Well hello there

Imagine an darkened room, imaging a person sitting in the gloom, dressed in bland clothing uninspired by the world around them.

Now picture a room filled with light, where a person sits typing like a lunatic, who is dressed like they dived headfirst into a wardrobe, spun around three times and rolled back out wearing whatever stuck. This person is amazed and horrified by the world around them, they are inspired to create, photography, write and ramble on about life.

....... That person dear reader is me.

Some people can be put off by me overly opinionated attitude and a slight inability to stay focu.... SQUIRREL ....ssed, but I hope you will stick with me and enjoy my slightly unhinged way of writing.

So I bought a Basics wallet

UPDATE: Since this post was written Basics have now rebranded as Nomatic

Finally, after a week or so of tracking as it made its way from California to the UK, my Basics wallet finally arrived and I really like it.

Basics have done an excellent job with the design it's simple functional and considering how much it can hold its really compact.

If you don't like to carry a large wallet in you pocket or don't have a lot of room I your bag then I can't definitely recommend it.

Ever had one of those weeks?

So I started the week with a stinking cold which in turn developed into dizziness and vomiting, this then progressed to crippling headache and stabbing pain in the ear. After a couple of days of this I gave up and went to see the G.P. the diagnosis was that I had a ear infection which was the cause of the dizziness and vomiting. Fear not antibiotics would be the miracle cure, or not as it would turn out, cue a pain below my rib cage that felt like I’d been used as a punch bag.

After Googling my symptoms and dismissing pancreatitis, liver disease and pregnancy as the cause I looked up the side effects of the antibiotics and sure enough there were my symptoms. So back to the G.P. I went this morning to see what could be done and apparently for all the pain they have caused the antibiotics have done the trick and the swelling in my ear has reduced and can be managed by good old paracetamol from here on in, and the abdominal pain should ease within 24 hours of stopping taking the antibiotics.

Lets hope this week will be a better one.

My inner geek just squealed with joy

Final after 10 years away from TV we are finally getting a new trek TV series!

“CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.”

Other than the fact the that Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer, that’s all CBS have said, but that enough to get me really excited.

I am a self-confessed Star Trek obsessive, I grew up watching Trek and it will always have a place in my heart. Under the guidance of J.J. Abrams the franchise seems to have found it mojo, yes I know some die hard fans seem to loath the new Trek but personally I love the new moves and thanks to the plot device of alternate realities I think it slots nicely into the Star Trek family.

It will be interesting to see what time period and indeed which reality this new series will be set in, personally I always wanted to see more of Star Trek: Enterprise, but thanks to bad management I don’t think it was ever given a fair enough chance, and to dismiss its final episode as nothing more than a holodeck simulation was just the final slap in the face.

I’m sure the rumour mill will be going into over drive over the next 12 months so I’ll be watching with great interest.

I swear he is plotting to kill me

Berlin and China both have or have had their respective walls, well now in a manor speaking so does my staircase, however my offering to the world of fortifications is made of cardboard rather than concrete or stone.

The primary purpose of this not so well constructed barrier? It is there to keep a certain feline menace from getting upstairs in the middle of the night, to perform the kind of sneak attacks and stealth manoeuvres, that would make the most well trained ninja stop and take notes.

You see dear friends several days ago I finally gave in to the repeated requests of my offspring and we adopted a kitten. I had vowed that we were never having any more pets, but after what could possibly have been the 1000th time of been asked "Daddy can I have a kitten?" I crumbled. So, after a quick trip to the pet shop, to buy all the essentials we needed, off we went to the local RSPCA shelter and came back with this little ball of insanity.

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Do not be fooled by his cute exterior this creature is a murderous little demon, but it should have come as no surprise to me that he would be a handful. As every pet that has ever lived beneath this roof seems to suffer some form of mild mental illness, even the goldfish had a delusional glint in its eyes.

There is however no denying that when he is not trying to murder my toes in the in the middle of the night or endeavouring to peel the skin from my arms he is rather adorable.

The Queen and the Nazi salute

So today The Sun newspaper excreted another fine example of mindless nonsense from a Rupert Murdoch owned news outlet, it should be noted that this comes in the same week that Fox News reader Brian Kilmeade suggested that sharks should be cleared from the water after surfer Mick Fanning escapes from attack.

However what makes today's article more disturbing is that going from the social media responses, people seem to believe what they are reading in this dirty rag of a paper. As is the case with most tabloid headlines it seems that this article has been written to do nothing more than stir up a knee jerk reaction of half baked opinions on social media.

If these people could just take off their Murdoch tinted glasses, they would be able to see that all this video clips shows, is a 7 year old girl in 1933 giving a Nazi salute, at the urging of her uncle, with no real idea what it meant or would come to mean. I haven't seen the Sun publishing any headlines attacking the England football team of 1938 for giving the same salute before their friendly game against German. Or headlines decrying the countless Olympic Athletes and spectators that had to do the same during the 1936 Olympic Games.

This then begs the question "why attack the Queen?" I can only assume in the Sun's case that it is a desperate attempt to attract readers. As for the those who crawled from the social media woodwork, to hurl abuse at the Queen and the Royal family as a whole. I can only assume that the they did so because they either;

Really do believe that something the Queen naively did as a 7 year old girl, means that she has secretly been a Nazi for the past 80 years.

Or they are so use to feeling aggrieved by the system because Rupert Murdoch and his cronies say they should be, that they are ready to rant an rave at the drop of a hat about what every topic they are told to.

Some of the quotes I read today just prove the point that it people are so ready to go along with the crowd, and buy into this tabloid rubbish quotes like;

"The Queen is a German anyway"

"The royal family were all Nazi sympathisers"

It is beyond belief why people don't just try doing a bit of research before coming out with this kind of statement.

Of course once you start down the path of attacking the Queen or a member of the Royal the "down with the monarchy" bandwagon starts to roll. I wonder just how many of these anti-royals realise that the family they hate so much generates roughly £600 million a year in tourism revenue for the country. I wonder if they have an idea where exactly would that money come from if they got their wish? You can be certain it would be coming from Rupert Murdoch!

Going back to the point in hand, who can honestly say hand on heart that haven't said or done something when they were a child that in hindsight they shouldn't have? I bet everyone who reads this post has at some point in their childhood done something they regret, and if anyone says they haven't then I'd have to say they are lying.

Personally I am glad we have a monarchy, and in my humble opinion I believe they are an asset to our nation. They are our point of focus in times of celebration and times of national remembrance, they attract visitors from around the globe. What we can not forget however is that strip away they pomp and ceremony and what you have is a normal family, people like you and I who make mistakes, some of them bad and some like this one which was nothing more than a naive child playing a game with her family.

God save the Queen.