Reblog: Sunrise on Planet Cistern

I find toilet humour irresistible, I don’t know why, but this photopost isn’t quite that but I do quite love it! – I missed my mundane Monday photo in lieu post again this week and wish I could capture something like this in my lav!

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Sunrise on Planet Cistern

The weekly photo challenge is closing down for some reason, so the final theme is “all time favourite photos”. I am not a photographer by any means, I just take photos to decorate my poetry blog, but this one amuses me no end. I have sliced and diced it and used in a number of posts.

Now for the first time I will reveal its secret. The windows in our upstairs bathroom face south and in the late evening the sun shines through the  side windows and the glass shower doors and creates rainbow patterns on the walls. This particular pattern turned up behind the toilet cistern in the angle between the walls. I zoomed in as close as I could with my iPhone, took the photo then rotated it. The curved surface at the bottom is actually the shadow of the cistern.

Equipment used :…

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ATTENTION-No Really!

Jo’s writing contest is open until 31st May for 150 word submissions to the photo prompt via form at this link… (I think the give-away item for the prize-winner is maybe only available to those in U.S.)

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Contest Starting TODAY

I’m going to rebel a little here at work and do something I’m not supposed to (blog during non-break hours) and get this going. Earlier this month I started a poll for a contest giveaway prize and even though I didn’t get many votes I’m still going to go through with it.

After much research, there were several options for me to run the contest but none seem to fit what I was wanting to do. I do have many bloggers overseas that Amazon giveaway doesn’t allow me to ship. After doing a little more research I have come to the conclusion that I got this. To make a few things clear. I am not affiliated with any of the products that I will be giving away. You will not have to purchase or pay for anything, just a little bit of your time.

I am a fan…

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My A to Z Challenge Reflections

I was super pleased to complete my month of alphabetical posting for the challenge, although I didn’t actually complete my art project but have a foundation of sorts to build on when health and time allow. It was thoroughly exhausting but I also managed a mega-readathon of other participating blogs and was quite active commenting, although I had some lapses too where I relied on the lazy like button. I still have some reading visits to complete from my hop-lists and hope to find a few more during the road-trip (May 23rd on).

Looking back at my theme reveal post I note that I failed my aims on timing and word-count limit quite often. I didn’t manage to access all my past artworks so didn’t rely on those as much as I might have otherwise and I also didn’t spend as much time practising drawing as I’d hoped and didn’t get round to painting(!)

I didn’t promote my links on social media, as I simply didn’t have energy and preferred to maximise my blog-hopping rather than attracting new readers. I also didn’t comment or leave links at the main challenge site or the wordpress mirror site. Maybe next time I’ll work harder on blog promotion.

I really enjoyed finding new blogs to read, I just wish I could sustain the pace to continue reading as regularly!

I also wrote a companion series of A to Z Limericks at one of my other blogs: https://swishing4th.com/tag/a-to-z-limerick/  – I didn’t sign these up for the official challenge as I didn’t want the added pressure of a second blog in the challenge and wasn’t sure I’d achieve those posts within the timescale. As it was I posted a limerick every day without fail and so completed on 26th April, ahead of the A to Z schedule while I didn’t rest from my limericking on Sundays. It’s a shame there’s not a sign-up in afterthought list as I feel these would have had more popular appeal than my official posts here 🙂

 So, I’ve completed the end survey and quickly scratching in my reflections post as I’d almost forgotten the deadline is today and as usual I’m nearing the final hour!

I’ve already found myself wondering about next year’s A to Z and have no doubt it’s a tremendous advantage to have posts at least pre-planned in outline, or better still, fully drafted, edited and scheduled. There’s nothing quite like writing on the day, but it only takes an internet outage or other such technical hitch to spoil your plans. Luckily I didn’t encounter any tech hitches during the challenge phase this time round. I do wonder my wifi glitching more recently is maybe my ISP imposing data limits to my over-priced previously unlimited internet since blog-hopping so intensely during April! Next year  I might be on mobile internet only and have data limitations to take into consideration – I’d have ditched my home broadband already had it not been for planning to join in with the April A to Z. There must be plenty of bloggers who successfully manage the challenge with limitations of mobile internet – and I’ve seen and downloaded the wordpress desktop app and might give that a try ready to start planning for the 2019 A to Z Challenge! I’d hope to do it better next time…

All in all, it was a good blogging experience, quite a fun challenge and really enjoyable for the extra interaction and new encounters. Now I’ve been there, done it, but can’t say I got the T-shirt…

 

TFI Britain

[All links in this post go to bbc.co.uk news articles.]

