Sunday, 15 December 2019

Open For 700 Hundred Years,

but now under threat of closure,



above, the entrance to the Old Church House Inn, photograph by Dave S. CC by 2.0, at the Old Church House Inn people have been drinking for over 700 years, at its famous location in Torbryan, Devon, but it could be closed, the owner has already been allegedly threatened with an unlimited fine and 4 years imprisonment! the trouble started when proprietor Amanda Mitchell decided the time was right to put in a new floor, a previous owner had opted for poured concrete in the Seventies and the result, while practical, was viewed as an eyesore, Mitchell wanted a natural slate and thought nothing of calling in contractors to replace the floor, but then the local council found out about the natural slate floor, the owner of the historic pub was shocked when the local Teignbridge Council threaten her with the action mentioned above, because replacing the old cast concrete floor with a natural slate one was not allowed, currently there is natural slate on the floor but this is over a layer of sand, a more permanent solution is in the hands of higher powers, well why not make the council happy, and pour a concrete floor back, as it was in the 1970s? your local council, working for you!


So He Said,

'the ice is definitely thick enough',


many thanks for the photograph from swampin.


Could This Still Paying Interest Bond,

be the oldest paying bond in history?


this perpetual bond was issued in 1648 by a Dutch water board, to finance improvements to a local dike system, it still pays interest to this day, although not allowed out of the country, the bond is housed at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, however a paper attached to the bond can leave and interest be paid, Timothy Young, the library’s curator of Modern Books and Manuscripts, has travelled to Amsterdam in the past to visit Stichtse Rijnlanden, a Dutch water authority, and he collected 12 years of interest on the bond, collecting the back interest maintains the bond’s status as a functioning artifact from the Golden Age of Dutch finance. The water authority paid Young 136.20 euros in interest, the equivalent of $153, for a fuller read of this fascinating story have a look here.


Saturday, 14 December 2019

I Decided To Pop Over To Sainsburys,

in Sydenham, as they had a make your own pizza counter,


 so I thought it would be a nice surprise for Diana, who loves pizzas, lots of rain overnight, the paths drying out now, 

on to the bus and in no time I was into Sainsburys,

shopping finished, a walk past some of the houses in the park and home,

  next upstairs to play with an infrared, but to day I was going to try and put a normal sky on it, above as the infrared photograph comes out of the camera,

  colour swapped,

 some colour and sky added, but I somehow managed to import a grey band across the middle of the photograph,

  I added a lot more colour, but could not get rid of the grey band,

 I then went back and took some colour out, and tried to improve the look under the arch of the tower, enough already, I will play a little bit more tomorrow as I had to go downstairs for a delivery, the front doorbell is a tad difficult to hear in the man attic, the delivery was scheduled for 6.00 in the evening until 9.00, three hours later, it had not arrived by 8.00, but luckily a neighbour said she would sign for it,

 so off to the club to meet Steve, the group we watched a few weeks ago was playing there, namely the Part Time Punks, after listening to them and a couple of other groups, we made a move for our homes, just after 11.30 Diana called so I popped along to the bus stop,

 to pick Diana up and walk back home, 

where it was time for today's bubbly, 


we decided to watch another episode of War of the Worlds, when at 00.05 in the morning our front door bell buzzed, how strange, going down stairs it was the Hermes delivery driver, running a bit late! back to War of the Worlds, and finally we were off to bed.


A Family Goes To A Car Showroom,

to buy a car,


 what could possibly go wrong? not a lot, providing you keep an eye on your 3 year old, and unfortunately only identified as Mr. Zhao did not, reportedly he accompanied a friend to the dealership, bringing his wife and daughter along, naturally the daughter got a little bored, well at that age who would not? so the the little girl allegedly grabbed a stone and proceeded to scratch doodles onto the paint of no less than 10 Audi vehicles, including  an Audi Q8 valued at nearly 1 million RMB ($142,000), ouch!

photographs AsiaWire, the Audi dealership eventually sued Mr. Zhao, initially asking him to pay an estimated 200,000 RMB ($28,400) as compensation for the damage caused by the couple’s daughter, the problem is this, a spokesperson for the dealership said that by selling the repainted cars as new could open the company to risk of being sued for false advertising and be made to compensate clients three times the price of the car, if found guilty, because the damaged cars could only be sold at a significant markdown, the dealership claimed the 200,000 RMB compensation was justified. Mr. Zhao refused to pay the asked amount, but eventually reached a settlement of 70,000 RMB ($10,000) with the Audi dealership, note to parents, as my mother said to me, 'never underestimate the power of duct tape, to stop the little blighters from touching, and keeping the lippy ones quiet', there is another option of course, have a child proof room at all car dealerships, actually there is a third option, keep an eye on your offspring! as it happens this reminds me of another car scratching story that took place in China, we posted it a couple of weeks ago.


I Once Briefly Watched A Reality TV Show,

I did not like it at all, and have never watched another,


but I have just read of one that is a little different from the rest, a television channel entirely owned by a religious organization affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church is currently busy filming a reality show with a spiritual twist, program will take place at a secluded monastery located on a lake between Moscow and St. Petersburg. There, the 10 chosen participants will embrace the monastic lifestyle, taking part in activities like cleaning the monastery grounds, making candles, preparing foods and meeting with priests, as they try to find the answers to questions that have long been troubling them, which seems a lot better than the one I watched, photograph, Peggy_Marco/Pixabay, “We want to return to the word ‘reality’ the meaning that has been lost in recent years in Russia. A lot of things are associated with the word ‘reality’, but not the meaning… the meaning of life. I am sure that this particular project will return the meaning of life to many people” Korchevnikov said. “The path to God, the search for answers to the main questions is the main goal of the project.”


the 10 participants will spend a month at the 19th-century Nilov Monastery, on Stolobny Island in the Tver region, which I have to say looks absolutely stunning, they will interact with the monks, do chores and take part in various religious activities, Boris Korchevnikov, the general director of TV channel Spas, told reporters that he hopes Island will give the world “reality” back its true meaning, which he claims has been lost, “The concept of a monastery-based reality show seems to fit in with several trends that are intertwined with the state-supported, post-Soviet resurgence of the Russian Orthodox Church, including President Vladimir Putin’s portrayal of the church as a guiding moral force for citizens and the church’s own efforts to appeal to young Russians,” Radio Free Europe writes, so maybe it is time for me to give reality shows a second chance?


Keeping To A Russian Theme,

here is the new lippy look,


so how did this all start? some sources claim that the procedure was pioneered by Russian plastic surgeon Emelian Braude, the unusual lip contouring technique has been raising eyebrows on social media, especially in Russia, where it’s supposedly the most popular, but you should know that no one is yet clear if it actually exists, Photoshop has a lot to answer for! “You cannot change the anatomical shape of the lips like this,” Dr. Krystyna Wilczynski told Dazed Beauty. “You can sharpen and contour by enhancing the vermillion border, but these ‘devil lips’ are unnatural. Filler injected inappropriately could end up in a blood vessel, causing blockages and leading to necrosis (death) of the tissue. The vessels are around the lips, so using filler inappropriately is what can cause this.” also beauty influencer and Dermaspa founder, Nilam Holmes, posted on Instagram, “Please don’t be naive and follow silly trends like this, You will not be able to reverse it easily and go back to your natural lips if at all. Your lip border will be distorted and it won’t wear off evenly so you will have frilly lips for years to come.” photograph fmc.aestheticsliverpool/Instagram, the things people do for fashion, if indeed it is one!