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When I was a student I saw a film called Hope and Glory. The film is actually about the film-maker's memories of being a small boy during the blitz in London, but the upshot of that was being evacuated to... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Gertsamtkunstwerk
There are so many articles and TV programmes about obesity and what we can do to reduce it, personally society-wide. I have some thoughts, based upon extensive non-academic reading and personal experience. Neither method is scientific or foolproof; neither method... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Last year I went to Berwick on Tweed. I had also been there in 1976, the family's first experience in a Hoseasons chalet park. That one had quite a bit of entertainment on site and was within walking distance of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
So many people have written stories about their childhood/teenage family holidays, and I am sure I could write a whole book of my memories. Suffice to say that, by the age of 17, you really don't want to be going... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
In April, not long after I left my job, we went on holiday to Cyprus, to the small town, or village, of Kapparis, in the Paralimni area, not far from the border with Turkish Cyprus and Famagusta. Almost everything about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Last year we went to Wisley as part of my own little Chelsea Fringe. Getting there was quite a saga. You get a big discount if you travel by bus or bicycle. You have to be a brave cyclists or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Walking from Craster village to the ruined castle at Dunstanburgh is one of the recommended highlights of the area of Northumberland we visited last year. The car park was busy when we arrived; we had to park in the third... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
In the far west of Cuba's Pinar del Rio province, across the Yucatan Channel from Cancun. When we visited, Cubans were not allowed to visit, except to provide lifts for visitors such as us. Beautiful beach. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
I started writing this on a gloomy bank holiday, and felt tempted to title it Gloomy Bank Holiday. A few days later I went to edit/complete the post and accidentally deleted the original opening paragraph, as well as deleting the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
When booking a holiday in the UK, several factors must be considered. You want good quality accommodation, and we certainly got that. You want several restaurants, serviceable or better, within walking distance, and probably something above average not too far... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
I walked this walk just over a year ago, so perhaps it's seasonal - inadvertently! Until London 2012 I had no idea about the rivers and canals of inner East London. During the opening ceremony, I loved it when David... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Hi, I hope you don't feel that I was criticising your decision. It's vile when people steal photos and pass them off as their own. And I can see that being a greater risk when they are so topical/newsworthy, as yours were. I feel that when I'm saying to the reader 'you must click this link', if I show, rather them tell them, why, they are more likely to click. I put in the 'fair use' statement, because I abhor copying, but understand (rightly or wrongly, I'm no lawyer) that it's legal to include a small excerpt and I feel it's especially morally justifiable if, in effect, it's advertising the creator's work. By using the 'Creative Commons' statement, I'm saying I'm comfortable with not-for-profits using my work as long as they attribute and link.
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The 48-Hour Recovery Period in Fibromyalgia tags: fibro Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here. Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
I have neglected my blog recently. Sometimes life just gets in the way. The boring bits of life - such as going to work, and chores - but also the more enjoyable aspects. It's easier to find the time and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Sorry I've taken so long to reply. Unfortunately, every hobby attracts devoted fans, but also attracts people who are beyond 'devoted'. I have found that, by blogging regularly on a subject, I have stirred up some 'beyond devoted' obsessives. Some were angry that I was being presumptive, because I'm low in a league table of devotion. Others because they expected me to do it even more frequently, to fit their obsession, irrespective of what else is happening in my life. And, unfortunately, I attracted one individual who was extraordinary in her bad manners, and whose behaviour began to look either like bullying, or something more sinister. This behaviour included instructing someone online to check on my behaviour in a local cinema during a Met live screening, and physically intimidating me in the precincts of the Royal Opera House. And there were numerous other incidents that, in themselves were trivial, but when added together created a picture that caused a former colleague of mine (a qualified fraud investigator) to monitor this individual's online behaviour and warn me to very discrete or circumspect. This sort of reaction from other people turns a pleasure into a chore, and when I started having anxiety attacks and fearing for my personal safety, I realised it was time to draw a line underneath this. It's a pity because I've met some great decent people online and, in some cases, in Real Life, but unfortunately the minority - who I can only speculate have personal problems - tend to ruin any fun activity for the sane balanced majority (I've also witnessed this in football and politics, and am aware that it can strike any community of shared interests
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Viñales valley in the Pinar del Rio province is a Cuban National Monument and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Before European settlement, the area was the home of a remnant Taíno population swelled with runaway slaves. We visited in December... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
The first Tuesday of our holiday was rainy, grey and a bit windy. We took the opportunity to relax, having been on the go relentlessly for several days: packing, travelling and sight-seeing. We wandered around Seahouses and joined the National... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
This dish was taken from Nathan Outlaw's British Seafood book. Somewhat mixed results. I first made the seafood stock back in May and is now a firm favourite in Gert Cottage - it formed the centrepiece of our Christmas dinner.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
We visited Cuba for Christmas 2001 and the New Year, as 'independent travellers'. In Havana we stayed in someone's spare room and took time to explore this extraordinary city, capital of an extraordinary country. I was not so trigger happy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2015 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Crystal Palace Park is about 4 miles from my house. I went there once with my cousin, in 1989, on the eve of a Big Job Interview (I got the job). I went again with Jimmy in 2001. The boating... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
An all-round super day. My Tracks recorded the walk as 7.22 miles; Samsung Walking Mate calculated I walked 9.5 miles that day. Not inconsistent; the extra two miles easily add up by walking round pubs and the holiday let before... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
I was going to start this post "The latest in my monthly series of photos taken in my garden". But then I realised the last one was April 2013, preceded by July and August 2012, and April 2012. So, without... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
We caught the bus from St Helier to Gorey and walked back. After walking for several miles, we were still a long way from St Helier. We found a pub; they directed us to a restaurant a mile or so... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
Our first full day of the holiday. The weather forecast was not encouraging, either for that day, or for later, when they predicted the tail-end of a hurricane would hit Britain, bringing wind and rain in its wake. Decision: find... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2014 at Gertsamtkunstwerk
This blogpost is aimed squarely at Surrey. But not every individual person in Surrey. And not exclusively at Surrey people. Onshore wind turbines began to appear - at least in my consciousness - at about the turn of the century.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2014 at Gertsamtkunstwerk