Monday, 20 November 2017

Golem

A word that is bandied about but not confidently as no one seems to know it's exact meaning outside of LOTR (where it is spelt Gollum) and that it is something bad.  Wiki to the rescue:

In Jewish folklore, a golem (/ˈɡləm/ GOH-ləmHebrewגולם‎‎) is an animated anthropomorphic being that is magically created entirely from inanimate matter (specifically clay or mud). The word was used to mean an amorphous, unformed material in Psalms and medieval writing.[1]
The most famous golem narrative involves Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the late-16th-century rabbiof Prague. There are many tales differing on how the golem was brought to life and afterward controlled. According to Moment Magazine, "the golem is a highly mutable metaphor with seemingly limitless symbolism. It can be victim or villain, Jew or non-Jew, man or woman—or sometimes both. Over the centuries it has been used to connote war, community, isolation, hope and despair."

The Limehouse Golem

Somehow this scores poorly on IMDB but we loved our second film of our lazy Sunday.  It's about about a series of grisly murders in Limehouse akin to Jack the Ripper with Bill Nighy as the lead detective brought in to find the killer.

He is taken into the Victorian world of the music halls and along the grim back alleys of London, which sets the mood and tone more than adequately.  Kildare, Nighy's copper meets varied and interesting characters (wouldn't Douglas Booth make a first class Freddie Mercury?) and despite numerous red herrings, the final twist is clever but foreseeable.

Give it a go and you'll be in for a treat.

Brilliant

Both mum and brother rang yesterday and I took both calls on the new mobile via wi-fi and Skype.  It worked a treat and enabling hands free also meant wifey could listen in.  The new Samsung J7 Pro was clear and worked without any kind of echo, interference or dropping and is much more convenient to use than leaving a laptop running.

It also gives us further options when we're out and about- as long as we have an internet connection (ridiculously easy in Bangkok with free wi-fi almost everywhere) we can now chat any time.

Back Out

We got a text from our friend Frank during the summer asking if we'd like to meet up at some point.  We had to decline as we still in Europe at the time but yesterday morning we got a call and he's heading back to the UK and would we like to join him for a beer tonight?

Sure thing, despite not quite re-covered from Saturday.  It's a jellyfish thing.  😁

Malcolm Young RIP

Malcolm Young

Another one of my heroes dying at an early age.  The AC/DC guitarist only made 62 and finally succumbed to early dementia over the weekend.  He will be missed but the super star line up upstairs keeps getting bigger and every year.

Have we Done This Before?

Why Spider-Man and only Bat Man or Iron Man?  How come spidey gets the hyphen?

Spider-Man Homecoming

Most of the Marvel superhero comic-to-film movies are pretty predictable and routine.  They expect the special effects to cover up the lack of script or acting ability and that is usually sufficient.  You're not expecting Dickens and so you won't get disappointed.

However, this time I enjoyed the show immensely as it's not quite run of the mill.  As IMDb says:

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May, under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark, Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine - distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man - but when the Vulture emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened. 

And with it we get Michael Keaton as one of the best baddies in a long while (The Vulture), ably pitched against the new boy in the Spider-Man pyjamas, Tom Holland.  Spectacular effects of course, but with good humour both visually and orally and delightful cameos by Iron Man who features but does not steal the show.

A super way to fend off a couple of hours of anyone's time.

Viz Bits

Roger’s Profanisaurus – quick, Carruthers, the net! We’ve found one!

Here we go Again

Our air con units (both) have started to leak water again and will require urgent attention.  Hopefully the on-site engineers will be able to sort them out but their refurbs tend to be superficial and I reckon we'll need the land lady to send out her guys.  The last time they came the repair work lasted well over six months.

Either way, last night was uncomfortable without having the air con units running and hopefully they can be fixed today.

