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…. 



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?


‘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….


Have just been reading about them


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


Nothing more…nothing less

Caught in the thick of it….but who makes it into the thick, sludgy quagmire so difficult to wade thro

Self. ..Others….Pre concieved ideas…. Judgements….Media both tradtional and technological …reactions….actions

Humans….and human behavior

Oh god….think a Bjorking episode might be comimg on

Yep….am still in the cocoon feeling what could be best described as a huge hangover and I dont even drink….


Its about connection NOT seperation

Or should be

Its gentle NOT steel toe capped boots stomping allover untill everyone submits 

We….as in….us…..as in…. all….are ‘gifted’ this world and this universe.. 

No’one OWNS it

Hmmmm…..ok….so maybe some people think they do

Look around you….what do you see from that mentality

Do you like what you see at this very moment in time?

Look beneath the surface if you are able

What IS the ‘truth’?


Feeling REALLY flat today

ANYWAY another visit from eldest

Found a CD given to me by a young ( ish)  lad I know who was an MC….he is an amazing person… incredibly gentle and insightful yet has in the past had some terrible experiences due to racism and pre judgements due to his size….what his life experiences HAVE produced tho is one talented MC and poet 

Anyway….have listened to it again and cannot believe the poignancy

Was going to give it my son….but have decided not today….will do at some point tho

Then having dropped him off popped BBC radio 2 on……FABULOUS show….there have been a few recently…THIS one presented by Lenny Henry …listen on iplayer if you can get it

I know am a bit old fashioned but don’t know what I would do without the radio sometimes

Def a dandilion

To be a Martian

Am thinking about it….


Think am part way there….just require a bit of tinkering…you know….a brain and body booster….make me semi android to strengthen the weaker bits and Bobs your uncle

Hmmmmm…..may need a bit of training in Antartica first….and Hmmmmm how can nature be harnessed to provide sustainence up there I wonder?

Hmmmm…..what was that movie called I watched with Sam where the guy gets accidently left up there and grows a potato?

Actually no….am too long in the tooth and there is so much of THIS planet to marvel at….but I ‘get’ it….I ‘get’ the need to research the possibility of humans evolving to live in space

Well Ole Steve just said so and who am I to argue?

Not even the bloody tea lady DAMN IT!!!!

Our job is to protect and nurture this planet first tho….it can’t or shouldn’t be at the expense of that SURELY

Oh…well am sure if we get too up ourselves those cheeky little cosmic rays will bombard….keep the solar system in check and all that….think they’re already a little pissed off at the ‘space debris’  we’ve already left floating around

Can any good come from it all I wonder?

God knows

Movies influence on conversation…

Me….Have you ever seen ‘Fight Club’

Matt.. ( Shaking head) Have you heard of ‘Orange is the new black’?

Me….Yes but don’t know what its about

Matt…Its about a womens prison in America

Me…Oh…I thought it might be about Donald Trump…..you know….the marketing of Trump over Obama

Matt..Shaking head again

Me…Hmmm are there a lot of orange people out there do you think?

Matt…Well it IS easter and there’s a lot in the chocolate factory

Laughed my head off….a small conversation and a dandilion

United Airlines

Erm…..don’t even need to mention the appalling treatment of a passanger and paying customer

BUT… I cannot get my head around ‘over booking’….is this the norm?

Talk about taking the piss out of customers….says it all really

Exploitation and rip off…and thats BEFORE dragging off passangers like lumps of meat

Oh…AND I thought Fracking was bad enough….but NOW I hear that there is a global company led by the UK about to mine for minerals in the pacific ocean( allegedly needed to develop solar and wind energy on a larger scale than current) 

I know I’m on a bit of a downer at the moment but has the world suddenly gone completely mad?

Well….madder than usual


A new movie out re the relationship between Ian Paisley and Martin McGuiness

Looks like a good one

….if these 2 could do it

….anything is possible

All kinds of divisions, factions and worrying events going down at the moment

Are we able to learn from history…maybe starting with the self…see the ‘other’s point of view and reconcile differences for peace?

I guess its a case of ‘watch this space’

Ta DaaaAH!!!!

Yep….can’t believe it either

But have been knitting….its kind of therapeutic….kind of mindless but takes a little concentration….a bit like meditation….AND you get an end result

ANYWAY had knit one for myself….my neice saw it and asked if she could have it and asked for one for Lottie (she didn’t ‘get’ what it was tho at first)

So here we are…  and have a couple of further orders… thinking of starting a little Ebay business….ok it wont pay the bills but it’ll contribute