This Friday in Britain, it’s the eve of the Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle and of course this event has been dominating the UK news for some time. Yesterday the town of Windsor hosted processional rehearsals and the streets were lined with crowds of spectators.  While Meghan’s wedding dress remains a closely guarded secret, five young designers put forward their take on the outfit they would have her wear. Today it was announced that Prince Charles will walk Megan down the aisle since her father won’t be attending due to surgery; Megan and her mom met for tea with the Queen and Princes William and Harry made a surprise walkabout in Windsor town. This evening, along the processional route, crowds of eager spectators are already forming with people staying out for the night in chairs to save their prime viewing spot. The wedding takes place at 12 noon BST tomorrow and the bbc’s royal wedding final countdown live feed has lots of interesting snippets and updates, including a preview look at tomorrow’s national newspaper front pages.

Although there’s no national holiday to mark the royal wedding, all across the UK people will be having barbecues and get-togethers and joining in the celebrations. Unless of course they hold anti-royal sentiment or have other things to do, like watching the F.A. Cup Final (football/soccer) or any number of suggested ways to avoid the royal wedding hype. Usually Prince William would be presenting the F.A. Cup, but he’ll be absent from that duty this time round.

It’s two months since Sergei Skripal was exposed in Salisbury to the nerve agent Novichok and he’s finally been discharged from hospital today.

More to follow…

 

Task It Tuesday (To do this week…)

How’d last week’s list go?

Getting out of the house and on a bus to the nearest shopping centre last Thursday was wonderful, although it made me really ill. That’s how it goes. Anyhow, it made a nice change to go out. I collected my new phone and garden gadget, bought a set of drawing pencils, paintbrushes and flowers I was hankering after all April,  snatched an opportunity to grab a snapshot of the supermarket travelator for the MMPC ‘ramped-up’ prompt (previous post), stocked up on some groceries, pain medication, hammer, nails, got very confused over lightbulbs so failed to get any and totally forgot fuses, so still a bit dim here.

My wi-fi’s been refusing to connect again so I’m behind on planned reading, I failed to make a bunch of planned posts and I spent no time with art either, so I have some catching up to do. I didn’t write anything for M.E. Awareness Day (May 12th) nor take part.

While there’s plenty to still go at from previous lists, the only thing I’m adding to this week’s to do list is

  • A to Z Reflections post and survey to complete by 18th May, that happens to be Friday, so I may as well write ‘Friday posts’ and include Skywatch & BFI.
  • Lots more rest, eat well, sleep plenty.
  • 20 to 30 minutes daily attending to small tasks in the garden.

Of course there’s lots more I maybe should add, and plenty I’d like to add, but for how to simplify my life this week, I’m limiting my to-do list to three main items only as the week disappears so quickly! Of course item 1 is four things and I shouldn’t need the self-care reminder at item 2. C’est la vie.

 

TFI Britain

TFI Britain = This Friday In Britain, a new post I’ll aim to make each week to join in with Joy’s British Isles Friday event. Sometimes I might have something different to add, but I’m mostly housebound and so my best photo opportunties tend to be similar viewpoints of nearby skies from my home and if you want to see those on or around Friday I post my (British) skywatching photos at coleebeatsabout.blogspot.com . I’m late there this week, but there’s a nice sky pic from slightly further afield in the lower portion of this post.

I’ll have to remember and plan these posts better as arriving by twenty-five to midnight with nothing ready isn’t really in good time enough. Anyway, on with my show and tell … it’s turned out much less short than I imagined it would be.

My go to news site is still bbc.co.uk/news, even though I’m very dissatisfied that (a) their website writers sometimes publish articles with American spellings instead of English and (b) so much news is video only and they offer no transcript or text of video-only content and a TV license is needed to play and view such news items. As a non-television user for almost all of the last nine or ten years, previously in my lifetime more often listening to the telly rather than watching it, I object to deprivation of national news access to British online audience. BBC Radio news broadcasts often seem barely eligible to be called ‘news’ if the Trade Descriptions Act were applied. I often wonder these days if such legal standard exists anymore.