Match Report

The noisy neighbours have been put in their place for now. By the time Harry Kane and Dele Alli trudged off the pitch in the dying stages, with the triumphant taunts from the home fans ringing in their ears, Tottenham Hotspur had long let go of the notion of offering swaggering proof of where the balance of power in north London lies these days. Instead, it was an afternoon of pure release for Arsène Wenger, who took great joy from a first derby win over Mauricio Pochettino and a performance that reminded Arsenal of better times.
There could be no dispute about Arsenal’s ownership of the local bragging rights, earned thanks to goals from Shkodran Mustafi and Alexis Sánchez in the first half, not to mention a blend of defensive resilience and midfield resilience not always associated with this team of late. The only frustration for Wenger was that his players do not produce this much class and poise more consistently.
Arsenal’s first victory over a fellow big six member this season was assured long before the final whistle and it took them to within a point of Tottenham, whose title hopes are fading after a strangely muted failure to rise to the occasion. For all that Pochettino preferred to focus on the officiating, from the award of the free-kick that led to Mustafi’s opener to the failure to spot that the German was marginally offside from Mesut Özil’s subsequent delivery, to Granit Xhaka escaping with a booking for a clumsy early foul on Alli, questions over his young team’s mentality will persist until they win this type of game. The disappointment was even more bitter than when they faltered at Old Trafford a month ago.
It was certainly unusual to be at this fixture and detect early foreboding in the home sections, where there was queasiness at the thought of Tottenham jabbing at the soft underbelly of late-era Wengerball. To appreciate the shifting dynamics in this corner of the capital, one only had to glance at the teams’ midweek assignments in Germany: while Arsenal, demoted to the Europa League, visit the Bundesliga stragglers Köln on Thursday, Tottenham can clinch top spot in their Champions League group at Borussia Dortmund two nights earlier.
Yet the idea that they could ever be underdogs against these opponents compelled Arsenal to tear up the narrative. The atmosphere was noisy and intimidating and the home side offered the impression that they had something to prove after an underwhelming start to the season. They pressed Tottenham urgently and Alexandre Lacazette had an early sighter after Eric Dier dithered in possession.
Lacazette, starting with Sánchez and Mesut Özil for the third time in the league, was a sprightly opponent for the Tottenham defence. The striker hurried Hugo Lloris into a panicked clearance, almost converted Héctor Bellerín’s low centre after a fine pass from the impressive Aaron Ramsey and sparked jubilant scenes when he set up Sánchez for Arsenal’s second goal.
It was an uneven offering from Tottenham. Toby Alderweireld was missed in defence, Kane wore strapping on his right leg, Alli did not look fully fit after missing England duty and Harry Winks was ready only for a place on the bench, meaning that the visitors lacked control in midfield. Moussa Sissoko was careless in possession and Mousa Dembélé struggled with Arsenal’s tempo.
Tottenham did have their moments before Mustafi’s controversial opener. There was danger whenever Christian Eriksen found pockets of space behind Ramsey and Xhaka and Kane operated a shoot-on-sight policy.
However, Petr Cech foiled Kane on two occasions, most notably when the striker broke down the left following miscommunication between Laurent Koscielny and Mustafi while Arsenal’s back three contained Alli. Eriksen clipped Cech’s right post with a low shot, but Arsenal’s football was silkier.
The game turned on a couple of tight decisions. First, Mike Dean penalised Davinson Sánchez when the Colombian tried to tackle his namesake in red and white. Özil floated the free-kick to the far post from the left, the flag stayed down and Mustafi escaped Jan Vertonghen to send a looping header beyond Lloris, the ball going in off the inside of the right post almost in slow motion.
Tottenham’s response was torpor, enabling Arsenal to tear into them. Lacazette’s elusive movement took him beyond Tottenham’s high line after a clever pass from Bellerín and his ball found Sánchez, who crashed a high shot past Lloris despite a heavy first touch.
Jesús Pérez, Pochettino’s No2, remonstrated with Dean at the interval, but the main worry for Tottenham was how Arsenal’s greater energy in midfield allowed the attacking triumvirate of Lacazette, Özil and Sánchez to flourish. Sánchez had his most productive game of the season and Özil earned a standing ovation. Wenger praised his two contract rebels.
Arsenal could not entirely relax with a 2-0 lead. Tottenham sought a riposte and Mustafi had to make a superb block when Eriksen released Kane, while Cech made a late save from Dier’s header.
Yet Arsenal held out with surprising comfort. Pochettino introduced Fernando Llorente and Son Heung-min, but Tottenham never looked capable of mounting a heroic comeback. Arsenal relished silencing talk of a power shift.
TG

Shower of Shite

One minute we're splashing around in the pool and the next we're heading off to Soi 93 to watch The Arse at home to Tottenham on their big screen.

I wish I had stayed in the pool and well away from temptation as it was an embarrassment to watch my club meekly concede and deservedly lose.  I remain convinced that both goals were suspect but that doesn't help, nor did Newcastle getting walloped 4 - 1 against Man U.

We drop to 4th and could son be in free fall as our performance was woefully short.  We were lack lustre, didn't look as we cared and all of our big stars seemed to be elsewhere.

