One year later and … what?

23 Jun

Anniversaries come round so quickly these days, I must be getting old. Can it be a year since we strolled down to the polling station and made a mess of the world by voting to leave the EU? With the shenanigans in Brussels and Downing Street, the departure of one prime Minister, the humiliation of a second,  and the decline of the seemingly invincible Tory hegemony into a rudderless collection of loons and fools kept in office if at all by the even more bizarre (if that were possible) Democratic Unionist Party the year since the utterly unnecessary Brexit vote has been entertaining if completely unproductive with regards to leaving the EU. The UK Government hasn’t got a clue what it wants to do (if it has it hasn’t told anyone) or how to go about getting it and neither does it have the power at home to come to a decision on hard or soft Brexit or anything in between really. We shall see if the Queen’s Speech gets past the Commons; if not then who knows what will happen. Another election or a minority Labour Government led by a man who was described as unelectable by the vast majority of his own MPs only last year. Add to all this events such as terrorist attacks and the appalling loss of life in a fire in London tower block and it’s clearly going to be a long hot summer for whoever is in charge which is as it should be.

The Aristocrats

19 Jun

Allow me, if you  will, to have my annual rant against hot weather. It’s 29C and stinking humid as hell and I’m hating it. I know, I know 29C is just warming up for some places but this pale psychrophilic Englishman much prefers 19C;  actually now I come to come to think 9C is just dandy. To add to the misery everyone is supposed to be happy now summer is here: oh look! blue skies and barbecues and relaxing in the glorious sunshine (sunshine is not glorious it’s a vile irridiating emission from the furnace in the sky and it can bugger off). Stuff that for a game.
Deep intake of breath …
aaand relax …
Where was I? Oh yes
These common gulls were taken by Margot in wonderful cool March. It’s difficult not to see them as laughing at something, the human condition perhaps or the Brexit talks that finally start today, the PM who is afraid to show her face in public (“strong and stable”), that bloke from Hull and Hereabouts; there’s so much to choose from. Or maybe they’ve just heard the dirtiest joke ever.

An Old Stinker

17 Jun

Some birds have different or dialect names. Where I come from, Hartlepool, these beautiful birds are known as stinkers; civilised folk call them starlings of course. They used to be much commoner than they are nowadays with flocks in winter of thousands but now you are lucky to see a hundred or so wheeling around.

Common Frog

16 Jun

Young Crow

16 Jun

Margot took these a few years ago in Spring Bank cemetery..

Grey Squirrel

14 Jun

Chaffinch

13 Jun