White Stuff

19 Feb 19
Go Darke

I had this profound feeling earlier (which unusually did NOT manifest itself in my loins) that I should tackle my proliferate unread email concern. Perhaps spurred on by a sudden sense of self preservation… I’ve let my inbox grow wild and unkempt and now strange faceless creatures inhabit its deeper shadows. I’m scared to go […]

19 Feb 19
Tuesdays with Laurie

After the Capsule Wardrobe post last week, I received a dozen emails asking:  “What does a minimalist this look like?” “What does a minimalist that look like?” The easiest question to answer first is, What does the inside of a minimalist medicine cabinet look like? Some of you aren’t old enough to remember the Right […]

19 Feb 19
Hard Talk Kenya Reloaded

· REAPING THE FRUITS OF PRIMITIVE HUBRIS: – · A historian, Walter Chesang, penned an interesting article (Standard, Friday, February 15, 2019). · Let us listen, carefully, to Mwalimu Chesang: ““A dance,” goes a Kalenjin saying “should be stopped when it is still enjoyable”. The more the dance proceeds the more it gets tiring, rough, […]

19 Feb 19
feltingandfiberstudio

Lyn I took inspiration, for the ‘Landscape Challenge’, from an old photo of my dad stood in front of ‘The Long Man’ of Wilmington in East Sussex.  The figure is carved into the chalk hill and is approx 235 feet high. I liked the different colours and curves in the landscape, and at certain times […]

19 Feb 19
Resource - Full

Embrace it! Be joyful! Enjoy it! It’s inevitable! It’s only mid-February! More snow coming tomorrow! We’ve had 16 snow/winter storms that have been names.  That means 16 storms that have affected two million people or more.  So they are NOT just local storms.  They don’t fade out after “the big dump”; instead they hang around […]

19 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
I WATCHED Crimson Tide the other night after getting home late from work. I haven’t seen the tense submarine thriller for years — but I always assumed this great movie was a work of pure fiction. Actors Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman in 1995 movie Crimson Tide However, something similar to its events happened deep under the Atlantic Ocean — the closest the world came to an all-out nuclear war. The 1995 Denzel Washington movie centres on a standoff between his first officer on a US nuclear missile submarine and its seasoned captain, played by Gene Hackman. There is basically a mutiny over whether or not to launch their missiles against the Russians during a communications blackout. It was partly inspired by true events during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The stand-off between both movie characters happened in real life on a Russian submarine in 1962. A group of US Navy destroyers and an aircraft carrier enforcing the blockade against Cuba trapped a B-59 Russian submarine, which the US didn’t know was armed with nuclear weapons. They began to drop depth charges to force the submarine to surface for identification. The captain of the Russian sub Valentin Savitsky, believing that a war may have already started, prepared to launch a ten kiloton nuclear torpedo against the American warships. According to a US National Security Archive report, Savitsky exclaimed: “We’re gonna blast them now! We will die, but we will sink them all — we will not become the shame of the fleet.” As is procedurally required, all the senior officers on board must agree before a nuclear bomb could be launched. The captain and the political officer agreed to launch but Vasili Arkhipov, the second-in-command, disagreed. A heated argument ensued during which Arkhipov persuaded the captain to surface the ship and await orders from Moscow. It turned out there was no war. A nuclear holocaust on an unimaginable scale was averted and countless lives were saved thanks to Arkhipov. Thomas Blanton, of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, told the Boston Globe: “The lesson from this is that a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world.” Arkhipov was not reprimanded by the Russian navy for his actions. In fact, he was later promoted to rear admiral and went on to become the head of the Kirov naval academy and retired as a vice admiral. The brave Russian died in 1999. Dr Jonathan Colman, an expert on the Cuban missile crisis at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “President Kennedy had been very worried about the possibility of a clash between American warships and Soviet submarines in the Caribbean, and it is absolutely clear that his fears were justified.” [article-rail-section title=”Most Read in News” posts_category=”2″ posts_number=”6″ query_type=”popular” /] He added: “Ultimately, it was luck as much as management that ensured that the missile crisis ended without the most dreadful consequences.” Isn’t it amazing that we have this man Vasili Arkhipov, who basically saved the world from annihilation, and virtually no one knows his name. I suspect if he was American, he’d be as well known as a Neil Armstrong. [boxout headline=”Don’t let such top ideas slide” featured-image=”3770419″] I LOVE seeing people think outside the box. How we could do with some more of it in this country? Trust the Scandinavians to do it, though. An artificial ski slope has opened on the roof of the Copenhill waste plant in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s part of plans to make the area the world’s first carbon-neutral capital. Its main facility is a futuristic building with a sloping roof 85m high covered in ‘Neveplast’ material, left. It looks just like a ski slope, except it’s green. It’s an attempt to build a waste treatment plant that local residents are happy to see come to their neighbourhood. And it seems to be working. I’m not calling for the Government to stick a ski slope or football pitch on the top of the Poolbeg incinerator. It’s just a good example of how things can be done with a bit of thought and imagination. Wouldn’t it be nice to see some ideas like that go towards solving our housing crisis in particular. [/boxout] Mislead and pay Dail-ers HERE’S a mad idea to stop people misleading the Dail — fine them. On Thursday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was the latest politician asked to correct the Dail record. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Leo had claimed a senior official was not obliged to tell Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe of rising costs for the Children’s Hospital. Social Democrat Roisin Shortall said it was clear a senior official with the Department of Public Expenditure was required to tell his line minister about the overruns. She called for Leo to come back in and set the record straight. Health Minister Simon Harris had just apologised for misleading the Dail about the rocketing costs of the NCH project. Why don’t we do something about this. I guarantee, if you started fining politicians for providing incorrect information it would end the practice pretty sharpish. They will start remembering things they previously had no recollection of. Amazing stuff. Not only that, when a question is asked, they would make sure every little detail is bang on — otherwise, it’s coming out of their pocket. We’d become the transparency capital of the world overnight. [boxout headline=”Donut of the week – people forking out €700 for Gucci’s new Screener sneakers” featured-image=”3770466″]ANYONE who buys a pair of Gucci’s new Screener sneakers deserves a punch in the head. It’s as simple as that. The prestigious Italian designer label is asking fashion victims to shell out €700 for a pair of filthy-looking trainers. The men’s Screener sneakers, right, are sold with included scuffs and marks and come in a range of stained colours. Gucci tells online buyers the Screener trainer “references old school shapes and materials inspired by vintage sportswear”. The Italian fashion giant adds: “Influenced by classic trainers from the 70s, these sneakers mix leather with canvas, featuring the Web stripe and Gucci vintage logo, treated for an allover distressed effect.” You should see the state of all my runners at home. They must be worth thousands.[/boxout] This will not end Rodwell ANYONE remember Jack Rodwell? The midfielder was one of the English football’s great white hopes. Blackburn Rovers Jack Rodwell He made his debut for Everton in 2007 aged just 17 and there were many comparing him to Rio Ferdinand. After 99 matches for the Toffees he joined Manchester City for €12million and made his bow for England against Brazil. The future was bright. Well, not quite. Since then, it’s all gone downhill for Rodwell. He joined Sunderland a few years ago. To say that went disastrously wrong would be an understatement. He is now at Blackburn Rovers and struggling to get a deal. In his defence, injuries haven’t helped his cause. I’m not saying Declan Rice will be the new Jack Rodwell, but he very well could be. [quote]I didn’t seriously think he could embarrass himself so much by switching allegiances after playing three senior matches for us.[/quote] Throughout the whole Rice saga I genuinely believed he would come back into the Irish fold. I didn’t seriously think he could embarrass himself so much by switching allegiances after playing three senior matches for us. His head has been turned and his ego is gone off the charts. He has listened to the hype and now he believes it. He is the new great white hope for the Three Lions. The defensive midfielder that they have craved for some time. If he had stayed with us, he would have been a legend. In England, you are only a few bad games and a couple of injuries from becoming a Jack Rodwell. The line in his statement about it being best for his “future” says it all really. It’s a career move, simple as that. The romantics like myself could never understand it. And I have to say I think Mr Rice will regret it one day . . . [boxout headline=”Brexit countdown” featured-image=”3770516″]WE should just throw in the towel now with Brexit. We haven’t got a hope with the bozos in charge in the UK. I was howling with laughter recently at extracts from Dangerous Hero, the Jeremy Corbyn, left, biography by Tom Bower. It pretty much paints him as a complete oddball. A “joyless fanatic” is how first wife Prof Jane Chapman describes him. His second didn’t have much better to say. It’s suggested he raids skips for bits of wood (it’s not known why) and has an intense interest in manhole covers. On livelier evenings, he would sit on the floor drunkenly singing IRA songs. Holidays were grim — his idea of a summer getaway is a tour of an impoverished Eastern Bloc country, sleeping in tents. How on Earth did this guy get so far? His party began its much predicted split yesterday because of his Brexit stance. It’s just over five weeks before Brexit D-Day on March 29, with Theresa May and Corbyn, Dumb and Dumber, overseeing it. [/boxout]
19 Feb 19
tiina lilja art

