22.7.09

HOLIDAY

I'm going to take my annual summer break
from the blog and fly off to Finland
for a couple of weeks.

The rain has been playing havoc with my fibro
- the last two nights have been absolute agony
so sitting here at the PC is out of the question.

First I'm going to see my Gran in Imatra, then me and
my counsins daughter Julia are going to my family's
summer cottage in Puumala for a couple of nights.

At the weekend we'll go to stay at my friend
Sanna's cottage on an island in the biggest
lake in Finland, Saimaa (below).

I intend to do bugger all apart from sit and enjoy
the silence. After the crap we've had with the
neighbours over the last months
it's going to be heaven!

I'll spend the beginning of the second week at
the family cottage with my mum and relatives
and for the remainder of the holiday I'll go
to stay with my friend Satu in Helsinki.

I was there in March but the trip was ruined by
a horrid stomach bug so I thought I'll take
this opportunity to be a "tourist" and
have a good look around.


I'll be back at the end of August
so doodlepip till then!


15.7.09

SARCASM

ELECTRIC
FLOWERS

Check out these amazing photos by Robert
Buelteman from Montara, California.

He photographs plants while sending electricity through
them. The result shows roses, petunias and even
cannabis in astonishing detail.

It has taken the award-winning 55-year-old 10 years to
produce just 80 photos. Working in complete darkness,
he begins by placing his chosen plant onto a metal
board which he then passes the electrical surge
through. He can even pinpoint areas where he
wants to focus the charge using a wand
and a simple car battery.

As his subject lights up with the current, and emits
radiation invisible to the naked eye, intuitive
Buelteman captured the moments by passing a
fibre optic cable back-and-forth over the plant.

The cable emits a beam of white light that is just
the size of a human hair and whatever the
miniscule torch-beam touches, transfers
the image onto film.

The blue haze that surrounds every leaf, petal and stalk
is actually gases ionising around them as the
plant is electronically shocked.

Buelteman has written about the project
and the techniques he uses in his
book Signs of Life.


FAKED

I for one do not believe they landed on
the Moon. Oh, don't even get me started!

July the 2oth is the 40th anniversary of
the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Here are some of the reasons that the
Moon landings on
were faked (inc.
conspiracy theories debunked)
Believe what you will.


NICE PIC OF
THE DAY

My friend Helena from Helsinki has been sailing with her
husband on the Finnish Gulf as they do every
year on their summer holidays.

She sent me this lovely photo of the still sea at
Väinämeri, which is near Estonia.

MAKE-UP

This is not true in my case! I have a small tub of
vaseline in my bag! On a night out I might
take a lippy with me but that's it.

Women carry an average of £57-worth of cosmetics
in their make-up bags, according to a new poll.

Despite the recession, a survey of more than 1,000 women
by cosmetics firm Avon found that Britons are
spending £1.1 billion a month on make-up.


Mascara was overwhelmingly the most popular item
with 62 per cent of women saying it was an essential
purchase, while 38 per cent considered lipstick
a 'must-have buy'.
Foundation came
a close third with 37 per cent.

Cary Cooper, professor of psychology and health at
Lancaster University, said women were probably
spending on make-up to help cheer themselves
up amid the current economic turmoil.


"Many people buy luxuries in a time like this to make them
feel better – whether that is chocolate or make-up.
It may make them feel better at the time but it's
what psychologists call a temporary palliative
– it doesn't solve the problem but helps them
to feel better in the short term."


The study found women between the ages of 16 and 24
carry £69 worth of make-up while 25 to 34-year-old
have on average £71 of cosmetics. After this age,
women's spending on make-up drops off
steadily with the over-55s carrying
less than £35 of product.


FLYING PETS

The inaugural Pet Airways flight, the world's first
pet-only airline, took to the skies from an
airport in New York yesterday.

