lower face looked rather frozen (to do with the rosti perhaps?). A good programme though, and an excellent TV idea - we both agreed we shall watch again next week.

Quotation time........Courtesy of my igoogle homepage.............

"Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it's cowardice"

George Jackson

His 'Soledad' prison letters were compulsory reading for the left in the 70s. I think my copy must be hiding somewhere close to where my Collected Stevie Smith was. Haven't got the time or the inclination to reread it anyway.

The video behind this link is vaguely unsettling in its use of transitions and fades. But I could recognise far too many of the lady filmstars shown. Excessive time in the 9p-s on a Saturday morning at The Elite caused it..

Hope the wind and weather allows everyone to have a reasonable night's sleep and I'll catch you again tomorrow.



Madeline said...

Interesting storm pics from the BBC. There doesn't seem to be much damage round here, we're about 12 miles from the coast which may have helped. The electricity didn't go off either, although I sat here with a torch in case it did - I've been caught out by unexpected power cuts in bad weather before! All is calm now, but I think we're due for more horrible weather on Wednesday, I can hardly wait!
I hope Y's cough gets better soon.

anonymousrob said...

I used to work with someone who claimed to be on first-name terms (here we go again) with Neil Webb and Martin O'Neill when they were both at Forest. My work colleague said they were both thoroughly nice people but seemed to change his mine about NW when he went to ManU.

I used to go out 'underdressed' in the 60s though I wouldn't have admitted it at the time. I used to get very cold and did it because, at that age, I had no mind of my own and everyone else was doing it. So I tend to side with RG on this one, although I think the girls seem just as laddish as the lads if not more so.

Would it be irreverent of me, RG, to ask if you meant "excessive time in the 9d-s" and not the "9p-s"? Ah, the good old days.

I cannot believe this government and the oath of allegiance; what difference is it going to make? I copied this bit from - "This week it was reported that Lord Goldsmith would recommend that schoolchildren be encouraged to swear an oath pledging allegiance to the Queen and respect for the law.

The study is also expected to suggest a major overhaul of "archaic" treason laws.

It has been reported that laws, such as sleeping with the wife of the heir to the throne, which carries life imprisonment, would be scrapped or reformed because they are regarded as outdated.

I like the last bit, though. Diana would have got a few banged up if it had been enforced. That would have made for a good trial, methinks.


bungus said...

What a lovely morning (Tue) although I understand it is our turn to get a battering tonight. Fortunately we do not get very high tides in Boughton or Brinsley.
It seems there were people on the prom with babies in prams. How daft can they be?
If your barometer (barrow-meter?) is so low, you could always put another hook in the wall higher up. Save you bending to read it.

Glad the car MOT’d so easily. They really do last well nowadays. The old Astra was 16 when it had to be retired (not retyred). We are now on a T Reg which I suppose yours is.
The garage where we bought our latest (which they were quite happy to let Sandra take it under trade plates to be checked out) specialises in good condition vehicles from just under £2,000 to about £3,000 and they all look good.

Although we had a quite lengthy bright spell in the middle of yesterday, I think Yvonne was wise not ot go out. I only drove to Netto late afternoon and didn’t enjoy walking from the car to the store!

I cannot say that I am much taken by 'The Gainsborough Lady' but appreciate that to you it has a special meaning. The pound coin works; it would otherwise give the impression of being much larger.

Re being well wrapped up; I was referring to the late 40s / early 50s when we more often that not went dancing at Sutton Baths (or the Warsop Empress).
I suppose even then there were a few daft boggers who didn’t feel the cold. They would be the sort who win VCs; like the ‘Glorious Gloucester’ in Korea who charged down 2,00 N Koreans and Chinese, all with machine guns.

I actually eat bacon infrequently but, if it is good, I do enjoy it. The bacon sandwich (bread unbuttered, fried one side, generous splosh of brown sauce) is one of the great English dishes.

I taped Delia and have yet to watch. But I do not accept your argument for frozen mash. Potatoes are so cheap that any old ones can be thrown away (not that I do so easily. I am at the moment involved in a battle with the chickens (Sandra aided) over a plastic jar of pears with a bb date of 1998).
I am no fan of Nigel Slater; his recipes that I have tried have sounded delicious and tasted rubbish (but I still keep trying them, fool that I am).
Re the frozen face; I dare say Delia has been on the Botox Diet. She is of an age with Ann Robinson I think.

