Frantic Sex

The husband leans over and asks his wife, “Do you remember the first time we had sex together over sixty years ago? We went behind the village pub where you leaned against the back fence and I made love to you.” “Yes”, she says, “I remember it well.” “OK,” he says, “How about taking a…

Down The Pan

My local newspaper has gone down the pan. Over 100 years of quality journalism appears to have been lost, with mistake after mistake appearing among its pages, and online. This has been a gradual decline, and is probably linked to cost-cutting. Maybe it’s time to close the doors of the establishment permanently, and just be…

Remembering The Fallen

With paint sprayed from tins onto a church exterior, in the former mining village of Moor Row in West Cumbria, artists from The Colourful North have created a wonderfully patriotic display for all passers-by to see. The painting depicts a lone first world war soldier, standing to attention as the sun sets over fields of…

A Phantom Of Delight

She was a phantom of delightWhen first she gleamed upon my sight;A lovely Apparition, sentTo be a moment’s ornament;Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;Like Twilight’s, too, her dusky hair;But all things else about her drawnFrom May-time and the cheerful Dawn;A dancing Shape, an Image gay,To haunt, to startle, and way-lay. I saw her upon…

A Photo A Week

In an attempt to break free from the rut I’ve found myself in with regards to photography, I’m going to push myself to take a photo a week, and share with you all on here. I’ll begin this endeavour on Wednesday. The photo’s will be a mix from my DSLR and my Phone. I’ll highlight…

The Grinch

Here in the UK, on the 9th November, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch hits cinema screens, and recent advertising of the movie has brought back some fond memories for me. Back in 2015, when I was still involved in the local political scene, I was asked if I would like to help the fledgling Whitehaven Town…

A Little Girl Lost

Children of the future age,Reading this indignant page,Know that in a former timeLove, sweet love, was thought a crime. In the age of gold,Free from winter’s cold,Youth and maiden bright,To the holy light,Naked in the sunny beams delight. Once a youthful pair,Filled with softest care,Met in garden brightWhere the holy lightHad just removed the curtains…

Hurricane Oscar

The County of Cumbria has currently got a Yellow Weather Warning in place, and is being drenched with heavy rain from former Hurricane, Oscar. And while we do have 70 mph winds associated with the storm, they are nowhere near the Category 2 winds that affected Bermuda in the Atlantic, a few days ago. This…

Mount Teide

Mount Teide (Spanish: Pico del Teide) is a volcano on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. Its 3,718-metre (12,198 ft) summit is the highest point in Spain, rising 7,500 metres above the ocean floor, it is regarded as the world’s third-tallest volcanic structure and stands in a spectacular environment. Mount Teide was formed from three…

The Hungry Hippopotamus

While this Hippopotamus might appear to be roaring at the world (and he should), he was simply wallowing in cool water, waiting for the next passing tourist to toss fruit into his wide open mouth on the sunny island of Fuerteventura. It’s really sad what we, as a species, have done to planet Earth. Our…

Cuckoo Councillors

In recent weeks, I’ve been getting the blame for something I haven’t done by a group of local Councillors. And to be honest, I don’t care, because their own inner thought processes are messing with their extremely fragile minds. It’s not the first time I’ve been blamed for something by them, and probably not the…

More Contrast With Black & White

I thought I would share with you a simple technique that I use in Photoshop to enhance my photographs, using black & white. I’ve also made a Photoshop Action to automate the task, and am offering it for free. You can download it here. I’ve only tested the action in CS6, and offer no warranty…

Her Majesty’s Revenue Scam

This morning, I received an automated telephone call from 0161 850 3583 – the call was from fraudsters pretending to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The call went like this: This is Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. We have been trying to reach you to let you know that we are filing a…

I Don’t Care About Cookies

One of the worst things to come out of the European Union is the Cookie Consent law. You see those annoying pop-up confirmation boxes everywhere. I even have one on this website. I hate them, and I expect you do too. Since 2011, all websites in the European Union have been required by law to…