Sunday, 4 October 2015

Although I Was Out And About,

I did not take the camera as it was pouring with rain,

 I made four stops, the first to 3BB as our Internet connection had failed, they called an engineer and now all is back to normal, on to Friendship to buy my meal for this evening and a few meals for Monday and Tuesday, into Soi Bukaow to the shop that sells protein drink powder, but it was closed, but all was not lost, I remembered seeing a shop selling similar products next to one of Tony's gyms, a large pot later and I was on my way home, in the evening the rain had stopped, so outside I went,

pretty much the same as last week, a scotch egg, pork pie but crabstick rather than potato salad,

and a small dessert, I listened to music for a few hours then the rain returned, so inside I went,

and watched the Penguins of Madagascar, I have to say I really enjoyed it, totally insane but great fun,

I rounded off the evening with Casablanca, what a classic, with that I was off to bed.

I Just Love 3D Art,

no matter how big or small it is,

 and I was particularly taken with the work of Stefan Pabst,

 these few gifs,

 take us through the final stages of this work,

and who would not be fooled as you walk around the corner and spot this snake on the ground?

this video shows from plain paper to the finished snake, if you think this is neat have a look at his YouTube portfolio it shows us just how real his talent is.

Over The Years I Have Heard Of Some Pretty Outrageous Bills,

would you pay $56 for 2 slices of buttered bread?

or a breakfast of bread, cheese, butter, sardines and two bottles of beer with a friend and receiving a bill for $1,200! but fantastic as it might seem these were the prices adjusted to take into account inflation that people were paying in the Californian Gold Rush of 1849, Bayard Taylor arrived in San Francisco by ship in the summer of 1849 and feared that nobody would believe him when he wrote about the Gold Rush economy in his dispatches for the New York Tribune, when the average wage for a laborer in New York might be one or two dollars a day, he was astounded to discover that individual hotel rooms were rented to professional gamblers for upwards of $10,000 a month, the equivalent today of about $300,000, Edward Gould Buffum (1820-1867), a New York journalist, came to California as an officer in the 7th Regiment of N.Y. Volunteers during the Mexican War, He stayed on to seek gold and edit a California newspaper before returning east to become Paris correspondent of the New York Herald, whilst in the gold fields he wrote Six Months in the Gold Mines, a fascinating read,

while some miners did strike it rich in the early days, those that made most money were the ones who 'mined the miners', imagine the joy of the woman who made $18,000 by baking and selling pies in the gold fields, or of the foresighted man who arrived in San Francisco in July 1849 with 1,500 old newspapers which he sold to miners, hungry for news from back east, for a dollar each, some of America’s best known businesspeople also began this way: Philip Armour was just 19 when he began selling meat to forty-niners in Placerville California (then called Hangtown); Levi Strauss, a Jewish emigrant from Germany, identified the need for tough clothing in the gold fields; Henry Wells and William Fargo made millions by setting up banking services in San Francisco; and John Studebaker’s automobile empire began with him making wheelbarrows for California miners, but back to looking at those prices, a couple of dollars for breakfast does not seem so bad now.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

I Looked To See If One Of Diana's Cactus Had Flowered,

well the bud I was looking at, 

 had still not yet opened,

 but then I saw another that I had missed before had opened,

 and by the side of the pot there were three more buds,

 so as I had the camera in hand and it had stopped raining I had a look at some of the other plants, the lemons were doing well,

 a couple of the cactus are going to flower soon,

 just a pity that when they do the flowers only last for a day,

there were a couple flowering,

 but not huge flowers,

 but I had a nice surprise as I walked round the corner,

 this one was putting on a nice show,

 the two pots I had planted first were growing well,

 all of these from just two small plants,

 some of them had produced so many side plants,

 that I removed and replanted,

 and now some of them are producing new baby cactus,

 next on to the weekend night market on Thepprasit Road,

 cloudy skies looking towards Jomtien,

 and inland,

other than key rings I as not quite sure what they are, but only 100 baht each,

 I stopped off at the lamp shop to buy a couple of bulbs as one had blown,

 passing the mobile brush seller,

 and I think this is a ice cream seller,

 opposite the bar tonight a stall selling skirts and shoes,

 I made my way past the covered area,

 and this new stall selling fruit slushis,

 a few customers at one of the puppy stalls,

 getting ready to pour more concrete I guess to make the pet area covered,

 I started the walk back up the hill,

 going past the covered stalls,

 there is now a lot more room, for stallholders and shoppers,

 the fried chicken stall,

 that oil is really hot,

 sunset over the market,

 I have seen these on many cars and crash helmets, but I think I will pass on buying one,

 for my evening meal I stopped off at the Punch and Judy,


for my meal tonight cottage pie, after finishing it I made my way home, then feet up some television and I was off to bed.

It Took Me A Few Seconds,

to work out the nuclear,

part to the reactor.

Firstly Never Drink And Drive,

or if you do find a better place to park,

than the local police station! in Taumarunui, in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand a local 43 year old man appeared in court following the crash and subsequent arrest after fleeing the scene,

Wanganui Area Commander Inspector Steve Mastrovich said Police in the town were already responding to reports of the man driving at speed up and down the town's main street just before the incident occurred, after the vehicle crashed through the front doors and into the foyer area of the Police station, the man ran off, but was apprehended by Police a short time later, Mr Mastrovich said the man was heavily intoxicated at the time and it was unclear what his motivation was.