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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Crown Royal


That Crown Royal ad looks like a boyfriend sucking up to her father. Happy face when he opens the door to a bottle. 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

World War II

 

WW2 was a war between Germany and Russia who eventually won it. Europe was in the war because Germany needed their resources. The rest were in the war because they couldn't mind their own business. Young men went to war because they wanted the excitement of visiting Paris and going to the Follies Bergere and the Moulin Rouge. Now you don't need to read a book about the reasons for the start of the Second World War.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The Traveling Man (The Travelers #1) by Michael P. King


The Travelling Man is the second book in the series although the first one written. The con artists are a husband and wife team and the story takes place 20 yrs. after the first one. Still a team and still not trusting each other. They are ready to con one other and any passing mark, especially if the mark is dishonest. In this mode of operation they usually make more enemies while putting their lives in danger. The book is fast paced from beginning and throughout the story. To con is their way of life and they are not above murder to fill their pockets and keep them out of jail. 

Sign of the Cross


 When you watch baseball games you see  a lot of players bless themselves but you never see this at wrestling marches.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

A Film Noir


You often hear of a film noir or a book noir. Well yesterday I had a breakfast noir, my bread got caught in the toaster.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

ABC NEWS


I watched ABC NEWS last evening and was surprised to see that they had a number of news worthy articles.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Electric Generator on KIjiji

Yesterday was garbage day and I noticed that my neighbor across the street had thrown out an electric generator. So I skipped over to have a look at it. Of course it looked rough. The owner came out and told me its problems which didn't interest me. I told him I would put it on Kijiji and sell it for $20.00. He helped me drag it over to my place. Quite heavy. I put it up for sale and an hour later a guy put a hold on it and said he would be here the first thing in the morning. He was here at 7:40 and off it went. I am going to give $10.00 to my neighbor. I don't like seeing stuff like that being thrown out. Someone might be able to fix it or use it for parts. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy, #3) by Ken Follett



I am always glad to read a Follett epic, this one especially so since I lived through most of it and the events are familiar. To tell the story, he has taken the characters, their relatives, acquaintances and ancestors and woven it into the fabric of world changing and everyday events. I have a better understanding of the period when all the events are tied together. It is unfortunate that his political leanings sometimes take precedence over unbiased writing. At times his writing slipped into the area of  descriptive porn which was unnecessary. 

Friday, October 1, 2021

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Traitors of Rome (Eagle #18) by Simon Scarrow


 Another saga in the lives of Cato & Marco. For the most part it is two concurrent stories. The book seems to have taken on the appearance of a diary as far as the actions of Cato is concerned. Marco on the other hand has come more to the forefront, bringing out his finer points. It is almost like introducing a new character and a way of prolonging the series. Marco can now take on a life of his own. 

Saturday, September 25, 2021

COVID - 19


 If it had been up to me, we wouldn't have had any lockdown. It would have been masks, social distancing, vitamin D, exercising and hand washing. By now it would be all over.  

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Darkest Corners of Texas (An Al Quinn Novel Book 7) by Russ Hall


 I started reading this book and the first three chapters were all about his dog. I felt that the author was having trouble finding a story and was dragging this part out. Reading farther along, I got the impression that everyone carries a gun. In pockets, purses and tucked into their belts. I've been to Dallas and never saw a pistol tucked into anyone's belt. It is not a style of writing that I like so I never finished the book. 

I can't understand why people doing a review have to do a summary. You can find that on the back of the book. Probably it's to make the review appear longer. In a lot of reviews that I have read I have noticed that the actual review might be only one or two sentences. If so, let the review be one or two sentences. It's a waste of time reading the synopsis over and over. A rant, after reading the reviews of all seven books.

Coffee Trees


Climate change is altering temperatures around the globe. That includes California and Florida, where farmers and researchers are looking at growing coffee.

Giant Leap for Mankind


 So far this government has given us Marijuana, Abortions and Euthanasia, what will be our next leap for mankind?

Monday, September 20, 2021

Election in Russia this weekend. 98% voted for Putin. The other 2% spelt his name wrong.