When the carrier launched in the US in April, the response
was so intense the airline's website crashed. "We're
currently having to take bookings manually," Pet
Airways founder Alysa Binder told said at the time.
"The initial response has been phenomenal,
an absolute whirlwind."


Heather Donahue's dog, Vito (above), was one of the first
passengers. The pet planes are converted 19-seater
Beechwood passenger planes leased from Suburban
Air, and the company employs 'pet attendants'
to work onboard. Concerned owners can even track
their animal's flight progress on the internet.


High-flying cats and dogs will travel in an almost
identical fashion to their owners, with online
booking, check-in lounge, main
cabin, meals and toilets.


"We are pet owners ourselves (their dog Zoe with
one of the planes, above), so we totally understand
the market, and that safety and comfort are the
main concerns", explains Ms Binder.


RICH

The words "I love you" are worth £163, 424
according to a new book which tries to
create a new value system.

You Are Really Rich, You Just Don't Know It Yet,
by former ad executives Steve Henry and David
Alberts, aims to show there is more
to life than money.

It puts the value of being in a stable relationship at
£154,849 while placed on spending time with
good mates is said to be worth £63,256.

"The book is about a new value system, an alternative to a
purely financial system," said Mr Henry. "Partly because,
as a direct result of the credit crunch, people are
exploring different ways of living, and they're
looking for something to replace money as
a general criterion for value."


A study was carried out by research specialist Brainjuicer
who asked over 1,000 people nationally what made
them happy. They were asked to rate 50 different
life events and experiences and compare them
with the pleasure gained from a lottery windfall.


Being in good health turns out to be our most precious
possession with a value of £180,105. Living in
the city proves to be worth much less
than being in the country.


Other events in the top ten of life's best experiences are:
living in a peaceful and safe country - £129,448; having
children - £123,592; spending time with your family -
£110,04; laughing - £108,021; having sex - £105,210;
going on holiday - £91,759; savouring the
peace and quiet - £89,828.


Reading a book is worth £53,660 whereas going to the
cinema comes in at half that £21,615. Being happy at
work is £37,229 but it doesn't compare with a
looking forward to the weekend which is £49,764
and taking a day off has a value of £54,428.


JOLLY GOOD
CHAPS

How delightfully British!

The sixth Chap Olympiad took place at Bedford Square
in Bloomsbury last weekend. Despite dismal weather
the 1,000 people attending maintained a stiff
upper lip and carried on regardless.

The various games to test a chap's skills included cucumber
Sandwich Discus, Quill Throwing, Martini Knockout
Relay,
Umbrella Jousting and Tug of Hair
and Hop, Skip and G&T.


Hosted by Chap Magazine, the event claims to
be a 'celebration of athletic ineptitude and
immaculate trouser creases'.


PURRRRRR

I for one have always fallen for this trap!

Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it
seems our feline friends have found a way
to manipulate us humans.

Researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered
that cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their
owners to get attention and food.

Unlike regular purring, this sound incorporates a "cry", with
a similar frequency to a human baby's. The
team said
cats have "tapped into" a human bias - producing
a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore.


Dr Karen McComb, the lead author of the study that
was published in the journal Current Biology,
said the research was inspired by her
own cat, Pepo (above).


"He would wake me up in the morning with this insistent
purr that was really rather annoying,"
Dr McComb said.


"After a little bit of investigation, I discovered that
there are other cat owners who are similarly
bombarded early in the morning."


While meowing might get a cat expelled from the bedroom,
Dr McComb said that this pestering purr often
convinced beleaguered pet lovers to get
up and fill their cat's bowl.


To find out why, her team had to train cat owners to make
recordings of their own cats' vocal tactics - recording
both their "soliciting purrs" and regular,
"non-soliciting" purrs.


"When we played the recordings to human volunteers,
even those people with no experience of cats found
the soliciting purrs more urgent and less
pleasant," said Dr McComb.


So how does Dr McComb feel about Pepo now she knows
he has been manipulating her all these years?

