Who Won the Week (18 October 2020)

I always liked Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, and like to join in with some quirky stories from my own newsfeeds. All from our unique vantage points, the idea is to pick something (a person, organisation, anything) which “won” the week.


A real winner this week.

My award goes to a man who decided to break into a garage near his home in Sunderland, UK. While most of us would say “garage? why bother? this intrepid thief not only broke in, but stole £150-worth of… cleaning equipment! For those of you who work in other currencies, $ and € are roughly the same.

Unfortunately, during the burglary, he also managed to leave behind a rucksack. The rucksack held various personal items belonging to Malcolm Pyke, including letters which cpntained both his name and his address, and leading the police straight to him. And to the cleaning equipment, which they saw immediately on entering Pyke’s home.

After what was described by police as a “crime spree” by a “prolific thief”, Pyke admitted this burglary, plus one other, plus an offence of stealing clothes from a washing line! He was sentenced last week to four years in prison.

https://news.sky.com/story/bungling-burglar-who-left-name-and-address-at-crime-scene-jailed-12104077

Life through the Lens (18 October 2020)

When my eyesight was still good, I was a bit of an amateur photographer. This is one of mine.

image showing a silhouette of a camera

I took this photo from the Schwarzsee, right below the Matterhorn. Of that I am sure. We were on a holiday in the Alps, right on the France/Switzerland border, at the end of August. And visiting the Matterhorn was something we just had to do. Little did I realise that I would subsequently “meet” a blogger from the area on here! Lucky so-and-so, to have views like this.

So the camera told me I was on the Schwarzsee, but not the direction in which I was looking. So I spent hours and hours after I got home, even sending back off to Switzerland for high-quality maps of the area. My best guess, including my fading memory, this is a mountain called the Weisshorn (until somebody tells me differently!) Actually this is one of the tallest peaks in the Alps, just topping 4,500m. I love the snow flurries being blown off the side of the mountain, we could not have hoped for a more glorious day!

Writer’s Block

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 18 October 2020, sublime.

Fandango gives the word “sublime”,
A brilliant choice to make a rhyme,
As I settle down, try to compose,
Anticipating what might flow.

My thinking cap upon my head,
My pencil it is full of lead,
My mug of tea stands piping hot,
But in my head…. there’s not a jot
.

I read some poems, that might inspire,
My effort destined to backfire,
These poems singing like a bird,
So why can’t I produce a word?

I think I’ll just give up today,
Things clearly will not go my way,
The only word I find to rhyme,
Appropriately, pantomime!