Jun 1, 2021

Ideal gift

Apr 1, 2021

Are you wondering what to get for your grandson’s fast approaching first birthday?

This looks interesting but would have to wait until he was a year older.

Blob Opera

Jan 1, 2021

Funnily enough although it comes from Google it won’t load for me in Chrome but works in Edge. Click on the link below to load it in your browser.

below is my attempt

below is the blob version of silent night

Hit the road

Jan 1, 2021

This is currently my favourite tune. And fourteen million others it seems?


Jan 1, 2021

My hat 2!

Jan 1, 2021

And isn’t that a speling mistak?? I’m sure it should be “curiosities”!!!

Nuff Said 72

Nov 1, 2020

Things are changing so quickly that this joke will no longer work after Thursday.

Oblique Strategies

Nov 1, 2020

Accept advice

A line has two sides

Ask people to work against their better judgement

Discover the recipes you are using and abandon them

Do nothing for as long as possible

Don’t be afraid of things because they’re easy to do

Don’t be frightened of cliches

Don’t be frightened to display your talents

Don’t stress one thing more than another

Do something boring

Faced with a choice, do both

Give the game away

Give way to your worst impulse

Go slowly all the way round the outside

Honor thy error as a hidden intention

How would you have done it?

Is it finished?

Is there something missing?

Just carry on

Look at the order in which you do things

Make a blank valuable by putting it in an exquisite frame

Make an exhaustive list of everything you might do and do the last thing on the list

Overtly resist change

Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics

Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities

Repetition is a form of change

Short circuit (example; a man eating peas with the idea that they will improve his virility shovels them straight into his lap)

Shut the door and listen from outside

Take a break

Take away the elements in order of apparent non-importance

Tidy up

Trust in the you of now

Turn it upside down

Use an old idea

Use an unacceptable colour

What are you really thinking about just now?

What mistakes did you make last time?

What would your closest friend do?

What wouldn’t you do?

You can only make one dot at a time

You don’t have to be ashamed of using your own ideas


Aug 1, 2020

I wonder when something like this became no longer politically correct? I guess this photo must have been taken circa 1965 at Dudley Zoo. No seat belts or crash hats needed then. And only a few years earlier I would stand on the back seat of the car with my head and shoulders sticking out of the sunroof as we hurtled along. I lived to tell the tale and in hindsight I was probably safer there breathing fresh air than being inside the car breathing in cigarette smoke.

And while I’m looking through old photos I finally found this. Perhaps the late 1960s for most of a year a large bird decided to live in the tree at the bottom of the garden. For reasons unknown it was brave enough to come when you called it and would feed out of your hand.

People can’t go to the pub yet so they’re still drinking at home instead and often drinking more than they usually would. I was amused by this short letter in a recent issue of The Times newspaper:

“I am restricting myself to one drink per day. Today I have reached the 20th of July 2033”.

Elvis Presley – Elvis is back!

The Ventures – Another Smash

Joey Dee and the Starliters – Hey let’s twist
Ray Charles – Modern sounds in Country and Western
Booker t and the MGs – Green Onions


Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Summer Holiday
Beatles – Please please me
James Brown – Live at the Apollo
Bob Dylan – The freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Phil Spector – A Christmas gift to you
Beatles – With the Beatles
Joan Baez – Joan Baez in Concert part 2

Bob Dylan – The times they are a changin
Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones
Beatles – Hard days night
Johnny Cash – I walk the line
Beach Boys – All summer long

Animals – Animal tracks
Bob Dylan – Bringing it all back home
Them – Them
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 revisited
Otis Redding – Otis Blue
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Going to a Go-Go
Beatles – Rubber Soul
Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Lovin Spoonful – Do you believe in magic?
Who – My Generation

So the first half of the 1960s only contains 27 “great albums” by 21 different artists.