I am so glad I left my shirt at home.

Shiny, Shiny

Corner 93 has a brand new pool table installed and it's box fresh and pristine.  Unfortunately I don't play as I am handicapped by being rubbish but the good news is that they have also said they will be putting up a dart board which is more my fancy.

Hopefully both will be fully utilised and bring in the customers.

Day Off

Got back rather late after an impromptu Saturday night out to watch the Spurs "game".  That was the first mistake.  The second was meeting up with Tommy who managed to convince me it would be a good idea to get last orders at our local Corner (we'd been at the new joint at Soi 93).

I seem to recall getting home around 02:00 on Sunday morning...

C & H

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Denise

Image result for funny happy birthday messages

Missing Feelgood and Southend



Still one of my favourite bands.

Word of the Day

dotard
ˈdəʊtəd/
noun
plural noun: dotards
  1. an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile.

Smooth, Dude

By the Pussy

We seem to have many public figures in the media and politics being accused of sexual harassment at some point during their careers.  It's a difficult subject and one that will not find an easy solution.  However, if someone says:

"When you’re a star they let you do it. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything."

And that someone happens to still get voted in as the President, I wonder why we are all so shocked?  If this is the example that is set, no wonder we have unacceptable abuse of power in all walks of life. 

Well Said

If you can't say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
US author & wit (1884 - 1980)

News Thump

US Navy pilots draw penis in the sky
Trainee navy pilots have apologised for any offence after being caught drawing a huge penis in the sky.
Using vapour trails, the pilots drew the gigantic member on a training flight – which commanders described as being ridiculously childish and having ‘no place in the military’.
When asked if they meant the picture or its subject the spokesman grew agitated and refused to comment further.
“We’ll be holding the crew accountable for this. Mark my words, they’ll get what they deserve,” we were told as several trucks pulled up to deliver crates of beer.
”The Navy does not condone using US assets for personal amusement or gain when there’s a serious job to do, and any slacking off on the job is beneath our contempt.
“Furthermore, anyone lying to cover their tracks does not deserve the respect of our servicemen.
“And we’re pretty cross with our pilots too.”
NT

Memory Lane

We're currently looking back at some classic programmes and recently watched:

  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • Remington Steele
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • The Time Tunel
Still to come, we have Hawaii Five-O (original series), Land of the Giants and Abbott and Costello meet the Invisible Man (1951).

I think wifey is getting ready to leave me...

Viz Bits

Roger’s Profanisaurus

Dead and Dead Again

I seem to get very little time to play on the Xbox and when I do, I seem to have the coordination of a new born foal and the reflexes of a sloth.  It's not the best way to prepare to save Lara Croft's arse and I have come to the point where I am getting the snot kicked out of within seconds as wave upon wave of baddie shoots the shite out of me.

I am really going to have to put in some practise at some point if I am going to get past this latest obstacle.

Lush

We risked the pool again as the temperatures are rising and the sun is now spending more time over the water to warm it up during the morning.  It's still a little sharp on first getting in but once wet, it is truly refreshing and fun.  It's going to be a fun winter coming up.

Advertising

Our new condo management team are still continuing to put up "advice" notices which continue to state the bleedin' obvious or are quite frankly unnecessary or obtrusive.  Not content with that, they have just finished installing a new flat screen TV in the lobby, just above the lifts.

To show continually looped adverts.

But who is going to watch them when it takes but a few seconds for one of the two lifts to arrive?  What an expensive waste.

Instead, wouldn't their time be better spent on fixing up some of the stuff that is broken around here?  Like replacing the missing slats from the sun beds by the pool?  Or maybe getting our bills to us on time?

Product Placement

You will all know by now my pet peeve on Thai stickers and how you need to understand industrial arc welding to be able to remove even a fraction of the labels they put on goods here.

My other irritation is how they slap on cooking instructions directly over the label which are the cooking instructions.  OK, so the Thai folk are looked after but what about the ex-pats who still need a bit of guidance?  Couldn't they just place their guidelines to one side so both are visible?

And while on the subject, reduced goods have the new discounted price labels put right over the main label so you can't tell just what it is they are selling off cheap.  Again, put the sticker to one side so we can at least identify the goods.

Ta very much.

C & H

Friday, 17 November 2017

DYK?

Say cheese? Victorians said "prunes" instead.

