Friday, 24 January 2020

In The Morning,

I walked with Diana to the bus stop,


 Diana was off to work,

 I was off to Sainsbury's, to buy the weekend joint,

  walking back home it was another grey day, arriving home I gave the aquarium a clean, watered the orchids, and watched a few movies, after my evening meal Steve called in for a chat, after saying farewell,

 it was feet again for Stardusta fantasy themed film, we had watched it before and this is what I wrote then, 'it was brilliant! none stop special effects, a great story, cast, script, you name it, the pirates were beyond excellent, especially when Captain Shakespeare's secret was out, so many laugh out loud lines for both of us, not of course to everyone's taste, but for us priceless!', and with such a neat ending',  

just before midnight Diana called, so off to the bus stop, then back home, a night cap and we were off to bed.


I Think We Have All Seen Similar Advertising Champagnes,

buy a product and receive X number of points, 


eventually amassing enough to redeem against a product, in 1995, Pepsi ran a promotion in which they offered merchandise for "Pepsi points." You could redeem your Pepsi points for clothing and accessories and all sorts of neat stuff, as you can see in the original ad below, the prizes ran all the way up to a Harrier jet for seven million Pepsi points,

but here is the thing, Pepsi allowed people to buy Pepsi points, and somebody at Pepsi did not do the maths, but John Leonard did, at the time, each AV‑8 Harrier II Jump Jet brought into action cost the United States Marine Corps over $20 million and, thankfully, there is a simple way to convert between USD and Pepsi Points, Pepsi would let anyone buy additional points for 10 cents each, he reasoned that he could buy enough points to exchange them for the Harrier, all it would cost him was roughly $700,000 for a $20 million Harrier! he put $700,008.50 into escrow with his attorneys to back the check, He was serious, at court the case involved a lot of discussion over whether the commercial in question was obviously a joke or if someone could conceivably take it seriously, the case was so serious that Leonard v. Pepsico, Inc. is now a part of legal history, did he get the jet? Well have a read here about the case, and how to eloquently explain the difference between a million, billion and trillion, it is in fact an interesting read.


Do Not Mess With Fish 255,

and you thought fish were fun!


well this one certainly looks different, and because of its rather unusual looks, particularly its big eyes, it has been given the name of 'Picasso fish", it all happened like this, a Japanese student recently uploaded a picture of a small fish he had caught to Twitter, the unusually-looking fish instantly caught people’s attention. and sharing the picture on various social networks. Eventually, the photo was picked up by Japan’s Fuji Television, which consulted experts about the creature and learned that it was actually a rather common deep-sea fish with a rather striking appearance, photograph, @sakuya_DomasH/Twitter, it is actually a specimen of Polyipnus matsubarai, a species living in the northwestern Pacific Ocean, including Japan and the Philippines. Despite its weird appearance, Sakuya, the student who posted the original picture of the fish to Twitter, mentioned that the creature was about 10 cm-long and had been caught on the coast of Kozu Island, since January 12, his tweet received over 42,000 likes and got shared by nearly 10,000 other people, what a lucky catch, well maybe not for the fish!


Simply Put, You Get Addicted,

like you would be to some of the deadliest drugs on the planet,

the words of Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician, New York Times bestselling author, and a bonafide expert on the topic of this deadly white powder, a little more about the powder that kills and gives so many of us problems, our hormones, taste buds, and brain chemistry are all hijacked by this powder, not metaphorically, but biologically. Simply put, you get addicted, like you would be to some of the deadliest drugs on the planet this is because food contains not just calories or energy to fuel our cells; food contains information. When we eat this naturally occurring product, it increases our blood glucose and it tells our body to increase insulin, in order to shuttle that glucose into cells. But when we constantly eat a lot of it and have chronically high blood glucose, we develop insulin resistance, which is the predicator to developing type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance usually comes with increased fat storage, high blood pressure, and a poor cholesterol profile. Elevated blood sugar and insulin promote inflammation and cause a hormonal cascade that makes it hard to think clearly, maintain a healthy weight, stay in a good mood, have a healthy sex drive, and so much more, and what is this deadly additive product?

