The Eurovision Song Contest

Had a grand plan to have a little eurovision party with the youngest…. 

As you know I was a ‘remainer’ re the UK referendum

The youngest had never seen eurovision

I even plied him with a drop of wine in his lemonade

Alas….I fear he is a Brexiteer

The hip hop yodelling combo was the final nail in the coffin….he could take no more 

And yes he ‘got’ the camp kitch of the whole affair….but ….to quote

‘There’s camp kitch and theres camp kitch ….but THAT was not ‘different’…it just didn’t work’

We had a little bet on…..he went for Portugal….which miffed me somewhat as I wanted to 

I toyed with going for Croatia….a rather large gentleman who kept stepping from one side of the stage to the other…switching from bass to soprano like a couple of alter ego’s

…..and lets not even go there with the dance moves 

It must be said tho..when the UK came on…we both decided that was the best pop song thus far….its early days tho….there are 25 songs still to go….TWENTY FIVE….and thats BEFORE the voting starts…
Phew….blimey… an epic act of endurance too far….as far as the youngest is concerned

‘NEVER ask me to watch that AGAIN’ said he 

And he’s now gone to bed despite me trying to persuade him that the voting is the best bit

So that’s that then

Finally got used to the fact of Brexit

Maybe

SOUP

Hmmmm…. what’s it made of?…..lets see…..

Weeeeell…….the best one I make consists of…whizzing some chilli,garlic and ginger in the bottom of a pan…chopping a load of carrots ….chucking those in with some onion and celery….a little water ( just for the stock cube)…. stick the lid on….and just leave it to simmer…stirring occaisionally…not too much water is needed….the veg just does it itself…you know…kind of produces the right amount of fluid

Once the veg is cooked….and before the pan burns out…. 

This is the best bit….

A really BIG whizz with a…. 

With a…. 

Erm….its a THING I have… 

Its electric…

Don’t know what its called… 

I’ve had it a long time 

Anyway….you just whizz it with this thing

Hmmmm….actually you have to be a BIT vareful at this stage….

Well….you do if you whizz it in the pan like I do….there’s a kind of technique whereby you have to whizz with one hand and hold the lid at an angle with the other….otherwise….well you can imagine….and its happened more than once

ANYWAY…. 

It blends everything together….a little more fluid at this stage if you like

Whap it into bowls…a little stir of each bowl with a bit of corriander on top if you like

Hypnotise yourself as you watch it slowly swirl

SOUP!!!!

A mix of ingredients….whizzed around  

It all settles down eventually

And tastes delicious

THERE!!!…..who would have thought ‘Blog On!!!’ would add a recipe post to its eclectic randomness

and why not?

So….today Theresa May met with the queen to disolve parliament….we therefore now have no MP’s but merely candidates untill the brought foreward general election in June.

I don’t know about anyone else but I am in a complete state of flux

Never mind depression….think am experiencing some kind of existential crisis….or mid life crisis….or just a state of more flux than usual…and I’m due back at work tomorrow

Apparantly the ‘transformation’ has occurred…I think…kind of

Am returning in a different role…have no idea who is in the team…which will be much smaller…I think

Phew…blimey

How does one reassure folk in a state of flux when I and everyone else seems to be in one

Hmmmm….dandilions will no longer cut it I feel.  Think we’ll have to try to up the game somehow

Hmmmm… Ok….the blossoms now in full glory….and the world is still revolving just about

I also have a solution to the exorbitant Brexit bill….something I’m sure I will be advised to do tomorrow in my own humble corner when I try to plug in

My theory is that it might work on a grander scale  for the financial institutions also….IT folk always say ‘First turn it off then on again’….maybe if all the financial imstitutions went down for 24 hours…. then

Bingo

Annual payments to all adults of say….hmmm….lets not be greedy….say 30 grand a year….we’d all be ok and it would be far cheaper than the current Brexit bill

Oh…and I’ve resigned from the labour party….well….although I am in the minority and LIKE Corbyn…I’m disappointed that the party is not getting behind him AND wish they were offering an alternative by backing remain

Its felt like cutting off a limb…have no idea how I will vote at this stage….have no idea how long I will survive in my job… or even how much longer the NHS and public sector will survive

Have no idea about the future at all…does anyone?