Although I was an armchair socialist in the 70s I am unaware of George Jackson. But re the quote: I am more and more inclined, like Falstaff (‘of valour, discretion is the better part’) to think cowardice not a bad option.

The video was far too fast for me which meant that I could only identify about a dozen (Clara Bow, Mary Pickford, Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn, Audrey Hepburn, Shirley Mclaine, Jean Simmons, Gina, Sophia0. Where was Jean Kent?
I presume it to be chronological, which would explain why the last 20to 50 were complete strangers to me (although if Melanie Griffiths was in there I didn’t spot her).
Reading Philip French’s film review in this week’s Observer, I did not recognise the names of any of the actors in any of the films.

Hey Jill: 'Beyond the Frying Pan'; she has her eye on a new washing machine now, just because the old one’s leaking and she has to mop up every time.

An erstwhile colleague of mine knew the clever little inside forward (Willie Carlin?) who played for Derby and was called in by his manager (in the 60s?) to be told “You’re going to Forest tomorrow.” The good old days, hey?

As mentioned above, I was talking about dress in the 40s and 50s, not the 60s. You are right about the girls (do you find fat middle-aged women with bare midriffs at all attractive). See club cloakrooms, above.

Everything else American seems to land here eventually, so why not the oath of allegiance?
Lets keep the "archaic" treason laws, with revised penalties (in the event of a draw). Talk about the Boleyn Girls!

On Mon night I watched ‘White Girl’ on BBC2); in my view an excellent film about a white Catholic girl from a poor and disturbed background, who, after relocation by the council to a Muslim ghetto, converts to Islam. It was perhaps an unlikely story but it gave a sympathetic and (in my view, more accurate then usual, picture of Muslims. But I always liked the Arabs.
Afterwards, almost by chance I watched, also on BBC2 ,the very telling (one of a series) 10 minute ‘Ten Days to War’. Recommended.
It was overlapped, on BBC1, by Sport portraits, which showed different artists (inc Vittriano and Searle and a photographer) doing preliminary studies for portraits of different deaerving sporting celebrities. There is to be a second part which should be worth watching.

Jill said...

I watched Delia too - would give the frozen mashed potato things a go, but not in chocolate cake. If I could get any, that is. I liked the idea of using them in soup particularly. Got lost on the 'hot' salmon thing - do you buy it actually hot, or is it precooked/spiced in some way? Peeled quail eggs are available in Waitrose, but no way would I buy them. It does seem to me that if you are going to use tinned mince and frozen potato you may as well buy a ready-made shepherds pie. I haven't yet found a ready-made cheese sauce that tasted 'right'. I do use M & S tinned mince sometimes though.

I watched the same as you last night, Bungus, I thought that play was very well done, I didn't doze off once (my criteria). The Daily Tel didn't like it though. And I saw the '10- days to War' thing that followed it too. I'm not sure of how much much it was true, there is always room for doubt in these things. Tonight we shall watch 'The Poles are coming'.....

anonymousrob said...

I meant to comment on the video earlier but forgot in the excitement of doing some work.

I enjoyed seeing it (the video not the work) and was impressed by how Hollywood's (?) version of beauty seemed to be little changed over the years. I would love to see all the still pictures so I could take much more time to compare the faces.

Question - why did they all seem to have white skin?
Answer - because they have except, of course, for Halle Berry whom/who I didn't recognise and who/whom was supposed to be the last one.

I'm now trying to think of black female film stars but can't. Answers on a postcard please. Ah yes, Pam Greer and Whoopi Goldberg - but not beauties in my eyes.

Apropos Bungus's question to me, the short answer is no, but I do find flat/flattish bare midriffs attractive. My preference is for slim and shapely but, like other things, I guess my slim and shapely is different to other peoples' slim and shapely.

I now feel I ought to be all pc and talk about the main attraction being someone's personality. However, I tend to think that we all, women as well, are initially attracted by physical appearance. It's just that, being a man, I am shallow enough to make judgements on that basis alone.