Who Won the Week (27 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.

Third Time Lucky?

My winner this week is Paul Begley, whose week was unexpectedly good.

You see, Mr Begley, a pastor from Indiana who is something of a YouTube evangelist, thought that the world was going to end on 21 December. His reasons were a combination of Saturn being aligned with Jupiter, and the Mayan calendar.

Mayan culture, dating from 5000 BCE, holds that the earth lives in cycles, and between each cycle, it is destroyed, then re-created.

Mr Begley has history in this area. He originally predicted the end of the world on 21 December 2012, but when that didn’t happen, he realised his mistake. That date had been calculated using the current, Gregorian calendar rather than the original Julian calendar.

When the date was corrected, it came out to December 21, 2020.

So Mr Begley gets to live and breathe at least one more week – yippee! I wonder if he bought anybody any Christmas presents this year?

Life through the Lens (27 December 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 hope you enjoy some fireworks at New Year’s. This was a holiday we took at Disneyland Paris.


I just wanted to pass on a quick update on my eyes. They improved during yesterday, and I put most of my magnifications back to how they were before. It felt “harder” to read than it did before, but I know that’s not a very quantitative assessment. At least the Mag is back to before.

No noticeable improvement on that this morning.

So far today, I have caught up with the blog, and my wife and I sorted the home insurance out, which you’ll have read about earlier. I’ve done a litle development – just 5 minutes – mainly to make sure I can still use the environment okay. I can. It has also prompted me to look for how to increase some font sizes, which I found tiny anyway. So that task was always “to do”, I just brought it forward.

I plan on posting my normal Sunday today, my scheduled post was already written and will go live in an hour. This morning, I wrote (and published) my FOWC and wrote (but held back) a “who won the week” post to put live later.

I wanted to finish up by reposting a chap’s post. Larry Hoke has come onto my radar quite recently but we have had several good comment-conversations, and he seems to be a pretty stand-up guy. Funnily enough, I know quite a few Texans in the blogosphere and here is another.

Arson Around

inspired by Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC) of 27 December 2020, gall.

The household insurance was due,
It was coming up time to renew,
To stay with these mothers,
Cost double the others,
So I told them just what they could do.

A very personal one today. The home insurance was up on 30th December. The current guys wanted £450 to renew. We just spent an hour shopping online and renewed – same cover – for £225.

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