Monthly Archives: March 2017

Zepparella……….gender bending heavy rock!

I have always had an aversion to “tribute bands” as they tend to be a poor imitation of the originals, and the idea that they reproduce note for note the original songs really doesn’t do anything for me. If the … Continue reading

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The Carding Shed…….cafe extraordinaire!

Today I was taken to what is the most unusual cafe that I think I have ever been in. Tucked away down a dirt track in the little hamlet of Hepworth a few miles outside of Huddersfield and close to … Continue reading

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The Lake District…….I am beginning to like it!

Over the years I have always had an antipathy towards the Lake District in Cumbria, much preferring the grandeur and beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, which I have visited and enjoyed on many occasions. However, in the last year or … Continue reading

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Flying Scotsman……..trial run to Oxenhope

On the 31 March 2017 I shall be making the trip from Oxenhope (West Yorkshire) to Carlisle via the Ribblehead Viaduct aboard the Flying Scotsman (had to remortgage the house to buy tickets)……..but as my mother used to say “there … Continue reading

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Its the atheist dudes who are most generous…………

  AN ARGUMENT often advanced for the encouragement of religion is that, to paraphrase St Matthew’s report of Jesus’s words, it leads people to love their neighbours as themselves. That would be a powerful point were it true. But is … Continue reading

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Three Scottish Lochs and a Nuclear base in one day………………..

Last week I went up to Glasgow for a few days to stay with some very good friends who are kind enough to provide “lodgings” for the period of my stay (thank you Colin and Fiona). My three previous visits had … Continue reading

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Farewell to a comrade…….the Maori way

A little while ago I came across a video on YouTube which was a short recording of the return of a dead New Zealand soldier to his homeland and to be greeted by his comrades, the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion … Continue reading

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UK wife carrying championship……this will get up the SJW noses!!!!

Above: Eventual winners Jack McKendrick (No. 21), carrying his wife Kirsty Jones, neck-and-neck with fellow competitors at the hay-bale hurdles at the UK Wife Carrying Race 2017 in Dorking, Surrey. Wife carrying can be a dangerous activity, which can lead … Continue reading

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Some of my very best reads……..

I am just finishing the book KL by Nikolaus Wachsmann, which is a very detailed analysis of the concentration camp system constructed by Germany both prior to the war and during the war itself. It is a demanding read (all … Continue reading

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State of Independence – Jon Anderson and Todmobile

There are a number of versions of the song State of Independence which was written and first performed by Jon Anderson (of Yes) and Vangelis on the market. The original is probably the definitive version although many argue that the … Continue reading

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