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Don't Worry... Be Happy!

Maybe.  Certainly ‘H’ featured prominently in the life of my much-loved and now sadly recently departed father-in-law Jack.

During the many celebrations for his 90th Birthday I’d asked him… “what’s your secret to a long and happy life?” – he said simply…  “I don’t worry!”

Sounds easy right?... Three little words… I - DON’T - WORRY!
And it got me thinking that there has to be a bit more to it than just those words.   After all, how do you ‘not worry’?

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Enjoying the cooler weather?

We’re suffering a quite severe cold spell at the moment, down in deepest, darkest Gippsland (VIC), it’s a bloody freezing 5ºC as I write, (this is supposed to be an example of global warming?), and my “studio”, where I keep my computer and painting equipment, isn’t the most comfortable place to be, but I have to work somewhere and my computer is too cumbersome to move.

But sitting here, complaining to myself because there’s no one else to listen at the moment, the so-called freezing temperature made me think back to when I was a kid, living in the city of Bristol in England.

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Which Ones Are Better??

Everywhere you go, round the coastline of Great Britain you will find beaches.

Beaches which can seem as different from one another, as a lush green English field and the Sahara Desert.

They can be composed of sand, in a whole range of colours, from near white to near black, many having been coloured by man himself and his pollution, from oil, coal and other industrial waste.

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So What Is 'News' Really?

Remember that old song from the Hedgehoppers in 1965?….

It's good news week

Someone's dropped a bomb somewhere
Contaminating atmosphere
And blackening the sky..

Not old enough to remember the song? No problems - it was a protest song commenting on the media's obsession with bad news! (full lyrics below) - 
Well it seems not a lot has changed in almost 60 years has it!

WAR - COVID – MURDERS – SEXUAL ASSAULTS – DEFAMATION CASES and more!...

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Where's Your Name From?

I was sitting here at my computer, (as I often am these days), trying to think of something that might make an interesting blog, when by sheer chance I happened to spot the name “Smith”, referring to some bloke somewhere, and the thought crossed my mind, “I wonder how many generations ago his ancestor actually was a black-smith, making household tools for customers and shoes for horses?”

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I Loved Debating!

Yes, really!..  And it’s definitely NOT what some of you might be thinking OK?… 😊

Nope… way back when I was in High School, I was introduced into the 'sport' of debating.

Sport? Well debating is definitely very competitive.  And, as it turns out…lots of fun.

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So What's Your Excuse... No Money?

Do any of the following comments sound familiar to you?

* I can’t go on holiday because I don’t have enough money
* I would have bought you a better present if only I had more money
* I would have got that job if I had looked better (spent more money on myself)
* If I had more money I could do things better and be a better person

Who’s in control here?  You?...  or the ‘number’ in the bottom right-hand column of your bank account?

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Space... The Final Frontier...

Yes, we may consider ourselves and the ball of rock we live on to be the most important things in the whole universe, but when you start to really think about it, that is ridiculous!

That’s what I believe anyway and there are several pieces of evidence that make me as certain as I can possibly be that this is so.

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Remembering Cherry House

My family, on my mother’s side were born and bred in Cherry House, a lovely old cottage, that the family built themselves, or had built in the late eighteen hundreds, I’m not quite sure which.

The site of the building was at Frampton Cotterell, a small village in those days, in the heart of country Gloucestershire, in England, though the place is now almost a suburb of Bristol, as the city stretches out its tentacles, growing ever bigger!

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What Really Matters?

At eighty-seven years old I no longer have any fear of dying – not that I’m particularly looking forward to it you understand, I’m just not scared of it, or the thought of it.

I have no belief in religion so I don’t spend my time worrying about what the heck I am going to do for all eternity, sitting at some God’s right hand, (if he does exist, he must have an enormous right hand, for all the ‘good’ people of history to be sitting at it!).

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Fashion... Does It Really Matter?

Back in the day you wore wool or silk or pure cotton and linen, depending on your status.  If you were poor you wore, hand knitted things, and flannel. The cloth had to be durable if you worked, fine soft muslin did not stand up to work in the fields.

Kitchens were full of greasy pans and fires that needed tending, so not a place to wear delicate material.

Also washing was done by hand, there was no clever machine spinning away in the corner.

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