Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Robbery in Paris

The papers and other media are awash with news of a jewel robbery that took place in Paris to one Kim Kardashian. Obviously I deplore all robberies and hope that the young lady recovers from her ordeal.
My question is who is she and why is she worthy of such coverage? I believe that she is the daughter of Robert Kardashian who was a friend of OJ Simpson and was on his defence team. I understand that she was a "stylist" for Paris Hilton (!!) whatever a stylist is. I thought that ones parents gave you ideas as to what to wear or what not to wear until you were old enough to think for yourself. It would appear that some of the airheads today are not able to do this for themselves and so require people to tell them.
She then appears to have "starred" in, or should that be on, some sex tapes and next she was on reality TV. Now I thought that the news was reality TV but I am obviously wrong here.
So my suspicion is that she is now famous for being famous and is obviously worth a lot of money as she had several million pounds worth of jewelry. I just hope that the insurance premiums were up to date.
Judging by her appearance her plastic surgeon must be worth a few bob or is it that I need new glasses?
Anyway it is my birthday today as well as being the feast day of St Francis (another deacon) and so I mustn't be curmudgeonly.
I wish her well and hope that she recovers from her ordeal and that her "followers" grow up and get a life for themselves.
Have a happy feast day everybody.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Life has been fairly chaotic and hectic in the Mellish household. Last year we did a revamp of our kitchen including knocking down a wall so that the kitchen leads into the dining room. That is something we weren't going to do, but we did!Inline image
This year we decided to embark on a revamp of the bedrooms, we ended up living in the loft bedroom along with 8 clothes rails and numerous boxes with all our clothes in. We had work done to all three bedrooms on the first floor so all the wardrobes had to be emptied. It was a good excuse for a good clear out. That work is done, we now have the decorators in who are finishing off the hall stairs and landings as I type. We had to change decorators mid flow as the one who did the kitchen and the bedrooms could not give us an acceptable date for doing the stairs and landings. This delayed things and the one we have is dearer - but they are doing a much better job. We didn't want cheap we wanted a job that will "see us out" and this one will. So for the past couple of months we have been sharing the house with assorted tradesmen - but the end is in sight!
Last weekend we celebrated our Sapphire Wedding (45 years). The day was last Sunday and we renewed our vows at Mass.
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All the children (and grandchild) were there which made it rather special. After the Mass we went out for a family meal with two very close friends - Veronica who we have known for some 38 years, Julia met her at toddler group when David was two. She was also scout leader and was in charge of the party when they went to Uganda in 1999. Her husband Paddy died a couple of years ago and I conducted his funeral service.  Mike the other friend has been divorced for some 20 or so years. We helped him during and after the process and he has spent many Christmas and Easter holidays with us, so he is considered part of the family. The meal was great, it felt as if we were trying to drink a bottle of wine for each year of marriage - I think we managed 12 or 13 in the end!
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Then it was back to our place for chat and coffee!

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Wedding Anniversary

Tomorrow, Sunday 24 July we will have been married for 45 years. The family are gathering for the celebration. Lawrie, Emma and Henry have just arrievd. Helena and Sam are en-route. They had some car issues which delayed them setting off. I just hope that they have no further problems or hit too much traffic.

Hot Weather

Trapped in a never ending cycle. It's hot, I have a cold cider and then fall asleep. Lady M wakes me as I am snoring. I am hot so I have another cider and then fall asleep. Lady M wakes me .............!

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Then and Now

May 2013: Lord Sugar attacks the EU, says Brussels is an obstacle to his companies’ success:

“When I started my business years ago, to take on the first person, the second, the third, was bad enough – but now we have a further obstacle to worry about: the political correctness of things, the claims culture, and the health and safety. It’s no wonder some small businesses say it is too onerous and they won’t hire anyone. I blame the fact that we are part of Europe. I blame the fact that the Government doesn’t have the guts to say to Brussels: I don’t like it, we should start taking control of our own safety and health regulations and our own claims culture. I’ve been told we can’t because we are in Europe. I say, enough is enough! We are Britain; we were once a great industrial nation and now you’ve turned us into a nation of ambulance chasers and moaners and wastrels.”

25 May 2016: Lord Sugar appointed government’s new business tsar.

31 May 2016: Lord Sugar lovebombs the EU, says Brussels is responsible for his companies’ success:

“I’ve been in business for 50 years. I’ve seen some pretty daft ideas in my time. And I’ll tell you one of them: Britain leaving the EU… When we entered the EU, it was a breath of fresh air for me. It opened up a massive market. I was free to sell to and buy from who I wanted and where I wanted. Honestly, that’s how my companies prospered… So, for the sake of Britain, I hope you trust me and my instincts, and, on June 23rd, vote to remain.”

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Brexit and the Cost of Housing

A non-influential think tank (on a good day that is) the Barrington Omniscient Lackadaisical Laboratory Of Claptrap Kick-ass Stuff has reported that leaving the EU will result in an overnight doubling, possible trebling of house prices for existing house owners. Whilst those wishing to purchase houses will have easy access to unlimited funds to purchase said properties thus solving the current housing crisis.
The detailed research (looking through the bottom of empty pint glasses) is not available to mere mortals. This methodology is radically different to that used by the Chancellor Of the Exchequer - he uses bottles of Chablis when doing his sums - but the results are equally valid (note that he is predicting an 18% fall in value when we leave).
Whether we will notice any of this as we are busy fighting World War 3, plagues of frogs and other stuff is anyone's guess. Still as Lord Barrington reportedly said, "Everyone is coming up with stupid predictions and forecasts so I thought that I should join in. My rubbish is as good as the next man's and that includes the current Prime Minister".
Make of it what you will, but remember you read it hear first folks!

Friday, 13 May 2016

RCET - Fifty Year on Reunion

Did you study engineering at Rugby College of Engineering Technology (RCET), which became Lanchester Polytechnic and is now East Coventry University between 1966 -70? We are organising a "Fifty Year On" Reunion. Please contact me if you were there then.