News Thump

Greggs sausage rolls
Any religion that promotes delicious pastry meat products is worth a second look, according to atheist groups this afternoon.
After Greggs put a large sausage roll at the heart of the nativity as part of a highly-criticised Christmas marketing campaign, non-religious people have claimed they’d be happy to look again at any religion where tasty snacks remain the centre-piece.
Atheist Simon Williams told us, “My personal belief when it comes to religion is that anything that can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence – which is why I don’t believe in any deity and consider all the sky fairies to be equally ridiculous.
“But I do believe in sausage rolls, I have seen them, touched them, and eaten them – and I have gathered copious amounts of evidence that prove their value to humankind.
“If more religions went about worshipping foods, I’m sure they wouldn’t be declining so rapidly.
“Personally, I’d go out of my way to attend a weekly meeting where all we did was worship kebabs.”
Greggs have apologised to any religious fanatics offended by the use of a sausage roll in their Christmas advert, but have welcomed news of a growing number of potential atheist customers.
A spokesperson said, “We genuinely thought putting a sausage roll at the heart of the nativity would delight the god-botherers. Who knew they’d be such snowflakes?
“But we’re not precious, if it hooks us a few more atheists into our stores, then we’re delighted.
“I reckon if we can get a few steak bakes down their necks we’ll have customers for life.”
NT

This Made me Laugh

Germans decided against direct translation with these film titles - with some ridiculous results.
1. Straight in the balls - Dodgeball
Ben Stiller's fitness fanatic character from Dodgeball, White Goodman. Photo: DPA.
Germans certainly got straight to the point with this film. The German title, Voll auf die Nüsse, literally means “straight in the balls”. Apologies to anyone who doesn't want the plot of Dodgeball ruined for them. This 2004 film, starring Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, essentially revolves around people being hit in the Nüsse by dodgeballs.
"Straight in the balls" has a less heroic ring to it than the official title, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”. The film charts Peter LaFleur's (Vaughn) struggles to raise the money to save his Average Joe's gym by competing in unusually high-paying dodgeball tournaments, and taking a few balls to the nuts in the process.
2. I believe a horse kicked me - Animal House
The aftermath of a horse kick (not from National Lampoon). Photo: DPA.
Perhaps the strangest interpretation on the list as no horse kicking actually takes place in "National Lampoon's Animal House" and its depiction of American fraternity life. The film does however feature several horse-related incidents.
Animal House's German title, Ich glaub', mich tritt ein Pferd, literally means “I believe a horse kicked me”, but it's also a phrase expressing astonishment that can be translated as something like "well, blow me down".
The idea of a horse kicking someone is obviously just comedy gold in Germany. The John Landis-directed gross-out comedy, featuring John Belushi and an emerging Kevin Bacon, received mixed reviews when it was released in 1978, but has now turned into one of the biggest cult comedies of all time.
3. Die slowly - Die Hard
There's no rush Bruce. Photo: DPA.
The German translation, Stirb langsam, of the 1980s thriller that made Bruce Willis a household name doesn't really reflect its fast-paced content. But the death was so slow that 20th Century Fox decided to drag it out over a 25-year, five-part franchise.
The first film in this franchise featured beloved British actor Alan Rickman as maniacal German villain Hans Gruber, who definitely didn't die slowly after falling to his death from a skyscraper.
4. The unbelievable journey in a crazy plane - Airplane!
Photo: DPA.
Apparently the German translators of "Airplane!" decided that brevity is not in fact the essence of wit when choosing the title, Die unglaubliche Reise in einem verrückten Flugzeug.
“The unbelievable journey in a crazy plane” isn't the latest TV show your toddler is addicted to, but a very literal German interpretation of this 1980 American disaster comedy's narrative. In Germany, who needs suspense?
5. Twilight: Bite till dawn - Twilight
Photo: DPA.
The Twilight films, based on Stephenie Meyer's book series, were a phenomenon that catapulted Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart to stardom as neurotic, vampire-human couple Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. The first film in the franchise that made vampires “cool” again came out in 2009 in Germany with the additional title Biss zum Morgengrauen or “Bite till Dawn”.
The German translators thought they were quite punny with this one. Biss means to “bite” while the similarly spelled bis means “until” so it could be read as “bite till dawn” or “until the dawn”. Maybe they'd just finished watching “From Dusk Till Dawn”. Either way, there must have been a big high five in the room when they thought it up.
6. The great crawling - A Bug’s Life
Photo: DPA.
Das große Krabbeln, or “The great crawling”, sounds more like it should be a low-budget horror film than an children's animation where an ant and other bugs struggle to fight off oppressive grasshoppers. But that's the decision German translators made when handling the 1998 Pixar gem “A Bug's Life”.
“The great crawling” in English does feature plenty of creepy crawlies though, including a thickly-accented German caterpillar called Heimlich whose subtle nuances are lost in the German version of the film.
7. The ice princes - Blades of Glory
Photo: DPA.
Die Eisprinzen, or “The ice princes”, isn't a long lost Hans Christian Andersen story being prepped by Disney as the sequel to “Frozen”. It's how Germans know “Blades of Glory”, the 2007 ice-skating comedy, starring Will Ferrell and Napoleon Dynamite star Jon Heder.
8. Dating Queen - Trainwreck
Amy Schumer plays Amy in the film. Photo: DPA.
For this 2015 comedy starring Amy Schumer, Germans decided to stick with an English title and simply called it "Dating Queen". Apparently the phrase was a more readily identifiable character trait for Germans than the concept of being a ''Trainwreck”.
There's definitely something about national stereotypes in there somewhere.
9. Revenge is sexy - John Tucker Must Die

