RSPB Bird Watch

I did the RSPB Bird Watch yesterday,  and wouldn’t you know it – there were less birds around than I’d seen all week!  Well it was raining most of the day, and the deal is, you count what you see in 1 hour only – I’ve posted my results just now, as its raining again today and I won’t get any better results!

However, I have got an area where I’ve hung up a few bird feeders, and I took these pictures last week.  First bird pictures I’ve taken!

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great tit – I think – perching on the wooden bird feeder

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a robin just approaching the bird feeder

 

MERRY XMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

My Christmas Card With All Good Wishes to YOU

It’s one of my old photos, taken on a large format camera – the roll of film slipped.

A happy accident as  I liked the effect so much that I published it as a postcard, and as two different greetings cards.

see – the Julz Cards page, if you want to have a look at my other old cards – smile

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American Pie – the song – by Don McLean

 

iuI’ve just been re-united with some of my old CD’s – in the process of moving to West Wales, there were some boxes that didn’t have labels and so didn’t get opened until now.

I picked one out at random, and was back in the nostalgia of the 1970’s! It was. of course, this one – well actually a compilation of his popular songs – and just played the whole CD thro’ – this was the first track, which I’d always liked, but I had bought the CD for his song – Vincent – about Van Gough and his painting of Starry Night – a poster of which I once had on my wall, when I was a student.

Wikipedia tells us that “American Pie” is a song by American folk rock singer and songwriter Don McLean. Recorded and released on the American Pie album in 1971, the single was a number-one US hit for four weeks in 1972………..

The repeatedly mentioned “day the music died” refers to the 1959 plane crash which killed early rock and roll performers Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, and Ritchie Valens. (The crash was not known by that name until after McLean’s song became a hit.) The meaning of the other lyrics has long been debated, and for decades, McLean declined to explain the symbolism behind the many characters and events mentioned. However, the overall theme of the song is the loss of innocence of the early rock and roll generation as symbolized by the plane crash which claimed the lives of three of its heroes.[2]

You can find the full lyrics here, as they are too long for this short blog post, and there is a fascinating article on the BBC news site, written when the original lyrics were sold for $1.2 million in April 2015, which goes into the meaning of the lyrics in great detail.

All I can contribute to a subject that has been endlessly debated over the years, is that the song is about what Don McLean was doing on the “day the music died”.

Enjoy!  This one is for Orde who helped me move some of my stuff around last week, and  when he asked about this song, I couldn’t even remember Buddy Holly’s name until we looked it up – smile.

Please do contribute your memories of the song – if you are old enuf to have them – by leaving a comment at the bottom of this blog!

 

Some more pictures of Sennybridge Agricultural Show

As I said in my last post Fancy Dress on a Pony, I took loads of pictures at the Sennybridge Agricultural Show on the 5th of September, so I thought I’d put up random selection of them today.

the local hunt's display in the ring, with the hills in the background

the local hunt’s display in the ring, with the hills in the background

I will be sending a link to these posts to the Committee, so I hope if you were there, you get a chance to see them!  I can’t identify anyone in them and nor am I sure who won the rosettes – if anyone would like to let me know I will add the names to the photo captions.

To see the captions just hover over the pictures or to see the full sized photo click on them and they will turn into a slide show.

around the field

a selection of the crafts on display

a selection from the food & produce marquee

I also have another set of photos of the amazing display of the history of tractors – which I will sort out and put up in another post.

Fancy Dress – on a Pony!

I went to Sennybridge Agricultural Show yesterday, and among some very fascinating events they put on, the Fancy Dress Parade they organised for young riders was a joy to watch!

Here are a few of the photographs I took …in fact I took so many photos at the show that I will be splitting them into various posts. (see also HERE)

To see the photos as a slide show, just click on any one of them and you will find the larger versions to scroll thro’.

To see some Suffolk sheep dyed yellow – yes really – that were also at the show – click here!

Sennybridge is in the Brecon Beacon area of South Wales

Why the Labour Party Lost the Last Election …..my view!

ImageWell – that’s what they are all asking – isn’t it?

There’s a short answer, and then there’s the longer more nuanced answer – take your pick!

The Short Answer:

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Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images/Destiny Miliband / AMC / Via destinymiliband.tumblr.com

This montage shows “the culprit” on the far right.

Only, in my view Ed Milliband was/is an innocent.  Not totally without blame – but an innocent trying very hard to do the right thing and being ridiculed by all and sundry – and not all of the nasties were as clever as this one.

The media machine, in collusion with certain members of all parties, including the Labour Party, went into action, and dished as much dirt as they could find – often finding stuff that wasn’t there – but hell – who cares about the truth when it makes good copy and sells The Daily Mail!

They are doing the same thing to Jeremy Corbyn – but this time its even more vicious.

Admission – I buy the Saturday Mail regularly.  It has the best “free” TV Listings magasine I know, and includes the full radio schedules, which most papers don’t bother with, and oddly, all the programmes are reviewed with intelligence.

I then read the actual paper, for the horror value.  They make it their mission to twist any political story so that Labour is seen in the worst possible light – and – carry this message into the supposed light relief of the catty Amanda Platell’s Gossip Page, and malign ANYTHING LABOUR in its business pages.  OK, who can resist a bit of sniping – sometimes its quite funny, but really, if you only ever read this stuff you would believe all Labour supporters were total idiots.

And I am a Labour supporter.

And I must be an idiot – I’ve just burnt a pan of vegetables that were going to be part of my late Sunday lunch, because I got distracted by starting to write this!  Must be Ed’s or Jeremy’s fault – obviously – maybe I should ask them to reimburse me for the pan – it is/was a nice one too – smile!