Persecution


 If we are given the same opportunities or excuses as in the time of Hitler, Mussolini or |Communist countries, we would do exactly the same thing. This pandemic proves that. We are willing to fall behind our leaders and persecute a minority, whatever they are. 

Winter Territory (Get Jack Reacher, #2) by Scott Blade


 This is a Reacher story that one could mistake for a young Jack Reacher although he might appear a bit na├»ve and immature. The series is an attempt to copy the style of Lee Child but falls short. At times the sentences are short and sharp but for the most part they revert to normal information. Parts of the story are inconsistent, the author forgetting former remarks. Some sentences are just plain silly while others are absurd.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Ancestors

 


When you think about all the wars, diseases and tribulations our ancestors have gone through, it is simply mind boggling that we are here.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Double Cross (The Travelers #0.5) by Michael P. King


This is a story of a con man and his student and the training involved for the purpose of taking revenge on his former partners. It looks like the first book in the series but it is actually the fifth book written. I didn't know what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. It was non stop action with a bit of violence. Since it is the fifth book and practice makes perfect, I am hoping the first books are just as good. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger (Richard Bolitho, #2 by Alexander Kent


The second in the Bolitho series. Home on a short leave, Bolitho is suddenly called back to serve on a small ship where his brother happens to be Captain. You would expect rivalry between the two brothers but that doesn't happen. This seems to break away from what usually happens in these kind of stories. This is the only surprise as the story falls into the type that I have seen a dozen times, a routine story with a lack of imagination.

It's pretty sad when the only worthwhile channel on TV is the weather channel

Seen Justin Bieber on TV. Still dresses like an idiot.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Chinese Cultural Revolution 2.0

Have you noticed the blank spots on store shelves? Things are getting scarce. If you are buying for Christmas, you should do it now. Things are really going to get scarce. China has started the Cultural Revolution #2. Years back the country was destitute, everyone starving and poor. At that point they decided to let in Capitalism. We went in and our money built their factories, their infrastructure and their military. Now they are far enough ahead and no longer need us. Time to take on the west. 

They are doing away with all forms of decadence, movie stars, pop stars and some billionaires have disappeared. They have already started closing down factories. And of course they sent us the virus which has yet to come to full bloom.

Our political leaders are really dumb and our Captains of industry are so greedy. The factories are all gone and they can't be built overnight. We can't build a darn thing.

Saw a film yesterday telling us that the U.S. government is offering farmers 1 1/2 times the value of their crops if they destroy them. If they don't, they won't be getting subsidy payments next year. Trying to create a food shortage? Somebody has sold out to somebody. 

The NEWS broadcasters spend most of the TV hours talking about the virus. Telling us every possible combination of patients, one province after the other, hours and hours, determined to scare the shit out of us. Except for forest fires or floods, you don't know one other thing that is going on. Riots in France, protests in England and don't even think about Australia. We are all in deep shit and you are to blame. 

Saturday, September 11, 2021

My 9/11

On that day, I was at work at the airport watching the screens in the Security Control Office. My son called me from Florida where he was at work and told me to turn on the TV. Then seeing the twin towers, I called my boss who was head of security and told him to look. A few minutes later the airport was in lockdown and all the planes started arriving. 

The strange thing is that this was my last day at work before my vacation. The next morning I was flying out to Florida to visit my son. I would be at  Newark airport at 09:30. A day earlier and I would have seen the attack. Can you just imagine me among the hundreds trying to rent a car. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Lie Down With Lions by Ken Follett


 This a love triangle with a background of the Afghan war, further complicated wit the men on opposing sides. It is well written with exceptional work on the lives of women in an Afghan village where our main character uses her wiles to survive. I did get tired with the continual emphasis on breast feeding. This was the least of my problems, when half-way thru the book I thought it had changed to a porn novel. I found this section an unnecessary addition to the book. The story seemed to have lost its purpose. After that wasted section the book was back on track with a great ending. 