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sugar! on a personal note I gave up sugar in tea, coffee over 30 years ago, cutting out all soft drinks, coke, pepsi et al, 15 or so years ago, who would have thought sugar was not your sweet friend, but instead a deadly fiend! photograph wikimedia commons.


Thursday, 23 January 2020

The First Latte Of The Day,

well now we have the coffee pod machine,


 we might as well use it,

 and nice it was too,

 a quick walk through a grey day,

 into town for some milk amongst other bits and pieces,

 in the evening I was out,

 to meet up with Alan, Steve, 

 and Duncan at the Spice Hut in Maidstone,

 'Cheers!',

 we had a grade selection of poppadoms and starters,

 before the main course arrived,

 what a feast,

 I have forgotten all of the names of the main dishes, but I do remember there were lots of them,

 after the meal, coffees for Steve and Alan, 

 Jamaican for Duncan,

and myself,


 we chatted the night away, all of us having a good time as we chatted about all that was happening to us and the world, which we naturally put right in no time at all!

 Seve very kindly dropped me off at the station,

 where happly a train was just arriving, 

normally I just managed to miss it, but tonight my luck was in not only here but also fo my next train to Beckenham Junction, arriving home Diana was already home from work, so it was feet up for a nightcap and we were off to bed.


I Am Not Great At Reading People Who Have Hidden Agendas,

but I am pretty sure this guy has been caught out,


last Saturday, Barcelona of Guayaquil, Ecuador’s very own Barcelona soccer club, made its traditional yearly presentation during a friendly match against rivals Delfin, one of last season’s revelations, during the half time break a kiss cam viewed the crowd, and found this couple passing the time between the halves, 

the reactions of both of them speak volumes, one second so passionate, the next both looking in different directions as if they do not know each other, well too late, the genie is out of the bottle!, but it could of course be perfectly innocent, they were just shy about being on the big screen, but if not the evidence doesn’t look to great for this guy, that’s for sure, so I think it would be safe to say that the over 49,000 Barcelona fans enjoyed their Saturday night, he most likely did not, but lets hope all is well.


With Valentine's Day A Few Weeks Away,

now is the time to book a romantic hotel break, 


for your sweetheart and yourself, and what better place to stay than the house that has Juliet's balcony included in it? the balcony is where William Shakespeare's "Romeo & Juliet" made their first declaration of love to each other, all photographs AIRBNB/HANDOUT, "Juliet's House is the most important museum in the City of Verona, attracting millions of visitors every year. Partnering with Airbnb brings the widely-known Shakespearean myth of Romeo and Juliet to life in a way never before offered," said Mayor of Verona Municipality Federico Sboarina, "We are excited to promote our cultural heritage, share traditions that were previously safeguarded, and bring international visibility to the City of Verona." 

 Airbnb will grant one lucky couple a stay at Casa di Giulietta, letting them use the actual bed used in the 1968 movie adaptation of the play. It’s all romance and fate, no poison included, the trip also includes a personal butler, a candlelight dinner and cooking demonstration by two Michelin starred Italian chef Giancarlo Perbellini, an opportunity to read and answer some of the 50,000 letters addressed to Juliet every year, a private tour of the home and a tour of Verona, the city of love, through the eyes of Shakespeare himself, "This stay will give one couple the unique chance to celebrate their love in what is possibly the most romantic home in the history of literature," said Giacomo Trovato, Airbnb's general manager for Italy, to stay in Juliet’s house, applicants must pen a letter to Juliet in English, sharing their own poignant love story and explaining why they and their partner would be perfect guests, submit your entry by 2nd February 2020, the contest starts Tuesday, interested romantics can apply for the once-in-a-lifetime experience by writing a love letter to Juliet and her secretaries, sharing their love story and explaining why they would be the perfect guests to use her iconic balcony, the thing is You must have an Airbnb account to enter, which we do not have, but then we have already booked a hotel for our special day, so our die is cast.