"He's been the inspiration for this whole study,
so I'll forgive him - credit where credit's due."


13.7.09

CAPTAIN COMES
HOME

A budgie found floating half a mile out to sea after
he escaped from his aviary has been reunited
with its owner five days later.

In a chance encounter the one year-old bird was
found by a dive boat - half a mile out to sea off
the coast of Brixham, Devon, by scuba
diver Cathy Jackman.

Unknown to his owner, Mike Peel, 64, the bedraggled bird,
who had been named "Captain" by his rescuers, was
plucked from the water and taken
to an RSPCA centre.


Though grandfather-of-12 Mr Peel, had lost some birds
on Saturday it was not until he saw a picture of the
normal grey budgie in his local newspaper on
Wednesday - his birthday - that he
realised it was his.


The retired former cleaning business owner from Brixham,
said that he had resigned himself to the loss of several
birds that escaped from an aviary at the bottom of his
garden after he left their enclosure unlocked
on Saturday as he went for lunch.


"It's amazing," he said. "I really didn't expect to see
it again, I really didn't. I've never received one
back and I don't know anyone that has."


Mr Peel, who keeps about 140 birds at his home, which
is around two miles from where the bird was found
at sea the same day, breeds and shows budgies
and is chairman of the
Torbay Budgerigar
and Foreign Birds Society.

He said that Captain, who he had since he
was a chick, was not a high enough standard
to show, but was a breeding bird.


COOKIES

BUBBLE

A breathtaking picture of the exact moment when
a bubble burts has been captured with
a slow-motion camera.

The photograph, taken by Richard Heeks of Exeter, shows
a soap bubble with one half still perfectly formed
while the other shatters in a distinctive
pattern of streaks.

"There's something so satisfying about picturing
something in your head and then finally
seeing it on the camera," he said.


"It would be great to record the sound of a bubble popping,
slow it down and play it over slow-motion footage
of a bubble bursting. The ripping action reminds
me of a storm front passing across land.
It must be like a wave."


His wife Sarah provided the finger to burst the bubbles
as Mr Heeks used a 1/500th of a second shutter speed
on a day when weather conditions were "absolutely
perfect".
"There was absolutely no wind, the
bubbles just hung in the air," he sad.


Mr Heeks says that the photographs are genuine
and not something he had created with
the help of computer technology.


"This is a real photo of bubble bursting. I've
made slight edits to raise colour and light, but
this is just to add some punch. This is not
a Photoshop creation," he said.


He took a series of pictures showing Mrs Heeks' finger
as it first makes contact and the progress of
the 'burst' as it engulfs the bubble.


#%$@!

It might be socially unacceptable, but an outburst of
swearing after a DIY mishap or stubbing a toe

can actually do some good.

Scientists have discovered that uttering
swear words can help to lessen the
feeling of physical pain.


The study by researchers at Keele University found that
volunteers were able to withstand pain for longer
when they swore compared to when they
used words which were not offensive.


Dr Richard Stephens, who conducted the study at the
university's school of psychology, believes it may
explain why swearing is still common place in
languages around the world.


He suggests that swearing could have evolved as a way of
raising aggression levels and reducing the feeling of
pain to allow our ancestors to flee or fight
back when attacked by predators.


The researchers, whose findings are published in the journal
NeuroReport, tested 64 students' tolerance to pain
by asking them to submerge their hand in a tub
of ice water for as long as they could while
repeating a series of swear
words of their choice.



11.7.09

DISTRESS

EAT

The second series of The Supersizers Eat is turning out
to be just as good as the first one. So far we've enjoyed
the culinary delights of the 80's, Medieval
times and the French Revolution.

Sadly one episode, the 50's, was dropped because of a
Wimbledon tennis match running long (boo!)
but hopefully we'll see that sometime in the
future when the series is no doubt repeated.
Next week it's the roaring Twenties.