The Afgan war is on a respite

 









New World Order

 


The New World Order is upon us. It is surprising hat Australia has been the first to fall. They say Canada will be next. Only the election holding us back. The U.S. is slower because of their history of rebellion. They rebelled against the British while Australia & Canada did not.

Rothschild: 'New World Order' will be in place by 2018

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

What amazes me is filled fridge shelves that never collapse.

 


Richard Bolitho — Midshipman (Richard Bolitho, #1) by Alexander Kent


This is the first of the Bolitho series. It is more of a short story than a novel. Being short, it doesn't waste a lot of time on dressing, although some explanations seem to be left out, making you wonder. As the story starts he already has a four year career behind him. A career that seems to have been easy going as it now takes a turn for the worse. He suddenly becomes aware of the prejudices and cruelty that surround him. The story seems to lack strength.   

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Corsican Gold by Dave Bartell

 


This is a youthful attempt to write an adventure story. Darwin, a graduating college student, returns to his roots in Corsica and reminisces about his past and hopes it will help mould his future. A meeting with an English woman leads to an immature attempt for a sexual encounter. While exploring caves they come upon a lost treasure which no one seems to have noticed in the last four hundred years. A short story suitable for the teenage market. An excellent cover.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Pompeii by Robert Harris


I wanted to read this book because I've been to Pompeii. I am familiar with a lot of the buildings and walked on their mosaic floors. For the most part it is about the workings of the water system, the aqueduct. In modern terms we would say it is about a bunch of plumbers trying to fix a watermain. We are mesmerized by the story of Pompeii and tend to forget that it is a town of ordinary people, going about their business, confronted by greed, lust and murder. It provides us with great insight into the lives of the Roman citizens especially the rich. The mention of historical figures brings a realistic touch to the story. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Death in the Andamans by M.M. Kaye


This is a murder mystery with the background of the Andamans Islands, another British enclave in the Indian Ocean. Three couples, Christmas house guests, have their love affairs interrupted by a number of murders. Isolated by a hurricane, fortified by endless brandy & sodas, they take on the solving of these murders as a parlor game. 

When the murders solve themselves, the story, awash with political incorrectness, reverts back to the three couples and the inevitable happy ending.   

Friday, August 27, 2021

SeaFire (John Gardner's Bond, #14)


The author writes a good James Bond story and this is one of the best. Ian Fleming must be smiling down on him. We know Bond's lifestyle and this book will point out his vanity, letting us see that he is far from perfect.

This book is written as the last of the Bond series and it was a good endeavor. We are told his weak points, his strong points, that he does not have a heart of stone and can shed tears. Although there are other Bond stories, they will not move his life and career further on. 

For those who don't know it, Don Juan is a work of fiction.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Nightblind (Dark Iceland #2) by Ragnar Jonasson

 

It was a bit difficult at first, getting used to the names and places but one gets used to it. When the story started out with a new detective, I thought the last one was finished. It wasn't until I finished the story and read some of the reviews, did I find out that the books are not in sequence. The story did take a leap forward, omitting a few years of the main character's life. 

There are two story lines going at the same time and I was unable to put them together till near the end, intentionally written that way. The main character is weak, easily taking offence at any small remark to the point that it overwhelms him. 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Dead Man's Footsteps (Roy Grace, #4) by Peter James


This is a story of multiple threads and as you read the chapters, you wonder what they could possibly have to do with each other. Each incident is a story in itself and I didn't know what to expect. This author is excellent at running different storylines, bringing them all to a page turning end. Very appropriate title. 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Population Control




It is possible that the virus is being used as a means of population control. Not the quantity of population but rather its acceptance of ideas. 

Thursday, August 19, 2021

John Wayne used to Fetch Wyatt Earp’s Coffee

 “Earp was the man who had actually done the things in his life that I was trying to do in a movie. I imitated his walk; I imitated his talk” – said the famous actor John Wayne.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

"On Wings of Eagles" by Ken Follett

 

Of course I remember this incident from the NEWS of the time but reading an account of it gives it a different perspective. If you are expecting something like a Rambo rescue, you will be disappointed. The main theme of the book is the negotiations involved to get the men out of prison which was a hard road to travel. When that was finally accomplished by other means, the problem was to get them out of the country. 

