A last … it’s all over … for now


I speak, of course about the Olympic Games. Whilst I admit, it has been a great Games for the so called ‘Team GB’ I really do think it has gone on too long. Controversial, I hear you say! Well maybe so. But there are some of us that do not find the idea of near 24/7 coverage of sport that interesting.

For the most part the BBC has covered everything, it thought that we would want to see on three of it’s channels. I have an issue there (wouldn’t you just know it.) The BBC seem to have thought that it would be a good idea to have us flit between channels to see the things we wanted. One minute we are nicely watching the diving on BBC 1, then we are told to switch to BBC 2 to continue. Thirty minutes later, it’s back to BBC 1 again for an hour, but if we want to watch ‘blah blah’, then switch to BBC 4. And to top it all, we have another choice of viewing via the ‘Red Button.’ Meanwhile ‘Casualty’ and ‘Holby’ are are abandoned for the duration. What a let down! Joking about the last sentence.

Next we have the Para-Olympics starting in two weeks time. Only just got the euphoria out of my system, when it all starts again. Now before anybody kicks off, I feel that the Para-Olympics are just as important, if not more so as the other games. However, I do feel that they are overshadowed by the main stream games somewhat. I for one am completely burnt out with the games, and am not looking forward to watching more.

Why do we not have the Para-Olympics the following year? It would be one way of ensuring that the Olympic park is not just used for for the four weeks of the (hate to say this …) ‘Main games’. Mind you, it looks like the Para’s are to be scaled down this time, due to disappointing ticket sales and budget cuts. It seems that making the disabled pay for the failure of others is not just the prerogative of the UK.

Is it a scam …?


Yesterday, I received an email direct to my WordPress email from an organisation that calls itself  ‘My Trending Stories’. Having a quick look on their website, it seems that they collect posts from various people on various subjects.

The email drops a few flattering phrases into the body, such as “…and strongly admire the content. Your writing abilities and ability to engage readers is remarkable and a very rare asset…” and “…strongly believe that your writing aligns with our core value…” and concludes with “…we only allow a certain amount of writers on the website in order to provide mentorship and personal growth…”. Now, this all sounds very interesting and promising, but is there a catch? I emailed them back for more details, and the reply was very much of the same. It appears that I would have to post regularly eg two or three times a week and can even repost work I have posted on my blog at WordPress.

I did a little Googling around, and I understand that a number of people are among the ‘certain amount of writers’ that this site  is attempting to attract. I have to say, that I am a little intrigued, even interested, but I have doubts. Nothing I can put my finger on, but I’m a bit uncertain. Maybe it’s the commitment or maybe it’s the excessive flattery that worries me, I don’t know.

I would be interested to know if any of my followers/readers have had the same email or any experience of this site.

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Now for the “Rant of The Day.” I’m not the biggest fan of tennis. In fact, I’m not really a sports fan at all. But K*** like to watch Wimbledon, especially when it’s Andy Murray. So the point of my rant today is how it is shown on television. The BBC covers all the big matches, but they seem to like to mess around with the channels. Tonight, Mr Murray’s match was on BBC 1 until around 6pm when it was moved to BBC 2, to allow for the news. It then flipped back to BBC1. Why? Why could they not re-arrange the schedules and put the tennis on BBC 2 and BBC 3? It’s not as if they haven’t done it before. I have an idea, that it is to stop people from ‘live pausing’ the matches. That is all well and good and some of us can remember the days before live pausing, but it is a feature that a lot of people have and we should be able to use it. Come on BBC, get your act together.

Almost there


   The title of this post refers to my attempt at making hummus. It all started, when Mrs H found a bag of dried chick peas, that we had in the cupboard. She was all set for throwing them out, and like a fool, I suggested that I make hummus. Sounded like a good idea at the time, but the reality of overnight soaking and then 2 hours of boiling put a bit of a damper on it. Then, lo and behold, she finds a tin of chick peas that need using up. So I used them. As I say, it was almost there. I downloaded a recipe from the BBC website, and followed it as closely as possible. Result……too much garlic, as that was all that we could taste. Better luck next time.

   Made a bit of a pig of myself at lunchtime!! I had eaten my sausage rolls and Peperami by half past 11, as I wanted to drive out to shops. After buying some new paint rollers, I though a quick pint would be nice. And it was, but the problem was, that I was feeling a little peckish. So I popped into MacDonald’s. I only had a cheeseburger and small fries, but felt a little guilty afterwards.