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Month: August 2015

Cussing, Swearing: Family Tales, Minions and Other Thoughts

It was this article in Time that got me to think about this topic Nine Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Swear Words | TIME.com While it is an interesting read it doesn’t tell the whole story from my point of view. Please let me give you a few thoughts of my own on cussing and swearing. As kids we were raised in Liverpool, England. Our mother was a quiet soul and Dad was a police officer in Liverpool. He had a total abhorrence toward anyone that swore in front of Mum. To this day I do not know if he found out about this episode. My younger brother Peter had returned home from school and inquired of Mum whether there was anything to eat. Mum…

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Typhoon Yolanda: Aftermath and One Old Man

This article below is a stark reminder that not everyone has so far benefited from the responses in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda as to the rebuilding of homes and the lives of the people affected. It brought to mind a chance encounter I had with one old man at Sugar Beach, Santa Fe, Bantayan Island, Philippines. The article is here: Malacanang on Sunday vowed to take further action to aid those displaced by deadly Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, following UN criticism that the government’s response so far had been “inadequate.” Source: Govt vows action on Yolanda rebuilding after UN criticism | ABS-CBN News Like many thousands if not millions of others, I had watched on from afar at the news footage of the destruction…

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Phuket Beach Madness

This article in the Phuket Wan News describes what has been happening  to sunbeds on the beaches of Phuket ever since the Thai military took over the country in 2014. They have all but disappeared! Essentially the military ordered the clearing of all commercial activities from Thai beaches. But now beach workers in Phuket want their sunbeds back. Things have reached such a state there that a university team of researchers is investigating the problems and plan to devise a solution. Here is what the article has to say about  this Phuket beach madness: ”We need more time,” Dr Pan Thongchumnum of Prince of Songkhla University told Phuketwanyesterday. ”New points are being made as we talk to stakeholders.” ………… However, European tourists usually decide where to go…

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“Do you beat your wife?”

Just like many actors I am ‘resting between gigs’! I am not an actor. I write. In my case that really means I keep on looking for paid writing work! There are places on the internet where you can get hired as a freelancer. That’s good. But what I find frustrating is some of the inane questions that hirers ask you to answer when submitting an application. This is a classic example and how I replied….. Are you reliable and trustworthy? Can you be available to write daily and deliver projects on time? I would be delighted to deliver articles to you on a daily basis. I am now retired to the Philippines and have the time to devote to my writing and your project……………

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Basketball Versus Football in the Philippines

Basketball versus Football in the Philippines: No Contest? The American influence is omnipresent in the Philippines. Not surprising given the archipelago’s history. My brief today is to chat about sport. In particular my love of football – the kind you play with a round ball – you know the one Americans call soccer (sawwker) – only teasing. Basketball is the king here in the Philippines. Everyone has their favorite team and often wear basketball shirts and shorts. I love basketball too. In fact I played a lot when I was in college. I loved the silky feel to the uniform and the fact all the girls used to turn out to watch us play! But hey I’m 6’3” so a natural fit for the game.…

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The Dropping of the Bomb on Hiroshima was horrific

The dropping of the A Bomb on Hiroshima was horrific. The above article by Rupert Wingfield-Hayes of the BBC (The ‘sanitised narrative’ of Hiroshima’s atomic bombing) is full of reminders about the terrifying impact the dropping of the bombs had on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the survivors. In it he uses Jamal as a vehicle for articulation of current American thinking about Hiroshima. Jamal is a young man and a student at Princeton University  in the USA. The article appears to me to be a criticism of how and why the decision behind the dropping of the bomb has been  viewed in America since the end of WW2. It appears to urge a rethink on the ‘sanitised narrative’. I would have to add…

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Christmas Eve: Criminals and Detectives Do Not Stop

Christmas Eve and I was on duty throughout the day. I was a Detective Sergeant in a town in Hampshire, England. Bob was a Detective Constable. We were the only detectives on duty that day working a 10 hour day minimum but on call out through the day and night. Some time that afternoon we were summoned to a house in the town. There had been a burglary, or home invasion as my American colleagues call it. The home owners had been out for a few hours completing their last minute gift shopping. On their return home they found every room ransacked. Items and belongings turned upside down. Naturally they were very upset. Several items of electrical goods had been taken. A TV set, hifi…

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Noise in the Philippines

If you have a plan to retire to the Philippines then it makes sense to research your destination as much as possible. Noise in the Philippines is probably a subject that has never occurred to you. As a citizen of say the UK, USA or indeed Canada or Australia you have lived your working life in countries that have strict laws regulating noise levels. If you have a low tolerance towards noise then you may wish to reconsider your plans. Noise in the Philippines is never far away. Some of it is annoying, some pleasant and some is actually soothing – well to me anyway! Here are some points to think about. The neighbourhood If like most expats you decide to rent when you first arrive…

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PART 2: DRIVING IN BACOLOD – A FOREIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE

“The original article caused a bit of a stir. Here in Bacolod it went a little bit viral! In case you missed it here it is Driving in Bacolod: A Foreigner’s Perspective But let me make this clear at the outset. The problems with road safety in Bacolod are to do with the mindsets of individual drivers, pedestrians and all road users. Nothing more and nothing less. The traffic problems here are not the fault of the current or indeed any previous administration.   I would take umbrage at any politician who attempts to use my articles on this subject in attempts to score points over the opposition or the incumbent party. I am a foreigner guest here in your country and your city. I retired…

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Here’s How McDonald’s Makes Its French Fries

Potatoes, maybe? Source: Here’s How McDonald’s Makes Its French Fries | TIME How I Make Mine 🙂 This article is an interesting insight into how McDonald’s makes its french fries. And yes, they really are made from potatoes! Botsy, our pet name for our 4 year old boy, loves fries.  I really must make him some homemade fries just like I used to make back in the UK. Here is how I used to do them: Take one Maris Piper variety potato, the best variety for fries – or chips as we call them in the UK, and peel it. Now I like chunky fries,  so cut the peeled potato into chunky size portions. Give them a good wash in clean water then pop your…

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