Yep…..living in the moment….literally

May the fourth be with you….or me….or whoever…..tomorrow that is

Le Grande Departe

Otherwise known as ‘The Tour De Yorkshire’

Yes indeed….a slight detour or ‘departe’ from the ‘Tour De France’ but just as spectacular if I say so myself….but then again I’m slightly biased.

Well….wish I could say…yes, yes I did indeed take part…but in my usual hap hazard way it didnt quite work out like that. I DID get caught up in the hype tho…determined if not to catch the 3 rd leg send off from Bradford ( my old stomping ground) at least catch it somewhere on route

SO….this morning 

‘Sam….Sam…c’mon wake up its the tour de yorkshire!!!’

Silence….said offspring appearing dead to the world…no longer the cute kid with the wild hair he has experienced a rapid growth spurt and now the same height as myself….voice deepened to at least barritone and sleeping in till lunchtime on a weekend…..

10 minutes later…. 

‘Sam…Sam…c’mon’

‘Hmmm’

An hour later… 

‘Sam wake up… lets go’

Eventually he wakes rises and off we pop…too late to see the start in Bradford my plan was to intercept somewhere on route 

‘Mum WHERE are we GOING?’

‘Not sure yet….trust me tho…we’ll find somewhere to catch the race’

Parked up in Sainsbury’s car park in the next town, eating starburst just purchased with the aim of keeping said offspring occupied as we were approximately 2 hours ahead of the cyclists scheduled arrival

‘Mum WHAT are we doing HERE?….you’ve driven around the mini roundabouts twice…and we’re far too early’

‘Well yes….but they’ll be closing the roads soon so its better to be early than late….shall we go and have a little walk round the town?

‘No’

‘Aha…yes I have a better idea…lets whizz up to Clifton and catch it up there’

ANYWAY….to cut a long story short…we drove around for a bit….seeing many lycra clad cyclists (not the racers tho) and folk wandering about…some even sat in folding chairs at the side of the road….eventually tho I succombed to said offsprings protestations… 

‘Mum…we have been driving around for AGES…we would STILL have to sit at the side of the road for 2 hours before seeing a flash of lycra whizz past in a couple of seconds…whats the point in THAT?’

‘The point is its an event that showcases yorkshire AND its supporting top notch sportspeople in their field…its becoming an international event’

‘Ok Mum….maybe if we’d seen them set off from Bradford and got in with the atmosphere I could have understood it…but I do NOT fancy sitting at the side of the road for a couple of hours’

‘Hmmmm….so what do you suggest instead?’

‘Lets go home and watch ‘The Flash’

‘But this is an opportunity to watch a REAL ‘Flash’

‘Mum…. if you’d mentioned this was what we were going to do yesterday I would have set my alarm and got up…but THIS is ridiculous’

‘Hmmm….ok….am disappointed’

‘Well so am I’

SO….return home we did….BUT still feel the Tour de Yorkshire is an amazing feat pulled off by the organisers….what with all the upheaval of recent months its nice to have somthing positive going on that brings people together…particularly a city like Bradford…. Google it…..and ok….the event didnt actually bring us together….or actually it did…kind of.. got us out of the house at least…a little bickering and then later a bit of bonding watching the flash ….

One day….

One day….

Jellyfish

Have just been reading about them

Facinating

Google them and am sure you will agree

Reckon theres a book there along the lines of ‘The Tao of Pooh’ if anyone is up for writing it

Who needs aliens from outer space….just look and learn about the Jellyfish and you might see what I mean

There’s even a breed which is allegedly ‘immortal’….it produces polyps…little balls which self replicate ad infinitim

Hmmmm….who said there was no such thing as reincarnation….WELL there IS in Jellyfish land