There’s much in the news about the young royals of course. The safe arrival of William and Kate’s third child was welcomed last week. To distract attention away from the newest member of the Royal Family to be known as HRH Prince Louis of Cambridge, poor chap, the limelight has been directed to news about the forthcoming wedding of Harry and Meghan… celebrity news items don’t float my boat however, so moving along to items I deem more newsworthy…

I hope this next story has nothing to do with baby food (or weddings!!)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44006480  Fifty crocodiles were seized at Heathrow airport earlier today. They’d arrived in cramped conditions destined for a Cambridge farm intending to breed them for meat. They’re apparently being rehomed – hopefully not as handbags, shoes nor interior design trimmings! While the Head of the Border Force CITES team at Heathrow has been quoted as saying “… this should serve as a warning to those thinking about transporting wildlife in such conditions” this news consumer wonders how the business owners/farm occupants responsible for importing these poor creatures appear to be getting away without prosecution and penalty! How does the seizure and rehoming of illegally imported animals serve as any kind of warning? The people responsible haven’t even been name and shamed. Why is this measure considered warning enough? The photo credit is the Home Office. Does that signify an embarassing sensitive issue? They should cut the crap and dish the rap! Meaning the doing-Time not the cooing-Rhyme, but that should be obvious. Ignorance is no excuse for breaking the Law and nor should wealth or high social status be – and lets face it, farm owning occupants around the country these days clearly aren’t the traditional agricultural types of old.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43997872 Local Authority elections were held in some parts of Britain yesterday and voting results and how they’re reported and represented are always interesting to ponder over aren’t they? Nottingham, where I live, didn’t have a Local Authority election as ours are due next year. Election results post-Brexit will be even more interesting, no doubt.

“Pollen and blossoms fill the sneezy, windy Brussels air these lovely spring days but pessimism, too, hangs very heavy.”

Katya Adler, BBC’s Europe Editor, in the opening at her article headlined

EU wonders if Theresa May has run out of ‘Brexit fudge’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-43992845

This news consumer wonders if reporting that ‘A European diplomat spoke to [Katya Alder] wistfully of his wish for the prime minister to “act like a statesman”.’ will be picked up on social media as an example of sexism – and lets hope the confidential contact isn’t poor Boris Johnson, a quite regular victim recently of trolling missions in the guise of equality campaigns. Wouldn’t a diplomat be minded to use a term such as ‘statesperson’ – although really why should so much be nit-picked about being human and how we use our English language? Encouraging pernickety hyper-sensitivity and demanding automaton standards of pre-programmed oppressive perceptions of perfection will lead us to becoming hupersons sounding more like cheap as chips supermarket venues than warm-blooded mammals and losing more of our humanity every minute of all our days.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44007312 Confused old man President Trump appears to be justifying US gun ownership rights by commenting on London’s rise in knife crime ahead of his planned visit to the UK in July this year. The BBC shares London Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s tweet from last week: “If he comes to London, President Trump will experience an open and diverse city that has always chosen unity over division and hope over fear. He will also no doubt see that Londoners hold their liberal values of freedom of speech very dear.” The British people in general hold their rights to freedom of speech very dear, it isn’t unique to London. If he visits London, Mr Trump is likely to be in a city with a more diverse public than simply Londoners. Much of London’s populace commute from farther afield and the capital city is usually buzzing with tourists from all around the world, including of course, tourists from other parts of Britain.

While it’s no surprise that social mobility appears to have been in decline in recent years, given the severe hardships of the 1970s it’s shocking to read that ‘People in England and Wales were much more likely to move home in the 1970s than in the first decade of the 2000s’ (and is ‘education’ really the appropriate news category for this story?)  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-43992782 

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here now although the actual day of the Bank Holiday is Monday. It’s usually known as May Day Bank Holiday, but this Monday being 7th and six days away from May Day on 1st May, so it’s referred to as ‘early May Bank Holiday’. That’s kind of depriving us of May Day observance, as unless the first of May falls on a Monday, marking the holiday is traditionally now deferred to the day of the Bank Holiday (and/or the weekend days). The final Monday in May is another Bank Holiday known as Spring Bank Holiday, unless they’re calling it ‘late…’. For a number of years there have been calls for and resistance against removal of the May Day Bank Holiday while introducing another day for a Bank Holiday to not have two occurring so close together in the same month. This might at least return the tradition of actually observing May Day traditions on the day of May 1st but would probably continue to utilise the closest weekend for reasons of practicality and tourism.

Anyway, usually there’s a high probability of rain and awful weather for any such occasion as a Bank Holiday weekend, but this weekend is forecast to be the warmest early May Bank Holiday weather since Britain introduced them in 1978. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44000590

We had a mini heatwave briefly during April with highest temperatures on record for that time of year since 1949. Hopefully it won’t be a water shortage drought-ridden summer, although such problems are increasing around the world as a whole. I remember the severe drought of 1973 while I was a small child. I’ve never known drought circumstances quite like it in my lifetime since and wonder we’re bound to encounter another one sometime. We don’t take action enough to preserve and prolong water availability, even if we’re not particularly wasteful with our water, we could always use less. We take so much for granted. It’s only human, I suppose.

