Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Thursday, 25 April 2013

RIP Shamshad Begum

Farewell Indian singing legend Shamshad Begum - the woman who "captivated the hearts" of listeners - died in  Mumbai, aged 94.See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZxCVJrQnQY

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Darlek Night at The Proms

Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall is to feature a Darlek, commemorating Doctor Who's 50th anniversary...


Bourton-on-the-Water gets Listed Building status for its 1 to 9 scale model village, opened on Coronation Day,  1937

Postman Pat's Golden Handshake

Royal Mail Sell Off Imminent

Hard Cheese

Dairy Crest top up their pension fund by investing in value of cheese as it matures.....

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Beware of the Whale

Donner und Blitzen! Germans have found  a tub of radioactive waste dumped in the English Channel between 1950 and 1963. One of 28,000!

Florida Mollusc Mayhem

Thousands of giant snails are causing chaos on the roads in the Everglades.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


Felice Cumpleonos Dom....thanks for a great week amigos

American Tan

April 1996 Lakes Sketchbook

 Derwent Water from Blea Crag across Maiden Moor
 Catbells and Derwent Water

Maiden Moor

Langdale 2005

Marcus returns to Langdale ....I drew us walking over  the weir in 2005 by the "Troll bridge" after tramping up the valley. This time he arrived in an open top bus!

Get out your crayons

Unfortunately I cut off the back cover of the Maggie Thatcher Lots to Do Book, so I can't give credit to the artists

The Maggie Thatcher Lots to Do Book

Here's something I found from 1982, by way of a tribute...

Wild Boars

 Residents disgusted by boarish behaviour in the Forest of Dean. Bin bags ripped open, grass verges trampled and gardens ransacked. Boar ASBOs being issued...

The Queen's Mars Bar

The Queen visits the Mars Bar factory in Slough (7th April 2013)

The North South Divide

The blog has been on holiday in the Lake District. Meanwhile, Kim Jong Un sets off a few rockets, upsetting the neighbours.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Guinea Pigs

War Surgeon Sir Archibald McIndoe honoured with memorial sculpture in East Grinstead, where  pioneering plastic surgeon  McIndoe, rescued  hundreds of second world war air crew  from despair, rebuilding faces left unrecognisable by burns. The  sculpture is by Martin Jennings, whose own father, Michael, was one of those treated by McIndoe.
Read about the "Guinea Pig Club" See: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2013/jan/01/plastic-surgery-archibald-mcindoe-memorial

Cutouts for Shabang Animation

HMS Rocky Bottom sails off in search of a magic musical box....

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The Things They Say

Happy World Autism Awareness Day. It's a wonderful world.

Monday, 1 April 2013