GUID Evening

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), globe.

In computing, a GUID is a common term. A globally-unique ID. It does what it says on the tin – it is a one of a kind, not another one in the world. Make the most of this one, it’ll never be repeated.


Share Your World (from 20 April 2020)

A day late this week, but it doesn’t matter. I read Melanie’s post last night but was too tired to respond. Every week, Melanie asks a few questions and here are her questions this week:

In your opinion what animal is the most majestic?

A cat, maybe? I’ve always liked them. It’s not just majestic in terms of poise, it is regal in terms of attitude.

What seemingly innocent question makes you think “It’s a trap!”?

You’re not working, are you? My wife will often use those words if she comes into the room and sees me tapping away on the computer. Okay, mostly I am not working, although I probably already lost whatever concentration I just had. But this is my wife, and over the years I have learned to drop whatever I happen to be doing, and resume it after the conversation is over. Yesterday, she was thinking of breaking lockdown to see if she could find a shop open selling hairdresser’s scissors, she has decided her hair is too long and needs to self-operate. I offered her the use of my clippers – I could give her a decent #4, if she likes! It worked for me.

Fortunately her own common sense came into play in the end.

What weird potato chip flavor that doesn’t exist would you like to try?  (NOTE:  Potato chips are called ‘crisps’ over the pond in the UK and Europe, I think.  Thanks to Sandmanjazz for reminding me we all don’t speak the same English!  😆   )

Okay, because Melanie already explained above, I’ll use the word crisp, and nobody has any excuses for not understanding me.

My favourite crisp which does not exist in the UK, but which does exist in France, is vinegar and shallot. That one is sublime, it is very sharp and similar to salt & vinegar. As much as anything, the crisps taught me the French word for shallot!

I’ve also tried paprika crisps over there, which were okay, and hazelnut-flavoured crisps. What’s the point in that?

Crisps which do not exist in the UK any more include flavours by the UK store, Marks and Spencer. As a boy, I remember a roast lamb and mint sauce flavour. I tried some once and the one thing they didn’t taste like was… roast lamb and mint sauce! Maybe they should try again?

My father’s favourite, though, was one called Barbequed Beef and Onion. We didn’t go to Marks and Spencer’s much so they were a nice treat. They were everybody’s favourite (in our house, at least). Over the years these crisps morphed to just beef and onion. They’re not the same. The Barbeque made all the difference!

But I guess Melanie is really talking about crisps which never, ever existed, anywhere.

How about porridge flavour? But that’d be a bit bland so it’d have to be something-flavoured-porridge-flavour! Sticking with breakfast, how about Sausage Sandwich flavour? (as we pretty much already have bacon sandwich flavour). How about a Full English Breakfast flavour?

Or if we’re talking about other meals, how about Big Mac flavour, or Hot Dog and Ketchup flavour? Hold the mustard.

Best of all, how about something like celery flavour crisps? So people could get that lovely taste of celery, without having to eat all that crappy salad stuff along the way? I’d better stop now!

Gratitude Section. Share some gratitude with people if you like.  Images are certainly appropriate! 

I’ve been pleased this week to have looked at the virus graphs for the UK, and hopefully we passed the peak new cases/day a week or so ago. Frankly, I think it could have been a lot worse. But we’re still hovering consistently at around 5,000 new cases per day. I know we’re a population of 70 million, but 5,000 is still a big number.

So I’m glad that I still feel OK, I’m glad that most of my friends are as safe as me. The couple of people I know who have had it, I’m glad they got through it. I understand that not everybody was so lucky.

Keeping Busy

Just went out shopping. On the way back, by the traffic lights coming into our village, there was a police speed trap set up in a lay-by, 50 yds/m from the lights. Handheld radar gun.

Nice to see them being useful. I wonder how many people could really use some bread and milk delivered at the moment? I wonder how many accidents they prevented today?

Tick Tock Tuesday (21 April 2020) – U2

I thought I’d create a new challenge. It is a challenge primarily for me, because I’m new to this platform, and because you don’t really know me yet, nor I you. As my name suggests, I am recovering from a stroke, and I like to push myself in all kinds of little ways… including getting to know the Wonderful World of WordPress. Although this is something I will be doing, I invite you, if this idea takes your fancy, to play along with me and share with me some of your own selections.

My plan is: each Tuesday, until I run dry, I shall post some piece of art with which I have some connection – which has helped to mould me, which makes me tick. Okay, a piece of art is a bit vague – it might be a piece of music, a movie, a book, a painting, or ???? – so my phrasiology is deliberate. It might be anything – I will play this post by ear, so I’m not sure what I’ll think of each week. And, I’ll keep posting on the theme weekly until I run out of ideas.

My rules? Well, I’m not big on rules! My choice will be something with which I feel a connection. That’ll be the important thing, just having some kind of fleeting affection for something probably won’t be enough, unless I’m using my choice as an example of something bigger.

It will be one choice per week – I’m aware that long posts can be quite onerous to read, and I’m in no hurry to complete this so if I have two ideas, I’ll probably hold the second until the next week.

In that same vein, I’ve created this block as a Reusable Block, which I intend repeating for every post on this theme. The block ends with a full-width separator, so if you want to skip ahead each week it doesn’t really matter.

I probably won’t post any lyrics, or any kind of analysis – if you like my choice, the information will be out there for you. But I will try to briefly explain why I feel a connection to my choice, just to try and enhance readers’ understanding of what makes me tick.

I will tag my posts TTT and I will go looking for other posts with that tag. If you’d like to join in, please do the same, or comment, or pingback to this post, and feel free to reproduce my graphic. Lastly, I look forward to reading about what makes you tick.

These last couple of weeks I’ve written about Irish bands, and in my last week on the subject I’d like to write about one of the biggest. I’ve been aware since my teens, of U2, and in fact I’ve always thought that their best work dates from my teenage years.

They’re not an absolute favourite of mine, but I mention them today mostly because of this video, which I found a few years ago, and which I think is lovely. So here are U2, playing a medley of songs on the New York subway:

I guess the moral is is you ever see somebody busking, pay attention to who they might be! And I guess these guys must have many wonderful memories of their life as performers, but I bet busking on the subway will be right up there.