Who Won the Week (20 December 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.


I wanted to dedicate this week to the newest sector of the US Military, which celebrated its first anniversary this week.

So as to avoid confusion, their’s is the logo on the left. I mean right. No, left. Right. Left, Oh, bugger!

Yes, my winner this week is the US Space Force!

This sixth branch of the US military hit the 1-year mark on Friday. Since it was formed, its main task has been to… find a name for itself. So it was with great pride that Vice President Mike Pence – yes, this is how he spends his time – announced that members of the force would henceforth be called guardians. Of the Galaxy? Not quite. This comes after a year-long selection process, in which the general public was invited to choose the name. The idea clearly caught the publics imagination, with responses running into the… well, hundreds. Aren’t you sorry you missed your chance?

The force, whose five-year mission which was created with the task of defending America’s interests in outer space, was announced in 2018 by the US Commander-In-Chief, Donald Trump, who stated that it would be “great for the psyche of our country”. Well, somebody was being psychotic…

The announcement of the name comes hot on the heels of an announcement made in January about the uniform.

You didn’t know that camouflage would work in space, did you?

To those readers who might think that I’m the one stuck in outer space, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/19/us/space-force-guardians-mike-pence.html

It’s funny. When this was all first announced, it was greeted with derision. Can’t think why!

Life through the Lens (20 December 2020)

As my previous series came to an end, I had the idea to post some of my own photographs.

When my eyes were better, I used to enjoy photography. I had some decent kit and was around just as digital photography was taking off. Although it was strictly a hobby for me, two of my photos were published. One rural shot of hay bales ended up in a brochure made by the UK’s NFU (farming), another ended up in a coffee-table book about lighthouses. I wasn’t David Bailey but a couple of times, I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

I thought I’d share some. All these photographs were taken by me, I own the copyright so if you’d like to use any, go for it. Just so long as you don’t use them to make any money.

My aim is to publish weekly again but this time, on Sunday afternoons. I’m just going to repeat this spiel each week, too, for the benefit of new readers, so you can safely skip to the camera graphic to save reading the blurb each time.

If you look at the category above (high on left, by the date), I’ll put every photo in that same category so you can find previously-published photos. If I feel a photo needs some explanation, I’ll maybe write a line or two to go with it. Like the last time, I’ll keep going until I run out of steam. Oh, and feel free to join in, if the fancy takes you.

I’ve linked to a higher-res umage under each photo.

This is the North Norfolk Railway, aka The Poppy Line. I only took the photo about ten years ago, made it sepia when I processed it.

An Officer and a Gentleman

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 20 December 2020, virtuous.

He had tried once or twice but drawn blank,
Christmas Party at last takes his chance,
Showing no inhibition,
She makes proposition,
No thank you, my lovely, you’re tanked.