Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Apocryphal survey of posh schools


Not political giants
I recall from some time ago  a story  (possibly Apocryphal ) that a survey of party affiliations was conducted at various 'posh schools', as you might expect the Tories did well less so the Labour Party - a mildly curious result from the survey which has stayed with me was the high ranking of various left wing factions amongst the students - including a selection of the ideological strains of the factious battles at the vanguard of the revolutionary groupings.


This said I suppose it should not come as a surprise to me (although it does) to find that Seumas Milne is in fact a product of a privileged background the son of a former BBC DG Alistair Milne.


[the odd spelling of the Christian name does hint at something perhaps]


Like Andrew Howard (another of the current crop of Labour Party's 'media specialists') he is wedded to Russia even under the non- Communist leadership of Putin. Like Howard Milne is also someone who  had an expensive private education, in fact Seumas Milne's own children went to selective schools in Kingston, London (selective schools being something that  like Dianne Abbott he presumably doesn't support).

 I enjoyed the strong  piece by Dominic Sandbrook on how figures like these have 'hijacked' the party.

Nice reviews

are pushing me back towards the Canon G7 X Mk II

£217 perhaps over halfway?


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Planting and Minimalism (Danshari)

Cabbages and Cauliflowers 

Today I've been planting (in seed trays)  again - Lettuces,
Lettuce and Broccoli 
Pumpkins, Peas all sort of things and also planted out a couple more Sweet-Corn plants too.


The greenhouse on Plot 202 is getting congested and I hope that I'll have ground prepared soon.


Which strangely brings me on to the topic of the book I'm getting engrossed in it's called Goodbye Things and worth a read I'd say - taking actions to de-clutter is a goal but I feel that Fumio Sasaki (the writer) has some issues - I expect it'll become clearer as I read on.

[Slightly ironic that the book has added to my clutter and that there are so many words about this topic in Japanese - Danshari is the one  Fumio opts for most often.]

Of course it says a lot about the writer 


And I'm still going



Okay £215 50p

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sale of the century

We all like Hearty Jokes
Rather scary as we get closer to the actual UK poll (or election if you prefer) the way various parties are offering what they think the electorate wants.


I believe there's a general rule if a deal looks too good to true it probably is - sometimes you need to walk away - and the idea of something for nothing is actually rather insulting

And where I can see the logic behind the Conservative idea of your resources  being used to fund 'care' one could not help but anticipate action being taken to transfer assets (especially by those with the wherewithal) but  it seems that Mrs May has now  decided too much truth might not be needed at this time.



The LibDems are painfully aware of  of the downside promising (to Students) what they can't deliver (and then finding that they're expected to) - The Greens are still in the territory of there being little consequence (or damage) to promising Nirvana (which looks quite good to me) -We will see in time what Brexit means but I fear many voters will have some disappointment there too.

And this bird has flown


[Don't suppose that I should be shocked  to see Boris again revealing his true colours during Robert Preston's Sunday ITV show.]






Here we go

just keeps improving..

£214 it is


Sunday, May 21, 2017

A worthy goal

The British Museum Where I heard Demis talk about AI

Kirsty Young is a good interviewer, she gets her guests to relax and tell her what they're comfortable saying, she's  well suited to Desert Island Discs -today's show was particularly good.


It was nice to hear her talking today to Demis Hassabis (who I saw speaking nearly 2 years ago at the British Museum), he's not only extremely bright but has goals set in the field of AI where he wants to make a difference.


One of the points the guest today was keen to make clear is how limited our time is.

We should savour


Camera Fund

My intention at the start of the year was to be able to buy a new compact camera sufficiently better than my current one (a Canon G16) to improve the pictures I can take in terms of quality and also have some nice features (perhaps the exposures every few seconds for example) - I'm beginning to feel  that it won't be so long and I need to start my research seriously ( had thought of the G9 MK II but now am not so sure.


£212.50 getting there