Saturday, February 29, 2020


I think most of the greatest inventions are the result of an obsession, the rest by accident.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Dr. Who

I have been a fan of Dr. Who for many years. Having at one time seen all the old reruns, I've probably seen all the shows. This year, while the show may be on in the room, I am usually reading a book at the same time. My enthusiasm has waned. The problem seems to be the Doctor. She rants and raves, spinning around in circles, waving her little prop, looking like a marionette with the strings twisted. 
The characters are rehashes of old characters, although in the latest episode I saw a spark of genius. I am referring to the Cyber men Drones. Modern, yet classical, flying in formation, distributing mayhem with a flash. If we gave out stars, it would be five stars for the drones.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

"Drumbeat" by Dudley Pope.

"Drumbeat" is the second book in the Ramage series. Another remake of the Napoleonic War with the usual point of view. Although a naval story, it starts of as a romance. Ramage has a lot of internal rants, his mind obsessed with love for a girl that he has met only six days prior. He seems prone to losing ships and although a Captain, he still wants to be one of the boys. He stumbles from one obstacle to another, gifted enough to keep both himself and his crew alive.
It was an entertaining read and there were moments when I found it hard to put down. At the end the story seemed to be cut short. Could have used another chapter and I assume that will be the first chapter of the next book.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Bathroom Break

It is hard to resist the need to relieve oneself. It cannot be denied or the consequences can be dire and possibly wet.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Remote Control by Andy McNab

"Remote Control" is the first in the nick Stone series. With a British Intelligence Operator, I was expecting a spy story. What I got was basically the trials and tribulations of a kidnapper, trying to keep a 7 yr. old happy. It did have action from beginning to end, although it did drag on in some parts.There are flashbacks which I had to reread to see where it fit into the story. The result at the end was what should have happened near the beginning. 


The rich have their problems. Poverty isn't one of them.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Eye On the Ball

Keep your eye on the ball, especially if you are at the ball park, sitting in an area prone to foul balls.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Who are we?

When are we really ourselves?
We always need other people 
to help us realize who we are.

This is an original 1947

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Morning Coffee

I make my coffee in the morning but I find that the machine doesn't make it hot enough, so I put it in the microwave for another 20 sec. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love (The Grantchester Mysteries #6) James Runcie

This is #6 in "The Grantchester" series. A number of short stories calling itself a book. The accidental detective who would rather spend time on solving crimes than his vocation, starts of with a murder, then onto a variety of cases, both big and small. I was moved by the description of the rape case. Very well done. Overall, I found that the book had trouble keeping my attention. The last chapter, although drawn out, was a surprise.


We all have secrets. 
We all have flaws. 
It gives us something 
to worry about.

Thursday, February 20, 2020


The thing is, we have to have a leader. we also have to have someone to clean the toilets.

World Problems

This morning I am going out with a friend for coffee. After an hour, we will have solved all the problems in the world. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

If you don't ask any questions, you don't have to worry about the answers.

All the buttonholes 
on my shirt are up 
and down, except 
the bottom one.
It is sideways. 

                     1985 California Prune Board Magazine Ad              

Monday, February 17, 2020


Some people are too ready to let everyone know their emotions. Just because you feel strong about something, doesn't mean you have to tell the whole world. Sometimes it's best to keep your mouth shut.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

TV Shows

Thank God for subtitles. I can now watch shows in French, German, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian and whatever.

"The Last Flight" by Gregory Liefer

This book tells the story of an aging helicopter pilot, veteran of Vietnam, now near retirement. It is a good story covered by a blanket of sadness. It leans toward long drawn out radio messages and has flashback of his past life. Although intended for adults, it is more suitable for adult audiences. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

"Dangers of Temptation" by James Runcie

This is the next in The Grantchester Series about a full time Church of England priest and part time detective. When I started this book, I was expecting a good murder mystery. Instead, it was a collection of a number of short stories, loosely stuck together. In the first story I thought I had blundered into a soap opera and the last story was too involved with diversity and sin.  

Police Radio

Today is #WorldRadioDay, Halifax was the first city in Canada to introduce radio patrol cars to their fleet. The transmitter was set-up on October 6, 1934 and the first car patrolled three days later.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Sunday, February 9, 2020

"Drums Along the Khyber" by Duncan MacNeil

"Drums Along the Khyber" is the first of an historical series set in 1897. It is the story of a young Lt. sent to India on his first deployment. It goes along at a good pace, not plagued by pages of description about scenery etc. It is well written. Some may be offended by the language, but it is the attitude of the times. Five stars for me.


If you want to be a Priest on Grantchester, you have to be a part time detective.

Saturday, February 8, 2020


Got a call this morning at 6:30. It was about my VISA card. A kind gentleman from India wanted to warn me that someone was making charges to my card. So thoughtful. I wish I had his phone number so I could show him how thankful I was and call him at 6:30 AM his time.

Friday, February 7, 2020

"Puppet on a Chain" by Alistair MacLean

"Puppet on a Chain" is another MacLean spy novel set in the 50's. I did like that it had the morals of the era and a lack of swearing. That's as far as it went. Mjr. Sherman is an ass. I don't know how anyone could work for him or how he got prompted in the first place. Lots of gruesome murders to read about and a drug culture you would expect in Amsterdam. 

Lack of Sleep

Tired people make bad decisions.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Tuesday, February 4, 2020


I heard that it is never too late to start a career. I don't know about that.

"Good and Valuable Consideration: Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller". By Lee Child - Joseph Finder

A very short novel with characters Reacher and Heller. No morals exist when criminals attack one of their own. They can work together for mutual benefit.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Sunday, February 2, 2020


Only the dead can keep a secret.

"Ramage" by Dudley Pope

"Ramage" is the first in a series of sea novels. The story opens up with a sea battle and our ship sinking. Our hero becomes the captain of a sinking ship and the start of his troubles. Ramage is likable, perhaps too much so with the crew. I found some parts boring, too much description about putting up sails. Another part that annoyed me was his reaction to the lady in the story. A bit overdone. He sounded like a wide eyed schoolboy. I'm hoping it doesn't take him too long to become a adult.