Not only do we learn about the food, Sue and Goren
also dress the part and give us a quick history
lesson the of the habits and customs of each
period. Great telly! Third series please!


JUMBO
SMOOTH

It may not have exactly been the target market when
it was launched, but Tesco's own-brand cocoa butter
is going down a storm with the elephants
in Belfast Zoo, particularly to keep
their bottoms smooth.

The zoo is a type of retirement home which cares for
female elephants. They've been having a problem
of dry skin, particularly around their feet and
lower legs – and their bottoms.

Elephant curator Alyn Cairns said: "Our herd is now
complete and we want to provide them with
the best care in their old age. That includes
looking after their skin."


Under veterinary advice the elephant team tried
many different creams to soften the skin
but with limited effect, he said.


Female keeper Aisling McMahon came to the
rescue suggesting the moisturising cream
from a supermarket which she uses herself.


"I found it difficult to find a good moisturiser for my own
skin and when I realised this particular one worked
for me, I suggested it to the team. The elephants
now get moisturised regularly. Cream is applied
to the elephant's feet, bum and body."


Caoimhe Mannion, marketing manager of Tesco in
Northern Ireland, said: "It is essential that
people protect their skins in hot weather -
but I didn't realise elephants were such
big fans of our products."



STONE COLD

I heard this song on the telly yesterday and
now I can't get it out of my head!

6.7.09

BRITISH ABC

Remember the Google Maps Alphabet?
Now there's one of the British Isles.

Picture researcher Rachel Young, 25, found
all 26 letters of the alphabet on Google
Maps in just 15 hours.

She said: "I did a lot of scrolling around on Google
just waiting to find the right shapes.
I thought
the major cities like London, Manchester and
Liverpool would be a safe bet for odd-shaped
buildings and being from Yorkshire I knew
that would be a good place for
fields and hedgerows".


NO STRIPES

A white Bengal tiger has become the first of its
kind to exist in the wild today after
being born without stripes.

The six-month-old cub is so rare it is thought
there are fewer than 20 tigers like her
alive in the world - all in captivity.


The tiger, which has been named Fareeda, was born to two
white Bengal tigers. However, while Fareeda's brother
Shahir and sister Sitarah all bear the typical black
tiger stripes, Fareeda is a one in a hundred
chance of being born without.


Fareeda, who was hand-reared by keepers at Cango
Wildlife Ranch, near Cape Town, South Africa, is
part of a unique breeding programme to keep
the White Bengal species alive.


Keepers at the ranch were delighted when Fareeda and
her siblings were born on Christmas Day last year,
but even more surprised to see Fareeda's
rare lack of markings.


Odette Claassen, 52, from the ranch said the keepers
had to wait six months before they could be
sure she definitely did not have stripes.


She said: "Some cubs develop them in their first few
months but after six months it's clear that Fareeda is
truly one of the rarest of her kind. When she was born
she had noticeably pale colour and it did cause
a stir of excitement amongst the staff."

"But we knew there was the possibility of the cub's very light
black and ginger stripes darkening over time existed.
Most white Bengal tigers are bred in the US from a single
male captured in the 1950s, but Fareeda is the first to
be born in Africa, which is very special. She has
a lovely nature and loves playing with her
brothers and sisters, although she has nipped
me a few times when she wants a feed."


White Bengal tigers are not albino, they have
distinctive blue eyes and used to be found in
Northern India before they died out.


"My hope is that one day Fareeda and her kind
can be returned to their native habitat and
that is why it is so important to educate
people about tigers and keeping the
breeding programmes going."


ODD DAY

Remember square root day?
Well, he's at it again!

Noticed anything exceptional about yesterdays date?
July 5, 2009 (05/07/09) - three consecutive
odd numbers make up the date only five
times in a century.

This nugget is pointed out by Californian high
school maths teacher Ron Gordon from
Redwood City, a self-confessed
"mathemagician".