Photo: DPA.
Germans were obsessed with sex in the mid-noughties.
Back in those days, Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit liked to refer to the capital city as arm aber sexy (poor but sexy) and when "John Tucker Must Die" came out in 2006 revenge was also, apparently, sexy.
Rache ist sexy, or “Revenge is sexy”, is another case of Germans getting straight to the point. They don't care about protagonists' names being included in film titles. They've only come to the cinema to see some sexy revenge.
10. A twin rarely comes alone - The Parent Trap

Photo: DPA.
Film-goers might wonder how German translators got from “The Parent Trap” to Ein Zwilling kommt selten allein (A twin rarely comes alone), despite the film obviously featuring a pair of twins, though they initially don't know about one another.
The 1998 film - which was then 12-year-old Lindsay Lohan's debut - is actually a remake of a 1961 film of the same name. Both these films are adaptations of Erich Kästner's 1949 German novel Das doppelte Lottchen(The double Lotties).
The Local

Headline of the Day

Germany tolerates men staring at breasts more than most, survey reveals


The Local

Taking the Piss

Just read the whole story and tell me this guy is not an opportunist.  What is the world coming to?

Metro

Well Said

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.
Mark Twain(attributed)
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)

Lovely

We here at ktelontour love the overnight train and have done a couple of budget journeys.  And if all goes to plan we hope to do the Trans Siberian Express in a few years time- but that's a subject for another time.

But this piece from TG had made for interesting reading and we'd certainly love to try it.  It's just a pity no prices are mentioned.

Computer-generated image showing how the club car will look on the revamped Caledonian Sleeper

Caledonian Sleeper night trains, connecting London and Scotland, have revealed details of a £150 million revamp, including en-suite cabins with double beds.

As well as double beds and private bathrooms for couples – at yet-to-be revealed prices – the carriages will also have wifi, hotel-style key cards and sleek new styling.

How the new cabins will look on the Caledonian Sleeper

Viz Bits

Roger’s Profanisaurus – flabulous

The Arse vs Spurs

Crunch time and I can't see us winning so I will settle for a draw and hope Man U bollocks it up.  Game kicks off in the early (12:30) slot tomorrow.

Head-to-head
  • Arsenal haven't won any of their last six Premier League games against Tottenham (D4, L2) - their longest winless run against their rivals in league competition.
  • Spurs have won just two of their previous 32 league games away to Arsenal (D13, L17), triumphing 3-1 at Highbury in 1993 and 3-2 at the Emirates in 2010.
  • Tottenham have dropped 37 points from winning positions in Premier League games against Arsenal, the most by any side in a particular fixture.
Arsenal
  • The Gunners have claimed 10 successive Premier League wins at the Emirates. It is their longest winning run at the stadium.
  • Arsenal have won their opening five home games in a Premier League season for the first time since 2009-10. They last won their first six at home in 2007-08.
  • Arsene Wenger's side are unbeaten in 16 home games in league and cup since a 5-1 loss against Bayern Munich in March (W14, D2).
  • They could suffer back-to-back league defeats for the first time since August.
  • Arsenal have lost 10 league games in 2017, equalling their highest total in a calendar year under Wenger. The last time they suffered more defeats was in 1995, when they lost 14 times.
Tottenham Hotspur
  • Spurs have claimed just one away league win against last season's top six under Mauricio Pochettino, (D6, L9), claiming nine points out of a possible 48.
  • Pochettino has yet to lose a Premier League north London derby (W2, D4), although all three of his visits to the Emirates Stadium with Tottenham have ended in draws.
  • Spurs have 10 Premier League away wins this calendar year - no side has a better record - while their tally of 37 goals on the road is a league-high.
  • Defeat would mean Tottenham lose back-to-back away league games for the first time in almost a year.
  • Harry Kane has scored in all five of his Premier League north London derbies, netting six goals in total.
  • The only players with more Premier League goals in this fixture are Emmanuel Adebayor and Robert Pires, with eight and seven respectively.
  • Kane, who has 13 goals in his last six top-flight away games, can become the first player to score at least two goals in four consecutive Premier League away games.