So – think about it – if your reputation was being trashed from every angle – how many of your friends would stand by you?

Even if they knew you well – there’s that old saying – “there’s no smoke without fire” – and if even just a smidgen of this rubbish was true – wouldn’t those lily livered colleagues of yours believe that some of the trash was true too, and dump you as fast as they could?

Ed – What was a good Jewish boy doing, eating a bacon roll in front of a load of paparazzi?  It wasn’t only the awkward way you ate, it was what you ate!  Ok – maybe you don’t keep kosher, but do you have to eat bacon in public!  It undermined you in all sorts of ways – not least because you seemed willing to go against your religion just to curry the favour of the masses, and be seen to be eating what everyone else does??????

Well, I think I’ll eat my dinner before its totally inedible ….

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I am definately an idiot – I looked out of the window and the sun was shining – so I took my meal outside.  Its been raining straight for 48 hours in my part of Wales, but the forecast said it would stop sometime this afternoon – it hasn’t yet!  A cold meal in the rain – not quite the Sunday Lunch I had planned!

So back to ….

The Long Answer:

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No I haven’t read this – didn’t even know about it until I searched for some images of him!  So altho’ I’m sure I could find some really good quotes in it to make me sound more knowledgeable, I’ll just carry on without them!

In 1997 – Labour put a package together – led by Tony Blair, called New Labour, and won power!

In doing so, they chose to tread the middle ground, and ditch many of the Labour policies that had been the mainstay of the Party,  that had historically reflected the thoughts, ideas and needs of the working man of Britain. (In case you want to nit pick, I said working man because feminism as a movement did not exist at the time.)

That is why they have always had Trade Union support – because they actually started the Trade Unions, and fought for “the rights of the workers”.

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the alamo – miners picket hut – a picture I took at the time of the strike – see julz cards – sepia mining range – page list on the left hand side.

Maggie Thatcher went to war on the unions and almost succeeded in killing them – I was around at the time of the miner’s strike, and say what you will about the pro’s and con’s – she did actually kill the community, their sense of identity and the sense of humour shown by the naming of the picket hut above,  that used to exist in the Welsh Valleys, and other historic mining areas.

The war on the Unions has continued – and once again – anything they do is vilified in the Tory Press.  Non Sense – is talked about organisations that have done a great deal for their members over the years – but their wings are so clipped now that there is hardly anything they CAN do!

Tony wanted to win by fair means or foul.  He thought about how to win an election and decided to become a Tory – in all but name.  (Sorry, but his lifestyle since leaving office does betray his true ambitions – to be a rich playboy!)  I’m not saying that they didn’t use their power to do some good things for this nation. Gordon Brown, the generous and principled thorn in Tony’s side, managed to engineer some true equality and keep as near as he could to the old Labour ideology, but he was too often out manoeuvred and outwitted by the PR machine that was Alistair Campbell!

And of course they all got taken in by the money machine that was – and still is running things – the banking industry.

SO –

When it came to the last election, at a time that we badly needed to give David Cameron a bloody nose, poor old Ed was still singing the New Labour song – but it wasn’t NEW any more – it was just a little bit better than the lies (see my post about the elections results) that the Conservative party told to get themselves the power they wanted, and to kill the old ethos of government for the people stone dead!  Replacing it with government for the rich and never mind anyone else!

Unfortunately, the Labour politicians had all learnt from Tony, that they had to follow the money?  Have policies that the rich middle class would vote for too, almost to the exclusion of their old and faithful following.

Oh dear, I am so sad to see all the ‘Old Guard’ of distinguished Labour politicians warning against anyone voting for Jeremy Corbyn in the current election for a new Labour Leader.

Even John Prescott is re-neging on his initiative to introduce another vision by asking Jeremy Corbyn to stand for Leader.

Why are they all so shocked that its taken off like a runaway train?  And concentrating only on insisting that the election will not be disrupted by the small percentage of cats and dogs that seem to have paid their £3 to be allowed to vote?

The people are talking to you folks – they never liked New Labour – well I didn’t for one.  I had been an active member of my local party until then, but I just didn’t bother to renew my subscription.  I didn’t much like what was going on and certainly wouldn’t have been able to defend it on the doorstep of a campaign.

And its not just me – there are thousands and thousands of people supporting a more “left wing” Labour ethos. Maybe not as left wing as Jeremy is painted, but he’s the only one standing, so we are giving him our support.

I even re-joined the Labour Party last month – a full subscription, not the £3 cheapo rate – just so that I could vote – and vote I did – yesterday!

And was rather amused and saddened to get an email today, from the Andy Burnham campaign asking me if I’d voted yet – and asking WHO I’D VOTED FOR!

I didn’t tell them, but I will tell you – Andy got 2nd place – Jeremy got 1st, and I didn’t bother with a third place nomination.

If there was an outstanding woman, I might have voted for her, but they have all been taught the party line so well, that they’ve forgotten to think for themselves.  Look Hard you lot – there is a reason for this huge swing –

we want OLD LABOUR BACK!

These are just my views and my take on the current situation – writing this has passed a wet Sunday afternoon reasonably pleasantly – I’m not saying it will be a united party if Jeremy does win, I can, once again, see trouble ahead – but you have to call it as you see it – and if I have offended anyone – I’m not really sorry – smile!

Your comments would be welcome below!

To leave a comment you will need to click on the heading of this post, and then troll down to the end again, where you should find a box that allows you to write in it!