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In personal news, I finally managed to get myself further than my front yard gate (that’s me along my way, yesterday, pictured above), so I can show you an image of true European air, albeit the Brox and not Brussels, but similarly ‘Pollen and blossoms… pessimism, too…’

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European air, the outskirts of Nottingham City, (UK), 3rd May 2018, toward noon.

N.B. I meant no disrespect for the Royal Family in this post and I’m fairly certain they would have nothing whatsoever to do with the crocodile case. I would hope my references to ‘celebrity’ status not to cause offense, and simply prefer not to over-indulge with available insights to private and family lives. Obviously I don’t know them and using first-name terms in the real world is not respectful of any stranger.

Any interpreted inference or implication regarding the creative expressions and personal opinions contained in this post, any representation or stated intrigue of reported fact  and any meaning deduced thereof is wholly the responsibility of the reader over whom the originating writer (being me) has no control and no obligatory responsibility toward, as per traditional British multi-cultural norms of free speech and freedoms of creative expression.

Do you feel ‘Brexit’ impacts the continental belonging of Britain with Europe and the British sense of identity as Europeans? This question is complicated as I’m not sure if or how British people of Asian, African and/or Carribbean heritage might or might not identify with European-ness as British people. (Addendum in Afterthought: I suppose it’s also complicated by the extreme minority Dual Nationality American British/British American but I know very little about that other than it has things to do with warmongering however many generations ago if not still now.)

How is our majority European British cultural identity portrayed in your part of the world? Are we believed to identify more with American and Australian societies for similarities of so-called ‘white’ skin colour and language uses derived of (and differing from) Original English languages rather than close cultural identification with our Norse and European neighbours from where we may have descended?

(Brexit = Britain withdrawing from the European Union for trade and political independence from the European Parliament. As such British citizens’ freedom of movement rights within the European Union are impacted. However at the time of the referendum British people’s continuing access to the European Court of Human Rights was assured – perhaps because the wider world can see very clearly what a total bastard the Tory government is for the British population at large and how many Nasty recurrences have been whirring away behind the gentleman’s clubs smoke-screens for quite a few years now. That’s why comedic things that twats of judges might rule as offensive in the wider world remain hilariously funny if also ooch-worthy to British cultured multi-cultural audience sense of humour. In an ideal world, any failure to assure rights of access to the ECHR within Brexit negotiations should be protested as rending the referendum void. Anyone out there ever experiencing an ideal world?

Maybe you’re British and don’t feel a close connection with European identity and maybe conversations about cultural identity are unimportant and should be left entirely private. Growing up near the coast definitely made me culturally foreign to city slickers when I moved to Nottingham (UK) and even after thirty years of residence I might sometimes feel I experience impacts of the Cornwall effect spreading as if I were a foreign refugee because ‘you’re not from round these parts are ya?’  (I didn’t grow up in the Southern Counties by the way, I’m East-Anglich…).

Any thoughts?

 

Task-It-Tuesday (To do this week!)

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Progress on last week’s to-do list:

Needless to say I didn’t do most things on my last week’s list, so going forward it remains as a kind of master list – and looks like taking forever to get all those ticked off.

I got some of this done though…

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… but of course there’s always more…!

… and I ordered my mobile phone and a new garden trimmer, just waiting to have them in hand, so I’ll hopefully be busy later this week getting to grips with those.

I finished my A to Z posts, but still have some straggling odds and ends to sort out. I also took a rain check on revealing my painting project, postponed until the reflections post due next Monday, 7th May. Lots of blog reading potential still to be explored via the April A to Z blogging challenge too.

I posted for MLA (Monthly Look Ahead) and have RBRC post (for milae’s Recycled Book Reading Challenge) in hand to post next (elsewhere). I posted daily skywatching pics (via blogspot) and joined in Skywatch Friday – and will hopefully do so again this week.

Other Priority Tasks this week:

  1. Paying bills and online grocery shopping to order
  2. Join in with Joy’s British Isles  Friday event (missed it again last week!)
  3. #May-be-A-B … more alphabetical blogging underway, flexibly
  4. Creative writing to join in with blogging neighbour Sarah C’s prompts
  5. Time with art: drawing, painting, doodling, looking at art history

How about just ONE thing to simplify my life? Apart from having a working phone at home… erm… actually USING my diary that’s mostly blank all year so far in conjunction with fixing up some kind of in my face reminder notice board for my bedroom wall. WHY can I never do ‘just ONE thing’ – that answer was technically two things! Never mind.