"That's what my kids call me, because I make
something out of nothing from maths,"
the 64-year-old says.


"This really is a day to celebrate. OK, it's true
there will be another one in two years' time on
September 7, 2011 (07/09/11), and one on
November 9, 2013 (09/11/13) but then it won't
happen again for 92 years. And I sure
won't be around to see it."


So what does Ron suggest you do on "Odd Day"? "It's a
great day to do your odds 'n ends, give a friend a
high-five or root for the odds-on-favourite,"
he says. You can't get much more odds-on
than Roger Federer and look what happened!


If these numerical oddities grab you, take
a look at
www.oddday.net and
plunge into his world.



HAPPY PLANET?

British people are less satisfied with life than many
in poorer countries and use too many of the earth's
resources, according to a poll that ranks us
74th in the world below Georgia and Burma.

Rather than measure Gross Domestic Product or GDP,
the
Happy Planet Index measures life expectancy,
happiness and the environmental
impact of different nations.


The top ten countries are not the richest nations but
middle income countries in Latin America, Asia or
the Carribbean where there is a high level of
life satisfaction and low carbon footprint.


Costa Rica is the greenest and happiest country on
the planet, according to the rankings developed
by think tank the New Economics Foundation,
followed by the Dominican Republic
and Jamaica.


The UK comes in at 74 out of 143 countries behind
post-Soviet Georgia at 72, the military dictatorship
Burma at 39 and Sri Lanka, which has been
scarred by civil war, at 22.


The highest ranking country in the EU was the
Netherlands at 43 followed by France
at 71 and Germany at 51.


Levels of life satisfaction, calculated from a
worldwide poll, were also not necessarily
high in rich countries where violence and
inequality continue to be a problem.


In the UK the low ranking was largely due to
social problems or what has been labelled
"broken Britain" and the high carbon
footprint of most of the population.


If everyone in the world wanted to live as
people do in the UK, it would require the
resources of more than three earths.


Nick Marks, who devised the rankings, said
that there are still high levels of inequality
in the UK as well as community breakdown
and unhealthy lifestyles.


"There are a lot of people who are unhappy particularly
at the lower income end of the spectrum but it is not
only financial inequality, it is the longer working
week, a lack of social cohesion through a sense
of belonginess to the community or the
geographic area, indebtedness, low levels
of volunteering and more passive
lifestyles," he said.


YOU'VE BEEN
TANGOED

A cat which disappeared from its home in
Cornwall turned up safe and well - on
the set of Question Time.

Tango the ginger tom crept into Treviglas Community
College's hall in Newquay where the BBC1's
political discussion programme was
being filmed last week.

He padded out from under a table where David Dimbleby
was chairing talks with a panel of guests. Owner
Jackie Ellery heard of his surprise appearance
when a friend rang to say she had spotted him.


But she was not the only person to notice the furtive
feline - panel guest Julia Goldsworthy, Lib Dem
MP for Falmouth and Camborne, had also clocked
him, as had many of the studio audience who
erupted into laughter at his nonchalant air.


However, although his owner had been watching
the programme in her living room,
she missed his TV debut.


"I was watching Question Time but I didn't notice
him," said Mrs Ellery, who works at the college
as a dinner lady and lives next door to it.


"Then my friend rang up and said: 'Your cat's just been
on the telly'. I told her not to be ridiculous but I had
Sky Plus so I rewound it and there he was -
just sauntering across."

"It didn't surprise me in a way because he's in the
school all the time and always wandering about.
He's always been into mischief and we live right next
to the school so this is his playground - all the kids
love him. It didn't faze him when he walked through
with all those people. He actually got taken out
five times but he still managed
to get on the show."


Although his TV debut may have been fleeting,
it seems that Tango's screen appearance will
go down as one of the more memorable
events to happen on the show.


Gill Penlington, Question Time's editor, said:
"Tango is certainly the most unusual guest we've
had in Question Time's history."

