Drinking to success

The man with the cap was sitting at a small table, with a pen and paper lying on it. The table was under a plum tree. He patted the seat next to him. I sat obediently. He poured some liquid from his bottle into two medium-sized glasses. “Bulgaria,” he said pointing at himself and swallowedContinue reading “Drinking to success”

The Beltane Hound

The foxes are allowed to use public transport and bicycles, but not private motorized vehicles to try and outmanouevre the hound. Likewise, nobody is allowed to conceal the foxhound or help it in any way. This relatively new ruling dates from 1873 when one of Lord Laxey’s forefathers disguised that year’s Beltane hound as aContinue reading “The Beltane Hound”

Trip to Taormina

Apparently exhausted by her exertions, the nun sat down, but the middle-aged woman, taking her cue from the nun, got up. She came to stand by me, pulled out a creased picture and pointed at it, saying “Mia Mama.” Her mother wasn’t the one sunning herself on the rock; she was the one swimming inContinue reading “Trip to Taormina”

New Meanings for old words

Drasticks          noun         When camping in the forest, these are the final two pieces of wood that you are prepared to rub together to try and start a fire. Use in a sentence = Be careful – those are the drasticks – if they don’t work it’s going to be a cold night. Sober               verb         Continue reading “New Meanings for old words”

Priorities?

Read the link from The Guardian below and then wonder how many lives could have been saved in the Philippines with the $142.4 million that was spent a few minutes ago on Francis Bacon’s portraits of Lucian Freud. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/nov/13/francis-bacon-painting-lucian-freud … It makes you want to scream, which is ironic when you consider that Francis Bacon’s portraitsContinue reading “Priorities?”

British Traditions and Travel

Read http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/jul/06/eden-valley-cumbria-holidays … about the Eden Valley in England and The Egg Dumping Championship and the World’s Original Marmalade Awards – real British Traditions. The Eden Valley is found between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales in northern England. http://authorpage.co.uk/julianworker/index.html –  Twitter Id @WorkerJulian

The strangest place I have ever been.

As I continued to walk down the path, passed the grey statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin on my left hand side, the Soviet marching music was still playing from loudspeakers attached to imitation Gulag watchtowers in the forest by a small stream on my right. Each statue has an English translation of where the statueContinue reading “The strangest place I have ever been.”

seven-legged race, Exeter, UK

The seven-legged race comprises teams of six people who race around the cathedral close in an anti-clockwise direction. The prize is won by the first team to cross the finishing line having completed 66 laps. The race was started in 1541 by boys who had been unsuccessful in their attempts to join the cathedral choirContinue reading “seven-legged race, Exeter, UK”