Bon Voyage

After a couple of detours (left instead of right would have made all the difference coming out of the MRT station) we found the Train Market behind the Esplanade shopping mall and met up with Julie and her gang of pals.

A group of 10 with far too many names to remember, we had a right good laugh despite them choosing a bar that didn't serve Chang.  The Leo still did the trick and at THB 270 for three large bottles it was a good deal too.

The market itself is worth a visit during daylight hours as there is much to see and do, eat and drink and we will certainly re-visit when we have guests to entertain.

And it was really good to see Julie who seems to get younger year on year.  She and her posse have another fortnight to go before heading back to Goa for Christmas (they decided to tour Thailand for a month to avoid the monsoon season in India) but J will be back in the UK for the festive period to see family and friends.

Pack a jumper pet, it's going to be rather chilly in the north east...

C & H

Thursday, 16 November 2017

DYK?

The plural of cul-de-sac is culs-de-sac.

Scottish Star Wars



As promised...

Viz Bits

Roger’s Profanisaurus – rip -one out

Well Said

The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
Friedrich NietzscheThe Gay Science, section 191
German philosopher (1844 - 1900)

Team Eng-er-land

Team manager Southgate is waffling on that his new look side (which, let's face it was almost imposed on him due to injuries) have "succeeded in changing the wind of public feeling".

Really?  2 x 0 - 0 at Wembley has managed that?

Admittedly they were against the top two teams in the world, but they too would have been playing experimental sides and giving younger/new blood a chance to get a run out.

And then we go to the next two friendlies the FA have arranged in March next year.  Italy and Holland.

Both teams have not even qualified for Russia 2018...

Firefox Quantum

The all new, singing and dancing Mozilla web browser that is supposedly lighter, faster, smaller etc etc.  All I noticed where new-look icons that reminded me of Windows 10 but not much else.  As soon as I launched it this morning, I got the usual "please wait for updates, Firefox will load shortly" and then the same long delays before it did.

How can I upload the latest version yesterday and already there are updates?

Anyway, it's here if you want it.

Best Ever?

I have been struggling to find the right beef for this week's jerky and in the end went and bought Australian beef.  It is better than the home reared stuff but for jerky I'd much rather use the "made in Thailand" beef than the twice-as-expensive Aussie beef.

That said, it promises to be the best one yet and I am looking forward to sampling the results later today.

Meet Up

Julie unexpectedly got in touch a whole 24 hours before we are due to meet and confirmed we'll all be going to the train market.  That was fine as we know where it is and even though it's a 45 minute taxi trip, no big deal.

Then she says it's in another part of town up by the Cultural Centre which is a major ball ache to reach as it will be in the middle of rush hour and we shall need to use both the Sky Train and the underground.

Still, we haven't seen her in ages, her mates sound like fun and we find yet another "train" market in new surroundings.

I expect a late night and very little activity on here tomorrow.

How Long?

We tried accessing our email account in Germany via a cyber cafe and the usual security nonsense kicked in whereby we had to confirm it was us trying to log on and not some hacker.  To continue we had to enter a PIN but we had no way of getting it as we had disposable Slovene SIMs and so we had to abort.

The next time we logged on at a recognised source, we had all kinds of warnings, aggressive advice on changing passwords and plenty more hoop jumping.  We duly complied but almost a month on, every time I open up the Blog (linked to our email address) I am advised of "suspicious" activity and the need to check security settings.

It's all done and dusted many times over, I now wish they would leave it be.

C & H

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

This is Nuts

Aldi recalls nuts because packet doesn't warn that it contains nuts

Aldi have put out a product recall as they did not list cashew nuts in their ingredients and it may be dangerous for people with nut allergies.

The product itself is a packet of nuts...