Here’s something that is bringing me joy this week: a new brand new combine harvester… I mean sketchbook!

19 Feb 19
Digital Marketing Blog

While fruitful content writers appear to have a lucky life – they telecommute, make their very own timetables and work to such an extent or as meager however they see fit – by far most experience serious difficulties bringing home its bacon. They do not have the right stuff important to succeed. In this way, […]

19 Feb 19
daly98cantrell's blogs

Survival Mode Parent In this eco pleasant universe, making the most of natural techniques to cheap home cleansing can have a improbable impact on the environment. It wasn’t till after taking all types of stuff, diffusing oils in the house and coping with just a few extra of my mothers things that I KNEW what […]

19 Feb 19
Unlucky Slime

Ch. 6: Adventurer Registration   After caring and apologizing to the soldiers, Shion and Haku managed to help them back to consciousness. Thankfully, they didn’t get scolded and were able to register and enter the city. “My name is Shion.” The guard barely reacted. The name of the famous Hero of Darkness was Axe, and […]

19 Feb 19
In My Head

I didn’t understand what was happening to him but his face stiffened and he did this thing with his lips like he was trying to pull in air through his teeth which made his lips look like a butt hole, and his eyes were wide open.

19 Feb 19
Wandering Sisters

A Town in Northern Vietnam. Close to the mountains and cooler weather then what we had been experiencing. We arrived at Hanoi train station to get a 10 hour sleeper train from Hanoi to Lao Cai. Entering the station we arrive on the platform (by walking over the train tracks, where in London you’d get […]

19 Feb 19
heckysonthemove

I know, I know, I know, I`ve been slacking on this blog but everytime I think I will sit down and write, either we decide to play cards or a game or just plain relax by the fire.  I really have no clue what we have all been doing, but I know it has been […]

19 Feb 19
Jeff Grimes Portfolio

At two local thrift stores, Goodwill of Milwaukie and Red White and Blue of Gladstone, some shoppers go in with a different mindset than those building up their family’s wardrobes, searching for home furnishings, or even outfitting their kitchens. Some shoppers are looking, but what they are looking for, they do not yet know. Often […]