The book is an adventure story, written by a great storyteller, problems arise and are solved. All are heroes (after all, they are Americans), strength overcomes all weaknesses and we even have a happy ending. There are things you have to take with a grain of salt but you still have to admire Ross Perot.

Election Results.

Well, we had our provincial election yesterday with the Conservatives beating the Liberals. The new Premier is an accountant so I guess that means that we have someone who can cheat us honestly. 

In this riding we got the same guy back. A Liberal, formally a school monitor/actor. He didn't do anything for the last 8 years while his party was in power, so we definitely don't have to worry about the next 4 with his party out of power. There is a good point about him being re-elected. We save money. We don't have to pay his pension yet. So that is money saved for the next 4 years. 

We really didn't have anyone to vote for. The others running against him were worse. I don't think we voted in any strippers or drug dealers.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

I read this.

"In a retirement town, the average is dead or nearly dead".

“The Future of Life” – Jacques Attali,

 “In the future it will be about finding a way to reduce the population. We will start with the old, because as soon as he is over 60-65 years of age, man lives longer than he produces and costs society dearly. Then the weak and then the useless who do nothing for society because there will be more and more of them, and especially finally the stupid ones.

Euthanasia targeting these groups; euthanasia will have to be an essential instrument of our future societies, in all cases. Of course, we cannot execute people or set up camps. We will get rid of it by making them believe it is for their own good. Too large a population, and for the most part unnecessary, is something economically too expensive.
Socially, it is also much better for the human machine to come to a screeching halt rather than gradually deteriorating. We won’t be able to give intelligence tests to millions and millions of people, you can imagine!
We will find something or cause it, a pandemic that targets certain people, a real economic crisis or not, a virus that will affect the old or the big, it doesn’t matter, the weak will succumb to it, the fearful and the stupid will believe it and ask to be treated.
We will have taken care to have planned the treatment, a treatment that will be the solution. The selection of idiots will thus be done by themselves: they will go to the slaughterhouse on their own. “

Monday, August 16, 2021



 

$2.3T spent in Afghanistan ends with Taliban back in charge. They also have a lot of new equipment.

 


If 2 years ago they had said, "In the region yesterday there was 9 cases of the flu, would you have cared?"

Friday, August 13, 2021

Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) - Ken Follett

 


I love history and reading these books by Follett is like reading a history book but better. The characters are woven into the actual events bypassing the cold hard facts of history and making them come alive. Through the eyes of the  characters we see the events as if they are happening now. Well written and hard to put down.

 




As I read about the Covid passport, I'm wondering if it a good time to buy stock in barbed wire companies. 

Thursday, August 12, 2021

 


Some people should not be sitting down when they read puns otherwise ....

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

 Sitting on the patio, I feel like Michael Corleone in his last scene. 

 At this point in time, the Green Party seems to be more in the red.

Monday, August 9, 2021

What Seems True by James Garrison

 

When I started this book, I thought it would be a modern western. It had a murder, a Texas Ranger

but it soon morphed into a union problem at a Texas refinery. Soon, the murder and the Ranger 

fell into the background and the story became an arbitration hearing with union employees. 

The story had a good lead in and the descriptions were good but the author had trouble finding 

names for his characters, falling back on celebrities' like Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and others.

The arbitration went in circles, no one was charged with the murder, a black man by the name of

Billy Graham, by the way. Being a black man might have had something to do with it.

The Oil Drum


Who invented the oil drum?

She became one of the most famous journalists of her day as a reporter for the New York World. Widely known as the remarkable Nellie Bly, Elizabeth J. Cochran Seaman, investigated conditions at an infamous mental institution, made a trip around the world in less than 80 days – and manufactured the first practical 55-gallon oil drum.

My Sketchers




Both of my Sketchers have a hole in them. Not in the bottom where you would expect but in the top where the big toe touches. 

Sunday, August 8, 2021