PS: for non UK readers: "been tangoed" comes from
a soft drink TV advert in the mid 90's.


'ELF AND SAFETY

With this (goggles when using blu-tack and no egg boxes
in case of salmonella), this (no swimming goggles)
and this (no doormats) on the news last week
got me thinking that I sure was
born at the right time.

Like all my peers born in the late 60's and
early 70's I got to have a proper childhood.

But it's somewhat a miracle that we are still alive
if you believe the current bureaucrats!

Child safe medicine bottles or cupboard doors or bike helmets
simply didn't exist. We fell out of trees and drank out of
garden hoses and crashed home made go-karts into
rasberry bushes and did it do us any harm?

Well, in some cases the answer is probably yes and that
explains a lot of things but this completely over the
top absolutely ridiculous health and safety
business is starting to be beyond a joke.


We got to run around to our hearts content and in a way we
had to: we didn't have Xboxes or hundreds of TV
channels or Facebook to keep us entertained.
We went out and made real life friends.

A simple cardboard box provided hours of entertainment
as did jumping from roofs into piles of ploughed
snow (in Finland). In the summer we went
swimming (I for one lived in the lake!),
played hide and seek and every
single ball game known to man.

In the winter we skated and ski'd till we couldn't feel
our fingers, toes and ears anymore. No-one told us
off, as long as we were out of the hair of our
parents everyone was happy.

Nobody even knew where we were - mobiles didn't exist!
There was no talk of pedophiles, we walked or cycled
for miles to school. We had fights and bruises. We
broke arms and legs and teeth but nobody sued
anyone, it was just stuff that happened. If you
were lucky you got a slap from your
dad for being so stupid!


It is truly a sad state of affairs when kids can't use or
touch even the simplest of things like egg
boxes in case they catch salmonella!
As if that would ever happen!

These rules don't obviously happen by themselves.
Just makes you think what must that person(s)
who makes this stuff up be like?

And for heaven's sake what must this
generation of mollycoddled kids
be like when they grow up?!


PLINTH

Today is the start of the One And Other
project on the fourth plinth at
London's Trafalgar Square.

It was somewhat
ruined by a protester
(for a good cause, mind) but got
underway eventually.

This is Steve Platt, 54, from London. He is doing
it to give his 20-month-old grandson
something to remember him by.

Steve was up there from 2 pm till 3. A different person
will take their place for all the world to see via a
live broadcast on the One And Other website
every hour over the next 100 days. The plinth
will be occupied 24 hours a day.


This idea of living art by Anthony Gormley
attracted 14,500 applications
from across the UK.


LONGEST CAT

Yesterday afternoon KB and Geraldinho were
crashed out on her bed and G looked so cute
I had to sneak in and take a couple of shots.

Completely out of it, bless her! She was going for
the World's Longest Cat title as well,
look at her next to KB's leg!


5.7.09

TILT SHIFT

This may look like a model with tiny toy figures on a
scaled-down bridge, but it is actually a photograph
of real people crossing the real Millennium Bridge,
taken using a tilt-shift lens.

Toby Allen, 35, uses a technique called 'tilt and shift' to
capture the images. Aptly named "Little London"
these endearing shots include one of the UK's big
freeze in February, taken from
his bedroom window.


Tilt-shift lenses were originally used by architects to
get perspective on huge buildings. Now Toby
uses them to scale down icons and
events in his city.


For his 'Little London' project, he aims to shoot all of
London's major places and scale them down in
time for an exhibition to coincide with
the 2012 Olympic Games.


He explains: "By blurring two sections of the photograph
the image basically tricks the human eye into thinking
it's looking at something very small like a model.
You have to get the angle right as well, looking
down on your subject from about 45 degrees."


If you fancy having a go,
here's
how to do it.

EDIT 9.7.09: The tilt shift fewer is catching,
here are some images that readers of the
Daily Telegraph have created.



SPUDS ARE IN

Another hot and humid afternoon is Colliers Wood.
Whilst waiting for the men's final to start I
decided it was time to dig the spuds up. Got
the fork out and roped the hung over KB to be
my picker and this is what we found:

Nearly a bucket of new potatoes and Charlotte's.
Mr S planted a later variety (above bottom
pic) so we've got own grown spuds
all the way till winter!


4.7.09

NOISE HELL
PART II

It turns out Westminster is the noisiest area
in the UK (hardly surprising!).

We've had our own noise problem for almost year and last
weekend it finally got too much (another ten hour
party) so this week has been spent sorting out
the louts living down the road from us.

They're not literally next door, we share a fence with them
but with their anti-social behaviour (too long to list, use
your imagination) and loud music they've rendered
the use of our garden useless. A family living wall
to wall with them had enough at the same
time so we both contacted the council
and it's being sorted.


The whole affair has stressed me out no end,
it's made me even more unwell... as if
Fibro
and
BPPV weren't making ill me enough!

I've had a horrible migraine all week (partly because
of the heat as well I'm sure but still), I'm
angry, jumpy and stressed out.

People who blast their stereos whether it be in their
gardens or houses with windows open, car
stereos etc. do not consider the impact
they have on other people.

As soon as you turn that volume button up you're affecting
somebody. Nobody wants to listen to the music you listen
to! Best way to describe it is imagine the thing you like
least in the whole world and then someone you don't
know doing it to you all the time, without
any warning, any time of the day.


Why do you have to share it with the rest of the world?
Blast your music by any means but use some headphones
for crying out loud! And trust me, there isn't some
magical noise filter at the edge of your window or
around your garden which sucks in the noise!

Most people are just ignorant (especially the me-me-me
generation of current 20 somethings) and will turn it
down/off when told about it but it shouldn't even get
to the stage where it's making someone ill.

I'm now so anxious that I haven't even bothered to go to the
garden for the last week as I'm just waiting for the
thump thump thump to start again. It's like
being hit on the head with a hammer!

You're just constantly listening to which way is it going
to come from next? Most of the time I'm sandwiched
between our immediate neighbours kids stereo (they
used to play it in the garden, when asked stopped but
now blast it out of their bedroom windows facing
the garden...so no difference) and a stereo/TV
from the other side but although both are
daily occurrences they don't go
for hours on end.

It's very annoying and I wish I could tell
them to shut the hell up but got
to keep on good terms...

The thing that annoys me the most that I
would never even dream of doing
something that affects other people,
especially neighbours.

If I listen to music I do it with headphones. I keep my telly
volume down. I try to mow the lawn when there's least people
at home. If we burn rubbish in the garden we try to
do it on a rainy/drizzly/cold day so that no-one
will have their washing out or windows open.

I mean I feel quilty about even having a barbecue because
of the smoke and try to do it on a non windy day so
that it doesn't drift into peoples homes.

And then all you get in return are people being selfish all
around...it just makes you think well sod it, why should
we care and be considerate? But then I don't
want to sink to that level so I just keep on
being the good citizen. You don't get
rewarded for it but there you go...


It's not the first time we've suffered from noisy neighbours
here either, back in 2006 I wrote
this about the house
which is now occupied by the latest twats.

Before I moved to this address I lived on the adjoining
street for 5 years and suffered amateur builders
(woman who owned the flat above employed her
idiot no skills whatsoever brother-in-law) noise
and mess on a daily basis for almost 4 years.

And back in the early 90's in Brighton I went through
the same unpleasantness with a noisy B&B next door.
Luckily Brighton Council closed them down after
a lengthy process and I don't believe I
was the only one to complain!


So hopefully the latest instalment in the sorry
saga of "isn't it great to live in one the biggest
metropoles in the world!" has
come to an end. For now.

Me pessimistic ? Naah! What
ever gave you that idea?